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Thursday, February 13, 2003

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6:00 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

The official Shadowbane site recently featured another of their articles looking at the gameworld of this Massively Multiplayer Online RPG. For those who have yet to hear about Shadowbane, it has many interesting features such as player-built cities and player controlled governments.

The latest article on the game focuses on the city-building aspect of Shadowbane, looking at the history and residents of one of the player-built cities, Avarice.

Here's a snippet:

Avarice was founded by the Deathhead Legion , and it is ruled by Gobar Doa'bos . Longtime readers may recognize the Deathhead Legion from the Shadows Of An Empire I-IV series that I chronicled during my last assignment as a Herald of War. The Deathhead Legion was a major component of an alliance that conquered a large part of Tyrranth before a great cleansing of the world occurred. In the aftermath of the cleansing, the Deathhead Legion founded their new city but Gobar decided to pursue a different policy than the one he enforced in the previous age.

Instead of a closed city, Avarice became a city that opened its doors to the public. Gobar built Avarice a short distance from the freehold of King's Cross, and this created an immediate market of potential customers for the open city. Seasoned adventurers would need the equipment and services that only independent nations with an advanced city could provide, and past experiments with open cities had never been able to fully develop due to the city leaders political ambitions. Gobar decided not to repeat the past mistakes that had doomed open cities, and so he declared Avarice an open city with no political or military alliances.

Shadowbane is currently in late beta stages, and is due to be published by Ubi Soft for both Mac and PC. For more information, or to read the full article, follow the links provided below.

Shadowbane looks at player controlled cities
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