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EverQuest II + Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted

  • Dragon their butts to another interview.
    GamersInfo has posted a Horizons interview featuring Roger Hantz. Hank of Corner Gas was once asked if enjoyed serving nachos to bingo mommas. His reply went nothing like this:

    " Roger "Rawdge" Hantz joined the Tulga team last year and has had a hand in helping to stabilize the online world of Horizons and solidify the content since his first days on the job. As a Content and System Designer, Roger is responsible for breaking down each item/program to be placed in the game, planning its development cycle and then implementing that cycle. Without him, there would be no path to follow. A die-hard fan of the game, Roger is unique in that he brings to the team a player's perspective. Along with that, he has a talent for writing. Once certain areas of the game stabilize he can help flesh out the long-requested lore. "

    You can read the entire Horizons Interview at GamersInfo.
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    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • A flying carpet ride.
    GameZone has reviewed EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames. In other news, 99% of SoE customers complained about the changes, but continued to play after reading::

    " Now it should be noted that while DoF adds content tailored specifically for upper level players (which anyone who has a lower level toon can access if they have the expansion and a bit of a death wish), the upgrade also affects those without the expansion.  "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames Review at GameZone.
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    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • It's a Desert of Fun.
    GamerGod has reviewed the recent EverQuest 2 expansion, Desert of Flames. We called Richard Pryor to ask if he was still afraid of flames, but his agent told us to:

    "On September 13, 2005, all hell broke loose at Sony Online
    Entertainment as half a million people logged on to the EQ2 servers.
    Having just installed the Desert of Flames expansion released that day,
    everyone was salivating at the mouth, ready to dig into the new
    content. But alas, first, a patch."

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames Review at GamerGod.
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    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • With gas prices as high as they are, who wouldn't want a flying carpet?

    Stratics shows off some highlights of the new EverQuest 2 expansion area. They might have the fancypants screenshots, but TTH has the lowdown (check out the TTH Desert of Flames coverage while you're at it!). The scoop from Stratics:

    On a recent tour of Desert of Flames, I was able to capture some pictures of various locations we visited. I have recently received these images back from the photography studio, and would like to share them with you.

    Take a tour of the Desert of Flames with Stratics, Part 1 and Part 2!

    Features, Previews
    Tue, Sep 20, 2005
    Ethec
  • Can you spare some change (descriptions)?

    On EQ2's official site, the developers highlight some of the more blaring changes to characters' spells and combat abilities in the wake of the recent "Combat Changes." Now everyone can learn about the fun, new abilities no one really wanted!

    In this article, we take a closer look at how some of the abilities have changed for each class and how to integrate them with your play style. Utilizing the tactics and knowledge within and combining that with in-game experimentation and ability analysis will lead to success with your character.

    I guess the changes are good for us even if not particularly pleasant for some classes, like the Vegan junk our significant others might force upon our meat- and beer-craven mouths. See the Combat and Spell Changes at the Everquest 2 official site!

    News
    Mon, Sep 19, 2005
    Ethec
  • Questions? Answers.
    GamersInfo has posted a Horizons interview featuring Roger Hantz. Anne McCaffrey refused to comment on the use of dragons, but did say this:

    " Roger "Rawdge" Hantz joined the Tulga team last year and has had a hand in helping to stabilize the online world of Horizons and solidify the content since his first days on the job. As a Content and System Designer, Roger is responsible for breaking down each item/program to be placed in the game, planning its development cycle and then implementing that cycle. Without him, there would be no path to follow. A die-hard fan of the game, Roger is unique in that he brings to the team a player's perspective. Along with that, he has a talent for writing. Once certain areas of the game stabilize he can help flesh out the long-requested lore. "

    You can read the entire Horizons Interview at GamersInfo.
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    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Sep 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • A long-time MMO that's "dragon" itself back into the big time!

    The notion of playable dragons is enough to make any fantasy gamer drool, and this stalwart MMO in the vein of EverQuest Live delivers that, a enwizened concept of tradeskills, and more. But is it innovative enough to recover from past financial woes and a 2005 developer change-of-hands, recapturing market share from big-name games like World of Warcraft and EverQuest 2?

    "Horizons: Empire of Istaria" is a charming fantasy MMORPG that, for much of its life, has led a troubled existance. Originally the 1999 brainchild of now-defunct Artifact Entertainment, the game launched in December 2003 but ostensibly could not defray its titanic accrued development costs. As the rumor mill has it, the game was originally intended to include sublime MMO concepts like "character aging," but could not carry many of its markedly innovative ideas to implementation.

    What Horizons does offer, aside from a solid fantasy MMO experience in the vein of EverQuest, is a heady multiclassing system, playable dragons(!), and most of all, the most robust crafting system the genre has ever seen.

    See the full Horizons: Empire of Istaria profile as the latest addition to our "History of MMO Gaming" series.

    Reviews
    Fri, Sep 16, 2005
    Ethec
  • There be dragons, and they be cool.
    TenTonHammer.com interrogated Jason Murdick, a Tulga Games programmer who works on Horizons. The interrogation featured dragons, the past, present, and strangely, even the future. Reese Witherspoon declined to be interviewing, stating:

    " Much like Colonel Klink of Hogan's Heroes we have ways of making people talk. Our victim today is Jason Murdick of Tulga Games, who will be splling the beans on Horizons. "

    You can read the entire Horizons Interview at TenTonHammer.com.
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    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Sep 16, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The big day has arrived for EQ2 fans

    Today marks both the release of the "Desert of Flames" expansion, Everquest 2's first large-scale expansion, and the implementation of the combat revamp.

    Check out the complete update notes at the TTH Everquest 2 site!

    News
    Tue, Sep 13, 2005
    Ethec
  • Crazy Overlord hijinx!

    Apparently Everquest 2's nutty prince of evil is messing with the weather again. What are we gonna do with him? Coming on the eve of the Desert of Flames expansion, there seems to be a strong hint of something else going on here. Hmm...

    He turned to the cloaked Teir'Dal standing behind him. "Now," he commanded.

    The Foci raised her staff and pointed it at the sky. An arcane fire glowed within her eyes for a moment as she uttered a single word: "Rain."

    The clouds began to slowly swirl and gather as a low thunder rolled in the distance. He turned back to the crowd below.

    "Now, citizens of Freeport, watch as I cleanse our kingdom of the last remnant of a distant past. Today, as we stand on the threshold of a new frontier, know that it is my will, not the faded memory of long-dead gods, which sustains us. Give me your loyalty and I will give you... the world!"

    Read the Everquest 2 lore piece on the SOE official site.

    News
    Tue, Sep 13, 2005
    Ethec
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