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

The unforgiving winter is upon us… a time when resources are scarce and flanks exposed. Call forth the warriors, for there could not be a better time to attack than now. Download Brutal Winter a new Bonus map for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.

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

Alert: Emeriss Green Dragon Removed

This alert is announced to fans so that time is not wasted transporting to the spawning place.  Emeriss the Green Dragon was removed to hotfix certain issues not disclosed by Blizzard.

Tseric: ” The green dragon Emeriss will be temporarily removed from game, as we work to correct an issue with it. We hope to have the creature returned to it’s ornery self as soon as possible”

However, fans are sharing to others what the cause of this exploit was.  Some fans are saying that the Gnomish Engineering item known as the Shadow Deflector was killing the dragon very fast and certain players were exploiting this in farming-mode to loot a few epic gear.  This is not official,  nor confirmed by Blizzard.

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BlizzCon: Battlegrounds Tournaments

BlizzCon, Blizzard’s inaugural gaming convention, will feature a king-of-the-hill tournament on World of Warcraft’s newest battleground: the Arathi Basin.

Players can join as part of a full pre-chosen team, as a small group, or as an individual in a pickup team. After each match, the players on the winning team will keep their seats while the losing team members give up their bank of computers to the next challengers.

In all, there will be three concurrent matches of Arathi Basin going on all day during both days of the convention. The team that retains its status as Kings of the Basin for the most consecutive wins will face the ultimate challenge on each day of the show: a battle against a team of World of Warcraft developers. In addition, there will be other prizes for teams that win multiple consecutive matches.

For full rules and information, click here.

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Jeff Grubb: Pokemon Figure Game

We are nearing a public interview with Jeff Grubb, concerning Warcraft: The Last Guardian.  The interview will take place at our Forum partner RP-PvP.com IRC chat.  I will provide details as soon as they become available.  For now, I wanted to tell fans of Jeff Grubb, of his latest project. This may be exciting to some Pokemon Collectors in Europe and Asia, sans-USA.

So, this morning, 1 AM (local time)/10 AM (in Germany), at the Essen Toy Fair, Pokemon-USA announced that it was releasing a new Pokemon Trading Figure Game in Europe and Australia (Not America, yet). At that time, we also announced the web site for the game, at Pokemon-Figures.com

Did I create this game? No, it was the work of Pokemon TCG creators. Did I do the graphics? Nay, they were the work of Rick, our graphics designer. Did I do the writing? No, that was done through the Marketing Department and edited ably by Mike. Well, how about uploading the entire beast? No, that was done by Eric, our Web Tech Guru.

So what the heck did I do? Monitoring everything that happened, tracking down resources, making corrections, keeping people updated, talking to people, and keeping folk from jumping out of windows as we kept adding features. You know, that management thing.

And I feel pretty accomplished by it all.

More later

If you want to read a funny as heck blog made by Jeff Grubb concerning the theft of his Trash can, go read it here, under October 13-entry.  We also added a new section where you can read a mini-bios and bibliography of Jeff Grubb.

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BlizzCon Sound-Alike Contest

Some lucky BlizzCon-attendees are up for a fun contest at Anaheim Convention Center.  Blizzard has a new contest for the attendees:
“Can you perfectly mimic a whelp’s squeal? Are you a dead ringer for the male Gnome’s voice? Then you just might be a winner in the BlizzCon Character and Monster Sound-Alike Contest! This latest BlizzCon contest is sponsored by Games for Windows and Alienware, and the prizes are out of this world! Five lucky winners will receive Alienware Gaming Notebooks—perfect for playing World of Warcraft on the go! So, if you sound like you belong in Azeroth, let us hear it! Contestants can signup at the show; check the BlizzCon information booth for more details at the event.”

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JOB: Senior Level Designer

Blizzard’s Console Group is looking for a driven, talented and technically savvy level designer to design creative, exciting and cutting-edge levels for StarCraft: Ghost. This person must be a serious video-game addict who loves games and understands how important level design is to the success of any product.

Duties will include designing/developing levels and implementing gameplay scenarios including level layout, event scripting, AI scripting, cut-scene scripting, game balancing and tuning for Xbox, GameCube and PlayStation 2 platforms.

BlizzCon Invitational Pro-Gamers

Blizzard announced the long-awaited list of pro-gamers participating in the BlizzCon Invitational Tournaments. Starting with the Warcraft III tournament list, two players will be announced each weekday on the BlizzCon Invitational Players page. Along with the pro-gamers and their bios, Blizzard will also be announcing the seeding that each participant has received, which will determine whom the first-round opponents will be in these double-elimination tournaments.

Name:
Tae Min Hwang
Country:
Korea
Race:
Orc
Name:
Matthew Anderson
Country:
USA
Race:
Night Elf

Sarah McKerrigan: Medieval Romance

Glynnys Talken had a lot of fun at her last 2005 public book signing presentation.  She is hard pressed now working on her next Medieval Romance book to be on sale by April 2006 under Warner Publishing.  Glynnis was last weekend—through October 8th and 9th—at the Seaside Scottish Games at Seaside Park in Ventura, California.  You can find at our Store section all the Medieval Romance books written by her.  Glynnis provided us with a photo of her book signing at Seaside Scottish Games.

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BlizzCon: Limited-Edition Items Sale

While the BlizzCon goody bag will have a little something for everyone to take home, attendees might still want some loot to share with friends and guildmates who couldn’t make it to the show. With that in mind, we’ve created a variety of limited-edition items that will make their debut at BlizzCon. Please visit the BlizzCon Merchandise page to check out some of this epic BlizzCon gear. These items will all be produced in limited quantities, so be sure to stop by the BlizzCon Store as early as you can at the show…before someone ninja loots everything out from under you!

Malfurion Stormrage is In-Game

A player that has advanced through killing one of the four Emerald Dream dragons made a great discovery.  It seems the Emerald Dream instance isn’t too far from been released.  The dream form of Malfurion Stormrage NPC came before Remulos in the Moonglades to report that C’thun the fifth Old god is the cause of the Nightmare within the Emerald Dream.  We get to discover that Cenarius’ spirit is helping Malfurion in the Emerald Dream—which is a big chance Cenarius NPC will offer quests at some point.  Malfurion also mentions that Illidan has lost his mind after his defeat during his showdown with Arthas.  Read the brief dialogue between Malfurion and Remulos at our Wow Story Arcs section

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The Fifth Old god C’Thun and the Qiraji

The Silithus storyline seems to be among the most epic lorewise to be released in patch 1.8.  One of the quests involves Geologist Laksbane who reads from an ancient script the story of the origin of the Qiraji, revealing that indeed a fifth Old god existed.  This Old god is named C’Thun—creator of the Qiraji.  The Silithid were one of the creatures sprung to life by the Well of Eternity, but used as a tool by the Old god C’Thun to serve as avatars.  The Avatars were known as the Qiraji, who enslaved the Silithid as hosts.  According to War of the Ancients Trilogy novel, three Old gods were imprisoned beneath the ground by the Titans.  In Darkshore, by the Master’s Glaive, can be found the skull of one of the Old gods impaled by a Titan sword.  The revelation of C’Thun—an old god fallen in Silithus—confirms the existence of a fifth god.  Read the full story at our Wow Story Arcs section

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Help WCRadio test BlizzCon P2P Video seed

This coming Tuesday, October 11th, is WoW Radio’s First Birthday!  On our anniversary we will be doing the first live video broadcast test and we need your help. Join irc.wowirc.com #blizzcon before or on Tuesday and be there from 8am – 2pm EST (5am – 11am PST, 1pm-7pm UK time) and you will be able to watch our first live video feed. Download mIRC at http://www.mirc.com and connect to the above channel, or try our Java applet by clicking the button “Chat” on the left side. Once in, type /join #blizzcon to be in our BlizzCon channel, and /nick yournamehere to change your alias.

We are trying to overload the server as much as possible so bring as many people as you can to watch. Viewers with all kinds of connections are welcome as we would like to determine who can and can’t connect using different streams. You will be required to download a special media player that enables you to watch a BitTorrent-based video stream. The stream distributes the load of the live feed amongst many different viewers enabling everyone to watch us at higher resolutions.

Thanks for your paitence and see you Tuesday!

Tigole: Ahn’Quiraj Difficulty

Ever wanted to know how difficult Ahn’Quiraj will be in comparison with other instances?  Tigole explains the difficulty differences between Blackwing Lair, Zul’Gurub and the upcoming raid instances of Ahn’Quiraj by Patch 1.9.  Read below the details:

Blizzplanet: BlizzCon Ticket Winners

Please be patient to get a full list of the fans that won the Free Tickets to BlizzCon after our recent Lore Q&A Contest.  So far I have gotten authorization from two of the three winners to post their In-game Screen-name.  The third one is pending reply:

  • Game name: Amyria (Dalaran Realm)
  • Game name: Borian (Cenarius Realm)
  • Game name: Alumriel (Dragonblight Realm)

Congratulations to the winners.  You will be able to play World of Warcraft Expansion hands-on at BlizzCon =]

Special thanks to everyone who participated in the contest and thanks to Blizzard for providing the tickets to the registered members of the Blizzard Fansites Program.

Wow.Stratic Contest Winners

Ladybeth buzzed us that the winner of their Contest was chosen and won a free ticket to BlizzCon.  Congratz to the winner.  Check out the winner’s screenshot over at Wow.stratics.com

WoW Radio to Broadcast BlizzCon

WCRadio to Broadcast Live Videostream from BlizzCon.  As promised, Blizzard Entertainment made the official announcement of what few days I reported to be a surprise.  WCRadio will transmit a LIVE Videostream broadcast of BlizzCon with the help of Replayers.net from China using Peer-to-peer technology known as ppstream.  Blizzard fans will be able to watch the show live using Windows Media Player.  WCRadio needs to rent 3 Canon XL2 cameras.  If you wish to help WCRadio with few donations you can do so here via Paypal.

Blizzard: “While we wish every player could attend this year’s BlizzCon, we understand that a large number of players will be unable to make the trip. But there is still hope! Blizzard is pleased to announce that WoW Radio will be offering live video feeds of some of the different events at BlizzCon. You can look forward to watching some of the Q&A panels, the costume contest, interviews with Blizzard employees, and several other big events live from your computer. As we head into the last few weeks before the convention begins, please keep checking WoW Radio’s BlizzCon website, for more information.

WoW Radio also airs Shoutcast “Radio Shows” every day that you can listen to from your computer. These talk shows cover the latest news and community discussions about World of Warcraft. Check out their website for running schedules and downloads of their archived shows”

Athalus needs 3 Canon XL2 video cameras.  If you have a business and wish to sponsor WCRadio please contact athalus at [email protected]  A commercial of your business can be run live during the videostream and ad banners in the website can be arranged. World of Warcraft has 4 million paid-subscribers that will be a potential target for any sponsor able to support WCRadio live videostream from BlizzCon

Ohh Noes!!! Blizzard does it Again!

Something strange is happening at Battle.net website.  The page loads a random image with a simple message: 10. 7. 05
Remember the infamous Starcraft: Ghost countdown back on 2002?  This may mean there is a big announcement to be done today!  The HTML page has a hidden message saying: “Get ready!”.  Some fans speculate a new game will be announced, or a new franchise, or a Diablo related game, while others speculate that there will be a new Ladder reset and others say Starcraft: Ghost date release will be announced based on this image
. Here is another variant image with the .999_=1 message.  Below are the Teaser images displayed randomly on reload:

GosuGamers.net has word that Devs are teasing fans over at the Battle.net forums with clues and hints driving them crazy.  Rumor is that Starcraft, Warcraft III and Diablo II will shortly be announced to launch a Nintendo DS version.  We will have to wait late today for the official news.  Keep updated.
Everyone is mind-boggled refreshing Battle.net website all day long to find out!

UPDATE: Very … interesting.  It was all about a new website layout, no new game announcements. 

  (Yunae)
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StarCraft Nominated for the Walk of Game!

Every year, gamers worldwide cast their vote on www.WalkOfGame.com to induct the next set of honorees to receive a steel star on the “Walk of Game,” located in the Metreon entertainment complex in San Francisco, CA. This year, we?re very proud to announce that StarCraft has been included among the esteemed group of classic games and game characters that have been nominated for this honor! We?d like to encourage all gamers to visit the site and vote for any of the nominees that they believe most deserves a star. Voting will be open throughout the month of October.

Current Rankings:
Games/Characters
EverQuest 35.2%
Final Fantasy 30.3%
Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) 25.2%
The Sims 25.1%
Tetris 21.2%
Pac-Man 21.0%
StarCraft 19.9%

Winners announced shortly

Stay tuned for the announcement of winners of the contest held recently.  Three lucky players will win a Free ticket to attend BlizzCon.  I will email winners around 2:30 A.M. EST/-5GMT.

UPDATE (4:28A.M.):  Winners were chosen randomly and emailed.  The winners were submitted to Blizzard Entertainment.  Congratulations! Their screen name and server will be announced soon—if they authorize it to be disclosed.  We wish the winners a lot of fun.  Blizzard just announced that World of Warcraft Expansion hands-on will be possible in BlizzCon.  Special thanks to those not fortunate to win one of the three tickets, for participating in the fun and educating Contest.  I hope everyone enjoyed reading some of the Warcraft lore obtained from in-game quests, Warcraft Novels and Warcraft RPG books.

Ventrillo Mac Version Soon

Ventrillo announced that a release of a mac version is on the horizon.  This news will make many World of Warcraft players happy, including Warcraft 3 and Starcraft players.

The Ventrilo / Macintosh client tech support forum is here pending the official release of the client.  The forum will be activated once the first release is made available.  Thank you for your support and interest in the Mac client.  At the current time we do not have an official release date. Once we do, it will be posted here and possibly some indication on the download page.

WCRadio Sponsorship

WoW Radio currently runs seven shows a week to a highly targeted audience. We have a major event coming up that we require sponsorship for, and would like to make it known that we are open to discussing sponsorship or advertising plans with reputable individuals or companies. If you might be interested in this, feel free to e-mail Athalus at [email protected] as soon as possible.

So far we have purchased our rendering computer. We are still in need of at least one Canon XL2 camera, and ideally one additional computer and camera. We also need a data center that can provide a very fat bandwidth pipe.  If you wish to further support, use Paypal to donate at http://www.wcradio.com/donate.php

NPR radio talks Hakkar Disease

NPR radio featured a topic related to the Blood of Hakkar disease that spread for days in major cities of Azeroth few days ago.  To listen to the radio broadcast click the listen image at the following page:

A recent outbreak of a “plague” in a popular online game has scientists considering how the virtual world may provide clues to what people would do in real-world pandemics. In the role-playing game World of Warcraft, a “corrupted blood” spell killed characters and affected players in unexpected ways.

Wow Expansion [email protected] BlizzCon

The World of Warcraft development team has confirmed that BlizzCon attendees will be able to go hands-on with a playable sneak peek of the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion. For those who won’t be able to attend BlizzCon, please note that gaming magazines hitting newsstands in different regions of the world around the time of the event will feature in-depth previews on the new content we have in store. Click here to learn more about BlizzCon.

We have recently placed some exhibit-only BlizzCon tickets on sale, for those of you who are interested in attending BlizzCon and trying out the World of Warcraft expansion set. See the recent announcement for more information

IMPORTANT: Permanent Forum Ban

Fangthooth posted in all CAPS a very important new Forum Rule for Wow Forums that may cause you to get perma-banned:

We are breaking our own rule by posting the subject line for this in all caps because it is especially important that everyone reads this:

If you post links that ultimately lead to any images of areas in the game that are not yet designed to be accessible by players in the retail version, you will be permanently banned from participating in the World of Warcraft forums

Glynnis: Seaside Scottish [email protected], CA

Glynnis Talken—voice actress of Starcraft Kerrigan and Diablo II Rogue/Kashya—will have her last public presentation before she dedicates to finish her medieval romance book to be Published by Warner on April 2006.  Glynnis recently signed with Warner as new publisher and her new writer seudonym will be Sarah McKerrigan.  You can find her at the Seaside Scottish Games at Seaside Park in Ventura, California.  Glynnis will be there all day Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th at the Tea & Sympathy booth.  Although the event is not Blizzard related, she has told me in the past that all Starcraft and Diablo II fans are more than welcome to show up for a autograph on any poster, game box, or product; a photo or simply to say hello.  Read the Newsletter below:

BlizzCon Exhibit-Only Tickets On Sale

Missed out on the full $120 Show Pass that includes the concert but still interested in checking out the exhibit halls? You’re in luck! We’re now offering Exhibit-Only tickets for BlizzCon at a price of USD $85! An Exhibit-Only ticket entitles you to all the same privileges and access as a regular BlizzCon ticket except for the closing-night concert. You’ll still get your goody bag and access to the exhibit halls, seminars, stores, tournaments, and developers at BlizzCon. If you’d like to take advantage of this limited-time offer, please click here to purchase your BlizzCon Exhibit-Only ticket now

Trial Account Info

There were concerns of cheating of farmers by using Trial versions of World of Warcraft, to which Eyonix responded there is nothing to fear:

Eyonix: “Since there has been some recent confusion concerning the issue, I thought I’d clarify that in order to protect our player base from abuse, we have placed some restrictions on accounts created using the promotional trial version of World of Warcraft that is available through certain magazine publications. Please be aware that these restrictions are only in place during the trial period; players who decide to purchase a retail copy of World of Warcraft and activate their accounts will be able to continue adventuring with the same characters and take full advantage of all features included in the retail version of the game.

During the trial period, characters on the promotional accounts will be able to advance up to level 20 and accumulate up to 10 gold. Use of the auction house and mailbox, player-to-player trade, and access to the in-game chat channels will be unavailable for the duration of the 14-day trial period”