One Shots: Party animals

    
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Apologies for the disruption in the normal One Shots schedule over the past couple of weeks, but we’re back and freakishly abnormal! Everyone behave themselves while I was gone? Good.

I don’t exactly know what’s going on in our headlining picture this week, but it looks like it is both the most exciting and unsafe party ever held in Secret World Legends. Of course, it’s all taking place on platforms without handrails that are standing over bottomless pits, so it’s not like a couple of baseball bats are going to make that much of a difference. Swing away!

“You can’t have a party with strangers without mentioning all the Megaversary fun in Secret World Legends as we all mob giant Beehemoths,” posted Hikari. “This event has been so much fun, it really captured the soul of The Secret World we remember.

Arkady Dust overlooks the obvious smell of a recently un-oceaned Orr for the landscape’s eerie beauty: “Not a resolution as such but when starting to play Guild Wars 2 I decided to have all the alts level up and go through the storylines in parallel (one exception: grabbing the first mount). This has certainly slowed things down; I am only now approaching the end of the original story. But it has been quite interesting to see how the various choices play out and the references between separate storylines. So here is a screenshot from a story instance in Orr. A land of darkness and death that at least looks different from all the other lands of darkness and death thanks to aquatic accents.”

Xijit expressed the dilemma of being pulled between two MMOs: “I had been planning on going back to Black Desert now that I am back at work and nearly done with school, but nah… Final Fantasy XIV is getting a sub and I have already started shopping around for a free company to shack up with once I am finished running through the low level content.”

Trust me, it is so hard to give more than one MMORPG your undivided attention, or even a good share of that attention.

Utakata has made a game of this Blade and Soul screenshot: “Just me surrounded by my crab friends here. ‘What crab friends, Uta?’ Oh they’re there. It’s nice and quiet here though.”

I don’t see any crabs. Schlag, if you will? Help us out?

I’m always a little leery of posting darker screenshots, not because I don’t love them (I usually do) but because I worry that they won’t show up on all monitors. However, Koshelkin’s picture of Lord of the Rings Online’s Old Forest really shows how even the early game nailed a deeply involving atmosphere in both the bright and the gloomy places.

What the heck, let’s get dark and depressing this week! What gloomy, dour, shadowy locales have you screenshotted lately in an MMO? Let’s see them (if we can!) in the comments.

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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Arkady Dust

Thanks for the feature. Happy to say that the original story is done on at least one character so living world stories can start soon.

As for this weeks challenge, normally finding a dark gloomy spot in E:D is just a matter of landing on the night side. But one can find a dark spot even in daytime, even close to the star – you just need the right star.

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Utakata

In case anyone was wondering, from the first image I submitted…

…here and here…

…or pretty much where the outcropped “rocks” are a lighter than the noted surrounding biome. Go near one…pinchy, pinchy, pinchy! :(

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Utakata

PS: …err…thanks for plugging my pics again, Mr. Justin! <3

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Rees Racer

Justin, I hope you had a lovely holiday. You certainly deserved some time off.

The Twitch Prime giveaways are really quite insidious. I’d not played Neverwinter in quite some time. If I’m having a go at a traditional fantasy MMORPG, I spend most of my time in ESO…but NW is a very solid game. I recognise there are monetary requirements to actually enjoy it, so not to be completely overburdened by the F2P restrictions on convenience, and I’ve spent a bit over the few years to have the advantages I needed to begin again. It’s just that PWE is unashamed of the desire to get your money in any way possible, and it actually detracts from the immersion to be had otherwise.

As for the “gloomy, dour, shadowy locales”…

I’ve had a very nice week levelling my Trickster Rogue. It’s a lovely visceral experience in contrast to the ranged magic-based classes. I’ve now found myself in the Pirate’s Skyhold, which is home to a floating swamp at Mire’s Edge. One thing to be admired (but rarely mentioned) is the practical armour for each class, and its appearance. It is completely appropriate, and I can appreciate that. My companion War Dog doesn’t seem to mind the swamp at all, either.

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mysecretid

Nice pic, Rees! I really should take another look at NWN — you’re not the first person to tell me that it’s become much more fun these days.

Cheers!

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Hirku

Heh, I see I’m not the only one who can’t say/think “Neverwinter” without tacking on that extra “N.” ; )

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mysecretid

Heh. Yeah, the habit is strong with me too, apparently. :-)

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mysecretid

After a number of weeks of not having any screenshots to offer here on The Justin Show, I’ve finally got some pics which might entertain.

Given the website’s tendency to display pics in random order, you’ll have to determine which captions go with which pics on your own. :-)

Pics 1 through 3: While playing No Man’s Sky, I discovered a planet that was pink, right down to pink soil on the surface. You can already imagine which Massvely poster I decided to name it after! :-)

If anyone else would like a planet named after them, let me know, and I’ll try to find something fitting. It’s a BIG galaxy, and you’d be surprised how quickly one runs out of original names.

Part of the reason I put three random digits after my planet and system names, is so that I can re-use names in a pinch with less chance of duplication! :-)

Pic 4: I’ve recently traded up to an S-class Hauler starship. It’s not quite Serenity or the Millenium Falcon, but it will do. I loved my Explorer starship that I had, but I needed more space for cargo and ship systems.

Pic 5: The makings of a base on a rare truly Earth-like planet.

The game kinda pushes you to start building a base from the start, but I’ve found this is a bad idea — first, because building a base often requires special crafting materials (if you’re playing in Normal mode) from specific types of worlds which are difficult for a new player to reach and explore.

Also, there’s an event in the game’s storyline (no spoiler details) which can potentially destroy your base (but not it’s contents), so it’s probably better to wait until you’re past this plot twist (you’ll know it when you see it) so that you don’t lose all your work.

Lastly, Pic 6: Lead developer Sean Murray has said that he and Hello Games received death threats because alien butterflies shown in the promo materials did not appear in the game at launch (!!!).

The alien butterflies exist now, crazy people. Here’s one example.

Cheers, fellow Massives! :-)

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Utakata

#PlanetOfPinkDeath o.O

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rafael12104

So how about Zawei Ruins from B&S? The Darklord opens a gate for invasion and you are the one at the door. Lol. For reference see my video post below.

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hurbster

hehe

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mysecretid

There is no burn quite like a Tamriel burn. :-) Good one, hurbster. Thanks for posting!

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Kinya

I love taking screenshots and Conan Exiles is such a pretty game – even during the night :)

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rafael12104

Dark places? Oh, yes. I’ve known a few in my MMO travails. As I dig through my archive, why not enjoy a little vid? My tribute to BnS’ The Eight Masters.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Dark isn’t usually my thing (with a name like Hikari, did you think it would be?).
But sometimes.. Praise Set, Praise Yog!

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Hirku

I really like that first one, the light & shadow on Set and the dancer next to it.

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Toy Clown

This particular dark and gloomy road outside of Glish in BDO was one my character contemplated if she should travel down.

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