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The Stream Team: Saying goodbye to Allods Online

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Allods Online
Voters chose Allods Online as the subject of this edition of Choose My Adventure, and Massively's Mike Foster has been questing, crafting, and fighting over credit card payments ever since. In this last Allods stream, Mike will be saying goodbye to the game by exploring a bit outside of the starting zones and probably getting killed by some sort of ravenous monster. Tune in at 6:00 p.m. EST to catch Allods in action.

Game: Allods Online
Host: Mike Foster
Date: Friday, January 10th, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. EST

Enjoy our Steam Team video below.

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Choose My Adventure: Deep in the dungeons of Allods Online

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Last week, I presented Choose My Adventure voters with one simple choice: Where, exactly, should we go next in Allods Online? The community responded by sending my low-level Psionicist directly into what many consider to be a core component of the modern fantasy MMO, the instanced dungeon. Understanding how a game approaches bosses, loot, grouping, and raiding is key in understanding that game's design philosophy, so it makes sense to dip a toe or two into the instanced content Allods has to offer.

Assuming, of course, that I can find a group.

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One Shots: All outta soul

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Blade and Soul
Man, there are few things worse in the gaming world than to see players of other regions get a hold of titles that have yet to make it to your neck of the woods. First comes the flush of jealousy, then the slow burn of envy, then the mountaintop proclamation of vengeance upon the studio in the middle of a rainstorm.

Reader Dynatos is one of the fortunate to be able to try out this particular game: "I've recently stepped back into Blade and Soul with the Chinese release, and while I'm not very far along into the game (it's a little tough when I don't understand the language!), I'm completely in love with the art style and combat mechanics. Here's my Kung Fu master looking at the foreboding building up the walkway -- not very inviting!"

I WILL RAIN HOT DOOM UPON YOU NCSOFT! DOOM! Er, sorry, I just advanced to stage three.

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Choose My Adventure: Allods Online's compelling crafting

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While it may seem longer due to holidays with family and other time-crunching stresses, it has been just one short week since our last jaunt into the community-chosen Allods Online. In that first glance, we created a brand-new Arisen character, gave him a few magical abilities, and set off on a course for action and adventure. Quests were completed, loot was packed up, and enemies were destroyed.

This week, based on the results of last week's Choose My Adventure polls, we slowed things down. The community elected to stop and smell the roses and to pick up a crafting profession along the way. Taking a moment to observe details in Allods Online's character and environment design helps emphasize the title's unique and attractive aesthetic, which isn't much of a surprise. But our baby steps into the title's leatherworking profession unveiled an engaging and nuanced crafting system that's sure to deliver big payoffs down the line.

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The Stream Team: Exploring the wilds of Allods Online

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Last week's Choose My Adventure votes are in, and the community has elected to send Massively's Mike Foster on the path of exploration in Allods Online. In tonight's stream, Mike will be looking carefully at Allods's art design, checking out as many zones as he can at a low level, and talking with viewers about how Allods differs from other fantasy titles. The action starts at 7:00 p.m. EST.

Game: Allods Online
Host: Mike Foster
Date: Monday, December 30th, 2013
Time: 7:00 P.M. EST

Enjoy our Steam Team video below.

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Choose My Adventure: Life as an Arisen in Allods Online

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The Massively community answered loud and clear when I asked who, what, and how I should play in Allods Online. Voters in last week's Choose My Adventure poll sent me along the path of the Empire in the shoes of an Arisen and equipped me with a Psionicist's dagger along the way. The community also favored the subscription server over the free-to-play server, with some voters claiming Allods is too "pay-to-win" on the free-to-play server and others simply expressing curiosity about whether they'd see a difference between the paid and free versions of the game.

With those voted handled and counted, my adventure had officially begun.

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The Stream Team: Choose My Adventure in Allods Online

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Last week's Choose My Adventure polls sent Massively's Mike Foster on a path toward the dark side, putting him in the role of an Empire-loyal Arisen in the world of Allods Online. Join Mike as he takes his first community-chosen steps in the shoes of his new character and learns the ins and outs of this strange sci-fantasy universe. The adventure begins at 7:00 p.m. EST.

Game: Allods Online
Host: Mike Foster
Date: Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST

Enjoy our Steam Team video below.

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Choose My Adventure: Against Allods

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Last week's Choose My Adventure poll turned out to be something of a landslide. A couple of tweets and forum posts were all it took for gPotato's Allods Online to emerge the very clear winner of a race that included titles like Guild Wars, Champions Online, DC Universe Online, and Defiance. And now, with the winner chosen, it's time to leap into the fray and start smashing things in the face with fireballs or mallets or whatever it is one smashes with in Allods Online.

But of course, this is a community activity. I can't simply create a character and start questing. No, dear readers, I need your help in deciding where and how this adventure begins. So let's get it started.

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Choose My Adventure: The weather outside is frightful

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Choose My Adventure
December is here, which means it's about time to throw some logs on the fire, grab every blanket in the house, and collapse under the mantle in a freezing, sobbing heap. This week's arctic blast has left the United States feeling a lot like Northrend, but for those of us in certain parts of the country it's just the beginning of what's sure to be a long, hellish winter.

However cold it may be outside, there's always a warm, toasty inn waiting in our favorite games. MMOs also provide sunny vistas, hot deserts, and steamy swamps, all of which make great places to escape nasty real-life weather. Even when it's cold in an MMO, it's still warm at our desks. In this edition of Choose My Adventure, I'm depending on you to help me hide from the snow that's piling up outside of my window.

You don't have to send me somewhere warm, but I'd appreciate it if you send me somewhere fun.

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Allods Online unleashes the Wind of Changes today

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There's less wind than I expected.
Come gather, you players of Allods Online; at 4:00 p.m. EST it's patching time. Accept it that soon there'll be new battle lines. If the game for you is worth playing, then you'd better get ready to adapt to the climes, for the winds they are a-changin'. Seriously, you can't title a major update Wind of Changes and have the wind remain the same; it's right there in the title.

Bob Dylan-inspired introductions aside, what's actually changing with this update? Plenty. The game is adding a new mail system and a variety of new mounts, along with major revamps of the Dominion system and the new Scarlet Bastion PvP map. There's also the new Class Change system and Astral Modifiers to ensure that you really feel how much the environment really is, well, changing. But you don't have to take our word for it; you can watch the trailer just past the break.

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Free for All: Ten of my favorite in-game items

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RuneScape inventory screenshot
I love things. Truly I do. Only specific things, though. Over the last year I have doubled my efforts to catalog most of the best things in my life, from pictures and artwork to writings and songs I have played on. It's a sort of meta-hobby. As part of the effort I want to organize many of my favorite MMO in-game items, simply because I have played MMOs for so long and they are such a part of my life. I have a lot of favorite items, but some tend to stick out in my memory like a favorite smell or place.

After I finished an initial list of MMO items (it was well over 50 items in the beginning), I was surprised at how much variety there was in the items and in the games I listed. I think it reflects my character a lot, but also shows that I am a sentimental plod most of the time. I cut the list down to these 10, but I am sure I will wish to adjust the list again in the future. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section!

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Allods Online revamping its Dominion PvP

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Dominion battles will get a lot more interesting -- and fair -- when the December update hits Allods Online.

The Wind of Changes update will feature a top-down reworking of the Dominion system in order to keep large guilds from constantly, er, dominating. Now there will be two stages that will take place on a weekly basis: All against all battles will pit champion groups against similarly ranked enemies, followed by an auction for the privilege of fighting in a raid vs. raid melee.

With the patch, Allods Online will be tossing in two new Allods, Enoch and Koch Itzmahl, to keep Dominion fresh. The dev team's also tweaked the tabard system to give guilds better chances of finding matched opponents.

Allods Online debuts class change coupons

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If you're feeling stuck in a rut in Allods Online and think changing up your class might freshen things up, today's announcement from Webzen might be the news you've been waiting for. The studio has just unveiled a new in-game item that allows you to instantly change your character's class and try life on the other side of the fence.

Here's how it works: Once per week, core morpher coupons will appear on the Allods auction house. Only one coupon per class will be available. If you win the auction, you'll be able to grab the coupon out of your in-game mail (for subscribers) or redeem it via the item shop (free players). Once in your inventory, the core morpher coupon enables you to switch to a new class while keeping all of your equipment progress through a system that gives you class-appropriate items that match the rarity and power of the items you currently have.

Webzen advises that you mull the decision carefully, as you may change classes only once per month and you'll be competing with many other players to win your class's weekly auction.

Newest producer's letter discusses the next major Allods Online update

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The wind doesn't usually change stuff so much as moving it, but we'll let it slide.
Allods Online is the first game that launched free-to-play and then launched a subscription server. How did that go? According to the latest producer's letter, it went. Not perfectly, and it's not as popular as the option to play the game for free, but it serves different customer types. But that's just the smallest hint of the changes coming to the game, which could include a merge for the American and European regions in the future.

The game's next major update, appropriately titled Winds of Change, is currently in the works. It promises to bring new features such as an asymmetrical 6v24 PvP challenge. The small team will be tasked with infiltrating a large facility and retrieving the flag deep within, leading to a different approach than the usual clash of armies. New mounts, new class features, and more are due along with the update, which should go live in early December.

Ditch F2P with Allods Online's new subscription-only servers today

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Ditch F2P with Allods Online new subscriptiononly servers today
Have you ever really enjoyed a free-to-play game but hated the trappings of F2P? Would you rather ditch the lockboxes and the cash shop and just get the entirety of the game with a subscription? With Allods Online, now you can! Fans of this formerly only-F2P game can now play on the new Smuggler's Paradise server (North America) or Goblin Republic (Europe), servers only for subscribing players.

With no cash shop, lockboxes, Runes, Patronage Rank 5, strongbox bonuses, incense, or cursed items, what will Smuggler's Paradise have? How about a 30% increase in leveling speed, twice as many stat points per level, bigger bags, mounts that don't need to be fed, a second earring slot, and more. Players will also be able to use in-game gold (earned in game!) to customize their character, guild, and ship as well as redistribute stats, talents, and rubies.

Sound good to you? If you are looking to jump on this deal, your gPotato currency can be converted into subscription time. Want to know more? Even more details about the server can be found on the official site.

[Edit: Added EU server]
[Thanks to Scott for the tip!]

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