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The Warhammer Herald reports that Warhammer Online won best of E3:PC at G4TV (ie. G4TV liked it better than Spore and Left 4 Dead!) and also highlights an interview with Josh there.

Carrie Gouskos mentions her interview on ChaosCast no.4 and the sudden realisation that Warhammer Online is no ‘little thing’.

Times they are a-changin’ at Warhammer Alliance, and Garthilk posts about the state of WHA and plans for the future. Plans involving a reorganisation, a database and of course … a wiki!

Vale writes a new Warrior Priest blog, huzzah!

John Darwin is on trial at the moment for faking his death in a canoeing accident while his wife cashed in on the life insurance. It’s a bizarre case. Anyway, in her defense case earlier this week, she mentioned MMOs (saying her husband had met someone he’d gone on to have an affair with over one).

Relmstein classifies the different types of villains we meet in MMORPGs.

Keen posts his first article on E3 and Warhammer Online over at the Vault. His second piece is also up over there, or you can read it on his own blog.

mmorpg.com sent a journalist to check out WAR at E3 and she gives her reactions here. Will have to remember to go thank her if our dwarf girls get cool jewelry.

As I often see during demos, the guys showed me the various male characters. I wanted to see the females. So when I got the chance for hands-on, I scrolled through the various races and careers and decided to customize a Dwarven female. Sorry, no beards for female Dwarves. Okay… I could live with that but where was MY jewelry? Wait just one doggone minute. How come the male Dwarves got jewelry and the females didn’t?

“We can look at that!” was the chorus of replies.

Bruce Everiss writes about virtual worlds, including MMORPGs and investment into these worlds. Not sure what his point is, except that they cost a lot and the earning potential is huge, but they often fail. I could have said that and I’m no ‘veteran games industry marketer’.

For those who wanted, there’s another white lion vid here, it includes some footage of a fully grown white lion. Oh, you wanted more info about White Lions in the game? Check out this brief preview at gamespot.

Games Workshop have posted a preview to Games Day UK 2008 on their site.

Random things you should watch this week: Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and the Watchmen trailer.

Love RPGs and hate saving money – this could be the product for you!! Of course, it’s only available in Japan, but we hereby launch the quest to get it released over in the UK and US.

Today’s reading challenge

Another new blog to welcome to the community, put a big hand together for Da Squig Herder. We’ll be watching you, greenie!

The Warhammer Herald starts releasing guild information as the guild beta gets underway. We expect to hear a lot more about how guilds work, but for now – take a look at how to create a guild. Happy to report that this news is also up on the European site, complete with a featured European guild instead of a US one. Nice work!

Penny Arcade weighs in on the recent announcement of cuts. Secret Lives of Mobs reaches part 5 of The Inquisition strip.

New episodes of ChaosCast and the Podcast of Reckoning are out (they need to stagger them, but hey, it’s great to hear Warhammer podcasts regardless of timing).

The Greenskin hosts Romanus’ part 2 modelling guide. I look at these things and am totally in awe of how anyone makes a (detailed) lump of metal look so damn good. We definitely recommend these guides if you want to give painting a shot.

The new E3 screenshots can be seen here and are all the ones dated July 14th. Looking pretty! And here’s the factsheet.

Summary of the EA press conference at E3 notable for the total lack of mention of WAR. I wish the press would chill about iPhone software (we’ve had smartphones for years here that you could download 3rd party software to.)

Eurogamer reports EA’s announcement of Nucleus, a new social games service which will be launched initially in sports games and then across 25 games by the end of 2009. One of the examples given cites Warhammer Online:

you might tell Ellie she has to get her Warhammer Online character to level 30 and unlock all the Battlefield achievements by next weekend, and Nucleus would also allow you to tell your mutual friends that you had set this challenge.

Blizzard have won their case against the programmer who created Glider, a bot system.

Josh Drescher gives an interview to Gamasutra about releasing in a post-WoW world.

TenTonHammer forums pose the question we’ve all been asking – How would Paul Barnett have delivered the news about the city and class cuts? Seriously, it’s worth stopping by and having a look at both the text and graphical answers.