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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

DDO pits Drow against Dwarves in Update 36: Duel for the Underdark

Dungeons and Dragons Online fans are about to shake off their summer stupor and dive deep underground, thanks to the next big chapter of the game that just went into testing.

Update 36: Duel for the Underdark features a throwdown between Drow and Dwarves spread across one public area and five new quests. The story revolves around Dwarves in an Underdark outpost mining a special gem who come into conflict with greatly irked Drow. This update is the first to revisit the region since DDO’s Menace of the Underdark expansion a while back.

The devs teased a “huge mystery” that will be revealed in the mission pack, although they were not spoiling it during their recent livestream. Get a full hour of thrilling DDO preview with the devs below!

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DDO bug reportedly wipes out players’ inventories

Some players in Dungeons and Dragons Online are complaining that a rather nasty bug is wiping out years of “hard-earned” inventory — and saying that Standing Stone Games is unable or unwilling to help.

The bug concerns the game’s reincarnation system, which allows players to reroll their character in exchange for more build points and other advantages. However, some players assert that when they have gone through this process a certain way, the game got rid of all inventory on their character (which is obviously not part of the whole deal). To further compound the problem, help tickets have gone unresolved because the CS agent cannot see what was in the player’s inventory prior to the wipe.

An extensive forum thread is documenting some of these players’ struggle with the situation and their frustration with the lack of assistance from the studio. “Our crappy little stack of past lives and gear and tomes is our reminder of where we come from and how far we have ventured,” one player posted. “As it so happens it is also a neccessary MEANS to play the game on higher difficulties and for some it also is equivalent to invested real money.”

Source: Official forums. Thanks Anon!


Perfect Ten: My favorite MMO dungeons

It’s hard to look at an MMORPG and imagine them without dungeons. For some people, these instances are the core of their game experience, offering challenging (well, hopefully) and rewarding group experiences that can be repeated for fun, profit, and optimal performance.

Dungeons and I have a strange history in MMOs. For me, it all depends on the game in question. There are MMOs that don’t really feature compelling or rewarding dungeons (Guild Wars 2), or make grouping up and getting into them difficult, or what have you. Yet in other games, I’ve run dungeons so many times that I could probably pathfind through each one blind. If done right, they can be really fun and offer me a chance to show off my stuff and feel like I’m part of a team.

For today’s list, I want to share with you my favorite MMO dungeons. I’m going to limit myself to one per MMO for diversity’s sake, which might make it a little challenging, but there you go!

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Neverwinter to be part of D&D’s June story reveal event

Wizards of the Coast is putting out the call for streamers, movers, and shakers to assemble in Seattle, WA on June 2nd and 3rd for what it’s calling the Stream of Annihilation. This event will be broadcast on Twitch and contain some important information about the future of the Dungeons & Dragons franchise — including that of Neverwinter.

During the livestream event, the company will be revealing plans for this fall’s storyline, which if past efforts are any indication, will impact virtual game worlds. For instance, both DDO and Neverwinter took part in 2015’s Temple of Elemental Evil campaign. Cryptic will be on hand during the event to share upcoming plans for Neverwinter, although that’s all the information we have so far. A schedule of events is forthcoming.

Speaking of Neverwinter, make sure to follow our own Eliot as he gives the game a serious go in his Choose My Adventure series!

Source: Press release


Battle Bards Episode 97: The sound of magic

“Magic can be ANYthing!”

The forces of magic run deep within MMORPGs, casting shadows of wonder wherever we look — and listen. In today’s show, Syl sparks a musical revolution as her fellow Bards struggle to rise to the challenge of defining what, exactly, constitutes a “magical” track and evokes that particular feeling. Did we nail it? You’ll have to join us for the journey to find out!

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 97: The sound of magic (or download it) now:

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LOTRO posts April event schedule, makes temporary store change

As Lord of the Rings Online players wrap up the spring festival this week, they won’t have much time to breathe before the next round of events arrive.

The game’s event schedule has been updated to include all of the happenings for this month. This includes Hobnanigans (April 6th), VIP event boost (April 13th), and the 10th anniversary (April 20th). The schedule doesn’t reveal everything, according to CM Cordovan, who teased that “there’s a specific 10th anniversary-related event that is not yet on the calendar.”

LOTRO and DDO players might have noticed that the in-game store isn’t so much “in-game” as of right now. Accessing the store now takes you to an external browser link to conduct your shady business. According to Standing Stone, this is because the team is working to resolve a tech issue with the store.


Massively OP Podcast Episode 109: We are all Dragonborn

Roll for initiative! Bree and Justin are getting all kinds of nerdy with this week’s show, in which they talk about Dragon-people, the return of a long-abandoned sci-fi game, a momentous anniversary, and the viability of sandbox MMOs.

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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DDO and LOTRO suffer sub woes, LOTRO Issue 20 arrives this week

How would you feel if you paid money to subscribe to an MMO, and the company took the money without delivering that sub? Probably pretty disgruntled, which is exactly the mood among some DDO and LOTRO players this month as they struggle with attempting to secure a VIP membership to Standing Stone’s titles.

On both the DDO and LOTRO forums, players have been complaining since early March that the studio took their money but haven’t activated their membership. It seems that PayPal is a possible issue in this transaction, so you might want to avoid that payment method for the time being. For the studio’s part, SSG said on the 12th that it would be looking into the issue.

There is some good news, however. LOTRO Issue 20, with the new Wastes zone, looks to be coming this week. Let’s hope the Standing Stone Games tech team can sort out the lag that’s been caused by the squash of players in the end game areas when it arrives.

Source: DDO forums, LOTRO forums. Thanks Sanasu!


Dungeons and Dragons Online releases the Dragonborn race as Update 35 goes live

For some people, it’s not enough to just exist in a virtual world with dragons and occasionally fight against them; they want to become the dragons and live out that dragonish fantasy. Dungeons and Dragons Online welcomes these players home this week with Update 35 and the new Dragonborn race.

Being a humanoid dragon is only the tip of Update 35’s iceberg. Continuing with the dragon theme, there’s a new Dragonblood Prophecy adventure pack with two dungeons and one raid to explore and conquer. This adventure pack is free for subscribers and available on the store for everyone else (you know your shame).

Other changes with Update 35 include the addition of past life racial feats for the reincarnation system (a “racial reincarnation”) and tweaks to racial enhancement trees. Check out the Dragonborn race in action after the break!

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LOTRO and DDO extend free gift promotions due to account bug

Due to an issue with account management, Standing Stone Games has apparently decided to extend its dual giveaways in Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online to allow players a few more days to subscribe for these free gifts.

On the DDO forums, players have noted problems with being able to subscribe in time for the free lioness. SSG acknowledged the situation and said that it would be moving the promotion’s end date from March 13th to the 19th while account support tackles the issue. LOTRO is following suit with its Steed of the Eldar giveaway, which also now runs through the 19th for players who sub up to the fantasy MMO.

Currently, both titles are testing out major content updates. LOTRO is putting Update 20, with its new Wastes zone, through its paces, while DDO is working out the kinks of its new Dragonborn race.

Source: LOTRO, DDO. Thanks Tanek!


You can now play a Dragonborn on Dungeon & Dragon Online’s test server

You can’t be a dungeon in Dungeons & Dragons Online, but soon you can be a dragon! Or at least the descendant of a black, blue, red, or white dragon. The new Dragonborn race has gone live on the test server Lamannia, and players have two ways they can sample the race and its enhancement tree (the character paths, however, are not yet available): You can sit back and watch the replay of the Weekly Wednesday Lunchtime Livestream embedded below, during which Community Manager Cordovan shows the Dragonborn off. Alternately, you can hop on the test server and see it all for yourself.

Update 35 introduces more than just scaly new avatars, however; there’s a new raid, two new quests, and a new racial reincarnation feature. Many of the enhancement trees for the other races have also been adjusted. Read up on all the details in the update 35 release notes, and chew on this: DDO is hiring content designers.

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The Stream Team: Doing DDO’s 11th anniversary dev dungeon

Did Massively OP’s MJ hear there’s a party? Yes, yes she did. Today is DDO’s 11th anniversary, and the game is throwing a party. That party just happens to be in a dungeon. Filled with devs trying to kill you. Really. All the mobs in the anniversary dungeon are named after devs, and the group is taking MJ in to “celebrate” (she thinks this is actually code for getting her killed). On the positive side, there is also cake! So tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to join in the anniversary celebration.

What: Dungeons & Dragons Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

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DDO celebrates 11 years while LOTRO promotes its community

On February 28th, 2006, Turbine branched out into a new franchise by launching Dungeons and Dragons Online. In the years that followed, DDO would make headlines with its pioneering of the western free-to-play model while also pushing out dozens of models and a few expansions.

To celebrate the game’s 11th anniversary, the Standing Stone team is giving its players their choice of select gifts (or a huge chunk of XP). You’ll need to follow these instructions to redeem them from the store before April 2nd!

Meanwhile, over at Lord of the Rings Online the team has started back up its efforts to promote the community with the first issue of the LOTRO Beacon. In it, you can find links to articles and videos from players, community spotlights, and a summary of the recent news from the game. It’s a good sign for people hoping the new studio would mean big improvements for the team’s involvement with the community.

Source: DDO, LOTRO. Thanks, DDOCentral and BalsBigBrother!


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