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Blizzard is celebrating 10 years of StarCraft and would like everyone to join in on the fun:

In celebration of StarCraft’s 10-year anniversary, we’d like to invite every one of you to participate in our “I <3 SC” photo mosaic project. This is your chance to be a part of StarCraft history, as we bring together 10 years worth of StarCraft players from all age groups and nationalities into one massive wall of StarCraft.

Here’s a good example by StarCraft’s #1 fan, Sam Didier:

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Note the expression of dedication on his face. A true sign of a fan!

For your reference, here’s a fan that won’t receive a prize. Look closely at his disrespectful, uninterested face:

What is the prize, you ask?

50 of these entries will be chosen to win an “I <3 SC” T-shirt. Please make sure you fill out all the required fields in the submission form to be considered for the “I <3 SC” contest.

 

All entries should be submitted using the entry form located here. All entries should be submitted using the ‘Submit’ button below by 23:53 p.m. CET on April 28, 2008. Results will be posted within two weeks of the contest’s end date.

The short Q&A further explains the rules of participation:

Can we create fan art, hand-drawn images, cinematic stills, etc. with the “I <3 SC” logo for the contest?

 

Yes. The requirement for each image is that it be 1024×768 in size or larger and have the “I <3 SC” message clearly visible. As long as those conditions are met, photos, hand-drawn images, pictures created with third-party programs, and pieces made in any alternate medium are all acceptable.

 

If my picture doesn’t get picked as one of the top 100, will it still be possible to be featured in the final mosaic?

 

Yes. We will end up selecting thousands of images to make up the StarCraft 10-year anniversary mosaic.

What should you, the loyal StarCraft fan, do next to join the party?

  1. Download the picture:
  2. Take a picture worth remembering while holding the sign
  3. Submit it to Blizzard here
  4. Eagerly await the “I <3 SC” T-Shirt

Have fun!

The official StarCraft 2 website has bee updated, and now includes a brand new page dedicated to the StarCraft Board Game. Most of the details about the game have been unveiled several months ago during BlizzCon and GenCon conventions, and pre-ordered game sets have already been delivered to customers in October 2007.
The game doesn’t seem to suffer from any availability issues, as more than 600 people have already rated the game, and plenty of sets are already available on eBay.

StarCraft Board Game

Including a total of 180 plastic figures with dozens of unit types, StarCraft: The Board Game features an innovative modular board which guarantees a new experience each and every game. An exciting card-driven combat system allows players to modify and upgrade their faction with a wealth of powerful technologies. Players can unleash a Zergling rush, use powerful Protoss shields to halt an enemy invasion, or even dispatch cloaked Ghosts to guide nuclear missiles to their target.

The StarCraft Board Game is published by Fantasy Flight Games and there is plenty of detailed information about the game available at the publisher website, along with an interesting piece covering the artistic challenge of creating the highly detailed graphics for the game’s cards.

Cards

While the sites do provide a healthy amount of information about the game, if you are serious about buying one, you should definitely read the following documents (PDF) first:
Download the full StarCraft Board Game rule book
Download the full StarCraft Board Game FAQ

A Blizzard-sanctioned fansite tournament is about to take place in two weeks. Many fansites have already signed up for this bracketed, two versus two tournament – sending their writers and admins to represent them.

Blizzard, in their infinite kindness, are providing an incentive to the participants. The winning players will get:

3 G51 Logitech Surround Sound Speaker Systems

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3 StarCraft 2 Shirts

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The SC2 Blog is giving our readers the opportunity to enter this tournament and win the prizes for themselves. That’s right – two of our loyal readers will get to represent the SC2 Blog in this friendly tournament and collect the reward.

If you want to represent the SC2 Blog in this battle of the fansites tournament and win the prizes for yourself as our official representative, you need to:

1) Write a comment to this post, mentioning that you wish to play in the tournament.
2) Mail XalKurat at Gmail.com with your full details, using the following format:

Real name: Zetaras Xal’Kurat

 

Alias: The Twilight Arbiter

 

Full Address (prize shipment): 51 Tassadar St., Talematros, Shakuras

Make sure the email address you use to mail your details with is the one you wish to be contacted at. Please put “StarCraft Tournament” in the mail subject.

3) Tell us about your StarCraft background. Are you a pro gamer? A total newbie? Let us know. Do not be discouraged if you don’t play StarCraft daily or have trophies at home – this is a friendly tournament!

The chosen players will become official representatives of the SC2 Blog. A qualifying, in-house tournament will be held to determine which of the players get to participate in the official tournament.

Tournament rules and details:

  • Games will be played using StarCraft BroodWar with the latest patch.
  • If a team does not show up after 30 minutes past the round start time they automatically forfeit their match.
  • There are no official pauses during any match, be sure to take the appropriate pee breaks before hand.
  • After each game that is played, all teams are allowed to take a 10 minute break before starting the next game.
  • Games cannot start until teams on break have returned in under 10 minutes between games.
  • Starfeeder admins have the final say.
  • No observers are allowed except for Starfeeder staff, commentator DiggitySC, or Blizzard’s Karune.
  • Seedings will be randomly drawn.
  • Games will be played on Battle.net East, tournament channels will be announced closer to game day.
  • The tournament will consist of two 16-team brackets, single elimination best of 5, no losers bracket.
  • First Round Map will be The Lost Temple
  • Second Round Map will be Azalea
  • Third Round Map will be LUNA
  • Fourth Round Map will be Python
  • Finals will be best of 7 and order of maps follows (1)Lost Temple (2)Vampire (3)Luna (4)Python (5)Lost Temple (6)Azalea (7)Python (Obs versions of these maps will be used)

Download the tournament maps here.

CNN has conducted an interview with Jungwon Hahn, managing director of Blizzard’s Korean office. Jungwon describes the StarCraft phenomenon to the CNN host and explains its incredible popularity in Korea. A never before seen short bit of gameplay can also be seen, though it’s unfortunately of very low quality.

The CNN host mentions the Asian financial crisis as a catalyst for StarCraft’s popularity. The crisis led to very high unemployment rates. That, coupled with subsidized broadband Internet access, caused many people to spend a lot of time playing video games. They were easily sucked into StarCraft. Jungwon replies and talks about the gaming rooms that have popped up and became very popular at the same time, allowing a new gaming culture to emerge.

The short gameplay video shows a couple of skirmishes between Marines and Reapers, who are trying to raid a Protoss base, and the Zealots defending it.

Overall, we have expected more from CNN, even if the interview is only 3 minutes long. Also, You’d think CNN would know how to embed the videos in their site with a proper aspect ratio…

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