FigurePrints Announced FigurePets Series 2

Today, FigurePrints launched Series 2 of FigurePets, limited-edition pets created to go along with their custom character statues, and manufactured using the same high-tech 3D printing process. Series 2 features Egbert, Snarly, and Sleepy Willy, and is only available until October 31, after which the pets will not be produced again. You can purchase them individually for $29.95 or get the whole set for $74.85, and with any FigurePets order, you

Brewfest 2009 Extended Two Days

Believe it or not, the World of Warcraft Team has decided to extend Brewfest two extra days!  That’s certainly welcome. Many players will obtain the Violet Proto-drake mount reward for completing all the year-round World Event Achievements.  To do so, you need to wear the three set-pieces of Brewfest garments (hat, chest and boots).  The total cost of that set is around 400 tokens.

Considering I had 153 tickets from last year converted to tokens, I guess by now I would still be hurrying to gather tokens, like everyone else, if I didn’t have the luck to have farmed extra tickets last year.  Some fans may still need more tokens to complete the set toward finishing all the world event achievements to obtain the mount.  I also went for the Elekk pet (100 tokens). Thus some players may want that too.  Many players will surely have a big thanks for Blizzard.

Blizzard Quote:
Brewfest is a time of year where the focus is placed squarely on the celebration of fun and food. In order to give everyone enough time to truly experience this event (and after some fine tuning on the part of the event organizers), we will be extending the event two additional days. The festivities will end on October 5th at 11:59PM, so don

Patch 3.3 – Icecrown Citadel: The Frozen Halls Preview

Icecrown Citadel will feature a massive five-player dungeon sprawling across three wings of the citadel’s foundation. While the Lich King’s attention is focused on the Argent Crusade and the Knights of the Ebon Blade ripping through the front gates, players will be tested as they assist Jaina Proudmoore (Alliance) and Sylvanas Windrunner (Horde) in infiltrating the citadel through an alternate entrance.

An epic quest line will present adventurers with the task of weakening Icecrown Citadel’s forces, requiring that players defeat the challenges in each dungeon wing before venturing into the next one. Normal and Heroic versions of the dungeon will be accessible to players, although each wing will be considered a separate instance; therefore, on Heroic difficulty, each wing will have its own separate lockout timer. All-new rewards—including item level 219 (normal) and level 232 (Heroic) loot—will be offered to those who destroy some of the Lich King’s most formidable allies.

The Forge of Souls

Serving as the first wing in this expansive dungeon, the Forge of Souls will quickly put players to the test of carving through the Scourge stronghold into deeper, more treacherous locations. Jaina will command Alliance forces, and Sylvanas will direct Horde forces. The goal is to ruin the twisted engines known as soul grinders found in this portion of the citadel, and then players can advance—that is, if the Horde and Alliance forces can overcome the foes who confront them.

Bosses

  • Bronjahm, the Godfather of Souls: An instrument of reckoning, Bronjahm watches over the engines in the Forge of Souls. He must be killed if the soul grinders are to be destroyed.
  • The Devourer of Souls: As the chief operator of the engines found in this wing, the Devourer stands guard over the souls stolen by the Lich King.

Pit of Saron

Accessible only to those who have laid waste to the Forge of Souls’ unholy operations, the Pit of Saron will bring Horde and Alliance forces deeper into the Lich King’s domain. Players who venture here will immediately be confronted by the lord of this lair, Scourgelord Tyrannus. But defeating him will not be as easy as it seems. Before they can present a threat to Tyrannus, the adventurers, instructed by their leaders, will need to free enslaved allies who have been trapped by the Scourge. Until that happens, Tyrannus will leave all adversaries to his minions, workers of the citadel’s mines. Perhaps the challenges here will lend clues as to the whereabouts of the Lich King’s private chambers outside of the Frozen Throne, deep within the Halls of Reflection.

Bosses

  • Forgemaster Garfrost: A master of Scourge weaponry, the forgemaster hauls stocks of saronite ore and other precious materials to the cold forges where the mechanisms of death are born. With a host of rime weapons and exotic alloys at his disposal, it could get cold in here.
  • Krick and Ick: Zombies serve as mindless muscle in the Pit of Saron’s mines, stockpiling metals for Forgemaster Garfrost, and Krick—a devious leper gnome—supervises the operations from atop Ick, Krick’s ghastly means of transportation.
  • Scourgelord Tyrannus: Tyrannus is a terrible force who will no doubt demonstrate his powers to those brave enough to enter the Pit of Saron. The scourgelord must die if players hope to make their way into the third and final wing of this dungeon.

Halls of Reflection

With Jaina and Sylvanas leading the way, adventurers who make it as far as these frigid halls will quickly recognize the weapon that lies ahead: Frostmourne, the corruptive, legendary device of the Lich King himself. The Lich King’s private chambers are within reach, although they may be the death of anyone who ventures there.

Bosses

  • Falric and Marwyn: Captains for Arthas Menethil in life, Scourge commanders for the Lich King in death, Falric and Marwyn will be summoned to the Halls of Reflection for one purpose: destroying all intruders.
  • The Lich King: Sylvanas, thirsty for vengeance against the corrupted prince who sentenced her to an existence as an undead monstrosity, and Jaina, eager to find a flicker of Arthas’s soul locked somewhere within the Lich King, have brought their hand-picked allies to this final confrontation. Arthas’s true power may only now be discovered. Is there any hope in this mission, or does only death await?

Wildstorm Signing at Long Beach Comic Con 2009

Long Beach Comic Con is taking place through October 2-4, 2009 at the Long Beach Convention Center.  The 1-Day-Pass is available online for $ 25, or $45 for a 3-day pass.

Bring your copies of the Starcraft and World of Warcraft comic books (Wildstorm) and copies of Starcraft: Frontline and Warcraft Legends (Tokyopop). You will find the following writers and artists at the Long Beach Comic Con:

  • Grace Randolph will be at booth # 20
    (writer of NEWSWORTHY in Starcraft: Frontline Vol. 2 and LAST CALL in Starcraft: Frontline Vol. 3)

  • Doug Mahnke will be at booth # 14 (artist: Starcraft # 2 cover, August 2009)
  • Jim Lee will be at booth # 4-8 (World of Warcraft # 1 cover, Wildstorm)
  • Sandra Hope will be at booth # 4-8 (inker: Starcraft # 4 cover, World of Warcraft # 1-7, 10, 18-19)

Long Beach Convention Center (Map)

300 Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802

Box Office & General Info: (562) 436-3661
Business Office: (562)4 36-3636
Fax: (562) 436-9491

All-New Blizzard Entertainment Website Released

Blizzard has two new announcements today.  First, the launch of their new Youtube hub showcasing all their cinematics.  Blizzard also launched their all new Blizzard.com Website.  It looks gorgeous cool.

Browse through all of the sections to get acquainted to the new Blizzard site.

Blizzard Quote:
Welcome to the newly redesigned Blizzard.com! Featuring a brand-new design, this website is the focal point for all official Blizzard Entertainment news, press releases, and much, much more.

Games section: The updated games section includes links to our current projects as well as detailed information for all of our previously released games, including trailers, screenshots, concept art, wallpapers, and more.

Company section: This section is all about Blizzard Entertainment as a company

Beware Fake Fake Fake Cataclysm Beta

Today I got a fake Cataclysm beta email.  Fansites know about beta, sometimes, a few days before it is public so that we prepare our contests to giveaway beta keys.  Thus, if Cataclysm beta starts you will know it because Blizzard posts it in the front page, you see it everywhere online in fansites and gaming sites and in the official forums.  Never, ever, click any links on an email even if the link text says http://www.blizzard.com or worldofwarcraft.com—because the target of the link will be a remote URL to an unknown server that might infest your computer with a virus, trojan, worm, keyloger, or any other malware.

The least that may happen is that the fake site resembles your wow account page, and obviously you would type your username and password if that was the case, which is the intention.  Beware fake invitations to Cataclysm Beta.

World of Warcraft: The Cataclysm Beta

You have been selected to participate in the alpha test of World of Warcraft

World Events Achievements: Violet Proto-Drake Mount Reward

Obtaining a Violet Proto-Drake can be more inspiring and hard to achieve than any of the other Proto-Drake Mounts.  It not only takes a helluva time to acquire, but a lot of persistence and dedication.  In order to acquire a Violet Proto-Drake you must complete all World Events achievements … year-round.  Each of the world events have their own level of difficulty.  Each world event has a lot of achievement requirements to obtain a world event achievement.  For example, the Lunar Festival sends you in a merry long trip throughout all Azeroth to search for the elders of Kalimdor, Eastern Kingdoms and Northrend … and the elders of dungeons.  That takes a lot of hours to do, not counting the countless of hours of boredom taking flightpaths and riding around.

Thankfully, for many players, including myself, the long wait is over.  This year’s Brewfest was the final world event for many who engaged this series of world events achievements by the time achievements were introduced.  Some who had started world events prior to the introduction of achievements systems got them already credited. Lucky those who completed the Hallow’s End 2008. It was credited. Congratulations to everyone who got the Violet Proto-Drake during the Brewfest World Event.

   

Tankard O’Terror Screenshot Contest

Blizzard announced a screenshot contest where fans have the opportunity to win a Brewfest Tankard O’Terror Mug Replica.  We posted the press release of this item a few days ago.

Blizzard Quote:
Brewfest is in full swing: the oompah band is playing, the pink elekks are running loose, and wolpertingers abound.  To keep the celebration going long after the breweries close up shop and the tents come down, we’re giving away five genuine Tankard O’Terror mug replicas from Taverncraft as prizes in our screenshot contest.  Send us your best, funniest, and most amazing Brewfest screenshots and you could win.

For more information and contest rules please visit our contest page.

Furor Explains The Birth of Phase Technology in World of Warcraft

Gamasutra has an amazing interview with WoW lead world designer Alex Afrasiabi (aka Furor, of Everquest’s Fires of Heaven Guild fame) discussing details on how exactly phase technology was born.  Could you believe it started as a … bug fix?

They were trying to fix something in Blade’s Edge Mountain—I have a feeling it was the Rexxar vs. Gronn event.  The bug fix got the job done, but the developers were curious how that worked. There was some latent potential with the discovery.  While they were developing Howling Fjord, someone said: “I can’t believe this. I go into [capital city] Valgarde, and I keep getting trained by these [native enemies] Vrykul. I killed them, and I did the quest. Why do I keep running into them?”

That’s when they remembered that odd bug fix in Blade’s Edge, and experimented with it.  Phase technology was born. They started adding some of it through Borean Tundra, then Dragonblight, and finally honed it with the Death Knight starting location.  Then they created the Wrathgate event, the Orgrimmar under Martial law getting Forsaken refugees, and the Battle for Undercity. The technology has been gradually evolving afterwards, and it will be fully integrated in the Cataclysm expansion.

The siege vehicles have also given the developers the opportunity to experiment and enchance their tools technology.  Kologarn is an example. He’s not just a boss, he is a vehicle with two passengers (both arms).

The few bits of Cataclysm knowledge mentioned in this interview:

  • Azhara and Darkshore got a complete redo
  • Moderate quest changes in Feralas
  • Loch Modan has minor terrain modifications
  • Every zone is hit by this cataclysm to some degree.

Zomgah!!! The Blizzard Official Tankard O’ Terror Replica … On Sale

ZOMGah !!! Blizzard Entertainment recently added the Tankard O’ Terror item to the Brewfest World Event.  It drops from Coren Direbrew in Blackrock Depths.  Taverncraft, a subsidiary of 3Point Entertainment (as in the WoW Steins), is producing the Tankard O’ Terror Scale Replica on sale for $ 39.99 (US).

Just don’t go crazy, smacking the Tankard O’ Terror or someone’s noggin’ IRL.

TAVERNCRAFT ANNOUNCES SPECIAL WORLD OF WARCRAFT® TANKARD O’ TERROR

Unique Brewfest Tankard Is Scale Replica of In-Game Item

SAN DIEGO, CA (September 22, 2009)—Taverncraft, a subsidiary of 3 Point Entertainment LLC, today announced they are producing the Tankard O’ Terror, a special tankard based on the featured item available in Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft® during the annual Brewfest in-game event.  The new tankard is an exact scaled-up replica of the in-game version. Taverncraft is now accepting pre-orders for mid-November shipment for the holidays.

“The Tankard O’ Terror is truly massive in size, weight and capacity, and will be a lot of fun for World of Warcraft enthusiasts,” said Jerry Bennington, president of 3 Point Entertainment. “There’s never been anything quite like it, and I’m confident players will enjoy using their tankards to celebrate alongside their in-game characters.”

The Tankard O’ Terror is the first release in the Replica Collection series of World of Warcraft steins and tankards. Taverncraft’s previous releases include the high-quality World of Warcraft steins Blood of the Horde, Alliance United, Rise of the Lich King and Charge of the Great Dragonflights.

The Tankard O’ Terror is the largest tankard or stein Taverncraft has offered to date.  The special tankard weighs over 4 lbs (1.8 kgms), has nearly a two-liter (half gallon) capacity and stands 9 and three quarters” (24.8 cm) tall.  Made from superior-quality fine-grain stoneware, the Tankard O’ Terror is currently available to pre-order at http://www.wowsteins.com for a retail price of $39.99.

From September 20 through October 3, World of Warcraft players around the globe celebrate Brewfest, an annual online event where, via in-game characters, they participate in fun events, and earn prizes, which include an in-game Tankard O’Terror.  This year marks the third annual Brewfest event Blizzard Entertainment has hosted in World of Warcraft.

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