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The MOP Up: EVE Online eases you into its universe (November 12, 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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from KurtzPelPath of ExileThe Black DeathSMITEEVE OnlineDreadnoughtHeroes of the StormTERA MBattleriteDragon Quest RivalsFinal Fantasy XIAionPokemon GoVendetta OnlineIngress, and Old School RuneScape, all waiting for you after the break!

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Get a glimpse into RuneScape’s die-hard fandom

Have you ever found yourself scratching your head and trying to understand the rabid devotion that has grown up around RuneScape? It seems that you either get it or you don’t, and if you’ve been ignoring the game until now, its fans are more than happy to tell you what you’re missing.

In an interesting exposé on the RuneScape phenomenon, Eurogamer took to this past September’s RuneFest as well as interviewed several players and streamers to see what was the appeal of this popular MMORPG. For some fans, it’s the MMO they grew up playing. “This is going to sound ridiculous and cheesy and a little bit cringe,” said one gamer, “but there’s just something that’s really comforting to me because I played it so much in my childhood.”

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The MOP Up: Eden Falling brings the turn-based apocalypse (November 5, 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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from MapleStoryWorld of WarcraftRendEverQuest IIDevilianHyper UniverseEden FallingWar ThunderNeverwinterMaster X MasterFinal Fantasy XIRagnarok OnlineDota 2Old School RuneScapeKurtzPel, and Kritika Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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RuneScape unleashes ghastly stories and deadly stalkers for Halloween

Beware! RuneScape’s lands are no longer safe for mere mortals to tread. Now that Halloween is upon us, Jagex has opened up its dungeons to let out a couple of frightful events for this holiday.

In RuneScape, the team has activated a new quest called the Ghost Stories of Gielinor. During this, “players will discover and play through pages of spooky tales across the game world and compile them into the Ghastly Grimoire.” The stories in this quest were written by both devs and players, and those who compile the whole book will get a headless rider outfit.

Over in Old School RuneScape, a Friday the 13th-inspired stalker is coming after players. The hockey mask-wearing Jonas can be found about the game, and those who fight him can win a mask of their own and even recolor their skin to “zombie blue.” A day after Halloween, Old School RuneScape is also turning on new “King of the Skill” servers with special hardcore rules and some tempting prizes for winners.

Source: Press release, Old School RuneScape

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The MOP Up: Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet announced (October 29, 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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from DauntlessEverQuestTERAOld School RuneScapeSword Art Online: Fatal BulletPath of ExileDestiny 2SurvariumBlade and SoulShot OnlineBlack Desert, and Elite: Dangerous, all waiting for you after the break!

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RuneScape runs Twitch promotion, adds more Old School quests

Don’t mind trading some of your time for entertainment and free in-game goodies in RuneScape? If you’re cool with this, you might want to bookmark this promotional page on Twitch that outlines how players can watch devs and get freebies at the same time.

To qualify, you’ll have to link your RuneScape account with your Twitch one. By tuning in this Friday, you can get a floating orb pet to call your very own. There will be more promotions going into November, with ways to earn a free random in-game item. Neat-o.

If Old School RuneScape is more your pace, you’ll be happy to read that the team is adding some juicy content and quality-of-life improvements: “You’ve asked for more quests and we’re willing to give you them! Alongside the upcoming Dragon Slayer II quest which passed with flying colours, we’re hoping to introduce some shorter more novice quests which expand upon the Zeah storyline.”

Source: Twitch, Old School RuneScape

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Jagex disqualifies botfarming winner of $20K Old School RuneScape tourney

Last weekend, Jagex held its annual RuneFest event in London, where the studio demoed its mobile edition and teased plenty of upcoming content for both regular flavor RuneScape and its crankier Old School RuneScape cousin. Yes, even the bank rework that’s been promised for at least a hundred years.

But the headline event of that convention, the 2000-person Deadman Invitational, went badly awry when one group of players formed a temporary alliance and were disqualified for refusing to fight, causing community uproar. It gets way worse:

“The last survivor of the final has been disqualified. A standard subsequent investigation into the winner of the tournament took place and the winner was responsible for the creation of a bot farm. Naturally all accounts linked to this botting activity have now been banned. This then raises the question of what to do with the prize money. At the moment we’re discussing what to do with it. A few ideas we have at the moment are another charitable donation, dispersing the money among the finalists, or carrying it over to the next season (or a combination of all of these).”

The studio says it hasn’t been able to prove other allegations against participants relating to the DDOS attacks during the show. But yeah, bot farming. In RuneScape. Who saw that coming?

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Old School RuneScape is getting a new exclusive area, Fossil Island

It seems just the slightest bit off to call an area in Old School RuneScape Fossil Island, doesn’t it? Like an insult that isn’t meant as one. But it’s also an exclusive area for the old variant on the game, with players getting a chance to build a barge, sail to the island, and explore a prehistoric land full of the bones of creatures from the game’s distant past.

It’s also full of the bones of creatures from the very recent past, as players will encounter the skeletal Wyverns and have new skill opportunities dealing with them. Combine that with an expanded museum in Varrock, and players should have plenty to do on the island. It’s a new addition, but it’s also a very old one in the sense that it’s been rumored for a long while. Check out screenshots and key art just below!

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RuneScape and Old School RuneScape are adding cross-platform mobile play

Attention, RuneScape and Old School RuneScape players who have hitherto been chained to your desktops or laptops to play: Set yourselves free! Jagex just announced that both titles are moving to mobile. And by move, we mean taking your current game with you, not starting all over. You get your same account, your same characters, everything — you just get it to go.

Play for both games will be cross-platform, allowing folks to swap seamlessly between the PC and mobile on their account, hopping between platforms as you switch from being settled at home or being out and about. Of course, you can also completely ditch the PC if you want to! This opens RuneScape up to the mobile gaming audience, giving those who prefer this platform a chance to join the community and experience the games. Of this move to mobile Senior Product Director Neil McClarty said,

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Old School RuneScape players threaten to riot over LGBTQ pride event

Old School RuneScape’s playerbase isn’t showing its best side this week.

Motherboard reports that following the announcement by a Jagex employee that a small gay pride quest will be implemented in the game, Old School RuneScape players have flocked to Twitter and Reddit to complain (the latter with over 6000 upvotes, though the original poster has since updated to note he no longer wants the event removed because of the inevitable “media backlash” that could tank the game’s rep). Objections range from reasonable (the event wasn’t put to a community poll in accordance with the server’s guidelines) to tedious (no politics in my games! think of the children!) to overt homophobic screeds that I won’t reproduce or dignify here. Just imagine really bad stuff, then crank it up to 11.

In fact, some players are plotting to riot (their word) in-game while the event is live, not against the LGBTQ community (they say) but “in support of keeping this game free of any agenda.”

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Old School RuneScape adds solo Inferno dungeon and lava fishing

Old School RuneScape has gotten a fresh update this week, and it’s going to do its best to kick your ass: with a lava-drenched solo PvM challenge called The Inferno.

“This challenge is not for the faint-hearted, and is designed to strike fear in to the most hardened gamers out there,” warns Jagex. “Located in the fiery depths of the volcanic city, Mor Ul Rek, players fight their way through increasingly difficult waves of monsters and challenges. Only once these have been defeated, will the truly skilled adventures battle it out against the final boss, TzKal- Zuk.”

Special armor, thieving targets, and lava fishing await intrepid adventurers, along with special prizes — including RuneFest tickets and lifetime subs — for the first players to best the encounter.

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Old School RuneScape celebrates its fourth birthday

One of RuneScape’s better and more popular experiments is celebrating its fourth birthday today. Old School RuneScape, the 2007-era version of the game that started up four years ago to cater to those looking for a more classic experience, has arguably become as popular if not more so than the standard RuneScape client.

To mark this occasion, Jagex is throwing an in-game bash courtesy of Party Pete. Players who participate can snag themselves a Gnome child’s hat, a war ship, and a cow outfit. The studio also opened up a dozen new worlds to accommodate the growing demand for Old School RuneScape.

“This year is a double anniversary for Old School RuneScape; not only does the game celebrate its fourth birthday, but it’s also the 10th anniversary of the ‘snapshot’ server we used to bring Old School to life,” said Producer Mathew Kemp.

Source: Press release, Old School RuneScape

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Old-School RuneScape gets hardcore ironman mode

“One life. One goal. Survive.”

If you fancy yourself a skilled — and hardcore — RuneScape player, then your ultimate test starts in just a few days. The Old-School RuneScape server is debuting a new hardcore ironman mode on November 10th, giving each character just one life to experience as long as possible. This isn’t permadeath: Once a hardcore ironman character dies, they can continue on in standard ironman mode.

Over in regular RuneScape, there’s a new grandmaster quest coming this month: Children of Mah. The team has created a new skilling method to help players meet the requirements for this epic tale. Another fun addition to the game this month is the bounty hunter in PvP.

Catch up on RuneScape’s recent developments with the video diaries below.

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