World of Warcraft Comic Contest Relaunches

Where one comic contest ends, another begins. This time around we’re partnering with TOKYOPOP to bring you a global contest with some fantastic prizes and industry exposure. The year-long World of Warcraft Comic Contest now begins again, and we’re looking for the funniest or most creative World of Warcraft comics to post on our website.

Each month’s winner will receive three volumes of Blizzard Entertainment manga, and will be considered by TOKYOPOP for contributions to upcoming volumes of both Warcraft: Legends and StarCraft: Frontline. Read the official rules and submit your comics.

2009 Arena Tournament Phase 3 Ending

A sign that Patch 3.1 is about to be deployed into live realms soon.  And that date might be in two weeks.  Blizzard Representative Ancilorn has announced Phase 3 of the 2009 Arena Tournament is ending next week. Keep working hard throughout the week to get your rewards. Phase 4 will start on April 15.

Blizzard Quote:
Phase 3 of the 2009 Arena Tournament will be ending next Tuesday, April 7, at 21.00 CEST. Please keep in mind that you have until the end of this phase to complete the 200 rated 3v3 games required to qualify for prizes. Participants must also remain on their team for the duration of the tournament to ensure prize eligibility. The Arena Tournament realms will be shut down for a week in preparation for Phase 4 of the tournament (the invitational ladder), which will determine who advances to the regional finals. Phase 4 will begin on Wednesday, April 15, after maintenance. For more information on the tournament, please visit our Arena Tournament information page:

To discuss the tournament with your fellow players, please visit the Arena Tournament Forum:

Thank you to all of the participants, and good luck to everyone who qualified for the invitational ladder!

2009 MI6 Awards Nominates Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment has been selected among the finalist nominees by the 2009 MI6 Awards.  The 4th Annual MI6 Video Game Marketing Conference will be held through April 8, 2009 at the San Francisco Grand Hyatt in Union Square (345 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA‎ – (415) 398-1234‎—see Map).

MI6 Awards nominated Blizzard in six categories:

World of Warcraft 2008 What’s your Game?” TV Campaign”

Ozzy Osborne

WoW Action Figures Series 2 Special Sale

The World of Warcraft Action Figures Series 2 got its price slashed by a lot, so collectors and would-be collectors who wish to start grabbing these should benefit from Entertainment Earth’s 13th Anniversary Sale. Non-Blizzard action figures have up to 80% discounts including Star Wars, Marvel and DC action figures—browse through those offers here. WoW Series 2 costs now Sale Price: $45.60 while supplies last. You save $29.39 or 39% off the retail price which is $74.99.  You can grab it here.  .

The World of Warcraft Action Figures Series 2 consists of four-pieces: Human Warrior: 1x Archilon Shadowheart, 1x Troll Priest: Zabra Hexx, 1x Gnome Warrior: Sprocket Gyrospring, and 1x Night Elf Druid: Broll Bearmantle.

Prepare for battle! Jump into the World of Warcraft craze with these incredibly detailed, plastic action figures. Multiple points of articulation make extreme action poses easy to achieve with these astonishing, 4 1/2 to 8 1/2-inch tall pieces. Choose a role, grab a character, and get into the action!

Anniversary Sale!
Thank you for your business these past 13 years! We’re celebrating by marking down hundreds of items up to 80% off. Action figures, games, and select collectibles are available at our lowest prices ever, starting as low as $1.10! These prices and limited quantities won’t last long…

Upper Deck’s World of Warcraft TCG: Dark Portal Starter Deck is also covered in this special sale promotion for only $4.40—You save $10.59 (71%). You can grab it here.

World of Warcraft TCG Dark Portal Starter Deck

Rosenberg and Decandido 2009 I-Con 28 Schedule

Aaron Rosenberg and Keith R.A. DeCandido will be at the 2009 I-Con 28 held through April 3-5 at the Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) Grant Campus in Brentwood, Long Island (New York)—within The Health, Sports, Education/Convention Center.

If you are planning to attend the event, feel free to look them up and say hi, take a photo and get your Warcraft and Starcraft books signed.

Another incentive to go to the event, on Friday March 3 you can find Mark Goddard (Major Don West in Lost in Space, 1965) on a Q&A from 7pm-7:30pm at the Main Stage; and on Saturday, March 4 from 3pm-3:30pm and Sunday 6 from 4pm-5pm. 

Sean Astin—(Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings) has a Q&A on Friday March 3 from 8pm-9pm on the main stage. Saturday at 11am on SCCC Hallway.

Gary Graham (Ambassador Soval in “STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE”) on Saturday, March 4 from 1pm-1:30pm and Sunday March 5 from 12pm-12:30pm.

Other guests are Larry Hama (G.I. Joe Comic Book writer); Sala Baker (Sauron, Lord of the Rings); Nicki Clyne (Crewman Specialist Cally, Battlestar Galactica); and Tory Belleci (Star Wars Trilogy, 1999)

Sounds like it is going to be a fun event.

Read Aaron Rosenberg and Keith R.A. DeCandido schedule and an interactive map of the location after the break.



Sat, 11:30am
Marriott Salon B
Myths of Publishing
Crawford, Rosenberg, Gorinsky, Parris
Enhancing your career by learning how to recognize and deal with persistent myths

Sat 3-4pm
SCC Dealers Room
Author Signing

Sat, 5pm
Marriott Cezanne
Balancing Writing and Life: so many words, so little time
Rosenberg, Freedman, Kessman, Mains, Gannon
A topic almost any writer can identify with. Tips on keeping your love for and need to write from overwhelming the rest of your life

Sat, 6pm
Marriott Matisse
Know Your Craft: the elements that bring a story to life
Parris, Rosenberg, Paffenroth, Mains
While plot, character, POV, setting etc can vary in importance to the story you want to tell, the writer must master all

Sun, 10:30am
Marriott Cezanne
The Publishing Apocalypse
Crawford, Rosenberg, Leigh, Parris
Panelists discuss the unprecedented challenges faced by traditional publishing

Sun, 11:30am
Marriott Cezanne
The Business Aspect of Writing Tie-Ins
Peel, Mack, Rosenberg, DeCandido
The best ways to market your skills at writing in

PTR 3.1 Raid Schedule March 31-April 1

The new PTR 3.1 Raid Schedule covers March 31-April 1. Today it is Hodir (Hard Mode) for USA and no test for Europe.  Wednesday it is Iron Council (hard Mode) for USA and General Vezax (Hard Mode) for Europe. Make arrangements with your guilds to help test these bosses, and make sure to offer feedback and bug reports.

Blizzard Quote:
Here’s the current schedule for Ulduar PTR testing:

On the North American test realms:

Hodir (Hard Mode) – Tuesday Night, March 31, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
We’ve made some adjustments to the NPC mechanics in an effort to better balance the ability for melee and ranged players to do damage.

Iron Council (Hard Mode) – Wednesday Night, April 1, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
We’d like Steelbreaker last tested again, we have Static Disruption working again.

On the European test realms:

General Vezax (Hard Mode) – Wednesday Night, April 1 at 19:00 CET.
We’ve made further adjustments to try and balance the the effectiveness of ranged DPS casters and melee in the fight.

For Hard Mode testing, Shirts of Uber will be available on Ursula McWeaksauce to help simulate a raid having obtained Ulduar gear. Check the entrance area of Ulduar for the vendor.

This schedule could change at a moment’s notice due to server, bug, or patch status. I’ll try to keep everyone informed as much as possible. Ulduar and the bosses to be tested will remain also open a variable length of time. How long they stay open depends upon a host of factors including designer availability, bug status, etc.

We’re very interested in seeing combat logs and parses for all raid testing on the PTR.

Quick Ulduar FAQ:

Q) Where’s all the trash?
A) Trash is complete, and players will see the trash associated with each boss during their tests.

Q) Where’s the loot?
A) All loot is present.

Q) What about achievements?
A) All achievements are active.

World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon Reaches 4th Printing

World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon by Richard A. Knaak was released on November 18, 2008.  In barely four months, its popularity among lore fans has been astounding. It is now on its fourth printing. These are selling like hot bread in the morning. Go grab yours while supplies last.

Richard A. Knaak has announced his participation in Dragoncon in Atlanta, Georgia on September. If you are planning to attend the event, make arrangements to get your books signed.


This is for those of you who have expressed previous interest in my work.  If you have received this email by accident, please let me know and you will be deleted from the list.

FIRST AND FOREMOST:  LEGENDS OF THE DRAGONREALM, a new omnibus featuring the first three novels of my series—- FIREDRAKE, ICE DRAGON, & WOLFHELM.  With beautiful new cover art and a map, this trade paperback should not be missed.  Check it out at my website: !

In case you missed them, late 2008 saw the release of THE FIRE ROSE for Dragonlance.  Sequel to THE BLACK TALON, this novel continues the Ogre Titans Trilogy.  Golgren and the Titans vie for an artifact fashioned by the god of fire and alchemy, a deadly double-edged creation that was responsible for the downfall of their once-regal race centuries before.

Also released was WORLD OF WARCRAFT: NIGHT OF THE DRAGON.  A sequel to DAY OF THE DRAGON, the first ever WarCraft novel, NIGHT brings us back to Grim Batol, where the dragon mage Krasus returns to discover what evil has now arisen in what was the last stronghold of the orcs.

AND JUST RELEASED:  WARCRAFT LEGENDS VOL. 3!  The third anthology includes the third segment of my four part saga about the tauren Trag.  Risen as an undead, Trag struggles against the evil calling to him from chill Northrend.  Yet, he knows that if he wishes to free himself, he must face the dread Lich King there.  However, Northrend itself is full of danger…and possible allies.

Lastly, special news!  I am to be a guest of Dragoncon in Atlanta on Labor Day Weekend!  I’ll be there from the 4-6th (not the 7th).  I will be on various panels!  More news on this as the convention approaches!

Thanks for reading!


Richard A. Knaak

Warcraft Aubiobooks Postponed Temporarily

A few months ago, on December,  I interviewed Dick Hill, who voiced the Warcraft audiobooks for Tantor Media Audiobooks. The books were Warcraft: Day of the Dragon, Warcraft: The Last Guardian, Warcraft: Lord of the Clans and World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal.

As many have noticed, the Tantor website no longer lists these books since early January. Without going into many details, the audiobooks are postponed until further notice.  The release of these audiobooks will be delayed for a while, but hopefully we will get an announcement of its new release dates. Note that it is not considered cancelled. Keep your hopes up.

*Postpone: to put off to a later time (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Warcraft: Death Knight Front Cover

Fresh outta da oven comes the just completed cover for the upcoming TOKYOPOP release Warcraft: Death Knight! (A World of Warcraft Adventure)  The manga will detail the untold story of Thassarian, one of the first death knights. It’s an action-packed tale of tragedy and loss, as well as hope and rebirth.

Look for it in stores December 2009!
Writer:  Dan Jolley
Artist: Rocio Zucchi

Author: Dan Jolley
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: TokyoPop (December, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1427814961
ISBN-13: 978-1427814968

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