Blizzard’s Off to DreamHack!

Blizzard reminds fans they will be at DreamHack Winter 2008 through November 27-30 where attendees will get their hands on Starcraft II and Wrath of the Lich King to experience multiplayer. Don’t miss the contests and the opportunity to get home the awesome Frostmourne sword.

Blizzard Quote:
DreamHack Winter is back, and Blizzard Entertainment will be there! We’ve partnered with TeliaSonera to give this year’s attendees a chance to play Blizzard’s upcoming StarCraft II and the recently released World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

You’ll find us next to the DreamArena, where Blizzard representatives will be on hand to answer questions, chat with players, and demonstrate the games. We’ll also be running several contests featuring great prizes, including the Lich King’s legendary sword Frostmourne—though don’t be surprised if Arthas himself shows up to try to stop you from winning.

This year’s DreamHack Winter takes place from 27 to 30 November at Elmia in J

Archavon Encounter Changes

The Archavon encounter was trivial due to the quality of the items for PvP users. Interestingly, Blizzard did not reduce the quality. Instead the encounter difficulty was increased, and the reset timer was extended. Some may find this more adequate and fitting.

Blizzard Quote:
Slorkuz: Due to the high quality of the items attainable through the Archavon encounter in Wintergrasp, we are going to be making some changes. To keep the encounter in line with the rewards, we have changed the Raid Lock from a 3-day to a 7-day timer. Additionally, we have raised Archavon

World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon – Fans Spoilers Chat

The World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon novel by Richard A. Knaak hit bookstores on November 18. It’s been nearly two weeks, and most fans have read through the book. Lore fans are invited to discuss the book’s storyline and to share opinions and ideas. We will peel off this novel to analyze what it may foreshadow to the lore and to World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (MMO). Unconfirmed rumor might be spawn from this novel that the next content patch could be a Grim Batol dungeon.

There are a few details in the novel that clearly marks the time-frame the events happen in. Anveena’s sacrifice at the Sunwell Plateau is mentioned by an angry Kalecgos who shoved it at Krasus, blaming him.

This is mostly a fans chat with full spoilers. Only attend if you have read the book, or don’t mind spoilers, or the book won’t be available in your country for a long time and you wish to learn more of its content.

The fans chat will take place on Sunday, November 30 at 1:00 pm EST (New York) or 6pm (UK).

BlizzCast 7: Submit Questions

All the Community managers are actively gathering questions for the next episode of BlizzCast (podcast). Feel free to submit your questions in the comments below. Simply register in order to submit your comments. I will personally send the questions to Bashiok (Diablo 3), Karune (Starcraft 2) and Nethaera (World of Warcraft).

World of Warcraft: Ashbringer # 2 Comic Book Review

I wrote a review of the World of Warcraft: Ashbringer # 2 available at comic shops and newsstands, accompanied by a lengthy spoiler summary. You can read the first and omit the latter, or you can read both at your discretion. This comic book written by Micky Neilson fleshes out the betrayal of Mograine’s son, and introduces the very moment the Scarlet Crusade and the Argent Dawn are founded.

Free PVP Character Moves to New Realm: Drak’Tharon

Blizzard is opening a new PvP Realm (US) for free transfers from 29 realms simultaneously. If your realm has long queues or you simply wish to venture in new frontiers and new people, consider transferring to the Drak’Tharon (PvP) realm. You can read the long list of servers able to transfer to Drak’Tharon after the break.

Blizzard Quote:
We would like to extend the time these transfers will be offered to Drak’Tharon. We now plan to close them on Monday, December 1 at 10:00am PST. Keep in mind these transfers could still close before this time so if you plan to move, we recommend that you do so at your earliest convenience.

We will be offering free character moves from selected high population realms to a brand new PvP realm, Drak’Tharon, to assist in population dispersal. The ability to move a character on the selected source realms will become available starting on Monday, November 17 at 11:00PM PST, and is scheduled to run until Monday, November 24 at 12:00PM PST. Drak’Tharon is a central timezone realm on the Emberstorm battlegroup.

In the event that these realms meet our transfer goals before the scheduled end date, the transfers to that realm will be disabled. We highly recommend that if you are planning to transfer that you do so at your earliest convenience. No characters will be eligible for these free moves once the transfers have been closed.

You can begin your transfer by visiting the Character Move page located here: https://www.worldofwarcraft.com/account/character-move.html

We will continue to evaluate realms and add more free character moves as we feel they are needed.

Blizzard Quote:
Source (PvP)
Arthas
Blackrock
Bleeding Hollow
Bloodscalp
Bonechewer
Boulderfist
Burning Blade
Cho’gall (Horde Only)
Crushridge
Dark Iron
Destromath
Dragonmaw
Illidan
Kel’Thuzad
Kil’jaeden
Korgath
Laughing Skull
Lightning’s Blade
Magtheridon
Mal’Ganis
Mannoroth
Mug’thol
Ner’zhul
Sargeras
Shattered Hand
Skullcrusher
Stormreaver
Stormscale
Tichondrius

Destination (PvP)
Drak’Tharon

World of Warcraft Epic Steins Limited-Edition Release in Europe

Blizzard Entertainment and 3 Point Entertainment have had a successful sale of World of Warcraft Steins since its launch back on October. For this reason, they have teamed up to release a special limited edition in Europe where the steins have been highly sought by collectors.

Blood of the Horde and Alliance United Steins Now Available for Purchase at http://www.wowsteins.com

SAN DIEGO, CA (November 20, 2008)

Boy Convulses After Playing Wrath of the Lich King For 24 Hours

Times Online reported a Swedish 15-years-old boy collapsed and convulsed after playing Wrath of the Lich King for 24 hours straight. The doctor’s diagnosis was that he had a combination of sleep deprivation, lack of food, and the prolonged period of concentration playing the game. Parents need to be more watchful of their children and even adults need to be mindful about their own health.

“The 15-year-old boy and his friends were playing Wrath of the Lich King when he suffered what appeared to be an epileptic seizure, it was reported today.