One of the most frequent questions I’m ever asked here at Massively OP or on my own blog is, “How do you do it? How do you play all these games while handling a job and family?” Obviously the solution is experimental military-grade medication that’s kept me from sleeping since 2011. Another popular theory is that I’m one of a batch of clones that time-share my life. The truth is that I don’t have any more time than anyone else and have had to organize my life and game smartly. It’s not like back when I was a bachelor and could play games for three days straight; now I have a wife, four kids, and way too many things that are always vying for my attention. But I love to play MMOs, and along with writing, I see it as my hobby. So I’ve figured out little ways to make gaming work on a limited time budget, and if you’re in a similar situation and feel torn between wanting to play MMOs and feeling like you don’t have the time to … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: How to play MMOs on a limited time budget
Top 10 free to play mmo
It’s that time of the year again. Almost Christmas – and subsequently the end of the year. Final Fantasy XIV is one of the few pay-to-play MMORPGs left capable of maintaining a subscription-based model. The Elder Scrolls Online is one of the few buy-to-play MMORPGs capable of maintaining a purchase-to-play model. MapleStory 2 is, actually, a newer MMORPG. It is completely free-to-play and released late in 2018. Players are capable of going directly to their website right now, downloading it, and playing it. Both RuneScape, Old School RuneScape, and the recent introduction of RuneScape Mobile have turned RuneScape into one of the most played MMOs on the web. Burning Soul Worker is a private server based on the Anime-MMO, Soul Worker Online. Guild Wars 2 is free to play, technically, but requires the purchase of each expansion to actively participate in end-game content. So, it is, once again, technically, one of the few buy-to-play MMORPGs capable of … [Read more...] about Top 10 Most Played MMORPGs in 2019
It’s almost August, so you know what that means. Today, I’ll be introducing you to 10 free to play MMORPGs I think you should try out in August 2019. People always ask me “Why didn’t you include Guild Wars 2, TERA, Blade & Soul or insert any big MMO here” and my reasoning is always simple: There are only a few large MMOs. Vindictus, Vindictus, Vindictus. I have a love hate relationship with this game. ArcheRage, not to be confused with ArcheAge. ArcheRage is a private server alternative to the official ArcheAge that has a much less toxic community, more frequent updates and is significantly less pay to win. Okay so maybe I’m not the most qualified person to be talking about Neverwinter because I’ve only ever dedicated a grand total of.. 12? Maybe 15 hours to. Echo of Soul is a fairly traditional old-school MMORPG. Each MMO I’ve listed thus far is unique in some form – combat, class-customization, world. … [Read more...] about 10 Free to Play MMORPGs You Should Try In August, 2019.
For many years I have been on a mission to unlock the elusive code that made EverQuest so great. There is no single equation that accurately explains the magic of the EQ experience. The brilliant design of that MMORPG released in 1999 is a combination of many ingredients. In every culinary recipe, greatness or mediocrity is but a few degrees of difference of ingredient quantity and of skill of preparation. The same was true of EQ. Some of the best design ingredients of EQ were the following: traditional RPG experience based level advancement system promotion of player freedom via unstructured gameplay with no imposed narratives or story arcs traditional and diverse RPG class system which emphasized class interdependency and required most classes to group which created a deep social experience well tuned PVE combat via melee and spell abilities that rewarded highly skilled players and encouraged emergent gameplay death penalty mechanic which introduced serious consequences into the … [Read more...] about The Death Penalty Mechanic and Loss Aversion in MMO Design
Fire Emblem Heroes is Nintendo’s latest mobile game and the first mobile entry in the long running tactical role playing series. Heroes allows players to summon characters from across the Fire Emblem series and create teams of up to four units. While free to play, the catch is summoning heroes requires a premium currency called Orbs. These Orbs can be very expensive to purchase, costing $1.99 for 3 (~$0.66ea) for the lowest sum or $74.99 for 140 (~$0.54ea) for the highest sum. That’s right, Nintendo went with the controversial Gacha (or gachapon) system for Fire Emblem Heroes and there are already stories of players spending thousands of dollars on the game and still not getting every character! Fortunately for us free-to-play users, there are plenty of ways to earn Orbs in-game without spending a dime! Below is a list of the best ways to get Orbs in-game ranked roughly in order of difficulty. Remember, even after you complete the main story stages, you can still get free … [Read more...] about Guide: How to Get Free Orbs in Fire Emblem Heroes