Aaron Rosenberg Q&A - Starcraft: Queen of Blades Pocket Book
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|Aaron Rosenberg awed fans during the public Q&A dedicated and open to all Starcraft fans. Witness the training of Tassadar into the Dark Templar philosophy with assistance of Zeratul. Deal with Raynor’s guilt and his interaction with the Protoss. Unravel the dark plans of the Overmind behind the birth of the Queen of Blades.
The public Q&A with Aaron Rosenberg—veteran Star Trek, Warhammer and D&D Books writer – was scheduled by Blizzplanet and took place at WCRadio IRC Server irc.wowirc.com #wowradio with Karrius and Athalus moderating the channel and participated during the interview with their own questions and taking questions from the fans. The interview lasted two hours and forty minutes.
The following is the plot of the pocket book Queen of Blades, if you missed it during the promotion:
The book novel plot is from Jim Raynor’s point of view, and it details the events that occur on planet Char, specifically the interactions between Raynor, Kerrigan, Tassadar, and Zeratul. However, look forward to reading in-depth the training of Tassadar into the Dark Templar teachings by Zeratul.
“Former marshall-turned-rebel Jim Raynor has broken away from the power-crazed Emperor Arcturus Mengsk. Enraged over Mengsk’s betrayal of the powerful telepath, Sarah Kerrigan, to the ravenous Zerg, Raynor has lost all faith in his fellow humanity.
Yet, in the aftermath of Mengsk’s treachery, Raynor is plagued by strange visions of Char—a deadly volcanic world haunted by horrifying alien creatures. As the nightmares grow in intensity, Raynor begins to suspect that they may not be figments of his imagination—but a desperate form of telepathic contact. Convinced that the woman he loves is still alive, Raynor launches a mission to rescue Kerrigan from Char. But deep beneath the planet’s smoldering surface, Raynor finds a strange chrysalis . . . and is forced to watch in horror. as a terrible, all-too-familiar entity arises from it.
Before him stands a creature of malice and vengeance . . . Sarah Kerrigan : The Zerg Queen of Blades.”
Karrius: The channel is now moderated. Only voiced members will be able to speak. If you have a question, please PM it to me (Karrius)
Medievaldragon: Welcome, Aaron.
athalus: Welcome Aaron. Would you like to start by introducing yourself?
AaronR: Sure. I’m Aaron Rosenberg, but everyone probably knew that by now. What else can I say to introduce myself that isn’t already covered by my bios?
Medievaldragon: How was the approach of Simons & Schuster Pocket Books publisher when they asked you to write Starcraft: Queen of Blades? What details did they give you when they present to you the starcraft book deal?
AaronR: How was it? It was great, actually. They’ve been very easy to work with. I talked with the Pocket Books editor and also with Blizzard’s representative. We discussed what sort of book they’d like to see, and Blizzard had something in particular they wanted someone to cover. They mentioned it to me and it sounded great so we went from there.
Basically they wanted a follow-up of sorts to Starcraft: Liberty’s Crusade. That book, of course, covers the events of the first story arc in the game. They wanted a novel to cover the second major arc, the Queen of Blades storyline.
Medievaldragon: Do you and Chris Metzen contact each other along the development of the book?
AaronR: Absolutely. Chris was involved right from the start—I bounced the outline off him several times, and he gave me great input every time. Then he looked over the chapters as I wrote them and helped make sure they stayed true to the game in every detail. He was great to work with.
Medievaldragon: A fan just submited a question. It is similar to one of mine so I will shoot it out.
wowradio0357: Did you play the game or how did you make yourself familiar with the starcraft universe?
Medievaldragon: Mine was similar: Did you play the Starcraft game to read through the campaigns lore and to have a better feeling of what Starcraft players know of the game?
AaronR: I had played Starcraft a little bit beforehand, so I knew the basics. But once I started talking to Chris Metzen and to Pocket Books, I boned up on it. They also gave me some excellent details, including a lot of the in-game dialogue, which helped considerably to have it all in one place.
Medievaldragon: Do you know why Blizzard Entertainment picked a book set in their first Starcraft game, rather than a Broodwar or post-Broodwar setting?
AaronR: I think they really wanted to present the details there. It should help the later settings as well because it provides readers—and players—with more insight into the Zerg Brood and its past, goals, structure, etc. It also provides a lot of detail about the Protoss.
Medievaldragon: Hmm, that sounds like there are more Starcraft books in the horizon.
Starcraft Ghost console game is post-broodwar, but it is interesting to see Keith R.A. DeCandido writing the backstory of Nova set by the time of Liberty’s Crusade, which is not too far from your book’s time-frame. So I wonder if DeCandido’s book plot and yours will converge somewhere
AaronR: I’ll have to read his book and find out.
That character doesn’t appear anywhere in Queen of Blades, unfortunately, and this novel is kept to a tight location and timeframe. But some of the events may influence each other.
I suspect Blizzard Entertainment wants to tie the novels in, at least in the sense of their coming from the same timeframe. It gives the Nova story a sense of continuity and history.
Medievaldragon: That may be correct. Keith R.A. DeCandido told me in our recent interview that his STARCRAFT GHOST: NOVA book is set in the time-frame picking up after Jeff Grubb’s STARCRAFT: LIBERTY’S CRUSADE—as a prequel to the Console Game. Michael “Mike” Liberty makes a cameo appearance in the Ghost book too.
There are some fans here from Australia, so I will pick some questions from the fans instead of asking all of my scheduled questions. Those fans from Australia and Asia timezones, please submit your question to Karrius. Europe and USA timezones, please let give Asia priority. Some of them told me they haven’t slept—waiting since 1am-4am for the Q&A to start. They are 12-16 hours ahead in time (early morning).
AaronR: I have to say, that’s very cool to be chatting with people from all over like this.
Medievaldragon: And we thank you for spending some time with all of us. I know you are busy with two books and recently became a dad. Congrats by the way.
AaronR: My pleasure to be here.
Karrius: Here’s a question that was asked by several people. Which of the three races is your favorite to play? To write about?
AaronR: Protoss, definitely. They’ve got such an amazing history, so full of potential and flaws and a strange combination of compromise and dignity.
Karrius: Along those lines, rise—representing SCLegacy Staff asks: To what extent are Zeratul and Tassadar featured within the novel?
AaronR: They’re heavily featured, actually. Though the novel’s title is Starcraft: Queen of Blades, it’s told from Jim Raynor’s point of view, and it’s all about his encounters with not only Kerrigan (the transformed version) but also with Zeratul and Tassadar. I got to show the first encounter between Templar and Dark Templar since the Dark Templar left Aiur, which was awesome.
Medievaldragon: wowradio0357 asks: When and why did you choose to become a writer?
AaronR: Heh, that’s a big question—how much time do we have?
Medievaldragon: heh, all the time you wish to give us!
AaronR: I’ve always loved to write, ever since I was a kid. I won awards for creative writing in elementary school, and was submitting short stories in my teens (though none of those sold). I majored in English in college (after an abortive stint as an illustration major) and intended to teach writing and be a writer at the same time. I got half of it right.
AaronR: That’s the short version, of course.
Medievaldragon: At the end of the Q&A I will provide a link so that fans may read Aaron Rosenberg’s bibliography and of course, his blog URL
Karrius: branden asks: What is the format when you write your stories? Do you write the ending first? Do you write each scene and piece them together?
Medievaldragon: Perspective switching. I like that writing style.
AaronR: I’m a big fan of outlining—I actually taught time management classes in school and focused on how to outline and break down tasks, and I guess it stuck. I work out the outline first, then flesh it out a bit, then I use the outline as a framework for my story—I copy it into a new document and flesh out each section as I go. It makes it easy for me to see how each piece fits.
Which isn’t to say I don’t know what the ending will be in advance—or at least think I do. Often as you write things change, characters do something different than you expected, and you have to alter the outline to suit.
Karrius: Did you make any changes like that with Queen of Blades?
AaronR: Absolutely. Several times I had thought a character (usually Raynor himself) would do one thing and, when it reached that point, he surprised me by shaking his head and saying, “No, that’s stupid. I’m doing this instead.” And I had to scramble to keep up. In every case, though, what he chose made so much more sense for him, and made it a stronger story and a better book.
Medievaldragon: GG-exvodsPhoenix from GosuGamers.net Staff asks: Do you know anything about Blizzard’s future plans for Starcraft besides Starcraft: Ghost and the Nova novel?
AaronR: I don’t know much about their future plans, no. I wish I did. I’m hoping to do another StarCraft book myself. We’ll see what happens.
Medievaldragon: GG-EntropyZero from GosuGamers.net Staff asks: Do you have any restrictions on how much you can diverge from the original storyline history or what you can write about?—This is a good question. Blizzard allowed Richard A. Knaak to do time traveling in Warcraft’s War of the Ancients Trilogy.
AaronR: That’s a tough call. I love Raynor, he’s the POV so I was inside his head the most, but I also really like Tassadar. He’s just such a noble figure. I think my favorites may have been some of the smaller characters, though, like Matt Horner, who’s the captain and pilot of the Hyperion. He doesn’t have as much “screen time” but he was a lot of fun to write.
I was told to stick close to the established details. But in at least one case I did something a little different than what they’d had or expected and they decided to use what I’d done.
One of the great things about writing a book like this is the chance to peek behind the scenes, and take the readers with you. We knew that Raynor met Tassadar and Zeratul on Char. But we didn’t know what exactly happened between them. I got to develop that.
It’s a challenge to flesh things out in a way that makes sense and is exciting while sticking to existing details, but that makes it more exciting, esp. when it goes well.
Karrius: Clokr asks: Do you know if the book will be translated into Spanish, or other languages?
AaronR: I don’t know, actually. I hope so! I know they’ve translated some of their other recent novels, and it would be great if they did the same with Queen of Blades.
Medievaldragon: What characters of Starcraft can you safely confirm will make a cameo appearance in your book besides Tassadar and Zeratul? Or is it secret?
AaronR: Duke is in there. So are the Cerebrates Zasz and Daggoth. And of course the Overmind. I don’t think it’s a secret. Mengsk doesn’t appear, which is a shame—I’d love to write him! But he wasn’t anywhere near Char. And Reporter Michael “Mike” Liberty has a very brief cameo at the start.
Medievaldragon: rise asks: How would you describe Kerrigan’s state of mind throughout the course of the story?
AaronR: It evolves. They all do—Kerrigan, Raynor, Tassadar, and Zeratul all have attitude changes and mindset-shifts through the course of the book. Kerrigan goes from being stunned and overwhelmed to really accepting her new situation and even reveling in it. At the same time, there are hints of regret and lingering desire, even occasionally hope for something different.
Medievaldragon: I don’t know if you are able to answer this one, but we will ask either way. Will your book cover the epic sacrifice of Tassadar employing Dark Templar energies to kill the Overmind? This is something fans are expecting in anticipation since the mention of Tassadar and the time-frame the book is set to.
AaronR: Hmm. I think I’m allowed to answer. At least, I hope so.
Medievaldragon: I bet everyone is on the edge of their seats right now, in anticipation.
AaronR: This book does not cover those events. It sets up the events, however—without what takes place on Char, Tassadar would never be able to make that sacrifice, both because he would lack the power for it and because he would not have the right mindset for it.
Gee, I hope that doesn’t turn people away from Queen of Blades.
Rest assured, I’d love to cover that particular event.
Medievaldragon: Not really. Anything with the Starcraft label and with Tassadar and Zeratul in will sell.
AaronR: I hope people come away from Queen of Blades with more insight into both of those characters, and with even more anticipation of Tassadar’s sacrifice.
Karrius: Have you found it difficult to remain true to the StarCraft storyline?
AaronR: Not really, no. The storyline is a great one already, and as I said before, it’s got these amazing things that happen off-stage so I’ve got a lot of room to play and have fun and stay completely in-line with established events.
Karrius: Will your book appeal to non-Starcraft players, or do you think readers need knowledge of the universe going in?
AaronR: I think—I hope—it’ll still be fun for people who don’t know the Starcraft universe beforehand. The Protoss and the Zerg Brood are such great races, and of course I mention previous events in passing, so new readers will be able to pick up what’s going on and why. Even without knowing anything about the game, it’s a book about three races struggling against one another—and within themselves.
Medievaldragon: The plot you provided us last week, has it displayed from Raynor’s point of view. Raynor is an iconic hero character. He is impulsive, and would give his life for a friend – even if it is an alien Protoss. How does your book deal with Raynor’s guilt?
Sarah Kerrigan was left behind. Sure, Arcturus Mengsk handed out the order to retreat, but Raynor obeyed. I am sure your book will go in-depth on Raynor’s feelings letting down a friend. Specially someone he has deep feelings for.
AaronR: Absolutely. That’s a large part of why Raynor’s there on Char—he’s trying to expiate his guilt. But he winds up with new things to feel guilty about, and of course he comes face to face with Kerrigan and what she’s become. She doesn’t make it easy on him, either.
Raynor also has to come to terms with the Protoss and some of their actions before this. So he and Tassadar have some interesting moments as well. And both Tassadar and Zeratul have their own guilt to confront.
Medievaldragon: wowradio0357 says: Will you go in detail about Kerrigans loyalties? Was she loyal to the Overmind before he died?
AaronR: Heh. Yes, that’s a big question throughout the novel of exactly where Kerrigan’s loyalties lie. I do answer that, though as much by showing her interactions as by coming out and saying whether she’s loyal or not. I also mention why there’s a question at all, because the Overmind set things up that way for reasons of his own.
Karrius: How long did it take you to write the book?
AaronR: I started writing it in October, and the final manuscript was approved last month (January). Of course, that includes time for editing and licensing approval, so it’s hard to say exactly how long I spent at the keyboard.
Karrius: rise asks: “Did you ever become hung up in the writing process? Furthermore, what parts of the novel did you find most difficult to write? And along those lines, were there any characters or scenes you didn’t enjoy writing?”
AaronR: I didn’t get hung up, no. Once I had the outline in place, and a sense of the book’s story in my head, it flowed along nicely. The most difficult scenes were probably the ones with the Zerg Brood taking center-stage, just because it’s tough to write characters who don’t talk and have such alien features. Protoss don’t speak out loud but at least they talk telepathically so it’s easier to convey emotion and attitude with them.
Actually, I enjoyed writing all of it. Some of the scenes got me more enthused than others, of course, like the ones with confrontations between any of the four major characters. Hmm. I guess I’d say the first chapter was the hardest to write after all. Once that was in everything started moving much more quickly, for Raynor and for me, and it all jumped. But that first one, getting into the groove for it, was a little more difficult.
Karrius: Nub4o asks: “Does Kerrigan use any of her psionic powers, such as her storm or entangle in the book?”
AaronR: She does indeed. We get to see her in her full glory as the Queen of Blades. We also get to see both Tassadar and Zeratul flexing their mental muscles.
Karrius: What about the Dark Templar? Do they play a major role in the book, or just Zeratul?
AaronR: They do play a major role. Zeratul’s the one we get to know best, of course, but he’s got a full complement of Dark Templar with him.
Karrius: You said that Queen of Blades was from Raynor’s point of view. Do you always write in first-person?
AaronR: Actually the novel is in third-person limited. So it’s attached to Raynor, and inside his head, but not first-person “I.” But no, I vary what Point-of-view I use depending upon the demands of the story.
Medievaldragon: wowradio0357 Asks: “Is the Matriarch Raszagal making a cameo appearance?—she leads the Dark Templar.”
AaronR: No, Zeratul’s the lead Dark Templar in Queen of Blades. We do, however, catch a glimpse of another major Protoss leader.
NOTE: Raszagal is the leader of the Dark Templars, but the book will only cover the events of Char, not Shakuras, in this specific time-frame. Thus, Raszagal still does not play a role at this point in time within the book.
Karrius: Do we learn any new things about the history of the Starcraft universe, like the creation of the races, or is it all expanding on events that have taken place?
Medievaldragon: Some books do a perspective of a character remembering past events in his mind or talking about them.
AaronR: I don’t get to cover the creation, unfortunately. I do get to provide a little more Protoss history, however—some things that may have been hinted at before but weren’t openly discussed or detailed as far as I know.
Raynor certainly remembers several events from the recent past. So do Tassadar and Zeratul.
Karrius: You understand that you just made up for not covering Tassadar’s sacrifice, right?
AaronR: Really? Excellent!
Medievaldragon: I have something to say about that.
Medievaldragon: Some fans may wonder why Blizzard chose this retro-story for this book instead of a Brood War or Post-Brood War story. However, Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, where we kill Medivh (Human Campaign Chapter 8) was released back on 1995, yet Warcraft: The Last Guardian Book was released on 2002, and from there the Warcraft books have made a boom with 10 pocket books so far released. So—I am assuming Blizzard Entertainment is laying down the path, with the release of Starcraft: Queen of Blades, for more Starcraft books in the future to expand the lore—in case there is a Starcraft 2 game in the horizon.
AaronR: I certainly hope so. I know there are a lot of great stories still waiting to be told in the StarCraft universe, both before and after Queen of Blades. And each one can build on those that came before, even ones that take place later within the setting’s timeline.
Karrius: Are there any scenes or stories you hope to cover in future Starcraft books? Favorite events in the game, for example.
AaronR: Well, as I said above I’d love to do the Invasion of Aiur and Tassadar’s Sacrifice. That’s first and foremost. I’d also love to write Mengsk, especially. If / when he gets his cumuppance. And this isn’t detailed in the game itself but I think Michael “Mike” Liberty is a great character and I’d love to see what happens to him next.
Medievaldragon: Something that fans should know—that we havent covered. You are a veteran writer of D&D and Star Trek books among other fantasy/sci-fi titles. How do you fit your expertise in Star Trek with the intergalactic setting of Starcraft?
AaronR: They’re such different settings, actually. Star Trek is very clean, very neat, very orderly. StarCraft is grittier, darker, much more visceral. I also feel that the races in StarCraft—perhaps because we have so few of them—are tied together more closely than most of the races in Star Trek. The Protoss and the Zerg Brood are interconnected in a way that only the Vulcans and Romulans can rival, I think.
Karrius: Are there any new characters, vehicles, weapons, or creatures in the book that we’ll see in later books or games?
Oh, you probably want more of an answer than that.
I hope certain Protoss will appear in later books. I’d love for a few of Raynor’s crew to show up as well.
Medievaldragon: If you had to compare the Protoss with a Star Trek Race, what would it be? Or did you feel they had a bit of each of some Star Trek Races?
AaronR: I think they’re an amazing cross of Vulcan and Klingon, actually. They have some of the Vulcans’ logic and grace but they also have the Klingons’ more martial spirit and structure, especially. When you look at some of their history. And of course they have a group who split off and has formed its own culture, though not to the same extent as the Romulans, certainly.
Karrius: You’ve worked on several RPG books, including those for Warcraft. Are you currently working on any other Warcraft RPG books? With the success of the Warcraft RPG, have you heard anything about the Starcraft RPG being brought back?
AaronR: I’m not working on any of the Warcraft books right now, no. Last one I did was the World of Warcraft: Lands of Mystery. A few of the others didn’t fit in my schedule, in part because of Queen of Blades. I haven’t heard anything about the StarCraft RPG coming back yet. I’d love it if it did, though. And I think, with the World of WarCraft RPG doing well, there’s a good chance for it. I know I’d be up for writing on it.
Medievaldragon: World of Warcraft RPG: Lands of Mystery will ship on Monday, April 3, 2006
AaronR: I think so. I’m looking forward to seeing it—it’s always very cool to see what they do with the text, especially what illos they create to accompany it.
Medievaldragon: The Lands of Mystery book—Luke Johnson said in our previous Q&A is from the point of view of Brann Bronzebeard, brother of King Magni of Ironforge
AaronR: Ah, and actually I remember now that I did the World of Warcraft: Alliance Players Guide after that one. I got them backwards in my head. Yeah, Brann’s a great character. It was a lot of fun writing from his viewpoint.
Medievaldragon: Alliance Players Guide is set for May 2006. However the White Wolf website has no official release. Date could change. Are there some details of World of Warcraft: Lands of Mystery you are authorized to give away? Lands of Mystery has Brann exploring Northrend, Undermine, Kalimdor, Echo Isles, and the South Seas.
AaronR: Hmm. You seem to know a lot already.
We got to detail those lands, which was a lot of fun (I had Northrend). We also detailed a lot of the characters you find there, and several races.
Medievaldragon: So if this book has the same format as its prequel—Warcraft: Lands of Conflict, Will Brann describe the geography of each place, give lore about each zone and region, and important places within Ashenvale, Tanaris, Feralas, Undermine and such?
AaronR: Same format. We used Lands of Conflict as a template because it really came out well.
Karrius: rise asks: “To get into the mindset of the ravenous Zerg, did you watch any of those classic Sci-Fi movies? Alien, Species, Starship Troopers, etc.?”
AaronR: Heh, well, I recently wrote a Starship Troopers RPG supplement for Mongoose Publishing, so I’d reviewed those movies (and the book, and the animated series) already. I love Species (up until the end) and the first three Alien movies, so although I didn’t go back and watch them again specifically they were in my head. So were the Brood from the X-Men comics’ Brood Saga, years back.
Karrius: Starship Troopers, Zerg, and the Nerubians of Northrend… you seem to like your bugs.
AaronR: Well, they are fun to write.
Actually I just love any race or character with a good back story. And sometimes the less human-looking ones are more interesting because they’re more a departure from what we’re used to seeing or reading.
Medievaldragon: rise asks: “How do you portray Raynor’s Raiders? The merry men, or soliders doing their duty to the truth? How do you deal with the interactions between the stressful events and Raynor’s character, in relation to the crew”. Crew that won’t follow orders, traitors among his ranks?
AaronR: His Raiders aren’t merry men, certainly. But they’ve joined him for a variety of reasons. Most of them are following him as much as any ideal, and that’s something Raynor struggles with, particularly when he leads them into the events on Char.
Medievaldragon: Going back to Lands of Mystery—and no I won’t release my bite on it—hehe—did you get to write about the Nerubians in the book? Is there anything about the Faceless Ones in Northrend or the Qiraji in Ahn’Qiraj?
AaronR: I did, actually. I got to do a bit of the Nerubian history, which was very cool. Particularly their war against the Scourge and its aftermath.
Medievaldragon: clears throat! So we got some Faceless Ones lore?
AaronR: I didn’t get to do as much with the Faceless Ones, alas. Nerubians, yes. Which isn’t to say the Faceless Ones don’t show up elsewhere.
Medievaldragon: Thank You! ::releases bite from your ankle::
AaronR: Ah, that feels better. *massages ankle*
Karrius: A question from Zealuu: “Regarding the Queen of Blades novel: Are there any other individuals than the “celebrities” such as Raynor being portrayed more in detail in the book than what they were in the original game? As in getting under the skin of one of those countless soldiers without a name, giving them a personality and face?”
AaronR: I definitely give some of those soldiers personality. And a face.
Two of my favorites in the book fall into that category.
Medievaldragon: Are the Omega Squadron—or any other Squadrons mentioned in the book?
AaronR: I can neither confirm nor deny the existence or presence of such a Squadron.
Medievaldragon: Jackson Hauler is from Nova Squadron, yet SCLegacy says he has a Omega Squadron Insignia somewhere. Are any of the Terran squadrons mentioned at all? You dont need to say the squadron name, but at least could help our curiousity about the book.
AaronR: No, the only squadron (or comparable group) covered in Queen of Blades is Raynor’s Raiders. Not counting the Protoss, of course.
Medievaldragon: This question is a bit off, but a fan wishes to know since you have played the Starcraft Game yourself. Clokr asks: “What do you like of Starcraft best? The story, the gameplay, how the units look like…? and do you prefer Melee Maps or UMS?”—UMS stands for User Map Settings (fan-made trigger maps)
AaronR: The story is my favorite part, but that’s true of almost everything. I approach everything as story and characters first and foremost. Which doesn’t mean I don’t like blowing things up from time to time.
Medievaldragon: ok, we are about to close the Q&A. First, I wish to know … what non-Blizzard projects are you currently working on right now—and what have you released recently that is available on sale?
AaronR: Well, my Exalted novel, The Carnelian Flame, is already out in stores. My Warhammer novel, Day of the Daemon, will be out in May or June. It’s the first book of the Daemon Gates Trilogy, and I’m currently working on the second one, Night of the Daemon.
Medievaldragon: I saw the book cover of Daemon in your blog
AaronR: I’ve also got a short story in the Eberron anthology Tales of the Last War, which should be out from Wizards of the Coast in April.
Medievaldragon: What is your blog URL so that fans may bookmark it?
AaronR: I’ve got a few other projects on tap, and some others I’m talking to publishers about right now, but nothing else I can discuss yet.
AaronR: My blog is https://gryphonrose.blogspot.com.
AaronR: I’m working on getting my professional site set up as well. That’ll be at www.gryphonrose.com. I should have it done in a week or two.
Medievaldragon: If you wanna read some of his books in the bibliography, you can find them in Amazon and Barnes and Noble at https://www.bn.com
Karrius: Thanks for coming, Aaron. Your fans really appreciate it … a bit too much, by some of the messages I got.
AaronR: My pleasure. Thanks for having me.
Medievaldragon: Many thanks for setting up a public Q&A with us. Not everyone has the time to do so, and we know you have sacrificed some of your time with your wife and baby to share details with us. We really appreciate it in America, Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, every corner of the globe present here. We want to mention the fansites or networks that say present here today. I know Gosugamers.net , SCLegacy.com, and Broodwar.de are here with us.
AaronR: Happy to do it. It was a lot of fun. And it’s very cool to connect with fans, especially from all over the world. That’s not something I get to do often.
Medievaldragon: PGTour.net—the #1 Starcraft Tournaments and replay site and although Starcraft.org staff wasn’t able to be here, they were in spirit and read the transcript. Over 75 comments may be read at Starcraft.org and Aaron Rosenberg already read their feedback. Starcraft.org also helped to spread around the news of the Q&A today, however, Entropy from GosuGamers made most of the contacts, and thanks to GFraizer (Nebu) at Blizzard for posting about the Q&A at www.battle.net/scc/—the Starcraft Compendium site and Battle.net Main Page
Medievaldragon: Broodwar.de—from Germany—many thanks, and Judgehype.com from France. Thanks to Relicnews.com for not banning me from their forums for spa—err advertising. (They are a Homeworld 2, Dawn of War, Company of Heroes, Warhammer-type of fansite)
Medievaldragon: And of course, WCRadio for hosting, moderating and conducting the Public Q&A today with Aaron Rosenberg. Athalus, Karrius and I will have a transcript available soon at WCRadio.com and Blizzplanet.com. A copy will be sent to the fansites listed above too, so that the Q&A reaches other countries’ audience
Medievaldragon: Aaron, wish you well. I know many fans are gonna look forward to read STARCRAFT: QUEEN OF BLADES. And hope your Warhammer book too, Daemon Gates Trilogy: Day of the Daemon. I know there are Warhammer fans out there, including Blizzard Developers.
AaronR: Thanks. I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
branden: I love you. Aaron! Have you ever met Richard A. Knaak?
AaronR: I haven’t, actually. I do know Jeff Grubb, though.
Guin: It looks like I missed a good interview in here
Medievaldragon: By the way, Richard A. Knaak told me two days ago that he is coming to New York Comic Con through February 24-26 at the Tokyopop / Pocket Books booth. They will showcase Warcraft Manga – The Sunwell Trilogy, book two: Shadows of Ice, and will officially announce ::Shhh:: the new Diablo Trilogy pocket books.
branden: He is one of my favorite authors. Jeff Grubb is a good author also.
Clokr: heh if I want to read the book soon I’ll have to read it in english ^^;
AaronR: Afraid I need to sign off. But thanks to everyone who was here.
Karrius: Thank you, Aaron!
Clokr: ok good bye
Gimble waves farewell
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