Darkness Falls....

Halloween has come early to Paragon City and the Rogue Isles... literally.

Great Halloween Event of 2008 is upon us, and come hero or villain, things will get scary!

The first thing that you'll notice is that things will be dark and stay dark for a long time. This is the work of some powerful magic, and it is the only way that the creatures of the night can operate.

Second... trick-or-treat is back! Knock on a door and you will either get a trick or a treat. Tricks come in the form of several monsters that will come out to beat the crap out of you. Defeat them and you still get some good treats. The most popular treats are the temporary costumes, and you'll have plenty of opportunity to sport those for a few days.

Of course the most valuable treat will involve four seemingly worthless trinkets... toy costume pieces. Find all four unique pieces and then find a certain witch and she will give you a special costume slot so you can come up with a different outfit.

But that isn't all... there are new badges to find, and TWO super-monsters to combat. Yes, Jack-in-Irons won't be the only super-monster to worry about. In fact, defeat one, and you'll have TWO to worry about in a few minutes.

And if you thought that the Rikti were fun, just wait... Paragon City and the Rogue Isles will also be inundated with ZOMBIES. Zombies will strike just like the Rikti did, in select zones for a limited period of time. Fight them off when you can and if you last the battle, you could get some new badges, and quite possibly unlock a special pumpkin head helmet. (Great time to put that extra costume slot to use, huh?)

Check out the Paragon Wiki article for full details... and you better hurry, because this event will be history after November 2nd.


Issue 13 preview availible!

NCSoft has released a new video about the two new powersets for "Issue 13: Power and Responsibility".

Click here to download the video in high definition.

The first is Pain Domination, and this one is just for the bad guys. Now you can do more than just disorient or sedate or terrify the good guys... now you can inflict PAIN on them without worrying about getting your hands dirty!

This was something that gamers were asking about, because if good guys could heal (and they do... often), then they wanted bad guys to have something truly evil in return.

The second power is one of the most requested power around... SHIELDS! Now you can complete your Spartan look by hefting a mighty shield to battle! This will be available for Tankers and Scrappers for the "blue side" and for brutes on the "red side". And really good news is that there will be plenty of shields to choose from. Click on the image below to see more.

Of course, the issue of shields is something that has been around ever since Blue Steel was hanging around King's Row, hefting his shield... and the matter resurfaced with the release of Issue 12 where you had Roman centurions hefting shields. Now it's no longer a matter of discussion.

(Just don't expect to replicate a certain Red-and-White ringed shield with a huge star in the middle of it. The folks at NC Soft are still a little jumpy when they hear the words "Marvel" and "attorney".)

That's just a taste of the big changes that are to come with the release of Issue 13: Power and Responsibility, which should be out in the next few months. Stay tuned with the Chronicles for more when it becomes available!