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Can you unlock the Mines of Moria?

Mines of MoriaWe’ve launched a new site today for volume II of the award winning MMORPG, The Lord of the Rings Online. The new expansion, “Mines of Moria” was announced by our friends at Turbine, Inc. and Codemasters Online earlier this month and it “will expand the online world of Middle-earth to let players explore the ancient underground cities of the dwarves, battle epic characters in the depths, face off with the Watcher, be a part of the fateful release of Durin’s Bane and more!

After registering on the site, users can play different mini-games which will launch individually over the next couple of months. The first of the games is live now and is called King Under The Mountain. The next two games are Swig & Toss and Eleventy-Seven Morsels. In addition to playing the mini-games, you can also check out the leaderboards, let your friends know about the site and find plenty of information about both The Lord of the Rings Online and obviously the Mines of Moria expansion. So when you get a chance, go check it out.

A couple of quick notes before I wrap up this post:
First, I have to admit that I wasn’t really into MMORPGs before but after being a part of this project and learning about this particular game I think I’m going to start playing this one. Second, I’d like to say thanks, congrats and good job to everyone on the Mines of Moria team here: Paul Medcalf, Guy Stables, Chris (just “Chris”), Jason Moerbe, Jason Steen, Todd Cowden, and anyone else I may not have mentioned (sorry).

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Blockdot + Chevy = Adobe site of the day

Chevy Cobalt LabsI’m very happy to write that Blockdot has received the Adobe site of the day award for today (January 30) for the work done on Chevy Cobalt Labs. Congrats to all who were involved!

With turbo-charged apps and fuel-injected fun, the Chevy Cobalt Labs website lets you design your own tricked-out Cobalt. Then race other drivers on a multiplayer race course, post pictures of your ride and connect with other users, or vote for your favorite concept car. Built with Creative Suite, Dreamweaver, Flash, Flash Media Server, and Flash Player.

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Talkin’ smack with GameStop and Flex

Talkin SmackThe last Flex project I was working on before I left Click Here to join Blockdot was a site for GameStop known as the Smack Talk Generator. While the site was originally due to launch before my departure, there were unforeseen events that pushed that date out and I didn’t get to finish it up. Since that was the case, the project was handed over to a couple of my (now former) coworkers for completion and I was told that it launched yesterday.

Ok, so what exactly is this Smack Talk Generator? Well, the short version of it is this: Since gamers like to talk smack to each other, they can now do it via email (linking out of course) with voice and animation. To talk smack with someone, you simply drag words you want to use from an available “word bank” and drop them in the smack sentence area. Your chosen words can then be removed or rearranged as you see fit and then you can choose an animation to play along with your smack, preview it and then send it all out to your friends. That’s it in a nutshell.

So get over there to check it out and then come back here because I’d love to hear what you think.

One more thing for Chris, Scott and Charlie (and anyone else involved in the project): GREAT JOB GUYS!

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Flash on Adobe, flash on!

flash onI spotted this post over at Beedigital and just had to click on the link to check out Adobe flash on. After spending just a few minutes on it, I wanted to help spread the word so here I am writing this post. I’m going to dig deeper, but it looks like the short explanation of it (my own explanation anyway) is that it’s a video portal where you can choose different categories of videos to watch. With categories like horror, animation, lifestyle, hd, action, comedy and several others, there’s plenty of video there to keep you entertained for a good while. Check it out when you have a few minutes.

Thanks for the post Mário.


Microsites, Video Ads and More

Hands-On Guide To Creating Flash AdvertisingWith the publish date for the book only a month away (August 24), I went ahead and pushed the website live last night. Not all aspects of the site are fully functional at this time and that’s intentional. While I wanted visitors to be able to do a couple of things like read about the book (or the author), I’m holding off on some other features like downloads and questions/comments for individual chapters until the book is released. Anyway, check it out when you get a chance and feel free to order a copy if you like. 😉