New World of Warcraft Novel, “Yrel: Heart of Draenor” to be Written by Tara Gilesbie

Written by Ian Bates on . Posted in Activision Blizzard, Blizzard Developers, Blizzard Licensed Products Line Up, Blizzard Products News, Uncategorized, World of Warcraft Pocket Book Excerpts, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

Update: April Fools’ Day – April 1, 2014
However, a real Yrel short-story may be in the works

I’ve been waiting quite a while for the NDA to wear off on this. I am proud to announce, in a BlizzPlanet Exclusive, the next World of Warcraft novel, World of Warcraft: Yrel: Heart of Draenor! Just as World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde had a writer new to the Warcraft franchise behind it, so will Heart of Dreanor: the famous Tara Gilesbie!

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In the press details I was given by Micky Neilson, Lead Story Developer for Blizzard Entertainment, he explained this novel will bridge the gap between Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor by giving readers a look into one of the expansion’s lead characters, Yrel. The story will chronicle Yrel’s journey from a simple priestess at Karabor, to her witnessing the formation of the Iron Horde, ultimately leading to her first encounter with the player character (done similarly in Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War).

“We are incredibly excited to be working with Ms. Gilesbie,” Micky said in regards to the upcoming novel. He also mentioned we may be seeing a forbidden romance in Yrel’s adventures which will heavily affect her role in Warlords of Draenor.

He also clarified that, following another of Shadow of the Horde‘s traditions, Heart of Draenor will be a darker and more mature fare than most Warcraft novels. Due to this, I’ve had to censor the excerpt provided later on in the article slightly for the BlizzPlanet readership.

“We’ve seen how massively popular the pairing of Jaina and Kalecgos was in Tides of War, and Thrall and Aggra presented in-game is still considered one of our best works here at Blizzard. So it was natural to have another unique and well written romance. I wont’ say who catches Yrel’s eye, but I’ll give you a hint: his dad’s the leader of the Iron Horde.”

Just imagine the conflict that’s going to come from that! It looks like Yrel won’t just be Warcraft’s Joan of Arc, but perhaps their Romeo and Julliet as well?

As for our newest Warcraft author, Tara Gilesbie is a world renowned writer who, like many in today’s age, got her start on the internet. She is best known for her novella My Immortal, a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead-style take on the popular Harry Potter series of books; which chronicles Harry’s adventures through the eyes of a mentally challenged vampire student attending Hogwarts. Originally published for free, the full work can be read here if you want to get a taste of Gilesbie’s unique writing style before Heart of Draenor is out.

While I could not reach Tara herself, I was given this quote from her: “I m sooooo eksited to work on dis story! Fangz (geddit becuz Im Goffik) Blizzurd for givin me the change to work with u guys1″

I was also given a very short excerpt from Yrel: Heart of Draenor, detailing a scene between Yrel and her forbidden lover. As this is a spoiler, I’ll leave it under the read-more.

2014 Blizzard Licensed Products Line-Up

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Licensed Products Line Up, Diablo 3 News, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment and its partners release Blizzard licensed products every year. Some of these products come in the shape of novels, eBooks, graphic novels, action figures, dioramas, statues, children’s books, and epic weapons. Did you know from Fall 2013 to Winter 2014 there are so far 41 Blizzard Licensed Products?

There isn’t an official list of recent and upcoming products. Therefore, I will share a permanent list of recent and upcoming products for which you can pre-order now and relax later knowing that you secured your copy and it will automatically be charged and delivered on release date.

Some of the products were released already, and I felt I should mention them in case you missed them. They are in stock while supplies last and shipping now.

The Fall 2013 – 2014 Blizzard Licensed Products line up is as follows: (click links to reach the pre-order page)

ProductRelease Date
DC Entertainment - World of Warcraft: Pearl of PandariaSept 24, 2013
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector's EditionMar 25, 2014
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Standard EditionMar 25, 2014
Diablo III: Storm of LightFeb 4, 2014
DK Publishing - World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual GuideShipping Now
Funko POP Games - Diablo Vinyl FigureShipping Now
Funko POP Games - Diablo - Tyrael Vinyl FigureShipping Now
Funko POP Games - Starcraft Jim Raynor Vinyl FigureShipping Now
Funko POP Games - Starcraft Queen of Blades Vinyl FigureShipping Now
Funko POP Games - World of Warcraft Arthas Vinyl FigureShipping Now
Funko POP Games - World of Warcraft Illidan Vinyl FigureShipping Now
Gallery Books - World of Warcraft: War CrimesMay 6, 2014
Gallery Books - World of Warcraft: Dawn of the AspectsNov 19, 2013
Insight Editions - Diablo III: Book of TyraelOct 22, 2013
Insight Editions - World of Warcraft® Dragons Hardcover Blank JournalDec 13, 2013
Insight Editions - World of Warcraft® Horde Hardcover Blank Journal (Large)Dec 13, 2013
Jinx - Diablo III Barbarian Class Premium TeeShipping Now
Jinx - Diablo III Cartoon Lord of Terror Premium TeeShipping Now
Jinx - Diablo III Demon Hunter Class Premium TeeShipping Now
Jinx - Diablo III DiaBLO Premium TeeShipping Now
Jinx - Diablo III Monk Class Premium TeeShipping Now
Jinx - Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Premium T-shirtShipping Now
Jinx - Diablo III Witch Doctor Class Premium TeeShipping Now
Jinx - Diablo III Wizard Class Premium TeeShipping Now
Jinx - Hearthstone T-ShirtShipping Now
Jinx - StarCraft II Protoss MugShipping Now
Jinx - StarCraft II "That's How We Roll" Premium T-shirtShipping Now
Jinx - StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Zerg Vintage Logo Zip-Up HoodieShipping Now
Neca Diablo III – Deluxe Action Figure – Diablo, Lord of TerrorMar 2014
Neca Diablo III – Prop Replica – El’Druin, The Sword of JusticeMar 2014
Panini - Starcraft War Stories: Proyect BlackstoneNov 1, 2013
Pocket Star Books - World of Warcraft: ParagonsMar 31, 2014
Sellers Publishing - Diablo 2014 Wall CalendarShipping Now
Sellers Publishing - Diablo 2014 Wall CalendarShipping Now
Sellers Publishing - StarCraft® II 2014 Wall CalendarShipping Now
Sellers Publishing - World of WarCraft 2014 Mini CalendarShipping Now
Sellers Publishing - World of Warcraft® Alliance Hardcover Blank Journal
Dec 10, 2013
Sideshow Collectibles - Diablo Polystone StatueShipping Now
Sideshow Collectibles - Starcraft Raynor Sixth Scale FigureNov 2013
Sideshow Collectibles - World of Warcraft Deathwing Polystone Statue2015?
UDON - World of Warcraft TributeOct 15, 2013

Blizzard Products 2011 Release Dates List

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Licensed Products Line Up, Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

This is a complete list of all Blizzard Entertainment licensed products to be released throughout 2011. This list provides the official release date and a link to the landing page where you can purchase or pre-order each product.

2011

Mar 8Warcraft: Shadow Wing Volume 2: Nexus Point by Richard A. Knaak and Jae-Hwan Kim
Mar 8StarCraft: Ghost Academy Volume 3
Mar 8World of Warcraft Tcg Archives Box Set
Mar 8World of Warcraft Tcg Worldbreaker Epic Collection Box Set
Mar 15World of Warcraft Tcg Assault on Icecrown Citadel 4-player Game
Mar 30 – World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen # 5
Apr 5World of Warcraft Vol. 3 (DC Comics)
Apr 12Starcraft II: Devils’ Due
Apr 4 – World of Warcraft Tcg Deathwing Card Sleeves
Apr 12Cryptozoic World of Warcraft Assault on Icecrown Citadel Treasure Pack Box
Apr 20World of Warcraft Cataclysm Atlas by BradyGames
Apr 25 – World of Warcraft Tcg Worldbreaker: War of the Elements pack
May 11World of Warcraft Series 8 Black Knight action figure
May 11World of Warcraft Series 8 Forsaken Priestess Confessor action figure
May 11World of Warcraft Series 8: Gnome Rogue: Brink Spannercrank VS. Kobold Miner: Snaggle 2-Pack
May 17Starcraft Vol. 1 (Paperback) (DC Comics)
March 21World of Warcraft Undercity Mug (Taverncraft)
March 21World of Warcraft Ironforge Mug (Taverncraft)
May 31World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Book One of Cataclysm by Christie Golden (Mass Market Paperback)
Jun 1World of Warcraft Premium Series 3 Garrosh Action Figure
Jun 1World of Warcraft Premium Series 3 Troll Hunter Figure
Jun 29World of Warcraft Series 8 Action Figure Set
Jun 29World of Warcraft Premium Series 4 Headless Horseman action figure
Jun 29World of Warcraft Premium Series 4 Moonkin action figure
Jul 19World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects by Christie Golden
Jul 19World of Warcraft Premium Series 4 Action Figure Set
Jul 24Razer StarCraft II Zerg Edition Messenger Bag
Jul 25Diablo 2012 Wall (calendar)
Jul 25StarCraft II 2012 Wall Calendar
Jul 25World of Warcraft 2012 Wall Calendar
Jul 25World of Warcraft 2012 Box/Daily (calendar)
Jul 25World of Warcraft 2012 Mini Calendar
Jul 25World of Warcraft Alliance Collectible Coin Set
Jul 29Starcraft (Paperback, Titan)
Sept 27StarCraft: Ghost–Spectres (Starcraft (Unnumbered))
Oct 11World of Warcraft: Wolfheart
Oct 25World of Warcraft Vol. 4 (DC Comics)
Oct 25World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen (Hardcover)
Dec 13Diablo III: Book of Cain
Dec 27Starcraft II: Devils’ Due (Mass Market Paperback)

2012

JanSTARCRAFT PREMIUM: SERIES 1: JIM RAYNOR COLLECTIBLE FIGURE
JanSTARCRAFT PREMIUM: SERIES 1: ZERATUL COLLECTIBLE FIGURE
Feb 28World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects (Mass Market Paperback)
April 10 – StarCraft: Secret Missions

Untitled (World of Warcraft, Jaina Proudmoore) by Christie Golden – read more
Diablo: Sword of Justice (DC Comics, 5-issue mini-series) – read more
Untitled (Diablo, Horadrim, Deckard Cain) – read more