Global Chat: Shroud of the Avatar confounds

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Global Chat: Shroud of the Avatar confounds

What to make of Shroud of the Avatar? The few MMO bloggers who have looked into this recently released but already long-running title have struggled to get a handle on Lord British’s latest RPG. The Ancient Gaming Noob calls it “retroist hobbyism” and left him wondering. “What is this game that is by turns awkward, finicky, intricate, deep, slow, and clearly...

Chronicles of Elyria places a premium on player communication

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Chronicles of Elyria places a premium on player communication

Bemoaning the current state of (non-)communication in modern MMORPGs, Soulbound Studios said that it has plans to bring back this essential interaction between people for Chronicles of Elyria. “In order to help players immerse in Elyria, and to allow all-new play styles to emerge, we’ve added a number of communication-dependent mechanics to support the kind of in-game experiences we want...

One Shots: A well-rounded Hobbit (breakfast)

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One Shots: A well-rounded Hobbit (breakfast)

With the prodigious and well-known appetite of Hobbits, it’s a total surprise to me that the Shire hasn’t been stripped bare with these creatures’ all-consuming need for tummy fuel. Maybe that’s what the Scouring of the Shire was? It wasn’t in the movies, I wouldn’t know. Anyway, Amorey contemplates eating 9,000 calories in one go: “Please note the very surprised...

The Daily Grind: What unusual MMO merch do you own?

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The Daily Grind: What unusual MMO merch do you own?

No, dear readers, I do not own a set of Destiny 2 candles. But they’re the most recent bit of odd merchandising and memorabilia for a game that I can think of. I do own a few Final Fantasy XIV plushies, the Final Fantasy XI mandragora plush, and the Star Wars: The Old Republic visual guide. Remember when that was...

Time travel-themed ARPG Lost Epoch launches Kickstarter and puts out demo

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Time travel-themed ARPG Lost Epoch launches Kickstarter and puts out demo

How is it even possible to make a Diablo-style game more awesome than the original? Easy — you toss in time travel. Now things get interesting. “Time travel meets the online ARPG” is the premise of Last Epoch, which will send players across four distinct eras to murder everything in the vicinity. For loot reasons, you understand. The game features...

Camelot Unchained is getting unstable (but that’s OK)

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Camelot Unchained is getting unstable (but that’s OK)

It’s another week of progress and beta preparation for the team at Camelot Unchained. City State Entertainment is running an “unstable build” with lots of new features and ideas that it wants to test out. Some of these testable items include working traits, tweaks to the user interface, more animations, and zone art assets. “We’ve been very busy this week,...

The Game Archaeologist: Red Planet’s Lost Colony vaporware

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The Game Archaeologist: Red Planet’s Lost Colony vaporware

You know the story of Roanoke, right? That early American settlement that abruptly went missing with only the word “Croatoan” carved into a tree for later colonists to find? It’s a big mystery that might not be much of a mystery at all, but I’ve always been fascinated with it and other similar tales. There’s just something about an abruptly...

The Stream Team: Mounting an ARK crab rescue

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The Stream Team: Mounting an ARK crab rescue

As has been known to happen in ARK, there’s a creature in need of rescue! One of the gang lost his crab at the bottom of the radiation zone while hunting drake eggs, and Massively OP’s MJ is mounting a rescue effort. Operation Crab ZGrab has begun! Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to see if the team can bring...