Join Blizzard’s Official Diablo Fan Art Contest

If you are a talented artist Blizzard Entertainment invites you to the Diablo Fan Art Contest to show off some of your demonic talents,  The Contest deadline is April 18, and the 10 winners will get a fat loot for rewards including books, games, Comic book, Action Figures and a lithographic art of   Keith Parkinson Limited Edition Diablo II Print.  Read the instructions to submit your artwork.

Origin of the Tauren, Cenarius and Elune

We have added the stories from the Tauren Lore found in-game at the hanging-tablets of the Elders Rise in Thunderbluff.  You may now read the origin of Cenarius, the Tauren and Elune herself.  The story sounds too mythological, but gives a nice twist as to how the Elves changed their believes to worship Elune.  A belief that seems shared with the Tauren’s believes of the Earthmother.  Read the full story at our Wow Lore section or directly to the following page

SCMDraft feature: opening W2 maps.

Quote from: stormcoast-fortress

After the beta site has proven to be a good asset in the continuous fight against bugs creeping into the SCMDraft sourcebase, it is finally time to unveil the newest feature.

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Yes, you will soon be able to load warcraft II BNE maps and edit these in SCMDraft 2, thanks to the similarities between war2 and SC graphics formats.

SCMDraft feature: opening W2 maps.

After the beta site has proven to be a good asset in the continuous fight against bugs creeping into the scmdraft sourcebase, it is finally time to unveil the newest feature.


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Yes, you will soon be able to load warcraft II BNE maps and edit these
in scmdraft 2, thanks to the similarities between war2 and SC graphics
formats.

Memgraft for patch 1.12B!  (Starcraft)

Quote from: stormcoast-fortress

Stormcoast Fortress is proud to announce the release of an updated Memgraft version with support for Starcraft 1.12B.

Suicidal Insanity said:
“Darkwizzard has officially retired from this project. However, he allowed me to update it.  Please do not ask him for support. He has informed me that he is working on a mac plugin for Memgraft together with BahamutZero which will be released with a mac version of MPQDraft later.”

Download Memgraft 1.12 (PC) here

You may report bugs here, however there are currently no set plans to fix reported bugs. You will
need a Stormcoast Fortress user account in order to report bugs, this
can be created on the Scmdraft beta test site.

From Dark Nemesis:
For those of you who have no idea what memgraft is, it’s a utility used for starcraft mods.  It allows for flexible tech-trees (like warcraft III has)

Blizzard Will Ship 250,000 Copies of Wow to Europe

Blizzard will ship additional 250,000 copies of World of Warcraft through Europe stores on April 15th. The 250,000 new units join the over 620,000 already sold, contributing to a total of nearly 900,000 copies of the PC MMO circulating throughout Europe.

The new copies will contain 10-day Guest Passes, which allow players to lend the game to a friend, who can use the pass to try it for a limited amount of time. The Guest pass will stop working after the 10th day. To continue playing, the Guest must buy the game.  Upon login, his previous guest character will now resume playing.

Blizzard President Mike Morhaime said: “The success of World of Warcraft has proven our belief in Europe as a strong online gaming market. We are delighted to now be in a position to provide more boxes to retail and to welcome more players into the game.”
More details below …

Richard A. Knaak live on WCRadio Tonight

WCRadio will interview Richard A. Knaak tonight Saturday,  April 2 … live on radio at 7:00pm EST / -5GMT.  Make sure to have Winamp or iTunes to listen to the interview by entering the following broadcast URL: http://www.wcradio.com/WoWRadio.pls .  If you miss it, there will be a downloadable broadcast recording.
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Glynnis Talken at Bakersfield, California Tomorrow

Glynnis Talken-Campbell, who performed as Starcraft Kerrigan voice actress, will appear tomorrow Saturday, April 2nd, at the 10th Annual Gathering and Games at Stramler Park in Bakersfield, California.  Drop by the Tea & Sympathy booth between 9:00am and 5:00pm and say hello!  Glynnis will be signing books as usual.  She is a Medieval Romance Book writer besides Voice Actress.  She told me that Blizzard fans are welcome to come.  She is willing to sign any Blizzard poster or items.  Visit the Gathering & Games event website for more Details and directions.  Read the April Newsletter below . . .

Hellgate: London website

After checking different sets of URLs everyday. Over 24 hours ago, the URL was redirecting to Godaddy. Finally today the URL showed the new website for this exciting game.  Shortly, after PCGamer hits newsstands, the site will officially offer content and news.  In the meantime, visit and bookmark the official website at:
http://www.hellgatelondon.com.

Korea Herald: Starcraft started Online Games Industry

The Korea Herald said that South Korea’s online gaming and Internet cafes have expanded thanks to Starcraft over the last 7 years.  From 500 Net cafes in 1998, today over 30,000 Net cafes have spread throughout South Korea.  The huge success of Starcraft led the local game industry to an online games transition.  Korea Herald interviewed Hahn Jung-won, managing director of Blizzard Entertainment Korea, who said—
“A lot of people inside the industry doubted our ability to succeed in the online game segment. However, these are the same people that easily forget that the online game genre itself was started by the success of StarCraft, which allowed users to play against each other on the Internet”.

Blizzplanet Maintenance

As you may notice, Blizzplanet is going to offer RSS News from the Starcraft, Warcraft 3 and Diablo modding community, as well as other fansites and non-Blizzard games making Blizzplanet a News hub where you can be informed of everything Blizzard-games-related at your reach.  Some links are death at the moment.  Bare with us.  DarkNemesis, official Programmer of Blizzplanet, is heavy at work parsing each RSS news.  We will let you know when all are working properly.  We hope that you like the direction Blizzplanet is about to take.  Thanks for your patience and understanding.

World of Burgercraft

Although the following funny parody of World of Warcraft’s latest server issues is about two-weeks old, we decided to share it to those who missed it, and to keep it up for posterity in case that the Wow Forum prune system deletes it. The parody was created by Gilgamesh@@Alleria realm(Level 60 Human Warrior—Guild:  The Lollipop Guild.  This is by far one of the funniest parodies I have ever read.  Specially the analogy of Fangtooth the Murloc and Filet-o-fish.  It got an amazing 51 pages, 1,936 posts and 309,885 views.  Curiosity pays off, so read it and laugh, it will make your morning!  Details below . . .

Wow Lore section update

The book Charge of the Dragonflights located in the Hall of Explorer’s League Library talks about the transformation of the Dragon Aspects when the Titans imbued part of their powers into them.  You can read the book in our World of Warcraft Lore section.

Wow Patch 1.3.1

New Patch 1.3.1 was released today to address certain issues:

  • Fixed a crash bug that would happen infrequently when teleporting

  • Fixed UI error that could occur in certain zones

  • Blizzard: New Wow Downloads section

    The Official World of Warcraft website revamped the Downloads section in a more organized fashion, by categories.  It will be easier to browse the downloads and to find what you wish.  Get familiar with the new Downloads section.

    Blizzard Wow Team also announced a Two-days Extension on your subscription to compensate the downtime caused by the last patch:
    The patch released last Tuesday contained many new features, content, and improvements to World of Warcraft. However, the new patch also contained a few small bugs which caused interruptions in play time for some users. These bugs were quickly identified, and most of them were hotfixed last week. We plan on implementing fixes for the remaining bugs in tomorrow’s maintenance.

    Our team continues to work hard to provide our players with the best play experience possible, and we realize that extended, unscheduled downtime is frustrating. Therefore, all World of Warcraft players will receive a two-day time extension for the downtime caused by last week’s patch. This extension will be added to players’ accounts early this week. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we once again wish you all good luck in your adventures in Azeroth!

    Flagship Studios will launch Hellgate: London site soon

    After few days of excitement, Flagship Studios updated their website with the cover of PCGamer.  Flagship Studios announced the launch of the official website for Hellgate: London will be soon.  Based on the quote from PCGamer, it seems Flagship Studios have many surprises waiting off their sleeve:
    PCGamer:
    “The heavenly graphics – powered by an engine built in-house, since none of the existing 3D engines could support the game’s level of randomization – will certainly make adventuring in the Hellgate universe an all-new play experience.”

    New Warcraft III Minimap - Full Scale Assult

    In these eternally contested lands, war comes and goes leaving behind death and glory. Strike strategically and fight valiantly till your foes fall and you can hear the snowflakes land on the dead. Victory, at last.

    Download Full Scale Assult a new Bonus map for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.

    The Art of Storytelling in World of Warcraft

    Chris Metzen speaks with Rob Sachs of Day to Day on National Public Radio about the art of storytelling in videogames. As part of a Day to Day series of personal profiles, Chris talks about his capacity as the creative director of World of Warcraft and of his experiences working at Blizzard Entertainment. Click here for more details and for an audio link to the interview.