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Massively Exclusive: Episode 8 of Mabinogi the Saga: Iria

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Massively Exclusive Episode 8 of Mabinogi the Saga Iria
What, Monday again? Well, here to help mitigate the dread of a new work week is the latest chapter of the Mabinogi mini-series, Saga: Iria. Last week's cliffhanger left off with Millia knocked out by the one she enlisted to help her. Now in episode 8, Shamala and the player are turned into demons in order to infiltrate the Cessair camp to help rescue Millia. In the meantime, Tarlach and Ruairi meet up and discuss the past. With Ruiari's help to obtain a charm from Irai, Tarlach hatches a plot to destroy the gods and turn Erinn into a paradise. Watch it all unfold in the video after the break. And don't forget to see episode 8 in action this Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Massively TV.

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Massively Exclusive: Episode 7 of Mabinogi the Saga: Iria

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Massively Exclusive Episode 7 of Mabinogi the Saga Iria
If you thought all would go smoothly for the cast in this week's installment of the Mabinogi's Iria Saga series, you obviously haven't been watching! The seventh episode, called Heroic Path: The Choice, brings about a few twists and turns of its own as it ambles down the path of the story of Millia and the player.

While at the oasis, Millia enlists the help of the Ruairi in her plans for revenge. Meanwhile, the player escapes from the Giants and Elves, only to return to try and help save the king of the giants from Cessair assassination. How will it all play out this week? See for yourself in the video after the break. Then tune in to watch a playthrough Tuesday, August 13th, at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Massively TV.

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One Shots: Slice 'n' dice

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One Shots Slice 'n dice
No matter what the universe throws at us, no matter what problem roars in our face, no matter how desperate the situation appears, all can be conquered with a bit of derring-do. And a big, honking, lava-infused, laser-focused, mega-powered battle sword with +3 to every stat and a proc ability that will end the world on a d20 roll.

Frank has such a sword. Frank is set for life. "Here's a shot from the ongoing Relics of the Gree event in Star Wars: The Old Republic," he sent in. I think Frank has it covered.

Maybe you don't have such a sword on you. It's OK; we've got plenty of awesome screenshots after the jump that you can take and use their sharp corners to slice through the opposition. Rock it!

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Massively Exclusive: Episode 6 of Mabinogi the Saga: Iria

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Massively Exclusive Episode 6 of Mabinogi the Saga Iria
Following the nail-biting fifth episode which followed the acclaimed fourth episode which followed the Emmy-winning third episode which followed the controversial second episode which followed the incredible first episode, the sixth episode of Mabinogi the Saga: Iria is here. And let me tell you something: It is a wonder to behold.

Episode Six is called Swarm of Demons: Truth, and it may be the darkest hour for our heroes yet. Even without mouths, these characters call to our very souls as they struggle against a dude in a red beard that likes to pop out of smoke portals. Check out the action after the jump!

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Massively Exclusive: Episode 5 of Mabinogi the Saga: Iria

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Massively Exclusive Episode 5 of Mabinogi the Saga Iria
Are you on the edge of your seat wondering what comes next in Mabinogi? Then wait no more: The fifth episode of the Iria Saga, dubbed Proud Heritage: The Battle, is here. And the battle is really heating up. After acquiring the help of the Giants and Elves in previous episodes, players reciprocate by agreeing to help those races retake Hillwen and Skyllien, and the counterattack goes very well. Or maybe too well.

This week's episode offers some twists and turns, where alliances break down and danger rears up from new directions. Watch how it all plays out in the video after the break. Then join in as it is played live Tuesday, July 30th, @ 5:00 p.m. EDT on Massively TV. You can also get a a recap of all the action in the first three episodes in Rise and Shiny.

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Free for All: Recapping the first three Mabinogi: Iria Saga chapters

Fantasy, Video, Events (In-Game), Game Mechanics, Patches, Opinion, Free-to-Play, Casual, Mabinogi, Events (Massively's Coverage), Community Q&A, Free for All, Livestream, Sandbox, Dungeons

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If you want some epic scale in your MMO, you really should be playing along with the Mabinogi Saga Iria content. It's a twelve-parter (currently on chapter four) and I've been enjoying it alongside Mabinogi Community Manager Sabina, live every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. EDT on our livestream page. Unfortunately, most of the content is instanced and story-driven so Sabina cannot jump in with me to kill mobs and gain glory, but it's been fun to have her there to take questions from the chat room and to answer many of my own questions.

But, what is the Saga Iria? Well, it's complicated. I have to admit that I do not have all the answers, and I hope to remain in the dark for a while. Stories are more fun when you don't know the ending. Still, I'm going to recap what I know so far, and share my live videos with you in case you missed them before! Also, be sure to tune in to our exclusive trailer releases! We will show you the next chapter trailer before anyone else!

Spoiler alert: There are videos and short walkthroughs past the cut, so if you do not want to know what happens or have not played through some of these older chapters, don't read on. Please note that my hour-long livestreams are usually not long enough to fit in an entire chapter, as well, so you might miss some of the action on the tail-end.

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Massively Exclusive: Episode 4 of Mabinogi the Saga: Iria

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Massively Exclusive Episode 4 of Mabinogi the Saga Iria
It's that time again, Mabinogi fans! Grab your popcorn and settle in for the continuation of the Iria Saga in chapter four, titled Mystic Training: The Ritual. The first, second, and third episodes have brought the story to the point where Millia needs training to use her powers. So next stop: the holy land of shamans.

But wait -- only this missing Akule has the strength to train Millia? Not to worry, the crazed ex-shaman Lelach has a plan. But even as Shamala, Millia, and the player gain the help of the Elves and Giants to complete Akula's charm, dark forces gather together to thwart the ritual and plot to destroy the shamans.

Watch the events of episode four unfold after the break. Then be sure to catch a special playthrough of this chapter Tuesday, July 23rd at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Massively TV. And watch for a Rise and Shiny recap of the adventures.

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Massively Exclusive: Episode 3 of Mabinogi the Saga: Iria

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Massively Exclusive Episode 3 of Mabinogi the Saga Iria
Mabinogi fans are dealing with a series of cliffhangers, as Nexon has been doling out the Iria Saga videos in weekly segments. Following the intrepid tale of episode 1, episode 2 culminated in a daring rescue-slash-escape from some nasty ruins.

Join us today for the third episode in the series, where nightmares and chase scenes will hold sway over all. Drink up on all of the lore that this video has to offer and then get into the game itself to experience the wild world of Mabinogi (Legal disclaimer: May or may not cause waking nightmares. If your scream persists for more than four hours, please consult a physician.)

We've got episode 3 after the break.

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Massively Exclusive: Episode 2 of Mabinogi the Saga: Iria

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Massively Exclusive Episode 2 of Mabinogi the Saga Iria
Welcome, ladies and gentleman, to another riveting installment of storytime with Mabinogi. You might remember that last week, we got an exclusive look at episode one of Mabinogi's Iria Saga, and things were not off to a terribly smooth start for our protagonists. After going through a great deal of trouble to assist the shaman Akule in a magic ritual, the player stand-in discovers his work is for naught as a gargantuan black dragon interrupts the ceremony. Akule presumably sacrificed himself to allow our hero to escape, charging him with looking after his apprentice Millia. Bummer.

Considering episode two is called "Hero's Return: The Trap," we don't have high hopes that things are about to get much better. But we don't want to spoil anything for you. If you're a Mabinogi player, remember that you can follow along with the Iria Saga in-game as well. But if you're just here for the story, then click on past the cut to see episode two in full.

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Massively Exclusive: Episode 1 of Mabinogi the Saga: Iria

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Oh no!  Our beloved low-poly village!
It's story time, boys and girls, and today your storyteller will be Mabinogi. Every Friday through September, the game is offering up a new installment of episodic content... but we've got an early look at the first episode in video form, embedded just past the cut. After the last two video segments on the official site set the stage, this one is where things start happening, and players can follow along in the game if they're so inclined.

Things certainly don't start in a positive light, with the player stand-in winding up as the force behind a demonic attack on a small village. But things just go from bad to worse from there; a flurry of events surrounds a powerful young woman, and an old feud between a shaman and a dragon rears its head. Take a look at the full video just past the break if you're a regular Mabinogi player, as you'll probably want to see this.

[Source: Nexon press release]

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Exclusive: Mabinogi trailer teases new saga in Iria

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Exclusive  Mabinogi trailer teases new saga in Iria
A new story is unfolding in the land of Iria in the fantasy free-to-play game Mabinogi and we've got the teaser trailer to kick things off. It all begins when Shamala, who has been imprisoned in Cor Village and purifying the demons, suddenly and mysteriously disappears, leaving players to help defend the village from the demons. In the midst of this, players meet up with Milia, a girl bent on punishing Shamala for the death of her father at the hands of the demons.

What's the full story behind it all? Perhaps players will find out in the new series of quests that will accompany the story when the new episodes begin next week. Until then, check out the teaser trailer after the break.

[Source: Nexon press release]

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Rise and Shiny revisit: Mabinogi remains magical

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I try to take deeper looks at certain titles at least once a year. These are special games that prove to me that MMORPGs are still the best gaming you can participate in, pixel for pixel. Mabinogi is one of those titles. It's also one of those titles that almost makes me want to quit writing about games. Ironically, the more you write about games, the less time you have to play specific titles, games that could easily suck away hours of your life every day. These are virtual worlds with open character development and grand, sweeping storylines. If I had the time, I'd probably spend most of it in Mabinogi.

During this week's revisit, I knew I had to accomplish several things. First, I needed to clean up my quest list. Mabinogi is wonderful in the way it offers a player tons and tons of content and storylines, but they can be visited in a non-linear fashion that leads to confusion. Second, I wanted to revel in the glory that was the newly free extended inventory. Third, I wanted to check out the new systems and tweaks that have come along since I last dived into the game.

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Free for All: The continued standardization of selling power

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Selling power is a much quieter controversy than it used to be. I've been in gaming long enough to remember when selling anything desirable at all was taboo. At the same time, it's always been OK to sell some things like subscriptions or special boxed editions, proving that MMO gamers and others are brilliant at segmenting their rage. If it's a cool, special box with a neat virtual item inside, it somehow does not fall under the same umbrella as selling powerful, useful items in game. I think it does. But geeks in general are good at justifying poor behavior if they get what they want; just ask the hackers and file-swappers.

Still, it doesn't matter how we feel about selling power because the industry is already moving in the direction of selling power, lots of power. EA recently announced that every title it produces from now on will feature microtransactions. While that doesn't guarantee the sale of powerful items, I can promise that it will include some. This train ain't stopping. Sure, the console community seems a bit late to the party when it comes to the power-selling controversy, but that's likely because of MMOs' always-on multiplayer mode.

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Free for All: The second annual Frindie Awards

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It's time once again for the Frindie Awards, my attempt to shine some light on the best indie, browser-based, free-to-play, and unusual MMOs that are all-too-often ignored by press -- and players. This one is for the little guys! Well, mostly. It's also for those games that seem to have passed under the collective radar of Massively readers or that seem to be very misunderstood.

Picking the winners this year is just as hard as it was last year, maybe even harder. 2012 was an incredible year for MMOs, so I would rather have just put together an article that highlights every single favorite. In the end, it's more helpful to make myself pick out a winner. It's a rare thing for some of these games to even receive a nod on a major website, something I still can't figure out. Either way, it's best to think of all of the MMOs on this list as my favorites from 2012.

Anyway, let's get to the awards!

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Newest Mabinogi 2 Arena video showcases sword and board

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Newest Mabinogi 2 Arena video showcases sword and board
While a previous combat trailer gave players a peek at a variety of fighting styles in the upcoming Mabinogi 2 Arena, the newest release focuses on just the use of the sword and shield combination. Throughout the clip, developer DevCat showcases stabs, cuts, kicks, and rolls against a room full of foes. The video also demonstrates a certain level of gore, as every slice and dice leaves a swath of blood on the floor. Want to get a better look at the action for yourself? Check out the demo after the break!

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