Funcom has announced their plans to display Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures at Games Convention in Leipzig, as well as releasing a few screenshots as an appetizer to the main show.
Games Convention in Leipzig is coming up next week. For those unfamiliar with this particular show, GC is three times the size of the old E3, rivaling only the Tokyo Game Show as one of the biggest shows in the world. If old-style E3 was an event, Leipzig is epic, and you don't have to be press--or put up a blog, write a few entries, and pass yourself off as press--to get in.
To answer the most important question: Yes, we are going to be showing at GC. We plan to show something really special, but we're also going to be offering hands-on time with the game itself. Bring your bodies, your reflexes, and your video cameras, and be ready to experience the world of Hyboria in all its savage, sexy glory. We're well aware that people want to know, and see, more of the game and what better platform to do it than one of the biggest gaming shows in the world?
Read the full article here.
SOE has announced that they will be giving all former Star Wars Galaxies players with accounts that have been inactive for more than 90 days the chance to return to the game to experience recently added features.
Have you been longing to return to a galaxy far, far away? Now is the perfect time!
Former citizens of the galaxy can return for 21 days if they have been inactive for 90 days or more. Log back in to your former account now and check out the new Beast Master expertise system firsthand. Hurry, this offer is only available until 11:59PM PST September 30, 2007!
Remember, keep your account opted-in and your email address updated to find out about great offers and opportunities from Star Wars Galaxies and Sony Online Entertainment!
Get the details here.
SOE has announced that Game Update #2 for Vanguard has gone live, bring about a number of changes and additions to the game such as Guild Halls, a revamped diplomacy system, and more.
-Be the first to build a grand Guild Hall! Although Guild Hall Plots won't be available until after server merges, quests to help you on you way are in game for those who can't wait to get started!
Bind on Equip
- All equipable items that were bindable are now either bind on equip or bind on pickup, with the majority of the items being bind on equip.
Improvements Made to LFG!
- The Looking For Group tool is receiving a revamp, and now you'll have the ability to display which quests you're working on, as well as which dungeons you'd like to explore when looking for a group. There are many other options that allow the LFG tool to be tweaked to your liking!
Resting Has its Rewards!
- Heroes may now rest in Vanguard! Resting increases the rate at which a hero will gain adventuring, crafting, or diplomacy experience.
Diplomacy Becomes Level Based!
-Diplomacy has moved from a "skill-based" system to a "level-based" system to increase the opportunities for sphere interdependence.
Revamping the Diplomacy UI!
-Speaking just became a bit easier. Diplomats can now double-click cards during parlay to play them as if you had clicked the "Speak" button.
-Cards that are unusable due to refresh timers will now be dimmed until ready to play.
-Deconstruction kits are now available for purchase from vendors for a minimal cost! Use these handy kits to convert items into a resource or dust.
Read the full patch notes here.
This week in his MMOWTF column Dan Fortier uses a piece of fiction to punctuate his views on playing an infamous outlaw character in an MMORPG.
There are many different ways to enjoy yourself in an MMO. Some players find entertainment and profit in becoming master crafters whose wares are widely sought. Others find fulfilment by systematically defeating every challenge in the game till nothing left remains except to train for the next expansion. Others however revel in the joy of being the villain much like Rainz, Serenity Now, and Cynewulf. These players don't just want the joy of being hated but also long for a life outside of 'normal' society and truly wish to suffer the consequences of their actions. For them it's not good enough to kill weaker players if there is no penalty and enjoy the thrill of leading a virtual life 'on the lam' so to speak.
This week I wanted to muse briefly on the topic of playing an Outlaw in an MMO and the systems that make it rewarding. Grab your bifocals gramps and read along with the grandkids about their newfangled video games!
Read the whole column here.
A while back, the developers of SOE's EQII held a contest. A little bit like the TV show "trading Spaces", some players were given the opportunity to have their character's house made over by the devs.
Personalization of the online experience is an aspect of MMOGs that many players feel strongly about. This is enabled and achieved in different ways in games, from the ability to fine tune the physical characteristics of an avatar, to the selection of the clothes and armor they wear, to the display of titles attained, to the houses, steeds and other physical manifestation of their achievements in game.
One of the ways that EverQuestII allows for the personalization of the online experience is the many items that can be displayed in a player house. Players start off with a simple one-room apartment and can progress to a five room place in which tradeskill appliances may be placed. As evidenced by player posts, house decoration threads on a forum often grow large and long and remain the most viewed threads on a forum.
The community team at EverQuestII likes to organize at least one large event a quarter, and house decoration seemed to be near and dear to many in the community. So in one of their monthly meetings with Marketing, they dreamed up the Norrathian version of "Trading Places" in which they would pick one home on each server and redecorate. Players were encouraged to submit screenshots of their houses and those of their friends, whom they deemed needed that special interior decorator's touch, and explain why they thought a renovation or redecoration was required.
Read the whole article here.
As of today, Perpetual Entertainment, the company responsible for the development of the upcoming MMORPG, Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising has announced that they have decided to self-publish that title. Previously, that role was being filled by Sony online Entertainment.
WarCry Editor Dana Massey reports that "SOE Senior Brand Manager Debysue Wolfcale characterized the move as clarification of the actual roles each company play in the development of the game. SOE continues to handle marketing and retail distribution for the title, the same roles they held before this move."
The decision, he reports, was made to insure that Perpetual Entertainment is in the spotlight on their first release.
MMORPG.com will continue to follow this story and will bring you new information as soon as it is available.
The folks over at Xiah have announced that they are currently holding a Double Experience event that will run until September 4th.
Xiah introduces Double FEMA EXP Event
San Jose, CA August 15th, 2007 - Xiah announced today that it is hosting a "Double FEMA (Five Elements Martial Arts) Experience" event for all players of the game.
Players will receive double experience points from 8.14.07-9.04.07 whenever they hunt monsters. The "Five Element Martial Arts" feature maximizes Damage and Defense stats. This feature is only usable when a player reads the martial arts books in the game.
Read more about Xiah here.
IGG has announced that they will be holding a special event in Tales of Pirates to celebrate the Chinese Valentine's Day.
Tales of Pirates official is announcing lovely activity - I wish our love is everlasting....
"Chinese Valentine's Day"- is one of the Traditional Chinese Holidays... The festival is held on the 7th day of the seventh lunar month. It is said that the Chinese Romeo and Juliet date in the Milky Way on this day. It is the most romantic festival among the traditional Chinese festivals. ----Build a love bridge between you and your lover!
Time: EST August 15 -August 18, Beijing time: August 16--August 19
Location: Forum of TOP MEDIWOVERVIEW
- Before August 19, players should find a "lover" in the game of TOP. Take a group photo with your lover and post the screenshot in the defined location of the forum. Remember to write down what you want to say to him/her in your post (within 400 letters).
- Player should provide the server name and both character names in the post.
- Each couple cannot post the same screenshot.
- The post should be named with [screenshot] Contest+Topic.
- We will choose two players to win "Best Screenshot" in each server. GMs will send winners' well wishes by system message (Players can choose the definite time by themselves).
- The winners will obtain rich and romantic Valentine's Day gifts: 500K+set (choose one from Royal Set, Pirate Set and Skeletar Set) + 99 rations.
Chinese Valentine's Day is coming. Join TOP Online activity for Chinese Valentine's Day in the forum. Many riches and love await you.
Read more about the event and prizes here.
The folks over at Ran Online have announced that they will be holding a sale event from now up until September 3rd.
50th Merdeka Countdown with RAN Super Store (Part III)!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Malaysia!! We are pleased to announce that we will be having a final bang of the great Super Store Promotion!
This sale is for a limited time only. Starting from 16th August 2007 (1:00pm GMT+8 ) until 3rd September 2007 (10:00am GMT+8 ).
There are divided into 12 items and you'll stand the chance to get one of the items.
- Training Rosary(5H)
- Resurrection Training Rosary(5H)
- Training Rosary(1D)
- Resurrection Training Rosary(1D)
- Training Rosary(2H)
- Resurrection Training Rosary(7H)
- Lux Prot.Pot
- Burr Pot Beg
- Anniversary Gold Coin(Can get 100,000,000 Game Money)
- Empty Box
Read more here.
The folks over at Dark Age of Camelot have announced that they will be holding another new frontiers battle event in honor of their new keep and tower designs.
We had such a great time during the last event, we've decided to hold another one. Come join us in the frontiers on Pendragon this Saturday August 18th at 2:00 PM EDT. Here are the details:
In honor of the new keep and tower designs in 1.90f that are now available for testing on Pendragon, we've decided it would be a great opportunity to get everyone to battle it out , kill each other and possibly win one of 15 t-shirts! (While testing of course.)
- When: Saturday August 18th, 2007
- Event Begins: 2:00 PM EDT
- Event Ends: 6:00 PM EDT
- Where: Pendragon
- Hosted by: Joanne
I will randomly be choosing a keep in each realm that will need to be defended and attacked. Which realm will succeed? You will have a time limit in which you can do so before we move to the next realm. This will be fast-paced, with killing, testing and of course great fun.
Read more about the event here.
The Lord of the Rings official site has been updated with two class profiles for the Captain and the Hunter, as well as a look forward at the changes and additions that will be made to these classes in Book 10: City of the Kings.
Welcome to the Month of the Captain. Here's an overview and a few details of what's new for the #1 buff class -- our very own Swiss army knife of the battlefield.
Heralds?! Why Heralds? Well, to be perfectly honest, we like Heralds, and we know that a lot of you do as well. However, with that said, we also understand that some of you had envisioned the Captain as a non-pet class. So we've decided to give you a choice.
Beginning at level 20, Captains will now have access to Banner Standards. Basic Standards will be sold by your Trainer, and more advanced versions can be crafted by Tailors.
Equipping these Standards will give you a number of stat bonuses. Once they've been equipped, using them will allow you to place a Banner on the ground in front of you. This Banner will give the same type of buff that your Herald would normally provide to everyone in your fellowship, but there is one caveat.
Read more about the Captain here.
Read more about the Hunter here.
At the recent SOE Fan Faire in Las Vegas, a couple from Chicago tied the knot both in real life and in-game. Today, the folks at SOE were kind enough to provide us with a video of the event.
Check out the video:
EQII: Wedding Video
MMORPG.com is pleased to present this video from SOE of the "first-ever live and virtual wedding ceremony for two attendees who are avid players of the top-selling SOE title EverQuest II".
More on EQII here.
EA Mythic has announced that they are looking for paid part time quality assurance people to help test Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning prebeta content.
Part Time QA Opportunities playing preBeta content
Here's the run down:
The position is a 6 month contract at $10 an hour - 4 hours a day, Monday - Thursday.
*Hours will most likely be in the evening, but have yet to be determined
Candidates must be local to our Fairfax, VA Studio, and available to start the 1st or 2nd week of September.
No experience required, you just have to love playing games!
Read more here.
Disney Online has announced the re-launch of the website for their upcoming MMORPG, Pirates of the Caribbean Online, based on the wildly popular movie franchise, which was based on the popular ride.
As you can see, we've given PiratesOnline.com a complete overhaul! Now it's easier to navigate through the site in order to get all the latest news, development updates, downloads, and more!
Check out the new site here.
Codemasters has announced that on top of Archlord being a free-to-play game, they are now making the download of the client available for players at no cost.
ArchLord goes 100% Free
Codemasters Online is pleased to announce that ArchLord has moved to 100% free, you can now get the game and play it all for free!
ArchLord, the fantasy MMO, is now moving to 100% free. All you need to do to play ArchLord now is download the client, request a key and log into the world of Chantra. Get ready to take on your fellow ArchLord players in the battle of a lifetime to become the all-powerful, all-ruling ArchLord!
ArchLord now includes Episode II and with it the ability to rule all of Chantra with the power of the ArchLord. Don't forget that the very first ArchLord will win themselves their very own suit of Armour; for full terms and conditions visit ArchLordgame.com
To get a key simply visit the ArchLord Free To Play page.
If you have any questions visit the Free To Play FAQ.
Get ready for the battle of your life in ArchLord, the free to play MMO. Download it now at Archlordgame.com
Read more on Archlord here.
A joint announcement from Elephant entertainment, Gamecock Media Group and Auran will see Elephant Entertainment distributing the game in North America.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, August 16, 2007 - Underscoring its emergence within the interactive entertainment sector, Elephant Entertainment, a new publishing company bringing innovative entertainment content to retail via unique and compelling retail distribution and consumer availability models, today announced a distribution agreement with Gamecock Media Group and its developer Auran. Under the terms of the agreement, Elephant Entertainment has exclusive retail distribution rights to Auran's Fury, a highly acclaimed new player-vs.-player massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) throughout North America.
"Mike Wilson and Harry Miller are industry mavericks with a reputation for pushing the industry in innovative and inspired directions. It is that independent sensibility that is a perfect for fit for Elephant," said Wim Stocks, CEO and president of Elephant Entertainment. "We're pleased to partner with Gamecock, and to do so with such a high-quality and original product as Fury."
According to Mike Wilson, CEO and grand champeen of Gamecock Media Group, "Elephant Entertainment has embraced Gamecock's unconventional approach and artist-first philosophy. We are excited to be working with a company that offers impressive industry experience and an unfettered willingness and success at creating innovative distribution programs."
Created by Auran, Fury combines the best elements of MMORPGs, RPG combat systems and first-person shooters to deliver the ultimate player vs. player experience. Get straight into the fight in a fantasy world of swords and magic. No grind, no waiting - just adrenaline-fueled combat. Fury's design eliminates the often 'boring' parts of traditional online role-playing games but keeps everything players love.
Read more on Fury here.
In the past here at MMORPG.com, we have run editorials on how our writers feel about real life gender in gaming and whether or not it is a factor. Today, Community Manager Laura Genender looks at what our community thinks about the subject.
P>Scene: It's your favorite MMO, late at night in the capital city. Few players are around, and you've just gotten back from a very prosperous hunt - not only did you finally reach max level, but you got a rare item drop along the way. Oh sure, it's only priest usable and no good to your necromancer, but a rare drop's a rare drop.
Up comes a female Elven healer. She's moderately geared, 3 levels below you, and immediately starts waving and dance emoting at you. She sends you a tell, "Hi! ^_^!" and gets you talking about your latest adventures. She seems impressed, and when you show her that rare drop she responds, "Oooooh! O.O that's GORGEOUS! XD"
Of course, we all know exactly what we do next. We wish her well, continue the conversation maybe, but ignore her hints about how wonderfully that item would improve her healing. You just met her, after all. Right?
Read the rest of the spotlight here.
MMORPG.com is very pleased to announce that we have teamed up with NCSoft to bring you a free trial of City of Heroes and City of Villains including the all new Issue 10 Update: "Invasion"! This 14 day free trial will give you full access to both games completely free with no credit card information required!
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21 new images depicting the terrain and scenery of Northrend have been added to our World of Warcraft screenshot gallery.
To view the full size images, and to see the rest of the new screens, visit our gallery here.
Outgoing Vanguard Community Relations Manager Michelle "Elionia" Butler has posted a few parting words on the Vanguard official site, alongside a message from their incoming Community Representative Ellyra.
I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to those of you in the Vanguard community who have not seen me around before. My name's Julie (aka Ellyra) and I'm the new Vanguard Community Representative.
A little bit about me and my background. I started with SOE in January as an intern and have dabbled in a lot of different things since then. I'm nearly finished with my degree in Media Studies and Political Science (after many, many long years of school!) I look forward to continuing my career in gaming, as it's something I'm extremely passionate about.
I've been gaming for quite some time. My first taste came back in 1994 or so when I found myself addicted to a text game called 'Legends.' The BBS I played on supported a dozen players, and wiped itself once a week. I was hooked from day one. From there I went on to play Doom on a BBS called H2H. As for MMO's, I've played a lot of what's currently out there, some more than others; EQ, EQII, WoW, LoTRo, and of course, Vanguard, to name a few.
Read the farewell here.
Read the Greeting here.