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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? 😀

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

Guild Tags in Game!


In Russia’s v6 they introduced guild tags! Yup! the long wanted feature of Allods Online guild tags! ^^ They’re finally here. Guilds have been asking for this ever since, well, there has been a guild formed in Allods Online.

Mastrgamr has been spending some time on the Russian open beta and provided some screenshots for me. I cropped them and here they are:

So, are you guys glad that this is finally coming out? :].

A First Look at the Allods Online Official Wiki!


I am going to be spending a lot of time in open beta leveling very slowly. Why so? Because I will be helping fill up the official wiki with content. There are several things that need to be done, and that we have in mind for the wiki! Trust me, even though I won’t be in the first thousand to forty, I will be working on a wiki full of npc, mob, items and quest information directly in game!

I have decided to let you guys get a sneak peek at two of our pages so far. The first quest a League player encounters and the first npc encountered. The template is not finalized, nor is the content. I’m still working on the parser code for the info box templates can be very easily managed.

I have a background in wikis. I am an administrator at the world’s largest wiki, AboutUs. :]. I have made over forty thousand edits at the largest wiki, and several tens of thousands across other wikis. Wikis are fun to me, and they are one of the few things, that I’m actually good at. Many consider me an expert in wikis, because of my background and experience. I am generally more known with commercial wikis, not with nonprofits.

It took me over fifteen hours to get the first pages done, and a good few hours in game to do these. I am dedicating a large portion of my time to this. I am very well aware of the grammar errors that exist, and I’ll be fixing them soon. I am personally in game manually writing, double checking my writing, and checking out every little detail.

Here are two screenshots of two pages done on the wiki so far:

Feedback is very much welcomed, as it can morph how the official wiki is formed. :]. A positive thing about spending massive amounts of time working on the wiki, is that the lore will burn itself into my mind. I will easily be spending forty to sixty hours a week working on this.

Update: Due to some feedback from a friend, and testing while asking a few people on my MSN list, I have changed the look of the quest template. Take a look at the new version:

Machinima Winner – archonmerc!


Remember the machinima contest that Allods Online NA had? Well the winner was announced, and it was a damn good video. The winner was archonmerc. Check out the video:

We happened to get an interview. 😀

The winning video was the recruitment advertisement for Bloodpact. Can you tell us a little bit about Bloodpact?
Once I start, I could go on forever! I’ll just say that we are a mature bunch, we really don’t care for drama. Although we are a hardcore guild, my philosophy is that you don’t have to be a jerk to be a badass. (Can I say that?)

As for our history, we started in Corum Online (gPotato land!) over five years ago, and since then played 2moons before we came here. The core members and leaders are like a family, and instead of making cliques in such a huge group, we include everyone! We are lucky to have many members from the EU, Australia and Asia too, keeping it active 24/7!

As for me, Bloodpact is on my mind all day long, that might not be healthy, but it’s surely good for the guild.

Now how about a little bit about yourself?
My name is Thomas, I am a 23 year old journalist and photographer from Norway. I play on the North American servers (and have brought friends!) because of the language barrier and clique nation/region-centric guilds in the EU.

I just got out of the Royal Norwegian Air Force a little over a month ago where I completed my one year draft. I had actually signed up for news about Allods months in advance, and was bummed the closed beta testing started before I could complete my service. It hasn’t hurt me though, and I’m glad I could manage to ‘scramble’ Bloodpact on such short notice with a lot of help from my sidekicks Arteigon and Aewa.

What was the inspiration of the video?
Actually, Allods is inspiration enough! It was everything I hoped it to be and more. I always like to make videos for guilds, but now my interest was piqued with the fantastic foundation for getting majestic shots in Allods Online.

It was actually never my intention to enter the contest, just because it was a guild advertisement. A guildmate, Kemwer, pushed me into it though! Haha.

How long did it take you to make this video?
Not long enough… When I say that, I mean I love the process of making it as much as seeing the finished product. But I’m sure I lost a few potential levels on my characters to say the least due to being wrapped up in video making. Better time spent now than in open beta, am I right? Overall, I think I spent upwards of 10 hours and 200GB of hard drive space on recording it, and 40-50 hours on the editing.

It’s OK though, the sun never comes up in Northern Norway during the winter anyway, so I’m not missing anything!

I’m constantly adding new Allods videos to my YouTube profile, and have already made 3 of them since the contest entry, so I guess I’m an avid advertiser for the game and Bloodpact.

Did the video come out the way you invisioned it?
Truth be told, yes. Funny enough! Although I made the mistake of not uploading it in high definition, in this case for me it just adds some more character. And the movie itself, I am quite content with just because I found the right music, and patched the shots together just how I planned when recording them.

Who did the voice over?
Actually, I’m wondering that myself. I found the line on a CC sample sharing site, and when I asked for who to credit I just got back a generic answer. It does however fit quite well!

Did any others help you with the video?
Yes! First off, Kemwer, the Brazilian stallion, got the shots from the end of CBT#3 dance of the old square, and made our new logo as well. So much credit goes to him here. Also, the entire Bloodpact guild of course! At that time we only had around fifty members, but there were no problems getting suggestions and critiques, or people to come to the “set”. And of course, Astrum Nival who’s amazing art direction makes such beautiful scenery possible – and gPotato for giving this magnificent game to us through the intertubes.

Anything you’d like to say to The Novograd Times readers?
Support Allods, and respect your fellow players =)

It’s a monster high quality game made with love and care and detail. Might be sounding like a fanboy here, and maybe I am, but I just urge people to stay with it and keep it up! The community over all is pretty nice, and I don’t want that to change ever. You guys rock!

Once again congratulations to archonmerc. Enjoy your Razer Megalodon Headset!

Item Shop Outfits are Cute.


I had a chance to play with the bells and whistles of the item shop. Fireworks were a lot of fun and had amazing graphics when exploding. There were even snowman heads for sell! You couldn’t forget about the cute outfits or the several chests. A lot of fun being able to play with the item shop. I probably blew through over a hundred bucks worth of item shop stuff trying to test it out. Maybe more.

Kanian Folk Outfit

Fancy Elven Outfit

Elven Dinner Outfit

Kanian Nobles Outfit (Without the hat)

Elven Hunting Outfit

Red New Years Costume

Rose Petals!

I like these cute outfits. Some of them would make awesome role play clothing sets.

End of Closed Beta #4! Some Empire Shots from Novelus!


The servers have went offline! The game is offline for only six days and open beta begins! This time we all get to make brand new characters and get to keep these ones this time ’round!

The Empire had to fight hordes of astral demons and other threats from taking the tower. And after they have done that, Mage1 (An Allods Online Game Master) teleported a large group of Empire players to Lightwood, a bit east of the Novograd Arena.

The League and Empire enjoyed a spar as the Empire tried to invade Novograd City and the League defended their grand city.

And then at the end, a bunch of Empire guys had to commit mass suicide! The League was going to do it, but, nobody made the first jump.

Here are some screenshots from my good friend Novelus!

End of Closed Beta #4! :D Event Screenshots!


Well there were waves and waves of demons attacking us all! And many different kinds to be found all across the games, which was amazing.

And many more amazing things happened! The Astral Scholars of the game came in and started shouting things about the world ending and other doomsday stuff. On top of this we had rare game masters from GM Isle far north of Avilon come to us to grant us with their presence.

The Empire invaded Novgrad en masse, but the League eventually pushed them off!

Oh cannot forget the giant demons in the skies! It was a lot of fun! Good job guys in fighting and making this an enjoyable end of closed beta test to remember! I never seen anything like this in a game and I was happy to be a part of it! :D.

LOTS OF SCREENSHOTS (after the break! 56k warning)
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