Eliot Lefebvre

Senior Reporter

Eliot Lefebvre has been writing on Massively Overpowered since it was created after a long and illustrious career of writing about video games for half a decade on some other site that you might have heard about. He currently pens Wisdom of Nym for Final Fantasy XIV, WoW Factor for World of Warcraft, and the rotating adventures of Choose My Adventure. He also shares writing duties on Perfect Ten and writes some nonsense for What Are You Playing. No photos of him standing next to Abraham Lincoln have surfaced, coincidentally.

Personal blog: Eliot-Lefebvre.com
Twitter: @eliot_lefebvre

Yes, you can still use artifact appearances in future World of Warcraft expansions

The bankers in Stormwind have seen some stuff, man. You can just see them chilling on their lunch breaks talking about how the Ashbringer used to be whispered in legends, but now banks are just clogged with Ashbringers. That’s the way the World of Warcraft turns, though, and the good news is that you won’t have to stop looking like you’re swinging around Ashbringer or any other artifact weapon once the next expansion rolls around. Yes, you can transmog that slightly better green weapon to look like a mythical artifact, why not?

Of course, the flip side is whether or not you can even obtain the appearance, and the answer to that is also an affirmative… with two caveats. If you’re hoping to obtain the Mythic keystone appearance or the Mage Tower appearances, unlock those before the next expansion comes out; those will be going away once you can make the challenge trivial. If you’re hoping to just have the normal artifact appearance, though? Don’t fret, it’ll still be there with the next expansion, and on through the next one beyond that.

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ArcheAge merges fresh start and legacy auction houses

The economy for ArcheAge servers is getting a little more unified. During the game’s next weekly maintenance window, the auction houses for the game’s fresh start and legacy servers will be getting merged into one overall server. Legacy auctions are going to remain unaffected, but fresh start server auctions will be expired automatically, meaning that players on the fresh servers will have to adjust to the existing standards across the larger server community.

If no bids have been placed on an item on a fresh start auction house, the full posting price and the item will be returned to the player; otherwise, the highest bidder will receive the item. It’s another step toward bringing the fresh start servers in line with the rest of the game, although whether or not that’s a good thing probably depends on whether or not you have something up for auction that’s about to become more valuable or less so in the near future.

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Rumor: Albion Online leak suggests new trial version with refer-a-friend benefits

Want to try out Albion Online? Do you want one of your friends to play Albion Online? The latest leaked information about the game promises that fans will be able to accomplish both goals in the near future. According to the leak, which comes through a Redditor whose past leaks have proven accurate, players will be able to purchase a trial for seven days, with the full amount reimbursed to the player’s account once the trial player purchases a starter edition.

Players who take part in the paid trial will have Premium status during the trial. No timeline has been specified at this point, since it’s not yet been officially announced, but hopefully it’ll bolster the game’s population and give new players a good reason to get into the game.

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Final Fantasy XIV launches patch 4.1 (and no, you can’t get a house)

Yes, Final Fantasy XIV has dropped patch 4.1; if you were trying to get a house, you both already knew that and are already out of luck. To the surprise of absolutely no one who has seen this happen before, housing sold out within moments of the servers coming up, something that has been joked about on the game’s subreddit for months now (there’s a reason they call it Shirogane Savage). This is, of course, not a new problem. Further analysis on that problem can wait until… oh, let’s say tomorrow; this system isn’t becoming less messy before that.

On the other hand, there’s still plenty of other content in the patch to enjoy, with an expanded main scenario, new Beast Tribe quests, the Royal City of Rabanastre, and so forth. You can check out the full patch notes on the official site (although some of the items are still not listed in the notes) and check out the trailer for the patch down below.

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Digital Extremes to open a new studio in Toronto

The studio behind Warframe is riding the success of that game until it runs out of rail, because why would they not? A new Digital Extremes studio is opening up in Toronto next month, just two hours away from its existing headquarters in London, Ontario. That might seem like it’d almost be easier to just make the London studio larger, but considering that there’s a great deal of development talent already in Toronto and it’s easier not to commute two hours on a daily basis, this way might work better.

We know for a fact that the new studio will be focused on game development, although it remains to be seen if the focus will be on further Warframe content or the recently announced The Amazing Eternals. Keep your eyes peeled for more developments and further news as events warrant.

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Check out character creation, outfits, and hirelings for Dungeon & Dragons Online’s Raveloft jaunt

Looking forward to stepping into Ravenloft with Dungeons and Dragons Online: Mists of Ravenloft? Sure, theoretically you shouldn’t be excited because you might get trapped in a realm of horror, but when is that ever really a problem? The folks over at DDO Players have taken the opportunity to show off some of the features coming with the new setting, including the character creation for aasimar characters, new cosmetic outfits, and the new gold seal hireling.

Of course, if you want to be surprised by this stuff when you see it in-game, you probably shouldn’t click down and check it out now. But if you just want to see it sooner rather than later? Head along and gawp just below; there’s plenty of video.

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Fortnite deals with cheat detection false positives, breaks half a million concurrent players

Cheating is bad in online games; we can all agree on that. Having anti-cheat software usually raises some questions back and forth, but the core idea of making sure that cheating is stopped swiftly at the root at least makes a fair amount of sense. Really, the only problem with it in the long term is if it mistakenly flags innocent accounts for immediate banning when they weren’t doing anything wrong. You know, like what seems to be happening to Fortnite players recently.

The studio quickly identified the issue and is working to both fix the problem and correct the automated cheat bans for players unfairly barred from the game; the bug appears to be caused by shooting whilst on a swingset, and players hit by this false positive should no longer be getting fully banned. Still, it takes some time to reverse bans, and it’s hard to argue that this makes the anti-cheat software look good. Unless you think swingsets are inherently evil, we suppose. So that’s a mixed result when the game cracks down hard on cheating, perhaps.

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Diablo III prepares for the conclusion of Season 11

The latest season of Diablo III is about to come to an end, so you should either push to earn the last few reward available to you or accept that you got what you got and there’s no sense losing your mind over it. Whichever you choose, you should be aware of what’s going to happen to your seasonal heroes after the season end, and if you’ve never taken part in one of the seasonal challenges before it’ll be new to you.

On the other hand, if you’re familiar with this dance it’s most relevant to know that the end is coming on October 20th, while Season 12 starts up on November 9th. So you still have a little more time to push further, if you’re so inclined. Check out the video below for an overview of how things will go if you’re new to the seasonal rollover and all it represents.

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Conan Exiles outlines its expanded system of food

What is best in life? Ham. Delicious, well-cooked ham, with some nice potatoes and an appropriate wine. Don’t laugh, because that’s an important aspect to consider now when you’re playing Conan Exiles. Sure, you need to periodically eat and drink anyway, but the expanded food system lets you get even more benefits out of taking the time to cook things well instead of just eating whatever is close at hand.

Of course, players can’t simply toss some ham at a fire and expect a perfectly cooked meal. The really explore the joy of cooking you’ll need to build a full kitchen, and you’ll need to search for some of the best recipes out in the world instead of just toying about in the kitchen. Once you get there, though, you’ll be able to enjoy a multitude of long-term buffs in addition to the hunger-replenishing utility of food, so it’s well worth the effort to make your exile into a five-star chef.

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Wisdom of Nym: The key bits of Final Fantasy XIV’s 4.1 patch notes

Here we are, folks, staring down the barrel of the latest major patch. If you’re feeling a minor set of trepidation simply because that means it’s time to contend with Final Fantasy XIV housing and all the racing that implies… well, I’m right there with you. But hey, however that turns out tomorrow morning, there’s new stuff to do in the actual patch, and I always do like to pick apart the patch notes when the time rolls around.

The notes are as extensive as ever, of course, so I’m going to be hitting the highlights rather than going line-by-line. The patch as a whole does feel a little bit thinner, but there are some pretty notable changes tucked in there that you either didn’t notice or did notice and might not have internalized. So let’s take a trip down patch note lane.

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Secret World Legends recaps Orochi Tower, plots upcoming adjustments

The Orochi Tower is where the story of Tokyo ends in Secret World Legends, a familiar fact to anyone who has played through this story before. But there will be some changes compared to the original version of this content, so even if you think you know the story you want to pay attention. You can check out a recap run-through of the gameplay in the video just below, or you can also catch up with a summary of information from the most recent development livestream.

Or you can check out the latest official dispatch, which also talks about future balance changes for the game, notably including the removal of AoE damage penalties from weaponry. Assault Rifles in particular suffered from a lack of single-target options that brought down their damage in several situations, so the changes are meant to make the weapons more viable in a fight. The game continues to steam along nicely, so it should be for the benefit of everyone that viability and overall balance is still being examined closely.

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Neverwinter details more items to be found in the lands of Chult

When you’re in a rush to leave somewhere, you forget things. Totally normal and natural, right? But Neverwinter presents a unique case for adventurers defending Port Nyanzaru from incoming raiders. See, once adventurers successfully push back yuan-ti or batiri attacks, they’ll find that the attackers have left things behind. Like weapons, and mounts, and even some batiri members who were just a little bit too slow to get away.

If they hadn’t forgotten their mounts, they might not have been too slow, though. It’s a circular problem.

Of course, among the weapons that might be left behind are the powerful Skull Lord Staves, which were long thought lost. And players can also pick up new styles of weapons, new Stronghold decorations, and new PvP gear. In short, there’s lots of good stuff to be found in Chult, and sometimes attackers just leave it lying around after the fact before explaining that they “forgot” to bring it back.

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The Daily Grind: Which MMOs do the best job with patch notes?

To the surprise of no one, working here involves reading lots of patch notes. Some games do a better job with this than others. Final Fantasy XIV does a pretty good job with the notes, but they’re still enormous and sometimes difficult to navigate; still, it’s better than the patch notes for Star Wars: The Old Republic, which always struck me as needlessly obtuse and unclear. World of Warcraft has gone back and forth over the years, although they tend to at least be readable (and the “fake patch notes” every April 1st are usually great).

By contrast, I quite like the trick that some games such as Eternal Crusade use, putting the biggest and most relevant changes front-and-center before launching into the detailed patch notes. And I would be remiss to not mention the old Final Fantasy XI patch notes, including such wonderful vagueness as “altered the drop rates on certain items.” That’s real clear. What do you say, readers? Which MMOs do the best job with patch notes?

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