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  • We've got a warhammer and we are going to write about it.
    Mythic Entertainment has opened their Warhammer Online newsletter. Show your support and put your name on the mailing list.

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    Folks: There's no law says we can't buy advertising from ourselves. If you give the flashing W.A.R. banner a click, you'll be taken to the place where you can sign up for the official Warhammer Online newsletter, and be the first to know the news about Mythic's next game. What are you waiting for? "

    You can Sign-up for the Warhammer Online Newsletter at The Camelot Herald.
    And there's more!

    News
    Mon, Nov 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • You love us long time, we give you things.
    Sony Online Entertainment has taken Update#16 live and with it some goodies for long time EverQuest 2 subscribers.

    " - EverQuest II celebrates its first birthday by introducing Veteran Rewards!

    - Griffon tamers are seeking your assistance in the Thundering Steppes and Nektulos Forest!

    - Give the residents of Norrath a fresh look with the new SOGA character models!

    - Two new iksar scale patterns now available for each gender!

    - Crusaders, Mages, and Priests can now equip symbols in their ranged slot!

    - Carry extra ammo in quivers you can equip!

    - Using clickable items is now even easier, and food and drink get their own inventory slots!

    - Population and item improvements made in some of Norrath's deadly dungeons!

    - Can't reach your spirit shard? Now you can have your spirit restored... for a price!

    - Guild quest raids now scale according to player level and reward additional status!

    - The user interface gets a spiffy new look! "

    I could really use my spirit restored, "for a price".

    Not long enough for you?

    News
    Thu, Nov 10, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The hall of fame gets a lord.
    Richard "Lord British" Garriott has been inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

    " CALABASAS, CA - November 8, 2005 - The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) announced that computer games pioneer Richard Garriott will be inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame. Annually voted on by the Academy's Board of Directors, this honor is awarded to individuals whose efforts and contributions have expanded the scope and success of the computer games industry. As the ninth member of the Hall, Garriott joins an already impressive fraternity of gaming icons, including Trip Hawkins, Peter Molyneux, Yu Suzuki, Will Wright, John Carmack, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Sid Meier and Shigeru Miyamoto. "

    You can read a bit more about Lord British being Honored at Blues News.
     

    News
    Wed, Nov 09, 2005
    Boomjack
  • SoE to make it FREE!
    Statesman.com is reporting that Sony Online Entertainment will be offering a free MMOG. They make it sound like a new idea. Apparently they haven't heard of Guild Wars.

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    Top-notch online video games now cost upward of $30 million to produce, making it imperative that game producers expand the market for them, Sony Online Entertainment Inc. President John Smedley said at a video game conference Thursday in Austin.
    Smedley said his company aims to do just that with a plan to break from its existing subscription-based business model and release a game title next fall that can be played free of charge."

    You can read entire Sony Online Entertainment to Offer Free MMOG Article at Statesman.com.
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    News
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Boomjack
  • More ever-quests!
    SOE's EverQuest 2 dev team has released details on four new enemy mastery quests related to the "Desert of Flames" expansion... I guess going around collecting vital organs from evil creatures is in the spirit of Halloween. Yick.

    Lore and Legend quests, also known as Enemy Mastery quests, involve the study of various creatures to learn more about them. In order to gain knowledge about these creatures, you must find and study various body parts. You can find suitable body parts for your studies by killing the type of creature you wish to learn more about. Find out more about these types of quests.

    These Lore and Legend quests are but a small sample of the creature mastery quests available in EverQuest II.

    Help yourself to the enemy mastery quest info at the EverQuest 2 official site.
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    News
    Fri, Oct 28, 2005
    Ethec
  • You don't need an alchemist to turn plat into USD.
    Terra Nova brings us a load of stats from Station Exchange, developer SOE's program designed to facilitate the sale of virtual items for real world cash.

    " The service opened on 2 of 22 possible servers mid-to-late July. As of Thursday last week, these two servers (taken together) had: 4200 accounts registered for Station Exchange (from 30,000 accounts in total) $420,000 in total turnover ($180,000 in characters, $210,000 in coin, the  rest in items) 7736 successful transactions [exact amount] Average amount transacted per account is $98.16 [exact amount] Average amount transacted per transaction is $54. "

    For more stats from the State of Play III workshop on Virtual Property, visit Terra Nova's Everquest 2 Station Exchange catch-up article.
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    News
    Wed, Oct 12, 2005
    Ethec
  • How fair is EQ2's Gigglegibber Goblin Gambin' Game?
    Ethec comes across a snickering goblin in Everquest 2 who wants to help him gamble his hard-earned coin. Would you go along with it? Neither would... well, yes I would! But first I had my Mage friend Skeezix perform a little bit of mathematical magic on the gamblin' game first.
    Not usually being one to consult with the almighty spreadsheet, I couldn't pass up this opportunity to check out this nifty, free meta-game feature. What's it all about? Will it pass muster? How much is the goblin's theoretical total take when the first jackpot winner hits? These answers and more just a click away!

    "When it comes to gambling, who couldn't use some plat? Still, like Fred from "Scooby Doo," I had a bad feeling about this. Fighting the halfling urge to peeter away my cobalt fund (I have one of those kitchy jars on top of my microwave - "Armor Fund"), I decided to consult with my good friend (despite being a gnome) Skeezix. He's a sorceror training to be a wizard, and no doubt the Mages at the tower were putting them through the organ grinder known as "descriptive statistics." Which is kind of comical: my own training was simply a matter of being pointed at a fighter dummy and spamming direct heals while a creative invective-hurling high elf drill sargent-type screamed at me to click FASTER!!, spittle flying, the dwarf next to me sobbing. An ugly scene by all accounts..."

    I doubt you'll ever see the words "hypergeometric distribution" in a TTH article again, so you won't want to miss this! Everquest 2's gambling game exposed for the... fun that it is at TenTonHammer!

    News
    Fri, Oct 07, 2005
    Ethec
  • Monitor the sale of your gnome.
    Sony Online Entertainment is broadcasting as RSS feed, popular among bloggers and news sites, to publicize "hot" offerings in Station Exchange, which allows players on select servers to buy and sell virtual items and characters for cold, hard, real-life cash.
    There's no word yet on whether the model who won the "Quest for Queen Antonia" contest will start blogging her bachelorette exploits, queencam included, that players can view as a Station Access premium option. Actually, I'm not sure that anyone's heard from her; did she take the money and run? Heh.

    "We have setup an RSS feed for hot auctions on Station Exchange in the last maintenance release.  So now you can monitor hot auctions in your favorite RSS reader."

    Read all about Station Exchange RSS feeds in the EverQuest 2 forums.
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    News
    Thu, Oct 06, 2005
    Ethec
  • Gambling makes its EQ2 Debut
    A new gambling meta-game is included free-of-charge with today's EverQuest 2 update; it's sort of a slash between the lotto and a slot machine. I got to see it in action last weekend and it's a lot of fun. Other popular changes include 100% run speed while in stealth mode (balanced by the addition of more "see invisible" mobs in the world) as well as tradeskill and UI enhancements.

    " *** Headlines ***



    - Try your luck at the Gigglegibber Goblin Gamblin' Game!

    - No more run-speed reduction with stealth and invisibility!

    - Tell at a glance if you don't have enough power to use a spell or art!

    - Imbued item recipes now available for level 50+ crafters!

    - Many user interface windows have a new look! "

    Read the Everquest 2 Live Update #14 notes here.
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    News
    Wed, Oct 05, 2005
    Ethec
  • Going to court without a lawyer.
    Everquest 2 developer Sony Online Entertainment gives some background on the 3 rival courts vying for control of the "Desert of Flames" expansion city, Maj'Dul. With an estimated 12 quests to complete averaging 45-minutes to one hour a piece to gain membership in one of these courts (one can kill an indeterminate number of mobs opposed to your chosen faction for "coins" to turn in for positive faction, too), let's hope the Courts are more than just a pretty screenshot.

    " The courts of Maj'Dul are three separate factions within the city that vie for power over the remnants of the Dervish empire. They have each established an outpost at the docks, and their goal is to attract new arrivals to their competing causes. Asim Jul represents the Court of the Blade, Shahid Baligh represents the Court of the Coin, and Atyaf Nasiha represents the Court of Truth. You are encouraged to converse with these individuals, as collectively the courts are the most powerful political force in these lands. "

    More Everquest 2 expansion lore at the official site!
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    News
    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
    Ethec
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