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  • 2500 WoW Accounts Banned
    MMORPGDot.com
    reports that 2500 World of Warcraft accounts have been banned in Europe.

    Continuing their aggressive stand against cheats, hacks, and exploits, Blizzard
    banned 2500 WoW accounts this weekend for being

    "involved in the use of cheats and/or hacks using third-person software
    or were otherwise violating our Terms of Use".

    They also gave credit to some European users affected by a technical bug keeping
    them from connecting to English speaking servers.

    Read the Full Article at Eurogamer.
    Check Out TTH's Reports on WoW

    News
    Mon, Dec 05, 2005
    LadySirse
  • Toasting To a One Year Anniversary.
    In celebration of World of Warcraft's first successful year, Blizzard
    has decided to give a little something back to the people:

    To help celebrate World of Warcraft's first-year anniversary, Blizzard is
    giving away one ASUS PCI-E GeForce 7800 GTX 256mb video card to a random World
    of Warcraft account holder each day during the month of December! That's 31
    top-of-the-line video cards for 31 lucky players.

    News
    Fri, Dec 02, 2005
    LadySirse
  • Something Need Doing?
    Sci-Fi novelist Keith R.A. DeCandido (Star Trek, Andromeda) is bringing a little
    more than upgrades to Warcraft players. He is writing a series of novels devoted
    to the World of Warcraft series. The first book will be called "World of
    Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred." A very fitting title given the books contents:

    The Burning Legion has been defeated, and eastern regions of Kalimdor
    are now shared by two nations: the orcs of Durotar, led by their noble Warchief,
    Thrall; and the humans of Theramore, led by one of the most powerful mages alive
    -- Lady Jaina Proudmoore. But the tentative peace between orcs and humans is
    suddenly crumbling. Random attacks against Durotar's holdings suggest that the
    humans have renewed their aggression toward the orcs. Now Jaina and Thrall must
    avert disaster before old hatreds are rekindled -- and Kalimdor is plunged into
    another devastating war. Jaina's search to uncover the truth behind the attacks
    leads her to a shocking revelation. Her encounter with a legendary, long-lost
    wizard will challenge everything that she believes and illuminate the secret
    history of the world of...

    News
    Fri, Dec 02, 2005
    LadySirse
  • More "wow" for WoW.
    Blizzard announced that more realm-to-realm transfers will be available starting
    November 30 at 3 a.m. PST.
    MMORPG
    reports with a complete list from Blizzard.

    Blizzard has announced that another set of Realm-to-Realm transfers
    are now available. The transfers opened at 3AM PST this morning and will be
    available at the normal time, 3:00AM-3:00PM PST, until December 7, at 3:00PM.

    News
    Thu, Dec 01, 2005
    LadySirse
  • Flying Labs Stalls
    Citing "external administrative issues" (a euphemism which usually leads back to money one way or another), the developers of Pirates of the Burning Sea just announced that the game's beta testing period is stuck in the doldrums.

    While we anticipate being able to begin beta at some point in the very near future, there are external administrative issues that have caused a delay in our efforts. These external issues are under NDA, and as such, we cannot comment on them. With that being said, the entire team is using the extra time to prepare and polish in anticipation of your imminent arrival. It is with that in mind that we have created this brief update on the status of the Pirates of the Burning Sea Beta Program.

    Now they tell me, after I've done like 500 beta applications in a ballet-stuffing bid to get the golden invite! /cough Pirates of the Burning Sea beta status announcement at the Flying Labs official site.
    Arrrrr, here's more links, matey!

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Wed, Nov 30, 2005
    Ethec
  • "Oh...Crap!"
    Have you ever really screwed up while playing your favourite MMOG? Wait until you see the gaff our resident warlock made in our latest comic, titled, "Oh...Crap!"

    "Comics! Rate 'em. Send 'em in! "

    Check out the complete list of comics.
     

    News
    Wed, Nov 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Are you a heretic or a believer? Will the Burning Crusade be hot or just luke-warm?
    Those crazy bananas at our World of Warcraft site have posted a great article that takes a look at the upcoming Burning Crusade expansion. How will this expansion affect you, or will it? Find out in, "Thoughts on the Burning Crusade: How Will It Affect You?".

    " But as the future of the Game shifts before us, I realised that by raising the level cap an extra 10 levels, it will change the face of the (medium-end) game as we have come to know it. It will seriously affect many in-game aspects that few have considered. "

    Visit our World of Warcraft Community site and if you are a history buff, check out our other World of Warcraft News.
     

    News
    Wed, Nov 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Is technology wasted on barbarians?
    Funcom blogs in to IGN to discuss some of the tech behind Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures.

    When Funcom decided to embark on Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures (Conan), we needed to take a serious look at our technology base. Despite the fact that we are one of the companies in the world with the longest experience in developing online RPGs, we truly had to evolve to the next level with Conan. You can never rest on your laurels in this industry, so we simply had to make sure the game would shine in today's extremely competitive landscape.

    See the newest news (plus some nifty screenshots) onAge of Conan: Hyborean Adventures at RPG Vault.
    Related links:

    News
    Fri, Nov 25, 2005
    Ethec
  • It might look just like this...or nothing like it.
    Turbine has posted some new Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar concept art on the official site.

    " These are two of several styles of armor found in LOTRO, as worn by a Man of Eriador. (In the game, players can wear armor designs from another race, if they so choose. Hobbits, being peaceful folk, have not developed an armor style of their own.) However, armor takes skill to wear effectively, and only certain classes will have the appropriate skills for some armor-types. "

    More Lord of the Rings Online News
     

    Images, Media
    Fri, Nov 25, 2005
    Boomjack
  • No one will ask whether Captain Morgan (arrrrr!) will make an in-game appearance.
    I guess I'll have to bring my Cap'n with me. Here's a snippet from the lightning round of Pirates of the Burning Sea Q&A done by the Stratics crew.

    Stratics: It is a challenge to integrate the economic and combat mechanics and keep it fun. It sounds as though you have taken this problem head on and you know better than to bite off more than you can chew at the start.

    Daynes: We try! One of the greatest lessons we’ve learned from other MMPs is to keep your own expectations realistic, and aim for what you can actually hit. This is a challenge for any team and we’ve reached too high more than once, so we’ve learned from experience as well as example. We’ll get the economy integrated, but it will only be once it’s ready.

    Arrrrr! Take a look, matey...Stratics' November Pirates of the Burning Sea interview!
    Links ahoy:

    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Nov 23, 2005
    Ethec
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