It’s here

Land of the Dead has finally arrived. Officially. Order won the advance day access on 9 of the 14 servers for North America. Anyone surprised? Me either.

Meh, I’ll check it out when I get home, but I’m not expecting much.

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“Meh”, about sums it up

meh_catSo, the live event for the Lands of the Dead release, and the patch for 1.3 came out yesterday. As the title of this post shows you, I’m not particularly impressed so far. I played for an hour or so on both my DoK and on my Shadow Warrior, and got a handful of the targets finished to earn my some check marks in the special tab for this. I have yet to do the PQ on either of them, as it apparently only starts once every hour (maybe I’ll be lucky enough to partake tonight). What can I say about this event and patch? Not much really.

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Executive Producer’s Letter, part 2

ancient-letterI never even knew there was a part 1. Talk about dropping the ball on that one. Well, if you really want to go there to read it, you can just follow this link. Or, if you would like the whole thing with the ease of staying in my lovely domain, just keep on reading. I’ll even be so kind as to give my opinion on some of what is said in there. I know that’s why you’re really here, my charming wit, and devilish tongue is able to whip up a conversation piece into a steaming froth of hectic rhetoric (i.e. skip to the bottom for the condensed version). You know you love it.

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Coming soon!

Coming-soonWell, the pre-download for 1.3 is now out there for us all to get our grubby little hands on. Also, reports from Massively.com, have the release date of Land of the Dead set to be the 16th. I know we’re all waiting breathlessly in anticipation for the cataclysmic change this will bring to the game, so try not to pass out. I know I’ll be jumping in game when it drops to try and gank some bitches in dungeons or at a PQ.

Update!

This.

Apparently, there was an error in the code. So please, feel free to use the decyphered answer I have displayed below to get your scarabs. Better hurry, that 1k will run out fast!

Oh, also, Rivs, our favorite Chosen, got a box of swag. And he doubted their love of his class.

And one of our last set of bones have been delivered I believe. Lagwar brings us the A, Z, and Q.

Will the owner of the “F” please stand up?

Hey, another blogger got some bones! Ysharros from Sylish Corpse got some lovin’ as well. She got the E, Y, L C, and N. We still have yet to see the “F” bone, but it’s nice to see the love go out to multiple places.

A hearty thank you!

thank-youOn the Unshakeable Focus change.

Let me chime in with all the others by saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you”. A change like this means more than just a mechanical adjustment, it harbors good will amongst us players, and in light of your previous statements, lets us know that you mean what you say. This will sound extremely corny, but it’s a trust building event, and helps to restore faith from those of us who want this game to succeed and live a long, vibrant life.

Thank you Adam.

In case you hadn’t noticed

oklahoma_land_rushYou should now have enough letters to solve one of the cartouches the easy way. For the extra observant and dedicated, you can find it two posts down!

Apparently, the glare on the Massively cartouche is hiding a vital piece of information, and the fourth letter is not actually an “I”. Only the A, F, Q, and Z haven’t been varified yet, sooo…. well, I’ll leave the rest up to you.

Yahtzee!

WootCracked the code, thanks to one important helpful tip from someone oh WHA forums. Once I figured that out, it was just a simple matter of force-cracking the word.

King Tutt would be proud

Glyphs

Here is an update on the Warhammer glyph-ridden Land of the Dead blogger event. Keen and Graev have recieved skull parts with the latest piece of the puzzle, and Kotaku and MMORPG.com have received a cartouche each.

So far, I’m saying that respectively, they answers to the two are:

X E M _ N _ O B E K

D J H _  D T U M N _

L U T I M H U T T

The red are guesses, as the glyph presented on the skulls is different in a minor way than a similar one sent to the various bloggers. In the blogger-received one, the two interior lines are perpendicular to each other, and the horizontal line rests on a tangential point to the lower curve. Whereas the glyph on the skull has interior lines that are emanate more from the radius of the curves and don’t appear to intersect. It’s a somewhat minor difference, but I feel it is significant enough to hold off on claiming certainty in the matter just yet.

Here is another updated listing of the glyphs sent out so far. I’m actually keeping track of this now on good stock paper in a ringed sketchpad, so I’ll be making updates as they come in.

Edit: Updated with info from Rainbow MMO. Also, can confirm those are in fact “N”s.

Part 2:

Massively has posted there cartouche just a bit ago as well. I have this one figured out also, as it didn’t add any new letters that I needed. Sadly, Kotaku’s cartouche is still giving me fits, and I’m not going to go through the remaining 210 possible solutions I have for it to see if I’m correct.

Edit: Werit has recieved a package as well.

Well, we all know and love him, buy Syp at BioBreak has recieved some glyphs as well. Giving us the X, K, and D.

Edit: Massively quickly responded with a new picture that showed the fourth glyph in full form, and while similar to the “I” we saw on Keen and Graev’s site, I think it is different enough to say that it may not be it. That still only leaves us with a few letter not released, so if you’re the persistant kind, I think you can get it.

Glyph Update

Just so you can see a compilation of all North American glyphs so far. I made a quick sketch, and took a picture with my iPhone. Hope it all works!

glyphs 2009.06.10