Enter at Your Own Rift: Which Nightmare Tide edition is right for you?
Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 3:00 pm

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I was fully expecting RIFT: Nightmare Tide to be out by the time I sat down to write this, but then the delay happened and I had a little unasked-for breathing room to figure out what I was going to discuss while we waited for the expansion to come out. The good news is that it should be releasing tomorrow, and we'll all be well on our way to enjoying both new high- and low-level content.

However, there's one big question that each RIFT player needs to answer for her or himself, which is, "Which edition of the expansion is right for me?" Unlike some other MMOs, RIFT is not charging for its expansion at all. Trion Worlds did announce a trio of collector's editions as optional purchases, and since each of these editions has an impact on how we experience the new content, I thought it well worth examining the qualities of each as well as the benefit of not paying for it at all.

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    There's certainly no shortage of super heroes in Marvel Heroes! The game just released another hero along with another team up hero. Although unable to tear herself away from Rogue to play as Nova, Massively's MJ couldn't resist checking out the little sidekick Wasp. This teeny tiny hero packs quite the punch! Don't want to see her wings get singed? On passive mode, Wasp increases your chances to find rare loot. And you know how much MJ need more loot in her bags! Join us live at 3:00 p.m. to see the littlest Team Up Hero in action during this week's event, Cosmic Chaos

    Game: Marvel Heroes
    Host: MJ Guthrie
    Date: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
    Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT

    Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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      WildStar's megaservers shouldn't impact addons much
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 4:30 pm

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      Carbine Studios took to the forums earlier today to address how player addons may have been affected by WildStar's recent megaserver merge and name changes. The good news is that "most third-party addon users" will not be impacted whatsoever.

      For addons that were impacted by the transition, Carbine posted tips on how to bring broken addons up to par. The team encouraged those dealing with broken mods by saying that the data is still there and that recovering it won't be difficult at all. This post is somewhat technical and relevant only to addon creators, but important to everyone who's mods are borked.

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      Three quick GG reads
      Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 3:21 pm
      Chris Kluwe, who continues to be one of my favorite people in the universe, has a very vitriol-laced take on the situation: Thus, when I see an article titled “Gamers


      Game On for Extra Life
      Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 2:39 pm
      This Saturday (October 25th) marks the 6th annual Extra Life gaming marathon for charity. Each year, gamers all over the world unite for a 24 hour period (or whatever they may choose) to support and donate to children’s hospitals to help sick kids. We have long supported the event, but this year’s we’ve created our […]


      Guns of Icarus Online overhauls progression and matching
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 1:00 pm

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      This may have been an ill-considered approach.
      The latest patch for Guns of Icarus Online is going to make it a great deal easier for characters to get better. The game's progression system has been completely overhauled, with level now tied to experience earned via matches rather than to achievements. This is accompanied by a reorganization of stats and traits and a bump in the level cap to 45, which will also bump existing characters and give them more levels to play around with.

      Said patch also improves the game's matchmaking system, which helps get players into the action more quickly while also providing a more balanced system for everyone. A new tutorial to introduce new players to the game and a spectator system that makes it easier to watch games unfold have also been added, giving players new and old alike plenty to enjoy. Check out the full patch notes or just steal a glance at the video showing off these new features past the break.

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      Metallica will rock out at BlizzCon 2014
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 2:00 pm

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      MetallicaImagine that you're a big-name game developer with a pile of money and millions of fans to impress at your yearly convention. Would you hire your favorite band from your youth to play a custom gig? Hell yeah you would! And so would Blizzard, which is why the studio's just announced that Metallica will be performing at BlizzCon next month. It's the perfect band to listen to while riding around on your Azeroth Chopper and playing your Orc.

      "We're thrilled to announce that Metallica will be performing the closing concert at BlizzCon 2014, playing before a sold-out convention crowd on the night of November 8!" Blizzard gushed in its announcement post earlier today. "If you didn't score tickets to the show, don't worry -- you can still get a front-row seat from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket."

      Hey, at least it's not Blink-182.

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      Should Guilds Have Levels?
      Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 1:00 pm
      According to Blizzard the answer to that question is no, guilds should not have levels. We got guild levels as part of the Cataclysm expansion, 25 of them, along with perks to go with those levels.  Those levels were not easy to acquire back then.  During Cataclysm our guild only managed to get to level […]


      ArcheAge - Getting Started Guide Part 2
      Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 12:15 pm
      Link to Part 1 Here are other questions I see new players ask on a regular basis or things I learned the hard way. Public Regal Stations Some crafting recipes require regal workstations. Typically, these workstations are crafted by players specializing in that profession and placed in their homes. Each faction has one set of public regal workstations available to the general population. For the West Faction, public Regal Workstations are located in Wardton, Solzreed. You’ll see a cluster of houses together with workstations on the porch and some inside. Those are regal workstations you can use.


      The Secret Adventures: Bach to the future (Savage Coast #1)
      Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 12:00 pm
      (You can follow my playthrough of The Secret World on Bio Break’s projects page!) Dear John (side mission) We’re in it now!  Our second mission zone in the game: Savage Coast.  SC is a shift from Kingsmouth, away from a … Continue reading


      Elder Scrolls’ Books – Check ‘em out!
      Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 11:11 am
      In a press release today we announced that we’ve partnered once again with Titan Books to create two new series of books: The Elder Scrolls Online – Tales of Tamriel & The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – The Skyrim Library! Not since Encyclopedia Britannica’s heyday have volumes of books looked this cool and demanded to be on your […]


      Hallowtide begins in ArcheAge today
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 11:00 am

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      Trion Worlds will update ArcheAge's western servers today with a new patch reverently named Version 1.2 Build 4.13. Notably, it ushers in Hallowtide, ArcheAge's autumn event, which runs until November 4th, when the Conquest of Auroria patch launches. Today's update also includes several gameplay and bug fixes, including bugs relating to trial account chat. The studio has promised a full reveal of Hallowtide later today.

      In other ArcheAge news, numerous players and Massively readers report that the free subscription time promised by Trion in compensation for launch issues is not properly triggering on their accounts.

      [Thanks, dirtyklingon.]

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      Hyperspace Beacon: SWTOR and the transparency dilemma
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 12:00 pm

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      This past week on The Republic, I talked to prominent community members about transparency and broken promises in regard to Star Wars: The Old Republic. Both Heather from Corellian Run Radio and Redna from Ootinicast agreed that BioWare's community team has communicated too little and too infrequently with the players and has actually driven people away from the game because of that lack of dialogue.

      Also this past week, former Operative Class Representative Snave interviewed Community Manager Eric Musco, asking why the community team has been so quiet as of late and why it promised to deliver information by the end of September but it didn't. Snave also asked why there hasn't been more transparency from community team, especially when Musco specifically said that one of the things that he wanted from the community team was more transparency. Snave accused Musco of speaking out of both sides of his mouth when he said that he wanted more transparency but then wouldn't reveal what was going on with the announcement.

      Compounding recent events was a kerfuffle over the ongoing Cantina Tours. Players became upset when the Cantina Tour date for Las Vegas was moved from November 7th to November 15th, even though back in February, Community Coordinator Courtney Woods posted the planned dates of the Community Cantina Tour with the caveat that they were "subject to change."

      As a community, SWTOR players don't seem to be happy with or without transparency. The SWTOR community team cannot, as the saying goes, win for losing. What is the solution here? Let's discuss the details and maybe a solution or two.

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        NaNoWriMo Again?
        Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 11:00 am
        November is coming and it’s bringing NaNoWriMo with it along with some assorted holidays. When I was first asked if I was participating again, I immediately thought of last year’s story still sitting waiting on much needed revisions, and said no. But like always, I continued thinking about it, and now I’m not thinking maybe. […]


        Battle Bards Episode 37: At the Market Fair
        Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 9:00 am
        Pack  your coin purse, for the Battle Bards are off to the market!  In this episode, we’ll examine music not only from MMO marketplaces, but tracks that inspire the feeling and atmosphere of bustling towns, harbors with ships being unloaded, … Continue reading


        WildStar reveals big lore drops on the Aurin and the Mechari
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 10:00 am

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        Boy, this information could have been really useful back when the game launched, but...
        It's time to learn everything about the WildStar races that you were afraid to ask. Or, more likely, that you did ask. There's a lot of lore in the game, but it's possible to miss some pieces of important information, and players always have lore questions no matter what happens. So the team at Carbine Studios asked for player questions, and creative director Chad Moore has posted the first set of answers in the form of pages for the Aurin and the Mechari.

        Both pages contain an overview of the racial histories, culture, social structures, relations with other races, lifespans... everything you could want to know at a glance regarding the operations of these species. Veteran players will find some elements of this unsurprising, but there's more to learn and some longstanding theories confirmed (like the functional immortality of the Mechari or the Aurin preference for analogies). Take a look at both pages for more information.

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        Battle Bards Episode 37: At The Market Fair
        Posted by MMO Gamer Chick [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 9:02 am
        A new episode of Battle Bards is up! Fill your coin purses and come on out for a day at the market with the Battle Bards! This week, Syp, Syl and I look at marketplace-related music in MMOs or the tunes that bring to mind a market atmosphere — whether that means a bustling town, […]


        The Daily Grind: Would you spend money in an MMO for your guild?
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 9:00 am

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        A recent Gamasutra piece chronicled a monetization design consultant's journey into what he calls a "social elder game." Author Ethan Levy participated in multiple high-end, time-limited guild-vs.-guild events in an unnamed online game (not ESO; I just like that pic) to see just how much guild members would need to pay out to keep their guild competitive. Hundreds of dollars later, he was able to push his guild into the top 100 to receive what he called "B tier" gear. In fact, he estimated that the top 100 guilds spent between $85,000 and $100,000 -- just on that one event.

        I'm willing to give my guildies a lot of things -- Steam games, a spot on my couch, my old video card, thesis proofreading -- but I wouldn't drop that kind of money just to make us competitive in a video game, especially if I felt a studio was being exploitative with its "social elder game." Would you? Would you spend money in an MMO for your guild? How much?

        Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!

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          Mall Raiding
          Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 6:43 am

          It's fashionable to hate GameStop, and I can't deny there are a few good reasons for it. One of the things I love about GameStop, though, is the opportunity it affords spelunkers.

          A man with five dollars in his pocket and an hour to kill can find some marvelous tombs to raid. All it takes, beyond the fiver and the lunch break, is an open mind and a willingness to sit on the floor in front of a giant cardboard sculpture of Kratos.

          There are important lessons to be drawn from a lifetime of crawling through bargain bins. Important things that make your spelunking expedition healthy and productive. Things like wearing kneepads under your pants so you don't scuff your knees, and to never-ever squat because you could blow out a meniscus. Things like bringing hand santitizer because goodness knows what a person has to do to make a Game Boy Advance box that sticky.

          But more important than knee safety and basic flu-prevention is the attitude you bring on the expedition. (These days those things are less important than before anyway, since you can hop on Steam or Humble or GoG and hunt through a bevy of overlooked beauties from the comfort of your own toilet.) Attitude is everything. You want your mind so open it's in danger of falling out of your head and seeking a cauliflower to mate with. Gold is where you find it, the song says, and you can find it if you're willing to see it.

          So if you're willing to paw through stacks and stacks of Madden 2007 (Currently $0.99. Ignore the "low-stock" designator. We got 'em. Trust me on that.) you can find all sorts of also-rans, never-gonna-bes and please-don't-short-sell-us-we-fired-everyone-in-engineering-and-marketings.

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          Preparing for Extra-Life
          Posted by MmoQuests.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 6:06 am
          It’s less than a week until I go live playing 24 games in 24 hours for extra-life. Raising money for sick kids in need is something that a lot of my gamer friends will be doing over the next few … Continue reading


          A New My Sites Section
          Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 1:10 am
          My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful. From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more visual interface. Head directly to …


          LOTRO Fall Festival 2014
          Posted by Casually Strolling Through MMOs [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2014, 11:10 pm
          Fall Festival is running this year from October 21 – November 2, 2014. This guide is here to help you find all the events available. The primary currency of this festival is Fall Festival Tokens. Collecting these can help you buy the goodies listed in the rewards section below.


          Vacation Backlog
          Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2014, 9:10 pm
          I’m back! I took a month off from the blog. Unintentionally. Basically I discovered that Kerbal Space Program had added a career mode since the last time I tried it, and got extremely focused on the game.  Like I did when I first started playing Minecraft and again when I started playing with mods. I’m […]


          EQII's Altar of Malice pricing, bonuses announced
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2014, 10:00 pm

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          During my recent dev tour of EverQuest II's upcoming Altar of Malice expansion, Senior​ Producer Holly Longdale revealed the new part Shaman/part Warrior elite merc that comes with the purchase of the collectors edition and said "We're really excited about what we're offering there -- some really special stuff this year." And now we've got all those details!

          The standard edition will cost $39.99 and comes with a special housing item. This large painting depicts an AoM scene of an angry Lanys T'Vyl and plenty of skulls. The collectors addition for $89.99 adds the elite battle-mystic mercenary Kluuron V'Lon as well a Striped Savage Pterodon flying mount, a tyrannodon house pet, two 40-day spell research potions, three Gems of Armor Advancement, and a multi-appearance mage tower housing item to teleport to the new content. Check out what each bonus looks like in the gallery below.

          Altar of Malice is available to November 11th for All Access members (who also get 10% off the purchase prices) and on November 28th for everyone else.

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