12 Days of Holidays: All Access Double Status

All Access members can enjoy double status starting at Noon PT today and running through 11:59pm PT on Sunday, December 28th!

Are there some status items you’d love to purchase this season, but your personal status points are running a little low? Would you love to make a charitable donation to your guild hall escrow account this holiday? There’s a lot to celebrate this Frostfell, and we’re happy to announce the chance to earn some extra status this season!

Beginning today, December 17th, at 12:00pm (Noon) PST until Sunday, December 28 at 11:59pm PST, All Access Members will earn double personal status. This holiday is too special to celebrate for just one day, so we’re celebrating the season for 12 Days! Happy Frostfell!

*This event doubles earned status from encounters or by being rewarded from quests. It does not give an additional bonus for selling status items.

This is also your last day to opt-in for newsletters for whatever holiday bonus SOE has been teasing over the past week. Make sure you login to your account from http://www.soe.com to correctly update your email options.

The Calling

 The death of Melvien de Malecroix, head of Adoulin's Order of Woltaris, marked yet another chapter in an ongoing tale of mystery surrounding the Sacred City. With his death, the body's subsequent disappearance, and the sleeping sickness ravaging Adoulin, the former reporters of the Adoulin Examiner, Famlienne and Skeptical Owl, take to the Celennia Memorial Library for answers. However, it is in Malecroix's diary that they find more questions, and the winter wasteland of the Kamihr Drifts seem to hold the key to unraveling this mystery!

 What are your thoughts on the events in Adoulin? Let us know over on the ZAM forums!

A Guided Tour of Landmark's Largest Update

Landing today, the largest update for Landmark so far is set to shake the foundations of the game. We were lucky enough to get a guided tour of what’s inbound from Director of Development Dave Georgeson and Senior Producer Terry Michaels.

After much time spent on polishing the building tools and laying the foundations of core systems, SOE is ready to unleash some features that signal a leap forward towards the game's ultimate destination. While Landmark has provided an excellent canvas for builders, the time has come to add the elements that make Landmark a full game, and this update includes a sizeable chunk of them.

There’s so much, in fact, we’re going to break it down into sections for the sake of clarity. There will be some overlap, but it’ll save me from going insane as my nerd brain tries to communicate all the awesome all at once. Have you ever heard a 7 year old excitedly explain Minecraft to a patient relative? It would be like that.

The Cave System

There are already surface caves to run around and get lost in, but this update is going to push them all the way down through Landmark’s massive underground space. As players travel deeper through the five layers the risks get riskier as the rewards get rewardier.

Featuring developer and player-made structures and points of interest, much larger caverns will be scattered underground, these will be the best places to find monsters and are intended to be quite a challenge for a lone player.

The team want these places to feel dangerous and to have an element of risk, which is why teleporting works a little differently underground.

A temporary change for this update actually sees the removal of surface caves, so we won’t be running down into the network from the surface for a while. Access to the underground areas will be via the Leyline point at the Hub. Surface caves are due to return for open beta, when the islands will be reformed. This means there is no chance currently that players will lose a claim to a pesky cave placement.

HyperX Headset Giveaway

Looking for a fantastic, quality headset? We got the giveaway for you!

We've partnered up with HyperX to giveaway two HyperX Cloud headsets. They have a solid, lightweight construction with a detachable microphone, and are rated as the #1 headset on Amazon.

Don't wait to enter! The deadline for this giveaway is 11:59pm PT on Friday, December 19, 2014. Just hop over our Lockerdome giveaway page to get your entries in now!

Hearthstone Deck Tech: Bill's Mills

Hearthstone Deck Tech: Bill's Mills

HS Spacewizard is back with another Hearthstone Deck Tech, helping players get an edge each week as he builds, tests and breaks down a new deck.

Vana'diel New Year's Campaign Set to Get Underway!

 2015 is almost here! With the new year fast approaching, Square Enix has announced several simultaneous campaigns to celebrate the event! Starting Thursday, December 18th, 2014, and running through to Wednesday, January 14th, 2015, players can participate in the brand new Double Unity Accolade campaign, or spend some time with returning favorites such as the Surge Walk and Alter Ego campaigns!

Which campaign are you looking forward to the most? Let us know over on the ZAM forums!

TERA: Fate of Arun Launches

TERA today launched its first-ever major expansion: Fate of Arun. The release is free to all players and is the largest content update the game has ever seen.

WildStar Drop Four on PTR

The Carbine Studios team has been hard at work on getting new and interesting WildStar content out to its fans. Players on the Public Test Realm have already had the opportunity to test out some of the upcoming additions and features making their way to the game, but for those who haven't, the team is revealing a little of what current and returning players can expect to take part in.

Archlord 2: Eternal Strife Goes Live

PvP-centric MMORPG Archlord 2 today released its second expansion: Eternal Strife. The new expansion introduces two new races, with the Dragonscion joining the Humans and the Moonelves joining the Crunn. Both new races specialize in magic, have unique starting zones, new archetypes and weapons, widening the available choices for players.

Block N Load Pre-order Now Available

Jagex Studio's upcoming multiplayer action game, Block N Load, is now available for pre-ordering. Doing so will net you The Fully Loaded Edition, which includes not only a copy of the launch version of the game, but other bonuses as well.