2010 Blizzard Global Writing Contest Announced

Blizzard has announced the 2010 Blizzard Global Writing Contest. Get the chance to visit Blizzard’s headquarters and BlizzCon. Meet the Creative Development Team as a bonus. Who wouldn’t want to shake hands with Chris Metzen the Bourbon Cowboy, and Micky Neilson?

Blizzard Quote:
You’re called to action once again, to use your wits and strength, to compete for the ultimate prize. Your weapons? They seem to be but a musty tome and quill, but know that their power is far stronger than the armies of the Scourge, far craftier than the zerg Swarm, and far mightier than any demon from the Burning Hells. Ready your tools, scribe, and prepare for combat with the inky beast called fiction!

Enter a short story for the chance to win a free trip to Blizzard’s headquarters in southern California! This contest is open to entrants from around the world and will be judged by Blizzard’s very own writers and masters of lore. For more information, head to the contest page:
http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/community/contests/writing2010

Merry Christmas, Blizzard and Fans!!!

It’s that time of the year when families get together in special times to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. It’s meant to be a time of joy. I wish everyone happy holidays, especially all the people at Blizzard including those I have personally met or interacted with such as Chris Metzen, Mike Morhaime, Paul Sams, Frank Pearce, Ghostcrawler, Jeff Kaplan, Nethaera, Karune, Bashiok, Jay Wilson, J. Allen Brack, Wryxian, Changwoon Jung (who takes care of flight and hotel whenever I go to Blizzcon and to the Blizzard campus — thanks a bunch).

I gotta thank Chris Metzen for many things, he creates fantasy and sci-fi worlds that have entertained and enlightened me over the years not only through the games, but through books, manga and comic books. Chris Metzen got me invited to the fansites’ Starcraft II single player hands-on back on July 17th where I interviewed him. It was great when I was recording video of a Starcraft II panel at Blizzcon, and I heard this voice calling my name. When I turned my face to the side, it was Chris Metzen waving at me. That was absolutely awesome, and I felt a lot of joy within to have someone I am a fanboy of remember me and say hi. His work and his worlds inspire to wish to be better each day. You can learn things from certain stories, that you would not learn normally in real life for lack of living those experiences.

I emailed Chris Metzen a couple of weeks ago simply to apologize for that Sargeras article I wrote a few days ago. I had meant to write about it for a long time — ok, two years late — and used a photo by Gadgetress (OCRegister) of Chris Metzen from the 15th Anniversary of Warcraft celebration held at the Blizzard campus. The Sargeras article brought up the retcon, and possible reasons the creative team had to infuse a new direction to the story, while I was also exploring and parodying the reaction from fans when this retcon took place a couple of years ago.

To make a long story short, in the parody I used this photo of Chris Metzen that looked like those facepalm images, and I added a few parody words concerning the retcon. You know, at that moment it looked fun to use the photo in the context of the article, but I still felt uneasy within. I emailed him to apologize. It’s not my nature to cause stress to people or make them feel bad, or do bad things on purpose. I’m a nice guy, honest and overall a good guy. A bit funny sometimes, which contrast with my shy personality.

Chris Metzen was pretty cool about it, no hard feelings from him for using the photo in that context. However, I want to share that at the time that photo was taken, he had a speech about what all those 15 years at Blizzard creating all these worlds meant to him. It’s easy to say 15 years, but it’s a long time and a large chunk of your life dedicated to writing, inventing, jammin’ ideas within and with other fellow writers. It was a very emotional moment, that I can just grasp and imagine. It was a meaningful moment, that I am really sorry to have parodied.

While there’s a lot of trolls out there who might think otherwise, many people — including me — love the work Chris Metzen, Micky Neilson and the Creative Team have done over the years. We are very proud of you, Chris. Merry Christmas!

Blizzard Holiday Dessert Contest 2009

Blizzard has launched a new contest aimed at fans who have leveled up their real life cooking experience. Use your skills to create food shaped like anything from the main Blizzard franchises: popular characters, mobs, buildings, or objects.

What can be better than fresh-baked cookies or cakes? Cookies, cakes, and scrumptious desserts created with care to represent elements of the Warcraft, StarCraft, or Diablo universes, of course! We’re holding our Blizzard Holiday Dessert contest again and calling out all those talented bakers and pastry chefs to get out their flour, sugar, and rolling pins to create something amazing to tantalize the eye. Find out more on our contest page!

Prize

Ten amazing delicious delights will be chosen to win one set of the following books:

Arthas, Night of the Dragon, Beyond the Dark Portal, Tides of Darkness, Rise of the Horde, War of the Ancients Archive, and the Warcraft Archive

Blizzcon 2009: Amusing Blizzard-themed Restaurant Menu

Flux (Diii.net) and I shared a room at the hotel.  When I entered the room, late night on Saturday after Blizzcon 2009 ended, he showed me a large paper.  He walked by a restaurant, and an employee asked him if he was at Blizzcon. When Flux said yes, he handed him the Restaurant menu.

Flux gave me the menu to scan it for our audience. He considered it quitely funny, and indeed it is.  The McCormick & Schmick’s Restaurant went through all the trouble to rename most of their menu and print it to catch attention from Blizzcon 2009 visitors.  The menu got tons of references from Diablo, World of Warcraft and Starcraft II.

You can find this restaurant at 321 West Katella Avenue. Suite 109. Anaheim, CA. 92802

DIABLO

Featured Species: This Halibut was captured with a spear off of Gulf of Westmarch by Deckard Cain on the “Stay a while and Listen”.

  • Kurast, Sea Scallops
  • Kurast, Bay Scallops
  • Dreadlands Rainbow Trout
  • Lachdanan’s Duck Confit Tacos with Serrano Cream
  • Pepin’s White Ale Steamed Manila Clams
  • 14 oz. New York Strip Steak (also known as Wirt’s Leg)
  • Lut Gholein, Ono
  • Tilapia Cashew Twin Seas, Khanduras
  • A Recipe taken from “The Horadrim Monastery Cook Book
  • Farham the Drunk’s Creation

    From the Kitchen of Tristram Village:

  • Dreadlands Trout (Almond Crusted with Chive Beurre Blanc)
  • Mahi-Mahi (Cajun Maple Marinated, Orange Beurre Blanc)
  • Dark Wanderer Sea Scallops
  • King Leoric Wild Swordfish

Check out other games’ references in the menu after the break.

WOW

  • Noob Entries and Sandwishes
  • Orcish Pancetta Wrapped Jumbo Prawns with Thai Barbeque Sauce
  • Korean Style Beef Short Ribs with Stormwind City Marinade
  • Nazjatar Raw Bar (Lots of Seafood options)
  • Dark Portal Steak and Stuffed Shrimp Combinations
  • Ner’zhul’s Creme Brulee
  • Darkspear, Lobster
  • Eld Druids Lobster Ravioli
  • Death Knight Filet Mignon
  • Grizzly Hills Blueberry Shortcake

STARCRAFT

  • Zerus Atlantic Salmon (*Zerus is the Zerg homeworld)
  • The Overmind’s Atlantic Salmon Zerus—stuffed with crab, bay shrimp, Brie Cheese, Chive Lemon Butter. A Favorite amongst the Zerg Swarm.
  • Gerard DuGalle Barramundi (Queensland, Australia)—served every Monday aboard the DSS Aleksander
  • The Federal Confederacy Atlantic Salmon
  • Chau Sara Tilapia Parmesan
  • Raynor’s Ling Cod Fish and Chips (Hand battered Ling Cod with Tartar Sauce and French Fries)

BlizzCon 2009 – Christie Golden and Richard A. Knaak Signing

I forgot to mention I interviewed Christie Golden at the Book Revue in Huntington, New York back on June 13.  The video interview covered a few questions such as her thoughts on making it into the New York Bestselling Hardcover twice for World of Warcraft: Arthas; and various questions about Starcraft: The Dark Templar, Twilight.  I voluntarily submitted the video to Blizzard, to make sure everything is alright, and they will get back to me.  Once that happens, the video interview will be public. Stay tuned.  In the meantime, if you missed them, I released some of the videos where Christie reads pages from World of Warcraft: Arthas to the attendees at the Book Revue. I’m sure many of you will appreciate listening to her.

After the interview, I asked Christie Golden if she is scheduled to attend Blizzcon 2009.  She confirmed she is going to be there, so make sure to bring your books and mangas from both authors to be signed, and take photos.  Jaime from Simon & Schuster, Inc. (Pocket Books) and her husband came all the way to Huntington to meet Christie and gave her and me a copy of Starcraft: The Dark Templar, Twilight.  Really cute, eh?  She also confirmed to be going to Blizzcon, and we agreed to meet there.

Richard A. Knaak wrote a lengthy newsletter confirming his attendance to Blizzcon 2009 and letting fans know which booths to find him at.  He also reveals the schedule for some of his upcoming Warcraft and Diablo pocket books.  Actually, the Diablo release is the trade paperback (TPB) titled Diablo: The Sin War Trilogy Archive.  Fans have been expecting this TPB for ages, and now it is been announced to hit bookstores on December.

The coming months bring a lot of activity and so there will be updates in the future, but here is what is going on:

First and foremost, LEGENDS OF THE DRAGONREALM will be out in just over a month!  Go to http://www.richardaknaak.com to see both the cover and some very nice comments about the book from R.A. Salvatore, Margaret Weis, Glen Cook, & Ed Greenwood!  At 708 pages and with the first ever map of the series—- two pages yet—- this is a terrific way to begin or return to my series, which has been published in many languages and is still going strong!

Second, I will be appearing at the following conventions—- Blizzcon in Anaheim from Aug. 21-22 and Dragoncon in Atlanta Sep. 4-6!  Look for me at the Pocket or Tokyopop Booth at the former and on panels (tba) or near the Larry Smith Bookseller Booth at the latter!  I hope to show off a copy of LEGENDS at Blizzcon and we will definitely be getting copies for Dragoncon!

Next, if you plan to check out LEGENDS from the library, I encourage you to make certain that your library will actually be getting a copy.  Requesting is always helpful in how libraries decide which titles to order!  Special thanks to readers in Washington State and Minnesota who have already pushed the title there!

WARCRAFT fans!—- For those of you interested in my next novel, STORMRAGE, check out WARCRAFT LEGENDS VOL. 5 from Tokyopop for an exciting excerpt!  I’ve also written a story for the manga that will tie in with events to come…but you need to check out the manga to learn more!  smile  I’m hoping that there will be copies of the manga at Blizzcon!

Lastly, below is a current list of what is coming out and when:

9/1——LEGENDS OF THE DRAGONREALM (Pocket Books) ISBN-10: 1439107009/ISBN-13: 978-1439107003—- $18.00 Trade

9/1——WARCRAFT LEGENDS Vol. 5* (Tokyopop) ISBN-10: 1427815267/ ISBN-13: 978-1427815262—- $10.99 Manga

*Features an excerpt from the major upcoming WORLD OF WARCRAFT novel—- STORMRAGE!

12/1——BEASTMASTER: MYTH (Pocket Books) w/SYLVIO TABET, original producer of the films and series ISBN-10: 1439144176/ISBN-13: 978-1439144176—- $16.00 Trade

12/1——DRAGONLANCE: THE GARGOYLE KING (WOTC) ISBN-10: 0786952385/ISBN-13: 978-0786952380—- $7.99 Mass Market

Tentative:

12/1——DIABLO: THE SIN WAR ARCHIVE (Pocket Books)

2010—- WARCRAFT: DRAGONS OF OUTLAND VOL. I – SHADOW WING (Tokyopop) ISBN-10: 1427810265/ISBN-13: 978-1427810267—- $10.99 Manga

2010—- WARCRAFT: MAGE (Tokyopop) ISBN-10: 142781497X/ISBN-13: 978-1427814975

That’s all for now!  More details as they become available!

Sincerely,

Richard A. Knaak

Laguna Art Museum VIP Benefit Dinner, BlizzCon Ticket and More

World of Warcraft fans in the California area—and why not, international and national folks—will be delighted to hear of a special offer that might get you into Blizzcon if you missed out the ticket lottery.

From July 17 through 19, you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to purchase tickets for the Laguna Art Museum

Last Chance – Fansites BlizzCon Tickets Giveaways

The Blizzcon Tickets are sold out.  However, you still have a chance at winning a Free ticket to attend Blizzcon via Fansites Giveways courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment.  Blizzard is very supportive to all the fansites under their flag. So take this very exciting opportunity.  Beneath are all the fansites whose giveaway is still active.  Participate in all of them to increase your chances at winning one. However, if you got two be honest and let them know. Good luck and see you at BlizzCon.

INCGAMERS NETWORK

OTHER FANSITES

Blizzard Lists Fansites Giving Blizzcon 2009 Tickets

Bashiok announced the latest fansites participating in Blizzcon 2009 ticket giveaway contests. Participate in all of these to increase your chances at getting a free ticket.  Good luck and see you in Anaheim.

Blizzard Quote:
Didn’t get tickets? Well don’t worry because we’ve selected a number of fansites to give away additional tickets through contests and giveaways!

Each site chooses their own method for giving away their tickets. They range from simple to specialized. From easy questionnaires to dedicated art or story contests. Each one providing you with an additional chance to attend BlizzCon!

Visit the below sites for more information on their individual ticket give away events, rules, and regulations.

BlizzPlanet – ends June 9th
http://www.blizzplanet.com/

Diablo-Source – ends June 12th
http://www.diablo-source.com/

WoW Interface – ends June 11th
http://wowinterface.com/community.php

inStarCraft.de – ends May 27th
http://starcraft2.ingame.de/

StarCraft Wire.net – ends May 25th
http://starcraft.incgamers.com/blog/comments/blizzcon-2009-ticket-giveaway/

StarCraft II Australia
http://www.starcraft2.com.au

Best Costume to win a free trip to Blizzcon 2009

Blizzard is preparing to announce a new contest that starts on May 20.  The winners of this contest will get free trip for two to BlizzCon 2009 and some phat lootz.  The catch?  You better be good at sewing costumes … or a blacksmith or leatherworker in real life.

Blizzard Quote:
Warm up your sewing machines and start selecting the best fabrics you can; the Blizzard Costume Contest is coming soon! The best costume-maker will receive a grand prize package filled with great loot from our partners Panini, SteelSeries, and Upper Deck as well as an a trip for two to BlizzCon 2009! Check out our contest information page for details.

http://www.wow-europe.com/en/contests/costume09/

This contest will launch on May 20 so get your costumes ready!

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