Tilting at the DiGRA Windmill
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2015, 2:14 am
This past weekend, DiGRA held their annual games conference in Germany, which can mean only one thing: clearly it was time for #GamerGate to send in the welcoming committee, flooding the hashtag with a load of unwelcome hate for the attendees to enjoy – a playbook that #GamerGate has seemed to decided to copy from […]

Some Kind of Monstrosity
Posted by DDOcast - A DDO Podcast! [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 May 2015, 7:18 pm

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I’ll start by introducing myself. My name is Ironblaze, and Geoff was gracious enough to let me write a post here on his site. (Thanks again!) I figured the best place to start would be writing about, well, Ironblaze, my namesake character on Sarlona. He’s always been a mess. One of my favorite aspects of [...]

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DDO Devilish new updates
Posted by DDOcast - A DDO Podcast! [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 May 2015, 5:30 pm

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Putting the follow-up my observations for veteran DDO players meant as a companion piece aimed towards newer players, i’m taking a moment as always to examine what’s coming up as shared in the most recent Producer’s Letter. Current DDO Executive Producer Severlin posted on the forums today what the team at Turbine has been up to […]

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The DDO Chronicle: Issue 143
Posted by DDOcast - A DDO Podcast! [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 May 2015, 4:54 pm

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The latest bonuses, events, news and more!

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Unofficial PBE Patch Notes for 5/21/2015
Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 May 2015, 3:06 pm

Sandstorm Ekko

Champion Changes


  • Chronobreak [R] - Cooldown changed to 110/90/70 (up from 90/80/70)

Item Changes

Abyssal Scepter

  • Reverted back to live


Context on Recent PBE Changes and More

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@Riot: Philosophy Behind Utility Mastery Changes?

Our current focus with the Utility masteries is on making going deep into the tree appropriately rewarding, particularly for caster supports and more utility focused mages. As part of that we're experimenting with making Meditation (the mana regen) significantly more powerful, but putting it later in the tree so it's one of the key distinctions between deep utility and other routes. Expanded Mind (max mana) then goes earlier, as a flat bonus instead of a %, making it particularly targeted at champions that start with a really small mana pool and want an early increase. There's a definite risk that'll leave going 9 points into utility as too unrewarding and we might need to do some work on that too, first thing we want to address is getting 21+ points in utility into a better spot however.

Thor: God of Thunder
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 May 2015, 10:00 am

Thor: God of Thunder is an awesome run of comics.  I want to tell you about it but I haven't done much writing about comics in the past.  I'm going to try anyway.

By picking up a Marvel Unlimited subscription earlier this month I've been able to dive into the entire Marvel backlog of comics.  Without having to worry about price I've been exploring all kinds of comics.  I give a new series an issue or two to grab me and then I either read the entire run or I move on to something else.

Thor: God of Thunder has been one of the best runs I've read.

It requires no previous knowledge about Thor or the greater Marvel Universe.  This is a huge plus for people like me who are just starting to get into comics.

The run comes in at about 25 comics, which is also a plus for me.  Long enough to tell some big story archs with weight behind them.  But not too long to overstay it's welcome.

Thor: God of Thunder actually covers Thor in three different time periods of his life at the same time.  They all weave together to tell a cohesive story on a galactic level.  There's Thor as a young god before he got his hammer, Thor as we know him (the Avenger), and old Thor who is one of the last gods.

The first arc of the story involves a God Killer.  He goes around to all the deities he can find and wipes them out.  Thor tries to track him down and end his killing spree.

There's a lot of depth to this series and if you have Marvel Unlimited I highly suggest checking it out.  Look for Thor: God of Thunder (2012) in the app and you'll find it.

The All New Warforged
Posted by DDOcast - A DDO Podcast! [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 May 2015, 7:29 am

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You'll lose your heart to Warforged's stunning, advanced Free-flow styling

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Legacy websites and Chrome stopping to support plugins
Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 May 2015, 7:37 am
Google decided that their browser Chrome should stop supporting plugins, especially the Microsoft Silverlight plugin, because well, it's from Microsoft and not from Google. A number of websites are affected by this. And while there are lot of sites with a lot more traffic, the one site where this affects me is the Wizards of the Coast D&D Insider archive with the 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons online tools.

I'm not quite certain why, but official computer and online tools for Dungeons & Dragons have always been a sad story. Usually you get a lot of promises for those tools when a new edition of D&D comes out, and then the whole plan falls apart and you get very little. That is what happened with the current 5th edition. For 4th edition, although the tools never lived up to the promises, at least WotC had two programs that worked quite well, a character creator, and a monster builder / database. And because my group like tactical combat and half of my players don't speak English and 5E isn't on offer in any other language, I am still using those online tools and pay a subscription for them.

But of course WotC isn't providing any new additions or support to the legacy website of D&D Insider. We can be happy enough they didn't shut it down yet. And as the tools work with Microsoft Silverlight, I now need to use Internet Explorer instead of Chrome. And I wonder how many other legacy sites there are out there that got created with plugins, and there is nobody to redo them in the new standard that Google is trying to impose on us. I would imagine that people are much more faithful to their preferred websites than to their preferred browser. If Chrome doesn't support your favorite websites any more, then goodbye Chrome! Google might well be shooting themselves in the foot with this more than hurting Microsoft.
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Video Game Development Process – Role of Game Testers
Posted by Write The Game [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 May 2015, 12:57 am
Designing online game involves a number of development methods. When a personal game product is normally developed utilizing all desirable features together with specifications, then that manufacturers look for many who can have fun with their recently developed solution and consecutively help them when controlling every likely error which were present on their product device […]

Sticky: DDOCast 382 – Improving Defense
Posted by DDOcast - A DDO Podcast! [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 May 2015, 12:28 am

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Propane joins Shamgar for DDOCast 382 as we discuss some ideas and tips for improving your defense and dive into this weeks warlock preview news! Check out www.ddocast.com for mp3 audio, our show calendar, swag, archives, and more! Want to support the show?  You can feed the kobolds (give money) on our website www.ddocast.com!  We […]

Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 May 2015, 9:05 pm
Your shrine* to all things Elder Scrolls is about level up. Beginning today on GamingHeads.com and on store.bethsoft.com, you can pre-order this life-sized bust of Dovahkiin. Created by 3D artist Diego D. Gonzalez, the piece will ship in 2016 and is limited to 600 pieces. *Temple of the Divines not included

General: The Daily Quest: Are You Ready for The Witcher 3?
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2015, 5:48 pm

The Daily Quest: Are You Ready for The Witcher 3?

Beginning today at 4:00 pm Pacific / 7:00 pm Eastern, players will finally be able to get their hands on CD Projekt Red's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. As the final game in the trilogy, Witcher III brings to an end the epic story of Geralt and, hopefully, to show us what will come next in the iconic property.

General: More Alpha Keys Have Arrived!
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2015, 6:35 pm

More Alpha Keys Have Arrived!

Last week we gave away 1,000 alpha test keys for the exciting new MOBA Supernova and they went pretty quick! After a little begging and groveling we have secured another 1,000 for our community! Get yours while they last!

World of Warcraft: S.E.L.F.I.E. Scavenger Hunt -- Join the Invasion
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2015, 7:10 pm

S.E.L.F.I.E. Scavenger Hunt -- Join the Invasion

Blizzard has announced a special new contest based around the recent additions to World of Warcraft that include the S.E.L.F.I.E. camera and Twitter integration. Players are invited to take and submit their best selfies in order to win weekly prizes and even the opportunity to score Blizzcon tickets.

General: Power Rankings - MMOGs Currently In Beta
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2015, 7:34 pm

Power Rankings - MMOGs Currently In Beta

If we were to count all the MMOGs and quasi-MMOGs presently in various stages of testing, I have no doubt that the total would have three digits. Naturally, they'd differ widely with respect to how much interest they are generating. Frankly, we'd find a fair number that are effectively invisible, unknown except to the most ardent industry observers.

EVE Online: Chronicles of New Eden - Chance Ravinne Gets His Revenge
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2015, 7:47 pm

Chronicles of New Eden - Chance Ravinne Gets His Revenge

When most people were watching the fireworks on the cool evening of July 4th, Chance Ravinne, stealth bomber extraordinaire, was making his own. Where many prefer to beat their chests and flex their muscle flying some of EVE's largest, most expensive ships, Chance prefers the silent approach. He is dagger in the night, the cheetah in the reeds; waiting for that one moment a pilot drops his guard.

Blade & Soul: It’s Finally Coming to America
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2015, 10:05 pm

It’s Finally Coming to America

Some might say that 3 years is too long to wait for an Eastern bred MMORPG to come to the West. In the case of Blade & Soul, it seems like the long detour to an English client has only created more pent up demand for the Wuxia-themed game from NCSOFT and Team Bloodlust. And we're happy to announce that Blade and Soul is indeed launching as a F2P MMORPG in the US and EU this winter, with a closed beta to begin this fall. The wait, as it were, is almost over.

Blade & Soul: Hands On with Blademaster, Force Master and Summoner
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2015, 10:14 pm

Hands On with Blademaster, Force Master and Summoner

As we announced elsewhere on the site, Blade & Soul is finally coming to Europe and North America this winter, with a closed beta beginning this fall. The Free to Play MMORPG from Team Bloodsport and NCSOFT has a lot of pent up demand behind it, and we got our hands on the Force Master, Blademaster, and Summoner classes to give you our first impressions.

Elder Scrolls Online: Is Zenimax Being Secretly Transparent?
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2015, 10:24 pm

Is Zenimax Being Secretly Transparent?

One of the best things a game developer can do is get direction from those who play it. While a developer may have passion for the game they are creating, they will never understand the game itself like those who play it day in and day out. We play the games for a lot longer than any developer. So of course we all have feedback and design concepts that we feel could improve the overall quality of the game.

Camelot Unchained: A Pet Class That Isn't a Pet Class
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2015, 10:28 pm

A Pet Class That Isn

How do you make a pet class for a game that is being built for large scale open world pvp battles? As much as I love them (and have loved them since I first dabbled in "Creature Handler" way back in Star Wars galaxies) pets in any game are hard to get right and in a PVP game they can be downright game breaking! When I heard CU was going to have a "pet class" stretch goal my skeptical pager started buzzing!

General: What Made You a Gamer?
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2015, 10:33 pm

What Made You a Gamer?

The Newbie Blogger Initiative has been continuing through the month of May. One of the weekly NBI events is called the "Talkback Challenge" and the question for this week is an interesting one: "What made you a gamer?"

Heroes of the Storm: Open Beta Unleashed
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2015, 10:40 pm

Open Beta Unleashed

Fans of Blizzard IPs and games will definitely sit up and take notice of the fact that Heroes of the Storm has been unleashed into open beta. Starters will get an awesome trio of heroes including Jim Raynor from Starcraft, Sylvanas Windrunner from World of Warcraft and Diablo from the Diablo series of games.

WildStar: Carbine Apologizes for Downtime with Vanity Pet
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 May 2015, 7:45 am

Carbine Apologizes for Downtime with Vanity Pet

WildStar players will want to check their inventories for a new vanity pet given by way of apology for recent downtime extensions. Be on the lookout for an Enhanced Pumera and give its cheek a little pinch for us, will you?

Age of Conan: Unchained: Seventh Anniversary to Introduce New Areas
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 May 2015, 7:57 am

Seventh Anniversary to Introduce New Areas

In celebration of the seventh anniversary of Age of Conan, the latest Letter from the Producer reveals the addition of two new areas for players to explore. The Blue Mountains and Vanaheim at Fort Storisbjorn will become part of the epic main storyline along with attendant side quests and the ability to score some great gear.

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