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  • 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
  • Get some Booty mate! No, not that kind! Some good 'ol treasure!
    MMORPG.com
    has some screenshots of Pirates of the Burning Sea for your viewing pleasure.

    Today we feature the first two in a series of exclusive images from Pirates
    of the Burning Sea. The first image comes from the sea, as we see a boat sail
    off into the sunset, while the second comes from land as a man stands in a
    treehouse.

    Images, Media
    Thu, Dec 22, 2005
    LadySirse
  • 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
  • So the moral of this story is that if you cheat you're going to get your butt booted! does the boot all of those wretched pharmers dance

    In keeping with Blizzard's aggressive stance against cheating in World of Warcraft, we have permanently closed more than 18,000 accounts over the past three months for participating in activities that violate the game's Terms of Use.
    A majority of these accounts were found to be using third-party programs to farm gold and items. Such actions can severely impact the economy of a realm and the overall game enjoyment for all players.

    We will continue to actively monitor all World of Warcraft realms in order to protect the service and its players from the negative effects of cheating. Please note that selling World of Warcraft content, such as gold, items, and characters, can result in the permanent removal of the involved accounts from World of Warcraft.

    A portion of the account closures announced today came as the result of tips reported to our GMs in game or emailed to [email protected] by legitimate World of Warcraft players. If you suspect that a World of Warcraft character is using an illegal third-party program to farm gold or items, or is otherwise violating our Terms of Use, please report the suspected infraction via one of the means listed above. All reports will be investigated, and those that prove false will not result in corrective action.

    Thank you for your continued support, and good luck with your adventures in Azeroth!

    -Blizzard Entertainment

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    Thu, Dec 22, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • New Screenshots are over at the Pirates of the Burning Sea Official Website

    New Mission Screenshots: Defend the Town!
    BSharp has just updated the PotBS Gallery with images taken from a mission titled "Defend the Town", that spans both land and sea. In this mission, you are called to engage the Brits and repel their hostile attack on a pirate town.

    I don't know about you, but that sunset shot about knocked me out of my chair! You can check them out yourself by visiting our The PotBS Screenshot Gallery

    So grab yourself a bottle of rum and yo ho ho yourself on over there to check them out!

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    Images, Media
    Thu, Dec 22, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • 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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    Tue, Dec 20, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • Is there a single person out there that doesn't play WoW?
    I guess not- Shacknews
    reports that there are now a total of 5 million subscribers to WoW! Wow!

    For those of you keeping score at home. Blizzard Entertainment has just announced
    that they have now reached 5 million paying subscribers to World of Warcraft
    across the globe. In late July it was 3.5 million and then 4 million in late
    August. So 5 million is like, a lot more.
    IRVINE, Calif. – December 19, 2005 – Blizzard Entertainment,
    Inc. today announced that World of Warcraft®, its
    massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), has surpassed five
    million customers worldwide. The subscription-based MMORPG launched approximately
    one year ago in North America, Australia, and New Zealand and has since released
    in multiple countries throughout Europe and Asia.
    So then... 5 million people paying roughly $12 - $15 per month would be $60
    - $75 million each month. Perhaps if they work really hard they get to gross
    over a billion dollars next year.

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    Mon, Dec 19, 2005
    LadySirse
  • 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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    News
    Mon, Dec 19, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • Slowly but surely this one is picking up speed in all things newsworthy. You can read this dev log On the official site however, you have to be a member of the site. So in essence.. they only want the MOST DEDICATED players to access their information.

    (@[QT]Rhaegar) (Raam) How goes guild management work? By that I mean, how soon can you start a guild in the game, and are there any requirements at all to make one?
    (@[FLS]Aug) Right now, our requirements for starting guilds are minimal, and people should be able to set them up very quickly once they are in game
    (@[FLS]Aug) This is an area that we are watching very closely in beta, however, and we'll bump up those requirements if we feel it necessary
    (@[FLS]Aug) Aside from that, guild management at launch will have the standard features, and will get better as we continue development :)

    Yeah I'm just that dedicated.

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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
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