Brewfest 2009 Begins

Brewfest is here “mi raza”!  Time to get that awesome Violet Proto-Drake reward from the World Events achievement if you have completed them all at this point, but Brewfest’s. I will.  Horde can go toward the Northrend Zeppelin area outside Orgrimmar, and Alliance players should go to the bank of Ironforge to grab the quest from the commoner and go all the way down the ramp in Dun Morough that leads to Ironforge.  The Brewfest camp is down there at the crossroads between Kharanos and Ironforge.  There are various quests and a few daily quests.  Make sure to open your achievements tab under World Event: Brewfest to complete all of the achievements. Some are so easy it is piece of cake.  One achievement asks you to eat all the food listed in the The Brewfest Diet achievement.  The Vendors are right there, all you need to do is to buy and eat all of the food items.  Same goes for Strange Brew.  Buy all the alcohol items from the three vendor NPCs that sell alcohol, and you get the achievement after drinking them.

For the Direbrewfest Achievement, you need to kill Coren Direbrew.  This one is very easy.  You can do it with 2 or three people.  They don’t hit too hard.  It has been adapted for lvl 80 players.  Just go to Blackrock Depths.  As soon as you zone in, turn right.  In that corner are three Dark Irons. You will see some mechanical diggers pop out of the ground.  Click on the console boxes that spawn. Your character will enter the machine, and it will teleport you to the Blackrock Depths tavern.  There talk to the Brewfest Spy.  He will order you to talk to Coren Direbrew to insult him.  This triggers the event when you talk to him and accept the quest from him.  Make sure all the players have the quest.  You can fight him 5 times like you do Ahune and the Headless Horseman, which means you get up to five reward attempts.

Blizzard Quote:
Celebrated by both the Horde and the Alliance, the Brewfest is a time to enjoy the fermented fruits of the harvest: pretzels, cheese, and booze! The competing breweries Thunderbrew, Barleybrew, and the Ogres, all come together outside of all the major cities in a bid to outdo each other with their special ales, meads, and beers. This year’s iteration of the holiday includes new achievements. Brewfest runs from September 20 to October 3.

You can see some of the loot rewards and achievements after the break …

Here are some of the loot rewards






Pirates Day 2009

Pirate Day hit servers on Saturday, September 19 and as many may have figured there wasn’t much to it.  There was no quests to pursue, and no rewards to enjoy.  The event is meant to have fun with other players.  Probably roleplayers enjoyed it the most.  Basically any commoner grants you a special buff that transforms your character into a pirate for one hour.  If you go to Booty Bay, above the bank is Captain DeMeza with a group of Dread Crew NPCs.  The Captain gives you a 12 hour buff to transform you into a pirate.  The idea is that everyone should talk like a pirate throughout the day, matey!

One thing that you do get is a achievement titled: “The Captain’s Booty”.  It says: “Drink with the Dread Captain Demeza to join her crew during Pirates’ Day.”

Blizzard Quote:
Kisirani: Pirate’s Day be different from big holidays like Brewfest or Hallow’s End, matey… ‘tis a simple, one day event makin’ dressin’ up like a pirate easy, with no frills or rush t’get things done. It be fun fer the sake of bein’ fun, an’ nothin’ more. So aye, matey, yer welcome fer the one day diversion.

This is probably one of the weakest attempts at a “holiday event” I’ve ever seen. Okay, so we go to Booty Bay, find the pirate chick, and have…a…drink. Wow, I can barely contain myself here. No quests, nothing to purchase or collect, no challenging achievements to work on, and to top it all off, the “persistent” 12-hour buff you get from the ONE achievement there is…only works properly if you do nothing but sit around in a major city all day. Most of the people who are interested in the pirate look, already have other methods to do it. So, thanks…?

Bornakk: Ye just be a needin’ to enjoy yer time with the captain and let out da piratin’ spirit in ye!

                     

WoW Darkmoon Faire Amsterdam 2009 Event Draws Record Crowd

Darkmoon Faire Amsterdam Draws Record Number of Visitors Crowd of 3,000 Converges on Westerpark Gasfactory to Witness Last European World of Warcraft® DMF Event of 2009

North Las Vegas, NV (Sept. 18, 2009) – On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13, Upper Deck International hosted its World of Warcraft® Trading Card Game Darkmoon Faire in Amsterdam, and the result was the biggest Upper Deck World of Warcraft® Darkmoon Faire event ever! With more than 3,000 visitors gathering at the Westerpark Gasfactory, event organizers were ecstatic by the turnout.

′As the last European Darkmoon Faire of 2009, we were expecting Amsterdam to be a bigger event than usual, but we never expected it to be this big,″ said Carl Crook, Upper Deck International's Organized Play Manager. ′We are very excited that the game has been able to draw so much attention.″

As curious onlookers approached the venue, you couldn't help but notice the demonstration queue spilling out onto the sidewalk, and Upper Deck's volunteer staff was kept busy all weekend long performing demonstrations for more 2,000 inquisitive visitors. Many of the new players stayed on to participate in the beginners' tournaments using one of the free Starter Decks they each received. Visitors were also given an opportunity to expand their World of Warcraft® TCG collection by the on-site vendor, who accommodated consumers by taking orders after selling out of all event stock by noon on Saturday.

A total of 21 different countries were represented by the 222 players who took part in the main World of Warcraft TCG tournament, while the online competition drew 12 times as many players as the usual number of Darkmoon Faire participants. The result was additional tournaments being added throughout the weekend to accommodate the high volume.

The next major World of Warcraft® TCG event that's scheduled is the World Championships, which will take place in Austin, Texas, from Thursday, October 8, through Sunday, October 11. The next Darkmoon Faire event will be held in Las Vegas on December 4 through 6. Both the World Championships and the DMF Las Vegas happenings are open to the public. For more information on qualification and other World of Warcraft TCG events, please visit http://www.wowtcg.com/op

GDC Austin 2009: The Universe of World of Warcraft Keynote

Production Director J. Allen Brack and Frank Pearce, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President of Product Development, Blizzard Entertainment will direct a keynote on Thursday, September 17 during the 7th Annual Game Developers Conference (Austing GDC 2009) which takes place at the Austin Convention Center.

The keynote is titled: The Universe of World of Warcraft

Thursday, September 17, 9:30 – 10:30am
Design and implementation is only part of the process in running a massively multiplayer game. Maintaining the player base and achieving sustained growth requires a collective and consistent effort from numerous departments beyond the development team. This discussion will offer an in-depth look at the operational complexities of running a large-scale MMO, including some specific lessons Blizzard Entertainment has learned with World of Warcraft.

J. ALLEN BRACK
Production Director
Blizzard Entertainment

As the production director on World of Warcraft®, J. Allen Brack is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the game's development team as it creates new content to keep the experience fresh and exciting. This involves overseeing all aspects of the project and managing the production of patches and expansions from initial conception through release.

Brack started at Blizzard Entertainment® in January 2006 as a senior producer in charge of content, playing a major role in the creation of new zones, dungeons, and quests for World of Warcraft's first expansion pack,The Burning Crusade®. Prior to joining Blizzard, he worked at Origin Systems, Inc. on the Wing Commander® franchise and then at Sony Online Entertainment LLC on Star Wars Galaxies®.

In his spare time, Brack enjoys playing a wide variety of games, practicing martial arts, and reading.

FRANK PEARCE
Co-Founder & Executive Vice President of Product Development
Blizzard Entertainment

As Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.'s executive vice president of product development, Frank Pearce plays a critical role in the development of all Blizzard Entertainment® titles. This involves coordinating the work of multiple teams in order to ensure that every project maintains the same polish and quality that mark all Blizzard Entertainment games.

Pearce takes an active role in the ongoing development of World of Warcraft® as the current executive producer, and he recently oversaw the development of World of Warcraft's first expansion pack, The Burning Crusade®, and its second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King™. Before this, he directed the development process of Warcraft® III: Reign of Chaos™ and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne™. Currently, Pearce is coordinating the development of the highly-anticipated StarCraft® II.

Since cofounding Blizzard Entertainment with Allen Adham and Mike Morhaime in 1991, Pearce has been deeply involved in the company's projects. Games he has worked on include Amiga ports of various licensed titles, as well as The Lost Vikings™, Blackthorne™, Justice League Task Force™, and The Lost Vikings II for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness™, Diablo®, StarCraft, StarCraft: Brood War™, and Diablo II for the PC, among others.

Pearce holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and engineering from the University of California in Los Angeles.

WoW: Cataclysm – Abyssal Maw Preview

The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm website has been updated with new information and lore about the vast ocean known as the Abyssal Maw, one of the many new dungeons you will be able to explore in the upcoming expansion.

Azeroth’s native elementals wreaked havoc across the world while they were under the influence of the Old Gods. To keep Azeroth safe from these threats, the titans imprisoned the Old Gods underground and banished the savage elementals to the titan-constructed Elemental Plane, a secure dominion where the elementals could dwell without harming Azeroth.

Four domains were created within this primordial realm to serve as ideal environments for each type of elemental. For ages since, the elementals of air, water, earth, and fire have engaged in endless strife with each other, waging titanic battles in the confines of their realm. One of the Elemental Plane’s domains, a vast ocean known as the Abyssal Maw, is home to the water elementals. Legend says that Neptulon the Tidehunter, the powerful being who rules over the aquatic realm, possesses a potent weapon that allows its owner to control the very seas of Azeroth. Thus far, the artifact has remained secure inside the water elementals’ domain… but that will soon change.

Within Deepholm, the domain of the earth elementals, the malefic Dragon Aspect Deathwing is on the verge of executing a catastrophic act: to burst forth from the Elemental Plane into Azeroth. Doing so will ravage the surface of the world and breach the barrier that separates Azeroth from the elementals’ realm. Whether Neptulon and his subjects have entered into an alliance with Deathwing remains unknown. Regardless, if Deathwing’s actions create an opening into the Abyssal Maw, nefarious and honorable factions alike will seek out the fabled weapon carried by Neptulon. Whoever secures the artifact will have control over the world’s seas, a power that perhaps no one, not even members of the Horde or the Alliance, should possess.

   

Check out the new Abyssal Maw page now.

Blizzplanet: Win a Grunty the Marine Murloc Pet Code

UPDATE: THE GIVEAWAY DEADLINE IS OVER.

Blizzplanet is gave away 10 Grunty the Marine Murloc Pet codes to fans courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment (thanks, Nethaera). The contest is now over. Thanks to participants for their submissions.

Giveaway Drawing ended on September 28th at 11:59pm EST (-05:00GMT – New York).

DragonCon 2009: Knaak and DeCandido Photo

Jlsigman sent me a photo of Richard A. Knaak and Keith R.A. DeCandido taken at DragonCon 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. Both conducted the Lore of Warcraft Panel at the event.

On the far left, you can see World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon. On Keith’s side to the right, you can see his World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred and Starcraft Ghost: Nova.

World of Warcraft # 23 Preview Scans

Following an attempt on Med’an’s life, Garona and Meryl team up to take out the ogre Cho’gall. Meanwhile Med’an, Valeera and Maraad travel to Kharazhan to speak with the shade of Med’an’s father. Further explore the world of the best-selling MMORPG in this hit comic series!

Wildstorm – 32pg. – Color – $2.99 US
On Sale September 16, 2009

Written by Walter and Louise Simonson; Art by Mike Bowden; Cover by Mike Bowden and Tony Washington

 

   

Figure Prints Special Offers Sept 2009

Figure Prints has announced three special treats for the month of September.  First, those who purchase a Figure Print will participate in a sweepstakes. They have ten Magic Rooster Mount WoW TCG Loot Cards to giveaway. Europeans have now a 30 Euros reduction on Figure Prints orders, and now you can select any of the various lvl 60 armor sets for your character to further customize your Figure Print.

Magic Rooster Loot Card Sweepstakes

Now is your chance to win a loot code for the Magic Rooster mount. This ultra-rare epic land mount will only be available in the upcoming trading card game expansion “Fields of Honor” from Upper Deck

WoW Premium Series 1 Reaches Top 10 Toys & Statues Diamond’s August 09 Sales Charts

Something really wild is going on at the wholesale and retail level within the World of Warcraft action figures market.  Diamond Comic Distributor has released its latest sales chart.  The WORLD OF WARCRAFT PREMIUM SERIES 1 MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT (JAN090328 ) reached # 3 in the TOP 10 Toys and Statues category.

I say at wholesale level, because this box is usually purchased by action figure shops.  The master case assortment contains four Tuskarr and four gnoll figures.  If it is selling this good at the wholesale level, it means there’s a high demand of this product at shops around the globe.

 

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