6 upcoming MMOs that have my full attention

Bio Break

I tend to group online games that have my interest into three categories: MMOs I’m currently playing, MMOs I kind of want to play but have no time at the moment, and MMOs I want to play but aren’t out or finished yet. Today I want to talk about that last category as I’ve been revising my list of my top most wanted games right now in May 2018. Which have my full interest?

1. Ashes of Creation

I still hold some reservations about this title and how it’ll be able to strike a balance between the PvE and PvP halves of the game, but man, does it ever hit on so many must-have features for me including housing, a changing world, and flexible class systems. The team’s been really quiet over the past half-year or so, which I attribute to running the Alpha Zero and actually making the game…

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My Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch Wishlist

3rd World Geeks

Since getting announced last March, pretty much nothing has been revealed about the latest Super Smash Bros., aside from being the focus of Nintendo at this year’s E3. Well, E3 is less than a month away so this is a good time to talk about the things that I want to see in the next Super Smash Bros. game.

And when I say things, what I mean is I have a general wishlist of what I want the next Super Smash Bros. to have – be it features, characteristics, roster inclusions, anything. With that said, let’s begin…

1. The Return of the Tripping Mechanic

Just kidding. Nobody wants to see tripping make a comeback.

1. A Better Name

One recent criticism of Nintendo has been how “uncreative” they’ve been when it comes to naming their products and games. They changed the name of their seventh generation console from Revolution to…

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The puzzle of add-ons

GamingSF

I read with interest a post by Rohan on a puzzle boss in Final Fantasy 14. I’ve no experience of this myself, but imagining it I doubt I’d be able to do the maths quickly enough to stand much chance of success at the mechanics. His comment that such a boss in World of Warcraft would be implausible, given the likelihood of an add-on being produced by players that would make the fight trivially easy, did set me thinking though.

Add-ons are available in many MMORPGs but I rarely use them outside of WoW anyway. In WoW I wouldn’t have dreamed of playing without altoholic, auctioneer, deadly boss mods (DBM) and similar extras. In other games, the only addon I can think that I’ve made much use of is the excellent AI Research Grid in Elder Scrolls Online.

I’ve certainly never used an addon like DBM to simplify boss…

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TR Quick Levelling Quest Guide

DDO Build Masters

See our updated TR guide here

Also for questions about hearts and different reincarnations see here.

Here is a quest progression for fast tracking a TR back to 20.

Starting Points: Always maintain Bravery Bonus. Bank levels as much as possible or needed to maintain BB. A Greater Tome of Learning should be the first item bought for your TR toon from the store. Hopefully you saved all of your xp gems from your last life’s daily rolls. Optionals are just that, optional. If the point is to level to 20 quickly then unfortunately most are just not worth it. The list and progression is not exact, depending on different factors such as VIP/Free to play , xp pots, etc. you may end up taking a level before or after the progression. Avoid the trap of re gearing after every level. Have your gear ready and focus on going from quest…

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Adventure Log: Dungeons and Dragons, Part 4

Cannibal Halfling Gaming

The adventurers rested, either leaning against the altar with weapons in hand, or scrambling around the spare furnishings of the temple. The Shadows moved faster than Folk did, and they didn’t have much time until the ten of them that were released found the way up and out of the crypt. Ander and Jethro found glass bottles in the Undertaker’s apartment and filled them with water for their skins, setting the bottles and some of the silver they gathered from the Keep in front of Hugh, who performed a ceremony to bless the water. Holy water seemed to be a potent ally in the fight against what was to come. Clouds gathered over the temple, and the adventurers prepared for a fight. As the sky darkened, the adventurers scrambled to the squares of sunlight made by the overhead windows; shadows didn’t usually exist in daylight, and the adventurers needed all…

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Planning a TR

DDO Build Masters

Don’t do it when you’re tired!!! Especially to an iconic where you may mess up 15 levels and be locked in to leveling to cap.

Have your stats and feats mapped out before you reincarnate. Make sure you have the stats and BAB for the feats you want at the level you plan to take. This step is mostly taken care of if using a guide.

Get your stuff ready:

Greensteel: Starter greensteel setup is a hit point item and a triple positive weapon. If you have a cleansed hp item, next would be a concordant-opposition with stacking spell points and some skill boosts (an easy build is +4 exceptional int skills and +6 exceptional cha skills for trapping and umd/diplo/bluff/etc). I you have ingredients but not a cleanser and want a second weapon, I’d go with a lit2, triple fire, or if planning multiple TRs over varying builds…

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Rolling The Die: Thoughts on RPG Results and Rules

The Imagi-Verse

Main Thought: It shouldn’t take more than 5 seconds to determine the result of a die-roll in a table-top rpg.  I don’t mean that you as a player should be faster necessarily, but rather if the mechanics are so complicated that each roll requires a discussion or opening a book, it’s usually a sign that there’s an issue with the system or how it’s being used.

I found myself sitting this evening and just thinking about a bunch of things, and the last bit I was considering was the variety of pen-and-paper storytelling games out there such as Dungeons & Dragons, ShadowRun, Numenera, Mouse Guard, etc, and how they employ a variety of mechanics to tell stories in vastly different ways.  Mouse Guard focuses pretty heavily towards the narrative approach as far as mechanics are concerned with less on statistics, where as Dungeons & Dragons have a lot of different…

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N-No Virtual Console for the Switch?!

VIRTUAL BASTION

Say it ain’t so, Nintendo!  Say it ain’t so!

Oh, don’t mind me.  I’m just…a bit upset right now.  It’s fine, really.  But hey, did you hear, Nintendo is apparently not bringing the Virtual Console to the Switch!  What is happening to my life!  I am ill-prepared for this news; why, cruel world, why!  (Oh, I realized after writing this that Hatm0nster already discussed Nintendo’s new online service.  But it can’t hurt to share my own thoughts, right?…)

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