World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: The Eastern Kingdoms

Update (January 23) — The book description for World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: The Eastern Kingdoms is now available, but my previous gut feeling is starting to take shape with a new bit of information: the book author. Gentlemen and Ladies… this book is written by New York Times best seller author; and current Blizzard Entertainment Senior writer Christie Golden.

Now that’s major eye-popping news. It is much easier to take a guess at its content and structure from the point of view of Blizzard’s two-decade book writer.


January 16, 2020

I am going by gut feeling here as the pre-order page doesn’t have a book description. So hold my assumption with a grain of salt.

Eastern KingdomsBlizzard Entertainment is publishing a brand-new book under the Blizzard Legends label that might probably be a mix of concept art and in-depth history about each of the zones of the Eastern Kingdoms.

Pre-orders are now open. The title of this new book is: World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: The Eastern Kingdoms.

If true, this is a very different way of doing concept art books. Past Blizzard Games’ Art Books have been themed around a specific expansion, or around encompassing the history of Warcraft as a whole (spanning several expansions).

But publishing an exploration art book focused on the Eastern Kingdoms?

Warcraft III: Reforged Beta 1.32.0.14391 Patch Notes

A 2GB patch was issued for the Warcraft III: Reforged Beta. One of the features introduced is the Collections Tab with georgeous avatars. Read the patch notes after the gallery.


The video I recorded shows the options settings and the Collections Tab — including hovering over each avatar to learn how to obtain it as a reward. Press the SPACE bar to pause the video if you wish to read the text. Click the YouTube Title to watch fullscreen mode. Click the gear icon (at YouTube) to select 1080HD.

15th Anniversary World of Warcraft Server Blade Auctions.

At least 27 of the 15th Anniversary World of Warcraft Server Blades have made their way to eBay in the past few days. These are listed as “New condition.”

These were not the ones sold from 2010-2012 batch. These were originally sold for the Blizzard Charity Auction Benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® through Thursday, October 31 through Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Some have a “Buy Now” set price, and others have an open bid. Regardless of the deal, always read and make sure the items are listed as new and nowhere in the text specifies the item is damaged in any way. At least 3 of the 27 that I inspected specify a damage to the holding pieces or the acrylic cover itself.

World of Warcraft: Traveler, Book 3: The Shining Blade

The final book in the Scholastic World of Warcraft: Traveler Series — World of Warcraft: Traveler, The Shining Blade — launched a couple weeks ago, on December 26, 2019.

Now the audible/audiobook version — narrated by Ramón de Ocampo — is available for purchase. A brief audio sample was provided.


Originally published on July 23, 2019

Pre-orders are now open for Scholastic’s World of Warcraft: Traveler, Book 3: The Shining Blade which is slated to ship on December 26, 2019 in both formats: Paperback and Kindle (PC/Mobile download).

World of Warcraft: Traveler, Book 3: The Shining Blade

World of Warcraft: Traveler, Book 3: The Shining BladeDon’t miss the epic conclusion to the World of Warcraft: Traveler trilogy, brought to life by New York Times bestselling author Madeleine Roux!

Aramar Thorne and Makasa Flintwill have borne their fair share of troubles. Ever since Aram’s father entrusted him with an enchanted compass, Aram and Makasa have traveled the extraordinary lands of Azeroth, seeking out the shards of a legendary weapon: the Diamond Blade. The truth behind the weapon, and the terrible doom it seeks to prevent, seems to have been lost at sea with Captain Greydon Thorne. But not all secrets are meant to stay buried.

As the pair struggles to stay two steps ahead of Malus and the Hidden – dangerous mercenaries and sorcerers who’ll stop at nothing to gain the compass – Aram and Makasa have assembled a powerful band of their own allies. From lively goblins and fantastic creatures to mighty druids and mysterious dryads, people are drawn to the talented young artist and the formidable fighter – a fortunate fact. For in their most desperate hour, Aram and Makasa will need all the help they can get to prevent Azeroth from being plunged into eternal darkness and chaos.

This epic conclusion to the World of Warcraft: Traveler trilogy is penned by New York Times bestselling author Madeleine Roux and features stunning new artwork throughout.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Series: World of Warcraft: Traveler (Book 3)
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: December 26, 2019
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1338538942
ISBN-13: 978-1338538946
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.6 inches

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Madeleine Roux is the New York Times bestselling author of the Asylum series, which has sold over a million copies worldwide, and whose first book was named a Teen Indie Next List Pick. She is also the author of the House of Furies series, Allison Hewitt Is Trapped, Sadie Walker Is Stranded, and the upcoming Salvaged. Her short story contributions can be found in collections such as Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, RESIST, and New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Madeleine is a 13-year World of Warcraft veteran, a noncombat pet enthusiast, and was briefly known as the Slayer of Incompetent, Stupid, and Disappointing Minions. She spends all her DKP on treats for her beloved corehound in Seattle, Washington.

 

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker Review | Blizzplanet

Before writing my review, I want to describe my background in the Star Wars franchise. I am age 47, and of course, I watched the original trilogy as a kid. Not in the theater, but at home on TV probably around 1980-1982, and a very few times thereafter whenever it was shown on TV.

Thereafter, my entry into Star Wars came back in the shape of video games. I played Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast (which I loved), Star Wars: Dark Forces; Jedi Knight: Dark Force, and Jedi Academy.

Warcraft III: Reforged Ships January 28, 2020

Blizzard Entertainment has officially announced the release date of Warcraft III: Reforged. The game will launch on January 28, 2020.

Probably in compliance with some consumer laws, Blizzard issued an email to those who pre-purchased Warcraft III: Reforged months ago:

” Though we’ve been working hard to get Reforged in your hands before the end of the year, as we started approaching the finish line, we felt we’d need a little extra development time for finishing touches. As always, our goal is to honor the high standards you hold us to, but we also understand if you’re disappointed by the wait—if you’d prefer a refund*, please visit our Customer Support site.”


WARCRAFT III: REFORGED RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED

Mark your calendar—Warcraft® III: Reforged™, the full-scale reimagining of Blizzard’s groundbreaking real-time strategy game, is set for release on January 28! Including the original Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos® and its award-winning expansion The Frozen Throne®, Warcraft III: Reforged features seven single-player campaigns spanning over 60 missions, a top-to-bottom graphics and audio overhaul, and a full suite of contemporary matchmaking features via Blizzard’s Battle.net® online-gaming service.

World of Warcraft Classic: Drums of War Battlegrounds Available

The drums of war sound once again, and champions of the Horde and Alliance eager to take the fight to players of the enemy faction now have two Battlegrounds—Warsong Gulch and Alterac Valley—upon which to face their foes in World of Warcraft Classic!

While players on PvP realms have been progressing through the Honor System ranks clashing at key points of conflict around Azeroth, these instanced Battlegrounds will provide players on any type of realm with structured opportunities to earn meaningful amounts of Honor and help them climb the PvP ranks.

Speculation: Is World of Warcraft coming to Consoles, Mobile or Nintendo Switch?

This totally falls in the speculation, and big-stretch category; but here we are. A new job opening appeared in Linkedin asking for a Technical Artist, Rigging for the World of Warcraft team.

It caught my attention that in the job requirements, exactly where it says: Day to Day Tasks, the fourth requirement is Game engine experience (Unreal, Unity, etc.) — Let me say it again: “Day to Day Tasks.”

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