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The Stream Team: Sightseeing the second half of Black Desert’s Kamasylvia

The second half of Black Desert Online’s Kamasylvia expansion launched last week, and you know that means Massively OP’s MJ has to explore it! Last time she toured the new region, she had a tour guide’ today, however, she may be left on her own. Rumor has it that the capital city of Grána City is beautiful. Can she make her way there… alive? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a jaunt through the second half of Kamasylvia.

What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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Lord of the Rings Online makes Mordor and High Elves available for points

Some people would rather spend points on expansions and races in Lord of the Rings Online rather than parting with real money. Good news for those who waited for just that: Both the High Elf race and Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor are both now available in the game’s store for points! The expansion will run you 2495 points, while the race is 1000 points. Perfect if you have the points but just didn’t have access to the latest flavor of elf, then.

But wait, there’s more! The game does indeed have Black Friday sales running through Cyber Monday, offering players 75% off on Virtue bundles and 50% off on both complete crafting tiers and select housing bundles. So you’ve got lots of stuff vying for your time and money there; it’ll be up to you what is most valuable. You could always wait to get a new style of elf, after all.

Source: Official Site; thanks to BalsBigBrother for the tip!

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Perfect Ten: MMO things to be thankful about this year

It’s kind of hard to be thankful this year. Sure, some good things have happened this year, but we also have some things that, to put it politely, are unqualified messes. There’s everything around Star Wars: Battlefront II. There’s the shuttering of Master x Master and Marvel Heroes (the latter I actually flagged a year ago as being robust and healthy). There are titles like Lord of the Rings Online and ARK: Survival Evolved that have doubled down on methods to enrage players. And last but certainly not least, there’s still no sign of a sequel to the Warcraft film.

That one might be a grey area, actually.

But the year hasn’t been devoid of light, and there’s still stuff to be thankful for. So rather than being bitter and cranky about it, I want to focus on what we do have to be thankful for even while I hope for better in the future. Let’s talk about some stuff that’s good to be thankful for, even if it doesn’t tickle your particular fancy, and be a little more hopeful.

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MassivelyOP’s 2017 gift guide for the Blizzard fanatic

With the new expansion, official vanilla servers, and all of the other news from BlizzCon this year, it’s a great time to be a World of Warcraft fan. But Blizzard has other games too!

This year, our sales team has once again put together a couple of gift guides pertinent to our MMO readers. Please note that Amazon links are affiliate links and may grant a small commission to us, which is very much appreciated. Read to see some of the fun stuff you can get for the Blizzard-lover in your life!

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 145: Farewell Marvel Heroes and Master X Master

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree bid a sad farewell to Marvel Heroes (and Master X Master while we’re at it). It’s not all depressing news; Secret World Legends is killing it, there’s a new Path of Exile expansion, and Guild Wars 2’s fourth living world season is on its way.

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.

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Enter to win a trio of Star Trek Online console factional starter packs from PWE and MOP

In honor of the launch of Star Trek Online Season 14: Emergence on console last week, PWE has granted Massively OP a bunch of goodies to raffle to our console readers! We’ve got 25 sets of codes apiece for PlayStation 4 (SEN version) and Xbox One, each with a trio of starter packs for each faction.

  • Federation Starter Pack Content: Tier 1 Constitution Class Starship, 12 Inventory Slots, 12 Bank Slots, 1 Borg Bridge Officer, 13 Mark II Very Rare Space Gear, 7 Mark II Very Rare Ground Gear, One Small XP Boost
  • Klingon Defence Force Starter Pack Content: Tier 1 B’Rotlh Bird-of-Prey Starship, 12 Inventory Slots, 12 Bank Slots, 1 Borg Bridge Officer, 13 Mark II Very Rare Space Gear, 7 Mark II Very Rare Ground Gear, One Small XP Boost
  • Romulan Legacy Starter Pack Content: Tier 1 T’Varo Light Warbird Starship, 12 Inventory Slots, 12 Bank Slots, 1 Borg Bridge Officer, 13 Mark II Very Rare Space Gear, 7 Mark II Very Rare Ground Gear

Read on to enter to win!

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Jukebox Heroes: Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire’s soundtrack

I feel comfortable in saying that I hold the Guild Wars franchise’s soundtrack in high regard. There’s excellent music across the board from a variety of composers, and in my opinion, it has only gotten better over time. The Guild Wars 2 Living World season 3 and Heart of Thorns scores knocked it out of the park, and I could not wait to listen through Path of Fire when it released earlier this year.

That is why, to continue using an awkward baseball metaphor, I was let down when this expansion’s score was a mere double instead of a home run. It’s not bad, mind you, but it’s certainly not as great as the previous expansion or what the team has been putting out in the meantime. Perhaps some of this stems from the desert theme, which I’ve always found to inspire somewhat stereotypical “desert music” that sounds samey and not that thrilling. Guild Wars: Nightfall was my least-liked score of the original game for this reason as well.

Again, I want to emphasize that I don’t hate Path of Fire’s score, I just don’t like it as much as what’s been done before. This time around, four composers put together the album: Maclaine Diemer, Wilbert Rogett, Brendon Williams, and Stan LePard. This team did produce several highlights that I prefer to mention rather than talk about what didn’t work, so let’s give those pieces a listen!

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EverQuest II previews the Bastion of Thunder

Really, no one should be building a stronghold just to control portions of the weather. It leads to all sorts of problems later on. The latest preview for EverQuest II demonstrates just that, because while Karana, the Rain Keeper, might have had the best of intentions, it turns out that even tucking your Bastion of Thunder away in the Plane of Storms doesn’t prevent people from rushing in and taking control of stuff. And of course it contains four aspects of storms tied to four towers and guarded by storm giants, because now the towers (and, by extension, the storm giants) are in notable danger.

Needless to say, players will be expected to go in and fight against the Tenets of Hate to make sure that nothing bad happen, which means braving both those enemies and the storm giants. There must have been a safer and less ostentatious option for building a weather control facility, Karana; maybe something that looked more like an old convenience store would have brought less attention.

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Wisdom of Nym: Speculating about future Final Fantasy XIV jobs from weapons

The Armoury System places a certain unique burden on Final Fantasy XIV. Any new job doesn’t just need to have a distinct mechanical identity, it needs to have a distinct weapon. Which worked well for the first expansion and a half or so; after all, there were a lot of obvious weapons that existed in the game in some abundance but didn’t necessarily have jobs associated. A bit of massaging and we had a job for daggers, a job for great swords, a job for… spinny card-balls…

Yeah, this analogy falls apart pretty quickly. But the point is that it’s still just as viable as a means of predicting new jobs as looking at past titles, especially as Yoshida has stated on multiple occasions that he’d like to have a job that was unique to FFXIV. So let’s look at some weapons we’ve seen in the game, ones that show up in other titles, and ones that make a certain degree of sense as a prediction method.

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MMO Mechanics: What can be learned from Guild Wars 2 Mountgate?

Most often, MMO Mechanics articles focus on the gameplay mechanics that both make the MMO genre unique and those that diversify MMOs from one another, but this time I’m focusing on the mechanics that drive profit for the modern development studio and will discuss the lootbox phenomenon. Although the lootbox is by no means a new topic in the world of online gaming, the purchasing method has been under fire more than ever recently and has seldom faced the same scrutiny from the playerbase and wider media before now.

Recently it has been ArenaNet under fire for the particular way randomisation factors into purchasing Guild Wars 2 mount adoption licence skins. A unique combination of a highly requested and anticipated extension of a likewise highly requested and successful new game feature and the employment of lootbox mechanics has caused quite a stir in the game community, despite the fact that Guild Wars 2’s Black Lion Chests already employ RNG lootbox mechanics. In this article, I’m going to discuss why the skins were such an issue in the first place, evaluate ArenaNet’s response to the player outrage the skins caused, and ponder on the reasons why studios rely on lootbox mechanics in the first place.

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PSA: Elder Scrolls Online gives away a free bug mount to all Morrowind owners

If you don’t mind saddling up on something that is straight out of an entomophobic’s worst nightmare, then boy is Elder Scrolls Online going to make your November extra special!

ZeniMax announced this past week that it is giving away a free Nix-Ox mount to all players who have purchased the Morrowind expansion. To claim the mount, you will need to log into the game by November 26th. And yes, this promotion is good for anyone who decides to purchase and play Morrowind over the next week as well!

This is the latest in a string of promotions and deals for Elder Scrolls Online around its anniversary. Recently, the game gave out a pair of clockwork pets and deeply discounted some of its DLC packs.

Source: Elder Scrolls Online. Thanks Ekl!

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The Stream Team: Exploring the wilds and wildlife in Conan Exiles’ great white north

There’s much of the land from the expansion that Massively OP’s MJ has yet to explore in Conan Exiles, and she aims to correct that. She has invited a friend along to wander all over the north, poking into the nooks and crannies — and hoping nothing pokes back! Who are we kidding, have you seen the wildlife? Those antlers?! We’re not taking bets on how long the pair survive, but join us live at 12:00 p.m. to see if they can.

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, November 18th, 2017

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World of Warcraft lead doesn’t want to talk about Classic, but confirms ‘vanilla means vanilla’

Right out of the gate in the recent World of Warcraft Q&A, Game Director Ion Hazzikostas said that WoW Classic wasn’t going to be the focal point of discussion, as the team is only “at the beginnings of this process.” However, he did confirm that Blizzard isn’t looking to monkey around with too many changes.

“We know Vanilla means Vanilla,” Hazzikostas said. “We know that it’s about community and that means some inconveniences, that means some of the rough edges. That’s not something we’re looking to move away from. It’s more which version of that experience… is it the 2005 version? The 2006 version?”

The rest of the Q&A session primarily focused on the upcoming Patch 7.3.5 and next year’s Battle for Azeroth expansion. If you’re curious what’s going to be in the next patch, the highlights include a preview of the Seething Shore battleground, zone level scaling, Legion epilogue quest content, and Ulduar Timewalking.

Icy Veins has a great roundup of the main points form the hour-long talk, although you could settle in to watch the whole thing yourself after the break.

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