Massively OP Podcast Episode 202: The all-mailbag show

    
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On this week’s show, Bree and Justin attempt to clean out the listener mailbag before the year closes out. Topics include Warframe, MMO music, lockboxes (of course), game sunsets, and the “go go go” mentality of dungeon groups.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Show notes:

  • Intro
  • What’s going on with World of Warcraft?
  • What’s MOP’s financial status like?
  • What about a Warframe column?
  • What MMO music did Justin like most this year?
  • What has MOP learned about community wrangling?
  • What’s the big deal about lockboxes?
  • Do MMO sunsets have a silver lining?
  • Why can’t dungeon parties slow down?
  • Have we heard of LitRPG novels?
  • Outro

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Alberto

LitRPG the best I have read so Far is “The Land “series and “The Trapped Mind Project”-7 part series a Long read..I think trapped Mind is best for Justin. Both very professionally Written and edited.

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Jack Pipsam

Thanks Bree & Justin for a great year of Podcasts. Now I’m working night-shifts with allowance of a Bluetooth speaker, I’m sure your voices will be echoing quite a bit within a small local petrol station XD

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TomTurtle

Again, thank you Bree for getting into the thick of it and making sure the comment section is for having discussions. I hope you don’t get too stressed by it all. You do a great job making sure things stay civil.

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Jmet

In this episode Justin mentioned a gaming soundtrack channel on YouTube, Video Game Music Soundtracks or the like. I cannot find it, anyone have a link?

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sophiskiai

The mailbags and discussions are my favourite part of the podcasts (apart from the rants of course!) so a mailbag show is always a real treat :)

So glad to hear MOP is financially comfortable enough to prosper and expand!

To combine the Warframe and music topics, DE make the game’s music available through both an out-of-game bandcamp page and an in-game jukebox you use collectables to unlock tracks for (though it’s sadly not unlocked till relatively late in the game), both things I’d like to see more MMOs do.

On the recurrent subject of lockboxes (and random loot in general), people often talk about the “rush” of getting a good reward but I get the opposite of that – any pleasure or satisfaction from the times I get a good reward is vastly, vastly outweighed by the disappointment (or sometimes annoyance) from the times when I get random junk or nothing at all. Which is why I really appreciate token systems where even when you don’t get lucky you’re still making a little bit of progress towards getting the drop you want. I don’t mind random in-game loot too much because even if I don’t get any good drops I’m still getting the enjoyment of playing the game, but the idea of paying real money to gamble is anathema to me.

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Minimalistway

Thanks for LitRPG question/answer, never heard about these books before, and thanks for another year of podcasts, you guys are my companion when i play WoW and do some grinding :-)

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Armsbend

I sincerely hope 2019 is the Year everyone gets a Yacht at MOP. I wish your entire staff all of the success you richly deserve. I am overjoyed you guys are doing well – writing and streaming has been outstanding in 2018. While it’s no secret I think game development is in the toilet – I think your style and content gets better with time.

ps. I agree about Warframe permanent coverage. Make Brendan switch games. Sorry Brendan :)

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Bree Royce

Room for some mates! :D

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hugmonster

Thank you for picking up my question and thanks so much for all the MMO music recommendations! I’ll have plenty to listen to over the holidays.
The Warframe track I mentioned is this one:

Happy Holidays and I hope MOP has an even better 2019 than this past year.

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BalsBigBrother

I guess I am thirding the sentiments of the the other previous posters.

You have no idea how much I look forward to hearing this podcast each week and how much I appreciate the work you both put into the podcast and the website as a whole. While I don’t always agree with your thoughts they do often point me towards a view I may not have otherwise got to myself.

Glad 2018 has been good for the site at large and my Christmas wish is for 2019 to be even better. Best wishes to everyone at Massively Overpowered <3

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Eliandal

Seconding Miol! Keep up the excellent work. Glad 2018 was good for someone :\ Hope 2019 is even better!