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Issue 120, March 24, 2007
In the news
Last week Blizzard announced The Fury of the Sunwell, the next major patch for World of Warcraft. The patch will include a new five person dungeon, a new raid on the Sunwell Plateau, new areas, UI improvements and more.

Read more here.
CCP announced the formation of the Council of Stellar Management last week, the democratically elected advisory council for EVE online. Read more here.
Last week NCsoft posted a developer journal detailing the changes that are coming to the Hollows as the zone gets a makeover in Issue 12: Midnight Hour.

Read more here.
Get more news on our site here!
Connect '08: The Mines of Moria Opens Her Gates

While attending Codemasters Connect '08,'s own Donna Desborough had the opportunity to talk to Lord of the Rings Online executive producer Jeffrey Steffel about the recently announced expansion: the Mines of Moria.

By now everyone has read the press release about the new expansion for Lord of the Rings Online. We'll be getting a new expansion sometime in the Fall of 2008; so later this year we'll be wandering the mines of Moria and the regions outside of our current confines. With so much coming our way in Books 13 and 14 and the expansion, it's hard to find a place to start getting excited about it. All of it sounds too good to be true. Of course listening to Jeffrey Steefel talk about LOTRO always makes me very excited. He's so full of passion for this game that it's obvious in every word he says about it.

With the expansion will come several welcome features and new content. Ten new levels to everything. This includes crafting, which is good news for all those exuberant crafters out there. I did ask Jeffrey about the addition to the crafting and he has assured me that it won't just be more recipes, but genuine advancement and the ability to do more. He wouldn't give details of exactly how the crafting would advance 10 levels, but at least we have confirmation it won't be as simple as a few more recipes.

You can read the the full article here.
More on The Lord of the Rings Online can be found on our site here
On-Site: City of Heroes Free Trials is happy to announce that NCsoft has given us an additional 30,000 free trial keys for City of Heroes/City of Villains!

If you would like to try out this action packed MMORPG this is your chance. All you need to get your free trial key is your free account.

NOTE: These keys cannot be used to give free time on an existing CoH/CoV subscription.

Check out the CoH Free Trial here.

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This Week's Game of the Week is Citadel of Sorcery.

This past week, we ran a two-part introduction to the upcoming MMORPG, Citadel of Sorcery. MMO Magic, the company developing CoS, is trying to give players a new kind of gaming experience. In part one of the introduction, the developers said that " of our biggest hurdles will be to get you to try the game without thinking about other games you have played, and just experience this new style of game play. Give it a chance and we believe most of you will enjoy your adventure."

In part two, the developers talk about their quest system, grouping, solo play, combat and more, but what caught my eye most was a section called "adaptive gameplay". Here, the developers claim that "Citadel of Sorcery is designed to allow players to decide what kind of adventure they want at that moment, and then deliver that game play."

Read part one and part two of our look at Citadel of Sorcery, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, March 17
Citadel of Sorcery - CoS Introduction - Part Two

Tuesday, March 18
Citadel of Sorcery - An Introduction to CoS: Part One

Wednesday, March 19
The Many Worlds of the Multiverse

Thursday, March 20
Connect '08: The Mines of Moria Opens Her Gates

Friday, March 21
Jumpgate Evolution - Hands-On at Connect '08
Did You Know?
Did you know that Managing Editor Jon Wood recently traveled to the EA Mythic offices in Virginia? Check back starting on Wednesday the 26th of March for the first in a series of reports from the studio.
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