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  • It's been on the Horizon for five years. Reminds me of Duke Nukem Forever.
    GamersInfo has posted a review of Horizons. They said we could be a dragon, but who knew that dragons spend 80% of their lives mining gems?:

    "It has been over a year and a half since Horizons: Empires of Istaria was released. In that time, Artifact Entertainment had to let go of a large portion of their developers, as well as file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Eventually, they were bought out by Tulga Games and since have been able to hire on a couple more developers. Throughout all this, as well as a significant bottoming out of subscriptions, Horizons has continued to evolve into what many feel is a completely new game."

    You can read the entire Horizons Review at GamersInfo.

    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
  • With a developer named Funcom how can it be bad?
    Funcom has posted the Anarchy Online preliminary patch notes for version 16.x. Funcom, fine purveyors of free MMOGs:

    "A new month arrives and with it news of the upcoming patch changes coming your way in the 16.x patch series."

    You can read the entire Anarchy Online Preliminary Patch Notes at The Official Site.

    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
  • Why is is spelled "Bestiary" when it's all about beasts?
    The Dark and Light team have posted Bestiary #11. Neither the Kratz Brothers or that crazy Australian guy that says "Crikey" all the time were available for comment, but we did find this:

    "Tyrial was moaning as he reached up towards Khanid, but suddenly stopped and was silenced, eyes wide open..."

    You can read the entire Dark and Light Bestiary #11 at the Official Site.

    Features, Previews
    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
  • Virtual fishing, because real life gets in the way of gaming.
    Blizzard has posted a Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza Preview on the official World of Warcraft site. Show up with your virtual Mitchell spinning reel, your virtual Shakespeare Ugly Stick rod, and your Berkeley soft-baits and win some virtual somethingorother:

    "The Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza is a grand new event set along the coasts of Stranglethorn Vale. Early in the day, friendly neighborhood goblins will visit Ironforge and Orgrimmar to inform aspiring anglers of the grand tournament and give instructions. At the appropriate time, the shout will ring out across Stranglethorn to bait your hooks and cast your lines!
    Will you be the master fisherman that gathers the necessary amount of tastyfish to win the grand prize? Can you reel in the right fish to receive some of famous Nat Pagle's fabulous fishing equipment? Will the Lucky Fishing Hat make its triumphant return onto the heads of anglers everywhere? You'll soon find out!"

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft - Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza Preview at the Official Site.

    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
  • MMOGs vs Hackers vs Op/Eds
    GamerGod has posted an Op/Ed discussing Hackers versus MMOGs. A penny for your thoughts or a platinum for your holy sword of evisceration:

    "In order to research this, but write it without leaving people a guided map where to go for these sorts of things, some changes have been made to the copied forum posts, such as translating from Elite Speak to normal text, changing poster names, and not providing any links to the sites on where this information has been gathered. This article is meant to reveal the continued presence of Hackers and perhaps give some insight into a world that not all of us knew existed still. Neither nor I support or in any way believe that hacking the Game is ok."

    You can read the MMOGs vs Hackers Op/Ed at GamerGod.

    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
  • Lord British Speaks! You Listen! has posted a Tabula Rasa Interview featuring Richard Garriott. Verily and forsooth, we say unto you that his holiness, Lord British, hath spoken and ye peasants hath listened:

    "Many know the name Richard Garriott well. Now, deep into his second incarnation of Tabula Rasa, we try to get to know his game as well. Tabula Rasa mixes RPG growth with FPS action into a very unique setting. We came away from E3 with a lot of questions, and this interview answers them."

    You can read the entire Tabula Rasa Interview at

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
  • A legendary development house get assimilated by Big Brother.
    Blizzard North is being closed. Blizzard North passed quietly in its northern California office on August 1, 2005. Family members ask that any donations be made to the Irvine office where team members will be congregating to make things that blow up real good:

    "IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 1, 2005--Blizzard Entertainment® today announced its plan to centralize its PC development teams at the studio's Irvine headquarters.
    As part of this initiative to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its teams, a majority of the staff from Blizzard's Northern California office will have an opportunity to relocate to the company's Irvine office, where they will continue work on an unannounced project.
    "We're looking forward to having our PC development teams together in Irvine," stated Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "In addition to improving our efficiency as a company, the relocation also represents an opportunity for all of our teams to have regular, direct input on each other's projects."
    Blizzard does not believe that these changes will cause significant delays on any of its projects in development. The company released its subscription-based massively multi-player online role-playing game, World of Warcraft®, at the end of 2004 and is continuing work on StarCraft: Ghost(TM), its upcoming tactical-action console game set in the award-winning StarCraft® universe. Plans for future products will be revealed at a later date."

    You can read all about Blizzard's World of Warcraft at our WoW Community Site.

    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
  • Final Fantasy - Neverending Story - It's all just word-play.
    Gamers' Hell is reporting that Final Fantasy XI will be shown on the XBox 360 at the Leipzig Games Convention. While flying Air Hofbrauhaus we overheard:

    "Square Enix Ltd. announced today that their upcoming Xbox360 version of their hugely successful multi-platform MMORPG will be on show to the attendees of the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, which runs from August 17-21. Presentations will take place at both Square Enix's own stand, situated within the NGL Gaming Arena, and at Microsoft's Xbox stand. European gamers will get their first look at the next generation to the world of Vana'diel where 500,000 other players from across the globe already adventure."

    You can read the entire Final Fantasy XI on XBox 360 at Gamers' Hell.

    Tue, Aug 02, 2005
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    It's Monday again.
    I would like to officially welcome Jeff "Ethec" Woleslagle to the team. He has been our lead community manager on the EverQuest Site for a long while now and this promotion (or demotion) to work with me on the main site is well deserved.
    Just to clarify. Any hate-mail that you would normally send to me, and you Chinese and French folks know who you are, should now go to Jeff.
    TenTonHammer Presents - The MMOG Terminology Guide - by Neddie Seagoon. We're still presenting it, so click the bloody link and read it.
    Ten Ton Hammer Search Tool - One click searches all of the top gaming sites. Set laziness aside for just a second and let the TTH Search Tool do the work.
    Now on to the real world, you can't make this stuff up.

    Mon, Aug 01, 2005
  • Secrets of Enchanted Lands: the Everquest 2 Premier Mid-Levels Zone Exposed!
    Our very own Kebia has authored a guide detailing the ins-and-outs of this large mid-levels zone. Therein is a large amount of quest information and the best places to hunt (solo and grouped) to maximize your experience and loot.

    "Enchanted Lands is a place of wonder, exciting vistas, and numerous dangers and challenges.  The varied terrain and huge array of mobs guarantees that your sojourn in this part of the Shattered Lands will not be boring.  There are many quests to accomplish here and in adjoining zones with varying rewards.  EL itself is divided into sections, among them Gobland, Far Shire, South Mist, and Fay Shire.   But the primary division comes from a high wall called the Great Guard.  This wall is open in several spots for passage through.  On the east side of the wall is the southeastern section, including the docks, the fay isle, the entrance to Rivervale, the Bobick lost village grounds, the beetle hill, the broken wizard spires, and various lower level mobs. Beyond the wall the more dangerous mobs roam, notably goblins, lamias, twisted fairies, and nightbloods. Also the entrance to Runnyeye is located north of the docks beyond the wall. "

    Check out the entire illustrated "Enchanted Lands" zone guide. Also on the EQ2 site: updates for the Paladin guide (making the most of imbued armor), the Guardian guide (tank-friendly potions, stat foods, and drink), and the Warlock guide (Warlock-friendly quests galore!).

    Mon, Aug 01, 2005
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