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Archives for Jul 9th, 2010

Five ways to survive the future: Global Agenda has a new video

Haven't had a chance to look over Global Agenda's Sandstorm patch? Hi-Rez has an overview for you in its latest video. The video contains exclusive footage from Sandstorm, and highlights several different features from the game: skills, weaponry, grouping, combat, and territory. Each segment...

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Turbine solves DDO auction house bug

Dungeons and Dragons Online players have been dealing with a handful of annoying bugs that came about with Update 5, but there's no doubt that the Turbine staff has been just as vexed by the issues. The community was happy to hear that Turbine got one pretty significant one taken care of...

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ArenaNet devs talk parties, games, and map travel

ArenaNet must be feeling generous this week, because we've gotten another hefty dose of new information about Guild Wars 2, a mere day after the last round. After all that talk of death and healing, we're venturing back to the lighter side with designers John Stumme and Ben Miller. We established...

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Burning Life author talks EVE novels, chronicles

French fansite EVE Mondes Persistants features an interesting interview with author Hjalti Danielsson, otherwise known as CCP Abraxas. Danielsson, a seven year veteran of the Icelandic development team, is perhaps better known as the pen behind the EVE universe tie-in novel The Burning Life, as...

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Join us in the Massively.com IRC chat room for our live Q&A session with gPotato!

Interested in asking gPotato some questions on Allods Online? Want to ask the team questions on the latest patch, the Revelations of Gipat? Want to chat with your fellow Allods players? Well then, look no further than the Massively.com chat tonight! Join us by pointing your chat client to...

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Runes of Magic adds tutorial videos and in-game partnerships

When you jump into a new MMO, there's always a lot to learn. That is even more true of a game that's been around for a bit. It feels like everyone's miles ahead of you and there isn't anyone left to walk you through the basics. Runes of Magic is addressing that issue with the addition of...

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Aion server merge mail and warehouse policies explained

Wringing your hands over the possibility of losing your mail (or more importantly, your account warehouse items) during the upcoming Aion server merges? Fear not, as Andrew "Tamat" Beegle is here to soothe your concerns. Well, technically he's on the official Aion website, checking in with a...

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The official, official SWTOR game testing announcement

You've heard the rumors, you've seen the forum posts, but now it's official. Star Wars: The Old Republic has started game testing. SWTOR's Community Manager Sean Dahlberg made the announcement for this week's Fan Friday feature. Dahlberg expressed the developer's purpose in game testing in a post...

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Ask Massively: Behind the scenes edition

While the Ask Massively mailbag has been overflowing the first few weeks, we have a light edition this time around with what are essentially two questions. Although one question has sprouted dozens of menacing tentacles attacking from all directions, like the Watcher in the Water grabbing at your...

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SOE offers EQII guild name changes for $55

Sony Online Entertainment has introduced a new item into their EverQuest II Station Cash Marketplace this week, and, while we're not normally in the habit of reporting on individual microtransaction products, this one bears mentioning if only for its rather shocking price tag. For the princely...

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One Shots: Beware the wild lands

Been thinking about heading back to Age of Conan? Between the recent announcement that players can check out Rise of the Godslayer free for 10 days and the promise of seeing gorgeous areas like this one, we can see why so many folks are jumping back in. This image of a lovely waterside town comes...

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PotBS's Power and Prestige expanion enters open beta

Flying Lab Software has announced that the first expansion to their Pirates of the Burning Sea MMORPG has officially entered open beta testing. The new features, titled Power & Prestige, include Port Governance, a new fighting school called brawling, and over 60 new missions. "Power &...

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Blizzard backs down on Real ID

"We've been constantly monitoring the feedback you've given us, as well as internally discussing your concerns about the use of real names on our forums. As a result of those discussions, we've decided at this time that real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums." ...

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Wasteland Diaries: Fansites

Finding your way through Fallen Earth can be daunting at times, but there is help out there. Sometimes the people in the game might not be the most knowledgeable or helpful lot. I said sometimes. Luckily for us, even though Fallen Earth has a relatively small community, it is populated with...

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Betawatch: July 2 - 9, 2010

Welcome to Betawatch, Massively's weekly report on the state of MMO betas. In each installment, we'll report everything from the latest open betas, closed betas and even alphas in one convenient place. Plus, we'll make sure to include as much info on each game's current status, including projected...

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Storyboard: Anyone else but you

Welcome back to another installment of Storyboard, and another week of discussing romantic relationships in roleplaying. If you missed last week's column, it's a helpful primer, talking both about why it's a terrible idea and why the odds are high that you're going to do it anyway. And I can't...

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TERA screens take you to Arun's emerald shore

You can almost set your watch by En Masse Entertainment's weekly dose of new TERA screenshots. Yesterday was no different, as the ninth edition of the Screenshots of the Week featurette took us to the emerald shores of southeastern Arun. "Towering trees sprouting canopies of bright flowers sway...

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Exploring Eberron: The great dice notation debate

Recently there was a community kerfuffle over the way the dice notation is phrased in Dungeons and Dragons Online. Instead of the traditional 1d6, 2d4, etc., the game was stating "does 6-16 damage," for example. The change was made because players new to the game and unfamiliar with traditional DnD...

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The Road to Mordor: Touring the fall's new content with Turbine (part two)

Last week we began a tour through the upcoming content Turbine have planned for Lord of the Rings Online, including the new-player experience, instance scaling and the region of Enedwaith. By themselves, those features represent so much exciting content that we could've ended there and been...

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Fallen Earth boss-killing event in the works

Think your wasteland clone is tough enough to stand toe to toe with a giant mutated fungus named Deathspore? If so, put your money where your mouth is and join Fallen Earth fansite Broken Future for a series of community boss take-downs. Currently scheduled for Thursday, July 15th at 11pm eastern,...

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Vanguard US server merge complete [Update]

It's been a rough ride for players of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes over the past few months, with the dreaded "maintenance letter" back in December that left players uncertain about the game's future. That uncertainty wasn't helped when rumors began circling that the game would be merging servers,...

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This week on The MMO Report

Casey Schrenier's back on The MMO Report and he's got plenty of lost time to make up for. He chatted about the upcoming Vindictus closed beta and its unusually detailed application process, and APB's unwillingness to leap into he console market right off the bat. The newest TERA video got some...

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The Daily Grind: Terms of endurement

Gankers! Kind of an unpleasant word isn't it? Given the fact that I re-upped my Darkfall subscription last week, it's one that I'm intimately familiar with on account of the PvP-centric title's target audience. Heck, even the game's deathblow ability isn't called deathblow but rather "gank." ...

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