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Blizzard 20th Anniversary Update: Blizzard Timeline

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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.

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

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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™.

Blizzplanet Mists of Pandaria Press Event – Submit Questions

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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

PlayStation PS Vita On Sale Feb 15.2012

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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.

Diablo III Demon Hunter Jacket Shipping

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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:

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

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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

Diablo III Beta: Twitter Bashiok Q&A Transcript

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Bashiok’s coffee maker pot went dry last night and decided to keep himself awake with a bombardment of questions from the community via Twitter.

Kultbot: So chat channels are still part of the game?

Bashiok: They’re in there right now. Unless people are expecting general open channels? We’ve consistently said we won’t have those.

witwix: Is there going to be as much incentive to sit around and MF for 14 hours at a time? Or is the end game plan more WoWesque?

Bashiok: It will be similar to D2, but emphasis is off boss runs and on exploring the world.

IamBGriffs: Any word when news about runes will be released?

Bashiok: We’re planning that out. Its in and working. Not too much longer.

Bargo_Gosu: Does this include the skill system?

Bashiok: Skill and rune systems are intrinsically linked.

Darth_caesar: Is there any bonus to pre-release bonus to pre-ordering the CE?

Bashiok: I’m not aware of any pre-order bonuses… We usually don’t do those.

Mrknify: how do i use the Diablo 3 forums ? it says I need a Wow account ? mine is frozen, and I have D2/D2_expansion?

Bashiok: You’ll need an active WoW sub, StarCraft II license, or DIII beta license.

iM_Bennotronica: What % will you guys take from real money action house?

Bashiok: That’s a good question, I actually don’t know. % is only on cash out though, or commodity/stackable item sales.

ReXimus128: Why did you guys remove scrolls of identification? Simplicity sake? Also, why can you change skills anywhere now?

Bashiok: We didn’t really feel like they added anything, except to take away inventory space.

Varastus21: I have a question about friends and chat in D3. Is it possible to add someone to a friends list? Also, is there a global chat?

Bashiok: Yes there’s multiple different types of friends lists. Global chat like you want to spam all your friends? :) no.

Millerjoeblue: any plans for any guild/clan features?

Bashiok: We’d love to offer some kind of support for social groups, but it’s on a wish list at the moment.

Chiefey68: Will xpacs increase level caps or just new content/items? Thanks for the outreach!

Bashiok: We’re still just working on the game, but our philosophy is that levels should match the content. If that answers your question.

SimonTupper: One of the reasons why Diablo 2 was such a succes was that it was getting better over the years, will diablo 3 follow that pattern?

Bashiok: We’re fully designing and planning for Diablo III to be supported long into the future.

Efren1776: Any idea when more beta invites will go out?

Bashiok: We don’t really plan it out like that, it’s more a symptom of seeing how many people are playing and seeing if need more.

andrespdr: Any plans for contests for beta keys for people outside the states? (Latinamerica)

Bashiok: Yup, but I’ll let them tell you about it. :)

OldIronBlood: will we be seeing any runestones or gems in beta?

Bashiok: Extremely unlikely. The point of the beta is to test the service, patcher, launcher, and hardware compatibility.

hashstep: In the game guide some weapons have a range of values for min and max dmg (2-3)-(4-5) dmg for ex. Can the values be non-integers?

Bashiok: Nah, whole numbers is sexier.

CaptRaven: could you elaborate a bit more on why exactly Blizzard thinks that a general open chat channel like in D2 or SC1 is a bad idea?

Bashiok: The good is minuscule compared to the bad, and we have to actually support these things…

Doriide: How does crafting work?

Bashiok: It’s a bit complex to describe in 140 characters. You already read the artisan section on the website?

jeremysnow2: My wife wants to know how much sleep everyone at Blizzard is averaging trying to get this game out to demanding people like me…

Bashiok: Hah! It’s a lot of long hours and weekend work days, and has been for a while… but we have fun. :)

Regardless_: Could you tell us how the legendary weapons are coming along and if they will be in the beta?

Bashiok: Quite well. I don’t think we drop any more until later in Act 1. Probably not.

Efren1776: as somone who hasn’t played the first 2 will it be easy to understand the story of this one?

Bashiok: No matter what it’s going to be a fun story. If you’ve played the others you’ll get something extra, if not, you’ll seek it out.

eclittlejohn: Does the current list of items on the D3 website give all the items we can expect to see on release? Are there going to be more?

Bashiok: No, no, no, the website has very few items. We’ll update it when we get close to release.

Sarfazar: How close to the date of release should we expect the Diablo III, beta to run?

Bashiok: That’s a good question. I don’t think we exactly know. Pretty close.

IReesesCupI: Do you guys plan to have expansion for Diablo 3 still? If so would it be a class/content or just content. Etc.

Bashiok: We think it makes sense, but we’re focusing on releasing the game first. :)

pliers1: Is there going to be a pre-release download, so people can start playing as soon as servers go up? Including people on annual pass.

Bashiok: We plan to have a digital download people can grab so they’re ready to go right at midnight.

digitahlemotion: Aside from being able to slow down to enjoy the lore, are there any drawbacks (in regards to the story) to playing solo vs co-op?

Bashiok: We hope not, we’ve worked really hard to try to ensure co-op is nothing but bonuses and awesomeness.

Procrastajason: is the retail release of the game the entirety of the content we’ll see for a while or will there be content patches ala WoW?

Bashiok: Well, WoW is a subscription game. We’ll have patches. New items, probably. New zones or bosses? Probably not.

WilliamCairns1: With you taking out the scrolls do you have any plans to put them back in maybe as like purchasable pet like in WoW maybe?

Bashiok: We didn’t remove them so we could charge people for them later, if that’s your question. :)

SamuEllmer: Will there be official midnight launch events globally? (and if so, could you make it to London’s?)

Bashiok: We tend to have midnight launch events, no announcements until we know when the game will launch. :)

Ryallcowling: Do I need to pay any tax on my monthly paypal earnings from the sale of in game items? Any other options than paypal?

Bashiok: I believe that’s between you and the IRS? PayPal is what we’re focusing on for NA and some other regions.

Wasted_Panda: Will the colorblind mode be implemented during beta?

Bashiok: Do we need one? Would appreciate feedback in a forum thread if there’s specific issues.

MrPaNtsONhEad: I like the changes to skillswap with cooldown BUT why is there a cooldown when you are in town?

Bashiok: It’s a rough first implementation. It was wrangled in very shortly before the patch went out.

leftupseven: In a party, if people are skipping loot barrels and side rooms, do you lose xp for staying back and exploring?

Bashiok: You need to be within range (screen and a half or so) to be counted for drops or experience.

EldacarJS: Is there going to be a monster in the game named Bashiok? Also will Rakanishu and Bishbosh be returning?

Bashiok: Yes. Well… I don’t know. Those guys are dead…

verylemonade: Why the massive disparities in starting armor for some of the classes for male/female? EX: Sorcerer/ess.

Bashiok: Likely one was revised and the other wasn’t. (bug) A bug report or other written feedback would help.

Br0ckHamill: with pets been taken out of the game is there any plans of the use of the models or will they just return to wild life in game?

Bashiok: I believe they’ll be freeze-dried until later.

EmperorDoomwolf: Is it possible you can make the CE wings dyeable? I know they’re an inventory item. It would just be cool!!!

Bashiok: No, they’re the single amazingly cool color they already are. :)

Kennigit: How many times have you played through the campaign?

Bashiok: From start to finish with one character? :X never…

LadyFoxette: Do you recommend I go back and play the first two games (+expansion), or does Diablo 3′s story stand well enough on its own?

Bashiok: I think you can find some good story recaps (if anyone has link pls share) that it’d be pretty easy to catch yourself up.

Darkcoro: Is a melee Wizard still viable with the new stat system etc? Was very interested to try that ^_^

Bashiok: Absolutely.

dethbox: Max players per game. 4 or 8?

Bashiok: 4.

arkeus: Is it possible we will see a return of the Amulet feature in an expansion?

Bashiok: Anything is possible. That kind of secondary item-based stat augmentation is real cool though. Perfect for later on.

SnailCraft: How big is the game in comparison to D2?

Bashiok: I dont know. Around the same I suspect.

Regardless_: Do you get to influence the game design at all outside of being the CM? If so, what did you help with?

Bashiok: I complain all the time but I’m usually wrong. :) All the good stuff comes from the community.

Sn0wcatcher: Can paypal unsupported countries use the rmah ? Is blizzard usiing any other web-based payment besides paypal?

Bashiok: I believe we’ll be providing more info about regional options once they’re ready. To be honest I don’t know specifics.

mikesacco: forum feedback still says DH feels less powerful than other classes; perception or real thing? any plans?

Bashiok: Overall we agree. Next patch (?) there will be a number of class changes.

Sarfazar: Is it possible to post gold/real money on the auction house to be bought with real money/gold respectively.

Bashiok: You can put up gold to be bought with currency, yes.

jaredgaut: any word on a new Blizzcast?

Bashiok: The delay kinda threw us off. We’ll get back on track…

Mikeregan7: When does beta testing end?

Bashiok: sometime before release.

digitahlemotion: Are the Pre-Orders for Diablo 3 CE by Walmart, Gamestop, etc legit?

Bashiok: I would assume so. I’m not sure how those work, I’d guess they have to work off a unit estimate?

AlexVanDijkNews: Any ETA on news about the EU beta? Will the EU beta be the final phase/part of testing?

Bashiok: Not yet. No.

7,240 M / nearly 2 Acre of Land on Sale Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

Land on sale for development: 7,240 M (almost two acres) located in Ocean View street at Miradero, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico 00623. Price: $199,990

Enough land to build many houses, or a big Inn for tourists. View to the Caribbean Sea at a distance, and to the mountains. Water and electricity available.

Close to all the beaches in the area, restaurants of Joyuda Bay, the big city of Mayaguez and its university, Club Deportivo of Cabo Rojo (about ten minutes away), and Surfing in the beaches of Rincon, Puerto Rico (about ten miles away). Contact mdragon here for more details.

Access map through maps.Google.com using the address of “calle Ocean View, Miradero, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico”. (Map)

Attractive value of this land on sale

The Club Deportivo of Cabo Rojo is famous for hosting the annual Blue Marlin International Fishing Tournament with the biggest participation of yachts throughout the Caribbean Sea. Club members have access to the Marina.

The Club Deportivo also hosts the annual Deportivo Golf Open Tournament. It contains four Tennis courts, and exclusive restaurants for club members.

Learn more about the Club Deportivo del Oeste.

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