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

Chaos Theory: The lowdown on The Secret World’s motorcycles

Ever since The Secret World’s debut dev livestream two weeks ago teased motorcycle mounts, players have been abuzz with anticipation. The desire for vehicles in the game stretches way back; more than two years ago I mounted a campaign to bring scooters, bicycles, and even motorcycles to the game. I just knew it could be done, and now it is happening! From the moment that first screenshot was shown in the last minutes of The Steaming Ones accompanied by the promise “This is coming to TSW,” speculation has run wild. Perhaps the mounts will be scenario-based. Maybe they will be time-based, with the motorcycles effectively running out of gas and stopping. Some suggested that the bikes will be nothing more than an advanced sprint.

Amid the excited conjecture, a number of fans have also voiced concerns about how the machines will affect the immersion and player-experience in the game. Will the scenery fly by at a rate that players can’t soak up the nuance? Will the ambiance be ruined by the revving of hundreds of engines on the streets?

Now, much of that conjecture — and hopefully the concerns — can be laid to rest. I spoke with Lead Designer Romain Amiel to learn more about these new mechanics, which aren’t actually mounts. Better yet, Amiel says that players will be able to experience the feature, currently dubbed the Custom Sprint system, for themselves next week.

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Tree of Life sprouts up on Steam early access

The wait for the Tree of Life is over barely after it began! The survival sandbox is now available in early access form on Steam for either $19.99 for a settler pack or $24.99 for an adventurer pack. Those who spring for the adventurer pack (or buy it as an upgrade for $7.99) get an extra hairstyle each for male and female during character creation, eight additional item slots, and three helpful starting items: a matchstick, bread, and a bandage. Not sure if the game is for you? Check out what folks are saying on the Steam reviews.

Found out you can pick up livestock
Picked up a bull over my shoulder and walked down the coast
found some dudes learning to make a fire
they shouted “HEY LETS KILL IT AND EAT IT”
bulls are stronger than you’d think for a game
chase bull around for 5 minutes
die to a skeleton
cheery music starts playing and im a cute ghost
420/10 would carry bull into camp of strangers again
-Dudepile Meta Hype

Source: Steam Early Access. Thanks to Jasdemi for the tip!


The Secret World adds mini-dungeon, achievement vendor

On top of the big news about mounts, The Secret World is adding two other features in next week’s update. In a recent post, Lead Designer Romain Amiel announced a new mini-dungeon based on the penthouse in the Orochi Tower. This Nightmare group version of the final three fights in the penthouse will be extremely challenging and offer players unique rewards to help prepare for Issue #12’s dungeon. And for everyone who has been dying to learn more about Uta, the mini-dungeon will provide more information that can actually be traded to others who don’t run it.

The second feature is a new vendor in London stocked with exclusive rewards based on players’ current total achievement points. Additionally, this vendor will allow players to reclaim consumable rewards that were earned via achievements, such as the Blade of Inaba mould. While the dungeon is available only to those who have purchased Issue #11, the vendor will do business with all players.

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Das Tal adds cheaper Kickstarter tier, playtest weekend

Lots of new info just came out on the systems of the open-world battle arena Das Tal, but today’s news blast is financial in nature. Fairytale Distillery has added a less-expensive option to its Kickstarter campaign priced at $16.34 (€15).

This sentinel tier includes 20% off of the final price of the game, a “Launch Server Pass” that lets the backer play a complete season (up to 3 months duration) at launch, and allows players the chance to try out the game during all backer-exclusive preview events. The first preview event starts at 2:00 p.m. EDT this Sunday, May 31st; everyone who pledged from the new sentinel tier or higher can get a sneak peek at the game. To participate in the first test, backers must be signed up by Saturday, May 30th.

Fairytale Distillery press release


EverQuesting: Learning about Landmark’s dungeons

I thought I saw a dev dungeon reference. I did! I did see a dev dungeon reference! And it’s about time.

I have to admit that as much as I have been looking forward to Landmark’s future features, dungeons totally slipped my mind. I’d like to think it was because the anticipation of utilizing gamemaster tools to control AI on my claims overshadowed them, but the truth is that devs let this feature fade into obscurity. It’s been a really long time since the original vision for the game was announced, and basically nothing has been said on the dungeon subject outside of claims since, which is a shame: Of all the various incoming features, dungeons are one that might finally be able to lay that lingering “It’s only a building game” misconception to rest once and for all.

So yes, dungeons are a thing! At least they will be. And they will be both player-made on claims and out in the wilds. If only it would all come sooner rather than later.

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The Stream Team: Early morning Marvel Heroes mayhem

What can make any Monday morning better besides a holiday? Marvel Heroes, of course! MassivelyOP’s MJ is starting her week off the best way: as a superhero. However, she’s slightly unsure which one to face the day as. Should she return to her roots as Rogue or dust Storm off for another spin? Perhaps she’ll go nutty with Squirrel Girl or continue to bulk up She-Hulk? There is no wrong answer here: Unlike most Monday tasks, each of these would be tons of fun. Tune in live at 7:30 a.m. for some early-morning mayhem in midtown.

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:30 a.m EDT on Monday, May 25th, 2015

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Ask Aion video discusses EU server merges, patch 4.75 release

In the third episode of Ask Aion, the game’s product director answers another round of questions posed by EU players. The first topic of the video was the status of server mergers — mainly the positives and negatives if doing them, not a date. A date, however, was provided for the release of patch 4.75; players will log into this latest update on June 17th. Other topics touched upon include upcoming events, the possibility of two-seater mounts, and the opportunity to procure your very own Shugo plushie. For more details, check out the full video below.

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Memorial Day weekend sales starting at 99 cents

Memorial Day weekend has brought some great deals for a variety of MMOs, including TUG, Guild Wars 2, EVE Online, World of TanksInfinite Crisis, and RIFT.

The sandbox TUG wins for deepest discount: It’s on sale for the super-low price of $.99 at the Humble Store. Although the sale is not available on Steam itself, users can participate in it by selecting a Steam key at checkout. Guild Wars 2 and EVE Online also have 50% off deals at Humble; the former is $19.99 and the latter’s Premium Starter bundle is $24.99.

World of Tanks is offering price reductions of up to 50% on vehicles, crew training, and equipment as well as special bundles. The weekend also includes an XP bonus and various special events.

Through May 25th, all Infinite Crisis champions and store costumes are unlocked for players to enjoy, and RIFT is selling its top two Nightmare Tide Collector’s Editions for 50% off through May 26th.

Source: TUG, GW2, EVE, RIFT, WoT, Infinite Crisis. Thanks to Siphaed and Ageofmyth for the tips!


The Stream Team: Scouting after surviving another H1Z1 wipe

After surviving another H1Z1 wipe, MassivelyOP’s MJ has nothing left to lose — and she plans to take full advantage of the situation! Since she doesn’t have a fort to protect or any belongings to worry about, so she’s going to scout out the land and try to ascertain which spot she’ll settle in permanently when the time comes. Should it be close to town, or tucked away in the woods? Can she find the perfect combination of security and essentials? Join us live at 1:00 p.m. to join in the search in-game or in chat.

What: H1Z1
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 1:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

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The Stream Team: Gotta steal them all in GTA Online

It’s no secret that appropriating cars is a major component of GTA Online; besides giving you a set of wheels for those moments when walking simply isn’t the safest option, it’s also a way to pad your wallet. As a car lover, MassivelyOP’s MJ loves taking various vehicles for a spin. And there are so many awesome cars out there to choose from! Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as she creatively borrows a few more models to test drive.

What: Grand Theft Auto Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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The Stream Team: More SWTOR story mission XP and prizes

Earlier this week, Massively OP’s MJ and Larry jumped into Star Wars: The Old Republic on the Republic side to take advantage of the 12x story XP. However, the two were sidetracked by the Gree event. This time they promise to focus on stories, but favoring the Imperial side with their presence instead. One thing will remain the same, however: There will be Cartel Packs and other goodies for viewers to win! Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to watch the adventures unfold, and possibly walk away with a prize.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: MJ Guthrie & Larry Everett
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 16th, 2015

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The Stream Team: Racing for riches in GTA Online

There are plenty of ways to make money in GTA Online, from missions to heists to nabbing cars and selling them to the shops. One really fun away is by racing, and MassivelyOP’s MJ loves to race! Her vehicle of choice is a motorbike, but you can also jockey for first place in cars, bicycles, monster trucks and off-roaders (on the ground) as well as planes and helicopters (in the skies). Heck, you can even jump out mid-air and race parachutes! Of course, the best payouts are for beating everyone else, so MJ is in it to win it! Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to see how much cash she can accumulate.

What: Grand Theft Auto Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 15th, 2015

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DC Universe Online: Halls of Power II and the end of DLC

If you are not a subscriber to DC Universe Online, you’re still sitting back on the sidelines anticipating the release of Halls of Power Part II next week. We all know trying to be patient isn’t the funnest thing when you are looking forward to diving into your favorite game’s new content, so we talked with Senior Creative Director Jens Andersen and Design Director Jesse Benjamin during a DLC preview to glean some interesting tidbits to share with you while you’re wait.

Of course, we also have some information that those members who are busy playing through the DLC right now might want to stop and take note of. Andersen shared some words on plans going forward, probably the most notable being DCUO’s planned shift away from DLC.

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