TURBINE TO ANNOUNCE LOTRO SERVER CLOSURES ON AUGUST 3

Turbine has published a blog post detailing Lord of the Rings Online’s upcoming server transfers, server consolidation, and data center move. The company hasn’t announced which servers will be affected yet; that information will be released on August 3rd. If you happen to be on one of the shards scheduled to close, you’ll get a title, a housing banner, and a cloak as remembrance gifts.

The whole process will basically take the rest of 2015, as it is “a monumental effort and we want to do it as correctly and painlessly as possible,” Turbine says. Impacted servers will officially be unavailable as of January 2016. Click through the link below to read the fine print as well as details about the new transfer features coming to the game launcher.

 

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GLORIA VICTIS IS GETTING BUILDING AND SKILL SYSTEM UPDATES

The Gloria Victis dev team has been working on “two massive features” in recent weeks, according to a post that appeared on the fantasy sandbox’s forum over the weekend. The first versions of both the building and the skill systems will be done in a few days, the announcement says.

The building system involves upgrading existing towns with stronger gates and offensive equipment like falling logs and boiling oil, water, and tar. All of these objects are able to be destroyed (or repaired). The post also says that building whole towns and castles will happen in the near future, as will the ability to upgrade mines and farms for better resources.

The first iteration of Gloria Victis‘ skill system will feature dozens of passives that should further differentiate avatars inside the game’s class-less advancement system. You can read more on the game’s forum.

 

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Panesterra War Efforts

Panesterra is Beritra’s final assault into Atreia and it is up to Daevas to put an end to Beritra’s development of dimensional teleportation technology. With any contested area, the rivalry between Asmodian and Elyos grows stronger. During these chaotic times, additional supplies are being delivered to those who step up to the challenge Panesterra presents. New supplies are heading to the front line. Enter Panesterra every Saturday at 6 PM Server Time and take up arms to claim your hold on Panesterra.

For level 65 players who attend the Panesterra sieges, a survey will be available during the hour of the siege. Effective Saturday, July 4, the survey includes:
– Administrator’s Boon (1 time use)
– Resurrection Stone
For the unsuccessful server faction, up to 100 participating level 65 players will be awarded the following the Monday after the siege:
– 51 GP via quest items
– Dragon’s Improvement Box
For all those participating regardless of server or faction, there will be a chance to get a bonus reward.
Ten randomly chosen players will get either:
– Drakenspire Depths Idian Bundle
– Ahserion’s Flight Ancient Manastone Bundle
Two randomly chosen players will get either:
– Kennercan’s Egg (30 days)
– Pagati Veyron (30 days)

Bonus items will be delivered by Monday after the siege. See you on Saturday, Daevas!

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Ant-Man Is a Great Comic-Book About a Terrible Superhero

The guy running around in one of Marvel’s oldest superhero identities isn’t all that great when it comes to fighting crime. Ant-Man is not a very good boss, either. And, honestly, he could stand to improve a lot as a dad. But his struggles to be a decent dude are what make his comic a great read.

I haven’t read Ant-Man since checking out the first issue a few months ago. So, with the movie hitting this weekend, I decided to catch up the series. Five issues in, it’s an exceptionally funny book that isn’t afraid to make fun of its main character and superhero storytelling tropes.

Scott Lang is always dodging. Yes, he’s got to shrink out of the path of bullets and punches. But the second man to wear the insect telepathy helmet of Ant-Man is also bobbing and weaving around expectations and disappointment. Lang is an ex-con and divorced dad, a combo that makes him hard to employ and constantly in search of stability.

After a job interview with Tony Stark falls through and his ex-wife moves to Miami with his daughter, Lang tries getting a bank loan to start up a security consultation business. It doesn’t go so well.

Don’t worry: once Ant-Man beat the Nazi robot that turned stuff to gold—and secretly resisted a very lucrative temptation—he got the loan. But then came another challenge. Who’s going to want to work for a B-list superhero? C-list supervillains, it turns out. Right after they stop trying to kill him.

With The Grizzly and nefarious AI genius Machinesmith on board as Scott’s employees, Ant-Man is duplicating much of the ensemble charm of Spencer’s last series, Superior Foes of Spider-Man. That book— much beloved by fans and pros alike— was a ensemble title about a crew of also-ran villains trying to score big. Ant-Man turns that conceit on its nose by having Scott struggling to listen to his better angels. Doing the big hero thing doesn’t come easy for him, especially since it doesn’t score him any points with his family.

This week’s Ant-Man Annual #1 is a super-size example of the series’ ethos. Part of it is because it stars Hank Pym, the first Ant-Man and creator of evil robot Ultron, in his Giant Man identity. Spencer uses Pym to show that A-list first-class superhero geniuses also have the same doubts and challenges as their lesser-light counterparts and enemies. Lang and Pym team up to take out bad guy Egghead and a squad of Pym-built Avengers robots—Avengers robots that Pym made to help him deal with insecurity and anxiety.

Hank Pym’s mention of a dark time in his life is telling. The founding Avenger managed to get past that personal quagmire but Scott Lang doesn’t seem to be able to do that just yet. He’s a superhero who isn’t even-keeled and hyper-competent. Heck, he stole his powers at first. Both he and his daughter have died in the line of duty (and come back!). It feels a little guilt-inducing to get so much enjoyment out of someone who’s unable to get his life together. But that’s what makes Ant-Man such a great read.

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Soldier: 76 Wages A Personal War In Overwatch

 

The latest character reveal for Blizzard’s upcoming MMO epic Overwatch may be the target of an international manhunt but that hasn’t stopped the vigilante Soldier: 76 from taking the time to introduce his long list of deadly abilities in combat. The mysterious figure only came known to the world following a string of corporate attacks aimed at disrupting the thought-to-be secure facilities of the Overwatch organization. His motives are inscrutable but the results are clear, Soldier: 76 means business.

While his true identity and origins remain a mystery, Soldier: 76 is believed to be a member of a shady “soldier enhancement program”, a program designed to give average American soldiers enhanced human abilities – far exceeding that of a traditionally trained soldier. Whether he’s truly trying to shed light on the conspiracy that brought the Overwatch organization to its needs, or just causing chaos, Solder: 76 is more than equipped to do both.

Today Blizzard revealed a bevy of details about Soldier: 76, introducing his origin story and abilities to an excited audience of Blizzard fans.

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