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Runes of Magic : Apprentice Crafting Guide

Posted Jan 02, 2009 by Jon Wood Runes of Magic Correspondent Pam Blalock writes this guide to apprentice crafting in the upcoming MMORPG, Runes of Magic.

Creating items in-game is an exciting thing to accomplish in an MMO. Oftentimes, the finished product yields a hefty amount of experience and sometimes a profit can be made. This is true of Frogster’s new free-to-play MMO, Runes of Magic. In RoM there are three harvesting skills and six production skills. All skills can be taken beginning at level one, but as you progress through these skills you must choose which ones you’d like to improve.

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Star Trek Online : Lore Update: The Path to 2409: 2384

Posted Jan 02, 2009 by Keith Cross

Cryptic Studios continues to map out the future history of the Star Trek Universe, detailing the events of 2384 as they work their way up to 2409 when the story of Star Trek Online takes place.

Federation analysts say that a shakeup in the Romulan power structure has left the empire vulnerable to attack from within and without. Starfleet is dispatching additional ships to the border of the Neutral Zone and considers the Romulan situation one of the main threats to Federation safety and security.

After Tomalak’s defeat by Donatra and her fleet, Praetor Tal’aura removes him as proconsul, choosing Sela as her right hand and fleet commander. Sela, a human-Romulan hybrid with extensive experience in the military and intelligence fields, has been a part of several major Romulan operations, including a failed attempt to invade Vulcan and coordinating support for the House of Duras’ attempt to take over the Klingon High Council in 2367.

As a gift to Tomalak for his decades of loyal service to the Romulan Star Empire, Tal’aura allows him to “retire” to his rural estates on Romulus.

The Romulan defeat at Xantila has made open war with Empress Donatra unfeasible. Praetor Tal’aura reluctantly agrees to negotiate with the Imperial Romulan State to determine the new borders and the establishment of a neutral zone, but rejects the Federation’s offer to mediate the talks. Donatra says she would welcome the Federation’s input, but that she will defer to Tal’aura’s decision in this matter, and sends Admiral Taris to the Romulan capitol as her representative.

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World of Warcraft : Teen Arrested for WoW Suicide Threat

Posted Jan 02, 2009 by Keith Cross

An Ohio teen was recently arrested by local police when he falsely claimed he was suicidal during a conversation with a WoW GM.

After a 17-year-old in Fairfield, Ohio told a GM "he was suicidal and the game was the only thing he had to live for," the Blizzard rep called 911, and the kid was apparently arrested, according to the Middletown Journal. We've seen this before -- Blizzard won't put up with suicide threats -- but as far as I know, this is the first we've heard of an arrest coming about because of it. Apparently the charge is a first degree misdemeanor, and though the kid was released to his father, he's got a court date to face next week.

The dumbest part? The kid wasn't even suicidal -- he told officers when questioned that it was a joke "to try and get what he wanted for the game." We doubt this will lead to anything big (we'd put the kid in community service and give him a slap on the wrist -- he's probably scared enough after being handcuffed and put in a patrol car), but Blizzard's policy is exactly right on this one, if you ask us. If the threat is real, this could prevent a tragedy, and if it's just some kid messing around to try and get his banned account back, he might learn a little lesson in the process.

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Warhammer Online : Witch Elf Tier One Scenario Guide

Posted Dec 31, 2008 by Jon Wood Warhammer Online Correspondent Andrew Bobb writes this guide to getting the most out of your Witch Elf in Tier One scenarios.

The Witch Elves are the primary melee damage dealers of the Dark Elf race. They dual wield daggers and combine status effects, damage over time, and rapid high damage attacks to quickly subdue their foes. This culminates in the release of built up Bloodlust through a Frenzy attack for big damage. A Witch Elf is an assassin, so do not engage in prolonged fights.

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Runescape : Grand Exchange Overview

Posted Dec 31, 2008 by Jon Wood Runescape Correspondent Fasail Baig writes this look at the Grand Exchange, a new buying and selling feature in the game.

Are you a merchant that is tired of typing: "selling (item name)" 500 times over just to sell an item? Do you think world switching several times over to find a buyer is ridiculus? Try a new update to Runescape, the Grand Exchange. The Runescape Grand Exchange is a great way of making some quick and easy cash. It is a very useful new aspect of the game, and it helps traders and merchants greatly, as it speeds up the buying and selling world. Instead of trying to find a buyer/seller at a bank or populated are, you simply put in a buy order and as soon as one becomes available for the price you set, you will have it!

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The Agency : Day in the Life of an Agency Intern

Posted Dec 31, 2008 by Jon Wood

Over the last few months, we have been tracking the progress of Julia Brasil, an intern on SOE's The Agency. Today, we wrap up the ongoing feature witha small interview with the game's Producer, Sherry Floyd about the intern experience.

What was your first thought when told that Julia had chosen to intern at SoE Seattle?

Sherry Floyd:

Well, I was out of town the day she arrived and found out that afternoon via email from Sarah Airington (one of our very talented environment artists) that Julia was here and we had full access to her as a resource. I arrived the next day at work and met with Julia; we sat down and reviewed her work as well as her goals for the internship. I was floored by her openness, fantastic attitude and willingness to "get into the trenches". I immediately saw many opportunities for her to contribute to the game at a very high level.

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Conquer Online : New Year's Sale

Posted Dec 31, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at Conquer Online have announced that they are holding a New Year's sale to celebrate the passing of the year.

Throughout 2008, players and designers alike have been contributing to Conquer Online's community, keeping it thriving and vibrant.

To celebrate the arrival of 2009 and express TQ's appreciation toward our loyal playership, Conquer Online will have a New Year Special Sale for all players from 17:00 on the 31st of December, to the 17:00 on the 2nd of January.

For these 48 hours, you will find a series of Conquer 2009 Value Packs at Pack Chief (Twin City 439,367) which presents our players with a significant discount for fabled gear and gems.

It is a great opportunity to power up your arsenal. Don't hesitate! Don't miss this limited 48-hour offer.

Read more here.

Zu Online : Flying Mount Overview

Posted Dec 31, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at Zu Online have posted descriptions of the game's five flying mounts.

In Zu Online, you can fly freely, gather legendary treasure, shapeshift into Buddha and much, much more. When you've hit a pretty high level, you will certainly want to enjoy more fun than the lower-level players, such as enjoying a flight through the lofty peaks of Zu on a mount. Now we would like to introduce the five powerful mounts that can take you soaring into the skies of Zu Online.

1. Ink Kylin
The Ink Kylin is a beast that absorbs the vapor of clouds and fog from the top of Kunlun Mountain. Ink Kylin's ride the clouds to fly.

Read more here.

Wonderland Online : New Year Events

Posted Dec 31, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has announced a series of events to celebrate the New Year in Wonderland Online.

With the New Year in sight, the Wonderland Online ( Team has planned several interesting events for players to enjoy right through to 2009.

1. Drive Your Turtle Car III

Players who have never purchased WLO Points Cards and exchanged them for WLO Points will, from January 1st until January 10th EST (GMT-5), be rewarded with a cute Turtle car.

2. Win Double EXP Together

Wonderland Online will hold the Double EXP event for one day if the maximum number of concurrent users is 25,000 or more from 6:00pm, January 2nd until 1:00 am, January 3rd.

3. New Year Fortune Bombing

Wonderland has released its New Year’s Fortune Bombing! From December 31st to January 5th, 2009, players can spin the wheel using their credits. The WLO team has many amazing gifts prepared for everyone.

4. New Year Pleasant Surprises

From January 1st to January 10th EST (GMT-5), players who have consumed at least 500 Wonderland Online points in total will receive 20,000 Gold as a New Year’s gift. In addition, the top three players who have consumed the most points will be awarded big rewards.

Read more about Drive Your Turtle Car III.

Read more about Win Double EXP Together.

Read more about New Year Fortune Bombing.

Read more about New Year Pleasant Surprises.

Voyage Century Online : Tree Instance Preview

Posted Dec 31, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has posted a preview of three new instances in Voyage Century Online, called Cretan Labyrinth, Mallorca Cave, Madagascar Cave.

As we all know, Instances are a very important part of MMORPGs. In the Voyage Century instances, players can not only challenge a variety of ferocious monsters, such as the ancient overlord dragon, lizard man, and huge ancient crocodile, but also they can obtain a variety of rare treasures. Today we are going to talk to you about 3 of the 6 newly added instances in New Era of Conquest, 2009 new version.

Cretan Labyrinth

In the past, there was a very powerful king called Minoan who controlled the Island of Crete. One day his son was accidentally killed in Athens, and Minoan lost his mind when he heard. He demanded the Athenians send 7 girls and 7 boys to the Island of Crete to avoid destruction. On the island, there is a very complicated labyrinth where a Minotaur is hidden who wants to eat the innocent children.

Mallorca Cave

Mallorca is a very beautiful island, but until recently many tourists have been bitten by wild animals, especially by the ferocious Giant Lizard that has powerful attacks and ample HP.

Madagascar Cave

Long, long ago, Madagascar was separated from the African continent. This isolated many ancient plants and animals from the world and led to many strange and beautiful evolutions by many very unique species.

Read more here.

EVE Online : Shield Tanking vs. Armor Tanking

Posted Dec 30, 2008 by Jon Wood EVE Online Correpondent Joanie Spalletta writes this informative guide comparing Armor and Shield tanking in CCP's EVE Online.

To keep your ship alive in EVE, you must have a tank. You can do this two different ways. You can shield tank, or you can armor tank. To decide which one is right for you, take a look at your character’s skills. The two categories you’re going to want to look at are Engineering and Mechanics. If you have more skill points in Engineering, shield tanking is probably best for you. If you have more skill points in Mechanics, go with armor tanking.

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Ultima Online : Blacksmithing and Tailoring Runic Bonuses

Posted Dec 30, 2008 by Jon Wood's own V D writes this helpful guide to Blacksmithing and Tailoring Runic Bonuses in Ultima Online.

Crafting an item using a Runic Crafting Tool results in a random magic item property (or properties) being added to that item. The number of properties that are added to the crafted object and the minimum and maximum % intensity of each property are determined by the type of material the Runic tool is constructed from.

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The Agency : A Day in the Life of an Agency Intern, 4

Posted Dec 30, 2008 by Jon Wood

When she originally won an internship at SOE's The Agency through the Gamers in Real Life program, Julia Brasil had no idea that would be tracking her progress, but that's exactly what our own Carolyn Koh is doing, checking in with the new developer on a regular basis. Today is part four.

What did you think this internship would encompass before you started working for SOE Seattle?

Julia Brasil:

To be honest, I had heard plenty of stories from colleagues about their internships, a few of which were quite intimidating. Some joked that they did little more than babysit computers and refill staplers. So when I started as an intern I expected to be doing small errands around the studio or watching over the shoulders of the real professionals as they went about their work.

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Pirates of the Burning Sea : Swashbuckling Revamp Release Notes

Posted Dec 30, 2008 by Keith Cross

Flying Lab Software has posted the release notes for build for Pirates of the Burning Sea, which is scheduled to go live today.

This milestone update completes most of our work on the Swashbuckling revamp. Avatar Combat is now flashier and more exciting-looking as well as easier to learn and more fun to play. You can read more about the changes and the philosophy behind them here.

Other changes include:

  • When you log in for the first time, you'll get a dialog briefly explaining the changes to Swashbuckling Combat and a link to follow for more info.
  • Repeatable Bloodsport Missions can be found via missions from the Swashbuckling Trainers and are located in Belize, Spanish Town, Biloxi, Roseau, Golden Lake, Matthew Town, Maracaibo, Santo Domingo, and other towns.
  • New Swashbuckling Dailies: Can be found in Santiago, Tortuga, and in your nation's capital.
  • Boarding: Isildur increased number of boarding waves at the low end slightly, and flattened the difference between the low and high ends even more. And he reduced the number of boarding party members a bit.
  • UChat: We have activated SOE's cross-server/cross-game chat system. The syntax is /tell character@game.server, message. If you're chatting with someone on another PotBS server, you can leave off the game name.

Read more here.

Eudemons : Server Merge Details

Posted Dec 30, 2008 by Keith Cross

TQ Games has posted details of upcoming server merges in Eudemons Online.

We are pleased to inform you there will be two server merges on January the 5th. Sydney will be merged into Toronto and Las Vegas will be merged into Los Angeles. All players' data in the original servers will be completely transferred to the new server after the servers are merged. You can enter your account and password to login to the merged server as before.

Sydney + Toronto = Toronto

Las Vegas + Los Angeles = Los Angeles

The level of the characters, items, gold and Eudemons in the inventories and warehouses, the Eudemon Warehouses and Eudemon Hatchers in the original two servers will be completely retained.

If you have two characters in both servers with the same account, you need to delete either one before the servers are merged. Otherwise, the character in server B will be automatically deleted by the system (The character can be retrieved via the Mannequin System).

Read more here.

General : Aurora Blade New Player Guide

Posted Dec 30, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has published a guide for new players in their new browser MMO, Aurora Blade.

In order to help newbie players smoothly play the game, the Aurora Blade team ( is giving a brief newbie guide for all players.

1. After entering the game and creating a character, you can work hard to level up by accepting main quests. Pay attention! You can accept mission quests from the NPC Harbor Supervisor in the Center Square of Aurora Seaport. You also still have a chance to obtain a Mushroom, containing a Good Fellow Card or any blue stat equipment.

2. Even though you’ve joined a team, you may be unable to obtain any exp if you don’t join in any battles. Only by attacking monsters can you obtain the really great amounts of exp. Also, make sure you join teams that are near the same level as you. If the level gap between you and your teammates is too much then you may not even earn any exp.

3. Elite monsters are aggressive and powerful. Don’t even think about bothering an elite monster when your level is close to theirs, its much safer to wait until you have an overwhelming advantage. Organize a team with 5 teammates, including at least 1 priest who has learnt Healing and Revival skills. What’s more, all teammates must work together. Elite monsters haven’t earned their status as “Elite” because they’re pushovers.

4. Once you’ve taken down some Elite monsters and feel ready for the next challenge, you’ll find BOSSes waiting for you. These ultra powerful monsters have fought their way to the top of the food chain and won’t give up their spot without a fight. Fighting these cunning creatures requires close cooperation among teammates. Players must always watch their steps and understand their role in the group strategy. You groups Priest may be occupied with healing someone else, or the BOSS may have turned his full attention on squashing you. Tactics and strategy can be the deciding factors here, so make sure you’re ready before you dive right in.

5. Stat point distribution, equipment refining and enchanting all directly affect a character’s abilities. Obtaining top equipment can be difficult, but it is one of the easiest ways to increase stats exactly where you need them.

6. All Level 15+ players can PK in Aurora Blade. However, you can’t maliciously attack other players on purpose. If you kill 3+ players, you will be put into prison after death.

7. After you obtain certain blueprints from monsters, you can buy materials from the Forging Master in the Equipment Shop and then forge whatever you like!

8. If you don't like completing quests to level up, you can still choose to kill monsters. It is better for you to defeat Little Sea Horses, Conches, and Sea Urchins when you Level 10. You can then obtain some White Coral and make certain Stewed Seafood with the help of Boss Phoebe. When you are Level 12-13, go defeat Wild Rabbits and get some carrots and meat. When you are Level 14-15, it is better to defeat Hell Mages to obtain some money or cloth. If you want to obtain some apples and meat, go defeat the Leopard Cats when you are Level 17-18.

Read more here.

Myth War 2 : Money Making Guide

Posted Dec 30, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at Myth War II have posted a guide to making money in the game.

As players continue to play Myth War II, one of the most common questions is how to get fast money. Today the folks behind MW2 are going to teach everyone how to make some easy money.

Fast Money Wins 1: 100-ring Integral Quest

Players can receive this quest from Duan at Demon Square and will earn 100 Integrals worth about 1,500,000 to 1,800,000 game gold every time they save NPCs in trouble.

Players stand a high chance of getting Dragon Stones that can be sold to an NPC for 630,000 game gold or to other players without set prices. If they are lucky and meet someone who is rich and generous, they could make up to 2,000,000 game gold. This quest is easy to handle and suitable for players Level 30+. Here are some tips and tricks to remember when questing:

1.Keep track of the location entry on your teleport scrolls.

2. Find your own rhythm while questing.

Fast Money Wins 2: Combat Thieves and win Integrals

It will be a lot easier for players if they follow the rules set for this quest. Go to the bar in Woodlingor to receive the quest and fight the Thief, Thief Boss and Girl Thief to win Integrals. These guys are not high maintenance and players should be able to take them down without much effort. Complete the quest in solo or party and get some pet eggs. The quest is designed in a turn based system. More integrals will be scored in the first 10 rounds. That’s means players may win a lot of game gold during these 10 rounds.

Read more here.

Final Fantasy XI : Is Simpler Always Better?

Posted Dec 29, 2008 by Jon Wood Correspondent Hebie Grate writes this article discussing recent changes to Square Enix's Final Fantasy XI making it more accessible and less difficult.

Many reviews over the years have often described FFXI as “hardcore” or “time consuming.” Whether they are professional or amateur reviews, the consensus seems to be the same; Final Fantasy XI is demanding. Many players, even I on occasion, view this as a good thing. It is, after all, the FFXI tradition, and gives an individual a great sense of accomplishment upon achieving some sort of goal. Others would disagree, asserting that many in the gaming community are casual gamers, and often cite statistics that show players only sign on for a few hours a day. Regardless, things are changing in Vana’diel.

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General : Sues NCsoft

Posted Dec 29, 2008 by Keith Cross

Virtual Worlds News has reported that is suing NCsoft for patent infringement pertaining to patents held by, specifically a patent tittled "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual

On Christmas Eve, filed a complaint against NCsoft for infringing on its virtual world and MMO patent., which was one of the early virtual world developers from the '90s, made waves earlier this month when it announced that it had selected an intellectual property firm to defend its two patents related to scaling virtual spaces and enabling users to interact and chat in 3D environments.

Specifically, the suit claims that NCsoft has infringed on patent 7,181,690, "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space" through its games, including City of Heroes, City of Villains, Dungeon Runners, Exteel, Guild Wars, Lineage, Lineage II, and Tablula Rasa.

The complaint seeks to recover damages for the infringement and asks that NCsoft be prevented from infringing on patent 690, which covers scaling. Based on NCsoft's headquarters in Austin as a source of the infringement, the complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.

Read more here.

Read the complaint here.

Star Trek Online : First Ship Specs Revealed

Posted Dec 29, 2008 by Keith Cross

Cryptic Studios has published the first specifications for a Starfleet Vessel in Star Trek Online.  The NX-91001 is an exploration vessel loaded with all the latest special features, including an advanced quantum sublimating theta-matrix compositor which gives excellent fuel mileage for the environmentally conscious space traveler.

A starship designed to carry Federation influence throughout the Alpha Quadrant and beyond, the NX-91001 is one of the first multi-role starship designs since the Sovereign class was commissioned in the early 2370s. Able to function as a deep-space explorer with extensive sensors and laboratory facilities for scientific research, the NX-91001 also is outfitted as a heavy cruiser armed with some of the latest in Starfleet weapons technology for deployment in hostile areas.

The NX-91001 contains the best of the new technologies developed in the past 40 years. Bioneural circuitry mimics organic neurons, speeding data functions and improving computer performance. An advanced sensor pod can be operated from the bridge or manned directly for intense sweeps, and includes telemetric observation VISOR technology to allow a science officer to interface directly with data transmitted by a robotic exo-probe.

A holoemitter array system allows Emergency Medical and Emergency Command Holograms to operate throughout the ship when needed, and the ship is equipped with a Class 10 warp drive for normal operation and an advanced hyper impulse drive for sublight operation. The Class 10 warp drive is equipped with an advanced quantum sublimating theta-matrix compositor which recrystalizes the ship’s dilithium into a much more stable form than earlier models. This allows the NX-91001 to go much longer distances at high warp velocities before needing to replace the crystals.

Read more here.

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