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Dungeons and Dragons Online meets the Disciples of Rage

The call for adventurers has gone out yet again in Dungeons and Dragons Online. Yesterday, the game pushed out Update 38: Disciples of Rage, a new adventure pack that starts in House Jorasco.

It sounds as though sinister dealings are afoot: “The Beacon that looms over Stormreach’s Harbor is known as the Emperor. For as long as humanoids have lived there, the Emperor has stood, and the beacon it holds has shone brightly both night and day. Meanwhile, a faction of the Cult of the Dragon Below plots.”

In addition to the new quests, Update 38 has made significant adjustments (read: buffs) to the Artificer and Druid classes. Players will find that dual-wielding weapons are going to function better while moving, meet new Eyelet companions, and just about a billion other things. Seriously, read the patch notes if you play, because this update has a ton of stuff to absorb.

Source: Patch notes. Thanks DDOCentral!

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 165: Step into the Morninglight

On this week’s show, MJ and Justin get giddy over Secret World Legends’ season two, discuss what World of Warcraft’s launch date means for players, and cover a whole host of major updates that have arrived for the MMO community.

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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Massively OP Podcast Episode 164: Shroud of the Heroes

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin have a hearty laugh over April Fools Day in MMOs, celebrate the launch of a couple of titles, talk about MMO body shape options, 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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Global Chat: RIFT Prime numbers

RIFT’s new Prime progression server certainly has recaptured or recruited many MMO bloggers to the game as of late, and it is all anyone seems to be talking about. So how’s the word out on the web?

Nerdy Bookahs observed that Trion “chose a perfect time” to release the progression server. The Ancient Gaming Noob initially felt conflicted but soon fell into a groove: “There was the feeling of life in the game, with lots of people around and public groups to join and things just happening everywhere.” And GamingSF said that he’s “coming along swimmingly” on the shard.

It wasn’t all kudos and praise. Endgame Variable hedged his outlook by saying that RIFT Prime was “fun, but I don’t think it will last very long.” Inventory Full felt disillusioned with the way the original game was handled and said, “RIFT simply doesn’t have the depth or breadth of content of either of the EverQuest games, nor the nostalgia factor.”

Read on for the MMO blogosphere’s thoughts on other topics, including inventory woes in Guild Wars 2, the classic multiplayer dogfight sim Air Warrior, and the early access release of Project Gorgon.

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Dungeons and Dragons Online preps Disciples of Rage adventure pack

The next adventure pack for Dungeons and Dragons Online is undergoing testing and polish right now, as Standing Stone Games teases players with a broad overview of what’s to come for Update 38: Disciples of Rage.

The adventure pack will take the form of five dungeons, all of which can be completed either as level 14 or level 31. All of the quests will spawn in House Jorasco, making them Eberron adventures.

Progressing through the dungeons offers some choice. Players have to complete the “Night Falls on Stormreach” introductory quest, but then can go through the next three missions in any order. Once all four are completed, the “Toxic Treatment” capstone can be accessed.

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Mimics take over DDO, players terrified to open chests

Usually the sight of a fat, treasure-laden chest is a source of joy for Dungeons and Dragons Online players. It’s where most of the game’s loot is found, as mobs don’t drop items, and usually everyone goes out of their way to find them in dungeons.

Usually.

For the next week, mimics — creatures that look like treasure chests but are in fact incredibly hungry monsters — have invaded the game and insinuated themselves into dungeons to surprise the unwary adventurer. Once defeated, mimics pay out the normal loot along with a special token that can be redeemed for rewards.

Don’t like the whole mimic hunt event? Players can get sprayed with repellent (seriously) that will disable mimics on sight and opt them out of the fun. The event is running for a short time, only through March 21st.

Source: DDO. Thanks DDOCentral!

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How DDO’s Mists of Ravenloft went from concept art to game design

By now, Dungeons and Dragons Online’s Mists of Ravenloft has seen a few turns of the full moon and settled into its niche in the game following last December’s launch. It’s still thrilling players with its depiction of a much darker and more terrifying campaign setting, however.

The dev team was particularly proud of how much attention was given to bringing the world of Ravenloft to the game, and in a short video, it juxtaposes several pieces of concept art with the finished in-game product. Even if you’re not playing the game, it’s pretty neat to see what the artists are able to do with this older MMO engine.

The expansion in its various bundles is now available on the game’s web marketplace and should be coming to the in-game store for points this month as well.

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DDO cracks down on exploiters, players cry… ‘honeypot’?

Better not be a cheater in Dungeon and Dragons Online. Last week, Standing Stone Games announced that it was cracking down on players who took advantage of a specific exploit.

“We are in the process of engaging in targeted disciplinary action against characters and accounts that engaged in a recent exploit that allowed them to complete Sagas and get rewards for them repeatedly without re-running the Saga,” Community Manager Cordovan wrote. “Players who engaged in this activity will see one of several things happen to their accounts: We will be issuing temporary game bans, and in some cases will be removing the benefit they gained through this exploit. For our most repeat or malicious offenders, we will be removing the characters that took frequent advantage of this exploit, in addition to more restrictive bans.”

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The Stream Team: Diving the dev dungeon for DDO’s 12th anniversary

Last year, Massively OP’s MJ experienced Dungeon & Dragons Online’s anniversary dev dungeon for the first time. This year, she’s adding something new to the experience: Justin and his crossbow! The duo joins the group to rampage through the dungeon and revel in other anniversary ways. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. as the duo descend into the celebrations.

What: Dungeons & Dragons Online
Who: Justin Olivetti & MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

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Dungeons and Dragons Online celebrates 12 years with giveaways and bonuses

Twelve years on, and Dungeons and Dragons Online continues to tick along with its loyal fanbase and regular features. To celebrate the MMO’s anniversary, Standing Stone Games is giving away free goodies and activating special bonuses in the game.

Anyone who logs in between now and April 1st will get a free cosmetic outfit that comes in all armor varieties (see below). Additionally, the anniversary event is now active with a special quest, new loot, and bonus XP running.

The anniversary event concludes on March 11th.

Source: DDO. Thanks DDOCentral!

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Perfect Ten: What I discovered after returning to Dungeons and Dragons Online

When I look back at last year, the most surprising turn in my MMO gaming career was staging a successful return to Dungeons and Dragons Online. Initially I had only planned to revisit this old flame for a couple of runs and a quick blog post, but before I knew it, I had been sucked back in to this unique and flavorful MMO.

Over the past four months I’ve been slowly progressing through the early and mid game, taking my scrappy Gnome Artificer up to level 10 and through more odd stories than I ever recall being a part of the game (to be fair, the last time I had played regularly was 2010).

Now that I’ve had time to experience and reflect upon playing Dungeons and Dragons Online in this day and age, I wanted to share with you 10 observations that I’ve gleaned from this fantasy roleplaying game.

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The Stream Team: Collecting the Tear of Dhakaan in Dungeons and Dragons Online

Massively OP’s Justin & MJ are delving into another DDO adventure. They will be waging war against the Arzag-Khor tribe so that the hobgoblin Karnat Thaar can seize possession of the Tear of Dhakaan, an ancient relic from the Dhakaani Empire. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. take on this long quest.

What: Dungeons & Dragons Online
Who: Justin Olivetti & MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 16th, 2018

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 156: Downfalls and uprisings

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin mull over the fate of MOBAs, investigate Alganon’s nebulous state, talk about why subscribing to an alpha test might not be the smartest thing in the 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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