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  • This just in from the official Istaria Community site -

    Tonight! May 25th at 5pm PST, please join David Bowman (Producer) Amon Gwareth (Lead Design), Smeglor (Simulation Programmer and Guru), Illyist (QA Lead) and Jason Eubanks (Client Programmer) for a one hour chat about recent changes including the ARoP, Lairs, Confectioner, PSB Quest and the upcoming Expansion.

    Futher information regarding how to connect to the Stratics IRC channel can be found at Horizons Stratics or below. See ya then!

    From Stratics Central:

    Please join us on Thursday, May 25th, for a House of Commons with the developers of Horizons at 5pm PsT / 8pm EsT in the #StraticsHoC channel on Stratics IRC.

    Topic will be on recent changes (staff, ARoP, Lairs, Confectioner, PSB Quest, etc). and the Expansion.

    You can connect to one of our IRC servers through the use of your favorite IRC client, such as mIRC, ircle, xchat, or whichever you prefer. Connect to irc.stratics.com port 6668 or whichever server is closest to you:

    stratics.frws.com port 6668, USA - Coloradoirc.glowfish.de port 6668, EU - Germanystratics.afraidyet.net 6668, USA - Atlantairc.epaxsys.net port 6668, USA - Colorado

    You may also connect through our handy Java link which may be found right here. You must have Java installed to use this which can be downloaded from the Java homepage.

    General chat relating to Horizons will take place before, during, and after the chat in room #horizons. We hope to see you there!

    Find out all about the new expansion and then tell me what you think!

    News
    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Let the bragging rights commence!

    We've made a new addition to the Webkits section with a selection of graphics for some of our in-game medals, available in a single ZIP file in individual BMPs as well as a PSD. The Raider Array, Union Support Pin, Death's Keychain and seven more are featured.

    You can find the Webkits here.

    Get your Road Rage here!
    More Auto Assault News.

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    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • This in from LOTRO Source -

    LotroSource is very pleased to announce ticket sales for LOTROG II: Lunch of the Rings!
    Join us for at weekend of fun, food and nancing in Providence, R.I. on Friday, August 4th and Saturday, August 5th. Rub elbows and chat with Turbine developers! Come take part in live quests or just chill out in the TenTonHammer hospitality suite with your friends from around the globe. See LOTRO, Win Prizes! Don’t miss out on this annual event!

    If you're in the area or even if you just can't live with yourself if you miss out on this event, you can get your tickets here.

    While you're on your Lord of the Rings Online kick, visit our Community!
    More news on Lord of the Rings Online.

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    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • MMORPG has six new screenshots. of Legend of Ares. Do you think that they're Hot or Not? Let me know. We're seeing a large asian influence in the graphic styles of a large amount of these upcoming games. Will they fly with the North American market?

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    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • You know how we feel about Seed since we gave them our Most Original MMOG award. Now, find out what Stratics thinks of this innovative game.

    Most other MMORPG’s will fit the bill for persistent world, up until the final sentence. Seed is all about the players changing the influence and the world itself, it’s the players that have control over what happens next. This is what blew me away about the game and garnered my interest into the title.

    So let me start with a bit of background information on what Seed is about. You start out in a colony called Da Vinci, you were on a mission to terra-form a planet, however, something goes terribly wrong within the machine. Your mission is to pretty much survive as a colony and work together and come up with a plan and direction. That plan and direction is entirely up for the players to decide.

    Read the rest here.

    More Seed news.

    News
    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • There is a new Tale in the Desert. We'll call it Episode III. MMORPGDot has given us their take on this continuing saga.

    The third installment of the surprisingly complex MMORPG, A Tale in the Desert, recently went into open beta testing in preparation for its upcoming launch. Along with many A Tale in the Desert fans, I joined the open beta to see what improvements are being made and what new stories will be told in this next tale.

    Having never played any of the previous games, I was new to the series, so it took me awhile to get my bearings and understand the premise of the game. As an avid MMORPG player, the first thing I noticed is the absence of any combat at all in the game. While usually confronted with myriad enemies and hack and slash fighting engines upon entering an MMORPG, in a Tale in the Desert III, players start in random locations in the middle of Egypt and must navigate the landscape, accomplishing tasks and solving puzzles in order to become a citizen. For those who are new to the series, the game is, essentially, based on social puzzles. Unlike most MMORPGs, this game has a beginning, middle and an end. During each telling, players work to solve an ultimate puzzle by interacting with the society to solve larger problems, creating their own puzzles for the next telling in the meantime.

    You can read the rest here.

    News
    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Gamebanshee has a preview from E3 about London: Hellgate

    In the summer of 2003, just as Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne was headed to retail, Blizzard Entertainment watched as many of the talented developers at Blizzard North left to pursue employment elsewhere. Included in the exodus were four key members: Erich Schaefer, Max Schaefer, David Brevik, and Bill Roper. Erich, Max, and David were the original founders of Blizzard North (or Condor, Inc., before Blizzard acquired them), and all four developers had a major role in the success of Diablo, Diablo II, and their expansions. Rather than just parting ways, the small team founded Flagship Studios and began work on a new action RPG called Hellgate: London. Since that time, the team has grown exponentially and now lists a total of sixteen original Diablo II developers. To put it into a better perspective, Flagship Studios more or less is Blizzard North, creators of the Diablo franchise.

    You can read it here.

    More Hellgate: London news.

    News
    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Was Midas Chinese?
    LotRO Source has posted an article on gold farming and the repercussions that the secondary market has on MMOGs.

    "Selling gold in the gaming industry is like selling porn on the internet. Everyone claims not to do it, yet millions of real world dollars change hands each year. Game networks like OGaming are owned by companies that not only support this activity, but participate in it. Networks that do not participate in it still take advertising dollars from companies that sell gold. These are lucrative deals that make up much of these networks advertising income."

    You can read the entire story at LotRO Source.

    • TenTonHammer.com is a "No Gold Ads" network. Find out why.
    News
    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Boomjack
  • We're $292 million dollars poorer!

    That was the take on online subscription revenues in 2005, according to research published by Cnet. Other fast facts - US PC game spending hit a whopping $1.4 billion in 2005. I guess PC gaming isn't the dying duck the analysts would've had us believe it was a year ago.

    Faster Internet connections are making it easier for consumers to play games online and to download game content that had once only been available in stores, said NPD, which last year began tracking online subscriptions.

    Subscriptions to play specific online titles--such as "World of Warcraft" from Blizzard Entertainment and Vivendi Games--reached roughly $292 million in 2005, with about 1.4 million paid subscribers.

    Crunch the numbers on US PC game-related spending at Cnet.com.

    News
    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Ethec
  • RUN! It's a purple con 3 up-arrow Curt Schilling!


    In a PR move that will most assuredly generate better karma than offering a year-long modeling contract to a real-life Queen Antonia lookalike, EverQuest 2 will soon boast a new in-game enemy that fights for charity, former MLB hurler Curt Schilling.
    The World Series MVP and longtime EQ2 player will man a mob aptly named "Curt Schilling" and wander about terrorizing the playerbase. Every time he's defeated, SOE shells out a little more money to help fight ALS (also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease").
    Check out the "Curt Schilling and SOE fight ALS" press release right here. Then log on June 5th-7th and gank for a good cause, EQ2 players!

    News
    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Ethec
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