One Shots: First steps into a wider world

    
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Every MMORPG player knows that there is something incredible and magical in the feeling that you get when you take your very first steps into a new game. It’s the fresh scent of the unknown mixed with potential, excitement, and energy.

Reader François knows this all too well as he documents an early moment from Final Fantasy XIV: “The trees of the Shroud meet the sky as Kan-E-Senna watches a young adventurer depart for the other nations of Eorzea. A familiar sight for anyone who started in Gridania.”

Small pet peeve, but when your city has a name like “Gridania” and your street patterns are all twisty-turny, you’re going to make my eye twitch. Elves need to buy better urban planners, IMO.

I had a surprising number (three) of readers actually email in submissions this past week, which as you all well know means that they get to cut in line and be guaranteed a spot in this column. THIS I COMMAND.

“This is a nice shot of Grinderz, Shadowfax and Gandalf during the end of the horse quests that you received with the top Rohan purchase in Lord of the Rings Online,” said Todd. “I am just about to be told that I am indeed a good horse and a wonderful Mearas descendant. I liked the mountains in the background merging with the sky.”

Then there was reader Caelium, who showed both the majesty and the terraform impossibility of Blade and Soul’s landscape: “This shot is of my Soul Fighter soaring through the sky with the towering mountain peaks in the back ground, stretching so high as to pierce the clouds.

“I do so miss you, Landmark,” wrote Dobie.

It’s OK, Dobie. EverQuest Next will be out any day now and will blow Landmark out of the water.

Was that mean? It sounded a little mean. I’m sorry, Dobie. I’d go back and change it but I’m really way too lazy.

Just the other day Bree and I were chatting in the MOP office about how endearingly charming Staxel looked and, darn it, we’re going to have to play it at some point. Probably sooner now that Liandreth sent in this picture of the game’s early access.

“I was hunting for bugs on our Staxel server and thought the shot was pretty,” she said.

Do you have some MMOs on your backlog or sitting in your Steam library that you’ve been dragging your feet on playing? This week’s screenshot challenge is to take the plunge into a new game and show us a pic or two of your initial journey!

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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Maggie May

Animal Crossing on my tablet …. which is the only game at this point I can take pictures of. Besides giving presents not really a lot going on. This is embarrassing… uh no I’ve only played it once or twice … runs!!!

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JonBuck

Continuing my taste for simulation games, I’ve gone fishing. Commercial fishing in the Barents Sea.

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Rees Racer

I’m out of town for a couple of days this week, and didn’t want to drag my laptop about, so I’ve just brought along my ASUS ZenPad.

I’d been meaning to have a look at Adventure Quest 3D, so this seemed a good time, considering the hardware limitations. I created a mage, and have made my way through the obligatory tutorial skeletons to the fist camp outside a castle. We’ll see! ;)

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Bruno Brito

You can use several classes, you know that right?

I’m trying to figure out what this game has going for it, but i’m not finding it.

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rafael12104

A Steam backlog I got. But, I kind of like it as it is. A reminder that a fool and his money will buy games he doesn’t have time to play.

So no time for new games, especially when I am now starting a new form of artistic expression. I call it, Screenshot Abstract Expressionism. ;)

Like Jackson Pollock’s work it is spontaneous, automatic and subconscious screenshots. Unlike Pollock all that is required is knowing how to take a screenshot.

Here, take a look at this one I made recently in BnS. I call it, “girl in a red dress”

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Caelium

This terrifies me. How can you possibly see what is going on / know what to do and when with so much going on! I havent experience group play yet, but even some of the field bosses I really struggle with because I am too slow to dodge/block. I feel like I would die instantly in whatever it is that is going on in your screenshot (which is great btw)

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rafael12104

Lol. Not to worry Padawan. This is a temporary effect which I chose to step into for the pic. Most massive aoe’s are well telegraphed. As for the rest, it’s just timing. Once you are ready for some dungeons let me know, and most especially when you cap. I’ll show you the ins and outs. They are fairly easy to start with, but, they do get harder of course.

The dodging and blocking, it will come in time. Plus there are group blocks and protections from other classes that will benefit from when playing with experienced players.

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reminds me somewhat if muted of wildstar pvp in certain bg’s :D

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Bruno Brito

Reminds me of the “glorious living world” in GW2.

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deekay_000

you are savage tn bruno <3

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Hirku

Obviously not a new game, but this weekend was the start of WoW’s Lunar Festival and it gave me an opportunity to see a new part of the world, full of wondrous landscapes and creatures and OH FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU–

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Hirku

And the rest of the shots when I was still among the living…

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Caelium

Thanks for the feature, Justin!

I cant honestly contribute anything to this weeks challenge because I have enough trouble finding time to play Blade & Soul let alone new games! So here is Yaturi, my Soul Fighter, pondering what life would be like if I had more gaming time.

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rafael12104

Very cool. Yaturi is coming right along, I see. Well done!

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Caelium

He’s getting there slowly :) Though I just hit 50 the other day and now it appears I am only gaining Hongmoon Experience which I thought was reserved for level cap, I dont know how to progress to level 51. Did I miss something?

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Winter

Sadly I’ve been resucked into wow …because elves (only because Justin has such a hate on for them :D)

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Koshelkin

It amazes me time and time again how WoW manages to stay so good looking. They really made the right bet with going for a cartoon/non-realistic style.

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Caelium

I read the name in the first picture as Felo’Melon and it made me chuckle.

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Koshelkin

On my way to kill Adrammelech. Such a nice little fellow.

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Liandreth

Some pictures (the snow ones – pictures don’t load in order lol) of one of my first journeys in The Long Dark, before it had the story and everything. The other two pictures are from Wander, which I’m sad didn’t turn out better.

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deekay_000

ack don’t tell me you fell prey to mr oranges shameless promotion of TLD? :DDDDDDDD

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Liandreth

Nein, had the game since 2015 :P

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Vunak

Been playing a lot of BDO lately. I was able to get over my distaste for the enchanting system and figured out a pretty secure way to enchant my boss armor and things up to TRI.

So here is Mica and me adventuring into Kamasylvia for the first time. Going through Grana and around Grana.

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Michael18

The seamless world of BDO is just fantastic. I should go back to the game for a while just to enjoy this world some more.

If only we could get an MMO with the tech of BDO and the depth of stories and lore of the TES games.

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Koshelkin

Or with *anything* to do besides grinding and nodes and sieges. With every update the dev team of BDO amazes me with their ability to add absolutely inconsquential activities which are either for a very selected few or too one-dimensional to bother with. The base of the game could be the base for a masterpiece of a sandbox MMO and they manage to make exactly nothing out of it.

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Vunak

They have great lore. Just hit the “H” button in game and pull up the knowledge window. Lots to learn. They just don’t expand on what is there very well. I wish they would because the game is pretty deep with political intrigue, the war between the regions, black stones etc.

They just don’t explain it well enough on the knowledge you do acquire. A drawn out way to say I agree, I wish they would approach their story telling and lore with a bit more depth.

They even have libraries and things like in Calpheon and Grana that could be used in a really good way to learn things about the game/lore. But they use it for a one or two sentence exert instead. Which is a shame.