Penny-Arcade has announced its line up of exhibitors this year, and Blizzard Entertainment and Upper Deck are among them. PAX 2009 hits Seattle from September 4-6 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.
According to my pal Eldorian who went to PAX last year, Blizzard Entertainment showcased Starcraft 2 and Wrath of the Lich King. Fans had a hands-on gameplay at the game room floor. Bornakk, Eyonix, and Bashiok came down to PAX last year, and you could ask questions to the CMs. This year, however, there is no telling what Blizzard has in store to demo there. It could be Starcraft 2, Diablo 3 and the new unannounced WoW Expansion; or a combination of two of any of those. We will see.
Eldorian took screenshots of all the Blizzcon 2009 exclusive store merchandise only available to fans who purchased a ticket. There is a plethora of new products never seen before. You can find them after the break.
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.
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.
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!
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.