The Stream Team: Collecting all the things in Conan Exiles

Now that Massively OP's MJ found the perfect spot to build, she needs to gather all the materials! She needs tons of stone as well as wood and fiber to build her room with a view on the cliff side. And then there's her secret stash hideaway to construct. Of course, all those resources are guarded by plenty of vicious critters all vying for the chance to to help bump up the Death Counter. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to see how far MJ can get in her grand architectural designs.

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 20th, 2017

Enjoy the show!

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Team fantasy title Skara polishes alpha client

Team-based fantasy brawler Skara recently kicked off its open alpha test on Steam and has been working to shore up the game ever since. This past weekend saw the first significant post-alpha launch patch for Skara, in which the team fixed bugs, polished animations, made improvements in the tutorial, and added new heroes.

"Since the release of our open alpha build, we have been working hard on polishing every aspect of our game," the team wrote. "We still have many known bugs that we are solving right now but we are sure that this new patch will improve your game experience."

Get a feel for Skara's style and all of the changes with Patch 0.7.2 in the open alpha video below.

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Shroud of the Avatar previews clockwork critters and virtue shrine system

Hope you like clockwork critters because Shroud of the Avatar is about to get a slew of them. The game's latest newsletter shows off such beasties as the clockwork attack cat, clockwork attack raven, and the assassin automaton, all part of the clockwork menagerie that'll be inflicted on players in K'rul thanks to those craft kobolds.

Of note to fans of Old Britannia and the original Ultima games is the upcoming town blessing system, which is basically a clone of Richard Garriott's classic virtue shrine system. Each shrine -- I mean, devotional -- is based on one of the core virtues and principles and grants a buff accordingly. For example, the Justice devotional reduces your fizzle chance and buffs your cooking skill. Good food is justice.

There's much more to the newsletter, including another look at the gloriously crumbly and moss-drenched Rhun ruins and some gorgeous screenshots, which we've tucked below.

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The Steam Team: A midday Marvel Heroes in Midtown

It's been much too long since Massively OP's MJ has enjoyed a nice leisurely afternoon stroll through Marvel Heroes. Of course, there isn't any actually strolling when it comes to Midtown Madness; no, it's all about the travel powers and racing from boss to boss to get all the XP and loot! Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. and help MJ decide which hero to level up today.

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 13th, 2017

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The MOP Up: Hearthstone gets ready to banish dozens of cards (February 19, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we have stories and videos from Overwatch, League of LegendsEVE OnlineMabinogi DuelSpace EngineersIngressEternal CrusadeElder Scrolls OnlineFinal BladeHearthstoneGod Eater OnlineDrakensang Online, and EVE Valkyrie, all waiting for you after the break!

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Hyper Universe recruits the scandalous Succubus

Angelic or devilish? With Hyper Universe's newest character, you can have both.

Nexon's upcoming 2-D MOBA recently added the Succubus to the champion roster in Korea. If you can get past her large... tracts of land, the Succubus has plenty of other abilities to offer in play. She can buff and debuff with her whip, shield allies with a bubble shield, and even temporarily charm everyone in range to be her slave. And if you don't care for her darker look, there is always the option to purchase an angelic skin as an alternative.

Hyper Universe should be coming to the west some time in 2017. See what the Succubus has to offer after the jump (besides a profile picture that makes it look as though she's trying to bazooka barf).

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Make My MMO: Smed's new studio, Camelot's beta, and Elite's Holo-Me (February 18, 2017)

This week in MMO crowfunding, we did a retrospective on why crowdfunded MMOARPG Hero's Song failed. It's almost as if Justin knew (cue spooky music) because two days later, Hero's Song's John Smedley and most of the Pixelmage team showed up at Amazon, announcing a new studio and a new game for the shopping giant's games division. In other words, don't expect Smed back on Kickstarter any time soon.

Meanwhile, Star Citizen's alpha 2.6.1 went live, we poked around TUG's status, Elite Dangerous demoed its upcoming "Holo-Me" character creator, The Exiled prepped for next week's launch, Ruin of the Reckless entered its backer test phase, and Camelot Unchained hinted at beta.

Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding over the last few weeks and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on.

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AdventureQuest 3D cranks it up with its open beta trailer

It has been a while since AdventureQuest 3D kicked off its open beta phase -- since last October, to be more specific -- but the team wants to keep excitement high for this cross-platform MMO. After presumably considering a massive publicity stunt involving cloud writing, Mount Rushmore, and legendary crooner Wayne Newton, the dev team decided instead to produce an open beta trailer. Which is pretty good too, even if it lacks a certain danke schoen.

Are you prepared for what awaits you after the break? Trust us, you are not, but go ahead and look anyway.

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The Stream Team: Celebrating SMITE's new Kuzenbo with codes

Have you always wanted to play as a ninja turtle in SMITE? Are you itching for a new god to rule the map with? Well you can possibly kill two birds with one tortoise thanks to the new god Kuzenbo. Massively OP's MJ is diving in to check out this new hard-shelled killer with the crazy grin, and she's got a handful of codes to give him away with his Yokozuna costume. Join us live at 4:00 p.m. for your chance to win!

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 18th, 2017

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The Stream Team: ARK's big Broodmother raid, take two

The first attempt at facing the Broodmother in ARK's newer raid arenas ultimately failed in the end. The team just didn't have the numbers they needed for this DPS challenge. But now, Massively OP's MJ has learned that they can take 20 dinosaurs into the raid instead of just 10. Between those beasts and more alliance members joining in, it looks like the group's chances of winning are much higher. Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to watch the fireworks and see if they can defeat the massive spider and earn the rights to use Tek gear.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 18th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Catching thralls in Conan Exiles

Conan Exile doesn't have pets like most games -- here, people are the pets. And to acquire said slave labor you need to hunt down NPCs and drag them back to be chained to a wheel of pain to make them your thralls. Yes, you literally have to completely break their spirits! Massively OP's MJ is not sure she's up to enslaving folks, but she'll help friends increase their household. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to see how fares the hunt for human pets.

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 17th, 2017

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Warframe community rallies for weekend Extra Life stream

The Warframe community has a big streaming weekend in store for fans thanks to what organizers are calling "the largest gathering of Warframe content creators."

"The Warframe 72 Hour Livestream is feature over 30 streamers all doing what they do best, playing Warframe and entertaining the masses! This event will also feature a few member of DE staff throughout the 3 day period, so keep your eye out for them! Of course, no honest-to-goodness streaming event would be complete with a charity to a good cause! All proceeds will go to the Extra Life network of children's hospitals! The event will kick off right after Devstream #88 this Friday, February 17th 2017 at 3:00 PM EST and will run continuously until (roughly) 4:00 PM EST on Monday, Feburary 20th 2017!"

If you'd to donate as well as watch, you can do so through the community's Extra Life page, which also lists all the streamers and their timeslots. The streams themselves will be hosted on Twitch.

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Paragon introduces K-pop-themed Shinbi hero

Epic's MOBA Paragon revealed a new playable hero this week: Shinbi, a K-pop themed melee superstar who's possibly a reference to pop star ShinB from GFRIEND, which incidentally hit MMO news this week once already thanks to its Valentine promo for Elsword. My apophenia, ahhhh!

"A world famous pop star known for summoning Spirit Wolves during her performances, Shinbi is a deceptive melee assassin who uses her wolves to dazzle her enemies and rip them to shreds in battle," says Epic, rattling off her themey skills: Rushing Beat, Line Tempo, Circle Rhythm, and All-Kill!. She officially launches February 21st.

Kotaku has a grand roundup of some of the criticisms of the character already, which basically boil down to melee sucks, why more girls though, what's K-pop, D.Va clone, and this is totally breaking my immersions in world lore we don't know anything about. So, you know. The usual.

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