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EverQuest II + Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted

  • After multiple shortie packs (what I call adventure packs) Sony is releasing it's new Expansion pack Kindom of Sky. No release date was announced.

    "Kingdom of Sky offers something for all of our EverQuest II players," said Laura Naviaux, senior brand marketing manager, Sony Online Entertainment. "For the seasoned EQII player, Kingdom of Sky increases the amount of high level content in a world filled with intrigue and the potential destruction of Norrath by the evil dragon lords. The second expansion pack brings the excitement of dragon battles and is timed to coincide with the newly-added Player vs. Player (PvP) action."

    Read the entire press release here

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    Wed, Jan 04, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • GamerGod wraps up it's three part interview with Everquest 2 Community Manager BlackGuard.

    Nine: Being part of the creative team involved with EQ2, would you say you have more of an advantage than the average player has in terms of knowing plot details for storylines, NPC’s for quest turn ins, and general information that the average consumer has to find out on their own?

    I have the ability to take advantage of the information available to me, but that usually ruins the fun. To be honest, if I get stuck on a quest, I do the same thing that everyone else does (ask in guild chat, bug people in the "LFG" channel on our server that nobody looks for a group in, or hit up a website with spoilers).

    In terms of lore and plotlines, I probably do know a little more than the average player. That may change in the future as we start releasing more and more lore as weekly features. EverQuest II has a heck of a lot of lore to it, and we want people to know more about it because the stories are part of the heart of the game.

    zips her mouth shut to refrain from the comment hovering on her lips

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    Mon, Jan 02, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Part two of their three part series is up with EverQuest 2 Community Manager Blackguard.

    Four: Having worked your way around the different positions within SOE, what would you say was your most favorite, and why?

    I've been in QA, Community Relations, and was even an Apprentice Designer for a while. My favorite so far is Community Relations Manager, because I get to do a little bit of everything. I love working with communities, and I love influencing the direction of the game (read: ranting and raving to people in person or via really really long emails). This position is a perfect fit, because, obviously, I work a lot with the community, and I'm in a Lead position on the game team.

    Uh.. yeah! Good times.. good times!

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    Fri, Dec 30, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • OGaming has a fluff piece up with Heather Graham, SOE's Antonia BayleShe's like.. kind of a gamer.. but like.. not really.. cause like.. she has better things to do..

    "It was an amazing experience to take part in. I was really pleased by how good of a fit it was, too."OGaming: Do you actually play the game now that it’s out and in the public eye?

    HG: Once in a while. And if I do, it’s under an anonymous character, the same way that anybody else would. That’s part of the fun: getting to not be yourself for at least a little while…

    Looks like she really tries to be nice about the whole gaming issue throughout the interview. SOE must still be paying her to do press.

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    Mon, Dec 12, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • Yes, I'm bitter!
    Eurogamer gives EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames a 7/10 for lack of low-to-mid-level content. This is like the 15th review I've read that's all about how great DoF is, then, bam! it hits the "too high level" concrete bridge abutment. Every MMO expansion is going to be geared to the top tier of the playerbase, folks. If you can point out one expansion that's absolutely chock full of lowbie content, email me and I'll eat my hat or something!

    Like the Trials of Obi-Wan expansion for Star Wars Galaxies, Desert of Flames falls down slightly not because it's not entertaining, not because it lacks content, not because it doesn't play well, but because its scope is too narrow to include everyone. If you're a high level character who's done everything in EQ2, then this expansion is a must, but hey, next time guys, release something that all your players can enjoy.

    By this logic, "The Burning Crusade" ought to get a 7/10 too, but I betcha it won't; it's WoWftw. Blah. /rant off Eurogamer scorches EverQuest 2's "Desert of Flames" expansion.
    Other links I won't rant so much about!

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    Wed, Dec 07, 2005
    Ethec
  • The Official Site has a Dragon Lair Walkthrough for all of the greedy, horde hungry Dragons out there.

    What Are You Waiting For?
    Double-click your plot entrance! You dragons who are friendly to bipeds might recognize the interface!

    Constructing a lair consists of these steps:

    Creating a plan
    Checking the planned layout
    Committing the planned structures to be built
    Busting your tail and your friends' tails while making and applying materials!

    Dragon Lairs just went in recently so it's a good idea to check this one out.

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    Wed, Dec 07, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • GameCloud Has an interview with famed author Peter S. Beagle up about his new gig over at Tulga Games.

    Gamecloud - What exactly will you be doing with the Horizons team for the game?

    PSB: I’m still figuring the details of that out. But basically I’ll be working on new text and dialog, I’ll be creating new quests, planning all the details of that out, collaborating with the Tulga team on new short-term and long-term events. I’ll even get to add in at least one new race — of sentient monsters! That ought to be fun.

    I want to know where the unicorns were when I played! Can Beagle breathe some life into the floundering game? Read More to find out.

    Here is some more information and news on Horizons

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    Tue, Dec 06, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • Taking quests to a new literary level.
    Tulga Games has officially announced, though we broke the story at GenCon that Peter S. Beagle will be joining their team to provide story support for Horizons: Empires of Istaria.

    "Today is a landmark day in the land of Istaria, as Peter S. Beagle, famed author of the classic fantasy novel "The Last Unicorn," has signed on to provide story support for the MMORPG - Horizons: Empire of Istaria. Throughout the coming months, Beagle will be writing quests for Horizons, along with enriching the overall backstory of the game and taking part in various in-game events.
    Peter S. Beagle is best known for his work in fantasy, which includes the novels "A Fine and Private Place" and "The Last Unicorn," along with being credited as the screenwriter for the 1978 animated version of "The Lord of the Rings." His most popular work, "The Last Unicorn," has been in print since 1968, and is considered a fantasy classic among fans of the genre. Not limiting himself to fantasy, Peter S. Beagle is also the writer of "Sarek," one of the more popular episodes from the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" television series.
    Developed by Tulga Games, the MMORPG Horizons: Empire of Istaria enables players to create characters from any of 11 fantasy races including Dragons, Satyrs, Dryads, Humans and Elves while developing skills from 50 schools. Horizons' world is near-limitless in scope; as dragons soar above and below one another in the skies and players embark upon adventures spanning land, sea and air while working collectively to build a variety of surface and subterranean structures. The game's family-friendly nature allows for cooperative gameplay, and players with limited time can enjoy brief solo adventures without suffering any penalty. More information about Horizons: Empire of Istaria is available at http://www.istaria.com."

    Thu, Dec 01, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Wanted: Dead or Respawned.
    The good folks at our EQ2 Community Site have posted Norrath's Most Wanted, a list of the most popular and elusive creatures in Everquest 2.

    " Throughout Everquest 2, you will find thousands upon thousands of goblins, orcs, gnolls, etc. to cleave with your blade but some creatures you will notice are just a little out of the ordinary.   Like that guy that feels comfortable enough to wear a pink shirt to work, these creatures will stand out above the rest.  They are tougher, carry more treasure, and are in many cases intentionally sought out and dispatched as soon as they appear.   Below is a guide to where you can find these unique beasts and hunt them down.  Be warned however, that waiting for some to spawn requires more patience than sitting in a McDonald's drive-thru. "

    Need more? EQ2.TenTonHammer.com
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    Wed, Nov 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • New interviews on the Horizons.
    RPG Vault sits down with Peter Beagle, the renowned fantasy author recently hired to write for Horizons: Empire of Istaria, as well as David Bowman, Creative Director for Horizons, and Connor Cochran, Beagle's publishing editor and friend. While Beagle is new to the gaming industry, he's optimistic:

    Peter Beagle: As I warned the first university class I ever taught - a screenwriting class at the University of Washington - 'You guys are my guinea pigs. I'm undoubtedly going to be learning on you, and making all my mistakes on you, and I can only ask your patience and your indulgence while I'm doing it.' I was immensely proud when a couple of students came up to me at the end of two quarters and assured me, 'Boy, did you learn!' I hope to earn the same reward with Horizons.

    See the textual talent behind Horizons in Q&A form at RPG Vault.
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    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Nov 25, 2005
    Ethec
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