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  • Note to developers, please stop putting the word "Dark" in every MMOG title.
    MMORPGdot.com has posted a Dark Solstice interview featuring Frank Ross of Black Masque Games.

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    Frank Ross, of Black Masque Games, was kind enough to answer some questions concerning their upcoming title, 'Dark Solstice,' touted as a "2.5D" MMO with turn-based combat, pub games galore, and a regularly random world event, the "Dark Solstice." "

    You can read the entire Dark Solstice Interview at MMORPGdot.com.

    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Cheers are heard from basements around the globe as Dungeons and Dragons Online announces beta testing.
    Turbine and IGN have announced that sign-ups for the Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach beta are now open.

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    WESTWOOD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 1, 2005--Turbine, Inc.
    announced today that Dungeons & Dragons Online(TM): Stormreach(TM) is officially in public Beta and that IGN Entertainment will be the exclusive host. As part of the arrangement, IGN will widely promote the Beta to the millions of gamers who regularly visit IGN's sites, including IGN.com. The Dungeons & Dragons® property is under license from the Hasbro Properties Group, the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS - News) and is based on the classic role-playing game published by Wizards of the Coast, a Hasbro subsidiary.
    "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."
    "Fan acceptance is very important to the overall success of any game," said Rachel Hoagland, director of Digital Entertainment for the Hasbro Properties Group. "We are thrilled that Turbine is tapping into the gaming community, specifically the D&D fan base to ensure Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach delivers an authentic and satisfying D&D and MMO experience."
    Turbine also announced today that all of the players who registered for the Alpha will be automatically enrolled in the Beta pool from which Beta invitations will be sent. That announcement could not come soon enough for the 150,000 eager players who applied for the Alpha program but could not get in due to the overwhelming response. Current members of Turbine's Beta Rewards program and the Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach Community Forums have an increased chance of being invited to participate in the Beta. New players can sign up at www.fileplanet.com/promotions/ddo_stormreach/.
    Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach is the first and only massively multiplayer online role-playing game MMORPG based on the world-renowned DUNGEONS & DRAGONS brand franchise from Wizards of the Coast. This innovative online world features highly customizable characters built from authentic DUNGEONS & DRAGONS races, abilities, skills, and feats; real-time action combat; dangerous dungeons with devious traps; hand-crafted, private adventures; monsters and stories from the action-packed and intrigue-laced EBERRON® campaign setting; and award-winning visuals.
    ABOUT TURBINE
    Turbine, Inc. is a premier producer, publisher and operator of online subscription entertainment and is headquartered in Westwood, Mass. The Company is the largest privately held online games company in North America. Turbine's catalogue includes some of the most famous online entertainment brands, including Asheron's Call®, Dungeons & Dragons® Online: Stormreach(TM) and The Lord of the Rings Online(TM): Shadows of Angmar(TM). For more information on Turbine and its services, please visit www.turbine.com. "

    You can sign-up for the Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Beta at FilePlanet.
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    Beta, Official Announcements
    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • We had dark ages, but what about the light ages?
    FileShack has posted the latest Dark Ages client (7.03) for your downloading pleasure. The client weighs in at 165 MB. I can't say that I know much about this title. If you play it, send me the inside scoop.

    "Dark Ages is an online role-playing game set in a fantasy world of faeries and magic. Dark Ages allows you the player to create your own characters choosing their name, gender, hairstyle, hair color, and path. You can battle monsters as a mighty Warrior, protect and heal as a Priest, use powerful magic as a Wizard, use the devious skills of a Rogue, or discover virtue and power with martial arts as a Monk. Once immersed in the world of Dark Ages, you can partake on quests, discover new lands, defeat powerful monsters, collect rare items and much more. "

    You can download the 7.03 Dark Ages Client at FileShack.

    Download, Media
    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • That Other Convention
    RPG Vault wraps up its coverage from Austin Games Conference... you know, that other convention that easily had five times the substance of BlizzCon but got a fraction of the coverage.

    "The final session I took in was the most purely entertaining. Called MMO Rant, it was led by Gordon Walton, who dubbed himself "old and bitter", with fellow consultant Jessica Mulligan (also old and bitter), Meridian 59's Brian Green ("middle-aged and bitter") and Mythic's Jeff Hickman ("young and bitter!") joining in. All four had great fun, as did the audience, and beneath the merriment, very important points were made. To cite only a couple, one was that the industry needs to move more rapidly from talking about innovation to taking risks by trying new things, and a related one was that it's easy but counter-productive to belittle rather than celebrate attempts to do something different. Green led the way in the laughter category with a fan letter to Stephen King, written from the "I'm a fan so you should do what I say" point of view."

    RPG Vault's summary article from AGC.
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    News
    Tue, Nov 01, 2005
    Ethec
  • Han Solo and Harikari
    As the rest of the Star Wars Galaxies community anxiously anticipates the release of the franchise's newest expansion- The Trials of Obi Wan- and the release of Episode III on DVD tomorrow, SWG players in Japan will be forced to join American and European servers. It's strike two for SOE in Asia; EQLive discontinued Asia-specific operations a few years ago as well, and it raises questions about the future of this troubled franchise.

    " On its Web site, Electronic Arts Japan, the game's Japanese publisher, is reporting that it is discontinuing its support for Star Wars Galaxies in the country. Apparently, Japanese gamers who wish to continue on will have their accounts transferred to American or European servers, which remain unaffected. "

    Star Wars Galaxies discontinued in Japan, this word from Yahoo! Games.
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    News
    Tue, Nov 01, 2005
    Ethec
  • Dungeons, yes, but no dragons yet!
    Turbine's designers put down their dice and player handbooks long enough to deliver a new set of screenshots for your perusal. No dragons yet, but there's plenty of nasty enemy types for you to feast your eyes upon in this latest installment of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach screenshots.

    "Ed. note: No description given, but the "Block Party" is particularly kitchy :) "

    Go see! New screenshots for Dungeons & Dragons: Stormreach.
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    Images, Media
    Tue, Nov 01, 2005
    Ethec
  • A Post-Halloween Treat
    Mythic is now releasing Dark Age of Camelot's sophomore expansion, Trials of Atlantis, for free. If you play non-TOA DAoC (heh) and want to give it a shot, they want to assure you it doesn't suck anymore:

    "We've spent the two years since launch making changes and adjustments, and many of the things you thought you knew about TOA no longer apply - and we're not through yet. Check the system requirements, and if your machine can play it, give it a try - for free. "

    See the news story on the a free Dark Age of Camelot expansion!
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    News
    Tue, Nov 01, 2005
    Ethec
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    BlizzCon has dominated the MMOG news and the #1, most talked about, exciting thing to people reporting on the event.....there will be a Horde race that is attractive. Forget gameplay, new dungeons, new areas, a level cap increase...did you know that the Horde will get a big breasted, slim waisted Elf race? I truly hope that the Alliance race is Pandas. That's right, pandas. What could be more entertaining that playing a Tauren and having it squash a Panda? I bet that'll go over well in the Chinese market too! Of course, if the Pandas look like exotic dancers and their /dance emote plays the part the press will be all over it.
    Here's what's new on the network!

    Tuesday Vin Diesel Fact:

    Vin Diesel can win a game of Monopoly without owning any property.
    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 01, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Succubus babes and other Blizzard silliness.
    The BlizzCon coverage continues to blow in.

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    News
    Tue, Nov 01, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Roper, I barely touched her!
    PCGamer has posted a video podcast featuring Bill Roper of Flagship Studios. Mr. Roper shrugged off our Three's Company jokes to talk about the latest developments on Hellgate: London.

    "First in the docket: Bill Roper of Flagship Studios, who joins us to
    give us the latest on Hellgate: London. Plus: the PCG crew reviews the
    Doom movie (right outside the multiplex where we saw it, no less.) Let
    us know what you think…we’re always up for suggestions! "

    You can grab the PC Gamer Podcast Featuring Bill Roper at, you guessed it, PCGamer.
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    News
    Tue, Nov 01, 2005
    Boomjack
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