Developers to fight players in Battlegrounds

Blizzard Developers won three of their four matches last week, and they are ready to jump into the Warsong Gulch Battlegrounds again! Blizzard’s Warsong Outriders (yes, Horde again) will be queueing up on the Honor Contest US Public Test Realm from 4:00PM to 6:00PM PST on Friday, March 17. The time to level is now—The devs will be waiting for you in the Gulch!

Starcraft: The Board Game

Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new Starcraft Board Game. Following the success and popularity of the Warcraft and World of Warcraft board games, we are very pleased to announce the release of an epic board game based on Blizzard Entertainment?s classic Starcraft computer game. This will be one of our big box games, in the tradition of Twilight Imperium, Descent: Journeys in the Dark, and World of Warcraft: the Board Game. It features a large central game board depicting the Starcraft galaxy, as well as nine separate smaller boards that each represent a specific planet in the Starcraft universe. Players will control the familiar Terran, Protoss, or Zerg space and ground units in a bid for domination of these nine worlds. The combat system is fast and diceless, featuring an innovative mechanic that utilizes transparent plastic game cards. The game will feature dozens of beautifully sculpted plastic figures, dozens of cards, lots of high-quality cardboard tokens and markers, a large game board and several mini-boards, and all of the other great components that pack our epic-size games. Starcraft: The Board Game is scheduled for release in October.

World of Warcraft: Shattered Kingdom Board Game

Fantasy Flight Games announced the development of World of Warcraft: Shattered Kingdoms Board Game as an expansion to the core board game.  The new expansion is slated to be out by Summer 2006.  It is currently in development and playtesting. Once it is available we will add it to the store.  The release of an expansion, suggests the first edition is selling very well. You can find the first edition Here

“This enormously popular board game also gets two expansions this year. The first, Shattered Kingdom, is due in July and features hundreds of new cards, both expanding the original game and introducing a few new concepts. A new item deck rewards characters with exciting trinkets and artifacts. A new quest deck puts a bounty on independent creatures, rewarding characters who defeat them. Each class deck also receives 10 new powers and 10 new talents, further developing each character’s arsenal of unique abilities and customizability. Each Overlord also receives special cards that are shuffled into the event deck, and these cards make them even more dangerous throughout the game. In November, World of Warcraft: The Board Game gets its first full-sized expansion, with new Overlords, new characters, events, and quests—including dungeon quests which characters must battle through several cards to complete.”

SCLegacy: Pimpest Plays

SCLegacy is showing the the Pimpest Plays: Greatest Moments in Starcraft 2005:

SCLegacy: “Sifting through the submitted replays and VoD’s, StarCraft Legacy has searched the world for evidence of the wonderous. We are proud to present to you the next installment in the legendary series – Pimpest Plays: Greatest Moments in StarCraft 2005 Edition!

Our search for skill has brought us back to the core of the game – innovation. Add this with the soaring limits of human skill and reaction time, and you are struck by one word:

Pimp

We have posted the mind numbing greatness of each play in the form of an in-article VoD. Within a mere click you can view the great moment from each game. From the raw skill to the screaming crowd, it has been supplied!

We have also included an interview with the legendary D22-soso, who pioneered Pimpest Plays back in his pro-gaming days. Check it out at the end of the feature or in our interviews section.

2005 Pimpest Plays is the result of the community’s hard work. Special thanks to Bill307 for taking the time to create video clips for the replays and to Carnac on behalf of broodwar.de for mirroring the included files. We would also like to thank everyone who contributed to reviewing, writing up and editing the reports for each of the plays. Scroll down to the bottom of the feature to read the rest of the credits.

You can view this year’s snapshot of greatness, Pimpest Plays 2005, here:

http://www.sclegacy.com/features/pimpestplays_2005.php

Playstation 3 may play Starcraft: Ghost

Although the Playstation 3 release has been delayed possibly until November 2006, Ken Kutaragi confirmed backward compatibility of the PS3, which may allow PS1 and PS2 games be played on PS3.  If like me, you got ditched with Blizzard’s cancellation of Starcraft: Ghost on GameCube, and planned to get a PS2 to play the game … I suggest holding your horses, and wait until today in the afternoon when the PlayStation Business Briefing 2006 will take place. More details will be revealed today about the console.

Saving money on a PS2 and to get the benefits of the PS3 technology and backwards compatibility is worth the wait if you aim to get your paws upon Starcraft: Ghost.  It may allow you to play old and new games alike. Based upon the new details coming in the next few days, we will try to contact Blizzard Public Relations to confirm whether Starcraft: Ghost will be playable under PS3. Rumors are that not all PS2 games are going to be compatible with PS3. Stay tuned.

Video Games Live - March 24

Video Games Live will play Warcraft III and World of Warcraft Music—by Blizzard Music Composer Jason Hayes—at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) through March 24.

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) in conjunction with Video Games Live? is currently offering tickets to one of the industry’s most spectacular events. This special GDC closing night performance will be held at the San Jose Civic Auditorium – directly across the street from the GDC at the San Jose Convention Center – on Friday, March 24 at 8:00pm.

Get a 20% discount on 12 or more tickets by calling 408-999-5841.

GET YOUR TICKETS

San Jose Convention Center
150 West San Carlos Street
(Between Almaden Blvd and Market Street)
San Jose, CA 95113

Convention Center
Administrative Offices:
1.408.277.5277

Video Games Live announces first WORLD TOUR including the return to the Hollywood Bowl & additional U.S. dates!!!

Starting on March 24th, 2006 in San Jose, California, Video Games Live will become the first video game concert to tour the world!  And what better place to start than the ?official birthplace? of video games? Silicon Valley!  Never before has a video game concert been performed in the place ?where it all started?.  And to accent the occasion even more we are holding the show as the closing ceremony to the Game Developers Conference (GDC).  GDC attracts over 12,000 of the greatest video game creators, designers, artists and composers from all over the world who gather together to share ideas, knowledge and insight with one another to help forward the industry to greater heights.

But that is only the beginning.  After the major success of the debut performance in 2005, Video Games Live returns to the Hollywood Bowl with a new and updated show!  This time around the prestigious Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will be performing all of the most popular and loved video game music of all time on the most famous stage in the world.  Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 15th for the September 21st performance.  The debut performance took place on July 6th, 2005 at the Hollywood Bowl featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Over 11,000 audience members participated in the biggest video game concert in history.  This years show features new segments and even more games to ensure yet another record-breaking event.  Come and be a part of history in the making.

Video Games Live will also be the first to bring video game music to the fine state of Texas.  On July 14, 2006 the Houston Symphony will be performing Video Games Live at Jones Hall.  Tickets on sale soon.  Aside from traveling the U.S., VGL is also planning performances in places such as Canada, Japan, Australia, South America (Brazil), Korea, Hong Kong, Russia, China, France, England & Italy!  Never before has video game music been brought to so many different countries.  Most of the performances will be the very first time that video game music has ever been officially performed live.

Tour dates will be announced and happening all throughout the year so please stay tuned for more info.  Make sure to visit our TOUR PAGE as well for all of the latest dates and information.

Thanks,

Tommy Jack

Minor Updates at Arreat Summit

Minor Updates

  • Unique Items: Snowclash
  • Assassin: Fade (added tip)
  • Paladin: Sanctuary (added tip)
  • Monsters: Griswold (updated tips)
  • Assassin: Cloak of Shadows (added tip)
  • Rune Words: Death (updated range)

Job Opening: Assistant Community Manager - International

Blizzard Entertainment seeks an organized, sociable, and energetic person to help manage our World of Warcraft forum communities worldwide. This person will work with other members of the U.S. and international community teams to relay feedback to the developers and the rest of the company and keep international players informed about current plans, policies, and updates related to World of Warcraft. The ideal candidate would be an avid massively multiplayer online gamer with experience as a member or moderator of a forum-based community. An appreciation for the challenges of working across multiple regions, an even temper, and a passion for providing top-notch customer service in a fast-paced environment are essential. For more information on this position please check out the Assistant Community Manager ? International posting here.

New Realms and Transfers

Blizzard is opening up two new realms for character transfer, Monday March 13 at 3:00 AM PST.

New Realm: Korgath

Deadline: Thursday, March 16 at 3:00 PM PST

Players with characters on the following two realms will have an opportunity to transfer to Korgath, a new PvP realm. If you’re interested in transferring your characters from these realms to Korgath, please click here.

Kil’Jaeden  ?>  Korgath
Tichondrius  ?>  Korgath

New Realm: Muradin

Deadline: Thursday, March 16 at 3:00 PM PST

Players with characters on the following four realms will have an opportunity to transfer their characters to Muradin, a new PvE realm. Characters transfers from these realms to the new realms will be available until Thursday, March 16 at 3:00 PM PST.

Doomhammer  ?>  Muradin
Icecrown  ?>  Muradin
Proudmoore  ?>  Muradin
Uther  ?>  Muradin

During this time standard character creation will not be available for these two new realms. As always, eligible character transfers are available Monday thru Friday from 3:00 AM to 3:00 PM PST. If you’re interested in transferring your characters from the realms listed above to the new realms, please click here.

Hunter Traps Redesigned

Some hunters won’t be very happy after knowing that the latest patch changes Hunter traps from invisible to stealthed.  They are easier to detect than usual.  However, Tseric assures this will allow in the future flexibility to create new content related to how traps work.

Tseric: ” Traps will now be treated as stealthed, not invisible. Therefore, they aren’t “visible” as the current scuttlebutt would have you believe, but may become visible the way a stealthed rogue may be.

It is intended and will allow for future design options for how traps work in the game. Hypothetically speaking, you could have dungeon traps with varying levels of stealth value or “difficulty” which could be discovered by a dungeon party. Some may be easy for everyone to see, others may require perception, etc. It opens the potential for additional gameplay for rogues with finding and disarming traps.”

New Realms & Transfers: Korgath and Muradin

Blizzard is opening up two new realms for character transfer, Monday March 13 at 3:00 AM PST. Players with characters on the following two realms will have an opportunity to transfer to Korgath, a new PvP realm.

Kil’Jaden
Tichondrius

Players with characters on the following four realms will have an opportunity to transfer their characters to Muradin, a new PvE realm.

Doomhammer
Icecrown
Proudemoore
Uther

Characters transfers from these realms to the new realms will be available until Thursday, March 16 at 3:00 PM PST. During this time standard character creation will not be available for these two new realms. As always, eligible character transfers are available Monday thru Friday from 3:00 AM to 3:00 PM PST. If you’re interested in transferring your characters from the realms listed above to the new realms, please follow the link below.

Job Opening: Senior Producer (US)

Senior Producer

Blizzard is looking for a highly organized individual with outstanding communication skills and a proven experience in project management to help with the production of current and future projects in our development studio in Irvine.

Read the job requirements below:

Major Updates to Arreat Summit Site

Yet another Major Update has been added to the Arreat Summit Compendium Site. Go check it out.
*General Magic Suffixes (massive re-do)

Minor Updates – Nebu
*Barbarian: Whirlwind (updated tip)
*Rune Words (added note)
*Rune Words: Breath of the Dying (un-did damage)

Blizzplanet Update

As you may see at the top-right of the page, we have a menu bar similar to that of Battle.net—it is currently not in service.  Links direct you to blank pages.  This is alright.  It is still under development.  I’m going to migrate the left-block text to independent pages per game to lower down the clutter.  The RSS Feed will be removed, and we are planning to create a separate page for Feeds.  This means you will read feeds if you wish to.  Hopefully, this will speed up loading time for fans running 56kbps.  However, we will be working on this for few days.  We will update you when the menu is operational.

DarkNemesis was working on a Search Engine that will allow you to search keywords within the news section or within the content section, or both.  This will be helpful to you when searching for something in particular. Soon as Darknemesis tweaks the code, it will be at the top-left.

There will be soon a Modding Community news section—it is still inactive, as you may see above, and a section where all Starcraft, Warcraft and Diablo mods in the internet will be listed, helping you find them easily, instead of browsing dozens of yahoo/google pages.

We will soon have a World of Warcraft Movies feed—this is top-secret project that some close-partners are working on, and we will provide feed support to them, and at the same time give you options.  Movies submitted to their database will be automatically converted to Flash/.SWF ensuring browser-compatibility. The great news is that you won’t be annoyed by certain ad banners that destroy the MMO Community.  Which is a plus.  We will be honored to support such a project.

Roleplaying Fan Fic Section

A new section has been opened under our World of Warcraft section:  Roleplaying Fanfics.  It is a list of over 220 Fanfics submitted by fans to our partner forum community pvprp.com

You may submit your very own Roleplaying Fan Fiction—register to our partner-forum and post it at the pvprp.com Roleplaying section.

RP-PvP.com and BlizzPlanet are combining efforts to create a fan-fiction contest pertaining to the realm of World of WarCraft to stimulate the RP Community.

Rules for the contest

  • Simply write about a character of your own creation, or an already existing character to the WarCraft lore.
  • Tag the title of your submission as “Your-Title” [contest] to officially enter the contest. For example: The Feats of an Elven Rogue [contest]
  • Your Roleplaying Fanfic should be lengthy.  Be creative.

The top written story, dependant on aesthetics and storyline, will be awarded a World of WarCraft Roleplaying Game Core Book in PDF file (400 pages) – regularly costing $27.99 in U.S. currency. Pick up a pen or type on that keyboard and write a Roleplaying Fanfic. Happy roleplaying!

Gamespot: Wow Boosts MMO and Casual Gaming

According to Gamespot, World of Warcraft’s popularity helps boost MMO and casual gaming to a $2 billion international payday; console games to take 29 percent of OL market by 2011.  Read the Article

More Diablo II Site Updates

Blizzard has been updating the Diablo II site for the last four weeks.  Check out the minor changes made today.

Minor Updates
*Monsters: Undead Horror (3 versions)(added Life Tap)
*Monsters: Undead Horror (added Life Tap)
*Monsters: Undead Horror (added Life Tap)
*The Horadric Cube (updated 1 requirement, updated Full Rejuv formula, rare item socket update)
*Rune Words: Breath of the Dying (updated damage)
*Assassin: Phoenix Strike (added tip)
*Assassin: Cloak of Shadows (added tip)
*Assassin: Blade Shield (updated tip)
*Unique Items: Doomslinger (damage error fixed)
*Unique Items: Demon Limb (damage updated)
*Unique Items: Que-Hegans (added varies)
*Barbarian: Whirlwind (text fix)

Europe Jobs: Spanish Web Editorialist

Wow Europe has a new job opening.  Visit the Requirements page and send your resume.

As part of our on-going quest to provide the best gaming atmosphere possible, Blizzard Europe is looking for a few motivated, creative individuals to join the ranks of their web team! If you have good writing skills, speak and write in English well and in Spanish fluently, have a passion for MMORPGs, then there may be a place for you at Blizzard Europe as a Spanish Web Editorialist.

Please check out our job opportunities page to see what positions we have available. Also, you might want to read our Recruitment F.A.Q.

New Burning Crusade Wallpaper

Blizzard released a new World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Wallpaper featuring a Blood Elf Female.  Decor your desktop with this beautiful piece.

Wizard World and Video Games Live Team-up

WIZARD WORLD CONVENTIONS AND VIDEO GAMES LIVE TEAM UP TO BRING UNIQUE CONCERT PERFORMANCE TO THE MASSES

Wizard World Chicago To Host Popular Video Game Concert Event

CONGERS, NY ? March 1, 2006 ? Wizard Entertainment Group today announced that the Wizard World Chicago 2006 convention held in Chicago will feature the ultimate in video game entertainment, Video Games Live?.  With Video Games Live?, an immersive concert featuring music from the biggest video games of all time performed by some of the nation?s most respected orchestras and choirs, Wizard Entertainment Group continues its unrivaled commitment to providing fans with the best in pop-culture entertainment.

Wizard World Conventions serve as the foremost authority on everything pop-culture, showcasing the best in comic books, anime, toys, video games, collectibles and entertainment.  Wizard World?s 2005 conventions drew more than 125,000 attendees making it the largest show of its kind including over 56,000 people in Chicago alone.  Video Games Live? will feature exclusive video footage and music arrangements, lasers, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.

?Video Games Live brings an incredibly exciting and unique element to our events which our attendees will be certain to appreciate and enjoy,? said Gareb Shamus, Chairman and CEO of Wizard Conventions.  ?Video gaming has become an important part of today?s culture and by adding Video Games Live to our already impressive line-up of Wizard World activities, it furthers our reputation as the number one pop-culture show in the country.?               

“I?ve been a personal fan of the Wizard brand magazines and conventions for a very long time.  To be working with them on bringing our concert to thousands of fans is a dream come true?, said Tommy Tallarico, co-creator of Video Games Live and a leading game music composer.  “Comic books, anime, action figures and video games all go hand in hand.  Wizard Entertainment understands, promotes and respects all of these forms of entertainment.  We couldn?t ask for a more appropriate partner.?

Video Games Live? is a complete celebration of the video game industry which includes pre- and post-show festival activities including a costume contest, playable game demos and meet-and-greet with game designers and composers.  Music from some of the top game franchises will be performed, including Mario?, Zelda?, Halo?, Metal Gear Solid?, Warcraft?, Myst?,  Castlevania?, Medal of Honor?, Sonic?, Kingdom Hearts, Tron, Final Fantasy?, Advent Rising, Beyond Good & Evil?, God of War? and a special retro Classic Arcade Medley featuring over 20+ games from Pong? to Donkey Kong? including such classics as Dragon’s Lair, Tetris, Frogger, Gauntlet, Space Invaders & Outrun.

The performance will take place during Wizard World Chicago on Saturday, August 5th at the Rosemont Theater located directly across the street from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center where Wizard World Chicago is being held.  Tickets and information for the Video Games Live events can be found at Ticketmaster.com.  Tickets for the Video Games Live event in Chicago at the Rosemont Theatre are on sale now and range from $20 to $55. 

To learn more about all of the Wizard World Conventions please visit www.wizardworld.com

About Wizard World (www.wizarduniverse.com)
Wizard World Los Angeles, Wizard World Philadelphia, Wizard World Chicago and Wizard World Texas are produced by Wizard Conventions Inc., a sister company to Wizard Entertainment, the industry leader in the comic book and collectibles market.  Wizard Entertainment publishes four magazines: Wizard: The Comics Magazine; InQuest Gamer: The Gaming Magazine; ToyFare: The Toy Magazine; and Anime Insider, and is the co-publisher of Toy Wishes: The Ultimate Guide to Family Entertainment.  Wizard Entertainment?s publications have a monthly national readership of more than two million and are currently sold in 25 countries and five languages.  Wizard can be found online at www.wizardunivere.com

About Video Games Live? (www.videogameslive.com)
Created by two industry leading video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, Video Games Live? (produced under their company Mystical Stone Entertainment, LLC) is the front runner in the field of live game music performance.  Video Games Live? is an immersive concert event celebration featuring music from the biggest video games of all time.  The debut performance launched on July 6th, 2005 at the world famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with the LA Philharmonic with over 11,000 people in attendance making it the largest video game concert the world had ever experienced.  Most of the game music played (Halo, Sonic, Metal Gear Solid, Mario, Zelda, Warcraft, Tomb Raider, Kingdom Hearts, Tron, Medal of Honor, Advent Rising, etc.) had never been performed live.

Blizzard Europe is Hiring!

If you’ve ever wanted to work in the gaming industry, now might be your chance! Blizzard Europe is recruiting for positions in the Customer Service, Network Adminitration, Localization, Quality Assurance, Community teams. If you are a dedicated, hard-working person with a passion for great games, then we’d like to hear from you! Please take a moment to read the job listings available here.

Additionally, we are recruiting for Spanish language localization, quality assurance, and community management. If you are a native Spanish speaker who wants to help to make great games, then we want you! Please take a moment to read the job listings and send in your C.V! If you have any questions, please read our Recruitment F.A.Q.

XFire / Wow Movie Contest Winners

The World of Warcraft Movie contest sponsored by Xfire has come to a close. Over 120 entries were narrowed down to a handful of winners who were awarded $10,000 in prizes.

The main category award winners are:

  • Illegal Danish Super Snacks ? Best Comedy
  • Billy Maclure ? Best Dance
  • Served Cold ? Best Drama

Congratulations to all our winners!

Click here to find out how to download and view the winning movies!

 

Glynnis at LA Irish Fair & Music on March 11

Glynnis Talken’s monthly newsletter for March is out.  She is preparing for the April launch of her non-Blizzard Book Lady Danger—a Medieval Romance novel.  Her new book seudonym as I had announced many months ago is SARAH MCKERRIGAN—homage to her role as voice actress of Sarah Kerrigan (Starcraft).

Glynnis will be at a Book Signing event at Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Music Festival, at the Pomona Fairplex on Saturday, March 11th.  Look for her at the Tea & Sympathy booth.  Map and Directions available on the link provided above (menu bar).

Below is the Newsletter.  Make sure to join the Contest.  The Prizes are:

  • A MINIATURE BROADSWORD
  • A LITTLE KNIGHT MUSIC”—ORIGINAL CD OF MEDIEVAL SONGS

Blizzard Coming to E3 2006 Expo!

A month ago, I browsed the Exhibitor List of E3, to find Blizzard wasn’t listed.  I found it odd. Got to one of my contacts in Blizzard, and was told Blizzard was coming to E3. A month later, today, I just confirmed that Blizzard Entertainment is coming to E3 Expo.

You may find Blizzard at South 1224 Booth.  E3 Expo will be live from:

  • Conference Program: May 9th?11th
  • Expo: May 10th?12th

Showcasing World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Expansion and Starcraft: Ghost is a no-brainer. However . . . will Blizzard announce the unannounced project?  Or will they wait until BlizzCon 2006? We will have to wait, and see.

UDE Announcement: Wow TCG Survey!

Recently, we interviewed, through a Public Q&A, Cory Jones from Upper Deck Entertainment to find out details of the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.  Today, a newsletter was issued out to subscribers invoking a Survey.

Thank you for your interest in the upcoming Warcraft Trading Card Game. Upper Deck wants to create a product that you will enjoy, so please share your opinions with us! We have created an online survey. The survey consists of three sections and should take about 15 minutes to complete. As a thank-you gift, we will select 12 random participants who complete the entire survey to each receive a Warcraft Trading Card Game Starter Deck when the product is finished!

Fill out the Survey

Please do not fill out the survey more than once. Only the first entry from any given IP address will be eligible to receive a gift.

Thank you for telling us what you think!

Sincerely,
Upper Deck Entertainment

Diablo II: NPC Dialogue Text

I have resumed, last two days, work on transcribing all the NPC dialogue texts of Diablo II and its expansion Lord of Destruction.  This on an effort to expand the Blizzard Games lore you may find in Blizzplanet as your source.

I don’t have an ETA on when it will be up, but it will be very soon.  I am doing the HTML coding as I speak.  So far I am working on Lord of Destruction quest: Prison of Ice—where you rescue Anya.  So the release of the content is not too far as you may see.

You will be able to read the plot more calmly and in detail outside the lengthy hours of gameplay.
Stay Tuned.

Forum: Roleplaying Community Managers Needed

Blizzplanet is looking for Community Managers to work volunteerly in expanding and enriching the Roleplaying Community of our partner forums Rp-pvp.com—Submissions should be sent to the Forum Administrator Meara:

“The chime of metal scraping against metal resonated through the tall halls of RP-PvP. A goblin sat perched in a lofty throne, looking over his scrambling minions as they darted from forum to forum; moderating, crafting, and writing. The goblin raked his fingers through a black crest spread over his scalp, angled eyes closed as he spouted a maniacal cackle.

Another goblin, of shorter stature, approached the swaggering goblin poised on his throne. The lesser goblin opened a scroll and promptly began to read…

By order of the supreme office of RP-PvP, and by command of the higher powers of Meara Boldenwill, RP-PvP requires Trade-Prince Bazlo to hire new talents into the staff of our community. These Community Managers will moderate our forums, arrange roleplay events, and promote roleplay in any possible manner in-game and out. Resum?s must be sent to Meara, where the supreme office of RP-PvP will look over and make their decisions on whether the applicant will be accepted as a new staff member. Applications will no longer be accepted by March 11th, 2006.”