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World of Warcraft is bringing back old world bosses for its 13th anniversary

Do you have fond memories of fighting the Dragons of Nightmare in World of Warcraft back when they were relevant? Or even when they were no longer relevant, but still present? Because it appears that for the game’s 13th anniversary, you’ll have a chance to do that all over again, taking on the old bosses to pick up some level 900 loot. The trivia questions of last year have also returned, giving you a chance to earn a corgi pup as a pet as well as a new pair of sunglasses.

In other good news that’s unrelated to the anniversary celebration, Blizzard announced today that it’s going to start doing local currency conversion for Canada, New Zealand, and Japan. No need to convert currency just to subscribe to World of Warcraft! Which is going to feel rather intangible to the game’s US user base, but it’s good news for people living in the rest of the world. (Or a larger portion of the world, anyway.)

Source: MMO Champion, Official Site; thanks to Sray for the tip!

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The Elder Scrolls Online celebrates Orsinium’s birthday with sales and rewards

Listen, The Elder Scrolls Online players, did you realize that Orsinium has been out for two years as of this month? Because it has. And if you still haven’t bought it yet, there is something very weird going on because it has been two years. (Note: If you are not a player, your failure to buy it is not weird at all.) But you don’t have to fret over that any longer, as the anniversary celebration kicking off on November 16th discounts the expansion to just 750 crowns (it’s 3000 normally) and the collector’s edition to 2000 crowns (5000 normally).

Of course, if you do already own the DLC, none of that helps much. But perhaps you would be mollified just by taking a trip back to Wrothgar, where you’ll earn double the items from crafting nodes, double the rewards from Maelstrom Arena chests, and double the reward boxes from daily quests. All good things, and the sort of thing you’ll want to take advantage of during the anniversary celebration running until November 27th.

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Check out the final product of the Final Fantasy XI community memories

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Final Fantasy XI, and you may recall that the game’s fans took the time to assemble an entire book’s worth of memories about the game during its 15-year run. The book is finished and has been given to the development staff, but they’re not the only ones who get to enjoy the fruits of the community’s labor, as a full PDF of the book can now be viewed and downloaded by fans.

You can also check out a gallery of some pictures of the print edition that was offered to the team. Some content has been excised from the online version due to requests for privacy, but regardless, it’s fun to see a labor of love come together like this. Even if you’ve never so much as set one foot in Vana’diel, you can tell that the people who have care about it a great deal.

Source: Reddit; thanks to Reseph for the tip!

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Path of Exile looks back on the four years since launch

The story of Path of Exile is a pretty good one. Four years on, the game has gone from being a rather unknown little title from Grinding Gear Games to having over 100 people involved in the game’s ongoing development. So how did we get from there to here? Why not read all about it from the perspective of someone who started in the customer service team at the launch and has been there through the whole ride, Bex.

Some of what Bex has to say is well-known to fans, while other bits are just about behind-the-scenes development that players don’t get to see. It covers the road through all six major expansion releases and all of the game’s ups and downs, and there’s a whole lot of pride and affection for the game and its business model in both the initial post and the comments below. So here’s to four years, Path of Exile; we’ll look forward to another four and more besides.

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The Stream Team: Happy fourth anniversary Path of Exile!

Has it really been four years since Path of Exile launched? It has! With so many expansions, you might have thought it had been longer, or you’ve had so much fun that time has flown by and it feels shorter. Either way, a birthday means it’s time to party! And that’s exactly what Massively OP’s MJ is going to do. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to celebrate with us.

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 23rd, 2017

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The Stream Team: Celebrate Atlas Reactor’s first birthday and get gifts!

Did someone say birthday? Yes they did! Atlas Reactor turns one year old today. Massively OP’s MJ is headed in to the party, ready to celebrate. And she’ll get gifts just for attending: Folks who log in between now and October 9th will receive

  • 1 Year Celebration Meridian “Thumbs-up” Emoji
  • 1 Year Celebration Banner Emblem
  • 3 Freelancers: Asana, Blackburn, Helio
  • 3 Skins: Hardlight Asana, Eliminator Blackburn, Moonwalker Helio
  • 9 Loot Matrices: 3 Asana, 3 Blackburn, 3 Helio Loot Matrices
  • 7 days of Lancer Enhancer (2x Freelancer experience)
  • Double Flux Weekend: Gain 2x Flux currency from matches October 6 to 8

Besides just getting gifts, MJ is excited to try and play Isadora, the hybrid Freelancer in a hamster ball. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. for an anniversary edition of…

What: Atlas Reactor
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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Dark Age of Camelot welcomes players back with a free month for its birthday

Happy birthday Dark Age of Camelot! This month, Mythic’s (now Broadsword’s) classic realm-vs.-realm MMORPG celebrates its 16th birthday following its 2001 launch.

The team raised a glass at this moment: “Sixteen Years! Dark Age of Camelot has been a wonderful home, escape, playground, refuge, and of course, battlefield since day one on October 10th, 2001. We’re celebrating fifteen glorious years with all of you — including many who’ve been with us from the start.”

To celebrate this anniversary, Broadsword is offering a free month of play to anyone who wants to come back during the month of October. There is a lot to see and take advantage of this month, including the new currency conversion, 1v1 tournaments, RvR bonuses, the Halloween season, Chapter 7 of the Dragon’s Curse campaign, and various client updates.

Were you there at the beginning? Let us know some of your favorite DAOC memories in the comments below!

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Raph Koster on how Ultima Online pushed the MMO industry forward

Game Designer Raph Koster continues to ponder the significance of Ultima Online on this, the 20th anniversary of the MMORPG’s historic release. In a recent blog post, he answers a question from a fan who asked how UO pushed the industry forward.

To address this, Koster takes readers back to 1995, when the internet was mostly accessed over slow dial-up modems and the gaming landscape was much more different than it is today. After outlining a brief history of MMOs to that point, he lists several groundbreaking features that Ultima Online attempted, including:

  • “Pure scale” with up to 2,500 players in the world at once
  • Dyeable gear
  • A world simulation that was varied in behavior
  • A massively interactive world
  • Widespread player killing, housing, and shopkeeping
  • An actively managed community
  • A flat monthly fee to subscribe
  • A world where you could live and not just fight

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The Stream Team: Cake and capers for Aion’s eight birthday

Eight years? Holy Deavas, can it really be? Yes, Aion turned eight years old yesterday, and Massively OP’s MJ just has to fly in to celebrate the occasion. Can she find any of the birthday cakes hidden around Atreia? Will she get loot galore as she plunders the Fire Temple in Kromede’s Revenge? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to take part in the festivities with us.

What: Aion
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

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Happy birthday to Fallen Earth, Aion, World of Warships, and Warhammer Online

This particular part of September is loaded with MMORPG and MMO birthdays. In addition to ArcheAge, whose corgipocalypse we’ve been covering already, and Ultima Online, doomed to ding 20 by Monday, there are a few more we’ve not mentioned yet. Let’s remedy that!

Aion is turning eight today, and it’s putting on a pretty sweet partyplus a different one in the EU. US players can look forward to bonus experience, cake, and Kroemede’s Revenge; through the weekend in the EU, expect a Cake Hunt, in-game boots, gifts, and temporary mounts, plus an event about poppys. I don’t know, it’s Aion, man, just go with it. We’ll be streaming some of the US festivities on Saturday, so stay tuned!

Fallen Earth also turns eight today, though you won’t find any hoopla on the official site, where there’s been no news since last year. MOP’s Justin judged it in maintenance mode as of at least this past summer. It’s OK, Fallen Earth. We’ll have a slice of cake in your honor.

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The Stream Team: Cuddling ArcheAge’s anniversary corgi

Massively OP’s MJ might be really sad about losing all her houses, but there’s one thing that can entice her right back into ArcheAge: a giant corgi! Part of the anniversary celebration is helping soothe that so-cute savage beast, and she’s going to jump in and take advantage of the opportunity to add more corgis to her collection. Join us at 12:00 p.m. to wish the sandbox a corgi-licious 3rd anniversary!

What: ArcheAge
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 16th, 2017

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Neocron celebrates 15th anniversary with secrets and free transfers

Happy birthday Neocron! The mature sci-fi MMORPG turns 15 years old this month, having survived rebirths, transitions, and a decidedly niche status during its operation. So what does this game have in store for the anniversary? Secrets, and lots of them.

This week’s patch introduced a couple of new missions and a special anniversary login screen as well as the newly activated character transfer service. But there’s a hitch with this service: You have to complete a special quest first.

“As part of the Neocron 15th Anniversary, the NST have enabled a one-time total transfer of any of your old Neocron characters from Terra, Mars, or Mercury per account,” the team said. “Before you can use the transfer, you must complete the CyroVault restoration mission on Titan with any character.”

The team also hinted at secret new weapons arriving in caches that can be found around the game world.

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ArcheAge celebrates its third anniversary with giant corgis

It’s hard to believe that ArcheAge has been with us for three years now, but that’s what the game is celebrating with its new anniversary event. Starting today, players can claim  a package for free containing a temporary mount, balloon furniture, ballroom outfits, and other goodies. Players can also take care of Amary’s giant corgi named Kirby, petting and comforting the enormous dog to earn coins for prize capsules with all sorts of fun goodies inside.

Players can also take part in the third annual Shadowguard Festival, which has a quest tying it in to celebrating with Kirby if you’re so inclined. There’s also a discount for listing items on the auction house, so you get to sell things with larger profit margins. Check out the event page for all of the awards you can pick up, and get ready to celebrate history through October 18th.

Massively OP met with ArcheAge’s Seraphina Brennan at PAX earlier this month with a full report on the anniversary and the upcoming update, so make sure to check that out too!

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