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Conan-junkie Micajah here again, on the third day of my Loading... vision quest. While the early hours are making my head spin, Iâm a little excited to be in control of the newsletter this morning. Hallucinations of a mighty war axe stuck in my meaty fist are swirling across my vision and I feel like painting my face in the blood of my enemies.
For, as the writer of Loadingâ¦ (and with Jeff and John in Scottsdale â please donât fire me) I am allowed to make this edition of the newsletter totally devoted to the recent Age of Conan beta announcement. If there are any of you that havenât signed up yetâ¦hereâs the link.
I canât imagine why more people arenât totally stoked for this opportunity to go in and play in the lands of Hyboria. If you havenât checked out the recent screenshots, previews, and editorialsâ¦please read up. And if youâve read them and you need a quick reminder of why AoC is due for some attention, Funcom is making the most adult-oriented game that they can, and, with the works of Robert E. Howard to serve as their background material, theyâre certainly going to meet that prerequisite.
But aside from the partial nudity, sexual innuendos, decapitations, swearing, and general violence, Funcom is also making a damn fine game that looks to revolutionize story-telling, combat, graphics, and dynamic content in MMOs. As I say in my blog, itâs a great time to be a gamer.
And to you folks who donât know much about Age of Conan, youâve got a lot to learn and not much time to do it. With a release scheduled for October 31st, 2007 (itâs no coincidence that the game opens up on Halloween â the Funcom guys wanted to start decapitating people on a thoroughly appropriate date), thereâs only a few months to test, read, and write about the Age of Conan.
And, to paraphrase the greatest movie quote of all-time:
I cannot wait to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and to hear the lamentations of their women.
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Blog Update: And So It Begins...
"The public beta test for Age of Conan has begun, and Micajah couldn't be more excited. There are a lot of quality games scheduled for a release this fall, so everyone better be ready!"
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Python Lost at Google Offices
Top search request: How to Find a Snake.
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Gotta keep it in the family, man.
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I knew our staffer was up to something! (read his blog)
Woman on Horseback Charged with DUI
*hick* Take me home, Flicka...*burp*
Vin Diesel Fact: Robert E. Howard used Vin Diesel as the basis for his Conan books.
Thanks as always for visiting TenTonHammer.com
- Cody "Micajah" Bye