And the winner of the coveted Site of the Year award is... WC in Russia!
The runner's up (in order) receive the Runner Up image... of course, you don't actually have to display the image -- it's a status thing. The race was very, very close -- especially between the top two.
The good folks at the Ultima Online 2 official site posted some new FAQ questions which could well apply to the rumored Wing Commander Online game.
How will Player Killing be controlled?They also put up a letter from the game's producer, Starr Long. You may recognize him from various past Wing Commander games...
Fat Man over at Lanced.net posted this segment of an interview concerning X:BTF from Beta Bites. Naturally, it has nothing to do with Digital Anvil's upcoming games, but rather it compares X to Privateer...
Player killing will be limited through the use of Player vs. Player zones. This will give players a chance to develop their characters and adventure without risk, and yet still give the adrenaline rush of player-vs-player combat once they have determined they are ready to face higher risks for greater rewards.
So there won't be a Player-Killing switch?
No, there will not be a 'PK switch', in the manner that other massively multiplayer games have adopted.
Will UO2 feature permanent death?
No. UO2 will not feature permanent death, as in "When you die, your character is destroyed and you must start anew". Among other issues, such permanent punishments are not well suited to an Internet game - what if your ISP were to go down while you're in the middle of the dragon's den?
BB: I am a big fan of Privateer and both, Privateer and X - Beyond the Frontier seem to have a similar concept/idea in play. Did Privateer have any influence on X - Beyond the Frontier? If so, how are they similar? If not, how are they different?
Bernd: Many games we played probably had some influence. Especially the original Elite is always an inspiration. Privateer is one of quite few games in this category. We never tried to copy any specific game, but of course we always look at what other games do, how they solve problems, and how we can possibly solve these problems even better. For the fiction, we probably all have the same idols...from Isaac Asimov to Arthur C Clarke, and from Star Wars to Star Trek. :)
THIS is an animated series! Madcat reports that the Australian news claims that Wing Commander Academy has premiered mornings at 8:00. Only took three years. If anyone has specifics as to what channel and days the show is on, please let us know!
Back to normal! You can once again contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Hurrah!
Our galaxy is infested with all types of unpleasant creatures... Gnuflies, Hephaestan Biting Voles, Killer Thripps, the list goes on and on. Well, now you can guarantee that lethal insects will no longer be the bane of your life, with Harris' Entomort. Available from all well-stocked general booths, it comes in hi-powered spray or gas-bomb form, and mugs bugs quicker than you can say 'Ohmygodwhatthehellisthatongranny'shead'. Warning: Entomort could potentially cause fatal injuries to pets, small children and the aged.