Chaos Theory: These are a few of my favorite Secret World things
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There's a lot about The Secret World to like. So much so, in fact, that you just can't name it all in once place! I've had to split talking about the best parts of this conspiracy-laden masterpiece into a number of different Chaos Theorys, from my favorite first moments to amazing NPCs to fabulous places to favorite missions. Even Massively's Justin Olivetti chimed in with his favorite characters. But not even that can cover it all. That means today I'll tackle another topic: my favorite things. TSW has a plethora of little gems scattered throughout the game that enhance the play experience and attest to the level of detail put into development. And I'll totally go all Julie Andrews and sing their praises, hilltop or not. I only have so much room, however, so these are my top choices; be sure to add your own in the comments below!

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    Skycastles coming to TERA on February 24
    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 January 2015, 9:00 am

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    Have you recently come home to TERA? OK, maybe you never left. Either way, En Masse is betting you'll get excited about the Skycastle guild housing system that's heading your way on February 24th.

    The castles float above major cities and are available "to the top-ranking guilds on each server via two new ongoing four-week guild competitions that track guild points earned from dungeons, battlegrounds, and guild-vs.-guild battles," according to an En Masse press blurb.

    The patch will also include a new dungeon set aboard the Sky Cruiser Endeavor as well as a hard-mode version of Bathysmal Rise.

    [Source: En Masse press release]

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      Perfect Ten: My top 10 top 10 lists
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 January 2015, 10:00 am

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      I've been doing top 10 lists here at Massively for well over four years now, mostly as a public service to make you feel good when I forget something that should really, truly belong on a particular countdown. On a biweekly basis I got to plaster the front page of the site with garish cartoon pictures -- and my editors never said boo about it.

      Some of my lists were tongue-in-cheek, some were heavy-duty research, and some were off-the-top-of-my-head-because-I-had-a-deadline crazy. As I look back over the field of weird and wonderful lists that I've made, I can pick out a few of my favorites. So today let's look at my top 10 top 10 lists here on Massively with a little color commentary.

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        Goodbye Joystiq, I will miss you
        Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 January 2015, 10:00 am


        The rumor of the last couple days, backed up by tweets from employees of the company, is that Joystiq is being shut down by it's parent company AOL.

        That sucks.

        Joystiq is one of the best places for gaming news online.  I've had them in my RSS feed for as long as I can remember.

        From time to time, as I've played various MMOs, I've also followed the work of their subsites like WoW Insider and Massively.

        Joystiq does such great work and they're one of only three gaming news sites that I actually look at every article they post.  If they're gone their is going to be a hole in my gaming news and I don't know where I'm going to turn to fill it.

        The other two sites that I look at every article from are Polygon and Rock, Paper, Shotgun.  But I need to get news from multiple sources.  If Joystiq really goes under I'll be in search of a new general gaming news site.  I would rather not turn toward the Kotakus of the world.  They don't do very good work.  Occasionally they've have an article worth reading, but they fail at being a purely news site.

        I'm sad because I know there's nothing I can do about Joystiq.  It seems like AOL just doesn't know what to do with them.  It seems to be the fault of AOL not understanding the property that they're sitting on.  It's definitely not the fault of the journalism.

        We'll have to wait and see how this plays out, but it's not looking good.


        The Daily Grind: What's the ideal guild size in an MMO?
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 January 2015, 8:00 am

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        Last week, a Massively commenter mentioned that he was in a 700-person guild in The Elder Scrolls Online. Yep, you read that number right! He inspired an impromptu discussion about the problems inherent in a guild of that size, such as the difficulties of managing it, the potential for dozens of smaller cliques, and the frequently negative impact a big mob of people can have on a server community and a game's development.

        Personally, I found that a 50-person guild was a real challenge to lead well; I prefer a much smaller group, 20 members or so, just enough that I feel I know everyone well and there aren't competing cliques of people creating drama. Conveniently, that's the kind of guild I'm in, too. How about you? What's the ideal guild size in an MMO?

        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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          Don’t Starve: Getting Started Guide Part 1 of 3
          Posted by Home of my personas Saylah and Alysianah [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 January 2015, 8:00 am
          Your objective in Don’t Starve is very clear – stay alive, don’t starve. However, starving is often the least of your worries. You can die in a multitude of ways in DS. Weather, killer animals, poison vegetation and darkness, will all kill you. DS is a sandbox survival game. Think Minecraft meets The Sims minus creative building features.


          The Stream Team: Accessing Aion's Abbeys
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 January 2015, 8:00 pm

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          As Aion just opened the new Abbeys (a place for returning players to grab some bonuses before heading out into the wilds of Atreia), now is the perfect time for Massively's MJ to unfold her wings and dive back in! She'll be dusting off her Elyos Cleric and setting out to explore the familiar lands -- and maybe even poking into a few new places. Join us live at 8:00 p.m.to check out this new permanent feature.

          Game: Aion
          Host: MJ Guthrie
          Date: Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
          Time: 8:00 p.m. EST

          Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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            Leaderboard: When did you start reading Massively?
            Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 January 2015, 6:00 pm

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            This site has been around a while. Not as long as some, but still a while. For today's Leaderboard, tell us how long you've been around Massively. Assuming it's more than a week or so, you already know that there's a poll just past the cut.

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              GWJ Conference Call Spoiler Section: Hatoful Boyfriend
              Posted by Gamers With Jobs - Conference Call [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 January 2015, 5:17 pm

              Hatoful Boyfriend Spoiler Section - January 28th, 2014
              Pigeon Dating Spoilers!

              Right Click Here and 'Save As' to Download!
              (A Hatoful 19.8 MBs, 34:37)

              Julian Murdoch and Amanda Cosmos tell you all about Pidgeon Dating in Hatoful Boyfriend!

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              One Shots: Shroud of the Santa
              Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 January 2015, 4:00 pm

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              Well, this pleases me like punch: One Shots' very first Shroud of the Avatar screenshot submission! I recall thinking that this indie MMO looked so much better than I previously thought when I got my hands on it last August, so I'm glad to see Massively readers going on a photo safari in it.

              Reader JohnD is responsible for this unusual sight: "Here is a shot of Johanis Lolar, who is busy adventuring. I'm not sure his Santa cap helps him blend, but he's doing his best."

              I always like to assume that Santa spends his off-season lurking in weeds and ambushing stray travelers with presents, so this picture plays into that fantasy. What? I'm normal; my parents had me tested.

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                Unofficial PBE Patch Notes for 1/28/2015
                Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 January 2015, 2:53 pm

                WIP POST

                New Player Icon: Valentine's Day

                Kennen Visual Update (he has eyes now)

                Music Mute Button Added to HUD

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                Champion Ability Changes

                Kennen

                • Electrical Surge [W] - Now usable on champions caught in Slicing Maelstrom rather than just players afflicted by Mark of the Storm



                Get your free League of Legends soundtrack now
                Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 January 2015, 1:00 pm

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                You know what's awesome? Free stuff. Free stuff is awesome. And League of Legends is notable for giving away free goodies over the years, so we're not surprised to see that Riot's put the game's brand-new soundtrack album up on the site as a free download -- before it's going to be sold elsewhere.

                So if you want to get 15 generally excellent tracks (we know; we've listened to it), then head on over and snag it now!

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                Global Chat: Can MMO stories rise above mediocrity?
                Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 January 2015, 2:00 pm

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                Players have long debated the importance, relevance, and quality of stories in MMOs. Some have called for an abolishment of dev-driven narrative entirely, some enjoy what's there, and some have pressed for better writing and storytelling techniques. This week we'll hear from one blogger who is struggling with "mediocre" stories in MMOs and what might be done with them.

                But wait, that's not all! We'll also hear from writers about MMO inventory systems, aging games, and how pretty much nobody in the world was shocked when Elder Scrolls Online ditched its sub.

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                  New Das Tal vid explains combat, playstyles, and more
                  Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 January 2015, 12:00 pm

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                  Das Tal's devs have released a new video and are currently adding player settlements, resource warfare, crafting, and progression to the PvP sandbox, according to a new press release.

                  The video runs for nearly 10 minutes and explains a good bit about the game's combat abilities. It also summarizes possible playstyles based on weapon and armor choices, as well as a high-level look at the game's "MOBA meets MMO" combat system.

                  Click past the cut to see for yourself!

                  [Source: Fairytale Distillery press release]

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                    Final Fantasy XIV: A Few Weeks In
                    Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 January 2015, 10:00 am

                    I hit level 30  in Final Fantasy XIV earlier this week and the pacing came to a grinding halt.  And I do mean grinding.

                    I was jarred out of the main story because suddenly I needed to go start a secondary Class from level 1 and get them up to level 15.  I've been playing an Archer, so in this case the secondary Class I needed was Pugilist.  I needed to get my secondary Class to 15 so that I could pick up an advanced "Job" that goes on top of my main Archer class.

                    The Class and Job system isn't really explained well in the game.  I needed to ask some guildmates about it and do some research online to actually figure it out.

                    In the end, I got Pugilist to 15 which let me pick up the Bard Job for my Archer Class.  It took multiple days and it totally broke me out of my groove.

                    I finally got back to my level 30 main Class/Job which is now Archer/Bard and found that after level 30 the leveling slows down a lot.  No longer could I fly through the main storyline quests that I was having so much fun with.  I was constantly hitting a level barrier where I would have to go grind for another level before I could progress the main quest.

                    It's been really disheartening.

                    I actually liked the pace of the game up to level 30, but now it's wearing on me.  I'm constantly grinding through dungeons and repetitive quests just for experience points so that I can level up.  I do it because I want to see what's next in the main story, but I'm not having as much fun as I was before level 30.

                    I just want to get on with the main quest.

                    This amount of grinding would not be acceptable in a single player Final Fantasy game.

                    It's not all bad though.  Some of the dungeons are fun and I finally have enough of them to add some variety to the duty finder (dungeon finder).  Some of these include the Primals.  Primals are big element creatures that are summons from other Final Fantasy games.  They are very fun to fights against.  I hope there are more to come.  I think it's really cool how they've taking these summons from previous games in the series and turned them into enemies in Final Fantasy XIV.

                    It's also great how my character is a crystal bearer.  It's such a perfect throwback to the Final Fantasy games of old.  The crystal theme is used well in this case and it never feels shoehorned in.

                    There are a couple other little things bugging me at this point.

                    I was having a conversation with a friend in-game as I entered a dungeon.  Little did I know, you can't send private messages in dungeons.  Our conversation got cut off mid-thought.  It was extremely annoying.

                    The last thing to mention is the gold seller problem.  I'm constantly getting private messages from gold sellers trying to sell me in-game currency.  It's a much bigger problem in this MMO compared to others I've played in the past.

                    I guess I don't have any big conclusions for you at the moment.  I'm over half way through  the main story and these are just my general feelings and thoughts at this point in the game.

                    I'm still attempting to finish the main storyline before I feel like I can call Final Fantasy XIV "finished".  Hopefully I make it before my paid time expires.


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                    I just reupped my sub so FFXIV is having a free weekend
                    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 January 2015, 10:00 am

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                    Last night I re-upped my Final Fantasy XIV subscription. Naturally this made it an ideal time for Square to announce a free weekend for its fantasy MMORPG.

                    I haven't been in the game since late 2013, and given my dissatisfaction with pretty much everything at the moment, I figured why not return to a fun title that treats crafting (and fishing!) as more than a half-assed sideline activity.

                    So, yep. That's pretty much that. Free FFXIV weekend -- for inactive accounts -- from Friday, January 30th through Monday, February 2nd. Have fun!

                    [Source: Square press release]

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                      General: Age of Ascent: Open Alpha PvP Test Dec. 13
                      Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 December 2014, 7:31 pm

                      Age of Ascent: Open Alpha PvP Test Dec. 13

                      This weekend, space trading, dog-fighting, space-MMO Age of Ascent is taking its PvP system for a spin and is looking for willing players to see how fast it can go.




                      General: Worlds of Magic: New Dwarven Race, Hot Seat Mode
                      Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 December 2014, 8:47 pm

                      Worlds of Magic: New Dwarven Race, Hot Seat Mode

                      4X turn-based strategy game Worlds of Magic announced the arrival of a range of new features, including a new Dwarven race and a new Hot Seat mode.




                      Wurm Online: New Challenge Mode, Siege Weapons, Defense Structures
                      Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2014, 6:14 pm

                      New Challenge Mode, Siege Weapons, Defense Structures

                      Survival MMO Wurm Online this week added a new 8x8 kilometer Challenge mode. Each Challenge will last one month, with prizes given to winners at the end of each cycle. Characters within this speical server begin with all the skills they need to build the best in battlefield offense and defense.




                      Stronghold Kingdoms: New 'Europe" World Launched to Meet Player Demand
                      Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2014, 6:24 pm

                      New

                      Medieval castle builder Stronghold Kingdoms this week launched a new Europe map. Accurately based on the modern map of Europe, it provides players the opportunity to build in 33 different countries.




                      Skyforge: A First Look at Naori Island
                      Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2014, 6:35 pm

                      A First Look at Naori Island

                      Obsidian Entertainment gifted would-be Skyforge players with some images of Naori Island, a one-time tropical resort located on Aelion.




                      Guild Wars 2: The Daily Show
                      Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2014, 8:22 pm

                      The Daily Show

                      OK, so maybe dailies aren't exactly the first thing on anyone's wish list to be revamped. Still, despite their relatively small impact, they're something you encounter every, uh, day, so they're still important - important enough for ArenaNet to tinker with them for a third time since the game's launch.




                      Shroud of the Avatar: Release 13 - Get Lucky
                      Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2014, 2:48 pm

                      Release 13 - Get Lucky

                      I found it rather amusing that this is the 13th major release for Shroud of the Avatar, and that it comes after their hugely successful debut on Steam. Last month saw the game added to Steam's list of available Early Access titles, and the results were a sweeping victory for the team at Portalarium. With a whopping 87% positive reviews, and really strong sales that put the game in the top 10 on Steam's list of top sellers, it's been a fantastic month for Shroud of the Avatar.




                      Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft: Hearthstone's Goblins vs. Gnomes Legendaries Ranked
                      Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2014, 3:25 pm

                      Hearthstone

                      I thought it would be fun to attempt to rank the new class legendaries in the Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion based on how I've seen them played thus far.




                      Elite: Dangerous: The Entire Galaxy, Yours For The Taking
                      Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2014, 3:59 pm

                      The Entire Galaxy, Yours For The Taking

                      Thirty years ago, programmer David Braben created the ground-breaking, but controversial space trading game, Elite, a game that sparked many a debate among computer enthusiasts, and served as a precursor to games like Wing Commander: Privateer and EVE Online. Next Tuesday, Braben's releasing Elite: Dangerous, an ambitious sequel that could very well be the next ground-breaker/debate-maker, and I was fortunate enough last week, to get an early look at it.




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