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  • Trial run. Trials of Obi-Wan. More trials from SOE.
    GameSpot has a 10-day trial version of Star Wars: Galaxies that includes the Jump to Lightspeed expansion available for download.

    " Gamers curious in the sci-fi massively multiplayer online role-playing game can now download a 10-day trial of the game that includes the first 10 levels of the soon-to-be-released Star Wars Galaxies: Starter Kit. With a budget price of $19.99, the Starter Kit contains the original game and the Warp to Lightspeed expansion pack, offering enough content to get would-be Wookies through the game's redesigned first 30 experience levels. For those unsure of picking up the Starter Kit, the trial version is now available for download from GameSpot. "

    You can read more about the Star Wars: Galaxies Trial version at GameSpot.
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    Wed, Nov 16, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The Ryzom Ring, notably absent from CLR advertisements is almost here.
    CLUNK! Another press release dropped into my mailbox, this time from the good folks at Nevrax, the developers of The Saga of Ryzom. The Ryzom Ring has entered alpha test phase!

    "Paris, FRANCE - November 15, 2005

    Nevrax Paris, the developer and publisher of the massively-multiplayer science fantasy game, The Saga of Ryzom, announced today it had launched the first of its extension pack alpha-tests for the ground-breaking RYZOM RING. The initial tests will occur online and will involve long-time Ryzom players, as well as Nevrax staff.
    The RYZOM RING expansion offers players of The Saga of Ryzom a complete set of simple and supple tools to design and implement adventures and maps, empowering them to imagine, create, launch, share and enjoy an almost infinite combination of online scenarios.
    It's the first time that a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game has offered its players such a large scale creation and editing platform.
    From alpha-test to launching
    Beginning with about 50 players, new players will be continually added to the testing team until early 2006, when the Ring will enter it's bêta phase and will welcome all of The Saga of Ryzom's paying customers into the testing phase. Also in Q1 2006, there will be further open bêta and load testing before the Ring's official launch by the end of the 1st quarter.
    In the meantime, a new website is currently being created at URL www.ryzom-ring.com, which will inform all players and testers of the status of the Ring Test, and which will also soon contain new communication and monitoring tools for all the testers and our future "creators".
    "Ryzom Ring is an extremely powerful extension pack," says Daniel MILLER, CTO and Executive Producer of the Ring. "The opportunity is finally given to the players to become not only players, but creators." Miller added, "Ryzom's future is from now on in the hands of players."
    About Nevrax
    Founded in early 2000, Paris-based NEVRAX is an online game and software development company that specializes in MMORPG engine and production tool technologies and products. Utilizing NeL, its open source platform, Nevrax's team of over 50 engineers and designers have completed their first MMORPG, a Science Fantasy game entitled The Saga of Ryzom. For further information, visit www.nevrax.com.
    About "The Saga of Ryzom"
    Three generations ago, the proud civilizations of Atys perished in the Great Swarming, when hordes of Kitins swept from the Prime Roots and wrought war and genocide. Now it is time to reclaim your heritage. Join forces with thousands of others, master the arts of sorcery, war, and tradecraft, and re-forge the destiny of your people. The secrets of the past have been lost, but The Saga of Ryzom has just begun. For more information please visit www.ryzom.com.
    About "The Ryzom Ring"
    The Ryzom Ring is the innovative extension for Nevrax's online roleplaying game, The Saga of Ryzom. It provides tools that allow the players to access Ryzom's creatures, buildings, maps and missions to create their own events and scenarios, giving them unprecedented power to shape the game. Thousands of other players can experience one person's handiwork, or kept as a private sanctuary only accessible to a select few. For more information please visit www.ryzom-ring.com."

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    Wed, Nov 16, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Loading...
    I can't remember the last time that a MMOG got to public beta without me hearing about it. Well folks, it happened today and I'm quite sure that I saw the third horseman of the apocalypse ride by my window. Flyff, yes Flyff is in public beta. What is Flyff you ask? Well, it sounds like a bathroom tissue or maybe a person who works backstage in the porn industry, but it's not.
    What I do know is that Flyff has a character named "Comedian-Clown", which seems to me like a complete rip-off of Martha Stewart. Personally, I don't want to play a game that has anything to do with Martha Stewart, but I'll go check it out, just in case my crack detective work is off the mark.
    In other news, our EQ2 Birthday Contest winners have been chosen and the results were simply amazing. Do yourself a favour and check out how creative EQ2 players are.
    Here's what's new on the network!

    Tuesday Vin Diesel Fact:

    It takes Vin Diesel 20 minutes to watch 60 Minutes.
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    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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    Tue, Nov 15, 2005
    Boomjack
  • A poster? When someone loots a new car, let me know!
    Project Entropia, the renegade real-life mixing MMO that was the first to move to a dollars for in-game currency scheme, is now reporting that a player named Starman looted a real-life poster, which will be mailed to his residence. Fortunately, there are no plans to make zombie parts real-life lootable.

    This package in particular was looted by Starman a few days ago, and contains a real life poster which will be sent to him. What the poster look like (sic), it doesnt say.

    Check out the real-world loot announcement at EntropiaForum.com.
    Other links of interest:

    News
    Tue, Nov 15, 2005
    Ethec
  • How do the dragons fit down those tiny tunnels to get into the dungeon in the first place?
    Dungeons and Dragons Online received twice the loving today with previews posted on both GameDaily and MMORPG

    " Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a press event for Turbine’s Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach. Before I even left, I knew what to expect. I was told that the game’s lead designer, Ken Troop was going to give us a brief overview of the game before we ourselves would have a chance to sit down in front of it. "

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    Features, Previews
    Tue, Nov 15, 2005
    Boomjack
  • You would think that the job market for bad guys would be saturated in City of Villains.
    OGaming has posted a City of Villains Interview featuring Jack Emmert.

    "It’s good to be bad in City of Villains, the latest MMO masterpiece from developer Cryptic Studios and publishing partner NCSoft. After decades of begging, fans can now literally hop into the cape and tights of a twisted mutant, degenerate sorcerer or evil mastermind at will. "

    You can read the entire City of Villains Interview at OGaming.
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    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Nov 15, 2005
    Boomjack
  • ROSE Giving Away 1 Million Euros.
    The Inquirer is reporting that ROSE will be giving away 1 Million Euros to one of their lucky European subscribers. In other tabloid headline news, monkeys in France have been giving birth to aliens with telepathic abilities. At least we have a contest that excludes North Americans. Now maybe the Euro-types can stop writing to me complaining that our contests exclude them.

    " ONLINE GAMES publisher GamesRouter has announced that players on European servers of its massively multiplayer game ROSE, will be in with a chance of winning €1 million.
    Beginning in January and ending in November 2006, registered European players will begin their competition for the cash prize. Along the way there will also be chances to win electronics, PCs and other, smaller cash prizes."

    You can read the entire 1 Million Euro Give-away Article at The Inquirer.
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    News
    Tue, Nov 15, 2005
    Boomjack
  • NCSoft Spins 360.
    MyXBox360.com is reporting that NCSoft does not have plans to develop games for the XBox 360, focusing instead on the PS3.

    " Korea-based online gaming giant NCsoft is preparing to launch titles on next-generation consoles, according to chief executive Tack Jin Kim, who confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that development work is already underway.



    The company, which is behind the world's largest massively multiplayer game series, Lineage, as well as titles including City of Heroes and Guild Wars, has until now focused exclusively on the PC platform. "

    You can read the entire NCSoft Next-Gen Story at MyXBox360.
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    News
    Tue, Nov 15, 2005
    Boomjack
  • A game with a "Comedian-Clown". Where is your God now?
    GameShout is reporting that the servers for Flyff, a game that appears to have been hidden well from the public eye, are now open for public beta. Any game that has a character named "Comedian-Clown" has to be worth at least a look right?

    " The Flyff crew have opened their game servers for a public beta for MMORPG fans. Flyff is the first flying MMORPG game in the world; and while others will attempt to duplicate the unique game play characteristics of Flyff, no other MMORPG will fill the sky with thousands of users engaging in air based assault, land based assault and Private Island PVP. "

    You can read all about the Flyff Public Beta at GameShout.
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    • Too bad, because we've never heard of this game either.
    Beta, Official Announcements
    Tue, Nov 15, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Even your second life has spyware.
    Netcraft is reporting that Second Life has been knocked offline for the second time in a month by malware that is being distributed by players within the game.

    "
    A gaming "virtual world" has been knocked offline for the second time in a month by malware distributed by players within the game. Second Life, an innovative online game with more than 80,000 users, took its entire system down for more than five hours Thursday after an instant messaging bot overwhelmed the game grid with a huge volume of messages. A similar incident on Oct. 23 also caused a lengthy system outage when a user program automatically generated more than 5 billion spheres inside the game. "

    You can read the entire Malware Knocks Virtual World Offline Article at NetCraft.
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    News
    Tue, Nov 15, 2005
    Boomjack
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