I visited the Pocket Books booth on Saturday at 4pm to record on video the book signing session held by Christie Golden. Jaime Costas and her husband organized a raffle to give away 40 copies of the World of Warcraft: Arthas Collector’s Edition. The place was crowded with fans that were excited to meet her.
Below are some photos as a sneak peek until I prepare the videos. Photos explained from left to right … The first photo is Maticus (Worldofwar.net) and J. Allen Brack (WoW Producer Director); second photo is Medievaldragon and J. Allen Brack. The third photo from left to right: Jaime Costas (Pocket Books), Christie Golden, Medievaldragon, Richard A. Knaak and TOKYOPOP Editor-in-Chief Rob Tokar.
On this batch, Medievaldragon and Nethaera (WoW Community Manager). On the second one, with Karune (Starcraft II Community Manager). Third one: Greg Street (Ghostcrawler), Medievaldragon, and on the far right: Patrick Magruder (WoW Lead Gameplay Programmer). Need to double check the developer on light-gray shirt.
An ancient evil lies dormant within Deepholm, the domain of earth in the Elemental Plane. Hidden away in a secluded sanctuary, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing has waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against Azeroth and biding his time until he can reforge the world in molten fire.
Soon, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to Azeroth, and his eruption from Deepholm will sunder the world, leaving a festering wound across the continents. As the Horde and Alliance race to the epicenter of the cataclysm, the kingdoms of Azeroth will witness seismic shifts in power, the kindling of a war of the elements, and the emergence of unlikely heroes who will rise up to protect their scarred and broken world from utter devastation.
Blizzard Entertainment’s third expansion to World of Warcraft forever alters the face of Azeroth, as the destruction left in Deathwing’s wake reshapes the land and reveals secrets long sealed away. Players will be able to re-experience familiar zones across Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, areas rewrought by the cataclysm and filled with new opportunities for adventure.
In an effort to survive the world-shattering cataclysm, two new playable races—worgen and goblins—will join the struggle between Alliance and Horde. As players journey to the new level cap of 85, they’ll explore newly revealed zones, acquire new levels of power, and come face to face with Deathwing in a battle to determine the fate of the world.
Two New Playable Races: Adventure as one of two new races—the cursed worgen with the Alliance or the resourceful goblins with the Horde.
Level Cap Increased to 85: Earn new abilities, tap into new talents, and progress through the path system, a new way for players to customize characters
Classic Zones Remade: Familiar zones across the original continents of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms have been altered forever and updated with new content, from the devastated Badlands to the broken Barrens, which has been sundered in two.
New High-Level Zones: Explore newly opened parts of the world, including Uldum, Grim Batol, and the great Sunken City of Vashj’ir beneath the sea.
More Raid Content than Ever Before: Enjoy more high-level raid content than previous expansions, with optional more challenging versions of all encounters
New Race and Class Combinations: Explore Azeroth as a gnome priest, blood elf warrior, or one of the other never-before-available race and class combinations.
Guild Advancement: Progress as a guild to earn guild levels and guild achievements.
New PvP Zone & Rated Battlegrounds: Take on PvP objectives and daily quests on Tol Barad Island, a new Wintergrasp-like zone, and wage war in all-new rated Battlegrounds.
Archaeology: Master a new secondary profession to unearth valuable artifacts and earn unique rewards.
Flying Mounts in Azeroth: Explore Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms like never before.
World of Warcraft: Cataclyms has shocked fans all across the globe. No one saw coming how Blizzard would deal with a complete overhaul of Azeroth as we know it. Some areas are volcanic lava lands, while other known deserts such as The Barrens and Desolace are now partial forests. Some places are split in half, others sundered underwater.
We got here some screenshots for you straight from our Press Kit CD courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment.
You can watch here the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm video shown at Blizzcon 2009. This is cataclysm and shocking to say the least. The world of Azeroth has changed in ways we did never imagine Blizzard would ever dare going. You can really say you didn’t see this coming.
IT’S OFFICIAL FOLKS!!! World of Warcraft: Cataclysm was unveiled by no other than our beloved Chris Metzen (VP of Creative Design). Deathwing is back, and the face of Azeroth has changed. Old villages are now destroyed, lava runs amok everywhere in Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms. The Goblins (Horde)and Worgen (Alliance) are officially new playable races. Gilneas Greymane Wall collapsed during the cataclysm. The residents are now cursed with the worgen state.
We can now fly in Azeroth.
I will now start uploading our press kits full of screenshots and details. Check back shortly. Grim Batol is in development based on the story from WoW: Night of the Dragon.
Mount Hyjal present is a new dungeon or zone. Hyjal is under siege by Ragnaros sending his elemental army to burn the World Tree. Malfurion Stormrage is back from the Emerald Dream.
The Barrens Split is broken in half by the middle. Naralex is trying to regrow life into the Barrens in early quests in Wailing Caverns, well he was successful, you can see Barrens with life, and forests. While other areas are lava-like.
Uldum is a new dungeon. There will be a cat-like race inside.
New Blackrock Spire dungeon.
Twilight Highlands is the Twilight’s Hammer base of operations. The Twilight Dragonflight has risen.
Tol Barad is introduced as a prison isle.
Three new PvP battlegrounds. One is Tol Barad and another in Gilneas. New Arena Maps.
Desolace looks full of vegetation in some areas. The druids seem to be doing their work around some areas after our experience in low level quests.
IRVINE, Calif., Aug 18, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE)—Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day gaming festival, BlizzCon(R) 2009, begins on Friday, August 21, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The convention celebrates Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), and Diablo(R) game universes and the communities of players surrounding them. Attendees of the sold-out show will be able to play the latest versions of Blizzard Entertainment(R) games as well as speak with developers in discussion panels, participate in tournaments and contests, and meet with fellow gamers and friends.
The show will close on Saturday evening with an epic concert featuring the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne. In addition, Blizzard Entertainment’s own Warcraft-themed metal band Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain will be performing, and Jay Mohr has returned to act as the master of ceremonies for the community contests taking place on Friday.
Those unable to attend are still able to purchase a “virtual ticket” to the show, featuring more than 18 hours of live coverage as well as the exclusive BlizzCon 2009 World of Warcraft in-game pet. This package is available both via Internet stream in over 100 countries and in HD through DIRECTV(R) satellite television service. Visit the official BlizzCon website, http://www.blizzcon.com, for more information on the virtual ticket, or to read daily coverage of the show’s highlights.
“With each BlizzCon, we strive to offer a truly unforgettable weekend of entertainment for every attendee, as well as those joining us from home,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We look forward to meeting players and sharing the latest news about Blizzard games with them, and we appreciate the contributions of our partners in helping us make this year’s show our biggest and best yet.”
BlizzCon would not be possible without the enthusiasm of Blizzard Entertainment gamers around the world and the generous support of the event’s sponsors, who provide demo station hardware and peripherals, contest prizes, and more. This year’s platinum-level sponsors are ASUS, DIRECTV, Intel, Mountain Dew, NVIDIA, and Razer; the gold-level sponsors are Cisco, Dell, Kingston, SteelSeries, and Vasco.
Anyone attending BlizzCon who is interested in pursuing career opportunities at Blizzard Entertainment should bring their resumes, demo reels, art portfolios, or business cards, as the global staffing team will be on hand to accept materials and discuss any job-related questions.
This is your last call to get tickets for the Laguna Art Museum VIP Benefit Dinner. Follow the links below to get further details on what this event is and how you can acquire tickets. The goodies for the price of this ticket may be worthwhile to many fans who coundn’t buy a Blizzcon ticket.
There are still a few tickets available for this great event, but quantities are limited. To purchase your ticket, please go to the Laguna Art Museum
Our adorable and hard-working contact from Pocket Books, Jaime, has provided us their Blizzcon 2009 schedule—where you will meet Richard A. Knaak and Christie Golden; and have the opportunity to get some free stuff (while supplies last).
We have been given green-light from Blizzard and Pocket Books to ask Richard A. Knaak questions about World of Warcraft: Stormrage, so the community is very welcome to hurl some of the best questions about the Nightmare in the Emerald Dream, Malfurion, Cenarius and any other relevant topic surrounding the plot. You can either register and post below at the comments area, or to submit via email
All weekend long, stop by the Pocket Books booth in Hall B and receive a free copy of STARCRAFT: DARK TEMPLAR, BOOK 1: FIRSTBORN, while supplies last! While you