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  • Oh what would you do for a klondike bar? Would ya.. would ya shoot someone?

    Wait! We're talking about the 100 Grand Cash Prize for the Guild Wars World Championship Games! NcSoft posted the official rules on the official website today.

    The Guild Wars 2006 World Championship series is an international event that culminates in a tournament that features $100,000 in cash, earned trips, and other great prizes for the top 6 finishers.

    Schedule

    The ladder season begins at 08:00 (a.m.) GMT on October 1, 2005 and ends at 08:00 (a.m.) GMT on January 1, 2006.

    Regional Playoff matches will take place from Saturday, January 7 through Saturday, January 14, 2006 in the time zone of each region.

    Matches will take place on weekends and on weekday evenings, during the time slots designated by ArenaNet.

    The World Championship will take place at the Taipei Game Show in Taipei, Taiwan, February 16 through 19, 2006.

    Be sure to read the rules and etc etc. What would you do with $100,000? I'd buy that life-size Peter Griffin doll I've had my eye on!

    The Coolest Guild Wars Site On The Net!

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    News
    Fri, Dec 16, 2005
    Awenyddion
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    We received over 30 cm of snow last night. For you non-metric types that equals "a hella lot". This of course begs the question, why are there no snow storms in MMOGs, and by storms I means snow accumulating on the ground until you can't see the guy in front of you?
    MMOG Quote of the Day: Inc. - "Incoming . The last words a Tank usually utters and rarely what is actually incoming.
    Also, term that when used by mages actually means, "I'm so stupid I deserve to die right here, right now." "
    - Boomjack
    If you enjoyed that one, you will love the really good ones submitted by Neddie Seagoon, available in our Random MMOG Quote repository.
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    Contents, griffins and warriors, oh my!
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    Friday Vin Diesel Fact: This fall on FOX - CSI: Vin Diesel.
    Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.

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    -- John "Boomjack" Hoskin

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    Fri, Dec 16, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Blizzard Wants To Give You Cash For Machinima.
    Okay, first off, what is "Machinima?" I asked too and this is what
    Ethec found for me:
    So, what is Machinima?

    Machinima (muh-sheen-eh-mah) is filmmaking within a real-time, 3D virtual
    environment, often using 3D video-game technologies.
    In an expanded definition, it is the convergence of filmmaking, animation
    and game development. Machinima is real-world filmmaking techniques applied
    within an interactive virtual space where characters and events can be either
    controlled by humans, scripts or artificial intelligence.

    By combining the techniques of filmmaking, animation production and the technology
    of real-time 3D game engines, Machinima makes for a very cost- and time-efficient
    way to produce films, with a large amount of creative control.

    Yeah, that helped a little bit. Anyway, Shacknews
    has some info about a contest being held by Blizzard and a few other companies
    affiliated with WoW:

    Among those who make animated short films using overdubbed footage from games
    (machinima), Blizzard's World of Warcraft already gets a lot of play. Now,
    there's an official contest sponsored by Blizzard, Xfire, and a number of
    other companies for WoW-based machinima. It doesn't seem to be in honor of
    anything in particular; the three open categories are Dance, Comedy, and Drama.

    Five prizes will be awarded for each category. An additional ten prizes will
    be awarded for special categories including Best Music, Best Dialog, Best
    Action Scene, Best Pun or Line, and Best Editing and Special Effects. A special
    prize will also be awarded to a selected movie among all valid contest entrants.
    Entries must be submitted by January, 21st 2006.

    The combined prizes reach a total value of over $10,000, and are mainly made
    up of PC components and accessories from the sponsor companies. There's also
    an Xbox 360 in there for good measure. So, if you're into that kind of thing,
    get to it.

    Read It Here

    News
    Thu, Dec 15, 2005
    LadySirse
  • Happy Hour With NCsoft!
    And it wouldn't be happy hour without Auto Assault! Wait, why wasn't I invited?
    Oh, well... Sounds like GamerGod
    had a grand time!

    We had the distinct pleasure of attending the 2nd edition of the Roadhouse
    Happy Hour, hosted by NCsoft’s Valerie "Pann" Massey, the
    Auto Assault Community Coordinator. In attendance were several members of
    the press and Content Leads from the NetDevil offices, Adam “Snipehunter”
    Maxwell (Mutant), Chris “Ombwah” Holtorf (Human) and Hal “maRaider”
    Hanlin (Biomek).
    As we joined them on Margarita Monday, they appeared in a very decent mood
    and quite full of humor. The topics of the day were centered on two themes:
    How did the apocalypse begin and what would bring a player to side with a
    particular faction?. Little time was wasted as they launched into a tumultuous
    rendition of history from each perspective. They all agreed on the beginning
    and little else following. They told us that humanity had been living contentedly
    on earth prior to the meteor shower, which was not a meteor shower at all,
    but in fact pieces of alien space craft coming apart around the earth.

    Major props to Pann! She's my home girl!

    News
    Thu, Dec 15, 2005
    LadySirse
  • When The Sky's The Limit
    MMORPG.com has an
    interesting interview for you today. They sat with the CEO of Colossal
    Studios,
    James "dormantdemon" Moffet:

    Today we have a unique interview with James Moffet, the CEO and Executive
    Producer of Colossal Studios. Colossal produces content, including 3D, for many
    sources, but primarily - to date - MMORPGs. The company is made up largely of
    former employees of Mutable Realms, which developed the cancelled MMORPG Wish.



    MMORPG.com: Let us begin with an introduction to who you are, your company
    and what you do.

    James Moffet: To the gaming world, I was the producer of the “Wish”
    MMORPG; one of many highly publicized, yet now defunct MMORPG efforts that
    have risen and summarily died over the last several years.
    Colossal Studios is a company that I formed out of the ashes of “Wish”
    to provide Over-the-Top 3D content, guidance to other MMO developers based
    on our experience, a vehicle for selling the “Wish” assets, and
    to develop game related software.
    The team is primarily comprised of former members from the “Wish”
    production staff with exceptional talents for developing bizarre concepts,
    concept art, composition, and 3D modeling. Collectively, we’ve been
    building high quality 3D related content for many years.


    There are also some pretty nice pictures to demon-strate what exactly they
    can do. Get it? "Demon-strate"... yeah...
    Check
    It Out

    News
    Thu, Dec 15, 2005
    LadySirse
  • Who Will You Play As?
    MMORPGDot.com
    found all nine available character classes on The Chronicle of Spellborn's Official
    Site!

    At long last we are pleased to present to you the full lineup of classes
    for The Chronicles of Spellborn. The classes have been divided into three
    groups: Warriors, Spellcasters, and Rogues. Within the game, each character
    must choose a group during creation, and this determines which of the following
    three classes they may select from once they have gained some experience in
    the world.

    Personally, I think the Freedancer sounds the best:

    Facedancer

    These rogues are masters of changing their shape. The Facedancer makes for
    an efficient and deadly assassin, and possesses a variety of melee as well
    as ranged combat skills. They are also considered the most adept practitioners
    of the art of stealth.

    Oh yeah! Art of Stealth!

    News
    Thu, Dec 15, 2005
    LadySirse
  • Get into the game that started it all! DDO is having an open stress test! Regsiter Here!

    The Dungeons & Dragons™ Online: Stormreach™ Stress Test Event is going very well and there are still registration keys available! Remember, you don’t have to be a paying subscriber to Fileplanet to get in the Stress Test Event. Just visit FilePlanet to sign up and download the Stress Test client. Players in the Stress Test will also have three opportunities to win spots in the regular DDO Beta during our nightly events. The events are detailed below:

    Wednesday, December 14 – 8pm until 10pm EST
    Let’s party! Turbine admins will be logged on during this event and giving out loot and spawning the occasional Beholder! We’ll also be giving away Beta spots at random to some players who are logged on during the event. We may even run some D&D trivia contests with Beta spots as prizes too. Beta spot winners will be contacted during the event in game and receive their Beta invitations next week. So log in, hang out with your friends, and be careful not to attract the attention of any Fire Giants you happen to see!

    Thursday, December 15 – 8pm until 10pm EST
    Help us help you! On this night we’re going to be stressing our in-game help system. Details for this event will be posted on the stress test forums and the stress test launcher on Thursday evening so be sure to keep an eye out for more information. Winners will be contacted via e-mail next week.

    Friday, December 16 – 6pm until 10pm EST
    The big event! During this event players will be asked to adventure in the many dungeons throughout Xen’drik. Turbine admins will be randomly teleporting to players who are in dungeons and giving away even more Beta spots! Winners will be contacted in-game and receive their invitation next week.

    So register now and don’t miss your chance to experience what PC Gamer calls “The MMO that changes everything!”

    Check Out the Best DDO Fansite in the Universe! Shayalyn's running this one now and it's filled with tons of great info!
    More News and Info on Dungeons and Dragons Online

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Thu, Dec 15, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • Blizzard has announced that they have opened the new PVP server Gul'dan! Yay! Maybe I'll get PK'd less! Heh probably not I'm the worst PVP'er ever.

    But more exciting that even that is A New Contest Announcement!

    Are you an aspiring filmmaker? If so, you're in the right place! The World of Warcraft Movie Contest sponsored by Xfire is a great way for up-and-coming directors to show off their moviemaking skills. We're looking for players to create movies, set in Azeroth, in three main categories: Dance, Comedy, and Drama. The content requirements for the movies are open-ended, as long as they're created in game.

    This contest runs from December 14, 2005 to January 21, 2006. Five prizes, such as Xbox 360 Premium game consoles, XFX GeForce 7800 GTX video cards (PCI-Express), and Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum sound cards, will be awarded for each of the three categories listed above. In addition, 10 prizes will be awarded for special categories, including: Best Picture, Best Dialog, Best Editing, and Best Music.

    You'll have to click on that picture below the dialogue for rules and prizes. Good Luck!

    No Need To Travel Any Further! Our TTH WoW Site Has Everything You Need!

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    News
    Thu, Dec 15, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • And without a "Thanks for all the fish!" even! I would say how rude but I fired it up and then promptly quit myself. Wired has a fabulous article on the mass exodus of players within the SWG Universe. No longer is it the complex challenging game that it used to be.

    You should read it, it's good.

    Get your Star Wars Galaxy Info and News Right Here!

    News
    Thu, Dec 15, 2005
    Awenyddion
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    -13 degree Celcius temperatures didn't stop our family from using what little daylight there is between school-end and nightfall to build a hockey rink in our yard. On the handy-man scale I rank pretty low, but with the help of the kids we got it up and ready to go. If only they could create a MMOG that somehow included hockey I think Canadians would jump in, skates first.
    MMOG Quote of the Day: Corpse - "Your retrievable carcass. The lifeless physical reminder of abject defeat always located in the most remote, dangerous and inaccessible location possible. The seductive invitation to produce yet another corpse.



    Also, the inevitable conclusion to any pick-up group. " - Boomjack
    If you enjoyed that one, you will love the really good ones submitted by Neddie Seagoon, available in our Random MMOG Quote repository.
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    Thursday Vin Diesel Fact: If at first you don't succeed, you must not be Vin Diesel
    Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.

    As always, thanks for visiting TenTonHammer.com,
    -- John "Boomjack" Hoskin

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    Thu, Dec 15, 2005
    Boomjack
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