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MMORPG.com Newsletter Issue 61, January 29th, 2007
In the News
On January 23rd, Blizzard Entertainment announced that The Burning Crusade, the just-released first expansion for the incredibly popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft, had broken first-day sales records to become the fastest selling PC game ever in North America.

Read the article here.

Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar will launch on April 24th of this year, according to a recent press release. That same press release mentioned that players wll be offered two different membership options: $9.99 a month, or $199 for a lifetime membership.

Get the news here.

For all of those fans out there who were wondering when they were going to be able to step into Hyboria for an adventure, Funcom has announced that October 30th will be the launch date for the upcoming MMORPG based on the novels by Robert E. Howard.

Read the article here.

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Dungeons and Dragons Online: Review

This week, we take a look at a recent review of Turbine’s adaptation of a Pen and Paper classic, Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach. Our own Garrett Fuller took a look at this game, and gives it an overall score of 7.3 while you, our readers, have placed this game slightly higher with a 7.5. The game scored highest in the Graphics category, with their lowest score comes in value.

Here are some memorable quotes from the review:

  • Turbine has done a good job in creating the feeling of a small group of players fighting it out in a dungeon.
  • There is a very cool puzzle room that lights up the floor and opens another door for your party to continue on. The feel of the game is fun.
  • At this point after one month of playing my character is fourth level, almost fifth. I have seen players that have already reached level ten (end game).
  • The game has gone for a realistic look. The armor and weapons seem to be taken right out of the pages of the Player’s Handbook.
  • [Value:] This is where Turbine has really sold its players short. Charging a monthly fee for this game just seems to be unfair.

You can read the full review here.

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Game/On co-hosts Garrett Fuller and Jon Wood were recently in Fairfax Virgina for an EA Mythic Press Event that covered Dark Age of Camelot, Warhammer Online and Ultima Online. On today's episode Jon and Garrett caught up with Nick Corea, the Lead Designer for Ultima, to talk about their freshly announced free graphical upgrade as well as an upcoming expansion.

You can listen to the podcast here.

To that end, MMORPG.com will be running articles from the event in Fairfax Virginia on EA Mythic’s top games, Dark Age of Camelot, Warhammer Online and Ultima Online.

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Ultima Online is the kind of game that people talk about even years after they’ve moved on to other MMORPGs. As the most enduring of the games in our genre, it seems as though everyone has a story about their UO adventures. At ten years old, many people thought that the game would soon be shelved. Recent announcements, however, tell us that not only will the game continue, but it will see both a free graphical upgrade and a new expansion.

You can learn more about the changes coming to Ultima Online in our Game/On Interview with Lead Designer Nick Corea here.

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The Week That Was
22 Monday
Gods & Heroes: Mystic Feat Tree
23 Tuesday
Stargate Worlds: Interview
24 Wednesday
Sims Online: At A Glance
25 Thursday
Casual Play: More of the Same
26 Friday
Editorial: Girl Gamer vs. Gamer Girl
6 Saturday
Saturday Debate: Raiding

This week, we published a number of Columns and Editorials for your enjoyment:

On Monday, Dan Fortier brought us another MMOWTF feature: Quitters Never Win... But Why Do They Quit?.

Tuesday, Garrett Fuller premiered a new column: Outside the Box.

Community Manager Laura Genender wrote a new Community Spotlight: Playing the Opposite Sex.

On Thursday Steve Wilson returned with Casual Play: More of the Same.

Finally, on Friday, Carolyn Koh gave us a new editorial called: Girl Gamer vs. Gamer Girl .

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