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Ashes of Creation’s subreddit has been taken over by Intrepid Studios

Concern and alarm has been raised among the Ashes of Creation community this past week as four members of Intrepid Studios, including CEO Steven Sharif, were granted moderation privileges for the AoC subreddit.

While not unheard of for a studio to be in control of a community subreddit, the potential conflict of interest usually prevents devs from moderating their own game’s community sites. What is far more usual, and what the Ashes of Creation community is now calling for, is that the developers be given special “flair” or tags on the subreddit but stripped of their moderation privileges. With the devs in charge, there is worry that censorship and shameless self-promotion will run rampant.

Steven Sharif addressed the situation with this post: “Yesterday, the owner of this sub Julius messaged me on Discord and offered to return the sub to our control in the hopes of giving the sub to a mod team that had the time to dedicate the tender love and care the sub deserved. I accepted, and will be including the volunteer mod team from the Ashes Discord in the moderation of this sub. With that, I will also become more active on the sub from a discussion standpoint and perhaps schedule an AMA as well.”

Source: Reddit. Thanks Bob!

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Global Chat: Looking back at World of Warcraft’s Legion

Now that the next World of Warcraft expansion is almost upon us, it’s time to say farewell to Legion and all that that entails. MMO blog Leo’s Life took some time for a retrospective that examines the highs, lows, and patch rollout over the past two years.

“Aside from the penalties to alts, I think Legion delivered an amazing package,” he said. “The timing of content release was good, the content was relatively bug-free, the lore was solid, the flows inside each zone worked… it was all rather seamless.”

We’ve got plenty of additional MMO essays for you after the break, covering topics such as player housing, grouping, events, ageless MMO thrills, and more!

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The Stream Team: Crossing black cats’ paths in Conan Exiles

What do Friday the 13th, black cats, and Conan Exiles have in common? They are all awesome! And Massively OP’s MJ loves them all. For this auspicious (and favorite) holiday, MJ is heading back into the exiled lands to cross the paths of all the black cats she can. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. for this extra lucky stream of…

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 13th, 2018

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Battle Bards Episode 124: Old MMOs, new music

It’s a catch-all, catch-up episode for the Battle Bards as they dig through new soundtrack releases from MMORPGs that they’ve covered in the past! You may be prepared for an eclectic and enjoyable mix of music — but there is no way that you can steel yourself for the raw and heartfelt confessions that take place on this show.

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 124: Old MMOs, new music (or download it) now:

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Perfect Ten: Best MMO debuts by year, 2007-2017

Continuing from my previous column, I’m going to be running through the second decade of graphical MMORPG launches and picking the best title to debut in any given year. From doing the first decade, I know that this thought exercise isn’t always fair; some years have several great contenders, while others see one mediocre one rise due to a lack of competition.

Still, it’s kind of fun to look back at MMO history and to see which game was really the best of that year. And if you ever felt sore that a particular title got overlooked, well, consider this a retroactive awards ceremony of some sort.

Let’s dive right in where we left off with 2007!

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Conan Exiles has set another Funcom record, announces Jewel of the West DLC and patch

Funcom’s fortunes continue to rise thanks to Conan Exiles: The company announced today that it’s “both the best-selling and fastest-selling game” in its history, passing up 2008’s Age of Conan, which sold 1.4 million units in its first three years. Conan Exiles has busted past that record in under half that time since launching early access in 2017.

There’s good news to look forward to, too, as the devs are working on a freebie patch, and the game is picking up new DLC called Jewel of the West in “early August,” which you’ll note isn’t all that far away.

“The downloadable content introduces new Aquilonia-themed building pieces, weapons, armor, furniture, and more. In Conan lore, Aquilonia is the center of the civilized world and its clothing and architecture is inspired by that of the real-world Romans.”

The free content will include pets and taming, “allowing players to find and tame anything from camels to panthers and even spiders and then use them to guard their base, carry resources, and more.”

Enjoy the new trailer along with the satisfaction of knowing Conan is doing great!

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The Stream Team: Protecting your property from Conan Exile’s purges

Have you built up something great in Conan Exiles? Well others want to tear it down or take it away! The purge mechanic sends waves of things bent on destroying what you’ve created. Massively OP’s MJ is attempting to catch a purge in action and show it off. Will folks be able to protect their property? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to see who gets targeted and who wins.

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

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The MOP Up: EverQuest II’s scorched sky policy (July 1, 2018)

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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from ElswordCrossoutARK ParkEverQuest IIDark and LightConan ExilesKritika OnlineLineage 2 RevolutionOld School RuneScapeTitan QuestMU OriginWorld of Tanks MercenariesSMITE, and RuneScape, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Stream Team: Showing off Conan Exiles’ cosmetic Khitan DLC

Conan Exiles just released its first paid DLC, and the content is all cosmetic. And you know Massively OP’s MJ can’t pass up good cosmetics! This pack is Khitan-themed, a style MJ is pretty fond of, so she’s excited to check out the new armors and building materials. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to see what’s in store from the store.

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 28th, 2018

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One Shots: I have had just about enough of you!

There are certain locales and cutscenes in MMORPGs that I’ve noticed get screenshotted more than most, and none seem to be quite as popular as the fisticuffs/rebar scene from Secret World Legends. Are we all so bloodthirsty or is it just such an epic moment of vengeance that we can’t help ourselves?

Hirku sure couldn’t: “Off-topic this week because I played SWL’s Last Train to Cairo storyline for the first time last night and wanted to share my pics of kicking Saddur’s ass.”

That poor guy’s been impaled more times than a YouTube video of a girl telling us her opinion about cutoffs has gotten comments. That analogy totally ran away with me. MOVING ON.

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Paid Khitan cosmetic DLC arrives in Conan Exiles

A new era for Conan Exiles is upon us, the era of paid DLC. It is a vital step in the long-term sustainability of this survival sandbox, which is why Funcom is putting a lot of enthusiasm behind its new Imperial East Pack.

The DLC is now available for $10 and contains three new armor sets, nine Khitan-themed weapons, 25 additional placeables, five decorative warpaints, and a new set of tier 3 building pieces. “Our artists have knocked it out of the park with this one,” Funcom exclaimed.

The studio also said that work continues on both pets and additional combos for off-hand weapons. Threat animations, a redesigned clan menu, muting functions, and more are being tested out right now.

Conan Exiles is currently 40% off (at $24) during Steam’s summer sale.

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The Stream Team: Conan Exiles’ Palace of the Witch Queen

With a new map came new dungeons in Conan Exiles, but Massively OP’s MJ was too busy building and exploring to try any. After hearing about Palace of the Witch Queen, she just has to delve in and check it out. With a name like that, think of the death possibilities! Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. for this first run in to the swamp’s city dungeon.

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

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More MMOs pledge to fully remove Red Shell spyware, including Secret World Legends

At the beginning of June, we covered The Elder Scrolls Online’s implementation of spyware program Red Shell, which is designed to track specific information about players and PCs logging into the client, like where on the globe they live. At the time, as fury blazed across Reddit, ZeniMax’s Matt Firor apologized for Red Shell, saying the company was “experimenting” with it and didn’t intend to patch it into the live build, and therefore it would be patched back out.

As it turns out, there are plenty of other games with Red Shell, or parts of Red Shell lingering. Redditor Alexspeed75 has been keeping track of games accused of running the spyware. Most notable on the list for our readers is Funcom; while the studio removed the Red Shell code from Conan Exiles in May following player complaints, players still found parts of it in The Secret World as of last week. That, Funcom has told Redditors, was an error, as it patched out the code last year.

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