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'''Chris Metzen''' is the Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development<ref name="escapistAzerothChoppersPremieres">{{ref web|work=EscapistMagazine.com|url=http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/133825-Blizzards-Azeroth-Choppers-Web-Series-Premieres-Today|title=Blizzard's Azeroth Choppers Web Series Premieres Today|author=[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/profiles/articles/MarlaDesat Marla Desat]|date=17 April 2014 12:40 pm}}</ref> at [[Blizzard Entertainment]].
'''Chris Metzen''' is the Vice President of Creative Development at [[Blizzard Entertainment]].<ref name=blizzcast2>{{ref web|url = http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/community/blizzcast/archive/episode2.html|title=BlizzCast Episode 2|accessdate=2009-12-29|author=Karune|work}}</ref>
 
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
Metzen began his career in [[Blizzard Entertainment]] as an artist,<ref>''[[Warcraft: Orcs & Humans]] Human manual'', pg. 35</ref> while the storyline was left to [[Allen Adham]] and [[Ron Millar]].<ref name=blizzcast12>{{ref web|url = http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/community/blizzcast/archive/episode12.html|title=BlizzCast Episode 12|accessdate=2009-12-29|author=Karune|work=BlizzCast|publisher=Blizzard Entertainment}}</ref> In ''[[Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness]]'' he took a bigger role as the designer of the story, but also made artwork and voice acting.<ref>[[Warcraft II manual|''Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition'' manual]], pg. 94</ref> In ''[[Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal]]'' Blizzard Entertainment outsourced Cyberlore Studios to do the game and Metzen was in charge of storyline consultation and editions.<ref name=blizzcast12/>
 
Metzen began his career in [[Blizzard Entertainment]] as an artist,<ref>''[[Warcraft: Orcs & Humans]] Human manual'', pg. 35</ref> while the storyline was left to [[Allen Adham]] and [[Ron Millar]].<ref name=blizzcast12>{{ref web|url = http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/community/blizzcast/archive/episode12.html|title=BlizzCast Episode 12|accessdate=2009-12-29|author=Karune|work=BlizzCast|publisher=Blizzard Entertainment}}</ref> In ''[[Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness]]'' he took a bigger role as the designer of the story, but also made artwork and voice acting.<ref>[[Warcraft II manual|''Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition'' manual]], pg. 94</ref> In ''[[Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal]]'' Blizzard Entertainment outsourced Cyberlore Studios to do the game and Metzen was in charge of storyline consultation and editions.<ref name=blizzcast12/>
   
His style characterized the earlier ''Warcraft'', ''[[StarCraft]]'' and ''[[Diablo]]'' series and he eventually became art director.<ref name=blizzcast2/> Eventually his position in creative development has given him the reins over lore and storylines created for the games of the Blizzard franchise, the foundations of which were laid by previous designers.<ref name=blizzcast12/>
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His style characterized the earlier ''Warcraft'', ''[[StarCraft]]'' and ''[[Diablo]]'' series and he eventually became art director.<ref name=blizzcast2/> Eventually his position as Vice President of Creative Development (circa 2009) had given him the reins over lore and storylines created for the games of the Blizzard franchise, the foundations of which were laid by previous designers.<ref name=blizzcast2>{{ref web|url = http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/community/blizzcast/archive/episode2.html|title=BlizzCast Episode 2|accessdate=2009-12-29|author=Karune}}</ref>
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==Voice acting==
 
==Voice acting==
 
[[File:Metzen.JPG|thumb|right|Chris Metzen.]]
 
[[File:Metzen.JPG|thumb|right|Chris Metzen.]]
He is believed to be the voice of [[Nefarian]],<ref>{{ref web|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/09/technology/10warcraftqa.web.html?pagewanted=4&_r=5|title=Interview: Jeff Kaplan on World of Warcraft Expansion|accessdate=2009-12-29|author=Seth Schiesel|date=2006-05-06|publisher=The New York Times|quote=<br />Q. So is that you talking on the Nefarian class calls?<br /> A. No that's not me. I think that might actually be Chris Metzen.}}</ref> and has confirmed he voiced [[Ragnaros]]<ref name=voiceactor>{{ref web|url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYU3W2vRSKs|title=Blizzcon Panel|accessdate=2009-12-29|author=Chris Metzen|year=2009|work=BlizzCon 2009|publisher=YouTube}}</ref>, and a number of unspecified bosses in ''[[World of Warcraft]]''.<ref name=voiceactor/> Also he is the voice of [[Thrall]] in ''[[Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos]]'', ''[[Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne|The Frozen Throne]]'' and ''[[World of Warcraft]]''<ref name=imdb>{{ref web|url=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1068321/|title=Chris Metzen|accessdate=2009-12-29|publisher=IMDB}}</ref><ref>{{ref web|url=http://www.animesou.com/?p=905|title=BlizzCon '08 - Day 1 Friday Oct 10|accessdate=2009-12-29|publisher=Animesou.com|quote=...although Chris Metzen still retains his role as Thrall...}}</ref><ref name=voiceactor/> and the voice of [[Rexxar]] in ''Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne''.<ref name=imdb/><ref>{{ref web|url=http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TalkingToHimself|title=Talking To Himself|accessdate=2009-04-14|publisher= |quote=Chris Metzen, best known as a story-writer, also voice acts two characters in Warcraft III. These characters, [[Thrall]] and [[Rexxar]], happen to get a lot of dialogue in the expansion pack orc campaign.}}</ref> In ''[[World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King]]'', he furthermore voiced [[Varian Wrynn|King Varian Wrynn]] <ref name=voiceactor/>,[[Deathbringer Saurfang]] / [[Dranosh Saurfang]] and [[Algalon the Observer]].{{fact}}
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He is believed to be the voice of [[Nefarian]],<ref>{{ref web|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/09/technology/10warcraftqa.web.html?pagewanted=4&_r=5|title=Interview: Jeff Kaplan on World of Warcraft Expansion|accessdate=2009-12-29|author=Seth Schiesel|date=2006-05-06|publisher=The New York Times|quote=<br />Q. So is that you talking on the Nefarian class calls?<br /> A. No that's not me. I think that might actually be Chris Metzen.}}</ref> and has confirmed he voiced [[Ragnaros]]<ref name=voiceactor>{{ref web|url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYU3W2vRSKs|title=Blizzcon Panel|accessdate=2009-12-29|author=Chris Metzen|year=2009|work=BlizzCon 2009|publisher=YouTube}}</ref>, and a number of unspecified bosses in ''[[World of Warcraft]]''.<ref name=voiceactor/> Also he is the voice of [[Thrall]] in ''[[Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos]]'', ''[[Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne|The Frozen Throne]]'' and ''[[World of Warcraft]]''<ref name=imdb>{{ref web|url=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1068321/|title=Chris Metzen|accessdate=2009-12-29|publisher=IMDB}}</ref><ref>{{ref web|url=http://www.animesou.com/?p=905|title=BlizzCon '08 - Day 1 Friday Oct 10|accessdate=2009-12-29|publisher=Animesou.com|quote=...although Chris Metzen still retains his role as Thrall...}}</ref><ref name=voiceactor/> and the voice of [[Rexxar]] in ''Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne''.<ref name=imdb/><ref>{{ref web|url=http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TalkingToHimself|title=Talking To Himself|accessdate=2009-04-14|publisher= |quote=Chris Metzen, best known as a story-writer, also voice acts two characters in Warcraft III. These characters, [[Thrall]] and [[Rexxar]], happen to get a lot of dialogue in the expansion pack orc campaign.}}</ref> In ''[[World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King]]'', he furthermore voiced [[Varian Wrynn|King Varian Wrynn]] <ref name=voiceactor/>,[[Deathbringer Saurfang]] / [[Dranosh Saurfang]].
   
 
In [[Starcraft]], he voiced the Terran Marine, Terran Battlecruiser and the original Ghost.<ref name=voiceactor/>
 
In [[Starcraft]], he voiced the Terran Marine, Terran Battlecruiser and the original Ghost.<ref name=voiceactor/>
   
== Other Works ==
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==Other works==
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[[File:Chris Metzen.jpg|thumb|Picture from [http://www.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/faces-of-blizzcon-2007/ Faces of BlizzCon 2007]]]
 
[[File:Chris Metzen.jpg|thumb|Picture from [http://www.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/faces-of-blizzcon-2007/ Faces of BlizzCon 2007]]]
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;Books
 
* ''[[Alliance & Horde Compendium]]'', co-author
 
* ''[[Alliance & Horde Compendium]]'', co-author
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* ''[[Of Blood and Honor]]'', a warcraft novel
 
* ''[[Of Blood and Honor]]'', a warcraft novel
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* ''[[Manual of Monsters]]'', co-author
 
* ''[[Manual of Monsters]]'', co-author
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* He was also part of "Creative and Rules Design Assistance and Additional Material" staff for the entire Warcraft and World of Warcraft RPG series. As well as Interior Artist for several of the books.
 
* He was also part of "Creative and Rules Design Assistance and Additional Material" staff for the entire Warcraft and World of Warcraft RPG series. As well as Interior Artist for several of the books.
*Metzen also supervises the lore created for the pen & paper rpg, mangas, and novels.
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* Metzen also supervises the lore created for the pen & paper rpg, mangas, and novels.
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;Videos
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* [[Azeroth Choppers]] (appearing as himself)
   
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==
*He has voiced numerous characters in the Warcraft and ''StarCraft'' games.<ref name=voiceactor/>
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* He has voiced numerous characters in the Warcraft and ''StarCraft'' games.<ref name=voiceactor/>
*In World of Warcraft, his responsibility extends into coordinating with artists to create environments that give players a sense of continuity and cohesiveness.<ref name=blizzcast2/>
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*Metzen has used the alias "Thundergod" in multiple online venues, and also self-styles himself as "The Bourbon Cowboy".
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* In World of Warcraft, his responsibility extends into coordinating with artists to create environments that give players a sense of continuity and cohesiveness.<ref name=blizzcast2/>
*Metzen's favorite hero in Warcraft [[lore]] is [[Malfurion Stormrage]].<ref>{{ref web|url=http://www.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/chris_metzen_micky_neilson_pocket_star_books_lore_qa_video_interview/|title=Chris Metzen & Micky Neilson Pocket Star Books Lore Q&A Video Interview|accessdate=2009-04-14|author=Medievaldragon|publisher=BlizzPlanet|quote = I mean Malfurion's always been, personally, my favorite Warcraft hero...}}</ref>
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*In an interview about the ''[[Warcraft (film)|Warcraft movie]]'' he revealed that "His heart lies with the Horde".{{fact}}
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* Metzen has used the alias "Thundergod" in multiple online venues, and also self-styles himself as "The Bourbon Cowboy".
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* Metzen's favorite hero in Warcraft [[lore]] is [[Malfurion Stormrage]].<ref>{{ref web|url=http://www.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/chris_metzen_micky_neilson_pocket_star_books_lore_qa_video_interview/|title=Chris Metzen & Micky Neilson Pocket Star Books Lore Q&A Video Interview|accessdate=2009-04-14|author=Medievaldragon|publisher=BlizzPlanet|quote = I mean Malfurion's always been, personally, my favorite Warcraft hero...}}</ref>
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* In an interview about the ''[[Warcraft (film)|Warcraft movie]]'' he revealed that "His heart lies with the Horde".{{fact}}
   
 
==Personal touches==
 
==Personal touches==
 
* The [[Feast of Winter Veil]] features a quest to rescue [[Metzen the Reindeer]] from kidnappers. Doing so rewards players with the ability to transform their [[mount]] into a similar-looking reindeer.
 
* The [[Feast of Winter Veil]] features a quest to rescue [[Metzen the Reindeer]] from kidnappers. Doing so rewards players with the ability to transform their [[mount]] into a similar-looking reindeer.
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* Additionally, there is an officer of the Argent Dawn (and later Crusade), [[Avenger Metz]], who bears a strong resemblance to Metzen's avatar on Sons of the Storm.
 
* Additionally, there is an officer of the Argent Dawn (and later Crusade), [[Avenger Metz]], who bears a strong resemblance to Metzen's avatar on Sons of the Storm.
 
*In StarCraft II, the pilot of Thor looks very much like Metzen and says "I, AM A THUNDERGOD!" after being clicked several times.
 
*In StarCraft II, the pilot of Thor looks very much like Metzen and says "I, AM A THUNDERGOD!" after being clicked several times.
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Metzen

Artistic representation.

"Metzen" redirects here. For the Feast of Winter Veil NPC, see Metzen the Reindeer.

Chris Metzen is the Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development[1] at Blizzard Entertainment.

BiographyEdit

Metzen began his career in Blizzard Entertainment as an artist,[2] while the storyline was left to Allen Adham and Ron Millar.[3] In Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness he took a bigger role as the designer of the story, but also made artwork and voice acting.[4] In Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal Blizzard Entertainment outsourced Cyberlore Studios to do the game and Metzen was in charge of storyline consultation and editions.[3]

His style characterized the earlier Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo series and he eventually became art director.[5] Eventually his position as Vice President of Creative Development (circa 2009) had given him the reins over lore and storylines created for the games of the Blizzard franchise, the foundations of which were laid by previous designers.[5]


Voice actingEdit

Metzen

Chris Metzen.

He is believed to be the voice of Nefarian,[6] and has confirmed he voiced Ragnaros[7], and a number of unspecified bosses in World of Warcraft.[7] Also he is the voice of Thrall in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, The Frozen Throne and World of Warcraft[8][9][7] and the voice of Rexxar in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.[8][10] In World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, he furthermore voiced King Varian Wrynn [7],Deathbringer Saurfang / Dranosh Saurfang.

In Starcraft, he voiced the Terran Marine, Terran Battlecruiser and the original Ghost.[7]

Other worksEdit

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Chris Metzen

Picture from Faces of BlizzCon 2007

Books
  • He was also part of "Creative and Rules Design Assistance and Additional Material" staff for the entire Warcraft and World of Warcraft RPG series. As well as Interior Artist for several of the books.
  • Metzen also supervises the lore created for the pen & paper rpg, mangas, and novels.
Videos

NotesEdit

  • He has voiced numerous characters in the Warcraft and StarCraft games.[7]
  • In World of Warcraft, his responsibility extends into coordinating with artists to create environments that give players a sense of continuity and cohesiveness.[5]
  • Metzen has used the alias "Thundergod" in multiple online venues, and also self-styles himself as "The Bourbon Cowboy".

Personal touchesEdit

  • Additionally, there is an officer of the Argent Dawn (and later Crusade), Avenger Metz, who bears a strong resemblance to Metzen's avatar on Sons of the Storm.
  • In StarCraft II, the pilot of Thor looks very much like Metzen and says "I, AM A THUNDERGOD!" after being clicked several times.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Marla Desat 2014-04-17. Blizzard's Azeroth Choppers Web Series Premieres Today. EscapistMagazine.com.
  2. ^ Warcraft: Orcs & Humans Human manual, pg. 35
  3. ^ a b Karune. BlizzCast Episode 12. BlizzCast. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2009-12-29.
  4. ^ Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition manual, pg. 94
  5. ^ a b c Karune. BlizzCast Episode 2. Retrieved on 2009-12-29.
  6. ^ Seth Schiesel 2006-05-06. Interview: Jeff Kaplan on World of Warcraft Expansion. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-12-29. “
    Q. So is that you talking on the Nefarian class calls?
    A. No that's not me. I think that might actually be Chris Metzen.”
  7. ^ a b c d e f Chris Metzen (2009). Blizzcon Panel. BlizzCon 2009. YouTube. Retrieved on 2009-12-29.
  8. ^ a b Chris Metzen. IMDB. Retrieved on 2009-12-29.
  9. ^ BlizzCon '08 - Day 1 Friday Oct 10. Animesou.com. Retrieved on 2009-12-29. “...although Chris Metzen still retains his role as Thrall...”
  10. ^ Talking To Himself. Retrieved on 2009-04-14. “Chris Metzen, best known as a story-writer, also voice acts two characters in Warcraft III. These characters, Thrall and Rexxar, happen to get a lot of dialogue in the expansion pack orc campaign.”
  11. ^ Medievaldragon. Chris Metzen & Micky Neilson Pocket Star Books Lore Q&A Video Interview. BlizzPlanet. Retrieved on 2009-04-14. “I mean Malfurion's always been, personally, my favorite Warcraft hero...”

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