One Shots: The flute that launched an MMO empire


Who would have ever thought that a little girl skipping around looking for her musical instrument would be the gateway to a long-running beloved online RPG series? In any case, here’s a toast to Gwen, the darling of the original Guild Wars!

Minimalistway photobombed her: “Gwen asked me to find her flute, and I found it, but it was broken. I asked her to follow me and went to a vendor to buy a new one for her. She plays beautiful music.”

And if you’re looking for a magic show with flair and panache, look no further than the Magnificent Vincent and his Amazing Teleporting Dove in Final Fantasy XIV. Abracadabra!

I’m not exactly sure what Utakata is up to here in Blade and Soul — leaping through a shield, creating portals with the power of a magical rear end, or doing gymnastics for charity. All I know is that if you stand really still, you’re going to have this pint-sized wonder land on your head and perch there like a cat.

Stormsong is bringing peace to Lord of the Rings Online after decades of strife: “While you, warmongers, were up to killing and destroying, some folks celebrated friendship and love.
Enjoy true friendship, not yours ‘kill ’em all for loot.'”

Hey. Sometimes I kill them for deeds. Don’t pigeon-hole me.

“Another shot of the players you meet at a Guild Wars 2 noodle stand while waiting on world bosses,” said Greaterdivinity. “I enjoy that it seems to make other players when interacting with it.”

I mean, who doesn’t love free noodles? Slurp them up while the slurping’s good, I say!

I’m now buckling my five-point harness, for I anticipate that the comments section will accelerate quickly into awesome pictures and stories. Please keep your hands and legs inside the column while this happens.

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 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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