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D&D Online: Preview @ Yahoo Games

(PC: MMORPG) | Posted by Inauro @ Tuesday - December 27, 2005 - 20:36 -
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Yahoo Games' Chris Hudak takes a look at Turbine's forthcoming sure-to-be-a-blockbuster title, Dungeons and Dragons Online.
The last thing Turbine (and their inspirational partners, Wizards of the Coast) wanted to do was to give the gaming world yet another generic, aimless, newbie-snubbing, player-griefing, stat-grinding MMORPG and stuff it into a vaguely D&D-ish skin. Lead designer Ken Troop likened the experience of MMORPG grief to having a gaggle of jerks barge into a tabletop D&D session, bellowing profanity and scattering the group's dice and figures.

No, the goal was always to give PC gamers a game that truly emulates the imaginative, transporting experience of the classic pen-and-paper RPG, complete with personality-rich locales, carefully balanced party-based adventure/combat, and a meaningful story. Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, takes some promising, heroic strides down that noble, if nerdy, road.

Based on the 3.5 Edition Dungeons & Dragons rules (and set in the Wizards of the Coast campaign fantasy realm of Eberron), Stormreach is rooted in party-based exploration, in the vein of Guild Wars. It also aims to streamline the sometimes alienating experience of the first-time D&Der.
Source: Yahoo Games
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