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  • Fancy pictures of a game you can't play.
    3D Gamers has posted some fancy new RF Online screenshots for your viewing pleasure.

    " A dozen new screenshots for RF Online are now available for download to illustrate this futuristic fantasy MMORPG by Korean company CCR that already came out last year in their home country "

    You can view the RF Online Screenshots at 3D Gamers.
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    Images, Media
    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • DDO Beta no longer a d20 roll
    Dungeons and Dragons Online is going public with beta, partnering with IGN- and the peasants rejoice.

    ""We are excited about opening the public Beta with IGN," said Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. "An outstanding game like Dungeons & Dragons Online deserves a great Beta partner."
    "Our readers recently voted Dungeons & Dragons Online as their 'most anticipated MMO' game," said Jamie Berger, VP and General Manager, Consumer Products Group, IGN Entertainment. "Not surprisingly, we are delighted to be the exclusive host of the Beta and to offer those players a first crack at the only MMOG inspired by the legendary role-playing game."

    Read the official press release announcing the Dungeons and Dragons Online public beta and the IGN partnership.
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    News
    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Ethec
  • Cheers are heard from basements around the globe as Dungeons and Dragons Online announces beta testing.
    Turbine and IGN have announced that sign-ups for the Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach beta are now open.

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    WESTWOOD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 1, 2005--Turbine, Inc.
    announced today that Dungeons & Dragons Online(TM): Stormreach(TM) is officially in public Beta and that IGN Entertainment will be the exclusive host. As part of the arrangement, IGN will widely promote the Beta to the millions of gamers who regularly visit IGN's sites, including IGN.com. The Dungeons & Dragons® property is under license from the Hasbro Properties Group, the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS - News) and is based on the classic role-playing game published by Wizards of the Coast, a Hasbro subsidiary.
    "We are excited about opening the public Beta with IGN," said Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. "An outstanding game like Dungeons & Dragons Online deserves a great Beta partner."
    "Our readers recently voted Dungeons & Dragons Online as their 'most anticipated MMO' game," said Jamie Berger, VP and General Manager, Consumer Products Group, IGN Entertainment. "Not surprisingly, we are delighted to be the exclusive host of the Beta and to offer those players a first crack at the only MMOG inspired by the legendary role-playing game."
    "Fan acceptance is very important to the overall success of any game," said Rachel Hoagland, director of Digital Entertainment for the Hasbro Properties Group. "We are thrilled that Turbine is tapping into the gaming community, specifically the D&D fan base to ensure Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach delivers an authentic and satisfying D&D and MMO experience."
    Turbine also announced today that all of the players who registered for the Alpha will be automatically enrolled in the Beta pool from which Beta invitations will be sent. That announcement could not come soon enough for the 150,000 eager players who applied for the Alpha program but could not get in due to the overwhelming response. Current members of Turbine's Beta Rewards program and the Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach Community Forums have an increased chance of being invited to participate in the Beta. New players can sign up at www.fileplanet.com/promotions/ddo_stormreach/.
    Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach is the first and only massively multiplayer online role-playing game MMORPG based on the world-renowned DUNGEONS & DRAGONS brand franchise from Wizards of the Coast. This innovative online world features highly customizable characters built from authentic DUNGEONS & DRAGONS races, abilities, skills, and feats; real-time action combat; dangerous dungeons with devious traps; hand-crafted, private adventures; monsters and stories from the action-packed and intrigue-laced EBERRON® campaign setting; and award-winning visuals.
    ABOUT TURBINE
    Turbine, Inc. is a premier producer, publisher and operator of online subscription entertainment and is headquartered in Westwood, Mass. The Company is the largest privately held online games company in North America. Turbine's catalogue includes some of the most famous online entertainment brands, including Asheron's Call®, Dungeons & Dragons® Online: Stormreach(TM) and The Lord of the Rings Online(TM): Shadows of Angmar(TM). For more information on Turbine and its services, please visit www.turbine.com. "

    You can sign-up for the Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Beta at FilePlanet.
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    Beta, Official Announcements
    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Dungeons, yes, but no dragons yet!
    Turbine's designers put down their dice and player handbooks long enough to deliver a new set of screenshots for your perusal. No dragons yet, but there's plenty of nasty enemy types for you to feast your eyes upon in this latest installment of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach screenshots.

    "Ed. note: No description given, but the "Block Party" is particularly kitchy :) "

    Go see! New screenshots for Dungeons & Dragons: Stormreach.
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    Images, Media
    Tue, Nov 01, 2005
    Ethec
  • Much talk of bugbears and magic missles.
    MMORPG.com has posted a Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach interview featuring Victor Watcher.

    " Victor Watcher, the Community Manager for Dungeons and Dragons Online, returns to answer Jon Wood and our community. "

    You can read entire Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Interview at MMORPG.com.
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    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Pretty pictures of a game you can't play. Are you excited yet?
    MMOGInfo has posted three screenshots from the in development title, RF Online by Codemasters. The screenshots appear to have come originally from www.juegaEnRed.com. Let's hope that CodeMasters hits the bit on the head with this one.

    " Codemasters has published three new screenshots of their upcoming MMORPG RF Online showing some of the player suits for combat. "

    You can view the RF Screenshots at MMOGInfo.com.
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    Images, Media
    Tue, Oct 25, 2005
    Boomjack
  • If you ever wanted to play anime...

    RF Online is for you. You can see why at IGN, but first, here's some background on the game. No cute voiceovers or out-of-place sound effects yet, I'm afraid... you'll have to wait to next year to get the full manga experience.

    CCR's RF Online is a persistent state world offering three diverse playable factions. The expansion-minded Accretian Empire is an autocratic regime with citizens who are completely devoted to the welfare of the collective. Comprising numerous jurisdictions, the Cora people's Holy Alliance has fought many wars, invariably in furtherance of its deeply held spiritual convictions. The Bellato Union is constantly searching for new resources it can exploit, by force if necessary, in pursuit of its ambitious primary goal, economic domination of the cosmos.

    Codemasters has announced that it will launch the title next year in the North American and UK markets.

    Click here to see new RF Online screenshots at IGN.com.

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  • Past RF Online news.
Images, Media
Mon, Oct 24, 2005
Ethec
  • We have a scratch in race #4 at the Barrow-downs. Frodo's Fancy will not run today.
    Turbine has posted a preview of the Barrow-downs area in Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar.

    "Known in the Elvish language as Tyrn Gorthad ("Hills of Tombs"), the Barrow-downs, located east of the Old Forest in the Bree-land region of Eriador, is a place of mystery best avoided by unwary adventurers.  By day, the area seems harmless enough – a quiet region of gently rolling plains and grassy mounds topped by ancient standing stones, marking the final resting place of great warriors from ages past.  But the spells which lay across the Barrow-downs are deceiving, and the mists that roll in as the day wanes can disorient and entrap even the bravest souls, turning the once-pleasant hills into dark shapes crowned with sharp teeth of stone.  In the dreadful gloom, evil spirits from Angmar dwell amongst the standing stones and within the burial mounds, inhabiting the bodies of the long-dead warriors and raising them as terrifying Wights driven to collect the living and bring them forever into this land of the dead. "

    You can read the entire Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar Preview at the Official Site.
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    Features, Previews
    Fri, Oct 21, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Shocking new footage...

    Not really shocking, but it is relatively new. The Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach official site boasts a new video section and several new screenshots. More pictures means less words, apparently, so this is all the description I could find:

    In our continued efforts to expand our new website we added a video section today! We also added some more screenshots to our screenshot archive!

    I guess you'll just have to see for yourself! The new video and screenshots section at the Dungeons and Dragons Online Official Site.

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    Video, Media
    Thu, Oct 20, 2005
    Ethec
  • LotRO Goes Canadian.
    The official Lord of the Rings Online site has posted a developer diary featuring Jill Harrington. Jill is the lead technical artist on the title. We called the Canadian embassy in Slovakia to see if they would comment on this story, but they were busy making pancakes and could only utter the following statement:

    You may have noticed an eerie Ringwraith or two lurking in some of our screenshots. While our talented modelers, texture artists and animators truly bring these creatures to life, I thought it might be interesting to give you a peek behind the scenes – or, rather, behind his robes – to talk about another important step in bringing characters to life: the character setup process.
    I am the lead technical artist on The Lord of the Rings Online and one of the most important parts of my job is to set up finished models so that they can be animated. Anything in the game that moves – whether it be a hobbit, a door, or a Ringwraith – has a skeleton built for it by a technical artist. We then attach the model to the skeleton (this is called "binding the skin"), and make sure that it deforms properly when the skeleton is posed (called "weighting" – as each point on a model has an amount of "weight" for each bone that affects it). We set up control boxes to make the animators' jobs easier, then pass the character on for animation. The software we use for this process is Maya, by a company called Alias." 

    You can read the entire Lord of the Rings Online Developer Diary at The Official Site.
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    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Oct 17, 2005
    Boomjack
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