New York Comic Con 2013 – Diablo III: Book of Tyrael Book Signing Schedule

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, New York Comic Con 2013

Insight Editions announced Micky Neilson, Joseph Lacroix and Doug Gregory will sign copies of Diablo III: Book of Tyrael at the New York Comic Con this upcoming October 12th. Visit Insight Editions at Booth 1564. I’ll be there to share photos and video with our visitors.

diablo-iii-book-of-tyrael-cover-full-sizeInsight Editions: We’re very excited to announce that Diablo III: Book of Tyrael (Pub. Date: October 29) will be signed at NYCC on Saturday, October 12th at 11:00 a.m. in our booth! Join Doug A. Gregory from art direction, illustrator Joseph Lacroix, and Blizzard lead story developer Micky Neilson.

One of the most exciting and visceral action role-playing games in recent memory, Diablo® has become a worldwide gaming phenomenon. Diablo III: Book of Tyrael takes fans even further into the universe with a detailed and beautifully crafted artifact that focuses on the renowned champion Tyrael.

As a former archangel of the High Heavens, he ranks among the most important and influential characters in the Diablo franchise. Here, in this illustrated and comprehensive tome, he reveals never-before-known secrets about the history of the world, the dark threats that yet face mankind, and his decision to join the ranks of humanity as a mortal.

Featuring stunning original art throughout, this beautifully illustrated follow-up to Diablo III: Book of Cain will also feature letters from Leah and additional fragments of Cain’s writings, all curated by Tyrael as he weaves together a complex and fascinating story for the members of the Horadrim.

Diablo III: Book of Tyrael also features a fully removable illustration of the Leoric family and other influential characters from Old Tristram, including Deckard Cain, Prince Albrecht, Archbishop Lazarus, King Leoric, Prince Aidan, Queen Asylla, Leah, and Adria. This reversible image demonstrates their normal appearances on one side, along with a representation of their dark fates on the other.

 
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Trivial Pursuit World of Warcraft Edition Board Game On Sale

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The Trivial Pursuit World of Warcraft Edition Board Game by USAopoly is shipping now at the several local and online retailers.

From the Manufacturer

How well do you know World of Warcraft? Now with World of Warcraft Trivial pursuit, show off your knowledge by overcoming 600 questions of geography, lore and more. Game play 100 trivia cards with 600 questions covering six categories: Geography (Locations), Player Characters, Lore, Loot (Items), Enemies, Encounters Roll the die and move the number of spaces indicated to determine the category question. If the question is answered correctly, the player may take another turn. Players must answer a question correctly on a wedge space to get a scoring wedge from that category. Includes 100 trivia cards with 600 questions covering six categories Game board features custom World of Warcraft art Custom Baby Murloc movers Custom trivia card box featuring World of Warcraft art 6 traditional Trivial Pursuit scoring tokens Great for Gift giving Family game nights Trivia lovers World of Warcraft collector’s item.

Product Description

Test your knowledge of a world of magic, mystery, and limitless adventure! For the first time, America’s favorite trivia game teams up with the world’s most popular multiplayer online role playing game in The World of Warcraft edition of Trivial Pursuit. Fans can show off their knowledge by acing 600 questions across 6 categories including Geography, Player Characters, Lore, Loot, Villains, and Encounters. Game features custom die and custom sculpted baby murloc movers. Ages 12+ 2-36 Players

 

Nate Kenyon Finished the Diablo III: Storm of Light Novel

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News

New York Times bestselling author Nate Kenyon released a newsletter to announce his latest non-Blizzard related novel titled “DAY ONE“, and mentioned he just finished writing Diablo III: Storm of Light.

Nate Kenyon posted a video explaining his latest novel DAY ONE. While it is not Blizzard related, it gives you an idea of the level of story-telling he’s capable of, and why you shouldn’t miss Diablo III: The Order, StarCraft: Ghost–Spectres and the upcoming Diablo III: Storm of Light.

Diablo III: Storm of Light by Nate Kenyon – Pre-orders Open

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The Diablo III: Storm of Light pre-order page has opened.

You may learn more details of this novel here.

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Diablo III: Storm of Light

The High Heavens are healing after the fall of the Prime Evil. The Angiris Council has recovered the Black Soulstone and now stands vigil over the cursed artifact deep within the glimmering Silver City.

Amid these momentous events, Tyrael struggles with his position as the new Aspect of Wisdom, feeling out of place as a mortal among his angelic brethren and doubting his ability to fully embody his role. As he searches within himself and the Heavens for reassurance, he senses the Black Soulstone’s grim influence on his home. Where harmony of light and sound once reigned, a mounting discord is threatening to shroud the realm in darkness. Imperius and the other archangels vehemently oppose moving or destroying the crystal, leading Tyrael to put Heaven’s fate in the hands of humankind…

Drawing powerful humans to his side from the far ends of Sanctuary, Tyrael reforges the ancient Horadrim and charges the order with an impossible task: to steal the soulstone from the heart of Heaven. Among the champions entrusted with this burden are Jacob of Staalbreak, former avatar of Justice and guardian of the angelic blade El’druin; Shanar, a wizard with phenomenal powers; Mikulov, a lithe and reverent monk; Gynvir, a fearless and battle-hardened barbarian; and Zayl, a mysterious necromancer. With time and the forces of both good and evil against them, can these heroes unite as one and complete their perilous mission before the Heavens fall to ruin?

 

GamesCom 2013 – Joseph Lacroix interview – Diablo III: Book of Tyrael

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Blizzplanet Interviews, Diablo 3 News, GamesCom 2013, Interviews

During his attendance to GamesCom 2013 representing Blizzplanet, Arthur Lorenz “Handclaw” interviewed french artist Joseph Lacroix to ask questions about the DC Comics Diablo: Sword of Justice and the upcoming Diablo III: Book of Tyrael.

Diablo: Sword of Justice is a story about Jacob of Staalbreak a child that became the avatar of Justice in Sanctuary when he donned Tyrael’s sword. At least three characters from this graphic novel are confirmed to reappear in the upcoming Diablo III: Storm of Light by Nate Kenyon.

Diablo III: Book of Tyrael is the sequel to Diablo III: Book of Cain. To learn more about Diablo III: Book of Tyrael watch our SDCC Blizzard Publishing Panel videos.

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Diablo: Storm of Light by Nate Kenyon – Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Novel Tie-in

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Blizzard Entertainment has revealed more details of Diablo: Storm of Light by Nate Kenyon. The novel tie-in bridges the events of Diablo III and the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion.

To make it even more exciting, it ties with what fans will find in the Diablo III: Book of Tyrael. That’s not enough? Gee, how about mixing Jacob and Shanar from the DC Comics Diablo: Sword of Justice graphic novel into the novel? That’s an awesome lore cocktail of geekiness.

Nate Kenyon debuted writing for Blizzard Entertainment with Diablo III: The Order and StarCraft: Ghost–Spectres

Check out more about Diablo: Storm of Light at the following Blizzard Entertainment web page.

Continuity

  • Jacob of Staalbreak, Shanar the Wizard and Gynvir the Barbarian hail from the pages of the DC Comics Diablo: Sword of Justice graphic novel by writer Aaron Williams & artist Joseph Lacroix.

  • Zayl the Necromancer can be found in the pages of Diablo: Kingdom of Shadow (reprinted in the Diablo Archive) and Diablo: Moon of the Spider — both by New York Times best selling author Richard A. Knaak.

  • Mikulov the monk hails from the pages of Diablo III: The Order by Nate Kenyon


Diablo: Storm of Light

The High Heavens are healing after the fall of the Prime Evil. The Angiris Council has recovered the Black Soulstone and now stands vigil over the cursed artifact deep within the glimmering Silver City.

Amid these momentous events, Tyrael struggles with his position as the new Aspect of Wisdom, feeling out of place as a mortal among his angelic brethren and doubting his ability to fully embody his role. As he searches within himself and the Heavens for reassurance, he senses the Black Soulstone’s grim influence on his home. Where harmony of light and sound once reigned, a mounting discord is threatening to shroud the realm in darkness. Imperius and the other archangels vehemently oppose moving or destroying the crystal, leading Tyrael to put Heaven’s fate in the hands of humankind…

Drawing powerful humans to his side from the far ends of Sanctuary, Tyrael reforges the ancient Horadrim and charges the order with an impossible task: to steal the soulstone from the heart of Heaven. Among the champions entrusted with this burden are Jacob of Staalbreak, former avatar of Justice and guardian of the angelic blade El’druin; Shanar, a wizard with phenomenal powers; Mikulov, a lithe and reverent monk; Gynvir, a fearless and battle-hardened barbarian; and Zayl, a mysterious necromancer. With time and the forces of both good and evil against them, can these heroes unite as one and complete their perilous mission before the Heavens fall to ruin?

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Jinx Siege of Orgrimmar Promo: 5.4% off World of Warcraft T-shirts & Jacket Giveaway

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, World of Warcraft News

To celebrate the launch of World of Warcraft Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar, Jinx has a new promotion where all World of Warcraft products have a 5.4% off discount.

In addition, those who post a comment telling who will be the first to defeat Garrosh enters automatically into a raffle to win one of the faction track jackets. To post a comment go to the following page.

Who will be the first to end the reign of Garrosh Hellscream? Celebrate the launch of Patch 5.4 “Siege of Orgrimmar” with 5.4% off all World of Warcraft products. Comment and tell us who you think, Alliance or Horde, will be the first to topple Garrosh for a chance to win a World of Warcraft Premium Track Jacket!

Our faction jackets are made with heavy cotton/poly blend that is very soft, and minimizes shrinkage. They are deigned for a relaxed fit, and feature comfy zipper pockets, an oversized hood with fine jersey lining, headphones/MP3 pocket grommet, and extra-long sleeves with thumbhole cuffs. Both Alliance and Horde faction versions are available.

The contest will run until 9/16/2013, winners will be announced at 5 PM (PST) on 9/17. Post your pick, Alliance or Horde, for who will be the first to topple Garrosh in the comments below.

Be sure to check out our World of Warcraft store for all things Azeroth and get 5.4% off through 9/16/13. (This discount cannot be combined with any other sale offers or discounts!)

 

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Sideshow Collectibles Diablo Polystone Statue Gets New Light System Update

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News

The shipping date for the Sideshow Collectibles Diablo Polystone Statue is drawing near — Expected to ship November 2013. Sideshow has updated the statue with brand new lights which make the statue stand out even more than before when plugged to a power source. This Limited Edition consists of 2000 statues.

There are two pre-order options. The flat price is $349.99, with the Flex Payment Plan for as little as $105.00 and a non-refundable $35.00 to secure your copy.

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Product Description

Sideshow Collectibles is proud to bring you the Diablo statue, from Blizzard Entertainment’s hugely popular action RPG Diablo III. In a brilliant collaboration between the award-winning Sideshow Design and Development and Blizzard Cinematics teams, led by Sideshow Collectibles Creative Director Tom Gilliland and Blizzard Cinematics Creative Director Nick Carpenter, the Prime Evil’s chosen form comes to life, crafted in high quality polystone. The Diablo statue measures over 20 inches tall, hand painted and finished with painstaking attention to detail. Possess it now, before it possesses you.

Product Details

License: Diablo
Scale: Polystone Statue
Manufacturer: Sideshow Collectibles

Product Size: 21″ H (533.4mm) x 9″ W (228.6mm) x 12″ D (304.8mm)*

Product Weight: 11.00 lbs (4.99 kg)*
Dimensional Weight: TBD
Int’l Dim. Weight: TBD

Product Sku: 200219
UPC: 747720222113

Artists

Brian Fay (Sculpt), Dave Cortes (Sculpt), Blizzard Cinematics Team (Sculpt), Nick Carpenter (Creative Direction), Tom Gilliland (Creative Direction), Anthony Mestas (Paint), Rick Cantu (Paint).

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Employee Exclusive StarCraft II Kerrigan Bust on Sale for £450 in UK

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, StarCraft 2 News

Graeme sent a heads up his friend is selling a on eBay (UK). The item has a “Buy Now” price of £450.00 sold by a third-party, not directly by the ex-employee. Seller feedback is 100% with 39 feedback comments. That buyout price is definitely a bargain considering its collectible value. This bust was given exclusively to Blizzard Entertainment employees and only 5000 units were produced by Sideshow Collectibles.

This is a mega exclusive bust which is no longer available. My research has told me only 5000 where produced and that they were only given to staff members employed at that time.

The box itself didn’t come with a seal but ive shown the seal on the internal packaging to prove this has never been opened or used.

Don’t miss out on something that is so exclusive!

Please contact for exact postage costs. The quote given was to post it to Greece from the UK after a time waster winner.

Good Luck

 

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Diablo III: Reapers of Souls – Necromancer NPC Confirmed

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Vaeflare and Grimiku confirmed in the official Diablo III forums there will be a known Necromancer NPC in the expansion. There are few Necromancers that can actually be a reference here for someone we are familiar with.

Vaeflare: If you’re keen to see what the Necromancer has been up to since the events of Diablo III, you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll have the opportunity to meet up with him once more in Reaper of Souls!

Also as Josh Mosqueira stated the interview with King Konger and elsewhere, we do not currently have any plans to add another class to the expansion. We feel the Crusader class is a truly epic, and fitting addition to Reaper of Souls, and we’re excited to share more about it with you in the months ahead. :)source

 

Grimiku: Vaeflare confirmed it earlier, but there is no harm in saying again. You’ll get a chance to meet a familiar necromancer npc, but the only additional playable class in Reaper of Souls is the Crusader. We’ll have more information to share about the Crusader in the coming months, but this armored, battle-worn, veteran will be a mighty addition to hero roster of Diablo III. — source

 

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Speculation

  • Nameless Necromancer: This is the playable Diablo II Necromancer. To my knowledge none of the Diablo II playable classes had a name. However, the nameless Barbarian in Diablo III is the same we met as a playable character in Diablo II. We got to meet the original heroes of Diablo I in Diablo II actually. The Rogue in Diablo I (member of the Sisters of the Sightless Eye) was actually Blood Raven in Diablo II (Act I). The Warrior in Diablo I turned out to be The Dark Wanderer (aka Leoric’s son: Aidan) in Diablo II. Lastly, the Sorcerer in Diablo I turned out to be The Summoner in Diablo II (Act II, The Arcane Sanctuary). Thus, it might be possible for the Diablo II Necromancer to make a cameo in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.

  • Zayl the Necromancer is a well-known necromancer who has never been in-game. He has appeared in Diablo: The Kingdom of Shadow (reprinted in the Diablo Archive) and Diablo: Moon of the Spider — both by Richard A. Knaak.

  • Kara Nightshadow is another well-known necromancer from the pages of Diablo: Legacy of Blood (also reprinted in the Diablo Archive). She helped Norrec Vizharan (the mercenary treasure-hunter who found the armor of Bartuc the Warlord of Blood).

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Nate Kenyon needs a little push to decide what novel to write next

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News

Nate Kenyon wrote on twitter he is having a hard time to decide which novel to write next. Apparently he got his hands full with project offers. It is unknown if one of these are coming from Blizzard Entertainment, but in case that was so — “c-o-m-e–c-l-o-s-e-r …” — “How about we give him a little encouragement to go our way?”

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Let the armies of Blizzard lore scholars, fans, merchandise collectors, and novel-munching-zombies decide for him. Send him a tweet to encourage him to pick any Blizzard projects available.

Nate Kenyon was the novel writer of Diablo III: The Order (the new Horadrim) and StarCraft: Ghost–Spectres.

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Diablo III (PS3) Pre-Order Bonus Offer Expires September 3

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News

The Diablo III (PlayStation 3) pre-order bonus offer ends September 3, 2013. The Pre-order bonus includes the “Infernal Helm” in-game item with +Experience Bonus, and an Amazon-exclusive digital wallpaper.

The Diablo III (PlayStation 3) goes on sale this upcoming September 2, thus make arrangements really quick to benefit from this special bonus offer.

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DC Comics World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn Graphic Novel On Sale Now

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WOW_BLOODSWORNThe World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn by Doug Wagner and Jheremy Rapaack ships today at local and online bookstores.

Order it in Hardcover or as a digital graphic novel on kindle, iPad, Android and PC (internet browser’s Cloud Reader)

Description

As the Cataclysm rips through Azeroth, Warchief Garrosh Hellscream orders the best warriors of the Horde to come forward and serve in a new army, lest their foes in the Alliance sense weakness and attack. We meet these warriors as they come forward – from very different lands, backgrounds, traditions…Will they be able to overcome their deep differences and work together to serve the Horde, especially when challenged by a powerful, unfamiliar race claiming to be the real rulers of Azeroth?

Check out Blizzplanet’s review for World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn.

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World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects Paperback Pre-orders Open

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, World of Warcraft News

world-of-warcraft-dawn-of-the-aspects-part-1-coverThe World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects will be published on November in paperback format. This novel by Richard A. Knaak was released originally as a 5-part ebook.

The novel featured Kalecgos and the dragon aspects after Deathwing’s defeat. They reunited for a last time at the Wyrmrest Temple to disband. On his way out, Kalecgos senses a magical artifact beneath Galakrond’s skeleton.

The artifact turns out to be the very artifact for which Tyr lost his hand during a battle against Galakrond.

The magical item forces Kalecgos to relive the past experiences of Malygos in an era before the Titans blessed the dragon aspects, a time when they were mere proto-dragons.

Pre-order World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects to add it to your collection of World of Warcraft lore. In this novel, Tyr is hinted to be used sometime in a future expansion. He was last seen in the present at the Nexus and at the Dragonblight.

What triggered Tyr to come out of the woodworks? More importantly … will there be a connection between Tyr and … Wrathion at some point?

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World of Warcraft: The Trading Card Game Coming to an End

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, World of Warcraft News

You didn’t hear wrong. It is August, and no — it is not April’s Fool. Blizzard Entertainment has announced the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game by Cryptozoic Entertainment is coming to an end. Looks like Blizzard wishes to focus all the artistic talent into producing cards internally for the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft instead.

While the CCG, expected to launch at the end of 2013, is free to play — players can use the in-game store to buy up to 40 packs for $49.99. It’s a more attractive model for players. Those who wish to earn the cards the old fashion way may do so free. Those who wish to buy the cards instead have the freedom to do so. The good question to make now that the TCG is coming to an end is whether Hearthstone will have special loot cards on the free-to-play model or if at least these will be adopted by the Hearthstone in-game store.

Cryptozoic published the following statement at their website.

We are very grateful to the incredible community of players that have made the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game such an amazing experience. Timewalkers: Reign of Fire, the 21st installment to the World of Warcraft TCG, will be the last. Reign of Fire has been one of the fastest selling sets of all time and has been overwhelmingly well-received by drafters and deck brewers alike. While we are sad to see the World of Warcraft TCG end, we are proud to see it end on such a high note.

We hope that you have enjoyed cracking packs and playing with the most iconic characters in the Warcraft universe as much as we have. From raid and dungeon decks to unique heroes, each with their own deck-defining powers, the World of Warcraft TCG has left an unforgettable mark on the world of trading card games. Darkmoon Faires have long been a place for the most friendly and welcoming gaming community on the planet to come together and share their enthusiasm in a competitive, yet friendly, environment.

It has truly been an honor to be a part of such a passionate community that continues to grow year after year. The World of Warcraft TCG holds a special place in our hearts here and we are thankful to Blizzard for allowing us to be part of it.

 

In addition, Blizzard Entertainment posted an official word about the end of the WoW TCG.

We wanted to take a moment to thank all of you World of Warcraft Trading Card Game players out there for your support of the game for close to seven years.

We’ve had a blast working on it, and we knew that Set 21, Timewalkers: Reign of Fire would really grab everyone’s attention. In addition to delivering original and fun gameplay mechanics and giving players a new way to explore the story of Warcraft III, it’s stuffed with every single one of the much-sought-after Loot cards from each of the previous sets.

Set 21 represents something else as well: it’s the climactic last set for the WoW TCG. We are grateful for being able to collaborate with the artists and everyone else who helped make this game a reality all these years. We’re also thankful for all the players and retailers who’ve participated in the community globally. You made ripping open booster packs, discovering the wonders they held, and then building decks and taking them into battle a truly awesome experience.

Thank you all again for your support in making the WoW TCG one of the most epic trading card games of all time.

FAQ

Q: What about my loot cards that I haven’t redeemed yet?

A: You can still redeem your loot cards on our website (simply follow the instructions there).

Q: Will there still be tournaments for the WoW TCG?

A: While there will not be official tournaments hosted by Cryptozoic or Blizzard Entertainment, players are able to continue organizing tournaments as long as they follow our tournament guidelines listed here.

Q: I’m an artist/tournament winner; who should I contact if I have any questions?

A: Please contact Cryptozoic for any follow-up inquiries.

Q: Will you be renewing the contract for the WoW TCG with another partner?

A: While we don’t have any specific announcements to make at this time, we don’t expect to renew the license for the WoW TCG.