Activities include snowball fights, snowmen, pie eating, and races on ice. At the top of each hour, players may elect to help the gingerbread people defend the Gingerbread Village from a “vicious attack by jealous snowmen” in the new Cones of Conduct event. There are several additional events at quarter, half, and three quarters past each hour, and don’t forget to earn winter prize vouchers from the “The Fastest Game on Ice” race event. You can earn a new tier six starship if you turn in enough vouchers.
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Guild Wars 2’s first PvP League season starts December 1st, which, not coincidentally, is tomorrow. ArenaNet has published a how-to post for those of you who are looking to sign up. If you’re a veteran, it’s as easy as queuing for ranked play via the PvP panel. If you’re a newbie, you’ll need to achieve rank 20 by playing unranked.
The rest of the post details league rewards as well as the Guild Challenger League and how to access it. In other Guild Wars 2 news, ArenaNet continues its heavy emphasis on e-sports by previewing week two of the ESL Guild Wars 2 Pro League.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
This week we’ll see how Star Trek Online players fought bullying, check in with Dark Age of Camelot’s dev team, take a look at Skyforge’s Necromancer, see what anime a certain MMO Korean studio is cooking up, and more!
Most of my friends know that I’m into EVE Online and yet they still tell me I’m notoriously difficult to buy gifts for. EVE is a bit more of a hobby than a game for many players, but it’s a very unique community and it can be difficult for those who don’t play to pick out gifts that players might appreciate. It’s not helped by the fact that many alliances in the game have their own unique subcultures, and that the official EVE Online store has been shut for a long time.
I’ve spent the past few days scouring the internet for internet spaceships swag and have found five things that I think most EVE Online players would love to get as gifts. If someone you know plays EVE and you’re struggling to find a gift for them, hopefully this holiday gift guide will point you in the right direction. If you find anything else that EVE players might like that isn’t in the list, leave a comment with the suggestion.
You could give thanks on Thanksgiving, or gorge yourself on festive food alongside your bickering family members, but we say there’s nothing like shopping from the comfort of our gaming chairs and basking in the company of our favorite guildies! Today, in celebration of the overwrought annual event that is Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, we give you this guide to the best MMO gaming deals (and a few themed events too) that we could find. Go forth and buy all the things.
Want to spend part of your Thanksgiving weekend in Los Santos? Rockstar is making it worth your while by offering double monetary and RP rewards for all adversary modes across all of Grand Theft Auto Online’s platforms. That includes the new American football-inspired running back mode that debuted yesterday.
Festivities commence on Thursday, November 26th and run through Sunday, November 29th. As an added bonus, GTA Online is hosting its own version of Black Friday by granting players 40 percent off all apartments and 25 percent off all vehicles on November 27th.
Almost everyone knows that EverQuest II’s newest expansion launched last week, but what you might not realize is that the very same day, Daybreak launched an initiative to entice players to return to the game. A number of long-absent players were granted two free weeks of All-Access membership (if you’re missing yours, check your spam folder) just in time for a long holiday weekend!
If you haven’t logged into EQII for a while, it might be worth doing so now. Until December 2nd at 2:59 a.m. EST, the flagged accounts have full membership benefits, including double alternate currencies, bonus looted coin, faster mount speeds, access to the progression servers (Isle of Refuge, here we come!), and 10% off all purchases — including Terrors of Thalumbra.
And because All-access covers Daybreak’s other launched games as well, players can enjoy membership benefits in DC Universe Online, EverQuest, and PlanetSide 2, with the exception of the 500 free Daybreak coins that are granted with month-long subscriptions. You can check your account’s status by logging into your account management on the official site; you can also see the membership benefits buff icon when in game.
TERA’s new Brawler class debuts on December 8th. Starting today, the fantasy MMO is running an event called Brace for Impact that celebrates the “life and times of Marda, the original brawler.” Yeah, I have no idea either, it’s probably some lore thing.
In any case, you can complete event-exclusive achievements to grind Marda’s Gold and Marda’s Steel, which can be combined in exchange cubes and traded for rewards. You can view the instructions for the event after the break.
What will you be doing on November 27th? If you’re me, you’ll be scarfing up leftovers, playing Star Wars: Battlefront, and looping that Finn TV spot over and over again just to hear John Boyega go wooo at the end.
If you’re a WildStar fan, on the other hand, you should probably be availing yourself of some double XP. The “X-Plosion” event runs from November 27th through November 29th, and you will earn “twice the XP every time you earn XP,” according to Carbine’s announcement post.
Just because it’s a holiday week doesn’t mean that Marvel Heroes is going to call it a day and go eat a ton of turkey. On the contrary, the superhero title has added its 53rd hero, Magik, to the roster and is hosting a Thanksgiving event.
Magik was the result of a fan vote for a new character and is coming to the game with the voice talents of Tara Strong. She’s the sister of fellow X-Men teammate Colossus and has a wide range of abilities including demon summons, Soulsword attacks, sorcery, and teleportation disks.
Today’s patch makes some significant changes to dodge and defense systems and nerfs enemy damage 40% across the board. It also ushers in a Thanksgiving period for the rest of the week that includes daily gifts and simultaneously running events.
You can check out Magik in her new trailer below.
Yesterday RIFT revealed the first details for its upcoming Patch 3.5: Winter’s Wrath. The update will contain a new tier of PvP gear and streamlined PvP quests, as well as a daily reward program for patron players. Trion is also making improvements to its crafting and wardrobe systems, including the new option to customize weapon special effects.
Patch 3.5 will trigger the return of Fae Yule, RIFT’s holiday celebration. It won’t be the same-old event from years of yore, however, as there will be a new instant adventure for gamers to experience.
It’s Thanksgiving week, and so it’s perfectly understandable to have turkey on the brain. Mmmm turkey. But while you might be thinking about eating turkey, in Trove the turkeys are thinking about eating you! That’s not going to stop MassivelyOP’s MJ, however; she’s willing to face these ferocious fowl for a chance at procuring herself a rare turkey mount. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to experience Turkeytopia.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 23rd, 2015
It was on this date in 2004 that a little-known fantasy MMO debuted on the scene after a half-decade of development and testing. False modesty aside, World of Warcraft was already a huge phenomenon at its launch (breaking all sorts of MMO records), growing exponentially over its first few years. While recently the title has taken a substantial hit in its subscription numbers, it still boasts 5.5 million players.
Today, WoW marks its 11th anniversary since its release, with players enjoying a gift package if they log in through November 30th. Blizzard is encouraging fans to use the #11YearsofWoW hashtag on Twitter to share congratulations and memories.