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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

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!


Dungeons and Dragons Online hands out free battle companion to all subscribers

One thing is for certain these days: Standing Stone Games really wants your business and loyalty, and it is not above a little bribery to ensure it.

Similar to how the studio gave out a free horse to all Lord of the Rings Online players, Standing Stone is gifting Dungeons and Dragons Online players with a free copy of Asheron's Call. What, too soon? Actually, the studio is delivering a level 20 hireling to all VIP players who log in between now and March 13th.

The Alabaster Lioness Figurine of Wondrous Power (yes, that's its actual name) can be summoned at level 18, can be brought out practically anywhere, counts as a party member, and has a contract that never expires. And it's yours for the taking, even if you have to deliberately choose to sub up this month to get it.

Source: DDO. Thanks DDOCentral!


Massively OP Podcast Episode 103: Back to Morrowind

We apologize in advance. The news of the return of Bree's most favorite Elder Scrolls setting has jacked up her excitement levels to 11. Be warned that this episode may contain any and all of the following: gleeful giggling, spontaneous singing, half-hour recollections of the old days, readings of player-written poetry, and confetti thrown through your computer speakers.

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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Dungeons & Dragons Online's update 34 encourages you to not fear the Reaper (Difficulty)

Seasons don't fear the reaper, nor do the wind, the sun, or the rain. You can be like they are, and considering the new Reaper difficulty is one of the central fixtures of Dungeons & Dragons Online's Update 34, you probably ought to be like they are. After all, clearing Reaper difficulty awards you fantastic prizes through the accumulation of Reaper XP. Want your character to have glowing green wings and/or eyes? You can make that happen by conquering the highest tier of difficulty for quests and raids.

If that's not your thing, that's all right; the update also features a new dungeon in the Tower of Frost, which is available at level 14 on Normal and level 28 on Epic. There's also the usual assortment of bug fixes, balance tweaks, and general improvements. Check out a gallery with some of the available rewards just below, and log into the game now to start earning those new rewards for yourself.

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The Daily Grind: Have any 2017 previews sucked you back into MMOs?

One thing I look forward to at the start of every year is seeing all of the producer's letters, states of the game, and previews that are posted about upcoming plans for MMOs. It's great to be treated to a vision of where these games are going over the next year -- and a good excuse to get back on board titles that have been neglected.

So far in 2017 we have seen Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online, WildStar, SWTOR, and Guild Wars 2 (among others) attempt to draw attention and beckon to lapsed players with their visions of upcoming patches and expansions. When you read these letters, do they work to get you back into games you previously left? Have you found your playing patterns change thanks to such previews?

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One Shots: A purrrfect sunset

What makes a good sunset even better? When you get to curl up with your favorite pet and share a Hallmark moment together.

UpayaCrow kicks us off today with our display of community screenshots with this luscious view from Black Desert: "I love the pets in BDO because they've spent a lot of effort on animations and behaviors. Your pets have personalities and will perch on your shoulder or ride along side you when you're driving a wagon. And, well, they're so adorable! Here we are lounging in Valencia, looking out at the sun setting over Altinova."

Watch out though: Cats are known for waiting until the opportune moment to trip their owner over the side of a cliff and then walk away into a new life.

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Turbine clarifies Asheron's Call sunset times

Turbine has clarified on the official forums the precise moment when Asheron's Call and its sister game, Asheron's Call 2, as well as the official forums will go dark.

"We've had a few questions about the forums and shutdown time, so I thought it best to make a fresh post," Turbine's Halistran told players today. "Asheron's Call will be shutting down at 12PM (Noon) Eastern Standard Time on January 31st. The forums will be shutting down on the same day and at the same time - January 31st at noon."

The company announced the twin sunsets just before Christmas last month following the revelation that Turbine had spun off Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online to a new and independent studio, Standing Stone Games, to be published by Daybreak.

Standing Stone, which is made up of apparently all the former Turbine employees, has refused to comment on the circumstances behind the fate of Asheron's Call and its sequel.

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