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World of Warcraft : Optimizing With Professions

Posted Feb 10, 2009 by Jon Wood World of Warcraft Correspondent Robert Duckworth writes this look at getting the most out of your professions in Blizzard's World of Warcraft

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Optimizing your equipment is a part of almost any MMO, and WoW follows this trend closely. So closely it could be argued that the game doesn't really start until you are level 80. There are the typical ways of increasing your equipment: raiding dungeons, grouping up for heroics, PvP rewards, and questing. Crafting has always been a possible method of gear progression, but it often falls behind as players quickly outpace what they can make. Many players do not see this as a bad thing though, at least not at the level cap. There have been crafted items before that became so powerful everybody wanted one. Probably the most notorious example would come from TBC, where the Stormherald quickly became known as the PvP weapon of choice for warriors.

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Atlantica Online : Communities Developer Journal

Posted Feb 10, 2009 by Jon Wood

Today, we here at continue our series of Atlantica Online Dev Journals with Kim Tae Gon, the Producer of Atlantica Online. Today, we present a look at communities.

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Communities, of course, play a very important role in a massively multiplayer online game. Motivated to create a fresh gaming experience with Atlantica, we felt we had to come up with something unique for the community side of our game, to go along with our other innovative features, the turn-based action and the mercenary system. What we came up with is the nation system.

There are two types of community grouping in Atlantica: guilds and nations. Guilds aren't anything new to MMO gamers, although Atlantica's guilds offer features not typically found in other games, like guild crafting. But it's the second type of community we've created that is something we believe is unique. So please allow me to go into some detail on the nation system, and what we hope to do in the future to make it better.

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Jumpgate Evolution : New Screenshots

Posted Feb 09, 2009 by Keith Cross

Our Jumpgate Evolution screenshot gallery has been updated with eight new images from the upcoming sci-fi MMO from NetDevil.


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DOFUS : Ecaflip Overview

Posted Feb 09, 2009 by Jon Wood Dofus Correspondent Christy Bazell writes this look at the Ecaflip class in the MMORPG, Dofus.

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Do you crave adventure? Love the feeling of adrenaline rushing in your veins as you tempt faith? Do you live on the edge taking chances, relying on luck?

The Ecaflip is the class for you!

This class relies on the luck of the draw and the throw of the dice. You never know if the odds are in your favour. Some fights will have you shouting with glee while the next has you wallowing in sorrow.

For the Ecaflip there is excitement in every battle, fighting on the edge of your or die!

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World of Warcraft : Patch 3.1.0 Class Change Details

Posted Feb 09, 2009 by Keith Cross

Blizzard has posted part three of their preview of upcoming class changes in patch 3.1.0 for World of Warcraft. This time the focus is on the Mage, Paladin, Hunter and Death Knight.


  • Gargoyle and Unholy Blight have swapped talent positions. Gargoyle’s damage has increased and runic power cost per time has decreased.
  • Pestilence – this spell no longer causes damage but just spreads diseases. Blood Boil is intended to be the general area attack, and has been changed to be castable on targets with no diseases on them, but does extra damage if diseases are present.
  • Unbreakable Armor now absorbs a flat amount of damage that increases as your armor increases. It no longer boosts armor.
  • The Frost tree has been shuffled. Among other things, PvP talents such as Endless Winter are closer to the top of the tree where Blood and Unholy death knights can access them.
  • Sudden Doom – this talent now procs a Death Coil rather than requiring an additional button click. It works similarly to shamans’ Lightning Overload.
  • Magic Suppression and Blood of the North have been reduced to 3 ranks for the same benefit.
  • Blood Gorged now grants armor penetration instead of expertise.

Wrath of the Lich King Screen

Read more here.

Read more about changes to other classes here.

Conquer Online : Valentine's Day Events

Posted Feb 09, 2009 by Keith Cross

TQ Games has revealed details about the Valentin's Day events they're holding in Conquer Online.

According to Chinese legend, fox genies usually disguise themselves as pretty maidens, seducing men to absorb their spiritual energy and life. However, in some scenarios, some fox genies fall in love with their mortal prey, and may wish to give up their magic power for true love.

According to this tale, the TQ team has prepared a dramatic Valentine Quest, in which players will be able to help a virtuous fox genie fight prejudice and gain her true happy ending. Moreover, players can enter Fox Eden to make a Valentine wish and quiz.

Read more here.

Last Chaos : Two New Dungeons Added

Posted Feb 09, 2009 by Keith Cross

Aeria Games has announced the addition of two new dungeons in Last Chaos which feature new skills and AI for enemies, and new loot for players.

Santa Clara, Calif. (February 9, 2009) - Aeria Games' global version of Last Chaos has released two new exciting dungeons. The dungeons titled Quanian and Golem are the first wave of new content to hit Last Chaos in preparation for one of the biggest content expansion the game has seen to date.

The new dungeons feature:

  • All new monster A.I. Including never before seen skills, and weapon types
  • New Armor and Weapons for players
  • New items, including "Phoenix Tickets", which allow players to transform into a Phoenix character to do battle with the forces of evil.

Quanian and Golem are just one piece of the planned Last Chaos Global expansion pack which will be delivered in two parts over the next several months. The expansion packs will include even more armor, weapons and items. They will also introduce unique gameplay elements such as a PvP team's dungeon, a new level cap and a hefty amount of intriguing new skills and abilities for existing players.

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Warhammer Online : Grab Bag: Murder Edition

Posted Feb 09, 2009 by Keith Cross

The latest edition of the WAR Grab Bag has been posted in the WAR Herald, answering common player questions about the new Night of Murder Event which is running now in Warhammer Online.

Q. Will you be able to do unlocks from previous days, or will you have to log on every day?

A. All of the challenges will be unlocked starting on day 1 and remain that way through the end of the event.

Q. Will players who are "Marked for Death" get any sort of benefits, like a stat buff?

A. No - Part of the event is not knowing when you are marked, so having any sort of benefit would defeat that.

Read more here.

EverQuest II : Erollisi Day Events

Posted Feb 09, 2009 by Keith Cross

The folks at EverQuest II have posted details about this year's Valentine's Day events, called Erollisi Day after the game's goddess of love.

Now that the frosty days of Frostfell are well behind us, a young Norrathian turns to thoughts of love. Who better to steer and nurture those thoughts than the goddess of love herself? Thus, it is with great pleasure that we bring you this year's Erollisi Day celebrations!

The Swornlove twins have returned to Norrath! They need your help again to spread the love.

Many quests from previous years will be returning, including: Dalron's Pick-Up Lines (with a few updated prospects), Love Loot (candies and love notes that can be used for crafting and currency with merchants), Titles for being the most romantic!

Read more here.

Aion : New Community Manager at NC West

Posted Feb 09, 2009 by Keith Cross

NCsoft has posted a bio of the new community manager for Aion.

Lani comes to us from the far reaches of the United States, in a sparsely populated state called Canada (her joke, not ours). A gamer from an early age, she began her journey into games on the Oregon Trail. It was while trekking through heavy rain and snow, along with a few starvation scares, that Lani had to ask, "Computer, where have you been all my life?", and even though that first gaming journey ended with a broken axle, stolen oxen and an untimely death due to cholera, she came out of it knowing this was the life for her.


Read more here.

Lord of the Rings Online : Dev Chat Reveals Expansion Details

Posted Feb 09, 2009 by Keith Cross

Turbine has published the transcript of a recent dev chat they held withe the folks at Xfire, and during the chat they revealed a few details about Volume II, Book 7, the first free content expansion for Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria.

Ragter (ragters): Will we see a 24 man raid coming in the next book or two?

Turbine_Amlug: We are focused on 3-mans, 6-mans, and 12-mans right now but who knows what the mysterious future will hold. My magic 8-ball says "Wait and see..."

BaByBooM- Freak (babybodom): about PvMP you have done alot since moria came live, but it has never been more unrevording for peeps then before... ranking is only for fun and no real think to get from that (pardon me)... my question is... will you add new stuff in pvMP for peeps, maby new area, or better items, new quests and way of fights... pvmp instances maby? (btw. great job on adding destiny points for freeps)

Turbine_Jalessa: We're always looking to do new things to keep interest in PvMP, and we're definitely not stopping with this book. Book 7 will include updates to Glan Vraig chests (new loot, including chances for IA loot) and updates to boss loot in the Delving will hopefully entice Free Players to come back out. I also hope to continue to enhance the reward system in other ways (better rank items) through later books).

Read more here.

DC Universe Online : Marv Wolfman to Write for DCU

Posted Feb 09, 2009 by Keith Cross

SOE has announced that comic book writer Marv Wolfman has signed on to work on story arcs in the upcoming massively multiplayer incarnation of the DC Universe.

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In another sign of Sony Online Entertainment LLC’s (SOE) commitment to the upcoming DC Universe™ Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer online video game, the company today announced that award-winning writer Marv Wolfman has joined the creative team at WildStorm Productions that is working with SOE to bring the DC Universe to life on the PLAYSTATION® 3 computer entertainment system and the PC.

Wolfman will write compelling story arcs, exciting quests and in-game events for DCUO. Wolfman’s seminal run on The New Teen Titans is a favorite among comic book fans, and along with his work on series such as Crisis on Infinite Earths, Batman and Superman, he has become one of the most recognizable names in comics of the last three decades. His illustrious comic credits also include creating and writing Blade, The Vampire Hunter.

Read more here.

World of Warcraft : Love is in the Air Event

Posted Feb 09, 2009 by Jon Wood World of Warcraft Correspondent Deborah Deitrich writes this look at WoW's upcoing Valentine's Day Event.

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Hello young lovers, wherever you are. Your holiday event is upon us. Beginning at 6 AM on Wednesday, February 11 and continuing until 6 AM on Monday, February 16 is World of Warcraft's "Love is in the Air" event. This is a short event; only 5 days in length, so those who want to complete the Fool for Love achievement associated with this event can't dawdle. Due to its abbreviated timeframe and the fact that this event occurs during a 3-day holiday weekend when some of those young lovers and not-so-young lovers may be leaving for a romantic getaway, this could be the event that is the spoiler for many who were hoping to attain the "What a Long Strange Trip It's Been" achievement within a one year time frame. Well, real life trumps the virtual. I know I'll be away with my sweetie for most of that time.

"Love is in the Air" is one of the events required to complete the "What a Long Strange Trip It's Been" and the payoff for that achievement is a Violet Proto-Drake, a super fast mount. If you haven't been paying attention to the event achievements, maybe this is the time to start. It will take an entire year to get them all done, if you're lucky. If you're not lucky, there's always next year.

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Global Agenda : Top Three Questions... Answered

Posted Feb 09, 2009 by Jon Wood

Todd Harris, the Executive Producer for Global Agenda, has provided us with this developer journal in which he answers three of the most commonly asked questions about their upcoming MMO.

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Question #1: Is Global Agenda an MMOFPS, MMORPG, or MMORTS?

Well… yes. Global Agenda is an Action MMO that incorporates elements from each of these game-types, but also some important differences.

Global Agenda has elements of an FPS because our in-mission game play is very action-oriented and as fluid as a multiplayer online shooter.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic : TOR Web Comic in the Works

Posted Feb 09, 2009 by Keith Cross

Boiware has announced that they will be producing a web comic with Dark Horse to introduce the back story of Star Wars: The Old Republic to the gaming audience.

Dark Horse has joined forces with LucasArts and BioWare™ to create a new comic series, published entirely online, to introduce both the gaming and comics worlds to the upcoming massively multiplayer online game Star Wars™: The Old Republic™. Debuting this month, Star Wars: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace will feature action-packed, character-driven episodes written by BioWare’s Rob Chestney and published by Dark Horse. The stories will span the three decades from the pivotal signing of the Treaty of Coruscant to critical events at the beginning of the game.

Read more here.

Read the press release here.

World of Warcraft : Blizzard Won't be at E3 This Year

Posted Feb 06, 2009 by Keith Cross

Blizzard has announced that they will not be attending this year's E3 event, despite the previous statements from parent company Activision that confirmed Activision's involvement in the show.

World of Warcraft developer Blizzard Entertainment has stated that it will not be attending the newly expanded E3 2009 event, just days after merger partner Activision confirmed their involvement.

Although Blizzard owner Vivendi Games became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision in July of last year, Blizzard has continued to operate largely autonomously. Even so, it was assumed that Activision's confirmed E3 attendance also included Blizzard, who regularly attended the event during its heyday.

Blizzard confirmed its plans to pass on E3 with a single sentence statement to consumer website Giant Bomb: "Blizzard Entertainment will not be attending or participating in E3 2009".

Read more here.

Aion : Verteron Zone Tour

Posted Feb 06, 2009 by Keith Cross

Verteron Zone TourThe developers behind Aion have prepared a new video tour of the game's Verteron Zone, a region full of abundant life and sinister plots.

Watch the Verteron Zone Tour


Wurm Online : New Screenshots

Posted Feb 06, 2009 by Keith Cross

Today we present six new images which have been added to our Wurm Online screenshot gallery.


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World of Warcraft : Patch 3.1.0 Class Change Details

Posted Feb 06, 2009 by Keith Cross

Blizzard has posted part two of their preview of upcoming class changes in patch 3.1.0 for World of Warcraft. This time the focus is on the Warrior, the Warlock, and the Druid.


  • Changing stances now has a much reduced cost: you lose a maximum of 20 rage (10 with Tactical Mastery). For example, if you have 100 rage and change stances, you will have 80 rage remaining. If you have 10 rage and change stances, all of your rage is lost. In addition, we may change the penalties associated with some stances.
  • You now gain rage when damage done to you is absorbed, such as through a Power Word: Shield.
  • Blood Frenzy now causes 2/4% physical damage done.
  • Sunder Armor (and similar debuffs) now reduces armor by 4% per application, and is now a single rank. Creature armor has been globally reduced so that debuffed targets should take about the same damage from physical attacks that they did before this change. The net effect should be that this debuff is slightly less mandatory in PvE and is not disproportionately more powerful against cloth targets in PvP.
  • We are also adding increased damage to Arms, possibly through Overpower or Slam.
  • We are also looking at granting rage when the warrior blocks, dodges or parries.

Read more here.

Warhammer Online : Night of Murder Begins

Posted Feb 06, 2009 by Keith Cross

Mythic has announced the start of the Night of Murder event which celebrates Valentine's Day, Dark Elf style.

The Night of Murder event is now live! There are no chocolates or roses in this heart-shaped box and the only arrows are stained with blood.

Will you be my valentine? Check out all the details here.

See you in game!

Read more here.

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