NCsoft has published information of what's to come in Deployment 13 for Tabula Rasa, with details focusing on the command system.
In D13, we introduce the first "roll out" of the Command System, previously named the Minion System (sounds better now doesn't it?). Below, QA Extroidanaire, Dev_Harleyquin, explains how to use this system while it is on PTS. And for those that don't want to wait to check out a sneak peak of a certain new feature in D13, we've included a spoiler screenshot below.
Subordinates are AIs that are associated with a master who is a player. They include pets, mission NPCs , and devices such as turrets. There are a few general rules that can be applied to most subordinates.
* Offensive subordinates will prefer to attack hostile targets
* Healing subordinates will prefer to heal their master
* Movement or repositioning will generally take priority over other actions
* Player controlled subordinates will teleport with their masters, but not change maps
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Upper Deck has announced that the World of Warcraft miniatures game will be released on November 11th.
North Las Vegas, NV—On Tuesday, November 11, you can finally hold the power of Azeroth in the palm of your hand! On that date, Upper Deck (UD) will release the long-awaited World of Warcraft Miniatures Game. Available in four-figure Starter Sets and three-figure randomized booster packs, the World of Warcraft Miniatures Game features amazingly detailed figures and innovative, engaging game play. Visit WoWMinis.com for a hobby store near you!
Each of the 66 figures available in the World of Warcraft Miniatures Game reflects the imagery and style of the popular World of Warcraft online game characters. And some fan-favorite characters have even been made into Minis, including Leeroy Jenkins, Warchief Thrall and Varimathras. Each miniature can be mounted on a uniquely engineered, removable base, allowing it to serve as both a game piece and a standalone collectible.
The World of Warcraft Miniatures Game four-figure Starter Set offers everything two people need to play right out of the box, including Upper Deck’s pioneering detachable bases (dubbed the UBase™), a Beginner’s Guide, custom dice, and a game map. The Starter Set also includes character cards describing each figure’s attacks and abilities, as well as interchangeable Action Bar cards for an extra layer of customization. The booster packs feature 3 randomized figures, complete with their associated cards.
In addition to offering the best quality figures in the pre-painted miniatures market, the World of Warcraft Miniatures Game booster packs provide players with a sample pack of cards from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, which might include a Loot™ card from the upcoming Drums of War expansion. These rare cards give players access to exclusive cosmetic in-game upgrades for their online World of Warcraft characters.
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IGG has announced the opening of a new credit mall in Wonderland Online.
After several weeks of preparation, the Wonderland Online team has now opened a Credit Mall in which players can buy items with credits. At present, weaponry, armory, furniture, vehicles and Holy EXP Potions are all available in that Mall. We are sure that no matter whether you are a newbie or a veteran, you will find something special there. We will be releasing even more items later.
How to get credits?
Now there are many ways to get credits, such as by buying points from the Item Mall, from exclusive promotional events, from the forum Karma exchanging and as rewards from different events.
1. Item Mall purchasing
You can obtain credits which equal 10% of the total points you spend when purchasing Item Mall items. (The corresponding credits will be charged into your accounts within 5 minutes after you have used the Item Mall Points.)
2. Promotional events
You can obtain credits after joining promotional events. These can be exchanged for cash or WL credits.
3. Forum Karma exchanging
You can obtain Karma points after posting comments in the WL forum and then you can exchange them for WL credits. 1 karma point is equal to 1 credit.
4. Rewards from different events
You can join various Wonderland Online online and offline events and have a chance to be rewarded with credits.
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MMORPG.com's Jef Reahard writes this re-review of SOE's Star Wars Galaxies. Using our new review system, Reahard has kept the controversey of the game's past in mind while focusing his review on the game as it stands today.
Perhaps no game in the short history of MMORPGs has generated as much controversy as Star Wars Galaxies. Since the title's debut in June of 2003, it has constantly evolved (even more so than is normal for this notoriously fickle genre), going through two combat engine changes and three development teams, as well as quite a lot of player turnover. While it’s tempting to offer up yet another summary of where the game went wrong, and how great it used to be (through those rose-colored collector's edition goggles, no doubt), this re-review will instead attempt to approach the title with a fresh perspective, ostensibly that of someone playing the game for the first time (an admittedly tall order for a launch day/beta veteran, so bear with me). Say what you will about Galaxies' meandering path to its present incarnation, but what you can't say is that there is a deeper game on the market, as it consistently accommodates a range of play styles by offering diverse options that the 'give me pew pew or give me death' mentality of the rest of the industry chooses to ignore.
Read the review here.
MMORPG.com EVE Online Correspondent Andrew Wallace writes this guide for Salvagers in CCP's EVE Online.
Salvagers are the carrion-eaters of New Eden; they drift through the stellar battlefields, picking at the wreckage of NPCs and players alike. The salvaged components, from smashed trigger units to contaminated nanite compounds, are the key materials for rigs that can be permanently fitted to a ship in order to further increase its capabilities. So, how does one go about it?
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The folks at Runes of Magic have written up an overview of the Dustdevil Canyon, a sun scorched region on the world of Taborea.
We had warm areas with blooming meadows, deep forests with mystical backgrounds and icy tundra’s with their snowy and dangerous mountains. Compared to the other zones, “Dustdevil Canyon” is dominated by the sun, which by its steady presence has turned this place into a red desert. But even with these temperatures, life exists and the history of this area is no less impressive.
The “Dustdevil Canyon”
The Canyon is split into an upper and lower part half by the river Ikaoils, which in the old language means “snake path”. The hawk totem worshipping settlement “Stormreach” has lived here for a very long time. This area is known for its presence of the “Might of Wind”. A highly evolved nation lived here during the time of the old Realms. The ruler of this nation was obsessed in further advancing the use the rune stones. With their abilities they used the ample available mystical power of the wind.
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Wicked Interactive has just announced the launch of their new MMORPG Ace Online.
The Free to Play Flight-Action MMORPG now features an Item Mall with membership bundles, character and equipment upgrades, power-ups, accessories and more---"Newbie" Item Packages Available for Free to New Players Until Oct. 3
Toronto, CANADA-September 26, 2008-Wicked Interactive (www.wickedinteractiveltd.com), a North American MMO publisher, today announced the official launch of ACE Online on the Suba Games platform. Starting today, all gamers can join the fast-growing ACE Online community by going to www.subagames.com and registering for a Suba Games account. To coincide with ACE Online's full release, Wicked Interactive is launching an in-game Item Mall, as well as offering exclusive launch promotions and bonuses to new players.
ACE Online's item mall will offer a wide variety of cool and helpful items for avid ACE pilots. These include fully-featured "membership bundles", which extend a character's abilities and options considerably for up to three months at a time! The item mall will also offer stat-increasing character and equipment modifications, basic items and power-ups, and accessories which allow players to customize their gear's appearance to their own personal tastes.
In honor of ACE Online's launch, and the grand opening of the in-game item mall, Suba Games is offering new players a special "Newbie Bundle". This bundle includes an assortment of five valuable in-game items with real cash value, including a "Power Leveling Set", which temporarily increases the amount of experience gained, items dropped, and money earned, by 30%. This bundle will be extremely helpful to new players in getting their "gear" off the ground. This is an exclusive promotion in commemoration of ACE Online's full release and will only be available until Friday October 3rd, 2008, so sign up now!
"The official launch of ACE Online is a milestone achievement for the Wicked Interactive team. It marks the first official release on the SUBA Games platform," said Stanley Yu, CEO of Wicked Interactive Ltd. "With our new player package we are making it easy for new players to dive right into the game's burgeoning online community." ACE Online is a 3D space shooter that combines action and MMORPG elements. Developed by MasangSoft, one of Korea's most renowned gaming enterprises, the game puts players in the role of fighter pilots and behind the controls of ships known as "Gears". As players traverse this intergalactic world at war, they will complete missions and engage other players in intense aerial dogfights.
ACE Online injects action and shooting elements into the traditional MMORPG formula. Players have complete control over their gear and must engage enemies directly in combat - relying on quick shooting and skillful maneuvering in order to survive. As players progress through the game, they acquire credits which can be used in the game's item shop to purchase hundreds of customizable weapons and add-ons for their "gear". Players can then fly their "gear" into immense online space battles as part of ACE Online's "Nation Wars" PvP system. These RPG elements add a layer of personal customization and multiplayer strategy to ACE Online's already action-packed gameplay. Through the blend of these two gameplay genres, ACE Online offers a fully unique and unrivaled MMO experience.
Key Features of ACE Online:
- Free to download and free to play, no monthly subscription fee
- Inventive mix of MMORPG strategy and social elements with action-packed aerial combat
- Four unique "Gears" to choose from, each with its own unique strengths and weaknesses
- Deep leveling and gear customization systems - literally hundreds of customizable weapons and add-ons
- Nations Wars PvP Combat - engage other players and nations in massive air battles
- Voice Chat - communicate with squad-mates in-game
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The folks at EverQuest II have posted a reminder that the Legends of Norrath Living Legacy scenario will end on September 30th.
The Legends of Norrath Living Legacy scenario has resulted in thousands of games, lots of great fun and an incredible amount of loot for the winners! If you haven’t taken a crack at defeating this entry-level scenario, your time is almost up!
The Legends of Norrath Living Legacy scenario will officially shut down on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.
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The first WAR Grab Bag has been posted in the Warhammer Online Herald. For those unfamiliar with Mythic's style, they collect a series of common questions from the players and answer them in one convenient location.
Q. My fellow guild officers and I are having a ‘discussion’ about whether or not we should alts in the guild. How does guild leveling work, exactly? Would having a bunch of extra inactive characters cause our guild to level more slowly than if we were all active?
A. No, having inactive characters in your guild roster won’t slow down your guild advancement. A guild gains experience and ranks through the actions of its members. Anytime members earn experience and/or renown the guild earns experience as well. So having a battalion of inactive alts is not a detriment to your guild’s ability to level.
Q. How exactly the does the rested system work? Do you generate the same amount of rested xp no matter where you log out? Can you generate rest xp without logging out by going to a specific area? How much rest xp can you generate max?
A. The most rested experience you can have is equal to one and a half times the experience points you need to complete your current level. The rate of increase depends on your level, so the higher you go, the slower that rested xp bar fills up. As you defeat monsters or players, your experience is doubled until the bar is depleted.
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IGG has posted details of the Pirates Club system in Tales of Pirates.
Tales of Pirates (http://top.igg.com) has released the cool new Pirates Club, a help system for players. It offers a sound platform to help new players and enhance mutual communication between veteran players and newbie players alike.
For newbie players, they can get help and game guides from veterans, better understand the game and easily level up. For the veterans, they will enjoy the satisfaction of helping new players, obtaining game bonuses and surprising rewards from IGG officials. Both sides will benefit a lot. Today we will get a quick glance at the rules for the Pirate Club.
1. Level 65+ players can form a club.
2. Players who are below Level 65 can apply to join a club and become members.
3. Captains and vice captains can edit and re-edit the club information, but the nationality can't be changed.
4. Members can apply to join, and leave clubs freely.
1. Captains can form and dismiss a club, recruit or kick out the any members and check the latest scores.
2. Vice Captains can recruit and kick out members, and check the latest scores.
1. Help members to use the help System.
2. Help members to get a better understanding of the game and to level up.
3. Help them to avoid being cheated.
The TOP team has prepared big rewards for clubs whose members have reached Level 65, also the Top 10 clubs who can obtain the highest scores will be honored as Outstanding Clubs, as well as receiving special rewards.
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The folks at Darkfall have made a small announcement about the current status of their beta test. Currently they are letting testers in based on hardware configurations so they can test how Darkfall runs on different machines.
Hello, this is a small update on our current activities:
Since September the 22nd we've been running tests to make sure that Darkfall runs properly on a variety of hardware configurations. Any external people are being selected strictly by their hardware configuration and are selected and let in gradually. Absolutely no other criteria come into play other than hardware. Also, we are not playtesting. If you are selected for this hardware test you will be notified by email to the address associated with your Darkfall community forum account.
Once we've concluded this phase, we will gradually allow more people in based on various other criteria associated with the testing needs. We may not announce the start of every phase. All the testing up to the open beta phase is protected by NDA.
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Mythic Entertainment has announced that half a million players have joined the armies of Order and Destruction since Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning launched last week.
The Armies have assembled and the Worldwide WAAAGH! is Underway! Mythic Entertainment, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) studio, today announced that in the first week since launch over 500,000 new players have registered for fantasy MMORPG, Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning™ (WAR), in North America, Europe and the Oceanic territories. EA’s most highly pre-ordered PC title, WAR has now become the fastest-selling new MMO of all time.
“In just one week we have a half a million people playing WAR online, and the ranks of Order and Destruction are growing at a record-breaking pace for a new MMORPG,” said Mark Jacobs, co-founder and general manager of Mythic Entertainment. “We spent years working to provide players with the most stable, epic, and polished online world we could, but it is the players that have truly brought the Age of Reckoning to life.”
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MMORPG.com Correspondent Mike Balent writes this guide for woodcutters in the popular game, Runescape.
Woodcutting is one of the many non-combat skills in Runescape. Woodcutting, obviously, consists of cutting down trees and retrieving the logs. One of the main goals of this guide was to make it so both members and nonmembers could follow it (although I have added some member pieces in here as well). To woodcut, you need an axe and a tree; then you're ready for action! I hope you enjoy the guide.
Trees and Axes:
The two main parts of woodcutting are the axe and the tree itself. As a player reaches a higher woodcutting level, they will have the ability to cut better, profitable trees, as well as having the ability to use stronger axes. The axe that a player uses is very important, especially if they are cutting a higher level tree. The better axe you have, the quicker you will cut logs. You need a certain woodcutting level to use each axe; just like you need a certain woodcutting level to cut a certain tree.
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Sunnyvale, California – September 25th, 2008 – Gala-Net Inc. will release the next chapter to Flyff: Fly for Fun this October 7th in its North American market through its game portal (www.gpotato.com). In this new version, known as Version 12 (V.12), a new boss NPC called, Rangda, will be unveiled to players that have been anxiously waiting for this exciting update.
The Rangda is the soul of a cursed witch that lies deep within the forest of Darkon. There are four incarnations of the Rangda: Rangda, Horrible Rangda, Uncanny Rangda, and Dreadful Rangda, and each offer players an opportunity to obtain rare items which are extremely valuable in the world of Madrigal.
Details of the Rangda:
Challenging Boss NPC: Only mid-to-high level players (at least level 70) should challenge Rangda.
Special Item Drops: Rangda will drop special items and appear in various places on the map.
Higher Tier Weapon Drops: Each Rangda drops unique weapons that are from the tier of items above her level (Ex: Lv 70 Rangda drops Lv 80 weapons).
Rage: Her HP recovery and attack power will increase when its HP is low.
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Blizzard has posted the brackets for the BlizCon 08 World of Warcraft Arena tournament.
The brackets for the StarCraft, Warcraft III, and World of Warcraft Arena tournaments at BlizzCon are now live. These brackets show the starting matches and also provide some information about the contestants who will be competing in this year's BlizzCon tournaments. We will be updating these brackets during BlizzCon, so make sure to check back to see the latest tournament results and replays.
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Blizzard has posted details of the DirectTV coverage of BlizzCon 08 for those who would prefer to watch the action from the comfort of their own home.
For anyone interested in experiencing the panels, contests, tournaments, and other highlights of BlizzCon from the comfort of their own home, we'd like to provide a more thorough idea of what to expect from DIRECTV's U.S. pay per view package of live HD event coverage.
Multiple cameras will be travelling the show floor to capture the experience of being at BlizzCon, and the coverage will be anchored from a central broadcast desk. The hosts for the show will be:
* Geoff Keighley, executive producer and host of Spike's GameTrailers TV, the #1-rated videogame show on television
* Becky "AKTREZ" Young, creator and leading lady of the Girls Entertainment Network
* Kat Hunter, general manager of professional gaming team for the Championship Gaming Series, the San Francisco Optx, and former Frag Doll
Celebrity guests Patton Oswalt and Jay Mohr will also be appearing -- Jay is returning to host the live BlizzCon contests, and Patton will be performing a comedy routine during the closing-night ceremony, which will also feature all-Blizzard rock band Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain. In addition, senior Blizzard Entertainment developers such as Rob Pardo, Jay Wilson, Dustin Browder, and Jeff Kaplan will be rotating in and out of the broadcast desk throughout the day to talk about their work and share their thoughts on the convention as it unfolds.
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MMORPG.com Final Fantasy XI Correspondent Wesley Bond takes a look at the Beastmaster class in the MMO chapter of the Final Fantasy franchise.
In the original version of Final Fantasy XI, the class Beastmaster was the only true solo job in the game, but players developed solo strategies for other jobs and new solo jobs have come from the expansions to the world of Vana'diel.
Still, Beastmaster remains the premiere solo class in the game. Its strength comes from the fact that you temporarily charm creatures in a particular region to fight other mobs for you. You are able to garner the strength of beasts that would normally take an entire party to bring down and use them to wreak havoc on your local adversaries. The style of play is very different from other MMOs where you normally keep and level a pet more like a sidekick. In the Beastmaster's case you learn to use the monsters at hand and utilize your knowledge of a creature's natural predators or a humanoid's weaknesses to tip the advantage in your favor. It is a dance of death whose steps must be carefully managed as you charm a path of destruction through the land.
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Lockpick entertainment has posted word of two events that are currently running in Dreamlords.
A shadowy creature is standing really close to your home city. Maybe you should go there and see what it is that he, or she, wants... The creature might not hang around forever though, so do not waste too much time.
The Lucid Dreams Event
The Lucid Dreams event will start Friday September 26 at 10.00(CET) and last until Thursday October 2 at 10.00(CET). Don't miss this small but interesting event...
The Skyfall Event
Will she reach to her goal? For every piece of land that her Eyes travel, the chances of finally standing face to face with him grows. The current Skyfall event will end on Tuesday September 30 at 10.00(CET).
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