Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Warhammer Online Newsletter #27 - January 2008

“We have lost our families, our lands, and our innocence. Even our kin look upon us with suspicious eyes, for all they remember is the atrocities of Malekith and his ilk, not the nobility of those who remained. It is for these reasons we fight this Shadow War, for redemption can only come from tears and blood. Only when Malekith breathes his last, his heart pierced by Nagarythe steel, shall we ask Lileath for forgiveness. Until that day nothing will stand in the path of our vengeance…”

- Filamar the Swift, Shadow Warrior of Nagarythe

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Episode 1: Nordenwatch and Highpass Cemetary
by Brian Wheeler, Lead RvR Design

Welcome to the first-ever episode of Scenarios 101! Hopefully everyone knows that WAR will have Scenarios, but many of you many not know the full details of how they work and what exactly you do in them just yet. Well, that’s what I’m here to fix! I’m not here to explain the stories or fancy backgrounds, or talk about the art… I’m here to tell you how these Scenarios work and, more importantly, how you can win them!

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Warrior Priest of Sigmar Career Masteries

The Warrior Priests worship Sigmar, the now-deified warrior who united the tribes of man and formed the Empire long ago. In honor of their legendary patron, the Warrior Priests seek to follow in Sigmar's warrior path by purifying the Empire with equal measures of prayer and might. They march into battle shouting holy scriptures even as they bring their blessed warhammers to bear in the name of their god. By proving their devotion and righteousness through valor in combat, they are rewarded with divine powers, which manifest in the form of potent healing abilities. Their presence on the front lines of battle serves as a constant inspiration to the soldiers who march in defense of the Empire.

Warrior Priest Mechanic

Sigmar is a warrior god, and his priests gain divine favor only by fighting to defend the Empire that he built. The holy symbol of Sigmar is a hammer, and the Warrior Priests have adopted the warhammer as their weapon of choice in honor of their patron. The Righteous Fury of Sigmar fills the Warrior Priest with each swing of their weapon, and this divine power can then be used to fuel their healing magic. This becomes something of both a freedom and a restriction for the Warrior Priest - since all of his magic is powered by Righteous Fury, he can throw himself wholeheartedly into melee combat and then still have resources left to heal with, but at the same time, his healing capabilities become dramatically more limited when there are no enemies in arm's reach.

Warrior Priest Masteries

Path of Salvation
The Path of Salvation focuses on divine magic, primarily healing abilities. A player who specializes in Salvation will become a much more powerful healer, although they will still need to place themselves into the front lines of a melee combat in order to build up their Righteous Fury.

Path of Grace
The Path of Grace is centered around melee attacks which inspire and bolster the Warrior Priest and his allies. A Master of Grace will be able to simultaneously wreak havoc upon his enemies with his warhammer and improve himself and his companions, making him an especially valuable player when standing side-by-side with other allies.

Path of Wrath
The Path of Wrath is focused on crippling melee attacks which weaken, hinder, and harass the player's opponents. Someone who specializes in Wrath will certainly be the most offensively-focused type of Warrior Priest, as they will be both damaging their enemies and weakening them with each swing of their warhammer.

Chaos Chosen Career Masteries

Do not be mislead by appearances, for they are the first weapon of the Chosen. Covered from head to toe in unholy armor, wielding massive weapons capable of rending enemies limb from limb, the Chosens are hulking figures of dread and terror on the battlefield - but woe to the enemy who dismisses them as simple brutes! Tzeentch's Chosen are cunning warriors who can bring forth a whisper of the Ruinous Powers into this world, dooming their enemies to a fate that is, perhaps, worse than a simple death.

Chosen Mechanic

The Chosen have been blessed by Tzeentch with several dark gifts, powers of Chaos which they can grasp and pull into this world through their very bodies. These powers pour forth from within their massive armor, and spill out as profane auras. In addition to causing an immediate effect when they first burst out from the Chosen's grasp, these lingering effects will continue to empower the player for several moments, allowing them to unleash melee attacks fueled by the unholy power of Tzeentch himself.

Chosen Masteries

Path of Strife
The Path of Strife is focused on directly and brutally crushing your foes. A master of Strife will be likely to favor a Greatweapon instead of a shield, greatly increasing their offensive power at the cost of sacrificing the protections that a shield would otherwise offer. They will be easily capable of picking up a shield when the situation calls for it...but they won't be happy about it.

Path of Retaliation
The Path of Retaliation is a cunning Mastery for those who prefer to outlast their enemies, letting their foes beat in futility on a massive shield until they're exhausted, and then crushing them with deliberate and vicious attacks. A specialist in Retaliation will be the person who defines where the lines of battle will be drawn, since they -are- the front lines.

Path of Discord
The Path of Discord is one that delves more deeply into Tzeentch's gifts, and masters of Discord more fully understand how to manipulate the Chaos forces that swirl within them. They can unleash blasts of magical power, or twist the magical energies to unnaturally enhance their melee attacks. Their understanding of the nature of magic is still relatively shallow, however, and they can not hope to approach the skill or power of a true magus, but even their brief flashes of otherworldly energy are enough to empower them as potent melee combatants.

The following is an excerpt from EMPIRE IN CHAOS by Anthony Reynolds. Published by the Black Library.

A crowd was gathering in the village square. None stood too close to the guildhall, and many covered their mouths and noses with dirty rags and strips of cloth. Hugging herself for warmth, she went to stand beside Johann Weiss, a portly villager with heavy jowls.

‘What’s happening?’ she asked Johann quietly. He was the
innkeeper of her workplace, and she had known him since

‘Three families left the village yesterday, all their possessions
packed onto a single cart,’ he said, his voice devoid of emotion but his eyes tired and sad. Annaliese nodded fearfully. She had known the daughters of the families well.

‘They were murdered on the road. Not even the little ones were spared. 'This,’ he said with a nod of his head, ‘is one of those responsible.’

Grief and horror washed over Annaliese, and the innkeeper put a fatherly arm around her shoulders.

The men dragged their murderous captive into the centre of the village square. A solid, ancient gibbet stood there as it had done for countless decades, a blackened metal cage hanging from its crossbar. She had always felt a horrible loathing for the thing, and when she was young had sat aside as other children threw rocks at the condemned.

A skeleton was slumped within the torturous, black iron device,
the remnants of a thief who had been placed there a year before as a warning to others. The heavy chains holding the grisly remains aloft were slackened, and the metal cage plummeted to the ground with a crash and a cheer from the crowd...

Read More of the EMPIRE IN CHAOS Preview>>

EMPIRE IN CHAOS will be available in all better bookstores, Games Workshop and other hobby stores, or direct from

2008 marks a very special year for Warhammer as it is the 25th anniversary of the launch of the fantasy battles game! To commemorate this momentous milestone, Games Workshop has plans to celebrate with a host of global promotions, parties, and events. Cake for everyone! In the coming months, we’ll let you know how you, the Warhammer Online community, can take part in the fun as well. Stay tuned for more details.

In this month’s tease, we give the Dwarf’s some love with these images of the Engineer and his trusty rifle. Check out the detailing on the rifle and tool belt. And wait till you see this guy in action! Even you stuntie haters will be impressed.

Stay tuned for more as we bring you another peek at the WAR cinematic next month. Enjoy!

The verdant realm of Avelorn is among the most ancient of Ulthuan’s kingdoms. A vast, magical forest bathed in the warm light of eternal summer, Avelorn is land of great cultural significance to the High Elves. Since the dawn of time, this idyllic land has been ruled by a line of queens who are counted among the most beautiful Elf maidens ever to draw breath. When Aenarion the Defender took his place as the first Phoenix King, he chose Astarielle, ruler of Avelorn, to be his Everqueen. Since that time millennia ago, each queen of Avelorn has fulfilled the same role, keeping alive one of the most important and ancient traditions of the High Elves.

The trees, glades, rivers and even the earth of Avelorn are suffused with potent magic. These wards and spells, many of which are nearly as old as Ulthuan itself, serve both to protect the woodland kingdom and also to preserve its natural beauty. The forests are filled with growth and life, and when their hearts are troubled, it is in the tranquil glades of Avelorn that the High Elves seek spiritual renewal.

Read more about Avelorn >>

Order players will attempt to infiltrate the House Arkaneth Black Ark staging ground on the cragged shores of the Blighted Isle. Here they will fight their way through various regiments and their commanders as they are deployed from the mouth of the floating fortress, until finally they have to face off with the veteran Beastmaster Lorkoth and his prized beast, the War Hydra Scornlash.

With 25 years of experience to draw on, the Warhammer IP is a rich, luscious world full of a wide variety of diverse content. Each race is visually distinct -- from the lewd and crude Orcs to the proud, lofty High Elves. Even the careers within each race are uniquely different – no one would ever mistake a spanner-totin’ Engineer for an in-your-face Ironbreaker. So, one of the great design challenges in WAR is to provide players with as much opportunity to customize the look of their characters as possible, while also protecting the silhouette of each race and career. It’s really important in WAR to be able to identify a player’s career with a simple glance – orangey robes, big staff, and hair on fire, that’s a Bright Wizard!

Most MMO players understand how armor works visually – when you wear it, it changes the appearance of your avatar. Everyone loves that moment when you try on some new armor loot for the first time and see how different it makes your character look. That’s cool, but we wanted to take this kind of customization to the next level!

Read more about the Trophy System and watch the video >>

During your travels across the battlefields of WAR, you are likely to meet some familiar faces from Warhammer lore. Some will be allies, some will be foes. Regardless, your encounters with these heroes of legend will be unforgettable!

Heroes of Order

The Everqueen

Prince Tyrion


Heroes of Destruction

Malus Darkblade

Engra Deathsword

Warhammer Online Podcasts are now available on iTunes! Subscribe today!

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This month, Paul and Josh are kickin’ it old-school around the kitchen table talking about the latest and greatest in WAR. From armor dies to siege equipment, from the campaign map to city siege testing, this podcast is packed full of golden nuggets of information. Don’t miss it!

Each newsletter, the Video of the Month brings you a fresh, new look at WAR in action! These videos are not highly polished marketing trailers, but clips of raw game footage showcasing many of the cool features of WAR.

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What’s it like on the battlefields of WAR? Well, it might very well look something like this new video we have to share with you. These RvR battles were filmed for an internal presentation so you’ll see lots of people standing around beating on each others (we needed them to remain relatively still to capture the footage we needed!). Those of you that have experienced real RvR before know that battles are a lot more fluid and that no one ever stays stationary for long. Enjoy!

Join Creative Director, Paul Barnett, and his trusty video phone for a truly unique look at the making of WAR. This month, Paul is pretty much all over the place as he spends quality time hanging pictures with the art team, as well as talking dolls, zombies, Cloverfield, and Wing Commander.

View the Video Blog >>

The team is getting ready to roll Empire and Chaos onto the servers, including the first playable of the Marauder career. Don’t waste any time, sign up now to take part in one of the largest beta tests ever for an MMORPG. More than a half a million players have registered so far, but we are always looking for new recruits. Sharpen your sword, unleash your inner mutation, and prepare to meet your destiny on the battlefields of Warhammer Online.

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WAR is coming! Are you ready?

There are a million stories in the Age of Reckoning just waiting to be told. What is your tale?

For His Dread Excellency, the Grand Carnifex of Har Ganeth

Your Holiness,

As requested, the following letter is a chronicle of the Temple’s involvement with House Uthorin in the invasion of the homeland. I will endeavor to have these correspondences dispatched to Har Ganeth as fast as the corsairs can sail so that you may have constant updates regarding the progression of my pilgrimage to The Altar and of the invasion itself. Now, Dread Excellency, if you give me leave, I shall begin my account.

The journey from Klar Karond to Ulthuan was largely uneventful, with the hawk ships of our cousins fleeing from our black arks like slaves scattering in the face of a pack of ravenous cold ones. You should be pleased to note, Dread Excellency, that I had shunned the protection offered by the Arks, instead choosing to ride aboard a smaller vanguard cutter aptly named ‘Khaine’s Vengeance’. The superstitious corsair crew of the ship felt blessed and honored that I, a member of the Temple, should grace their ship with my presence, no doubt seeking His favor in order to reach land safely.

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WAR is coming! Are you properly dressed?

Now you can show the world that you are ready for WAR with these exclusive t-shirts available only at the EA Mythic Store.* Supplies are limited so order now and start your WAR collection today!

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Feeling creative? We know we have some talented fans out there and now is the time for you to demonstrate your skills. Send us your WAR-inspired art and we’ll showcase the best submissions in upcoming newsletters. Plus, featured artists will be invited to join us in the closed beta test!

by P. Lavochin

Unstoppable Meets Immovable
by N. Penney

Wolf Warrior
by A. Avila

Deep Concentration
by G. Huang

Goblin Shaman
by J. Iwanicki

Dark Elf
by V. Cerri

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Have a knack for creative writing or a story you are dying to tell? We are looking to “publish” the best WAR-inspired fan fiction written by our readers. We will choose our favorites and feature them in upcoming newsletters. Plus, featured writers will be invited to join us in the closed beta test! Submissions must be no longer than 2000 words.

This Month’s Featured Stories

The Faltering Path , K. Monroe
Song of the Swordmasters, Kaderan

Snik'Urt's Kunnin Plan, M. Columbus
Kazak the great, J. Martin

The Legends and Lore section of the WAR Herald is only as good as the community can make it! Check out the stories from the Armies of Order and Destruction, and let us know how many mugs of ale each tale is worth. (Votes do not immediately display.) Think you can do better? Submit your own!

Submit your WAR Story >>

Welcome to the WAR Grab Bag, where our friendly neighborhood community team answers the most pressing, the most popular, and the most interesting questions from fans. Keep those questions coming, as we’re eager to hear what you have to say!

Check out this month’s Grab Bag >>

In the future we will collect grab bag questions from a different fansite each month. This month's questions are courtesy of WAR-RVR.net.

If you have a question you would like to submit for next month's grab bag please submit your questions on Warhammer Online Vault's dedicated forum page.

"I think one thing that sets WAR apart from other games is the level in which players can affect and change the state of the world. In WAR, fighting your enemies and beating them in RvR will allow different things to happen through out the world, such as cities becoming vulnerable to attack. You can then go and take over that city and wreak major havoc."

Developer Profile >>

"We are taking RVR to a new level and I know the fans will enjoy it."

Developer Profile >>

The next phase of the WAR Beta is underway and we are debuting all-new content and RvR mayhem! Each month we'll randomly select 20 names from the newsletter subscriber database for entry into the Beta Test.* If you are a current Warhammer newsletter subscriber, then you're automatically entered into the drawing every month. If you are not yet a newsletter subscriber, visit betacenter.eamythic.com to register for the Beta and subscribe to the monthly newsletter.

January Winners:

A. Barbieri/North America R. Soto/Europe
B. Collins/North America F. Knoll/Europe
Z. Dangerfield/North America J. Hoffman/Europe
M. Pierce/North America H. Undheim/Europe
R. Daniels/North America L. Andersen/Europe
T. Raney/North America M. Sundström/Europe
R. Flaga/North America J. Caro/Europe
M. Angarone/North America J. Meredieu/Europe
J. Ashmore/North America C. Marinello/South America
T. Hasksaw/New Zealand R. Navarro/South America

This month, decorate your desktop with more images of WAR.

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Each month we’ll be shining the spotlight on WAR fan sites that exemplify what we consider to be the best in WAR community spirit.

Warhamma.com brings the latest WAR news and commentary along with forums and tools for the ravenous hordes of Warhammer Online fanatics. Warhamma.com is also home to Warhamma: the Podcast, one of the first fan-based podcasts covering all things Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

Is your fan site doing something cool, informative, or fun? Let us know by sending an email to war-community@mythic.ea.com and you could be featured in the next community spotlight.

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Fan Site kit.

Masters of Magic

Under constant pressure from its enemies, the human Empire maintains mighty armies to protect itself. Crucial among these troops are the Imperial Battle Wizards, trained to rain fiery death upon their foes, or summon the fury of the heavens. When Grey Wizard Lothar and his colleagues ride to war against a massive Orc invasion, can the Wizards control their rivalry and ambition long enough to defeat the enemy?

Masters of Magic is now
available for purchase at www.blacklibrary.com,
or in all good book stores.

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Last Month’s Contest Winner


"OMG! Who turned on DK mode?!"


"And, here we have the lesser known Jay Leno tribe."

"Goblin Bobble Heads, 50% off. Mount them on your carriage or chariot. All stock must go, get yours now before they are gone!!!"

"Goblins: Nature's Pez Dispensers"

Get your hands on the latest
build of
WAR at one of
the following events:

New York Comic Con
April 18-20, 2008

Baltimore Games Day
June 14, 2008

Toronto Games Day
June 21, 2008

San Diego Comic Con
July 24-27, 2008

Chicago Games Day
July 26, 2008

LA Games Day
August 23, 2008

Penny Arcade Expo
August 29-31, 2008

Stay tuned for more information
about our upcoming 2008 show schedule!

More news and exclusive information from the frontlines of WAR, including:

  • New Career Mastery Updates
  • Army Leader Profiles
  • New images from the WAR
  • Zone Overview of Saphery
  • New screens, videos,
    podcasts, and so much

  • * Beta test participation is subject to the signing of a beta test agreement.

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