THE BLACK DEATH ON HEADSHOTS AND INSTA-KILLS

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Combat is the primary focus for this week’s update to The Black Death. The not-at-all-depressing sandbox decided to jettison parrying in favor of blocking, saying that the latter felt more fun and responsive. Depending on the weapon or shield used to block, a certain amount of damage will continue on through to the player.

Due to this change, the team discovered that some weapons were causing one-shot kills even though blocking, which wasn’t desirable. So the devs tackled that, ensuring that there would be at least “some back and forth” in each fight.

Another aspect of combat that was addressed dealt with tagging players on the noggin: “To reward skilled players, headshots are even more essential to winning a fight. A player wearing full plate but no helmet can be killed with a low tier weapon in a few strikes to the head, so be careful and remember to craft or buy the best helmet possible when dealing with other skilled players.”

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Conan Exiles: The Frozen North – Fighting Mammoths, Undead, and More

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ULTIMA ONLINE BEGINS EPIC 20TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT, WARNS OF HARASSMENT THREAT

http://massivelyop.com/2017/08/17/ultima-online-begins-its-epic-20th-anniversary-event-warns-of-harassment-threat/

Is there any shame in throwing a birthday party for yourself? Not if you invite everyone and make it hecka fun, we say! Ultima Online has kicked off its 20th anniversary event this week, welcoming everyone to celebrate the 1997 MMORPG and all that it’s accomplished over the past two decades.

The event arc is called The Shattered Obelisk, and it will be rolled out in five parts over the next two months. It should be noted that once the fifth part arrives on September 28th, you won’t be able to access the previous four — so don’t dally!

“The Shattered Obelisk includes activities for group and solo play, challenging quests and puzzles, new areas of the world to explore and a continuation of the saga that is Ultima Online,” the team posted. “Along with the in game features and fiction that are part of Publish 98, we have exciting new fiction that will be posted on UO.com as well as support events held by our event moderators.”

Along with the in-game events, Broadsword is hosting a real-world party as well, one marred by an apparent rash of threats — which the studio says it won’t tolerate.

“As most of you are aware we have had players threaten other players that are coming to the 20th Anniversary Party. We treat these issues incredibly seriously, and all harassment pages, including threats, are logged on the server. We then forward these logs as a potential threat to law enforcement, who will follow up to the fullest extent of the law. Please know we do not take this lightly. For all of those that are worried regarding the 20th Anniversary Party the issue has been resolved and you should not have any concerns regarding your safety.”

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Crowfall – Crowfall Q&A Live: Power Trays & Projectiles

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EVE: VALKYRIE ALLOWS PLAYERS TO DITCH THE VR HEADSET

http://massivelyop.com/2017/08/15/eve-valkyrie-allows-players-to-ditch-the-vr-headset/

This is just your weekly reminder from CCP that EVE: Valkyrie wasn’t a figment of your imagination, it still exists, and please for the love of all that is holy, buy it alreadyPlease.

Oh, and it’s also a major announcement that Valkyrie — a multiplayer sci-fi fighter spin-off of EVE Online — is preparing to ditch the expensive requirement of a virtual reality headset. That’s right: Come September 26th, you won’t need a VR headset to play this VR game.

This is thanks to a new version of the game called EVE: Valkyrie — Warzone, which allows both VR and non-VR players to battle together on the same server. The Warzone update will also introduce a new generation of ships, add a mod-based progression system, include “ultra” abilities, trot out more maps, raise the rank cap to 60, toss in mouse-and-keyboard support, and more.

Source: EVE Online
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SHROUD OF THE AVATAR IS PLAYABLE FOR FREE RIGHT NOW

http://massivelyop.com/2017/08/14/shroud-of-the-avatar-is-playable-for-free-right-now/

If you haven’t been aware of it, Shroud of the Avatar is currently running yet another extended trial for the remainder of the month. That means that even if you haven’t purchased the game, you can still jump in and try it out between now and August 30th.

Of course, it is to be expected that a trial will come with limitations, and Shroud of the Avatar’sprogram is no different. There’s a long list of restrictions that freebies will have to accept, such as being denied trade privileges, property ownership, and open PvP flagging. Trial users also cannot play in the game’s offline mode and are limited to the Path of Love for the game’s story.

It should also be noted that if you get attached to your trial character, you’re going to want to pony up some money to keep it: “Character data may be deleted after free trial test is over if not upgraded to a paid account.”

MOP’s Eliot is exploring Shroud of the Avatar in this month’s Choose My Adventure series.

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ALBION ONLINE WINGS A WEEK OF EXTRA TIME AT PLAYERS FOR DDOS DISRUPTIONS

http://massivelyop.com/2017/08/12/albion-online-wings-a-week-of-extra-time-at-players-for-ddos-disruptions/

Albion Online emerges this week extremely battered and bruised after a prolonged series of DDOS attacks against the game and even demands for ransom payments by the perpetrators to make it stop.

Hopefully it’s in the past now as the studio has taken steps to shore up the game’s defenses. For players who found themselves bereft of a game experience, Albion Online is gifting some extra subscription time as compensation. All players who have been subbed between July 17th and August 11th will get an extra week of game time credited to their account (this is on top of an additional week of subscription gifted for launch issues).

“Properly defending against well-executed DDOS attacks is a very challenging task, and far harder than a quick Google search might suggest,” the team posted. “In close collaboration with leading experts in the field, we are making significant progress. Recent attacks have impacted the server’s performance, but generally were not successful in bringing it down. Our defenses are constantly being optimized and fine-tuned. Having said that, we are not in a position to give the ‘all clear’ just yet.”

Source: Albion Online
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