Instance Gratification: DDO Episode 2 – Ding!

Posted by on April 21, 2010 - 4 Comments »

Join iTZKooPA and an increased troop of heroes as they return to Korthos Island to mop up the last few adventures before heading into the wilds of Stormreach.  Episode 2 was filled with a round robin of characters, maxing out at a full (unbalanced) group of six players.  We are still in need of a dedicated tank.

Thanks to the XP Bonus event, and some tasty 20% XP multipliers, most of the group hit or are about to hit level 3.  Due to the complexity of leveling (and ranking) in Dungeons and Dragons Online, iTZKooPA closes the video with a recap of the unique process.

Episode 3 will once again happen on Sunday, and is currently scheduled for an 11:00 AM EST start time on the Khyber server.  Please be sure to complete the tutorial area and dungeon before go time.  We’ll be clearing that last two dungeons on Korthos Island before we head off to Stormreach for the real challenges.  Supplies of DDO Point cards are now limited, but still available to those that attend!

Prospective attendees should drop a line below so we can gauge the expected attendance.  Include your class if you’ve already decided upon one.  I currently have a warforged cleric (iTZKooPA) and a halfling bard (iTZKHuPA).

Hope to see you there!  How do you like the new name?!

EverQuest II Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Posted by on April 21, 2010 - No Comments »

It really surprised me when Sony Online Entertainment, one of the biggest MMOG publisher in the industry, became the first company to think outside the box.  Global Agenda’s Conquest option aside, it has been a given that if you’re playing an MMOG, you’re paying $10-$15 a month for the subscription.  It doesn’t matter if the title is AAA, indie, niche, ten-years old or completely failing.  You’re paying a basic, all-or-nothing rate.  “No longer!” says SOE.

SOE announced yesterday that returning players (or accounts for the multiboxers) of EverQuest II would be able to select a new subscription rate, thanks to the “EQII Passport.”  The time-limited rate only runs $5 a month, and allows for three consecutive days of play.  When my eyes first glanced at the announcement my brain did a backflip at the possibilities.  People could save money on secondary accounts, get their friends to play with them for a weekend here and there, or just taste test patches and fixes.  It seemed brilliantly simple, and ridiculously tempting.

Then I read the fine print; Lil’ XT’s cry instantly popped into my head.  Hit the jump to see where SOE should have went with the genius plan. Read more…

Blizzard Making $2.5 million per hour on Virtual Mount

Posted by on April 21, 2010 - No Comments »

Recently Blizzard expanded their store for World of Warcraft by adding two in-game items; The Celestial Steed Flying Mount and the Lil’ XT Pet. A functional mount is a first for the store and demand has been very high.

Reports from have indicated that the number of individuals in the queue for the Celestial Mount is above 140,000. According to, Blizzard is making an estimated $2.5 million per hour from these new little additions to the Blizzard store.

Concern from the community has arisen about Blizzards new marketing tactic, with many saying that it is unfair for those that have spent hours upon hours of playtime, trying to earn the in-game gold that is required for a flying-mount.

We’re betting that the fine folks at Blizzard are pretty darn happy at the moment. $2.5 million per hour for a new mount and pet. Blizzard is on a roll.

Atlantica Online: Create Your Own Mercenary Winner

Posted by on April 21, 2010 - No Comments »

Atlantica Online is one giant MMORPG! Just a few days ago we informed you of the new housing system. But it seems we were just getting warmed up. Last month NDoors picked up a grand prize winner for the “create your own mercenary” contest, along with five runner-ups. Now the developers want to show you the winner. As some of you may know the winner of the contest, Symban, will have his creation brought to love. His creation is called Camilla: A Vampire Countess derived by the effects of the Oriharukon device in Bran Castle, she floats through the air, draining life from other players to sustain her existence. Camilla looks every bit the part of a Vampire Countess, with jet black hair contrasted against her snow-white skin and blood-stained lips. Players will be able to learn more about this mercenary as we near its release. Congratulations, Symban.

Mytheon OB Starts on April 28th

Posted by on April 21, 2010 - No Comments »

True Games Interactive and Petroglyph have announced that the Mytheon Open Beta will start on April 28thMytheon is a new free MMORPG that mixes together greek mythology with high fantasy. Until the open beta starts, anyone who registers on the website will be able to immediately play the game once it launches. Petroglyph also announced the “Champions of Mytheon” premium package that will give players who purchase it lifetime access to discount currency, premium offerings, exclusive, one-time only items, and sneak previews of new content before release. This exciting package will be available for purchase in early May.

Fallen Earth 1.4 Available on the Test Server

Posted by on April 21, 2010 - No Comments »

Fallen Earth Patch 1.4 has hit the test server. Keep in mind though it only includes a part of the content that will be available in the full release. This new patch includes a brand new area, Deadfall, new arena-style PvP areas, mutant mounts, an achievement system, conflict town upgrades, clan wars and of course – continued optimizations and improvements. The arena PvP system will offer four game modes – Deathmatch, Assault, Survival and Capture the Flag. You can read more about it here.

Tales of Fantasy "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" Event Announced

Posted by on April 21, 2010 - No Comments »

IGG has announced the first event for the closed beta of Tales of Fantasy, titled “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

The event runs from April 19th until May 14th. The event seeks to identify the top 10 guilds and reward them either with gold or exclusive titles such as Golden Tiger, Lithe Jaguar, Royal Kirin, Savage Leo and Flying Pegasus.

Champion (Ranks 1st, 2nd, 3rd): 1000 Gold
First Runner-Up (Ranks 4th, 5th, 6th): 800 Gold
Second Runner-Up (Ranks 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th): 600 Gold

Title Rewards
The titles up for grabs are Golden Tiger, Lithe Jaguar, Royal Kirin, Savage Leo and Flying Pegasus.
The first 10 guilds are eligible for these titles – simply submit a screenshot of at least half the guild’s members riding on one particular mount to . Once verified, the title will be conferred on the guild. (eg: should a guild with 50 members wish to receive the title of Savage Leo, the guild master will need to submit a screenshot of at least 25 guild members riding on any of the available lion mounts to receive the title.)

For more information, head on over to the official event page.

Destiny Online: Glory of the Tribe Expansion Now Live

Posted by on April 21, 2010 - No Comments »

The long-awaited third expansion to Destiny Online, titled ‘Glory of the Tribe’, is now live as of April 20th, 2010.

New features included in Glory of the Tribe are:

- Level cap raised to 145.

- New Superpet and new Mount.

- Two new outfits for your characters.

- New equipments and weapons.

- Two new boss monsters ‘Grim Gargoyle,’ and ‘Darkhound.’

- A dozen new monster cards that will transform the player into “Hilarious monsters.”

- Enhanced Tribal War combining both PvP and PvE.

For more information on Glory of the Tribe, head on over to the official expansion website.