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Massively's Fourth of July weekend MMO event roundup

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It's Independence Day in the U.S., the day when gamers scarf down BBQ and try to flee family events so they can log back into MMOs. What? You know you do it. Here's a few of the events and sales and promotions MMO players can look forward to this weekend. If you know of one we missed, shout it out in the comments!
  • Marvel Heroes is boasting a "Red, White, and Loot" boost to rotating game modes, including increased loot drops.
  • Neverwinter has unleashed the Celebration of Lliira event, complete with fireworks and rewards.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic is granting double experience all weekend.
  • The Guardians of Gaia event returns to The Secret World in honor of its anniversary.
  • EverQuest II features a summer rebate sale on holiday items and more; classic EQ turned on double XP last night.
  • Age of Wushu has 10 different events going on this weekend. TEN.
  • TERA's gone live with a double-drop weekend.
  • World of Tanks celebrates Canada Day and Independence Day with discounts on cash-shop stuff and experience bonuses.
  • Fallen Earth is running sales and a new summer combat patch.
  • Champions Online has introduced Stars Tights and new Liberty Grav Bike. Vrooom.
  • The Brits behind RuneScape are hosting an in-game BBQ and offering Uncle Sam hats.
  • Enjoy a holiday bonus weekend in Dark Age of Camelot.
  • Black Gold Online has dedicated an in-game monument and promises streams and contests.
  • War Thunder offers discounts and RP boosts for USA victories.
  • DUST 514 is running an accelerated SP week.
  • Dungeons and Dragons Online has a double bonus point promotion in the official store.
  • SMITE still has the Ramerica eagle skin we can't stop giggling over. Wheeee.
  • Pirate101 has a Red, White, & Blue sale going on mounts, pets, and teleporters.

Marvel Heroes has great plans for you this Fourth of July weekend

Super-hero, Events (In-Game), Free-to-Play, Marvel Heroes

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Do you have a few days off this weekend for superhero action? Marvel Heroes has a trio of events lined up for players this weekend who have an abundance of time on their hands.

The main event this weekend is a "Red, White, and Loot" boost to rotating game modes. Marvel Heroes will increase loot drops between four game modes depending on the time of day. There will also be BBQ-themed drops all over the game (because HULK LOVE HOT DOG!) and an extended Soccer Showdown event that neatly coincides with the World Cup.

Transformers Universe launches open beta for the 4th of July

Betas, Sci-Fi, Events (In-Game), Launches, News Items, Free-to-Play, Transformers Universe, MOBA

The Transformers Universe MOBA, whose first beta event kicked off last March, will formally enter open beta this weekend because nothing says Independence Day like battle robots, am I right?

The open beta weekend will be marked by a double experience event, a 24-hour livestream starting at 11 a.m. EDT on July 5th, and "$75,000 in prizes to be won."

In a press release issued today, Jagex CEO/CTO Mark Gerhard said the game had seen almost two million battle victories during the span of the closed beta.

[Source: Jagex press release]

EverQuest II producer letter outlines summer plans

Fantasy, EverQuest II, Events (In-Game), Previews, Free-to-Play, Dev Diaries

July and August will be a busy time for EverQuest II, if a recent producer's letter is to be believed.

Starting this month, more items have been added to the status point merchants, special summer ethereal weapons have been included, Tinkerfest will return, an Aerakyn legend quest will challenge players, and a new instance called Ages End: The Final Chapter will provoke all kinds of mystery. SOE is also running a sale from July 3rd through the 8th on previous holiday items and other store goodies.

Then when we hit August, EQII players will have more loyalty items, a Nexus duo challenge instance, more moonlight enchantments, and status point XP bonus days to enjoy.

PSA: SWTOR double XP week starts tomorrow

Sci-Fi, Events (In-Game), Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, News Items, PvE, Free-to-Play, Star Wars: The Old Republic

Ladies and gentlemen, Star Wars: The Old Republic's Kuat burnout week double experience week is almost here. This means that yours truly will be queuing for KDY flashpoints until my fingers bleed in an attempt to bypass that godawful planetary grind and get a couple more class story alts to 50.

The XP extravaganza starts July 1st at 2:00 p.m. EDT and runs through July 7.

Kill lots of DUST 514 players and you'll get to name the weapon you used

Sci-Fi, Contests, Events (In-Game), Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, PvP, News Items, Free-to-Play, DUST 514

Want to name a weapon DUST 514? Log in and start killing, then. CCP is hosting a competition to name the new officer variants of everything from assault rifles to mass drivers to shotguns in its EVE shooter sidequel. From now through July 21st, players with the most kills on a single weekend using a base prototype weapon will get to pick that weapon's name and will also receive 30 copies of it.

Each weekend's score is tallied individually, CCP says. Full details are available at the DUST 514 website.

Anarchy Online turns 13, celebrates with Desert Nomads event and member offers

Sci-Fi, Anarchy Online, Events (In-Game), MMO Industry, News Items, Anniversaries

If you're a former Anarchy Online player, you may have gotten an email touting the long-running sci-fi MMO's 13th anniversary as well as a trio of membership offers that Funcom hopes will lure you back to Rubi-Ka.

The devs have also added an in-game event called Desert Nomads that kicks off today and runs through July 11th. If you didn't get the email, full details are available via the AO website.

FFXIV releases Defenders of Eorzea trailer, screenshots

Fantasy, Galleries, Screenshots, Trailers, Video, Events (In-Game), Game Mechanics, Patches, Previews, News Items, Final Fantasy XIV, Dungeons, Crafting, Subscription

Square-Enix has just released a brand-new and lengthy trailer for Final Fantasy XIV's upcoming Defenders of Eorzea patch. The video and the new promo site preview new boss battles, new quests, the Syrcus Tower dungeon, several dungeon hard-mode variants, private chamber customization, chocobo raising, desynthesis, and the new crafting recipes

Patch 2.3 goes live on July 8th. We've got the trailer and some new screenies below.

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Guild Wars 2's Gates of Maguuma open July 1st

Fantasy, Trailers, Video, Events (In-Game), Lore, Patches, Previews, News Items, Guild Wars 2, Buy-to-Play

Guild Wars 2 fans have been not-so-patiently awaiting news about the inbound second season of story content, which arrives beginning next week on July 1st with the Gates of Maguuma update. ArenaNet has today released a teaser video to prime players for what the new plotline will entail. Says the studio,
In this teaser, you'll see that the Zephyrites have been met with trouble and there are rumors of a disturbance in the tangled western reaches of Brisban Wildlands. When players log in on July 1, they will work together with their fellow GW2 counterparts as well as Marjory, Kasmeer, Rox, Braham and Taimi to discover what is going on. In addition, when you log in to experience the start of Living World Season 2, you can unlock the story content permanently in your Journal to play in the future.
The teaser video is included below.

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The Daily Grind: Have you ever volunteered for an MMO?

Fantasy, EverQuest, Business Models, Culture, Events (In-Game), MMO Industry, Opinion, Ultima Online, The Daily Grind, Roleplaying, Miscellaneous, Player-Generated Content

A few weeks ago in my Working As Intended column, I brought up the role gamemasters and officially appointed player helpers had in fostering communities, directing roleplaying, and aiding newbies and event organizers in early MMOs. We're not talking about just floating a HELPER tag over your head (though most modern MMOs lack even that); old-school games literally ran programs that traded game time (or just a hearty thanks!) to players who would log into special accounts or robed characters and lend a hand, officiate a wedding, or help a clueless nooblet find the bank.

While I was focusing primarily on Ultima Online in that article, just a few days later, SOE tweeted a post about the EverQuest franchise's alive-and-kicking volunteer Guide program. Participating player Guides are now expected to run dynamic events and quests rather than interact in chat, but the concept is the same, even in 2014, however strange it must seem to newcomers to the genre.

Today I'm wondering how many of our readers have ever volunteered in a semi-official or official capacity within their MMO of choice. How did it treat you, and do you want to see programs like these become more widespread?

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!

Season two of Defiance premieres on Syfy tonight

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Season two of the transmedia-synergistic sci-fi wonder Defiance premieres tonight at 8 p.m. EDT on the Syfy channel. "Tonight's show picks up one year after the conclusion of Season One," says the official press release, "and players of Defiance the game can get a firsthand look at what the shows characters have been up to, as the Tarr family has expanded its operations into the Bay Area in Datak's absence, and thief Josh Nolan returns to the Bay Area in search of Irisa."

Trion devs have teased the game's version of the season two storyline as well, promising new missions, new gear, a new landmass, and a new enemy faction known as The Grid.

We've got the season two trailer below!

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Neverwinter throws Protector's Jubilee for first anniversary

Fantasy, Events (In-Game), Free-to-Play, Anniversaries, Neverwinter

Can you believe it: Neverwinter is one year old today! It's been a strong first year for this D&D title, and to celebrate the occasion the team is hosting a new event in the game called the Protector's Jubilee.

The Protector's Jubilee will feature bright decorations in Protector's Enclave, covert missions, defensive skirmishes, and plenty of rewards including the jester attire. Players can grab keys during the event to a new area called the Protector's Garden that will remain in the game going forward. The festivities will go from today through June 25th.

[Source: Perfect World press release]

Hellbugs invade RIFT once again

Fantasy, Events (In-Game), Free-to-Play, RIFT

To celebrate the second season of Defiance on TV, Trion Worlds has triggered a new invasion of Hellbugs... in RIFT. Hey, even Telarites watch Syfy when they're not out battling planar forces.

These aren't your old Hellbugs, but a different strain that will appear in various rifts, footholds, and new zone events. Players have a shot at earning a Hellbug mount or pet for killing their brethren en masse, so good luck if you're aiming to get one!

MechWarrior Online launches the Clan Invasion

Sci-Fi, Events (In-Game), Previews, Free-to-Play, MechWarrior Online, MOBA

MechWarrior Online has moved forward the internal game timeline to the year 3049, and with the change of date comes a long awaited event: the Clan Invasion.

This fictional event in the BattleTech universe will now play out in the online game, as players will fight in notable battles with new 'Mechs on different planets.

With the Clan Invasion begun, the team has begun work on creating Units for the game. Units are MWO's version of guilds and will include ranks and chat channels when they arrive in the game proper.

PlanetSide 2 players are invited to fight over new server name

Sci-Fi, Events (In-Game), Free-to-Play, MMOFPS, PlanetSide 2

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Usually a server merge is a somber affair, but the team at PlanetSide 2 views the upcoming consolidation between Waterson and Mattherson as an opportunity for a cage match to the death. The prize? The right to retain the winning side's server name following the merge.

SOE is planning a "ServerSmash" battle for Friday, June 20th, between the inhabitants of Waterson and Mattherson. Outfits can sign up to represent their server during the event.

The studio acknowledged that this event might be a siren's call to griefers and asked for good sportsmanship: "We implore both the participating servers, as well as the community at large, to take the high ground and help us make this a fun, amazing event that we can all appreciate."

[Thanks to OdinsPride for the tip!]

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