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  • The Lord of the Rings Online Official site has updated another of their classes. This time they focus on Captains.

    Captain
    Races: Man

    'And this I also say: you are our captain and our banner. The Dark Lord has Nine. But we have One, mightier than they. . . .'
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, "The White Rider"

    Bearing her banner into battle, a Captain provides hope and leadership to her fellows, inspiring them to greater deeds. A skilled Captain can rally a party back from the brink of defeat, or seal a victory against many foes. While a Captain is a respected fighter on her own accord, she is primarily driven by her powerful sense of leadership to those fighting around her.

    The Captain will be the class of choice for players who enjoy supporting their fellows while participating in melee combat. With her unique ability to plant banners to increase the battle prowess of those near them, the Captain helps to define where a fight will happen. Her battle cries allow her to take advantage of certain events in combat to aid the morale or combat ability of her fellows. A Captain's style of combat focuses on inspiring those around her to glory.

    This class sounds familiar.. Hmm what could it be?

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    Fri, Dec 30, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • Lord of the Rings Online Devs updated the official class page today with a more detailed description of the Guardian Class

    Guardian
    Races: Man, Elf, Dwarf, Hobbit

    'Go after those two young hobbits, and guard them. . . .'
    -The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,
    "The Breaking of the Fellowship"

    A doughty fighter and protector of the weak, a skilled Guardian can face even the toughest foes and survive. The Guardian is one of the few classes willing and able to try to draw more blows onto themselves, so they can retaliate with devastating maneuvers in response.

    The Guardian will be the class of choice for players that enjoy drawing the attention of their foes in combat and taking advantage of their missteps. Masters of the defensive arts, Guardians use taxing attacks and irksome taunts to draw and hold opponents' attention, relying on their shield and weapon to turn aside incoming attacks with blocks and parries. A Guardian's combat style depends on creating openings during an opponent's attack to provide the opportunity for their own counterattack.

    Finally! A class for all of the masochists out there! Not only will you draw that extra bit of pain and suffering to yourself but you'll look like a hero while you're doing it!

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    Fri, Dec 23, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • They've got your mark. Go time.
    Shacknews does more
    than get you chicks, it gets you an interview! Chris Remo got to sit with Chris
    Wren and drill his (or her) brain about the upcoming Warhammer: Mark of Chaos.

    Games Workshop's Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 series of tabletop strategy
    wargames have amassed quite a following over the past couple decades, and
    along the way they've accumulated hugely detailed lore detailing the armies,
    conflicts, and worlds that make up the games. With the war-torn fantasy and
    sci-fi settings, they've always seemed like ripe fruit for video game adaptations,
    but despite many noble efforts--Final Liberation, Dark Omen, and Space Hulk
    come to my mind--there haven't been many Warhammer-based games that have really
    earned themselves lasting places in gaming history. To many, that changed
    last year with Relic's acclaimed Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, which did
    justice to the Warhammer 40,000 setting and provided a compelling and deep
    RTS experience. Now, Namco and Black Hole Games, developer of Armies of Exigo,
    hope to have similar success with the fantasy-themed Warhammer universe in
    the form of the upcoming Warhammer: Mark of Chaos.
    Tabletop games of Warhammer Fantasy tend to be grander in size than their
    sci-fi Warhammer 40,000 brethren, and that holds true with Mark of Chaos.
    The game is intended to depict all out large-scale war, and if current screenshots
    are any indication it will do so beautifully. Mark of Chaos is for many a
    highly anticipated title, but there haven't been all that many details released
    about the game, so I posed several questions to Namco senior producer Chris
    Wren to try and learn some more about Black Hole's work in progress.
    Shack: What are the basic strategic gameplay elements of Mark of Chaos? Given
    its Warhammer setting can I assume it's more of a "wargame" than
    a resource-gathering type of RTS?
    Chris Wren: Resource management is a critical feature of any war game and
    Mark of Chaos is no exception. What you will find is that we are shifting
    the focus of the game more towards the elements of battling and away from
    resource management. We are adding several layers of command for the player
    within the battle space to give them more control over what we deem the core
    experience of a wargame. Resource management will exist, however your role
    will be primarily military in how you manage these resources. As the commander
    of your army, you might order your troops to take over an enemy controlled
    resource like a farm or mill, but you will not be responsible for training
    farmers and tending to the crops.

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    Thu, Dec 22, 2005
    LadySirse
  • If you were smart enough to register for Warhammer Online's monthly newsletter and set up a password protected account, you could get a beta slot in your stocking for Christmas.. or your birthday.

    The WAR beta test is still a long way off, but now is your chance to secure a spot for when it does go live. Each month we’ll randomly select 5 names from the newsletter subscriber database for entry into the beta test.* If you have already created and confirmed a Warhammer newsletter account, then you’re automatically entered into the drawing every month.

    You can read the rest of the Newsletter here. It's packed full of developer goodies to warm your cockles this close to Christmas. hee hee I said cockles

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    News
    Tue, Dec 20, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • It's always interesting to get into the minds of developers, especially for all the voyeurs out there!The Pre Production Process by Dustin Bales is no exception. He's the content director for Mythic's Warhammer Online.

    Ten thousand pages. That's my best guess at the amount of finalized documentation that our content team will produce before the launch of WAR. We should start an office pool, or a printing press. Ten thousand pages for a game based on an existing property rich with detail. I can only imagine the number of pages we'd be writing if we were coming up with a world of our own!

    It's a good read full of little interesting tidbits.

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    Mon, Dec 19, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • 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!

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    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
  • 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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    Fri, Dec 09, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • Wanted: Dead or Respawned.
    The good folks at our EQ2 Community Site have posted Norrath's Most Wanted, a list of the most popular and elusive creatures in Everquest 2.

    " Throughout Everquest 2, you will find thousands upon thousands of goblins, orcs, gnolls, etc. to cleave with your blade but some creatures you will notice are just a little out of the ordinary.   Like that guy that feels comfortable enough to wear a pink shirt to work, these creatures will stand out above the rest.  They are tougher, carry more treasure, and are in many cases intentionally sought out and dispatched as soon as they appear.   Below is a guide to where you can find these unique beasts and hunt them down.  Be warned however, that waiting for some to spawn requires more patience than sitting in a McDonald's drive-thru. "

    Need more? EQ2.TenTonHammer.com
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    Wed, Nov 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • So tell me a little bit about your career history, EverQuest 2...
    If games had resumes, this one would be impressive. Ryan "Blackguard" Shwayder, SOE's EQ2 Community Manager, lists the incredible amount of content added to the game in the past year:

    Since launch, an enormous amount of content has been added to EverQuest II at no additional cost to EverQuest II subscribers. In addition to changes that made the game more fun for soloists and group players alike, more than 1100 quests have been added to the game since launch on November 8th. We've added more than 1200 new items to the game, including more craftable items for tradeskillers, and more loot around the world. Almost 400 new spells have been added and we've worked diligently to make sure our spell effects are as eye-catching as they are powerful. Recently, we added 8 new areas to the world, so there are now well over 100 zones in the world of EverQuest II to explore.

    So Blizzard & World of Warcraft, where's the beef? All you've made are promises so far. ( I have to try and bring balance to the force, you see.) Check out EverQuest 2's new content in the year since launch and the official site.
    Want some in-depth news & coverage?

    News
    Wed, Nov 23, 2005
    Ethec
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