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General news about specific MassMOGs and the like.

TinyWarz Goes Live

Thanks to Vladimir from MobRule Studios for dropping a note about their new browser-based 2D strategy game, TinyWars.  Support the indies and get your butt over there now, eh?

TinyWarz Goes Live!

Mobrule Studios is proud to announce that Tinywarz has gone Live! We would also like to give a big thank-you to everyone who participated in the Beta Test - many balance issues and bugs have been resolved with your help. Additional changes have been made during the Beta, including the addition of new Faction planets - where factions can battle for the control of a world.

Players can join the battle at

TinyWarz is an online, browser-based, 2D strategy game where players battle each other and computer controlled bandits on distant worlds. Time is an important factor in TinyWarz - players are given a limited amount of time to finish their turns and are rewarded for early completion.

In Tinywarz, players can can create an army, construct / customize units, assign crews, design bases, and battle to control planets. Watch your hired crews improve in combat and select special abilities for your command crew as they gain experience. Grow your army with salvaged units or buy them from other players through the in-game market.

World of Warcraft Guru opens Player Movie section

Why write something of my own when it comes into my mailbox so clean and purty?...

Thursday August 25, 2005 - World of Warcraft Guru, a leading online database
and resource website dedicated to World of Warcraft as opened its free
movie hosting service to the public.

Players can upload or transfers their movies for free to WoW Guru and
allow other players to download, rate, and comment on them. Several
categories are available for authors to post in, giving the user easy
access to find whatever they need.


Irth Online Starts Beta 3

 Irth Online is ready for another round of beta testing as they move into the third iteration.  Of note for a lot of readers will likely be the inclusion of artistic assets from the cancelled Mutable Realms game, Wish.  (BTW, here's an article pondering What Went Wrong with Wish.)  Since the game (Irth Online) is slated for launch in "mid-September", this is to be the final beta if all goes well.  I need to get my butt in there to check it out, but maybe others can chime in about their experiences?  Go ahead, register and post a comment if you want!

Read more for the full press release...

World of Warcraft 14-day demo on PC Gamer disc

Word on the street -- well, on the MMORPC mail list -- is that the September 2005 PC Gamer magazine disc includes the full client for World of Warcraft.  The version is said to be at 1.4, so there will be maybe 70MB of downloads to patch it up to current.  This is a great chance for folks to try out the game if you haven't wanted to shell out the dough for the box at your preferred retail establishment.  This will be a fairly limited 14-day account, but still a great introduction to the game.  The limitations don't appear to me to cause much trouble in terms of a demo, but include 10 gold limit, level 20 cap and no access to the Auction House, to name a few.  Not too bad.

Make sure you have a DVD drive in that new-fangled computer machine box of yours.  With all that space to fill, they've also dropped on the disc a demo of Dungeon Siege II.  That's nice. 

Shot Online realtime golf game launches

Well, I really came close to my first goofy headline like "Shot Online tees off" or "Shot Online tee time", etc... I don't play golf much, so my lingo vocabulary just wouldn't allow me to venture any further into that unknown territory. I'm sure you're happy about that.

At any rate, the news is that OnGameNet has launched their very intriguing Shot Online realtime online golf game! Very cool. I've seen discussion of this elsewhere, notably on Penny Arcade.. but that's not the link to their comments... whooo no, I'm not that efficient (couldn't find it). However, here's a page on the OnGameNet site with bits of news and quotes, including some P-A comments that I'm alluding to.

Yummy quote of the day for all you cheapskates out there: "While these online games are commercialised, they will still remain free to play, only requiring a small payment if you wish to purchase special items in the game." The "these games" bit is addressed in the following release, but it alludes to their upcoming Cartoon Racer game and the successful Ragnarok Online.

I'm still workin' on getting in there to try it out, but innovative games like these need immediate and enthusiastic support... after all, you'll be the ones to decide what ya think of them anyway. Just get over there to see what it's all about. You can also read more here to see the full press release...

EVE Online: Cold War Edition launches

The Icelandic (?) crew behind the incredibly beautiful EVE Online have launched a huge "content upgrade" to their game, called the EVE Online: Cold War Edition. I'm feeling a bit out of touch, not having tried this incredibly looking game yet... I'm a slacker, what can I say? I'm a big fan of epic-scale, deep-space environments, so I honestly have no excuse. Given this quote about this (free) expansion, I really want to try it out: "This upgrade introduces a whole new beginning player experience and lessens the learning curve for newcomers.” said Magnus Bergsson, CMO of CCP Games. “The Cold War Edition introduces a completely new approach to introducing players to the game, making it very easy for a new player to get started." I'm sure I'll get at least a few email from people proclaiming my doltness for not playing this yet... well, I'll get right on it. Full press release follows...

Mythic puts Imperator development on hold

Big news from Mythic about the development of their largely-anticipated title Imperator Online. That's the official site's main link, which is now forwarded to just display the following press release. They've put the project on hold in order to focus their support efforts on Dark Age of Camelot and their development efforts into Warhammer Online.

The announcement states up-front that they want to focus on the other games, but quotes from Mark Jacobs (CEO) like this sure paint a grim picture for the future of the title: " the final analysis it just wasn't great enough to be a Mythic game at this time."

Full release follows...

Asheron's Call Throne of Destiny open preview starts today

I've said it before and here I go again... I'm really itchin' to play Asheron's Call - Throne of Destiny bad! More accurately, I've really been jonesing to go back and play AC1 in any form since I had a lot of time in the early days of that game and I like it a lot. The upcoming expansion (set to launch July 18) sports a new graphics engine, heavily updated art and textures, new quests, a new playable race, new geography to explore, new this, new that, more of other non-new stuff, etc. Me wanna play!

Well.. the wait to try it out is nearing its end for me... roughly 50 minutes to the start of the FilePlanet Asheron's Call: Throne of Destiny Open Preview client download. I don't pay for FP so I have to wait along with all the other cheapskates.

So, I am giddy and finding it hard to concentrate on getting work done today as I wait anxiously for that little download meter to start crankin' along! Good thing is, my Comcast cable connection treated me right yesterday as I was downloading the F.E.A.R. multiplayer beta from the same source at over 4Mbps!! (!!!) Yummy. That's the kind of speeds that make you think you're a part of modern technology (for those of us who don't live in a dorm room with T1 connections coming out of our walls, anyway!)

Aaanyway.. I'll post another note when I get this sucker fired up! Yay!

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