One Shots: Riding the unicorn charge into 2018

That’s it, folks. It’s time to put the wraps on the bumpy, odd year that was 2017 and get ready to flip our calendars to the pristine landscape of 2018. While the future of MMOs always holds uncertainy, one thing we know for sure: We’re going to screenshot the heck out of it.

To put a bow on 2017, I asked Massively OP readers to submit their absolute best screenshot from this past year — and the community took up the task with gusto. We’ll start things off today with Hugmonster showing us what a dignified, serious game Guild Wars 2 can be.

“My best screenshot of the year? Obviously me launching a stampede of rainbow unicorns!” he shared.

 

“Here’s the best I got, not just for 2017 but forevah,” said Hirku. “I think this nicely sums up the type of character I’ve played, from The Secret World to The Old Republic to World of Warcraft.”

Nevermind devastating tidal forces, having a giant planet loom in the sky is great for picture-taking opportunities!

“I’ve enjoyed taking screenshots for many years, for personal use. For this column, I’ve tried making them a bit more relevant. Justin was kind enough to select a few of mine over the course of the year, and I’m grateful,” said Rees Racer.

Fun fact: I pick nothing! I have a specially trained monkey who sits here and jabs at the screen with various hoots that take the pressure off me choosing.

“I don’t think War Thunder is a proper MMORPG,” he continued, “but this site covers many games on the periphery, including this one. I do know the game has provided me with a great many opportunities for fantastics sights. In my venerable Spitfire Mk II, a quick ‘test-fire’ of the 8×7.7mm wing-mounted Browning machine guns seemed a good idea…just as the sun was rising over the Atlantic. I just like the elegance of this aircraft in the shot and simplicity of composition. It may not be my ‘best’ screenshot of the year, but it is my favourite.”

“Nothing screams ‘jubilation!’ quite like a Lalafell riding (excuse me, flying) a Christmas outfitted bear through a war torn (but now free, thank you very much) nation. For real,” said Vincent.

I’ll consider this Final Fantasy XIV’s most enduring legacy and a symbol of video game greatness that will endure for generations to come.

“Here is a shot of my trusty, well-worn Asp Explorer cruising just above the ice rings of Froarks WX-U d2-2471 7 a in Elite: Dangerous,” said CMDR Crow. “My AspX is battered from repeated hyperspace jumps and scooping incredibly bright and hot star-stuffs for fuel. I took a moment to investigate the large rings of a further icy planet, not disappointed by the gorgeous view. To this day, a little over eight months later, I am still the only individual who has ever been in this system. This sight is a sight that only my own eyes have ever seen in person, and the best I can do is to provide a picture of this microscopic, beautiful corner of our vast, incomprehensibly large universe.”

Ready for your first screenshot challenge of the new year? Take a picture of the first MMO character you creation in 2018 and let us know what you hope to accomplish with him, her, or it!

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

Life under alien skies.

Some postcards from the unexplored frontier of No Man’s Sky.

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Vincent Clark

Kugane is an amazing port in FFXIV, I think the world builders did a fantastic job with the city and at night, it really comes alive. Thanks to a little bottle of fantasia, you can change your race/sex at any time so I decided that this little guy will be by new toon for 2018 :)

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Skoryy

I have way too much to do on all my characters I created from 2013 through 2017 to make any for the new year just yet! Instead, I’ll (re-?)post one of my favorite screenshots from the past year: My mesmer Awilde flanked by a pair of fellow Elonians.

To me, Anet producing African faces and hairstyles for Path of Fire was the biggest MMO story of the year. We all put a bit of ourselves into our characters. For African-Americans and others of African descent to now have their own face and hair options, its huge. Representation matters. It still warms my shriveled old man heart whenever I see an Elonian PC out and about in Tyria.

And one day maybe I’ll even see Seraph Terry Crews out there.

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Rees Racer

Happy 2018 to everyone!

I’d mentioned in WRUP that I’d reinstalled FF XIV (after significant issues with the client many months ago). I even rolled a new character, although I may inevitably go back to my Paladin once I get the hang of things again after so long away. So, here’s my new Thaumaturge in front of the ongoing seasonal decor in Ul’dah.

I honestly can’t say if a more traditional tab-targeting game like FF XIV will keep me interested after B&S, TERA, and even GW2 (to a degree), but I’ll give it a month at least.

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rafael12104

New toon for the new year? Lol. I’ll get back to you. I have eight in BnS at the moment and hadn’t planned on anymore. But… we will see.

In the meantime. Check out this little gif I made Uta’s perfect landing. We were running a complex dungeon dungeon last night with lots of platforming and gliding. You miss a landing and your are over run with mobs and possibly die.

But the little Black Mage? She showed no fear. :)

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rafael12104

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Utakata

O.O !!

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rafael12104

Remember that one? We were all the way on the other side! Didn’t think you would make it because you don’t have all of your gliding skill yet, but… nope. You were just fine. :)

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Utakata

I thought I had them all. o.O

…besides, there was a few ledges I missed. :(

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JonBuck

Decided to try Blade & Soul again. Here’s my fresh character, a Gunslinger.

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Winter

You guys made me want to download B&S and give it a go …however when I login using the ncmaster account it asks for a verification email…which has yest to come after 5 mins.

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rafael12104

Oh. I hope that is fixed by now. If you are on the server named Yura look up Haliee. Or just friend me. We will help with questions and questing. We have a Social Clan going now. Epic MOPs.

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Winter

Nope unfortunately most likely won’t hear anything for the next few days. I’m not sure why this is an issue I haven’t used the account in awhile but I did play the beta.

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rafael12104

Who knows, but it certainly isn’t good customer service considering that many players are returning to play the new content.

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Utakata

Try now?

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Winter

Looked this morning nope still nothing. I’ve managed to send them an email no idea how long it will take.

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rafael12104

Probably a skeleton crew working now, sadly. Let us know if it gets sorted out.

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rafael12104

Nice. Good luck. If you are on the Yura server and have any questions or need help with anything, let me know. You can find me on Haliee. :)

Also, for all interested, we are going to start a MOP social clan. More details to follow.

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Winter

Well I only just was able to download it I will send a friend request it will come from Winterskorn (all other versions were taken)

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rafael12104

No problem. I’ll look for it.

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JonBuck

I actually have a couple low level characters on that server from my previous try at this game.

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rafael12104

Cool. Send me a friend request. And we can run some stuff. Really easy to level now and all the gear you need comes from quest rewards until you get to Silverfrost. At that point it is good to have the shields from a low level heroic dungeon.

That’s what we were running last night.

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JonBuck

Friend request sent from Zaria Eth.

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Utakata

You’ll might get one from me, if you don’t mind. :)

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JonBuck

In that case, it would be Zeria Eth. Minor misspelling. :) Got her up to 11 now. They really did speed up leveling.

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rafael12104

Ok. I made a Social Clan. It’s named Epic MOPs. Lol. Best I could do as other names were taken.

You have to be on to get an invite, so just give me a shout when you are on.

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Utakata

Wait…Blackram MOPs was already taken? o.O

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rafael12104

Yup. Can’t use Blackram, apparently.

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Utakata

:(

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Utakata

I’m a Black Mage…

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rafael12104

Love that look. :) And if you check up above you will see another little tribute to your mage.

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Utakata

I see that! That’s the first time I’ve seen any posts of me in action like that. o.O

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rafael12104

A high res version wouldn’t upload to MOP for some reason. Probably because of the size. But I think it captures it. Lol.

That Nvidia Geforce Experience is not a bad screen/video cap tool.

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My first character creation for the new year is technically an old one. I recovered my old FFXIV character from 1.0 but they had me run him through the new character creator when I logged in for the first time. I touched him up a bit with some new options and went for a stroll around Ul’dah. Here’s a quick shot I took of him with all his hilariously outdated 1.0 gear in front of the New Year decorations on the main street.

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pics of the baked goods that lian sent me :D my mom said the butter tarts were really good :D and i really liked the cookies and rice krispy squares :D

and i discovered that not only does closers having “housing” but you can also hire a maid to help you with something called “exploration”. also check out my cute fox tail! :D

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“you can also hire a maid to help you with something called ‘exploration’.”

I BET YOU CAN!

(Those look delicious :D)

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they were!

i haven’t quite figured out what the exploration thing is supposed to be yet lol

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hugmonster

Thank you for featuring my screenshot, Justin!
I am a proud rainbow warrior!

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Utakata

And seriously…that was the best screen I’ve seen here for 2017! Thank you for that. /bows <3

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