23 January 2012
| | Randy Denosha
Every fan of The Dungeon Master Column, Dungeons And Dragons and its online version have been waiting for this moment for ages. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Wizards of the Coast announced a new expansion – the first one, in fact – to the growing community of Dungeons and Dragons Online. The title is currently slated with the open moniker of “summer,” meaning we’ll see it at the early parts of the convention season.
The new expansion is called Menace of the Underdark and will bring the player base to the Forgotten Realms, the first of the different areas of Dungeons and Dragons. Not only will we go back, Turbine will add in the master of different forms, the Druid. Besides these two exciting points, the level cap will rise to level 25, which gives the players five epic levels, with that of course comes the epic feats and epic magic.
Color this writer excited for this new expansion. I really wanna see the village in Forgotten Realms called Eveningstar. I truly wanna see how Turbine made the Druid, especially the shapeshifting aspect of the character. Is the Druid going to have just several forms and will it work the same as in World of Warcraft, or is the Druid going to have loads of different forms and the player can only choose just some of them which they think will work the best.We can only wait and see.
The announcement brought some concept art and a new logo (right). The concept art you can see after the button, a little spoiler, along with the official announcement; it is really good!
24 October 2011
| | Beararms
This review of Dragon Mound, by Richard A Knaak, contains zero calories, zero trans fats, and is completely spoiler free.
Dragon Mound begins with one of the lead characters, Evan Wytherling, traveling through forests outside of the town known as Pretor’s Hill. Evan is a knight on a quest to Pretor’s Hill to investigate the area and its people, for the citizens do not realize that the land the forefathers had built upon was once the great site of a terrible and bloody battle.
During his investigation of the town, we are introduced to another main character, Mardina Sinclair. Mardi (as she prefers to be called) is a young woman with her head constantly in her books, so when she first sees Evan, she is reminded of her stories of brave and gallant knights; unaware of Evans dark, and haunting past. Even though Evan does his best to avoid the girl for her own protection, she constantly pesters the knight.
As fate brings the two together, they are slowly enveloped by the inevitable growing darkness that threatens to swallow not only them, but the entire region of Rundin as well. Continue Reading
23 September 2011
| | Beararms
On September 21st, Hi-Rez Studios released the much-anticipated free expansion Recursive Colony onto the live servers for its popular MMO shooter, Global Agenda. Recursive Colony is Global Agenda’s largest content update to date and its first major expansion since the game went free-to-play.
Recursive Colony is centered around the idea that the humans of Dome City are being attacked by a hive-minded army of robot-building robots bent on the destruction of humans, and yes, I am very close to making a reference to the Terminator series. The new hive mind doesn’t just add a few new instanced missions and some flairs. That wouldn’t do for the cluster’s grandiose plans. Instead, an entire new zone, PvP maps, and daily repeatable missions will keep players coming back for more.
Good thing the resources are apparently infinite.
“North Sonora,” the new zone added to Global Agenda‘s map, holds the shooter’s major new content. By popular demand, the developer added in a series of chain quests and repeatable quests to give players something to focus on besides the grind of instanced PvE/PvP missions. These quests can either be done by solo agents or in teams. Depending on the mission, players may find themselves exploring the open world or sent with a band of your friends into a Skyne- I mean Recursive Colony -hive to take the fight to the machines. Continue Reading
30 April 2011
| | Mordil
Ready to fill your starving MMO news feed, the Live Cast is back with episode 3 to cover the past few months of gaming news. Tune in here (or our FaceBook page, or our Livestream page) at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST).
Below the video embed is the agenda we have planned, but always keep in mind that what we discuss may be 100% different from what’s planned – according to what you, the viewers, decide. See you then!
10 March 2011
| | Kershocker
A paladin was my first character in World of Warcraft. Kershocker the Holy Paladin. I know what you’re thinking: “LOL u leveled as holy, noob l2p.” I admit it, I was definitely a noob [Proof], but one day, while spamming Holy Shock and Exorcism, I decided to learn how to play my class. Boom! Retribution Paladin!
When it comes to DPS, I’ve always loved the Melee classes. Inflicting as much damage while standing right in the middle of all the action is good times. When you want to gear a Plate DPS class, all of them share one thing in common: Strength. That’s why it’s quite simple to identify an upgrade, if it has more Strength than your current item, it’s probably an upgrade. Still, there are a few other stats you need to consider if you wish to maximize your DPS. I’ll try to make a priority stat list for every single Plate DPS class and it will be followed by gear you can and should get before stepping into heroics.
Retribution Paladin: Strength > Hit Cap = Expertise Cap > Mastery > Critical Strike > Haste
Dual Wield Frost DK: Strength > Hit Cap = Expertise Cap > Mastery > Critical Strike > Haste
2-H Frost DK: Strength > Hit Cap = Expertise Cap = Haste > Mastery > Critical Strike
Unholy DK: Strength > Hit Cap > Haste > Mastery > Expertise Cap > Critical Strike
Fury Warrior: Strength > Hit Cap = Expertise Cap> Critical Strike > Mastery > Haste
Arms Warrior: Strength > Hit Cap = Expertise Cap > Critical Strike = Mastery > Haste
Now on to the gear.
15 February 2011
| | Barugaara
No longer relegated to a permanent tree form, choosing the right equipment for your Restoration Druid is more important than ever! But you’ll have to wait until you your gear is up to snuff before you start playing dress-up. As with all of our Cataclysm Gear Check guides, we’ve provided you with a variety of ways to hit that elusive 329 ilevel cap required for entrance to Heroic 5-man dungeons.
Remember that while it eventually evens out a bit once you outfit yourself with Heroic and raiding items, initial healing and mana management can be a little tricky in this expansion, even with the pieces shown below.
Stat Priority: Intellect > Spirit > Haste > Mastery > Crit
Generally, you are going to want all of your gear to have spirit on it. However, if a piece has a significant abundance of intellect, don’t hesitate grabbing it!
As a Druid, we are gifted with the nifty ability to wear cloth gear. Or more appropriately, we were. We now receive a intellect bonus for wearing all leather, so that is definitely worth going for.
Chances are if you have leveled to 85, you have ran into all of the six new factions this expansion. As it turns out, these guys are real nice and are willing to hand out some (more or less) free blues to get you started. I would recommend checking them out.
14 February 2011
| | Kershocker
Kersh - Survival Hunter
DING! Your hunter just reached level 85 and, now that the level bar is gone, you have no clue what to do next. So where should you go to get the pieces of gear missing to reach an average iLvl of 329 — and be able to queue for Heroics? Let me help you! Here I’ll list the best pieces of Pre-Heroic hunter gear you can obtain so to get you prepared to step into heroics.
This list will include items you can obtain by quests, crafting, reputation rewards, regular dungeons and Justice Points. The reason why I’m including Justice Points and iLvl 359 Reputation gear is because you can technically get those without spending time in heroic dungeons.
To be honest, I’ve always been a Survival Hunter. While I’ve leveled as BM, SV is the only spec I use for End-Game Content, but, from what I’ve read, stat priority is pretty much the same between the 3 specs. Oh, and just like in WotLK, Agility is still the best stat.
Agility >Haste [Soft Cap] > Hit [Until Capped] > Critical Strike > Haste > Mastery
If you feel like investigating a bit more about Stat Priority for your spec, take a look at:
Beast Mastery – Elitist Jerks
Marksmanship – Elitist Jerks
Survival – Elitist Jerks
- Willow Mask – 2200 Justice Points
- Windhome Helm / Snarling Helm – Revered with Wildhammer Clan / Dragonmaw Clan
- Wildhammer Riding Helm - Grim Batol: General Umbriss
- Wrap of the Valley Glades – 1650 Justice Points
- Bloodpetal Mantel – Halls of Origination: Ammunae
- Mantle of Moss – Honored with The Earthen Ring Continue Reading
21 May 2008
| | LHStaff
We here at MMOCrunch are no strangers to speculation, as can be noted by our past experiences with the ponderings over the existence of Diablo 3. Personally, I have no doubt in my mind that Blizzard is working on it even as I write. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that it’s been officially announced. Blizzard, being the masters of polish and secrecy that they are, has been keeping a tight lid on all of it’s secret projects, but is that about to end for Diablo 3?
Blizzplanet.com seems to think so and for good reason to. While rooting around their latest issue of PC Gamer Magazine and doing a little research they have actually found some pretty reliable information that PC Gamer Magazine might get the “go ahead” from Blizzard to unleash all the details in their August issue. Of course, it all started with this key comment from one of PC Gamer Magazine’s writers:
Have you ever had a secret that you’re just dying to blurt out, but you can’t for another month, and the stress of holding it in makes you want to do the pee-pee dance? That’s what the PC Gamer staff is doing right now, because the August issue will be chock-full of exclusives, including a top-secret cover story so huge we had to go to [CENSORED] to get it. Just 30 days more …”
Pretty tantalizing huh? It’s obvious that PC Gamer at least has something that we will want to know about, MMO or otherwise. However, there is some added evidence on top of that that lends credence to Blizzplanet.com’s logic such as:
- A few weeks ago Blizzard invited a number of gaming press magazines to their headquarters in Irvine, CA. Was PC Gamer Magazine one of them? Maybe…
- PC Gamer Magazine knew about Starcraft 2 before it was announced.
- Blizzard’s Worldwide Invitational is in late June.
Amongst other things that you can read up on by following the link at the bottom.
So could this possibly be it? Are we really only a month or two from getting an official announcement for Diablo 3. I am certainly hoping so. Stay tuned, as we get more information in the coming months!
Check out the original article HERE.