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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.

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!

EU Item Shop Open – FREE STUFF!


Europe opened their item shop! Thats right! Allods Online’s item shop is open! I may need to hunt down an EU player to get some sweet screenshots of some item shop loot. On top of all this everything in the item shop is free!

Enjoy it EU players! :]. Your servers go down on the 12th.

Ruatolov sent me this email. Make sure you all take screenshots and email em to me. :]. (ashkir@novogradtimes.com)

The Allods Online Team (Europe) just wanted to let you know that the Allods Shop is now available in-game! Because it’s the Closed Beta Test, everything in the shop is free! This will last until the closing of the Closed Beta Test.

So EU players! Enjoy! :D.

THE WORLD IS ENDING!


Guess what Allods Online pulled for the last day of their closed beta?

Well theres some good news and bad news. The good news is that we’re all going to die. Oh wait, that was the bad news, the good news is we are going to see the end of the world!

Today demons have invaded the capital cities!

There was this great squirrel trainer out there defending the squirrels! I told him good job! This man, lets call him Squirrelmaster had this to say “Indeed. If I run out in the middle, they have less time to get to the squirrels.”

We the people of Kania salute your brave deeds Squirrelmaster and others who are working hard to the deaths to defend our precious capital that we have spent so much time building.

The sky is truly falling! We shall fight to the death!

It is not over yet! But it will all be over soon! One way or another!

Oh by the way, it is raining kittens!

Watching the Official Twitter?


I sure hope you all are watching the official twitter account, @AllodsGame. Why? Because there is a bunch of insane stuff going on today!

Just now a second round of a giveaway is going on! An entire stack of perfume so far is being given out to twenty people. Visit the twitter account often today. :]. For chance at some nice stuff and to get the latest news about today.

The End of Closed Beta Testing!


Today is the is the final closure of the Allods Online closed beta testing. We were given an extra seven days on February third to enjoy in game. Today, Allods Online servers are going down.

Bloodpact made a really neat video as a goodbye to the closed beta test phase.

See you all on the 16th. :]. Of course, The Novograd Times will have content coming up before then too. :]