Daily Archives: April 5, 2011

World of Warcraft Magazine Issue 4… Here At Last

I arrived home today to find that World of Warcraft Magazine Issue 4 had finally made an appearance.

Preview of the Elusive 4th Issue

You could make the case that this issue would still be counted as “late” even if it were number 5, given that the first issue carried the date “Winter 2009.”

Still, it did make it here.  And it looks as shiny as any of its three siblings.

Now to see what they have to talk about in the post-Cataclysm world.  And to see if I care.  I haven’t been playing a lot of WoW lately.

The Way to Kunark; Fippy Darkpaw 7 Weeks In

Today the Fippy Darkpaw Progression Server has been live for seven weeks, depending on how you want to count things.  The server launched on February 15th, but it wasn’t live for the full day, so I am not counting that day in my calculation, but SOE might.

The content on the Progression Servers is limited to the zones available at the initial release of EverQuest for 90 days, or approximately 13 weeks.  So we are over the half way point now.

There are two gates to pass to be able to unlock the next expansion, The Ruins of Kunark at the 90 day mark.

The first gate is that certain bosses in the original content must be defeated at least once.  I think we’re covered there.

Kunark Progress Revealed

You can click on the picture above to see the details, or you can read the less glamorous list below.

  • Phinigel Autropos – Defeated Feb. 19, 2011 by Twisted Legion
  • Lady Vox – Defeated Feb. 22, 2011 by Twisted Legion
  • Lord Nagafen – Defeated Feb. 22, 2011 by Twisted Legion
  • Innoruuk – Defeated Feb. 23, 2011 by Twisted Legion
  • Cazic Thule – Defeated Feb. 24, 2011 by Twisted Legion

So, that was a busy first 10 days on the server for Twisted Legion.

I was still under level 10 out in West Karana when this was happening.  I happened to be on when Lady Vox was defeated.

Things were more relaxed on the Vulak server. (I finally remembered the name!)  The last boss, Cazic Thule, wasn’t defeated until March 1.  Slackers! (Somebody else can crop together a picture like mine for Vulak.)

The second gate is a vote.  To restrain the likes of Twisted Legion from racing through the game and opening all the content while a good portion of us haven’t hit level 20, there is a 90 day period from the launch of the server until the first vote on opening up the next expansion can take place.

Of course, this time period will simply force Twister Legion to prepare for 11 weeks for their assault on Kunark.  They will all be level 50 and geared up.

And I am sure that, as a group, we will all vote to open up Kunark.  It was, in my highly biased opinion, the only good expansion for EverQuest.  Plus opening it up will spread out the population a bit more, as we all seem to be packing into the same lucrative locations.

Potshot and I have spent our last few sessions in Unrest, which is good experience when you can find a spot to camp, but finding that spot with 20-30 other people in a relatively small zone can be a challenge.  We might have to start looking for a new place to hunt, if there is a place that isn’t quite so crowded.  Crowding seems to be a common theme on the forums, and it seems to get worse the higher you get in levels.

Anyway, we have a ways to go until the 90 day mark, which should fall on May 16th, if my fingers/toes calculation is correct.  And then we can probably look forward to votes every 30 days after that, at least until Twisted Legion gets too far ahead and we all start voting against unlocks.

Daggerdale – Atari has More Dungeons & Dragons Coming

Last August, Atari and Cryptic announced a new non-MMO, single-player/co-op multi-player was being produced.  It was titled, ever so originally, Neverwinter.

By the way, I would like to throw out a few other Forgotten Realms locations that could have games based around them, thus avoiding more repetition of Neverwinter. (Or Baldur’s Gate, for that matter.)

Waterdeep maybe?  Zhentil Keep?  Calimport even?  The elves of Evermeet perhaps?

All fine locations.

Anyway, I received a note today about another Dungeons & Dragons game, again not an MMO, but featuring single-player and co-op multi-player action.  This time Atari has teamed up with Bedlam Games to create Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale.

And the first thing going for it is that at least it isn’t named Neverwinter. (Or Baldur’s Gate.)

But otherwise it sounds… well… a lot like Neverwinter.

Solo or Co-op Play
It’s up to you! Whether you choose to do battle in the mines of Tethyamar or skirmish on the Tower of Rezlus, you can fight solo, join with up to three friends online, or battle alongside a partner locally.

Explore Daggerdale’s main questlines to reveal its intriguing backstory, mysterious characters, and the richness of its world. Extended depth and experience reward exploration and side-quests.

Immersive Combat
Battle a wide range of enemies by engaging in intuitive pick-up-and-play melee, tactical ranged combat, or powerful spell casting.

Develop Your Character
Select a class, build your ultimate hero, collect loot, and earn experience! Select powers and feats to enhance and customize your hero as you level up.

Stunning Levels and Deep Exploration
A wide variety of perilous quests encourage you to explore Daggerdale’s richly detailed environments.

Multiple Game Modes
Unlock new areas and challenges in Campaign mode, or hone your skills and discover powerful new items in Freeplay mode.

Authentic D&D Experience
The detailed world of the iconic Dungeons & Dragons franchise has been painstakingly recreated for a rich, complex, and thrilling game experience.

It also includes the usual claim to be true to the spirit of the 4th Edition rule set, though it lacks some of the heavy-hitter name that Cryptic mentions prominently; R. A. Salvatore. (He wrote the story on which the game is based.)

Oh, it does have one more thing going for it that Cryptic’s Neverwinter does not.  Daggerdale is supposed to be out before Summer.  Cryptic is still living up to its name and still saying just “2011” on the Neverwinter site.

Anyway, it is clear that Atari is big on Dungeons & Dragons of late.

Daggerdale is slated for Windows, XBox 360, and PlayStation 3, though my experience so far in cross platform is that PC players get the short end of the stick.  And Daggerdale’s latest video doesn’t exactly have me wetting my pants in anticipation.

Not that it looks bad, but there wasn’t anything that really stood out either.

How about you?  Have you heard anything good about Daggerdale?

Or have you heard anything new about Neverwinter?