Bree Royce



Bree is an unrepentant escapist with a predilection for MMOs. When not compulsively proofreading cereal boxes and newspapers, she can be found modding, PvPing on the auction hall, and touring the Next Big Thing with her guild on a quest for the elusive perfect game.

Working As Intended and Ask Mo are her pet op-ed columns, but she also pens Daily Grinds and compiles Massively Overthinking, the Week in Review, and Make My MMO. You can hear her ramble about MMOs every week on the Massively OP podcast. If you're nice, she'll even talk about something other than Star Wars Galaxies.

Personal blog: Skycandy
Twitter: @nbrianna
Favorite MMOs: Star Wars Galaxies, City of Heroes, Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, Trove, Glitch, Elder Scrolls Online, Ultima Online

The Daily Grind: How much time do you spend inventory-fussing in MMOs?

A few weeks back, Lord of the Rings Online puts its crafting carry-alls on sale for 75% off. It's over now, so don't go...

MMO Week in Review: Delays for Nightingale and Throne & Liberty

You know the summer's winding down and we're deep into Q3 when the delay announcements start rolling in. This week, MMO players learned that...

Whatever happened to The Repopulation? (2022 Edition)

A few weeks back, I was working on a column that includes a reference to The Repopulation, and I realized I hadn't heard anything...

Make My MMO: Elite’s new CEO, Wagadu’s alpha, and Fractured’s conquest system

This week in crowdsfunded MMOs, Kickstarted sandbox Fractured Online dropped a new dev talk video this week, deep-diving the game's city conquest system and...

Star Wars Galaxies Legends teases pilot and player city updates, counts almost 20K new player houses in 2022

It's been a relatively quiet summer for the Star Wars Galaxies rogue servers, but that's only because devs are heads-down working on fall updates....

NCsoft Q2 2022: Throne and Liberty delayed to 2023, Aion 2 in dev, Guild Wars 2 booming

If you were skeptical about NCsoft's Q1 financial report and its confidence about still managing to get Throne and Liberty out the door in...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO is *least* focused on fashion wars?

I've been thinking about this topic ever since Blizzard tweeted a joke about "cursed mogs" in World of Warcraft. Honestly, while vanilla WoW definitely...
We have Thanos at home.

Massively Overthinking: What’s so bad about comfort zones in MMOs?

If you've been following the MMORPG meta for a long time, particularly in World of Warcraft, you know there's corner of the industry convinced...

Grab a key for BetaDwarf’s Project F4E latest test season, Lurking & Slurping

It's been a while since we poked our noses into Project F4E, the in-development "friendshipping" MMO from studio BetaDwarf. After securing a nice stack...

Wagadu Chronicles opens signups for fall alpha that includes farming, combat, and village upgrades

Kickstarted afrofantasy MMORPG The Wagadu Chronicles is planning an alpha at the very tail end of summer and start of fall, from September 12th...

Nexon Q2 2022: MapleStory’s dramatic turnaround is attributed to monetization transparency

While many tech companies are offering up weak quarters or even outright struggling, Nexon's financials are on the rebound. The company's Q2 investor report...

EverQuest II’s Myths and Monoliths is live with the Fabled Veeshan’s Peak raid

The Myths and Monoliths patch has finally arrived to EverQuest II's live servers as of yesterday afternoon, bringing with it the fabled versions of...

Grab a new-player bonus pack key for IGG’s multiplayer Castle Clash

IGG's PC-and-mobile multiplayer battle royale Castle Clash has another blast of free keys for in-game items for our readers to kickstart play in the...

The Daily Grind: Would you go back to WoW Classic if it had Wrath’s LFD?

Veteran MOP reader Kherova recently tweeted us a lament about World of Warcraft that is likely going to resonate with a lot of our...

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG offers the best leveling curve?

Last weekend I logged into a City of Heroes rogue server to take my kids for a round of radio missions. I let my...

MMO Week in Review: LOTRO Remastered

So Lord of the Rings Online had a surprisingly big week, and we don't just mean the impending Hobbit Lore-masters and C&D against the...

Tencent seeks larger stake in Ubisoft, Unity considers Chinese spinoff

China continues its wrangling of the western gaming industry with moves on both Ubisoft and Unity. Reuters reported yesterday that Tencent is attempting to increase...

Crypt of the NecroDancer’s new Synchrony DLC adds online multiplayer

My kids got up this morning begging me to let them buy some Crypt of the NecroDancer DLC so they could player online together....
Where's Glimmer?

AdventureQuest 3D, of all games, tweaks Blizzard’s nose over mobile MMO cancelation

If you're sad about the cancelation of Blizzard's mobile Warcraft MMO Neptune, maybe some self-promotional cheek from the crossplatform indie MMO AdventureQuest 3D to...
Hooray, I won!

The Daily Grind: What’s your most overpowered easymode MMO character build?

A while back, we did a Daily Grind on playing MMO classes when you know they suck. Let's reverse that: I want to know...