sandbox

Sandboxes are a type of MMO that emphasize player freedom and expression. They frequently include mechanics for building, crafting, trading, character customization and development, roleplaying, destruction, and significant interaction with the world and other players. A sandbox that is dominated by an open-PvP or free-for-all ruleset is sometimes pejoratively called a gankbox. Contrast with the themepark.

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Here we go.

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Wurm Online shows off a number of in-progress updates

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Justin and Bree discuss EverQuest, EverQuest II, Trove, Guild Wars 2, Book of Travels, Star Citizen, and LOTRO, with mailbag topics on temporary hardcore MMO servers and PvE vs. PvP sandboxes.

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BBC tech program Click promises investigation into Star Citizen’s delays

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The Daily Grind: Do you ever play MMOs in synergistic pairs?

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