JOB: Senior Level Designer

Blizzard’s Console Group is looking for a driven, talented and technically savvy level designer to design creative, exciting and cutting-edge levels for StarCraft: Ghost. This person must be a serious video-game addict who loves games and understands how important level design is to the success of any product.

Duties will include designing/developing levels and implementing gameplay scenarios including level layout, event scripting, AI scripting, cut-scene scripting, game balancing and tuning for Xbox, GameCube and PlayStation 2 platforms.

BlizzCon Invitational Pro-Gamers

Blizzard announced the long-awaited list of pro-gamers participating in the BlizzCon Invitational Tournaments. Starting with the Warcraft III tournament list, two players will be announced each weekday on the BlizzCon Invitational Players page. Along with the pro-gamers and their bios, Blizzard will also be announcing the seeding that each participant has received, which will determine whom the first-round opponents will be in these double-elimination tournaments.

Name:
Tae Min Hwang
Country:
Korea
Race:
Orc
Name:
Matthew Anderson
Country:
USA
Race:
Night Elf

Sarah McKerrigan: Medieval Romance

Glynnys Talken had a lot of fun at her last 2005 public book signing presentation.  She is hard pressed now working on her next Medieval Romance book to be on sale by April 2006 under Warner Publishing.  Glynnis was last weekend—through October 8th and 9th—at the Seaside Scottish Games at Seaside Park in Ventura, California.  You can find at our Store section all the Medieval Romance books written by her.  Glynnis provided us with a photo of her book signing at Seaside Scottish Games.

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BlizzCon: Limited-Edition Items Sale

While the BlizzCon goody bag will have a little something for everyone to take home, attendees might still want some loot to share with friends and guildmates who couldn’t make it to the show. With that in mind, we’ve created a variety of limited-edition items that will make their debut at BlizzCon. Please visit the BlizzCon Merchandise page to check out some of this epic BlizzCon gear. These items will all be produced in limited quantities, so be sure to stop by the BlizzCon Store as early as you can at the show…before someone ninja loots everything out from under you!

Malfurion Stormrage is In-Game

A player that has advanced through killing one of the four Emerald Dream dragons made a great discovery.  It seems the Emerald Dream instance isn’t too far from been released.  The dream form of Malfurion Stormrage NPC came before Remulos in the Moonglades to report that C’thun the fifth Old god is the cause of the Nightmare within the Emerald Dream.  We get to discover that Cenarius’ spirit is helping Malfurion in the Emerald Dream—which is a big chance Cenarius NPC will offer quests at some point.  Malfurion also mentions that Illidan has lost his mind after his defeat during his showdown with Arthas.  Read the brief dialogue between Malfurion and Remulos at our Wow Story Arcs section

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The Fifth Old god C’Thun and the Qiraji

The Silithus storyline seems to be among the most epic lorewise to be released in patch 1.8.  One of the quests involves Geologist Laksbane who reads from an ancient script the story of the origin of the Qiraji, revealing that indeed a fifth Old god existed.  This Old god is named C’Thun—creator of the Qiraji.  The Silithid were one of the creatures sprung to life by the Well of Eternity, but used as a tool by the Old god C’Thun to serve as avatars.  The Avatars were known as the Qiraji, who enslaved the Silithid as hosts.  According to War of the Ancients Trilogy novel, three Old gods were imprisoned beneath the ground by the Titans.  In Darkshore, by the Master’s Glaive, can be found the skull of one of the Old gods impaled by a Titan sword.  The revelation of C’Thun—an old god fallen in Silithus—confirms the existence of a fifth god.  Read the full story at our Wow Story Arcs section

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Help WCRadio test BlizzCon P2P Video seed

This coming Tuesday, October 11th, is WoW Radio’s First Birthday!  On our anniversary we will be doing the first live video broadcast test and we need your help. Join irc.wowirc.com #blizzcon before or on Tuesday and be there from 8am – 2pm EST (5am – 11am PST, 1pm-7pm UK time) and you will be able to watch our first live video feed. Download mIRC at http://www.mirc.com and connect to the above channel, or try our Java applet by clicking the button “Chat” on the left side. Once in, type /join #blizzcon to be in our BlizzCon channel, and /nick yournamehere to change your alias.

We are trying to overload the server as much as possible so bring as many people as you can to watch. Viewers with all kinds of connections are welcome as we would like to determine who can and can’t connect using different streams. You will be required to download a special media player that enables you to watch a BitTorrent-based video stream. The stream distributes the load of the live feed amongst many different viewers enabling everyone to watch us at higher resolutions.

Thanks for your paitence and see you Tuesday!

Blizzplanet: BlizzCon Ticket Winners

Please be patient to get a full list of the fans that won the Free Tickets to BlizzCon after our recent Lore Q&A Contest.  So far I have gotten authorization from two of the three winners to post their In-game Screen-name.  The third one is pending reply:

  • Game name: Amyria (Dalaran Realm)
  • Game name: Borian (Cenarius Realm)
  • Game name: Alumriel (Dragonblight Realm)

Congratulations to the winners.  You will be able to play World of Warcraft Expansion hands-on at BlizzCon =]

Special thanks to everyone who participated in the contest and thanks to Blizzard for providing the tickets to the registered members of the Blizzard Fansites Program.

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