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2014-09-19

In Defense of the Subscription-Based MMO

Aubrielle provides arguments why it is good to have subscription based MMOs amongst the multitude of F2P MMOs.
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MMORPG Gaming: The Ultimate Nerd Expression?

Fluent explains why in his opinion MMORPGs can be better than single player RPGs
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Elder Scrolls Online - Update 6 Guide

by Couchpotato, Wednesday - January 28, 2015 04:18

A new post on the Elder Scrolls Online webpage has a guide for the games next update which will add what the developers call the new Justice System.

Justice is coming to Tamriel. In Update 6, your character can participate in a variety of criminal activities, from thievery to murder. But will the rewards be worth the risk? Can you manage to commit your crimes without being caught, or will you face harsh penalties at the hands of the guards?

 

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Guild Wars 2 - Heart of Thorns Wrap-Up

by Couchpotato, Tuesday - January 27, 2015 05:58

Dealspwn's Carl Phillips has rounded up all the details of the new expansion for Guild Wars 2 called Heart of Thorn. It was announced two days ago at Pax South 2014.

For fans of Guild Wars 2, last weekend was kind of a big deal. You see, it has been nearly two and a half years since the MMO sequel released, and despite some hiccups along the way it’s quite clear that their lateral approach to pretty much every genre convention has helped keep it enjoyable, eventful and, most importantly, relevant. It’s all in our colossal review from 2012. Since then, it has been one of the more regularly updated MMOs out there thanks to consistent content updates alongside the Living Story – the second season having demonstrated to its peers how to deliver an involving and interesting narrative.

That’s not too bad for an MMO that doesn’t have a subscription to keep the coffers full, but it was certainly time for something new to be thrown into the virtual world of Tyria. The rumour and speculation mill has been running rampant for weeks, with fellow writers theorising on what Heart of Thorns would be. The popular theory was an Expansion Pack, but because ArenaNet are not known for doing things traditionally it was clear that it wouldn’t be that simple. A new level cap? A new class? A new level of loot grind to chase after, thus leaving the old content in the dust?

As the reveal at PAX East showed, ArenaNet laugh in the face of linear thinking and once again provided a lateral approach to expansions with Heart of Thorns.

Guild Wars 2

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Elder Scrolls Online - Hardcore Fans Are Angry

by Couchpotato, Tuesday - January 27, 2015 05:42

Shane Scarbrough of the Skyrim Fansite is the next person to write about the changes for Elder Scrolls Online this month, and he points out why fans are angry. 

Final Thoughts

After the Skyrim Fansite published an earlier article touching on some of this post’s themes (“The Elder Scrolls Online Will Be Free To Play: Fans Are Freaking Out“), I was asked by a few readers what my personal feelings were regarding the change…

So here you go:

  • Like many others, I was surprised at the announcement. I knew (or thought I knew) ZOS’s position regarding their P2P business model. During the last year in fact, I found myself put in the position of having to defend the reasons for a subscription-based model in this very blog. Early on, our readers wanted ESO to be free to play, and most likely still do today.
  • Personally, I like ESO the way it is now, and don’t mind paying the subscription fee. I feel the P2P model helped fill the Community with mature gamers, and provided an environment for ZOS to stop the bots and spammers that once plagued the game shortly after release.
  • Even though I’d prefer that the business model didn’t change (purely selfish reasons), I appreciate the fact that sub fees are a huge barrier to console gamers and others. I also appreciate that ZOS needs to make money. Lots of money. I don’t begrudge ZOS their profits. B2P may help bring in thousands of new players, and may be just what is needed to keep the game I love going strong now and into the future.
  • Changing from P2P to B2P may not be as dire as a lot of my fellow hardcore gamers think. B2P may actually be a welcome success — bringing in good gamers (both PC and console) who under the old sub model wouldn’t or couldn’t play. Having to actually buy a copy of the game (and DLC) may provide the barrier needed to keep the botters, spammers, and trolls out of the game.
  • As long as ZOS doesn’t transition The Elder Scrolls Online to “play to win,” I truly believe the Community and the game itself will be just fine. I sympathize with the anger of my fellow hardcore players, but I believe we need to keep calm and game on. Change is coming, and change may bring danger. True enough, but change may also bring opportunity, and we should never forget that.

That’s my two septims, but how do you feel about this issue?

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Shroud of the Avatar - Update of the Avatar #109

by Couchpotato, Monday - January 26, 2015 04:47

Well It's time for the next weekly update for Shroud of the Avatar from Portalarium. It contains the usual adverting, and new items to buy. Here is the list of topics.

Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

  • SotA at PAX South
  • Banks in Release 14
  • Changes to Store Credit Conversions
  • First Glimpse of Novia Overworld
  • SotA in Game Informer Magazine
  • MMORPG.COM – Release 14: Strong Start to a New Year
  • Shack News: CES Interview with Starr Long
  • GDC Next – Crowd Sharing: Crowd Sourcing + Crowd Funding
  • In-game Community Weekend Events
  • New Britannia Theater Troupe: Live Double Feature
  • Last Chance Exclusives: The Axe and Wood & Plaster Homes
  • Steam Access Keys Available for All Backers
  • How to Cancel Monthly Payment Plans
  • Upcoming Events

Shroud of the Avatar

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Pantheon - Various New Updates

by Couchpotato, Sunday - January 25, 2015 05:31

The Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen website has a few more updates this week. I will share the links to all three of them below with a short summary of the content.

Developer Round Table - 1.18.15

Due to the length of the discussion, we made the decision to drop the video and keep it to audio only, because the subsequent file size and turn around time would have been a bit unruly. We hope you enjoy this first of many more to come!

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen - Game Features and Summary

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen is an MMORPG based on challenging gameplay and open world high fantasy, with a strong focus on group-oriented content. It takes place in a world called Terminus, populated by a vast variety of deities, locations, creatures and heroes. Mortal and planar realms have collided, creating the dramatic and epic environment of Terminus. With some of those realms came entire races and cultures, with Celestial deities that, over time, raised empires and forged a turbulent political landscape. Centuries later, this phenomena has continued to occur and the world of Terminus continues to grow in size and in depth.

Welcome to The Keeper's Vault!

We decided about a month ago that we wanted to develop a platform to share all of Pantheon's Lore that was well-designed and enabled us to publish Lore in a streamlined, organized and quality way. Thus, The Keeper's Vault was born - inside you will find a constantly updating repository of Pantheon's Lore as it continues to expand throughout development.

 As you visit the site, bear in mind that much of the Lore is still in development: being written, vetted, polished and finalized before it actually makes it into the Vault. Therefore, as you notice the sections of the site that are empty, those are areas where the content has not been finalized and therefore not released yet. The good news is that now there is a singular location you can bookmark and check often to keep up-to-date with all of the official Lore as it is released.

Pantheon

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Guild Wars 2 - Heart of Thorns Expansion

by Couchpotato, Sunday - January 25, 2015 05:16

ArenaNet announced a new expansion for Guild Wars 2 called Heart of Thorns. Seems all the articles over the last month were right. So here is the trailer, and description.

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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the first expansion for Guild Wars 2. Founded on the idea that the journey is the goal, the Heart of Thorns expansion continues the Guild Wars 2 tradition of challenging the conventions of MMOs to fulfill the promise of what online worlds should be.

Guild Wars 2

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Shroud of the Avatar - Lay of the Land Video

by Couchpotato, Saturday - January 24, 2015 05:38

The Mad Hermit released a new four minute video earlier this month that give anyone who is curious a virtual tour of the lands you will visit in Shroud of the Avatar.

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Need a high-level overview of where the various cities, towns and villages are in Shroud of the Avatar? Jump in my hot air balloon and sail with me as we survey the land from high-up above!

Although most of our adventures at this point are confined to the "Hidden Vale", boats and Lunar Rifts allow us access to some of the cities and points of interest that exist on the Island of Novia (where the core part of the story will eventually take place).

Shroud of the Avatar

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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ESO - Was Zenimax Stupid Like a Fox?

by Couchpotato, Saturday - January 24, 2015 05:18

So here is another article I found this week about the Elder Scrolls Online dropping the subscription fees from a community member named Isaac Knowles on Gamasutra.

I offer up this highly stylized analysis in anticipation of the inevitable “I told you so” stories (and comments) that are already starting to appear regarding Zenimax Online’s move. For example, Forbes offer this tidbit: “Sure enough, the subscription model doesn’t seem to have delivered quite the results that Bethesda was hoping for, and they’re transitioning it to a one-time purchase model…”

But if what I’ve said above about IPD and subscriptions is true, this diagnosis is off-base. In fact, it may be that the subscription has delivered to Zenimax precisely what it wanted, and the move away is a logical step planned well in advance.

The fact is that game publishers have become incredibly savvy at finding, retaining, and extracting value from customers. We should expect future, “failed” forays into subscription-based models. Not because publishers are stupid, or ignoring history, but because they are trying to make the most money they can over the lifetime of the product that they sell.

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Shroud of the Avatar - GDC Vault Video

by Couchpotato, Friday - January 23, 2015 01:01

Gamasutra is hosting another movie from the GDC vault this time with Shroud of the Avatar developer Starr Long who talks about crowdfunding being a tricky business.

It's often now hailed as a way to free developers from the shackles of publishers, a way to make very specific products for very specific audiences; but what seems to be missing is ongoing dialogue about building this into a self-sustaining ecosystem of development where the crowd is sharing, not just funding and sourcing.

Crowdsharing is a combination of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing in a sustainable loop. Using his recent experience on Shroud of the Avatar, Long -- a 20-year veteran of game development -- spoke about the various ways you can make this loop work for your next project at GDC Next 2014.

It's a good talk and we've gone ahead and embedded the video of "Crowdsharing: Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing" above, but you can also watch it here for free on the GDC Vault.

Shroud of the Avatar

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Guild Wars 2 - Why It's Time for a Expansion

by Couchpotato, Friday - January 23, 2015 00:17

Jeff Francis of MMO-Play posted another editorial this week this time he shared his opinion on why it's time Guild Wars 2 to get an expansion instead of small updates.

ArenaNet has definitely taken a different course in the world of mmorpg games. When their original Guild Wars game was released, one feature was their PvP whilst the other was a buy-to-play revenue model that had no monthly subscription. It was this lack of subscription that really surprised the online gaming world as that conventional wisdom at the time thought that such an approach was doomed to fail.

However, such was not the case as Guild Wars was a profitable game that carved out a successful niche. One method that the game used to generate future sales was the release of expansions that players had to purchase. Fast forward to the present day where the thought of a full expansion for Guild Wars 2 is being discussed heavily in various forums. There are a number of compelling reasons why ArenaNet could go this route, and we'll examine them as we discuss why it's time for a Guild Wars 2 expansion.

Guild Wars 2

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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ESO - How Subscription-Free Will Work @ Kotaku

by Couchpotato, Thursday - January 22, 2015 00:16

If you read the other news-bit I posted a few hours back about the Elder Scrolls Online dropping subscriptions, and still have questions then Kotaku has some answers.

In a live session streamed via Twitch earlier today, Pete Hines of Bethesda, game director Matt Firor and creative director Paul Sage went over some of the big changes coming to the PC version of The Elder Scrolls Online, along with what's in store for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 releases in June.

Why make the free-to-play announcement now? According to Firor, with a ton of content in the game and the console versions on the way, the time was just right. There'd really be no point to set up the complicated infrastructure necessary to accept console subscription fees and then take them away a couple of months later. So, responding to player feedback about the game's pay model, they went to a one-time purchase model with an optional subscription and a cash shop.

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Elder Scrolls Online - Dropping Subscriptions

by Couchpotato, Wednesday - January 21, 2015 21:57

Well it's now official after the various rumors in the last few months it seems The Elder Scrolls Online is finally dropping subscriptions. The new title is called Tamriel Unlimited.

Here is more information and a new video.

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Get ready for our console launch on June 9th, and start exploring Tamriel with no game subscription fees on PC/Mac March 17th.

For the first time in history, you’ll be able to explore the legendary world of Tamriel with your friends on console. We’re excited to announce that The Elder Scrolls® Online will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One worldwide on June 9, 2015 as The Elder Scrolls® Online: Tamriel Unlimited™! In the latest and biggest Elder Scrolls game ever made, you can choose to adventure alone, quest with friends, or join an army of hundreds in epic player vs. player battles as you explore and discover the secrets of a persistent Tamriel. And with Tamriel Unlimited, coming to console on June 9th and PC/Mac on March 17th, 2015, you will no longer be required to pay a monthly game subscription to play ESO.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited includes all the great gameplay from the original PC/Mac game, plus all the updates and content additions, including the exciting new Justice and Champion systems. If you’ve ever played ESO, you’ll be invited to return to the game and experience everything new in the world without game subscription fees. If you’re new to ESO, you’ll make a one-time purchase of the game and then continue playing without restrictions for as long as you like.

In Tamriel Unlimited, you’ll be able to purchase optional downloadable content, and the new in-game Crown Store will offer convenience and customization items. If you choose, you can pay a single monthly charge for our premium membership, ESO Plus™, to receive monthly in-game benefits and a monthly allotment of crowns to spend in the store. Our team remains committed to providing a great experience to all players, and you can expect continued, regular updates free of charge in addition to our new store offerings.

You can read the full press release for more details from Bethesda.

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Neverwinter - Elemental Evil Expansion

by Couchpotato, Wednesday - January 21, 2015 03:15

Perfect World Entertainment announced Neverwinter: Elemental Evil a new expansion module for the MMORPG Neverwinter: Elemental Evil. Here is the new information.

NEVERWINTER: ELEMENTAL EVIL COMING EARLY 2015

Additional Updates in 2015 Bring Anticipated Features Including New Classes and Strongholds

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – January 20, 2015 – Today, Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a leading publisher of free-to-play MMORPGs, and Cryptic Studios announced Neverwinter: Elemental Evil – the newest module for the action MMORPG set in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms universe from Wizards of the Coast. Following the launch of Neverwinter: Elemental Evil, Cryptic Studios will release modules later in 2015 with highly requested additions including Strongholds and well-known characters from Dungeons & Dragons lore.

With the largest update to-date, Neverwinter: Elemental Evil brings a new playable class – the Paladin – that increases the playable classes count to eight. Players looking to create Paladins will be able to choose a focus on healing or tanking builds. The new module will also increase the level cap from 60 to 70, which brings a new set of quests, feats and slottable class feature powers.

Neverwinter: Elemental Evil also continues the partnership with Wizards of the Coast as Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment maintain a one-to-one release cadence with the official D&D storylines. Neverwinter players will journey through new adventures as they fight the newest threat to Protector’s Enclave – the Cults of Elemental Evil – which are also present in the upcoming tabletop adventure release, Princes of the Apocalypse.

Cryptic studios will be integrating several anticipated features and content updates through future module releases in 2015. Within the calendar year, players will interact with iconic characters from Dungeons & Dragons lore and step foot into their own Strongholds – the Neverwinter version of guild housing. Cryptic will also be launching Neverwinter on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, planned in early 2015. More details on these game features and the Xbox One release will be shared at a later date.

Neverwinter is a free-to-play action MMORPG that features fast-paced combat and epic dungeons. Players explore the vast city of Neverwinter and its surrounding countryside, learning the vivid history of the iconic city and battling its many enemies. Neverwinter is currently available on PC.

For more information about Neverwinter , and to play now for free, visit http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/neverwinter

Neverwinter

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Shroud of the Avatar - Interview @ GamerHubTV

by Couchpotato, Tuesday - January 20, 2015 04:21

Executive Producer Starr Long was interviewed on GamerHubTV this week.

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At CES 2015, Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues Executive Producer Starr Long was at the Plantronics booth discussing crowd development and the latest improvements to the Portalarium MMO RPG in this exclusive interview.

Shroud of the Avatar

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Elder Scrolls Online - Justice System @ MMO-Play

by Couchpotato, Sunday - January 18, 2015 04:10

Jeff Francis of MMO-play posted a new opinion article about why he is excited about the Justice System in The Elder Scrolls Online. So what about you guys do you agree?

Overall, I'm looking forward to the Elder Scrolls Online justice system because it adds another layer of depth to the online rpg. I love the mechanics of having a bounty on your head that you can pay off or choose to flee from, even though you'll be living on the lam. The fences where stolen goods are sold or laundered should provide some interesting roleplaying opportunities. Another good aspect of the justice system is that there are several stages to being wanted, ranging from not wanting to get too close to guards all the way up to fleeing for your very life. The new system will be strictly PvE when it launches, but the game plans on eventually adding PvP elements. I can think of a horde of players who are just itching to become bounty hunters when that happens. Just remember to look twice and crouch when you decide to do some mischief to ensure that nobody's watching you.

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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WoW - Adding Free-to-play for Veterans

by Couchpotato, Sunday - January 18, 2015 04:00

Cnet has information that Blizzard has released a Free-to-play version for Veterans. There was always talk about the MMO going F2P, and this version will have restrictions.

After hitting a low point of 6.8 million subscribers in the first half of 2014, World of Warcraft saw numbers skyrocket back up to over 10 million following the release of the Warlords of Draenor expansion in November 2014.

The massive multiplayer online game has always traditionally been subscription-based, but it seems that Blizzard may be trying to think of ways to lure back even more of those subscribers who may have let their subscriptions lapse.

The patch notes for 6.1, the latest iteration of the game, include a new account type called "Veteran Edition" that has similar restrictions to "Starter Edition" accounts -- that is, the free trial account that lets you play the game for free, up to a point.

On a Starter Edition account, players can only reach level 20 (of a possible 100), collect a maximum of 10 gold, and have other restrictions, particularly on social interaction, on what they can and can't do in the game.

WoW

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Shroud of the Avatar - Release 13 Postmortem

by Couchpotato, Saturday - January 17, 2015 03:49

Its time again for another postmortem video from Portalarium games. This time they talk about the recently released build thirteen of Shroud of the Avatar.

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Richard, Starr, and Chris will be chatting about Release 13, recounting their favorite moments while also looking ahead to Release 14. And as usual, I’ll be taking your questions and feedback about R13 live in the chat-room and also in advance in the comments section!

Shroud of the Avatar

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Guild Wars 2 - Heart of Thorns Expansion?

by Couchpotato, Thursday - January 15, 2015 04:49

If any of you still play Guild Wars 2 it seems NCSoft has trademarked a new expansion called Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. I found the information on PC GamesN.

Guild Wars 2 has received more than a few updates since it launches in 2012, with long, episodic story arcs, PvP-focused patches and gear overhauls, but NCsoft and ArenaNet have yet to tease an expansion. But it looks like one is now on the way.

Guild Wars 2

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Pantheon - New Podcast Released

by Couchpotato, Tuesday - January 13, 2015 04:52

Visionary Realms released a new podcast today on Soundcloud.

1.11.15 podcast discussing recent promotions, the upcoming Developer Round Table Discussion and beginning to take a closer look at Pantheon's Achievement System.

Pantheon

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Shroud of the Avatar - Update of the Avatar #107

by Couchpotato, Sunday - January 11, 2015 01:19

Portalarium. has posted the 107th weekly update for Shroud of the Avatar.

A Year of Portalarium: 2014 in Review

GolemDragon posted an amazing article on the Ultima Codex site entitled “Shroud of the Avatar- A Year of Portalarium: 2014 in Review“. He starts the article by saying:

"As Kenneth likes to do “A Year in Review”posts on Ultima Codex, He and I are both pleased to bring you, Shroud of the Avatar – A Year of Portalarium: 2014 in Review, in which we look at the news related to Richard Garriott, #Portalarium, and #LBSotA that came out in the last year. As you can see we have everything organized monthly. Enjoy!!!"

He then provides a summary of the key SotA events for each month, with links to the original material. He closed by saying:

"It really has been an amazing year. Alot has changed for Shroud of the Avatar. We have multiple systems that have been created and are in the stage of being expanded, changed, and polished. Other systems still have yet to be developed and so 2015 will be another year of major changes. Many community members have only just started their own community projects or have moved on from past projects to new projects. May you all look back on 2014 as a good year of development for SotA and look forward to all 2015 may bring us."

We encourage you to check out GolemDragon’s 2014 in Review article at Ultima Codex because it truly captures what an amazing year 2014 was for all of us traveling this journey together!

Shroud of the Avatar

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Shroud of the Avatar - Interview @ Gamers Nexus

by Couchpotato, Saturday - January 10, 2015 03:36

Scott Griffin of Gamers Nexus interviewed RichardGarriott about Shroud of the Avatar.

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The ability to hook players into a game -- ideally without requiring a never-ending grind to get to the "fun part" -- is an ever-challenging quest for companies. This problem is one that actually benefits the modding community, which is probably one of the ultimate forms of complimenting a game's developers. Modding communities show that players are so committed to what they were given that they want to keep it alive as long as possible. Morrowind is a prime example of this; even after a decade, players are still keeping the game alive by porting it into newer engines even the game's Lead Designer acknowledges this, 10+ years later.

Shroud of the Avatar

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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SW:TOR - Cyan Sphere & Gree Events

by Couchpotato, Saturday - January 10, 2015 03:16

Bioware posted more information on the Cyan Sphere & Gree Events for SW:TOR.

When we started the Life Day event, we got questioned on two things almost immediately. Where is the Gree event and why is the Cyan Sphere on this vendor without it? Two valid questions. As I mentioned before the end of the year, it is our intent that the next time you see the Gree event it will be scaled to level 60. I am here to deliver news on both of these fronts!

First, it is our plan right now that the Gree event will return end of February/March timeframe. We are still working out the exact timing but we will update that information on our events page when we have it. Second, I know there was concern around the Cyan Sphere and its cost. We are going to be moving the Cyan Sphere vehicle onto the Gree event vendor with 3.1. Also, just to make sure the vehicle can be attained by both the Gree and Life Day participants, you will find two separate ways to buy the vehicle. You can either buy it with a mix of Snow-covered Parcels and Grey Helix, or just Grey Helix alone. This way regardless of which event you tended to participate in, it is still accessible to you!

Again, we will update more specific timing when we have it and you will now find the Cyan Sphere on the Gree vendor with 3.1.

SW:TOR

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Elder Scrolls Online - Boxes Pulled From Stores

by Couchpotato, Saturday - January 10, 2015 03:12

I found information on Blue's News about physical boxes being pulled form stores for the Elder Scrolls Online, and the six month subscriptions were canceled last month.

Kotaku Australia reports that a directive has gone out to EB Games to remove all copies of The Elder Scrolls Online from their shelves by January 13, including prepaid cards for Bethesda's MMORPG. This is helping fuel suspicions that the game may be transitioning to a free-to-play business model, a theory that took form when six month subscription option was removed last month. MCV Pacific has a statement from EB Games that this is "part of a normal stock recall" which includes other game, though Kotaku has a follow-up to this, saying that games like Destiny and The Evil Within are having excess stock returned, while the instructions for The Elder Scrolls Online is to remove every single copy.

Looks like the F2P rumors might be true.

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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D&D Online - Another 2015 Producers Letter

by Couchpotato, Friday - January 09, 2015 01:57

Seems another MMO game got a Producers Letter this time it's for D&D Online from
Executive Producer Robert Ciccolini. I still play the game but it has a been a while.

My name is Robert Ciccolini, although many of you might know me as “Severlin” on the forums or from podcasts. I am the Executive Producer for Dungeons and Dragons Online. I wanted to take this opportunity to look back on our previous year and look forward to the year ahead.

Thanks go to Gamebanshee for this one as I missed it today.

D&D Online

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Age of Conan - Soundtrack of the Week

by Couchpotato, Friday - January 09, 2015 01:16

XP4T has named the Age of Conan soundtrack their pick of the week. I have never played the game so I comment on the quality of the music.

It’s already been six years since we washed ashore for the first time on a beach somewhere near Tortage and started fighting our way to fame and glory in the MMORPG version of Robert E. Howard‘s legendary low-fantasy Conan world. From the very first moments of our epic adventure between the four continents of the Hyborian Age, our ears are blessed with the beautiful sounds of the original score, written for the game (and its expansions) by the Norwegian composer, musician and producer, Knut Avenstroup Haugen. And despite the ups and downs that the Age of Conan franchise has experienced over the years, its music still stands out so much that we decided it deserves immediate recognition in our new weekly XP4T.com series, as one of the best original soundtracks ever written for a game.

Age of Conan

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Lord of the Rings Online - 2015 Producers Letter

by Couchpotato, Friday - January 09, 2015 01:01

If any members play Lord of the Rings Online here is the 2015 producers letter. It contains information from last yeas, and the developers  the plans for 2015.

Hello all! I’m Athena “Vyvyanne” Peters, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online.

Thank you for welcoming me. I am really excited to be exploring Tolkien’s world and all the adventures that have and will take place here!

2014 was a great year for LOTRO, and we hope you agree! Our focus for the year was expanding our story into Gondor, improving Epic Battles with Pelargir, and introducing a new class – the Beorning. Our progress in these areas sets us up for ambitious goals in 2015.

Our story continues in 2015 with both Osgiliath and Minas Tirith! Although there will be multiple updates throughout the year, these major locations will be the focus of our largest releases. Each expands the world of Middle-earth even further, and puts us in view of the Ephel Dúath and Mordor itself.

Lord of the Rings Online

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Pantheon - Development Plan for 2015

by Couchpotato, Friday - January 09, 2015 00:54

The forums for Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen has information about the games development from Visionary Realms based on a Facebook post that is now blocked form reading.

Something I’ve observed after making MMOs for well over a decade is the Pendulum. It’s the tendency for an issue or aspect of the game to switch from one extreme to the other. People (including me, although I try to be aware of it and avoid it) seem to react to a problem or issue to the extreme. If there is an issue that’s problematic, the tendency seems to be to push the pendulum to the opposite extreme. This usually just creates a new problem. So what I’ve learned over the years is the middle ground is usually where you want to be. It’s all about balance.

All that said, sometimes you nudge the Pendulum gently depending on what’s going on and where you are at in a project. In the last 6 months, I feel we’ve had to prove that we are making a real game, that Pantheon is *not* vaporware. Because of that, we’ve been focused a little more on quantity over quality. A huge emphasis has been on actual MMO client/server gameplay. That’s not to say that lore hasn’t been written, or zones haven’t been made – they certainly have. But let’s be honest: graphically, visually, Pantheon is not where it needs to be. You know that, and so do we.

The plan for 2015 is about gently nudging the Pendulum the other way, more so towards quality and the visuals. We need to attract game news sites and get more coverage and get more people excited about the game. We also need to attract investors. Quite simply, we need to raise the bar.

Pantheon

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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SW:TOR - Current Exploit “Going Around”

by Couchpotato, Friday - January 09, 2015 00:31

Eric Musco of Bioware posted information about a new exploit gamers have used to cheat in SWTOR. So if you still play he MMO game it might interest you.

Normally when an exploit exists, it is our policy to remain quiet until the issue is fixed. The reasoning behind that policy is that if we talk about or acknowledge an exploit, it can create a situation where we draw more attention to it. This can include people who didn’t previously know about it and can unintentionally make the issue more widespread. Without being specific, there is an exploit which has been present for a couple of weeks, that unfortunately has become more widespread than we typically see. It is being openly discussed in-game as well as other channels. We have been receiving quite a few questions about it and due to the wide nature which it is being discussed, we thought it best to address it.

First, we are definitely aware of the issue! It is our plan to have a fix in place for it next Tuesday. We have received a lot of questions of what, if any action will be taken against those who have used this exploit. While I cannot going into specifics about that, it has and will remain our policy that any use of an exploit can lead to action being taken against your account up to and including permanent suspension.

If you believe you have discovered an exploit, or you hear of an exploit taking place, this is the best course of action to take:

- Do not “test” the exploit yourself. Even a single occurrence of using an exploit can lead to action being taken against your account.

 - Report the exploit immediately and privately. First, use the /bug command in-game to send in a ticket about the issue. Secondly, please send the details to any member of our community team via a private message, here on the forums. Rest assured, even if we do not respond, we read all of our messages and will escalate exploits accordingly.

- Do not post on the forums with any reference to, or explanation of an exploit. These posts are against the forum rules and will be removed. We also highly recommend you don’t post on other forums or social media channels explaining any aspect of the exploit.

In summary, we are aware of the exploit taking place and we will be taking appropriate action against those who have abused it. It is our current plan to implement a fix for this issue next Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

SW:TOR

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Shroud of the Avatar - Update of the Avatar #106

by Couchpotato, Monday - January 05, 2015 04:07

As usual here is the next weekly update for Shroud of the Avatar from Portalarium.

Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

  • Shroud of the Avatar #1 Most Anticipated MMO of 2015 and Beyond!
  • SotA at CES Next Week
  • Brightbone Pass
  • Shardfall Biome
  • Wyrmsands
  • Dragon Pass
  • In-game Community Weekend Events
  • Last Chance Exclusives: Skinning Knife, Wood & Plaster Row House and Town Home
  • Holiday Specials
  • Steam Access Keys Available for All Backers
  • How to Cancel Monthly Payment Plans
  • Upcoming Events

Shroud of the Avatar

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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SW:TOR - BioWare's Comment on Lag Issues

by Couchpotato, Sunday - January 04, 2015 05:24

Gamer Headlines has information about a problem with the new expansion Shadow of Revan. It seems it caused players to suffer lag issues, and here are the details.

Today, BioWare have finally commented on the lag issues which have been plaguing Star Wars The Old Republic for some players since the release of the Shadow of Revan expansion on December 9th.

Many players have been reporting frame rate issues, connection lag and significant ability delay on the official forums. One particular thread has received forty nine pages and counting of players reporting issues.

BioWare community manager Eric Musco has today commented on the issue via an official developer post on the Old Republic forums:

"Here is what I can tell you. We definitely have not forgotten about this and the team is still assessing what the cause is, and how we can begin to address it. What I am going to do is to work with the team to get a status update with as much detail as I can, by next Friday (although hopefully before then!)."

SW:TOR

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Elder Scrolls Online - Six Month Subscriptions

by Couchpotato, Wednesday - December 31, 2014 05:15

Massively has news that ZeniMax has stopped offering six-month subscriptions. According to the site they did so quietly, and didn't warn any of the games players.

Players are just a little bit leery of the fact that The Elder Scrolls Online has removed the six-month subscription option from the game. Oh, sure, it seems innocent enough; it's just a change in billing options. But it's also one of those changes that's happened in more than a few other games indicating that the game was removing the need for a subscription... or that the game was no longer going to be playable at all, in the case of Warhammer Online.

The official ZeniMax response on the French forums is simply that players indicated they preferred the shorter billing options, so the six-month option was removed. General sentiment in the thread is that this answer is not entirely credible. If it really is a harbinger of something more to come... well, we'll find out about it in about six months. Maybe five.

So whats your opinion everyone? Is this good or bad news?

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Shroud of the Avatar - Update of the Avatar #105

by Couchpotato, Tuesday - December 30, 2014 05:18

Well here is the next weekly update for Shroud of the Avatar from Portalarium.

Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

  • The Space Bards’ cover of Iolo’s “Stones”
  • Scepter of Dread Artifact
  • First Quarter 2015 Schedule Update
  • $5 for $5 Holiday Bonus
  • In-game Community Weekend Events
  • Steam Access Keys Available for All Backers
  • Holiday Specials
  • Last Chance Exclusives: Smithing Hammer, Village Pavilion, and Barn Village Home
  • How to Cancel Monthly Payment Plans
  • Recruitment Bonus Allocation Expiration
  • Upcoming Events

Shroud of the Avatar

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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