Dragon Empires newsletter - 21 November 2003

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 news.

We 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.

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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..." more

Dev chats
There 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.

Hot news
- Dev diary by world builder Scott Cowie.
- New story - "The Aspect War", on the origin of our five dragons and how they got their animal form.
- New screenshots and concept art images from last weeks press release are now available.
- How many characters per server should Dragon Empires have? Vote here.

Forum post of the week
Learn more about the new Dragon Empires background story here in this thread started by Xalx on the Aspect War piece by our writer, Rob Adams.

Fan 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.


Peter Tyson
Community Liaison Manager - Dragon Empires


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