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The Stream Team: Walking the World Tree’s Dream Plane in AdventureQuest 3D

The adventure must go on! Massively OP’s MJ earned permission to walk the Dream Plane in AQ3D in order to save the World Tree. And save it she must! With today’s launch of the second half of the new World Tree content, MJ is going back in to help Slifsgaard (the in-game version). Will she succeed? And more importantly, can she manage the voices solo? Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for a jaunt through the Dream Plane.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

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The Stream Team: Friday the 13th in AdventureQuest 3D

It’s Friday the 13th! That’s the best day of the year — at least for Massively OP’s MJ. It means she gets to go back to AQ3D’s Camp Gonnagetcha to hang out with her camp friends, including Artix! Are you prepared for the crazy camp stories? Then grab a marshmallow, pull up a tree stump, and join us live at 4:00 p.m.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 13th, 2018

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The Stream Team: Meet the mind behind AdventureQuest 3D’s new World Tree

Brand-new content just opened up today in AQ3D, and Massively OP’s MJ is excited to jump in and show it off. But even cooler than that, you get to meet the mind behind the World Tree. MJ will be joined by Slifsgaard, the backer whose generous pledge and design ideas made this whole area possible! Oh, and Artix will be there, too. Fun times are in store, so join us live at 3:00 p.m. for a look at this fully fan funded content that all players get to enjoy.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 6th, 2018

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GDC 2018: Bridging and embedding cross-platform online communities

As this year’s GDC coverage is winding down, I am finally coming to the topic I saved for last: community. MMOs are more than just multiplayer. We attract the “alone together” people more than the “FPS hero” crowd in our comments section for a reason; MMOs are virtual worlds. They’re a digital space inhabited by other people. We may not talk to them, but we watch and listen. Maybe we engage, maybe we group, maybe we guild. We do stuff in a shared environment because we think, or hope, we’re part of a larger system.

And this is why we need to talk about cross-platform communities and the strength of in-game, embedded community tools. As social media rises and mobile crashes against our PC fortress, increased console cross-play should be a reminder that we’re all gamers, and (some) developers are finally getting that.

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The Stream Team: Starting spring in AdventureQuest 3D’s underworld with Artix

What better way to herald the beginning of the spring season than descending deep into AQ3D’s underworld. What? It’s not like there are any flowers out in the snow now anyways! And spring is definitely not the favorite season of Massively OP’s MJ. Instead of celebrating, she’s going to mourn the loss of winter by romping through the land of death. And she won’t be alone: Artix is joining her on this adventure. Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. or risk missing out on all the cool stories and crazy jokes Artix will share.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

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One Shots: The Elvish temptation

I’m sorry to have to begin this week’s column with a public service announcement, but this has been a long time coming. Friends, beware of the Elves. Elves will only lure you into danger, tempt you down roads best left alone, and make a mockery of life insurance policies. Reject the Elf in all of its forms.

“Sadly I’ve been resucked into World of Warcraft because elves (only because Justin has such a hate on for them),” wrote Winter.

DARN IT, Winter. Did you not hear a word I just said? No matter. The Massively OP Intervention Unit (MOPIU) is on its way to your home as we speak. Put down the fake pointed ears and listen to them, won’t you?

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AdventureQuest 3D comes to a head with the Dragons of Ashfall

The third and final chapter of AdventureQuest 3D’s epic Dragons of Ashfall is now live. After months of battling up and through a volcano, players are finally able to take the fight to the big bad dragon boss itself.

Five and 20-player raids against the Great Dragon Talyn lies at the heart of the update, but it is certainly not the only addition. With the patch, the level cap has been increased to 20, players can now earn the DragonSlayer class, and new gear is available to unlock.

The team said that now the update is live, fans can expect to see a faster pace of releases: “Next week we will release those two dungeons to the right and left at the top of Mount Ashfall. Then, it is time for Dage’s birthday — a gateway will open to new area of the Underworld. Heroes should be advised to be weary of signing any ‘contracts’ in the underworld. Then the Shaman Forest and Dragon’s Graveyard will quickly follow.”

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Cross-platform Crusaders of Light to debut on Steam in March

If you were on the lookout for a solid mobile MMO, you might have already checked out last year’s Crusaders of Light on both iOS and Android. It wasn’t a game that broke any genre conventions, but it did look pretty solid and attractive, so that low bar for mobile was met.

Well now the title is heading to a new platform: PC. NetEase announced that it’s bringing Crusaders of Light to Steam in March, at which point the game’s cross-platform capabilities will shine. Players will be able to use the same account for both mobile and PC, allowing seamless transitions between devices.

The studio is also preparing to open up a new North American server called Farroc Camp. If you pre-register for this server, you’ll net yourself $50 worth of in-game gifts when it launches.

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Antaria Online is the small and quirky MMO to brighten your day

Looking for a relaxing, colorful, and winsome MMORPG to while away the dark winter nights? You might want to check out Antaria Online, a cute fantasy MMO that’s in development for a 2019 release.

Currently in playable alpha, Antaria is a cross-platform title that primarily takes place on a tropical island. Players start as Adventurers, but can unlock and change over to different classes as their journeys continue. The whole game is rather small right now, with only two classes, four zones, a player market, basic chat, and no grouping, although the developers will be adding to it as time progresses.

We’ve got a couple of gameplay videos for you below, and if it piques your interest, you should know that the game is currently a bank-breaking $0.49 on Steam.

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The Stream Team: Frolicking in AdventureQuest 3D’s Frostval

Forget about Santa coming to town when you can have AQ3D’s Artix! His stories are way more fun than that guy in red’s, and he’s stopping by to chat about the Frosval holiday with Massively OP’s MJ. There is event goodness to be had, so tune in live at 7:00 p.m. to join in the frosty fun!

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

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Roblox adds Xbox One cross-play, is now a ‘complete cross-platform ecosystem’

The bizarre behemoth that is Roblox is growing to even more gargantuan proportions as the team continues to connect its community. The social gaming platform just introduced cross-play for Xbox One, linking up the console to the rest of Roblox’s global playerbase. The Xbox One version of the game was launched in January 2016.

World leaders say that there is no cause for alarm but that we should prepare for a new world order that is dictated by the whims of millions of Roblox players. And yes, that’s millions — as in “60 million active monthly users.” Indeed, the game recently cycled into SuperData’s top 10 PC revenue chart.

“By uniting console players with the larger Roblox community, we now have a complete cross-platform ecosystem that encompasses every type of device available on the market, from smartphones, to tablets, computers, consoles, and VR headsets,” the team said.

Source: Roblox

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Perfect Ten: 10 MMOs where you can live out your giant robot fantasies

Two years ago, NCsoft dealt a harsh blow to a certain subset of gaming fans when it canned the development of Project HON. This MMO was to be a glorious exercise in mecha combat, but scandals and a decision to reallocate development resources meant that it was never to be.

So where can that kid who grew up playing with giant robots go to get a Voltron, Transformers, or Macross fix these days? While many MMOs offer the occasional mech experience, there aren’t as many games that go all-in on that Pacific Rim experience.

But in the interests of a thought experiment and because I have fond memories of slapping five metal lions together to form the ultimate defender of the universe, here are 10 online games that offered or still do offer the thrill of high-tech mech and robot warfare.

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The Stream Team: Gouging the giant gourd in AdventureQuest 3D’s Mogloween

The conclusion of AQ3D’s Camp Gonnagetcha meant the beginning of Mogloween, and that means Massively OP’s MJ gets to dive back in and shove that giant gourd back into its own dimension! Who wouldn’t enjoy a little virtual pumpkin smashing on Halloween? Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. and join in the fun.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

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