Christie Golden: Book Revue Videos

I had the opportunity to travel to Huntington, New York to witness the World of WarCraft: Arthas event held there by Christie Golden at the Book Revue Bookstore.  I had a brief time to ask her questions about the upcoming StarCraft: The Dark Templar, TWILIGHT—the last book of the trilogy that hits bookstores on June 30th.  The community-submitted questions for the most part were answered.  There is something in the video that fans who fill up wikis need to edit.  It has been decided there won’t be a Warcraft Trilogy. All three books will be stand-alone books. The event organizer was very kind to let us do the interview in a secluded office to minimize background noise, and allowed me to take video of the speech and book signing.  I appreciate it.

After the interview, Christie read many pages from World of WarCraft: Arthas to the audience that came to see her. She read the prologue and the scene where Arthas was ordained at age 19 into the Order of the Silver Hand.  Next, she let the audience ask questions about the book, followed by the book signing session.  I can tell the crowd was excited and happy to meet and shake hands with Christie Golden.  There were people of all ages there: children, teens, young adults, over age 40.  All young at heart, and World of Warcraft players. There was no age barrier. All were one.

A fan myself, I was thrilled to be there. I have to thank Nethaera and Jaime Costas (Pocket Books) too.  Jaime came to meet Christie in person for the first time, and to bring us both a fresh copy of StarCraft: The Dark Templar, Twilight.  I was so excited and thankful. Brought it to the table to get it signed by Christie, and she was like: “… wait a minute. This is Twilight?!”  It was a fun moment. Right then Jaime gave Christie her copy of Twilight. I can tell how much she loves her work on Twilight. She was so excited to hold the book on her hands.

Christie loves all the artwork Glenn Rane has done for the covers of her books, and admitted she and her husband have framed these high-quality posters that Blizzard has provided them.  “They look awesome!”—she said.  Christie Golden will be at BlizzCon in Anaheim, CA. Make sure to bring along your books or you can purchase them on the Blizzard Store within the Anaheim Convention Center.

I took video of the reading of pages from ARTHAS, some of the Q&A with the audience and the book signing.  I divided the four videos into chunks of nigh 15-20 minutes each for those who would like to watch them.

Patch 3.2 – The Isle of Conquest Preview

Blizzard has previewed The Isle of Conquest Battleground which is debuting in the upcoming Patch 3.2: Call of the Crusade.  This battleground is an Alterac-style all out war between the Alliance and the Horde with various points of interest similar to Wintergrasp.  With the preview out the PTR shouldn’t be too far for testing.

Blizzard Quote:
An island somewhere off the shores of Northrend. A rock, hardly worth a second look. But as insignificant as it may seem, this is no ordinary place. A sound of thunder as waves crash endlessly against rocky cliffs; a sound of fury as swords clash on the blood-stained fields of this island on the edge of forever.

Welcome to the Isle of Conquest.

The ongoing struggle between Horde and Alliance has turned many once peaceful (and some not-so peaceful) places into theaters of constant war. The Isle of Conquest is the latest such place, set to be the location of a battle of epic proportions over the island’s precious resources.

An Alliance and a Horde general are fighting for dominance, overseeing the action from the safety of their keeps. Whichever side manages to eliminate the enemy general first will triumph on the island; failure to protect your leader will bring shame, dishonor, and defeat. There is no peace accord here, and it

Laguna Art Museum Exhibits WoW from June – October 2009

The Laguna Art Museum is exhibiting WoW: Emergent Media Phenomenon through June 14 – October 4, 2009.  The exhibition will have three components: the art and history of the game, fan art, and artists who use World of Warcraft as inspiration for their work. The OCRegister (a California-based News Source) has a sneak peek of some of the artwork to be shown there.

Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-8971

Blizzard Quote:
“Games are the most elevated form of investigation.” -Albert Einstein

“WoW is the most sophisticated happiness engine that exists now.” -Dr. Jane McGonigal

“Games may provide new ways for museums to have a profound impact on society if they are designed, as alternate-reality games are, to change people’s real-world behavior.” -Dr. Jane McGonigal

WoW: Emergent Media Phenomenon explores various forms of cultural production based on World of Warcraft in particular and on gaming in general. While surveying Warcraft’s Fifteen-year history, the exhibition looks at artistic practices that have been influenced by game culture. The actual works by the producer of World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment (headquartered in Irvine, California), provide a starting point and reference.

Fourteen international artists were selected to consider this movement with the following themes in mind: elements of desire, the collapse of fantasy, medievalism, creative critiques, and public intervention.  Artists in this exhibition take on the visual marker of World of Warcraft to consider, implications of gaming, and their greater impact on our culture.  In addition to the works of these artists, fan art and the growing culture of machinima (computer animation that uses the graphic engines from video games) will be explored in this exhibition.

Gaming is a movement that encompasses a large population and holds the potential to greatly impact society. Jane McGonigal, a game designer and researcher, states, “This is a new generation of hard-core gamers, and what they’re doing is generating unprecedented participation bandwidth. They are donating more cognitive cycles, more heart share to game worlds and virtual worlds than we’ve seen dedicated to any project before.” The artists in this exhibition have extended these concerns.

Read the full Programming from June-Oct below.

Blizzard Quote:
The exhibition is curated by Grace Kook-Anderson and is accompanied by a booklet published by Laguna Art Museum. As part of the exhibition, you’ll receive a booklet featuring essays by the curator; participating artist, Eddo Stern; and the curator at Blizzard Entertainment, Tim Campbell. This booklet is published by Laguna Art Museum.

Participating artists: selected artists from Blizzard Entertainment, including Chris Metzen, Sam Didier (a.k.a., Samwise), Chris Robinson, Justin Thavirat, and Roman Kenney (all from Irvine); Aram Bartholl (Berlin); Jorg Dubin (Laguna Beach); Alexander Galloway (New York); Jacqueline Goss (New York); Auriea Harvey and Micha

World of WarCraft # 20 Preview Scans

The preview scans for World of WarCraft # 20 are now available highlighting the Scourge Invasion to Orgrimmar and Stormwind.  The artwork is pretty good, and what may strike some fans as odd is that while the Alliance needed the assistance of Ironforge, including mercenary goblins to defeat the Scourge Invasion in Stormwind, Thrall single-handedly stroke down a Necropolis with the aid of his Doomhammer and the elemental spirits. Holy … I mean, Storm, Earth and Fire heed my call!  Yeh-yea, Thrall faked his near-defeat before Garrosh Hellscream.  Next month will be thrilling too with Cho’gall’s plans to resurrect C’thun unfolding, and the kidnapping of Garona by Vindicator Maraad.  Could Vindicator Maraad be part of Garona’s bloodline or is he simply acting in response to a vision of the future granted by the Naaru? If all that doesn’t sound exciting I can’t imagine why you haven’t subscribed to the ongoing comic book series yet.

Blizzard Quote:
The Scourge makes their move and attacks from all fronts intent on taking no prisoners! No longer united, can Varian and Thrall survive the onslaught? And will Valeera once again succumb to her addiction to magical energy?

Written by Walter Simonson and Louise Simonson; Art by Mike Bowden and Phil Moy; Cover by Walter Simonson

Wildstorm – 32pg. – Color – $2.99 US

On Sale June 17, 2009

   

   

Patch 3.2 Mount Skill Changes Augur Fast Character Leveling

Blizzard has taken a major decision by changing the original game design direction to benefit fast power-leveling to 80, reducing the amount of time spent walking back and forth to accomplish quests.  You will be able to ride mounts at level 20, ride epic mounts at lvl 40 for merely 50 gold (training) and 10 gold (mount). Best of all, at level 60 in Hellfire Peninsula you can seriously reduce the time you complete quests by allowing you to fly at 150%.  At this rate, players might be able to reach level 80 in half the time it used to before, if not less.—source.

Blizzard Quote:
In the next major content patch, we intend to adjust mount requirements to further improve the leveling experience in World of Warcraft. In addition, cast times for summoning all mounts will be reduced to 1.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds. The following is a breakdown of the upcoming cost and level requirement changes we are making for each riding skill.

Apprentice Riding (Skill 75)

  • 60% land mount speed
  • Requires level 20
  • Cost: 4 gold
  • Mount cost: 1 gold
  • Mail will be sent to players at level 20 guiding them to the riding trainer

Journeyman Riding (Skill 150)

  • 100% land mount speed
  • Requires level 40
  • Cost: 50 gold
  • Mount cost: 10 gold
  • Mail will be sent to players at level 40 guiding them back to the riding trainer

Expert Riding (Skill 225)

  • 150% flying mount speed; 60% land mount speed
  • Requires level 60
  • Cost: 600 gold (faction discounts now apply)
  • Mount Cost: 50 gold
  • Can now be learned in Honor Hold (Alliance) or Thrallmar (Horde)

Artisan Riding (Skill 300)

  • 280% flying mount speed; 100% land mount speed
  • Requires level 70
  • Cost: 5,000 gold (faction discounts now apply)
  • Mount Cost: 100 gold

The game has gotten quite a bit longer, and allowing players to get from A to B faster only very minimally decreases difficulty; more so, it decreases time spent traveling. We don’t want to discourage players from trying out the game if they have not yet, and we especially don’t want to discourage existing players from trying out new characters because the leveling process from 1-80 seems too daunting after flying around Northrend grabbing purples for a while.

Whether you leveled your first character from 1-60 within a month of the game’s release when the leveling curve was less forgiving, and mounts seemed like a distant dream, or you leveled a character from 1-80 in the last month with mounts a little sooner, and experience gains a little accelerated from 1-70, no one’s game play experience and fun—the reason most people would play video games in their spare time in the first place—is at all cheapened.

Battle-Bot Game Fuel Containers Available

After you have redeemed your Battle-Bot pet in-game, every day you should go back to the Mountain Dew Game Fuel website and click again on the Battle-Bot pet image (bottom-right).  It will forward you to the Battle.net Account website.  When you login each day you will be able to choose red or blue fuel containers.  Afterwards, login into the game and your Battle-Bot’s cylinders will fill up.  This will allow your Battle-Bot to power up to attack other Battle-Bots.

WorldofWar.net – 2009 BlizzCon Ticket Giveaway

Our sister site, Worldofwar.net, launched its 2009 BlizzCon Ticket Giveaway which ends on June 16th.  You should participate in other fansites giveaways as well to increase your chances at winning a BlizzCon ticket. However, make sure to inform to the correspondent fansites if you have won two or more tickets so they can choose a new winner.

Tickets are not transferable. Only the winner is allowed to use them.  As further info, when you arrive at Anaheim Convention Center—if you were a Fansite Blizzcon ticket winner you should go to the VIP Booth to redeem your badge pass—this way you don’t waste time in long lines to find out you are in the wrong place.

WoW 3.1.3 – Class Q&A Series: Shaman

Blizzard has released the new Class Q&A series by Greg Street (Ghostcrawler) which focuses on the Shaman class. You can read it here.  For discussion of this topic with other fans visit the following forum thread.

Blizzard Quote:
This week we’re starting our class Q&A series with Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street and the development team. We’ll be taking a look at each class and answering some of the top questions brought forward by their communities. First up, we take a look at the most asked questions from the shaman class and find out more about the design philosophy behind the class, the expectations for the class, and what may lie in store for it in the future.

Be sure to read the new Q&A.

2009 Warcraft Regional Finals on June 26-28

It is Clobbering Time! (cracks knuckles).  The 2009 World of Warcraft Regional Finals will take place in Cologne, Germany from June 26-28.  Blizzard launched a beautiful-looking website for this event. You can check out the travel information here, which includes maps, train routes and train prices. The event entry is free, just walk-in to the Meeting-Centre at no charge.

Location: KOMED Meeting-Centre, Mediapark, Cologne, Germany

Location Website:
http://www.komed.de & http://www.mediapark.de

Date: 26th to 28th June 2009

Opening Hours

Mtn Dew World of Warcraft Game Fuel TV Ads Launch

PepsiCo will start TV advertising to promote the Mountain Dew World of Warcraft Game Fuel promotion where fans all around the world will be able to redeem their tokens for prizes given away every 15 minutes.

PURCHASE, N.Y., June 8—This summer in the United States, PepsiCo’s Mtn Dew is offering two limited edition line extensions inspired by Blizzard Entertainment(R)‘s World of Warcraft(R), the most popular subscription-based multiplayer online role-playing game in the world. Mtn Dew Game Fuel is available in two varieties that represent the opposing factions of the game: citrus-cherry-flavored Horde Red and wild fruit-flavored Alliance Blue. The packaging for each product features images of the iconic characters that symbolize each faction.

To celebrate the launch of the two beverages, Mtn Dew, working in partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, is offering World of Warcraft players an in-game pet, known as a “battle-bot,” available exclusively through the promotional Web site http://www.warcraft.com/Dew. This site also offers an extended 14-day free downloadable trial of the game. Throughout the summer, visitors also have the chance to win great gaming related prizes every 15 minutes for 84 days with Mtn Dew Game Fuel’s “Choose Your Side” promotion, resulting in 96 giveaways per day—a grand total of over 8,000 prizes. Among the prizes are Alienware Notebook computers and Razer Gaming Peripherals, such as headphones, speakers and keyboards, as well as Mtn Dew Game Fuel/ World of Warcraft branded gear and apparel.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Blizzard Entertainment to harness the power of one of the most popular and recognizable game franchises,” said Frank Cooper, chief marketing officer of sparkling beverages, Pepsi-Cola North America Beverages. “We’re giving players a new way to experience World of Warcraft and a new way to experience Dew. Both of us, and more importantly, the consumers, will benefit from the partnership.”

“We’re pleased to be working closely with Mtn Dew to bring this opportunity both to our own community and to the broader gaming audience as a whole,” said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment. “In addition to putting thousands of great prizes up for grabs, this promotion offers World of Warcraft players a new way to show their Horde or Alliance pride out in the real world.”

Mtn Dew Game Fuel is the latest in a series of the brand’s gaming programs. Most recently, DEW(R) launched DEWmocracy, an online game experience that allowed consumers to create the next Mtn Dew flavor – Mtn Dew Voltage. In 2007, consumers experienced the first Mtn Dew Game Fuel, a limited-time-only product and the first beverage created specifically for gamers, which was inspired by Microsoft’s launch of Halo 3 for XBOX 360. The highly successful XBOX 360 “Every 10 Minutes” promotion in 2005 provided DEW consumers with the opportunity to win the console before it was available for sale. In addition, as an ongoing sponsor of Spike TV’s Video Game Awards, Mtn Dew has helped to highlight the work of emerging and independent video game developers.

Mtn Dew Game Fuel will be available in 20-ounce single serve bottles and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans from June through the summer. A full slate of advertising will support the product’s launch with TV and radio spots created by BBDO NY and digital from Tribal DDB.

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