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An interview with HannahB

12:03, 29/09/2008 .. 6 comentarios .. Link
Your full name: Hannah Brown-Damron. Better known as HannahB. What's your official title/position. Senior Artist Where did you go to school and what did you major in. I attended East Tennessee State University where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Technology with a concentration in 3D. I then went on to receive my Master's Degree in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Advanced Visualization - basically, 3D Art. Do you have a favorite artist. Remedios Varo, Peter Milton, Edward Weston, Amadeo Modigliani Where are you from (if not San Diego , how long have you lived here. ) Knoxville , Tennessee. I've been in San Diego for 3. 5 years. How long have you worked on Vanguard. A little over 3 years What was your first job. At ""The Athletic House""; it was this locally owned sports shop which was just down the hill from my high school. What areas within the game have you worked on. Which are you most proud of. What are you currently working on. Honestly I couldn't name all the areas I've had a hand in; it seems like a ton of places. Here are a few: Ca'ial Brael, Leth Nurae, Rindol Field, Ksaravi areas. I think Ca'ial Brael is the area I am most proud of and the most inspired by. I was sort of set loose by management on that city and I had amazing concept art to start from. Whenever I had an idea for that area, I just ran with it and made it work. I feel like I had a hand involved in every corner of that place and I loved that. Artistically speaking, that was my most gratifying work. Anything organic is by far my favorite stuff to work on. Currently, we (the art team) are all working on Khal. Optimizing its performance and giving it a much needed make-over. What are some of your hobbies outside of work. Surfing, pottery If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why. Flying for sure; it would be awesome! I've had a couple of those flying dreams and they were fantastic. Pirates or Ninjas. Um hello, Johnny Depp answers that question. I mean, look at him! Pie or Cake. Cake for sure Complete these sentences: ""I have never [blank]. "" Played WOW ""I want to [blank]. "" Go see SuperBad again. Do you have any advice for those who wish to work as an artist in the gaming industry. Just be into it! I mean the Art, be into the art. I heard (and sometimes still do) that you have to be a hardcore gamer to be a successful game developer - that's bull - you just have to really want to create things; you have to be able to think on your own and get excited about the possibilities of an area, a character, a city, or whatever. Anyone can be a copy machine and rip off others ideas and concepts (bleh). I think you have to tap into whatever it is that makes you say ""Oh, what if we do this. or what if it looked like this. buy wow gold or, let's try this idea. "" and get excited about it. You need to be able to get excited about the potential, and if you find that you aren't excited by something, mix it up, try something different. cheap wow gold Look up other artists for inspiration (just don't rip anyone off) Just be into it! What's a fun fact that people may be surprised to know about you. I used to be a bartender with pink hair. " "When you are playing Sage of Heroes at a lower level than most players, you are limited in what you can accomplish. mp3 Vanguard leveling is one way for you to level the playing field. Using experienced players to increase strength, power, and agility, you will be able to join in on more quests, you will be able to perform more tasks, and you will be able to defeat more enemies. Vanguard leveling is made possible through gaming sites such as CCXgames. wow gold com. While you are away from your computer, an experienced team of players will be able to complete quests, train your character so they can advance to higher levels, and help you discover secret items and other valuables you might never how known about otherwise. Having an expert on your side makes playing Saga of Heroes more exciting and fun. wow gold You can choose when you want leveling to occur. Whether it is at night when you are sleeping or during the day when you can’t be at your computer. Why waste valuable time when you can use the abilities of an experienced player who is able to keep your character on track. wow gold Vanguard leveling can be a one-time task, or you can set-up regular times for gaming to continue when you are not at your computer. There is no better way to advance in this game then through leveling. Many people do not have hours during the day to devote to their character’s development.

Saga of Heroes PC

12:02, 29/09/2008 .. 0 comentarios .. Link
In the age of World of Warcraft, MMORPGs have become newsworthy for even the most mainstream of publications. Vanguard: Saga of Heroes was recently profiled in the New York Times with some interesting quotes from Sigil co-founder and executive producer Brad McQuaid. ""People ask me, 'are you launching a finished game. ' and the answer is 'no, we're launching a game that is good enough to launch, but it's not finished. ' And that's why I love these games: because they should never be finished. "" On this point, I have to respectfully disagree with Mr. McQuaid. By their nature, online role-playing games are constantly evolving, but they should still bear some semblance to a finished product. Even by the standards set by other games in this segment, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes is plagued by more issues than the growing pains that all MMO's experience after launch. These issues are unfortunate for Sigil and SOE, as much of what the game currently offers is entertaining stuff and many players are having a great time exploring the world of Telon. The question now is whether or not players will be patient enough to stick to the game as it improves. If you were a fan of the original EverQuest, or find World of Warcraft to be unchallenging to the point of boredom, then Vanguard was made with you in mind. It's a game for those who don't mind or even crave punishment when things don't go according to plan, for those to whom mishaps must be disastrous for victories to have meaning. You will be penalized harshly for character death. Many times in your adventuring career, you will find it difficult and time-consuming to fully recover from these deaths, having to trek back to your tombstone and then make up lost experience. Your level progression will take time, and it's slow going past the initial levels if you're not the type that plays well with others. While you can play Vanguard on your own, it's far more efficient to level in a group. It can be difficult getting a proper group together, as one of Vanguard's main strengths is also one of its greatest inconveniences. The world of Telon is absolutely enormous. mp3 player Characters begin in many different starting towns, divided by race, and unless players who know each other make a concerted effort to congregate to the same cities, it can be very difficult meeting up. There's a definite appeal to discovering new lands, and for some, the feeling of adventure would be lost if the world were shrunk by convenient methods of transportation that would allow the bypassing of so much travel. With such a huge world to explore, it may be difficult deciding where to start, especially considering the wide array of race and class combinations available. world of warcraft gold Character races are divided into three groups, one group corresponding with each of Telon's three continents. Whether you decide to hail from Thestra, Qalia, or Kojan, you'll be able to choose to be a protective class, an offensive class, a caster, or a healer. Goody-goody Paladins and evil Dread Knights are protective classes, for instance, while the self-mutilating Blood Mages and Clerics are healers. wow Each class has a different approach to their main role, but all classes seem quite capable of handling their specialized duty.  would hardly think so Character creation itself allows you to tweak a large number of sliders to select everything from your character's eye color to the size and lift of her bust. There are only four hairstyles for many of the characters (a point of annoyance for many fashion-conscious players) but aside from that, your avatars can be made quite unique. wow gold If you have a high end machine, you're going to want to turn up many of the game's details to see the most that the game has to offer. Even on our office's high-end machine equipped with a GeForce 8800 GTX we still encountered stuttering frame rates and assorted other graphical issues. Trees would flicker in and out of view, and the clip plane distance was often auto-set to 0, forcing us to set our options to the default settings and/or restart. wow gold With all our details maxed out, we were still unimpressed by the game's bland textures. Vanguard takes a realistic approach to graphics, shying away from World of Warcraft's more cartoony feel, but the realism seems to have stymied the creative direction of the game's visuals. What should be gloriously impressive fantasy architecture instead looks uninspired. wow gold There are a few interesting set pieces to discover, but much of the game has you exploring muted backgrounds and boring environments ad infinitum. It feels like an awful waste of the 17GB (if you can believe it, the minimum system requirement is 20GB) that Vanguard is currently occupying on my hard drive.

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes

12:00, 29/09/2008 .. 0 comentarios .. Link
About This Game A massively multiplayer online RPG powered by a heavily modified Unreal engine and produced by former team members of the Everquest franchise. Facing the challenges of a war-torn world, the diverse people here struggle to rebuild their once great civilizations. A fragile alliance has been struck, with the lands set upon by invading forces, the races must band together to survive. In the north, the sprawling green hills of Thestra are plagued by an unstoppable undead menace. To the south, the deserts of Qalia have been besieged by an elemental threat spawned from the depths of the earth and to the east; inhabitants of the tumultuous jungles of Kojan fiercely battle encroaching otherworldly fiends. General Features A vast and detailed world: Explore two large continents and an archipelago riddled with dungeons and adventures. Create and customize your character: In a world of thousands, carve your own unique destiny and appearance choosing one of 19 different races from Orcs and Goblins to Dwarves and Elves. 15 professions to choose from: Choose from one of 15 exciting professions including Paladin, Ranger, Sorcerer, Psionicist, Bard, and Rogue. Dynamic reactive combat system: Build chains of special attacks and reactions with Openers, Bridges, and powerful Finishing moves. Dozens of unique mounts: With dozens of unique mounts to collect, you can race into battle on your warhorse, command the skies on the back of your dragon or join friends and embark on a sea-based adventure to discover faraway lands. Talk your way to the top: As a diplomat, cunning words are your most powerful weapon as you curry favor in centers of power. Interactive tradeskills: Collect essential materials and use skills such as blacksmithing, alchemy and ship building to create valuable and powerful items. Player houses: Make Telon feel like home by staking your claim on a piece of land and furnishing your own house with unique items. " "Collectors Edition Contains An art book featuring many original pieces by seminal fantasy artist, Keith Parkinson. A cloth map with an overview and points of interest for each continent. A CD featuring the full Vanguard: Saga of Heroes soundtrack. A 3 month subscription to Vanguard An array of premium features that give players incredible access to their characters and guilds by merging the game world with the World Wide Web. 1 of 3 Hero Cards each granting a unique in-game item. The Jeric card grants a cloak that increases adventuring stats. mp3 players The Eila card grants a cloak that increases crafting stats. The Idara card grants a cloak that increases diplomacy stats. A Guild Kit which includes Your choice of an in-game magical wand to create fireworks or an in-game set of horseshoes with +speed to use once you get your first horse (one per account). world of warcraft gold An in-game guild trophy that buffs stats for the entire guild Need to earn/create guild house to use Ten 10-day buddy keys A vast and ancient world of magic, intrigue and adventure Facing the challenges of a war torn world, the diverse people here struggle to rebuild their once great civilizations. A fragile alliance has been struck, with the lands set upon by invading forces, the races must band together to survive. In the north, the sprawling green hills of Thestra are plagued by an unstoppable undead menace. wow To the south, the deserts of Qalia have been besieged by an elemental threat spawned from the depths of the earth and to the east; inhabitants of the tumultuous jungles of Kojan fiercely battle encroaching otherworldly fiends. Telon is in desperate need of heroes Your journey begins now. Join a community of thousands of players online as you traverse a breathtaking landscape on the back of a dragon as you explore the grandeur of a world designed by the seminal fantasy artist Keith Parkinson. wow gold Create and customize your character from 19 races and 15 professions. Combat fierce opponents with a groundbreaking dynamic combat system that forces you to react to your opponents as you tie together devastating combinations of attacks. The challenge awaits the boldest of heroes. wow gold kaufen Create and customize your character In a world of thousands, carve your own unique destiny and appearance choosing one of 19 different races from Orcs and Goblins to Dwarves and Elves. 15 professions to choose from Choose from one of 15 exciting professions including Paladin, Ranger, Sorcerer, Psionicist, Bard, and Rogue. Dynamic reactive combat system Build chains of special attacks and reactions with Openers, Bridges, and powerful Finishing moves. wow power leveling Dozens of unique mounts With dozens of unique mounts to collect, you can race into battle on your warhorse, command the skies on the back of your dragon or join friends and embark on a sea-based adventure to discover faraway lands.

Vanguard - The Next EverQuest?

11:59, 29/09/2008 .. 0 comentarios .. Link
Approaching the Vanguard booth, one thought is running through my head: I can’t wait to see this game. You see, Vanguard is the game I’ve been following since last fall, and it’s the one I’ve been most eager to get my hands on. I look forward to it being the one game that will hold a candle to my first MMO, EverQuest. After getting a hands-on demo of the character creation system, and watching Sigil Games Online associate game designer, Steve Williams, demo Vanguard in action, I know that not only will I be able to create a completely unique wood elf, but she’ll be able to kick considerable ass as my favorite class, the druid. As you begin your journey into Vanguard’s world of Telon, you’ll first create a character, selecting from a dizzying array of playable races and classes (which we’re told are subject to change until launch). Standing outside the Sigil booth, I watched a demo of a male orc warrior going through the rigors of customization. In a matter of five minutes, the orc’s appearance drastically changed…so much so that the first version would have been completely distinguishable from the latter. Lisa Boleyn, associate game designer for Sigil, swept me inside the booth to let me demo the character customization system. If you’ve seen Star Wars Galaxies and EverQuest II, you’ve seen advanced character customization systems, but let me assure you…you ain’t seen nothing yet. Vanguard’s customization system is by far the most extensive I’ve seen. A Horse! “Go ahead and play with it,” Boleyn encouraged. I started out on a screen where I could select my race, as well as its starting continent (which is determined by race). I chose a wood elf female. Without any further customization, she was already a realistic and appealing character, but it’s going to be impossible to resist tweaking in this game. Oh, there’s a random appearance generator if you want to go that route, but what fun is that. I found right off that I could adjust things like my character’s arm mass, arm length, shoulder mass and torso scale in minute detail. Gone are the enormous mitten-like hands present in some MMO’s—there’s a hand scale adjustment. And yes, Virginia , there are boob sliders (well, Sigil calls it “breast scale,” but again…what fun is that. ). And not only can you tweak those particular assets size-wise, you can also adjust them for perkiness (that’s called “lift. ”) There’s also, in the same customization area, a slider for “mood,” (which may or may not be related to the ability to have cut an impressive figure, chest-wise). Mood changes the character’s facial expression from ornery to cheerful and everywhere in between. “One of the things we’ve tried to do is allow players the options they need to look unique,” says Boleyn. “If you look at what makes brothers and sisters look similar, it’s the distance between their facial features. mp3 players So what people can do is make completely different looking characters that are instantly recognizable by others. ” " "by Nicole ""Awenyddion"" Hamlett ""There will never, ever, be Vanguard items on the Station exchange. "" Brad McQuaid stated emphatically. world of warcraft gold ""Vanguard wasn't designed for that. "" There has been an uproar over the Sigil / SOE deal that makes the two companies co-publishers of Sigil's new IP, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. If the station exchange possibility was something that you've been worried about, your fears can be assuaged right now. wow While the distributor has changed, the passion, design and plans for this game have not. Vanguard Banner. wow gold notice the SOE on it We were told that Sigil is very happy with SOE distributing their product. ""We've been treated very well. wow gold "" Said Paul Luna. For something that happened so quickly, Sony has treated Sigil and Vanguard like AAA stars. The atmosphere is charged with excitement. wow gold kaufen Frankly, I'd be happy as well if I had Brad McQuaid and team back in my arena. Today, myself, and Byron ""Messiah"" Mudry sat down with a few other of the affiliate sites for a demo by none other than Jeff Butler and Brad McQuaid.

Level 1-10 Tactics

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As you first enter Telon as a rogue, you will have the knowledge for two abilities, Stalk and Wicked Strike. Your first intentions should be the quest(s) that you start right in front of, as they introduce you to the game and combat. At this time, the stalk ability has no real benefit except to sneak past kill-on-sight mobs that you do not want to fight, your first few first will involve you auto-attacking and using Wicked Strike until your opponent is defeated. Mind your health bar after fights, although, you should regenerate fast enough to go directly from one fight to the next. Through completing the intro quests, you should progress at a decent rate to level 4 or 5, every even level you should make a trip to the Light Fighter Trainer in the starting area to train your skills. The first few skills are as follows: Wicked Strike 1 (Level 1) - A cruel strike that inflicts melee damage plus 12. Stalk (Level 1) - Using this ability allows you to begin stalking. Lacerate 1 (Level 2) - Slashes your target, inflicting 54 to 60 damage over 15 seconds. Keen Eye 1 (Level 2) - Increases your damage by 10, your accuracy by 5% and your critical chance by 2% for 12 seconds. Backstab 1 (Level 4) - Backstabs your target, inflicting 300% weapon damage plus 26 to 32. Pickpocket (Level 4) - This ability allows you to steal items used in rogue poison, flechettes, and scrolls from humanoid NPC's. Plunder (Lever 6) - A finishing move that allows you to dig even deeper into your target's pockets, giving you a chance to get more loot. Hemorrhage 1 (Level 6) - A finishing attack that causes 79 to 87 damage over 15 seconds. Ravage 1 (Level 8) - A deadly attack that inflicts 400% weapon damage, plus 49 to 55. Wicked Strike 2 (Level 8) - A cruel strike that inflicts melee damage plus 40. Blinding Flash (Level 8) - Throw a flashpowder in your target's face, stunning it for 6 seconds or until damage is done. This also turns off auto-attack Smoke Bomb (Level 8) - Using a flashpowder you can blind nearby opponents, allowing you to enter stalking form. If you are actively being attacked, you will not be able to remain stalking. Backstab 2 (Level 10) - Backstabs your target, inflicting 300% weapon damage plus 62 to 70. Lacerate 2 (Level 10) - Slashes your target, inflicting 130 to 140 damage over 15 seconds. Fighting Techniques Through combat, you'll learn that you can mostly pick your fights as a rogue, which gives you a good advantage in soloing. Sneaking past mobs that you don't want to fight is sometimes dangerous though, as they are not deaf, blind, or dumb. Sometimes an aggresive mob will 'think' something uncanny is nearby, being you, they would become alert with blue question marks rising above their heads, and begin to face in your direction. The next course of action is mainly decided by yourself, the rogue, if you are spotted the best idea is to back away from the mob and it will eventually lose interest in thinking you were sneaking up on it, then you can return and try to get by again. cheap wow gold Keep in mind that mobs are far less alert of what's behind them than in front, so don't stand right in front of something and make funny faces expecting to not get attacked. Before level 4, fighting consists of using your DoT (if you have it yet) and then repeatedly using wicked strike, but once you get backstab and pickpocket, it should be procedure first to steal what is in it's pockets, then backstab it, and then again use lacerate then wicked strike until the mob is dead. Remember that using lacerate while the effect is still on the opponent will overright it, but your endurance (green bar) is more effectively used if you wait until Lacerate wears off. mp3 players Stalk Stalk is one of your most important abilities as a rogue. Besides from looking badass when you do tricks with your daggers when idle in stealth, your damage focus increases through combating in it. When you target an NPC, the rogue class will get an extra little meter on the left hand side of the NPC's name, it looks similar to the Blood Mage's blood rage meter. world of warcraft gold As you fight in stealth, you will gain focus and deal more damage. There are five levels of Stalk, with which each improvement allows you to focus your attacks even further. Improvements on stalk are gained passively as you progress and will not need to be changed out on your hot bar. wow gold Finishing Attacks Finishing attacks are a core part of the rogue class, and when used effectively, can make a fight go a lot better in your favor. Your first two finishing attacks at level 6 include a stronger DoT than Lacerate and another pickpocket ability which works in conjunction with your primary one. Finishing attacks are triggered by landing a critical shot through one of your primary combat arts, such as wicked strike or backstab. wow gold As sparse as this may sound, it happens frequently enough. Using Keen Eye increases your chance for criticals as well as your dexterity stat. When you do hit a critical attack, your finishing attack abilities will light up, with a timer bar on them (a small green bar at the top of the icon), you must use them before the time runs out and also before using another ability. wow gold kaufen Essentially, if you score a critical hit, your next combat art should be a finishing attack. NOTE: If you do not have enough endurance to use the finishing attack you want after scoring your critical attack, don't use any combat arts and you will regain enough endurance before the timer is up.

Rogue Guide review

11:55, 29/09/2008 .. 0 comentarios .. Link
The Rogue is primarily an offensive fighter and damage dealer. The hallmark of the Rogue is his ability to sneak. Rogues gain a large damage bonus by remaining stealthed during combat. Rogues also have a utility role with some crowd control, and pick pocketing. Official Description Rogues are deadly melee combatants who rely on deception and misdirection. With the ability to hide in plain sight, the Rogue is able to sneak up on unsuspecting opponents, poison them and then launch a devastating surprise attack. Also adept at spotting the weaknesses of his opponents and capitalizing on them. The Rogue has the ability to create and use all sorts of poisons and gadgets. Rogue at a Glance Races: Dwarf, Halfling, High Elf, Thestran, Varanjar, Vulmane, Dark Elf, Gnome, Kurashasa, Mordebi, Qaliathari, Varathari, Goblin, Hal Elf, Kojani, Orc, Raki, Wood Elf Armor: Medium armor Weapons: dual wield using any one handed weapon, as well as use bows or throwing weapons STEALTH Attacks while stealthed cause more damage. Rogues stay in stealth mode for most, if not all, group combat. As long as the rogue does not get aggro, he will remain stealthed. Rogues are able to stalk their targets prior to attacking, (or during a fight if the rogue is not attacking) giving the rogue an accuracy bonus. Targeting the mob within a close distance and not attacking it, builds up this accuracy bonus. Accuracy bonuses add increased damage to the attack. Regaining Stealth During Combat The rogue can regain stealth during combat, if she does not have aggro, by using her abilities to distract the mob. By using abilities such as Flash Powder, the rogue can distract the mob(s) so they don’t perceive her, thereby allowing her to regain stealth. Stealth and Perception Mechanics Vanguard NPC’s have a perception and aggro radius. Their perception radius is generally larger than their agro radius. What this means is a mob might perceive you and break your stealth, but it will not attack you if you are outside of its aggro radius. WEAKNESSES A weakness is a player created vulnerability in your enemy that remains for a short period of time. Some weaknesses can be exploited by using certain skills. When one exploits a weakness the attack used becomes more powerful and may add more than additional damage but may debuff the enemy or buff you or your party. For more information on weaknesses please take a look at Ten Ton Hammer’s Weakness FAQ and chart. UTILITY SKILLS Utility Items Rogues can obtain a great number of utility items which are worthless to other classes but essential to playing a Rogue. buy wow gold These items can be used separately, as crafting components for rogue abilities or poisons, or as reagents for certain Rogue abilities. Pickpocketing Rogues will be able to obtain utility items from NPC’s by pick pocketing them. It was planned that pick pocketing would only allow a rogue to obtain utility items and not coin or other valuable loot. mp3 players The idea is not to cause an imbalance between classes by allowing Rogues to become much richer through pick pocketing. " "The rogue is primarily an offensive fighter and damage dealer. Rogues gain a large damage bonus from remaining stealthed during combat. world of warcraft gold Rogues will also have a utility role with lock picking, crowd control, trap removal and pick pocketing. Strength, dexterity, and vitality are the Rogue's primary attributes. Strength helps the Rogue do as much damage as possible. wow gold Dexterity gives him a greater chance of landing critical melee hits. Vitality allows the rogue to regenerate faster in combat. Building a good Rogue takes some careful planning at the character creation screen and requires you to learn a handful of tactics in the lower levels. wow gold Selecting the Right Race Rogues of all races start with the same attributes, but the choice of race can affect how many points the Rogue automatically gets placed into its prime attributes. Each character gets 20 attribute points (AP) per level, starting at level 10. 6 of your AP are placed for you automatically--one per attribute (STR, CON, DEX, VIT, INT, WIS). wow gold kaufen 4 points are assigned to attributes based on your race if you are not a human (humans are kojani, mordebi, qaliathari, and thestran). You can place 10 (14 for humans) wherever you want to within soft caps of 5 per level. Additionally, characters get racial bonuses to their soft caps. These are called preferred stats and allow characters of a race to flesh out in a way that reflects the traits of the race.

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