StarCraft Frontline – Tokyopop Live Chat On May 27

Blizzplanet and StarCraftWire.net staff have a public live chat with Tokyopop Editor Hope Donovan and writers of the StarCraft Frontline Vol. 3 manga.  Fans are welcome to join to ask questions about the StarCraft II stories in the series. Check out our recent preview scans of War-Torn by writers Paul Benjamin & Dave Shramek. Art by Hector Sevilla.

When: Thursday, May 28

Time: 1pm PST
2pm Mountain
3pm Central
4pm New York
9pm UK
10pm Paris

Blizzplanet – Win A BlizzCon 2009 Ticket Giveaway

Blizzplanet is proud to announce a giveaway of three BlizzCon 2009 badges courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment.  In order to enter our giveaway roster, you must first complete accurately all seven instructions below and submit them via email here.

International entries are welcome (except where certain countries local restrictions apply). This giveaway ends on June 9, 2009 at 11:59pm EST (New York timezone).  Winners will be announced the next day.  Winners will have only three days to reply back, otherwise someone else will be chosen.  Winners should bring their Photo ID (i.e. Passport, Driver’s License) to the VIP booth at the Anaheim Convention Center. The name of the winner must match the photo ID’s. Blizzcon tickets are not transferable.

1. Read Excerpt 4 of World of Warcraft: ARTHAS here. List all the character names mentioned in this excerpt.

2. What was Rathma’s former name? Who christened him with the name Rathma? And What page number it is revealed? —Read the Diablo: The Sin War Trilogy, The Veiled Prophet excerpt. The excerpt link may be found beneath the front cover image (click Browse Inside).

3. Read the StarCraft Frontline Vol. 3 War-Torn story.  Summarize what’s going on and explain why you look forward to read this manga.

4. Watch our video interview with Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson and describe which question answered you enjoyed the most and why.

5. Register to the Mountain Dew World of Warcraft Game Fuel website. Take a screenshot of your account page, and show at least 300 points. Note: You don’t need to be a World of Warcraft subscriber to participate in this giveaway. You can increase your points by going to all the options available within the How Do I Earn Points? section. Once you reach 300 points take a screenshot and attach it to the email. Note: If you don’t have a screen capture software, you may download XNview to capture images. Once installed go to Tools—> Capture Screen and click ok.

6. Read the four solicitations of StarCraft # 1-4, and write down the character names. Then view the preview scans and let us know what your impression is about the art, the dialogues and general tone of the comic book.  Note: WIldstorm and DC Comics are launching Starcraft # 1 on May 27. You may subscribe to the 12-issues here.

7. Provide your WoW Character name or Battle.net screen name (i.e. Starcraft, Warcraft III, Diablo II)—for winners announcement purposes.

Once these six instructions are completed, your entry will be automatically added to the roster of giveaway participants. Incomplete or inaccurate entries will be disqualified.

NOTE: Other Blizzard Fansites have Blizzcon 2009 Ticket GIveaways too:

StarCraftWire.net – Blizzcon 2009 Tickets Giveaway

Our sister site, StarCraftWire.net, has a giveaway of three Blizzcon 2009 tickets that you could very well use to be among the fans that will experience StarCraft II and Diablo III gameplay on the game floor, and witness to any possible new game or expansion announcements.

Make haste and participate in the giveaway here.  I will announce Blizzplanet’s Blizzcon tickets giveaway shortly. Stay tuned.

BlizzCon Ticket Sales Tomorrow UPDATE

Nethaera informed Blizzplanet to alert our fans with the following flash news.  Tickets are scheduled to go on sale specifically at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, Saturday, May 16.

Blizzard Quote:
Just in case Saturday, May 16 isn

Christie Golden ARTHAS Signing at Loveland Colorado May 16

The publisher Simon & Schuster, Inc. informed me Christie Golden will be signing copies of WORLD OF WARCRAFT: ARTHAS on Saturday, May 16 afternoon at Barnes & Noble in her hometown of Loveland, Colorado.  Get the map and driving directions here.  Submit your photos or video of your visit and meeting with Christie.

Details:

Saturday May 16, 2009
2:00 PM

Barnes & Noble
The Promenade Shops at Centerra
5835 Sky Pond Drive
Loveland, CO 80537

Store Phone: 970-663-9473

Blizzcon 2009 Tickets on Sale Tomorrow

Blizzard has announced the official link where to purchase the Blizzcon tickets tomorrow Saturday, May 16.  Wish everyone luck to get one of these. Last year, 15,000 tickets were sold out within 15 minutes.  The queue system will allow fans to have better and fair chances to purchase tickets without having to reload mindlessly.

Blizzard Quote:
Just in case Saturday, May 16 isn

Heads Up: StarCraft Frontline Live Chat with Tokyopop Hope Donovan

Our live chat with Richard A. Knaak was a blast to fans who attended. You may read the transcript here.  I wanted to give everyone in Blizzplanet a heads up on the next live chat that is more focused on StarCraft.  I don’t have yet a date, but since you guys visit often in a daily basis, I know you will appreciate a heads up in advance to stay alert.

We will have the pleasure to have a live chat with Hope Donovan—current editor of the Tokyopop manga StarCraft Frontline Vol. 3 and 4.  I don’t have the details yet, but it seems this upcoming live chat will have the additional presence of some of the following authors: Josh Elder, Kieron Gillen, Grace Randolph, Simon Furman. If you already have the StarCraft Frontline manga series, be ready to shoot all your ammo of questions about the current and upcoming stories within the manga.  Those fans who haven’t read the manga, but are curious to learn more on how these stories fit with StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty’s single-player, hop in for the ride to find out more.

Stay tuned for a date / time, and maybe they might surprise us with some giveaways for those attending the live chat.

Other things we are going to show you soon:

  • StarCraft # 1 interview with Simon Furman (Wildstorm / DC Comics)
  • StarCraft Ghost: Academy preview scans
  • StarCraft Ghost: Academy interview with Keith R.A. DeCandido

Who wants to say: “Yay!” ? No, seriously, would you love to attend the live chat, and like the direction we are taking with lore and merchandise coverage?  Look forward to the comic book and manga monthly preview scans and updates? Share your feedback over at our sister site forum (StarCraftWire.net)

Graham McNeill @ Manchester on May 16

The writer of StarCraft: I, Mengsk, Graham McNeill, has a book signing appearance on Saturday, May 16th from 12pm – 2pm at the Manchester Arndale Centre (Games Workshop Store – Upper Floor).  Bring your copy of StarCraft: I, Mengsk.  Let us know how it went down and send us photos or video of your meeting with Graham.

Arndale Centre,
Manchester, M4 3AQ
United Kingdom

You can view an interactive map of the Manchester Arndale Centre here to find out where in the upper floor the Games Workshop store is located.

For details on how to get there ask Manager Paul Evans at the follwing phone number: 0161 834 6871

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Greg Canessa Joins Battle.net 2.0 Dev Team

Blizzard’s Bob Colayco told Ars Technica that Greg Canessa (PopCap Games, Xbox Live Arcade) has joined Blizzard Entertainment to work on Battle.net 2.0.

Blizzard Quote:
“He will report to our vice president of online technologies and work closely with the executive team to help fine-tune the next version of Battle.net, currently in development,” Blizzard’s Bob Colayco said.

Now this is an interesting thought.  Someone with experience in Xbox Live Arcade and PopCap games now working on Battle.net 2.0 … hmm … Remeber GDC 2009? Rob Pardo criticized consoles for their lack of keyboard support?

Blizzard Quote:
Rob Pardo: There are are so many games like we make at Blizzard that we don

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