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est. 2006

We are a group of mature gamers that love playing DDO. Having fun is first and foremost. We help each other as much as helping ourselves. Respect and maturity is a must.

We enjoy every aspect of the game. From building new characters to looting to favor runs to end game content. We play it all


Turbine Acquired by Warner Bros.!

Ithrani, Apr 20, 10 8:16 PM.
You can read more at think link, good, bad, it is change that could be the ebst thing to happen to players of Turbine games.

Here also is an article linked in the thread:
    Turbine Inc., one of the Boston area's biggest video game companies, has been acquired by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc. of Burbank, Calif., a business unit of media giant Time Warner Inc.
    "I view this as Hollywood coming to Boston," said Turbine's chief executive Jim Crowley, who said the deal underscores Greater Boston's increasing prominence as a center for video game development. Financial details of the deal were not released, but a source close to the negotiations said that Warner Bros. will pay as much as $160 million, including sums to be paid to Turbine shareholders in future years if the company meets certain financial targets.
    Turbine, a privately-held, venture-backed company in Westwood, is one of the leading makers of Internet-based, multi-player adventure games. The company produces Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons & Dragons Online, and Asheron's Call. Thousands of players subscribe to Lord of the Rings and Asheron's Call, paying monthly fees of around $15 for the right to play and socialize with one another online.
    Dungeons & Dragons is a "free-to-play" game. Anyone can log on and play for no charge, but players can also purchase additional powers and abilities that make the game more entertaining. Crowley refused to reveal the number of paid subscribers to Lord of the Rings and Asheron's Call, but he said that more than one million people play Dungeons & Dragons Online.
    Warner Bros. Interactive has bought a number of game development houses in recent years, in a bid to become a major power in video gaming. In 2007, the company purchased TT Games, a British firm that develops family-friendly products like Lego Star Wars and Lego Batman. In 2009, Warner Bros. bought the assets of bankrupt Chicago game company Midway, maker of the popular Mortal Kombat games. And earlier this year, it acquired a majority stake in Rocksteady Studios, another British developer, which created the hit game Batman: Arkham Asylum.
    "The developers they're buying are first-rate." said Michael Pachter, game industry research analyst at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles. "It's showing they're really interested in quality."
    Acquiring Turbine will give Warner Bros. total control over all future video games based on author J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved Lord of the Rings novels. Turbine holds an exclusive license to make an Internet-based game based on the books, while last year, Warner Bros. won a license to make non-Internet-based Tolkien video games.
    Martin Tremblay, president of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, said that control of the Tolkien gaming franchise was just one reason his company was interested in Turbine. Tremblay said that Warner Bros. would work with the Turbine team to develop new online gaming properties. "We will, for sure, in the future expand that platform to much more new product," he said.
    Tremblay wouldn't discuss possible new games. But Warner Bros. controls a stable of likely properties, including DC Comics characters like Batman and Superman.
    Bob Davis, managing partner at Highland Capital Partners in Lexington, a venture capital firm that helped finance Turbine, said that bringing in the company's developers would make it easier for Warner Bros. to develop online games based on the company's entertainment franchises. "Warner Bros. is not just buying up great intellectual property, but they're also acquiring one of the best development teams in the world," Davis said.

Member of the Month February 2010

Ithrani, Mar 31, 10 10:23 PM.
For February's MotM I have chosen Deathdealer for his continual efforts to help the guild get ToD ready and boot ingredients. Through out the month death was soloing A New Invasion during work hours and inviting members to join for loot even when it was completed it continued to offer and wait for members to come along before looting. For that we thank you, I hope to see you soon so you can roll for your prize. 

Member of the Month January 2010

Ithrani, Feb 24, 10 7:35 PM.
For a couple of reasons at the end of 2009 I had stopped posting MotM, partly due to the lack of interest and content in the game until Mod 9 finally went live, and also because of the Shroud being closed the reward of Green Steel items seemed silly. It is also harder than it once was to make Green Steel items, when Vale was just about the only end game content around it was a lot easier; now grinding out there is more of a chore. Instead we have come up with a new reward system which has been posted in the new just below. This system will make MotM rewards more interesting, there are a variety of rewards, some are ok, but others fantastic and a lucky role of 100 can even win a Green Steel item. There are also two mystery chances at having UNLIMITED POWER!!!!!!!

So now for January 2010, our Member of the Month, also our first to role on the new reward table, a great player and member, one who I would regret not meeting, a player who makes me glad that I still believe rules are made to be broken. Lycine, you are the first MotM of 2010 and have the honors at the first roll ever. Truly a historic moment in the guilds, short, yet so very long history.

I am sorry to all for not continuing MotM through 2009 despite the problems mentioned above as well as other issues getting in the way as well. I am also sorry that I have not updated the site much, I should have had this posted about a 2 week earlier and cleaned up many other pages of the site. Forgive me my laziness, even upkeep on a guildsite can be much like grinding for boot ingredients.
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