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Now displaying: March, 2016
Mar 30, 2016

Surprise! It's a bonus episode of the Massively OP Podcast this week -- hope you don't mind! After bringing your questions to Camelot Unchained's Mark Jacobs in the last show, we had so many left over that he agreed to do a follow-up episode with more answers. Jacobs gets into topics such as the subscription model, classes, and foundational principles.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Show notes:

  • Intro
  • Why are you doing subscriptions?
  • Strategies for cheaters and hackers
  • Educational videos
  • Animation cancelling
  • Hardest foundational principle to stick to?
  • What would you be doing if not Camelot Unchained?
  • Takes on classes, scouts, and healers
  • How to support war without engaging in PvP
  • Air Warrior and underdog realms
  • Maps and keeping players together
  • Travel time and designed downtime
  • Policing CUBE player content
  • Listening and reacting to players after launch
  • Will there be a grouping tool?
  • Lessons from previous MMOs
  • Outro

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Mar 29, 2016

After taking in scads of questions from our readers about Camelot Unchained, we roped in Mark Jacobs to see how many of them he could answer in a tight hour! It's everything you wanted to know about this Arthurian RvR title -- and then some. Even if you're not into Camelot Unchained, we think you'll find this episode a fascinating look into the development process.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Show notes:

  • Introduction
  • Crunch and beta prep
  • Building an engine from scratch
  • What is Camelot Unchained?
  • How are you handling servers?
  • Free trials and open beta
  • Tutorials and player guides
  • PvP design goal for the whole game
  • How will CU's PvP be better than DAoC's FFA PvP?
  • Economic PvP design goal
  • Trading at 3:00 a.m.
  • How will you balance 30 classes?
  • What does CU bring to the genre that's new?
  • Addressing visual chaos
  • Outro

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Mar 22, 2016

Post-Black Friday and the MMO industry rebounds with scads of stories, trade shows, and updates -- it's almost as if these games weren't dead, or something! Bree and Justin tackle a few of the big stories, including Landmark and Crowfall's imminent plans, as well as catch up on a ton of listener mail.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Mar 15, 2016

As if there was anything else we'd be talking about this week? Co-hosts Justin and Bree sort through the bombshells of both EverQuest Next and WildStar from last Friday, looking for reasons, effects, and silver linings in all of it. Will there be tears, defiance, or hope? Tune in!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Show notes:

  • News: WildStar's studio gets gutted, China release cancelled
  • Mailbag: Is WildStar salvagable?
  • News: EverQuest Next is shelved
  • Mailbag: The state of the MMO industry?
  • Mailbag: Are there ever going to be more major PvE MMOs?
  • Mailbag: EQN's cancellation won't make much of a difference
  • Mailbag: EverQuest franchise's future?
  • Mailbag: Pure MMO companies left?

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Mar 8, 2016

As we start to emerge from winter, blinking at hints of a spring sun, the MMO industry gets wild and crazy with all sorts of interesting developments. This week on the show, Bree and Justin talk about big launches, sad departures, and -- of course -- fishing. We'll get your attention, hook, line, and sinker! You'll be reeled in by this podcast as we tackle the important topics! ...We'll stop now.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Mar 1, 2016

Curious about all of the big MMOs that are being released this spring? We've brought MOP's Matt onto the podcast to talk about his first-hand experiences in Blade & Soul, The Division, Black Desert, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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