Monthly Archives: April 2012

StarCraft comes with over two hundred ninety two playing pieces

StarCraft comes with over two hundred ninety two playing pieces, including three race-specific bases: the terran Command Center, a protoss Nexus, and a zerg Hatchery. RISK: StarCraft launches this summer and will be available in North American specialty stores for a suggested retail price. The game is designed for 3 to 6 players and is recommended for ages ten and up.

Want a shot at naming a territory on the upcoming RISK: StarCraft game board? If you’re the lucky winner of USAopoly’s sweepstakes, you’ll get the opportunity to do just that.  to learn more and to enter, but be sure to read the before you do.

Wage fierce battles across the Koprulu sector and vie for galactic domination in a version of RISK that’s set in the chaotic StarCraft universe. Choose from Raynor, Valerian, Artanis, Zeratul, Kerrigan, or Za’gara, and crush your enemies with their military strategies and accompanying terran, protoss, or zerg forces. With fourty otherworldly territories at stake, there are no perfect moves, no guarantees, and no lasting alliances what will you risk to secure victory?

 

 

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Getting the goal in one piece will earn you Dungeoneering XP and tokens

Getting Moia to her goal in one piece will earn you Dungeoneering XP and tokens. Gathering all the information that you can from the inhabitants of Daemonheim and using this to slip in unhindered will earn you yet more Dungeoneering XP and tokens, as well as a choice of Attack or Thieving XP.

Her long search has led her to Daemonheim, The enigmatic Moia has been tasked with tracking down the missing Mahjarrat Bilrach. where rumours abound that the citadel’s overlord  has disappeared deep into the darkness below. Use Moia’s unique abilities to masquerade as the various inhabitants of the stronghold and to infiltrate Daemonheim, unlocking the hidden depths of her power and uncovering the shadowy secrets at the fortress’s heart.

Following on from their adventures in Thok It To ‘Em, Thok and Marmaros are starting to make real headway into Daemonheim. Thok’s manly pride is in jeopardy as Marmaros has thrown down the gauntlet: whoever gets the most kills on their current dungeon floor is officially the best brother of the two. To make matters worse, Thok’s lost his favourite sword! You’ll control Thok as he marauds through the dungeon, packing only his furious fists and aiming to emerge the winner in this fraternal fracas.

Completing the saga will earn you a sizeable chunk of Dungeoneering XP, as well as some Dungeoneering tokens. Those fully exploring every locked room and beating Marmaros at his own game will experience the full ending, and will earn a bicep-flexing amount of Strength XP on top of the initial reward. 

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The Anger Gauntlet

Trouble is festering in the Undercity. Unruly Forsaken who were between the ages of 12 and 18 before they were reanimated are starting to question their leadership—and now these unteens have made the terrible mistake of gaining the Banshee Queen’s attention!

Sylvanas Windrunner, the undisputed ruler of the Undercity, plans a masterstroke of statecraft to quell this rebellion and pacify her people. She demands that three young members of each of the Undercity’s quarters participate in a brutal gladiatorial battle to the death, where only one dead person will survive.

Into this utterly foolproof recipe for continued totalitarianism are flung the contestants of the Mage Quarter: quick-witted, capable, likeable friends Catnip Nebelung and Mason Abernathy, along with resident elevator guard Gorgus the Belly-Maw. The odds are on Gorgus winning—but odds are made to be beaten!

The Anger Gauntlet strives to ask difficult, eternal questions. Is it okay to take someone else’s unlife if it means saving your own? Should we trust our leaders? And are 400 pages really enough to describe an arrow’s exit wound? 

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Stories about demons from a plane of eternal

Stories about demons from a plane of eternal, At Blizzard Entertainment, we’ve been telling stories for years.

torment and insatiable hive-mind aliens ravaging the galaxy. Tales of armies clashing mercilessly across

worlds without end. These are big stories, stories that we love—but are they real enough? Do they convey the

true humanity of the characters you’ve come to know and love ?

Blizzard Novels for a New Generation,We are proud to announce the impending launch of a series of novels

written specifically with younger Blizzard gamers in mind. This series of novels, titled Fledgling Heroes,

will focus primarily on themes and topics that are relevant to teen and tween readers while still delivering

epic, heart-pounding, page-turning action.

Starting this year, our new Fledgling Heroes series of young adult novels, aimed at our growing tween and teen

audience, will give you a chance to watch iconic Blizzard characters fall in love, overdo it with concealer,

and tackle that most dangerous of raids: the emergency house party.If you need Diablo 3 gold service, our site

is your best chose!

Kruzz has it tough. Ever since his parents sent him away to live in cosmopolitan Stormwind, life’s been

bleak. By fate or just a cruel trick of biology, he’s growing faster than the other kids. Everyone makes fun

of the way he talks, and Kruzz’s body image issues are so paralyzing that he’s begun to wear a disguise to

class.

But then one day, he meets a gnome. Rolli’s a star forward on the flag capture team. She’s inspirational—

passionate, hotheaded, and unafraid to break the rules—and shockingly, she seems really interested in Kruzz!

There’s only one problem: Kruzz is an ogre! And he can’t stop eating, especially in a kingdom full of

thousands of two-legged meats.

Rolli might care about him, but first she’ll have to get over the fact that they look really awkward

together. Meanwhile, Kruzz is forced to make the most difficult of choices: embrace Rolli as the girl he’s

always wanted, or cook and eat her before she realizes he’s planning to cook and eat her.

  

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The Name of Blizzard’s Diablo 3 Stress Test Lives Up

The Name of Blizzard’s Diablo 3 Stress Test Lives Up, Blizzard touted the event as a “stress test”  meant to simulate launch conditions of a large amount of players all trying to login to the servers at once. A more appropriate name could not have been chosen, as both the servers and players were under a large amount of duress for most of the weekend.

I couldn’t get the beta to work until late Friday and halfway though Saturday. Sunday access was only through spam clicking “Start Game” about fifty times until I was graciously allowed to play, but even late last night, I was still getting one of the many numbered error messages I had become intimately familiar with over the course of the weekend.

So does this mean launch is going to be an utter disaster, if the servers failed these “stress tests” so miserably for most of the weekend? In short, no. The fact is, open beta tests are often complete failures from a player perspective. The same thing happened with the World of Warcraft beta, but that went on to achieve much success anyway. Even though a company like Blizzard has to deal with servers hosting hundreds of thousands or millions of players daily, events like these are necessary to problem solve ahead of the big day.

Every time we tried to log in this weekend and failed, we were doing our part to help Blizzard. This would help explain why their response to all inquiries was “keep trying.” They wanted people to copy/paste their passwords every four seconds and try to log in. That’s exactly the sort of “stress” they need to test. 

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In order to develop your character’s personality

In order to develop your character’s personality, the biography also has questions that are applicable to all races and classes. If you describe your character as intimidating and unfriendly, the reactions of NPCs will be different than if you choose to portray yourself as charming and kind. If you are simply making an alt character to see if you enjoy a class or race, you can choose ‘random selection,’ and these questions will be instantly filled out for you. But if you take a moment and answer, your character’s story will be tailored to meet your interests, and match your vision of the person you have created within the world of Tyria.

A character’s biography will influence their storyline immediately. Once you have created your character’s race, class, and gender, you may choose your physical appearance – and there are a ton of options! From there, you are offered a chance to answer several detailed questions about your character’s personality, history, and background.

Some of these questions are defined by earlier choices – a character’s race, class, or heritage. An asura will be asked what college they attended (Synergetics, Dynamics or Statics), while a human will be asked to define their social background (Gentry, Commoner, or Streets). Other questions might establish that your character has sympathy for a particular lesser race. A charr would have little opportunity to meet the peace-loving quaggan, as quaggan are sea-creatures and Ascalon has no coastal territory. So, while the game may have stories that focus on the quaggan, skritt, ogres, hylek, and grawl, a charr character chooses between grawl, skritt and ogres. A sylvari character, coming from the coastal Maguuma jungle, instead chooses between hylek, skritt and quaggan. In this way, we’ve made certain choices distinct to each race. 

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Call Down The Thunder

 CALL DOWN THE THUNDER

Whether you command the mysterious Protoss, the nomadic Terrans or the ruthless Zerg, you must decide how to outwit or outgun the enemy in an unforgiving universe of intense strategic combat. 

WEAPONS PRIMED

Devise and deploy merciless strategies with over 30 new units and weapons at your command.  Torch foes with the Hellion’s flamethrower, ambush adversaries with acid-spewing Banelings or deploy the Void Ray’s prismatic beam to annihilate your enemies. 

MASTER YOUR DESTINY

Lead Raynor’s Raiders in their quest for vengeance and glory as they burn a path across the galaxy.  You choose which missions to take, which story-lines to complete and where to invest your hard-earned cash.

MEGA MULTIPLAYER

Wage unrelenting war on your friends and foes over the all-new Battle.net.  Whether it’s your first time gaming online or you’re a multiplayer veteran, Battle.net’s unrivaled AutoMatch technology makes sure it’s always a fair fight. 

 

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With the undead legions of the Scourge threatening tosweep across the land

You’ve turned the tide against the demonic evils of Outland. Now the Lich King Arthas has set in motion eventsthat will lead to the extinction of all life on Azeroth. With the undead legions of the Scourge threatening tosweep across the land, you must strike at the heart of the frozen abyss and end the Lich King’s reign ofterror for all time.

Rischaracter with a starting level of 55 and break the chains of the Lich Kingto forge your own destiny. as the Death Knight Master the necromantic powers of the Death Knight — World of Warcraft’s first Hero Class. Create a new Death Knight Battle to Level 80 Power your way through new quests and dungeons as you seize ever greater abilities. Assault the terrifying Wrath Gate, war in Wintergrasp, uncover the secrets of Dalaran reborn, and much more.

Brave the Lich King’s Domain Discover the harsh, icy continent of Northrend, the bleak heart of the Lich  King’s empire of undeath.Lay Siege to your Enemies Command mighty siege engines to bombard your enemies and lay waste to destructible buildings in your path.

Charge Your Enemies on Multi-Passenger Mounts Let your friends call shotgun as you storm Azeroth on War Mammoths, the Mekgineers Chopper, and other multi-passenger mounts.

  

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Command Three Powerful RacesThe mystic Protoss

Command Three Powerful RacesThe mystic Protoss, the adaptable Terrans, the merciless Zerg — all must fight for their place amongst the stars.

In the distant future, the newly formed Terran Dominion faces the arrival of two hostile alien races: the savage Zerg and the enigmatic Protoss. Gather resources and expand your forces to lead them to victory. The only allies are enemies. The only choice is war.

Experience an Epic StorylineStarCraft’s storyline spans thirty missions spread across three unique campaigns, creating a true sci-fi epic. Follow Jim Raynor on his quest to save the the Terran colonies from destruction; serve the cunning Zerg Overmind as it hatches a deadly plan; and lead the Protoss Prelates in the desperate defense of their homeworld.

Create and Share your Own MapsStarCraft includes the map editor used by the game’s developers to create all of StarCraft’s single and multiplayer maps. Use it to conceive your own multiplayer battlegrounds and campaigns, and share them with your friends.

Prove your Mettle Online Take the fight online with up to seven of your friends via Battle.net, Blizzard Entertainment’s free online gaming service. Find matches, share strategies, and compete in regional ladders to see who controls the galaxy.

Rediscover a Real-Time Strategy ClassicStarCraft introduced many revolutionary new features that have since become staples of the real-time strategy genre: asymmetric factions, meticulous balance, and a strong emphasis on deep strategy and high accessibility. Find out why even more than ten years later, StarCraft continues to headline gaming tournaments worldwide.

  

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Form Powerful Alliances Play solo or enlist fellow heroes to join forces with you as you negotiate the vast

Form Powerful Alliances Play solo or enlist fellow heroes to join forces with you as you negotiate the vast, battle-scarred landscape of a world at war.

Descend into the World of Warcraft and join thousands of mighty heroes in an online world of myth, magic, and limitless adventure. Explore jagged, snowy peaks; vast mountain fortresses; and harsh, winding canyons. Witness zeppelins flying over smoldering battlefields; battle in epic sieges — a host of legendary experiences await. Enter the World of Warcraft…

Embark on Epic Quests Unravel the continuing story of Warcraft as you engage in thousands of quests — with more being added all the time. Face the mighty Dragon of Blackrock Spire; cleanse the Undead from the looming ziggurats of Stratholme; and much, much more. 

 Engage an Ever-changing World Blizzard Entertainment’s dedicated live team creates a constant stream of new adventures to undertake, lands to explore, and monsters to vanquish. The epic quest never ends.
 
Indulge in “Seamless” Beauty Explore expansive environments that are in a word: legendary. The World of Warcraft graphics engine renders the game universe seamlessly — so you spend your time adventuring, not waiting.
 
Create a Unique Avatar  Customize your character’s appearance, talents, and gear to create your own truly unique hero in the world of Azeroth. Design your own guild tabards to broadcast your fame — or notoriety — to the world.
 
ngage an Ever-changing WorldBlizzard Entertainment’s dedicated live team creates a constant stream of new adventures to undertake, lands to explore, and monsters to vanquish. The epic quest never ends.
 
Indulge in “Seamless” Beauty Explore expansive environments that are in a word: legendary. The World of Warcraft graphics engine renders the game universe seamlessly — so you spend your time adventuring, not waiting.
 
Create a Unique Avatar  Customize your character’s appearance, talents, and gear to create your own truly unique hero in the world of Azeroth. Design your own guild tabards to broadcast your fame — or notoriety — to the world. ngage an Ever-changing WorldBlizzard Entertainment’s dedicated live team creates a constant stream of new adventures to undertake, lands to explore, and monsters to vanquish. The epic quest never ends.

 

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