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Issue 118, March 10, 2007
In the news
On March 4th, RPG pioneer Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons and the man widely credited as the father of role-playing games, died at the age of 69. He will be missed by all who have been touched by his legacy.

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Starr Long, the Producer of Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa has written an article detailing the current state of Tabula Rasa. In the article he discusses NCsoft's commitment to the game, where the game is now and their future development plans, as well as Richard Garriott's current involvement, rumored layoffs and financial issues.

Read more here.
Dungeon Runners induced a flurry of vomit euphemisms across the MMO world last week with Heave, the latest mini update for DR.

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Featured Article: An Interview with Hilmar Petursson, CCP CEO

Recently, Managing Editor Jon Wood caught up with Hilmar Petursson, the CEO of CCP. During the interview, the two talked about EVE Online, the new office in Atlanta and the future of the company.

For those who might not know, CCP is currently running three offices: one in Iceland, one in Shanghai, China and one in Georgia here in the United States. The most recent addition is the American branch, opened after the MMO company merged with White Wolf, the company behind such games as Vampire, Werewolf and other games set in the proprietary World of Darkness. I had hoped that this GDC would be the show where someone from CCP could be coaxed into talking a little bit about the upcoming (though still officially unannounced) MMO based in that universe. Unfortunately, San Francisco in February is still not the place, and even though many of the CCP devs were walking around in World of Darkness shirts, nobody was talking, including the CEO.

You can read the full article here.
Gary Gygax Tribute

Gary Gygax Tribute

On March 4th, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Gary Gygax, the co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons. On March 7th, posted a tribute to this role playing pioneer by asking its members to post Dungeons and Dragons memories, talking about how the game impacted their lives.

In this week's newsletter, we would like to give you an opportunity to add your comments to the over 100 heartfelt responses we have seen so far.

Read the tribute here.

Add your comments here.

Vanguard Dev Chat

It's time for another Dev Chat! Please join us Wednesday, March 12th at 8pm EST for a chat with the SOE Vanguard development team. With Game Update 4 just around the corner - including long awaited Flying Mounts and a slew of other features - there will be plenty to talk about in the Live Chatroom. Bring a question, bring a friend! After the chat, be sure to stick around for Vanguard and other MMORPG discussion.

Find out more here

Cryptic Studios, the folks behind the first superhero MMO franchise, City of Heroes and City of Villains, are currently working on another comic-themed game, this time digging into the pen and paper RPG world for the license to make Champions Online.

With the sale of the City of Heroes and City of Villains franchise to Cryptic's former partners, Ncsoft, Champions would seem to be, for Cryptic, a chance to take a genre that they pioneered and continue to innovate and expand.

The Champions RPG was first published in 1981 and is currently in its fifth edition, with a new edition coming out in 2009.

Learn more about Champions Online, here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, March 3
What's New in Fallen Earth Since AGDC?

Tuesday, March 4
Catching Up With Fury

Wednesday, March 5
EVE Online: An Interview with Hilmar Petursson, CCP CEO

Thursday, March 6
The Chronicles of Spellborn: Spellborn GDC Demo

Friday, March 7
Did You Know?
Hi. I'm Keith, the News Manager here at Did you know that I'm the person who's been responsible for creating this newsletter every week for about a year now. The only reason I mention this is because I dominate the week that was column above with 4 out of 5 articles being written by me. Ah, shameless self promotion.
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