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Richard Garriott‘s avatar during and after the Ultima series, including Ultima Online.

The Game Archaeologist: Tabula Rasa

The story of Tabula Rasa begins, as so many others do, with 1997's Ultima Online. Raph Koster and Richard Garriott's online fantasy...

Make My MMO: The biggest MMO crowdfunding news of 2019

Welcome to a special edition of Make My MMO, Massively OP's weekly and sometimes biweekly recap of the big news in crowdfunded MMOs. Hey,...

Fight or Kite: 2010-2019, the decade when PvP boomed and MMOs languished

The end of the decade is upon us. Many are now reflecting on how our lives have changed over the past 10 years. We’ve...

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v3.0

Behind history are people and stories, some of them well-known and some of them obscure. It has been my mission in The Game...

Richard Garriott gives RPG game developer permission to use Lord British

You may have never heard of a game called Corven, but one of the industry's most famous developers is lending his fame to...
Here we go.

Perfect Ten: The biggest MMO surprises of 2019

After 10 years of covering MMORPG news, I can assure you that I am still fired up to keep doing this. One of the...

Remembering the life and work of legendary MMO designer Brad ‘Aradune’ McQuaid

When the news hit last night, it brought everything to a screeching halt in the Massively OP office: At the age of 51,

Shroud of the Avatar claims move from Portalarium to Catnip will bring ‘positive change’

Honest-to-goodness hope or trying to put a brave face on things? We'll let you decide when you read Catnip Studios' letter following

Shroud of the Avatar finally admits the Kickstarter book is not happening, offers in-game items instead

Yesterday, we covered the bizarre but perhaps expected news that Portalarium has transferred Shroud of the Avatar and other assets to Catnip Games,...

Shroud of the Avatar changes hands as Portalarium transfers assets to Catnip Games

Hey you know when's a good time to drop potentially bad news? Underneath somebody else's even bigger bad news. Apparently, today it's going to...

Perfect Ten: Kickstarter MMOs that raised the most money

The rise of crowdfunding in the mid-2010s swept a large wave of MMORPGs our way that might never have happened otherwise. For a while...

Shroud of the Avatar dates next SotACon event, releases more Episode 2 bundles

Sometimes you have to root around in the Shroud of the Avatar update digest to find the interesting stuff. Digest #352 kind of...

Perfect Ten: Solo prequel games to MMORPGs

When studios go about making MMORPGs, risk comes along with the effect as a matter of course. The only question is how to reduce...
Huh. That... huh.

Shroud of the Avatar hosts a livestream about fishing in fetid water

If you want to watch a community livestream about Shroud of the Avatar's community team hosting a fishing contest in fetid water, gosh,...
My expectations weren't that I would be jumping into this right away, but...

The Soapbox: No, the MMO genre is not dead – but it could use a little positivity

One of my favorite idioms is "dead as a doornail." It always reminds me of the time I got sent out of my 10th...

Massively Overthinking: Morality and compelling choices in MMOs

The most recent episode of The Psychology of Video Games podcast touches on a subject we don't tackle very much: moral choices. It's...

Shroud of the Avatar’s R67 has begun testing on the QA server

Fans of Shroud of the Avatar will soon be able to hide cloaks and keep their doors fully open among a variety of...

The Daily Grind: What does Destiny 2 still need before you’ll call it an MMO?

With Destiny 2 back in the news thanks to its free-to-play relaunch, Stadia platforming, and new expansion, online gamers have once again...

Shroud of the Avatar addresses CEO confusion, playerbase ‘re-engagement campaign’

Remember back in the fall of 2018, when there was a flurry of speculation over Shroud of the Avatar as Portalarium's Richard...

Shroud of the Avatar’s upcoming patch will let you be the mother of dragons

OK, we'll just admit outright that the above headline is a little misleading. But since everyone and their uncle is making Games of Throne...

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