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General : 38 Studios Hires Incoming IGDA Chair

Posted Mar 19, 2008 by Keith Cross

38 Studios has hired Jennifer MacLean, a former VP at Comcast and the incoming Chair of the Board of Directors of the IGDA as their Vice President of Business Development.

Former Comcast VP, Incoming Chair of the Board of Directors of the IGDA, and
One of Industry's Most Influential Women Heads Up Business Development

Maynard, MA, March 19, 2008 – 38 Studios (, a pioneering entertainment company dedicated to delivering a broad spectrum of entertainment products, today announced the appointment of Jennifer MacLean as Vice President of Business Development. MacLean was previously  vice president and general manager of Games at Comcast, the largest cable company in the United States.

"Jen is a valuable addition to our exceptional team, bringing impeccable credentials, strong relationships, and impressive knowledge of the industry," said Brett Close, CEO and President of 38 Studios. "Her extensive industry experience, intersecting product development, media infrastructures, and entertainment properties, will most certainly open new opportunities for the 38 Studios vision."

Named by Next Generation as one of the game industry's 100 most influential women, MacLean has more than ten years of extensive experience in online content and interactive entertainment. She is the Incoming Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Game Developer's Association (IGDA), and is a frequent and much-requested speaker at industry events.

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General : The Many Worlds of the Multiverse

Posted Mar 19, 2008 by Keith Cross

w At this year's Game Developer's Conference, News Manager Keith Cross had the opportunity to talk with the people behind Multiverse, the MMO platform which is free for use by developers, and with the developers behind a few of the many games being made with Multiverse. So Join us now as we peer through the fabric of space and time to view the many worlds of the Multiverse.

On the last day of the GDC I had the chance to stop by the Multiverse booth. When I wrote in our GDC blog about the various trials of getting to the Stargate Worlds interview, I mentioned there were other occasions where I was delayed getting to an appointment, and that on two occasions it was because I had a hard time finding the booth. Once it was because the booth was cleverly cloaked, and the other time it was all me. Well, the Multiverse booth was the one I couldn’t find because I’m a bit slow. I walked past the place three times, and finally noticed Multiverse in big green letters, looming over the booth in a very obvious fashion.

If you haven’t heard of Multiverse, it’s a platform for creating MMOs and virtual worlds with a unique business model. Multiverse is described as being “genre and setting agnostic.” Meaning that Multiverse is available to anyone for free, for any developer to make whatever game they please, restricted only by their skill and creativity. When and if your game starts making money, the folks at Multiverse are then entitled to a 10 percent cut of the game’s profits, making it a great resource for independent developers, and helping to mitigate the financial risks involved with the development of a massively multiplayer online game.

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World of Warcraft : New Patch Announced: Fury of the Sunwell

Posted Mar 19, 2008 by Keith Cross

Blizzard has announced the Fury of the Sunwell, the next major patch for World of Warcraft. The patch will include a new five person dungeon, a new raid on the Sunwell Plateau, new areas, UI improvements and more.

Brace yourself for the Fury of the Sunwell, the next content patch for World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. You have traveled through the Dark Portal and braved the perils of Outland; you faced off against the might of the Burning Legion itself, and you prevailed. Now the journey that began with the arrival of the draenei on Azeroth and the blood elves' inclusion into the Horde is about to come full circle as a mighty army gathers to purge evil from one of Azeroth's most important loci of power: the ancient, magical Sunwell.

Explore the mystical grounds of the new 5-person dungeon, Magisters' Terrace, where one of the Burning Crusade's most notorious villains is preparing to make his desperate last stand. Lead your raid group straight into the heart of the Sunwell Plateau to confront the most terrifying and deadly agents of the Burning Legion. But beware, for your enemies will not go down without a fight. Expect the demons to send in their most ferocious, brutal, and powerful officers. Your greatest challenge yet awaits.

The new dungeon and raid content is not the only new addition of this upcoming patch. More than a dozen new daily quests will provide fresh new challenges, and a brand-new faction stands ready to reward you for your bravery and commitment. The call goes out to the strongest, most cunning, and bravest heroes to join the Shattered Sun Offensive in the battle to reclaim the Sunwell.

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Lord of the Rings Online : Lorebook Update

Posted Mar 19, 2008 by Keith Cross

The Lord of the Rings Online Lorebook has been updated with a look at Harry Goatleaf, a surly guard at the west gate of Bree.

With the increased brigand activity around Bree-land, Chief Watcher Grimbriar has established a more rigid watch-schedule on the gates of Bree-town. Guarding the West-gate stands old Harry Goatleaf, an ill-favored and sour-tempered man with a penchant for prying into other people’s business.

There are rumors around Bree that Harry has been consorting with strangers out of the South; he is also often seen drinking with Bill Ferny, who is alleged to have connections with at least one brigand band. Harry has done his job well, however, and as no one has been able to prove any criminal intent on his part, Grimbriar has left him on his post.

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EverQuest II : Station Exchange Changes

Posted Mar 19, 2008 by Keith Cross

SOE has announced several changes to the  Station Exchange service as March 27th, the last day that auctions will be conducted, draws near.   This of course is a prelude to March 31st, when Live Gamer takes over providing those services.

The 27th is fast approaching and will be the last day that auctions will be conducted through the SOE Station Exchange service. Beginning on the 31st of March, Live Gamer will begin operation the auctions on the Bazaar and Vox.

As we approach the 31st, we will begin to scale back the auction choices. Beginning March 19th, you will no longer be able to create 7 day auctions. Each day the auction length options will be reduced so that by the 27th of March, all auctions will cease in preparation for the transition of service.

Leading up to the transition, we recommend you pre-register for the Live Gamer service, which you can do at this address Those who pre-register prior to the 27th will recieve a promotional item.

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Zu Online : Exclusive Screenshots

Posted Mar 19, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks over at IGG have been kind enough to send us three exclusive screenshots for their upcoming MMORPG, ZU Online.

See the rest of the screens here.

Guild Wars : Guild Wars and RMT

Posted Mar 19, 2008 by Keith Cross

The Folks at Guid Wars have posted an update on their current real money trading policy and their efforts to curb these activities.

It is our goal to provide an enjoyable experience to every Guild Wars player. That's why we take the topic of real-money trading (buying and selling gold or in-game items for real-world money) very seriously. Every week, we ban thousands of accounts used by real-money trading companies, because those companies harm the game for other players by running large networks of bots to farm gold and items, spamming chat channels with their advertisements, and even attempting to steal login credentials from unsuspecting players.

Why we crack down on real-money trading

Real-money trading and related activities such as botting and spamming are breaches of the User Agreement and Rules of Conduct. These rules help protect the entire Guild Wars community from abuse by providing a set of guidelines for fair play that allow all players to enjoy the game. Real-money trading activities negatively impact the fun of many players.

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Voyage Century Online : Egg Smashing Event

Posted Mar 19, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has announced details of their upcoming Easter Event in Voyage Century Online.

With Easter quickly approaching, the VCO team will be holding the ‘Smashing the Easter Eggs’ event. What kinds of gifts are hidden in the Easter Eggs? Double Experience Scroll? Refined Material? Or the famous fishing rod? Join us and try your luck.

Event Duration: March 22nd to April 25th

Event Location: The Official Voyage Century website

Event Rules:

1.To participate: You must have at least 200 credits (200 credits=The bonus you gain after consuming 200 points=2 Quintessence Posts= Recommend a friend to play our game)

2.To Participate: Log onto the event page, and use the hammer to smash 1 Easter Egg, after this, 200 credits will be deducted from your account, and you will obtain corresponding gift.

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Wonderland Online : New Official Site

Posted Mar 19, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has announced the launch of the new official site for Wornedland Online, in advance of the game's Alpa Test which is coming soon.

The official website for Wonderland Online is now operational. It includes many wonderful parts such as Game Features, a Newbie Guide, Game News, Spell Information, and so on. After the beginning of the Alpha Test, the official website will offer the latest news and relative game information for players. Meanwhile, players who are interested in Wonderland Online can communicate with each other on our BBS.

Wonderland Online is a free 2D turn-based MMORPG brought to you by IGG. The storyline of the game centers on a group of survivors cast adrift to a strange desolate island after a wreck. Here they must make great efforts to unveil a series of puzzles on the island and then eventually leave it to travel around the world. The interior decoration system, manufacturing system, siege system, friend system and so on offers players the opportunity to accomplish a lot in the game world.

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Age of Armor : New Site and PSP Giveaway

Posted Mar 19, 2008 by Keith Cross

SnailGame has announced that they have renovated their official site for Age of Armor, and to celebrate the game's newest chapter they will be giving away 4 PSPs.

Age of Armor will enter it Second Chapter –Dark Valley in the early April and on the day April 2nd, the Official site will update to embrace the coming chapter on March 17, by that time, the new web site will be more attractive than it used to, there will be more detail information about the game, the newbie assistance, and a newly built register page, more convenient account applying system, no more mistakes will happen in account obtaining, there will be online shop assistant page as well, no need to worry about buying wrong items in game, there will be detail introductions of every item, no more doubt, no more wrong choice, gear up your armor now! A new section will be added in the site as well, the Video Show, ensure one can reach the most wonderful Trailers of the Age of Armor, there will also be the special room for players’ own video arts too, everyone can show his age of armor movies here.

To celebrate this New Chapter’s arriving, and express our thanks to the Robotic Game fans, we decide to hold this event to every Age of Armor fans, Register for PSP, There will be FOUR PSP 2000 US version as the Prize, no matter he is new comer to our game or a senior fans of our game, if he register a new account, and enter our game, he will get a chance to win the PSP2000, the event will start from 2008-3-20 to 2008-4-5.and the result will be announced on 2008-4-12. In this period, every registered account will be enchanted the chance to win the PSP.

Mech and Laser, men’s most romantic affair lies here

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CABAL Online : Cabal Online Comic Issue #1

Posted Mar 18, 2008 by Keith Cross

The fine folks over at Cabal Online have provided us with part one of this new and original comic.

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Requiem : Ten New Screenshots

Posted Mar 18, 2008 by Keith Cross

Our Requim: Bloodymare screenshot gallery has been updated with ten new images of this gory game.

To view the full size images, and to see the rest of the new screens, visit our gallery here.

Champions Online : Ask Cryptic: Champions Online

Posted Mar 18, 2008 by Keith Cross

Recently, the folks at Crptic Studios compiled and answered a series of questions which were posed by Champions Online fans on the Champions Online official forums. Today we reproduce those questions and answers in this non-exclusive look at Champions Online.

You asked, we answer!

Here are a few of the questions submitted on our forums recently. Thanks very much to Jackalope, Arkayne and Heretic for their answers!

If we didn't get to your question, don't worry. We're going to be doing this frequently, and you'll have a chance to ask again. We're as excited as you are about Champions Online – it's just that there's a lot to talk about, so we can't get to every question immediately.

Will we be told what decisions were made based on drawing Inspiration from the HERO system? HERO'philes want to know what parts of their beloved system to expect. (Drakos)

Jackalope: Well, Drakos, some of the stuff will be pretty darn obvious! We're lifting some terminology straight from the HERO System and putting it into Champions. However, the HERO System and Champions Online won't be identical.

For those of you who don't know Champions – go out and buy it right now – and just settle for my very brief description. A player receives a certain amount of points at character creation and then allocates them into a variety of areas: characteristics, powers, skills, etc. There's a single commodity, these hero points, which players use in both character creation and advancement. The beauty of the system is its flexibility. You can create just about any power, any character you can imagine.

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EVE Online : Wingman Program

Posted Mar 18, 2008 by Keith Cross

CCP is offering the Wingman Program, where current EVE players can bring in a friend for a 14 day free trial.

Active EVE Online subscribers can uplink a burst transmission to would-be comrades. Enlist their help and better your chances of survival in deep space. Through the Wingman program, send your friend a special no-hassle, no-fuss, no-credit-card-needed offer for 14 free days of EVE Online.

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Tabula Rasa : Weekend Wrap-Up

Posted Mar 18, 2008 by Keith Cross

NCsoft has posted the Tabula Rasa Weekend Wrap-up which summarizes the activities of the weekend just passed.

Planet TR Crossword Challenge
Only two spots left! Complete the Planet TR Crossword Puzzle today and have a chance to win a Tabula Rasa beanie. You can locate the puzzle on this Planet TR thread.

Friday Night Fights
Epilogue is the winner of last week's FNF! After fighting his way through several nail-biting rounds, Epilogue was able to defeat Mystery Guest Fuzzball to become a winner. For his prize, Epilogue won bright white armor dye granted by Dev_Critters!

Want to be the next FNF Champion? Stay tuned to the Friday Night Fights' thread on PlanetTR for the next sign up!


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Lineage 2 : Replay Movie Contest Winners Announced

Posted Mar 18, 2008 by Keith Cross

NCsoft has announced the winners of the Lineage II Replay Movie Contest.

The Lineage® II Replay Movie Contest has come to an end and the winners have been chosen! Congratulations to 9v9 of Bartz, Amberdrake of Kain, and DarkSeeker of Bartz! Thank you all for submitting such action-packed siege Lineage® II Replay Movies!

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in this contest. The winning Lineage® II Replay Movies will be available for download tomorrow (March 18, 2008) on the L2 Fun section of the Lineage II web site!

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Star Wars Galaxies : Instrument and Prop Colors Dev Diary

Posted Mar 18, 2008 by Keith Cross

Star Wars Galaxies designer Jesse "Loche" Benjamin has produced a dev diary detailing the colored props and instruments which were added to the game with Game Update 2.

Hey all, this is Jesse "Loche" Benjamin, a designer on Star Wars Galaxies. In this dev diary, I will discuss the new colored props and instruments I added to the game in Game Update 2.

During our brainstorming for entertainer update, I saw that one of the top 5 issues entertainers listed was diversity. So I brainstormed ways to make entertainers more diverse.

The obvious and most likely way to do this was to allow the coloring of instruments and props. These items can help two bands or troupes of entertainers differentiate themselves even if they are using the same instruments or props.

The first step to achieving this goal was to attach color palettes to the instruments. I decided to use the same palette for all instruments.

Below is a screenshot of a nalargon before I added the coloring of instruments.

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General : SOE Offers Account Safety Tips

Posted Mar 18, 2008 by Keith Cross

SOE has posted tips for keeping your account safe across their network of game sites.

Account theft isn't isolated only to those who choose to trade or share their station accounts. (which is ignoring the EULA!) As the internet and online gaming population grows, so does the cesspool of scammers. There are a variety of ways in which people will attempt to gain access to your account, and the list grows everyday. Fear not, there are simple tips to ensure that your account is protected. Keep in mind these worn-out (but useful!) words of wisdom:

Sharing your account information is never a good idea.

Gamers have heard the advice before, yet a lot of people still opt to share their account information with close friends. Having a guildmate complete a quest for you while you're sleeping may seem mostly harmless, but bad things can happen. While it doesn't always end in catastrophe, you could log back in with a new last name like "Lovetrollslongtime" or something slightly worse which might result in a banning. It's not always obvious, malicious attacks that cause good accounts to go bad!

I'm sure we've all heard the fateful stories of guildbanks emptied and outfit members booted. Sadly, this is often a direct result of sharing account information. Not only do you run the risk of virtual strangers reeking havoc on all you've worked hard for, but you make it difficult for SOE's customer service staff to investigate and resolve issues.

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Lord of the Rings Online : Connect '08: The Mines of Moria

Posted Mar 18, 2008 by Keith Cross

     While attending Codemasters Connect '08 in England this past weekend,'s own Donna Desborough had the opportunity to talk to Lord of the Rings Online executive producer Jeffrey Steffel about the recently announced expansion: the Mines of Moria.

By now everyone has read the press release about the new expansion for Lord of the Rings Online. We'll be getting a new expansion sometime in the Fall of 2008; so later this year we'll be wandering the mines of Moria and the regions outside of our current confines. With so much coming our way in Books 13 and 14 and the expansion, it's hard to find a place to start getting excited about it. All of it sounds too good to be true. Of course listening to Jeffrey Steefel talk about LOTRO always makes me very excited. He's so full of passion for this game that it's obvious in every word he says about it.

With the expansion will come several welcome features and new content. Ten new levels to everything. This includes crafting, which is good news for all those exuberant crafters out there. I did ask Jeffrey about the addition to the crafting and he has assured me that it won't just be more recipes, but genuine advancement and the ability to do more. He wouldn't give details of exactly how the crafting would advance 10 levels, but at least we have confirmation it won't be as simple as a few more recipes.

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World of Warcraft : Frostmourne Replicas Available

Posted Mar 17, 2008 by Keith Cross

Blizzard has announced that they have partnered with EPIC Weapons to create replicas of Frostmourne, the weapon which helped corrupt Prince Arthas on the road to becoming the Lich King.

The legendary rune blade Frostmourne was immortalized in Warcraft III, in which it was taken up by Prince Arthas Menethil, corrupting him and leading to his transformation into the Lich King. We've partnered with EPIC Weapons to create a limited edition replica of the blade in all its horrific glory. This artifact of ancient evil is over 47" long and 12.5" wide, weighing a massive 16 lbs., and is now available for pre-order. For more information, please visit the Frostmourne replica site.

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