Cataclysm: Community Discussion Live Chat

Back from my trip, and somewhat recovered, I am ready for some Clobbering Time action [cracks knuckles].  Let’s chat about the recent Cataclysm trademark. Bring on all your speculations, ideas, thoughts, and some debate juice to tackle the major self-induced fan hysteria and hype.  All the roads lead to this Saturday, July 25th at 12:00pm EST (New York, -4 EDT), 9am PDT (California) or 6:00PM CEST (Paris).

SDCC 2009: Christie Golden and Chris Metzen Schedule

Christie Golden posted on her blog the schedule she will have today Thursday, July 23th at the San Diego Comic Con 2009.  One of her commitments coincides with Chris Metzen, so you will be able to meet them both simultaneously if you happen to be one of the lucky fans who got a ticket to the event.  Bring your copy of World of Warcraft: Arthas and any of her previous books.

Well I have finished the first draft of my new WoW novel! Still need to polish it and send it off, but it

Warcraft Movie: Bruce Campbell and Metzen Talk to the Media

IGN writer Eric Goldman was at the San Diego Comic Con 2009 today, and found no other than … Bruce Campbell … at the event, promoting his Burn Notice series.  IGN took the opportunity to ask what would be his role in the upcoming WARCRAFT MOVIE now that Sam Raimi is officially announced to be the director of the film.  To this Bruce Campbell denied he knew anything about his childhood old-friend’s role in the WARCRAFT MOVIE, until the day it was announced.

Campbell said the following:

“I’ll get a call.” What did he expect Raimi will tell him when that call comes? Raimi imagined his old friend will tell him, “You play some schmuck. Some idiot guy. Some garbage man.”

Ya’know, back in the day, my grandma had a lot of sayings from the old guard (1930s-70s).  I don’t remember any that applies here, out of the tip of my mind, but I ain’t buying it.  He might not have stellar roles in some of the movies, but they were fun as heck.  Tell me a single person that—even if they didn’t know who Bruce Campbell is—didn’t enjoy Jack of All Trades in Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess [for example].  I LOVED IT.  It was many years later that I realized Bruce was the same guy that played in Evil Dead: Army of Darkness.  That was a movie I watched around age 20 back on 1992.  I enjoyed watching movies with my family every week.  Army of Darkness was among my favorites, and enjoyed his role there.

Anyway, either he knows and denied, or he really didn’t know Raimi would be involved in the project.  However, if we read what Gary Whitta said recently, Raimi knew about it for a while as he was who approached Blizzard showing interest in the film.  When someone like Raimi has interest in something, how wouldn’t you call your best friend to tell him, and to see if you are free to play a role?  Come on !!!

In short, I have a feeling Bruce Campbell is playing a big role.  Chris Metzen is involved in the WARCRAFT FILM, and I know he will pick a role for the actor.  Metzen jokingly talked to Kotaku at the San Diego Comic Con today about Bruce Campbell.  A sign the actor may have heard already, and denied it.

Blizzard Quote:
“I keep thinking [Campbell] might make a killer Goblin,” Metzen said during today’s Warcraft “Epic Loot” Comic-Con panel. “He’s got a kick ass chin.”

Ok, that made a few fans laugh out loud. Any role would suit the actor, but I don’t doubt he would play a big role: King Varian, Bolvar Fordraagon, Malfurion, Medivh, Thrall … you name it.  What role do you think Bruce Campbell could play in this film? Let’s hear your thoughts and creativity.

Gary Whitta No Longer on WARCRAFT MOVIE

A few years ago, I spread through the net the Diablo Film was listed at the Under Development section of the Legendary Pictures website.  It was removed from the list within 24-hours after it went all around the world.  I remember looking around the net for clues, and I remember Gary Whitta appeared in my radar as writer of the script.  Also as been involved in the Warcraft movie script.  I think he also had a Starcraft story in his website. Suddenly, his website disappeared, with all trace and evidence.

I didn’t save anything of what I found on his website nor took pictures—to my shame, and he redirected the domain name to his blog.  I contacted him, shortly after and he never replied.  He is been hidden in some underground fallout bunker—a la Blast From The Past—because I rarely managed to find any comments linking him to the Warcraft or Diablo film, except for his Death, Jr. Series.  His blog hasn’t been updated since July 29, 2007.

Today, Gary Whitta incredibly made a statement about his involvement in the WARCRAFT FILM’s script, which is now void with the introduction of Sam Raimi to the project.  Really gives me a headache to think, I didn’t download anything of what I found on his website back then.  The guy literally disappeared after the whole Diablo Film buzz, until now. Read below his statement.

Gary Whitta: I had actually been working on this for the past two years. Had to keep it under wraps at the time but it doesn’t really matter now.

I worked very closely with Legendary and Blizzard to come up with a screenplay that distilled the sprawling Warcraft mythology into a narrative that was easily accessible to the non-player, and everyone was really pleased with the results – I personally thought my last draft of the script in particular was really kick-ass and did a good job of introducing the Warcraft world to non-players while also satisfying hardcore players who knew every nook and cranny of the universe. When Sam expressed interest in the property, however, he had his own pretty specific vision of what he wanted to do story-wise so that’s the version they’re now pursuing. I’m no longer involved but I wish them all the best with it; so far as I’m concerned Raimi is the best possible director for this.

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

World of Warcraft Lore: Who Disturbs The Sleep In The Emerald Dream?

This is a question that has been itching fans for four years since the introduction of World of Warcraft back on 2004.  As early as level 10, Horde players are already questing The Barrens in the Crossroads, and came upon quests to tackle The Wailing Caverns.  The item dropped by the giant Murloc boss sends you eventually to the Elder Rise in Thunderbluff to deliver the Nightmare Shard item to Hamuul Runetotem.  This shard is literally a pure essence of the Emerald Dream, with some tainted vibe of the Nightmare.

As a Night Elf, players learn of the Nightmare early on in Teldrassil, too. This is a topic that spans various questlines throughout your leveling experience leading to the Sunken Temple with Hakkar the Soulflayer, and Eranikus.  Then to the four outdoor emerald dragon bosses that have been corrupted by the Nightmare, up to the opening of the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj.

An item drops from the corrupted dragons that starts an epic quest where Malfurion’s dream-form appears before Remulos in Moonglade. He reveals who was behind the corruption of the Nightmare in the Emerald Dream.  The Old gods.  Ralo

Patch 3.2 – Ironbound and Rusted Proto-Drakes Won’t Be Removed

Awesome news for hardcore and casual dungeon raiders.  Eyonix announced that Blizzard has decided to keep the rusted and ironbound proto-drakes available to players after patch 3.2 is released.  As you know, the loot from the Argent Tournament Coliseum is slightly better than Ulduar gear.  When patch 3.1: Secrets of Ulduar was released, the reward for Heroic: Glory of the Raider 25-man (the Black Proto-drake, 310% speed) and the Glory of the Raider 10-man (Plagued Proto-drake) were removed from the game because the large gap between the Ulduar gear and Naxx gear would patronize the achievement’s difficulty threshold.

Blizzard Quote:
After further discussion, we decided not to remove the rusted and ironbound proto-drake rewards for the normal and heroic Glory of the Ulduar Raider meta achievements when patch 3.2, Call of the Crusade, launches, and currently have no plans to remove them in the foreseeable future. However, we will continue to evaluate the situation and if a decision is made to remove these rewards at any point in the future, we’ll provide a one month warning so players will have time to make some final attempts.

World of Warcraft # 24

As the new Council of Tirisfal recruits its final member, a battle rages in Theramore. In the chaos of the fight, can Me’dan, aided by his growing knowledge of his parentage and true powers, save his friends and claim his destiny?

Written by Walter Simonson & Louise Simonson
Art and cover by Mike Bowden & Tony Washington

On sale October 21 – 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

DC Unlimited World of Warcraft Series 6 Action Figures

Start filling up your cash-pig moneysavers because on March 31, 2010, all World of Warcraft action figure collectors will estampeede to get ahold of three new DC Unlimited products based on the World of Warcraft comic book by Wildstorm.  And the action figures are:

Goblin Tinker: Gibzz Sparklighter
Dwarven King: Magni Bronzebeard
Forsaken Queen: Sylvanas Windrunner

   

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