Archive for October 2009

Allods Icon Allods Online

Have you guys heard of Allods Online? It’s a pretty exciting looking space-opera fantasy MMORPG developed by Astrum Nival in Russia and now coming to our desktops via publishers gPotato.eu.

Allods Online is a free-to-play MMORPG based on a micro-transaction system. It is actually the fourth game in a series of games started by Nival Interactive, with the latest version developed by Nival Online. The series has a history which stretches back to 1998, and a game lore that covers thousands of years of in-game history. Set on the shattered remains of the planet Sarnaut, players will have the chance to explore the Astral space, battle Astral demons and fight for domination of dozens of allods, islands floating in the Astral space.

Here’s an official trailer showing the Astral:

But my favorite aspect so far is Goblinoball. It is, as you might imagine, a football-like sport played by orcs, using goblins for the ball.

Undoubtedly, Orcs are physically perfect for this kind of sport. It is so important to them that many sports teams have their own scars, colours and tattoos, about the only thing that can get a female Orcs attention. The game is so simple, and Goblins so plentiful, that the sport is available to every member of Orc society and even sometimes participating teams from other races. The game has no strict rules, but the Goblinoball Stadium is located on a contested allod known across the allods as “Competition Island”. When you get in game, it’s situated rather far from your starting point, so you’ll need to bulk up before trying to take on established players.

Each team has up to six players; one is the goalkeeper, with specific abilities. Two teams face each other with a ball, a Goblin, in the centre. They then split into backs and forwards, with the main objective to kick the goblin into their opponent’s goal, while defending their own net. Players can also learn about the intricacies of the sport by completing quests on the way to Competition Island.

News_Allods_OrcessI love the fact that they have included Goblinoball as a co-op game alongside the more traditional PvP in the Astral battles. You don’t have to be an orc to play Goblinoball but I have to admit, I’m tempted.

The game is going into closed beta soon and you can apply to take part on the Allods Online gPotato website. I’ll be posting some more information about the game shortly, in hopes of getting early access myself!

Posted by Taymar on http://mmorpg-info.org.

 

EQ2 Icon Unadorned Steel Circlet

In addition to the T3 shard armor and jewelry available as drops and molds, for mages there is an additional option for a circlet. These are a way of upgrading the T3 shard headpiece for the mage armor sets. These circlets count as part of the standard set for the mage class but are a little bit more complicated to acquire.

First you need to purchase an Unadorned Steel Circlet. These are available on the Lavastorm docks from Edric Fyrecog, an Elemental Treasure Hunter, who is standing at -167,-120,654 just past the Elemental Jewelry merchant. He will charge you 2 Void Shards for the circlet.

Examining the Unadorned Steel Circlet will show you that it is missing ten jewels. A message will pop up to say that you should fill the sockets with sizeable gems to release the elemental energy of the circlet.

The gems are Crystalized Essences which drop in the 2-group Ward of Elements zone and come in four types: Air, Earth, Fire and Water. The gems are NO-TRADE but they are fairly common drops within the Ward of Elements and only used by mages for these circlets.

The combination of gems required for the circlet is based on class: Coercer, Conjuror, Illusionist, Necromancer, Warlock and Wizard. When you examine the item, one of the options is “But which gems should one use.” Clicking on this text will inform you of the gems you need for your class.

You also need to acquire the T3 shard armor headpiece for your set (that is, you will need to get the dropped mold, purchase a pattern with your Void Shards and exchange it with your T2 shard headpiece to receive the T3 piece). For more information on this, see our guide to T3 Armor (Elite Void Shard).

So: take the appropriate gems for your class and using the right-click menu, insert the gems into the sockets. Once you have the circlet with the sockets filled with the correct gems and the appropriate T3 headpiece in your inventory, right-click on the circlet and you will be given the chance to combine the two. [More...]

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EQ2 Icon Chronomagic (Automentoring)

There are some shady looking three-somes hanging around the docks. A Timeless Chronomage, a Chronomagi Tasker and a Timeless Trader.

magesThe Timeless Chronomage will chronolock you to a specific level, a means of mentoring down.
The Chronomagi Tasker offers a daily mission which often requires mentoring to complete.
The Timeless Trader offers faction armor for sale, as well as access to purchasing the daily reward once you’ve completed that day’s mission.

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EQ2 Icon Nights of the Dead 2009

The Nights of the Dead festivities have now started on the live servers. Hurray!

If you want to rush to find the new events, then head straight to Nektulos Forest. Speak to Altius Volfban on the Nektulos docks (760,2,-147) to receive the quest A Nightmarish Illness to find him a cure. Head along the beach to the northwest to speak to a ritualistic shaman who will give you the information you seek. Return to Altius who will send you to the Hollow Hedge to gain the cure for him.

The Hollow Hedge zone is at the Cauldron Hollow entrance at 884,7,-471

This zone also has a special event collection but be careful when collecting those shinies!

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There are hauntings by a Headless Horseman in Nektulos Forest as well. This 2-group epic mob has been spotted wandering the paths on the east side of the zone, around the Valley of the Bears. There is a zone-wide message when he spawns.

According to the Nights of the Dead 2009 – Feedback! thread from the test server, in order to make the Headless Horseman attackable, you need to do the following:

  1. Run through the Hollow Hedge maze and complete the quest A Nightmarish Illness
  2. Return to the Hollow Hedge maze again to gain and complete the quest Train to Zone from the frightened gnome
  3. Complete the Haunted House (Qeynos or Freeport)
  4. Complete the Haunted Mansion (Loping Plains)
  5. Find the Gleaming Chest at the end of the Hedge Maze
  6. Loot the necklace

It seems that you must have this necklace with you in order to make the Headless Horseman attackable.

And there’s more!

Celebrations of the Dead is still available from the holiday merchants and you can now purchase the best-selling follow-up book, Celebrations of the Dead II. Take a look at the write-up on EQ2 Traders Corner for more details on the crafted items: Afraid of No Ghosts!

Be sure to do the full set of events, including the Haunted House in Qeynos/Freeport and the Haunted Mansion in Loping Plains in order to get a special appearance item at the end of the Hollow Hedge Maze.

EverQuest II Players – News – Article 3286

New features:

  • New Haunted Hedgemaze in Nektulos Forest!
  • New holiday collection.
  • New Headless Horseman in Nektulos Forest.
  • New rewards for some of the old Nights of the Dead Events!
  • New illusions from the goblins.
  • New costume illusions available from holiday merchants.
  • New holiday recipe book.

Returning features:

  • Trick-or-treating in Qeynos and Freeport.
  • Haunted house in Qeynos and Freeport.
  • Ponchy’s quest line in Antonica.
  • Decorations in the cities.
  • Goblins who cast costume illusions.
  • Haunted Mansion in Loping Plains.
  • Candy drops for tradeskilling.
  • Holiday tradeskills are back.
  • Purchaseable costume illusions.
  • Neriak’s clandestine
    (and smashable) decorations!

The celebrations will continue until November 9th. Read Kiara’s story with screenshots for the event and Nights of the Dead wallpaper: EverQuest II Players – News – Article 3286

Posted by Taymar on http://mmorpg-info.org.

 

MMORPG Info Logo Funcom’s New MMORPG: The Secret World

Funcom have announced more details on their game in development, an MMORPG called The Secret World on their website: Dark Days Are Coming (requires Flash).

Unlike most of the current MMO offerings, The Secret World has an urban setting based on our world, in modern times.

The Secret World allows you to explore real world locations such as New York, London, Seoul, New England and Egypt as you battle evil together with thousands of others from all around the globe. Wield shotguns and black magic as you develop your character in a game that has neither levels nor classes.

On the one hand, The Secret World sounds like it is really breaking new ground with settings. I love the idea of sneaking around London with gold-plated pistols. The combat categories combine magic and melee with martial arts, black magic and voodoo and you can also gain “points” from exploration and trade skills.

On the other hand, the initial write-up promises “ferocious, non-stop player vs. player action in the Battle for Hollow Earth”. This, plus their description of an “intense, real-time, action-packed combat system”, makes me think that the game will be too twitch-based for me although I’m relieved to see that it doesn’t appear to be a PvP free-for-all. The game is expected to include plenty of PvE and the lead designer has said that soloing will definitely be possible.

The points system isn’t quite clear. There are no classes and no levels, leaving “truly freeform character customisation” and “gameplay that goes beyond the usually rigid MMO structure” so I’m wondering if it’s similar to the original SWG skill distribution system. You earn points as you play: [More...]

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EQ2 Icon T3 Armor (Elite Void Shard)

Elite Void Shard Armor, commonly referred to as T3 armor sets, is the upgrade from Advanced Shard Armor which is purchased or crafted simply by collecting Void Shards.

All three tiers of armor, including full stats and shard cost, are listed on our Shard Armor Reference Page.

Getting the Drops

Elite Void Shard Armor is somewhat more complicated to obtain than the previous tiers as you will need drops from a 2-group raid zone.

T3 Armor (with the exception of the forearm piece) requires three items to create:

  • a mold for that armor piece
  • the armor piece from the corresponding Greater Shard (T2) armor set
  • Void Shards

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