2014 WCS Europe Begins Feb 18 – Teaser Video

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Blizzard Entertainment and the ESL launched a 23-second video teaser reminding eSports fans that the StarCraft II 2014 World Championship Series (WCS) Europe begins on February 18 at 6pm CET with the first Ro32 broadcast. Follow the whole series on: http://www.starcraft2.com/wcs http://www.twitter.com/esltv http://www.facebook.com/esltv …read more

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TeSPA and Blizzard Entertainment Unveil the Membership Milestone Program

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IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– TeSPA and Blizzard Entertainment have announced a partnership that will bring unprecedented support to college gaming groups throughout North America. For the first time, college gaming groups will be able to unlock funding and other tangible benefits as their communities grow through the Membership Milestone program. As …read more

Blizzard Arcade — Snowflake e-Commercial – Play Blizzard Arcade Free

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Blizzard Entertainment recently launched a TV-Commercial-quality video titled “Blizzard Arcade — Snowflake”. In this video, Kevin “Cloaken” Johnson announces the StarCraft II Arcade is now FREE to play. Simply ask your friends to download the free StarCraft II Starter Edition and play any Arcade game created by the community. The …read more

Jinx 2013 Holidays Discounts on World of Warcraft, StarCraft II & Diablo III T-Shirts & Hoodies

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Jinx has several awesome Holiday offers for Blizzard fans. These offers run throughout December 3 until December 25th. Benefit from these discounts while supplies last. If you wish to send a Gift Certificate to a friend or family for the holidays then go to this page and inform about the holiday discounts. Free Shipping on […] …read more

Jinx Critical Hit 20% OFF Promo – Ends November 25th

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The Jinx Critical Hit promo has three Blizzard Licensed Products’ prices dropped by 20% OFF (No promo code required. It’s already lowered). These savings will be up until November 25th. StarCraft II Spectre Hoodie StarCraft II Retro Zerg T-shirt Diablo III Tyrael Side Zip-Up Hoodie Diablo III Barbarian Class Premium T-shirt Discounts Check the sizes […] …read more

2010 Blizzard Global Writing Contest Announced

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Blizzard has announced the 2010 Blizzard Global Writing Contest. Get the chance to visit Blizzard’s headquarters and BlizzCon. Meet the Creative Development Team as a bonus. Who wouldn’t want to shake hands with Chris Metzen the Bourbon Cowboy, and Micky Neilson?

Blizzard Quote:
You’re called to action once again, to use your wits and strength, to compete for the ultimate prize. Your weapons? They seem to be but a musty tome and quill, but know that their power is far stronger than the armies of the Scourge, far craftier than the zerg Swarm, and far mightier than any demon from the Burning Hells. Ready your tools, scribe, and prepare for combat with the inky beast called fiction!

Enter a short story for the chance to win a free trip to Blizzard’s headquarters in southern California! This contest is open to entrants from around the world and will be judged by Blizzard’s very own writers and masters of lore. For more information, head to the contest page:
http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/community/contests/writing2010

Keith R.A. DeCandido @ Forbidden Planet - New York City

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Keith R.A. DeCandido will be at Forbidden Planet signing some Farscape comics today April 22 at 6:30pm. Bring your copies of World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred, StarCraft: Ghost: Nova, and StarCraft: Ghost Academy and say hi to the author.

Take the # 4 or # 6 Subway Train to 14 street (Union Square) and walk a few blocks)

Forbidden Planet (Map)
840 Broadway (corner with East 13 Street)
New York, NY 10003

The Official StarCraft Timeline

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Recently we gave you a sneak peek into the StarCraft: Heaven’s Devils hardcover novel by William C. Dietz. In our video preview, you could see at the final pages, a section with a length of thirteen pages which summarizes the entire StarCraft Timeline..

This novel covers much of the mysterious past of Jim Raynor at the moment he was age 18, up to the moment he joined the Confederate Marine Corps during the Guild Wars. Raynor was captured by the Kel-Morian Combine, and interrogated ruthlessly. After his escape, he went AWOL and there began his outlaw years for the next six years until Tychus Findlay was arrested. After that, Jim Raynor decided to settle back. Got married, and got a job as a Marshal.

Any decent StarCraft lore fanboy out there, including myself, have always wished Blizzard Entertainment could elaborate and explore in-depth this mysterious time period of the Koprulu Terran history to learn more about the Kel-Morian Combine and the Umojan Protectorate.

The wait is over folks. Blizzard Entertainment and Gallery Books present you StarCraft: Heaven’s Devils.

There you will see a few tie-ins with the recent Wildstorm StarCraft monthly comics # 1-7. That scene described by Cole Hickson in the Wildstorm’s StarCraft comics by Simon Furman (The Transformers) where Cole met Jim Raynor at the Kel-Morian Internment camp-36 on the planet Turaxis II plays out center stage in the hardcover novel. That’s what I love about Blizzard’s Creative Team — continuity and tie-ins; the care and polish of details and the whole shebang.

I don’t know about you, but knowing how many rabid-hungering lore-fans out there have been craving for anything with the keywords Kel-Morian and Umojan Protectorate for years — I recommend you to pick this up before they get sold out. It takes a few months to restock with a second edition printing.

Don’t think I will let you drooling there after letting you smell the big steak. Here you got a crumb below, but if you want the steak, you gotta head over get your paws on the book.

I transcribed the whole thing for you. I don’t doubt I will have the Blizzard’s Men in Black team sneaking on my back.

Undercover agent Medievaldragon out.

P.S.: Just in case no one sees me ever again, I <3 you guys. Oh, and I <3 Metzen, Fredericksen, Neilson, Jaime and Ayelet. Related News:

Keith R.A. DeCandido and Aaron Rosenberg at LunaCon 2010

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The Con-hopper Keith R.A. Decandido barely got back from Emerald City Con in Seattle, and now he’s heading to Lunacon 2010 — New York’s Oldest Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention — this coming weekend, and then to I-Con the following week.

Lunacon 2010 will be held at:

Hilton Rye Town Hotel (Map)
699 Westchester Avenue
Rye Brook, NY 10573
(914) 939-6300

Keith R.A. DeCandido wrote Starcraft: Ghost Nova, Starcraft: Ghost Academy and World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred.

Aaron Rosenberg is also attending the Lunacon to direct some panels. Aaron wrote Starcraft: Queen of Blades, World of Warcraft: Tides of Darkness and co-wrote World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal. Bring these with you and catch them for a quick photo and signing.

While none will have any Blizzard novel signings or panels there, if you are going to Lunacon, you might wish to say hi, and get your novels signed.

These are their Schedules:

Will Write For Dice
Saturday, March 20 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Room: Westchester D6

So you wrote a game or module for an existing game… What’s the next step?  Can you just send it straight to your favorite game publisher?  Should you camp on Steve Jackson’s doorstep?  What are realistic steps for getting started writing for the gaming industry?  Should you borrow money from you friends and strike out on your own?  (Is this one time the self-pub press actually works?)

Kevin DiVico [M], Charles Gannon, Mike McPhail, Aaron Rosenberg

Reading
Saturday, March 20 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Elija Budd

Autographing
Saturday, March 20 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Room: Westchester Assembly


Aaron Rosenberg

Bite Me
Saturday, March 20 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Room: Grand North

Blood Ties. True Blood. Being Human. Vampire Diaries. Vampires have always been a major (if rather dark and alluring) presence in our printed media, but lately they’ve sunk their fangs deep into our airwaves as well. What do they bring to this form of entertainment and what does the television offer them? Will the rest of their supernatural cohorts be far behind?

Joshua Bilmes, Ginjer Buchanan, Tanya Huff [M], Kim Kindya, Aaron Rosenberg, Lisa Sullivan

Short Fiction and Its 9 Lives
Saturday, March 20 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Room: Odelle

Though some have been predicting its demise for years, why hasn’t short fiction died yet? Are we really entering into a new golden age for short fiction?

James Chambers, Neil Clarke [M], Keith DeCandido, Marvin Kaye, Ian Randal Strock

System vs. Setting
March 20 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Room: Birch

Nearly all RPGs share some similiarities: they have a set of rules that govern play, and most have a setting or world where play takes place. Some people love systems for their rule systems, and other are drawn in to the romance of a particular setting. Which is it for you: the math or the poetry, that makes or breaks a game?

Kathryn Baker, Steve Brinich [M], Heidi Hooper, Hal Johnson, Mike McPhail, Aaron Rosenberg

Comic Book Crossovers
Saturday, March 20 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Room: Birch

Everyone knows that adapting books for the big screen takes some skill. But not everyone realizes that adapting books for comics is just as demanding. But it’s not just books that make the cross, either. TV shows and movies are being adapted and expanded as comic book series as well. Panelists discuss both the process of these adaptations and why they’re worth doing.

Keith DeCandido [M], Glenn Hauman, C.J. Henderson, Hal Johnson

SUNDAY

To Write, Or To Have A Life? Can You Do Both?
Sunday, March 21 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Room: Odelle

The life of a writer is hard, yet rewarding, like a body-building genie.  How to balance multiple projects and get them all done, without killing yourself. Being able to get them all done and still have an active social life…well, that may take more than one panel to explain.

Ty Drago,Laura Anne Gilman, Bob Greenberger, C.J. Henderson, Aaron Rosenberg [M]

Knowing Your Place: The Role of a Tie-In Writer
Sunday, March 21 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Odelle

You may be the writer, but you’re not the license holder, and that means you have to set your ego—and sometimes your narrative—aside. Is it possible to write tie-ins and still maintain creative control, even a little? Are media tie-ins and fanfiction just two sides of the same coin?

Keith DeCandido, Bob Greenberger [M], Glenn Hauman, Aaron Rosenberg

Whither Wander You?
Sunday, March 21 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Room: Birch

The physical journey can mirror and drive the spiritual journey of the characters, while providing an interesting and amusing source of external conflict.  When done poorly, it can devolve into tedium, and wreak havoc on the pacing of the novel.  How do you keep one from sliding into the other?  What are some of the best travel scenes we’ve written and read?  Which have been done poorly?  How do you write a compelling travel scene without losing the reader to what seems like a hundred pages of endless trudging through snowy wastelands?

Alma Alexander [M], Peter V. Brett, Sam Butler,  Keith DeCandido, Josepha Sherman