Dragon Empires newsletter - 22 September 2003

Two year anniversary!
It has been two years since Dragon Empires was announced and the first web site went up! On this anniversary we've been busy testing our formal battle system and preparing for an internal demonstration. It's been a lot of fun setting up our demonstration characters with the best gear and equipment, even though with all the dressing and undressing of the characters that this required one developer asked if I had a Barbie doll when I was young! For the record, I stuck strictly with toy soldiers and never ever undressed them.

From the emails we have been receiving I know a lot of people are wondering when they are going to get into beta. With Beta1 starting in November we are not putting out any more invites until then, so please be patient. The test won't grow tens of thousands of testers until the new year and we expect most of you to get invited sometime around then.

Tester X gives us another beta update!
Tester X was so encouraged by feedback from its last diary that it has written a follow up diary which we are pleased to present to you today. Go here and have a read and chat on the forums about Tester X's latest revelations.

Feature of the week: City expansion
If you end up owning a city what mark can you make on the world? Well, you can add new buildings and add defences to your city using our Placement Point system. Around the city are invisible placement points that only appear when clan leaders go to place a building to add to the town. When the leader has a building plan ready in their hands the placement points will appear, showing where that particular city addition can go. Everything from banners and statues through to new buildings and workshops (to improve production efficiency) can be placed. Once placed the city will adjust itself so the new building fits in naturally. In the Redwing empire raised platforms and bridges will appear to connect the new structure to the rest of the city and other empires will adjust in similar ways.

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read more Letter from Gadsolme
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 god, Perras....

Dev chat
There will be a Stratics House of Commons developer chat on Monday the 29th of September at 8pm GMT and 8pm PST. 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 be moderated.

Important dates
Friday 12 - Dev diary
Friday 19 - 2nd Newsletter
Friday 26 - Beta Test diary
Monday 29 - Stratics House of Commons dev chat

Hot news
- A fun dev diary was posted by our database programmer, David Wells.
- RPG Dot posted part 2 of their series of Q&As, this one on skills and the economy
- RPG Vault posted a Q&A on the map we released.
- Roop at Unknown Player created a cartoon about Kittahs and Oranges!
- Mondespersistants has the Beta Tester diary and lore in French

Forum post of the week
Dee posted an interesting message on the world map and looks at some of the names closely. Dee noticed some humorous and whimsical relationships between town names and area names.

Fan site of the week
Moonshade (revisited) www.moonshade.com
The team at Moonshade have been very busy. If you have your clan registered there you can now see a list of all changes made by your leader and members. There has also been a clan leader council formed for clan leaders to chat. They have also been experimenting with voice communications and finally, you can have a clan 'business card' created if you want! Head to their site and have a look for yourself at their hard work.


Peter Tyson
Community Liaison Manager - Dragon Empires


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