In real life I am currently 21 years old, and studying Computational Economics (graduating in the field of computational finance) and Econometrics at the university of Rotterdam in Holland. I have been working for several ICT companies in Holland and did some ICT projects on my own. Furthermore I am quite a sports freak, playing badminton and squash about four times a week. With the nights that I spend on WoW and coffee I have to stay in shape a little bit!
My interest for programming started on my 14th year when I was probably the youngest
player of WoW ever. (except for the daughter of the well known Kemp family that is!).
I had to make news every week to gain extra resources and the amounts increased when
html tags were used in the news. Hence I simply had to learn html to keep up with my
opponents. And the step from a simple markup language to a normal programming language
did not prove to be so difficult. With Chris as a guide I started to learn programming
on my 16th year, starting with c++, which seemed to be Chris' native language! Until
my 18th I refined my c++ skills and started with other languages, methods and
protocols when I started to work as a programmer for a major ICT company in Holland
on my 18th.
Most of my WoW history is explained above allready. I haven't had to go through all the troubles of the early stages of WoW and there is no date that I officially joined the WoW team (around a year ago probably). I currently manage the second tournament of WoW and fix minor problems that players have with their accounts (or their opponents..!). The game is fully automated and only needs some monitoring, which is done by all three of us at the moment. (although I constantly press Chris to work on WoW 3.0 and leave the monitoring to me!). I live pretty far away from Chris and Harry but that does not give many problems. Sometimes I have to wake Chris in his night when I bugged up something inside the system, but that is obviously not my problem!
I have met with Harry once in real life (in Rotterdam), and it was kind of funny to finally meet someone with whom you've talked so many hours via the internet. It was actually my first real life experience with an Australian guy and I have to agree that he is truly easy-going, as would be expected of an Australian. I finally learned how to pronounce "WoW". In Dutch/German it would be something like "Waaaaauw"! And Harry also enlightened me on his Australian college life and his affairs with women (which are pretty numerous!).
What the future will bring is yet uncertain. Most efforts put into WoW are on a voluntary basis and are depending on our free time. I may design some new worlds for WoW 2.0 or develop some parts of the WoW 3.0 engine, only time will tell. My only real wish is to meet with Chris one day, play a game of squash and talk about his college life, which was as Harry told me "not so glorious as mine hehehe". It is yet unknown how Harry defines "glorious" in this context.
If you are interested in the history of WoW before I joined the team, you should check out
Chris' or Harry's personal page.
You can contact korneel at email@example.com.