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MMORPG.com Newsletter Issue 23, April 24th, 2006
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On April 17th, MMORPG.com’s own Dana Massey conducted an interview with Design Director Stieg Hedlund and President Chris McKibbin of Perpetual Entertainment’s Gods and Heroes. In the interview, Dana asks about the involvement of SOE in the project, as well as the combat system, questing, and more!

Read the article, here.

This week, Seed announced that it would be holding its Open Beta Week for anyone who signed up no later than April 24th. The Open beta Week will run until “Just prior to Seed launch on May 2nd, 2006”. At that time, they will be making their client available for download along with a 14-day trial. MMORPG.com is also currently featuring a full-length, hands on preview of the game.

You can read the preview, here.

The Legend of Ares is planning on beginning its closed beta test on Monday, April the 24th. The beta is scheduled to run from the 24th of April until the 30th of April, from 10am Pacific to 10 PM Pacific with the exception of the 24th, where they will keep players informed as to their hours.

Read more on The Legend of Ares, here.

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New Forum Rules

Now that we have our new forums up and running, MMORPG.com has unveiled our new forum rules. The reason for the rule change is simple, we want to create the most comfortable, informative and safe environments possible for members of the MMORPG community.

Forums / Chat / Messaging Rules

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Language Policy, Topic Hijacking, Flaming and Personal Attacks, Game Attacks, Spamming "Post Report" Tool, Using the Post Report Tool as a Method of Contacting the Moderators, Referral Links, Trolling, Copywrited and Press Material, Off-Topic Posting, In-Game Item Transfers

Medium Infractions

At the discretion of the moderator and/or the Community Manager, the following infractions will be classed as either minor or major infractions and appropriate penalties will be applied.

Inappropriate Signatures, Advertisements, Inciting, Resurrecting Locked or Deleted Threads

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Hateful Content, Pornographic Images, Illegal Activities, Multiple Accounts, Spamming, Posting Other's Personal Information Without Consent

For more detailed information on the new rules, please click the Rules of Conduct tab on the bottom of the page at MMORPG.com

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City of Villains: Patron Power Q&A Series

This week, we published the first of our five part series on City of Villains and the new Patron Powers that will be added to the game as a part of the much-anticipated update, Issue #7.

MMORPG.com: What exactly is a patron power?

Matt Miller: A Patron Power is a power in a power pool that is granted by one of the four lieutenants of Lord Recluse; Ghost Widow, Scirocco, Captain Mako, or Black Scorpion. They are themed power pools that tie directly in to the backstory and powers of the person who grants access to the pool.

MMORPG.com: Ok, so I’ve chosen my patron. How many different powers will I have access to?

Matt Miller: There are four powers in each pool, for each Archetype. You can choose from the first two right off the bat, but in order to get access to the third one you need one of the first two powers, and to have access to the last power in the pool, you need to have chosen two of the previous powers.

Check out the first Q&A, here.

Game of the Week

Game of the week

With the number of Intellectual Property MMORPGs springing up in the market recently, it is no surprise that one of the most enduring fantasy franchises in history has made its way to our In Development list. I am speaking, of course, of the Conan franchise and the new MMORPG being developed by Funcom, Age of Conan

Age of Conan promises to be, “A mix of a deep, story-driven single-player experience and a massive and brutal multiplayer end-game brings forth the ultimate representation of the Age of Conan.”

Age of Conan is doing things a little bit differently than many of us are used to with MMORPGs, as the first 20 levels that your character achieves, will be achieved through a sweeping, single-player story arc. This marks the game as unique in that players will be given the learning power of a single player game before being thrown into the “lions den” of multiplayer play.

Our own Staff Writer, Garrett Fuller had an opportunity recently, at the Game Developer's Conference, to sit down with Jorgen Tharaldsen from Funcom, to discuss the plans for this new MMORPG.

You can read Garrett's article, here.

More Games
The Week That Was
17 Monday
Interview: Gods and Heroes
18 Tuesday
Hero's Journey: Dev Journal
19 Wednesday
Pirates of the Burning Sea: Developer Journal
20 Thursday
Hands on Preview: Seed
21 Friday
Game/On Commentary Podcast: MMORPG.com
22 Saturday
N / A
23 Sunday
Serialized Fiction: Neverdie, Chapter 6
The Week To Come
Schedule subject to change.
24 Monday
City of Villains: Patron Powers Q&A #2
25 Tuesday
Africa: Developer Journal
26 Wednesday
EverQuest Q&A #7
27 Thursday
City of Villains Patron Powers Q&A #3
28 Friday
EverQuest II Q&A #5
29 Saturday
The Chronicles of Spellborn Trip Winner Journal
30 Sunday
GirlsGameToo.com Interview

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