RF Online has shot up our hype meter over the past few weeks as Codemasters continues to release information on this upcoming import MMORPG. The game has a distinct anime and sci-fi feel and beta test applications are being accepted.
Codemasters is a British MMORPG firm that had previously worked on the cancelled "Dragon Empires" and has also signed on to publish Dungeons and Dragons Online in Europe.
You can join the brand new forums we opened this evening here.
A little while ago we opened brand new forums dedicated to Rapid Reality's flagship title "The Chronicle". There are already some discussions on-going and we hope more interested parties join the community forming there.
The Chronicle is being developed by the Atlanta-based studio as a part of their MMOCenter line-up.
You can see the forums here.
Rose Online Europe has been kind enough to share with us the patch notes for the 1.05 Patch. Have a look and check out all of what came out with the patch on December 1st:
Rose Online Europe 1.05 Patch
Battle Carts are now implemented in game so that you can fight without dismounting You will need battle cart skill books and spare parts to build and ride your battle cart. (see screenie below)
For more info on ROSE Online Europe, click here.
Farlan, courtesy of their PR guru Jason Ovitt, has provided us with another look inside Dark and Light. This week's interview focuses in on Settlers of Ganareth - their prequel/beta - and some game specific issues.
MMORPG.com: Recently your prequel “Settlers of Ganareth” was released. How has the beta gone from your perspective? Can you talk about some of the troubles you’ve faced and some of the pleasant surprises you’ve had?
Farlan: We’ve been warmly surprised by the success the Pioneer Offer encountered. We knew that we had an active community, but given the delays and the lack of communication we are suffering, we couldn’t imagine that the packs would get sold that quickly.
We had to face troubles with confirmation emails (payment, Pioneer member confirmation) that where sent with delays, due to crowd control problems during the rush for Pioneer positions.
We’ve been really happy to see that the new Pioneers where proud with their number account: most of them now post on our forums with their Pioneer Numbered account!
We want to thank them again for their confidence in the huge Dark and Light project.
You can read the full interview here.
Many thanks to Jason and Farlan for making this series happen!
The good people over at Runescape have given us a peek at what is going on in the next month. They are letting us know what we should expect in terms of updates: a new desert village, a Guild expansion, leprechauns and more.
Seasonal greetings to you all!
Yet more fantastic updates in store for this month with a new desert village, expansion to the Champions’ Guild, new farming leprechauns, wyverns, festive imps, a devious quest, choc ices, a new piece of granite equipment and a nice Christmas update for everybody to enjoy...
The village of Nardah has suffered a terrible curse, with the well all dried up and any water carried home evaporating before it can be drunk. Is it connected to one of Ali M’s money making schemes? Has the local genie been playing tricks again? How can someone sell choc ices in the middle of the desert? Players brave enough to investigate will find more information about the desert gods and the history of this unfortunate place... providing they can track down the Spirits of the Elid.
No-one likes to miss a good ceremony, least of all a certain lowly monk who will need your assistance! Will you be able to help his dreams come true? With the appearance of a strange new weapon and some devious minds, you may find yourself biting off more than you can chew...
Down at the Asgarnia southern peninsula, Thurgo the dwarf has excavated a new passageway in the Blurite dungeon beneath his house. Local reporters from the Varrock Herald have recorded him stating “Eeeeeeeeeeek” and dropping his lantern before running off and hiding behind a big pile of pie dishes. Behind the muffled pie-filled gurgles, only a few words were discernible: "Wings", "Ice" and "BIG". Slayers of a decent level are advised to mould some elemental shields before adventuring far, as access to the tunnel will be available soon.
Also this month we will be releasing an update to the farming skill which will allow you to retrieve your tools and buckets from leprechauns near all the farming patches. Hopefully this will mean you will be able to farm without carrying a whole shed load :-) of equipment around with you.
After several years of neglect, the Champions’ Guild basement is due to be decorated and will become home to a rather interesting bunch of pugilists. If you’re really lucky, you may find that killing the weak and innocent creatures of RuneScape will end up with you being challenged to a duel by the champion of that race. Defeating that warrior will lead to fame and good rewards, and even the possibility of bigger fights in the future. Be prepared for a tough battle!
Finally, the preparations for Christmas celebrations will get underway later this month, with a huge tree being delivered to Varrock. You will get a chance to help out with Diango’s toy workshop, as long as the pixies don’t destroy everything, then decorate the tree... but watch out for imps! We all know how much they like shiny things! Great rewards lie in wait for any free players or members in the form of a woolly scarf & hat and, if they have been good, a nice new toy.
For more Runescape, click here.
Final Fantasy XI has announced that the maximum number of merit points that players can use in the adjustable status category is going to go up. So Final Fantasy XI players should keep their eyes open after the next version update.
The maximum number of merit points a player may use in each adjustable status category will be increased in the next version update!
The maximum number of usable merit points will increase in all categories in the following manner.
Combo total and sub-categories:
Combo total only: Individual job categories
With this adjustment, players may reach their maximum potential possible with the Chains of Promathia expansion disc.
Furthermore, the FINAL FANTASY XI development team is already working to expand the merit point system for "Treasures of Aht Urhgan." Adjustments to make new magic spells and abilities available through the use of merit points are planned for the new expansion disc.
More information will be released on the FINAL FANTASY XI main page as it is made available.
For more FFXI, click here.
The cat is out of the bag again at Dark Age of Camelot, as Sanya Thomas brings us more questions and answers from the world of Mythic Entertainment. The questions come from all over, and in the weekly grab bag, Sanya does her best to find the answers.
Q: How does (insert 1.81 patch note here) affect (insert game element here)?
A: Y'all, this is not a smart aleck answer, so don't take it the wrong way when I say, "Beats me, log in to Pendragon and find out." This material is on the test server so we can see if our conjecture and planning is close to Reality Land. That's what the test server is for. We're testing as best we can internally, but nothing beats real live player experience.
But since pure testing tends to be a mind-cramping exercise in repetitive stress injury creation that I don’t actually wish on my beloved community, I would like to pimp out two, TWO fun Pendragon events this Saturday. One, at noon Eastern time, is being run by our Eldritch TL and Best Dressed poster girl, Gwenivere. Bring your water potions and meet in Aerus Haven for some artifact raiding good times. The other event ("Naked RVR") is being run by Missy at 8:00 PM EST. Check the Community Page for all the details. Even if it's not pure testing and more like "a ton of fun," your mere presence will make a difference and help us get the patch out the door. Just send in your comments afterwards, and accept my eternal gratitude.
To read the whole Grab Bag, click here.
Turbine has unleashed the newest in their series of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Monster Profiles. The 26th in the series takes a looks at the Tharaak Hound in all of its ugly, dangerous and evil glory!
After meeting one of the daelkyr’s hunting hounds, my advice to the adventurer encountering it for the first time would be: run. Of course, given the creature’s dogged (ahem) persistence and quick speed, that’s not especially likely to work. And while the tharaak hound may be amused by entreaties for mercy or surrender, that avenue isn’t likely to meet with success. So, fight you must, though the odds be long. Perhaps you’ll have time to scratch out a loving good-bye to a friend, mate, or mother on a nearby stone or wall.
In combat, be sure that your wizard and cleric prepare any potential victims with Remove fear, Deathward, and Protection Against Acid. As accomplished adventurers know, casting a preemptive Remove Fear gives all of the allies protection for some time. The Protection Against Death effects makes the target proof against a lucky phantasmal killer that the hound is likely to summon. Finally, the acid immunity serves good stead given the tharaak’s breath that deals damage not just once, but in the minutes that follow as it seeps into the skin and internal organs. Stoneskin and other general defensive enchantments remain good ideas as well, given the strength of the monster’s bite. Offensive spells against the tharaak are frequently fruitless anyway, given that the hellspawned whelp possesses a resistance to spell energy that make the drow of Xen’drik envious. Add to that, it has excellent saving throws, as it is an outsider.
For more information on Dungeons and Dragons Online, click here.
Blizzard's World of Warcraft has announced the beginning of two brand-new contests. Both of the contests are holiday themed, the first is a screenshot contest, the second asks players to make use of their old home-ec skills in a cookie contest.
Holiday Screenshot Contest Sponsored by Intel!
It's that time of year again, and everyone's getting into the holiday spirit. In the world of Azeroth, celebrations are the light in the darkness of a world torn by war. This time, the Royal Photographic Society of Azeroth is looking for your best depictions of holiday celebrations in the World of Warcraft. Snap a screenshot of your celebrants as they revel in the festivities of the holiday! The finest shots will receive Nintendo DS and a copy of The Lost Vikings Game Boy Advance cartridge, so polish your Super Snapper FX lenses and find those parties!
Cookie Creation Contest Sponsored by Intel!
Pull out the flour, bring out the mixers, and preheat the oven -- now is the time for our bakers to shine! We want to see our worlds come alive... in cookie form! Any recognizable bit of the Warcraft, Starcraft, or Diablo universes will do, but the important part is its existence as a cookie. Snap a photograph of your baked goods and send it in. The best cookies will be awarded Nintendo DS and a copy of The Lost Vikings Game Boy Advance cartridge for their baking prowess! Get out the mixer; now's the time to level your real life cooking skill to 300!
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According to 1UP, Sigil - the team working on Vanguard - has acquired the rights to develop a Marvel Comics MMORPG for the XBOX 360 and the PC. This further confuses the state of superhero MMORPGs, as it had previously been announced that SOE acquired the rights to - and is developing - a DC-Comics based MMORPG.
It would seem that if the reports of Sigil making the Marvel MMORPG are true, then they must be publishing it through Microsoft who aquired the exclusive rights to that license earlier this year. In that announcement, it was said that the Marvel MMORPG would be made exclusive for the Xbox 360, so there is some discrepancy between the original announcement and the 1UP story, which indicates it will come for PC as well.
To lend some support to the announcement, the Sigil site has a note dated September 16, 2005 that welcomes Bruce Harlick to their team as a Senior Game Designer. Given Vanguard's advanced stage of development, such a hiring would seem unnecessary unless another game was on the radar. Although, this is pure speculation.
Funcom has provided MMORPG.com with an exclusive trailer from Age of Conan that shows off the "Tortage Temple" area of their world. Below you can see several screenshots, before you continue on to download the full video.
Many thanks to Funcom for providing this.
The developers of Final Fantasy XI have proven yet again that their players do more than just hunt and kill monsters. Today, the dev team revelaed a new competition: Fish Ranking!
A new competition for fishermen (and fisherwomen) is set to arrive on Vana'diel with the next version update!
We have received several requests for a fish ranking system and have debated the issue for a considerable amount of time. After seeing the positive results of the Ballista Ranking system, we decided to make Fish Ranking a reality!
Many players have already held their own private fishing contests, but now everyone will have the opportunity to participate in a larger, official ranking event!
For more on this, click here.
The good people over at Blizzard have put together another Warcraft Weekly. Warcraft Weekly is a - surprise! - weekly feature that the WoW team puts together featuring, "links to threads created and responded to by the World of Warcraft Community Team":
Take a moment to check out the latest Warcraft Weekly, which provides direct links to threads created and responded to by the World of Warcraft Community Team. This weekly news archive is a great source of information and a wonderful alternative for those who wish to stay current on all the latest and greatest topics but don't have time to sift through the forums each day. Check it out here.
For more WoW, click here.
The developers of The Chronicles of Spellborn are taking a slightly different approach to lore stories these days. Rather than just handing out the information, they have chosen a choose-your-own-adventure style of storytelling:
The Spellborn Scrolls are interactive stories in which you are given choices at the end of each page. These choices allow you to change the path of the story.
Sometimes there are many options, sometimes there is just one. Make your choice wisely and you may be rewarded with new artwork, make a poor choice and you might have to start all over again.
Playing these interactive stories will give you a first peek into the world, and it might even give you a little head start once the game is released.
To read The Spellborn Scrolls, Episode 9: Choices, click here.
World of Warcraft recently celebrated its 1st anniversary. As a result of this, and in the spirit of the season, they are now offering prizes for 31 lucky players. Is it a contest that you have to spend time filling out forms for? Nope! They will be giving these prizes to random account holders every day in December!
World of Warcraft has hit its first-year anniversary in North America, and celebrations are well underway. In the spirit of the holiday season, we're giving away one NVIDIA 7800 GTX PCI-Express video card to a random World of Warcraft account holder each day during the month of December! That makes a total of 31 top-of-the-line video cards for 31 lucky players - one of whom could be you! Note that certain restrictions apply - see official rules for details.
For more WoW, click here.
Neocron has announced the release of their newest upgrade. In honor of the release of this upgrade, the company has unlocked previously canceled accounts for 14 days. So, if you are a former player, and would like to give the new upgrade a chance, feel free to check it out:
Reakktor.com announces that they released the Neocron Evolution 2.1 upgrade for their action-oriented Cyberpunk MMORPG, which brings many improvements like graphical updates for the Wastelands, new weapon models, new quests and zones and engine performance improvements. To give previous Neocron 2 players a chance to check out the upgrade, all canceled accounts have been unlocked for 14 days (no need to reactivate, just enter the login data). Neocron Evolution 2.1 is available as upgrade for those who have a working Neocron 2 installation, alternatively there is a new trial client available. Download links for both the client and the upgrade can be found on www.neocron.com
For more Neocron, click here.
RF online has released the second of their movies promoting hte upcoming sci-fi MMORPG. This installment, titled "Episode 2" brings some of the game's story to life. Movies of this type are an excellent promotional tool which can not only inform players about the look of a game, but also get them involved in a game's lore:
Friday 2nd December (2pm UK time) – Codemasters Online Gaming today releases the second movie for its forthcoming sci-fi fantasy MMO RF Online. Episode 2 brings the mechanised destructive forces of the Accretian and Bellato races to the fore and is now available from www.rf-onlinegame.com.
The fast action pace of “Episode 2” has nearly 2½ minutes of stunningly explosive action between the mighty Accretian Empire and the Bellato Union’s powerful mechs rendered in glorious detail. Next month will see the release of 3 “character studies” movies showing each of the races with in-game footage.
RF Online is an epic mix of traditional fantasy and explosive sci-fi bringing a completely unique experience to multiplayer online gaming. Published by Codemasters Online Gaming, RF Online is set for release in Spring 2006 across the US and UK with the BETA being announced shortly on the official RF Online website www.rf-onlinegame.com
ABOUT RF ONLINE
RF Online is an epic mix of traditional fantasy MMOG mixed with unique futuristic sci-fi action to bring an entirely new and original take on the existing MMORPG genre. Set in a deep space galaxy known as Novus, take your pick from three all-powerful warring factions leading your character into the final battle for total control over the entire Novus galaxy. Chose from either the Bellato Union, taking control of individual robot battle units like never seen before within any MMOG, Holy Alliance Cora, the mystical and fantasy orientated faction utilising the power of magic and finally the mighty Accretia Empire, a futuristic alien faction intent on spreading destruction across the entire sector with their advanced weaponry systems. RF Online will deliver a unique approach to Player versus Player gameplay, utilising one of the most advanced combat systems of any MMO title. Full-scale battles break out daily as thousands of players engage in deadly wars – the reward of victory is high: the winning faction gains control of the game world’s most valuable mine and its precious resources.
For more RF Online, click here.
Seed has given us a look at 8 brand new screenshots. They are available for viewing at MMORPG.com, here. These screenies feature the new loading bay area, which is a "place in the colony tower, where machines and other heavy stuff are moved back and forth". Here are a few samples:
Are you a City of Villains Player? Do you enjoy filling out surveys? Informing the outside world about MMORPGs? If you answered yes, then The University of Queensland would like for you to stop on by and fill out an online survey:
The University of Queensland is currently conducting a voluntary online survey focused on City of Villains in order to investigate social aspects of online gameplay. The psychology department from the University of Queensland, Australia is conducting this study. They will ask for your email address in order to do a follow up survey in 6 weeks. In no way are NCsoft, NC Interactive, or Cryptic Studios connected to or endorsing this research. If you are interested in participating in this voluntary online survey, click here to check it out.
For more City of Villains, click here.
As always, the good people over at Mythic Entertainment's Dark Age of Camelot, are keeping us up-to-date with the latest bug-fixes, new things, and various other changes:
NEW THINGS AND BUG FIXES
To get the rest of these notes, click here.