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EverQuest II + Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted

  • How fair is EQ2's Gigglegibber Goblin Gambin' Game?
    Ethec comes across a snickering goblin in Everquest 2 who wants to help him gamble his hard-earned coin. Would you go along with it? Neither would... well, yes I would! But first I had my Mage friend Skeezix perform a little bit of mathematical magic on the gamblin' game first.
    Not usually being one to consult with the almighty spreadsheet, I couldn't pass up this opportunity to check out this nifty, free meta-game feature. What's it all about? Will it pass muster? How much is the goblin's theoretical total take when the first jackpot winner hits? These answers and more just a click away!

    "When it comes to gambling, who couldn't use some plat? Still, like Fred from "Scooby Doo," I had a bad feeling about this. Fighting the halfling urge to peeter away my cobalt fund (I have one of those kitchy jars on top of my microwave - "Armor Fund"), I decided to consult with my good friend (despite being a gnome) Skeezix. He's a sorceror training to be a wizard, and no doubt the Mages at the tower were putting them through the organ grinder known as "descriptive statistics." Which is kind of comical: my own training was simply a matter of being pointed at a fighter dummy and spamming direct heals while a creative invective-hurling high elf drill sargent-type screamed at me to click FASTER!!, spittle flying, the dwarf next to me sobbing. An ugly scene by all accounts..."

    I doubt you'll ever see the words "hypergeometric distribution" in a TTH article again, so you won't want to miss this! Everquest 2's gambling game exposed for the... fun that it is at TenTonHammer!

    News
    Fri, Oct 07, 2005
    Ethec
  • Monitor the sale of your gnome.
    Sony Online Entertainment is broadcasting as RSS feed, popular among bloggers and news sites, to publicize "hot" offerings in Station Exchange, which allows players on select servers to buy and sell virtual items and characters for cold, hard, real-life cash.
    There's no word yet on whether the model who won the "Quest for Queen Antonia" contest will start blogging her bachelorette exploits, queencam included, that players can view as a Station Access premium option. Actually, I'm not sure that anyone's heard from her; did she take the money and run? Heh.

    "We have setup an RSS feed for hot auctions on Station Exchange in the last maintenance release.  So now you can monitor hot auctions in your favorite RSS reader."

    Read all about Station Exchange RSS feeds in the EverQuest 2 forums.
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    News
    Thu, Oct 06, 2005
    Ethec
  • Gambling makes its EQ2 Debut
    A new gambling meta-game is included free-of-charge with today's EverQuest 2 update; it's sort of a slash between the lotto and a slot machine. I got to see it in action last weekend and it's a lot of fun. Other popular changes include 100% run speed while in stealth mode (balanced by the addition of more "see invisible" mobs in the world) as well as tradeskill and UI enhancements.

    " *** Headlines ***



    - Try your luck at the Gigglegibber Goblin Gamblin' Game!

    - No more run-speed reduction with stealth and invisibility!

    - Tell at a glance if you don't have enough power to use a spell or art!

    - Imbued item recipes now available for level 50+ crafters!

    - Many user interface windows have a new look! "

    Read the Everquest 2 Live Update #14 notes here.
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    News
    Wed, Oct 05, 2005
    Ethec
  • Dragon them in for interviews.
    GamersInfo has posted another Horizons interview, this time featuring Jason "Amon Gwareth" Murdick. Sean Connery once played a dragon in the movie Dragonheart, which is funny when you consider he is a real-life knight. When pressed on this conundrum he gave us the finger, screamed, "There can be only one!" and then mumbled the following:

    "
    Content and Systems Designer Jason "Amon Gwareth" Murdick is perhaps the second most well-known member of the Horizons development team. He is certainly the most active on the forums throughout the internet. A self-described "jack-of-all-trades", Jason has his hands in nearly every system of the game. He fixes, designs, upgrades and manages whatever is handed to him. " 

    You can read the entire Horizons Interview at GamersInfo.
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    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Oct 04, 2005
    Boomjack
  • It's an adventure, not an expansion.
    MMORPG.com has reviewed the second adventure pack of EverQuest 2, The Splitpaw Saga. Our calls to Anna Nicole Smith were met first with confusion as she thought we were the local Burger King calling her back about her order, to outright hostility. We are confident that had she not ordered the four-dozen whoppers she would have said this:

    " Released nearly three months ago, The Splitpaw Saga is Sony Online Entertainment's second adventure pack for EverQuest II. Since that initial launch, several nasty bugs have been sorted – including one particularly nasty bug that would cause an entire 'zone' to crash – to go along with some minor general changes. "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2: Splitpaw Saga Review at MMORPG.
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    Reviews
    Wed, Sep 28, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Because you only get one chance to make a first impresson.
    GameSpy has posted a first impressions look at EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames. When asked if he had read the article, Christian Slater looked hard and long at us, pursed his lips and stated:

    " SOE has been pretty aggressive when it comes to updating EverQuest II: two adventure packs, a busload of patches, and dozens of gameplay updates and refinements. At this point, a full-on expansion pack almost seems like overkill, but lo and behold, it's Desert of Flames! The first expansion to EverQuest II, from where we're standing, seems like it's jam-packed. It ups the level cap, introduces the first real PvP elements to game, and adds a whole new continent for players to adventure in. EQ veterans will know it well: the Isle of Ro, the desert region that served as a central hub for much of the original game's life. EQII finds a changed place, to be sure, but fans of the first game will find much to stir up the nostalgia. "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames First Impressions Article at GameSpy.
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    Reviews
    Wed, Sep 28, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Dragons From the Old-Age Home.
    Stratics has posted some pictures of the Ancient Dragons in Horizons. William Shatner has been draggin his butt from movie, to television, to music studios for years and is often overheard muttering:

    "We are pleased to share some exclusive screenshots for the upcoming patch for Horizons, Empire of Istaria!"

    You can view the Horizons Screenshots at Stratics.
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    Images, Media
    Wed, Sep 28, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Horizons, it's not just for dragons anymore.
    RPGVault has posted a Horizons interview featuring CEO David Bowman. The decision to give military personnel a second account is the focus. We were visiting Dog River and hanging at the Ruby when we heard Lacey say:

    " David Bowman tells us the thinking behind Tulga Games' new initiative offering a second CD key to military users "

    You can read the entire Horizons Interview at RPGVault .
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    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Sep 27, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Does Bowman always play an archer?
    Stratics has posted a Horizons interview featuring CEO David Bowman. The interview discusses the decision by Tulga to give military personnel a second CD key for free. Hank from Corner Gas has scratched many a CD with his car key trying to unlock a game, but that didn't stop him from saying this:

    " David Bowman - CEO & Creative Director of Tulga Games' Horizons: Empire of Istaria spoke with Stratics today about their Horizons Military Appreciation Program which recognizes and appreciates the efforts of the men and women who have volunteered to be part of the United States military, by providing all new and existing Horizons: Empire of Istaria accounts created using the .mil email address used by military personnel and families, a second CD key added to the account for free. "

    You can read the entire Horizons Interview at Stratics.
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    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Sep 27, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Going to court without a lawyer.
    Everquest 2 developer Sony Online Entertainment gives some background on the 3 rival courts vying for control of the "Desert of Flames" expansion city, Maj'Dul. With an estimated 12 quests to complete averaging 45-minutes to one hour a piece to gain membership in one of these courts (one can kill an indeterminate number of mobs opposed to your chosen faction for "coins" to turn in for positive faction, too), let's hope the Courts are more than just a pretty screenshot.

    " The courts of Maj'Dul are three separate factions within the city that vie for power over the remnants of the Dervish empire. They have each established an outpost at the docks, and their goal is to attract new arrivals to their competing causes. Asim Jul represents the Court of the Blade, Shahid Baligh represents the Court of the Coin, and Atyaf Nasiha represents the Court of Truth. You are encouraged to converse with these individuals, as collectively the courts are the most powerful political force in these lands. "

    More Everquest 2 expansion lore at the official site!
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    News
    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
    Ethec
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