One Shots: A clear commute

    
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Sometimes simple can be beautiful. I don’t know what it is, exactly, that attracts me to this week’s title pic, but I think its simplicity is a huge draw. If you’ll pardon the expression, it is what it is, and even though I don’t much care for dragons, I like the setup of this shot.

This comes to us courtesy of Evan, who took it while airborn in World of Warcraft. “During the end of an expansion lull, I usually wind up flying through old zones reminiscing with about three pairs of rose-colored glasses layered on top of one another,” he said. “Caught this at one such moment.”

Well it’s clear flying through our weekly screenshot commute, although someone may have spilled a truckload of reptiles on the expressway. Be warned!

I wasn’t kidding about those reptiles! Reader Todd lays out the background for the Great Lamedon Turtle Invasion of 2014 in Lord of the Rings Online because the following picture needs a whole lot of context:

“At the Three-Farrow crafting hall in Bree, an exploit had been discovered that allowed people to summon level 100 Lamedon turtles. When they appeared, a call went out far and wide for help with eliminating them, and high-level toons from all over the world ported to Bree to help with the eradication.

“While releasing turtles in a safe zone wasn’t a cool thing to do, it was very neat watching everyone come together to remove them. P.S.: The players who released them were banned for one month.”

Sheep and Mabinogi go together like… docile farm animals and massively multiplayer online roleplaying games, I suppose. But it’s good to see reader Derrick back in action with his strange ewe fetish!

“Glad One Shots carried over to the new overpowered Massively,” Derrick wrote. “Figured I’d leave my sheep mark on the new site like the old underpowered one. Here I am with not only Tanngrisnir my old pet, but two new sheep pets and a sheep balloon as well — while wearing a set of sheep ears!”

“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out,” reader Adam said of this picture from Final Fantasy XIV. “This is my 50 WAR/PLD Aleidis Rayne enjoying a peaceful midnight stroll through the Twelveswood. Brutal axe murder of bandits and other assorted riff-raff optional but highly recommended.”

So now it’s time for It Came From The Comment Section!

Our winner this week is Liandreth, who wrote, “Since I’ve been playing it this weekend, here’s a screenshot of my character from The Repopulation. I think they’ve done a great job in advancing the way the character looks.” [Whoa! Agreed! -Bree]

Your screenshot challenge of the week is to send me in weird, wonderful, or wistful pics from an MMO’s alpha or beta (current or past)! As always, thanks to all who sent these screenshots our way.

Every week, One Shots shines a spotlight on the best community screenshots from your MMO adventures. If you have a great pic to share, email it to justin@massivelyop.com with the subject “One Shots.” Make sure that the picture is over 880px wide and comes with a description or story!
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The after-party shot didn’t take, so here it is.

Todd

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Hello Everyone, Todd here, who had his photo and story selected about the Great Lamedon Turtle Invasion of 2014, in Bree. First, I’d like to say Thank You for selecting my photo and story! I was thrilled!

I’m posting these six shots (including a higher-res version of the original) from the fight and after-party. One is washed out a bit because I caught it at the moment a high-energy attack was happening. You can see some disabled toons here and there in some of them.

This was on Brandywine, and I was on my grinding toon, who was level 23 or so. All the turtles were otherwise engaged, so I was able to park for a bit to take some shots before I was attacked. This was the fourth wave of turtles, and the entire episode lasted about two hours or so.

I have never felt so alive in the game as I did watching the action happen, with the toons porting in from far and wide for the battle. I’d say that at the time, 75% of the comments in world chat were positive, loving the spontaneous action and the thought of actually helping each other defeat a dangerous set of foes. There were as many as 100 released, and perhaps many more. They also put some at the rez point, so when you woke up in the stone circle, you were attacked again.

For those that don’t play LOTRO, the turtles are level 100 (tops right now) and the Crafting Hall is in a safe zone, where you don’t get attacked.

I heard they were banned for a month, but that was hearsay. I don’t know for certain.

Thanks for the previous comments and have a great day… Todd

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ManastuUtakata EatCandy 
I used to live in West Hollywood, near my job, and there were other
small business offices on the street — including the business office
for a major porn company. It looked like an accountant’s office or an
optometrist’s office — you wouldn’t know what it was, unless you knew what it was, if you get my meaning.

One late afternoon, I’m walking home from work on this quiet residential street, and I see this woman walking toward me on the sidewalk.

Now, she’s not anorexic — she looks more like one of the kinds of “bombshell” sex symbol women from the 1950s, like Jayne Mansfield (before my time too, but they don’t do sexy like this any more. Google a pic, if you like).

So, she’s got big blonde hair, obvious curves, and exceptionally large … attributes …

… and she’s utterly naked under a clear plastic outfit.

It took me a second to realize that she must’ve had business at the office building.

So, she’s smiling and happy. and she walks by and cheerfully says “Hi” as she passes me. What else could I do? I smiled and said “Hi” back, as if everything was completely normal, and just kept walking.

And people think The Secret World is weird? They haven’t seen southern California. :-)

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ManastuUtakata 
Indeerd. And don’t forget the Klansmen and the f#cking skinheads. Orange County — it’s like an alternative universe I’m always afraid to visit. :-)

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EO_Lonegun 
Ah yes, thank you both.

While I am an early backer of Star Citizen, I haven’t fired it up in a while because the current unoptimized alpha system specs make my computer wheeze and cry.

My plan was always to use Star Citizen as an “excuse” to upgrade my rig, but I’d prefer to do that a little closer to final retail release.

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BalsBigBrother 
I appreciate the first-hand assessment. Thank you.

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BalsBigBrother mysecretid It is certainly Star Citizen.

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EatCandy mysecretid 
“Don’t move to Orange County CA.”
Skinny Republicans? o.O

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dragonwhimsy  Don’t go back then the idiots removed flying from the latest expansion  all my dragon mounts are grounded.