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Black Desert kicks off a new Lauren family event

You’re going to have to forgive us, Black Desert fans, but we don’t know much about the Lauren family. We know that the game is kicking off a Lauren family event today, though, so we know they must be some sort of a big deal. Are these good guys? Do you like these people? Maybe you don’t know either. But you can still take their coins and use them for prize boxes, so perhaps it doesn’t actually matter in the long run.

It’s probably Grace Lauren. She would hand out random coins. We’re going with that. There, lore speculation over.

Players will receive 10 Lauren family coins every hour up to a max of 50 per day, and 30 of those coins will earn you a special Lauren family giftbox. Each giftbox contains one of several items, ranging from a small number of Memory Fragments to an Ogre Ring or a special weapon box. You’ll be able to earn a lot of these boxes during the event, too. So will you roll the dice and see what you get? Why not? It’s free stuff. Free stuff is always good.

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Final Fantasy XI preps a new event for its 15th anniversary

It’s been 15 years now since Final Fantasy XI first launched in Japan, and the game is still receiving updates to this day. (Seriously, we’ve made hundreds of “maintenance mode” jokes by now.) So it’s probably no surprise that a new anniversary event is coming to the game starting on May 16th. We don’t know what it’s going to include just yet, but we know there will be crab shirts and fantastic prizes for players to earn celebrating a game that launched closer to the creation of the world wide web than to the present day.

Of course, if anniversary events aren’t your thing, you could instead fill your time with a bit of good old-fashioned Mog Bonanza antics. Yet another lottery is coming, and plays can start purchasing marbles on May 16th. So you’ll have plenty of chances to celebrate the game, and you’ll have a chance to gamble big and totally lose out on what you wanted. It’s really the full FFXI experience right there.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 116: Bree’s virtual garage sale

Is Ashes of Creation destined to be the Kickstarter event of the year? Today on the ‘cast, Bree and Justin talk about this crowdfunding tsunami, several MMO patches, a superhero preview, and even a launch. Also, Bree is selling the entire contents of her virtual garage. It was a busy week!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Crowfall posts another teaser for the reveal of teasers

What could Crowfall’s teasers for Teaser Week mean? Are they teasing new classes? New races? New combinations of same? Today’s teaser is just a group of images consisting of a short, hairy man, some weapons, and some landscapes. That could be a teaser for an upcoming camping trip with your uncle Todd, but probably not. (You may not even have an uncle Todd. We don’t know your family very well.)

Of course, speculation is running rampant, so you can feel free to engage in your own speculation down below. You might also want to take yesterday’s teaser into account. And hey, if you’d like to also bring in stuff like the Lead Masks incident and the UVB-76 broadcast, who are we to judge?

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TERA pushes Velik’s Fate live, highlights the challenges of Demokron Factory

Velik’s Fate is live in TERA today, with tier 12 gear and the opening of four rebalanced dungeons (and the closing of a whole bunch more).

“The update is named after a pair of new dungeons featuring an attack on the goddess Velik in her own home. In Velik’s Hold, the players learn of the threat to Velik, and in Velik’s Sanctuary, the players do battle with that threat…with not only Velik’s fate—but the fate of the entire world—at stake.”

It might be hard to believe TERA has been around for five years now, but it’s the truth. As part of the game’s anniversary celebration, it’s showing off all of the dungeons in the game, and that means that the developers want you to descend into the most monster-infested pits of the land for appropriate challenge. First on the list: Demokron Factory, offering improved rewards for players until May 15th.

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EVE Online’s patch today changes PLEX and adds new Blood Raider ships and shipyards

The bad news for EVE Online fans is that the game is going to require extended downtime today. There’s nothing to be done about it; it’s just a thing that has to happen. Why? Because the big 119.5 patch is going live. That means the game is rolling out PLEX changes to make PLEX into a currency while also no longer making PLEX a valuable physical item to blow up on a regular basis.

Of course, this patch contains more besides, as there’s the first iteration of new AI systems with Blood Raider shipyards and visual improvements to suns throughout the game. Players will also be able to display fleet emblems on station, enjoy new models for the Pacifier and Enforcer, and obtain new Blood Raider capital ships. You can check out the full patch notes to find out what you’ll be doing once the servers come back up; you’ll have plenty of time to think about it.

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Razer partners up with Neverwinter for cross-promotional rewards

Do you like Razer products? Do you like playing Neverwinter? Do you eat beans with George Wendt? If you answered yes to the first two (and possibly the third, we won’t judge), you’ll be happy to know that you can get Razer stuff (and/or discounts on same) by playing Neverwinter. You’re on your own for the beans thing, though.

Essentially, you just need to install and use Razer Cortex while playing Neverwinter. You’ll get three zSilver for each minute played, up to a maximum of 900 zSilver per day. (That’s five hours of playing, for the record.) You can then redeem zSilver for various discounts and/or items, although physical goods like backpacks can run upwards of 100,000 zSilver. So it’ll take a while to earn bigger rewards, but if you were already planning to play the game for several hours a day

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WildStar is finishing its switch to ProtoBucks instead of NCoins

The conversion to a proprietary currency for WildStar microtransactions is almost complete. While WildStar has been using NCoins (NCsoft’s microtransaction currency), it introduced ProtoBucks some time ago. When patch 1.7.2 releases, players will no longer be able to convert NCoins to ProtoBucks, meaning that NCoins will no longer be usable within the game in any fashion. The change appears to be chiefly aimed at allowing the game to hold promotions and sales for its own currency without affecting the overall exchange rate for NCoins, although if you want to speculate about deeper meanings, who are we to stop you?

Patch 1.7.2 is also introducing community plots, and the map for these plots has been posted by an enterprising Reddit user. If you’ve got a cluster of friends playing the game and you all want to live together, it’s well worth checking out the sort of landscape you’ll be dealing with.

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Ashes of Creation passes the 8,000 backer mark

It’s fun times when a Kickstarter is doing so well that the number of backers alone can unlock stretch goals. Ashes of Creation has passed the 8,000-backer mark, and that means a new weapon skin unlocked for Kickstarter backers specifically. The next goal is a whole armor set at 9,500 backers, which is going to take a little while to hit… but considering the Kickstarter is already closing in on 200% funded, it’s definitely on track.

The game also hit 100,000 accounts registered over the weekend, so it would seem that either there’s plenty of interest to make 9,500 backers a possibility or some people are very fond of creating sockpuppet accounts. If you want to catch a bit more of the game in action, you can check below for the most recent video from the development team; otherwise, you can just sit back and watch as the game’s numbers for both total funding and total backers continue to slowly rise.

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The MOP Up: SMITE’s console mea culpa (May 7, 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!

This week we have stories and videos from Skyforge, EVE Online, IngressWar ThunderWorld of TanksWakfuLeague of LegendsSMITEGTA OnlineElsword OnlineWurm OnlineDarkfall: Rise of AgonWorlds AdriftCounter-Strike, SEAL Online, and Warspear Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Shroud of the Avatar adds a small patch with a hidden message

There’s a hidden message in the patch notes for Shroud of the Avatar’s small patch from yesterday. What could it possibly mean? Is it something about the fact that several bug fixes are included in the patch? I mean, those are all good changes, I can’t imagine anyone would be upset about the fact that audio effects in Highport and Kingsvale are now properly linked to volume sliders. Or the cloak that now displays properly on male characters. But what’s the hidden message?

Don’t misunderstand, we’re happy to know that Resurrect Creature will properly target pets, renaming lot deeds will no longer make blank entries, and Corpse Explosion has had line-of-sight issues fixed. (One would hate for corpses to go unexploded.) But what’s this hidden message? What are you hiding, update notes? Eh, maybe if you look at the entry for long enough it will come to you. It’s nice to see even the little patches being something you can use.

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DOTA 2 is getting a co-op story campaign… no, really

The story of DOTA 2 has generally been considered to be a story of racist epithets uttered at strangers in a video game, or perhaps it’s the story of trying to turn video games into the same morass of salaries, egos, and awful behavior that professional sports has been sunk in for years. And yet… now it’s getting another story. An actual cooperative PvE set of story missions. Yes, it’s a thing. The first installment is coming later this month, and the second part should be out some time in July.

Players who take part in the missions will earn campaign experience, with an exclusive Desert Sands Baby Roshan available among the rewards. The only downside is that you’ll need to pick up a 2017 Battle Pass for the game, which will run you the hefty price of… $10. If you’re curious about how you can possibly wring some story out of the game, well, maybe it’s worth it for the curiosity value alone.

Source: Official Site via Kotaku

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Valiance Online previews City Hall and the hospital

The team behind Valiance Online wants to show you everything there is to be seen within the game. Of course, you can’t see it yourself at the moment, but that’s all right; the development team is more than happy to highlight some screenshots for you, showing off the City Hall platform and two shots of the Landvik Memorial Hospital for future players from the current internal tests.

Once players are actually in the test, the plan is to continue publishing screenshots from both players and developers on a regular basis, so everyone can see what’s going on in the world. For now, though, it’s just internal test shots. You’ll have to mentally add the swarms of players and particle effects.

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