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Leipzig Links

The Games Convention blog gets to GOA. It’s in German, I haven’t asked my husband to translate yet.. but I currently am in love with the line:

Wir haben es getan. “WAAAAAAAAGH!!!!” Es soll dann auch T-Shirts geben. Jippie!.

(Note to all GOA/Mythic types going to Games Day – we love T-shirts – arbitrary ;p)

Here’s a cool video from Leipzig about living cities, showing a Bright WIzard running around Altdorf. Oh, and Josh Drescher gives a commentary!

If you’re going to dress up, pick a cool class to dress up as. Here’s a good example from Leipzig.

What’s the future for Warhammer Online after September 2008? Paul speaks at Leipzig and says there’s a 3-year plan currently in place.

Sterntaler (one of the german CMs) posts some video of the GOA/Warhammer stand in Liepzig. (He mentions T-Shirts and free stuff prominently, which I know Arbitrary will find intriguing!)

Sausage and Sauerkraut – lunch is good at the Games Convention it seems. Lunch is important. More photos from Leipzig can be seen here (incl. Age of Conan booth babes – because I’m good to you – arbitrary).

Player vs Developer compares the WAR trailer to the WoW one, both released at Liepzig. Rock, Paper, Shotgun also mentions them in the same breath, but gets to use the word ‘phwoarhammer’ – we’re depressed we didn’t think to use that one, so credit where it’s due. Is it just us though, or was that a handful of Order chars taking on an entire Destruction army. Nerf!!

And, of course, Warhammer Online wins Best Online Game of the show.

General Links

Neurotic women are more likely to blog. No comment. Actually, that reminds me, there’s a new livejournal community for WAR-ladies.

Gnomeo and Juliet. No comment. Actually, sounds awesome ;p

Ablegamer takes a look at Warhammer Online from a different perspective – what does it have to cater for the disabled player.

This is my current favourite review of Warhammer Online – it covers a lot of ground, while not being too in-depth, and it sounds like a group of friends honestly discussing the game. This I like.

We loved the gamespy pre-NDA impressions of WAR, here’s their actual beta review.

MMORPG.com has an interview from GenCon Indy with Robert Mull, Community Relations Director for Mythic. There’s a short intro here, and then a longer video.

Useful tools for Warhammer Online. WarDb (basically Thottbot for Warhammer Online) if you want all the info/spoilers broken down, and the combat parser (though if I am going to use that kind of thing I’d rather have one on my desktop than have to go through a website).

This is Massively’s collection of videos showing the /special emotes for each race. They’re what WAR has instead of /dance to give you something amusing to do while you’re waiting for people to run back from the graveyard.

Olympic Link: Matt Slater (a BBC commentator) claims that Beach Volleyball is a great sport in its own right, and he doesn’t just watch it for the girls in bikinis — he may be the only one 😛

Ok, this may be down right now but it’s supposed to be back online today so I’ll link it anyway. Tiny Adventures is a D&D Facebook app – it lets you create a char, equip them and set them off on an adventure. Sounds fun to me!

Of interest

Josh Drescher notes that you shouldn’t assume too much about the launch date from the fact that Mythic is hiring more CS.

We’ve seen lots of posts and videos of Game Day Baltimore. This is beowulfhuntrs video of a Marauder in action — he spends some time flicking through the Tome of Knowledge at the beginning, and it looks great.

Check out new WAR blog The White Tower of Hoeth (taking a wild guess that they are High Elf fans)

If you are (or have ever been) a tabletop gamer, you’ll know that 4th Edition D&D was released last week. And infamously, it has been heavily influenced by MMORPG design — so I guess games have come full circle. Tom Smith has a comprehensive article on Gamasutra discussing how D&D has evolved and how video game designers can (still) learn from it. And if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be off tinkering with my Dragonborn Paladin…

Are you wondering what to do about painting your collectors edition miniatures when they arrive? rpg.net has a thread on mini painting rookie style where the veterans share a few hints and tips.

Someone gave the PC Gamer crew an advance copy of the Spore creature creator, so naturally they built a giant dick. (Now, if only it could do the washing up ….)

Interesting insight into powerlevelling from the folks at Kotaku (with disclaimer that powerlevelling isn’t recommended, and is against the EULA!). Examines why someone wanted to do it, their experiences and why, in the end, they didn’t end up playing the character for long.

TenTonHammer have posted a visual history of the orcs, which shows development through screenshots.

Want to be a games writer? Read through this amusing job advert over at Games Radar, it touches on many of the things we’ve been discussing lately about reviewers and games communities. And it’s for a genuine job, just amusingly written!

And lastly, Gamus of Clan Steinhammer has written a totally awesome Ode to Dwarven Women (and other poems, but this one struck a chord!)