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  • Blizzard has announced that they have opened the new PVP server Gul'dan! Yay! Maybe I'll get PK'd less! Heh probably not I'm the worst PVP'er ever.

    But more exciting that even that is A New Contest Announcement!

    Are you an aspiring filmmaker? If so, you're in the right place! The World of Warcraft Movie Contest sponsored by Xfire is a great way for up-and-coming directors to show off their moviemaking skills. We're looking for players to create movies, set in Azeroth, in three main categories: Dance, Comedy, and Drama. The content requirements for the movies are open-ended, as long as they're created in game.

    This contest runs from December 14, 2005 to January 21, 2006. Five prizes, such as Xbox 360 Premium game consoles, XFX GeForce 7800 GTX video cards (PCI-Express), and Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum sound cards, will be awarded for each of the three categories listed above. In addition, 10 prizes will be awarded for special categories, including: Best Picture, Best Dialog, Best Editing, and Best Music.

    You'll have to click on that picture below the dialogue for rules and prizes. Good Luck!

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    News
    Thu, Dec 15, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • Arrgh! Oh wait, Awen already said that! Well, I'll double it and ask for a
    parrot!
    MMORPG.com has
    developer journal #5 for Pirates of the Burning Sea. I wish I could be a pirate...
    minus the grungy teeth thing and getting sea-sick. But a plumed hat would be
    cool... right?

    Hello, everyone. My name's Raymond Wood, and I'm a mission designer
    for Pirates of the Burning Sea. I joined Flying Lab earlier this year and
    have been having a great time shouting "Arrrrr" at all my coworkers.
    Normally, mission designers build PvE missions and combat encounters, but
    recently I was lucky enough to lend my mission expertise to one of the coolest
    parts of the PvP system.
    Our first design goal when we sat down to work out the details of the PvP
    system can be summed up in one word: “Relevance.” Too many games
    place PvP on the borders, as something that happens at the edge of the map
    between players who aren’t necessarily tied in to the rest of the game.
    Often, PvP takes place in areas that are wholly separated from the main geography
    of the game. That isolation makes the player versus player struggles seem
    less exciting to us, so our first decision was to place the PvP in places
    players go, places they care about. In Pirates of the Burning Sea, the hottest
    PvP areas will be right in the middle of the map, where players live and trade
    and do missions.
    We’ve written about PvP port battles before as the centerpiece of our
    four-sided RvR conflict system. Today, I’m pulling the curtains back
    to show you how they actually work. Let’s say you’re a stout-hearted
    English naval officer. Your forces have raided enough Spanish shipping to
    put the port of San Juan into contention, and you’ve contributed enough
    to win one of the 25 British tickets into the port battle. (The battle works
    the same way when pirates raid foreign ports or when nationals suppress pirate
    ports, but the rewards and the effects on the port are different.)

    News
    Thu, Dec 15, 2005
    LadySirse
  • 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
  • Funcom successfully listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange

    Oslo, Norway – December 14, 2005 – Funcom, Europe’s largest developer of subscription-based Massively Multiplayer Online games (MMOs), has successfully listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE). Gaute Godager, one of the founders of Funcom and Game Director on the forthcoming “Age of Conan” Online Action RPG, had the honour of ringing the bell to mark the official start of the trading. The ticker for the company has been set as FUNCOM.

    “This is an historical step for Funcom, and marks a new era for the company” said Torleif Ahlsand, Chairman of the Board of Directors in Funcom. “The stock exchange listing not only allows Funcom to release more titles, it enables the company to pursue its growth strategy.”

    ”The fact that we have been able to secure close to 30 million USD with the listing means that we can further improve the quality on all aspects of our forthcoming online games” said Trond Arne Aas, CEO of Funcom. “We are naturally thrilled about this recognition. The games market is set to further expand its growth, and with the listing Funcom can continue to deliver the needed quality to take part in this evolution.”

    Funcom has grown to become internationally recognized for its expertise in developing compelling online games. Over the last few years the company has gained a unique experience in operating and developing MMOs. More than one million players are now registered in the Funcom community. Funcom is currently developing three MMOs, including the award-winning ‘Age of Conan – Hyborian Adventures’ and ‘Anarchy Online’. The company’s listing on the stock exchange combined with a cost efficient and experienced organization will further improve Funcom’s overall opportunities in the global marketplace.

    ABOUT FUNCOM - Funcom is an independent developer and publisher of online games for PC, consoles and mobile platforms. Funcom has provided outstanding entertainment since 1993 and continues to expand its track-record of 24 released games to date. Recent successes include ‘The Longest Journey’ and ‘Anarchy Online’.

    News
    Wed, Dec 14, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • Arrrgh Mateys! Get out the rum and take a seat for some easy reading! *delicate cough* Alright then.. Pirates of the Burning Sea put up two new developer logs late last week. You can see them Here. However, I'm going to spare your tired little eyes and tell you in a gunshell (get it.. gunshell) what they say.

    1. They've sent out the first wave of beta invites. Didn't get one? Yeah.. me either and I'm bitter. They're using the same build that they've sent investors. Let's hope it's good. I want to get my swashbuckling on.

    2. I realllly don't know what he's talking about Here. It's about 20k Perforce check. Anyone's guess.

    So in conclusion, I'd like to play this game. So should you.

    Get the Skinny on Pirates of the Burning Sea Here!

    News
    Wed, Dec 14, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • WoW: The Burning Crusade At CVG
    Are they on fire or something?
    CVG
    got a chance to drill the mind of Shane Dabiri about the upcoming expansion
    for World of Warcraft.
    Who is Shane Dabiri? Find out:

    What are you currently working on at the moment in the expansion?
    Shane Dabiri: As lead producer on the World of Warcraft team, I'm currently
    undertaking the exciting task of dividing and focusing our resources on the
    development of both the expansion set and on the continuing content development
    for the current game. This should help us streamline our efforts for 2006.
    What percentage of the content is geared toward players of all levels, and
    what percentage to only level 60 (and above with the level cap increase) characters?
    Shane Dabiri: As is traditional with MMO expansions, a large portion of the
    content will be geared toward characters in the range between the current
    maximum and new maximum levels, starting at around level 55. However, we do
    also plan to add content to better tie in the new races to the world, so players
    who choose to start as one of the new races will experience a great deal of
    new content up to about level 20.

    News
    Mon, Dec 12, 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*..

    All Your Lord of the Ring Online Info Here

    Other LOTRO News and Stuff

    News
    Fri, Dec 09, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • No Warmth For Blizzard
    The Armchair Empire
    reports on a lawsuit against Blizzard over another World of Warcraft death.

    The parents of a 13-year-old boy in China are suing Blizzard, creators of
    World of Warcraft, claiming that the boy jumped to his death attempting to
    recreate something that he saw in-game.

    News
    Thu, Dec 08, 2005
    LadySirse
  • Does it make me nervous that all of these screens look absolutely gorgeous? Uh.. yeah.. I can see my cash clearing the hands of the toadies at Comp USA while I upgrade my computer so I can actually see this game in all it's glory. Yeah.. I'm nervous.

    Worthplaying has 16 new screenshots for your purveyance.

    Give it a little time though. They don't seem to be jumping to full size when you click on them.

    This way for more information on Age of Conan

    Images, Media
    Thu, Dec 08, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Murloc, and Vixen...
    WoW Insider breaks the news on the first of the WoW holiday accoutrements, a reindeer mount!

    We have no idea what players will have to do to obtain this "pimp ride", but we're sure everybody will want one.

    Sleighing song? or "slaying" song? Click here to see the new reindeer mounts at WoW Insider!
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    News
    Wed, Dec 07, 2005
    Ethec
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