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Lahn is fully live in Black Desert today, with revamped login rewards tomorrow

Hope you took last week to roll up your Lahn character in Black Desert because today, you can actually tote her out into the world and kick some butt. (The customization contest, note, still runs another week.) Today’s patch further tweaks transportation routes, world and server chat, level-up challenges, and the Black Spirit rage skills.

Starting tomorrow, however, the game will see a rash of new attendance rewards. Black Desert’s login bonuses work such that you claim them in order: If you log in on day 1 and 2, you’ll get the rewards for day 1 and 2, but if you miss day 3, you’ll get the reward for day 3 on day 4. You’ll pick you can grab everything if you log in every single day from tomorrow to June 27th. If you miss a day, you can actually make it up by playing extra on the weekend (rather than just logging in and logging back out), which is a nice touch most MMOs don’t offer.

The highlight item, of course, comes on day 28, when you can pick up an adorable penguin minipet.

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TERA hauls out scarves for the end of its anniversary month

TERA is busy wrapping up its month-long sixth anniversary, and its final week contains a few changes and events for players to enjoy.

These events include the conclusion of the Claw & Order community murder mystery, more anniversary items in the shops, double quest rewards all week long, increased drops from select dungeons, bonus reward items from battlegrounds, and free scarves if you’re able to track down and pester an En Masse Entertainment employee in the game. Scarves! Just the thing for those brisk summer months!

The studio is also running a contest through the end of the month: “Starting Monday, May 21st until Thursday, May 31st at 10 a.m. PDT, players can exchange 5 Anniversary tokens for an in-game Contest Entry Receipt to enter their account into the Anniversary Conclusion contest.” Three winners will be chosen per server and granted prizes like six months of subscription time and the choice of any item from the store.

Source: TERA

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The MOP Up: Old School RuneScape puts the finishing touches on Theater of Blood (May 20, 2018)

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 HellionReign of GuildsSkyforgeOld School RuneScapeWar of RightsLineage MHeroes and GeneralsAurcus OnlineARK ParkDark and LightWild TerraCitadel: Forged With Fire, and Hearthstone, all waiting for you after the break!

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One Shots: A sense of place

Why do you play MMORPGs? What keeps you questing through these ever-growing worlds? I think a lot of us might answer like Zyrusticae in Blade and Soul here, as we enjoy inhabiting and exploring virtual fantasy worlds.

“See, this is the sort of thing I play MMORPGs for,” Zyrusticae writes. “That sense of ‘place.’ Being somewhere else, even if it’s only behind a computer screen. Old shots, yes, but still some of my favorites just for that. It’s a very pleasant feeling, really.”

Will you find your sense of place in the following player screenshots? Let’s find out!

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Star Citizen: Around the Verse covers shopping as the community debates pay-to-win

This week’s episode of Star Citizen’s Around the Verse is all about shopping, and I mean the fun kind of shopping where you spend pretend money in a video game, not the kind where you spend real money on a video game. The episode deep-dives the in-game shopping kiosk, which has to feel immersive as the player is using it as well as informative without being information-overload. The team says base functionality is already there, as a branch of other types of kiosks, but of course, it’ll continue iterating the item kiosks into their own unique experience.

Meanwhile, Star Citizen fansite Relay has a provocative piece out on whether or not the game is pay-to-win. In recognizing the term’s definition isn’t widely agreed upon, author CommanderLlama settles for simply examining “how much wealth inequality from the real world are the developers allowing to leak into the game world” and whether “the real-money-paying player [is] in an advantaged position compared to the non-paying player.” Ultimately, he concludes, while Star Citizen isn “somewhere on the pay-to-win spectrum, it isn’t “an egregious example yet” in spite of the fact that the game would’ve been untenable without the ship funding model. “But the final structure is also non-existent, so we can’t exactly place it,” he concludes.

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Perfect Ten: How MMOs can become more accessible

Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, I was remarkably reluctant to enter into the field of MMORPGs despite being a perfect candidate (a gaming geek who loved fantasy and sci-fi RPGs). All of the reasons that I had at the time for stalling really could have been boiled down to a single word: accessibility.

MMOs back then looked — and probably were — very inaccessible. They had a payment barrier. They required a lot of setup and hardware. Their interfaces were cluttered and their gameplay interactions were obtuse. Frankly, I got the impression that a lot of them were a mess that was only understandable to those who had put in hundreds of hours to decipher the format.

When MMOs started to become more accessible, particularly with City of Heroes, World of Warcraft, and Guild Wars, I eagerly jumped in. Those three titles in particular made giant leaps forward in opening up these games to the first-time player. But that doesn’t mean that MMORPGs have arrived at universal accessibility just yet. Here are ten areas that studios could be improving in order to make their titles more appealing and understandable to outsiders.

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You can roll (but not play) Lahn in Black Desert today – there’s even a contest to enter

Lahn isn’t live in Black Desert today, but she’s the next best thing: pre-customizable. When she officially launches next week, she’ll be BDO’s 16th class, though she’s the first to use the Noble Sword and Crescent Pendulum weapon. And players can dive in and roll one up right now.

“All players who create their Lahn class before regular maintenance on May 23rd will receive the following rewards: Horse Flute (7D), Item Collection Increase Scroll x3, Gold Bar 100G,” Kakao notes. There are even more rewards for those who sign up for the newsletter. If you’re really great at tinkering around in the character creator, you can even try your hand at the Lahn customization contest for even more chances at sweet, sweet loot.

Don’t care about Lahn? You might care about the latest round of class balancing changes coming in today’s update as more crowd control, evasion, and skill tweaks flow into the game as part of Pearl Abyss’ huge overhaul.

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One Shots: First MMO loves

What was your first? Not necessarily the first MMORPG you ever played, but the first that made you fall in love with that game and the genre at large? Probably for me, that would have to be City of Heroes, a title which just clicked on all levels and ushered me into a new age of gaming.

I’ll let Katriana tell you hers: “My first MMO, and first MMO love it’s probably fair to say, was EverQuest. I have many memories of my time there, but sadly I don’t have many good screenshots from that time still that aren’t just character selfies. The image below was taken circa early 2003 and is one of the better ones I still have. It represents the crowning achievement of the guild I was in there, the slaying of the first-born dragon Klandicar. It was far from being new or even necessarily notable content at the time, but it was quite an achievement for our little guild.”

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Dual Universe builds up development forward momentum

MMO development is rarely steady and even; there are ups and downs, fast periods and slow cycles. Sometimes the slower patches are necessary to firm up the basics, which is why Dual Universe has been in a “feature freeze mode” for a while. The good news? This phase is at an end, and we should be hearing more about what’s going into this sci-fi space sim in the near future.

“For several months we have been in a feature freeze mode to direct our focus near exclusively on both server and client stability,” Novaquark said. “This freeze period will be ending as the next client build coming in May will deliver many anticipated features! Players can now look forward to scanning, mining, trading, a piloting mechanics revamp, and other additional new content!”

In this month’s Kickstarter update, the team also showed off the new female Novean base outfit, laid out its May pre-alpha testing schedule, and shared the winners of the outpost building contest.

Check out our recent Dual Universe demo and interview for a deeper look at this interesting title!

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The MOP Up: Neverwinter’s Lost City of Omu arrives on consoles (April 29, 2018)

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 Project GenomSplatoon 2ClosersWorld of SpeedRuneScape, and Neverwinter, all waiting for you after the break!

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Here’s how to Celebrate City of Heroes’ 14th anniversary in Paragon Chat today

If you’re feeling the burning desire to reminisce in City of Heroes and hang out with other people who understand why it was so damn magical, today is your day. The HERC crew at the Titan Network have put together their annual shindig, running today from 3 p.m. EDT for about eight hours, so you can swing by as time permits or camp out the entire day.

Organizers say there will be several costume contests again, this time themed around the different origins, as well as a character biography contest.

A lot of folks don’t know what Paragon Chat is, so let me explain a bit: It’s basically a version of the City of Heroes client that you can use to log into a very scaled back version of the real game complete with other people. You can roll and customize characters, chat with other players, fully tour the maps, and make use of some nostalgic travel skills. The main thing you can’t do? Fight. The baddies and combat skills aren’t in there.

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Enter to win a Neverwinter painted spider mount on Xbox One and PS4 from PWE and MOP!

To celebrate the arrival of the Lost City of Omu expansion for Neverwinter on console this week, PWE has granted Massively OP 20 Painted Spider mount keys to give away to our readers: 10 apiece for PlayStation 4 (Blue-Spotted version) and Xbox One (Tropic-Colored version). Arachnophobes should probably nope right out now!

“The visionary Suratuk is back at it again with a pair of limited run, custom- mounts. Freshly-coated and prepared to scurry into battle with the release of Lost City of Omu, these vicious arachnids didn’t become Blue-Spotted and Tropic-Colored without inflicting several bites on the artist.”

Both grant +50 movement speed and include two insignia slots. The codes can be redeemed only once per account and expire at the end of 2020, and the mounts are bind-on-pickup. Critically, these codes are redeemable on console only in the regions as outlined below, so if you’re a PC person, you can skip this one!

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Enter to win a Star Trek Online Deep Space Nine starship on PC from PWE and MOP

Are you hyped for Deep Space Nine in Star Trek Online? Victory is Life is hitting PC in June, complete with a journey to the Gamma Quadrant, the Deep Space Nine crew, the Jem’Hadar playable faction, bumped level cap, seven new episodes, and more goodies.

Ahead of the launch, PWE has granted Massively OP a bunch of goodies to raffle to our PC readers! We’ve got 25 codes for the T5 Defiant Tactical Escort Retrofit and 100 codes for the Stalker Stealth Fighter.

Read on to enter to win!

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