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SDCC 2013 – SDCC Exclusive Funko Mini-Sylvanas POP Vinyl and Zergling/Baneling Plush Prices Revealed

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, SDCC 2013, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

VP of Art and Cinematic Development Nick Carpenter tweeted the SDCC website updated the SDCC Exclusive merchandise page. The Funko Mini-Sylvanas POP Vinyl costs $18 and the Funko Baneling and the Zergling cost $35.

Something that totally got me off-guard is that there is no such thing as a Baneling Plush Toy, and a Zergling Plush Toy. This thing is awesome. The Zergling Plush transforms into a Baneling by opening a zipper and pulling out a hidden skin that you wrap on top of the Zergling. Holy molly! Neat! That rocked someone’s socks.

I totally recommend following @FubarNick — lot of cool stuff can be found out.

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SDCC 2013 – Sideshow Collectibles Teases StarCraft II Sixth Scale Figures

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, SDCC 2013, StarCraft 2 News

Barely less than 48 hours away from the Blizzard Licensing Panel, Sideshow Collectibles has dropped a teaser for StarCraft II fans. The image shows the unpainted head of at least three different StarCraft II Sixth Scale action figures.

One is Tychus Findlay. The hair style of one of them looks like Jim Raynor. A third head reminds me of Emperor Valerian Mengsk.

Wish to find out more? Blizzplanet will have video of the Blizzard Licensing Panel on Thursday sometime around 9pm EDT / 5pm PDT. The video will be embed at the following page.

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Sons of the Storm July 2013 Update – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Concept Art & DC Comics StarCraft Graphic Novel

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

The Blizzard Entertainment “Sons of the Storm” artists website has been updated with delicious StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm artwork. All three races get spotlight.

Among the artworks I see a concept art of the head of different Primal zerg and the flora of planet Zerus. Some icy scenes from planet Kaldir. Artwork shown in the Project Blackstone website such as the War Pigs Warhound. Some have been shown in the StarCraft II Short Stories webpage.

However, there are some never seen before — like the Dehaka concept.

As usual, the Sons of the Storm website is also showing artwork of upcoming licensed products such as the front cover of Diablo III: Book of Tyrael and the World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde.

As I browsed through the 25 images, and reached the last one — my jaw dropped. Sharp-eye fans might remember this piece of artwork. This is the front cover of the DC Comics StarCraft Graphic Novel revealed by Hank Kanalz on July 2011 at San Diego Comic Con. Check out the 2011 SDCC coverage page to learn more.

The 120-page graphic novel is untitled still 2 years forward, but the writer was Simon Furman with art by Wei Wang. DC Comics hasn’t revealed details about the status of the StarCraft graphic novel since the SDCC 2011. Hopefully, the public view of this concept art heralds new details this upcoming SDCC 2013.

Make sure to watch Blizzplanet’s video of the Blizzard Licensed Panel (SDCC 2013) this upcoming Thursday, July 18th. Visit the Sons of the Storm website to view the recently added 25 images.

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Blizzard Entertainment Teases Upcoming In-Game Pet Store Items

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

Bashiok posted a preview of things to come in the in-game Pet Store. From the looks of this image, I assume Blizzard might sell special high-polygon/resolution masks similar to those seen during Halloween, and special attachments to helmets (as seen in the Tauren’s helm below). One of the preview images shows a mount and an elaborate Battle Standard that matches the mount appearance.

Seems Blizzard Entertainment is going to introduce a very exciting feature. We have seen similar treats for years in the Cryptozoic World of Warcraft TCG loot cards, but this new feature will allow players to obtain the same quality of vanity items without the hassle of collecting random cards. Neat!

WoWHead unearthed the datamined items seen in the preview. Those are vanity helms, and an iron hitching pole that transforms the mounts of all raid/party members into a

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Blizzard Entertainment Licenses DK Publishing to Launch World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide

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

DK Publishing is launching a hardcover book titled World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide on September 30, 2013. Pre-orders are now open.

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World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide

For decades, the war between the Horde and the Alliance has raged on in the fantasy world of Azeroth. Millions of players have chosen a faction and fought alongside one another in Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft® — and since its release in 2004, the game has grown to become the most popular subscription-based MMORPG on the planet.

Created in close collaboration with Blizzard, World of Warcraft®: The Ultimate Visual Guide explores the major characters, key locations, and epic history of this battle-scarred realm, and will capture any adventurer’s imagination with its breadth of detail. Players will find a treasure trove of game knowledge, as the book delves deep into the series’ lore and even goes be yond the game, giving readers a peek at the behind-the-scenes development of Blizzard’s vivid fantasy world. This detailed guide is the perfect companion for any adventurer, Alliance or Horde.

Book: Hardcover | 11.88 x 9.88in | 200 pages | ISBN 9781465414441 | 30 Sep 2013 | Dorling Kindersley | 8 – 12 years

World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide
DK Publishing – Author

ISBN-10: 1465414444
ISBN-13: 978-1465414441

Press Release

NEW YORK, July 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – DK Publishing announced today the upcoming release of the World of Warcraft®: Ultimate Visual Guide, an in-depth companion to Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), World of Warcraft.

Arriving in stores in October 2013, this book serves as a definitive guide to the enthralling fantasy universe featured in World of Warcraft and its four expansions. With this guide, players will explore the far reaches of Azeroth, becoming versed in its rich history, uncovering back stories of key heroes and villains, and discovering fascinating details about key locations.

Created in close collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment, World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide gives readers a treasure trove of game knowledge, including series lore and a look at behind-the-scenes development.

“We’re pleased to be working with DK to bring World of Warcraft players this beautifully illustrated companion to the game,” said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment. “DK’s put together an extensive collection of awesome images and cool behind-the-scenes details that should satisfy anyone interested in exploring WoW’s history.”

Within the guide, gamers can expect to find:

  • Loads of gorgeous official full-color artwork from World of Warcraft
  • Behind-the-scenes information on the making of World of Warcraft
  • A fascinating overview of the characters, lore, locations, and events of World of Warcraft and its expansions
  • Images from DC Comics’ World of Warcraft comic book series

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes sixteen #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

About DK

DK is the bestselling and award-winning publisher known for informing, entertaining, and educating global audiences through beautifully designed content. DK also publishes the Eyewitness series for children and Eyewitness Travel Guides. BradyGames, Alpha Books, and Rough Guides are also available from DK, a division of Penguin Group. http://us.dk.com

 

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UDON World of Warcraft: Tribute Front Cover & SDCC 2013 Panel Schedule

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, SDCC 2013, World of Warcraft News

The UDON Entertainment Panel will be held at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 19th at 5:30pm (Room 26AB). The final artwork to adorn the front cover of the World of Warcraft: Tribute book was also revealed.

The UDON Entertainment artists and editors will discuss their latest titles and reveal upcoming projects in this announcement-packed panel. Topics will include Comic-Con debut titles like World of Warcraft Tribute and Street Fighter Origins: Akuma, plus revelations of new books from some of the hottest names in video games, manga, and animation!

SDCC Attendees: UDON will sell a SDCC Exclusive limited-edition of the World of Warcraft: Tribute book at their booth. More details about booths here.

It’s unknown if UDON might announce new Blizzard licensed products. In theory they could make more TRIBUTE books based on StarCraft and Diablo. Are you attending this panel? Interested in taking video or photos for Blizzplanet? Please let me know. The profile below has my skype info. Otherwise, email me at medievaldragon (at) blizzplanet

The UDON Panel
Featuring staff & artists from UDON Entertainment!
Friday July 19, 2013 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 26AB

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James Waugh – The Three Es: The Value of Transmedia Fiction For Franchise Development

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

New York Times bestselling writer and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria senior story developer James Waugh recently posted an exclusive article titled “The Three Es: The Value of Transmedia Fiction For Franchise Development” for the Transmedia Coalition website where he explains how fleshing out a story and transcending it beyond the original media into other media can give depth to characters and stories. Make fans engage into discussions.

James starts sharing his experience as a kid with The Transformers brand. He had no clue who Optimus Prime and Megatron were. They were mere plastic toys that friends at school played with during break time. How his passion for the characters grew later when the TV animated series aired, and the depth of those characters, their personalities, their feelings and needs were fleshed out in the Marvel Transfromers comics.

I was a bit older than 10 years when all this happened in the mid-80s (1984-1987), and this article brought fond memories. I feel portrayed.

His experience as a child, and later as a teen with The Transformers brand is the primer that made James Waugh a Lead Writer (Franchise Development) for Blizzard Entertainment.

James talks about Deathwing since Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal up to the moment the story developers agreed to bring Deathwing as the main villain of the Cataclysm expansion.

According to James Waugh, the three powerful aspects of the value of transmedia fiction for franchise development are:

  • Enriching the IP
  • Engage the Fans
  • The Evangelizers

Read James Waugh’s article.

Works

Among many works, James Waugh wrote or co-wrote the following transmedia projects:

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void & Unannounced MMO

Currently, James Waugh is working on the story for StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void as Lead Writer, Blizzard All-Stars, Lead story developer on the upcoming Warcraft feature film, and writer for the Unannounced MMO (It’s kinda interesting it’s not referenced as the Next-Gen MMO, don’t you think? hint-hint).

About the StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void part — Dustin Browder revealed the following during a Reddit AMA:

1. In a year from now, how far are you into the developement of Legacy of The Void, and what else will you be working on?

Dustin: We have started on Legacy story, scripts and missions.

2. How many people are working in the starcraft departement of Blizzard?

Dustin: 80+ developers, hundreds of QA + Cinematics + other support personel. Look at the credits for Wings. All of those people made significant contributions to that game.

3. While Starcraft 2 was well received in most of the world, the transition from Broodwar to Starcraft 2 in Korea was very rough. If you could go back in time to 2010, what would do different in regards to KeSPA and the korean market?

Dustin: We were very happy for KeSPA to support SC2. I was not part of any discussions with them and I don’t know the details, sorry.

4. Tell us a funny/embarasing story that happened durring the developement of Heart of The Swarm!

Dustin: I get to play David Kim quite a bit when he runs out of real players to play against or when we are not yet in Beta. I barely beat him in a game one day and went over to his desk to celebrate my victory only to find out he had been reading email during the decisive battle.

 

Seems Blizzard Entertainment might have their card deck full of announcements for BlizzCon (November 8-9).

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SDCC 2013 – Blizzard Entertainment Schedule

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, SDCC 2013, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment posted the San Diego Comic Con schedule. Sideshow Collectibles will show the painted Diablo Polystone statue and a Deathwing statue.

Insight Editions will display the Diablo III: Book of Tyrael.

There are several book signings scheduled throughout Thursday-Saturday.

All Blizzard licensed partner booths can be found here.

The Blizzard Publishing Panel will take place on Thursday at 2:15pm. The Floor Map showing the Blizzard Panel Hall 6BCF is here — look for the right-wing. (left-click the image once to zoom in)

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Check out Blizzard’s San Diego Comic-Con schedule of events including panels, booth activities, and partner shenanigans. Copies of your favorite Blizzard books will be available for purchase at the booth—don’t forget to get yours signed by our featured guests at the times listed below. Look for us at booth #115, and be sure to get there early before everything is gone!

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Funko will also be selling a limited amount of the Shadow Illidan at their booth. If you haven’t seen this little guy yet, check out our blog post on our SDCC exclusives.

Sideshow #1929

Come by to check out the painted Diablo statue in all its hellish glory, and the first look at Deathwing. Sideshow will also be showing off a previously unannounced statue that will be revealed in the Blizzard panel on Thursday.

Insight Editions #1134

Each day Insight Editions will be holding a random drawing to give away a copy of The Art of Blizzard. They will also be showing off spreads from the upcoming Diablo: Book of Tyrael.

Thursday, July 18

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Art of Blizzard Signing

Wei Wang and Glenn Rane will be signing copies of “Art of Blizzard,” which you can buy at the booth. The Art of Blizzard details some of the most iconic artwork Blizzard has produced over the years in this full-color compilation.

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m – World of Warcraft Tribute Signings (UDON booth #4529)

A selection of top-flight artists will be on hand to sign and maybe even sketch in your copy of World of Warcraft Tribute. Tribute artists scheduled to appear include Justin Bechtold, Kevin Cameron, Sean Galloway, Matt Grigsby, Dax Gordine, Gregory Higerd, Don Ho, Edwin Huang, Arun Naina, AJ Nazzaro, Laura Rivera, Emmanuel Fuentes, Patrick Scullin, and Arnold Tsang. (Subject to change)

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Blizzard Licensing Panel (Hall 6BCF)

Chris Metzen (Blizzard Entertainment SVP Story and Franchise Development) and a team of esteemed guests reveal never-before-seen licensed products and plans for 2013/2014. Talk to the designers, writers and artists as we dig into toys, novels, comics, statues, and more. Panel and extended game Q&A session moderated by Kat Hunter (host of BlizzCon coverage on DIRECTV).

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – UDON World of Warcraft Tribute Art Book Signings

Come by the Blizzard booth to meet artists Justin Bechtold, Ginny Higerd, and Arun Naina, whose art is featured in the World of Warcraft Tribute fanart book, curated by UDON.

Friday, July 19

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – World of Warcraft: Dark Riders Signing

Writer Mike Costa will be signing your World of Warcraft: Dark Riders comics at the Blizzard booth.

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m – World of Warcraft Tribute Signings (UDON booth #4529)

A selection of top-flight artists will be on hand to sign and maybe even sketch in your copy of World of Warcraft Tribute. Tribute artists scheduled to appear include Justin Bechtold, Kevin Cameron, Sean Galloway, Matt Grigsby, Dax Gordine, Gregory Higerd, Don Ho, Edwin Huang, Arun Naina, AJ Nazzaro, Laura Rivera, Emmanuel Fuentes, Patrick Scullin, and Arnold Tsang. (Subject to change)

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde Signing

Give us your best troll impression when you pick up your copy of this newly released book and have it signed by author Mike Stackpole. Ya, mon!

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Pearl of Pandaria Signing

Blizzard’s Micky Neilson and artist Sean Galloway join forces to sign their NY Times Bestselling original graphic novel, featuring the Pandarian adventures of Li Li Stormstout.

Saturday, July 20

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Art of Blizzard Signing

Chris Metzen, Bill Petras, and Roman Kenney will be pleased to sign their name in your book!

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m – World of Warcraft Tribute Signings (UDON booth #4529)

A selection of top-flight artists will be on hand to sign and maybe even sketch in your copy of World of Warcraft Tribute. Tribute artists scheduled to appear include Justin Bechtold, Kevin Cameron, Sean Galloway, Matt Grigsby, Dax Gordine, Gregory Higerd, Don Ho, Edwin Huang, Arun Naina, AJ Nazzaro, Laura Rivera, Emmanuel Fuentes, Patrick Scullin, and Arnold Tsang. (Subject to change)

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde Signing

Author Mike Stackpole will be signing his newly released book for attendees.

 
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SDCC 2013 – UDON World of Warcraft Tribute Limited Edition Sale for Attendees

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, SDCC 2013, World of Warcraft News

The UDON World of Warcraft Tribute is scheduled to hit local and online bookstores on October 2013. However, if you are one of the thousands of San Diego Comic Con attendees you should check out the Blizzard Entertainment booth #115, or the UDON booth (#4529/4628).

UDON is selling the World of Warcraft Tribute (Hardcover) Limited Edition to attendees as a San Diego Comic Con Exclusive.

Check out the recent 9-page preview of the World of Warcraft Tribute book.

Check out the Floor Map where I marked the booths for all Blizzard licensed partners.

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SDCC 2013 – New Sideshow Collectibles Blizzard Licensed Product?

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, SDCC 2013, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

I will consider this one a rumor. San Diego Comic Con attendees who love polystone statues, and sixth scale figures might be interested to visit the Blizzard booth. My crystal ball whispered me there might be either a new product or new products from Sideshow Collectibles which have not been officially announced. This might or might not happen.

If this mystery product(s) is more than a rumor, it will be shown exclusively at the Blizzard Entertainment booth # 115 (Hall A). Heed the call, and visit the Blizzard booth.

Check out some of the new Blizzard Licensed merchandise announced a few days ago to be sold at the Blizzard booth, and the floor map where I marked all the Blizzard Licensed partners booths.

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Disclaimer: The blurred image is merely a placeholder. (It’s the shape of a Star Wars Stormtrooper)

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JINX Launches Vintage Blizzard Games T-shirts

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

I totally love JINX and their creativity. Personally, I never saw these coming. In addition to the recent World of Warcraft Summer 2013 T-shirt line-up, JINX released today three new shirts based on classic Blizzard games:

  • Warcraft: Orcs and Humans vintage premium T-shirt
  • StarCraft vintage premium T-shirt
  • Diablo II vintage premium T-shirt

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Exclusive Blizzard Merchandise at San Diego Comic-Con 2013

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, SDCC 2013, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment has listed all the exclusive merchandise to be available at the reach of San Diego Comic Con attendees this year.

Attendees may find these at Blizzard Entertainment booth # 115 (Hall A). Visit my SDCC Floor Map which shows all the Blizzard licensed partner booths of interest.

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If you’re headed to San Diego Comic-Con in July, don’t miss out on the exclusive merchandise we’ll have at the Blizzard booth! Whether you’re looking for an adorable StarCraft collectible or something special from World of Warcraft, we have you covered. Our San Diego Comic-Con exclusives are a limited run produced only for the convention, so make sure you’re ready to grab them early. We hope to see you there!

TRANSFORMING ZERGLING/BANELING PLUSH

This soft, huggable, and slightly murderous Zerg buddy is ready to keep you company at night! Transforms (at will) from Zergling to Baneling with the pull of a zipper. The exclusive San Diego Comic-Con color scheme is limited to 2,000 pieces.

MINI SYLVANAS

She’s cute. She’s deadly. Mini Sylvanas is the first in an exclusive new series of micro action figures. Limited to 2,000 pieces, so you’ll have to act quickly to snatch up a Banshee Queen of your very own.

SHADOW ILLIDAN BY FUNKO

With his big, adorable eyes and bold colors, Funko’s vinyl Shadow Illidan is sure to find a way to adorably corrupt your soul. Shadow Illidan is a Comic-Con exclusive variant of the upcoming Funko POP! Vinyl Blizzard line of toys and is limited to 750 pieces at the Blizzard booth and 250 at the Funko booth.

UDON WORLD OF WARCRAFT TRIBUTE ART BOOK [Hardcover Edition]

Blizzard will be the exclusive retailer for the Hardcover Edition of Udon’s new art book collecting fan-created tributes to the Warcraft universe. Only 300 copies of this Comic-Con exclusive will be available.

EPIC PURPLE LANYARD

Show off your impressive item level by equipping our new Epic Purple Lanyard in your neck slot! This lanyard features a custom-embroidered stat tag, four-color purple ribbon, and a rotating lobster claw clasp. These lanyards are available on a first come, first serve basis to visitors at the Blizzard booth.

MOMOT BLIZZARD PAPERCRAFT: US PREMIERE

Korean Papercraft comes to the United States with Diablo, Thrall and Raynor models. Comic Con will be the US premiere of the new Korean product line by MOMOT.

 
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SDCC 2013 – Insight Editions to Showcase Diablo III: Book of Tyrael

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, SDCC 2013

I reached out to my Insight Editions contact to find out if they would showcase the Diablo III: Book of Tyrael at San Diego Comic Con 2013 on July 18-21. The answer is yes. Attendees will be able to see the book at the booth # 1134.

Pre-order Diablo III: Book of Tyrael.

Check out the SDCC Exhibitor Booth List I posted earlier. Below is the press release shared to me by Insight Editions.

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Press Release

Insight Editions to Debut New Projects at Comic-Con International 2013, Including Game of Thrones, Ender’s Game, Iron Man, The Simpsons, Assassin’s Creed, Gears of War, and More

San Rafael, CA, July 2013—Insight Editions is pleased to announce its presence at Comic-Con International 2013 at the San Diego Convention Center, July 18–21, at booth #1134.

Comic-Con International is an opportunity for Insight to celebrate recent and forthcoming marquee titles, such as Ender’s Game, Iron Man Manual, Game of Thrones, Assassin’s Creed, Gears of War, Pacific Rim, Man of Steel, Fringe, Angry Birds, Homer Simpson’s Little Book of Laziness, The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience, The Art of Blizzard Entertainment, and Diablo III: Book of Tyrael. Amidst specials, giveaways, and promotions for these and other titles, along with 30% off everything in the booth, we’ll also feature the following authors for in-booth signings:

  • Tara Bennett, frequent contributor to SFX and Sci Fi Magazine, Fringe: September’s Notebook, Thursday, July 18, at 11:00 a.m.

  • Author and animation expert Jerry Beck, The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons, Friday, July 19, at 11:00 a.m.

  • Artist and illustrator Scott Campbell, Amazing Everything: The Art of Scott C., Friday, July 19, at 2:00 p.m.

  • Author David S. Cohen, who has written for Variety for over a decade, Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters, Saturday, July 20, at 3:00 p.m.

For more details on Insight Editions at Comic-Con, watch http://insight-editions.blogspot.com.

 

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San Diego Comic Con 2013 Booths – Blizzard Licensed Products

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, SDCC 2013, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

The San Diego Comic Con 2013 booth information is now available. From the list of exhibitors, I hand-picked for our audience some of the booths of interest to visit. Some of them might have potential to display info about upcoming Blizzard licensed products.

The Panel Schedules are not available yet to the public. I’ll update you once those are launched to let you know which day and time Blizzard Publishing plans to make announcements.

The SDCC takes place on July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center located at 111 West Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101 (Map)

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Confirmed

Mega Brands booth 3949 — No new line of World of Warcraft. However, I have confirmation Mega Brands will be giving away a ton of MEGA BLOKS WOW blind packs (I assume the World of Warcraft Mega Bloks #91100 Series 1 Mystery Pack [1 Random Figure]). They will also display a massive Mega Bloks Halo Promethean Knight and give attendees literally thousands of free giveaways. Keep an eye on that booth.

Rumored

Last year, Sideshow announced the Arthas Polystone Statue, the Diablo Polystone Statue, and the StarCraft II Sixth Scale Figure.

This year, there is potential for Sideshow Collectibles to announce the 2014 Blizzard-licensed product line-up at the Blizzard Entertainment booth # 115.

Speculation

Funko’s 2013 catalog shared at the Toy Fair New York revealed the concept art of an upcoming line of StarCraft, Diablo and Warcraft POP Vinyl figures: Jim Raynor, Kerrigan, Tyrael, Diablo, Arthas & Illidan. By now they should have some prototypes to show (speculation of course). Update: Blizzard announced new Funko merchandise that will be on sale at the Blizzard Booth.

Simon & Schuster, Inc. — Potential to show the World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde and the 2014 line-up (unless it’s revealed at NYCC).

DC Entertainment might have announcements about the StarCraft Graphic Novel, and/or unveil plans for upcoming Blizzard Licensed graphic novels we haven’t heard of yet. (speculation)

It’s been a while we haven’t heard anything about the DC Unlimited Warcraft/StarCraft action figures. Diamond Distributors and the DC Comics booths might be a good spot to check out upcoming line-up.

Insight Editions might reveal the Diablo III: Book of Tyrael.

UDON is likely showcasing the World of Warcraft Tribute.

Last year, USApoly launched the Monopoly: World of Warcraft Collector’s Edition, and RISK: StarCraft Collector’s Edition. The Trivial Pursuit: World of Warcraft has been under the radar several months. SDCC might be a good place to show it to the world. Will it happen? Check out their booth to find out.

Finally, the XBox and SONY booths. I haven’t heard anything about Blizzard showcasing Diablo III (PS3), or Diablo III (Xbox 360). I’ll update if anything reaches my ears.

Among the Special Guests is Louise Simonson (DC Comics World of Warcraft). Tony Washington (DC Comics World of Warcraft) will be at the Artists Alley (table CC-20)

Exhibitor Booths

I added all the booths of interest by booth number / proximity. You can print the page or take a screenshot for your mobile. The Floor Map (PDF) can be found here.

Blizzplanet Map (shows booths of interest marked — 1.63MB / GIF). Make sure to hover your mouse over the image and click “Open in New Tab” for the full size.

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Funko 5343
UDON 4529/4628
Mega Brands

3949
Legendary Entertainment 3920
Diamond Distributors 2401
Sideshow 1929
DC Entertainment 1915
Insight Editions 1134
Simon & Schuster, Inc 1128
USAopoly 721
SONY 301
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Blizzplanet Preview – UDON World of Warcraft Tribute Pre-Orders

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

Blizzard Entertainment and UDON are gearing up for the official release of the World of Warcraft Tribute book. This book contains professional and community art. I’ll update once launch party schedule becomes available.

Below you can see 9 preview images of the World of Warcraft Tribute.

Pre-orders of the World of Warcraft Tribute are available — save 25% off the regular price.

udon-world-of-warcraft-tribute-front-coverComing Soon: World of Warcraft Tribute! Pre-orders now open for this stunning art collection inspired by the world’s biggest MMO!

Blizzard Entertainment and UDON are thrilled to announce that World of Warcraft Tribute is now available for pre-order! Scheduled for release in October 2013, this lush collection is sure to be one of the most in-demand art books of the holiday season. Be among the first to get this fantastic celebration of the World of Warcraft phenomenon by reserving your copy today!

World of Warcraft Tribute showcases professionals and fan artists alike, each paying homage to the most popular MMORPG of all time. The deluxe softcover edition includes over 200 illustrations from the international fan community, along with special pieces created exclusively for the collection by Blizzard’s own Samwise Didier and Arnold Tsang!

If that’s not enough to tempt you, check out the nine-page preview below for a sneak peek of the awesome artwork featured in World of Warcraft Tribute! Every denizen of Azeroth deserves to have this gorgeous artwork collection in their personal library!

Since its launch in 2004, World of Warcraft has become the most popular subscription-based MMORPG in the world. The original game and its four expansions, including the recently released Mists of Pandaria™, have earned critical acclaim and captured the imaginations of millions of players around the globe. – www.UDONentertainment.com

World of Warcraft Tribute
Cover by Samwise Didier
Release Date: October 2012
Price U.S.: $39.99
ISBN: 1-926778-87-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-87-7
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 224, Color
Size: 8.25” wide x 11.75” long

 
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JINX Launches World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Summer 2013 T-shirt Collection

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

JINX has launched the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Summer 2013 T-shirt and accessories Collection adding new jackets, cadet caps and leather belts based on the Alliance and Horde. The new T-shirts are available for both women and men.

Click on the images to reach the landing page where each product is sold. Make sure to select the correct gender and size before your order is placed.

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Diablo III: Book of Tyrael Pre-Orders Begin – Ships October 1, 2013

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

diablo-iii-book-of-tyrael-coverThe pre-orders for the upcoming Insight Editions Diablo III: Book of Tyrael have begun. The book contains 164-pages and will ship on October 1, 2013.

You can read the original press release by Blizzard Entertainment here. (May 29)

Description

“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. In Tyrael’s own words, “Forevermore we shall stand together, angels and men, in the light of this glorious new dawn.”

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ISBN-10: 1608872793
ISBN-13: 978-1608872794
Pages: 164 pages

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World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects Part 5 Quickly Rising as Amazon Best Seller

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

World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects: Part V has reached # 2 Amazon Best Seller in the Kindle Store|Role Playing & Fantasy category and # 3 in the Books|Scince Fiction & Fantasy|Gaming category in barely a few days.

At this rate, I won’t be surprised to see it among the New York Times Best Sellers.

Check out my review of World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects: Part V.

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Blizzplanet Review – World of Warcraft: Vol’jin, Shadows of the Horde

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

world-of-warcraft-voljin-shadows-of-the-horde-9781416550679Gallery Books sent me a review copy of the World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde by New York Times best selling author Michael A. Stackpole.

I have been waiting for this book for about 8 months. On October 13, 2012, Michael A. Stackpole, Micky Neilson and Dave Kosak revealed plans to publish this book. You can watch later the video I posted of that Blizzard Entertainment Publishing Panel to learn more about the story from the writer.

I had many expectations for this book. I have played the PTR and the live realm for months, experiencing the Patch 5.1 Landfall and the Dagger in the Dark Scenario where Vol’jin is betrayed. His throat slit by an assassin sent by Garrosh to eliminate the Darkspear leader from the chessboard.

I enjoyed later Patch 5.3 Escalation, and of course look forward to Patch 5.4. This novel covers all the bases, all what Vol’jin experienced after we gathered the ingredients in Binan Village to save Vol’jin’s life. The story we missed in between the Dagger in the Dark scenario and Vol’jin’s return to Sen’jin Village in Patch 5.3 Escalation.

(Information here may be considered Spoilers — Read at your own discretion)

Vol’jin is taken to the Shado-Pan Monastery to be tended by Chen Stormstout and the monks. In his fevered dreams, Vol’jin stands before the Guardian of the Dead Loa Bwonsamdi and Sen’jin. Bwonsamdi is pretty pissed off at Vol’jin for the lack of sacrifices these past months, and for anchoring himself to life so fiercely rather than embracing death, tended by his Loa master. Vol’jin has so much to do for the Darkspear, for the Horde.

Bwonsamdi releases his claim over Vol’jin with a warning about his future. Vol’jin shall wish he had embraced death now instead of what Vol’jin will endure in the future.

Vol’jin wakes up a month after the events of the Dagger in the Dark scenario. Lord Taran Zhu and the Shado-Pan have been afflicted by unbalance lately. He sees in Vol’jin an enigma. He is Tushui, in contrast with Garrosh’s Horde. The Shado-Pan must teach Vol’jin the pandaren ways, and in return they must learn from Vol’jin and his vision of the Horde. However, there’s a twist. Two months earlier, the Shado-Pan Monastery harbored an injured human hunter. Both the human and the troll leader must learn to live together and tend to each other while on sacred ground.

Taran Zhu knows that once these two enemies heal and depart, they will be back to their old ways and kill each other. Taran Zhu seeds in them the pandaren ways, and the strength to defeat the emotions of the sha. In this way, bringing up a sliver of hope for the Alliance and the Horde.

I completely loved all the wisdom lines and elaborate parables poured in by the author Michael A. Stackpole. At times it reminded me of one of my favorite childhood TV series: Kung Fu.

It’s clear that Vol’jin will leave the Shado-Pan Monastery eventually as a different person. He will find a balance in his soul, he didn’t have before. He will return home to lead his people to victory with courage, determination and a complete domination over his fears and doubts.

He’s going to be the leader his people, his family needs. The Horde must safeguard its sense of family and unity.

Among the supporting characters readers will find Li Li Stormstout and Yalia Sagewhisper. Looks like Chen Stormstout has finally found someone to give meaning to his wanderer life.

If Yalia Sagewhisper rings a bell, you are right. She can be seen in the Shado-Pan Garrison (Townlong Steppes).

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There are many interesting scenes in this book. The action is very quick paced to the point one can get overwhelmed taking everything in. By page 50, so many things had happened I couldn’t figure out where the story was heading to. I was just hooked wanting to learn more.

Vol’jin manages to have some dreams during his sleep, communing with the Loa, or receiving their visions. In one of them there is this scene of ancient Zandalari trolls making sacrifices on their altars. The sacrifices were … Aqir. Sacrifices feeding Hir’eek the Bat Loa.

Better yet, the story shifts to present time Zandalari in Pandaria, those harbored in the Isle of Thunder probably before the Alliance and Horde got there. Readers will get a brief glimpse how the first troll and first mogu united forces, and why they were later separated. The mists and the Sundering. Note: The mists were lifted by Shaohao in an attempt to protect Pandaria from the coming destruction as per the portents of the Jinyu 10,000 years ago.

The Zandalari are worried. They had planned in advance. They were confident with the support of the Loa spirits. They accounted for the Alliance and Horde presence, however the full attention of the Loa was now shared. This is something they did not expect. They don’t know who the troll be, but he is a wild card to their plans and their portents. They must eliminate this wild card, this shadow hunter distracting their power sources: Vol’jin.

The Zandalari fear this unknown troll occupying the Loa attention. The storm, the curtain disconnecting the Zandalari from the Loa might herald the birth of a troll destined to greatness. And in fact, this is no longer the old Vol’jin. Through the Shado-Pan conditioning and training this Vol’jin is reborn a new troll.

Chen Stormstout has his share of screen-time in the story, and the author alternates between both points of views. At one point, Chen Stormstout leaves the Monastery with Yalia to go in search of Li Li at the Temple of the White Tiger, but learn she has traveled to the Zouchin Village — Yalia’s family live there.

After the novel, players can find Yalia Sagewhisper at the side of Lord Taran Zhu in the Bleak Hollow (Isle of Thunder).

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This review is just the tip of the iceberg within the first 90 pages. Looks like the novel will go into the Patch 5.2 Isle of Thunder campaign — as hinted in page 106. I have so much to read and learn in this 301-pages novel.

Order the World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde (July 2, 2013).

Check out the World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects Part V review also available.

If you haven’t played World of Warcraft in a while, Blizzplanet has you covered. Check out the Patch 5.1 Landfall, Patch 5.2 Isle of Thunder and Patch 5.3 Escalation quest/dialogue transcripts and videos.

Characters

Vol’jin
Chen Stormstout
Li Li Stormstout
Keng-na (cub)
Bwonsamdi (Loa, Guardian of the Dead)
Hir’eek
Shirvallah
Lord Taran Zhu
Brother Huon-kai
Yalia Sagewhisper
Tyrathan Khort (human)
Khal’ak
Gyran’zul (youngest Zandalari shaman)
Tswen-luo (Yalia’s father at Zouchin Village, master of the fishing fleet)
Brother Kwan-ji (Shado-Pan monastery monk)
Brother Xiao (Shado-Pan Monastery monk)
Captain Nir’zan (Zandalari)
Lieutenant Trag’kal (dead Zandalari)

Mentioned
Rexxar
Rak’gor Bloodrazor
Zalazane
Master Gadrin (Witch Doctor trainer)
Bolten Vanyst (human)
Yenki and Chinwa (Yalia’s marriage candidates in her youth)
Vilnak’dor (one of the darker Zandalari Loa)
Akil’darah (Eagle Loa)
Elortha no Shadra (the Silk Dancer Loa)
Garrosh Hellscream
Larsi (female hunter following Tyrathan’s orders, dead)

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Christie Golden Book Signing in China and New Star Press to Publish Warcraft and StarCraft Novels

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

Blizzard Entertainment has partnered with the China Publication Bureau-approved and Beijing-based New Star Press who acquired the license to publish several World of Warcraft and StarCraft novels for the mainland chinese audience. Among the first novels to be translated are those written by Christie Golden — StarCraft II: Flashpoint and World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War.

Blizzard Entertainment is sending New York Times best selling author Christie Golden to China to a book signing event at:

  • CapitaMall Crystall in Beijin on June 21
  • Shanghai’s City of Books Nandong Bookstore ( 上海书城南东店 )– Nanjing Road, Shanghai on June 23
  • Nanshan Book Mall in Shenzhen on June 25

Where

CapitaMall Crystal — (Map)
51号 Fu Xing Lu, Hai Dian Qu, Beijing, China, 100036

Shanghai’s City of Books Nandong Bookstore ( 上海书城南东店 ) — (MAP)
上海书城, China, Shanghai, Huangpu, 南京东路345号

Shenzhen Book Mall Nanshan Cultural Street (Map)
Haide 2nd Road
Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

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暴雪娱乐首次直接授权官方游戏小说中文版,新星出版社获中国大陆地区出版权

近日,新星出版社旗下子品牌“幻象文库”获得了暴雪娱乐的图书出版授权,这意味着暴雪娱乐旗下“魔兽世界”“星际争霸”“暗黑破坏神”的系列游戏官方中文小说,在中国大陆地区的出版指日可待,同时,这也是暴雪娱乐官方首次直接授权中国大陆地区出版机构,出版其旗下各大系列游戏的官方小说中文版。

  “魔兽世界”“星际争霸”“暗黑破坏神”这三款全球游戏,一直是暴雪娱乐旗下最受欢迎的系列游戏。自“星际争霸”“魔兽世界”正式引进中国大陆之后,迅速成为了中国玩家心目中永恒的经典,并造就以千万计的忠实用户。而另一款大型动作角色扮演游戏“暗黑破坏神”则陪伴无数八零后度过他们的青春时光。由于暴雪娱乐对旗下产品的精益求精,暴雪娱乐在中国玩家中拥有了“暴雪出品,必属精品”的美誉!

  此次暴雪娱乐授权的官方小说,将涵盖“魔兽世界”“星际争霸”“暗黑破坏神”这三款对于暴雪娱乐来说至关重要的系列游戏。其中“魔兽世界”五册,“星际争霸”四册,“暗黑破坏神”三册,将全部由新星出版社旗下品牌“幻象文库”出版。\

  讲述星际争霸Ⅱ最新资料片《虫群之心》的相关小说《闪点时刻》,及讲述魔兽世界最重要的NPC之一——吉安娜的小说《战争之潮》,将是此次授权书目中最先出版的两本。

  关于新星出版社:
  新星出版社隶属于国家外文出版发行事业局,是中国国际出版集团的成员。旗下拥有国内最专业的推理文学品牌“午夜文库”,最专业的幻想文学品牌“幻象文库”等数个致力于新锐阅读价值的子品牌。
从2005年开始正式对国内出版后,新星出版社依托已有的优势,不断开拓进取,已经并将继续有计划有系统的推出一些具有较高文化含量和文化价值的社科、学术图书,一些具有新锐、时尚特质的文学、休闲、实用图书,力争实现“新星人”既积淀和传承精神文化,又提供愉悦和纯粹阅读的出版理想。

  关于幻象文库:
  幻象文库为新星出版社在2011年成立的全新子品牌,旨在出版深受广大读者欢迎的诸如科幻、奇幻等幻想类文学作品。自创立伊始,“幻象文库”便坚定了以经典作品为基础打造优质品牌,以原创作品为基础打造核心价值,以流行作品为基础打造畅销品种的出版策略。截至目前,幻象文库已出版了十余部幻想类小说,深受读者的好评和市场的欢迎。

 
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Blizzplanet Review – World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects Vol. 5

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

world-of-warcraft-dawn-of-the-aspects-part-1-coverThe conclusion of the World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects: Part V e-novella by New York TImes best selling author Richard A. Knaak has reached its conclusion and it is available today.

Book Description

The final installment in an all-new World of Warcraft e-novella series from New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak!

The age of dragons is over. Uncertainty plagues Azeroths ancient guardians as they struggle to find a new purpose. This dilemma has hit Kalecgos, youngest of the former Dragon Aspects, especially hard. Having lost his great powers, how can heor any of his kindstill make a difference in the world?

The answer lies in the distant past, when savage beasts called proto-dragons ruled the skies. Through a mysterious artifact found near the heart of Northrend, Kalecgos witnesses this violent era and the shocking history of the original Aspects: Alexstrasza, Ysera, Malygos, Neltharion, and Nozdormu.

In their most primitive forms, the future protectors of Azeroth must stand united against Galakrond, a bloodthirsty creature that threatens the existence of their race. But did these mere proto-dragons face such a horrific adversary alone, or did an outside force help them? Were they given the strength they would become legendary foror did they earn it with blood? Kalecgoss discoveries will change everything he knows about the events that lead to the…dawn of the Aspects.

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Review

Kalec’s mind continues his involuntary journey into the far past of Azeroth in the body of Malygos the proto-dragon.

The relic belonging to Watcher Tyr has forced him to relive Malygos’ experiences and those of the former Aspects against Galakrond.

A time before the Titans blessed them to become Dragon Aspects and guardians of the world of Azeroth.

Jaina finally infiltrates the Nexus, bypassing the ward defenses of Watcher Tyr’s relic. However, she finds a unconscious Kalec undergoing the slow process of a unnatural metamorphosis.

In the past, Galakrond has nearly exterminated the proto-dragon population, and as he feeds he continues to transform and grow to unimaginable size.

This story fleshes out how these proto-dragons came closer together fighting for survival even though they were not exactly family. Friendships are born and take deep root.

Their individual abilities working in concert against Galakrond, inspired by Watcher Tyr’s strategies.

Considering the main characters are the proto-dragons we know and love at a primal stage with a reduced intelligence and limited grasp of a language, I’m impressed Richard A. Knaak managed to write this story.

There is more action in this story than dialogue. Both are balanced by the continuous point of view of Kalec glueing together the action and the conversations for a fluid story.

Toward the end, we learn how Galakrond died in Dragonblight, and the reader is surprised by how intrepid the feat of defeating such a behemoth came to fruition.

Readers will briefly glimpse into the arrival of two Watchers of Ulduar, and what seemed to be the Titans, moments before the blessing that transformed the 5 proto-dragons into the Dragon Aspects.

Tyr, the Watcher

The final pages of the e-novella hint we haven’t seen the last of Tyr in the present era.

Tyr looked like a character who has no second thoughts on leaving his brethren in order to fulfill his purpose as protector of Azeroth. This character truly inspires. I see so many parallels with Archangel Tyrael who said: “You cannot judge me. I am justice itself! We were meant for more than this! To protect the innocent! But if our precious laws bind you all to inaction … then I will no longer stand as your brother.”

Tyr is legendary. Epic. I’m totally sold on this character, and seeing his role in Norse mythology, and his role in the inspiration for the Order of the Silver Hand, I am certain Chris Metzen and the creative team has something epic in store for players in a future expansion with Tyr playing an important role.

One doesn’t need to be a telepath to understand Blizzard’s “To be Continued” signals.

We have read about Galakrond throughout all 5 parts of the story, but some aspects of the plot were left unresolved. As per the author, this was intentional. Blizzard Entertainment has plans for the future of the World of Warcraft universe.

The new 5-part e-novella format is really good. I kept looking at the calendar awaiting the next release date to get my crave fix. A trait I used to have back in the day when waiting for the next monthly comic book. At Blizzard Creative Team: Keep’em coming!

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Blossoming Ancient Pet available at the Blizzard Store

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

The Blossoming Ancient pet is now available at the Blizzard Store. This pet has a unique feature not seen in other pets. Depending the season of the year, it changes its appearance.

During Spring season it is blossoming flowers. In the Summer it’s completely green with no flowers. During the Fall season its leaves turn orange. During the Winter its fully covered in snow.

The store offers a animation, and you can select at the left side of the animation the season stages of its appearance. The pet costs $10 at the Blizzard Store.

Born from a seed of one of the Ancients, these spirited saplings are destined to regrow and heal Azeroth from the devastation caused by the Shattering. Adopt one, and you’ll be rewarded with joy throughout the year – as each new season begins, the Blossoming Ancient changes, bringing new life to its surroundings.

 

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – Fireside Duel: Rogue vs Druid

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Blizzard Entertainment unleashed a new Fireside Duel video featuring the Rogue vs Druid. Check out the full article.

Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a free-to-play strategy card game for Windows, Macintosh, and iPad. Designed to be deceptively simple and epically engaging for players of all backgrounds, Hearthstone features quick and lively duels that evoke the spirit of a friendly match played beside a crackling tavern fire.

Each player’s card deck centers around a hero representing one of nine iconic Warcraft classes, customized with a set of minions, spells, and/or weapons based on individual strategy and available cards. Players will be able to hone their skills in practice matches against the computer, and when they’re ready for the challenge, they can take on their Battle.net friends and other players in friendly duels. To further develop their decks, players will be able to acquire cards by crafting them and by winning or purchasing new card packs. With hundreds of unique cards to choose from, the potential card combinations and possible strategies are endless!

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World of Warcraft: Vol’jin, Shadow of the Horde (Excerpt)

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

world-of-warcraft-voljin-shadows-of-the-horde-9781416550679An excerpt of the upcoming World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde is available. Slated to ship on July 2, 2013. Pre-order this novel in hardcover or digital format.

Book Description

That night, visions mocked Vol’jin. He found himself in the midst of fighters, each of whom he recognized. He’d gathered them for that final assault on Zalazane, to end his madness and free the Echo Isles for the Darkspears. Each of the combatants took on aspects of a jihui cube, faced to be at their maximum power. Not a fireship among them, but this did not surprise Vol’jin.

He was the fireship, but not yet turned to display his maximum power. This was not a fight, though desperate, in which he would destroy himself. Aided by Bwonsamdi, they would slay Zalazane and reclaim the Echo Isles.

Who be you, this troll, who be having memories of a heroic effort?

Vol’jin turned, hearing the click of a cube snapping to a new facing. He felt trapped inside that cube, translucent though it was, and shocked that it had no values on any face. “I be Vol’jin.”

Bwonsamdi materialized in a gray world of swirling mists. “And who be this Vol’jin?”

The question shook him. The Vol’jin of the vision had been the leader of the Darkspears, but was no longer. Reports of his death would just now be reaching the Horde. Perhaps they had not yet gotten there. In his heart, Vol’jin hoped his allies had been delayed, just so Garrosh could dwell one more day wondering if his plan had succeeded.

That did not answer the question. He was no longer the leader of the Darkspears, not in any real sense. They might still acknowledge him, but he could give them no orders. They would resist Garrosh and any Horde attempt to conquer them, but in his absence, they might listen to envoys who offered them protection. They could be lost to him.

Who do I be?

Vol’jin shivered. Though he thought himself superior to Tyrathan Khort, at least the man was mobile and not wearing sick-robes. The man hadn’t been betrayed by a rival and assassinated. The man had clearly embraced some of the pandaren way.

And yet, Tyrathan hesitated when he should not have. Some of it was a game to make the pandaren underestimate him, but Vol’jin had seen through that. The other bits, though, as he’d hesitated after Vol’jin complimented a move, those were genuine. And not something a man be allowing in himself.

Vol’jin looked up at Bwonsamdi. “I be Vol’jin. I know who I was. Who I gonna be? That answer only Vol’jin could be finding. And for now, Bwonsamdi, that be enough.”

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When awareness came to him again, Vol’jin found himself whole and hale, strong of limb and standing tall. A fierce sun beat down on him as he stood in a courtyard with thousands of other trolls. They had nearly a head’s height on him, yet none of them made an issue of it. In fact, none of them seemed to notice him at all.

Another dream. A vision.

He did not immediately recognize the place, though he had a sense that he’d been there before. Or, rather, later, for this city had not surrendered to the surrounding jungle’s invasion. The stone carvings on walls remained crisp and clear. Arches had not been shattered. Cobbles had not been broken or scavenged. And the stepped pyramid, before which they all stood, had not been humbled by time’s ravages.

He stood amid a crowd of Zandalari, members of the troll tribe from which all other tribes had descended. They had become, over the years, taller than most and exalted. In the vision they seemed less a tribe than a caste of priests, powerful and educated, quite apt for leading.

But in Vol’jin’s time, their ability to lead had degraded. It is because their dreams all be trapped here.

This was the Zandalar empire at the height of its power. It dominated Azeroth but would fall victim to its own might. Greed and avarice would spark intrigues. Factions would split. New empires would rise, like the Gurubashi empire, which would drive Vol’jin’s Darkspear trolls into exile. Then it would fall too.

The Zandalari hungered for a return to the time when they were ascendant. It was a time when trolls were a most noble race. The trolls, united, had risen to heights which someone like Garrosh Hellscream could not possibly dream existed.

A sense of magic ancient and powerful flooded through Vol’jin, providing him the key to why he was seeing the Zandalari. Titan magic predated even the Zandalari. It was more powerful than they were. As high as the Zandalari had been above things that slithered and stung, so were the titans above them—likewise their magic.

Vol’jin moved through the crowd as might a specter. The Zandalari faces glowed with fearsome smiles—the sort he’d seen on trolls when trumpets blared and drums pounded, inviting them to battle. Trolls were built to rend and slay—Azeroth was their world, and all in it were subject to their dominion. Though Vol’jin might differ with other trolls as to the identity of their enemies, he was no less fierce in battle, and vastly proud of how the Darkspears had conquered their foes and liberated the Echo Isles.

So Bwonsamdi be mocking me with this vision. The Zandalari dreamed of empire, and Vol’jin wished the best for his people. Vol’jin knew the difference. It was simple enough to plan for slaughter and far more complex to create a future. For a loa who liked his sacrifices bloody and battle-torn, Vol’jin’s vision held little appeal.

Vol’jin ascended the pyramid. As he moved up, things became more substantial. Whereas before he had been in a silent world, he could now feel drums thrumming up through the stone. The breeze brushed over his light fur, tousled his hair. It brought with it the sweet scent of flowers—a scent just slightly sharper than that of spilled blood.

The drumming pounded into him. His heart beat in time. Voices came to him. Shouts from below. Commands from above. He refused to retreat but stopped climbing higher. It seemed he might be rising through time as he would be rising through lake water. If he reached the top, he would be there with the Zandalari and feel what they felt. He would know their pride. He would breathe in their dreams.

He would become one with them.

He would not allow himself that luxury.

His dream for the Darkspear tribe might not have excited Bwonsamdi, but it provided life for the Darkspears. The Azeroth the Zandalari had known had been utterly and irrevocably changed. Portals had been opened. New peoples had come through. Lands had been shattered, races warped, and more power released than the Zandalari knew existed. The disparate races—elves, humans, trolls, orcs, and even goblins, among others—had united to defeat Deathwing, creating a power structure that revolted and offended the Zandalari. The Zandalari hungered to reestablish rule over a world that had so changed that their dreams could never come true.

Vol’jin caught himself. “Never” be a powerful word.

In an eyeblink the vision shifted. He now stood at the pyramid’s apex, looking down into the faces of the Darkspears. His Darkspears. They trusted his knowledge of the world. If he told them they could recapture the glory that was once theirs, they would follow him. If he commanded them to take Stranglethorn or Durotar, they would. The Darkspears would boil out of the islands, subjugating all in their path, simply because he wished it done.

He could do it. He could see a way. He’d had Thrall’s ear, and the orc had trusted him in military matters. He could spend the months of recuperation plotting out the campaigns and organizing strategies. Within a year or two of his return from Pandaria—if that was still where he was—the Darkspear banner would be anointed with blood and more feared than it already was.

And what be that gaining me?

I would be pleased.

Vol’jin spun. Bwonsamdi stood above him, a titanic figure, ears forward and straining to gather the pulsed shouts from below. It would gain you peace, Vol’jin, for you be doing what your troll nature demands.

Is that all we be meant for?

The loa do not require you to be more. What purpose be there in your bein’ more?

Vol’jin looked for an answer to that question. His search left him staring at a void. Its darkness reached and engulfed him, leaving him with no answer and certainly no peace.

 

The Author

Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning novelist, game designer, computer game designer, podcaster, screenwriter, and graphic novelist. He’s had more than forty-five novels published, the best known of those being the New York Times bestselling Star Wars books I, Jedi and Rogue Squadron. He has an asteroid named after him and, since undertaking to write Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde, spends a lot of his spare time “leveling up!”

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StarCraft II: Flashpoint Mass Market Paperback Ships

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

starcraft-flashpoint-coverThe Starcraft II: Flashpoint by New York Times bestselling author Christie Golden has been relaunched in Mass Market Paperback format. Fans can find it at online and local retailers right now.

This was the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm novel tie-in that bridged the gap between Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm. The story begins merely seconds after Jim Raynor shot Tychus Findlay.

Book Description

The sinister zerg leader no longer commands her legions of bloodthirsty aliens against the humans of the Koprulu sector, all thanks to the combined courage and tenacity of Jim Raynor, General Horace Warfield, and a mismatched team of Dominion soldiers and outlaw rebels.

Although the queen is no more, Sarah Kerrigan is very much alive. The woman who once controlled countless alien minds in a rampage across the stars has been spirited away by the man who dethroned her. Now Arcturus Mengsk’s Dominion armada is on her heels, roaring for blood. Jim Raynor will need to test his strength, his wit, and his loyalties against impossible odds to protect the woman he loves. StarCraft II: Flashpoint bridges the events that take place in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and the upcoming StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. Featuring never-before-seen glimpses into Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan’s past, this novel opens a window into a world of passion, action, and adventure.

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (May 28, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0743471318
ISBN-13: 978-0743471312

Giveaway

Post a comment in Facebook or Twitter @Blizzplanetcom #BlizzplanetStarCraft specifying you want StarCraft II: Flashpoint. I have one copy to giveaway courtesy of Simon & Schuster, Inc.‘s Pocket Books. Please, follow Facebook and Twitter to be able to private message the winner.

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Blizzard Entertainment Announces Diablo® III: Book of Tyrael

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

Wait, Blizzard Entertainment beat me to this? I must be losing my touch. =)

Blizzard Entertainment emailed me this morning to share details of this upcoming Diablo III book titled Diablo III: Book of Tyrael. (Pre-orders available)

The book contains 164-pages and will ship on October 1, 2013.

Description

“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. In Tyrael’s own words, “Forevermore we shall stand together, angels and men, in the light of this glorious new dawn.”

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Press Release

diablo-iii-book-of-tyrael-coverFrom Insight Editions and Blizzard Entertainment, the makers of critically acclaimed games such as World of Warcraft®, StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™, and Diablo® III, comes this exciting companion edition to Diablo III: Book of Cain. Diablo III: Book of Tyrael gives players an in-depth look into the mind of the Archangel Tyrael and chronicles his involvement in the Diablo universe’s Eternal Conflict.

One of the most exciting and visceral action role-playing franchises in history, Diablo has become a worldwide gaming phenomenon. Diablo III: Book of Tyrael takes players even further into the universe with a detailed and beautifully crafted book of lore as seen through the eyes of Tyrael. As a former archangel of the High Heavens, Tyrael 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. In Tyrael’s own words, “Forevermore we shall stand together, angels and men, in the light of this glorious new dawn.”

Featuring stunning original art throughout, writings from iconic Diablo series characters such as Leah and Deckard Cain, and a fully removable family tree.

Release Date: October 1, 2013
Features: 148 pages — 7.75″ x 10″
Format: Hardcover
Retail Price: $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60887-279-4
Ages: 17+

About Blizzard Entertainment: Known for blockbuster hits including the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games.

Insight Editions is a publisher focused on creating superlative illustrated books on photography, music, and popular culture. Lavishly produced and visually stimulating, every volume from Insight is dedicated to the skillful interplay of word and image. The books produced are unique works that combine the highest quality print production values with time-honored publishing traditions and rich subject matter. Elegant and informative, books from Insight showcase the best of art and photography in exquisite presentations of the bookmaker’s craft. (www.insighteditions.com)

 

I have a serious business thought. Me thinks we should look forward to some words concerning the Diablo III expansion. Don’t take my word for it. I blame my spider-sense.

If you haven’t yet read the Diablo III: Book of Cain, it’s a good time to do so before jumping into the sequel Diablo III: Book of Tyrael.

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UDON World of Warcraft Tribute on sale October 8

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

udon-world-of-warcraft-tribute-front-coverThe UDON World of Warcraft Tribute has finally gotten a release date and its front cover has been revealed.

The book ships on October 8, 2013. Pre-orders are now open.

Description

Celebrating the phenomenon that is World of Warcraft! Featuring hundreds of artists from around the globe, World of Warcraft Tribute showcases professionals and fan artists alike, each paying homage to the most popular MMORPG of all time. Every denizen of Azeroth deserves to have this gorgeous artwork collection in their personal library.

Paperback: 224 pages.

Details

I was an attendee at the 2013 New York Comic Con this past February, and shared a video of the UDON panel where they first unveiled plans to develop the World of Warcraft Tribute art book. Watch the video here.