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SteelSeries, J!NX, BradyGames and Epic Weapons team up for giveaway

SteelSeries, J!NX, BradyGames and Epic Weapons team up for giveaway
Game gear specialists SteelSeries are teaming up with J!NX, BradyGames and Epic Weapons in a contest to give away loot that will help players navigate the Mists of Pandaria. Included in the prize list are a World of Warcraft Wireless Gaming Mouse, a Monk Paw t-shirt from J!NX, a Mists of Pandaria Signature Series guide book from BradyGames, and the grand prize -- a replica Doomhammer weapon from Epic Weapons.

Entry is easy -- simply like Steelseries on Facebook, and play the fortune game with the jinyu to check and see if you're an instant winner. And if you don't win instantly, you'll still be entered to win the grand prize. Official rules are available via the Steelseries Facebook app. The contest runs from November 6 through November 20, so get moving and get your entries in.

Filed under: News items, Mists of Pandaria

Blizzard's schedule for Comic-Con 2012

Blizzard releases schedule for ComicCon 2010
Are you headed to the magic, the wonder, the majesty of Comic-Con 2012? The San Diego Comic-Con has evolved into something far more than just comics -- it's now about all kinds of geek entertainment, including video games. While Blizzard won't have a booth at Comic-Con, they'll still have a presence and even a panel for attendees. If you're lucky enough to be headed to geek mecca this weekend, take some time to check out the following.
  • Blizzard Entertainment product showcase Thursday, July 12 Room 6BCF If you've never been to this panel, it's worth attending. While the panel doesn't discuss game development or release dates, it does talk about the other side of Blizzard's products -- the comics, books, action figures, toys and other material they release in conjunction with their games. There is a Q&A at the end of the panel, which will include Chris Metzen and be moderated by Kat Hunter. Add it to your schedule if you're wondering what's going on in the world of Blizzard merchandise!
  • Blizzard Entertainment autograph signings Insight Editions Booth #1035 Want to get your favorite Blizzard stuff autographed? Here's your chance. Friday morning from 10-11:30 a.m., you'll find Micky Neilson, Flint Dille and Matt Burns happily scrawling their signature for you, and from 4-5 p.m. on Friday, Chris Metzen and Samwise Didier will be signing. The Insight Editions booth will also have a sneak peek at the upcoming The Art of Blizzard book, so stopping by is advised!
  • Christie Golden autograph signings Christie Golden has written a ton for Blizzard, and if you've got one of her books, getting it signed is a great idea. Christie will be at the Cryptozoic Store on Thursday between 7-8 p.m. and at the Mysterious Galaxy booth, #1119, from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday. Please note that the Cryptozoic Store is not at the convention, but it's a just a few blocks away; the address is 411 Market Street, downtown.
Having gone to Comic-Con a few years, I can tell you that the best way to make sure you get into a panel or an autograph section is to get there early. I can't stress this enough. If you have something to sign, make sure it's not buried in a backpack -- and it's helpful to put a bookmark in the page you want signed, too, if you're bringing a book!

Blizzard also has a host of licensing partners showing off all kinds of products from sculptures to books to the WoW TCG. Check out the full post on the official website for more information.

Filed under: Blizzard, News items

Steelseries looking for Facebook fans, offering epic loot

Steelseries, who you may remember from such releases as the Zboard and the official World of Warcraft mouse, has teamed up with Upper Deck, Bradygames and J!NX to give away four Ultimate World of Warcraft Prize Packs during April, that's one each week. The best part is it's really simple to enter: all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to add them as a fan on Facebook.

The list of loot is actually quite impressive and includes:
  • World of Warcraft MMO Gaming Mouse
  • SteelSeries Zboard Limited Edition Wrath of the Lich King Keyset
  • Zboard Gaming Keyboard
  • SteelSeries 5C Limited Edition Mouse Pad (featuring everyone's favourite Frost Wyrm Sindragosa)
  • SteelSeries Qck Limited Edition Mouse Pad (featuring the Lich King)
  • Wrath of the Lich King Strategy Guide
  • World of Warcraft Atlas Set
  • $100 World of Warcraft Apparel Gift Certificate
  • World of Warcraft Trading Card Game - Drums of War 2 Player Starter Set
  • World of Warcraft Miniatures Core Set Booster
One again, it's open to everyone, and all you have to do is click here and add them as a fan.

As contests go, it's an easy one to enter and you stand the chance to win a lot of cool swag. I particularly like the rather old school atlases (which have recently been updated) and are perfect for RPers who would rather consult an oversized tome of knowledge while the Drums of War starter deck holds the somewhat small chance of winning precious in-game loot.

But before you rush off, starry eyed at the prospect of some loot, don't forget we're also running a Fan Art competition with Steelseries! Don't forget to enter as the closing date of April 20th is creeping ever closer.

Filed under: Odds and ends, News items, Contests

Breakfast topic: Fit to print

When I got my recruit a friend account it came with two lovely, full-color Bradygames guide books. Each is a 24.99 16.49 value with the Battle Chest purchase. The books have descriptions of all the races and classes. They go into some detail about the zones and many of the monsters in WoW. The guides contain tips on game play and various mechanics. I found them to be completely useless. They're outdated. They guides don't really give any tips on the nuances of the game. At times they are wildly inaccurate.

Granted, they may be helpful to brand new players, though not entirely more useful than small, black and white Game Manual that also comes in the box. As a rookie I never turned toward printed guides. I asked a lot of questions from resources like Thottbot, Petopia, and of course WoW Insider. Most of what I've learned, I've learned on the fly. The beautiful, colorful images must cost a small fortune to print. It all seems very excessive to me.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Blizzard, Breakfast Topics, Guides

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