Snow? Check. Good cheer? Check. Catchy tunes everywhere? Checkity check. Goblins and gigglegibbers in goofy get-ups? Great big check. New guide? Er…
Yes, it’s Frostfell time EverQuest II. And right about now is when I offer a guide to this wonderful winter event. Unfortunately, this year I won’t be. Actually it’s more of I can’t: I’m not being stubborn, there just isn’t anything to guide you through that hasn’t already been covered between the 2015 and 2016 guides. When the devs were passing out 2017 content, Frostfell was unfortunately skipped — or maybe it was out back recovering from too much celebrating last year! Whatever the scenario, there isn’t anything new to do, though there are a few new things to acquire or buy (eight new items at Santa Glug, five new ones at Gerbi Frostfoot, and three crafting scrolls.)
The complex and often times toxic environment of Overwatch continues to make the popular team shooter a source of controversy and attention. Even Game Director Jeff Kaplan seems fed up with it, publicly calling out a troll on the forums and giving direct examples of the player’s abrasive behavior.
“Our community has made it clear to us that toxicity is one of the top issues that needs to be addressed in this game,” Kaplan said. “As a result, we’re getting stricter and that means people are going to get suspended and banned for poor behavior. You’ve fallen into that category.”
Meanwhile, players in Overwatch’s competitive scene are grappling with the ongoing issue of “smurfs” — that is, multiple accounts run by the same person who is attempting to grab several spots in the top 500. While smurfing isn’t forbidden by the studio, some feel that it is unfair since it blocks other players from getting into the top 500. How widespread and prevalent smurfing is at this point is not exactly known, but there are suspicions that it is fairly rampant.
Trion Worlds is reporting “intermittent” attacks
on its Dallas hub over the last day that are causing connectivity issues for some of its online games, such as ArcheAge
. The team is working with the local ISP providers to counter the attack and stabilize the servers for play.
“Please keep in mind that DDoS attacks are all too common and, for the most part, they don’t impact gameplay,” Trion said. “Our network engineers have setup substantial protections that allows us to mitigate the vast majority of these types of attacks. Without these efforts, taken by all game companies, any game under an attack such as this would simply be offline.”
It’s especially important for this to be resolved for ArcheAge, as today is the official launch of the game’s Maelstrom update. This patch contains a new raid organizational system, a non-RNG gear upgrade system, cross-server arenas, title collections, a redesigned folio, limited-time events, and the introduction of the Bloodsalt Bay naval combat arena.
Get the full scoop on Maelstrom with Massively OP’s interview on the update and its offerings!
I promised you at the end of last week’s rundown of Guild Wars 2
‘s fourth Living World season’s launch episode that I’d return this week with a first look at the new raid Hall of Chains and I never want to disappoint! While I haven’t stood toe to toe with each of the raid bosses yet, I’ve been glued to boss kill videos and have been gaining a feel for the fights I’m due to face
. I’m delighted to explain my take on the new endgame content and I’m hoping that some of you are joining me in trying it out!
In this week’s Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll discuss each of the new raid bosses briefly and will outline the premise of the encounter mechanics. I won’t spend long outlining very detailed tips and tactics at this stage since I haven’t been hands-on with everything myself yet, though I will furnish you with some tactics guides as I get more experience post-holidays if there’s demand for them. Note that there will be spoilers for those who haven’t tried the content themselves yet, so bear that in mind before reading on. I’ll avoid totally spoilerific images and will hide big lore points behind tags.
After consuming the recent Conan Exiles newsletter, we are concerned that the Funcom team is succumbing to early winter madness over in Norway. At least, the studio’s gleeful talk of tackling literal bed bugs (as in, issues with bedrolls) and poetic descriptions of players leaping out of the water like dolphins is giving us that impression.
In all seriousness, it does sound like there’s a lot being done to this survival sandbox as the team scrambles to get as much work in as possible before the holidays. Chat windows are being cleaned up, war paint is on the way, and there’s something about a populated volcano that is on the way…
Xbox One players will be pleased to find that their version of the game was patched up this week to come into parity with the PC version. This means that the console Conans now have all of the newer features and fixes that their PC masters have been enjoying for a while now.
Don’t forget to party up with MJ tonight at 9:00 p.m. as she streams a new set of adventures from this survival sandbox!
Is it too early to open your presents? TERA
says it’s OK, so if Santa gets upset, we’re totally pointing fingers.
The action MMO pushed out its Miniguns update today, which turns out to be more promotions than content. Still, free stuff is always good, right? All players can log in from now through January 2nd to get a free Elin Gunner bundle that includes pink gear to speed level a character up to the cap.
All players will also enjoy a free additional character slot per account as long as they log in through December 8th. And all during next month, every weekend the game will pay out free boom boxes for every player that puts in at least three hours each weekend.
The update does contain one scrap of new in-game content, which is the hard mode for the RK-9 Kennel. New fight mechanics and a tougher doggy await a legion of pink-clad characters.
Did you miss out on the holiday deals this weekend? Well, Massively OP’s MJ has something better than a sale: a giveaway! She has a handful of Wizard101’s
Empyrean Castaway’s Bundles to share. Like most bundles, it comes with armor, a pet, and a mount. And on top of a house, it includes an extra housing space elixir! Each pack gives:
- Castaway’s Bungalow House
- Junk-Copter Mount
- Puffy Packfish Pet
- Raider Scrap Attire
- Raider Scrap Blaster
- Extra Housing Space Elixir
Does that list look enticing? Who wouldn’t want a personal helicopter? Well don’t miss out! You can’t beat free, so tune in live at 3:00 p.m. as MJ practices her wizard spells while giving away goodies.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
The launch of Guild Wars 2
‘s Living World Season 4 will be upon us today, so it’s all the more pressing that I wrap up my Path of Fire
story analysis so we can jump into some new impressions as we delve into new story content. I haven’t had hands-on time with the new season prior to launch this time, so we’ll be going straight into a deep dive of the new content next time, but until then I can’t wait to share my closing thoughts on PoF
‘s story with you.
In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll wrap up my PoF story impressions and will conclude with some hopes for today’s season launch. This will be a lengthy one, fair reader, so get comfortable for a bumper read! As ever, there will be significant spoilers throughout for anyone who has
been living under a rock not finished the PoF story and has missed the new season hype.
announced today both Thanksgiving celebrations and sales for Black Desert
. In fact, it’s a good time to be jumping into BDO
as a total noob, as the game is currently 50% off. Existing players might better take advantage of the game’s daily deals, which drop specific items down to just 10 pearls and mark others down to 30-40% off.
Don’t feel like opening your wallet? Then the Thanksgiving boss event is for you.
“The festivities continue with Pearl Abyss adding the highly requested fifth pet slot which allows players to loot more effectively. This feature will be updated after today’s maintenance. Additionally, adventurers can look forward to the return of King Targargo, a special Thanksgiving boss. By defeating this reward-stuffed turkey and by participating in the Turkey on the Table event, players can earn amazing items. Furthermore, NPC Patrigio has started his Discreet Discount sales, so players are invited to check out his wares.”
If you don’t mind saddling up on something that is straight out of an entomophobic’s worst nightmare, then boy is Elder Scrolls Online
going to make your November extra special!
ZeniMax announced this past week that it is giving away a free Nix-Ox mount to all players who have purchased the Morrowind expansion. To claim the mount, you will need to log into the game by November 26th. And yes, this promotion is good for anyone who decides to purchase and play Morrowind over the next week as well!
This is the latest in a string of promotions and deals for Elder Scrolls Online around its anniversary. Recently, the game gave out a pair of clockwork pets and deeply discounted some of its DLC packs.
As you plan your Black Friday shopping strategy (ours: sleeping in and lazily shopping on Amazon Prime), Trion Worlds wants to help out by giving you a heads-up on all of the deals that the studio is throwing for its games next week. Here’s the rundown:
All starter packs will be 50% off during Thanksgiving week. All Class Packs, plus the Creators Pack, Collectors Pack, and Battle Pack will be 70% off, while the Essentials Edition and Double Dragon pack will be 80% off, through November 27th.
- RIFT: Premium mounts will be 25% off from November 22nd through the 29th, and some previously lockbox-exclusive mounts will become available for direct purchase.
- ArcheAge: Sales up to 80% off on certain items. Also, here thar be lockboxes.
- Atlas Reactor: All packs will be 75% off and Golden Age skins will be discounted from the 22nd through the 28th.
- Defiance: Players can get up to 65% off on Titan bundles and gold editions. Also, more lockboxes.
Source: Press release
Shh, don’t tell NCsoft that WildStar is still operating! If we’re all good and still, then the closure-happy studio might overlook this struggling-but-fun MMO. So nobody make… a… sound.
Hey! What are you doing, WildStar, calling attention to yourself with a preview of your Black Friday deals? You’re tweeting now? Broadcasting on all wavelengths? Are you insane?
Fine, if you insist on talking about it, then perhaps we should share with our readership that you’re practically going to be giving away toys for just one Protobuck apiece. We might also mention that you’re going to be selling the new “Zero to 50” bundle and putting boost and upgrade items at 25% off. All sale details will be revealed next week, with the promotion happening from November 24th through the 28th.
It makes a certain logical sense that an MMO content expansion that deals with clockwork miracles would be the perfect time to introduce a new system in which crafters can tinker with gear to their heart’s delight.
Elder Scrolls Online is getting ready to debut its transmutation system with the Clockwork City DLC later this month, but players can begin to wrap their heads around its mechanics right now. Essentially, the system allows players to swap out a useless trait on a piece of armor or a weapon for one that is more desirable.
There’s a price to be paid for such mad science… but it’s a pretty reasonable one. Transmuters will need access to a station, have researched the desired trait in question, and have enough special traits to feed into the machine, Chuck E. Cheese-style.