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.”
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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.
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
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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:
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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.
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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 . . .
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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
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We have added few more books found within World of Warcraft, in-game. Some books were found in Darkshire, East Logging Camp in Elwynn Forest, and are now added to our Wow In-Game Books section. The following are new entries:(Post a Comment)
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.
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.
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”
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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?
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.
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.
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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.”
I updated the Ah’Quiraj entry in the Unreleased Instances Lore section. Please feel free to read the fresh info released by Tigole.
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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.
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.
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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.”
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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 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.”
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.”
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 =]
Hellgate Guru ran a Q&A with Flagship Studios CEO Bill Roper, and it seems that the Hellgate: London Alpha or Beta might be somewhere around the corner.
“Hellgate Guru: For my last question: we’d all like to know how far the game is into development, and when can we expect to see a playable alpha/beta of the Hellgate: London?
Bill Roper: We’re in the phase of development where we are generally dumping in lots of content. We’ve defined the “acts” of the game, roughed out how we’re moving the story along through those levels, and have huge lists of tasks we’re ticking off one by one. As for timing on an Alpha and Beta – stay tuned!”
There are five new screenshots of Starcraft: Ghost available and a new Wallpaper. There is been a lot of updates lately, as we near BlizzCon.
It has been announced that Blizzard has won the Blizzard vs BNETD case.
“A federal appeals court has ruled that computer programmers do not have the right to reverse-engineer Blizzard Entertainment’s video games to improve their playability.”
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Blizzard is calling to the heart of all Blizzard players to donate to the Red Cross, to facilitate the help offered to victims of the hurricane Katrina in the southern zones of United States, specially those of New Orleans(Lousiana)
Help the Red Cross!
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the individuals and families affected by Hurricane Katrina. We encourage everyone to assist the federal, state, and local organizations doing vital work on the ground by making a donation to the relief efforts. The Department of Homeland Security has asked that donations be made in the form of financial contributions, rather than supplies, which are difficult to get into the affected areas at this time. If you would like to make a donation to the relief efforts, please contact the American Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org; 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-4357-669).
Blizzard released a new feature that may be exciting to some hardcore players: The Player vs. Player rankings. You can now look up the rankings for your realm and your faction (Horde or Alliance) on the website. These listings are updated weekly. The new feature will make your player vs. player experience more enjoyable.
Recently, an interview revealed that Swingin’ Ape Studios, acquired by Blizzard as its new console studio, has scrapped most of Nihilistic’s work, from engine to storyline; and rebuilding the engine from the bottom up. With that said, Blizzard is looking for a talented 3D Enviromental Artist.
Blizzard Console is looking for an experienced and versatile 3D Environmental Artist with great problem solving skills. If you have the experience and the vision to help bring Blizzard games to the console gamers of the world, then see our 3D Environmental Artist posting for more information. Console also has many exciting positions open here.
Caydiem made a brainstorming revelation concerning Zul’Gurub instance to be released in Patch 1.7 within few weeks. Caydiem started a after-midnight teasing spree through many posts in the same thread. A new mount is to be discovered within the ancient ruins of the Stranglethorn Troll Empire. What could it be?:
Caydiem: “Oh, there’s word on a Zul’Gurub mount.
It’s not called “Reins of the Bengal Tiger”, but the look miiiiight make those of you seeking that ol’ mount happy. 😀 “
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