Neutral Blood Elves
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The other day's post about the factionalism of some Pandaren led to an interesting comment which, among other things, suggested that Blood Elves should be neutral. The idea intrigued me.

Lore
It's somewhat of an accident that the Blood Elves are in the Horde. As High Elves they'd been part of the Alliance. Their 'conversion' to Blood Elves was recent. Their joining with the Horde was even more recent, and was not inevitable. There were doubts, and justifiably, that this more-than-devastated nation would be little more than a burden. Surely a Horde that had only recently broken away from demonic influence would be wary of a race that was dependent on demonic power.

In terms of personality, it fits as well. Elves are generally arrogant, and high elves perhaps even more so. Why would they not stand alone, away from the savages and corpses?

They have their own problems, trolls and the Scourge. Remember, BC was long before the Lich King was defeated. Could they really afford to go marching off to someone else's war with the many powerful Alliance armies on the continent? But perhaps that's irrelevant, since they have a powerful buffer zone against the Alliance: the Plaguelands and Lordaeron.

Gameplay
Who would become paladins? I still think tauren paladins sound ridiculous, even though I also think that Sunwalkers are a somewhat logical extension of druidism. There has always been a bit of a push for Forsaken paladins, but those also have various problems, even if they sound cool. Perhaps they'd be the inverse of the Blood Knights: rather than being so dark that even their brethren shun them, they'd be rejected for their embrace of the Light.

Geographically, Silvermoon isn't of much use to Horde players. Undercity already gives good access the north of the Eastern Kingdoms.

Most importantly, it's too late for World of Warcraft. The story already happened, not that that has necessarily mattered; Cataclysm was more than happy to erase player actions, such as killing Onyxia. Players are Blood Elves and I suspect would not react kindly to a forced race change. A splintering, as we saw with Pandaren is possible, but also sets an annoying precedent, because what race could not be justifiably picked apart? Break off the Dark Irons again, divide the orc and troll races, might as well just have every character pick its faction. Someone probably likes that idea.

Future Story
This is where I think the idea shines. Or, gets exceptionally ugly.

Despite regaining the Sunwell, I do not believe the Blood Elves are particularly powerful still. They were hit far too hard and were never a populous group. If no longer under the umbrella of the Horde, they'd end up with a potential enemy: Sylvanas.

I'd love to see this dark... darker.... black hole swallowed by another black hole, but without the huge energy releases from gravitational waves... darkerest turn by Sylvanas. Why should her former brethren not rejoin her? Perhaps the Forsaken could find some use for the Sunwell.

This leads to her army marching right back up along the Dead Scar and her journey to becoming the Lich King-lite is complete. Might the Alliance, seeing the risks of the Forsaken gaining such a powerful source of magic, intervene? Things could turn out ugly for Vereesa.

Alternatively, they just get overrun by trolls and breakaway undead.



The Stream Team: Snagging your first mount in ArcheAge
Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 9:15 pm

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Those who don't want to adventure around ArcheAge on their own two feet (or paws) have two options: hop on the back of someone's mount or get one of their own. This week, Massively's MJ is going to secure her very own cute and cuddly kitten and raise it into a massive mount. Then she'll have to worry about random stray passengers! Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to experience more of ArcheAge's alpha.

Game: ArcheAge
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Wednesday, April 23th, 2014
Time: 8:00 p.m. EDT

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    SMITE unveils Bastet's 'Night Prowler' catsuit
    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 10:00 pm

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    SMITELest you think catgirls are the private domain of Asian and superhero games, Hi-Rez Studios has upgraded SMITE heroine Bastet with a brand-new "Night Prowler" skin that leaves neither curve nor tail to the imagination. For a small fee, you can ensure that your version of the Egyptian goddess of cats does all of her ass-kicking in a black leather catsuit, just as the Ancient Egyptians would have wanted it.

    We've got the video after the break. You're going to go click on it now.

    [Source: Hi-Rez press release]

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      Diablo III: Reaper of Souls soundtrack available on iTunes
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 8:00 pm

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      Come on, baby, don't fear the reaper.
      Sure, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls has the perfect soundtrack when you're playing Diablo III. But what can you do when you're not playing the game but you're just out reaping souls on your own time? You can't hum the songs; you'll just look like an idiot. Well, don't despair, because you can now purchase the expansion's soundtrack on iTunes and forever have access to the perfect reaping music in your day-to-day life.

      The full soundtrack can be purchased for $9.99 and contains 22 tracks with a total running time of just over an hour. Clips are available on the official page in case you just want a couple of tunes and aren't quite sure what they're called; at 22 tracks, though, it's almost more economical to just buy the whole thing.

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      Would You Expose Your Child to Massively Multiplayer Games? | Ten Ton Hammer
      Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 April 2014, 5:52 am
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      With gamers as young as 13 eligible to play the likes of World of Warcraft or WildStar, when should we really expose children to massively multiplayer games?




      WildStar Burst: Spellslinger Health Check (UI 2.0) | Ten Ton Hammer
      Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 3:23 pm
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      With the latest WildStar update having a huge impact on the Spellslinger, is it all good news? In this Health Check I provide my opinion.




      Creating ESO: Trials
      Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 5:24 pm
      12-player Trials are coming with ESO’s first Adventure Zone, Craglorn. Visit ElderScrollsOnline.com and find out what your group will face and learn how we created a new kind of adventure for ESO. Learn more about Craglorn on its dedicated page at elderscrollsonline.com


      Neverwinter will make players choose between mercenaries
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 6:00 pm

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      Neverwinter
      When Icewind Dale arrives with Neverwinter's Module 3, players will have a difficult decision to make: whether to join up with the Ten-Towners or the Arcane Brotherhood.

      In a new post, Cryptic explains that these two groups are at conflict with each other in the effort to collect the precious Black Ice. Ten-Towners want the Ice for profit and for those who have lived in the north, while the Arcane Brotherhood desire the substance to increase its knowledge. Once a group is chosen, that faction will deliver daily contracts that the player can take up. By repeating the dailies, players can earn enough Black Ice to create a new armor set. Players shouldn't fret too much about their choice, as their allegiance can change on a daily basis with no penalty.

      Cryptic will also be introducing account shared banks with the module to help pass items between characters with ease. Module 3 arrives on May 13th.

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      Leaderboard: Do you need to spend money to enjoy Marvel Heroes?
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 7:00 pm

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      Marvel Heroes' Avengers
      I think I might play me some Marvel Heroes. Which is somewhat odd since I'm neither a Diablo nor a Marvel fan. It's not that I have anything against the latter, it's just that I've always read Batman comics and nothing but, so my knowledge of the Marvel-verse is restricted to The Avengers flick and Bryan Singer's old X-Men films.

      Anyway, Gazillion's game is of course free-to-play and I'm installing it via Steam as I type. My question for you, though, is should I spring for any of the cash shop bundles or should I just take what the devs are giving away? Which route did you go, and was it the right decision? Vote after the cut!

      Ever wish that you could put to rest a long-standing MMO debate once and for all? Then welcome to the battle royal of Massively's Leaderboard, where two sides enter the pit o' judgment -- and only one leaves. Vote to make your opinion known, and see whether your choice tops the Leaderboard!

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        Being Too Greedy Too Early
        Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 5:28 pm
        One of the things I’m very proud of when we monetized SWTOR, is how generous we were to the new users.  Players don’t get asked for any money before level


        Havoc in HearthStone
        Posted by Casually Strolling Through MMOs [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 10:24 am
        What do WarCraft, bloggers, and collectible card games have in common? Havoc in HeartStone! An upcomming event from those at the New Blogger Initiative!


        League of Legends introduces Braum, the Heart of the Freljord
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 4:00 pm

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        Is there a Mrs. Heart of the Freljord?
        For too long, there's been a hole in the many champions of League of Legends. Braum, the Heart of the Freljord, fills that hole, introducing the first truly impressive moustache to the game and allowing everyone to marvel at every perfectly waxed hair. Oh, and he also serves as a tank support character, which is also a first, but mostly it's about that glorious lip-blanket.

        Right, you probably want to know a little bit more about what Braum can do. Well, he applies a stacking debuff that stuns enemies with his basic attack, but once the first tap is in place, attacks from allies will also increase the stack count. He also attacks with line-based AoE attacks that snare targets, blocks attacks with his enormous shield, and can dash to his allies to help protect them from further attacks. In short, he's a traditional MMO tank tearing up the League of Legends lanes. And he has a moustache. Did we mention that?

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        CCP posts EVE Fanfest 2014's schedule
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 4:30 pm

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        EVE Fanfest
        EVE Fanfest 2014 is just a week away, and participants will be pleased to know that CCP has posted the full schedule for the show.

        The Fanfest schedule includes the dedication of a monument to EVE's players, the wrestling matches between the staff and CCP, a lecture by NASA's Les Johnson on interstellar travel, news about the future of CCP's game roster, and a blowout party-slash-concert.

        The studio is psyched about the event: "Ask anyone at the CCP what their favorite time of the year is, they will say Fanfest. It is not just the players who look forward to attending, it's a highlight for us developers as well because interacting with the community is both the soul of our games and a thrilling reward."

        The 10th EVE Fanfest runs from May 1st through 3rd in Reykjavik, Iceland. The entire convention will be streamed for free on CCP's Twitch channel for fans who can't attend. And stay tuned on Massively, as we will be there on site!

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        The Elder Scrolls Online expounds on Craglorn's 12-man trials
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 5:00 pm

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        ESO
        ZeniMax has just published a dev diary about the brand-new 12-player trials en route to The Elder Scrolls Online with its upcoming Craglorn patch. Trials, the studio stresses, are more than your average raid experience:
        One of the first things you'll notice about Trials is that they bring a new experience to ESO designed to test even the toughest veterans. You'll need a group of 12 to take them on, but they're not just dungeons that require a large group-we're applying additional pressure. Your team will only have a limited number of resurrections available, and additional rewards will be granted to those who defeat the weekly challenge with one of the top times across the megaserver.
        What makes 12 players the sweet spot for these encounters? ZeniMax hopes to downplay the organizational hassle of putting together groups, to telegraph fights without too much distraction, to keep them to about 90 minutes in length, and to appropriately rely on player skill rather than zerging. Another bonus raiders will welcome? No lockout timers!

        Scope out the video below for a first-hand look at the new trials.

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        WildStar Burst: Spellslinger Health Check (UI 2.0) | Ten Ton Hammer
        Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 3:23 pm
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        With the latest WildStar update having a huge impact on the Spellslinger, is it all good news? In this Health Check I provide my opinion.




        SWTOR's Galactic Strongholds early access delayed for more features
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 2:00 pm

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        SWTOR Galactic Strongholds apartment
        Star Wars: The Old Republic senior producer Bruce Maclean has penned a new producer's letter focused on the upcoming Galactic Strongholds expansion.

        He states that for GS to truly feel like an expansion, "it needs to include the full set of features including those originally coming later in the year." As such, BioWare is delaying the start of subscriber early access from June 24th to August 19th. Maclean says the additional time will allow the devs to add conquest events, expanded guild flagship functionality, the Tatooine Homestead stronghold, and the ability to place vehicles, mounts, pets, and companions as player housing decorations.

        BioWare has also moved the deadline date for subscribers who are looking to get early access rewards. It's now July 15th instead of May 11th, meaning that you'll need to sub up by the former date if you want the Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace with three additional rooms and the other promised goodies. After the August 19th subscriber early access period, preferred early access and the official launch will follow in September and October.

        [Thanks ninjonxb!]

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        Age of Wushu's expansion hits May 7th; here's a trailer
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 3:00 pm

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        It's raining in Age of Wushu
        Age of Wushu's Tempest of Strife expansion launches on May 7th. To celebrate, Snail has released an action-packed trailer that shows off new classes, new environments, and the new weather system. ToS also brings new face-lifting customization options, personalization-enabling equipment inscription, and new sects to the table.

        The martial arts sandbox MMO also boasts a new website as of this morning. Don't forget to click past the cut to watch the trailer!

        [Source: Snail Games press release]

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          New Final Fantasy XIV producer's letter talks China and 2.25
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 3:30 pm

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          Naoki Yoshida, seen here being a friend to all mankind.
          Final Fantasy XIV is doing pretty well for itself at the moment, and it's still expanding. The latest letter from producer Naoki Yoshida discusses preparations for the game's launch in China, with the cooperation of Shanda Games. Service is expected to launch this summer; the game has just recently launched on the PlayStation 4, expanding its range of available platforms.

          Yoshida also discusses patch 2.25, which will be live tomorrow. Originally, the patch was slated to include an expansion to the current Zodiac weapon quests; however, Yoshida states in the letter that this system is being pushed back until patch 2.28 goes live in May. The team is hoping to incorporate feedback on the existing quest line and allow players more time to upgrade and receive their Animus weaponry. 2.25 will contain improvements to the Wolves' Den PvP system as well as a new system involving materia, so while further weapon upgrades are on hold, there's still going to be plenty of new things to do.

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          Gabriel Knight 2: Wagner scavenger hunt
          Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 12:00 pm
          (This is part of my journey playing through Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) With Gabe transforming into a werewolf and Grace dealing with a live pigeon stuffed into her … Continue reading


          Elder Scrolls Online's Firor posts on the state of the game
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 12:30 pm

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          ESO's Alik'r desert
          Elder Scrolls Online lead developer Matt Firor has posted a state-of-the-game address on the fantasy MMO's forum.

          Firor says that, yes, ZeniMax sees the groups of bots clustered around the game's dungeon bosses and that, yes, it is taking steps to address the problem. "We regularly ban accounts involved in spam and bot activity," Firor says, but the scope of said activity is so large that it accounts for nearly 85 percent of ESO's customer service tickets.

          There's also a blurb about de-synched quests as well as a brief preview of the game's first major update that ZeniMax is currently prepping for ESO's test server.

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          Choose My Adventure: Testing addons in The Elder Scrolls Online
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 1:00 pm

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          My adventure in The Elder Scrolls Online continues this week with my Nightblade Fa'saad making his way through Stonefalls for the Ebonheart Pact. As the format of Choose My Adventure has changed slightly, the polls from the first two articles mold my journey through the rest of the month. At the end of it all, I'll give my summary impressions and tips I learned along the way.

          This week it's all about addons as I tried out a dozen or so to report back on my favorites. Addons can aid your gameplay in so many different ways, from stat counters to UI mods to quality of (virtual) life improvements, but they're not for everyone. I'm not usually an addon fan because I think they verge on cheating in a way, so I've approached these addons from the perspective of a skeptic. Did they really help my game? Will I continue to use them?

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            Civilization – The Center Cannot Hold
            Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2014, 12:00 pm
            The third week of our Friday night Civilization V game saw us all online together, but we were going to have to test something new.  Loghound was with us, but would have to drop out of the game almost immediately to take care of a domestic issue.  From what we had read, the game should […]


            10th Anniversary Attendance
            Posted by Lineage II [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 April 2014, 1:00 pm
            10th Anniversary Attendance   The first thing you’ll want to do when you open the Anniversary UI is check in! Once a day, when you log in, you will get a stamp on the 10th Annivesary Event window's main...


            Squash Event
            Posted by Lineage II [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 April 2014, 1:00 pm
              Event Process Buy the Squash Seed and Large Squash Seeds needed for the event from the Chaotic Throne NPC. Go to the Chaotic Throne in each of the village's event zones and buy Squash Seeds or Large Squash Seeds...


            Frederick the Destroyer
            Posted by Lineage II [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 April 2014, 1:00 pm
            Raid Schedule | Victory | Event Rewards A New Foe Appears!   Frederick the Destroyer will appear at certain times during the event! Every weekend during the event, participate in the raid against Frederick the Destroyer near the Elf...


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