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Minecraft meets WoW with the ambitious Crafting Azeroth mod

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Minecraft continues its rapid territorial expansion with the ambitious Crafting Azeroth (opens in new tab) , a mod that aims to cram all of World of Warcraft's Azeroth into Mojang's blocky expanse - minus the players, the pandas, and the occasional mass extinction (opens in new tab) , naturally.

After eight months of development, the beta version of the mod has finally been released here (opens in new tab) . The file weighs in at a hefty 2.17GB, but it unpacks into an even heftier 24GB, defying at least one law of thermodynamics. If your hard drive is weeping at the mere thought of it, take a gander at this mega-gallery on imgur (opens in new tab) instead. There's a possibility of WoW's instanced dungeons appearing at a later date, but for now creator Rumsey is working on adding the game's Outland and Northrend continents, plus other titbits like Tol Barad and the Lost Isles. While we wait on those, here are some holiday snaps from the game the kids are surely calling MinecrAzeroth in its current state.

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Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.