Vacation - Arcanum Preview Soon
Just got back, and was happy to find a preview of Arcanum
waiting! We'll have tons of screenshots, info and a full preview
in the next week.
Dale Add-on "Heart of Winter" Site Opens
The add-on for Icewind Dale called Heart of Winter has opened.
Heart of Winter offers 800x600 resolution, full screen play, new
items, spells and new quests! Be sure to check our Icewind
Dale site for the latest info, We'll have all the latest
tips, hints, cheats etc for it as well!
Sword Demo Released
An epic adventure tome with many hours of play with 12 unique
races, 30+ skills that develop, 30+ spells, 6 vices that affect
role-playing, fascinating combat (reminiscent of the Heroes of
Might & Magic strategy game), 100+ monsters & dozens of
with many quests and puzzles. And there are no Elves or Dwarves.
Also, Rune Sword has an easy object-oriented construction set
that is included for making great new adventures or just plain
character editing! And all proceeds go to Charity!!!
added to BG2 and W&W Areas
We've been adding lots of info, files, tips and cheats to both
the Baldurs Gate II area and the Wizards & Warriors site. If
you have either, check out these sites! Chapter 2 of our BG2
walkthrough is complete, with detailed maps as well!
Avalon Chapter II released
Digital Tome released Chapter two of its Siege of Avalon™ title
for direct delivery to gamer’s computer desktops from their
website at www.siege-of-avalon.com
More than a sequel, an Episodic Chapter is the next
installment of a whole game novel spanning six parts, an
innovation in electronic entertainment.
Gate Editors and Cheats Released
We now have a few Editors and the entire list of cheat codes, and
a complete item list code set online for your cheating pleasure!
Walkthrough Updated and Complete
If you're still playing Icewind Dale, and are stuck, check out the
extensive walkthrough we've written. It covers all aspects of the
game, with extremely detailed Maps with many of the best item
Pack for Icewind Dale
An expansion pack for Icewind Dale is in the works
according to Interplay. The new expansion pack is called Icewind
Dale: Heart of Winter, and is being developed internally by
Black Isle Studios. The expansion pack will add a variety of
enhancements to the original game developed by Bioware including
new monsters, spells, items, and areas to explore within the
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms campaign setting.
Other features include higher character class levels (up to level
22 depending on the class), 800 x 600 high resolution graphics and
improved OpenGL 3D support.
& Warriors Site Opens
Since the game is now out, we've opened our Wizards & Warriors
site to the public. All 'areas' open later tonight. If you have
yet to purchase Wizards & Warriors, scroll down a bit and
click on the W&W Box to buy it, Its a great CRPG! If you don't
know what the game is like, check
out the preview!
Beta Registration Begins Today
Sierra Studios and Troika Games are opening up the land of Arcanum
to a few lucky souls this fall! All beta participants will receive
an Arcanum Beta CD-ROM and an exclusive pass to the Arcanum Beta
Forum. This is your chance to get an advance look at the game and
offer helpful feedback to aid in the development process. To be a
part of this select crowd you must complete the online
registration form. Due to a limited amount of spaces, not
everyone will be chosen.
Gate II on Store Shelves
Its finally out, and
we'll have complete coverage of it with all the latest tips,
hints, item lists, cheats, maps and everything else just as we did
with BG1 and IWD! Hit our
Baldurs Gate II site as we add stuff to the site now!
Wizards & Warriors Site Preview
We're working on the Wizards & Warriors support site that will
have all the latest info, Quest tips, Walkthroughs, Spoilers,
Maps, Items etc, etc.. Check out the preview of it Right
And remember to come back when when the game is released for help
or to post tips, or Questions! D.W. Bradley said that
they'll check out the message boards and might answer some
questions as well.
Planet has a first look at Arcanity
"Arcanity is one of the latest
massively multiplayer, online role-playing games (MMORPGs) in
development, among the ever growing genre that is seeing many new
ideas and improvements. Previously titled Cataclysm, the Los
Angeles and Las Vegas based development studio known as Brick
House Trading Co. was forced to change the title to Arcanity, not
to be confused with Troika Games' Arcanum: Of Steamworks and
Magick Obscura. Brick House Trading Co., founded in 1999, started
out as a daytrading firm, but their minds shifted to creating an
online role-playing game that gamers, including themselves, will
Info at RPG Vault
RPG Vault has some more info on Arcanum for your reading pleasure.
Check it out, its a good article!
Gate II Gold
game, based on the best-selling Dungeons & Dragons
role-playing game from Wizards of the Coast, has generated
record-breaking preorders worldwide. Baldur’s Gate II:
Shadows of Amn is scheduled to begin shipping to retail on
September 26th. See our Preview
& Warriors Goes Gold!
This is one game that many have been waiting for. Its gone gold
and should be on store shelves within a week or so. What is
Wizards & Warriors? See our Preview
Review Here for more info!
of Twilight Overland Map Preview
For the Dungeon Craft gaming engine, I've drawn an 'overland' map
for a game module I'm working on called "Pool of
Twilight", its the sequel to the old Goldbox game Pools of
Darkness, based on the book too. But as many may know, Dungeon
Craft's engine is 24-bit color, high-res, so it'll look a lot
better. Check out the overland
map that we're working on.
of Avalon Preview
The Adrenaline Vault has written a preview of Digital Tome's Siege
of Avalon, their special feature pack has been released
yesterday as a public beta. We'll have a full preview here next
week, they sent us a copy, so we'll have some screenshots seen
Desslock on the Diablo II expansion pack
Desslock has posted a nice article about the Diablo II Expansion
pack, it a good read, and anyone into Diablo 2 will want to check
this out, here's an excerpt:
"The two new classes are suitably different from the five
classes that shipped with the original game (although they seem
more than a little inspired by EverQuest character classes). The
Assassin is a new female character that has skill trees for
martial arts, shadow disruption and traps. Some of the martial
arts skills involve more than manual dexterity, as there's a
"dragon breath" attack skill, for example. Shadow
disruption skills include "lure", which should in handy
for luring enemies into your traps. The traps are quite varied,
including blades that sweep through an area and a number of
"sentinel" creatures that fire charged bolts or sprinkle
Gate II Week Ends
If you haven't yet seen any of the screenshots from Baldurs
Gate II, check out each days shots. over 40 total, and many
are never before seen!
Scrolls III: Morrowind Preview
Gamespot has a great in-depth preview of Elder Scroll's III,
Morrowind! Be sure to check it out, looks like its shaping up to
be a great RPG!
& Warriors is an Excellent
CRPG, and we have the complete review/preview up with an additional
38 NEW Screenshots! All of these new screenshots are from
the latest build. Read the Review and Check out the Screenshots Here
Darkstone 2 Announced!
Adam Harrison and a bunch of others have started the Darkstone II
project. The plan is, to get a bunch of folks with varying talents
together, license a cool engine, and get to the coding to create
Darkstone II. He's asked me to put a shout out to anyone who would
like to be involved in this project. They are looking for all
kinds of people, storyline writers, graphics artists - Everyone!
Sounds like a killer idea for sure! If you want more info on the
project you can mail Adam Here.
Area Opened - Dungeon Craft!
For those that don't
know, Dungeon Craft: UAF is a brand new CRPG Game
creation program based closely to the Goldbox Game engine,
Unlimited Adventures. But DC has High-Res graphics, 24-bit
color, MP3 support, JPG, BMP, TGA support, and tons more features!
You can download a beta of
the game program too!
Wizards & Warriors
We've received a near complete build of the game last Friday, and
have been playing it a lot for a huge preview in a few days. We'll
have some exclusive screenshots up This weekend!
(20 of them)!
& Dragons 3E review at Daily Radar
Not really Computer Related, but you might want to check this out
since a few CRPG's will be using the 3rd Edition Rules.
Daily Radar has posted a review of the brand new Dungeons &
Dragons Third Edition Player's Handbook.
Public Beta test coming in Sept.
Sierra Studios and Troika Games
today announced a public beta program for their upcoming
role-playing game Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura.
The public beta will begin in September, and will give
gamers access to some of the 19 major environments within the land
of Arcanum, along with scores of dungeons and quests to explore.
Testers will also be given a private online forum on which to
discuss the game with the developers, give feedback and
suggestions, and report bugs.
on Wizards & Warriors
We have lots of new information regarding Wizards & Warriors.
This CRPG really looks like it'll be a winner! 4 years in the
making, and over 200 hours of game play with 300 monsters and 6
spell books full of new and interesting spells!
Also, we've got the latest screenshots to drool over. (14 of them
this time)! And we'll have much more soon. Ironworks does plan to
have a support area now, for Wizards & Warriors, its THAT
IWD Cheat, Items List and Detailed Maps
If you play Icewind Dale, and need some help, check out the
Icewind Dale area, and check out the new Maps, and Items Lists
we've put together, we're also working on LOTS more goodies to add
v1.06 Released for Icewind Dale
This corrects even more stuff in the game that patch v1.05 missed,
go download it Here and
install it. Simple to install as well. 3.17MB
IWD Walkthrough Added
Its not complete, but we've uploaded the Prologue and Chapter 1
for now, we're editing the other chapters now, and adding a few
things that we're missed. we're also adding maps to the locations
for help on battle strategies. The rest of the Walkthrough will be
uploaded by Monday Afternoon for all to enjoy!
Arts & Bioware to create new
Star Wars CRPG
We just received this press release, check out the full news article
that Bioware has released on this new RPG! We'll have a story on
this new partnership and game very soon!
Goldbox Game Engine Screenshots!
Programmer Richard Turner, P. Stevens and Graphics
Artist Dan Huling (me) have been working on a brand new
Goldbox game engine, bringing it up to date with the current
Graphics and Styles, yet keeping the essentials that made
the Goldbox games so unique! I coined the term "Dungeon
Craft", because with it you'll be able to design your own
adventures and create stand-alone adventures to trade with your
friends. Its very much like Unlimited Adventures that was
released in the early 90's by SSI. View
the screenshots Here
Much of the artwork is yet complete, and combat art is not even
completed, I'm busting butt to get this done now.
Codes for Icewind Dale Unlocked!
The new final patch that was released for Icewind dale a few days
ago has unlocked all the cheat codes, and we have them!
Dale Final Patch v1.05 Released
If you own Icewind Dale, go
download the patch right now. It corrects lots of the bugs, and
other problems that some people have encountered. Most of the
patch fixes the Multiplayer end of the game. Snag
New Goldbox Engine being
If you're in your
late teens, you'll remember those awesome Goldbox games, but these
days they look rather weak - some had EGA graphics (Some of you
may not know what EGA means ;-)) Its ugly, its pink too. Anyway, I
joined up with programmers to help work on the brand NEW GB Engine
(I'm doing the Artwork), Instead of EGA or 256 colors, its 24bit,
and High res! The engine will look almost the same, and behave the
same but with A LOT more bells and whistles! We're working on a
dev area now to give you weekly updates on it, I call the engine
Dungeon Craft 2K, but that's just me ;-)
-- hahah, the spell checker didn't even know what EGA meant!
Siege of Avalon Released
Siege of Avalon is a medieval
fantasy-themed adventure. The player arrives on the scene as a
soldier pivotal to a crucial turning point in the 12-year-long
desperate final struggle between the great armies of Eurale and
the invading Hordes at the Gates of Avalon. It features more than
140 supporting characters and hundreds of "extras"
through the use of Character-LAB, a new proprietary technology the
company developed specifically for the development of Episodic
Computer Game Novels.
Dale Review Up!
We've finished the game a few days ago and have
finally finished writing up the review. If you have been on the
fence about buying Icewind Dale, check out the review, and just
for grins, look at the voting results. and remember, those of you
that have IWD to visit our IWD Area for all the latest
Tips, Spoilers and Maps to help you through the game!
Arcanum Editor & Game Screenshots
We've received a
bunch of great new screenshots of not just the game, but the
editor! Check them out for the Game Here
and the Awesome looking editor Here!
Be warned, these aren't resized crappy screenshots that Gamespot
might give you, these are FULL resolution, at 1024x768 and
are about 200k a piece, but its worth keeping the original size!
Wizards & Warriors Screenshots
you have yet to see anything on the Wizards & Warriors CRPG
coming this fall you need to check these screenshots out, W&W
is much like Eye of the Beholder, but with mouselook (Ultima
Underworld depth too!) We'll have a huge preview review of it very
soon with lots more info on it, but for now, check these screens
Patch for Icewind Dale out
Go here to snag the patch for Icewind Dale, it fixes a bunch of
different bugs, mostly multiplayer related. Download
Dale and Diablo II Out!
We just picked our copies up today, and are playing them now,
We'll have reviews for both by Monday!
Icewind Dale is the the one
we're covering on our website, so we'll be playing that one
New Portraits will be added by tomorrow night, and remember, if
you have tips, tricks or whatnot, send
them in to us!
V2.0 of our Icewind Dale Support
Area is online
Just in time for the Games
release, we have totally redesigned the entire IWD area and added
a few new areas that needed to be there. Our first series
of Portraits (Official TSR Scans) will be online to greet you the
day IWD is released!
Has gone Gold!
Icewind Dale has
finally gone Gold, which means the master disc's have been sent
off for duplication, and we should have it in our greedy hands
within 10 days.
RPG at E3 - Neverwinter Nights
With the renaissance of RPGs, Best RPG of E3 has been an annual
slugathon between some of the year's best titles.
This year Neverwinter
Nights takes the laurels, if nothing else for sheer chutzpah.
Placing the world building in the hands of the player, this
beautiful AD&D based game is destined to be the
more-addictive-than-crack game of 2001.
Gate II Area nears Completion!
We have the main page of our Baldurs
Gate II: Shadows of Amn support area, it'll be larger
than our Baldurs Gate I
area is too!
Check it out, we took a lot of time in its design and made sure it
would be the best it could (Art and Navigation wise). The entire
site will be completed no later than July 4th 2000!
just received 15 screens from Sierra Studios and have them up for
you to drool over. 4 of them are Exclusives (The first four are).
be sure to check
them out! We'll have a complete preview of the game once they
send up a press copy of the game.
Nights 22 Minute Preview MPEG!
the STUNNING MPEG 22 Minute preview you can watch Right
Here. Its Either in one huge part, or 19 split up pieces. Its
Streaming so no problems there!
This is the Preview that was shown at E3, and let me tell you, its
amazing! They show off two different adventure modules and the
BEST part we thought was the editor preview - They show you
exactly how easy it is to throw together a dungeon
and its extremely impressive, the forest module was our favorite.
There is so much more to the editor though than what they
showed us, you can import models, textures and more! We are
currently designing a module for NWN's - The HUGE dungeon
labyrinth Undermountain! 40+
levels of nasties, we're designing it in 3D Max for now, and on
paper so we'll be ready to start work the second we have a copy in
hand, if people would like to help us with this, contact
us and attach your dungeon drawings!
Though NWN is slated for release sometime next year, we'll
continue to have LOTS more previews
and some exclusive interviews in the coming months, Stay tuned!
the Masquerade Review
We review the
latest RPG to hit the market, get the low-down on the
game, and view all the screenshots we've taken. Gamespot
and Daily Radar gave Vampire a slightly negative review,
see what we think!
the Review here
Sneak Peak At BG Chronicles
Chronicles has a sneak peak of Icewind Dale, check it out here.
Since the game has yet to go gold, we are kinda doubting the 21st
will be the release date.
the BG Chronicles Sneak peak here
E3 Teaser Movie Released!
is the first game to come from the development house Troika Games,
LLC, started by former Fallout team members Tim Cain, Leonard
Boyarsky, and Jason Anderson. The experienced Arcanum
development team reunites many of the original development team
from the critically acclaimed Fallout and Fallout 2 RPGs,
including: Tim Cain, Leonard Boyarsky, Jason Anderson, Jesse
Reynolds, Chris Jones, and Mark Harrison.
Arcanum creates a compelling new world where magic and technology
coexist in an uneasy balance. As Arcanum opens, the
mechanical age has only recently arrived in this ancient land
where Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs and other races have learned to
coexist in the new sprawling industrialized cities.
But this radical shift from magic to technology has created a
potentially explosive situation. While the townspeople and
other thinkers begin mass production of light bulbs, batteries,
eyeglasses and guns, the Mages grow leery. This
tightly-wound setting is the starting point from which the
character must set out on his quest.
Arcanum allows gamers to assume the role of multiple pre-existing
characters or create their own, and provides many paths to explore
the game world, ensuring the highest degree of replay ability.
Meanwhile, the multiplayer component extends the life of the game
and appeals to a large fan base that enjoys cooperative and
competitive play. Download
the Movie Here.
Diablo II Goes
Blizzard Entertainment announced today that Diablo II, its
anticipated action role-playing game, has gone gold. The
game will begin shipping to retailers at the end of June, and has
over 1.5 million pre-orders worldwide (Wow! its a best seller even
before its released -- More than the SIMS I believe!).
Dale Area Ready!
We've added all the
areas that will support the game and are waiting for its release
on the 21st. Once we get into the game a bit, we'll start filling
up all the areas with Spoilers, Hints, Tips, Cheats and lots more!
We'll also have some of the best IWD Portraits on the net to use
as your characters!!
hosted a chat with Black Isle and Bioware about Baldur's
Gate II: Shadows of Amn, the new AD&D game
continuing the story of Baldur's Gate.
The chat took place Tuesday, read
the Chat that took place. Very interesting stuff!
II Stress Test Preview
We have a huge Diablo II Stress test preview, for those of
you that didn't get picked to beta test it, check out the
preview and 24 brand NEW screenshots!
Radiance II Area Open!
We've finished the Pool of Radiance II area early,
and have added TONS of brand NEW screens for you guys to drool
over! The game looks truly amazing! View
Releases Vampire: The Masquerade
Activision Inc. today announced that RPG game, Vampire: The
Masquerade—Redemption, will be available for fans and gamers
alike on June 8th, 2000. Vampire boasts a detailed storyline, the
first-ever digital tabletop storyteller and four fully 3-D gothic
cities for players to explore! Guess we better get ready, RPG
season is about to kickoff!
Trainer for v1.05b out
For those of you that cheat <g>, there's
a new trainer for Darkstone v1.05b out, go snag it in the Downloads
Dungeon Siege Support Area Coming!
We're working on adding the Dungeon
Siege area, the Pools of Radiance area, and the Baldurs
Gate II area, all will be launching by mid June!! You can view the
opening page to Dungeon Siege,
its nothing but a placeholder page, but you can see the layout
logo we did! <g>
and Screenshots for Neverwinter
We have 9 new screenshots and a new, full preview review of the awesome RPG that's
coming early next year! -- FULL
Nights Wins Best of E3 RPG Genre
and Best RPG Awards!
Neverwinter Nights took home the Best of Show Award and Best RPG
Award from Games Weekly Internet Magazine. Looks like more
congratulations are in order for the Neverwinter Nights team.
Baldur's Gate 2 came in 10th,
and Dungeon Siege took 3rd place! Link
Story at Games Weekly
The E3 is now over and
we've picked the best RPG stories for you guys to checkout, first
off, we have two awesome videos of Neverwinter
Nights and Baldurs Gate II from the E3. And also,
checkout the brand NEW RPG "Grimoire" - With tons
of Screenshots as well!
View them here:
GRIMOIRE - NEVERWINTER
NIGHTS - BALDURS
Summoner - Is Gameplay as
good as the graphics?
Summoner is a fantasy role-playing game that is currently under
development by Volition. Featuring an advanced 3D engine,
Summomer promises an immersive role-playing experience for the
PlayStation 2, PC, and Mac. For more screenshots and
regular updates, Visit the Summoner Web site at www.summoner.com.
II - Bigger, Better, Bolder!
for Baldurs Gate II: Shadows of Amn is up,
view it Here.
-- Don't forget to view all brand new screenshots too!
Nights Area is now up, we'll no doubt add more as
its release draws closer. Also, we've updated the other areas, and
are now working on getting the Baldurs
Gate II and
Radiance II area up. Lots more coming too!!
If you are in your late 20's you might remember a Saturday Cartoon Dungeons & Dragons,
well, its BACK, and on FOXKIDS!
It starts this Saturday, at 11am. It has a new
intro, and even new EPISODES!! Just thought you guys might
Also, Check out www.wizards.com
for the latest on the Dungeons & Dragons MOVIE coming soon
(Might be the reason for bringing the cartoon series back)..
Coming soon we'll have a "Goldbox
Week" in which we'll reminisce about the good old days
of RPG games and when SSI was the god of CRPG's!
Voting results for
was your favorite SSI Goldbox Game?
Pool of Radiance
Never played one
Secret of the Silver Blades
Curse of the Azure Bonds
Pools of Darkness
Champions of Krynn
Dark Queen of Krynn
Neverwinter Nights (AOL)
Treasures of the Savage Frontier
Death Knights of Krynn
Gateway to the Savage Frontier
If you are in your late 20's you might remember a Saturday Cartoon
Dungeons & Dragons, well, its BACK, and on FOXKIDS!
It starts this Saturday, at 11am. It has a new
intro, and even new EPISODES!! Just thought you guys might
Also, Check out www.wizards.com
for the latest on the Dungeons & Dragons MOVIE coming soon
(Might be the reason for bringing the cartoon series back)..
Coming soon we'll have a "Goldbox Week" in which
we'll reminisce about the good old days of RPG games and when SSI
was the god of CRPG's!
A Vampire the Masquerade demo is coming soon, and
from what I've seen, it looks to be a really GREAT RPG!
We'll also be doing reviews on upcoming RPG's - we're also looking
for reviewers as well! Email
Us if you are interested in being a reviewer for
Brand new RPG is in the works by Artifact
Entertainment called "Horizons:
Empires of Istaria", and we've got some very impressive
screenshots for you to check out below! Also, read the full review
of the game at RPG Planet.
Ruins of Kunark expansion pack for Everquest is hitting store
shelves!! It brings a 13 playable races to the existing
set, the creepy Iksars, a race of Evil lizardmen inhabiting
a new 4th continent in the world of Norrath. You'll be able to get
to this new area via shipping routes from Antonica or Faydwer. One
of the best features is that the experience level cap will be
Just received this from Interplay:
Pre-order your copy of Icewind Dale today and get a limited
edition oversized Icewind Dale Cyclops Pewter Miniature absolutely
FREE! Just be sure to order two games and you'll get 15% off your
entire order. But hurry, since this offer ends at 4:00pm Central
Time on Friday, April 21, 2000. HURRY and order now.
Take advantage of our tax week celebration by taking 15% off
anything in the store.
Cyclops is just one of the many monsters you'll encounter in this
newest dungeon crawl from the award-winning Black Isle Studios.
Remember... The Lucky Ones Freeze To Death! Preorder this Baldur's
Gate engine adventure today and get the Cyclops that's got people
Be sure to pass this on to everyone you know so that they too can
take advantage of 15% off TAX WEEK! Remember this offer ends
Friday April 21st. So whether you received a refund or had
to pay the piper, you get a deal with us!
Looks like more
trouble at Origin, more lay-offs, and yet another game
released half complete.
Yesterday: Raph "Designer Dragon" Koster and Rich
Vogel – key contributors to Ultima Online's success -
leave the company along with four other employees, all of
the cancelled Wing Commander Online team, apparently to go
to Origin arch-competitor and EverQuest creator, Verant
Interactive. Read Crackednuts
for some updated information.
Today: Even as the latest significant upgrade to Ultima
Online, Renaissance, hits retail shelves, Origin announces
that it has been unable to complete one of the most
important key features of the new expansion pack – the
Faction system – and accordingly, the Renaissance updates
won't be posted as planned until they can eventually be
finished, even though the retail version of the game is
already hitting shelves, complete with descriptions of
features that do not yet exist. Read this notice:
"...the changes and
features included in Ultima Online: Renaissance are some of
the most complex and elaborate changes we've published since
the game was released, and because of this, we've decided to
delay the publish of Ultima Online: Renaissance until we are
secure in delivering a quality gaming experience to our
Additionally, in the interest of providing a smooth and
expedient publish, we have chosen to remove the faction
system from the Renaissance publish. This system will be
brought back into testing following the next publish. We
expect it to be active on the shards within a few weeks of
the Renaissance publish.
While we can delay the release of Ultima Online: Renaissance
to our servers, we cannot delay the retail release, and thus
you may see the new UO: Renaissance box on the shelves of
your neighborhood software store now. For our new players,
we hope this very short delay will provide ample time to
experience and explore the world of Britannia before you
settle in to enjoy all that Renaissance has to offer"
Can you believe this company? Its time to put this
animal (Origin) to sleep, because they are just not cut out
to create anything of great gaming value like they used to..
I just don't understand HOW they could do something like
this right after their HUGE flop Ultima IX! - Its almost
like they are wanting Origin to die.
Questions? Tell us how YOU feel in the our Message forum