This Wreckage

This Wreckage
As His Majesty the Emperor’s Expedition Force sets down on the shores of a mysterious continent, dark forces are already waiting…

First released in 2008, This Wreckage is a massive singleplayer action-adventure RPG map for Warcraft III: the Frozen Throne. Inspired by the Gary Numan song of the same name, This Wreckage is a direct sequel to When the Freedom Slips Away.

It is recommended that you play using Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne version 1.26 and a 4:3 aspect ratio. However, the Gold version contains bug fixes and compatibility tweaks to support play in Warcraft III: Reforged (patch 1.27 and above) (full changelog and known issues). This Wreckage has been verified to work in version 1.32 but other versions are not guaranteed. Version 1.31 has trigger event bugs that render certain quests non-functional — version 1.31 is not supported.

If you need help installing an old version of WC3 for the authentic experience, please see this thread on the Hive Workshop or use the contact form to ask for assistance.

Controls:

  • F6: QUICKSAVE
  • Left arrow: rotate camera <-
  • Right arrow: rotate camera ->
  • Up arrow: zoom in
  • Down arrow: zoom out
  • Escape: skip cinematic / reset camera to default

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If you liked This Wreckage, remember to try out its prequel, When the Freedom Slips Away — and if you want more of the same but in space and with robots, check out Project Y4.

You might also be interested in the multiplayer technological testbed, RDZArena, and if you want a bit of laugh, check out these lost projects from across the ages, some of whose ideas lived on in This Wreckage.

508 thoughts on “This Wreckage”

  1. Yea i posted 2 comments as it seems, because the first time it asked me to log in but i forgot the password and so on, long story short i posted 2 comments somehow, but i guess its not a problem 😀
    Did i become a boomer? it can’t be…

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  2. Sup Man! I just finished replaying this Epic Hidden gem of a map and i had a blast! I just wanted to thank you for creating this amazing map and this site as well!
    Hope you are doing well, i see you u came back and did some work on the map so it works on reforged, that is great i guess, but i wouldn’t put too much trust into Blizzard and their Reforged product.
    I replayed the map on version 1.26 and it worked flawlessly!

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  3. I’ve been messing around with ability systems lately, and I figured out how to modify the one in This Wreckage to work properly with Reforged. Want to know the trick, RDZ? Alternatively, I could do it myself if you’ve got an unprotected copy of Gold I can work on.

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    1. There are other reasons why playing it on 1.26 is the “definitive” way, so I’m not bothered about fixing it. But that’s nice to know other maps can use the same tricks again.

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    1. Seagoats are very small and green and lurk in the misty green swamp area. You may need to look very closely! Keep an eye out for the splashes as they move about, and try drag-selecting likely areas.

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  4. During the final battle, my computer was hit by massive FPS drop. The animation starts to stutter and render sluggishly. Any hint to reduce this epic lag?

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      1. Hmmm….I just noticed something. During the boss fight, it seems you used “shaky camera” effect on Triggers to depict the trembling caves going to collapse, right? I reckon that effect takes up large memory consumption and my PC couldn’t stand a chance.

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      2. I can’t imagine that being the case; shaking the camera is nothing more than changing its position a bit randomly. If that IS a problem then it’s Blizzard’s with Reforged, not mine.

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  5. I found a problem :v I can’t start the game because there’s only one team. It says that i cant start it without an enemy team, there isn’t an option to go to another team or put a computer to another team.

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      1. Thank u for the reply. I figured out that I need to play it on custom games and not through LAN. Most games I played were through LAN so I got a bit confused. I’ve played quite a bit and I got to the side quest where I need to catch a seagoat. But I think I’ve killed all the ones in the swamp T^T. Is there any other places where there might be seagoats? ty ^^

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      2. You monster.

        Seagoats are, however, blessed by the Gods and will come back to life after a while (unless you’re playing a REALLY old version of the map).

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      3. Good to know that they’ll respawn ^^ . My only motive for killing them is because I remember some critters in the campaigns have some stuff on them so I decided to kill them xD. Thank u for the very fast replies :DD.

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      4. Hello again. I found a mur’gul and a knight named captain zhao near the entrance to the cave. Is there anyway I can access that? It also says that the rock is invulnerable when I try to destroy it.
        And I read in the comments somewhere about some tiles and thunder effects on the southern part of the cave. I tried following the tiles but nothing rly happened( maybe im just doing something wrong tho).

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      5. Regarding Captain Zhao, have you checked back in Agent City? The Special Agent there might have one last quest for you.

        You are right following the tiles… Look at the pattern on the floor, and notice how it’s actually a continuous line. There are only two ends, one of them must be the start?

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      6. I’ve finished the game 😀 . I never got to finish the seagoat quest or the tile thingy tho :p. This was an amazing map to play, the boss was pretty hard tho xD as most of my companions died. I’ll be playing the prequel now which I misssed xD. Thank u for the fast replies, it really hellped me ^^

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  6. Played it through for the 3rd time, found a lot more than before this time. Couldn’t keep the companions alive during the last battle oh well. I would love to see the 3rd instalment made, even if it was just a written piece of fiction.

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    1. Luckily none of the companions are tied into the ending (maybe they should have been? Eep) so you’re not missing anything by letting them die.

      I do have a rough draft/outline for Shattered By Light. Although it follows on from the two existing maps, there’s a lot I’d want to retcon to make everything build to a more satisfying payoff and finale, so my ultimate plan is a full re-write… but that’s not my main project right now, so I’ll just have to leave it to your imagination. 😉

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  7. Whenever I loaded the save game, I couldn’t click to choose any skills from the quartermaster nor exit the base. Couldn’t continue the story so I had to restart from the beginning, mind looking into it? [Version is 1.31]

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    1. I have been working on forwards-compatibility fixes for a while, but until those are ready, This Wreckage is not guaranteed to work on any version other than 1.26. Sorry!

      EDIT: the fixes are now released! Get This Wreckage Gold above!

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      1. Thank you very much for replying and providing the solution!

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    1. HD graphics are not supported, you should only play with Classic graphics. I am aware of some glitches that I am working on fixing, but in the mean time, for the optimum experience you should play in The Frozen Throne version 1.26.

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  8. I’m stuck after the ”Work” main quest, spent time running around but couldn’t find the entrance to the western jungle. please help

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  9. Really want to play this map, heard so many great things. But once I pick up the backpack in the very beginning it causes a graphical glitch that makes the map visually unplayable. I have tried two different computers and had the same problem so don’t think it’s on my end. What I was wondering, as I know you are not doing more work on this map, is there a console command or something that I can use to hide the backpack visual when I pick it up?

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    1. I’m afraid not. What version of Warcraft III are you using? Nothing is guaranteed to work above 1.26; it might be worth trying to downgrade if you can.

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      1. Okay, update on this saga — the backpack model is broken in a “how did this ever work?” way (can’t believe I still remember all this stuff… just like riding a bike?). I’ll be preparing to do patch releases of This Wreckage and WtFSA when Reforged comes out and I can give them both thorough test runs, so stay tuned!

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  10. Hi again after all those years, Rao!
    I wanted to ask if you are still planning to rework these maps (when the freedom slips away and this wreckage) for Reforged version?

    If yes i would be honoured to test some things if needed.

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      1. But new models and better looking models…

        I would love to see both those maps in reforged variant. Even without reworked triggers.

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      2. It will never happen because there are 720 imported files, most of which are custom models. I simply do not have the time or energy, let alone tools and skills, to upgrade all of those to HD mode. I’m afraid you’ll just have to live with the uggo classic graphix. ;D

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      3. If you’re going to donate enough for me to start a business and hire a load of professional artists, sure. How many millions have you got?

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    1. Ha, no. Or rather, yes, but in stand-alone game land, not in WC3. My heart belongs to big meaty singleplayer action-RPGs and that will always be what I strive to make.

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  11. Sir, why can’t I play your map. It says here that it needs 2 different teams to start the game and unfortunately I can only have 1

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  12. I have played your map recently and i must admit that is the best map i ever played , i love this map . Got 57716 with over 10 hour played time . But I have some question about this map :
    1. The Upgrade quest : i cant found anything to enchant the crystal gem , i searched everything i could interact in all the mountain but nothing . Can u tell me how can i complete this quest ?
    2. I saw the block passage which lead to the big murloc and the horseman near the entrance of inner mountain ( maybe ). Even i reached the final preparation quest it still be blocked ?? . How can go through that passage ?
    3. Quest Known Unknowns and Seagoat in the swamp . How can i find those quests or trigger it ?
    4. Some suggestion for your future update ( if have ) : The final quest i have 7 comrade include Anna + 6 scholar and leader blue orc as allies . But when fighting with Five , It’s very hard to micro all of them as the camera is locked . So I suggest that in final quest u should unlock the camera to normal , and may add some extra point condition like : All 7 comrades alive : + 50000 point , All allies u control alive : + 200000 point ….
    Tks u for reading , please answer me soon.

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