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Tabula Rasa has an open beta out.

Many mmos coming out next year, will there be one to end the reign of WoW? (via Tobold)

My bet is on WAR. What I know? It will dent our guild membership, unless we make the jump and try it together. Not that I care overly much. My guild membership consists of reading and posting in the forum and logging on for an hour a week.

I think WAR is hyped quite a bit though and playing NWN2 I noticed how good WOW is.

Spore!

I never thought this would get finished, but here we are. The review only speaks about the start of the game and as the reviewer decided to start in cell-form he didn’t get too far.

Spore PC Preview, Spore Preview

Spore is finished. That’s the first thing I learn as I head in to my play session at the Leipzig Games Convention. Obviously, the game isn’t finished finished (as in ready to ship), but in terms of its content offering, it’s all there — the game is complete. At this point, EA is spending the next several months paying attention to feedback from players to tweak and polish Spore for its release next Spring. But otherwise, it’s done. (via Reddit)

All in all it sounds like a game I would like to play.

“Eh, it’s already rated M due to the explicit scenes of cell mitosis.”

There’s also a gameplay video/demo on youTube.

WoWHead sold

Would you sell out? If it meant I could quit my job … I guess I would.

WoWHead used to be the last WoW database that did not belong to Affinity Media – former owners of IGE, the largest gold selling company there is. Now Affinity Media has sold IGE and bought WoWHead.

Wowhead: World of Warcraft Database

News travels fast! We were hoping to have the time to put together a proper announcement about this, but it appears word is already out, so we wanted to acknowledge it: now that IGE is out of the picture, Wowhead has decided to become a part of the ZAM Network. We’ll post a lot more information later today. Stay tuned!
– The Wowhead Team
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Lord of the Rings Online

After reading yet another rather extensive three part review of LotRO I am not so sure anymore about not trying the game.

Here’s one of the key-quotes from the review that made me re-think:

I’ve called it WoW for adults and I think that still holds true at least while we’re in the beta. Its not WoW in terms of polish, but its not EQ2 or Vanguard in terms of complexity or to the extent I’ve experienced, depth.

There are also a few nice screenshots scattered throughout the reviews showing off the questlog, character screen and more. I liked the equivalent of the WoW ‘/who/lfg’ screens, it looks much more polished.

So I hope there’ll be a free trival version – the pre-order offer with reduced monthly fees is seductive on the other hand …

To raid or not to raid

We always said we would not be a raiding guild.

We also said, that we would try the 20 man instances Zul Gurub and The Ruins of Ahn Qiraj. Those are raid instances. (Upper Blackrock Spire does NOT count as a true raid instance … much too easy!)

What exactly makes a guild a “raiding guild”? On first glance one might believe it is the tight schedule of raids to which members must appear, the enforcement of “optimum” talents, equipment, buffs and the concise commands everyone has to follow during the raid which reduces quite a few classes to “two-buttons-per-encounter” classes – but those are merely the obvious symptoms, those people hate the most. These cause people like myself to abhor raiding and decide to create a guild like ours a “non-raiding-guild” (We are quite exotic in that our bylaws contain this phrase and that we always said we will never do 40-man instances as a guild. Many people on the realm don’t believe when they hear that the first time and then they call us crazy …)

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WoW and gold farmers

As it happens we were discussing gold farming on the guild forum after one member posted a link to an article on gold farming. Some people were quite surprised that gold farming (the wikipedia article cites most of the same sources I do actually *g*) was so common and such a big issue in our lovely innocent game world. For me this came not as a surprise as a long time reader (since their creation actually) of terranova (read it …. there are so many good articles on all kinds of virtual worlds there it’s just good!) and other similar blogs and a lot of wow related news sources. I have read quite a bit about the topic at hand and collected a few relevant links which I want to repost here.

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