Archive for October, 2008

The $40 Dire Bear?

Posted: October 16, 2008 by Kendricke in Everquest 2
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One of the nicest rewards for an Everquest II expansion is being bundled with the retail version of the The Shadow Odyssey.  This time around, you can pick up a new Dire Bear pet and mount.  Per Ilucide, the stats on the bear are as follows:

As you level, your bear grows with you.

  • From 1 to 19, he’s a little bearcub that follows you around.
  • From 20 to 39, he grows up and you can ride him around (a 20% speed mount).
  • From 40 to 59, he gets a saddle, and some more speed (30%).
  • From 60 to 79, he gains armor, and more speed (40%).
  • At 80, he’s fully grown. He has a full set of armor & saddle and is as fast as he’ll ever get (52%).

The bear is available with the retail box.

Please note that last line again:  “The bear is available with the retail box.”  If you preorder the digital download, you will not receive the dire bear pet/mount. 

This is a bit of a faux pas for SOE, since they just gave out thousands of copies of The Shadow Odyssey at the latest FanFaire – but the version those attendees will be receiving is the digital download version anyway.  Anyone who attended FanFaire who wants the dire bear will still need to shell out $40 for the retail version of the game after all. 

We brought 15 members to FanFaire this year.  In addition, many members of my guild already ordered the digital download version of the expansion.  I now need to make sure they all understand that they won’t be receiving the dire bear unless they also pony up for the retail version as well.

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Ten Years!

Posted: October 4, 2008 by Kendricke in Guilds
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On October 4, 1998, I founded the Legion of the White Rose as an online gaming guild for the MARI Telecom turn based strategy game “Archmage: Reincarnation from the Hell”.  It was a free to play Korean based game which picked up a massive (for its time) playerbase that numbered well into the tens of thousands (I believe there were 30,000 of us playing at one point). 

It’s been ten years to the day that I founded my guild.  During that time, we’ve founded 8 different chapters across six different games, maintained a mailing list which held over 500 addressees and had archived over 14,000 emails before we shut it down 3 years ago, and have seen more than 2,000 members fly our flag in various games. 

Currently, we hold two official chapters and a couple of casual chapters across four different games.  Our flagship chapter is our Regal Chapter, currently on the Guk server of Everquest II, while our Imperial Chapter calls the White Tower server of Warhammer Online home. 

With online gaming so relatively young, it’s very, very rare that we see guilds which are even 5 years old.  I can count on my fingers how many guilds I know of that have reached 10 years old or older…across all games.  I’m proud that I can now count one more.

Happy birthday, Legion.  I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years have in store.