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TERA's having a birthday party and you're invited

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TERA celebrates its second birthday this weekend, and for reasons that make sense only to MMORPGs and hobbits, that means it's giving its players a bunch of presents.

En Masse will be handing out 20 prizes per server per day from today to May 1st, with a special jackpot chance for those who play over the weekend. The prizes include party packs, special mounts, skins, and the all-important 2013 swimsuit bundle. Everyone who logs in will be showered in daily federation bills, and this Saturday the team plans to bring in "special guests" who come bearing -- you guessed it -- more loot.

The studio produced a trailer to punch up the festivities and demonstrate just how far the game has come since launch; we've included it below. Happy birthday, TERA!

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TERA's federation bills let you buy discontinued cash shop items

Fantasy, Business Models, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, News Items, Free-to-Play, TERA

This character will relieve you of your TERA federation bills
En Masse has added a new wrinkle to its TERA cash shop. The next time you log into the free-to-play fantasy brawler, you'll receive a pack of five federation bills for your trouble. You'll get five more on each subsequent login "for a limited time," and En Masse will be "introducing more and more ways to get them" in the future.

The bills aren't tradeable, but you can share them across all the characters on your account. They're used at exclusive merchants in towns spread throughout Arborea to purchase "some of those rare items no longer available anywhere else" as well as "plenty of other goodies and treats."

[Thanks Dengar!]

32-team TERA PvP tourney starts Saturday, March 9

Fantasy, Events (In-Game), Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, PvP, News Items, Free-to-Play, TERA

TERA 3v3 event banner
TERA fans, you've now got some weekend plans -- assuming you didn't already have weekend plans, of course. En Masse is hosting a three-vs.-three PvP tournament in Champions' Skyring starting on Saturday, March 9th. This will be a single-elimination event composed of 32 teams, with 3,000 En Masse cash shop points going to the winners alongside a premium ninja costume bundle.

The second place team gets the costume bundle and a thousand EMP, while third and fourth place finishers will take home the costumes. All participants will receive an afro head slot accessory. If you're not much for PvPing, you can view the shenanigans via En Masse's Twitch channel.

The event runs from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday. Click past the cut for the full press release.

[Source: En Masse press release]

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The Stream Team: Hunting BAMs in TERA

Fantasy, Video, PvE, Free-to-Play, Massively Meta, Hands-On, TERA, Livestream, The Stream Team, MMORPG

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One of the most notable and fun features of En Masse's TERA is the hunting down and slaying of BAMs, or "big-ass monsters." BAMs give TERA a sense of scale and drama that is difficult to find in other MMOs, and fans of TERA will be quick to tell you that you haven't really experienced the game unless you've downed a BAM for yourself. In tonight's stream, Massively's Mike Foster is on the prowl for these compelling and engaging foes. His goal? Why, to smack them in the face, of course.

The hunt starts at 8:30 p.m. EST.

Game: TERA
Host: Mike Foster
Date: Friday, January 31st, 2014
Time: 8:30 p.m. EST.

Enjoy our Steam Team video below.

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The Soapbox: Stop ganking, you ganking gankers

World of Warcraft, Fantasy, Aion, PvP, Opinion, Free-to-Play, TERA, The Soapbox, Miscellaneous, Subscription, MMORPG, Buy-to-Play

Lineage II
For me, player vs. player interaction is a necessary component of any online game. The urge to engage with skilled human opponents is the reason I spent countless hours defending flags in World of Warcraft and likely the main motivating factor in my slide away from traditional MMOs and toward MOBAs like Dota 2 and Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming Heroes of the Storm. Simply put, I like a good fight.

I especially like a good fight when it occurs unscripted and out in the wilds of the world. If you catch me unaware while I'm grinding out one of TERA's BAMs or plucking gold from an ore vein in Aion, I'll be more than happy to cross swords (or trade frostbolts) with you. Winning or losing isn't important to me; the constant threat of attack heightens my enjoyment of and connection to the game's universe.

Unfortunately, open world PvP doesn't attract exclusively those people interested in fair fights. And in the games that make it possible, a certain small segment of players is working hard to ruin everyone else's good time. I speak, of course, of gankers.

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One Shots: Sweaty navels

World of Warcraft, Screenshots, Perfect World International, Star Trek Online, One Shots, TERA, Miscellaneous

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As we all well know, the navel -- or "belly button" in layman's parlance -- is the sweatiest organ of the body. So much so, in fact, that the navel must either be exposed to air at all time or be equipped with a specialized "tummy diaper." Here we see reader ThorHal getting it right with his character in TERA.

"I was one to complain when One Shots vanished a while back, now here to contribute!" ThorHal exclaimed. "I was traveling along the roads, exploring and helping the local populace. Transitioning into this beautiful place called Heartwood left me stunned. This game keeps impressing me with its art, be it dry deserts, lush forests, or this magical place."

Despite what you might assume, this week's collection of player-submitted screenshots isn't just about our "tickle dimples." It's a treat for the eyes and a balm for the soul, all after the jump!

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Take a little look at TERA's newest class

Fantasy, Video, Classes, Game Mechanics, Previews, News Items, Free-to-Play, TERA

You spin me right round.
The newest class in TERA is live on the Korean servers right now, and even if you don't normally play an Elin, you might be curious to see what it's all about. That's a little more problematic if you don't speak Korean, but lucky for you there's a whole preview of the upcoming class available now on Steparu. It should give you a good idea of what to expect when this update comes out stateside.

Dark Elin start at level 55 and have a variety of new skills and abilities for players to use. Embedded past the break is a preview of a Dark Elin fighting one of the game's signature BAMs, showing off the class mechanics in brief and giving an idea of what it's like to play one. Check out the video past the break, and take a look at the full preview for a more in-depth look at the class.

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The Stream Team: Crushing TERA's dead zone

Fantasy, Video, Lore, PvE, Free-to-Play, Massively Meta, Hands-On, TERA, The Stream Team, MMORPG

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Massively's Mike Foster is working hard to push his TERA Lancer through the dungeon dead zone that occurs in the game's mid-thirties range. His job? To complete as many quests as possible in as short a time as possible, stacking up valuable XP along the way. Can he make it to the next dungeon tier, or will he be forever relegated to running errands for NPCs?

Find out at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Game: TERA
Host: Mike Foster
Date: Friday, January 10th, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m. EST

Enjoy our Steam Team video below.

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TERA is creating a flying scythe-user class

Fantasy, Classes, Previews, Free-to-Play, TERA

TERA's taking terror and pre-adolescent creepiness to the skies with an upcoming class, tentatively called the Flying Scythe-user.

Details about the new class are a little spotty due to the translation from Korean (so don't take that class name as gospel), but it looks as though the Elin-only class will be a ranged character that harnesses dark magic and flings scythes and chains across the battlefield. The Flying Scythe-user will be unlocked once a player hits level 40 on another character, emerging into the light as a level 50 toon.

Some of this class' skills include chain attacks, a dark explosion, an AoE whip, spinning blades, and a dark shield. The class will be very nimble, with abilities to ignore attacks, quickly dodge, and swap places with the enemy.

The class will be first available in Korea, with a presumable jump to other regions thereafter.

[Thanks to Vunak for the tip!]

The Stream Team: Questing through TERA's dead zone

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Massively's Mike Foster prefers to level by running dungeons. Unfortunately for him, TERA has several dead zones in which characters are too high to queue for one dungeon but too low to queue for the next. This means that Mike must step into that thing he dreads so much: lore. Tune in tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST as Mike begrudgingly quests through TERA's storyline, gathering XP and items all the while.

Game: TERA
Host: Mike Foster
Date: Friday, December 27, 2013
Time: 8:30 p.m. EST

Enjoy our Steam Team video below.

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En Masse recaps TERA's 2013, looks to 2014

Fantasy, Events (In-Game), Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, PvP, News Items, PvE, Free-to-Play, TERA, Dungeons

TERA
TERA's website has been updated with an end-of-the-year post that's both a look back and a look ahead. En Masse recaps some of its 2013 highlights -- including the F2P conversion, new dungeons, raids, and battlegrounds, and a month-long anniversary celebration.

The company also teases TERA's 2014 docket. In January, players will be able to transform themselves into "big-ass monsters" via the new Kumasylum battleground. Even more new dungeons and raids are in the works, as is the Rootstock festival and some elite status member benefit upgrades.

TERA starts snowball war and prepares to invade China

Betas, Fantasy, Events (In-Game), Free-to-Play, TERA

TERA
There's snow mercy with TERA's winter update this year, as the free-to-play title started a massive snowball fight this week as a way to celebrate the holiday season.

The Wintera Snowfield is a new 10v10 battlefield where players will line up to take potshots at each other (in love, we assume). Since everyone's health will be equalized and all of the abilities will be the same, victory will be determined by player skill and resource acquisition. Both winners and losers will receive tokens to spend on rewards, although the former will receive quite a bit more. The event ends January 2nd.

TERA is also going to be taking its first steps into the Chinese market with a test starting on January 9th, 2014.

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The Stream Team: Tank time in TERA

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TERA
The world of TERA is filled with gigantic monsters just waiting to make mincemeat out of an unsuspecting group of adventurers. The only thing between a brave party and death is a good tank, and Massively's Mike Foster is happy to take on the task. Tune in for a closer look at TERA's action-combat-oriented tanking mechanics, and for a glance at some of the enormous, dangerous foes that make this particular MMO unique. The action starts at 7:00 p.m. EST.

Game: TERA
Host: Mike Foster
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST

Enjoy our Steam Team video below.

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The Soapbox: Seriously, we have enough fantasy MMOs

World of Warcraft, Fantasy, Aion, City of Heroes, EVE Online, Fallen Earth, Lineage, MMO Industry, Opinion, Ultima Online, RuneScape, Free-to-Play, DC Universe Online, RIFT, World of Tanks, TERA, EverQuest Next, The Soapbox, Miscellaneous, MOBA, Neverwinter, The Elder Scrolls Online, MMORPG, Buy-to-Play

Aion
Let's play a game. I'm thinking of an MMO that features magic, monsters, humans, and a vast fantasy world full of steamy swamps, grassy plains, and deep, dark dungeons -- can you tell me which MMO it is? If you answered RIFT, you're right. You're also right if you answered TERA. Or World of Warcraft. Or Guild Wars 2. Or Neverwinter. Or... you get the idea.

We're people who play MMOs. Our hard drives are practically bulging with games featuring wizards and warriors. We've plunged our swords into millions of orcs and gnolls. We've looted more imaginary copper pieces than anyone could possible imagine. We've even slain so many dragons that you have to wonder why dragons even bother showing up anymore.

It's not the gameplay but the setting that can make the whole exercise so soul-crushingly boring.

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The Soapbox: Instant leveling and the whining fringe

World of Warcraft, Fantasy, EVE Online, EverQuest II, Business Models, Events (Real-World), Expansions, MMO Industry, New Titles, PvP, PvE, Opinion, Free-to-Play, Events (Massively's Coverage), TERA, The Soapbox, Miscellaneous, Sandbox, Subscription, MMORPG

Warlords of Draenor
Over the weekend at Blizzcon 2013, Blizzard Entertainment announced the fifth World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor. The content add-on brings most of the things one might expect from an expansion -- new zone, new features, new quests, new dungeons -- but perhaps most notably includes the option to instantly raise any one of your characters to WoW's current level cap of 90.

While you'll still face 10 levels of Warlords of Draenor questing, killing, and fetching if you opt to take the insta-level, the feature has re-ignited the argument among MMO fans as to whether offering players a maxed-out character somehow violates the core rules of the MMO genre. Should developers really provide high-level characters just to get/keep players in the game?

The short answer, of course, is "duh." Here's the long answer.

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