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  • 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
  • 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
  • How DDO will beat the demon
    Lead designer Ken Troop talked with Next Generation about how the Turbine team is out to make players feel like a hero. I'm not sure that low-population servers (>1,000) and making all zones outside the main cities and towns instanced (the majority for 4-6 players) is the way to do that, but I am sure that Vin Diesel doesn't need to feel like a hero.

    " Turbine has got a few MMOs under their belt (Asheron’s Call 1 & 2, the forthcoming Lord of the Rings Online) but lead designer Ken Troop explains why DDO is going to be different from any other MMO.  



    'One of the things D&D is really good at that many MMOs seem to miss is the sense of being a hero, of being important and different from the everyday people in town. Stormreach, [chief city of DDO] will be filled with enough players to provide a broad selection of adventuring partners, but not so many as to reduce them to mere statistics.' "

    Dungeons and Dragons Online lead designer Ken Troop's interview with Next Gen.
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    And a bonus Vin Diesel fact:Vin Diesel doesn't need dice, he can randomize numbers in his head to 14 decimal places.
     

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Sep 23, 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
  • Talk! Talk! Talk!
    GamerGod has posted a Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach interview featuring product marketing manager, Alex Rodberg. The interview covers many aspects of the game and as is the norm with Grimwell, is well written. Richard Simmons cried and cried and cried, and then he cried some more before saying:

    " GenCon was almost a month ago, but the data collected there is still rolling! While I was at the convention I was able to speak with Alex Rodberg, Product Marketing Manager, and Dave Eckleberry, Senior Games System Designer, for Dungeons & Dragons Online. "

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    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Sep 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Bugbears Beware.
    MMORPG.com has posted #5 in their series of Dungeons and Dragons Online Interviews. This interview, featuring Victor Watcher consists of five questions. Gary Gygax literally ran the other way when I approached him, screaming:

    " Victor Watcher of Turbine Entertainment answers five more of Jon Wood's questions in this week's Q&A. Today he delves into the setting and some of the game's important systems. "

    You can read the entire Dungeons and Dragons Online Interview at MMORPG.com
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    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Cue the melodramatic voice-over...

    Turbine's newest trailer features a glimpse at the city of Stormreach, a rundown of the classes, and, yup, dungeons and a dragon! More than one dragon, in keeping with the title, would have been overkill... like spamming the inbox of your mind!

    Adventurers have long travelled to the shrouded continent of Xen'drik to explore ancient ruins and discover the treasures hidden beneath. The bustling frontier city of Stormreach, a cauldron of ambition and secret plots, has grown on the edges of this dark and dangerous continent, safe and secure as the gateway to Xen'drik. But now danger threatens. Few explorers who set out adventuring the lands near Stormreach ever return, and those that do bring back only tales of death and destruction.

    Pick up the latest Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach trailer at Worthplaying.

    Video, Media
    Wed, Sep 07, 2005
    Ethec
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