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  • New Screenshots Make Even the Gloomiest Day Brighter!

    Argh Maties! (shhh! I'm new here, I get to Argh at you a few times before you can yell at me!) Thar be some pertty screenshots to take a gander at today...so what are ye waiting fer?

    BSharp has added some new images to the Pirates of the Burning Sea screenshot gallery, two that show off the 104 gun sailing at sunset, and two more screenshots that capture a lightning strike during an evening rainstorm in Pirate Town.

    Check em out or yer sure to be walking the plank!

    Images, Media
    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Stargate Worlds Shines A Spotlight on Developer Kevin Duc

    Who are the folks that make up the team creating Stargate Worlds? In one of many Developer Pics and Bios listed on their site, we are given a look at Kevin Duc. Mr. Duc one of the concept artists at Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment.

    My name is Kevin Duc and I am one of the Concept Artists at Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment. My life has taken quite a turn in the last few months. I graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in August of 2005 and moved back to Texas to spend time with my girlfriend. After a nice stint of post-graduation unemployment, I found myself face to face with my future Art Director, Stu Rose, in Austin. The pieces just fell into place. He needed a concept artist, dug my style, and offered me a job.

    Read more about this talented artist and the other Developers of Stargate Worlds.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Make Your Character All It Can Be With Traits...

    On the Lord of the Rings Online Site today, the trait system was unveiled and explained. Taking more steps to let you make your character unique is always good...

    In The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™, a Trait is an interchangeable ability that alters your character in some fashion. Traits allow a great deal of skills customization, so two characters of the same class and the same level can still be significantly different from each other depending on how their players have used Traits to modify their character's skills.

    Click the link to learn more about this system!

    News
    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    LadySirse
  • 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.

    News
    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!

    News
    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
  • I'm talking to YOU pinhead. You know who you are...

    The gaming community calls them "griefers": people who like nothing better than to kill team-mates or obstruct the game's objectives. Griefers scam, cheat and abuse, often victimising the weakest and newest players. In games that attempt to encourage complex and enduring interactions among thousands of players, "griefing" has evolved from being an isolated nuisance to a social disease.

    "The most common 'griefer counter-measure' is to put in place a strong community system," says Stephen Davis of IT GlobalSecure, a firm that specialises in developing security technologies for online games.

    This is a great article on Guardian Unlimited. You can read the rest here. Find out how griefing my slowly be coming to an end.

    News
    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Why wait for the beta invite alone?

    Sigil is inviting guilds to apply wholesale for the Vanguard beta. Note that this is an invitation to apply, not an automatic invite to the beta.

    Sigil Games Online is now accepting applications for guilds/clans to be accepted into Beta. We are looking for guilds of all sizes and play styles to help us test Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

    In order to be considered for acceptance, you must adhere to the following guidelines:

    * Only one application per guild may be submitted. Multiple applications will be automatically rejected.
    * The submitted list of members must be complete and may not be amended after submission.
    * All guild members submitted for consideration must have active accounts on the Vanguard forums.

    Find the guild application at the Vanguard official site.

    News
    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • Know the Factions!

    Jeff Strain, ArenaNet co-founder and Guild Wars producer, speaks to AVault about some of the more interesting aspects of recent standalone Guild Wars expansion Factions.

    We’re in over 35 different countries right now. So we want to make sure that each new campaign explores a different art style, a different mythology or fantasy tradition or cultural tradition. But most importantly, we want to make sure that each new one looks drastically different than the one that came before it. So as you point out, the first campaign was a more traditional Medieval European fantasy, Factions is very much an Asian theme, and campaign three is also going to be very visually distinct. It’s going to have more of a North African feel. So think of Tunisia, Morocco kind of look to it.

    Check out the Jeff Strain Guild Wars interview at AVault.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • A look at the gray area between game rules and proper actions...

    The Guardian offers an interesting article about some of the low points of MMO gamer virtue, and the rise of methods to help gamers police their own games.

    Even in games whose selling point has been their potential for ruthless competition, such as Eve Online (in which rival corporations trade and battle across the galaxy), some events have caused gamers to ask what is beyond the pale. One example last year entailed the coordination of large numbers of mischief-makers. Calling themselves the Guiding Hand Social Club, they exacted the ruination of a particular player and the corporation she headed, Ubiqua Seraph. Spending more than a year infiltrating Ubiqua Seraph and gaining the trust of its higher members, the Guiding Hand enacted an elaborate heist that resulted in the destruction of the organisation's limited edition flagship and the looting of its considerable funds. The damage translated to thousands of real pounds and years of effort. (The Guiding Hand leader's announcement and discussion thread is at http://tinyurl.com/8jglz.)

    Check out the state of MMO ethics and gamer autonomy at The Guardian.

    News
    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    Ethec
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