standing stone games

American studio known primarily for Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online.

One Shots: Don’t you forget about me

I think that we can all agree that Hirku seems like he’d be a pretty fun-loving dude to hang out with in World of Warcraft. We would all get cooler just by association, and he would take us on these crazy adventures where we’d log in the next day, find ourselves naked in some unfinished expansion, and have no recollection of what happened the night before.

I mean, look at this picture! “Ordinary” does not suit this party pirate’s life at all.

As a side note, I am completely jealous of players who have the ability to take great screenshots using fun emotes. Trying that usually results in me taking a picture of my character’s left ear from an extreme close-up view.

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Mimics take over DDO, players terrified to open chests

Usually the sight of a fat, treasure-laden chest is a source of joy for Dungeons and Dragons Online players. It’s where most of the game’s loot is found, as mobs don’t drop items, and usually everyone goes out of their way to find them in dungeons.


For the next week, mimics — creatures that look like treasure chests but are in fact incredibly hungry monsters — have invaded the game and insinuated themselves into dungeons to surprise the unwary adventurer. Once defeated, mimics pay out the normal loot along with a special token that can be redeemed for rewards.

Don’t like the whole mimic hunt event? Players can get sprayed with repellent (seriously) that will disable mimics on sight and opt them out of the fun. The event is running for a short time, only through March 21st.

Source: DDO. Thanks DDOCentral!


Massively Overthinking: The war on MMO chat toxicity

This week, The Ancient Gaming Noob posted up an image of RIFT Prime, where Trion asks people to… play nice. “Just a neighborly reminder that 1-29 chat is for RIFT chat, ideally things relevant to level 1-29 gameplay,” the UI HUD reads. “Please be good to each other. We’ve muted some and shall mute again. Have a great evening!”

Meanwhile, over in Trion’s Trove, I’ve had to report-and-block dozens of fellow players just in the last few days for disgusting slurs in multiple languages, stuff the filter doesn’t catch. For a free-to-play game that’s also on console, yeah, I guess I expect no better from the playerbase. But but but RIFT Prime is subscription-based. Surely that means a strong community, where such polite warnings from developers aren’t necessary? Yeah, not so much, as anyone who played old-school MMORPGs can tell you. This is a problem even in games whose devs prioritize community and care a whole lot.

So this week, let’s talk about in-game chat. Do you use it? Do you watch it? Do you turn it off? Is it really terrible everywhere, or just in some games? Which one is the worst and the best, and what should developers do about chat specifically?

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Lord of the Rings Online team works on future ‘far-flung adventures’

Having some issues with Lord of the Rings Online Update 22? A small patch released on Wednesday may have cleared it up. The small patch contains a couple of dozen fixes to various quests, systems, and NPCs that came with the Northern Mirkwood expansion.

Destructoid recently touched base with Lead Designer Ben Schneider, who discussed the current Northern Mirkwood update and the future direction of the game. Schneider said that the team is bursting with ideas for where LOTRO can go from here.

“We will continue to fill and illuminate the map with those far-flung adventures, and the great news is that there is plenty of map,” he said. “Following up, people tend to skip ahead to the Scouring the Shire after the fall of Sauron. But there’s a lot more to explore — from Arwen and Aragorn having a wedding to the reign of Aragorn, new king of Gondor.”


Massively OP Podcast Episode 161: Project power

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin roll up their sleeves and take on projects left and right. It’s a look at the announcement of Project C and the imminent early access launch of Project Gorgon, among many other exciting developments this 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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The Daily Grind: Are you going to play Project Gorgon’s early access?

People, I am frustrated. But in a good way.

With the activation of RIFT Prime, the release of LOTRO’s Northern Mirkwood, and now this week’s launch of Project Gorgon on Steam early access, my MMO dance card is beyond full. Yet I cannot fathom ignoring Gorgon, as I’ve been waiting years for the game to get to a point where it is ready for full-fledged adventures. With this release, I think it is there.

So I will be playing with bells and whistles on, and I think Eliot might too, especially after his effusive praise of the game in his Choose My Adventure series. It’s such a quirky and fun title in the vein of Asheron’s Call that has a lot of us on staff rooting for its success.

But what about you? Now that the early access barrier has been breached, will you be trying out Project Gorgon to see if it’s worth the fuss?

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One Shots: The Soviet Summoner

Undoubtedly, our world is poorer in this post-City of Heroes era for the lack of pun-inspired superhero names that used to run, fly, and jump rampant through this game. Maybe NCsoft realized that the world as a whole was about to hit a pun shortage and pulled the plug on CoH before it could drain us of that precious resource.

In any case, BigAngry submitted this museum-quality screenshot as a reminder of the days when the name could make or break a hero: “In the waning days before the fall of City of Heroes, I took video of all my characters using their powers, so I took a screencap of the video of Soviet Summoner, who was a Demon Summoning/Trick Arrow Mastermind. Her demons, IIRC, were named after Russian cities, with the big demon named Chernobyl, of course! God I miss that game.”

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The Stream team: Fiddle fun in LOTRO

Massively OP’s MJ may not be able to participate in LOTRO’s recently released Chapters 5 and 6 of the Black Book of Mordor, but she can still enjoy one part of the update: fiddles! This fun instrument has been added and all races can play it, not just her Minstrel. Perhaps she can find an approximation of banjo wars!  Introduction goes here. Join us live at 6:00 p.m. for a Middle-earth concert (of sorts).

What: Lord of the Rings Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 10th, 2018

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How DDO’s Mists of Ravenloft went from concept art to game design

By now, Dungeons and Dragons Online’s Mists of Ravenloft has seen a few turns of the full moon and settled into its niche in the game following last December’s launch. It’s still thrilling players with its depiction of a much darker and more terrifying campaign setting, however.

The dev team was particularly proud of how much attention was given to bringing the world of Ravenloft to the game, and in a short video, it juxtaposes several pieces of concept art with the finished in-game product. Even if you’re not playing the game, it’s pretty neat to see what the artists are able to do with this older MMO engine.

The expansion in its various bundles is now available on the game’s web marketplace and should be coming to the in-game store for points this month as well.

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The fiddle brings a new sound to Lord of the Rings Online

Now that the fiddle is a playable instrument in Lord of the Rings Online, the only question left is who will be cast to play Hobbit Tevye in the off-off-Broadway production?

While the addition of a new musical instrument might have gotten buried in all of the other patch notes for LOTRO’s Update 22, the fiddle arrives as a boon to the many player bands and minstrels who have pushed the limits of the music system for years now.

The instrument’s designer, Bill Champagne, wrote about the challenges of creating the authentic sound of the violin for the game: “When it comes to there being many different ways to play an instrument, the fiddle ranks right up towards the top of that list. As a composer I often marvel at the various amount of samples I get to play around with to create my music, and I wanted to give you that same feeling, that same ownership and control over the music that you can make in LOTRO.”

Source: LOTRO


DDO cracks down on exploiters, players cry… ‘honeypot’?

Better not be a cheater in Dungeon and Dragons Online. Last week, Standing Stone Games announced that it was cracking down on players who took advantage of a specific exploit.

“We are in the process of engaging in targeted disciplinary action against characters and accounts that engaged in a recent exploit that allowed them to complete Sagas and get rewards for them repeatedly without re-running the Saga,” Community Manager Cordovan wrote. “Players who engaged in this activity will see one of several things happen to their accounts: We will be issuing temporary game bans, and in some cases will be removing the benefit they gained through this exploit. For our most repeat or malicious offenders, we will be removing the characters that took frequent advantage of this exploit, in addition to more restrictive bans.”

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Lord of the Rings Online’s road leads on to Update 22’s Northern Mirkwood

Out of Mordor and into Mirkwood, that’s just the way it goes for the Middle-earth adventurer. With Tuesday’s Update 22: Legacy of the Necromancer, Lord of the Rings Online has opened up one of the most iconic and expansive zones that the game has seen for quite some while.

Players can take flight to the reaches of Northern Mirkwood, as made famous by the journeys of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. It is here that they will go through two new chapters in the epic story while visiting the Elves and spiders in Mirkwood and the rebuilt Lake-town in the Dale-lands. The update contains over 125 new quests and deeds, as well as a special series of endgame stronghold quests that will go live on March 14th.

Customization options got improved this time around as well. The Dwarves finally received their avatar upgrades and there are more facial options for Humans and Elves. Hobbits? Go home and sit by the fire. But no matter what the race, everyone can now pick up a fiddle and play a merry tune!

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One Shots: This is too weird for even me

I like to think that I have a fairly open mind when it comes to accepting strange sights and races in fantasy MMORPGs, but Final Fantasy XIV seems hellbent on finding my breaking point. Literal cat-fish might just be that. It’s too weird for me, I’m out of here.

“Looking for NPC comic relief?” Vincent asked. “I give you the Namazu. Half-cat, half-fish (?) and I’m pretty sure the person who came up with the design was half-baked. The other shot I took on the way back to Castellum Velodyna (Beast Tribe quest hub) just as the fog was about to lift…”

When you’ve just made Moogles look normal and mundane, you’ve really accomplished something.

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