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Posts tagged tropes

The Daily Grind: Are dragons, zombies, or pirates the most overused?

In every fantasy MMO (and many of the other ones, too), you'll be assured to encounter three types of enemies. There will be dragons. There will be zombies. And because game developers are 12-year-old kids at heart, there will be pirates. The question is, which of these three is the most overused?...

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Tamriel Infinium: Horizontal vs. vertical progression and the Elder Scrolls Online

The week before last, I talked about a hybrid penalty, and I've realized that I did so without actually talking about how progression is slated to work in Elder Scrolls Online. Because ESO wants to emulate the existing Elder Scrolls games in an MMO, we see many of the same ideas ported directly...

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The Soapbox: My lore problem

"In the distant forests of El'quen, a dark evil stirs. Marrowgore the Unhunter, imprisoned for a thousand years in Cauldron Lake by the Eye of Son'drak, has broken free. Now, he and his evil BoneSlurpers stage an all-out war on the United Provinces. You, a freshly christened hero known for...

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The Daily Grind: Is magic too common?

Maybe I think about these things too much and should just give in to the tropes, but it often bothers me how prevalent and common magic is in MMOs. I grew up reading loads of fantasy books where magic was a difficult talent to cultivate and amazing when it was performed. But that's not how it...

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The Daily Grind: What fantasy trope should be retired from MMOs?

Tropes: MMOs are chock-full of them. From pirates running rampant in every fantasy setting to the "save the world from cranky dragons" narrative, it seems like developers go to the same well for inspiration more often than not. Sometimes that's OK, because we do like the familiar and to see if...

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Enter at Your Own Rift: Song of a superhero

When it comes to fantasy MMOs, we've been there so long and done that so often that we hardly think about the framework that supports these worlds and our assumptions about them. This is doubly the case when it comes to who we are: We are always talented warriors or wizards who are out to do...

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The Daily Grind: What stock fantasy tropes bore you to death?

There are certain fantasy elements that just seem to come up time and again, no matter the game. With fantasy being the dominant genre for MMOs, even less-traditional fantasy games such as RIFT tend to fall into certain standard models. Elves and Dwarves run about, with the former in forests and...

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The Perfect Ten: Weird staples of every fantasy MMO

If you take some weird, outlandish, or out-of-the-ordinary item and then saturate your life with it, sooner or later the bizarre becomes the accepted norm. So much so, in fact, that you'd cease to even think about it. I mean, do we ever question those magic boxes known as "microwaves" that...

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