Chris Metzen Starts Tabletop Gaming Company Warchief Gaming
Chris Metzen has come out of retirement to start a new tabletop gaming company called Warchief Gaming. He is starting this endeavor with Mike Gilmartin, former Blizzard vice president of quality assurance. Learn more about it by watching the video below, and check out his interview on Venturebeat.



Dave Kosak Leaves Blizzard for New Studio Deviation Games
Hearthstone's Dave "Fargo" Kosak, formerly Lead Narrative Designer for WoW, has left Blizzard after 12 years. He is taking on a very important role for a new studio called Deviation Games. His tweet says that they are currently making something that will make you say "woah." We wish him all the best in his new endeavor!


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  1. crakerjack's Avatar
    Oof, table top games. Well best of luck Metzen.
  1. MiiiMiii's Avatar
    So the only 2 people left I "remember" at Blizzard now, as people I respect, are Ion Hazzikostas and Jeff Kaplan. If they leave, I will concider Blizzard completely a "new era" company.

    Sad to see really.
  1. xenogear3's Avatar
    He will make a Gacha Game, similar to Genshin Impact.

    In the meantime, Shadowlands is pushed to Sept 2021.
    If more people leave, 2022 is not a dream !
  1. misterrium's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MiiiMiii View Post
    So the only 2 people left I "remember" at Blizzard now, as people I respect, are Ion Hazzikostas and Jeff Kaplan. If they leave, I will concider Blizzard completely a "new era" company.

    Sad to see really.
    i am sorry but respect to ION?????
  1. Sanguinerd's Avatar
    Not really into tabletop but always happy to see Metzen!
  1. Romanthony's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by xenogear3 View Post
    He will make a Gacha Game, similar to Genshin Impact.

    In the meantime, Shadowlands is pushed to Sept 2021.
    If more people leave, 2022 is not a dream !
    Are you high, No way will it be pushed back that far. Best of luck to them both though
  1. Lorgar Aurelian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by xenogear3 View Post
    He will make a Gacha Game, similar to Genshin Impact.

    In the meantime, Shadowlands is pushed to Sept 2021.
    If more people leave, 2022 is not a dream !
    Neither of them have worked on Warcraft in years this does nothing for shadowlands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulwind View Post
    Unlikely, small indie company making tabletop games for a massive one like Activision, it wouldn't end well.

    But I'm sure we'll see a lot of familiar characters in these new games of his. Some long haired necromancer or blind elf with dual blades.
    I don’t think Metzen would be that on the nose with any thing and if they did give him the rights that would be great press so you never know.
  1. TickTickTick's Avatar
    Best of luck, but I swear so many absurd company names in the game industry... Warchief Gaming, really? Brings more of a laughter than a spark of interest.
  1. Gurkan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by misterrium View Post
    i am sorry but respect to ION?????
    I will always respect Ion, there's that aura around him that I just respect. I may disagree on alot of things with him, but I just can't get myself to not respect him.
  1. Hadriker's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Soulwind View Post
    Unlikely, small indie company making tabletop games for a massive one like Activision, it wouldn't end well.

    But I'm sure we'll see a lot of familiar characters in these new games of his. Some long haired necromancer or blind elf with dual blades.
    I mean I'd play a Warcraft Table Top RPG. There are fan made conversion out there for 5e but an official properly playtested version? i'd bet it would selll pretty well. THey could even use the 5e SRD to draw in the 5e players.
  1. RoKPaNda's Avatar
    Didn't expect a table top game company. Cool though. Hearthstone seems to have a really high turnover rate.



    Quote Originally Posted by misterrium View Post
    i am sorry but respect to ION?????
    I respect Ion a lot more than I respect Kaplan. I mean the only thing Kaplan ever did for us was give us very misleading numbers about raiding during one of the first Blizzcons to justify Blizzard adding nothing but raids to the game during Vanilla's lifecycle, and then he briefly made Overwatch a success. Kaplan has very very outdated ideas about MMOs.
  1. Unholyground's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ZazuuPriest View Post
    i mean he has a hell of a "first job"
    I don't disagree lol.
  1. jesscal11's Avatar
    I can never take what Chris Metzen is saying seriously, he gives me massive pathological liar type vibes.

    Like the scripted story of moving from the house to the garage to the 2000 sq ft space? Totally made up. Boring.

    GL Chris you haven't been missed from wow, table top games are a dead end but I'm sure you have enough money to do anything and not give a damn. *shrug*
  1. DesoPL's Avatar
    I'm suprised that people cares for both Kosak and Metzen.
  1. Count Zero's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Binaris View Post
    He retired. Came out of retirement in a non competing space and used the word warchief. A very common word especially in fantasy genre. you are reaching for drama where there is none.
    What about "not exactly a clean break" implies I want there to be drama?
  1. THEORACLE64's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unholyground View Post
    I mean don't let it be all he is known for, no one wants their first job to define them forever lol.
    If their "first" job is as successful as that then yeah, there's nothing wrong with that at all.
  1. Darknessvamp's Avatar
    So apparently Warchief Gaming was their table top gaming club they've been doing since 2018 and this is them taking it a step further and turning it into a company creating and selling stuff for Table top games. Well I wish him good luck if they want to turn their hobby club into a full time job but it certainly is a risky venture considering the business of TT games, especially if they end up competing with Warhammer and Wizards of the Coast.

    Dave was a bit cringy on the Hearthstone team and I liked his work in WoW more, even so hope he does well at Deviation. Though a new start up with "big goals/promises" and risk taking on it's company page for it's "new games" which they've likely just started working on and are headed up by people from Call of Duty and Lego games...
  1. Binaris's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Count Zero View Post
    What about "not exactly a clean break" implies I want there to be drama?
    The words you used, put together into a phrase.
  1. Count Zero's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Binaris View Post
    The words you used, put together into a phrase.
    You're making a lot bigger deal about my post than I was about the company name.
  1. GMZohar1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bowlink View Post
    Warchief gaming? a little on the nose don't you think
    Cause wow created the term Warchief amirite?

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