Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector’s Edition Pre-Order Opens

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The Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector’s Edition is now available to pre-order for $79.99.
The Collector’s Edition includes the following items:
Malthael mouse pad, bearing the impenetrable visage of the Angel of Death
Hardback Collector’s Edition art book, chronicling the game’s artistic development
Behind-the-scenes Blu-Ray/DVD two-disc set, featuring in-depth interviews with the development team and members of the Diablo III community

Digital goods include:
Spectral Hound Minion and Transmogrified Gear
Treasure Goblin Pet for World of Warcraft
Battle.net Portraits and Malthael Decals for StarCraft II

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Battle.net Launches Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Pre-Orders and Release Date is March 25, 2014

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Battle.net has launched the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Pre-Orders page, and reveals the official release date: March 25, 2014.

The Standard Edition costs $39.99, while the Digital Edition (which includes the digital goodies found in the Collector’s Edition) available for $59.99.

Thanks to awesome contributor Kuangtu for sharing the find.

Update: Blizzard Entertainment has now posted the official announcement.

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Slay Monsters. Help Kids. Donate to Child’s Play Charity during 2013 Holidays

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Blizzplanet has a Child’s Play Charity widget to help kids currently at hospitals during the holidays. I’ll be uploading Diablo III: Reaper of Souls videos until December 30th. Those who donate using the widget, please email me to notify you have donated. Let me know the name or Battletag you wish to be credited as both on this page and on the Youtube video page itself.

In addition, let me know your Skype (by email) for a one-on-one personalized Diablo III: Reaper of Souls video. You’ll be able to ask questions or choose the features in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls that you wish to learn about on video.

Help Blizzplanet slay monsters to help kids. Donate.

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Closed Beta Has Begun

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls closed beta has launched. It is no longer Friends & Family-only. Several invites will be issued over the next weeks in waves. In the meantime, double-check your Battle.net account to see if you got an invite or make sure your opt-in is set to participate.

Reapers, and Westmarch, and Crusaders, oh my—the Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls™ Closed Beta has begun!

Invitations to this next phase of our public test are now being delivered to nephalem worldwide. If you’ve been invited to the Closed Beta, we’d love to hear all about your adventures on the forums, watch your live streams, and see screenshots and videos of your experiences in Sanctuary. Please keep in mind that Reaper of Souls is still in development, which means that all content in the Closed Beta is subject to change and isn’t necessarily representative of the final game.

For additional information about the Closed Beta including how to participate, copy over characters, and provide feedback, read on below!

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Richard A. Knaak Launches a Kickstarter — What if Blizzard followed on his steps?

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News

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New York Times best selling author Richard A. Knaak launched a Kickstarter to develop a novel titled… Legends of the Dragonrealm: The Turning War.

According to Richard, this is a three-volume saga which answers many questions concerning the Legends of the Dragonrealm and the Dragon Masters that never …read more

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Richard A. Knaak Launches a Kickstarter — What if Blizzard followed on his steps?

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

New York Times best selling author Richard A. Knaak launched a Kickstarter to develop a novel titled… Legends of the Dragonrealm: The Turning War.

According to Richard, this is a three-volume saga which answers many questions concerning the Legends of the Dragonrealm and the Dragon Masters that never got answered.

That truly sounds powerfully interesting.

chris-metzen-headshotBlizzard Entertainment, Pocket Books/Gallery Books have published in past years several novels based on Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft which tie-in with a Blizzard video game or expansion that’s in development.

That’s a great practice because it allows players to learn what happened in between one game and the next as a bridge to inform and draw the players into an immersive story.

However, a long time passes by between the release of these novels.

Warcraft, for example, is very rich in lore, spanning more than 10,000 years of life-changing events, but most of it is given to the player through an in-game book in a very brief medium.

Who hasn’t read about the Three Hammers War?… where the Bronzebeards, the Wildhammers, and the Dark Irons went into a civil war that culminated in the eruption of the Blackrock Mountains with the accidental summoning of Ragnaros 300 hundred years before the opening of the Dark Portal.

Who hasn’t read the fabled story Khadgar once read in the library of Karazhan — “Aegwynn and the Dragon Hunt“?

How about the story that led the Darkspear to flee from Stranglethorn Vale?

Or the story about the first humans led by Tyr to safety.

Or how the first Highborne arrived to Tirisfal Glades prior to the founding of Quel’thalas.

The TOKYOPOP Warcraft Legends manga filled a great niche to tell some of these stories, but a novel is longer than a manga. Better yet, novels can extend into trilogies. Or even an entire series of more than three.

Why, oh why–hasn’t Blizzard Entertainment not caved in to the pleas of lore fans?

That’s a question that will haunt me yet for several years. I know the answer down in my heart. Chris Metzen’s plate has been full these past years with multiple games currently in development and other games not yet announced. He’s also co-producer of the Warcraft film. Not to mention the countless meetings he must participate in at each team department. Plus leading a normal life at home with his children and wife.

Micky Neilson, Sean Copeland, Matt Burns and others are busy with other projects too, and the logistics to prepare those stories before it comes to reality on paper is mind-blowing.

Still … I dream. As any other Warcraft / StarCraft / Diablo lore fan out there, I dream. I have always dreamt of the community getting involved somehow in the initial development of Blizzard novels or graphic novels. Even if everyone involved needs to sign an NDA.

The community has been influencing in the past on the forums, or via Twitter. Even at BlizzCon. Heroes of the Storm has been forged and shaped through BlizzCon and by BlizzCon feedback. TheRedShirtGuy (Ian) was very influential with his lore ABCs. Got immortalized as the Fact-checker NPC in Iron Forge. I do have an anecdote that only some fans in the Scrolls of Lore forums know about. Back in 2009, a fan by the username Timolas pointed out the unnamed captain (Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos) who spoke with the emissary of King Terenas in the scene where he recalls Arthas’ troops to return immediately to Lordaeron is named Captain Luc Valonforth. At the time, I think World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King was in beta testing. Pocket Star Books (Simon & Schuster, Inc. Division) had begun printing the novel titled World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King. I contacted really an awesome editor, Jaime Costas. We had been in contact for a few years. Some of our past giveaways, and interviews on and before 2009 came to happen through her. I infomed her that the captain in the quest titled: The Truth Shall Set Us Free had been given a name in-game: Captain Luc Valonforth. I had read a review copy two weeks before the novel went on sale. As soon as I told Jaime Costas, she edited the scene where the captain talked with the Lordaeron emissary. The novel then was printed with that name. As I was writing this article, I was double-checking some links and found my tale was added (without my knowledge) to the WoWpedia. See how the lore community works? It’s awesome. The original forum thread is here.

Back to the main topic… say some of the most influential lore fans around the community are picked, and invited to a Skype session or chat room with Chris Metzen, Micky Neilson, Sean Copeland or other members of the Creative Team. Prior to the meeting each is sent by mail an NDA that must be signed, notarized, and sent back. Whatever fancy or legal procedure is needed for such a thing.

Those fans then brainstorm with the creative team. Talk about the different stories, and choose one story. Everyone provides an idea, or ideas on what races or characters existed in that time-frame, what possible stories could exist within that sandbox and timeframe.

mickey-neilson-headshotThen, Micky Neilson (Publishing Lead) posts a Kickstarter to fund the project. Here is where this dream gets interesting. The project is community-driven from concept to execution. We have seen the success of Blizzard novels.

Just an innocent examples: the Diablo III: Book of Cain reached # 1 Amazon’s best selling graphic novel before its release date. World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria by Micky Neilson & Sean Galloway reached # 3 New York Times best selling graphic novel. The World of Warcraft: Stormrage was # 1 best seller too. How did all these lore books win then? Magic-word: Pre-orders.

Pre-Order and Kickstarter are basically the same thing. People commits to buy a product they are interested in, and enlist themselves. There is a slight difference, though. When you enlist to a pre-order in Amazon or another retailer you will get that item delivered on release date. On Kickstarter or other type of crowdsourcing the item isn’t shipped if the item doesn’t reach the targeted price goal when the kickstarter expires.

However, the lore fans are there. It has been proved once and again in Amazon and the New York Times best selling lists.

It would be nice for Blizzard to have a Kickstarter-like page on the Blizzard Store or even in the World of Warcraft in-game store, but Kickstarter is more abroad in terms that non-Blizzard fans can also jump in and participate.

It’s all a bunch of dreams. However, they say dreams do come true. Hope the right people read this, and I know they do.

–Medievaldragon

BlizzCon 2013 – Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Panels Transcript Available

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If you missed the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket livestream, then you’d be glad to hear that I have finally added the transcripts of all three Diablo III: Reaper of Souls panels held at BlizzCon 2013. Please, spread the word and share the link with your friends, communities and social networks. Or Reddit.

Feel free to submit corrections or requests through the comments or the contact us page.

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BlizzCon 2013 – Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Panels Transcript Available

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2013, Diablo 3 News

If you missed the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket livestream, then you’d be glad to hear that I have finally added the transcripts of all three Diablo III: Reaper of Souls panels held at BlizzCon 2013. Please, spread the word and share the link with your friends, communities and social networks. Or Reddit.

Feel free to submit corrections or requests through the comments or the contact us page.

I’ll translate them to spanish at some point later at the Blizzplanet Latinamerica website. I’m working next with the Heroes of the Storm panels. Stay tuned.

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World of Warcraft Illidan Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure Arrives

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, World of Warcraft News

I have been alerted the World of Warcraft Illidan Pop! Vinyl Figure has arrived and it’s hot off the truck at EE. Start collecting them as they become available and while supplies last. Or find it over at Amazon.

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Product Description

From the World of Warcraft MMORPG series from Blizzard, Illidan Stormrage has been given the Pop! Vinyl treatment with this World of Warcraft Illidan Pop! Vinyl Figure! Illidan stands 3 3/4-inches tall, and makes a great gift for children and adult collectors alike. When you see just how cool the World of Warcraft Illidan Pop! Vinyl Figure looks you’ll want to collect the rest in this line of WoW Pop! Vinyl figures from Funko! Ages 5 and up.

Age: 5+
Size: 3 3/4-inches tall

 

The ones that arrived a few weeks ago are the:

BlizzCon 2013 – Diablo III Lore and Story Q&A Panel Transcript

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Presenter: Welcome to the Diablo III Lore and Story Q&A panel. The panelists are: Leonard Boyarski (senior designer), Michael Chu (game designer/writer), Brian Kindreagan (lead writer), Valerie Watrous (game designer/writer) and Justin Parker (historian)

Kindreagan: Hey, BlizzCon! I’m Brian Kindreagan and I’m the lead writer on Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. And I’m gonna ask everyone on our panel to introduce themselves before we get to the questions. So let’s start with Leonard.

Boyarski: I’m Leonard Boyarski, and I’m senior world designer.

Chu: Hey, I’m Michael Chu and I’m game designer and writer. And you can probably blame me for some …read more

BlizzCon 2013 – Diablo III Lore and Story Q&A Panel Transcript

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2013, Diablo 3 News, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Presenter: Welcome to the Diablo III Lore and Story Q&A panel. The panelists are: Leonard Boyarski (senior designer), Michael Chu (game designer/writer), Brian Kindreagan (lead writer), Valerie Watrous (game designer/writer) and Justin Parker (historian)

Kindreagan: Hey, BlizzCon! I’m Brian Kindreagan and I’m the lead writer on Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. And I’m gonna ask everyone on our panel to introduce themselves before we get to the questions. So let’s start with Leonard.

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Boyarski: I’m Leonard Boyarski, and I’m senior world designer.

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Chu: Hey, I’m Michael Chu and I’m game designer and writer. And you can probably blame me for some characters like the Monk, Witch Doctor Covetous Shen and Zoltun Kulle.

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Watrous: Hi, I’m Valerie Watrous and I’m a writer on Diablo. I work mostly on dialogue and characterization.

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Parker: Hello, I’m Justin Parker. I’m the historian or one of the historians. We mostly work with the world that’s gone before and trying to keep continuity as best we can.

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Kindreagan: So, Justin is the surprise last minute addition to our panel. So that he can help with the some of the really deep Diablo history if we get into that. So, OK, let’s open it right up for some questions. If you have any questions, call me up.

BlizzCon 2013 – Diablo III: Gameplay Systems + Crusader Panel Transcript

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Presenter: Welcome to the Diablo III: Gameplay Systems and Crusader panel. Your panelists are: Josh Mosqueira (game director), Kevin Martens (lead game designer), Paul David (senior artist), Nicholas Chilano (lead animator), Andrew Chambers (senior game designer), Nicholas Eberle (senior technical artist), Wyatt Cheng (senior technical game designer), Travis Day (game designer), and Steve Shimizu (lead gameplay programmer).

Mosqueira: Good morning Blizzcon, How you guys doing?

[People scream with happiness]

I brought the whole gang with me today, because there is a lot of you guys out there. I mean I have lot of really cool things for your guys today. So what are …read more

BlizzCon 2013 – Diablo III: Gameplay Systems + Crusader Panel Transcript

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2013, Diablo 3 News, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Presenter: Welcome to the Diablo III: Gameplay Systems and Crusader panel. Your panelists are: Josh Mosqueira (game director), Kevin Martens (lead game designer), Paul David (senior artist), Nicholas Chilano (lead animator), Andrew Chambers (senior game designer), Nicholas Eberle (senior technical artist), Wyatt Cheng (senior technical game designer), Travis Day (game designer), and Steve Shimizu (lead gameplay programmer).

Mosqueira: Good morning Blizzcon, How you guys doing?

[People scream with happiness]

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I brought the whole gang with me today, because there is a lot of you guys out there. I mean I have lot of really cool things for your guys today. So what are we covering today? This is the gameplay panel.

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So yesterday we talked a lot about some of the big new features that you are gonna expect with Reaper of Soul’s adventure mode . But today we are doing a deep dive on the few of the very core things that are at the heart of Diablo.

And those start with epic heroes. So the guys here are gonna talk to you guys about “The Crusader”. Our knight in battlestar armor. What was our process behind, how we come with his skills, his look and how we are fulfilling that fantasy. But “The Crusader” may be the star of Reaper Souls but all of the five classes are getting brand new skills. And why here we are gonna talk to you guys about what you are gonna expect.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Crusader Skills (Videos)

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This is a list of all the Crusader class’ skills: Primary, Secondary, Defensive, Utility, Laws, Conviction and Passive Skills. Added video clips of how each skill looks along with any of the five different runes.

Note: These skills are from the Friends & Family beta build, and might change throughout multiple iterations. These skills, visual effects and animations are not representative of what you might see in the final product.

Skills: Primary Secondary Defensive Utility Laws Conviction Passive



Primary

Punish

Punish
Generate: 8 Wrath per attack

Strike your enemy for 140% weapon damage

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Crusader Skills (Videos)

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

This is a list of all the Crusader class’ skills: Primary, Secondary, Defensive, Utility, Laws, Conviction and Passive Skills. Added video clips of how each skill looks along with any of the five different runes.

Note: These skills are from the Friends & Family beta build, and might change throughout multiple iterations. These skills, visual effects and animations are not representative of what you might see in the final product.

Skills:PrimarySecondaryDefensiveUtilityLawsConvictionPassive


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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Bounty: Rewards Change

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A few days ago, a hotfix was deployed to alter the Bounty rewards system. There are 25 bounties throughout Sanctuary. 5 Bounties per Act. Before this hotfix, you would get a Horadric Cache per Bounty (25 caches for all 5 Acts).

This was awesome, because you got a whole lot of loot. However, there were several problems I quickly noticed. I would spend a lot of time emptying my bags, and clicking caches, and collecting them from the ground, and then emptying again my bags, and so on.

Add to the equation that Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is meant to …read more

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Bounty: Rewards Change

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

A few days ago, a hotfix was deployed to alter the Bounty rewards system. There are 25 bounties throughout Sanctuary. 5 Bounties per Act. Before this hotfix, you would get a Horadric Cache per Bounty (25 caches for all 5 Acts).

This was awesome, because you got a whole lot of loot. However, there were several problems I quickly noticed. I would spend a lot of time emptying my bags, and clicking caches, and collecting them from the ground, and then emptying again my bags, and so on.

Add to the equation that Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is meant to be a cool experience playing with four friends. Each of them were going through these 25 bounties and each of them emptying their bags, and clicking their caches, etc.

You want to play and kill monsters. You don’t want to spend that much time emptying bags and doing all that process. Another problem I noticed was that I wouldn’t use Blood Shards for gambling or for Greater Horadric Caches. Nephalem Rifts were sort of meaningless. I heard people say they would rather do bounties than to do a Nephalem Rift. I agreed.

So the Diablo III team heard the feedback, and this was the hotfix applied:

  • Completing individual bounties will no longer reward a Horadric Cache.
  • Completing all five Bounties in an Act now also provides Blood Shards.

Now you only get a Horadric Cache when you complete all 5 bounties in an Act — instead of 5 Horadric Caches as it was before. You are still getting Blood Shards on each Bounty, though. So now Blood Shards are more abundant than the Horadric Caches, giving them a bit of a more value as a currency to buy Greater Horadric Caches (which cost 100 Blood Shards); or to gamble.

With Nephaelm Rifts, they had no reward. They didn’t have as much value other than a challenge. I had piled up over 60 Rift Keystones. With the hotfix, Nephalem Rifts now grant a Greater Horadric Cache. When you click those, a bunch of loot falls to the ground. There’s a chance for a Legendary to pop, some yellow items, and materials for the Blacksmith, Jeweler, and Mystic.

I had stopped playing Diablo III a long time ago. Mostly helping with beta testing or PTR testing, adding content to the website for each of those. I missed many new features introduced in past patches. Playing Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, it feels like the Diablo III team has brought new breath and life to the gameplay experience.

To keep track of the latest hotfixes, visit the official forum to read Nevalistis’ latest updates.

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