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MMORPG.com Newsletter Issue 53, November 27th, 2006
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MMORPG.com learned on November 20th that the French company Nevrax, which makes the MMOG Ryzom, is going into receivership. The world will continue to run, for the time being, as a free game. The press release announcement makes mention of a new company that may come in to run the game, but no details were available.

Read the report here.

CCP, the makers of EVE Online, have announced that Revelations, the game's newest expansion, will be making its debut on Tuesday, November 28th. This addition is free to all of the game's players and features "many improvements, new features, content and a wealth of optimizations and fixes both to server and client.

Get the news here. Also, our own Dana Massey previewed it recently in this article.

On November 21st the much-anticipated MMORPG, Stargate Worlds, was added to the games list here at MMORPG.com. The addition came on the heels of the release of five new in-game screenshots from the sci-fi game.

See the news item here.

Preview More Reviews

Dofus: Review

Back on January 10th of this year, James Pittiglio penned a review of the MMORPG, Dofus. The game, which launched in September of 2005, received a 7.1 our of a possible score of ten from our reviewer, with the highest marks going to Performance and Lag (10), while the lowest score went to Role-Playing (4).

Here are some memorable quotes from the review:

  • The first issue I had came at character creation. While the game boasts eleven different 'classes' there is very little customization involved.
  • I must say that the classes are unique, but all can be classified as general fighter, healer, and mage types, with some clever twists.
  • The Dofus world is undoubtedly beautiful in its own way. If you are looking for a game with cutting edge graphics, stay far away from this game. Everything is done with simple 2-dimensional sprites, which are animated well enough. The environments have a beautiful, hand-drawn look to them, and the game certainly has an anime theme and inspiration behind it.
  • My first 'group' was a fairly terrible experience. A player offered to help defeat a creature that would have been too tough for me otherwise, but instead chose to kill me before finishing off the enemy.
  • The game is developed entirely in Flash, making system requirements on the low side, which is a big plus.
  • Dofus is free to try, limiting players to a small area of the world. A small subscription fee opens up the entire world for the more adventurous.

You can read the full review here

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Game/On and EVE

This week on MMORPG.com's Game/On, Senior Editor Dana Massey sits down with Daron Stinnett, the Executive Producer of Perpetual Entertainment's highly anticipated MMORPG, Star Trek Online. The pair discuss the game, its direction and its future.

You can listen to the podcast here.

This past Tuesday saw the publication of the final report from Dana Massey's trip to Iceland for the EVE Online Fanfest. In this last article, Massey discusses Fanfest events, planned expansion Revelations II & III and more.

You can read the article here.

Game of the Week

Game of 

the week

Conquer Online. is our Game of the Week. Conquer is a 2D MMO with an interesting setting, experience system and business model.

Set in a fantasy Chinese setting, Conquer Online merges martial arts with magic for an interesting twist on their combat system. Not only does this game encourage guilds to form, but it also allows "unrestricted player killing" or PKing.

This is a hybrid skill and experience based game. Players gain experience through each successful strike in combat. Victory is rewarded with a bonus at the end, making XP gain a more dynamic adventure

Conquer is a free-to-play game that charges real-world money for in-game equipment upgrades.

You can read about Conquer Online here.

More Games
The Week That Was
20 Monday
2006 Reader's Choice Awards: Nominations
21 Tuesday
Anarchy Online: Interview
22 Wednesday
9Dragons: Dev Journal
23 Thursday
EVE Online: Preview
24 Friday
World of Warcraft: Editorial

This week, three different staff writers offer their opinions on various topics from around the world of MMOs.

Jon Wood tackles Sexism in MMOs.

"...female avatars are portrayed with large breasts, small waistlines and finely toned bodies all around. "

Garret Fuller talks about release dates in an editorial titled Blizzard Banning Accounts.

"...Blizzard has come under fire for banning accounts that have been running third party software or operating in online trade or gold buying activities."

Finally, Dan Fortier returns with MMOWTF.

"...the recent amalgamation between Crowd Control Productions and White Wolf Publishing made me stop and think."

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