Global Chat: How you can help your MMO’s community

    
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Are you a net positive or a negative for the MMORPGs you inhabit? If you’d like to be the former, MMO Folklorist has 10 suggestions how you can help your in-game community flourish.

“If you’ve only got an hour or less to spare, then that is ample time to drop by one of the game’s low-level areas and check in on some new players,” the article suggests. “Even if they don’t want help with anything they might simply appreciate a bit of conversation as a break from the grind. And who knows, these sorts of interactions might get them to stay around long enough that they can help you out sometime down the line.”

That’s a good start to our roundup of notable MMO blog essays and articles! Read on for thoughts about Warcraft Arclight Rumble, SWTOR, Star Citizen, and more!

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The Ancient Gaming Noob evaluated the Warcraft Arclight Rumble announcement: “I had the strong sense that the whole thing was knocking off some key element of the mobile gaming genre… this is Blizzard after all, and their method, as has been noted in the past, has always been to take some game they’re playing and refine and remake it in their own vision… but I couldn’t tell you what it really was. Clash of Clans maybe?”

Contains Moderate Peril identifies a problem with SWTOR’s naming system: “Sith classes are more problematic if you wish to be ‘lore friendly.’ Most Sith characters have a single name which is then prefixed with the title Darth. In SWTOR if you complete the first chapter of the Sith Warrior storyline you are awarded this title. Hence a lot of players create a character with a single name and use the in-game title system to prefix it with Acolyte and Darth accordingly as they progress through the story. Herein lies the problem.”

Mystic Worlds has some advice for newly arriving Star Citizen citizens: “Star Citizen has a very steep learning curve which isn’t helped by the large and daily impacting bugs and fixes. You must have patience to play the game in its current alpha state.”

FibroJedi explained how festivity tokens work in LOTRO: “The items available for Festivity Tokens vary from event-to-event. However, it’s a similar theme to the main rewards: mounts, outfit cosmetics, cosmetic weapons/held items, consumables, pets and housing decorations. Just note that not all festivals will have the same groups of rewards.”

Going Commando is souring a bit on Legacy of the Sith: “Unfortunately, the reality is that LotS has now been out for almost three months and we haven’t had any word about as much as a potential release date for 7.1. Raiders have had plenty of time to gear up to the current item level cap of 330, which has certainly helped with making content a bit easier, but truth be told, a lot of operations are still incredibly hard.”

The Lazy Goldmaker gave some advice for earning World of Warcraft tokens: “For getting fast results the best approach is to combine crafting and farming. Crafting has much higher gold per hour, and it will allow you to scale so token number 2 takes less time than #1. It will cost you some time for the first one, but it is optimal long term.”

Every day there are tons of terrific, insightful, and unusual articles posted across the MMO gaming blogosphere — and every day, Justin reads as many as he can. Global Chat is a sampling of noteworthy essays, rants, and guides from the past few weeks of MMO discourse.
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