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 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 athalus@wcradio.com  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%

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