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Battle Bards Episode 126: Out of this world

It’s time to boldly go where no podcast has gone before — by exploring MMO space themes! It’s perhaps the flat-out goofiest and silliest Battle Bards episode to date, so you’re going to have to excuse a whole lot of diversions, arguments, and giggles. Because that’s what space does to people? We do not know. This episode is also notable for Syl’s all-time greatest quote, “Planets are usually in space.” Usually.

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 126: Out of this world (or download it) now:

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Warframe adds a new Platinum pack for Twitch Prime subscribers

Have you taken advantage of Warframe’s free giveaways for Twitch Prime subscribers yet? No? Then what are you even doing with your time? Do you need to get more stuff before you’ll take notice? Because the developers are going to give you more stuff. Seriously, the game just added a new pack for Twitch Prime subscribers adding in 50 Platinum along with a 7-day Affinity booster and a 7-day Resource booster.

This free pack will be available until September 14th and is free for everyone who is signed up for Twitch Prime; you’ll need to link that with your Warframe account, but that is not difficult. It’s also worth nothing that the Trinity Prime bundle is still available as well, and if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber you already qualify for these free goodies. Just take the time to grab them and they’re yours forever.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Sophiskiai for the tip!

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Hi-Rez reorganizes SMITE, Paladins, and Realm Royale teams as newly renamed substudios

Hi-Rez Studios is making bold moves today: It’s just announced that it’s splitting up the band, unbundling its games teams into separate but joined substudios. Titan Forge Games will run SMITE, Evil Mojo Games will operate Paladins, and Heroic Leap Games will steer Realm Royale, all under the First Party Studios banner. And they’ll all run alongside Skillshot Media (focused on e-sports) and Alacrity Arthouse (technical art services) and presumably anything else Hi-Rez ultimately brings into the fold.

Confused yet? The good news is that the people actually working on all the games aren’t actually changing.

“Our new Hi-Rez Publishing Group is designed as a service organization, whose sole mission is to enable each of our partner studios to reach their full potential and best serve their respective gamer communities,” Hi-Rez President Stewart Chisam says in today’s press release. “By structuring ourselves in this manner, we allow the organization to scale to multiple games more easily, while ensuring our existing game communities receive a better, more focused service than ever before.”

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The Stream Team: Seeking a way to survive in Will to Live Online

Will did not necessarily keep Massively OP’s MJ alive in Will to Live Online. Apparently the wild dogs’ will to tear her to shreds was stronger! But that won’t stop her from going back in and experiencing death in many new ways. Oh wait, we mean experience this new game under development. Maybe she will find some helpful equipment this time while doing tasks for the bar patrons. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as MJ returns to this post apocalyptic world.

What: Will to Live Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 13th, 2018

Enjoy the show!

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Warframe’s latest contest will put the winners’ adorable pup and kitteh inside the game

This is why we can have nice things: Digital Extremes is currently running a super adorable contest for Warframe players, and it involves the players’ own pets.

“Would you like to see your favorite fluffball in Warframe? Introducing the Tenno’s Best Friend Contest! Share a picture of your cat or dog that incorporates Warframe, and we’ll bring one pretty kitty and one good boy to life in-game with a Kavat and Kubrow Skin inspired by your pet! These Skins will be available for sale in the Market. so everyone can use your immortalized best friend!”

All you’ve got to do is share your very good boy or girl on social media or in the official thread (and follow all the rules!). Six players will be walking away with varying stacks of platinum, but only the top two – one for a doggie and one for a kitty – will see their critters immortalized inside the game.

Source: Official site. Thanks, Sophiskiai!

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The Daily Grind: Do you have an MMO backlog, and if so, what’s on it?

If you follow the mainstream gaming media meta at all, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of sites, spurred on by Polygon, have been mulling over the concept of the backlog – you know, that pile (or digital list) of games you bought and haven’t finished or even tried. Did we even have backlogs before online platforms like Steam? Because I don’t really remember having one back then – I just played what I had. But then again, I’m also primarily an MMORPG gamer. So I don’t fret tooooooo much about the non-MMOs I bought cheap for a rainy day. Occasionally I’ll blast through my non-MMO list and do a sort of 15-minute speed-dating game with some untrieds, but mostly, I’m content with just having some novelty waiting for me when I need it.

My MMO and online game backlog, though, eats at me. I bought Project Gorgon this summer, for example, and haven’t tried it. Staxel and No Man’s Sky too. These kinds of games have a time limit, and yet they require a certain presence of mind and concentration to dig into properly that I haven’t had this season.

Do you have an MMO backlog, and if so, what’s on it?

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The MOP Up: Worlds Adrift makes room for PvE servers (August 12, 2018)

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 of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Old School RuneScapeWorlds Adrift, Destiny 2Starfall OnlineSurvived ByHyper UniverseElswordPirate101War of RightsRagnarok OnlinePerfect World MobileOrbusVRSMITE, and Prosperous Universe, all waiting for you after the break!

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Global Chat: Is it worth your time to alpha test MMOs?

Taugrim raises a very interesting question this week on his blog. Namely, is it really worth your time to alpha test MMOs these days? For him, at least, fickle players and unresponsive developers don’t make it a beneficial activity.

“A decade ago, I used to get super excited about upcoming MMORPGs,” he said. “And then I experienced those games losing their playerbase in droves while the developers/publishers failed to meaningfully address the concerns of the community.”

If you’ve been burned one too many times by alpha, beta, and early access testing, perhaps you can relate. Read on for more essays from the MMO blogosphere, and don’t forget to check out this month’s exciting Blaugust Reborn event that’s raging across blogs!

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The Overwatch Summer Games are back

You’ve been training for this moment all year long, and by “training” we mean “aggressively burping while sitting in your comfortable office chair.” You’re ready. You have the makings of a champion, so get out on the field and prove your mettle!

The Overwatch Summer Games have returned for another round, running from now through August 31st. In addition to the usual activities and rewards, there’s a new Busan Station Lúcioball map to enjoy this year and over 50 new items added to the game’s lootboxes.

Generally, it’s a good time to grab some limited-opportunity skins, especially if you like fighting in breezy summer attire.

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Warframe outlines melee revamp, channeling changes, and Nyx and Vauban tweaks

Warframe players who’ve been following the game’s development meta already knew that melee was due for a rework, but Digital Extremes brought some solid proof to the weekend livestream to show off, though the devs admit it’s “only halfway polished.”

“Like with the Secondary and Primary weapons earlier this year, all Melee weapons will be given a balance pass,” the dev recap of the stream explains. “The delay is a result of our plans to rework the melee system, which needs to be done first! Stance combos have been unified to require less memorization across all mods. Once you get a feel for the system, you should be able to apply it consistently across all weapons. [The] Channelling button has been replaced with a heavy attack button now, which is charged using the combo counter. Energy will no longer be consumed by channeling! The changes will change up the melee Meta, but it also comes with a radical buff to range and damage. Your expected ground and spin attacks are still executable – worry not!”

It sounds as if channeling in general (and everything associated with it) is getting a complete rework; moreover, Gas City is getting a visual and lore update, dual wielding will become more expansive, Nyx and Vauban are getting some buffs, and wall-hopping is being looked at. Plenty more is apparently coming this week – and don’t forget about the comic series!

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The MOP Up: PlanetSide 2 throws a summer rager (August 5, 2018)

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 of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from NeverwinterSea of ThievesReign of GuildsOrbusVRPlanetSide 2Final Fantasy XIVManylandLineage 2 RevolutionGuardians of EmberWar ThunderThe CycleDCUO, and Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!

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Player-designed document combines Dungeons & Dragons with Destiny

Want to play some Destiny or Destiny 2 material sitting around a table with friends? Then you will want to check out the D&Destiny project which combines Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition with the Destiny setting. It’s a mystery why it wasn’t called Destiny & Dragons, maybe, but it’s a fan project combining the two, so perhaps it’s best to rein in that critique.

Obviously, the material in question is all homebrew stuff, and there’s no assurance that it’s all perfectly balanced or refined yet. It does, however, already include rules for weapons, enemies, Light and Darkness zones, and specialized combat mechanics. So there’s enough stuff in there for you to playtest if you want to support the project on Patreon. And if you want to mash it up with basic D&D to pit your normal wizards from those found on the moon? Well, why not.

Source: Kotaku

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One Shots: Motion sickness

Our headlining picture today comes with a request for some help, so we’re calling all Warframe players to give their aid!

“So I finally decided to check out Warframe,” said reader Ryuen, “but I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how not to get motion sick while sliding/bullet jumping/etc through the levels to an objective? *Tenno slides away*”

I am not the person to ask this. I get motion sick spinning my chair slowly with a child on my lap. I have been forbidden from going on Disney’s spinning tea cup ride. Doctors tell me that I still need training to master this “walking” thing.

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