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Massively's ArcheAge launch diary: Day two - Classes, skills, combat

Fantasy, Game Mechanics, Launches, MMO Industry, New Titles, PvE, Opinion, Hands-On, First Impressions, ArcheAge, Sandbox

Welcome to day two of Massively's ArcheAge launch diary. Technically, by the time you read this, it'll be day three, but you know how these things work. And I know, I know, it's not really launch; it's head start. But Trion's not wiping this weekend's progression, so I'm going to keep referring to this as a launch diary!

Thanks to a bunch of virginal script kiddies who thought it would be cool to DDoS the ArcheAge servers on Saturday, I didn't get to play all freakin' afternoon as planned. That's OK, though, because we've got a lot to talk about with regard to the game's basic mechanics.

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Massively's ArcheAge launch diary: Day one

Fantasy, Game Mechanics, Launches, MMO Industry, New Titles, Opinion, Hands-On, First Impressions, ArcheAge, Sandbox

I'm standing on a sun-baked rock along Nuia's northern coast. The waves lap at my feet, little bubbles are visible just off shore. Wispy strips of white cirrus float overhead, framing a baby blue sky that meets the ocean somewhere beyond a hazy horizon I can't quite see.

I've been standing here a while because there goes the sun, melting into the water and leaking red-orange streaks across the purplish waves as I watch. Up the cliff face behind me, a gaggle of green-named newbs mosh about in the newb area doing what MMO newbs do.

A couple of them make their way down the cliff face to join me. One of them jostles my character and apologizes. He didn't realize there was collision detection and he's very sorry and wow, this game is pretty, isn't it?

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The Stream Team: The fight for a farm in ArcheAge's early access land rush

Fantasy, Video, Launches, Free-to-Play, Livestream, ArcheAge, Sandbox, Housing, The Stream Team

And they're off! With ArcheAge's early access in full swing, it's a race to try to get plots of lands for farms and houses. That means Massively's MJ will have to blaze through those early levels to get her paws on the scarecrow deed or earn enough Gilda Stars to buy a housing deed. But of course, everyone else will be doing the same. Just how crowded are the newbie lands? And how quickly are the plots of land being snatched up? Join us live at 8:00 p.m. for a glimpse into this land rush.

Game: ArcheAge
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Friday, September 12th, 2014
Time: 8:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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ArcheAge's head start is now live for founders

Betas, Fantasy, Business Models, Events (Real-World), New Titles, News Items, ArcheAge, Sandbox

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Rush the gates and roll those toons because you gotta get the best hardcore farmland, am I right?

After a brief technical delay, ArcheAge's head start has now gone live for founders. Trion says that the servers are up and ready for the influx of players. Your server choices are...
North America: Aranzeb, Naima, Kyrios, Ollo, Tahyang, Salphira
Europe: Shatigon, Kyprosa, Eanna, Dahuta
There is no wipe planned for the head start, so this is the real deal. You can still nab a founders pack on the official site for $49.99-$149.99, depending on your tier. All three come with the four-day patron head start access.

Trion clarifies ArcheAge's head-start housing situation

Betas, Fantasy, Economy, Game Mechanics, Launches, Previews, News Items, Free-to-Play, Community Q&A, Livestream, ArcheAge, Sandbox, Housing

During its livestreamed pre-launch discussion of ArcheAge earlier this week, Trion Worlds clarified a number of issues that will affect players early on when the game enters its head-start period tomorrow. Top priority in a sandbox? Where you hang your hat. Housing will open at the beginning of the head start period, so early players will naturally secure the best properties. There is no limit to the number of houses an account can own, although accounts are taxed "exponentially" after they acquire three and up.

Also of note:
  • The game plans to launch with the eight ten original beta servers.
  • The "patron" subscription is indeed $15; 1250 credits cost 1 APEX or $10. For scale, consider that a character slot costs 1000 credits.
  • Trion vowed to continue its efforts to deal with chat spammers and botters.
  • Everyone, even F2P players, can access the auction hall.
As to the controversial labor point system, Trion says all characters will begin with zero points.

[Thanks, JunkiesNation.]

Leaderboard: Which additional ArcheAge race would you like to play?

Fantasy, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, New Titles, Opinion, Races, ArcheAge, Sandbox, Leaderboard

ArcheAge is launching with four playable races. This seems like a small number for a fantasy MMO, but XLGAMES has hinted at additional choices before, namely the Dwarf, the Warborn, the Fairy, and the Returned. We've seen some visual evidence of those first two, but the Fairy and the Returned are still somewhat mysterious.

Do any of those additional races sound appealing to you, ArcheAge fans? Which one, if any, would you choose to play if they were available?

Ever wish that you could put to rest a long-standing MMO debate once and for all? Then welcome to the battle royal of Massively's Leaderboard, where two sides enter the pit o' judgment -- and only one leaves. Vote to make your opinion known, and see whether your choice tops the Leaderboard!

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One Shots: Taste the rainbow

Screenshots, Culture, Guild Wars 2, One Shots, RIFT, Miscellaneous, ArcheAge, WildStar

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You can't tell by looking at that header right there, but that is a proper rainbow with all sorts of vibrant colors. Trust me, it's quite impressive. You can't help but feel the entire emotional spectrum when you gaze upon it, which is why it's a shame that we have to tease you with a grayscale version right here. But persevere! Your patience will be rewarded.

"Hooray! I just completed World 1 Zone 2 of the Super Adventure Box in Guild Wars 2 and collected my chest," sent in reader Silphead. "But this zone is special because completing it causes magical rainbows to appear, whether or not you're in Infantile Mode. So cheerful and fun."

Ready for the full reveal? Go on -- you deserve it.

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The Stream Team: ArcheAge's open beta has gone to the cats

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The Stream Team: ArcheAge beta has gone to the cats
ArcheAge's first (and only) open beta is in full swing, and there are players galore running about the lands. Why not be one of them and join Massively's MJ on her Elven adventures? Take advantage of the opportunity to dive in and read stories to cats and take missions from them. Wait a minute -- this is supposed to be the Elf area, not the feline one. Could this be the beginning of an invasion? MJ must find out! Join us live at 1:00 p.m. as she seeks the answers and possibly heads out to the danger zones to taunt some of the bigger cats *cough*Firran*cough* into a fight.

Game: ArcheAge
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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The Stream Team: ArcheAge finally opens the beta doors!

Betas, Fantasy, Video, Free-to-Play, Livestream, ArcheAge, The Stream Team

Finally! After such a long, long wait, the ArcheAge beta doors have opened wide. Any and all who want to delve into this land of flying, fun, and farming can come see it for themselves. Oh, and don't forget the PvP... and trade routes... and drag races... well, there's plenty to do. And you can finally be a part of it all, including Massively's MJ's wild and wacky adventures. If you feel up to the challenge, come to the Elven lands on the Naima server to see what trouble you can get into with her. Join us live at 5:00 p.m. for this final weekend of ArcheAge before launch.

Game: ArcheAge
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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ArcheAge begins open beta with 800 MB patch

Betas, Fantasy, Patches, Free-to-Play, ArcheAge, Sandbox

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Why is everyone leaving school and work early today? It's the beginning of ArcheAge's open beta, silly. And coming out ahead of this afternoon's OBT is an 800 megabyte patch full of new features, bug fixes, and preparations for post-launch goodness.

The new features with Build 4.7 include a mid-size farm cart, an auto-kick for AFK players, and the auction house. Subscribers get full access to the latter feature, while free players who have never subbed can buy from the auction house but must pay to unlock the ability to post items. There's good news for folks who hoard labor points, as identifying quest rewards no longer requires these.

To prep ArcheAge for fast post-launch delivery, the patch also insituted a number of locked features that will be rolled out during later dates. These features include Auroria and Diamond Shores zone functionality, the fishing tournament, arena rankings, submarines, the Red Dragon, and Hasla weapons above tier one.

E-thugs are actively attacking Trion's stable of MMOs, ArcheAge open beta 'going forward as planned'

Events (Real-World), MMO Industry, News Items, Legal, RIFT, Miscellaneous, ArcheAge, Defiance, Trove

Trion Community Manager Ocho has just posted an announcement to players of RIFT, ArcheAge, Defiance, and Trove that the studio is currently under a denial-of-service attack affecting some game services. He writes,
Following last night's ISP maintenance, our overnight team has confirmed a DDOS that is currently aimed at Trion's services. We're actively working with our ISP partners and the authorities on both mitigating its effects and ensuring this group gets caught.

Our live games are up and ArcheAge's open beta is going forward as planned. While the attack persists, there may be some effects on network stability and some website unavailability. You also may need to use the Resend Code option for our login security and RIFT's Coin Lock if the email doesn't reach you at first.

We'll keep you informed as the situation evolves.
If I'm bored of writing about the lame antics of script-kiddies, I'm sure MMO studios are livid about being forced to divert resources to combat them.

Leaderboard: Are you rolling east or west for your ArcheAge faction?

Fantasy, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, New Titles, Opinion, ArcheAge, Sandbox, Leaderboard

I may have mentioned this once or twice already, but ArcheAge is fast approaching. I'm pretty excited about that, but I haven't settled on a faction yet. See, I kinda like both the Firran and Harani races which live on the game's eastern continent, but I much prefer the Nuian human lands from the western continent that I explored during the game's Korean closed betas.

What about you, ArcheAge players? Are you rolling east or west on your launch-day main? How did you choose?

Ever wish that you could put to rest a long-standing MMO debate once and for all? Then welcome to the battle royal of Massively's Leaderboard, where two sides enter the pit o' judgment -- and only one leaves. Vote to make your opinion known, and see whether your choice tops the Leaderboard!

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Global Chat: Let it go

World of Warcraft, EverQuest II, Culture, MMO Industry, Opinion, Global Chat, Miscellaneous, ArcheAge, Star Citizen

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Now that I've cursed your day by triggering that earworm song from Frozen, you're probably going to be in a grumpy mood. Don't fret; snow empowerment isn't the only way to set you free. Sometimes it's the well-penned prose of MMO bloggers who put to the page what only previously existed in your thoughts.

On today's edition of Global Chat, one blogger and developer has a gaming heresy to share, another has a few harsh words to say about crowdfunding, and a third thinks that the future of the genre is all in getting smaller, not bigger. Check out these great posts from the past couple of weeks!

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The Daily Grind: What's the longest you've anticipated a new MMO?

Fantasy, Launches, MMO Industry, New Titles, Opinion, The Daily Grind, ArcheAge, Sandbox

When Trion announced ArcheAge's western launch date last weekend, the first word that came to mind was finally. I'm not looking to bust anyone's chops here, but damn have I been waiting to play this game for forever.

The only other MMO I've followed so closely from its public announcement to its release was Star Wars: Galaxies, and that was only three years of waiting compared to over four for ArcheAge. What about you, Massively readers? What's the longest amount of time you've spent anticipating a new MMO? Which MMO was it?

Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!

The Daily Grind: Do you have an ArcheAge guild yet?

Fantasy, Guilds, MMO Industry, New Titles, Opinion, The Daily Grind, ArcheAge, Sandbox

ArcheAge has a launch date. And a founder's launch date. And an open beta date. I'm ready to go, but for the fact that I'm going it alone. I don't have an AA guild, and I've been purposefully steering clear of my alpha and beta access over the last few months so as not to spoil more of the game and instead savor the experience when it counts.

So I've missed the usual pre-launch guild recruitment opportunities, basically.

What about you, ArcheAge fans? Do you have a guild yet, or are you just going to play it by ear?

Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!

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