Dragon Empires newsletter - 17 January 2003

As the temperature plunges the work on Dragon Empires heats up! The object placement tool is being tested, roads are spreading across the worlds and armour is being slapped on characters. It's all coming together and I'm the one who gets to show you! However, that won't be this newsletter. Expect February and March to be quite interesting however.

Writer appointed
We have appointed a writer to the team. Right now he is busy expanding on the details given to us by Piers Anthony to make the world a rich and intriguing one. We expect to be able to start releasing more and more background information on Fortitude in the next 6 weeks. I know it has been long awaited but I think it will be worth the wait.

Developer chat
There will be Stratics House of Commons developer chats on Monday the 27th at 8pm GMT and 8pm PST. This time around we will be asking the questions. Over the course of the chat we will be asking for your feedback on what you like in a quest system, in dungeon design and in crafting systems. This will be your chance to give us your thoughts and directly influence the game design! To learn more about Stratics chats head to http://chat.stratics.com/. On the night connect to irc.stratics.com #de-devchat to take part. The chat will at times be moderated.

Clan avatars on the forums
Clans are now able to use their own clan logos on the forums. Clans who want to have their avatars uploaded so they can use them need to mail petert@codemasters.com with a 64x64 pixel JPG of their logo. The logo will then be posted for selection within 5 working days.

Hot news
- RPG vault posts Q&A 17 on the box art survey.
- Calistas awarded Spokesperson of the Year in the 2002 RPG Vault awards.
- A Dragon Empires Press Release was put out with new screenshots.
- A "day in the life of" style dev diary was completed by Calistas last Friday which tracked what he worked on hour by hour.

Fan site of the week
- Dragon Empires DarkCity -http://www.darkcity.net/php/html/index.php.
Dark and the team over at DarkCity run a great German language site about Dragon Empires which is regularly updated. If you're German, go check it out, if not, why not start learning, it would be worth it!

Forum post of the week
DrMadCat started a new thread about the use of banners during battle. and how they might be incorporated in the game. It's an interesting idea and one worthy of much discussion.


Peter Tyson
Community Liaison Manager - Dragon Empires


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