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  • This just in from Satine, Codemaster's DDO Europe CM.

    Greetings all,

    It is with much pleasure that I inform you that our new DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE(tm): Stormreach(tm) (DDO) website has now gone live!


    With a beautiful new design, full of the flavours, subtle symbolism and intricacies one might find in the game itself, the site is yours to explore, discover and learn what the magic of the DDO world is!

    We'll be adding more and more content as we lead up to launch and our French and German speaking friends will be happy to hear that localised content will be made available too.

    While you're out surfing around, take a look at our Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach TTH site

    More DDO News and Info

    Fri, Jan 13, 2006
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    The Dungeons and Dragons Online NDA is off. The Auto Assault NDA is off.
    It's getting exciting in MMO-land with two high-profile games closing in on their launch dates.
    It's a short Loading... today, you must have upgraded your computer!
    TenTon Comic - I promise that this week I'll try to get you some new comics. My well is pretty dry at the moment, but I'll see what I can do. Until then, check out the pantload of comics we already have posted by clicking "Right Here ".
    Vin Diesel Fact: One evening, Vin Diesel took a 11 p.m. train home. He still refuses to give it back.
    Game Movie: World of Warcraft: The Internet is for Porn - Probably Not Safe For Work (NSFW)
    Here's what's new on the network!

    • Comparing the Big Names of VOIP

      "We examine why voicechat is the new rage among MMO gamers, dispel some of the frustration and stigma that prevent some gamers from joining in, and also which spoken word solution deserves the right to run in your MMO social circles."
    • EverQuest 2: Guide to Races

      "The EQ2 Guide to Races has now been updated!   Not sure if you like those new fangled SOGA graphics?  This will show a comparison for the original EQ2 character models versus the new SOGA models."
    • Vanguard: The Role of the Community in MMOG Development

      " There are two things that define an MMOG: its game mechanics, and its community. The game mechanics are what cause me to initially choose one game over another. I'm looking forward to Vanguard because I would like to see the challenge put back into games. I want a game where tactics are important, I want tough penalties so my accomplishments mean something, I want choices, and Vanguard seems to promise this. Looking at the various games I've played, EQ remains one of the best--because it offers players more choices. Even today, with all of the "handholding," even with all the things that frustrate me, I still find EQ by far and away one of the best games out there. As a caster, the spells I have memorized can make or break an encounter (what do you mean I only have eight spell slots? I have pages and pages of spells!), and this, to me, is a large part of what makes it so fascinating."
    • Dungeons and Dragons Online - 10 Days in Stormreach

      " Being a dyed-in-the-wool fan of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), I knew I was going to buy Dungeons and Dragons Online (DDO) when it came out, so I preordered a copy when it was available.  I received the 10-Day Beta pass, and after installing the client, logged on to play. "
    • Guild Wars - Armor 101: Crafting For Beginners

      " Almost all the major MMORPGs on the market feature a crafting system. Allowing players to have a hand in building their own equipment, crafting is a popular addition the standard role-playing video game. When done well, it adds a new layer of depth and involvement for players. "
    • Vanguard: Cindy's Wedding

      " In the same year that Charles, Prince of Wales, married his long-time sweetheart, Camilla Parker Bowles, the Vanguard community had its own fairytale wedding. On December 17, 2005, our own princess, Cindy Bowens, eloped with her Spanish prince, Kumar Daryanani, better known to us as Destral. "
    • EverQuest 2: The Kingdom Awaits - What to expect in the EQ2 Expansion

      " KoS brings us lots of new goodies; quests, zones, armor, rewards, etc. For those that are already in the upper levels, having new places to explore, and fun new things to do, is very exciting. One of the worst things about MMO's is getting burned out on content too quickly, and keeping expansions coming regularly is always a welcomed move, however, is it a little too soon? "
    • EverQuest 2: Lore and Legend Quests Updated

      " You know you want to complete these... read on."
    • World of Warcraft - Travel Routes Guide

      " Many towns aren't situated along the same flight route, making it a little tricky to navigate the flight route system at times. It's not pretty, but here's what towns link to each other with flight routes, by faction and by continent, so you can figure out the fastest way from point A to point B. I encourage you to check out the Transportation Guide for more info on the various forms of transit."

    Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.

    As always, thanks for visiting,
    -- John "Boomjack" Hoskin

    Fri, Jan 13, 2006
  • OGaming dishes up an interview with Webzen's Huxley Producer Kijong Kang.

    OGaming: The trick to building an awesome sci-fi shooter title versus fantasy or RPG game is…?

    Kijong Kang: Creating a sci-fi world that draws on reality. We are focusing on a ‘near future’ concept to make the Huxley world somewhat familiar and relatable to reality. Weapons and vehicles that show up in-game will have realistic mechanisms that could possibly exist in the real world. We are striving to immerse players into a game environment that feels familiar… almost like they are fighting on a real battleground.

    Of course, we will provide strong action along with dazzling special effects. This will bring in the sci-fi FPS element. We’re doing a lot to create a unique game that at the same time will feel familiar to FPS players.

    Ah I remember back in the good old days when you'd just feel happy whacking at the stray Orc.

    More News and Info on Huxley

    Fri, Jan 13, 2006
  • RPG Vault has a new peek at Simutronic's upcoming RPG title Heroes Journey.

    Artistic Inspiration
    The wood sprites came about as part of an effort to infuse the enchanted forests of Elanthia with a necessary spark of life. Though we could have gone any number of directions with their design, it seemed like an appropriate place to utilize a somewhat traditional but popular notion of what denizens of the faerie realm look like - diminutive and delicate, colorful, nimble and capable of flight. In keeping with the blue-tinged forests, the coloration of the wood sprites is cool in tone with an animal theme; their wings borrowed from butterflies and their speckled skin influenced by vibrantly colored rainforest frogs.

    Fairies, Sprites and Frogs.. Oh my!

    More News and Info on Heroes Journey

    Fri, Jan 13, 2006
  • Let the previewing begin! IGN previews this newly announced expansion pack for Guild Wars.

    Guild Wars was a great success. And with great success comes great expansions and eventually sequels. ArenaNet, developer of Guild Wars, has done things a bit different from the very beginning and are continuing the trend. Instead of offering the basic expansion pack that most were expecting, they're offering up Guild Wars: Factions, a stand-along (yes along) that allows players to purchase and play the title without needing the original Guild Wars. Those that have the original Guild Wars that purchase Factions can adventure on the new continent. Those that buy Factions first can then go back and experience the original content at a later time. Interesting? We think so.

    If you love Guild Wars, you'll love our TTH Guild Wars site!

    Other Guild Wars News and Info

    Fri, Jan 13, 2006
  • There's so much candy going around these days that you'd think it was Christmas all over again. Turbine is the newest gift giver with New Lord of the Rings Online Screenshots on the Official site. Take a look at them and you'll appreciate the power of the... uh.. ring!

    Take a look at our Lord of the Rings Online TTH site!

    Other News and Info for Lord of the Rings Online

    Fri, Jan 13, 2006
  • RPG Vault has a Dungeons and Dragons Video Commentary for your viewing enjoyment.

    What we've seen of the game so far is certainly very intriguing and we wanted to make sure to share as much of it with you as possible. To that end, we had the chance to corner Lead Designer Ken Troop and get him to provide some commentary over footage captured from the game.
    Each of the videos encompasses different elements of the game for around 25 minutes of footage total. Therefore we thought it would be best to split them into three different videos but we certainly recommend grabbing all of them in succession.. You'll see everything from general thoughts about the world of Eberron to how the team dynamic can affect quests and combat.

    Do yourself a favor and visit our Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach Site You won't regret it.

    Other DND News and Info

    Thu, Jan 12, 2006
  • Bolstering their announcement of integrating SpeedTreeRT technology, Funcom has released new SpeedTreeRT integration Screenshots It's eye candy at it's best!

    Other Age of Conan News and Info

    Thu, Jan 12, 2006
  • Looks like Blizzard is being kind with the candy again. Blizzplanet has a new Exclusive screen of the upcoming expansion Burning Crusade.

    Blizzard Entertainment has granted an exclusive screenshot of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Expansion, displaying one of the chambers of the Tower of Kharazhan, known as the Tower of Medivh in Warcraft: The Last Guardian and chapter 8 of the Human Campaign in Warcraft: Orcs and Humans.

    Choose any of the three image sizes.

    The World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Video Tour 1 over at Gamespot shows the room of our exclusive screenshot -- shown at BlizzCon 2005.

    It seems Sargeras/Medivh had a Michael Angelo-esque Artist create a Fresco-painting of Orchish angels on the ceiling.

    Check out our own World of Warcraft site Be sure to read the guides. They're fantastic.

    Other World of Warcraft News and Info

    Thu, Jan 12, 2006
  • Time to start camping the emails again. SOE has announced that they've opened Beta Registration for their upcoming expansion Kingdom of Sky

    We are pleased to announce that registration for the Kingdom of Sky and PvP beta tests is now open! This is your chance to help us test the second EverQuest II expansion pack, as well as the highly anticipated addition of Player-versus-Player combat in EQII.

    High above the mightiest peaks of Norrath a secret world exists. This Overrealm, made up of enormous islands of land suspended in the air, is home to aviaks and creatures never-before seen, but it is the splintered and warring dragons who rule it.

    This expansion is intended for characters level 55 and higher, although we will be accepting some lower-level characters into beta to help test our new player-versus-player ruleset. If you only wish to participate in the PvP beta, please use this registration system as well--Registering for the KoS beta will automatically enroll you in the PvP beta test.

    You can register Here Make sure you're signed into your station account when you do it.

    Our wonderously fabulous TTH EverQuest 2 site. Where all the information is frosty.

    Thu, Jan 12, 2006
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