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Monday - June 02, 2008

9Dragons - New European Server

by Woges, 16:57

A new European server called Bardo Euro have been taken into use and the launch will be celebrated with special events on the new server from the 3rd to the 9th of June:

Acclaim Games officially launches the new European server, Bardo Euro. With newphysical servers in place, we will offer our European players an improved game experience, with better connections, less lag and greater reliability. We have been working on this for some time, and in response to your requests, we are finally able to offer this enhancement to the 9Dragons experience.

To commemorate this great occasion, we will be running a week of several special events just for players on the Bardo server. Be sure to come and enjoy the fun!

Source: WarCry

Wednesday - March 21, 2007

9Dragons - GDC Preview @ WarCry

by Dhruin, 23:47

Acclaim's version of 9Dragons is the subject of a preview-cum-interview at WarCry, based on a conversation with Acclaim's CEO Howard Marks at GDC:

The flood of Asian-MMO imports has left many in the game media writing them off before they even open their doors. Acclaim seems to have bucked the trend with 9Dragons, their first major MMORPG. Like many, they took a successful Asian MMO and translated it to English, but during our GDC meeting with Howard Marks - the company's CEO - it became clear why they're having success where others have failed. 9Dragons has an aggressive, but realistic distribution and pricing plan and his North American studio has put an emphasis on truly translating the game - not just the text - for the North American audience.

All of this extra effort has meant that their Open Beta has over 250,000 players who have registered for and downloaded the client. It has also enabled Acclaim to secure European publishing rights to the game as they expand their service over a second ocean.

Tuesday - January 23, 2007

9Dragons - Closing Down @ Official Site

by Inauro, 21:12

It seems that 9Dragons is closing down.  The official website is carrying the following message:

It is with regret that we have to announce that as of Jan 22nd
Persistent Worlds has ceased trading. The servers will be shut down in due course.

Friday - November 17, 2006

9Dragons - First View @ RPG Vault

by Inauro, 22:22

RPG Vault shares some first impressions of Indy21's 9Dragons.

The basic concept of the game immediately sets it apart from the many persistent state titles based in fantasy or science fiction. So does the real-world setting, although in the interests of fun, it may not be completely true to historical accuracy. It appears that players will be able to choose among a nice variety of fighting styles such as those of the legendary Shaolin monks, the League of Beggars, the Black Dragon and the Sacred Flower. The combat animations are quite eye-catching and the overall art direction appears to be solid. The system requirements are pretty reasonable, making the game accessible to many potential players who may not have the latest generation of hardware.

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Source: RPG Vault

Tuesday - November 14, 2006

9Dragons - Interview @ MMORPG.com

by Dhruin, 21:59

Steven=Elliot Altman, author, Hollywood screenwriter and 9Dragons lead writer, has been interviewed at MMORPG.com about the martial arts MMORPG:

MMORPG.com: How historically accurate will 9Dragons be? What liberties will be taken to keep 9Dragons a long running MMO?

Steven-Elliot Altman: Good question, Garrett. As far as visuals go, our Korean design team was given a mandate: If it didn't exist in China during the Ming Dynasty, it doesn't exist in 9Dragons. That speaks to the design of the cities, the wardrobe, and even the available weapons. You won't find Shuriken (throwing stars) for example, because they were yet to be introduced during that period in China's history.

As far as the writing goes, I researched each of the Clans to the best of my ability (Shaolin and Wu-Tang Clan had the most available literature of course) and hopefully no one will observe any serious anachronisms. That being said, we have ancient Chinese wisdom being offered in English, so we have to allow for the cultural bias first, and then flavor as we go. I think it's the correct flavor we all strive to experience, not dead on accuracy. Believe me, that would be boring. The process is very similar to writing and then shooting a historically based movie. You have to balance familiar storytelling elements with historically accurate visuals and tune the language as close as you can without losing too much in translation. The only element that keeps me from total immersion in the time period is the fact that I have a mouse in my hand. As far as liberties go... without giving away too much... there just may be an invasion from a foreign land brewing in a not-too-distant expansion event... and we may be compressing time a wee bit.

Friday - November 03, 2006

9Dragons - Preview & Screens @ MMORPG.com

by Rheric, 15:42

MMORPG.com has posted a preview , in the form of a developer diary, on items in the upcoming martial arts MMO, 9Dragons. The article includes 10 new, exclusive screenshots.

Items can give you an edge in battle, right down to a strand of prayer beads a Shaolin monk might carry that raises his dodge rate, or a blessed hairpin that a Sacred Flower assassin might wear that raises her chance for divine intervention toward a critical hit.

If you are to become such a master, then you too must be prepared to pay attention to these details. You may have honed your Kung Fu through training, but if you have not researched your items then you may find out the hard way how much more there is to learn. If you come up against an opponent with a masterpiece sword (one that belonged to a hero of old) then your Kung Fu skills will likely not be enough.

Source: Bluesnews

Wednesday - October 04, 2006

9Dragons: Dev Journal & Screenshots @ MMORPG.com

by Inauro, 22:49
Head on over to MMORPG.com for seven exclusive 9Dragons screenshots and a new developer journal from Acclaim's Ken Johnston.
While you read this, I want you to use your imagination and create a picture in your mind. A vision of a distant land, many, many years ago. See in your mind's eye ancient China, some time during the Ming Dynasty. See yourself, a poor young peasant, struggling down the dusty street of a small village. You do not have even a single coin to call your own. Still, you may not have money, but you do have great dreams. You have dreams of glory and wealth. You have dreams of standing up for yourself against the village bullies who terrorise you. But how? An old friend told you that by learning the skills of Kung Fu you could grasp these dreams. But who will teach you? How will you learn?

This is the starting point of your journey in the game 9Dragons. You do not need to use your imagination any longer because your story will unfold in front of you. The skills of Kung Fu are there to be learned. You can change the course of your destiny in ancient China with the decisions you make.
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Source: MMORPG.com

Thursday - September 14, 2006

9Dragons: Interview @ MMORPG.com

by Inauro, 22:53
MMORPG.com <a href="http://www.mmorpg.com/showFeature.cfm/loadFeature/877" target="_blank">talks with</a> Acclaim's Howard Marks about the company's upcoming titles, <a href="http://9dragons.acclaim.com" target="_blank">9Dragons</a> and <a href="http://2moons.acclaim.com/" target="_blank">2Moons</a>.<blockquote><em> The day after giving a talk to AGC called a SGame Overa ?, Howard Marks and I met on the show floor to discuss 9Dragons, 2Moons, Acclaim and future economic models for the MMORPG industry.<br><br>In his talk, Marks challenged developers to see the world through his eyes. Marks is a firm believer that the future of MMORPGs is in advertising, just as television and the internet itself have ended up. Through Acclaim, Marks hopes to be at the forefront of this future and has boldly promised that all Acclaima "!s MMORPGs will be pretty much free to play.<br><br>There is a slight emphasis on a Spretty mucha ?. The first two major titles 2Moons and 9Dragons are perfect examples.<br><br>In 9Dragons, players can play for free if they do not mind some advertising in the UI. If they do, they can purchase a premium account that removes the ads, lets their characters advance a little faster, among other benefits.<br><br>2Moons, on the other hand, offers players the ability to turn off the ads for free, but again they suffer a slight experience rate penalty.</em></blockquote><a href="http://www.mmorpg.com/showFeature.cfm/loadFeature/877" target="_blank">More...</a>

Source: MMORPG.com

9Dragons: Peek #14 @ RPG Vault

by Inauro, 22:50
RPG Vault takes a closer look at exploring dungeons in Indy21's forthcoming MMORPG, 9Dragons.
Exploration of the Dungeons in 9Dragons

9Dragons is the first authentic martial arts massively multiplayer online game. Think of the world of House of the Flying Daggers or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

There were also some evil groups who were bent on acquiring wealth at the expense of others. These monster clans had many followers. Often, they also had highly defensible headquarters, and sometimes, these were in strange dungeons. They also had lots of gold plus some very interesting articles and magical weaponry.

In 9Dragons, nine of these dungeons exist for your adventuring pleasure... well, it may not be such a pleasure when you find out what awaits you there.
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Source: RPG Vault

Thursday - September 07, 2006

9Dragons: Business Model Interview @ RPG Vault

by Inauro, 22:45
RPG Vault talks to Acclaim about the company's business model for its upcoming MMORPG, Archlord.
Jonric: How will your newly announced business model for 9Dragons work? What are the main components, and what key benefits does it offer potential players?

Howard Marks: It is quite simple; a player registers on the www.acclaim.com website or www.9dragonsgame.com and then downloads the game. Once installed, the player creates a character and starts playing. During play, we will display some advertisements. This supports the cost of running the game and of development. The player has the option at any time to purchase the premium package, which features a list of benefits including no advertisements. Prior to completing beta testing, we will announce the complete details for this package.
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Source: RPG Vault

Friday - August 18, 2006

9Dragons: Peek #13 @ RPG Vault

by Dhruin, 22:29
If you aren't tired of 9Dragons Clans, head over to RPG Vault for their 13th and final Peek:
In the conclusion to our week of features, we focus on a pair of clans, the Brotherhood of Thieves and the Wu-Tang.

9Dragons: Clan Feature & Screens @ MMORPG.com

by Dhruin, 22:23
MMORPG.com has posted their fifth 9Dragons Clan Feature, with this one looking at The Heavenly Demon Clan. You can also grab screens here.

9Dragons: Peek #12 @ RPG Vault

by Dhruin, 00:11
Yet another 9Dragons Peek is up at RPG Vault and apparently "The League of Beggars is largest clan in the martial arts online world".

Wednesday - August 16, 2006

9Dragons: Peek #11 @ RPG Vault

by Dhruin, 22:35
The "all-female Sacred Flower clan's kung fu" is the subject of this latest 9Dragons Peek at RPG Vault, as they fire this series out at a rapid rate.

9Dragons: Interview @ MMORPG.com

by Dhruin, 05:53
MMORPG.com <a href="http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/gameId/235/setView/features/loadFeature/810" target="_blank">speaks</a> to well-known author Steve Altman about his role writing for 9Dragons:<blockquote><em><b>MMORPG.com: How did you feel when approached to write for what essentially is a video game?</b><br><br>Steve Altman: Glad you asked, Carolyn. I was hesitant for a moment when Howard Marks, Acclaima "!s CEO, took me out to lunch and asked me if Ia "!d be interested in coming on-board to create The Lore for 9Dragons. He knew my work, that Ia "!d written novels, scripts and comics. I knew he was responsible for making A-level games. He convinced me that 9Dragons was a game that had a strong story componenta and that he felt confident in my grasp of East meets West storytelling after reading a novel I wrote called Zen in the Art of Slaying Vampires. Then he showed me the in-game visuals and wella as youa "!ll see, they are very compelling. I felt like I was being given a chance to live inside the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It was sort of irresistible.</em></blockquote>

9Dragons: Peek #10 @ RPG Vault

by Dhruin, 02:21
According to the intro, this latest 9Dragons reveals Peek, "the Heavenly Demon clan is said to be the most nefarious".

Monday - August 14, 2006

9Dragons: Peek #9 @ RPG Vault

by Dhruin, 22:22
RPG Vault's ninth 9Dragons Peek looks at "the renowned Shaolin clan in Indy21's online offering":
The Shaolin are a white clan, on the side of good versus evil. As you will see, the game starts with a choice of three white (or good) clans and three black (or evil) ones. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, and its own fighting style. Whether you prefer the role of good or evil is up to you.

Thursday - August 10, 2006

9Dragons: Clan Feature & Screens @ MMORPG.com

by Dhruin, 22:54
MMORPG.com serves up their latest 9Dragons <a href="http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/gameId/235/setView/features/loadFeature/803" target="_blank">Clan Feature</a>:<blockquote><em>This is the fourth instalment of a six article series exploring the background lore of the clans in the exciting new MMO martial arts game 9Dragons. Today wea "!ll explore another one of the black clans - Sacred Flower.<br><br>Just as Shaolin clana "!s thousand year tradition marks them exclusive to men, the Sacred Flower Clan is exclusive to women, the Yin to Shaolina "!s Yang, as all life in The Land strives toward Yin-Yang harmony. The ideals of Shaolin are quite noble, as one might expect, so the ideals of Sacred Flower, viewed from a Ming Dynasty male perspective, are anything buta </em></blockquote>...and grab some screens <a href="http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/gameId/235/setView/features/loadFeature/804" target="_blank">here</a>.

Thursday - August 03, 2006

9Dragons: Peek #8 @ RPG Vault

by Inauro, 22:59
RPG Vault's latest 9Dragons peek takes a closer look at questing.
The world of 9Dragons is complex and deep. Not only are there thousands of other players in it, plus a vast array of monsters and monster clans to battle, but there are also hundreds of other characters who need your help, or who can help you. The heart of the game is the quest system. It is part of the universal power of the yin and the yang that you must both help others and be helped by them.

When you are just a new, weak peasant, desperately struggling to survive in this hostile world, you may find that certain people will help you if you help them. Allow us to give you an example. In return for buying a poor old blind storyteller a libation or two, he may tell you stories about the clans and their masters. You can learn which clans are where, and what their fighting styles are like... very helpful if you have not decided yet which style you wish to master.
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Source: RPG Vault

Thursday - July 27, 2006

9Dragons: The League of Beggars Clan @ MMORPG.com

by Dhruin, 22:17
MMORPG.com has their third of six feature looking at clans in 9Dragons. This outing covers <a href="http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/gameId/235/setView/features/loadFeature/784" target="_blank">The League of Beggars</a>:<blockquote><em>The clan is an organization of actual beggars, sometimes referred to as a SThe Endless Clan,a ? because as a clansman once stated, a SYou could sit beggars one by one in line across the land and never see the end!a ? It is by far the easiest clan to join. All you have to do is perform a few simple tasks, beg a bit, and swear an oath. Then you may take faith in their great numbers and be numbered among the faithful! <br> <br>Through accepting charity, helping those who face hardship, and giving noble purpose to those who find themselves lost or emptya the disciples of The League, although poor and often pitied, display all the noble characteristics of true heroes. They are the clan with the closest relationship to the common people.</em></blockquote>You can also grab some new screens <a href="http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/gameId/235/setView/features/loadFeature/785" target="_blank">here</a>.

Thursday - July 20, 2006

9Dragons: Clan Feature @ MMORPG.com

by Inauro, 23:13
The second in a series of six planned articles looking at the clans in Acclaim's upcoming 9Dragons is online at MMORPG.com. This time the focus is on The Brotherhood of Thieves.<blockquote><em>The Brotherhood is an organization of thieves, robbers, rogues and brigands, unified by a noble purpose, that of fighting off the Imperial tax collectors and feeding the poor. Hence their common farewell, a STake what you will, share what you can!a ? Well, thata "!s how the clan started off anyway. Today, the clan itself is rather corrupt and violent. Coercion is used to ensure loyalty and non-adherence to clan rules is dealt with swiftly and harshly. And so, with true nobility at the root of their clan, and a harsh criminal code of ethics, life in The Brotherhood is sort of like Robin Hood joins the Mafia.</em></blockquote><a href="http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm?gameId=235&setView=features&loadFeature=772&bhcp=1" target="_blank">More...</a>

Source: MMORPG.com

9Dragons: Peek #7 @ RPG Vault

by Dhruin, 22:48
RPG Vault has kicked up the 7th entry in their 9Dragons Peek series, saying "Each of the clans you can join in Indy21's online world endeavor specializes in the use of specific types of weapons".

Friday - July 14, 2006

9Dragons: Crafting & Clan Feature @ MMORPG.com

by Inauro, 03:02
Ken Johnson of Persistent Worlds explains 9Dragons' <a href="http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/setview/features/loadFeature/760/gameID/235" target="_blank">crafting system</a> in his latest developer journal at MMORPG.com. Also on offer is the first in a series of exclusives on the game's <a href="http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/gameId/235/setView/features/loadFeature/758" target="_blank">starting clans</a>. Here's a snippet from the article on The Shaolin.<blockquote><em>I am going to start with perhaps the most famous of the clans ? The noble monks of Shaolin Temple.<br><br>The Shaolin are of course, white clan disciples, serving as advisors to The Imperial Court, who have vowed to reform evil wherever they find it. Disciples are Buddhist monks and one thousand years of demonstrating righteousness and mercy in all of their deeds has earned them the title of, a SThe Noble Clana ?.<br><br>Integral to the philosophy of the Shaolin is the belief that one should not take life, nor take delight in death. Therefore, to ascend the heights in Shaolin, one must cleanse onea "!s self of all egotistical and selfish thoughts, and commit to walking The Noble Path.</em></blockquote>

Source: MMORPG.com

Friday - July 07, 2006

9Dragons: Sacred Flower Trailer @ MMORPG.com

by Inauro, 05:19
MMORPG.com has an exclusive 9Dragons trailer featuring a "...rare glimpse of a Sacred Flower Disciple earnestly practicing her Cobra Style dagger technique." Head on over and take a look.

Source: MMORPG.com

9Dragons: Peek #6 @ RPG Vault

by Inauro, 04:58
This week's 9Dragons peek at RPG Vault takes a closer look at reputation.
Let's talk about Rep.

Your reputation, that is. Because like it or not, on the game grid or in the real world, our reputations often proceed us. It's like having a sign around your neck. In the real world, celebrities have their reputations built up (and often destroyed) by the content-hungry media. One day, you're at the top of your game, and the next, your reputation lies in tatters. So in 9Dragons, since we were unable to replicate the mass media (and word of mouth) of the real world, we introduced a system around which you can build a reputation.
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Source: RPG Vault

Tuesday - July 04, 2006

9Dragons: Screenshots @ MMORPG.com

by Inauro, 01:06
MMORPG.com has six exclusive 9Dragons screenshots.

Source: MMORPG.com

Friday - June 23, 2006

9Dragons: Dev Journal @ MMORPG.com

by Inauro, 03:26
Ken Johnston, CEO of Real Time Worlds, has posted a new 9Dragons developer journal at MMORPG.com.<blockquote><em>9Dragons is the first authentic martial arts massively multiplayer online game. Think of the world of Hero, House of the Flying Daggers, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or even Jackie Chana "!s classic Drunken Master (if you are old enough or into martial arts enough!)<br><br>That world was ancient China during the Ming dynasty. They were dangerous times; the land was filled with bandits, wild animals and strange monsters. Still, there were those brave souls who mastered different forms of Kung Fu and heard the call of Martial Chivalry to combat these dark forces.</em></blockquote><a href="http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/setview/features/loadFeature/725/gameID/235" target="_blank">More...</a>

Source: MMORPG.com

Friday - June 09, 2006

9Dragons: Peek #5 @ RPG Vault

by Dhruin, 08:36
RPG Vault has their latest 9Dragons Peek with the lead writer talking about lore:
Steven-Elliot Altman, best-selling author and Hollywood screenwriter, is the Lead Writer on 9Dragons, the first authentic martial arts massively multiplayer online game. Think of the world of Hero, House of the Flying Daggers, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Jackie Chan's classic Drunken Master. He wrote in to give us a taste for the gameplay.

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9Dragons

Developer: Indy21

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Unknown
Genre: MMORPG
Combat: Unknown
Play-time: Unknown
Voice-acting: Unknown

Regions & platforms
North America
· Homepage
· Platform: PC
· Canceled
· Publisher: Acclaim