A few days ago, I gave you a heads up on the interviews and live chats planned for our community of fans who love the StarCraft lore in all its formats. First off, our interview with Simon Furman—writer of StarCraft # 1 (Wildstorm Comics) is in progress. We will post that as soon as it goes through the public relations process. While that gets back to us, this week we have the awesome live chat with the people behind StarCraft Frontline Vol. 3. Fans are welcome to come to our live chat with Tokyopop Editor Hope Donovan and the five StarCraft Frontline writers: Paul Benjamin, Dave Shramek, Grace Randolph, Ren Zatopek and Josh Elder. You are free to interact with all of them.
The live chat will happen this Thursday, May 28 at 1pm PDT (4pm New York, 9pm England, 10pm Paris). Simply visit the following page to join the chat that day.
Our next live chat will be on June 12 at 1pm PDT with our old buddie Keith R.A. DeCandido to talk about StarCraft Ghost: Academy scheduled to be on bookstores on January 2010. Hope to see you in the live chat. Stay tuned for any giveaways we may have for attendees.
Bashiok announced the latest fansites participating in Blizzcon 2009 ticket giveaway contests. Participate in all of these to increase your chances at getting a free ticket. Good luck and see you in Anaheim.
|Didn’t get tickets? Well don’t worry because we’ve selected a number of fansites to give away additional tickets through contests and giveaways!
Each site chooses their own method for giving away their tickets. They range from simple to specialized. From easy questionnaires to dedicated art or story contests. Each one providing you with an additional chance to attend BlizzCon!
Visit the below sites for more information on their individual ticket give away events, rules, and regulations.
BlizzPlanet – ends June 9th
Diablo-Source – ends June 12th
WoW Interface – ends June 11th
inStarCraft.de – ends May 27th
StarCraft Wire.net – ends May 25th
StarCraft II Australia
Blizzplanet and StarCraftWire.net staff have a public live chat with Tokyopop Editor Hope Donovan and writers of the StarCraft Frontline Vol. 3 manga. Fans are welcome to join to ask questions about the StarCraft II stories in the series. Check out our recent preview scans of War-Torn by writers Paul Benjamin & Dave Shramek. Art by Hector Sevilla.
When: Thursday, May 28
Time: 1pm PST
4pm New York
Blizzard is preparing to announce a new contest that starts on May 20. The winners of this contest will get free trip for two to BlizzCon 2009 and some phat lootz. The catch? You better be good at sewing costumes … or a blacksmith or leatherworker in real life.
|Warm up your sewing machines and start selecting the best fabrics you can; the Blizzard Costume Contest is coming soon! The best costume-maker will receive a grand prize package filled with great loot from our partners Panini, SteelSeries, and Upper Deck as well as an a trip for two to BlizzCon 2009! Check out our contest information page for details.
This contest will launch on May 20 so get your costumes ready!
Mike Morhaime, Blizzard Entertainment President, confirmed that Starcraft II Closed Beta will start this Summer. The announcement was made during a press call after the Activision Blizzard earnings report. For further details on the First Quarter Earning Reports visit the official beta opt-in if you haven’t—yea right. Did already, didn’t you?—Source: Gamespot.
|Morhaime: “This summer we will beta testing, this phase will signal the final stretch of development. During the Starcraft II beta test we’ll begin external testing of our new Battle.net including some features that are designed to connect all future Blizzard games. This includes new tools that will make it easier for players to communicate with each other between games. We are also introducing a centralize system that would let players manage of all their Blizzard entertainment games and future games in one place without having to remember multiple sets of log in information.”|
We recently interviewed Ben Abernathy (Starcraft comic book editor). Now we are getting ready to interview Simon Furman (Starcraft comic book writer, best known for his work on The Transformers).
The interview will take place sometime through May 2009. We want the community to be involved in this interview. Submit your questions concerning the Starcraft Comic Book here.
Check out the preview scans of issue # 1.
Buckle up and prepare to fire the rocket boosters, because the groundbreaking sci-fi manga based on the best-selling Blizzard PC game is about to enter our atmosphere! The anthology is packed with four amazing stories guaranteed to jettison boredom from your life!
Streaking across the stars to your local bookstore in July is StarCraft: Frontline 3! Below you
Fans living in the area of Costa Mesa in California will have the chance to meet Glynnis Talken (Sarah Kerrigan voice actress) during her book signing session at the SCOTSFEST 2009 (A Scottish Festival of Celtic Entertainment and Food). You may find her at the Tea & Sympathy booth. Feel free to submit photos or video of your visit there alongside Glynnis to post them on our front page. Bring along any Starcraft or Diablo product for signing.
Location: Orange County Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Maps can be viewed here
Admission (Single Day): General $18, Senior (65 and older) $13, and Child (12 and younger) $3.
Admission (Two-Day Pass): General $22, Senior (65 and older) $19, Child (12 and under) $4, Student and Military $4.
Parking: General $5, Preferred $8.
Click here to buy tickets for Saturday (May 23).
When: May 23 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Blizzard has announced the winners of the recent Blizzard Theme Park Contest. The lucky winners will get some cool swag for reward. Take a look:
Best Overall Blizzard Theme Park
Recently, Blizzard Entertainment added two job openings under the category titled Unannounced. I wrote an article about it a few days ago. We have now a few interesting bits concerning these job openings for a unannounced game.
Update: March 24—The job openings mentioned in this newspost is indeed a brand-new game that has not been mentioned before.
1. This brand-new game is not a World of Warcraft expansion, and it is not related to the Next-Gen MMO.
2. In the present, the brand-new game is using the World of Warcraft engine merely for testing purposes.
3. The Client Software Engineer job opening is to hire the person that will have the responsibility to develop an engine from scratch for this game. This new engine will be built depending on the skill and interest of the person hired for this position.
Whether this game is based on the three major franchises (Warcraft, Starcraft or Diablo) or a new IP, that remains unknown.
We encourage our readers who have the skills and fill the requirements for this job to step forward and submit a resume and code samples to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starcraft 2 is closer than ever my brothers … BATTLENET 2.0 HAS BEEN LAUNCHED. IT IS OFFICIAL. You can now sign up to create a battle.net 2.0 account. Enter a good standing email address—probably non-gmail nor one that has given you issues before with beta signups. Then you will receive an email verification to your inbox. Accept it by clicking the link emailed to you.
Once done, you have the option to merge your World of Warcraft account to the Battle.net 2.0 service. This merge cannot be reverted. Once you have merged your world of warcraft account, your old username and password are void. You will login into your World of Warcraft account and login into the game using your Battle.net 2.0 account login.
This is something to be EXCITED about guys. Starcraft II beta is upon us any minute. And that means Blizzplanet will giveaway some beta keys away courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment very soon. Stay tuned for any contests or giveaways.
The future of the Starcraft Novels market for 2010 look very bright and promising. First off, the remaining of 2009 have various books and manga release dates starting with:
From my inside contacts I know the Starcraft Ghost: Academy trilogy (TOKYOPOP) by Keith R.A. Decandido is scheduled on 2010, and
I think Chris Metzen told me outside the interview that he had written a story in Starcraft: Frontline Vol. 4 featuring Jim Raynor (Update: Tokyopop confirmed it is volume 4 – street date October 13, 2009). So keep an eye on that one for sure.
Now fresh from the oven, you can count with another StarCraft novel by Graham McNeil.