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Da Newz – June 26

June 26, 2008

Story of the Week: Richard Bartle’s WAR=WoW Remark

  • The rule of the blogosphere is that if there isn’t enough real news going on, we’ll make it up ourselves. Richard Bartle, crown prince of MUDs, was quoted in an interview effectively saying that Warhammer and Warcraft were the same game. This ignited a firestorm of nerdrage, dozens of posts, and (surprisingly) dozens of replies from Bartle himself.

Beta Ticker:

  • 743,603
  • +14,757 from last week

Quotes of the Week:

  • “I’ve already played Warhammer. It was called World of Warcraft.” ~ Richard Bartle
  • “It’s fantasy with all the crap bits taken out.” ~ Paul Barnett
  • “If a developer’s confidence equated directly to the excellence of a video game, then Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning would easily be one of the best MMOs ever made.” ~ IGN
  • “[Age of Conan's launch] showed us that it’s very important that you be as polished and complete when you launch your game.” ~ Jeff Hickman

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Picking Over The March Newsletter

April 7, 2008

You know it’s been a breakneck news cycle lately since the monthly WAR newsletter — usually the topic of discussion for an entire week on any WAR fan site — was largely shoved aside in the wake of the delay announcement, the CE details, the Paris Event and my blossoming into puberty. Well, that last part technically happened in 1987, but I keep getting visited by the Big Honking Zit Fairy, so I assume that I’ve still got a growth spurt or two left in me.

Instead of breaking down the March newsletter piecemeal, I thought I’d give it a read through (which you can also do here) and note things that haven’t already been talked about to death in the past couple weeks:

  • Lots of rehashing over the delay and CE. The delay gets one paragraph, and the CE gets dozens. Huh.
  • Games Workshop is inviting future WAR players on April 12-13 to a GW store to get free lessons in tabletop Warhammer.
  • In March, Beta testers wrapped up both the HE/DE and Chaos/Empire focus tests, along with early crafting, renown ranks, and UI changes. They quote a few beta testers on these changes (positive, of course).
  • If you snag a copy of a Warhammer comic book from BOOM! Studios, you could win a chance in the beta.
  • There’s a nice article on the making of the Inevitable City — not so much the nitty-gritty aspects, but more the feel and process of its creation.
  • Marauder and Witch Hunter overviews & mastery paths. Nothing revolutionary, but I think both classes will be incredibly popular.
  • A really neat Bright Wizard wallpaper (sneak peak for the trailer).
  • Some of the concept art for weapons, like the Engineer’s wrenches, are pretty cool.
  • The Grab Bag is always my favorite (I’m tired of wading through videos at this point, and I appreciate some direct Q&A’s). Interesting tidbits: players as low as level 7 can travel to their capital cities, and when you capture an enemy city, you can kick down doors and loot to your heart’s content!
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The End Is Coming! The End Is Coming!

March 21, 2008

Or… something. But when Warhammer Europe posts a big-ass countdown on their front page, the hairs on the back of my neck perk right the heck up. Keen speculates that it might be info about release, the CE box, NDA drop or the pre-order box — all of which are valid, and we know for sure that we’re going to find out about the CE and pre-order boxes next week.

As of this writing, the timer has 4 days and 19 hours to go, which puts us at next Wednesday morning, EST. If you need to join in with the speculation, Warhammer Alliance and the Warhammer VN Boards are doing a great job.

Here’s a copy of the pre-order card that you’ll get:

That’s it for me this week — see you all next Monday!

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