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  • Honestly, you couldn't follow Elves up with anything other than Hobbits.

    There are few recorded deeds of Hobbits until late in the Third Age of Middle-earth, which is just the way Hobbits would prefer it. They are simple, quiet folks, preferring to dwell in hillside holes in and around the area known as The Shire in western Eriador. Called "Halflings" by some due to their size relative to Men, these small folk enjoy the peaceful endeavours of farming, eating, and gift giving, rather than concerning themselves with the dangerous affairs of the rest of Middle-earth (save the legends of Hobbit bowmen in the wars of Fornost). In these dark days, however, it is the unassuming Hobbits, with their often surprising adeptness of both word and action, that will have the greatest impact in the war between the Free Peoples and the lengthening Shadow from the North.

    From the most modest of beginnings, Hobbits are capable of the grandest of deeds. Their nimbleness and quick-thinking are well documented of course, but Hobbits are not to be underestimated. Hobbits, although small in size relative to the other races, are sturdy of body, determined in their actions, and good with bow or knife (when they have to be). Their small frame belies a toughness and spirit of a capable adventurer in the lands of Middle-earth.

    Classes available to the Race of Hobbits: Guardian, Minstrel, Hunter, Burglar

    Is it just me or is it good to see the true race being represented?

    News
    Thu, Jun 01, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • A new developer journal on MMORPG.com explains the rogue class in the Chronicles of Spellborn.

    Every class in TCoS has 3 basic attributes -, primary, secondary and auxiliary. The character’s primary attribute is defined by the class’s archetype, while the secondary attribute is determined by the actual class. The third auxiliary attribute has a small impact on the player's statistics but no impact on class-specific statistics and skills.

    The primary archetype attribute for rogues is 'focus'. The focus attribute impacts many of the class’s basic statistics like an increased attack speed and allows the rogue to use basic focus-related skills.

    Every rogue is granted the use of basic focus-related rogue skills when they reach the appropriate level, regardless of their class. Some examples of the rogue archetype skills include:

    Read the rest right here.

    More Chronicles of Spellborn News.

    News
    Thu, Jun 01, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • The official site has the newest in playable races available for your perusal. Evles are the topic this week.

    Throughout the ages, the deeds and struggles of the noble race of Elves have been entwined with the very history of Middle-earth. They remember all too well the devastation caused by the tides of evil that once darkened the land - a shadow which threatens to do so once again. In ages past, the Elves divided into many different groups, and settled throughout Middle-earth, primarily in the ancient forested realms where they yet live. Tall and strong, fair and graceful, Elves have keen senses and a deep affinity for the beauty of the natural world around them. Elves do not "die" in the way understood by Men; Elves often live in the lands of Middle-earth for thousands of years, suffering neither the effects of time nor disease, though the body of an Elf may be struck down in battle. At the end of their days in Middle-earth, the Elves travel to unknown realms across the western sea.

    Long ago, the Elves welcomed the "younger" races of Middle-earth and allied with them when the need was great, but centuries of war, betrayal, and hardship have made them fiercely protective of their seclusion. Now, as the Third Age draws to a close and the War of the Ring is at hand, the Elves are once again stirring from their forested realms and hidden valleys, allying with the Free Peoples of Middle-earth against the darkness which grows from both the North and East.

    Classes available to the Race of Elves: Champion, Guardian, Minstrel, Hunter, Lore-Master

    You know you want to play an Elf.

    Our Lord of the Rings Online Community.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • China enters low-security space

    Scrappy space-sim MMO EVE Online is China bound, according to IcelandReview. If there was ever a community- and PvP-intensive game made for the Asian bloc, this is it.

    I was reading along, and all was well and good. That is, until I got to this DOWNRIGHT SCARY part....

    According to Hilmar, it is possible that the game will be used for instruction in Chinese schools.

    Doesn't China have the world's largest air force? Um, maybe this isn't such a good idea, CCP. Is that the Imperial Death March and clomping boots I hear?

    Anyway, check out the latest news from EVE Online and CCP at IcelandReview while I make sure my battleship has plenty of ammo.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Ethec
  • This is a fantastic video of Paul Barnett talking about what is so great about Warhammer Online. On a side note, it's pretty funny. I can't write much about it, other than - You can watch this video here.

    My favorite quote - "The green-skins are like a bunch of soccer hooligans."

    On a side note... Check out our Warhammer Online Community.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Did I mention how utterly fantastic this game is visually? You can see some new concept art here. at the Official site.

    More Chronicles of Spellborn News.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • The E3 Coverage continues with this Lord of the Rings Online Preview at Gamers Info.

    he Lord of the Rings Online allows players to create characters from four of the Living Races: humans, elves, hobbits and dwarves. There's no option to play as a member of Sauron's forces: instead, the focus is placed on the game's narrative, which explores some of the struggles experienced by the Living Races at the end of the Third Age. Stepping on the heels of the Fellowship of the Ring isn't the aim here: instead, the game hopes to explore events in the rest of the world, whilst the Fellowship quest onwards towards Mount Doom.

    You can read the rest of this preview here.

    If you're in the mood for a little Middle Earth, Visit our Lord of the Rings Online Community.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Here is yet another... WoW Burning Crusade Preview. This one comes from Gaming Excellence.

    So what is offered to devoted players in The Burning Crusade? First and foremost on anyone's list would be the hundreds of hours of new gameplay in a completely new area for high-level characters. This begins with the opening of the Dark Portal from Azeroth to Outland, which will be similar to a world-event, but will not require that all players be in the same area to experience it. Although the details were sketchy at this point, Blizzard has stated that regardless of where you may happen to be on the world map when this occurs on your server, and regardless of your level, you will experience something akin to hell freezing over. Or the gates to hell opening up and unleashing monsters like you have never seen before. Or the announcement of Starcraft 2 followed by a server crash. Okay, so the last one was a stretch, but I assure you that whatever does happen, you will want to be online for it, even if your character is still only level 25 or so.

    You can read the article here.

    Visit our World of Warcraft Community.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • A sea of red, and they're all playing WoW...

    VNUnet reports that 4.3 million Chinese have subscribed to World of Warcraft since service provider The9 began operating a year ago. The9 has failed to lock in rights to WoW's "Burning Crusade" expansion, fueling speculation that Blizzard's desire for a bigger slice of the profit pie (and concerns over The9's hosting of another MMO: Guild Wars)may lead the titanic game developer to search out another China provider.

    More than 4.3 million World of Warcraft user accounts were paid for and activated in China during the past year, according to the company that operates the multiplayer online game in the country.

    The game's developer, Blizzard, is claiming more than six million players worldwide, suggesting that China has more players than any other nation and could already account for more than half the global total.

    Get the rest of the story at VNUnet.

    News
    Tue, May 30, 2006
    Ethec
  • MMOs take spots 3 and 4 in the US PC games charts for May 7-13

    Well, Arena.net doesn't want Guild Wars Factions to be known as an MMORPG (they're too good for us) but Factions fell in at fourth spot. World of Warcraft still reigns at 3rd spot, it's been in the top five since charts were chiseled in stone.

    Speaking of holdovers from November 2004, World of Warcraft was the number two game of the week, yet again showing the masses' desire to emigrate to Azeroth. It was followed by newcomer Guild Wars Factions, the first stand-alone expansion for NCsoft's free massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

    See the rest of the charts breakdown at Gamespot.

    News
    Fri, May 26, 2006
    Ethec
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