In the Flames of Bel’Xahl patch for Dark and Light that releases today, players will take on the greatest enemy of humanity since time immemorial: convection. Seriously, you are running through a volcano. I don’t care how much Flame Armor you’ve crafted; your body will start to have unpleasant things happen to it long before you can fight new enemies like the Ashen Fist Goblin, Scalding Wyrm, and the eponymous Bel’Xahl. Lava is really hot.
Of course, this being a video game, you can explore this volcano, fight those enemies, craft that armor, and still have a chance to nip off for a dip in the new hot springs added to the game. There are also turkeys running around the world to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. If all of this sounds like the sort of stuff that you live for, you can jump in at a discount when the game is included in the upcoming autumn sale on Steam.
If you are not acquainted with Dark and Light’s chaos servers, let us refresh your memory. These shards have a heavy PvP focus with all sorts of crazy rules and are being used by the developers to influence PvP development in the game. They are also the target of an upcoming wipe coming later this week.
On November 16th, Dark and Light will wipe and reset all of its chaos servers in preparation of a new tracking system for house competition. Through this, players will earn points for their respective houses by performing certain activities across the game world, such as finding rare nodes or killing world bosses. The competition comes to a head each Sunday, with the top three scoring houses on each chaos server receiving special rewards.
Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought “for the neighborhood kids.” And you, lady still trying to decide between “Princess Leia” and “lazy zombie” for your costume (go Leia, duh). Put all that aside and get into some MMOs instead! Halloween is only one night in real life, but in MMORPGs, it goes on for days or even weeks. Some studios will probably even forget to turn it off! Others will let you run around with a flaming pumpkin head mask for all eternity!
Here’s what we’re looking at this year for Halloween across the MMORPG verse.
If the PvP of Dark and Light feels too regimented and orderly for you, you’ll be happy to take part in the game’s upcoming Chaos servers to mix things up more thoroughly. Chaos servers will allow you to gain experience faster, fight stronger monsters, declare war faster, and more easily demolish structures. Players who do well can also look forward to permanent reward options, and the developers will generally use the server type as a litmus test for PvP balance.
Meanwhile, the game is also altering decay rates for structures on PvP servers across the board; PvP structures will generally stand longer, while PvE ones will keep the existing decay rates to ensure that the land isn’t covered in abandoned buildings. Check out the exact timer changes on the official site, along with more details on the Chaos servers.
Here’s an interesting thought for the day: Is there a gaming middle class, one that exists between those with plenty of money or time? In An Age posits that there is — and that this “middle class” is getting the raw end of the deal.
“If you fall somewhere in-between, then you essentially get the worst of all possible worlds: pwned both by the time-rich players able to dedicate more time than you, and the money-rich players who buy every advantage,” he writes.
While you digest that and perhaps come up with a response of your own, check out some of our other featured MMO blog essays. Thoughts and opinions concerning Dark and Light, FFXIV, DDO, and more await you below!
Hope you weren’t planning on getting any sleep today, because Dark and Light has brought nightmare fuel instead of donuts for today’s update. I mean, cursed trees that suck up the soul of any passing adventurer and dark magic traps that snare the unwary are all well and good, but what about my Boston creme?
In addition to these placeable traps, Dark and Light buffed two creatures to give them added bonuses after being tamed. The Colossal Flathorn is all about helping you gather and carry more wood, while the Albino Deer is a magic shard magnet.
The update also added back in more swamp resource nodes and hugely buffed silver bullet damage against dark-aligned enemies. Sounds legit.
Back in September, Massively OP went deep undercover to bring players a shocking exposé on how Dark and Light subtly conditions players to become bullies by beating up and then enslaving the local goblin population. We thought it could get no worse… until now.
With the advent of Gobboween, there’s a new reason to take out latent aggression on the game’s goblin population: candy. Yes, now you’re actually beating up cute and mostly innocent creatures for their sweet snacks, an activity that the developers wholeheartedly encourage. And because it isn’t ridiculous enough, you can even use candy as ammunition in a special weapon.
If that isn’t enough excitement to fill your breeches, Dark and Light dropped a smallish patch today that added a new telescope recipe, allowed players to craft even more stone arrows at once (dangerously escalating the Stone Arrow Cold War), and beefed up rewards from trekking through the Ice Caves with friends.
Halloween comin’ at ya fast, so fast even we can’t keep up.
In Dark and Light, Gobboween has descended on the gameworld. Expect prowling wolves, enchanted jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin seeds, elite teleporting mobs, candy, and even a scythe tool if you want to run around ganking people while pretending to be the grim reaper.
In Villagers & Heroes, won’t you take me to
Funky Spooky Town? There’s a new zone map for Spooky Town, plus new cosmetics and a spider mount.
Just because Dark and Light is in early access and has another content patch under construction doesn’t mean that it is going to fully ignore the ever-so-popular Halloween season. The team announced that “Gobboween” is on its way to the multiplayer sandbox, and it sounds like things are about to get pretty crazy.
What is Gobboween? “It’s a festive (and frightening) time of year when creatures all over the planet begin to act strangely as a result of Gaia’s influence — some even transform into terrifying new forms! Get ready to discover new creatures and unlock new Schemas for Gobboween-exclusive armor, weapons, and more!”
If that’s not disturbing enough, how about the regular non-transforming inhabitants of Blackice Peaks? A follow-up bestiary video shares insider info on Ice Goblins, Ice Elementals, Cave Yetis, Frost Spiders, and Bytorg the Frost-Bound, all of whom seem drastically out of season. Check it out below!
If you’re told that there are new creatures in Dark and Light, your goal should be capturing, taming, and riding those creatures. They exist to be your new ride; that’s all they’ll ever be. So it’s good that the new creatures from the Blackice Peaks patch can indeed be tamed and ridden, and three of them are on display in the latest community video just below.
Do you want to ride on a hyena and wield an enormous hammer? Would you like to shoot enchanted arrows from the back of a stag with horns that glow like they’ve been dipped in something highly radioactive? Or would you just like to ride on the back of a cyclops and have said cyclops throw enormous rocks at anything you find interesting? You can see all three on display down below, so rest assured that you have a surfeit of riding options.
Why stop at a normal forge? Normal forges are fine, we guess, for doing normal things, but Dark and Light lets you make yourself a refining forge which is even more… well, refined. It says that right in the game. You can check out all of the details in a new video explaining that you first unlock your forge by harvesting and consuming several Frozen Crystals, allowing you to gather the materials needed to make your special glowing refining forge.
Continuing to improve your skill will allow you to make magically enchanted items by finding active ley lines, thus giving you random stat improvements (you’ll need to thus do a lot of forging to get the really good items). Check out the whole system in video form below; it’s rather elaborate, but it should allow you to sport tricked-out gear better than anyone else you meet.
Early access or no, players expect their games to work right when they’re shelling out money for them. The developers of the reworked Dark and Light are cognizant of this fact, and as such are working hard on a build to eliminate some of the more serious bugs that have been dragging down the game experience in its testing phase.
One of the more notorious issues is the “black screen bug” that continues to keep some players from entering the game itself. Other bug fixes include help with taming Nidhogs and Goblins, preserving data for soul stones, and retaining donation totals for vendors.
“As an early access game, we’re expecting to face a number of bugs ranging from minor to severe — with new content, new bugs are bound to show up as well,” the team said. “Our main focus is to try and make Dark and Light the best experience possible, both in terms of content and stability. We’re working to tweak existing content, like the exceedingly-difficult Ice Cave, while fixing bugs and creating new, exciting content to keep Archos’s Adventurers busy for a long time.”
Curious whether Dark and Light is worth playing (and paying)? Check out one player’s impressions after the break!
Have you seen Dark and Light’s Goblins? They’re hands-down the most adorable gobbos ever made for an online game. So much so, in fact, that you are certain to feel incredibly guilty when you bully them.
Wait, why would you do that? You love all sentient creatures, YouTube commenters aside, and would never do such a thing! You say that now, but you might change your mind when you discover that to level up Dark and Light’s new Goblin engineering skill, you will have to hunt down and defeat Goblins for the parts they carry.
If that’s not bad enough, here’s where it gets really twisted. When you work your way up in the ranks, some of the projects that you craft will summon Goblins to you for various purposes, such as to operate ballistas. So not only are you smacking them down, you’re also using them for cannon fodder on the front line. Go you!