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  • Part two of their three part series is up with EverQuest 2 Community Manager Blackguard.

    Four: Having worked your way around the different positions within SOE, what would you say was your most favorite, and why?

    I've been in QA, Community Relations, and was even an Apprentice Designer for a while. My favorite so far is Community Relations Manager, because I get to do a little bit of everything. I love working with communities, and I love influencing the direction of the game (read: ranting and raving to people in person or via really really long emails). This position is a perfect fit, because, obviously, I work a lot with the community, and I'm in a Lead position on the game team.

    Uh.. yeah! Good times.. good times!

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    Fri, Dec 30, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • OGaming has a fluff piece up with Heather Graham, SOE's Antonia BayleShe's like.. kind of a gamer.. but like.. not really.. cause like.. she has better things to do..

    "It was an amazing experience to take part in. I was really pleased by how good of a fit it was, too."OGaming: Do you actually play the game now that it’s out and in the public eye?

    HG: Once in a while. And if I do, it’s under an anonymous character, the same way that anybody else would. That’s part of the fun: getting to not be yourself for at least a little while…

    Looks like she really tries to be nice about the whole gaming issue throughout the interview. SOE must still be paying her to do press.

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    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Dec 12, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • Yes, I'm bitter!
    Eurogamer gives EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames a 7/10 for lack of low-to-mid-level content. This is like the 15th review I've read that's all about how great DoF is, then, bam! it hits the "too high level" concrete bridge abutment. Every MMO expansion is going to be geared to the top tier of the playerbase, folks. If you can point out one expansion that's absolutely chock full of lowbie content, email me and I'll eat my hat or something!

    Like the Trials of Obi-Wan expansion for Star Wars Galaxies, Desert of Flames falls down slightly not because it's not entertaining, not because it lacks content, not because it doesn't play well, but because its scope is too narrow to include everyone. If you're a high level character who's done everything in EQ2, then this expansion is a must, but hey, next time guys, release something that all your players can enjoy.

    By this logic, "The Burning Crusade" ought to get a 7/10 too, but I betcha it won't; it's WoWftw. Blah. /rant off Eurogamer scorches EverQuest 2's "Desert of Flames" expansion.
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    Wed, Dec 07, 2005
    Ethec
  • Wanted: Dead or Respawned.
    The good folks at our EQ2 Community Site have posted Norrath's Most Wanted, a list of the most popular and elusive creatures in Everquest 2.

    " Throughout Everquest 2, you will find thousands upon thousands of goblins, orcs, gnolls, etc. to cleave with your blade but some creatures you will notice are just a little out of the ordinary.   Like that guy that feels comfortable enough to wear a pink shirt to work, these creatures will stand out above the rest.  They are tougher, carry more treasure, and are in many cases intentionally sought out and dispatched as soon as they appear.   Below is a guide to where you can find these unique beasts and hunt them down.  Be warned however, that waiting for some to spawn requires more patience than sitting in a McDonald's drive-thru. "

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    Wed, Nov 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • I'd love to see the Desert of Flames travel brochure.
    IGN has posted a review of EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames. Steve Butts does an exemplary job of describing the highs and lows of tthe first EverQuest 2 expansion.

    " Ever since launch, the developers of EverQuest II have been hard at work bringing more and more content online. It seems like the game grows a little every week with new areas, new quests, new playable races and new...well, everything. But as if to say that they can't give everything away for free, they've recently released the first official retail expansion pack. Like the old original EQ expansions, the first EverQuest II expansion introduces several large zones and tons of new content. "

    Stop by the TenTonHammer EQ2 Community for class guides, quick answers in the forums and more EQ2 information than you can shake a sand viper at.
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    Thu, Nov 24, 2005
    Boomjack
  • So tell me a little bit about your career history, EverQuest 2...
    If games had resumes, this one would be impressive. Ryan "Blackguard" Shwayder, SOE's EQ2 Community Manager, lists the incredible amount of content added to the game in the past year:

    Since launch, an enormous amount of content has been added to EverQuest II at no additional cost to EverQuest II subscribers. In addition to changes that made the game more fun for soloists and group players alike, more than 1100 quests have been added to the game since launch on November 8th. We've added more than 1200 new items to the game, including more craftable items for tradeskillers, and more loot around the world. Almost 400 new spells have been added and we've worked diligently to make sure our spell effects are as eye-catching as they are powerful. Recently, we added 8 new areas to the world, so there are now well over 100 zones in the world of EverQuest II to explore.

    So Blizzard & World of Warcraft, where's the beef? All you've made are promises so far. ( I have to try and bring balance to the force, you see.) Check out EverQuest 2's new content in the year since launch and the official site.
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    Wed, Nov 23, 2005
    Ethec
  • When forum trolls write reviews...
    CVG gives EQ2's "Desert of Flames" expansion at score of 75 / 100, citing a lack of polish (but there are plenty of other Europeans playing, har har!) and a continuance of SOE's "feather ruffling" tradition of Combat Changes. Let the nastiness commence:

    Poor old Sony. Given the massive debacle that was the Star Wars Galaxies Combat Upgrade, you'd think that its developer - Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) - would steer clear of using that phrase ever again. Not so. With the release of the Desert Of Flames expansion for the underrated EverQuest II - a game easily as enjoyable as WOW, but with half the calories... Sorry, I mean players - came an all-singing, all-dancing, all-existing player-base-annoying 'combat upgrade'. SOE must be cursed.

    Yea, they're pretty much being populist WoW bastages about it. Check out CVG's EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames review for more ganky ire.
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    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
    Ethec
  • In a desert of flames one reviewer finds his way to the oasis.
    Strategy Informer has posted a review of EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames.

    " The Desert of Ro from the original EverQuest is back in a new and exciting form as the Isle of Ro.  Here players will find the city of Maj’dul along with numerous dangerous and hazardous areas to roam through.  Many of the themes from the Desert of Ro are still intact, but most are tweaked in some way or have been enhanced.  There are still many vermin madmen running around and many Sand Giants everywhere.  The Isle of Ro, however, is a dangerous place for beginners; it is geared towards high-level players around the level 45 and up. "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames Review at Strategy Informer.
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    Reviews
    Wed, Nov 16, 2005
    Boomjack
  • You love us long time, we give you things.
    Sony Online Entertainment has taken Update#16 live and with it some goodies for long time EverQuest 2 subscribers.

    " - EverQuest II celebrates its first birthday by introducing Veteran Rewards!

    - Griffon tamers are seeking your assistance in the Thundering Steppes and Nektulos Forest!

    - Give the residents of Norrath a fresh look with the new SOGA character models!

    - Two new iksar scale patterns now available for each gender!

    - Crusaders, Mages, and Priests can now equip symbols in their ranged slot!

    - Carry extra ammo in quivers you can equip!

    - Using clickable items is now even easier, and food and drink get their own inventory slots!

    - Population and item improvements made in some of Norrath's deadly dungeons!

    - Can't reach your spirit shard? Now you can have your spirit restored... for a price!

    - Guild quest raids now scale according to player level and reward additional status!

    - The user interface gets a spiffy new look! "

    I could really use my spirit restored, "for a price".

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    News
    Thu, Nov 10, 2005
    Boomjack
  • SoE to make it FREE!
    Statesman.com is reporting that Sony Online Entertainment will be offering a free MMOG. They make it sound like a new idea. Apparently they haven't heard of Guild Wars.

    "
    Top-notch online video games now cost upward of $30 million to produce, making it imperative that game producers expand the market for them, Sony Online Entertainment Inc. President John Smedley said at a video game conference Thursday in Austin.
    Smedley said his company aims to do just that with a plan to break from its existing subscription-based business model and release a game title next fall that can be played free of charge."

    You can read entire Sony Online Entertainment to Offer Free MMOG Article at Statesman.com.
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    News
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Boomjack
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