Have you ever had one of those days when every time you finally extricated yourself from one mess, you just landed smack dab in the middle of another, managing to climb out of a water trap only to have your celebration cut short by falling right into a sheer-sided pit? And all after getting lost in foliage on a mountainside? Well, if you ever do have a day like that, hunker down and watch some Stream Team adventures on Massively TV. Then you can laugh at the misfortunes of your favorite streamers and forget about whatever craziness awaits you in the world at large.
5:00 p.m. EST: Game of Thrones Ascent -- Beau
Join Beau as he reads his way through this text-based MMORTS. So far, the mechanics are familiar, but they are at least wrapped in an intriguing story!
10:00 p.m. EST: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm -- Dylan
Join Dylan "GGraves" in a final look at the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm beta. He'll focus on fine-tuning 1v1 Protoss timing attacks and macro builds. The silver league will tremble at the sight of Massively's top (only?) StarCraft II player.
7:00 a.m. & 8:00 a.m. EST: RIFT -- Psykopig
RIFT is getting to a very cool place with Psykopig. Tune in for this special two-hour episode as Psykopig takes on rifts galore and maybe an instance... who knows? Tune in to find out!
3:00 p.m. EST: Renaissance Heroes -- Jasmine
Join Jasmine as she shoots her way through Renaissance Heroes like a true Renaissance Woman would. She'll be accompanied by Producer Matthew Lenehan, who will guide her through the game and answer your questions.
5:00 p.m. EST: Browser Hour -- Beau
Have you ever been curious how Beau can fill an hour with several titles at once? Easy, he says. He'll show you in this tab-crushing typical gaming hour!
8:00 p.m. EST: Free Realms -- Larry
A family that plays together stays together. Isn't that how the saying goes? Why can't that apply to MMORPGs? Larry and his daughter invite you to spend the evening with them in Free Realms!
9:00 p.m. EST: EverQuest II -- MJ
Stormhold calls! Join MJ this EverQuest Two-sday as she delves deep into the undead dungeon in Antonica... no, seriously, JOIN HER. A group definitely works better with actual groupmates, ya know?
2:00 p.m. EST: Guild Wars 2 -- Lis
Join Elisabeth as she and an ArenaNet developer take a tour through some of the newest Guild Wars 2 content and discuss the brand-new February patch.
5:00 p.m. EST: Shakes and Fidget -- Beau
Beau's checking out Shakes and Fidget, an interesting browser-based fantasy adventure with a sense of humor. Will it suck? Who knows... you'll just have to tune in to find out!
7:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. EST: Pirate101 double-header -- Mike & MJ
Mike and MJ team up again, this time in KingsIsle's free-to-play, family-friendly, pirate-themed MMO. What dangers lurk in the high skies? They've got two full hours to find out!
9:00 p.m. EST: Star Wars: The Old Republic -- Larry
Things can get tough for a progression raid team when it hits a wall. The team has out-farmed the nightmare modes of the early operations, but the hard modes of tier two is still giving it trouble. Will the raiders overcome this week? Tune in to find out.
3:00 p.m. EST: Guild Wars 2 -- Jasmine
Level that lettuce! Join Jasmine for an hour of Guild Wars 2 experience gathering on Yak's Bend. As always, guests welcome!
9:00 p.m. EST: Clone Wars Adventures -- MJ
Lightsabers. Who doesn't want to play with lightsabers? By request, MJ is jumping into this young-at-heart browser-based game. Word has it there are even more cool things like housing and minigames. So come join the fun in this galaxy far, far away.
10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. EST: Guild Wars 2 -- Richie
Richie's alt-leveling shenanigans continue in Guild Wars 2. Join him on the Blackgate server for this two-hour show. The target is likely going to be Gendarran Fields, so get your alts to level 25+ and get ready for a wacky wild ride with the Bog Otter.
7:00 p.m. EST: DC Universe Online -- Mike
Mike's adventures as a villain continue as he punches innocent civilians, terrorizes Metropolis, and steals everything that isn't nailed down. Carnage in the city!
All this talk about frying pans makes us hungry. Why not take this opportunity to try your hand at cooking something new in that quintessential skillet? What's the worst that can happen...
1:00 p.m. EST: SMITE -- Blake
SMITE's pantheon is growing larger by the week. Blake can't possibly keep up with Hi-Rez, but he will demo a new god this week on Lunchtime Livecast #55 as SMITE inches toward its live release.
10:00 p.m. EST: Heroes of Newerth -- Dylan
GGraves pulls everyone back into the MOBA scene kicking and screaming. Join him in the chatroom as Massively covers more of HoN 3.0 and the ranked 5v5 ladder. The last game Massively covered was an epic display of teamwork and pushing; the next match will most likely be GGraves getting trolled from all corners of the HoN community. Come watch!
If you thought the scenario at the beginning was only allegorical, think again! Your favorite Stream Team heroes are experts at finding -- and sometimes even escaping -- such quandaries. Don't believe me? The proof is in last week's shows!
- Age of Wushu: Jasmine jostled her share of NPCs in this sandbox.
- Battlestar Galactica Online: Beau checked out the new tutorial.
- DC Universe Online: The land of caped crusaders beckoned Larry to return.
- Dragon's Call: Boredom plagued Beau in this browser-based game.
- EVE Online: Did Mike survive this foray into PvP? Watch and see.
- EverQuest II: MJ hoarded more housing goodies as she finished up the Erollisi Day quests.
- Guild Wars 2: Viewers joined Jasmine in her Sylvari adventures, and Richie romped about Kessex Hills.
- Remanum: Beau needed brains for this unique game.
- RIFT: Brownies (the non-edible, mean kind) were on tap as Psykopig delved into Realm of the Fae.
- SMITE: Blake's Lunchtime Livecast #54 featured Neith.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Team Larry spent time doing dailies and flashpoints.
- The Secret World: Not only did MJ get into the fabled El Dorado PvP battle ground, but she even got kills!
- Torchlight II: Does throwing ice at dungeon mobs actually work? Mike tested this theory out.
- World of Warcraft: It was a PUG-alicious night for Mike.
- Xsyon: It's a trap! MJ emulated that old adage about frying pans and fires.
Sometimes you can just get totally stuck. It's like life grabs a giant bottle of crazy glue and dumps it right at your feet. At least when you get stuck in a game you can walk away -- hopefully before you destroy any expensive computer equipment. You've been privy to one of my most recent (and thoroughly embarrassing) stuck moments, so I'd like to hear some of yours! It could be a quest you had trouble completing, falling through the world, or any other time that you simply couldn't move on and possibly felt like slamming your head on your desk. Share your most memorable moments in the comments below.
Watching the Massively Stream Team play video games is the next best thing to playing them yourself! Join us every Monday morning for MJ's guide to this week's livestream schedule, classic stream reruns from last week, and all the best outtakes and ephemera.