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  • Here comes Peter Cottontail... not.

    There's not a lot of celebratin' going on this holiday weekend. The one exception: from the WoW.com community site we find that Noblegarden is scheduled for tomorrow, April 16th, in World of Warcraft. Events include an egg hunt and the availability of "formal attire." Anyone want odds on a server crash?

    The great feast of Noblegarden has long been celebrated by the races of the Alliance and recently adopted by those of the Horde. On this joyous day, it is customary for the nobles and lords from each race to hide coins, candy, and the occasional treasures within special eggs painted to look like wildflowers. These eggs are then scattered around the major cities for the citizenry to find. From heroes to commoners, and everyone in between - the feast of Noblegarden is meant to bring communities together to share the joy of life and friendship.

    MMOs are usually spoiling for a reason to celebrate, so the lull around Easter has always seemed strange to me. You'd think the Easter/Passover holiday season, which celebrates the hope of 2 billion Christians around the world (and Passover, a traditional feast celebrating deliverence for roughly 15 million Jews), would get a little more attention. Part of me is glad that grubby commercial hands haven't closed their grip around these important Spring holidays, but then again I'm a little irate that World of Warcraft players spent two weeks in February celebrating Chinese folk religion in elaborate fashion (Lunar Festival) when western religions get the back of the bus. I guess our faiths aren't as commercially viable. Oh well.

    But at least Blizzard offered us a little something. In fact, World of Warcraft is the only blip on the holiday radar this weekend. So find out more about 'Noblegarden' at the WoW.com Community Site. I'll go eat some chocolate to calm down.

    Blogs
    Sat, Apr 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • Sphere rolls along

    That the first Russian MMO just launched its first addon doesn't seem all that newsworthy; not that I don't wish them the best. But the "includes the game's version for portable platforms" part of this announcement picqued my interest. I knew the marriage of MMO and mobile was imminent, I didn't know it was here (and from a relatively unknown-to-the-west developer, at that).

    The add-on is in DVD format and it includes the game's version for portable platforms. A colorful poster with a detailed map of the world of Sphere and a 2006 calendar are also included in the package. They really took the term "add-on" seriously.

    Might this be another EVE Online, waiting a year or two to come sweeping over the Arctic circle onto the hard drives of a rabid cult following? Time will tell, but check out MMORPG blog's treatement of Spheres: Dreamscape in the meantime.

    News
    Sat, Apr 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • New City of Villains Issue 7 "New Power Sets" Screenshots!

    More screenshots from the folks at Cryptic Studios, originators of the City of Villains / City of Heroes series of comic book-inspired MMOs.

    This week, we see evidence of the new power sets for several of the Villain archetypes. For example, "masterminds" of an appropriate level can call upon their very own thug motorcycle gang.

    Check out these new screenshots from what promises to be an incredible no-cost expansion: City of Villains Issue 7 "New Power Sets" screenshots right here at TenTonHammer!

    Images, Media
    Sat, Apr 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • From the makers of DOFUS... WAKFU!

    Ankama Studios, indie developer behind the cult MMOG Dofus, just announced a new expansion (Dofus - Arena) and a new MMOG in development (WAKFU) scheduled for late 2007. Ankama will show off both new creations at E3 in May.

    If I understand correctly, players will destroy the environment while saving it:

    In WAKFU, players will not only have to use the skills of their characters to fight a fierce fauna and flora using magic, martial arts or new technologies. They will also have to build cities in a virgin universe while preserving nature from destruction. Thanks to a universal and intuitive language, players will interact to create alliances or to take part in fights that will have a direct influence upon the universe.

    We can only hope for same anime fun and blurry cartoon nudity found in Dofus (/cough). Want the full press release? Clique here, si vous plait..

    News
    Fri, Apr 14, 2006
    Ethec
  • New MMOG Magazine to hit newstands in May

    Beckett Publishing, primarily known for their collectable magazines, announced it will publish an MMOG magazine scheduled to hit stores in late May, according to GamaSutra.

    Scheduled for the end of May, the first issue will feature interviews, instance maps, questing guides, and articles on players’ interaction with various games, and will include input from Beckett Media as well as industry professionals and gamers.

    I'm guessing PC Gamer's decision to remove gold ads in January created an ad/revenue vacuum for prospective mags. If there's one thing the media industry abhors, it's a vacuum.

    Check out the entire article at GamaSutra.

    News
    Fri, Apr 14, 2006
    Ethec
  • So I swore off betas. Every time I've ever played one, I've become disapointed in the game and haven't played much longer til after the Beta. So, with that said ... it's KILLING me that I am not in the Vanguard Beta test yet. All I get is the second hand look at these new screenshots. They're good. I'm happy to see them but again ... it's KILLING me that I am not in Beta.

    News
    Fri, Apr 14, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • I love the way the NCSoft CM's write. I can never improve upon what they have so -

    Satisfy your craving for a glimpse of several of the new armor sets of Guild Wars Factions by taking a stroll through the Screenshot Gallery today. There, you will find 16 shots—from Assassin to Warrior to every profession in between. These images will give you something to start planning for, as Factions nears release.

    Go here to see them!

    Go HERE to get some gravy tips on how to play the game.

    And finally ... go HERE for past news and info on Guild Wars.

    News
    Fri, Apr 14, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • There is a serious Pirate fetish going on in our industry right now. Am I disapointed? Not really. I have a slight Pirate thing going on myself. However, enough is a enough! Square didn't think so because TA DA! New jobs introduced with the Treasures of Aht Urhgan expansion disc - Corsairs!

    The valiant corsairs were once the scourge of the Near Eastern seas. Attired in a dignified frac and tricorne, and wielding the distinctive six-barreled weapon known as a "hexagun," any descendant of the legendary pirates is an impressive sight. Despite the positive whisperings of the corsairs’ actions and ideals in the streets of Al Zahbi, the Imperial Army seeks the corsairs' arrest on charges of insurrection. What tragic events lie in their past? And what secrets hide within the lighthearted games they play?

    More news and info on Final Fantasy XI

    News
    Fri, Apr 14, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • You know, no matter what we say about SOE, they do put out alot of updates and new content. It's pretty impressive considering the biggest MMO in history has put out so little and their first expansion pack is months away. I have issues but that's a whole other editorial. Get your Update #22 notes are available.

    Live Update #22. April 13, 2006
    Headlines

    - Celebrate the holidays as the Brew Day Festival comes to Norrath!
    - Recruit new guild members easily with the new guild recruitment system!
    - Explore a dangerous new raid zone in Kingdom of Sky: The Lyceum of Abhorrence!
    - Get a haircut or a shave from barbers in your home city!
    - New treasures and challenges await in the icy caverns of Permafrost!
    - New rewards have been discovered within the treacherous depths of the Obelisk of Lost Souls!
    - Great treasures await those willing to risk certain peril in the Wailing Caves!
    - Orc tribes across Norrath have formed a dangerous new alliance with the Rujarkian orcs from the Desert of Ro!

    Get your EverQuest 2 and Coyote fix all in one place!

    More news and info on Everquest 2

    News
    Fri, Apr 14, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • For some reason I've woken up with disco music playing in my head. It's a pretty far leap from what I usually listen to. Why am I telling you this? Because as I read this new Priest Archetype Preview for Age of Conan, I have KC and the Sunshine band running through my brain. Someone.. make the pain stop!

    Priests in Age of Conan are a step beyond the stereotype of a vulnerable healer - they can call forth the power of their deities to smite and expose their enemies whilst protecting and aiding their allies! Whilst the priest is certainly the cornerstone of a good team in that they provide the vital restoration skills required to keep their allies standing in battle, they are so much more than that as well.

    Priests draw on the strength of their faith and their abilities are derived from the power of their respective deities. Each god provides unique aspects to their followers, from the lethal poisons of the snake god Set to the elemental powers of nature itself harnessed by the Stormcaller.

    On a better note, I just got Ten Ton Hammer's E3 appointment set up. Are you excited? I sure as heck am!

    More news and info on Age of Conan.

    News
    Fri, Apr 14, 2006
    Awenyddion
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