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  • Orcs with rocket launcers!

    Excitement's growing ever since Mythic wrested the online remake of the long-famed tabletop gamer's delight Warhammer from cancellation at the hands of Climax. Since the game is still deep in the conceptual phase, producer Lande Robertson could only chat on the pre-production basics:

    CGW: Which Warhammer license will you be using--the 40K universe or classic Warhammer?

    Robertson: This MMORPG title will be based on all Games Workshop products relating to the classic Warhammer fantasy world. The creative people at Games Workshop have produced a wealth of great material, and this provides us with a solid foundation for the game. The depth of cool background information, the inspired designs of the races and their weapons of war, and the interesting dynamics of the warring factions make this property a pleasure to work on.

    Get hammered with the rest of the Warhammer Online Q&A at 1up.com.

    Features, Interviews
    Sat, Aug 27, 2005
    Ethec
  • WoW is Wow.
    CVG has posted a World of Warcraft interview featuring Shane Dabiri and discussing the "WoW Factor". Tom Cruise confused WoW for War of the Worlds and demanded his own interview. When asked about his relationship with Katie Holmes he replied:

    "Last evening we caught our pet cat playing World of Warcraft. As the most evil character in the game - Night Elf Rogue - he was fairing okay at level five although was getting a little confused when we kept telling him we'd assigned auto-run to the pause key (they're ALL paws keys to a cat see - geddit?). But it's testament to the massive, wide-spread penetration (yes, in our increasing effort to get slightly more risqué, we actually said 'PENETRATION') that Blizzard's MMORPG has achieved, with player numbers rocketing into the stratosphere. "

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Interview at CVG.
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    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Aug 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • It's a deal.
    Mythic Entertainment and AGEIA have signed an agreement that will see AGEIA physX technology in the upcoming Warhammer Online title. Donald Trump refused to return our calls regarding this deal, making it unclear if he would have said this:

    " Mythic will make extensive use of the AGEIA physX SDK in developing its upcoming MMORPG based on the legendary Warhammer fantasy world. One of the most enduring fantasy games in history, Warhammer will be released as an MMO for the first time in 2007. Players who have PCs equipped with the AGEIA physX processor will experience never-before-seen levels of online immersiveness, along with stunning effects and rich interactivity. "

    You can read the Mythic Entertainment Licenses AGEIA physX Technology Article at GamesIndustry.biz.
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    Fri, Aug 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Because, let's face it, nobody has heard of World of Warcraft.
    Computer Gaming World has reviewed World of Warcraft. Both people who have not yet played WoW read the following:

    " Rather than focus on a bunch of explicit, boring tutorials, WoW teaches you the ropes and eases you into the game so slyly that you'll barely even notice you're in school. Instead of pitched battles against rabbits, cats, rats, and other tiny animals that you could kill in real life without much effort, the game immediately pits you against actual monsters. Garden-variety animals exist--you're just not expected to fight them. They merely hop around and occasionally get devoured by a passing predator. Since there aren't any artificial zone boundaries, you're free to wander wherever you want to right from the start, which removes the penned-in feeling common to low-level characters in most other MMORPGs. "

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Review at Computer Gaming World.
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    Reviews
    Thu, Aug 25, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Hobbit Illustrated.
    The official Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar site has some new screenshots for your viewing pleasure. Two hobbits who were talkingveryfastsaidsomethingthatresembledthis:

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    This is a test of the emergency description system. If the folks at LotRO had posted a description of their screenshots you would have read it here. Remember this is only a test. In the case of a real emergency you will find us hiding in a well."

    You can view the Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar Screenshots at the Official Site.

    Images, Media
    Mon, Aug 22, 2005
    Boomjack
  • One lunch to souse them all

    Turbine has posted an account of the "Lunch of the Rings"at Dave & Buster's in Providence, RI . Apparently a couple dwarves had a little too much to drink, and after a frustrating session in the Mechwarrior arena took out their frustrations on the arcade with their axes! Film at 11.

    During lunch, most of the tables had at least one LOTRO team member to chat with (the exception being the table with Calandryll and our AC1 folks). It was such a pleasure to hear laughter coming so frequently from the tables – the LOTRO community is so friendly and fun, as long as you don't step on their lore. *duck* There was lots of drooling over the E3 video, which Thrindil and Polleke worked so hard to get working with the Dave & Buster's equipment, and laughter over the video greetings – especially Amon Ereb's, which started with a very, very twisted puppet show.

    Read more on LotROG I East at the official Turbine site.

    News
    Sat, Aug 20, 2005
    Ethec
  • Swag For Nerds
    Blizzard has announced the goodies that BlizzCon attendees will receive. Britney Spears mistaking the Blizzard goodies for junk food purchased her BlizzCon ticket and exclaimed:

    " With the date for BlizzCon rapidly approaching, we’re excited to reveal more information about what attendees have in store. Here are some of the noteworthy and exclusive BlizzCon goodies that each attendee will receive. "

    You can read the entire BlizzCon Swag Announcement at The Official Site.
    Need more swag? WoW.TenTonHammer.com.

    Fri, Aug 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • You don't have to be an olda man, but it's best to be level 44-50 to visit this WoW instanced dungeon!
    It’s old, creepy, and filled with nasty Troggs (and even dwarves made of stone) but at last we have a guide for daring adventurers!  With information on the Instance, quests, and tactics, the Uldaman guide will be a useful asset for those looking to run Uldaman.  Uldaman itself is a mid leveled World of Warcraft Instance that is the home of the Titans (the shapers of the WoW world) and one of three Instances that they have setup across the world.

    " Since it a fairly long Instance to run through, and there are various quests and special mobs to kill, it is obvious that there are certain tactics that need to be followed in order to succeed in the Uldaman.

    The MOBs in Uldaman range from 37-45 elite and are generally found in groups of 4-5, with the occasional group of 5 or even 6. You will note that the levels of the MOBS increase dynamically as you go further into the Instance.

    Being a level 44-50 instance, with the MOBs being 37-46 elite you will HAVE to work together as a team, especially if you are at the low end of the level scale. Most players in the correct level range will not be able to handle an elite MOB of their level or higher on their own. The best tactic to deal with this is to designate a single player to pull MOBs and be careful to not pull anything other than what is planned. If you are the puller always plan the pull carefully. This means, watching for patrols, movement of MOBs, and party health and mana. If you do these things even a party of all 45-47 characters stands an excellent chance at finishing the instance. "

    The Uldaman guide, in all its splendor, can be found on the TTH World of Warcraft Community Site!

    Thu, Aug 18, 2005
    Ethec
  • Succubus Spanks WoW Kiddie. Film at 11:00.
    Kid busted by WoW Playing Mommy is an article up on Joystiq. MAWP, Mothers Against WoW Players has delivered a press release that goes something like this:

    "Blizzard’s World of Warcraft is the biggest MMORPG ever. So big, in fact, that everyone and his mother is playing it… literally. "

    You can read the entire Kid busted by WoW Playing Mommy article at Joystiq.
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    News
    Wed, Aug 17, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Ever want to just slay an orc or two?
    LotRO's newest screenshot might just fuel that urge. This game looks great, and if you don't believe me...

    "[Ed. Note: I was going to paste the UUCode for the image here, since there's no description. But since very few of us can down UUCode straight, without a viewer of some sort, I figured you might better enjoy clicking on the link below for instant visual gratification.]"

    Check out Lord of the Rings Online's newest screenshot here!

    Images, Media
    Tue, Aug 16, 2005
    Ethec
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