BlizzCon Mobile Countdown Updated for 2014

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Blizzplanet has updated the BlizzCon countdown web application in anticipation of this year’s event. If you already have this saved on your phone then you don’t need to do anything as the countdown should have already updated. If you don’t have it, follow these steps on your phone and get excited for BlizzCon! This is designed to be used on your iOS or Android mobile phone.

1. Browse to http://www.blizzplanet.com/blizzconcountdown/ or http://is.gd/blizzcon if you want a shorter URL to type in.

2.If you are on iOS a button should popup with instructions. If it doesn’t, tap the Arrow button on the bottom bar of Safari. If you are on Android it varies from device to device but look for an Add Bookmark to Home screen option.

3. Tap Add to Home Screen

4. Choose a Name and hit Add.

You will now have a nice BlizzCon icon on your phone’s home screen.

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New World of Warcraft Novel, “Yrel: Heart of Draenor” to be Written by Tara Gilesbie

Written by Ian Bates on . Posted in Activision Blizzard, Blizzard Developers, Blizzard Licensed Products Line Up, Blizzard Products News, Uncategorized, World of Warcraft Pocket Book Excerpts, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

Update: April Fools’ Day – April 1, 2014
However, a real Yrel short-story may be in the works

I’ve been waiting quite a while for the NDA to wear off on this. I am proud to announce, in a BlizzPlanet Exclusive, the next World of Warcraft novel, World of Warcraft: Yrel: Heart of Draenor! Just as World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde had a writer new to the Warcraft franchise behind it, so will Heart of Dreanor: the famous Tara Gilesbie!

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In the press details I was given by Micky Neilson, Lead Story Developer for Blizzard Entertainment, he explained this novel will bridge the gap between Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor by giving readers a look into one of the expansion’s lead characters, Yrel. The story will chronicle Yrel’s journey from a simple priestess at Karabor, to her witnessing the formation of the Iron Horde, ultimately leading to her first encounter with the player character (done similarly in Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War).

“We are incredibly excited to be working with Ms. Gilesbie,” Micky said in regards to the upcoming novel. He also mentioned we may be seeing a forbidden romance in Yrel’s adventures which will heavily affect her role in Warlords of Draenor.

He also clarified that, following another of Shadow of the Horde‘s traditions, Heart of Draenor will be a darker and more mature fare than most Warcraft novels. Due to this, I’ve had to censor the excerpt provided later on in the article slightly for the BlizzPlanet readership.

“We’ve seen how massively popular the pairing of Jaina and Kalecgos was in Tides of War, and Thrall and Aggra presented in-game is still considered one of our best works here at Blizzard. So it was natural to have another unique and well written romance. I wont’ say who catches Yrel’s eye, but I’ll give you a hint: his dad’s the leader of the Iron Horde.”

Just imagine the conflict that’s going to come from that! It looks like Yrel won’t just be Warcraft’s Joan of Arc, but perhaps their Romeo and Julliet as well?

As for our newest Warcraft author, Tara Gilesbie is a world renowned writer who, like many in today’s age, got her start on the internet. She is best known for her novella My Immortal, a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead-style take on the popular Harry Potter series of books; which chronicles Harry’s adventures through the eyes of a mentally challenged vampire student attending Hogwarts. Originally published for free, the full work can be read here if you want to get a taste of Gilesbie’s unique writing style before Heart of Draenor is out.

While I could not reach Tara herself, I was given this quote from her: “I m sooooo eksited to work on dis story! Fangz (geddit becuz Im Goffik) Blizzurd for givin me the change to work with u guys1″

I was also given a very short excerpt from Yrel: Heart of Draenor, detailing a scene between Yrel and her forbidden lover. As this is a spoiler, I’ll leave it under the read-more.

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New Pandaria Story: “The Untamed Valley”

Written by Ian Bates on . Posted in Lore, Uncategorized, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

A new Pandaria faction story has been uploaded the official World of Warcraft site, this time focusing on everyone’s favorite farming, Harvest Moon-esque pandaren, the Tillers!

“The Untamed Valley” was written by Robert Brooks, who has also authored “Death from Above”, and the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls story “The End of her Journey”. Writing about simple farmers may appear a far cry from Brooks’ earlier focus on giant Old God worshiping insects and demon-slaying, light-blessed warriors, but to bring out a cliche, appearances can be deceiving.

BlizzCon 2013 – Heroes of the Storm Overview Panel Transcript

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Uncategorized

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Welcome to the Heroes of the Storm Overview panel. Your panelists are: Dustin Browder (game director), Alan Dabiri (lead software engineer), Sam Didier (art director), and Chris Sigaty (production director).

Browder: Hello BlizzCon. This is kind of a dream panel for me here. These are all the guys that I hang out in the office with all the time. We play board games together, we play “Dungeons and Dragons” together, so I get a chance to come up on the stage and talk about the game we have been working on for the last couple of the years is an absolute blast. We got Alan Dabiri, lead software engineer, we have got, Samwise Didier here art director, and we got Chris Sigaty, production director.

[Audience Applauds]

Alright, we are gonna talk to a little bit about what we are working on for “Heroes of the Storm”. So Heroes of the Storm is a lot of different things. It is a big game, we have been working on for a long time, but I am gonna try to boil it down to some sort of key points for you guys.

It’s about getting these Blizzard heroes into the game. It’s about trying to create an environment, where we can bring all of the heroes from all of our worlds, into one single amazing game.

It’s about fun with friends, and this seems kind of obvious, I guess; but it’s about playing with your buddies. This is a team game. We want to focus it on team work, and working together as a group and it’s about these battlegrounds, these new ways to play games of this genre. New challenges, new strategies and new tactics. And of course, for us it’s about paying homage …read more

Source: Blizzplanet Heroes

    

Holidays 2013 – Many StarCraft II Novels Only $1.99 on Kindle

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Many StarCraft II novels by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Christie Golden, Nate Kenyon, Tracy Hickman, Graham McNeil are available on Kindle for only $1.99. These can also be read via Kindle Cloud (Adobe Flash Player) on your PC/Mac by login into your Amazon account. Here’s how to buy and access your novel on your internet browser: […] …read more

Source: Blizzplanet StarCraft II

    

Pandygo crashes on Blizzplanet

Written by Andy Go on . Posted in BlizzPlanet Articles, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Starcraft 2, Uncategorized, World of Warcraft News

Greetings everyone, my name is Andy “Pandy” Go, I am very happy and thrilled that I am now part of the Blizzplanet Team. I have always been a loyal fan to Blizzplanet ever since the website started back in 2003. I have always been a huge Blizzard fan from Starcraft to Diablo to Warcaft and now Hearthstone.

I hope to provide you all the in-depth information and latest news of all Blizzard Games, and mainly Hearthstone.

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HORDE BIAS! A Red Shirt Guy Editorial on the “Faction Bias” Arguments

Written by Ian Bates on . Posted in Activision Blizzard, Blizzard Developers, Blizzard Entertainment, Blizzard Product Reviews, Cataclysm, Lore, Novels, Uncategorized, World of Warcraft - Races, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

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Hi readers and welcome to my first editorial type article. With the release of Patch 5.4′s trailer (see it here if you haven’t already), the debate on whether or not Blizzard is biased towards the Horde in content development has risen again. Its a subject that really came to a head with the release of Cataclysm, enough so that Blizzard actually had Dave Kosak make a blog post, “Dev Watercooler: Faction Favoritism“. It was very negatively received, and in fact was seen by many as further proof there was faction bias favoring the Horde enough to be detrimental to the Alliance among Blizzard’s developers. So, does this faction favoritism really exist? Is Blizzard ignoring half their playerbase because they can’t muster the effort to to create content for a faction they don’t like? Or is this all overblown outcry from WoW’s notoriously unpleaseable fanbase?

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Greetings from The Red Shirt Guy

Written by Ian Bates on . Posted in BlizzCon, Blizzcon 2010, BlizzCon 2011, BlizzPlanet Articles, General News, Lore, Uncategorized, World of Warcraft News

Hello, my name is Ian Bates, more commonly known as the Red Shirt Guy, and I am happy to say I am now Blizzplanet’s newest contributor! In the coming days, weeks, months etc I hope to provide a variety of, perhaps not news but “flavor” articles for the site. You can expect lots of speculative ideas on future content, as I love imagining expansions, zones, where the game could go. I’m also planning on doing an article about the current “faction bias” issue that has reemerged with patch 5.3.

I hope you will enjoy these future articles and that they will help make Blizzplanet a fun read for all fans of Blizzard’s products.

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Christina Sims Joins Hearthstone CM Team as Zeriyah

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Uncategorized

Popular cosplayer and Cryptozoic ambassador Christina Sims has joined the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Community Manager Team to take care of the Hearthstone forums and other geeky tasks CMs usually do.

Phenteo: Hello Hearthlings!

I am very excited to announce our new member of our Community team, Zeriyah. Zeriyah is extremely talented and really loves TCGs/CCGs. She’s really excited to be here and very eager to work with all of you in the community!

Zeriyah will be the voice for the players to the devs and she’ll be the one who can take information from the devs and relay it back to you. For those of you who use Twitter, you can find her at @CM_Zeriyah http://www.twitter.com/CM_Zeriyah

As Zeriyah will be taking over the reins of the community, I’m going to be going back to focus on all of our games again! I’ll still be around and poke my head in once in a while. If any of you would like to say hi feel free to ping me on Twitter too! @CM_Phenteo http://www.twitter.com/CM_Phenteo

Zeriyah: Hello Hearthlings! I’m happy to be a part of the Blizzard community team. I look forward to talking with all of you as we build this amazing new community. — source: Hearthstone General Forums

 

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Blizzard 20th Anniversary Update: Blizzard Timeline

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Uncategorized

The Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft game developer now shares the new Blizzard Timeline detailing the 20-year history of Blizzard Entertainment. It covers nearly every major event, beginning in 1991 – when Mike Morhaime, Frank Pearce, and Allen Adham founded Silicon & Synapse, the company that would become Blizzard all the way to the present day.

It’s a very thrilling compilation for those who have been old-school players for over a decade, and an informative place for newcomers to learn more about their favorite game developer.

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The Road to Mists of Pandaria Press Event: The Role of Role

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Uncategorized

Ghostcrawler published a new Dev Watercooler article titled: The Role of Role. It focuses on the role changes to be introduced in Mists of Pandaria. The press event will provide tons of information about the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion. There are still many features not revealed by the developers at BlizzCon. They only showed what was ready to share at the time.

The Deluge

A monsoon is coming. We will soon inundate you with Mists of Pandaria information, starting with the upcoming media event and everything that follows. It’s going to be a very exciting time for World of Warcraft, and we are all super impatient for it to happen.

But… we’re not quite there yet. I want to make that clear upfront, because this blog isn’t directly Mists of Pandaria related. You won’t find any announcements here, just a philosophical discussion that you may or may not find interesting. If you’re looking for thrilling announcements, you know what I’m going to say: Soon™.

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Blizzplanet Mists of Pandaria Press Event – Submit Questions

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Uncategorized

Blizzard Entertainment invited Blizzplanet to the Mists of Pandaria press event to be held through March 13-15th. We are taking questions from Blizzplanet visitors exclusively about Mists of Pandaria.

1. I invite everyone to please read the Mists of Pandaria BlizzCon Panel Transcript Archive. Once you read and digest all the panels feel free to elaborate your questions internally.

2. Submit your questions at our new vBulletin forum.

Note: Many thanks for your continuous support ordering Blizzard licensed products through Blizzplanet. This made possible to acquire a vBulletin license, and the upcoming Eldorian’s trip to Blizzard. Thank you.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria – Press Kit

This section gathers all the material Blizzard Entertainment provided Blizzplanet network manager Eldorian at the BlizzCon 2011 Press Room.

World of Warcraft: Intro to Mists of Pandaria

Browse through the Transcript Archive of each panel.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Class Talent Panel

Dungeons & Raids Panel

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PlayStation PS Vita On Sale Feb 15.2012

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Uncategorized

Not sure if Blizzard will ever release video games for the PS Vita, but Gamestop alerted me the PlayStation Vita Limited Edition will be released next week, on February 15, 2012. The other versions will be available on February 22nd.

There are four models to choose from:

Features

  • Front and back multitouch screens, motion sensors and Six Axis sensors
  • Catch every detail with the PlayStation Vita system’s stunning, multitouch 5-inch OLED display
  • Feel the full-on intensity of First Person Shooters with Dual Analog Sticks
  • Take on your friends – or the whole world — anywhere, anytime with Wi-Fi or alwayson 3G
  • Blur the lines between entertainment and reality with breakthrough features such as front and back touch, motion sensors and augmented reality.
  • Get into the biggest and best games – only on PlayStation Vita.
  • Take on your friends – or the whole world – anywhere, anytime with always-on 3G and Wi-Fi
  • Chat with others on the fly – in the midst of multiplayer action or while watching videos.

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Diablo III Demon Hunter Jacket Shipping

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Uncategorized

The Diablo III Demon Hunter Jacket is shipping already, and stocks seem high enough for you to catch one of your size. Don’t waste time. Make sure to benefit from the current 10% off promo code at checkout.

Type Promotion Code: LUVHERTZ

This offer expires at 11:59 PM PST on Monday, February 13, 2012, so don’t wait!
*can’t be combined with any other offers, sale prices, or discounts

Check out the T-shirts and Hoodies currently available:

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2012 St. Valentine: Blizzard T-Shirts 10% Off Promo

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Uncategorized

Spend $40 in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III T-shirts and Hoodies (other brands too) and get 10% Off during checkout.

Type Promotion Code: LUVHERTZ

This offer expires at 11:59 PM PST on Monday, February 13, 2012, so don’t wait!
*can’t be combined with any other offers, sale prices, or discounts