World of Warcraft Reaches 5 Million Customers

More and more players join World of Warcraft every day, and believe it or not, Blizzard has hit yet another million.  Not bad for first year, huh!  Read the Press Release

Following World of Warcraft’s launch last month in the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, we’re proud to announce that Azeroth is now the stomping ground of choice for more than five million customers worldwide. Click here to see our new press release detailing the game’s latest achievement. We sincerely thank all of the players around the world who have helped us bring each individual World of Warcraft realm to life over the past year.

Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness Ten-Year Anniversary

Ten years ago, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness was released. It quickly became Blizzard?s first #1-selling title and went on to help shape the direction of our company. To celebrate the game’s 10-year anniversary, we have created a page commemorating some of Warcraft II’s achievements. Click the link in the previous sentence for a glimpse into Warcraft’s past and a look at some of the reviews and articles written about the game over the last decade.

Is World of Warcraft a Failure?

A World of Warcraft player made his voice heard by a Blizzard Representative, Eyonix, who replied.  It is common to find in the Official forums many fans that share the same thoughts. However, not everyone’s opinion agree.  Eyonix made a lengthy statement concerning his point of view surrounding World of Warcraft’s current status and future plans.

Source: Wow Forums

Link might be pruned in few days

Blizzplanet: Upper Deck Interview Soon

We have a preliminar acceptance to a Public Q&A with Upper Deck—according to Don Williams, Upper Deck PR Manager.  We are awaiting to set a day/time schedule with Claudine Ricanor—Sr. Public Relations Specialist—to talk about the upcoming release of World of Warcraft Upper Deck Trading Cards.

We know many fans are expecting this new Trading Cards, and wish to know everything about its features, specially some info on the special codes that will allow players to have unique changes to their in-game characters of World of Warcraft MMORPG. But let’s not go too ahead. We don’t know how much info we might be able to squeeze out.  Blame the infamous NDAs.

On another note, our apologies in advance for the delay on the Public Q&A with Jeff Grubb—writer of Warcraft: The Last Guardian. He is been busy lately according to his blogsite. Recently he was affected by the flu, as well. Cold weather FTW.

DriveThruRPG affiliates have granted us 4 World of Warcraft RPG Ruleset ebooks to giveaway in a contest to our fans and visitors.  We will gonna figure out a contest pretty soon.  I’m withholding these until I get to iron out a date/time with UpperDeck. Stay tuned for any updates on the Upper Deck Public Q&A and a possible Contest.

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WC3Campaigns is Back: New Administration

Few weeks ago, a message on the main page of WC3Campaigns confirmed the official death of the community, which would no longer be hosted or be active.  However, in the backstage, former members of the Modding Community have been at wide lengths trying to save as much of the forums database and content to relaunch the Modding Community under new administration.  Comment is that the former leaders won’t have administrative access to the Admin Panel nor IRC Channel.  The website is now hosted in a different server not controlled by former leaders. Since the site was officially declared death, the content was out for grabs to anyone that wished to carry the torch.  With new flame and new life, the Mod Community of WC3Campaigns seems to aim new and fresh goals.  The new Community is located at a different domain name: http://www.wc3campaigns.net

Welcome to Wc3Campaigns!!

After nearly a month of hard work, Wc3Campaigns is back online and ready to go. However one might say that Wc3campaigns has been down for nearly seven months; after Draco, Wc3Campaigns former administrator, moved to his VE system from the old vB3 system. During this move many users were lost and the community as a whole began to fall apart. Then, toward the end of November, Draco finally gave up and announced officially that Wc3Campaigns was to die. Within hours posts appeared on all the major Warcraft III message boards, and e-mails started flying. The original Wc3Campaigns staff came together and made the decision, it was time for a change.

This change has occurred in many ways, not only the obvious changes in the board?s systems, but in attitude as well as in a sense of mind. The staff has been changed slightly, but with the new administration Wc3Camaigns hopes to bring back the old, fresh sense off Warcraft III modding. The attitude of Wc3Campaigns? staff has changed, and will continue to change and adapt. With all these additions, the administration is confident that Wc3Campaigns will be restored.

Much skepticism has been brought about the return of Wc3Campaigns, and most is justifiable. However the staff vow to prove that Wc3Campaigns can and will meet all the standards it should have long ago. Welcome to the rebirth of Wc3Campaigs, welcome to a friendly community where you can learn and teach, welcome home.

—Tim
Site Director

GameCam Upgrade 1.3.0.3

GameCam is our software of choice for recording movies of World of Warcraft.  It allows you to record uninterrupted, offers a real-time onscreen viewer, and saves to WMV format. It was updated recently to version 1.3.0.3

Game Cam has been updated to build 1.3.0.3 to correct an issue with Profile Manager where remapping the Interface hot key to ?none? made Game Cam inoperable in-game. We also corrected a minor issue that affected some OpenGL games. Game Cam no longer generates an error after recording for more than 4 minutes. Game Cam Lite is now corrected and has been added to the downloads page. See the change log on the downloads page for a complete list of changes/updates

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Patch 1.9: Test Server Shutdown

It’s Official. Wow Test Servers Shutdown today.  Will Patch 1.9 go live next Tuesday’s Maintenance Schedule? We will have to wait and see.

Hortus: ” The Test Realm shutdown concludes this phase of public PTR testing of the 1.9 patch.

We would like to thank all of those that participated in the testing of this patch and for all of the amazing feedback. Our design team has received invaluable information from the forums, through emails, and from shadowing guilds in Ahn’Qiraj. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.”

Feast of the Winter Veil Preview

Blizzard released a preview of the Feast of the Winter Veil content for this year.  The Feast of Winter Veil has once again come to Azeroth! In addition to the quests and fun that were available last year, there are all-new activities and goodies. You can now have Reindeer Mounts, shapeshift into a Snowman, and more.

XFire & Blizzard’s Wow Movies Contest

Are you an aspiring filmmaker? If so, you’re in the right place! The World of Warcraft Movie Contest sponsored by Xfire is a great way for up-and-coming directors to show off their moviemaking skills. We’re looking for players to create movies, set in Azeroth, in three main categories: Dance, Comedy, and Drama. The content requirements for the movies are open-ended, as long as they’re created in game.

This contest runs from December 14, 2005 to January 21, 2006. Five prizes, such as Xbox 360 Premium game consoles, XFX GeForce 7800 GTX video cards (PCI-Express), and Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum sound cards, will be awarded for each of the three categories listed above. In addition, 10 prizes will be awarded for special categories, including: Best Picture, Best Dialog, Best Editing, and Best Music. Check out the rules Here.

We recommend downloading GameCam to record Movies directly from World of Warcraft. You can toogle GameCam On-screen Viewer by pressing \ + F4  and you can start and stop recording by pressing \ + F12 button.  You can customize the function buttons.  Windows Users may go to START> Video> Windows Movie Maker to edit the movie file.

From XFire:

Blizzard Entertainment and Xfire are very proud to present the world’s
largest ever machinima contest with over $10,000 in prizes from AMD,
Hypernia, Creative Labs, XFX, D-Link, Corsair, ZBoard and ?Time Games!

Are you ready to make history and create the best World of Warcraft
movies ever?

The contest involves entrants producing movies using the Blizzard
Entertainment MMORPG World of Warcraft game engine to create imaginative
movies in the three main categories of Dance, Comedy and Drama. Six
prizes will be awarded for each category. An additional Twenty prizes
will be awarded in special categories including Best Music, Best Dialog, Best Action Scene, Best Pun or Line, and Best Editing and Special
Effects. A special prize from Hypernia will also be awarded to a
selected movie. Entries must be submitted by January, 21st 2006.
You will find here all the information about the contest: rules,
categories, prizes… http://www.xfire.com/xf/wowcontest.php

Cheers,

Frederic Descamps-  Business Development & Marketing

Warcraft 2: Alliance & Horde Flags

Doing follow up on our new Warcraft II Content for lore purposes as background for World of Warcraft, we have added content from the Game Manual, showing the flags, colors, leaders/chieftains of each faction within the Alliance and Horde. Check it out Here. Enjoy!

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Warcraft III Patch 1.20b

Blizzard released a new update for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Frozen Throne, rising it to patch 1.20b.  If you have Only Reign of Chaos download it Here.  If you have Frozen Throne, download it Here. International versions for PC/Mac available at the links provided.

FIXES

  • Fixed a crash that could happen in multiplayer games.

CVG: Burning Crusade Interview

Computers & Video Games Magazine Online interviewed Shane Dabiri concerning the upcoming World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade expansion.  Although no further new details were revealed, there was a small bonus that clears up what Jewelcrafting Profession will be about:

CVG: What types of buffs/powers will jewels created in Jewelcrafting offer, and will powers from jewels put in sockets be on top of base buffs given by these items?

Shane Dabiri: We’re still examining how buffs offered by jewels will work with regard to those given by the socketed items themselves. Also, we’re not quite ready to get into the types of buffs that jewels will offer; however, it’s important to note that jewelcrafters will use jewels to create rings, trinkets, and necklaces, so you can begin to imagine some of the ways in which they’ll be very important to their fellow players.

Warcraft II: The Dark Portal Content

We have added the Campaigns Lore from Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal—where you can read that Khadgar, Alleria, Kurdran, Turalyon and Danath escaped through one of the Portals before Draenor collapsed.  Blizzard Entertainment’s President Mike Morhaime commented at BlizzCon that the Heroes would be in the World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Expansion. As previously announced, we are presenting this lore from:

… in the waking of an upcoming Public Q&A with Jeff Grubb—Author of Warcraft: The Last Guardian.  This official novel pocketbook tells the story of Medivh—which covers the happenings within the Tower of Kharazhan, located at Deadwind Pass, during the First and Second Wars. Thus, It is important for all fans to read our content(left menu) and to read Warcraft: The Last Guardian to prepare lorewise for the World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Expansion.  You can purchase the book Here

Be ready to prepare questions for Jeff Grubb, as you might be able to ask him on IRC chat soon.  A definite date/time will be announced during December.

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans Content

We started adding new content from Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, the first in the Warcraft series, released by Blizzard Entertainment back on 1994-1995.  The first content is the Horde Campaign and the Game Manual Lore. Tomorrow, the Human Campaign will be added along with some screenshots and info from the Game Manual. Enjoy, and hope it brings nostalgic memories to the old veterans!

Feel free to post your comments or petition in the forum.

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Community: Samods Pact of Vengeance

Blizzard have announced the winners of their cinematic contest over at their mod site.

SAVAGE Administrator Lavarinth, as well as music by our very own resident composer Melda, was featured in King Klear’s Pact of Vengeance, which received an honourable mention! Congrats to both.

Read more details Here.
Download Pact of Vengeance Here into your Warcraft III Maps directory.
Jason Hayes—Blizzard Music Composer—congratulated the winner on his personal website

Voodoo Extreme: Favorite Fansites Poll

Voodoo Extreme(IGN) will start a new Poll titled “What is your Favorite Fansite”. They are asking players to submit their favorite fansites to pick candidates for the poll.  If you consider Blizzplanet among your favorite fansites you visit often, feel free to submit us to them in their Comments Page.

Starcraft won Walk of Game Star

Starcraft recently won the Walk of Game Award recognizing the best legends in the video games industry. A star to Starcraft will be unveiled later during 2006 at the Metreon Building in San Francisco. Since its debut in 1998, the #1-selling StarCraft series has won industry acclaim and has shattered sales records worldwide with over nine million copies sold. Blizzard continued the series with the critically acclaimed StarCraft: Brood War?, which won multiple Expansion Pack of the Year awards and is still considered by many critics to be one of the best add-on products to date.

Walk of Game is the first-of-its-kind landmark honoring the icons and pioneers of the videogame industry.

Walk of Game is located inside Metreon, a 350,000 square-foot entertainment complex at Fourth and Mission Streets in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

Every year, gamers worldwide cast their vote on http://www.WalkOfGame.com to induct the next set of honorees to receive a permanent 24″x 24”, customized steel star on the Walk of Game. From the list of nominees, the top four in the category of Games/Characters and the top two in Lifetime Achievement will be inducted.

The list of nominees is compiled from a survey of industry members and technology, entertainment, and gaming media. SCA Interactive, a leader in online promotions, powers the Walk of Game voting interface.

Public Q&A Transcript: Wow RPG Books

We have added the recent Public Q&A Transcript with Luke Johnson, from White Wolf, concerning the newest World of Warcraft RPG books line. To find out more details of the upcoming books, read the transcript:

  • World of Warcraft: Lands of Mystery
  • Wow: More Magic & Mayhem
  • Wow: Monster Guide
  • Wow: Alliance Player Guide
  • Wow: Horde Player Guide

Lore Analysis: The Skull of Gul’dan

We are soon adding content from Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal and previous Warcraft games.  Playing through Beyond the Dark Portal, something interesting caught my attention.  I want to share this tidbit.  This could explain why Illidan being so powerful with the Skull of Gul’dan—was defeated by Arthas. Read the whole details

New Starcraft: Ghost: Nova novel pocketbook

Blizzard Entertainment and Simon & Schuster, inc. will introduce in 2006 a new novel pocketbook in the Starcraft series, prequel to the upcoming Starcraft: Ghost game. The new book Starcraft: Ghost: Nova will be written by Keith R.A. DeCandido.  You may find it in our pocketbooks section.

New Novel: Wow: Cycle of Hatred

Cycle of Hatred
Cycle of Hatred

Blizzard Entertainment and Simon & Schuster, inc. will bring to the fans of World of Warcraft the first series of pocketbooks for the MMORPG-based setting—written by Keith R.A. DeCandido, a veteran writer of Star Trek, Andromeda and Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel books.  You may pre-order it from our Pocketbooks store

The Burning Legion has been defeated, and eastern regions of Kalimdor are now shared by two nations: the orcs of Durotar, led by their noble Warchief, Thrall; and the humans of Theramore, led by one of the most powerful mages alive—Lady Jaina Proudmoore.

But the tentative peace between orcs and humans is suddenly crumbling. Random attacks against Durotar’s holdings suggest that the humans have renewed their aggression toward the orcs. Now Jaina and Thrall must avert disaster before old hatreds are rekindled—and Kalimdor is plunged into another devastating war. Jaina’s search to uncover the truth behind the attacks leads her to a shocking revelation. Her encounter with a legendary, long-lost wizard will challenge everything that she believes and illuminate the secret history of the world of…

PRODUCT DETAILS

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star (January 31, 2006)

New StarCraft: Ghost Trailer

Check out a brand new trailer from StarCraft: Ghost featuring new single-player and multiplayer footage from the game. If you?ve ever wondered why the Terran Ghost is considered to be the deadliest commando in the Terran armed forces, you?ll want to be sure to watch this trailer. In it, Nova infiltrates a Terran compound and wreaks havoc throughout their facilities, commandeering multiple vehicles such as the new Grizzly transport, the formidable Arclite siege tank, and even a Terran marine power suit. Check out this all new footage here.
Also click here to check out 26 all new screenshots.

New Wow Realms & Transfers

Blizzard announced the opening of four new realms where you can start a fresh community:

Aegwynn PVP
Akama PVP
Chromaggus PVP
Draka PVE

There is also new transfers available:

Tichondrius > Kalecgos
Illidan > Ursin
Sargeras > Detheroc

These transfers will be available at the normal time, 3:00AM-3:00PM PST, until December 7, at 3:00PM.

Realm-to-realm character transfers are offered in order to alleviate queue times and overpopulation. If you’re not satisfied with your realm’s performance, moving to a realm with a lower population can make your play experience more enjoyable.

Ex-Diablo Launch Hyporeal Games

Ex-employees of Blizzard North, involved in Diablo franchise, have launched their own Game Developer Studio under the name Hyporeal Games.  They are already developing a new game named Starfall.  Michio Okamura was Art Director and Lead Artist—created all characters visuals of Diablo and Diablo II, including how Diablo looks like.  Eric Sexton – game designer that worked with Okamura’s art, animating in computer most of the NPCs, and co-creator of the Random Item system. Finally Steven Woo—designer of Diablo and Diablo II User interface and responsible for localization work for game release and patching. The Blizzard legacy has sprung many new Game Studios: Red 5 Studios, Nihilistic, Flagship Studios, Castaway Entertainment, and others.

Their game seems to be focused on a futuristic RPG-based scenario for PC.  No further info was made available.

Diablo II: Moon of the Spider Book

Diablo: Moon of the Spider
Diablo: Moon of the Spider

Sometime ago, Richard A. Knaak told me that Diablo: Moon of the Spider would be available by December.  Guess what?  It is here and awaiting you! Featuring Zayl the Necromancer.  You can order it by clicking the image.

Blizzard Entertainment and Simon & Schuster, inc. launched the newest book in the saga of Diablo II novel pocketbooks, Diablo: Moon of the Spider—written by Richard A. Knaak, New York Times Best-selling Author

Since the beginning of time, the angelic hosts of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in a struggle for the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now come to the mortal realm…and neither Man nor Demon nor Angel will be left unscathed….

DIABLO

Driven by nightmares to the ruins of a mysterious tomb, Lord Aldric Jitan hopes to awaken a terrible evil that has slept since the fall of Tristram. Drawn by the growing darkness in the land, the enigmatic Necromancer, Zayl, stumbles upon Jitan’s plot—unaware that one of his own brethren has set these dire events in motion. Now, as the celestial Moon of the Spider rises, the nefarious demon, Astrogha, prepares to unleash his minions upon Sanctuary.

MOON OF THE SPIDER

An original tale of swords, sorcery, and timeless struggle based on the bestselling, award-winning M-rated computer game from Blizzard Entertainment. Intended for mature readers.

Ahn’Qiraj: Ossirian Movie & Preview

Last night I played Ahn’Qiraj instance in a 20-players raid and we faced many interesting bosses.  Here you have a 1-minute video of our fight with the Egyptian-Ossiris-god-like Boss Ossirian, screenshots and a few strategies for starters.  Check out our preview & movie

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Tigole: Grim Batol Instance

Grim Batol hasn’t been mentioned in ages, but I wanted to share some quotes from Tigole back when Wow Beta Forums was online.

Tigole – Dec 7, 2003
The eastern section of Wetlands is reserved for a special, max level quest event. The event is not currently in the beta.

For those of you interested with the lore of that area, read the novel, Day of the Dragon. That’s Grim Batol at the top of the hill there… You can also see the wrecked orc caravan >=]

Tigole – Dec 3, 2003
The locked doors to Grim Batol lie at the top of the red dragon gauntlet in northeastern Wetlands. This is the one area of the Wetlands that is not yet populated with creatures. We have very specific plans for this area >=)

For those of you familiar with Warcraft lore, you’ll notice the remains of the orc caravan which the red dragon flight destroyed in *Day of the Dragon* not far from Grim Batol.

Hopefully we get more updated info of Grim Batol.  This is one of the few instances that a Dev dared to speak during Closed Beta, yet no further info was revealed.  Other places mentioned to be in development were Nazjatar, and the Emerald Dream.

Get the novel Warcraft: Day of the Dragon—by Richard A. Knaak.

Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness

Finally got Warcraft II Battle.net Edition.  I have added the Horde Campaign of Tides of Darkness on our left menu under Warcraft II Section.  After I’m done with the Alliance Campaign sometime tonight, I will resume adding Frozen Throne’s Alliance and Undead Campaigns.  While doing that, I will start playing the Beyond the Dark Portal game to bring you its campaigns too.

This may take a while to do, so bear with me.  For now it will be only text.  Later on, I will update images.  I already ordered Warcraft: Orcs and Humans—so expect that one too at some point.