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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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LOTRO’s insane player Olympics return next week

What do you get when you take a bunch of stubborn and foolhearty Dwarves, get them tanked on ale, and then start boasting about physical prowess? The Harnkegger Games, of course!

Starting next Monday on Lord of the Rings Online’s Laurelin server, players will compete in the sixth annual Harnkegger Games for glory, honor, and most importantly, gold and LOTRO Points. The Games cover a week of player-run events, including the spike jump, the fishing competition, a dive into molten lava, the cross-country run, a poetry contest, and the drunken sprint across the Shire.

Players will compete for their “nation,” which is represented by their race. Even if you don’t want to participate, there is plenty of entertainment to be found in spectating and enjoying the musical acts. The event will also be broadcast live on the official LOTRO livestream.

Source: The Harnkegger Games. Thanks Kandral!

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Enter to win a copy of Wild Terra from Juvty and Massively OP!

Indie sandbox MMORPG Wild Terra (official site, Steam) has been in early access since December, a nostalgia-driven medieval sim that allows players to build up settlements (and then tear them down!). Most recently, it’s released update 8.35, which introduces what the team is calling turnkey, ready-built player home kits to make town and fort setup that much easier.

Developer Juvty Worlds has issued Massively OP 270 keys for the game, worth $14.99 apiece on Steam, to distribute to our readers. There are no regional restrictions, other than the caveat is that the game must be available to you on Steam for you to use the key. Read on to enter to win!

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WildStar doubles-down on housing with today’s Homecoming update

Don’t change that channel, kiddos: It’s time for the WildStar patch show! On today’s episode, “Homecoming,” the planet of Nexus gets overtaken by redecoration fever, and spontaneous communities crop up all over the place.

Homecoming’s crown jewel is the long-anticipated, much-discussed feature that allows several players to band together to build homes and other creations on a shared island. To continue with the theme of housing, there’s a new monthly residential renovation event that panders to decorators with themed tasks and decor rewards.

And to cap all of this housing craziness off, the update triggers the beginning of a collaborative contest: “The Community Showdown is the preeminent competition for seasoned architects, landscapers, and interior designers to flaunt your elite skills and let vanity be thy true tape measure. But this isn’t your mama’s House of Haunts contest. This time, through the foundation of a community, you’re in it to win it with a full five conjoined housing plots fashioned to elegant perfection!”

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Elder Scrolls Online and WildStar throw contests for crowns and cash

WildStar and Elder Scrolls Online walked into a bar, where they drank in companionable silence until one said, “You know what, pard’ner? We should fling out some contests to promote our sizzling updates!” Then more drinking, some karaoke, ESO called a taxi, morning headaches, and the contests happened.

WildStar wants to get some promotion behind its upcoming Homecoming update, which is why it’s challenging player teams to collaborate on a striking a neighborhood community. The winning team will split a $2,500 cash prize (insert WildStar budget joke here), while seven honorable mentions will benefit from their teammates being able to nab 10 items of their choice from the housing section of the cash shop.

As for Elder Scrolls Online, the team is selecting five random players who enter its Horns of the Reach giveaway to receive a gift pack containing 11,000 crowns and a mount of his or her choice. Not too shabby for a little effort!

Source: WildStar, Elder Scrolls Online. Thanks Derek!

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Enter to win a Champions Online 8th anniversary pack from PWE and Massively OP

Can you believe Champions Online is eight years old? Yep, it’s true, and the festivities are underway! In honor of the celebration, PWE has kindly granted Massively OP 50 Champs goodie bags in two flavors to give away to our readers:

  • Level 1-39 Anniversary Pack: 30x Healing Devices, 5x Costume Change Tokens, 5x XP Boosters, 1x Temporary Sidekick (One Hour), Full set of leveling gear. (“Veteran players can use the entry level pack to create a new character or share with a friend,” PWE suggests.)
  • Level 40 Anniversary Pack: 30x Healing Devices, 5x Costume Change Tokens, 5x Triumphant Recoveries, 1x Temporary Sidekick (One Hour), Full set of Level 40 gear
  • Both packs also give players an opportunity to win gold vouchers (redeemable for various items in the Collector Store), an extra character slot or an additional costume shot.

The codes can be redeemed only once per account and expire at the end of 2020. Read on to enter to win!

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Shroud of the Avatar’s R45 launches Thursday, Oktoberfest-themed fundraiser begins next week

Shroud of the Avatar is gearing up for one of its like-clockwork monthly releases: 45 on Thursday. In preparation, this week’s newsletter features a dev spotlight on Crooked Shank, one of release 46’s retooled regions. It’s worth taking a peek at some of the included interior shots in particular, since usually we get exteriors from the game! There’s even a look at some Viking-inspired armored clothing for northwestern Novia.

The studio’s also reminded everyone that the current free trial ends on Wednesday, that QA server is now open to everyone as previously announced, that luminaries from the team will be attending the Ultima Online 20th anniversary event next month, and that Portalarium will be running an Oktoberfest-themed postmortem and fundraiser for R45 on September 6th. Winners in the game’s trailer contest have also been announced; we’ve included the top trailer below.

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Guild Wars 2 kicks off a week of mounts and a month of weapons

Are you ready to ride around in style when Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire rolls around? Of course you are; Tyria is filled with animals that are large enough to ride on, players have been waiting to ride on them for half of forever. So it seems only fitting that this week has been officially designated as Mount Week, with several mount-related streams and developer diaries planned to let you know all there is to know about riding things around. The alternative is walking everywhere on your own two legs. Like an animal.

Not really into the whole mounting scene? That’s all right; perhaps you’d be more interested in the designing a weapon scene with the new Design-a-Weapon contest. It’s exactly what it sounds like – you come up with a weapon design that you would love to see in the game, and the community votes on the finalist designs to add a new look to the existing set of weapon designs. Or perhaps you’d like both. Ride around in style with your own custom weapon at your hip! It’s the best of all worlds.

In other Guild Wars 2 news, the team is running an anniversary stream this afternoon at 3 p.m.; you can watch the whole shebang below.

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The MOP Up: Black Desert shows pet love (August 20, 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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from NeverwinterElder Scrolls LegendsElite DangerousSWTORMapleStoryHyper UniverseSMITETravian OnlineDiablo IIIFigureheadsPokemon GoHeroes and GeneralsRappelzUltima OnlineSoulworker OnlineBlack Desert, and Gigantic, all waiting for you after the break!

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Istaria kicks off Halloween early with a community contest

It makes sense, sort of, that in an MMO where you can dress up as a dragon year-round that Halloween might be a favored holiday. In any case, Istaria is certainly getting the jump on the ghosts and ghouls of the fall holiday by staging a fall festival contest right now.

Players are being encouraged to put their artistic skills to work with the theme of “things that go bump in the night.” Short stories, mural designs, and mask paintings are all needed, and it sounds like the team might incorporate the best of these into the fall festival itself. The winners will get a special title and perhaps something more.

The contest will run through September 16th, with the winners declared on September 30th. Curious what this MMO’s been up to over the past year? We recently investigated what’s been happening with Istaria and found out a few interesting results.

Source: Fall Festival Contest. Thanks, Aywren!

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Perfect Ten: Fresh approaches for familiar MMORPGs

Short of taking a blow to the head, there’s very little I can suggest in the way of experiencing a familiar MMORPG for the first time again. That new car smell eventually fades away, that initial head-over-heels enthusiasm settles into routine, and a vast world full of mysteries gradually gives way to familiar knowledge over time. It’s not a terrible thing, mind you; relationships change and develop with games as they do in real life.

But I find that every so often I come to a point when I don’t want to give up a game that I’ve greatly enjoyed, yet I’m also a bit burned out and feeling like I am hemmed in by a daily routine and the same-old, same-old. That’s when I start to employ a series of tactics and approaches to inject fresh experiences and perspectives.

So if you’ve been playing an MMO for too long and need to change things up to keep from getting stale and restless, what can you do? Here are 10 suggestions that I found quite helpful in my own gaming career.

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Enter to win a Neverwinter Ash Lion mount for PC from PWE and Massively OP

To celebrate the arrival of Tomb of Annihilation for Neverwinter on PC last week, PWE has kindly given Massively OP 50 Ash Lion mount keys to give away to our readers. The Ash Tribal Lion Mount grants +80 Movement Speed and offers three Insignia slots. And he’s a beauty!

The codes can be redeemed only once per account and expire at the end of 2017, and the mounts are bind-on-pickup. Critically, these codes are redeemable on PC only, so if you’re a console person, you can skip this one! The keys should work for all PC players except those located in China, Korea, Egypt, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Read on to enter to win!

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Final Fantasy XIV asks players to help design some new furniture

Are there furnishings you wish were in Final Fantasy XIV but keep not getting added? Perhaps you can take matters into your own hands with the game’s new furnishing contest. Players are tasked with either creating a drawing or a 3-D recreation of a desired bit of furnishing, with the top 100 entries earning a set of in-game items for cosmetic purposes. And, perhaps, seeing the furnishing end up in the game.

There are no promises about that one, of course, but it seems like the logical next step.

Players may enter the contest at any point before Monday, August 28th, with the winning entries to be selected and announced around November 10th, 2017. Exterior fixtures and decorations for houses are off-limits, but any other furnishing you can come up with (including outdoor furnishings) is fair game. So you can build a bookshelf for the game and actually see it show up in the game, if it’s a good enough bookshelf.

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