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Official Site: Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted (fka Horizons)
Studio: Virtrium LLC
Launch Date: December 9, 2003
Genre: Fantasy Sandpark
Platform: PC

Massively Overthinking: MMO voids that haven’t been filled

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I swear, so many of the posts I bookmark on Reddit to muse on later wind up deleted, and today I've got another one,...
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Massively Overthinking: Jumping the shark in MMOs

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I'm sure those few people out there still bearing a grudge over the Rune-keeper would disagree with me, but one of the things that...

Massively on the Go: Animal Crossing’s housing islands from an MMO player’s perspective

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One multiplayerish game that we've talked about a bit as the MOP team's been quarantined on the Golden Yacht is Animal Crossing: New...

Massively Overthinking: What one piece of knowledge would you like to impart to new MMO gamers?

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A while back, I was reading on a non-MMO subreddit some comments from some younger people that made my head spin: They were informing...

Battle Bards Episode 149: Istaria aka Horizons

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Is Istaria more than just “that game where you can play a dragon?” If it is, the answer might lie in its hidden repository...

MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: TERA Origin, Astaria, NosTale, and Veloren

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Welcome back to another brief roundup of MMOs and other online games you’ve (probably) never heard of! Let's kick off our roundup with something for...

Massively Overthinking: Which MMORPG, living or dead, offers the all-time best crafting experience?

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Over the last couple of weeks, when I was putting in sometimes 18-hour days working on the site, I didn't really have much time...

Battle Bards Episode 116: There be dragons

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Mighty and majestic, scaly in hide and shrewd of mind, smoking with fury unabated… these are the Battle Bards! Also, dragons. Yes, in today’s...

Re-examining Asheron’s Call’s Shard of the Herald event on its first deathiversary

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Although the Asheron's Call series has now been dead for exactly one year today, it's far from forgotten by fans. It was admittedly a cult...

Massively Overthinking: What’s the smallest MMO you’re willing to play?

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A comment on Reddit about the current size and viability of Kritika Online got me thinking about MMO playerbases in general lately. We...
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Halloween events across the MMORPG verse, 2017 edition

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Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought "for the neighborhood kids." And you, lady still trying to decide between...

Massively Overthinking: Is open-world housing really a ‘failed’ MMORPG experiment?

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Massively OP's Justin Olivetti has a provocative article on his personal gaming blog, Bio Break, this week on MMORPG housing. "I once again wonder...

Perfect Ten: 10 MMORPGs with playable fairies

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Probably my greatest and most constant gripe about fantasy MMORPGs is that for all of the freedom and imagination that this genre supposedly boasts,...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that changed their names

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Names and titles fascinate me. While sometimes they have no deeper meaning than to sound pleasant and be memorable, a label can indicate purpose,...

Istaria kicks off Halloween early with a community contest

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It makes sense, sort of, that in an MMO where you can dress up as a dragon year-round that Halloween might be a favored...

Whatever happened to PlanetSide 2, A Tale in the Desert, and Istaria?

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Ever pause during your day and find yourself wondering, "What ever happened to that game?" With hundreds upon hundreds of online titles these days, it's...
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Massively Overthinking: Being Uncle Owen in MMORPGs

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Ever since the tone-deaf SOE proclamation that nobody wanted to play Uncle Owen in an MMORPG, contrary me has consciously fought that very...
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Massively Overthinking: Competitive PvE in MMORPGs

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During last week's podcast, Justin and I bumped into a tangential topic about competitive PvE and how relatively rare it is in MMORPGs,...

The MOP Up: Christmas in a warzone (December 25, 2016)

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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...

Massively Overthinking: Our favorite MMORPG soundtracks

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MOP's Justin Olivetti created the music-centered Jukebox Heroes column back on Massively-that-was and brought it along to us here, and to this day...

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