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News Archives - May 2008

Lord of the Rings on Blu-ray
Posted on 5/29/2008 at 10:09 AM by Sir Hugh
At the Unexpected Party, Peter and Guillermo answered about 60 questions. One of their answers revealed that the Hobbit will be released on Blu-ray and that Warner Bros is porting an HD version of the LOTR trilogy onto Blu-ray discs. The LOTR discs are expected to be released in 2009. Hopefully the price of a Blu-ray disc player will come down a bit by then...
Isengard guide
Posted on 5/27/2008 at 8:16 AM by EnemyofJupitor

Lord of Blades has written a good summary of this faction's units and heros, and is worth a read if you want to forward the White Hand's advance!

Lurtz is a cheap hero with a lot of use. He can switch between bow and sword and he still retains his old special, Cripple, which is good against melee heroes like Gimli or Aragorn. He is also a good source of leadership (something that severely lacks in most evil races)and his pillage ability allows you to gain extra resources...

Check it out here

BFME2H Awards need YOU!
Posted on 5/23/2008 at 5:46 PM by EnemyofJupitor

Yes, folks, it's nearly that time of year again where things go a little loopy...-er.

I am looking for someone to play host for this round's awards. Their duties shall include sorting out which awards shall be voted on, getting the threads up, totting the votes up and choosing the all-important presenter for the presentations. Full details can be found in here- Good luck!

the Unexpected Party with Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro
Posted on 5/19/2008 at 7:31 PM by AtZy
What is this Unexpected Party you ask? Well, very simply, it's a live chat with Peter Jackson and Del Toro (now the official director of The Hobbit) where the two great guys will be answering questions submitted by the fans.

So head on over to this site here, register, and make sure to be on your computer at the scheduled time. (for the time, see the list to the right on the site)

Should be brilliant stuff and I'm really looking forward to what secrets these two guys are going to reveal. And I already know what I'm asking. Yeah, that's right. I want to know if they'll make Gandalf's eyebrows really THAT bushy like it is in the book. *wink*

And many thanks to Calenraug for making the appropriate thread in the community forum. So if you feel like discussing the great news, head on down to the forums
Downloads Update
Posted on 5/19/2008 at 3:28 PM by Sir Hugh
The Downloads have been graced this past month with the following submissions.

Six new ROTWK maps:
Bree-land by Gimli54321
Fotress of Harad v1.02 by Gimli54321
many meetings by arthuil
The Two Fortresses v3.1 by Gimli54321
The Two Fortresses v2.0 by Gimli54321
The Two Fortresses by Gimli54321

Three new ROTWK Replays submitted by Rogash2, Evilnemesis, and nenya0619.

4 new BFME2 replays submitted by Tinai (1, 2, & 3) and rushing danno_canuck.

An "Hero Improvement Mod" by theodoric13.

Many thanks to our designers and replay reviewers.
New Lord of the Rings Themed Game Announced!
Posted on 5/8/2008 at 10:36 AM by AtZy
The title: "Lord of the Rings: Conquest" may have eager fans jumping out of their seats in anticipation of a new LotR themed strategy game. But this is sadly not to be. Instead, Pandemic developers are currently working on something very much akin to a Battlefront game.
Conquest will let players take control of many of the characters and creatures from the series and pit them on any of the franchise's famous battlefields. From Cave-trolls to Oliphaunts to the Balrog and even Sauron, practically the entire universe will be available for battle with up to 150 characters on-screen at any one time. Up to eight players will be able to clash online, with four players able to play cooperatively through the main campaign either online or via four-player split-screen. And with two distinct campaigns to play through, including an original take on what would happen if Sauron regained control of the One Ring, Pandemic promises plenty of scenarios to wage battle through.
It's not BfME3 but it still sounds like plenty more ass kicking action in the Lord of the Rings universe, which is something I'll always dig.
Wonderful Spam!
Posted on 5/3/2008 at 1:25 PM by Sir Hugh
30 years ago today, Gary Thuerk, a marketer at Digital Equipment Corporation, now a defunct computer firm, sent an email to 393 users of Arpanet, the US government-run computer network that eventually became the internet. It was the first spam email ever, and it received a negative response that has only increased as the scourge of the net has increased and methods of spamming our inboxes become more complex.