World of Warcraft: Chronicle Vol. 1 Preview: The Story of Lei Shen

ian-bates-the-red-shirt-guy2Greetings everyone, I’ve been given a copy of World of Warcraft: Chronicle to review and there is so much incredible lore information, I’m not sure a single review would work.

So, while I will have a proper review, I’ll also post a few summaries of some of the more groundbreaking information we’ve been given.

For our first entry, we shall look at fan favorite villain Lei Shen, the Thunder King. Of course, these will include massive spoilers. Spoilers on a “this changes the entire context of the Warcraft setting” level.

So if you want to find all this out in World of Warcraft: Chronicle for yourself, consider this a warning.

Have you ever wondered how Lei Shen truly became the Thunder King? How he died? How Uldum wasn’t always a desert? How the mogu and Zandalari came to create one of the most formidable empires Azeroth has ever seen? Read on to find out.


World of Warcraft 2017 Square Calendar

The pre-orders are now open for the World of Warcraft 2017 Calendar. The A4 (Square) calendar sports 24-pages and covers up to 18-months featuring images of heroes, villains and landscape scenes from World of Warcraft: Legion.

Calendar: 24 pages
Publisher: BrownTrout Publishers; Wal edition
Release Date: August 1, 2016
ISBN-10: 1465057757
ISBN-13: 978-1465057754
Dimensions: 8.3 x 12.8 x 12.8 inches

World of Warcraft 2017 Square Calendar


FUNKO Thrall and Sylvanas POP Vinyl

I have got an alert of two of the top favorite Funko World of Warcraft POP Vinyl figures are available — hot off the truck. Grab yours while supplies last.


These are kinda rare to find out there in stores, so it’s worth grabbing them as soon as you can. Browsing around noticed that Arthas and the Murloc are the only other ones still in stock.


Blizzcon 2015 Preview: World of Warcraft: Illidan

Warning: Mild Spoilers Ahead

Greetings All,

Blizzcon 2015 Preview: World of Warcraft:  IllidanI had the pleasure of speaking with William King, the author of the new World of Warcraft: Illidan novel, at this year’s Blizzcon. He was very careful to not spoil anything, but as we spoke he assured me that the lack of Illidan story in Burning Crusade would be largely addressed in this novel.

We will find out why he was so absent during the expansion, as well as delve deeper into his relationship with the Legion, namely with Kil’jaeden the Deceiver himself. After our chat, I truly got the impression that he knew and loved the character. William King said that he was a fan of Illidan all the way back to Warcraft III, which is a sigh of relief to many of us fans.

We spoke about what happened in the RTS games, as well as World of Warcraft; and I got the impression that he really respects Warcraft lore. He shared that Illidan and Arthas are, in his opinion, the most interesting characters in Warcraft lore, and that he’s very excited to be a part of fleshing Illidan out more. Getting in Illidan’s head will be a primary goal in this novel, to see what makes him tick. To my surprise, I was handed the first three chapters of the upcoming novel!

The first is the prologue, which covers Illidan’s release by Tyrande in Warcraft III. Those of us who loved the RTS will feel right at home, while those who haven’t played the game will have a portion of Illidan’s background revealed to them.

The best part for Warcraft III lovers is that the novel format allows King to flesh out the scene in greater detail. We get to see what is going on in Illidan’s mind shortly before his release, as well as briefly afterward.

DesignByHumans Gaming Giveaway

DesignByHumans contacted me to announce their Gaming Giveaway. Three Grand Prize Winners will get a $75 shopping spree credit to buy any T-shirt**, a SteelSeries Siberia 200, and an ElGato Game Capture HD60 device (for Xbox One|PS4|Wii U).

**Winners can choose from a variety of DesignByHumans Diablo designs, Warcraft designs, and StarCraft designs.




Pre-Order World of Warcraft: Illidan

As revealed recently, Blizzard Entertainment and Random House Publishing united forces to develop new novels based on various video game franchises. The first novel on the spotlight is a World of Warcraft: Legion tie-in giving readers a glimpse into Illidan.

Pre-order Illidan: World of Warcraft now!

About Illidan: World of Warcraft

world-of-warcraft-illidan-coverFor fantasy readers and fans of World of Warcraft, the highest-grossing game of all time, comes an official tie-in novel featuring one of its most notorious characters: Illidan.

Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (March 15, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0399177566
ISBN-13: 978-0399177569

About the Author

William King lives in Prague, Czech Republic with his lovely wife Radka and his sons Dan and William Karel. He has been a professional author and games developer for almost a quarter of a century. He is the creator of the bestselling Gotrek and Felix series for Black Library and the author of the bestselling Space Wolf books which between them have sold over three quarters of a million copies in English and been translated into 8 languages.

He has been nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award. His short fiction had appeared in Year’s Best SF and Best of Interzone. He has twice won the Origins Awards For Game Design. His hobbies include role-playing games and MMOs as well as travel.

Pre-Order World of Warcraft: Illidan



Wild Bangarang Officially Launches World of Warcraft Licensed Leggings

Wild Bangarang has officially launched the World of Warcraft Licensed Leggings series which includes versions for the Horde and Alliance, and the Elementium Infernal, Felfire Infernal and Nether Infernal ones.

The leggings are made of 80% Polyester and 20% Elastane. These Leggings are manufactured in the UK. Pre-orders are now available and ship on August 24th.

The Alliance


The Horde


Elementium Infernal


Felfire Infernal


Nether Infernal


Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 Teaser

Chris Metzen explains the roots from where the Warcraft Chronicle series come and its purpose in the great design the series serve. The first volume will focus on the early history of Warcraft before World of Warcraft existed up to Warcraft: The Last Guardian.

That in itself meshes pretty well with the Warcraft Movie which is based presicely in the events of the first Warcraft video game, Warcraft: Orcs and Humans (1994). The WarCraft: The Last Guardian novel (by Jeff Grubb) was based in a mission of the first video game where you are tasked to kill Medivh, and fleshed out a whole new perspective to the how the orcs came to be in Azeroth and expanded the lore into what we now know as World of Warcraft.


Metzen: You know, people often asks: “Why is lore important?” The lore … the storytelling of Warcraft is something that we’ve really tried to work on and hone over the years as an integral part of the fantasy you are playing through.

When it catches you, it is something that you want to keep coming back over and over.

Warcraft Chronicle is the first in a series of books that attempts to codify and tighten up, and clarify the history of Warcraft.

The first volume of the Chronicle essentially goes from the creation of the Warcraft universe, all the way up until the story of “The Last Guardian,” which is essentially the story of Warcraft 1.

We wanted to create a very distinct look to this book. We asked one of our artists, Peter Lee, if he would step up and do this thing. A lot of the imagery is fashioned on the early parts of the history… or the pre-history of Warcraft. Images of places and things that we have never shown people before; and Pete was just the perfect guy that kinda envisioned these vistas, these landscapes.

What is really fun about doing the Chronicle project is trying to take that holistic audit of like our first ideas, all the way to the now. You can read through this thing and go: “Oh, I get it. I get how this begot this and then this came from here, and this turn in history happened because of these three things. I never saw that before.”

In having that top-down long view of the history of Azeroth, you definitely get that sense that there is a lot of unfinished business, there is a lot of conflicts and evil stirred in the ancient world that may yet come to pass in Warcraft’s future.

Pre-Order Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1

Normal price: $39.99. However, you can pre-order for only $20.94.

Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 TeaserWorld of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 is a journey through an age of myth and legend, a time long before the Horde and the Alliance came to be. This definitive tome of Warcraft history reveals untold stories about the birth of the cosmos, the rise of ancient empires, and the forces that shaped the world of Azeroth and its people.

This beautiful hardcover book features over twenty full-page illustrations by World of Warcraft artist Peter Lee and marks the first in a multipart series exploring the Warcraft universe; from the distant past to the modern era.

  • Featuring over twenty full-page illustrations by fan favorite Peter Lee!
  • Must-read companion to the Warcraft series.
  • Never-before-revealed secrets of the Warcraft universe!

Writer: Matt Burns
Artist: Peter Lee, Joseph Lacroix

Series: World of Warcraft
Hardcover: 1 pages
Publisher: Dark Horse Books (March 15, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616558458
ISBN-13: 978-1616558451


Wild Bangarang announces World of Warcraft Apparel License

Blizzard Entertainment and Wild Bangarang reached a license agreement to distribute a large variety of World of Warcraft Apparel Merchandising. Some of them really innovative in that we haven’t seen something like this before: slam dunks, blitz shirts, dresses, skirts, enforcers, and more. Sounds like a fun way to show off your Warcraft geek pride.

Wild Bangarang logo

I’ll keep in touch with this company to get you further updates and previews as they become available. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for flash news.

Here is a quick leggings teaser posted by Wild Bangarang in their Instagram a few days ago.


According to their Facebook, pre-orders will begin soon in July as they finish up a licensing errand prior to the pre-order announcement. One of the Facebook comments, has a Wild Bangarang representative hinting Arthas and Sylvanas might be part of a collection, which means heroes of the Warcraft lore wicked designs.

There is no further previous on what Wild Bangarang has in store for us, but this might give you an idea of the type of merchandise they design.



Wild Bangarang to release clothing line based on the characters and lore of World of Warcraft® in July 2015

East Sussex, United Kingdom—June 03, 2015— Wild Bangarang Ltd has announced today its plans for launching a range of clothing, including leggings, enforcers, slam dunks, blitz shirts, dresses and skirts featuring epic designs based upon the legends and lore of World of Warcraft®, Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

Wild Bangarang announces World of Warcraft Apparel License

Due out in July 2015, the first World of Warcraft collection will be available on and through select Blizzard channels, with pre-orders starting in June. Further collections inspired by the world and characters of World of Warcraftare currently planned for release at a later date.

“Creating a clothing line for World of Warcraft is particularly exciting, as David Pearson and I have both been avid World of Warcraft gamers for a number of years,” said Adam Jay, co-director and founder of Wild Bangarang. “We can’t wait to get designing and already have some really great ideas which Azerothians are sure to enjoy.”

Wild Bangarang brings designs from iconic franchises as well as original designs of their own to market in cool, contemporary clothing. With a bank of designers working closely with licensor concepts, artworks are adapted to work on unique clothing, creating exciting, fashionable wear for everyone.

Driven by a passion for the product and an eye for quality, Wild Bangarang has already successfully launched several collections, including Star Wars, the Eric collection and Gingerbreads.

About Wild Bangarang Ltd

Formed in 2014 and based in East Sussex, UK, the company brings exciting and quality clothing based on both recognised brands and unique designs manufactured in Great Britain to market.


Fighting the Good Fight: A look at 6.2, World of Warcraft’s present state, and what the future may hold [SPOILERS ABOUND!]

A sickly green mars the formerly star-crossed skies of Draenor. A planet that once housed an indescribable primordial beauty now finds itself besieged to an extent never before witnessed. Savage, free beasts that used to roam this alien planet’s expansive lands find themselves twisted into malformed shadows of their former visage. Indigenous trees that could previously sweep you up in their widespread presence now burn as fuel for the Fel. On top of all this, the throne of command and power formerly possessed by Draenor’s original usurpers, the Iron Horde, has become uprooted, deformed, and guided by new management.


This mental image of oncoming destruction is something we hopefully have to look forward to sooner rather than later. Welcome to 6.2, the upcoming content patch for World of Warcraft and an update that holds more weight than just being another patch to tally up with all the rest. Gul’dan has wrought control of the once mighty Iron Horde, morphing them into the Fel monstrosities he had always envisioned as their fate. In seizing control of Draenor’s formerly largest threat, Gul’dan has ushered onto the would-be Outlands, a fate far worse than anything the Iron Horde could’ve ever accomplished. By Gul’dan’s hand, the Burning Legion in full force has finally arrived on Draenor. Their way of entry and base of operations lays across the former seat of power for the Iron Horde: Tanaan Jungle. With 6.2, the end may be nigh for Draenor not just in a story sense, but a content perspective as well.

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