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Guild Wars : New Hero Ladder

Posted Apr 06, 2007 by

Guild Wars opens new Hero Ladder. Read up on how players are doing in this new ranking system.

You can now track how players are doing on the new Guild Wars Hero Battle Ladder. The ladder displays the topmost 1000 players ranked via a weighted win/loss record and is offered in your choice of eight languages.

Read more here.

Lord of the Rings Online : World Tour Opens Today

Posted Apr 06, 2007 by

Lord of the Rings Online free world tour of Middle Earth begins today. The game is open to players leading up until the April 24th launch. Check out the details below.

Turbine, Inc. announced today that the World Tour of Middle-earth has officially begun! Over one million North American gamers are planned to be invited to this unprecedented event where they can experience The Lord of the Rings Online(TM): Shadows of Angmar(TM) for FREE from April 6th until its scheduled launch on April 24th. Even more exciting, the World Tour also serves as a head-start for pre-order customers, allowing them to roll their characters into the launched game.

"The only thing better than adventuring in Middle-earth is being able to adventure for free!" said Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. "The World Tour is a unique opportunity to try The Lord of the Rings Online for yourself before the game launches."

During the World Tour, players will be able to advance up to level 15 and experience the most authentic online persistent recreation of Middle-earth ever created. Players should visit www.lotro.com/worldtour to get more information on how to obtain a World Tour key.

Players can still pre-order The Lord of the Rings Online at www.lotro.com/preorder or at select retail stores nationwide until April 24th to take advantage of the exciting Founder's Program. The Founder's Program is available for a limited time and rewards all players who pre-order the game with the following benefits:

Two special membership options: $199/lifetime or $9.99/month

Unique in-game bonus items

Ability to roll World Tour characters into the launched game

Read more here.

Dreamlords: Resurrection : Review

Posted Apr 06, 2007 by Jon Wood

News Editor Garrett Fuller takes a look at Dreamlords, the game that merges MMORPG and RTS elements.

Dreamlords presents a unique game play experience for MMO players. The game has been called the RTS-MMO. For those who do not know, RTS stands for Real Time Strategy. For fans of strategy games, Dreamlords definitely gives you a chance to try your wits in an online world against other opponents. You do get an avatar to build up and select abilities for, but the real punch in the game is building and battling with your armies.

Players can choose between three races to fight it out in a world that becomes one giant battlefield. The Thul are a beastlike warlike race that relies on their brute strength to fight off monsters and other races. The Covenant are the clerics or holy warriors who rely on their faith in battle. The Nihilim are also humans who rely on magic to do battle with their foes. Each race offers a specific type of game play. The Thul are the primary fighters, the Nihilim compare to mages, and the Covenant are the faith. If a player enjoys one of these areas then the decision on which race to play is easy.

You can read the whole article here.

Tales of Pirates : Logitech Keyboard/Mouse Giveaway!

Posted Apr 06, 2007 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com has proudly teamed up with Tales of Pirates to bring you an exciting contest where you can enter for a chance to win a Logitech MX3000 Keyboard/Mouse combo or one of fourty runner up prizes for a Tales of Pirates Point Card worth 200 points!

As with all of our contests, the more days you login to MMORPG.com the better your odds of winning (see official rules for details).

Are you ready to enter? CLICK HERE!

Guild Wars : Monthly Tournament Series

Posted Apr 05, 2007 by

Guild Wars announces monthly torunament series starting in May. Up to $100,000 in prizes will be shared by players.

ArenaNet has announced the 2007 $100,000 Guild Wars tournament series. This online tournament series provides high-level, competitive opportunities for individuals and guilds to win their share of over $100,000 in prizes while playing Guild Wars in online events.

Starting in May 2007, Guild Wars' automated tournaments will provide players and guilds the opportunity to qualify for exciting monthly championships where more than $10,000 worth of prizes are awarded to the winners.

Previously, ArenaNet ran championships in exotic locations that were exciting for the small number of players who attended. However, the old tournament format limited the amount of players who could win as well as reduced the opportunities for high-level PvP challenges for the rapidly growing Guild Wars player base.

With the new, online automated tournament system and single play competition mode, ArenaNet will be offering many more times the number tournaments and will award real-world prizes to more than ten times as many players compared to the old tournament format.

More frequent and easily accessible tournaments will translate into more fun and prizes for more players. The larger the pool of skilled individuals and guilds, the more exciting the competition becomes for participants and for viewers. By developing a solid competition infrastructure and supporting a deeper pool of competitors, this will enable ArenaNet to build the foundation for bigger and larger future events.

The prizes offered each month will vary and details on May's prize pool will be coming soon.

Read more here.

Silkroad Online : New Servers Open

Posted Apr 05, 2007 by

Silkroad Online opens two new servers. Zeus ans Persia are now available to players.

New servers Persia and Zeus now open.

Read more here.

Tales of Pirates : Easter Event

Posted Apr 05, 2007 by

Easter event pits players against the boss. PLayers will be able to take part in this Easter event to fight off the Evil Boss.

Upon annual Easter Day, all the creatures will wake up as well as the Evil. After reliving, Evil Beast reaches his hand to the God blessed TOP World. (http://www.talesofpirates.com)

You can't believe it. Just in a flash, all pawns of Evil Beast revive. In this holy Easter all creature will be blessed by God. However, how can the Evil gain the God's mana? We can't wait to go through the dense fog. It is important to protect our village and resist the evil's invasion. Warriors, time for battle. Take along with your weapons, go and kill the Evil Boss.

Read more here.

Voyage Century Online : Official Launch April 8th

Posted Apr 05, 2007 by

Voyage Century to be officially launched on April 8th. Read the details below.

The 16th century is an era for great geography discovery. After the navigator Columbus discovered North America, more and more unknown regions were discovered, such as South America, Africa, Australia, etc. This is an age called Great Voyage Age, when adventurers used their own intelligence, abilities or even lives to obtain new place names marked on map and incomparable honor. And the brave were always looking forward to adventure, discover and create. You may feel you were not born at the right age and also want to live at the Great Voyage Age like story to have a contest with those historical celebrities.

Have you ever dreamt of driving a pure white latteen to the distant place? In the 15th and 16th century--the Great Voyage Age, many young men in their youth sought the dreamlike gold island and the legendary rich eastern countries desperately even though fatal storm or gigantic sea monsters might appear at any time to kill them. Maybe stacked mermaids would emerge from the sea surface after the rain or bright meteor shower like fireworks would run across the fine breezy night sky. Are you attracted? Do you want to live a free life to pursue dreams? Then, why not roam freely in the world of Voyage Century Online?

On April 8 (EST), Voyage Century Online will be officially launched and come into its Final Status. This Free game with top quality will represent the romantic 16th century to players. Besides, before its Final, the VCO official (http://www.voyagecenturyonline.com) will update it on some details in order to offer a more vivid and grand game world to players.

Read more here.

Warhammer Online : New Screenshots

Posted Apr 05, 2007 by Laura Genender

Hungry for more information about Warhammer Online? Sate your appetite with these new screenshots of the Chaos Mage, Chaos Zealot, and Warrior Priest.

See 'em all here.

General : Casual Play Casual PvP Has Some Kinks

Posted Apr 05, 2007 by Jon Wood

Staff Writer Steve Wilson returns with his Casual Play column. This week, he looks at PvP for the casual player.

Player versus player combat isn't for everyone. Some casual players forego it altogether for a number of reasons. Some never attain the full range of skills to become effective at killing anything other than badly scripted monsters. Others find having to rely on guilds and secondary programs too onerous. And others embrace it wholeheartedly even with the knowledge that there are severe PvP drawbacks that apply only to the casual gamer.

In the older games PvP was dominated by gank squads. The worlds would generally have open PvP throughout their entire environment. Players could attack each other at any time and in any numbers. This typically led to gangs of thugs interested only in killing others, teaming up when needed to outnumber smaller groups. Guilds formed to fight these gankers and the arms race was on to see who could field a bigger group at any given moment. Players without guilds were often fodder that represented about as much resistance as a speed bump. In this environment the casual player suffers greatly. They often lacked the time required to immerse themselves in a guild capable of fielding enough members in order to win a race out-mobbing other players. Ultima Online was the first big commercial game to try this style of PvP and the majority of customers complained bitterly.

Read the rest of this column here.

Lord of the Rings Online : Developer Diary

Posted Apr 05, 2007 by

Lord of the Rings Online gives us their latest Developer Diary.

Middle-earth is a world filled with adventure and mystery. For some, drinking a pint at a Shire tavern or cultivating the finest pipe-weed passes their time. For others, it is pure exploration, or advancing through the main storyline that makes them happy.

For those who hear the call of dynamic, unpredictable battle, however, the Ettenmoors is the place to go. This is where battles against living, breathing opponents are fought. Players battle player-controlled Orcs, Wargs and other evil races. Although there is a great feeling of satisfaction gained by simply being involved in such conflict, there are many additional benefits to taking part in monster play in The Lord of the Rings OnlineTM: Shadows of AngmarTM (LOTRO). Have you ever seen a monster who looked like this?

Read more here.

World of Warcraft : Expansion Factions Update

Posted Apr 05, 2007 by

World of Warcraft has updated the Expansion Factions page. When journeying through the Dark Portal there are lots of new races and factions to make friends with. Read the updated below.

We've just released an update for our expansion factions guide: reputation rewards for the Sha'tar faction of The Burning Crusade. Check out the new page now!

Read more here.

General : Bounty Bay Launches Closed Beta

Posted Apr 05, 2007 by

Bounty Bay launches closed Beta. Here is another Pirate themed MMO coming to the market. Check out some details below.

Launching immediately, the closed beta test for Frogster's MMOG, Bounty Bay Online, will give gamers the chance to set course for the fifteenth century. As sailor, tradesman or pirate, players can amass fortunes on the seven seas, become notorious for their battle prowess and discover new lands.

Frogster and co-publisher Yusho are allowing a strictly limited selection of 1000 players to enter the beta version of Bounty Bay Online. Further on, the publisher and developer will extend the exclusive circle of admitted beta testers. Interested gamers can register on the English language website www.bountybayonline.com.

In due course, an open beta phase will give all players the chance to be captain on their own battle or trade ship. Frogster intends to release the English language version of Bounty Bay Online in Europe within the second quarter of 2007.

Read more here.

Spellborn : Developer Journal

Posted Apr 05, 2007 by Jon Wood

Today, we kick off a multi-week series of features from the folks over at The Chronicles of Spellborn. This first developer journal is from Chris Nengerman who is the Lead Game Designer for The Chronicles of Spellborn.

Hi, my name is Chris Nengerman and I am Lead Game Designer for The Chronicles of Spellborn. Over the coming weeks I would like to tell you about the process of game design. To give you a broad insight on how the Spellborn team is working, we will take a step by step tour through the design process of the Green District zone and the connected instanced dungeon called the Citadel of Ail. During this tour you will discover all about creation of lore and how it translates to actual locations. We will also take a look at the design of monster encounters and the implementation of quests. In this first episode we take a look at what the original goals were for these areas and how these were translated into actual lore, quest lines and setting descriptions.

You can read the whole journal here.

General : Win a custom painted gaming PC!

Posted Apr 05, 2007 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com and iBuyPower.com have teamed up to bring you an exciting new contest for April 2007! From April 5, 2007 to May 1, 2007 @ 9PM EST we will be accepting entries into a random drawing where we will give away ONE custom painted AMD gaming PC featuring ATI Crossfire technology! All you need to enter is a free MMORPG.com account and to complete our entry form!

Are you ready to enter? CLICK HERE!








Warhammer Online : Warhammer Coming To Asia

Posted Apr 04, 2007 by

EA to bring Warhammer Online to Asia. EA Mythic announces that Warhammer Online will be coming to Korea, China, Taiwan, and Japan.

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), the world's leading interactive entertainment company, today announced that it will bring the highly-anticipated Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR) to major Asian regions, including Korea, China, Taiwan and Japan. Based on Games Workshop's Warhammer fantasy universe, Warhammer Online features next generation Realm vs. Realm (RvR) game play that will immerse players in a world of perpetual conflict.

Developed by EA Mythic, the studio credited worldwide with revolutionizing the online gaming space with the award winning Dark Age of Camelot, the Warhammer Online Realm vs. Realm system has players joining one of six Armies - the obstinate Dwarfs, the noble High Elves, the loyal humans of the Empire, the savage Greenskin, the corrupt Dark Elves and the marauding human worshippers of Chaos - to experience the truly epic nature of WAR. RvR combat takes place on three battlefronts where an unending war is waged for control of vital resources and territory. WAR also features an innovative Public Quest system and a massive City Siege Campaign that allows players to sack and pillage an enemy capital. In addition, WAR integrates both Player vs. Player (PvP) combat zones and Player vs. Environment (PvE) quests on the same map for the very first time.

Read more here.

Tabula Rasa : Two New Logos Ideograms Translated

Posted Apr 04, 2007 by Jon Wood

Tabula Rasa, when it launches, is going to be a unique MMORPG with many diffferent elements and features. Today, with the help of our friends at NCsoft, MMORPG.com has translated two ideograms from their unique, in-game language.

Read more on this here.

Fallen Earth : Interview with Lee Hammock

Posted Apr 04, 2007 by Jon Wood

Lee Hammock, the Lead Game Designer on the upcoming post-apocalyptic MMORPG Fallen Earth, sits down to answer Garrett Fuller's questions.

MMORPG.com:

With all the fantasy MMOs that are out, you have a unique genre on your hands. Give us some insight into the world of Fallen Earth.

Lee Hammock:

Fallen Earth is set in 2156, one hundred years after the world is brought low by a plague known as Shiva that killed 99% of the population. The game takes place in and around the Grand Canyon, one of the few habitable places left on Earth, which makes it a place many are willing to kill to control. Our world is one where mankind teeters on the edge of extinction, clinging to the bones of the old world while trying to recover their lost secrets. It's a world of scavengers and desperation. The players are those who choose to rise above the hardships of this new world and work towards a better world, or decide the old world was corrupt and all signs of it must be erased completely.

You can read the whole article here.

Lord of the Rings Online : Latest Beta Journal

Posted Apr 04, 2007 by

Lord of the Rings Online gives us its latest beta journal. Read about the monster play in the game. It seems the battles follow the epic path set up by the books.

My tale takes place during monster play, a titanic battle I will always remember.

With me as an Uruk-blackarrow (the Uruk archer class in monster play), I set out in the Ettenmoors to hunt, joining in with a few people to kill hobbits down in the south. It was a wicked kind of fun to kill those little hobbitses as they ran around and eventually fought back.

But soon enough, a call of alarm went out. Free Peoples! They were fighting outside their base against my fellow Uruks! My group joined the battle shortly after, and helped fight at the gates, but we were pushed back and regrouped at Tirith Rhaw, a fortress just north of the gates. Warg players were scouting out in the forest trying to find the enemy, spiders were crawling on rocks for a nice position, and Uruks were enjoying a game of 'bash each other on the head', but soon, it started again. And so a few battles raged along the south wall before the enemy heaved and caused us to fall back slowly.

Read more here.

EverQuest II : A Day In The Life Of A Game Master

Posted Apr 04, 2007 by

EverQuest II looks at a day in the life of a game master. Ever thought of entering the industry? This write up may give you some ideas.

My internship at SOE is almost up, and I've been not-so-secretly plotting to extend my days here in some sort of scenario mimicking the story line from Office Space. I feel that in my few months here I've only scraped the surface and there's still so much left to see and do!

I've had the amazing opportunity to meet players from all over the country via the Community Summit in February. Through the forums and emails I've been able to take part in game related discussions, listen to ideas while sharing some of my own, and build quite a few friendships. I had the pleasure of informing gamers about the importance of account security. I've delved into the mysteries of the naming policy, and walked everyone through how to petition. (I'm sure you all have them book marked and memorized!)

Read more here.

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