The Physical World of Warcraft

For the amateur physicists out there — game design consultant, James Wallis has spent his sabbatical analyzing WoW. Using various methods, he has calculated the size, density and gravity of the planetoid you know as Azeroth. Azeroth is a very small planet, yet it has a gravity comparable to earth’s. Through clever means, James is able to calculate its density at 5850 g/cm3 (500 times greater than lead). This, of course, impacts spacetime through special relativity.

The full paper can be found at Cope, the weblog for

4 Comments to The Physical World of Warcraft

  1. kanker's Gravatar kanker
    July 1, 2008 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    wow.. someone had WAY too much time on there hands…

  2. Onigato's Gravatar Onigato
    July 2, 2008 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Such is the Life of those without a Wife of Kanker.

  3. kanker's Gravatar kanker
    July 2, 2008 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    hell.. I’d have less time without the Wife of Kanker… and less money… booze and whorey’s for all would be my battle cry…

  4. prym's Gravatar prym
    July 3, 2008 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I thought you might enjoy ‘fun with the minimap’

    I used an ‘extracted’ minimap to establish a distance scale for Azeroth and used it to measure velocity, and, interestingly enough the acceleration due to gravity. Also, using g and the view of Azeroth from Shadowmoon Valley in Outland I performed some elementary calculations of the size of Azeroth (R = 10.25 km) and its density (4.43×10^6 kg / m^3)

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