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2010 Blizzard Global Writing Contest

“You’re called to action once again, to use your wits and strength, to compete for the ultimate prize. Your weapons? They seem to be but a musty tome and quill, but know that their power is far stronger than the armies of the Scourge, far craftier than the zerg Swarm, and far mightier than any demon from the Burning Hells. Ready your tools, scribe, and prepare for combat with the inky beast called fiction!”

PRIZE: Who wins will get to visit Blizzards headquarters, in California. But this isn’t for US residents only, but anyone can write a short story for Blizzard that will be checked by “Blizzard’s very own writers and masters of lore” Sounds like fun!

Outline:

  • story length should be from 2,500- to 7,500-words
  • must be written in English
  • set in Warcraft, StarCraft, or Diablo
  • due date: August 23, 2010

Prizes in detail:
A. First Place. One (1) qualified entrant will be judged to be the winner of the contest, and will receive one a prize package consisting of a trip to Blizzard headquarters in Southern California that includes round trip coach air fare, two nights lodging, and a meal with Blizzard employees with an estimated value of $1,000.00; and the winner’s choice of one of the following prizes: A Frostmourne™ sword, with an approximate retail value of $429.00; or a Diablo® “OVERTHROWN” barbarian diorama, with an approximate retail value of $299.99.

B. Runner Up Winners. Seven (7) qualified entrants will be judged to be runner-ups of the contest, and will receive prize packages consisting of one (1) Diablo® Archive, Warcraft® Archive, StarCraft ® Archive, and the Warcraft: War of the Ancients Archive, each signed by Chris Metzen, cover artists, and the Blizzard writing staff, with an approximate retail value of $65.85.

Coming Soon in 2010 StarCaft

It is rumored that StarCraft II. will not appear in 2009 as expected.  According to Blizzard Entertainment
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StarCraft II continues the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg. These three distinct and powerful races will clash once again in the fast-paced real-time strategy sequel to the legendary original, StarCraft. Legions of veteran, upgraded, and brand-new unit types will do battle across the galaxy, as each faction struggles for survival.Featuring a unique single-player campaign that picks up where StarCraft: Brood War left off, StarCraft II will present a cast of new heroes and familiar faces in an edgy sci-fi story filled with adventure and intrigue. In addition, Blizzard will again offer unparalleled online play through Battle.net, the company’s world-renowned gaming service, with several enhancements and new features to make StarCraft II the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game.

With the following features:

  • Fast-paced, hard-hitting, tightly balanced competitive real-time strategy gameplay that recaptures and improves on the magic of the original game
  • Three completely distinct races: Protoss, Terran, and Zerg
  • New units and game play mechanics further distinguish each race
  • Groundbreaking single-player campaign
  • Vibrant new 3D-graphics engine with support for dazzling visual effects and massive unit and army sizes
  • Full multiplayer support, with new competitive features and matchmaking utilities available through Battle.net
  • Full map-making and scripting tools to give players incredible freedom in customizing and personalizing their gameplay experience