The latest edition of Game/On, MMORPG.com's weekly podcast is now available for your listening pleasure.
This week on Game/On, co-hosts Jon Wood and Keith Cross talk about Jon's upcoming trip to the Games Convention in Leipzig and all of the games that MMORPG.com will be covering there.
You can listen to the podcast here.
On the heels of the Book 10 update comes this video showcasing the latest free update to LotRO.
Book 10: The City of the Kings Video
Check out this video showcasing the newly released Book 10 free update for LotRO.
Check out more videos here.
Book 10: City of the Kings, the second free expansion to Lord of the Rings Online officially launched today. The new expansion brings to the game numerous additions to the game, including: the ability to play as a Troll or Ranger in Session Play, the new region of Annúminas, numerous Monster Play enhancements, over 100 new quests, the new reputation system, revamped hunter and Captain classes, and much more.
Read the release notes here.
IGG has announced that they have launched their oficial site for Zu Online.
With the Zu Online alpha test right around the corner, we are pleased to announce that the official site of Zu Online has been released. This site will be a resource for the testers and all players in the future, as well as serve the community as a place to follow what's happening in the game.
Detailed game information and forums are currently available for viewing. We encourage you all to stop by often to learn more about Zu Online. Pay close attention to the website: http://zu.igg.com
Visit the Zu Online official site here.
The Chronicles of Spellborn official site has been updated with another developer journal. This time the focus is on looking cool in MMOs and the game's appearance system.
With Spellborn, we decided this was not how we wanted things. An MMO is all about living a fantasy life, and people like to pretend to be a hero. Even if you choose to remain a rookie throughout our shard world, you still would like to wander around feeling you're the toughest Daevi that ever existed. But if, for some reason, the next day you feel like a little happy hoppie, and want to stroll through Quarterstone in nothing but your pants on, you would like to be able to do that too! And if, after months of trying, you finally beat the biggest boss you'll ever find, and put on the trophy you scavenged off his stinky remains, you want everyone to see that it's *you* who wears The-Coolest-Helmet-Ever-Made-(TM)!
Exaggerating only a little bit, this was basically what I was asked to make possible within The Chronicles of Spellborn. A system where artists can design and import helmets, armours, clothing and weapons, and then have players buy, dye and wear them in every combination possible. Oh, and ofcourse in such a way that it doesn't put too much strain on network bandwidth.
So the first thing I did was making sure I got the numbers straight. I haunted our artists to the point they didn't like me anymore, just to make sure that when the races, body types, armours, pants, shirts and swords would be coming in, I wouldn't be caught off guard. When this was done, it was time to detail every part of a player's appearance: "Okay, so they have a race, a body type, a head type, a head skin variation, a voice, tattoo's, clothing items, armour, weapons.... nice..." A lot of different settings, and most of these are subject to change any time: a player might remove a shoulder piece, put on a different shirt, or finally decide to wear that cool reddish belt!
Read the full developer journal here.
IGG has announced they will be holding several PK weekend events where players can battle other players for honor, glory, and loot.
IGG has announced that a PK weekend has been added to the weekly activity schedule for Tales of Pirates. Guild War and Lucky Survivor will be involved in the PK activities. Click here to check the weekly activity schedule.
Details for PK Weekend:
The honor of the guild stimulates you; faith in the supreme power supports you. Want to be the best in the guild? Want your guild to be the Triton of the minnows? Then draw your cutlass, fight for your guild, and devote yourself to this heroic war.
Rule: Before EST 12:00AM each Friday, each guild can go to Guildmaster-Forlan(831,3249) in Shaitan City to bid for their right to fight against the Defending champion. Guilds with the winning bid will be allowed to challenge the Defending champion at EST 12:00AM each Saturday. The winning side will be given the title Champion Guild and will be rewarded generously. Click here for details about the guild war.
It's the warrior's destiny to be tested. You have no choice, all you can do is to become stronger and stronger, push on and defeat whatever lies ahead.
Rule: Est 22:00~23:00PM every Sunday, GMs will make an arena in which Players are free to PK without any restriction. To apply to join, Players can go to find our GM near the PUB in Argent City (To apply, Players have to be included in the friends list of our GMs). There will be 40 Players in a group. When the battle begins, the GM will ask 20 Players to go into the arena first. Once a character has died, our GM will ask the next Player to go into the arena to join the fight. The last man standing will be the champion. There are no restrictions in the arena, you can use any item and even team up with other Players to form temporary alliances. However, there will be only one survivor and only the last Player standing can get the reward.
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!
Read more about Tales of Pirates here.
SOE has announced on the Star Wars Galaxies official site that high level Imperial characters will be able to take part in new Imperial content, including new quests and rewards.
Players who have already completed the Imperial Theme Park have been granted permission by the Galactic Empire to complete new tasks for the high ranking officials of the Empire. Imperial citizens and officers who complete the assignments set before them by the Empire will earn Galactic Civil War points for completing quests and will also obtain a brand new quest reward.
The Empire seeks your assistance in hunting down and eliminating threats to the Empire. You will be called on to thwart the efforts of the Rebel Alliance to recruit sympathizers and reinforce the Empire's position as the ultimate power in the universe. Your services are essential in reaching this objective.
To begin this adventure you must be a member of the Galactic Empire. You can become a member of the Empire by visiting a faction recruiter and declaring your allegiance. You can find an Imperial recruiter on Naboo near the spaceport in Theed at -4928 4228.
Read more here.
Every Week, Community Manager Laura Genender takes a look at one or more of the entries being created in our MMORPG.com blogs. This week, she looks takes a look at a member blog about playing alts in MMORPGs.
Many of us MMOers not only play multiple games, but we play multiple characters within those games; these are called alts, and user neschria is certainly one of the most prolific alters I've ever heard of. Sporting over 72 EverQuest characters, 50 WoW characters, and more spread over other MMOs, neschria's latest blog entry in Tastes Gamey tells us about her personal altaholism, and talks about alters and the allure of alternate characters in MMOs - the entry itself is aptly titled "I wish I could have alts in real life too."
Read the whole column here.
The Grab Bag returns this week to once again answer a myriad of miscellaneous questions from the Dark Age of Camelot community.
Q. I've killed Myrddraxis (Fomor Hydra) and got no remains nor have read ANYWHERE that he drops them. However, I still keep hearing that he drops them. So my question is does he actually drop remains and if so is it a random drop?
A. From the Bearded Wonder: There are no remains for Myrddraxis. Urban Legend. Seriously, Taxidermists have to draw the line somewhere, 1 head... okay. 5 heads? Sorry, no dice.
Q. Can/will you please officially state whether or not one is able to see an enemy player's torch if they have it on in an RvR area? Some people try to claim that two years ago there were patch notes saying that you are not supposed to be able to see enemy realm torches, but I know for a fact that you can since I see them all the time making people glow like a beacon, especially at night.
A. From the Keeper of the Devs: If a player has their torch on their face will be lit up to other players, regardless of realm. I must admit I can be found being yelled at by my group mates many a night. "Turn off your torch!" Gah...I hate running around in the dark.
Read the Grab Bag here.
Blizzard has announced that they have partnered with DirecTV to offer 11 months free subscription to World of Warcraft and a free copy of the game to new DirecTV customers.
We've partnered with DIRECTV to offer a great value to World of Warcraft players and new DIRECTV customers. Between now and November 30, 2007, players who sign up for DIRECTV will receive 11 months of World of Warcraft FREE! New DIRECTV customers who aren't already World of Warcraft subscribers will also receive a free copy of the World of Warcraft game client. Visit DIRECTV's Championship Gaming Series site to learn more about this special promotion.
Visit DIRECTV's Championship Gaming Series site here.
Today, we have added a new game to our Game List. Bounty Bay Online, a version of the already released Voyage Century, is different from its counterpart in a number of significant ways. In this Q&A, Managing Editor Jon Wood speaks with Markus Melching, the head of Yusho GmBH (the game's co-publisher) to talk about BBO and how it differs from Voyage Century.
What kind of game is Bounty Bay Online?Markus Melching:
BBO is an MMORPG set in the 15th century. BBO allows the player to discover the world as it was known at that time on land and on high seas. The game offers a mixture of action packed sea-battles, land-fighting, exploration possibilities, crafting and economic simulation.
Read the whole interview here.
Turbine has posted the rather lengthy patch notes for Book 10: City of the Kings, the next expansion to Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar.
Book 10: The City of the Kings Overview
New Area : Annúminas!
- The main theme in the area is one of battle over the ruins of the past. The Rangers are far out-numbered by Angmar and its troops. The players are coming to help turn the tides in this struggle.
- The area around Annúminas is full of rolling green hills and fields, leading the edge of Lake Evendim (Nenuial). Upon the banks of Nenuial lies the ruined city of Annúminas, long abandoned by the Men of Arnor in the days of Amlaith, who moved the seat of power from Annúminas to Fornost.
- The city of Annúminas was one of the greatest achievements of the Men of Westernesse, built during the reign of Elendil. Great works of architecture spanned the city across multiple levels, though nearly three-thousand years of weather and abandonment have left much of it in ruin. Where once were beautiful gardens and tall spires now are pools of filth and decay and jagged ruined towers.
Monster play enhancements and new quests
- Play as a Troll
- Play as a Ranger
- Play as a Chicken
- Gain powerful new keep defenses
- Gain allies in keep assaults
- Three new Annúminas instances
- New Ered Luin reputation Dungeon
- New Barrow Downs reputation Dungeon
- More integrated Events: Ettenmoors Events, Annúminas Events (three)
- More special game Events: Trestlebridge Invasion, Ost Guruth Invasion, Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariners
- New Ettenmoors quests
- New Annúminas quests
Read the patch notes here.
Turbine has announced that they are making a downloadable pre-patch available for the next free expansion to Lord of the Rings Online. The pre-patch is intended to save players time on Monday, August 20th when Book 10: City of the Kings goes live.
Our players have often asked if there's a way to pre-patch while the servers are down, or download a patch on a different computer and then transfer it to the one their game is installed on via USB drive, CDR, etc.
We're please to offer a downloadable patch for Book 10! This patch will update clients from Book 9 to Book 10. New players will still need to go through the normal patching process - this patch will only work for those whose clients are current as of today (August 16). It will not work for Roheryn.
The downloadable patch means you can download it and patch your client before the update goes live on the servers, saving you time when they come back up. It also means you can download the patch on a computer that you don't have LOTRO installed on (i.e. your work computer), transfer the patch to a disk or device, and then run it on the computer with a LOTRO client to update it.
Please note that this first version of the downloadable patch does not contain movies (approximately 44Mb), and you'll still need to patch those through the normal process - but if you've pre-patched already, you'll save yourself quite a bit of time on patch day!
Read more here.
K2 Network has announced their plans for displaying their products at the Leipzig Game Convention next week in Germany.
K2 NETWORK ANNOUNCES ITS EXHIBITION PLANS FOR LEIPZIG GAMES CONVENTION
Online Game Publisher To Offer Demonstrations, Contests and More In Exhibition Hall 4: Stand B46
IRVINE, Calif. - August 17, 2007 - K2 Network Inc., an online game publisher, today announced its exhibition plans and lineup for the Leipzig Game Convention taking place in Leipzig, Germany from August 22-26, 2007 at the Leipzig Messe Conference Hall. K2 Network can be found in exhibit hall 4, Stand B46.
Continuing its focus on building and working with the gaming community throughout Europe, K2 Network will have several of its current online gaming titles, including the popular new release, Sword of the New World: Granado Espada, on display at its booth.
The booth will be abuzz with activities including contests, game demonstrations and photo opportunities at the blue screen stage area where gamers can take a photo in front of their favorite K2 game background. Gamers will also have the opportunity to meet and take a photo with a sexy female character from Sword of the New World: Granado Espada. Visitors to the K2 Network booth will walk away with great takeaways including t-shirts, necklaces, mouse pads, and more.
To continue the theme of exciting events, a live War Rock tournament, in connection with the Korean Software Industry Promotion Agency (KIPA) will be open for gamers to attend and compete at the KIPA booth. This event takes place Thursday, August 23 in the World Cyber Games Booth in Hall 2; with an awards ceremony immediately following. Winners of the
Read more about K2 here.
IGG has published 10 tips to improve a player's effeiciency in Voyage Century Online.
There are many tips in Voyage Century which can help you to get twice the result with half the effort. Do you know them all?
- Before your Voyage Skill reaches level 10, it's free for you to recruit sailors.
- A Character's items can be loaded on ship as cargo.
- You get twice the coins for a grappling battle compared to a normal sea battle. Further more, when you go back to the sea battle interface, you have another chance to collect the wreckage of your enemy.
- You could gain more exp if you kill the captain of your enemy in the grappling battle.
- When you gain falchion and sword skill exp, your barehanded fighting skill exp will go up too.
- Barehanded fighting has no effect on axe skill and gun skill.
- Productivity will descend if many players were working on the piece same wood or the same piece of rock.
- You can change your tools when you are working.
- If your character died at sea, your reputation will drop by 5%, and your ship equipment and the cargo may disappear. However, if your character dies on land, your reputation together with your coins will drop by 5%, and your armor and equipment may also disappear.
- A smuggling ship will not attack your ship initiatively, only if you came into the range of the smuggling ship will the ship fire on you.
May the wind always be to your back! Good Sailing!!
Read more about Voyage Century Online here.
The folks over at Eudemons online have announced that hey will be holding a free Eudemon Point weekend.
Duration: August 18~ August 19,2007
Monster: All monsters
Rewards: Eudemons Points (Eps)
Here is another precious chance for you to obtain free Eps. All monsters may randomly drop Eps this weekend. The more monsters you kill, the more Eps you may obtain. Do not miss the chance to obtain free EPs as many as possible.
Read more about the event here.
IGG has announced that they will be holding a series of events in Myth War Online to celebrate the Chinese Valentine's Day.
July 7th of Chinese lunar year, Chinese Romeo and Juliet meet each other once in a year in Milky Way. They were once forced to depart by Supreme Emperor in the Heaven. For this reason this date is traditionally known as Chinese Valentine's day and it is the most romantic traditional festival in the long history of Chinese culture.
As Chinese Valentine Day is around the corner, something that follows will be a series of activities held by Myth War . You are supposed to take this chance to experience the exotic romance dating from ancient China. Here is some general introduction to these series activities:
Sweet Words Competition in Chinese Valentine's Day:
Time: August 16--August 19, 2007
Content: Players can pay some points for Chocolate or Super Rose or Chinchilla pack in our Item mall and write down your sweet words, target character name and ID, server name, and your character name and ID in our forum. At the same time, players should talk to our GM in Live chat and hand gifts to GM. GM will pass your gifts with fireworks and blessing in EST 21:00--23:59.
Meanwhile, the lucky dog will obtain GM's extra secret gifts if the layer of the player's post is ended with number "7". Of course, these posts are all about sweet words.
Read more here.
Funcom has announced their plans to display Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures at Games Convention in Leipzig, as well as releasing a few screenshots as an appetizer to the main show.
Games Convention in Leipzig is coming up next week. For those unfamiliar with this particular show, GC is three times the size of the old E3, rivaling only the Tokyo Game Show as one of the biggest shows in the world. If old-style E3 was an event, Leipzig is epic, and you don't have to be press--or put up a blog, write a few entries, and pass yourself off as press--to get in.
To answer the most important question: Yes, we are going to be showing at GC. We plan to show something really special, but we're also going to be offering hands-on time with the game itself. Bring your bodies, your reflexes, and your video cameras, and be ready to experience the world of Hyboria in all its savage, sexy glory. We're well aware that people want to know, and see, more of the game and what better platform to do it than one of the biggest gaming shows in the world?
Read the full article here.
SOE has announced that they will be giving all former Star Wars Galaxies players with accounts that have been inactive for more than 90 days the chance to return to the game to experience recently added features.
Have you been longing to return to a galaxy far, far away? Now is the perfect time!
Former citizens of the galaxy can return for 21 days if they have been inactive for 90 days or more. Log back in to your former account now and check out the new Beast Master expertise system firsthand. Hurry, this offer is only available until 11:59PM PST September 30, 2007!
Remember, keep your account opted-in and your email address updated to find out about great offers and opportunities from Star Wars Galaxies and Sony Online Entertainment!
Get the details here.