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ADMIT IT, YOU WERE LIKE A JUNKIE, JONESING FOR THAT DENSELY DAILY DOSAGE [Author: lum]

UO news: The spreading of the faction system to Chesapeake was indefinitely delayed tonight, surprising by our estimate six people (all of whom assumed factions were patched in when UO:R was released)… OK, I could be wrong, but it appears UOVault finally just died while no one was looking… …to preserve the integrity of our roleplaying experience, we feel that the recounting of the people surprised by the faction system’s delay must continue… …possibly the most honest web site name in the business, the Vortex of Crap opened for your, um, vortex of crappiness needs… …in a stunning reversal, we are appealing to the World Court to halt the recount of people surprised by the faction system’s delay… …HULK SMASH!… …the counting of people surprised by the faction system’s delay was turned asunder as thousands of absentee petitions to the GM queue from the Oceania, Hokuto and Formosa shards poured in… …new on UO Powergamers, how to build the perfect mage… …ok, we’ll stop with the lame counting jokes. Unfortunately, CNN refuses to join with us in this pledge…

EQ news: Everyone’s favorite EQ designer, Abashi “Mr. Wrinn if you’re nasty”, weighs in on a Whineplay thread titled “Verant vs. the Players“. Short version: NO WE’RE NOT!. Check here for the long version… …Alan “I WORK HERE REALLY” VanCouvering weighs in on arguments posed by the latest victims of the Nerf Stick, mages. Again, Caster’s Realm has the important bits… …Absor also acknowledged what shamen found out – they got nerfed too. Here he explains why a spell that supposedly works effectively indefinitely suddenly was changed to run out when you’re out of mana. Shamen: NOT HAPPY

AC news: Storming the cathedral or just portalling on in? Commemorate your fantasy achievement with the DerethCam! Not available in Darktide, Tholluxe Paells, or Hokuto… …Gamespy is running a year-in-retrospective feature from Turbine…

Other news: J. the Eponymous, the MMOG world’s answer to Brenda Starr’s question, noticed a feature on Gamespot’s Shadowbane writeup: the dreaded reputation system! After some skillful sleuthing, he managed to wring a retraction from Gamespot: no, Shadowbane really doesn’t care if you kill thousands of newbies. It’s OK. Ashton-Kai still loves you deeply… …Raph Koster wrote a book, immediately making this website obsolete… …over in Camelot (“Camelot. Camelot! CAMELOT!!!! I looove to push the praaaam a lot!” OK, I’ll stop now.) the ever-quotable “Boy, I just know I’m going to get in trouble here…” Mahrin Skel explains how Everquest is broken and Camelot isn’t on the Camelot Vault boards and lets someone know on our boards that Mythic isn’t obligated to supply them with a steady stream of sheep…

Stupid news: Canada had an election too, really. And in Canadian fashion, their terminable arguments over dimpled chads are much more dignified…