Vanguard: Saga of Heroes + World of Warcraft Features

  • Hit or Miss?

    Worthplaying has posted a review of the upcoming Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

    It’s practically de rigueur insofar as persistent world games are concerned. This provides some unique challenges however. Specifically, how do you create an entire mythology and hope to make it engaging enough to feel like a living, breathing world? Well one way is to make sure it looks awesome, and SGO have one up on their old bosses at SOE. As you might glean from the screenshots, the graphics of Vanguard bear more than a passing resemblance to those seen in EverQuest 2. There is however one significant variable that makes all the difference in the world: artistic direction. You see, this game was crafted around the art of Keith Parkinson

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    Features, Previews
    Tue, Nov 28, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Interview with Donato Giancola, Box artist for Vanguard: Saga of Heroes

    Vanguard Spheres has updated their site with an interview with the Box Artist Donato Giancola.

    Q: Speaking of the cover art - When you were given the task of finishing Keith's work, you must have had a lump in your throat! What were you thinking, at that point?

    First let me state how much Keith has been an enormous influence on my career: from his work on Dungeons and Dragons to the wonderful covers gracing hundreds of novels. I bought books solely based on Keith’s work, and learned to enjoy and discover the authors after the cover enticed me. His death is a tremendous loss to the genre: at this past summers’ GenCon, we had a packed room of artists and fans paying tribute to his labors and lifestyle. Thus when Donna approached me to consider the Vanguard cover, I was floored. To fill Keith’s shoes would be impossible. I loved the EverQuest images he had created and now I was asked to step in and create an image which commercially was to rival these. What a burden! Rather than trying to ‘do’ Keith’s style, I thought it better to create a work which paid homage to Keith: a celebration of those narrative qualities he brought to his work and inspired in others. I knew I had to give this piece my all, if nothing more than to find my way of saying ‘thank you’ to Keith.

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    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Nov 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Hands On Impressions of Burning Crusade

    Pro-G has posted their hands on impressions of the Burning Crusades. Keep reading to see what they think of the upcoming expansion to World of Warcraft.

    The Burning Crusade presents an interesting conundrum for World of Warcraft players: drop your existing high level character for the allure of starting one of two new races, or keep on with your uber-equipped killing machine and brave the shattered realm of Outland.

    So far, most beta players have opted for the high level rewards of Outland over starting a new character. But this isn't to the detriment of TBC's two new races, the manga-esque Blood Elves and the big blue aliens the Draenei - both have aspects that have drawn concern from the typically vocal WoW fan base, but overall are shaping up nicely.

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    Features, Previews
    Thu, Nov 02, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Talking With Talisker

    Stratics has posted a link to an audio interview with Darrin McPherson. Take a listen and then let us know what you think in the Ten Ton Hammer Forums or check out our Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer Community site for all the latest news and information on all things Vanguard.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Nov 02, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Jon Wood from MMORPG.com gives his first look impressions of Vanguard

    Just posted today on MMORPG.com you can find another first look at Vanguard Saga of Heroes. Keep reading to see what his thoughts are.

    The first thing that struck me about this game when I sat down to play was the general look of it. I don't just mean graphics, either. I find the overall art style of this game to be very appealing. Vanguard does a pretty good job of skirting the line between realism and fantasy. Often companies make a decision about the look of their game and take it so far in one direction that takes away from the other. The cartoony style of a game like World of Warcraft sacrifices realism for the sake of having a "fantasy" feel, while I have also played games that tried to look ultra-realistic and in that effort, took the fantasy feel out of their game. Vanguard doesn't succumb to either extreme, looking real enough to satisfy me, while still free enough to be fantasy.

    Keep reading to learn more. Don't miss out on Ten Ton Hammer's Exclusive Hands On Preview as well.

    Features, Previews
    Wed, Nov 01, 2006
    LadySirse
  • FiringSquad Previews The Burning Crusade

    FiringSquad.com has posted a preview of the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, The Burning Crusade.

    The Blood Elves are the new Horde race, Blizzard’s answer to the calls for attractive models and Paladins for the Horde. Continuing the story from WarCraft III, the Blood Elves have split from the Alliance by making common cause with Illidan. Their lands and Silvermoon, their city, lay in ruins. The passage of the Scourge has quite literally left a mark on what were once the beautiful lands of the elves.

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    Features, Previews
    Wed, Nov 01, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Burning Crusades Hands-On Preview

    ProG has joined the host of sites getting a chance to preview the upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft. Nightfall has been a hot topic of late. Keep reading to see what their impressions are.

    It's probably the most anticipated expansion in videogame history.

    The problem for WoW fanboys like me who have been dipping their virtual toes (or, if you're a Tauren, hoofs) into the beta for the last couple of weeks is that there's absolutely masses of new stuff to wade through, and it's almost impossible to be objective about it.

    Read the rest of the preview and then share your thoughts with us in the Ten Ton Hammer Forums. You can find out more about WoW and the Burning Crusades at our WoW Ten Ton Hammer Community site.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, Oct 26, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Vanguard Q & A

    MMOReports has posted an interview with Sigil's Community Manager, Nick Parkinson. The interview includes several wonderful screenshots as well. You won't want to pass this by.

    We were able to get some questions answered by Nick Parkinson, Sigil’s Community Manager. Vanguard: SOH is stil slated for release in Q1 2007, but maybe this will help hold you impatient gamers over!

    Get clicking to find out what they were able to learn. Stop by our Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer Community sitetoday!

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Oct 26, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Founding Father of Vanguard: A Chat with Brad McQuaid

    Do you want to know what the man behind Sigil and SOE's upcoming MMORPG Vanguard: Saga of Heroes has to say about end game content and expansions, the beta test, and marketing the game to non-fans? On October 6th and 7th, Shayalyn went to a Vanguard press even in San Diego. We've brought you a behind-the-scenes glimpse in Shayalyn's blog, and a complete tour of Vanguard's world of Telon as shown led by executive producers Brad McQuaid and Jeff Butler. Now we're concluding our October coverage with Shayalyn's interview of Brad McQuaid.

    "I asked McQuaid to talk about end game plans for Vanguard. 'Players are concerned,' I said, 'about what awaits them when they reach the level cap. There’s talk that Vanguard will be all about end game raiding, like EverQuest and World of Warcraft.'”

    Brad's answer is just a click away. Keep reading to find out how he answered this and all of Shayalyn's questions. There's lots going on at our Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer Community site. Stop by and find out how you can win a Beta Key and more!

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Oct 23, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The content and new races should give veteran WoW players a much-needed breath of fresh air.

    GameWorld has taken time to look at the Burning Crusade and bring us their thoughts on it.

    Rejoice fellow gamers! The first expansion pack for World of Warcraft is just around the corner. I was lucky enough to have a beta key and jump in on the closed beta. I’ve been playing for about a week so here is my report from the front lines. Let’s start with the new game mechanics.

    Get clicking to read more. Are you looking forward to this expansion? Tell us why in the new Ten Ton Hammer Forums today! Stay up to date on all the latest news and information at our WoW Ten Ton Hammer Community site.

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Oct 20, 2006
    LadySirse
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