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Issue 141, August 18, 2008
In the news
NCsoft laid off 21 employees at their Austin offices last week, saying the jobs were mostly cut from unannounced projects and from the Dungeon Runners team.

Read more here.
The folks at Fallen Earth have announced that they will begin alpha testing their post-apocalyptic MMORPG on August 14th.

Read more here.
Cryptic Studios Released a barrage of information about Star Trek Online, which was officially announced recently.

Jack Emmert revealed details at the Star Trek Convention in Vegas, while Cryptic Studios posted an FAQ on the official site, and released a game-play trailer.
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Laura Genender Memorial

As many already know, our former Community Manager Laura Genender passed away last week. I had last spoken to Laura just a week before. She wanted to know what shows and events the boys would be attending in the near future, specifically, EVE Fanfest. Jon and I both wanted to go but we typically send only one person, so this year I was considering paying my own way and just going as a fan for a bit of a vacation. I was on the fence on whether or not I could justify the expense to myself, and all Laura had to say to convince me was confirm that she was going to be there as well. It had been months since I'd seen her last and I was looking forward to an reunion in Reykjavik. Over the past few days I've found myself thinking that the event was too far off to wait to see a friend, and I wish I had had the chance to see her again sooner.

We've all had a hard time sorting out our thoughts and feelings about her sudden passing, but Jon managed to say it best with this memorial.

Gen Con Coverage Begins

Last week at Gen Con, Community Manager Richard Cox penned a series of previews of our video coverage of Gen Con

Primarily the interview was about what players can expect in Module 8. Mod 8 is centered around improving the new player experience. Turbine has revamped the early/starter parts of the game to include character creation, to make the game more accessible to new players. This includes people who are starting to play the game because friends of theirs are already playing as well as those completely new to the title. The changes are also geared toward helping to break those new players who aren't familiar with the D&D rules into the game more slowly than previously.

Watch for our video coverage Gen Con, starting this week

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This Week's game of the week is Tabula Rasa.

The folks at Tabula Rasa have been running an unusual promotion for the game, which is likely to never be duplicated by any other game developer. With Operation Immortality, NCsoft wants to digitize the DNA of a number of us terrestrial humans, and then send it into space with Richard Garriott when he visits the International Space Station this October.

The endeavor was somewhat inspired by the the storyline of Tabula Rasa, which sees the population of our planet wiped out by an alien invasion, with the survivors continuing to fight on other planets in an inter-stellar war. So if you're too lazy to fight off an alien invasion, consider saving humanity the easy way, by blasting your DNA into orbit. Learn more about Operation Immortality and Tabula Rasa, here, or check out our game list here.

The Week that Was
Monday, August 11
Star Trek Online - Jack Emmert Reveals Details

Tuesday, August 12
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - Correspondent - How I Came Back to Vanguard

Wednesday, August 13
Wonderland Online - Interview with the Product Manager

Thursday, August 14
Stargate Worlds - Stealth Interview

Friday, August 15
Runes of Magic - Zone Overview - The "Ystra-Highland" (Region 4)
Did You Know?
Did you know that NCsoft plans to send the digitized DNA of a number of humans into space with Operation Immortality? You probably do, because it was just mentioned above the 'Week That Was' column and the Anarchy Online ad. But what you may not know is that several notable earthlings have already donated their DNA for the endeavor, including Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Johnson, American Gladiator Matt Morgan, and Author Tracy Hickman.
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