The six skills your aspiring rogue will employ in The Elder Scrolls Online’s Thieves Guild DLC

Enterprising rogues will be pursuing six new skills once The Elder Scrolls Online's Thieves Guild DLC launches next month: Finders Keepers for spotting treasures,...
Can we start, start over?

Shroud of the Avatar drops Release 26 update with a full character wipe

Here's the bad news for players looking forward to the next major Shroud of the Avatar patch: A character wipe is happening. All of...
I want to like you a lot.

Launch impressions of Blade & Soul: Combat, story, questing, and flow

Every time I play Blade & Soul, I'm really playing a different game, which I dub Why Don't I Like You More? The object...

MMO Mechanics: MMORPG mechanics predictions for 2016

In the last edition of MMO Mechanics, I looked back on 2015 and the mechanics I managed to squeeze into the column: We looked...

MMO Mechanics: 2015’s MMORPG mechanics in review

It's my favourite time of the year once again: The mulled wine is flowing, the festive lights are all aglow, the weather outside is...
Real is brown, real is brown, real is brown.

Gloria Victis releases its full alpha patch

The bad news for fans of Gloria Victis is that the most recent patch brings with it a full server wipe, forcing everyone currently...

MMO Mechanics: Three game-changing movement mechanics

In order to create the most truly challenging MMOs that connect players with the specific virtual environments they're traversing, developers have always worked on...
Shirts are for the less-divine among us.

Skyforge’s Journey of the Divine patch rolls out

The Journey of the Divine patch is live in Skyforge today, heraldingĀ several new game systems: Invasion Avatars - The deadly Avatars of invading alien gods...
It's not just me, right?

Wisdom of Nym: Surpassing Final Fantasy XIV’s cross-class legacy

In one respect, Final Fantasy XIV is an incredibly flexible game. You are never actually locked into a single role or job; even if...

MMO Mechanics: Three ways non-MMO IPs could create great mechanics

I really enjoy being a guest on Larry Everett's video series Massively Opinionated, a series in which MMO enthusiasts answer some tough questions and...
You gave me power in your god's name, which is my name, because I am your god.

Skyforge offers players tips for using Orders

It's important to remember that when you play Skyforge, you are a deity. That doesn't just mean that you're as powerful as a deity;...
Oh, awesome, camping!

Darkfall Unholy Wars adjusts its economic rebalance

At times, it seems like the entire history of Darkfall is one major adjustment after another. It hasn't been long since the game completely...

MMO Mechanics: Economic stagnation in MMO economies

MMO economies are notoriously hard to balance, so most MMO players have seen the effects of stagnation and hyperinflation in an MMO economy for...

MMO Mechanics: Brilliant MMO boss mechanics

I love a good boss fight as much as the next MMO player, and I'm sure I'm not alone in favouring fights that really...
The only upgrade I need is more burn.

Skyforge explains amulets and trophies

Equipment in Skyforge is fairly straightforward for the most part, but like any game, it features some unique options. Case in point: amulets and...
The power to stand.

Valiance Online details the mechanics of choosing powers

Powers are a big part of any superhero game; it's hard to feel like a superhero if your only powers are "Stand In Place"...
You made it sing, all right.

The Daily Grind: What MMO systems do you consider necessary evils?

I'm disinclined to run pretty much any tabletop game that outright uses character levels as a form of progress, and fortunately for me I...

MMO Mechanics: Four inspiring indie developments worth watching

The MMO genre has immense sticking power in terms of tenure, staying relevant to players for decades despite such fluid and rapid development in...
Up, up, up!

Path of Exile wipes beta progress with latest patch

Beta testing for Path of Exile's next major update, The Awakening, is going about as well as testing ever does. The newest patch for...

MMO Mechanics: Three non-combat mechanics to love

The wheels in my head have been turning over non-combat mechanics in MMOs for a while now, perhaps because of the buzz surrounding Wander,...