Alex Afrasiabi (alias Furor, or Valnoth on the forums) is the former Senior Creative Director for World of Warcraft at Blizzard Entertainment. He was originally hired to the team as an Associate Quest Designer on March 14, 2004. He was terminated by Blizzard in June 2020 after internal reports of sexual misconduct dating back to at least 2013. In 2021, Afrasiabi was named in a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard regarding his behavior while employed.
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Alex was once leader of a famous Everquest guild named Fires of Heaven (now a World of Warcraft guild). He was hired at Blizzard as a Quest Designer for World of Warcraft and rose through the ranks over the years and became Senior Creative Director. He is notable for having created many signature quests such as the Thunderfury questchain, Bingles' Missing Supplies, Mor'ladim, or the tribute mechanics in Dire Maul. He also oversaw the creation of the Death Knight starting area in Wrath of the Lich King.
After the release of Wrath of the Lich King, Afrasiabi was transferred to the Project Titan team. Titan was ultimately canceled and Afrasiabi rejoined the World of Warcraft team until he left Blizzard in June 2020.
- World of Warcraft (2004) - Quest Designer
- World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (2007) - Lead Quest Designer
- World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (2008) - Lead World Designer
- World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor (2014) - Creative Director
- World of Warcraft: Legion (2016) - Creative Director
Notes and trivia
- Afrasiabi is Iranian-American.
- There were many references to Afrasiabi, and his characters Furor Planedefiler and Kariel in Warcraft, usually referencing "Foror". "Tigule" is a reference to Jeffrey Kaplan, whose alias is Tigole. Afrasiabi and Kaplan were both members of high-end EverQuest guilds, explaining the many references to "Tigule and Foror".
- Pathstalker Kariel, Skeletal Remains of Kariel Winthalus, , , Foror's Compendium of Dragon Slaying, Foror's Eyepatch, , , Tigule and Foror's Strawberry Ice Cream, Autographed Picture of Foror & Tigule, Fras Siabi's Advertisement, Field Marshal Afrasiabi, Fras Siabi (The Great Fras Siabi, Siabi's Premium Tobacco), Lord Afrasastrasz, Fras Siabi's Postbox Key, Fras Siabi's Smoked Cologne, Fras Siabi's Cigar Cutter, Fras Siabi's Barely Bigger Beer, Shard of Afrasa, Brain Freeze, Stillpine Ambassador Frasaboo
- Virtually all of these references were renamed in July 2021, after it was revealed that he had a history of sexually harassing coworkers during his time at Blizzard.
- The first quest Afrasiabi designed in World of Warcraft was .
- Afrasiabi remembers "freaking" about having to create some of the early quests in Elwynn Forest. He felt like he had to create something amazing and decided to name the quest giver "something awesome", resulting in Falkhaan Isenstrider.
- ^ Blizzard on Social Media. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2014-05-20.
- ^ a b c World of Warcraft 2019-08-21. WoW® Classic with Creators. YouTube. Retrieved on 2019-08-21.
- ^ a b World of Warcraft 2019-09-23. WoW® Classic with Creators Episode 5: Alex Afrasiabi. YouTube. Retrieved on 2019-09-23.
- ^ Inside Blizzard Developers’ Infamous Bill ‘Cosby Suite’
- ^ DFEH vs Activision Blizzard 15 (2021-07-21). Archived from the original “47. In a blatant example of Defendant's refusal to deal with a harasser because of his seniority/position, Alex Afrasiabi, the former Senior Creative Director of World of Warcraft at Blizzard Entertainment, was permitted to engage in blatant sexual harassment with little to no repercussions.”
- ^ Did somebody say Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker?