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Din's Curse: Ranger Class Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Soldak Entertainment, known for its Depths of Peril and Kivi's Underworld fantasy games, has released more new information about the upcoming action RPG, Din's Curse. The latest update reveals the game's ranger class and its associated specialties: Archer, Hunter, and Druid.

A jack of many trades, these lone fighters wield ranged weapons with skill, throw down deadly traps, and use shapeshifting to befuddle and decimate fearsome foes.

Specialties: Archer, Hunter, and Druid.

This fighter employs a bow and speedy arrows aided by magic to thin the enemies number.

Bonuses: higher attack per dexterity and higher damage per strength
Mana gen: Mana gain on critical hit
Armor: Cloth and Leather
Weapons: Bows

Flaming Arrow - Fires a flaming arrow from your bow causing extra fire damage.
Eagle Eye - Better chances of hitting target and dealing critical hits.
Poison Arrow - Fires an arrow dripping with poison causing lots of poison damage for a time.
Shock Bolt - Fires an arrow fortified with electricity which may stun the target.
Multishot - Shoots 3 magical arrows at once.
Bow Mastery - Improves bow combat performance.
Exploding Arrow - Shoots an exploding arrow, hurting all nearby enemies.
Fast Draw - Increases attack speed for a short time but also drains stamina.
Marked for Death - Makes it easier to hit and damage an enemy.

Read more about the Ranger class at the page listed below.

Soldak Blog: Din's Curse Ranger Class
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Emberwind Coming To Macs December 8th
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Independent game developer TimeTrap has announced the December 8th release of its new game, Emberwind. Described as an original fantasy platform game Mac and PC, the game challenges players to free the city of Grendale from the evil CandlFinger.

Help free the city of Grendale from the evil CandleFinger and his gremlin hordes. The grand city of Grendale is under siege by mischievous hordes of gremlins and only a stubby gnome watchman named Kindle Elderwood can answer the call for a hero. Sail through the clouds on your ancient snow owl and deploy your cane of justice to save the kingdom from the underworld.

The primary goal of Emberwind is to explore stages looking for up to 6 houses per stage to visit. When the player visits a house they must light the fireplace by touching it to prevent the people inside from being attacked by gremlins. The house status information is displayed in the upper left hand corner of the HUD and updates as progress is made.
Once players have lit up all the fireplaces in a stage they will be allowed to return to their owl and continue to the next stage.
Emberwind will be available for $12 as a digital download through TimeTrap's website at the link below.

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Apple Games Features EVE Online: Dominion
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Apple Games has posted a new article about CCP Games' recently launched EVE Online: Dominion, the 12th free expansion for the company's sci-fi MMO.. The game expansion focuses on alliance warfare and features an overhauled sovereignty system and new epic mission arcs for pirate factions. Apple's feature includes an overview of the expansion's content and a look at some of the interesting events which have occurred in EVE Online.

When you and your friends gain control of a star system, Dominion allows you to shape the territory by purchasing enhanced abilities, such as uncovering asteroid belts rich with lucrative resources or discovering wormholes ó introduced in the Apocrypha expansion pack ó that provide shortcuts to other sectors. Donít forget, however, that all new homes come with maintenance costs, and star systems are no different: your corporation or alliance must pay for the upkeep of a systemís stargates, and the more systems you control, the higher the monthly bills will climb. If bills donít get paid, the affected stargates will cease to function, and that area of space could become inaccessible.

Should you scheme to attack an occupied sector and wrest control from its current owners, Dominion offers new super weapons usable only by Titan-class ships and capable of massive destruction. Titans are the biggest and strongest spacecraft found in New Eden, but theyíre also the most expensive to build and maintain, typically requiring the combined resources of multiple corporations. An assault fleet will likely bring a few Titans with it, but the same holds true of those on the opposite side of the battle.

Assembling those fleets has gotten easier thanks to Dominionís new fleet management tools, starting with the Fleet Finder that allows you to advertise your fleet for others to join or easily locate a fleet whose goals are in sync with your own. When you create a fleet, you can activate the new loot logging feature, which allows all players to keep track of the spoils of war and divide them up after a battle.
Check out the rest of the article at the link below.

Apple Games: EVE Online Dominion
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Shane Dabiri Discusses The History Of WoW
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Computer and Video Games has posted a new article on the history of Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft universe, focusing on the rise of the popular MMO, World of Warcraft. The feature includes discussion of EverQuest's impact on WoW, the merger with Activision, and the future of the Warcraft franchise.

In fact, their interest in EverQuest led Blizzard to poach several key players from the communities, including Fires of Heaven's Alex 'Furor' Afrasiabi and Jeff 'Tigole' Kaplan, who both went on to work on a great many of the quests in World of Warcraft. Kaplan now also works on the new Blizzard MMO with Dabiri, and was hired by Rob Pardo (Blizzard's Executive VP of Game Design), his EverQuest guild leader at the time.

"I think it was opportunistic. I mean, back then the MMO genre was still relatively small. There weren't many developers, and to find the best and brightest out there, you had to consider the gaming community. We didn't necessarily go out of our way to make the whole team that way, there were just a few opportunistic hires we had along the way."

Dabiri, regardless of WOW's far-reaching success, claims that it doesn't spell the end of the Warcraft series. "The Warcraft series is really near and dear to our hearts. There are always things that we're looking at, possibilities for it, ideas that we have. Other than the RTS series and our MMO, we're looking for opportunities down the road.

"And I know in the past we've made announcements that we are going to do an adventure game. Though that got cancelled, that doesn't mean we won't do anything else with the series. We love the Warcraft universe."
Visit the site below to read the rest.

CVG: The History Of Blizzard
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Avernum 6 Selling Well, Series May Continue6:00 AM
Awesome Soccer Released6:00 AM
EVE Online: Dominion Launched6:00 AM
Pirates Of The Caribbean Adds New Battle System6:00 AM
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