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Shadowbane GenCon Reports
9:16 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The official Shadowbane site has many reports posted from their experience at last week's GenCon event. As reported earlier by IMG, the company showed off their Massively Multiplayer Online RPG on both Macs (running OS X) and PCs at the show. Five full wraps-ups are posted, along with a number of screen shots and pics from the players at the show.

A report at GameSpot also summarized the presence of Wolfpack Studios and publisher UbiSoft. Here's a clip from their coverage about the ever-controversial PvP feature of Shadowbane, where players can kill other players:

Wolfpack Studios has made it clear that it intends to focus Shadowbane's gameplay on socializing and joining player guilds. As such, new players at level 20 will be fair game for player vs. player conflict, and if they insist on remaining unaffiliated with any guilds, they'll be at the mercy of any wandering bands of monsters or high-level players with a mean streak and should wind up with a substantially long death list--a list of names of the monsters and characters who have killed them. The death list includes the name and emblem of any guild members who may have committed the assassination, so when players do join a guild, they'll be able to quickly locate the home castle of their enemy's guild on the game's overland map and will also be able to see the name of that guild's leader. Players who have been assassinated (or have guildmates who were assassinated) will actually be able to chat directly with that rival guild's leader, from whom they can demand restitution. And once players are in a guild with other strong characters, they probably won't have to worry about constantly being murdered by higher-level characters, since the game's character level system makes a character's power increase less at higher levels. In other words, a few level 35 characters with some good tactics should be able to take down a level 50 character.
Read more for character customization, organizing players into guilds, and building cities. Also head over to the Shadowbane news page for all of their reports and pictures from the show.

Shadowbane is currently in closed beta, but is set to open its doors to more beta testers later this year.

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