Bree Royce

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, Lord of the Rings Online, Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, Ultima Online

The Daily Grind: What non-MMO has art you wish you could steal for an MMO?

A while back, MOP's Chris shared an ancient version of the ol' Clickhole "heartbreaking" meme. It doesn't seem to actually be from Clickhole, but...

MMO Week in Review: Daybreak’s Palia buyout, Dawntrail’s peak concurrency

Even in a holiday week, the MMO news just kept coming: Daybreak startled nearly everyone by buying out Palia studio Singularity 6, Final Fantasy...

Make My MMO: Project Gorgon’s hardcore living, Ashes of Creation’s alpha 2

Project Gorgon rolled out a big patch at the tail end of June, adding a new dungeon, a hardcore hardcore living skill, and more...

SWG Legends rogue server devs say Jedi Themepark part 2 is ‘getting closer and closer’

If you've been wanting a good reason to jump into Star Wars Galaxies Legends to see what the fuss about this 21-year-old MMORPG is,...

The Daily Grind: Are you reluctant to start new MMORPGs?

When I sat down a few weeks ago to play Tarisland - whenever I sit down to play any new MMORPG, really - I...

Massively Overthinking: Do you have a ‘mental block’ in MMORPGs?

Back in June, MMO blogger Belghast from Tales of the Aggronaut penned a fun blog about having had a mental block against tanking. "Something happened...

DC Universe Online rolls out Aquaman-themed Tides of War event for the summer

Daybreak's DC Universe Online's servers were offline a bit yesterday, but only for good things, as the Tides of War summer event and concomitant...

Here’s how the ‘cellular automata simulation’ in Raph Koster’s new sandbox MMORPG Stars Reach works

In the wake of the announcement of Stars Reach, Playable Worlds' Raph Koster has been making the rounds of Reddit and the gaming blogosphere...

Lord of the Rings Online begins its EU server and Veil of the Nine stress test this afternoon

After a brief delay yesterday, Standing Stone Games is back on track with Lord of the Rings Online's Mordor server stress test, which means...

EverQuest’s continuing 2024 roadmap teases The Outer Brood expansion and a server merge

"The Year of Darkpaw has passed the halfway mark and is still going strong!" Daybreak's Jenn Chan says in her latest EverQuest producer's letter,...

RuneScape’s RuneFest is saved as Jagex sets new location and dates for March 2025

Jagex's RuneScape-themed fan festival RuneFest has not had the best luck the last few years. Jagex had to cancel it back in 2020 for...

Nexon is handing out compensation for The First Descendant’s messy but popular launch

So I know you'll be shocked to hear this, but the launch of The First Descendant yesterday did not go perfectly smoothly. I know,...

Black Desert’s latest class, the mist-warrior Dosa, is live in today’s PC update

If you peeped any of the news coming out of Pearl Abyss' Black Desert Heidel Ball extravaganza in Beynac-et-Cazenac a few weeks back, you...

Trove celebrates ninth birthday, plans Sunfest, and offers console roadmap

Next week, Trion's original voxelbox Trove turns nine years old, and though Trion is long gone, current handler Gamigo and its severely underpaid community...

Lord of the Rings Online delays European legendary server stress test, tweaks crafting quest beta

If you were hoping to join Lord of the Rings Online's Mordor server stress test today, you're about to be disappointed as it's been...

Final Fantasy XIV’s massive Dawntrail expansion is officially live today

If you've already been playing Final Fantasy XIV's Dawntrail early access since Friday, then today's official launch will be little more than a blip...

Nexon’s co-op looter-shooter The First Descendant has officially launched today

It's launch day for Nexon's The First Descendant, a word I still manage to misspell even after covering this game for at least the...

Albion Online’s Paths to Glory update is coming July 22 with a new achievement system

You had to know this one was coming, given the game's cadence, but finally we have details: Albion Online's Paths to Glory update, its...

BitCraft adds $20 supporter pack guaranteeing access to all future playtesting

We're just a week away from BitCraft's second alpha, and developer Clockwork Labs has updated the account hub in preparation for the event. Specifically,...

The Daily Grind: How many players constitute a proper MMORPG raid?

Back when Amazon first announced its New World Aeternum rebranding, I noticed an interesting comment about the planned raid. Longtime reader Squid opined that...