Massively OP Podcast Episode 210: The spice must flow

    
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On this week’s show, Bree and Justin mull over Funcom’s open world Dune announcement, talk over Black Desert’s recent developments, chat about the Dungeons and Dragons Online expansion, give ample warning to Atlas’ pirates, and more!

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Wrathbaby1993

People are excited for MMO battle royals? Maybe blizzard should make an MMO FPS-oh wait.

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Neurotic

Talking about the wave of studio firings, or ’employee reassignments’ over the last 12 months, I wonder if this is indicative of something larger happening in the industry? Why have there been relatively so many of these incidents in this last year?

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izanagi

Regarding levelling in ESO, If you are holding off for Necromancer it is worth noting that gear and progression in ESO can be shared across your account. The Champion points system is account wide as is the majority of gear and items. (transferable via your bank, even ‘bound’ items). So whilst the questing may be repetitive depending on what content you do, there are likely enough different questing zones whereby you could reach max without duplicates or grinding depending on what you want to achieve. Especially considering Elsweyr will have its own levelling content too.
Additionally crafting takes hours to research certain traits so it is well worth getting started on that with a ‘crafting’ alt character. (Researching the traits, Divines, Impenetrable, Training on gear and Sharpened, Infused, Training on weapons will greatly help start you off.)

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Peregrine Falcon

I want a Dune MMO for the same reason that I wanted Terminator 3.

Sure there’s only a 10% chance that it’ll be any good, but if it is good it’ll be awesome. And if it’s not good then I can just ignore it.

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Aldristavan

Unpopular opinion: I loved the original 1984 Dune and I watch it at least twice a year.

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Hirku

Me too, it was my first exposure to the setting as a kid. My copy of the book is the movie tie-in edition and I still have my “Official Collectors Edition” magazine.

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Alex Willis

One can love both the novels and the movie. I do.

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MurderHobo

I’m a fan of the original Dune novels. I’ve even skimmed the horrible crap his son endorsed, and of course Dune 2 was one of the greatest games ever made. I’m currently recording a Kerbal roleplay mission where Bob declares himself emperor of Ix and tries to recruit Bill into turning Val into an axlotl tank.

So, I have no hate on for Dune, but I still think it’s a horrible idea for an MMO setting. That universe is a terrible, hopeless place. I can’t think of anyone in that whole series I’d want to associate with.

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donvweel

A dune mmo is someting I always wanted. Admittedly it is a huge undertaking. Funcom could pull it off if they put that Secret World spin on it. Not sure how much money they have to put into it. A lot of lore potential as well as some interesting class possibilities. Desert areas can be sterile but there could be underground areas like Fremen Sietches and cities for variety. I think how the factions play out would decide a lot. Big potential for faction battle similar to old Dark Age of Camelot. I think carried out to it’s full potential Dune Online could be huge. I am not sure if Funcom has the jake to pull it off, however I wish them success.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I was saying something similar about the Shadow Arena last night.
It’s interesting that they made their Battle Royale entirely without customization/monetization. You play the lore versions of each character class and can’t customize the appearance. The entire push seems to be to get you to play the BR and keep playing the game itself.

Kakao is a huge company that goes so far beyond games. They’re on the level of a NBCUniversal with internet holdings, huge phone apps like Kakaotalk and so on.

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Fervor Bliss

Think you handled BDO very well. :)

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François Verret

I seem to remember that you bought Heart of Thorns because it was on sale, but never played it.

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Bree Royce

Haha, see, I knew the listeners would remember. This is hilarious. :D