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Revelation Online invites you to battle for glory in its new colosseum

It was teased, but now it’s truly here. Revelation Online is introducing the colosseum, and its world will never be the same. Specifically, it will be far more violent. Seriously, it’s a place for violent gladiatorial contests; that is really violent. Also, it’s a place where you can compete for valuable prizes as part of an ever-expanding event in the game.

That one is probably going to be more resonant for individual players. The violence is kind of de rigueur at this point.

Players will earn a Merit Plate just for signing up to take part, and winning matches in the colosseum will bring you closer to rewards for being the best of the best. If you’re not the best, though… well, you’ll still get plenty out of it, as just participating earns points which go toward PvP ranks and associated rewards. So it’s worth it to strive, even if you aren’t very good at first.

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EVE Fanfest 2018: Two EVE players were married by the space pope. Yep.

Of all the fascinating things the EVE Online community has embraced over the game’s almost 15-year lifetime, perhaps the most bizarre is space pope Max Singularity. The character of the space pope started out as a joke among players who discovered Max doling out words of worldly wisdom in the in-game chat channels and counselling players who were going through tough times. This most cutthroat of online communities embraced Max’s kindness, and he embraced his new in-game role as a religious leader of the Amarr empire.

The space pope is actually NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory employee Charles White in real life, but at EVE Fanfest 2018 this week he was in full papal garb with an entourage of space monks and space nuns. If you’ve never heard of the space pope, well, I promise I am not making this up. Today at Fanfest, lucky EVE players Tairon Usaro and Irma Amatin were married by the space pope himself in a traditional Amarrian ceremony in front of hundreds of onlookers. Skip past the cut for a short video about the wedding.

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EVE Fanfest 2018: EVE Online’s upcoming ‘Into the Abyss’ expansion sounds incredible

While player capsuleers are undoubtedly the most powerful force in EVE Online, there are some pretty scary NPCs lurking in the depths of space. One of those threats has just been unearthed throughout New Eden with the discovery of The Triglavian Collective, an ancient and twisted offshoot of the human race found in tiny pockets of space cut off from the rest of the universe. EVE Online players will soon be able to invade these pockets of Abyssal Deadspace and face the collective in the upcoming “Into the Abyss” expansion coming on May 29th.

At EVE Fanfest 2018, CCP revealed a huge set of interconnected new features revolving around ancient Triglavian ships and Abyssal Deadspace pockets. Players will hunt through these bizarre new environments filled with unpredictable dangers that get more challenging the further you go, and with increased challenge comes some incredible rewards. You’ll find blueprints for powerful Triglavian ships, an incredible new weapon system ominously named the Entropic Disintegrator, and organic mutaplasmids that can transform your existing modules into powerful Abyssal versions.

Read on to find out who the Triglavian Collective are, what the deal is with Abyssal Deadspace, and why the “Into The Abyss” expansion could be incredible for solo PvE players.

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EVE Online starts up its SPACE event

You could be forgiven for looking at that headline with a certain degree of confusion. After all, isn’t every single day in EVE Online a space event? But that’s a problem of formatting. It’s not the space event, it’s the SPACE event: Spaceship Pilot and Capsuleer Essentials. In other words, it’s a crash course on everything that you could need to know about surviving in outer space, useful challenges and refreshers for everyone from the freshest pilots to the veteran players.

You can take part in the event through the Agency tab, with a focus on either mining or bounty hunting to enhance your overall skillset. Hop to the necessary task and earn rewards like exclusive Red vs. Blue ship skins, useful for future two-sided events. Or just flying around with a red or blue ship, depending on your aesthetic preference. The event runs until April 17th, so don’t be shy about jumping in sooner rather than later.

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Star Trek Online celebrates First Contact Day starting on April 5

It’s always nice when in-game events reference events that would matter a great deal to residents of that world even if they mean little in the real world. To the occupants of the galaxy in Star Trek Online, First Contact Day matters quite a bit, as it’s the day when humanity first encountered an alien race (the Vulcans, specifically). And now players can celebrate that event from April 5th through the 12th with a scavenger hunt through Bozeman, Montana!

It’s not just any scavenger hunt, of course; players will be hunting for suitable parts to build a replica of the Phoenix, the first warp-capable ship flown by a human. Players launch their replica models and compete for the highest altitude, with participants earning holographic memorial vouchers that can be traded in for special engines or holo-emitters. If you’d like to celebrate an achievement that hasn’t actually happened yet, just make sure you’re level 10 by April 5th to take part.

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World of Warcraft kicks off Noblegarden through April 9

May World of Warcraft offer you an egg in this trying time? How about several eggs? Look, the point is that Noblegarden has arrived, and that means eggs. That also means it’s your chance once more to earn some seasonal pets, a seasonal mount, and the “Noble” title to help put the spring in your step.

See, it’s a seasonal pun. Because it’s the start of spring, and… oh, never mind.

The event is running through April 9th, and interested players should search for brightly painted eggs in several specific zones. The eggs contain chocolates and/or items, with the chocolates used to specifically purchase the items otherwise found in eggs. If you’ve got a mighty need for the seasonal accoutrements or just a need for the title, hop to it! (Yes, like a rabbit. You got that one.)

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Pokemon Go developer Niantic to pay out $1.5 million for its disastrous festival

Remember when Pokemon Go had a big live festival for player in Chicago? Considering how quickly the event devolved into a nightmare, Niantic is probably hoping you don’t remember it. The studio had already announced it would refund the ticket prices for attendees, but in wake of a class action suit to recover other costs related to the event, the developer is ultimately paying out over $1.5 million to all those who attended the event.

A website for the settlement will be set up no later than May 25th according to court documents, with claimants needing to have checked in to the location via the app and provide receipts for claims over $107. Any leftover money is going to charity, not back to Niantic. It’s a pretty big figure and a notable piece of compensation for the disastrous event; whether or not it soothes lingering hurt feelings remains to be seen.

Source: TechCrunch

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Entropia Universe kicks off an event inspired by Ready Player One

The plot of the novel and upcoming film Ready Player One is that you can win total control of a virtual world by having watched the original Ghostbusters film enough times. (Or something to that effect.) You cannot win total control of Entropia Universe by remembering enough about Voltron, but you do have an opportunity to take part in a big scavenger hunt across the game’s world with its newest event. And the reward is 50,000 Project Entropia Dollars, which can be cashed out for $5,000, as well as land deeds to bring in more revenue.

Of course, you are going to have to answer a series of fiendish riddles to obtain all of the three keys hidden in the game, so don’t expect to be able to just roll in and get $5,000 for knowing what Indiana Jones is afraid of (ferrets). But hey, if the idea of an in-game scavenger hunt across worlds is what you’re into, you’ll be able to fulfill exactly that desire when the riddles start on March 29th.

Source: MindArk press release

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Final Fantasy XI challenges players to another alphabetical Easter event

If you’ve played Final Fantasy XI through any given Easter event, you probably have a vivid memory of hearing people shout for various eggs with letters on them, from character initials to more of the same sort of egg to other endless requests for a given egg. You also remember having to hunt down normal eggs to get letters on them, then looking for more eggs, then trading for eggs, and… well, you get the idea. And if the formula isn’t broken, why fix it?

Yes, it’s time to start shouting in the cities about how you desperately need a J Egg once again. Players have three “normal” categories for the egg event with the first three letters of their character names, an alphabetical sequence starting with their characters’ first initials, or just seven of the same egg type. There are also three more hidden words to spell, albeit ones that are only hinted at. If you think you can find the solution and you really like spelling words with eggs, the event runs from March 27th to April 9th.

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MMORPG Runes of Magic celebrations nine years of operation with daily gifts

Can you believe that Runes of Magic has been operating for nine years now? That’s a long time. Like… well, like nine years, actually. The important thing is that it’s been running for a while, and you can reap the benefits for the anniversary. For one thing, you can take part in a screenshot competition with your guild; the three best submissions of anniversary parties within each game region will be rewarded with a variety of useful items.

Of course, you can also be rewarded with useful items just for logging in; a new present will wind up in the mailbox of the first character you log in with from March 16th to March 19th. There’s also a 200% boost to quest experience, a 200% boost to drop rates, and a whopping 500% boost to talent points from combat. So after nine years, you’ll be getting a big dose of progress improvement in a short span of time. Get in there and start celebrating.

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Skyforge offers players a shamrock riding board for St. Patrick’s Day

The vast majority of MMOs don’t even celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, which means that Skyforge marking the occasion would already mean that it was doing something special. But it also gives players a shot at a shamrock-themed hoverboard you can ride around upon, thus taking things to the next level in terms of rewards. Your move, other games who want to celebrate another holiday. Your move.

How do you get this ride? Well, you kill bosses in adventures to pick up Ether Clovers between today and March 19th. It takes 350 clovers to pick up the hoverboard, but there are a number of lesser rewards you can also buy if you already have the board or just don’t really want it for some reason. You’ve only got a little time, so if you’re eager to get the signature reward you might want to get in and get playing quickly.

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Monster Hunter World previews a crossover with Devil May Cry

The Monster Hunter series is a set of video games in which you fight giant monsters and then harvest their corpses to make more powerful equipment. The Devil May Cry series is a set of video games in which you fight giant monsters while making flippant bon mots at the monster’s expense, then look really cool while letting them explode or sink into lava or whatever. Clearly, these are two great tastes that taste great together, which is why we’re getting a Devil May Cry crossover event in Monster Hunter World.

We don’t yet have a date for when this is going live, but players will be able to pick up gear based on DMC’s protagonist Dante through an event quest. It does not appear that you’ll also get the ability to deliver armor-piercing lines with a smirk, so you’ll have to provide that for yourself until your teammates beg you to be quiet. Check out the collaboration trailer just past the break.

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Saga of Lucimia argues GM events should be mandatory in MMOs, not an ‘optional service’

A few months ago, we ran a Leaderboard poll asking players what kind of live studio-led events they want out of MMORPGs. By way of example, I compared the types of GM-run live events I saw in Ultima Online and EverQuest. In Ultima Online, we often saw long-running plotlines, mysterious NPCs, decorated special locations, dungeon crawls, and weddings galore. In EverQuest, I saw weddings, yes, but also GMs running around massacring newbies to get the highbies to come take them out (which wasn’t such a grand time as you lost experience on death). In Asheron’s Call, well, don’t take my word for it – just listen to Andrew talk about some of the biggest MMO events that ever took place in the genre.

Such GM events – the good ones, at least – are the subject of Saga of Lucimia’s weekly dev blog, which ought to make the majority of you who voted for plot, roleplaying, and activities other than endless murder in your event happy.

“Over the years, that type of interaction faded away as it became too ‘cost prohibitive’ for companies to maintain the type of staff required to create such unique events, and these days you are hard-pressed to find a GM logged into any game, much less get customer support to answer your emails in a timely fashion,” Lucimia Creative Director Tim “Renfail” Anderson maintains. “Cash shops and loot boxes are the name of the game these days. Game masters? What are those?”

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