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EverQuest II + Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted

  • EBay for dragons.
    The Lair Auctions in Horizons: Empires of Istaria have had the ending dates extended by one week.

    "We have extended the Lair Auction ending dates by one week! This extension is occurring due to both dragon demand as well as our desire to ensure that we have ample time to iron out any last minute bugs that pop up.Here is the updated list of ENDING TIMES for the Dragon Lair Auctions that began on Thursday, November 17th!"

    Even more Horizons News.
     

    News
    Fri, Nov 25, 2005
    Boomjack
  • I'd love to see the Desert of Flames travel brochure.
    IGN has posted a review of EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames. Steve Butts does an exemplary job of describing the highs and lows of tthe first EverQuest 2 expansion.

    " Ever since launch, the developers of EverQuest II have been hard at work bringing more and more content online. It seems like the game grows a little every week with new areas, new quests, new playable races and new...well, everything. But as if to say that they can't give everything away for free, they've recently released the first official retail expansion pack. Like the old original EQ expansions, the first EverQuest II expansion introduces several large zones and tons of new content. "

    Stop by the TenTonHammer EQ2 Community for class guides, quick answers in the forums and more EQ2 information than you can shake a sand viper at.
    If you still can't get enough....check out the Archived EQ2 News.

    Reviews
    Thu, Nov 24, 2005
    Boomjack
  • So tell me a little bit about your career history, EverQuest 2...
    If games had resumes, this one would be impressive. Ryan "Blackguard" Shwayder, SOE's EQ2 Community Manager, lists the incredible amount of content added to the game in the past year:

    Since launch, an enormous amount of content has been added to EverQuest II at no additional cost to EverQuest II subscribers. In addition to changes that made the game more fun for soloists and group players alike, more than 1100 quests have been added to the game since launch on November 8th. We've added more than 1200 new items to the game, including more craftable items for tradeskillers, and more loot around the world. Almost 400 new spells have been added and we've worked diligently to make sure our spell effects are as eye-catching as they are powerful. Recently, we added 8 new areas to the world, so there are now well over 100 zones in the world of EverQuest II to explore.

    So Blizzard & World of Warcraft, where's the beef? All you've made are promises so far. ( I have to try and bring balance to the force, you see.) Check out EverQuest 2's new content in the year since launch and the official site.
    Want some in-depth news & coverage?

    News
    Wed, Nov 23, 2005
    Ethec
  • When forum trolls write reviews...
    CVG gives EQ2's "Desert of Flames" expansion at score of 75 / 100, citing a lack of polish (but there are plenty of other Europeans playing, har har!) and a continuance of SOE's "feather ruffling" tradition of Combat Changes. Let the nastiness commence:

    Poor old Sony. Given the massive debacle that was the Star Wars Galaxies Combat Upgrade, you'd think that its developer - Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) - would steer clear of using that phrase ever again. Not so. With the release of the Desert Of Flames expansion for the underrated EverQuest II - a game easily as enjoyable as WOW, but with half the calories... Sorry, I mean players - came an all-singing, all-dancing, all-existing player-base-annoying 'combat upgrade'. SOE must be cursed.

    Yea, they're pretty much being populist WoW bastages about it. Check out CVG's EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames review for more ganky ire.
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    Reviews
    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
    Ethec
  • In a desert of flames one reviewer finds his way to the oasis.
    Strategy Informer has posted a review of EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames.

    " The Desert of Ro from the original EverQuest is back in a new and exciting form as the Isle of Ro.  Here players will find the city of Maj’dul along with numerous dangerous and hazardous areas to roam through.  Many of the themes from the Desert of Ro are still intact, but most are tweaked in some way or have been enhanced.  There are still many vermin madmen running around and many Sand Giants everywhere.  The Isle of Ro, however, is a dangerous place for beginners; it is geared towards high-level players around the level 45 and up. "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames Review at Strategy Informer.
    Still yearning for more?

    Reviews
    Wed, Nov 16, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Dragon more people into the firm.
    The good folks at Tulga Games, the developers of Horizons: Empire of Istaria have announced that Peter S. Beagle will be joining the team.

    " November 11, 2005 -- 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. "

    And there's more!

    Mon, Nov 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • You love us long time, we give you things.
    Sony Online Entertainment has taken Update#16 live and with it some goodies for long time EverQuest 2 subscribers.

    " - EverQuest II celebrates its first birthday by introducing Veteran Rewards!

    - Griffon tamers are seeking your assistance in the Thundering Steppes and Nektulos Forest!

    - Give the residents of Norrath a fresh look with the new SOGA character models!

    - Two new iksar scale patterns now available for each gender!

    - Crusaders, Mages, and Priests can now equip symbols in their ranged slot!

    - Carry extra ammo in quivers you can equip!

    - Using clickable items is now even easier, and food and drink get their own inventory slots!

    - Population and item improvements made in some of Norrath's deadly dungeons!

    - Can't reach your spirit shard? Now you can have your spirit restored... for a price!

    - Guild quest raids now scale according to player level and reward additional status!

    - The user interface gets a spiffy new look! "

    I could really use my spirit restored, "for a price".

    Not long enough for you?

    News
    Thu, Nov 10, 2005
    Boomjack
  • SoE to make it FREE!
    Statesman.com is reporting that Sony Online Entertainment will be offering a free MMOG. They make it sound like a new idea. Apparently they haven't heard of Guild Wars.

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    Top-notch online video games now cost upward of $30 million to produce, making it imperative that game producers expand the market for them, Sony Online Entertainment Inc. President John Smedley said at a video game conference Thursday in Austin.
    Smedley said his company aims to do just that with a plan to break from its existing subscription-based business model and release a game title next fall that can be played free of charge."

    You can read entire Sony Online Entertainment to Offer Free MMOG Article at Statesman.com.
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    News
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Boomjack
  • More ever-quests!
    SOE's EverQuest 2 dev team has released details on four new enemy mastery quests related to the "Desert of Flames" expansion... I guess going around collecting vital organs from evil creatures is in the spirit of Halloween. Yick.

    Lore and Legend quests, also known as Enemy Mastery quests, involve the study of various creatures to learn more about them. In order to gain knowledge about these creatures, you must find and study various body parts. You can find suitable body parts for your studies by killing the type of creature you wish to learn more about. Find out more about these types of quests.

    These Lore and Legend quests are but a small sample of the creature mastery quests available in EverQuest II.

    Help yourself to the enemy mastery quest info at the EverQuest 2 official site.
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    News
    Fri, Oct 28, 2005
    Ethec
  • Horizons' very own "Treehouse of Horror," sans drooling aliens
    Tulga Games has just announced the winners and runners-up of the Horizons Scary Is-Story-An (it only took me five minutes to figure out that phrase alludes to the in-game world dubbed "Istaria") and the mask creation contest. To read the frightful tales and see the gruesome masks, however, you'll have to join the comfortable and close-knit in-game community.

    "The Scary Is-Story-ans this year are:

    -LaughingOtter of Chaos with "The Saris Ferryman"

    -Shalindra of Order with "The Abandoned Isle"
    And the Runners-Up were:
    -LaughingOtter of Chaos with "Burnbones"

    -Reebdoog of Order with "Reebdoog's Tale"

    A big congrats to the winners!
    Players can read these stories by speaking to Holm, the Orator in the festival grounds in the tomb!"

    The official Horizons scary story & mask contest winners announcement here.
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    News
    Thu, Oct 27, 2005
    Ethec
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