Yes, hold on to your hats or helmets, if you will. SOE is offering you something free.Okay, it's only a .pdf file and it's a marketing attempt to draw you into their new magazine, but still it's free.You can check out the official site of the magazine, called SOE Worlds, here and the free preview is here.My review: For free it's not bad. For $4.99? Meh.Page 1: Cover - Lucan looking tough. I guess he is on a break from his job delivering pizza.Page 2: Planetside - Basically an ad for the boxed game set.
I'm sure we can expect plenty of these "hard-hitting take-no-prisoners" editorials.Pages 3-7: Everquest - An account of the accomplishments of selected players and guilds on each server. Each blurb is brief but specific. I guess this is a pretty cool way to garner some fame for your guild.Page 8: Everquest - A back and forth on soloers vs. groping. Word like kiting, uber and whining put me to sleep.Page 9: An article which is really just an ad for Station Pass.Page 10: Everquest - Why it's great, what makes it great, it's general greatness. Yawn.Page 11: SWG - Boy, they really have some nerve talking up the jedi system.Pages 12-14: SWG - An article which is just an ad for an expansion pack.Pages 15-18: Everquest - A very nice article about three different druids, their playstyles and gear. Gets very specific.Pages 19 - 21: Everquest II - Ah, they saved the best for last. Fifteen pretty good tips. Some I hope you know already (i.e. Don't AOE everything in sight okay???). But, some are helpful. I had no idea you could get a full refund on items you mistakenly bought from a merchant while the merchant window is still open. There is also a handy reference for sending tells to people in other SOE games.The preview finishes off with yet another glossary of "gaming slang." Yuck.A note: The magazine will be shipped free if you have a Station Access subscription. They are really pushing the Station Access thing.This seems a similar move to what NCSoft has been doing for a while. City of Heroes has been issuing a free comic book to all their subscribers for quite some time. Of course, it's the worst comic book I ever read but hey, the price is right. Speaking of free comics you might want to check out the free comics which will be available at many local stores on Free Comic Book Day, which is right around the corner (May 7th).Hey, with these subscription fees we need all the free stuff we can get right?