Turbine has announced the launch of The Battle of Amon Hen, the latest free content update for Lord of the Rings Online. The Battle of Amon Hen features a new unlockable race, a new epic quest arc, new housing options, and six new skills: Oppressive Yolk, Hot Wings, Eggcellent Assault, Scramble, Poach, and Batter.
The Battle of Amon Hen brings a new race (with extra crispy new skills and features) to The Lord of the Rings Online. Players can now unlock the "Fowl-Peoples" of Middle-earth and grow in size by leveling up. By supersizing your chicken, you can crush your foes into 6, 12, or 20 pieces! The Battle of Amon Hen also adds a new epic quest arc, "Crossing the Road," as well as new housing options where players can visit their local broker to feather their nest, stage a coop, or splurge on a henhouse for their flock. Six new skills have also been added including Oppressive Yolk, Hot Wings, Eggcellent Assault, Scramble, Poach, and Batter. New features include a Drumstick instrument, Nuggets of Wisdom trait, A Pox Upon You fellowship skill, Colonel PvMP rank, and more!
Read more here.
Happymmo has announced their April Fool's activities for Elf Online, which involve the handing out of novelty joke items.
April Fool’s Day is just around the corner. To observe such a day of trick and foolery, Elf Online will give away a group of trick items composed of Fantasy Pill, S Level Pork, Picture for Certain People, Hoodlum Label, and Here is Cockroach. All players above lvl 20 can LIVE CHAT us in game and receive these gifts in the flea market on April Fool’s Day.
There is no doubt that foolery will lead to fun and fortune on April Fool, so don’t hesitate to join us for the sake of fool.
Read more about Elf Online here.
SnailGame has released information about transforming in Age of Armor along with several screenshots of the game's vehicles.
If you fancy playing toy transformers, but have no idea of how to transform; now you have the chance to master the transforming system in Age of Armor in April 2nd.
Age of Armor, Chapter II Dark Valley, will be able to visit on April 2 2008, and by the time, the technology of transforming system will be uncovered too! The Transformers are not the only race to master the technology of transforming, everyone can transform here in Age of Armor! No Autobots, No Deceptions, just transform! Transform in your own Style.
Human Race can transform into Mobile Vehicles, Enhanced Human Race can transform into Beast, Neo Human Race can transform into Aero Fighters.
The transform Modules are not just the exuberant apperance, they do enable the gears with enormous power assistance. If you want to know more about the secret of Transforming, April 2 2008, the day to shock the universe, Transform Now!
Free Exciting, Age of Armor, Are you game?
To view the full size images, and to see the rest of the new screens, visit our gallery here.
Ingle Games has announced April 6th as the date for the second closed beta for their MMO, Magic World Online, which features in-game video chat, a legal botting system, and more.
Ingle Games announced today that it will start the second round of Closed Beta Test for its new-concept mythic MMORPG, Magic World Online (MWO) on April 6, 2008. The goal of this round of Closed Beta is to perform thorough stress test on the game servers, which can host up to 3000 peak con-current players per server group. The publisher decides to offer open registrations and invite everyone to join CB2. More excitingly, all CB2 testers' accounts and characters will be preserved from this moment on, and there will be no more server wipes.
Meanwhile, Ingle Games announced that the recent MWO CB1 test was a tremendous success due to the help of over 800 devoted players. The game servers were was running smoothly, and the developers have fixed all of the major bugs in the game.
The CB1 testers were thrilled about some of the unique features of Magic World Online, such as the in-game Video Chat System and the Robot System. The Video Chat System allows you to see who you are playing with, and gives you more chance to make new friends in the magic world. The Robot System allows you to free your hands from the boring mouse clicking, and provides you a more relaxing game-playing environment: you can eat dinner, go to bathroom, chat, etc, while your character is non-stop leveling in game. While botting is a big problem and illegal in most MMORPGs, Ingle Game has found an innovative way to solve this problem and provide fair and better game-play for all players. Now botting won't be your sin, but your genuine pleasure!
There are many other interesting features awaiting you and your friends in MWO: an in-game GPS auto-navigation system that saves you the trouble of walking around the vast map? Raising a loyal mount that can enhance your character? Building a moving guild castle as a home for you and your friends? Dreaming of some incredible growing weapon that feeds on the soul of other innocent weapons? Ever wanting to own a house with classy furniture and a beautiful maid? You can have anything within your imagination come true in MWO.
Read more about Magic World Online here.
Monetary Media has provided us with this trailer for their role-playing comedy about "the lives of four slacker friends (and one obsessive interloper) living at home, -'with my parents... it's just temporary... 'til they die' - working in the real world but playing in a fantasy world".
“Gamers is a comedy about the lives of four slacker friends (and one obsessive interloper) living at home, -”with my parents... it’s just temporary... ‘til they die”- working in the real world but playing in a fantasy world. Obsessed with a role playing game called Demons, Nymphs and Dragons these “gamers” are the subject of this hilarious comedy which chronicles their journey to make it through their horrendous lives while attempting to break the world record for role playing for over 74,558 hours.
Last weekend, MMORPG.com's Laura Genender attended the 2008 Indie MMO Developer's Conference. While there, she attended a round table discussion on the impact of players not spending time gaining “experience points” at the expense of experiencing the content
Like many of the industry’s standard geeks, my interest in MMORPGs started with the “RPG”; after a year or two of text-based RPGs I found my way to the website of my first graphical MMORPG. It was this that prompted me to make my first monthly subscription purchase, it was this that started an addiction to expansions and a love of online worlds. I started my MMORPG career as a diehard, cheesy roleplayer.
At some point, though – some point early on in my MMO career – I had the shocking revelation that no one else around me was roleplaying, let alone using three letters to spell the word “you” anymore. I realized that, to my gaming companions, our stats and attack speed mattered more than the fact that these boots had socks and these just showed my bare, shapely knight calves. And like a lemming over a cliff I started to give up the challenge of communicating “I crashed” with an IC attitude – I adopted the standard point of view that we were here in Aden or Norrath or Hyboria to gain XP and beat each other up, not to carry out some big epic fantasy book plotline.
Read it all here.
MMORPG.com is excited to announce our latest contest in which we have partnered with G4Box and Metin2 to give away a grand prize of an Apple 16GB iPod Touch as well as Metin2 cash points runner up prizes!
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Here's a trailer for the new 2Moons update called "Bad Moons Rising". The new update adds a lot of new features to the game such as new maps, dungeons, quests, monsters, items, skills, pet system, and more.
Bad Moons Rising Trailer
Here's a trailer for the new 2Moons update called "Bad Moons Rising".
Watch more here.
The guys from Stargate Worlds join Keith Cross and Jon Wood on this week's MMORPG.com podcast to talk about their upcoming MMORPG.
Last month while at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco we were involved in a comedy of errors, as fate was determined to prevent us from interviewing the folks behind Stargate Worlds. We're happy to say that the curse of Stargate has now been broken, and as promised we have a new interview for your listening pleasure. This time Jon Wood sits down with CME Studio Head Dan Elggren, Creative Director Chris Klug, Technology Director Demetrius Comes, and Art Director Howard Lyon where they discuss some of the worlds of Stargate Worlds, how the game integrates with the television series, take a first look at the game's factions, and more.
Take a Listen Here.
The first of the mini-games promoting the upcoming Lord of the Rings Online expansion, The Mines of Moria, is now live on the expansion website.
The first mini-game is called King Under the Mountain and is a battle game remeniscent of Risk.
Check it out here.
On Friday, Cryptic Studios posted another edition of Ask Cryptic, where they answered fan questions about instances, custom powers, and various other Champions Online topics. Today we're pleased to reproduce those questions and answers here.
Jackalope, Arkayne and Heretic are back and answering more player questions on everything from upgrades to balance issues in Champions Online:
For those unfamiliar with Champions PnP, will the game interface be one that is intuitive and easily understood, or will we need to read through all sorts of source material to understand how to make a character effective? (French)
Jackalope: We definitely want people to make a hero and play without any prior knowledge of the Champions RPG or the HERO System. We have a saying (well, I keep saying it) – "zero to hero in no time flat." I want people to be able to get into the game and have fun as quickly as possible.
However, we are adding lots more knobs for people to play with, as opposed to our previous titles. We do adopt a lot of the Hero Games elements in character creation, but players don't need to crunch numbers in order to make their character.
Read more here.
IGG has announced their events for April 1st, which involves the telling of creative and amusing lies.
With our hectic and stressful modern lives, jokes and laughter are essential to our sanity! With April Fools' Day fast approaching, we will be offering you the chance to bring a smile to the faces of all of our players in VCO. And for once you won’t need to feel guilty when lying, because it’s April Fools’ Day!!! Tell us your “True Lies” now.
All players are qualified to participate in the event.
Event Duration: Mar 31st to Apr 2nd
Event Location: Voyage Century Forum
Event Content: We will be creating a new thread related to the event in our forum on April Fools’ Day. You need to post your creative or funny lies under the thread. You will be rewarded with Karma (can be exchanged for Credits) if your lies are really funny or creative.
- Your lies can be about anything or related to Voyage Century.
- Plagiarism is strictly prohibited and your lies should be original.
- Lies containing racism or politics will be instantly rejected.
- Replies or posts that contain offensive/vulgar/obscene language are prohibited.
- IGG reserves all rights for the final judgment of the event.
Read more here.
On Friday, the developers over at SOE's Vanguard: Saga of Heroes released a new walkthrough. This one is called "Venture into the Gulch".
Near the northern border of the scorching Qalia desert, lies a valley encroached with vermin known as the Ksaravi. Within the gulch, hordes of these vile creatures congregate as they plan to unleash a wave of destruction on the good people of Khal.
As a young adventurer, you can enlist yourself to help battle the Ksaravi by aiding the Black Wyvern Riders and their associates, who are stationed outside the Gulch.
Read all about it here.
The Grab Bag returns this week to once again answer a myriad of miscellaneous questions from the Dark Age of Camelot community.
Q. I killed Field Marshall Deborah Ardgall in Dartmoor the other night while farming the Dragonsworn. I received a Confidential Field Report from her. Is this a quest item? I could not find any information about quests associated with her on the web, and neither of the two NPC's mentioned in the report take the item.
A. The Lady of the Jewels was more then happy to solve this mystery for you: Field Marshall Deborah Ardgall is a Dragonsworn Lieutenant who is involved in the quest ‘Child of Rage’, attainable at levels 48 to 50. It is given by Sir Gregory in Humberton Castle. As for the Confidential Field Report, this is simply a flavor item for the Dragon Campaign. All the Dragonsworn Lieutenants drop a similar item.
Q. Ok I have a question. When down in Darkness Falls Leveling my Minstrel, I charmed an Infernalist (the one that is a Friar) and it uses Holy Staff style, does it get the HoT like Friars do? This question has just been bugging my brain to death.
A. Thy brain will no longer be bugged, for The Balancinator has thy answer: Yes, we use the same styles that the players use on many of our monsters. In this case, the "Holy Staff" healing over time spell will affect the pet.
Read more here.
On Friday, the team at FLS had some trouble with an extended downtime. As a result, they have decided to give out some compensation.
We realize that today’s extended downtime was incredibly inconvenient for our community, and as a result we have decided to give each player some in-game items to compensate for the time that was lost. We know that these items can’t replace the fun of actually playing the game during those hours, but we hope that they will lessen the blow.
The items are:
6 x Bonus Loot Book
This is a consumable item. For two hours (real-time, not game-time), it provides a +20% chance to get double loot.
6 x Bonus Experience Book
This is a consumable item. For two hours (real-time, not game-time), it increases experience gains by 20%.
These items will be delivered via a small patch on Wednesday morning, and will automatically appear in your inventory.
More on PotBS here.
IGG has announced their April Fool's activities for Zu Online.
With April Fools' Day coming soon, we will be holding the "Item Exchange" event. During the event, GMs from 3 different factions will exchange Items with you.
Event Locations: Holy City (220, 210) (359, 221) (733, 499)
Event Duration: 9: 00pm until 9:30pm EST GMT-5, April 1st
1. The GMs will randomly appear in the 3 locations above.
2. Players will randomly obtain the Brigand' s treasure or Fortune Casket through an item exchange. The required items will be announced through in-game notes on the event day, so please pay attention.
3. The GMs' names are F1, eM , and LemonTree.
Read more here.
Square Enix has announced that they will be selling a compilation consisting of the game itself as well as its four expansion packs.
LOS ANGELES (March 31 , 2008) – Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix™ interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that they will be launching The Vana’diel Collection 2008 for the Windows/PC platform--a compilation of FINAL FANTASY XI, along with all four of its expansion packs, RISE OF THE ZILART, CHAINS OF PROMANTHIA, TREASURE OF AHT URHGAN, and the most recently-released, WINGS OF THE GODDESS, allowing players to experience every leg of the entire Vana’diel saga in one package.
Originally released in 2002, FINAL FANTASY XI, the first online game in the award winning FINAL FANTASY series, introduced the mystical, ever-changing world of Vana’diel to legions of fans. In November of 2007, Square Enix released the game’s fourth expansion pack, WINGS OF THE GODDESS to a community that has more than 500,000 active subscribers and over 1.7 million active characters from around the world.
The latest expansion, WINGS OF THE GODDESS, takes players in a journey through time, to experience the Vana’diel of 20 years past. Featuring new jobs, new environments and new questions, the expansion will take players to a very different Vana’diel—one on the brink of war. Recently, WINGS OF THE GODDESS conducted a major content update, implementing job and battle system improvements, new campaign elements, new quests for dancers and scholars, new items and equipment and much more.
While in Virginia, Jon Wood had the opportunity to see a presentation by Item Designer Justin Webb where he told us a little bit about the game's trophy system and some other customization tidbits.
Items play a vital role in any MMORPG. They are one of the carrots that is dangled in front of players as they move around from mission to mission. They are the outward manifestations of our characters, they serve as trophies that decorate our characters (and our vault spaces). They show where our characters have been and what they have accomplished.
While in Virginia at the EA Mythic studio, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Justin Webb, the Item Strike Force Lead (the WAR dev team is divided into smaller strike teams who focus on specific elements of the game). It was Justin’s job to tell the gathered reporters about the game’s trophy system where the items don’t just decorate our characters in terms of armor, helmets and pants, but instead literally decorate our characters with the spoils of war.
Read it all here.