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    Now, while you're not playing Auto Assasult, you have some time to visit our Auto Assault Community. Good things are happening there.

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    Tue, May 23, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Here's the scoop

    Hey All,

    If you wander over to the ArchLord movies section you will find a delightful selection of two sneak preview videos of some ingame spells. I shall produce more compressed versions in the very near future.

    So what you have today for your viewing pleasure is.

    1) An orc warrior out in the dessert, applying one of the many available buffs to himself.

    2) A human Archer, buffing his armour as he prepares to engage in fierce battle.

    Enjoy,

    Mr.Ktat

    And Here's where you can find them.

    Now I have to go find a way to get the Mini Me's out of my head.. It's hurts! It HUUUUUURTS!

    News
    Tue, May 23, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • I'm reading about this and on one hand I'm excited and on the other I keep thinking.. Hmm this sounds just like Dusktreaders. although set in the future.

    FiringSquad: First, how did the idea for Dark World Online come about?

    David Bowman: I was on a work/vacation trip with my family to British Columbia. It was the first time I had taken some personal time and gotten away from the daily running of Horizons. This allowed me to think freely about all of the genres and experiences that aren't currently available in persistent world spaces. It also allowed me to have some time to read, one of my greatest pleasures that I no longer get much time to do.

    I knew that we didn't want to do another family fantasy game like Horizons at this time since we like what is happening with the game and the audience. Eve and Anarchy Online are currently doing a good job of entertaining people in the science fiction space. That eliminated my two favorite genres. So I went to my third and started reading the horror section of a great book store in Victoria. It quickly becomes aparent when reading horror that no single author dominates this space. I think that is partially due to the very long history of horror lore and the resulting depth and complexity of material. I looked at the material and the common themes that separated themselves from any single author were the sensuality, danger and mystery of the Vampires, the tragedy and ferocity of the Werewolves and the bravery and cleverness of the humans who have protected humanity from the monsters that prey upon us. I called several people at Tulga and bounced the idea around with them and they all responded with "I'd play that."

    You can read the rest of the story here.

    News
    Tue, May 23, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • This is an interesting story on the social networks for MMO's. I happened across it today and you should take a look. You can read it all right here.

    I just finished reading the awesome + amazing work of Nicolas Ducheneaut, Nicholas Yee, Eric Nickell, and Robert J. Moore. I imagine them as hyper-dorks at Stanford who built a scraper for analyzing social behaviors in World of Warcraft... only they got a little too high off of their MMORPG supply.

    Just kidding. About the high part. They really did build a WoW scraper.

    Their paper, "Alone Together?" Exploring the Social Dynamics of Massively Multiplayer Online Games (pdf) blew brain chunks out the back of my skull.

    I've only read it through once, but came away feeling strongly that social networks, as they exist now, will soon be relics as new networks emerge that provide reward systems to enhance user experience with tools and recognition.

    (also the paper made me wonder if social networks will become more immersive as well... is Second Life the future of social networks?).

    As a social network hobbyist I recognize that this concept could exist in practice already. Forgive me if it's been done and be sure to point me to where and by whom.

    On a side note... WoW is surely the worst game to study social networks considering there aren't any. Have you tried socializing on a mature level in that game lately?

    News
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • I feel like this is De'ja Vu. Don't you?

    In order to address an issue affecting realm stability, we have disabled pre-existing character transfers and templated characters on the public test realms. We have isolated the issue and we are currently working on a solution; however, until the matter is resolved character transfers will not be available.

    To find the latest and greatest information on World of Warcraft, visit our Community site!

    News
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • You may know him as Rev. He's a developer at Flying Labs. His column at the Stranger made me laugh right out loud.

    The booth babe up on stage at E3, the big video-game expo in Los Angeles, finally lost it. The throng of gamers with their cameras snapping pictures of her in a revealing fantasy costume, grabbing from the floor below at the T-shirts she was giving away, was just too much. "Vultures, VULTURES!" she yelled at them. "You're all a bunch of vultures!"

    You should absolutely read the rest.

    More Pirates of the Burning Sea news.

    News
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Arena Net and ATI have teamed up to bring you a spankin new contest with hot new prizes.

    To participate just simply enter the name that you think fits the monster for a chance to win a prize. Come back each week for another chance to win. No purchase necessary. For a list of complete rules, click here.

    Prize Details:

    * Copy of Guild Wars Factions
    * All-in-Wonder® X1900
    * Winning Monster name appears in the game.

    This weeks Monster

    Choose a name for the monster. It can be a name that is a first and last name, such as Stank Reekfoul (a famous Guild Wars Prophecies monster) or it can be a name and a title, such as Neing the Tanner (a helpful NPC in Guild Wars Factions).

    For those rules click here.

    For the best Guild Wars Community ever, click here.

    News
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Age of Conan has cleaned up so far this year from some E3 awards. it looks like Gamespot, IGN and Gamespy have all given our favorite barbarian the Best of E3 and Editors Choice awards. Good news for Funcom. I've always said that they make great games and this just proves it.

    More Age of Conan news.

    News
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • I am now going to admit to you something that I've never admitted to anyone in my life. . . I don't read lore. It's not something that attracts me. With that said, I have read Dusktreader's Lycan Lore. I was spellbound through the entire piece.

    The army cut large swaths through the forest as they advanced, and built siege weapons from the trees. Large bonfires burned through the nights. Alcoa’s walls were too high and its city too well protected to directly attack it, so the invading army took camp outside of its gates. Controlling the fertile lands beyond the city, they hoped to starve them into submission. While the months passed, the men of Isathule foraged the wilderness clean for many miles.

    Pauh appeared to the tribal leader Trigould and told him of the ruin the army wrought on the land. True to his word, Trigould gathered his hunters and their large grey wolves to prepare to defend the land.

    As Trigould and his clansmen approached the encampment, they saw the army of Isathule outnumbered the hunters of Cohanna nearly ten to one. Trigould knew their chances of victory were slim, and even with the goddess behind them he feared the loss of his tribe.

    If you're looking for a good story you have to read the rest.

    More Dusktreaders News.

    News
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • You've read the Ten Ton Hammer E3 Preview of Hero's Journey. Ratboy and Messiah were extremely surprised and pleased with what they saw. Their excitement was contagious. We all want to see this game in action now. Lucky you! You get to see some new screenshots of the game.

    You can find them here at 3D Gamers.

    News
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
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