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Da Newz – July 3

July 3, 2008

Story of the Week: Guild Beta Begins

  • It was an announcement that was heard ’round the world… of guild communities. The very, very long-awaited guild beta was pronounced to start in July, with beta keys flying every which way to various guilds who applied. And yet… and yet Chrono Chaos was overlooked. WE SHALL NOT BE SLIGHTED!

Beta Ticker:

  • 752,553 (+8,950 from last week)

Quotes of the Week:

  • “I can’t say why but believe the hype for WAR. I’ve heard from plenty of trusted people that this game’s on a solid bee-line to success. Trusted by me anyway.” ~ JoBildo
  • “In truth, MMOG developers really haven’t seen anything comparable to this situation since the genre really began hitting its stride in early 2000. Even the competition between EverQuest II and the original release of WoW isn’t comparable.” ~ TTH on the WAR vs. WoW launch

New Sites & Blogs:

From EA Mythic:

Articles & Essays:

Videos & Podcasts:

Fun & Games:

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Da Newz – June 19

June 19, 2008

Story of the Week: Baltimore Games Day 2008

  • A little bit of the old, a little bit of the new: this was the mantra of the devs who came to the Games Day convention, parceling out a few new snippets of info (10 character slots! population caps! expansion in the works!) and regurgitating a lot of older stuff. Many visitors noted that 8 of the classes were unavailable to play on the show floor, including the elusive Black Guard.

Beta Ticker:

  • 736,315
  • +7,469 from last week

Quote of the Week:

  • “Paul runs on love, kindness, and the blood of many elves!” ~ Mythic rep

New WAR Sites & Blogs:

From EA Mythic:

Misc. News:

Podcasts:

Articles & Commentary:

Databases & Forums:

Videos:

Fun & Games:

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Da Newz – June 5

June 5, 2008

Beta Ticker: 720,380 (up +20,125 from last week)

Quote of the Week: “We’re sort of winking at you, you know? We’re saying ‘oh, we know what you’re going to do.'” ~ Carrie Gouskos on the Tome of Knowledge

Story of the Week: Massively visits Mythic. Michael Zenke just became the most envied person in the Warhammer world, as he was invited into EA Mythic to conduct numerous interviews, play testing and investigations into WAR. A week later, and we have 15 (!) articles for his work. Here they are:

In Other News:

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Da Newz – May 22

May 22, 2008

Beta Ticker: 700,255 (+7,549 from last week)

Quote of the Week: “We’re not nervous about its quality, we’re nervous about sending it out on the world. It’s like sending your kid to school for the first time.” ~ Josh Drescher

Story of the Week: Oceanic Servers. The Warhammer Herald put up an Oceanic Server News and FAQ for those of you in that region, and EA confirms that Australia, New Zealand and Oceanic copies will be shipped and go live the same time as everyone else (fall 2008). Wash that down with a swig of a GameSpot AU or IGN follow-up interview!

In other news:

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Warhammer: Condemned By Fire and Other Happy Thoughts

May 16, 2008

Today, on an extreme whim, I swooped by the only comic store in the area and picked up a copy of Warhammer: Condemned By Fire #1. I’m not a huge comic book reader — not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I don’t want to drop $4 on something I’ll be done with ten minutes later — but this copy is significant for two reasons.

One, it’s a good quick primer to the tone and atmosphere to the Warhammer universe, which I deem a good asset to my Warhammer education.  The story itself concerns a Witch Hunter, who I imagine speaks with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine voice, and his merry trip into the village of the damned.  The story is quite short, but nicely drawn.  My only complaint is that some of the action looks a little too “cartoony” for my tastes.

Two, each of these issues has a special scratch-off code which you can use to apply to enter the Warhammer Online beta.  Closed or open beta, I’m not sure; the only clear answer I got from brief scouting is that the deadline to use this code is May 31.  The code only gives you a 20% (one in five) chance of winning a coveted beta slot, however.

So now my beta account is all but screaming for acceptance.  Applied for the beta?  Check.  Amazon.com CE pre-order open beta code that, for some reason, is still in there even though I canceled my order?  Check.  GameStop pre-order code?  Check.  Comic code?  Check.

I think this might be an excellent substitute for actually playing WAR: trying to see how many ways I can apply for or attempt to win a beta spot.

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Da Newz – May 15

May 15, 2008

Beta Ticker: 692,706 (+7,821 from last week)

Quote of the Week:The best way to look at it is that Warhammer is Batman.” ~ Josh Drescher

Story of the Week: Oddly enough, the biggest story about WAR this week wasn’t about WAR at all — but instead, the blitz of World of Warcraft expansion info that was suddenly thrown all over the place. Many Warhammer fans are nervously chewing their nails at the shift in spotlight (and unrestrained speculation about the supposed fall head-to-head battle of the two titles), but Massively actually thinks WoW is a positive factor in the future success of WAR. In any case, a clash between these two titles looks to happen this fall, as Vivendi confirmed that Wrath is “anticipated to be released in the second half of 2008.”

In other news:

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Whatchu Lookin’ For, Willis?

May 12, 2008

As we careen into the salad days of summer 2008 and enjoy the last few months of freedom before Warhammer Online sinks its addictive claws into our brains, your craving for WAR info is undeniable. In the absence of a game to play, you start scouring the net for your next “fix”. So, in this scenario, I guess I’m a drug dealer. I can’t wait until Google adds those two words to their search engine in relation to this blog.

You should be happy to see how much the WAR community has exploded over the past few months, going from a handful of blogs and sites to an ever-increasing empire of content. Although we here at WAAAGH! do mention these other sites — in Da Newz and on our blogroll, mainly — I’d like to give a little promotion to them in the hopes that you might discover something useful and relevant that you previously overlooked.

WAR NEWS & COMMENTARY

When there’s breaking news, and you just gotta have it that moment, you should first read up on Massively’s Warhammer coverageTen Ton Hammer’s been doing an excellent job at getting exclusives, so they should be your next stop.  Then pop over to Chaos War Host, Warhammer Alliance, WAR-RvR.net, Warhammer Vault, and Warhammer Geek, where they have you covered. Only-WAR.com doesn’t go all out on new news, but every so often they boast an exclusive piece that is worth your read. Of course, you should always be checking on the Warhammer Herald, but that’s just common sense.

Skewing more to commenting on the news and other issues (like yours truly), Keen & Graev’s Gaming Blog is certainly wordy when it comes to whatever might be floating through their minds. Likewise, The Greenskin has fun poking around in the WAR universe, and Warhammer Gamers is not shy about sharing an opinion.

I know I’m deliberately neglecting several foreign language sites, and I’m not doing that out of cultural ignorance or spite — just the thought that if I, personally, can’t read them, then I can’t vouch for them either. But I’m sure they’re heaven with a bit of sugar on top.

FROM THE DEVS’ MOUTHS

Although their duties (hehe… duties) keep them largely occupied, both Josh Drescher and Paul Barnett occasionally jot an entry into their personal blogs.

WAR COMICS

Although it appears to have been defunct since January, A Touch of Tentacle boasts 24 comic strips to check out. Keen & Graev gave us a brief taste of their WAR comic Goblannoyed, but we’re still in a holding pattern there. The Greenskin is all about the Orcs and Goblins in his comic, which is definitely worth a read. Finally, I’ve been very impressed with The Secret Life of Mobs, which comes out every couple weeks or so.

WAR FORUMS

Chatting ’bout WAR is a great way to pass the hours and build up some serious blood pressure as you plow through a troll blockade to achieve Thoughtful Post Nirvana. Since Mythic has (wisely) declined to host original forums, several sites have rushed in to fill the gap. Two of the biggest and best-known WAR forums are Warhammer Vault’s forums and the Warhammer Alliance forums. Other sites boasting friendly and frisky forums include Chaos War Host, Warhammer Conflict (which go beyond just the salt-and-pepper forum setup), WAR-RvR.net, Warhammer Geek, and Warhammer Gamers.

WAR PODCASTS

It’s hard to host a podcast about a game not out yet, but two sites have taken stabs at it so far: the excellent Warhamma podcast (which is sadly on haitus, but is still worth listening to the archives), and the new Podcast of Reckoning.

WAR WIKIS

Truly we are living in an age of the wiki. For those uninformed, a wiki is an online encyclopedia — usually devoted to a specific subject — that any registered user can edit. Right now we’re seeing three Warhammer Online Wikis stepping up to the plate in an effort to create a massive, comprehensive database of everything Warhammer and WAR: Hammer Wiki, MMO Wiki’s Warhammer, and Conflict Wiki. Check them out, and if you like what you see, then log in and help them create a great wiki!

So hopefully, that should give you a good launch point for your daily WAR obsession. While I know we probably left out a couple sites or blogs, it wasn’t done intentionally or to promote any one site over another — please let WAAAGH! know if you have a WAR site that needs to be fawned over!

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Da Newz – May 8

May 8, 2008

Beta Ticker: 684,885 (+17,567 from last week)

Quote of the Week: “Death! Kill! Custard!” ~ The slogan on the 8-Bit Paul Barnett t-shirt

Story of the Week: The dev team did a huge conference call with 23 WAR and game review sites last week, prompting a plethora of articles more or less saying the exact same thing. We here at WAAAGH! were not invited, and thus are drowning in a vat of bitter tears and tabasco sauce.

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Da Newz – May 1

May 1, 2008

Beta Ticker Update: 677,318 (+6,599 from last week)

Quote of the Week: So, if you’ve been reticent about PvP combat, or ignoring Warhammer Online because of it, it’s about time you stop doing so and start getting yourself ready – [WAR] is coming, and it’s going to change absolutely everything.” ~ CVG

Big Story of the Week: “The April Newsletter” Days before the official announcement, pages and contents from the official WAR site were mined, and you can go ahead and check out Paul’s Video Blogs, Scenarios 101 Part 4, Eataine Overview, the Beta Journal, the Grab Bag and the Guild Podcast. The highlight of the newsletter? Huge chunks of info on the “living guild” system!

Plug of the Week: Two up-and-coming WAR wikis need your help to fill in content, so get ye over to HammerWiki and MMO Wikis Warhammer to do your duty!