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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Eberron Bestiary Updates

The Eberron Bestiary has uploaded its next monster of the week, the Dragonleech, an overgrown parasite from the Shadow Marches that feeds on the ambient arcane energy of dragonshards. Great as a random encounter to accompany treasure, but also as a nice plot hook to get your characters working for House Tharashk in the Shadow Marches.

In other news, the Bestiary has posted a poll to determine which of its monsters will be featured in the Bestiary Elite series. This is your chance to help shape the direction of Eberron fan content, so be sure to stop by and vote! The poll can be found at the top of the news page.

"New" DDO Video

"Our City" video.

Turbine added another video to their gallery. It was originally hosted by Gametrailers.com and now be found at Turbine's DDO gallery.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

WOTC Catalog Update

A special thanks to Enworld Member Thalmin for posting information from the WOTC Catalog, including information on some of Eberrons releases next year!

Secrets of Xen'drik A sourcebook for play and exploration across the mysterious Eberron continent of Xen'drik.
Secrets of Xen'drik offers the first in-depth look at the lost continent of Xen'drik, the adventure-rich, ruin-laden, unknown land to the south of Khorvaire. A chapter is devoted to the cosmopolitan trade city of Stormreach, base camp of most adventures into Xen'drik. Also included are specific locations of interest, new information on the secretive drow of Xen'drik, adventure seeds, and encounters that DM's can drop into their games. Secrets of Xen'drik includes new equipment, spells, magic items, monsters, and prestige classes. as well.
Xen'drik is also the setting for the new Atari computer games Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard and D&D Online.
by Keith Baker, Jason Bulmahn, Amber Scott; 160 pages, $29.95

Friday, November 25, 2005

Monster of the Week - Quor-touched Relic

The Eberron Bestiary has uploaded its latest monster, the Quor-touched relics, awakened artifacts dating back to the end of the Age of Giants. Imbued with this power of Dal Quor itself, these creatures are a nasty psionic suprise for any travellers in Xen'drik.

Here is a sneak preview:

Giant blocks of some ancient stone wall, grinding over each other by some unseen force, advance on your position. A pale purple, ethereal mist surrounds it.

In the great cataclysm that destroyed the civilisation of the giants and thrust Dal Quor from its orbit, a wave of dreamstuff burst over the land in the plane’s death throes. Though the wave mostly affected only the minds of the elves and giants that survived the catastrophe, in some cases the dreamstuff became bound to an object, animating it and imbuing it with psionic power. Some of these objects remain to this day, sentient relics of the Age of Giants. As such, they are possibly the only creatures in existence today that remember those ancient times.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

DDO Previews

Reports keep rolling in from Turbine's recent-ish press event. The most recent ones are Gamespy's and OGaming's previews of DDO.

Post your comments on Turbine's Forum.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

DDO and the Golden Tickets

Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach in PC Gamer

The January issue of PC Gamer (coming soon!) features Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach on the cover. Pick it up for exclusive screenshots, a preview of our first post-launch content update and a chance to enter the Beta! Each copy will have a key inside the magazine, and five thousand of those keys will give a lucky reader access to the Beta! All this and the first look at dragons too!

Discuss this news in our Forums.


I wonder if this means that DDO will feature Oompa-Loompas?

We also get to hear some words from those who have already visited the Beta factory in:


Beta Journal #4: Stress Test Recap


Have you been wondering what it is like to play DDO?

For this week's Beta Journal we have compiled quotes from players who are either in the Beta, or who participated in last week's Stress Test Event to help give you an idea of what DDO is really like.

Sign up for the Beta here.

Read the full journal and then talk about it on our Forums.


Europeans can sign up for beta here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

New Screenshots


Monday Update - New Screenshots!

Giants, and spiders, and rust monsters, oh my!

A new batch of screenshots has been added to the Gallery.

After you've looked at the new screenshots, post about them on our Forums.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Official Site Updates

Steal This Hook!: Plane Shaking Events

The drama-dial gets turned up to eleven in today's edition of Steal This Hook! Eberron lays the foundation for a host of sinister plots, epic adventures, and a rollicking session of D&D. But it's just the start. You, with your vast DM powers, have the opportunity to twist Eberron's history as you see fit, introducing new villains, upsetting the course of the Khorvaire political landscape, and even contradicting any detail of the setting you feel is ripe for change. Today we provide some inspiration for these shocking departures with some truly momentous happenings; today's theme is plane-shaking events. Read More...


Sharn Inquisitive, News for Sul, Aryth 8th, 998: "Charger" Chaussinar Dies at 57

GHALT -- Eriell "Charger" Chaussinar, famed general of Aundair's 4th Cavalry Brigade, died at his manor west of Ghalt last week at the age of 57. A proclamation from Queen Aurala praising Chaussinar for his service to Aundair is expected tomorrow. Read More...

Saturday, November 19, 2005

DDO : Monster Profile and Voice Chat?

Integrated Voice Chat in DDO

Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach will be the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game to offer integrated voice chat. Unlike previous MMOGs, voice chat in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach will not require players to use their own system resources and bandwidth to host a chat server or run third party chat programs while they play the game.

Well, it seems like those who plan to play won't have to worry about typing at the speed of light to say something.

And in other news: This week, Azalai Korias meets a pirate of a different sort...


Monster Profile #25: Spectres


The spectre leaned down to the fallen man as if to tend his wounds, but instead reached into the dying man and tore his soul from his body.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

DDO Beta Journal


Beta Journal #3: Unexpected Moments


I entered sneak-mode and carefully crept past all the monsters standing between my comrades and our goal. I actually told my group that I was nervous, and laughed about it. The last time I felt so immersed and, therefore, responsible in such circumstances for a group success was in a pen and paper game.

In addition the Beta Journal, we get another look into DDO thanks to MMORPG.com

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

More DDO news

Remember when I told you about that press event some time last week? Here are some other reports about it.

1Up.com: Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach

Gamedaily: Dungeons & Dragons Online Preview

Real Tech News: Dungeon & Dragons Online

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Monster of the Week - Soul Slaver

The Eberron Bestiary has posted it latest monster, the Soul Slaver, a sadistic outsider native to Dolurrh, the Realm of the Dead. This cruel explanar horror will go that extra step to damn you to an eternity of torment, one step lower than the fate of the typical Eberronian. Great as an introduction to the horrors of Dolurrh, this monster can also lead to interesting quests if a character's soul becomes enslaved.

Here is a sneak preview:

Before you stands a humanoid figure draped in a mantle of darkness. No features are visible beneath its hood, the only sign of life being the vapour it releases with each breath. It carries a shimmering net in its ghostly hands, and tiny wisps of smoke dance around it.

Soul slavers are merciless outsiders native to the Realm of the Dead. Not satisfied with simple possession of a mortal form, the soul slavers bind the very essence of a creature to itself to serve for eternity.
As natives of Dolurrh, soul slavers have easy access to all the servants they can control. However, many soul slavers seeks to travel to the material plane to hunt escaped soul remnants and ghosts or even to steal souls from the living. As such, soul slavers are most common on Eberron near manifest zones to Dolurrh, particularly Lake Dark in Karrnath.

DDO European Beta

Codemasters has a Beta registration application here. Just click on your territory.

Those in the U.S.A who haven't registered can do so here.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Official Site Updates

Sharn Inquisitive, News for Sul, Aryth 8th, 998: Karrnathi Necro-Arsenals Remain Hidden

WROAT -- Members of Breland's Parliament are clamoring for the public release of a War Council report contending that Karrnath maintains "necro-arsenals" beyond its postwar borders, and that at least one of these lies in northern Breland. According to sources within Parliament, a copy of this report has been circulating among the members for several days.

One person who has read the report told Sharn Inquisitive that a band of Breland army veterans uncovered a necro-arsenal last month in northern Breland while chasing down rumors of buried war gold. These veterans, whose names had been redacted from the report, evidently found a secret entrance to an underground fortress full of Karrnathi zombie soldiers and weapons. This hidden emplacement also included a functional smithy and several other chambers apparently used for unspecified necromantic purposes. Read More...

Dragonshards: Druids of Khorvaire, Part Four

This series on druids concludes with a look at another tradition of the east: the Horse Watchers of the Tairnadal elves, which are found in Valenar and Aerenal. Read more...

Sunday, November 13, 2005

IGN Beta Stress Test Event

Apparently I was temporarily blinded and didn't notice this earlier:

IGN Beta Stress Test Event

We are very pleased to announce that we will be running a Stress Test Event for Dungeons & Dragons® Online: Stormreach in conjunction with IGN. Fileplanet subscribers who sign up for the Stress Test Event will be able to download a special client that will give them three days of access to a DDO Stress Test Event server during the week from Monday, November 14th through Friday, November 18th. Access to the Stress Test Event is limited and on a first-come first-served basis.

The Stress Test Event will run on different servers than the regular Beta. This allows us to test our servers without affecting our metrics collecting on the Beta server.

Check out the IGN Stress Test FAQ and discuss this article in our forums.


I apologize for the tardiness.

Friday, November 11, 2005

DDO Monster Profile

Yarr...

Not all monsters are nonhuman...

Stormreach is a port city, far from the reach of most authorities in Khorvaire. Some come to Xen'drik to start their lives anew, leaving their past behind. Others seek to prey on the unwary, finding the archaeologists and explorers to be easy quarry. The city itself is policed, but outside the walls civilized rule is quickly replaced by lawlessness. Brigands, pirates, and similar social parasites feed on the hard work of others.


Yarr...

DDO News about... news...

Turbine hosted an event at the Dragon Bar in San Francisco on Tuesday where they invited the gaming press and people from some fansites. So now we have a few "Hands on" impressions to read.

IGN: Dungeons & Dragons Online Hands-On

Gamespot: Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach Hands-On Impressions

Ten Ton Hammer: DDO: First 'Hands On' Experience

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Beta Journal #2: Discovering the Marketplace

This week we have a journal entry describing the Marketplace District. As always, this journal was written by a player in our Beta and not by the Turbine staff.

The heart of the Marketplace is a giant red tent, its emblem glinting overhead in the noonday sun. I enter, taking a moment to adjust to the dimmer light. That moment is also needed to take in the sight before me: multiple levels of merchants and vendors, selling anything and everything. Wands, armor, spell reagents, exotic missiles — whatever I can think of seems to be for sale here.


Read the full Beta Journal here.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Monster of the Week - Estray

The Eberron Bestiary has posted its latest offering, the sinister fey known as the Estray, embodiments of nature's ability to lead even the most adept explorer off course. These creatures enjoy the hunt just as much as the kill, leading explorers far from any help and unsettling them with illusion and brief appearances. These monsters make great encounters for DMs wanting to add a sense of dread to forest expeditions.

Here is a sneak preview:

A hideous troll-like woman darts through the trees. Her frenzied eyes glow like cats’ eyes and teeth like needles jut from her maw.

The estray are cruel fey that embody the entrapment of unspoiled nature. These foul creatures enjoy the hunt as much as the kill itself, luring travellers to their own domains using illusion, compulsion and fear.
Estray are found throughout Eberron, but always in forests. The Eldeen Reaches and Q’barra suffer from these creatures more than any other nation, but sightings in the King’s Forest or Karrnwood are not uncommon. Outside of Khorvaire, both Aerenal and Xen’drik are home to these bloodthirsty fey.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Turbine and Codemasters and Europe

Turbine and Codemasters Team to Deliver Dungeons & Dragons® Online: Stormreach™ in Europe

Turbine and Codemasters Team to Deliver Dungeons & Dragons® Online: Stormreach™ in Europe

Turbine, Inc., a premier publisher of online subscription entertainment, announced today it has selected The Codemasters Software Company Limited to be the online service provider for Dungeons & Dragons® Online: Stormreach™ in Europe.


Click here to visit the European Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach Forums.

If you have a comment you can go to Turbine's forums or Codemaster's DDO forum.

And yes, us "Old Worlders" are getting our own beta.

Official Site Updates

Dragonshards: Druids of Khorvaire, Part Three

Druids are found across Khorvaire, and the Siyal Marrain of the Valenar are quite different from the Gatekeepers of the Shadow Marches. The Eberron Campaign Setting and Player's Guide to Eberron focus on the druids of the western coast of Khorvaire. This article examines one of the druidic traditions of the east: the halflings of the Talenta Plains, The Mask Weavers. Ready More...


Sharn Inquisitive, News for Sul, Sypheros 22nd, 998: Duke ir'Askranno Sentenced to Dreadhold

Duke ir'Askranno Sentenced to Dreadhold after Rambling Confession SHARN -- Before his sentence was handed down, convicted murderer Duke Rellen ir'Askranno blamed his killing spree last month on mind control by the Cult of the Twin Suns. Speaking before magistrate Carkell Anathamn, ir'Askranno wept, shouted, and tore up documents held by his barrister while delivering a 20-minute rambling speech.

"It was all the Twin Suns!" ir'Askranno cried. "I loved my family, and I would never have done anything to hurt them. But they got in my head, and they made me -- oh, gods, I can't believe it! The Twin Suns are everywhere -- probably in this courtroom. I know they're working among the Sixty Families, trying make us do -- well, terrible things! Terrible!" The duke's statement surprised court watchers, who had grown accustomed to ir'Askranno's stony silence during court proceedings. Read More...

November Previews: Players Guide To Eberron

Here's the Back Cover Text:

Secrets Every Hero Should Know

What does an elf from Shae Cairdal know about the nation of Aerenal? How do you play a half-orc from the Shadow Marches? What does your character know about the Blood of Vol or the royal line of Galifar? Player's Guide to Eberron answers these questions and more. This companion to the Eberron? Campaign Setting explores the world from the player's point of view and presents exciting new options for Eberron characters.

Player's Guide to Eberron describes important locations, events, organizations, races, and features of the Eberron campaign setting, organized in an accessible and easily digestible format so that players can use the book as a handy reference guide. In addition, this book provides new feats, prestige classes, spells, and magic items.

Friday, November 04, 2005

DDO Monster Profile and Trailer

I'm sure many of you have met our next friend, the Gray Oooze.

Monster Profile #23: Gray Ooze

What monster can easily ruin your favorite weapon or peice of armor?

Today we fought our way through the sewers beneath Stormreach, searching for a merchant who had been kidnapped by kobolds. While navigating through many fiery traps and ambushes, an ooze dripped down from the ceiling onto Khovis, melting a hole clear through his armor and burning his flesh.



DDO Monster Trailer
If a new Monster Profile isn't enough, Gametrailers.com has a new Trailer that shows things from another perspective...

DDO Beta related updates

Beta section added to DDO.com FAQ
A Beta section has been added to the DDO.com FAQ. To read the full FAQ click here.

Beta Journal #1: Building the Deadly Rogue

This week we have a journal entry describing how one person created their rogue. As always, this journal was written by a player in our Beta and not by the Turbine staff.

Skills are what make the rogue class. No other class gets as many skill points or class skills to work with. Because of the +2 INT bonus, my rogue will have a whopping 40 points to spend in skills.



In addition to this, one of the developers at Turbine had a Q&A Session with MMORP.com. It is the seventh in a series

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Off to the Presses

According to the Official Site Off to Press page, the Players Guide To Eberron is currently at the printers. The book is due to hit shelves, Janurary.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

DDO BETA ANNOUNCEMENT

It's finally here, the Beta is finally here!

Dungeons & Dragons Online™: Stormreach™ Kicks Off Public Beta With IGN

Turbine, Inc. announced today that Dungeons & Dragons Online™: Stormreach™ is officially in public Beta and that IGN Entertainment will be the exclusive host. As part of the arrangement, IGN will widely promote the Beta to the millions of gamers who regularly visit IGN's sites, including IGN.com.

Please note that if you have already registered for Beta through http://beta.turbine.com, you will keep your eligibility for Beta. The accounts registered through IGN will be added to our existing database. Read more in the IGN Beta FAQ.

Click here to read the full press release. Register for our forums and discuss this aricle.

And there was much rejoicing!

DDO Update: Screenshots

The folks from Turbine released another batch of screenshots here. If you have comments, go here