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EVE Online : Dev Journal: Pushing Performance

Posted Oct 09, 2008 by Keith Cross

The latest dev journal from CCP reviews their recent slew of performance upgrades for EVE Online.

Over the course of the past month, when it comes to performance upgrades, we've really pushed hard against several walls, smashed through them and began our invasion of the other side. The team has been blogging as they go in order to record what truly is a set of monumental achievements for EVE Online.

On September 16th, we deployed StacklessIO, a technology two years in the making, that raised the ceiling on the amount of players that could be in a system to almost double what it was before. What we experienced was "an astounding, yet expected, measurable difference" in performance that only created a more stable experience for the hundreds that regularly visit the high traffic areas of New Eden, but it showed us a new hurdle - at 1,400 players in a system, w actually began to run out of resources to handle it. To combat that we would have to upgrade from the current 32-bit software the servers were running.

Read more here.

EverQuest II : Guild Hall Decorating Contest

Posted Oct 09, 2008 by Keith Cross

With the introduction of new guild halls in EverQuest II, SOE is holding a guild hall design contest which runs until October 31st.

What kind of theme will your new waterfront property take on? Are you going for comfort or utility? Well, it’s time to decide, and you better do it quickly! In “Raising the Banner,” EverQuest® II celebrates the introduction of Guild Halls, and to add to this historic event, Sony Online Entertainment would like to extend players the opportunity to compete in a guild hall design contest for a chance to earn an in-game item, the Matrox® Triplehad2GoTM monitor module, and collectible pewter guild hall key. Don’t fear; if you need help sparking those creative ideas, we have a “Guide to Guild Hall Design” video for you.

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Warhammer Online : My Early Experience in the Blighted Isle

Posted Oct 09, 2008 by Jon Wood Warhammer Online Correspondent Bao Huynh writes this editorial discussing his experiences with the first four camps on the Blighted Isle in Mythic Entertainment's Warhammer Online.

For every MMORPG that gets released, there has always been the role playing game element of starting your character out in a lowbie area. In these lowbie areas, doing small things with a very small arsenal of offensive weapons became the norm since the release of EverQuest (I did not include UO since it was not a level based system). In Neriak (a Dark Elf starting zone in EQ), you started off fighting bugs and spiders progressing your way to more enthralling mobs. I've seen this evolve through the years from games like EQ where fighting noobie mobs took a good amount of time for a character to get to the good graphical looking mobs. Sometimes it would take weeks to get out of a noobie area like this setting in EQ. I can still hear the obsessive clicking sounds of the bugs crawling around Neriak due to long amounts of time it took to get out of those areas.

However, in WAR, as things remain somewhat the same in beginning areas, there are some distinctions in lowbie area game play. With the evolution of MMOs using quests to level (vs. mob grinding), WAR has also adapted this style of play, though the mechanics are not revolutionary per say. Although, I've noticed much more of an immersive world right at the start of the game. Yes there were the a-typical lowbie mobs to fight, but WAR also did a good job bringing the experienced player into fights that were not reminiscent of starting areas in other MMORPGs.

Read the whole thing here.

Warhammer Online : Game Update 1.0.2 Details

Posted Oct 09, 2008 by Keith Cross

Mythic Entertainment has published the coming changes with Game Update 1.0.2, which brings a wide variety of tweaks and fixes to all areas of Warhammer Online.

  • The war against the gold spammers continues. We’ve added new code that will hinder the spammers as they seek to carry out their nefarious deeds! This is only the next step, not the final one, in our continued battle against them.
  • We have added a 'Join All' button to the scenario window which now allows players to join all scenario queues in their current tier at once.
  • In order to promote realm and population balance, some realms on some servers will now award their players with a +20% bonus to renown and experience. This is not a permanent bonus, but rather a temporary incentive to promote balance. Realms currently offering this bonus are marked on the server list with a colored icon; blue for Order and Red for Destruction - Check the Herald for the latest list!
  • In response to player feedback, we have made several improvements to the behavior and responsiveness of the siege weapon interface. In addition we have fixed some issues with the control and release processes of siege weapons.

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Wonderland Online : Money Guide

Posted Oct 09, 2008 by Keith Cross

Tired of get-rich-quick schemes? The latest advice from the folks at Wonderland shows players plans to earn wealth more quickly in the game.

How to earn enough money is a problem that has foxed many players in Wonderland Online ( So by following the sage advice given by WLO team,you too may one day be richer than your wildest dreams!

Be a Peddler

As a newbie, you should save up your money before doing any business. The best way to do this is to collect the various free materials from resource spots or by attacking monsters. You can sell these materials directly or compound them before selling. Although collecting may take up much time and reap meager profits, it is really a useful way to get started in the beginning period. So you must persevere!

Be well-to-do

After selling your materials for a while, your life will become far more comfortable. But don’t let yourself become too comfortable! Your goal is to become one of the rich people. In Wonderland we have the exclusive Tent system, you can also make furniture to decorate your house. There are so many kinds of furniture, which should you make? As each different type requires different materials and different methods to make it, you can make what you want in accordance to your needs. An exclusive shop is more effective at drawing in the customers!

Be rich

High technology products always guide the fashion trend and bring with them rich profits. If you want to progress to the next level, you should try to produce some technology products; like computers, LCD TVs and/or robots, just to name a few.

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World of Warcraft : Streaming Trial Temporarily Unavailable

Posted Oct 09, 2008 by Keith Cross

Blizzard has posted a notice for players using the streaming trial client for World of Warcraft, which will be taken down temporarily for the games next major content update, Echoes of Doom.

The streaming trial client, which allows trial users fast access to the trial version of World of Warcraft, will be temporarily unavailable while we prepare for our next major content update, "Echoes of Doom." Trial users can continue playing World of Warcraft by downloading the full trial client here: [PC] [MAC]. Streaming trials will be brought back online within a few days of Echoes of Doom’s release, and we will provide further updates as they become available. Please visit our Technical Support forum for additional information. You can upgrade your account to a full version at any time. Just purchase and install the retail version of the game (available at most software and video game retailers), then enter the provided Authentication Key at our online Account Management service to upgrade your account. After you upgrade you will still be able to play the character you create during this trial. For details about the trial version client, refer to our Trial Account FAQ.

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Myth War 2 : Tale of the Soul Stones

Posted Oct 09, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at IGG have revealed some of the lore behind Myth War II with the tale of the Soul Stones.

All stories in Myth War ( revolve around the soul stones and have become the stuff of legends. In these tales, numerous people have fought and died to be the sole owners of the soul stones. Today Myth War team will reveal the story in its entirety.

As the tale goes, souls of all mortal beings need a place to be born again. This place is known as the Somberness World ruled by the Dark Queen. In fact, the Somberness World is the location of the five hells and is guarded by Element Beasts into which ribs were transfigured by Titans.

In early days when the whole universe was just created, in order to win the definite control of Somberness World, the five Element Beasts talked the Dark Queen into rising against Gaia. In a bloody battle, a destructive explosion caused the Life Tree at the world’s center to die. The Titans sealed these five Element Beasts into the five stones. As punishment, they tied the Dark Queen to the Icy Stone beside the dead Life Tree to cause her great suffering for 50000 years.

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Asda Story : Asda Review

Posted Oct 09, 2008 by Jon Wood's Joe Iuliani has been playing GamesCampus' Asda Story and reports back today with his findings on the game.

“Find your Soul Mate”

No this is not an ad for an online dating service; this is the tagline for Asda Story.

Asda Story is a free to download and free to play game brought to you by the folks at Games Campus. The downloading and installation of the game were fairly quick and relatively painless. You do need to create a Games Campus account before you get started, and this account information will also be used to log you into the game. Once downloaded and installed I ran into some trouble starting the game. It took me a couple of attempts to get the game up and running. I installed Asda Story on a Windows Vista Ultimate, Dual Core E6750 @2.66, Dual ATI Radeon HD 3850, with 2 Gig Corsair RAM over a cable modem. Once inside the game, the game play ran very smoothly. The one in-game feature that worked flawlessly was the in-game link to the web based Games Campus market place for all your real cash transactions. Funny how they got that part right. The game controls and dynamics of Asda Story are pretty much the standard of what gamers have come to expect from the majority of fantasy based games. You have your hot bar, a mini map in the upper right corner, chat in the bottom left corner, and general mouse point and click movement.

Read the review here.

General : Otherland Screenshots: Mars

Posted Oct 08, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at RealU Studios have released eight screenshots depicting scenes from Mars, one of the many worlds within Otherland.

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Lord of the Rings Online : Lore-master Advancement Beyond Level 50

Posted Oct 08, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at Turbine have prepared a series of Dev Journals which take a class by class look at level advancement past level 50 in the Lord of the Rings Online's Mines of Moria expansion. This time we take a look at the Lore-master.

As we prepare to enter the Mines of Moria™, the Lore-masters of Middle-earth continue to reveal new secrets about their abilities while recovering lost knowledge.

The Lore-master is already an extremely flexible class and has a wide breadth of abilities which can quickly swing conflicts to their favor. In Mines of Moria, the Lore-master gains more abilities that continue to widen their flexibility.

Examining the current use of the traits, coupled with the roles that the Lore-master fills in groups, we’ve designed three Trait Sets that offer up new abilities that can be used on a wider array of creatures and allow him to put his knowledge to a more… aggressive use.

Read more here.

Lord of the Rings Online : Burglar Advancement Beyond Level 50

Posted Oct 08, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at Turbine have prepared a series of Dev Journals which take a class by class look at level advancement past level 50 in the Lord of the Rings Online's Mines of Moria expansion. Today we take a look at the Burglar.

Who are you, dear reader, picking up these words and examining them after I’ve written them? Are you a First-class Burglar, eager to learn of the next stage of your chosen class’s advancement? Are you new to the Burglar, or maybe even new to The Lord of the Rings Online? Maybe you’re some internet archaeologist looking through an ancient archive of internet data?

If it’s the latter, then I hope your ancestors bought the Lifetime Subscription because that’s probably turned out to be a really good investment. In any case, you might want to switch your archival browsing to our forums where you can probably find out what everyone thought of the Burglar’s 50-60 advancement options.

Read more here.

Warhammer Online : Surviving your First PvP Scenario

Posted Oct 08, 2008 by Jon Wood Warhammer Online Correspondent Kyle Stout writes this quick guide to help players to survive their first forray into WAR's RvR scenarios.

Once upon a time, a great man made an excellent quote. He even wrote into a book, and in fact the message was embossed on the front cover. The man was Douglas Adams, not the famous politician, but the science fiction writer, and his famous words were simple – “Don’t Panic.” Taking this notice to heart, it can provide the most basic of rules for surviving your first foray into Warhammer Online’s robust PvP scenarios.

Warhammer Online Screenshot

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EverQuest : Seeds of Destruction Zone Preview

Posted Oct 08, 2008 by Keith Cross

SOE is offering EverQuest players a preview of the new zones that are coming with the games next expansion, Seeds of Destruction.

All active EverQuest subscribers with accounts in good standing will be able to experience all new EverQuest Seeds of Destruction zones two week before commercial release!

During this special event players can participate in quest lines and group encounters as they assist Antonius Bayle and preserve the future of Qeynos!

Zones include the eerie devastation of the Void, the lush wilderness of Oceangreen and the perilous Temple of Bertoxxulous.

Read more here.

World of Warcraft : Guide - Preparing to Raid

Posted Oct 08, 2008 by Jon Wood World of Warcraft Correspondent Jim Alderman writes this guide aiming to prepare players new to the raiding experience for the trials that they might face.

One of the most common questions asked by players who are new to end-game raiding in World of Warcraft is what is needed in order to be prepared to raid. While some of the things needed to begin raiding are obvious (such as proper gear and equipment), others are not so obvious, or commonly overlooked (consumables). So, if you’re new to raiding, or maybe you’ve been raiding for a while and are looking for some new tips, then keep reading. By the end of this article, you should have a pretty good idea of what you need in order to be prepared for raiding.

The first area of raid prep is perhaps the most obvious: gear. If you just hit level 70 a few days ago, you are most likely not ready to just dive into Karazhan or Gruul’s Lair. Players beginning to raid should have fewer than three green-quality items, and the rest should be blue-quality or above. These can be attained through dungeons. Players should start with normal-mode instances, and then working up to heroic mode. The final bosses in Heroic dungeons all drop at least one epic-quality item, and all bosses drop one Badge of Justice.

Read the article here.

World of Kung Fu : New East Coast Server

Posted Oct 08, 2008 by Keith Cross

VestGame Entertainment has announced that they will be opening a new east coast US server for World of Kung Fu.

The Free-to-Play Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) from VestGame Entertainment will open a new server on the East Coast of the United States. World of Kung Fu players on the East Coast and in Europe will benefit from enhanced performance and increased access speed. The new server will begin operation on October 14th.

[Shanghai, October 9, 2008] Due to the growing popularity of World of Kung Fu, Vestgame Entertainment has decided to open a new server to keep pace with the large number of new accounts. The new server will increase speed and access times for our East Coast and European players.

Code named “IronMonkey”, the new server will complement the “JadeDragon” and “GoldenSerpent” servers already in operation. The two existing servers are located in the American Midwest.

To celebrate the opening of the new server, World of Kung Fu will soon announce details of a special event featuring a very special prize. This event will be unlike anything done previously, and will include a major surprise to delight participating players.

In November, after the “IronMonkey” server is up and running smoothly, World of Kung Fu will release a new upgrade to the game. The new version will feature an invasion system which will involve several different event based scenarios such as country-to-country invasions, and invasions of the Middle Kingdom by hostile outside forces. The new version will also incorporate many other features, additions, and enhancements to gameplay.

Read more here.

Angels Online : Production Guide

Posted Oct 08, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at IGG have guide for production players in Angels Online.

Production players are very important in PVP in Angels Online ( The Angels Online team has already introduced the production professions for all players. Today, the AO team is very glad to introduce the guide to obtaining production equipment for all players.

For production players, the way of obtaining equipment is very different from that of fighting system players. Fighting system players can obtain equipment by killing monsters or defeating a BOSS with the help of a team. However, production players are not good at fighting and they are not necessary in a team.

More than that, enhancing their skill levels by collecting and manufacturing is not enough if players would like to be an eligible production player. The weight they can carry and their collection speed are very important in PVP. Only by enhancing the level of their equipment can players enhance those attributes. How can production players obtain superior equipment and what kinds of equipment are suitable for them?

Read more here.

EverQuest II : Game Update 49: Raising the Banner Notes

Posted Oct 08, 2008 by Keith Cross

SOE has published the patch notes for EverQuest II's Game Update 49: Raising the Banner, which introduces Guild Halls, multicore support, experience point changes, and more.


* Construction of the Guild Halls has been completed. Guilds of qualifying levels can now purchase halls in a variety of locations. Smaller halls can be found in North Qeynos, South Freeport, Kelethin, Neriak, and Gorowyn. Medium halls are found in South Qeynos and North Freeport, and large halls are found off the shores of Antonica and Commonlands. Click on the corresponding doors, or mariner bells on the docks, to access these new structures.
* With the work completed on the coastal fortresses in Antonica and Commonlands the involved parties have retired to their cities and the guards have been recalled to the barracks.


* You can now pay upkeep on your house or guild hall up to 12 weeks in advance.
* Wall-placed house items now use a different method to stick to the wall that should keep them from disappearing into the world geometry.
* The payments tab has been renamed to "History" and will now display payments and credits to the escrow account.
* The deposits tab will only display contributions to the escrow account from players.


* The experience requirements for levels have been significantly lowered primarily affecting the 20 thru 70 level range. Along with the experience changes, the drop rate for Adept I spells has been increased slightly.

Read more here.

Dreamlords: Resurrection : End of Era Events Announced

Posted Oct 08, 2008 by Keith Cross

Lockpick Entertainment has announced a series of events in Dreamlords as the latest era draws to a close.

The end starts here. The Nightmares have finally reached a point where they can start mass breeding one of their most powerful beings; the Nightmare Seeder. Armies of Nightmare Seeders and their minions are approaching through the Primordial Ocean and through portals leading to their unforgiving domain. They are here to make the final preparations, to devour what little left is needed for them to be able to call upon the bringer of ultimate destruction and fear - the Nedom Wolven, the Cynos of ultimate Destruction, the devourer of worlds.

During the last days of the Era, you will be able to take on eight quests on your Patria of varying difficulty, from a level of 35 up to 59. Upon completing one of these quests, you have the chance to obtain one of the items from the Corruptor (Dreamlord gear, level 4) set, or a wealth in dissolvable items. Those of you who manage to finish the final and most difficult of these quests will be awarded the Corruptor's Key of Souls, a weapon which is unique for that particular quest. The gear can be traded unless they are soulbound, and cannot be found anywhere else. The Era will end Wednesday Oct 15th at 10.00 am (CET) so there is no time to lose

Read more here.

EVE Online : Fanfest PvP Tournament Details

Posted Oct 08, 2008 by Keith Cross

CCP has posted the full details of the EVE Online PvP Tournament to be held at this years Fanfest in Reykjavik.

Attention Fanfest attendees with a keen interest in this year's PvP Tournament! The draw has been completed, the brackets (mostly) filled, and the schedule has been posted. You can even watch an awesome video of Mindstar and Claw as they draw the names.

If you're attending Fanfest and have yet to sign up for our tournament, fret not: we have eight slots available and you will be able to sign up for the tournament that Thursday.

You can check out our rules here, and if you have any questions be sure to check out the official thread here.

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World of Warcraft : Sixth Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

Posted Oct 08, 2008 by Keith Cross

Blizzard has announced details of the Sixth Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest and will be accepting submissions from now until the contest closes on October 28th.

The Royal Photographic Society of Azeroth is renewing its competition in celebration of Halloween. In a longstanding Blizzard Entertainment tradition, this year we’re proud to announce our sixth annual pumpkin-carving contest.

Between 12:00 a.m. PDT on October 8 and 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 28, the RPSA will be accepting submissions for the pumpkin contest. The shutterbugs who submit the most outstanding photos of their work will have their pictures proudly displayed on and on Halloween. In addition, the five most interesting, original, and well-carved pumpkin designs will be recognized for their merits with a Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speaker System designed specifically for gamers. Special thanks go out to Logitech for these prizes!

Read more here.

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