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Massively Overthinking: Changing ‘mains’ in MMOs

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When I first started MMOs, the idea of mains and alts was bizarre to me. Why would I spend time on a second character...
Local Panda Recalls When She Was Special.

WoW Factor: Was the faction split ever good for World of Warcraft?

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Before I had played World of Warcraft and back in the time when I allowed myself to speculate more freely on what games would...
SUUUUUUUUURGE

WoW Factor: Updating our World of Warcraft expansion data set with the Dragonflight release date

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Aw yeah, who likes math? I like math. I really like math, and you all know it, and you have to consistently sit there...
Yeah, this is a thing.

WoW Factor: Just be honest about what WoW Classic is now

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So here's something funny to consider: No matter what happens, Blizzard has collectively backed itself into a corner with World of Warcraft expansions over...

Massively Overthinking: The weirdest ways we’ve leveled in MMOs

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One of my favor flavors of fluff post we do occasionally is report on folks who have accomplished fame by leveling "wrong" in MMOs,...

Blizzard begs WoW Classic players to transfer away from queues as tech can’t resolve capacity chaos

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As we've been noting for the last week, the WoW Classic Wrath of the Lich King pre-patch launch hasn't gone to plan, largely thanks...
Rewind!

WoW Factor: When your MMO design is hooked on a feeling

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To start this off, I want you to summon up a feeling. I want you think back to the first time you can remember...
Somewhat like how you remember, aside from all the ways it's not.

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King launches its pre-patch and fresh start realms on August 30

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Still eager to go back to the days of World of Warcraft when everyone was trampling across Northrend? Your journey starts on August 30th,...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO is *least* focused on fashion wars?

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I've been thinking about this topic ever since Blizzard tweeted a joke about "cursed mogs" in World of Warcraft. Honestly, while vanilla WoW definitely...

LOTRO Legendarium: Ranking the new class/race combos by excitement factor

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As we trek through the dog days of summer, the most exciting thing on the horizon for Lord of the Rings Online has to...

Middle-earth Enterprises sends cease-and-desist letter to LOTRO rogue server project

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Some Lord of the Rings Online players may have been aware of an unofficial rogue server project that was set to release this month...

Massively Overthinking: Is old-school MMO dungeon-camping ever coming back?

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A while ago on the MOP Podcast, Justin and I randomly wound up on the topic of camping in MMOs - not pitching a...
Unseen.

WoW Factor: Looking at Dragonflight’s release schedule with math

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It's been a really long time since we've gotten to have some math up ins. You know by this point that I really like...
The Doom Brigade

PSA: World of Warcraft Classic prepares to discontinue the character clone service on July 26

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The character clone service in WoW Classic was an interesting approach to how the game handled The Burning Crusade Classic vs. the vanilla experience;...

Working As Intended: LFD, community accountability, and the balance of power in classic MMOs

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At the heart of the WoW Classic argument over the dungeon finder tool is the professed belief that LFD ruined socializing in part by...

SWG Legends just announced farming, ranching, new houses, and the return of smuggler spice crafting

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Maybe dropping a huge teaser for major new content is not the best thing to drop on Easter Sunday, but that's exactly what fan-run...
Tataru and her muffin adventure.

The Perfect Ten: 10 MMO NPCs as muffins

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You’ve all seen those memes or Twitter threads that try to link celebrities or people to food items or other inanimate objects, but I’m...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Guild Wars 2’s open world is not the place for hardcore content

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If you're paying any attention to Guild Wars 2, you have, by now, no doubt heard the debate over the Battle for the Jade...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Unpacking Guild Wars 2’s post-End of Dragons roadmap

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Last week, we got a tsunami of good news from Guild Wars 2 studio ArenaNet. Studio directors Colin Johanson and John "JT" Taylor, along...
I love the nightlife, I love being marched in front of an enemy...

Massively Overthinking: How do alts fit into MMORPGs in 2022?

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Last weekend, my play group took a second batch of Guild Wars 2 alts to Cantha, and we found ourselves a bit grumbly about...

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