When I was a kid, I had far too many Star Wars action figures, vehicles, and playsets. And when I say kid, I actually mean 25-year old man. Then I discovered girls and the merits of a clean and clutter-free house. I also discovered MMOs, which are basically virtual playsets with digital action figures tailor-made for scratching sci-fi collectible itches in a socially acceptable fashion.
So, instead of stalking eBay or the aisles of my local toy store, I spent 20 hours decorating my Nar Shaddaa sky palace in Star Wars: The Old Republic this week. That’s right, 20 hours without a single blaster shot. And 20 hours sans the telltale snap-hiss of my lightsaber(s).
It’s been both fun and frustrating, which is basically SWTOR in a nutshell.
What is John Smedley up to? That’s the question of the hour, as Bree and Justin speculate on the news that the former Daybreak president has started up his own company. Other topics in today’s show include BIG NUMBERS from two MMOs, a prison server that you must pay for, and a superhero game that’s letting you walk on the bad side.
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EverQuest II producer Holly Longdale has posted an update on the TLE/progression server unlocks on the game’s official forums. The Stormhold and Deathtoll servers will be getting the Splitpaw and Bloodline Chronicles adventure packs prior to the first expansion release thanks to an overwhelming voter majority of 80 percent. Both packs are releasing today.
As for that first expansion — which is Desert of Flames, if you’ve forgotten your early EQII history — its vote will begin on August 21st and will run through August 28th. A “yes” vote will cause DoF to release on September 3rd. A “no” vote will result in a second yes/no vote on September 21.
Players of any level may vote yes or no, though only the first vote cast by a given account will be counted. It takes a 2/3 majority to unlock the expansion.
Are you an EverQuest II troublemaker? You could find yourself exiled to a server called Drunder if you’re a habitual rule-breaker. In a new forum post, Daybreak refers to Drunder as “a prison server,” and one from which there is no escape other than quitting the game!
Daybreak’s customer service people have been requesting something like Drunder for years in order to “manage disruptive players,” and CS will decide who ultimately winds up behind virtual bars. Drunder players will get no customer support, and Daybreak emphasizes that “this is a one-way trip for an entire account forever.”
If you want to see Drunder for yourself, Daybreak says that instead of attempting to disrupt live server gameplay you can simply /petition and ask to be exiled.
; thanks Kinya and Matthew!
I reinstalled Elder Scrolls Online this week, and I don’t know why. I mean, I like the game well enough, and did from day one even when people were inexplicably crucifying it left and right. But after my roleplay guild dissolved late last year, so did my desire to play ESO, at least for a time. Plus it’s not like I need another fantasy themepark, what with Lord of the Rings Online and EverQuest II already on my MMO plate.
But I couldn’t help it. I love the franchise and I guess it had just been too long since I’d wandered around Tamriel. Now, though, I’m not sure what to do. I guess I can solo my way through the other two factions or work on achievements, since there are a lot of those. Or I could go to Cyrodiil, as ESO’s group PvP was the most tolerable MMO PvP I’ve ever experienced. What say you, MOP readers and ESO fans? What’s your favorite thing to do in ESO?
Hunter’s Insight is a long-time fan and player of Guild Wars 2, but recently he had some pretty harsh words to say regarding the development team’s approach to the game, which he called “consistently inconsistent.”
“ArenaNet is consistent in its inconsistency,” he wrote. “That is to say that they repeatedly and frustratingly introduce things and then never touch them again, never adjust them, never support them, never standardize how to acquire an item or worst of all they only briefly make them available and they’re never seen again. They set the groundwork for something, make a show of it, and then don’t follow through. It’s a combination of neglect and lack of foresight.”
His essay on the state of the game is only the tip of the iceberg of great MMO community blog posts this week. Keep on reading for Elder Scrolls Online first impressions, how MMO silliness is hurting the industry, and the great hotbar shrinkage of 2015.
It’s time for another EU edition of EverQuest Two-sday! MassivelyOP’s MJ is devling back into the progression server to, well, progress. She’s finally left the island and is ready to take on the rest of the original release’s world. And there is much to be done: Antonica must be defended, Blackburrow must be raided, and the undead of Stormhold must be vanquished… and that’s all in just the first zone. Join us live at 3:00 p.m. to witness the adventure from the beginning. (It’s also a good time to get your Mousively Overpowered guild invite!)
What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
Although MassivelyOP’s MJ has been spending some time on EQII’s progression server, she’ll never abandon her home on Antonia Bayle. There’s just so much still to do on her Channeler, her Fury, her Paladin… the list of characters goes on. One thing she’s set on completing is every Heritage Quest. The Minions are in the middle of seeking the Shiny Brass Halberd, and tonight’s the night they are going to claim it! Then if there is time, they might even start the search for Hadden’s Earring. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to join the quests.
What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
It’s all well and good to prefer lower-population servers, but you can also reach a point when the population is so low that you can no longer find players to actually share the game with. This is the motivation behind EverQuest II‘s upcoming server consolidation, but the newest letter from the producer promises that it will be an actual consolidation rather than simply merges by another name. Smaller servers will form one new server, and characters will have server-of-origin tags to identify them (and hopefully keep their names).
Players from larger servers won’t have to worry about this, however, and can instead focus upon campaign updates, the upcoming community roundtable, and expansions to guide functionality. You can check out all of the details in the producer’s letter itself, whether you’re deeply concerned with server consolidation, want to get in on that community discussion, or consider all of the above equally important.
I’m back in EverQuest II and having a pretty good time with it. As per usual, though, I can’t decide on a primary class and have spent the better part of a week dabbling with a Shadowknight, an Assassin, a Bruiser, and a Ranger. As if choosing between those four isn’t difficult enough, guess what, there are 22 additional classes, all of which sound slick in one way or another.
That’s right, EQ2 features 26 playable classes, which is why I’m using this week’s Leaderboard to see which one is your favorite. Vote after the cut!
I’ve been playing the crap out of EverQuest II for the past week. Funnily enough, the vast majority of said playtime hasn’t been on the new progression servers. I hit Stormhold hard when it launched last week, and I got multiple characters up to level 10ish and firmly ensconced in a post-Isle of Refuge quest line or two.
And then I realized how much better I like the current version of the game.
Today’s Massively Overthinking question was sent via e-pigeon from Kickstarter donor Apollymi. No e-pigeons were hurt in the writing of this article.
“Have you heard of any MMOs that will not be PvP-oriented — by that I mean, have completely consensual PvP — that may be coming out in the near future?”
Let’s draw out Apollymi’s question a bit and talk about the PvE/PvP divide in our genre. What PvE/consensual-PvP/classic PvE games do we love, which future ones do we have our eyes on, and why is the industry so focused lately on PvP MMOs? The MOP writers are discussing all that and more in today’s entry.
I recently returned to EverQuest II, and since it’s been over a year since I played it seriously, I figured I had better pony up and buy all of the expansion content that I missed. Trouble is, I couldn’t remember what I already owned, nor had I really kept up with all of the content released since I played last, and Daybreak currently offers no obvious way of viewing all of your account entitlements.
EQ2Wire to the rescue, though, as the site sussed out what appears to be a hidden link that does indeed list every expansion, adventure pack, veteran reward, SOE Live exclusive, and Legends of Norrath card game claim item that you can use in EQII. Naturally you’ll need to be logged into your Daybreak account via the company’s website for the link to work, and it’s also worth noting that all of your entitlements appear twice as of press time.
In other franchise news, Daybreak’s Holly Longdale posted a brief producer’s update on the official EverQuest forums.