Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited

  • DnD players, look up from your dice and handbooks a sec!

    Turbine's DDO team turned out at PAX in force, and has some spiffy pictures and captions to show for it. Luckily, Marut (today's profiled monster) didn't show up too; the pasty-white crowd was almost certainly ill-equipped to dispatch an extraplanar stone construct:

    A twelve foot tall statue of a hulking onyx man in golden armor stood before us for a moment before speaking in a mechanical voice.


    Clearly we were not going to agree to this command. Maruts are inevitables that represent the inevitability of death, and are lawful extraplanar constructs from Dolurrh, the Realm of the Dead. They hunt those who use unnatural means to cheat death. It's likely that this inevitable was hunting a powerful giant, and was sealed away rather than simply destroyed for unknown reasons.

    I tried explaining to the inevitable that the giants of Xen'drik are likely dead, and its mission is complete.


    Sighing, I nodded assent to the marut while simultaneously giving the others the signal for attack. It would be a difficult fight, but I had faith in my comrades.

    Free forum registration is required for the rest of this entertaining Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach read, or just check out DDO's Pax pics here.

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Sep 02, 2005
  • DDO's newest subclass: Powerpuff Girls! Thanks Maya!

    A forum member showed concern regarding the presence of content to appeal to girls. The full forum thread is a bit of a trainwreck filled with criticism, but I'm sure at least some people out there will find the dev response amusing. Check out the full thread here.

    Original Poster, Oceaniceyes:

    Ok, I am totally new to the forums here. I have never played DnD before, but am hoping for a fun game. However, one of the things that got me into playing games was the ability to make things pretty. (I know, its very girlie) I liked crafting, decorating and wearing pretty clothes. I am concerned that there is no girl content planned for this game. If I am just not finding the info, please enlighten me.

    Dev Responder, hsinclair:

    We have great girly content, such as +5 Adamantine Greatswords, Beholders, Blade Traps, and Fireballs, just to name a few.

    - Heather

    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
  • Shakycam Screenshots.
    Stratics has posted some Shakycam Screenshots of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach taken at the recent PAX event. Bruce Campbell has claimed that the shots are fakes and showed us his "Boomstick!" to prove it. Proof that they are legit includes the following:

    "Next on the list in our multi-part report on DDO at the 2005 PAX Event
    is a series of images that we took of the game's interface, as well as
    a picture of the event itself and of a Hill Giant that was determined
    to smack some players around: "

    You can read view the Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Screenshots at Stratics.
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    Images, Media
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
  • More Q&As than a DnD Player's Handbook has Mountain Dew stains!

    As you read this interview with DDO Community Manager Victor Wachter- probing the decision to choose Eberron as a setting and sorting out what will make DDO compelling and unique in the genre- you just might be able to hear player's handbook pages turning and dice clattering deep in the background. Will alignment play a factor in DDO? Can I, for example, choose to play a Chaotic Evil character, or is the game for good guys only?

    Victor Wachter: Alignment is not embedded within the game systems, but these circumstances are presented within the quests and dungeons. Eberron itself is a setting where alignment is fluid, and so players may need to make choices that stretch the boundaries of their alignments. While alignment choices won’t limit a player’s options within the game, they will have an impact on how some NPC’s react toward their character.

    More Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Q&As at

    Features, Interviews
    Sat, Aug 27, 2005
  • What does a d20 and a chat log have in common?
    Stratics has a dev chat log posted, detailing some of the finer points of class characteristics, stealth, food/drink issues, and a whole lot more!

    Brannoc - *DiploMooz* Hi! I had the good fortune to play the DDO E3 build recently. I was particularly fond of stealthing around with the rogue. It seemed somehow more interesting than the binary "can the mob see me or not" of previous games. Can you expound upon the features planned for stealthing in ddo?

    EckelberryDDO - I can try! Stealth is little more complicated than the you are detected or not sort of things. Of course we represent D&D in comparing your Hide Skill and Move Silently and the monster's Listen and Spot score. It also combines how long you dare to stay near the monster trying to detect you, and the level of lighting around your character, which can either give you a bonus or penalty to your skill check, and it can determin

    EckelberryDDO - how often the monster "looks" for you\

    JustinQuimby - Just as a side note, we've put a ton more stuff into the game and polished a lot of features in the game since the E3 build. I'm very excited about the upcoming Alpha prop.

    The rest of the Dungeons & Dragons Online Developer Chat Log is posted at Stratics.

    Wed, Aug 24, 2005
  • Magic Missle Mayhem
    GameSpy has posted a Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach interview featuring designer Dave Eckleberry. Vin Diesel didn't roll the dice when he played Dungeons and Dragons. He just crushed them in his hand and called out the numbers. We're confident he didn't call this out:

    " We sit down with one of the designers of Turbine's upcoming MMO to talk about combat, death traps, and why Eberron is so damned cool. "

    You can read the Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Interview at GameSpy.
    More DDO!

    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Aug 24, 2005
  • SWDP (Single White Dwarf Priest) seeks Elven paladin level 10-12 for long walks in a dungeon.
    GameSpy has posted a Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach preview based on their experience with the title at GenCon in Indianapolis. Samuel L. Jackson rolled the dice and exlaimed:

    " I came to the 2005 GenCon Game Faire in Indianapolis with only a small
    list of "must-do" items. Sitting somewhere in the top five roughly between "get 'Geek version 2.0' t-shirts for my kids" and "finally buy that plush Cthulhu toy" was "get in some hands-on time with Dungeons & Dragons Online." Okay, I'll admit it, I was a big ol' D&D geek back in the day, and while I haven't had the time to play in many years, I still have a lot of affection for the game. Add to that the idea of building a whole MMO around it and I'm in. Rather than just dive in, though, I decided to wait until after my extended conversation with Dave Eckleberry. I'd wait to see what he had to say about what makes the product distinct and then judge for myself by actually playing the game.

    You can read the Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Preview at GameSpy.
    More DDO than you can shake a bugbear at:

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Aug 22, 2005
  • Basements get quiet, if only for a moment, to read and wash their dice.
    The official Dungeons and Dragons Online site has posted a developer's diary with Ken Troop, Lead Designer. Gary Gygax would not return our calls, but if he had we are sure he wouldn't have said this:

    " Hey everyone.  I'm Ken Troop, lead designer on Dungeons & Dragons® Online: Stormreach".   This development diary delves into the background behind a very important issue: advancement in DDO.  "

    You can read the entire Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Developer's Diary at The Official Site.
    You can read even more about DDO at

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Aug 18, 2005
  • Dragon Glamour Photos.
    TheTheGame has posted some Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach screenshots. Courtney Love was unavailable for comment, but are relatively sure that she is part dragon. We are also relatively sure that she has never said the following:

    " "Dungeons & Dragons Online" will let players travel alone or in parties as they explore the seemingly endless dungeon complexes found beneath the world. Through the dungeons, players will engage in physical and magical combat with hideous foes straight from the pages of the "Monster Manual"(TM) rulebook. "

    You can view the Dungeons and Dragons Online Screenshots at ToTheGame.
    If you liked those screenshots, you'll love what you find at

    Images, Media
    Tue, Aug 16, 2005
  • Dungeons and Dragons. Does that mean that every dungeon has a dragon in it?
    IGN has posted a preview of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach. Lord Nagafen and Lady Vox have created a dragon support group. The inscription over the lair looks absolutely nothing like this:

    "It's tough being an MMO these days. Or at least, an MMO that isn't
    World of Warcraft. On the fantasy side, they seem to have everything
    sewn up. So what's the appeal of yet another persistent online sword
    and sorcery game? Well, how about one that takes out crafting,
    grinding, auction houses, and focuses on pure Dungeons & Dragons modules? How about one where you don't need to play for weeks just to earn the privilege of spending all your money on a horse? In DDO, slated for early next year, it's the dungeons and the city, and you're whipped from one to the other quickly and cleanly, with the focus on venturing with a party. "

    You can read the entire Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Preview at IGN.
    More Dungeons and definately a lot more Dragons at

    Features, Previews
    Tue, Aug 16, 2005
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