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Conan-junkie Micajah here again, on the third day of my Loading... vision quest. While the early hours are making my head spin, Iâ€™m a little excited to be in control of the newsletter this morning. Hallucinations of a mighty war axe stuck in my meaty fist are swirling across my vision and I feel like painting my face in the blood of my enemies.
For, as the writer of Loadingâ€¦ (and with Jeff and John in Scottsdale â€“ please donâ€™t fire me) I am allowed to make this edition of the newsletter totally devoted to the recent Age of Conan beta announcement. If there are any of you that havenâ€™t signed up yetâ€¦hereâ€™s the link
I canâ€™t imagine why more people arenâ€™t totally stoked for this opportunity to go in and play in the lands of Hyboria. If you havenâ€™t checked out the recent screenshots
, and editorials
â€¦please read up. And if youâ€™ve read them and you need a quick reminder of why AoC is due for some attention, Funcom is making the most adult-oriented game that they can, and, with the works of Robert E. Howard to serve as their background material, theyâ€™re certainly going to meet that prerequisite.
But aside from the partial nudity, sexual innuendos, decapitations, swearing, and general violence, Funcom is also making a damn fine game that looks to revolutionize story-telling, combat, graphics, and dynamic content in MMOs. As I say in my blog
, itâ€™s a great time to be a gamer.
And to you folks who donâ€™t know much about Age of Conan, youâ€™ve got a lot to learn and not much time to do it. With a release scheduled for October 31st, 2007 (itâ€™s no coincidence that the game opens up on Halloween â€“ the Funcom guys wanted to start decapitating people on a thoroughly appropriate date), thereâ€™s only a few months to test, read, and write about the Age of Conan.
And, to paraphrase the greatest movie quote of all-time:
I cannot wait to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and to hear the lamentations of their women.
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Robert E. Howard used Vin Diesel as the basis for his Conan books.
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- Cody "Micajah" Bye