TOKYOPOP layout artist and resident WoW expert Michael Paolilli talks about his excitement for the StarCraft II Beta and the book that will help keep you from going crazy while you wait: StarCraft: Frontline Vol. 3.
The new edition of StarCraft: Frontline Vol. 3 is coming out on July 14th just in time to appease all you StarCraft lovers while you wait for the Beta to start. You can see a preview of the new volume on our web site—just click here. The new volume features some of the new units exclusive to StarCraft 2, such as reapers and twilight archons. StarCraft: Frontline Vol.3 also has the next chapter in the story of young Colin Phash, which continues in StarCraft: Frontline Volume 4, and culminates in our new series StarCraft: Ghost Academy, which will be released January 2010.
On the game front, with the release of the new third installment of the StarCraft 2 Battle Report last week, we were able to see a glimpse of even more new units, abilities and a brand new 2v2 map. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can see it here on the official StarCraft 2 web site. With the Beta for StarCraft 2 drawing ever closer, StarCraft fans all over the world (myself included) can barely wait for the invites to go out so we can log into the new battle net and play the game!
Also keep your eyes peeled for StarCraft: Frontline Vol.4 (hitting shelves September 9, 2009), which features an exclusive Jim Raynor back story written by Blizzard Entertainment’s Senior Vice President and head of Creative Development, Chris Metzen. That story leads directly into the new game StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty. The book will also feature stories about a reaper squad, dark templar and the ghost academy. Look below as well for is a sneak peek at part of the cover for StarCraft: Frontline Vol. 4.
So stay tuned for more information about the books and information about the game once the beta kicks off.
Until then, be sure to pick up the first 3 volumes of StarCraft: Frontline to satisfy those StarCraft cravings!
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Last week, I traveled to Huntington, New York to meet Christie Golden at the Book Revue. I have to thank Blizzard Entertainment and Simon & Schuster, Inc for approving this interview in such a short notice. I finished editing the video interview with Christie Golden and sent it to both companies to make sure all that is asked and said there is ok by them. There’s some thrilling and teasing stuff revealed by Christie. The video interview lasts roughly 10 minutes.
StarCraft: The Dark Templar, Twilight is the last book in the trilogy, which sets the backstory leading to the single-player mode from StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty RTS game. It lays bare the naked past of Dark Archon Ulrezaj and we get to see flashbacks of Tassadar through the Protoss Preserver’s memories. TWILIGHT will be on bookstores this upcoming June 30th. I was given a copy of the book in advance at the Book Revue, and plan to write a review—which of course won’t be shown until then. Expect the video interview pretty soon on our front page.
Concerning the Tokyopop live chat with five writers and the editor, it is still in process to be approved by Blizzard. Be patient. This upcoming live chat will be about StarCraft: Frontline. In advance I wish to let fans know that you should ask about the stories within the manga, and to avoid asking these writers about the RTS game. They do not represent Blizzard Entertainment and the StarCraft II Team. That said, you can explore with the writers each of the stories present in Volume 1 and 2. And ask about the upcoming Volume 3 on sale July 1. I purchased the first two volumes, and I am excited with some of the stories, and wish to learn more either in upcoming volumes or in-game.
First copy of Twilight signed by Christie Golden
Mike Morhaime (CEO) and Paul Sams (COO) accepted the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition award for World of Warcraft as the most popular MMORPG with 11.6 million subscribers; and for StarCraft, the best selling strategy game for PC with over 9.5 million copies sold worldwide.
Elsewhere in E3, Gaz and Matt had the opportunity to meet up with some of the people who have made massive, record-breaking contributions to videogaming, and who have featured in Gamer
The Blizzcon Tickets are sold out. However, you still have a chance at winning a Free ticket to attend Blizzcon via Fansites Giveways courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzard is very supportive to all the fansites under their flag. So take this very exciting opportunity. Beneath are all the fansites whose giveaway is still active. Participate in all of them to increase your chances at winning one. However, if you got two be honest and let them know. Good luck and see you at BlizzCon.
WoW Interface(June 5) Arena Junkies(June 5) Starcraft2.players.de(June 5) DiabloFans(June 8)
- Starcraft2 Australia (June 10)
- SC2Pod (June 10)
- Gamer-source (June 12)
- Diablo-Source (June 12)
- d3db (June 12)
- Diablo3x (June 14)
- Starcraft.Wikia (June 14)
- Team Liquid (June 15)
- SCLegacy (June 15)
- WoWHead (June 17)
- Starcraft2Forum (June 22)
Glynnis Talken (Sarah McKerrigan) will be at The 91st Annual Cherry Festival in the City of Beaumont, California this Friday, June 5th. It is located between Stewart Park on 9th and Orange Streets Beaumont, CA 92223. For event info call (951) 769-8524. Bring your StarCraft stuff to be signed or her own medieval romance books and say hi. Send us video or photos of your encounter.
She is going there mostly to support her husband (boo) Richard Campbell, vocalist/bass player of America who is playing at the event. However, she is welcoming fans and willing to sign books and stuff. The event starts from 5pm till midnight.
Parking details may be found at the event flyer (PDF)
Aaron Rosenberg (StarCraft: Queen of Blades writer) will be a guest-speaker at the Science Fiction Association of Bergen City on Saturday, June 13th at 7pm EST. His speech starts at 8pm, so you will have time to talk to him earlier.
Aaron will talk about his first steps as a professional writer, and his current projects. If you live in the area, he is more than willing to talk to you, and sign your books. Send us video or photos of your meeting.—(Map)
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Wildstorm Comics and DC Comics officially launched StarCraft # 1 today at a newsstand near you. You can optionally subscribe to the year-round 12-issues delivery.
If you missed it we recently had a interview with the StarCraft # 1 editor Ben Abernathy, and exclusive preview scans of the inner pages of this comic book. Stay tuned for our upcoming interview with its writer Simon Furman (The Transformers).
From the bestselling Blizzard computer game comes the most explosive sci-fi action comic ever created! Join the WarPigs, a disbanded team of outlaws reunited by their former captain for one last job: the assassination of Jim Raynor!
Join creators Keith Giffen, Simon Furman and Federico Dallocchio for WildStorm’s explosive foray into the world of STARCRAFT with this new ongoing series!
Written by Keith Giffen and Simon Furman; Art and cover by Federico Dallocchio; Variant Cover by Shawn Moll and Doug Mahnke
Wildstorm – 32pg.- Color – $2.99 US
On Sale May 27, 2009
Graham McNeill is coming to the Book Expo America to be held this week in New York City through Friday May 29th to Sunday May 31st. You will find him all three days at Booth 4047 (BL Publishing Games Workshop). In addition, Graham has a book signing schedule at the same event on Sunday, May 31st at Table 6 between 10am and 11am EST. Make sure to bring your copy of StarCraft: I, Mengsk and any other books written by the author.
Coincidentially, I was planning to go to this event after Insight Editions invited me to the event. The event organizer told me today how to get my press badge. I will cover the book signing event and get at least 10 copies of I, Mengsk signed by the author for our giveaways.
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 email@example.com.
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.