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:
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.
Intel has announced a new Choose a Champion: Blizzcon 2009 contest where fans will have the opportunity to win one of two Asus G50Vt Laptops, some Core i7 processors and other merchandise. For the first one, you must submit who you think will be the winner of one or three of the Blizzcon tournaments. If your guesses are right, you will automatically be added to a drawing to win one of these laptops.
The other way to win some freebies is by wearing an Intel badge that will be provided at their booth. If the Intel Patrol that will wander around the floor finds you wearing this badge, you will be given a card to redeem your prize at the booth. Are you ready to raid the Intel Booth? Oh yea! … learn more details here.
Intel at BlizzCon 2009
We’re excited for BlizzCon 2009 and we hope you are too! If you’re a fan of Blizzard games, this is the place to test out your skills. We’re hosting the Choose a Champion: BlizzCon 2009 contest where fans like you can submit your guess for which contestants you think will win this year’s tournaments for Warcraft III, World of Warcraft Arena Tournament and StarCraft Invitational.
Submit an educated guess (or take a stab in the dark) to select winners for either one or all three BlizzCon tournaments. Those who guess correctly will be entered to win one of three Asus G50Vt Laptops powered by Intel technology – one prize will be given away for each tournament.
How to enter Choose a Champion:
Register for the contest and submit your selections for Warcraft III and World of Warcraft Arena Tournament by clicking here
Entries for the StarCraft Invitational will be available in early August when Blizzard announces the bracket for this tournament. Check back for more info!
One entry per person
Contest is open to U.S. residents 18 years and older only
Game On at BlizzCon 2009:
Fans lucky enough to be at BlizzCon this year will have even more chances to win. We’ll be giving away hundreds of prizes, including five Core i7 processors daily, for the Intel Game On: Wear it to Win contest. To participate, BlizzCon attendees can visit the Intel booth during regular BlizzCon 2009 show hours to receive a button. If Intel’s Prize Patrol spots you wearing or displaying the button during the show, you will be given a game card that can be redeemed at the Intel booth for a prize.
For the inside scoop on where our Prize Patrol will be at throughout the show, follow us on Twitter.
Let the BlizzCon 2009 countdown begin… We’ll see you there!
Removed the Diablo III Overthrown Diorama advertising for the time being. I was informed it has sold out all across the board. I will restore it back only if I get a response from Sideshow Collectibles that orders are accepted by joining the wait list.
I am also playing around unsuccessfully with a flash script that will rotate the most recent interviews. To reduce the layout space so that news are closer to the top.
Blizzard Entertainment has started to send emails to provide a barcode to all those who purchased a Blizzcon 2009 ticket. I confirmed with Nethaera these PNMI.com emails are legitimate. That company specializes in Secure Online Registration Systems for trade shows, conferences and associations. They seem to be contracted to handle the barcode registration for Blizzcon tickets. You should double-check your Junk Mail in case this email is sent there. Beware of any emails asking you to visit a URL link and asking you to login and enter your password. These are fake.
Simply Print out your barcode, and keep it safe with you to turn in at the Anaheim Convention Center booths. If you were among the fans who won a ticket through any of the fansites contests, you must bring this barcode to the VIP booth which is usually located on the far right of the entrance.
Blizzard will release an official statement in the next few hours. Stay tuned for updates.
Sideshow Collectibles showcased the fully-painted Diablo III Overthrown Diorama at the San Diego Comic Con 2009. It was displayed at booth # 1929 on Podium 4. It is absolutely awesome. I can see a lot of hardcore fans with the wide-pockets investing their hard-sweat cash to collect this breath-taking sculpture. I simply hope they create a series of them for each of the five Diablo III classes.
Jason Babler recently submitted his Diablo III Unburied sculpture to the Marin County Fair 2009—event that took place at San Rafael, California through July 1-5th—and became the winner of the Creatures and Models Competitive Exhibit. He is very excited, and surprised since the sculpture wasn’t finished. For comparison’s sake, visit the official Diablo 3 website and check out the Bestiary page: The Unburied—which displays a concept art and an animation.
The Creatures and Models Competitive Exhibit was judged by Kerner Optical (a new studios born from former employess of George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic, or ILM). Now how awesome is that to have your Diablo III fan-made sculpture be chosen as the winner by this studios?
Kerner Optical is credited for their work on Indiana Jones 4, Wall-E, Transformers 2, Terminator Salvation, Spiderwick Chronicles, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Jarhead, The Island, War of the Worlds, Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Van Helsing, Starship Troopers, Deep Impact, and so many more it would take forever to add here.
Congratulations to Jason, and we share his flattering experience to be chosen by such a professional and worldwide-known studios.
Jason Babler is currently working on a Diablo III Fallen Shaman sculpture. We will keep track of his updates for you. Here is a sneak peek.
I forgot to mention I interviewed Christie Golden at the Book Revue in Huntington, New York back on June 13. The video interview covered a few questions such as her thoughts on making it into the New York Bestselling Hardcover twice for World of Warcraft: Arthas; and various questions about Starcraft: The Dark Templar, Twilight. I voluntarily submitted the video to Blizzard, to make sure everything is alright, and they will get back to me. Once that happens, the video interview will be public. Stay tuned. In the meantime, if you missed them, I released some of the videos where Christie reads pages from World of Warcraft: Arthas to the attendees at the Book Revue. I’m sure many of you will appreciate listening to her.
After the interview, I asked Christie Golden if she is scheduled to attend Blizzcon 2009. She confirmed she is going to be there, so make sure to bring your books and mangas from both authors to be signed, and take photos. Jaime from Simon & Schuster, Inc. (Pocket Books) and her husband came all the way to Huntington to meet Christie and gave her and me a copy of Starcraft: The Dark Templar, Twilight. Really cute, eh? She also confirmed to be going to Blizzcon, and we agreed to meet there.
Richard A. Knaak wrote a lengthy newsletter confirming his attendance to Blizzcon 2009 and letting fans know which booths to find him at. He also reveals the schedule for some of his upcoming Warcraft and Diablo pocket books. Actually, the Diablo release is the trade paperback (TPB) titled Diablo: The Sin War Trilogy Archive. Fans have been expecting this TPB for ages, and now it is been announced to hit bookstores on December.
The coming months bring a lot of activity and so there will be updates in the future, but here is what is going on:
First and foremost, LEGENDS OF THE DRAGONREALM will be out in just over a month! Go to http://www.richardaknaak.com to see both the cover and some very nice comments about the book from R.A. Salvatore, Margaret Weis, Glen Cook, & Ed Greenwood! At 708 pages and with the first ever map of the series—- two pages yet—- this is a terrific way to begin or return to my series, which has been published in many languages and is still going strong!
Second, I will be appearing at the following conventions—- Blizzcon in Anaheim from Aug. 21-22 and Dragoncon in Atlanta Sep. 4-6! Look for me at the Pocket or Tokyopop Booth at the former and on panels (tba) or near the Larry Smith Bookseller Booth at the latter! I hope to show off a copy of LEGENDS at Blizzcon and we will definitely be getting copies for Dragoncon!
Next, if you plan to check out LEGENDS from the library, I encourage you to make certain that your library will actually be getting a copy. Requesting is always helpful in how libraries decide which titles to order! Special thanks to readers in Washington State and Minnesota who have already pushed the title there!
WARCRAFT fans!—- For those of you interested in my next novel, STORMRAGE, check out WARCRAFT LEGENDS VOL. 5 from Tokyopop for an exciting excerpt! I’ve also written a story for the manga that will tie in with events to come…but you need to check out the manga to learn more! I’m hoping that there will be copies of the manga at Blizzcon!
Lastly, below is a current list of what is coming out and when:
9/1——LEGENDS OF THE DRAGONREALM (Pocket Books) ISBN-10: 1439107009/ISBN-13: 978-1439107003—- $18.00 Trade
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
July 7, 2009 – Buy any qualifying NVIDIA GeForce graphics card between July 1, 2009 and August 1, 2009 and receive an entry code for a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to Blizzcon 2009 for you and a guest. The entire trip is valued up to $2400 USD!
But that’s not all. The same entry code is also good for one FREE digital download of the complete World of Warcraft Classic. This download includes a full install of the complete retail version of the game with unrestricted 30-day access to character classes, cities, quests, chat, and other features from World of Warcraft Classic.
Contest is open to all legal residents of the US, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Finland, Norway and India (excluding the state of Tamil Nadu) who have attained the age of majority under the laws of the country or state of residence as of the start of this promotion.
For complete contest details, rules and regulations, and additional information on how to enter through the mail without a qualifying product purchase, please visit: http://www.nzone.com/WoW. For additional information on Blizzcon 2009, please visit: http://www.blizzard.com/blizzcon.
The World of Warcraft bundle and code promotion will begin at 12:01 a.m. PST on July 1, 2009 and will end at 11:59:59 p.m. PST on August 1, 2009. All mail-in entries must be postmarked by 11:59:59 p.m. PST on July 15, 2009 AND received by 11:59:59 p.m. PST on August 1, 2009. Please refer to the full contest details at http://www.nzone.com/WoW.
The San Diego Comic Con 2009 runs through Thursday, July 22 to Sunday, July 26. You will find Sideshow Collectibles at Booth # 1929. I am somewhat close with the Sideshow Collectibles representatives and keep in contact a few times throughout the year. During a mini-Q&A I had with Sideshow Collectibles CEO Greg Anzalone and the Production Manager Brant Bridges, the latter said:
Brant: Yes, we are hoping to do more Blizzard products. Nothing in the immediate future, but we do have some ambitions.
A few weeks ago, when I asked Sideshow Collectibles if they were to unveil a new Diorama this year at the San Diego Comic Con, I got a very interesting response that might or not mean something is brewing in the house of ideas. (expensive ideas by the way, lol)