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Tamriel Infinium: The problem with Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind plot is the twist

I played the Morrowind expansion for Elder Scrolls Online to death when it was sitting on the test server. But oddly, it was a bit more of a struggle to compete on the live servers. Despite this, I believe that Morrowind is a wonderful addition to ESO, and I am looking forward to seeing future content like the Horns of the Reach.

Now that we have all had a couple of months to get through the Morrowind content, I believe that it’s safe to talk about some of the spoilers, especially since the thing that bothered me the most about Morrowind was the main story twist.

This is your warning: Beyond this point, I will probably spoil everything for you. Turn back now and finish the main story for Morrowind or risk being spoiled!

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Take Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind great house quiz

Stop what you’re doing: There’s an INTERNET QUIZ you haven’t taken yet!

OK, this one is pretty cheesy, but that’s the whole point, right? Elder Scrolls Online has a up an internet quiz that’s supposed to help you determine which of Morrowind’s great houses you’re meant to belong to.

If you don’t know anything about Elder Scrolls, you can do what Eliot did and just blunder along until you’re a Telvanni. Justin somehow ended up with the Ashlanders, that heretic. And I naturally cheated because I knew how to get the only real acceptable result: Hlaalu, of course.

ZeniMax posted a graphic showing the split so far, and it’s actually pretty even, though the Ashlanders are leading the pack. It’s almost like you guys don’t trust the Tribunal or the lying liars of the great houses. Now why would that be.

To the quiz!

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Choose My Adventure: Two approaches to whining about DC Universe Online

Dear readers, today I am going to try something different for all of you. And it’s predicated on the fact that I’m not just fond of video games; I’m also fond of comic books. This means that when I sat down for my most recent play session in DC Universe Online, I found myself of two minds about why I wasn’t super-duper happy with the content I was experiencing… and both of them could easily fill in a good chunk of words by themselves.

So this week, you get to choose the column you want to read. There are two spoiler warnings below: one covering my thoughts of playing the game from a strictly game-based perspective, the other one being my thoughts of playing the game from a comic book fan’s perspective. Read one! Read the other! Read both! Theoretically you could read neither, I suppose, but then you would have clocked out before you were done with this introduction.

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Beat Elder Scrolls Online’s Falkreath Hold, buy a Nord manor

When the Horns of the Reach DLC launches for The Elder Scrolls Online next month, one of the dungeons wrapped up in the bundle is located in Falkreath. If that’s sounding familiar, it’s probably because you toured the city in Skyrim, only this is a millennium earlier.

“The Falkreath in The Elder Scrolls Online is much larger than you will recall, and it is well protected by giant stone walls,” ZeniMax says. “When you arrive, you’ll witness a city under siege. Of course, Falkreath is not without its protectors, as Jarl Skjoralmor’s daughter, Eerika, has mounted a spirited defense, but the city’s tall walls cannot hold back the invaders forever, and without help, it’ll soon fall.”

You, of course, are that help; you’ll be defending the city and diving into the Falkreath Hold dungeon specifically in exchange for ridiculous piles of gear upgrades and loot. In fact, once you’ve beaten the dungeon, you’re in for a special treat:

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 127: EVE walks no more

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree recount the odd history of Walking in Stations, debate the Mordor pre-order, tackle a trio of MMO updates, talk with ARK’s soundtrack composer, and more!

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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Elder Scrolls Online wants you to PvP in its ‘Midyear Mayhem’ event

If you’ve never been excited by Elder Scrolls Online’s PvP before, maybe ZeniMax’s new PvP event will entice you. It’s called Midyear Mayhem, and it comes with loot. Loot, I say!

“Players can earn unique rewards like the exclusive Midyear Victor’s Laurel Wreath hat, and earn double Alliance Points, PvP gear, and rare crafting items during the event. Loot and bonuses are available in all PvP modes: join hundreds of players in the massive campaigns of Cyrodiil, engage in close-quarters street fights in the Imperial City, and compete in the intense, 4v4v4 arena-style showdowns of the Battlegrounds in Morrowind.”

The event begins on July 20th and runs to the end of the month. To hop in, just pluck the free Midyear Mayhem ticket from the cash shop and hop to your alliance gate in Cyrodiil to get moving.

Don’t care about PvP? There’s a new bundle in the cash shop themed to go along too.

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The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG is the worst for duos?

As I’ve been playing Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind the past week or two, my husband has been watching me from the depths of his Overwatch games, toying with picking up a Morrowind copy for himself to join me. The thing is, we both know that the game experience in ESO is sometimes hindered by the addition of more people, as the throngs of people plunging past me into my sneaky missions demonstrate on the daily.

It reminded me of something blogger Syncaine wrote earlier this year about ESO: “It’s very obvious a huge chunk of the game is aimed to be played solo, and not only do you not benefit from bringing someone else, in many cases you are punished or annoyed.”

I can think of a lot of MMOs that are great for duoing, but I don’t think I’ve ever thought about the absolute worst MMO for bringing a friend along for basic leveling and questing, and for all its petty annoyances, I suspect ESO isn’t that far down the list. Which MMORPG would you argue is the worst for duos?

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LOTRO Legendarium: Mordor’s pre-order is flat-out ridiculous

Outrageous. Ridiculous. Exciting. Exploitative. Controversial.

This past week’s announcement of Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor’s launch date and pre-order packages set ablaze discussions and arguments among the community, both in-game and without. World chat was streaming by quickly as players debated the pros and cons of the reveal, while the forums blew up with huge posts defending and criticizing the pre-order packages.

While this is not the travesty that some are making it out to be, I definitely agree with those that say Standing Stone Games misstepped with this announcement and needs to take some action to rectify the confusion and value of the upcoming expansion. While LOTRO players seem united in their anticipation for Mordor, some of that enthusiasm has been dashed with how the dating and packages have been handled, and that is a shame.

Let’s break it all down and see what we’ve learned and what pre-order might be best for you!

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The Elder Scrolls Online details the lore behind Horns of the Reach

So what’s going on in the next big chunk of The Elder Scrolls Online DLC? The short version is “nothing good,” as detailed in a new bit of lore setting up the backstory. It’s in the form of a letter from a father to his child, and it describes things happening which are… not very clear, but also definitely not good.

The father’s letter describes refugees pouring into Falkreath suffering a variety of wounds, including bite marks and gouges, with refugees claiming to have been harassed all the way along their flight. Claims that the survivors are fleeing some sort of bull-headed men allied with Reachmen are taken as largely apocryphal, but… well, the DLC is called “Horns of the Reach,” so you can be fairly sure they’re genuine. Check out the full letter if you want a bit more insight into your upcoming fights.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 126: Firefall gets extinguished

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree mourn the passing of Firefall, find out what’s behind Tibia’s secret door, muse about World of Warcraft’s next expansion, and more!

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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Elder Scrolls Online begins testing Horns of the Reach DLC, Morrowind is one of Amazon’s flash deals

Whether or not you’ve finished all of the content that came with Elder Scrolls Online’s June expansion, the devs have more for you to do. No rest for the epic hero and all that! ESO began testing Update 15: Horns of the Reach, which means that it will be coming pretty soon this summer — in August, in fact!

Similar to past updates, this one will be split into a paid DLC bundle and a base game patch. The DLC includes two new four-player dungeons, Bloodroot Forge and Falkreath Hold, that come in normal and veteran modes and contain eight additional item sets between them. PvP players will also be able to enjoy a round of Chaosball at the new Arcane University map.

The 2.3 GB patch includes many quality-of-life features for all players, such as customizable combat cues, guild features, and more housing decor. The master writ merchant has some new recipes to replace a few others that have been retired, and the champion point cap went up by 30 points.

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Here’s everything coming in Elder Scrolls Online’s Horns of the Reach DLC

Back at E3, we got a sneak peek into The Elder Scrolls Online’s post-Morrowind plans — how could ZeniMax follow something like Morrowind up? Easy: It’s starting with Horns of the Reach, the game’s August DLC and the subject of today’s dev blog.

HOTR’s headlining feature is its pair of new dungeons in both normal and veteran modes.

“The first of these new activities is Bloodroot Forge, an ancient, long-forgotten forge that was recently rediscovered by the Reachmen and their minotaur allies. This forge, rumored to have been created by the Daedric prince Hircine, can create weapons of unbelievable power. When exploring this new dungeon, you will navigate through heavy vegetation and deep, lava-filled corridors to reach the heart of the forge and put a stop to Gherig Crowblood’s plans.

“The second dungeon is Falkreath Hold, a township under siege that will soon fall to the marauding hordes of Domihaus the Bloody-Horned. You and your companions must break the siege, move into the town and Jarl’s Hall, and defeat the monstrous warlord himself.”

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Tamriel Infinium: Elder Scrolls Online’s mid-term report card

At the beginning of every year, I give the games that I am embedded in a letter grade centered around the four different player types featured in Dr. Richard Bartle‘s taxonomy. And at in the middle of the year, I like to see where things are so far.

Of course, I know that the paper that the taxonomy is based on is over 20 years old now, and the theories don’t apply 100% to MMORPGs. But I believe that there is enough of a connection between what people want from an MMORPG and the player types from Bartle’s paper that we can draw a connection.

The four different player types are Socializer, Achiever, Explorer, and Killer. For grades, I take a look at Elder Scrolls Online and ask, for instance, “What would an Achiever think of what ESO has done this year?” And then just as important, I ask, “What could be done to improve the game for the Achiever?” Of course, it really just boils down to my opinion, but I’d like to think I’ve been pretty good about putting myself in other people’s shoes in the past and looking at games from their perspectives.

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