Eldorian captured photos of some of the fans disguised as their favorite Blizzard game character or NPC found at BlizzCon 2011.
That Marine suit looks awesome. Wonder how he is able to walk with that bulky thing. Spirit of Redemption. A Warden (Maiev). Scarlet Monastery boss. That green-lady? I’d love to get kerploded by that sweet-looking Baneling.
BlizzCon 2011 begins tomorrow, and you’ll be able to watch the opening ceremony and the action on the World of Warcraft and RTS tournament stages streaming for free at www.blizzcon.com/live-stream/. DIRECTV subscribers in the U.S. can also catch the opening ceremony for free on the Audience Network. Pre-show coverage begins Friday at 10:30 a.m. Pacific, and the opening ceremony is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.. Tournaments run throughout both days of the show — check out the BlizzCon schedule for details.
If you’re interested in watching these in high-def and getting over 50 hours of BlizzCon coverage, including developer panels, the costume contest, the closing concert with Foo Fighters, and more, you can still purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which also includes this year’s World of Warcraft pet and to-be-revealed StarCraft II in-game gift. The Virtual Ticket also lets you watch on-demand replays of any coverage you might have missed.
We’ll be updating BlizzCon.com, our Twitter feeds, and our Facebook pages with news, photos, and more from the show, so we’ve got you covered pretty much anywhere you go. See you at BlizzCon!
GeForce GTX GPUs Powering Demo Rigs Throughout Show; NVIDIA Workshops to Help Users Gear Up their PCs for the Ultimate in Gaming Performance
SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Oct. 20, 2011— NVIDIA is pulling out all the stops this week at BlizzCon 2011 to help attendees get the ultimate PC gaming experience when playing the latest Blizzard titles.
Just about everywhere you look at BlizzCon (Oct. 21-22, Anaheim, CA) you’ll find NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX GPU-equipped PCs powering your favorite Blizzard games. From the NVIDIA booth (Booth #308 – Hall C) to the GeForce LAN to demo systems covering the show floor, NVIDIA is providing more than 1,000 GeForce GTX graphics cards to demonstrate the unparalleled experience of playing Blizzard games on a GeForce GTX-equipped PC.
In addition, Tom Peterson, director of technical marketing for GeForce, and Ryan Shrout, editor-in-chief of PC Perspective, will provide informative demos throughout the show. They’ll also host for hands-on workshops to teach gamers how to optimize game settings and gear up their rigs for the best performance and playability for World of WarCraft and StarCraft II.
Here are just a few NVIDIA Blizzcon activities you’ll not want to miss:
Stop by the NVIDIA LAN area in Hall C to play World of WarCraft and StarCraft II, featuring NVIDIA 3D Vision™ and Surround technologies.
Learn how to gear up your PC with NVIDIA tech talks featuring Ryan Shrout from PC Perspective.
Get the inside scoop on winning StarCraft II techniques at Q&A panel featuring top shout-caster and game expert, Husky.
Step up to the DIY challenge, hosted by NewEgg.com: build and power up PC in record time for prizes.
Visit the NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ photo booth to get your picture taken in 3D with your favorite Blizzard game characters.
To keep up on all the up-to-the-minute happenings at BlizzCon on your mobile device, download the free BlizzCon 2011 Guide mobile from iTunes® and the Android™ Market.
Also, for the complete schedule of NVIDIA events at BlizzCon, please visit our BlizzCon web page (http://www.nvidia.com/object/blizzcon2011.html). For more information about BlizzCon 2011, please visit: www.blizzcon.com
Eldorian took photos of the BlizzCon 2011 Goodie Swag Bag, and it comes packed with a lot of cool things such as the Diablo III Mini Tyrael Collector’s Statue and the Mega Bloks Thrall, BlizzCon 2011 Special Edition Battle.net Authenticator, a raffle ticket to bring to the Antec booth in Hall C for a chance at winning a Gaming PC from Antec with a custom case skin of Archangel Tyrael, a discount on the next SteelSeries purchase, a Wanted: Hogger Poster, Cryptozoic promotional Hogger Hero Reward, BlizzCon Anaheim Convention Center Map poster, BlizzCon Schedule of Events, Murkdiablo / StarCraft II (Classified) scratch code card, and other stuff.
BlizzCon 2011 is just around the corner! Attendees are starting to pick up their badges and goody bags this afternoon — including the cards to redeem for this year’s World of Warcraft in-game pet and top-secret StarCraft II in-game gifts — so we wanted to give you a heads up about when to expect this year’s items to show up in-game.
Murkablo, this year’s World of Warcraft in-game pet, will be available in-game on Thursday, October 20.
The StarCraft II portrait and decal will be available in next StarCraft II patch (patch 1.4.2), estimated to be released in early November.
Attendees who picked up their goody bags can redeem the codes from their cards now, and the pet, portrait, and decal will automatically appear in the games attached to their Battle.net account at the times above. People who bought the Virtual Ticket will automatically receive their gifts at these times, too.
Head to the official BlizzCon forums to join the discussion: http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/forum/topic/3424792839
Eldorian landed at the Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, Oct 20 around 2:30pm.
Apparently, he rented a car and stopped by the In-and-Out Burger restaurant where he always eats at whenever he travels to California. It’s close to the airport. Who ain’t hungry after a long flight?
On his way to the hotel, he stopped by Galco’s Old World Grocery (Map) to stock up on Twinkies, and other stuff. It’s going to be a long weekend, and if he gets buff food for his WoW character before a Firelands raid, he needs some kickass junk food to keep his brain optimal through the bosses he’s gonna meet up at BlizzCon. Those bosses will certainly cast brain-numbing imagery and mind-control onstage.
Finally, after arriving to the hotel, he went for a walk to see the Anaheim Convention Center before heading to the Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park to have some deserved fun.
Tomorrow in the morning, Eldorian will join dozens of souls from different fansites to aboard a bus en route to Blizzard Entertainment Studios (Irvine, CA) for the Fansites Summit, and a cool tour through the facility. Thank you, Blizzard! Have fun, Eldorian.
I left him a message with some of the To-Do reminders which includes SteelSeries, Epic Weapons, Insight Editions, Lore Panel, to name a few.
I will stay home watching the livestream to post BlizzCon news, videos and photos. Eldorian will provide me the FTP details to access the press server once he gets ahold of the info. Stay tuned to Blizzplanet starting today Thursday. Second on the To-Do list is the Swag Bag photos.
Update: Nice sneak peek to behold. The Book of Cain contains continuity from Richard A. Knaak’s The Sin War Trilogy. Those wondering who Kalan is, this is the name Uldyssian’s brother Mendeln is known as after the events of the Sin War. Mendeln (Kalan) became the founder of the Necromancers, and among the very few who kept his memories after the Angiris Council wiped the memories of humanity at the end of the Sin War.
One of the images reveals that Inarius originally stole the Worldstone from the Pandemonium Fortress. Through unknown means, Inarius used the worldstone to open a dimensional pocket to create Sanctuary within, thus cloaking Sanctuary from the sight of the Eternal Conflict.
Gallery Books will release the hardcover compiling the trilogy this upcoming December 2011, add it to your wishlist and pre-order Diablo: The Sin War Archive.
As a memento of your journey to the realm of Anaheim to join us for BlizzCon 2011, we’re pleased to present travelers with a museum-quality maquette of Mini Tyrael. We trust that this keepsake will help you feel safer on Sanctuary’s longest and darkest nights.
Designed by the Blizzard cinematics team in conjunction with Sideshow Collectibles, Mini Tyrael captures all of the power of Diablo III’s Archangel of Justice in a much more compact – but no less glorious – form.
Each meticulously crafted Mini Tyrael piece comes complete with a stamped base and is ready for display on your archive shelves. This figure is a limited-edition, exclusive gift for BlizzCon 2011 attendees, created to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Diablo series and the upcoming release of Diablo III, and it will never be reproduced for commercial sale.
SteelSeries launched a stealthy giveaway of juicy prizes for those who have a Facebook account. I suggest you participate to widen your chances to get a SteelSeries Diablo III product from them. Widen, you say? …. (Grins and cackles) … Check Blizzplanet very … VERY soon to find out.
In the meantime, participate in *this* giveaway. Simply type at the SteelSeries Facebook what Diablo III class you’re digging – and why. 5 winners of a bundle each, will be announced tomorrow.
SteelSeries: Hype hype. We’re at BlizzCon this weekend. For the sake of excitement, we’re Diablo III-ifying some of you guys with a J!NX tee, a SteelSeries QcK Barbarian Edition mousepad and a Diablo Archive novel collection. To enter, let us know what Diablo III class you’re digging – and why. 5 winners of a bundle each, will be announced tomorrow.