Candace and Jim Miller of GirlzGameToo were recently interviewed by Brian Perry Jr. The duo have set up a community website for female gamers and are running a very unique event in celebration.
|Mayday is an event envisioned by Vyktor, the webmaster over at girlzgametoo.com. While the site is a community for female gamers (or men to better understand female gamers), it’s not some feminist society for the removal of men. Actually, it’s just a site thrown together to celebrate female gamers, much like the Mayday event. However the Mayday event really is more than a just some random celebration, it’s actually a well planned out gathering to make a statement.
The main purpose behind Mayday is to celebrate being a gamer. With all the negative publicity gamers have endured recently, from the Jack Thompson slandering of gamers as a whole to the now ancient “Hot Coffee” mod controversy, gamers really haven’t had anything positive to celebrate. This bothered everyone over at GGT, including Vyktor, so he started making plans to host a huge event across many different games to reach out to as large of a group of gamers as possible.
You can read the interview and see the full preview here.
Gods and Heroes, the MMORPG currently in development by Perpetual Studios, have announced the launch of their brand new community website. The new website can be found at: http://community.godsandheroes.com/
Global Goonzu Online has announced the offical launch of their new open beta test, which began on April 20th, 2006.
Global Goonzu Online- Official launch of NEW OPEN BETA
NDOORS Corporation, the PC and console (PSP, PS2) game developing and publishing specialist, has officially announced the launch of its MMORPG, Global GoonZu New Open Beta Version, on April 20, 2006. Global GoonZu Online provides improved graphics and additional game features along with more character choices. (Download – http://global.goonzu.com)
NDOORS Corp is currently planning to introduce the game in Electronic Entertainment Expo, simply knows as E3, to grab the global players attentions. With its successful commercial launching experience in Korea and in Japan, NDOORS Corp is aggressively seeking its opportunities to take the fast growing online game market by satisfying the global users’ tastes. Goonzu Online, the popular Korean MMORPG, has now more than 3 million members.
Cute and simple animation style graphics and low system requirements are the distinctive features of this game, and the easy game control and comprehensive game interface allows the new MMORPG users to play the game with ease and helps to shorten the learning curve. Goonzu Online distinguishes itself from the rest of traditional battle focused MMORPGs by simulating the real world social aspects like politics, real-time trading, stock exchanges, and resident voting system.
NDOORS Corp has development teams which consist of highly experienced developers (more than 15 years of experience) in both areas of PC and console game development and Tae-Gon Kim, the R&D director of NDOORS Corp, is recognized as one of the top three star developers in Korea.
For more on this game, click here.
TQ Digital, the company behind the released MMORPG, Conquer Online, has announced a new title that will soon be hitting their alpha stage shortly. The game, which had been orginally titled "Realm of Chaos", will be called "Eudemons Online".
TQ Digital Entertainment today changed its fantasy MMORPG Realm of Chaos into Eudemons Online. In this mythic world, you can choose to become a warrior, Mage or Psychic, command your heroes and challenge the most powerful and evil boss.
In Eudemons Online, you can raise some pets to guard you and destroy your enemies. This is Eudemons Online's exclusive and distinctive features differs form other MMORPGs. The system has provided 8 kinds of pets for you to choose: explosive, mutative, reflecting, possessing, dynamic, magical, agile and defensive. These pets possess their own unique combat skills. Some can self-destruct themselves or possess enemies’ spirit to impair and destroy.
Meanwhile, TQ Digital announced that close alpha test would begin on May 8th in Las Vegas server. Close test will last about 1-2 months and all data be removed after that. By beta accounts, they said the ways of getting thest accounts would soon release, you can visit Eudemons Online official site for more info.
To visit the site, click here.
The Horizons development team has posted a development update on their community site. It runs through what the team has planned in the next while.
|Yes, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Two design previews in a row! There is so much to talk about that we just couldn't wait to get another typed up and posted for you all to read. So, without any further delays...
May is going to be a busy month for us. We have some content on Blight that will be (barring unforseen developments) patching to the live servers. This content will include the next event titled "The Offensive Continues" as well as the beginning of the New Trismus overhaul. The invasion of the Withered Aegis towards Harro heats up and your beloved war-hero, Jatell, continues to predict the movements and actions of the invading forces with uncanny skill and accuracy. On New Trismus, six new quests for both Warrior and Mage are available and we hope new players enjoy them. Quests for Clerics and Scouts as well as the other three base schools (Monk, Spiritist, and Druid) will be coming in time, but we aren't yet done with Warrior and Mage. We have an additional five quests for each that will be added in the near future, including a four-part story quest.
You can read the full update here.
To conclude our April podcast series, we bring you the big show. This week, Jon and Mike debate the hot topics of the MMO genre, while Dana interviews Shadowbane Community Manager Sean Dahlberg about his memories of the game, its future and much more.
You can listen to the full podcast here.
A Tale in the Desert III beta is going to be going live today. Read the latest info on this game in their newsletter below! Read more about A Tale in the Desert, here.
Citizens of Egypt,
I'm really excited to finally be able to announce the Beta Test for A Tale in the Desert III:
A Tale in the Desert I had a frantic pace early on. Most technologies were fully player-unlockable, and so it was a race to open as many per region as possible, and a race to learn as many skills as possible, and to build everything. Not surprisingly, burnout was the overwhelming reason for people leaving the game.
A Tale in the Desert II attempted to enforce a more moderate pace. Though some people felt they couldn't keep up, just as many left due to wanting to play faster.
I don't think it's possible for a Tale to be slow and fast at the same time, and I think the faster pace was more fun. So, the plan for ATITD 3 is fast paced. I'll give plenty of "Pace Yourself" warnings, but the game won't try to enforce it.
The notion of player-unlockable content has even been expanded: At release we should have 28 Tests (plus the 7 Initiations) unlockable. We'll have somewhat fewer than that at the start of Beta. To unlock a Test, visit the appropriate University, and (for instance) "Petition for the Test of the Acrobat." You will be told:
"The Test of the Acrobat must be petitioned by one with Dexterity of at least Seven, even fleetingly."
So this means that as soon as Cooking has been unlocked, and enough recipes are known to create a meal with +7 Dexterity, The Test of the Acrobat can be unlocked. The person who actually does the unlocking is recognized in the System channel.
I'm planning to do two beta sessions - the first will last for about a week, and is primarily for experienced/existing ATITD players. It will be an "open" beta in the sense that no special keys are needed to enter, and the goal is to get the right feel for that first critical week. Expect lots of developer-chats and quick changes to difficulty levels.
The second Beta will last for about three weeks, and we're partnering with FilePlanet for that one. I expect that Beta to have a somewhat more refined/mature feel to it. I'll send another newsletter next week with details.
A Tale in the Desert II will continue without interruption throughout both Betas.
Ok, next item is the preorder system. Three different packages this time, with some options. All of these come with a T-Shirt by default:
3-Month: In-game goodies include choice of a Sheep, a Medium Stone, or a Compound Trim Upgrade. Also access to the 12 legacy avatars normaly reserved for Tale 1/2 players, a Specimen Case for preserving unique cut gems, a Flight-of-the-Phoenix fireworks assortment (28 shells), and a miniature assortment in Beta. $49.95
6-Month: All of the above (Sheep, Stone AND Trim upgrade), an additional Specimen Case, an additional "Fury of Isis" fireworks assortment, and some extra fireworks during Beta. $89.95
12-Month: All of the 6-Month package, plus something that only a more intimate game like ATITD can offer: One of the ATITD team will visit your camp and help decorate it with favorite species of flora, terrain customization, and decorative items. Not in a way that gives a gameplay advantage (no forests of wood), but just as a way of saying thank you. For those ordering this package, I have a few extra gifts, including a rare "Octec's Glory" ancient fireworks package, a Founder's Chat Bubble, and an additional pair of specimen cases. Since we're a small team, this one is naturally limited. $169.95
Also, the folks at Heavy Melody Music have put together a CD of all the music they composed for ATITD, packaged with screenshots of the game, in a jewel case. The CD even includes one unreleased track. Add this to any of the above packages for $6.95.
Well, time for me to get back to code. I'm really happy with how A Tale in the Desert III is turning out, and I look forward to these next few weeks, and then to launch. Can't wait to see everyone there.
Dawn in the Desert,
Thanks to FlyingLab for sending these on.
Dark Age of Camelot has announced some brand new Classic World Notes. We are thold that these hot fixes are now up.
CAMELOT CLASSIC WORLD NOTES
Quests - Albion
- The Important Delivery quest can now be obtained from Master Frederick.
Quests - Midgard
- The Important Delivery quest can now be obtained from Dalikor.
Quests - Hibernia
- The starter quests initiated by the base class trainers in Mag Mell can now be obtained from the appropriate trainers. The quests affected by this fix are as follows: Information from Etain, Information from Blercyn, Information from Ula, Information from Breeda, and Information from Meadghbh.
- The Important Delivery quest can now be obtained from Addrir.
For more DAoC, click here.
The good and hearty folk over at Flying Labs Software, the developers of Pirates of the Burning Sea, have announced the release of a brand new video:
You've clamored, you've demanded, you've poked and you have prodded, all in the hopes of seeing a brand new video trailer for Pirates of the Burning Sea.
Well, poke and prod no more! Flying Lab Software is pleased to announce the world premier of the latest Pirates of the Burning Sea video production, graciously hosted by our friends at the Coldfront Network!
Once again directed by Sevker, the renowned master of machinima, this trailer boasts an original and evocative soundtrack, as well as a phenomenal cast of characters recruited directly from our very own beta testing community.
But wait, there's more! With the introduction of this video, we are pleased to announce that the video production schedule has been adjusted so that we may bring you a new Pirates of the Burning Sea video at least once, and sometimes twice, every month.
We hope you enjoy our latest work, and we encourage you to share both your feedback on this video, and your ideas for the future.
Without further ado, download your very own copy of the world premier Pirates of the Burning Sea game play trailer by visiting this link!
Enjoy, won't you?
For more PotBS, click here.
ArenaNet and NCSoft, the companies responsible for the extremely successful MMORPG, Guild Wars, have announced the release of Guild Wars Factions.
The retail servers are live; your journey to Cantha may begin. Start your exploration of the new continent, create your new Assassins and Ritualists, and savor your first taste of the release version of Factions now. Pop in your CD or order your online access key and come and join us in Cantha!
For more on Guild Wars, click here.
Blizzard has released a "short story preview" of their newest content patch for World of WarCraft. The short story is titled, Road to Damnatiob, while the new content patch carries the title, Shadow of the Necropolis.
Naxxramas: Road to Damnatiob
Once, Kel'Thuzad was not very different from the other magi of Dalaran. Ambitious, maybe, perhaps more radical in his convictions, but certainly not more powerful than his peers. Yet it was Kel'Thuzad the Lich King made into a key figure of the Scourge's remorseless assault on the lands of the living. Now, the man named Kel'Thuzad is gone, and all that remains is Kel'Thuzad the lich, right hand of the Lich King and ruler of the necropolis Naxxramas. What evil was it that led him down this path? Learn more about the events that darkened the fate of Kel'Thuzad, and ultimately of all Azeroth, in Road to Damnation, a short story preview of the upcoming content patch for World of Warcraft.
Read the story, here.
Today we've added two more fantasy MMORPGs to our game list. Both games are now available for you to read about, view screenshots and cast a hype ballot.
Keep checking back as we continue to expand our game list. As always, if you know of any games we're missing that meet our criteria (an official English-language website, a game that features RPG elements, servers that can have at least 500 simultaneous players and at least five in-game screenshots), let us know.
In Q&A three of five, we look at what the followers of Scirocco can expect in Issue Seven. Scirocco joins Ghost Widow, Captain Mako and Black Scorpion to provide his villains with a host of unique powers. Lead Designer Matt Miller answers our questions.
| MMORPG.com: What is Scirocco’s back story? How did he come to be in service of Arachnos?
Matt Miller: Imad Malak was traveling in the deep desert near the Baka Valley deep in the Middle East, fleeing mercenary death squads when he discovered an ancient tomb and stumbled inside. The tomb was that of a long-dead desert hero, and within Malak found the hero's scimitar, an ancient weapon that granted the wielder incredible powers. Malak took the sword and donned the mantle of Scirocco, the Desert Wind. He intended to use the power to free his people, but unfortunately, in taking the items he fell under a curse. Everything he did was now tainted, and only brought greater evil to the world. Once a hero of the people, he became a dark stain on their proud heritage, and was cast out. Scirocco continued fighting, earning a grim reputation both for his phenomenal powers, and for retaining some vestige of Imad's old principles. He soon came to the attention of Arachnos, and accepted the invitation to join Lord Recluse's inner circle.
You can read the Q&A here.
Ken Johnston, the CEO of Persistent Worlds, pens the third 9 Dragons developer journal for MMORPG.com. Once again, Ken takes aim at the monsters of this martial-arts MMORPG.
9Dragons is the first authentic martial arts massively multiplayer online game. Think of the world of House of the Flying Daggers, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or even Kwai Chang Caine from TV’s Kung Fu series in the 70’s (If you are old enough to remember it!).
That world was ancient China in the Ming dynasty. They were dangerous times; the land was filled with bandits, wild animals and worse monsters.
In the last article I took you through the general monsters that are around and also some of the specific monster clans that are in the game 9Dragons.
If after reading this article you want more information, take a look at the North American site www.9Dragonsgame.com or for the European site go to www.9Dragonsonline.com. Acclaim and Persistent Worlds are launching the game simultaneously across both America and Europe later this year.
You can see the full article here.
NCSoft has announced the second anniversary of Lineage II. They are celebrating the event with a new game-time package as well as some in-game events. This is the second NCSoft title this week to celebrate their second anniversary, with the City of Heroes announcement having taken place only days ago.
AUSTIN, Texas, April 27, 2006—NCsoft® North America is celebrating the second anniversary of Lineage® II: The Chaotic Chronicle™, the market’s premier player-versus-player (PvP) massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, with the release of an “anniversary edition” retail game time card package and several in-game events. Lineage II was launch in North America on April 28, 2004.
Lineage II, which recently released Chronicle 4: Scions of Destiny™, one of the largest free MMO expansions ever, continues to grow a very loyal and long-term playing customer base in North America. Worldwide, Lineage II is one of the most dominant titles in the MMO market, having reached more than 14-million customers in just over two years, and continues to grow as NCsoft takes the game into additional territories.
“This has been a terrific two-year run for Lineage II as we have seen the game find a strong audience in North America and Europe,” said Robert Garriott, CEO of NCsoft North America. “Worldwide, Lineage II is one of the giants and will continue to be so as NCsoft successfully establishes the game in new markets such as China, Japan and Thailand. Lineage II has been a great success story for everyone at NCsoft.”
The new Lineage II retail package features the fire dragon Valakas on its cover and contains a 60-day pre-paid game time card, all four of the Lineage II chronicle expansions, a collection of cinematic and behind-the-scenes movies, concept art and screenshot galleries, new Chronicle 4 wallpapers, a full-color map and a digital map of the Lineage II world. Additionally, the package contains a 14-day free trial game code for current Lineage II players to share with a friend.
To support the anniversary, NCsoft is conducting several special in-game events including the first Lineage II battle tournament in North America, a “players’ choice” awards vote and the first Lineage II film festival, which will run through May 22. For information on all of these events, go to: http://www.lineage2.com.
Lineage II provides players a deep, rich environment where the elite PvP gamers gather to take on the challenges that the world of Lineage II delivers. Since the launch of the game, NCsoft has added more than 2.3 gigabytes of new content with massive updates delivered regularly for free to its active subscribers.
The new Lineage II 60-day game time card packages are available at many North American retailers and at the NCsoft online store for an expected price of US$29.99. To purchase the game or other Lineage II merchandise, go to the NCsoft store at: https://store.plaync.com .
For more on Lineage II, click here.
MGame, the company responsible for the MMORPG in development, The Legend of Ares, has announced that the client and digital key for their game will now be available to fileplanet subscribers as well as non-subscribers. This news comes on the heels of some criticism that players had to pay for a fileplanet subscription in order to participate in the beta test.
MGame is pleased to announce that the client and Digital key for the first Closed Beta will be available on Fileplanet for all users!! Subscribers and non-subscribers!! =)
In addition to this, MGame and Fileplanet will be increasing the number of Digital Keys given out for the first Closed Beta!
We (MGame and Fileplanet) have heard the people's voice! Now everyone can participate in our first Closed Beta, and we encourage you to do so! We thank our players for their patience and understanding.
We look forward to seeing and hearing from you in The Legend of Ares.
For more on The Legend of Ares, click here.
Dark and Light has announced that the prequel to their game, titled The Settlers of Ganareth, will be extended until May 15th. This decision is likley influenced by the company's decision to push back the release date of their game.
The time has come for Pioneers to place their commemorative stele in the world of Ganareth and to reach the highest level available on their character for those who still haven’t done it... the countdown for the end of SoG has begun.
Many questions appeared as the closure draws nearer. Here is how Pioneers will find their inheritance at the beginning of Dark and Light.
Irzigandar will send the ultimate information to Pioneers by e-mail before Dark and Light begins.
See you very soon!
For more Dark and Light, click here.
Lots going on over at the Auto Assault website, everything from an update on the Meet and Greet (below), to contest winners, to tournament reminders:
Here's an update we have on the NCsoft Player Meet & Greet that will take place on the Saturday right after E3, May 13 at Howie's Game Shack in Mission Viejo. The VIP list has been solidified and will include Richard Garriott among others.
Read it all, here.
The Guild Wars Factions Head Star event has begun. Those players who recieved a pre-order access key are now able to get in and start playing the game!
At this moment—12:01 a.m. PDT (7:01 GMT)—the game servers have opened to all who obtained a Guild Wars Factions pre-order access key, and the Head Start event has begun. Players are reading the first quests and gathering those important Naga Fangs for the special Day of the Tengu event. Head on over to the Shing Jea Monastery now!
For more on Guild Wars, click here.