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  • Lord British takes the purse away from Tabula Rasa.
    MMORPG.com has posted a Tabula Rasa preview featuring insight from Richard "Lord British" Garriott.

    " Originally announced some time ago, the game underwent a marked shift just before E3 2005. Richard explained how it began with a rather trivial observation: everyone on the development team exclusively played female characters.
    Why was this? Well, they discovered that as the game’s extremely far-fetched high fantasy style evolved, it became harder for male gamers to connect with their male avatars. Thus began a period where they tried to put a little more grit into the game; a process that would eventually completely redefine its setting."

    You can read the entire Tabula Rasa Preview at MMORPG.com.
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    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • A gnome pulls a lever and a crane fails to run.
    New screenshots from the upcoming fantasy MMO Hero's Journey are now available on MMORPG.com.

    Simutronics hopes to hit you with a one-two punch. In the first image we take a peek at one of their character models interacting with the environment and in the second we see a waterfall and some local wildlife.

    New Hero's Journey screenshots at MMORPG.com.
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    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Ethec
  • You say chronicle. I say interview.
    RPGVault has posted a Chronicles of Spellborn interview featuring Marketing Manager Barry Hoffman and Community Manager Corwynn Maelstrom.

    " According to the official site, development is currently on track toward beta in the first half of 2006, with a target launch date in mid-year. Given this time frame, the team has begun to build the title's visibility. As a result, we've learned a number of important facts during the past couple of months. For instance, we can see from the available visuals that the art direction is both imaginative and stylish, and it's stated that the graphics will be delivered to our monitors by the Unreal technology. In addition, we can read some intriguing things about the design philosophy, one being that a player's strength in battle is determined by the skill with which a given weapon is used, not its inherent characteristics. Just recently, Marketing Manager Barry Hoffman and Community Manager Corwynn Maelstrom volunteered to tell us more. "

    You can read the entire Chronicles of Spellborn Interview at RPGVault.
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    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Star Wars Galaxies to produce its own kind of Episode III
    And no, I'm not talking about the Trials of Obi-Wan expansion which launched yesterday! Julio Torres, producer of SOE's Star Wars Galaxies, announced a new round of "sweeping changes" set to hit the game on November 15th? The changes focus on making the first 30 levels "story-driven," sorting players into 9 character classes that SOE says make up "98%" of current participants' preferred way to play. Eclectic skills like "creature handling" are on the way out, however.

    We are introducing a series of game enhancements to Star Wars Galaxies this month that include both significant enhancements to the live game as well as a completely redesigned experience for new players. The primary areas of focus include combat and profession and character development. The combat depicted in the Star Wars films, fiction, and canon that we have all come to know and love is fast-paced, action-packed, and visually intense. In order to stay true to the Star Wars fiction as well as to make the combat system more engaging, we have shifted the turn-based paradigm towards a much more engaging fast-action combat system where you control every move! After receiving feedback from members of the community, conducting extensive focus tests, and evaluating the combat systems of other games in the genre, we are confident this new fast-action combat truly delivers what players, fans, and gamers have come to expect from a Star Wars experience.

    Julio Torres' Star Wars Galaxies community letter announcing the changes is posted on the official site.
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    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Ethec
  • Like a lightsabre to the head...
    Eurogamer reviews the Star Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi-Wan expansion. It's a pretty expansion, they say, but ultimately score it 7/10 for, you guessed it, developing $35 worth of content almost exclusively for the level 65 plus game. When someone figures out how to make the high-levellers and low-to-mid-levellers happy at the same time, it'll be huge! Oh, yea...World of Warcraft, gah.

    "So it boils down to this: the expansion is aimed squarely at the high-level ground-based combat players, and is a solid addition of content for them. That only this one group of players is catered to fully though only serves to alienate those left behind and devalues the offering overall. "

    Star Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi-Wan reviewed at Eurogamer.
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    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Ethec
  • DDO Beta no longer a d20 roll
    Dungeons and Dragons Online is going public with beta, partnering with IGN- and the peasants rejoice.

    ""We are excited about opening the public Beta with IGN," said Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. "An outstanding game like Dungeons & Dragons Online deserves a great Beta partner."
    "Our readers recently voted Dungeons & Dragons Online as their 'most anticipated MMO' game," said Jamie Berger, VP and General Manager, Consumer Products Group, IGN Entertainment. "Not surprisingly, we are delighted to be the exclusive host of the Beta and to offer those players a first crack at the only MMOG inspired by the legendary role-playing game."

    Read the official press release announcing the Dungeons and Dragons Online public beta and the IGN partnership.
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    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Ethec
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    How many industries have programmed their customers to expect downtime of six to eight hours per week? The MMOG industry has. Can you imagine if your cell phone just stopped working from 8am until 2pm every Tuesday? Sure, the maintenance needs to be done, but with the incredible technology available to us, isn't there a better way?
    I'm looking for a few people who have purchased items from the secondary market. No need to give me your real name if you aren't comfortable with that. I would like to ask you a few questions about your experiences for an article that I'm working on. Just drop me a line at [email protected] and I'll take it from there.
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    Tuesday Vin Diesel Fact:
    Vin Diesel explained the theory of relativity to Einstein after being asked what he'd do for a Klondike bar.

    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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    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Landing on Irth for the first time.
    IGN has some new screenshots from Irth Online, the open-ended fantasy MMO released just yesterday by Magic Hat Software. The game is available by digital download for $29.99, with a $13.99/month subscription fee, and has some pretty easy-to-meet system requirements. If you're looking for a new eclectic MMO to obsess over, Magic Hat promises this isn't just another plain jane persistent-world game.

    "The setting is an expansive environment in which a fragile peace exists among three diverse civilizations, the northern Arcadians, swamp-dwelling Morbus and tropical Mezoteks. Key features and elements that seem likely to interest players who prefer open-ended virtual worlds include a free-form storyline and a skill system in which it's said characters can learn any ability without racial or class-based restrictions."

    Take a look at the new Irth Online screenshots from IGN.
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    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Ethec
  • The Burning Crusade, everywhere and anywhere.
    Jolt has posted a preview of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.

    "

    For such a successful game in the genre, the announcement of a
    commercial add-on is as surprising as waking up to find that you
    haven’t changed into a female Night Elf after all [What!? – Ed], and it’s with an equal level of astonishment that we learn it will contain new lands, dungeons, items, quests and playable races, as well as offer an increased level cap. "

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Preview at Jolt.
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    Features, Previews
    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • In a City of Villains, does that make the police the bad guys? Do they get put in prison?
    ActionTrip has posted their review of City of Villains.

    "

    City of Villains is essentially a stand-alone expansion to City of
    Heroes. It can be purchased and played separately from City of Heroes,
    but existing CoH players can buy the CoV box and play a villain without
    paying a second subscription fee - a move that was lauded by CoH
    players everywhere. With the onset of City of Villains, a host of new
    features was added to the game, so let's take a look and see if its all
    worthwhile, shall we?
    "

    You can read the entire City of Villains Review at ActionTrip.
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    Reviews
    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Boomjack
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