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Craig Morrison keeps players posted on Age of Conan changes

Without doubt, things are hotting up in Age of Conan. There's still a lot of ground left to cover, but it would be senseless not to acknowledge that a game which recently seemed to be wallowing in post-launch doldrums has turned into something of a comeback king. The final instalment of the curren...

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Age of Conan cultural armor and weapons on the workbench

We've blogged at length before about the crafting changes coming to Age of Conan, and every new piece of information we find out makes them look even more intriguing. Take the Culture armor and weapons: new pieces that crafters can make that don't require a guild city, with recipes that drop from bo...

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Floyd 'Castle' Grubb gives a Q&A on the new CoX power sets

Castle, famous in City of Heroes for being the guy who designs and fixes the powers, has prepared a Q&A on the new powersets coming with CoX Issue 13: Power and Responsibility, now deep into Closed Beta: Shield Defense and Pain Domination. Though controversy over proposed PvP changes is domina...

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Striking new zone opened on Age of Conan Testlive

Players have been asking for new Age of Conan content for a while now, and one of the biggest content gaps had been the mid-50s. That's the levelling range the new Ymir's Pass zone (previewed some time ago) seeks to fill, and it's now opened on Testlive. The developers want to make it clear that Y...

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Video showcases new CoX powersets for Issue 13

The two new powersets in City of Heroes Issue 13: Power and Responsibility are Pain Domination and Shield Defense. Pain Domination finally gives Villains a dose of the healing and buffing power that Heroes had with the Empathy set, but with a potent offensive edge. Shield Defense is coming to both s...

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Lum the Mad on the many pros and few cons of WAR

Scott Jennings, known to the blogosphere by his nom-de-keyboard Lum the Mad (a reference that crusty old D&D players like this blogger have no trouble recognizing) has set out to amend his image as Mark Jacobs' personal imp of torment, and post a hearty list of things he likes about Warhammer On...

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City of Heroes PvP changes explained at length

Floyd 'Castle' Grubb clearly does not know the meaning of fear. He's now unveiled a detailed breakdown of the foreshadowed changes to powers in City of Heroes PvP, and they're so radical it will probably be like playing a different game. Are these changes for the better? Once Issue 13: Power and Res...

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Richard Garriott's Logos message to Tabula Rasa players deciphered

A couple of minutes after Richard Garriott's flight to the International Space Station blasted off, he held up a sign for the camera, consisting of two strings of heiroglyphs. Tabula Rasa players will have recognised these instantly as Logos, the pictographs of the Eloh, and key to unlocking the v...

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Age of Conan's renowned combo system streamlined on Testlive

One of the innovations Age of Conan provided when it hit the MMO scene earlier this year was an original, fast-paced combat system, involving attacking in multiple directions. As levels are earned, 'combos' are unlocked (for most classes, anyway) which, once triggered, require multiple keystrokes to...

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The Daily Grind: Sandbox or story?

Jonathan Steinhauer over at WarCry.com has been working on a series of articles, 'The Death Of Story', and in the latest piece he explores variant methods of storytelling in MMOs. It's clear that there has to be a balance struck between, at the one extreme, story that is entirely handed down by the ...

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