We are now accepting questions from our community for the different Blizzcon Diablo III panels: Heroes & Monsters; Lore; and Art. We will gather the best questions. Flux and I will ask these on the Panel Q&As, and you will see this happen either on live streams or via DirecTV.
We also welcome questions for Jay Wilson and Chris Metzen. We will have a few shots at them at the private press rooms. Don’t forget to visit Blizzplanet and Diii.net through August 21-22. We will have a live blog contraption on the front page for those fans who are listening or watching the live stream or payperview. This will allow you to ask questions on the fly based on any new updates Blizzard reveals on the panels.
|Heroes & Monsters|
The hero you play and the monsters you slay take center stage in any Diablo game. Join us for a look at the design process that brings these characters and creatures to life, as well as the mechanics involved in creating epic and memorable battles.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.