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PSA: ArcheAge triples all the things this weekend

As the ArcheAge population resettles following the massive server merges earlier this month, Trion Worlds has prepared a balm to help sooth any jangled nerves. The studio is triggering a whole host of bonuses over the next several days to give players a boost in their journeys.

Starting today and continuing through Monday, September 25th, ArcheAge is running a “triple everything” event that will multiply experience, vocation, honor, and loot drops over the course of the weekend. Additionally, the studio is running a sale that grants bonus APEX packs if players buy bundles of five or 10 APEX at a time.

ArcheAge is in the middle of its third anniversary event as well, which apparently involves giant corgis.

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Perfect Ten: 10 MMORPGs with playable fairies

Probably my greatest and most constant gripe about fantasy MMORPGs is that for all of the freedom and imagination that this genre supposedly boasts, game designers keep going to the same boring well of tropes and limit themselves instead of exploring possibilities.

Nowhere do you see this more than in races. Dwarves and Elves? We’ve got bushels and barrels of them, all on sale at discount prices. There are regular humans, of course, and Slightly Bigger Humans, and Half-Sized Humans, and Blue Humans. But what about getting outside of this been-there-played-that cookie cutter design to offer some interesting playable choices?

Like fairies, perhaps?

I could never understand why we don’t see fairies more in MMOs. They are widely recognized in the fantasy genre, they seem to have popularity, and they even share some cross-over with Elves. But the poor fae have been unrepresented, so much so that it took a lot of digging to come up with a mere 10 MMOs that allow you to play as one, whether it be as a race or class. Let’s take a look!

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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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The Stream Team: Cuddling ArcheAge’s anniversary corgi

Massively OP’s MJ might be really sad about losing all her houses, but there’s one thing that can entice her right back into ArcheAge: a giant corgi! Part of the anniversary celebration is helping soothe that so-cute savage beast, and she’s going to jump in and take advantage of the opportunity to add more corgis to her collection. Join us at 12:00 p.m. to wish the sandbox a corgi-licious 3rd anniversary!

What: ArcheAge
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 16th, 2017

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ArcheAge celebrates its third anniversary with giant corgis

It’s hard to believe that ArcheAge has been with us for three years now, but that’s what the game is celebrating with its new anniversary event. Starting today, players can claim  a package for free containing a temporary mount, balloon furniture, ballroom outfits, and other goodies. Players can also take care of Amary’s giant corgi named Kirby, petting and comforting the enormous dog to earn coins for prize capsules with all sorts of fun goodies inside.

Players can also take part in the third annual Shadowguard Festival, which has a quest tying it in to celebrating with Kirby if you’re so inclined. There’s also a discount for listing items on the auction house, so you get to sell things with larger profit margins. Check out the event page for all of the awards you can pick up, and get ready to celebrate history through October 18th.

Massively OP met with ArcheAge’s Seraphina Brennan at PAX earlier this month with a full report on the anniversary and the upcoming update, so make sure to check that out too!

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PAX West 2017: ArcheAge’s Corgi Conundrum, anniversary update, and the 4.0 expansion

Nothing may quite compare to last week’s big server evolution in scope of change for ArcheAge, but there are more changes coming over the next couple of months. The good news is one of those involves corgis! Who doesn’t love corgis?

At this year’s PAX West, I talked with Trion Associate Producer Seraphina Brennan – whom many of you will remember as a former Massively writer from many years ago when we were under AOL! – about ArcheAge’s third anniversary this month, the remainder of the 3.7 update with its lunagem overhaul, and the release of expansion 4.0 with its new ship, cross-server arenas, improved crafting UI and tutorials, and currency conversion. Let’s dig in!

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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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Massively OP Podcast Episode 135: PAX in the P.M.

On this week’s show, MJ arrives to give her report on PAX West and how much swag she smuggled back on the plane. Bree and Justin touch base with the major news stories of the week, including Destiny 2’s launch, ArcheAge’s mergers, and WildStar’s housing happiness.

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 Stream Team: A look at life after the big ArcheAge server merges + giveaway

It finally happened: Massively OP’s MJ was uprooted from her ArcheAge server of over three years and tossed onto a new world with a number of other servers’ refugees. She pointedly ignored the big land rush; losing her homes was quite a blow. In fact, losing her homes is the one thing that may keep her from regular play from here on out. Has this move improved things? How populated do things look now? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for a look at the post-Evolution landscape (and a chance to win a Trion code for loot in all the games, including Midnight Kitsu in ArcheAge).

What: ArcheAge
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 11th, 2017

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PAX West 2017: How RIFT is making player exploration worth the effort

Although much of the RIFT demo at PAX West focused on showing off the Celestial Storm update, it was another aspect that captured my attention. While I was speaking with Senior Design Director Simon Ffinch as we toured around the Celestial lands (in god mode once Ffinch discovered he took a level 11 into the level 100 area!) and watching players participate in a zone event, I learned the stories behind a number of Easter eggs peppered throughout the game. Games will always do new content and updates, but how many honor their fans by adding them into the game?

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ArcheAge recovers from server merges, re-activates housing

In the tumultuous annals of ArcheAge, this month’s server merge might be remembered most for… being pretty smooth, overall. As the team brought the new servers online, players noted that things weren’t quite as bad as expected. Kind of the opposite, in fact.

Trion Worlds did hold off on unlocking housing for a time while it worked out a few kinks with missing items that didn’t make the server jump. As of this writing, both North American and European realms have seen their housing restrictions unlocked, opening up the new realms for colonization.

The team said that it’s working on fixing some other problems: “There are also issues we’re still working on, such as not being able to move after being kicked by the AFK timer, your average guild gearscore dropping whenever a new member is added, and disappearing UCCs on Eanna.”

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Atlas Reactor patches in a new solo mode and a new character

There’s a tendency for all of us to claim that it’s our teammates holding us back in online games. Any raid leader, for example, will probably opine at least once or twice that the rest of the raid is what’s holding back progress. Atlas Reactor‘s new Fourlancer mode lets you put your money where your mouth is, though; in this new mode you control the entire four-person team and face off against another player controlling a full team, with an extended decision timer and no one else to blame if you screw up. If you’ve ever said that your teammates are holding you back? Prove it.

The same patch also brings in Isadora, who is protected by a lot of shields but has very little health beneath that. She switches gameplay modes if her shields are destroyed, but she can also re-activate her shield as an ultimate ability, allowing her go charge back into the fray. Combine that with a double ISO weekend running from September 8th to the 10th and you have plenty of reason to get in there and play.

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PAX West 2017: Trion’s PvE MMO shooter Defiance deserves a second look

I admit that before PAX West 2017, I hadn’t logged into Defiance in a long, long time. I couldn’t even say how long. Even so, I still have very fond memories of the hellbugs (isn’t it just so cute the way they try to eat off your face?), so I was intrigued to see where the game was nowadays. How is it doing? Where is it going?

I met with Executive Producer Matthew Pettit, who hooked me up with a character in-game for some high-level Arkfall hunting while we talked about recent updates and future plans for the open-world MMO shooter.

“I can tell you it’s going to be a very exciting year for Defiance,” Pettit told me. And after listening and playing, I think the game is definitely worth keeping an eye on — or maybe even jumping in right now.

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