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  • I promised and so I deliver. Erik was kind enough to explain the reasoning behind re-naming clerics to paladins. Here it is.

    We had no intentions of muddying the waters with that name change. We felt 'cleric' was just too passive of a name for our holy warriors. Simply put, it just didn't fit well with the lore. Of course, if we were trying to be historically accurate (which is not our aim), Paladins in the real world would have been gone about 300 or 400 years previous to guns. Still, we felt it was the best name for the class, so we decided to go with it.

    I guess we'll see how the public takes it. I have heard negative gut reactions from a handful of outside folks, however I hope from a game play perspective, people come to appreciate the choice. I also hope folks enjoy the lore that goes with the class and how closely it ties to the current events in Cantele.

    In no way, do we envision anybody being compelled to wear shining armor. You pick your outfit when you design your character and it has no effect on your stats or bonuses, you could look like a knight of old in shining armor -- which honestly would be out of place in this era, but you could be role-playing such a character from a time past -- or you could choose to wear dark leather and a long coat. Either way, it is the player's choice and either way it has no effect on the game mechanics. Currently, the only gear that you find that impacts your appearance are the weapons you acquire. Otherwise, your look is totally your own to design.

    What's more, with the ability to choose multiple classes over your character's career, you could very well build exciting combinations like a Rogue/Paladin or even a Sorcerer/Paladin. We believe these combinations fit in with the lore just as well as being a pure Paladin.

    Heroes and Heroins from many vampire stories might very well be considered part Paladin in our world.

    So there you have it. It makes a ton more sense now doesn't it?

    More Dusktreader news.

    Fri, May 05, 2006
  • Well that's a word you won't hear developers use in a positive light that often... Exploit.

    There are six kinds of natural resources: wood, stone, metal, crystals, water/gas and animal products. They are used in the building and maintenance of a fort, as well as maintaining mana fountains. Each resource has its own purpose; animal products (strings, leather and others) are used for tents, water for life at the castle, etc. The resources can be found all over Ganareth, but you will have to find the suitable areas for the resource you are looking for. For example: On a mountain, you will gather mainly stone and metal, and not much wood.

    Read this developer log here.

    Get more Dark and Light News here.

    Fri, May 05, 2006
  • Remember all of those wicked cool features that Jeff and I talked about from our GDC visit? Now you can play around with them. Issue 7 is now on the test server.

    Issue 7 is now available for download on the Training Room Test Server!

    Free Expansion Issue 7: Destiny Manifest content is already active on the training room at this time and we will be testing the functionality and content of this patcher prior to any Live Server release. This content will not impact any gameplay elements of City of Heroes at this time.

    The download will begin after you exit your play session rather than prior to entering the game, and is purely optional, you can cancel at anytime.

    So, come help us test all the exciting new features including:

    - 2 New High Level Zones
    - Over 200 New Missions
    - 5 New Power Sets
    - New Base Features
    - Mayhem Missions
    - Patron Powers
    - Many new Quality of Life Features
    - CoH Art Upgrade

    Find out how to get onto the test server here.

    Details on what is available in Issue 7 can be found here

    Fri, May 05, 2006
  • There's a new contest up at the official City of Heroes site.

    We are thrilled to announce a chance for you to flex your imagination and come up with a gripping storyline for an upcoming issue of the Top Cow City of Heroes comic! Submit a story concept to us and the winner’s idea will be turned into a script by Sean “Manticore” Fish!

    Submissions can be made from MONDAY, MAY 8th at 8:00 AM CST until SUNDAY, MAY 14th at 5:00 PM CST.

    In 100 WORDS OR LESS, give us an idea for a one-issue comic book story. Your story must directly involve something that has happened or is currently happening in the City of Heroes game. We will automatically disqualify any submission longer than 100 words so be creative and concise.

    You'll have to click here to read the rest of the details. If you have any modicum of talent, you should enter this contest. When you win and become a famous comic artist working for places like Marvel and DC, I'll expect free trade paperbacks for getting you motivated.

    More City of Heroes News.

    Fri, May 05, 2006
  • With the Warhammer Online E3 trailer propagating around the internet, and becoming a public file, we here at TenTonHammer have now taken it and thrown it up into our new video section for your viewing pleasure. As we are going to E3, the TenTonHammer staff will be getting a glimpse at the second half of this trailer and should be coming back with it, and hopefully more information on Warhammer Online.

    To satisfy your needs you can find the E3 Trailer here.

    Visit our Warhammer Online community for more Warhammer action.

    Fri, May 05, 2006
  • The 7th Newsletter for The Chronicles of Spellborn is now available.

    The 7th TCoS newsletter has been sent out! Among the regular items the newsletter contains a look at Guild Halls and information about the upcoming dev chat!

    Because of the large number of subscribers, it might take a while before all copies have been sent out. As always comments are welcome in the forum thread linked below.

    If you've been biting your nails waiting for it, take a breath, have a mocha and it will be there before you know it.

    More Chronicles of Spellborn news.

    Fri, May 05, 2006
  • BBC News has a story of the many problems that seem to be plaguing the giant World of Warcraft. Our own Jeff "Ethec" Woleslagle is quoted in the article. Yep that smart guy belongs to us. If you haven't had the chance to read any of Jeff's articles, take the time now. It's good to see his insightful opinions recognized.

    Oh, I guess I should tell you about the story itself.

    Since it launched in November 2004, World of Warcraft has proved hugely popular and now boasts more than six million regular players around the globe. The game lets players control different sorts of characters, including warriors, warlocks, wizards, druids and rogues and take them adventuring in the fantasy world of Azeroth.

    However, some fear that this growth has come at a high price and the playability of the game is suffering as Blizzard, the company behind WoW, struggles to support those millions of players.

    One thing you can be sure of is that our World of Warcraft Community isn't being plagued by anything but an overabundance of great information.

    More World of Warcraft news.
    Don't have a place for your guild to call home? Check out Guild Portal. It has the best tools.

    Fri, May 05, 2006
  • You've seen the game through the trailers. You've heard the interviews. Now it's time to bust a move over to The Archlord Official Website and sign up for the beta.

    So here we have it, Beta Sign-up is now live! So click on that shiny button in the top right hand side and register your interest in Beta!!

    We are also running a VIP program for all those active community members, those that are part of guilds and finally those that create fansites!!! So there we go guys get on there and register!!

    Its now a really exciting time to get on board with ArchLord!!


    Have fun storming the castle!

    More Archlord news.

    Breaking News from Ktat

    So some late breaking news...As a result of the massive surge of support that I've seen for Beta sign-up already. I am happy to announce that courtesy of MMOART. We are offering one lucky person who signs up for the Beta between today and Monday 9 am a personalised, unique sketch of a character of their choice from ArchLord!!

    This is a really great prize and the guys at MMOART do some great work, check out their site for some awesome examples! So I'm sure you are all going to be hanging on to the edge of your seats for this. So good luck!!

    Fri, May 05, 2006
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    Our E3 coverage starts in two days. Our good man Jeff is already rolling through Arizona to bring you the latest and greatest on a game I'm thrilled to be covering personally at E3, StarGate Worlds. Jeff is also making at stop a Tulga HQ where he will see what the Horizons' team has been up to.
    Here is your appetizer. The main course is only a click away.

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    Fri, May 05, 2006
  • New Vanguard DeskpaperA diplomat, an adventuer and a crafter walk into a tavern.......no this isn't some lame joke, today's artwork shows all three spheres available in Vanguard.Niborea decided to try some different filters and styles with this weeks piece at Vanguard - TenTonHammer. Hope you enjoy "Tri-Spheres" at Vanguard - TenTonHammer.

    Thu, May 04, 2006
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