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.

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WRATH OF THE LICH KING IN STORES NOW

Second expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s massively multiplayer online role-playing game launches in multiple regions this week

IRVINE, Calif. November 13, 2008 – Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, the second expansion for the world’s leading massively multiplayer online role-playing game, is now on sale in North America, Europe, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Russia. The expansion will be in stores beginning November 14 in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, and available on November 18 in Korea and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Details regarding the launch of Wrath of the Lich King in mainland China will be announced at a later date.

“Wrath of the Lich King contains some of the best content we’ve created for World of Warcraft,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We appreciate the valuable feedback from our beta testers and the continued enthusiasm and dedication of players around the world, and we look forward to seeing them in Northrend.”

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King sends players to the cold, forbidding continent of Northrend, where the malevolent Lich King Arthas Menethil seeks to bring an end to life on Azeroth. Players will fight Arthas’ undead army and unravel the mysteries of Northrend as they quest through new zones and dungeons, acquire potent new skills and abilities, engage in epic open-world player-vs.-player warfare with siege vehicles and destructible buildings, wield the runic power of World of Warcraft’s first Hero class—the death knight—and much more.

Realm Status & Compensation Update

First off, the official WoW Forums were recently set to read-only.  When the in-game mail presented a bug during last Tuesday’s maintenance, everyone flooded the forums forcing the CPU to reach 100% usage, causing downtime.  With the release of Wrath of the Lich King, the forums were placed into read-only mode to make sure fans in general could benefit from very important information concerning installation and support info.

However, we have a new update from Nethaera, provided to all fansites. You can now post on the official forums as normal, but that might change and revert to read-only if the traffic during the first days of the expansion forces forum servers to reach its CPU limit. If the official forums crash, Nethaera will use fansites as a media to provide important information on the fly. Make sure to visit us for updates. Please read:

Nethaera: “I wanted to provide an update on the Official Forums for you.  We have opened them back up for traffic, but if we feel it