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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Monster of the Week - Acolyte of the Traveller

The Eberron Bestiary has just uploaded its latest monster. In the spirit of the holiday, this week's monster is a sinister creature inspired by the frequently quoted saying: 'beware the gifts of the Traveller.' Unlike our own Santa Claus, this Acolyte of the Traveller will not give something for nothing. The gifts he delivers always come with a catch, and you would do well not to break the conditions. Feared by children across Khorvaire, you won't find impersonators in the local marketplace.

Accompanying this update is an excellent piece of short fiction by Wizards.COMmunity boards member Kinger. Be sure not to overlook it!

Here is a sneak preview:

A tall, hunched figure stands before you. It has long, spindly limbs and an awkward gait, and is draped in a dusty, grey mantle. It carries a large burlap sack over its shoulder.

On the 26th to the 28th of Vult, the Nights of Long Shadows, many of Khorvaire’s families gather to fight the heightened power of the Shadow with cheer, song and goodwill. However, the Shadow is not the only deity active during this time. As always, the Traveller seeks to sew his gifts about Khorvaire, and the deity uses these three nights to spread chaos and revelry.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Official Site Update

Sharn Inquisitive, News for Sul, Vult 15th, 998: Watch Promises Extra Patrols

SHARN -- The city will be well protected against criminals during the upcoming nights of the Long Shadows (Vult 26th through 28th), according to Lord Commander Iyan ir'Talan. "The Sharn Watch remains vigilant throughout the year, and Long Shadows is no exception," asserted ir'Talan on Sar. "City residents can take comfort in knowing that they're safe in their homes with the Watch on guard."

Commander ir'Talan said patrols would be increased by one-quarter during Long Shadows nights. Furthermore, the Daggerwatch Garrison plans to augment patrols in the Dura quarter by one-half.

"I'd like to commend my watch commanders for the success of last year's Shadows at Bay operation, during which the Watch arrested more than a thousand criminals during Long Shadows," ir'Talan said. "And I can promise an even safer city this year." Read More...

Friday, December 23, 2005

OGGaming Q&A with Justin Quimby

OGaming.com recently interviewed Turbine's Justin Quimby. Comments and thoughts can be directed to this thread

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Concept Art

Turbine added some new concept art to the gallery. This batch includes some examples of Wizard's robes, architecture and more. Feel free to comment

DDO Online Preorder

DDO can now be officially Preordered from selected sites. Ordering a preorder pack will also give you a 10 day Beta pass and a +1 amulet of protection and more. Check the EBGames preorder page for more preorder benefits.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Fansite First Impressions

The NDA on DDO took a small leave of absence (well, not really) with the first impressions from these fansites. The writers tested the Beta and were then asked to write their thoughts.



The Arda Post





DDO Vault

Read the news and check the link to the Beta application

Monday, December 19, 2005

Monster of the Week - Unliving Vacillate

The Eberron Bestiary has posted its latest offering, the Unliving Vacillate. Created by interactions between Mabar and Irian manifest zones on Aerenal, this unnatural creature exists in an equilibrium between true deathlessness and true undeath. Magic, light and darkness can shift the equilibrium, making this monster difficult to predict. The unliving vacillates make interesting encounters for Aerenal PCs, since in their base form they will register as both undead and deathless using detection spells and other effects, enough to make even veteran players hesitate.

Here is a sneak preview:

Before you stands an ancient elf, wreathed in an aura akin to a twilight sky. It’s decayed and almost immaterial body courses with life, death, hope and despair.

The islands of Aerenal are covered in manifest zones to the planes of positive and negative energy, Irian and Mabar. The traditions of the Undying Court and the Blood of Vol were able to grow to major powers using the influence of these two planes, and the same manifest zones are used to this day. Being diametrically opposed, the manifest zones normally avoid each other, but on rare occasions they may interact in truly unnatural ways. When the magic of the deathless is combined with the eldritch secrets of undeath, the spontaneous creation of an unliving vacillate may occur from a creature that has died within the area of interaction.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Monster Profile #27

Monster Profile #27: Fire Elementals

This week Azalai expounds upon fire elementals, and wonders if it truly is a wise idea to harness these capricious monsters for our mundane purposes.

Read the full entry and discuss.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Win a Spot in the Beta! + Beta Journal #6

DDO Stress Test Update – Win a Spot in the Beta!

The Dungeons & Dragons™ Online: Stormreach™ Stress Test Event is going very well and there are still registration keys available! Remember, you don’t have to be a paying subscriber to Fileplanet to get in the Stress Test. Just visit FilePlanet to sign up and download the Stress Test client. Players in the Stress Test will also have three opportunities to win spots in the regular DDO Beta during our nightly events. The events are detailed below:

Wednesday, December 14 – 8pm until 10pm EST
Let’s party! Turbine admins will be logged on during this event and giving out loot and spawning the occasional Beholder! We’ll also be giving away Beta spots at random to some players who are logged on during the event. We may even run some D&D trivia contests with Beta spots as prizes too. Beta spot winners will be contacted during the event in game and receive their Beta invitations next week. So log in, hang out with your friends, and be careful not to attract the attention of any Fire Giants you happen to see!

Thursday, December 15 – 8pm until 10pm EST
Help us help you! On this night we’re going to be stressing our in-game help system. Details for this event will be posted on the stress test forums and the stress test launcher on Thursday evening so be sure to keep an eye out for more information. Winners will be contacted via e-mail next week.

Friday, December 16 – 6pm until 10pm EST
The big event! During this event players will be asked to adventure in the many dungeons throughout Xen’drik. Turbine admins will be randomly teleporting to players who are in dungeons and giving away even more Beta spots! Winners will be contacted in-game and receive their invitation next week.

So register now and don’t miss your chance to experience what PC Gamer calls “The MMO that changes everything!”

Beta Journal #6: A Not-So-Brief Guide to Creating a Well-Rounded Bard

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

Everyone knows the old saying – bards are jacks of all trades, masters of none. So put down that sword, pull up a chair, and let me tell you how to do just that before you hurt yourself. You want a character that can pepper targets from a distance but is still able to handle a blade, right? And you want a character that can sing a few songs, give those finger-wiggling sorcerers a run for their money, and still be able to charm the skin off a snake? Well...listen up.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Monster of the Week - Spellshard Golem

The Eberron Bestiary has uploaded its latest offering, the Spellshard Golem, a powerful construct encrusted with Eberron dragonshards. With the power to absorb spells as they are cast and then use them itself, this golem is a nightmare during arcane warfare. The Spellshard golems make great encounters for veterans, taking much of what is expected of a golem and turning it upside down.

Here is a sneak preview:

A towering, hunched construct of stone lumbers towards you, the ground shaking as it makes each step. Its stone carved armour is encrusted with large red crystals.

The spellshard golem is a potent construct empowered by Eberron dragonshards. The magic stored within the dragonshards allows them to absorb a spell’s power as it released. Just as a more mundane spellshard is capable of, the spellshard golem may recall that power at a later time. However, while the spellshard recalls the magical techniques for wizards to memorise, the complex incantations in the golem allow it to recall spells with their full effect. Though difficult to create, the spellshard golems were especially popular with armies battling Aundair and Karrnath. Since these nations made heavy use of arcane magic, spellshard golems proved useful in nullifying the powers of their mages.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

IGN Beta Stress Test Event!

IGN Beta Stress Test Event!

We are very pleased to announce that we will be running another Stress Test Event for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach in conjunction with IGN and FilePlanet.

The Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach Stress Test is available to all registered FilePlanet members, with or without a paid subscription on Tuesday, December 13 through Saturday, December 17. FilePlanet members with a paid subscription will have access to the exclusive high-resolution client. Members without a paid subscription will have access to the standard client.

On Friday, December 16, from 6pm EST until 10pm EST, we will be running a special Stress Test event. During this event players will have a chance to win a spot in the regular DDO Beta! More details about this event will be posted later this week.

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.

In addition tho this, new screenshots were added to the gallery. Go here to discuss.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

New Concept Art and PC Gamer Interview

Turbine added a new batch of concept art to the gallery. This batch includes some armor ideas and city decorations. To discuss, go here.

PC Gamer has also released a podcast of an undercover reporters interview with DDO lead designer Ken Troop.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Bestiary Elite - The Sentinel Flame

The Eberron Bestiary has posted its latest in its Bestiary Elite series. As chosen by you, this feature introduces a powerful living dragonmark known as the Sentinel Flame. Imbued with the power of Fernia, the Sea of Fire, this fiend is looking for revenge against the dwarves that destroyed its host, and will stop at nothing to bring death and destruction to the Mroranon clan. Despite its intensions, unknowing player characters may even find themselves working towards its goals. Be sure to check it out!

Here is a sneak preview:

Writhing ethereal tendrils, burning with orange flame, dance in the air before you. At times, the patterns resemble a great stalwart dragon. Malice and hate accompany its conflagrant form.

The creation of a living dragonmark is a rare and significant occurrence tied closely to the Prophecy. However, the many forces and ideals that permeate Eberron can have dramatic effects that shed even more mystery on the creation of these raw manifestations of the Draconic auguries. The Sentinel Flame is one such creation, a living dragonmark immersed in the power of Fernia, the Sea of Fire.
The origin of the Sentinel Flame dates back to the secession of the Mror Holds in 914YK.When the dwarves declared their independence from Karrnath, many Karrnathi battalions were still stationed in the Mror Holds. One such battalion, the 4th Hoarfrost, was stationed at Mroranonhold when the declaration was made. Captain Seraf d’Deneith, a famed Sentinel Marshal of House Deneith was also stationed at the Mror stronghold in the employ of Karrnath to pass on his knowledge of the arts of combat.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Beta Journal #5 and new screenshots

Beta Journal #5: An Impression of DDO. This journal started as a post on the beta boards and the developers thought it would be a perfect Beta Journal. After asking for the testers permission it was made into the newest Beta Journal.
Read the full Beta Journal, then discuss it on Turbine's Forums!"

The Screenshot gallery was updated with a new batch of screenshots. Post your thoughts on the Forums

BossytheCow Update

Keith Baker has posted an updated version of Thelestes who originally appeared in Dragon #327.

You can find him, and other characters, on the Bossy the Cow Character Page.

A little preview here is her physical description:

At first, there seems to be little to draw the eye to this young elf. Though not unpleasant to look upon, she has made little effort to enhance her natural beauty; her cloak is gray and stained by the weather, draped over a white blouse and peasant breeches. Then she smiles at you, and a thrill runs through you – despite her average appearance, she has a magnetism that goes far deeper than simple appearance. She takes a step towards you, moving with a dancer’s grace. As she does, everything changes. Her short blond hair takes on a brilliant red hue, spreading around her head and shoulders like a wild wreath of flame. Her features and figure seem to become sharper and more defined, and an instant later she has become a creature of flawless beauty. Leathery wings unfold from beneath her cloak, and she twirls one
end of a long, glittering chain that has appeared in her hands. The rattling links of the chain sound like music, and she laughs as she dances towards you.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Monster of the Week - Eidolon of Empathy

The Eberron Bestiary has updated its archive with its latest offering, the Eidolon of Empathy, a creature created on Dal Quor from pure emotion. Similar to the Eidolon of Paranoia and Eidolon of Terror, this mysterious outsider is a great encounter both in dreams and on the material plane. With the ability to transfer the minds of its enemies, this monster leads to plenty of character sheet swapping fun.

In other news, the poll for the next Bestiary Elite has concluded with the Living Dragonmark winning 42% of the votes. The Warforged Reanimate followed behind with 32%, while the Ithal Quor and Blade Worm trailed with 11% and 16% respectively. Look out for the elite Living Dragonmark some time this week!

The Bestiary has posted a new poll with a new question this week. Its a simple one, do you prefer to see stand alone monsters with no connection to the Bestiary's other work, making them easier to use in any Eberron game, or do you prefer monsters connected to each other (such as the Remnant and Soul Slaver) and series of monsters (such as the eidolons and fleshmelders)?

Monday, December 05, 2005

DDO Fan contest and article

DDO.OGaming.com is having a Holiday contest where you can get a free DDO T-shirt. Go over there and answer this weeks question for a chance to win!

"Is it worth the hype?" is a brief summary of what is different between DDO and most MMORPGs and what the writer thinks about this.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

G.A.M.E. and Tharaak Hounds

Turbine will be attending the Games And Music Experience. So if you live in the San Francisco area you might want to visit the Moscone Center for a chance to play DDO.

Monster Profile #26: Thaarak Hound

This week Azalai and his party encounter a creature from another realm.

A large, hairless wolf snarled at us, its flesh twisted and grotesque. Its pale and slimy hide pulsed unnaturally and its eyeless head swung unerringly about to face us. Acid dripped from its maw as it approached.

Read the full profile, then discuss Thaarak Hounds here.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Eberron Novel Covers

The fine folk of Worlds of DnD.com have posted the covers for two upcoming Eberron novels.

The Grieving Tree: The Dragon Below Book 2 (March 2006) By Don Bassingthwaite. Cover by Michael Komarck.

Special thanks to Mark S. for posting the image

WorldsofDnD member Dragonreader also found the cover to an upcoming novel, "Voyage Of The Mourning Dawn" by Rich Wulf.
Cover by Thomas Thienmeyer.