Massively OP Podcast Episode 323: Odyssey, Burning Crusade, and LOTRO

    
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On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Elite Dangerous: Odyssey’s rollout, the delayed start of Burning Crusade Classic’s pre-patch, Ashes of Creation’s NDA drop, the end of one of LOTRO’s progression servers, and mail on a roleplaying revival.

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Turing fail
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I always enjoy your podcast, even when it’s about games I don’t/won’t play.

Speaking of which, whenever Justin talks about WoW, it doesn’t sound like much fun. Does Justin just play for MOP material? The shady behavior of Bobby the Hutt and the decline of Activision/Blizzard make playing WoW even less attractive to me.

The cynic in me (94.8% according to court-mandated psychological tests) wonders if Bree is going to gear-up Chris out of the goodness in her heart or to make him a more efficient resource gatherer for the Bree Industrial Complex?

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He plays for fun! I think this week was just a bit of a challenge since Blizz kept finding ways to step in the muck.

I *am* gonna twink Chris a smidge, but I’m going to push him toward combat and maybe entertaining. For better and worse, becoming a crafter isn’t something you can do in a short period, even with lots of twinking! :D

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I’ve watched a bunch of Grand Theft Auto Online and other game RP over the years. It can be super entertaining. I’d liken some of it to the same kind of entertainment you’d get out of a soap opera with longstanding, ongoing character arcs but with more diversity. Instead of being limited to one presentation of the story, you can hop in and experience a number of stories unfold from many different perspectives. They’re not all necessarily connected either.

And yeah, these types of servers are run by players who moderate the experience as needed. A lot of quality of life stuff has been added over time such as talking over mobile phone while in-game. It’s very creative and wonderful to see.

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Thank you both so much for your insights on these GTAO RP/ MMOs related questions! I appreciate them very much!

I watched some role-playing gangsters, whose last coup had gone awry, so they were late to their “regular” in-game jobs in a restaurant and had to apologize to their in-game boss and restaurant owner and convince him to not get fired of their jobs! XD

And you both are right: Giving or at least allowing players more agency to establish such communities, seems really to be the key here! Being it, as you mentionend: rp tools, non-fight roles, servers/shards with different rules or even allowing full-on mods and private servers!

I just thought with classic servers being a thing consistently through multiple MMOs, that the same potential would go for rp servers in a studio related framing, when I stumbled upon this conversation! But these NoPixel servers are modded and do run privately to facilitate that environment more easily, so you’re right!

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I’ve listened to the new LOTRO producer a couple of times now, seems nice and communicates well. He may be filling in the organizing and communications gap needed. He has explained what he does. Yes, Bree, he has a cat … give the guy a chance.

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Bree Royce

I’m sure he’s going to be perfectly fine. These studios need new blood. :D

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Zulika Mi-Nam

If ya want to change the status quo, but are more comfortable rearranging the same existing people around like musical chairs….I’m not sure what to tell ya.