Heroes of Might and Magic Online Enters Open Beta

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We have some good news and some bad news for fans of MMORPG’s and classic turn based strategies – Heroes of Might and Magic Online has entered open beta. Now the bad news – it’s only in Asia. And some more bad news – even if you happen to be able to register and download the game, there will be IP restrictions meaning that anyone without a Asia-based IP address will not be able to log in to the game legally. But worry not – Ubisoft has already announced that they are working on a western localization for the game, so it’s only a matter of time before we are able to play the game as well.

Dragonica Online June Exp Boosts

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The Dragonica Online team has announced exp boosts throughout the entire month of June. Every weekday the experience rate will be increased by +30% and every weekend it will be increased by +100%. Just like Karos Online, the experience boosts will stack up on any previous item that increases your XP rate(such as cash shop items), making June a great month for leveling for any fan of Draconica Online. More information on the official website.

Karos Online Offering Exp Boost

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Karos Online is offering all its players a 10% experience boost to all monsters killed is celebration of the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The event will run from last Friday, June 4th until Thursday, June 10th. The experience bonus will stack with other experience boosting items as well, making these six days a great time for leveling your character. More information is available on the Karos Online website.

EVE Online's Annual Alliance Tournament VIII

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Today the first qualifying round for CCP Games eighth annual alliance tournament started and 64 teams representing alliances from all over theEVE universe battle in elimination style rounds to see who has got the right stuff in team based pvp.

In the spirit of the ancient roman gladiator style matches CCP has opened a high-definition website where fans and armchair pilots from all over the world can tune in to watch their favorite players duke it out. If you missed out on today action then make sure you tune in tomorrow at 15:00 GMT to catch all the action of the second day of 1st round qualifiers. There is also a youtube page where you can watch all of today matches; according to the forums Team “Death from Above” won first round.

“Wait a second! I don’t play EVE and what the huurrrr is an alliance?”

Long story, short version: A group of corporations (guilds, clans, gangs) created by players create a mutual conglomerate with other corporations to form an alliance. This is important when players  delve into the lawless space of o.o (it like teh wild, wild west except in space) to be able to claim solar systems or “land” for their corporations. The old system of sovereignty has since been changed in the Dominion expansion and I’ll explain this later.

If you haven’t been following the tournament so far then catch up on the rules, the tourney’s format and the incredible prizes that CCP is giving away to first, second and third prize winners. First and second place winners will walk away with awesome limited editions ships and even fourth place winners will win 10 billion ISK.

This is the type of events that all mmorpg’s should run for their players and makes EVE Online stand out head and shoulders above the rest. Make sure you tune in tomorrow and while your orbiting the EVE Online website make sure you dock at MMOCRUNCH.com for your daily dose of MMORPG News.

Until then…

Play safe,

Inktomi

Darkfall Online Free Trial Announced

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Aventurine SA has announced that they will be offering a 14 day free trial for Darkfall Online. The free trial is the first of its kind since the game launched last year.

Zad Mehdawi, Executive Producer on Darkfall, commented;

“We wanted to give everyone the chance to try out our game. Darkfall being the top competitive MMOG in the market, is often mistakenly considered a niche game for hardcore players only. This free trial will give new players the opportunity to test themselves in our highly competitive environment, and at the same time discover that Darkfall is a well rounded game catering to the majority of MMOG play-styles.”

Darkfall was often considered as a non-casual friendly game, it seems that Aventurine SA are very keen to change Darkfall’s image while catering to both the hardcore and casual audiences.

For more information on Darkfall Online, be sure to head on over to the official website.

Reminder: Instance Gratification: DDO Episode 6 For Sunday, June 6 At 12:00 PM EST [Update]

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The daring Lore Hounds will be back inside Turbine’s free-to-play MMORPG (no, not that one) for Instance Gratification: DDO Episode 6 on Sunday, June 6 at 11:00 AM 12:00 PM (noon) EST. Khyber is the server of choice. Please be sure to complete the tutorial area and dungeon before go time. That means you should have at least arrived at the Harbor of Stormreach.  Level 3 would be appreciated, while level 4 is recommended.  We’re going to attempt to complete Waterworks, then venture to a new area.

Due to myself having outside obligations, the group has taken a bit of a hiatus.  In fact, it’s likely to continue after Episode 6, because I’ll be busy representing the Lore Hounds at E3 2010!  Be sure to jump in before the summer break.

Shoot me a tweet or drop a comment in the post if you want to be in the top six. I currently have a warforged cleric (iTZKooPA) and a halfling bard (iTZKHuPA).  Supplies of DDO Point cards are nearly gone, but still available to those that attend!

[Update]

I forgot to re-install DDO since replacing my boot drive.  The start time has been pushed back an hour to accommodate downloading and installing.

Proudmoore Pride 2010: June 19th

Posted by on June 5, 2010 - 3 Comments »

June is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) month in the US and elsewhere, and Blizzard recognized it with the gayest wallpaper that they have ever released. More importantly, it means that there are going to be lots of gay pride events around the world, including in the World of Warcraft!

Proudmoore Pride has been held every year since WoW’s launch and has been primarily run by The Spreading Taint family of guilds. This year, it will be on June 19th at noon PST. Many, many LGBT-friendly guilds and players take part in Proudmoore Pride from both factions. While I don’t know an exact number, it was easily over 500 last year, perhaps upwards of a thousand, and it has grown extremely quickly year to year, likely faster than the growth of the WoW player base. The Spreading Taint family of guilds alone reports 4,658 unique members have at some point been recorded in one of the guilds over some 12,000 characters. Even if you are not interested in the parade itself, it’s still quite an event to witness this many players in one place.

Players not currently in a guild on the US Proudmoore realm, or who would like to network with the The Spreading Taint on Horde or Stonewall Family on Alliance, can join a temporary guild connected to the other guilds’ chat. Both The Spreading Taint and Stonewall Family are already comprised of several guilds, so visitors fit right it. There are lots of guilds that participate, both Proudmoore and guest guilds from other servers, so if you are looking for an LGBT friendly guild, the parade is a great place to get to know people. The Alliance players start in Theramore and march toward Camp Taurajo, where they meet up with Horde players to march toward Ratchet to take the boat to Booty Bay for a party. If you’ve ever wanted to see a time when Dalaran is empty and you may disconnect from lag in Booty Bay, this may be your only opportunity.
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E3 2010 First Look: DC Universe Online

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Sony Online Entertainment has been very fickle about revealing details about their upcoming MMO, DC Universe Online – specifically, a much anticipated release date. Thankfully, at this year’s E3 conference taking place in the Los Angeles Convention Center June 15-17, the team over at SOE are revving up to finally release some solid details about the game and announced its scheduled release date of November of this year. However, a beta is still up in the air, so when you’ll actually get your hands on DC Universe Online for the first time is still anyones call. DC Universe seems to be a direct response to Microsoft and Marvel’s forays into online gaming, hoping to stack up against the big boys.

One of the coolest features that DC Universe Online (soon to be available for the PS3 and PC) boasts is its real-time in-game combat mechanics. Press punch or kick, and your character immediately reacts with the approapriate attack. Stringing together combos is the most effective way to take down baddies. It may not rival any serious beat-um ups in terms of brawler game play, but this more-arcady-than-usual combat system in an MMO seems fresh and has great animations to boot and will keep players on their toes in battle.

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