week we released our first beta tester diary in which
Tester X told us about his testing experiences to
date. If you're sad you're not in Beta0 go have a
and check out pictures of the game in development.
There is lots of discussion
about the tester diary on the message boards.
We have released a geographic map
of Fortitude. If you want to examine the world in
detail you can get a high-res version here.
You can also discuss
the map on the forums.
of the week: Crafting
Crafting and the economy are important features of
Dragon Empires as both are closely tied to the political
system. Successful cities will almost always have
strong economies and a bad economic situation will
almost always mean a weak city and ruling clan.
Dragon Empires everyone is able to learn the crafting
skill (which has a dozen ranks) through the completion
of quests and some construction tasks. This allows
you to make increasingly effective and powerful items
using your Aurachrome, a special workshop that makes
items whether you are offline or online. These items
can then be enhanced with special items you can make
and find to create truly unique magical and enhanced
objects. You can read more about crafting here.
Since last we met my exhibition has begun and
I have but a few brief moments to prepare something
for your delectation. I have therefore decided
to once more lift an extract from Elin’s
theological lexicon. In this piece she introduces
us to the rather complex character of the fire
12 - Dev diary
Friday 19 - 2nd Newsletter
Friday 26 - Dev diary
Monday 29 - Stratics House of Commons dev chat
- An IGN Q&A on artificial intelligence (AI) has
- DE Compendious has posted chat
logs of the last Stratics House of Commons
- Talrias.net has merged with DE
- Calistas wrote a dev
- Mark Zechiel had a few
things to say in a follow up article on
IGN RPG Vault about the levelling treadmill.
post of the week
If you've never posted on the boards and want to get
involved why not start by posting to the Welcome
Fan site of the week
BurnOut has created a new site, the
Empires Library where you can see a nice
summary of the game with screenshots and downloads.