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Hyperspace Beacon: The 10 best places to find SWTOR content outside the game

Just this week, a long-running Star Wars: The Old Republic fan-made website mentioned that it was shutting down, one among many that have come and gone since the launch of SWTOR. I was just mentioning the other day to a friend how Darth Hater pretty much faded into nothing and how many of the old fan-shows and websites no longer exist. It seems to be a rare thing for creators to make content since the launch of the game, and it’s even rarer for them to have created it before the game launched.

And now SWTOR-RP is shutting down, one of the last sites to have been reporting on SWTOR for over seven years. I know this because I was one of the three founders, and now the three of us remaining have decided it’s time to move on and let the site go.

So where does a SWTOR fan get content now? Are there still fansites that report on the latest news coming from BioWare Austin? I can hear Massively OP readers now: “Larry, your content is great and all, but I need more than a thousand words in Hyperspace Beacon every week.” And I hear you; I need more than that, too. So that’s why I’ve compiled another list of 10 podcasts, YouTube channels, and websites where I get my SWTOR information.

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Revelation Online offers tips on battling carp and laying carpets

Has Revelation Online’s fishing system reeled you in yet? Does it captivate your life hook, line, and sinker? Do you live for that moment when you can shout, “Oh my cod, I caught the big one!” Are you wishing that there was a minimum sentencing of three years hard time for dad jokes?

The fantasy MMO recently published a pair of guides to its various leisure systems, starting with fishing. There’s a little more to fishing than waiting for your line to bob, so understanding the fundamentals is the difference between tasty success and stinky failure. Also, you could be sucked into a “fish battle” and find yourself floundering in the moment.

Perhaps you’re looking at putting the final, perfect touches on your in-game apartment and could use a few pointers. There’s a very small guide for that as well with a helpful tip if you accidentally mess up so badly that you need to replace a furnishing from the start.

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EverQuesting: Guide to EverQuest II’s Days of Summer reward event

Did you hear about EverQuest II multi-month Days of Summer reward event? If so, lucky you! Here is an event that was launched with so little fanfare that even though I am playing every week. it completely slipped out of my mind — even after I learned about it the first week! It’s also an event that rewards players with some pretty snazzy rewards if they complete each of the weekly quests, so missing out entirely will make you lose out on a familiar, level 100 gear, housing decorations, a prestige house, and more. So many goodies! That may be because this summer event is akin to prelude events before expansions as it is aimed at helping people gear up for the upcoming expansion. Now don’t you wish you knew more about it? Well here you go.

The good news is that even if you hadn’t heard a word about it until now, it’s not too late to start; the event runs from August 2nd, 3:01 a.m. EDT, all the way until October 3rd at 2:59 a.m. EDT. [Edit: On September 28th, the devs announced that the event would now be permanent content!] The even better news is that players need not have completed the quest in the week it was first offered. You just have to complete them in order. I proved this by starting the event during this week’s week five quest. The bad news is that not only do you have to be level 100 to be able to see all of the rewards on the event vendor, you also need to own Kunark Ascending to complete some of the quests. The even worse news is that only those who have paid for membership can access the quests at all.

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Monster Hunter World’s Wildspire Waste trailer is faithful to its name

When you’re going into one of the Monster Hunting games, you pretty much know what to expect: big weapons, bigger creatures, biggest battles. And so it looks to be true with everything we’ve seen of the multiplayer Monster Hunter World so far.

This week, Capcom released a new trailer to show off the Wildspire Waste region. It’s hard to soak in the scenery when every last inch of fauna seems hellbent on wiping you out, so it’s natural if your attention is fixed on the large and wily mobs, which include a rock-using dodo and some army ants.

Monster Hunter World is aiming for an early 2018 release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with a PC version to follow. As a bonus, the studio also tossed in a “Hunting 101” guide for greenhorns coming into the franchise for the first time. Check them out after the break!

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Here’s your quick guide to SWTOR’s Crisis on Umbara

With Star Wars: The Old Republic Update 5.4 coming out on August 22nd, you may be champing at the bit to get into the new content and earn that awesome moving train stronghold for your very own. But how will you get on board with the Crisis on Umbara flashpoint?

That’s where this short and handy guide from the dev team comes into play. There are a couple of requirements before you can jump into the flashpoint depending on the difficulty mode chosen. Story and master modes can only be run by level 70 players, while you can access the veteran mode as early as level 15.

The huge reward dangling before players for this flashpoint is, of course, the Umbara mobile base stronghold. To earn the key for the house, players have to reap alliance recon data by running the flashpoint (over and over and over). After that, they should head over to their Alliance HQ to purchase the actual stronghold for credits or cartel coins. Data can also be used to buy other rewards, such as a new armor set and mounts.

Source: SWTOR

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Chaos Theory: Guide to Secret World Legends’ Whispering Tide event

Have you met Flappy? If you haven’t yet, you might want to do so very soon else you’ll miss your chance. That dirty bird has made its appearance in Secret World Legends as the star of the much-anticipated The Whispering Tide event, but unlike its Secret World counterpart, this event lasts only two weeks. And like any event, it also brings exclusive loot! But with such a condensed time frame to participate, if you want to get your hands on the loot and the lore you’ve got to jump in ASAP. This guide will help you make the most of your time.

What is The Whispering Tide, and why does it matter? More than just an excuse to get goodies, the appearance of Flappy — technically named Bird of the Zero-Point Pathogen — heralds the imminent opening of the Tokyo portal in Agartha. And sometime after Tokyo comes the next season of story! Veterans of the previous event will be familiar with the Flappy raid, but folks who’ve never played The Secret World are at a disadvantage in knowing what is going on. Even those who’ve participated in the original will find that there are some significant changes to The Whispering Tide. Some of these changes, most notably how the loot is dispersed, are much improved from the TSW version; some aspects, unfortunately, are not.

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Going to Mordor in LOTRO? Take this handy guide with you!

Players in Lord of the Rings Online are quickly discovering that Mordor doesn’t mess around. The new region will kick your butt and hard, until you’re able to claw your way up to better gear and figure out how the light and shadow system works.

Thanks be to the community for coming together to produce an adventurer’s guide for the new expansion. The guide lays out each zone and its associated quests, along with a few helpful tips to get players through the rougher parts.

Also featured in this thread is an explanation of the allegiance system, a link to the location of all of the rare treasure chests, a guide to the shadow and light system, and pointers for gear acquisition. Cheers for the players who spent time putting this together!

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Chaos Theory: To Steam or not to Steam your Secret World Legends account

To Steam or not to Steam, that is the Secret World Legends question — now that the horror game has relaunched on that platform, that is. For those who have never played this game or The Secret World before, that could be an easier question to answer. However, anyone who has a TSW account or who has played SWL already will have to make some decisions as to which platform to utilize going forward. There’s a chance that the choice might also have an time limit on it, though none has been expressly stated, so putting it off too long may become a problem in and of itself.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of each choice, and what is the process to switch if desired? We’ve got some answers right here to help you untangle that web. Speaking of the Steam launch, how has that gone? We’ll discuss that here along with our Secret World Legends Steam/No Steam guide.

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EverQuesting: A guide to EverQuest II’s Tinkerfest 2017

After a few years, it can be difficult for long-time EverQuest II players to get excited over the return of a festival; not only are there many festivals to keep track of, but most have been going on for numerous years. You can feel like you’ve seen and done all there is to one and might give little more than a cursory glance to check for a new item or two. And if little to nothing is done for a festival some year, it only exacerbates the problem. To spark interest and enthusiasm, Daybreak needs to tinker with the event formula each year to add something fresh beyond just a new reward or two. And tinker it did: Tinkerfest 2017 adds a whole new experience atop the regular fare, so even the oldest of veterans have reason to jump in and participate.

So what is new for Tinkerfest? (And what is Tinkerfest if you are new to it?) Here’s a guide to get on on the gnomish goodness before it leaves for another year; departure is set for early Thursday morning, August 3rd, at 2:59 a.m. EDT.

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Albion Online expands its launch rollout

Some MMOs have launch days, but some MMOs are not Albion Online, which is claiming a good chunk of this week to officially release this long-awaited fantasy sandbox. You see, yesterday only admitted legendary pack purchasers, while today allowed in the epic crowd and tomorrow will see veteran founders join in the fun.

This staggered release is probably helping to keep the game more stable than it might have been otherwise. There were some initial login issues, but the team reports that it (mostly) cleared those up quickly. There have been a few other problems, like missing learning points and players being able to farm gear out of their league, but for the most part it looks like things are going relatively smoothly for this launch.

Conspiracy sidebar: Did Jagex announce RuneScape’s mobile adaptation this week to take some of the wind out of the sails of Albion’s release? Your call on that one.

Anyway, check out the launch trailer and eight quick tips for starting out in this game after the break!

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LOTRO’s new light and shadow system looks a lot like the old radiance system

One of Lord of the Rings Online’s more infamous systems was radiance, which heavily penalized players’ stats in certain dungeons unless they had specific gear to counter those negative effects. The near-universal dislike of radiance gear led to its removal and the developers admitting that it didn’t work out so well.

So why bring up radiance today? Because it might be making a comeback in the game under a different name. Dadi’s LOTRO Guides explains one of the new systems coming to the Mordor expansion seems suspiciously similar to the whole radiance concept, except that instead of being limited to dungeons, this will be found on the landscape.

The light and shadow system puts a meter on the UI that shows how much the players are suffering from the Shadow of Mordor. Areas with a higher shadow rating will penalize players’ incoming healing, outgoing damage, and increase the damage of enemy attacks. These shadow effects can be countered by accumulating gear that stacks Light of Eärendil to push back the meter.

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How to find the right MMORPG as a couple

People seemed to quite like my piece last week about how my wife and I wound up married in no small part due to World of Warcraft. Of course, I also alluded in the column to the fact that World of Warcraft was hardly our final destination, and we’re currently playing Final Fantasy XIV quite happily together. We’ve also gone into Final Fantasy XI, City of Heroes, Guild Wars, Fallen Earth, Star Trek Online, Star Wars: The Old Republic… a lot of different games, in other words. And I’m just counting the ones we’ve tried together.

I don’t think that there’s any one surefire way to always find the right game for a couple to enjoy, but I have had a fair amount of experience with it now, and it’s helped that we’ve both spent a lot of time working on finding what works and what doesn’t in this field. So here’s some (hopefully) helpful tips about finding a game that you and your romantic partner of choice can enjoy together.

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Here’s how to build your first Worlds Adrift airship

You might know by now that that Worlds Adrift is an MMO based around sailing airships to floating islands, but did you know that you can and will build your own ship from scratch? It’s a rather daunting process that’s made a little easier thanks to a new video tutorial from the developers, who take players though the process of constructing a vessel from scratch.

The devs said that beginning players should start with relatively small ships for their first effort: “Ships can be in any shape, size, or form. The larger they are, the more resources they will take to be built, the heavier they will be, so everything will be more complicated.”

Here’s one tip for free: You probably don’t want to build a ship out of lead.

Give it a watch after the break and see if your brain doesn’t explode from the possibilities.

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