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MMORPG.com Newsletter
Issue 143, September 2, 2008
In the news
NCsoft announced Issue 13: Architect for City of Heroes / Villains last week. The new content update gives players the ability to design their own missions, get day jobs for offline character progression, wear shields, and more.

Read more here.
Turbine launched the landmark 100th update for Asheron's Call, which adds a new faction system, new PvP options, 8th level spells, new areas and more.

Read more here.
SOE announced the launch of the Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game: Champions of the Force last week.

Read more here.
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Featured Article: An Introduction to Wakfu

At Games Convention in Leipzig, MMORPG.com caught up with Sergio dos Santos of Ankama, the company behind the upcoming MMORPG, Wakfu. While some might scoff at the game's stylized graphics, the developers at Ankama are working on creating a truly dynamic world for their players.

First, we learned that Wakfu is not just an online game. In fact, the online game plays only a small part in the overall franchise. For example, a French television channel has already started production on a Wakfu television series that is scheduled to run from October to November of this year in France (negotiations are currently underway in other countries like the US and Germany). On top of this, the company also has plans to release a trading card game with Upper Deck and an Xbox 360 game (not the MMO).

You can read the full article here.
On-Site: Videos

This week several great new videos went up on MMORPG.com. While at the Leipzig GC we interviewed Arend Stuhrmann and Dr. Eyjolfur Gudmundsson about EVE Online's Council of Stellar Management and the future of EVE. At GenCon we spoke to Tony Gonzalez and Scott Holden about story in EVE. In Leipzig we had the chance to see a media presentation for Runes of Magic. And we also posted a new trailer for Hello Kitty Online.

Watch more videos here.

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This week's game of the week is Lord of the Rings Online.

Lord of the Rings Online: The Shadows of Angmar launched back in April of 2007 and was hailed at the time for having one of the smoothest launches in recent memory.

Now LotRO has moved out from beneath Angmar's shadow as the launch of the game's first expansion draws near. The Fellowship of the Ring has moved through Rivendell and now heads for the gates to the Mines of Moria.

In Leipzig Jon Wood had the opportunity to sit in on a presentation on the Mines of Moria expansion and he wrote this report.

Learn more about Lord of the Rings Online, here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, August 25
EVE Online - Leipzig Interview - Walking, Empyrean and More

Tuesday, August 26
DC Universe - Fan Faire Hands-On

Wednesday, August 27
EverQuest II - Exclusive Guild Hall Architecture Art

Thursday, August 28
Hello Kitty Online - Exclusive Hello Kitty Online Trailer

Friday, August 29
Final Fantasy XI - Correspondent - Quests for the Gil Seeker
Did You Know?
The Lord of the Rings has been translated into a number of different languages over the years. While attending a presentation for Lord of the Rings Online: The Mines of Moria in Leipzig last week we learned that he German version of the game is based on the first translation of the book published in the early 70s, rather than the more recent version of Der Herr der Ringe published in 2000.
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