Massively OP Podcast Episode 182: Follow the Torchlight

    
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On this week’s show, Bree and Justin geek out over the confirmation of a Torchlight MMO, salute the late, great RuneScape Classic, prepare for Battle for Azeroth, and more! Also, we read some really great listener haiku because you guys are awesome like that.

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Kaihne

I feel your pain on the Lucid Nightmare mount sir. I spent 6 hours+ in there myself. I completed all the other colors, found the last altar and only needed that last orb within 45 minutes. I thought “hey this isn’t isn’t so bad”. Five + hours later when I finally completed it I logged out and didn’t log back in for a few days. I was just too mad.

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Suikoden

Bree. I’m kind of surprised you are not in Project Gorgon right now. I’m glad you are enjoying the Legend emulator, but Gorgon has a lot of the systems that I think you’d enjoy. I’m not in it personally because I’m not a huge sandbox player, but my brother plays it a lot and is involved in the community. He absolutely loves it as a sandbox mmo. It has very deep systems, a lot of freedom, and a strong community. Have you played it? I know Justin has, but I can’t remember if you have. Anyway, thanks for the awesome journalism. Keep up the good work.

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Bree Royce

Bought it, just haven’t played it! It was my intention to get into it this summer, and then my emu obsession won instead. :D

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Jack Pipsam

RIP Runescape Classic :'(

PS. Just did the intro of the expansion which Justin was talking about, it was pretty neat.

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Xshinobi

I don’t think that Blizzard is turning Sylvanas into a “dumb” hero at all. If it wasn’t for Jaina turning up (which even the Alliance didn’t know about) she would have wiped out most of the Alliance leadership and crippled them for years. She also managed to secure all of Kalimdor for the Horde along with a rich supply of a powerful new resource. If she was successful in Lordaeron she would have managed to do something that no other Horde leader has managed. She is definitely playing the ends justify the means game and she isn’t a traditional Horde leader as in she doesn’t value honor above all but she does place the Horde above all and will do whatever it takes to make sure that the Horde not only survives for years to come but is the dominate force in Azeroth.

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Celestia

Hey, great episode!
You two always bring the fun
and the latest news.

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imayb1

I wish I liked ESO better, too. It has so much that I love about games and I adore the Elder Scrolls… but I can’t love ESO. Sure, all the ES games have clunky combat but it seems worse in an MMO setting. While ESO’s crafting is truly awful, IMO, and I hate the lack of a universal market, the housing is pretty great. I miss the flexibility of characters’ skills most, though. Stuffing the loose playabilty of ES games into a little box that designates a particular class and skill set seems like regression to me. I could look past those perceived flaws in other games, though, so maybe my expectations for Elder Scrolls is too high? Whatever it is, ESO might tick the right boxes, but it just doesn’t work for me.

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Schmidt.Capela

What I often say about ESO is that I would probably love the game if it was exactly the same except not using the Elder Scrolls franchise.

Putting the “Elder Scrolls” label on something adds certain expectations for me, expectations that ESO not just fails to fulfill, but would never be able to do so due to its MMO nature; basically, what I love the Elder Scrolls games for are things that you can’t really have in a MMO, because they would break the shared experience. As a result, playing ESO becomes a constant reminder of everything I love in just about every other Elder Scrolls game that I will never have in ESO, frustrating the heck out of me.

And yeah, I tried to play it after getting a copy “for free”.

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Minimalistway

I don’t mind a whole episode of haiku … MMO haiku.

It’s ok to be excited by a new game, no need to overthink what the business model will be, you’ll know that later, meanwhile … enjoy, i’ll admit this is a naive way of thinking, but i prefer that to overthinking all the time, especially about something you can’t control.

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sophiskiai

I try to restrain my excitement for new games until I know the business model because I don’t want to build my hype and then get disappointed when I find out I can’t afford to play, as has happened before.

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Jesse Wan

Accepting haiku?
You have no idea what you’ve
just unleashed this day…

Justin and Bree host
THE BEST podcast on this site,
Massively OP.

Hasn’t been a show
Yet without Bree mentioning
Star Wars Galaxies

Or Guild Wars 2, NOT
That I’m complaining, mind.
Just think it’s funny.

I have one request,
I understand if he can’t, could
Justin talk deeper?

Your fan since way back,
Those Massively Speaking days,
Silly BarGamer

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sophiskiai

If I’d thought my haiku might get read out I’d have mentioned that my pronoun is they, not he.

Although I’ve not played RuneScape in over 8 years and would never go back to it, I’m one of the many for whom it was my “gateway MMO” (2005-2010 in my case) so hearing about it in the news is always a huge nostalgia hit even after all this time!

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Bree Royce

Thank you for clarifying, sophiskiai – I shouldn’t have assumed! All the haiku were awesome. :D

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sophiskiai

Thanks – and you did nail pronouncing my name :)

Am delighted to see more haiku in this week’s comments, maybe you can make it a regular part of the mailbag section?

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Bree Royce

If people keep sending them, I will keep reading them! <3

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