Fanfest 2011 is just a few weeks away, and I wanted to share a few thoughts with you about it and why you, no matter the personal or professional cost, should join us to celebrate the serious business of internet spaceships. Fanfest is about celebrating EVE Online and about making it better. The first was a lot larger than we’d expected and it has only grown exponentially since. As hundreds of pilots from all walks of life and all corners of the Earth (and the EVE universe) come together, a deep, volcanic like power is born. A real, palpable force that stirs the fires within. It’s impossible to conceive of until you experience it. People from across the globe descend upon Iceland, a country that has fewer people than there are EVE pilots. Amazing.
And there you are in the middle of it—a player who, if you are extremely lucky, knows a dozen EVE players in real life. Suddenly you’re surrounded by hundreds of others who, like you, have built their own experiences out of EVE’s sandbox. For me, it was a complete shift in how I regarded EVE, even though I loved it so dearly before. After my first Fanfest it seemed so much bigger… Read more…
Five people sit in comfortable leather chairs arranged in a semi-circle. The youngest examines an ancient piece of frayed cloth. “What is it?” he asks them. His clothing marks him as a Thunder Breaker.
The Night Walker among them raises his voice. “It’s a Cygnus Knight crest torn from a tabard. It was found many centuries ago atop the body of Ifnia, Queen of El Nath.”
The Thunder Breaker laughs. “There is no kingdom in El Nath,” he says.
The Blaze Wizard replies, “The story is that El Nath was supposedly the home of the Red Lion King, Von Leon. He was the first ruler to pledge himself to the Black Mage, and he launched an attack on the rest of Maple World. The Cygnus Knights fought back and eventually pushed him back to his kingdom. Rather than surrender, he cast a spell that supposedly killed every citizen of El Nath, turning them into ghosts and animal demons, and hid the kingdom away forever.” Read more…
Blizzard just posted an official blog entry regarding PTR Patch 4.1. You can read the full post and patch notes, which are subject to change throughout the testing process, after the jump.World of Warcraft Patch 4.1 is coming to the Public Test Realm, and it’s bringing all sorts of new content to the game. Most notably, Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman are both being reintroduced as 5-player Cataclysm Heroics!
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The time for more changes to Final Fantasy XIV fast approaches, and this patch promises to be a bit more substantial than its predecessor. While patch 1.15 brought a number of improvements to the game’s mechanics, the actual amount of content remained the same.
Patch 1.16, on the other hand, is slated to bring in something new — world quests. While there are no exact numbers, the addition of more world and storyline quests promises to be a huge boon for the game’s players and a welcome update. Read more…
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All love the Aion Double XP events. To supplement them, we are introducing a new kind of event that complements that big XP boost. Break out the cheers for a Gateway Getaway!
Our new NPCs, Basileides and Agnar, provide a full access pass for you to the Gateway Getaway event that begins Wednesday, February 23, and runs until March 9, 2011.
During this Gateway Getaway event, we will introduce special entrance gates that allow your characters to enter instances despite fort ownership. You can enter a selection of the Upper Abyss fort instances and Divine’s Abyssal Splinter from the home territories of Primum and Teminon, and access Silentera Canyon from inside your home base in the Illusion and Gelkmaros fortresses.
Sharpen your swords, and jump into the Gateway Getaway!
When you first enter the character creator screen, you’re confronted with a blank canvas of an avatar — relatively featureless and bereft of hair or modest clothing. While it’s tempting to start sorting through the pretty hair styles and the currently limited selection of clothing choices, these are finishing touches that are best left until later. Pay close attention to the shape of your character’s face, remembering that in this first design stage you’re seeing a very neutral expression. If you make an angry face or a squint at this stage, your character will always have it. All changes made to one side of the face are automatically propagated to the other, keeping the face neutral and symmetrical.
The key things you’ll want to modify here are the nose, jaw line, cheekbones, the position of the eyes, and the position and size of the mouth. Rotate the character around frequently to see how it looks at different angles and under different lighting conditions. Looking at it in a side-on profile is also a handy way to check whether the nose, chin and eyes look the way you want. When you’re happy with the way the face looks, move across to the complexion menu on the right-hand side and try out some of the options. Adding some aging or scarring will give your character’s skin some much-needed texture, making it look a bit more realistic and interesting. Leaving all of these options at zero can produce an odd porcelain-doll effect that robs a character’s face of a lot of personality.
Wow first two extension expanded the game’s history and enlarged the wow world’s dimensions, with The Burning Crusade together with the extra-dimensional Outland to adventure and Wrath of the Lich King brought high-leveling players to refrigerate Northrend to battlefield of undead elves. These extension edition added many fields, however, their demanding that players have powerful characters to adventure their new territories that meant a lot of brand-new contents were locked away from those who didn’t have time to create substantial soldiers capable of adventure of cataclysmic wow. Read more…
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The Final Fantasy XIV team has posted a trio of articles on the Lodestone. The first is another ‘Ask the Devs’ article featuring several questions about item repair. The second is a link to Player Poll The Second, with devs asking players for input on the battle system. Finally, devs have posted the 1.5b patch notes deployed on February 17th.
Q.What determines the rank required to repair an item?
A.This is determined by either the synthesis rank or the optimal rank of the item. If both are present, the lesser of these two values is used. If your crafting rank is equal to or higher than the repair rank, then success is virtually guaranteed. If it is less, however, you may attempt to repair the item, but the chance
of success decreases for each rank disparity. It is not possible to attempt repairs when this disparity is greater than ten. Read more…
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Making progress with a character takes a little longer in World of Warcraft, and a character that has reached the level cap represents a significant investment of time. WoW is a better choice if you want a game you’re really going to settle into for a while.
It’s a world everyone should be familiar with, and it looks so much better when it’s not being seen from high in the sky. In fact, it’s one of the best looking games ever. Rather than aiming for mechanical realism the characters and environments have been endowed with truly a unique sense of style.
The game’s eight races are split among two factions, with traditionally nice types on the side of The Alliance, and icky or brutish things on the side of The Horde. The players on each side are engaged in an ongoing conflict, which is made all the more interesting by an artificial language barrier that prevents them from talking with each other. Most of the time it makes for a whole lot of killing, but occasionally results in surreal situations like an orc traveling with a human party and communicating with gestures.
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BY FINAL FANTASY XIV Offical Site>
The following text amends several mistranslations and grammatical issues which went live this morning. We apologize for the confusion.
Adjustments have been made to skill and experience point bonuses for parties with more than eight members. Party bonuses will decrease with each member over eight.
The amount of experience points earned through synthesis has been reduced.
*No adjustments have been made to skill points.
An incorrect value displayed when viewing the time remaining until anima regeneration, accessed via the /clock text command.
Personal /tell messages not appearing in certain chat logs.
Japanese text displayed in the trade interface.
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Know Your Enemy – Just as some mobs of the same level give different experience, mobs will also drop different loot. Humanoid creatures will drop coin in addition to loot and while the difference isn’t staggering in reward, the extra coin does make it worthwhile to choose your targets wisely if you happen to be out grinding for XP or kinah.
Also keep in mind that named mobs and Abyss mobs will drop better loot. I don’t advocate farming named mobs during peak hours of gaming, but if it’s a quiet day, hopping back to lower levels (a tier lower than what you currently play in works well if your solo farming) and hitting all the good named mobs is a easy way to pick up a little extra cash. Read more…
The WoW Insider Show will be coming to you live Monday, Feb. 21 at 2:00 p.m. EST / 1:00 p.m. CST / 11:00 a.m. PST. This live show will feature our usual cadre of Mike Sacco, Matt Rossi, and Mat McCurley, with special guest Anne Stickney also dropping by to lend her thoughts to the gang. Read more…
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The great, vast Maple World is where you weave your own MapleStory. Though all stories begin from Maple Island and move on to Victoria Island, it’s up to you to decide where the core of your MapleStory will take place. The different regions of Maple World offer their very own towns and cultures, so exploring every nook and cranny of the world is a rare and long story in itself.
See the world of MapleStory here!
Thus far, the holidays of Final Fantasy XIV have closely paralleled those of Final Fantasy XI, and the latest holiday announcement continues that trend in probably the best way possible. After all, one of the charms of the older game has always been its unique and sometimes offbeat holidays, a tradition held over in the brand-new Little Ladies’ Day. It’s a chance for players to celebrate the coming of spring, blossoming trees, and of course, their diminutive feminine side.
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“To break the mold, sometimes you have to start over,” says Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime. Apparently the monolithic development firm’s next MMO won’t be a World of Warcraft sequel, and In fact, the company expects the two titles to co-exist for a number of years.
“We’re really trying to leverage all the lessons we learned through the years. Some of which we were able to address in World of Warcraft and others that maybe because of the design decisions we’ve made, you just can’t address. So we’re kind of taking a step back with all that knowledge to make something that’s completely new and fresh,” Morhaime said yesterday while speaking at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas.
Specific details were nowhere to be found of course, but Morhaime did hint at the social aspects that Blizzard sees as defining characteristics for the future of gaming.
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