Massively OP Podcast Episode 40: Gnome Huntarz

Stuffed with turkey, cleaning up from guests, and heady from holiday time off, the podcast team stumbles into the recording booth for its milestone 40th broadcast. And what a show this is: intrigue, mystery, revelations, Gnomes, and launch dates!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

FYI Gnome hunters are currently planned to be unique.

No additional class/race combinations planned for Legion

breetoplay
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breetoplay

hugmonster Yeah! A commenter sent in a question for him about astronomy and gaming, so we thought we’d try dragging him on for an episode that we can pre-record for Christmas week. And while we have him, we may as well answer other questions, right? :D I have three collected for him from you guys now! <3

Winterskorn
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Winterskorn

breetoplay Winterskorn Actually no Requiem:Rise of the Reaver (its now called) its a horror (ish) mmo http://www.playrequiem.com/agegate.aspx

hugmonster
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hugmonster

Saturn’s Hexagon is one of my favorite things in the Solar System!
I do hope you’re serious about the astronomy themed episode.

TheMMOShow
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TheMMOShow

Great episode as usual.
Thanks for mentioning our show!

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Winterskorn Revival! I think we said Requiem and both meant Revival. Oops. :D

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Quincha Omedon breetoplay Yeah, I mean what I’d call a zerg in GW2 isn’t how I’d use the word in WoW I guess. There’s a bit of a zerg mentality in GW2 even when there are just half a dozen people around because you’re not grouping or really communicating verbally with the people you’re hunting alongside. It’s fun and a little bit mindless, and it feels like zerging even though you’re not technically doing it in a truly giant pack or dying repeatedly etc.

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asdthefish We have soooo many emails lined up! I store them all and try to group them together when they make sense. :D

Flimflamberge
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Flimflamberge

I think there’s two reasons for gnome hunters. First, gnomes were the only race that didn’t have hunters. Secondly, the Alliance had one less class/race combo than the Horde. The latter is probably of no actual consequence, but it feels unfair to a lot of people. The former, though, was kind of messed up and arbitrary.

zoward
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zoward

NodnarB  Hang in there!  I spent a year and half traipsing through Lego Universe with my son.  He eventually moved onto Minecraft then various FPS’s on the Xbox One.  While I miss sharing an MMO with him, it does buy me a little more gaming time for myself…

NodnarB
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NodnarB

Hey there!

I”m the dad of triplets whose letter you discussed on your show this week.

I got back into MMORPGs about 3 years after the kids were born.  There was a long period of time that everything was eithe work, diapers, feeding babies or collapsing in utter exhaustion.  Once the kids got a little older, I was able to start playing again.  Now, they are actually getting to the point where I get *less* game time again.

Its a vicious circle.

I’m holding out hope that they will be gamers.  Right now, they are all obsessed with MindCraft.  They like Star Wars too so perhaps they will get into SWTOR some day :)

ANyway, thanks for reading my letter.  It was a fun thing to hear when driving into work today!

Enikuo
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Enikuo

I’ve been worried about LotRO. I’ve jumped back into it and have been focusing on actually leveling, instead of just fishing and messing around. I’m concerned I won’t get to see all of the game before it’s gone. I took it for granted and didn’t realize how much time had passed. Then there was the Infinite Crisis shutdown and that post by the former QA guy that didn’t paint a pretty picture. And, there hasn’t been any good news or upward momentum type things happening for them like there has for Funcom. So, I don’t know. It’s worrying. 
Bree’s argument that Daybreak must be working on EQ Next because they weren’t bought for the old games, makes sense to me, as a gamer. But, I think that’s just my heart talking. A gamer didn’t buy them, an investment firm bought them. We don’t even know how much they paid, do we? So, Columbus Nova might be absolutely fine making their money on the old titles with a smaller staff, especially if they didn’t pay that much for SOE. There are so many MMOs that just abide. That could be what happens. Maybe it’s EQ and EQ 2 expansions and progression servers from now on and that’s it. It’s a better fate than what happened with City of Heroes or my beloved Zentia, but I know it’s not what anyone wants. 
So yeah…I’m a cheery poster today. I really do hope we hear some good news from Turbine and Daybreak next year.

Mimiros
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Mimiros

Karl_Hungus Mimiros I agree but they would call you privileged and a Shit-lord.

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

Pandalulz Esoteric Coyote breetoplay Good catch!

Pandalulz
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Pandalulz

Esoteric Coyote Unfortunately I don’t have an answer to your question though.  I wish I lived somewhere where I could even see stars…

Pandalulz
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Pandalulz

Esoteric Coyote Alright, have to be that guy because it makes me laugh imaging @breetoplay ‘s husband telling us all about our horoscopes, but it would be astroNomy.  Tell us about Capricorn, I need to know what I should do today!

Jadon
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Jadon

Thanks so much for answering my question! I apparently had
good timing with another listener. :)
It was very encouraging to hear your thoughts on finding time to game,
particularly the bits about prioritization and the definition of what makes an
MMO gamer “legit”.

Pandalulz
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Pandalulz

I love your parenting bits.  I have Justin’s life.  The kid goes to bed by 9PM, and then I’ll watch an hour of TV with the wife until she goes to bed at 10PM, and then I’ll do my own thing until midnight-1AM.  Of course, all of this comes at a cost because everyone, including me, is going to be up at 6AM to get the kid up and off to school and the wife and myelf to work.  So it’s all about priorities: gaming > sleep.  God I’m tired… yawn…

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

Quincha Esoteric Coyote I don’t, but even then I’ve hit the button and then five minutes later see chat say “Is anyone helping with the meta?  Where is everyone?”  Better to play the taxi game, and just spam “join instance” until I sneak into a full map, but that’s a bit boring.  For the second zone we had about 8 people at east, 4 at north, 0 at south and west.  Meta of course failed… I’ve actually only seen that event succeed once, the first time I did it.  Was a very exciting moment.  Now my poor guardian is waiting around going “Guys… hello?  I’d really like the hero point?  Hello?  Can we finish the meta?  No?”

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

Mimiros Karl_Hungus 
I’m not responsible for other people’s emotional reactions. People need to stop demanding that society censor itself because someone’s feelings got hurt. People need to learn how to accept personal responsibility for how they choose to react. It’s called being an emotionally mature adult.

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

Astrology questions? Hmm…. Are there any nebulae visible with rookie tools (like your average telescope you can buy at walmart)?  If so what are their names and such?  I could probably google that, but you asked.  I want nebulae trivia.  Space clouds are so cool!

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

You found a zerg?  God I don’t even find more than maybe 2 or 3 other people in HoT new zones.  So dead.  I think the most I’ve seen 20 maybe? Normally 10ish on the meta events.  I wish I could I could find people, playing solo in HoT is starting to wear on me.
If I had hackles, every time I hear a kid on TS want their mommy or daddy and then get turned down while they’re gaming, that would be what raises them.  No!  We will stop, hug your damn kid.  I make jokes a lot like “Oh just put them in the closet and push some dog food under the door, they’ll be fine!”  But, it’s a joke.  I’d rather make the people who *have* game time stop and wait for you to airplane your kid or get them a snack or change a dirty diaper and love on the kid.  I have time, it’s fine.  I can take 10 minutes to wait for you to settle your kid and if you can’t and have to go, I get it.  Family > Video Games
My Nephew turned 1, I still can’t believe I’m an aunt.  I’m a terrible aunt.  But I sent him some pjgs and bath toys for his b-day.  He’s growing so fast so he gets boring gifts.  He won’t remember them anyway.  /jerk

Superbrak
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Superbrak

I think the HoT zones will in large part be ok a few months down the line. While it’s true I’ll likely never see a successful meta completion on any of the maps now that raids, pvp leages, and soon the WvW overhaul and Wintersday further dilute the playerbase after the initial rush… A small group, at least on Verdant Brink, can do each of the four rally point chains once per cycle and eventually have the meta experience piecemeal.
I’m also lucky enough that my school teacher wife and young kid both go to bed before 9, so I can sneak in an hour or two while their asleep :)

Superbrak
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Superbrak

Ata1 The only issue I have are the group only Hero points.
I can accept that I’ll never see a fully successful meta event completion with my play schedule, but dammit I shouldn’t have to resort to reddit to find the only hero points in the zone that I can get on my own because the playerbase at large doesn’t need/want them anymore.

Mimiros
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Mimiros

Karl_Hungus That might hurt someone’s feelings.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

schlag sweetleaf 
/feature please. <3

Winterskorn
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Winterskorn

Bree you forgot Requiem :D

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

quixadhal Omedon Quincha  Hal? Gemstone? :)

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

Great advice on the whole “find the time for gaming stuff” Justin. Couldn’t have said it better.

Winterskorn
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Winterskorn

Thanks guys for addressing my question I’m glad to hear your thoughts on the subject.  Will keep my fingers crossed for EQN.

rottenrotny
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rottenrotny

Welp, one thing’s for certain.. There will be more gnomes for me to tunnel vision in battlegrounds and owpvp.

Death to all gnomes!

Ata1
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Ata1

I have been playing GW2 a lot mostly in the first 2 zones so far and have mostly been exploring solo. In the first zone almost all events except the Champion events and Boss events can be done solo, but you do need to learn the weaknesses of mobs. For most people a group of two should be enough.

I was surprised when me and another person were able to take down the Legendary Wyvern on our own and we were even able to deplete the breakbar :)

The second zone has a lot of events that I was not able to solo and required at least 2 people. I have not spent much time in 3rd zone so far.  The last zones is all group content though and requires a minimum of 3 groups of 5 player each at least.

In terms of population, Silverwaste and DryTop were released more than a year ago and both are still very popular even though the expansion has just released. I think we should be okay until the next expansion, and things can always be re-balanced.

quixadhal
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quixadhal

Omedon Quincha Heh, back in 1993 or so, my text MUD had to turn people away during business hours.  Our game imposed a cap of 40 players because it had to share the machine’s resources with the campus news server (USENET)…. 16MB was a LOT of RAM, but 40 players took up more than half of it. :)

Grifter
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Grifter

Magik is a Mutant,  She was a member the New Mutants as well as the X-Men

She is Colossus’s Sister and has the ability to teleport via way of entering a paranormal dimension called Limbo

Along the way she learned how to use Magic and  created her SoulSword

dionm01
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dionm01

Unless a course you’re talking about “Chicken”, then that is different.
Dion

dionm01
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dionm01

Hello everyone, I just wanted to make a comment regarding the parenting portion of the podcast towards the end under the mailbag topics.  Yes it does get better when you get older, “I m living proof of that” because all my kids are grown, so now I have more time to game.  And the beauty is, from time to time us as the family can all get together and play the same game and do five man dungeons together.  It’s good to have a family of gamers.  Now if I can just get them all to play SWTOR, I’d be happy.  Damn Fall Out 4, World of Warcraft keeps getting in the way among other things.

There is no light, There is no dark, There is only the Force
Dion Markgraf
AKA: Dionsol
All PVE servers US

Kalamari
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Kalamari

it seems you guys are in the same boat with the ppl who dont understand the words “zerg” and “grind”…

CloakingDonkey
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CloakingDonkey

The problem with Devilian is that it’s boring. REALLY boring.

Omedon
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Omedon

Quincha This comment right here is a prime example of a major bane to MMO health: the idea of “ONLY 10 people?”

MMOs took off because 10 people online together was amazing!  It’s not any more, and so many MMOs now are expecting us to still find wonder in finding other people online.  Players just won’t.  Because it’s not amazing any more.

Combine that with the saturated market, the high expectations, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Avatar11
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Avatar11

Off topic: Why have gnomes when you can have humans. https://www.artstation.com/artwork/41LZ2

Syppi
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Syppi

Omedon We throw up on a weekly basis!

asdthefish
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asdthefish

Please don’t bash me because I made a comment awhile ago, you guys ignore my emails tooo :(

Omedon
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Omedon

Instant Adventures are the ONLY way I have leveled my last multiple alts after level 10 (which the tutorial helps with, given that IAs unlock at level 10), it’s very viable and feeds you both XP and gear at reasonable rates.

Omedon
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Omedon

I’m so glad you guys throw this up on tuesdays! It’s become my go to “transmog/mounts raid soloing” listening every week!

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf
Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

You spelled “huntardz” wrong.

Giggilybits
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Giggilybits

When is WoW going to create a bard class and don’t tell me its not in the lore, lore for WoW went out the window along time ago.

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