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One Shots: Healin’ skellies in Shards Online

When the NDA is away, the cats will play — and take screenshots! Bless our dear community for documenting upcoming MMOs as they venture into these virgin territories.

ZulikaMiNam had some fun in one game that I haven’t seen much from readers yet: “Since there are no NDA restrictions imposed for this alpha weekend kickoff over at Shards Online I will post some pics from there. I accidentally healed a skeleton while trying to heal myself. So my name turns grey and anyone can kill me now. Time to lay low for a bit.”

Are you still laying low? You can… probably come out now. That skeleton owes you a life debt for that heroic action.

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One Shots: Tabula Rasa’s 21-gun salute

Ralph the Wonder Llama kicks off today’s community screenshot gallery with a salute to the late, great Tabula Rasa.

“Yes, Tabula Rasa ended up being rushed to market, and many of its features were pretty rough around the edges when the game first released, but this was 2008! Can you imagine what Tabula Rasa would have been like if it had survived and gotten a couple of expansions under its belt? The mind boggles. Here’s a shot of my Grenadier at Foreas Base, taken just a few days before shutdown. You can’t really tell with the helmet on, but I’m pretty sure my character is crying.”

On that happy note, let’s see what else you all have cooked up for us today!

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One Shots: The Reaper comes for all MMOs

In light of this past week’s sad Landmark news, it’s perhaps too on-the-nose that I asked for players to send in pictures of defunct MMOs. Maybe it’s just one of those sober reminders that sooner or later, these games will go dark. Enjoy them to their fullest now!

“To prove I can actually be on topic sometimes, I answer your call for shots from defunct MMOs with one from Dragon’s Prophet,” Tyler said, “the only game I’ve played that has shut down. There was a great deal wrong with this game, and I didn’t play it for long, but there was still a lot about it that was surprisingly good. In particular I loved the unusual, battle mage-like Oracle class. Who wants to stand in the back waving your hands when your mage can charge into the thick of things and massacre everyone with a giant enchanted scythe?”

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One Shots: The Christmas when no one showed up

If an MMO throws a Christmas party and no one shows up, who gets the presents? Will that eggnog ever get drunk? Are the decorations quiet and beautiful or deathly quiet and sad?

Adri’s screenshot from the classic Guild Wars made me think about how MMO holidays keep on trucking whether or not guests arrive to the party. For MMOs past their time, it’s almost like the game itself is keeping vigil for its cherished memories.

“Merry Christmas,” Adri said. “I visit this Guild Wars 1 Christmas tree every year. Just sitting next to it, listening to the in-game music, and thinking of times… just times.”

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One Shots: I make this look good

Back in high school, I thought it was the epitome of cool to wear reflective aviator shades and a jean jacket. Alas, I could not pull it off. So it is with growing envy that I look upon Ralph the Wonder Llama’s excellent character ensemble here in TERA.

“My archer was standing outside the Temple of Sikander while I waited for my guildies to arrive,” Ralph writes. “The temple has this exploding energy ring overhead and I was trying to get a better look at it when I realized it would make a really nice screenshot. I’m still not sure what the exploding energy ring is for, but it sure is pretty!”

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One Shots: Lost in space

You might think you’re having a bad week. You would be wrong. A bad week is getting podded in the void of space as part of a mere interstellar mugging.

“In EVE Online, I got myself stranded in wormhole space after accidentally logging out for the night before I put my exploration probes back in the ship,” Agemyth explained. “Being a solo capsuleer, the only way out would have been to rely on the kindness of strangers, but in wormholes it is very difficult to get anyone to speak at all, much less lend a helping hand. I decided to write my tale in some death notes and jettison them and my phat lewt with it worth a whole seven million ISK. No idea if/when someone will find that, but I like the idea that it might take some time.”

At least you wore underwear when you died! That’s got to count for something.

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One Shots: Shifty adorableness

I don’t want any of us to be fooled by this picture. Shifty-eyed evil comes in many forms, the most deceptive of which is overwhelming cuteness. You may think that Becca here is nothing but sunshine and squishy hugs, but look at the horns! She is up to something, and that something will end all life as we know it.

“I came down with the Cold From Hell recently and needed some uplifting adorableness in my life to sustain me through the sleep deprivation and tissue piles,” Becca said. “After seeing screens from Twin Saga on MOP I decided to give it a spin. Cute is the best medicine! Look at my devilishly adorable character atop her capybara mount which has a BABY capybara on its head!”


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One Shots: Night voyage

Hark! What is that over there, on the ocean? ‘Tis nothing. Probably some local fisherman out for a pleasure cruise at night in eel-infested waters.

Or it could just be Deekay_Zero doing what he does best in ArcheAge.

“Here’s a picture to get myself hyped up even more for ArcheAge in a couple weeks,” he said. “We got to the point where we’re doing prep work in game now to get familiar with the game and its systems so that we can go full steam from day one of the new server.”

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One Shots: A horse and his old boy

As much as I admire the world that J.R.R. Tolkien built and his insane attention to detail, language, and extensive back histories of completely made-up races, I’ve always thought that his decision to name Gandalf’s horse “Shadowfax” felt too much like something straight out of a high schooler’s fan fic novel. Even when I was younger, I thought the name was a little dopey, even more so for how much Gandalf just goes on and one about how wonderful this horse is.

Reader Yrys made my week that much more awkward by shoving Shadowfax from Lord of the Rings Online in my face while I stammered and tried to think of something to fill the silence. “I LIKE YOUR COAT,” I said way too loudly. “IT IS VERY WHITE AND GLOSSY. WHAT DIET ARE YOU ON? ER, DO HORSES READ THE COMMENTS SECTION ON THE INTERNET? I HOPE NOT!”

I am not good in awkward social situations.

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One Shots: A home away from home

If you were to move into an MMO for real, where would you live? I posed this question last week to the One Shots community, and those faithful screenshotting madmen and madwomen did not let me down with their responses.

DigitalQ says that Lord of the Rings Online leaves all other prospective homesteads in the dust: “I think this is a lovely spot to live out my RPG days. But I have to be honest: This is almost an identical screenshot of where I live now. A huge flock of geese are landing on the water as I’m typing this..and we actually call our home The Shire. It is a little slice of heaven on earth.”

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One Shots: A lovely holiday

If you were a dragon, what kind of dragon would you be? Perhaps you’d go traditional, with the whole “giant world-devourer” aspect. Maybe you’d be made out of odd things, like ice cube trays or old abandoned AOL install CDs. It’s even possible that you could be the type of magic dragon that lives by the sea and helps imaginative children before eating them.

Frank was on a lovely holiday in Final Fantasy XIV when he encountered this charming little thing. “Most of Azys Lla imparts an otherworldy impression but few are as fierce as Tiamat,” he wrote. The message and his right hand were all that remained after this encounter. Poor Frank.

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One Shots: Postcards from the universe

I am not above indulging in a little universe window shopping now and then. NASA’s pictures of the universe might be touched up with extra colors and star destroyers for effect, but even so, the majesty is breathtaking. I’m glad that those developers doing space MMOs try to put in the effort to make spacescapes seem just as vibrant and picture-worthy.

Ben sent in this postcard from EVE Online: “Following your call for more Halloween event screenshots, here’s one from EVE Online’s Crimson Harvest event. Here’s my pilot Khorghast in the Phantasm-class cruiser Out for Blood fighting a few Blood Raider Cruisers in a Blood Raider Gauntlet site in the Badivefi system within the Khanid region. The nebula in the background is one of my favorites in the game, which is why I love roaming through the Khanid, Kor-Azor, and Tash-Murkon regions during these special events.”

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One Shots: A familiar familiar

If you’re going to go adventuring in an insanely hostile world wearing nothing but robes and supportive undergarments, then you best be compensated for that lack of protection in other areas. Magic shields, instant fireballs, and on-demand fireworks are a good start, but having a helpful familiar tag along and provide advice and limited air support is even better.

In our One Shots spooky edition headliner, Rafael had some fun dressing up for the holiday in Blade and Soul: “I waited for the Halloween event Blade and Ghouls to start and I wasn’t disappointed. Who new witches were friendly? Aww, her little pet lycan is even smiling.”

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