November has seen us continue to progress towards
Beta1. The programming team have been working on finalising
the quest and economy systems as well as working on
the server, skills and progression systems. These
are some of the major milestones for Beta1 so seeing
them progress has been quite exciting. The world team
has been placing the buildings for the Empire of the
Lady and very impressive they look too! Most of the
Lady Empire cities are on top of giant monoliths which
tower above the surrounding landscape and dominate
the skyline for miles. The art team continue creating
and tweaking monsters, armour, weapons and the user
interface. The quality of work being done now is outstanding
and most of it will be visible in Beta1 which is great
haven't yet announced a firm date for the next phase
of Beta but we will as soon as we are clearer on the
timing. Until then, keep an eye on the news and watch
out for a great competition in December's newsletter!
Feature of the week - Chat system
Communication is crucial in an MMORPG. After all,
if you can't talk to friends what's the point of the
MM in MMORPG! Dragon Empires features an excellent
and detailed chat system that lets players talk and
shout locally, chat with their guild mates as well
as send messages to friends anywhere in the world.
Further, any player can create a custom chat channel
and let people search for and join these channels
from anywhere in the world. You can create a private
channel for political discussions or to hatch your
next evil scheme.
Letter from Gadsolme
This time I will provide you with details of a
manuscript I once managed to lay my hands on when
visiting the residence of a Blackfly Empire family.
It details several strange events from many years
past. Shortly after the crusades, between 450AC
and 500AC, the event known as ‘The Revocation’
led to a brief period of political anarchy..."
will be a Stratics House of Commons developer chat
on Monday the 24th of November 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.
Dev diary by world builder Scott Cowie.
story - "The Aspect War", on the origin
of our five dragons and how they got their animal
screenshots and concept
art images from last weeks press release
are now available.
- How many characters per server should Dragon Empires
have? Vote here.
post of the week
Learn more about the new Dragon Empires background
in this thread started by Xalx on the Aspect War piece
by our writer, Rob Adams.
site of the week
DE Compendious - http://de.compendious.net
Compendious has been mentioned before but it is worth
repeating as Necatus and Ydmos do amazing work in
compiling information about Dragon Empires into one
searchable database. If something has been published
about DE you can be pretty sure it's collated and
indexed on Compendious.