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Shadowrun Online Goes To Kickstarter, Asks for Half a Million

Jagged Alliance Online developer, Cliffhanger Productions, has gone to Kickstarter to help get Shadowrun Online finished and on the market. The developer is asking for $500,000 and at the time of writing, they are currently at $77,114 with 25 days to go. It’s not surprising that they’ve turned to Kickstarter for help with how expensive MMO’s cost to make.

“While our MMO is extremely modest by the big budget standards of today, it costs far more than a development company of our size is able to afford on our own,” the team said.

“Due to the license restraints, it is hard to get traditional publishers interested, and we didn’t want to give away creative control over the project, or the ability to shape the game together with you, the fans.

“We have invested a considerable amount of our own, and our friends’ and relatives’ money, into laying the groundwork for the game and technology, but the bulk of the project and most of the content requires your pledges. We hope there is enough Shadowrun love out there, to make this game become a reality, and humbly thank you for your support. Let’s shape the future of Shadowrun together!”

Shadowrun Online will be free-to-play but will also give players a chance to become a premium member with a $10 subscription service per month. Something much like what developer, Turbine, is doing with Lord of the Rings Online. Thankfully the premium service will reduce the amount of constant hours you’ll need to spend grinding. Not only that, but it will improve your in-game reputation, earn you karma get you a few good discounts at in-game vendors.

“These boosts are designed and balanced with the rest of the game so they don’t break gameplay, as there are still basic requirements that must be reached before a character can use that snazzy new weapon he or she just purchased at a discount,” the team said. “Overall, the premium subscription will save players some time, and let you focus on the really important adventuring and challenges.”

Anyone looking forward to Shadowrun Online after the first installment released in 2007?

Behind the Trailer: Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan

I like most of the internet thought the Riders of Rohan trailer was very cheesy and much pre-production wasn’t put into it. One of the things that you have to keep in mind though is that Turbine isn’t and wasn’t a one-hit wonder company like Blizzard Entertainment was.

With that said, after watching their Behind the Scenes video it made the Riders of Rohan trailer feel much more awesome, especially with only having 6 weeks of pre-production. These guys are really passionate about the game, you can hear it in their voices. From what I gathered they really wanted to put together a good trailer and if you want to compare, this is probably their best expansion trailer yet.

Take a look at their Behind the Scenes video, it’s really informative and really shows the passion these guys have for the game and the story.

Riders of Rohan Pre-Order Now Comes With Turbine Points

Turbine has released a post giving us updates on their most recent expansion, Riders of Rohan due for release on September 5th. There has been a lot of positive feedback on the pre-order bonuses of Riders of Rohan, but there has been a great number of people asking for Turbine Points included in the package like they were with their past expansion, Rise of Isengard. Turbine has granted the players wishes and now are offering up to 2,000 Turbine Points if you pre-order a copy of Riders of Rohan. These updated versions now include the following:

  • Basic Edition - 1000 Turbine Points
  • Heroic Edition - 1000 Turbine Points
  • Legendary Edition - 2000 Turbine Points

If you’ve already pre-ordered Riders of Rohan and slightly worried you aren’t getting these Turbine Points now, have no fear! Everyone who has pre-ordered Riders of Rohan will get these points, but may take up to five business days due to the mass amounts of pre-orders they have to go through. You do not have to contact customer service to get your points, they will be credited to you very soon.

I like companies that listen to their player base. Those companies tend to get more sales.

You can read up on the full thread on their forums.

 

Lord of the Rings Online: The Life of a Critter

Have you ever played an MMO, any type, saw a squirrel, chicken or even a cow and thought, “I wonder what it’s like to play as an animal or critter.” No? As embarrassing as it sounds, I have, and this past weekend I had the privilege of playing as a rooster. One of the amazing things about Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online, is the very creative quests they have managed to develop and integrate into the game.

If your a Lord of the Rings Online player you can find the quest(s) at the red dot on the map below:

 

You might be surprised, but they really took this quest seriously and had some really good story writing that went into the troubles of small farm animals and in this case, chickens. The quest takes you deep into the thrilling adventure of a rooster attempting to help save the farm from a coming wolf attack. As the rooster your sent to various beautiful environments to search for help from your fellow farm animals. That list consists of, cows, bulls, farm dogs, cats, and much, much more.

While I did say that the story writing is fairly serious, the quest itself in its entirety is full of hilarity mainly because of the many silly one liners that some of the other animals and chickens have to say.

Doodlin' around with Moonlight.

One of the most fun parts of this quest was plucking worms for the Mama Chicken because she was moody and hungry and wouldn’t respond to anyone. Having to avoid wolves, boars and mice was quite challenging as I went through the fields desperately searching for these worms to help get her mood back in check. I learned very quickly that the speed spell they gave me was to run away from attackers instead of just naturally making my run speed faster.

I won’t spoil the whole quest for you, thus I highly suggest going to that area of the Shire just to play this quest line. If you don’t have Lord of the Rings Online, get it and go do this quest!

You will not regret it.

Lord of the Rings Online is a free-to-play MMORPG that originally released in 2007 and is still going strong. The game is open and available to everyone on lotro.com. No purchases are necessary to play the game.