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  • It's that time of the week again. Here's what they're working on for Dungeons & Dragons Online.

    Release note: this is just the third installment in the extremely lengthy list of fixes and changes that we are working on for the Twilight Forge Module. This is just the beginning.

    UI Improvements

    * NEW - The latency meter will be located in the main menu bar. Also, the latency meter will no longer want to be on top of everything (tooltips, for example).
    * NEW - Apostrophes and spaces will once again be allowed in player surnames and guild names.
    * NEW - The player biography panel will be adjusted to allow for more punctuation and printable character types.
    * NEW - The alive/incapacitated/dead state of members of your fellowship will update properly even when your group members are far from you.
    * NEW - The tooltip for feats will display how many times you have acquired the feat if you have acquired it more then once.
    * NEW - The tooltip for "Sneak Attack" will display how much extra damage you cause when performing a sneak attack.
    * NEW - Correcting a text error with the tooltip for Greater Bane items that improperly states that Greater Bane is a +2 bonus instead of a +4 bonus.
    * Alerts for "Missing Spell Component" will now list what the missing component is.

    Click here to find out more.

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    News
    Mon, Jun 12, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Turbine is doing a great job of revamping this game to appeal to the average people.

    The Patron System

    With the launch of the Twilight Forge Module, we will be introducing a new system through which players gain favor with different groups by completing specific adventures. Favor allows you access to special items and rewards; the higher your favor, the greater the rewards. This will be a dynamic system – as DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE™: Stormreach™ grows, the Patron system will grow, offering the chance for new and better rewards as well as greater ties and involvement within the various patron groups.

    Most adventures in the game will be assigned a patron organization. By completing an adventure you will gain favor with the affiliated patron group. The amount of favor each completed adventure grants you is determined by the Challenge Rating (level), length, and difficulty setting (Normal, Hard, Elite etc.) of that adventure. When you have gained enough favor with a particular group you will gain a new rank (i.e., "Friendly" or "Honored") and a corresponding reward (for example, gaining favor with House Kundarak will allow you to earn additional bank space and gaining favor with the Coin Lords will give you access to expanded inventory slots). Representatives from each of the patron groups will be responsible for giving out new ranks and the accompanying rewards. These Representatives can be found in various locations throughout Stormreach.

    You can read the rest here.

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    News
    Fri, Jun 09, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • DnD Vault has a preview of the upcoming solo content in Dungeons & Dragons Online.

    Having been given a preview of the upcoming solo content options in the Harbor I have a few thoughts I would like to share!

    When I first started playing DDO I played around with most of the different classes to see which one I enjoyed playing the most. Getting through to the GoodBlade quests was no problem with any class. It was more challenging with a sorcerer, wizard, or rogue to get through the Wavecrest Tavern quest, but was still well within the realm of possibilities. The Goodblade quests were where I first experienced the need for grouping in order to simply move forward in the game. Out of necessity I started playing a paladin. As a new player to the game back then it was somewhat difficult to find a group to do the GoodBlade quests. The REAL defining quest for solo play for me back then was the Low Road. This quest really could not be played solo by a rogue, sorcerer, or wizard.

    You can read the article here.

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    News
    Thu, Jun 08, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • DDO - Now with solo play!

    Making good on E3 promises, Turbine and Wizards of the Coast will offer solo play in the formerly party-centric MMO Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach in the "Twilight Forge" Module 2 update scheduled for later this month.

    DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE™: Stormreach™ delivers some of the most exciting game play experiences available in online gaming today. Turbine has received tremendous positive feedback on the launch of DDO. Feedback from new players has included the request for more solo-play content as an option to the already fun and challenging group-focused content throughout the game. Turbine has listened to this feedback and is pleased to announce the upcoming availability of solo-friendly content. An all new solo setting is being introduced to help new DDO players navigate through the early game content, allowing them the time and space to learn about their characters, try strategies and face monsters for the first time on their own. Players will now have the option to play at their own pace as a solo-player in the Harbor.

    Along with offering low-level solo play, Turbine will back down experience requirements to level by 2% to 50% depending on the level. Too little, too late? We'll see how the market receives the changes and hope for the best. Check out the announcement at the DDO official site.

    News
    Wed, Jun 07, 2006
    Ethec
  • Some say finally. I say when was the last time you played D&D alone? Come ON! It's a game meant to play with a group of people or at least a partner for the love of pete. I digress. Here's the scoop.

    The Harbor Solo Option

    Quests in the Harbor have a new option available to you, opening up solo gameplay during your character's earliest levels. In addition to the Normal, Hard and Elite settings already available for each dungeon, the Solo option allows you to take on a dungeon at a difficulty setting suited for a single player. When you enter a dungeon on the solo setting, it contains monsters and traps that can be defeated without the help of a party.

    After completing the solo adventures, you will be better prepared to gather allies and gain the best Experience rewards and loot, only available at the higher difficulty settings. Solo mode will not unlock the Hard and Elite difficulty settings. To gain access to the increased danger and reward from the Harbor's higher difficulty settings, you will need to complete each dungeon on its Normal setting, just as you do today.

    The Waterworks, Irestone Inlet and the Kobold Assault dungeons will remain areas that require a team to conquer. The Solo difficulty setting will not be available in these areas.

    You can read the rest here.

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    News
    Tue, Jun 06, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Rogues are getting even more uber. What a surprise!

    Every Rogue loves to sneak attack. This hallmark of the Rogue will become even more powerful with new enhancements designed to make Sneak Attacks more likely to land and able to do more damage. Rogues will be getting two new lines of enhancements – sneak attack accuracy and sneak attack training.

    Sneak attack accuracy gives you a +N to hit when sneak attacking. Sneak attack accuracy has three versions, received at levels 3, 6, and 9, giving +1, +2, and +3 respectively to hit. Level 10 characters will be able to purchase the level 9 enhancement (+3 to hit).

    Sneak attack training gives you a +1 to damage when sneak attacking. There will be one version of sneak attack training at each level, giving +1 through +10 damage.

    You can read the entire update here.

    News
    Tue, Jun 06, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • DnD Vault has an interview with Executive Producer James Jones.

    DnD Vault recently conducted an interview with DDO Executive Producer, James Jones:

    * When will the next module be released?

    The Twilight Forge module will be released in July and offers an entirely new system to support solo play as well as a new playable race the Drow. We’ve been listening to the community and hear the message loud and clear that sometimes players just like to do things on their own, or at least have the opportunity to do quests while they wait for their friends or guild mates to login.

    To read the entire interview, click here.

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    News
    Tue, Jun 06, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • There are a few updates in the works. The first one doesn't come as a surprise. Everyone has mail in game now. Frankly, I can't live without it.

    The Couriers of House Orien, masters of transport and delivery, have begun a new effort to make inroads into the wealth held by Xen'drik and Stormreach. To that end, they have placed enchanted delivery devices throughout the city to allow citizens, for a small fee, to transport items quickly over short distances.

    These devices will be found in the city wards of Stormreach when the Twilight Forge Module is released. A representative of House Orien will also be available in the city to talk to and answer the questions of those interested.

    Features:

    Send Text Messages

    You can write messages to your friends or other characters on your account and they will be delivered the next time they come online.

    Send Items

    When sending a message, you can attach an item from your inventory to it. The item will be removed from your inventory and wait for the recipient to retrieve it.

    Send Currency

    When sending a message, you can enter an amount of currency that you would like to send.

    Receiving Mail

    You can send and retrieve mail through mailboxes, which are placed across Stormreach in the different City Wards. When you receive a message, you will see a letter icon on your focus orb. Once a message is opened, it will be deleted after three days.

    Dead Letter Office

    If a person on your ignore list attempts to send you a message, it will be returned to the sender. Unopened letters will be returned to the sender after 30 days. If you receive a message that was returned to you, you must open it within 30 days or it will be deleted.

    The services of the House Orien Couriers will provide a complete system for communication and commerce with other residents of Stormreach. It’s never been easier to do business and keep in touch!

    Next on our tour of what's up in DDO, is the weekly development activity. There's a long laundry list so you'll have to go to the Official Site. to see it. However, here's a taste.

    Check out the latest updates to the "Weekly Development Activities." The goal for this feature is to give solid expectations on what you can expect to see in future updates.

    In QA
    These items are in QA and should be a part of the next update.

    Vendors and NPC's

    * The Jewelry and Clothing Pawnbrokers will be moving to the Marketplace Tent. Vendors selling non-magical consumable goods will take their place in the House shops.
    * We will be correcting some of the (now) incorrect NPC dialogue following the recent relocation of several quest NPCs.
    * NEW - Scrag the kobold will be fixed so that he can talk to more than one player at a time.

    Items

    * The variety of Bane/Greater Bane/Slaying arrows and bolts will be significantly increased. Additionally, we will be adding Bane and Greater Bane missiles to the loot tables for chests.
    * Warforged Oil (Drink) will be significantly improved so that it is comparable in effectiveness to similar to non-oil drinks of equivalent cost.
    * The Brooch of Waterbreathing will once again have a 90 second effect.
    * Players will no longer find Slaying arrows that don't have killable monsters associated with them.
    * Hold Person scrolls will now be available for sale with the rest of the level 3 Arcane Scrolls.
    * We are changing the description of some resistance items to help clarify stacking. For example "of resistance" items do not stack with items that give a bonus to a specific category of saves (i.e. will saves).
    * There is the possibility that some items have been created that cast Fireshield. Fireshield has not been fully implemented into the game and does not return damage to enemies that attack a fireshielded character. These items will no longer be created, but Fireshield items already in existence will not be changed. Fireshield does Reduce damage from fire while it is in effect.
    * Holy, Axiomatic, and Anarchic weapons no longer display the Immune message when a player of the correct alignment equips them.
    * The Brooch of Shielding and Raktu’s Trifle will no longer display an alert icon for their Magic missile shielding effects.
    * Any new Docents of Filtration will be properly identified as docents.
    * Any new Thanatos Weave Robes will be properly identified as robes.

    Now, if you're still wanting more Dungeons & Dragons Online goodness, you'll have to visit our Community.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • It's the first in a four parter. I don't mind saying that it's a good laundry list. But hey, I don't play the game so I could be wrong. Tell me what you think.

    New Enhancements

    Module 2 will be introducing a number of new enhancements (purchased with action points) that will let players further customize and specialize your characters. Almost everyone will be getting some new enhancements to choose from; over the next few weeks we will be posting in-depth descriptions of what these new enhancements are and how they work.

    New Enhancements for Spellcasters

    We have several new lines of enhancements for arcane spellcasters, designed to help them specialize in specific types of spells. With these new enhancements, casters can score spell criticals on damaging spells, similar to the critical hits that the sword-swingers get when they get lucky on an attack. Each enhancement is specific to one energy type, and gives you a percentage chance to score a critical, and a multiplier to damage. For example, a sorcerer with the enhancement "Lineage of Force 3" has a 15% chance of scoring 50% extra damage on their magic missiles; if he prefers to use fireballs he could instead take "Lineage of Deadly Fire" which only has a 3% chance of scoring a crit, but will do triple damage when it does.

    Read the rest here.

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    News
    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • It's new, it's good. I'm talking about the weekly development activities. This is where you find out what the Turbine team is working on.

    Vendors and NPC's

    * The Jewelry and Clothing Pawnbrokers will be moving to the Marketplace Tent. Vendors selling non-magical consumable goods will take their place in the House shops.
    * We will be correcting some of the (now) incorrect NPC dialogue following the recent relocation of several quest NPCs.

    These and more are in Q&A and will be available on the next update.

    For a good time, visit our Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach community.

    News
    Wed, May 24, 2006
    Awenyddion
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