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  • It's not every day that game patch notes include the word "macs".
    Blizzard has posted the Patch 1.6.1 notes for World of Warcraft. The word rouge is still being used for rogue, but some of the fixed include:

    "General

    • Spell casting is no longer interrupted when leaving combat.

    Warriors

    • Improved Shield Block - Fixed a bug where Rank 3 of the talent was not granting the extra block.
    • Bloodthirst - Damage bonus increased to 40% of attack power.

    Items

    • The Oil of Immolation effect is no longer affected by bonuses to spell damage from items."

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft 1.6.1 Patch Notes on the Official Site.

    News
    Wed, Aug 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • You no likey da realm? Try a different realm!
    Some new character transfer options are available to WoW players on 3 popular servers. My dwarven hunter found himself squashed in a battleground area by a horde of tauren that chose this as their battle chant:

    "High Pop Realms (Origin) -> Low Pop Realms (Destination)

    Blackrock (PvP) -> Bloodscalp (PvP)

    Deathwing (PvP) -> Stormscale (PvP)

    Icecrown (PvE) -> Azjol-Nerub (PvE)"

    Click here for more info on transferring characters between realms. (registration required)

    News
    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
    Ethec
  • I wonder if Team Arena has met Team America - World Police?
    TenTonHammer.com has released a guide to Guild Wars Team Arena. PvP and no monthly fee:

    "mk of an up-and-coming guild rapidly climbing the GvG ladder, Angry Businessmens [aB], plays Team Arenas during off-times when enough people aren't around. However, he feels that it has merits and can be fun, as well. Provided in this article are a brief introduction to the wonders of Team Arena, and also a featured build and how to execute it for success. Two hammers with two energy draining monks - it has seen much success, going undefeated for hours."

    You can read the entire Wonders of Team Arena and a Featured build at GuildWars.TenTonHammer.com.

    News
    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Razorfen Kraul - where you and your best buddies go to die.
    TenTonHammer.com has released a guide to the World of Warcraft instance, Razorfen Kraul. Run, don't kraul to the guide:

    "Razorfen Kraul is a mid-level instance and fairly small, it takes approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on party level and skill. With all upper level characters it can be finished in less than 40 minutes."

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft - Razorfen Kraul Guide at WoW.TenTonHammer.com.

    News
    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Early adopters rejoice as the DDO Alpha invites are sent out.
    Turbine has announced that the first alpha testing invitations have been sent out for Dungeons and Dragons Online. May the whining, niggling and complaing begin:

    "We’re pleased to announce that we’ve sent out the first round of Alpha acceptance e-mails. Our internal Alpha has gone very well, improving by leaps and bounds on an almost daily basis, and now it’s time to take the next step: giving you, the public, your first real look at Dungeons & Dragons Online®: Stormreach. This project has been in development for over two years now, and we’re very excited to share our hard work with you."

    You can read the entire Dungeons and Dragons Alpha Testing Announcement at The Official Site.
    For even more DDO information visit the TenTonHammer.com DDO Community.

    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • With a developer named Funcom how can it be bad?
    Funcom has posted the Anarchy Online preliminary patch notes for version 16.x. Funcom, fine purveyors of free MMOGs:

    "A new month arrives and with it news of the upcoming patch changes coming your way in the 16.x patch series."

    You can read the entire Anarchy Online Preliminary Patch Notes at The Official Site.

    News
    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Virtual fishing, because real life gets in the way of gaming.
    Blizzard has posted a Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza Preview on the official World of Warcraft site. Show up with your virtual Mitchell spinning reel, your virtual Shakespeare Ugly Stick rod, and your Berkeley soft-baits and win some virtual somethingorother:

    "The Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza is a grand new event set along the coasts of Stranglethorn Vale. Early in the day, friendly neighborhood goblins will visit Ironforge and Orgrimmar to inform aspiring anglers of the grand tournament and give instructions. At the appropriate time, the shout will ring out across Stranglethorn to bait your hooks and cast your lines!
    Will you be the master fisherman that gathers the necessary amount of tastyfish to win the grand prize? Can you reel in the right fish to receive some of famous Nat Pagle's fabulous fishing equipment? Will the Lucky Fishing Hat make its triumphant return onto the heads of anglers everywhere? You'll soon find out!"

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft - Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza Preview at the Official Site.

    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Lord British Speaks! You Listen!
    MMORPG.com has posted a Tabula Rasa Interview featuring Richard Garriott. Verily and forsooth, we say unto you that his holiness, Lord British, hath spoken and ye peasants hath listened:

    "Many know the name Richard Garriott well. Now, deep into his second incarnation of Tabula Rasa, we try to get to know his game as well. Tabula Rasa mixes RPG growth with FPS action into a very unique setting. We came away from E3 with a lot of questions, and this interview answers them."

    You can read the entire Tabula Rasa Interview at MMORPG.com.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Anarchy Has Its Benefits...
    In a bid to attract new gamers in the wake of the release of the Lost Eden expansion, Funcom has announced that anyone can play the base client of Anarchy Online for free (no game purchase or subscription costs) until January 2006. As hundred of kids too young to have a credit card rush to play, we have to wonder if the game will finally live up to its name. Developers of Pandemonium Online and Bedlam Online rushed to change their business model when they read this:

    "Now you can experience Anarchy Online totally free of charge. You don't pay for the software. You don't pay any subscription.
    The offer includes the original Anarchy Online. Our Expansion Packs, Shadowlands, Alien Invasion and Notum Wars are not included in this offer."

    Go here if you'd like to read the rest of the announcement.

    News
    Mon, Aug 01, 2005
    Ethec
  • Auto Assault Gets Some Lovin' from the Paper Media!
    Heather Newman, tech reporter for the Detroit Free Press, weighs in on the fun of Auto Assault and what AA will mean to the genre. After running down a mutant school bus and suffering a slight reactor fault, she took the time to post this:

    " The game isn't due on the street until fall, but I've gotten a chance to play in the beta test. As reflected by the test, "Auto Assault" is shaping up nicely. While the game doesn't have the emotional hooks of "City of Heroes" or other publishers' best work (think "World of Warcraft"), it might just be enough to pull driving game fans into the online world game market. "

    The rest of the article can be found here.

    News
    Mon, Aug 01, 2005
    Ethec
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