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  • This just in from the Official Page.

    Bots Banned 26 May 2006
    In our continuing efforts to preserve a solid game economy and to support the legitimate Guild Wars player, we have been actively pursuing those who use "bots" in Guild Wars. In the last week, we have closed more than one thousand accounts of those using third-party programs, and we will continue to take similar action in the future.

    Let the smackdown of justice begin!

    In the meantime, smack yourself down into our Guild Wars Community.

    Fri, May 26, 2006
  • The pricing is complete, the release date is set. All that's left to do? Release some "beauts" of screenshot glory to the public so we can drool.

    Find the screenshots here.

    Get more Dark and Light news.

    Fri, May 26, 2006
  • You know, I'm not sure if it's the American in me that will go all out for a freebie, but this could just be, oh I don't know, the bomb?

    So following on from the tremendous reaction we have received so far to the announcement of the ArchLord Beta Sign-up I am pleased to announce a great new competition. As an added incentive beyond the chance to Beta the great game that is ArchLord, we have got together with the awesome guys at splitreason.com to offer one person that signs up for beta a fantastic T-shirt!

    So to the details: anyone that signs up Monday – Friday for the next four week will got into a draw to be awarded a cool gaming T-shirt courtesy of splitreason.com That’s right, all you have to do is sign-up for the ArchLord beta at archlordgame.com and you could win one of these great T-shirts!

    But that’s not all! Not wanting to forget our many loyal guys and gals who have already signed up for the Beta, I have a competition for you too! Design a wallpaper competition. So get those creative juices flowing for your chance to win an awesome T-shirt.

    Similar to the Beta comp, once a week for the next four weeks a Wallpaper will be chosen to win a T-shirt as well as be featured on the ArchLord website! So e-mail your entries to archlord@codemasters.com with the subject wallpapers, and you’ll be entered into this brilliant competition.

    I wish you all the best of luck and will take this chance to thank the guys at www.splitreason.com

    Who will be the one to win that ONE T-Shirt? Sign up for Beta here. You could be the One.. .

    More Archlord News.

    Fri, May 26, 2006
  • There is so much information on this one today that I decided to put it all in one place. Let's start with the Concept Art.

    We have added some new concept art to the site today showing some of the work going into creating the buildings of Hyboria!

    When building an MMO one of the things that a great deal of time is spent on is creating the world itself! This is particularly true when you are dealing with a wonderfully deep license like the world created by Robert E Howard. The world has been envisioned by millions of peoples reading his books for decades and everyone has an ideal in their mind when they think of Cimmeria, Stygia, Tortage or anywhere else you care to mention!

    Bringing it all to life is no easy task - from concept art, through three dimensional art, to the world builders carefully putting everything together a whole lot of work goes into creating the world that the players will be able to explore.

    This week we wanted to show some of the fine details and attention to detail that goes into designing every aspect of the world and a great example is the buildings of Hyboria! To be more specific in this instance the buildings that players will find in Cimmeria, the birthplace of Conan himself.

    Go check out those huts!

    Next on our tour of Conan is the Forum Competition.

    Ready to show off your creative writing skills? Find out more about our great forum competition.

    Now is your chance to show the Age of Conan community your creative works! We are looking for a story about a character you will play or a character living in Hyboria. The top 3 creative stories selected will be allowed to set their own custom forum usertitle*!

    Your story can include several things including how you came to Hyboria, what your current profession is, any major events in your life that affect what you do now, childhood memories, your friends, your lifestyles, and lots more.

    The rules are simple...

    * Your submission must be about a civilian in the Hyborean world and you cannot portray your character as a hero.

    * Your submission must stay in the theme of the Age of Conan. (i.e. no cars, planes, computers, etc..).

    * Your submission must not be tied to any major storyline characters or alter or influence change in the main storyline of REHs works. (i.e. You cannot be cousins with Conan and have a latte with him every Tuesday down at Tortage Coffee Shop).
    * Your submission must be 700 words minimum and only one submission per person will be considered. The only accepted formats are Text Files (.txt) and Rich Text Files (.rtf) only.

    * You must be registered with the Age of Conan Forum located at http://forums.ageofconan.com/ and your account must be in good standing.

    All submissions must be recieved by June 9th, 2006 to community@ageofconan.com with the subject: Character Biography Contest - [Forum Name]

    Winners will be chosen and announced by June 16, 2006.

    Unfortunately you can count me out of this one. My writing skills rival the slowest first grader.

    Last but not least, our favorite Barbarian will be making an appearance at this year's DragonCon.

    t's that time of year again as we make our annual visit to Dragoncon and invite players along to join in the fun!

    We are delighted to confirm that we will be attending the Dragoncon convention in Atlanta in September and will again be having a player gathering for people to come and meet us and chat about the game and join in on some competitions and fun!

    There will be members of the development team there to answer your questions and join in the fun!

    If you are attending and want to reserve a place at one of our evening gatherings please send an email to community@anarchyonline with the subject line “Dragoncon gathering” with your name and details. Space will be limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

    Dragoncon is a great convention and a whole lot of fun and we look forward to seeing you all there!

    So much goodness that I'm spent!

    More Age of Conan News.

    Fri, May 26, 2006
  • If you've been reading my blog, you'll find that I am absolutely enamored of this game right now. If you want more Spellborn goodness you can join their Developer Chat tomorrow.

    Dev Chat #3 this Saturday!

    The third in our series of public Dev Chats will be held on Saturday the 27th of May at 21:00 CEST. The subject of this chat is the Quest system in TCoS. The chat is expected to run an hour or so and will be done in Question and Answer format, so make sure to drop in a bit before the chat starts to begin submitting your questions.

    You can stop by our irc server (irc.tcos.com) and join the #spellborn-QA channel in order to read or take part in the Q&A. Afterwards we will be making logs of the event available for those who cannot attend but are still curious as to how the system will work.

    Expected Dev attendees for Dev Chat #3 include content lead 'Lady Landmine', community favorite Andreas 'Thee' Bettermann and PR manipulator Marco 'Freeze' van Haren.

    I'll see you there!

    More Chronicles of Spellborn news.

    Fri, May 26, 2006
  • The Horizons House of Commons chat logs are now available for your viewing pleasure. This time around they talked mostly of the upcoming expansion. I say cheers that these guys get to do something good to this old game.

    Find the logs right here.

    Find more Horizons news right here.

    Fri, May 26, 2006
  • Are you looking for the skinny on one of our favorites games Gods and Heroes? Luckily they've started really amping up on the interviews and such. It's a good time for those of us who are enamored of this sweet sweet game. This time around you can find your information at MMOZ where they have an interview with Stieg Hedlund.

    MMOz: How does travel across the world work? If there is fast travel, are all travel points accessible from the beginning or do players need to explore and discover map locations before they can use fast travel?

    Stieg Hedlund: You can walk across the world, but that can get pretty old, so we definitely are deploying fast travel alternatives to get you where you’re going quickly. On the access to fast travel: yep—discover the travel terminal and you get to use it!

    You can read the rest here.

    More Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising News.

    Fri, May 26, 2006
  • For all that is holy DON'T DO IT! If you have a soul you won't suck one more person into this massive gaming beast.

    With that said,

    here's never been a better time to invite new allies to join your guild, as we've just launched the Recruit-A-Friend program. Just log in to the account-management section and click the "Recruit-A-Friend" button or go directly to this page to start sending free 10-Day trial keys to your friends. Rest assured that your valiant efforts will be rewarded: for every one of your friends who converts to a full subscription and pays for a month of game time, you will receive 30 days of free game time credited to your account!

    Blackrock Spire, Battlegrounds, the coming Naxxramas Necropolis...the world of Warcraft has never been more dangerous, so you'll need all the help you can get if you want your side to prevail in the coming conflict. The time is here to recruit your allies and stand united under one banner. Good luck, and see you soon in Azeroth! Click here to Recruit-A-Friend!

    The link be here.

    Don't have any friends? Visit our World of Warcraft Community. If we don't befriend you we'll certainly make you at least feel loved.

    Thu, May 25, 2006
  • Now we're talkin! Somewhere in the works I became a crafting nut and so anything with this topic gets me all warm and fuzzy inside. Turbine's Nik Davidson tells gives us the juice.

    You've probably heard the joke about how games are like sausage: Best to just enjoy them and not think too hard about how they're made. For those like me, there is no sparing us the greasy intestinal details of design and production. We live it and love it. And like it or not, I'm going to share a bit of it with you. I'm going to tell you a story. A story about a boy, a coffee machine, and a dream. A story about the crafting system in The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™.

    Before I launch into the explanation of our crafting system, I'll share this with you: At a certain point in the game's development, crafting was almost cut.

    Find out more right here.

    Thu, May 25, 2006
  • Want to know more about Stargate Worlds Tech Director? Get to know Colin McLaughlin.

    More Stargate Worlds News.

    Thu, May 25, 2006
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