“We want everyone to be able to experience Magic: The Gathering.”
Upon this “simple idea” Wizards of the Coast is building Magic: The Gathering Arena’s business model, which could quickly be summed up as free-to-play that gives players a choice of time or money as a way to progress. By earning gold (in-game currency) or purchasing gems (RMT currency), players can purchase card packs, access events, and open up “The Vault,” a special treasure trove with secret rewards.
Wizards said that it is structuring the game’s economy based on a few principles: “Make our players’ valuable time as fun as possible; players need a variety of cards to have the most fun, so reward them with as many as possible; and make sure players can get the specific cards they want.”
Magic: The Gathering Arena went into beta testing last month with the eventual goal of releasing an online card game that will mirror the physical set releases and be more accessible to the general gaming public.
As we did in 2014, 2015, and 2016, today I’m going to recap our annual awards and other meta articles from the end of 2017. We gave out 19 formal awards this past year, all in addition to dozens of other recaps, roundups, listicles, predictions, bloopers, oddities, polls, provocations, and retrospectives. It was by far our biggest content dump to date, even bigger than last year!
Following our deep-dive into our awards and the attached reader polls, I’ll be recapping all of the end-year articles in one convenient place in case you missed something over the holidays – enjoy!
Happy new year! You don’t need that old, musty name any more, do you? Especially if it hasn’t been used in a while?
While you’re probably stuck with that increasingly aging nomer you’ve been saddled with since birth, your Trion Worlds game character could be in for an identity change at the end of this month. The studio announced that it is planning to reclaim abandoned characters’ names soon, which means that if you want to preserve yours, you’ll need to log onto those characters by January 31st.
The name reclamation process is coming to RIFT, ArcheAge, and Trove (PC version only), and will affect characters that have not logged into these games since January 31st, 2017. Trion won’t be deleting these toons, mind you, but simply freeing those names up for active players to use. If you return to an abandoned character after the 31st, you’ll be given the opportunity to rename him or her.
. Thanks Jake!
It’s time to take a diversion to play — and listen — to the minigames tucked inside of our MMOs! The Battle Bards haul out their last show of 2012 with an eclectic and fun assortment of minigame soundtracks. While minigame-specific music might be hard to hunt down, this trio did their best and are reasonably satisfied with the result. Which is good, because no refunds on this podcast!
Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, and Player.FM.
Listen to Episode 112: MMO minigame music (or download it) now:
A winter wonderland of cubes? Massively OP’s MJ says, yes please! Trove’s
holiday Snowfest is in full swing, and the hub is decked out all festive with snow, snowmen, trees, and other holiday decorations. There is also a beautiful ice moth mount that MJ just has to get. Join us live at 1:00 p.m. for some holiday voxel fun.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 1:00 p.m. EST on Friday, December 22nd, 2017
Let’s talk about value. A couple of weeks back, I did an article on the healthiest games at the end of the year; today, I’m talking about the best value for the money. Isn’t that the same thing?
No, it isn’t. Because health is about “what games have the most robust community and are most likely to be around next year,” but value is about “where can you get the most for the least money on a reliable basis.” And while there is a fair amount of overlap, it isn’t a one-for-one comparison.
You may recall we did this last year as well. This year, there have been some pretty significant shakeups, due in no small part to the fact that the value-for-your-money in some titles has gone down, and at least one title from last year’s list has outright closed. So let’s take a fresh look at the games giving you solid value for your dollars. Let’s even say ten of them, arranged in list format.
For this week’s Massively Overthinking, I’ve asked the writers to do something most of them hate: brag! We’ve tried to isolate our favorite personal work from the year and talk about why we think it matters, then identify our favorite work from somebody else on the site this year and do the same. I always tell them it’s easy, but it never is!
Well, that didn’t last long. RIFT
has already yanked its controversial $100 random mount packs
from the game store following strong opposition from the community. “We put a tremendous amount out for the holiday season. As always, we follow player feedback and LISTEN. We’re also pretty agile, so when the resounding feedback on the Orphiel’s Mount Crate came in, we took it down,” the studio posted
Lest we become seasonal grinches, we want to pass along the word that Trion is throwing a lot of promotions and giveaways in its MMOs this month. RIFT players who log in before January 4th have a chance of winning a collection of 40 mounts, can enjoy the Fae Yule event, and buy a year of patron status for $99 (which is one mount’s worth! Too soon?).
Trove has login rewards and a Snowfest event, ArcheAge has a prize giveaway for people who poke their head into the game, Defiance is selecting a few players for a jackpot bounty, and Atlas Reactor is doubling up on its XP and discounting its freelancers and skins. Good stuff!
Trion Worlds is reporting “intermittent” attacks
on its Dallas hub over the last day that are causing connectivity issues for some of its online games, such as ArcheAge
. The team is working with the local ISP providers to counter the attack and stabilize the servers for play.
“Please keep in mind that DDoS attacks are all too common and, for the most part, they don’t impact gameplay,” Trion said. “Our network engineers have setup substantial protections that allows us to mitigate the vast majority of these types of attacks. Without these efforts, taken by all game companies, any game under an attack such as this would simply be offline.”
It’s especially important for this to be resolved for ArcheAge, as today is the official launch of the game’s Maelstrom update. This patch contains a new raid organizational system, a non-RNG gear upgrade system, cross-server arenas, title collections, a redesigned folio, limited-time events, and the introduction of the Bloodsalt Bay naval combat arena.
Get the full scoop on Maelstrom with Massively OP’s interview on the update and its offerings!
Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2017 awards continue today with our award for Most Improved MMO, which was awarded to The Elder Scrolls Online last year. All live MMOs, regardless of release date, were eligible for this award, provided they made improvements this year. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!
The Massively OP staff pick for Most Improved MMO of 2017 is…
On this week’s show, Justin and Bree pat their turkey-filled tummies and pontificate on the nebulous fate of Marvel Heroes, look ahead to Lord of the Rings Online’s future, and chide World of Warcraft for taking away fun toys.
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.
Listen to the show right now:
As any game developer knows, a new content update is not only an opportunity for players to have more fun but for the game to brew up more bugs. And thusly the hotfix was born to deal with the more egregious problems that couldn’t wait, and developers rejoiced.
While Trove’s November Adventures update contained a lot of new toys and improvements to the social clubs, it wasn’t perfect. And so now the game is on its third post-patch hotfix, this one mainly focused on correcting some issues that arose with clubs, such as the reinstatement of the membership cap and club portal visibility in the main hubs.
Other tweaks include fixing some client crashes, more information in the club fixtures tab, and a guard against club decor overlapping (which Trion calls “Franken-fixtures”). One thing that this hotfix didn’t address was the removal of tethering, which Trion Worlds said will be coming in a future patch.
What is more Thanksgiving than hunting tukeys? What, you don’t hunt your own turkey? Massively OP’s MJ does — in Trove
! That’s where turkeys drop boxes and you can earn pets and mounts. These are the kinds of goodies that won’t make you spend extra hours at the gym. Join us live at 12:00 p.m. as MJ gobbles up the holiday event.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, November 25th, 2017