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Star Trek Online launches a new feature episode with LeVar Burton and prepares for Season 14 on October 3

It’s time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, so it would be weird if Star Trek Online let that milestone pass by without comment. The latest featured episode, Beyond the Nexus, is a very specific celebration of the show as players seek out a stranded Galaxy-class starship with the help of Captain Geordi LaForge, voiced (as is only appropriate) by the inimitable LeVar Burton.

Burton will also be making an appearance in the upcoming Season 14 patch, where he’ll star in another featured episode alongside Captain Kuumaarke (Kipleigh Brown) at a unified colony for the Lukari and Kentari peoples. The patch will also feature a new fleet holding, new Tzenkethi alerts, a new colony map, and a new primary specialization for players. If you’re one of the man fans who started appreciating the franchise with the voyages of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, it’s a good day to celebrate and a better day to look forward to the future.

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One Shots: A bridge too far

One more bridge. That’s what she kept telling me, even though I cautioned her that sooner or later our luck would run out. She would pause, then shake her head and urge us on. One more bridge.

That day, when we crossed a seemingly innocuous wooden bridge over RIFT’s gorgeous Scatherron Forest, our luck broke — as did six boards, sending us plummeting down into a gorge. As I fell, I wondered why I was taking orders from my talking mount anyway. Perhaps she knew that fall damage was a thing of the past and I could be pressured into recklessness.

After I pick myself back up and find another route onward, we’ll look at the rest of this week’s player-submitted screenshots and stories!

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Perfect Ten: The 10 tiers of MMORPG lore

Lore! Huh! What is it good for? Understanding why you’re standing in the middle of a pack of angry people with fangs in MMOs, of course. It’s the thin line dividing your actions from being reckless, indiscriminate mayhem and discriminating, careful mayhem. Lore is how you know what the world is like beyond your front door, and it’s the difference between understanding that you face Ragnaros, lord of flame or just knowing that there’s a dude here made out of fire, so you should probably use water spells on him.

All lore, however, is not created equal. There’s lore that creates a detailed, vibrant world full of people with their own hopes and dreams, and there’s lore that creates a game where you know what you’re supposed to be doing but have no idea what people do for fun afterwards aside from waiting to die. So today, we explore the tiers of lore, arranged in a numbered list because that’s the entire premise of the column. It’s not Perfect Vague Assortment of Concepts. That’s not even a column.

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The Game Archaeologist: Climax’s Warhammer Online

Let’s begin with a little personal history. Back in 2008, I decided to get into the blogging scene by jumping on board the latest MMO hotness — in this case, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. As I was growing increasingly tired of World of Warcraft, WAR seemed to offer a refreshing alternative: a darker world full of brutal PvP and awesome new ideas. So I joined the elite ranks of bloggers (hey, stop laughing so hard) and spent the better part of two years jawing about Mythic’s latest fantasy project.

And while Warhammer Online was, in my opinion, a solid product, it certainly failed to live up to the extremely high expectations held by both the development team and the players. No matter how it turned out, I really enjoyed talking about WAR, especially in the days leading up to its launch.

As with other IP-related MMOs like Star Trek Online and Lord of the Rings Online, Warhammer Online had its roots with another company and another vision. It’s a “what if?” tale that’s tantalizing to consider — an entirely different studio, Climax Online, creating a much darker version of Warhammer.

So what if Climax had brought its version of Warhammer Online to bear? Would it have eclipsed Mythic’s vision or been its own animal? Hit the jump and let’s dive into the pages of ancient history!

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Star Trek Online launches Season 13.5 for consoles

If you play Star Trek Online on consoles, you probably don’t like having to wait for patches while PC players get them faster. But you don’t have to wait any longer to take part in Season 13.5; the patch is out now for console players, so you too can go rescue General Martok with the help of Rodek in the latest featured episode.

What will you do after that? Well, you’ll probably jump into the new Endeavor system, a set of regular challenges to push you into doing content you might have otherwise have eschewed. Or perhaps you’ll jump over to the more familiar Admiralty system and take part in the new Ferengi campaign. Check out a video just below going over the new features, and enjoy the update when you next fire up the game on your console of choice.

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Neverwinter and Star Trek Online distract you with events

Need a diversion to keep you from getting too productive in your work or school life? Perfect World Entertainment is here for you, because if there’s one thing that company knows, it’s how to pump out events in its games. And lockboxes. Events and lockboxes.

Star Trek Online has a new red alert coming up with Season 14: Emergence. When the patch hits, groups of five players can answer the call to stop the Tzenkethi from bombing planets into extinction. Seriously, what is their deal? Get a hobby already. May we suggest playing MMOs?

Over at Neverwinter, a solo PvP queue event is running through September 14th. It’s a good way for players to find a more balanced PvP experience, especially if they’re tired of being steamrolled by premades.

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The MOP Up: State of Decay 2’s multiplayer mayhem (August 27, 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 Paladins StrikeWarfaceMonster Hunter WorldHeroes and Generals, Pirate101TroveSkyforgeThe Black DeathStar Trek OnlineEverClickerNeverwinterJust SurviveDauntlessBattlejackDungeon Fighter OnlineLeague of LegendsHyper UniverseDark Age of CamelotMU Origin, MU LegendEVE OnlineAge of WushuState of Decay 2Dota 2Splatoon, and Starcraft Remastered, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Game Archaeologist: Furcadia

Let’s face it: There isn’t really a huge pool of MMORPGs from the 1990s to explore in this column. By now I have done most of them, including some of the more obscure titles. Yet there has always been this one game that I have shied away from covering, even though it (a) was an actual MMO from the ’90s and (b) is still operating even today. And that game is, of course, Furcadia.

So why my reluctance? To be honest, I suppose it was my reluctance to tackle anything in the “furry” fandom without knowing how to handle it. I don’t quite get the fascination with wanting to pretend to be an animal, and some of the expressions that I’ve seen in the news and online from this community have made me uncomfortable. Thus I kept away because I was worried that a piece that I wrote on Furcadia would devolve into a nonstop stream of jokes to cover that personal disquiet.

But I’ve tiptoed around this MMO long enough, and I have come to realize that there is virtue in earnestly trying to understand a subculture that is outside of my bubble, even if I don’t end up appreciating or liking it. Casting off preconceptions and simple snark, let us take a look at this unique title and see what it has to offer for the larger genre.

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One Shots: Out for a monster stroll

He just wanted to go out for a casual stroll. He picked the worst possible day to do it.

Todd the Troll lumbered out of Mordor, looking for a breath of fresh air and possibly some daisies to pick for his deformed girlfriend back home. What he found was a pitched battle between his comrades and some inexplicably agitated humans yelling about rings and frodos.

Finyar captured Todd’s bewildering dilemma in Lord of the Rings Online at the Battle of the Black Gate. I, for one, hope he made it home and will look back on this day and laugh.

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Star Trek Online tucks advanced starships into console crafting packs

The 23rd, 24th, and 25th centuries are so yesterday’s Enterprise — why not jump into the further future with a 26th century cruiser in Star Trek Online?

Console players have a roundabout way of securing one of the newer 26th century dreadnought ships by purchasing one (or many more) R&D packs from the game store. In addition to giving players crafting materials, these packs have a chance of dropping a Universe-class starship, (Federation), a Durgath Temporal Heavy Dreadnought battlecruiser (Klingon), or a Valkis Temporal Heavy Dreadnought warbird (Romulan).

The console edition got a small patch yesterday that liberated captains who found themselves marooned on Nimbus.

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Choose My Adventure: Get out of here, DC Universe Online

So this is an unusual situation for me: I’ve never actually played a game for Choose My Adventure that I’ve disliked this much.

Those of you who have followed my writing for a while know that I’ve played some games I didn’t much like before, but that’s different. Lord of the Rings Online and Black Desert, for example, are games that were not my cup of tea but still had obvious merits I could praise. I’ve played games that I dislike or ones that deserved more criticism than praise when I played them (Ryzom, TERA, the beta period of The Elder Scrolls Online), but still had positive sides. (And in the last case, ESO turned itself around quite well and earned plenty of kudos from me.) Heck, I played Scarlet Blade with as open a mind as I could possibly have.

But not so DC Universe Online. No, this game deserves a pretty thorough drubbing. I can understand why it has fans, but it’s still just not a good game. I can only hope it’s an outlier rather than the norm on Daybreak’s overall catalog, because… wow. This is not fun.

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Star Trek Online channels Next Generation’s spirit with Geordi LaForge, skants, and Galaxy interiors

Believe it or not, this September will mark the 30th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation. What began as a stiff, preachy, and controversial entry in the Trek franchise became one of its most beloved series by the time it went off the air in 1994.

There are always reruns and Netflix to relive the series, of course, but what about something new? This October, Star Trek Online will be launching Season 14: Emergence, the next chapter of its current story ark involving two races coming together to (hopefully) live in peace.

As part of the new featured episode, LeVar Burton will be reprising his role as Geordi LaForge. Even better, before that Burton will also be starring in a September 12th episode that will take place on a Galaxy-class starship eerily similar to the familiar Enterprise-D. To keep this Next Generation streak going, the devs have faithfully recreated the interior of the Galaxy-class including its bridge.

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Elite Dangerous: A ground-pounding newbie’s perspective

Earlier this summer I wrote that Elite Dangerous community events were something the MMO community should watch. Watch. I never said play, and I never ended up pushing the “purchase” button when I saw it on sale. I’m not really a flight sim person. Heck, I’ve even mentioned several times that I prefer kart-racers to realistic racing games.

However, I recently snagged a review key for Elite Dangerous to try it out on the PlayStation 4. I even streamed my first experiences with the game. It was a rocky session to say the least, but I decided to stick with it for a few more hours after getting some support from viewers. I really wanted to be able to recommend the game as something to pick up, but honestly, I’m still in the “watch” category.

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