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PSA: ArcheAge triples all the things this weekend

As the ArcheAge population resettles following the massive server merges earlier this month, Trion Worlds has prepared a balm to help sooth any jangled nerves. The studio is triggering a whole host of bonuses over the next several days to give players a boost in their journeys.

Starting today and continuing through Monday, September 25th, ArcheAge is running a “triple everything” event that will multiply experience, vocation, honor, and loot drops over the course of the weekend. Additionally, the studio is running a sale that grants bonus APEX packs if players buy bundles of five or 10 APEX at a time.

ArcheAge is in the middle of its third anniversary event as well, which apparently involves giant corgis.

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WoW’s Running of the Gnomes, BlizzCon’s virtual tickets, and patch 7.3.2 story spoilers

Did you drop $40 on a virtual ticket for BlizzCon 2017? You won’t have to wait until the convention starts in November to enjoy some of the benefits that come with such a golden pass.

Blizzard has started to post pre-show videos leading up to the show, and while the public can view some of them for free, others are exclusive for virtual ticket holders. Three videos can be access with the ticket, looking at casual and advanced cosplay as well as a trip into the Blizzard museum for memorable stories about the community.

Speaking of the community, World of Warcraft players are organizing another Running of the Gnomes on October 14th to raise awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer. While there is now an official micro-holiday spawned from this player event, this particular run is purely community-operated. Participants are urged to roll a pink-haired Gnome on the Scarlet Crusade server and have their guilds donate to charity.

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MechWarrior Online integrates special events with its newest patch

If you played BattleTech around the table before jumping into MechWarrior Online, you’re probably familiar with the “IIc” designation attached to certain ‘Mechs, marking Inner Sphere designs adapted to serve as Clan ‘Mechs with significantly improved technology. Four new hero ‘Mechs have been added with the game’s latest patch, a quartet of Clan IIc machines for those who want the smooth tech of Clan engineering combined with the brutal lines of Inner Sphere machinery. Or for those who are just really attached to the Hunchback for whatever reason.

The big centerpiece of the patch, though, is a new special event system integrated into the game that will make special battles more immediately visible and relevant for players. It will support per-faction conflict more comprehensively while improving both Quick Play and Faction Play modes. Now you can just see your goals and your progress right from inside the game. And if you use those new hero ‘Mechs to take on some of these special events, well, there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Overwatch is running a free weekend starting September 22

Are you mollified by the latest statements that Blizzard is going to fix toxicity in Overwatch for real, we mean it this time, seriously? Perhaps you’d like to try the game out as a result? Then you’re in luck, because the game is holding a free weekend starting on September 22nd through September 25th. Players can jump in and have access to the full roster of heroes and maps, which would also be entirely true of someone who had just bought the game anyway. But it’s nice to have that clarified.

Players who decide to pick up the full game after the free weekend will be able to resume where they left off, too, so you don’t have to worry about any lost advancement. Just follow the instructions on the official site to get ready, and possibly block out a bit of extra time next week. Or not, depending on how excited you are.

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The Division is hosting a free weekend for PC players starting today

Let’s introduce you to Trab. Trab is a PC gamer who really enjoys shooting things, so he’s looking forward to some other shooter that recently released on consoles, with a PC release coming later. What is Trab going to do for this weekend? Perhaps he’s going to jump in and play The Division’s free weekend, which is happening this weekend from September 14th through the 17th. There’s lots of stuff to shoot there, and Trab won’t have to wait for a later PC release.

If you’re in the same boat as Trab or just want to try before you buy the game, you can start pre-loading the game now, so you’ll be all charged up when the free weekend kicks off. Your progress will be saved if you buy the game, and there’s even a 60% discount if you buy from Ubisoft directly during the free weekend. That seems like a pretty good deal for anyone with a need to shoot something on PC.

Source: Steam page

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ArcheAge celebrates its third anniversary with giant corgis

It’s hard to believe that ArcheAge has been with us for three years now, but that’s what the game is celebrating with its new anniversary event. Starting today, players can claim  a package for free containing a temporary mount, balloon furniture, ballroom outfits, and other goodies. Players can also take care of Amary’s giant corgi named Kirby, petting and comforting the enormous dog to earn coins for prize capsules with all sorts of fun goodies inside.

Players can also take part in the third annual Shadowguard Festival, which has a quest tying it in to celebrating with Kirby if you’re so inclined. There’s also a discount for listing items on the auction house, so you get to sell things with larger profit margins. Check out the event page for all of the awards you can pick up, and get ready to celebrate history through October 18th.

Massively OP met with ArcheAge’s Seraphina Brennan at PAX earlier this month with a full report on the anniversary and the upcoming update, so make sure to check that out too!

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World of Warships is offering charity bundles for donating to hurricane relief

If you’ve somehow missed the news, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have pretty well pounded the daylights out of the Caribbean, Florida, and eastern Texas. There are a lot of people struggling right now, and World of Warships is doing what it can to suppose relief efforts by adding new bundles to the game for sale. 100% of the proceeds from the bundles will be donated to Team Rubicon, a charity organization that helps veterans transition into civilian service.

Not interested in playing the game or getting bundles? That’s fine, too; you can make a donation directly to Team Rubicon and have Wargaming.net match the donation up to $20,000. It’s an effort to provide some extra help to the regions afflicted by the hurricane, and if you want to get a little game benefit out of it in the process, that’s fine as well.

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BlizzCon reveals this year’s virtual ticket plans, broadcasts pre-show

Is there anything really important between now and November 3rd, when BlizzCon 2017 begins? Probably not, so we might as well all start hibernating in our pumpkin spice caves.

However, it might behoove some Blizzard fans who can’t physically attend the two-day convention to check out the virtual ticket as a way to hang out at the show from home. It sounds like this package is even better this year. Running fans $40, the virtual ticket offers coverage of every stage, panel, and special event during the convention as well as a $10 discount on the Blizzard physical goody box, a customized viewing list, and replays up to a month after the convention.

The ticket also comes with in-game goodies, including a choice of either a either an Alliance Skychaser or a Horde Interceptor World of Warcraft flying mount that can be redeemed and used today. It also should be noted that everyone, even the most cheapskatiest of us, can view the opening ceremony and e-sports tournaments for free.

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WoW sells charity pet for hurricane relief, plus more on Overwatch’s Junkertown & Hearthstone’s Oktoberbrawl

We’ve got a fun roundup of Blizzard’s doings, so let’s get started! The studio is selling a new “Shadow” fox pet with adorably huge ears for $10 in World of Warcraft’s cash shop. So why is this special? Because the studio is donating all profits to charity to benefit the victims of the current hurricane season.

“For every Shadow pet purchased between September 12, 2017 and December 31, 2017, 100% of the adoption fee will be split equally between American Red Cross Disaster Relief and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Fund to assist with relief efforts around the world,” the studio said.

Moving on to Overwatch, the devs are busy putting the final touches on the game’s newest map. Junkertown is coming on September 19th to all platforms, but you can get a preview of the map right now.

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LOTRO’s insane player Olympics return next week

What do you get when you take a bunch of stubborn and foolhearty Dwarves, get them tanked on ale, and then start boasting about physical prowess? The Harnkegger Games, of course!

Starting next Monday on Lord of the Rings Online’s Laurelin server, players will compete in the sixth annual Harnkegger Games for glory, honor, and most importantly, gold and LOTRO Points. The Games cover a week of player-run events, including the spike jump, the fishing competition, a dive into molten lava, the cross-country run, a poetry contest, and the drunken sprint across the Shire.

Players will compete for their “nation,” which is represented by their race. Even if you don’t want to participate, there is plenty of entertainment to be found in spectating and enjoying the musical acts. The event will also be broadcast live on the official LOTRO livestream.

Source: The Harnkegger Games. Thanks Kandral!

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Atlas Reactor patches in a new solo mode and a new character

There’s a tendency for all of us to claim that it’s our teammates holding us back in online games. Any raid leader, for example, will probably opine at least once or twice that the rest of the raid is what’s holding back progress. Atlas Reactor‘s new Fourlancer mode lets you put your money where your mouth is, though; in this new mode you control the entire four-person team and face off against another player controlling a full team, with an extended decision timer and no one else to blame if you screw up. If you’ve ever said that your teammates are holding you back? Prove it.

The same patch also brings in Isadora, who is protected by a lot of shields but has very little health beneath that. She switches gameplay modes if her shields are destroyed, but she can also re-activate her shield as an ultimate ability, allowing her go charge back into the fray. Combine that with a double ISO weekend running from September 8th to the 10th and you have plenty of reason to get in there and play.

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Shroud of the Avatar is running another free trial until September 27

Curious about Shroud of the Avatar but not curious enough to drop money on the title first? Now you can try it out and save your cash, as the game is holding another free trial event through September 27th. For the developers, it provides a valuable opportunity to see what works and what doesn’t work in the current new player experience and how the servers handle stress. For you, it’s… well, it’s a chance to try out the game without buying it.

Naturally, your options are fairly limited in the free trial; you have no ability to own land, you can’t buy or sell items by player vendors, you can’t PvP, you can’t trade items, you can’t use the letter “j” in your name, and so forth. (All right, that last one isn’t true.) But if you’d like a taste for what the game is like, well, it’s still the most free option to find out that you’re likely to get. Jump on in before September 27th if you’re curious; just make an account, download the game, and get going.

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Neverwinter and Star Trek Online distract you with events

Need a diversion to keep you from getting too productive in your work or school life? Perfect World Entertainment is here for you, because if there’s one thing that company knows, it’s how to pump out events in its games. And lockboxes. Events and lockboxes.

Star Trek Online has a new red alert coming up with Season 14: Emergence. When the patch hits, groups of five players can answer the call to stop the Tzenkethi from bombing planets into extinction. Seriously, what is their deal? Get a hobby already. May we suggest playing MMOs?

Over at Neverwinter, a solo PvP queue event is running through September 14th. It’s a good way for players to find a more balanced PvP experience, especially if they’re tired of being steamrolled by premades.

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