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  • Houston, we have a MMOG.
    The Houston Chronicle has posted a quick little ditty about Guild Wars that takes a brief, but focused look at the game. Vin Diesel can play four Guild Wars characters at once using only the powers of his mind. His mind powers had nothing to do with the following, though they could have if he had wanted them to:

    "It's a sad fact that most massively multiplayer online games are dominated by gamers with way too much time on their hands.
    Building a character and maintaining relationships within an online world often demand more time and energy than a casual gamer can muster. Guild Wars , a PC-based online game from ArenaNet and Austin-based NCSoft, seeks to change that by making it easier to join."

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    Tue, Sep 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Spirit shrouds and monster missions and evolving items, oh my!

    Craig Knapp, Producer for Everquest Live (not to be confused with "Everquest 2 Not Live: Down for Expansion Update This Morning), offers his insight on the upcoming "Depths of Darkhollow" expansion.

    MMORPG.com: For all the veteran EQ'ers, could you sum up what makes this expansion different from the others?

    Craig Knapp: When we started working on Depths of Darkhollow we wanted to stay true to what made EverQuest so unique in the first place, innovation. We wanted to make sure that each feature was something that hadn’t been done in the MMO industry and I think we’ve done that exceptionally well. In addition, I’m particularly proud that each of these features appeals to players of all level ranges and players of any play-style. As anyone in the gaming industry will tell you, that’s not easy to do.

    For the features list and more, read the rest of the Everquest: Depths of Darkhollow preview interview at MMORPG.com.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Sep 13, 2005
    Ethec
  • If there's a website, it must be true.
    Mythic Entertainment has unveiled the official website for Dark Age of Camelot: Darkness Rising. Though Vin Diesel can see in the dark he refused to comment on this expansion other than to say:

    "FAIRFAX, VA – September 12, 2005 – Mythic Entertainment, developer and publisher of massively-multiplayer online role playing games, today launched the official website for "Darkness Rising," the sixth expansion to the epic fantasy MMORPG "Dark Age of Camelot." Screenshots, artwork and information on the expansion and its new features can be found at: http://www.darkageofcamelot.com/DarknessRising/.
    The "Darkness Rising" expansion pack will be available in North America this October for $19.99 via digital download directly from Mythic Entertainment. "Darkness Rising" requires the original "Dark Age of Camelot" and "Catacombs" expansion pack to play.
    In "Darkness Rising," an evil uprising threatens the land and the mightiest heroes in the Realms are called into service. For the first time in "Dark Age of Camelot," players will be able to earn the right to be called a Champion of the Realm. Players become Champions by exploring new zones and revisiting altered lands while investigating the mysterious uprising to discover its sinister underpinnings. By performing this service for their Realm, players achieve new levels of advancement and gain the ability to wield class-specific Champion Weapons. "Darkness Rising" also introduces majestic player-controlled horses and other more fantastic steeds which can be ridden into conflict in the war between the Realms.
    About "Darkness Rising"
    "Darkness Rising" begins a new chapter in the epic saga of "Dark Age of Camelot." Years of strife and conflict have taken their toll upon the peoples of Albion, Midgard and Hibernia. Increasing occurrences of rebel uprisings threaten to plunge the Realms into turmoil and chaos, and in this desperate hour, a call for help has gone out. Only a true champion of the Realm can stem the tides of revolt and save their Realm from destruction from within. Answering this call, the player must embark on a quest to crush the rebels seeking to depose the Realm's self-anointed ruler. However, all is not as it seems. Behind the uprisings, dark powers are seeking to exploit the three Realms during their time of need. From the halls of the infamous dungeon, Darkness Falls, these sinister forces are massing a mighty invasion force to subjugate all the Realms and establish a nightmarish new order on Earth. New foes have emerged to challenge the might of Albion, Midgard and Hibernia. A new darkness is rising in the lands. The courage and might of a champion is all that stands between the forces of evil and total domination.
    About Mythic Entertainment
    Mythic Entertainment is one of the most successful developers and publishers of massively-multiplayer online role-playing games in the world. Credited with 15 online games, including the award winning "Dark Age of Camelot," Mythic's success is based in proprietary technology, superior game design and exemplary customer service delivered by a talented staff of more than 160 people. "Dark Age of Camelot" is played throughout the world in seven languages. It was launched in Japanese in January 2005, and in April 2005 became the first international MMO localized into Spanish. The recently announced "Warhammer" MMORPG will be available in 2007."

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    Tue, Sep 13, 2005
    Boomjack
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    It's Monday! I managed to break the water softener, two toilets (don't ask, but it wasn't from "unloading") and the feather in my cap, the outboard motor on my boat all in the span of 48 hours. For those of you who have never owned a boat, an outboard motor costs just slightly more than a skid of gold bars.
    Today is the last day to enter the contest to win a signed Auto Assault print. There couldn't be an easier contest to enter. Just "click here" to get your name in the draw.
    Monday Vin Diesel Fact:

    Vin Diesel can just lather and rinse. He never has to repeat.
    What's new on the network.

    What was recently recent, or what we still want you to see...you decide.

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

    As always, in your service,
    -- John "Boomjack" Hoskin

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    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
    Boomjack
  • But where's the big lazer?

    RPG Union sports some new sweeping landscape pics of the "City of Villains" companion MMO to the player favorite "City of Heroes." No tights, capes, or devilish laughter required.

    "..." (no description,in general these guys seem to be laconic bordering on mute! No worries, TTH has more than enough hot air to cover it.)

    The screenshots are cool, anyway... see the new City of Villains screens at RPG Union!

    Images, Media
    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
    Ethec
  • Desert of Flames and Changes.
    Sony Online Entertainment has posted an EverQuest 2 Producer's Letter featuring Scott Hartsman. The letter focuses on the upcoming Desert of Flames Expansion and on the combat changes that are being introduced at the same time. It sounds like a while new game. Tom Cruise refuted claims that he was a Enchanted Lands Fairy and retorted:

    " For those of you who keep up with the forums, some of this is going to be things that you've heard before.  For those who haven't, some of this may come as a surprise. 
    Many people will be relearning parts of their characters, getting used to new spell lines and working with altered buffs.  That's a lot for us to ask, and we realize that.  As a way of thanking you for sticking through the effect this will have on your first few sessions, we'll be running a week of Bonus Adventure Experience for characters under level 50 beginning the day that Desert of Flames launches.
    I'd like to take a few minutes to talk about what it is exactly that's going on with the game, what you can expect to see on Tuesday 9/13, and our reasons for bringing you these combat changes. "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2 Producer's Letter at The Official Site.
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    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Bugbears Beware.
    MMORPG.com has posted #5 in their series of Dungeons and Dragons Online Interviews. This interview, featuring Victor Watcher consists of five questions. Gary Gygax literally ran the other way when I approached him, screaming:

    " Victor Watcher of Turbine Entertainment answers five more of Jon Wood's questions in this week's Q&A. Today he delves into the setting and some of the game's important systems. "

    You can read the entire Dungeons and Dragons Online Interview at MMORPG.com
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    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
    Boomjack
  • PvP With No Monthly Fee Says Killer Betty.
    Killer Betties has posted a review of Guild Wars. Killer Veronica was unavailable for comment, as was Jughead, but we are confident had they responded they would not have said this:

    "When compared to the other Massive Multiplayer Online games around,
    Guild Wars is fairly unique. It has no subscription fees, and thus, no
    credit card. If all you want to do is purchase the game from your local
    game retailer…fine. That’s all you need to purchase. However, there are chapters released every six months with exciting new game content and skills, although NCSoft stresses that these are completely optional and players will not be barred from PVP (player vs. player) combat if they have not bought the latest chapter. "

    You can read the entire Guild Wars Review at Killer Betties.
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    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
    Boomjack
  • It takes a "guru" to get these screens.

    I try not to wear my emotions on my sleeve too much, being the objective journalist that I am (/cough), but I'm a little bitter towards myself on this one. EQ2 Guru boasts a series of screenshots that your truly should have gotten- had I not patched the test server client instead of the beta client, thus missing the grand tour.

    Check out these exclusive Desert of Flames screenshots exploring the different areas and zones from the upcoming EQ2 expansion.

    /sigh, go to EQ2 Guru to see the damn screenshots based on the "Desert of Flames" expansion due out tomorrow (9.13.05). And I'll go check "Beta Testing On Live MMOs for Dummies" out of the library.

    Images, Media
    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
    Ethec
  • A crispy pet hamster was the only creature I've found inside my furnace.

    IGN caps off its preview series with a look at the bestiary of the recent Guild Wars expansion. Alas, charred little Fuzzball didn't make the list; he didn't have a respawn timer.

    Today, for the last feature, we're giving you a quick glimpse at some of the new creatures found in the area of Sorrow's Furnace. You'll find a couple more surprises waiting for you inside, but you'll become quite familiar with those you find below.

    Have a look at the nasties you'll find deep inside the Guild Wars: Sorrow's Furnace expansion at IGN.

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
    Ethec
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