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BlizzCon 2009 - World of Warcraft Questions Wanted

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.

Protecting your Computer

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.

A favorite Firefox addon is NoScript which stops javascript from be run in any page you visit.  You can allow certain javascript to work by selecting it from a menu.  Sometimes if you are filling a registration form or buying stuff online you would want to disable a specific javascript.  I use it all the time.

Another software you should consider installing is Ad-Aware by Lavasoft.  All of these are free to download with no trials.

StarCraft: The Dark Templar, Twilight Interview Update

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

Blizzplanet Alert

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.

Blizzplanet Highlighted on New Wildstorm Blog Launch

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.

Book Expo America 2009 Roundup

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.

StarCraft Frontline & StarCraft Ghost Academy Live Chats

A few days ago, I gave you a heads up on the interviews and live chats planned for our community of fans who love the StarCraft lore in all its formats.  First off, our interview with Simon Furman—writer of StarCraft # 1 (Wildstorm Comics) is in progress. We will post that as soon as it goes through the public relations process. While that gets back to us, this week we have the awesome live chat with the people behind StarCraft Frontline Vol. 3.  Fans are welcome to come to our live chat with Tokyopop Editor Hope Donovan and the five StarCraft Frontline writers: Paul Benjamin, Dave Shramek, Grace Randolph, Ren Zatopek and Josh Elder.  You are free to interact with all of them.

The live chat will happen this Thursday, May 28 at 1pm PDT (4pm New York, 9pm England, 10pm Paris).  Simply visit the following page to join the chat that day.

Our next live chat will be on June 12 at 1pm PDT with our old buddie Keith R.A. DeCandido to talk about StarCraft Ghost: Academy scheduled to be on bookstores on January 2010. Hope to see you in the live chat. Stay tuned for any giveaways we may have for attendees.

Blizzcon 2009 Road Map: Restaurants and Car Rentals

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

Blizzplanet - Win A BlizzCon 2009 Ticket Giveaway

Blizzplanet is proud to announce a giveaway of three BlizzCon 2009 badges courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment.  In order to enter our giveaway roster, you must first complete accurately all seven instructions below and submit them via email here.

International entries are welcome (except where certain countries local restrictions apply). This giveaway ends on June 9, 2009 at 11:59pm EST (New York timezone).  Winners will be announced the next day.  Winners will have only three days to reply back, otherwise someone else will be chosen.  Winners should bring their Photo ID (i.e. Passport, Driver’s License) to the VIP booth at the Anaheim Convention Center. The name of the winner must match the photo ID’s. Blizzcon tickets are not transferable.

1. Read Excerpt 4 of World of Warcraft: ARTHAS here. List all the character names mentioned in this excerpt.

2. What was Rathma’s former name? Who christened him with the name Rathma? And What page number it is revealed? —Read the Diablo: The Sin War Trilogy, The Veiled Prophet excerpt. The excerpt link may be found beneath the front cover image (click Browse Inside).

3. Read the StarCraft Frontline Vol. 3 War-Torn story.  Summarize what’s going on and explain why you look forward to read this manga.

4. Watch our video interview with Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson and describe which question answered you enjoyed the most and why.

5. Register to the Mountain Dew World of Warcraft Game Fuel website. Take a screenshot of your account page, and show at least 300 points. Note: You don’t need to be a World of Warcraft subscriber to participate in this giveaway. You can increase your points by going to all the options available within the How Do I Earn Points? section. Once you reach 300 points take a screenshot and attach it to the email. Note: If you don’t have a screen capture software, you may download XNview to capture images. Once installed go to Tools—> Capture Screen and click ok.

6. Read the four solicitations of StarCraft # 1-4, and write down the character names. Then view the preview scans and let us know what your impression is about the art, the dialogues and general tone of the comic book.  Note: WIldstorm and DC Comics are launching Starcraft # 1 on May 27. You may subscribe to the 12-issues here.

7. Provide your WoW Character name or Battle.net screen name (i.e. Starcraft, Warcraft III, Diablo II)—for winners announcement purposes.

Once these six instructions are completed, your entry will be automatically added to the roster of giveaway participants. Incomplete or inaccurate entries will be disqualified.

NOTE: Other Blizzard Fansites have Blizzcon 2009 Ticket GIveaways too:

WoW: Arthas Galleys En Route To Winners

The World of Warcraft: Arthas Galleys that Blizzplanet and WorldofWar.net gave away to fans have been shipped. Those sent to international winners are almost about to hit touch down probably today or tomorrow. The USA winners will get theirs around Monday, March 23 according to their tracking number details.

I have just emailed all the tracking number to all the winners. I really hope they are as excited as me, and that they enjoy this awesome novel by Christie Golden. You can read my review of World of Warcraft: Arthas here.

On a side note, stay tuned in upcoming days for the announcement of the date/time of our exclusive live public Q&A with Christie Golden for anyone who has questions about World of Warcraft: Arthas, or who wish to ask about her previous or upcoming novels; or just to say hi, or I LOVE YOU.

I really, really wish to thank Jaime and Simon & Schuster, Inc.—they not only provided all these 20 galleys to giveaway … they also took care of all the work behind creating UPS and DHL delivery waybill codes for each winner living either in USA, Canada or Europe.  You guys are the best.

Everyone please, make sure to pre-order your copy of World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King at their website as a special thanks for this and future giveaway contests. Hopefully the next giveaway is for the Starcraft: The Dark Templar, Twilight (June 30)

WorldofWar.net Winners
Grizzletooth (Idaho, USA)
Frozenkex (Latvia)
Varghedin (Norway)
Woodstrider (Bulgaria)
Timolas (Malta)
Semiiramiis (Winsconsin, USA)
Ravenel (Puerto Rico)
Darkvengeance (Serbia)
ffejjeff (Colorado, USA)
kimtom

Blizzplanet Winners
Gurtogg (New York, USA)
Handclaw (Germany)
Kenzuki (Georgia, USA)
Xarthat (Poland)
Lon-ami (Spain)
Kyosei (California, USA)
Neto (Brazil)
Rainska (Virginia, USA)
Odethrissa (Ontario, Canada)
olievera

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