Christie Golden Attending 2009 StarFest In Denver

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Christie Golden is attending StarFest in Denver, Colorado on April 17-19.  She will be premiering ARTHAS there and signing books.  She will have copies of various of her novels for sale. Stop by and say hello.

The World of Warcraft: ARTHAS Collector’s Edition copies have been increased for a total of 10,000 limited copies. An extra chance for you to get it before they are sold out. While supplies last.

Her story “A Warrior Made” within Warcraft: Legends Vol. 4 is half done. The artist is In-Bae Kim.

2009 StarFest
Marriott Denver Tech Center
4900 S. Syracuse Street, Denver, CO—Map
April 17-19

In addition to her book signing sessions, she is scheduled to talk at a couple of panels:
Saturday 18 12:00-1:00pm Room 4
Sunday 19 11:00-12:30pm Room 4

Autograph Sessions at the Dealer’s Room
Friday 6:30pm
Saturday 11:00am
Sunday 9:00am

TOKYOPOP and Blizzard Dares You to Make Us Laugh!

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TOKYOPOP is sponsoring a monthly online contest to find the funniest, most rib-busting Warcraft one-page comic strips created by you, the fans! Each month one winner will be selected to receive the grand prize—a collection of TOKYOPOP/Blizzard Entertainment manga! Additionally, winning artists can potentially be chosen by TOKYOPOP to be an artist art in upcoming Warcraft and StarCraft manga.

Click here for contest rules and details! Now go draw those comic strips—and get a sense of humor!

Henry Cavill Plays WoW

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Another artist to join the World of Warcraft Celebs Club is british actor Henry Cavill who admitted in an interview with JustJared he has played World of Warcraft.

Henry Cavill has worked in Whatever Works (2009), The Tudors (2009), Town Creek (2009), Stardust (2007), and Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005) among other roles.

JustJared: Which TV shows do you follow? Do you play any computer games?

Henry: I like Dexter a lot. I also really liked Battlestar Galactica. I

World of Warcraft Comic Contest Relaunches

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Where one comic contest ends, another begins. This time around we’re partnering with TOKYOPOP to bring you a global contest with some fantastic prizes and industry exposure. The year-long World of Warcraft Comic Contest now begins again, and we’re looking for the funniest or most creative World of Warcraft comics to post on our website.

Each month’s winner will receive three volumes of Blizzard Entertainment manga, and will be considered by TOKYOPOP for contributions to upcoming volumes of both Warcraft: Legends and StarCraft: Frontline. Read the official rules and submit your comics.

2009 Arena Tournament Phase 3 Ending

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A sign that Patch 3.1 is about to be deployed into live realms soon.  And that date might be in two weeks.  Blizzard Representative Ancilorn has announced Phase 3 of the 2009 Arena Tournament is ending next week. Keep working hard throughout the week to get your rewards. Phase 4 will start on April 15.

Blizzard Quote:
Phase 3 of the 2009 Arena Tournament will be ending next Tuesday, April 7, at 21.00 CEST. Please keep in mind that you have until the end of this phase to complete the 200 rated 3v3 games required to qualify for prizes. Participants must also remain on their team for the duration of the tournament to ensure prize eligibility. The Arena Tournament realms will be shut down for a week in preparation for Phase 4 of the tournament (the invitational ladder), which will determine who advances to the regional finals. Phase 4 will begin on Wednesday, April 15, after maintenance. For more information on the tournament, please visit our Arena Tournament information page:

To discuss the tournament with your fellow players, please visit the Arena Tournament Forum:

Thank you to all of the participants, and good luck to everyone who qualified for the invitational ladder!

2009 MI6 Awards Nominates Blizzard Entertainment

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Blizzard Entertainment has been selected among the finalist nominees by the 2009 MI6 Awards.  The 4th Annual MI6 Video Game Marketing Conference will be held through April 8, 2009 at the San Francisco Grand Hyatt in Union Square (345 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA‎ – (415) 398-1234‎—see Map).

MI6 Awards nominated Blizzard in six categories:

OUTSTANDING TV OR THEATRICAL CAMPAIGN
World of Warcraft 2008 What’s your Game?” TV Campaign”

OUTSTANDING TV OR THEATRICAL AD
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WoW Action Figures Series 2 Special Sale

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The World of Warcraft Action Figures Series 2 got its price slashed by a lot, so collectors and would-be collectors who wish to start grabbing these should benefit from Entertainment Earth’s 13th Anniversary Sale. Non-Blizzard action figures have up to 80% discounts including Star Wars, Marvel and DC action figures—browse through those offers here. WoW Series 2 costs now Sale Price: $45.60 while supplies last. You save $29.39 or 39% off the retail price which is $74.99.  You can grab it here.  .

The World of Warcraft Action Figures Series 2 consists of four-pieces: Human Warrior: 1x Archilon Shadowheart, 1x Troll Priest: Zabra Hexx, 1x Gnome Warrior: Sprocket Gyrospring, and 1x Night Elf Druid: Broll Bearmantle.

Prepare for battle! Jump into the World of Warcraft craze with these incredibly detailed, plastic action figures. Multiple points of articulation make extreme action poses easy to achieve with these astonishing, 4 1/2 to 8 1/2-inch tall pieces. Choose a role, grab a character, and get into the action!

Anniversary Sale!
Thank you for your business these past 13 years! We’re celebrating by marking down hundreds of items up to 80% off. Action figures, games, and select collectibles are available at our lowest prices ever, starting as low as $1.10! These prices and limited quantities won’t last long…

Upper Deck’s World of Warcraft TCG: Dark Portal Starter Deck is also covered in this special sale promotion for only $4.40—You save $10.59 (71%). You can grab it here.

World of Warcraft TCG Dark Portal Starter Deck

Rosenberg and Decandido 2009 I-Con 28 Schedule

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Aaron Rosenberg and Keith R.A. DeCandido will be at the 2009 I-Con 28 held through April 3-5 at the Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) Grant Campus in Brentwood, Long Island (New York)—within The Health, Sports, Education/Convention Center.

If you are planning to attend the event, feel free to look them up and say hi, take a photo and get your Warcraft and Starcraft books signed.

Another incentive to go to the event, on Friday March 3 you can find Mark Goddard (Major Don West in Lost in Space, 1965) on a Q&A from 7pm-7:30pm at the Main Stage; and on Saturday, March 4 from 3pm-3:30pm and Sunday 6 from 4pm-5pm. 

Sean Astin—(Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings) has a Q&A on Friday March 3 from 8pm-9pm on the main stage. Saturday at 11am on SCCC Hallway.

Gary Graham (Ambassador Soval in “STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE”) on Saturday, March 4 from 1pm-1:30pm and Sunday March 5 from 12pm-12:30pm.

Other guests are Larry Hama (G.I. Joe Comic Book writer); Sala Baker (Sauron, Lord of the Rings); Nicki Clyne (Crewman Specialist Cally, Battlestar Galactica); and Tory Belleci (Star Wars Trilogy, 1999)

Sounds like it is going to be a fun event.

Read Aaron Rosenberg and Keith R.A. DeCandido schedule and an interactive map of the location after the break.

 

AARON ROSENBERG SCHEDULE

Sat, 11:30am
Marriott Salon B
Myths of Publishing
Crawford, Rosenberg, Gorinsky, Parris
Enhancing your career by learning how to recognize and deal with persistent myths

Sat 3-4pm
SCC Dealers Room
Author Signing

Sat, 5pm
Marriott Cezanne
Balancing Writing and Life: so many words, so little time
Rosenberg, Freedman, Kessman, Mains, Gannon
A topic almost any writer can identify with. Tips on keeping your love for and need to write from overwhelming the rest of your life

Sat, 6pm
Marriott Matisse
Know Your Craft: the elements that bring a story to life
Parris, Rosenberg, Paffenroth, Mains
While plot, character, POV, setting etc can vary in importance to the story you want to tell, the writer must master all

Sun, 10:30am
Marriott Cezanne
The Publishing Apocalypse
Crawford, Rosenberg, Leigh, Parris
Panelists discuss the unprecedented challenges faced by traditional publishing

Sun, 11:30am
Marriott Cezanne
The Business Aspect of Writing Tie-Ins
Peel, Mack, Rosenberg, DeCandido
The best ways to market your skills at writing in

PTR 3.1 Raid Schedule March 31-April 1

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Blue Posts, World of Warcraft News

The new PTR 3.1 Raid Schedule covers March 31-April 1. Today it is Hodir (Hard Mode) for USA and no test for Europe.  Wednesday it is Iron Council (hard Mode) for USA and General Vezax (Hard Mode) for Europe. Make arrangements with your guilds to help test these bosses, and make sure to offer feedback and bug reports.

Blizzard Quote:
Here’s the current schedule for Ulduar PTR testing:

On the North American test realms:

Hodir (Hard Mode) – Tuesday Night, March 31, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
We’ve made some adjustments to the NPC mechanics in an effort to better balance the ability for melee and ranged players to do damage.

Iron Council (Hard Mode) – Wednesday Night, April 1, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
We’d like Steelbreaker last tested again, we have Static Disruption working again.

On the European test realms:

General Vezax (Hard Mode) – Wednesday Night, April 1 at 19:00 CET.
We’ve made further adjustments to try and balance the the effectiveness of ranged DPS casters and melee in the fight.

For Hard Mode testing, Shirts of Uber will be available on Ursula McWeaksauce to help simulate a raid having obtained Ulduar gear. Check the entrance area of Ulduar for the vendor.

This schedule could change at a moment’s notice due to server, bug, or patch status. I’ll try to keep everyone informed as much as possible. Ulduar and the bosses to be tested will remain also open a variable length of time. How long they stay open depends upon a host of factors including designer availability, bug status, etc.

We’re very interested in seeing combat logs and parses for all raid testing on the PTR.

Quick Ulduar FAQ:

Q) Where’s all the trash?
A) Trash is complete, and players will see the trash associated with each boss during their tests.

Q) Where’s the loot?
A) All loot is present.

Q) What about achievements?
A) All achievements are active.

World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon Reaches 4th Printing

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World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon by Richard A. Knaak was released on November 18, 2008.  In barely four months, its popularity among lore fans has been astounding. It is now on its fourth printing. These are selling like hot bread in the morning. Go grab yours while supplies last.

Richard A. Knaak has announced his participation in Dragoncon in Atlanta, Georgia on September. If you are planning to attend the event, make arrangements to get your books signed.

imageHello!

This is for those of you who have expressed previous interest in my work.  If you have received this email by accident, please let me know and you will be deleted from the list.

FIRST AND FOREMOST:  LEGENDS OF THE DRAGONREALM, a new omnibus featuring the first three novels of my series—- FIREDRAKE, ICE DRAGON, & WOLFHELM.  With beautiful new cover art and a map, this trade paperback should not be missed.  Check it out at my website:  http://www.richardaknaak.com !

In case you missed them, late 2008 saw the release of THE FIRE ROSE for Dragonlance.  Sequel to THE BLACK TALON, this novel continues the Ogre Titans Trilogy.  Golgren and the Titans vie for an artifact fashioned by the god of fire and alchemy, a deadly double-edged creation that was responsible for the downfall of their once-regal race centuries before.

Also released was WORLD OF WARCRAFT: NIGHT OF THE DRAGON.  A sequel to DAY OF THE DRAGON, the first ever WarCraft novel, NIGHT brings us back to Grim Batol, where the dragon mage Krasus returns to discover what evil has now arisen in what was the last stronghold of the orcs.

AND JUST RELEASED:  WARCRAFT LEGENDS VOL. 3!  The third anthology includes the third segment of my four part saga about the tauren Trag.  Risen as an undead, Trag struggles against the evil calling to him from chill Northrend.  Yet, he knows that if he wishes to free himself, he must face the dread Lich King there.  However, Northrend itself is full of danger…and possible allies.

Lastly, special news!  I am to be a guest of Dragoncon in Atlanta on Labor Day Weekend!  I’ll be there from the 4-6th (not the 7th).  I will be on various panels!  More news on this as the convention approaches!

Thanks for reading!

Best

Richard A. Knaak

Warcraft Aubiobooks Postponed Temporarily

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A few months ago, on December,  I interviewed Dick Hill, who voiced the Warcraft audiobooks for Tantor Media Audiobooks. The books were Warcraft: Day of the Dragon, Warcraft: The Last Guardian, Warcraft: Lord of the Clans and World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal.

As many have noticed, the Tantor website no longer lists these books since early January. Without going into many details, the audiobooks are postponed until further notice.  The release of these audiobooks will be delayed for a while, but hopefully we will get an announcement of its new release dates. Note that it is not considered cancelled. Keep your hopes up.

*Postpone: to put off to a later time (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Warcraft: Death Knight Front Cover

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Fresh outta da oven comes the just completed cover for the upcoming TOKYOPOP release Warcraft: Death Knight! (A World of Warcraft Adventure)  The manga will detail the untold story of Thassarian, one of the first death knights. It’s an action-packed tale of tragedy and loss, as well as hope and rebirth.

Look for it in stores December 2009!
Writer:  Dan Jolley
Artist: Rocio Zucchi

Author: Dan Jolley
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: TokyoPop (December, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1427814961
ISBN-13: 978-1427814968

GDC 2009: Kaplan Cruise Director of Azeroth Panel

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Jeff Kaplan (Tigole) exposed his panel The Cruise Director of AZEROTH: Directed Gameplay within WORLD OF WARCRAFT at the GDC 2009 (Moscone Center, San Francisco). There are various interesting topics in this panel that fans would like to read.

The WoW Quests Problems theme summarized the 9 worst problems affecting players in the World of Warcraft quests:
1. The Christmas Tree Effect: Mini-map gets cluttered with yellow exclamation marks. So many quests, gahh!!!
2. Too Long, Didn’t Read: Quest text is too long, why read all that? Click, and go.
3. Medium Envy: More pew pew, less Lore. (Kaplan hates Metzen? Burn !!!)
4. Mystery: Kaplan mentioned Mankrik’s Wife. Nuff Said. Huh? WTF do I find [X].
5. Poorly Paced Quest Chains: Long quests discourage you from doing those in the future, and skip them. Myzrael [40] is given as example.
6. Gimmick Quests: Vehicles in quests are Teh suck, according to Kaplan. Fun for developers to make, not fun to players.
7. Bad Flow: A Loch Modan chart shows the poor choice of quest types imposed on players, and how to avoid it.
8. Collection Quest Mistakes: The Green Hills of Stranglethorn Vale
9. Why Am I Collecting This Shit?: So I have to collect 8 paws, but Gnolls drop one or none? Don’t they have two paws jacknabbit?

The Progressive Percentage Item Drop Mechanic show us how loot drops are coded to make progression more fast paced, while eliminating the poor drop rates that plagued us in classic WoW. On the other hand, the Game Developers Are Not Shakespeare topic might rise some eyebrows among the Lore Community.  We all know Tigole comes from a Raiding background back on his Everquest days, but I have to differ with him in this particular topic, mostly because I am on the other side of the spectrum. Lore is an important part of World of Warcraft, and it drives a percent of players who play the game, who love to read the Warcraft novels by Christie Golden, Richard A. Knaak, Keith DeCandido and other authors.

A lot of material from those novels have been brought to life in the MMO, and the experiences lived in-game when playing those quests, interacting with the heroes, and reading the lore in the quests related to those novels complement fittingly. I buy the expansions not to loot l33t items, but because of the lore.  Loot and raiding comes next as an addition to the overall experience. Not everyone wants to read quests, or cares about the story. But not everyone likes hardcore raiding either, or PvP.  Some like only one aspect of the WoW gameplay (there are casual and solo who don’t do raiding or PvP), or a combination of two such as PvP and Lore (an dislike dungeon raiding), some like lore and raiding (but not PvP—I’m among these group), and so on. Most of the people that play World of Warcraft do so because they experienced the single player storyline in Warcraft III and Frozen Throne, and previous Warcraft games. Otherwise it wouldn’t be a MMORPG.  Metzen and his team are our Shakespeares, and if anything I would love to see more books in printed format and more “experience a book”—of the Warcraft universe—in-game through textful quests.

I don’t hate Jeff Kaplan folks, just don’t share that particular view. In fact, I do like the work he’s done, and read most if not all of his interviews online. And although I will miss him as Lead Game Designer of World of Warcraft, I am confident he will do his best on the Next-Gen MMO.

Check out the different topics discussed throughout his GDC Panel:

This discussion will focus on the original development of WORLD OF WARCRAFT’s quest system and how it has changed over time, with WRATH OF THE LICH KING being the latest evolution. The presentation will also include some of the guidelines and philosophies that are followed when creating WoW content. It will also be suggested how WoW’s philosophy applies to other game genres and touch on topics such as game design as it applies to story, single player, massively multiplayer, open world and constrained locale considerations.

Attendees will gain some insight into the quest design nuances in World of Warcraft. Not only will this talk focus on quest design, but there will be discussion of directed gameplay and its relationship to story/lore.

The Global Community: 2009 China’s Lunar New Year Event

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Blizzard is showing off various photos submitted by chinese WoW players to celebrate the Lunar New Year Festival.  They are showing a handful out of over 8 thousand entries. Check them out by clicking on the images in this page.

Blizzard Quote:
This year, World of Warcraft players in China celebrated the Lunar New Year with a photo event called,

GDC 2009: Blizzard’s Pardo: Sony, Microsoft Need New Forms Of Gameplay

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Recently we reported that Rob Pardo confirmed that Blizzard and Microsoft are talking about the Xbox 360 successor.  They want Microsoft to learn from Nintendo. During the Luminaries Lunch at the GDC 2009,  Junction Point’s Warren Spector slashed at Rob Pardo with mockery … “I

Blizzard And Microsoft Talk Xbox 360 Successor For Next-Gen MMO?

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Rob Pardo confirmed at the GDC 2009 that Blizzard Entertainment and Microsoft are talking about the Xbox 360 successor.  And by the looks of it they want its successor to have a keyboard and mouse peripherals and tools to allow MMO and RTS gameplay on consoles.  The potential is enormous. Imagine World of Warcraft, Starcraft: Ghost, Starcraft II and even Diablo III on PC and Consoles.  It is the culprit of the Next-Gen MMO no doubt.

The future is looking brighter for Blizzard and all its millions of fans if Microsoft can pull the right cards off its sleeve and places them into the table to make it possible.

Blizzard Quote:
Rob Pardo: “There are are so many games like we make at Blizzard that we don’t take to consoles because they don’t support the input device, and you end up with crappy ports. That’s why RTS games never do well on consoles,” he said.

“If I was them, I’d be sitting around trying to figure out what’s a cool input device that supports all types of new kinds of games.”—read more

Change To Flasks In WoW 3.1

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Bornakk offered a lengthy explanation behind the changes to Flasks in Patch 3.1.  Though flasks get a nerf in duration, players will reap greater benefits.

Blizzard Quote:
As many of you have learned, we will be reducing the duration of flask effects so that they only last one hour. However, all recipes that create flasks will create two instead of one for the same material cost. Additionally, we will be increasing stack size from 5 to 20 as we anticipate players will need to carry more flasks at a given time. Vendor value for flasks has also been reduced to keep the auction house deposit low.

Our goal with the change was to allow players greater flexibility when determining how long they plan to raid, as currently we were seeing many players balance time spent raiding around flask duration. We also anticipate that this change will make using flasks in dungeons and battlegrounds a more reasonable decision for players. Though this change will not occur until patch 3.1.0, we wanted to give as much advance notice as possible in case some of you who are stockpiling flasks would prefer to wait to do so until the change is implemented.

We realize players who currently have stockpiled a lot of flasks may feel like they will lose money with this change, since their current flasks will only last for half as long once 3.1.0 goes live. To partially remedy this, we are going to allow players to exchange any current Northrend flasks (Flask of the Frost Wyrm, Flask of Stoneblood, Flask of Endless Rage and Flask of Pure Mojo) for two flasks with the shorter duration. Flasks from older content will not be grandfathered in, and going forward, it will only be possible to make the flasks with a one hour duration.

Fifth Blizzard Game In the Works Update

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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.

UpdateMarch 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 protected].

World of Warcraft # 20

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The solicitation for World of Warcraft # 20 is available, and it looks like the comic book is starting to catch up with Wrath of the Lich King. As shown in previous issues, Garrosh Hellscream is already in Orgrimmar, and accompanies Thrall and Rehgar Earthfury to the peace summit with Varian Wrynn (Lo’gosh) at Theramore.

Now the Scourge attacks the Alliance and the Horde. Are we gonna see some zombies shrieking the word: “BRRAIIIIIINNNSSS !!!” We will have to wait and see.

imageWORLD OF WARCRAFT # 20

The Scourge makes their move and attacks from all fronts intent on taking no prisoners! No longer united, can Varian and Thrall survive the onslaught? And will Valeera once again succumb to her addiction to magical energy?

Written by Walter Simonson & Louise Simonson
Art by Mike Bowden & Phil Moy
Cover by Walter Simonson

On sale June 17

Warcraft Legends Vol. 4 Preview Scans: Bloodsail Buccaneers

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Warcraft Legends Vol. 4 is shockful of goodies with stories based on the Bloodsail Buccaneers and the Darkmoon Faire by Christie Golden. And the conclusion of the undead tauren Trag Highmountain saga by Richard A. Knaak. What happens when noble tauren arrives at Arthas the Lich King’s front door with an ancient weapon even the dragon aspects would be frightened of?  With Warcraft: Legends Vol. 4 you have a little taste of swashbuckling adventures with the Bloodsail Buccaneers. Volume 4 will be available at local and online bookstores on June 16, 2009.

Product Description
Some of the world’s best manga creators join together to bring the world of Warcraft to life as never before! Between these covers lie tales of adventure, treachery, humor and bravery. Told from both Alliance and Horde point of view, these stories have entertained the likes of travelers, soldiers and thieves in taverns, inns and camps all throughout Azeroth. They have endured the trials of time and have earned the title of legend. Whether this is your first journey into Azeroth, or merely the latest in a long line of visits, this collection will not soon be forgotten!

imageAvast thar, matey! This be Captain Bloodvein, the most cutthroat pirate to ever sail the South Seas of Azeroth! Usually I care not for books (lest they be used to fuel the roarin

World of Warcraft: Arthas Collector’s Limited Edition

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Simon & Schuster, Inc. just announced a special World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King Autographed Collector’s Edition Hardcover Book available on April 21 for the price of $ 32.00.

What’s special about this Limited Collector’s Edition?

  • First Edition Hardcover Copy of Arthas
  • Christie Golden’s Signature
  • Numbered Edition
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Collectors Leather Gift Box

This is a very sweet deal for the hardcore lore fans who wish to keep this treasure well-protected in its own leather gift box, personally signed by Christie Golden.  They are a limited edition with only 5,000 printed for this collection. Pre-orders are available here. There are five shipping options: USPS Standard Mail ($5.95), USPS Priority Mail ($8.95), Fedex Ground, Fedex 2-Day and Fedex Overnight. All options show you an approximate date of arrival.

All of these books are autographed personally by Christie Golden as you can read at her personal blog. Stay tuned for the announcement of our upcoming live public chat with Christie Golden where you will be able to ask the author anything about WoW: Arthas. Your efforts to resist are futile. Let Frostmourne claim your soul.

BATTLE.NET 2.0 HAS LAUNCHED !!!

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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.

via: starcraftwire.net

Blizzard Quote:
We

PTR 3.1 Ulduar Raiding Schedule - March 19-22

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

The PTR 3.1 Ulduar Raid Schedule from March 19-22 is now available to test the bosses after the recent build 9704.  The trash mobs are now enabled. Make sure to report any bugs with those too. Boss loot is enabled, except for some trash mobs. Read the short FAQ at the bottom.

Blizzard Quote:
Here’s the current schedule for Ulduar PTR testing:

On the North American test realms:

Kologarn – Thursday Night, March 19, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Mimiron – Friday Night, March 20, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Iron Council – Saturday Night, March 21, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Flame Leviathan – Sunday, March 22, starting at 2pm EDT/11am PDT.

On the European test realms:

Freya – Thursday Night, March 19 at 19:00 CET.
Mimiron – Friday Night, March 20 at 19:00 CET.
Auriaya – Saturday Night, March 21, at 19:00 CET.
Flame Leviathan – Sunday Night, March 22, starting at 19:00 CET.

This schedule could change at a moment’s notice due to server, bug, or patch status. I’ll try to keep everyone informed as much as possible. Ulduar and the bosses to be tested will remain also open a variable length of time. How long they stay open depends upon a host of factors including designer availability, bug status, etc.

We’re very interested in seeing combat logs and parses for all raid testing on the PTR.

Quick Ulduar FAQ:

Q) Where’s all the trash?
A) Trash has now been completed, and players will see the trash associated with each boss during their tests.

Q) Where’s the loot? (UPDATED)
A) All loot should be present, except for some loot on trash creatures.

Q) What about achievements? (UPDATED)
A) We’re still working on achievements, but many of them are now active and functional. Some achievements still have placeholder values.

PTR 3.1 Raid Schedule Replacements On March 18

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

The PTR 3.1 Raiding Schedule for today has been cancelled and replaced, so keep track of these changes to prepare for your raiding tonight.

USA
This evening’s test of Kologarn on the US PTRs is being rescheduled due to the deployment of a new PTR build on the servers

EUROPE
We’re going to test Razorscale instead of Freya today March 18 on the EU PTRs.

World of Warcraft Mountain Dew Game Fuel Promotion

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Blizzard Products News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment has announced a new promotion partnership between World of Warcraft and Mountain Dew Soft Beverage will hit stores very soon in two flavors: the Wild Fruit and the Citrus Cherry. The Game Fuel edition was announced on April 2007 and featured a higher caffeine content compared to other brands, which fit in line with the marketing goals toward players expecting the release of Halo 3 who planned to play it for many hours straight.

The Game Fuel edition had been absent from the market for a while.  Pepsi released the Halo 3 Xbox 360 Limited Edition Mountain Dew: Game Fuel on August 13, 2007. Back then, some gamers would play Halo 3 for three days straight. The promotion campaign ran through 12 weeks, and was removed from the market on November 2007. This really makes me wonder if this promotion has anything to do with the new World of Warcraft expansion that might no doubt be announced on August 2009 at BlizzCon.

These game fuel came on a 20-ounce bottle for a total of 120 milligrams of caffeine per bottle. It would keep people awake indeed.

Coincidentially, it was Citrus Cherry flavored like the Horde Edition. Back then, the nutrition facts for this flavor was an Estimated Percent of Calories from: Fat 0.0%, Carbs 108.2%, and Protein 0.0%.

 
  • 70 calories
  • Total Fat 0g 0%
  • Saturated Fat 0g 0%
  • Sodium 65mg 3%
  • Total Carbohydrate 46g 15%
  • Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
  • Sugars 46g
  • Protein 0g 0%
Blizzard Quote:
In the near future, you’ll be able to see World of Warcraft characters in a new place—the beverage aisle. This summer, Mountain Dew will launch Game Fuel in two World of Warcraft-inspired flavors—Alliance Blue (wild fruit flavor) and Horde Red (citrus cherry flavor)—available for a limited time only. We’ll be announcing further details in the coming months, so stay tuned.

Warcraft Legends Marathon Finale

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Blizzard Products News, World of Warcraft News

This is the last day of TOKYOPOP’s Warcraft Legends Marathon celebrating the official release date of Warcraft Legends Vol. 3.  Today the story is titled: Family Values, written by Aaron Sparrow. It is chapter 4 of Warcraft Legends Vol. 2.  This story will be available only for 24 hours, so make sure to check it out. Press the square button on the bottom-right to zoom in.

WoW Patch 3.1 New User Interface Updates

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

There are many new additions and changes coming in the near future for World of Warcraft. Alongside the hotly anticipated raid dungeon Ulduar, several new user interface features will be debuting, and Blizzard has put together a preview of them to let you know what to expect when the patch arrives.

  • Talent Dual Specialization
  • Equipment Manager
  • Objectives Tracker
  • Looking For Group Improvements
  • Battleground Queue From Anywhere