Players can also expand their understanding of Shadow Magic within the new zone with new Shadow Magic spells, become a Revered Crafter, and generally enjoy all of the content that comes along with having three new premium zones in the game. Of course, this is just part one of the venture into Empyrea, so there’s going to be more in the future; players will just have plenty of stuff to do before that future comes to pass.
Studio: KingsIsle Entertainment
Launch Date: September 2, 2008
Genre: Fantasy Family-Friendly Sandpark
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, Mac
Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought “for the neighborhood kids.” And you, lady still trying to decide between “Princess Leia” and “lazy zombie” for your costume (go Leia, duh). Put all that aside and get into some MMOs instead! Halloween is only one night in real life, but in MMORPGs, it goes on for days or even weeks. Some studios will probably even forget to turn it off! Others will let you run around with a flaming pumpkin head mask for all eternity!
Here’s what we’re looking at this year for Halloween across the MMORPG verse.
- Scarousel Housing Item
- Creepy Clown Car Mount (4-Player + 50% Speed Boost)
- Booloon Pet
- Spooky Carnival Outfit
- Spooky Throwing Knife Weapon
- 1 Month or 5,000 Crowns
Celebrate Halloween the scary way! Grab your squirting flower and red nose and join us live at 8:00 p.m. for your chance win one of these bundles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
As Pirate101 celebrates its fifth birthday this month, there is no shortage of things to keep budding buccaneers occupied in this strategy MMO. New boat mounts, a practice PvP mode, emojis, more quests, a team-up ledger, and automatic companions have all arrived thanks to the latest update. Additionally, Billy the Kid — a cowboy goat, get it? — has joined the roster of companions that players can collect.
Over in Wizard101, Halloween is more pronounced as Spooky Bob and his crew return for another creeptastic event. “Dworgyn and Jack Hallow will again offer their spooky quests to wizards new and old. You may even catch the ink-hungry Vampire Squid in Cyclops Lane if you’re lucky,” the team cackled.
Additionally, KingsIsle has signed up to be part of this year’s Extra Life charity gaming marathon. Players can help out by joining the KI team and raising funds for local hospitals.
The spring and summer updates got the lion’s share of the reflection, with a spotlight on the new tournament types, the monstrology collection system, tweaks to PvP (which Ruben calls “a game of inches” when it comes to balance), improved menu chat, and a slew of other additions.
“What’s to come?,” Ruben asks. “Well, we’re turning nine in just a few days. Nine! Can you believe it? Thank you to our fantastic community, we wouldn’t be here without you! We’ll be celebrating all month, so stick around for the fun. Also, we’re in the thick of building the next update! We’ll give you more details soon, as the winds turn a bit cooler.”
“Since yesterday, KingsIsle has been mitigating severe DDOS attacks against our games Pirate101 and Wizard101,” KingsIsle reported. “This means your game play will be impacted until we can resolve the issue. Many will be unable to log in. We have always taken care of our community when trouble arrives, and we will be sure to do so again once the issue has been fully resolved.”
It looks as though some service has been restored to both games, although it doesn’t sound as if the attack is over.
The fun starts with a whole pack of free gifts that can be redeemed on the website. This bundle includes a birthday hat, sparkler wand, gala gazebo, confetti cannon, and various consumables. Players don’t have forever to grab this, as the promotion will vanish — as if by magic! — on September 5th.
The game’s anniversary continues in-game with the reprisal of the Five B.O.X.E.S. and Lost Pages events, as well as a sale on special birthday-themed items in the cash shop. Subscribers also get all sorts of bonuses during this period, such as extra experience and a free training point respec.
On this week’s show, Justin and Bree recount the odd history of Walking in Stations, debate the Mordor pre-order, tackle a trio of MMO updates, talk with ARK’s soundtrack composer, and more!
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:
- Fantastic Voyage Expedition
- Shark Skirunner Mount (+50% Speed Boost)
- Peppy Porpoise Pet
- Abyssal Warrior’s Suit
- Abyssal Eel Whip
- 1 Month Membership or 5,000 Crowns
Tune in live 3:00 p.m. for your chance to snag one! More bundles will be given away right here: To enter, add a comment below. Two winners will be selected at random on Friday, July 14th at 12:01 a.m. EDT, so make sure your email is up to date so we can send prizes to the winners!
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
Enjoy the preview video of the bundle below!
Here’s something interesting we learned this week by perusing the Wizard101 newsletter: The game apparently has a stronger following than you’d think among YouTubers, bloggers, and other social media mavens.
We also discovered that Wizard101 is currently testing its next big update, which will contain PvP daily rewards, main quest designation, and actual chat channels. That last one comes as a surprise because Wizard101 was notable for keeping communication safe and barebones as to protect the young ‘uns. We’ll have to see how the chat channels deal with potty mouths and predators.
Over in Pirate101’s part of the KingsIsle empire, there’s a new American flag-themed soaring eagle mount to buy. Everyone also seems to be having fun collecting Rooster Cogburn, a new sheriff companion who’s cleaning up the wild west of the pirate realm. Check him out below!
The video also shows off some new Wizard101 Pigswick spells that are coming to the game soon and then pops over to Pirate101 for a tour through upcoming quests. Give it a watch after the break! The Wizard101 info starts around the 42-minute mark, while the Pirate101 adventures take off around 51 minutes into the show.
You can check out the illustrated patch notes on the official site, and then feast your eyes down below, where we’ve got an exclusive (not sponsored) dev diary from the KingsIsle team, helmed by Senior Producer of MMO Content Leah “Professor Falmea” Ruben, in which the devs the thought process and planning behind the update!
When it comes to text-based MMOs created in the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s, the sheer number of them would blot out the sky. There are certainly more multi-user dungeons (MUDs) than I’ve ever been able to get a handle on when I’ve tried creating lists of the most important to know, but I will say that there are a few that seem to pop up more than others. The original MUD1, created by Richard Bartle and Roy Trubshaw, was certainly a watershed moment for online roleplaying games. Learning about DikuMUD is pretty essential, considering its impact on graphical MMORPGs that we still play today.
But there’s another title that often goes unnoticed, unless you keep an eye out for it. It’s a MUD that keeps popping up when you look into the history of the MMORPG genre, one with ties to key players and design concepts that are still active today.
It’s the MUD that shaped the MMO industry, and it was called Sceptre of Goth.