Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted News

  • The artist formerly known as ...

    The game formerly known as Horizons releases the May Updates for Chaos and Order.

    Epic Monsters

    Tue, May 20, 2008
  • Time for a new horizon?

    A new game update for Horizons has recently gone live.

    Mon, Apr 07, 2008
  • Who now? Horizons?

    There's a new game update for fans of Horizons: Empire of Istaria today.

    Tue, Mar 25, 2008
  • Say what? Horizons? Are you sure?

    The Horizons: Empire of Istaria team announced today that they're going to be releasing a new live update for the game.

    Tue, Jan 29, 2008
  • Who wants to do some unpaid labor?

    Vitrium is looking for a few up and coming game modelers who want a chance to prove what they can do by retooling the Horizons game models.

    Virtrium has intern positions available for game modelers who are interested in helping to improve existing game structural models. These are unpaid art production openings to assess existing models, fix problems with geometry, remodel and retexture when necessary, and export/test in-game.

    Tue, Nov 06, 2007
  • reports on the "EI Catastrophe"...

    Following the mid-June buyout of Horizons: Empire of Istaria by EI Interactive from Tulga Games, players feared the worst. A transfer of virtual property never goes smoothly, and Horizons has never quite been the product that players, technical types, and even the developers hoped it would be. It turns out that players' worst fears are starting to come to fruition:

    Predictably, players flooded the community sites with new threads and posts - many angry, many concerned, many inflammatory, all seeking communication from EI and resolution of the problem. Forum moderators tried to stem the flood but as they are player volunteers, were not successful without an official statement from EI Interactive. EI's reaction was to delete threads and eventually locked down the forums, requiring each entry to be approved by moderators before they were posted on the forums.

    More sad Horizons news in this incisive Carolyn Koh article at

    Tue, Oct 31, 2006
  • BUTTE, MT - (July 20, 2006)

    EI Interactive (EI) has acquired the game Horizons: Empire of Istaria from Tulga Games effective July 21, 2006. Horizons is an online role-playing game originally published in 2003 by Atari, Inc. and winner of multiple game show awards. Horizons has gone through a genesis, emerging today as a world class MMORPG providing a very stable and intrinsically interactive persistent universe for play.

    The quality of the Horizons community and the potential of the Istaria world defines this game as a flagship property. EI is committed to maintaining the integrity of the Horizons way of gaming and will continue the Horizons support in a new Phoenix, Arizona office.

    “The magic of Horizons is not only in its uniquely supportive community, but also in the deep potential this game has for a player’s participation in building the environment and growing the storyline”, said EI Chairman Edward C. Andercheck, “the success EI has had in building the Savage Eden community is a great testimony to our in-game event team’s efforts, we look forward to the same experience in Horizons”

    EI Interactive is a Butte, Montana division of EI Communications Corp., an established publisher of online content, including MMORPGames, casual games, web based game portals and information sites. EI Interactive combines an intense customer service culture, broad gaming experience and in-depth technology skills to provide a uniquely strong platform for a superior customer experience.

    Fri, Jul 21, 2006
  • Peter Beagle Tells Us More About Working On Horizons

    RPG Vault posted the second in their series of logs by reknown author Peter S. Beagle who is working on Horizons.

    First published in 1968, Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn is a classic work of fantasy literature that can be enjoyed as a children's tale or for its deeper nuances of meaning. Living alone in her forest, the titular creature overhears a remark indicating she is the last of her kind. When this assertion is repeated by a butterfly that has visited distant lands, she sets out to learn if it's true. Joining her on this quest are Schmendrick, a magician of rather questionable skills, and Molly Grue, a middle-aged woman seeking reaffirmation of her belief in the legendary animals.

    Last year, Peter S. Beagle joined the team working on Tulga Games' Horizons: Empire of Istaria, the persistent state offering in which another celebrated mythical beast, the Dragon, is featured as a playable race. At the time, it was announced that he would work on enhancing the lore, contribute to in-game events and write quests. In the latter area, players can now experience the first fruit of his labor and talent. Thanks to the company, we have the chance to enjoy it in a different manner, through the eyes of various individuals who contributed to it, starting with the author.

    Get clicking and check out this addition to the logs from Peter S. Beagle. Don't forget to return here to Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what you think in our forums.

    Wed, Jul 19, 2006
  • To begin a multi-part series, celebrated author Peter S. Beagle's thoughts on his first quest for Tulga's online world

    RPG Vault continues their series of peeks at Horizons: Empire of Istaria. This sneak peek features reknown author Peter S. Beagle.

    But I've never gone into strange new country in as total a state of ignorance as I did with Horizons. To begin with, I've never even played Pac-Man, Donkey Kong or Super Mario, let alone Mortal Kombat, Tomb Raider or pretty much any computer game known to the mass gaming audience. Indeed, the only one I'd ever played in my life, prior to Horizons, was a PC-based solitaire baseball game employing teams from different eras. I admit to having been vaguely aware of MMORPGs, but the operative word is vaguely. The Horizons creators couldn't have found a greener horn to gaming if they'd advertised.

    Read more of this journal by Peter S. Beagle and then let us know what you think in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
  • Tier 6, Loot Revamp and Elder Play

    A Letter to the Players regarding Tier 6 (Elder Play) design philosophies was posted for debate yesterday at Horizon's official site. Want to know more? Keep reading...

    Recently, we have been monitoring those topics that appear to be paramount to our Elder Players and hope that we can enlighten you as to the direction we are heading - without giving too much away. Please, understand, these are in no way promises of what is to come, but more a "design philosophy" - our hopes of what the game will be.

    Head over and read the full letter and then return to Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what you think!

    Thu, Jul 13, 2006
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