Wizard101 Updates with Pet System and World of Celestia

Posted by on April 27, 2010 - No Comments »

KingsIsle Entertainment has announced the two major content updates for their award-winning MMO Wizard101. The first one is an Advanced Pet system coming out this spring. The Advanced Pet system will bring a new dimension of interaction within Wizard101 as players can race their pets in the expansive Pet Derby, participate in new pet-themed minigames, feed and train them, and use them as allies in magic duels. Players will be able to level their pets from an egg to ancient beings with incredible powers.

The second big content update, the world of Celestia is coming out this summer and will give players a giant new location to explore. Inspired by Atlantis, it will put all you young wizards deep beneath the sea, filled with dangers and rewards. Celestia also increases the level cap in Wizard101 from level 50 up to level 60, as well as introducing three new secondary schools of magic. Celestia will officially open in late summer. Starting in June players can undertake new quests to discover the secrets of this new world and begin to unlock the story behind Celestia. These are Wizard101 updates planned this year. Visit the website for more info.

Faunasphere Celebrates Caretakers

Posted by on April 27, 2010 - No Comments »

Faunasphere is holding its first annual Caretaker’s Celebration, and everyone is invited to join! The celebration offers continued bonus experience from the past week, as well as new backgrounds, new items, new nest ideas, and a commemorative gold trophy for every caretaker. There will also be a special hunt several times a day with extra special awards. A special goal is also available with a lucrative reward for those who participate, and community projects have had their restart time dropped to two minutes to help all players enjoy the festivities. More information on the game as well as the event is available here.

Global Agenda to Hit Retail Shelves in Europe

Posted by on April 27, 2010 - No Comments »

Global Agenda will hit store shelves in Europe, courtesy of premier-publisher Iceberg Interactive. After a successful digital-only launch, Hi-Rez Studios and Iceberg Interactive decided that the game should have a boxed version released in Europe. The English-language European Retail release is planned for early September 2010, with a German release following shortly after.  The release will include Global Agenda‘s upcoming Sandstorm expansion pack, as well as other previously unreleased content, introducing a wide array of new devices, weapons and content into the game, including Open PvE zones and a large-scale PvP Warzone featuring 64-player battles. So, Europeans, keep checking your local game stores for a boxed version of Global Agenda, soon. For more information on the game itself, visit the official site or read our detailed Global Agenda review.

APB (All Points Bulletin) Beta Registration Live

Posted by on April 27, 2010 - 11 Comments »

Beta registration for the highly anticipated All Points Bulletin is now live. Hype has been high for this title as it is attempting to be the closest thing to a completely online version of Grand Theft Auto. The game is being developed by Realtime Worlds, the guys who brought us Crackdown. We have high hopes that this ambitious project is in good hands, the title even made MMOCrunch’s Most Anticipated MMOs of 2010 list.

The minimum requirements to run All Points Bulletin:

  • Core 2 Duo 2Ghz or equivalent
  • 2GB RAM (3GB for Vista64 / Windows 7 64)
  • nVidia GeForce 7800 – 256MB or equivalent
  • 20GB Hard disk space

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

RuneFest 2010 Announced

Posted by on April 26, 2010 - No Comments »

Jagex, the UK’s largest independent games company, has announced RuneFest 2010, which plans to be the biggest player event ever for the RuneScape community. RuneFest 2010 will be the first real-world player event of its size for the the company, and the UK.

RuneFest 2010 will be taking place on August 28th, 2010. The location of where the event will be held is currently unknown, but it has been described as “a very exciting central London venue.”

The event intends to replicate the RuneScape experience, with bringing various aspects of the game to life, such as featuring themed areas for players to experience real-world RuneScape activities.

Mark Gerhard, CEO of Jagex commented;

“The team is absolutely electric with enthusiasm for this event, we’ve always wanted to do a fan celebration for our players but crucially not just any old player convention – we insisted that it would be something that was not only different from tired conventions, but an intimate, memorable and naturally incredibly fun, festive fan celebration. This is certainly going to be a landmark event and one of the best parties we’ve ever had. The team and I are really excited about meeting and celebrating our biggest fans namely our epic community, we have also got a few surprises up our sleeve that I’m certain our players will love.”

Tickets for this event will go on sale later this month. For more information on RuneFest 2010, head on over to the official site.

Cataclysm Raid Progression Refinements

Posted by on April 26, 2010 - 9 Comments »

Nethaera dropped a bombshell on the raiding community of WoW today, announcing some major changes to the way that raid lockouts and progression will work in Cataclysm. No longer will 10- and 25-man raids have separate lockouts, and no longer will they have different loot tables. The end goal is to make the content equally difficult in both modes to balance this out.

In order to reward players for successfully coordinating 25 players, bosses on 25 man mode will drop more loot per person than in 10-man mode, including gear, badges, and gold. Heroic modes will work similarly to the current Icecrown Citadel mechanic of toggling on a per-boss basis.

The developers would also like to shorten individual raids while keeping the overall amount of raid content the same. To that end, the first tiers of raiding in Cataclysm will feature multiple shorter raids instead of one long raid. They are also planning on tuning the first tiers of raids to players in quest and dungeon rewards, but hope not to trivialize heroic dungeons.

We are bound to hear some arguments both for and against these broad changes from now until well after Cataclysm is released, especially with many questions left unanswered. My main concern? What about the achievements?!

See the full announcement after the break.

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Turbine Celebrates LoTRO Anniversary, DDO Discounts Too

Posted by on April 26, 2010 - No Comments »

Turbine started a couple of raw deals this weekend.  The biggest news is the celebration of Lord of the Rings Online’s third anniversary.  Turbine will mark the Leather year by giving current and returning players an in-game item, the Writ of Virtue.  The Writ is a passive skill that provides 20% discounts at Bards across Middle-earth.

Speaking of discounts, any player, new or old, can snag 3, 6, or 12 month packages of LotRO for only $9.99 a month.  If you have any doubt about LotRO’s legs, know this: The game’s player base grew over 15% over the past year,” according to Jim Crowley, President and CEO of Turbine, Inc. and new employee of Warner Brothers.

Not to be outdone by its subscription-based brother, Dungeons & Dragons Online is having its own discount party.  Starting last Friday and extending to Thursday, April 29, players of DDO: EU can get their hands on sought after items such as any Adventure Pack, the Warforged race, 32-point character builds and Cleric Hirelings for 25 to 50% off.  The seemingly random, but loosely connected to Earth Day, sale is DDO’s largest and most tempting.

The discount on a game that Amatera and I have been enjoying was too good for me to pass up.  I grabbed 1,550 Points ($19.50) and spent them on a couple of adventure packs, and the 32-point build.  To take advantage of the 32-point build I am going to reroll my alt and attempt to customize her.

What better time to start your character for Lore Hound’s DDO episodes of Instance Gratification?  At these prices the 500 DDO Points we hand out will go a long way!

Buying in to Suicide Kings

Posted by on April 26, 2010 - 6 Comments »

When it comes to divvying out loot, I’ve heard of more than a few systems that players seem to hate.

A straight-up DKP system, some would argue, leads players to save up all their points, never spending them until the absolute perfect item drops. And once that happens, you just have to hope that there isn’t someone else with a point or two more than you. And when players aren’t spending their points, inflation is inevitable, since members will become willing to spend more points to get the loot they want.

Similarly, bidding DKP systems can drive up the “price” of loot. Although, conversely I suppose if there is no minimum bid, raiders may be able to get a good deal on an item as well, if no one else is willing to bid (perhaps because they already spent a higher amount of DKP to bid on the same item earlier).

But not having any personal experience with any of these, I can only  repeat the pros and cons that I’ve heard from others. What I can confidently say is that I am becoming an increasingly big fan of Suicide Kings.

You’ll find my reasoning behind the cut.

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