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Issue 175, April 13, 2009
In the news
Issue 14: Architect, the latest update for City of Heroes launched last week, adding user generated missions into the game's mix.

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The folks at Firesky broke their silence on Stargate Worlds last Monday, saying that the project is still struggling to find new funding, but the situation is not as dire as rumors have stated, and the game is still on track.

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Dave Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons&Dragons passed away in in St. Paul, Minnesota on Wednesday night at the age of 61.

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Featured Article: The Secret World: Secrets... Revealed
In this article we look at the GDC presentation of Funcom's upcoming MMO, The Secret World, and unwrap the mysteries of the game's core design and story.

When I wrote my overview of the things that we saw at this year's Game Developers Conference, there was one game that I couldn't talk about. Information about The Secret World, Funcom's new upcoming MMO, had been embargoed until this morning.

For those of you who don't know the premise of the game, I'll give you a quick overview:

Imagine that the world isn't how we think it is. Imagine a world where monsters and demons, magic and curses, conspiracy theories and those who fight the darkness are all real. That's the story behind The Secret World. These things actually exist all around us, and more and more people (players) are becoming aware of not only the darkness and strangeness around them, but also of powers inside of them that will help them to fight it.

You can read the full article here.
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This week's game of the week is Fallen Earth.

Fallen Earth is a post-apocalyptic MMORPG that has been steadily gaining a following over the past few years.

If you're the type of person who gets annoyed when you have to chew through piles of marketing fat to get to the meaty information about your favorite games, then you're in luck. If you want to know more about Fallen Earth, we spoke to Lee Hammock, the game's Lead Designer while at GDC.

It's always great to talk to a knowledgeable designer because they're genuinely excited about their game and they can talk at length and in detail about every feature.

Watch Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four of our tour of Fallen Earth, and find out more about this game's meaty goodness.

Learn more about Fallen Earth, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, April 6
EVE Online - Keeping Your Sanity in EVE Online

Tuesday, April 7
Atlantica Online - Tips for Players

Wednesday, April 8
Stargate Worlds - Stargate Still Standing

Thursday, April 9
Earthrise - First Look Preview

Friday, April 10
Ether Saga Online - Magic Classes Developer Journal
Did You Know?
Did you know that despite what I said in the above column, I don't actually have a problem with marketing people. Their job is generally to be a cheerleader and generate excitement for their game, so they can only say good things about it. In a gaming genre where the first rule of fun is the more the merrier, they play a vital role in bringing outside attention to the game. I'm just saying hype can hurt when you're already too excited about a game.
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