BlizzCon Invitational Video - GGL

BlizzCon Invitational VOD?s (Video on Demand) are now available at http://www.ggl.com/mediaplayer/ – Watch the best StarCraft and WarCraft players from around the world battle it out at the first ever BlizzCon Invitational. These 12 full-length featured matches in Windows Media format include the commentary of Wacksteven, a veteran to World Cyber Games StarCraft coverage, and u5|bunny, a well known WarCraft 3 broadcaster. Videos are available in both streaming and downloadable formats. They include the fantastic finals of Reach vs. Yellow in StarCraft and Grubby vs. Zacard in WarCraft 3.

If you weren?t there to see the action live, you can still be a part of the global experience that was the BlizzCon Invitational!

Blizzplanet: Luke Johnson Public Q&A

New York City, N.Y.—November 1, 2005— Blizzplanet today announces plans for a Public Q&A on IRC Chat with Luke Johnson, Warcraft RPG books Author & Developer, from White Wolf Publishing, Inc.  The Public Q&A will take place on:

Date: Tuesday, November 8
Time: 8pm EST / 5pm PST
Server: irc.stratics.com
Port: 6668
Channel: #rp-pvp

To join the IRC channel—for those in College limitations or not irc-savvy, you may join through Stratics Java applet:
http://chat.stratics.com/content/java/HoC/hoc1start.php

If you have java installed, go there. Type a username. Once stratics server loads few seconds later, type:
/join #rp-pvp

then you are ready. The event starts at 8pm EST or 5pm PST.

IRC Clients
Download Mirc (PC)
Download Ircle (Mac)
Download GeoIrc (Linux)

Blizzard Fansites, RPG/d20 Fansites, Wow RPG & Roleplaying PvP Servers players, and Gaming Networks are invited to come and participate one-on-one with Luke Johnson.  You may contact me here.  Share your comments at the RP-PvP Lore Forums Community.

The public Q&A will focus on the World of Warcraft: The Role Playing Game book released back on July 2005 and the upcoming releases:

World of Warcraft: More Magic and Mayhem
It?s the first supplement for the new World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game book and the first book for which Luke Johnson was the developer from beginning to end. Material is adapted from Blizzard Entertainment’s best-selling Warcraft computer game franchise, with over 19 million copies sold.  It?s currently in production; scheduled release date: November 14th, 2005.

Magic Twists as Gears Turn.  Arcanists and healers weave spells that scour the battlefield. Tinkers craft rifles, bombs and clockwork poultry to decimate their enemies.

  • New Magic and Technology
    • More Magic & Mayhem brims with magic and technology steeped in the Warcraft setting. Heroes hardwire new weapons, research arcane secrets, and call forth mighty creatures to smash their foes. Based on the best-selling World of Warcraft computer game, More Magic & Mayhem contains a wealth of new spells, feats, classes, magic items and technology.
  • New and updated core classes, including the inscriber, runemaster, witch doctor.

  • New and updated prestige classes, including the Argent Dawn crusader, enchanter, geomancer, and steam warrior.

  • Create alchemical brews, enhance your weapons and armor with special enchantments, and harness runic powers.

  • New feats focusing on magic and technology in the Warcraft world.

  • New spells, abilities, magic items and technological devices that enhance, mangle and squawk.

  • Extensive rules for battling in mighty steam armor!

World of Warcraft: Lands of Mystery
This is an upcoming Warcraft RPG book that explores Kalimdor, the South Seas, and Northrend. It’s the first Warcraft book for which Luke Johnson was both author and developer, which has become standard practice. It’s currently in production; scheduled release date: January 2006.

Uncover Warcraft’s Secrets!  Battle across the unexplored continent of Kalimdor. Unearth dead civilizations in chilling Northrend. Hunt evils in the jungles of the Echo Isles. A world of adventure awaits!  A Sourcebook for World of Warcraft: The Role-Playing Game?.

Explores the regions of Kalimdor, Northrend, the Echo Isles, Undermine, and other uncharted regions in Azeroth, from inhabitants to geography to key individuals.

  • New prestige classes (including the South Seas buccaneer), new feats, new monsters, and new magic items appeal to all Warcraft players.
  • Three adventures set in the lands of mystery make this a great game master resource.
  • Designed with extensive input from the creative minds behind Blizzard’s best-selling World of Warcraft computer game and chock full of lore for fans of the online game.

World of Warcraft: The Monster Guide
This is the latest and greatest monster book updated for the World of Warcraft RPG. Approximate release date: March 2006.

The undead Scourge dominates Lordaeron and Northrend. Servants of the insidious Burning Legion summon demons. Naga strike from the depths, and troggs burst from dark places beneath the surface. To carve your name into legend, you must match swords, wits, skill, and spell with these and hundreds of other creatures.

  • Over 200 monsters for use in your World of Warcraft Roleplaying Game.
  • Many monsters suitable for player character races, such as blood elves, Dark Iron dwarves, naga, and pandaren.
  • Includes descriptions and statistics for some of Azeroth?s key villains, such as Baron Geddon, Illidan Stormrage, Lord Kazzak, and Onyxia.
  • Includes full rules on monster abilities, on improving monsters, and on using monsters as heroes and villains.

Alliance Player’s Guide
Glory to the Alliance!  Draw blade and spear to battle the Scourge, the Burning Legion, and the Horde! Keep your eyes sharp and your tongue sharper as you match wits with rival political factions. Bolster the Alliance’s strengths? or prey upon its weaknesses.  A character sourcebook for the World of Warcraft Roleplaying Game?—It’s currently in production; scheduled release date: April 2006.

  • Includes a wealth of detail on the Alliance, including its races and structure.
  • New races, feats, prestige classes, and other game mechanics particular to the Alliance.
  • Information on the Alliance’s history, its leaders, and its current military and political structure.
  • Delve into the details of the Alliance’s races: Explore their society, psychology, and culture.

Horde Player’s Guide
Glory to the Horde!  Grab hammer and axe to crush the Horde’s enemies! Mok’nathal warriors range across new frontiers. Shamans and witch doctors teach their skills to new adepts, and the Horde’s enemies learn of its strengths and strike at its weaknesses. Delve into the Horde’s history, its structure, and its political climate. Discover new races, feats, classes, and technology unique to the Horde. Blood and thunder!  A Character Sourcebook for World of Warcraft Roleplaying Game?—Scheduled release date: June 2006

  • Includes a wealth of detail on the Horde, including its races and structure.
  • New races, feats, classes, and other game elements unique to the Horde.
  • Information on the Horde’s history, its leaders, and its current military and political structure.
  • Designed with creative input from the minds behind the best-selling World of Warcraft computer game.

Gamespot: Starcraft: Ghost

Gamespot got the full hands-on preview of Starcraft: Ghost during BlizzCon’s showcase.  This preview will give fans what they need to understand the Multiplayer concept and the purpose of each Terran and Zerg unit:

“The infantry soldier seems to be as weak as a kitten; his assault rifle doesn’t seem terribly damaging, nor can this character take much damage before he falls over and dies. However, infantry can build stationary turrets that, when placed well, can be highly effective defenses (as well as offensive weapons, when built near enemy spawn points, which is similar to the old real-time strategy tactic of “towering”—building a defensive tower in enemy territory to take advantage of its defensive fire capabilities).”

Why the … Blood Elves with Horde?

This question was answered by Caydiem, Community Manager, and it makes sense.  Blood Elves are the new playable race announced at BlizzCon to come included within World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Expansion:

Caydiem: “Chris Metzen was asked about this very thing in the Lore and Quest Design panel during BlizzCon. This is indeed part of the history, and it hasn’t been forgotten, but ask yourself a similar question: “Why would Tauren ally with the Undead?” That’s a tolerance more than a true “alliance”. The same holds true here.

The bonds keeping the Blood Elves to the Horde are not ones of fellowship. The Horde is the means to an end, a particular purpose that the Alliance has actively fought against in the past. There is some bad blood there, no one denies that, but only through working with the Horde can they access Outland and gain access to the tremendous power there.”

On another post, a fan refered to Thrall, Vol’jin and Cairne as retards, to which Caydiem answered:

Caydiem: “Say there was a new, powerful force in town (and I’m referring to both the Forsaken and the Blood Elves here, in their respective times) with the potential to be either ally or enemy… and you’d only recently re-established your people on a new land and recovered from endless invasions. You’re vulnerable, and increasingly aware of your known enemy gaining in power with each passing day. What do you do with this new force? Ignore it, allowing others to potentially gain even more strength against you? Attack them, making them yet another enemy? Or do you form a tentative and closely-watched alliance with them, bolstering your strength and giving you access to things you didn’t prior while being able to keep a careful eye on them?

Thrall’s no fool. Allying with the Forsaken gave his people a foothold on the Eastern Kingdoms, and he can keep a close eye on any potential… problems they may cause in the future. The Blood Elves are a strong, sophisticated, arcane race with knowledge of Outland as it is now rather than Draenor that was—to go in blindly to new frontiers would be folly.

Do not so quickly dismiss the choices of Thrall, my friend. He may initially seem quite the trusting fool, but he is deeply entrenched in the politics and power plays of Azeroth.”

I want to take the opportunity, now that you are reading.  Sometime during the week, Blizzplanet might be a couple of days offline.  We will give you the scope of why after the site is back.  We are making a bold move to support Azzor’s NoGold Stand.  Confused?  We will tell you when you see us back online.

Why the … Blood Elves with Horde?

This question was answered by Caydiem, Community Manager, and it makes sense.  Blood Elves are the new playable race announced at BlizzCon to come included within World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Expansion:

Caydiem: “Chris Metzen was asked about this very thing in the Lore and Quest Design panel during BlizzCon. This is indeed part of the history, and it hasn’t been forgotten, but ask yourself a similar question: “Why would Tauren ally with the Undead?” That’s a tolerance more than a true “alliance”. The same holds true here.

The bonds keeping the Blood Elves to the Horde are not ones of fellowship. The Horde is the means to an end, a particular purpose that the Alliance has actively fought against in the past. There is some bad blood there, no one denies that, but only through working with the Horde can they access Outland and gain access to the tremendous power there.”

Tigole: Tower of Medivh

Tigole has been pumping out few revelations of future content, from the outcome of the “Missing Diplomat” quest series, down to how many players Tower of Medivh will possibly accomodate.  Indirectly, he does mention there is a programmed Burning Crusade Beta in the way:

Tower of Medivh
Actually, my point was, that we are looking towards doing many 5 man dungeons in the Burning Crusade. As for Karazhan, our current thought is that it would be a 10 person raid. You mention that you hang out with 8 people—I think Karazhan would be well within your reach.  In any event, things will change over time, as we play the Burning Crusade in beta and get a feel for what players want and need.

We’re not going to do anything to deliberately alienate anyone from the game. We try very hard to keep players happy—from casual to hardcore”

Missing Diplomat—King of Stormwind
” This quest line is going to be re-addressed in the future. In patch 1.9, the King has mysteriously escaped from Alcaz”

WCRadio: BlizzCon Coverage

We are relaying to you the message from Athalus and WCRadio:

Athalus: WoW Radio had a successful trip to Blizzcon and we are ready to share some of the footage you might have missed from the show! We plan on releasing around five hours worth of footage, with more on the way later potentially. This footage will include:

  • The welcome speech with Mike Morhaime and Shane Dabiri that gave the world its first look at the expansion pack.
  • Interviews with Blizzard Entertainment Co-Founder Frank Pearce, Community Representative Eyonix, Author Richard A. Knaak and Jeremy Ross, the editorial director from Tokyopop (publishers of the Warcraft Manga).
  • All of the concerts and movies on stage from Friday night.
  • Q&A Professions discussion. The Item and Professions designers discuss Jewelcrafting, “Nexus Crystals” (disenchanted epic items recipes). We also get our first look at the new art for Tier 2 Epics and many of the items that will be in Ahn’Qiraj.

We will probably release more footage than this publicly, but due to the large quantity of video we have (over 32 hours uncut!) we will only be able to professionally release a limited amount within the next week or so. The remaining content will be available shortly after or on our promotional DVD which we will be offering in the near future. The DVD set will include hours upon hours of footage for your consumption!

Until next time, this is Athalus from WoW Radio getting some sleep for once this week! Good night and I will see you Wednesday Night for “Violent Noise”

Medievaldragon: “Guys, I wish you acknowledge the hard and awesome work Athalus and the WCRadio staff have undergone to bring to you videostreaming from BlizzCon for over 15 hours straight of broadcast.  They have spend a lot of resources to get the broadcast online.  This is what I will ask all Blizzplanet loyal visitors:  Please, stay tuned to the BlizzCon DVD that will be released soon by WCRadio and buy it, or you can also donate to WCRadio.  I was behind the scenes talking with Athalus for last 4 weeks, and trying to help them out.  Athalus might kill me for this, but he spent $4,000 out of his pocket to buy a high-end computer to process the videostream and video compression for the non-live stream.  I know he has spent beyond what his credit card could have been able.  So let’s help him out.  We saved over $400 in Blizzard tickets, flight and hotel reservations, food and other expenses.  We could witness some of what the developers said and did at BlizzCon.  It is fair to give back to WCradio some love for their awesome job.  You can donate to WCRadio here:
http://wcradio.com/donate.php

I will update in Blizzplanet any news of when the DVD will be out, and will tell our fans when the downloads are available.  Athalus told me last night on Sunday that they are already uploading stuff.  Some of the videos will be available for download tomorrow Tuesday.  I promised Athalus to run free Ad banners of the DVD sale to show our support.

Blizzplanet: BlizzCon Blog

We have a second part to our BlizzCon Day One coverage which describes the backstage of the event.  This time one of our winners to the Warcraft Lore Contest wrote a small blog of what he experienced and observed at BlizzCon when he arrived.  In case you missed the Contest, we chose three winners randomly from a drawing of fans that answered Lore questions found throughout Blizzplanet’s pages.  The winners got a FREE admission ticket to BlizzCon.  This blog was written by Alumriel @ Dragonblight Realm.

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Community BlizzCon Coverage

Here we have some BlizzCon Coverage material available at fellow fansites:

  • Our buddies at Wow.Stratics let us know of their BlizzCon Coverage with some screenshots of the event.
  • Athalus and WCRadio Team are starting to upload some screenshots, and BlizzCon video downloads will be ready by Tuesday.  For now, Fans can watch some photos of the WCRadio Team with the Gorgeous model disguised as Nova.

 

Blizzplanet: BlizzCon Day One Preview

Blizzard Entertainment made great revelations about their upcoming expansion World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade and Starcraft: Ghost throughout BlizzCon Event.  We wrote a preview of what happened at Blizzcon on Day One, and added some extra info that might be of interest to the fans.  We added the screenshots of the BlizzCon’s Expansion Video Trailer

Blizzcon: 1up hands-on

1up wrote an intersting hands-on preview of Starcraft: Ghost which they played at BlizzCon.  There are many interesting things about playable zerg and gaming dynamics in Multiplayer.

As noted, from our playtime, the Zerg feel a bit more fun than the Terrans—probably because the Terrans are more straightforward (seemingly to ease new players in), and also because the Zerg are so damn fast. It’s a bit difficult to shoot a zergling enemy because they zip around so fast, and when you’re a zergling, it’s relatively easy to run up to someone and just start tearing into them. Hydralisks don’t move as fast as the zerglings, but spitting poison quills (which mess up Terran vision) is pretty cool, and if you score enough kills, you can run’n’gun by playing as the infected marine. Finally, the mutalisk is fun to play, but is also an “advanced” character since it can fly, and there’s a bit of a learning curve to flying (you push in the analog sticks to control ascent and descent).

BlizzCon Movie Contest Winner

BlizzCon Movie Contest set a winner movie :  “The Return: A Warcraft Saga”.  I watched it on the live WCRadio Videostream and it just looks awesome.  You can download it here.  Additionally, Return was Nominated for “Mackie” awards at the Machinima Film Festival 2005 in the categories of Best Direction, Best Writing, Best Editing and Best Off-the-Shelf Machinima.

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Starcraft: Ghost—Zerg playable

Blizzard just announced in the live videostream that Starcraft: Ghost will have playable Zerg characters in the Multiplayer mode:

  • Zergling
  • Hydralisk
  • Mutalisk
  • Infested Terran

We will get you more details when it becomes available.  This info came straight from Mike Morhaime—president of Blizzard Entertainment—in the live videostream held by WCRadio

Wow: Burning Crusade Website Open

It is official, the World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Expansion website is now open.  Take a look at the Video Trailer

Several years have passed since the Burning Legion’s defeat at Mount Hyjal and the races of Azeroth have continued to rebuild their once shattered lives. With renewed strength, the heroes of the Horde and Alliance have begun to explore new lands and broken through the Dark Portal to investigate the realms beyond the known world. Will these heroes find friends or foes? What dangers and rewards lie in wait beyond the Dark Portal? And what will they do when they discover that the demons they thought vanquished have returned to renew their terrible Burning Crusade?

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade is the exciting new expansion to Blizzard’s award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game. It expands the game by tremendous bounds, adding new races, lands, Battlegrounds, professions and items, and more. Here is just a partial list of what you can expect from the World of Warcraft expansion:

  • An increase in the level cap to 70
  • Two new playable races, including the magical Blood Elves
  • New starting zones in Quel’Thalas and beyond
  • The entire new continent of Outland, reachable through the
    Dark Portal

  • Many new high-level dungeons to explore in Azeroth,
    Outland, and elsewhere

  • New flying mounts in Outland
  • Many new and dangerous monsters, including epic world
    bosses

  • Hundreds of new quests
  • Hundreds of new items
  • A new profession: Jewelcrafting
  • Socketed items

Cast your Vote on Starcraft

Earlier this month we posted information about StarCraft’s nomination to the Walk of Game.  StarCraft is now in the running to receive a distinguished steel star on this Metreon landmark. However, the competition is understandably close, as some of the greatest games and game characters of all time are among the nominees. Voting will end on October 31, so we would like to take one more opportunity to ask you to visit the site and cast your vote for the nominees you feel are most deserving of this rare honor.
http://vote.walkofgame.com

WCRadio Videostream from BlizzCon

WCRadio.com will broadcast Live Videostream from BlizzCon through October 28-29. For that matter, Athalus is going to run a test in preparation for tomorrow’s BlizzCon Day 1 Coverage where you can watch developer panels discussing everything about World of Warcraft and Starcraft: Ghost.

UPDATE: Seems the test failed. It wont be a peer to peer broadcast pitifully. He can only serve around 700 people. If you have a relay with 100mbits and ability to relay .wma

contact [email protected]—hes planning to distribute DVDs and can arrange advertising in the live stream and DVD credits for whoever is able to give a hand .

This time you can only use Windows Media Player 10—no other software required. Go to FILE > OPEN URL and type:

mms://206.251.165.130/wcradio

Starts October 28 and 29 around 12pm EST / 9am PST

If your WMP 10 is buffering like crazy go to tools -> options -> performance and set buffer to 60+ seconds

For more info visit WCRadio BlizzCon website

Live tournament coverage from the show floor will begin promptly on Friday at 10:00 AM and then again, for the second and final day of BlizzCon, on Saturday the 29th at 10:00 AM. You can keep up with all of the action at the sites below!

For video coverage: http://www.ggl.com/mediaplayer/
For audio coverage: http://listen.radioitg.com/listen1.pls (WINAMP)
                    http://listen.radioitg.com/listen1.asx (WMP)

Wow: The Board Game Pre-Order Promotion

Board Game collectors will now have a new project to feast on.  Fantasy Flight Games announced a Pre-Order promotion of World of Warcraft: The Board Game where you can choose one of various Limited-Edition Bronze Figures

Blizzard and Fantasy Flight Games revealed a special Pre-Order promotion that will only be available through Bricks and Mortar Retail Stores near you.  Online Stores Do Not apply to this Pre-Order Promotion.  You need to actually go to your local store.

If your local store doesn’t have the Promotion offer, please tell your retail owner to contact Daniel Clark at FFG, either via e-mail ([email protected]) or telephone at (651) 639-1905 x102—so that your local Bricks and Mortar Retail is able to pre-order it for you.

World of Warcraft players can now pre-order World of Warcraft: The Board Game from either the Fantasy Flight online store, or their friendly, local brick-and-mortar game store. By preordering, players will receive an exclusive bronze figurine of the character of their choice (while supplies last) and a gorgeous poster of a map of Lordaeron, the region in the world of Warcraft where the board game takes place. For more information about the board game and the pre-order promotion, check out the World of Warcraft: the Board Game web site.

BlizzCon Event Schedule and Floor Plan

Have a look at the BlizzCon Event Schedule for a complete list of all the activities lined up for BlizzCon through October 28-29, as well as the times and locations at which they’ll be taking place. In addition, you can check out the BlizzCon Floor Plan to get a sense of how to navigate your way from one attraction to the next.

Jonathan Davis of Korn at BlizzCon!

World of Warcraft player Jonathan Davis—Vocals and Bagpipe of Korn—fresh off a European tour to promote the band?s upcoming album See You on the Other Side (http://www.korn.com), will be the judge of the BlizzCon Original Song Contest sponsored by Creative Labs and FilePlanet. The five songs that receive the most votes will be played live for BlizzCon attendees during the Cocktails and Contests event, which starts at 7:00 PM PDT at the Anaheim Convention Center this Friday. JD will choose the grand prize winner, who will receive an autographed Ibanez K7 guitar and Creative GigaWorks ProGamer G500 speaker system.

Wow RPG: Monster Guide Announced!

White-Wolf has announced an upcoming RPG book to display most of World of Warcraft monsters and denizens to be up to date with the current MMO setting.  The World of Warcraft RPG: Monsters Guide is coming on sale very soon.  Additionally, a release date for both Alliance Player’s Guide and Horde Player’s Guide was revealed:

Hello, ladies and gentlemen!

Can’t find the Manual of Monsters? Feeling like it doesn’t do today’s Warcraft critters justice? Well, no worries, for in a few short months you can get your hands of the World of Warcraft RPG Monster Guide!

I’m pretty excited about this book, as I’ve wanted to do a new monster book for a long time. The Monster Guide is your one-stop spot for monsters in the WoW RPG. Here’s some publicity-type info:

Brave Azeroth?s Denizens
The undead Scourge dominates Lordaeron and Northrend. Servants of the insidious Burning Legion summon demons. Naga strike from the depths, and troggs burst from dark places beneath the surface. To carve your name into legend, you must match swords, wits, skill, and spell with these and hundreds of other creatures.

A sourcebook for the World of Warcraft Roleplaying Game?
? Over 200 monsters for use in your World of Warcraft Roleplaying Game.
? Many monsters suitable for player character races, such as blood elves, Dark Iron dwarves, naga, and pandaren.
? Includes descriptions and statistics for some of Azeroth?s key villains, such as Baron Geddon, Illidan Stormrage, Lord Kazzak, and Onyxia.
? Includes full rules on monster abilities, on improving monsters, and on using monsters as heroes and villains.

You heard it here first, folks! The scheduled release date is March 2006. As we draw closer to it, expect one or two previews of the ToC variety.

Speaking of schedules…

Alliance Player’s Guide: April 2006

Horde Player’s Guide: June 2006

Luke Johnson
WoW RPG Developer

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Wow Patch 1.8.1 released

A small patch was released by Blizzard addressing few Battlegrounds and User Interface issues.  Those expecting patch 1.9 will have to wait.  Blizzard recently announced that the new patch that will introduce Ahn’Qiraj instance for 20 players and 40 players raids will take a bit longer than usual to be released.  In the mean time, below you have minor fixes added to patch 1.8.

Tigole (Quest Designer Jeff Kaplan)
“We’re busy working on Patch 1.9. Patch 1.9 is going to be one of our biggest content updates to date featuring not one, but two raid zones. The Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj (20 person raid zone) will be on par with Zul’Gurub in difficulty, perhaps slightly harder (but not by much). The Temple of Ahn’Qiraj (40 person raid zone) is absolutely massive, and will be around the same difficulty level of Blackwing Lair. Some of the earlier monsters in the 40 person area might be slightly easier than BWL but as guilds progress to the end, they’ll find a zone on par with BWL.

We’re also hard at work on a pretty epic world event that will lead to the opening of the gates of Ahn’Qiraj. More information will be coming out about this from our community team in the near future. Needless to say, it’s going to be cool =].

Because of the sheer scope of what we’re going to include in 1.9.0 the development cycle might take slightly longer than the 1.8.0 cycle”

Patch Notes below:

BlizzCon: Richard A. Knaak Book Signing

Richard A. Knaak send word that he was invited by TOKYOPOP, & SIMON & SCHUSTER pocketbooks to participate in book signings at BlizzCon in Anaheim, California.  Make sure to bring your Warcraft; Day of the Dragon, War of the Ancients Trilogy or Warcraft Manga, or any other pocketbook for a book signing.

Richard A. Knaak takes the chance to let fans know that War of the Ancients: The Sundering is available in paperback now.  And reminds Diablo II fans that DIABLO: MOON OF THE SPIDER will be out by December 2005, featuring Zayl the Necromancer.  We will have the bookcover artwork soon.

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BlizzCon Will Call Hours Announced

Blizzard announced the will call registration hours for BlizzCon. Registration envelopes will be available for pickup at the registration booth in the Anaheim Convention Center beginning Wednesday, October 26 and continuing to Saturday, October 29. The registration booth is located in the Hall A lobby and is open from 11:00 AM PDT to 7:00 PM PDT on Wednesday and Thursday and from 9:00 AM PDT to 6:00 PM PDT on Friday and Saturday.

Present the credit card used to purchase your online order and receive your BlizzCon badge, souvenir gift card, and concert voucher for any concert tickets you purchased. In order to redeem those concert vouchers for actual concert tickets, you will have to visit the concert window at the Arena Box Office, which is located next to the convention center and is open Thursday from 11:00 AM PDT to 7:00 PM PDT, Friday from 10:00 AM PDT to 10:00 PM PDT, and Saturday from 10:00 AM PDT to 8:00 PM PDT. When you hand in your voucher, you will be given a ticket with an assigned seat. Group seating is not guaranteed, but please note that if you wish to sit with a group of friends, you must all redeem your vouchers together, at the same time

Blizzplanet congratulates our 3 BlizzCon Contest Winners who will get their badges at the Will Call sometime next week.

  • Amyria (Dalaran Realm)
  • Borian (Cenarius Realm)
  • Alumriel (Dragonblight Realm)

Hallow’s End

When the decorations of Hallow’s End light up Azeroth’s cities, you know there’s mischief afoot! Seek special vendors in Orgrimmar or Ironforge and get your hands on treats! Aid a sick orphan in a little trick-or-treating! Deathcaller Yanka, attending the Forsaken’s Wickerman Festival, and Sergeant Hartman of Southshore are seeking your aid in keeping the enemy out of their holiday affairs—are you up to the challenge?

Be sure to visit the In-Game Events page of the Community section for screenshots!

Halloween Contests!

Pumpkin-Carving Contest!
October’s longstanding tradition is upon us! Every year, Blizzard encourages legions of gamers to attack countless pumpkins with sharp utensils in the name of art, and this year is no exception. Take inspiration from any Blizzard game you like and carve your pumpkin in the theme of that game.

Halloween Screenshot Contest!
All Hallow’s Eve is almost upon us, and the inhabitants of Azeroth are reveling in their own frightful festivities! It?s time to polish the lens of your Super Snapper FX and capture those monstrous moments.

Winners of both contests will receive:

  • One Copy of World of Warcraft
  • A six month subscription of “game time” to the World of Warcraft gaming service applied to the World of Warcraft account of their choosing.

BlizzCon: Exhibitors List Revealed

BlizzCon is about more than just the games. It’s also about the hardware, accessories, and gaming lifestyle. The exhibitors we?ve partnered with for BlizzCon will be there to celebrate all aspects of gaming culture. Exhibitors ranging from NVIDIA to Intel to Games for Windows and more will be on hand with their latest gaming products. Come to their booths to see hands-on demonstrations, win prizes and promotions, and purchase their products at the show. Among the exhibitors are Tokyopop, Newegg, Pocketbooks, Western Digital, Logitech, Penny-Arcade, Zboard, Fantasy Flight Games, Brady Games, Creative Labs, and Upperdeck. Click here to view the full exhibitor list.

Warcraft III Bonus Map - Brutal Winter

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Teamspeex: Voice Chat for Mac OS X

NOTE:  Seems the source has bandwidth problems … and no wonder, every Mac OS X user craves for a Teamspeak compatible Voice Chat client.  Check out later.  Hopefully he finds mirrors.

A programmer has announced an open beta for his new creation named Teamspeex for Mac OS X users.  The product is not related to the Teamspeak developers, but by an independent programmer who got tired of waiting for the Mac OS X version of Teamspeak which has been on hiatus for a year, so he is developing his own version which is compatible with Teamspeak servers.  I suggest running a anti-virus scan just in case, but it seems exciting for the Mac OS X community that needs a Voice chat alternative for their Gaming experience.

Wondering what TeamSpeex is? I?m happy to tell you but first I?ll explain what TeamSpeak is:

TeamSpeak is a Voice over IP program used by alot of gamers to communicate with each other with voice. The TeamSpeak client is available for Windows and Linux users and an official Mac client has been announced more than 1 year ago but there is still no Mac client as of today.. 🙁

So I was tired of waiting and seeing Mac users being left in the dark and not supported by not having a client, up until now ofcourse because (you probably already guessed it) TeamSpeex is a TeamSpeak client for Mac OS X!

I named it TeamSpeex because it only supports the Speex codec. smile It is fully compatible with existing TeamSpeak servers, and with PC and Linux users.

BlizzCon: Fundraising for Wow Radio

We are just below 2 weeks from BlizzCon.  I ask all Blizzplanet visitors to please consider donating via PayPal to Wow Radio.  What Athalus is pulling off is a Live Peer-to-Peer Videostream from BlizzCon where fans can benefit of watching and listening to the Dev Panels talk about the World of Warcraft Expansion and Starcraft: Ghost.  You will be able to watch fans playing the Expansion at BlizzCon.  The donations are to help Athalus buy a Canon XL2 Video Camera for the Live transmission.  He already paid out of his pocket some $4,000 in a high-end computer with the sole purpose of high-speed video transmission.  If you have a reputable Business and wish to buy Advertising space from both the Live videostream and Wow Radio website and future radio shows, you are welcome to donate in exchange of Advertising space.  Read the official BlizzCon news concerning this video coverage.

If you have no Business, you can still donate via Paypal to Wow Radio at the following link:
http://www.wcradio.com/donate.php

You can also buy the official Wow Radio T-shirt to help the fundraising:
http://www.wcradio.com/buyshirt.php

Or the Wow Radio Store:
http://www.wcradio.com/store.php