Starcraft II Book Contest – Winners Announced!

That’s it, folks!

Stick a fork in it, the Starcraft II: Heaven’s Devils Book Contest (North American version), as announced last week, has now drawn to a close.

There were some excellent submissions, but at the end of the day, two clearly stood out from the rest for their sheer awesomeness.

And the winners are!

Adgamorix, of the Divine Plea blog, for his story of using StarCraft I during his time in the military as a group tactics instruction method.

Dechion, of the Dechion’s Place blog, for his excellent fictional story set within the StarCraft universe. It kicked butt. Hopefully, he’ll post it (when he’s polished it up to his liking) on his blog for us!

It’s purely coincidence that both winners have blogs. Sometimes I think all blog readers eventually start writing their own blogs, and then we all just link to each other in an ever-growing circle of blogging cannibalism.

Congratulations to the both of you! I hope you enjoy your books. 🙂

In other news, I’ve got my copy and I am reading it, so you can expect the second contest to go up sometime next week for my (slightly) used copy.

Again, congratulations to you, and thank you to everyone that sent in an entry. They were all wonderful.

Have a good weekend!

Reminder: Starcraft II book contest ends soon!

The Starcraft II book contest draws to a close this Friday. Time is fast running out.

If you wanted to enter the contest to win your own copy of the book, and haven’t done so yet, please do so now! Even a one paragraph entry is far better than not entering at all.

I’ve got my review copy now, and let me tell you, it’s pretty damn cool.

So, go refresh yourself on the contest details here, and get your entry mailed in now!


Tell you what

I’ll add one more way you can make a cool entry.

You could send in your favorite screenshot of you in Starcraft or the Starcraft II beta pwning the enemy. If you find it hard to come up with the words to describe how much you love Starcraft, let a picture do the talking for you.

Good luck!

StarCraft II: Heaven’s Devils book contest!

Just within the last week, I posted a list of some of my favorite authors.

One of those authors is William C. Dietz, creator of the “Legion of the Damned” military science-fiction series.

I love well written military science-fiction, and Dietz is one of my favorite authors in the genre.

Amusingly enough, at the time I  wrote that list, I had no idea that William C. Dietz had just released a StarCraft book, Starcraft II: Heaven’s Devils.

It came out in hardcover on April 6th, just a month ago, and I never knew.

Well, I know now.

Guess what?

I have two copies of StarCraft II: Heaven’s Devils available to give away in a contest!

Much like the last book contest we did, for “Arthas: Rise of the Lich King”, we here at The Big Bear Butt Blogger are going to hold a contest based on your creativity!

Here are the contest rules;

The contest will start today, May 20th, and will run until Friday, May 28th. You’ve got one full week to get your entries turned in.

If you’d like to enter to win, send an email submission to “tigerlordgm AT yahoo DOT com” that contains the following;

  • Your actual name and mailing address. Your address for THIS CONTEST must be in the United States or Canada, only. (More on this below)
  • Your chosen alias for publishing the winners name on the blog.
  • Make the title of your email “StarCraft II book contest entry”.
  • Write a minimum of one paragraph describing your favorite fanboy (or fangirl) moment concerning StarCraft. It can be as long as you’d like, gushing is completely appropriate.

That’s right. This one is up to your creativity. Tell us what YOUR favorite StarCraft related moment was.

It could be the feeling of godlike power when you pwned noobs in your first ever zergling rush in the StarCraft game, or maybe when you experienced the campaign story shift with Kerrigan, or maybe when you were reading one of the other books already released in the StarCraft universe.

Maybe it’s something that inspired you to write your own StarCraft fanfic, and you want to share that as part of your entry.

Maybe it was the thrill you felt meeting someone dressed as Nova from StarCraft: Ghost. Yeah, that would do it. 🙂

What I’m trying to say is, it doesn’t have to be an in-game moment, and it doesn’t have to be a StarCraft short story. What it does have to be is a gushing squee moment in your life that came from StarCraft.

That’s it. That’s all there is to it.

Write it up, email it in, and on May 28th we’ll read ’em all and decide which two win themselves books. We’ll announce it on the website that very night.

Now, the fine print.

This time, we can ONLY send books to addresses in the United States and Canada.

I know, last time, with Arthas, we made sure that we worked out a way to include contestants with addresses outside the US and Canada. I can’t do that this time. The books are being mailed directly from the publisher.

What I can do, is hold a second contest later on.

See, I am being sent a copy of the book myself, and when I get it I will read it and write an honest review, posted here.

Nothing says I have to keep the book when I’m done.

When I’m done reading the review copy I’m given, I will hold a second contest, open ONLY to people NOT in the United States or Canada, and we’ll personally mail it to the winner. 🙂

Of course, that means the winner of that second contest will get a slightly used copy of the book. 

So, there you have it. We’re holding a contest, you have a chance to win a copy of StarCraft II: Heaven’s Devils, and all you’ve got to do to win is either gush like a crazed fan, or fake it convincingly. 🙂

And now, on to some links about the book!

For the poor, hardworking citizens of the Confederacy’s fringe worlds, the Guild Wars have exacted a huge toll. Swayed by the promise of financial rewards, a new batch of recruits joins the fight alongside a slew of mysteriously docile criminals — and a few dubious military leaders. Eighteen-year-old Jim Raynor, full of testosterone and eager to make things right at home, ships off to boot camp and finds his footing on the battlefield, but he soon discovers that the official mission is not what he’s really fighting for.

For the first time ever, StarCraft enthusiasts will learn the origins of the enduring friendship between the young upstart Jim Raynor and the streetwise soldier Tychus Findlay. Watch as they battle on the front lines of a fierce interplanetary war and bear witness to the Confederacy’s rank corruption — corruption so reprehensible that it rains immeasurable death and destruction upon the government’s own people.

You can find StarCraft II: Heaven’s Devils by William C. Dietz at Simon and Schuster’s website. They’ve got audiobook clips to listen to, excerpts you can download from the book, and links to either buy it from them directly, or from other web based vendors like 

Premiere Collectibles also has a limited run of 5000 copies of the book, each numbered and signed by William C. Dietz, and shipped in a collector’s leather gift box. A gift for the StarCraft fanatic on your Christmas list. 🙂

So get those entries in for the United States/Canada contest, and stay tuned!


Big Bear Butt’s disclaimer: I am not paid by anyone for any of this. I don’t get money from pagehits, I’m not being paid to write anything about books or anything else, I’m not paid to write a review, and I’m not even keeping the review copy of the book. I do this stuff because I love it. I’m a squeeing fanboy for Blizzard too. So please… keep the ‘sellout’ comments to a minimum. I heard ’em all last time, and I don’t need to hear it again. Thanks! /grumpybear