Wow RPG: Monster Guide Announced!

White-Wolf has announced an upcoming RPG book to display most of World of Warcraft monsters and denizens to be up to date with the current MMO setting.  The World of Warcraft RPG: Monsters Guide is coming on sale very soon.  Additionally, a release date for both Alliance Player’s Guide and Horde Player’s Guide was revealed:

Hello, ladies and gentlemen!

Can’t find the Manual of Monsters? Feeling like it doesn’t do today’s Warcraft critters justice? Well, no worries, for in a few short months you can get your hands of the World of Warcraft RPG Monster Guide!

I’m pretty excited about this book, as I’ve wanted to do a new monster book for a long time. The Monster Guide is your one-stop spot for monsters in the WoW RPG. Here’s some publicity-type info:

Brave Azeroth?s Denizens
The undead Scourge dominates Lordaeron and Northrend. Servants of the insidious Burning Legion summon demons. Naga strike from the depths, and troggs burst from dark places beneath the surface. To carve your name into legend, you must match swords, wits, skill, and spell with these and hundreds of other creatures.

A sourcebook for the World of Warcraft Roleplaying Game?
? Over 200 monsters for use in your World of Warcraft Roleplaying Game.
? Many monsters suitable for player character races, such as blood elves, Dark Iron dwarves, naga, and pandaren.
? Includes descriptions and statistics for some of Azeroth?s key villains, such as Baron Geddon, Illidan Stormrage, Lord Kazzak, and Onyxia.
? Includes full rules on monster abilities, on improving monsters, and on using monsters as heroes and villains.

You heard it here first, folks! The scheduled release date is March 2006. As we draw closer to it, expect one or two previews of the ToC variety.

Speaking of schedules…

Alliance Player’s Guide: April 2006

Horde Player’s Guide: June 2006

Luke Johnson
WoW RPG Developer

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Wow Patch 1.8.1 released

A small patch was released by Blizzard addressing few Battlegrounds and User Interface issues.  Those expecting patch 1.9 will have to wait.  Blizzard recently announced that the new patch that will introduce Ahn’Qiraj instance for 20 players and 40 players raids will take a bit longer than usual to be released.  In the mean time, below you have minor fixes added to patch 1.8.

Tigole (Quest Designer Jeff Kaplan)
“We’re busy working on Patch 1.9. Patch 1.9 is going to be one of our biggest content updates to date featuring not one, but two raid zones. The Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj (20 person raid zone) will be on par with Zul’Gurub in difficulty, perhaps slightly harder (but not by much). The Temple of Ahn’Qiraj (40 person raid zone) is absolutely massive, and will be around the same difficulty level of Blackwing Lair. Some of the earlier monsters in the 40 person area might be slightly easier than BWL but as guilds progress to the end, they’ll find a zone on par with BWL.

We’re also hard at work on a pretty epic world event that will lead to the opening of the gates of Ahn’Qiraj. More information will be coming out about this from our community team in the near future. Needless to say, it’s going to be cool =].

Because of the sheer scope of what we’re going to include in 1.9.0 the development cycle might take slightly longer than the 1.8.0 cycle”

Patch Notes below:

BlizzCon: Richard A. Knaak Book Signing

Richard A. Knaak send word that he was invited by TOKYOPOP, & SIMON & SCHUSTER pocketbooks to participate in book signings at BlizzCon in Anaheim, California.  Make sure to bring your Warcraft; Day of the Dragon, War of the Ancients Trilogy or Warcraft Manga, or any other pocketbook for a book signing.

Richard A. Knaak takes the chance to let fans know that War of the Ancients: The Sundering is available in paperback now.  And reminds Diablo II fans that DIABLO: MOON OF THE SPIDER will be out by December 2005, featuring Zayl the Necromancer.  We will have the bookcover artwork soon.

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BlizzCon Will Call Hours Announced

Blizzard announced the will call registration hours for BlizzCon. Registration envelopes will be available for pickup at the registration booth in the Anaheim Convention Center beginning Wednesday, October 26 and continuing to Saturday, October 29. The registration booth is located in the Hall A lobby and is open from 11:00 AM PDT to 7:00 PM PDT on Wednesday and Thursday and from 9:00 AM PDT to 6:00 PM PDT on Friday and Saturday.

Present the credit card used to purchase your online order and receive your BlizzCon badge, souvenir gift card, and concert voucher for any concert tickets you purchased. In order to redeem those concert vouchers for actual concert tickets, you will have to visit the concert window at the Arena Box Office, which is located next to the convention center and is open Thursday from 11:00 AM PDT to 7:00 PM PDT, Friday from 10:00 AM PDT to 10:00 PM PDT, and Saturday from 10:00 AM PDT to 8:00 PM PDT. When you hand in your voucher, you will be given a ticket with an assigned seat. Group seating is not guaranteed, but please note that if you wish to sit with a group of friends, you must all redeem your vouchers together, at the same time

Blizzplanet congratulates our 3 BlizzCon Contest Winners who will get their badges at the Will Call sometime next week.

  • Amyria (Dalaran Realm)

  • Borian (Cenarius Realm)
  • Alumriel (Dragonblight Realm)

Hallow’s End

When the decorations of Hallow’s End light up Azeroth’s cities, you know there’s mischief afoot! Seek special vendors in Orgrimmar or Ironforge and get your hands on treats! Aid a sick orphan in a little trick-or-treating! Deathcaller Yanka, attending the Forsaken’s Wickerman Festival, and Sergeant Hartman of Southshore are seeking your aid in keeping the enemy out of their holiday affairs—are you up to the challenge?

Be sure to visit the In-Game Events page of the Community section for screenshots!

Halloween Contests!

Pumpkin-Carving Contest!
October’s longstanding tradition is upon us! Every year, Blizzard encourages legions of gamers to attack countless pumpkins with sharp utensils in the name of art, and this year is no exception. Take inspiration from any Blizzard game you like and carve your pumpkin in the theme of that game.

Halloween Screenshot Contest!
All Hallow’s Eve is almost upon us, and the inhabitants of Azeroth are reveling in their own frightful festivities! It?s time to polish the lens of your Super Snapper FX and capture those monstrous moments.

Winners of both contests will receive:

  • One Copy of World of Warcraft

  • A six month subscription of “game time” to the World of Warcraft gaming service applied to the World of Warcraft account of their choosing.

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.

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

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