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Wurm Online patches in new housing, siege weaponry

Sandbox MMORPG Wurm Online has pushed out a meaty update today focused partly on new additions to its housing system. Players should anticipate a series of new building materials, pavement, wall textures, fences, all of which transform into multiple new styles of houses. Moreover, “Underground housing will now be enabled on PvP servers,” says Code AB, so get your basement-level evil lairs prepped!

PvP is indeed the subject of the second part of the update; the studio says it’s altered siege weapons. Catapults, trebuchets, archery towers, and magic turrets should now be much more potent, and they’ll be joined by brand-new battering rams, the better for you to wreck your enemies’ brand-new houses.

We’ve got images of all the new homes, plus the game’s new trailer below!

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Wurm Unlimited patches up to version 1.3 today

Good news for fans of Wurm Online, as the Wurm Unlimited version patches up to patch 1.3 today. That means both versions of the game are now up to the same iteration, complete with a variety of fixes to improve quality of life all around. Want to slap a saddle on a unicorn and ride it around? You can do that now. Need some larger entrances to a mine for entrance issues? You can do that now. Want to blast across the sky in a jet-powered wagon bristling with automatic weapons? You want to be playing a different game, then, that’s a terrible idea.

The patch also brings in cooking updates and new storage options, both of which will be welcome improvements to the quality of life in the game. Players are also encouraged to make use of the new bug report UI to identify any issues arising from the new patch or other long-standing bugs. So it’s a better game, and it’s a chance for players to more easily identify problems to make the game better in the future. Everybody wins! Ride a unicorn around town to celebrate.

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Global Chat: Knights of the Eternal Throne debate

With the arrival of SWTOR: Knights of the Eternal Throne, the MMO blogosphere lit up in lively discussion about the expansion, its story, and its design. As expected, opinions were all over the place.

Xam Xam was glowing in praise for what it called a “wonderfully paced, intense, heartbreaking masterpiece.” Superior Realities was a bit more mixed but ultimately positive about the expansion: “Despite pursuing several plot threads at once, KotET is a very tight, very focused experience, and for the most part it’s an epic thrill-ride from beginning to end.”

As for the controversial galactic command system, Galactic Antics didn’t know what to think: “I don’t think I’ve come across a system such as this which has a direct negative counter to virtually every positive aspect about it before […] SWTOR has gone from a game which benefits both casuals and hardcore players to being a game which largely only benefits those who are willing and able to just grind.”

From RIFT to Elder Scrolls Online to disliked archetypes, we’ve got an interesting assortment of articles for you to peruse after the jump!

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Wurm Online serves up a tasty update

The long-awaited cooking overhaul is now live in Wurm Online, thanks to the 1.3 Update. There are literally hundreds of additional recipes as well as plenty of new veggies to plant on your in-game farm. It’s completely understandable if you’re feeling overwhelmed at it all, which is why it’s great that there’s a 23-page cooking guide to help walk you through the changes.

Update 1.3 is far more than cooking, of course. Some of the highlights include the removal of mailing item limits, the ability to create (and throw) snowballs, bee hives (complete with stinging insects!), and an in-game message board that can be used to leave notes for friends and villagers.

The patch also struck a blow for gender equality: “Gender specific sorcery spells can now be cast by both genders.” Oh what a time in which we live.

Source: Patch notes

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The MOP Up: Wurm Online cooks up a hearty Thanksgiving meal (November 20, 2016)

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 Wurm Online players will be celebrating the long-awaited arrival of the cooking update. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from EverQuestOverwatchEVE Online, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Make room on your plate for Wurm Online’s cooking update

Plenty of folks will be cooking (and eating) up a storm next week in the US, and come November 22nd, Wurm Online players can do the same in game. Last month, devs invited players to test out the big cooking revamp on a unique client; now the bugs have been worked out to the point that update 1.3 is ready for general release. A number of foraged herbs, spices, and vegetables will also be able to be planted on farms.

In addition to cooking, this update will include rune rift changes based on player feedback. Followers won’t be limited to the runes of their god as anyone will be able to make a rift rune of any god (or Jackal). If the rune is for a follower of that good, there will be a crafting bonus.

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Wurm Online kicks its cooking up a notch (bam)

Cooking isn’t just an afterthought in Wurm Online; in this game it is a way of life and survival. With this past week’s patch, the cooking system has been overhauled and expanded so radically that even seasoned chefs should find plenty to do with hundreds of new recipes and a personal cookbook to keep track of all of them.

“This update is the culmination of over a years work, so there’s an absolutely huge amount of information to share,” the team said. “With over 500 new recipes, a new bonus system and many tweaks and updates, there’s a lot to take in, so please take the time to familiarise yourself with the new functions and especially the cookbook!”

Characters will now need to track how many calories, carbs, fats, and proteins they ingest, as keeping all of these topped off will help keep bad things from happening to the body. Players who want to use the new system will need to download and install a unique client that includes the revamp. Also, you’re going to want to note that bees have been added to the game and that old zombified milk won’t be zombified any longer. Get with the times.

Source: Official forums. Thanks Milosanx!

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Wurm Online co-creator steps back from development, says game is ‘doing well financially’

Following our report on Wurm Online’s upcoming development plans earlier this week, reader Bionicall pointed us to a different recent post penned by the game’s CEO and co-creator, Rolf Jansson, who says he’s staying on as CEO but is turning the development reins over to a dedicated team of passionate players.

“As many of you already know, Wurm is now mainly being maintained and developed by a group of volunteers from the player base headed by our Product Manager Budda, most of which are under contract. My involvement and role in development is diminishing as I’ve been at it for 13 years now and I feel a bit of a drain. Hence, I am educating myself in new areas since WU [Wurm Unlimited, the Steam standalone edition] brought in some breathing room for Wurm. I will remain CEO and do administrative tasks and stay involved in discussing the direction of the game but this group of active contracted players will henceforth be the ones taking strategic and day-to-day decisions much based on your input. This feels like a the natural way of developing the game and will be good for the longevity of Wurm and its continuous progress.”

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Wurm Online roadmap outlines cooking, client, interface, and tutorial plans

Code Club has given Wurm Online players a rough outline today of what they can expect from the game over the next few months. In a roadmap posted to the official forums, Client Developer Budda says that the team is focusing on two projects: the new client renderer and the cooking update.

“The unstable client has most of the major bugs and crashes addressed at this point, and we really urge you all to try running it,” he writes. “There is currently a known bug which causes random disconnection issues, once that is fixed and barring any further large crash bugs or issues we will be moving the new renderer to the stable client and releasing client update 4.0, so please do take the time to run the unstable client and report any bugs. As stated the last time we did a push for testing of this client, not testing it out now on your system may affect your play if a previously unreported bug shows up when the client moves to stable and the current stable client is no longer available.”

The cooking update, which will be accompanied by additions to the Rift system, sounds much more fun and is expected to open for testing by the end of October, with a “tenative release date of mid November.”

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Happy 10th birthday, Wurm Online

Sandbox MMORPG Wurm Online is celebrating its 10th birthday this week.

“Wurm turns 10! This Monday will mark the 10-year anniversary for Wurm Online going gold, and what a decade it’s been,” writes Community Relations Coordinator Retrograde on the official forums. “Due to the timing of it being a Monday, we’ve planned some events for the following weekend, to ensure that everyone can attend. We’ll have more on those in next week’s news! Events will be organised to occur on several servers, hopefully as many as we can fit in, and maybe even some crafting comps!”

Retrograde has also noted that all accounts will be receiving anniversary gift boxes; returning premium players can also avail themselves of special “welcome back” packs, which has actually upset some players because of the strange loyalty incentives. “To receive one of these, simply buy premium via the shop after the update on the 24th of May on an account that has been premium before, with over 14 days play time but is not premium currently,” reads the ruling. “On the 6th of June, simply login to receive your gift pack!”

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Wurm Online introduces player cave structures

You know what’s awesome? Player housing in MMOs. You know what’s even more awesome? Player housing in MMOs that is also underground. That’s more or less what you’re getting in this week’s Wurm Online patch, which implements PvE-oriented cave dwellings that can be built up to eight stories. Down, we imagine.

The game is also updating with new rift invasions, spawning on all servers. “Team up, kill creatures and sacrifice their hearts to bring the next wave,” the patch notes command. “Collect loot dropped by Rift creatures, with shoulder pads, rings, bracelets providing over two dozen different bonuses! […] Invasions will be marked with a red light shining into the sky, they will appear 3 days prior to an invasion on PvE servers, and 1 hour prior to the invasion on PvP servers.”

Source: Official site. Thanks, Fazz!

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The MOP Up: PlanetSide 2 gets a promotion (February 21, 2016)

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 past week PlanetSide 2 got a level cap increase, League of Legends posted its world championship schedule, Albion Online got us to bone up on its world history, and more!

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The MOP Up: Age of Wushu Dynasty launches (January 10, 2016)

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’ll cheer on the launch of Age of Wushu’s mobile spin-off, listen to EVE Online’s new theme, get into some Overwatch cosplay, and more!

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