Shadowlands: Redesign of Play in World of Warcraft

VWBPE 2021 Immersive Experience
Presented: April 01, 2021
Hosts: Chris Luchs / Abacus Capalini (SL), ISTE Games and Sims Network; and Kae Novak / Kavon Zenovka (SL), ISTE Games and Sims Network

This immersive experience covers the covenants (zones) in the newest expansion of World of Warcraft looking through a Mechanics-Dynamics-Aesthetics (MDA). The recent expansion of World Warcraft is focused on a liminal state of death and rebirth where even player levels and abilities have been reset. It has also introduced four new design styles and storylines to the world. We will look holistically at the mechanics, dynamics, and aesthetics that each of these bring to game-play and role-play.

  • This experience will define and apply the MDA framework to analyze MMOs for educators

Accessibility: Voice to text transcription in the Discord text chat

Directions:  There are two ways to participate in this immersive experience:

  1. Join us in Discord only, or
  2. Join us in Discord and World of Warcraft.

Instructions, systems Requirements, and additional information are provided at

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