game systems


Albion Online’s Lancelot update charges forward with fishing

The latest update to Albion Online finally adds the PvP gameplay the game was always meant to be about. What, you're saying PvP was...

Crowfall addresses randomness, streaking and deck-style random outcomes

How much time do you spend thinking about random chance? If you play video games, probably a fair amount. The designers working on Crowfall...
Pet action.

Final Fantasy XI’s October update improves gear purchasing and skillchains

You would think that if you've been playing Final Fantasy XI long enough to care about skillchains, you would probably have memorized the various...
You deserve what you got.

The Daily Grind: What form of balance is best for MMOs?

I've been thinking about balance a lot. We all say that we'd like a balanced game, but there are a lot of different potential...
I will worship.

Skyforge streamlines the Order system with its next patch

Players in Skyforge are deities. That's sort of the entire premise behind the game. Of course, one of the usual benefits of being a...
A game that never met a WoW mechanic it didn't want to copy.

RIFT offers a quick guide to making the most of minions

Are you making the most of your minions in RIFT? You really should. Minions are a lightweight way to get a little more out...
This is not hard to do.

WoW Factor: Why Legion’s alpha/beta label is a hair worth splitting

The Legion alpha is back, and it is still an alpha. And I want to to stress, not for the first time, that I...

Crowfall addresses victory conditions, Malekai lore

When it launches, Crowfall is going to have to deal with the problem of winning. The most recent Ask Me Anything event for the...
Demon Hunters HATE this holiday

BlizzCon 2015: World of Warcraft Legion systems panel liveblog

How is transmogrifying items going to change with World of Warcraft's Legion expansion? What are the restrictions on transmogrifying artifacts? How do the artifacts work? What...
You're shockingly unskilled at wearing pants.

Albion Online previews a learning point rework

The original purpose of Albion Online's learning point system was to create a balance mechanism for players with varying amounts of time to spend...
anyway here's wonderwall

Shroud of the Avatar adds in instruments and fishing with release 22

Have you been thinking to yourself that Shroud of the Avatar would be better if you also had the chance to engage in a...
So we're not going to be friends, is that it?

Das Tal blog details overhauls of skills, enemies, and further blogs

Development on Das Tal is moving right along, but from here on out fans will be hearing about it every other week rather than...
This dude, but in motion.

Crowfall details mount mechanics as it clears $1.2 million

There's no doubt at this point that Crowfall will be funded, but there is some question about how much extra stuff will be in...