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The Game Archaeologist: Harry Potter Online

If all goes well, later this year we will finally be treated to an actual Harry Potter MMORPG in the form of Harry...

The Game Archaeologist: Lineage

If we judged MMOs by their numbers alone -- and I'm not suggesting we do so -- then the original Lineage would be...

GDC 2018: Ultima Online post-mortem with Richard Garriott, Starr Long, Raph Koster, and Rich Vogel

Plenty of panels at GDC are recorded and uploaded to the internet weeks after the event, including this one. It's not quite...

Shroud of the Avatar: Partying with Portalarium, countering pay-to-win, and the state of the game

The day is finally arriving: Shroud of the Avatar is formally launching next week. It's been a long journey. The path to this new...

Shroud of the Avatar claims higher concurrency heading into launch

Is the buzz starting to grow louder for Shroud of the Avatar as it rounds the corner to launch? There are a couple...

Shroud of the Avatar plans launch celebration while Reddit community debate sub’s existence

A rather unique shindig is being planned for Shroud of the Avatar's launch this March. Portalarium announced that it will be holding...

Shroud of the Avatar cries wolf (upgrades), attends emulator anniversary party

Not satisfied with Shroud of the Avatar's storebought wolves (seriously), Portalarium decided to breed, er, rebuild its own creatures from the ground-up. The new...

Shroud of the Avatar goes nuts for log cabins

With such a strong emphasis on player housing, Shroud of the Avatar has fans guessing as to what other interesting abodes the team...
I cannot adequately express how much cleaner these screenshots look than my actual play experience.

Richard Garriott on how players ‘destroyed’ Ultima Online’s ecology

With a couple of months to go before its official launch, Shroud of the Avatar has more than a few challenges to overcome...

The ultimate guide to The Game Archaeologist’s MMO archives

When we moved over here to Massively Overpowered, some of us transplanted our long-running columns to the new space. I perhaps felt most devastated...

Make My MMO: Star Citizen’s procedural cities, Camelot Unchained’s beta tester rewards (October 28, 2017)

Ever wanted to walk around on Coruscant? Star Citizen may be granting your wish, or at least a solid approximation. During this weekend's...

The Game Archaeologist: Ultima Worlds Online Origin

While the heady days of Ultima Online's dominant position over the industry are long gone, the MMORPG continues to operate and expand, and...

Happy 20th birthday, Ultima Online! Here’s how to get caught up on the OG MMORPG

Just about 20 years ago, my boyfriend and I were wandering through Media Play (heh) when he picked up this box for some...

Ultima Online preps for 20th anniversary bash, updates players on enhanced client fixes

Ultima Online isn't considered the progenitor of the MMORPG genre for nothing: It's closing in on 20 years of operation next week, to...

Shroud of the Avatar stuffs in more dragons, preps for Halloween

Shroud of the Avatar's Release 46 is right around the corner, and when it arrives, so do the dragons. For the patch, the...
It's clear now.

Relive the final moments of Tabula Rasa

February 28th, 2009, was a dark day for MMO players, as crowds flocked to Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa in the hopes of...
Well, this is definitely a place.

Choose My Adventure: Starting completely fresh in Shroud of the Avatar

I really know pretty much nothing about Ultima. This is only partly my fault. Way back when the Ultima games were a big deal on...
Ladies, please.

Choose My Adventure: Get out of here, DC Universe Online

So this is an unusual situation for me: I've never actually played a game for Choose My Adventure that I've disliked this much. Those...

Shroud of the Avatar: Equity crowdfunding passes $500K, studio plans monthly telethons

Shroud of the Avatar's equity crowdfunding venture has gone rather well: Portalarium declared last night that it has "exceeded SeedInvest target and...

Make My MMO: Valiance Online’s founder alpha has begun (July 29, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Valiance Online took everyone by surprise by announcing the launch of its investor alpha on PC for Friday,...

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