Brianna 'Bree' Royce


Bree is an unrepentant escapist with a predilection for MMOs. When not compulsively proofreading cereal boxes and newspapers, she can be found modding, PvPing on the auction hall, and touring the Next Big Thing with her guild on a quest for the elusive perfect game.

Working As Intended and Ask Mo are her pet op-ed columns, but she also pens Daily Grinds and compiles both Massively Overthinking and the Week in Review. You can hear her ramble about MMOs every week on the Massively OP podcast. If you're nice, she'll even talk about something other than Star Wars Galaxies.

Personal blog: Skycandy
Twitter: @nbrianna
Favorite MMOs: SWG, CoH, Glitch, GW2, GW1, WoW, MH

Grab an Asta, ELOA, Rappelz, Mu Online, Flyff, or C9 gift code in Webzen’s summer giveaway

Webzen is back with another huge giveaway on MOP, this one in celebration of summer across its multiple MMOs. The company has granted us 2000 keys, and you get to pick the Webzen game the code is used on, be it Asta, ELOA, Rappelz, Mu Online, Flyff, or C9. There are different rewards depending on which game you pick, so read on, and click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to take home one of these keys!

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The first chunk of Black Desert’s Valencia update lands tomorrow

Black Desert’s Valencia is really, truly on the way — tomorrow, in fact — with 500+ new quests, the upgraded enchantment system, guild housing, and whale hunting. Actual whales, not cash shop whales.

Black Desert Online receives the major Valencia Part One expansion tomorrow, increasing world size by 30% with a large and treasure-riddled desert area that will require care and preparation to explore. Can you withstand both the harsh conditions and new threats that await in the sands? Valencia Part One also adds new weapons, armors, and accessories, such as the Rocaba Armor and Rosar weapons, camel and elephant mounts, hundreds of additional quests, and more.”

The update’s brand-new trailer is tucked down below.

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The Daily Grind: Do you like ‘seasonal challenge’ content in MMORPGs?

On this week’s Massively OP podcast — out yesterday evening for our $5+ Patreon backers and out later this afternoon for everybody else — Larry explains just what the deal is with Star Wars: The Old Republic’s Dark vs. Light campaign. Players are miffed because they’re being expected to roll new characters to complete achievements and challenges in a time-limited ordeal that delivers rewards to their whole accounts.

Daybreak is taking the idea a step further with new EverQuest and EverQuest II servers that create a series of PvE-focused challenges for the players to complete during a set season.

It reminds me of the sort of seasonal challenge content we’d see from games like Diablo III and Path of Exile or even SMITE, not quite so much MMORPGs. This kind of stuff is usually limited to direct PvP over here in MMOland, but I’m not sure I mind the injection of new ideas in the PvE space. How about you? Do you like “seasonal challenge” content in MMORPGs?

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Rumor: SWTOR’s next expansion might be Knights of the Eternal Throne

Dulfy’s spotted a rumor that Star Wars: The Old Republic’s next expansion might be “KOTET” — Knights of the Eternal Throne, as some players are guessing.

A Redditor found the acronym buried on the Star Wars Celebration website.

It could just be a misspelling of the equally ugly “KOTFE” acronym, but our credits are on it being the real deal, especially since EA has pulled the reference already.

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Crowfall partners with Travian for European publishing

Crowfall has just kicked off an all-day streamvaganza on Twitch. ArtCraft is promising multiple reveals throughout the day, including the one just mentioned: ArtCraft is partnering with Travian Games to publish Crowfall in Europe, Brazil, the Middle East, and North Africa. Travian is a German company established in 2005. Stay tuned for more new bits throughout the day, or just watch along below.

Update: The Crowfall team says its goal is to have one universe for all players, meaning North American and European players will hopefully be playing together.

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Riders of Icarus releases ‘Adversaries’ trailer ahead of Wednesday’s headstart

Nexon has released a brand-new Riders of Icarus trailer this morning, this one spotlighting the heroes and villains of the game, with gameplay snippets of some of the boss encounters players will face. The titan is probably the biggest badass of the bunch.

Open beta begins in just over a week for regular players; those who buy founder’s packsahead of time will jump into the headstart beginning this Wednesday.

Wanna see more than a trailer? Stay tuned for our own crawl through the game live on stream at 2 p.m. EDT this afternoon.

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The Daily Grind: Have you ever learned about major world news while playing an MMORPG?

Last week when news of Brexit took over the western world, a Star Citizen Redditor made a comment about the weirdness of learning that the UK is leaving the EU via the Star Citizen sub. “This is almost as bad as the time on WoW when a gnome in Stormwind broke the news to me that Bin Laden died,” he wrote. Another person said he’d been playing Ultima Online during 9/11, to which a third person replied, “When I was younger, the older generation always talked about how they all remember the exact moment and place they heard the news of Kennedy being assassinated. Now someplace in Ultima Online is that place for you.”

I’ve thought really hard about this and cannot think of a big event happening specifically when I was logged into an MMORPG. I was just waking up on the west coast when the towers were hit, for example, but I have distinct memories of some of my EverQuest guildies refusing to table their pretty game dramas even on 9/11, which was the last straw for me in EverQuest and motivated me to walk away and play Dark Age of Camelot a month later. So that’s something, I guess.

How about you? Has any major world event ever broken while you were playing an MMO, to the extent that you learned about it inside the MMO itself?

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MMO Week in Review: Love vs. hate for SWTOR’s Dark vs. Light (June 26, 2016)

Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

This week, Star Wars: The Old Republic came under fire over its Dark vs. Light event, which essentially requires achievement-hunting players to roll new characters (on alt servers or with newly purchased slots, assuming their home server is full) to replay content they have already have done many times before. PvP and raiding requirements also have eyebrows quirking and historians reminding everyone of WoW’s Children’s Week’s many problems.

But hey, I can’t wait to see the EA infographic bragging about the eighty bajillion characters rolled in SWTOR!

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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Make My MMO: 3001SQ’s Kickstarter, Gorgon’s patch, and Elyria’s update (June 25, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, the Chronicles of Elyria team discussed its plans for the online shop (it’ll be ready in a few more weeks and allow folks a whole month to purchase packages identical to its original Kickstarter offerings), its design bible (expect notes on the game’s bloodlines and religions soon), and other bits and bobs of production.

Online multiplayer space colonization game 3001SQ also began a two-month Kickstarter, asking just over $95,000 to fund its commercial prototype. A public tech demo is already available.


Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!

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Valve sued for enabling e-sports gambling with skins

According to report at Polygon this week, Valve is being sued by a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player for allegedly knowingly allowing and sponsoring illegal gambling thanks apparently to Steam’s OpenID api, which allows players to log into gambling websites with their Steam accounts. Participants, including underage gamers, are then able to place illegal bets on professional CS:GO e-sports events, using CS:GO skins as currency and collateral, which leads to direct profit for Valve.

In his suit, plaintiff Michael John McLeod alleges that he was one such gambler, having lost money gambling his skins as both an adult and a minor. As his suit claims,

“Valve owns the league, sells the casino chips, and receives a piece of the casino’s income stream through foreign websites in order to maintain the charade that Valve is not promoting and profiting from online gambling, like a modern-day Captain Renault from Casablanca. That most of the people in the CS:GO gambling economy are teenagers and under 21 makes Valve’s and the other Defendants’ actions even more unconscionable.”

One of the gambling websites, CSGO Lounge, was profiled by a Bloomberg article this past spring.

Source: Scribd via Polygon


Pantheon highlights non-instanced dungeon group gameplay

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen’s livestream Thursday night took a deep look into the gameplay possible in the pre-alpha client. Visionary RealmsBrad “Aradune” McQuaid walked guests through dungeon gameplay and teased spellbooks, the skill system, crowd control, massive non-instanced dungeons, and scaling items.

The game is still hoping for a late 2017/early 2018 launch, but nothing’s carved in stone. McQuaid says the game won’t release until it’s finished.

We’ve tucked the whole stream alongside a trimmed-down 8-minute version from Bainbeam Gaming, which characterizes the game as being a modernized version of 1999’s EverQuest. We think you’ll agree, though do note that the models, spell effects, and animations you see are placeholders.

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EverQuest II is getting two new servers and a $400 guildhall

Following in its older sibling’s footsteps and making good on its May promises, EverQuest II has finalized its plans to introduce two new server types.

Launching on June 28th, the Isle of Refuge is possibly the more interesting of the pair as a “free trade server,” on which Daybreak says “almost all items can be traded freely between players.” No transfers are allowed to or from the server, either, and you’ll need to be an All Access subber to play there.

On the Race to Trakanon event server, players will be pushed into a competitive, relatively hardcore, and themed environment (this one’s Rise of Kunark) with rewards for characters back home on the production shards.

Meanwhile, players are still getting used to the idea of EverQuest II’s newest round of guildhalls, Highhold and Skyshrine Capital, which will cost guilds $350 and $400, respectively.


Exclusive: Riders of Icarus demos its most entertaining mounts

Riders of Icarus is zooming on to its July 6th open beta (and yes, founder’s packs are available). In the lead up to that launch, Nexon is giving our readers another exclusive look at some of the more bizarre mounts in a game whose roads and skies are literally awash in flying critters (as our own MJ discovered last month).

But you want to see how they animate, don’t you? Nexon has obliged.

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