Legends of Norrath, new expansion, same great fun

EverQuest was Verant Interactive's breakthroug...Legends of Norrath is an online (only) trading card game based on the world of Norrath, developed by Sony Online Entertainment. Ring a bell? Norrath is the world of Everquest and Everquest II fame. Players can play Legends of Norrath from within the MMO proper, or seperately.

Travelers, the newest expansion of Legends of Norrath, has just become available October 13th, and brings with it a plethora of new features, such as:

  • A new storyline, with new characters and situations for players to experience.
  • Over 200 new game cards to add all new strategies to your game
  • An all-new 200 card starter, which you can use to create up to four different decks
  • New loot cards and exclusive new quests in both Everquest and Everquest II. To be more specific, in Everquest three new collection items grant players the item “Frozen Skull of the Cursed”, granting you a unique mercenary, and Everquest II allows players to combine several cloaks to create a wearable and visible backpack (a first for the game).

Fortunately, Legends of Norrath makes it easy for new players to ease into the game. Their website is surprisingly newbie-friendly, and literally breaks down gameplay the process step by step, for pain-free signup an immersion.

Players can download the client for free by creating a (free) SOE station account ID, and can play against computer opponents and of course, real players. Afterwards, should one so choose, players can check the schedule of events and compete in tournaments. Of course, the site also breaks down the basics of the game for new players, giving them a step-by-step explanation of the game’s interface, it’s gameplay mechanics and rules, and a glossary of terms for further clarification. No new player should feel overwhelmed or intimidated.

Again, Legends of Norrath is officially out October 13. Which means now.

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Child porn arrests on rise in state: ; Task force investigated 103 cases this year with high rate of conviction

Charleston Daily Mail August 15, 2008 | ASHLEY B. CRAIG More West Virginians are being investigated and arrested for incidents involving child pornography, including today’s capture of a West Side man who police were seeking for several days.

As of Aug. 1, the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children task force had investigated 103 cases so far this year and made more than 40 arrests.

In all of 2007 there were 113 investigations, and in 2006 there were 42. go to web site programs like limewire

The task force has had a 100 percent conviction rate among cases prosecuted so far.

Lt. Sean Crosier of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department says the emphasis is helping to prevent even worse situations.

Kanawha County deputies and the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation started working with the task force last month, and Crosier said two arrests already have been made.

Crosier, who has specialized in sexual offenses for the last 10 years, thinks the problem is more serious than people simply viewing child pornography.

“It’s a growing epidemic and we’ve seen an increase especially since we started working with ICAC. I think it’s always been there,” he said.

He says people who view pornography fantasize about acting but eventually may begin to act on their fantasies.

Crosier cited a study released by the U.S. Department of Justice that said 85 percent of people who view child pornography have abused someone.

“If we cut them off at the fantasy stage, we can save a lot of victims,” he said.

The task force specializes in finding people who are in possession of child pornography and is made up of state, local and federal law enforcement groups, including the Charleston and South Charleston police departments and Kanawha County deputies.

The investigators tap into Internet programs like Limewire or Bearshare to find people who are sharing child pornography. They are able to track users who possess child pornography by their Internet protocol addresses.

Sgt. Christopher Casto of the State Police heads up the West Virginia regional task force focusing on crimes against children from its headquarters in Morgantown. The headquarters is also the home of one of the state’s digital forensics unit. The other is in Huntington.

“We’re seeing a rise every year,” Casto said.

Before the state started its own regional office, officials worked with a southern Virginia unit based in Bedford County, Va.

The West Virginia State Police received a $250,000 federal grant from the U. S. Department of Justice in 2007 to start a regional task force for the state. State police will reapply for renewal in 2009.

The task force has assisted with several arrests related to child pornography this summer.

Task force efforts resulted in the late July arrest of Jim Sorgman, an administrator with Kanawha County’s Metro 911 center who had been on the job for 16 years. site programs like limewire

A complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court says Sorgman, 49, was found in possession of images of female minors in sexually explicit poses.

State Police troopers along with other county agencies tracked the IP address to Sorgman’s South Charleston residence and said he had admitted to having the images on his home computer.

In a more recent incident, a Shrewsbury man accused of possessing child pornography was found by the task force and arrested by State Police.

Lester K. Salmons, 58, of Maple Street was arrested after troopers found a video montage nearly 30 minutes long of children ages 2 to 15 being abused by adult males, according to a complaint filed in magistrate court.

Police say Salmons admitted to downloading the videos.

Charleston police and the task force for several days searched for a man suspected of actually committing sexual acts against children.

Police have identified the man as Jeffrey Thomas Boyd, 46, of Charleston’s West Side. Charleston Police Sgt. Aaron James said Boyd was arrested this morning by detectives on Zable Drive.

He was to be charged with sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or person of trust to the child; with indecent exposure to a child; with abduction of a child; and with use of minors in filming sexually explicit conduct.

Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.craig@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.

ASHLEY B. CRAIG