Hello, my name is Ian Bates, more commonly known as the Red Shirt Guy, and I am happy to say I am now Blizzplanet’s newest contributor! In the coming days, weeks, months etc I hope to provide a variety of, perhaps not news but “flavor” articles for the site. You can expect lots of speculative ideas on future content, as I love imagining expansions, zones, where the game could go. I’m also planning on doing an article about the current “faction bias” issue that has reemerged with patch 5.3.

I hope you will enjoy these future articles and that they will help make Blizzplanet a fun read for all fans of Blizzard’s products.

Red Shirt Guy

The now legendary Red Shirt Guy is a WoW player who told Chris Metzen and Alex Afrasiabi during the Blizzcon 2010 Warcraft Quests & Lore Panel he had finished reading World of Warcraft: The Shattering by Christie Golden, and noticed the novel talks about the Ironforge’s New Council of Three composed of Muradin Bronzebeard, Moira Bronzebeard and Falstad Wildhammer. This council formed after King Magni’s sad fate turning to crystal after messing with a Ulduar relic.

Falstad was a character from the novel Warcraft: Day of the Dragon (2001) who helped Rhonin and Veressa. He survived and appeared in-game in World of Warcraft as Thane of Aerie Peak. He’s been an NPC through vanilla to Wrath of the Lich King expansion, but mysteriously he disappeared from Aerie Peak in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm beta.

The Red Shirt Guy brought this up and added in Cataclysm beta the developers added Kurdran Wildhammer as part of the Council of Three instead of Falstad Wildhammer (as the novel The Shattering mentioned).

Chris Metzen pondered: “Isn’t Falstad dead? From Day of the Dragon.”

The Developers responded they will fix this. Barely two weeks after BlizzCon 2010, the developers replaced Kurdran with Falstad Wildhammer in beta patch 13245. In addition, as a nod to this loyal Warcraft lore fan, the developers added a new NPC to the left of Falstad Wildhammer at the Ironforge throne room. The NPC is tagged as Wildhammer Fact Checker and wears a red shirt. A reference to the now famous Red Shirt Guy. By the way, he is well known in the warcraft lore fans community — hailing from ScrollsofLore.com Forums. He’s known as InsaneGuyofDoom.

After some feedback from certain trolls of the community, InsaneGuyofDoom (The Red Shirt Guy) responded with his own YouTube video:

Blizzplanet staff members Eldorian, Miaari and Omacron attended BlizzCon 2010 to bring our loyal visitors exclusive coverage of Diablo III, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty content revealed at the event, and one-on-one interviews with the developers. Beneath you may find links to our coverage.

DIABLO III

WARCRAFT

STARCRAFT

NEXT-GEN MMO

GAMING SITES COVERAGE

Rob Pardo was busy teasing the press at BlizzCon 2010 concerning the upcoming Blizzard Next-Gen MMO. Does he do it masterfully.

While no one’s Jedi trick worked to make him spill the beans, according to VG247, his lips opened to say we shouldn’t expect a game reveal until at least 2012. Ok-ok. It sounds like so far away, but in reality if you check out your calendar we are already scratching the beginning of November, and just a couple months away from 2011.

It’s been now two years and a half since that special moment when Mike Morhaime announced Diablo III in Paris during the Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals. I was there (thanks, Blizzard). Now we know all the five classes, and look forward to Diablo III Beta (which is sooner than you may think).

Before you know it, Blizzard will announce the Next-Gen MMO — and we can count on Rob Pardo, Paul Sams and Mike Morhaime to remind us, hint us, tease us, and enamore us with this new game, through their building expectations and awareness around it. In prelude to its official announcement.

Spawning straight from Blizzcon 2010, Gametrailers also got a five minutes video interview with Mike Morhaime — Blizzard Entertainment president — where he said:

Blizzard Quote:

“We’re working on a second MMO. We’re thinking of it as sort of Next-Generation MMO. It’s not a sequel to World of Warcraft. We want to do something a bit different. We’re not trying to replace World of Warcraft.

We think World of Warcraft can continue to co-exist with the new MMO. Some people might prefer the new one, some people might still prefer to keep playing World of Warcraft.

I think after doing World of Warcraft for the first time, we are so much smarter now. We have a lot of expertise that we didn’t have before, and I think we also want to sort of, you know, every massive multiplayer doesn’t have to be similar to the ones that exist today. We think that we can go in different directions, and still have a great massively multiplayer experience. We want to experiment with what that might look like.”

IRVINE, CA, Oct 26, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX News Network) — BlizzCon(R) 2010, Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day gaming festival celebrating the Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), and Diablo(R) game universes and their global player communities, kicked off Friday, October 22, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Attendees of the sold-out show played the latest versions of Blizzard Entertainment(R) games, spoke with developers in discussion panels, witnessed live top-tier tournament competition, and met with fellow gamers and friends.

Jay Mohr returned to act as master of ceremonies for the community contests on Friday, including the popular dance and costume competitions, and the show closed Saturday evening with an epic concert featuring the duo that has been hailed by its own members as the greatest band in the world, Tenacious D — otherwise known as Jack Black and Kyle Gass. The band performed an earth-shattering set that included the debut of new and soon-to-be-legendary songs.

“We are proud to have hosted a truly entertaining and informative convention experience to all this year’s attendees, as well as those who joined us remotely from around the world,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “BlizzCon offers a great opportunity for us to meet our players and share the latest news about Blizzard games with them, and with a little help from Tenacious D, we’re sure this year’s show was one the audience will never forget.”

BlizzCon would not have been possible without the enthusiasm of Blizzard Entertainment gamers around the world and the generous support of the event’s sponsors, who provided demo-station hardware, peripherals, and more. This year’s platinum-level sponsors were ASUS, DIRECTV, Intel, and NVIDIA; the gold-level sponsors were Antec, Razer, Western Digital, SteelSeries, and Vasco.

Blizzcon 2010 will start in a few hours, but you still have the chance to order the Virtual Ticket to watch 50 hours worth of HD video with 4 channels covering several panels, contests, and tournaments — including the closing concert by Tenacious D.

Blizzard Quote:
Hey, have you heard? BlizzCon 2010 begins tomorrow! You’ll be able to watch the opening ceremony and the action on the World of Warcraft and RTS tournament stages streaming for free at https://blizzcon.rayv.com.

The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin on Friday at 11 a.m. Pacific, and tournaments run throughout both days of the show — check out the BlizzCon schedule for details.
https://eu.blizzard.com/blizzcon/events/schedule.xml

If you’re interested in watching these in high def and accessing over 50 hours of BlizzCon coverage, including developer panels, the costume contest, the closing concert with Tenacious D, and more, you can still purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which also includes this year’s World of Warcraft pet and StarCraft II in-game items.
https://blizzcon.rayv.com/

We’ll also be updating BlizzCon.com, our Twitter feeds, and our Facebook pages with news, photos, and more from the show, so we’ve got you covered pretty much anywhere you go.
https://eu.blizzard.com/blizzcon/

See you at BlizzCon!

Forbes >interviewed Blizzard Chief of Operations (COO) Paul Sams, who debunked rumors that BlizzCon 2010 would be the platform to reveal the Next-Gen MMO. A particular comment no doubt keeps the rumor mill engines going forth. The Next-Gen MMO now counts with 140 employees and development is at full speed.

Blizzard Quote:
“We have built a development team for that product from our top talent here and augmented it with some of the best and brightest from around the industry,” Sams says. “The product is something we think is going to re-design the way these types of games are looked at.”

In August, Activision Blizzard chief Bobby Kotick suggested that the new MMO would not be based on existing franchises, in the company’s first-quarter conference call.

Sams dispelled rumors that the company would be saying anything new about the upcoming game at its BlizzCon videogame conference at the end of this month. “It’s not something we’re announcing at BlizzCon,” he says.

Thanks, Vincent

Blizzard revealed the BlizzChat schedule to be held at BlizzCon 2010.

Blizzard Quote:

Our primary motivator when hosting each BlizzCon is to provide an epic atmosphere for members of the community to meet up and share their common passion for Blizzard games. In keeping with that tradition, at this year’s BlizzCon we’ll be facilitating the first-ever BlizzChat: Community Live!

Attendees will be given a venue to discuss a number of focused topics pertaining to the Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft universes and gameplay. If you’re coming to BlizzCon at the Anaheim Convention Center this October 22 and 23, be sure to check out the schedule below. Don’t miss the opportunity to share your thoughts on a wide array of subjects with fellow gaming enthusiasts.

BlizzChat: Community Live!

Meet up with fellow Blizzard gamers face-to-face to discuss various topics of interest! BlizzChat will take place in meeting rooms 201A and 201B, located on the second floor of the Convention Center near the top of the escalators.

Friday, October 22:

    Meeting Room 201A

    • World of Warcraft: Achievements – Noon to 12:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: Guild Leaders – 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: UI Development – 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: Dungeons and Raids – 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: PvP Battlegrounds – 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: PvP Arenas – 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

    Meeting Room 201B

    • SCII: Achievements – Noon to 12:50 p.m.
    • SCII: Map Developers – 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    • SCII: Multiplayer and eSports – 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: Gear and Items – 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: Gameplay and Systems – 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: PvP – 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

Saturday, October 23:

    Meeting Room 201A

    • World of Warcraft: Leveling/Quests – 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
    • World of Warcraft: Classes – Noon to 12:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft Professions: Crafting and Gathering – 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: Lore and Story – 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: Role Playing – 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: TCG – 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    • Blizzard Cinematics – 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

    Meeting Room 201B

    • SCII: Race Strategy – 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
    • SCII: Lore and Story – Noon to 12:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: Classes – 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: Lore and Story – 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    • Warcraft I, II, III, and Expansions – 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • StarCraft and Expansion – 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    • Diablo I, II, and Expansions – 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

Over 20,000 BlizzCon attendees will attend the Blizzard Entertainment cult-driven event BlizzCon 2010 to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center through October 22-23/2010.

The floormap of the event is now available for viewing to plan and organize your calendar schedule.

Job seekers who wish to join the Blizzard crew should bring their resumes, and video reel or art portfolio to the booth. (thanks, Vincent)

Company Booths:

    Stage A

    • Future Plus (World of Warcraft Official Magazine)

    • Antec

    Blizzcon 2010 Floormap

    Stage B

    • Figure Prints (Awesome sauce figures of your in-game character)

    • ASUS/Intel

    • Razer (Peripherals)

    • JINX (T-shirts)

    • BradyGames (Strategy books)

    Stage C

    • NVIDIA

    • Cryptozoic Entertainment (WoW TCG Cards)

    • Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)

    • Blizzard Recruiting (Jobs)

    • SteelSeries (Peripherals)

    • 3 Point Press (WoW Steins)

    • Western Digital (Hard Drives)

    • Vasco (Blizzard Authenticator, security solutions)

Sons of the Storm Crew

Yesterday, October 12, Blizzard Entertainment’s artists (Sons of the Storm) updated the website with a post titled: “BlizzCon 2010 Imminent” to announce they will be signing all type of merchandise on Saturday, October 23 through 10AM – 11AM at the developer signing area. The artists will also draw sketches to giveaway.

It’s an awesome opportunity to meet the best among the best artists from the best game studios, and to give them some love and comments on how much you admire their work. Take some photos and send them our way. Eldorian is gonna be in line at this signing schedule, a gosu Blizzard merchandise collector himself.

Blizzcon attendees may also find New York Times Bestselling author Richard A. Knaak at the Simon & Schuster booth — check out his schedule. He will be signing copies of the four times Locus Magazine national bestselling winner World of Warcraft: Stormrage.

Blizzard Quote:

We are, give and take, a week away from BlizzCon 2010, the convention that celebrates all of our pretty properties. Fire it up with Deathwing, creep and conquer with Kerrigan and raise your horns for the big D…Diablo of course! Although Tenacious D would be an appropriate second choice at the closing concert.

But what is BlizzCon without the Sons of the Storm on board and representin’? We’ve got a one-hour signing session lined up on Saturday, 10AM to 11AM at the developer signing area. So be there early with whatever you want us to soil with our signatures. Also three of our own, Samwise, Raneman and Red Knuckle are going to do live sketching and painting demos at the artists’s stage. If you want to procure the secrets of the Storm, this is your chance.

See you in the field!