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  • But Tolkien did it without a database!

    Lord of the Rings Online Developer Chris "NobOrBob" Foster shows off one of Turbine's myriad tools for game development, this one focusing on quest implementation. With this much storyline behind a certifiably graphics-intensive MMO, and with such a devout LotR playerbase, it's a good thing Turbine's streamlining things where they can.

    For all these reasons and a few others, one of the biggest changes we made to the quest system was to replace the old quest file format with a new one. This unified quest file format contained nearly all of the information needed to place a quest in the world: the steps involved, the dialogue that each NPC says, the item that the monster should drop when it dies. In addition, the new quest file made it much easier to re-use the same characters on multiple quests...

    Read more at the Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar official site. And be sure to check out the Ten Ton Hammer LotRO site for all the latest happenings!

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    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
    Ethec
  • Flyin' High...

    Icelandic Developer Crowd Control Productions announced that the single-server, two-year old MMO topped a long-anticipated milestone: 15,000 users online at once. last evening (9/11), a Chinese ambassador wished to suggest his country's policies to control overcrowding, saying this:

    This evening at 19:40 GMT, EVE players raised their own Peak Concurrent User record to 15.209. Congratulations everyone! This was an truly amazing moment, thanks to all EVE players for making this possible.

    Read about how things are heating up in the EVE Online universe at the official site.

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    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
    Ethec
  • Frap it and strap it.
    Blizzard has announced the BlizzCon Movie Contest, sponsored by NVIDIA and doling out NVIDIA 6800 graphics card to the winners. Steven Spielberg refused to comment on whether he would be entering the movie contest, but he did say this:

    " We're proud to announce our official BlizzCon World of Warcraft Movie Competition, sponsored by NVIDIA! To enter, all you need to do is create a movie using in-game footage and combine it with music from any of our past games. We're accepting submissions beginning Thursday, September 8, which means you have plenty of time to create movie-magic! Five winners will receive an NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6800 Ultra, two tickets to BlizzCon, and much more. Details on how to submit your World of Warcraft movie will be announced when we begin accepting submissions. Good luck! "

    You can read all about the BlizzCon Movie Contest at the Official Site.
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    Fri, Sep 09, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Better late than never

    Guild Wars' Wednesday deskpaper hit the site a day later than usual, but since the Arena.net folks released the "Sorrow's Furnace" expansion this week I guess we can give them some slack.

    This week's wallpaper shows a blending of concepts for the fiery depths of Sorrow's Furnace. Find your choice of wallpaper sizes and aspect ratios, and decorate your desktop with something befitting of the latest Guild Wars update

    Help yourself to some Guild Wars: Sorrow's Furnace deskpaper here!

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    Fri, Sep 09, 2005
    Ethec
  • Guild Wars Expansion Goes Live

    The Game Update Notes are up and the previews will start turning into reviews as Guild Wars gets its first major expansion. Like the Warrior/Mesmer once said to the Monk/Elementalist:

    Sorrow's Furnace consists of two new, large and challenging explorable regions located deep in the Shiverpeak Mountains between Spearhead Peak and Snake Dance. These areas contain the following:

    * Seventeen new quests, most of them fully repeatable and offering high XP rewards

    * Four new cinematics

    * A variety of new monsters, including new Stone Summit Dwarves that are the strongest in the Shiverpeak Mountains, and entirely new types of creatures that are being introduced to the game for the first time

    * Boss monsters named after the contest winning entries

    Boss monsters in the new Sorrow's Furnace regions drop newly-introduced green "unique" weapons that are named after the boss.

    Read the rest of the Guild Wars: Sorrow's Furnace expansion update notes at the Arena.net site, and check out the TTH Guild Wars site for more detailed Guild Wars information.

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    Thu, Sep 08, 2005
    Ethec
  • Vanguard Devs Plays "Ping? Pong!"

    Sigil announced a Friday IRC chat session to introduce its newest GMs and field a number of gameplay-related questions. Wha? Where? When?

    Date: Friday the 9th of September
    Time: The chat is set for approximately one hour and will commence at 4pm PST (7pm EST) precisely.
    Place: IRC Server gate.ShadowWorld.Net in room #Vanguardgate

    Be there precisely on time! Or just read the transcripts afterward if you're not the inquisitive sort.

    Click here for more Vanguard chat announcement goodness, and afterward check out the TTH Vanguard fansite we've created just for you! And other people, too.

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    Thu, Sep 08, 2005
    Ethec
  • World of Warcraft Servers Trouble Europe.
    The continued problems with the European World of Warcraft servers have prompted Blizzard to compensate the players. European players were unavailable for comment, apparently all playing on the servers that work, but we did track down one troubled Frenchman who told us:

    " As European World of Warcraft players grow increasingly frustrated with the lagging issues that continue to plague many servers, developer Blizzard has pledged to compensate players for their trouble.
    "Two days' compensation will be offered to everyone, even those who remain unaffected by the problems," a Blizzard spokesperson told Eurogamer.
    "In addition, everyone will receive level one and a half extra rest so they level up quicker." "

    You can read about the European World of Warcraft Server Problems at Eurogamer.
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    Thu, Sep 08, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Your Second Life is Now Free.
    Linden Labs has changed the pricing on their basic account, making it completely free. We asked Martha Steward for a comment on being free at which point she slammed the door on us and yelled:

    " Join now and get a basic Second Life account absolutely free. "

    You can get your own Free Second Life Account at the Official Site.
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    Thu, Sep 08, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Blizzard Boasts Battleplan
    Shane Dabiri, the Lead Producer on World of Warcraft has posted the World of Warcraft Battleplan Vol. 2 on the official forums. 2,579 undead rogues immediately ganked the battleplan and announced:

    " Since the last World of Warcraft Battle Plan, much has happened in the Warcraft universe. We’ve launched Blackwing Lair, the highest level dungeon in the game, we launched World of Warcraft in China and Singapore with great success, and work continues on adding even more content for our players.



    BlizzCon is quickly approaching, and we're preparing the lineup of programs, dev chats, and the concert to be held at our inaugural event. I’m very happy to announce that we'll have the first public showing of the expansion for World of Warcraft at BlizzCon. Attendees will be able to view the work that is going into the project and hear some of the eagerly awaited details. To those of you who won’t be able to make it to the show, please keep an eye out for the game magazines that will be hitting newsstands right around BlizzCon, because some of them will feature in-depth articles on the expansion with plenty of information about how World of Warcraft will be evolving.



    For this Battle Plan, we want to take the opportunity to look ahead to what our players can expect in the coming months leading up to BlizzCon and the expansion announcement.
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    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Battleplan Volume 2 at The Official Site.
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    News
    Thu, Sep 08, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Yes it's a big deal!

    Especially given that EVE Online is one of the few 2nd gen MMOs that's still growing consistently. Grats to CCP as they close in on a milestone.

    Labor Day brings players to EVE... Yesterday evening at 20:13 GMT, EVE players topped their own Peak Concurrent User record and it now sits at 14.418 users - Scarily close to the 15K uber-record.

    Check out EVE Online's highs and lows at its official site.

    News
    Wed, Sep 07, 2005
    Ethec
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