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General : 1,000 More Wakfu Beta Keys!

Posted Jul 04, 2008 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com has begun the second phase of our Wakfu beta key handout.  The first 1000 keys went very quick last Friday so make sure you hurry to get in on this round!

To get your key you only need to be a registered and activated member of MMORPG.com - then CLICK HERE!

Dreamlords: Resurrection : Premium Compensation

Posted Jul 04, 2008 by Keith Cross

Lockpick Entertainment has announced that they will be compensating premium members for a bit of confusion surrounding trait points.

As you know there has been quite some confusion about premium accounts and unavailable trait points. The confusion has to a large extent been due to vague communication on our part and therefore we will compensate you in the following way:

Anyone who is a Premium member at 2PM (Swedish time) on Monday July 7th 2008 will receive all their unavailable points to their available balance at that time. People going premium between this point and then will get half the points now (as it is currently implemented)

After this, the bonus we had of retroactively receiving half the trait points will be removed. Unavailable points will not even be visible to the player until we have added the feature of paying tribute for unavailable traitpoints.

As this might seem unfair to players who paid for premium earlier (even if they now too get all unavailable points) we will add a number of free days to their account equal to how many days ago (from July 3rd) they went premium.

We also got Click and Buy to make a few changes for us in their automatic fraud detection system which should decrease the verification needs, at least for some people and hopefully enable them to make their purchase. We will continue to work on adding more options as well

I want to thank all of you that has taken time to discuss this in the forums. Your involvement and opinions are important to us.

Read more here.

General : Happy Independence Day

Posted Jul 04, 2008 by Keith Cross

MMORPG.com would like to wish all of our American members, who make up the largest percentage of visitors to the site by nationality, a happy Independence Day on this 4th day of July, 2008.

As a point of trivia, The United States of America was formed on July 4th, 1776 making it 232 years old today!

In other birthdays, our Managing Editor Jon Wood was also born on the 4th of July and is celebrating his 228th birthday today. Happy Birthday old man!

Tabula Rasa : Deployment 10 on Test Server

Posted Jul 04, 2008 by Keith Cross

In this week's Feedback Friday feature on the Tabula Rasa community site, NCsoft announces that Deployment 10, the game's next update, is now on the test server.

It’s Feedback Friday time, and we're here to give you an update on what’s been going on in the world of Tabula Rasa for this week.

Deployment 10 is now on the Public Test Server and we’d love any chance you get to take a crack at it and, to put it bluntly, break it. We had a 2 week bug fixing extension for this deployment, so we know some of you are chomping at the bit to see it. The next patch will also include fixes to some of the current D10 known issues.

As mentioned in the D10 announcement post, the Pegasus character database will populate the Public Test Server until our next build (some time next week). When the next build is added to PTS, so will the Cassiopeia character database.

Read more here.

EVE Online : Exploit Notification

Posted Jul 04, 2008 by Keith Cross

CCP has posted notification to EVE Online players that piloting larger class ships than the size allowed by the jump gates to Factional Warfare complexes is now considered to be an exploit.

Exploit notification

Flying bigger class ships than allowed by the jump gates to Factional Warfare complexes has been classed as an exploit. If you are found doing this we will be forced to take in-game actions as abusing game mechanics is not allowed.
 

Read more here.

Jumpgate Evolution : Guild Beta Sign-up

Posted Jul 04, 2008 by Keith Cross

NetDevil has posted a guide to help players sign up their guild for the Jumpgate Evolution beta.

As you may have seen we’ve added a Guild beta-sign up form to the new Jumpgate Evolution website. This form allows guild leaders from across the globe to register their guild for the Jumpgate Evolution beta. This form is to give guilds the opportunity to get their guild into the Jumpgate beta without having to deal with individual applications while hoping you all get in at the same time.

In order to successfully use this form, there are a few things to remember.

  • This form is for Guild leaders only.
  • The Guild beta sign-up process is limited to a maximum of 50 members at present.
  • You only need to fill in the form once.

Read more here.

World of Warcraft : Lich King Beta Opt-In Program

Posted Jul 04, 2008 by Keith Cross

Blizzard has announced that they have opened the Wrath of the Lich King Beta Opt-In program, giving players the chance to be selected for the beta process.

Today we opened the Wrath of the Lich King Beta Opt-In program, which gives players a chance to win an invitation to the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King beta. For The Burning Crusade beta, we randomly invited players from the entire World of Warcraft community. With the Opt-In, our goal is to strengthen the beta-testing process by inviting only those players who have expressed active interest in participating.

Keep in mind that opting in doesn't guarantee you'll be selected for the beta. And players who've previously been promised beta access through a promotion or contest (such as by purchasing the Dell XPS M1730 World of Warcraft Edition notebook) don't need to worry -- you'll still be entered into the beta automatically when the time comes.

Read more here.

General : MMORPG.com Friday Funnies: The Onion

Posted Jul 04, 2008 by Jon Wood

For the second time now, we've scoured the internet to find a few outside links that we thought might tickle your funny bones. This time, we've found comedy MMORPG gold in the publications of The Onion.

In this hilarious spoof article from Kevin Spivey written back in April of ‘06, he pines away for the love that he met in World of Warcraft as the carefully forged relationship begins to crumble.

The article doesn’t seem written to offend, but merely to amuse.

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This second parody from the fine folks at The Onion comes in the form of a video announcing the newest World of Warcraft sequel: World of World of Warcraft. The video features mock interviews with World of World of Warcraft developers speaking about the fantastic new features and technology that allow players to play players of World of Warcraft.

Grab the links for both here.

Voyage Century Online : Free $135 Gift Key Handout

Posted Jul 04, 2008 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com has teamed up with IGG to give you a cool free stuff to claim within Voyage Century.  We have been given 5000 gift codes that will grant you $135 in free in-game gifts for Voyage Century!

Each gift key will give you:

  • (1) Silver box containing 5 million silver coins!
  • (3) Double XP Scrolls - In 60 minutes after used all skills obtain 2 times the present experience. The system will stop timing after quiting the game and begin timing again automatically after logining the game. It can be used for 5 times.
  • (2) Phase 3 Skill Manuals - Requires the corresponding skill level 100.
  • (1) Future Fighter Charm -  Left time 168 hours

We are limiting just one key per IP address so you will not be able to claim more than one of these from the same household.

Hurry and get yours before they are all gone!  CLICK HERE NOW!

Atlantica Online : Dev Journal - On the Combat System

Posted Jul 03, 2008 by Jon Wood

The developers of Atlantica Online have provided us with this exclusive developer journal discussing the unique combat system in their upcoming MMORPG. Atlantica breaks with MMORPG tradition to bring players a turn-based combat system that the developers hope will set their game apart from other MMOs.

Unravelling the ancient legend of Atlantis is at the heart of Atlantica Online, a new massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) developed and published by NDOORS. Atlantica, which will launch its closed beta this July, followed by its commercial launch, takes players on a globe-hopping adventure to save the human race, while providing them a rich, strategic RPG environment combined with classic turn-based gameplay.

Life on Earth is threatened when remnants of the fabled lost civilization begins to poison the world’s population. Humanity needs a hero to find and destroy these artifacts. Players must traverse the globe to uncover the clues that will ultimately lead them to Atlantis. During their journey, which will take them to landmarks such as the Taj Mahal in India and Germany’s Marksburg Castle, players will encounter all manner of monsters taken from the myths and legends of cultures throughout human history. Dragons in China and vampires in Romania are just a few of the enemies players must defeat to reach Atlantis.

Read the whole thing here.

Jumpgate Evolution : Beta Re-Sign Up

Posted Jul 03, 2008 by Keith Cross

In the wake of the recent Jumpgate Evolution site revamp, NetDevil has announced that players will have to re-sign up for the JGE Beta, and they have posted a guide to make the process go smoothly for players.

You will have noticed by now that we have launched a fresh new website and forums through our publisher Codemasters Online’s existing web space. We’ve done this for numerous reasons, but the most exciting of course is that we’re getting ready for the testing process. We know that this may create some confusion for our existing fanbase, so we wanted to send out a letter to help you through the new registration process and address any concerns that you may have.

In order to prepare for this testing process we need everyone to re-sign up to Beta. We know that this is inconvenient for a lot of you, but we feel that by using the CodeM system, we’ll be able to better select from our pool of applicants. We all want Jumpgate Evolution to be an incredible game and believe that by using this system, the process will go more smoothly.

Read more here.

Champions Online : Team Profile: Brian Gilmore

Posted Jul 03, 2008 by Keith Cross

Cryptic Studios has published a team profile of content designer Brian Gilmore, who talks about what he does in the run of a day and his experiences with the original Champions RPG.

Q: What is your typical workday like?
A: I get into the office in the morning and get all the latest updates to the game. Then I check my schedule and tasks to see what I need to do that day. I'll start the game and then open the editor. And then, I make the greatest MMO content in the world with the best MMO team in the world.

Q: What aspect of Champions Online are you most excited about working on?
A: I'm an old-time Champions player, so I'm excited about everything. In fact, I owe my job at Cryptic, at least in part, to my knowledge of Champions. Seriously – I put it on my resume when I first applied in 2003, and when Jack had me in for an interview he started asking me Champions questions. Midway through the interview, he turns to Craig (Zinkievich, our executive producer) and says "you're not going to understand a word of this for like 10 minutes," and then launches into hardcore Champions talk with me. It was definitely the most unusual interview I've ever had.

Read more here.

General : Luna Online Published through Gpotato

Posted Jul 03, 2008 by Keith Cross

Gala-Net has announced that they will be publishing their MMORPG Luna Online through their game portal at www.gpotato.com. 

Sunnyvale, California – July 2nd, 2008 – Gala-Net has announced that it will publish its latest title, Luna Online, a Massive Mulitplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) developed by Eya Interactive, for release in North America, through GaIa-Net’s game portal, www.gpotato.com.

Luna Online is a free to play MMORPG that takes place in a radiant fantasy world where the Human Race has united with the forces of the elves to defend their land against the evil that has spread throughout. Every enemy defeated brings the world closer to peace. Luna Online’s exciting blend of superior graphics, cute character design, and fast paced action, is sure to appeal to all fans of the MMORPG genre. “Eya Interactive is one of the foremost gaming companies currently out there in the industry. Mr. Jungyeon Han, Eya Interactive’s CEO, is among the first generation of online game developers in Korea. We are delighted to work with such a great company and people,” said Jikhan Jung, CEO of Gala-Net. “With extensively unparalleled collaboration between Eya Interactive and Gala-Net, I am sure that this game will be the most successful within the North American Market.”

Read more here.

Tales of Pirates : New Server

Posted Jul 03, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has announced the launch of a new server for Tales of Pirates, and they will be holding several contests and competitions to mark the occasion.

Tales of Pirates has released a new server called Mist Isle at 4:00am on July 3rd to cope with the ever-increasing numbers. ToP welcome you to join the fun on this new server, and to kick things off, there have three exciting activities to celebrate the launch:

1. Leveling Contest

From the release of the new server Mist Isle until July 9th , the 25 players who reach the highest levels within this week will be recognized as Mist Isle Leveling Heroes, and will be rewarded with the following prizes:

Prizes:

  • First Prize(3): Level 20 normal pet fairy (players can choose their favorite pet fairy) +Chest of Enigma
  • Second Prize(5): Level 10 normal pet fairy (players can choose their favorite pet fairy) +Chest of Enigma
  • Third Prize(12): Chest of Enigma
  • Lucky prize(20): Chest of Demonic World

2.Double Experience

Double Experience will start from 12:00 a.m. July 3rd to 12:00 a.m. July 14th

3. Who will be the next Newbie King?

At 1:00 pm July 5th, many monsters with high defense and low attack will be roaming around the new server – defeating a monster will bring players considerable experience.

Read more here.

Zu Online : Optimization Guide

Posted Jul 03, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has posted a guide to help Zu Online players get the most out of the game on their PC.

Zu online team has released a guide to help players with lower specification PCs get the most out of the game.

Players can choose the most suitable level of image rendering for their computer and also toggle effects such as Cartoon Lightshadows and Fog Effects to improve gameplay and memory usage.

Read more here.

Dreamlords: Resurrection : Aeria Named as NA Distributor

Posted Jul 03, 2008 by Keith Cross

Lockpick Entertainment and Areia Games has announced that they have signed an agreement that makes Aeria Games the sole North American distributor for Dreamlords, Lockpick Entertainment's MMORTS.

Swedish online game developer Lockpick Entertainment has signed an exclusive distribution agreement for the North American market with well-known gaming community Aeria Games.

The agreement sees Aeria Games as the sole distributor in North America for renowned MMORTS game Dreamlords – The Reawakening, its first RTS game ever. As in other territories, the game will be available for free and there will be the option to purchase in-game items and equipment (in North America through the use of Aeria Points — the universal currency on the Aeria Games portal).

“For a long time, gamers have been looking for a fun MMORTS game to play, and Dreamlords answers that demand,” said Spencer Chi, producer at Aeria Games.

“As part of our long-time strategy we’re always looking for partners to help us bring Dreamlords to new audiences. Aeria Games is a serious player on the online games market and we’re impressed with what (Aeria Games) has done with other games in their portfolio and how they work with their community and feel they are an excellent partner for bringing Dreamlords - The Reawakening to the people” said David Rosén, CEO of Lockpick Entertainment.

Read more here.

General : Big World 1.9

Posted Jul 03, 2008 by Keith Cross

BigWorld Ltd has announced the latest upgrade for their Big World Technology Suite, their tool set for creating massively multiplayer online games and virtual worlds.

This new release contains an advanced terrain engine that enables support for unlimited texture layers, higher level of detail and configurable height/shadow/normal/texture map resolution.

“BigWorld customers and developers currently evaluating the technology are very excited by this release as it enables them to implement some pretty amazing scenery in their games that would otherwise be difficult to achieve” said Simon Hayes, BigWorld’s Chief Technology Officer.

“We have incorporated a number of optimizations to the development suite including revisions to patrol paths, enhanced web integration and support for Perforce, SVN and CVS. Additionally, there are significant improvements to the skybox and weather systems and there is improved support for partner technologies such as SpeedTree and Umbra. Both Mandarin and English language are supported in the development tools user interface and art pipeline”.

Read more here.

General : NCsoft / Exteel Giveaway!

Posted Jul 02, 2008 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com has partnered up with NCsoft to bring an exciting new contest to our members!  From now until August 1, 2008 we will be taking entries into a sweepstakes where we will give away two 1GB VisionTek Radeon HD3870 X video cards, two iPod Nano's and a pile of NCsoft games!

NOTE: We are sorry, but due to shipping constraints, this sweepstakes contest is only available to our North American members.

As with all contests at MMORPG.com, the more days you login to the site, the better your odds of winning! (see official rules for details)

Are you ready to enter?  CLICK HERE!

Myth War 2 : Myth War II: Introductory Q&A

Posted Jul 02, 2008 by Jon Wood

MMORPG.com's own Joe Iuliani provides the questions for this interview with Jadefox Hu of IGG's Myth War II. In the interview, Hu introduces us to this follow up to Myth War.

In your opinion, what makes Myth War II stand apart from all the other free to play games on the market today?

Jadefox Hu

Myth War II (http://mw2.igg.com) is a free 2D online game. Its classic feel makes it comfortable and relaxing for experienced players who have grown up with similar styles. One of the highlights of this game is its unique ATB combat system. The ATB combat system means players should be familiar with turn-based strategy combat while also giving players the sense of tension that they expect from modern games. The distinct “Rumor” system will keep players guessing.

Read the whole interview here.

EVE Online : Chronicles: The Paths They Chose

Posted Jul 02, 2008 by Jon Wood

The folks over at CCP have started a series of stories chronicling the leaders of each of the four faction heads that made their appearance with the launch of the Empyrean Age expansion. This is the second in the series, looking at Souro Foiritan, president of the Gallente Federation.

The Garden was a man-made construct through and through, several acres of carefully tended flora and woodland encased in a massive transparent dome. Souro Foiritan, president of the Gallente Federation, had it constructed long ago as a meeting place between dignitaries of the various empire factions.

In this it served its function admirably, for a twofold reason. First, a peaceful garden was much more conducive to a genial atmosphere and agreeable spirits than a meeting room ever could be. A visiting diplomat, weighted by worries and demands, would feel so much more calm sitting by a babbling brook or a tree in budding bloom than he ever could on the top floor of a high-rise, no matter how good its view. And second, it was so well secured with anti-eavesdropping technology that visitors could discuss the darkest topics of their hearts' desires without so much as a glance over their shoulders.

Read it all here.

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