Special Appearance by Chris Metzen and Richard A. Knaak

Blizzard Entertainment is proud to announce that Chris Metzen, head of Blizzard’s creative development department, and renowned New York Times Best Selling fantasy novelist Richard A. Knaak will be visiting the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend. Chris and Richard will be discussing the creative process behind the Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy Manga on the Barnes & Nobles stage this Saturday, April 23 at 1:00 P.M. For more information and general directions to the LA Times Festival of Books, please click here

 

Fantasy Flight Games announces Wow Board Game

Fantasy Flight Games announced that it has signed a deal with Blizzard to produce a board game based on enormously popular MMORPG World of WarCraft?.  Fantasy Flight is promising that the game will be “epic” in scope, using over 200 figures based on more than 25 models. Fantasy Flight will release the World of WarCraft board game by Fall 2005. We have the Press Release made available few hours ago.  Read more details below . . .

Warcraft 3 Minimap: Phantom Grove

An ancient horror lurks in these twisting paths turning away all but the most stalwart of champions. These would-be heroes enter confidently, seeking battle and adventure to immortalize their legacy… but none have returned.

Download Phantom Grove a new Bonus map for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.

Fan Fiction: The Creation of Un’Goro Crater

Sometimes fans make very creative and funny tales in the Official Wow forums.  This one caught my eye, and wished to share it to our audience.  Hope you find it fun.  Read more …

Forum Update

I’ve recieved word that the forum system we’ve been using for a while has been having some problems, I have just upgraded the forums and hopefully people will be able to sign in and register.  If problems continue it is possible that you are using an outdated version of your browser, if you use Internet Explorer please go to Tools > Windows Update to update your browser to the latest version, if you use something else their site should provide you with the necessary information.

Warcraft: Day of the Dragon Summary

Read our review of the novel Warcraft: Day of the Dragon, highlighting the Warcraft lore set during the Second War of the Orcs.  On this time-frame, Queen dragon Alexstrasza was kidnapped by the orcs and forced with the Demon Soul to procreate eggs that would supply the horde with dragon mounts to terrorize the Alliance.  Meanwhile, Deathwing increased his political advance to become King of Alterac under the human disguise of Lord Prestor.  Read the Lore summary Here

New Job Openings - April 12

New Position – Senior Game Recruiter
Blizzard is looking for an experienced and talented Senior Game Recruiter to help find and hire fantastically talented developers. If you know the game industry inside and out, and want to be a part of building some of the best development teams in the business, then please read the Senior Game Recruiter posting for more information.

New Position – Macintosh Programmer
Blizzard is looking for a talented and experienced software engineer with exceptional Macintosh programming skills to help us continue to bring our games to both the PC and Macintosh worlds simultaneously. If you have excellent C/C++ skills and a detailed understanding of the MacOS X APIs then please refer to the Macintosh Programmer posting for more information.

Ladder Season Two

Frozen Throne—Blizzard announced the launch of Ladder Season Two. The top solo and 2v2 players on all Battle.net gateways will be invited to participate in a season-ending tournament based on their ladder standings as of May 2, 2005 at 12 p.m. PST.  In this tournament, invitees will attempt to dethrone Season One reigning Battle.net champions PhoeNix_ReMinD, Rival.Showtime, and RendeyQ. Players will have the chance to compete for their share of a purse of cash and prizes worth over $25,000, and claim their places as the new Gateway and Overall Battle.net champions! Season Two is being generously sponsored by top hardware and software companies: Microsoft, Alienware?, Creative Labs, Razer, D-Link, and Ideazon. Read more on the Season Two webpage

Public Test Server Review

We have a review of the next patch’s features seen so far in the Public Test Servers, and a few bugs noticed.  Read more below . . .

Wow Test Realms Live!

  The World of Warcraft public test realms are now live. These test realms allows Blizzard to test new content and features before they are patched to the public realms. They also allow players to get a sneak peek at the content going into the game next patch! One of the features in this patch is the highly anticipated Honor System. The test realms are open to anyone who has a valid World of Warcraft account, so if you want to be one of the first players to try the Honor System, click here to copy one of your characters over to the test realm.  Keep in mind remember that experience earned, items obtained, or any changes to your test character will in no way affect your original character on our retail realms, as your test realm character is just a copy of the original. Also, the experience, items, and gold your character gains on the test realm will not be transferred to your character on the retail realms.

Read the test-realm patch notes.

Sneak Peek at Next Patch

GFraizer let us know of a new Sneak Peek at new Patch Content for World of Warcraft to be expected soon includes a preview of new mounts, new armor sets and new weapons!

Blizzplanet Maintenance

Blizzplanet is hosted by WC3Campaigns, the Warcraft Modding Community.  Blizzplanet is an independent website, invited by Stonedstoopid—Leader of WC3Campaigns—to be hosted by their servers.  Last night, Draco—from WC3Campaigns—let us know that the server was undergoing Major Server updates.  PHP.net announced the release of PHP 5.0.4 and 4.3.11. These are maintenance releases that in addition to non-critical bug fixes address several security issues. All Users of PHP are strongly encouraged to upgrade to one of these releases as soon as possible. It was routine maintenance, but took few more days than expected.  All websites hosted by the servers, including IRC server were down, not just Blizzplanet.  Our apologies for the downtime.  We will resume our daily news.  Thanks.

Grimwell Forsees Wow Doom Projections?

Grimwell forsees a temporary success of World of Warcraft followed by a decline based on the lifespan of fun the game offers.  Hardcore players reach level 60 under two months, and content is released slowly.  Read the whole article

” World of Warcraft is a tremendously successful game. Its subscriber numbers are reaching peaks that threaten even the lofty Korean Internet Caf? centered Lineage series. Those of you who are stuck behind overloaded servers, don’t despair: I can see WoW’s success as being a very temporary thing.”

Join Blizzard’s Official Diablo Fan Art Contest

If you are a talented artist Blizzard Entertainment invites you to the Diablo Fan Art Contest to show off some of your demonic talents,  The Contest deadline is April 18, and the 10 winners will get a fat loot for rewards including books, games, Comic book, Action Figures and a lithographic art of   Keith Parkinson Limited Edition Diablo II Print.  Read the instructions to submit your artwork.

Origin of the Tauren, Cenarius and Elune

We have added the stories from the Tauren Lore found in-game at the hanging-tablets of the Elders Rise in Thunderbluff.  You may now read the origin of Cenarius, the Tauren and Elune herself.  The story sounds too mythological, but gives a nice twist as to how the Elves changed their believes to worship Elune.  A belief that seems shared with the Tauren’s believes of the Earthmother.  Read the full story at our Wow Lore section or directly to the following page

SCMDraft feature: opening W2 maps.

Quote from: stormcoast-fortress

After the beta site has proven to be a good asset in the continuous fight against bugs creeping into the SCMDraft sourcebase, it is finally time to unveil the newest feature.

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Yes, you will soon be able to load warcraft II BNE maps and edit these in SCMDraft 2, thanks to the similarities between war2 and SC graphics formats.

SCMDraft feature: opening W2 maps.

After the beta site has proven to be a good asset in the continuous fight against bugs creeping into the scmdraft sourcebase, it is finally time to unveil the newest feature.


425 kb

Yes, you will soon be able to load warcraft II BNE maps and edit these
in scmdraft 2, thanks to the similarities between war2 and SC graphics
formats.

Memgraft for patch 1.12B!  (Starcraft)

Quote from: stormcoast-fortress

Stormcoast Fortress is proud to announce the release of an updated Memgraft version with support for Starcraft 1.12B.

Suicidal Insanity said:
“Darkwizzard has officially retired from this project. However, he allowed me to update it.  Please do not ask him for support. He has informed me that he is working on a mac plugin for Memgraft together with BahamutZero which will be released with a mac version of MPQDraft later.”

Download Memgraft 1.12 (PC) here

You may report bugs here, however there are currently no set plans to fix reported bugs. You will
need a Stormcoast Fortress user account in order to report bugs, this
can be created on the Scmdraft beta test site.

From Dark Nemesis:
For those of you who have no idea what memgraft is, it’s a utility used for starcraft mods.  It allows for flexible tech-trees (like warcraft III has)

Blizzard Will Ship 250,000 Copies of Wow to Europe

Blizzard will ship additional 250,000 copies of World of Warcraft through Europe stores on April 15th. The 250,000 new units join the over 620,000 already sold, contributing to a total of nearly 900,000 copies of the PC MMO circulating throughout Europe.

The new copies will contain 10-day Guest Passes, which allow players to lend the game to a friend, who can use the pass to try it for a limited amount of time. The Guest pass will stop working after the 10th day. To continue playing, the Guest must buy the game.  Upon login, his previous guest character will now resume playing.

Blizzard President Mike Morhaime said: “The success of World of Warcraft has proven our belief in Europe as a strong online gaming market. We are delighted to now be in a position to provide more boxes to retail and to welcome more players into the game.”
More details below …

Richard A. Knaak live on WCRadio Tonight

WCRadio will interview Richard A. Knaak tonight Saturday,  April 2 … live on radio at 7:00pm EST / -5GMT.  Make sure to have Winamp or iTunes to listen to the interview by entering the following broadcast URL: http://www.wcradio.com/WoWRadio.pls .  If you miss it, there will be a downloadable broadcast recording.
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Glynnis Talken at Bakersfield, California Tomorrow

Glynnis Talken-Campbell, who performed as Starcraft Kerrigan voice actress, will appear tomorrow Saturday, April 2nd, at the 10th Annual Gathering and Games at Stramler Park in Bakersfield, California.  Drop by the Tea & Sympathy booth between 9:00am and 5:00pm and say hello!  Glynnis will be signing books as usual.  She is a Medieval Romance Book writer besides Voice Actress.  She told me that Blizzard fans are welcome to come.  She is willing to sign any Blizzard poster or items.  Visit the Gathering & Games event website for more Details and directions.  Read the April Newsletter below . . .

Hellgate: London website

After checking different sets of URLs everyday. Over 24 hours ago, the URL was redirecting to Godaddy. Finally today the URL showed the new website for this exciting game.  Shortly, after PCGamer hits newsstands, the site will officially offer content and news.  In the meantime, visit and bookmark the official website at:
http://www.hellgatelondon.com.

Korea Herald: Starcraft started Online Games Industry

The Korea Herald said that South Korea’s online gaming and Internet cafes have expanded thanks to Starcraft over the last 7 years.  From 500 Net cafes in 1998, today over 30,000 Net cafes have spread throughout South Korea.  The huge success of Starcraft led the local game industry to an online games transition.  Korea Herald interviewed Hahn Jung-won, managing director of Blizzard Entertainment Korea, who said—
“A lot of people inside the industry doubted our ability to succeed in the online game segment. However, these are the same people that easily forget that the online game genre itself was started by the success of StarCraft, which allowed users to play against each other on the Internet”.

Blizzplanet Maintenance

As you may notice, Blizzplanet is going to offer RSS News from the Starcraft, Warcraft 3 and Diablo modding community, as well as other fansites and non-Blizzard games making Blizzplanet a News hub where you can be informed of everything Blizzard-games-related at your reach.  Some links are death at the moment.  Bare with us.  DarkNemesis, official Programmer of Blizzplanet, is heavy at work parsing each RSS news.  We will let you know when all are working properly.  We hope that you like the direction Blizzplanet is about to take.  Thanks for your patience and understanding.

World of Burgercraft

Although the following funny parody of World of Warcraft’s latest server issues is about two-weeks old, we decided to share it to those who missed it, and to keep it up for posterity in case that the Wow Forum prune system deletes it. The parody was created by Gilgamesh@@Alleria realm(Level 60 Human Warrior—Guild:  The Lollipop Guild.  This is by far one of the funniest parodies I have ever read.  Specially the analogy of Fangtooth the Murloc and Filet-o-fish.  It got an amazing 51 pages, 1,936 posts and 309,885 views.  Curiosity pays off, so read it and laugh, it will make your morning!  Details below . . .

Wow Lore section update

The book Charge of the Dragonflights located in the Hall of Explorer’s League Library talks about the transformation of the Dragon Aspects when the Titans imbued part of their powers into them.  You can read the book in our World of Warcraft Lore section.

Wow Patch 1.3.1

New Patch 1.3.1 was released today to address certain issues:

  • Fixed a crash bug that would happen infrequently when teleporting

  • Fixed UI error that could occur in certain zones

  • Blizzard: New Wow Downloads section

    The Official World of Warcraft website revamped the Downloads section in a more organized fashion, by categories.  It will be easier to browse the downloads and to find what you wish.  Get familiar with the new Downloads section.

    Blizzard Wow Team also announced a Two-days Extension on your subscription to compensate the downtime caused by the last patch:
    The patch released last Tuesday contained many new features, content, and improvements to World of Warcraft. However, the new patch also contained a few small bugs which caused interruptions in play time for some users. These bugs were quickly identified, and most of them were hotfixed last week. We plan on implementing fixes for the remaining bugs in tomorrow’s maintenance.

    Our team continues to work hard to provide our players with the best play experience possible, and we realize that extended, unscheduled downtime is frustrating. Therefore, all World of Warcraft players will receive a two-day time extension for the downtime caused by last week’s patch. This extension will be added to players’ accounts early this week. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we once again wish you all good luck in your adventures in Azeroth!