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Issue 149, October 13, 2008
In the news
Ankama Games announced that their manga style tactical MMO, DOFUS reached 10 million players last week.

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Turbine announced an official North American and European launch date of November 18th for The Mines of Moria, the first expansion for Lord of the Rings Online.

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EverQuest II's Game Update 49: Raising the Banner launched last week, introducing Guild Halls, multicore support, experience point changes, and more.

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Featured Article: Age of Conan: Getting to Know the New Game Director When you took over on Anarchy Online, how did that game change?

Craig Morrison: I think our primary focus was two fold. Firstly we addressed some of the older lingering issues that had always bugged players, fixing some old issues and updating some of the older systems and rules to take into account changes to the game down the years.

Secondly we focused on delivering smaller content updates, but much more often so that there wasn't such a large gap between new additions. That in itself also forced us as designers to come up with different types of content that could provide fun, repeatable short challenges for players on a regular basis. I think the players really appreciated the change in pace because previously the game had seen some longer periods between major updates. It was the same amount of content essentially just organized and spaced in different ways with hopefully improved reward mechanisms so players always felt they had something to aim towards.

You can read the the full article here.

Featured Guide: WAR: So you Want to be a Squig Herder Warhammer Online Correspondent John Lisenby writes this excellent guide to playing a Squig Herder in Mythic Entertainment's latest creation. In the guide, John talks about advancing your herder and even provides a full list of abilities.

So you want to know about the Squig Herder? Well here you go information and help to get you going rounding up those squigies. Here you will find skills, pet info, and other information just on this little git. Here is what I learned while hanging out with the guild Arsenal on the Bretonnia server. They helped me out with seeing how the herder works in groups and he is a great group support character. Also they helped in trying other things out, such as guild RvR and PQ areas. And the herder is a foe to deal with even on his own. So sit back and soak up the knowledge you are about to see below and enjoy!

Read the full Squig Herder Guide here.

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This week's Game of the Week is Asda Story. This colorful MMO launched in early September, and was recently in the sights of's Joe Iuliani, who took some time to do a review of the game.

Character generation is pretty straight forward. There is a limited choice of your avatar's appearance, but you can come up with a fairly unique look. You can create up to three characters (professions in Asda Story). That works out very well, since there are only three types of professions in the game. Each Primary Profession has a second and third profession assigned to them. The primary profession choices are: Warrior, Archer, and Mage.

Opinion: Three different professions to choose from to start in this day and age is really not an impressive thing. Doesn't kill the game, but it don't wow the user either.

Read the full review here.

Learn more about Asda Story, here, or check out our game list here.

The Week that Was
Monday, October 6
Otherland - Otherland Game Overview Part Two

Tuesday, October 7
Age of Conan - Getting to Know the New Game Director

Wednesday, October 8
Warhammer Online : Age of Reckoning - Jeff Hickman Interview Part Two - Communication, Scenarios and More

Thursday, October 9
Warhammer Online : Age of Reckoning - My Early Experience in the Blighted Isle

Friday, October 10
Editor's Note Player Polarization... Fanbois vs Trolls and How it Hurts
Did You Know?
Did You know that Asda Story has a unique feature that most MMOs don't? The game features a Soul Mate System, where you can find your soul mate and go off and do all the things you've always wanted to do with your soul mate, like gaining experience points together.
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