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Over the next few hours we’re migrating to YuriHosting. Nobody should experience any downtime. But I decided to give you all a heads up.

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Psionicist Guide Part II: Attributes and Abilities


Introduction

Welcome to Part II of my Psionicist Guide.  In this part, I will take a look at the attributes and spells/abilities that are the building block of your character.  I will go over the importance of each attribute, the effects of each spell and suggested attribute/ability builds.

Thanks for joining me for Part II and I hope you find the guide worthwhile!

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Interview with Game Master Ruatolov of Allods Online EU!


A bit ago I asked for an interview from Ruatolov, I’ve been saving the interview for the right date to release. I got a lot of questions asking about the game, but I pruned them, because it was meant to be a personal interview. He agreed to an interview and also gave me five hundred EU keys.

Now, without further ado, I present to you Ruatolov of the EU Gala-Net team!

What exactly is your job for gPotato?
My job is Community Manager for Allods Online Europe at the http://www.gPotato.eu portal.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
Seeing the same names everyday playing while watching the newcomers enjoying the game for the first time! There’s a great sense of community in Europe for Allods Online. I’m also a fan of listening to the fun conversations that take place in zone chat. They talk about some crazy things!

Are you liking the fan following behind Allods Online so far?
The response from Europe for Allods Online has been really enthusiastic. Our players stretch right across the continent from Ireland to the edges of Eastern Europe and from the tip of Scandinavia to the very south of the Mediterranean. It’s really inspiring to be a part of a game with such a great fan base. The artwork submitted on our Guild Portal (http://allodsonline-en.ning.com/) has been really creative too!

Why did you start working with this game?
I wanted to work on Allods Online because it offered me something I couldn’t find in other MMOs: A game where I can play whenever I want, and not worry about whether I’m getting my money’s worth. Being a member of the team that will spear-head a revolutionary change of the MMO genre is something not many experience. Pay to play is so last decade. 2010 and beyond belongs to the subscriptionless MMO, and Allods Online is leading the charge. Thank you http://www.gPotato.eu!

Do you have any pets?
Ruatolov doesn’t look after animals. Ruatolov eats animals…for dinner.

In game, what is your favorite class so far?
Oh I don’t have a favourite. I tend to create a few different classes and just go with what feels good at the time. There’s plenty of choice in Allods Online so it’s tough for me to pick just one favourite class.

Do you have a preference for PvE or PvP?
Depends on my mood, if I’m feeling some stress and want to “let it out”, I do PvP. When plan on playing for a few short hours, I’ll just relax with some PvE. Allods Online has plenty of options in terms of play style, so it’s easy to switch from feature to feature.

What feature of Allods Online do you enjoy the most?
Astral Ships! I was born to be a Helmsman. Going through the Astral is a mysterious and exciting adventure. I still have to learn a few better strategies to successfully to take down Astral demons though.

What is your all time favorite game that is not an mmorpg?
Not an MMO? Hmm. Probably Jet Set Radio on the Dreamcast. I also love some Street Fighter action. I’m so retro.

If you could go one place in the world for a week vacation, where would you go?
Well I’ve been to Japan before which was great, so maybe a different part of Japan this time.

If you could have a non combat pet in game, what would you like your pet to be?
I’d have an Astral-whale. Everyone would call him “Moby Dick of the Astral”.

What is the meaning behind your name?
If I told you, your mind may explode from sheer amazement.

Now, if I don’t ask this my readers will kill me. Any juicy gossip you’d like to share?
If your a fan of World Cup soccer, keep an eye out on our official site http://en.allods.gpotato.eu/
It’s going to be a fun summer!

The League Newbie’s Starter Guide


One thing a new player will notice is a bunch of stuff in zone chat that may or may not make any sense at all. LFM rabid. LFM Mizgir. Things of that sort. Here is a short list of things you’ll see in zone chat in the first two or three zones on the League side, and answers to some other common questions seen in zone chat:

Where can I find birch scrolls? You will find them on the trees that are broken off. They are hard to find, that much is true, but don’t confine your search to just the area around the quest marker on your map. The birch trees are all over wherever the forest is not thick. The thick, dark forest will not have any.

What are the medicinal plantains for? Gather these to turn in for reputation and get blue gear. This is worth doing before you leave. See the Survivors reputation guide.

LFM DS: Looking for More, Damned Soul. You’ll see this on Evermeet Isle. Damned Soul is a raid boss, and the quest gives really good blue gear for rewards. The mob kill itself also has good xp. You must be level 6 in order to get the quest and be sure you do it before you leave the isle!

LFM rabid (or rabid squirrel, rabid sabertooth squirrel): This is the first raid boss you will be able to kill in Lightwood. You must be level 8 to receive the quest, A Cure for Rabies.

LFM Mizgir (or Arachnaphobia): Mizgir is the second raid boss in Lightwood, a giant, nasty spider. You must be level 10 in order to get the quest, called Arachnaphobia.

What happens if I die while killing a raid boss? Two options. You can ask your raid to hold off on DPS and give you time to run back (but you’ll have to get a hit in on it before it dies or you won’t get credit), or you can simply not release. If you don’t release, you will still get credit when it dies.

LFM Oreshek (or Oreshek Fortress): This is the instance for Lightwood, and you must be level ten in order to receive all of the quests for the instance. The drops in here are pretty impressive. Party only! You can not take a raid into Oreshek. One other thing to note is that the mobs don’t respawn in here. If you somehow are not able to complete the quest to escort the elf to the entrance, he will reappear where you first saw him and you will be able to go back and complete the quest.

Where is the treasure? The treasure in Evermeet is easy to find, since a quest takes you right to it. The treasures in Lightwood are a little harder. Check out this guide to finding the two chests in Lightwood.

Playata Launches Allods Database!


So, I was contacted by a representative of Playata. You guys may know them from past mmorpgs. They do some amazing work. I was provided with a press release.

So the gist/important stuff: Playata is a database developer and has even developed databases and programs for other mmorpgs. They just released the Allods Online database. It already has a bunch of content and all. So yeah! Totally works! www.allodsdatabase.com

Thoughts? :D

And of course, before anyone asks here’s the press release pdf. :]. Press release below. :]

Playata launches first international game database for the latest hit MMO Allods Online

The perfect companion for a smooth start with the popular new MMORPG Allods Online: www.allodsdatabase.com contains up-to-date information on ten thousands of game items.

Bernried (Germany), February 15th 2010: Playata has released the beta version of its latest game database www.allodsdatabase.com just in time for the start of the Open Beta of Allods Online, a new free-to-play fantasy online game. www.allodsdatabase.com is available in four languages (English, French, German, Russian).

Playata’s independent database is the perfect information resource for the Allods Online community. Users have access to a vast collection of over 40,000 data entries on equipment, ship parts, quests, recipes, skills and zones. It’s easy to search for the best gear using the “Item Filter” function and to compare different pieces of equipment. Items can also be viewed, zoomed and rotated in 3D.

User participation is a big part of http://www.allodsdatabase.com. Players can contribute to the database by leaving comments, uploading screenshots and using the integrated “World Map Linker” to add details about key locations in the game world. Fans can also take advantage of available syndication tools to include item tooltips, 3D models and a search box on their websites.

Playata’s www.allodsdatabase.com is always up-to-date with the latest content additions and changes as soon as they are patched into Allods Online. Additional tools and features will be added to the game database in the upcoming months. Any questions regarding licensing, database development or other Playata products may be addressed to mail@playata.com.

Allods Online logo, game content, and materials are trademarks and copyrights of Astrum Nival and its licensors and are used with permission. All rights reserved.

About Playata
Playata is a provider of database, community, content, consulting and programming services to publishers of online games and related industries. The company is headquartered in Germany with outlets in Canada and Japan. Playata is operating the leading independent Aion game database www.aiondatabase.com and a database homepage for Facebook games, www.fbplayers.com.

Contact
Playata GmbH
Wiener Platz 7, 81667 Munich, Germany
Phone +49 1522 2350899
Email: mail@playata.com
Web: www.playata.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/playata
Reg.: D-82347 Bernried

Japan Gets Allods Online License


GameOn secured the Allods Online license for Japan!

Here’s an excerpt:

Moscow, Russia & Tokyo, Japan — February 09, 2010 — Mail.Ru Inc. is pleased to announce that GameOn Co., Ltd. will publish the award-winning Allods Online, developed by Astrum Nival game studio, for Japanese community, where GameOn is a leading online game operator with several years of experience and a diverse portfolio of popular free to play offerings. The companies are cooperating closely to establish a timeline for localization into Japanese, beta testing and launch.

Allods Online title is the Russian game development industry’s project from Astrum Nival game development studio, owned by Mail.Ru Inc. Allods Online brings MMO fans across the world into a universe of epic fantasy and fierce conflict with a deep and captivating storyline. Allods Online takes place after the destruction of the planet of Sarnaut and the subsequent formation of the Allods, these mystical islands float in the Astral, an expansive living substance that makes up the compelling game world. Adventurers will explore the numerous Allods as they battle against a wide range of enemies – and each other.

Some other notable elements are a crafting system based on mini-games, a vast array of over 1500 quests, many of which help advance the deep storyline by revealing the history and secrets of the universe, eight archetypes, 28 classes, six races and two factions. Characters are free to explore perilous areas, socialize in guilds, earn money by crafting, participate in massive PvP battles, and will feature classic fantasy MMORPG gameplay that fans of the genre’s most successful titles can enjoy. It features extensive questing, intense player-versus-player combat, grand exploration, in-depth character development and plenty of social interaction. In the Astral, players will have the chance to put their wits and brawn to the test in Astral battles, the game’s giant fights between competing Astral ships manned by multiple players.

With over 12 million USD in funding, Allods Online is the best-funded Russian game development project in history. In addition, Allods Online was acknowledged as the Best Game 2009 and Best Online Game 2008 by Russian Game Development Conference (KRI), where it also received the Audience Choice Award 2008.

The source is no other then Astrum Nival themselves.

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