are currently organising the very first testers and
the game code is being finalised. It's taken a while
to reach this stage of development but we are glad
to be here and to see the game taking shape so quickly.
As beta progresses you will start to see more and
more news and information about Dragon Empires become
available, for example, we are planning a new gameplay
movie in the next month or so and shortly you will
be among the first to see shots from Beta0.
this month we start a new feature on.. features! Yes,
every newsletter we will talk a little about something
we think is cool or exciting in Dragon Empires. This
time it's the quest system.
of the week: The quest system
in a roleplaying game can either be interesting and
involving or a boring chore. What divides the two?
We believe it is interactivity, player choice and
a good story. When we devised our quest system interactivity
and player choice were key components and so our system
should provide players with a few surprises. For example,
you could kill a creature and find a letter on it
addressed to someone in a distant city. If you visit
there and talk to the person you might find out you've
just been sucked into a quest! In another city you
might do a series of quests to join a secret criminal
society (complete with arcane passwords you have to
type in).. or maybe you're an upstanding citizen and
will report the secret society to the authorities,
starting a whole new branch of quests.
In the last newsletter we showed a teaser of a larger
Dragon Empires movie we showed at E3. It features
the twins written about in the recent Beginnings
story. If you want to see it again then why not download
high quality version?
This week I would like to present you with
a character popular particularly among the
Shadow. Known throughout the five empires
under many different titles, be it Jaq the
Shadow, Bluejaw, Ujak or one of dozens more
she figures heavily within the culture of
Friday 8th - Dev diary
Friday 15th - Second monthly newsletter
Friday 22nd - Dev diary
Monday 25th - Dev chat
Design the Greenvale Pivot fan competition!
- Rob Adams was questioned on Lore in the latest RPG
Vault Q&A on IGN RPG Vault.
logs from Monday nights Developer chats
are available on Talrias.net.
-Talrias.net is also running a competition
to find a column writer for their site.
- Colin, an experienced animator with the team, wrote
a great dev
diary on animation, complete with a little
- Our own Prodigy is in this months' UK PC Zone, page
- Talrias.net has an article
summarising all known information about the five empires
in Dragon Empires.
post of the week
ExaviarIB has started an interesting thread on what
things you liked from other MMORPGs . Join
in and tell us what was great about your favourite
Fan site of the month
Dragon Empires Photo Gallery - http://www.sandd.co.uk/index2.htm
Head to the Search and Destroy Agency clan site and
click on the 'gallery' menu on the side to see a scary
selection of Dragon Empires fans!