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  • 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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    News
    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Ethec
  • What they really mean is: alpha registration closed!
    The anticipation builds as Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach approaches beta. In basements around the world, the clatter of dice fell silent as DnD enthusiasts checked their email for an invite after reading this announcement:

    "Turbine is thrilled to announce that over 125,000 people have now signed up for a chance to participate in our Alpha.
    'We appreciate everyone's excitement and support for the title,' said Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. More players will be invited to enter the dungeons soon as the game approaches its Beta milestone."

    Read the Turbine Dungeons and Dragons Online alpha announcement on the official site.
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    News
    Fri, Sep 23, 2005
    Ethec
  • But Tolkien did it without a database!

    Lord of the Rings Online Developer Chris "NobOrBob" Foster shows off one of Turbine's myriad tools for game development, this one focusing on quest implementation. With this much storyline behind a certifiably graphics-intensive MMO, and with such a devout LotR playerbase, it's a good thing Turbine's streamlining things where they can.

    For all these reasons and a few others, one of the biggest changes we made to the quest system was to replace the old quest file format with a new one. This unified quest file format contained nearly all of the information needed to place a quest in the world: the steps involved, the dialogue that each NPC says, the item that the monster should drop when it dies. In addition, the new quest file made it much easier to re-use the same characters on multiple quests...

    Read more at the Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar official site. And be sure to check out the Ten Ton Hammer LotRO site for all the latest happenings!

    News
    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
    Ethec
  • Patience and PAX

    Patience of the LotRO dev team posted her reflections on her side of the Turbine team's experience at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX). We like Turbine, they hand out lots of free stuff!

    As a special treat for PAX, we also showed a couple of things we didn't show at E3, even though they existed in the E3 build. We teleported to a prototype area of the Shire, with what might be a very familiar-looking windmill, horses, and clothesline to some of you who pay attention to the screenshots on the LOTRO site, and also to the Old Forest, to pay a visit to a sleeping Old Man Willow. This wasn't in the plan, but we just couldn't resist showing off a little bit more of the game. What was even more gratifying was being able to tell people who were blown away by the environments that the build is 5 months old; it looks even better these days, since the engine and a lot of the art has been updated (I was looking at the current build this afternoon in the QA pit and was pretty blown away myself by how beautiful it is, after being in the "old" build all weekend!).

    More on LotRO's trip to Washington in the Lord of the Rings Online PAX Roundup!

    News
    Tue, Sep 06, 2005
    Ethec
  • DDO's newest subclass: Powerpuff Girls! Thanks Maya!

    A DDO.com forum member showed concern regarding the presence of content to appeal to girls. The full forum thread is a bit of a trainwreck filled with criticism, but I'm sure at least some people out there will find the dev response amusing. Check out the full thread here.

    Original Poster, Oceaniceyes:

    Ok, I am totally new to the forums here. I have never played DnD before, but am hoping for a fun game. However, one of the things that got me into playing games was the ability to make things pretty. (I know, its very girlie) I liked crafting, decorating and wearing pretty clothes. I am concerned that there is no girl content planned for this game. If I am just not finding the info, please enlighten me.

    Dev Responder, hsinclair:

    We have great girly content, such as +5 Adamantine Greatswords, Beholders, Blade Traps, and Fireballs, just to name a few.

    - Heather

    News
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Ethec
  • What does a d20 and a chat log have in common?
    Stratics has a dev chat log posted, detailing some of the finer points of class characteristics, stealth, food/drink issues, and a whole lot more!

    Brannoc - *DiploMooz* Hi! I had the good fortune to play the DDO E3 build recently. I was particularly fond of stealthing around with the rogue. It seemed somehow more interesting than the binary "can the mob see me or not" of previous games. Can you expound upon the features planned for stealthing in ddo?

    EckelberryDDO - I can try! Stealth is little more complicated than the you are detected or not sort of things. Of course we represent D&D in comparing your Hide Skill and Move Silently and the monster's Listen and Spot score. It also combines how long you dare to stay near the monster trying to detect you, and the level of lighting around your character, which can either give you a bonus or penalty to your skill check, and it can determin

    EckelberryDDO - how often the monster "looks" for you\

    JustinQuimby - Just as a side note, we've put a ton more stuff into the game and polished a lot of features in the game since the E3 build. I'm very excited about the upcoming Alpha prop.

    The rest of the Dungeons & Dragons Online Developer Chat Log is posted at Stratics.

    News
    Wed, Aug 24, 2005
    Ethec
  • One lunch to souse them all

    Turbine has posted an account of the "Lunch of the Rings"at Dave & Buster's in Providence, RI . Apparently a couple dwarves had a little too much to drink, and after a frustrating session in the Mechwarrior arena took out their frustrations on the arcade with their axes! Film at 11.

    During lunch, most of the tables had at least one LOTRO team member to chat with (the exception being the table with Calandryll and our AC1 folks). It was such a pleasure to hear laughter coming so frequently from the tables – the LOTRO community is so friendly and fun, as long as you don't step on their lore. *duck* There was lots of drooling over the E3 video, which Thrindil and Polleke worked so hard to get working with the Dave & Buster's equipment, and laughter over the video greetings – especially Amon Ereb's, which started with a very, very twisted puppet show.

    Read more on LotROG I East at the official Turbine site.

    News
    Sat, Aug 20, 2005
    Ethec
  • Minotaurs Ain't All Bad...

    DDO Stormreach is out with another monster profile, this time examining the role that minotaurs will play. Apparently they're not all bullies ("bull"-ies? get it?).

    Once the tormented slaves and beasts of burden of an ancient giant empire, today the minotaur of Xen'drik is a fearsome creature that stands a full foot or two over the typical inhabitant of Stormreach. These bullheaded shaggy humanoids aren't all completely devoted to evil - some of them have been seen peddling goods inside the city. In this they are no different than the common avaricious dwarf - though perhaps a bit more appealing to look at. Outside of the settled regions, minotaurs are almost completely devoted to violence and a militant defense of their territory. Venturing into such dangerous territory is exactly the sort of peril that brings an adventurer fame and fortune.

    The complete monster profile at the DDO official site (free registration required).

    News
    Sat, Aug 13, 2005
    Ethec
  • DDO Delayed?
    GameSpot is reporting that Dungeons and Dragons Online has been delayed until the first quarter of 2006. This Vin Diesel fact is actually true.Vin Diesel played pen and paper D&D. His character name was Malkar:

    "Players eager to get their hands on Atari's upcoming Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach will have to wait a little bit longer, as the game's release has slipped from November back into the first quarter of 2006."

    You can read the Dungeons and Dragons Online Delay Report at GameSpot.
    While you're waiting for DDO get all the latest scoops on the game at DDO.TenTonHammer.com.

    News
    Thu, Aug 11, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Go Turbine. Go Turbine.
    The Boston Globe has a story posted about Turbine and their push to get Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach completed for the holiday season this year. We're nearly confident that they wrote this:

    "Now comes phase two. Over the next two years, the company will introduce new games based on two of the most beloved fantasy franchises. In 2006, Turbine will release the first massive online game based on J.R.R. Tolkien's ''Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Turbine will publish the Tolkien game on its own, rather than pay a share of the profits to a major game publisher. The company is taking a more cautious approach with Dungeons & Dragons Online, teaming up with the French game publisher Atari Inc."

    You can read the entire Race to Build Stormreach article at The Boston Globe.
    Still hungering for more D&D Online information? DDO.TenTonHammer.com is a seven course meal.

    News
    Wed, Jun 08, 2005
    Boomjack
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