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4/18/2012 19:23:37   
Lord Barrius

Howdy yall! I haven't done Design Notes in a while, and these ones seem rather poorly timed given all of the other DNs recently. But it's rather important that I emphasize this event because it is, in fact, important. Very important.

The name of this release pretty much tells you exactly what this event will be. It is, in many ways, "the breaking point".

The phrase itself has been used many times in the past as a term that refers to some point in time at which one's efforts do not meet with their expectations to such a degree that it causes enough frustration for the person to give up. In other words, it's the point at which you crack under pressure, the point at which most people would give up and lose all hope. For Lore, that time might just be right around the corner, as the entire world faces off against incredible odds and a threat from beyond the boundaries of the universe itself.

This release also "breaks" many people's misconceptions and expectations about the storyline thus far. I have fielded complaints that the SeekRat does not seem to be a credible threat, nor does he appear as intelligent as he's suggested to be. How could such a bumbling fool be a threat, they say? This week will dismiss these assertions.

Everything he has done up until this point has been a distraction, a scent to throw you off of his trail. Events have played perfectly into his claws, whether you realize it or not, and this Thursday, his true plans will finally be revealed. And no matter what the outcome, Lore will never be the same again.

This multi-week event will showcase a great number of things for players of all sorts. Not interested in story? Perhaps these features will interest you instead:
  • A new item to aid in your fight against the shadow menace!
  • Not one, or even two, but four suggestions from players just like you, including the winners of last year's Looming Shadows suggestions contest!
  • Six new monsters!
  • A war that differs from any other in the game's history! (more details next week)

    Will this be Lore's finest hour, where you push yourselves past The Breaking Point, rally all of Lore against your foes, and somehow succeed against overwhelming odds in a seemingly hopeless situation?

    Or....will you crack under pressure?
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    4/25/2012 18:09:14   
    Lord Barrius

    The war is upon you!

    By now you've learned the true plan of the SeekRat, and watched helplessly as he unleashed the full might of the other side upon you all. The shadow creatures pour from the gates in droves, and the longer the gates are open, the worse the damage to the world will become. The effects of this day have not yet been felt, but they will be lasting, even after you win....or perhaps I should say "IF you win"!

    This is it. The final part of Chapter 1 in the SeekRat Saga! Your task will be to save each and every city invaded by shadow monsters, while LB's very secretive order of shadow wielders works to repair the broken gates. And what exactly is the SeekRat going to be up to while all of this is going on? Stay tuned and find out!

    This war features attacks on several locations around the world, so you'll be tasked with the duty of leading the forces of Lore on a world-wide counterattack! This war will see battles taking place in the Middle Isles (where last week's events took place), in Battleon, in Darkovia, and near Lolosia. Depending on which location you're fighting in, you'll be offered different choices in guests and you'll fight a somewhat different pool of shadow monsters. So you may face up against the Shadow Blecch near Lolosia's shores, while you might instead run into some Shadow Vampire Lords in Darkovia. This adds some unique flavor to each location to keep things from being too stale.

    In addition, there will be four player suggestions implemented during this week's war:
  • Two rewards with very unique functionality
  • A very old monster suggestion which fit perfectly into this war's concept
  • A war boss capable of making even seasoned vets sweat!

    And perhaps most importantly, while this chapter of the SeekRat Saga will come to a close, the story doesn't end here! There are still consequences and fallout from the events of this war that will occur over the coming months. Other major storylines will be affected, and the events of this war will trigger the events of an all-new storyline as well. And there will be loads of action, laughs, and entertainment for weeks to come as a result of this war's conclusion. I'm so very proud of the work I've put into this event and am VERY excited about all of the future content that this event will open up to you, and I really hope that you enjoy every bit of it.

    I look forward to seeing whether or not you can lead Lore to victory....or if you will taste the bitterness of defeat.
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    5/1/2012 17:12:27   
    Lord Barrius

    As promised, check out this preview of one of your rewards....the player-suggested armor, Shadow of Doubt! This is the armor as shown in the middle of one of its leaping attack animations. It's very agile and nimble!

    < Message edited by Lord Barrius -- 5/1/2012 17:15:05 >
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