Welcome to this week's The Quiz, ladies and gentlemen! In many parts of the US and Canada, we're draped in snow and trying our best to stay warm in our houses, whether we have power or not. They even got snow in Texas! I got that information while watching SportsCentre, I got my Texas-weather report from the Steelers and the Packers as they head into this Sunday's game. I digress. We've arrived once again at the Drew Wood's The Quiz Power Hour, and in celebration of today's tribute to crafting by MMORPG.com's own Bill Murphy, please enjoy this Quiz based on its entries!
Q: Which of the games mentioned in today's The List is the oldest (as in: original North American release date) and, for bonus points, which game came out only one month and twenty days later?
EVE Online, having launched on May 6th, 2003, clocks in as the oldest game on today's edition of The List. For all you bonus point junkies out there, the original release of Star Wars Galaxies came just one month and twenty days later on June 26th, 2003.
Q: In Pirates of the Burning Sea, at character creation you select your career. What are your choices? The Nationals have three careers and the Pirates have two.
Nationals: Naval Officer, Privateer, & Freetrader Pirates: Cutthroat & Buccaneer
Q: - In Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, what are the names of the three continents that make up the world of Telon? Bonus points: Name at least two of the races native to that continent for each one.
Thestra (Thestran Humans, High Elves, Dwarves, Lesser Giants, Halflings, Vulmane & Varanjar) Kojan (Kojani Humans, Half-Elves, Wood Elves, Raki, Goblins & Orcs) Qalia (Qaliathari Humans, Mordebi Humans, Dark Elves, Gnomes, Kurashasa & Varanthari)
Q: Star Wars: Galaxies originally launched with ten planets. Through expansion(s), they've since added two more. Name them all. Bonus points: What expansion(s) did the other two come from?
The Forest Moon of Endor (Not a planet? Still counts!), Dathomir, Tatooine, Naboo, Corellia, Yavin IV, Dantooine, Lok, Talus, Rori and the expansion planets; Kashyyyk (Rage of the Wookies) and Mustafar (Trials of Obi-Wan)
Q: Quick! Name the six factions in Fallen Earth! Alphabetically!
Children of the Apocalypse, Enforcers, Light Bearers, Tech, Traveler, & Vista
Q: Which two games on the List are the only two that are not available for Digital Download through Steam?
The only two not available are Pirates of the Burning Sea and Darkfall. All others are available for purchase through the Steam Network.
Q: Though you can play any of these games on a Mac with Bootcamp, which two of the seven are the only two to have Mac OS releases?
EVE Online and Fallen Earth
Q: The standard Dungeons & Dragons attributes list is: Strength, Constitution, Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom and Charisma. Which two of these attributes are not present in Darkfall, and what are the two attributes in their stead?
Charisma, which arguably has no place in an MMORPG, and Constitution do not make appearances in Darkfall. Constitution is renamed Vitality for the purposes of the game, while Charisma is replaced entirely with Quickness, a companion skill to Dexterity.
Q: Quick! Name the last five EVE Online expansions in reverse chronological order! Bonus points if you can name the forthcoming expansion due out this summer.
Incursion (Nov. 30, 2010), Tyrannis (May 26, 2010), Dominion (Dec. 1, 2009), Apocrypha (Mar. 10, 2009) & Quantum Rise (Nov. 11, 2008). This summer, Incarna is scheduled to drop. I will also accept the expansions two previous working titles: Ambulation, Walking in Stations.
Q: Let's close it out on this note, which of the seven games has the highest ranking as chosen by you, our readers, according to our Game List? Bonus Points: Which two games are tied for second?
The highest score goes to EVE Online, clocking in with an impressive 8.23 (not bad for a game released in 2003). Two games come in JUST behind EVE at 8.22; Vanguard and Everquest 2. Fallen Earth also deserves mention at 8.21. Pirates of the Burning Sea (7.85), Darkfall (7.71) and, of course, Star Wars Galaxies (6.45) round out the group.
So that concludes our Quiz for this week. I hope you all enjoyed as we took a trip along this companion piece to Bill Murphy's The List. Tune in next week for some more tasty questions. Until then, Peace Out, Y'All!