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At Least One AoC Server Reaches Capacity

Pasanda points out in the linked VN Board Post that at least one Age of Conan server has reached maximum capacity. The server mentioned is the Eurpean server, Fury, and the player limit will be raised on Wednesday.

Vote For Your Favourite Killshot!

Voting continues for the Age of Conan Best Killshot Contest. The screenshots from the six finalists are up and now it's time for the AoC community to decide who will take home the booty! The voting will close on July 22nd, and the winners will be scoring some great prizes, so you be the judge and decide the Best Killshot!

Dear Haters

About once a week I get bored and decide to write an article, mostly just to annoy you all. This week's article is a letter to the Age of Conan haters out there. We were going to meet in the parking lot after class, but I chickened out. So instead I bring you Dear Haters, a word from me to you with love instead of blood!



NEWS


F.A.Q.
General F.A.Q.
Read the general information about the game, its developers, the Conan license, and the release plans.

1.1 What is an MMORPG?
MMORPG (usually shortened to MMO) is an acronym for Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game. These are games played via the Internet and involving hundreds or thousands of players all playing on the same server or gameworld. Players can meet each other in-game, play together, and adventure with thousands of people from around the world.

1.2. What is Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures?
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is an MMO based on the world of Hyboria, originally created by the famous Robert E. Howard. Age of Conan will allow players to immerse themselves in the world of Hyboria, a harsh and brutal land where they embark in amazing and action-filled journey, following the footsteps of the world's greatest fantasy hero: Robert E. Howard's Conan. Meet Conan’s friends and foes, battle monsters and demons drawn from 70 years of backstory and lore, and even befriend the mighty King Conan himself. You can also engage in warfare with other guilds for control of valuable resources, craft powerful and rare items, and adventure with thousands of other players simultaneously.

1.3 What platforms will the game be released on and when will it come out?
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures will be released for Windows PCs the week of May 20, 2008. An Xbox 360 version will be released sometime in the future.

1.4 Who will publish and distribute the game?
Age of Conan is co-published by Funcom and Eidos. Eidos is known for publishing titles like the Tomb Raider and Hitman series, while Funcom has extensive experience in the MMO industry, including their major title, Anarchy Online.

1.5 Who is this "Conan" guy?
American author Robert E. Howard created the character of Conan and the world of Hyboria during the 1930s. The Conan stories take the mighty barbarian through a dark and gritty fantasy world, from his early days as a thief and pirate to a mighty king at the head of vast armies. Over the 70 year lifetime of Conan and his world, there have been books, comics, and movies chronicling the doings of the mighty barbarian and his friends and foes. Even today, more than 45 companies are now working on the universe, and writers including L. Sprague De Camp, Harry Turtledove, and Robert Jordan have written in Howard's world. See section 15.0 on the lore for more information.

1.6 Will there be a subscription fee to play?
Yes, there will be a monthly subscription fee. While the final subscription fee has not been announced, it will likely follow industry standards. The first 30 days of gameplay will come free when you purchase the retail box.

1.7 What will make Age of Conan stand out among the other MMOs out there?
Besides aiming to create a great representation of the sexy, savage and brutal Conan universe, one of the main goals with Age of Conan was to improve the MMO formula and take the genre in an innovative new direction. Funcom has focused on taking the best from past and current MMO games while creating innovative and fun new systems. Playing Age of Conan should feel new, fresh, and exciting.

One of the key features of Age of Conan is the unique combat system, which is a huge leap forward from both a technological and gameplay standpoint. Fighting in most MMOs involves targeting by clicking something, clicking auto attack, then occasionally clicking a special attack, but fighting in Age of Conan centers around something we call the Real Combat System.

In this innovative approach to MMO combat, you don't pick a "target" and focus your attacks on that target. Instead, you actually move up to your foe and start swinging your weapon in different directions in real-time, using direction keys or even a gamepad. In this combat system, you can unleash devastating combos and even brutal finishing moves. Fighting feels dynamic, exciting, and most importantly, hands-on and real.

In ranged combat, you can actually string your bow and aim manually from a first person or over-the-shoulder viewpoint to strike your enemies, a first for
any MMO. Spellcasters can combine a series of spells in what we call speallweaves, like combos for melee fighters, which unleash devastating results and fatalities.

In addition, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures features mounted combat, where players can battle from the backs of everything from horses to mighty mammoths. Age of Conan is also one of the first MMOs to feature a Mature rating, giving us the freedom to create truly brutal battles, providing both a visceral and satisfying gaming experience while staying completely true to the Conan lore and story.

Age of Conan will not only showcase all the features you would expect from a triple-A MMORPG, it will also feature a limited single-player portion at the beginning of the game. Here, you will advance through a deep and involving story, where the focus is on you, your character, and your place in the world. After a few levels to learn your way around the game, you will start meeting other players and adventuring with them, but you will be able to switch between single-player and multiplayer content during the first twenty levels of your character's life. This is a brand new approach to leading MMO players into a deep and engaging world, and it means we can focus on telling an exciting and meaningful story with widely interactive quests, while making sure both solo and group-focused players always have something to do. Finally, Age of Conan also features deep and engaging guild systems. Guilds can build and maintain entire cities and fight with other players for control of cities and resources, engaging in massive PvP battles to defend their homes (or destroy their enemies' homes!).

1.8 Who is Funcom?
Funcom is a Norwegian game developer that was established in 1993. We have created more than twenty games for PC and consoles. The most known products from Funcom are the sci-fi MMO Anarchy Online and the award-winning adventure games The Longest Journey and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. Funcom's headquarters is situated in Oslo, Norway's capital. In addition Funcom has offices in the USA, Switzerland and China. Over 300 people from 30 nations are employed in Funcom. The company is listed in the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker FUNCOM.

1.9 What sort of PC is required to play Age of Conan?

Required
OS: Windows Vista/XP
Processor: 3GHz Pentium IV
RAM: 1GB RAM
Video Card: Shader Model 2.0 and 128MB ram, nVidia GeForce 6800

Recommended
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz (E6600) or better
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX or better
RAM: 2GB or more
Enhanced for: DirectX 10, 64-bit processors, multi-core
Supports Parental Controls on Windows Vista

1.10 Do you have to be running Windows Vista to play Age of Conan?
No. The game can also be played on DirectX 9 under Windows XP.

1.11 Where can I find the latest information on the game?
You will find all the latest information on the official website at http://www.ageofconan.com. This is the marketing site for the game, where new visitors may get a quick overview and check out the game.

If you're interested on a deeper level, our community website at http://community.ageofconan.com is where we go much more in-depth and post news articles, press information, and other updates about the game that would be of interest to hardcore fans. You can also check out the many discussions on the official forums or sign up for the Clan of Conan newsletter. In addition, you will find numerous fansites in different languages. We keep a list of these fansites here.

1.12 Will Age of Conan be localized in any countries?
Yes, we will localize in French, German and Spanish, and all the languages will launch simultaneously. This includes localized language and localized customer service. Additional languages may be added after launch.



ARCHETYPES & CLASSES
Races

The Aquilonians
The Aquilonians The Aquilonians are a people divided behind a front of unity, and threatened behind a show of dominance. Their kingdom, the so-called Flower of the West, is the unrivalled jewel of Hyboria.
The Cimmerians
The Cimmerians A shroud hangs over the people of Cimmeria. While one might assume it is the pall of the dark weather overhead, eternally threatening grim days and violent storms, the truth is that the Cimmerians live under a shroud of impending doom.
The Stygians
The Stygians The Stygians are an ancient, decadent people, born of a culture more than fifteen hundred years older than any of their neighboring kingdoms to the north.

Classes

Assassin
Assassin Assassins are the most lethal killers in Hyboria. Those aspiring to the top of this profession face the most deadly regime of training, discipline, and study, but the ones that survive are executioners supreme.
Barbarian
Barbarian The barbarian is one of the most dangerous and feared sights on the battlefield. Their combat style focuses on strength, aggression, and relentless assault.
Bear Shaman
Bear Shaman The spirit of nature is strong in Cimmeria and has begun to manifest itself amongst the barbarians of the north.
Conqueror
Conqueror Conquerors are a sword-wielding fusion of heavy armor and battlefield command, rare individuals rising from the ranks of Aquilonian generals and barbarous Cimmerian war-leaders.
Dark Templar
Dark Templar Dark Templars combine heavy armor, martial prowess and blood-thirsty magic with an all consuming desire for triumph.
Demonologist
Demonologist The demonologist is the mightiest of sorcerers, wielding the power of hell and earth and capable of conjuring pillars of flame or titanic storms of electricity.
Guardian
Guardian Guardians are the most heavily armored and well drilled soldiers in Hyboria. Capable of withstanding punishment like no other, they also have an array of deadly attacks that deal devastating damage.
Herald of Xotli
Herald of Xotli Heralds of Xotli are hybrids of the mage and soldier archetypes who wield alien spells and two handed weapons, making them a formidable enemy on the battlefield.
Necromancer
Necromancer Necromancers summon and command the undead, and they are legion. Their ghoulish minions are capable of tearing men apart or casting their own death magic.
Priest of Mitra
Priest of Mitra Priests of Mitra wield divine power that can aid, heal, and even bring the dead to life.
Ranger
Ranger Rangers are the finest marksmen in Hyboria, capable of stalking an enemy and delivering devastating shots with pinpoint accuracy.
Tempest of Set
Tempest of Set These priests wield the awesome destructive might of Set, the snake god of Stygia.


LORE
Keaira
Keaira She is a close ally of Conan. When he saved her from a camp of raiding Vanir invaders in years past, she formed an unbreakable bond of loyalty to the powerful barbarian.
Thoth-Amon and His Minions
Thoth-Amon and His Minions Earth's most powerful sorcerer, Lord of the Black Ring and the speaker of Set, this imposing dusky-skinned man leads the snake god’s cult in Stygia.
Boat Captain Amyr
Boat Captain Amyr The master of the Pride of Luxor is a broad-chested, imposing figure, with a loud, commanding voice and the swagger of one accustomed to giving orders and having them instantly obeyed.
Excorant the Golem Master
ExcorantGolemMaster Deep within the Black Ring Citadel in a facility buried far from the light of day works Excorant, a sorcerer capable of molding stone to create mockeries of human life.
The Darfari
The Darfari Practically all Darfari are followers of Yog and take part in vile ceremonies involving human sacrifice and cannibalism in his name.
Kern Wolfeye
Kern Wolfeye Among the beleaguered and exhausted Cimmerian warriors of Conall’s Valley, the name of the war-leader Kern Wolfeye is spoken with a clashing mix of hatred and respect.
The Ymirish
The Ymirish The newest threat in the hordes of malicious Vanir raiders is the presence of white-haired, yellow eyed warriors known to their Nordheimer brothers as the Ymirish. These warriors serve as commanders in the ravening host, blessed with the blood of Ymir in their veins, making them taller, stronger and more savage than mere mortal Vanir.
Grimnir Stormbringer
Grimnir Stormbringer Giant-kin! Frost giant. One of the legendary true sons of Ymir. Easily half-again as large as a regular man, with a thick hide the color of old, rotten snow and heavily-muscled arms that could tear a warrior in two.
The Oracle of Derketo
The Oracle of Derketo Moths to a flame: that is how the common folk of Khopshef Province describe the mysterious allure of this holy figure, who presides from an ancient temple that sits in the shadow of the great pyramid south of the village of Bubshur.
The Vanir
The Vanir Born of hardy northern stock in the land known as Vanaheim, the Vanir share similarities with the Cimmerians: both peoples are considered barbaric by most other nations and live tribal existences where the males train almost exclusively to make war and hunt for food.
Kalanthes
Kalanthes Always a powerful enemy to the worshippers of Set, Kalanthes has a long history that spans Hyboria. An old man now, he commands a powerful will and magic that arguably rivals any other soul on the continent.
King Conan
King Conan Having dethroned the late King Numedides III and claimed his crown to rest on a troubled brow, Conan of Cimmeria now sits upon the throne of Aquilonia. His tales are known as legend and fable all over Hyboria. Except in the darkest reaches of the Black Kingdoms or the savage tribes of the Pictish Wilderness, there is not a soul who has not at least heard of the life of Conan, and there is not an adventurer whose life does not mirror his own in some way.



BESTIARY
Atzel's Bandits
Atzel's Bandits It would be ill-advised to mistake Atzel's Bandits for another band of ill-equipped outlaws hiding in the hills and menacing remote regions.
Lions of Kheshatta
Lions of Kheshatta These great cats are legendary across Stygia and the Black Kingdoms to the south. They have a fearsome reputation for strength and savagery unmatched by any other wild animal.
The Vengeful Mummy
The Vengeful Mummy These twisted mockeries of human life are all that remains of the ill-fated victims of the Black Ring's quest for power. Slaves, criminals and those too weak to protect themselves from the dark sorcerers of the foreboding citadel that lurks behind Kheshatta disappear into its black halls and emerge as inhuman monsters.
Scaleskin Lizard
Scaleskin Lizard Their sub-human intelligence is driven by the worship of primitive gods; vile fusions of reptile, insect and slime or tentacled horrors of living madness.
The Malicious Shadows
The Malicious Shadows Cloaked in the rags of Acheron, the Shadows are zealous protectors of the relics of that ancient empire.
The Corrupted Bear
The Corrupted Bear Five-hundred pounds of tooth and claw, driven insane by the disease coursing through their veins, these predators crash across the landscape destroying all in their path.
The Blood Defiler
The Blood Defiler These noisome demons are made solely from blood. They are not flesh like men, instead they are beings of the warm clotted blood used in their foul summoning ritual.
The Acheronian Warlord
The Acheronian Warlord Blackblade cursed and shook a mailed fist at his men, his voice like the crack of a whip. A soldier paused to wipe his sweat drenched brow and, in the process, threw off the rhythm of the others.
Yarekma the Soul Eater
Yarekma the Soul Eater What madness would possess anyone to deal with such a creature is beyond comprehension and an even greater madness lies in opposing the archfiend.
The War Mammoth
The War Mammoth Thunder can be heard on the fields of the Border Kingdom, it is the thunderous steps of the mighty War Mammoths.
Killer Rhino
Killer Rhino With ferocious speed the Killer Rhino charges the fields of the Border Kingdom, plowing through hordes of enemy soldiers, sending them flying through the air.
The Tarantula
The Tarantula Tarantulas are very large, hairy spiders that prefer to seek out and kill their prey rather than trapping them in the strands of a web.
The Mammoth
The Mammoth Colossal elephant-like beasts, mammoths are creatures clad in shaggy brown fur, with curved tusks as long as a man is tall. These beasts roam the lands of Nordheim in herds, hunted by the Vanir and the Aesir for food, fur and precious ivory.
Vistrix
Vistrix Atzel's Approach offers a variety of torments to ensnare unwary travelers, and not all of them—not even most—are human. While the bandit groups under Atzel’s banner are a grave threat throughout the region, darker dangers exist.
The Flesh Eater
The Flesh Eater These behemoths tread through the cold pools of bog water like manifestations of the defiled swamp, all muscle and slime and hatred.
The Frostcrawler
The Frostcrawler No natural beast, a Frostcrawler is somewhere between a serpent and an eel, yet with aspects resembling neither creature.
The Grol
The Grol Harbingers of a greater evil to come, the Grol are lesser echoes of more powerful demon lord that has languished in magical bindings for centuries.
The Dark Beast
The Dark Beast The Wild Lands and the frontier villages are bedeviled by the presence of creatures earning the name 'Dark Beasts' from the lips of terrified peasants.
The Savage Cannibals
The Savage Cannibals To those who know of these primitives, they are considered beast-men, savage cannibals capable of little in the way of reason and lacking all higher intelligence.




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