New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak posted in his Facebook page that his Polish publisher Wydawnictwo Insignis announced the launch of Diablo: The Sin War, Scales of the Serpent (Diablo: Wojna Grzechu, Smocze Luski) in Polish language.
One of his fans commented he wants to see more of Richard A. Knaak’s Diablo novels, to which the author responded: “Nothing new on the horizon, sadly. Hoping that’ll change.”
Personally, while there are people who differ, I love Richard’s novels in the Diablo and Warcraft universes. Without Richard, we wouldn’t have the Dragon Aspects, Onyxia, Nefarian, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, The Hour of Twilight, or even Wrathion. How about Grim Batol, Dalaran in Wrath of the Lich King and the Fall of Theramore.
There is so much in the Warcraft lore that was born from the mind of Richard A. Knaak, or that by domino effect was born in the mind of other writers and Blizzard story developers based on his past work.
I’d love Blizzard to call him back to write at least more Diablo stories involving Zayl or other characters. There was a twenty years gap between Diablo II and Diablo III that is food for awesome stories that may shape future games based in the Diablo universe. That, and I miss him so much.
After my first interview with Richard back in 2003 about Warcraft: Day of the Dragon, I went and picked up the novel and read it. That was my first intro to novels based on Blizzard games and heck the first book I read after nearly 15 years since my college days. Ever since, I have read all Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo novels, mangas, and comic books; and that first interview and novel inspired me to report news about upcoming Blizzard Licensed Products for the past 12 years.
Back in 2003, that interview dropped the first hints ever that Diablo III was in development. Gamespot writer Tor Thorsen picked up on our interview’s buzz and posted an article titled: “Diablo 3’s existence confirmed?”
Gamespot: To promote his forthcoming Diablo book, Diablo: The Sin War: Book One: Birthright, Knaak spoke with Blizzplanet.com and took questions from its readers. However, the biggest bomb came from a site staffer going by the handle “Medievaldragon,” who casually asked if his latest book–the first of a trilogy–would “impact in the storyline of Diablo 3 the game.”
Knaak responded candidly, saying, “The ramifications here will be used for any future project … and I ain’t writing for a dead game.” Later, when asked by a reader about Diablo, he repeated his loaded words: “I am not writing for a dead world … but a world with dead,” said Knaak, adding, “‘Nuff said!
Diablo III’s Treasure Goblins. Enigmatically, they’re creatures which cannot deal damage to your character but are the most likely to be the reason for your character’s untimely demise. There’s something about them (could it be all the LOOT?!) that makes all reason go out the door. Even in hardcore, we occasionally accidentally chase them right into the midst of elite mob packs. That rarely ends well.
You don’t have to worry about that happening with this Diablo Treasure Goblin Bank with Sound, and we promise this one won’t teleport out on you with 3% health left. He’s going to stay right where you put him. Just don’t put him down next to a portal, okay? Fill his bag with loot and listen to him cackle happily as he takes your money. And you don’t have to beat the candy out of him to get your money back – there’s a coin removal door on the bottom of the bank. If only in-game Treasure Goblins were this simple….
Diablo Treasure Goblin Bank with Sound
Officially-licensed Diablo III merchandise
A ThinkGeek creation & exclusive
Cackles happily as he takes your money
When you drop a coin in, one of six sounds plays
Coin removal door on the bottom (so you don’t have to beat the candy out of him – unless you just want to)
Note: Does not drop legendary items (unless you fill it with legendary items)
J!NX launched a new limited offer. The latest CRITICAL HIT Sale , allows fans to get 25% off all StarCraft and Diablo tees when you use promo code BUGSNDEMONS during checkout! Does not stack with sale pricing. This offer ends on October 16, 2014. Hurry up!
I’ll interview soon Robert B. Marks, better known as Garwulf’s Corner writer and author of the first Diablo eBook… Diablo: Demonsbane.
If you are an old-school Diablo player who enjoyed Robert’s column, we would love to get some of your personal questions. He will publish soon a book that collects all of the Garwulf’s Corner articles throughout its lifespan.
Blizzard Entertainment announced a partial list of San Diego Comic Con 2014 exclusive merchandise. Some of the leftovers will be available at the Blizzard gear online store after the event.
If you’re headed to San Diego Comic-Con in July, you don’t want to miss out on visiting the Blizzard booth! Blizzard is raiding SDCC once again, and we’re excited to give you a sneak peek at this year’s exclusives and premiere merchandise. On top of snagging these exclusives and brand new, never-before-seen premiere items, you’ll want to check out the other exciting stuff happening around our booth over the course of the weekend.
Our San Diego Comic-Con exclusives are a limited run produced only for the convention, so make sure to grab them early. If you’re tuning in from home, we’ll have several different items featured on the Blizzard Gear Store (gear.blizzard.com) after the event.
Check out this year’s SDCC exclusives lineup:
Nether Faerie Dragon Plush
Catch one if you can! This soft and huggable fey friend is made of premium plush materials and features wings you can pose and a tail with over 50 points of articulation. The exclusive Comic-Con Nether variant is limited to 2,000 pieces. (Standard Faerie Dragon coloring coming to the Blizzard Gear Store soon™!)
Funko Pop! Vinyl—Primal Kerrigan
Back from her vacation on Zerus, Kerrigan has got her groove back and gone primal! Primal Kerrigan is an SDCC-exclusive variant of her Pop! Vinyl figure and is limited to 2,500 pieces. (The non-exclusive variant Funko Pop! Vinyl Kerrigan is available now.)
Cute But Deadly Cloaking Zeratul
He’s cute. He’s deadly. He’s invisible-ish (and so is his box). Blizzard’s Cute But Deadly figure line continues with this comical cloaked variant of the not-so-comical Dark Templar (limited to 2,500 pieces).
Whimsyshire Treasure Goblin Plush
Trapped among the rainbows and unicorn meadows of Whimsyshire, this Treasure Goblin’s gone (adorably) native! Catch one for a lifetime of snuggles . . . or don’t and regret it forever. This Whimsyshire variant is limited to 3,500 pieces. (Standard Treasure Goblin coloring coming to the Blizzard Gear Store soon™!)
Premiere Items (also available on the Blizzard Gear store after San Diego Comic-Con):
NECA will launch a second Diablo action figure and pre-orders have begun. Grab yours while supplies last and increase your collection. This Shadow Diablo action figure will be released on August 2014. Some retailers will ship it on September.
Since 1996, a name has been whispered – the name of the living nightmare that even demons dread. The terror that can never die. That name is Diablo: the namesake of Blizzard Entertainment’s best-selling action RPG series!
A deluxe action figure from NECA, this fantastic action figure is the creative collaboration between Blizzard’s senior sculptor Brian Fay and NECA’s Alex Heinke. Honoring the 2014 “Reaper of Souls” expansion to Diablo III, the end result of this figure brings to life the Lord of Terror’s menacing shadow with terrifying precision.
Diablo stands over 9-inches tall, with a poseable tail that’s over 12-inches long. Each figure is hand-painted and features over 25 points of articulation for poses to inspire panic and despair in other action figures.
Pre-order and receive an exclusive Infernal Pauldrons in-game item. The Infernal Paudlrons are wearable at level 1, and provide bonuses to Vitality, Life per Second, and Cooldown Reduction, and are primed and ready for transmogrification. The key for the Infernal Pauldrons can be found in your pre-ordered copy of Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. Requires an Internet connection to be redeemed and cannot be transferred across platforms.