MJ Guthrie

Community Manager

When not immersed in her favorite virtual worlds, MJ can be found hanging out with her family, reading, coaching/playing sports, writing fiction, singing, and dabbling in graphic design (in random order, depending on mood and season). Her favorite part of MMOs? Observing the dynamics of virtual communities. That psychology degree has to come in handy somewhere, doesn't it?

MJ's Massively Overpowered adventures can be found many places: She investigates Secret World Legends/The Secret World's conspiracies in Chaos Theory, chronicles the EverQuest franchise in EverQuesting, practices survival in many sandboxes with The Survivalist, and livestreams for the Stream Team.

Personal blog: Looking for Shinies
Twitter: @MJ_Guthrie

The Stream Team: Exploring the wilds and wildlife in Conan Exiles’ great white north

There’s much of the land from the expansion that Massively OP’s MJ has yet to explore in Conan Exiles, and she aims to correct that. She has invited a friend along to wander all over the north, poking into the nooks and crannies — and hoping nothing pokes back! Who are we kidding, have you seen the wildlife? Those antlers?! We’re not taking bets on how long the pair survive, but join us live at 12:00 p.m. to see if they can.

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, November 18th, 2017

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The Stream Team: A look at Secret World Legends’ anima allocation

Secret World Legends just released its new anima allocation feature, and Massively OP’s MJ is checking it out. Does it really remove the need for multiple gear sets? And the bigger question: Will MJ actually be able to clear out her bag of the multiple sets she has been upgrading?  Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. to explore anima allocation before setting out to explore more Egypt.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Friday, November 17th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Marvel Heroes is really going bye-bye

No no no nonononono. As much as Massively OP’s MJ does not want it to be true, Marvel Heroes will be shutting down. She actually expected it after the misconduct allegations: Disney would never want that kind of reputation attached to its own. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t mourning the loss of her favorite loot-pinata superhero game. Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. and commiserate the game’s impending doom with MJ.

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 16th, 2017

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Path of Exile’s War for the Atlas expansion opens December 8

It may feel as if Path of Exile just came out with its The Fall of Oriath expansion, but that was last August. The time is quickly approaching for the next one! If releasing expansions were an Olympic event, Grinding Gear Games would win the gold medal every time. This studio delivers loads of new content like clockwork.

Now, I could sit here and heap praise all day, but I know you want to learn about all about expansion number… some big number. Lucky for you, I sat down with Producer Chris Wilson and got a tour of the goodies coming our way. So what is this next expansion and its accompanying new league about? It’s a sequel to Atlas of Worlds!

In September 2016, players were introduced to the world atlas, filled with end-game maps to complete on the way to fight the ultimate boss, The Shaper. On December 8th, this Atlas will be redesigned with significantly more maps and a second ultimate boss that is vying for control in War for the Atlas. And the new Abyss Challenge League starts up as well. Learn more about it all and watch the official trailer below!

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The Survivalist: ARK Survival Evolved’s sequel tease is an insult to its fans

You know that moment when you just can’t take it anymore? I am there, right on the cusp. I know many folks have gotten to their “I can no longer support <insert name here>” phases for various games and studios for a variety of reasons, but I had never yet reached such a point in my own gaming. (That one studio doesn’t count because I never supported them in the first place.) And now here I am. I don’t think I can continue to support Studio WildCard.

That is definitely a shift for me. I have been an ardent fan of ARK: Survival Evolved. I championed the game pretty heavily: I have streamed it for over two years, I personally host two servers, and this very column was born largely on the back of ARK. I have almost 1500 hours of playtime, and I own the expansions. I had praised the game and Studio WildCard for a long while, holding it up as an example of things done right.

Then things changed. The accumulation of many remarks and actions that ate away at my trust was topped off by the way the studio shows disregard for its current customers, treating them as disposable cash cows. And then came the sequel talk this very week.

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The Stream Team: Robbing banks and raiding campsites in Wild West Online’s early access launch

In her first run through Wild West Online’s Technical Alpha 1, Massively OP’s MJ mined herself some gold and successfully made it back to town to sell it. In fact, she succeeded in staying alive the whole time! Of course, chances for that happening again are slim as she sneaks back in for early access. There is new content to check out, including new quests and even a special bank robbery event. Then again, MJ also wants to prowl the countryside looking for campsites to plunder. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. and saunter into the old west with us.

What: Wild West Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 15th, 2017

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The Stream Team: New chapter on a new server in SWTOR’s Knights of the Fallen Empire

With the Star Fortress destroyed, Massively OP’s Larry and MJ can return to the main storyline in SWTOR’s KOTFE expansion. They are even getting close to finishing! But they will be doing it all on a newly merged server. Farewell, Ebon Hawk; you will be missed. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to decide the fate of MJ’s Chiss Agent in Chapter XV, the next episode of Choose My Alignment.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

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The Stream Team: A Trove Club crawl

Have you heard of a pub crawl? Well this is a Club crawl! Trove’s big club update is live today and Massively OP’s MJ is excited to dive in. Besides being able to easily tour clubs and go on their adventures, she is looking forward to exploring the new Asian biome (which is filled with some of her favorite architecture, not to mention dragons). Tune in live at 3:30 p.m. and come clubbing with us!

What: Trove
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Making it to Muspelheim in SMITE’s newest adventure

Muspelheim or bust! Massively OP’s MJ didn’t make it past the first boss during the first stream SMITE’s new Shadows Over Hercopolis adventure to get to Muspelheim. She didn’t even make it to the boss! Today is going to be different: Today she is going to conquer the icy realm of Niflheim and move on. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to see if she succeeds. (As a bonus, for every chest she opens on stream, she’ll give away a god and skin code!)

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 13th, 2017

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Going clubbing with Trion in Trove’s new update

When you are invited to go to a club with Trove’s devs, you’d best get ready for fun time! Of course, I mean a Trove club: a place where you can design build your own special world with friends. And clubs are getting some serious attention in this week’s update. Earlier in November, I sat down with Trion Art Lead Robin Luera and Animation Lead Ted Sanger for a tour through the voxel’s games upcoming club-errific features. Here are some of the highlights!

One important and awesome change is that clubs will now have six different permission levels. And there are tons of permissions! This will allow leaders to customize who can do what in the club, which will really come in handy with the new building and adventure features. Leaderboards have been also changed up. The top 50 average power rank and level will be displayed (the PR will be calculated of each member’s highest pr character, not add them all together). Mechanics like using or destroying the most blocks, however, have been removed.

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The Stream Team: Going on a griffon hunt in ARK

From the first moment Massively OP’s MJ saw the majestic griffon flying around ARK’s Ragnarok server, she wanted one. Needed one! Today, she’s going to attempt to get one. Capturing and taming this beast will take help as well as some luck. Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. for this first attempt to subdue the king of the skies.

What: ARK: Ragnarok
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, November 11th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Back to building in Conan Exiles

Conan Exiles is expecting some new building pieces, so of course Massively OP’s MJ is eager to test them out! But since she hasn’t constructed anything in a while, she might be out of practice. All the more reason to jump in flex those building muscles again. (As if MJ needs a reason to build!) Join us live at 9:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team returns to…

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Friday, November 10th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Slipping into Secret World Legends’ Scorched Desert

Bye-bye Blue Mountain, hello Scorched Desert! Massively OP’s MJ is finally leaving the (awesome) gloom of Secret World Legends’ Solomon Island behind and moving into the searing bright light of Egypt. Different dangers await in the desert sands, but so do Said and Nassir. She’s excited to see those old friends again as well as find out how The Last Train to Cairo adventure is integrated into SWL. Grab your shades and join us live at 9:00 p.m. as MJ heads in to beat the heat into submission.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 9th, 2017

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