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  • If you've been reading my blog, you'll find that I am absolutely enamored of this game right now. If you want more Spellborn goodness you can join their Developer Chat tomorrow.

    Dev Chat #3 this Saturday!
    FRIDAY, 26TH OF MAY 2006 :: POSTED BY FREEZE

    The third in our series of public Dev Chats will be held on Saturday the 27th of May at 21:00 CEST. The subject of this chat is the Quest system in TCoS. The chat is expected to run an hour or so and will be done in Question and Answer format, so make sure to drop in a bit before the chat starts to begin submitting your questions.

    You can stop by our irc server (irc.tcos.com) and join the #spellborn-QA channel in order to read or take part in the Q&A. Afterwards we will be making logs of the event available for those who cannot attend but are still curious as to how the system will work.

    Expected Dev attendees for Dev Chat #3 include content lead 'Lady Landmine', community favorite Andreas 'Thee' Bettermann and PR manipulator Marco 'Freeze' van Haren.

    I'll see you there!

    More Chronicles of Spellborn news.

    News
    Fri, May 26, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • For all that is holy DON'T DO IT! If you have a soul you won't suck one more person into this massive gaming beast.

    With that said,

    here's never been a better time to invite new allies to join your guild, as we've just launched the Recruit-A-Friend program. Just log in to the account-management section and click the "Recruit-A-Friend" button or go directly to this page to start sending free 10-Day trial keys to your friends. Rest assured that your valiant efforts will be rewarded: for every one of your friends who converts to a full subscription and pays for a month of game time, you will receive 30 days of free game time credited to your account!

    Blackrock Spire, Battlegrounds, the coming Naxxramas Necropolis...the world of Warcraft has never been more dangerous, so you'll need all the help you can get if you want your side to prevail in the coming conflict. The time is here to recruit your allies and stand united under one banner. Good luck, and see you soon in Azeroth! Click here to Recruit-A-Friend!

    The link be here.

    Don't have any friends? Visit our World of Warcraft Community. If we don't befriend you we'll certainly make you at least feel loved.

    News
    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Now we're talkin! Somewhere in the works I became a crafting nut and so anything with this topic gets me all warm and fuzzy inside. Turbine's Nik Davidson tells gives us the juice.

    You've probably heard the joke about how games are like sausage: Best to just enjoy them and not think too hard about how they're made. For those like me, there is no sparing us the greasy intestinal details of design and production. We live it and love it. And like it or not, I'm going to share a bit of it with you. I'm going to tell you a story. A story about a boy, a coffee machine, and a dream. A story about the crafting system in The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™.

    Before I launch into the explanation of our crafting system, I'll share this with you: At a certain point in the game's development, crafting was almost cut.

    Find out more right here.

    News
    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.

    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
  • And they will hit it hard! Or not. . . you can never tell.

    We are proud to announce that Blizzard will be part of the Lanwar event taking place in Louisville, KY, from June 15 through June 18. Lanwar is the first stop in the World Series of Video Games, a series of tournaments and events around the world where gamers can get together and compete for glory, honor, and awesome prizes. As part of the Lanwar event, we will be hosting a series of tournaments and contests for Starcraft, Warcraft III and World of Warcraft.

    Here is the Lanwar Webpage.

    Visit our World of Warcraft Community.

    News
    Wed, May 24, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • So who wants to see some beautiful shots of Middle Earth? Yeah I do too. You can find them here.

    These shots are of scenic Archet.

    Want more Middle Earth Goodness? Visit our Lord of the Rings Online Community.

    News
    Wed, May 24, 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
  • Just when you think there is no E3 coverage left to be had... you find that you were so so wrong. Warhammer Online is the game. GamersInfo.com is the place.

    The first sight to greet me as I sat down was my Ork character, beautifully armored in a set of haphazard armor, was that the enclosure had the look and feel I was expecting for an Ork encampment. The next thing I noticed was the presence of goblins and other Ork allies. Leaving the camp and approaching a stunning giant I was introduced to what was perhaps my favorite feature. Here I was automatically given a quest by the giant to fetch him 20 casks of beer that were conveniently lying around the area. This is something I have never seen in a game before but will be great for players like me who love to explore and find new things to do. As I moved further out from the camp I began to notice other features of the world. Sadly before I could explore much farther it was time to get up and go talk to the developers of the game.

    Now, find out what Ratboy is up to at our Warhammer Online Community.

    News
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
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