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  • Horizons, it's not just for dragons anymore.
    RPGVault has posted a Horizons interview featuring CEO David Bowman. The decision to give military personnel a second account is the focus. We were visiting Dog River and hanging at the Ruby when we heard Lacey say:

    " David Bowman tells us the thinking behind Tulga Games' new initiative offering a second CD key to military users "

    You can read the entire Horizons Interview at RPGVault .
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    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Sep 27, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Does Bowman always play an archer?
    Stratics has posted a Horizons interview featuring CEO David Bowman. The interview discusses the decision by Tulga to give military personnel a second CD key for free. Hank from Corner Gas has scratched many a CD with his car key trying to unlock a game, but that didn't stop him from saying this:

    " David Bowman - CEO & Creative Director of Tulga Games' Horizons: Empire of Istaria spoke with Stratics today about their Horizons Military Appreciation Program which recognizes and appreciates the efforts of the men and women who have volunteered to be part of the United States military, by providing all new and existing Horizons: Empire of Istaria accounts created using the .mil email address used by military personnel and families, a second CD key added to the account for free. "

    You can read the entire Horizons Interview at Stratics.
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    Tue, Sep 27, 2005
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  • Slash and burn.
    Slashdot asked its viewers to submit their pointed questions for World of Warcraft. You can pick the questions, but unfortunately you can't pick your answers (or who answers your questions on the other side of the internet at times). Suffice it to say, CmdrTaco was none too pleased with Blizzard's response:

    " A little over a month ago we asked you for your questions to send on to the World of Warcraft development team. Unfortunately, it appears that these questions were misrouted to the Blizzard PR department. Any "Answers" you read here are completely devoid of real information or insight, and instead read like press releases and FAQ-style form replies. As I am a huge fan of this game, I was really disappointed by this. We promised to print their answers, so here they are. "

    The World of Warcraft Qs and As, mostly on the order of "what do i do with my uber level 60 if I don't like raids?", are found on Slashdot.

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    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
    Ethec
  • Going to court without a lawyer.
    Everquest 2 developer Sony Online Entertainment gives some background on the 3 rival courts vying for control of the "Desert of Flames" expansion city, Maj'Dul. With an estimated 12 quests to complete averaging 45-minutes to one hour a piece to gain membership in one of these courts (one can kill an indeterminate number of mobs opposed to your chosen faction for "coins" to turn in for positive faction, too), let's hope the Courts are more than just a pretty screenshot.

    " The courts of Maj'Dul are three separate factions within the city that vie for power over the remnants of the Dervish empire. They have each established an outpost at the docks, and their goal is to attract new arrivals to their competing causes. Asim Jul represents the Court of the Blade, Shahid Baligh represents the Court of the Coin, and Atyaf Nasiha represents the Court of Truth. You are encouraged to converse with these individuals, as collectively the courts are the most powerful political force in these lands. "

    More Everquest 2 expansion lore at the official site!
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    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
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  • Dragon their butts to another interview.
    GamersInfo has posted a Horizons interview featuring Roger Hantz. Hank of Corner Gas was once asked if enjoyed serving nachos to bingo mommas. His reply went nothing like this:

    " Roger "Rawdge" Hantz joined the Tulga team last year and has had a hand in helping to stabilize the online world of Horizons and solidify the content since his first days on the job. As a Content and System Designer, Roger is responsible for breaking down each item/program to be placed in the game, planning its development cycle and then implementing that cycle. Without him, there would be no path to follow. A die-hard fan of the game, Roger is unique in that he brings to the team a player's perspective. Along with that, he has a talent for writing. Once certain areas of the game stabilize he can help flesh out the long-requested lore. "

    You can read the entire Horizons Interview at GamersInfo.
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    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
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  • Re-enact your second favorite Jabba the Hutt scene.
    That's right: Jabba's 8-player transport skiff (seen alongside the sailbarge in Episode V) is the first half of your bonus for preordering the SWG November expansion "Trials of Obi-Wan." Not as cool, but also a reward: a giant "lava flea" that you can ride around. I wonder if "lava tick" mothers feel compelled to check their offspring for Jedi when they come in from playing outside.

    " Pre-Order Trials of Obi-Wan and you will get the exclusive 8-Player Transport Skiff as you bonus gift included with the digital download. Players who pre-order will receive in-game:

    • The Transport Skiff: An exclusive 8-player vehicle, the only 8-player vehicle and the fastest multiplayer vehicle in the galaxy, as seen below. Players will be given one per account and this item is not tradable. You will want to get this awesome new skiff! ...
    • The Lava Flea: This unique Mustafarian Mount as shown below. Players will be given one per account and this item is tradable!
    • Players who order the Trials of Obi-Wan will also receive 3 additional vehicle storage slots in their datapad.
    • Plus, there is another very cool Purchase Bonus Item, all players who purchase the Trials of Obi-Wan will also receive a brand new style of player house that can also be used as a Guild Hall that we will be revealing soon! You will be totally stunned when you see it!"

    Read more lore surrounding these two unique mounts at the Star Wars official site.
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    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
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  • A flying carpet ride.
    GameZone has reviewed EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames. In other news, 99% of SoE customers complained about the changes, but continued to play after reading::

    " Now it should be noted that while DoF adds content tailored specifically for upper level players (which anyone who has a lower level toon can access if they have the expansion and a bit of a death wish), the upgrade also affects those without the expansion.  "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames Review at GameZone.
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    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
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  • It's a Desert of Fun.
    GamerGod has reviewed the recent EverQuest 2 expansion, Desert of Flames. We called Richard Pryor to ask if he was still afraid of flames, but his agent told us to:

    "On September 13, 2005, all hell broke loose at Sony Online
    Entertainment as half a million people logged on to the EQ2 servers.
    Having just installed the Desert of Flames expansion released that day,
    everyone was salivating at the mouth, ready to dig into the new
    content. But alas, first, a patch."

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames Review at GamerGod.
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    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
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  • Super, Happy, Fun, Go-Go Golf.
    Fileshack has posted what is possible the goofiest MMORPG to date. Albatross 18: Realms of Pangya is a MMOG that blends fantasy, anime and golf. John Daly, who also blends fantasy and golf had this to say about that:

    " Albatross18 is the U.S. (English) version of the popular online Korean game, Pangya. Albatross18 is an Online Multiplayer RPG based game that combines the aspects of Fantasy, Anime and the sport of Golf, to create one of the funest online experiences! "

    You can grab the Albatross 18: Realms of Pangya Client at FileShack.
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    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
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  • Late to the dance, but high on the list.
    Strategy Informer got around to reviewing Guild Wars and it comes as no surprise that they liked it. We asked Ray Romano of Everybody Loves Raymond if he would consider an Everyone Loves Guild Wars T.V. sitcom and he replied:

    " Lately we've seen allot of MMORPG-s hitting the market, in the franchise caused by World of Warcraft. Many of those games went completely unnoticed, or have even been shut down (as we've seen with The Matrix Online and Asheron's Call 2). Guild Wars is not one of them. What the crew at Arenanet has to offer was fresh, and not just "another game in the line", but something quite different... read on, you'll find out what. "

    You can read the entire Guild Wars Review at Strategy Informer.
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    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
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