Craig Amai


Who Are you?

I'm a 30-something-year-old gamer nerd from California who happens to be fortunate enough to make games for a living (currently at Blizzard Entertainment on World of Warcraft).  I love game design, and I see a lot of potential for meaningful creations in the medium that we've just barely begun to tap into.

When I'm not working, I'm satisfying my wanderlust traveling anywhere and everywhere, with a particular love for nature and various adrenaline activities like rafting and zip-lining.

I live in an apartment with my amazingly talented writer/artist/dancer girlfriend Shannon, and my too-damn-cute dog, Ele.


How did you get into Game Design?

It always starts with games.  

Then level-editing tools like Marathon's Forge, and the Warcraft 2 editor.

Then DMing for Forgotten Realms campaigns.

Then joining Blizzard as a Game Master shortly before WoW's launch.

Then applying for associate Quest Designer and Encounter Designer positions internally, during which Jeff Kaplan and Alex Afrasiabi saw something in me worth taking the risk on.  

From there, I made my way up position by position in Quest Design until I was Lead Quest Designer during development of Warlords of Draenor.  And the expansion after in Legion, I took over the Artifact and Order Hall features, bridging into system design as well as content design.

Alongside of all of this, I maintain an insatiable thirst for knowledge and wisdom from many areas of game design.  This leads me to go to conventions, watch videos, read blogs, and toy with many side projects.  And likely soon to more than toy with them.


What's Your Professional Experience?

While I practice design in a great number of ways, all of my professional experience is on World of Warcraft.

Wrath of the Lich King – 

Various quests in:

  • Dragonblight
  • Sholazar Basin
  • Storm Peaks
  • Icecrown

Various item naming and dungeon questing.

 

Cataclysm – 

Various quests in:

  • Darkshore
  • Azshara
  • Teldrassil
  • Echo Isles
  • Vashj'ir
  • Deepholm
  • Twilight Highlands

Zone lead for the Molten Front.

 

Mists of Pandaria – 

Zone lead for:

  • The Wandering Isle
  • Townlong Steppes
  • Vale of Eternal Blossoms
  • Isle of Thunder

 

Warlords of Draenor

Lead Quest Designer, responsible for the oversight of the entire level-up experience.

 

Legion

Content lead for Artifacts and Order Halls, responsible for designing and seeing through these key features from start to finish.