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  • "Alas, this camp shall not bequeath another fey beast for another hour and two score minutes!"
    With hundreds of Legolas-variations in character names roaming the countryside of games like Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft until recent attempts to thwart the use of "real" fantasy character names, the role playing aspect of the upcoming Middle Earth MMO was never in doubt. How will the game answer concerns of producing a game as friendly to Gandolfs (role players) as BigNukers (pure gamers)? Turbine Dev Floon Beetle weighs in on the issue:

    "Role-play is entirely a function of players, not code. Role-play is about people connecting with each other, not with bytes of code or icons. It is about turning what might otherwise be isolated imagination into a shared experience. There are no rules or systems that truly make that more meaningful: it is the personal interaction that makes it significant."

    The moral of the story? Give players a world worthy of role-play and see what happens. Sounds good to us! Check out the full article.

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jul 25, 2005
    Ethec
  • Orcs and Goblins and Wizards, oh my!
    Turbine has posted a look at the Goblins and Orcs of Lords of the Rings Online. I had a dream last night, in black and white no less, that went something like this:

    "Where Tolkien has used both the names 'Goblin' and 'Orc' for the race, we've used the terms in the interest of gameplay to represent different types of Orc-kind. 'Orcs' are larger, brawnier creatures, whereas 'Goblins' are smaller, and the sort that might ambush you in dark caverns underground."

    You can read the entire Lord of the Rings Online Preview at The Official Site.
     

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jul 15, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Detroit Red Wings, nah...it's the year of the Black Wing.
    WoW Guru has posted a preview of Blackwing Lair for World of Warcraft fans to drool over. A little bird with black wings told us that they wrote this:

    "Below is a preview of some items as well as the layout of the new Blackwing Lair. The content has not yet been released and could be changed before it is."

    You can read the entire Blackwing Lair Preview at WoW Guru.

    Features, Previews
    Wed, Jul 06, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Virtual 20 sided dice.
    Dungeons and Dragons Online the focus in the latest GamerGod Preview. It is reasonable to assume that they may have written this:

    "True to the continuance of the setting of its creation, thousands of pen and paper gamers around the world still gather in basements, at kitchen tables, in living rooms with chairs centered on a table large enough for the dice to keep from rolling away and cheat that precious double damage roll of 20. On numerous occasions, these hardcore zealots of Imagination and loyal minions of the Lady Luck of 20 Sided Die have traversed the boundaries of their corporeal worlds into the virtual."

    You can read the entire Dungeons and Dragons Online Preview at GamerGod.

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jun 27, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Big Black Crows with pointy teeth.
    Turbine has posted more creature information for Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. The creature of choice today is the Crebain. There is a fair to slim chance that they wrote this:

    "These menacing black birds from the lands between the Misty Mountains and the dark forest of Fangorn are often controlled by the forces of darkness, acting from above as the eyes and ears of the enemy.  Large and intelligent, flocks of these crow-like creatures darken the skies on their mission of evil.  But be warned – even one Craban is capable of alerting the enemy with the swiftness of the wind. "

    You can read the entire Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar - Creban Article at the Official Site.

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jun 10, 2005
    Boomjack
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