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Jagex has unveiled its new limited-time Premier Club membership tiers, which offer extra goodies in exchange for committing to a multi-month subscription. The bronze package is $23.50 for three months, the silver is $44.50 for six months, and the gold is $86.50 for a full year. Extras include exclusive pets, bonus spins on the squeal of fortune, and access to a VIP server.
Jagex congratulated the community on donating in-game wealth via the Well of Goodwill that was translated into a real-world donation by Jagex to several charities. The studio split $90,838 between seven charities. RuneScape also just added a level 92 slayer, the Airut, for players to defeat.
RuneScape opens 2013 Premier Club, donates $90K to charity originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The blog walks through how CCP identified the problem and also explains the solution, which basically comes down to rebalancing which systems share nodes by performing multiple splits of the existing universe. If you're an EVE player or love exceptionally granular, detailed breakdowns of the though process behind server-side changes, the full post is worth a read.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Game: The Secret World
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
Enjoy our Steam Team video below.
The Stream Team: Escape from The Secret World's Dreaming Prison originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The video continues by breaking down various bomb and rocket types and even shows off how clever bombers can catch pursuers up in the explosion of a dropped bomb. Finally, it explains the benefits of using consumables such as fire extinguishers, restarters, and first aid kits.
Check out the video after the break.
[Source: Wargaming.net press release]
World of Warplanes Flight School #4 explains ammo and consumables originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Talking about Star Wars Galaxies' soundtrack puts me in an odd position because a great deal of the OST is lifted directly from John Williams' movie scores. And what hasn't been said about those classics, really? But there are a few tracks here and there that I could pick out as being unique to the game, although the actual composer who did the job escapes my Google Fu.
So let's take one last trip to a Galaxies far, far away, shall we?Permalink | Email this | Comments
BioWare launches its second expansion for SWTOR today. This addition to the game takes us into the thick of the centuries-long struggle between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Players take command of one of 12 different dog-fighting starships in two possible 12v12 skirmish maps. Far different than the on-rails shooter-minigames the MMO launched with, these maps are completely free-roaming and play more like a flight simulator than StarFox 64. Of course, that alone doesn't necessarily make the expansion worth it. Let's examine the features that could make this expansion worthy of your subscription.
Hyperspace Beacon: Should you subscribe for SWTOR Galactic Starfighter? originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Grinding Gear Games announced that Path of Exile has topped four million registered users and sees over 250,000 players every day. Last Wednesday's 1.0.2 patch was the first post-launch update for the game, containing new items, recipes, achievements, and various fixes and balance tweaks.
The studio sold nearly 5,000 purchases of its supporter pack bundles, which range from $50 to $900, over the Thanksgiving weekend. Grinding Gear says that these purchases "have funded a significant portion of the game's development."
[Source: Grinding Gear press release]Permalink | Email this | Comments
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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.
The Soapbox: Seriously, we have enough fantasy MMOs originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
But there's no point in looking back if you don't look forward, and the letter does that as well. Four major content updates are planned for next year, featuring a boost of the level cap to 30, two new raids in the dwarven ruins of Thunderholme, a new set of guild airship models, and more beyond that. Take a look at the letter for an exact schedule and more discussion about the year's highs and lows.
Dungeons & Dragons Online looks back at 2013 and forward to 2014 originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Subscribing for a three-month stretch earns you an extra month (so four total) along with a timed AP boost. A six-month subscription nets you two extra months (eight total) along with two timed AP boosts, five XP potions, and five Venetian Exemptions to remove scenario cooldowns. Last but not least, a year earns you an extra four months (16 in all), three timed boosts, 15 XP potions, and 15 Venetian Exemptions. These deals will only be active until December 16th, so if you're going to lay down the bucks, you might as well get some extra bang.Permalink | Email this | Comments