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  • There's a new Dev Journal on the Trials of Ascension Forums. NeutroniumDragon elaborates on how the stats and skills work together.

    All jesting aside, ToA's skill and stat system is something that we've been keeping tightly locked away, but since it's also something that undergoes regular review and tweaking, it makes for an excellent dev journal subject. And since we know just how much everyone is chomping at the bit for some information - *any* information - we're going to let a few little details slip through that securely guarded vault door. The recently-posted FAQ update describes some of the basic ideas behind the skill system, of course, so this journal will try to expand on what's presented there rather than simply restating the already-known.

    More news and info on Trails of Ascension

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    Wed, Mar 29, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Due to unforseen circumstances *cough* patch 1.10 *cough* they're changing the previously scheduled realm transfers.

    Due to unforeseen circumstances the previously announced realm transfers have been rescheduled to begin on Thursday, March 30th at 3:00 AM PST. If you're planning to take advantage of these transfers we once again recommend doing so at the first available opportunity.

    New Realm: Norgannon - Deadline: Tuesday, April 4th at 3:00 PM PST
    Players with characters on the following two realms will have an opportunity to transfer to Norgannon, a new PvE realm. If you're interested in transferring your characters from these realms to Norgannon, please click here.

    Shadowsong –> Norgannon
    Azjol-Nerub –> Norgannon

    New Realm: Thrall - Deadline: Tuesday, April 4th at 3:00 PM PST
    Players with characters on the following two realms will have an opportunity to transfer their characters to Thrall, a new PvE realm. If you're interested in transferring your characters from these realms to Thrall, please click here.

    Alleria –> Thrall
    Hellscream –> Thrall

    During this time standard character creation will not be available for these two new realms. As always, eligible character transfers are available Monday thru Friday from 3:00 AM to 3:00 PM PST. Characters transfers from these realms to the new realms will be available until Tuesday, April 4th at 3:00 PM PST.

    Let the mass evacuation begin!

    Tired of not being able to log in? Take a peek at our World of Warcraft Community while you wait.

    More info and news on World of Warcraft.

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    Wed, Mar 29, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • This from MMORPG.com on this news

    Wolfpack Studios - the developers of Shadowbane - is closing.

    This according to sources at the development house who were recently informed that their jobs were being terminated. The last day for Wolfpack staff is May 15th.

    Parent company UBISoft is said to instead be redirecting their company's focus to next-gen platforms.

    At this time, there is no word on what this will mean for the future of Shadowbane itself. The game just hit its three-year anniversary and was recently offered free to all users.

    In total, approximately 25 people at the Austin, TX studio have been left without work.

    The game has just been made free. Is Ubisoft going to keep it open to stay in the market or are they going to shut it down completely? We shall soon see.

    More news and info on Shadowbane.

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    Wed, Mar 29, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • The rumours are being shot down.. but then again.. the rumours that Dell was buying Alienware were shot down as well. MMORGPDOT is reporting the story. It's running rampant all over the net.

    Given Galaxies' bumpy ride, and the fact that many game contracts expire after three years, it is not inconceivable that LucasArts, holder of all Star Wars rights, might want to shop around the license. According to informed sources in the industry, that's exactly what the company is doing. Two shops have been mentioned as talking with LucasArts--Cryptic Studios, home to MMORPG City of Heroes, and Canada-based BioWare, maker of the action RPG Jade Empire.

    Of the two, BioWare appears the more likely candidate. Besides the fact it developed the critically acclaimed and wildly popular Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the developer just founded a new studio in Austin, Texas--home of SOE's Austin branch--which employs several ex-SOE staffers. The shop's sole project is an unidentified MMORPG set in a science fiction universe, just as Star Wars: Galaxies is.

    Can SOE keep hold of this property with the problems that they've had?

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    Wed, Mar 29, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • We're Famous! We've been listed on the CoV Official site. . . along with 4 other guys. However, that doesn't stop us from preening just a little.

    Issue 7: Destiny Manifest previewed!
    Tuesday, March 28, 2006

    Check out some of the amazing previews of Issue 7.

    Gamespot - “The next update for this comic-themed massively multiplayer game will include time travel, all-new player-versus-player battles, and environments you can smash to bits.” Read more here.

    IGN.com - “Mayhem missions will undoubtedly be the big draw for many villains as they'll finally get to be the maniacal crazies that they've really always wanted to be.” Read more here.

    MMORPG.com - “Issue 7 is an extremely in-depth update to the game. It's no wonder that players are excited about the new challenges, and new abilities that their characters will gain.” Read more here.

    Ten Ton Hammer - “This is easily the coolest free expansion we've ever seen.” Read more here.

    You can get the links here.

    More news and info on City of Villains.

    News
    Tue, Mar 28, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • What IS in testing?

    We've updated our In Testing/In Development section with a detailed list of things we are currently testing for the next patch and what's being worked on in the near future. Note: There are some important crafting and inventory changes for the upcoming patch, so please check it out!

    Get the scoop here.

    find out other wildly interesting things about Auto Assault

    News
    Tue, Mar 28, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Can you believe it's been 2 years? My how time flies when you're having fun.

    What better way to honor and celebrate than to have a sweepstakes of heroic proportions? That’s right – to celebrate City of Heroes®’ birth month, we’re giving away a prize a day for the entire month of April, and it couldn’t be much easier to win! All you have to do is log into City of Heroes® or City of Villains™ (doesn’t matter which) once each day – it doesn’t matter for how long – and you’ll be eligible to win the prize for that day. Out of all the people who log into the game once everyday from April 1st to April 30th between the hours of 12:00am to 11:59pm EST (you can log in more than once, but it won’t increase your chances of winning), one winner will be randomly chosen! We told you it was easy!

    Click here for the list of prizes.

    More news and info on City of Heroes.

    News
    Tue, Mar 28, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • GameSpy reports on Richard Garriott’s GDC lecture, where he spoke candidly about the trials and tribulations of Tabula Rasa’s development history.

    In any case, Tabula Rasa never even had a chance to take a serious crack, due to a fundamental disconnect in the team's cohesion. According to Garriott, it was a case of too many chefs in the kitchen. There was hierarchy in place at the studio, but even those occupying the lowest rungs were pretty distinguished unto themselves, which hurt the team's ability to delegate and execute on tasks on a very fundamental level.

    I guess that the only thing I can say is.. read this article. Having heard Garriott speak, this article embodies his lecture. Read it here.

    News
    Tue, Mar 28, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • IGN has the new Ground Zero Dev Diary for your perusal.

    In the development of Auto Assault we just didn't want PvP to be a place where players go and fight outside of the normal game world. For those that want to do that and take place in a ladder system, we do have that kind of PvP gameplay with the Arenas, but we wanted something that put the players into the much larger conflict between the three races. That's where Ground Zero comes in.

    Need more Auto Assault goodness? Go here!

    More news and info on Auto Assault!

    News
    Tue, Mar 28, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • We've been waiting for what seems like forever for this one. However, patch 1.10 is going live today. Anyone else twiddling their thumbs waiting for this one?

    Check out our World of Warcraft Community to download the latest patch, and read the latest patch notes.

    More news and info on World of Warcraft.

    News
    Tue, Mar 28, 2006
    Awenyddion
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