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Auto Assault comes out with another installment of their weekly feature "Transmissions from the Wastelands". Here, players are given a voice to tell stories about their gaming experience, post screenshots and the like. This week's entries read as anything from proclamations regarding tactical nukes to stories to a little bit of free advice.
I feel like MacGyver. I can build flamethrowers out of some grease, a piece of metal, and some glass.
So I finally got the skill to set off a tactical nuke. Someone in command really doesn't know me well to give me this kind of firepower.
Well, it was time to test that age-old adage. I set off to Ground Zero, where the roaches are twelve feet long, and are quite unfriendly.
It didn't take long to get a pile of them angry at me, and now we know… nuclear explosions do indeed take their toll on roach-kind.
It's quiet, very quiet. I am approaching the target, the tang of blood on my bumper's blades and the acrid bite of my exhaust keeping me awake. A cup of Hestia's 'CaffieSynthed' water cooling, ignored on my dashboard as I drive into aged and rusty signs, grinding them into the cracked pavement. I ponder replacing my turret, the old gal I got is a bit too overheated. Doesn't matter just now though, if I don't slaughter these punks I won't have the cash to worry about repairs... God I love my job.
I got a platoon of Corps aiming at my windshield, and two enemy tanks rumbling in the distance. Six to one odds, and I'm not even sweating. The combined thunks of my support team landing signals the start of combat. My turret whines harshly, my grunts split up and search for cover. Me? I am going to ram the tanks, and to Hell with any infantry in my way. I was told I'd enjoy being a Lieutenant, and now I know why…
City of Villains unveils yet another awesome looking set of screenshots for us to drool over. Looks like the Rogue Isles are going to be a great place to be!
New Villains Screenshots
No matter where you are in the Rogue Isles, it’s hard to escape the reach of Arachnos. Lord Recluse’s awesome force is on display in this week’s screenshot update.
They're great, go on over and have a look for yourself!
World of Pirates have made the clans a part of their Highscore List. The list shows name, the date of the group's foundation, the number of members in the group and ranks them by their number of towns.
A fan of Rapid Reality's "The Chronicle" by the board name "CeasarsGhost" took the team up on their standing offer and visited their Atlanta studios to see the team and the game. There is only limited game information - as per the NDA - but the post does feature some good photos and behind the scenes peeks.
|As many of you know, I recently made a trip to Rapid Reality just North of Atlanta. It was incredible, and I wanted to give you all a good post on it so I don't have to explain it a dozen times:
First off, I want to give huge thanks to the team of people who actually had to entertain me for the day. You guys are incredible, and your work looks AWESOME. No joke, it was well worth the trip.
You can read the impressions here.
Lineage II introduces a new mini-game available on their website. It's basically a card matching memory game. It times your performance and allows you to play again and again trying to beat your score. Most entertaining. Here's what they had to say about it...
Stuck at work or bored during the weekly server maintenance? Play the games in this page to pass the time!
In the card matching game below, click each card to flip it over and show the class icon. Match up pairs of class icons as fast as you can! What's your fastest time?
Entertaining. Give it a try!
There seems to be lots going on over at the Shadowbane website as they announce some new layout options and give us a look at their September update.
Shadowbane has introduced a new "Interface Skins" section, giving players a choice when it comes to how they inteface with the game. Currently, he only available new skin is called "Veteran Skin Layout" and gives players the ability to move back to the old interface rather than using the new one. They are also kind enough to give us a look at the updates planned for September, including a new system of inter-city travel!
The following is scheduled for the September Content Patch:
Bane Window of Opportunity - When a Bane Scroll is placed, the Guild Leadership of the defending city will be able to pick a time-frame within a certain window of opportunity for the second day after the Bane was placed. If no time is chosen, the last hour of the window will automatically be chosen.
Inter-City Travel - A new system that will allow players to teleport to other cities within a player's Nation as well as any "open" cities.
Message of the Day - A Message of the Day system will be implemented for Customer Service, Player Nations, and Player Guilds.
Monster Hit Point Reduction - Monsters will receive a reduction to their hit points.
Gambling - A mysterious man arrives in Sea Dog's Rest, selling packages that may or may not conceal a high-quality item.
Summoning Restrictions - Limits the ability of a player to be summoned if they are in combat or safe mode.
For more information on this and all things Shadowbane Development, click here.
Every now and then in the world of MMOs, something goes wrong and causes developers and players alike a good deal of frustration. As reported yesterday, Dark Age Of Camelot began experiencing a number of issues when their patcher came back up. They seem to have things well in hand however, as their website shows various signs of the clean up.
I love fixes that don't require us to take the servers down. These notes are currently live.
- Relics held by Midgard will now display correctly and may be captured by enemy realms.
Items - Albion
- The quilted cap dropped by Bouditha Wynedd for the Thinking Cap quest is no longer the same object as a tradeskill quilted cap. This new object is capitalized, Quilted Cap, and should be No Sell and No Trade. The trouble this caused with crafted quilted cap objects should be fixed.
- The Albion Legendary Spiked Flails (the Lithic, Tempestuous and Pyroclasmic versions) have been returned to their correct forms.
As you can see, they have things well in hand over at Mythic, and haven't seen a need to shut the servers down for further fix-related maintenance.
For a complete rundown of things that are now working or need to be attended to, click here.
Ragnarok Online developer Cianar Cabos pens the first developer journal from Gravity. In this first issue he discusses his position and what he does to improve the game.
|If I remember my company dossier correctly Ragnarok first started off as a comic in Korea by Myung Jin Lee. That comic was so good, people in other countries started reading it too and it sort of became an international comic phenomenon. Then, some dude who loved the comic got the idea of making a Ragnarok Online MMORPG in Korea, and lo and behold, people in other countries started playing it and that became an international MMORPG phenomenon. Thanks to new updates and features that are developed and released on a quarterly basis and the enthusiastic support of its player community, RO has endured for three years.|
You can read the full article here.
Sony Online Entertainment and Stuff Magazine announced the winner of their "Quest for Antonia" contest to be a young woman named Anna Wainscoat. Wainscoat, a California native describes her digital counterpart Bayle as "a heroine, who stands for independence, strength and beauty in women."
The resemblance is almost frightening. The new Ms. Bayle will recieve a $10,000 modeling contract as well as an appearance in an upcoming issue of Stuff and a one year subscription to that magazine.
To read more about this contenst and have a look at the runners up, just click here.
The Isle of Agramon, the new RvR island in Dark Age of Camelot, has gone live with patch number 1.78, released yesterday. The new island promises to be a melting pot of PvP action.
New Realm vs. Realm (TM) Battles on the Isle of Agramon
“Realm vs Realm battles are the heart of Dark Age of Camelot,” explains Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer for Dark Age of Camelot. “They are our unique take on Player vs. Player combat and the reason so many gamers continue to play the game. The Isle of Agramon is an exciting new battlefield that will further intensify the conflict between the three Realms. Now RvR action is only a short bridge crossing away for most players.”
You can see ten new screenshots, a sample available above, in our DAoC gallery.
Good news for Star Trek fans as Star Trek Online Art Director Ken Anderson speaks on their official website about L-Cars (the characteristic visual computer displays) and the new-look uniforms created for the game. Mr. Anderson discusses his excitement about being able to show this new look to fans both live in Las Vegas and online in his developer BLOG.
It looks like Star Trek Online is going to visually set itself apart from what we're used to in the Star Trek universe. This should create a nice transition from television to MMO. To read the rest of this article, beam on over to the STO website.
On a side note: StarTrek-Online.net, a STO fansite, was also at the Star Trek convension in Las Vegas last weekend and filed an in depth report that is well worth the read.
When the shards came back up on August 16th, the people at Tulga Games had a few additions, fixes and changes to talk about.
|Additions, Changes and Updates Applied To the Live Shards on August 16, 2005
To get the scoop on the rest of these changes, click here.
There lets us know about a scheduled software update taking place today.
|We will be closed on Wednesday 08/17/05, 6AM-4PM PDT for a software update. If we complete the update more quickly than anticipated, we will open earlier. Customer Support will open at the same time the service opens and will remain open for a period of at least four hours.
This will be the Update originally scheduled for last week, modified in line with community input. Thanks to all who contributed to this process.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your continued support and we'll see you in There!
Jack and The Team at There
For more news and information from There, visit ThereCare.
Dark and Light representatives will be talking to community members on Thursday, August the 18th (tomorrow).
|On Thursday, August 18th, 20pm GMT, an important meeting will take place in Al Drifa, between the community and Dark and Light representatives. Thanks for joining in order to share your reactions about the game news and ask your questions on IRC channel #darkandlight.|
Don’t hesitate to write your questions in advance and to have them translated on the forum, in order to keep a fluent discussion. The devchat will be translated, in real time, in French and English to allow us to discuss easily. Soon after, the Devchat log will be available in the 5 official languages on the website..
Remember folks, 20pm is the same as 8pm! For more information on this game click here.
The people at KAL Online share information about their newest patch taking place between August 16th and August 18th.
Hello. This is KalOnline.
To visit KAL Online's website and learn more, click here.
The people at MU are doing some network line maintenance. Players should expect some lag and possible (though unlikely) disconnection.
| Hi this is the MM |
To provide a better connection environment there will be network line maintenance.
Please note that there are server shutdowns however, some Mutizens may experience game lag and disconnection. Information on the network line maintenance is as below.
Date: August 18th AM 02:00 ~ AM 06: 00 (4 Hours Korean Time +GMT 09:00)
13:00 P.M - 17:00 P.M - USA, New York
01:00 A.M - 05:00 A.M - Singapore
14:00 P.M - 18:00 P.M - Brazil
07:00 A.M - 11:00 A.M - Poland
03:00 A.M - 07:00 A.M - Australia
Network Construction Information: Backbone Line Switch
(Please be informed that Possibility of disconnection is very low)
Once again, during the above time the server may become unstable. We hope that Mutizens will understand that this construction is held to make a better server environment.
- WEBZEN - .
For more information on MuOnline, click here.
The folks at ArenaNet release some new Guild Wars lore. It's called "Chasing a Legend" and features the characters Cynn, Aiden, Mhenlo and Devona in the exciting setting of Droknar's Forge.
Here's a sample!
"You don't want to go out there, laddie."
Aidan looked up from his pack.
The Dwarf who had customized his new bow scratched his beard. "The last fella from Ascalon who went out there never returned."
"Who was that?" asked the Ranger.
"'Bout a year ago, a fella named Tasco—"
"Marshall Tasca?" interrupted Aidan. He knew well the tales of the intrepid explorer. A man said to be impossible to kill, Tasca was reputed to have survived avalanches, locust swarms, and the occasional wummpus stampede. "He went out there?"
"Like I said," repeated the Dwarf, "Couple of seasons ago I made some gear for him... An axe, some boots, and a sturdy pack. Then he asked me to put together a dog sled for him. I did as he asked, but he never returned."...
To read the rest of this exciting tale, click here.
The folks at Mythic experience technical difficulties with their patcher.
There were some issues best described as "freakish" when the patcher came back up. Some relics were moved, and are being put in their proper places by CSRs. On the classic servers, there are some keep issues we're going to handle with a hot fix within the hour - which, for those of you who are new around here, means we should not need to take the servers down.
The patcher in general is overwhelmed at the moment, and may return download errors or time out for the next few hours. Please hang in there, try the Pendragon patcher, or go out and have some ice cream - it will ease up soon.
I apologize for the annoyance.
Check out this and other Dark Age of Camelot News here!