• Age of Conan:
    • Knut Avenstroup Haugen got a “Hollywood music award nomination for the Coast of Ardashir song” (source).
    • Eight screens of the “new mounts coming to Hyboria as part of the various winter game updates” have been released here on Facebook (source).
  • Bloodline Champions:
    • A teaser presenting a new bloodline has been published here (source).
    • The game is available on Steam since 28th October (source).


GAME INFORMATION

  • A new developer diary entitled “The Secret War” is available here.
  • The video shows “the first [eight] minutes of TSW gameplay where the player receives their starting abilities.”
  • “Unlike most MMOs, The Secret World’s combat allows for full movement in any situation. The player will not be rooted during the use of any skills, a huge departure from the typically static casters and rangers of most MMOs, past and present.”
  • Shotguns are “close-range, cone AoE weapon[s]“, “pistols are a mid-range, high-dps, single target weapon” and “assault rifles are the ranger’s weapon of choice and can be multi-targetable”.
  • Blood magic involves necromancy and dark arts. “Elementalism is a scientific branch of magic that utilizes an understanding of the sciences to control physical properties.” Ragnar Tørnquist compared chaos magic to the butterfly effect, explaining it “is more subtle than the other branches, where one tiny event will set off the dominoes to something massive.”
  • “There are no intentions of developing a player-based government or economy.”
  • “There will be smaller factions affiliated with the Council of Venice, and Ragnar reminded us of the Phoenicians, but they will be unplayable.” “There are factions that originate from Africa, though whether they maintain residence there or not is unclear.”
  • “Open PvP is not being considered but if the community clamours for it after launch, Ragnar will consider an alternate server with a different ruleset.”
  • Massively pointed out here that “combat (or shotgun combat, at any rate) uses a combo-point-esque mechanic wherein certain attacks build resources on a target, and other “finisher” attacks expend those resources.”

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Our article analysing the Monsters of Maine has been released:
    Part One
    Part Two
  • “Over 500,000 [people] registered for ‘The Secret World’ Beta” (source).


CABALS


CABALS

  • Split Self Society presents itself as following: “A cabal that denounces all other cabals as imposters. We are the only true Illuminati who follow the only true God, the infinitely splitting fractal God-self. Our split selves roam the world in search of power to bring about chaos which is the pure and divine form of freedom.” Announcement
  • Sineco focuses on RP but will also be present in PvE and PvP. It will “buy and sell information about in-game individuals and cabals”. No off-game information will be gathered. Members must play a “minimum of 8 hours a week”. Announcement sineco.dk


CABALS