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EverQuest II : Expansion - The Shadow Odyssey

Posted Aug 21, 2008 by Jon Wood

MMORPG writer Carolyn Koh was at the recent SOE Fan Faire where a new expansion was officially announced for the well known game. Today, Carolyn files this report, giving us a few details about The Shadow Odyssey.

Senior Producer of EverQuest 2, Bruce Ferguson had several things to announce at the opening Keynote speech. The first was the launch of Guildhalls in the fall, the second was the upcoming zone that would be released for free, Vexar, and the third was that the fifth EverQuest 2 expansion, The Shadow Odyssey would be released on November 18, 2008.

The announcement was followed up the next day by a preview panel in a ballroom. Every single seat was filled, and players lined the sides and the back, standing or leaning against the walls or sitting on the carpeted floor. A total of 15 developers were in attendance to answer questions and as each introduced themselves, the crowd showed their appreciation with the Tradeskills designer receiving the most applause including hoots and hollars.

Read the article here.

Eudemons : Paladin Interview

Posted Aug 21, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at Eudemons Online have posted an interview with the player of the highest level Paladin in the game.

Klepto, the strongest paladin in New York in Eudemons Online, is favored by many of his friends and certainly envied by his enemies in the game. How has he practised enough so that only in one month he has leveled up to 118(level 128 now)? What is his story; in and outside the game? As an old player, he must want to say a lot about this game and mayeb even something about his friends. What's more, Klepto also mentioned he found love in game, which even became more than just an in-game romance...read on to find out more!

Read more here.

Warhammer Online : Community Interview

Posted Aug 21, 2008 by Jon Wood

MMORPG.com's Richard Cox interviews Warhammer Online's Community Relations Director Robert Mull about all things community relating to Warhammer Online.

Community Interview

MMORPG.com's Richard Cox interviews Warhammer Online's Community Relations Director Robert Mull about all things community relating to Warhammer Online.

Community Interview

 

Warhammer Online : August Newsletter Out

Posted Aug 21, 2008 by Richard Cox

Check those inboxes, it's hitting the web and it's packed full of information as always!

Some of the info contained in this month's newsletter:

  • Delving into Dungeons with an overview of the Lost Vale
  • Beta Details
  • Preorder Details
  • New Cinematic Trailer
  • Details about the NDA being mostly lifted
  • Prepaid Game Time Cards
  • And much much more!

Read more here.

Ryzom : Step Three

Posted Aug 21, 2008 by Richard Cox

Among changes to the free trial to remove geographic and level restrictions, all accounts with the exception of those who were banned can now play.

Dear Atysians,

We promised in our last message that we would remove the level cap and the geographical restriction to Free Trial accounts, and today we have done exactly that! That's right, if you were using an Unlimited Free Trial account and were stuck on Silan at level 21, now you can go where you want and level to your heart's content with absolutely no limitations!

Read more here.

Fiesta : Free Level 89 Expansion

Posted Aug 21, 2008 by Richard Cox

Outspark has launched a new free expansion for Fiesta Online which includes a level cap raise to 89 among many other things.

Outspark Launches Free Level 89 Expansion for Hit MMORPG Fiesta

New Maps, Apprentice System, Quests, Monsters and More Available Now

SAN FRANCISCO - August 20, 2008
Outspark, a leading publisher of immersive online multiplayer games, today announced the launch of the newest free expansion for the hit free-to-play MMORPG, Fiesta. Featuring new content including two challenging zones, brand new quests, a new in-game wedding feature, a new Monarch system, an increase in the game's level cap and much more, the expansion is available now for all Fiesta players. Visit http://fiesta.outspark.com now to join the community and experience the new in-game features.

"Millions of Outspark gamers have been anticipating this expansion, and we are very happy to yet again deliver what our players want," said Outspark founder and CEO Susan Choe. "This exciting new content release offers great stuff for veteran and new players alike."

Within the Level 89 Expansion, Fiesta players can now explore the treacherous, scalding expanses of Burning Rock and Flaming Mine—each rife with dangerous denizens and challenging quests. Players will enjoy upgraded player skills to help them move from level 79 to 89 and a brand new Kingdom Quest for characters at level 80 to 89. The expansion also includes an innovative apprentice system called the Monarch System, which lets seasoned gamers form mutually beneficial partnerships with new players. Masters earn a percentage of the in-game currency spent by their apprentices, while apprentices receive special class-specific items every 10 levels.

Fiesta players looking to "engage" even more with the community should check out the in-game wedding feature. Love-struck gamers can now purchase premium wedding dresses or tuxedos, and can purchase the Wedding Application in order to virtually tie the knot in a special ceremony at the game's scenic, remote Chapel in the Sky.

New Fiesta players will also find it easier to level up, as monsters between levels 1 and 30 now award 20% more experience. The game's quest system has also been overhauled with updated text and descriptions.

Read more here and here.

Mabinogi : The Next Generation of Mabinogi

Posted Aug 21, 2008 by Richard Cox

Generation 3 updates mainstream story line, adds weddings, new quests and improved pet functionality to Mabinogi.

Los Angeles, CA – August 20 2008 – Nexon America Inc. welcomes users to experience the next level of Mabinogi with the newest chapter in the magnificent free-to-play MMORPG, Generation Three. Players will need to overcome a mighty dragon which has been summoned to destroy the world. This episode offers marriage, new quests and added pet utilities, which will compliment the current wealth of game play options already found in the lands of Mabinogi.
The mainstream story quest delivers answers to open-ended questions as players uncover a secret about Erinn. Players will save the human world by recovering dungeon seals, which prevent the fomor, or monsters of Mabinogi, from escaping another world.

Characters in Mabinogi can enjoy a deeper experience within the game’s massive world with the introduction of the marriage system. Players will have the opportunity to not only obtain a wedding license but also tuxedos, wedding dresses, shoes and even a veil for the bride!
Players also gain additional command over their pets, as Generation 3 gives players the option to create programs to manage how pets interact in different situations throughout the game. Users will also appreciate upgrades to the pet’s controls and battle system.

Other additions to Mabinogi include the removal of a cap on combat skills, increased user interface options and several more items, books and character styles. The upgrade to Generation 3 will serve to keep players enriched in the riveting storyline and distinctive art style found in Mabinogi, which has captured the attention of millions of players worldwide who embrace the fantasy life.

Mabinogi will always be free to play but players interested in augmenting their game experience can get a taste of the premium paid services, Nao Support Service and Extra Storage Service, with a free seven-day trial. Both services and other premium offerings are found in the Mabinogi Premium Shop.

Read more here.

Pirates of the Burning Sea : Sink the Devs Event

Posted Aug 21, 2008 by Richard Cox

The Devs over at FLS will be sailing around the high seas of the test server, here's your chance to blow them out of the water!

Since Sunday’s event on Testbed we’ve made some significant improvements to the new camera and adhoc rules based on your feedback. Fraxl posted a devlog yesterday to outline these changes.

In the mean time, we’ve decided to schedule another event for this Friday, so that you can tell us if these changes have hit the mark.

To make things more interesting, a group of FLS staff will be sailing the PVP zones on Testbed ready to be sunk by take on all challengers! We’ll be online this Friday, August 22nd from noon – 1:00pm Pacific / 8:00pm – 9:00pm British Summer Time. Staff in attendance will include Taelorn, Misha, fraxl, Aether and Rusty. Yardarm will also be on hand to level people up and hand out doubloons.

Read more here.

Pirates of the Burning Sea : New DevBlog

Posted Aug 21, 2008 by Richard Cox

Fraxl posted a new DevBlog outlining the changes they made to the game based on last week's player event held on the testbed.

Last weekend’s Testbed event was a ton of fun and we got lots of great feedback about the new 1.7 features. Thank you to everyone who played and gave us constructive criticism! With all the discussion these changes have sparked, we knew we’d have to tweak the new systems to incorporate your feedback. I have the pleasure of writing this devlog to let you know exactly what we’re doing.

There were two main areas of concern for players on Testbed – new rules for PvP battles on the Open Sea and the new camera behavior. I’ll talk about PvP rules first. We’ve made four adjustments to the system based on your input.

Read more here.

Magic World Online : New Ingame Trivia Contest

Posted Aug 21, 2008 by Richard Cox

Now you can use your knowledge of the Olympics to gain XP in game and level your character!

With the help of the considerate MWO BOT, players are able to sit back and appreciate the fantastic accomplishments of all the Olympic athletes. Moved by the spectacular show of grace and athleticism, do you ever wonder if it is possible to transform the tremendous drive of the Olympics into some actual practice?

Magic World Online, the hottest new concept in MMORPG’s has just completed a new integration of a unique Q & A system into its sophisticated game world. The Trivia Contest purpose is to improve the knowledge and wisdom of the MWO players while still having fun. Only by answering some questions will your hero level up easily and quickly!

By teleporting your hero to Uptown by Sun City or Sky City Teleporter you can challenge the great Genius Boy in his Trivia Contest. By partaking in his contest you are assured great rewards of leveling experience points. The amount of experience points rewarded will be tailored to the hero’s level.


Quiz can be done once a day (system resets at 00:00 PST every day). Quiz contains 10 random multiple-choice questions, with 30 seconds' time limit for answering every question. Next question will appear automatically when current question is answered. If you answer a question correctly within in the time limit, the remaining amount of seconds will add to your final quiz points. 29 seconds left = 29 quiz points earned; 0 sec left = 0 quiz point earned. When your quiz is finished, click [Exit] to have system count (calculation based on character level) your total quiz points into experience points prize. The amount of experience point’s prize will be displayed on the lower right of your screen.

The trivia questioned used for the Trivia Contest comes from players like you; so if you would like to share your knowledge with others please do so via http://www.mwo.enjoymmo.com/question/question.php

Both physical and mental competences come from accumulation. So which hero has the greatest knowledge and wisdom? Which hero learns things so fast? Answers up to your mastery! Let's truly make progress every day, at leisure in Magic World Online!

Read more here.

World of Warcraft : Battlegrounds: Warsong Gulch

Posted Aug 21, 2008 by Jon Wood

World of Warcraft Correspondent Robert Duckworth pens this article giving some details and tricks for the Warsong Gulch Battleground in WoW.

The new Sands of the Ancients battleground is fast approaching along with the rest of Wrath of the Lich King. Just because there is a new battleground does not mean that it is going to replace the old ones though. All four currently in The Burning Crusade, from Warsong Gulch to Eye of the Storm, are going to remain an integeral part of PvP life in World of Warcraft. At this point even the same tokens and the system of secondary PvP rewards through honor is planned. So while there have been no changes announced to the old battlegrounds, that does not mean they don't deserve a look. The next few articles will cover the battlegrounds in depth and discuss the important finer points of each one.

Read the whole thing here.

Asheron's Call : Nostalgia Blog #1: Allan "Orion" Maki

Posted Aug 20, 2008 by Richard Cox

Turbine is doing a series of Nostalgia Blogs leading up to the epic 100th update to the game, here's the first penned by Allan "Orion" Maki.

One hundred updates, of those I contributed to forty-seven updates and portions of two expansion packs. Nearly half of the one hundred!

Where to start…they say that you never forget your first love – I am not certain who they are and how they know this is true, I have never been certain – they are right. Asheron’s Call was my first and it is still an important part of the designer that I am now.

My first offering was Danby’s Outpost located on the northern shore of the inland sea. It was a foray into something new, landscaping, npc creation, item creation and quest design. It was a colossal failure. Maybe not colossal to players but to those on the AC team it was more work for them from an armchair designer who meant to do well but had none of the knowledge of skills necessary to accomplish their goals. Without some serious assistance from Annuvin and Crowley it never would have seen the light of day. I learned a lot from that though. I learned that I needed to study the system to become a good designer. So I did.

Read more here.

Asheron's Call : Update Interview

Posted Aug 20, 2008 by Jon Wood

MMORPG.com News Manager Keith Cross caught up recently with Andy Cataldo, the Community Manager for AC. In the interview, Cataldo talks about the game's 100th update, an expansion-sized update to celebrate the occasion.

Asheron's Call: Update Interview

MMORPG.com News Manager Keith Cross caught up recently with Andy Cataldo, the Community Manager for AC. In the interview, Cataldo talks about the game's 100th update, an expansion-sized update to celebrate the occasion.

Update interview

 

Warhammer Online : New Cinematic Trailer

Posted Aug 20, 2008 by Richard Cox

Mythic Releases New Cinematic Trailer for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

Mythic Entertainment unveils a new cinematic trailer for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR).The new trailer brings the Age of Reckoning to life in stunning detail and showcases the ongoing conflict between the armies of Order and Destruction, the catalyst for WAR’s groundbreaking Realm vs. Realm gameplay.

Set against the backdrop of a city under siege, a devious Goblin Squig Herder, mutating Chaos Marauder, and deadly Dark Elf Sorceress lead the invading hordes of Destruction in the assault on the city of Altdorf. Rallying the forces of Order in defense of their capital are the noble High Elf Shadow Warrior, fiery Empire Bright Wizard, and stalwart Dwarf Engineer. To the victors go the spoils of war; to the defeated, utter annihilation.

Read more here.

Stargate Worlds : Beta Registrations reach 200,000

Posted Aug 20, 2008 by Richard Cox

Beta registrations for Stargate Worlds continue to pour in and have now passed the 200,000 mark!

We're extremely happy to see the community continue to grow and are looking forward to many more milestones like this as we move closer to launch.

Thanks everyone!

Read more here.

World of Warcraft : BlizzCon Ticket Draw

Posted Aug 20, 2008 by Richard Cox

As discussed last week, Blizzard is preparing a drawing to offer 3,000 more BlizzCon 2008 tickets for sale. They’re finalizing the process now, and you’ll be able to enter the drawing beginning Wednesday morning -- in the meantime, here is an overview of how the drawing will work:

- To be eligible for the BlizzCon ticket drawing, you must (1) have an active Blizzard Account that was created on or before 9:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, August 12, 2008, when we first announced BlizzCon 2008 tickets had sold out; (2) be an adult in your country of residence; (3) have not previously purchased BlizzCon 2008 tickets; and (4) live in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, or South Korea.

- Prior to the drawing, we will hold an opt-in period during which you can enter an eligible Blizzard Account into the drawing for a chance to purchase two BlizzCon 2008 tickets. Once the opt-in begins , you’ll see an opt-in feature when you log in to Blizzard Account Management. The opt-in period begins on Wednesday morning and will end the evening of Sunday, August 24. As this is a random drawing, those who opt in early will not have a better chance of being selected than those who opt in later.

Read more here.

Eudemons : Volunteer Journalist Team Recruiting!

Posted Aug 20, 2008 by Richard Cox

Good news! Volunteer Journalist Team is recruiting members! A feature page will be available on TQ community site soon! Different from tips or stories collection on TQ game forums, the Volunteer Journalist Team has a formal system for recruiting long-standing writers.

The manuscripts will be classified into different categories in a more detailed way and the members will receive generous TQ point cards as reward! It will be a long-term program of TQ community site aimed at providing better gaming experience for all TQ game players.

Wanna be the first group of Volunteer Journalists? Wanna see your articles and names appear on the Journalist Team feature page as soon as it is open? Pay attention to the following information and we are waiting for you and your articles!

Read more here.

Zero Online : Live Support, Get Instant Help From GMs

Posted Aug 20, 2008 by Richard Cox

Zero Online now has live GM support in addition to their email based support.

Attention pilots!

Tired of waiting around forever to find out what to do with that item you just found?  Not sure how to buy codes? Well we've got the solution! Now Live Support is launched to better assist you with your questions and problems!  Simply go to the website and click on the Live Support icon on the home page, and you'll be connected with a TQ representative, ready to handle your Zero issues. We look forward to hearing from you!

Read more here.

Eudemons : Hurdle Race This Weekend

Posted Aug 20, 2008 by Richard Cox

There will be a player event in Eudemons Online this weekend. Here is your chance to win medals and prizes galore!

Players will need to jump over obstacles in a dash to the finish line. Do you have what it takes? No seriously... can you jump?...You'll need to be able to. Hurdle Race (click for prize details and instructions) will be available this weekend (Aug. 23rd~24th).

Read more here.

EverQuest II : Correspondent - Why the Hate?

Posted Aug 20, 2008 by Jon Wood

EverQuest II Correspondent and relative newcomer to the game Daniel Stull writes this second article about some of the EQII hate and SOE hate responses garnered by his previous article.

After my first article was published, a few players chimed in with comments that I could only best describe as hate. Hate of Sony Online Entertainment, developers and publishers of Everquest 2. Hate of the game itself. Even as I type this, I am watching what can only be described as an argument brewing in the comments section of "Through the Eyes of a Noob." This wasn't my first encounter with people complaining about the game. But I did want to know more, and most importantly, why?

My first trip was to Everquest 2 Flames, an entire online forum community that, for the most part, complains about SOE and Everquest 2, even to the point that they have created a "Declaration of the Populace," a crudely-worded mockery of the Declaration of Independence to SOE. There are also other posts - "Proof that providing sexual favors to SOE staff leads to employment," "I cancelled my account, and here's why," and "Stupid guild names." To the positive, however, EQ2Flames also does have in-depth discussions of the game itself, even going so far as to answer questions from newbies in their own forum, which is moderated. They offer their own caveat to people who register to the forum: "The profanity filter is disabled and strong language is used on this site. Do not read or use this site unless you are prepared to be offended."

Read the article here.

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