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MMORPG.com Newsletter Issue 52, November 20th, 2006
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On November 14th, Dark Age of Camelot launched their newest expansion, The Labyrinth of the Minotaur. This expansion comes near the game's fifth anniversary and is the seventh expansion to grace the servers of Dark Age of Camelot.

Read the report here.

Also on November 14th, the controversial MMORPG, Star Wars Galaxies announced that they had shipped copies of Star Wars Galaxies: The Complete Adventures to stores. The Complete Adventures includes the game and all expansions, as well as a number of different bonus items.

Get the news here.

On the 15th, the folks over at Lineage 2 sent out a press release letting everyone know that their game continues to thrive and be a success. Among other things, they boast a 25% growth rate in 2006.

See the news item here.

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EverQuest II: Echoes of Faydwer: Launch Day Preview

This past week saw the launch of a new expansion for EverQuest II. Echoes of Faydwer first saw the light of day on November 14th and along with it came an MMORPG.com launch-day preview from Carolyn Koh. Below, you will find a number of memorable quotes from the preview.

  • Echoes of Faydwer also brings a new player race to EverQuest II, the winged fairy folk known as the Fae.
  • Echoes of Faydwer brings back the ancestral homeland of the Wood Elves, High Elves, Gnomes and Dwarves.
  • Two favorite dungeons have survived the ages. Crushbone Keep, the low level dungeon of Faydwer remains in all its Orcian glory and although I'd heard that D'Vinn the 100th was in resident, did not see him. Castle Mistmoore - that wondrous Gothic castle of yore is as frightening as it ever was. I did not make it that far though I played tourist and took screenshots of the cemetery and the gigantic gargoyle a hapless traveler attracted.
  • Sony has tried to create an expansion that plumbs the depths and breadth of player experience.
  • New Tradeskill systems also come into being with Echoes of Faydwer, and craftsmen will be pleased to know that they need not give up their current skills to learn Tinkering or Transmuting.
  • I can say that the Echoes of Faydwer is easily the prettiest of expansions to date with plenty of eye-candy and atmospheric effects as well sound and music to round off the immersive effects.

You can read the full preview here

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EVE and Game/On

Recently, Senior Editor Dana Massey headed over to Iceland where CCP Games makes the hit Sci-Fi MMORPG, EVE Online. As a result, we have two great preview articles concerning the future of CCP and EVE including the announcement that White Wolf and CCP would be merging, Avatars for the game and more.

The first article talks about the White Wolf merger and Revelations I, the second article discusses walking on stations, Linux support and other announcements, and the third is a media gallery of photos and screenshots from the show. Later this week, he will conclude the series with a final article on some of the high-profile presentations, Revelations II and Revelations III.

This week on MMORPG.com's Game/On, Jon and Garrett return to talk about the excitement of the launch of the PS3 and the Wii, the new Burning Crusade release date and the CCP and White Wolf merger.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Game of the Week

Game of 

the week

This week's Game of the week recently announced that it would be free-to-play throughout its English language lifetime. Voyage Century is developed by Snail Games and takes players back into the 16th Century.

Voyage Century is a unique fully 3D MMORPG that allows every player to captain their own battleship around the game world. This game also gives player the choice of what kind of seafarer they might like to be. Pirates, merchants or even explorers, they're all there.

The game itself has been in development for nearly four years and claims that the graphics are "so fine that it is like a movie".

You can read about Voyage Century here.

More Games
The Week That Was
13 Monday
9Dragons: Interview
14 Tuesday
EQII: Expansion Preview
15 Wednesday
EVE Online: Fanfest Report 1
16 Thursday
EVE Online: Fanfest Report 2
17 Friday
Neverwinter Nights 2: Interview

MMORPG.com is pleased to offer its readers not only the best in news and game features, but also in opinion. This week, four different staff writers offer their opinions on various topics from around the world of MMOs.

Steve Wilson pens a World of Warcraft editorial on Two Casual Years Later.

Garret Fuller talks about release dates in an editorial titled Timing the Market.

Dave Bonnewell once again pens the column Behind the Online.

Finally, Dan Fortier returns with MMOWTF.

If you are interested in becoming a writer for MMORPG.com, please email a 750 to 1000 word editorial on a topic of your own choosing to lepidus@mmorpg.com. Also, please remember to place "MMORPG.com Writer Tryout" as the subject line of your email.

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