MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood is in Leipzig for the Games Convention. While there, he caught up with ArenaNet Co-Founder Jeff Strain to talk about Guild Wars; past, present and future.
One-on-one interview with Guild Wars
Jeff Strain co-founder of ArenaNet talks with Jon Wood about Guild Wars. Note:Excuse the loud ambient noise, it's a big show!
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MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood is in Leipzig for the Games Convention. While there, he had a chance to sit down with EA Mythic's dynamic duo, Jeff Hickman and Paul Barnett. The pair gave us their presentation on Elves in Warhammer Online.
One-on-two interview with Warhammer Online
Jeff Hickman and Paul Barnett of EA Mythic give us a one-on-one Warhammer Online Presentation and an early look at the lighting changes in-game. Note: Pardon the loud ambient noise from this very busy event... and it might take a few minutes to load - it's long!
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The folks over at Dark Age of Camelot have announced that they will be holding a contest where the winning players will have an NPC named after them.
Have you ever wished to have your name forever immortalized within Camelot? Did you enjoy the Dragon Campaign? Well our latest contest will tickle your medieval toes, read on:
Welcome to the "Put your name in Camelot contest". We will be selecting 3 lucky winners (one from each realm) who will have their character's name become the name of a NPC in the game. This could be you!
To qualify you will need to include all of the following:
- Character Name, Class, Race, Server, (Guild if applicable)
- Name for the submission * (if different, see information below)
- Screenshot of your character in their Dragon Campaign armor in action
- A short story of no more then 300 words, about the Dragon Campaign and your character's role in it.
Once you have gathered all of the above, send it in an e-mail to email@example.com
Get all the details here.
Blizzard has updated their World of Warcraft Guide with a new page on the Netherwing dragonflight and how to gain reputation with them.
When Ner'zhul recklessly opened multiple new portals on Draenor, the resulting magical stress tore the planet apart. The energies released in this catastrophe altered Deathwing's eggs, resulting in the nether drakes: ethereal dragons whose bodies are composed of energies from the Twisting Nether. Without Deathwing's guidance, these otherworldly nether drakes are just now finding their own way among the blasted ruins of Outland.
Players earn reputation and complete quests for the Netherwing to earn experience, gold, and to ultimately receive a nether drake flying mount. This epic mount can best be described as "extremely cool." Once you reach exalted reputation with Netherwing, you receive a free nether drake mount after completing some quests. Additional nether drakes of different colors can thereafter be purchased for 200 gold each.
Every player begins at hated reputation. If you want to win over the Netherwing brood you will first need to talk to Mordenai, a NPC who travels around the Netherwing Fields in Shadowmoon Valley. He will offer you a questline that take you all the way to neutral reputation. Some of these quests require groups to complete.
Read more here.
Ankama Games have announced the release of episode 11 for Dofus. The new episode will contain a new area, a new dungeon, new monsters and weapons and more.
The MMORPG DOFUS is releasing today Episode 11 on server Shika: MoonWatch
Our story starts at sea... a perilous voyage to an unknown land... a shipwreck. The vessel is dashed to pieces and all the helpless souls within her drowned. All saved one... Not for you a watery end... but a new life beginning on stranger shores.
This new episode will contain:
- A new area: the Moon Island
- A new dungeon: the Moon Dungeon
- News monsters including Canon Dorf, Kanniboul Sarbak and Tikokoko.
- New weapons, armors and sets including the Turtle set
- A new spell: the Moon Hammer Spell
- A new pet: the Nomoon
In order to celebrate the release of Episode 11: MoonWatch, a prerelease event - The four fantastic swords- was organized on Wednesday in the afternoon.
Read more about Dofus here.
IGG has released 4 more samples of the music from their Greek mythology themed MMO, GodsWar Online.
There is a variety of background music in Gods War online (http://gw.igg.com). Soft, classical, romantic and passionate...... Each melody features its own unique charms, with the background music changing automatically to match the gameplay in the scenes.
You may still remember the Soundtrack Samples #1 which were released one month ago. Here you have the second release of soundtrack samples, which contains another four music tracks for you to savor:
Listen to The Commercial City here.
Listen to The Goddess Artemis here.
Listen to The Snow-covered Mountain here.
Listen to To Give Praise To Forest here.
The Lord of the Rings Online official site has been updated with an overview of their pedigree and notary systems, which allow players to create family lines.
Throughout the course of your adventures in The Lord of the Rings OnlineTM: Shadows of AngmarTM (LOTRO), the people you play with often come to feel like family, whether they are members of a closely-knit kinship, a group of your real-life friends, or even members of your actual family. You can recognize such bonds by creating your own in-game family tree with the LOTRO Pedigree System!
If you want to start a family, you can, like old Willem Haverford, adopt children of your own. The first step is to assign your character a generation (in Willem's case, the first generation). Using the drop-down box next to Change Generation, choose 1, then select "Change Generation."
In this example, Adney selected Generation 2 to prepare to be Willem's son. Willem then adopted Adney by targeting him and typing "/adopt." A confirmation window appeared for Adney, and after he accepted the adoption, Willem saw him listed as a "child" in the family tree, and Adney saw Willem as his "parent."
Game System: Pedigree 3rd Generation Family Tree - Click for larger image! Let's examine the story, and see how the Haverford's full family tree was created:
Willem is 1st generation; he adopted Adney and Elodee, both 2nd generation. Elodee then left, and Willem went to the local Notary to disown her (we'll discuss the Notary below). Elodee is no longer in the Haverford family tree after being disowned.
Read the full article here.
ArenaNet has announced that they will be holding a sneak peak weekend of Guild Wars: Eye of the North, for players who pre-order the first official expansion to Guild Wars. The 72 hours of early access begins August 24th.
72 Hours of Early Access!
Immerse yourself in three whole days of exclusive action-packed early access to the entire Far Shiverpeaks region. North of the so-called civilized lands lies a region blanketed in snow and ice, rife with adventure. Home to the legendary Eye of the North and the fiercely independent Norn, this mountainous tract hosts untold challenges and riches.
Everything you acquire during the Sneak Peek Weekend, including items, XP, Heroes, and loot, will be available to you when the game goes live on August 31.
Get the details here.
Blizzard has announced phase one of their efforts to improve the Armory, their searchable database of World of Warcraft information.
The first phase of our comprehensive Armory optimization is now live. The goal of this ongoing optimization is to increase performance, functionality, and intuitiveness across the board.
The first phase includes the following specific improvements:
Smarter, faster results pages
The Armory's various search results pages respond more quickly when changing pages or sorting within the results. The Armory's right hand panel also takes advantage of this new speed and now remembers what page you were last viewing as well.
Open Armory links in new windows/tabs
Now you can open links from the Armory in their own tabs or windows for quick comparisons between profiles, items, search results, and more.
Visit the Armory here.
Read more here.
MMORPG.com's coverage of the Leipzig Games Convention kicks off today with new show blog entries from Evan Wilkinson and Jon Wood, and photos from the show.
Be sure to keep checking back for more coverage from the convention!
Read the blog entries here
Take a look at the gallery here.
Electronic Arts has announced today that they will be the distributor of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning in Europe.
Geneva, Switzerland, August 22, 2007 - Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced the signature of a distribution deal with GOA for the highly anticipated massively-multiplayer online (MMO) game, Warhammer(R) Online: Age of Reckoning(TM) (WAR). Effective immediately, EA will be the exclusive distributor of the boxed product to stores across Europe.
GOA, the France Telecom-owned publisher of online games, previously held distribution rights for WAR and will continue to act as the exclusive publisher and operator of the game in Europe. Since 2001, GOA has published and operated Dark Age of Camelot(TM) in Europe.
"WAR is one of the most anticipated MMOs in the world with a particularly strong following in Europe," said Mark Jacobs, VP and General Manager, EA Mythic. "GOA has been an outstanding partner with Dark Age of Camelot and by pairing them with EA's top sales and distributions teams in Europe, we now have an unbeatable combination."
Ghislaine LeRhun, Senior Vice President of GOA, said "EA's unrivaled distribution reach in Europe will help make WAR the success we anticipate. We couldn't have wished for a better partnership".
Based on Games Workshop's epic and longstanding tabletop fantasy war game, Warhammer Online, Age of Reckoning features revolutionary Realm vs. Real(TM) (RvR) gameplay that immerses players in a world of perpetual conflict.
Scheduled for launch on the PC in the first quarter of 2008, the game will be available in retail outlets and via download through EA's digital distribution channel.
Read more about Warhammer Online here.
K2 Network has announced that they are changing Sword of the New World to a free to play buisness model.
IRVINE, Calif. - (August 22, 2007) - K2 Network, Inc. (www.k2network.net), an online game publisher, announced today that it has expanded its Free2Play model for the epic Age of Exploration MMORPG Sword of the New World: Granado Espada. The game is available for download in North America and Europe at www.swordofthenewworld.com. Sword of the New World initially launched as Free2play up to level 20, after which players purchased a monthly subscription to level characters beyond 20. All of that has changed, with no limitations on content, levels or areas to explore. For those players still seeking the premium experience, K2 has kept the Cash Merchant, which offers rare and sought after items to be purchased in-game.
"K2 Network's Free2play model is the heart of our business," said Joshua Hong, CEO and Founder of K2 Network. "We launched Sword of the New World as a Free2Play title - free to download, free to try, and free to play up to level 20. We are extremely excited about this title, especially with such gorgeous graphics and the ability to play up to three characters at once, but Free2Play up to level 20 just isn't enough! At K2 Network, we put Gamers First, and thanks to the community supporting this game, we are now able to offer the same Free2Play model as all of our other titles. It's Free2play all the way!"
Sword of the New World: Granado Espada's expanded Free2Play offer does not adversely affect paying subscribers in any way. Current subscribers who have an un-used paid month will receive 1,000 Cash Shop Gold in addition to all three web unique player characters: Adelina Esperanza, Lisa Lynway, and M'boma (a total value of 40 dollars US).
Get all the details here.
Today, MMORPG.com's Joe Iuliani gives his first impressions of the recently announced World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King.
Blizzard announces World of Warcraft expansion. Chinese gold farmers rejoice. (Let's face it higher levels mean more gold, Burning Crusade proved that).
From what I can tell from what the official announcement has to say, if you have been happy with what World of Warcraft has had to offer, Wrath of the Lich King looks like a crowd pleaser. If you've been disenchanted with WoW, um, why are you still playing?
Announced Features of Wrath of the Lich King are:
- Master the necromantic powers of the Death Knight - World of Warcraft's first Hero class.
- Quest to level 80, gaining potent new abilities and talents along the way.
- Learn the craft of spell augmentation with the new Inscription profession.
- Brave the harsh new continent of Northrend, the icy domain of the Lich King.
- Engage in epic siege warfare, deploying mighty siege engines to lay waste to destructible buildings in your path.
- Transform your hero's look with new character-customization options, including new hairstyles and dances.
- Explore perilous new dungeons filled with some of the deadliest creatures -- and greatest treasures -- on Azeroth.
- And much, much more...
Read the whole article here.
The folks over at The Chronicles of Spellborn have posted the latest edition of their Game Design developer journal. This time the focus is on designing the environment and the placement of flora and fauna.
A big part of the Spellborn view on what an MMO should be, is that the world should look like it's alive. This doesn't mean we're a bunch of Gaja loving tree-huggers, but it does mean we want the player to feel he's part of a world where he is not the only one with a purpose. Most of all we don't want to make him feel like he's just "playing a game" in a fake-world. To reach this goal, all the departments must closely work together. Environment does their best to provide us with atmospheric, richly detailed worlds that give a sense of wonder about what went on here and what we might encounter on our adventures. Sound gives the world it's "clothes" so to speak, as it's being covered in ambient noises and music. This alone would give a great result, but then there would still be one element missing, the life itself.
In the "real" world, most living creatures on this planet are animals so naturally they should form a large part of any virtual world as well (let's ignore the 99 percent of animals that are almost too small to see for the sake of this article).
Having established that we need a bunch of creatures to fill our world, the next step is to determine what kind of creatures and where to put them.
Read the full article here.
NCsoft has announced their plans for showing City of Heroes and City of Villains at the Penny Arcade Expo.
If you're going to the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle this weekend (August 24-26) be sure to drop by the NCsoft both, #324 and see City of Heroes in action!
Positron, Lead Designer, will be in the booth on Saturday, August 25 and City of Heroes Community Manager, Lighthouse, will be there for the whole thing. Be sure to stop by, say hi, and pick up some schwag!
Also remember you can come and hang out with all of the NCsoft team members at the Vault Network Player Meet and Greet on Saturday Night, August 25. Some of the people attending are:
- "Lighthouse" - CoH/CoV
- "CuppaJo" - Tabula Rasa
- "Alyra" - Lineage 2
- "Ornery" - Lineage 2
- "Crickette" - Lineage / Exteel/ Dungeon Runners / Auto Assault
Read more here.
SOE has announced that the Vanguard server merges will commence on August 28th, and they have posted a complete schedule of the mergers.
Server Merges to Begin Tuesday, August 28th 12:01 AM PDT
The much anticipated server merges will begin on Tuesday, August 28th at approximately 12:01 AM PDT. The process will take a few days and require a bit of downtime. The schedule for the merges is as follows:
Xeth PVE US 12:01 AM PDT August 28, 2007
Servers will be brought down at 12:01am (pdt) August 28, 2007 The expected down time is anywhere between 7 and 12 hours, with the new merged server being brought back up sometime after 7:00 AM PDT.
Seradon PVE US 12:01 AM PDT August 29, 2007
Servers will be brought down at 12:01am (pdt) August 29, 2007 The expected down time is anywhere between 7 and 12 hours, with the new merged server being brought back up sometime after 7:00 AM PDT.
See the full schedule here.
ArenaNet has posted some of the results of the Guild Wars Super Fan contest. Players were asked to write a statement about why they are a Guild Wars Super Fan for a chance to win an invite to a Guild Wars VIP party at PAX.
The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is going to be great - three days of gaming goodness. ArenaNet will be there in force, of course, as you can see on our PAX Page.
During that weekend, the Guild Wars After-Hours Party is sure to be the hottest ticket in town. At the party, Guild Wars fans will be able to spend a few hours playing games, enjoying snacks and tasty beverages, and nabbing a little Guild Wars swag, too. The After-Hours Party will host twenty very special individuals, proud winners of the Guild Wars Super Fan 2007 Contest.
Entries in the contest arrived from all over the Pacific Northwest, from the Midwest, from the south, the East Coast, and even from Europe. The unique entries portray the wide variety of people who love Guild Wars. We thought you might enjoy seeing a few, categorized by "personality types," if you will.
Read about the Guild Wars Super Fans here.
The folks over at blizzard have posted details of the in-game loot that will be available with Fires of Outland, the latest expansion for the World of Warcraft TCG.
Anyone in the user's party can click the pot to receive one helping of gumbo. The pot will remain until all five helpings are taken. The gumbo food item will stay in the user's inventory until he or she logs out and is tradable to other players of the same faction. Eating the gumbo will grant the consumer a five-minute buff. At random intervals during that time, the player will belch out a stream of noxious green gas with a loud, audible, "Burp!"
The second Loot item in Fires of Outland is the Fishing Chair. Usable outdoors, the Chair is another in-inventory item that creates a wooden chair with an umbrella that the owner can sit in by right clicking. Additionally, the player can use a fishing pole to fish while sitting in the chair. It's great for catching Mr. Pinchy or watching two paladins duel for an hour. With the hibachi blanket and umbrella Loot item from Through the Dark Portal, you can now set up your own portable picnic.
Finally, we come to the rarest Loot card in Fires of Outland, the Spectral Tiger. Our second Loot mount, the Spectral Tiger is available at the standard level 40 mount speed and at epic level 60 mount speed. Like a standard mount, players will need the appropriate riding skill to use it. When you turn in the code for this card to Landro, it will allow you to open up a standard merchant inventory menu where you can buy either the level 40 mount or the level 60 mount. You can go back and purchase another mount later. So, if you first get the slower mount at 40, you can go back at 60 and purchase the faster version, too! These mounts are so awesome that I'm going to stop writing now so you can look at some in-game images.
Get the details here.