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  • Creatures of Middle-earth: Neekerbreekers

    On the official Lord of the Rings Online site, we are given a look at some of the creatures that will inhabit Middle-earth. Today, we are given a glimpse at Neekerbreekers.

    Throughout Middle-earth there are many forms of insect; some mere annoyances, others more dangerous, and some that are a mystery rarely, if ever, seen. Neekerbreekers once fell into the last category. For ages, they were merely a distracting noise in the dark corners of the Midgewater Marshes, but recently a shadow has passed through Bree-land, and they have become more aggressive and begun to swarm.

    Learn more about Neekerbreekers and see what they look like. What do you think of this creature? Let us know at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Thu, Jul 13, 2006
    LadySirse
  • SOE Announces The Serpent’s Spine™

    Here is the press release announcing this expansion:

    SAN DIEGO, CA – July 10, 2006 – Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE), a global leader in the online games industry, today announced EverQuest® The Serpent’s Spine™, a new expansion for the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMOPRG), EverQuest. EverQuest The Serpent’s Spine will only be available via digital download beginning in September for the price of U.S. $29.99.

    “In an ongoing commitment to introducing new features into EverQuest, The Serpent’s Spine introduces the Drakkin, the first new player race since the Frogloks were added to the game seven expansions ago,” said Chris Sturr, Senior Brand Manager, Sony Online Entertainment. “In addition to the new race, players of all levels will benefit from this expansion, as we are including content for levels 1 to 75.”

    Players will also be able to explore a new starting city, Crescent Reach, which contains merchants, quests and combat. As in the last expansion, there will be new dynamic features such as auras, traps and destructible terrain. Players will be able to reach level 75 with new spells, raids and abilities.

    About EverQuest The Serpent’s Spine
    Nestled in a great ravine in the Serpent Spine Mountains is an ancient abandoned ogre city now called Crescent Reach, which is home to a new race born to protect the future of dragon kind, the Drakkin. Six dragons defied the council of the ancient dragons of the Nest and chose to create a new race to protect their future. The Drakkin are borne of humans touched by a dragon's blood and their colors and appearance represent the dragon that created them. Rapidly aging and reaching maturity in only months, the Drakkin forget their human beginnings and make their pilgrimage to Crescent Reach, the home of their dragon creators and the rest of their kind.

    EverQuest The Serpent’s Spine features the following:

    * New Player Race: The Drakkin have been created from both human and dragon blood to protect the future of all dragon kind. Several colors and customizations will be available to make each Drakkin character unique, such as elegant scale markings and horns.
    *Level Cap Increase: Players can now reach level 75, complete with new spells, abilities, raids and quests for greater power.
    * Content for Levels 1 to 75: Play through every level of the game without ever leaving the Serpent Spine Mountains.
    * New Starting City: Crescent Reach is a fully functioning city with all that is required to learn and thrive in EverQuest, including merchant, quest, combat and tradeskill areas.
    * Dynamic Features: New zones, NPCs, destructible and interactive objects.
    * New AAs, Spells: Experience new spells and Alternative Advancement abilities.

    The EverQuest base game is required for this expansion. For more information on EverQuest The Serpent’s Spine, please visit: http://everquest.station.sony.com/

    News
    Wed, Jul 12, 2006
    LadySirse
  • SOE Kicks Off A New Feature

    SOE started doing profiles of the real lives of EQ2 players. What better way to start it off than with our very own Coyote? If you've read his writing, now you can learn a little more about what makes him tick.

    What got you into gaming and what sort of games do you like the most? I started in pen and paper after picking up a Dragonlance book because of an Elmore painting. I've been hooked since. Anything fantasy. Dragons - hobbits, chicks in chainmail bikinis....

    Pirates, ninjas, vikings, robots, or other? Gaar! I ain't be justifyin' tha' silly question with no answer MATEY! YAAARRR!!

    Keep reading to find out more about Coyote!

    News
    Mon, Jul 03, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar Riddle Contest!

    For all of you tricksy folk out there, get your riddle caps on! You could riddle your way into the Lord of the Rings Online beta!

    Think you're tricksy? Our Quest Designers are looking for a few good riddles to include in LOTRO! Winning entries may be used in LOTRO as the basis for quests, or found throughout the game! Send in your riddle today!

    Find out more at the Lord of the Rings Online site.

    News
    Thu, Jun 29, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Rick Schmitz Dev Diary - Various Valuable and Unlabelled Things

    Find out what The Lord of the Rings Online's Lead Content Support Artist, Rick Scmitz, has to say in his updated Dev Diary...

    Hello there! Rick "October" Schmitz here!

    I'm the Lead Content Support Artist on The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ (LOTRO). You may be wondering, "What the heck kind of title is that?" Well, it's the sort of title you get when you're crazy enough to work with Content folks and Artists.

    While the majority of the LOTRO Art team is toiling away on all sorts of things you might expect to find in a game based on J.R.R. Tolkien's amazing books (like Orcs, Dwarves, Rivendell, hobbit holes and so on), the Content Support team makes some of the unexpected items that the Content folks dream up along the way.

    Read the rest of this dev diary at the official Lord of the Rings Online site.

    News
    Wed, Jun 28, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Features Page Updates, New Calendar Pages and Audio Interviews...Oh My!

    Friday was a busy day on the official site for Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online. The Features page has been updated with new descriptions of The Lord of the Rings Online:Shadows of Angmar. The Calendars have been updated with wallpaers for July - September 2006. Last but certainly not least, Codemasters is releasing a 15-clip series of audio interviews featuring LOTRO's Executive Producer, Jeffrey Steefel.

    Head over to the Lord of the Rings Online site to see all of these updates for yourself!

    News
    Sat, Jun 24, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Make Your Character All It Can Be With Traits...

    On the Lord of the Rings Online Site today, the trait system was unveiled and explained. Taking more steps to let you make your character unique is always good...

    In The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™, a Trait is an interchangeable ability that alters your character in some fashion. Traits allow a great deal of skills customization, so two characters of the same class and the same level can still be significantly different from each other depending on how their players have used Traits to modify their character's skills.

    Click the link to learn more about this system!

    News
    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    LadySirse
  • All hail the once and future content king...

    EQ2 might not have the mindblowing scrip numbers, but man can that SOE team churn out the added content. The "Fallen Dynasty" adventure pack, available by digital download, offers seven new Asian-themed zones and plenty more adventure for players from level 55-70.

    In The Fallen Dynasty, players journey to a secluded island with a dark past, inhabited by rival families and an ancient order of monks known as the Whistling Fist Clan. The forsaken city of Tanaan once thrived here until its people's lust for knowledge led them to their own destruction when they arrogantly challenged the mighty guardian of Zebuxoruk's secrets. Now, courageous adventurers are needed to drive back the bloodthirsty Pirates of Gunthak invading the village's shores, thirsty for conquest, lost wealth, and the mysterious power hidden beneath the island's tranquil surface.

    It's sure to wet your high-level Norrathian whistle while we all wait for retail expansion "Echoes of Faydwer" towards the end of this year. To see the "Fallen Dynasty" press release in it's entirety: click here

    News
    Wed, Jun 14, 2006
    Ethec
  • All the information you need packed into one tiny little space. Miracles of modern technology will never cease to amaze me.

    Developed in conjunction with SOE’s Taiwan studio, the recently announced Adventure Pack, The Fallen Dynasty™, promises to deliver the same downloadable story-rich content seen in the previously released The Bloodline Chronicles and The Splitpaw Saga, but this time with Asian influenced adventure zones, weapons, tradeskill rewards, as well as all new quests for the high level EverQuest II player.

    To prepare for the anticipated June 14th launch of The Fallen Dynasty, Design Supervisor Matt Higby, ventured to the SOE SOGA studios in Taiwan to meet the team, sync up the specs, and witness the progression of our first internationally produced Adventure Pack! In order to give a better understanding and background to this project, we interviewed Matt about his travels and experiences at SOGA. An avid photographer, Matt also provided some remarkable photos of his travels.

    You can find it right here.

    Visit our EverQuest 2 Community.

    News
    Wed, Jun 14, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • No, this is not a report on fashion. (Yes, I thought it may have been.)

    Welcome to the latest issue of The Green Robe Gazette, a periodic report of the events and happenings brought to you by the green-robed Guides of EQ2. The Gazette will bring you reports of past events, news of upcoming events and any information regarding the Guide Program and how it affects the world of Norrath.

    The events listed below do not (by any means) comprise all of the events that are happening across the servers. They just a sampling of what's going on (Translation: "We have screenshots of these events so we'll post them"). Thanks for reading.

    You can read the rest right here.

    Check out our EverQuest 2 Community.

    News
    Fri, Jun 09, 2006
    Awenyddion
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