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Vanguard : How I Came Back to Vanguard

Posted Aug 12, 2008 by Jon Wood Vangaurd Correspondent Warren Bennett pens this editorial about what drew him back into the world of Vanguard after leaving the game due to an unsatisifying earlier experience.

I will start out by saying that “once upon a time even I” considered the purchase of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes to be my worst video game purchase ever. That's right, as “in my whole life I have never had a more disappointing experience.” The reason wasn't with the game itself, the core game I really enjoyed. In fact, I wanted to be able to get past the unfinished feel of Vanguard and be able to play the game I wanted to love. However, as a person that played the open beta and stayed for two months after, I just couldn't find my way past the bugs and glitches that seemed to be everywhere. Couple that with the drama that seemed to surround the development team and I just felt, for the first time in a long time, that I had been burned on a purchase. Vanguard was uninstalled and tucked back in to the case it came in and thrown among the unsorted box of games.

Read it all here.

Shadow of Legend : SoL in 2.5 Dimensions

Posted Aug 12, 2008 by Keith Cross

SmartCell has announced that they will be launching what they call a 2.5D version of their 2D MMORPG, Shadow of Legend near the end of September.  The new version is expected to have improved graphics and animations, a reduced client size, new gameplay, and more.

Irvine, CA - August 10, 2008- SmartCell is pleased to announce Shadow of Legend 2.5D version. Shadow of Legend(SOL) is a 2D free to play fantasy MMORPG that brings out most the best aspects of games of this style while adding to it exciting twists of its own. The 2.5D version scheduled to release around end of September this year is expected to bring the ultimate SOL experience with a quantum leap.

As a 2D MMORPG, Shadow of Legend stands out based on its high quality graphics and a very rich user experience with a wide array of features. In creating Shadow of Legend, the developers leveraged features similar to those from hit games in the past and recent years, with an innovative approach. Many important emerging trends are present in the game’s design.  Character advance is one example, for the game provides a high degree of flexibility for the absence of pointless grinding, plentiful job choices, and the ability to change career path without starting from scratch. While the casual players can have plenty of fun, the game encourages cooperative and competitive playing through various facets including dungeons, instances, in-game events and a multitude of PVP options.

The upcoming 2.5D SOL is expected to enhance the SOL experience by an order of magnitude.

The difference lies in drastically reduced client size, much detailed graphics and better animation, and new gameplay focused on endgame content. The latter includes guild siege, team based arena PVP, set based crafting, skill combo, and many more. More details will be announced as the development progresses.

Read more here.

Tales of Pirates : New Server

Posted Aug 12, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has announced that they will be launching a new server for Tales of Pirates, and will be holding several events to mark the occasion.

With the new round of server merging, the new Tales of Pirates server Moonlight Isle will be launched soon. A new world and a new start await those who want to experience it, as well as new friends. IGG will also hold a 10-day double experience event for the new server players. Who will finally take the thrown of new server and emerge after the Leveling Contest this round, we’ll see in game.

New server released at: 4:00 a.m. August 13th

Double Exp Duration: From 4:00 a.m. August 13th to 4:00 a.m. August 23rd

Leveling Contest Duration: From 4:00 a.m. August 13th to 2:00 a.m. August 20th

Read more here.

Wonderland Online : European Server Q&A

Posted Aug 12, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at Wonderland Online have created a Q&A which answers questions about their new European Server.

Wonderland Online will be launching a new European Server called “Virgo” on August 26th. The following is the Q&A about this server:

Q: Is the European game edition the same with the US one?

A: Yes. Our aim of releasing a European Server is to relieve the network delay when European players play the game. We will add a new option of European Server into the servers list. Thus, players can choose a server according to their needs.

Q: If I am American, can I log into the European Server?

A: We welcome players throughout the world to play Wonderland Online. All players are able to choose any server without any limitation. American players can choose an European Server and European players can choose an US server. However, we suggest that players choose the server which is close to their country avoiding the network delay.

Q: If I choose the European Server, does my former character in the US Server still exist?

A: Certainly. When you log into the US server again, you can use your former character.

Q: Can I transfer my character in the US Server to the European Server?

A: Currently, we don’t provide this service. If you want to play in the European Server, you should create a new character and play the game from the beginning.

Q: If I play in the European Server, are my Mall points in the US Server still available?

A: Your Mall points are connected with your IGG account. As long as you play the game with the same account, your points are available, no matter which server you are in.

Read more here.

EverQuest : Salute to Guides - 10 Years

Posted Aug 12, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at Everquest have posted a salute to EQ Guides, who have been in the original game since it was in beta 10 years ago.

10 years ago, while EverQuest was in beta, a group of volunteers came together. These volunteers selflessly gave their time to helping players in EQ with customer service issues and spent time participating in impromptu quests to bring more enjoyment to the game. The volunteers were known then, as well as now, as Guides. Guides started out making appearances in EverQuest and grew into EverQuest II.

Over the years the program has evolved from guides helping with customer service issues full time and impromptu questing to questing full time and helping with very minor customer service things on a part time basis.

Read more here.

General : A Look at Free Realms Part Two

Posted Aug 12, 2008 by Jon Wood

Today, we present you with part two of our SOE Block Party look at Free Realms. This part of the interview focuses in on combat in the game.

A Look at Free Realms Part Two's Managing Editor recently caught up with the folks from SOE's made-for-kids MMO Free Realms. In part two of our interview, Chris Malina guides us through combat in the game.



Citadel of Sorcery : New Screens Added

Posted Aug 11, 2008 by Jon Wood

Today, we have added these six new screenshots to our Citadel of Sorcery Gallery.

Check out all six here.

WWII Online: Battleground Europe : New Website

Posted Aug 11, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at WWII Online: Battleground Europe have re-launched their official website with a makeover and a new format.

We're happy to present our new official homepage for WWII Online: Battleground Europe. It's been more than three years since the last redesign when we were supporting the European retail release of the game. This time around, we turned our focus towards providing a more comprehensive news and information site which brings all the terrific content that is generated by the staff of Cornered Rat Software and the various community programs to the front- ensuring visitors understand that the game and the community are active and robust.

Read more here.

EverQuest II : Fan Faire EQII Tournament Info

Posted Aug 11, 2008 by Keith Cross

The official site for EverQuest II has been updated with instructions on how to participate in the EQII Tournament at SOE Fan Faire later this week.

Signups for Saturday's EQII Tournament will take place at Fan Faire on Thursday, during registration/badge pick-up.

If you are interested in playing in the tournament, and you would like to use your own character, please type /testcopy while you're logged into the game on the character you wish to compete with, sometime before Thursday.

There will be pre-buffed characters available for use for those competitors who do not /testcopy their character over before Fan Faire begins.

Read more here.

Vanguard : Dev Update and Bug Fixes

Posted Aug 11, 2008 by Keith Cross

SOE updates us on what's been going on in the Vanguard offices during the summer convention season, including whispers of Game Update 6 which is set to fix over a thousand bugs.

Of course, conventions and demo's aren't all we've been up to – Game Update 6 should be headed to the Test server soon, and with it players can expect to get a glimpse of the new character models and have a nearly bug-free experience in Telon! GU6 will contain the largest bug fix that Vanguard has ever experienced. The development team has logged well over a thousand bug fixes for this update, and the number is still growing!

The art team has had the pleasure of employing two summer interns, who are very talented artists hoping to work in the industry. Hopefully we'll have an interview with them soon, and show off some of the great concept art they've drafted – but in the meantime, you can see that they're working on some new "monk-like" armor that will eventually make its way into the game (and utilize the new character models!)

Read more here.

EverQuest : Expansion Beta Sign-Up

Posted Aug 11, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at EverQuest have announced that they have streamlined and improved the process of signing up for the beta test for future EQ expansions.

Introducing the new and improved EverQuest Expansion Beta sign-up page!

The Beta sign-up process has been made easier for you… and for us! The new system places you in a pool of potential beta testers. When the open stages occur, beta testers will automatically be selected from that pool. We will, however, still be limiting the number of participants during different Beta stages the difference is that now you don't have to wait for a window of opportunity. The Beta sign-up page will remain open. Once you sign up, you do not need to sign up again.

Please remember that when you sign up to participate in any beta you agree to the Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) terms which in summary means you agree not to disclose information about the expansion. You must read and accept the full NDA before you get placed in the pool.

Read more here.

Myth War 2 : Quest Preview

Posted Aug 11, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has published a preview of several of the leveling quests in their upcoming MMORPG, Myth War II.

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 give players a sneak preview of leveling quests.

Event One: Patrol

Recently, some powerful monsters have sneaked into Woodlingor and Blython , intent on creating havoc!. They kidnapped some innocent merchants and by using their cunning magic have taken the form of the merchants.  They are attacking any and all citizens that they come across.  It is now down to you dear player to help us vanquish this evil once and for all.

Event Two: Drowcrusher

Drowcrusher has lost some of his equipment, but he is so angry that he will lash out indiscriminately, even if you are trying to return his things.  The only way to restore his reason is first to defeat him.  By doing this you will also gain lots of experience points.

Read more here.

Angels Online : The Lost Atlantis

Posted Aug 11, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has released a preview of “The Lost Atlantis” the latest edition of Angels Online.

The Angels Online team is very happy to announce that the latest edition “The Lost Atlantis” is in process and will be available for players soon. Today, the AO team has been kind enough to give us a brief introduction to the new edition.

In the coming new edition, the highest character level will be level 100. Meanwhile, a series of systems, quests and maps will be available for players as well.

New System: Cards Collection
1. Players can exchange their cards for rewards from officials. Meanwhile, they can enjoy the final game designs.
2. There are various cards including monster cards, special monster cards, character cards, scene cards, equipment cards, item cards and so on.
3. After they collect a volume of cards, players can exchange the volume for rewards.

New Instance:
Huge cracked ships and heaps of raw and bloody bones are scattered everywhere creating a ghastly underwater graveyard. In addition, the dead voyagers’ souls haunt the area in misery.

New Maps:
15 new scenes including coast scenes, shallow waters scenes and deepwater scenes are available for players.

Read more here.

Chaos Online : Alpha Test Begins

Posted Aug 11, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at Chaos Online have announced the start of the Chaos Online Alpha Test, along with a number of alpha events.

Celebration on Alpha Test

During your training from Lv.1 to Lv. 40, you will get alpha test prize during each stage. You will have your prize when you reach to Lv. 10, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40!

First 10 Warriors

If you are one of the first 10 warriors reach to Lv. 40, you will get your prize as well. We encourage you to explore more and find out more bugs during the training. You can see these warriors by clicking here.

Top 10 Bug finders

As you may know, all new games have problems or bugs that need to be worked out. We have decided to hold a contest to help locate the bugs within the game - "Top 10 Bug Finders"! We will reward the top 10 players who submit the most uniquely reported bugs. Prizes include but are not limited to: gold, super potions, and gems. Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

Read more here.

Star Trek Online : Jack Emmert Reveals Details

Posted Aug 11, 2008 by Jon Wood

On Sunday, Cryptic Studios Chief Creative Officer Jack Emmert officially unveiled Star Trek Online to a Trek convention in Vegas. Fortunately for those of us not in attendance, the event was available for viewing online. During the presentation, Emmert revealed some details about the highly anticipated upcoming MMORPG.

On Sunday, Cryptic Studios made their very first public presentation concerning the recently announced Star Trek Online. The presentation was made in Las Vegas appropriately, at a Star Trek convention. This was smart for a number of reasons including the fact that in a crowded MMORPG market, the core fans of the IP are an important demographic for the upcoming game. Then, or course, there’s the fact that at a Star Trek convention, you can have your game introduced by Leonard Nimoy, the original Mr. Spock.

Before continuing, I should make it clear that the full presentation has been made available via if you’re interested in watching the whole 43 minute long presentation. For those of you who aren’t, I’m going to try to cover the most important bits:

Check it out here.

City of Heroes : Musing on Superheroes

Posted Aug 11, 2008 by Jon Wood City of Heroes Correspondent Michael Mcnutt writes this article muising on superheroes both on the big screen and our video game monitors as he writes his introductory article.

I'm feeling very nostalgic today. Maybe it's the sudden surge of Super Hero movies dominating the big screens all around theaters this week, or the mere fact that in the last 2 hours of playing City of Heroes, I've seen 3 wannabe Batmans, 2 Supermans, and 5 mean, green Hulks sifting through Atlas, on their never ending quest to fight evil, one level-up at a time. Of course the character names are different for Licensing reasons but fear not, we are in the midst of doppelgangers, both near and far. And that's not a bad thing.

As for myself, it feels just like yesterday, that I draped the family- sized beach towel around my neck, my father's leather work gloves, and a self-made utility belt filled with Jolly Ranchers, a few feet of clothesline, and plastic handcuffs in my plight to apprehend the known criminals of my neighborhood.

Check it out here.

General : Exteel Interview

Posted Aug 11, 2008 by Jon Wood's Jon Wood caught up recently with Alan Dunkin from NCsoft to talk about their free-to-play robot fighting game, Exteel.

Exteel Video Managing Editor Jon Wood had the opportunity recently to speak with Alan Dunkin of NCsoft's Exteel. In the intreview, Dunkin explains a little bit about how the free-to-play robot fighting game works.



Star Trek Online : Star Trek Online Gameplay Trailer

Posted Aug 11, 2008 by Ben Krueger

Cryptic has released this debut gameplay trailer for STO.  Check it out!

Video Interview Star Trek Online Gameplay Trailer
See Star Trek Online! The debut trailer shows some of the environments, ships and combat you will experience as you discover the future of the Trek universe. Explore the final frontier as the captain of your own starship and adventure on planets, in space and inside ships!

Watch more here.

Angels Online : Get Free Gifts Here!

Posted Aug 10, 2008 by Craig McGregor has teamed up with IGG to bring you a very special offer for Angels Online. While supplies last registered members can get a free key
that will give you access to in game gifts for Angels Online in the form of a Newbie Pack gift! As a secondary part of this gift IGG will be operating a Leveling Up Contest for
people using these keys. is not operating the secondary contest, which is entirely operated by IGG.

To get your Newbie Gift Key CLICK THIS LINK!

Star Trek Online : Live Webcast From Las Vegas

Posted Aug 08, 2008 by Keith Cross

Cryptic Studios will be treating Star Trek fans to the first gameplay footage of Star Trek Online, and they'll be showing a live webcast of the event with special guest Leonard Nimoy.

If you cannot be in Las Vegas on Sunday to see the first reveal of gameplay footage and information about Star Trek Online (and Leonard Nimoy!), please join us here for a LIVE webcast of the event at 1:30 p.m. PDT.

Read more here.

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