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  • Those lucky people who got to play the Dungeons and Dragons Online Beta have
    some thoughts...
    GamerGod
    has the scoop on their first impressions:

    It was a dark and stormy day in my mid-Fall 2005 school quarter when I received
    an urgent instant message from Grimwell, our Editor-in-chief. He wanted to
    talk to me on the phone. Now. "This is it," I thought, "He's
    finally decided to bill me for all the bandwidth I've spent hanging around
    his forums without contributing enough articles." No sense running from
    danger, I picked up the phone and put on a brave face.
    What awaited me on the other end of the receiver was a call from gaming nerd
    nirvana, an offer to beta test Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach. Yes,
    the Dungeons and Dragons Online, based on the game that was to pencil and
    paper RPGs what Everquest was to MMORPGs. A game that was so popular it leapt
    off the pages and into an 80s cartoon series, dozens of computer games, and
    a bona-fide bomb of a full motion picture. Now I was being offered the chance
    to see the bliss of the twenty-sided dice through the eyes of a Turbine-made
    MMORPG engine.
    I accepted Grimwell's invitation, and we immediately fell into habit of discussing
    our favorite, cheesy D&D mechanics of old --things like multiclassed Monk/Wizards
    and the joys of what it means to be a Gnomish Illusionist. It immediately
    occurred to me that there was a great deal more Dungeons and Dragons knowledge
    hanging around in my noggin than I thought. How many more gamers instinctively
    carried such knowledge? This game wasn't just a game: it was our birthright.

    News
    Mon, Dec 19, 2005
    LadySirse
  • 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
  • A Short Q&A For Your Short Attention Span

    MMORPGDot.com
    has a short and sweet bit on Lord of the Rings Online from LotroSource.

    KhazadDum081389: Will any race or profession be able to tame a pet (like
    a ranger or an elf)? If so, what will be the kinds of pets you can tame?
    Chris Foster: Pets are definitely going to play a part in LOTRO. For specifics,
    you'll have to wait for more information on classes.

    News
    Thu, Dec 15, 2005
    LadySirse
  • Stress Therapy With DnD Online: Stormreach?
    Now, close your eyes and picture yourself with your power animal. Good, now
    kill it and take its gold and buy some new armor! Blue's
    News Reports:

    D&D Online Stress Test

    Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach Stress Test is entering a second
    phase, a paid FilePlanet subscription will no longer be required to help ready
    the upcoming MMORPG for prime time. Word is: "The Dungeons & Dragons™
    Online: Stormreach™ Stress Test is available to all registered FilePlanet
    members, with or without a paid subscription on Tuesday, December 13 through
    Saturday, December 17. FilePlanet members with a paid subscription will have
    access to the exclusive high-resolution client. Members without a paid subscription
    will have access to the standard client." Sign ups are being accepted
    on 3D Gamers and FilePlanet.

    News
    Tue, Dec 13, 2005
    LadySirse
  • If you could ask Tolkien one question what would it be? The developers of Lord of the Rings Online answered this in their Developers Corner

    Welcome to the Thursday Insider. In each Insider, we'll ask team members to answer a question about themselves, LOTRO, or The Lord of the Rings. You never know what you'll get from the LOTRO team!

    In this Insider, we've asked two questions from the community. Enjoy!

    Jeffrey "Nigellian" Steefel (Executive Producer):
    If you could travel to Middle-earth, and had one week to stay there, what would you most like to do with that time?

    Chris "Hakai" Clay (Artist/Designer):
    If you could have lived the life of one of your characters who would it be and why?

    And my question.. Why did Peter Jackson make a mockery of your book for the purpose of Star screen time? *cough* Liv Tyler *cough*..

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    News
    Fri, Dec 09, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • Let's hope you never run into the dreaded GamerGod during a dungeon crawl.
    GamerGod makes some good points about why Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach satisfies its DnD heritage and makes for a good MMORPG.

    I’ve played D&D for as long as I can remember, and I always wanted someone to make a good D&D game where I played one character in a party and went out adventuring. I always dreamt that one day there would be a totally interactive D&D world where my character could live and meet people, slay mighty dragons, and have people recognize who I was. I've been thinking a lot about what I know of this game, and the thing that I like most is how this MMO has set itself apart from the rest. Most of the elements in DDO are headed in different directions to other MMO's; it forces you to form parties, real time combat, no mounts, and no houses. It's a risky strategy, considering many people play MMO's to buy houses, ride horses, and farm gold and become an almighty ruler of the game - but I think it's a brilliant idea and a brilliant-looking game. For many people, this game will not live up to their hopes or expectations, and although I haven’t played the game yet I'm eagerly awaiting the release. What do I think? Is DDO worth all the hype? My answer is that my dream may no be longer a dream.

    Read the rest of the GamerGod op/ed on Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach.
    Other links of interest:

    News
    Wed, Dec 07, 2005
    Ethec
  • 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
  • What they really mean is: alpha registration closed!
    The anticipation builds as Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach approaches beta. In basements around the world, the clatter of dice fell silent as DnD enthusiasts checked their email for an invite after reading this announcement:

    "Turbine is thrilled to announce that over 125,000 people have now signed up for a chance to participate in our Alpha.
    'We appreciate everyone's excitement and support for the title,' said Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. More players will be invited to enter the dungeons soon as the game approaches its Beta milestone."

    Read the Turbine Dungeons and Dragons Online alpha announcement on the official site.
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    News
    Fri, Sep 23, 2005
    Ethec
  • But Tolkien did it without a database!

    Lord of the Rings Online Developer Chris "NobOrBob" Foster shows off one of Turbine's myriad tools for game development, this one focusing on quest implementation. With this much storyline behind a certifiably graphics-intensive MMO, and with such a devout LotR playerbase, it's a good thing Turbine's streamlining things where they can.

    For all these reasons and a few others, one of the biggest changes we made to the quest system was to replace the old quest file format with a new one. This unified quest file format contained nearly all of the information needed to place a quest in the world: the steps involved, the dialogue that each NPC says, the item that the monster should drop when it dies. In addition, the new quest file made it much easier to re-use the same characters on multiple quests...

    Read more at the Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar official site. And be sure to check out the Ten Ton Hammer LotRO site for all the latest happenings!

    News
    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
    Ethec
  • Patience and PAX

    Patience of the LotRO dev team posted her reflections on her side of the Turbine team's experience at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX). We like Turbine, they hand out lots of free stuff!

    As a special treat for PAX, we also showed a couple of things we didn't show at E3, even though they existed in the E3 build. We teleported to a prototype area of the Shire, with what might be a very familiar-looking windmill, horses, and clothesline to some of you who pay attention to the screenshots on the LOTRO site, and also to the Old Forest, to pay a visit to a sleeping Old Man Willow. This wasn't in the plan, but we just couldn't resist showing off a little bit more of the game. What was even more gratifying was being able to tell people who were blown away by the environments that the build is 5 months old; it looks even better these days, since the engine and a lot of the art has been updated (I was looking at the current build this afternoon in the QA pit and was pretty blown away myself by how beautiful it is, after being in the "old" build all weekend!).

    More on LotRO's trip to Washington in the Lord of the Rings Online PAX Roundup!

    News
    Tue, Sep 06, 2005
    Ethec
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