War Thunder – Tencent Games revealed as publisher for China server

Developed by Russia-based studio, Gaijin Entertainment, it was announced earlier that Tencent Games has secured the war game’s publishing rights for China. Tanks, war planes and warships in 1 single game with astounding graphics… You get the drift. The debut test phase begins on 15th May.   The English server is currently in Open Beta [&hellip

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Age of Wushu – Preview of Rootless Clan for upcoming content update

Age of Wushu today introduced a swords-wielding class, the Rootless Clan in its upcoming expansion Tempest of Strife. This mysterious yet heinous class is an expert of both melee and ranged attacks and revels in sending a deathblow to their foes with rapid swordswings. Just as the Chinese saying goes, “There is no impregnable defense, only [&hellip

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Tyranny of Dragons in the marketing department

So 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons will be out this year, and a bit like a World of Warcraft pre-expansion patch there is a huge D&D marketing campaign in the build-up to the release, called Tyranny of Dragons. If you are playing D&D in any sort of “official” setting, you’ll be fighting the Cult of the Dragon. So far, so good.

But if you want to see an example of how heavy-handed it can get if you want to move an existing campaign onto the current marketing train, you don’t need to go further than PAX East, where Acquisitions Incorporated played their public D&D game. I found the introduction of the Cult of the Dragon rather badly done. The DM had to bend the rules quite a lot to give the enemies a surprise round, because the narrative didn’t even talk of an immediate ambush. The heroes walk out of a tavern, there are guys standing there, so from that point on, if a combat breaks out, why would anybody have a surprise round? And don’t tell me that the DM didn’t fudge dice there to get to that neat situation where everybody but the group leader was down before anybody could act.

So, yes, I understand the requirements of the marketing department to introduce their new material. But they way they did it really wasn’t elegant. It sure served the purpose of establishing the Cult as “the enemy”, but as I player I would have felt railroaded there.

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Revelation – Gunslinger announced as 4th playable character class

Despite being the ultimate mix-up of TERA, Aion and Blade & Soul, Revelation has gotten some positive feedback from the China gaming community. The latest class revealed was Yan Tian, or just Gunslinger ignoring the direct translation. Other than pistols, she apparently packs machine guns and grenades as well.   Developed by NetEase, China’s no.2 [&hellip

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Black Desert – New party gameplay preview trailer as Closed Beta 2 nears

As a MMORPG without a dedicated healer class such as the Cleric or Priest, party play in Black Desert will always have some sort of challenge starting from mid-level. A new trailer was just revealed to public, giving a preview of the previously mentioned class-specific “Super Skills” while in a full party. &nbsp

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