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Official Site: Dungeons and Dragons Online
Studio: Standing Stone Games, formerly Turbine/WB Interactive Entertainment; published by Daybreak Game Company
Launch Date: February 28, 2006
Genre: Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

The Daily Grind: What is your favorite MMORPG combat pet?

As a die-hard fan of pet classes in MMOs, I’ve played just about any that were available in the games that I’ve tried. Naturally, some pets have become my favorites, vying for my affection with their blood, sweat, and belly rubs.

In Lord of the Rings Online, my Captain’s Oathbreaker companion traveled with me far and wide across Middle-earth, although right now I’m totally vibing on my Lore-master’s Bog-lurker (which I named Puddleglum). I will always have fond memories of my World of Warcraft Hunter’s spirit wolf, which I tamed back when you really weren’t supposed to be able to tame them. And I’m starting to take a shine to my talkative iron robot dog in Dungeons and Dragons Online, although he is a little too suicidal for my liking.

What is your favorite MMORPG combat pet? Which one did you end up bonding to and loving the most?

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Dungeons and Dragons Online begins testing Mists of Ravenloft

With a December release window for the expansion beginning to loom large in Dungeons and Dragons Online’s future, the team at Standing Stone Games pushed forward to get Mists of Ravenloft’s test underway.

The first preview test for the expansion is running from now through Friday, November 10th. It includes all three public spaces, the new Barovia wilderness area, seven dungeons, and the racial AP tome. However, the team informed players that the test will not be covering any raids, the other five dungeons, sentient weapons, favor rewards, and landscape-specific loot.

The expansion will take players to the horror-themed realm of Ravenloft for the first time, becoming the third (or fourth, depending on how you count it) Dungeons and Dragons campaign setting that DDO has used since its launch.

Source: Official forums. Thanks DDOCentral!

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 143: BlizzCon strikes back

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree dig into the exciting news from BlizzCon, mull over the troubles at Marvel Heroes, mourn the passing of a great studio, and cover a handful of MMO updates.

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.

Listen to the show right now:

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Dungeons and Dragons Online fans break down Ravenloft pre-order packages

Dungeons and Dragons Online fans who find themselves scratching their +2 noggins over the different Mists of Ravenloft pre-order packages now have an ally in their decision-making process.

DDOcast broke down the contents of each of the three expansion offers and assigned a store point value to each item, coming up with a points-per-dollar ratio at the end. It does bear out that the costlier expansion packs offer a better bang for the buck, provided that the customer wants everything in that bundle. Additionally, the crew compared Ravenloft’s packages to the previous expansion’s pre-orders, finding the Shadowfell Conspiracy a better deal on the whole.

But here is one thing that everyone can get for absolutely free: the new Mists of Ravenloft wallpapers. Standing Stone Games posted a series of Strahd wallpapers in different formats for both desktop and mobile backgrounds.

Source: WallpapersDDOcast. Thanks GumpsGang!

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Halloween events across the MMORPG verse, 2017 edition

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.

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The Stream Team: A night of Halloween reveling in Dungeons and Dragons Online

It’s time again for The Night Revels event. Massively OP’s MJ loves this time of year most of all in DDO’s. The graveyards are just gorgeous! What? Have you seen that Halloween sky? She’s joined by friends to help her navigate through the event and collect the bounty of the season. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for a spooky fun night. Or is it a fun spooky night?

What: Dungeons and Dragons Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 27th, 2017

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 141: Mouse invasions and elf butts

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree go trick or treating as only grown adults can: in a video game! The is also prim and proper talk of MMO expansion pre-orders, launch dates, mouse invasions, and the all-important ELF BUTTS. It’s quite the event, to be sure.

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.

Listen to the show right now:

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Global Chat: Is there a gaming middle class?

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!

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Dungeons and Dragons Online: Mists of Ravenloft opens pre-orders, aims for December release

The, ahem, bloodiest MMO expansion of 2017 is finally available to pre-purchase. Dungeons and Dragons Online opened up pre-orders today for Mists of Ravenloft, allowing players to secure some extras for their gameplay right now while reserving a copy of the expansion for day one of launch.

As with Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor earlier this year, Mists of Ravenloft’s expansion bundles range from $40 (for a basic edition) to $130 (the “ultimate fan bundle”). It should be noted that all editions include both the expansion and the new Aasimar race, but the Vistani Knife Fighter talent line is limited to the $80 and $130 packages. If players elect to purchase the expansion or the new race with store points, they’ll have to wait until that option becomes available in March 2018.

Speaking of dates, Standing Stone Games says that it is aiming for a release date of December 5th, although the studio is allowing for up to a month of potential delay, meaning that there is a chance that the expansion will slip into 2018.

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LOTRO Legendarium: Grading Lord of the Rings Online in 2017

At the beginning of 2017, it seemed as though a mini-renaissance was brewing for Lord of the Rings Online. Standing Stone Games broke away from the sinking ship that was Turbine and offered a fresh start of sorts for the long-running MMO. We were coming to a head with the game’s story and a return to large-scale expansions was confirmed with the news of Mordor.

Reality and hopes don’t always get along, and while 2017 hasn’t always been the kindest to LOTRO, it hasn’t been a crushing disappointment either. The more I’ve been looking at the state of the game, reading the forums, playing it, and covering news, the more I’ve felt the need to grade how the game is doing in the right here and now.

So why not? It’s school season, so let’s embrace the academic spirit and assign some marks to LOTRO’s operation and state. Agree with these grades? Disagree? Get out your quill and scratch your own thoughts down there in the comments!

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Dungeons and Dragons Online reveals its expansion’s head vampire

Every MMO expansion needs a great headlining villain, a character who inspires fear, dread, and most importantly of all, makes you so infuriated that you have no compunction against unloading a Costco-sized can of pain when the time comes. For Dungeons and Dragons Online: Mists of Ravenloft, it looks as though this character will be the vampire aristocrat Count Strahd Von Zarovich, Lord of Barovia.

DDO Players got an exclusive look at what Strahd will look like when the expansion arrives this fall. He appears in his more cultured state (although we’re betting that’s not wine he’s swilling around) as well as his vamped-out form. Fun fact: This character was the focal point of a 1994 CRPG called Ravenloft: Strahd’s Possession, which you can still play today.

Strahd isn’t the only big feature of the expansion; check out the new characters you can create and mercenaries you can hire when it drops!

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Check out character creation, outfits, and hirelings for Dungeon & Dragons Online’s Raveloft jaunt

Looking forward to stepping into Ravenloft with Dungeons and Dragons Online: Mists of Ravenloft? Sure, theoretically you shouldn’t be excited because you might get trapped in a realm of horror, but when is that ever really a problem? The folks over at DDO Players have taken the opportunity to show off some of the features coming with the new setting, including the character creation for aasimar characters, new cosmetic outfits, and the new gold seal hireling.

Of course, if you want to be surprised by this stuff when you see it in-game, you probably shouldn’t click down and check it out now. But if you just want to see it sooner rather than later? Head along and gawp just below; there’s plenty of video.

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Dungeons and Dragons begins testing Mists of Ravenloft expansion with a new race

A week after Dungeons and Dragons Online teased the reveal of the much-anticipated Mists of Ravenloft expansion, the MMO started testing some of the features that will be included in this new campaign setting.

What’s really exciting here is that players will be able to get their hands on a brand-new race and a new fighting style. The Aasimar are a “heroic Eberron race” that have inherent healing abilities and do extra damage against evil sources. And for those who want to do close-up work with blades, there’s the Vistani Knife Fighter, a universal enhancement tree that specializes in a new way to fight.

Additionally, players on the test server can check out a few Ravenloft-themed cosmetics, including a “vampire hunter” outfit as well as black cat and raven pets. The studio stresses that this round of testing doesn’t cover the entirety of the expansion, which is clearly obvious with the absence of expected adventure packs.

Source: Patch notes. Thanks DDOCentral!

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