One Shots: Bagpipes in the woods

    
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I can’t say that I’m the biggest fan of bagpipe music, although I do harbor a certain fascination for any musical instrument that looks like the innards of a monster. Still, how often do you see bagpipes in MMOs? I’ve spied them only in Lord of the Rings Online, and there only rarely.

Reader Ratstew took this photogenic shot of his character bleating out a jam in the middle of the woods: “This is one of my LOTRO favorites, though of course I have hundreds more I could fill your mailbox with. It’s like potato chips — can’t take just one!”

Will you be able to look at only one picture after the break? I doubt it!

The following Star Trek Online screenshot needs to be set up by reader Arthur, who says, “As you’re aware, a key event in STO’s current plot arc is Sela’s escape from custody on Mol’Rihan. A lot of people on the forums have vented their desire to run her to ground and put an end to her. Well, half of that happens in the new episode. And while you don’t have the empress at gunpoint in the cutscene that this still comes from, I know many wish you did. And so I thought I’d share it, along with a Sam Gerard line that would fit with minimal change: ‘Welcome home, Sela — wanna start running again?'”

In real life, I’m not much for posed portraits when I take pictures. I’d rather get slice of life shots than constantly ask people to stand still and smile. That’s why the following shot and its explanation made me smile.

“This was taken over eight years ago in EverQuest II. I was adventuring with a friend and suggested screenshot time, so we took a few shots doing silly things,” reader camelotcrusade said. “The reason I kept this one is obvious: A non-hostile wandered in at just the right time. Who is photobombing whom?”

Here’s an absolutely amazing shot that might take you a few seconds to catch why it’s so great. Hint: Check out the weapon.

Sands of Menechtarun sent this in from Dungeons and Dragons Online: “The vampire frantically fired arrows into the magic missile… but it was no use. The darkness was doomed.”

Doomed darkness! I feel bad for it now.

For this week’s It Came from the Screenshots! pick, I’m going with reader Rheem Octuris’ creation in SkySaga. He’s highly complimentary of the game itself and apparently had a lot of fun whipping up an imposing (yet cute) castle.

“I decided to take a quick picture of my island as it currently is in SkySaga,” he said. “About 90% of this I built myself. (Some of the inner castle was pre-existing but has been highly modified.)”

Well, it’s that time again! Time for my screenshot challenge to you! And this time around… well, I’d love to see your interior decorating skills at work. Take some pictures of the inside of your favorite player house and tell me how you pieced it all together!

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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KirkSteadman
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KirkSteadman

Nreff That video is so rad! I am going to try that once I get my ele capped.

Cyberlight
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Cyberlight

JudgeDavid101 Agreed. Thunder Bluff is amazing, and the music fits perfectly. I was always Alliance myself, but the few Horde toons I tried usually logged out here. :)

KirkSteadman
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KirkSteadman

The zerg is real. Somewhere in there is my Charr Guardian Aussitot Mort getting ready to spam 1 for loot.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

Rheem Octuris Siphaed 
You should to go into caves on the Mountain Bioms, at least. That is where you find the Yeti caves, which have some nice dark woods as their huts, drop a good amount of wool themselves -4 or 5 pieces-, and have a boss loot table.   I’ve gotten some recipes off them and some giant clubs off them.

 The hanging crystal lantern recipe -as seen above- is a sold one from one of the social hub vendors.  Cost a pretty penny at 40,000 knots.   Still well worth it because of the visual appeal of the thing.   

With the amount of side islands in my home instance, I’ve yet to run out of things to do as far as building it.    A castle is nothing without 10-20ish side buildings to increase its visual appeal.

Rheem Octuris
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Rheem Octuris

Siphaed  I hadn’t have whatever recipe lets you use the crystals as lighting yet :( I still using standard torches.

I don’t really venture into caves anymore now that I don’t need any more stone and my metal reserves are nice and high. I do like to make sure I check the entire island for buildings and such, as well as any floating islands with ruins on them (they sometimes have a chest up there)

When I do get into the main dungeon after I’ve scoured the rest of the island for chests I take my time and explore every nook and cranny of it.

That said I’m kinda getting bored with the game, playing solo anyways. The quests are just a daily grind and I there is no point working on my island further until I get a recipe for a different kind of lighting that looks better than torches but still feasible to mass produce (I have a LOT of torches on my island)

Liandreth
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Liandreth

Shienne Just told this to my husband now. San d’Oria is playing in our heads. Need to find an ffxi soundtrack!

Faction 3
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Faction 3

My Thief – Vaulkarde exploring the frozen wastes of Dredgehaunt.

Liandreth
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Liandreth

krazy_wabbit Liandreth Just wanted to add, a tribe on my server has built a gate in front of caves, with the doors unlocked, so no one can grief the caves :D

Siphaed
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Siphaed

All those games above -except SkySaga and DDO- have such a low resolution in their screenies. :(  Just mud, mud, and a bit more mud that I perceive. For a moment I thought that the one from DDO was instead from Rift.  LotRO wouldn’t be so bad if some of the rock and ground textures weren’t so awful. The character, ground foliage, and background scenery look very lovely. One just cannot get past that mud patch she’s standing on.

Not sure why they named it “Ember Wolf Lair” when the Fire Wolf is the boss and ‘king of the castle’, so to speak.  Cave spelunking sometimes seems far more profitable than just boss rushing as most players seem to do.  Finding nice crystal formations, which make great lighting fixtures for my home castle.   Speaking of, got a couple of nice screenies of the work being done now that a few rare architecture recipes have dropped for me.

Koshelkin
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Koshelkin

Hanging out in style with my classy fellow from the Dragons, Daimon Kiyota. #futurepunk