GDC 2008 - Starcraft II Judgehype Interview with Blizzard

Our collegues and close pals from france, Judgehype, informed me early in the morning that they have an interview with Blizzard about Starcraft 2 made during the Games Developer Conference. It may have some interesting bits of info. Take a look at the English or French versions.

These are some of the questions:

1. Will the editor allow us to have the water surface react to explosions and units passing by ?

2. Will we have the possibility of having units evolve under water in the editor ?

3. Will the Ultralisk upgrades change his visual appearance ?

4. The plasma turret of the Battlecruisers seem to have disappeared (Q&A 40) will we find something similar on another unit ?

5. The Firebat has disappeared, what other close combat units do we have ?

6. Do the burrowed Zerg see the units on the surface as they are or will they only see the movements like the Terran radar does ?

7. In the original StarCraft two Psi-Storms at the same location will not double the damage, will this stay the same in StarCraft II ?

On other community news, SCLegacy reports some Starcraft II gameplay videos taken at PAX 2008. You can watch the videos here.

Wrath of the Lich King Beta Update - Patch 9038

If you are playing beta, make sure to launch your game earlier so that you can download the new patch. More details once the patch is available. It is merely 12.6 MB size updating beta to build 9038. Beta download is available. Servers are down as of 10:21pm EST/-5GMT.

We will be taking down the Beta realms at 3:00PM Pacific time today October 3rd 2008 to update to the latest build.

We expect this process to take from five to seven hours.

Thank you for your patience! Blizzard QA

In the meantime, here is a bone to chew on with gusto: Blizzard continues plans for dual-spec talent trees, and it seems it is not too far.

Tigole: Most likely in a patch but it’s not too far off.

We want every spec to be viable, as you say. But the truth is, in end game raiding or end game PvP (Arena in particular), there is a big difference between “viable” and “the best”. Players will always perceive certain specs to be better than others in end game activities and it would be misleading to imply that all specs are going to be universally ideal for all situations. But viable is a different story.—Source

Warcraft Legends Vol. 2 On November 2008

Continuing on the trail blazed by the bestselling Warcraft:The Sunwell Trilogy and Warcraft: Legends Volume 1 is this next installment of thrilling short stories set in the Warcraft universe.

FEAR: From Richard Knaak and Jae-Hwan Kim (Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy) comes part two in the ongoing saga of Trag Highmountain, the heroic tauren reborn as one of the undead. As Trag desperately tries to fight against the Lich King’s will, an unexpected encounter with Thrall, liberator of the orcs, begins in violence…but ends with enlightenment.

WARRIOR: DIVIDED: Lieren, an orphaned human girl raised by Wildhammer dwarves, longs to find her birth parents. But when she discovers she has a twin sister named Loania who was raised by High Elves, it thrusts the two on a journey of discovery that ends with a gruesome family reunion…

MILES TO GO: Kova Broadhorn is a young tauren shaman sent on a dangerous mission to find a reclusive orc seer. But much to her chagrin, she won’t be adventuring alone, as a cocky gnome warrior named Miles Corebender joins her on her quest. The reluctant partners will have to work together to defeat harpies, a villainous rogue and even King Mosh himself…if they don’t kill each other first.

FAMILY VALUES: Jaruk Bloodfyre is a noble orc caught in the middle of the slaughter of the draenei on Draenor—a campaign of bloodlust led by his very own brother J’argg. Jaruk suffers in silence as the draenei body count grows around him…but that all changes when he saves a little dreanei girl named Leena and adopts her as his daughter. The battle that follows pits brother against brother, where the stakes are not just Leena’s life, but Jaruk’s very soul.

Pre-order at our Blizzplanet store

Starcraft: Frontlines Vol. 2 Manga on January 2009

The Starcraft: Frontline Vol. 2 by Tokyopop is due on January 2009. It contains four stories based on the Starcraft universe. Below you have the book description:

The brutal… The menacing… The twisted… Confront the vast, renowned world of StarCraft inside this collection of mind-blowing adventures.

Heavy Armor – Part 2 The adrenaline-pumping firefight between mentor and protégé escalates to a fierce climax. Will the young Viking pilot outwit the man who taught him everything? Or will the teacher remain the undisputed master of heavy armor—and doom a colony?

A Ghost Story Sterilized by war, a rocky planet’s bounty and dark terrors have remained safely hidden—until a Kel Morian Combine crew catches wind of it hoping to strike big. There’s just one problem: The planet seems to be haunted by a “ghost.” Newsworthy

A pro-Dominion reporter lands the scoop of lifetime: an exclusive sit-down with Emperor Arcturus Mengsk following an embedded mission with terran marines. Every good reporter tells both sides of the story, but when she comes face-to-face with atrocity, can she handle the brutal truth, much less report it?

Creep Feared by all and understood by none, zerg creep finally comes under the knife in the laboratory of protoss scientists. But instead of shedding light on the bizarre bio-matter, the scientists spiral into a psychologically disturbing and nightmarish struggle against a completely unknown foe.

Warcraft Legends Vol. 1 Sneak Peek

Recently the Tokyopop manga Warcraft Legends was released and is available at bookstores. The manga has four different stories.  The first story titled FALLEN by Richard A. Knaak deals with the return of the tauren Trag Highmountain from WARCRAFT: THE SUNWELL TRILOGY. Trag finds himself reborn … as one of the Undead.

The Journey: The arrival of a group of adventurers with promises of gold and excitement will disrupt a simple farmer’s life in ways unimaginable as he takes a nightmarish ride into Scourge-ridden Andorhal.

How to Win Friends and Influence People: Lazlo Grindwidget is a Gnome engineer with a house full of seemingly useless inventions and a knack for saying the wrong things at the right time. But when a Troll goes on a rampage in town, Lazlo may be the only one who can sooth the savage beast.

An Honest Trade: Nori Blackfinger is known from Thorium Point to Booty Bay as a master weaponsmith who will sell his fine blades to anyone with enough coin. But when he sells a sword to Havoc, the infamous bandit and murderer, the result is an adventure that begins in tragedy and ends in blood…

Below you can browse scans of each of the four stories within WARCRAFT: LEGENDS. To navigate follow this instructions:

1. Click the square at the bottom-right (to the right of the question mark). This will auto-zoom onscreen. To leave full-screen mode press ESCAPE button.

2. It will automatically play. Press the stop button, and maybe move back a few pages till you are on first page.

3. Place your mouse over the scans, it will flip the pages.

4. Once you are done looking through the FALLEN pages, on the right-side the menu shows four options. There you can browse through the four chapters to view those scans too.

You can order Warcraft Legends Vol. 1 at our store.

Glynnis Talken Book Signing @ Ventura, CA

Glynnis Talken (Sarah McKerrigan) has a book signing schedule on Saturday, October 11th at Seaside Highland Games at Seaside Park in Ventura, California. You can find her at the Tea & Sympathy booth. If you go make sure to send us photos or video of your meeting with the voice behind Kerrigan the Queen of Blades … of course, if you survive the experience. View the map or check train/car directions here.

Ventura City Parks Division
336 San Jon Rd
Ventura, CA 93001

Diablo 3 Bestiary Update: The Scavenger

The Diablo 3 website has been updated with a new bestiary unit: [B]The Scavenger[/B].  One of the Diablo 3 demonic creatures in Diablo 2 is hinted to have been a transformed version of the Scavenger. They attack as a group and are swift as seen in the screenshot.

The Scavenger is the creature inside the cage mentioned in the [B]Dune Thresher tale[/B].  The hunter unleashed three of these Scavengers into the sand as bait for the Dune Thresher.  They dug out of the Dune Thresher’s stomach, before dying to the intestinal acid, effectively killing the Dune Thresher.

Sounds like you will need a few stamina potions to outrun these pestering menaces. eh?

The Diablo 3 website has also been updated with seven new [B]screenshots[/B]

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Thanks, AlaskanFireDragon

Patch 3.0.2: Echoes of Doom

Blizzard is gearing up for the imminent release of Wrath of the Lich King. Fans will have a taste of new changes in the World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade live servers with the release of patch 3.0.2 codenamed Echoes of Doom.

We plan to implement the following features in the next major patch.

Please note that this list is a sneak peek at just a few highlights of the next patch. It does not contain every addition, change, or bug fix that will be implemented.

The upcoming Echoes of Doom patch will set the stage for the November release of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King—and help you prepare for your first foray into Northrend.

  • New class spells and talents: Players will have access to each class’s revamped talent tree, including the new 51-point talents.
  • Stormwind Harbor: Visit the newly constructed Stormwind Harbor, where Alliance players will be able book passage to Northrend come Wrath of the Lich King’s release.
  • Barbershops in capital cities: Customize a character’s look with a stylish haircut, a shave, and other trimmings.
  • New zeppelin towers: New air-travel platforms for the Horde will be erected outside Orgrimmar and in Tirisfal Glades.
  • Two brand-new Arenas: The new player-vs.-player Arenas will feature challenging new layouts, terrain hazards, and moving obstacles.
  • Hunter pet skill revamp: Hunters will be able to customize their pets’ abilities in a whole new way.
  • New Inscription profession: Customize your favorite spells and abilities by taking up this new primary profession.
  • New user-interface options: Save bag space with the revamped mount and non-combat pet storage system, and keep your guild organized with the new in-game calendar.
  • Achievement system: Start unlocking achievements and earning points for your reputation levels, profession masteries, and quest accomplishments.
  • …and much more!

Starcraft: Ghost Novel and Manga Update

Keith R.A. DeCandido revised the proposal for StarCraft: Ghost Academy Volume 1 and sent it off to TokyoPop. The manuscript for StarCraft: Ghost: Spectres is due to Pocket Star Books on 31 October. The author is hard at work to meet up deadlines on various projects such as Star Trek, Blizzard Games and other stuff. Both the Starcraft Manga: Ghost Academy; and the Starcraft: Ghost: Spectres are expected to be on sale around Summer 2009. Starcraft: Ghost: Spectres is dated for release on June 30, 2009. Keep an eye on those. Starcraft: Ghost is not dead.

My personal hunch, if that means anything to anyone anyway, based on what Rob Pardo and other folks have said, such as no plans for console development in the near future, and that Starcraft: Ghost is something they would like to return to when a team is available and wishes to focus on working with it is … Starcraft: Ghost could return on PC/Mac and possibly as an MMO? Those who attended BlizzCon 2005 played Starcraft: Ghost multiplayer. And that game pretty much looked like an MMO. Personally, I enjoy Half-Life 2: Deathmatch when I am not hooked on Blizzard games. I would like something that beats that experience. I want Starcraft: Ghost !!! In the meantime, we got these two books to look forward to.

Keep the good work: Keith, Marco Palmieri, and Chris Metzen.

Starcraft 2 - Warp Ray Renamed to Void Ray

The Starcraft 2 team has changed the name of the protoss unit from Warp Ray to Void Ray. Karune also explains the differences of armor attributes between units.

Karune: At the moment, there is ‘light’ and ‘armored’ armor classes. Buildings also fall under the ‘armored’ armor class.

Attacks on the other hand are a bit more varied. There is bonus damage towards, ‘light, armored, biological, and massive.’ Knowing a unit’s damage bonuses will be very important in knowing what to use to counter certain units.

Biological units usually just mean they are not mechanical. Marines, Zerglings, and Zealots are biological. Non-biological units does not however mean they fall under the ‘armored’ class though and vice-versa.

For instance, Marauders are biological units but are armored. Nullifiers are mechanical units, but have light armor. Ultralisks, would fall under massive, biological, and armored. Though Battlecruisers would be massive, mechanical, and armored. These new categories also allow for many more soft counters in the game as well, giving slight bonuses to units against a certain type, but not have it as an overwhelming hard counter, where one unit wins the game easily.

Warp Rays, also known as Void Rays now, are especially good against high hit point units, as well as buildings.

Often, the strategy that sees the most Void Ray use is against Zerg, using these units to do surprise attacks or joint attacks. Many Protoss players who scout Zerg players going mass ground units, will fast tech to Void Rays in hopes to catch them without anti-air capabilities. Void Rays are also great to do an attack on their base while you have a diversionary force distracting them in another place. 2-3 Warp Rays could take out a Hatchery much faster than say that equivalent in resources of Mutalisks.

Arena Season 4 Ends On October 14th

Blizzard is ending Arena Season 4 on October 14th. So start working hard and fast to attain the Arena titles if you are nearly done. Don’t worry about your arena and honor points. You will keep them when the expansion goes live.

We’re currently planning to end the fourth Arena season on October 14, 2008, and as always—this date could easily change. This Arena Season is only ending in respect to the ladder, meaning we’ll be taking a snapshot of the season’s ladder and then go through our normal process to determine who is eligible for the end-of-season rewards. This process should take approximately one week. It’s very important for players who feel that they may be eligible for the arena-specific title and/or Armored Nether Drake to refrain from transferring their character to another realm between the date outlined above, and when the end-of-season rewards are physically awarded.

Upon the end of this Arena Season, teams and ratings will not be wiped, and will carry forward allowing players to earn points each week and purchase gear until the launch of the expansion (November 13, 2008).

Blizzard wins Warcraft bot payout - 6 Million Dollars in Damagest

Someone is singing the blues … no pun intended. Read More

World of Warcraft creator Blizzard has won $6m (£3.36m) in damages from the makers of a software ‘bot’.

The damages award comes after Blizzard won the first round of its legal battle against MDY Industries in July 2008.

Blizzard embarked on the case against MDY claiming that the World of Warcraft Glider software produced by the small company infringed its copyright.

The Glider software lets Warcraft players automate many of the repetitive steps the game involves.

Alexstrasza and Varimathras New Models

With the release yesterday of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King beta patch 9014, Blizzard added a new model and texture for Alexstrasza (humanoid-form) at the Wyrmrest Temple; and Varimathras at the Royal Quarter in Undercity. If you completed the Battle For The Undercity (beta) you won’t be able to see Varimathras anymore due to the Phasing technology. You are flagged. If you have an alt-character that has not completed the event you will be able to see Varimathras.

I was told that all Dreadlords now have a new model, which means Mal’Ganis in Old Stratholme (Caverns of Time) may have been given a unique model/texture.

Northrend Mount Flying 1,000 Gold On LIve

The Northrend Flying Mount skill is no longer free through the Sholazar Basin questline. It now costs a whooping 1,000 gold.

Tigole: Yes, it will be 1000g when it goes live. It was originally part of a quest line but we found that it wasn’t intuitive where to get it. We also tuned the cost around the amount of gold you will have accrued by level 77. Unless you’re spending excessive money on the AH as you level up, you will have more than enough gold to afford the cost.—Source

Arena PvP and Battlegrounds Reset and Changes

Update: Honor Points and Tokens won’t be reset after Wrath of the Lich King goes live. Posted yesterday. Thanks, Lilithsblood @ Anub’arak

Bornakk: We had hoped that the introduction of some new Honor rewards in the upcoming patch would give players a great opportunity to spend any of their remaining Honor. However, many players would still be surprised by an Honor and token reset as it isn’t something we’ve done in the past. As such, we’ve decided to not reset Honor or tokens upon the release of Wrath of the Lich King. Players who save their Honor will be able to spend it on level 80 rewards, although those rewards will be significantly more expensive than their level 70 counterparts.—(Source)

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Blizzard Europe Wryxian provided details of Arena system once Wrath of the Lich King launches on November 13th:

Arena PvP
We want to provide some information about the direction of the Arena system. Upon the release of Wrath of the Lich King, players will find they are still able to access the Arena system at level 70 for rated matches. Those competing in the Arenas at 70 will still be able to attain items using Arena points and rankings; however, we do not currently plan to offer new items or titles for this bracket. Players who level past 70 will have their Arena points reset to 0 and be removed from all Arena teams in the level-70 bracket.

Two new skirmish brackets (71-75, 76-80) will be available for players who wish to hone their Arena skills while leveling in Northrend. Those who reach level 80 will once again have the opportunity to create new Arena teams and play in rated matches once a new season starts. New items, titles, and end-of-season rewards will be offered to the most successful teams at level 80. Additionally, the sets released for the Arenas in Wrath of the Lich King will no longer share aesthetic similarities with tiered raiding gear. We want those equipped with the best PvP rewards and those with the best raiding sets to stand out from each other. Players at level 80 will also have the opportunity to compete in two new Arenas featuring challenging new layouts, terrain hazards, and moving obstacles.

Battlegrounds
As many of you know we will be featuring a new Battleground, a dedicated world PvP zone and all new PvP items in Wrath of the Lich King. In order to make the transition from The Burning Crusade to Wrath of the Lich King flow as smoothly as possible, all accrued honor points will be reset at the launch of the expansion. We do this to ensure select players do not have an unfair advantage at level 80 from stockpiling honor to instantly purchase the newest Wrath of the Lich King PvP rewards.

For those with unspent honor points prior to the release of the expansion, we will be offering a few upgrades and special rewards in next content patch solely for purchase via the honor system: (Read More

Diablo 3 Death Mechanic

Looks like Diablo 3 won’t have town portals from what can be read. You won’t have to run back from the town to your corspe the way you used to in Diablo II either. Read more about the Death Mechanic at this point of development. Be aware this may change a few times during development.

Before I get in to what we are doing let me go over some things we want to avoid with a death mechanic.

We want to separate being in town and being out on a quest/adventure/dungeon as much as possible. Leaving the safety of a town should not be a decision you take lightly. We don’t want to remove the sense of suspense and danger by making town something you’re always going back to pretty much whenever you like. The intent is to create a greater separation from being in town, and not, and to make your time away from town a lot more tense.

On that same note we also don’t want to remove the player from the action. Throwing them back to town for every death really breaks up the action, and not in a fun, interesting, or necessary way.

So, with these things in mind we’ve found that a check point system works really well. Throughout your adventures, and generally at the ends of each “floor” of a dungeon your character is saved to a checkpoint. When you die you’re dropped back at the last checkpoint with a small amount of health, and the rest regenerates slowly. It’s obviously a very forgiving system as it is. It’s just too early to put a ton of thought in to what penalties there should be, if any, added on top of it.

Regardless, potential penalties aside, this is the death mechanic we’re currently using and it’s working really well so far.—source

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Blizzard-inspired art show opens this week

The Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) in Laguna Beach (California) presents this year ‘Blizzard 2.0 : The Art of the Game’ exposing student artwork based on Blizzard games: Starcraft, Warcraft and Diablo franchises. You can read more here.

What: Blizzard: Art of the Game 2.0

When: Reception is Oct. 23, public is invited

Where: Laguna College Art & Design gallery, 2222 Laguna Canyon in Laguna Beach

Exhibit hours: Exibit runs from Oct. 1 to 27.
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To attend, please contact:
Ed Thorell – Gallery Manager
(949) 376-6000
ethorell@lagunacollege.edu

World of Warcraft Miniatures street Nov. 11th!

Upper Deck Entertainment Announces Launch Date for the World of Warcraft® Miniatures Game Highly Anticipated Game Hits Stores on November 11th!

North Las Vegas, NV—On Tuesday, November 11, you can finally hold the power of Azeroth in the palm of your hand! On that date, Upper Deck (UD) will release the long-awaited World of Warcraft Miniatures Game. Available in four-figure Starter Sets and three-figure randomized booster packs, the World of Warcraft Miniatures Game features amazingly detailed figures and innovative, engaging game play. Visit WoWMinis.com for a hobby store near you!

Each of the 66 figures available in the World of Warcraft Miniatures Game reflects the imagery and style of the popular World of Warcraft online game characters. And some fan-favorite characters have even been made into Minis, including Leeroy Jenkins, Warchief Thrall and Varimathras. Each miniature can be mounted on a uniquely engineered, removable base, allowing it to serve as both a game piece and a standalone collectible. 

The World of Warcraft Miniatures Game four-figure Starter Set offers everything two people need to play right out of the box, including Upper Deck’s pioneering detachable bases (dubbed the UBase™), a Beginner’s Guide, custom dice, and a game map. The Starter Set also includes character cards describing each figure’s attacks and abilities, as well as interchangeable Action Bar cards for an extra layer of customization. The booster packs feature 3 randomized figures, complete with their associated cards.

In addition to offering the best quality figures in the pre-painted miniatures market, the World of Warcraft Miniatures Game booster packs provide players with a sample pack of cards from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, which might include a Loot™ card from the upcoming Drums of War expansion. These rare cards give players access to exclusive cosmetic in-game upgrades for their online World of Warcraft characters. 

Upper Deck is planning a robust Organized Play structure for the World of Warcraft Miniatures Game. Details are expected to be available shortly. In the meantime, visit WoWMinis.com for the latest news and information about the exciting World of Warcraft Miniatures Game!

Starcraft 2 - Effectiveness of Hellions

Karune shared details of the Reaper vs. Hellions’ effectiveness against enemy units and the differences between both units in certain combat scenarios.

Karune: The Hellion is faster than the Reaper side by side, but the cliff traversing talent often gets the Reaper to the place you want to go faster.

In raiding, it really depends. Hellions will be able to hit several workers at the same time, but Reapers have much more direct damage. Choosing what to use may also depend on what you are up against. Hellions are armored, whereas Reapers are light armor. Both are very useful for raiding and used in conjunction effectively could easily mean GG quite early, bleeding the enemy economy and tech.

Wrath of the Lich King - Emblem of Valor Quartermaster

And this ends my marathon with the last of the Faction Quatermaster items. The Emblem of Valor Quatermaster sells bracers, boots, rings, back, and two items of the Lost Champion set. You purchase the items with Emblems of Valor. You can find the Quartermaster at the Silver Enclave (Alliance) or Sunreaver’s Sanctuary (Horde) in Dalaran. For future reference visit our Wrath of the Lich King menu under Quartermaster Loot section.

Wrath of the Lich King - Fur and Leather Trader

Very busy week bringing you items from all Faction Quartermasters from Wrath of the Lich King. All of them manually edited from screenshots. You can imagine how many hours I have put into all of the factions combined. This time I share 47 items from a dwarf vendor named Braeg Stoutbeard (Fur and Leather Trader). He is found on the streets of Dalaran by the Magus Commerce Exchange district. He trades 47 Leatherworking recipes. Instead of gold, you trade Fur and leather from Northrend beasts to purchase the recipes. You can find them in the future at our Wrath of the Lich King menu under Quartermaster Loot section. Check them out:

Tomorrow, I will post the last of the Wrath of the Lich King series of item vendors: The Emblem of Valor Quatermaster. You can see the other factions here.

Wrath of the Lich King - Ebon Blade Quartermaster

Those beta testing have wondered if there was an Ebon Blade faction quartermaster. The Ebon Blade is the Death Knight faction led by Darion Mograine. Darion and Tirion are in Icecrown glacier by the way, at the Argent Vanguard.

Through a series of quests started by the death knight NPC aboard the Gunship (Alliance or Horde) you are asked to kill three Scourge NPCs in the Shadow Vault building at the northwestern corner of the Icecrown region. You talk to a Death Knight who has been posing as a mindless minion of the Scourge. He directs you to use a rod on these three NPCs after their death.  This would rise them unbound from the Lich King, becoming new allies to the Ebon Blade faction.

You are asked to kill the leader of the Shadow Vault with the help of those three new allies (a banshee, abomination and a geist). Once the leader is killed, you return to the Gunship. Koltiras (Horde) or the Alliance version sends you back to the Shadow Vault building. Once you get there, you will see the phasing technology in action once more. The place is no longer inhabited by Scourge minions. Now it is full of Ebon Blade NPCs. Shadow Vault thereafter becomes your new Inn.  Once the phasing takes over, you can now access the Ebon Blade Quartermaster. Below you got the link to view all the 20 items available. Or visit the Quartermaster Loot link at the Wrath of the Lich King section on the left menu in the future.

Brief Emerald Dream Visit in Wrath of the Lich King Quest

After playing and understanding the phasing quest system technology in the Death Knight starting location quests and the Battle For the Undercity, I had a hunch that this is merely a glimpse into what Blizzard is working on since 2003 … the Emerald Dream.

My hunch concerning the phasing technology and the use of it to create the Emerald Dream didn’t seem to far-fetched. As I was starting the first quests in Icecrown Glacier, a lengthy questline led me to Tirion Fordring who asked me to find an Argent Crusade member Bridenbrad at Silent’s Vigil (northeast of Icecrown region). He is plagued with the Undeath and refuses to be taken into the camp. Tirion sends you to talk to Arch Druid Lillindra who opens a portal to Moonglade so that you talk with Remulos.

To my surprise, Remulos asks us to gather three Emerald acorns from the Nightmare to attempt to cure Bridenbrad in the quest titled: Hope Into The Emerald. Next he casts a hibernate spell on you to sleep. Immediately the screen went green with a blindy mist. Remulos and the other NPCs phased out, while other NPCs phased in.  The portion of the Emerald Dream nightmare I could witness was limited. That small area was surrounded by Aberration Ancients of War. As soon as you aggro them you get phased back into the living world. Overall, hopefully this means Blizzard is getting ready to announce the next expansion pack after Wrath of the Lich King.

I will show video soon of this quest.

Back on 2003 Jeff “Tigole” Kaplan responded to my thread about the Emerald Dream.

Tigole: “Actually, we have some pretty cool stuff planned for druids. They will definitely have a link to the Emerald Dream. There’s also a zone on the way to the peak of Mount Hyjal called Moonglade that will be very core to druid characters. Our *master of Warcraft lore*, Chris Metzen, is never short on ideas when it comes to the druid class. I was running around the Emerald Dream last Thursday… you guys are in for a treat. The level designers are doing a killer job.”—06 Dec 2003

Tigole: “The Emerald Dream is shaping up to be extremely cool. We don’t want to preview any of that content yet as it is *endgame* and we want some surprises for players. The zone is massive and beautiful. And once the content team is done with it, it will be exceedingly challenging >=]”—06 Dec 2003

Nethaera: “As for the Emerald Dream, there are no plans for anything as of yet but it is a consideration for the future. The Emerald Dream opens up a lot of different opportunities and the Burning Crusade is definitely not going to be the last of the expansion packs. There are many different places and story lines that can be pursued. The story is going to keep growing and as it does so, people will get to experience it.”—09 June 2006

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Ashbringer Sword Replica Soon?

Back on April 2008, Epic Weapons closed its auction for the limited-edition Frostmourne sword replica (# 1) made of stainless steel. It sold for a whooping $20,700. I got some news for those who are passionate about collecting these swords. It’s not yet official, but the Ashbringer sword replica is on its way.

Ashbringer has been trademarked on August 27th for comic books and swords purposes. The comic book already hit stores on September 10th with issue# 1 of 4. The Ashbringer sword replica could be announced anytime by Blizzard and Epic Weapons.

What sword replica would you love Blizzard and Epic Swords produced? Share your comments at our WoW forums.

Wrath of the Lich King - Emblem of Heroism Quartermaster

Today I have added 45 items from the Emblem of Heroism Quartermaster that may be found in Dalaran, either on the Silver Enclave (Alliance) or the Sunreaver’s Sanctuary (Horde). The Emblems of Heroism are obtained from bosses in Heroic-mode dungeons throughout Northrend.

So what’s the deal with these items? You get two Conqueror items: gloves and chest. There are some good trinkets, Librams, Relics and necks. Weapons and Shoulders. The most notorious items are the new introduced Bind on Account (BOA) which you can mail to any of your alt-characters.  These items can be used from level 1-80 and help increase the amount of XP you gain and/or heal yourself for 2% of your health upon killing a mob that yields experience or honor.

Stay tuned for the next couple of days. The next content on Blizzplanet will be the Emblems of Valor Quartermaster items; followed by the Fur Trader in dalaran that offers a lot of leatherworking recipes in exchange of Northrend fur and leather. I have been speeding up showing the Quartermaster items to be more at ease once I go to BlizzCon, to focus only on Blizzcon media and info. See ya at BlizzCon.

Wrath of the Lich King - Argent Crusader Quartermaster Loot

Today you can check out the gear and items awarded by the Argent Crusader Quartermaster in Icecrown Glacier region at level 80.  The good thing about the new tabards is that you can gain reputation with the Argent Crusader by wearing their tabard on any level 80 dungeon. You can find previous and upcoming content at the Quartermaster section under our Wrath of the Lich King menu. Check out the 17 items available from this quartermaster.

 

WotLK - Quartermaster Loot on Blizzplanet

I’m surprised to see so many fans interested in the Battle for the Undercity and the in-game cinematic, and all the good feedback from fans thanking for investing time in the articles. I think it is the first time Blizzplanet hits 61,326 unique visitors in a single day. Yesterday, 43,130.

I will be working on adding Quartermaster loot during the week. Lot of work to do. I already got the screenshots. I just need to cut them and remove the transparency. Prepare HTML, etc. I do this stuff manually, the hard way. Setback is that these may change anytime during beta, and even post-retail.

The Quartermasters I will be working on during the week:
– Argent Crusader
– Kirin Tor
– Wyrmrest Accord

There is a new Fur Trader added in beta patch 8982 who gives over 30 leatherworker recipes. You simply trade fur and leather from Northrend beasts and he gives you the recipe at no extra cost. How cool is that?

Another stuff I will be adding is the Emblem of Heroism and Emblem of Valor Quartermaster loot.

I take the opportunity to announce Blizzplanet will be changing in upcoming weeks. Probably mid-October or earlier. After a lengthy time, Blizzplanet will be using Drupal CMS. This move is to allow more staff members to interact by posting news and content. Allowing more community integration with comments on each news. The current CMS was not made with so many visitors in mind. Changing to Drupal could enhance server performance and multiple connections. I will be welcoming a new staff member in Blizzplanet. Someone that is well known in the community. I’m glad to have him. I met him in Paris Blizzard WWI. We both share love and passion for Blizzard Games and the community.

I am heading to BlizzCon 2008 on October 10th and plan to bring as much media and info coverage as possible for Blizzplanet and Diablofans as well. Make sure to visit Blizzplanet by then. I will be gathering questions from the community to ask the Developers either on the Dev Q&A or in the press room. Thanks for supporting Blizzplanet. And many thanks to all the websites linking to Blizzplanet news: Bluesnews, WoWInsider, WorldofWar.net, Curse, Judgehype, Wowhead, Gamona, WoWVault (IGN), WoW Wiki, hope I don’t get in trouble mentioning MMO-Champion and WorldofRaids, Wotlk Wiki, ingame.de, buffed.de, ngacn, Scrollsoflore, N4G, WeGame, Elitistjerks, Nihilum, and so many others. Impossible to type all the hundreds of websites, but thanks to everyone.

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