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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?

Opinion: Indie Studios Are Leading Innovation, Not Call of Duty

When I say corporate I mean companies like Activision or Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and etc. The studios they own have become a waste of space I feel. While there are some great games that come from them, it’s nothing new. Call of Duty, Assassins Creed are nothing new and they’re really starting to get dull. Sure, they earn they haul in a mother-load of cash after releasing their game but again, it’s still nothing new. Since when do you see innovation or new ideas come out of the corporate industry of gaming? Skyrim was nothing new, it was another Elder Scrolls game. The formulas, the concepts, the stories feel very generic and something we see every time a new game releases.

This is why I love Indie studios. Sure some Indie studios are like the corporate studios, but a lot of them have more room to brainstorm, be creative and innovate because they aren’t under the giant thumb of a publisher. Magicka was an awesome game developed by Arrowhead Game Studios. It was something a corporate company had not thought of doing, but it was fun, it was new, it was refreshing to play.

Corporate companies simply don’t like taking risks. They like making what works, but unfortunately getting what works every year eventually gets boring and dull to the point I would rather spend my money on four Indie games instead of one copy of Assassins Creed or Call of Duty. We’re on Modern Warfare 3 now and getting close to Black Ops 2 coming out. Both are essentially the same formulas with a different story and added features to keep you interested.

This is why half of the MMO’s that come out are terrible. They don’t do anything new, they don’t take risks. They follow World of Warcraft because they know that’s what worked and they want to bank off of that. I feel like I have to thank Turbine for working on technology for mounted combat in their new expansion, Riders of Rohan. Not only that, but they’re doing it right, they aren’t making a choppy concept version. I feel like I need to thank the guys making Planetside 2 for their creativity and innovation. Turbine and Sony are both corporate companies, but they have some innovation brewing in their games, half of the independent developers can’t even afford to make an MMO, that takes millions of dollars that they simply don’t have.

There are so many Indie games out there that many don’t even know about. TRAUMA was one, which was excellently designed, creative and thought provoking. Trine, another game by a Indie studio. It was a innovating, it was different then what we see come out in the stores every day. Indie studios like these are leading innovation, except they aren’t seen because everyone is so focused on what comes out of corporate owned studios. Valve did a great job trying to help Indie studios show off their games with Steam. Some upcoming features will even be improving upon that. They’re helping, but we still can’t see all of these new Indie games coming out every day.

Indie studios have room to create, they have room to brainstorm, they have room to create a emotional experience for the player. Corporate studios may feel the same way, but because they’re under the thumb of big publishers and deadlines, they don’t have that chance to do that because the publisher wants to see more money. Activision is a huge example of this. Bobby Kotick, the guy leading it all has never showed any care but for money.

That’s the type of people that are putting a cloud over innovation and creativity.

The Android OS is also encouraging a lot of Indie studio development. Indie studios have floods of apps and games on Google Play while some of the big name publishers have only a few. But because of these floods of apps, some good games are fairly harder to find. That’s why I feature an app I find to be really good everyday of the week.

The upcoming $99 console, the Ouya will also be helping encourage Indie development. It plays like an Xbox 360, except it runs off of the Android OS and will let you play these Android games on your TV screen. Since 80% of the Play Market is made up of Indie studios and developers, how can this not help and even encourage Indie development in this area?

With all that said, I really ask that you’d pick up a few Indie games on Steam or Amazon even. If you haven’t played one before, it really is worth it, some of the things these guys come up with is out of this world and does not get the attention it should have.

Indie studios in general don’t even have the attention they should have.

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.

LOTRO: Getting Your Monies Worth - Chapter I

Want to know how to get the most Turbine Points out of your money for Lord of the Rings Online? I’m sure you do.

Turbine Points are expensive, especially from the in-game store which honestly feels like a rip off unless your spending more than $60 at a time on points. After seeing the prices there, I set off on an adventure to find the cheapest way to purchase Turbine Points to spend in the in-game store. After surfing through a few websites, I found that going to your local Gamestop or any retailer that carries Game Card’s is the cheapest choice. Here’s some pricing from the in-game store:

  • 600 Points - $7.99
  • 1600 Points - $19.99
  • 3150 Points - $34.99
  • 6300 Points - 59.99
  • 11000 Points - $99.99
  • 23000 Points - $199.99

Here’s some pricing from your local retailers:

  • 1000 Points - $9.99
  • 1600 Points - $19.99

At your local retailer, Turbine Point cards are sold in increments of $10 to $20. The $10 card gives you a whopping 1000 Turbine Points while the $20 card gives you 1600. If you do the math and think about it, your essentially getting ripped off in a sneaky sort of way. After thinking a moment, I thought, why not just purchase two $10 cards and get the extra 400 turbine points that I wouldn’t have gotten if just bought the $20 card.

Value wise and comparing it to the in-game store, this theory only works up to $50. If your buying anything above $50 you will get the best value for your money at the in-game store. If you think about all of this though, it really adds up. If you were to go to the store right now and purchase $50 in $10 point cards your saving yourself $20 by not buying the $20 point cards, not only that but you end up with an extra 2000 Turbine Points that you wouldn’t have gotten if you bought the $20 cards.

You can do a lot with an extra 2000 Turbine Points in the in-game store and even get another 2000 with the $20 you saved from not buying the $20 point cards. Now, with the $50 you spent on $10 point cards, in total you have 9000 Turbine Points. Just as a reminder though, buying points from the in-game store is worth your money if you plan on spending over $60 at a time because for some reason, at that point it starts balancing out.

And since Riders of Rohan is getting ready for release, you may just want to dump your savings into that!

Lord of the Rings Online Comes to Steam Store

If you haven’t found out yet, Lord of the Rings Online has made its way to Steam. No need to worry though, it’s still free-to-play but also has an option to purchase the starter pack for the game. The starter pack as the description says, is literally, perfect for newer players. It’s cheap, offers a nice amount of content and rewards, just enough to reel you in while also giving you a good introduction to the game. As of right now, the starter pack is 50% off making it $14.99. The starter pack includes the following items:

  • 1,000 Turbine Points
  • Exclusive Noble Grey Steed
  • 3 Quest Packs — North Downs, Evendim and the Misty Mountains
  • 25% XP Boost Token

If you don’t want to purchase the Starter Pack right now Steam also has another special offer where if you sign up now for free, they’ll give you 500 Turbine Points to spend in the Lord of the Rings Online store for free. I’d highly suggest looking into this game. There’s nothing to lose, it’s completely free and is filled with loads of free content. Some people even say you can play through the whole game for free.

 

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.

Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard Legendary Edition On Sale

If you were looking to purchase Turbine’s latest expansion, Rise of Isengard, for their hit game, Lord of the Rings Online, today your in luck! Right now from lotro.com you can order the Rise of Isengard Legendary Edition for half off it’s pricey $50 price tag. I purchased it as soon as I heard about it and am very pleased with the amount of content I got for 50% off.

Ordering Rise of Isengard Legendary Edition will unlock the following items for you:

  • Three Rohirrim styled mounts
  • Three Rohirrim styled armor sets
  • An in-game title, Guard of the Isen
  • Path of the Fellowship Quest pack, including five other pricey quest packs
  • 1,000 Turbine Points to spend in the Lord of the Rings Online Store

This is a limited time sale, so I would get your copy as soon as possible!

Turbine Release More Info on Riders of Rohan

If you had been wondering what’s been going on with Turbine’s, Riders of Rohan, expansion for Lord of the Rings Online, just yesterday they released a trailer while also letting players pre-order the game. There are three types of Riders of Rohan you can pre-order with each one offering different pre-order and content bonuses. They are as followed:

  • Base Edition $39.99
  • Heroic Edition $49.99
  • Legendary Edition - $69.99

 

Riders of Rohan is the next chapter in the game’s epic and thrilling story based off of Tolkien’s critically acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy. The trailer in my opinion, is one of the best they’ve done to this date and is very much worth watching. I’d give it a look or two if I were you.

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.

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.