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  • A rose by any other name is a hacking, slashing massively multiplayer online game.
    MMORPG.com has posted a preview of ROSE Online based on their chat with David Kim at the Austin Game Conference.

    " While at the Austin Gaming Conference I got to meet with David Kim of Gravity Interactive’s ROSE Online, a new Korean MMO that is currently in open beta. This kid-friendly MMO takes place in a huge world, or rather, universe — players can travel between seven different planets, three of which are already in the game, to fight monsters, do quests, and make friends. "

    You can read the ROSE Online Preview at MMORPG.com.
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    Features, Previews
    Fri, Nov 04, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Hero's Journey, not your sit around the house playing WoW kind of story.
    RPGVault has posted their Hero's Journey Peek #10. The included screenshots look superb. Who would have thought that a wagon could look so cool?

    " Hero's Journey is a fantasy persistent state world being developed by one of the pioneers in the category, Simutronics. It takes place in the world of Elanthia, where a savage war has shattered entire societies. The remnants have ceased hostilities lest none survive, and are attempting to build a new civilization by working together within an alliance called the Triumvirate. Sadly, private agendas, greed, the blinding desire for power and simple malevolence stand in their way, including external threats like the otherworldly Rakshaal plus some that aren't as obvious. In this series, the team has agreed to tell us more. "

    You can read Hero's Journey Peek #10 at RPGVault.
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    Features, Previews
    Fri, Nov 04, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Another Q&A from Cryptic's evil lair
    Jack Emmert, "statesman" emeritus and creative director for Cryptic Studio's City of Villains, answers a cornucopia of questions (hey, it's November, right?) from MMORPG.com about the infant super-baddie MMO.

    MMORPG.com: What sort of costume goodies are you planning to add for City of Villains in the future?


    Jack Emmert:
    We’re planning on adding trenchcoats to both games…eventually. Many other things to come in the future as well.

    Put on your tights and fasten your utility belt, it's time for another City of Villains interview at MMORPG.com.
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    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Ethec
  • Wow! A free day of WoW.
    Blizzard announced via their forums that they have given all World of Warcraft subscribers a free day of service.

    " There were a variety of issues with the authentication server yesterday and today that caused players to have issues logging in to the game and forums. Several realms came down for unscheduled maintenance yesterday to resolve a few continent crashes. The extended maintenance today also caused a great deal of inconvenience to many. As a result, we are giving all accounts a 24-hour credit on their subscription. This credit should show up on your account by the end of the week.



    As of this post, things are back to normal, but we will continue to closely monitor the realms and be prepared to take action should any other issues arise. We regret that the game was unavailable for a number of players both before and after the regularly scheduled maintenance period, and we would like to thank you all for your patience during this time.
    "

    You can read the original World of Warcraft One-Day Extension Post at the Official Site.
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    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Fancy pictures of a game you can't play.
    3D Gamers has posted some fancy new RF Online screenshots for your viewing pleasure.

    " A dozen new screenshots for RF Online are now available for download to illustrate this futuristic fantasy MMORPG by Korean company CCR that already came out last year in their home country "

    You can view the RF Online Screenshots at 3D Gamers.
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    Images, Media
    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Lord British takes the purse away from Tabula Rasa.
    MMORPG.com has posted a Tabula Rasa preview featuring insight from Richard "Lord British" Garriott.

    " Originally announced some time ago, the game underwent a marked shift just before E3 2005. Richard explained how it began with a rather trivial observation: everyone on the development team exclusively played female characters.
    Why was this? Well, they discovered that as the game’s extremely far-fetched high fantasy style evolved, it became harder for male gamers to connect with their male avatars. Thus began a period where they tried to put a little more grit into the game; a process that would eventually completely redefine its setting."

    You can read the entire Tabula Rasa Preview at MMORPG.com.
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    Features, Previews
    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • A gnome pulls a lever and a crane fails to run.
    New screenshots from the upcoming fantasy MMO Hero's Journey are now available on MMORPG.com.

    Simutronics hopes to hit you with a one-two punch. In the first image we take a peek at one of their character models interacting with the environment and in the second we see a waterfall and some local wildlife.

    New Hero's Journey screenshots at MMORPG.com.
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    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Ethec
  • You say chronicle. I say interview.
    RPGVault has posted a Chronicles of Spellborn interview featuring Marketing Manager Barry Hoffman and Community Manager Corwynn Maelstrom.

    " According to the official site, development is currently on track toward beta in the first half of 2006, with a target launch date in mid-year. Given this time frame, the team has begun to build the title's visibility. As a result, we've learned a number of important facts during the past couple of months. For instance, we can see from the available visuals that the art direction is both imaginative and stylish, and it's stated that the graphics will be delivered to our monitors by the Unreal technology. In addition, we can read some intriguing things about the design philosophy, one being that a player's strength in battle is determined by the skill with which a given weapon is used, not its inherent characteristics. Just recently, Marketing Manager Barry Hoffman and Community Manager Corwynn Maelstrom volunteered to tell us more. "

    You can read the entire Chronicles of Spellborn Interview at RPGVault.
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    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Like a lightsabre to the head...
    Eurogamer reviews the Star Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi-Wan expansion. It's a pretty expansion, they say, but ultimately score it 7/10 for, you guessed it, developing $35 worth of content almost exclusively for the level 65 plus game. When someone figures out how to make the high-levellers and low-to-mid-levellers happy at the same time, it'll be huge! Oh, yea...World of Warcraft, gah.

    "So it boils down to this: the expansion is aimed squarely at the high-level ground-based combat players, and is a solid addition of content for them. That only this one group of players is catered to fully though only serves to alienate those left behind and devalues the offering overall. "

    Star Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi-Wan reviewed at Eurogamer.
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    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Ethec
  • DDO Beta no longer a d20 roll
    Dungeons and Dragons Online is going public with beta, partnering with IGN- and the peasants rejoice.

    ""We are excited about opening the public Beta with IGN," said Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. "An outstanding game like Dungeons & Dragons Online deserves a great Beta partner."
    "Our readers recently voted Dungeons & Dragons Online as their 'most anticipated MMO' game," said Jamie Berger, VP and General Manager, Consumer Products Group, IGN Entertainment. "Not surprisingly, we are delighted to be the exclusive host of the Beta and to offer those players a first crack at the only MMOG inspired by the legendary role-playing game."

    Read the official press release announcing the Dungeons and Dragons Online public beta and the IGN partnership.
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    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Ethec
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