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EverQuest II + Star Wars Galaxies

  • Obi-wan is on trial with Johnny "DaJedi" Cochrane as legal counsel.
    The Star Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi-Wan website is alive, kicking and spouting out music whether you want it or not. A short movie and pre-order information is the main attraction. Mark Hamill politely declined our request for an interview so we're just going to pretend that he said this:

    " Exclusive Pre-Order Bonuses

    (for pre-ordering before October 25, 2005)

    • 8-Player Transport Skiff - the only 8-Person vehicle and the fastest multiplayer vehicle in the Galaxy (one per account)!


    • Early Access (up to seven (7) days) into Trials of Obi-Wan (“TOW Expansion”) Prior to the Official Launch Date - early access is scheduled to begin on October 25, 2005!


    • Pre-orders must be successfully completed and received by SOE before October 24, 2005 at 11:59PM PDT in order to qualify for this special bonus offer. Pre-orders or orders received after this date will not receive these bonuses. This date and offer are subject to change with prior notice.

    Special Bonus with Purchase

    Get each of the following (one per account) items

    when you purchase this expansion from SOE:

    • New Underground Bunker House - brand new house style, all underground with new interior including a bar!


    • Lava Flea, the only mount that will transport you across the new planet of Mustafar protected from the lava's heat!

    Exclusive Bonus Items Available

    with Pre-order and Purchase:

    • Pre-order and purchase bonus items are made available upon initial log in to the game.


    • Keep in mind that if you cancel your pre-order you will lose access to any zones or content previously made available to you as part of the exclusive pre-order described above. See below for cancellation information." 

    You can view the new Star Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi-Wan Website Now.
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    Fri, Oct 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • You don't need an alchemist to turn plat into USD.
    Terra Nova brings us a load of stats from Station Exchange, developer SOE's program designed to facilitate the sale of virtual items for real world cash.

    " The service opened on 2 of 22 possible servers mid-to-late July. As of Thursday last week, these two servers (taken together) had: 4200 accounts registered for Station Exchange (from 30,000 accounts in total) $420,000 in total turnover ($180,000 in characters, $210,000 in coin, the  rest in items) 7736 successful transactions [exact amount] Average amount transacted per account is $98.16 [exact amount] Average amount transacted per transaction is $54. "

    For more stats from the State of Play III workshop on Virtual Property, visit Terra Nova's Everquest 2 Station Exchange catch-up article.
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    News
    Wed, Oct 12, 2005
    Ethec
  • For those of your about to EQ2, we salute you.
    GamersInfo has published a review of Everquest 2 that's well-suited to players new to MMO gaming.

    " That’s the basic nature of the game. You do quests, you group with other people, you wander the countryside and figure out the mysteries of the world. You go see interesting, and exotic new people and creatures and, a lot of times, kill them. As you go up in level, raiding becomes more and more important - large groups of people, usually in guilds, getting together to kill the larger, tougher mobs that drop the really good loot. "

    New to EQ2? Read up! The GamersInfo.net review of EverQuest 2.
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    Reviews
    Mon, Oct 10, 2005
    Ethec
  • 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!

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    Fri, Oct 07, 2005
    Ethec
  • "Sales numbers and words do not a strong MMO make, mmmhmm."
    Star Wars Galaxies producer Julio Torres talks with Gamecloud about the current status of SWG and the coming expansion. Do a million units sold equal a large and strong playerbase, as Torres proports? Hmm, I still have a copy somewhere I think, and I'm large and relatively strong I suppose.

    " Gamecloud - First, what can you tell us about the current status of Star Wars Galaxies in terms of player population?



    Julio Torres - Well, you may have heard that Star Wars Galaxies recently passed the 1 million units-sold mark, which is a testament to our large and very strong player base. We are very proud of this milestone and feel that it really drives home the message that Star Wars Galaxies continues to grow, both in number of players and content."

    I can't fault Gamecloud for letting that one go and moving to the next question, it's hard to do decent investigative interviewing over email. If you get too harsh, the answers don't come back! Anyway, see the rest of the Star Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi-Wan interview with Julio Torres here!

    Features, Interviews
    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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    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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    Wed, Oct 05, 2005
    Ethec
  • Han Solo would say its just "simple tricks and hocus-pocus"
    Worthplaying has 17 new screenshots plus a nifty little writeup announcing the Star Wars Galaxies expansion "The Trials of Obi-Wan," set to hit stores at the same time as the DVD release of Episode III.

    "Aside from the infamous final battle location, Mustafar also has numerous other points of interest including an elaborate mining facility, ancient Jedi ruins, a droid factory, and an abandoned Old Republic research facility. Your quests will take you to many of these, but you may also reach them by simply exploring. "

    See the new Star Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi Wan pics at Worthplaying.
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    Images, Media
    Wed, Oct 05, 2005
    Ethec
  • 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
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