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The Stream Team: Talking like a pirate in AQ3D with Artix

Arrrrgg! It be Talk Like a Pirate Day again mateys, and that be meanin’ Massively OP’s MJ be gettin’ in the spirit. She’ll be hoppin’ aboard AQ3D for some adventure (and to collect the awesome pirate gear!). No pirate can sail alone, so she be joined by none other than the mighty Artix, scalawag extraordinaire. He be guidin’ the crew to a surprise new map as well as showing off the new Greenguard. Join us live at 3:00 p.m. to set sail for more fun than ya can shake a parrot at!

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

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AdventureQuest 3D survives Hurricane Irma, embraces Talk Like a Pirate Day

You’re probably well aware that today is that holiest of geek holidays, Talk Like a Pirate Day. AdventureQuest 3D is certainly not ignoring it; the cross-platform MMO is getting into the spirit (and rum) of the season with the return of Captain Rhubarb.

Ol’ Cappy doesn’t have any quests to bestow, but his booty is overflowing with treasure with which he will part — for a price. If you’re rich enough, you can buy your way to a piratey outfit (or a naval commander, if you’re also more prim and proper).

The team also opened up about its harrowing experiences of operating in Tampa during the recent hurricane strike. AQ3D fell upon emergency plans to keep running and came through it just fine.

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Massively Overthinking: What keeps you from playing mobile MMOs?

Earlier this week, we wrote about Black Desert developer Pearl Abyss’ IPO and its grand plans for the future – among them, four additional MMOs. Sounds great, right? Except that the suspicion, at least in our comments, is that Pearl Abyss will just follow in the footsteps of Nexon, NCsoft, and Netmarble in that the games will mobile MMOs and not “real” MMORPGs at all. That may or may not be true; the games have fairly fast turnaround for a full-scale MMORPG, but then the company talked up the BDO engine for future games and expressed great ambition in the MMORPG market in the west and on console.

But the suspicion seems to turn off so many of us — the stigma is real. So for today’s Overthinking, I wanted to dig into that. Do you play mobile MMOs, especially any of the modern crop that are popular in East Asia and then ported here? What keeps you from playing mobile MMOs, and what would you want out of an MMO for a mobile device that would actually make you consider it a home MMORPG?

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AdventureQuest 3D revamps the Greenguard Forest

Even as AdventureQuest 3D continues to press forward with its development, it hasn’t resisted looking back to see what older content could use a dose of revise-and-revamp. Next on the slate? Greenguard Forest.

The Greenguard is receiving better visuals and a heftier dose of storytelling. “We took care to get rid of the grind in this new adventure, and then we added an abundance of nostalgic and iconic AdventureQuest stuff. Because this is certainly the right place for it,” the developers said.

The team is frantically testing the new Greenguard before Hurricane Irma hits Florida (and the game’s studios) this weekend. As Irma arrives, the AQ3D team will be hosting a weekend sale and posting a skeleton crew at the studio to hopefully keep things running. Stay safe, you crazy game devs!

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AdventureQuest 3D cracks open its deadly bank, teases seven incoming classes

Leave it to AdventureQuest 3D to turn one of the safest and most innocuous places in MMOs into a deadly struggle to the death. This week, the team has opened up its new “master vault” adventure in the bank, giving players a solo, two-player, or five-player adventure.

The instance can be run by characters as low as level six and awards all sorts of cosmetics — and even a free bank slot if you’re able to beat it. The team said that the reason for releasing the master vault now had to do with a temporary code-freeze: “The bank was mostly done — it is a small but really fun adventure. Exactly the size of something we could finish before the temporary code-freeze.”

Meanwhile, the team hinted that there are a lot of classes being designed for the game, and as such, explaining the philosophy behind its one-character-can-do-it-all class design was important. Once the base classes are finished, the team will turn its attention to cranking out the Pirate, Necromancer, Paladin, DragonSlayer, Ninja, Cleric, and Shaman.

“Trying out new classes is fun and leveling them up is rewarding,” the team said. “Especially since we are planning a storyline for each major class.”

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Villagers and Heroes slams RuneScape over ‘first-ever cross-platform MMO’ claims

Buckle up, MMO fans, because it’s about to get really weird up in here. There seems to be this strange struggle between studios these days to claim the title of “first-ever cross-platform MMO” (at least for a western title). Last week, RuneScape announced that it was going to be the first game to do this with its upcoming mobile edition, but now Villagers and Heroes — which offers the game on both PC and Android — is contesting that claim.

“Competitor announces ‘1st MMO on mobile, first to deliver interoperable play between PC and mobile’ for 2018… SORRY, WRONG. We did it first!” Mad Otter Games tweeted last week. “Villagers and Heroes IS the first and the BEST mainstream and established Western MMO offering full cross-platform play!”

Of course, AdventureQuest 3D would like to have a word with both of you, as would Pixel Worlds, Pocket Legends, Nebula Online, Arcane Legends, and some game that launched this past week. Forget its name. Albion something? “First cross-platform MMO” doesn’t really seem to be a label that can be exclusively claimed these days (as we’ll talk about on the MOP Podcast later today!).

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Albion Online raised almost $10M, officially launches today

If it seems as if you’ve been hearing about Albion Online for a long time, you’re not wrong. In fact, the game has delayed its testing periods multiple times for major revamps, to the chagrin of testers, but hopefully that’ll make today’s launch all the better. Yep, today the day this buy-to-play, economy-driven, indie PvP sandbox is finally here, at least if you’re in the top-tier of founders and starter pack purchasers.

“Developed by Sandbox Interactive, fantasy MMORPG Albion Online has officially arrived on PC, Mac and Linux, bringing with it a community of dedicated MMO fans. Kicking off their adventures with a clean slate after the beta server wipe, Legendary Founder and Legendary Starter Pack owners have already begun taking their first steps in the sprawling land of Albion, staking their claim on the untamed wilds and free markets therein. Epic Founders and Starters will be the next group to enter the fray, joining Albion’s servers on July 18th at 13:00 UTC, followed by Veteran Founders and Starters on July 19th at 13:00 UTC. Can’t wait to start forging out on your own adventure? Download the client and grab a Legendary Starter Pack to dive in right away!”

In an AMA over the weekend, Sandbox Interactive said it now counts 250,000 founders and almost $10,000,000 in funding.

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Crusaders of Light launches globally on iOS with Android coming next week

Will there ever be a mobile MMORPG that handles the complexity and delivers the fun of a desktop or console experience? There have been many games have tried to crack this nut, like Order and Chaos, Pocket Legends, and AdventureQuest 3D, to varying results.

A new challenger in this market appears this week, as Crusaders of Light launched its “true mobile MMORPG” on the Apple iOS store. Don’t worry, Android users, your day is coming next week on July 20th.

Crusaders of Light looks like a colorful, stylized game in the vein of World of Warcraft. It sports three classes, lots of quests, and 40-player raids. Is this the mobile MMO for you? Watch the launch trailer below to figure that out!

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MMOs you’ve never heard of: Mad World, XAOC, and Moirai

Welcome back to our series on MMOs and other multiplayer games you you’ve never heard of! Tonight we have three to highlight.

Mad World

Mad World has my attention because of its cute graphics first and foremost. The Korean-born game styles itself as an action-centric HTML5 MMORPG with crossplatform play across Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. Studio Jandisoft – whose core members apparently worked on another game we’ve covered in this series, Metin2 – says it’ll launch next year on “a mission to offer a truly massively-multiplayer experience without boundaries,” but there’s a fun trailer out as of today:

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AdventureQuest 3D opens up ‘Beta Berserkers’ and random adventures

Get your chance to test AdventureQuest 3D’s newest class before the launch crowd! In this week’s release, Artix Entertainment pushed out the “Beta Berserker” (expect that name to change in the future, of course).

The new class goes hand-in-hand with another feature of the patch, which is the random adventures system. By clicking on the town crystal, players will be sent into a random dungeon with another person (which is a little funny right now, as there are only two instance options at present). Through this system, players can accumulate Battle Gems that are needed to make Berserker gear and other useful items.

“Yergen is making more dungeons and adventure maps — a lot more,” the team wrote. “In fact, he already has a new Frost Dungeon nearly complete. As the game grows and expands, we will use our newest assets to create new, fun, and interesting adventures. No, they will not all be dungeons. Some adventures will be outside, or in buildings, or well, anywhere.”

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The Stream Team: More Ashfall adventures in AQ3D

What’s a few dragons among friends? Massively OP’s MJ has been poking around AQ3D’s Ashfall and taking in the sites — those sites being the cool dragons there! Sometimes those same beasts taker her in… to their stomachs! That hasn’t dissuaded her from exploring the area; there is plenty adventure to be had, and she’s eager to experience more of it. (Especially more dragons). And back by popular demand is the infamous Mo Cape! MJ has a box full of the coveted orange capes to give to lucky winners, so tune in live at 6:00 p.m. for your chance to win your own Mo.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 17th, 2017

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Shroud of the Avatar’s Richard Garriott on launch and philosophy following equity crowdfunding announcement

Last week during its seasonal telethon, Shroud of the Avatar’s lead developers surprised watchers by announcing an equity crowdfunding campaign that allows players and other parties to invest directly in the game.

To try to glean more information about the state of the company and the decision to launch this year, we fired off an interview to Portalarium’s Richard Garriott. But one extremely tricky (and frustrating for everyone) issue that crops up with these equity crowdfunding interviews is that the SEC has implemented strict rules for what studios can talk about, meaning they are not legally allowed to discuss deal terms with the press. In fact, if we mention specific deal terms of their campaign in this interview, we can get them in trouble, which is obviously not our goal here. For example, we asked additional questions about the company’s financial position, who has invested in it, what happens to Portalarium if the investor round fails to meet its minimum, whether the game’s income is currently covering its costs, and how the game’s valuation was determined, but Garriott couldn’t answer in fear of running afoul of SEC regulations.

So we’ve proceeded with what we can discuss, and investors can ask questions in public on SeedInvest where everything is posted in accordance with the law.

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The Stream Team: There be more dragons in AQ3D’s Ashfall

Massively OP’s MJ is just slightly enamored with dragons. And by slightly we mean completely and totally. Dragons are awesome. And AQ3D’s Ashfall has dragons. (It makes sense, seeing as updates are called Dragons of Ashfall I and II and all that.) So MJ is going to go revel in dragonness. Or meet some dragons. Or die to dragons. All scenarios are equally possible. Join us live at 3:00 p.m. for a dragonlicious time.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

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