SHROUD OF THE AVATAR EXPLAINS ITS SKILL DECAY DEATH PENALTY

http://massivelyop.com/2016/10/29/shroud-of-the-avatar-explains-its-skill-decay-death-penalty/

These days, most MMO players don’t think about death penalties as much more than a time and/or small repair cost for gear. When it comes to Shroud of the Avatar, however, players will lose skill points on death in a new system called decay.

The devs explained the penalty in detail in this week’s newsletter: “”Why have decay? There are several reasons to have decay. First, death should not feel trivial, even for an Avatar. Second, when we decided to switch to a use-based skill system, we had to make some decisions on how to limit players […] We had to have someway to limit players progress so everyone doesn’t end up with 150 skills at GM.”

And if these screenshots of reworked areas are to be believed, Shroud of the Avatar is turning into quite the eye-catching game. What do you think?

WURM ONLINE KICKS ITS COOKING UP A NOTCH (BAM)

http://massivelyop.com/2016/10/26/wurm-online-kicks-its-cooking-up-a-notch-bam/

Cooking isn’t just an afterthought in Wurm Online; in this game it is a way of life and survival. With this past week’s patch, the cooking system has been overhauled and expanded so radically that even seasoned chefs should find plenty to do with hundreds of new recipes and a personal cookbook to keep track of all of them.

“This update is the culmination of over a years work, so there’s an absolutely huge amount of information to share,” the team said. “With over 500 new recipes, a new bonus system and many tweaks and updates, there’s a lot to take in, so please take the time to familiarise yourself with the new functions and especially the cookbook!”

Characters will now need to track how many calories, carbs, fats, and proteins they ingest, as keeping all of these topped off will help keep bad things from happening to the body. Players who want to use the new system will need to download and install a unique client that includes the revamp. Also, you’re going to want to note that bees have been added to the game and that old zombified milk won’t be zombified any longer. Get with the times.

Source: Official forums. Thanks Milosanx!

TIGER KNIGHT BRINGS LARGE-SCALE COMBAT TO STEAM EARLY ACCESS

http://massivelyop.com/2016/10/25/tiger-knight-brings-large-scale-combat-to-steam-early-access/

If you have ever wanted to experience a larger scope of warfare in your online games, or you are a fan of the Mount and Blade series, then you might want to start paying attention to Tiger Knight. This Chinese game, developed by NetDragon, promises to create massive battlefields in which players can lead small armies of their own into the fight.

Tiger Knight contains four historical factions — Han Dynasty, Kushan Empire, Parthian Empire, and Roman Empire — and hundreds of types of weapons and armor. It’s not exactly clear how players will be able to command multiple troops at a time, although the game promises that you will be able to mount up personally and ride into battle.

The game just went into early access on Steam and can be played for free, although there is the option to purchase VIP passes. Check out Tiger Knight’s screenshots and trailer below!

Source: Steam. Thanks Ciciro!