Lords of the Dead

Lords of the Dead guild message board.

Filed under: Culture, Opinion, The Daily Grind, Miscellaneous
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I have a few social rules that I follow when I'm in any MMO. I am courteous to other players and helpful when I can be. I stay the heck out of political, religious, or World of Warcraft-themed "debates" in general chat. I resist correcting others' grammar or mocking them for a poorly chosen name. And if someone is being verbally abusive to anyone, I report them. Maybe that makes me a narc, a thin-skinned snitch who's just waiting to tattle on anyone with a potty mouth. Actually, I don't care if you swear, but there are certain words and phrases meant to put others down that cross a line with me. Communities should be better than that, and that's why I have no problem hitting the report button now and then. Do you report other players for things apart from gold selling site spam? If so, what's your threshold?
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Filed under: Betas, MMO Industry, News Items, Massively Meta, Betawatch, Miscellaneous
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Bungie announced this week that its console MMOFPS Destiny is open for pre-order and pre-loading on the PS3 and PS4. Pre-order players will earn beta access come July. What else is new in the world of MMO beta testing?
  • WildStar is keeping its open beta live intermittently until the headstart begins.
  • Legend of Silkroad entered open beta this week.
  • Star Citizen's single-player Arena Commander module is officially launching May 29th.
  • MapleStory 2's Korean closed beta is expected to begin later this year.
  • Newly announced MOBA Arena of Fate plans an early access period for PC players this summer.
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Filed under: Betas, MMO Industry, News Items, Massively Meta, Betawatch, Miscellaneous
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Bungie announced this week that its console MMOFPS Destiny is open for pre-order and pre-loading on the PS3 and PS4. Pre-order players will earn beta access come July. What else is new in the world of MMO beta testing?
  • WildStar is keeping its open beta live intermittently until the headstart begins.
  • Legend of Silkroad entered open beta this week.
  • Star Citizen's single-player Arena Commander module is officially launching May 29th.
  • MapleStory 2's Korean closed beta is expected to begin later this year.
  • Newly announced MOBA Arena of Fate plans an early access period for PC players this summer.
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Filed under: World of Warcraft, Fantasy, Video, Culture, News Items, Subscription
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Despite delays and distractions, Team Alliance and Team Horde are nearing the finish line with their World of Warcraft-themed bikes in the latest episode of Azeroth Choppers. Episode 6 doesn't show us the finished bikes just yet, but you can get a sense of what both vehicles will look like as the teams start putting the finishing touches on their bikes. The episode also looks behind the scenes at Blizzard, showing the process for converting these machines into in-game items. Of course, the premise for the show has involved a contest from the start, not just for the teams but for the players. Voting for which bike design should appear in the game will start on May 29th, and fans are advised to start voting early -- the close of the polls is on June 2nd, just enough time to film the conclusion. You can watch the full episode just past the break. Continue reading World of Warcraft bikes take shape in episode 6 of Azeroth Choppers...
Filed under: Betas, Sci-Fi, Galleries, Screenshots, Business Models, Previews, News Items, Elite: Dangerous
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Hot on the heels of the progress video released yesterday, Elite: Dangerous has today posted its 24th newsletter, this one with a slew of new screenshots from alpha 4, including a shot of the open cockpit of the Lakon Type 9 and the multi-seat bridge of the Anaconda. The newsletter also reminds backers that premium beta begins on May 30th. Commander-level players should note that ships, credits, and other forms of progress will be wiped for this round of beta in order to "[level] the playing field as [the game] welcome lots of new people." Enjoy the new images! [With thanks to Cotic for the tip!]...
Filed under: Betas, Sci-Fi, Business Models, MMO Industry, PvP, News Items, Miscellaneous, MOBA, Sunsets
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Disney has just announced that Star Wars Attack Squadrons will cease operations in the wake of its closed beta test. A message on the official site reads, "We want to thank all of the fans who participated in the closed beta of Star Wars: Attack Squadrons. After much consideration, we have decided to cease development so that we can focus on other Star Wars game experiences. We truly appreciate the time you spent engaging in the beta." The company first revealed the game in December 2013 as a Star Wars dogfighting space combat title set in pseudo-MMO-like 16-player environments.
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Disney shutters Star Wars Attack Squadrons originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 23 May 2014 15:30:00 EST. Please see our...
Filed under: Sci-Fi, Game Mechanics, Lore, Patches, Opinion, Star Trek Online, Free-to-Play, Captain's Log, Subscription
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It's strange to be stepping on to an unfamiliar bridge, isn't it? To be in charge when previously you were just an observer, especially when the crew hasn't necessarily changed at all. But you didn't come here to read my metatextual woolgathering; you came here because you want to read about Season 9 of Star Trek Online. Yes, it's been out for about a month now, but that's enough time to get a fairly good sense of it, isn't it? Season 9 is an odd beast, in some ways; elements of it suffered for its long development, but it moves the game as a whole forward and introduces some interesting shifts all around. Its biggest weakness is in how much of it is based not around content so much as improvements of existing content and systems. But let's not focus on that; let's start at the huge upheaval that came with the featured episode and the overhauls it brought. Continue reading Captain's Log:...
Filed under: Super-hero, Events (In-Game), Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, News Items, Free-to-Play, Marvel Heroes
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Siege of the Sentinels is happening now in Marvel Heroes! The towering baddies are spawning randomly throughout Gazillion's action RPG, and they'll be doing so through next week's patch. After you take a few down, you can bring looted Sentinel Parts to Hank Pym and you'll eventually be able to craft a couple of new items, according to Gazillion's announcement blurb. The devs have also buffed up X-Mansion loot and released Psylocke as a playable hero available in the game's cash shop. If you don't want to pony up for Psylocke or grind shards to unlock her, you can watch Massively's MJ stream her live on May 24th at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
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Sentinel siege going on right now in Marvel Heroes originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 23 May 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our...
Filed under: Fantasy, Business Models, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, PvE, Opinion, Free-to-Play, Hands-On, Casual, Sandbox, Crafting, Housing, Working As Intended
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Villagers and Heroes is not the sort of sandbox that gets a lot of coverage in the gaming press. You can't gank in the game. No one will murder you for your ore or your logs. There are no petty internet crime lords generating scandals or developers being ousted for cheating. Clichéd zombies are not waiting to slaughter you come nightfall. You cannot fall off a cliff or treetop pathway to your death. You never have to walk 10 miles uphill in the snow both ways to get to your house. You don't have to wait in line for an instance. You don't really have to fight at all. In fact, the worst thing that might happen to you is that you'll run out of energy....
Filed under: Fantasy, Events (In-Game), MMO Industry, News Items, Free-to-Play, RIFT
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"They're here, they're horned, and they need your help," according to a RIFT' website update. Trion's latest in-game event features unicorn refugees from the Plane of Life, who of course require plenty of assistance from RIFT's ascended players. Trion also wants you to know that you can acquire onyx unicorn mounts as rare drops from the Hooves and Horns zone event in Moonshade Highlands or by completing the Rainbow in the Dark achievement. Alternatively, you can buy them in the game's cash shop. Opal unicorn mounts can be similarly purchased or acquired through daily quests in Sanctum and Meridian. The event runs through May 29th.
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RIFT's Unicornalia event runs through May 29 originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 23 May 2014 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds....