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Choose My Adventure tours a new MMO every month — with you, the reader, as the co-pilot, voting for how the writer plays from week to week. Our current captain is Eliot Lefebvre. [Follow this column’s RSS feed]

Choose My Adventure: Dungeons, soloing, and PvP in FFXIV’s Heavensward

Hello again, everyone, and welcome to week three of Choose My Adventure. If you’re tuning in for the first time, allow me to bring you up to speed. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been adventuring my way through Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. At the behest of the first week’s poll, I transformed my dear Miqo’te into an Au Ra of the Xaela clan and cast off my robe and wizard White Mage hat and donned the vestments of an Astrologian, which, as it happens, are pretty much the same. But I do get a spinny-ring-card-orb thing — star globe, whatever — so I suppose it balances out.

At any rate, last week I outlined my initial impressions of the Astrologian and asked you lot to vote on how I should go about leveling him up. It was a massacre; there were no survivors. Even the combined forces of PvP, which fell dead last with 9% of the votes, and open-world content (quests, leves, FATEs, etc.), which barely trumped it with 28%, couldn’t stand against the might of dungeon-delving, which won by such a margin that “landslide victory” doesn’t quite cover it. However, a few of you pointed out in the comments that you would have preferred for me to do a bit of everything, and since I so thoughtlessly neglected to provide that as an option in the poll, I decided it was only fair that I do so. Consider it penance for my indiscretion.

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Choose My Adventure: Heart of the Cards in FFXIV Heavensward

Welcome ladies, gentlemen, and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri to the second installment of Choose My Adventure: Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward edition. Last week, I asked you all to vote on my character’s race and class. The results of the racial vote were fairly unsurprising, with the newly added Au Ra pulling in about 41% of the votes. Of the two Au Ra subraces, though, the Xaela came in with a commanding lead of 24% of the votes against Raen’s 17%.

The contest for my class, however, was a good deal closer. Machinist came last with 30% of the votes, with Dark Knight in a close second with 33%. The winner, with 37% of the votes, was the healing class, Astrologian. So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Qala’to, the Xaela Au Ra Astrologian with a Miqo’te name because, sorry, I’m not paying 10 bucks for a name change. So how have my adventures gone since I first entered the gates of snowy Ishgard and set out on my first outings as an Astrologian?

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Choose My Adventure: Onward and Heavensward

Hello old (and new) friends. It’s been quite a while, so I imagine a quick (re-)introduction is in order before we get to the good stuff. Some of you may remember me from the days of Massively-that-was, in which case I hope you can suppress the urge to close this tab long enough to finish reading. But if you became a reader only shortly before (or after) the site’s reincarnation as Massively OP, then you probably don’t remember me, which is even better. Needless to say, I’m overjoyed to be back on board, and I look forward to getting to know all of you fine folks.

Now that that’s taken care of, we can start to move onward. On second thought, though, it may be more appropriate to say that we can start to move Heavensward because my first Choose My Adventure expedition will be taking me into the uncharted — for me, at least — territory of Final Fantasy XIV’s first expansion. But before I can venture forth into the wilds (and inevitably spend entirely too much time and hard-drive space taking a gratuitous number of screenshots), I need some input from you, my dear readers. I’m psyched up and raring to go, so let’s get to it!
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Choose My Adventure: Torchlight, too

March is but a memory. April is here. And while a new month certainly brings new things to Choose My Adventure, we’ve got just a bit of cleaning up to do before we head full-bore into the next big game. March’s sampler platter edition of CMA challenged us with four different titles — Diablo III, Path of Exile, Marvel Heroes, and Torchlight II — and to date we’ve discussed only three.

Thus, we’ll begin April with thoughts on Torchlight II, the final game in our sampler platter series. Developed by Runic Games, Torchlight II is an OARPG with some interesting twists, a beautiful color palette, and one of my favorite video game worlds.

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Choose My Adventure: Torchlight Heroes

Our March sampler-platter edition of Choose My Adventure is quickly coming to a close. There’s only one more vote to take, one more game to play, and one more character to create. Our task this week, as with previous weeks, is two-fold. First, we must talk about Marvel Heroes, (spoiler alert: awesome). Second, we must choose a path for our Torchlight II hero. It’s a big responsibility, but I think we’re up for it.

So join me, CMA-ers, on this last round of OARPG voting. Dungeon time is almost over.

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Choose My Adventure: Path of Marvel

In last week’s Choose My Adventure, we learned a few magic spells and set off to conquer a tiny portion of Diablo III’s hellish landscape. It was dark and depressing. In this week’s Choose My Adventure, we learned a few magic spells and set off to conquer a tiny portion of Path of Exile’s hellish landscape. It was darker and depressing-er.

OARPGs on the whole aren’t known for their sunshine-and-roses atmospheres. Most involve dank dungeons, gloomy graveyards, and other alliterative environmental tropes. With Path of Exile, the team at Grinding Gear Games has set a new bar when it comes to grim. Until this weekend, I’m quite confident I’d never looted a crucified corpse.

But hey, that’s the trip we signed up for when we made this month’s CMA all about the dungeon crawls. So let’s get to it.
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Choose My Adventure: Diablo of Exile

This month’s Choose My Adventure is like no Choose My Adventure that has come before. Instead of deep-diving one game for four weeks, we’re deep-diving a genre. OARPGs (online action role-playing games) are the topic for March, with Diablo III, Path of Exile, Marvel Heroes, and Torchlight II all receiving a few days of play and a reader vote. It’s going to be dark, dungeon-y, and… dark.

Our first poll sent us on the path of the Witch Doctor in Diablo III. It turned out to be not so pleasant a path. Unless you like spiders.
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The Stream Team: Diablo III is a game we are playing

Diablo III and its ilk are normally safely tucked away in our Not So Massively column, but this month’s Choose My Adventure is offering OARPGs (online action role-playing games) a chance at center stage. Tonight, MassivelyOP’s Stream Team dives into the dark world of Diablo III to get a taste of OARPGs in action and to establish what makes this genre so darn popular. Join Mike Foster at 7:00 p.m. EDT on OPTV for all the Witch Doctoring you can handle.

What: Diablo III
Who: Mike Foster
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 9th, 2015

Enjoy the show!

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Choose My Adventure: Right-Click Sampler Platter Edition

It’s been a crazy month. Since writing my farewell Choose My Adventure on Massively-X-Joy-Gadget–vs-Capcom-Turbo, I’ve sent a few hundred emails, helped raise a huge pile of money, and participated in launching an entirely new website. I’ve been tweeting, streaming, and commenting like crazy. And I’ve been hanging in MassivelyOP’s chat channel making jokes, sharing ideas, and collaborating with some of the coolest and most passionate people on the planet.

I’ve done lots of things over the last 30 days or so, but diving into a new CMA wasn’t one of them. I opted to put the column on hold for the month so I could recharge my batteries, play with my dogs, and focus efforts wherever a team need might arise.

But CMA waits for no man/woman/catperson. So let’s get this party re-started.

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