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  • As Napoleon Dynamite would say... "Luckiieee!"
    MMORPGDot.com
    has a link to Yahoo Games.
    Doesn't sound very impressive but they are featuring a preview of Dungeons and
    Dragons Online: Stormreach!

    Yahoo Games' Chris Hudak takes a look at Turbine's forthcoming sure-to-be-a-blockbuster
    title, Dungeons and Dragons Online.

    The last thing Turbine (and their inspirational partners, Wizards of the Coast)
    wanted to do was to give the gaming world yet another generic, aimless, newbie-snubbing,
    player-griefing, stat-grinding MMORPG and stuff it into a vaguely D&D-ish
    skin. Lead designer Ken Troop likened the experience of MMORPG grief to having
    a gaggle of jerks barge into a tabletop D&D session, bellowing profanity
    and scattering the group's dice and figures.
    No, the goal was always to give PC gamers a game that truly emulates the
    imaginative, transporting experience of the classic pen-and-paper RPG, complete
    with personality-rich locales, carefully balanced party-based adventure/combat,
    and a meaningful story. Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, takes some
    promising, heroic strides down that noble, if nerdy, road.
    Based on the 3.5 Edition Dungeons & Dragons rules (and set in the Wizards
    of the Coast campaign fantasy realm of Eberron), Stormreach is rooted in party-based
    exploration, in the vein of Guild Wars. It also aims to streamline the sometimes
    alienating experience of the first-time D&Der.

    News
    Tue, Dec 27, 2005
    LadySirse
  • And your Mother said that playing all of these games would lead to nothing. Turbine is currently accepting applications for In-Game Support Supervisor and Senior Game Masters.

    Required Skills:
    • 1-2 years of experience in a Customer Service call center. Previous MMORPG GM experience is a bonus
    • Ability to quickly understand issues and provide fast, courteous solutions
    • Exceptional communication and typing skills
    • Work well as an individual contributor or as a team member
    • Must have flexible working hours to accommodate a 24x7 shift environment

    News
    Mon, Apr 15, 2013
    Awenyddion
  • Can you ever get enough of Dungeons and Dragons Online? Nope, you can't so
    here's more O&A from OGaming:

    Wizards, warriors, fabulous treasures and fearsome beasts… stop us
    if you've heard the setup before. Barely a week goes by without another similarly
    themed fantasy MMO launching – only come the end of February, we'd bet
    dollars to daggers only one will remain a true force in Internet gaming.
    That's when Turbine's Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach – the
    first massively multiplayer title officially endorsed by franchise owners
    Wizards of the Coast and sporting 3rd Edition rules – hits the streets.
    Featuring real-time combat in a fantastic setting, complete with an emphasis
    on fast-paced dungeon hacks as opposed to lengthy level grinds, the outing
    promises to reinvent the entire category.
    Justin Quimby: One of the big things to consider is that we wanted to do
    it right. Dungeons & Dragons is something that a lot of the folks here
    in the office have been playing for a long, long time. We wanted to be sure
    that we could do it properly, and bring that passion into the online space.
    Another thing that's important to note about Turbine is that we worked on
    Asheron's Call and Asheron's Call 2, and thereby wound up creating some great
    technology that allowed us to make D&D Online a reality.

    News
    Fri, Dec 23, 2005
    LadySirse
  • Voice Chat- so you can hear all the garbage everybody else is dying to tell
    you.
    Worthplaying has
    let everyone know that Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach will feature
    Voice Chat. This makes DnD the first MMORPG to have integrated voice chat.

    Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach will be the first massively multiplayer
    online role-playing game to offer integrated voice chat. Unlike previous MMORPGs,
    voice chat in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach will not require players
    to use their own system resources and bandwidth to host a chat server or run
    third party chat programs while they play the game.
    We've all been there. You're in an epic battle, spells flying left and right,
    swords clashing, and monsters roaring. In the chaos of battle you suddenly
    realize your hit points are low and start to type, "I need a heal!"
    Just as you are about to hit enter... you die. Argh! If only we could all
    type at 100 words-per-minute! Well, now you don't have to.
    Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach voice chat is fully integrated
    and customizable right in the game client. Voice chat only works between those
    in the same party so players won't be bothered by hearing too many conversations
    at once.
    With voice chat, a rogue can quickly alert his party when he sees a trap
    before that foolhardy Dwarf charges into it, and Clerics can concentrate on
    the battle without fear of missing heal requests in the chat window. Integrating
    an easy to use voice chat system allows players to react swiftly and discuss
    strategies when dealing with Eberron's many trials, in much the same way as
    when sitting at the gaming table playing the pen-and-paper game.

    I can see how this would help take away typing as long as there isn't a bunch
    of adults bashing kids like there always is.

    News
    Wed, Dec 21, 2005
    LadySirse
  • All of you DND fans rejoice! The Official Site announced that DDO is available now for pre-order!

    The wait is over! Dungeons & Dragons™ Online: Stormreach™ is now available for preorder online! This preorder program is your passport to the world of Eberron. Be among the first to receive the game when it launches when you reserve your copy today. Plus, at EBGames.com you can preorder online now and receive a set of keys via e-mail that will grant you access to the full Beta for up to 10 days! Not only that, but the preorder pack also contains other bonuses:

    +1 Amulet of Protection: Gain the tactical edge in combat, with +1 to your Armor Class when you start playing the full game.

    Head Start Access: Play before release! Reserve a name, start building your character and get a head start over other adventurers.

    Stormreach opens its gates to you - Beta access, head start access and bonus magic items.

    If you're looking for the best DDO fansite on the web, Visit Dungeons and Dragons Online at Ten Ton Hammer

    Other DND News

    News
    Wed, Dec 21, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • 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
  • An interview for a game you can almost play!
    MMORPGDot.com
    has a Dungeons and Dragons Online interview from OGaming.

    Turbine's Justin Quimby has been interviewed at D&D Online. Here's a
    bit on authenticity:

    OGaming: How true to the source material – rule books, player's guides,
    novels, etc. – will the title be?
    Justin Quimby: Consider this. Every time you attack in our game, you see
    a d20 pop up on screen that tells you what you rolled. We've gone to incredible
    lengths to be as true to the pen and paper experience as we can. Arrows do
    1d6 damage. We have spells like fireball and magic missile. You could print
    your character sheet out and with very few modifications be able to play the
    tabletop version. We have all the ability scores, skills, feats… it
    all works the same way it does in the original version. That's one of the
    great things about having the Dungeons & Dragons license too. You don't
    have to come up with some random name like "magic bolt" for the
    incantations your wizard casts… you get to call it by the name D&D
    fans recognize.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Dec 19, 2005
    LadySirse
  • Images, Media
    Fri, Dec 16, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • Get into the game that started it all! DDO is having an open stress test! Regsiter Here!

    The Dungeons & Dragons™ Online: Stormreach™ Stress Test Event is going very well and there are still registration keys available! Remember, you don’t have to be a paying subscriber to Fileplanet to get in the Stress Test Event. Just visit FilePlanet to sign up and download the Stress Test client. Players in the Stress Test will also have three opportunities to win spots in the regular DDO Beta during our nightly events. The events are detailed below:

    Wednesday, December 14 – 8pm until 10pm EST
    Let’s party! Turbine admins will be logged on during this event and giving out loot and spawning the occasional Beholder! We’ll also be giving away Beta spots at random to some players who are logged on during the event. We may even run some D&D trivia contests with Beta spots as prizes too. Beta spot winners will be contacted during the event in game and receive their Beta invitations next week. So log in, hang out with your friends, and be careful not to attract the attention of any Fire Giants you happen to see!

    Thursday, December 15 – 8pm until 10pm EST
    Help us help you! On this night we’re going to be stressing our in-game help system. Details for this event will be posted on the stress test forums and the stress test launcher on Thursday evening so be sure to keep an eye out for more information. Winners will be contacted via e-mail next week.

    Friday, December 16 – 6pm until 10pm EST
    The big event! During this event players will be asked to adventure in the many dungeons throughout Xen’drik. Turbine admins will be randomly teleporting to players who are in dungeons and giving away even more Beta spots! Winners will be contacted in-game and receive their invitation next week.

    So register now and don’t miss your chance to experience what PC Gamer calls “The MMO that changes everything!”

    Check Out the Best DDO Fansite in the Universe! Shayalyn's running this one now and it's filled with tons of great info!
    More News and Info on Dungeons and Dragons Online

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Thu, Dec 15, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • 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
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