The next big thing coming for The Secret World won’t be in the game itself — it’ll be in the forums.
Funcom, which has had a long record of doing out-of-the-box activities for TSW, has been hinting that it’s preparing an “epic contest” for March. The studio’s already put out a call for cabals to contribute a prize package to the proceedings.
Massively OP reader Nordavind passed along a note from one of the game’s community managers about the event, who said, “This is not going to be a one-day event. This will not be in-game. This will only be in our forums. We even have super-secret forums already set up for this! When we say that every facet of TSW is represented in our contest, we’re talking about: PvP, RP, cosplay, audiophiles, fashionistas, social gamers, handcrafters, and even videographers!”
[Source: Official forums
. Thanks to Nordavind for the tip!]
Shroud of the Avatar isn’t even in proper alpha testing yet, but the fantasy title has already been host to its first in-game wedding.
Players Roper and Keira tied the virtual knot in an action-packed proceedings that included intense vow-making, fiery battles, and a knighting ceremony. Lord British and several members of the dev team also made appearances to bestow blessings on the newlyweds.
You can watch the highlights of the ceremony after the jump!
While players hold solemn vigils
for the late, great Leonard Nimoy, MMO developers are working quickly to place tributes in-game to the actor who played Star Trek’s Spock.
“Everyone at Cryptic Studios was saddened to hear of his passing and we want to make sure we never forget the cultural impact of the man or the character he played,” posted Executive Producer Steve Ricossa. “To that end, the Star Trek Online team will implement a standing in-game memorial to Spock and Leonard Nimoy this Thursday March 5th with our regular weekly maintenance.”
Based on how many awards it won last year and how many Massively OP writers and guildies have been sucked into it, I know I am not alone in my apparent crush on Marvel Heroes and its MMO-ish loot piñata “one more mission” ways. A good MMOARPG is the video game equivalent of comfort food. It’s cheap and delicious. (Plus, I get more of a City of Heroes vibe from it than any other [launched] superhero MMO I’ve tried.)
But the events, guys. There is literally an event every single weekend. It’s overwhelming. Right now, there’s not just one bonus weekend going on but two. Buffs. Loot drops. Experience gain. It’s pretty crazy. It must be working for them, but I admit I get fatigued by the avalanche of events. It actually makes me feel less pressure to log in and play because I know if I miss an event this weekend, next weekend will bring another one. Maybe two!
How about you? Do you get MMO “event fatigue”?
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It’s hard to believe that in a few days on March 1st, RIFT will turn four years old. According to the site, the fantasy title has racked up “two expansions, four islands, six dragons, and 22 updates.”
So how will RIFT celebrate the occasion? By throwing a carnival, of course! The annual birthday Carnival of the Ascended will be returning with plenty of minigames, quests, and prizes for all to enjoy. There’s even a new twisted carousel ram mount to go with loot piñatas and a party duck pet. Party duck never commits a party fowl!
The anniversary event will continue through March 18th.
“Fledgling adventurers continue to arrive in Eorzea in droves,” says Square
, “and we are pleased to announce that the realm is now home to four million registered accounts.” According to Square, that number represents global registered accounts and does not include trial accounts.
To celebrate, Final Fantasy XIV is hosting a free login campaign that starts Friday, February 27th, at 3:00 a.m. EST and runs through Monday, March 9th, at 4:00 a.m. EST. You’ll need to have previously purchased and registered your copy of A Realm Reborn and have an inactive account to be eligible. Alternatively there’s a 14-day Steam demo.
The four million figure represents a healthy increase from the 2.5 million reported by Square in December, 2014.
; thanks Kev and Wratts!]
has partnered with e-sports company ESL Gaming
to host a competition dubbed Operation Victory
. It involves speed-running eight-player story mode operations from Star Wars: The Old Republic’s
recent Shadow of Revan
expansion, and qualifying heats start next Tuesday, March 3rd.
Prizes include cash, in-game items, and a trip to the Star Wars: Celebration convention. BioWare says that further contest info is forthcoming.
[Source: SWTOR forums
Dulfy reports that Star Wars: The Old Republic’s
Relics of the Gree event returns today and continues through March 3rd
. The event is intended for level 60 players, but there is a bolstering stat boost that “appears to work if you are level 50 or above.”
Relics of the Gree involves questing for reputation gain, killing world bosses, and obtaining various achievements and event-exclusive pets, weapons, armor, and more.
It’s been said that The Secret World is more like a single-player game. And it’s true: You can definitely enjoy many aspects of the game solo or with just a friend or two. But there may also come a time when you want to be a part of a larger group, especially when trying to run nightmare-mode dungeons or crawl through the lairs. In that case, a cabal becomes pretty desirable. Just like guilds in other games, TSW’s cabals are a conglomeration of fans who usually have a common thread that ties them together, be it play times, playstyles, or whatever else. (It wouldn’t surprise me to see a cabal of just fashionistas!) The trick is actually finding folks who have those commonalities.
That’s where the player-run Cabal Pride event on February 21st comes in. Starting at 2:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, this event is all about matching unguilded players with potential cabals.
CCP’s latest dev blog talks up the fast-approaching elections for EVE Online’s 10th Council of Stellar Management. The voting opens on February 25th, and active accounts with a minimum account age of 30 days are eligible to cast a ballot.
Why should you vote? Hell if I know, democracy or some such. Outside of that, CCP is also gifting 10 “collectible trinkets” to each participating account. And even if you don’t vote, you’ll get a Pacifier-class CONCORD frigate provided that you have an active account on the 25th.
More details on the voting process and the CSM itself are viewable on EVE’s official website.
[Source: Dev blog
If you fancy yourself a storyteller, and you’re an Elder Scrolls Online fan, ZeniMax has a new contest that you might want to enter. Tales of the Dead tasks you with providing the backstory for that grim screenshot up yonder. You could win a $25 Bethesda Store gift certificate and an ESO t-shirt for your efforts.
Entries must be 500 words or less, and you have until Friday, February 20th, at 11:59 EST to post them in the contest thread.
[Source: Tales of the Dead
Planning a trip to Iceland for this year’s EVE Online Fanfest? If so you’ll probably want to look at CCP’s latest blog post, which focuses on what there is to see and do when you’re not watching panels or consuming vast quantities of alcohol.
One of the main events is Worlds Collide, a PvP contest that pits pilots from EVE’s original server, Tranquility, against capsuleers from Serenity, the Chinese server launched in 2012. If you can’t make the trip, you can watch the competition on Twitch, and all active players from the winning server will receive a Victorieux Luxury Yacht.
[Source: CCP blog post
. Our original article conflated the servers Serenity and Singularity and has been corrected with thanks to reader Seamus.]
It does seem as though any popular superhero will inevitably drum up a bunch of me-too imitators, from Batgirl to Wonder Dude (who totally doesn’t exist but should). So if you have a penchant for the Spider-Man family but would like a female version to tag along with you, then Marvel Heroes
has a new Arachne team-up
available for the asking (and paying).
In other news, the game is throwing a conjoined Mardi Gras/Carnival event in addition to Valentine’s Day and Lunar New Year drops. During Mardi Gras, players can trade beads and masks to Gambit for rewards, get extra daily rewards (including eternity splinters), fight bosses who may drop double loot, and enjoy a 100% boost to XP and rare item find.
[Source: Arachne team-up
, Mardi Gras event