Welcome to the first, of many, installments of The Gamer’s Beat. This weekly column will highlight many updates and news tidbits of games in the OMGN Games Directory. If you’re a game developer, or a regular gamer, feel free to send me an email to let me know about updates or news from your game that you’d like featured in the column. Please make sure you leave an url to the game and your name (or in game name) so you can receive credit. Now on with the Beat.
This week we have updates and news ranging from games looking for staff members and games resting for a new round, to games adding new features and scheduled updates.
Avatar, a free, browser-base, RPG, has many openings for staff and contributors. Listed below are the openings and a brief description or requirements.
*PHP Programmers. Must have, at least, a basic knowledge of PHP and MySQL.
*Web Designers. Must have Macromedia Dreamweaver, or a similar program, and know how to work with it.
*Forum Moderators. Must be online frequently and speak proper English.
*Official Bug Trackers. Must play the game often, try to discover bugs and errors and then report them in the Forum or message an Admin.
If you wish to apply to any of these positions, you must meet the pre-requisites. For more information on how to apply, visit the Avatar forums here.
Avatar is also looking for writers and graphic designers. For more information to contribute as a writer, visit the Avatar forums here. For more information to contribute as a graphic designer, visit the Avatar forums here. Thanks to Daishi for the information. Visit Avatar’s website here.
Starwar, a galaxy, conquest, strategy game, will start it’s first round Thursday, September 1, if 100 players are signed up. Otherwise it will be delayed one day, everyday, until they have 100 players. This will be Starwar’s first alpha round. The round will have a five minute tick speed, and end when one empire holds all “artifacts” for more a span of 24 hours. Thanks to William for the information. Visit the Starwar website here.
OilFight, a browser-based, RPG,has mad the following updates:
*Rescaled everyones weapons and the cost of weapons to be 10x more expensive.
*Put a check into weapon buying so that nobody can buy more than 65,000 of the same weapon type.
*”Repair all Attack weapons” and “Repair All Defensive Weapons” buttons implemented.
*Session based login supplemented with a cookie stored on the users computer to reduce unintended logouts.
Information has come via OilFight’s forums. Visit the OilFight website here.
Miniconomy, a free, strategy, trade game, started Round 22 on Saturday, August 27. Last month they welcomed 3,000 new players from more then 100 countries. They have made some “important” changes which they’re hoping to help contribute to make Miniconomy “an even more fun game.” Information via Miniconomy Newsletter 12. Visit the Miniconomy website here.
FOUND: Desert Island, a free, browser-based, strategy has announced scheduled updates:
*Treasure Hunt. Castaways will be able to bury treasures on the island, and create maps/clues for others (or themselves) to find in the future. Release date: September 2005.
*Castaway Territory. Castaways will be able to use items (e.g. wood -> fence) to create an exclusive area, where they can maintain resources for their own use. Release date: October 2005.
*Player-created Islands. Players will be able to create their own islands (to be played by others) based on the templates and resource classes provided by FOUND. Release date: November 2005.
Information via FOUND: Desert Island website. Visit the FOUND: Desert Island website here.
Knight of War, a free, text adventure, strategy is revamping the entire game. The game will be more focused on a single player rather than an army. There will be more stats available, more weapons, more armor, etc. . .. They’ve opened a forum to accept your input on what you’d like a game of it’s kind to include. Information via Knight of War website. Visit the Knight of War website here.
Spirit Wars, a text-base, RPG, has made several updates the past few days:
*Improved efficiency of maze a bit, shouldn’t slow down after long periods of playing.
*By popular demand there are now two new games in the arcade, blackjack and slots.
*In preparation for the opening of the Spirit Town Library, various members of the community have decided to start renovating their buildings! The Pub, Barracks, and Training Arena are all rumored to have planned changes. Layout of Pub has been changed. You can now fire soldiers in the barracks.
Information via Spirit Wars website. Visit the Spirit Wars website here.
Visual Utopia, a free, browser-based, strategy has added updates to their new era:
*Long range attack made a little more stronger.
*MSN function added to the kingdom page. If you have Internet Explorer you will be able to see if someone is online and message him/her by clicking on the icon.
*Training troops when being prepared on or under siege cost double as much.
*Combat losses have been lowered.
*Zoom function added to the map. Click plus or minus on the numpad (on your keyboard) to zoom. Only works with IE though.
*The bless spell have been weakened.
*You no longer loose morale and you do not get news about kingdom mates being attacked.
Information via Visual Utopia’s forums. Visit the Visual Utopia website here.
Rival Kingdoms 2, free, tick-based, strategy has open registration for it’s first Commercial round (which is now open). The prize for this first
commercial round will be $25 dollars. Information via Rival Kingdoms 2 website. Visit the Rival Kingdoms 2 website here.
Empire Forge, a turn-based, strategy has made several updates, Monday, August 29:
*Conquest+CEDE now prevented.
*Balance changes to elves and trolls.
*More changes to score page.
*Disband works anywhere now.
*Minion leader added.
*CONVERT now requires a HIDDEN or REVEALED argument.
Several updates are also planned:
*Create automated page for taking dropped positions.
*Move TURNUNDEAD to a separate phase to make execution predictable.
*Amphibious retreat for amphibious units.
Information via Empire Forge website. Visit the Empire Forge website here.
That’s it for this week folks. Please make sure to email me with any news or updates to any of the games in the OMGN Games Directory. Till next week, remember to play fair with others.