MMORPG.com StarQuest Online Correspondent Allen Richardson writes this new guide focusing on the science aspect of the sci-fi MMO.
Testing and Injecting Chemicals:
Here we start the experimental or administer phase. Usually a good scientist can identify the effects of a compound and know what the outcome may possibly be, but testing always help to ease the mind.
There are a few safety measures when testing chemicals, especially when giving it to a patient. Most test the chemical on themselves, but it is a good idea to have highly skilled medic available and about 4 bottles of tanga juice. When testing on a patient, make sure they are aware of the possible risk and that they volunteered willingly for this procedure. Some chemicals are known to have PERMANENT attribute changes, so keep them informed of such a possibility.
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CCP has announced the dates for this year's EVE Fanfest, calling EVE enthusiasts to return to Reykjavik from October 1st to 3rd, a month earlier than Fanfests of years past.
It is time once again to start marking your calendars and making your reservations for the 2009 Fanfest in Reykjavik, Iceland! Get ready for another weekend of PVP tournaments, hanging out with the developers, and partying in a sea of fellow EVE Online fans. As always, Fanfest attendees will be treated to videos and announcements on the future of EVE and what players can expect in the upcoming expansions.
Fanfest returns to the epic Laugardalshöll Convention Center, October 1 - 3. A list of Icelandair world departure points and Fanfest packages can be found in this dev blog. Last year flights to Iceland sold out so book your flight as soon as possible!
Further details, including Fanfest Access Pass availability and pricing, will be announced later, as the event draws closer.
Read more here.
IGG has announced thaey will be holding a fleet battle event on March 28th in Voyage Century Online.
In Voyage Century, each fleet should always be prepared for unexpected war. In order to take control of the North Sea territory, each fleet must be ready for the intense combat that’s coming.
Go to Oslo Port on March 28th and find the Fleet Combat Trainer. He will teleport you to the appointed war zone. 2 kinds of enemy ships will spawn in the war zone, and after destroying each ship, you will obtain a score for your fleet. All players will be teleported out of the war zone after the end of the event, and the top 10 fleets that have the highest scores will obtain the rewards.
1. The war zone can hold 20 fleets at most.
2. There are 2 kinds of enemy ships. Each Devil Armed Ship is worth 1 point, and each Hades Armed Ship is worth 5 points. The fleet rankings can be checked in the right corner of the interface.
3. The points will be cleared after the end of the event.
4. Free PK is allowed in the war zone, and your Notoriety won’t be increased if you kill players from other fleets.
5. The consumption of your ships in this scene is the same as in other places.
Players will be rewarded with money and Exp according to their fleet rankings. At the same time, the fleet captains will have the chance to obtain Elite Captain's Suits.
Read more here.
The folks at World of Kung Fu have announced they will be addin a new novice card system to the game in April, replacing the old system and giving new characters a boost when they begin play.
[Shanghai, March27th, 2009] Just as old players know, World of Kung Fu novice cards can be exchanged for in-game items which will make it much easier for new players to start their journey in the game.
Now VestGame Entertainment will release their new novice card system in early April, which is different from the old one. Any new coming player who registers their account will receive 3 novice cards automatically. And the 3 cards can be activated for getting gift packages on the official site directly. Then players will be able to find the given items in their inventory in game.
The amazing gifts will help new players in almost any aspect you can imagine: healing, teleporting, reviving, collecting, getting more experience, and moreover, getting a very cool “vehicle”. Isn’t it the best time to start a fantastic exploration in the World of Kung Fu?
Read more about World of Kung Fu here.
The folks at eudemons Online have posted a preview of the Apotheosis ritual, a feature of their upcoming Divine Path expansion.
In the new expansion of Eudemons Online - the Divine Path, the Twelve Olympians will descend to the mortal world, and seek the most powerful warrior. Those chosen ones will be gifted with god-like power, after they have passed the difficult test – the Apotheosis.
Only the strongest warriors on the continent of Yartland are permitted to the Apotheosis. The Apotheosis ritual is located on the peak of the holy Hirus Mountains. Adventurers pursuing divine power have to possess a loyal 40-star eudemon. To reach the Apotheosis Land where the ritual is held in the limited time of 60 minutes, the mortal warriors must pass the 5 shrines built by the Twelve Olympians on the Hirus Mountains. The 5 shrines are Ares Shrine of Power; Apollo Shrine of Agility; Poseidon Shrine of Stamina; Athena Shrine of Wisdom; and Hermes Shrine of Spirit.
Read more here.
MMORPG.com has obtained special Open beta keys for Ultimate Soccer Boss that will let you get special premium in-game items when you activate your account. All you need to get your free open beta key is your MMORPG.com account.
The Open Beta Key includes one Strength Recovery Pack and 100,000 Points. The gift items will transfer to your account upon activating your open beta key.
About Ultimate Soccer Boss
Ultimate Soccer Boss is the first ever free-to-play soccer manager browser game powered by Digenetics' advanced proprietary evolutionary computation technology. Soccer managers will now have the ability to lead and manage unique evolving players and clubs with no two players or clubs being alike. Soccer players will evolve over time based on affected variables such as numbers of plays, training matches, and overall management of the club. In addition, Ultimate Soccer Boss features "Ask Advisor" that will provide soccer managers expert advice on match strategies based on calculations performed by complex evolutionary computation mathematical algorithms.
More information about Ultimate Soccer Boss can be found at the official website.
NDOORS Interactive has announced that they are currently working on a major update for Atlantica Online which will add a player housing system, 100 vs. 100 PvP, and a new PvP server where players from any server can meet and kill each other.
NDOORS Interactive today announced from the Game Developers’ Conference plans to release major updates to Atlantica Online, their successful MMORPG (massively multiplayeronline role playing game) title as well as new updates to Luminary: Rise of the GoonZu. Additionally, NDOORS plans to release a new title, WonderKing, in the second quarter of 2009. The new title will add to NDOORS’ growing library of high-quality, free-to-play MMO games, while the new content updates for their existing games will ensure a fresh gameplay experience for the players currently enjoying them.
This year will bring a number of refreshing updates that are scheduled for Atlantica Online, a strategic, turn-based MMORPG that combines innovative combat with character/party development and city/country management. After opening their 6th server to meet consumer demand and ensure smooth gameplay, Atlantica Online will continue to provide loyal fans and newcomers alike with the following content updates:
- 100 vs. 100: Battle with up to one hundred friends to manage attacks, coordinate tactics, collect resources and construct buildings in this RTS-style war.
- Titan Server: Atlantica’s first cross-server PvP battle area will create the first true test of who is the best between all servers.
- Housing System: Players will be able to build their own houses to raise children, educate mercenaries, and show off belongings, or decide to set up mines and gardens to cultivate resources or build a workshop to help with crafting projects.
Read about Atlantica Online here.
The folks at Cabal Online have announced tha launch of their Lost World expansion, which adds a newly discovered landmass for players to explore.
El Segundo, Calif. - March 26, 2009 - A lost world has been discovered in CABAL Online, the massively multiplayer role-playing game from OGPlanet, and it's up to the citizens of Nevareth to uncover all its mysteries.
In the just-launched Lost World expansion, CABAL players face the task of exploring the newly discovered island in the Sea of Fracia, facing opponents including pirates and mutants along the way. As the secrets of the island are unlocked, the dangers grow, and only the most skilled adventurers will triumph. Adventurers in the Lost World dungeon will have access to beautiful weapons created with the newly discovered SIG Metal.
Besides the introduction of the mysterious island, CABAL players will find other additions to the action-filled MMORPG in this update. The vast expansion of the title system rewards triumphant monster hunters, PVP fighters, and crafters with titles that offer bonuses to stats. The CABAL Online crafting system has also been improved, with a plethora of new recipes and drop locations, and an increased success rate. Players can also look forward to other cool additions including improved mini-maps and new skills for Force Shielders and Force Bladers.
"The Lost World update is one of the best expansions we have put out for CABAL Online," said Chris Woolley, producer of CABAL Online. "We're opening up a whole new world of challenges to our players, and with pirates, mutants, and dangers galore, they're in for quite a ride!"
Read more here.
In his latest Blog entry, Phil Guzzardo, better known as Paragus to folks here at MMORPG.com, takes a look at Alliances in Darkfall as battle lines are drawn across Agon.
Since the writing of my last entry, massive battles have broken out across Agon, and with these battles, the formation of alliances are starting to shape the political landscape. In a previous entry, I mentioned the web of guild relations and the possibility of a political map to help everyone understand it. Apparently the Darkfall community has decided to take matters into their own hands and we are starting to see the community try to understand where the lines are drawn.
When you look at the larger map, you can see the workings of what appears to be geopolitical relationships in some areas of the world. Specifically, the 4 sub-continents seems to have certain guilds who are working together in alliance to either fully control certain land masses, or who are bent on conquering them by driving off other guilds.
Read more here.
The folks at EverQuest II have posted an FAQ guiding players throught the game's housing feature.
Why would I want a house? Do I need a house?
You certainly don't have to buy a house, but there are plenty of benefits to housing. Housing provides you with your own space in Norrath. It can be used for extra storage space, for selling items to other players, and for showcasing you accomplishments...whether those are trophies from your adventuring, quest rewards, items you've crafted, or items you've purchased.
If you're looking for a creative activity within EverQuest II, home decorating is an endless opportunity. Homes are extremely customizable, providing yet another way to personalize your character and establish an identity in the world of Norrath. Our players have come up with hundreds of decorating ideas that are beautiful, amazing, zany, off-the-wall, classic...and everything in between.
Read more here.
The folks at Warhammer Online have posted an overview of one of the key NPC races in Warhammer Online, the Ogres.
Ogres are huge, fearless beings that are famous for two things: eating and fighting. It is hard to miss an Ogre—their size, girth, and gigantic round bellies, which are almost always protected by a round plate of armor, make them easily recognizable.
Ogres will smash and eat anything, preferably in that order, although for the purpose of digestion it is all the same to them. Of the many things that set Ogres apart from other races, their legendary digestion is probably the most outrageous feature. Ogres are known to eat their prey raw. In fact, some incredible legends tell of Ogres who went so far as to devour the siege weapons of conquered enemies to celebrate their victory.
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Frogster has announced that they now hold the publishing rights to Runes of Magic for all European langauges as well as the licence to publish the Spanish version in North America.
Berlin, 26.03.2009: At the Game Developers Conference still in full swing Frogster has secured the rights to further territories and language versions of Runes of Magic. The management team of Frogster Online Gaming has been granted the exclusive rights for all further European language versions of Runes of Magic for Europe as well as the exclusive licence for the for the Spanish language version for the USA and Canada. This means that the Frogster Group is now holding, along with the Korean licence, all of the licences for Europe with the exception of Turkey. In securing these licences, Frogster has risen to become the de facto almost sole publisher of the international blockbuster MMORPG in the western hemisphere.
In its first week of sales in German retail, Runes of Magic has simultaneously moved into the top spot in the GfK (Society for Consumer Market Research) sales charts. The German boxed version of the MMORPG leapt straight from out of the blocks to the top of the chart for PC games in the segment below 28 Euro, knocking the genre king, World of Warcraft, from the throne. Taking the PC title sector as a whole, the virtual fantasy world peaked in second place according to units sold among current full-price titles. “Although Runes of Magic is available worldwide as a free download, we have been able to create a very successful boxed product for the German-speaking market by assembling an attractive item and collector package”, commented Rolf Klöppel, Frogster’s Head of Marketing and PR, discussing Runes of Magic‘s chart entry in the industry magazine “GamesMarkt”. “Within incredibly short time we have managed to create a hype around Runes of Magic which is Seite 2 von 4 reflected by having 700,000 registered players already. Following on from the successful online marketing, we are now experiencing a strong impact on the retail market."
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MMORPG.com Ultima Online expert V D has provided us with this guide to Chivalry Skill training in the classic MMO.
Chivalry Skill Training Guide
If you are a Paladin then Chivalry is a required skill for you, and it is also of great use for all melee characters because it allows casting of magic spells to heal and to enhance combat abilities. The only real requirement for those spells will be tithing points. Focus is also a good skill to have depending on the type of combat you have chosen, since it will regenerate both mana and stamina passively.
Tithing points are like mana for mages. The difference is that tithing points are bought with 1 piece of gold per point, and you can only have a maximum of 100,000 points at a time on your chivalry spell book. In order to purchase points you have to go to any shrine. There is one in Luna, the Shrine of Wisdom. While carrying all the gold you can in your bag you single click the ankh and in the menu select ithe Gold Now it will ask how much you wish to donate, and it must be in increments of 100 gold pieces. The price of tithing points never changes, but having high karma will reduce the amount of points required to cast each spell.
MMORPG.com Dofus Correspondent Christy Bazell writes this look at the baking profession in Ankama's MMO.
How would you like to make kama fast, fast, fast?
Making Kama fast is easy, make and sell a product that everyone in game has to have....what is that you ask?
Bread of course!
Bread is the amazing healing food that every player needs; Sacs and Iops especially. Every time a player takes damage they lose a health point (HP). Health points need to be replenished or your character will die. There are 3 options for refilling HP; resting, potions or bread.
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The folks at Wonderland Online have announced a series of events to celebrate the one year anniversary of the game's launch.
On March 27th, 2009,Wonderland Online (http://wl.igg.com/main.php) will be celebrating its first birthday. In the past year, 8 servers have gathered more than 1.4 million members. To thank for players’ wonderful support, Wonderland Online will offer you a series of events:
First of all, any player who stays online between 1 a.m. March 27th and 12 a.m. March 28th will enjoy double experience. In addition, many surprising gifts will be laid for you to collect in Wellington Village in branch 2 of every server. Nimbus Spar and Yacht Voucher, as the most popular game items which cannot be bought normally, will be displayed on sale in Item Mall during the celebration. Another 3 events are:
100 Credits Giveaway (Duration: March 27th—April 2nd)
During the event, all players fulfilling requirements will gain 100 credits at most.
WLO Anniversary Essays Contest (Duration: March 21st—March 31st)
To celebrate WLO’s 1st anniversary, officials have been holding an essay contest. You can write about whatever you have received from WLO.
Fortune Bombing (Duration: March 27th—March 30th)
If you like gambling, you cannot miss this. Players will have some chance to win fabulous Culver Voucher, 1000000 Gold, 8X Holy EXP Potion and Evil Gown.
Follow your destiny on March 27th, 2009 and celebrate with us our First Ever Grand Anniversary!
Read more here.
MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood is at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week. While there, he met with the guys from Crime Craft to take a look at their upcoming MMO / shooter game.
At the 2009 Game Developer’s Conference, I had the opportunity to sit down with the guys behind the upcoming shooter / MMO, Crime Craft and to get my first look at the game in progress.
Right now the game, which runs on the Unreal 3 Engine, is in the Friends and Family stages of testing, with a launch scheduled for the third quarter of 2009.
For those of you out there who may not be familiar with the premise, Crime Craft melds many conventions of an MMORPG with the fast-paced and skill based action of a third person shooter. The game itself (or at least the prepared demo area of the game), even in these early stages, looks fantastic. As soon as the developers entered into the common area of the game, I was reminded of the dirty / semi-realistic city look of games like Grand Theft Auto.
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