the second age

An Ultima Online expansion.

LOTRO Legendarium: Exploring Before the Shadow’s new starter area and skirmish

You know that agonizingly delicious sensation of encountering an MMO drop that has so much stuff to explore that you hardly know where to...

Lord of the Rings Online offers new pictures and lore context for Before the Shadow’s Swanfleet region

Did you miss out on the dev-led preview livestream of the Swanfleet region that's coming to Lord of the Rings Online in its Before...

The Game Archaeologist: The legacy of Ultima Online

Last week in The Game Archaeologist, we traced the history of Ultima Online’s origin, development, and testing -- not to mention one pesky in-game...

LOTRO Legendarium: Return to Moria hopes to fill a niche crevasse

As you may have already noticed from this column's previous coverage of the Amazon MMO, LOTRO Legendarium's umbrella is big enough to provide shade...

The Game Archaeologist: Dark Zion, the brainchild of Tad Williams and Ultima Online devs

It has almost become a running joke in MMO circles that pretty much every new studio and new title these days was founded by...

LOTRO Legendarium: First impressions of Minas Morgul

To kick off this early look at Lord of the Rings Online: Minas Morgul, I want to start by taking a step back to...

Lord of the Rings Online starts testing Minas Morgul expansion

As the saying goes, "One does not simply walk into Mordor. One repeatedly walks in and out of Mordor on a near-endless series of...

LOTRO: Minas Morgul will take you back in time to the Second Age

With the undead and possibly soulless cat out of the bag with Minas Morgul, Standing Stone Games is fielding a whole bunch of questions...

Perfect Ten: The MMORPGs boasting the most expansions

In 2018 alone, the MMORPG industry saw no less than 14 major expansions release for various titles, and in 2019 we've had at least...

The Game Archaeologist: Neverwinter Nights 1 & 2

At the end of June 2014, dozens of online worlds flickered and vanished with the flip of a switch. It was a online apocalypse...

Perfect Ten: The best expansions for specific MMOs

Looking over the past two decades or so, MMORPGs have grown by leaps and bounds with regular releases, events, and (of course) expansion packs....

Interview and excerpt: The ‘Braving Britannia’ book preserves Ultima Online’s oral history

Earlier this week, we wrote about the launch of a new book that's right up MMORPG fans' alley. Dubbed Braving Britannia: Tales of Life,...
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Ultima Online preps a bug push, gives a voice to town cryers

Bugs, you better live it up, because your days are numbered. Ultima Online is preparing a big bug push (squash?) with June's Publish 100....

Perfect Ten: MMOs that claimed to be the first

We've all been there. We're playing our favorite MMORPG and then self-appointed professors of game history start arguing in world chat about firsts --...

One Shots: The drinks are on us

Last week's (last) call for tavern and inn images seemed to bring out the nostalgic in all of our readers. It certainly didn't take...

Take your first gander at LOTRO’s High Elves

Over on the Bullroarer test server, Lord of the Rings Online has welcomed its latest race to the game. High Elves are now available...

An exclusive look at RIFT’s 2015 plans with Game Director Christopher Junior

Massively OP: We're here with RIFT Game Director Christopher Junior to talk about the state of the game and what's coming up this year. So...