Massively OP Podcast Episode 403: Roundtable and state of the site
Justin, Bree, Eliot, and Colin sit for the first of our end-of-the-year roundtables, with the awards recap and the state of the site.
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Massively OP Podcast Episode 402: Mailbag unlimited
Justin and Bree tackle mailbag topics including Amazon's Blue Protocol publishing deal, bad habits picked up from MMOs, MMO NPCs, wasted zones, character conceptualization, Hero Wars, gaming peripherals, books about MMOs, and MMOs as crowdsourcing tools.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 401: The holly jollies
Justin and Bree discuss MMO winter holidays, Chris Metzen's return to WoW, WoW's trading post, Blizzard still hunting for a China publisher, My.Games leaving Russia, and Elder Scrolls Online altering its annual roadmap, with a voice mail topic on the Twitch drops phenomenon.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 400: A fireside chat with Justin and Bree
Justin and Bree discuss The Game Awards, Blue Protocol, Diablo IV, Nightingale, Wayfinder, Dune Awakening, the FTC fighting Microsoft's Activision-Blizzard merger, ZeniMax's unionization effort, and Black Desert's Calpheon Ball, plus an epic Daily Grind showdown with topics ranging from the MMO regrets to the best elves.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 399: Dragonflight takes to the skies
Justin and Bree discuss WoW Dragonflight's launch; New World's 2023 roadmap; the sunset of Elyon and Forsaken World; new content for EverQuest II, Wizard101, Embers Adrift, Guild Wars 2, and Elite Dangerous; plus adventures in LOTRO, MOP's end-of-the-year awards, and a mailbag topic on auto-scaling in MMOs.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 398: Much ado about pie
Justin and Bree discuss WoW Dragonflight, the FTC challenge, Albion's Beyond the Veil and sub price increase, Camelot Unchained's new funding, ZeniMax's secret MMO, and Guild Wars 2's inventory, with adventures in LOTRO and New World, plus a mailbag topic on gaming mice.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 397: What we have here is a failure to negotiate
Justin and Bree discussion WoW China's sunset, the Blizzard/Netease debacle, LOTRO's mini-expansion, EverQuest II, Frozen Flame, and ArcheAge 2, with adventures in WoW, LOTRO, New World, SWG Legends, and Marvel Snap, plus a mailbag topic on boss taunting in MMOs.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 396: Crowfalling
Justin and Bree discuss Crowfall, Blue Protocol, SWTOR, New World, Q3 2022 financials (for Blizzard, Pearl Abyss, Square Enix, NCsoft), and new patches (for DDO, Neverwinter, Blade and Soul, EVE Online, Guild Wars 2, Elder Scrolls Online), with a mailbag topic covering Shadowbane, Second Live, Secret World, and Ultima Online.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 395: The grandma who stole Halloween
Justin and Bree discuss WoW's Dragonflight prepatch, New World's fresh start, Ashes of Creation, Secret World's community mess, and AQ3D's Elvira event, with adventures in WoW, SWG Legends, and City of Heroes.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 394: To pre-patch or not to pre-patch
Justin and Bree discuss New World's Brimstone Sands, World of Warcraft's Dragonflight prepatch, LOTRO's inbound QOL improvements, City of Heroes Homecoming's big balance patch, and FFXIV's 6.25, with adventures in LOTRO, WoW, and CoH, plus a mailbag topic on useless inventory clutter in MMOs.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 393: Saga of the Chronicles of the Ember Shards of Aria
Justin and Bree discuss Halloween in MMOs, Embers Adrift's launch, Star Citizen, World of Warcraft, Star Trek Online, Chronicles of Elyria, and Legends of Aria, with adventures in LOTRO and SWG Legends.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 392: Don’t rollback my heart
Justin and Bree discuss New World's fresh start and Brimstone Sands, expansions for EverQuest and EverQuest II, the sale of My.Games, Final Fantasy XIV, Mythos, Echo of Soul, Shroud of the Avatar's huge rollback, and the Secret World TTRPG Kickstarter, with adventures in WoW and SWG Legends.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 391: Shuffling around dragons, pirates, and embers
Justin and Bree discuss Embers Adrift, WoW Dragonflight, Skull and Bones, Lost Ark, and LOTRO, with adventures in WoW Classic, Tower of Fantasy, SWG Legends, and Ultima Online, plus mailbag discussions on licensing for game streaming and MOP guilds, forums, and Discord.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 390: All systems go for MMO launches
Justin and Bree discuss Star Citizen's crowdfunding, Wrath Classic's launch, Dual Universe, Mythic, Ultima Online's 25th birthday, Tibia, and LOTRO Before the Shadow, with adventures in SWG Legends and Truck Simulator, plus a voicemail topic on MMO systems proliferated across the genre.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 389: Grinding out them dailies
Justin and Bree discuss ArcheAge 2, WoW Classic Cataclysm, Fractured Online, LOTRO's 2023 ocean expansion, and the Wizard101 hack, with adventures in Guild Wars 2 and WoW Classic, plus meta discussion on how The Daily Grind works and how game studios handle pesky journos like us.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 388: Elyon descends through finite care
Justin and Bree discuss WoW Classic's Wrath pre-patch, New World's new servers, Elyon's sunset, Bless Unleashed's sunset, EVE Online Uprising, Star Trek Online's Wil Wheaton, and Temtem's launch, with adventures in LOTRO, Guild Wars 2, and SWG Legends, with a lightning round of MMO questions from the mailbag.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 387: Do the Dune
Justin and Bree discuss Dune Awakening, Gamescom, Destiny 2, Final Fantasy XIV Buried Memories, Elder Scrolls Online's Lost Depths, Guild Wars 2's wacky Steam launch, New World's dungeon finder, and World of Warcraft, with adventures in LOTRO plus insanity in Chimeraland.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 386: Lord of Lord of the Rings Online
Justin and Bree discuss LOTRO's mini-expansion and IP rights, Dual Universe, Mad World, Wrath Classic's prepatch, Alganon's return, and Guild Wars 2's Steam launch, with adventures in LOTRO, CoH, SWGL, and RIFT, plus a mailbag question on Ultima Online New Legacy.
Massively OP Podcast Episode 385: Dungeons & Delays
Justin and Bree discuss NCsoft, Aion 2, Guild Wars 2, Throne & Liberty, Nightingale, Path of Exile 2, and DDO, with adventures in SWG Legends, LOTRO, and RIFT, plus mailbag topics on playable pandas and MMO housekeeping.