Edition 2 April 30 1999

Hercules & Xena: Alliance of Heroes Newsletter: Edition 2
April 30, 1999


Table of Contents:

1. New Releases: New Trade for Storytellers, New Shops in Midgard, Challenge Arena Open
2. Upcoming Events: New Player Nights, Summer Weddings, SimuCon 99
3. Contests: Vest Quest Update
4. The Grapevine: Invasions Sweep Athens, Merchant Alterations
5. Premium News: Diamond Estate Gathering
6. Contact Us


1. New Releases:

STORYTELLER JACKS GET A NEW TRADE!
Storytellers now have a couple more ways to earn the title of Jack of All Trades! Though they are not likely to ever do as well as a professional, Storytellers may now attempt to apply poison once they achieve a certain level of skill. Also, with enough knowledge of foraging, Storytellers can attempt to see what can be foraged in an area with FORAGE LIST!

NEW SHOPS IN MIDGARD
Edda the Storyteller has opened up shop in Gamlebyen, Midgard. She offers a variety of the same, high-quality goods offered in Greece for the convenience of travelers. Additionally, Edda will be happy to make notes about how famous you are — for the right price.

Gytha the locksmith has also opened a shop in Gamlebyen for the convenience of travelers in need of a little lockpicking. While she doesn't sell lockpicks, Gytha provides efficient lockpicking services — for a price. Stop on by Gytha's in Gamlebyen and say, 'God dag!' or 'Good day!'

COMBAT CHALLENGE ARENA NOW OPEN!
Show off your battle skills or settle a duel at the new arena located near the Academy in Northeast Athens. Arena physicians are on duty to tend to the fallen, so don't hold your punches!


2. Upcoming Events:

NEW PLAYER NIGHTS!
The Mentor Society invites all newcomers to participate in the next New Player Night, Tuesday June 1st. Beginning at 8 PM EST, mentors and hosts will be on hand to give you tours of the land and answer your questions. This is a great opportunity to meet with fellow adventurers and learn valuable tips and tricks. To participate, simply login to play and mentors will meet you. If you have any difficulty joining the tour, type ASSIST and a host will be happy to help you. We hope to see you there!

SUMMER WEDDINGS!
Summer wedding season is almost upon us! If you have the love of your life and the dinars in the bank, you can make your vows in one of several beautiful locations! Just drop a note to moc.scinortumis|sgniddeW-XH#moc.scinortumis|sgniddeW-XH to have our wedding coordinator help you plan the occasion!

SIMUCON 99 REGISTRATION OPENS!
Start packing your bags and polishing your swords, SimuCon 99 is heading your way! Join us in St. Louis, MO, Sept. 16th - 19th for fun, festivals, and even a few wild frolicks. With an extra day and exclusive convention use of the Henry VIII Hotel, this SimuCon promises to the best yet!

Get the full details on convention registration, rates, schedule, location, news, even a message board link and pictures from past conventions at: http://simucon99.com. Early Registration ends May 14th, so sign-up today at for outstanding savings!


3. Contests:

LET THE QUEST BEGIN!
Details of the upcoming Vest Quest continue to unravel as the desperate search for the kronos stone continues. Gabrielle, seasick after the long ocean voyage to and from Midgard, reports that there were no sightings of the shards of the kronos stone in the northern regions. Autolycus, searching for the shards in order to make an easy fortune, sent his one-time cohort Fox down to Egypt to look for the shards — and she returned likewise empty-handed.

The shards of the time-warping stone are still somewhere in Greece, and once found, will open a doorway to an exotic location, challenging puzzles, and amazing treasure! Keep and eye on in-game NEWS for details!


4. The Grapevine:

The Citizens of Athens had a bit of excitement on April 5, when a couple waves of invasion forces struck town! Locals say over 300 warriors and another 200 or so bullies of other types were driven back by local heroes!

Down in the vineyards, workers are stirring in revolt and taking their anger out on Athens. On April 9, a frightened vineyard worker cautioned local citizens about a group of mad and violent workers. Later, Athens was invaded by the insane workers, who managed to kidnap Laia, Tkeeri, and Garrock. The victims have returned safely and the citizens continue to protect their beloved city!

Did you miss Fedmire on April 4th? Many alterations were done that day and a great time was had by all. Watch for merchants any time of the day or night — you never know when the next will arrive!

Do you have an interesting story to share? Send it to: moc.scinortumis|swen-xh#moc.scinortumis|swen-xh.


5. Premium News:

DIAMOND ESTATE GATHERING
Join fellow Estate Successors for this month's forum at the exclusive Diamond Estate, Saturday May 8th at 7 PM EST. Bring with your Premium questions and ideas, and enjoy special guest performers and merchants. For all the latest Premium news, read the in-game GAZETTE!

The festival of the gods held in April was a huge success for Premium Estate successors! A wide variety of games honoring the Greek pantheon were available, in addition to special merchants and other odds and ends!

If you've been holding out on upgrading, now is the time to join other players who are enjoying exclusive Premium benefits! For one low monthly price, you'll get more characters, advance access to event ticket sales, private unique areas, and much more! Learn all about Premium membership at: http://www.play.net/simunet_public/hx/premium/preminfo.asp and sign up today!


6. Contact Us:

If you have any questions or comments about the game, or just want to drop us a line to say "hi", please reply to moc.scinortumis|umisxh#moc.scinortumis|umisxh. We'd love to hear from you!


Thanks again for joining us in the online world of Hercules & Xena: Alliance of Heroes. We hope this newsletter has given you some useful information that will help you along in your adventures!

See you in the game!

The Hercules & Xena: Alliance of Heroes Team

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