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Massively OP Podcast Episode 128: Geeks at Disney World

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree talk about a beloved MMO going mobile, the end of Guild Wars 2 (in a manner of speaking), the start of Dark and Light, LARPing at Disney World, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Neverwinter launches Tomb of Annihilation today

Dinosaurs, jungles, and tombs, oh my! All of these can be found in the latest major update to Neverwinter. The Tomb of Annihilation update goes live today for PC players, bringing players to Chult in order to explore new ruins, enjoy a new social hub, and dive deep into fighting all sorts of monstrous foes to get that sweet, sweet loot. It’s the journey and the destination.

To be a bit more specific, this addition includes the new adventure zone of Chult Jungle, the Port Nyanzaru social hub, and the Tomb of the Nine Gods dungeon. It also features the new monster hunts with Volo and the continuing campaign storyline for players to enjoy. Check out the launch trailer just below, and log in and start patching if you can’t wait to be welcomed to the jungle. (And, quite possibly, welcomed to the internal digestive tract of a tyrannosaur shortly thereafter.)

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Neverwinter invites you to a dinosaur hunt

When you complete or get tired of the storyline in Neverwinter’s Tomb of Annihilation module, you can simply grab your weapon and go on a beast hunt for glory and rewards.

With the new hunt system, players can group up and head out to certain locations to summon legendary foes to defeat. By doing this, they’ll gradually work their way up a chain from one-star threats to the greatest dinosaur in the jungle. Since certain hunts have to be completed before the next is accessible, players will eventually go through them all before climbing their way to the top of the food chain.

The rewards, the devs promise, will be worth it: “Successfully defeating a hunt target grants Forgotten Totems and Chultan Riches to everyone in the party, as well as giving adventurers a chance at either the trophy for that beast or one of a number of pieces of rare equipment. Each beast has a different selection of items, so it is worth seeking out all the different hunt targets throughout the zone.”

Source: Neverwinter

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Sea of Thieves channels The Goonies with its riddle quests

Not every map in Sea of Thieves will be as simple as “‘X’ marks the spot.” The team discussed how it’s developing more advanced maps called riddle quests that will require players to coordinate efforts and solve clues in order to find the buried chest.

In this week’s Inn-Side Story developer video, the team shares a behind-the-scenes look at the concept and creation of these tricky missions. The devs anticipate that while bad crews will split up and find themselves frustrated during these quests, smart crews will work together to discover landmarks and solve the mystery.

During these quests, players will receive a parchment with a riddle on it, broken down into rhyming couplets. The devs said that this gave the game a great “Goonies” feel as players figure out sequential clues, forage around for landmarks, and discover the treasure.

Hunker down and pay attention to the cryptic words below!

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Neverwinter reveals gear sets found in Tomb of Annihilation

When you dive into Chult for Neverwinter’s next expansion, you’re going to be facing new threats. And what goes well with new challenges? New equipment, obviously. The latest development update discusses the gear you’ll be getting, starting with the fact that Chult’s gear doesn’t involve set bonuses; instead, each individual piece has a bonus, freeing you to play around a little more with mixing and matching.

Characters fresh off of the boat can pick up a new set with bonuses devoted to fighting harder when you’re at lower health, and there’s also a slightly better set available for players who earn the trust of the locals that’s all about strength in numbers. Hunt marks drop still more powerful gear, and players can also pick up the best gear available by diving deep into the Tomb of the Nine Gods. Check out the full preview if you’re eager to see what new fashions you can wear as you head into the jungle.

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Star Trek Online patches in Season 13.5 today

Soon, Star Trek Online will be heading to the next big Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, with big announcements for the future of the game and what comes next. For the moment, however, the game is going to be keeping its players entertained with the Season 13.5 patch. This patch sees a new featured episode, Brushfire, sending players to seek one of history’s greatest Klingon generals to deploy against the Tzenkethi threat.

Players will also be able to take on a new set of weekly challenges with the new Endeavour system, which are limited-time challenges running for two to three days for bonus rewards. There’s also a new Ferengi Admiralty project for players to work on and the usual quality-of-life improvements you’d expect from a patch. Check out a video down below explaining the broad strokes of the patch, or just jump into the patch notes if you prefer reading to watching.

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The MOP Up: Crash Force offers arena fun at a discount (July 16, 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!

This week we have stories and videos from TERAMaster X MasterEternal CrusadeWarfacePortal KnightsMapleStoryCrash ForceDroneNeverwinterElswordEVE OnlineWarframeFinal Fantasy XIVEverQuest IIWorld of WarshipsPath of Exile, and Eternal Crusade, all waiting for you after the break!

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One Shots: Man of Tungsten

Look there! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… Mysecretid!

Who among us hasn’t played a video game at some point and decided to create his or her favorite fictional character? At least Mysecretid is being honest about it: “DCUO sets up this idea that the players can be proteges of existing DC heroes and villains. Although many players ignore this possibility, I decided to make my character a clear Superman fan — as I am.

“I realize that Superman is often terribly written, but when someone ‘gets’ the character, he’s golden. I re-created my main from the PC on my PS4. I’ve been having a lot of fun, despite the game’s flaws.”

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How to find the right MMORPG as a couple

People seemed to quite like my piece last week about how my wife and I wound up married in no small part due to World of Warcraft. Of course, I also alluded in the column to the fact that World of Warcraft was hardly our final destination, and we’re currently playing Final Fantasy XIV quite happily together. We’ve also gone into Final Fantasy XI, City of Heroes, Guild Wars, Fallen Earth, Star Trek Online, Star Wars: The Old Republic… a lot of different games, in other words. And I’m just counting the ones we’ve tried together.

I don’t think that there’s any one surefire way to always find the right game for a couple to enjoy, but I have had a fair amount of experience with it now, and it’s helped that we’ve both spent a lot of time working on finding what works and what doesn’t in this field. So here’s some (hopefully) helpful tips about finding a game that you and your romantic partner of choice can enjoy together.

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Neverwinter shows off the exotic monsters to be found in Tomb of Annihilation

One of the big selling points of Neverwinter’s upcoming Tomb of Annihilation is the presence of dinosaurs to fight. You would think that after fighting a huge toothy lizard that breathes fire and flies that a T-Rex would seem like a step down, but somehow that’s not the case. But you will be fighting other menaces there, as detailed in the latest development update; players will also be facing off against uncontrolled undead and the savage yuan-ti alongside dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes.

Still, the tyrannosaurus is an obvious set piece to fight, to the point that it gets a whole article explaining just how this massive lizard moves in combat. What it lacks in spellcasting prowess it makes up for in sheer, brutal efficiency; you can check out the monstrous creature’s animations in the video just below. It’s big, it’s deadly, and it moves with an almost tangible sense of weight; you’ll probably have an easier time watching it now than when you’re fighting it.

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Massively Overthinking: Consumer protections in the MMORPG industry

Veteran Massively OP reader Miol says he’s exhausted by a recent string of stories in which MMO companies screw gamers over, one after another: ARK Survival Evolved, Albion Online, Skyforge, and now Black Desert all figure into his list, just from the last week.

“I want to ask what more can gamers do to protect themselves and everyone else as consumers than speak up? It feels exhausting to always stay vigilant and feel upset all the time, since games, as an everchanging medium, give devs so many opportunities to screw us over with every single patch or update. And the worst immediate consequence seems many times a meek apology for what they’ve done, only for them to try out something different that maybe could go over unnoticed.

“You guys have reported about this UK watchdog group ASA, who investigated No Man’s Sky, but even they dismissed the tons of complaints about false advertising. Steam did declare some changes to advertising on their platform, but I still don’t see them taken place. If even those big negative stories don’t have that much of an impact, what hope is there for all the smaller communities, spread thin globally? There was a recent wave of gamers imploring each other to not pre-order, but that ebbed away fast enough, when the next shiny pre-order advantages over other players were presented. But even so, this still can’t protect you from what may happen after the launch!

“As said by Bree many times: Merely quitting won’t help either, as the studio will never know why most of the times. But also sending feedback for nine whole days didn’t help Skyforge players to make its devs to scramble! So what else could we do? Or should we just take rotating shifts to call them out?”

We’ll take the first shift right here in Overthinking.

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Choose My Adventure: Starting out fresh in DC Universe Online

Last week was supposed to be when I kicked off playing DC Universe Online, but thanks to various real-life time obligations, I just didn’t have the chance to dive into it. My original idea of just doing a slapdash job and not actually playing it because Daybreak fans are accustomed to disappointment didn’t go over well, either. So I had to delay until now, when I actually did play some DCUO. It did, in fact, happen.

And much like the first time when I played, I found myself hit with something right out of the gate: There should literally be no reason for me not to like this. I love superheroes. I like action combat. I enjoy colorful settings. I like the things that this game is doing which are distinctly different from other superhero games. I like the whole idea of movement modes and everything. There’s a lot of stuff in here that should be very distinctly delighting me.

But it’s not.

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Neverwinter’s jungle dungeon will trap you forever

Are you ready for Neverwinter’s Tomb of Annihilation module? You best bring your A-game and top-notch gear because this jungle is fully prepared to chew you up and spit you out. Assisting in this masticating effort is a new dungeon, The Tomb of the Nine Gods, which is so tough that you’ll have to meet all sorts of requirements just to get into it.

“The Tomb of the Nine Gods is a new epic level dungeon that requires a higher level of group coordination than any previous dungeon — both in defeating the bosses but also in navigating the traps scattered throughout the Tomb,” the devs wrote. “Acererak is a constant presence throughout, as he taunts and chides the players — trying to get them deeper into the dungeon where increasingly more difficult and deadly encounters reside.”

If you’re OK with being a little spoiled, you can read a dev blog on the making of the dungeon. The team also pushed out a small patch on Thursday with a few small fixes but nothing earth-shatteringly exciting. Tomb of Annihilation will release on July 25th for PC players.

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