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: Take me down to New Landmark City

Take me down to New Landmark City,
Where the grass ain’t green but the buildings are pretty…

MassivelyOP’s MJ belongs to the city, concrete under her feet — which makes a tour of New Landmark City the perfect way to spend an afternoon! Join us live at 3:00 p.m. for a jaunt through this intricate build (and wherever else MJ’s musical mood takes her). Did we mention prizes may be involved?

What: Landmark
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 4th, 2015

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The Stream Team: The Secret World’s Manufactory dungeon, take two

The last time MassivelyOP’s MJ poked into The Secret World’s new Manufactory dungeon, she couldn’t get past the first room. Apparently it would help to have a full group! So this time she’s prepared: She has gathered together an assortment of daredevils in order to delve deeper into this dungeon. Join us live at 9:30 p.m to see how much further this group can go!

What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

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EverQuesting: A guide to EverQuest II’s city festivals

It’s that time of the month again — a glorious time that I look forward to and makes me cackle with glee just a little bit. Why? Because it’s when EverQuest II’s city festivals begin! Hey, what else would I be talking about? Starting the first and running through the seventh of every month, the denizens of Norrath have the chance to revel, race, and get rewards at one of the six main cities. This week-long party includes food and drink to celebrate with, a fortune teller to dispense words of wisdom (for the price of five gold!), and a chance to zip through the aerial race course. On top of that, there is really no better one-stop shop for housing decorations that players can take advantage of at any level.

Right now the Far Seas festival has stopped in Neriak, so folks have a limited time to get any of the Neriak-themed goodies they want for their homes or secure that zone’s aether racing title. Unsure on how to make most of your time so you don’t miss anything before the Far Seas packs up the fair and moves on? Here’s a guide that outlines the various city celebrations along with a few tips to maximize your efforts. (And for the more visually minded folks, here’s a video walkthrough we recently streamed.)

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World of Warships launches September 17th

If you’ve been waiting until the official release to launch your naval career in World of Warships, mark your calendar: In two weeks, the game goes live.

Wargaming has announced that after a successful open beta, its naval warfare MMO will officially and formally throw open its doors on Thursday, September 17th. Those interested in captaining various historical battleships, cruisers, aircraft carriers, and destroyers — such as Warspite, Tirpitz, Midway, Aurora, and Yamato — will have two complete tech trees from the U.S. and Japan to work through. Additionally, a number of ships from Germany, the U.S.S.R., and the U.K. will be available, with more nations slated to join in the war later this year. In total, over 80 different ships will be available to help you set sail and decimate your enemies.

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The Stream Team: An anniversary romp in Wizard101 with devs (plus free gifts!)

What better way to spend Wizard101’s birthday than with devs giving away free stuff? There is none! MassivelyOP’s MJ will be wishing the game a happy seventh birthday while giving gifts away to you. Even better, KingsIsle’s community manager will be joining in the fun! Be sure to join us live at 7:00 p.m. for your chance at winning the magical birthday present of new Party Corgi pet and 5,000 Crowns just for you. And even if you don’t win during the stream, everyone can claim the code happy7thbday and receive:

  • Origami Party Crane Pet
  • Birthday Hat
  • Confetti Canon
  • Major Fishing Elixir
  • Ultra Dandelion Seed
  • Birthday Cake Snack
  • Huge Ice Cream Snack

What: Wizard101
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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The Stream Team: Secure some SWTOR swag while touring a Tatooine stronghold

What’s that? You couldn’t make it to PAX Prime and grab some con swag? Never fear! MassivelyOP’s Larry and MJ are bringing some SWTOR goodies to you. OK, so maybe it isn’t exactly something from the con itself, but its still free stuff for your pixeled Star Wars universe, including the Zakuul drop ship speeder and the new Wild Space Explorer’s Cartel packs. While the focus is on giving stuff away, MJ and Larry will also be touring his impressive Tatooine stronghold to show you what is possible with SWTOR housing. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s dynamic duo brings you…

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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The Stream Team: City festival fun in EverQuest II

The first week of every month EverQuest II brings back one of the six city festivals. This month, it’s Neriak’s turn, and MassivelyOP’s MJ wants some of of the goodies you can get from those merchants. On top of special tasks to collect a slew of tokens, there is also an aerial race to participate in. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to take part in the festivals, and maybe even challenge MJ to a race!

What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

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Lord British’s death captured for posterity in Shroud of the Avatar PvP event

Shroud of the Avatar fans recently witnessed a bit of history: the in-game death of Lord British! During a 12-hour livestream event and pledge drive, three folks had the opportunity to face a dev in a PvP battle. While the devs, of course, were asked to remove all god-mode and dev hacks, Richard Garriott kept his stats relatively high. However, he did say he was “easily the most vulnerable I have ever been in the history of the game when we had the capability to protect me.”

Spectators began to gang up on Lord British when he nearly one-shot his opponent in his first battle. Then one announcer issued a challenge: “I don’t even think the whole audience has it in them,” and soon the stands started to empty and join in the fray. The result? The on-air death of Lord British. Immortalizing the moment for all of posterity, the nearly hour-long clip of the PvP event was saved, and we’ve added it here so you can watch it all transpire for yourself. To skip ahead to the death scene, jump to the 47 minute mark. You can also read up on Lord British’s first death — an assassination during an Ultima Online beta event.

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The Stream Team: Investigating Marvel Heroes’ side mission changes

Marvel Heroes recently made some changes with its side missions, and some folks are finding them to be more monotonous time-sinks. Is it true? Inquiring minds want to know, so MassivelyOP’s MJ is heading in to investigate! OK, so she doesn’t really need a reason to jump in and cause mass destruction with her favorite super powers, but she really is curious about the changes. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. as MJ sleuths out the true nature of the mission changes. (You might even get to take a look at War Machine!)

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 31st, 2015

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The Stream Team: Going after new dinosaurs in ARK: Survival Evolved

While MassivelOP’s MJ was away, a few new dinosaurs were added to ARK: Survival Evolved. There’s a monkey man that can literally toss people around as well as a roly poly armored mount — and MJ just has to get one of each for herself! Join us live at 12:00 p.m. to help her search out these new pets in the wilds.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 29th, 2015

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The Stream Team: Landmark life is like a box of templates

There’s an old phrase from a movie about chocolates, but MassivelyOP’s MJ thinks that life in Landmark is more like a box of templates. And boy, do you get plenty of templates! From beginner ones to ornate structures and items from friends or the Marketplace, there’s a whole lot even non-voxelmancers can create. MJ has spent plenty of time touring lately, so now she’s settling in to tinker around on her plots — and she invites you to come help her build. Don’t have a beta key? Well she’ll be giving some away along with lots of other goodies. Join in live at 5:00 p.m. and see what things you can create alongside MJ from the myriad of templates.

What: Landmark
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 28th, 2015

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The Stream Team: Poking around more Project Gorgon

Anyone who has popped into Project Gorgon knows that there are plenty of interesting things to do and no specific order you have to do them in. MassivelyOP’s Justin has recently started playing as a cow! Last time, MJ was learning how to be a werewolf, but the other possibilities really moooove her, so she’s seeking out the many forms. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you more…

What: Project Gorgon
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 28th, 2015

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EverQuesting: Can EQII’s paid prisons keep problem players in their place?

Huh. That sentiment pretty well sums up those days when despite thinking you’ve heard or seen it all, something pops up that takes you by surprise, something you never would have expected. EverQuest II just recently pulled that off with its latest announcement of a separate prison server for all the marauding miscreants. The news has actually been quite thought-provoking; I personally am still not quite sure what to think about this development. Upon first hearing about it, my opinion didn’t immediately polarize one way or the other. Instead, I’ve been pondering it from various angles. Is the idea the best thing since sliced bread or the heralding of the apocalypse? Is it even possible to pull off? Can paid prisons keep problem EQII players in their place and out of the hair of the rest of the population?

Producer Holly Longdale called this little endeavor an experiment, so time will tell what the actual results will be. But while we wait, we can analyze and attempt to prognosticate on this fascinating idea!

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