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Stargate Worlds + World of Warcraft

  • White Wolf Offers Free Downloads of Adventures and More...

    Need time away from the computer? Just want to take some time to experience pen and paper gaming? Try your hand at some new adventures in World of Warcraft. White Wolf is running a Week of Warcraft, complete with free adventure downloads and a 50% sale. How can you pass that up??

    Enjoy official background material and stories for World of Warcraft that you can’t find anywhere else. “Bones of Ironforge” is a free download to get you started. With brand new adventures to experience, after you leave your mark, Azeroth will never be the same.

    Head over to the World of Warcraft Official Site and get all the details.

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    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Burning Crusades Critter List Gets Cozy With Outland Orcs

    World of Warcraft announced on their site today that they have updated the bestiary for World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusades.

    The bestiary page for World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade has been updated with a new creature from the upcoming expansion.

    Check out the updates but remember to keep your fingers away from the cages!

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    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Empire Strikes Back

    Blizzard developers on the World of Warcraft forums are saying that there are no "announced" plans to do additional Blizzard MMORPGs based on the Diablo and Starcraft franchises, and rumors are blatantly untrue.

    "I believe this [rumour] was a misquote," said Drysc. "We haven't announced any specific development plans beyond the upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft,
    and we don't have any intentions to focus on only one genre or platform with our future games."

    "Nothing in that rumour is true in regards to Blizzard," added EnoYls. "If I had to guess, there was some confusion between what Vivendi has planned for its its game division versus what Blizzard has planned. While Blizzard is owned by Vivendi, their game division operates separately from Blizzard."

    So Vivendi owns Blizzard, Blizzard is the number one cash cow, yet Vivendi takes nothing more than a philosophical interest in Blizzard's plans. Yea, ok.

    In any case, Boomtown has the scoop of Blizzard's case of denial.

    News
    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • It looks like WoW is the MMO for Blizzard. However, one can never tell can they?

    I believe this was a misquote. We haven't announced any specific development plans beyond the upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft, and we don't have any intentions to focus on only one genre or platform with our future games.

    This was found on the WoW General Discussion Forums today.

    We have our own conversation going on about about it right here. Tell us what you think!

    News
    Wed, Jun 14, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • World of DiabloStarWarcraft?

    In the biggest gaming news to hit since, well, the Burning Crusade expansion was announced...

    During a presentation to Wall Street today, a company representative from Vivendi reportedly said, "All Blizzard franchises will become MMOGs." The rep said they have a model in place to produce an MMOG for $50 million over the next three years.

    I know I'd invest, but then I thought it would be impossible to lose with a Star Wars licensed MMO . In any case, check out this stop-the-presses news from Vivendi at IGN!

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    Wed, Jun 14, 2006
    Ethec
  • Personally I believe the reasoning to be that they saw more "real life" Night Elves than any one group should ever see.

    While QuakeCon 2006 is apparently still going to happen, it's looking like Blizzard will not be doing a 2006 edition of their BlizzCon, which debuted last fall. According to a post on the subject on the World of Warcraft forums a Blizzard employee stated, "We haven't yet begun planning a BlizzCon for this year, and truthfully it isn't intended as an annual event. We had a lot of fun though, and we're looking forward to getting another one going and inviting everyone to come hang out with us and check out everything that is Blizzard."

    Thanks to Firing Squad for that little on dit.

    For Everything That is World of Warcraft.

    News
    Tue, Jun 13, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Blizzard again bans more accounts than some online games have...

    In what's becoming almost a monthly occurence, Blizzard is wiping out massive numbers of EULA-violating gold farmer accounts. This time its 30,000 - the rough equivalent of the Puzzle Pirates community (according to MMOGchart.com). As usual, the target is not so much gold farmers working hand-to-mouth; it's botters who attempt to automate farming chores.

    In keeping with Blizzard's aggressive stance against cheating in World of Warcraft, we banned over 30,000 accounts in the month of May, and with that removed well over 30 million gold from the economy across all realms. The banned accounts were taking part in activities that violate the game's Terms of Use, including using third-party programs to farm gold and items, which severely impacts the economy of a realm and the overall game enjoyment for all players.

    We will continue to aggressively monitor all World of Warcraft realms in order to protect the service and its players from the harmful effects of cheating. Please note that selling World of Warcraft content, such as gold, items, and characters, can result in a permanent ban of the involved accounts from World of Warcraft.

    Read about the Blizzard's massive May bannings at the official World of Warcraft site.

    News
    Mon, Jun 12, 2006
    Ethec
  • Real Estate in WoW - What's hot and what's not...

    As our loyal readers know, every Monday the TenTonHammer network takes a look at a topic in the MMO genre and produces an editorial for each of our sites. Today the World of Warcraft - Ten Ton Hammer site's newest writer takes a crack at his first ever TenTonHammer editorial, and knocks one out of the park. Here is a sample of Doogmeister's look at real estate in WoW.

    In real life, when we look at real estate of any kind, we ask ourselves this key question:
    “What is appealing to me about this particular location?”
    And when we think about the answers to that question, we consider several factors, such as:

    • Appearance – Does it look good?
    • Convenience – Will life here be easy or difficult?
    • Location – Is it near all the amenities I want?
    • Design – Is it well planned and laid out?
    • Enjoyability – Will I enjoy living here?

    In the World of Warcraft, it’s not much different! We all want to be near our trainers, vendors, flight masters and quest givers. We all want the areas we play in to look good and lend themselves to hassle free questing and adventuring. And of course, we all want to enjoy ourselves during our adventures in Azeroth!
    In this article, I’ll give my opinion on what I feel to be the best (and worst) designed zones, cities and instances in the game! I’ll also be outlining my reasons for my choices! Note that these reflect only my opinion, and you may well have different thoughts than me on the subject! Also, this article is written from the perspective of a casual player whose raid dungeon experience is very limited, so I’ve kept this article limited to areas in which you play up to level 60.

    So, take a look at WoW - Ten Ton Hammer's guide to what locations are hot… and those that are not!

    Mon, Jun 12, 2006
    Ethec
  • Kopps and Robbers...

    Brian Kopp sold his World of Warcraft guide for a tidy sum on Ebay and elsewhere. Problem was, his product was short on the "guide" and long on the cheats and exploits. Consequently, Blizzard sought to make a symbolic example of this glitch-ganking entrepreneur by threatening a cease-and-desist order aimed at curbing his sales.

    According to Cnet, after repeated counter-notices and litigation seeking monetary damages from Kopp, Blizzard's withdrawn it's threats.

    The terms of the settlement do not provide for monetary compensation for Kopp, which he had originally sought. Instead, the companies agreed to withdraw their previous take-down notices and to drop their infringement claims. They also said they'd refrain from filing any future take-down notices against the same items Kopp had already disputed through counternotices.

    Kopp, for his part, agreed to retain the book's disclaimers about its unofficial nature and said he wouldn't include links or instructions on how to locate "cheats" in the game.

    We offer plenty of guides here at Ten Ton Hammer. Guides that provide some fundamentals to build on, that offer hints on how to spend your precious gaming time most effectively, and yea, we give you the occasional spoiler to help you past a tough spot. We differentiate ourselves from Kopp's ilk because we want you to fully experience and enjoy these games while keeping the frustration level to a minimum. Cheating your way to level cap is a cheap thrill compared to the lasting joy you'll get from getting involved with the game's community as your character develops. /rant off

    Check out the denouement of the Blizzard vs. Gold Guide Guy standoff at Cnet.

    News
    Fri, Jun 09, 2006
    Ethec
  • Chris Klug, Stargate Worlds' creative director, is in the spotlight. This time, Warcry has had the pleasure of interviewing him.

    I recently sat down with Chris Klug and Sara Baker of Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment (CME) to discuss their new MMO, “Stargate Worlds”. For those who aren't familiar with the series, Stargate is—in a nutshell—a world in which humans have found a strange alien device (called a Stargate) capable of transporting us to the distant reaches of the galaxy. After finding this device, we set up a special organization called Stargate Command to make use of it and see what's 'out there'. While exploring, we humans run into a hostile alien race called the Goa'ould, as well as other strange (and often-times dangerous) races and technologies. Being the meddlesome creatures that we are, humanity is pulled into the center of galactic struggles and must secure technologies to defend itself from threats as well as strike out to form alliances and make friends. It's epic, it's heroic, and it's the perfect backdrop for an action-packed sci-fi MMO that can impress and move. At present, Stargate Worlds is still in its early design, but after a lengthy conversation with our interviewees, we came away with about as detailed a look at the early game as we could have hoped for.

    You can find the article at Warcry.

    More Stargate Worlds News.

    News
    Thu, Jun 08, 2006
    Awenyddion
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