Blackwolf the Dragonmaster's Diary of Magecraft

Being a Chronicle of the Inner Secrets of, and Spells of Magick as Wielded by, the Philosopher of the Internet and Unofficial Sorcerer-in-Residence of the City of New York

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As New York's Unofficial Wizard, my mission is to encourage the Mortals of Manhattan to imagine responsibly!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Buccaneer Bloggin' from Blackbeard

Ahoy, bilge rats! Blackbeard the Pirate here --- or should I say, Ed'ard Teach, Distinguished Professor o' Piratical Management at the University o' New Providence. In case ye landlubbers ain't heard, Dr. Peter Leeson, BB&T Professor for the Study o' Capitalism at George Mason University, asked dangerous little ol' me to teach a course in bizness management, and how we Pirates applied it! Published by Princeton University Press, the book is called The Invisible 'ook: Th' Hidd'n Economics o' Pirates, and it be the good Dr. Leeson's attempt to discover why and how the Pirate traditions you, our loyal fans, be lovin' so much came about not so much as on ye spur o' th' moment, but rather, becuz we Pirates figger'd out that there were profits ta be made from us respondin' to the prevailin' economic conditions of the times wherein we did our scurvy thang! Aargh!

I was quite happy to accept Dr. Leeson's invite, but I did so on one condition: he had t' let the folks know, and I quote: "And don't be late. I hear he's got a terrible temper." He, o' course, be ME, you blarsted brainless scum! (Ha-har!) So, unless ya feel like walkin' the plank, set yourselves on a course ta yer nearest Barnes & Noble and/or Borders and grab yer scurvy self a copy of The Invisible 'ook, featuring "Professor Blackbeard's Management 101."

Meanwhile, mateys, I'm docked at home, so there bain't much fer me ta do --- so I guess I'll join Commodore Washington an' guzzle down a jug er four o' Coca-Cola Classic. Have a blarst on this 'ere Memorial Day Weekend --- and be ready when Talk Like a Pirate Day Weekend falls into yer lap in September! You know wher to hoist yer knickers ---! Now get yer butts thar, er else! Aargh!

Yers etc.,
Corporate Mascot/Principal Spokespirate
Electric Pirates Entertainment, Inc./EPE Holdings, Inc.
New York City, USA

Dispatch from Dun Morogh and Ironforge, with His Majesty, King Magni Bronzebeard

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, World of WarCraft fans!

King Magni Bronzebeard of Dun Morogh and Ironforge here, greetin' all you Dwarf-lovin' dudes and dudettes from my way fabulous Throne Room, where I get to chill, hang out and enjoy the simple pleasures that go with being King of the Dwarves of Ironforge! Hey, my man Mel Brooks said it best for all us Royal People: "It's good ta be da King!" It's also good when your Kingdom happens to be none other than beautiful, downtown Irvine, California --- and you get to put up a sign reading (and the higher-ups at HQ are deadly serious about this) "TRESPASSERS WILL BE EATEN!"

But enough crapola for now, kids, becuz it's time for me to boast about BlizzCon 4! It's our fourth annual takeover of the Anaheim, California Convention Center, and the parent company's chance to thank you, our loyal fans throughout the planet, for keepin' us the #1 multiplayer gaming company of all time!!! How do we do it? you ask. Well, we start with panel discussions --- and this year, we're gonna have tons of 'em, from a look at the creative process that goes into developing our all-new Diablo III: Sanctuary, the brand-new StarCraft II, and more World of WarCraft stuff than you Humanoids can handle!

You want Tournaments with that? We got your back --- the global finals for the WarCraft III and World of WarCraft Arena Tournaments are gonna be a major highlight, with players from all over the Planet kickin' butt for a share at $25,000 and change, dudes! We also got the BlizzCon/StarCraft Invitational, where all the top contenders challenge the wannabes for braggin' rights, boastin' privileges, etc.

You'll also see fans like you sporting the coolest, most excellent costumes around, not to mention our first-ever BlizzCon Original Song Contest. Here's the deal: we want some original music and lyrics about why you love World of WarCraft and anything else Blizzard. Our Original Movie Contest is on the prowl for some way happening footage about life in Azeroth, using game footage from the World.

In addition, we're bringin' back our Sound-alike Contest, where we get to listen to you try to imitiate the actual voice of your fave Blizzard character! Cool!

Oh yeah: did we mention that we're letting DirecTV in on all the fun again? We're talkin' over 16 straight hours of totally live, hi-def coverage, interviews, commentaries, the Opening Ceremony and other Main Stage events, tournament coverage, team highlights --- and not only that, this year, we're streamin' everything via the web, so even if you don't get DirecTV, you can still check us out and see for yourselves what's goin' on! Excellent!

So if you don't feel like doing anything on Friday and Saturday, August 21st and
22nd, c'mon and hang out with us at BlizzCon 4! We'd sure love havin' ya fer lunch and dinner, know what I mean?

OK, I'm gonna follow Master Blackwolf's lead here and ask you kids to groove to Night @ the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian! Just when it seemed that my man Larry Daley had stuff under control, what happens? The Tablet of Akmenrah gets messed around with again --- and only Larry can save us from the really weird stuff! You gotta see this one, gang! I've had my first look --- and believe me, Shawn Levy knows how to handle magic when he can! Shawn --- you the man, dude!

Well, that's it for now, Dwarf-lovin' dudes and dudettes! Happy Memorial Day Weekend, and we look forward to eatin' --- I mean, meetin' ya at the Center in August!



Blackwolf (Finally) Takes a Break!

Greetings to you all, regular readers of this, my Diary of Magecraft!

My apologies, as always, for the extended silence hither, but as you can imagine, it's not exactly been a triumphant first half of 2009 for your humble Dragonmaster. Lately, events have seen fit to figuratively tie me in knots. I hate being tied up in knots. First I got disrespected by the twits at all three Manhattan Apple Computer stores, which means that until I get me paws on a laptop computer, I shall be unable to greet you Mortals as I would wish to do, save on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (as well as certain Fridays).

Then, out of nowhere comes the announcement that Yahoo!, Inc. has decided to terminate its GeoCities Division. Moreover, the bloomin' dum-dums don't even bother to tell me exactly when they will pull ye olde plugge, as it were, causing yours truly further agita. And not only that, I've taken to watching the brief DVD with the raw footage of my encounter with Lordi and fiends. Oh, let's just call it what it is and be done with it: I'm suffering from what I call Lordi Withdrawal Syndrome. There, I said it.

So, desperate to re-channel with the, quote-unquote, real world, your Dragonmaster is herewith taking a break for the balance of this Memorial Day Weekend. Frankly I need it, and there's only so much Coca-Cola Classic a Mage can drink! See you Mortals on Tuesday!

Master Blackwolf