Warcraft Legends Vol. 4 is shockful of goodies with stories based on the Bloodsail Buccaneers and the Darkmoon Faire by Christie Golden. And the conclusion of the undead tauren Trag Highmountain saga by Richard A. Knaak. What happens when noble tauren arrives at Arthas the Lich King’s front door with an ancient weapon even the dragon aspects would be frightened of? With Warcraft: Legends Vol. 4 you have a little taste of swashbuckling adventures with the Bloodsail Buccaneers. Volume 4 will be available at local and online bookstores on June 16, 2009.
Some of the world’s best manga creators join together to bring the world of Warcraft to life as never before! Between these covers lie tales of adventure, treachery, humor and bravery. Told from both Alliance and Horde point of view, these stories have entertained the likes of travelers, soldiers and thieves in taverns, inns and camps all throughout Azeroth. They have endured the trials of time and have earned the title of legend. Whether this is your first journey into Azeroth, or merely the latest in a long line of visits, this collection will not soon be forgotten!
Avast thar, matey! This be Captain Bloodvein, the most cutthroat pirate to ever sail the South Seas of Azeroth! Usually I care not for books (lest they be used to fuel the roarin
What’s special about this Limited Collector’s Edition?
First Edition Hardcover Copy of Arthas
Christie Golden’s Signature
Certificate of Authenticity
Collectors Leather Gift Box
This is a very sweet deal for the hardcore lore fans who wish to keep this treasure well-protected in its own leather gift box, personally signed by Christie Golden. They are a limited edition with only 5,000 printed for this collection. Pre-orders are available here. There are five shipping options: USPS Standard Mail ($5.95), USPS Priority Mail ($8.95), Fedex Ground, Fedex 2-Day and Fedex Overnight. All options show you an approximate date of arrival.
All of these books are autographed personally by Christie Golden as you can read at her personal blog. Stay tuned for the announcement of our upcoming live public chat with Christie Golden where you will be able to ask the author anything about WoW: Arthas. Your efforts to resist are futile. Let Frostmourne claim your soul.
The World of Warcraft: Arthas Galleys that Blizzplanet and WorldofWar.net gave away to fans have been shipped. Those sent to international winners are almost about to hit touch down probably today or tomorrow. The USA winners will get theirs around Monday, March 23 according to their tracking number details.
I have just emailed all the tracking number to all the winners. I really hope they are as excited as me, and that they enjoy this awesome novel by Christie Golden. You can read my review of World of Warcraft: Arthas here.
On a side note, stay tuned in upcoming days for the announcement of the date/time of our exclusive live public Q&A with Christie Golden for anyone who has questions about World of Warcraft: Arthas, or who wish to ask about her previous or upcoming novels; or just to say hi, or I LOVE YOU.
I really, really wish to thank Jaime and Simon & Schuster, Inc.—they not only provided all these 20 galleys to giveaway … they also took care of all the work behind creating UPS and DHL delivery waybill codes for each winner living either in USA, Canada or Europe. You guys are the best.
Everyone please, make sure to pre-order your copy of World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King at their website as a special thanks for this and future giveaway contests. Hopefully the next giveaway is for the Starcraft: The Dark Templar, Twilight (June 30)
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Starcraft Ghost: Spectres (Keith R.A. DeCandido, December 2009Update: Got email from Simon & Schuster sending me some corrections. Spectres accurate schedule is June 2010)
From my inside contacts I know the Starcraft Ghost: Academy trilogy (TOKYOPOP) by Keith R.A. Decandido is scheduled on 2010, and Aaron Rosenberg will write a sequel to Starcraft: Queen of Blades—as revealed in our interview with Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson at the 2009 New York Comic Con. It might likely be on sale by 2010. (Update: Simon & Schuster informed me today there is no Rosenberg book scheduled.
I think Chris Metzen told me outside the interview that he had written a story in Starcraft: Frontline Vol. 4 featuring Jim Raynor (Update: Tokyopop confirmed it is volume 4 – street date October 13, 2009). So keep an eye on that one for sure.
Now fresh from the oven, you can count with another StarCraft novel by Graham McNeil.
Blizzard Entertainment has announced a new promotion partnership between World of Warcraft and Mountain Dew Soft Beverage will hit stores very soon in two flavors: the Wild Fruit and the Citrus Cherry. The Game Fuel edition was announced on April 2007 and featured a higher caffeine content compared to other brands, which fit in line with the marketing goals toward players expecting the release of Halo 3 who planned to play it for many hours straight.
The Game Fuel edition had been absent from the market for a while. Pepsi released the Halo 3 Xbox 360 Limited Edition Mountain Dew: Game Fuel on August 13, 2007. Back then, some gamers would play Halo 3 for three days straight. The promotion campaign ran through 12 weeks, and was removed from the market on November 2007. This really makes me wonder if this promotion has anything to do with the new World of Warcraft expansion that might no doubt be announced on August 2009 at BlizzCon.
These game fuel came on a 20-ounce bottle for a total of 120 milligrams of caffeine per bottle. It would keep people awake indeed.
Coincidentially, it was Citrus Cherry flavored like the Horde Edition. Back then, the nutrition facts for this flavor was an Estimated Percent of Calories from: Fat 0.0%, Carbs 108.2%, and Protein 0.0%.
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g 0%
In the near future, you’ll be able to see World of Warcraft characters in a new place—the beverage aisle. This summer, Mountain Dew will launch Game Fuel in two World of Warcraft-inspired flavors—Alliance Blue (wild fruit flavor) and Horde Red (citrus cherry flavor)—available for a limited time only. We’ll be announcing further details in the coming months, so stay tuned.
This is the last day of TOKYOPOP’s Warcraft Legends Marathon celebrating the official release date of Warcraft Legends Vol. 3. Today the story is titled: Family Values, written by Aaron Sparrow. It is chapter 4 of Warcraft Legends Vol. 2. This story will be available only for 24 hours, so make sure to check it out. Press the square button on the bottom-right to zoom in.
We have been covering the Warcraft Legends Marathon in the past days, and hope you have loved the free stories TOKYOPOP has allowed fans to read. For that matter, I wish to share with you a special offer announced today by TOKYOPOP at one of their affiliate bookstores that knocks 33% off the retail price on all graphic novel mangas including Warcraft and Starcraft. And that includes Pre-orders. If you would love to start collecting the Warcraft mangas, this is the right time to do so. Let me tell you how to. Note: I created and account, and tested the coupon code and without. It does work.
1. Register an account at RightStuf.com—and login.
2. Click on the Purchase links at each manga page (below) to keep adding books to your shopping cart.
3. When you are done with your purchases, click the shopping cart button at the bottom of the page. (You have the option to pay through a secure server or via Fax/Mailed Order.)
4. Press the Ready to Check Out button on the top right and enter the following coupon code:
Coupon Code: infusion Expires: Monday, March 16, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. CST
You will find the Coupon Code option textbox at Step 3: Shipping and Tax page.
The links below will take you straight into each Manga page for convenience.
TOKYOPOP shows in today’s Warcraft Legend Marathon, the story by Grace Randolph titled Divided from volume 2. This story will be available free until Monday. This is an interesting story about Dougan and Adena’s twin daughters Lieren and Loania. Both had been risen up by foster parents and did not know of the existence of their own sister. Lieren was brought up by Kardan under Wildhammer culture and wore the clothing and tatoos as daughter of Kardan
Loania on the other hand was brought up by Voldana of Quel’danil under the high elf culture. Lieren wanted Kardan to tell her the story of her father, to which he always refused to talk about. The story starts in Storm Peaks with Elder Mastran telling to various young Wildhammer dwarves the tale of the Three Hammers War where Thane Khardros killed Modgud at Grim Batol. One day Lieren followed Kardan on her gryphon Graysoar to Quel’danil. There she was confused by a high elf with her twin sister Loania. When dragged to her quarters, both twins faced each other for the first time thinking this a magic mockery played by the high elf.
Voldana and Kardan decided to tell the story about their human parents. Voldana (high elf archer), Kardan (dwarf) and Dougan (Human Paladin) fought the Horde together during the Second War. After the war, Dougan sent mail to both his comrades in arms to visit him at Grand Hamlet. Darkness had set upon Grand Hamlet, and townsfolk were sent to investigate Karazhan. They theorized it had to do with their ailment. Dark creatures had been molesting the area lately. It is confirmed in this manga (finally) that Darkshire was formerly Grand Hamlet.
Voldana, Kardan and Dougan went to Karazhan to rescue the townsfolk that had gone to investigate, but they fled from the horrors within. Dougan couldn’t make it as he was dragged by monstrous hands back in. Voldana and Kardan did not dare to return, and thought Dougan dead. They informed his widow Adena, but her spirit deteriorated with the ill news. They brought a healer from Raven Hill, and decided to take care of the twin sisters to amend their guilt for leaving their father behind in Karazhan.
Kardan and Voldana agree to take the twin sisters to Duskwood after both demanded to meet their mother Adena. Mounted on gryphons and dragonhawks they travel to Darkshire where they find an abandoned house and get raided by ghouls. The Ebon Watch came to the rescue, and they talk to Commander Ebonlocke who informs them Adena is dead. Both twins won’t be easily persuaded and request to see her grave.
Both find out their mother had suicided shortly after Kardan and Voldana left with the babies and was buried in Raven Hill. She now roams Raven Hill Cemetery as a Undead. All of them fight their way through undead, and the twins slay their mother to set her spirit free from the curse of undead. They bury her near a river between Quel’danil and Aerie Peak, and promise to travel to Karazhan when they are older enough to face the dangers therein.
The DC Comics – Wildstorm StarCraft Comic Book is about to launch on May 27, but you—the fan—can start pre-ordering the first 12-issues for the price of $29.99. The comic book will arrive at your home automatically for the next 12 months.
The subscription page is here. Simply fill all the personal info marked in red text. Add your credit card details, and you are set up. International orders pay an extra $12.00 for shipping of the 12-issues.
Stay tuned for our upcoming interview and exclusive preview scans.
Today, Chapter 3 of Warcraft Legends Vol. 1 is available: How to Win Friends—by Dan Jolley. (47 pages). Watch on the media player below.
On March 17, Warcraft: Legends Vol. 3 goes on sale in bookstores everywhere. To celebrate, TOKYOPOP is sponsoring a FREE Warcraft: Legends marathon! Eight stories in eight days—just enough time to get hyped up for the next installment of Warcraft Legends.
And while you’re checking out these stories, make sure you check out the Warcraft: Legends Vol. 3 Preview HERE.
I will provide a link to each Marathon day everyday to make it easier for you to find them. This is a real nice touch by TOKYOPOP to let you read these for free.
TOKYOPOP released part 2 of the Warcraft Legends Marathon allowing you to read Vol. 1’s story: The Journey by Troy Lewter—for free—in celebration of their upcoming Warcraft Legends Vol. 3. Get back tomorrow for the next story.
The Balnir Farmstead has a past mystery … a place that holds a dark secret that no one but Prince Arthas Menethil knows. A secret that would be dragged within for years. A secret that would forever damn his soul.
Read our preview of World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King.
Watch our video interview with Chris Metzen & Micky Neilson about Arthas, Rise of the Lich King and WoW: Stormrage
I finished reading the book and I am ready to tell fans my experience without spoiling much. At least nothing you haven’t already seen in Warcraft III. For those catching up, we got some World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King galleys to giveaway to fans—courtesy of Simon & Schuster and Blizzard Entertainment. A galley is an uncorrected proof (a special advance reader’s edition not-for-sale). The advantage is that you get to read the book nearly two months ahead before they hit bookstores.
On to the review, Christie Golden has done an excellent work researching many previous books by other authors, and playing Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its Frozen Throne expansion. We get to see Arthas at age 9 and how his life and experiences shaped up what one day would be a Prince sacrificing everything zealously for his people, to be able to claim Frostmourne in order to defeat the dreadlord Mal’Ganis.
We see Sir Anduin Lothar, Khadgar and a young Prince Varian Wrynn arriving at Capital City to inform about the fall of Stormwind—an exact scene from World of Warcraft: Tides of Darkness by Aaron Rosenberg—but from the point of view of a young Arthas hiding on the upper gallery to witness the scene. We see how Varian and Arthas play together, except Varian had been trained since childhood, while Arthas was overprotected from such trainings by his father.
The love triangle between Kael, Jaina and Arthas is explored in-depth throughout two chapters and a half. Christie works her usual magic here developing feelings and passions. We get to briefly see many characters of the Warcraft universe, and various scenes from the point of view of Arthas. We get to see that scene in Day of the Dragon when Lord Daval Prestor (Deathwing) was chosen to marry Calia Menethil when she was age 16. A scene from World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal when Muradin walks in into Capital City to find a young Arthas playing make-believe attacking illusory orcs with his training sword. This leads Muradin to volunteer to train him.
Something I found quite refreshing was the use of World of Warcraft festivities throughout the length of the book. Noblegarden, the Midsummer Fire Festival, the Hallow’s End, and the Feast of Winter Veil to develop the relationship between Arthas and Jaina together as years go by. As some people know, Christie Golden has been a World of Warcraft player for the past years on a RP-server. She knows the game with a passion.
Arthas visiting Durnholde Keep on behalf of his father, as he starts taking bigger responsibilities as a Prince. Meeting Thrall fight other adversaries at the Gladiator Arena. His induction ceremony at the Cathedral of Light where he was ordained a Paladin of the Order of the Silver Hand.
You will love how accurately Christie depicts the scenes from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos word by word as things are said either in the mission briefings or the in-game engine’s cinematics—fleshing out those parts in between to connect with the next campaign maps.
For example, remember that scene where Arthas awaits Jaina? The soldier asks Arthas if they should help Jaina. Enter Jaina …. fleeing from Ogres. She turns around and handles them on her own with the help of a Water Elemental.
That scene when they find the plagued silo, find two elven priests and even a dwarven mortar team. Then arrive to the granary and find an Abomination.
Jaina: “By the Light—- that creature looks like it was sewn together from different corpses!”
Arthas: “Let’s study it after we kill it, okay?”
The scene where Arthas calls Uther a traitor and disbands the Order of the Silver Hand. The Cunning of Stratholme. The search for Frostmourne and the apparent demise of Mal’Ganis. Walk the halls toward the throne room of Lordaeron Capital City. Find out what went through Arthas’ mind when touching the rose petals with his gloved fingers.
For continuity’s sake, we see Jaina Proudmoore and Magna Aegwynn (Medivh’s mother) in Theramore (from the pages of World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred by Keith R.A. DeCandido and the current DC comics / Wildstorm World of Warcraft Comic Book). As well as various scenes from the Wrath of the Lich King expansion with brief cameos of Tuskarr and Taunka races.
The book goes as far as Warcraft III: Frozen Throne’s Undead Campaign from start to end. There is only two major omissions that I have to acknowledge may have been due to space just 25 pages away from the last page. The lapse between fighting Sapphiron to entering the gates to the Inner Kingdom was completely skipped. And the major turn off is that the Forgotten One is not even mentioned as even happening.
The epilogue presents what happened these past four years with Arthas. He is been dreaming. And he awakes leading to the invasion to Orgrimmar and Stormwind and the events of Wrath of the Lich King. But what happened during those four years of dreaming? There has been an inner conflict within Arthas the Lich King’s head … between three minds striving for control: Ner’zhul, Arthas, and … who we are familiar with as Matthias Lehner (the ghost child). The end is shocking to say the least. And unexpected.
Except for those two events omitted, the book is accurate and loyal to the events of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft III: Frozen Throne. And offers much more with extra spice from Christie Golden. I can only say one thing about this. I (beep) love this book !!!
This book is an overdosed cocktail of lore and continuity that will numb your senses.
If you are a die-hard WarCraft lore fan you can’t miss this book. If you are a World of Warcraft player who didn’t get to play previous Warcraft games—this book will be your best chance at catching up with Arthas’ past pre-Third War and it covers both: Warcraft III and its expansion accurately. Pre-Order World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King … on sale: April 21, 2009.
Watch our interview with Blizzard’s Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson at the 2009 New York Comic Con for details of World of Warcraft: Arthas and the World of Warcraft: Stormrage book.
3 Point Entertainment had successful sales of the World of Warcraft Steins and launched a new series at the end of 2008. They have established themselves so well in the World of Warcraft market that a new collectible series based on Wrath of the Lich King has been announced recently.
Featuring Arthas the Lich King, the new stein comes in two flavors: Epic Collection for $89.99 and the Legendary Collection for $174.99. These new steins will be available on late April and late May.
Shipping late April
Incredible Alex Horley artwork
Fine-grain stoneware with bas-relief sculpting
Sculpted pewter lid
Purchase 2+ steins and pay only $12.95 shipping/handling on your total order!*
Shipping late May
Limited to only 750 steins worldwide
Hand signed by Alex Horley
Exquisite enhancements including premium hand painting (See FAQ for more details)
Limit 1 stein per customer
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We were at the New York Comic Con 2009 to bring you videos of the event. Today, you can watch the book signing session held at the Tokyopop booth where Blizzard Entertainment Senior VP of Creative Development Chris Metzen and the Senior Writer & Voice Director Micky Neilson joined book writers Keith R.A. DeCandido (Starcraft Ghost: Academy), Josh Elder (StarCraft: Frontline Vol. 1) and Grace Randolph (Starcraft Frontline Vol. 2) to meet and greet fans.
At the end of video # 2 you will see Chris Metzen, Micky Neilson signing the Starcraft Comic Book Posters exclusively for our giveaway to fans. They are also signed by the manga writers. If you want the opportunity to win one of these signed posters follow the link to participate.
If you were at the event, you will probably have great memories to share with your friends and guildmates. Enjoy.
Many Blizzard fans attended the 2009 New York Comic Con for the opportunity to meet the thundergod Chris Metzen (Senior VP of Creative Development) and Micky Neilson (Senior Writer & Voice Director) during the Simon & Schuster book signing session.
There were a lot of happy fans handing over their copies of World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon, the Comic Book Vol. 1 hardcover, even the Wrath of the Lich King Collector’s Edition Art Book. I remember one of the fans brought the wall-mounting accessory of the Frostmourne sword replica to be signed. It was a fun experience to both Alliance and Horde players; and the developers were quite satisfied and passionate about the fans’ reactions.
Blizzplanet and WorldofWar.net was there to interview both Blizzard developers, and to record most of the book signing session. Below you can watch all three videos.
During my visit to the 2009 New York Comic Con, I visited the DC Comics booth to check out their World of Warcraft action figures and the artists. Chris Metzen had told me after the interview to return to the booth to see three new action figures: King Varian Wrynn (Lo’gosh), a Night Elf Huntress named Alathena Moonbreeze and a Scourge Ghoul named Rottingham. These look awesome. If you are a action figures collector, these will do great. Their armor, weapons and clothing are very detailed and colorful. Very accurate to the game, standing on impressive poses.
The DC Comics was packed with hundreds of people, the ambient was welcoming with tall posters of each franchise, especially the World of Warcraft comic book. They were showcasing video on big HD monitors of DC Online, DC vs Mortal Kombat, and even playing the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King cinematic intro. I got video of each DC Unlimited World of Warcraft action figure from different angles for your viewing pleasure. As well as close ups. Enjoy.
On Saturday, February 7th—Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson attended the 2009 New York Comic Con for a book signing session at the Simon & Schuster booth (1402). Thanks to Jaime Costas from the Pocket Star Books publisher; Shon Damron and Rob Tokar from Blizzard Entertainment’s Public Relations Department an interview was scheduled at the event.
Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson answered lore questions based on the StarCraft and World of WarCraft pocket star books for a length of 24 minutes. I split the video into two parts. This interview is packed with a lot of fun, spoilery and informative answers to various concerns from scenes that happened in Starcraft: The Dark Templar Saga, Warcraft: The Last Guardian, World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal, the Warcraft RPG Books, and World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon. And a massive influx of info about the upcoming books—World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King (April 21), Starcraft: The Dark Templar, Twilight (June 30), World of Warcraft: Stormrage (2010) and Starcraft Ghost: Spectre (2010).
After watching this video interview, you are going to faint, and wake up with only one thought in mind: “you CAN’T MISS reading one of these pocket star books !!!” Guaranteed. These books tie-in deeply into the events of the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and could we dare to say … future expansions?
Medievaldragon: This is Medievaldragon from Blizzplanet and WorldOfWar.net. We are here to interview Chris Metzen, Senior Vice President of Creative Development for Blizzard Entertainment and Micky Neilson, Senior Writer and Voice Director of Blizzard Entertainment. I picked up some questions from the Community about Pocket Books lore. We’ll start with the Starcraft questions first.
Medievaldragon: Ulrezaj is composed of 7 dark templars according to Starcraft: The Dark Templar Saga, but only composed of 4 in the Enslavers 2 Episode 5B: Dark Vengeance. could you fill us in on how that happened?
Metzen: Essentially we just made a call. Originally, I think in the Enslavers campaign it was 4, but Enslavers has always been kind of quasi-canonical. There was a lot of new fiction developed for Enslavers that we thought was really cool, but as we were developing this trilogy with Christie we knew we wanted to bring Ulrezaj back, which was kind of a cool idea, but we felt that going to 7 was better for the fiction in general. It kind of gave us more options to dig his origin out, who were all these arch-criminals that comprised him, so we felt that going with 7 just felt a little rounder. So… that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Medievaldragon: Does the Umojan Protectorate and Kel-morian Combine have their own versions of the Ghost program, or is it exclusive to the Confederates and the Dominion?
Neilson: I like that question.
Metzen: Kill it!
Neilson: My answer would be that they do, and that it’s something a little bit different, something we haven’t seen yet, and something that we should definitely investigate in the future in the fiction, because it sounds like a really cool idea.
Metzen: That sounds like a dare right there.
Neilson: That’s right.
Medievaldragon: Will the Terrazine gas plot be explored in the upcoming Starcraft Ghost: Spectre book?
Metzen: Well the Terrazine and its significance to the “alleged” Ghost spectres is definitely handled in the upcoming novel Starcraft Ghost: Spectre by Decandidio. Decandido, pardon me. Sorry Keith! We definitely get into what Terrazine is, what it’s used for, and I would bet, wink wink, that we might see a bit of that play out in Starcraft 2 as well.
Metzen: Yes indeed.
Medievaldragon: Can we expect a sequel to Starcraft: Queen of Blades? We are missing the period between the Overmind’s invasion of Aiur and Tassadar’s sacrifice.
Neilson: Official announcement? I don’t know what’s official and what isn’t as far as…
Metzen: We’ve been working on an outline, we call it… well I’ll just say it. We call it Heir to Adun is the title of that possible novel. We’ve done a number of outline treatments on it to really dig out Tassadar’s story, and Tassadar’s nature as this kind of Twilight Messiah for the protoss people. What was really going on there at the fall of Aiur, and really digging out all the political things that were happening with the Conclave, and the Judicators, and the Templar. We definitely have a rocking story built for a novel, but we don’t have any plans yet on exactly when we would publish it or I don’t even know if we have a writer lined up yet, but we have an awesome outline for it.
Medievaldragon: Yeah, we have been expecting it for a while. (laughing) I know it takes time.
Metzen: If I had my way it would have been out already.
Neilson: It’s going to be a little while
Medievaldragon: Okay, we’re going to move to the Warcraft questions.
Medievaldragon: A fan asked: The body of Sargeras that Aegwynn killed was said to be an avatar in Warcraft: The Last Guardian, does this mean that Sargeras’ real body is still out there somewhere? Or is Sargeras pulling a Lord Voldemort trick to ensure his return?
Neilson: Sargeras is still kicking around. You can’t put him down.
Metzen: He’s out there somewhere.
Neilson: He’s not going to stay down for long.
Metzen: Yeah totally. And I think the hooks we had for his physical body, wherever it may be are so visually stunning that I think we have to… it’s like low hanging fruit, we’re going to have to bring him back somewhere. I’d be very disappointed in us if we didn’t leverage him fully.
Medievaldragon: He would be like the ultimate encounter.
Neilson: Hmm… yes.
Medievaldragon: In The Last Guardian, Medivh attacks Garona with a spell, saying “let me show you my world Garona. Let me drive my own divisions and doubts into you. You will never know who you serve and why. You’ll never find your peace.” This is most commonly seen by fans as Sargeras cursing Garona into betraying everyone she works for… Is this true? Is that why she has been missing all these years?
Neilson: As to what’s going on with Garona, we’re launching into the second arc of the WoW comic. There are going to be a LOT of questions answered regarding Garona… why she did what she did, her whole backstory. It all ties into Med’an, this new character, who’s going to be really important to the lore. So for the community to learn a lot more about Garona, they should definitely check out the comic book.
Medievaldragon: Will there be a follow-up in the pocket books at some point?
Neilson: For Garona? Maybe.
Metzen: I didn’t hear… a cameo within a book?
Neilson: Not out of the question, I’m sure.
Metzen: Yeah, I think we’re still feeling it out. We just recently started leveraging the character again, so there’s a lot of interest in the character, so I can see us getting [cut off]
[Plays a scene from warcraft 3 of Arthas approaching the Revenants blocking the path to Frostmourne]
Guardian: Turn back mortals. Death and Darkness are all that await you in this forsaken vault.
Arthas: I doubt there’s anything down here more terrifying than what we’ve faced already.
Guardian: Believe what you will, boy. You shall not pass.
Guardian: Turn away… before it’s… too late.
Arthas: Still trying to protect the sword are you?
Guardian: No… trying to protect you… from it.
Medievaldragon: What were the Revenants’ motives to care for Arthas’ fate? Will it be explained in World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King?
Metzen: It’s in the book.
Medievaldragon: In the book? Alright
Neilson: Buy the book.
Metzen: It’s really good. Really good… Christie just rocked this book.
Medievaldragon: In World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon, we see a glimpse of Malygos proposing to the Wyrmrest Accord the purge of the mages prior to the Nexus War. Kalecgos departs to Outland at the end of the book. What’s Kalecgos’ stance with the Nexus War?
Metzen: Interesting. I think Kalecgos is loyal, he’s a blue dragon. Their function is to kind of police mortals’ use of magic, so to some degree he wants to do what Malygos wants him to do. He’s loyal, he’s a team player, but I also think that Kalecgos has a huge heart. I think he has a deep conscience, and I think he’s terrified of how these things have just spun out of control, and I think he regrets the loss of life and probably looks at it as a totally heavy handed solution to the problem, so I think he’s probably a little torn.
Neilson: And he’s spent a lot of time with mortals at this point too. He’s grown close to some mortals with the whole Anveena thing and everything else, so he would definitely be torn. His feelings would be torn.
Medievaldragon: He was a bit arrogant at the beginning, but his experience with Anveena kind of softened him.
Metzen: Right, kind of drew him closer to the experience of mortals. Totally.
Medievaldragon: Now that Malygos is dead, will there be a new Aspect of Magic (such as Kalecgos); or is that position gone forever? Could a dragon of another flight become the magic aspect… temporarily… for example: Krasus… who is an Archmage?
Metzen: I would say to question A: (slowly motions with his lips toward the poster of the World of Warcraft: Arthas book).
Metzen: And to question B, I would say no.
Medievaldragon: Okay… I kind of gotcha…
Medievaldragon: What can you tell us about the upcoming Worlf of Warcraft: Stormrage by Richard A. Knaak?
Neilson: Stormrage is gonna be fantastic. What’s really cool about Stormrage is that we will be able to actually live the Nightmare, through this book, that’s going on in the Emerald Dream turning into the Emerald Nightmare. One of the coolest elements, in my opinion, is that the nightmare is starting to spread into Azeroth, and we’re going to touch on that in the manga as well, so we’re going to have a story that touches on, for instance, what is King Magni’s worst nightmare? And because the Nightmare is spreading into the reality of Azeroth, we’ll be able to see that. The book’s going to be fantastic, answers all kinds of questions, what’s been happening to Malfurion, what’s going on, who’s behind it… al those questions are going to be answered.
Metzen: I would just say too, I mean Malfurion’s always been, personally, my favorite Warcraft hero. He’s my favorite to write, so I’ve waited a long time to get this guy back into the mix, and have him play a significant role in the shaping of Azeroth. He’s a mega player, and he’s been off the scene.
Neilson: For a long time.
Metzen: I’m really stoked on this book. We really designed the essential backbone of the book to be just hyper Druid overload. If you’re a WoW Druid, this book’s for you. It features all the major druid characters, and players. I love it. Love it, love it.
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Medievaldragon: Will there be a cameo of Jarod Shadowsong in World of Warcraft: Stormrage? The official website’s encyclopedia says he departed the druids and was never seen again.
Metzen: I don’t remember. For some reason, I don’t think so. But we would be lovingly surprised if he did. He doesn’t play a significant role in it.
Medievaldragon: Aaron Rosenberg’s World of Warcraft: Tides of Darkness helps modernize a lot of the lore revolving around Warcraft II. One aspect of the lore that fans have been wondering about, is Gilneas. Was Gilneas scheduled to make an appearance in that book, but had to be trimmed out, or will Gilneas be revisited in future books?
(Neilson grins at Metzen)
Metzen: Ah, ah, I would say we have some very, very, Very interesting plans for Gilneas. (Metzen docks slightly looking toward the ceiling) But there are snipers up in the roof that would shoot me if you know … (everyone laughs). We are doing some awesome stuff for Gilneas.
Neilson: … stay tuned!
Metzen: Stay tuned.
Medievaldragon: World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal reveals Cho’gall was killed. Or was he? How did the Twilight’s Hammer survive the Broken Isles’ massacre?
Neilson: Cho’gall is gonna make a come back. He’s not dead. You are going to see he will play a large role in the second arc of the World of Warcraft comic book. So, exactly how he survived … he’s just too tough. Two axes to the chest weren’t enough to take him down. He just appeared dead. (Laughs)
Medievaldragon: If he is not decapitated, he is not dead.
Neilson: That’s right.
Metzen: That’s right.
Medievaldragon: (jokingly) … and that doesn’t mean he can’t return. Somebody plugs the head back to his body and …
Medievaldragon: What’s happening to Blood Elf culture (especially Rommath’s role in it) now that the Sunwell was restored with M’uru?
Metzen: What we showed at the end of Burning Crusade, like during the whole Sunwell event, was that the warped naaru M’uru was kinda transformed back into his purest self, purest light that Velen used to reignite the Sunwell, as a fountain of Holy power, as much as it is arcane. So the suggestion was that over time the Blood Elves will start to actually use real Light power, in a healthy way, instead of dominating it. So what will likely happen over time is a slow transition, but what Velen did was give them a chance to redeem their civilization, a chance to get back to their roots, a chance to upset their magical addiction. So that kinda thing will probably gonna play out very slowly. We didn’t talk much about it in Wrath of the Lich King, but it is a theme I love a lot, but it has to be played out very slow.
Medievaldragon: I like that aspect of redeeming them … Does that mean that at some point they are going to get back to their roots and restore the Council of Tirisfal?
Metzen: ha-ha! … no … comment.
Medievaldragon: Are we ever seeing the Scythe of Elune questline and how it all tied into Karazhan and the Dark Riders explored in a future pocket book?
Metzen: I will say there are elements of the Scythe of Elune questline that are not … over … (long silence).
Metzen: … (longer silence) Alright, that’s all I’m saying. (laughs)
Woah, WOAH! (Metzen jokingly makes a motion with his hands and legs as if tight-rope walking).
Medievaldragon: Quick sand! Quick sand!
Medievaldragon: Is the existence of Finnal Goldensword canon? She’s Admiral Proudmoore’s half-elf daughter. If so, are there plans to introduce her in the pocket books?
Metzen: I’m sure this will be controversial, but I don’t necessarily consider her canonical. And based on that, we don’t really have any plans to use her in the future. I think she appeared in one of the Warcraft RPG books. It’s not a character I have thought out about, so at this point I’m not sure if we are gonna do much with her.
Medievaldragon: World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King will devote a portion of its time to the love triangle between Arthas, Jaina and Kael’thas. Now, many of us have played Warcraft III and have also run Gnomeregan, so, we’ve got to ask … Where does Thrall factor in?
I’m not quite sure of what that questions means.
Neilson: Well, I think they are wondering: Is there a romantic interest between Thrall and Jaina? I think that’s what it’s implying.
Metzen: Ohh …
Medievaldragon: Not sure—why they are asking about Gnomeregan.
Metzen: Yea, it’s worded a little weird. Well, I would say the whole Kael’thas, Arthas, Jaina triangle thing is totally handled in the book. And it’s R-r-really good! But it explains the whole relationship, and how that all went down. Christie just handled it perfectly. So I’m excited to really see that. But relative, the question was, is there a little you know … green fever going on with Thrall and Jaina? umm … (takes deep breath) … I don’t know, I know people are kinda fascinated a little about that but …
Medievaldragon: Ohh … I know now what they meant. In Gnomeregan, there was a punch card in binary code that when you decoded it, it reads: “Thrall and Jaina in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G.”
Metzen: Right, right. I don’t know, I would say I try to be pretty conservative with all that stuff. I would like Thrall to settle down with a nice green girl…
Neilson: (laughs louder)
Metzen: …you know, and have little green babies. I’d like the dynasty of Orgrimmar to be pure blood, right. But you never know. I hope he keeps things together and doesn’t do something stupid before we can actually build this stuff in the game. So … you know Thrall.
Medievaldragon: Hormones …
Metzen: What’re we gonna do.
Medievaldragon: What should we expect in World of Warcraft: Arthas and how does it ties-in with the game?
Neilson: I think one of the things that are really, really amazing about ARTHAS the book is … you play Classic WoW, right, so the whole time you are running around. The Lich King is basically sitting there on his throne. So the question is: What’s going on? What’s going through his head? So this book actually gets you inside his head during that time. You will find out what was going on. Really be able to get inside the mind of evil. Getting inside the mind of Arthas. Find out what makes him tick. Even when he was saying things to Uther, when he disbanded the paladins, and things like that. Really gonna go indepth on that to find out what was going on inside his head. All the layers. Christie did a great job putting in all these different layers of what’s happening. So there’s the dialogue that we heard in the game, but there is much more deeper story that you won’t get unless you read the book.
Blizzard Entertainment shared with—us—fansites a very important message for all fans and subscribers of World of Warcraft. Recently, an erroneous and misleading article has been echoed throughout many gaming news outlets worldwide declaring that World of Warcraft would be banned from Australian store shelves. The article said that all games sold in Australia requires an Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) rating. Without this rating, games don’t make it into Australian store shelves.
Some gaming sites have said that MMOs don’t have a OFLC rating, including World of Warcraft. And thus, operate illegally as of the passing of the recent new legislation. However, Blizzard has communicated as of today, February 6th, that this is not true.
Blizzard Entertainment and its affiliates work very closely with the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia to ensure that we are in full compliance with Australian law as it relates to the distribution and operation of our games, including World of Warcraft. We
UPDATE: Tokyopop will be located at booth 1621. Blizzard has a panel on Saturday, February 7th at 4pm.
Thus far two Blizzard book writers are attending the New York Comic Con this upcoming week through February 6-8. Aaron Rosenberg will be book signing for Pocket Star Books on Sunday at 11am at the Simon & Schuster booth 1402.
Keith R.A. DeCandido will have a schedule by Monday, hopefully. If you want to find him he will be split back and forth between the BOOM! Studios booth 1313 pimping his Farscape # 1 comic book; Tokyopop booth and book signing at the Simon & Schuster booth 1402 on Saturday, February 7th from 5.30-6.30pm.
11am-2pm (roughly): BOOM! Studios booth (#1313).
2.15-3.15pm: BOOM! Studios panel (Room 1A06)—I’ll be in the audience heckling and being pointed at and mocked by the BOOM! guys.
3.15-4.14pm: IDW panel (Room 1A07)—again, I’ll be in the audience of this one and jumping up and down when they talk about my Alien Spotlight comic.
6-7pm: The Hero in Prose (Room 1A17)—Ron Goulart, Paul Kupperberg, Greg Rucka, Marv Wolfman, and I will discuss novels based on comics.
11am-4pm (roughly): BOOM! Studios booth (#1313).
4-5pm: TokyoPop/Blizzard Games autographing (#1621).
5.30-6.30pm: Pocket Books authographing (#1602)—I’ll be pushing Star Trek: A Singular Destiny in particular at this signing, but I’ll also sign pretty much anything you shove under my nose…
((Non-Blizzard plug—BOOM! Studios will be offering a limited holofoil edition of their sold out comic FARSCAPE #1 available exclusively during New York Comic Con 2009.))
Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson will be book signing Pocket Star Books on Saturday, February 7th between 1:30 – 2:30 pm at the Simon & Schuster booth 1402. And at the DC Comic booth later in the afternoon.
Make sure to visit Blizzplanet and WorldofWar.net’s New York Comic Con coverage showing you Blizzard Licensed Products from Pocket Books, Tokyopop, and DC Comics; Hot Babes, extravagant disguises, exclusive video interviews, photos and more.
Richard A. Knaak sends heads up that Tokyopop revealed the front cover for the upcoming manga titled Warcraft Legends Vol. 5 due September 2009. The front cover shows a Dwarf and a Draenei fleeing in terror from … guess who? … The Headless Horseman from the Hallow’s End Season. You can view the front cover here. To find out more about Hallow’s End check out our wiki section.
Stay tuned this weekend for any breaking news from our New York Comic Con coverage. I am heading to the Jacobs K. Javits Center tomorrow to grab my press badge and to get photos and video of the Hot Babes and costumed fans. I will meet editors from Tokyopop, DC Comics and Pocket Star Books.
A reminder to those attending the event, drop by the Simon & Schuster booth 1402 on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00pm—the first 50 fans showing up sharp on-time will get an EXCLUSIVE bound galley of the WORLD OF WARCRAFT: ARTHAS, RISE OF THE LICH KING.
Simon & Schuster informed me something that New York Comic Con attendees will certainly love to know. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star Books) will be doing an exclusive giveaway !!! The first 50 fans showing up at their booth (1402) on Saturday at 3:00 P.M. and Sunday at 3:00 P.M. will receive a bound galley of the upcoming WORLD OF WARCRAFT: ARTHAS, RISE OF THE LICH KING.
Note: Seems there will be a new Front Cover for ARTHAS. More later.
Pre-orders on this book are available here. It ships on April 21.
For information to get New York Comic Con tickets go here. To locate the booth 1402 check this map.
Simon & Schuster provided the new description of the upcoming Christie Golden’s pocket star book World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King—on bookstores by April 21. Simon & Schuster is already taking Pre-Orders here. We posted its first chapter excerpt a few weeks ago. If you have done the Icecrown quests, this first chapter will pop your eyes … Matthias Lehner.
It was caught in a hovering, jagged chunk of ice, the runes that ran the length of its blade glowing a cool blue. Below it was a dais of some sort, standing on a large gently raised mound that was covered in a dusting of snow. A soft light, coming from somewhere high above where the cavern was open to daylight, shone down on the runeblade. The icy prison hid some details of the sword’s shape and form, exaggerated others. It was revealed and concealed at the same time, and all the more tempting, like a new lover imperfectly glimpsed through a gauzy curtain. Arthas knew the blade—it was the selfsame sword he had seen in his dream when he first arrived. The sword that had not killed Invincible, but that had brought him back healed and healthy. He’d thought it a good omen then, but now he knew it was a true sign. This was what he had come to find. This sword would change everything. Arthas stared raptly at it, his hands almost physically aching to grasp it, his fingers to wrap themselves around the hilt, his arms to feel the weapon swinging smoothly in the blow that would end Mal’Ganis, end the torment he had visited upon the people of Lordaeron, end this lust for revenge. Drawn, he stepped forward.
The uncanny elemental spirit drew its icy sword. “Turn away, before it is too late,” it intoned.
His evil is legend. Lord of the undead Scourge, wielder of the runeblade Frostmourne, and enemy of the free peoples of Azeroth. The Lich King is an entity of incalculable power and unparalleled malice—his icy soul utterly consumed by his plans to destroy all life on the…
But it was not always so. Long before his soul was fused with that of the orc shaman Ner’zhul, the Lich King was Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron and faithful paladin of the Silver Hand.
When a plague of undeath threatened all that he loved, Arthas was driven to pursue an ill-fated quest for a runeblade powerful enough to save his homeland. Yet the object of his search would exact a heavy price from its new master, beginning a horrifying descent into damnation. Arthas’s path would lead him through the arctic northern wastes toward the Frozen Throne, where he would face, at long last, the darkest of destinies.
Figure Printsrecently dropped their lottery waiting list and they are taking instant orders on demand and printing them right away. To celebrate the growth of the company, they have released an awesome step-by-step video tour that captures the process of creating your unique FigurePrint World of Warcraft Character. The video has a full-screen mode button. Watch the video at their website.
Our friend Pig from WanderingGoblin recently reviewed his own Tauren Figure Print.
Now is a great time to order a custom statue of your favorite World of Warcraft