XFire Version 1.45 Released!

Our peer-to-peer software partners, XFire updated now to version 1.45—XFire now includes a very highly requested feature Blocking usernames, more download sources, improved voice activation in voice chat, and much more. Read the Release Notes.  If you have XFire, just launch it and it will auto-update.  If you have never used XFire, and wish to give it a try download it.  You may chat with your friends and keep track of what game they are playing.  With a button click you can join their game server, and use voice chat.  You can toggle XFire Chat window within World of Warcraft without going to desktop.

Warcraft 3 Patch 1.19 Released!

The Warcraft universe continues to expand, as Blizzard announces the latest patch for Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos and its expansion set: The Frozen Throne. Patch 1.19 contains new and updated maps, unit and item balance changes, and some new features in the World Editor! Simply connect to Battle.net to download the patch. For more information on this exciting new patch, please click here.

Updating Site News Atop

Please bear with us while we customize the news headlines—new feature of Blizzplanet.  Thanks to DarkNemesis—Chief Programmer.

Blizzplanet Update: The Titans Lore

Ever wanted to find out some lore about the Titans and the members of the Pantheon High Council?  We have added an article with the excerpt from Warcraft RPG: Shadow & Light describing the Titans Race and mentioning some background info of each Pantheon member. Enjoy the great read!  Browse our new Titans Lore Section

RP-PvP: Sunday Mass - Maelstrom Event

Meara—Community Manager of Blizzplanet/RP-PvP Forums has announced a server-wide event on Maelstrom RP-PvP Server:

“Sunday Mass – a ceremony of worship of the Holy Light, the faith shared by those of the human, dwarven, and high elven societies. Granted from the collected spirits of every sentient inhabiting the realm of Azeroth and empowered through the happiness a followerer envokes, the Holy Light is a philosophy of good and kind.

On Sunday, September 18th at 7PM CST/-6 GMT, the first Sunday Mass of the RP-PvP server, Maelstrom, will occur. Hosted by the chaplains of the Kul Tiras Marines, the ceremony will be conducted by Khor, Head Chaplain of the Marines.

Located within the halls of the Northshire Abbey, the event will take place at 7:00 PM Central (server time) and should last approximately one hour. Everyone within the Alliance faction is welcome to visit and enjoy some roleplay.

Light keep you…”

Richard A. Knaak Exclusive Q&A

We had a small Q&A with Richard A. Knaak concerning few details of War of the Ancients: The Sundering—which fans found confusing, from Hakkar the Soulflayer and Hakkar the Houndmaster to Ysera/Elune/Cenarius-relation topics.  We also have the release date for Warcraft: The Sunwell trilogy: Shadows of Ice and release date for Diablo: Moon of the Spider.  Read the Q&A interview

Blizzard: Wow Wanted Posters Contest

Blizzard is seeking talented artists to create Wanted posters for a very Cool Contest.  This contest is sponsored by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and five winners will receive a fantastic prize package. Read more.

Prize Package includes:

  • 1 2GB iPod nano ($199)
  • 1 Apple iPod nano Lanyard Headphones
  • 1 Apple iPod nano Tubes
  • 2 iTunes Music Store Card $50

Post a Comment

FantasyFlightGames: Wow Board Game

Fantasy Flight Games announced the release of World of Warcraft: The Board Game.  You can read the rules and full details at the official homepage.

“Are you ready to explore the misty eaves of the Silverpine Forest, the hills of the Hinterlands, or the rotten corruption of the Plaguelands? Are you ready to set forth on a great adventure, building your skills and prowess while collecting equipment and artifacts of legend and power? Are you ready to set yourself against the overwhelming will of a great enemy such as Kel?Thuzad or the mighty Nefarian? Above all, are you ready to lead your faction to honor and dominance of Azeroth?  Voyage through Lordaeron, vanquish monsters, complete quests, and battle for the glory of the Horde! … or the honor of the Alliance.”

Post a Comment

Blizzplanet Update: Warcraft Timeline

We have added an excerpt from Warcraft RPG: Lands of Conflict—written by Chris Metzen—gathering the Warcraft Timeline since the Titans arrived to year 25 where World of Warcraft the MMORPG begins.  The Timeline format is somewhat different to the one in the Official Site. Summarized.  Check it out in our Warcraft Timeline section.

Wow 1.7 Hotfixes

A few hotfixes will be implemented by Blizzard today to address some issues with Zul’Gurub, Arathi Basin and Blackwing Lair.

Beginning at 4:00 AM PDT on 9/17 we will be issuing rolling restarts to all realms to apply a hotfix. We expect this to resolve several issues:

-Fixed an exploit with drakonids where players could get a head start.
-Nefarian’s drakonids have reduced damaging abilities
-The wild polymorph cast by Nefarius in Blackwing Lair, can no longer be canceled early by clicking it off.
-Arathi Basin holiday honor should now be awarding the bonus properly.
-Hakkar’s spell Corrupted Blood can no longer exist outside of Zul’Gurub

Post a Comment

Diablo II Patch 1.11b

Blizzard released Diablo II and its expansion Lord of Destruction to Patch 1.11b, fixing two crash bugs. You can download the patch on that link or log in to Battle.net:

  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when you return to chat after playing a game on Battle.net.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when the runeword “Peace” was equipped on a hireling.

Additionally, the Area Summit homepage, updated by Nebu(GFraizer) has new changes, as shown below:

Post a Comment

Blizzplanet Update: Wow Story Arcs

We have added a new section that will gather Story Arcs of World of Warcraft, gathering most of quest series and new lore.  We will be updating the list every week, so keep visiting the Story Arcs Section.  The current story arcs have the Defias Brotherhood, Scythe of Elune,  Seal of Ascension, Fall of Ameth’Aran, Stormwind Hero Tribute Statues, Pariah’s Instructions: The Five Kahns, and the Centaur’s origin narrated by Celebras the Redeemed, among others.
Post a Comment

Wow 1.7 Patch Notes

The World of Warcraft patch is live offering the Zul’Gurub Dungeon, Arathi Basin Battlegrounds and the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza, in addition to a plethora of new additions.  Feel free to read the Patch notes below . . .

Post a Comment

Wow Won’t Go To Consoles

Gamesradar got word from Paul Sams—VP of Business operations of World of Warcraft—that the MMORPG won’t be available in Consoles anytime soon.

Blizzard has confirmed that it has no immediate plans to bring its insanely popular and dangerously addictive PC-only MMORPG, World of Warcraft, to consoles

Post a Comment

RP-PvP Realms Go Live

Tomorrow Tuesday, Blizzard will release two new servers for RP-PvP starting 11AM PST.  The new servers are named Maelstrom and Emerald Dream.  After the maintenance schedule, fans can start creating their new characters and enjoy roleplaying with other players.  Join Blizzplanet/RP-PvP Forum Community to share with other members from the RP-PvP servers.

Bonus Map - Wizard’s Retreat

New Warcraft III: Frozen Throne bonus map has been released.  Nestled in the Arathi Foothills lies the pristine resort enclave where the wizards of Dalaran retreat from the front lines to recuperate while relaxing in steamy hot mana pools.

Download Wizard’s Retreat,  a new Bonus map for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.

Blackwing Lair: Threat Bug Fix

Tigole informs that the Dev Team has identified the threat bug that was affecting players in Blackwing Lair:

” We identified the cause of the threat bug that was causing erratic behavior in the Ebonroc and Chromaggus encounters. In fact, the bug could occur in any encounter but due to the length of the above mentioned fights, it’s mainly being noticed there. The bug would cause aggro to “ping-pong” after a certain threat value was reached.

We *should* be able to get this bug fix into the 1.7.0 patch. If we cannot get it in there, we’ll try to hotfix it or get it in an incremental patch soon after.

Apologies for this bug”

Post a Comment

BlizzCon Costume Contest

Blizzard Entertainment announced the official BlizzCon Costume Contest, co-sponsored by Intel and Alienware. Show up to BlizzCon on Friday, October 28th as your favorite Blizzard Entertainment character and enter to compete with others for prizes and great fun! Interested?

BlizzCon World of Warcraft Movie Contest

Blizzard announced the official BlizzCon World of Warcraft Movie Competition, sponsored by NVIDIA! Talented players are welcome to create a movie using in-game footage and combine it with music from any of Blizzard past games. Blizzard is accepting submissions beginning Thursday, September 8. Five winners will receive an NVIDIA? GeForce? 6800 Ultra, two tickets to BlizzCon, and much more.

More Blizzard Employees Depart

It is confirmed by Gamespot, Blizzard Entertainment has lost three additional staffers. Mark Kern, William Petras, and Taewon Yun announced today they had founded Red 5 Studios Inc.  And Blizzard North’s Rick Seiss joined Castaway Entertainment.

Post a Comment

Blizzard North Lead Designer Gone?

It is a mystery what’s going on at Blizzard North.  Rick Seis, former Lead Designer of Blizzard North, has joined Castaway Entertainment—founded by ex-Blizzard North employees back in 2003. Recently, Blizzard announced the shutdown of Blizzard North in San Francisco, relocating employees to the main headquarter in Irvine.  It is not been confirmed if there were layoffs or if in this particular case Rick Seis chose to accept the Castaway offer on his own.

” REDWOOD CITY, CA ? September 6, 2005 – Castaway Entertainment is proud to announce that former Blizzard North studio lead Rick Seis has accepted the position of Technical Director and lead programmer for their current unannounced project.

?I?m delighted that I will be able to rejoin friends and former coworkers from Blizzard North,? remarked Rick ?and I look forward to reuniting with several others from that team very soon.?

Before joining Castaway, Rick held the position of development team lead at Blizzard North, the company responsible for the creation of the highly successful Action-RPG series Diablo. Prior to this position, Rick, who joined Blizzard North in 1994 as one of the company?s first employees, served as both a senior programmer on the original Diablo and the lead programmer of Diablo II. He has also functioned as the company?s director of technology.

?We are very excited about acquiring more of the most important resources of Blizzard North: the people that comprised the team there were by far their most valuable assets,? stated Michael Scandizzo, president of Castaway Entertainment. ?With the team we have built, we will be able to maintain the quality of development Blizzard North fans have come to expect.?

Castaway Entertainment, LLC is an independent video game development studio focused on developing world class RPGs for the PC and next-generation console systems. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, CA, Castaway is a growing company founded in 2003 by a team of experienced and talented game developers from across the industry.

Currently developing our own multi-platform next-generation action RPG, we are looking for a publishing partner to bring this high quality game to the shelves.”

StarCraft Map Contest Winners Announced

The five winning StarCraft maps that will be used in the BlizzCon Invitational have been chosen!! Players from across the globe will be competing at BlizzCon playing with this maps.  The winning maps can be viewed and downloaded from the BlizzCon website.

New Areas in Silithus Map?

A fan in the Official Forums made a new find in the Maps section of WorldofWarcraft.com Site.  The map of Kalimdor has been changed to reveal a new extended area to the west of Silithus.  Checking the Map of Patch 1.7 in the Test forums doesn’t show this new map, which seems strange.  Blizzard announced in the Battleplan part 2 that patch 1.8 will have new quest series and that Silithus would be a major quest hub.  The outdoor area of A’Quiraj will have 20-players raid content—which might explain why the Kalimdor map has been extended with new land areas off the western coast of Silithus.

Post a Comment

Wow: Battleplan part 2

The new Battleplan announcement by Wow Lead Producer Shane Dabiri reveals that BlizzCon indeed will share with fans a lot of content planned for Wow Expansion.  Ah’Quiraj will have an outdoor content for 20-players while the indoor will have an instance for 40-players which Dabiri claims will be a tier above Blackwing Lair.  Quests for Silithus will be added in patch 1.8 that will tie in with quests for other instances.  We are promised that AhQuiraj will be a quest hub for future content quests.

“Beyond the doors of Ahn?Qiraj, Silithus is being fleshed out as a major quest hub with episodic storylines that extend into its depths and past its borders. Players have frequently requested more small-party and solo content, and we?ve focused our efforts to meet those desires around Silithus. Everyone should definitely check out the new quest and storylines when the Silithus content is released in patch 1.8.”

Post a comment

Patch 1.7 Bug Fixes & Classic MP3 Releases

Few interesting news from World of Warcraft website:  A Bug fixes list of what is been addressed in the Test Servers for patch 1.7 was released possibly in the attempt to cooldown fans who are impatient and want to know why the patch has not been released.  The answer is that the Test Server is simply for testing to find bugs, and hoping that players will cooperate informing the bugs.  The feedback helps the Dev team to fix them before the patch goes out into the Live Realms.  Second news is the release of a new Classic Warcraft Music MP3.

New York Times: Wow Owning the Market

New York Times has written an article about the boom of Massive Multiplayer Online Games with the launch of World of Warcraft, but with the concern that the game might be hurting other companies in the genre.

“World of Warcraft is completely owning the online game space right now,” said Chris Kramer, a spokesman for Sony Online Entertainment, buyer of Matrix Online and one of Blizzard’s chief rivals. “Look, Matrix Online is good, but it’s like being in the early 90’s and trying to put a fighting game up against Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter; it’s just not going to happen. There are a lot of other online games that are just sucking wind right now because so many people are playing WOW.”

EFF Criticizes BNETD Court Decision

The Electronic Frontier Foundation(EFF) strikes back at the decision of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to give a victory to Blizzard Entertainment on the legal case against BNETD:

The court ruled that Congress? explicit protections for reverse engineering and add-on innovation in the highly controversial DMCA are too narrow and weak to protect innovators from lawsuits when the software they create is used for illegal copying, even if the copying occurs without the knowledge or participation of the program?s creators. The court also ruled that clicking on a EULA?s “I Agree” button, common when installing almost any software product purchased today, can be used to force both consumers and competitors out of the marketplace for add-on innovation.

Additionally, Gamespot got a reply from Paul Sams—Blizzard VP of Business Operations after the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled their decision.  The link provides some more of his comment.  Here is an excerpt:

We have worked hard to provide gamers with a free and secure environment on Battle.net, and this ruling further validates that we are justified in protecting our service and our players. In addition, it represents another major victory against software piracy.”

Jeff Grubb: Submit your question for Q&A

All fans of Jeff Grubb, writer of D&D and Wizards of the Coast, feel free to share your questions for the Q&A to take place at RP-PvP.com Public IRC Chat.

The topic can be anything from Warcraft: The Last Guardian, Warcraft RPG Books, Magic: The Gathering – Ice Age, Star Wars, D&D: Manual of the Planes, Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms or any of his previous and current projects. Post your entry here

Jeff Grub is an addict player of World of Warcraft in his spare time. We humbly hope he joins the RP-PVP Servers when they are launched in the US =]