Thursday, December 20, 2007

L2-SEA Launch: Placard Contest

Speak out loud your love for the game through Lineage II Placards!


Mechanics


  • Open to all Lineage II - South-East Asia players with an existing game account
  • Registration starts at 11:00am ACT and ends at 2:00pm ACT
  • Players will make a placard inspired by Lineage II with any materials with the restriction of sharp blades, pyrotechnics, and other harmful substances
  • Each placard will be tagged with a number after registration
  • Judging starts from 3:00pm ACT to 4:00pm ACT
  • Contestants must display their placards in a prominent position and walk around the entire event ground during the judging period for the roaming judges
  • Restrictions:
    • Artwork cannot contain copyrighted and trademarked (registered or unregistered) materials not limited to logos, names, and brand names
    • Excessive violence is not allowed
    • Pornography is not allowed
    • Foul language is not allowed (acronyms like WTF are allowed)
    • Racist and political content or themes are not allowed
    • Sexually offensive content or themes are not allowed in any form
  • Placards will be judged on the following criteria:
    • 40% Originality
    • 30% Craftsmanship
    • 30% Overall Impact


Prizes


  • 1st Place
    • Three Thousand Pesos (PhP3,000.00) Cash
    • 1x Lineage II Gift Pack
    • 1x Top Grade Lifestone (Level 58)
    • 1x Commodore's Hat
  • 2nd Place
    • Two Thousand Pesos (PhP2,000.00) Cash
    • 1x Lineage II Gift Pack
    • 1x Top Grade Lifestone (Level 58)
    • 1x Commodore's Hat
  • 3rd Place
    • One Thousand Pesos (PhP1,000.00) Cash
    • 1x Lineage II Gift Pack
    • 1x Top Grade Lifestone (Level 58)
    • 1x Commodore's Hat
  • 4th to 10th Place
    • 1x Lineage II Gift Pack
    • 1x Enchant Weapon A (scroll)
    • 1x Commodore's Hat


* This contest is available at SM Mall of Asia only.

L2-SEA Launch: L2 Inspired Head Gear Contest

Create your Lineage II inspired headgear! The best hoods worn at the event will win cool Lineage II prizes!


Mechanics


  • To join, players must choose a headgear in-game and recreate it in-real-life
  • Participants will register at the headgear contest booth and give the following information
    • Name
    • Server
    • Username/Account ID
    • Character Name
    • Address
    • Mobile #
    • Email Address (used on your L2-SEA Account)
  • Registration is open from 11:00am ACT to 2:00pm ACT (SM MoA); 5:00pm ACT to 7:00pm ACT (Baguio City; Cebu City; Davao City)
  • Judging of headgears will be done by the roaming judges throughout the event, so make sure you wear those hats at all times
  • Costume parts from cosplay participants are not eligible to participate in this contest
  • Headgears will be judged based on the follwing criteria:
    • 40% Accuracy
    • 30% Craftsmanship
    • 20% Creativity
    • 10% Overall Appeal


Prizes

  • 1st Place
    • Three Thousand Pesos (PhP3,000.00) Cash
    • 1x Lineage II Gift Pack
    • 1x Top Grade Lifestone (Level 58)
    • Commodore's Hat
  • 2nd Place
    • Two Thousand Pesos (PhP2,000.00) Cash
    • 1x Lineage II Gift Pack
    • 1x Top Grade Lifestone (Level 58)
    • Commodore's Hat
  • 3rd Place
    • One Thousand Pesos (PhP1,000.00) Cash
    • 1x Lineage II Gift Pack
    • 1x Top Grade Lifestone (Level 58)
    • Commodore's Hat
  • 4th to 10th Place
    • 1x Lineage II Gift Pack
    • 1x Enchant Weapon A (scroll)
    • Commodore's Hat


* This contest is available in the Philippines only.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

L2-SEA Launch: Battle Tournament

Do you think you got what it takes to be the best player in Lineage II - South-East Asia? Form a team and show everybody how to play the best game in South-East Asia - the hardcore way!


Mechanics


  • Open to all players in groups of five (5) with characters at least level 20
  • Open to a maximum of eight (8) teams with groups of five (5) members each. Registration is on a first come, first served basis
  • Registration starts at 11:00am ACT and closes at 3:00pm ACT
  • Briefing starts at 3:30pm ACT while the tournament proper starts at 4:00pm ACT
  • A fifteen (15) minute allowance will be allotted for teams past 3:30pm ACT. All teams who are not present at the tournament area past 3:45pm ACT will be immediately disqualified
  • Registrants must fill in the following data when signing up:
    • Name
    • Server
    • Username/Account ID
    • Character Name
    • Address
    • Mobile #
    • Email Address (used on your L2-SEA Account)
    • Preferred Job Class
    • Character Level
    • Team Name
  • Party Composition: Teams will be subject to the following with regards to the composition of each group of five (5):
    • Characters classified by their levels will be counted as follows:
      • S-Grade 75-80: 80 Points
      • A-Grade 60-74: 30 Points
      • B-Grade 52-59: 20 Points
      • C-Grade 40-51: 10 Points
      • D-Grade 20-39: 5 Points
    • Parties of five (5) cannot exceed one hundred (100) points
      • Example #1: 230 Points (ineligible)
        • 1x Level 75 Necromancer = 80 points
        • 1x Level 75 Paladin = 80 points
        • 1x Level 74 Hawkeye = 30 points
        • 1x Level 59 Bishop = 20 points
        • 1x Level 59 Prophet = 20 points
      • Example #2: 100 Points (Qualified)
        • 1x Level 74 Spell Howler = 30 points
        • 1x Level 74 Hawkeye = 30 points
        • 1x Level 59 Bishop = 20 points
        • 1x Level 51 Overlord = 10 points
        • 1x Level 51 Warlord = 10 points
  • Participants must field at least three (3) but not more than five (5) members or lose eligibility to participate
  • All parties can field only one (1) healer class character (Shillien Elder, Elder, and Bishop)
  • Demonic Swords (Akamanah, Zarische) and Hero haracters are prohibited to be used in the tournament
  • The tournament will follow a single-round elimination death-match format
  • Each round will run for ten (10) minutes or until one side is completely wiped out
  • If there are still surviving members on both sides after ten (10) minutes have elapsed, the team with the most number of surviving members will be declared as the winner
  • If both sides have an equal number of surviving members, the team with the highest level average will be declared as the winner
  • The losers of the semi-final round will battle for 3rd place
  • All participants must obey the game marshals at any given time during the tournament especially during the briefing of instructions during the trounament proper. Failure to do so will amount to the following penalties:
    • 1st Offense: One character penalty for the current round
    • 2nd Offense: One character penalty for the current round
    • 3rd Offense: Team is disqualified
  • Players are expected to carry themselves in a respectable and sportsman-like manner. Any player caught trash-talking and/or using vulgar language in-game or otherwise will be penalized by immediate disqualificiation of his/her team
  • The decisions of the marshals preceding the tournament are final


Prizes


  • Grand Champion
    • Five Thousand Pesos (PhP5,000.00) Cash
    • 5x Lineage II Gift Packs
    • 5x Top Grade Lifestone (Level 58)
    • 5x Commodore's Hat
  • 2nd Place
    • Three Thousand Pesos (PhP3,000.00) Cash
    • 5x Lineage II Gift Packs
    • 5x Top Grade Lifestone (Level 58)
    • 5x Commodore's Hat
  • 3rd Place
    • Two Thousand Pesos (PhP2,000.00) Cash
    • 5x Lineage II Gift Packs
    • 5x Top Grade Lifestone (Level 58)
    • 5x Commodore's Hat



* This event is available at SM Mall of Asia (Megapolitan Manila) only.

L2-SEA Launch: Clan Rally

Gather your clan members in celebrating the launch and Lineage II will sponsor your clan's gimmick for the night!

Read on for the mechanics and prizes

Mechanics


  • Open to all clans with at least Clan Level 3 (CL3)
  • Participating clans must make and bring a clan flag based on their clan logo to the event with the following dimensions and format:
    • Dimension: 17x22 inches
      • Width: 17 inches
      • Height: 22 inches
    • Format: Vertical
    • Paper or Cloth
  • Clans without a flag will not be eligible for the Clan Rally contest
  • Clan Flag Restrictions
    • Must not contain copyrighted, trademarked (registered or not) logos, emblems, and graphic materials
    • No offensive graphical content
    • No pornography
    • No fould language
    • Must not have racist, political, religious, and sexist themes
  • Clans must submit their flags to the registration booth to be displayed on a center-piece in the event area
  • Clans must have a Clan Shout (Greetings, Cheer, BattleCry) - Clan Members will shout out when called to the stage
  • The Clan Shout must be submitted during registration, printed out on a letter-size (short) bond paper
  • Clan Shout Restrictions
    • Must not contain copyrighted slogans
    • No sexual innuendos
    • No foul language
    • Must not have racist, political, and sexist themes
  • Clans must submit their roster who are present in the event to the Clan Rally booth. The roster submitted is final and no changes will be honoured once it is approved
  • Members can only be registered on one clan and only once
  • For the roster to be approved, a call-out/headcount will be done to confirm the validity of the roster
  • Each clan member must fill in the following data during registration:
    • Name
    • Server
    • Username/Account ID
    • Clan Name
    • Character Name
    • Address
    • Mobile #
    • Emai Address (used on your L2-SEA Account)
  • Registration closes at exactly 4:00pm ACT. Late registrants will not be accomodated.
  • Clan members will be verified and tallied after registration is closed
  • Clans must be at the event grounds from 6:00pm ACT onwards
  • Criteria:
    • 60% Clan Attendance
    • 20% Clan Flag
    • 10% Audience Impact of Clan Shout
    • 10% Originality of Clan Shout


Prizes


  • 20x Enchant Weapon A (scroll)
  • Ten Thousand Pesos (PhP10,000.00) cash


* Currently open for all Philippine venues only.
* Additional details will be provided later for the Singapore-Malaysia Launch at Kuala Lumpur.


Lineage II - South-East Asia Commercial Launch!

The much awaited Lineage II - South-East Asia (L2-SEA) Commercial Launch is a month away! It will be on Saturday, 12th January 2008, simultaneously launching in three countries in the ASEAN region - Singapore, Philippines, and Malaysia!!


The venues for the celebrations are:

  • Megapolitan Manila - SM Mall of Asia
  • Baguio City*
  • Cebu City*
  • Davao City*
  • Kuala Lumpur*

* Details will be provided later.

Early Bird Rewards (Available at All Launch Venues)
  • Open to the first fifty (50) Registrants for Megapolitan Manila and Kuala Lumpur
  • Open to the first thirty (30) Registrants for Baguio City, Cebu City, and Davao City
  • Entries to be filled out upon registration are the following:
    • Name
    • Server
    • Username/Account ID
    • Character Name
    • Address
    • Mobile #
    • Email Address (used on your L2-SEA Account)


Prizes:
  • 1x Lineage II Gift Pack
  • 1x Enchant Armour A (scroll)

(In-Game Prizes will be given after the event with coordination with the L2-SEA GameMasters [GMs])

Monday, December 17, 2007

NCsoft Reveals The Kamael, the Largest Lineage II Expansion

Epic Game adds All-New Race, Lands, Fortress Battles

AUSTIN, Texas, December 13, 2007–NCsoft® today announced the release of Kamael, the newest and largest addition to the Lineage® II franchise. At more than 1 Gigabyte, Kamael is the largest expansion ever for the massively multiplayer online PC game and adds an entirely new playable race, new lands, ongoing fortress battles, instanced dungeons and new account services to the game, which has continued to increase in depth and story.

The huge Kamael expansion is free to all current Lineage II subscribers. Lineage II is known as the gaming market’s premier player-versus-player (PvP) MMO, and since its launch in late 2003, has reached more than 17 million players worldwide.


The main feature of the expansion is a new playable race called the Kamael, one-winged soldiers who control a form of dark magic and are presented in different class paths based on gender, with both male and female characters possessing distinct combat abilities. The ultimate goal of the Kamael warriors, born on the Isle of Souls, is to earn a second wing and reach the powerful “final form.”

Adding to the intrigue and massive battles Lineage II is known for are clan-based, daily fortress battles. Smaller in scale to the enormous castle sieges, the fortress battles will allow smaller clans to gain a foothold on territory and elevating their clan in the larger political and military background.

Highlights for veteran players of the game include the addition of lands for those above level 70, Hellbound and the Isle of Prayer. Also coming soon, highly-requested game features such as character server transfers, name changes and gender changes will become available for purchase.

Newer players will enjoy new items and enhancements that will aid the solo play experience for those at lower levels, helping to make Lineage II more accessible without diluting the challenge for which the game is well known.

“The Kamael expansion is so epic that it is hard to pin down which feature is the most exciting,” said Tim Tan, NCsoft’s North American producer of Lineage II. “The new Kamael race is very unique and adds a new world of playability to the game. The new high-level lands will benefit our longtime players seeking harder challenges, while the new-player and soloing features will make getting to the heart of the game easier for more players. The sheer amount of content in this expansion is unbelievable and I really look forward to seeing the players’ response.”

Additional new features include a set of instanced dungeons and new item slots and items that include new more powerful weapons and armor. Instanced dungeons provide players a place where they can hunt by themselves, untouched by players or creatures. There are two different kinds of Instanced Dungeons: one that requires a quest to enter, and the other that requires the acquisition of a castle or fortress to enter.

Also, when players tackle particularly challenging adventures or overcome monstrous bosses, they can capture the moment on video with the game’s newly polished record and replay system that allows players to speed up or slow down their footage when they view their captured battles.

Lineage II is available digitally in The Epic Collection edition, which includes the original game plus all five expansions in one box at the PlayNC® online store for an estimated street price of US$29.99. To purchase the game or other Lineage II merchandise, go to the PlayNC store at: https://store.plaync.com.

To find out more please visit the Lineage II web site at: www.lineage2.com.

The game is rated Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.


About NCsoft
NCsoft North America is headquartered in Austin, Texas and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation. NCsoft, with its own development and publishing offices in Texas and California, also works with other NCsoft subsidiaries and third party developers throughout North America to develop and publish innovative online entertainment software products. The company has successfully launched multiple online titles and continues to support its franchises that include Lineage®/Lineage II, City of Heroes®/City of Villains®, Guild Wars®/Guild Wars Factions®/Guild Wars Nightfall®, Guild Wars: Eye of the North™, Dungeon Runners and Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa®. More information about NCsoft can be found at http://www.PlayNC.com.

NCsoft, the interlocking NC logo, PlayNC, Lineage, City of Heroes, City of Villains, Guild Wars, Guild Wars Factions, Guild Wars Nightfall, Guild Wars: Eye of the North, Dungeon Runners, Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa and all associated logos and designs are trademarks or registered trademarks of NCsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Friday, November 16, 2007

One day to go before Etherian Wars!

Helpful reminders for the Gludio Castle event.

With just one day remaining before the attack of Gludio Castle to celebrate the launch of Etherian Wars, the best clans of both Aria and Blackbird are in high gear for the preparation of the opening day of the biggest Castle Siege in South-East Asia! A total of 37 valiant clans from both worlds (as of 4:00pm ACT, November 16, 2007) are preparing with their superior tactics to claim the glory of being the strongest amongst others.


To prepare for this momentous event, we will be scheduling preventive maintenance on the servers two (2) hours before the siege time. Blackbird server will be restarting at 1:00pm ACT while Aria at 4:00pm ACT on the said date. Regular in-game announcements will be conducted to advise the players currently logged-on the servers at that time.

We also advise the following reminders for the players to make this event a success:
  1. To minimize lag and stress on the worlds, players who are not registered in the event are advised to use the Broadcasting Towers in their respective towns to view the Castle Siege action. This will also prevent a character from being killed by unfriendly fire and lose large amount of XP.
  2. You can use "Alt+P" to minimize the frames and reduce stress on your PC.
  3. Avoid spamming and unnecessary use of skills for the benefit of other players.
  4. Have fun! By the end of the day, a success of one clan is the success of the whole world noting that this is the first time that the Castle Siege feature was activated.


Please pass these reminders to all of your friends and let's start the Etherian Wars with a bang! Enjoy!!

Top clans prepare for War!

The fiercest clans of both Aria and Blackbird servers are gearing up for th eCastle Siege Launch event! As of 3:00pm ACT, November 16, 2007, twenty (20) clans from Aria and seventeen (17) clans from Blackbird have registered their participation for the attack of Gludio Castle to be held this November 17!


Aria

Clan NameName of Lord
InquisitionBromoThymolBlue
BeyondKetr
WolfHajima
NightclubCoCoSweEtiE
vozRockie
AstronixVindex
REDforestRedForest
ShAdowzViNo
YakuzAChipMunk
SignumViresLordPopoi
RektaOrcOrc
arenaXLUraGoN
MythMouse
LegionnairesDio
TemplarsAshram
WarPigsSnqlad
CanesVenaticiKaliel
BattleMasterZarich
Upheaval88lize
DesertWorldDeathSpark

Blackbird

Clan NameName of Lord
EnomenosLoLoTemYo
PatienceRampage
Divinitymutton
InfinityLateComer
DahMuHoYunie09
camaradaBiogesic
REVELATIONalmo
SilverBladesEon001
UnToUcHabLesAdik
AftermathNunoSaPunso
JudgementUrotsokidoji
lSaintslSinnersljohnlaine
ForgottenHerodarkgoddess
RecklezzChingChong
ImmortaLslzza0tsoqaAdrian
UnsealFamilySummonSelf
StonecrossTaliesen


Don't miss this epic battle! Other interested clans who are level 4 and above can still register by having their Clan lords talk with Sir Tyrone of Gludio Castle until 2:59pm (Blackbird) and 5:59pm (Aria) on November 17. Registration for the siege is important to be able to claim the castle and prevent large XP loss when killed inside the castle premises.

Want to experience the battle but do not have enough levels? You can view the whole event by accessing the Broadcasting Towers of your respective areas during the duration of the siege. Just click on Gludio Castle and witness the action! Our Siege Centre commentator will be there to provide the community with a blow-by-blow account of what is happening using the System and Hero channels so make sure you enable these in your chat options.

The calm before the storm

By Elrohir
(Elrohir is one of the GameMasters of L2-SEA)

AS I walk the world of Ether I bear witness to a changing age. 'Till recently there were wars and blood feuds between the clans.


Fighting could break out at any place and at any time. Conflicts between races, large or small, were commonplace. Life was a struggle not only to succeed but also to survive. Then a sudden peace came. Violence was avoided even among the clans. In effect, commerce flourished. Towns were flocked by adventurers and merchants alike selling weapons and wares. Deals were brokered on every street corner. Adena changed hands in a blink of an eye. Several major thoroughfares were blocked by the sheer number of stalls. Even the Monster Race Track, a common meeting point, had to turn down patrons and expel those who get in the way.

But until when would this peace last? Already vassals, knights, and lords gather in clan halls. They meet in private to make plans. The members train themselves, fighting mythical beasts and spar amongst one another. Clans and alliances stockpile arms and resources. Smithies are fired up to make new and powerful equipment. Dungeons long silent were invaded by a sudden rush of fortune seekers going deeper into chambers that was ‘till now remained undisturbed. They plumb the depths for artifacts that are unparalleled when put beside those made in recent years. Even the cursed weapons, the Demon Sword Zariche and the Blood Sword Akamanah, have resurfaced and quickly change hands between those who crave power. It seems that conflict is avoided only because they wasted well needed resources. This is but the calm before the storm, each leader waiting as the lordship of Gludio Castle will be in contention.

I can only continue to walk, to watch. The future is in the hands of those who will take part. Those who are worthy shall weather the storm. Those most powerful can change the tides of fate.

This new era will start with the siege of Gludio.

Elrohir

Thursday, November 15, 2007

L2-SEA Castle Siege Schedule

Launch Event Siege

Siege event launch on November 17 at Gludio Castle

  • Aria - 6:00pm ACT

  • Blackbird - 3:00pm ACT




Regular Siege Schedule
Saturday, 8:00pm ACT
(every other Saturday starting on November 24, 2007)

  • Aden Castle

  • Goddard Castle

  • Oren Castle

  • Giran Castle

  • Dion Castle



Sunday, 4:00pm ACT
(every other Sunday starting on November 25, 2007)

  • Rune Castle

  • Schuttgart Castle

  • Innadril Castle

  • Gludio Castle




Siege Centre Field Report: Castle Siege Tips by Solarius

A casual player in Blackbird server, Solarius (not his IGN name) is a frequent poster in the official forums. He was also a player of Lineage II NA in Erica server before he and his friends transferred to Lineage II South-East Asia.



* August 13, 2005 Invincible Alliance sieging Aden Castle by Pakk



Castle Siege Tips
By Solarius

1) Register in time - the NPCs for castle sieges require clans to preregister either for defense or offense
2) Know the castle layout - use google the layouts are there, it’s best that people in your clan know where to go and what to do
3) Know your enemy - estimate their average level, based from the armors they used and the skills available to them, understand the classes they used, who’s the overlord, who’s using mass root, etc. to identify who and what to kill first
4) use voice chat - honestly if u live in a cave and you don’t know what teamspeak and ventrilo are, you're out of your mind. The best clans in the world use voice chat for coordination and quick tactical thinking. If you find your clan unable to use these tools, prepare to pay the price of exp loss in a siege

* Ventrilo (Vent) - http://www.ventrilo.com
* TeamSpeak (TS) - http://www.goteamspeak.com

What’s the difference between the two of them? Well ts is easier to configure, but vent has better sound quality.

5) change your clan leader before the siege - honestly, he's the only one who can capture the castle, you don’t want 300 players from the opposite side spiking him with damage, so it’s best to transfer leadership to someone else before you siege. It's another element of surprise
6) for defense - use castle NPCs, they're expensive but they're a good distraction for some noobcakes trying to break your defense
7) explain the rewards to your clan mates - honestly, if they don't know why they are sieging in the first place, they would not follow you and a clan that doesn’t siege is in fact a carebear clan, no offense to carebears.

Benefits of winning a siege
1) rep points for clan upgrade (2k rep from what some people told me or lesser)
2) able to tax the town (25% tax will piss alot of people and u might get overthrown, i think 13-15% is good) --> THIS IS A LOT OF MONEY make sure the money is distributed evenly or used for clan logistics
3) manor system - clan leader gets to sell seeds, its like the spoil skill for dwarf classes, it increases the item drop and some exchange items etc etc basically another cash cow
4) bragging rights - depending on the duration of the next siege, like in NA its 2 weeks, you have 2 weeks of utter trashtalking your weak opponents =P
5) Lineage started the siege system - its a FACT
6) Cool headgears and wyvern access for castle lord (yum yum)

What happens if you lose:
1) If the siege was well coordinated, planned out, everyone followed orders and used voice chat or played in one iCafe, thats ok, it only proves everyone needs to improve their toon, this basically means that before you siege make sure everyone is ready (e.g people are well geared, lots of pots, etc.)
2) You also lose rep points when u lose - this I have yet to confirm since the sieges I've join in NA, we haven't lost so im not sure if this is true
3) Don’t die a lot YOU ALSO LOSE XP DURING SIEGES - it may not as be as big as a normal death when there is no castle siege, but dont risk urself acting like Rambo infornt of your enemy
4) If you lose, its gonna hurt your pride, hell everyone's pride – a lot of people have done sieges from other games before, so they know about this. Some people unfortunately can’t handle the pressure =P

Finale:
That’s all I can share for now, I bet a lot of people may share other inputs with regards to the siege, again everyone will have a try this Nov. 17 and I wish all the clans good luck =P

Last tip:
Someone asked what was the best castle in the game, it’s Aden- besides being cool and ass kicking beautiful, it receives taxes from other castles under its territory (Gludio, Dion, Giran, Innadril.

Siege Centre is looking for Field Reporters!

Take part of the Etherian Wars action using your pen as your weapon.


In line with our effort to bring the community with the latest updates for Etherian Wars, Lineage II SEA is looking for in-game field reporters to share the hottest developments in the battle of the clans. Who is the most formidable alliance of the server? What were the superior tactics exhibited in the conquering of Aden castle? You can write any theme that is related with the Etherian Wars. This is your story and the community wants to hear about it!

Think you got what it takes? Post your report in the Castle siege section of the official message boards and if Siege Centre chooses your article, it will be published in the website with your character name as the scribe. The Siege Centre will also pick the best entry every month and the contributor will receive cool L2 merchandise!

Lineage II South-East Asia Castle Siege Opens on November 17

The biggest and baddest castle siege in South-East Asia is set to open in all servers as nine castles all over Aden and Elmore will be opened for seizing every other Saturday and Sunday starting November 17!


Aside from superior tactics, in-depth knowledge about the situation is a tremendous advantage for any army. The Siege Centre makes sure that you equip yourselves with the important information about this new, exciting feature. It will also give you latest news on the progress of the clans and the competitions between alliances.


So, take up your weapon and wear your strongest armor. The Battle for Dominance is about to begin!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Lineage II Event - Clan 10




These days, Ether’s nobility holds little power when it comes to how each of the kingdoms are being ran. Cabals were formed and within those Cabals were the clans.

Clans hold much power in the two continents that the lords of the land have very high respect for these organizations. It is this very reason why the lords of Aden and Elmore combined resources to sponsor special clans. For within these clans, they know they would be able to keep their hold amongst the people of Ether.


Mechanics

* Open to all Etherians in groups of 10(ten)
* Form a clan with 10(ten) members
* Race to level 20(twenty) with first job class
* Take a screenshot with all the members present (make sure not to edit the screenshot)
* Write a background story of how your clan was formed. Make sure that the story is based on the Lineage II lore.
* Requirements for submission:
o Name of clan, clan leader and list of members. (Make sure that you write the names as is or you will be disqualified)
o Server where the clan is located
o Background story of the clan in word format (all entries must be submitted in English)
o Clan emblem (logo) in jpeg format (3x3 in)
o Screenshot of the whole clan (do not edit the screenshot)
* Email all entries to [email protected] (last day of submission: August 16, 2007)
* All entries submitted are subject to our verification
* 20 clans on each server would get a chance to win a customized Lineage II T-shirts with their Clan Emblem as part of the design of the shirt.
* A clan can win in either of two categories:
o Community Choice
o Publisher’s Choice

* For Publisher’s Choice, entries will be judged based on:
o Name of Clan – 25% ( How unique or original your clan name would be)
o Clan Emblem – 25% ( How unique or original your clan emblem would be)
o Background Story – 25% ( How creative, and original the story would be)
o Screenshot Pose – 25% (How photogenic are your characters)

* For Community Choice:
o A poll will be placed in our Lineage II community forum for voting. Etherians would base their votes on the same categories as editor’s choice.
* All winners will be notified by email

Metro Manila winners can claim their prizes at the Asian Media Office located at 8/F Octagon Centre Building, San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines 1605. For provincial winners, prizes will be couriered to the Clan Leader. For Singapore and Malaysia, prizes can be claimed at the office of Cube Tech.



Saturday, July 28, 2007

Lineage II South-East Asia Open Beta Test - August 1, 2007 Wednesday

The Open Beta Test, the much awaited phase in any online games (where characters are not wiped anymore [unless something really bad happened during this phase]) will start on August 1, 2007, 1:00pm ACT (ASEAN Common Time).

Quoted from the official website:

The Race to Rule Kingdoms Begins!

Lineage II - South-East Asia (L2-SEA) will launch Open Beta Test on August 1, 2007 at 1:00pm ACT.

Evolve from your old gaming habits. Explore graphic intense lands and characters. Experience satisfaction like no other.

To register for an account go to lineage2.ph / lineage2.com.sg / lineage2.com.my and click on the "My Account" button. So enter Ether and explore the world of Lineage II.

Your move... n00b!



See you all in-game!




Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Lineage II - South-East Asia 1st Ever EVENT - The Glimpse's End

Lineage II - South-East Asia or simply L2-SEA is going to hold an event in less than 18 hours from now entitled "The Glimpse's End". This will be L2-SEA's first ever event since they started their Closed Beta Test (CBT).

It is interesting to note that veteran Lineage II players have been waiting for events like this one from their old servers, and now, the whole world has set their eyes on L2-SEA to witness not just the event, but the service of AsianMedia. But, so far so good for them, the GameMasters (GMs) and Customer Support (CS) are getting nothing but positive feedback. Some members of the L2-SEA Community were even amazed that they are already implementing their Game Policies during CBT (Game Policy implementation usually starts with Open Beta).

Here are the details of "The Glimpse's End", the event that will mark the end of L2-SEA CBT, and will mark the beginning of a new world for all Lineage II fans in the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia - Lineage II - South-East Asia, an Official and Legal Lineage II Server.






The Glimpse's End

As the Closed Beta Test ends, we invite players to partake in a new journey into the Lineage 2 community. The end is coming close and a new dawn of gaming experience will arrive.

The war between Shilen against the gods had turned. With the combined powers of Einhasad and Gran Kain, Shilen had to think of a different strategy to win the war.

To distract the gods from their battle, Shilen sent out her army down to Ether to wreak havoc among the Etherians. The gods were in conflict. On one hand, they want to help the Etherians with their fight against the demons, on the other hand, though greatly diminished Shilen’s army was still strong. They have kept the onslaught on both heaven and Ether with no trace of giving up.

Caught by surprise, the Etherians ran amok as monster, demons and dragons invaded the different towns and cities of the continent. Even with the giants’ help in organizing the different races, they were still outmatched against Shilen’s army.

Cities were being destroyed one after another. And the Etherians have no other choice but flee their homes.

But who would help them? Who would stand strong amidst the chaos and lead the races to a safe haven? Would you be that person?

Be immortalized in the pages of the Chronicles. Be there for the exodus on the last hours of Closed Beta! Join us and retain your username, password and character names on Open Beta.

Prizes

• Retention of your Closed Beta Accounts to Open Beta. Plus the retention of your closed beta character names to Open Beta.
• All you have to do is be online in the last hours of the last day of Closed Beta (6:00PM to server shutdown), July 25, 2007 and join the exodus from the towns in chaos to a safe haven.


Visit the Official Website(s) here:
Singapore
Philippines
Malaysia


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Official Music Video of Lineage II South-East Asia - Pasan by CallaLily

This is the Official Music Video of Lineage II South-East Asia entitled "Pasan" by "Calla Lily".




Online Videos by Veoh.com

Check out more L2-SEA Videos at following links:
Channel: AsianMedia @Veoh.com;
Series: Lineage II South-East Asia.

* Veoh.com allows anyone to upload and download high-quality videos fast and without a hassle. I got my own copy of the videos now.

You should too!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Winners of the gameshogun.ws Lineage II South-East Asia Closed Beta giveaway!

Here are the winners of the 25 Lineage II South-East Asia Closed Beta Test accounts giveaway by gameshogun.ws Blognet are:




Congratulations to all the winners! You will receive your L2-SEA CBT invites from AsianMedia soon!
Visit the official website: Lineage II South-East Asia Official Website.

Check out all the other feeds you can subscribed to via RSS/Atom or email! CLICK ME!.

The Winners of the YOUr Lineage Lineage II South-East Asia Contest

Here are the correct answers and winners of the YOUr Lineage Lineage II South-East Asia Closed Beta Test giveaway contest!


The correct answers are:
Q: Who is the lead designer of the Triple-A MMORPG Lineage II? (Richard Garriott, Ronald Aquino, Raoul Kim)
A: Raoul Kim


Richard Garriott is the legendary father of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) launching the first MMORPG Ultima Online based from his blockbuster hit series Ultima (Akalabeth, Ultima I to Ultima IX). He merged his new gaming company DestinationGames with NCsoft to form NCsoft Austin, and is now working on his new title Tabula Rasa.


Ronald Aquino is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of AsianMedia, the only non-NCsoft company granted by NCsoft to publish and distribute Lineage II in South-East Asia.


Raoul Kim is the correct answer. He is the lead designer of the Triple-A MMORPG Lineage II.


Q: Who wrote the book Lineage where the highly acclaimed MMORPGs Lineage and Lineage II were based from? (Sin Il-suk, Kim Sokpom, Lee Insong)
A: Sin Il-suk



  • Lineage and Lineage II were based from the book entitled "Lineage" written by Sin Il-suk.

  • Kim Sokpom, one of the most influential Korean writers in Japan.

  • Lee Insong is the leading writer of experimental fiction in Korea.




Q: Lineage II is a prequel of Lineage, true or false?
A: True


gameshogun.ws Blognet: Lineage II is actually a prequel, set in the same Kingdom of Aden 150 years before Lineage, to a time when the world was still (as NCsoft puts it) "in much more turmoil".


Q: Lineage II Interlude is Chronicle 6, true or false?
A: False


gameshogun.ws Blognet: According to "The Making of Lineage II The Chaotic Throne", Chronicle 5 closed "The Chaotic Chronicle" Saga and Interlude opens the door to a new Saga, "The Chaotic Throne", serving as the bridge, linking the two Sagas together.


Q: What is the title of the latest Saga of Lineage II?
A: The Chaotic Throne


gameshogun.ws Blognet: "The Chaotic Throne" is the name of the 2nd Saga of Lineage II. "The Chaotic Chronicle" is the 1st Saga which ended with "Chronicle 5: Oath of Blood". "Interlude" is the introduction to the 2nd Saga and also serves as a bridge between the 1st and 2nd Sagas.




With the answers revealed and explained, the winners of the YOUr Lineage (part of the gameshogun.ws Blognetwork) Lineage II South-East Asia Closed Beta Test Contest are:

  1. Christian Prieto, from the Philippines, with 5 points

  2. Eric Agusila Alcoseba, from the Philippines, with 5 points

  3. Andrew Tan Khin Huat, from Malaysia, with 5 points

  4. Geffrey C. Senolos, from the Philippines, with 5 points

  5. Cornelio Rebuldela, from the Philippines, with 4 points

  6. Gelo Esguerra, from the Philippines, with 4 points

  7. Averyl Ong, from the Philippines, with 4 points

  8. Elrica Gosiengfiao, from the Philippines, with 4 points

  9. Frederick Lo, from the Philippines, with 4 points

  10. Fred Derick De Hitta Gacosta, from the Philippines, with 3 points

  11. Marc Anthony V. Ayala, from the Philippines, with 3 points

  12. Ads Lou Secaluya of the PNOY Alliance guild, from the Philippines, with 3 points

  13. Renee Rose Gabalonzo, from the Philippines, with 3 points

  14. Louman Secaluya, from the Philippines, with 3 points

  15. Tom Pulvers of the HappyTreeFriends Alliance, from the Philippines, with 3 points

  16. Iam Madla, from the Philippines, with 3 points

  17. Abner Cimafranca Jr., from the Philippines, with 1 point

  18. Jayson B. Salinas, from the Philippines, with 1 point



Congratulations to all the winners! You will receive your L2-SEA CBT invites from AsianMedia soon!
Visit the official website: Lineage II South-East Asia Official Website.

Monday, July 02, 2007

25 Lineage II South-East Asia Closed Beta Test accounts giveaway!


All the contests are now over. The winners are:
YOUr Lineage L2-SEA CBT giveaway contest Winners;
gameshogun.ws Blognet L2-SEA CBT giveaway Winners.





gameshogun.ws Blognet is giving away another 25 slots for the L2-SEA CBT. The mechanics are simple:

Just subscribe to any of our syndications or feeds via RSS/ATOM or email (our list of Feeds -> http://gameshogun.ws/?disp=feeds), then email us the following info at [email protected]:

1) Full Real Name:
2) Email Address*:
3) Which Feed you subscribed to:
4) Mobile Number*:
5) Country:

* All information will be kept strictly confidential. The information you will send will only be used by AsianMedia.

That is all you have to do to get that guaranteed slot. This is a first-come-first-serve promo.

Deadline is on July 8, 2007 1159H ACT (ASEAN Common Time).

All winners will be posted on July 9, 2007 ACT.



Wednesday, June 27, 2007

1st Throne: The Kamael

Riritia, a huge fan of Lineage II, posted translations of the next expansion of Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne, 1st Throne: The Kamael. Some of the details are:




  • New Playable Race: The Kamael

  • New Island: Soul Island (Kamael)

  • New Continent: Novy Continent

  • New Nation: Garcia

  • New underwater dungeon

  • Transformation feature

  • L2 gods will make an appearance



And lots more...




Read the full translation here: 1st Throne: The Kamael.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

1st Throne: The Kamael - New Territories

Here's a video I found showing the new territories in Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne, 1st Throne: The Kamael.





Tuesday, June 19, 2007

AsianMedia serves up great online gaming with Lineage II’s Philippine servers



ASIAN MEDIA Development Group (AsianMedia) jumps headlong into the big leagues with the much anticipated Triple-A online game, Lineage II™ on its new Philippine server.

AsianMedia acquired distribution rights in South-East Asia for the medieval fantasy MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) from Korean gaming giant NCsoft. With Lineage II™, regional gamers are finally getting what they have long been seeking – a challenging and immersive online game that delivers premium content.

AsianMedia President, Felizardo de la Merced stated that “AsianMedia is committed to raising the bar for online games within the region by providing top-rate content with the IT infrastructure to back it up.”

The company expects the burgeoning market for online games within the region to generate annual revenues of US$141 million by 2010.


Building the foundation for great online gaming
AsianMedia has made substantial investments to house top-of-the-line gaming infrastructure for Lineage II in the Philippines, which will serve as the hub for the hundreds of thousands of gamers expected within the South-East Asian region.

AsianMedia recently chose HP as its technology provider to ensure the highest satisfaction for Lineage II gamers in the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia. HP will provide AsianMedia with an online gaming infrastructure solution consisting of ProLiant and BladeSystem servers, StorageWorks data and network storage solutions, networking products, and services.

Information and Communications Technology Head, Apol Salud points out that Lineage II will be the first MMORPG to use HP’s Blade Server in the Philippines. “HP blade servers will allow AsianMedia to provide virtually unlimited expansion for Lineage II in terms of capacity of gamers and game content, while minimizing the amount of downtime for maintenance and upgrades,” he says.

“The Lineage II servers are also tightly integrated with Telco grade network equipments from Cisco Systems to increase its efficiency in handling large amounts of data traffic,” continues Apol.

“This allows ‘direct peering’ with our partner telecommunication companies such as PLDT DSL, Globe DSL, Telekom Malaysia, and SingTel so, in effect, our servers’ capacity for high volume traffic matches that used by the telcos themselves,” he adds.

“We have a true ‘world server’ capable of maintaining the highest quality of service and performance, whether it is accommodating a single user or 100,000 concurrent users,” Mr. Salud states.

To complement its gaming infrastructure, AsianMedia has also set up a 24/7 customer service center using Dell servers to address regional and local gamers’ concerns.


Delivering the goods to gamers
AsianMedia Chief Operating Officer, Ronald Allan Aquino is confident that Lineage II will quickly win the hearts and minds of gamers throughout the South-East Asian region.

“We have a great product in Lineage II and we’ve done everything we can to ensure that we provide the best gaming experience possible to those who log in to our servers to play,” says Aquino.

“This is the kind of game where you simply cannot afford to be lagged if you expect to get anywhere in PvP (Player-versus-Player) or PvE (Player-versus-Environment) scenarios. We are indeed fortunate to be working with only the best IT solution providers so our gamers can have the same great experience whether they’re in Malaysia, Singapore or the Philippines,” he adds.

Lineage II has drawn millions of loyal fans worldwide with its combination of fantasy combat and the unique social/political/economic power struggles developed through the community and by the in-game actions of individual gamers.

Gamers may play alone or as part of a group to fight monsters and complete quests for new skills, experience points, and items. Lineage II also features siege warfare; but to make sure PvP stays under control, the design includes a Karma system that provides negative consequences for killing other players when they do not fight back.

Lineage II features greatly improved third-person 3D graphics thanks to the Unreal Engine developed by Epic Games.


About AsianMedia
Established in 1999, Asian Media Development Group, previously known as AMDG, built up a nationwide sales and distribution network for licensed PC games which penetrated more than 90% of internet cafes in the Philippines. Expanding into the online gaming market in 2007, the company adopted a vibrant new logo and re-emerged as AsianMedia to reflect its commitment to providing the best online gaming experience for regional gamers. To learn more, visit AsianMedia.ph.


Monday, June 18, 2007

Official Lineage II South-East Asia Pre-CBT Website Now Up

Long-time fans of the Triple-A MMOG from NCsoft - Lineage II, requested for a website and forums they can all go to and mingle with their fellow fans since the public first heard about the agreement between NCsoft and AsianMedia - to publish Lineage II in South-East Asia, primarily for Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore.

At long last, it is here. AsianMedia just launched a few hours ago the Pre-Closed Beta Test website of Lineage II South-East Asia (L2-SEA). The CBT form is up and working, the forums is now open to the public, and there is even a page for iCafe Owners to sign-up their Cafe branch/chain to be come an Affiliate or Partner for L2-SEA.

'nuff words... go visit the official Pre-CBT Website of Lineage II South-East Asia -> AsianMedia.ph/lineage2/.





Saturday, June 16, 2007

Lineage II South-East Asia Closed Beta Test Contest


All the contests are now over. The winners are:
YOUr Lineage L2-SEA CBT giveaway contest Winners;
gameshogun.ws Blognet L2-SEA CBT giveaway Winners.





gameshogun.ws Blognet is giving away 25 L2-SEA CBT Invites! Just answer 5 simple questions and you will get a chance to win one of the 25 invites we will give away to the top 25 entries with the most correct answers!!

The L2-SEA CBT invites was provided by AsianMedia, the only NCsoft authorized publisher of Lineage II&#00AE; in South-East Asia.

Just download this Word 2007 or Word 2003 document for the questions. Answer as many correct answers as you can then send the file back to [email protected] Deadline of entries is on Friday, July 8, 2007. Submitting five times will get you disqualified, do not spam us with your entries because ONLY your FIRST submission will be considered.



Note: These files were compressed using 7-zip. These can be extracted using 7-zip, WinRAR, or any extraction application that supports 7-zip (or .7z).



Additional information: 7-zip is a freeware product that does the compression job better and more effectively than its shareware predecessors like WinRAR. It has become the compression format of choice in the gaming community, resulting to its shareware counterparts to support extraction of the .7z compression format. You should test it yourself and see with your own eyes, then make that switch!! Get 7-zip here.


Also posted on: The Gaming Realm (NOTE: YOUr Lineage is part of the gameshogun.ws Blognetwork, all entries from these blogs are counted together, you do not need to submit twice).



Saturday, June 09, 2007

Anticipation heats up for Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne

A new saga unfolds as 'Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne' arrives in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines simultaneously with the rest of the world. The much anticipated Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG), created by Korean gaming giant NCsoft and distributed in the South-East Asian region by Asian Media Development Group (AsianMedia) has a plethora of new features designed to appeal to the franchise’s millions of fans as well as those entering the world of Lineage II™ for the first time.


The first saga of Lineage II, called 'The Chaotic Chronicle' recently came to its conclusion with the end of its last chronicle, 'Oath of Blood'. Currently, Lineage II fans are whetting their appetite for the game with 'Interlude,' a transitional expansion between the old set of chronicles (The Chaotic Chronicle) and the new saga (The Chaotic Throne). The medieval fantasy MMORPG has drawn millions of loyal fans attracted to Lineage II’s combination of fantasy combat and the unique social/political/economic power struggles developed through the community and by the in-game actions of individual gamers.

Gamers may play alone or as part of a group to fight monsters and complete quests for new skills, experience points, and items. Lineage II also features siege warfare; but to make sure PvP stays under control, the design includes a Karma system that provides negative consequences for killing other players when they do not fight back.

Lineage II features greatly improved third-person 3D graphics thanks to the Unreal Engine developed by Epic Games.



Making sense of The Chaotic Throne

Lead Game Designer of Lineage II, Jae-Hyuk Han, in an interview for MMORPG.com, reveals that 'The Chaotic Throne' will not merely be a continuation of the previous chronicles but a bold new gaming experience for both new and old fans of Lineage II. 'In the previous Chronicles, we focused on general MMORPG content such as PvE, PvP, Castle Sieges, etc. Starting with Interlude, we are considering larger scale content based on the foundation that we have made so far,' he says. Chronicles are large-scale updates to Lineage II done every half year which gamers may download for free in the form of a patch. Each chronicle also adds a great deal of new content to the game, including new skills, quests, areas and items.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Understanding local gamers key to AsianMedia's success

ASIAN Media Development Group’s (AsianMedia) move towards online games is welcome news for the Filipino gaming community which is hungry for quality online games. AsianMedia’s partnership with Korean gaming giant, NCsoft to distribute Lineage II in Southeast Asia opens doors for Filipino gamers to experience bigger and better games at their own terms.

As AsianMedia Chief Operating Officer, Ronald Allan Aquino comments, “Our extensive market research into local gaming behavior confirms that Pinoy gamers are ready, willing and eager to experience a higher caliber of gaming content.”

Lineage II, the medieval fantasy MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) has drawn millions of loyal fans worldwide to its combination of fantasy combat. Its unique social/ political/economic power struggles developed through the community and by the in-game actions of individual gamers are anticipated to appeal especially to Filipinos.


“Lineage II is an excellent game to spearhead our efforts towards continuously providing cutting-edge online games,” says Aquino. “Each new chronicle in Lineage II is truly massive in scope and offers new twists that will keep gamers immersed in the game.”

Marketing to a Philippine Gaming Community
In a move to make the game accessible to more Filipino gamers, access to Lineage II’s Philippine servers will be available on a prepaid card system which will allow gamers to determine the amount of time they play Lineage II.

“For now, we’re focusing on the Pay-to-Play (P2P) business model as opposed to the Free-to-Play (F2P) model because P2P games tend to attract more gamers who are prepared to commit to the game and thereby develop a sense of loyalty to the brand,” says Aquino.

Although most online gaming in the Philippines is concentrated within Metro Manila, AsianMedia will market Lineage II throughout the Philippines by tapping its existing distribution network for popular PC games like Counterstrike and GuildWars among internet gaming cafes spread throughout the country.

“Lineage II has a unique community building component and it would not be farfetched to imagine competition among clans from different provinces as well as different countries like Malaysia and Singapore who will also be playing Lineage II from the same server,” he continues.

“In terms of content, we also believe that Philippine gamers are willing to pay for superior quality game content, something which Lineage II is already known for throughout the world,” adds Aquino.

With regular updates or expansions to the game, unceasing game content development, and frequent in-game promotional events to keep gamers on their collective toes, Lineage II is particularly suited for gamers who demand value for their money.

Lineage II also features greatly improved third-person 3D graphics thanks to the Unreal Engine developed by Epic Games.

“It is without a doubt, the most breathtakingly stunning and immersive Triple-A fantasy MMORPG in the market,” adds Aquino.

AsianMedia’s research into Philippine online gaming behavior revealed that a growing segment of the gaming community is in their early to mid-20s and more likely to play online games that feature realistic characters. They also expressed a desire for games with spectacular graphics and more challenging content: qualities which Lineage II delivers in spades.

“Although we’re keeping our options open towards other types of online games in the future, we’re confident that Philippine gamers will come to the world of Lineage II, decide to stay and experience the game of their life,” concludes Aquino.




Here are two articles published on the Philippine Star last May 14, and the Philippine Chronicles last May 11, 2007.





Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Lineage II South-East Asia Featured on Channel News Asia

Channel News Asia featured the much-awaited MMORPG in South-East Asia (and the Oceania region) - Lineage II by NCsoft.

This is shown on air last May 9, 2007.






HP Powers AsianMedia's Online Gaming Infrastructure for Lineage II

Singapore, May 10, 2007 -- HP has been selected as the technology provider of choice by Asian Media Development Group (AsianMedia), the Philippines’ largest PC games distributor. HP will be providing AsianMedia with an online gaming infrastructure solution consisting of ProLiant and BladeSystem servers, StorageWorks data and network storage solutions, networking products, and services.

Recently, AsianMedia signed a US$5.5 million deal with South Korea-based gaming giant NCsoft Corp. to distribute the triple-A "Play-to-Play" (P2P) online game Lineage II in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore.


Continue reading here...



Korean gaming giant to host latest online game in Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE : In what's seen as a boost for online gaming in Southeast Asia, Korean gaming giant NCsoft Corporation will be hosting, for the first time, its latest "Multiplayer Online Game" in the Philippines.

The company has sealed a US$5.5 million deal with games distributor Asian Media Development Group.

This will likely pave the way for more major games developers to choose this region to host their online games.

Lineage 2, The Chaotic Throne is an AAA game. That means it's a major production, similar to Hollywood blockbusters like Lord of the Rings and Spiderman. So it's no surprise the Lineage franchise has a subscriber base of 14 million gamers worldwide.


And so its really coming in the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia. It is about time because there are countless gamers, both L2 and non-L2 fans who are waiting for this game for years!! Many wonders why NCsoft only recently decided to give us South-East Asians our own server.

This also sealed the South-East Asian region on the online gaming market map, for many years we all but felt ignored by these giant online game developers. In fact, not just us but the Australians and New Zealand gamers as well, in some popular guild sites like the Holy Order of the Light, Australians have told their friends and guild allies that they will migrate to Lineage II - South-East Asia once it is out.

I guess this is a strong message to NCsoft, extend L2-SEA to the Autralians and New Zealand gamers! I know how they feel, it is so very hard to play on a server with a timezone that is on the other side of the world, L2-SEA is their best choice, and not only that, the Australians and New Zealand gamers will feel at home together with the South-East Asians.

So NCsoft? Do consider this seriously.


Read the rest of Channel News Asia's report about Lineage II - South-East Asia by clicking here.

Or watch this video courtesy of CNA: L2-SEA Interview.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Lineage II South-East Asia Beta Next Month

According to the TMCnet report dated May 2007, the Beta of Lineage II-SEA will start next month, meaning June 2007, and the commercial launch a month later, or July 2007.

Interesting points:

                 



  • Lineage II franchise in the Asia-Pacific region represents 45% of the world market

  • Nation Competitions will be added (editor note: "in-game" nations, more probably)

  • Inter-server Competitions

  • New Content will allow all scales of clans to have a role to prevent the exclusive possession of castles by the few elite gigantic clans

  • Pre-Paid will be available in hourly, daily, weekly or monthly denominations

  • Lineage II-SEA will eventually host 10 servers, compared to 8 in the US/EU region, where the number of players has reached two million subscribers

  • NCsoft estimates from the Malaysian market for Lineage II, has an annual potential of U$20 million



Read the full article by clicking here.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

AsianMedia Looking for Distributors

A news from TMCnet entitled Wanted: Firms game enough to distribute Lineage II here says that AsianMedia is looking for distributors in Malaysia for the South-East Asian server of the ever-popular Lineage II by NCsoft.

To summarize other key points made:

                 



  • AsianMedia is expected to pump another few million US Dollars into gaming servers dedicated for the three countries (Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore)

  • The game is expected to be commercially launched in July

  • It will be simultaneously launch in the three countries

  • South-East Asian gaming industry has some 12 million online gamers so far, and it is expected to go up to 20 million

  • Malaysian online gaming market is still small compared with that of other countries (my note: neighboring countries?)

  • Malaysian gaming industry is worth not more than U$20 million (RM68.4 million)

  • South-Korean gaming industry is worth at least U$10 million (RM3.42 million) a month

  • The cost of playing Lineage II-SEA will be lower than U$15 / month

  • Lineage II-SEA will be based on a pre-paid card business model



Read the full story by clicking here.


Friday, April 27, 2007

More about Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne - "1st Throne: The Kamael"

We all are hungry for more 1st Throne: The Kamael information, here are a few videos for you..


Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne
"1st Throne: The Kamael"

1st Throne: The Kamael - Background Quest



About 2000 years ago...

An ancient race called Kamael were separated from the land from which they came and was never to return. They tried to survived until the Awakening, when rumours of new lands, new continents were discovered. Since then, the race of Kamael initiated a series of communication with the rest of the world.



The head of the Kamael met with the representatives of the other races. They saw the military training of the Kamael and was convinced that this race will help put an end to the chaos in this world. One of the guests was particularly impressed with the great sword of one of the Kamael warriors and saw its power as like a magma erupting out of a volcano.



Another said that the female Kamael who was using a bow gun to hunt, caught his attention. He continued that perhaps they were the hidden ancient warriors of the old or maybe the ones seeking to escape a constrained fate, but what is certain is that they too were destined to, just as us, to make the future for ourselves.



Though we do not know what follows this appearance or discovery of the Kamael race, humanity must delay no longer the preparation to be ready for them even if it means following them toward hope and anticipation and even toward apprehension about the future.

* Translation by GameSoH. I re-worded the translation on a meaning-per-meaning basis.


Introduction of the Kamael race


The Making of 'The Kamael'


An interesting translation from GameSoH:

Now.. ive finished translating what the girl was saying and the makers.. and its very interesting...

I will write it all in full, but to summarise Kamael and other races will get to 'transform' into monsters at high levels..
There are also other things but long to explain


Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne - "Interlude"

Want to know more about Interlude? Itching to play in the upcoming Lineage II South-East Asia server? Or maybe you are still patching to Interlude? Here are a couple of videos that will surely help you before you login to the new expansion to Lineage II.


Features of Interlude


New 1-vs-1 and Party-vs-Party Duel System


The New Island - Primeval Isle


Interlude Weapons and Items


New Summons and Spells


The New Weapon Augmentation System


Monday, April 16, 2007

2 New Kamael Wallpapers

Two new wallpapers for the Lineage II fans, featuring the new playable race (as rumoured) and the name of Throne 1 - "The Kamael".


Size: 1280x1024 (if you need a different size, just drop me an email at Laibeus at Laibcoms dot com).

Get it here:
Girl;
Guy

Hope you like it!
Enjoy!!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

NCsoft Launches New Era in Lineage II

Interlude debuts Lineage II Chaotic Throne chapter; Introduces dinosaurs and new dueling system

AUSTIN, Texas, April 14, 2007 — NCsoft® today announced the release of Interlude, an expansion to the massively multiplayer online PC game Lineage® II in North America and Europe. Interlude is the next step in the evolution of Lineage II, forming a bridge between The Chaotic Chronicle and the game’s next chapter, The Chaotic Throne. The Interlude expansion is free to all current Lineage II subscribers.

Lineage II, the gaming market’s premier player-versus-player (PvP) massively multiplayer online game, has reached more than 17 million players worldwide since its launch in late 2003.


The Interlude expansion offers a variety of new challenges to players, including the new Primeval Isle, which is home to many new creatures making their first appearance in Lineage II. These include Wild Striders, Pachycephalosaurus and the deadly and powerful Tyrannosaurus Rex. Primeval Isle is a lush and beautiful zone, but in the tradition of Lineage II, offers tough tests and is not a zone for those unwilling to take on great challenges. Mastering the beasts on Primeval Isle will require strategy and teamwork from players and clan members.

Enhanced single-player elements such as the new dueling system will enable players to challenge friends to one-on-one fights or party-versus-party battles. By dueling, players can understand the nuances of their character better than they ever have before. In addition, there are no penalties for defeat in Lineage II’s dueling system, so players are free to let loose and test their mettle.

Also available for mid to high-level players are more than 150 new bonuses to enhance and customize weapons. Lower level players can take advantage of the new Shadow Weapons, a “try before you buy” service offered by the village weapon vendors. This new feature makes weapon selection more effective and simple.

“I’m very excited about what Interlude offers,” said Adam Davidson, the North American producer of Lineage II. “It introduces elements of the game’s next evolution, The Chaotic Throne, as well as unleashing dinosaurs. Who doesn’t like taking on a T-Rex? Interlude also demonstrates the open-ended nature of Lineage II and shows off NCsoft’s ability to deliver features that give the game its signature depth and never-ending challenges.”

Interlude also marks the three-year anniversary for this franchise in North America, where it has been steadily growing and reached a platinum status in November of last year.

Lineage II is available at North American retailers in The Epic Collection edition, which includes the original game plus all five expansions in one box, and at the PlayNC® online store for an estimated street price of US$29.99. To purchase the game or other Lineage II merchandise, go to the PlayNC store at: https://store.plaync.com.

For more information about Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne, go to: http://www.lineage2.com.

The game is rated Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

About NCsoft
NCsoft North America is headquartered in Austin, Texas and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation. NCsoft, with its own development and publishing offices in Texas and California, also works with other NCsoft subsidiaries and third party developers throughout North America to develop and publish innovative online entertainment software products. The company has successfully launched multiple online titles in the last three years and continues to support its franchises that include Lineage®/Lineage II, City of Heroes®/City of Villains®, Guild Wars®/Guild Wars Factions™/Guild Wars Nightfall™ and Auto Assault. More information about NCsoft can be found at http://www.plaync.com.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Lineage II: The Kamael - The 1st Throne

This April 11, 2007 Wednesday, Korean Time, Throne 1: The Kamael will be released on the Korean Public Test Servers. The Kamael is the first "Throne" for Lineage II's Saga 2: The Chaotic Throne. If you are confused, you can read my earlier post about it by clicking HERE.

The difference with Interlude? Simple:



Sage 2: The Chaotic Throne

  • Interlude

  • Throne 1: The Kamael



Clear? Good. Well there is not much info about The Kamael except that this will be the chapter (if you will) wherein they will introduce the new race for the game. If you watched the Interlude CG Movie, then you've notice the one-winged being at the last part of the movie - that's the new race.

This was confirmed, or rather, mentioned by a Lineage II developer from the interview The Making of Interlude, where Mr. Developer said that they listened to the suggestions of the players.

Discussions on the US Lineage II boards goes on that the developers tried to make the "Giants" race playable but the balancing issues it will introduce outweighs the game's stabilitity and fun, so there will be only one race.

In that interview, they also mentioned about inter-server warfare. Though not confirmed, it is rumoured that the said feature will be included with Throne 1. There is another feature waiting to be implemented - the "Fortresses" and is also rumoured to be included with Throne 1. Not much info is available except that it will be used for later Throne expansions, maybe, just maybe, it is related with the inter-server warfare feature or... drum rolls please...

The "National Wars" as D34dly refers to it. To explain, it is a feature wherein different Lineage II regions will be able to compete with each other, so it will be L2-US vs L2-EU vs L2-SEA vs L2-KR vs L2-JP vs L2-CN and so on.

But here's another bit of info, while there will be a new playable race, there will also be a new non-playable race. No one knows for sure if the "Kamael" race is the playable or non-playable race, but common notion is that the Kamael is the non-playable race, while... drum rolls again.... the "Garcia", the playable race.

Confusing? Yah. Let's just wait one more day (as of the time of this writing) to know the whole story. But before you go, hey, watch this teaser trailer of The Kamael - The 1st Throne.

Click Here, since it's in Korean, the closest translation is:


As for the translation of the flash it goes something like this:
-They tried to overthrow the gods
-And tragedy befell them for their ambition
-Now their forgotten "Wings of Desire" will shine upon the world
-On April 11th they will awaken


From Thirsty of L2-US Boards.

And here are some arts for you:
From Lineage II


From Lineage II


From Lineage II


From Lineage II


Saga 2: The Chaotic Throne is like Lineage III already, but a loyal Lineage II fan asked me if there is any truth about Lineage III, now that got me to thinking, and I have to research more about it.

Interlude Launch Events

Adventurers' Guides and Event Gatekeepers are back in the towns of Aden and Elmore to help new and veteran players experience Interlude.

From April 11 to 24, all players can take advantage of special event teleport locations, and characters under level 25 can receive special weapons for no charge from April 11 to May 8.


Event Gatekeepers

Speak to the special Event Gatekeepers in the towns of Aden and Elmore to teleport to nearby hunting grounds for a discounted price.

Adventurers' Guides

The Adventurers' Guides are stationed in Gludin Village, the Town of Gludio, and the starting villages to assist new players.

If you are a character level 6 or above, you can acquire a special novice adventurer's weapon. Speak with the Adventurers' Guide to receive an exchange certificate for the special weapon. Speak to her again to choose your weapon, and you can exchange for a different weapon of the same level at any time.

Any character with a PK count of one or more is not eligible to receive a certificate.

Apprentice Adventurer's Items

Name P. Atk M. Atk Grade Type
Apprentice Adventurer's Staff 23 22 No Grade Blunt
Apprentice Adventurer's Bone Club 24 17 No Grade Blunt
Apprentice Adventurer's Knife 21 17 No Grade Dagger
Apprentice Adventurer's Cestus 29 17 No Grade Fist
Apprentice Adventurer's Bow 49 17 No Grade Bow
Apprentice Adventurer's Long Sword 24 17 No Grade Sword

At level 20, you can acquire the special traveler's weapon after completing your first class transfer. Talk to the Adventurers' Guide to obtain the exchange certificate for the traveler's weapon. Speak to her again to choose your weapon, and you can exchange for a different weapon of the same level at any time.

Traveler's Items

Name P. Atk M. Atk Grade Type
Traveler's Mace 41 43 D Grade Blunt
Traveler's Dark Elven Bow 105 32 D Grade Bow
Traveler's Long Bow 105 32 D Grade Bow
Traveler's Staff 50 43 D Grade Blunt
Traveler's Bastard Sword 51 32 D Grade Sword
Traveler's Spellbook 41 43 D Grade Etc
Traveler's Jamadhar 62 32 D Grade Fist
Traveler's Tomahawk 51 32 D Grade Blunt
Traveler's Poniard Dagger 45 32 D Grade Dagger
Traveler's Pike 51 32 D Grade Polearm

All of these weapons are not tradeable, so you cannot drop them, exchange them or store them. Be careful not to delete these weapons, because you cannot get a new one!

What is a new character?

If you have a number of characters between levels 6 and 24, the character that first reached level 6 is considered the new character on the account.

If any one of your characters is above level 25, you cannot participate in the Adventurers' Guide portion of the event.



Source: http://lineage2.com/archive/2007/04/interlude_3.html

Friday, April 06, 2007

Original Lineage Game Grows Even Larger with Latest Free Content Update from NCsoft

New maps and skills, player choices and advancement among the numerous updates in Episode 5, Temple of Shadows


AUSTIN, Texas, March 29, 2007
—NCsoft® today announced the release of Episode 5, Temple of Shadows™, the latest free content update to its North American Lineage® service. The release is the latest for the original Lineage game, now nearly a decade old, which continues its leadership position in the online computer games space with a worldwide customer reach of more than 50-million people.

In Temple of Shadows, players will see nearly 450 megabytes of new content including a first look at the Dark Elf controlled, Lastabad corridor. The Lastabad, a complex, maze-like dungeon, will provide a formidable test for all players who must resolve its puzzling turns and time-locked doors while fighting hordes of Dark Elves. Failure to navigate the maze in the allotted time teleports the player back to square one to begin again.


Other maps include the self-titled Temple of Shadows where “Karma,” a new type of gameplay will be introduced. Earning Karma gets players to higher levels of the Temple and unlocks more quests and craftable items.

Want to make a Lineage fashion statement? The earring is a new wearable introduced in Temple of Shadows. It can be secured by players who participate in a three-week event that will kick off the Lineage, Episode 5 launch. The best earrings can be earned by those who take part in the entire event. And having one will open up new doors in the areas of character customization and stat building.

Additional features introduced in Temple of Shadows include new morphs and skills and new monsters to summon during combat including the Lava Golem, Dire Bear and Cockatrice.

Lineage is currently available via download at http://www.lineage.com at a cost of US$9.99. That price includes a serial code for account activation and seven days of game time. After that, a subscription of US$15 per month is required to continue playing. Customers can save money by purchasing four months in a single transaction at a rate of US$11.25 per month.

About NCsoft Corporation
Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, NCsoft Corporation is the world’s leading developer and publisher of online games. Founded in 1997, NCsoft is home to Lineage, the world’s most successful online role playing game and also to Lineage II, City of Heroes® and City of Villains®, Guild Wars®, Guild Wars Factions™, Guild Wars Nightfall™ and Auto Assault®. In coming months, NCsoft is poised to launch other massively multiplayer titles including Tabula Rasa™ and Aion™ in addition to various casual games via its game portal, PlayNC. NCsoft has offices in North America, the United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, China and Thailand. In fiscal year 2006, NCsoft posted revenues of KRW 338.7 billion. For more information about NCsoft visit http://www.PlayNC.com.

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