So yes – the big project that took me away from the Melting Pot is FINALLY OUT! TRAILER – Death Knight Love Story Pt 1 – Jack Davenport, Anna Chancellor, Joanna Lumley, Brian Blessed from Strange Company on Vimeo. Voiced by Hollywood stars (Jack Davenport, Anna Chancellor, Joanna Lumley and Brian Blessed), made using full […]


What’ll Be On The Pot In The Next Few Months
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 October 2013, 10:36 am
So, I have a bit of an announcement to make. For the next few months, I’m going to be insanely busy. As a result, I’m going to have to stop doing my weekly Melting Pot roundup. I really enjoy reading around the community and assembling the best bits for you; however, I’ve got some major […]


The Newbie Blogger Initiative is BACK!
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 September 2013, 10:56 am
In some of the best news for the MMO community I’ve heard in ages, I’m very pleased to say that the Newbie Blogger Initiative is back! Started by Syp, the Newbie Blogger Initiative started last year, aiming to get new blood into the MMO blogging community. It succeeded wildly, spawning a huge number of new […]


WoW: Gambling With Coin, The State Of Nerfs, And When To Stop
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 September 2013, 10:50 am
With Patch 5.4 having just hit (you’ve seen our Quick-Start Guides, right?), there’s lots going on in World of Warcraft right now. From new topics like the Timeless Coin random reward chests to old staples like nerfing of raid content, here are some of the discussion highlights from the last week: Bob at Altaclysmic posts […]


EQNext Discussion And Debate
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 September 2013, 10:46 am
Everquest Next is still a long way away from our screens, but the unusually open development process is keeping the blogosphere debating its choices. Today, we’ve got two really great, lengthy discussion posts – if this sort of debate keeps up, it bodes very well indeed for the game. Wolfshead makes a detailed case for […]


Money, Chat and Crowdfunding
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 September 2013, 10:46 am
We’re opening up the week this week with a random links post – just as a bit of a difference! So, if you fancy something short and interesting to read (or in one case watch), read on! Rohan makes a short but very intelligent point: that the abject failure of Diablo III can be seen […]


WoW Patch 5.4 Quick-Start Guides For All Classes And Specs
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 September 2013, 3:57 pm
Yes, it’s that time again – the time that the Melting Pot team burn the midnight oil to produce quick-start guides for every class and spec in a new World of Warcraft patch. This time it’s Patch 5.4 and Garrosh going mental. Apologies these took a little longer than usual – busy week! As always, […]


Guides in progress!
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2013, 11:11 am
Sorry about the slow updates this week! I’m working through the 5.4 Quick Start Guides for WoW, but unfortunately don’t have the time to do them all in a solid day like I usually do! Still, tanks and healers are done, and mages should be finished by the end of the day too! Normal service […]


A Surprise New Contender In The MMO World?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 September 2013, 9:44 am
There’s a surprise new hit in the making in the MMO world – or so it seems. Yes, after the failures of recent Final Fantasy games, a lot of people (including me) had given up on the franchise. But the reviews coming out of the latest installment, the MMO A Realm Reborn, are startling – […]


WoW Patch 5.4: The Roundup and Class Survival Guides
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 September 2013, 9:36 am
Yep, WoW’s Big Final Raid for Mists of Pandaria has arrived, and everyone’s either beating on Garrosh’s minions or running around the Timeless Isle grabbing coins like WoW’s a ’90s platformer. But what does everyone think of this huge final installment for MoP? Is it a win or a meh? Let’s go to the blogs… […]


Away for a week, back after that!
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 August 2013, 6:58 am
The Melting Pot will be quiet next week as I’m AFK for a week actually playing games rather than writing about them! If you see anything you think we should feature, Tweet me or comment below and I’ll pick it up when I get back. We’ll be back with all your regular MMO goodness the […]


Friday Links : Guild Wars 2 Hidden Lore and SWTOR PvP
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 August 2013, 8:45 am
It’s been a quieter week this week – but less dominant topics mean more cool random bits and pieces. And so we close out the week with two interesting posts from two of the major MMOs we haven’t heard from this week: SWTOR and GW2… Shintar’s very worried by what does indeed look like an […]


WoW Next: Probable Lies, Character Models and Dwarven Lore
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2013, 8:40 am
And the excitement for the next WoW expansion seems to really be ramping up right now. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m splitting this week’s WoW posts into two because of that – and here’s today’s look to the future. Whether we’re looking at character model revamps or dodgy probably-false info leaks, here’s what everyone’s talking […]


WoW Now: Mogging Tricks And Free Loot
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 August 2013, 8:36 am
I’m splitting WoW news into two parts this week, as it seems there’s at least as much discussion of what’s to come in the next expansion – whenever that arrives – as there is the current one. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have some great posts about WoW as it is now. Here are […]


Heads up!
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 August 2013, 8:18 am
I’m swapping the Melting Pot over to the CloudFlare service today to combat the massive tide of spam we’re getting at the moment. That might mean the usual problems that can arise with this sort of thing – downtime, disconnections, etc. If you have any problems, please ping me on Twitter (MMOMeltingpot) or email (mmomeltingpot@gmail.com). […]


More On Business Models, Subscriptions, And All
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 August 2013, 8:24 am
It was the hot topic of last week, and the question of whether subscriptions are good or bad is continuing to rumble this week. We’ve got a couple of fascinating opinion pieces here – one of them arguing for subscriptions, and another one pointing to the success of the non-sub options. But it’s what they […]


Friday Links: Flex Raiding, Guild Leading and more
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 August 2013, 1:40 pm
Only two weeks until the final raid of Mists of Pandaria – where does the time go? Here’s our usual round-up of great blog posts that haven’t been about the hot topics of the week! The Godmother looks at what might change in the new expansion, and worries that Blizzard is on the edge of […]


Clockwork Chaos in Guild Wars 2: Blogger Reactions
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2013, 1:34 pm
There’s a new event happening in Guild Wars 2 – Clockwork Chaos! Apparently, there are clockwork critters roaming the land, descending on zones at random. How’s it working out? Ravious criticises the design of the events because of overflow issues and the length of the event overall, but still thinks that this one’s a rollicking […]


The Subscription Model is BACK! Wildstar and TESO – What Bloggers Think
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 August 2013, 1:33 pm
Well, I didn’t see that one coming. Yes, the subscription model is back. Both Wildstar and The Elder Scrolls Online have announced that they’re going to be primarily subscription-based, with WildStar also offering an EVE-like “CREDD” that can theoretically be earned in-game to pay for one’s subscription. It’s not hard to see why, from a [...]


Friday Link Roundup
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 August 2013, 7:59 am
It’s Friday already! And here’s our semi-usual collection of great articles that didn’t fit into any of the major themes of the week. Jaedia responds to an apparently pretty terrible BBC article about “Gaming Addiction” with an insightful look at whether these are really “just” games. Read “Gaming Compulsion is Not To Be Snivelled At [...]


SWTOR: Preferred accounts And Children
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 August 2013, 7:59 am
Star Wars: The Old Republic seems to be having something of a renaissance right now. We’re seeing more people post about it, more people say positive things about it, and in general more “vibe” about the game than virtually any time since launch. Here’s what the SWTOR crowd are talking about this week: Ravanal discusses [...]


WoW: non-quest adventuring, Connected Realms and more
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2013, 7:59 am
With all the furore about EQNext, you could be forgiven for thinking that everyone had forgotten about WoW. But that’s definitely not the case: with patch 5.4 just around the corner, discussion’s as lively as ever. Here’s the pick of what the community has been talking about this week: The Godmother highlights what seems to [...]


EQNext: Can The World Work and more
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2013, 7:59 am
Everquest Next! It’s no secret that everyone’s talking about it, thinking about it, and discussing it right now. I know it’s top of my “want to see” list. So here’s the latest discussion from around the blogosphere: Tobold looks at the history of games that have allowed players to modify the landscape, and proposes an [...]


MMO Design: The Future Is Now!
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 August 2013, 8:02 am
We’re in the future, these days. We’ve got working Virtual Reality, self-driving cars, we’re working on replicators – it really feels like the future is here today. So, is it time to rethink some of our assumptions about MMORPGs? That’s what EQNext seems to be proposing – and these bloggers, in different ways, agree: Flosch [...]


EQNext: No Tanks? No Trinity?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 August 2013, 1:51 pm
One of the hottest topics from the entire EQNext announcement so far has been the news that – like several games before them – EQNext is doing away with the Holy Trinity of Tank, Healer and DPS. The argument is that EQNext’s advanced AI will completely remove the need for the tank/healer/dps combo, and furthermore [...]


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