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Eschalon Book II: More On Gender Differences
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Basilisk Games has released the seventh in its weekly Q&A series featuring answers to fan questions about the upcoming Eschalon: Book II, the second in the company's "old school" RPG series. The latest answers address gender differences in the game, an issue which has lead to heated debate on Basilisk's forums.

Question #8:
[confused1] Since we will be able to choose male or female characters, will stores stock different gender clothing? Or will it all be the same? And on a similar note, will gender help/hurt certain stats?
[Dragonlady] Since we are going to be able to pick female avatar pics, will there be a few small quests for just females to do and vice versa of course to be fair.

There is currently a decent debate on this subject going on here . As it stands, males get a +1 bonus to Strength and females get a +1 bonus to Dexterity. Rather than repeat myself here, the discussion provides much information regarding this decision.

There will be no special clothes between genders. Women characters wear the same armor as men, not leather thongs and mithril brassieres.

There will be no special quests for males/females, but on this note we will have at least 1 significant "Class Quest" for each of the 5 classes.
To read more follow the links provided below.

Basilisk Forum: Eschalon Book II Question Of The Week
Basilisk Forum: Gender Differences Debate
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EVE Online Expansion Details Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Eurogamer revealed some new details about the next expansion for EVE Online in a recent video interview with CCP Games' Arend Stuhrmann. The upcoming addition to the sci-fi MMO will focus on science, industry, and research aspects of the game, increasing non-combat related content for EVE.

"Our game design team is looking at all aspects of science, industry and research, making sure we can optimise wherever we can, making sure we make the management of industry and production easier and more comprehensible," he said.

After last expansion The Empyrean Age concentrated on factional player-versus-player warfare, it seems that developer CCP is intent on giving the game's more peaceful players something to get their teeth into with this next update, codenamed MIDAS.
The unnamed expansion is scheduled for a December 08 release. Follow the links below to read more.

Eurogamer: EVE Online Expansion To Focus On Industry
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Dominions 3: The Awakening Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Shrapnel Games has announced the release of a new patch for Dominions 3: The Awakening, Illwinter Game Design's third installment in the turn-based fantasy war game series. The patch brings the feature rich game to version 3.20, introduces a variety of bug fixes and updates including new troops for the Atlantis nation.

More about version 3.20:

· Battle enchantments expire when caster retreats from battle ground.
· New switch: --nocheatdet.
· Crash during host fixed.
· Improved move order validation.
· Increased maximum number of maps allowed in the map folder.
· LA Atlantis got new troops to recruit under water.
· LA Atlantis got a new hero.
· Increased maximum number of messages (for huge games).
· Increased maximum number of commanders and units (for huge games).
Click over to the site below for more information.

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Dominions III: The Awakening
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Blizzard Offers Game Themed Ringtones, Wallpapers
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Blizzard Entertainment recently announced the availability of a selection of ringtones and wallpapers for use on cell phones and other mobile devices. The media will feature themes based on Blizzard's popular Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft franchises.

Carry a little piece of Azeroth wherever your real-world travels take you with our new World of Warcraft-themed wallpapers and ringtones for your phone. They’re part of a new service that lets you download content related to your favorite Blizzard Entertainment games to supported mobile phones. Over 50 pieces of content are currently available, including ringtones of World of Warcraft’s capital city themes and the distinctive murloc gurgle, as well as wallpapers featuring character artwork, class and faction emblems, and more. Visit the new Mobile Ringtones and Wallpapers page for more information -- and while you’re there, be sure to check out our StarCraft and Diablo mobile content, too.
Head over to the site below to view and download the new ringtones and wallpapers.

Blizzard Mobile Ringtones & Wallpapers
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Mac Games News for Monday, September 1, 2008

Diablo III: PvP Changes, Health Orbs, Minion Controls6:00 AM
Heileen Dating Sim In Development6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Fourth Race, Game Balance, Single Player Co-Op6:00 AM
Vendetta Online Updated6:00 AM
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