Massively OP Podcast: Episode 12

This week on the podcast we welcome Eliot Weinstein, one of the creators of Cards Against Humanity. Listen as the team takes a week off the news just to sit around playing a card game and eating cheese-dusted snacks. Oh fine, we’ll get to the news too if that’s so important to you!

Stay tuned at the end as we deliver one of our Kickstarter campaign promises: a song that contains the name of over 200 supporters! Yes, it’s as crazy as you might imagine.

Join us on the podcast as we talk about what we’ve been playing in MMOs, the top news stories from the past week, and topics that listeners have submitted!

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TheZebes
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TheZebes

I was one of the commenters on the leveling a Mes discussion. If I had any advice or recommendation to add to it, it’d be that Mesmer is a class that plays in-n-out. Sort of like sewing through the battlefield. You needle in and then pull through and out. If that makes sense? Mesmers end up using their blink skills a lot, and taking a ranged and melee set. You swap in for melee, then bust out to hit from range. Mesmer is slow outside of combat, but moves all around during combat. Sort of the antithesis of a Warrior, who moves quickly out of combat but can stick inside melee while fighting, able to sit in the middle of things while mauling foes with weapons. The Mes is like a hyper puppy at a birthday party. It’s just all over the place when fighting.

naztmann
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naztmann

Oh, hey, thanks for asking my question! There definitely some suggestions you guys gave that I had not even thought of. And thanks to everyone in the comments here or your suggestions as well. I know there are quite a few off us CoH refugees out there.

Awesome podcast as usual, and capped off with a pretty awesome Legendary Quality song.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Syppi for some reason I thought this was in the 50 range.. silly me. Great song :D

BeerGnome
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BeerGnome

Bravo!  Loved the song!

Syppi
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Syppi

Zulika_Mi_Nam Syppi It was more of a survival technique than anything. I tried a LOT of different variations on how to do this song, but in the end I realized I had to power through quickly to get the names out within a reasonable span of time. The phonetic spellings were there to help me read them quickly, but even then I hit verbal speed bumps — and this from a pastor who can comfortably read lists of ancient names from the Bible with nary a problem.

Zulika_Mi_Nam
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Zulika_Mi_Nam

Syppi I like how you wrote the phonetic spelling of my that I put in – awesome job.  That was no small task.

Vexia
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Vexia

Syppi Yay for partying every day!
So can we expect to see some of the screenshots from your great adventure in the upcoming One Shots column?

Enikuo
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Enikuo

Loved the song! You should do that more often, like a podcast special event. Maybe a Christmas song about the adventures of Mo.

mbbrazen
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mbbrazen

Sorry couldn’t log in when you were doing this yesterday but that rendition of the names was totally awesome. I was just sitting here thinking “wow…just wow!”Long live MassivelyOP! The work and dedication of the staff is a constant reward for our support.

Syppi
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Syppi

Let me tell you about the most amazing and terrifying dungeon run of my life! I walked into the Canadian fortress of Eh? only to find myself staring at a crowd of irritated mobs. There was:
Kherova
A Dad Supreme
Adam Parker
Adrien Dewalque
A-kosori
Aerynne
Ag-leth
ale-sun
But I was bolstered by the arrival of my party, including:
Alan Sing
Aldranis
aldristavin
Alien Legion
Ancient of House Draconis
Anja
We fought our way into an ancient cursed bathroom and decyphered the writing on the wall to read that
Apollymi was here!
and Ashfyn!
and Azzura!
and BalsBigBrother too!
Washing our hands we left, only to find a family of lost tourists. They introduced themselves as:
Banshee
Beau Scott
Ben Ebaugh
Tyler Johnson
Blankness
Bobdobalina
Brazen
We led them to the exit, only to see them eaten by the fierce
Cal-ma-he
And mocked by his cronies,
Canopic Games
Captain Norway
and a FeNelf Druid
In the hatchery chamber, our healer Craywulf decided to Leeroy Jenkins in, aggroing a slew of horrific foes, including:
CSE Ben
Da-hui
Daniel Clarke
Daniel Pawtowski
Dankred
Darkwalker75
Darthbawl
and the terrible, no good, very bad Dave-ha!
Everyone in my party died, and I sat in a corner crying until the looking-for-raid put me in touch with these heavily-armed lunatics:
David Welling
Deviate Fish
Disk one kted
divideon
Dom
DP Pandaren
Draxos
Drew Benton
Edany
Ekphrasis
and… Eliot
Raid ready check underway, we started scarfing down potions such as
Eau de En Masse Entertainment
Eric B Buffinjuice
Exiled Messenger Elixir
Fizwocket Fizz
fletch89 in a can
and ForceChuckle Universal Healthcare Potion now with cherry flavor. Yum.
Screaming, we launched ourselves against a five-headed monster, slashing away at
grimey Galinor
goofy Game Haven
gassy Gil
glad Grimmtooth
and the artist formerly known as Grishnakk
It was worth it in the end, because we looted gear from fallen adventurers, including
HEX Entertainment’s shield
Hlad Orcsmasher’s helm
Holden’s jock strap of invincibility
Iain’s wand of indifference
Iain’s second wand of indifference, now with more indifference
Ichimaru’s fireproof ascot
Igor’s crown
and Isenbold’s reebok pump sneakers.
Deeper into the dungeon, we came upon a chamber of doors, each one promising a more terrible death than the last. Dare we take the door to
Izkimar’s icicle lobotomy?
J Quincy’s fire ant massage?
Jack Murphy the III’s rambling stories of how MMOs were better back in 1999?
jackfrost’s slap in the face emporium?
or JakeDunnegan’s health food sample bar?
Faced with such peril, our bold raid leader called for a full retreat, and we trampled over a nation of innocent monsters in our flight, slaying
Janthos
Jersey Cuthalion
Jim Williams
Jim York
John
John Logsdon
Jon Henry
Jose
J-Skev
jt woodsprite
kanopus
karmamule
Katie MacAlister
Kayweg
Keelee
Keres
and Carl
When we realized what we had done, we were mortified that we had made so many orphans out of sweet little monster cubs. So we adopted them all, giving them dignified names such as
Kieran
Knite
Kody Gloval
Kyan-ilis
Kyle K
Kyle Maxwell
Le Entrepreneur
Lee-loni
Len-auryn
Liandreth
Lynn-eh
Liraven
Lokken
Lorin Laurini
Luxxicon
and, uh, Lyalin.com
The raid set up camp for the night, and we spent hours recalling the tales of our adventurer ancestors. There was
Maarten Kamp the bold
MagmaFist the unfortunate
Magnet Brain the squimish
Mailvaltar the I have to log out my mom is calling me
Mako the wacko
Marcus Aurelius the long-winded
Mark Jacobs the lawyer
Mark Thompson the snacky
Marty the McFly
Masahiko the groovy
McFatter the slim
Mersault the tier 7 ready
and Michael18 the majestic but not quite as majestic as michael19
Those were happy times. Those were peaceful times. But that all changed when we were ambushed in the middle of the night by a pack of goblins! They were led by
Midnine sun
and his lieutenant Midnight Aeternus
his two bodyguards Moonagerie and more-EYE-un
and his crew,
Motodew
n3v3r3nder
Natro
Nepentheia
NetSage
Nibs
Nightengale
and Ocho
We fought them off and leveled up, wishing that we could trade stats for a hot bath. But we were about to get smellier as we turned the corner and fell into a dimension ruled by the fragmented nightmares of
Omedon
Onyx
Kyniel
Peregrine Falcon
pleasedontsingtome
Porcula salvania
Qata
Raoul
Ratstew
Ravenwynd
Ravy
Raziellionheart
Revek
Rimshot
robl
Roger
Rooks
and Rustymax, all of whom dreamed of being allergic to cats.
It was getting too late after that and our raid dissolved, leaving me in the pit of despair with only my vanity pets to keep me company. I took each out and fed them, including
Sargon the snail
Sargonnax the seagull
Scott Hartsman the wise platypus
Seahorse the horse
Seamus Donohue the baby leprechaun
Sebil awikah the corgi
Severik the emperor penguin
Shaydu the undead three-toed tree sloth
shiika the llama
Silkesh the alpaca
and SirM the emu
They all encouraged me to forge on, and so I did, brandishing my sword to show that I was not scared of legendary bosses like
Slick Banana Pete
just Matt
SoMuchMass
Sparkey Woodsfire
Spock
Spyke Alpha & May-jack Sierra
Squadron
SquidGod
Syllable
Syndar
Tack
Taemys
Tamian
Tea lak
and The Late, Lamented Night Legion of Malygos
Before I knew it, I came out blinking into the sunlight, victorious at last! I headed back to my village to be greeted with a nine-course celebratory meal thrown by The Older Gamers and the One and Only zay-luh
I proceeded to party all night and every day with
TheChiHawk
Thiocyanide
Tim
Tinywytch
ToniLyran
Tony V
Torin
Tracergeek
Ugh, idk  
Valinor Aeorspace of Star Citizen
Vass Rahi
Vexia
Wesley Hendriks
Westeros.com
Winterskorn
XanadoX
Yinta
Yrys
Zay-jah
zen-affects
ZergID
Zinx
zoward
zoo-like-eh
And I have screenshots to prove that this all happened!

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Nordavind evolv_monbly Rits 4 eva! :D

bossrprouse
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bossrprouse

Syppi You got my name mostly right, Roger. But it’s usually pronounced “Roger the awesome”, It’s a weird spelling that isn’t said the way it’s spelled, like Illinois or Lefebvre.
Loved the song, Justin.

bossrprouse
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bossrprouse

Mid9usn And I want to see these screenshots of proof, Justin. :)

bossrprouse
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bossrprouse

Awesome song Justin. I’m saving that so it’ll be around forever. Also thanks to Eliot for his fine guest work on the show, and for the awesome card game.
Yea, I’m part of the fragmented nightmare creatures. May our ruler, Omedon, rule with a benevolent iron fist!

Jersey C
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Jersey C

Kayweg  As a fellow innocent monster, I’m very pleased that we finally got some recognition for what we really are. But I think it was totally uncalled for to trample over us just like that… :D

Jersey C
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Jersey C

Syppi  Yep, you messed up the last half of mine. But that was totally expected ;p
Thanks for the awesome song!

Kayweg
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Kayweg

Thx for the song from:

Kayweg (from the nation of innocent monsters) :D

Mailvaltar
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Mailvaltar

Yay! :-D

Luxxicon
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Luxxicon

That song was awesome… nice work  :-)

SoMuchMass
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SoMuchMass

If you did that song in one take I would be impressed.

Mid9usn
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Mid9usn

Where can we find lyrics of the awesome song?

KenFromChicago
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KenFromChicago

The problems with the Neverwinter Online since the Elemental Evil patch that I’ve encountered are:

The new Oathbound Paladin was great from levels 1-60 (the old max level) but from 61-70 it seems to be under powered. Maybe I haven’t gotten the right build or playstyle (I used the Oath of Devotion aka the healer specialization, as opposed to the shielding specialization, and tend to charge and scatter nearby mobs, while I attack my original target then kite while healing until I can the lunge / scatter attack recharges, lather, rinse repeat).

Instead of adding higher level zones, they took existing max-level zones and boosted from 60 to 70, even tho you can still get access to them at level 60 (surprise). The new zones from 61-69 have grindy missions. I wish it was Kill 10 Rats, more like kill 30 to 100 rats and lots of missions going to the same zone. You can get multiple missions for the same area–but only up to 4 at a time, even for the same area.

Altho prolly the most controversial, baffling and seemingly rookie mistake was the new CEO or lead dev for NWO announced they are taking a hard look at the new module about what works, what doesn’t and what needs changing–but while they are studying they are definitely LOWERING the XP gained from the Tyranny of Dragon dailies (that gained access to at level 30 and was intertwined with the game up to level 60) but in return giving players … NOTHING. 

I’m no mmo expert. What I know of mmo business I learned from Massively (and MMO Reporter, including a podcast called “Too Long; Didn’t Listen”), but even I know the folly of announcing bad news to mmo players without any good news to balance it out.

DeviateFish
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DeviateFish

I’m a lunatic now? Thanks, guys.

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Celestia I thyink we have a rather large CoH refugee camp in TSW. (Impression based purely on our CoH refugee thread in the forums).

Nordavind
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Nordavind

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evolv_monbly
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evolv_monbly

What is the the banner picture from? the painting of the woman with a half veil?

Celestia
Guest
Celestia

I’m another CoH refugee that can not find a new happy home.

Good episode!

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MagmaFist
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MagmaFist

The Unfortunate.

mjcbarnes
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mjcbarnes

On the suggestions for the former CoH player, I’m in the same boat and I’ve settled in LotRO. It really scratches the exploration itch and there’s some parallel leveling content, though nothing like CoH had. There’s a tiny bit of choice between the quest line or doing skirmishes or instances. It’s not the same, but at least as far as exploration goes, there’s lots of little hidden ruins and cool places. The open world design makes it even more fun.
After LotRO, I’d say Rift. There’s less content, but it’s a younger game. It has more content than most these days. Also, dimension building is a lot like base building in CoH. If LotRO closes, Rift will be my main game.

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

Edany (AmberACurtis) Ditto, our whole family plays it. :)

Liandreth
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Liandreth

Syppi Close enough <3 Nice work :D Loved it, kids loved it.

Edany (AmberACurtis)
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Edany (AmberACurtis)

Cards Against Humanity: Still one of the best games I’ve ever played. We just can’t seem to get enough of it. Great cast! :)

Celestial
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Celestial

Awesome job, Justin.
And MMOGs really were better back in 1999. Now get off my lawn. :P

omedon666
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omedon666

Syppi omedon666 Still impressive, well done, man!

Syppi
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Syppi

I just want to say for the record that if I messed up your name — and I did a lot of them — I’m sorry. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it all the same!

Syppi
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Syppi

omedon666 I did it in about four chunks or so due to being sick.

omedon666
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omedon666

Jesus Christ, Justin, did you do that without editing? I can’t imagine doing it in one take!

Nanulak
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Nanulak

Love the song. :)

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

Hey … who told you I hang out in cursed bathrooms?  I just want to make clear that is only at the weekends during the summer :p
Hehe the song was great and worth the money I donated all on its own, I mean where else will I ever hear someone sing “Scott Hartsman the wise platypus”, Trion need to make one of those as a player pet :-)

MikedotFoster
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MikedotFoster

Such adorable.

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

omedon666 Elite: Dangerous is my go to game for podcast listening.  No voices in that game to get in the way of the podcast in that game and its kind of relaxing to play at the same time :-)

omedon666
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omedon666

Yeehaw! Time to level Vision in MH while listening to the podcast!

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