Turbine has posted the rather lengthy patch notes for Book 10: City of the Kings, the next expansion to Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar.
Book 10: The City of the Kings Overview
New Area : Annúminas!
- The main theme in the area is one of battle over the ruins of the past. The Rangers are far out-numbered by Angmar and its troops. The players are coming to help turn the tides in this struggle.
- The area around Annúminas is full of rolling green hills and fields, leading the edge of Lake Evendim (Nenuial). Upon the banks of Nenuial lies the ruined city of Annúminas, long abandoned by the Men of Arnor in the days of Amlaith, who moved the seat of power from Annúminas to Fornost.
- The city of Annúminas was one of the greatest achievements of the Men of Westernesse, built during the reign of Elendil. Great works of architecture spanned the city across multiple levels, though nearly three-thousand years of weather and abandonment have left much of it in ruin. Where once were beautiful gardens and tall spires now are pools of filth and decay and jagged ruined towers.
Monster play enhancements and new quests
- Play as a Troll
- Play as a Ranger
- Play as a Chicken
- Gain powerful new keep defenses
- Gain allies in keep assaults
- Three new Annúminas instances
- New Ered Luin reputation Dungeon
- New Barrow Downs reputation Dungeon
- More integrated Events: Ettenmoors Events, Annúminas Events (three)
- More special game Events: Trestlebridge Invasion, Ost Guruth Invasion, Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariners
- New Ettenmoors quests
- New Annúminas quests
Read the patch notes here.
Turbine has announced that they are making a downloadable pre-patch available for the next free expansion to Lord of the Rings Online. The pre-patch is intended to save players time on Monday, August 20th when Book 10: City of the Kings goes live.
Our players have often asked if there's a way to pre-patch while the servers are down, or download a patch on a different computer and then transfer it to the one their game is installed on via USB drive, CDR, etc.
We're please to offer a downloadable patch for Book 10! This patch will update clients from Book 9 to Book 10. New players will still need to go through the normal patching process - this patch will only work for those whose clients are current as of today (August 16). It will not work for Roheryn.
The downloadable patch means you can download it and patch your client before the update goes live on the servers, saving you time when they come back up. It also means you can download the patch on a computer that you don't have LOTRO installed on (i.e. your work computer), transfer the patch to a disk or device, and then run it on the computer with a LOTRO client to update it.
Please note that this first version of the downloadable patch does not contain movies (approximately 44Mb), and you'll still need to patch those through the normal process - but if you've pre-patched already, you'll save yourself quite a bit of time on patch day!
Read more here.
K2 Network has announced their plans for displaying their products at the Leipzig Game Convention next week in Germany.
K2 NETWORK ANNOUNCES ITS EXHIBITION PLANS FOR LEIPZIG GAMES CONVENTION
Online Game Publisher To Offer Demonstrations, Contests and More In Exhibition Hall 4: Stand B46
IRVINE, Calif. - August 17, 2007 - K2 Network Inc., an online game publisher, today announced its exhibition plans and lineup for the Leipzig Game Convention taking place in Leipzig, Germany from August 22-26, 2007 at the Leipzig Messe Conference Hall. K2 Network can be found in exhibit hall 4, Stand B46.
Continuing its focus on building and working with the gaming community throughout Europe, K2 Network will have several of its current online gaming titles, including the popular new release, Sword of the New World: Granado Espada, on display at its booth.
The booth will be abuzz with activities including contests, game demonstrations and photo opportunities at the blue screen stage area where gamers can take a photo in front of their favorite K2 game background. Gamers will also have the opportunity to meet and take a photo with a sexy female character from Sword of the New World: Granado Espada. Visitors to the K2 Network booth will walk away with great takeaways including t-shirts, necklaces, mouse pads, and more.
To continue the theme of exciting events, a live War Rock tournament, in connection with the Korean Software Industry Promotion Agency (KIPA) will be open for gamers to attend and compete at the KIPA booth. This event takes place Thursday, August 23 in the World Cyber Games Booth in Hall 2; with an awards ceremony immediately following. Winners of the
Read more about K2 here.
IGG has published 10 tips to improve a player's effeiciency in Voyage Century Online.
There are many tips in Voyage Century which can help you to get twice the result with half the effort. Do you know them all?
- Before your Voyage Skill reaches level 10, it's free for you to recruit sailors.
- A Character's items can be loaded on ship as cargo.
- You get twice the coins for a grappling battle compared to a normal sea battle. Further more, when you go back to the sea battle interface, you have another chance to collect the wreckage of your enemy.
- You could gain more exp if you kill the captain of your enemy in the grappling battle.
- When you gain falchion and sword skill exp, your barehanded fighting skill exp will go up too.
- Barehanded fighting has no effect on axe skill and gun skill.
- Productivity will descend if many players were working on the piece same wood or the same piece of rock.
- You can change your tools when you are working.
- If your character died at sea, your reputation will drop by 5%, and your ship equipment and the cargo may disappear. However, if your character dies on land, your reputation together with your coins will drop by 5%, and your armor and equipment may also disappear.
- A smuggling ship will not attack your ship initiatively, only if you came into the range of the smuggling ship will the ship fire on you.
May the wind always be to your back! Good Sailing!!
Read more about Voyage Century Online here.
The folks over at Eudemons online have announced that hey will be holding a free Eudemon Point weekend.
Duration: August 18~ August 19,2007
Monster: All monsters
Rewards: Eudemons Points (Eps)
Here is another precious chance for you to obtain free Eps. All monsters may randomly drop Eps this weekend. The more monsters you kill, the more Eps you may obtain. Do not miss the chance to obtain free EPs as many as possible.
Read more about the event here.
IGG has announced that they will be holding a series of events in Myth War Online to celebrate the Chinese Valentine's Day.
July 7th of Chinese lunar year, Chinese Romeo and Juliet meet each other once in a year in Milky Way. They were once forced to depart by Supreme Emperor in the Heaven. For this reason this date is traditionally known as Chinese Valentine's day and it is the most romantic traditional festival in the long history of Chinese culture.
As Chinese Valentine Day is around the corner, something that follows will be a series of activities held by Myth War . You are supposed to take this chance to experience the exotic romance dating from ancient China. Here is some general introduction to these series activities:
Sweet Words Competition in Chinese Valentine's Day:
Time: August 16--August 19, 2007
Content: Players can pay some points for Chocolate or Super Rose or Chinchilla pack in our Item mall and write down your sweet words, target character name and ID, server name, and your character name and ID in our forum. At the same time, players should talk to our GM in Live chat and hand gifts to GM. GM will pass your gifts with fireworks and blessing in EST 21:00--23:59.
Meanwhile, the lucky dog will obtain GM's extra secret gifts if the layer of the player's post is ended with number "7". Of course, these posts are all about sweet words.
Read more here.
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.