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  • According to IGN, Star Wars
    Galaxies may not be a complete dissapointment.
    MMORPGDot.com
    has a link to IGN's "Best
    of 2005"
    and it shows that the Star Wars Galaxy Starter Kit was the biggest
    surprise. Why? Well,

    Why It Rocked: One of the most controversial games over the last few years
    has undoubtedly been Star Wars Galaxies. It was a bit of an experiment gone
    awry as it took one of the most lucrative franchises around and stuffed a
    traditional MMO core into it. While it was set in a galaxy far, far away,
    it certainly didn't seem like it. So in a surprise move this year, after tons
    of complaints, balancing, and rethinking, Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts
    turned the game on its head, ripping out the core MMO system and implementing
    a more action oriented gameplay style suited more to Star Wars. While we knew
    they were trying to fix what was there, the complete change of direction was
    a shocker, especially considering it was announced a day after people had
    received their copies of the new expansion. Whether it turns out to be for
    the better or not, it was a huge surprise to a community already in turmoil.
    It certainly makes you wonder what else they have up their sleeves for the
    future.

    News
    Fri, Dec 23, 2005
    LadySirse
  • Lord of the Rings Online Devs updated the official class page today with a more detailed description of the Guardian Class

    Guardian
    Races: Man, Elf, Dwarf, Hobbit

    'Go after those two young hobbits, and guard them. . . .'
    -The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,
    "The Breaking of the Fellowship"

    A doughty fighter and protector of the weak, a skilled Guardian can face even the toughest foes and survive. The Guardian is one of the few classes willing and able to try to draw more blows onto themselves, so they can retaliate with devastating maneuvers in response.

    The Guardian will be the class of choice for players that enjoy drawing the attention of their foes in combat and taking advantage of their missteps. Masters of the defensive arts, Guardians use taxing attacks and irksome taunts to draw and hold opponents' attention, relying on their shield and weapon to turn aside incoming attacks with blocks and parries. A Guardian's combat style depends on creating openings during an opponent's attack to provide the opportunity for their own counterattack.

    Finally! A class for all of the masochists out there! Not only will you draw that extra bit of pain and suffering to yourself but you'll look like a hero while you're doing it!

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    News
    Fri, Dec 23, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • They've got your mark. Go time.
    Shacknews does more
    than get you chicks, it gets you an interview! Chris Remo got to sit with Chris
    Wren and drill his (or her) brain about the upcoming Warhammer: Mark of Chaos.

    Games Workshop's Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 series of tabletop strategy
    wargames have amassed quite a following over the past couple decades, and
    along the way they've accumulated hugely detailed lore detailing the armies,
    conflicts, and worlds that make up the games. With the war-torn fantasy and
    sci-fi settings, they've always seemed like ripe fruit for video game adaptations,
    but despite many noble efforts--Final Liberation, Dark Omen, and Space Hulk
    come to my mind--there haven't been many Warhammer-based games that have really
    earned themselves lasting places in gaming history. To many, that changed
    last year with Relic's acclaimed Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, which did
    justice to the Warhammer 40,000 setting and provided a compelling and deep
    RTS experience. Now, Namco and Black Hole Games, developer of Armies of Exigo,
    hope to have similar success with the fantasy-themed Warhammer universe in
    the form of the upcoming Warhammer: Mark of Chaos.
    Tabletop games of Warhammer Fantasy tend to be grander in size than their
    sci-fi Warhammer 40,000 brethren, and that holds true with Mark of Chaos.
    The game is intended to depict all out large-scale war, and if current screenshots
    are any indication it will do so beautifully. Mark of Chaos is for many a
    highly anticipated title, but there haven't been all that many details released
    about the game, so I posed several questions to Namco senior producer Chris
    Wren to try and learn some more about Black Hole's work in progress.
    Shack: What are the basic strategic gameplay elements of Mark of Chaos? Given
    its Warhammer setting can I assume it's more of a "wargame" than
    a resource-gathering type of RTS?
    Chris Wren: Resource management is a critical feature of any war game and
    Mark of Chaos is no exception. What you will find is that we are shifting
    the focus of the game more towards the elements of battling and away from
    resource management. We are adding several layers of command for the player
    within the battle space to give them more control over what we deem the core
    experience of a wargame. Resource management will exist, however your role
    will be primarily military in how you manage these resources. As the commander
    of your army, you might order your troops to take over an enemy controlled
    resource like a farm or mill, but you will not be responsible for training
    farmers and tending to the crops.

    News
    Thu, Dec 22, 2005
    LadySirse
  • So the moral of this story is that if you cheat you're going to get your butt booted! does the boot all of those wretched pharmers dance

    In keeping with Blizzard's aggressive stance against cheating in World of Warcraft, we have permanently closed more than 18,000 accounts over the past three months for participating in activities that violate the game's Terms of Use.
    A majority of these accounts were found to be using third-party programs to farm gold and items. Such actions can severely impact the economy of a realm and the overall game enjoyment for all players.

    We will continue to actively monitor all World of Warcraft realms in order to protect the service and its players from the negative effects of cheating. Please note that selling World of Warcraft content, such as gold, items, and characters, can result in the permanent removal of the involved accounts from World of Warcraft.

    A portion of the account closures announced today came as the result of tips reported to our GMs in game or emailed to [email protected] by legitimate World of Warcraft players. If you suspect that a World of Warcraft character is using an illegal third-party program to farm gold or items, or is otherwise violating our Terms of Use, please report the suspected infraction via one of the means listed above. All reports will be investigated, and those that prove false will not result in corrective action.

    Thank you for your continued support, and good luck with your adventures in Azeroth!

    -Blizzard Entertainment

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    News
    Thu, Dec 22, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • Use The Force!
    I have noticed that in these past few months, Star Wars Galaxies has had quite
    a few reviews, updates and critics pick on it.
    Here's another editorial reported by MMORPGDot.com:

    Worthplaying has posted an editorial on the recent New Game Experience for
    Star Wars Galaxies.
    One of the most recent acronyms to enrage the MMO population is NGE –
    The New Game Experience released for the ever-burdened Star Wars Galaxies
    (SWG). The NGE is not a patch or a rebuild of some faltering game mechanics.
    It represents a complete replacement of the core of the game; an entirely
    new game poured over an existing universe. The NGE has been out for several
    weeks now, and having had the opportunity to play through the 10 day trial,
    I thought I would add my take on it to the ever growing body of work on the
    subject (it was even covered in the New York Times).

    News
    Tue, Dec 20, 2005
    LadySirse
  • If you were smart enough to register for Warhammer Online's monthly newsletter and set up a password protected account, you could get a beta slot in your stocking for Christmas.. or your birthday.

    The WAR beta test is still a long way off, but now is your chance to secure a spot for when it does go live. Each month we’ll randomly select 5 names from the newsletter subscriber database for entry into the beta test.* If you have already created and confirmed a Warhammer newsletter account, then you’re automatically entered into the drawing every month.

    You can read the rest of the Newsletter here. It's packed full of developer goodies to warm your cockles this close to Christmas. hee hee I said cockles

    Get Your Warhammer Online News Here

    News
    Tue, Dec 20, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • There's new eye candy to be had at The Chronicles of Spellborn Official Site You can view or download new screenshots of the game.

    Also in related news, the Beta Contest winner was announced. Congrats to Firnwind on his spankin new beta slot!

    All the Chronicles of Spellborn News Fit to Print

    News
    Tue, Dec 20, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • Is there a single person out there that doesn't play WoW?
    I guess not- Shacknews
    reports that there are now a total of 5 million subscribers to WoW! Wow!

    For those of you keeping score at home. Blizzard Entertainment has just announced
    that they have now reached 5 million paying subscribers to World of Warcraft
    across the globe. In late July it was 3.5 million and then 4 million in late
    August. So 5 million is like, a lot more.
    IRVINE, Calif. – December 19, 2005 – Blizzard Entertainment,
    Inc. today announced that World of Warcraft®, its
    massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), has surpassed five
    million customers worldwide. The subscription-based MMORPG launched approximately
    one year ago in North America, Australia, and New Zealand and has since released
    in multiple countries throughout Europe and Asia.
    So then... 5 million people paying roughly $12 - $15 per month would be $60
    - $75 million each month. Perhaps if they work really hard they get to gross
    over a billion dollars next year.

    News
    Mon, Dec 19, 2005
    LadySirse
  • It's always interesting to get into the minds of developers, especially for all the voyeurs out there!The Pre Production Process by Dustin Bales is no exception. He's the content director for Mythic's Warhammer Online.

    Ten thousand pages. That's my best guess at the amount of finalized documentation that our content team will produce before the launch of WAR. We should start an office pool, or a printing press. Ten thousand pages for a game based on an existing property rich with detail. I can only imagine the number of pages we'd be writing if we were coming up with a world of our own!

    It's a good read full of little interesting tidbits.

    Get All Your Warhammer Online Information and News Here!

    News
    Mon, Dec 19, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • The Lord of the Rings Online Official Website has updated the Champion Class information which includes which races can become Champions, the Champion's role in the game, and what a human Champion might look like.

    When I grow up I want to be Champion!

    You Guessed It! Best Lord of the Rings Online Fansite On the Net!

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    News
    Fri, Dec 16, 2005
    Awenyddion
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