Massively OP Podcast Episode 305: Restoring faith

    
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In this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Elite Dangerous’ expansion delay, the arrival of more Guild Wars 2 content, Lord of the Rings Online’s latest controversy, an attempt by Pirate101 players to save their game, and how you stop “seeing the sausage” in MMOs.

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“Don’t ever quibble with Elliot about terminology.” –Justin
LOL!

I agree with you about ruining a thing. I can’t imagine ever tiring of watching Blade Runner. However, I had a teacher absolutely destroy John Steinbeck for me. She picked apart every little piece of imagery and frankly, read waaaaay too much into the author’s hypothetical mindset when writing– it just killed any enjoyment I might have for The Pearl or Of Mice and Men. I refuse to read anything by Steinbeck to this day.

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Hikari Kenzaki

We’ve completed every new episode from LW3 to current in a single night, so that’s not really a measure of the length.

The newest part of Champions was fun. The second fight seems either broken or doesn’t scale right, but that will probably be fixed. Perils of doing it the first day.

Champions is much more focused on grinding out group content for rewards, but the story beats are still there. It’s a nice way to do it that is reminiscent of The Secret World dungeons.

I can see where the story is going. It’s going to be sad.

They can’t really promote Cantha and End of Dragons too much because it will be spoiler-heavy for Champions.

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Sarnaut Explorer

I appreciate the feedback for my question about crafting. I have personally been scoping out Villagers and Heroes, but BDO is something she found enticing. Our biggest concern is the cash shop. I will look into Everquest 2 and Lotro as she likes the setting and finds the low poly models charming. I will look into wurm, and was curious if project gorgon might be a good option as well? I want her to be happy in the game she is in, and she only wants an active community, so as long as there is a healthy enough player base to enjoy the gameplay she would be happy.

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V&H is really adorable and I think it would be a fun casual MMO – but it would be hard to escape the combat elements. On the other hand, they are fairly simple and fun combat elements even compared to something like WoW. But I think LOTRO and EQ2 have slightly more to offer all around (no slight on V&H, it’s just smaller in scope as a genuine indie).

Gorgon I honestly couldn’t tell you how active it is since it never fully launched, and I’m not sure all the crafting skills have made it in yet – but if they did and if she likes the community that is there, I think it could definitely be an option! It’s very weird and I never had the impression it was going to turn into a raid-or-die sort of game.

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Sarnaut Explorer

I was impressed with how V&H allowed her to gather without the wilderness being a massive deal. She finds the goofy storytelling in the quests enough to progress until she gets her horse which will help. The Village system heavily prefers crafting, and she likes being able to be proficient at all the crafts while mastering for high tier in only one. Right now it is scratching that itch. I will keep EQ2 in mind if she feels anything is lacking once she maxes out and is playing the auction house game. (She is a fan of Animal Crossing’s stalk market)

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treehuggerhannah

…The sausage thing can’t be what it sounds like.

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Crafting in Everquest 2…while not entirely disassociated from the murder hobo side, you can level a long, long way as a crafter without slashing and hacking your way through it. Certain conveniences help; start with a character who can sneak, and pick up a leaping mount at either adventurer or crafter level 30. I’ve had plenty of low-level adventurers edge their way through zones to gather materials, and the fact that there are actually crafting quest lines helps a great deal in leveling.

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Oh yeah, it’s doable, just a serious disadvantage! It’s been years since I played, but I remember trying my best to scoot along into zones way over my head trying to get mats. I’m just not sure that’s exactly what they had in mind. :D Hehe.

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Sarnaut Explorer

Her favorite role in both tabletop roleplaying games and in skyrim (she likes the smithing and alchemy) is a rogue. If she has to murder, she wants to murder quietly