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Monday, February 19, 2001
Shadowbane Beta Update
8:53 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Wolfpack's official site for their upcoming massively-multiplayer online RPG, Shadowbane, has been updated recently with a lengthy step-by-step walkthrough of the actual playing experience -- and you might be interested to know that he was playing the Mac OS version of this title. As we noted several weeks ago, the game just recently entered beta testing phase; at some future point the original closed pool of beta testers will be expanded to include more Mac users.

The update was done by a writer for the team, who takes you through the basics of getting a game started. Through screen shots and text he describes the process of creating a character, exploring the world, and interacting with other users. Here' s a clip that shows how the game's GUI will be customizable to your needs:

After walking around and getting my bearings, I met my first fellow tester Ė an Irekei named Yllek.† Very helpful, if somewhat rude.† I don't know what level he is, but he looks like he's fairly well off.† Anyway Ė Yllek agreed to group with me to give me some help starting out (groups divide experience from all kills, can divide treasure, and also grant an experience bonus based on the size of the group). I'm also linked to the Brellamere Guild Tree, joining the local Nation. Now that Iím a member, I seem to get more experience, and recover faster.

As long as Iím optimizing, I figure Iíll adjust the transparency of my map window, move my two power buttons (aggressive and defensive stance: the beginning Fighter powers) off of the Command HUD where I can get to them. Iíll also move two more social buttons Ė the heroic flex and Variosí favorite, the infamous crotch chop. You never know when youíll have to be rudeÖ Okay, so hereís my finished screen configuration. One command and it's saved for next time.

The rest of the piece is very interesting for those of us that can't actually participate in the closed beta. Shadowbane does have many Mac-friendly developers on the team, so we should be seeing a simultaneous release when it is completed (hopefully) later this summer.

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