Massively OP Podcast Episode 331: The transparency episode

    
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On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about hinky stuff going on with crowdfunded MMOs, Guild Wars 2’s legendary armory, FFXIV’s population boom, Elyon’s release window, cross-play for Warframe, and questions about Crowfall’s marketing and roleplay potential.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your question to the show, use this link or call in to our voicemail at (734) 221-3973.

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Drew Stidham

‘Toy Castle’ = CHILDREN’S PALACE!

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Kanbe

Bree with Albion, don’t be afraid to try going solo in the black zones. IMO black is actually safer than red (Similar to EVE where Null is safer than low sec). Just make sure you have the money to replace things if you do get ganked and for all that is holy do not take an Ox into those zones for gathering.

When you portal though to a black zone you’ll have a limited time bubble that will keep you safe. If you port though and there’s a horde on the portal, stand in it to go back XP. There are 3 different portals from each city so try a different one.

I only am off and on in spurts because I love the game but hate the open PvP but I’ve done more successful Outland runs than not solo and I’m not in a guild. What I bring back is usually worth enough to cover when I do eventually die. Though I admit doing what I do can be hell on the nerves lol.

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I am definitely not rich enough yet to risk it. I might be wasting it all dumping all my money into my islands and crafts, hehe. I did make it to tier VI gear this weekend though on my archer! Guess I have my next goal. :D

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Kanbe

Ya the island will eat up plenty of money until you’re all set up. But as long as you’re enjoying it, it’s not wasted at all. And it sounds like you are actually enjoying it so much you started getting me logging in again too. The bad part is I keep debating about demoing all of my islands buildings to try something new XP

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Bree Royce

That freedom is one of the things I like! I love just going, well I’m bored of this weapon, gonna try something else for a while. I switched from staff to crossbow on my alt, loved it, then switched back. Definitely keeping things from getting boring.

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Christopher Allcock

Bree – you said about Crowfall’s character ‘soul’ thing was a hard thing to wrap around RP wise, may I direct you to Altered Carbon both in book form and the short lived Netflix series…

Everyone in it is basically skin suits with death and ‘true death’ being a thing, and the military using bodies basically like Warframes… Heck Warframe is another good example…

Either those or RP as a Timelord :)

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TomTurtle

I enjoyed how much main story content there was to do in FFXIV since that was what I mainly played for. It felt like there was not much filler to drag myself through just to experience more story. I’m so used to a bunch of “Kill 15 mob” quests in order to get enough experience or what have you to continue with an MMO’s story. FFXIV just generously gives it to you, and it gives a lot.

I can’t say I’m hopeful about ArenaNet’s communication and transparency since we’ve been through this so many times at this point. ArenaNet will have a burst of communication, people get their hopes up, and then ArenaNet quietly retreats to a small amount once more.

I’d welcome the change, no doubt, but I’m just at the point of believing it when I see it. Consistency will be the key here on their part.

Thanks for the podcast!

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Bree Royce

You’re not wrong about Anet going in spurts – but new leadership might be the chance to change their pattern. Maybe I’m Charlie Brown whiffing at Lucy’s football again, but I can’t help but be optimistic. :P

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Jack Pipsam

Thanks for answering my question! I don’t think it’s entirely about lack of money, but the truth could be in the middle where money is a concern so they want to blow it at that they think to be the best possible moment, which should be the launch of their game imo. I mean it’s not really for launch, you can’t even abandon quests in Crowfall lol.

PS. If you see any my tweets Bree which talk about “Liberals” or “Libs”, know that I’m actually talking about conservative/right-ringers. I know it might seem a bit backwards, but our ruling conservative party is actually The Liberal Party and our horrible Prime Minster (Scott Morrison) is a “proud Liberal” which means here conservative.
It’s a bit strange for everyone else to look in on, but that’s what’s going on if there’s any ever any confusion why I might be retweet something bashing on liberals lol.

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Bree Royce

No worries, my EU guildies have drilled this into me. I suppose our parties have flipped around a lot too. :D

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Bruno Brito

PS. If you see any my tweets Bree which talk about “Liberals” or “Libs”, know that I’m actually talking about conservative/right-ringers. I know it might seem a bit backwards, but our ruling conservative party is actually The Liberal Party and our horrible Prime Minster (Scott Morrison) is a “proud Liberal” which means here conservative.

I’m highly sure boss-Bree gets it from the numerous times i mentioned to her how much i hated liberals and i’m brazilian, so liberals are different here from the blanket US definition.

Basically, liberals here are the “minimum state, full competition” crowd that pretty much never needed to use public transportation or public healthcare. Our economy minister is a self-proclaimed liberal, and his solution to everything is “sell it”. So, right now, Brazil’s petroleum company, Petrobras was sold to the US. It’ll probably appear on the corruption investigations going against our president.

These people have too much power for too little concern, and considering a oil rig made the ocean catch on fire, i also believe they’ll be the death of us all.

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Sykes

Thanks for taking my question about the vessels!

I thought of Dr. Who shortly after posting the question – a character that changes avatars and personalities. It’s definitely difficult to roleplay though, and I agree that even for PVPers with light roleplay elements, it is harder to get excited about a character when your name is an account name.

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I did wind up figuring it out – the store was called Johnny’s Toys/Johnny’s Castle, and it was apparently a regional thing that didn’t extend too far out of where I grew up (Cincinnati). Googling revealed they went out of business in the 2000s but someone recently reopened one under a new name and they brought back the keys too lol.

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NeoWolf

That artwork totally triggers my OCD!!! a more modern cruciform key in an old style mechanical lock is like putting a round peg in a square hole!!!!

it messes with my mojo lol