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CABAL Online : Chaos Arena Screenshots

Posted Mar 11, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at Cabal Online have sent over some images of the Chaos Arena, which ave been added to our Cabal Online screenshot gallery.

To view the full size images, and to see the rest of the new screens, visit our gallery here.

Angels Online : Beginner Events

Posted Mar 11, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has announced several new events to help players get into Angels Online.

Since the first two events for beginners turned out to be quite successful, IGG today announce they will be holding 2 more events to help beginning players this week, for their newly released game Angels Online which is now at the open beta stage.

Event 1: GM Helps Top Students

Event Contents:

  1. After beginning, the GM will wait for all the Little Angels in Training PalaceA1 (161 86).
  2. GMs will make a team with four random angels in Training PalaceA1 (161 86) and help them finish the quest.
  3. After finishing the quest, GMs will leave the team at once and make a team with another group of four angels.
  4. Don’ worry if you haven’t made a team with GM. There is no need to trade with the GM or add him to be your friend during the monster killing. GMs will continually make new teams to meet all the Angels’ needs.

Read more about the events here and here.

Tales of Pirates : First Anniversary

Posted Mar 11, 2008 by Keith Cross

Tales of Pirates will be celebrating its first anniversary on March 15th and they have announced several events to mark the occasion.

The most famous Pirate adventure to ever sail to the far edges of the internet will be turning 1 very soon and the festivities are already being prepared! March 15th will be here before you know it so shake the sand from your hat and wash that salty sea smell from your pantaloons, IGG and TOP are going to be putting on some fabulous activities to astound and delight! They will be offering three sets of the famed Kylin Armor (Limited Edition), 3 sets of the mysterious Black Dragon Armor, Happy Holiday Magazine, and a series of Demonic World Chests as event rewards. So, come all and celebrate the 1 year mark with IGG and TOP.

IGG and TOP have prepared several events for players:

Kylin Equipment Auction

Kylin Equipment will be added to the Auction Center, so Pirates can use their Credits to bid for them.

Kylin Armor Event

The top 100 players with the highest consumption of Item Mall Cards (From Feb 15th to Mar 31st) will be rewarded with a special "Tales of Pirates 1st Anniversary" gift.

Read more here.

Earthrise: First Impact : Questing Questions

Posted Mar 11, 2008 by Keith Cross

Masthead Studios has posted the answer to this week's Earthrise question of the week, which asks what quests will be like in the game.

“We have received lots of new questions this week, and one we would like to answer this time is Commi3's question about what types of quests will be available in Earthrise. Quests will be significant portion of the PvE gameplay in our game and several separate systems will be present to make sure the player has a lot to do if he is not ready or interested to dive deeper in the PvP and economic gameplay. While Earthrise is a more complex type of game where cooperation between players is highly encouraged on many levels, we want to retain one of the important features of casual game design - we want to allow players to solo in a multiplayer environment and advance their characters without requiring them to find a group to play with. The best way to do this is through extensive amount of quests for players to toy with.

The most common and well recognized type of quests to any MMO player are the standard storyline made of main and side quests, ranging from simple FedEx or Kill Foozie tasks to complex challenges made of multiple tasks. While most of the gameplay resolve around a sandbox model where players actions are paramount, Earthrise will provide players with a complex setting and environment, along with compelling storyline where players can invest time if they desire to. These quests will develop around the conflict between Continoma and Noir and many of them will have multiple solutions in order to allow players to choose their side - or change it. While some quests will always be available for players to look back and change what they have done, most of these quests will not be repeatable.

Read more here.

Guild Wars : State of the Game - PvP

Posted Mar 11, 2008 by Keith Cross

The Guild Wars official site has been updated with another edition of their State of the Game series of articles, which takes a look at PvP strategies, tips, and tactics.

The previous article covered the role of Mesmers in shutdown. While they typically excel in shutdown at the flag stand, most teams also couple them with a Ranger to greatly increase their versatility. This article briefly discusses how Rangers can become a significant presence in the midline with their shutdown capabilities, as well as how they add tactical flexibility to the team.

Objectives

Rangers' roles are similar to those of Mesmers, but often broader in scale. As a Ranger, you typically have responsibilities to disrupt, pressure, and skirmish.

Disruption: using the skills on your bar to interrupt key opposing skills at appropriate times.

Pressure: applied through spamming conditions, as well as controlling position and movement.

Skirmish: providing solid split capabilities, both offensively and defensively.

The Skills

The discussion in this article uses the currently most popular Ranger template in the metagame: the "Cripshot." The typical Cripshot bar is Apply Poison, Crippling Shot, Distracting Shot, Savage Shot, Troll Unguent, Mending Touch, Natural Stride, and Resurrection Signet. While this group of skills can be broken down and thought of as a couple skills for applying conditions, two for interrupts, and three for self survival, it is important to remember that these skills have multiple uses. For example, players use Savage Shot as both an interrupt and a way to quickly apply conditions. The same goes for Mending Touch; while players tend to use it for self-removal of Blindness or Cripple, it can also be used for cheap, stack condition removal to clean Daze from Monks or Deep Wounds from a split partner.

Read more here.

CABAL Online : Episode 2 Information

Posted Mar 11, 2008 by Jon Wood

The folks from Games Masters, the company behind the European version of Cabal Online, have sent over this developer journal with detailed information on the changes that came as a part of the Episode 2 update.

CABAL Online Episode 2 firmly stamps CABAL‘s position as one of the best free-to-play games on the market. With key developments to both the PvP and PvE aspects of the game, episode 2 provides much needed balance and enjoyment for players of the game and has seen a significant boost to both registered and CCU users.

So why has the update been so significant in the development of the game? Each user you ask would probably give you a different answer, however key changes to the balancing of the game and the addition of much needed features to make PvP worthwhile have been vital in improving enjoyment levels. In addition with 170 levels now available, it has meant that the game has much needed longevity, allowing players to enjoy the game for years to come.

Read the whole thing here.

Lord of the Rings Online : Book 12 Reaction and More

Posted Mar 11, 2008 by Jon Wood

Recently, Managing Editor Jon Wood had the opprotunity to sit down and talk to Jeffrey Steefel, the Executive Producer of Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online. During the interview, the two talked about reaction to the release of Book 12, the addition of new features and even a few random facts.

Right now, a number of the staff over at Turbine are probably on planes and headed over to England for the Connect ‘08 event that is being held by Codemasters, Codemasters being Turbine‘s European publisher. There, they have promised that they will be making a big announcement. What that announcement is, how it will effect the game, and whether or not North American players will be effected are all questions that I would like to have answers to, but we’re going to have to wait until the end of the week to find out. Fortunately, our own Donna Desborough will be attending the event so we shouldn’t have to wait too long to put an end to our curiosity.

Still, late last week I had a interview with Jeffrey Steefel, the Executive Producer of Lord of the Rings Online. While we obviously couldn’t talk about the announcement, there was still plenty to talk about. Our conversation began, as any conversation between manly-men should, on the subject of outfits.

Read it all here.

Lord of the Rings Online : Lorebook Update: Halbarad

Posted Mar 11, 2008 by Keith Cross

The Lord of the Rings Online Lorebook has been updated with a look at Halbarad, a kinsmen of Aragorn.

At the heart of the North Downs, the last remnants of the House of Isildur gather in their hidden refuge of Esteldín. The tides of war crash against the stone walls of their encampment, but they are not yet strong enough to actively resist it and many of their number, including their chieftain Aragorn, still range far afield.

Halbarad, kinsman of Aragorn, struggles to unite the scattered peoples of the North Downs against the hordes of Orcs which have come down from Angmar through Ram Dúath. Like many of the Dúnedain of the North, Halbarad has many qualities of both a warrior and a lore-master. He uses his knowledge to coordinate efforts to hinder the advance of Angmar’s army until a stronger front can be established, all the while alert to the knowledge that he may be called to battle and fates unknown in lands far away.

Halbarad appears in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings as the leader of the Grey Company which joins Aragorn in Rohan and follows him through the Paths of the Dead. He later becomes Aragorn’s standard-bearer.

Read more here.

Tabula Rasa : Weekend Wrap-up

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

NCsoft has posted the Tabula Rasa Weekend Wrap-up which summarizes the activities of the weekend just passed.

The first official TabulaCast contest starts tomorrow! Whether you are new to the game or a veteran you can take part!

What? A Hide-and-Seek contest where we will put up a riddle containing the clues as to where to find two Tabula Blogger members
Where? On the Centaurus (EU) server. The exact location will be told in a riddle that you'll need to figure out the day before the contest.
When? Tuesday, March 11th at 8pm GMT/3pm EST

Now as for prizes, we did mention on episode 13 that there will be 100 Charcoal Armor paints for the person who finds us first, but there's also a special addition to this prize: 100 White armor paints provided by Avatea!

Avatea will be turning up to bring the prizes!

Read more here.

Angels Online : Treasure Maps

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has published a description of the Treasure Map system in Angels Online.

Angels Online from IGG has attracted tons of players since it was first announced. Today the AO team is going to give players a sneak introduction of some of the game features.

According to Eden mythology, a thief stole much treasure from the graves in Eden. Afterwards he distributed all the treasure to many hiding places. Until now, no one knew where the treasure was, but someone has recently found some fragments of the thief’s treasure map from certain monsters’ corpses…

When players collect enough 10 pieces of treasure map, by right clicking the pieces of map, the information will be recorded in the treasure map album under Quest Log. A complete treasure map will show you the exact location of the treasure. Following the prompts, and you will find the treasure soon.

Read more here.

Zu Online : Bead Fairies and Moonmaidens

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has published a short description of Moonmaidens and Bead Fairies, 2 classes in Zu Online.

Zu Online, the new 3D MMORPG game from IGG continues to delight and entertain gamers the world over with its captivating gameplay and stunning game environment. Today the Zu Online team is going to talk about gameplay for girls and women.

There are actually 2 classes which were specifically designed with the fairer sex in mind. These are the Bead Fairy’s and the Moonmaiden’s.

Bead Fairy—For lovable and outgoing female players

Lovable and outgoing girls tend to want to help other people and bring joy to people around them. Similarly, the Bead Fairy were designed to be the go-to girls for help in group combat. Whether this involves increasing defense and attack power, healing or their thrilling “Trap-Break Strategy” they are indispensable. In addition, with their cute, pretty looks, a Bead Fairy could turn the head of any Swordsman or Sun Warrior.

Moonmaiden—For quiet and clever female players

Not every girl is the outgoing beauty the designers had in mind when they designed the Bead Fairy’s. Many girls are more quiet and clever, playing the game a few moves ahead of everyone else. The cold, beautiful Moonmaiden’s usually use various traps to take their enemies by surprise and keep the battle on their terms. With stealth skills and a high attack power, this class is not content to sit on the sidelines cheering and should never be underestimated.

Read more here.

Pirates of the Burning Sea : Bey's Retreat Feedback

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

Flying Lab software wants your feed back on the the sneak peek of Bey's Retreat, which occurred over the weekend.

Did you get a chance to participate in this weekends sneak peek at Bey’s Retreat? Then wed like to hear what you think!

The Pirates of the Burning Sea development team will be gathering your feedback in this thread, so stop by and tell us about your Bey’s Retreat experience!

Read more here.

EverQuest : Forsworn Launched

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

The Forsworn, the second expansion for Legends of Norrath, the online trading card game that is playable inside and out of EverQuest and EverQuest II, was released last week.

Your job is clear; hunt down the Forsworn and force them to retake their oaths to the Tribunal or face the consequences! You will not be alone in this. Along the way meet up with the Oathbound heroes Terin, Cyndra, Karlemayne and Eluviel and employ their special skills to help you achieve your goals.

Inquisitor, the latest and greatest addition to Legends of Norrath, features 250-plus cards including new units, avatars, abilities, items, and loot. Get the scoop on all the new features here. Then head over to the Design & Strategy Articles forum where you'll find great articles on Inquisitor by the LoN game designers.

Starting today and running through the weekend, the Tournaments Lobby will be hosting Release Events. Each player will receive one random Inquisitor Starter Deck and 3 Inquisitor Booster packs to build their tournament deck. Each participant will also receive a Burynai Rockshaper (3P2) digital promo card! Please see the Events Calendar for details. Don't miss it!

Read more here.

Dark Age of Camelot : Grab Bag

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Keith Cross

The Grab Bag returns this week to once again answer a myriad of miscellaneous questions from the Dark Age of Camelot community.

Q. I have recently re-opened my account, since then Mythic has implemented the Archer class overhaul, my question being I see a lot of the items associated with the Archer class now giving casting speed bonuses, do these reflect on how fast I can perform a shot?

A. The Balancinator took a shot at this one: Yes, the new Archery mechanics will allow casting speed to affect your draw speed. We decided to open up some caster bonuses to affect Archery. This will allow an archer to choose from a greater variety of items.

Q. My consignment merchant has 254 platinum on him. I went to withdraw gold and it said I can only hold 200 platinum on my person. How can I withdraw my platinum?

A. Jingling the change in her pockets, The Lady of the Jewels gives this advice: Target the merchant and type /settle , so to remove 10 platinum, you would type /settle 100000000.

Read more here.

EVE Online : The EVEconomy, An Update

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Jon Wood

News Manager Keith Cross had a recent discussion with CCP's resident economist, Dr. Eyjólfur Guðmundsson about the recent Quarterly Economic Report and what it means to players.

This year’s GDC coincided with the release of the EVE Online’s Second Quarterly Economic Newsletter (QEN) and EVE’s own resident economist Dr. Eyjólfur Guðmundsson was on hand at the show to help guide me through it. The current newsletter takes a more in-depth look at EVE’s population, examines various price indices, looks at inflation/deflation, shows some of the more interesting market snapshots, and defines the GUP, the virtual equivalent of real world GDPs.

One of the goals in Dr. Eyjó’s research is to determine the population distribution across the EVE universe. The first QEN took a snapshot of the locations of every character in EVE. The snapshot showed that, at the time, 78% of characters were in high security space, 13% were in low security space, and 9% were in 0.0 space. But a snapshot is just a snapshot, and only tells what is going on in that exact instant. The second QEN takes a deeper look at EVE’s demographics, this time monitoring movement between systems. The results showed that out of 460,000 characters, 250,000 or roughly half of those characters made at least one jump to another system. Of those 250,000 jumpers, 50% never left high sec space, thus conclusively proving that 50% of EVE players are wussies.

Read the whole thing here.

D&D Online : Devil Assault Quest

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Jon Wood

On Friday, Turbine announced that the Devil Assault Quest was available to all players of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach.

The Devil Assault quest, located in the Marketplace on Silversmith Road, is now available to all! Help defend the barracks in this special Anniversary quest, available for a broad range of levels. Players interested in the quest may select any of the three difficulties:

For the level 6 Devil Assault, select "Normal"
For the level 12 Devil Assault, select "Hard"
For the level 18 Devil Assault, select "Elite"

These difficulty levels are unlocked automatically, and do not have to be played in order. Help defend Stormreach!

Read more on DDO here.

EVE Online : The Council of Stellar Management

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Jon Wood

Recently, Community Manager Laura Genender had the oportunity to sit down and talk to Petur Oskarsson, a Researcher and Developer at CCP who is currently working on the Council of Stellar Management, EVE's forray into democracy.

Five years ago, at the launch of EVE Online, CCP developers were advised by a council of players, hand-picked from the EVE Online users, based on their playstyles. This practice died out a year after launch, in ’04, due to a lack of resources and time…but as EVE grows to become one of the leading sci-fi MMOs, the council is on its way back.

During the Game Developer’s Conference I sat down with Petur Oskarsson, Researcher and Developer with CCP. Petur gave me some insights into the upcoming EVE council – the Council of Stellar Management. While the council is an old concept, the new council will be implemented in an entirely different manner.

First and foremost, the council members will not be chosen by the CCP developers – instead, they will be picked by the EVE players. Petur explained that the idea of this is to get something good and realistic from the playerbase. If CCP handpicks the council members, the council could be biased. An election, explained Petur, would be a much more fair and realistic way to get the player point of view.

Find out more about the Council here.

Last Chaos : Get Your Free Prize Key!

Posted Mar 10, 2008 by Craig McGregor

We have partnered with Aeria Games to bring you a cool and exciting promotional offer for their free to play MMORPG Last Chaos! We have 10,000 keys that will give you some cool in game items, totally free! All you need to get your key is your free MMORPG.com account!

What is in the free gift? Check them out below:

  • 5 Moonstones : Give one of these to the Moonstone Statue and see what you win!
  • Super Skill Pill : Doubles your Skill Point Gain for 1 hour
  • Platinum Refining Stone : Refining Stone with 100% Chance of Upgrade
  • Platinum Adrenaline : Increases attack and movement for 1 hour

Ready to get your free key?  CLICK HERE!

Elf Online : Painstaking Desert and Evil Hole Trailer

Posted Mar 07, 2008 by Ben Krueger

We've uploaded a video showing gameplay in Elf Online.

Video Interview Painstaking Desert and Evil Hole Trailer
Here's a couple of trailers joined together featuring the Painstaking Desert and Evil Hole areas in Elf Online.

Read more here.

Spellborn : New Trailer

Posted Mar 07, 2008 by Ben Krueger

Here's a new Spellborn video for you to enjoy!

Video Interview New Trailer
To celebrate the latest stage of beta testing, Spellborn has just released new video. You’ll see the starting zone located on the Parliament Shard, Hawk’s Landing, just outside the city of Hawksmouth.

Read more here.

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