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Lord of the Rings Online : Book 12 Reaction and More

Posted Mar 11, 2008 by Jon Wood

Recently, Managing Editor Jon Wood had the opprotunity to sit down and talk to Jeffrey Steefel, the Executive Producer of Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online. During the interview, the two talked about reaction to the release of Book 12, the addition of new features and even a few random facts.

Right now, a number of the staff over at Turbine are probably on planes and headed over to England for the Connect ‘08 event that is being held by Codemasters, Codemasters being Turbine‘s European publisher. There, they have promised that they will be making a big announcement. What that announcement is, how it will effect the game, and whether or not North American players will be effected are all questions that I would like to have answers to, but we’re going to have to wait until the end of the week to find out. Fortunately, our own Donna Desborough will be attending the event so we shouldn’t have to wait too long to put an end to our curiosity.

Still, late last week I had a interview with Jeffrey Steefel, the Executive Producer of Lord of the Rings Online. While we obviously couldn’t talk about the announcement, there was still plenty to talk about. Our conversation began, as any conversation between manly-men should, on the subject of outfits.

Read it all here.

Lord of the Rings Online : Lorebook Update: Halbarad

Posted Mar 11, 2008 by Keith Cross

The Lord of the Rings Online Lorebook has been updated with a look at Halbarad, a kinsmen of Aragorn.

At the heart of the North Downs, the last remnants of the House of Isildur gather in their hidden refuge of Esteldín. The tides of war crash against the stone walls of their encampment, but they are not yet strong enough to actively resist it and many of their number, including their chieftain Aragorn, still range far afield.

Halbarad, kinsman of Aragorn, struggles to unite the scattered peoples of the North Downs against the hordes of Orcs which have come down from Angmar through Ram Dúath. Like many of the Dúnedain of the North, Halbarad has many qualities of both a warrior and a lore-master. He uses his knowledge to coordinate efforts to hinder the advance of Angmar’s army until a stronger front can be established, all the while alert to the knowledge that he may be called to battle and fates unknown in lands far away.

Halbarad appears in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings as the leader of the Grey Company which joins Aragorn in Rohan and follows him through the Paths of the Dead. He later becomes Aragorn’s standard-bearer.

Read more here.

Tabula Rasa : Weekend Wrap-up

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

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

The first official TabulaCast contest starts tomorrow! Whether you are new to the game or a veteran you can take part!

What? A Hide-and-Seek contest where we will put up a riddle containing the clues as to where to find two Tabula Blogger members
Where? On the Centaurus (EU) server. The exact location will be told in a riddle that you'll need to figure out the day before the contest.
When? Tuesday, March 11th at 8pm GMT/3pm EST

Now as for prizes, we did mention on episode 13 that there will be 100 Charcoal Armor paints for the person who finds us first, but there's also a special addition to this prize: 100 White armor paints provided by Avatea!

Avatea will be turning up to bring the prizes!

Read more here.

Angels Online : Treasure Maps

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has published a description of the Treasure Map system in Angels Online.

Angels Online from IGG has attracted tons of players since it was first announced. Today the AO team is going to give players a sneak introduction of some of the game features.

According to Eden mythology, a thief stole much treasure from the graves in Eden. Afterwards he distributed all the treasure to many hiding places. Until now, no one knew where the treasure was, but someone has recently found some fragments of the thief’s treasure map from certain monsters’ corpses…

When players collect enough 10 pieces of treasure map, by right clicking the pieces of map, the information will be recorded in the treasure map album under Quest Log. A complete treasure map will show you the exact location of the treasure. Following the prompts, and you will find the treasure soon.

Read more here.

Zu Online : Bead Fairies and Moonmaidens

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has published a short description of Moonmaidens and Bead Fairies, 2 classes in Zu Online.

Zu Online, the new 3D MMORPG game from IGG continues to delight and entertain gamers the world over with its captivating gameplay and stunning game environment. Today the Zu Online team is going to talk about gameplay for girls and women.

There are actually 2 classes which were specifically designed with the fairer sex in mind. These are the Bead Fairy’s and the Moonmaiden’s.

Bead Fairy—For lovable and outgoing female players

Lovable and outgoing girls tend to want to help other people and bring joy to people around them. Similarly, the Bead Fairy were designed to be the go-to girls for help in group combat. Whether this involves increasing defense and attack power, healing or their thrilling “Trap-Break Strategy” they are indispensable. In addition, with their cute, pretty looks, a Bead Fairy could turn the head of any Swordsman or Sun Warrior.

Moonmaiden—For quiet and clever female players

Not every girl is the outgoing beauty the designers had in mind when they designed the Bead Fairy’s. Many girls are more quiet and clever, playing the game a few moves ahead of everyone else. The cold, beautiful Moonmaiden’s usually use various traps to take their enemies by surprise and keep the battle on their terms. With stealth skills and a high attack power, this class is not content to sit on the sidelines cheering and should never be underestimated.

Read more here.

Pirates of the Burning Sea : Bey's Retreat Feedback

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

Flying Lab software wants your feed back on the the sneak peek of Bey's Retreat, which occurred over the weekend.

Did you get a chance to participate in this weekends sneak peek at Bey’s Retreat? Then wed like to hear what you think!

The Pirates of the Burning Sea development team will be gathering your feedback in this thread, so stop by and tell us about your Bey’s Retreat experience!

Read more here.

EverQuest : Forsworn Launched

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

The Forsworn, the second expansion for Legends of Norrath, the online trading card game that is playable inside and out of EverQuest and EverQuest II, was released last week.

Your job is clear; hunt down the Forsworn and force them to retake their oaths to the Tribunal or face the consequences! You will not be alone in this. Along the way meet up with the Oathbound heroes Terin, Cyndra, Karlemayne and Eluviel and employ their special skills to help you achieve your goals.

Inquisitor, the latest and greatest addition to Legends of Norrath, features 250-plus cards including new units, avatars, abilities, items, and loot. Get the scoop on all the new features here. Then head over to the Design & Strategy Articles forum where you'll find great articles on Inquisitor by the LoN game designers.

Starting today and running through the weekend, the Tournaments Lobby will be hosting Release Events. Each player will receive one random Inquisitor Starter Deck and 3 Inquisitor Booster packs to build their tournament deck. Each participant will also receive a Burynai Rockshaper (3P2) digital promo card! Please see the Events Calendar for details. Don't miss it!

Read more here.

Dark Age of Camelot : Grab Bag

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

The Grab Bag returns this week to once again answer a myriad of miscellaneous questions from the Dark Age of Camelot community.

Q. I have recently re-opened my account, since then Mythic has implemented the Archer class overhaul, my question being I see a lot of the items associated with the Archer class now giving casting speed bonuses, do these reflect on how fast I can perform a shot?

A. The Balancinator took a shot at this one: Yes, the new Archery mechanics will allow casting speed to affect your draw speed. We decided to open up some caster bonuses to affect Archery. This will allow an archer to choose from a greater variety of items.

Q. My consignment merchant has 254 platinum on him. I went to withdraw gold and it said I can only hold 200 platinum on my person. How can I withdraw my platinum?

A. Jingling the change in her pockets, The Lady of the Jewels gives this advice: Target the merchant and type /settle , so to remove 10 platinum, you would type /settle 100000000.

Read more here.

EVE Online : The EVEconomy, An Update

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Jon Wood

News Manager Keith Cross had a recent discussion with CCP's resident economist, Dr. Eyjólfur Guðmundsson about the recent Quarterly Economic Report and what it means to players.

This year’s GDC coincided with the release of the EVE Online’s Second Quarterly Economic Newsletter (QEN) and EVE’s own resident economist Dr. Eyjólfur Guðmundsson was on hand at the show to help guide me through it. The current newsletter takes a more in-depth look at EVE’s population, examines various price indices, looks at inflation/deflation, shows some of the more interesting market snapshots, and defines the GUP, the virtual equivalent of real world GDPs.

One of the goals in Dr. Eyjó’s research is to determine the population distribution across the EVE universe. The first QEN took a snapshot of the locations of every character in EVE. The snapshot showed that, at the time, 78% of characters were in high security space, 13% were in low security space, and 9% were in 0.0 space. But a snapshot is just a snapshot, and only tells what is going on in that exact instant. The second QEN takes a deeper look at EVE’s demographics, this time monitoring movement between systems. The results showed that out of 460,000 characters, 250,000 or roughly half of those characters made at least one jump to another system. Of those 250,000 jumpers, 50% never left high sec space, thus conclusively proving that 50% of EVE players are wussies.

Read the whole thing here.

D&D Online : Devil Assault Quest

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Jon Wood

On Friday, Turbine announced that the Devil Assault Quest was available to all players of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach.

The Devil Assault quest, located in the Marketplace on Silversmith Road, is now available to all! Help defend the barracks in this special Anniversary quest, available for a broad range of levels. Players interested in the quest may select any of the three difficulties:

For the level 6 Devil Assault, select "Normal"
For the level 12 Devil Assault, select "Hard"
For the level 18 Devil Assault, select "Elite"

These difficulty levels are unlocked automatically, and do not have to be played in order. Help defend Stormreach!

Read more on DDO here.

EVE Online : The Council of Stellar Management

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Jon Wood

Recently, Community Manager Laura Genender had the oportunity to sit down and talk to Petur Oskarsson, a Researcher and Developer at CCP who is currently working on the Council of Stellar Management, EVE's forray into democracy.

Five years ago, at the launch of EVE Online, CCP developers were advised by a council of players, hand-picked from the EVE Online users, based on their playstyles. This practice died out a year after launch, in ’04, due to a lack of resources and time…but as EVE grows to become one of the leading sci-fi MMOs, the council is on its way back.

During the Game Developer’s Conference I sat down with Petur Oskarsson, Researcher and Developer with CCP. Petur gave me some insights into the upcoming EVE council – the Council of Stellar Management. While the council is an old concept, the new council will be implemented in an entirely different manner.

First and foremost, the council members will not be chosen by the CCP developers – instead, they will be picked by the EVE players. Petur explained that the idea of this is to get something good and realistic from the playerbase. If CCP handpicks the council members, the council could be biased. An election, explained Petur, would be a much more fair and realistic way to get the player point of view.

Find out more about the Council here.

Last Chaos : Get Your Free Prize Key!

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Craig McGregor

We have partnered with Aeria Games to bring you a cool and exciting promotional offer for their free to play MMORPG Last Chaos! We have 10,000 keys that will give you some cool in game items, totally free! All you need to get your key is your free account!

What is in the free gift? Check them out below:

  • 5 Moonstones : Give one of these to the Moonstone Statue and see what you win!
  • Super Skill Pill : Doubles your Skill Point Gain for 1 hour
  • Platinum Refining Stone : Refining Stone with 100% Chance of Upgrade
  • Platinum Adrenaline : Increases attack and movement for 1 hour

Ready to get your free key?  CLICK HERE!

Elf Online : Painstaking Desert and Evil Hole Trailer

Posted Mar 07, 2008 by Ben Krueger

We've uploaded a video showing gameplay in Elf Online.

Video Interview Painstaking Desert and Evil Hole Trailer
Here's a couple of trailers joined together featuring the Painstaking Desert and Evil Hole areas in Elf Online.

Read more here.

Spellborn : New Trailer

Posted Mar 07, 2008 by Ben Krueger

Here's a new Spellborn video for you to enjoy!

Video Interview New Trailer
To celebrate the latest stage of beta testing, Spellborn has just released new video. You’ll see the starting zone located on the Parliament Shard, Hawk’s Landing, just outside the city of Hawksmouth.

Read more here.

World of Warcraft : Blizzard Art Show for Child's Play

Posted Mar 07, 2008 by Keith Cross

Blizzard has announced they will be sponsoring an art show which will display World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and StarCraft II concept art, with all proceeds from the show going to Child's Play.

From March 8 to March 23, Nucleus gallery will be hosting an exhibition showcasing rarely-seen concept art for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and StarCraft II. Some of our artists and developers will be in attendance to greet players and answer questions about the artwork, and you will be able to buy any of the pieces on display or bid on them in the show's silent auction. All proceeds of the show will benefit the Child's Play charity created by Penny Arcade . Child's Play is a Seattle-based game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children in over 40 hospitals worldwide with toys and games.

Stop by Nucleus gallery, check out some of the amazing artwork on display, and seize your chance to own a piece of original Blizzard Entertainment artwork. Visit the Nucleus gallery website to learn more about exhibition dates, directions, auction instructions, and more.

Read more here.

Age of Conan : FAQ Update

Posted Mar 07, 2008 by Keith Cross

Funcom has braved the horrors of the FAQ to steal the treasures locked within.  And by treasures I mean they've decided to answer some of your questions about Age of Conan.

It’s said that FAQs heave themselves from the dark places of the Earth and return to terrorize the surface world every few years.

The time is upon us once again.

The stars are right and the FAQ is nigh, covering such popular questions as:

  • What kind of PC do I need to run Age of Conan?
  • Will player-made items be better than dropped items?
  • How many people can play on each server?

While we’re under no illusions that this will settle all the debates out there, it will give you a place to start and a handy reference. You’ll find the new FAQ here.

We hope you enjoy.

Read more here.

EverQuest II : EverQuest Lore: Escape from Guk

Posted Mar 07, 2008 by Keith Cross

Some EverQuest Lore has surfaced, telling the tale of Kaltuk Ironstein and Nurgg Rockfist and their escape from Guk.

On a recent expedition into the lair of Trakanon, a team of adventurers uncovered a satchel of ancient parchments. On those parchments were a series of writings by an unknown bard by the name of Eylee Zephyrswell. Gnomeish scolars have dated the documents to some time within the heart of the Lost Age. This is the first of those writings...

From the pen of Eylee Zephyrswell --
This tells the account of the escape of Kaltuk Ironstein and Nurgg Rockfist from Guk and the hands of the trolls. My friends told me the tale over many an open fire, quibbling over the specific details. I most often stuck to Nurgg's account, as he is not quite as prone to exaggeration as Kaltuk.

Read more here.

D&D Online : DDO Soundtrack - Final 6 Tracks

Posted Mar 07, 2008 by Keith Cross

Turbine has released the final 6 songs from the Dungeons and Dragons Online soundtrack.

The final 6 songs from the game are available! /dance!

16. House Deneith
17. A Tavern Far Away - Part 1
18. A Tavern Far Away - Part 2
19. A Tavern Far Away - Part 3
20. Ye Be A Pirate!
21. Behold The Beholder!

If you'd like the whole collection, click here

Read more here.

City of Heroes : Rikti's Revenge

Posted Mar 07, 2008 by Keith Cross

NCsoft has announced that the Rikti will begin making new incursions on the planet Earth at several points during the year.  Luckily the polite invaders were kind enough to announce the exact dates of their invasions.

The looming threat of the Rikti Invasion Force still hangs like a dark pall over Earth. Despite the best efforts of humanity, aggressive Rikti incursions still plague the planet. Advance warning systems indicate the Rikti are massing for attacks on the following dates throughout the year:

• March 7th through the 13th
• April 25th through May 1st
• June 13th through June 19th
• August 1st through August 7th
• Sept 26th through Oct 2nd
• November 14th through November 20th

Prepare for a desperate battle to save Earth from the Rikti Invasion Force! Aggressive Rikti forces will attack Paragon City and Rogue Isle with increased frequency at any time during the above dates! Some important items to remember about Rikti Invasions:

• When Zones within the cities are under attack, a world-wide alert will be issued by Vanguard. This alert will show up in your Chat window on the System channel, warning you in which zone attack is imminent.

Read more here.

Tabula Rasa : Feedback Friday: 1.6 Preview

Posted Mar 07, 2008 by Keith Cross

NCsoft has posted their regular Feedback Friday feature, this week providing us with a sneak peak at version 1.6.

Sneak peek at version 1.6:

With 1.6 in the works right now, we thought we'd give you a sneak peek of what you will able to experience for yourself once 1.6 goes live. These are but a couple of those handy little features that were requested at some point or another and we would be happy to get your feedback on some of the changes outlined below by using our Feedback Form.

Kill Streak Multiplier

The kill streak multiplier has been updated to make leveling easier at higher levels. Previously, the same multiplier was available to everyone regardless of their level and players could only reach a maximum of plus 250%.

The multiplier will be changed to a whole number and the maximum multiplier increases as players go up in level. The whole numbers will look a bit familiar to you if you played back in beta, but a lot has changed as to when you’ll get the bonus.

  • Up to Level 9, maximum multiplier is x2
  • From 10 to 19, maximum multiplier is x3
  • From 20 to 29, maximum multiplier is x4
  • From 30 to 39, maximum multiplier is x5
  • From 40 onward, maximum multiplier is x6
Experience Booster There will be an Experience Booster purchasable at every Control Point with the new Global CP Tokens. This item will allow the player to gain 50% more experience for 30 minutes. This booster does work in conjunction with other experience multipliers in the game; like the kill streak multiplier.

Read more here.

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