Blizzplanet, Worldofwar.net, StarcraftWire.net and Diii.net are going to BlizzCon 2009. I am staff member on those fansites too, so I will be on top of the news for each fansite providing updates from the show floor through our live chat (Cover it Live).
This year I am bringing my own laptop—it’s arriving next week—and my HD Video camera. The reason of this post is to start collecting questions from our fans and visitors in advance. If you have questions for Tom Chilton, J. Allen Brack, and Ghostcrawler about patch 3.3 and future PvP: Battlegrounds and Arena—we want your questions.
If you wish us to ask questions to Jay Wilson about Diablo III or to Dustin Browder about Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty—go ahead. We will very likely meet them in private at the press rooms where only fansites and gaming sites have access. Re-read your questions and polish them the best you can before submitting them.
I already requested an interview spot with Richard A. Knaak and Christie Golden (pending approval) at Blizzcon 2009. I am gathering questions for Richard about World of Warcraft: Stormrage, and Warcraft: Dragons of Outland; and for Christie about Warcraft Legends Vol. 5 (her Draka story)—and I will probably ask Christie if she can talk yet about the untitled trilogy.
Grabbing all these questions in advance will allow us to focus our efforts on collecting live questions via Cover It Live chat for the developer panels and new game announcements at the show floor.
I will video-interview briefly someone I am so glad to hear will appear at BlizzCon and has openly told me, wants to meet us—however, I am unable to reveal who it is at this point. You will be excited, glad and thrilled. If Blizzard makes the announcement at the show, I will gather questions live for said person.
It’s begun. All fans have the opportunity to sign up to all BlizzCon contests to participate onstage on August 21. If you have been eagerly awaiting this, go subscribe asap while it lasts.
|You can now sign up for our on-site BlizzCon contests by visiting the BlizzCon Contest page. The Dance, Soundalike, and Costume contests will be taking place live on-stage August 21 at BlizzCon. If you wish to take part in these contests it’s important you sign up now, before the event. We’ll be emailing registered participants before the event with more information on what to do once they reach the convention center. Visit the BlizzCon Contest page to read the rules and sign up now!|
Blizzard sent out emails to fans who purchased a Blizzcon 2009 ticket a few months ago. Between August 5-7, only those who purchased a Blizzcon ticket will have the opportunity to pre-order the Blizzcon 2009 merchandise from the official Blizzard store. Read the email transcript Eldorian received earlier to check out the requirements and instructions:
|Heading to BlizzCon 2009? Planning to purchase some souvenirs at the show? We wanted to send you one last reminder that for the first time ever, you’ll be able to shop for items from the BlizzCon 2009 store BEFORE the event during our limited-time-only, online BlizzCon 48-Hour Sale!
For a limited time beginning August 5 at 10:01 a.m. Pacific time, BlizzCon 2009 ticket buyers* will have the opportunity to purchase select BlizzCon 2009 store merchandise online. Items purchased through this sale will be shipped directly to your home, allowing you to avoid store lines at the show and giving you more time to take in the panels, tournaments, and other events at BlizzCon 2009.
HERE’S HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
It’s that simple! Enjoy, and we look forward to seeing you at BlizzCon 2009!
*Please note: Only the ORIGINAL TICKET PURCHASER will have access to BlizzCon 2009 merchandise during this online sale, and the Battle.net account used to purchase the tickets is required. If you received BlizzCon 2009 tickets through another attendee, you will need to coordinate with the original ticket purchaser to participate in this sale.
Blizzard fans all over the world travel long distances to attend the biggest event sponsored by Blizzard Entertainment which in the past has exceeded 15,000 people. All of them go to either participate in contests, find out what new games Blizzard will pull out of its hat (Ohh, the big surprise), experience hands-on gameplay, witness the lore, pvp, gameplay, cinematics panels (to name a few). And so much more.
However, Blizzard has never asked fans what they would love to see at BlizzCon beyond what is already established and pre-scheduled (at least to my knowledge). What would be your dream feature in BlizzCon?
I personally can think of a few the fans would so lovely enjoy. Imagine a Darkmoon Faire circus-type of games where the developers are the target and you get rewarded.
- Dunk that Developer: Who wouldn’t love to have Ghostcrawler strapped on a water tank, throwing balls at a bullseye lever to trigger the mechanism that slams him into the water tank. Over, and over, and yet over again. This is the serious-business Nerf-griever of all times. We love him and hate him. Such a mix of feelings. Yea, guys, get a life. One can dream though.
- Foam-up that Developer: Hey, I have no quarrel with Chris Metzen. I have met him a few times. He’s awesome incarnate. Like a brother separated at birth—I think I am a couple years older than him. He visits Blizzplanet very often, has said it in two different occasions. However, some lore fans who need a life (really) have felt compelled to hate his guts over a few retcons (spacegoats crashlanding on Azeroth, chicken-and-the-egg Sargeras vs Eredar, you name it). Although I don’t share the sentiment, I bet these lore fans would like to get a shave cream bottle and spray him all over. (decided for shave cream because whipped cream sounds too … err—removes picture from his mind).
- Paint that developer: Who wouldn’t want to throw paint-filled balloons of all colors at …. drumroll … Jay Wilson. The rainbow Diablo III controversy, remember? That angsty controversy died down so heavy and fast when we got to see other environments, and played the game at last year’s Blizzcon. Yet, those who “need a lif—- I mean, need to relax, and channel their anger in a fun way, would love to paint Jay Wilson to pay for all the grief.
Those are just examples. What would you love Blizzard to add to Blizzcon that could be entertaining, that would let you release some anger in a fun way pseudo-humiliating (you know, payback) a developer? I can think of a few that would love to think about one of these for Jeff Kaplan and some infamous forum CM thread-lockers.
Name your developer or CM, and the feature-circus-like game you would want them to participate in? Share your thoughts.
Note: I have nothing against any of these developers, but I have seen the trolls grief over the past years. I thought it would be fun to let the trolls and other fans have some fun with the developers at a Darkmoon Faire event inside BlizzCon 2009. I met Jeff Kaplan last year, at the Blizzard cafeteria. I ate on the same table as Jay Wilson, it was awesome to listen to him talk about the game with such a passion. Chris Metzen is like a bro, I love all the manga, novels and comic books—and of course all the games’ lore. I haven’t met Ghostcrawler yet, but come on guys, he’s got a hard job to do and not everyone will be happy with class changes, but they have to happen. Cut some slack. He the man.
You know, this Darkmoon Faire thingie could be a pro-benefit of the Make-a-Wish Foundation or other non-profit organization. Not a bad idea after all to have fun, relax, release some built-up anger on the developers, and benefit a charity all at the same time.
Post your own wishlist below or at the official US forums.
World of Warcraft fans in the California area—and why not, international and national folks—will be delighted to hear of a special offer that might get you into Blizzcon if you missed out the ticket lottery.
From July 17 through 19, you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to purchase tickets for the Laguna Art Museum
VideoGamer held an interview with World of Warcraft Game Director Tom Chilton as a follow up to their Leipzig coverage. In this interview Tom Chilton confirms their plan for a yearly WoW expansion stands correct. The South Seas, the Maelstrom and the Emerald Dream, (and can I say Gilneas hinted?) have pop into the radar through Chilton’s own lips. So … a yearly expansion (check) … the south seas (check). See you at BlizzCon fellas.
|VideoGamer.com: The first expansion was set in Outland, the second in Northrend, which was a little closer to home. Is there anywhere else left on the original map that can accommodate an expansion or does it have to be somewhere foreign?
TC: No I don’t think it has to be anywhere completely foreign yet. There are parts of the map that we have left ambiguous and unexplored. There are parts of Eastern Kingdoms and Azeroth that haven’t been filled out yet. Out there in the South Seas there are islands, there’s out where the Maelstrom is.
There’s still quite a bit of land mass. We keep referring to the Emerald Dream, which is maybe not exactly in Azeroth, but is sort of tied to it in some way or another. But there are definitely places in Azeroth itself that are close to home that haven’t been filled out yet, so there’s more room for that sort of thing.
We recently unearthed a new trademark by Blizzard that might or not tie-in with the theme of a Maelstrom and South Seas expansion.
We interviewed Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson last February, where they said there were plans for Gilneas, and talked about the upcoming World of Warcraft: Stormrage book which hits bookstores on February 2010. It deals with the Nightmare and the Emerald Dream.
The stars are aligning. (sits in yoga-position and hums).
Image from World of Warcraft RPG: Lands of Mystery.
I wish all the participants had won a BlizzCon Ticket, but only three are available. Below are the three winners of this giveaway. Congratulations and hope to meet you at BlizzCon.
Those who did not win may still participate in other fansites giveaways which are still active and taking submissions. These are provided by Blizzard Entertainment to all its approved and active fansites.
- Draim @ Azjol-Nerub
- Rowan Seven
- Renaissance @ Dragonblight
The Blizzcon Tickets are sold out. However, you still have a chance at winning a Free ticket to attend Blizzcon via Fansites Giveways courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzard is very supportive to all the fansites under their flag. So take this very exciting opportunity. Beneath are all the fansites whose giveaway is still active. Participate in all of them to increase your chances at winning one. However, if you got two be honest and let them know. Good luck and see you at BlizzCon.
WoW Interface(June 5) Arena Junkies(June 5) Starcraft2.players.de(June 5) DiabloFans(June 8)
- Starcraft2 Australia (June 10)
- SC2Pod (June 10)
- Gamer-source (June 12)
- Diablo-Source (June 12)
- d3db (June 12)
- Diablo3x (June 14)
- Starcraft.Wikia (June 14)
- Team Liquid (June 15)
- SCLegacy (June 15)
- WoWHead (June 17)
- Starcraft2Forum (June 22)
The second and last batch of BlizzCon tickets are now sold out. Zippo. No more on sale. Is that your last chance to get a ticket? Not at all. The family of fansites of the IncGamers Network still has some giveaways of FREE BLIZZCON TICKETS courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment. Visit the following fansites to read the rules and how to participate. Participate on each of them to increase your chances.
Blizzard Entertainment listed other fansites that started giveaways too. Check them all out here at the official WoW Forums.
|The second batch of tickets for BlizzCon 2009 has now been sold out. If you weren
Tokyopop is coming to BlizzCon and you will have some nice loot to take home. Warcraft Legends Vol. 5 will be available to you a month earlier at the event. The artist behind Warcraft Legends Vo. 3 and StarCraft Ghost: Academy—- Fernando Heinz Furukawa will draw sketches on the spot for fans. A projection preview of pages from StarCraft Ghost: Academy (due January 2010) and a gallery of Tokyopop Warcraft and Starcraft mangas. I will be there taking video and photos. Stay tuned to our BlizzCon 2009 coverage.
From my visit to Blizzcon 2008 at the Anaheim Convention Center, I gathered directions for our fans to the closest restaurants, grocery stores and car rentals around the area. The Marriott and Hilton Hotels are within 3 minutes walk from Blizzcon. They have restaurants and other stores within the Hotel facilities, but if you are on a tight budget, there are some popular restaurants within 10-20 minutes walking distance.
Those who will be at the Marriott Hotel or the Hilton Hotel, or close to Blizzcon will appreciate this database. Simply click on the links below to view a map. The map shows you a direction from Blizzcon (A) to the destination (B). If you click on the green (B), it will zoom you in to an interactive photo-panoramic street view that will let you see a photo of the location.
Restaurants shown in this database are Denny’s Restaurant, Jack in the Box, Carl’s Jr, IHOP, Tiffy’s Family Restaurant, Taco Bell, McDonalds, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Panda Chinese Food, Pizza Shop, and California Pizza Kitchen. (I provided the menu webpage for Denny’s and Carl’s Jr.)
Grocery Stores: 7 Eleven, and Valero Gas Station and Food Shop
Car Rental companies: Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, and Blue Oval.
Get the maps and details after the break.
LOW BUDGET RESTAURANTS
MEDIUM BUDGET RESTAURANTS
The initial allotment of tickets for BlizzCon 2009 has now been sold out. If you weren
Nethaera informed Blizzplanet to alert our fans with the following flash news. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale specifically at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, Saturday, May 16.