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Flameseeker Chronicles: Our Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire launch countdown checklist

I can’t quite believe that around 18 months of Guild Wars 2 development is about to drop in our laps this week through the Path of Fire expansion! It feels entirely different to the mammoth Heart of Thorns hype train that was somewhat marred by first expansion trepidation and the controversial pricing structure and content inclusions: On the second pass through an expansion release cycle, ArenaNet has managed to field a largely more low-key, straightforward road to launch, barring some grievances regarding material storage and gear identification. The hype train is building this week, and I wanted to help the effort by sharing my launch countdown checklist with you all so you can join me in

The hype train is building this week, and I wanted to help the effort by sharing my launch countdown checklist with you all so you can join me in looking forward to the expansion drop. In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll speculate on main story points I hope to see in PoF, give pointers on prepping for Friday, and share some of the upcoming must-see ArenaNet launch materials. I’ll mainly just throw some ideas out that might help distract you while you wait on the big day. Do take note that those who wish to avoid all information about the expansion before Friday should give this column a miss for now in case of spoilers.

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Snag a Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics Norse pack from Hi-Rez and Massively OP in honor of its Steam launch today!

Hi-Rez’s turn-based strategy card game Hand of the Gods — you might recall it better as SMITE Tactics or even its internal name, Hotgods — is officially coming on Steam. Today, in fact: It arrives on the platform following patch elements much requested by players, says the studio, “including the refinement of Combat Logs and the new additions of Clans and a Deck Tracker.” Yesterday, we wrote about some of the new pantheons coming in the future too; the studio has further elaborated on new cards and the Japanese and Hindu pantheons.

In the meantime, however, we’ve got some free stuff for you courtesy of Hi-Rez: keys for the Norse starter pack:

“The Norse Starter Pack will grant the 3 Norse cards Dagaz, Gift of Munin, and Ratatoskr. These codes can be redeemed in-game and are for PC only. These codes can be redeemed only once per account, so if someone has already redeemed a code previously, they can’t redeem it again on the same account. (Note: This pantheon starter packs is different from the main starter pack in the Steam release that grants the Ra skin.)”

Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!

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The Stream Team: A look at life after the big ArcheAge server merges + giveaway

It finally happened: Massively OP’s MJ was uprooted from her ArcheAge server of over three years and tossed onto a new world with a number of other servers’ refugees. She pointedly ignored the big land rush; losing her homes was quite a blow. In fact, losing her homes is the one thing that may keep her from regular play from here on out. Has this move improved things? How populated do things look now? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for a look at the post-Evolution landscape (and a chance to win a Trion code for loot in all the games, including Midnight Kitsu in ArcheAge).

What: ArcheAge
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 11th, 2017

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PAX West 2017: Hands-on with Amazing Eternals (and more beta keys!)

If I had to pick a PAX West booth to give an award to for sheer fun factor, it would go to Digital Extremes’ new board/card/computer game combo The Amazing Eternals. (I’m not alone: The booth also got an award from a magazine!) The retro bowling alley vibe — complete with bowling shirts, orange shag carpet, and wood paneling — combined with the awesome old TV console frames on the monitors just screamed funky and fun.

Did that same vibe translate into the game? Yup. It was prevalent when I got to dive in and try a couple of matches. Admittedly, the first one was less fun, but that’s because I jumping in totally blind; the enjoyment spiked up quite a bit more after talking with Lead Game Designer Allen Goode and actually learning about the game. And now you, too, will have that same info so you can have a blast in your matches — or at least know better what’s going on!

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PAX West 2017: Total War Arena’s hounds of war and World of Tanks’ war stories

When you think about Wargaming, you don’t really think about characters or troops — you think about war machines. But Total War: Arena’s inclusion into the studio’s publishing portfolio is not nearly as out of place as it may first seem. Created by Creative Assembly, Total War: Arena is a lobby-based war game, just like the World of trilogy. The big differences are the time period and the use of troops instead of vehicles. And the newest troops to enter the game are the war hounds.

At PAX West, I got to sit down with Senior Producer John King to discuss the new commander Boudica while watching her unleash her war hounds on the battlefield, plus I got to check out World of Tanks’ war stories in person!

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Enter to win a copy of Wild Terra from Juvty and Massively OP!

Indie sandbox MMORPG Wild Terra (official site, Steam) has been in early access since December, a nostalgia-driven medieval sim that allows players to build up settlements (and then tear them down!). Most recently, it’s released update 8.35, which introduces what the team is calling turnkey, ready-built player home kits to make town and fort setup that much easier.

Developer Juvty Worlds has issued Massively OP 270 keys for the game, worth $14.99 apiece on Steam, to distribute to our readers. There are no regional restrictions, other than the caveat is that the game must be available to you on Steam for you to use the key. Read on to enter to win!

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Elder Scrolls Online and WildStar throw contests for crowns and cash

WildStar and Elder Scrolls Online walked into a bar, where they drank in companionable silence until one said, “You know what, pard’ner? We should fling out some contests to promote our sizzling updates!” Then more drinking, some karaoke, ESO called a taxi, morning headaches, and the contests happened.

WildStar wants to get some promotion behind its upcoming Homecoming update, which is why it’s challenging player teams to collaborate on a striking a neighborhood community. The winning team will split a $2,500 cash prize (insert WildStar budget joke here), while seven honorable mentions will benefit from their teammates being able to nab 10 items of their choice from the housing section of the cash shop.

As for Elder Scrolls Online, the team is selecting five random players who enter its Horns of the Reach giveaway to receive a gift pack containing 11,000 crowns and a mount of his or her choice. Not too shabby for a little effort!

Source: WildStar, Elder Scrolls Online. Thanks Derek!

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Snag an Amazing Eternals closed beta key from Digital Extremes and Massively OP [All gone!]

Digital Extremes’ new shooter/TCG hybrid The Amazing Eternals (fka Keystone) launched its founders program this week, rolling into closed beta with a new trailer to boot and bringing the whole show to PAX for lucky attendees to play in person. If a founder pack isn’t in your future but you still want to check out the beta, then you’re in the right post, as DE’s granted us a bundle of keys providing standard access to the closed beta game.

Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys and check out the PAX trailer!

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Enter to win a Champions Online 8th anniversary pack from PWE and Massively OP

Can you believe Champions Online is eight years old? Yep, it’s true, and the festivities are underway! In honor of the celebration, PWE has kindly granted Massively OP 50 Champs goodie bags in two flavors to give away to our readers:

  • Level 1-39 Anniversary Pack: 30x Healing Devices, 5x Costume Change Tokens, 5x XP Boosters, 1x Temporary Sidekick (One Hour), Full set of leveling gear. (“Veteran players can use the entry level pack to create a new character or share with a friend,” PWE suggests.)
  • Level 40 Anniversary Pack: 30x Healing Devices, 5x Costume Change Tokens, 5x Triumphant Recoveries, 1x Temporary Sidekick (One Hour), Full set of Level 40 gear
  • Both packs also give players an opportunity to win gold vouchers (redeemable for various items in the Collector Store), an extra character slot or an additional costume shot.

The codes can be redeemed only once per account and expire at the end of 2020. Read on to enter to win!

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Ultima Online is giving away six ‘grandfathered’ castles for its 20th anniversary

While Ultima Online these days allows players to own only a single house on a production shard per account, that rule will be broken for six lucky winners of a new giveaway. For the game’s 20th anniversary this year, Broadsword is awarding six “grandfathered” castles — likely worth hundreds of dollars each — as additional premium homes to a half-dozen fortunate recipients on the shard of their choice.

So how can you get one? “Three of these castles will be raffled off live and in person at the 20th Anniversary party in September, and for those of you who cannot attend, three will be raffled off via a raffle stone on Test Center 1 that has been placed today at the New Haven Bank!”

Meanwhile, the game’s newest update, Publish 98, has begun its rollout with a worldwide release happening on August 15th. The update contains a 20th anniversary arc, special rewards, pet adjustments, and the return of the Halloween event. Seriously, what’s with MMOs bringing Halloween into August this year?

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Hearthstone returns to Northrend in Knights of the Frozen Throne

There’s a chill wind sweeping in from the north(rend) today: Knights of the Frozen Throne is now live in Hearthstone!

The expansion is one of the biggest and most significant for the game yet, taking fans back to one of World of Warcraft’s most beloved eras. Frozen Throne contains 135 new cards and several free missions for all players, as well as the ability to turn heroes into Death Knights for kicks and giggles.

Players who log in by November 1st will be gifted three free card packs from the new expansion, so don’t let the time get away from you!

It’s obvious that the dev team is having entirely way too much fun with this expansion’s theme, as evidenced by the Lich King himself taking on comments from actual players below. But beware! If you displease the king, you might be sentenced to the comment dungeon!

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RIFT calls players back with a late-summer giveaway

It might be the perfect time to take that vacation to Telara that you’ve been talking about for ages!

RIFT is currently running a login promotion to give away free goodies every day from now through August 15th. These include a pair of raid item upgrades, individual reward charges, a glimmering bag of sparkles, and a pretty snazzy lightning costume cape.

Things are hopping right now in this fantasy MMO. Summerfest is raging (with new rewards) through August 11th, and last month the team pushed out its Celestial Storm update that contained a brand-new zone and four additional Primalist souls.

Source: RIFT

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