My New Gig at Massively Overpowered

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A short post today, as I am quite busy as of late, but there is an important development I wish to notify you all of.

The trials of the Fortress of Dawn in AnthemIf you’re a regular reader of Massively Overpowered (I still want to call it just “Massively,” like the old days), you might have already noticed this, but I’ve now joined their staff as a columnist. I’ll be heading up the Not So Massively column, published every other Monday. In it, I’ll be covering online games that aren’t quite full fledged MMORPGs, like Anthem or Diablo.

Since MOP is already such a well-known site, I don’t plan to link every article I do for them here, but I will direct you to my introductory column. It should give you an idea of where I’m coming from.

As neither site is opposed to my working other jobs, I will be continuing to write for MMO Bro…

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Nintendo Labo VR and Possible Switch Mini


Two sets of news concerning Nintendo’s current (and possibly future) plans for the Switch have cropped up recently, the release of a Nintendo Labo VR and the possible rumor of a Switch Mini (I must emphasize that the latter has not been confirmed by Nintendo).  And I can’t help but speculate that, if rumors of the Switch Mini turn out to be true, there might be a connection to Labo VR that I’d like to explore further in the following post.

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It’s not what you play, it’s who you play it with

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I’m writing this the day before Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 releases. At least for me and all the other season pass pre-orders. If you bought the Ultimate Edition, you could be playing now but if you only have the standard you have to wait another few days. Sad, but true.

That’s a comment for another day. What I wanted to write about was a question Kim asked me recently: “Why don’t you write about how exited you are for The Division 2?” Relatively straightforward at first but the truth is, I’m not. I’ve dropped a load of money on a game I’m not hyped about at all.

So why spend the money? Well, because Pete is beyond excited about the game.

Every Tuesday night, Pete and I play games online, or at least try to as sometimes life gets in the way. I look forward to it…

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

Return to House of Grouse

While the film wasn’t anything to write home about the music was written by Trevor Rabin formerly of yes. And the blog is about the two first life sorcerers that are parked at the moment. I have run the birthday event to equip them with full sets of the appropriate Forum Post clubs. I also picked up a Ban Hammer but that is for another time.

Grousefrost is obviously is my Water Savant, since the introduction of racial reincarnation I have decided to do the race aspect first with him, it seems sensible to get as many racial action points as early as possible. This will also apply to my earth savant. However they will go in different directions as Frost is going to go heroic and epic.

I was thinking how best to differentiate between the two sorcerers, doing exactly the same thing would be boring so  I will…

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Barbarian Subclass: Path of the Gourmet

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I felt like there wasn’t enough cooking in D&D.

So I homebrewed this up:

Path of The Gourmet

A wild hunter and cook capable of filleting the best dragon sashimi you’ve ever tasted, Barbarians who follow the Path of the Gourmet are not your typical hulking brutes. Gourmet’s love to be on the front lines so they can find the freshest meat, the rarest vegetables, and the best spring water. They are capable of preparing meals fit for royalty and their meals don’t just taste good. When a Gourmet Barbarian cooks a meal for his companions their strength is bolstered, their spirits lifted, and their bodies refreshed.

Some barbarians hail from culinary cultures. Many of these barbarians end up finding places of prominence within towns or cities. Barbarians that follow the Path of the Gourmet sublimate their rage in the pursuits of perfect meals. Wild hunters and cooks capable of…

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Lair of the Octopus Sorcerer

Dyson's Dodecahedron

The Octopus Sorcerer has been researching and experimenting with some remains of the lost Aemril “technologies” in a cave on Farmrath Summit for the last seven years.

This wouldn’t really matter to anyone except that they are in possession of another Aemril artifact – the White Hadariel Staff. The staff is likely the only remaining key into Aemril sites and your employer has a lead on an unplundered vault in the Dhuurawa Wilds and wants either the Octopus Sorcerer to come along, or even better, that you just bring the White Hadariel Staff without the annoying “this belongs in a museum” octopus.

Lair of the Octopus Sorcerer Lair of the Octopus Sorcerer

To meet with (or ambush) the Octopus Sorcerer, you will need to find the cave on Farmrath Summit and wrangle your way past the sorcerer’s guards, workers, and a few clerical staff to interrupt their studies and “acquire” the staff.


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Die Hard, DDO-style

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Bargain of Blood — or “Bob” as I like to call it — is another one of those House D quests that my DDO leveling group did not too long ago. Thus, it’s fairly fresh in my mind, although I certainly didn’t have any problems running it again. It’s a fun setting, that of a bazaar where pirates are reselling stolen goods back to people. It’s a dungeon where the setting is an outside mall. Kind of like fighting your way through IKEA.

There are plenty of places for me to snipe down and afar at enemies, so I was in my natural habitat. Nothing like the feeling of gunning hobgoblins or whatevers down as they try in vain to close the distance and hit me. There was a lot of ranged fire as well, although in DDO you can actually dodge it if you see arrows and spears coming…

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Gamers blog party: spring 2019 invitation

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Spring is very almost here along with Easter, and the anticipation for a long weekend of video games and chocolate is growing. But before that, it’s time for the first blog party of 2019 here at Later Levels – there’s no better way to set yourself up for the week and meet some new blogging friends.

The rules are simple:

🎉   Arrive at the party: don’t be shy and stand in the corner – say hello and introduce yourself in the comments below! Give an introduction to your blog to welcome new readers and let us know what you’re all about.

🎉   Present your gift: think about the posts you’ve written during the past three months and choose your favourite or one which was fun to write. Leave a link to it in your comment and explain why you’ve picked it.

🎉   Get the conversation going: there are some…

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Holding Back the Backlog


With all the shady business and pushy live services present in the modern video game industry, it’s very tempting to think that there’s very little worth getting these days. That is, of course, absolutely false. There’s still plenty to get excited for every year, more than ever before actually. It’s great, but it’s also kind of bothersome because it requires a bit more self-control from us gamers. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype now that one has to mentally keep themselves from getting swept away. Just about every serious gamer has a backlog now, and it’s all we can do to hold it back sometimes.

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Static group running reaper

Micki's Delirium

After a tough run through To Curse the Sky and Creeping Death on reaper 1, the static group moved on to running Lords of Dust on reaper 3. In our our first attempt we all got knocked down by the cats at the first altar and ended up wiping, so we released and restarted. The second try went better and we managed to get through the quests without the whole party dying. I didn’t take many screenshots, but here are a couple.

Ruffshot, Schoan, Valdayanie and Jarvanna took level 16 before starting the LoD chain, while Judet who didn’t yet have enough xp for it was still 15.

That’s all I have for you for this time.
Thank you for stopping by.

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