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SDCC 2013 Interview – Micky Neilson on Diablo III: Book of Tyrael and World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn

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Blizzplanet correspondent David Frazier interviewed Micky Neilson at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July 19th to forward a combination of SOL community and Blizzplanet questions about licensed products revealed at the Blizzard Licensing Panel, and about products that weren’t mentioned at the panel.

Among the topics Micky Neilson discusses are the Diablo III: Book of Tyrael, World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn, Blood of the Highborne, World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde, the upcoming World of Warcraft-themed children’s book — Snow Fight, the DC Comics StarCraft OGN, and women characters in upcoming novels.

Special thanks to the New York Times Best Selling Author Micky Neilson (Blizzard Publishing Lead), “oasis in the desert” @TheLyns | Lyndsi Achucarro (Public Relations Specialist, Blizzard Entertainment) and Blizzplanet SDCC correspondent David Frazier.


World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn Diablo III: Book of Tyrael

World of Warcraft: Snow Fight

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Blizzplanet Coverage: San Diego Comic Con 2013

SDCC 2013 – Blizzard Licensing Panel Video | Blizzplanet

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Blizzplanet correspondent David Frazier recorded video of the Blizzard Licensing Panel led by Kat Hunter (host), Chris Metzen, Micky Neilson, Nick Carpenter, Cory Stockton. — Thursday, July 18th 2013

Don’t forget to watch the Micky Neilson interview. — Friday, July 19th 2013

Blizzplanet contributor Danny Perschonok interviewed Michael Stackpole to find out more about World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde.

SDCC 2013 Blizzard Licensing Panel (Part 1)

SDCC 2013 Blizzard Licensing Panel (Part 2)

In this part of the panel, the developers discuss the Sideshow Jim Raynor 1:6 scale figure, Kerrigan Polystone Statue, NECA Diablo action figure, DC Comics World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria graphic novel by Micky Neilson & Sean Galloway, World of Warcraft: Dark Riders by Mike Costa & Neil Googe, the FUNKO World of Warcraft Illidan Shadowform Pop! Vinyl Figure , the SDCC 2013 Exclusive Sylvanas POP! Vinyl, the Diablo: Sword of Justice by Aaron Williams & Joseph Lacroix.

SDCC 2013 Blizzard Licensing Panel (Part 3)

In this part of the panel, Blizzard discusses World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde, Diablo III: Book of Tyrael, the World of Warcraft-themed children’s book titled Snow Fight, the DK Publishing World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide.

SDCC 2013 Blizzard Licensing Panel Q&A (Part 1)

SDCC 2013 Blizzard Licensing Panel Q&A (Part 2)

SDCC 2013 Blizzard Licensing Panel Q&A (Part 3)

Tychus Findlay joke.

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Blizzplanet Coverage: San Diego Comic Con 2013

New Licensed Products Announced @ SDCC 2013

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Blizzard Entertainment posted a lengthy update of the San Diego Comic Con Merchandise and the new reveals from licensed partners.

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Video Update

Update July 19 11:55am EDT: The video of the panel was recorded. However, the videographer ran into technical issues. Some of the .MOV files uploaded to me were corrupted. I instructed him to .Zip each individual file instead before uploading them. I think I saw a similar problem with .MOV files a decade ago when I owned an Apple Mac. Afterwards, I’ll upload them to YouTube as MP4 H.264. No ETA at the moment. That’s nearly 4GB of .MOV files.

Today we had some exciting announcements to make for all of our franchises. Check out the news below!

Sideshow Collectibles

Sideshow revealed our newest statuette, StarCraft’s Kerrigan, Queen of Blades, sculpted by Mark Newman and Ray Villafane. Two versions of the statuette are being considered: the traditional Infested Queen of Blades AND Primal Kerrigan from Heart of the Swarm. She is on the same scale as our recently released Arthas Sideshow statue in terms of size. Preorders will start later this year.

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We also announced the new 1/6-scale Raynor figure, also from StarCraft. This guy is hyper-articulated and has some epic armor as well: his terran marine suit has light mechanisms, chest cartridges that mimic the cold fusion effect, and LEDs accentuating the afterburner effects on his pack. Keep an eye out for preorders coming REALLY soon!

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In addition, we showed off the first look at our biggest statue to date: the menacing and majestic Deathwing in grayscale. Check out that wingspan!

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Attendees also got to see progress on the upcoming Diablo statue, including LED eyes that glow like the fires of Hell. This infernal beauty will be shipping in November. (We take no responsibility for souls consumed by this incredibly detailed work of art.)

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Funko

Announced as a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, this Shadow Illidan Funko vinyl figure (limited quantities available at the show) is part of a new line of Blizzard-themed Funko toys hitting stores in September. Are you prepared?

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Insight Editions

Along with epic books, you can buy World of Warcraft- and Diablo-themed stationary and poster books now over at Insight Editions. What better way to protect your notes than with Sindragosa or Tyrael?

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And as we teased previously, the Diablo III: Book of Tyrael is coming this October!

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Snow Fight

Blizzard’s own Chris Metzen and Wei Wang are collaborating on a World of Warcraft-themed children’s book, due to premiere at BlizzCon this year. This book is sure to warm even the Lich King’s heart.

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NECA

Last but not certainly not least, we’re excited to be working with Ncca on a new Diablo action figure! Stay tuned for more information on its release.

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For more updates and information about Blizzard licensed products at San Diego Comic-Con, be sure to follow @TheLyns on Twitter. If you’re attending the convention, you can also stop by the official Blizzard booth (#115) in Hall A!

 

SDCC 2013 – Blizzplanet Photos Pre-Blizzard Licensing Panel

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David sent me four photos of the empty room where the Blizzard Licensing Panel will take place in in a few minutes at 2:15pm PDT / 5:15pm EDT.

Update: Ran into a few technical issues with the videos. No ETA at the moment. One video needs to be uploaded again, the other two haven’t been uploaded for me to download.

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Vaeflare tweeted a photo of the Sideshow Collectibles Deathwing Polystone statue (Prototype) and the Zergling/Baneling transforming Plush Toy.

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Matt Burns (Creative Team) tweeted a photo of the lore licensed novels:

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Lyndsi Achucarro (Blizzard Public Realtions Specialist) tweeted the photo of Blizzard Booth # 115.

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Lyndsi also posted a photo of some UDON World of Warcraft: Tribute artists signing copies.

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Nick Carpenter tweeted he feels like he is in Stormwind when he drives down to San Diego Comic Con. The cathedral down there actually inspired the Stormwind cathedral design.

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Gallery Books tweeted a photo of a fan holding the World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde

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Lyndsi added a photo of the line of epic quest of epicness. Lot of fans there.

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Vaeflare tweeted a photo of the Illidan and Sylvanas Pop Vinyl figures.

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Blizzplanet Coverage: San Diego Comic Con 2013

SDCC 2013 – NECA and Blizzard Entertainment Join Forces – Diablo Action Figure

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Senior E-Commerce Manager Kat Hunter has uploaded several photos of the SDCC Blizzard Booth. One of these photos shows what to expect at the different licensed partner booths.

NECA is among them at booth # 3145. NECA is displaying the Diablo action figure. Close up photos soon at Blizzplanet. Check out the entire photo gallery of the SDCC Blizzard Booth # 115.

As soon as a press release is available I’ll post it in the front page. Don’t forget to watch the Blizzard Licensing Panel video here at Blizzplanet on Thursday, July 18th around 9pm (New York) / 5pm (San Diego, CA).

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SDCC 2013 – SDCC Exclusive Funko Mini-Sylvanas POP Vinyl and Zergling/Baneling Plush Prices Revealed

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VP of Art and Cinematic Development Nick Carpenter tweeted the SDCC website updated the SDCC Exclusive merchandise page. The Funko Mini-Sylvanas POP Vinyl costs $18 and the Funko Baneling and the Zergling cost $35.

Something that totally got me off-guard is that there is no such thing as a Baneling Plush Toy, and a Zergling Plush Toy. This thing is awesome. The Zergling Plush transforms into a Baneling by opening a zipper and pulling out a hidden skin that you wrap on top of the Zergling. Holy molly! Neat! That rocked someone’s socks.

I totally recommend following @FubarNick — lot of cool stuff can be found out.

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SDCC 2013 – Sideshow Collectibles Teases StarCraft II Sixth Scale Figures

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Barely less than 48 hours away from the Blizzard Licensing Panel, Sideshow Collectibles has dropped a teaser for StarCraft II fans. The image shows the unpainted head of at least three different StarCraft II Sixth Scale action figures.

One is Tychus Findlay. The hair style of one of them looks like Jim Raynor. A third head reminds me of Emperor Valerian Mengsk.

Wish to find out more? Blizzplanet will have video of the Blizzard Licensing Panel on Thursday sometime around 9pm EDT / 5pm PDT. The video will be embed at the following page.

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GDC 2013 – Wyatt Cheng’s Through the Grinder: Refining Diablo III’s Game Systems Panel Video Available

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Blizzard Entertainment announced the GDC 2013: Through the Grinder panel has been published to the public in the GDC Vault section. You can watch a video of Wyatt Cheng and another frame shows the live slideshow sync’ed with the video.

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Through the Grinder: Refining Diablo III’s Game Systems
by: Wyatt Cheng

The Chapter selection allows you to jump through the video timeline toward a desired topic. Visit the GDC 2013 panel video.

  • Welcome
  • Overview
  • Iteration
  • System 1: Health Recovery
  • Compat Pacing
  • Iteration 1: Potion Dilution
  • Iteration 2: Non-combat Regeneration
  • Iteration 3: Defensive Regeneration
  • Iteration 4: Health Globes
  • Lessons Learned: Health Recovery
  • System 2: Command Input
  • Command Input: “Lost” Clicks
  • Command Input: Animation Structure
  • Command Input: Wizard Skills
  • Iteration 1: Secondary Animation Power
  • Iteration 2: Interrupting Powers
  • Result
  • Iteration 3: Queue
  • Command Queuing Details
  • Command Queuing Rules
  • Command Input Summary
  • Lessons Learned: Command Input
  • System 3: Skill System
  • Starting Point: Traditional D2
  • Skill Runes As Items: Result
  • 10 Runes Become 5
  • Runestone System: Result
  • Lessons Learned: Skill System
  • Recap: Big Picture Lessons
  • Q&A
  • Thank You

 

UDON World of Warcraft: Tribute Front Cover & SDCC 2013 Panel Schedule

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The UDON Entertainment Panel will be held at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 19th at 5:30pm (Room 26AB). The final artwork to adorn the front cover of the World of Warcraft: Tribute book was also revealed.

The UDON Entertainment artists and editors will discuss their latest titles and reveal upcoming projects in this announcement-packed panel. Topics will include Comic-Con debut titles like World of Warcraft Tribute and Street Fighter Origins: Akuma, plus revelations of new books from some of the hottest names in video games, manga, and animation!

SDCC Attendees: UDON will sell a SDCC Exclusive limited-edition of the World of Warcraft: Tribute book at their booth. More details about booths here.

It’s unknown if UDON might announce new Blizzard licensed products. In theory they could make more TRIBUTE books based on StarCraft and Diablo. Are you attending this panel? Interested in taking video or photos for Blizzplanet? Please let me know. The profile below has my skype info. Otherwise, email me at medievaldragon (at) blizzplanet

The UDON Panel
Featuring staff & artists from UDON Entertainment!
Friday July 19, 2013 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 26AB

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