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World of Warcraft : WotLK Talent Calculator

Posted Jul 22, 2008 by Keith Cross

Blizzard has posted a Wrath of the Lich King talent calculator, which helps players explore the talent changes that are coming to WoW with the next expansion.

Are you curious about the changes and additions in store for class talents in Wrath of the Lich King? The new interactive talent trees for every class are now live on our talent calculators. Please note that all talent information is not yet finalized, and is subject to significant change during the testing process.

Read more here.

Tabula Rasa : Depoyment 10.6 on Test Server

Posted Jul 22, 2008 by Keith Cross

NCsoft has announced that Deployment 10.6 is now on the Public Test Server, bringing with it a drastic increase to prices for Grey Market Vendor items.

The main change in this iteration is the 500% increase in prices for Grey Market Vendor items. We understand that this is a significant increase, however we felt that through testing and player feedback, the items were too inexpensive relative to their power.

Weapons have the ability to alter game balance drastically, so the weapon prices were increased, but items purchased at Control Point vendors are the same price. We also noticed that player's rate of prestige gain was higher than expected and wanted to ensure that crafted items would still have an edge over NPC purchased items. We will continue to evaluate Grey Market Vendor prices as we add more prestige based items for purchase.

Read more here.

Wurm Online : New Mol Rehan Home Server

Posted Jul 22, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at Wurm Online have announced that they have added a new server for their unique sandbox MMO.

Welcome to the lands of Mol Rehan.

Wurm Online has launched a brand new world; an unspoilt, untouched land of vast mountains and lakes ready for new and experienced players of this unique game. A new land is just that. There are no plans, no roads, no maps, no towns, villages, no people and no story. This is a wild place of forests, lakes, seas, mountains and surprises!

The first of the explorers arrive at Alchemist’s Bay, just a small group gathered round the Town Token. This is a town indeed, but one without any structure or form; just guards, a guide and a few helpful people, and a whole wagon load of promise. Trees must be felled, shovels put to work, mines open, and perhaps a harbour built on the steep shores to welcome those that sail from other lands. For sail in they must, and out from the waves, from the mists and storms of the great oceans of Wurm, row boats, small sailing vessels, graceful ships, in they come to this land, their faces drawn with hope and dreams as they gaze at the mountains dominating the horizon.

What happens next is in the hands of the players. Will they stop to help build Alchemists Bay? Or will they simply buy a deed and head out into the unexplored country? On Wurm, nothing is set in stone; it is all down to the players.

Read more here.

Spellborn : Timeline Series Part Two

Posted Jul 22, 2008 by Jon Wood

The folks at The Chronicles of Speallborn have started a new series of features that will create a timeline for lore from the game. Today, we present Part Two: Death's Dream (Year 0 - 500).

Want To Know More?

Shards: The Shards are remnant pieces of the Ancestor World floating within the Deadspell Storm. They usually shield their interior habitat (oppidan and levee) from outside influences with a gigantic carapace (consisting out of an inner and an outer carapace) stretching over it. Shards should not be confused with Fragments, which might be as large but lack a carapace. Nor should they be confused with Raftyards, which are considerably smaller, also lack a carapace and are man-made.

Read it all here.

Tales of Pirates : Sporting Competition

Posted Jul 22, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has announced details of several sporting themed events that will be held in Tales of Pirates.

The Tales of Pirates team held a Sporting Competition which includes a Regatta, Relay Races, a Marathon and more. They also prepared tons of gold and mystical rewards for these events. Pirates had a wonderful time during the Sporting Competition.

Event I: Regatta

The Vast Ocean is filled with pirates and danger but also innumerable treasures. This regatta aims to test pirate’s abilities in fighting and survival. Rumor has it that there are tons of treasures hidden at the end of the match. If players want to become a rich pirate and if players enjoy sailing, then here is a golden opportunity to prove themselves.

Event II: Relay Race

The Relay race is a good event to test speed and teamwork. Only the swiftest and most cooperative team can win the match. Let’s start from the beginning and finish running the whole course with strong minds and perfect teamwork. Players will gain awards from the GM for each part of the course you complete. If player finish running the whole course, he/she will also gain mystical awards.

Event III: Marathon

The Marathon is one of the most grueling races ever. It’s said that it originated from the story of a Greek hero who returned to Athens to report a victory with a torch in his hand. In this event players can learn more about the story.

Event IV: Dreams Come True

The summer vacation sporting competition will offer players the opportunity to make your dream come true. If player can find the hidden GM, one of your dreams will come true.

Read more here.

General : Frogster Reveals Release and Beta Plans

Posted Jul 22, 2008 by Keith Cross

Frogster has provided beta and release information about their line of games, including The Chronicles of Spellborn, Runes of Magic, Stone Age 2 Bounty Bay Online and more.

Frogster goes into the second half of the year with a wide-ranging MMOG portfolio. The concentrated five-game package consists of Runes of Magic, The Chronicles of Spellborn, StoneAge 2, Kickster and an Add-on for Bounty Bay Online.

The fantasy MMORPG Runes of Magic, will enter closed beta in September and features a soundtrack by the prestigious sound studio Dynamedion. Two months later the Berlin publisher will go straight into open beta,with plans to release English and German versions of the game by the end of the year. Beta pre-registrations have already started on the official website at: . Soon, Frogster will invite community members and guilds into the alpha.

Frogster's autumn is complemented by The Chronicles of Spellborn, which just last week passed performance and stress tests very successfully in an essential development milestone. After integrating the final content and performing the last balancing and polishing, Frogster will release the long awaited fantasy online role playing game this year as planned. For Spellborn the beta-registration has already started as well at:

The newly announced MMOG, StoneAge 2, will enter closed beta in August. The launch of the free-2-play game is also planned for autumn (beta registration is at: In addition to its MMOG line-up, Frogster will introduce the details of Kickster next week in detail. The trendy free-2-play soccer community game will also launch in autumn. Finally, a large-scale add-on for the Pirate-themed MMOG, Bounty Bay Online, is also in production.

Read more here.

Atlantica Online : New Screenshots

Posted Jul 22, 2008 by Jon Wood

The folks from Atlantica Online have sent along these eight new screenshots from their MMORPG.

Check out all eight shots here.

Runescape : Update from E3

Posted Jul 22, 2008 by Jon Wood's Carolyn Koh was at the recent E3. While there, she spoke with Henrique Olifiers, Head of Games Content at Jagex. Jagex is the company behind the quiet hit MMORPG, Runescape.

Runescape. Everyone's heard of Runescape. Or at least, everyone who reads about the business side of the gaming industry. Runescape boasts six million registered players and one million paying subscribers. An MMOG with one of the largest player bases. So what exactly is Runescape? Not much has been written about it here on since 2004. So I spoke with Henrique Olifiers, Head of Games Content at Jagex to get a quick run down of the game and where it is going.

The original Runescape launched in 2001 was little more than a 2-D interface for a MUD (Multi-User Dungeons) game. Remember those text based MUD games? The precursors to MMORPGs? Maybe not. Not if you are under 35. What this basically means is that Runescape is story and quest heavy. It is a high fantasy world populated by knights, wizards and dragons. It is not fast paced by any means, but the underlying storyline is quite involved and important. Several gods in this world are striving for supremacy and your actions in game can tilt the scale towards any of them.

Read the whole thing here.

Perfect World International : Get A Beta Key Now!

Posted Jul 22, 2008 by Craig McGregor has been given beta access keys for Perfect World which we are giving out to our community on a first come, first served get yours while they last!

All you need to claim your beta key is your free login.

You can get your key by CLICKING THIS LINK.

Wonderland Online : Character profile Video: Nina

Posted Jul 21, 2008 by Jon Wood

The folks at IGG have provided us with a number of new videos featuring some of the characters in their game, Wonderland Online. Today, the video takes a look at Nina.

Character Profile Video: Nina

The folks at IGG have provided us with a number of new videos featuring some of the characters in their game, Wonderland Online. Today, the video takes a look at Nina.




Warhammer Online : Guild Highligts: Advancement

Posted Jul 21, 2008 by Keith Cross

Mythic Entertainment has posted anther look at the Living Guilds System in Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.  This week the focus is on how guilds will advance in this system.

This week’s Guild Highlights feature is Guild Advancement. In Warhammer Online, a guild is not just a group of like-minded players; it’s an entity in itself capable of gaining experience and moving up through the ranks with the aid of its members. Guild Experience Points (GXP) are earned through the actions and accomplishments of the guild’s members. Guild experience points are the equivalent of character experience points. As specific thresholds of prestige points have been accumulated, the guild advances to the next Guild Rank.

Read more here.

General : Molyneux Considers MMO

Posted Jul 21, 2008 by Keith Cross

Lionhead Studios' Peter Molyneux confirmed that he's been thinking about what an MMO from Lionhead Studios could look like in a recent Eurogamer article about Fable 2.

Eurogamer: There seems to be a lot of MMO mechanics in Fable 2. Are MMOs something you've been thinking about recently?

Peter Molyneux: [Gestures to PR] Well, there's someone in this room to make sure that I don't say too much about that question. I have been looking at MMOs. I love the interaction, and I'm fascinated by the idea of really feeling secure and cool enough to actually do it.

Eurogamer: Have you thought about making an MMO, and about what a Lionhead MMO would look like?

Peter Molyneux: Yes.

Eurogamer: And you can't answer the question...?

Peter Molyneux: No.

Read more here.

Tabula Rasa : Friday Night Fights Q&A

Posted Jul 21, 2008 by Keith Cross

Friday Night Fights have been a popular event in Tabula Rasa since the game was in beta. NCsoft's Amy “Critters” Crider guides us through the evolution of the event, introduces the new boxing ring, and lets players know how they can join in.

Q: What are Friday Night Fights?

A: Friday Night Fights is a popular hand-to-hand boxing event that takes place every Friday night in Tabula Rasa. Based on the original Friday Night Fights event created by the Tabula Rasa Community Team, the now player-run event has its own meeting location in game, aptly named the C.E.L.L.A.R (Coalition of Enlistees Likely Looking for Aggressive Retaliation), and a weekly winner’s bracket posted on the official Tabula Rasa website.

Video Interview Richard VS Jesus Friday Night Fight Video
Richard Garriott and two time featherweight boxing champ, Jesus Chavez, will be going one on one this Friday, July 25th at 6pm Central in Tabula Rasa's Friday Night Fights.

See the full article, video, and screenshots here.

Warhammer Online : RvR Screenshots

Posted Jul 21, 2008 by Jon Wood

The folks from Mythic Entertainment have provided us with these three new screenshots featuring some RvR action.

Check out all three shots here.

Tabula Rasa : Crafting Improvement Details

Posted Jul 21, 2008 by Keith Cross

NCsoft has plans to improve the crafting system in Tabula Rasa and senior game system designer Mike Moore has posted an overview of those plans.

Hello! I'm Mike Moore, one of TR's senior game system designers, and I'm about to begin working in earnest on improvements to our Crafting system. For all of Deployment 11, I have been working on prototyping some small but important changes to Crafting. On evaluation of that prototype, many of us feel like we're on to something good. So, at this point, we want to polish things up and get them out to the Public Test Server and let you guys have a look.

Now, let me make clear from the get-go that the upcoming changes to Crafting are intended to be incremental. We aren't going to publish this as a massive, game-changing update. Instead, we're going to make small changes over a few upcoming publishes. The idea is to ease TR into a new and improved Crafting system rather than throwing it off the deep end.

We've had a Crafting revamp on the back burner for a few months, and now we're in a position to put some development resources behind it. At this point, our rough (and always subject to change) plans are to get an iteration on Crafting up on the Public Test Server with Deployment 12, and then add more incremental improvements in subsequent Deployments.

Read more here.

Champions Online : Villain Profile: Foxbat

Posted Jul 21, 2008 by Keith Cross

Cryptic Studios has posted a profile of Foxbat, the 'greatest villain in the world' in their upcoming superhero MMO, Champions Online.

Foxbat is the world's greatest supervillain. Women want him, and men want to be near him. His crimes are comic masterpieces, and are always successful. He lives life with legendary panache and a tastefully sexy style that movie stars and other supervillains can only envy.

He's Foxbat. And he's awesome.

Read more here.

EverQuest II : Storm Break Preview Part 2

Posted Jul 21, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at EverQuest II have posted part two of their preview of Storm Break, the next update for EverQuest II.

Storm Break, is as full of yummy goodness as a halfling's pantry! So good, in fact, we had to show it off in two parts!

Spell Drops

From now on, when the random Adept I and Master I spells drop from critters in the level 1-20 range, they will only be spells that you or members of your group can use!

Some new changes to a few dungeons!

Sebilis and Chardok have new mid-zone respawn points! Also, many of the named critters in Sebilis, Chardok, and Karnor's Castle are less shy and more generous with the quality of their "phat lewtz."

Read more here.

Angels Online : European Server

Posted Jul 21, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has announced the launch of a new European server for Angels Online.

Angels Online, an IGG game, prides itself on its cute characters, rich storylines, and tons of fancy items.

AO has been successfully operating for more than half a year now, and more and more players come to join us everyday! With all these new players IGG needs to ease the pressure on their servers, so the AO team will be releasing a new server for European players so that players can enjoy a better game environment and better game quality.

Read more here.

Jumpgate Evolution : Six New Screens

Posted Jul 21, 2008 by Jon Wood

The folks from NetDevil's Jumpgate Evolution have sent along these new screenshots from their upcoming MMORPG.

Check out all six screens here.

Age of Conan : E3 Update

Posted Jul 21, 2008 by Jon Wood's Carolyn koh was at E3. While there, Carolyn caught up with Erling Ellingson of Funcom and Rick Reyonlds of Eidos to talk about the future of the game.

Although Eidos was not showing Age of Conan at E3 this year, Product Manager, Erling Ellingson of Funcom and Rick Reynolds, Sr. Marketing Manager of Eidos were on hand to talk about it.

“We've got our roadmap of patches already out,” said Erling.  “And we are working on a holiday version of the game box,”  added Rick.  The holiday version is just a box which will be  fun to give as a gift.  We looked at the various versions of Age of Conan boxes that was being shown behind glass as we walked into the Eidos meeting room.  Nothing has been decided as to what the holiday premium will be, if it will be a fun piece of equipment or bling, but “If you have any ideas,” said Rick, “I'd love to hear them!”

Read the whole thing here.

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