Wuzzup, folks? It’s time for some World of WarCraft: Stormrage Giveaways — courtesy of Pocket Books (a Simon & Schuster, Inc. division). If you haven’t gotten your hands on this novel that reveals the true origin of the Emerald Nightmare and the return of Malfurion Stormrage’s dreamform to his mortal body then you may wish to participate and test your luck among the winners.
Eligible participants must do the following steps to qualify for the giveaway:
1. Post in the comments below or email an answer for: What do you look forward in World of WarCraft: Stormrage?
2. Take a screenshot of your character standing alongside Tyrande Whisperwind (Alliance). Or a screenshot with Remulos in the Moonglade (Horde). Both are characters appearing in this novel. Attach or link the screenshot and email it.
Non-World of Warcraft players: For # 2, launch your favorite Blizzard game and type onscreen: I LOVE WORLD OF WARCRAFT: STORMRAGE, then take a screenshot of that with your Pint Screen button.
Deadline: Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 at 11:59pm EST/New York. Winners will be announced on Thursday, March 11th, 2010.
RPG and Pen and Paper Gamer might like to hear about this. DriveThruRPG is giving away $1000 worth of RPG/d20 books for mere $20 under the name of Gamers Helping Haiti Bundle. The total amount will be donated to said organization, and you will have a big stash of downloadable d20 stuff. There is no Warcraft RPG in there, but many of you might find this useful.
DriveThruRPG announced a major incentive to the roleplaying gamer community today to incite donations to aid in rescue and recovery in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Called the “Gamers Helping Haiti Bundle,” the product includes over a hundred products totaling over $1000.00 in retail value. For a simple donation of $20 – all of which goes to Doctors Without Borders to support their post-earthquake Haiti relief efforts – RPG fans can have this once-in-a-lifetime collection of gaming products.
DriveThruRPG already had opportunities to donate up and running within a day of the disaster. When publishers began asking how they could support the cause, the bundle was created to be an all-inclusive shared effort. Those who donated at the lesser levels won’t be left out, however; gamers who have already donated $5 or $10 will be receiving a special coupon code that lets them pay the difference from their initial donation to get the bundle.
“We are humbled by the generosity of both our customers and our publishers,” said Sean Patrick Fannon, Marketing and Communications Manager for DriveThruRPG, “all of whom have stepped up at this time of terrible tragedy to offer aid to a desperate people. We are also very proud to facilitate these collective efforts, providing the necessary tools and technology to bring it all together.”
More than tools and tech, though, DriveThruRPG is really putting their money where their mouth is, so to speak. “We have always believed in the power of giving and sharing to make the world a better place,” said Steve Wieck, President and co-owner of the site. “To that end, we are matching funds with everyone who’s making a straight donation at the $5 and $10 level.”
There is no set date for terminating the donation efforts, though the bundle will only be available until the end of January.
These are the winners of the Blizzplanet / Swagdog Xmas Gift Giveaway. Winners must redeem the $ 100 Gift Certificate by December 31, 2009. Free shipping included, except for the rare fees and tax on certain countries.
Eit @ Gurubashi
Sapphiria @ Scarlet Crusade
Miriella @ Alleria
Ho-ho-ho! Father Winter Veil wants to give away three $100 Gift Certificates to buy Swagdog stuff !!! Simply post in the comments below or email me the following:
1. WoW character name
Make sure to check your email on December 26, 2009. All winners must redeem the gift certificate by December 30th, 2009.
Update 12/22: Looks like I have to eat my own words. Justice ain’t so blind after all. The judge allowed us to stay a month more, and we didn’t become homeless in a Christmas’s eve. Plenty of things to be thankful for. I am probably 2-3 days away from having the whole house items packed. With all the closets emptied into the livingroom and bedrooms the apartment still looks a bit like a war zone. 13 years living in this apartment and gee do we have tons of stuff in those five closets. Found newspapers from 2004, and documents as far back as 1998. Family photos I had forgotten existed, when I was a kid. Good thing now I just have to worry about searching for a new apartment once I’m done packing, and if I time it right, won’t be offline for long, or at all. Merry Christmas!
12/21: Well folks, I am really out of words. I have no idea what tomorrow brings, or what options I might have. Tomorrow, we go to court to give up the apartment’s key. I don’t know if the judge will allow us to stay a few more days while we move stuff to a storage rental building and find where to live at; or if I might end up in a shelter while we start anew, and find a new apartment. It might take a few weeks before that happens. And if so, I might not have access to the internet in that lapse of time unless I visit a public library. I thank Eldorian for updating in my temp-absence.
If the judge doesn’t give us tomorrow a few more days to get our stuff into a storage room and proceeds with the eviction — it would be a pretty cold and sad Christmas for us. It’s a long story that has been going on since November 28, 2008, and resurfaced around June 2009. Justice decided we were on the fault side of things, even when there were irregularities in how things got handled. So I will just hope, and learn from any mistakes; and start anew from the bottom once again. Hail Thrall, Varian and Jim Raynor!
I’m worried, but things happen for a reason. I’ll eventually figure out what that reason is. From this I could find a good job or meet my future wife — who knows. I need to adapt to the current situation, learn from it, shake off the dust, stand and keep moving forward.
PS: Glimpse into some of the Irregularities … merry christmas to the landlord and section 8 (watch video). By the way Ms. Swint (section 8), if a disable person with chronic respiratory issues gives you a medical letter signed by the director of the hospital and he recommended you twice to move her to a new apartment with no dampness on May 2007 — it’s because it is an emergency due to health hazard concerns — it looks very bad that on 2009 she’s still waiting to get emergency-moved and on top you close the case on her and leave her homeless. Tsk-tsk-tsk.
What you see on the video has been happening since 2007 on a semi-regular basis. I wouldn’t be surprised the building wall collapses soon due to water infiltration weakening the internal structure for over two years in the kitchen and all the way back in the bathroom. The first video is December 5, 2009. The kitchen issue through Dec 10-15. Can you believe the landlord’s plumber saw it on Friday, Dec 11 and said he would come back on Monday? It’s a flipping broken water pipe inside the wall !!! Justice is blind indeed.
Did I mention two of the airplane kidnappers that crashed into the Twin Towers lived in this landlord’s buildings? Way to go.
Some randomness. Those who experienced issues to post comments in the past few months, should try again. Seems to be working fine now. Just login at the top-left and you are good to post comments on each newspost.
Don’t forget to participate in the SwagDog / Blizzplanet giveaway. I have three codes to give the winners the chance to get up to $100 in Swagdog customizable merchandise.
On another note, I might be moving to a new house around December 22. Apologies in advance if you notice some downtime after that date, while I get back online. If I don’t manage to, I might try going to WiFi-hotspots to make quick updates.
I’m glad to inform our visitors that a free Blizzplanet News app is available to iPhone and iPod Touch users at the iTunes Store. For now it only provides general news headline + description; and body (Text-only). Images and Video on the both mobile platforms will be available at a later time.
UPDATE: THE GIVEAWAY DEADLINE IS OVER.
Blizzplanet is gave away 10 Grunty the Marine Murloc Pet codes to fans courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment (thanks, Nethaera). The contest is now over. Thanks to participants for their submissions.
Giveaway Drawing ended on September 28th at 11:59pm EST (-05:00GMT – New York).
Thanks for reporting the recent popup and warnings. Rush was on this the moment I forwarded your reports. Doesn’t look like it came from any of the ad banners. This seems to be internal. We are taking measures to prevent it. However, I need your help in detecting when it happens to take immediate action. If I need to disable Blizzplanet while it’s investigated, it may help loads.
Just take a screenshot or write down the URL or ad banner (if it ever happened). With that info we can square it down faster, instead of guessing. So far it seems the issue has been resolved. It doesn’t show up on my end anymore.
Install or keep Avast, or other anti-virus updated at all times.
I will be a bit inactive. I’m currently uploading 5GB worth of raw (unedited) video to the IncGamers folks, so my connection is crying outloud. While that’s getting uploaded, I am working on a few videos of my own. I interviewed Richard A. Knaak about World of Warcraft: Stormrage. I barely asked a few questions to Christie Golden about Warcraft Legends—since Omacron (ScrollsofLore / WCRadio) spent … 12 minutes and asked everything I wanted to ask (/wrist @ Omacron). I recorded Omacron interviewing her though (lol he hijack me, I will hijack his).
I took video of Christie Golden’s book signing (Saturday 4pm)—so if you were among the fans who were there during the raffle of 40 copies of the WoW: ARTHAS Collector’s Edition, there might be a chance you appear in this video (as a memento for you).
I was really glad on Saturday. I was at Hall C doing my … you know, [orc peon voice here] “Work, work. Dabu!” for IncGamers. DirecTV wasn’t covering the panels on Hall C, so it was my job to record video of the WoW Class panel and the WoW Game Systems panel—which I will be working on during the week (so stay tuned). One of the IncGamers guys borrowed my tripod, so I had to record sitting on a chair holding the camera still. When out of nowhere, I hear someone close to me calling my name. I looked to my left … and lo and behold … the thundergod Chris Metzen waved his hand at me. OMG! Man, did I smile and feel cool.
Really nice. We have only met twice. On February 23, 2009 at the New York Comic Con and on July 20th at the Blizzard campus when I interviewed him briefly about the Starcraft II single player.
I was also surprised when I was at the Pocket Books booth recording the book signing. I was talking to Richard A. Knaak when suddenly I see Rob Tokar walking in. He called me by my name too and we shook hands. Jaime Costas came in and told them wonders about all the support of their products on our news page. Man, I was melting-embarrassed, not of the bad type, more like (OMG !!!) flattered beyond what you can normally withstand without fainting. Anyway, thanks a bunch Jaime, Rob, Richard, Christie and brotherly love hug to all of them and Chris Metzen.
Another thing I need to work with is the WoW / Diablo 3 Press-Only Q&A that took place at room 208a on Saturday from 5-6pm. I’m not sure, but I think I was the only one who actually took video of it. Everyone else was either writing down stuff or using a voice recorder. So stay tuned for all these videos during the week. Today I’m probably busy with the Knaak/Golden interview, and uploading the 5GB videos. Oh well.
8am: Heading to the airport in a couple of hours. I will arrive after 7pm PDT. Once I am set at the hotel, there are plans to hang out for dinner with Starcraft-ESP, Starcraft.ORG, SCLegacy and probably Flux (Diii.net) and Maticus (Worldofwar.net). Not sure yet. We will see. I will take photos and post them in the late evening.
Stay tuned throughout Blizzcon. I will add a live blog embed on the front page for on-the-fly questions based on whatever you guys are following on DirecTV, or what we get to report. Keep an eye on Starcraftwire.net, diii.net and worldofwar.net for any other info that I don’t get to cover. I am staff on those three fansites.
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.
Eldorian is gathering questions over at Facebook for our possible interviews with Paul Sams, Tom Chilton and Ghostcrawler—at least if we get the chance in our trip to Blizzcon and Blizzard through August 20-22.
If you have questions, please submit them. We will either forward your questions during the live Blizzcon panel Q&As or in an exclusive video interview. These can either be about patch 3.2 or 3.3. However, we will be hopping around during Blizzcon to gather questions after Blizzard has announced the new expansion and gives some details about it—so you will also be able to pop either on facebook or throuogh our live chat to submit questions on the go.
World of Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo fans should be proactive and protect their computer from malicious software that appears sometimes in advertising banners. I have no clue how a marketing ad campaign company can sometimes accidentally or on purpose leak some of these, but it does happen.
Right about a few minutes ago, on my own website I got a malicious software alert. Obviously, I wouldn’t rationally cause issues to my visitors, less to myself. And I work with the IncGamers folks and they are as concerned as me. Rush will contact the ad network to see what’s going on.
For now, what matters is to teach you how to protect yourself any time you visit a website, even trusted ones.
Download FREE antivirus software – avast! Home Edition here.
Whenever you visit a website with an ad banner that contains a Malicious software, you will get an alert similar to the one I just got a few minutes ago.
Avast will not allow the malicious code to be downloaded into your computer, stopping it dry. It has daily updates auto-installing patches on the go. Other software you can install is Spybot Search & Destroy protects you from spyware and deletes cookies, offers immunization scan too.
Another software you should consider installing is Ad-Aware by Lavasoft. All of these are free to download with no trials.
Last week, I traveled to Huntington, New York to meet Christie Golden at the Book Revue. I have to thank Blizzard Entertainment and Simon & Schuster, Inc for approving this interview in such a short notice. I finished editing the video interview with Christie Golden and sent it to both companies to make sure all that is asked and said there is ok by them. There’s some thrilling and teasing stuff revealed by Christie. The video interview lasts roughly 10 minutes.
StarCraft: The Dark Templar, Twilight is the last book in the trilogy, which sets the backstory leading to the single-player mode from StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty RTS game. It lays bare the naked past of Dark Archon Ulrezaj and we get to see flashbacks of Tassadar through the Protoss Preserver’s memories. TWILIGHT will be on bookstores this upcoming June 30th. I was given a copy of the book in advance at the Book Revue, and plan to write a review—which of course won’t be shown until then. Expect the video interview pretty soon on our front page.
Concerning the Tokyopop live chat with five writers and the editor, it is still in process to be approved by Blizzard. Be patient. This upcoming live chat will be about StarCraft: Frontline. In advance I wish to let fans know that you should ask about the stories within the manga, and to avoid asking these writers about the RTS game. They do not represent Blizzard Entertainment and the StarCraft II Team. That said, you can explore with the writers each of the stories present in Volume 1 and 2. And ask about the upcoming Volume 3 on sale July 1. I purchased the first two volumes, and I am excited with some of the stories, and wish to learn more either in upcoming volumes or in-game.
First copy of Twilight signed by Christie Golden
If you do not have NOSCRIPT addon on your Firefox, run an anti-virus, we just noticed something going on. Rush is taking care of it, but may take a few. I am not sure what it is because I have NOSCRIPT on. As a precaution, change your WoW account password immediately after you run anti-virus and anti-malware. The URL of this intrusive code seems to aim World of Warcraft.
UPDATE: Rush fixed the problem. The intrusion didn’t affect the CMS, nor came from the ad banners. Database was not compromised. The old forum seems to have facilitated matters. The forum will be permanently removed, and requested Rush to host Blizzplanet’s forum on Worldofwar.net as a sub-forum soon, to benefit from vBulletin security. If you visited between 9am-10:20am take precautions. We identified how it happened, and are taking measures to prevent it from happening again on that end.
I am very thrilled to see this community highlighted in the launch of the new Wildstorm Comics blog where Austin Trunick mentions the interview with Simon Furman (StarCraft # 1). Many thanks to Austin (DC Comics), Rob Tokar and Bob Colayco (Blizzard PR).
Blizzplanet turned seven years old (back on February), and has served as a reference hub about Blizzard Games lore, licensed products news, and interviews with writers who work on Blizzard licensed products to various fansites and wiki communities. Highlighted in the news by gaming sites: IGN, Gamespot, Eurogamer, Gamasutra, GameBanshee and others.
On a separate matter, Tokyopop is quoting me in the Warcraft Legends Vol. 4 (manga) on sale now, which is very flattering. Thanks, Troy Lewter (Editor). Talking about Tokyopop, the postponed live Q&A with the StarCraft: Frontline writers will be resumed soon. We are in the process of scheduling a new date and time. Stay tuned.
I attended today the Book Expo America (BEA) at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan, New York to get 10 copies of StarCraft: I, Mengsk signed by Graham McNeill. Find out at StarCraftWire.net during the week how to win one of those.
I also had the opportunity to meet representatives from Palace Press / Palace Publishing Group: Jake Gerli (Director of Acquisitions and Editorial), his brother Charles Gerli (Marketing & Distribution Coordinator) and Iain R. Morris (Creative Director). They worked on the Insight Editions project titled The Cinematic Art of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. They provided me a copy of this book, and it meant a lot that all three accepted to sign it.
I will write a review of this book soon. They were nice to offer some high-quality images some time during the week to add to our review. I took video of an exclusive presentation with all the bells and whistles of this product. For something that wasn’t previously scheduled, it was amazing how they took the initiative and described in detail every single aspect of the production and design of the book.