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Norrathian Notebook: Landmark celebrates Year 0 anniversary

 
I've got to admit, it's a bit weird to be celebrating an anniversary before an actually launch; you can't exactly say "Happy first birthday!" if it hasn't been born yet! But Landmark found a way to make it work, celebrating Year Zero with fans this past weekend. The sandbox opened its alpha doors on January 31st, 2014; all that players could do at that point was gather and build a bit. Since then, the game has expanded its features, adding more building stuff, water and caves, combat, deeper caverns and mobs to fill them, and still more building stuff. Development has definitely come a long way in the last 12 months, so there is certainly reason to revel in the festivities. Of course there's still much more work to be done, but why not take a moment and party in honor of Landmark's progress. Who doesn't like a party? Continue reading Norrathian Notebook: Landmark celebrates Year 0 anniversary

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The Stream Team: Drowning my sorrows in Landmark

So by now it isn't really a secret that things are a-changin'. And because they are a-changin', Massively's MJ is not going to spend this last Landmark stream doing the beginner tutorial for crafting that was planned. Nope -- she's going to drown her sorrows., all while celebrating the first anniversary of the sandbox! Maybe she'll have a sit-in protest at the bottom of the ocean, or maybe she'll just visit as many taverns and bars as she can to show off the awesome builds players have created. Join us live at 4:00 p.m. to commiserate together and see cool stuff.

Game: Landmark
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Friday, January 30th, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m. EST

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Trove adds pirates and promotes pets

trove Yesterday was a fairly important update for the blocky world of Trove, as the new patch introduced genuine, bonafide pirates to the game. Players can now hunt down pirate ships to plunder them for goods while looking forward to future sea-themed updates.

Also notable in the patch is that player pets have been promoted to allies. It's not just a name change, either; allies have "extra special powers" that can be used to help players in their journeys. Check out the patch notes for the full details.

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The Stream Team: Making my merchant ship in ArcheAge

It took plenty of saving up, but Massively's MJ now has everything she needs to build a better ArcheAge boat: a merchant schooner! Why haul packs just one, three, or even seven at a time when you can load up and haul 21? And that makes overseas trading that much more profitable (while simultaneously making you more of a target!). Join us live at 2:00 p.m. EST as MJ leaps into this new era of sea trade.

Game: ArcheAge
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Thursday, January 29th, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST

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Norrathian Notebook: Five reasons to support EQ Next and Landmark

 
I like Landmark and am looking forward to EverQuest Next. There, I said it. It should be no surprise. And as such, I certainly have a vested interest in how these games fare throughout their development and launch. I want to see them succeed. But the thing is, so should you -- whether or not you actually want to play them. Unfortunately, it seems all too fashionable lately for folks to tear something down instead of build it up. So often when I'm following the discussions about EQ Next and Landmark, I hear plenty of reasons why folks don't like the games, and the reasons frequently have nothing to do with the games themselves. Detractors are going on about longstanding gripes and grudges instead of judging the games on their own merits (a practice that the whole world could certainly do without). Amid all the scathing comments I've heard directed at SOE for slights real and imagined, one recently gave me pause and made me reflect on the reasons that supporting these two MMO endeavors is worthwhile. Continue reading Norrathian Notebook: Five reasons to support EQ Next and Landmark

MassivelyNorrathian Notebook: Five reasons to support EQ Next and Landmark originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Stream Team: Peeking into H1Z1’s PvE server

 
When the servers were finally sorted last weekend, Massively's MJ was able to bring you a first look at H1Z1's early access on one of the many PvP servers. But folks have been asking to see the world on the PvE server, so she's diving back into the sandbox and facing death at the hands of zombies, bears, wolves, and any really peeved deer. Oh, and let's not forget starvation! Will MJ find friends as she did in the first part of her PvP journey, or will folks be more like those near the end? Join us live at 1:00 p.m. to see. Game: H1Z1 Host: MJ Guthrie Date: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 Time: 1:00 p.m. EST Enjoy our Stream Team video below. Continue reading The Stream Team: Peeking into H1Z1's PvE server

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ArcheAge patches in Divine Gifts and land expansion certs today

 
Not that you can always expand the land you're on, see.
Following today's ArcheAge patch you'll want to keep a close eye on the bottom left of the game's UI. You'll see a little icon light up to indicate that you have a new gift awaiting you, and then... you get free stuff. That's it. That's all you have to do. The newest patch will offer these Divine Gifts to players regularly, allowing you to open as many as 10 in a given day for rewards like Lunarites, bonus food, and Hereafter Stones. Players will also be able to craft land expansion certificates (which will also be available from the Marketplace in a future update) and larger storage chests. That's in addition to new rewards for maxing skill trees and new portals leading directly to Serpentis and the Sea of Drowned Love. Whatever your focus is in ArcheAge, you'll have plenty of opportunity to take part in it when today's patch goes live.

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The Stream Team: Landmark beginner tutorial, the third — building with starter templates

 
We've already seen character creation, combat, and cave-diving, so what's that leave? Claims! In this third installment of the Landmark beta starter tutorials, Massively's MJ dives into building side of the sandbox using the provided starter templates. Can someone just starting the game create much in his or her first hours of play? Join us at 8:00 p.m. and see all the possibilities for yourself.
Game: Landmark Host: MJ Guthrie Date: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 Time: 8:00 p.m. EST Enjoy our Stream Team video below. Continue reading The Stream Team: Landmark beginner tutorial, the third -- building with starter templates

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H1Z1 is going ‘nuclear’ on hackers

h1z1 From the sound of it, the H1Z1 crew put in some serious overtime during this past weekend. SOE President John Smedley has been posting updates across Reddit, especially in reference to hackers and important patch fixes.

Smedley said that the team is "extremely on top of" any hacking going on in the game and will only get better as time goes by. "What we have is extremely robust in terms of detection and prevention," he posted. "Now that we started with detection, you'll be seeing the prevention go nuclear."

Patches that are coming soon to the game will cover many vital issues, according to Smedley. These fixes include more loot, frame rate fixes, the infamous G29 problem, the floating arrow bug, and a slower drain rate for hunger and thirst.

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Trove vows to become ‘the ultimate sandvox’

trove Trove Game Director Andrew Krausnick isn't above making grand statements, saying in his 2015 preview letter that he wants the title to become the ultimate sandvox. "Modest, right?" he begins. "Simply put, if there's something fun to do with voxels in an MMO adventure setting, we're going to be there and we're going to be the best."

With that out of the way, Krausnick goes on to outline some of the big goals for the coming year. He said that the team is working to add gliding, sky islands, rune crafting, water islands, fishing, swimming, more block types, more mechanics, and definitely more classes.

Another big focus Krausnick mentions is to expand the economy: "We also think it should be easy and rewarding for everyone to trade and participate in the economy, so we'll be creating a system this year to make the trade channel simply a small part of a larger economic system!"

He finished his letter by saying that the open beta test will be ending "sooner rather than later," indicating an early 2015 launch.

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The Stream Team: Returning for round two of The Repopulation

The Stream Team:  Returning for round two of The Repopulation
Last time, Massively's MJ showed the very beginnings of life in The Repopulation, including character creation and the newbie trainers. This time she's diving head-first into the fray, practicing some combat on the training grounds before heading out into the open world. Since the game's a sandbox, there is no prescribed path for her to follow, so who knows which direction her adventures will take? Will she come across hostile fauna and friendly players or the reverse? Maybe she'll discover some hidden gem, or maybe just gems in general. Join us live at 12:00 p.m. for this second look into the early access.

Game: The Repopulation
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Saturday, January 17th, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m. EST

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Black Desert readies sieges for January 17th

 
Avon calling!
Ready to lay siege to your enemies and take control of whatever strikes your fancy (as long as it's a castle) in Black Desert? The developers are getting ready to let players do just that. Sieges will be enabled on a single server on January 17th for a live test, and as long as nothing breaks horrendously, all servers will have the mechanics enabled on January 24th. Each guild will be able to build two towers and one command center as part of the lead-in to the warfare; the last guild standing after a siege will take control of the castle and be the defenders during the next assault. Still no word has been offered on an exact date for a North American release, for those of you watching this with hungry eyes. You'll have to find out how the siege tests go from the sidelines. Continue reading Black Desert readies sieges for January 17th

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The Stream Team: Prowling ArcheAge’s Perinoor Ruins

Thanks to the sandboxy nature of ArcheAge, there are still plenty of things Massively's MJ has never done. And one of those things is explore the wilds of Perinoor Ruins. Depending on the time and the threat level, the zone could be a hotbed of war activity or it could be a quiet stroll through a tropical park. Which will it be this time? Tune in at 4:00 p.m. and get a look at this corner of the Haranyan continent (and see just how long MJ survives!).

Game: ArcheAge
Host: MJ Gutrhie
Date: Friday, January 9th, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m. EST

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See Black Desert’s impish Tamer class in action

black desert While we wait for word on Black Desert's arrival in the West, the game is ticking along in its Korean open beta and continuing to add more features. One of these is the addition of the Tamer class, which will be coming to the beta this month.

Not much is known about the Tamer, other than what a short video reveals: that she is a little goofy and likes to hit things with sticks. Steparu reports that other classes are on the way, including the possible Blader and Ninja professions. You can watch the Tamer in action after the break!

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The Stream Team: Starting from scratch — a Landmark beta tutorial

If you've been following Landmark's development, then you know that the game as it stands now is pretty different than when alpha launched. And those who haven't ventured forth into the wilds of this sandbox since last winter -- or have never set foot in it at all -- might be wondering about the Landmark experience from the eyes of a brand-new character just starting out. How long does it take to get your tools? How well can you survive? Massively's MJ is here to help answer those very questions! She's starting out on a brand-new character without any founder perks to walk you through what you can expect when you log into the beta for the first time. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. for this first installment of Landmark beta tutorials.

Game: Landmark
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Time: 8:00 p.m. EST

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