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25 November, 2004

End-of-trial blowout on M59
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 7:24 PM

Sent this out as a press release. Should be a fun time on Saturday.

Meridian 59 Evolution Provides the Cure for Holiday Stress Relief

Player Event on Saturday to Provide Much Needed Release of “Killer Stress”

November 26, Mountain View, California – Two-thirds of the way through it’s 30-day free trial period for the recent expansion, Meridian 59 Evolution has set in motion events that will test the mettle of both new and old players alike. The guards of Tos and Barloque have opened long-standing barricades to some of the most dangerous animals – migrations have begun. It is expected that by the afternoon of Saturday, the 27th near the hour of 2 PM PST (5 PM EST), many of these ferocious creatures will reach areas populated by the denizens of towns and villages. Rats, Skeletons, Orcs, Giant Ants and even the famous Yeti have been sighted on the prowl.

All manner of game hunter is encouraged to push back the invasions. No help is too little. If you wish to help, but are not yet a citizen, you may apply free of charge at the local immigration office at It is said that when attacked in groups, many of these creatures can be placed back into their designated game wards.

This just in: there is an Escapee from the Old Jail cell in the City of Barloque! Once the mighty hordes have been pushed back, we call upon you to help capture the convict who escaped his bonds Thursday evening during the guards’ Thanksgiving repast. It will take many a brave warrior to hunt down this villain and he will not be taken easily. Be forewarned! He is a cunning and skilled criminal mastermind and it will take all of your skills to bring him back to justice!

Should you be successful, there will be a banquet held in Duke Arkadius’ hall attended by the Leaders and Administrators that manage Meridian. They will be on hand to mingle with the populace and it is said that drink loosens the tongue and they may answer any questions you may have…

More breaking news! Qor to Unleash Murder and Mayhem Across the Meridian! Astronomers and Soothsayers tell us that near the hour of 4:30pm PST on this very same day the sky will turn red and all guardian angels will disappear! Death will be rampant – but no penalties will occur! This unique occurrence is a chance to test your skills, try new tactics, and relieve the tension after the day’s events. Be forewarned, in the past when red skies have appeared, guilds have used this opportunity to test their mettle against their enemies and any other challengers….

It is also rumored that the same said Administrators of Meridian will be on hand to help citizens with a special potions to increase their spells and hit points.

Event: Meridian 59 Evolution Demo Server Celebration
Date: Saturday, November 27
Time: 2 PM PST (5 PM PST) – ?
Players can sign up at
Brian “Psychochild” Green and his cohorts will be on hand for Q&A and
perhaps a little mayhem….

About Meridian 59 Evolution
Meridian 59 was originally released by The 3DO Company in 1996. In 2001,
former developers of the game bought the rights to Meridian 59 from 3DO and
relaunched the game. The game has been continuously updated since the
relaunch. The game has been commercially successful and has attracted
thousands of players in the United States and Germany.

About Near Death Studios
Founded in 2001, the California-based studio focuses on developing unique
online RPGs and communities. Their award-winning flagship product, Meridian
59, is their first offering. Upcoming projects include a cyberpunk-themed
community site at

Press Contact:
Brian Green, Near Death Studios

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