istaria

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

Battle Bards Episode 116: There be dragons

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

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?

A comment on Reddit about the current size and viability of Kritika Online got me thinking about MMO playerbases in general lately. We...
Community organization is painful.

Halloween events across the MMORPG verse, 2017 edition

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?

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

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

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

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?

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...
Star Wars: A New Hope, Owen Lars and Luke Skywalker, courtesy of Wookieepedia

Massively Overthinking: Being Uncle Owen in MMORPGs

Ever since the tone-deaf SOE proclamation that nobody wanted to play Uncle Owen in an MMORPG, contrary me has consciously fought that very...
LOUD NOISES!

Massively Overthinking: Competitive PvE in MMORPGs

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)

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

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...

Istaria adds new questline and icon revamp with Niesa’s Fate update

Istaria, which you might remember as Horizons way back in the day, has this week released Niesa's Fate, the 16.1 update for...

Istaria celebrates its 12th anniversary with a patch

Istaria -- the MMO that will forever be linked to its former title of Horizons with any mention of it, making one wonder why...

Istaria releases a summer quality-of-life update

Istaria (formerly Horizons) is attempting to make good on its former promise of shoring up the game this year, as it's...

Istaria commits to shoring up the game in 2015

Not every MMO patch has to be a field of explorable content through which adventurers romp barefoot and fancy-free. Sometimes the unglamorous work of...

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