One Shots: The rat race

At times, I feel like I must be the responsible adult in the MMORPG genre and sit down some of these artists and tell them that while I appreciate their ambition and imagination, not everything can be turned into a mount. Not everything should be turned into a mount. We need to have some sort of standard, some line that must not be crossed.

I feel like RIFT crossed that line with this mouse mount. It’s a little too on the nose with the whole notion of leveling in games being a rat race, eh?

“Here is my new Sinister Cappie mount telling a fishing story (it was this big!),” said Ironweakness. Frankly, I want to hear the story where someone captured a giant mouse and then trained it to provide transportation to battle-happy adventurers.

Last week’s screenshot challenge was “weird tech” in MMOs, and a few readers provided interesting examples, such as Rafael’s foray into Blade and Soul.

“I’ll stick with Blade and Soul because there is all sorts of weirdness there,” he said. “In a world where martial arts dominates, technology is a destroyer. Take for example this screen cap of Xanos as an automaton. I’ll save the lore, but essentially this insane demigod is a mixture of metallurgy, electricity, mechanical parts, and dark chi. It’s a warning to technocrats out there. Don’t let your tech become your god, please!”

Rees Racer provides an example from Elder Scrolls Online, instead.

“WIth barely a mention in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Tribunal member Sotha Sil’s previously hidden Clockwork City finally makes a grand appearance in ESO. Nevertheless, I tried to make myself feel at home in all the brass, glass and technolgy on a new Kogouti Fabricant mount and Scintillant Dovah-Fly pet. Alas, I’ve really just begun the explore it, as I’ve still plenty of other quests in the rest of Tamriel to complete first, so the Daedric War story arc will have to wait a bit longer…”

Or you could just hang out with the Gnomes in World of Warcraft, like Hirku here. He said that he was hitching a ride on a flying robot chicken, but reading into that expression, I really think that this is a very unique kidnapping in progress and that the authorities should be alerted and given welfare epics.

Since we were light on entries this past week, I’m going to have to subject you to one of my own pictures. Deal with it.

Secret World Legends players are pretty used to seeing Filth monsters freaking out and attacking them, but during one memorable Ricky Pagan quest in Tokyo, we get to see a Filth-infested guy rock his Elvis moves to a blasting boombox. Felt bad killing him, I’ll admit.

Pretty much any time that I try out a new MMORPG (well, new to me, at least), I end up taking dozens of screenshots in the opening areas as a matter of course. I bet some of you do as well, which is why this week’s screenshot challenge is to share pictures from the opening hour of your adventures in an MMO.

Every week, One Shots shines a spotlight on the best community screenshots from your MMO adventures. If you have a great pic to share, email it to justin@massivelyop.com with the subject “One Shots.” Make sure that the picture is over 880px wide and comes with a description or story!
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mysecretid

This is Blook.

As you can probably tell by looking, Blook is not a quantum physicist.

Blook is an NPC companion you can unlock in World of Warcraft for your personal garrison in the Warlords of Draenor expansion.

Unfortunately, Blook can’t accompany you off-base on your WoW adventures — all he can do is stomp around the garrison looking large, but he does that bit well.

Adding Blook to your garrison is pretty dang easy; all you have to do is find him in Draenor and beat him in a fight. If you beat Blook in a fight, he will be impressed enough to want to follow you. Thereafter, he will greet you on sight as “Blook beater” :-)

If you Google: “World of Warcraft” Blook (include the quotation marks in the search) you should get various page hits showing you where to find Blook in Draenor. If this doesn’t work for you, you can always ask me in a reply here.

Amusingly, Blook is much, much smaller (maybe seven feet tall?) when you meet him in the wilds of Draenor. It’s only after he joins your garrison that he suddenly becomes baby-kaiju-sized. Maybe it’s what you’re feeding him?

Cheers,

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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mysecretid

Hahaha! I love it!

Schlag, you madman!

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camelotcrusade

I didn’t last too long in FFXIV (and this is pre-reboot) so here’s my “early hour” entry.

As you can see, he’s got his eyes closed while he waits for blind moogles to finish dressing him. I mean, they’re done, but I don’t blame him for keeping them shut. He looks like Santa ate a wizard on his way out of the leather bar – and decided to keep the earring rather than give it to the little girl who bit him.

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Oh and later, here is he trying to be a target for any stray arrows, just in case anyone wants to put him out of his sartorial misery. Either that or he just doesn’t know how to use a shield.

Both?

(FWIW: For me, this was a game where I liked the character models but near-universally hated my options for what covered them. C’est la vie.)

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Vexia

It feels like an age since I last played an MMO, so here are some pics from the early levels of one of my favorites. Enjoy the anime-storybook visuals of Twin Saga! There are lots of little details in the environments. One of them is in the running for the Utakata Stamp of Approval. (Yes, I take more than just memey dialogue screenshots in that game!)

I also think it’s cool to see what Justin is up to sometimes via the wonderful world of screenshots.

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Utakata

<3

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rafael12104

Nice. Thanks for the shout out this week, Justin.

As for this weeks challenge? Perfect timing. Just rolled a new Warlock. This little guy is going to have fun running around with new and returning players. :)

So, without further ado, meet Foliee. He is 1 minute old in BnS. Yup, literally just appeared and this is what he sees when he walks out the door in the Hongmoon School of Martial Arts.

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Koshelkin

Thought about going back to BnS and finally level a Force Master(iirc, the monk/mage hybrid) but, bleh, too much other stuff to do.

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Ryuen

Now that the expansion and new race are available for points I just couldn’t resist.
This is from somewhere in the first 30 minutes of this characters life and I really, really wish I could think of a ‘You and what army’ joke right now.

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The first time I realized I was listening to one of the filth-infected going over their grocery list I got totally creeped out. “Orange juice.. hrnnm.. tooth paste…”

I’ve put a lot of time into starting zones recently, what with trying to figure out what class/race I wanted to play during my dive back into World of Warcraft. The visuals of this aged game can actually be pretty satisfying at times, and I’m looking forward to seeing the more recent zone additions as I progress.

Here are a few shots from the Pandaren and Draenei starter areas:

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mysecretid

Aye, the graphics may be older, but the visual design remains impressive.

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Amorey

My first hour in Landmark , a game I miss more than words can say

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Utakata

My first hour ended up with me working for crematorium… :(

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mysecretid

Is that your “I didn’t sign up for this kind of work” face? :-)

Cheers,

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rafael12104

Lol! You are going fast. I’m rolling a new toon when I get home and will catch up.

Out for Sunday brunch. Waffles!!!

BTW, anyone else want to join Uta and I leveling in BnS, now is a good time. :)

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Vexia

I’m going to be too busy to play in the near future, but I do want to get back into Blade & Soul. What server are you leveling on?

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rafael12104

Yura is the name of the server. No worries. Whenever you are ready.

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Vexia

Looks like my characters are already on Yura. Was there a server merge recently? Anyway, I am either Tea Cakes the summoner or Tiger Cookie the blade dancer. I have a naming theme going on. :P

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rafael12104

Yup there was a server merger. Ok. All set when you are ready. :)

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Utakata

Yep. It sorta rhymes with YuruYuri. <3

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Rees Racer

“…share pictures from the opening hour of your adventures in an MMO.”

Cutscenes are often a great place to take a good screenshot…especially in a game like TERA, where it’s difficult to get the camera in a good spot during the frenetic combat.

I know this took place very early in my progress as an Archer, as I didn’t play her for long because it wasn’t quite enough a visceral experience as playing the melee classes. Nevertheless, I love this shot, as it perfectly encompasses the overall motif of the game, as her posture and expression in this scene conveys in a meeting with her superior. She appears completely nonplussed and disinterested…and wants to say “Just send me out to kill…whatever. I can do it in this ridiculously inappropriate and ineffectual armour because I’d rather look good doing it”.

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Utakata

“It’s starting to smell like pigling…” :(

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Hobbies like spear fishing and mining are not relaxing things to do in Warframe at this point.

You have to swat away infested baddies left and right like flies. They can smell you from a mile away and will chase you from one side of the map to the other it seems.

Not sure if this is one of those fish you are OK to eat. Maybe I should have just cut the line, but after all the trouble… I am keeping everything.

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Going back to an MMO after long break is always confusing, it is easier to start over, but some games don’t offer this option, here is me in Trove, confused and happy to be in this colorful world, the bubble is a mount!

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mysecretid

Nice pic!

My trick for going back to a game after being away is to make a “disposable” new character of the same type as the old one I actually want to play.

I run the temporary character through the tutorials and the early bits, until all the details of how to play finally come back to me — then I transfer anything good the temporary has to my bank, delete them, and switch over to the preferred older character to start playing for real again.

Hope this helps!

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Toy Clown

From my latest MMO interest comes the very first screenshots from FFXIV. The one that came from the opening cutscene and a shot of the character to make sure I didn’t need to redo them. (FFXIV’s character generator is fairly simple, thus I only remade this character twice. But ugh! What a teaser for that opening scene outfit and then have to deal with 50 levels of looking awful!)

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Here’s from my first hour in Secret World Legends, as my Templar discovers the secret recipe for Boone’s Baked Beans. She quietly filed it in Temple Hall as a hiohazard risk.

Next, me and a friend didn’t even wait for the tryptophane to wear off before we decorated our sylvari for the season. Now I have pistols that jingle! I call them ‘Naughty’ and ‘Nice’.

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Hirku

You’re right, Justin…I confess my description of the incident was a textbook example of Stockgnome Syndrome.

Here’s Hirku the Monk striking a pose in front of the Evil Death Planet in WoW. I’ve posted this before, but it was in WRUP so I’ve decided I’m allowed to repost.

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Utakata

“…Evil Death Planet in WoW.”

That’s Argus. Which affectionately pronounce as “Agro’us”. :(

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Utakata

Edit/Erratum: *To which *I affectionately pronounce as…proper.

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Koshelkin

It’s always astonishing to see how good the game looks after all these years.

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Koshelkin

Finished the Agent storyline in SWTOR. Certainly one of the best ones. Here’s my crew:

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mysecretid

It’s rare to get a good in-scene crew pic in Star Wars The Old Republic. Good on you! Great pic.

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rafael12104

The best story line IMO. So good I ran it light side and dark side. And the differences were subtle and astonishing. Truly.

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mysecretid

The fact that the guy who wrote that storyline doesn’t work for SWTOR any more (I’m told he got let go during the initial “we didn’t beat WoW, and the investors are pissed” downsizing) may explain something about why the game is flailing story-wise these days. :-(

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deekay_plus

i think you accidentaly’d something >>

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Koshelkin

beg your pardon?

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deekay_plus

showed up now. idk what happened the first two times i refreshed and nothing was there XD

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your images didn’t show up? oO lmme refresh a third time ><

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some sights and scenes from my time in 3.0 ptu in star citizen, as well as an evolution of my camper and outfit in animal crossing :D

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rafael12104

For a second there I thought they were all Star Citizen. LOL! Man, I was confused but delighted in a weird way.

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animal crossing: star citizen edition. XD

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Ryuen

Did you actually manage an inverted landing without scratching the paint job :D

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no the wing on the other side of the ship is completely busted off. this is when i went afk thinking i had enough time for a smoke break whil approaching based on leaks and eyeballing the distance.

to be fair i came back right after i crash landed :D

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Hirku

That was fun to watch, I was yelling at the screen most of the time. You were sooooo close!

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he at least i have some people cheering at the horror of it all. todays session makes me think 30s sooner might not have made a difference >>

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Well here I am with some actual mmo screenshots from Lotro.

The first one is from the High Elf starting instance with this particular area the last part just before you are thrown out into the “real world” of Middle Earth. Still amazed with how well the SSG folks do with their world building using such an old engine and saddened at times how divorced they often seem to be when it comes to actual player mechanics / fun.

The second is a picture of my Beorning visiting some old friends in the Trollshaws. They didn’t say much during my visit and I suspect they were a little stoned so that might have something to do with it.

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rafael12104

Great caps. Thanks!

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Koshelkin

Of course: Lotro with a modern engine and animations(+ possibly overhauled combat&classes) is my #1 MMO pipe dream.

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Hirku

It’s good that you remember your old friends and never take them for granite.

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Utakata

Always a bedrock of a good relationship. <3

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Armsbend

Granite countertops last longer than many friends.

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Utakata

They’re fun…once you’ve figured out how to hide the UI controls! :)

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