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Bounty Bay Online : Starter Kit for New Players

Posted Jul 11, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at Bounty Bay Online have announced the availability of a new equipment package designed to help give new players a boost.

Berlin, 2008-07-11: For newcomers on the virtual Seven Seas, there is a brandnew starter-kit available in the Bounty Bay Online webshop. For an unbeatable price of 25 points ingame-currency, inexperienced sailors can get a massive tailwind on their journeys and their first few days in the free-2-play version of the game. With a virtual jewel set, compressed provisions, clothing, a double experience-point scroll and a powerful figurehead, players receive a significant power-boost for their first ingame challenges. Thus the starterkit makes entering the world of Bounty Bay Online a lot easier and supports players on land as well as on the high seas. New Sailors will be well equipped for the first levels and all the tasks they are facing will almost be a piece of cake. Especially their progress in the game will be accelerated substantially. Equipped with the starter-kit, no one can stop you now!

Read more here.

General : 1000 More Beta Keys for Wakfu!

Posted Jul 11, 2008 by Craig McGregor has begun the 3rd phase of the key handout for Wakfu!  Get yours while you can because these things move fast!

To get your key you just need a membership.


Warhammer Online : Mark Jacobs Part One - What's in a Name?

Posted Jul 10, 2008 by Jon Wood

On Wednesday, Managing Editor Jon Wood spoke with EA Mythic VP and General Manager Mark Jacobs about four different announcements from the studio. Part One announces a name change for the company from EA mythic back to Mythic Entertainment. Tomorrow's part two will reveal three more announcements concerning Warhammer Online.

Mythic Entertainment. It’s a name that we haven’t really heard much of since June 20th, 2006 when the company known best for their Realm vs. Realm style MMORPG Dark Age of Comelot and their upcoming MMORPG Warhammer Online announced that it had been acquired by publishing giant Electronic Arts (EA). After the announcement the company went through a name change and a re-branding, including a new logo, that saw the studio re-named “EA Mythic”.

Today, learned that EA Mythic will be going through another transition as the company reclaims the Mythic Entertainment name.

Read the whole interview here.

General : MMORPG Gamers Handbook - Part Two

Posted Jul 10, 2008 by Jon Wood

Musse Dolk is a 2nd year game student from Sweden. As a part of his studies, Musse created the MMORPG Gamers Handbook, a fantastic basic resource that introduces new players to some of the terms, concepts and etiquette of MMORPG gaming. Today, we present part two of the guide.


A guild is an organization whose players share the same goals and decides to work together in a larger scale. Upon creation of a guild it is wise to have a clear set of goals, which the members will strive to achieve. Look at the guild as its own entity following a vision instead of personal opinions. With a clear vision, members of the guild are less likely to have misunderstandings about it.

5.1 Recruitment

Be open with your guilds intentions and try to recruit likeminded people that share the vision of the guild. Try to have active discussions every now and then about where the guild is going and its future plans.

Keep in mind that not every guild is suitable for everyone. This is often a matter of play style. It’s not as easy as it sounds to throw someone out. Many guilds are torn apart because someone got thrown out who had friends, who in turn had more friends and suddenly a big chunk of the guild left.

Read it all here.

Age of Conan : Digital Download Now Available

Posted Jul 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

Funcom has sent out a reminder that Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is now available through digital Download.

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is now available as a digital download from Funcom! Start playing by completing the following steps:

  • Register & Buy
  • Download
  • Play

Start your career in the merciless universe of King Conan and join the hundreds of thousands that are already playing one of the most exciting MMOs ever created!

Read more here.

EverQuest II : Beginner's Guide to the EQII Economy

Posted Jul 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at EverQuest II have published an overview of the EQII economy, which has been written with with new players in mind.

Things can get expensive in Norrath, and sometimes a new adventurer can have trouble trying to make their way in the world. The guide below is intended to help those just getting started get on the road to riches.

Spoils of the Hunt

Perhaps the quickest way to start making money in EQII is by taking quests and hunting NPC's. Quest rewards vary, but usually include some coin and often a loot item or two, such as armor, jewelry, or weapons. Hunting rewards are quite similar; some NPC's drop money, some drop loot, and some drop both.

Winning coin and item upgrades is great, but selling the loot and rewards that you don't need will bring in even more money. You won't necessarily be rolling in plat at the start, but for buying lower-level upgrades to spells, armor, and weapons, it's a no-cost way to put a little jingle in your coin purse. And if you're fulfilling quests by killing monsters, you're getting double the bang for your buck; experience points plus money and loot.

Read more here.

City of Heroes : Double Rewards Weekend

Posted Jul 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

NCsoft has announced that they will be holding a double rewards weekend in City of Heroes and Villains starting Friday July 18th.

That’s right folks, starting on Friday July 18th, 2008 City of Heroes and City of Villains will be giving away double the experience, prestige, influence, & infamy through Sunday July 20th. Check out our Official July Calendar for the listing and other important dates.


Rally together as super teams and discuss how you will be spending your Double XP Weekend in this forum topic.

Read more here.

Lord of the Rings Online : Dev Journal - Instance Updates

Posted Jul 10, 2008 by Jon Wood

The folks at Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online have released this new developer journal that talks about instancing in the upcoming Book 14 launch.

There's nothing quite like getting together with a group of friends and challenging yourself to work your way through an instance. Feeling like you're working together with your friends and defeating a difficult foe, and being rewarded well for your efforts, are some of the best experiences you can have in an MMO. Well, this is something we've been looking to enhance in LOTRO and in Book 14 you'll be seeing some significant updates to a number of our high end instances. I'll break down a few of them to give you an idea of what is coming your way.

Read the whole thing here.

EVE Online : EVE Chronicles - The Dark End of Space

Posted Jul 10, 2008 by Jon Wood

The folks over at CCP have started a series of stories chronicling the ledaers of each of the four faction heads that made their appearance with the launch of the Empyrean Age expansion. This is the third in the series, looking at Kezti Sundara, Grand Admiral of Amarr's Imperial Navy.

Kezti Sundara, Grand Admiral of Amarr's Imperial Navy, stood alone inside the massive cathedral, dwarfed by the icons of eternity that glinted distantly in the lamplight. He remained utterly still, head leaned towards the vaulted ceiling. Quiet times were hard to come by in the Empire these days.

There was a metallic clank. Behind Sundara, on the other side of the cathedral, the massive doors slowly swung open. Footsteps echoed off the marble floor, then stopped.

"Welcome, Captain," Sundara said without turning around.

"Admiral," the Captain said.

"Captain, why do you think you're here?" Sundara asked in a quiet but clear voice.

"Tell me, sir," the Captain said in noncommittal tones.

Sundara noticed the Captain's reticence. He turned and stared directly into the Captain's eyes. "We're going to war, Captain. Fulfilling our lives' purpose. Aren't you pleased?" he said, with the slightest hint of irony.

Read it all here.

Lord of the Rings Online : Book 14 Screenshots

Posted Jul 10, 2008 by Jon Wood

The folks over at Turbine have provided us with these seven screenshots from the upcoming Book 14 Update to their hit MMORPG, Lord of the Rings Online.

Check out all seven shots here.

Myth War 2 : Newbie Guide and Client Update

Posted Jul 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has posted a guide to help new players level up in Myth War II, along with word of the latest version of the game.

Myth War II, the new sequel to the classic MMORPG from IGG, continues the tradition of excellent play and an exciting community of players. Today the Myth War team is going to talk to you about their plans for helping newbie.

Getting depressed at your low level? Finding that monsters are always defeating you? Are you racking your brains for a way to level-up quickly? Maybe it doesn’t help that so many of those attractive Item Mall objects are out of your reach. Don't worry, we’ve decided to open up the Item of Item Mall for newbie players. Once you reach a certain level, we will make certain items available to you to help you improve quickly.

For example, when you reach levels 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50, you can go to the Mall Promoter in Woodlingor (x 216, y 177) who will give you items that can help you improve quickly, for free! Items include: Source of Life, Source of Magic, Double-Experience Roll, Double-Talent Scroll, Devil’s Tear, Convenience Store and different shape-shifting cards.

These items are untradeable and characters can only receive them one time, when they’ve reached the appointed level. For more details visit the official website:

Besides, Myth War II has been upgraded to version after the regular maintenance on July 4th. Players can visit the below link to download the newest client:

Read more here.

Asda Story : Closed Beta July 15th

Posted Jul 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

GamesCampus has announced that the closed beta for their MMORPG Asda Story will begin on July 15th.

San Jose, Calif. (July 9, 2008) - San Jose-based online game publisher, (, run by OnNet USA), announced today it will begin the closed beta test for its newest game, Asda Story, that will be launching in the U.S. market later this fall.

The closed beta session will commence on July 15, 2008 and will run for one week only. The closed beta will be hosted by Gamescampus at Gamers are invited to join the closed beta by going to the official website at where they can create an account and sign up to participate.

"We are very pleased to release this captivating game to our players for closed beta testing," said David Chang, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for "Asda Story has long been anticipated and we are proud to enter this new phase in development prior to the official launch in the U.S. market this fall. We will continue to adjust and fine tune the game based on the feedback we receive during the closed beta test in order to ensure that our players have an excellent game experience."

Based on a colorful, bright and cheerful world, Asda Story is a free to play exciting fantasy-style anime 3D MMORPG game that features a unique 'Soul Mate System.' The unique party system offers two players the ability to align to become 'soul mates' and allows them to wear unique costumes and use special skills. Another key feature of the game is the 'Real Costume System,' which gives players some of the most extensive personalization and design options ever seen in an MMORPG.

Read more here.

Shadow of Legend : Win An iPod Nano & More!

Posted Jul 10, 2008 by Craig McGregor has proudly teamed up with SmartCell and Shadow of Legend to bring you an exciting contest where you can enter for a chance to win an Apple iPod Nano, Shadow of Legend T-Shirt or a "diamond code" item that can be claimed inside the game Shadow of Legend!

This contest will start today (July 10, 2008) and end on August 10, 2008 at 9PM EDT. 

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

Are you ready to enter?  CLICK HERE!

Tabula Rasa : Velon Hollow Screenshots

Posted Jul 10, 2008 by Jon Wood

Yesterday we presented a dev journal detailing the making of Velon Hollow, a new replayable instance that is set for release with Deployment 10 for Tabula Rasa.  Today we present eight new screenshots from this zombie flavored encounter.

Check out all eight here.

Warhammer Online : EA Mythic Still Hiring

Posted Jul 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

EA Mythic has mentioned in the WAR Herald that they are still looking to fill a number of customer support positions for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

Just a reminder, we're still looking for talented and enthusiastic people to become a part of our studio in the Customer Service department! Do you have great communication skills and a passion for MMOs? Apply for our recruiting Open House this Summer!

Read more here.

Champions Online : Team Profile: Christopher Chamberlain

Posted Jul 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

Cryptic Studios has posted a profile of Champions online lead artist Christopher "Absinthe" Chamberlain.

Today we get to learn more about Christopher "Absinthe" Chamberlain, the lead artist in charge of characters, animation and FX for Champions Online.

Q: What do you do for Champions Online?
A: I have the best job in the world! I get to design the look of the characters you see in game, guide the overall vision of the game and set up the character creation structure.

Q: How long have you worked in gaming, and what did you do before Champions Online?
A: Almost 10 years now, starting at Atari. Before Champions Online I worked on City of Heroes, City of Villains, Vanguard and a plethora of games that never saw the light of day, including the Marvel MMO – twice!

Read more here.

World of Warcraft : The Hunt for Illidan

Posted Jul 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

Blizzard has announced that The Hunt for Illidan, the sixth set for the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, is now available.

Are you ready to embark on the final battle for the fate of Outland? The World of Warcraft Trading Card Game’s sixth full set, The Hunt for Illidan, caps off the game’s second year with exciting new game mechanics and new Loot cards. The Hunt for Illidan introduces six new demon heroes who grant players brave enough to use them powerful new deckbuilding possibilities. Exciting new Loot cards let players walk in the Path of Illidan, throw a party with their own D.I.S.C.O. Machine, and engage the services of an Ethereal Soul Trader who gives access to ten unique cosmetic items in exchange for harvested souls. The Hunt for Illidan is in stores now, so hit up your local games retailer or head over to for more information.

Read more here.

Atlantica Online : Get a Closed Beta Key Now!

Posted Jul 10, 2008 by Craig McGregor is happy to announce that we have another beta testing opportunity for our community members. We have been given 2000 beta keys for Atlantica Online and they will be issued first come, first get yours now!

Atlantica Online is an upcoming MMORPG from nDoors that offers a unique turn-based combat system reminiscent of old-school computer RPGs. 

All you need to get your key is a account and to be logged in.

NOTE: The official beta test will not begin until July 18, 2008 at 5PM PDT.


General : Goon World Webpage

Posted Jul 09, 2008 by Jon Wood

The developers of the upcoming MMORPG Goon World: Organized Crime Online have released a new webpage with some basic information about the upcoming title.

How detailed is the character creation system?

Players will be able to create both male and female characters, and have a range of faces and body-types to choose from.

How will the class system work?

Goon World will not have classes. Instead players will experience a unique and exceptional level of freedom, and will be able to develop their goons to match their personal style of play.

Check it out here.

Jumpgate Evolution : Community Spotlight

Posted Jul 09, 2008 by Keith Cross

Following their recent site revamp for Jumpgate Evolution, Net Devil has announced a new community spotlight feature where they will present contests, fan sites, and important community information.

We’ve got a whole host of new features we’re going to be slowly rolling out to you over the next few months in regards to the Jumpgate community website. You may have noticed that compared to the previous website, we’ve added a few new features which you may not yet fully understand!

The first of these new features is the "Community Spotlight" which can be found on the homepage. This feature is here so the community team can keep you all updated on what’s new within the community as a whole. We will be using the Community Spotlight section to showcase fan sites, contests, important community information and any honourable fan made content which we feel deserves to be seen.

If you’ve got something you feel deserves to be showcased then please send an e-mail to and we’ll see what we can do!

Read more here.

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