One Shots: Deep diving

    
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Can’t say that I approve of the flagrant disregard for deep diving safety protocols that are on display in our spotlight picture from Final Fantasy XIV, but at least reader Frank knows how to grab an arresting screenshot when the situation calls for it. Glug glug.

“Diving a thousand thousand fathoms below the surface of the Ruby Sea, Axelay discovers the fabled palace Shisui of the Violet Tides,” Frank said. After which a moogleshark swam by, ate him in one gulp, and then said “Kupo!”

Our readers sure had fun showing off some of their favorite long-running characters this past week, including Miol here. Got to say, this passed my gut check of grabbing my attention when I was flipping through the comments!

“This Norn in Guild Wars 2 learned his traits as an engineer around seven years ago from his Charr buddies over in their Iron Legion territory of Ascalon,” Miol said, “as he never felt connected to Norn culture with their Spirits of the Wild and Great Hunt.”

“I feel a bit weird submitting to One Shots now that I work here, but I had to jump on this week’s screenshot challenge,” sent in Tyler. “This is Mai, my outlaw rogue in World of Warcraft. She’s my avatar here on Massively OP, and she’s my most-played character in any video game ever.

“She wasn’t the first character I rolled in WoW, and she was effectively an alt for the first several expansions I played, but she’s the only character I’ve played at max level in every expansion since I joined back in Wrath (except BfA, since I haven’t played it at all). I have more history with her than I can tell in this format, and she’s become my face in the digital world. Nine times out of ten when I make my first character in a new game, it’s just a clone of Mai. Even if I never go back to WoW, she’ll always occupy a special place in my heart.”

You should feel weird, Tyler. So very weird.

Hikari had a novel’s worth of character backstory to share, but I’ll edit it down to this bit: “Hikari is a character that started in 2002 in an original co-op fiction/RP inspired by Dragonball Z, so there is a lot of history here. City of Heroes was my first MMO, but I couldn’t make Hikari right away because I needed a Peacebringer to do her powers right. My second level 50 was Hikari Kenzaki, Human Form PB who ruled the skies in Siren’s Call. Hikari was not one of my main RP characters in CoH, but she informed several of the others’ origins.”

It does my heart so good to see someone send in a Fallen Earth picture. I crushed so hard on that underrated post-apocalyptic MMO back in the day.

“My tendency to reroll characters does mean that my most played has had a relatively short life so far, but since my latest (and likely last) reboot of my rosters the character I’ve played most is also the one that, overall, I’ve played longest,” shared Sixuality. “Croft has been exploring the wastelands of Fallen Earth since launch. Rerolled a few times over the years, but being a clone I guess that’s in character.”

Below is my Elder Scrolls Online Necromancer exploring Elsweyr in the early hours of the morning. For this week’s screenshot challenge, show us a picture from your favorite time of day in an MMO and tell us why you like adventuring during that part of the day/cycle.

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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mysecretid

Heya Justin and friends!

I’m a bit late to the party this week — I accidently blocked myself from logging into Massively the last couple of days (d’oh!), and had to wait for Steam to untangle what I did. Not my cleverest moment. :-)

Anyway, Justin, as someone who discovered Star Trek through re-runs of the original series when I was a kid, I was never very keen on the post-original series design of Klingon starships.

To my kid’s mind, the original series’ Klingon starships (now called the D-7 class in the lore) looked menacing — they loomed on the screen like some kind of Giant Space Bat, or a Giant Space Vulture.

The new ships never had that vibe for me, you know?

And then I discovered the Vor’ral-class Support Battlecruiser in Star Trek Online.

Somebody on the dev team may have felt the way I did, because the classic Klingon vessel profile has returned in a 2410 guise (i.e. the year the game is set).

It’s given me an excuse to dust off my long-languishing Klingon alt in STO, and to bellow “Today is a good day for pie!!!” across the galaxy, at every opportunity.

That is the line, right??? :-)

Non-Trek pics next time, if all goes well, I promise.

Cheers, all,

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miol

Perfect angle with the sun on the last one! Great shot!

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Minimalistway

I love early mornings, when it’s cold and sunny, SWTOR have no day/night cycle, so i have this screenshot of Tatooine, deserts can be so cold in early morning, speaking from experience here … that balloon is amazing thing, i want one.

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mysecretid

This is a beautiful pic! Thanks for sharing it!

(did you know your character can actually board that balloon at a certain point on the map and ride it around the sky, if you so desire?)

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Minimalistway

I didn’t know that, thank you, i’m still not done with the planet, so i’m looking forward for that moment :-)

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mysecretid

Aye, there’s a point in its circuit around the map (the far end, IIRC) where you can jump up on one of the mesa rocks, and then jump onto the balloon as it sails by.

You can try searching the SWTOR section of Dulfy.net, or just Googling the Tatooine balloon, if you can’t find the jump-aboard point on your own.

Good luck — and post a pic if you’re able!

Cheers!

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Stormwaltz

<3 Fallen Earth

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Utakata

We’re going to parti’, karamu’, fiesta, forever (all night long)…

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mysecretid

Party Uta in the howze! :-)

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Vincent Clark

Favorite time of day in an MMO? When the sun goes down…and the mischievous lalas come out to have fun :)

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Nice pics, as usual, Vincent! Y’know the lalafels used to creep me out, until I discovered that they’re supposed to be a race in the game, as opposed to simply weirdly well-spoken children. Somehow, that made the whole thing stop hurting my brain.

An asian take on the hobbit idea, almost-kinda.

Cheers!

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Vincent Clark

Thanks! Yeah, I felt the same way towards the lalafels initially. I find them harmless now. Mostly. :)

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mysecretid

Mostly, indeed … :-)

Be well,

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Who does not like a good sunset? Time of Day here is death.

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mysecretid

Yikes! Wonderfully creeptastic pic! :-)

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I’ve always liked twilight myself. It’s a magical time.

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mysecretid

Twilight? Well, as long as you’re not a sparkling vampire, Hurb. :-) Lovely detailed pics. Thank you!

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Favorite time of day in an MMO, hm?

I guess, when it rains. Even though, only in tropical rainforests and MMOs you can set your clock to it! ;P Its soothing sound just brings me to a good place in mind.

But the other times of day aren’t that far behind.
(Thank you for the plug! /bow)

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mysecretid

I like the rain a lot as well, miol, although my sinuses don’t always agree with me!

I like how you managed to show the rainfall in motion. Clever.

Cheers!

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parts of my former engine falling off my reliant tana after a bounty hunter came to collect on my head. if you think this looks bad you should see the other guy’s ship ;)

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A bounty hunter came after you, deekay? Just how bad of a person are you playing in Star Citizen, my friend? :-) Do I even want to know? :-D

Thanks for the SC screens. As I’ve said before, I pay far more attention to your SC-related posts than the official hype machine for the game. I appreciate your attempts at offering a balanced take on what the game has become thus far.

There’s a possibility that this rig may be sufficiently tweaked, come July, that I may be able to step back into the alpha again. If I do, I’ll try to come by and say hello, if you’d like. I’ll let you know if my upgrading actually works as planned.

Last thing, speaking of starships, the Star Trek Online game is offering Pike’s Enterprise as a playable starship type very soon. I plan to acquire one, if at all possible (it arrives in an RNG pack, of course, because publisher PWE loves money). If I do manage to claim a Space Dad Starship, I’ll be sure to post screenies here at some point. :-)

Be well, pal,