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Battle Bards Episode 126: Out of this world

It’s time to boldly go where no podcast has gone before — by exploring MMO space themes! It’s perhaps the flat-out goofiest and silliest Battle Bards episode to date, so you’re going to have to excuse a whole lot of diversions, arguments, and giggles. Because that’s what space does to people? We do not know. This episode is also notable for Syl’s all-time greatest quote, “Planets are usually in space.” Usually.

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 126: Out of this world (or download it) now:

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Wisdom of Nym: Hunting the monster in Final Fantasy XIV

Patch 4.36 sure seems as if it’s has been dragged out. Realistically, that’s not what has happened at all; the time between patches has remained pretty consistent, and with the next big Final Fantasy XIV patch planned for September this is just about the right time. But something about 4.36 having big content just makes the whole thing feel overextended, as if we’ve been sitting and spinning our wheels for an extended time however untrue that may be.

My big plan for this week was to try out the Monster Hunter World crossover because I was honestly less interested in Pagos. (Yes, I like the idea behind Eureka, but there are only so many hours in the day.) I honestly found the experience a bit… not bad, necessarily, but just underwhelming. It was neutral. And I think some of it comes down to how the game has been increasingly handling its crossovers and whether or not those are, well, good things or less-good things.

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The MOP Up: Worlds Adrift makes room for PvE servers (August 12, 2018)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Old School RuneScapeWorlds Adrift, Destiny 2Starfall OnlineSurvived ByHyper UniverseElswordPirate101War of RightsRagnarok OnlinePerfect World MobileOrbusVRSMITE, and Prosperous Universe, all waiting for you after the break!

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Final Fantasy XI adds in new battle types for all tiers of play

There are two new battlefield types for players to challenge in Final Fantasy XI this month, starting with a challenge against the Rhapsodies of Vana’diel heroine Iroha. Players who have completed the story can take part in the more straightforward battle against her, while those looking for a greater challenge can enter the master trial version with a full party (you can enter alone, but alter egos cannot be summoned and you will probably get killed in short order).

Meanwhile, the new treasure trove content allows players to try their luck by opening treasure chests in hopes of getting a big payout; there are deadly mimics lurking there as well as the chance to lose everything, but success nets you a nice batch of rewards. Add in the updates to Ambuscade on its monthly rotation, and everyone should have lots to do with the game’s latest patch.

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The MOP Up: PlanetSide 2 throws a summer rager (August 5, 2018)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from NeverwinterSea of ThievesReign of GuildsOrbusVRPlanetSide 2Final Fantasy XIVManylandLineage 2 RevolutionGuardians of EmberWar ThunderThe CycleDCUO, and Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!

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Player-designed document combines Dungeons & Dragons with Destiny

Want to play some Destiny or Destiny 2 material sitting around a table with friends? Then you will want to check out the D&Destiny project which combines Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition with the Destiny setting. It’s a mystery why it wasn’t called Destiny & Dragons, maybe, but it’s a fan project combining the two, so perhaps it’s best to rein in that critique.

Obviously, the material in question is all homebrew stuff, and there’s no assurance that it’s all perfectly balanced or refined yet. It does, however, already include rules for weapons, enemies, Light and Darkness zones, and specialized combat mechanics. So there’s enough stuff in there for you to playtest if you want to support the project on Patreon. And if you want to mash it up with basic D&D to pit your normal wizards from those found on the moon? Well, why not.

Source: Kotaku

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One Shots: Motion sickness

Our headlining picture today comes with a request for some help, so we’re calling all Warframe players to give their aid!

“So I finally decided to check out Warframe,” said reader Ryuen, “but I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how not to get motion sick while sliding/bullet jumping/etc through the levels to an objective? *Tenno slides away*”

I am not the person to ask this. I get motion sick spinning my chair slowly with a child on my lap. I have been forbidden from going on Disney’s spinning tea cup ride. Doctors tell me that I still need training to master this “walking” thing.

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Destiny 2 is offering a $60 ‘Legendary Collection’ all-in-one bundle for Forsaken’s launch

We already knew that Destiny 2’s Forsaken expansion is dropping on September 4th, but yesterday, Bungie announced that it’s putting out a “Legendary Collection” edition on the same date, worldwide, to basically offer the whole game and all its frills in one package. Check out all these colons:

“The Destiny 2: Forsaken – Legendary Collection includes Destiny 2, Destiny 2: Expansion I: Curse of Osiris, Destiny 2: Expansion II: Warmind, and Destiny 2: Forsaken, the largest and most transformative expansion to the Destiny 2 experience yet. At launch, the Legendary Collection will also include a character boost that allows players the option to jump right to the latest adventure, Forsaken. For those wanting to experience Destiny 2 and its current expansions immediately, a pre-purchase of the digital Legendary Collection includes the ability to play the game right away.”

That ought to be a nice catch-up, if you feel like shelling out the $60 for it. The new trailer down below might be enticement too.

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Final Fantasy XI plans new content for its August update

Do you want to fight Iroha in Final Fantasy XI? Of course not, she’s a perfect darling and wonderful. But fighting her is one of the new bits of content arriving in the game as part of the August version update, so you’ll need to get over that impulse. Luckily, you’ll have the option to fight her at one of two difficulties, so you can opt for the punishing challenge of the Master Trial content or fight and easier battle just to see what it’s like.

The patch will also contain a new A.M.A.N. Trove content style, in which players get to open successive chests in hopes of spectacular rewards… or losing everything. Add that to the summer event festival going on right now, and players will have lots to do all the way through August, even without getting into things like the usual monthly Ambuscade cycling.

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The Stream Team: Another day of Defiance 2050

As you watched last time, Massively OP’s MJ did something a little different for the Defiance 2050 beta: She made an assassin. Sure, she usually chooses healers, but the outfit was way better for this class. And besides, she has been falling in love with being a sniper. She’s got the urge to go back in and shoot more things, so tune in live at 4:00 p.m. for more post-apocalyptic adventure.

What: Defiance 2050
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 30th, 2018

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Destiny 2 previews expansion gear, plans PvP changes, investigates streaky RNG

Still got your eye on Destiny 2’s Forsaken expansion coming out at the tail end of summer? Prepare your trigger finger too, as yesterday Bungie previewed some of the new “tools of the trade” that’ll launch with the expansion. Sighted bows, molten armor, ghostly pistols, flamethrowers, it’s genuinely good stuff (that I can’t wait to see ported into moddable single-player games I play, *cough*).

Bungie’s latest dev diary has a few more bits worth noting, including intentional adjustments to “time to kill” in PvP, a preview of the 4v4 Lockdown PvP mode, unlucky RNG rolls, Engram acquisition, and several fan videos worth a peek.

Finally, pencil the Solstice of Heroes event into your calendars; starting on Tuesday, Bungie will kick off that event with new challenges that’ll net you some armor upgrades.

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Defiance 2050 has big plans for new classes, advancement, and endgame as it hits 1M players

Defiance 2050 isn’t just launching and going away, oh no: Trion Worlds has a new producer letter up today detailing exactly how it’s planning to buff the new baby over the next couple of months. Producer Matt Pettit lays out the game’s roadmap, noting that the Demolitionist class will “soon” unlock for all players, followed by the addition of two new classes: The Crusader is up first, followed by the Engineer coming this winter.

Perhaps of more interest to players already happy with their toons is the three-part “Paradise” content rollout on the way. Trouble in Paradise launches alongside the Crusader with new baddies to beat up; then there’s Shadows Over Paradise’s new story missions, sieges, and new advancement system. In Paradise Lost, Trion’s planning to flesh out the endgame.

Worth noting is that Trion says it pulled in over a million players since launch. (Trove, by contrast, just hit 17 million.)
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PUBG had a great June thanks to the Steam sale, SuperData says in its latest revenue ranking

SuperData’s global revenue report for June 2018 is out, and it’s actually not particularly exciting for the summer months as not that much has turned over since May.

One the PC side, PUBG leaped back up the charts, pushing past Fortnite and Dota 2 to rest in the #3 slot after its tumble earlier this year. SuperData says that’s a direct result of June’s big Steam sale: “PUBG sold 4.7 million units on PC in June, up significantly from May and only second to its peak month in October 2017. Growth was underpinned by a reduced price point of $19.99 on Steam.” All of the other games in the list are still there, just jostled a bit, though League of Legends remains on top and World of Warcraft has taken up seemingly permanent residence at #7.

On console, Fortnite is still king, though keep an eye out for The Crew 2, which debuted at #4 in its launch month, having sold “700,000 digital units across Console and PC at launch,” owing heavily to digital sales.

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