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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

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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.

MassivelyArcheAge patches in Divine Gifts and land expansion certs today originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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

MassivelyThe Stream Team: Landmark beginner tutorial, the third -- building with starter templates originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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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MassivelyThe Stream Team: Prowling ArcheAge's Perinoor Ruins originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 09 Jan 2015 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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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Black Desert Korean OBT exploits lead to permabans

If you were hoping for an exploit-free experience when Korean sandbox import Black Desert heads west, you may still get it. But you may not, if Steparu's recent experience in the game's K-OBT is any indication.

Problems include a buy-back dupe, mob kills that gave abnormal amounts of experience, and "something with the shop." Steparu also reports that developer Pearl Abyss and publisher Daum have permabanned serious offenders and deleted ill-gotten gains from "light abusers."

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Age of Wushu: Transcendence coming on January 14th

age of wushu Is one of your new year's resolutions to become a martial arts master? Then you'll want to take advantage of the unveiled teachings of Age of Wushu: Transcendence when the patch lands on January 14th.

The content update will unlock the fifth level of inner skill and make high-level manuals available, transforming players into formidable fighters. Players can use these new abilities to tackle the three additional forbidden instances coming to the game: Hell King's Dungeon, the Jinling Incident, and the Qiandeng Crisis.

MassivelyAge of Wushu: Transcendence coming on January 14th originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 01 Jan 2015 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Norrathian Notebook: Landmark’s two-week PvE checkup

Happy New Year! It makes sense to start this new year off by talking about a new game, right? And let's face it, after the fabled PvE content update, Landmark feels like a new game! This massive addition to the core of the sandbox has been live for two weeks now; that means two weeks of spelunking, salvaging, and more often than not, surviving. While it's true we got a preview of the update back on the day, that peek involved neither the cavern system nor crafting. And it certainly didn't contain nearly enough time! So now that I've had the chance to canvass the caverns, play with particle emitters, kills various critters, and concoct some new crafted items, how is it? How are things in the not-just-about-building game doing? Do these new systems offer more staying power as the closed beta continues on? Let's give Landmark its two-week PvE checkup!

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Taking a look at the Black Desert cash shop

Look, we're going to have to decide what we're buying beforehand, and I still vote for underwear. So what does the inside of Black Desert's cash shop actually look like? Sure, the exact contents aren't going to matter to players who hate having cash shops at all or the players who were going to play the game no matter what, but a good implementation or a bad one could have an impact. Hence a new post on Steparu walking through the options available and giving a loose idea of how the pricing breaks down.

With a $50 budget, some options were simply out of reach on the shop, specifically the limited edition mount armor. A handful of limited-time packs with boosts are already in-place in game, alongside the usual options of dyes, inventory expansions, and makeovers. The cash shop also contains exclusive hairstyles and under-armor options. Check out the full piece for a more comprehensive glance inside of the game's real-money marketplace.

MassivelyTaking a look at the Black Desert cash shop originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 27 Dec 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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