maandag, september 29, 2008

Gears of war 2 (XBox360)

Title:Gears of War 2
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Epic Games, Inc.
Format: DVD for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
Pricing: $59.99 for Standard Edition and $69.99 for Limited Edition1 (US prices)
Availability: Nov. 7, 2008

Product Overview: “Gears of War 2” is the highly anticipated sequel to the 5 million-selling blockbuster action game and one of the most popular Xbox games in history.

Players continue as Marcus Fenix, a reluctant war hero and leader of Delta Squad, six months after the events of “Gears of War.” The last cities on Sera are sinking, swallowed by a new Locust threat from below. A massive counterattack is humanity’s last hope for survival.

“Gears of War 2” blends a best-in-class third-person shooter with unsurpassed high-definition visuals, all layered on top of an engaging story of survival, loss and retribution.

“Gears of War 2” is developed by Epic Games exclusively for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system.
Features:

• Unparalleled gameplay. “Gears of War 2” takes the award-winning gameplay of the original and improves upon it in every way. The genre-defining cover system is further refined, making the “stop and pop” gameplay more intuitive. Dynamic cover is given new meaning as downed opponents can be picked up and used as shields. The intimate violence of the battlefield is heightened when combatants engage in chainsaw duels. Destructible environments and vicious new finishing moves add to the over-the-top experience.
• Jaw-dropping visuals. “Gears of War 2” continues to raise the graphics bar through its breathtaking visual effects, made possible through advances in Unreal Engine 3.

• Engaging experience that pulls you in and won’t let go. “Gears of War 2” takes deep and immersive storytelling in video games to greater heights. Players connect with humanity’s battle for survival on a personal level as they move through a story that introduces new characters and sheds light on the histories of familiar ones.

• Expanded cooperative play. Team up with a friend to fight through the harrowing story of Delta Squad in the enhanced campaign mode, now featuring drop-in/drop-out gameplay, as well as individual player difficulty options. Or recruit four friends to battle in the new game mode “Horde,” where you’ll fight together to fend off a seemingly endless onslaught of Locust forces to attain the highest score.

• Fierce and varied competitive multiplayer action. “Gears of War 2” features eight distinct multiplayer modes,2 including the new Wingman, Guardian and Submission modes, where up to 10 players choose a side and pit their courage and battlefield mettle directly against others. In addition, multiplayer bots are available to sharpen your skills offline or to fill out your online private matches on Xbox LIVE.

• Party system and skill-based online matchmaking. New to “Gears of War 2” is a party system that allows players to form a full or partial team with friends and continue together from match to match without the need to reform after each game. “Gears of War 2” also supports a skill-based online matchmaking system, powered by TrueSkill, which groups players of similar skill level together in competitive multiplayer matches.

Source: MS press release

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Aztek-TV

Aztek-TV will be back online by midnight... yes: this midnight.

dinsdag, september 16, 2008

Ritueel afgeslacht met 666 messteken


Satanaanbidders hebben vier gothic-tieners ritueel afgeslacht en hen vervolgens opgegeten. De slachtoffers kregen elk 666 messteken, niet toevallig een verwijzing naar het getal van de duivel. Hun afgehakte lichaamsdelen werden boven een vuurtje geroosterd en vervolgens naar binnen gewerkt. Agenten deden deze lugubere ontdekking toen ze gedumpte lichaamsdelen terugvonden naast een kruis dat omgekeerd in de grond stak, een duivels teken.


Onder dwang dronken gevoerd

De vier ongelukkigen, drie meisjes en een jongen, werden een voor een naar een huisje in de buurt van de Russische stad Jaroslavl gelokt. Daar werden ze onder dwang dronken gevoerd. Vermits haren van hen in de as onder een boom teruggevonden werden, gaat de politie ervan uit dat ze eerst nog gekookt werden alvorens ze opgepeuzeld werden. Bij het ziekelijke ritueel werden ook hun intieme lichaamsdelen afgesneden.


Dood meisje opgegraven

De politie arresteerde acht verdachten, maar onder de indruk van hun wandaad lijken ze allerminst.

Een van hen schepte op hoe ze in het verleden een pasgestorven meisje hadden opgegraven en vervolgens haar hart opaten. Een andere verwacht zelfs helemaal geen straf. "Satan zal me helpen mijn verantwoordelijkheid te ontlopen. Ik heb al genoeg offers voor hem gebracht", klonk het. Een derde dader verkondigde dat hij God beu was omdat Hij hem niet rijk maakte en dat de zaken er aanzienlijk op verbeterden sinds hij de duivel aanbad. De politie kwam de bende op het spoor toen uitkwam dat alle slachtoffers gebeld hadden met Nikoali Ogolobyak, de vermoedelijke leider van de satanisten.

(door svm)

Bron: HLN

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Magical Fairy Ball Melle

Kunstgroep Fenix brengt fantasie tot leven

Kunstgroep Fenix organiseert op zaterdag 18 oktober 2008 om 20.00u het Magical Fairy Ball in het Gildenhuis te Melle. Het eerste sociaal en gekostumeerd fantasie bal in Oost-Vlaanderen met diner, live spektakel, illusies, animatie, muziek en dans alsook een stille veiling ten voordele van het goede doel.

Uniek


Het beloofd een avond vol betovering, inspiratie en fantasie te worden.
Alle gasten van dit evenement worden verwacht in thema outfit of formele avondkledij met masker. Als elf, fee, trol, middeleeuws edelman, tovenaar of koning, eender welk figuur uit mythe, fantasie of historie, alles wordt overgelaten aan de verbeelding van de gasten! En dit is nu net wat het Magical Fairy Ball uniek maakt. Als bezoeker maak je deel uit van het spektakel en beleef je actief het hele gebeuren! Ook de zaal wordt helemaal aangekleed volgens thema. Prachtige decor stukken worden ontworpen door Antoine Bomon.
Op het goed gevulde programma van die avond staat onder meer illusionist Royce, die op magische wijze het Ball zal openen. Er zal een heerlijk dessertenbuffet zijn waar alle bezoekers kunnen van proeven en de Nederlandse muziekgroep Unicorn zal voor de nodige ambiance zorgen. Verder zorgen diverse randartiesten voor een aanvulling zodat er tijdens het ganse evenement heel wat te beleven valt.
De fascinatie in het fantasiegebeuren inspireerde de kunstgroep Fenix om dit uniek concept naar de bevolking toe te brengen. Met de enthousiaste medewerking van bekende nationale en internationale artiesten en professionals waaronder: Antoine Bomon, Royce and the Art of Expression, Unicorn en vele anderen…wordt het Magical Fairy Ball een avondvullend gebeuren dat je niet mag missen.

Met of zonder


Er zijn twee formules waaruit men kan kiezen. Inclusief diner en pré-show, alsook aperitief en dranken, aan de VVP van 58 EUR., ofwel het spektakel zonder diner, wel met dessertenbuffet, aan de VVP van 23 EUR.
Kunstgroep Fenix?
Kunstgroep Fenix is een groep eigenzinnige artiesten en kunstenaars uit verschillende branches die via netwerking en samenwerking artistieke creaties en nieuwe initiatieven aan het brede publiek brengen.


Meer info


U kunt alles over het Magical Fairy Ball nog eens nalezen op http://www.magicfairyball.com/
Waar je ook kaarten kan reserveren. De prijs voor een toegangskaart is 23 EUR (na 1 oktober 25 EUR) Kaarten met diner kosten 58 EUR (na 1 oktober 60 EUR). Kaarten in voorverkoop online of via 0495 76 46 46. Het aantal plaatsen is beperkt dus tijdig reserveren om dit unieke evenement te kunnen bijwonen is aangeraden.

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vrijdag, september 12, 2008

Griekse archeologen ontdekken 2.500 jaar oude begraafplaatsen


Griekse archeologen hebben op een begraafplaats in de buurt van de geboorteplaats van Alexander de Grote een sensationele vondst gedaan. Dat maakte het Griekse ministerie van Cultuur donderdag bekend.
Op de begraafplaats in Pella, in het noorden van Griekenland, werden 43 graven gevonden uit de periode van 650 tot 279 voor Christus. Daarnaast werden 20 graven gevonden van strijders uit de periode van 580 tot 480 voor Christus. In deze graven werden helmen, zwaarden en messen teruggevonden. Ogen, mond en borst van de overledenen waren met goudfolie bedekt. Archeologen hopen dat deze vondst een beter inzicht kan geven in het vroegere koninkrijk Macedonië, dat zich onder Alexander de Grote tot in India uitstrekte. Alexander de Grote stierf in 323 voor Christus in Babylon op 32-jarige leeftijd.

(bron SVR)

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donderdag, september 11, 2008

Razorreel Fantastic FilmFestival Brugge



Razor Reel is trots om U z'n eerste FANTASTIC FILMFESTIVAL aan te kondigen in het najaar van 2008. Brugge "Die Scone" zal het toneel zijn voor een reeks kwaliteitvolle films van over de ganse wereld met de nadruk op entertainment en fantasie. Het is het uiteindelijk doel om Brugge op de kaart te plaatsen in het internationale gebeuren van Fantastic Film Festivals. We richten ons vooral op films die nog geen plaats gevonden hebben in het reguliere circuit van arthouses en multiplexen en die nog niet in de winkelrekken van de Home Entertainment te vinden zijn. Het festival staat open voor zowel binnenlandse & buitenlandse filmmakers.


Datum: 29/10/2008 tem 1/11/2008

Info: Razorreel

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woensdag, september 10, 2008

Resident Evil 5 (PS3 / XB360)



The biohazard threat has not ended: Just when it seemed that the menace of Resident Evil had been destroyed, along comes a new terror to send shivers down player’s spines. Chris Redfield, returning Resident Evil hero, has followed the path of the evil literally around the globe. After joining a new organization, Chris heads to Africa where the latest bioterrorism threat is literally transforming the people and animals of the city into mindless, maddened creatures. Chris must take on the challenge of discovering the truth behind this evil plot. In Resident Evil 5, Capcom will teach players to fear the daylight as much as they have feared shadow in previous games.


Co-producer and series veterans Jun Takeuchi (Lost Planet) and Masachicka Kawata (Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles) unleashes an unprecedented level of fear for the next generation in Resident Evil 5, the sequel to one of the highest-rated videogames in history, according to Metacritic.com and Gamerankings.com. Promising to revolutionize the series by delivering an unbelievable level of detail, realism and control, Resident Evil 5 is certain to bring new fans to the series. New technology developed specifically for the game, as well as incredible changes to both the gameplay and world of Resident Evil will make this a must-have game for gamers across the globe.


The latest in the Resident Evil series, which has sold over 34 million units since the original game was released in 1996, as well as spawned a multi-million dollar trilogy of films from Sony Pictures. Resident Evil 5 will revolutionize the Resident Evil series, just as Resident Evil 4 did.


• Chris Redfield, protagonist of the original Resident Evil and Resident Evil: Code Veronica, returns

• New environments and a diverse assortment of locations• New enemies bring new challenges: speed and intelligence make adversaries as dangerous singly as they are in groups.

• An arsenal of weapons at the players command to keep the evil at bay, including knives, pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles and more.

• Lighting effects provide a new level of suspense in both harsh light and deepest shadow

• True high definition gaming on multiple game platforms, using an advanced version of Capcom’s proprietary game engine, MT Framework, which powered the next-gen, million-plus hit titles Devil May Cry 4, Lost Planet and Dead Rising.


Source: Capcom press release (Leipzig)

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Worms as a tabletop wargame faction?


At long last, I'm delighted to be able to say that the Worms are now available for the Command Horizon 6mm SF range. As befits a race whose expertise lies in genetic manipulation, their vehicles show a mix of organic and non-organic technology - and while they may not be as speedy, or as varied as their Human or Centaur counterparts, they more than make up for it in their toughness and firepower.


The Worm infantry come in two varieties - the standard warrior class, roughly the same size and bulk as a Human; and the specialised giant Sapper class, specially bred for tunneling and boring through the toughest ground, and often to be found at the forefront of underground assaults on enemy positions.


CHW1 Light Tanks (3) £3.30

GBPCHW2 Medium Tanks (3) £3.30

GBPCHW3 Heavy Tanks (3) £3.30

GBPCHW4 Artillery (3) £4.40

GBPCHW5 Light Personnel Carriers (6) £4.40

GBPCHW6 Light Personnel Carriers (3) £3.30

GBPCHW7 Worm Infantry (64) £4.40

GBPCHW8 Worm Sappers (8) £4.40 GBP
All the codes are available with immediate effect


Even now, devilish rules for the Worms are being added to the next version of Command Horizon - which will also include details of the background to this race, and the horrifying consequences to all races of its constant need for expansion and conquest.
For more information, go to
commandhorizon.com

Source: CH press release

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Cosplay België

Het enige echte Belgische cosplayforum is zowel in zijn Nederlandstalige, als zijn Franstalige versie sinds begin deze week niet meer bereikbaar. Een hele spijtige zaak voor Vlaanderen, Wallonië, Brussel en Nederland.
Wat er precies gebeurd is, blijft momenteel nog vaag en gehuld in verschillende verhalen... maar als er zoals sommigen vrezen kwaad opzet in het spel is, dan kunnen de daders op niets anders dan onze minachting rekenen. Mogen ze stikken in hun eigen braaksel. Was een positieve actie ondernemen echt te veel gevraagd voor dergelijke beperkte intellecten?
Wij hopen dat de admin's & mod's snel een oplossing vinden en dat het ge-drama queen & ge-attention whore eindelijk tot een einde komt. Hiervoor mogen ze uiteraard op de steun van Aztek-TV rekenen.
EDIT:
De moderatoren van het originele Belgische cosplayforum hebben een nieuw Cosplay België forum opgericht.

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maandag, september 08, 2008

Söldner-X - Himmelsstürmer (PS3)

Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system with plenty of new features

Release targeted for October 2008


Eastasiasoft, Hong Kong based publisher of interactive entertainment, today announced further release details of their upcoming video game Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer (URL: http://www.soldner-x.com) for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.

The PLAYSTATION®3 system version contains lots of additional new features not found in the original 2007 PC version release, including audio and visual improvements, updated game play, trophies support and much more.

Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer is anticipated to be released on the PLAYSTATION®Network in North America in October 2008, with other territories expected to follow shortly after.


New features:
Visual improvements including y-scrolling, new background animations, newly added effects and more
Contains new enemies, including newly crafted standard foes and larger sub boss battles
Additional boss battle and berserker mode background music (seven brand new tracks in total!)
New sound effects added for an enhanced gaming experience
Rebalanced game play with an easier default difficulty
Rebalanced high score system, including new victory screens
DUALSHOCK®3 and optional SIXAXIS™ support
Trophies supportFurther key features:
12 stages of beautiful parallax graphics and animations, staged across 4 fantastic world/space settings
High definition graphics in up to 1080p
Beautiful weather effects (such as rain, fog and lightning)
Classic design, yet state-of-the-art shooter technology
Unique upgrade weapon system with five standard weapon types
Never before seen tactical elements such as chaining, effectiveness system, 'berserker' mode and more
Plenty of hidden bonus features
More than 20 extras (with both positive and negative effects!)
Addictive collection quests
Over-the-top boss fights
Features a superb soundtrack and sound effects
Up to fix modes of difficulty
Easy to learn, yet tough to master
Online high score ranking


About Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer:

Set in the distant future, the game is a fast and furious shoot 'em up with state-of-the-art graphics, driving soundtrack and classic fun gameplay sprinkled with fresh innovations. In the storyline, planet Earth's resistance aims to stop a deadly infection consuming both life forms and technology alike, oddly having to rely on an antihero mercenary and bounty hunter to pilot a mighty prototype star fighter. His goal: To fight his way to the virus' origin, save civilization and earn cash to boot!
Source: eastasiasoft pressrelease

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Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy (PC)

GAME SUMMARY

March 1566 - Salon de Provence, France

It has been three years since Catherine de Médicis' rule as regent came to an end, but she still holds the reins of power, making her the target of repeated attacks from the French nobility. One day in March 1566, when she realises that she has fallen victim to a terrible curse, she turns to her doctor and astrologer, Michel de Nostre-Dame, better known as Nostradamus.

Unfortunately, the famous prophet is too old and weak to take on such a mission alone. Refusing to abandon his Queen in her hour of need, he sends his daughter Madeleine in his place. However, there is no such thing as female astrologers, let alone female doctors in medieval times. To be accepted as such, the young woman must go in disguise and assume her younger brother César’s identity.

Alternating between Madeleine the young woman, and Madeleine disguised as César, players are plunged into a thrilling adventure where political scheming and ancestral prophecies are intertwined. The game begins as an initiatory adventure in the footsteps of her father Nostradamus, and transitions into a suspenseful test-riddled forensic investigation as you are faced with one murder after another.

FEATURES

• The first-ever game based on the life and works of Nostradamus
• Defeat the last prophecy of the great astrologer Nostradamus and change the course of history!
• Become a criminal profiler centuries in advance as you investigate a series of murders perilously linked to the royal family
• Play as 2 different characters throughout this thrilling adventure
• Unravel a series of Machiavellian riddles and puzzles based not just on astrology, but also alchemy, apothecary and ancient runes
• Delve into Renaissance Provence and discover rich photorealistic environments faithfully recreated to reflect the time of Nostradamus
• From the creators of best-selling adventure series: Atlantis, Egypt, Versailles and The Secrets of Da Vinci

Developed by Kheops Studio, TOTM Studio and Mzone Studio, Nostradamus - The Last Prophecy is co-produced by five companies – Elektrogames, Microïds, TOTM Studio, Kheops Studio and Mzone Studio.

Source: Elektrogames press release

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Speed Rally


Welcome to the world of Speed Rally, the game of fantastic auto racing where outlandish vehicles outfitted with buzz saws, booster jacks and other devices careen around obstacle-filled tracks or roar across dangerous terrain.


Speed Rally is a new set of miniature rules designed to be used with any 1/64 scale die-cast car - the kind you can find in any toy store, supermarket or online. It was inspired by the extreme, and often crazy, races you've seen in dozens of movies, TV shows and Saturday morning cartoons. Whether you want to race wacky vehicles in an animated setting or run gritty death races where points are scored for running over pedestrians, Speed Rally gives you the rules to generate your favorite cars and drivers - or create your own.


You can now order the full-color downloadable PDF of the game from speedrally.net. (We also have a few copies left of the Pace Car Edition of the rulebook, which was printed for Historicon this summer). In addition, Glory Games offers free downloads of track segments you can print out on your home printer, car and driver sheets, and wallpaper. In the future we will be offering additional tracks and an expansion set with additional vehicles and devices.


Source: Glory Games press release

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FACTS conventie (11 & 12 oktober 2008)

Houd deze data alvast vrij...
Dr.Carson Beckett uit 1 van onze favoriete reeksen (Stargate Atlantis) komt langs...
en normaal ook de indrukwekkende Stargate van de BCD...
en een heuse Wraith-cosplayer...
en... en...
Meer info volgt.

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vrijdag, september 05, 2008

Deviant Art

We are now a Devious Yellow Alien...


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Tales of the Dragon Kings

The moulds are finally made, and the Dragons are finally released...

Black Hat Miniatures has two new packs for their 28mm Chinese fantasy range, Tales of the Dragon Kings.

DK38 Chinese Dragon IDK39 Chinese Dragon II
Both dragons come with riders, and consist of separate body, legs and head.
Each dragon costs £25.00 GBP.
We have also seen a preview of their next pack due to be released which is:

DK40 Monkey, Pigsy, Sandy and Tripitaka
This will be £8.00 GBP for the set.

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Mega Man Star Force 2 (DS)

Mega Man Star Force 2 Fact Sheet

Release Date: Autumn 2008
Genre: Action RPG
Platform: Nintendo DS™
Rating: PEGI 7+
Developer: Capcom Co. Ltd.
SRP: £29.99 / €39.99


Game Description:

Mega Man Star Force returns, delivering a totally new and cutting- edge portable RPG adventure that is brought to life in the iconic, action-driven Mega Man way! Mega Man Star Force™ 2 will be available in two versions, Zerker X Ninja and Zerker X Saurian, with players able to choose between the three characters of Zerker, Ninja or Saurian depending on which version they choose.


Developed by the team behind the popular Mega Man Battle Network™ series, Mega Man Star Force™ 2 continues two months after the previous game left off. Geo Stelar and crew return to battle a whole host of UMA’s (unidentified animated beings) and new rival character called Rogue. When a mysterious organisation plans to revive the ancient civilization of Mu by unleashing the sinister force of the ancient OOPArt, it’s up to Geo and his virus-busting buddy, Omega-Xis, to thwart this latest threat.


Mega Man Star Force™ 2 blends a unique formula of RPG exploration elements with fast-paced action as players travel and battle between coexisting worlds, the physical world and the virtual Wave World to unravel the mystery around this new trouble maker. Players will encounter enemies in the virtual Wave World and battle them on three-by-five grids with their Battle Card deck. Mega Man Star Force™ 2 also features an upgraded “Transer” system.


Features:

• Two co-existing worlds – explore the real world in human form and transform into Mega Man to maneuver through the virtual “Wave World”.

• Each version of the game offers its own Mega Man™ transformations with unique elemental powers and spectacular special attacks. Zerker wields a large sword imbued with the power of lightning, Ninja boosts Mega Man’s speed and enables him to throw a huge Shurikan and Saurian is able to reduce enemies to smoldering pieces with the power of his explosive fiery fists.

• Each character has their own customizable Personal Page in the game where Battle cards and information can be viewed and traded with friends to compare progress.

• Nintendo Wi-Fi connection and the wireless LAN allows players to connect with in-game friends regardless of their location and add new friends to their network to create a “Brother Band” network where they can share cards, status upgrades and even help each other to perform upgraded transformations.


Source: Capcom press release

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50 000 free Warhammer Online beta keys


Multiplay to distribute 50,000 Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning BETA keys

Multiplay's new downloads service swings into action.

Multiplay - one of the largest gaming communities in Europe - is pleased to announce it has 50,000 beta keys for Electronic Arts' upcoming Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning MMO. The keys are for the open public beta and will be available from Thursday 4th September 2008 from Multiplay's new gaming downloads site, www.fileplay.net.

Upon entering WAR, players must determine their allegiance and join an army. Those inclined towards the side of good may fight for the Realm of Order as an obstinate Dwarf, noble High Elf, or loyal human soldier of the Empire. Those inclined towards darker deeds may side with the sinister Realm of Destruction as a savage Greenskin (Orc or Goblin), corrupt Dark Elf, or marauding human worshipper of Chaos.

For the first time, players can engage in Public QuestsTM; these community driven Player vs. Environment quests help to advance the game's story and allow all allied players within a certain location to participate in an ongoing, multi-stage battle. This is an example of how every aspect of the game, including PvE content, is geared towards the greater war in some important way. Players are not required to participate in Player vs. Player combat, and may aid in the Realm vs. Realm war effort and enjoy the game in its entirety via PvE content.

Drawing from a quarter century of highly detailed source material, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning brings Games Workshop's fantasy world to life in a way that will allow players to create characters destined for great deeds and glory on the field of battle.

To play for yourself visit
www.fileplay.net/keys/warhammer for a beta key, available with a free Multiplay account.

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