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EverQuest II : User Written Books Coming to EQ2

Posted Apr 23, 2009 by Keith Cross

The folks at EverQuest II have posted an article on one of the new features that will be coming to EQ2 with Game Update 52, player authored books.

One of the upcoming features for GU52 is a new system that will allow players to write and distribute their own books in the world of Norrath. These books look and act just like the current books in the game. You can hold them in your inventory or place them in your house or guild hall for other players to read.

These user-written books can be obtained from a crafter and will start out blank. Any player can write in a blank book, but as soon as you write the first word you become the author of that book. From that point forward, only the author may edit the contents of the book.

The book window will display an “Edit” button whenever you read a blank book or a book you have authored. Clicking the edit button will reveal controls that allow you to enter text and see the layout from page to page.

Read more here.

Gatheryn : An Introduction

Posted Apr 23, 2009 by Jon Wood

Managing Editor Jon Wood writes this introduction to the upcoming casual MMORPG, Gatheryn.

Recently, sat down to talk to the folks from Mindfuse to talk about their MMORPG, Gatheryn.

They call their title an "advanced casual online game." The developers have taken a full 3D MMO and put the focus on casual games. The idea is to provide a casual, yet immersive experience for players.

Gatheryn employs a Victorian Steampunk setting, similar to stories by Jules Verne or the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It's the introduction of science fiction or fantasy elements into the steam era, which in the case of Victorian Steampunk, is during Britain's Victorian Age.

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EVE Online : Dev Blog: Tech3 and the Updated Effects

Posted Apr 23, 2009 by Keith Cross

The latest dev blog out of CCP looks at the efforts of that went into adding Strategic Cruisers and updating effects in EVE Online.

EVE Online Screenshot

The effects system was due for an overhaul and we at CCP took that to heart. All the effects were renovated making eve look even greater than ever before. Having said that, the cliché is also true, there is never enough time to polish and iterate on the work. Add on top of that the fact the effects system itself also received an overhaul this time around. These facts left us with a handful of renovated effects after release, needing exactly that. More time and polish. With resources still being scarce we're working from a priority list. On it were f.e. the Warp effect, POS forcefields and the SalvageScan effect. The stargate jump effect was also polished a bit, but mostly timing wise along with some technical defects being solved. Adding new effects alongside polishing our current ones will be an ongoing and evolving process as our artists get a better handle on the new system and figure out new and creative ways to abuse it. All in the noble goal to make EvE the most beautiful (SciFi) MMO out there.

Read more here.

Dream of Mirror Online : BigBeam Hits DOMO

Posted Apr 23, 2009 by Keith Cross

Gametribe has announced the addition of brand new content to Dream of Mirror Online with the introduction of the new BigBeam region., the premier destination for Free-to-Play games is offering brand new contents to the DOMO fans on April 22nd.

Journey through the new BigBeam region and discover BigBeam city! Fabulous adventures are waiting for you! Reach this new region from Eversun North and enjoy these city quests:

  • Wu Hai's Love Letter (lvl 30): help Wu Hai to win Mei Xiang’s love.
  • Selling-Flower Sister and her brother (lvl 30): help flower seller A Ro and find her lost brother.
  • Brothers' Argue (lvl 40): help BibBeam city’s inhabitants to drive out bandits from the surroundings of the city.
  • The soul-lost Boy (lvl 55). Help mother Zhang rescue her sick son Xizo Bao by getting all necessary materials to Comfort Witch who is able to prepare the needed treatment.
  • The lost Herbal Wine (lvl 55). A girl stole the Herb Wine from the shop assistant. Bring the Herb Wine back to the assistant.
  • Blood Sucking Orchid (lvl 55). Help Yuan Bo and get a medicine to heal her beloved Meng Xue.

Read more here.

Twelve Sky 2 : NA Version Launches in April

Posted Apr 23, 2009 by Keith Cross

Aeria Games has announced that they will launch the North American version of Twelve Sky 2 at the end of April.

Aeria Games has announced that it will be launching the highly anticipated sequel Twelve Sky 2 at the end of April 2009.

Twelve Sky 2 is a highly competitive, martial arts based Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG). Players join Factions that determine their allegiance in player versus player (PvP) combat. Twelve Sky 2 continues where the original hit game Twelve Sky leaves off, but also offers the latest graphics and even more fast-paced PvP action.

Many aspects of the game have been improved over the previous version including:

  • Stunning graphics revamp
  • New fourth faction available to high level players
  • More PvP battle grounds with a wider range of objectives and level brackets
  • Improvements to core features, including the party system, automated faction elections and voting systems, experience gain, and character stats
  • New monsters, armor, equipment, pets, and maps available

Twelve Sky 2 promises an exhilarating gaming experience to go along with the reputation of high quality service and support of Aeria Games. The much anticipated new game will join the ranks of successful free-to-play MMOs at Aeria, including Shaiya, Last Chaos, Dream of Mirror Online, and Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine Online.

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Star Trek Online : Comic Contest and Beta Access

Posted Apr 23, 2009 by Keith Cross

Cryptic Studios is holding a Star Trek comic contest, where the creator of the best comic could earn beta access to Star Trek Online.

Star Trek Online Screenshot

If you’re the creative sort and have been desperately hoping for a chance to win a beta key, look no further; it’s time for the Star Trek Online comic creation contest!

Here’s how it works: Create an original (drawn by you), three-panel comic based in the Star Trek universe. You’ve got quite a few options – maybe you want to recreate your all-time favorite Star Trek scene, maybe you want to see Worf hang out with Kirk, or maybe you want to draw yourself into your favorite series. It’s all up to you.

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Lord of the Rings Online : Welcome Back Week

Posted Apr 23, 2009 by Keith Cross

Turbine has announced that they are offering a week of free game-play for former players of Lord of the Rings Online in honour of the game's second anniversary.


It’s our birthday, it is! Come celebrate our 2nd anniversary! We'd like to welcome you back for an extended week of free gameplay from April 24th - April 30th, 2009. In addition, there is a +25% bonus experience boost on mob kills for everyone playing on those days!

  • Play your old characters for free!
  • Get a 25% experience bonus all week long
  • Defeat monsters throughout Middle-earth that will drop rare items when defeated. Exchange these items for a special gift box that will reward you with a variety of in-game items to aid you in your adventures.
  • Plus! Take advantage of the special anniversary subscription offer and enjoy preciousss savings! Play LOTRO for $9.99 per month!

Read more here.

Warhammer Online : Tome of Knowledge guide

Posted Apr 23, 2009 by Keith Cross

The folks at Mythic have posted a guide to getting the most out of the Tome of Knowledge in Warhammer Online.

Today, we would like to give you a brief guide to the Tome of Knowledge and its main sections. This great tool is available to all Warhammer Online players. The Tome of Knowledge is your in-game reference book; it is also a key part of the WAR UI and game mechanics. It goes without saying that the Tome of Knowledge and its unique characteristics are at the heart of WAR.

Your Tome will grow more extensive as your progression and journey throughout WAR are recorded in each section. The Tome of Knowledge is a versatile tool that will hold all the information you need as an explorer and combatant!

Read more here.

Warhammer Online : WAR Review

Posted Apr 23, 2009 by Jon Wood reviewer Michael Bitton finally takes a look at Mythic's Warhammer Online, looking at the good and noso-good points of the RvR game.

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning has been out for almost 7 months now, and for whatever reason we haven't gotten around to reviewing it yet! Alas, it was probably for the better. The launch of Warhammer Online was marred by myriad issues that you've likely heard about by now. In the past few months, we've watched Warhammer Online go from a hotly anticipated launch to a hemorrhaging of the player base that would most closely resemble rats fleeing a sinking ship. Is the ship still sinking, or is WAR now the game everyone expected it to be?

Read the WAR Review

StarQuest Online : A Look at Squadrons

Posted Apr 23, 2009 by Jon Wood StarQuest Online Correspondent Benjamin Buske writes this look at the different squadrons in the space-based MMO.

Devilray Squadron 

Devilray Squadron is a Squadron of the 2nd Fleet of the United Systems Alliance Starfleet. It is also the biggest Squadron of the 2nd Fleet with currently four ships in its roster. It is heavily role play orientated and military structure is enforced quickly. Devilray Squadron is offering players a wide range of possibilities, ranging from exploration and PvE up to PvP. The squadrons' main responsibilities however are the exploration and PvE encounters. PvP encounters do happen once in a while, but however are not a regular occurrence. The squadron is best for players, who are looking for role play as well as for a healthy mix of action and exploration, PvP and PvE. Devilray Squadron has GMT players as well as American ones and thus covers both major time zones. This fact is opening Devilray Squadron for everyone, offering all players interested the chance to find others to play with.

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EVE Online : Surviving Wormholes

Posted Apr 23, 2009 by Jon Wood's EVE Online Correspondent Andrew Wallace writes this look at how to survive the new wormholes that have cropped up since the game's most recent Apocrypha expansion.

Wormholes are the latest addition to the EVE Online landscape. These random, swirling tears in space can lead players to other systems in the New Eden cluster, including the new unknown systems that aren't visible on the star map. Since they first appeared- with the release of Apocrypha at the start of March - players from all across the universe have been seeking them out; looking to harvest the riches, or plunder them from each other. To say that wormhole exploration is a dangerous business would be an understatement, so here are a few tips:

First, before you even think about looking for a wormhole, you're going to need some probes and a probe launcher. Thanks to the recently revamped probing system this is much easier than it used to be, as any ship with a spare high slot can easily fit a core probe launcher. Specialised probing ships still have their niche, though; the astrometric frigates have a bonus to the strength of their probes, which makes it easier to find signatures. Probes are essential for wormhole exploration, and it is worth having one fitted to most of the ships in your exploration fleet.

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Lineage 2 : Gracia Screenshots

Posted Apr 23, 2009 by Jon Wood

The developers over at Lineage 2 have sent along these twelve screenshots featuring Aerial PvP, the Aereal Cleft and the Olympiad.

Gracia Screenshot Gracia Screenshot

Check out the Gracia Screenshots

Spellborn : Game Launched in North America

Posted Apr 23, 2009 by Jon Wood

Today, Acclaim announced the official launch of The Chronicles of Spellborn, offering players two free weeks of premium subscription.

Los Angeles, CA (April 23, 2009) – Acclaim Games is pleased to announce the official release of The Chronicles of Spellborn MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). To celebrate the official launch, Acclaim will offer all players a free 2 week premium subscription, along with the introduction of a new credit card payment option for added convenience. With the official release, players are invited to join the fun in one of the most innovative MMORPG’s on the market featuring a unique real-time combat system that truly sets the game apart!

Acclaim now offers a new credit card payment option to easily purchase premium subscriptions online using a major credit card! With the addition of this new purchase option, players have the option of buying premium subscriptions with either a major credit card or Acclaim Coins, the universal virtual currency used for all Acclaim games. Those who purchase with Acclaim Coins can also take advantage of the special introductory discount pricing, offered for a limited time only.

To commemorate the release, a special launch promotion will be available from April 23 to May 7 offering a FREE 2 week premium subscription for all new and existing players giving everyone a chance to evaluate the game and experience the unique real-time combat system of Spellborn. New players must register between April 23 and May 7 to get the free subscription.

“We meet with the gamers every week to discuss Spellborn, they tell us the fighting system is the most amazing thing about the game. The idea being that your ‘moment-to-moment’ control during battle, mixed with your own custom skill deck gives endless possibilities. To see a smart level 5 player take down a level 15 player is something that SHOULD be possible in MMOs, and is something that really good players deserve to be able to do!”, says David Perry the USA Director for the Spellborn Project.

Once players download and install the game for free, they can choose between a PvE (Player vs Environment) server called “Dorzhan” and a PvP (Player vs Player) server called “Deiquonril” for a more intense combat experience.

In all regions, Spellborn will be a “Freemium” game, with a Free to Play zone and a required premium subscription service in order to access the full game past the Free to Play zone. The Spellborn game client is completely free to download and install from the official website. For game updates check the website or follow the Spellborn twitter at

Acclaim will provide Spellborn game service to players in North America, South America, United Kingdom, Albania, Andorra, Australia/New Zealand, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia & Montenegro, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.

Check out the Spellborn website

Lord of the Rings Online : Launched in Korea and Russia

Posted Apr 22, 2009 by Keith Cross

Turbine has announced the launch of Korean and Russian versions Lord of the Rings Online.

Turbine, Inc. has announced the launch of its award-winning massively multiplayer online game, The Lord of the Rings Online™, in Russia and Korea. Through partnerships with NHN in Korea and ITT in Russia, Turbine continues to expand The Lord of the Rings Online around the world. Turbine currently operates The Lord of the Rings Online in North America and Europe.


General : NCsoft MMOs Now on Steam

Posted Apr 22, 2009 by Keith Cross

NCsoft has announced that their entire selection of MMOs is now available on Steam, including City of Heroes, both Lineage games, Guild Wars, and Aion when it launches in North America and Europe.


NCsoft ®, the world's premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs), and Valve Corporation, a developer of leading-edge technologies software, today announced that NCsoft's award-winning catalog of MMO franchises is now available via Steam, a leading platform for the distribution and management of PC games with over 20 million users worldwide.

Beginning today, players may purchase the latest offerings for the City of Heroes®, Guild Wars®, and Lineage® franchises via Steam. This includes the just-released City of Heroes Architect Edition, making City of Heroes the first and only MMO that gives players the power to create their own unique story arcs and missions. NCsoft will also deliver its highly anticipated MMO, Aion™, on the Steam platform when it launches this fall in North America and Europe. Once players purchase their favorite NCsoft games through Steam, they can then sign in from any PC to play.

"NCsoft's leading-edge MMOs are an incredible addition to the Steam library of games," said Jason Holtman, director of business development at Valve. "NCsoft is a clear leader in the MMO industry, and we believe our player community will be very excited to have access to the diverse catalog NCsoft has to offer our members."

Read more here.

Global Agenda : Fiction: The Utopian

Posted Apr 22, 2009 by Jon Wood

Hi-Rez Studios has released this new piece of fiction based on their upcoming MMORPG, Global Agenda. The Utopian is written by Nathan Knaack.

Steven made a conscious effort to awaken several minutes before his alarm sounded every morning, creeping out of bed as quietly as he could to peer out the window at the street a few stories below. The immaculately cleaned road had never suffered an automobile on its surface, as most of the traffic in Commonwealth Prime was airborne, clogging the skies above the incredible city in a perpetual jam of personal vehicles, public transportation, and security patrols. Ground level was reserved for pedestrians, with narrow walkways punctuated by neatly trimmed gardens and every imaginable shape of abstract sculpture. Thick nationalist banners hung from so high up on each towering skyscraper that the morning haze would obstruct their origins, making it appear that they hung from the clouds themselves, unfurling to broadcast their message of loyalty and pride. Steven wasn't interested in any of that, not the cleanliness and beauty of the metropolis, or the eerie complacency and ruthless efficiency of each passersby. All he cared to see was the single hovering garbage collection drone that would visit the intersection just below his window every morning, a few minutes before his assigned duties began.

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MapleStory : Opinions of the Game

Posted Apr 22, 2009 by Jon Wood Maple Story Correspondent Stone Ng writes this overview of the nexon free-to-play MMO, giving his opinions on various aspects of the game.

I have been playing MapleStory for more than a year now, I have played other MMOs as well, but I have stuck with MapleStory throughout most of it. Despite its shortcomings, it is a very solid MMO.


There is pretty bad balance in the beginning, but it all evens out in the end. It mainly depends on your funding. The classes all have their ups and downs, but in the end,every class will be needed for something.

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Lord of the Rings Online : Customization Guide

Posted Apr 22, 2009 by Keith Cross

Turbine has published a guide to character customization for players of Lord of the Rings Online.

How can you make your hero unique? How can you craft a character that stands out from the thousands scurrying across the face of Middle-earth? The four races and nine classes make for a broad variety of combinations, but it is still not enough, given all the players. How many Dwarf Guardians, Elf Hunters, or Hobbit Burglars are out there trying to stop the schemes of the Dark Lord Sauron and his minions? Probably more than a few.

So what can make one character different from another of the same class and race, from the time that character takes his first step until he ventures into the darkness of the Mines of Moria and beyond? Customization.

For both the beginning and experienced player, the game offers many different methods to customize characters so they're not like every other Burglar, Guardian, or Champion visiting Bree or any other locale. In addition to which race and class you choose, you can mold your character based on what quests you take; the deeds and virtues you pursue; the crafting vocations you select and how they can help progress your class; and by changing your character's actual physical appearance and dress. The combination of these things gives your character a novel appearance and makeup.

Read more here.

Warhammer Online : Necropolis of Zandri Details

Posted Apr 22, 2009 by Keith Cross

Mythic has posted a new feature which provides in depth details about the background lore and the game mechanics of The Necropolis of Zandri.

Taikodom Screenshot

Both realms endeavor to have an active expedition to the Land of the Dead. The means of transport to the hostile desert wasteland are Airships. Airship expeditions are costly affairs which require resources. Only one realm will control the necessary supply lines to support the expedition, and so only one realm's flight masters will allow flight to the Land of the Dead at any one time.

Both realms' Expedition Resources are tracked on the in-game map and in the HUD. These meters grow with every Tier 4 zone control won, and every player killed in open RvR. Once a realm fills its Expedition Resource meter, it will gain control of the Land of the Dead. Its Airship Flight Masters will become active, while the other realm's will become inactive. On transfer of control, the Expedition Resource gathering pauses for 30 minutes, giving the newly winning realm unfettered access for that duration. After the initial 30 minutes, the winning realm will continue to have access but their resource meter will reset, while the losing realm's meter continues where they left off.

While only one realm can zone in and respawn in the Land of the Dead at any given time, this does not mean the opposing realm's players won't still be lurking about in Zandri. The only thing that will cast these enemy players out of the zone is respawning after dying.

Read more here.

Darkfall : Buying the Client, GMs, and Ban Notices

Posted Apr 22, 2009 by Keith Cross

The latest update from Tasos on the Darkfall forums states that the shop will be open tomorrow at 3pm GMT when the Darkfall Client will be available, refutes claims of GM misconduct, and warns players on how to detect fraudulent ban notice emails.

There have been several bogus corruption accusations against the Darkfall GMs on these forums ranging from them causing clients to crash, causing server crashes while taking sides during sieges, to refunding items and money.

First of all GMs cannot crash the server, or cause a client to crash. They cannot create items or money. All their actions and communications are monitored and logged. We re-checked all chat logs and GM activity for every report mentioned in the forums or reported to us at the help desk, over the time periods that the questionable conduct was supposed to have taken place and found absolutely nothing. Because of this, any public accusations on the forums accusing GMs or the company of any such activities will be removed, and everyone contributing in the thread will be banned from the forums.

GM activity is always monitored by us. If you would like to report GM conduct, then you should use to do so if you have proof of misconduct.

Read more here.

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