vanguard

Official Site: Vanguard: Saga of Heroes (Wikipedia)
Studio: Sigil Games/Sony Online Entertainment
Launch Date: January 30, 2007
Sunset Date: July 31, 2014
Genre: Retro Fantasy Sandpark
Business Model: F2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

Perfect Ten: Weird ways we heal each other in MMORPGs

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One of the most important implications of the virtual worlds we visit is that they all boast medical care far above and beyond anything...
Come on, vogue!

Activision-Blizzard Q1 2022: Revenues plummet, Blizzard loses another 2M players

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Welcome back to our regular coverage of Activision-Blizzard's quarterly financials. As of this morning, we have Q1's results, comprising January, February, and March 2022, a...

Battle Bards Episode 211: Shops and services

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When the Battle Bards get loaded up with money and jewels in MMOs, they head back into town for a shopping spree! And if...

March 9 brings Vanguard class to Lineage Aden, improved hunting zones to Lineage II, victory system to Lineage Classic

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The running joke is that there are too many versions of Lineage to keep track of, and that perception is certainly not made any...
It's an old deck, I swear.

Perfect Ten: Genuinely fun MMO minigames

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Few people are without opinions on minigames in MMOs. Some love 'em, some hate 'em, and some just ignore 'em. Some even despise that...

Activision-Blizzard addresses Call of Duty mess, striking devs report ‘radio silence’

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Raven Software, developer of several Call of Duty titles including COD: Warzone, is still on strike due to a sudden bout of firing of...

The MOP Up: Vendetta Online adds 27 custom missions

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Vendetta Online warped into the new year with a slew of events, more functionality for capships, and 27 additional custom-made missions. Reader Jason keyed us...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 354: Catch-up roundtable and state of the site

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Justin, Bree, Tyler, and MJ discuss the 2021 MOP awards, Cryptic and PWE, Magic the Gathering Online, Fractured, Legends of Aria, Crowfall, and Book of Travels, with adventures in New World, Astroneer, Guild Wars 2, Star Trek Online, Albion Online, Star Wars Galaxies, SWTOR, LOTRO, and Elder Scrolls Online, finishing it off with a state of the site recap.

Remedy and Tencent team up on co-op PvE shooter codenamed Vanguard

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Remedy Entertainment isn't a particularly well-known studio around our corner of the gaming world, as the studio is more well-known for single-player games such...

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v5.0

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It has been another thrilling year of exploring the relatively unknown or forgotten lands of MMORPG history here in The Game Archaeologist. From projects...
Excuse me, what?

Bobby Kotick considers leaving Activision-Blizzard if he can’t quickly fix its ongoing frat boy culture

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Last week, reporting from the Wall Street Journal blew the lid off of fresh allegations leveraged at Activision-Blizzard, including attempts by CEO Bobby Kotick...
Memory.

Activision-Blizzard workers and industry giants join chorus calling for Bobby Kotick’s resignation

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People across the gaming industry are adding to the calls for Activision-Blizzard's Bobby Kotick to resign - or be removed. As we've been covering, earlier...

Some Activision-Blizzard shareholders join calls for Bobby Kotick’s ouster

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Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published an explosive piece that compounded the ongoing Activision-Blizzard sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits and scandal. The Journal detailed...

Massively Overthinking: How hard should MMOs be?

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This past summer, MMO dev Damion Schubert posted an epic tweet-thread about MMOs; in fact, we've already dipped into the part on "load-bearing" playerbases,...

Star Wars: The Old Republic runs Sage, Vanguard, and Scoundrel combat styles through their paces

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Have you figured out what class and combat style combination you'll be rolling when Star Wars: The Old Republic launches Legacy of the Sith...

The Daily Grind: Should there be an MMO ‘caretaker’ company for unwanted titles?

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A couple of weeks ago, I watched through the entirety of Vanguard's Jeff Butler's three-hour interview concerning MMO projects that he worked on and...

TERA PC introduces the area of Baldera as console kicks off another double Vanguard earnings event

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PC players of TERA have some new land to explore with the game's most recent update: the land of Baldera, located in the Oblivion...
I suppose it's cheaper than actually hiring someone to design these spaces?

The Game Archaeologist: Jeff Butler on EverQuest, EverQuest Next, and Vanguard

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As an MMO historian, I have to applaud the work of former SOE developer Shawn Lord in his huge interview series with the people...

Gamescom 2021: New World open beta Sept. 9, plus DokeV, Valheim, Halo Infinite, Riders Republic news

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Gamescom 2021 is officially kicking off today as a free virtual event as the pandemic drags on. The Geoff Keighley-helmed opening night live event for...

SOE’s Jeff Butler gives an epic three-hour interview on EverQuest, Vanguard, and EverQuest Next

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If you're going to interview one of the most notable names behind EverQuest and Vanguard, it helps if you also worked at SOE back...

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