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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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Neverwinter developers are addressing random queue issues

There are some random queue issues in Neverwinter at the moment. By this, we mean that the issues are with the random queue, not that there are queue issues happening randomly. Clarification is important. The good news is that development team is acting to fix them quickly, starting by allowing level 70 players to earn shards from three separate random queues to avoid slowing down Stronghold progress. Players will also no longer have the new Merchant Prince’s Folly skirmish in the random queue, as many people found it difficult to hit the item level requirement so quickly.

All of these issues are for immediate and quickly addressed items, but the developers are also looking into adjusting things based on overall feedback. The goal of the random queue system is to vary what players are fighting through while giving players more opportunity to rendezvous and work together, not to get people not to queue with friends or anything of the sort. So it’s not a perfect system just yet, but it’s being refined and improved, and hopefully the quick fixes will address the immediate problems.

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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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The MOP Up: Eden Falling brings the turn-based apocalypse (November 5, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from MapleStoryWorld of WarcraftRendEverQuest IIDevilianHyper UniverseEden FallingWar ThunderNeverwinterMaster X MasterFinal Fantasy XIRagnarok OnlineDota 2Old School RuneScapeKurtzPel, and Kritika Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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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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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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Battle Bards Episode 108: Vampires and werewolves

Here’s a musical episode that you can really sink your teeth into! Your… ear teeth? In any case, the Battle Bards are evaluating our Dark Masters this Halloween season to see which has the best music: vampires or werewolves. It’s a sinister, gothic show with several first-time MMO appearances for the podcast, so check it 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 iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 108: Vampires and werewolves (or download it) now:

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Neverwinter hosts the Masquerade of Liars for Halloween

This year’s Halloween event for Neverwinter is kind of harshly named, you guys. Seriously, “Masquerade of Liars?” That’s a rather severe appellation to slap on what amounts to a particularly big costume party, isn’t it? You wouldn’t want to label a friend dressed up like a doctor a “liar,” so long as it happened around Halloween and didn’t include actually pretending at being a doctor. Although considering that the eponymous city of Neverwinter is beset by factions who can assume vaguely humanoid form and would love a chance to sneak in while disguised, perhaps it’s not harsh enough.

Regardless, you can pick up a scarecrow to fight by your side, a number of masks to let you look like a famous monster of Halloween or Dungeons & Dragons lore (well, from the neck up, at least), a new mysterious costume, and even some seasonally appropriate orange and black dyes. Jump on in to all of the lying festivities on October 26th; just be ready to start telling the truth again on November 1st.

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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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Neverwinter’s Swords of Chult update is live for PC with a new skirmish and PvP overhaul

Swords of Chult is live for PC players of Neverwinter today. If you’re not a D&D person, you might be wondering what the heck is a Chult. Turns out it’s a place: a remote location stuffed with jungles and tribal groups and dinosaurs. Its core city? That’d be Port Nyanzaru. Oooh, bad news for Port Nyanzaru:

“Port Nyanzaru’s walls have been overwhelmed by evils from the surrounding jungles, unleashing chaos upon the city’s inhabitants. Players battle against overwhelming enemies to ensure the city isn’t sacked and reclaimed by the wilds in the latest Skirmish that will change each time it is played. Additionally, competitive adventurers of all levels looking to sharpen their skills in combat can challenge others in the reworked PvP experience for all-new rewards.”

In addition to the defensive skirmish, players should expect the promised inventory updates, refinement QOL fixes, and alt campaign progression to boot. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will be waiting a while longer, but if you’re a PvPer? Today’s update is very much for you:

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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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