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December 27, 1999 - Find out what four features we think will distinguish Atriarch from other games.  Gamespot has posted an interview with Serafina, Lead Game Designer.  Read the full interview here.

December 22, 1999 - GA-RPG has posted a First Look about Atriarch along with 7 new Exclusive Screenshots.

December 21, 1999 - Woohoo!  The word about Atriarch is spreading!  It is in fact confirmed that Atriarch is covered in Inquest Magazine Issue 57 (January) as one of the "Most  Promising Games of 2000."  Atriarch was also mentioned in the December issue of  PC Accelerator magazine.  If you flip to page 39, turn the magazine counterclockwise and then squint... yes.. that's us!  I think everyone should email the editors at and ask  what it takes for Atriarch to get some horizontal coverage ;-)  Special thank you to our friends down under... a few months ago PC PowerPlay, Australia's PC game magazine, covered Atriarch in their Online RPG News.

December 16, 1999 - As promised, the new screenshots of the Lokai Character-Species are up.

December 11, 1999 - A friend told me that Atriarch is hailed (hehe.. I've always wanted to use that word) as one of the "most promising online games of the new millennium" in Inquest Magazine.  (They supposedly mention of couple other games, but I'm going to pretend it was only about us. *grin*)  Once I am actually able to fight my way to a coveted parking spot amidst a hoard of raging holiday shoppers, I'll buy a copy of Inquest Magazine and confirm whether this is true.  coming soon...  Thanks to the many people who sent in their ideas for a game design diary.  We've decided to give it a try and see how it goes.  We'll post a news item up when the first entry is made.  Also, check back the middle of next week when we'll post a couple new screenshots with some Lokai Characters in them.

December 9, 1999 - Our friends at Crossroads have put up a new Atriarch fansite called Crossroads of Atriana.

December 7, 1999 - Last night took an interesting twist.  I had the opportunity to hang out and chat with the boys from Gamespy (they're in the same building as us).  Hi to Fargo, Walla, Mr. Pants, AtMosFear, and The Bastard (who is under the delusion that his car is safer parking in front of our offices instead of his... muhahaha)   Anyway, I showed them several Atriarch creature animations and particularly my favorite.. the organic Tyrusin backpack which is actually a nifty little critter.  AtMosFear was was kind enough to give me a tour of the Gamespy offices. (I had no idea you could pack that many people into such a small space.)   All the guys were great to meet and really nice!  I must say though that the true highlight of my night was the used Gamespy mug AtMosFear gave me (complete with coffee crud stuck to the bottom).  Woohoo!  I can now retire my old Spectrum HoloByte mug.  Well, it seems as though they want me to do a design diary for Atriarch.  What do you think?  Would you like to read a design diary about Atriarch?  Email me at: and let us know what you would like to read or not read and how often.

December 6, 1999 - The highly active Atriarch Stratics discussion board is down due to hardware upgrades.  We recommend that in the meantime you join the spirited discussions on the Atriarch VaultNetwork board.

December 2, 1999 - Happy December!  This seems to be the season for interviews.  LaSource (in French) has posted a French version and an English version of a new interview about Atriarch.  Aschatan asks about the inhabitants of the Lost Continent, balance issues of the Eshlar, and what science fiction books have inspired the team?

November 30, 1999 - The Vault Network has posted a mini-interview with Serafina, Lead Game Designer.  Find out what Serafina considers Atriarch's key strengths to be.  Read full interview here.

November 29, 1999 - Acidtrakz of La Main Noire has translated the Atriarch FAQ from English into French.  Read the French version here.  If anyone happens upon a non-English game site that refers to  Atriarch, then please email us to let us know at: 

November 27, 1999 - Infolder, the Dutch online game site, interviews Atriarch staff to find out that there is something different about the upcoming Torpor Storm.  Read full interview (in Dutch) here.  A few Atriarch fans (Kaldaur, Fetav, Lavos, Jaynen, and Willburn) are writing regular articles about their opinions on certain Atriarch gameplay features.  Their articles can be read on Atriarch Stratics here.

November 19, 1999 - Three new Player Factions have been approved: Brothers Trilunar, La Main Noire, and the Templars.

November 18, 1999 - A new Language Section has been added including a nifty little java program: Atrianese Language Translator.

November 17, 1999 - Hello Everyone! What a month it has been!  After the release of Atriarch's first screenshots, World Fusion was overwhelmed with positive and encouraging feedback.  Thank you to everyone who sent us email about your excitement and eagerness to play Atriarch.  Since then lots has been happening... I took a trip to Austin, Texas  to attend the Game Developer's Conference Roadtrip.  While in Texas, I had the opportunity to  meet and chat with other online developers.  I also attended an impressive demo for the new nvidia GeForce showing off its performance while rendering a gazillion and two polygons in realtime.  I am definitely looking forward to testing Atriarch on this card :-)  Currently, the Atriarch team is focusing on a few key communication and performance features.  Also, a new and expanded team of talented writers is in place to continue development of Atriana's culture and story. Thank you to everyone for your continued interest and support!  Serafina, Lead Game Designer

October 20, 1999 - First release of early Screenshots are now available.  Thank you to Paragon at Desslock's RPG News on Gamespot for announcing the release of these shots.  They also have about 7 Exclusive Screenshots not yet released anywhere else.

October 13, 1999 - Michael 'Dethrone' Mikucki of GA-RPG has posted a new Atriarch interview with Serafina, Lead Game Designer.  You can read it here.

September 24, 1999 - There is a new Quicktime 4.0 movie in the Download Section called "Lokai Jug Song."

September 22, 1999 - Thank you to everyone who attended Atriarch's first HoC last evening.  There was an amazing turnout and lots of great questions asked (and, yes, even answered). Oberon has already posted an edited copy of the chat on Wewp.  Both Stratics and Dr. Twister should have their own versions of the HoC up soon.

September 19, 1999 - INTERNSHIP (now closed) - World Fusion has an unpaid Story & Writing Internship available.  If you would like more information, then send email to: HoC - There is a Scheduled HoC on on Tuesday, September 21, 7pm PST.  If you are unfamiliar with IRC chats, then step-by-step instructions can be found here:  This month's Atriarch newsletter has been sent.  If you would like to receive the newsletter, then email: and type "join" in the subject.

September 10, 1999 - A new Atriarch FAQ has been added.

September 6, 1999 - Since most print magazines do not contact us to let us know they have covered Atriarch in their magazine, we rely on gamers to tell us. Thank you to Quinton Evans from PC Gameworld.  He informed us about an article on Atriarch in the Australian game magazine PC Powerplay (September issue). Thank you to everyone who emailed Computer Gaming World asking them to cover Atriarch.  On page 30 of the October issue, they promise to take a look at Atriarch in the next month or two.

August 27, 1999 - Two new renderings are in the Art Section.

August 25, 1999 - Dr. Twister has just put up a site dedicated to Atriarch.  Go visit it at .  He is offering free web space up to 10 mgs to host your Atriarch Faction website or fansite.

August 14, 1999 - You can download the full 3 1/2 minute length version of the Lokai and Tyrusin music in MP3 format from Atriarch Stratics.   The smaller 30 second version is still available  in our download section.

August 9, 1999 - Tyrusin theme music has been added to our Download Section.

August 6, 1999 - The Electric Playground has posted a good article about Atriarch including the "fears" and "hopes" for the game.

August 5, 1999 - The Atriarch Stratics Fansite Server is now live at:  Kudos goes to poq who did a great job on the Cavolon and Lokai themes for the new site.   A special thanks to the Stratics Network and the ATS team.

July 18, 1999 - The latest Atriarch Newletter has just been emailed.  If you did not receive your copy, then send an email to: and type "Where is my copy!" in the subject.

July 8, 1999 - The Download Section has a short 12-second Atriarch Quicktime Movie available.  It shows the Cavolon and part of   its environment.

July 3, 1999 - Today my June subscription to Computer Gaming World arrived in the mail.  (Johnny, I'll miss your monthly editorials.  Congratulations to you and your new wife.)   Well, I'm reading along and imagine my surprise to find Atriarch listed at the top of the CGW's Pipeline of upcoming releases (page 40).  Well, apparently they know something I don't...the game is slated to be released Q4 '99?   hmm....that is interesting considering that no dates at all have been given to anyone, especially a release date!  Anyway, to make up for this little slip up, I think they should do a full feature article and cover story about Atriarch.  Yes, that's it!  In fact, I think everyone should email the new editor-in-chief, George Jones, and give him a big welcome by letting him know about Atriarch.  You can send letters to Computer Gaming World at:  (Be spamming.) Serafina, Lead Game Designer

June 30, 1999 - Thank you to Jonric for setting up a new Atriarch Discussion Board on the VaultNetwork.  Since it was just put up today, there are only a few posts, but one of them talks about perm death.  I encourage you to participate.

June 22, 1999 - Two new renderings are in the Art Section. Please note that every single email sent to World Fusion has been answered.  If you have not received a response, then you may be one of the many emails returned to us "undeliverable."  When sending us email, please double check your "reply" address.  Thank you.

June 18, 1999 - Dean at Betazine is hosting a new Atriarch Fan site:   He is featuring his version of a "Species Wheel." He also has started a new discussion board which we hope to see filled with lots of controversial topics soon.

June 15, 1999 - New images of the Cavolon,   Eshlar, and  Unarra have been added to the Species Section.

June 14, 1999 - The discussion boards on Atriarch Fan are being moved to a new location.  In the meantime a temporary discussion board is located here.

June 10, 1999 - Serafina, Lead Game Designer, answers questions about Atriarch in this live forum.   A transcript of the HoC is available here.

June 4, 1999 - Special thanks to Joystick Magazine for being the first print   magazine to do a feature preview of Atriarch in their June issue.  RPG-Net posted a new interview with Serafina.  Read the full interview here.

June 3, 1999 - A House of Commons (HoC) will be held on the Stratics network (#atriarch) with Serafina, Lead Game Designer on Sunday, June 6th at 2pm Pacific Time.  HoC is a live discussion or Q&A via the Internet. For more information about signing up to join the discussion email Jaynen or go here.  Two new renderings have been added to the Art Section.  Atriarch recognizes two new official player-formed Minor Factions:  Sin and Charybdis.

May 29, 1999 - Atriarch recognizes its first official player-formed Minor Faction: Conclave of the Veil.  Our Community section has been slightly modified.  An Atriarch Chatroom is available on Stratics IRC #atriarch.  For step-by-step instructions to join the Atriarch chatroom, go here.  Thank you to Jaynen for setting this up.

May 27, 1999 - Images of Atriana's three moons have been added.   Atriarch Fan posted a new interview with Serafina, Lead Game Designer.

May 22, 1999 - Requirements for founding a Minor Faction before testing begins have been stipulated.

May 17, 1999 - An image of the Tyrusin has been added.   Thank you to everyone who has been emailing questions to add to the FAQ.  Over the next month, a new FAQ will be added answering some of the most common testing and gameplay questions.

May 12, 1999 - This week our team will be attending E3, and on Sunday, May 16th,  we will be attending a special fundraising premiere of Star Wars in Los Angeles.  So check back in a week for more news.

May 10, 1999 - The Story has begun.

May 8, 1999 - Development of Atriarch has been "officially" announced to the press.   Look to your favorite game site for the announcement.  A brief press release is available on our site.  Download some of the Atriarch music.

Archived news prior to this is no longer available.

Last updated: January 06, 2005

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