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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

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The Stream Team: Finding a new home on ARK’s Ragnarok

The most exciting thing about ARK’s Ragnarok map for Massively OP’s MJ is the chance to explore an all new place — which is a good thing, since someone built on her favorite spot! That just means it’s the perfect chance for her to pick up and move to another part of the island, exploring everything on the way. But there is plenty of scary stuff out there, and most of it can eat her in one bite. Join us live at 12:00 p.m to help find a better spot for her new home.

What: ARK: Ragnarok
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 2nd, 2017

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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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Skyforge’s new equipment system puts the power of stats in your hands

Here’s a think piece: Why do so many MMORPGs make gear stats needlessly complex and obtuse? What might make sense to a developer who lives and breathes these numbers is headache-inducing calculus to players.

Enter Skyforge and its new equipment system, which is attempting to make gear both understandable and adaptable to the needs of each gamer. Each piece of gear has a certain number of main and secondary properties that it can equip (such as base damage or serial kill). These properties can be swapped for ones that a player desires more, allowing for hands-on customization.

Even better, gear can be leveled up in quality, from unusual up to mythic, by increasing its “integrity” meter. Each time the meter fills up, the gear is bumped up to a new tier and adds new property slots to utilize. Simple enough? Hopefully!

Source: Skyforge

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Choose My Adventure: Map-based antics in Guild Wars 2

One of the points of the polls and discussions for Guild Wars 2 the other week was that while I could focus on either map antics or storyline progression, I wouldn’t be doing just one or the other. Some of this is just practicality – if a story mission is bringing me close to a waypoint anyway, it would be silly for me to just shrug and not pick it up, and it’s kind of important that I use whatever means available to me to pick up more Hero points. But some of it was the fact that the game has, in many ways, an organic flow.

The game’s story doesn’t always bring you to the important places, but it usually at least strives to push players into spaces where they’re going to brush up against points of interest. (By which I mean “all the various map icons” rather than the game-specific definition of “point of interest.”) The intent, then, is not that you spend all of your time doing one thing or the other; you spend your time doing both, running through story instances and then hopping back out as it becomes relevant.

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The Stream Team: Into Warframe’s Plains of Eidolon!

Ever since Warframe’s Plains of Eidolon expansion was announced at this summer’s TennoCon, Massively OP’s MJ has been bursting with excitement, eager to jump in. Today she gets to! The expansions open expanses are now open and she’s ready to explore. Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. for this first venture into the dangers of Eidolon.

What: Warframe
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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The Stream Team: A night with EQII’s Nights of the Dead

Her favorite holiday season is here, so Massively OP’s MJ is celebrate in one of her favorite games! EverQuest II celebrates with the Nights of the Dead festival, and it is filled with tricks and treats galore. Besides all the previous years’ worth of activities, there are new goodies for 2017! Join us live at 6:00 p.m. as MJ gives a visual tour of the newest content.

What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Taking a look at Total War: Arena

At PAX West Massively OP’s MJ got to see a demo of Total War: Arena gameplay. Since then, she’s been looking forward to playing with her very own war hounds. Now, she gets to dive in for herself, but more than that, she gets to bring you with her! She’s really excited to try her hand at this new game, but how well can she adjust to commanding troops? Join us live at 3:00 p.m.for a look at game play and a chance to win your own key.

What: Total War: Arena
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Depart to SMITE’s afterlife in costume with new patch

Who needs to wait until the end of the month to start celebrating Halloween? Certainly not Massively OP’s MJ! (She might actually start in January, but that’s beside the point.) SMITE is getting in the holiday spirit with today’s Departure to the Afterlife update. There are plenty of new Odyssey skins along with the Halloween themed Arena map. Halloween chests in game offer spooky music, skins, and other goodies, and MJ has some treats to give away as well:

  • Trick or Treat Cupid
  • Grim Reaper Thanatos
  • Harbinger Nike
  • Dark Summoner Nu Wa
  • Shogun Hachiman
  • Wild Druid Artio

Join us live at 9:00 p.m. and you can win some new costumes for your favorite gods!

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Check out the screens and watch the update trailer embedded below.

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Choose My Adventure: Following a god in Guild Wars 2

To my absolute lack of a surprise, the fact that your abilities are so aggressively limited once you pick an Elite Specialization in Guild Wars 2 came back to make this week a bit harder than it needed to be. But not, perhaps, as hard as it could have been. That’s something to discuss further on, though; for the moment, what’s more important is progressing along with the story of Path of Fire and figuring out who to support, who to ally with, and what Balthazar really wants.

Let me get my one complaint about the story thus far out of the way immediately: the game is bad about filling you in on what’s going on. I hit this a little bit last week when dealing with what I called the second reel of a film, but this week I actually had an easier time following along… because of existing knowledge about the world. Which is nice, certainly, but you should not need to functionally be a Tyrian historian just to understand the events taking place. The full weight? Sure. The meaning? No.

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The Stream Team: It’s story time in Secret World Legends

Massively OP’s MJ was all ready to leave Blue Mountain in Secret World Legends, but two missions eluded her. Then she realized that the Sasquatch leader probably won’t talk to her because she hadn’t gotten further in the main story mission. So today is all about following the rest of the story in this zone, wrapping things up, and finally moving on. Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. as MJ works to befriend the Sasquatch and blow Blue Mountain.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 5th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Celebrate Atlas Reactor’s first birthday and get gifts!

Did someone say birthday? Yes they did! Atlas Reactor turns one year old today. Massively OP’s MJ is headed in to the party, ready to celebrate. And she’ll get gifts just for attending: Folks who log in between now and October 9th will receive

  • 1 Year Celebration Meridian “Thumbs-up” Emoji
  • 1 Year Celebration Banner Emblem
  • 3 Freelancers: Asana, Blackburn, Helio
  • 3 Skins: Hardlight Asana, Eliminator Blackburn, Moonwalker Helio
  • 9 Loot Matrices: 3 Asana, 3 Blackburn, 3 Helio Loot Matrices
  • 7 days of Lancer Enhancer (2x Freelancer experience)
  • Double Flux Weekend: Gain 2x Flux currency from matches October 6 to 8

Besides just getting gifts, MJ is excited to try and play Isadora, the hybrid Freelancer in a hamster ball. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. for an anniversary edition of…

What: Atlas Reactor
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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Dungeons and Dragons begins testing Mists of Ravenloft expansion with a new race

A week after Dungeons and Dragons Online teased the reveal of the much-anticipated Mists of Ravenloft expansion, the MMO started testing some of the features that will be included in this new campaign setting.

What’s really exciting here is that players will be able to get their hands on a brand-new race and a new fighting style. The Aasimar are a “heroic Eberron race” that have inherent healing abilities and do extra damage against evil sources. And for those who want to do close-up work with blades, there’s the Vistani Knife Fighter, a universal enhancement tree that specializes in a new way to fight.

Additionally, players on the test server can check out a few Ravenloft-themed cosmetics, including a “vampire hunter” outfit as well as black cat and raven pets. The studio stresses that this round of testing doesn’t cover the entirety of the expansion, which is clearly obvious with the absence of expected adventure packs.

Source: Patch notes. Thanks DDOCentral!

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