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Raph Koster’s Stars Reach will offer shorter play sessions specifically to boost stickiness

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Playable Worlds' lengthy blog post on Stars Reach's middle quad of pillars earlier this week wasn't long enough, or so Raph Koster suggests, as...

Raph Koster aims to make Stars Reach complex but not overcomplicated – and focused on retention

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You didn't think Playable Worlds' Raph Koster was going to stop at just two pillars of design for his new sandbox MMORPG Stars Reach,...
aw hell

Massively Overthinking: How often do you play human MMO characters when you have other choices?

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I've been thinking about this question a bit lately, partly owing to Stars Reach and partly to Project Gorgon. Playable Worlds says Stars Reach...

Raph Koster lays out the (first) four pillars of design for his sandbox MMORPG Stars Reach

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I have some good news and bad news. The bad news is that Raph Koster's Stars Reach is probably a good long while away...
in awe of the size of this lad

Vague Patch Notes: The stuff that has me excited about Stars Reach

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Raph Koster is a smart guy. Not just an experienced one (he's that, too), but a smart one. The man knows his stuff front...

Here’s how the ‘cellular automata simulation’ in Raph Koster’s new sandbox MMORPG Stars Reach works

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In the wake of the announcement of Stars Reach, Playable Worlds' Raph Koster has been making the rounds of Reddit and the gaming blogosphere...

Raph Koster’s new MMORPG is called Stars Reach, and yes, it’s basically Star Wars Galaxies 2

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It's June 26th, Star Wars Galaxies' 21st birthday, and I'm sitting on Google Meet talking to none other than MMORPG founding father (and SWG...

Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds teases housing, planetary governance, and languages for the unnamed MMORPG sandbox

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It's pretty clear now that Raph Koster and Playable Worlds are not just counting down to something dumb and we're going to get something...

Raph Koster’s nine Playable Worlds teasers (so far) hint at the MMORPG sandbox you always wanted

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As we covered earlier in the week, Raph Koster's studio Playable Worlds has been tweeting what appeared to be a countdown accompanied by a...

Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds is counting down to… something

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An aura of mystery and intrigue's been swirling around Raph Koster's studio Playable Worlds and the multiverse sandbox MMORPG that it's been working on...

Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds enlists ‘AI-powered’ character platform Popul8

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Well now, this is a weird press release I did not expect to get: Raph Koster's MMORPG "multiverse" company Playable Worlds has apparently signed...

Raph Koster has been warning about the death of games innovation longer than most MMOs have been alive

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Veteran MMO developer Raph Koster is no stranger to talking about money in gaming. Our own readers will recall that all the way back...

The MOP Up: Palia releases its super-chill soundtrack

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Feast your ear-tongues on these sound-pops: Palia's completely chill score is now available as a full 24-track album that you can listen to on...

Avalon is the latest blockchain metaverse project from old-school MMO devs

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I know, I know, another one of these metaverse-blockchain-Web3 startups, but this one is one that MMORPG fans will want to at least take...

Working As Intended: MMOs that wish they were Star Wars Galaxies

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"My friends and I would skin someone alive for an SWG 2," an old Star Wars Galaxies player recently wrote on Reddit, and that...

Raph Koster talks about the ‘mission’ of Playable Worlds, his vision of the metaverse, and player ownership

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Raph Koster is no stranger to talking about the concept of the metaverse - he's done it a couple of times already, trying to...

Crowfall’s Gordon Walton joins Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds MMO and platform

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Raph Koster's Playable Worlds MMORPG has picked up two new executives today: Gordon Walton and Omar Abdelwahed. Walton will be immediately recognizable to modern MMO...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster makes bold promises about his studio’s developing sandbox MMORPG

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Earlier this week we reported on a big cash injection for Raph Koster's Playable Worlds, with the studio raising $25M in Series B funding...

Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds scored $25M in investment for his ‘modern sandbox MMO’

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Raph Koster's Playable Worlds is inching a little closer to a playable world thanks to another cash infusion. GIbiz reports that the company has raised...
This thing is weird.

The MOP Up: Wakfu conjures up a cosmetics inventory

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Wakfu's newest patch, Update 1.75, goes live this week with a cosmetics inventory, a revamped Osamodas class, an inventory search bar, and far more. "The...

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