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Warcraft: Orcs & Humans is a real-time strategy computer game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment in 1994. Warcraft was developed for the DOS operating system and is available for Windows and Macintosh. The game might have various problems with modern operating systems, though. This game initiated the Warcraft franchise, one of the most successful real-time strategy franchises in computer game history. It also popularized the real-time strategy genre of computer games. The game is set in the world of Azeroth, but since Azeroth is also a name of a large landmass and a human kingdom in that world, this encyclopedia uses Warcraft Universe to avoid ambiguity.

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1 Overview
2 Sequels
3 Trivia
4 Legacy
5 Spin-offs
6 External links


Bloodthirsty orcss — denizens of another dimension — discover a portal allowing them to enter the largely peaceful human kingdom of Azeroth. The player can play as either the orcs or humans, the main differences being the spells of the mages.


Warcraft was followed by the two sequels Warcraft II and Warcraft III, and the spin-off MMORPG World of Warcraft.

Warcraft Adventures was to be an adventure game set in the Warcraft universe, but was cancelled near the end of the development cycle.



Due to the success of the game, several developers created "clones" of the game that included several similar elements. One of these were the open source clone FreeCraft. However the project was cancelled as Blizzard Entertainment sent a "cease and desist" letter to the project developers in July 2003. It concerned the use of the –Craft in the name and the inclusion of ideas which were to similar to Warcraft II. The game is being developed again under the name Stratagus.


Besides the aforementioned MMORPG World of Warcraft, there is also an episodic Warcraft book series (simply titled Warcraft) published by Pocket Books and written by various authors, an action figure line, and other various merchadise. There is also a manga based on Warcraft to be released in the United States, also by Pocket Books, however, whether it is a Japanese manga, Korean manwha, Chinese manhua, or American comics remains to be seen. There is also a Warcraft tabletop role-playing game and a strategy board game.

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