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Indie studio known primarily for Shards Online.

Citadel: Forged With Fire balances all the things with its weekly patch

There’s no new content being added to Citadel: Forged With Fire with its latest patch. Instead, this patch is all about squashing bugs, fixing persistent complaints, and addressing balance issues. For example, players had been complaining about the Necrosis spell, and a close examination revealed that a bug was causing the spell to deal far more damage than intended (and thus becoming the only viable PvP offense). That’s been corrected. Flight potions will also be easier to use, since they’ll no longer fill your vision with awful, obscuring smoke.

Players can look forward to more improvements to the game’s performance on high-population servers, more useful options when using the Deconstructor, and tamed creatures should be handled better by the client. Combine that with more fixes and improvements, and the update as a whole should make the content already in the game that much more pleasant to play. That’s almost as good as new content, right?

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Citadel Forged With Fire’s mini-patch today adds crafted swords and a new big bad

Citadel Forged With Fire has a new patch live today, if you can manage to tear yourself away from building marble palaces for fortune and glory long enough, anyway.

While the update took some of the servers down “longer than planned,” it’s main aim is new gear crafting for the level 50 legendary Blade of Simeon’s Soul and a new baddie.

“The wretched Abomination is the result of extensive dark magic experimentation conducted by the fanatical cultists of Ignus’ past. Centuries ago, these monstrosities roamed the plains and tundra freely during the peak of Ingus’ dark era, but were eventually driven back and contained by the Priests of Neshan during their crusade against the dark arts. The reemergence of these towering behemoths is quite ominous, and may signal the return of some ancient evil force. Could dark magic in Ignus be on the brink of resurgence?”

The team has a stream going live as this post does, so check that out, plus some of the wacky entries in the marble building contest, down below.

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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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EVE Online political betrayal results in record-breaking theft

The EVE Online twitterverse exploded late last night with the news of a political twist so enormous that it’s become the largest recorded theft of in-game assets in the game’s history. In the middle of the night and without warning, major EVE military alliance Circle of Two (or CO2 for short) was betrayed by its diplomatic officer, a player with the ominous name of The Judge. In addition to cleaning out the alliance war funds and assets to the tune of over a trillion ISK, The Judge also transferred ownership of CO2’s 300 billion ISK keepstar citadel in its capital star system of 68FT-6 to a holding corporation, effectively stealing the alliance’s home space station.

News of The Judge’s betrayal trickled out of EVE all through the night, and it wasn’t long before the full extent of the incident was known. The 68FT-6 keepstar was sold to enemy alliance Goonswarm Federation, while CO2’s smaller citadels throughout Impass are now in the hands of TEST Alliance. The theft combined with the value of the citadels is estimated at over 1.5 trillion ISK, easily beating the 2011 trillion ISK Phaser Inc scam to become the highest-value theft in EVE‘s history. The actual damage done is even more extensive, injecting a huge dose of chaos into CO2 alliance and throwing fuel on the fire of the southern war.

Read on for a detailed breakdown of last night’s record-breaking theft, the reasons behind the betrayal, and the political situation that led us here.

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Citadel: Forged With Fire is hit with marble madness

It might be tempting to become so wrapped up in the endless possibilities and power of Citadel: Forged With Fire’s magic that you might end up forgetting that there’s a building component of the game. Let’s hope not, because now you can build a castle — and not just any castle, but one constructed of pristine marble.

This week’s patch for the early access sandbox added the marble castle set: “This new set offers the complete range of building pieces including walls, floors, roofs, windows, doors, stairs and much more! Not only that, but you can mix and match the pieces with the other existing sets to create appealing combinations.”

There were several other quality-of-life tweaks and bug fixes as well, such as helping players not to drown when they’re completely out of the water. That had to be disconcerting. Players can also lock up their storage chests and not fear that others might come along to pilfer them.

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Perfect Ten: MMOs that changed their names

Names and titles fascinate me. While sometimes they have no deeper meaning than to sound pleasant and be memorable, a label can indicate purpose, history, and connection. MMORPG names are, of course, as varied as the stars in the sky, with many of them slapping “online” or “age of” somewhere in there to designate their category. But every so often, we witness a game that changes its name as part of its development and business evolution.

Today I wanted to run down 10 MMOs (well, nine MMOs and one expansion) that received notable name changes over the years. I’m not going to talk about games that created a weird rebrand for a business model shift but mostly stuck with the original title afterward (such as DDO Unlimited or WildStar Reloaded), but instead games that had vastly different names than what they ended up using.
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Citadel. Unicorns. That’s all you need to know.

Are you pure of heart? Innocent of character? A dreamer who walks the forest and sings its song? What are we saying, of course you are — you read Massively OP! Then you have been found worthy to take possession of your very own lovely unicorn and ride it on the highway every day to the envy of your friends.

This is a roundabout way of saying that fantasy sandbox Citadel: Forged With Fire just introduced “Divine Unicorns” with its newest patch. We don’t have word yet whether or not you’ll be able to convince your new unicorn friend to skewer your enemies and watch guard over you while you sleep at night, but here’s hoping!

The patch also added tempered iron armor for the mage with an eye to self-preservation and a whole ton of bug fixes and performance optimizations.

“We’ve put together another fix for out servers that should hopefully bring some of our non-functional worlds back online,” the devs reported. “The issue is related to the extreme structure load some servers possess, and we’re working to keep up with the increasing strain.”

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The Stream Team: Diving deeper into Citadel with the Blue Isle Studios devs

Last time when Massively OP’s MJ came across a dragon in Citadel: Forged with Fire, she noped the heck right out of there! Before that, she took a bear to the face. This time, she’s bringing a secret weapon along on her adventures in case she runs into anything large or possibly fire-breathing: a dev! She’ll be taking a look at higher-level content and discussing the game, its updates, and its future. Tune in live at 1:00 p.m. with all your Citadel questions and we’ll get some answers.

What: Citadel: Forged With Fire
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 1:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

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Legends of Aria sets final alpha test for September 21

Legends of Aria is coming back bigger and better for its final alpha playtest.

Citadel Studios announced that it has set the launch date for the MMO’s last alpha as September 21st. When the game returns next month, it will sport massive improvements over the previous versions. Some of these changes include dozens of new abilities, more weapons and armor pieces, hundreds of additional items, new lands to explore, and new places to settle.

It’s been a while since the game last had an alpha test; Alpha 2 ended a month ago, and the team subsequently promised that Alpha 3 (now the final alpha) would incorporate many of the game’s sandbox features and introduce the redesigned item economy.

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Citadel Forged With Fire reworks and nerfs siege spells to help lowbies

Citadel Forged With Fire is rolling out a new patch tomorrowday, and if you’re following the early access game, you’re probably gonna wanna know what’s in it. The big change comes in the form of a siege spell rebalance, the product of a lot of “feedback from the community” that we’re sure was entirely helpful and polite. Essentially, siege spells will be unlocked at lower levels, chiefly to “give lower level players the ability to retaliate should they find themselves the target of a raid.”

Dive Bomb in particular drops to level 30, but it’s also seeing a nerf. “We’ve made its AOE range significantly smaller to prevent it from causing massive damage to large chunks of a structure,” says Blue Isle, further noting it’ll be harder to make too.

Wanna see more? There’s a dev stream on Twitch later today at 4 p.m. EDT. Full patch notes are up too!

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Citadel: Forged with Fire deployed a patch to finally stop non-responsive AI

In the strictest sense, there’s nothing wrong with non-responsive AI in a game. Even in Citadel: Forged with Fire, it just means that whatever NPC you started smacking will not smack you back. So it technically means you get an easy win… while also feeling like you’ve cheesed the system and not actually won at all. Good thing that the game’s last patch last week was aimed at finally stomping out this particular problem once and for all, right?

The team is also looking ahead to its next Wednesday patch, which promises to add new creatures requested by the community, full WASD rebinding, and corpse markers on the map. Of course, it’s worth noting that those new creatures should all be responding and hitting you back at this point, so just keep that in mind before you decide to prod some kind of burning bird.

Source: Steam page

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One Shots: Out for a monster stroll

He just wanted to go out for a casual stroll. He picked the worst possible day to do it.

Todd the Troll lumbered out of Mordor, looking for a breath of fresh air and possibly some daisies to pick for his deformed girlfriend back home. What he found was a pitched battle between his comrades and some inexplicably agitated humans yelling about rings and frodos.

Finyar captured Todd’s bewildering dilemma in Lord of the Rings Online at the Battle of the Black Gate. I, for one, hope he made it home and will look back on this day and laugh.

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Hearthstone’s Knights of the Frozen Throne arrives August 10th

It just wouldn’t be a Hearthstone launch announcement without another goofy Lich King video, would it? And Blizzard’s delivering both today as Knights of the Frozen Throne has been formally slotted to launch on August 10th, at which point we can only assume the dude inside the Lich King costume in the videos will be out of a job.

“In Knights of the Frozen Throne, journey to Icecrown Citadel and experience:
135 new cards
Legendary Hero Cards – when played, transforms our nine heroes into fearsome Death Knights and gives players modified hero powers.
Eight free missions – fight epic bosses and a final showdown against the Lich King himself. Reward: get a free legendary card from completing the prologue and earn a card pack for each completed wing.
Lifesteal – new keyword and strength that heals players for damage dealt.”

Check out the video down below.

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