Blizzplanet Wants Your BlizzCon 2009 Questions ASAP

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009, BlizzPlanet Site News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

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.

You can post your questions below in the comments page, or submit it by email, or via Facebook (under just fans section).

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.

BlizzCon 2009 On-Site Contest Sign-Ups Available

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

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.

Blizzard Quote:
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!

http://eu.blizzard.com/blizzcon/contests/

Blizzcon 2009 Merchandise Pre-Orders Email

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

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:

Blizzard Quote:
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:

  • Between 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on August 5 and 10:00 a.m. on August 7, log in to the online Blizzard Store (http://www.blizzard.com/store) using the Battle.net account you used to purchase your BlizzCon 2009 tickets.

  • Click the special “BlizzCon Sale” button in the lower-right corner of your screen.
  • Browse new BlizzCon 2009 items created especially for attendees, add them to your cart, and then proceed to check out.
  • Items will be shipped directly to your home.
  • Enjoy the show!

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.

Blizzcon 2009 - Make-A-Wish

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009

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.

Laguna Art Museum VIP Benefit Dinner, BlizzCon Ticket and More

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009, Diablo 2 News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, Starcraft News, Starcraft: Ghost News, Warcraft 3 News, World of Warcraft News

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

New Expansion Might be Announced at BlizzCon 2009

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009, World of Warcraft News

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.

Blizzard Quote:
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.

Blizzplanet’s 2009 BlizzCon Ticket Winners

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009

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

Last Chance - Fansites BlizzCon Tickets Giveaways

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009, Diablo 2 News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, Starcraft News, Starcraft: Ghost News, Warcraft 3 News, World of Warcraft News

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.

INCGAMERS NETWORK

OTHER FANSITES

BlizzCon Tickets Second Batch Sold Out—Fansites Are Your Last Alternative

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

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.

Blizzard Quote:
The second batch of tickets for BlizzCon 2009 has now been sold out. If you weren

BlizzCon 2009 - Tokyopop Booth Invitation

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Blizzard Products News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009, StarCraft 2 News, Starcraft: Ghost News, World of Warcraft News

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.

Blizzard Quote:
Blizzards gaming convention Blizzcon always attracts a lot of attention and fan fervor. So it was no surprise when only 28 minutes after the first installment of tickets went on sale over the weekend, they were sold out.

With the new queuing system in place over ten thousand people tried to get tickets for the event before purchasing was concluded at around 10:30 am PST.

For those of you who were unable to buy tickets in that first round and would like to join the festivities at Blizzcon 09. There will be a second set of tickets going on sale this Saturday, May 30th at 10 am PST once again.  Wake up early, make some coffee, and get online to get your hands on this last batch of tickets before the show is totally sold out.

For those of you who do have tickets, your in for a treat. TOKYOPOP is pulling out all the stops.  We will have artist Fernando Heinz Furukawa who has worked on Warcraft: Legends Vol’s 3 “Crusader’s Blood” and 4 “Bloodsail Buccaneer”. He is also the artist for our new trilogy StarCraft: Ghost Academy.

Fernando will be in our booth drawing images for the new upcoming StarCraft: Ghost Academy (coming out January 2010), which we will project for everyone to see. That will be happening 2-3 hours each day.

In addition to those 2-3 hours he will be drawing Blizzcon exclusive sketch cards for people who come to our booth for 2 additional hours each day. So be sure to stay tuned for further details and come get your exclusive art work.

People participating in the Brady Games Fishing Quest will be able to get an advanced copy of Warcraft Legends Vol. 5 (coming out in September 2009).

We will also have an art Gallery of our Warcraft and StarCraft manga art on-display in our booth, a Sexy Blood Elf Cut out for you to take your picture with, and much more!

So be sure to pick up your tickets and come visit us at the convention August 21st and 22nd.

See you all soon,

Michael Paolilli

Production Artist, and Creative Consultant for Blizzard manga

Blizzcon 2009 Road Map: Restaurants and Car Rentals

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009, BlizzPlanet Site News

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

IHOP Restaurant
1560 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA

McDonalds
1381 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA

Denny’s Restaurant

1610 S Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 776-3300

Denny’s Restaurant
2088 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim

Denny’s Menu

Carl’s Jr (Burgers)

Carl’s Jr Menu

Taco Bell
2144 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA

Jack In the Box (Burgers & Sandwishes)

2208 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA

Anaheim Resort Center
1768 S Harbor Blvd
Panda Chinese Food and a Pizza Shop across the street from 7 Eleven – between W Katella Ave and S Harbor Blvrd

DOWNTOWN DISNEY DISTRICT Food Locations:

Catal Restaurant

Haagen-Sazs
House of Blues Restaurant
La Brea Bakery Cafe
Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria
Napolini
Tortilla Jo’s

MEDIUM BUDGET RESTAURANTS

California Pizza KItchen
301 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA

Morton’s The Steakhouse (Not exactly budget meal—+75 USD up)
1893 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA, United States

Tiffy’s Family Restaurant

1804 S West St, Anaheim, CA —- corner between S West and W Katella Ave

DISNEYLAND DOWNTOWN DISTRICT (MAP)

Rainforest Cafe

It is located in the Disneyland Downtown District

Enter a tropical rainforest for a dazzling dining experience the entire family will treasure.

  * Generous portions of fabulous food from around the world
  * A lively jungle of entertainment
  * Waterfalls, rain showers, live parrots, animated apes – and all the sounds of a real jungle!
  * Fabulous fiber-optic starscape
  * Unusual shopping

Cuisine:  American

Service Type:  Casual Dining

Price Range:  $$$ ($20-$30 per person) *

Meals Served:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

For Priority Seating arrangements, call the Rainforest Cafe directly at
(714) 772-0413

GROCERY STORES

7 Eleven

between W Katella Ave and S Harbor Blvrd.

Valero Gas Station & Food Shop
2100 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA

CAR RENTALS

Budget Car and Truck Rental

2132 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA

Open M-F 7:30am – 6pm
Sat 8am-4pm
Sun 8am-4pm
Cars / GPS available

Blue Oval (Car Rental)

2204 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA

Enterprise and Hertz (Van Rental)
225 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA

BlizzCon Ticket Sales Tomorrow UPDATE

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

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.

Blizzard Quote:
Just in case Saturday, May 16 isn

Blizzcon 2009 Tickets on Sale Tomorrow

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard has announced the official link where to purchase the Blizzcon tickets tomorrow Saturday, May 16.  Wish everyone luck to get one of these. Last year, 15,000 tickets were sold out within 15 minutes.  The queue system will allow fans to have better and fair chances to purchase tickets without having to reload mindlessly.

Blizzard Quote:
Just in case Saturday, May 16 isn

Best Costume to win a free trip to Blizzcon 2009

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009, Blue Posts, Contests, Diablo 2 News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, Starcraft News, Warcraft 3 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard is preparing to announce a new contest that starts on May 20.  The winners of this contest will get free trip for two to BlizzCon 2009 and some phat lootz.  The catch?  You better be good at sewing costumes … or a blacksmith or leatherworker in real life.

Blizzard Quote:
Warm up your sewing machines and start selecting the best fabrics you can; the Blizzard Costume Contest is coming soon! The best costume-maker will receive a grand prize package filled with great loot from our partners Panini, SteelSeries, and Upper Deck as well as an a trip for two to BlizzCon 2009! Check out our contest information page for details.

http://www.wow-europe.com/en/contests/costume09/

This contest will launch on May 20 so get your costumes ready!

Blizzcon 2009: World of Warcraft Panels Announced

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009, World of Warcraft News

The Blizzcon website now displays details of the panels to be held in the Anaheim Convention Center. Not all panels seem to be available at this time.  Nethaera said some panels might be added as Blizzcon nears in reference to the lack of a World of Warcraft Lore Panel.  Speculation-mode on:  Sounds like we have a new Expansion in the horizon.

Blizzard Quote:
WORLD OF WARCRAFT

Class Discussion
Always a crowd favorite, the class-discussion panel gives insight into the intricate workings of class design and balance, from conception to continuing development. If you

BlizzCon 2009 Tickets On Sale May 16

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009

The sale date for 2009 Blizzcon Tickets have been announced with plenty of heads up.  They will be on sale on Saturday, May 16.  Notice it is on a weekend—so that everyone has a chance to be online at the moment they go on sale.  Last year, 15,000 tickets were sold within 15 minutes causing a lot of angry fans to go Murloc-aggro on Blizzard.  Now you have plenty of time to prepare.

Blizzard Quote:
Tickets to this year’s BlizzCon gaming convention, being held on August 21 and 22 in Anaheim, California, will go on sale worldwide on Saturday, May 16 for $125 each, with a second block of tickets going on sale Saturday, May 30. For those unable to attend, DIRECTV will once again be televising BlizzCon in high definition as a Pay Per View event, featuring coverage from the show floor, exclusive interviews, demos, and more. In addition, for the first time, players around the world will be able to watch the DIRECTV BlizzCon event as a Pay Per View Internet stream. Check out the press release ( http://www.blizzard.com/us/press/090505.html ) for further details, and head over to http://www.blizzcon.com on May 16 or May 30 to buy your tickets.