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Project Blackstone – Jacob Ramsey Discovers Living Protoss Specimens

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

Blizzard Entertainment updated the Project Blackstone website today. Jacob Ramsey (Xenoarchaeologist/Protoss Specialist) has an interesting dialogue with Dr. Talen Ayers (Xenobiologist, Senior Zerg Specialist).

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cameron-dayton-1Ramsey complaints the Blackstone team is currently conducting experiments and taking samples from living Protoss specimens held captive.

Dr. Talen Ayers had no idea this was happening. Apparently, Jacob Ramsey’s brain has changed since Zamara’s mind was removed from it. He can hear the screams of the Protoss captives.

I can’t wait to find out where Ramsey has been since StarCraft: Dark Templar trilogy, and why exactly he was transferred to join the Project Blackstone team.

It’s very clear he is against Emperor Mengsk and against the Project Blackstone’s experiments.

Visit the Project Blackstone website to read the latest update.

The Project Blackstone saga isn’t static in the website. The story is expanded also in Twitter where each character has its own Twitter account to interact with each other.

Project Blackstone Characters on Twitter

Update

I wish to take the opportunity to congratulate Cameron Dayton (Transmedia strategist and story developer). A few minutes ago he announced on Twitter that he has been promoted to Senior Story Developer. Congratulations!!!

May the new upgraded pen with +500 intellect and spirit give you the wisdom to write even better Azeroth / Kropulu / Sanctuary stories.

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm – Kerrigan: Hope and Vengeance # 0 Free Comic Book

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

starcraft-ii-heart-of-the-swarm-kerrigan-hope-and-vengeance-0-coverBlizzard Entertainment released a FREE comic book titled StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm – Kerrigan: Hope and Vengeance # 0.

I think I have never seen Blizzard post a comic book # 0 before just days before a video game or expansion. I personally like this type of bonus material meant to tease us, and to inform us fans of a depth story surrounding the initial mission and cutscenes in the upcoming expansion.

The comic book is written by Cameron Dayton (Story Developer, Writer, and Transmedia Strategist) and penciled by Zoddd.

Download the FREE Comics

Download the FREE StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm – Kerrigan: Hope and Vengeance # 0 from your favorite digital book source:

In Amazon if you have an account there. If you don’t have Kindle, just select Kindle Cloud to read it on your internet browser. The Comics is Free.

In Comixology you can read the comics on your tablet, smartphone or on your internet browser (PC/Mac). Requires a comixology account registration. Add to cart. Check out, then choose your platform.

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The FREE comic book only contains 8-pages, and this is definitely somehow tied with Chris Metzen & Flint Dille’s experimental format with IDW Transformers: Autocracy — published as an 8-page digital comics every two weeks. A year later, the comics was published as a Trade Paper Back (TPB) in Hardcover format. Both authors are currently publishing the continuation to Autocracy … Transformers: Monstruosity (# 1-12) launched on March 1.

My question to ponder here is whether this StarCraft II FREE comics is a one-shot # 0, or if this #0 means we might see soon an ongoing series. The first time I ever saw a #0 comics from Blizzard Entertainment, DC Comics had launched the World of Warcraft ongoing comics which lasted a whooping 25 issues.

I don’t know any information about an ongoing StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm comics. I do know the StarCraft II graphic novel by Transformers fame writer Simon Furman and published by DC Comics is in production with no ETA.

That aside, this Kerrigan: Hope and Vengeance # 0 story is written by Blizzard Entertainment Transmedia and story writer Cameron Dayton — who is involved in the Project Blackstone. He’s brought several great stories on twitter, and on the StarCraft II website’s Short Stories.

flashpointIn this #0 comics, we see Sarah Kerrigan right after the final page of StarCraft II: Flashpoint. I can’t stress this enough. Please read this novel by New York Times bestselling author Christie Golden. It’s a heavy-hit in the Starcraft storyline.

Following continuity with StarCraft II: Flashpoint, Kerrigan is studied in an orbital platform’s lab somewhere in the Umojan Protectorate. It’s been 16 days since Sarah entered the lab chamber. Prince Valerian Mengsk is overseeing the progress. Many assistants have died tending to Sarah during her comatose stay in the lab.

Her brain activity has been almost non-existent, when suddenly a surge of memories go through her mind spiking computer sensors.

We see some flashbacks of Sarah’s past as a child, and as a teen. Some of these are likely in continuity with StarCraft: Uprising by Micky Neilson and the scene in the comic showing Sarah and Jim Raynor might be a flashback seen in StarCraft II: Flashpoint.

I find it intriguing that Kerrigan can read Valerian’s thoughts when she wakes up. One would guess Valerian uses psi-screens to prevent telepaths from reading him, but either he doesn’t use them or Kerrigan’s powerset is high enough to bypass even psi-screens? I don’t know.

I can say that reading these 8-pages itched something in my mind. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is in my hands in six days, March 12th. And you bet I’ll be playing through the single-player campaign to learn more about Sarah and the overall story in this second episode.

Yet, I am craving for more StarCraft comics. I love Blizzard’s storytelling. I like my monthly fix of Warcraft, StarCraft or Diablo — thus, this 8-page format is very welcome because it doesn’t take too much out of the writer and artists to pump out material, as a full comics or a graphic novel would.

I’ll rather wait 30 days for my next 8-pages, than to wait a year or two for a graphic novel. I’d get the graphic novel too, however, don’t get me wrong. Bottomline: Blizzard, give me my bi-weekly 8-pages fix for each franchise or why not, several stories. I don’t mind.

One thing for sharp-eyed fans … notice there is no DC Comics logo in this # 0 comics? It was published by Blizzard Entertainment, brewed in-house by the Creative Team and Publishing Team. Is this the harbinger of more juicy and lovely Blizzard Entertainment-published projects? Hmm …

Checkout this excellent “Kerrigan: Hope and Vengeance # 0″ comics at comixology.

UPDATE: Cameron Dayton confirmed this #0 comic is a test to probe fan response. If many fans read it, we might see many more 8-pages comics (bi-weekly) based on StarCraft II, Diablo III and World of Warcraft. Whether you are a StarCraft player or not, PLEASE, download the FREE comic today.

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm – Kerrigan: Hope and Vengeance # 0

No single human being has been more inseparably tied to the twisted destinies of the terran, protoss, and zerg races than Sarah Kerrigan. She has risen from the ranks of soldier and rebel to become the unstoppable Queen of Blades, supreme ruler over a race of bloodthirsty aliens. But now she has fallen from her seat of power and been taken in by those who wish to separate the woman from the monster–a task which may be more difficult than it was to dethrone her. Take a look inside the mind of one of the greatest villains in gaming history and prepare yourself for StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm with this explosive new comic from Blizzard Entertainment, Kerrigan: Hope and Vengeance.

Writer: Cameron Dayton
Artist: Zoddd
Cover: David Lomeli
Letterer: Clem Robins
Art Director: Doug Alexander
Editor: Micky Neilson & Cate Gary

Special thanks: Laurel Austin
Creative Direction: Chris Metzen & Brian Kindregan

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Razer Edge Pro 256GB and Razer Edge 128GB Available Now

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

Razer unveiled the Razer Edge (codename: Project Fiona) at CES2013 winning the Best of Show CES 2013 and People’s Voice CES 2013 Awards. Razer Edge also won four coveted CES 2012 Awards. It’s a gaming tablet that can be played in four-modes: Tablet Mode, Keyboard Mode, Mobile Console Mode, and Home Console Mode.

Both the Razer Edge Pro Tablet (256GB) for $1,499, and the Razer Edge (128GB) for $1299 are available for pre-order. The price is staggering high, but that doesn’t stop gamers from buying one.

The Razer Blade Gaming Laptop was considered very expensive considering you can get a similar setup for less, and still about three shipping waves sold out consecutively. The Razer Edge tablet will ship on March 2013. Once that batch is sold out, the next shipping wave will go out on May 2013. If you fancy one of these, better pre-order the March wave while supplies last — which is not too long from now.

Crazy stuff! These are the tech specs for the Razer Edge Pro 256GB Tablet.

Below you can see some photos and the available optional docking mode peripherals.

Tech Specs

Specs   Razer Edge Pro  
Processor Intel Core i7 Dual core w/ Hyper Threading Base 1.9GHz / Turbo 3.0GHz  
Memory 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB 1600MHz)  
Video Intel HD4000 (DX11)
NVIDIA GT 640M LE (2GB DDR3, Optimus Technology)
 
Display 10.1” (IPS, 1366×768)
Multi-touch HD display
 
Operating System Windows 8  
Storage 128/256GB SSD (SATA-III)*  
Network Intel WLAN (802.11b/g/n + BT4)  
Others Stereo speakers
Codec supports 7.1 (via HDMI through optional Docking Station)
HD Webcam (front-facing, 2MP)
Array microphones
Dolby Home Theater v4
USB 3.0 x1 (green, SuperSpeed)
Audio jack (3.5mm, 4-pole, stereo out / mic in)

Razer Edge Docking Station (Home Console Mode)

The Razer Edge Docking Station connects your Razer Edge to a desktop display and peripherals. This docking station allows players to hook up an HDMI cable to a big screen TV (HDTV) and up to two gamepad controllers.

The docking station basically turns your Razer Edge tablet into a Game Console. It expands your tablet with 3x USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, and a MIC in/Stereo out port.

Razer Edge Gamepad Controller

The Razer Gamepad Controller for Razer Edge converts your tablet into a Mobile Console placing the tablet on a peripheral attachment that adds two analog sticks placed to the left and right of the tablet. It has a immersive vibration-feedback and direct reflective acoustics, a backlit D-Pad and action buttons. (Xinput support)

The Gamepad Controller has an optional extended battery and power adapter (sold separately).

The Keyboard Mode dock station will be available at a later time. It basically converts the Razer Edge tablet into a small laptop.

StarCraft II on the Razer Edge

Alright, I know what you are thinking. “Why not get a laptop for the same price? It’s a matter of choice. Do you want a tablet like the iPad, or the Surface but also want high-end mobile video gaming on it? Then the Razer Edge can give you that … edge. And it runs on Windows 8 (DX11). I can also hear you: “Can this piece of [beep] run my favorite video games?” get the optional keyboard mode peripheral and you can play StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, World of Warcraft, and Diablo III.

Let’s say you are a proGamer and need to travel to other countries to play against the best StarCraft II players. You want to travel light, without setting up a big system, or a heavy laptop. Bring the Razer Edge tablet, attach the keyboard docking station, or the Home Console docking station plugged into a big HDTV via HDMI. This video shows you StarCraft II on the Razer Edge using the Home Console docking station.

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eBay: Diablo III Treasure Goblin Auctioned?

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

The same ex-Blizzard employee auctioning one of the Kerrigan Queen of Blades Bust Statue is now auctioning one of those awesome Diablo III Treasure Goblin given to Blizzard employees a couple of months ago during the holidays (as seen here).

I’m disappointed to see this piece going to auction when it was gifted just a few weeks ago. All I can muster is that the person is in terrible need while a new job comes into the horizon.

Thanks @dperschonok

“Auctioner Bulkhead: Greetings fellow Diablo fans! Up for a Buy it Now/Best Offer auction is an extremely rare Diablo III Treasure Goblin statue that was made exclusively as a 2012 holiday gift for select Blizzard Employees. Since this is still brand new and sealed, I do not know what limited edition number this is. Again, this was never sold to the public and is a one of a kind item that you could only get by working on the franchise.

The Treasure Goblin has been designed by former McFarlane Toys sculptor Brian Fay, who also designed the Sideshow Collectibles Arthas statue! Brian now works as Blizzard’s Sculpting Lead! The statue is housed in an awesome box, featuring an outline of the Treasure Goblin on the back, and a “Treasure Wish List” on the side.

Below, I have included a photo Tweeted by Blizzard’s Nick Carpenter (the 2nd photo), so you can see what the statue looks like, but remember that the one I am selling is BRAND NEW/NEVER OPENED! The first photo has the regular head. The second photo has the “Santa Claus Holiday head” for the Goblin. Your statue will come with both interchangeable heads!

Given the rarity of this particular item, I am open to best offers. If you run out of offers, just send me an email using the “Ask A Question” link at the bottom of this page and we can work something out. Or you can use the “Buy it Now” option to grab this beauty right away!

Here are the terms for this auction:

1) Paypal only, please.
2) The figure will be shipped out for $14 within the U.S. and $50 outside the United States, including insurance!
3) Detailed photos of the actual item have been included, so all sales are final, please.

My feedback speaks for itself, so please purchase/send offers with confidence :) Please click here to check out my other auctions, including other awesome video game items!”

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Planetary Zerg Alert: StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm global launch party details announced

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

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Blizzard Entertainment announced the Heart of the Swarm expansion Global Launch Party plans. Day [9] and Husky will be commentating live eSports for 21-hours as US and South Korea pro gamers clash.

Day-long launch broadcast to feature “King of the Beta” matches between top pro gamers, community-created content, & live event coverage

IRVINE, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– Tune in or turn out and be absorbed into the hive mind at the global StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™ launch party! Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today shared its plans for the official Heart of the Swarm launch events taking place in the US, France , Australia , South Korea , Singapore , Taiwan , Russia , Brazil , and Mexico starting in the evening of March 11 . At each of these events, Blizzard developers and key retail partners will host gamers from around the world who want to be among the first to join Kerrigan, the Queen of Blades, in her quest to reunite the zerg Swarm.

In addition to the nine official launch events, thousands of stores worldwide will be open at midnight to welcome players and help roll out the next chapter in the epic saga of StarCraft II. (Check with local retailers for hours and availability.)

To kick things off and follow the celebration as it spreads across the planet, Blizzard will be cohosting a special 21-hour launch broadcast with noted eSports personality and commentator Sean “Day[9]” Plott, in conjunction with Twitch.tv, at http://www.StarCraft2.com/SwarmLaunch. Starting at 3:00 a.m. PDT on March 11 , the stream will give viewers around the world the opportunity to watch the Australia , South Korea , France , and US launch events live. Viewers will also be treated to additional exclusive content, including community-created videos and “King of the Beta” tournament matches between top pro gamers, hosted by Day[9], who’ll be transmitting from a bunker deep inside Blizzard’s Irvine HQ.

“The StarCraft community has been anticipating Heart of the Swarm for a long time,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “I believe you will find it was worth the wait. We’re looking forward to celebrating the release by hosting an awesome global launch party in two weeks and delivering our best StarCraft content to date.”

In the US, the official launch event will be hosted by Blizzard and retail partner GameStop at:

The Great Wheel Court of the Irvine Spectrum Mall
71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

Local festivities will start at 9:00 p.m. PDT on March 11 , and will feature special guest hosts from the StarCraft II and eSports community, including commentators Day[9] and Mike “Husky” Lamond. Live eSports show matches will be played by top pro gamers from the US and South Korea , and demonstrations will introduce the crowd to some of the powerful new features included in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. A series of epic prize giveaways will round out the celebration, and when the clock strikes midnight, gamers will be able to pick up their copies of the expansion as well as have them autographed by members of the StarCraft II development team.

Attendees at the official StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm launch events will have the opportunity to purchase† the standard edition of the game (suggested retail price $39.99 ) as well as the retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition (suggested retail price $79.99 ), which contains the following bonus items in addition to the game disc:

  • Behind-the-Scenes DVD and Blu-ray: Immerse yourself in the StarCraft universe with developer commentary, interviews with voice actors, and an in-depth historical retrospective on StarCraft’s eSports legacy narrated by key members of the community.

  • Collector’s Edition Soundtrack CD: Enhance your Heart of the Swarm musical experience with this collection of 11 tracks from the game.
  • Heart of the Swarm Hardcover Art Book: This 144-page tome features never-before-seen art from the expansion, including early concept sketches and meticulous 3D renderings.
  • Zerg Rush Mousepad: This Collector’s Edition mousepad depicts the Terran Dominion holding out desperately under the onslaught of the Swarm.
  • StarCraft II Torrasque: Crush the enemies of the Swarm with the indomitable Torrasque, a fearsome new look for your zerg Ultralisks.
  • StarCraft II Portraits and Decals: New Swarm-infested portraits and decals help you customize the look of your online profile and in-game army.
  • World of Warcraft® In-Game Pet: The Baneling companion pet is bursting with enthusiasm and ready to explode onto the Pet Battles scene.
  • Diablo® III Blade Wings and Banner Sigil: Grow zerg-like wings in honor of the Queen of Blades, and unfurl an exclusive banner sigil to mark your allegiance to the Swarm in Sanctuary.

Heart of the Swarm picks up the story of StarCraft II where Wings of Liberty® left off, focusing on Kerrigan’s quest to reunite the Swarm and exact revenge on Arcturus Mengsk. Over the course of 20 campaign missions, players will follow Kerrigan as she sweeps across the galaxy, incorporating a variety of distinctive zerg species into her brood. Kerrigan will grow in strength from mission to mission, and players will be able to customize her with powerful new abilities, as well as evolve various zerg strains into fearsome new subspecies to suit their play style.

New weapons of war also debut in Heart of the Swarm’s multiplayer, including new units such as Terran Hellbats, Zerg Swarm Hosts, and Protoss Tempests, while certain existing units from Wings of Liberty will be updated with new capabilities. New features will enhance the game experience, including group and clan systems; unranked matchmaking; Global Play, enabling players to battle others in different regions around the world; additional stat tracking; user interface improvements; an enhanced physics system, for more visceral looking battles; multiplayer replays, to watch replays with friends; a leveling system that gives Heart of the Swarm players a new way to earn customization options for their online profiles; and much more.

Learn more about StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm at http://www.StarCraft2.com, and for further details on the global launch events and the 21-hour broadcast, visit http://www.StarCraft2.com/SwarmLaunch. With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently open—visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply.

 
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Duncan Jones Teases Working on the Warcraft Film Today

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

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This is hopefully going to spark life into the hearts of millions of fans awaiting the Warcraft film, and seriously choke the trolls and naysayers that called it vaporware.

Following Duncan Jones’ visit to the Blizzard Entertainment Irvine Headquarters a few days ago to talk with Blizzard VP of Creative and Franchise Development Chris Metzen — Duncan Jones posted today two tweets one right after the other.

One Tweet saidProducer Liberty Stu put this on my table while I was writing the other day. Not sure if it was a gift or a threat!

Curious about the picture link, I checked it out. It was a freaking “Epic Weapons Warcraft Doomhammer Replica”!!! Liberty Stu placed it on Duncan Jones’ table. Now you would ask — who in the world is Liberty Stu? Well … he’s Stuart Fenegan — the Executive Producer of the WARCRAFT film (Producer of MOON, Co-Producer of SOURCE CODE).

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The second tweet said: “Writing today! I can’t wait! :)

Curious, as I always am, I candidly sent a tweet to Duncan Jones to ask if the Doomhammer and his “writing today” comment meant that he was actually writing some scenes for the Warcraft film based on the script — considering he visited Chris Metzen recently.

Duncan Jones responded: “Absolutely!

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There you go guys … the Warcraft film is full-speed ahead.

The big question is if Blizzard is going to make any big reveals about the Warcraft film at BlizzCon 2013 (November 8-9th). Or much much earlier? We want teasers. We want to hear when the role cast begins. We want to see photos of actors in scenes. We want viral teasers. OH YEAH! We want geeks teasing geeks. <3

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eBay: Sideshow Collectibles Kerrigan Queen of Blades Statue

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

I have found at least four active, very rare, Sideshow Collectibles Kerrigan Queen of Blades Bust Statues currently auctioned in eBay. This statue is so rare, I didn’t even know these were made (considering how skilled I can be sometimes to find upcoming licensed products — before they are officially announced).

There’s good reason for that. According to the seller, this statue was an exclusive limited-edition 2011 Holiday Gift commissioned to Sideshow Collectibles to be given to select Blizzard Employees. Only 5,100 were made. And four of these are out there in the wild for grabs on eBay.

The statue is listed as a brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item. I am totally geeked up about this one. Green jealous of whoever gets ahold of this rare collectible. The auctions end within the next couple of days. That’s four chances to win one. Good luck! And please, send us photos once it’s delivered.

    You are bidding on an extremely rare Kerrigan “Queen of Blades” Sideshow Collectibles sculpture/bust that was made exclusively as a 2011 Holiday Gift for select Blizzard Employees. Only 5,100 were ever made. Bid now and get it in time for Starcraft II : Heart of the Swarm release!

    The figure is approximately 12″ (w) x 13″ (h), including the “wingspan”.

    The figure is in the original box and everything is BRAND NEW! The Sideshow Collectibles “Quality Assurance” sticker is unbroken, keeping the figure sealed.

    Payment and Shipping:
    - FREE SHIPPING to anywhere in the USA.
    - Paypal Only
    - Due to the nature of the item, no returns are accepted.
    - If you have any questions or concerns, you must contact me (the seller) and work something out before the listing ends.

Current Auctions

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Funko Announces a Series of Pop! Vinyl Figures based on Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo

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

It slipped under our radar that Funko announced a few months ago the 2013 collection releases during the 12 Days of Christmas. I found out about this new series through our Entertainment Earth affiliates who opened up pre-order pages.

Funko and Blizzard Entertainment have entered into a Blizzard Licensed Product agreement to get into your hands a new line of Funco Pop! Vinyl figures based on all three major Blizzard franchises: Diablo, StarCraft and World of Warcraft.

These are slated to ship on September 2013 for $9.99. So far you can now pre-order the World of Warcraft Arthas Pop! Vinyl Figure and the World of Warcraft Illidan Pop! Vinyl Figure.

I personally prefer to pre-order, and encourage our visitors to do so to secure a copy. That prevents missing a copy when they get sold out.

We haven’t seen yet images of the final product, but you can take a look at previous Funko Pop! Vynil figures for an idea.

Blizzplanet will update you once photos of the final product become available. I reached out to Funko to keep us in the loop. Stay tuned. Products linked below are the pre-order pages.

World of Warcraft

StarCraft II

Diablo III

Eldorian found at the Action Figure Insider a photo of the Funko 2013 Catalog given at the Toy Fair New York 2013 where we can clearly see the concept art of how the final product might look like. Tell us, are you looking forward to collecting all of them? What are your thoughts?

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Diablo III PS3 Pre-Orders Open

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

Pre-orders for the recently announced Diablo III (PS3) have officially opened for $59.99 and Free Shipping. When visiting the link, you will see under “Platform” three options: PS3, PC, PS4. Click the PS3 logo to access the Diablo III PS3 pre-order page.

Something to note is this item was tagged to ship on December 31, 2013. We still have to see if this date is accurate or made up considering not Chris Metzen nor the Blizzard press release provided a release date.

We do know Diablo III PS3 demo will be playable at PAX East 2013 through March 22-24th. Read more about the announcement of the Diablo III on PS3 and PS4. (Video)

Update: For our Facebook/Twitter followers asking about the Diablo III (PS4) pre-orders, my best logical answer is that SONY has not announced yet the PS4 official release date. Not even the PS4 full specs — other than it has 8GB RAM. None of the PlayStation 4 video games should have a release date until SONY announces the PS4 release date. I think that makes sense.

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Robert Clotworthy Confirms Attendance at StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Launch Party

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

Robert Clotworthy (the voice actor of Jim Raynor) shared on Twitter that he’s signing copies of the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm during the Blizzard launch party to be held on March 11th at the Irvine Spectrum Center.

Robert Clotworthy: It’s official. I will be down at the Irvine Spectrum on March 11 as part of the Blizzard launch party for HOTS. Hope to see you there.

 

Check out the Launch Party details

“The 24-hour global launch of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm reaches its finale at the Irvine Spectrum Center in Southern California. Join Blizzard Entertainment, fellow StarCraft II commanders, and eSports fanatics for a fun night of celebration leading into the launch of the game. Don’t miss live show matches by top pro-gamers, a chance to meet members of the StarCraft II development team, and opportunities to win prizes. Be among the first to get your hands on a copy of Heart of the Swarm, and get it signed by the developers and your favorite pro-gamers and community personalities. If you can’t make it in person, you can watch the entertainment unfold via live stream. “

 

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm T-shirt Collection On Sale

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

JINX has launched a new line of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm to celebrate the upcoming release of the expansion. A new hoodie gives you a Zerg carapace look. It has the Zerg logo on the back and comes in different sizes up to 4XL. The only product not yet available is the Hoodie, but they are taking pre-orders. The hoodie ships on June 03, 2013.

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Blizzplanet Review – World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects (Part 1)

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

world-of-warcraft-dawn-of-the-aspects-part-1-coverThe first thing to note about World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects is its format. All Blizzard Entertainment novels to date have been printed as Mass Market Paperback (pre-2008), or Hardcover. They are also sold as eBooks, and rarely but we also see them as audio books.

Dawn of the Aspects, however, is presented to Blizzard fans as a 5-part digital book. The very first eBook spun from Blizzard Entertainment was Diablo: Demonsbane by Robert B. Marks (currently reprinted in the pages of Diablo Archive). Demonsbane originally saw low sales in 1999. The eBook market wasn’t that big then until Amazon launched Kindle, and later tablets boomed with the Apple iPad and other brands.

Most recently we have seen Blizzard VP of Creative Design Chris Metzen and Flint Dille delve into the tablet market with IDW Publishing’s Transformers: Autocracy, which originally shipped as a 12-part digital comics. I am a Metzen fanboy … of course, I read all 12-issues. A year after, the 12-part digital comics was printed as a hardcover. Will this be the case with Dawn of the Aspects? We’ll have to find out a year from now.

Their digital comics was so successful, they have teamed up to launch another 12-part Transformers: Monstrosity #1 (March 1, 2013).

Is going digital-only a smart strategy for Blizzard Entertainment to introduce Dawn of the Aspects and new stories?

The answer is complex to ponder and to analyze. I’ll go with the guts version. The lore fans out there love to read stories based on Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo. However, we don’t always have the time to read through 318 pages when we have real life matters, daily quests, valor points to earn, and raid schedules to fulfill.

So now we have Blizzard introducing yet another publishing format to how they present stories to the fans: A 5-part eBook. The tablet market is there, and lore fans most likely have a tablet, and those who don’t can still read this digital book on their internet browser. It takes less than 2 hours to read.

I just finished reading World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects (Part 1). As I read the last page, I was left with this craving sensation that I have already experienced when reading a Marvel Comic Book. And what an amazing cliffhanger to end this first part of the story. I can’t wait for the second part to be available.

General Story

In a desperate bid to defeat Deathwing at the Maelstrom, the dragon aspects lost their powers. With the primordial guardians of Azeroth neutralized, it’s now the Age of Mortals. The future of Azeroth now lies on mortal hands.

What happened with the dragon aspects after the Fall of Deathwing, and why they aren’t present in Mists of Pandaria?

Richard A. Knaak addresses this enigma in World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects (Part 1 of 5).

The blue dragonflight has disbanded and gone their separate ways to live as individuals.

The shrines of the Wyrmrest Temple have no purpose now. The dragonflights are in disarray. However, it’s the one last meeting place the dragon aspects choose to talk about the present affairs.

Chromie reports the timeways are in flux after the use of the Dragon Soul. Nozdormu interjects: “The timeways are no longer our concern! They are beyond my ability to control. From here on, the younger races and the younger races alone will deal with both them and whatever paths to the future they lead to.”

Merithra reports the nightmare stirs in the Rift of Aln (as seen in World of Warcraft: Stormrage.) Ysera says it’s a task only the druids may take care of.

Something this story clearly marks in our minds is that the Wyrmrest Accord is no more.

Nozdormu, Ysera and Alexstrasza don’t even acknowledge their former Aspect title. They are just like any other dragon. See no need to continue the accord.

Richard A. Knaak briefly mentions some events from Christie Golden’s novel World of Warcraft: Jaina. The theft of the Focusing Iris.

Khagdar has asked Kalec to join the Kirin Tor.

After the summit at the Wyrmrest Temple, the dragons convene to meet one more time a month from now to officially disassemble the Wyrmrest Accord.

Moments after the meeting, Kalec senses something, and begins digging beneath Galakrond’s skeleton. An octagonal-shaped magical relic triggers Kalec to see through Malygos’ eyes in a distant era before the Titans blessed the Dragon Aspects.

A time when they were mere proto-dragons roaming the skies, hunting food in the northern lands now known as Northrend.

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This first part of five, offers a pretty good tease of what one might expect throughout the story.

The author shifts often to the far past, and then back to the present as Kalec awakens from his visions.

Kalec witnesses the moment Malygos and Neltharion became blood brothers.

There is another continuity nod from the Tokyopop manga titled “Warcraft Legends”. Kalec finds the spirit of Buniq (a female Taunka). She was Akiak’s mate in Taunka’le Village. She had come to Galakrond’s Rest in the manga where she met her demise.

There is much more that will itch Warcraft lore fans’ curiosity and thirst for more. Undead proto-dragons that far back in the past of Azeroth?

The octagonal-shaped relic turned out to be part of another bigger object that resembled a human-like hand. Red Herring alert!!!

It’s not mentioned in this part what the hand belonged to, but lore fans might remember that early humans — the Azotha, had a legend of Tyr (WowWiki), who sacrificed his hand fighting against a great evil. Tyr replaced the lost hand with … a Silver Hand … as in the figure commemorated by the Order of the Silver Hand.

In Wrath of the Lich King, one of the quests sends you to each of the temples high in the peaks. It’s revealed that Tyr was one of the Watchers of Ulduar, along with Freya, Thorim, Mimiron and Hodir.

On June 2010, during the Ask the Devs # 1 Q&A, a fan asked: “Building off that- whatever happened to Tyr?”. Bornakk responded: “The watcher Tyr was not in Ulduar when adventurers finally freed the titan city from Yogg-Saron’s influence. If anyone knows where Tyr is now, he or she isn’t speaking up.”

It’s wild speculation at this time, but this novel might be the way Blizzard Entertainment reveals more info about this obscure character responsible for the guidance and protection of the early Azotha (Human tribe).

Going this far back in time, there is a pretty chance we might get to hear about the Titans, Yogg-Saron and the Watchers of Ulduar, the Nerubians and the Curse of Flesh? Only time will tell. Each part of this novel will be released in a monthly basis. So stay tuned for the next installment.

If I were you, I’d keep a close eye to this 5-part series. Read World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects: Part I now. When ordering, choose the Kindle Cloud Reader to read over Firefox or other internet browser. Or download the Free Reading Apps for iPad/iPod/iPhone, BlackBerry, Mac, and Android.

Note: Recently, I asked Micky Neilson whether this story involves more details of the Titans, Yogg-Saron and Tyr. His response here. Was that a yes?!

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Spoilers over at the Scrolls of Lore forums.

Characters

Kalecgos
Alexstrasza
Ysera
Nozdormu
Neltharion
Coros
Chronormu (Chromie)
Afrasastrasz (commander of Wyrmrest’s defenses)
Merithra (Ysera’s daughter)
Jaracgos
Buniq (Taunka)
Magnataur
Tarys (Malygos hunting companion)
Jaina Proudmoore

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World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects Part 1 On Sale Now

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

World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects (Part 1) by New York Times Best Selling author Richard A. Knaak is now available on Kindle. PC users can also read it online through Firefox or other internet browser by choosing the Kindle Cloud Reader. It’s only $1.99.

You can also get Free Apps to read this eBook in your favorite device: iPhone/iPod/iPad, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Mac, or PC.

This is how the Kindle Cloud Reader looks like on Firefox.

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Micky Neilson talked a bit about Dragon of the Aspects on Twitter, and responded our inquiry concerning the Titans, Yogg-Saron and Tyr the missing Ulduar Watcher (who is commemorated by the Order of the Silver Hand). Did that make you curious and thirsty for more? It’s only $1.99 for starters. You can back out without paying the full price of the 5-parts.

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Book Description

world-of-warcraft-dawn-of-the-aspects-part-1-coverTHE AGE OF DRAGONS IS OVER.

Uncertainty plagues Azeroth’s 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 he—or any of his kind—still 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 for…or did they earn it with blood? Kalecgos’s discoveries will change everything he knows about the events that led to the…DAWN OF THE ASPECTS

PART I

The former Dragon Aspects are on the brink of going their separate ways to forge new destinies. As Kalecgos ponders the uncertain future awaiting his kind, he uncovers a mysterious artifact that allows him to see through the eyes of his late predecessor, Malygos. Intense visions bombard Kalecgos, transporting him to a time when the original Aspects were no more than primitive proto-dragons. Across ancient Kalimdor’s northern plains, they fought for survival against each other and a terrifying creature that dominated the era: the Father of Dragons, Galakrond. But many questions remain for Kalecgos. What are the origins of this strange artifact? Are its visions a gift, or a curse?

 
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Robert Clotworthy Auctions 8/10 Numbered StarCraft II Jim Raynor Action Figure

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

starcraft-ii-jim-raynor-signed-number-8StarCraft II voice actor Robert Clotworthy is auctioning the limited and numbered 8/10 StarCraft II Jim Raynor Action Figure. The winner is not only taking home this action figure, but a personalized recording using his Jim Raynor voice. Choose whatever text flavor you wish him to say — neat gift to a friend or family too.

Robert will also include some extras into the mix. He’s not saying what it is. It’s a surprise. The winner’s money will be donated entirely to the non-profit organization of the winner’s own choosing.

We are very fond and proud of Robert Clotworthy. We spearheaded the petition to get him back to rehearse his role as Jim Raynor a few years ago, and our Blizzplanet Weekly host Chris Arnone met him in person at the MLG Anaheim Spring event. Check out the interview.

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Robert Clotworthy: Listen up Marines!

As many of you are aware, since 1998 I have had the honor of being the voice of Jim Raynor in the StarCraft video game series.

This past year I have been dusting off Jim Raynor Action figures from my personal collection and auctioning them off with the proceeds going to charity. I am going to sign and number ten of these puppies and ten only.

Up for auction in #8 in the series. This is brand new and unopened… just like my bottle of Scotty Bolger’s old #8.

Included with the item is a handwritten and signed letter of authenticity.

I also promise to throw in a couple of surprise goodies for the winning bidder.

As an extra incentive, I will also record a personal greeting from Jim Raynor if you would like.

The release of HOTS is right around the corner. Here’s your chance to climb on board The Hyperion with Jimmy and kick some Zerg tail.

Now don’t get your panties in a bunch… that doesn’t mean I only want bids from Terrans… I will hold my nose and send it to Protoss and Zerg alike. Here’s your chance to get a little payback.

Remember, some things are just worth fighting for.

Raiders Roll!

Robert Clotworthy

 
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Christie Golden Book Signing: Books-A-Million Clarksville, TN

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

starcraft-flashpoint-front-coverNew York Times Best Selling author Christie Golden announced she will be signing copies of the “StarCraft II Heart of the Swarm novel tie-in” StarCraft II: Flashpoint at Books-A-Million (Clarksville, Tennessee) on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 7:00pm CST.

Bring your copy of StarCraft II: Flashpoint, or your collection of World of Warcraft and StarCraft novels.

Are you on Facebook? Christie Golden opened a calendar event for this book signing. Feel free to post that you are going to the event.

Make sure to share the calendar with your friends and family to sync and meet up there.

StarCraft II: Flashpoint Links

  • Check out our review of StarCraft II: Flashpoint
  • Listen to our Skype interview with Christie Golden (StarCraft II: Flashpoint)

Book Signing Location

Books-A-Million (Google Map)
125 South Hampton Place
Clarksville, TN 37040

christie-golden-232939Christie Golden: I am delighted to report that I will be doing a signing for my new(ish) book based on StarCraft II, “Flashpoint.” Y’all come! :)

Sign up to confirm you are attending the event here.

 


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The Art of Blizzard Entertainment Hits Bookstores

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

The Art of Blizzard Entertainment is finally landing on fans’ hands in less than 24 hours. Order it online with free shipping while supplies last.

If you missed it, Blizzplanet DJTyrant visited the Gallery Nucleus a few weeks ago to interview Nick Carpenter. Check out the video.

Book Description

the-art-of-blizzard-entertainment-500x676Over the past two decades, Blizzard Entertainment has had a tremendous impact on the world of games and global pop culture. From its humble beginnings as a three-person console-game development studio in 1991 to the creation of the blockbuster Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® series, Blizzard has a history of crafting stunning worlds of science fiction and fantasy. The company’s distinctive gameplay and storytelling styles have captivated an international audience numbering in the tens of millions whose passion cannot be quelled.

Twenty years after Blizzard opened its doors, the company’s World of Warcraft® boasts the title of the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game, and the studio is widely recognized as one of the leaders in creatively driven game development.

An epic volume of art and behind-the-scenes insights, The Art of Blizzard® celebrates the studio’s genesis by examining the creative forces behind these games and showcasing their artistry through more than 700 pieces of concept art, paintings, and sketches. Commentary on the art is provided by Blizzard Entertainment’s own Nick Carpenter, Sam Didier, and Chris Metzen, who’ve each played important roles in shaping Blizzard’s game universes over the years.

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Blizzplanet Visits Toy Fair 2013 – Trivial Pursuit: World of Warcraft Edition Photos

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

Snow storm or not, I embarked into an adventure traveling on a Sunday to the 2013 Toy Fair New York. Nothing like visiting the Jacob K. Javitz Center. Once you go around the corner and see the building, you realize you are about to get overwhelmed by a ton of imagery, geekiness-fix, and joy!

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I got my press badge at the Hall 1E, and after checking in with the Information Booth to find out where to find USAopoly, I raided their hall at booth # 457.

Turns out I was raid and taken by surprise. I think I have never gotten such a friendly welcome before. I met USAopoly Director of Marketing Jeanette Best for the first time last year’s Toy Fair.

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Today, when I arrived to their Hall, I began to process in my mind to extend my hand to handshake her, following protocols, but before my hand could go out I was welcomed by Jeanette with open arms as she walked toward me, and warmly hugged me.

It’s so awesome to be a fansite/community representative.

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Trivial Pursuit: World of Warcraft Edition

I was ready to interview USAopoly’s Jeanette Best and Art Director Adam Sblendorio, but I was told the game board is still in development. Things could change overnight, and we agreed to gather more questions from the community and to email them.

What I want to share with you guys is that Blizzard Entertainment is very involved in the development of this Trivial Pursuit: World of Warcraft Edition. The artwork and other aspects of the game board will be developed internally by the Blizzard Art Team.

Please post your questions about the Trivial Pursuit: World of Warcraft Edtion below, on Facebook, Twitter or my Mdragon email. USAopoly and Blizzard Entertainment will respond your questions.

What little I could learn about this product is the Trivial Pursuit: World of Warcraft Edition contains:

  • 1 Game Board
  • 50 Cards with 300 Questions about the World of Warcraft
  • 36 Widgets
  • 6 Wedge Holders
  • 6 Pawn Movers
  • 1 Die
  • Instructions

Note: These are not set in stone. I think I recall I heard 600-700 Questions. Not sure. This product content was read from the exhibited box.

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A still undetermined ratio of questions will come directly from fans at some point. USAopoly is popular for involving the community in some decisions. Fans voted to choose the final pieces of the Monopoly: World of Warcraft Edition, for example.

I’m very excited about this product. Many fans in our recent Reddit post already say they want to buy this edition.

Trivial Pursuit: World of Warcraft Edition is slated to hit retail stores on Fall 2013 for $24.95.

Visit USAopoly website and their facebook page.

Mega Bloks World of Warcraft – 2013 Spring & Fall Collection

I visited Mega Brands (umm, booth?) … fortress # 751 to schedule an appointment. After checking all what Toy Fair has to offer, I returned at 5:00pm. I learned Dave Burgess is no longer at Mega Brands, which saddened me. He was my contact at New York Comic Con. Great guy.

Tanya Furci-Argento welcomed me and showed me the Mega Bloks World of Warcraft section. She’ll be my new contact for upcoming preview images and review copies. Her colleague, who knows more about the brand filled me in on Mega Bloks’ plans.

Mega Bloks is changing their strategy a bit by introducing different price point products: The sets, the three-creature packs, and the Mystery chest-like packs containing random armor and weapons to create your own Mega Bloks World of Warcraft characters.

The Creature Pack 1 contains a Fire Elemental and a Ghost Wolf. The Creature Pack 2 contains a ghostly crow and a son of Har’koa. The Creature Pack 3 contains a yellow Murloc and a blue Murloc. What each of these Creature Packs have in common? Each has a hearthstone-like chest containing a mystery creature.

The 2013 Spring Collection contains the following new items:

The 2013 Fall Collection:

  • Nefarian’s Descent Set (91049) contains a Nefarian dragon and a Draenei. This is the first time a Draenei joins the Mega Bloks World of Warcraft family.
  • Garrosh’s Throne Set – contains Garrosh, his throne (with Mannoroth’s skull above), a Blood Elf Warrior and a Worgen Death Knight with a Stone Drake.
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USAopoly to Unveil TRIVIAL PURSUIT: World of Warcraft at Toy Fair New York

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

USAopoly prepares to unveil a new Blizzard Entertainment licensed product tomorrow at the 2013 American International Toy Fair New York throughout February 10-13th.

TRIVIAL PURSUIT®: World of Warcraft® Edition will be available to retailers this Fall 2013 with an SRP of $24.95.

Fans can find USAopoly at the Jacob K. Javits Center booth #457.

I scheduled an interview, and plan to bring you details and video. Stay tuned.

Thanks to Blizzard Entertainment Licensing Manager Kat Hunter and USAopoly Director of Marketing Jeanette Best.

Wish to submit a question for this interview? Post here or at the following facebook page or to my email (Mdragon).

UPDATE: I visited the Toy Fair New York — check out the photos.

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Press Release

CARLSBAD, Calif., Feb. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — USAopoly will unveil a line-up of cool new board games based on some of the most popular licenses mashed up with the most iconic game brands (under license from Hasbro, Inc.). These new launches, plus four brand new family, party and preschool games will debut at the 110th American International Toy Fair beginning Sunday, February 10 in New York City at booth #457.

“First it was video games. Then it was DVD games. Now it’s social media, tablet and app games. Did board games disappear? No. They’re still here and they’re here to stay. People are always looking for good games to play. It’s human nature,” said John M. Davis , President of USAopoly. “Though video and app games have their place, people need social engagement. They will continue to seek and enjoy fun interactive game experiences with friends and family. USAOPOLY is proud to kick off 2013 with another new line-up of board games that will delight families, collectors and gamers alike.”

USAopoly’s Toy Fair product introductions include:

CrossWays™
This fresh, light strategy game is easy for kids to play yet challenging enough for adults to enjoy. CrossWays is a game of playing cards, placing markers, and making paths across the board. But watch out for your opponents! They can block your way or remove your markers. The path to victory is not always straight, but it’s always fun!
For ages 8+. Available to retailers in Summer 2013. Suggested Retail $24.95.

Tapple™
This fast-paced family party game challenges players to choose a category card and, in just 10 seconds, name a word matching the category, press the first letter of that word on the TAPPLE wheel, hit the button to reset the timer, and pass it along. Letters already pressed may not be used again, so the pressure mounts! Can’t think of a word in time, you’re out for the round. The player who collects the most cards wins! For ages 8+. Available to retailers in Summer 2013. Suggested Retail $24.95.

Treasure Trax™ 
An exciting preschool play ‘n learn game where kids search for clues to find hidden animals. In just minutes, parents can set up the cards around the house and even hide a surprise at the end of this fun fast adventure. Whether it’s a rainy day or an everyday afternoon, Treasure Trax is a creative and fun way to keep kids entertained and active around the house, while at the same time teach colors, letters, and image/word recognition. For ages 3 to 5. Available to retailers in Summer 2013. Suggested Retail $16.95.  

Ratuki®
This card-slamming game is easy to play, and totally addictive for the whole family. Players are challenged to build piles of cards from 1 to 5. Be the first to slam a 5 on top of the pile, shout Ratuki and collect the cards. This quick play card game helps build hand-eye coordination and dexterity, and teaches roman numerals and Spanish numbers. For ages 7+. Available to retailers in Summer 2013. Suggested Retail $9.95

MONOPOLY®: The Wizard of Oz™ 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
Classic scenes come to life in this one-of-a-kind MONOPOLY®: The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Edition, which features custom houses, hotels, tokens and a beautifully designed pop-up game board center created by award winning illustrators Otto Sturcke and Mike Butkus, and the paper engineering mastery of Bruce Foster. The first hand cut pop-up game board will be under glass display in the USAopoly booth for a special preview. Ages 8+. Available to retailers Early Fall 2013. Suggested Retail $49.95

Clue®: The Big Bang Theory
Sheldon has been betrayed! Upon discovery of the inconsiderate and heinous deed, Sheldon sequesters six suspects and demands justice in this all-new Who, What, Where edition of the Classic Mystery Game. Fans will especially appreciate the six custom items involved in the “act of betrayal: ”  Equation Board, Damaged Comic, Laptop, Sheldon’s Couch, Sheldon’s Toothbrush, and Dismantled Shelbot. Ages 9+. Available to retailers: Late Spring 2013. Suggested Retail $39.95

MONOPOLY®: The Beatles Yellow Submarine
Fans get to save Pepperland from the Blue Meanies as they set forth on a quest to own it all in this colorful MONOPOLY® game paying homage to the classic Fab Four film.  Designed by renowned artist Jon Blosdale, this special collector’s  game features over 60 different images that Yellow Submarine movie and Beatles fans will appreciate. Ages 8+. Available to retailers April 2013. Suggested Retail $39.95

Other exciting new USAopoly game introductions include:

HOT GAMING

CLUE®: Dungeons and Dragons
Available to retailers: Spring 2013. SRP $39.95

MONOPOLY®: Skylanders
Available to retailers:  Summer 2013. SRP $39.95

RISK®: Mass Effect™ Galaxy at War Edition
Available to retailers: Fall 2013. SRP $49.95

RISK®: Plants vs. Zombies Collector’s Edition
Available to retailers: Fall 2013. SRP TBD

YAHTZEE®: Pac-Man Collector’s Edition
Available to retailers: Summer 2013. SRP $24.95

JENGA®: Space Invaders Collector’s Edition
Available to retailers: Summer 2013. SRP $29.95

TRIVIAL PURSUIT®: World of Warcraft®
Available to retailers: Fall 2013. SRP $24.95

TELEVISION POPULAR PROPERTIES FROM SCI-FI TO SITCOM TO ANIMATED ADVENTURES

MONOPOLY®: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
Available to retailers: Now 2013. SRP $39.95

YAHTZEE®: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
Available to retailers: Now 2013. SRP $24.95

MEMORY CHALLENGE®: Adventure Time Edition
Available to retailers: Spring 2013. SRP $16.95

MONOPOLY®: Adventure Time Collector’s Edition
Available to retailers: Spring 2013. SRP $39.95

MONOPOLY®: Power Rangers 20th Anniversary Edition
Available to retailers: Summer 2013. SRP $39.95

TRIVIAL PURSUIT®: Power Rangers 20th Anniversary Edition
Available: Summer 2013. SRP $39.95

MEMORY® CHALLENGE: My Little Pony
Available to Retailers: Summer 2013. SRP $16.95

MONOPOLY®: My Little Pony Collector’s Edition
Available to Retailers:  Summer 2013. SRP $44.95

BLOCK BUSTER MOVIES

MONOPOLY®: The Lord of the Rings™ Trilogy Edition
Available to retailers: Now 2013. SRP $39.95

SCRABBLE®: The Hobbit™
Available to retailers:  Feb. 2013. SRP $29.95

MONOPOLY®: The Smurfs Collector’s Edition
Available to retailers: Summer 2013. SRP $39.95

MEMORY CHALLENGE®: The Wizard of Oz™ 75th Anniversary Edition
Available to retailers: Early Fall 2013. SRP $16.95

THE GAME OF LIFE®: The Wizard of Oz™ 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
Available to retailers: Early Fall 2013.
SRP $39.95

ABOUT USAOPOLY:  USAopoly, Inc., (http://USAopoly.com) is a leading specialty market game manufacturer offering the world’s best-known games (under license from the Entertainment & Licensing Division of Hasbro) and an innovating game developer of party games like Telestrations® (http://Telestrations.com). 

ABOUT HASBRO:  Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative, well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. Programming in the U.S. is distributed on The Hub TV Network, a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the Company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.”  Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

USAOPOLY is a trademark of USAopoly, Inc. Copyright ©2013.

HASBRO and its logo and the MONOPOLY name and logo, the distinctive design of the game board, the four corner squares, the Mr. Monopoly name and character as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board and playing pieces are trademarks of Hasbro for its property trading game and game equipment. ©1935, 2013 Hasbro. All rights reserved.  ®/™ denotes U.S. trademarks.

HASBRO and its logo and CLUE are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. ©2013 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

HASBRO and its logo and THE GAME OF LIFE are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. ©2013 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

HASBRO and its logo RISK are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. ©2013 Hasbro.

HASBRO and its logo and YAHTZEE are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. ©2013 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

JENGA® is a registered trademark of Pokonobe Associates. © 2013 Pokonobe Associates. Used under license from Pokonobe Associates. All rights reserved.

HASBRO and its logo and the OPERATION name and logo are ® and ©2012 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02862. All Rights Reserved.  ™ & ® denote U.S. Trademarks.

HASBRO and its logo, TRIVIAL PURSUIT®, the associated logo, the distinctive design of the game board, trivia cards, game tokens, and scoring wedges are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 1981, 2013 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02862 USA. All Rights Reserved. TM & ® denote U.S. Trademarks.

HASBRO and its logo and SCRABBLE are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. ©2013 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. The HASBRO name and logo and MEMORY are trademarks of Hasbro. ©2013 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. TM and ® denote U.S. Trademarks. Memory games are manufactured under license from Ravensburger AG.

THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co. Judy Garland as Dorothy from THE WIZARD OF OZ.
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THE BIG BANG THEORY and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
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© 2012 Apple Corps Limited. All Rights Reserved. “Beatles”, “Apple” and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Corps Limited.

© 2013 Subafilms Ltd. A Yellow Submarine™ Product. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast LLC in the U.S.A. and other countries.

©2013 Activision Publishing, Inc. SKYLANDERS is a trademark and ACTIVISION is a registered trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc.

PAC-MAN™ & © NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

MY LITTLE PONY, its logo and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission.  © 2013 Hasbro.  All Rights Reserved.

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