Early Torchlight Frontiers testers might recall a previous version of the fame and contract system that experimented with a daily quest-and-reward format. Echtra Games took that out of the game a while back to retool it, but now with Update 9, it’s back and better than ever. Basically, the assignment board dishes out simple quests designed to fill up one’s contract meter with fame. Once full, contracts pay out in fun rewards attributed to different levels. Some of the new prizes include a chicken coop, backpacks for your pet kitty, birds of prey, a campsite, and even the dino-like chakawary. “Contracts are now a permanent component of the core Torchlight Frontiers experience,” the studio said. “Completing contracts is a prime method for adding to your fort decor collection, filling your bags with crafting materials for Relics and Enchantments, adding new pets to your menagerie, and more or less stuffing your pockets with the coolest lootz!” … [Read more...] about Torchlight Frontiers brings back its fame and contract system
When you get a little bored of the normal questing flow or dungeon hopping in Lord of the Rings Online, there are plenty of side activities for you to enjoy. You can engage in some roleplay with the community, go on a crafting spree, play freeze tag in the Bree-land ruins, explore the excellent Bingo Boffin storyline, give your house an interior makeover, fish to your heart’s content, grind out a few deeds, and see if you can unlock some of the more interesting titles and emotes in the game. Or you could become a chicken. LOTRO’s chicken play sessions have delighted and fascinated the game’s community ever since their inclusion. By thrusting players into the shoes (er, talons) of a defenseless chicken and giving them a goal to navigate the world, Middle-earth transforms into a completely different place indeed. So how do you go on a poultry journey and survive to tell the tale? And why is chicken play so addictive? I’m here to help you strange folk out. Getting … [Read more...] about LOTRO Legendarium: The bold life of a player chicken
Last week’s car bill: This is how I save so much money on my car loan. The company forgets they sent it and then they have to credit me for failure to properly notify while also waiving late fees. I wrote myself a note because otherwise I would also forget. The complete run of the 1993 animated cartoon The Bots Master: This was a good show but apparently we all needed to forget about it. An entire ham: I don’t know why there’s a ham in here. Legendary columnist Phillip Michel: Yes, everyone’s favorite columnist from Massively-that-was has been locked in the Forgetting Closet for several years now. What’s that? You don’t remember Phillip’s columns like Keeping it Surreal, The Big Question, and Stop Me If You’ve Heard This Fun? Then I guess the closet works, doesn’t it, Phil? Don’t even bother asking about your boyfriend, Phil, he’s with me now. A second entire ham: Okay, that one I do remember, but I don’t … [Read more...] about WRUP: What’s in the Forgetting Closet edition
Most all gamers know the bittersweet feeling that is to have a huge backlog of unplayed games thanks to seasonal sales and impulse purchases. We’re stuffed to the gills with entertainment and lacking the time and bandwidth to play them all. I assume that happens, perhaps to a lesser degree, with some of us in the MMO community. I often have a backlog of MMOs at any given time that I wouldn’t mind playing… if I had the time. Right now that pile includes Guild Wars 2, Neverwinter, and ArcheAge, but it could grow and shrink depending on my interest in the future. What’s your backlog like? Do you have MMORPGs that you have been thinking about trying, returning to, or branching out into, but you either haven’t pulled the trigger or haven’t had the time yet to handle them? Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What MMOs are in your backlog?
It’s easy to be a bit on the cynical side with Chronicles of Elyria as the game continues to… well, not be a game, but mostly offer the drama of players seceding from kingdoms in a game that does not yet exist. However, there’s work being done on the title, as you can see from the latest set of pre-alpha footage. Forward movement! Literally! We also bid farewell to Caravan Stories this week, as that game has launched. We should have someone on first impressions for that, huh? Let’s check on some other beta news. And with that, we close the book on the week, or at least the beta testing week. Got some stories from betas you’re involved in? Is something on our list not accurately representing its current test state? Let us know down in the comments! As always, we consider an MMO to be in open testing if it features free, public signups and will server wipe prior to launch. An MMO is marked in closed testing if it’s running a private … [Read more...] about Betawatch: Chronicles of Elyria shows off its pre-alpha gameplay