MMORPG.com`s Community Manager Richard Cox writes thsi article on his hands-on experience with NCsoft`s highly anticipated MMORPG, Aion.
When I was getting ready for PAX I was told one of the primary reasons for going would be to check out Aion. PAX would be the first time the general public in North America would be getting their hands on the game. Much like most people out there, I really didn’t know a lot about the game. In fact I was going in with a lot of preconceived notions and assumptions. It is a Korean made game after all, so as such it comes with certain stereotypes. I’ve played more than my share of Korean MMOs and I have to say for the most part the majority of those stereotypes exist for a reason. While at PAX I spent probably an hour chatting with various members of the development team and probably between two and three total hours playing the game.
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Today Turbine unveiled the first in-game footage for The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria, the first expansion for the award-winning massively multiplayer online game, which is expected to release later this fall. This video provides a first look at The Flaming Deeps, a new region to be added with the expansion.
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The folks at Vanguard have announced details of Game Update 6, which will include a new starting area, thousands of bug fixes, character model makeovers, and more.
Isle of Dawn
We're introducing a brand new starting area which will showcase all the best that Vanguard has to offer. New players will be able to experience the world of Telon on a trial basis while exploring the Isle of Dawn. Existing players can choose to start their new characters in their selected Race's standard starting area, or begin their adventures on the Isle of Dawn and enjoy new content up to level 10!
Thousands of Bug Fixes!
Putting polish on the game is an ongoing effort! Although we've always been dedicated to making Vanguard play as smoothly as possible, this Game Update you can expect to see a great number of bug fixes – over a dozen pages of patch notes, to be exact!
Character Model Revamp
We've given Vanguard's character models a makeover, beefing up the men while enhancing the feminine features of our females. Not only have their bodies been given a revamp, but most of the facial customization that was available at launch has returned! You'll now have dozens of ways to make your character unique in appearance, all while increasing performance!
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The folks over at The Chronicles of Spellborn have updated their site with another in their timeline installments, letting players know some of the history surrounding the game wrold. today's timeline covers the years 536 AC to 593 AC.
- 536 AC: The Oracle, new leader of the Enclave of the Five Sacrifices, shows the way towards the Shard Mount of Heroes to further expand the Enclave’s reach.
- 538 AC: After exploring the Shard and freeing it from the Undying Ice, the Enclave settles down in Westdell. Thawing the Undying Ice not only allowed the Enclave to discover more landmass, it also awoke a terrible foe, the Howlers.
- 546 AC: The Howler War starts, as Westdell is rampaged and utterly destroyed by the Howler onslaught.
- 550-551 AC: As the Enclave tries to resist the Howlers, a new settlement is founded, called Boltfort. This time, the hold overcomes the attacks from the assailant, putting an end to the Howler War.
- 593 AC: After many years of fruitless exploration in the Deadspell, the Enclave finally discovers a new Shard. Proceeding to thaw it with the Barbarian Seal, they awoke and eventually become acquainted with a new tribe, the Speyrfolk.
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The latest Feedback Friday feature on the Tabula Rasa community site looks at player suggestions, Deployment 13, and 12 month veteran rewards.
"Hi, an idea for the footlocker; How about structuring it like the backpack with separate tabs for schematics, armor etc. I would also love to see a "stack" button which stack similar objects, both in backpack and in lockers."
We are working on the tabbed footlocker request for D13. We'd also like the stack feature, but pending some design issues, and lots of feedback regarding lack of space, we thought we would start off with tabbed footlockers and address a stacking feature at a later time.
"I realize that this service is not currently offered, but here's a suggestion for your consideration. The ability to move you character(s) to a different server. What happened to me, and I'm sure is not uncommon... I downloaded the trial, started playing and now want to subscribe. I found out, however, all my friends are playing on a different server. Would be great if I could transfer my character(s) to another server. It would be reasonable if you charged a fee to do this. The fee would keep people from doing this on a whim, while allowing people who seriously want to get together with friends from having to start over from scratch. I think people would pay for that convenience."
This is something we are finally getting a chance to work on. While it is being developed during the Deployment 13 cycle, it most likely won't be ready to use until a build or two after. We'll make sure to keep you up to date on the status of this project.
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IGG has provided an overview of the five different types of PvP in Voyage Century Online.
The folks at Voyage Century are going to talk to you about 5 PK Features of Voyage Century.
Feature 1: Sea Battle
Speaking of sea battles, we can’t help but imagine the spectacular battle scene on the high seas, the fast sailing battle ships, the hundreds of water pillars made by errant cannonballs. In Voyage Century you can not only experience all of these, but can also hook and board your enemies’ ships to experience the feeling of melee combat. In addition, you can also use a big ship to crush small ships. It’s really fun to sink them without firing a single shot.
Feature 2: Land Battle
There are 4 basic land battle skills in Voyage Century. Falchion, Sword, Axe, and Spear. A large number of players like land battle because they can improve their stats and obtain advanced gear from big bosses. Furthermore, they can definitely show off their land battle skills when boarding enemies’ ships.
Feature 3: Arena
If you are afraid of being punished when you PK, you can come to an Arena specifically designed for free PK. The PK Arena plays an important role in Voyage Century, because PK in Arena can not only satisfy your PK needs but also protect you from being punished. On the other hand there are some PK matches held in Arena everyday, so if you like displaying your PK talents on a stage for everyone to see, then the Arena is your home away from home. Of course you will obtain money and fame like the coveted King Fighter title if you play good.
Feature 4: Guild War
Guild Wars are an indispensable part of any MMORPG, but the Voyage Century Guild Wars are totally different from others’. In Voyage Century it is just like a real war. There are many factors such as guild level, alliance, and when you start the war that can affect the results. So a good strategy and some battlefield cunning can go a long way to helping you achieve victory.
Feature 5: Siege War
It is not a big deal if you and your guild lose during a guild war, because you don't really lose anything, but if you lose during Siege Wars, you will lose the protection of a city from which you can gain many benefits, and it’s much harder for you to get it back. You should protect your homeland and your city at all costs. Siege War is the cruelest war in Voyage Century.
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The folks at Wonder Land Online have prepared a guide to teach players how to be effective in the game's PvP system.
Wonderland Online (http://wl.igg.com/main.php)is a competitive and enjoyable game. Players can enjoy creating things and also enjoy the success of PK. Today, WLO will share some PK experience with all players.
SPD is an important attribute for PK. The higher the SPD, the swifter the hit. The attack speed is very crucial for winning a PK. Players can add points to AGI to increase SPD. However, if players do so, other attribute points will not increase. Consequently, the whole attack ability will be affected.
It is a common method to equip a kind of gear to increase SPD. Killer’s Set is the best one in the game. Its attribute is ATK+90, SPD+60. Moreover, after equipping it, the socket effect will be doubled.
Also, if characters ride an advanced Wind pet with Swift Saddle, they can get an extra 1/3 SPD of the ridden pet. Generally, every PK expert has a special PK pet. The best Water Attribute pets are Sky Green Dragon, Blue Horse and Snow Wolf.
Every attribute has its own assistant spell which plays an important part in PK. Freezing Spell, Mesmerism, Mess Spell and Terrafication can all make the opponent lose fighting ability in several bouts. Stone Wall, Revival and Water Shield can protect players themselves. Using proper assistant spells can help you a lot.
Players may learn special skills for their own attributes after completing the “Melhilis' Blessing” quest. Such special skills are also very helpful in PK.
Earth—Blockage, blocks the target's assistant attack for 1 bout
Water— Shrink, reduces the target's attack by 40% for 3 bouts.
Fire—Hot Fire Attack, threefold attacks the energy for 2 bouts.
Wind—Vanish, conceals yourself and turns immune to AOE spell attacks for 2 bouts.
A good human pet is indispensable in a battle. Each human pet has its own attributes and special skills. If your Elin’s skills reach the highest level, it can attack three targets at a time and Niss can attack up to 6 targets. Human pets’ power can be also increased after equipping an advanced armlet. Moreover, if you equip a Friendship Brooch and an enhanced Mall weapon, their attack may be increased 800%. An opponent can be easily killed in one bout.
Restrict Opponents with Opposite Attribute:
If you meet an opponent with opposite attributes, you will have a high attack damage rate and lower miss rate, while your opponent will have a half attack and a high miss rate. This is an compulsory course of fighting. Please pay attention!
Different schools have different skills, thus, it’s very important for players to work in coordination.
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Blizzard has announced that they are accepting entries for BlizzCon related contests, including their Motivational Poster, Diorama, and Movie contests.
We are now accepting entries for our BlizzCon online contests, including our Diorama, Motivational Poster, and Movie contests. Whether you have tickets to BlizzCon or not, your application is welcome. Simply fill out the Submission form and be prepared to demonstrate your creative talents! For more contest information visit our BlizzCon Contests page.
For those BlizzCon attendees looking to show off graceful dance moves, fill the convention center halls with laughs, or come dressed as your favorite Warcraft, StarCraft, or Diablo characters, the Submission form for all applicants is now available! For more contest information visit our BlizzCon Contests page.
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IGG reveals tips and tricks to playing a centaur in Myth War II.
With the Closed Beta having been released, the Myth War II (http://mw2.igg.com/main.php) has become much more popular amongst MMORPG fans.
There are always certain secrets to every game that makes playing much easier. Well, the team from Myth War is going to tell you the secret of how to make a quick switch from rookie to game expert when you are playing MW2. The technique that will work to modify the Centaurs’ attribute stats.
Centaurs are very popular in game because they can heal friends and free them from some bad states such as stun and landification in the battle. For Centaurs, speed is very important. Centaurs’ SP is much higher than that of other professions.
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Stephen Colbert has joined the ranks of humanity's saviors by donating his DNA for Operation Immortality, which involves sending digitized DNA into space when Richard Garriot visits the International Space Station in October.
NEW YORK, September 8, 2008 -- Stephen Colbert continues to make late-night television space history. On “The Colbert Report” in May, he was the first host in late-night to interview an astronaut, Garrett Reisman, in space. Now, Colbert plans to save humanity when he has his DNA digitized and sent to the International Space Station (ISS) with famed game designer Richard Garriott.
“I am thrilled to have my DNA shot into space, as this brings me one step closer to my life-long dream of being the baby at the end of 2001," said Colbert.
“In the unlikely event that Earth and humanity are destroyed, mankind can be resurrected with Stephen Colbert’s DNA,” said Garriott. “Is there a better person for us to turn to for this high-level responsibility?”
In October, Garriott will travel to the ISS and deposit the “Immortality Drive,” a time capsule which will include human DNA and records of humanity’s greatest accomplishments. This collection of data including Colbert’s DNA and accomplishments, along with personal messages left by visitors at www.OperationImmortality.com, will serve as a remote offsite backup of the human race.
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Recently, MMORPG.com's Carolyn Koh had the opportunity to sit down with some of the guys from Ncsoft's City of Heroes / City of Villains. In the interview, they talk about the upcoming Issue 13 Day Job and Mission Architect features.
In November of 2007, Cryptic Studios made the decision to sell City of Heroes/Villains to NCSoft – their publisher. The entire development team (about twenty of them) made the move from being Cryptic employees to NCSoft employees. I asked Senior Designer Joe Morrissey about the transition.
“It’s fantastic!” Joe enthused. “It feels like a new game. We’re doing what we want to do with the game and we’ve got all this support behind us. NCSoft is giving us the resources we need to really take this game where we want it to go.”
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MMORPG.com Vanguard Correspondent Warren Bennett writes this quick look overview of the three spheres of character experience in the game; Adventuring, Crafting and Diplomacy.
One of the main draws of coming back to Vanguard is the idea that there is so much to experience. Stepping into a world that is so vast and unexplored is exciting in itself, yet seeing the world isn't the only vocation that you are capable of accomplishing in Telon. A character's experience in this world can be divided in to three separate spheres: Adventuring, Diplomacy, and Crafting. All three spheres are unique, but to grasp the whole story of Vanguard, you should try out each sphere to find the one that really interests you the most. Each of the three Spheres has both gear and equipment associated with it. Don't worry about space; you don't have to keep switching between gear and tools every time you want to try a new profession. The game is smart enough to switch everything out for you. Your gear is laid out in three separate tabs on your character slot and you can customize each of the slots to your liking with gear and equipment. Although you do start out with relatively weak gear, as you level up you will find that better gear and equipment are readily available from multiple sources.
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MMORPG.com has teamed up with EnjoyMMO to bring a new beta offer to our community members. We have been given 5,000 beta access codes for Legend of Golden Plume!
These beta access codes will be issued on a first come, first served basis.
MMORPG.com World of Warcraft Correspondent Ricky Turner writes this article about the importance of gear in Activision / Blizzard's record shattering MMORPG, World of Warcraft.
In Activision-Blizzard’s MMO World of Warcraft, gear is the single most important component of your character. Contrary to what some players say, WoW is a gear based game. Of course, skill does come into play, but even the worst player can beat one of the best if he out-gears him. This is quite an unfortunate pitfall in the game’s grand design, but is made up for once someone gets decent gear. From this point on, the article has been written for people who do not know much about the game, it’s an informative guide aimed at helping people. If you know everything, stop wasting your time reading now, thank you.
From the moment you step into Azeroth, gear becomes an important part of your gaming experience. Whether it be the grey starter items, or the +1 stamina leather belt that dropped in a cave filled with the Burning Blade cult. As you level, you will interchange gear so often that it’s a pain to try and keep gear that is exactly your level. The best strategy for this is to just run instances every few levels and get your updates from the many instances spread throughou the game. If you buy items off the auction house, you are most likely wasting your money unless the item is really cheap. The reason I state this is because you will “out-level” the gear pieces by the time you make the money spent back. Another popular money-sink are the blue bind on equip items that are placed on the Auction House for twinks. Most of the blue BoE items are so over priced that it isn’t economically efficient for a leveling character to purchase them. Yes, they are flashy and wonderful at the time you buy them, but when you’re 75 gold short of buying your mount, it wasn’t worth the money spent. Blizzard fixed these small issues in the Burning Crusade expansion by having quests give out the best items for your level. Once you begin to do BC’s quest lines, you’ll never have to purchase another piece of armor or new weapons at all. Gear while leveling is important, but you can often quest and level with equipment under your level without having any problems.
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MMORPG.com Lord of the Rings Online Correspondent Dustin Onesti writes this report on his experiences in and around the Book 14 unlock event.
The End of What's to Come...
I say the end only because Book 14 officially ended the first volume of Lord of the Rings Online; and what a journey it was. Good times, bad times, frustrating times, server melt downs, and tons of free content through the book updates. It has been one hell of a ride, and a fun one at that. I look forward to the feared Mines of Moria and what is to come with the future of LotRO. Nostalgia aside, let me get back on track and take a step back to the not-so-distant past.
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MMORPG.com has partnered with FilePlanet to offer 3,000 beta access keys to our members. These are going to go really fast so get one while you can!
All keys are issued on a first come, first served basis and we are restricting one key per IP.
Good luck to all of you and for those that get one, have a good time beta testing this highly anticipated MMORPG!
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MMORPG.com would like to celebrate the launch of our new member Rewards Program with a new and exciting contest for our members! From now until Oct 5, 2008 @ 9PM EST you can enter to win an USB Systems Audio Drive Executive 160GB personal media player worth $559!
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