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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Join An Invite-Only Dungeon-Crawl MMORPG

MMORPG.com is offering invites to "Dungeon Runners," a free invite-only fantasy MMORPG.

I don't know much about it, except that it's based on D&D-style hack-and-slash dungeon crawls. You know, like "Dungeons & Dragons Online" was supposed to be.

Maybe it will do a better job.

Link.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Solving the Healer Problem

Here's a cool blog post over at MMO Gaming about the Healer Problem, and how the folks at "Warhammer Online" are looking to solve it.

The Healer Problem (originally the Cleric Problem) dates all the way back from the earliest days of tabletop D&D. If your character can heal, then the rest of your group won't want you to do anything but heal. This is great for them, but can be mind-numbingly dull for you, the guy who plays the healer.
Being a “pure” healer will be an inefficient play-style based on how our careers are designed. The Warrior Priest, for example, builds Righteous Fury by dealing melee damage.... If the WP hangs back and just tries to use his baseline, non-fury abilities to act as a pure healer, he will suck like a diesel-fueled vacuum cleaner.

It will be impossible to “focus” on healing rather than damage, so players won’t be able to ignore combat healers in favor of “pure” healers because pure healers won’t exist.
Linky.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

The World of "Whorecraft"

Kotaku has a full-length feature on "Whorecraft," a series of online pr0n shorts based on D&D and "World of Warcraft."

The author interviews "Dez," the series' creator (nice to see an old D&D player make good) and the women who star in the films.

"People play these games and see these sexy elves, but they don't ever get to see the elves have sex," he said. "A lot of people try to roleplay in the game, but I decided to bring it out into the real world and do it right."
Link (sfw)

Thanks to DasWookie!

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