One Shots: Private retreats

    
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Where do you go to get away from it all in an MMORPG? If you look hard enough, you might find a special private retreat that offers solitude, peace, and — if you’re lucky — three-ply toilet paper.

“How often do you come across an outhouse while out on adventures?” Toy Clown asked. “Sadly it wasn’t hidden enough in World of Warcraft, as there was a line.”

Utakata’s Blade and Soul retreat is more natural: just a quiet and calm glade kissed by sunbeams. It definitely looks like the kind of place I’d like to bring a book and curl up for a few hours.

“Fairly sure a lot of people have seen this little beach in Costa del Sol in Final Fantasy XIV,” posted MolleaFauss.

That’s true, Mollea, but I’ve always found it bizarre that there’s this huge beach resort about a stone’s throw from killer monsters. Of course, if the world’s going to end around you, this is where I’d want to be.

Sometimes an image from an MMORPG can tell a story completely by itself. That’s the case with Hurbster’s Elder Scrolls Online contribution here. Sad, yet I want to know more.

IronSalamander8 takes us to this fluffy snowy retreat in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. There’s an apology for the UI, but since you can’t turn it off, it’s hardly the fault of the screenshotter.

Your life will lack a purpose unless I give it one, so here is your screenshot challenge of the week: Take a picture of “impossible architecture” in your MMO that couldn’t be constructed without a whole lot of magic and artistic liberties.

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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Hikari Kenzaki

Well, if you’re going to build a tavern and brothel in a fantasy world, you might as well build it floating high above the city. The Moonstone Mask is indeed a magical place.

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ichi sakari

The ship is the Hammerhead, a anti-fighter corvette, it would take some serious handwavium for it to blast almost straight up…

but more to the point of the column – the building on the surface is the 4km tall Hurston Corp building, complete with cantilever suites, it is visible from space

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Stormwaltz

A couple weeks ago when you asked for forest pictures, I realized I hadn’t taken any screenshots since 2019. I happened to be in ESO Valenwood at the time, but didn’t end up submitting anything.

I am reasonably certain that skyscraper-sized hollow trees count as “impossible architecture.”

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Utakata

Wait, no pics of Rata Sum yet? Please post them here! >.<

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Hikari Kenzaki

What a silly thing to say. Everything in Rata Sum can be explained by science!

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Utakata

…any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic? o.O

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Hikari Kenzaki

For every bit of technology, there is an Asura who would gladly spend the next week explaining it to you. And 7 who would love to disagree.

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Vincent Clark

Some of these may apply to this week’s mission statement…surely? :)

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Amorey

I am sorry I neglected you, dear One Shot thread. I have not forgotten about you, I’ve just been very busy, but I still lurk every week and enjoy the lovely screenshots.

So here is a little contribution from me this week. Nothing to do with ‘Impossible Architecture’ but everything to do with the ‘Awesomeness of Rohan’ in Lotro

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Utakata

Xanadu…

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Utakata

PS: Thanks for plugging my last week’s contribution again, Mr. Justin. /bows

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Hurbster

And here is where I will be holidaying in the content drought.

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Minimalistway

This makes me want to go back to Classic, first character is a human paladin, reached level 34 i think, getting Verigan’s Fist was one of the best things i ever did in WoW.

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Hurbster

Got your architecture right here !

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IronSalamander8 .

Thanks for the call out! I would love to be able to cut out the UI in the games as I said, but I just love that there’s an objective in the game that is literally called the secret cabin! :D

This one is from PvZ:BfN when the zombies win the Goopy Gully turf takeover map and Zomboss raises his ludicrous flag; it’s so over the top and silly, and I love it! It’s in a cutscene so no UI this time!

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IronSalamander8 .

To see all the original Turf Takeover map cutscenes, (2 have been added since this), there’s the following video, skip to about 1:22 to see the flag being built in its entirety:

But they’re all pretty fun to watch, especially the zombie coming out of the TV for zombies winning Peachy District later in the video!