There is so much information on this one today that I decided to put it all in one place. Let's start with the Concept Art.
We have added some new concept art to the site today showing some of the work going into creating the buildings of Hyboria!
When building an MMO one of the things that a great deal of time is spent on is creating the world itself! This is particularly true when you are dealing with a wonderfully deep license like the world created by Robert E Howard. The world has been envisioned by millions of peoples reading his books for decades and everyone has an ideal in their mind when they think of Cimmeria, Stygia, Tortage or anywhere else you care to mention!
Bringing it all to life is no easy task - from concept art, through three dimensional art, to the world builders carefully putting everything together a whole lot of work goes into creating the world that the players will be able to explore.
This week we wanted to show some of the fine details and attention to detail that goes into designing every aspect of the world and a great example is the buildings of Hyboria! To be more specific in this instance the buildings that players will find in Cimmeria, the birthplace of Conan himself.
Go check out those huts!
Next on our tour of Conan is the Forum Competition.
Ready to show off your creative writing skills? Find out more about our great forum competition.
Now is your chance to show the Age of Conan community your creative works! We are looking for a story about a character you will play or a character living in Hyboria. The top 3 creative stories selected will be allowed to set their own custom forum usertitle*!
Your story can include several things including how you came to Hyboria, what your current profession is, any major events in your life that affect what you do now, childhood memories, your friends, your lifestyles, and lots more.
The rules are simple...
* Your submission must be about a civilian in the Hyborean world and you cannot portray your character as a hero.
* Your submission must stay in the theme of the Age of Conan. (i.e. no cars, planes, computers, etc..).
* Your submission must not be tied to any major storyline characters or alter or influence change in the main storyline of REHs works. (i.e. You cannot be cousins with Conan and have a latte with him every Tuesday down at Tortage Coffee Shop).
* Your submission must be 700 words minimum and only one submission per person will be considered. The only accepted formats are Text Files (.txt) and Rich Text Files (.rtf) only.
* You must be registered with the Age of Conan Forum located at http://forums.ageofconan.com/ and your account must be in good standing.
All submissions must be recieved by June 9th, 2006 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Character Biography Contest - [Forum Name]
Winners will be chosen and announced by June 16, 2006.
Unfortunately you can count me out of this one. My writing skills rival the slowest first grader.
Last but not least, our favorite Barbarian will be making an appearance at this year's DragonCon.
t's that time of year again as we make our annual visit to Dragoncon and invite players along to join in the fun!
We are delighted to confirm that we will be attending the Dragoncon convention in Atlanta in September and will again be having a player gathering for people to come and meet us and chat about the game and join in on some competitions and fun!
There will be members of the development team there to answer your questions and join in the fun!
If you are attending and want to reserve a place at one of our evening gatherings please send an email to community@anarchyonline with the subject line “Dragoncon gathering” with your name and details. Space will be limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Dragoncon is a great convention and a whole lot of fun and we look forward to seeing you all there!
So much goodness that I'm spent!
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