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  • 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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    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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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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    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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    Mon, Oct 17, 2005
    Boomjack
  • "We're not ready to talk about <insert your broad category of interest here>. Stay tuned!"
    Turbine sits down with MMORPG in one interview perhaps more notable for what wasn't said. It sounds like there's a lot of work to be done on the concepts behind Middle Earth's MMO; either that, or the Turbine team is being extraordinarily tight-lipped.

    "MMORPG.com: Will our actions be able to change things in the world? Can we take over and occupy buildings, or towns? Perhaps drive the orcs from a town and reclaim it?
    Jeffrey Steefel: An interesting question indeed – stay tuned for answers…"

    MMORPG.com's interview with Lord of the Rings Online producer Jeff Steelfel - click here!
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    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Oct 14, 2005
    Ethec
  • Asia ports another MMO to the West... it worked for FFXI!
    RF Online, a 2006-release sci-fi MMO currently undergoing localization by Codemasters, gets some press from RPGVault. The screens hint at a heavily PvP-based development model, and have the usual Far Eastern penchant for animated women in high boots & lingerie.

    " 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. "

    That's the description, but to see the screens you'll have to click the link: RF Online Screenshots at RPGVault.
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    Images, Media
    Mon, Oct 10, 2005
    Ethec
  • One diary to rule them all.
    A new Lord of the Rings Online developer diary has been posted, featuring Chris Pierson. He must be an all-around cool guy because he's Canadian.

    Chris Pierson can count on one hand the number of people who have been at Turbine longer than he has. If the hand had six fingers. But still, it's been nine years now. Good grief.

    When he's not making hills or translating Sindarin, he helps the design team refrain from doing anything that would make Tolkien rise from the grave and wade across the Atlantic to wreak the wrath of the living dead upon Westwood, Massachusetts. He is a practicing Canadian, and writes novels and short stories, too. He would like you to buy his books, please.

    And be sure to ask him about Belegurth the Love-struck Balrog sometime. Be ready to duck. 

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    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Sep 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Pictures that won't look anything like the final product.
    Turbine has posted some Lord of the Rings Online concept art for you viewing pleasure. The picture today is what that girl you met last night looks like when you sober up, otherwise known as the Gothorog. Elijah Wood was too busy eating second breakfast to speak to us, but his agent was kind enough to tell us:

    " In the early days of Angmar, the Witch-king sent forces North to "collect" the remnants of an evil race that was long believed destroyed, but which Sauron's far-seeing eye spied in the ruins of the Northern Waste. These ancient creatures were few in number but great in strength; of Troll-kind but far more cunning, and exceedingly cruel. The name given them was Gorthorog. "

    You can view the Lord of the Rings Online Concept Art at the Official Site.
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    Images, Media
    Fri, Sep 23, 2005
    Boomjack
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