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  • Not going to E3? It's ok. Don't cry. You're hooked up!

    ArenaNet announces a special competitive opportunity taking place in early May. We want 9 guilds from around the world to compete in the Guild Wars Factions E3 Challenge.

    The selected guilds will challenge The Last Pride [EvIL], the winner of the E3 Appearance Prize, to a quick 20-minute battle. We will keep track of the winner of each battle and how quickly they achieve victory. The guild that wins its match in the shortest amount of time will take home the gold; the second-fasted the silver; the third-fastest the bronze.

    If your guild doesn't win, but manages to go the distance—that is, the guild remains standing for 20 minutes against the Season 1 GWFC Champion—then your guild will earn the Survivors' Prize package instead!

    With two ways to win, what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

    In the meantime hie yourself over to our Guild Wars Community.
    More Guild Wars news.

    News
    Fri, Apr 21, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Guild Wars: Factions Zboard keyset now available...

    For the truly elite among you Guild Wars players, Ideazon has a new Zboard keyset designed for the GW expansion Factions, due out next Friday, April 28th.

    Master the skills of the Assassin and the arcane spells of the spiritual Ritualist. Activate emotes with the press of a single key. Interact with your guild mates and engage your enemy with speed and control using clearly labeled keys, and key groupings. Conquer and Master the Lands of Cantha and experience Guild Wars Factions™ gameplay like never before!

    • 56 dedicated action keys and labeled commands
    • 12 quick-access emote keys including fist shake, bow and dance
    • Menus intuitively organized for ease of play
    • Stunning official game graphics that immerse you into the action
    • Compatible for use with Guild Wars® and Guild Wars Factions™

    But can I program my /scratch emote? Hmm. "Ethec scratches himself."

    Anyway, check out the new Guild Wars: Factions Zboard keyset at the Zboard site.

    News
    Fri, Apr 21, 2006
    Ethec
  • It's not Vegas, but these slots will take your money.

    NCSoft / ArenaNet announced that, starting this summer, alternate character slots for subscription-free MMO Guild Wars may be purchased for $9.99 / €8.99 / £5.99 a piece. This is a one-time fee. From GamesIndustry.biz:

    As a result, NCsoft presumably believes the facility will enjoy a broader appeal than it would for traditional massively-multiplayer games, and that relatively casual players as well as hardcore Guild Wars fans will find the chance to play as more alternative characters - while retaining access to other unlocked content - worth the extra fee.

    Given that buying the box for $52.99 grants you four character slots, I suppose you could argue that the $9.99 fee gives you a ~$3.25 piecemeal discount. If you love your PvP, this could be a nice way to supplement your collection post-Factions expansion.

    Read the full article at GamesIndustry.biz.

    News
    Fri, Apr 21, 2006
    Ethec
  • Rockdirect produces limited edition DDO laptop

    Be the talk of the LAN party with your new Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach themed laptop from Rockdirect. DDO included. As seen on Hexus.net:

    Rockdirect are releasing a special limited edition of their Pegasus 650 mobile gaming laptop, of which 100 will be sold, with Dungeons and Dragons Online Stormreach themed artwork on the notebook, along with a free copy of the game.

    Wha? You don't have one yet? Well, me either. In game conference press rooms, the "What if the hokey pokey really is what it's all about?" bumper sticker on my laptop subjects me to enough scornful laughter, thanks.

    Check out the DDO limited edition Pegasus 650 laptop from Rockdirect at Hexus.net.

    News
    Fri, Apr 21, 2006
    Ethec
  • Battle the evil lurking below the dangerous city of Stormreach™ when you DOWNLOAD THE 7 DAY FREE TRIAL! Begin your journey into the online world of a roleplaying classic, joining a community of adventurers to explore the exciting mysteries of Eberron® for seven days at no cost!

    You can sign up for the Trial Program at: trial.ddo.com

    PCGamer says that DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE™: Stormreach™ is the "MMO that changes everything..." Create unique and authentic D&D heroes from five races, nine classes, and hundreds of skills, feats and looks. Survive unforgiving dungeons, fiendish traps and foes that punish the foolish. Sway the course of battle through action combat where skill matters and seconds count. Coordinate party tactics with the integrated voice chat system.

    Ready for a totally unique online game experience? There's only one way to find out: Play DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE™: Stormreach™ FREE for Seven Days!

    Check out of Dungeons & Dragons Online Community.

    More news on Dungeons & Dragons Online.

    News
    Fri, Apr 21, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Now that all of the archetypes are out there, the comments have been flying in. Funcom wanted to take the time to comment on your.. er... coments. Here is what they have to say.

    We won't always agree with all the feedback, and opinions are subjective, but we are also very happy to listen to good ideas when we hear them!

    So we sat down and went through all the feedback, decided which we could consider, who had a point, and what we felt we might alter or tweak. It was an interesting debate, raised lots of good points, some gameplay orientated and some on areas where we could be even more loyal to the original world as described by Robert E Howard.

    You want more news on Age of Conan? You're in luck! Cause we got it!

    News
    Fri, Apr 21, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • 5 million x $15/month x 3 months = phat lewt

    VU Games, parent company of Blizzard and subsidiary of Vivendi Universal, reported extremely strong first quarter earnings. Thanks largely to World of Warcraft sales and subscription revenues, VU Games saw a revenue increase of 18.6 percent compared to last year. This from Next Gen:

    Subscription and retail revenue for WoW continued to roll in, driving sales of 134 million euros ($165 million) for the quarter. VU games also cited strong performances from Ice Age 2 and older releases including 50 Cent: Bulletproof and Crash Tag Team Racing.

    All your $$ belong to a French mega-conglomerate. Read up on Vivendi's massive earnings at Next Gen.

    News
    Thu, Apr 20, 2006
    Ethec
  • Come out to our second ever player gathering in Orange County to meet your favorite NCsoft Community Relations representatives, try out various NCsoft games, get a free Monster drink, and maybe even win a door prize! Join the fun at Orange County’s Howie’s Game Shack on Saturday, May 13th.

    There will be plenty of games, a live DJ, drinks, and a few surprises. Check out all our games including City of Heroes, City of Villains, Guild Wars, and Lineage II. Give Auto Assault and some of our other brand new games a spin!

    Anyone can come and best of all, if you are on the VIP list, attendance is free! Here are some further details:

    * NCsoft personnel will be in attendance from 7pm – 2am
    * A special “NCsoft pass” will be available from 11am until 10pm for the discounted price of $5 to allow attendees to play NCsoft games in the LAN Center (a free Monster energy drink is included!)
    * For those on the VIP list, the exclusive, totally free play of NCsoft games begins at 10pm and lasts to 2am!

    Space on the VIP list is limited, so RSVP by sending an email with your name and the names of accompanying attendees to meetup@ncsoft.com. Come on down after 10pm to enjoy great games with great company! Please note: if you arrive before 10pm you will need to purchase the special NCsoft pass for admittance.

    We’ll have further updates on this event over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

    News
    Thu, Apr 20, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • So soon, I'm shocked. Yes.. shocked. So what is it that they have in store for us this time? Find out here.

    # Guild Recruitment channel functionality has been improved to be turned off for players already in guilds, and turned on for players not in guilds by default.
    # Fixed a bug which caused players to drop from combat after destroying a totem.
    # Fixed a soft-lock bug that occurred under certain conditions when players were near ships, zeppelins, elevators, and the Deeprun Tram.

    Those are some to list a few.

    Check out our World of Warcraft Community.
    More World of Warcraft News

    On a side note... There is also a new wallpaper of Stratholme up as well as a Behind the scenes DVD. Take a peek at the official site for more details.

    News
    Thu, Apr 20, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • It's a famous landmark and now you get to see it through the eyes of the Turbine crew. See the Brandywine Bridge here. and read the lore behind it.

    The Bridge of Stonebows, as the Brandywine Bridge was once called, was built originally by the Men of Arnor as a causeway across the Barandúin River on the Great East Road. When the founders of the Shire were granted their land by the king of Arthedain, the price was simple: to maintain and care for the Bridge so that travel into the West would never be impeded. The Hobbits of the Shire performed their duty, even long after the North-kingdom failed, and maintained the great stone bridge, denying none passage, Man, Elf, or Dwarf. Though the river's name was changed to the Brandywine and the bridge itself became the Brandywine Bridge, the Hobbits of the Shire continue to care for and keep watch on the Bridge.

    See what's new on our Lord of the Rings Online Community Site!
    More Lord of the Ring Online News.

    News
    Thu, Apr 20, 2006
    Awenyddion
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