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The Stream Team: AQ3D’s hairy situation

Have you ever seen Moglin Scissorhands? No? Well now is your chance! AQ3D just introduced a barbershop to allow players to get more creative with their looks. And in true AQ3D style, there is story complete with crazy cutscenes involved! Massively OP’s MJ has an appointment with the barber, and she’s bringing Artix along. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to see what kind of craziness they get into.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

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Albion Online is coming to Steam on May 16 – check out the latest trailer

Crowdfunded indie PvP sandbox Albion Online officially launched last summer, finding so much initial success that its servers were hammered and it even suffered a round of extortion-centered DDOS attacks before settling into a scaled-down MMO live team and playerbase. So it always surprises me that the game never came to Steam, in spite of the fact that it was Greenlit on the platform four years ago. The team announced in March it was rectifying that oversight, and as of today, we now have a date: May 16. That’s for PC, Mac, and Linux.

“With its availability on this new platform, the sandbox MMOPRG will now also offer standard Steam features, including achievements – and as a thank-you to veteran players, all achievements developed for the Steam launch will also be available in the native Albion Online client.”

There’s a bonus expies event too. “To celebrate the release on Steam, the Berlin-based development studio Sandbox Interactive is also granting old and new players alike a week-long Fame boost,” says Sandbox Interactive. “From May 16-22, all players will get 25% more Fame for all activities in the world of Albion – gathering, crafting, killing mobs, and everything else.”

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The Stream Team: May the Fourth be with AdventureQuest 3D

May the Fourth be with you! It’s certainly with AQ3D. There’s a super fun themed set of goodies to acquire that celebrates this auspicious holiday, and Massively OP’s MJ really wants it. How could she not — have you seen those Moglin droids? Join live at 9:00 p.m. as she musters the force to collect her parody gear.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 4th, 2018

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Shroud of the Avatar’s 53rd release is here with improved loot and LFG

If you don’t count the day-one patch at launch a month ago, today marks the first major update for Shroud of the Avatar since it fully shed all its beta and early access trappings. Release 53 – yes, they’re still monthly, like clockwork – includes new zone rebuilds, virtue effects, heraldry, plus the loot overhaul.

“We made massive improvements to loot. Player crafted gear sold to merchants will now appear in supply bundles, decorations have been added in multiple places including toadstools on mushroom enemies (how ironic is that?), worn armor can now be found on humanoids, lot deeds and homes now appear in rare supply bundles, and drop rates have been increased for all items in Offline Mode!”

Maybe the most pressing new addition is the looking-for-group code. “A party leader can add their party (aka ‘group’) to a public listing of open groups for others to join,” Portalarium’s patch notes say. “Players who are looking for a group to play with can use this listing to find an open group.”

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The Stream Team: Walking the World Tree’s Dream Plane in AdventureQuest 3D

The adventure must go on! Massively OP’s MJ earned permission to walk the Dream Plane in AQ3D in order to save the World Tree. And save it she must! With today’s launch of the second half of the new World Tree content, MJ is going back in to help Slifsgaard (the in-game version). Will she succeed? And more importantly, can she manage the voices solo? Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for a jaunt through the Dream Plane.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

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The Stream Team: Friday the 13th in AdventureQuest 3D

It’s Friday the 13th! That’s the best day of the year — at least for Massively OP’s MJ. It means she gets to go back to AQ3D’s Camp Gonnagetcha to hang out with her camp friends, including Artix! Are you prepared for the crazy camp stories? Then grab a marshmallow, pull up a tree stump, and join us live at 4:00 p.m.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 13th, 2018

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The Stream Team: Meet the mind behind AdventureQuest 3D’s new World Tree

Brand-new content just opened up today in AQ3D, and Massively OP’s MJ is excited to jump in and show it off. But even cooler than that, you get to meet the mind behind the World Tree. MJ will be joined by Slifsgaard, the backer whose generous pledge and design ideas made this whole area possible! Oh, and Artix will be there, too. Fun times are in store, so join us live at 3:00 p.m. for a look at this fully fan funded content that all players get to enjoy.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 6th, 2018

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The Stream Team: Starting spring in AdventureQuest 3D’s underworld with Artix

What better way to herald the beginning of the spring season than descending deep into AQ3D’s underworld. What? It’s not like there are any flowers out in the snow now anyways! And spring is definitely not the favorite season of Massively OP’s MJ. Instead of celebrating, she’s going to mourn the loss of winter by romping through the land of death. And she won’t be alone: Artix is joining her on this adventure. Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. or risk missing out on all the cool stories and crazy jokes Artix will share.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

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One Shots: The Elvish temptation

I’m sorry to have to begin this week’s column with a public service announcement, but this has been a long time coming. Friends, beware of the Elves. Elves will only lure you into danger, tempt you down roads best left alone, and make a mockery of life insurance policies. Reject the Elf in all of its forms.

“Sadly I’ve been resucked into World of Warcraft because elves (only because Justin has such a hate on for them),” wrote Winter.

DARN IT, Winter. Did you not hear a word I just said? No matter. The Massively OP Intervention Unit (MOPIU) is on its way to your home as we speak. Put down the fake pointed ears and listen to them, won’t you?

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AdventureQuest 3D comes to a head with the Dragons of Ashfall

The third and final chapter of AdventureQuest 3D’s epic Dragons of Ashfall is now live. After months of battling up and through a volcano, players are finally able to take the fight to the big bad dragon boss itself.

Five and 20-player raids against the Great Dragon Talyn lies at the heart of the update, but it is certainly not the only addition. With the patch, the level cap has been increased to 20, players can now earn the DragonSlayer class, and new gear is available to unlock.

The team said that now the update is live, fans can expect to see a faster pace of releases: “Next week we will release those two dungeons to the right and left at the top of Mount Ashfall. Then, it is time for Dage’s birthday — a gateway will open to new area of the Underworld. Heroes should be advised to be weary of signing any ‘contracts’ in the underworld. Then the Shaman Forest and Dragon’s Graveyard will quickly follow.”

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Grimdark multiplatform 2-D MMORPG Mad World hits Steam this fall

Mad World first popped up on our radar last summer, when we learned it was a HTML5-based Korean action MMORPG vying for your attention on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. This week, studio Jandisoft announced plans to launch the game on Steam this coming fall. It’s touting story-driven quests as part of a cute but grimdark storyline, along with crafting, guilds, and other MMO necessities. Interestingly, there are no classes here – just weapon skills.

“Clad in unique hand-drawn 2D art style, Mad World stays true to the classic MMORPGs but with a few tweaks. Leaving the MMORPG’s standard combat style, the game’s Target and Move style makes the combat more dynamic, and its classless weapon-based skill system gives more options when using skills.”

We’ve got the latest “mood” trailer down below!

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Albion Online kicks off its mobile testing on Apple devices

One of the big selling points for Albion Online right out of the gate was the promise of a game that could be played on pretty much any device in the same world. PC, Linux, mobile devices… same thing, across the board. That goal is getting closer to being a reality with the game’s new closed beta on iOS platforms. If you’ve got the game and either an iPad or an iPhone, you can jump in and start playing.

You’ll need to have at least a starter or founder pack to take part in the closed beta, but assuming you do you can log in and, well… play. It’ll have all of the same features and options as the desktop client, it’ll just be on a mobile device. There are some light system requirements in terms of recommendation, so be sure to double-check your device before logging in and reporting bugs. But, you know, do log in and report bugs.

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Project Gorgon says Steam early access is coming in a ‘month-ish’

Don’t look now, but Project Gorgon could be out on Steam by the time the Easter Bunny emerges from her hidey-hole.

The project lead took to Twitter this week to inform the community that early access is aiming for February or March: “It’ll be another month-ish before Project Gorgon is on Steam early access, but it’s now in internal testing. Which means I can now play from Steam! Nobody else yet, just me. But it’s a step.”

As we digest this happy news, Linux testers also have something to brighten their day. The team pushed out an experimental launcher for those using a Linux OS on their computers. This doesn’t mean that Project Gorgon has official Linux support (it doesn’t), but it’s a nice concession to those who use the platform.

Curious about this indie MMO? Check out Eliot’s run through Project Gorgon this month in his Choose My Adventure series!

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