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The Stream Team: LOTRO’s Haunted Burrow is habit-forming

October means that Massively OP’s MJ can immerse herself in as many Halloween events as possible. And one really fun event is Lord of the Ring’s Online’s Harvest Festival: That haunted Burrow is certainly habit-forming! Or is it Hobbit-forming? MJ is diving right back into the spooky rooms in hopes of looting that rare pony from the cellar. There are also brand-new things to do! After finishing that, there are pranks to play and horses to race. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to celebrate the Harvest Festival.

What: Lord of the Rings Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 16th, 2017

Enjoy the show!

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Chronicles of Elyria picks up former Revival lead developer

Has enough time gone by to start erasing memories of Revival, that ambitious but troubled horror MMO that was canceled back in March 2016? While the project is dead, its developers have forged on — and one has made the jump to another indie MMORPG.

Chronicles of Elyria announced this past week that it picked up Adam Maxwell to become the game’s new lead designer. Previously, Maxwell worked on RIFTStar Citizen, World of Tanks, and Revival (in addition to almost a dozen other titles). Hopefully this new berth will be a good fit for him and Soulbound Studios.

Maxwell says that it was an easy jump from Revival to Elyria: “Half my fun getting to know everyone here has been in asking questions like, ‘So how did you all handle…’ and then randomly picking a feature from Revival. Weather, NPC memory, narrative dynamics… every answer is different from Revival, but they always hit the same mechanical goal. I feel like the two projects are siblings separated at birth. It’s both awesome and eerie at the same time.”

Source: Press release, Chronicles of Elyria. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Wurm Online forces player gods to move on, changes transfer rules

One of the more interesting features of Wurm Online is the ability for players to ascend the mortal realm and become demigods in their own right who can dole out missions and influence the game world. The designers of the game feel that this ascension should come with a physical removal from the world itself, which is why demigods are going to be removed from Valrei to hang out in heaven from now on.

This is but one of a handful of significant announcements that the team dropped last Friday. Another concerns the transfer of characters from the Freedom shard to Epic. Players traveling this way can now retain their characters’ skills in a one-way deal. As of right now, it won’t work the same going back, so players are cautioned to think carefully before making the switch.

Other changes coming to Wurm Online affect the meditation, sleep, and highway rules systems. If you’ve never sampled this unique MMO sandbox, you can pick up a copy of Wurm Unlimited right now for only $1.

Source: Wurm Online

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Secret World Legends teases its first Halloween event since the reboot

With the Orochi Tower live and the final part of the Tokyo region out the door, Funcom is already peeking ahead to the future of Secret World Legends. Like the rest of the game, that future is… spooky. Expect it to look a lot like The Secret World’s past Halloween events.

“Halloween is approaching! SWL’s first Halloween event begins Wednesday, the 18th. You can expect a couple seasonal missions and a public raid encounter in Agartha. You’ll also get extra login rewards just for playing during the event. For those of you wondering about seasonal cosmetic items we’ve had from past years in TSW, a bunch of them should be available as potential rewards and purchases this year in SWL.”

Funcom’s also noted it’s closely monitoring healers and tanks in solo modes along with weapon perfomance (especially Elementalism); Museum teleports are on the way as well, in addition to fixes for keybinding, inaccessible Tokyo Legends, hotbar issues, and Tokyo lair mobs.

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Enter to win a Skyforge PS4 Revenant Quickplay Pack from My.com and MOP!

Hey, Skyforge players! Are you having fun with the newly launched Revenant class? You know, that “mighty warlord, appropriately adorned with impressive armor and wielding a ghastly two-handed axe, which siphons the life from its enemies using vile shadow magics, assuming it hasn’t simply butchered opponents into a gory mess first”?

Oh, what’s that? You don’t have the Revenant class yet? Welp, you’re in the right giveaway! Thanks to My.com, Massively OP’s got a nice bundle of Skyforge goodies to hand out to our PS4 readers (PC folks, you can sit this one out)!

Fifty winners of this week’s raffle will be taking home a Revenant Quickplay Pack, which includes the Revenant class unlock as well as three days of Premium Subscription time. Please note that the codes will work only for Skyforge’s North American PS4 edition.

Read on to enter to win!

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RuneScape is overrun by undead, challenges players to survive the next 10 days of Dimension of the Damned

“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk Gielinor and there’s 200 million in-game gold pieces to be won by the player who can survive the longest.”

That might be hard to fit on a movie poster. Fortunately, it’s for an MMORPG instead.

Starting today, RuneScape is hosting a new 10-day challenge called Dimension of the Damned. In this “alternative game universe,” players will attempt to survive the onslaught of the walking dead by scavenging resources, creating shelters, and fighting back in one-hour sessions. All participants will get a survival outfit and the “RIP” axe.

The top 1,000 scoring players who haven’t had their brains consumed by October 28th can compete in a no-holds-barred battle royale to determine the ultimate champion of this event. There are a bevy of rewards for this finale, including all-expenses-paid trips to Jagex and a year of premium subscription for the top five winners.

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EVE Evolved: EVE Online’s free-to-play upgrades are pretty damn generous

You’ve probably heard by now that EVE Online is giving its free-to-play alpha clone characters a massive boost in power in December about a month after the launch of the Lifeblood expansion. The news has been spreading through the gaming media since it was announced last week at EVE Vegas 2017 and the reception online has been generally positive. Some existing players are worried that the change might even be too generous, with fears that veteran players may let their subscriptions lapse and play for free, or that the new skills might be abused to create an endless army of ganking alts.

There’s no doubt that the changes will help to close the power gap between subscribers and free players and will open up new avenues of gameplay. Free players will finally be able to fly tech 1 battlecruisers and even battleships, and cross-training for multiple races will unlock multi-faction ships such as the Sisters of EVE exploration ships. Alpha clone players will also finally be able to use tech 2 weapons and fly many of the ship setups flown in massive nullsec wars, though the way that the new skill limit is being implemented may actually benefit old and returning players more than new ones.

In this edition of EVE Evolved, I dig into the free-to-play changes, briefly examine the power gap between free and subscribed players, and look at who will benefit most from the change.

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The MOP Up: Speedrunning World of Warcraft (October 15, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Project Gorgon, Star Trek Online, BlessSkyforgeWakfuRobloxWar ThunderAionElite: DangerousNew DawnTravianAstroneer, and World of Warcraft, all waiting for you after the break!

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One Shots: Sea horsing around

When it comes to unusual ways for Massively OP readers to get around in MMORPGs, there seems to be no shortage of bizarre methods for getting from Point A to Point B. So why not an ocean creature that is known more for hanging about than keeping a dedicated commuter schedule?

“I really loved the free seahorse mount World of Warcraft gave my character when I started adventuring through the Vashj’ir undersea zone,” Mysecretid said. “You can’t use the seahorse mount anywhere but Vashj’ir, but it sure looks nice. Even the ornate bit and bridle design impressed me.”

I have to wonder if, when mounted, your character is thinking, “You know, this is just too ridiculous, even for this game. I really should say something to management.”

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Halloween events in Path of Exile, Master X Master, RIFT, EverQuest, Ultima Online, and AQ3D

It’s almost a full-time job to stay on top of all of the MMO and MOBA Halloween events popping up all over the place! Here’s another batch of deliciously frightful festivities that are going on right now in games all around you:

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LOTRO Legendarium: Grading Lord of the Rings Online in 2017

At the beginning of 2017, it seemed as though a mini-renaissance was brewing for Lord of the Rings Online. Standing Stone Games broke away from the sinking ship that was Turbine and offered a fresh start of sorts for the long-running MMO. We were coming to a head with the game’s story and a return to large-scale expansions was confirmed with the news of Mordor.

Reality and hopes don’t always get along, and while 2017 hasn’t always been the kindest to LOTRO, it hasn’t been a crushing disappointment either. The more I’ve been looking at the state of the game, reading the forums, playing it, and covering news, the more I’ve felt the need to grade how the game is doing in the right here and now.

So why not? It’s school season, so let’s embrace the academic spirit and assign some marks to LOTRO’s operation and state. Agree with these grades? Disagree? Get out your quill and scratch your own thoughts down there in the comments!

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The Stream Team: Friday the 13th in Secret World Legends’ dreaming prison

Massively OP’s MJ makes no secret that her favorite day is Friday the 13th. And as luck would have it, she gets to play her favorite game on that special day! What adventures are in store? It’s time for the big Blue Mountain showdown to finish off this leg of the main story, and then MJ’s Templar takes her first trip to the dreaming prison. What will she decide once inside? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to find out. And if you are lucky today, MJ will have a surprise for you!

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 13th, 2017

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Champions Online’s Blood Moon rises once more this Halloween

Hang in there folks: The relentless onslaught of MMO Halloween events still has another couple of weeks to go before we emerge with our treat bags full and a desire to never see another Jack-O-Lantern again.

For now, let it suffice to say that Champions Online has activated its annual Blood Moon event, flooding the game world with zombies who need a good walloping. While there’s no new activities this year, Champions does have a few cool rewards to chase, such as the bat mask, neck bolts, spooky aura, or a machete costume.

Need a refresher course on what Blood Moon entails? Take a trip back in time to watch a 2009 developer diary on the event after the break!

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