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Synopsis

A weekly discussion of MMORPG adventures, news, and opinions by industry vets Bree and Justin.

Episodes

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 271: Population Zero plus three

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 271: Population Zero plus three

    12/05/2020 Duration: 01h06min

    On this week’s show, Bree, Sam, and Justin cover Population Zero's launch, how World of Warcraft's numbers are doing, Trove's Delves update, Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor's prologue quests, the worth of MMO rewards, and whether or not SSG's business practices are predatory. 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 Adventures in MMOs: Fallout 76, Elder Scrolls Online, Starborne, Star Wars Galaxies, LOTRO News: Population Zero has a messy early access launch News: Blizzard's Q1 2020 report News: Trove pushes out its Delves update News: Play ESO: Greymoor's prologue quests now News: Guild Wars 2 rollbacks Mailbag: MMO rewards we'll never use Mailbag: Are SSG's business models predatory? Outro Other info: Podcast theme: "Electricity" from Trove Your show hosts: Justin, Sam, and Bree Listen to Massi

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 270: Words of Warcraft

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 270: Words of Warcraft

    05/05/2020 Duration: 01h03min

    On this week’s show, Bree and Justin tackle topics such as Age of Conan's surprise update, a Defiance sunset, a World of Warcraft battle of words, Elder Scrolls Online's expansion release date, Guild Wars 2's voiceless episode, and mail about single-minded devs and freeform character buildings. 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 Adventures in MMOs: LOTRO, Fallout 76, Star Wars Galaxies News: Age of Conan actually gets an update News: Gamigo says goodbye to Xbox 360 Defiance News: Mike Moirhaime and Greg Street debate World of Warcraft's social shortcomings Mailbag: Why do devs get stuck in one mode? News: Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor confirmed for May 26th News: Guild Wars 2's next episode won't have voice acting and other pandemic delays Mailbag: How do we feel about freeform character b

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 269: Pre-Searing parties

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 269: Pre-Searing parties

    28/04/2020 Duration: 59min

    On this week’s show, Bree, Chris, and Justin mark 15 years of the classic Guild Wars experience, come to grips with Funcom's changes to Dune, discuss how much genocide should World of Warcraft highlight, and got to the bottom of yet another Star Citizen controversy. 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 Adventures in MMOs: LOTRO, Fallout 76, FFXIV, Torchlight III, Star Stable, AdventureQuest 3D, Villagers and Heroes News: Guild Wars 1 turns 15 years old News: SSG pumps out LOTRO and DDO content updates News: Funcom's Dune will be an upgraded Conan Exiles News: World of Warcraft makes flying easier, downplays Nelf genocide News: Star Citizen's alpha 3.9 got gutted Mailbag: Gold-leaf toilet paper Mailbag: How much does it cost to keep an MMO online? Mailbag: Looking for deep crafting systems Ou

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 268: Second chances in the apocalypse

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 268: Second chances in the apocalypse

    21/04/2020 Duration: 01h02min

    On this week’s show, Bree, Colin, and Justin suit up for Phantasy Star Online 2's launch, roll with some Wastelanders in Fallout 76, phase ahead with World of Warcraft Classic, and munch on Final Fantasy XIV's dungeon problem (including if it has one). 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 Adventures in MMOs: LOTRO, Guild Wars 2, Elder Scrolls Online, City of Heroes, SWG News: Phantasy Star Online 2 gets a late May PC release window News: Fallout 76 gets a do-over with Wastelanders News: Holly Longdale goes from EverQuest to WoW Classic (which just got Phase 4) News: WoW extends experience boost, Star Trek Online gives out medical goodies Mailbag: FFXIV's dungeon problem Mailbag: Favored group roles Mailbag: Early warning signs Outro Other info: Podcast theme: "Wastelanders Main Theme" from

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 267: Who had New World delay on their bingo card?

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 267: Who had 'New World delay' on their bingo card?

    14/04/2020 Duration: 01h02min

    On this week’s show, Bree, Andy, and Justin scramble to get on top of a greatly rearranged 2020, with New World's delay, Lord of the Rings Online's preview, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands' first public foray, 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. Show notes: Intro Adventures in MMOs: Guild Wars 2, LOTRO, Elite Dangerous, FFXIV, Animal Crossing, SWG,  News: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands starts disgorging alpha details News: Lord of the Rings Online is getting two new servers and other 2020 content News: Chronicles of Elyria backers seek SAG help, while owner changes his tune News: Amazon delays New World until August News: COVID-19 triggers rearranged SWTOR, FFXIV, and RuneFest schedules News: Champions Online and EverQuest hand out freebies Mailbag: Should players invest in a maintenance moded MM

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 266: Feline fine for April Fools

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 266: Feline fine for April Fools

    07/04/2020 Duration: 01h07min

    On this week’s show, Bree, Ben, and Justin get utterly, grimly serious about April Fools Day in MMOs, examine the devastating ramifications of Ascent: Infinite Realm's revamp, give keen insight into new features coming to RuneScape and Elder Scrolls Online, and duke it out over the shortest playable races. 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 Adventures in MMOs: Guild Wars 2, LOTRO, Sims 4, Elder Scrolls Online, World of Warships, Animal Crossing, Black Desert, SWG, City of Heroes News: April Fools landed in a humorless world News: Ascent Infinite Realm is retooled into Elyon News: WoW Classic works on server queue problems News: RuneScape's Archaeology skill and Elder Scrolls Online's antiquities system News: Legends of Aria's $20 DLC Mailbag: Shortie races Mailbag: China, gaming, and WHO Ou

  • Retro Reprise Episode 21: Sunsofts NES classics

    Retro Reprise Episode 21: Sunsoft's NES classics

    01/04/2020 Duration: 30min

    For those who played the Nintendo Entertainment System, the name "Sunsoft" conjures up memories of intense gameplay, slick design, and -- of course -- terrific music. On today's episode of Retro Reprise, Syp and Syl delve into the 8-bit treasure trove of video game music from this studio. Grab these vibes and don't let go! Retro Reprise Episode 21: Sunsoft's NES classics (direct download, show page) Intro "Area 3" from Blaster Master "Stage 1" from Journey to Silius "Stage 1" from Gremlins 2 "Streets of Desolation" from Batman "Good Weather" from Mr. Gimmick "Main Theme" from Ufouria: The Saga "Stage 1" from Batman: Return of the Joker "Boss Battle" from Fester's Quest Outro ("Stage 3" from Journey to Silius)

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 265: Delusions of Elyria

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 265: Delusions of Elyria

    31/03/2020 Duration: 57min

    On this week’s show, Bree, MJ, Mia, and Justin gab about Chronicles of Elyria folding up shop, early previews of several upcoming MMORPGs, speculate about Burning Crusade Classic, and get into the purpose of player housing. 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 Adventures in MMOs: Guild Wars 2, LOTRO, Revelation Online, Star Wars Galaxies, Don't Starve Together, City of Heroes News: Chronicles of Elyria runs out of money and closes News: Early looks at Phantasy Star Online 2, Ashes of Creation, and Saga of Lucimia News: Guild Wars 2's Super Adventure Festival dated for mid-April News: Burning Crusade Classic looks like it's going to be a thing Mailbag: How is player housing useful? Mailbag: Non-P2W servers and subscriptions Outro Other info: Podcast theme: "Victory!" from Guild Wars 2: Super

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 264: Dont feel blue, MapleStory 2

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 264: Don't feel blue, MapleStory 2

    24/03/2020 Duration: 01h07min

    On this week’s show, Bree, Chris, Eliot, and Justin join forces to create some sort of ungainly, dorky super-podcaster that wields all of the power of a global chat channel. Discussion ranges from MMO freebies to MapleStory 2's sign-off to Warhammer Online's revival. 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 Adventures in MMOs: Guild Wars 2, Star Wars Galaxies Legends, FFXIV, Star Trek Online, Animal Crossing, Dauntless News: MMOs offer tons of promotions to the housebound News: MapleStory 2 faces its final days News: Guild Wars 2 goes back to the past News: EverQuest has a lot going on for its birthday News: Warhammer Online's rogue server is doing really well Mailbag: Podcast bingo Mailbag: Lightning round! Outro Other info: Podcast theme: "Dream" from MapleStory 2 Your show hosts: Justin, Elio

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 263: Cantha or bust

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 263: Cantha or bust

    17/03/2020 Duration: 01h01min

    On this week’s show, Bree and Justin deal with the coronavirus cultural shift with a heavy dose of MMORPGs. From Guild Wars 2's Cantha expansion announcement to Phantasy Star Online 2's beta, there's plenty to keep everyone occupied! 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 Adventures in MMOs: WoW Classic, Elder Scrolls Online, SWG News: Coronavirus changes everything, including online gaming News: Guild Wars 2 more or less announces Cantha expansion, but hides Mike Z's departure News: World of Warcraft provides account-wide essences News: Phantasy Star Online 2 activates an open beta News: Albion Online's 2020 roadmap Mailbag: What's a healthy MMO population? Mailbag: Giving old MMOs a new coat of paint Outro Other info: Podcast theme: "Factions Theme" from Guild Wars Your show hosts: Justin

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 262: Holly Holly oxen free

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 262: Holly Holly oxen free

    10/03/2020 Duration: 01h06min

    On this week’s show, Bree and Justin say farewell to EverQuest's Holly Longdale, celebrate Black Desert's fourth birthday, get to the bottom of City of Heroes Homecoming's streaming ban, and debate the merits of automation in MMOs. 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 Adventures in MMOs: WoW Classic, LOTRO, SWG News: Black Desert turns four years old News: Holly Longdale leaves the EverQuest franchise News: City of Heroes Homecoming has an impressive first year but bans streaming News: PlanetSide 2's Escalation is finally here News: Cryptic kills cross-game chat News: Guild Wars 2 goes back to the past Mailbag: Opinions that have changed over the years Mailbag: Automated features in online games Outro Other info: Podcast theme: "Discovery Theme" from Black Desert Your show hosts: Justin a

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 261: PAX yay, GDC nay

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 261: PAX yay, GDC nay

    03/03/2020 Duration: 01h05min

    On this week’s show, Bree and Justin sift through the news coming out of PAX East (including Magic Legends, Population Zero, and Lord of the Rings Online) while evaluating the coronavirus' impact on GDC and EVE Fanfest. Other topics up for discussion include City of Heroes' new powersets, Funcom's financials, and why WildStar died. 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 Adventures in MMOs: AdventureQuest 3D, Star Wars Galaxies, City of Heroes News: PAX East hands-on with Population Zero and Magic Legends News: LOTRO and DDO get a sneak peek at upcoming content News: Coronavirus shuts down EVE Fanfest and GDC News: Funcom doubles down on Dune News: City of Heroes Homecoming gets new powersets Mailbag: Should MMOs have something for everyone? Mailbag: Why did WildStar fail? Outro Other info: P

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 260: New World needs new ideas

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 260: New World needs new ideas

    25/02/2020 Duration: 01h01min

    On this week’s show, Bree and Justin wonder how many projects CCP is going to cancel, examine FFXIV's Echoes of a Fallen Star, debate the merits of New World's housing, fret about the coronavirus, and sharing how MMOs make a positive impact on lives. 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 Adventures in MMOs: Star Trek Online, Chrono Trigger, Star Wars Galaxies News: CCP's Project Nova is officially dead News: Patch 5.2 comes to Final Fantasy XIV but Square Enix pulls out of PAX News: World of Warcraft's subscriptions are on a rollercoaster News: New World reveals housing system, but we have concerns News: Daybreak hedges on PlanetSide 3 and hints at Jack Emmert's MMO Mailbag: Positive influences of the MMO genre Mailbag: Trying out Star Wars Galaxies Legends Mailbag: Binge listening to MOP Pod

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 259: Once upon a Phantasy Star

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 259: Once upon a Phantasy Star

    11/02/2020 Duration: 01h05min

    On this week’s show, Bree and Justin get giddy over Phantasy Star Online 2’s coming, check out Blizzard’s financials, and answer podcast emails about gaming ambassadors, Daybreak Game Company, and gaming ambassadors. 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 Adventures in MMOs: Star Trek Online, Star Wars Galaxies News: Phantasy Star Online 2 runs a short beta, reveals Steam launch News: Blizzard’s financials sink yet again News: WoW Classic gets Darkmoon Fair News: City State handles the Camelot and Colossus fallout Mailbag: Was Daybreak’s splitup in Columbus Nova’s five-year plan? Mailbag: Making new Patreons via podcast Mailbag: Gaming ambassadors Massively OP’s fifth anniversary Outro Other info: Podcast theme: “City Area” from Phantasy Star Online 2 Your show hosts: Justin and Bree Listen to Mass

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 258: Camelot Unchained and Colossus

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 258: Camelot Unchained and Colossus

    04/02/2020 Duration: 01h07min

    On this week’s show, Bree and Justin unravel the brouhaha surrounding City State Entertainment's Colossus, celebrate the 10th anniversary of Star Trek Online, get the cold shoulder from Guild Wars 2, and take a second look at the New World switcharoo. 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 Adventures in MMOs: Neverwinter, The Sims 4, SWG News: CSE announces Colossus and the community loses its mind News: Star Trek Online's 10th anniversary update News: Guild Wars 2's Shadow in the Ice update News: Astellia Online launches on Steam News: Warcraft III: Reforged bombs big-time Mailbag: Delighted with changes to New World Outro Other info: Podcast theme: "Embrace" from Guild Wars 2 Your show hosts: Justin and Bree Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, TuneIn, Google Play, 

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 257: Daybreakup

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 257: Daybreakup

    28/01/2020 Duration: 01h05min

    On this week’s show, Bree and Justin dive into the huge (if not unexpected) Daybreak split-up story, spy Tencent sneaking up on Funcom, say hello to Temtem's age of glory, and Torchlight Frontiers' weird juke away from MMOs. 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 Adventures in MMOs: Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, SWG, Trove, City of Heroes News: Daybreak splits up into separate studios News: Tencent makes a bid for all of Funcom News: Torchlight Frontiers degrades from an MMO News: Temtem has a gangbusters early access launch News: Rend is donezos News: DDO announces new expansion and race Mailbag: How have our gaming desires changed? Outro Other info: Podcast theme: "Tamer Battle Theme" from Temtem Your show hosts: Justin and Bree Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM,

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 256: Queens, vikings, and vampires

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 256: Queens, vikings, and vampires

    21/01/2020 Duration: 01h08min

    On this week’s show, Bree, Sam, and Justin see a year of MMO gaming unfolding like the best present ever. New Elder Scrolls Online expansion? Huge Albion Online update? New World embracing care bears? Magic Legends launch date? There's a lot to talk about, that's for sure! 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 Adventures in MMOs: Elder Scrolls Online, Neverwinter, ArcheAge, Guild Wars 2, SWG News: Elder Scrolls Online outlines Skyrim-themed year News: Albion Online's Queen update arrives News: New World just made PvPers mad -- and the rest of us glad News: ArcheAge's age-long lawsuit wraps up News: Magic Legends will launch this year Outro Other info: Podcast theme: "A Clash of Fang and Blade" from Elder Scrolls Online Your show hosts: Justin, Sam, and Bree Listen to Massively OP Podcast on i

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 255: Girls, elementals, and other things that ruin MMOs

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 255: Girls, elementals, and other things that ruin MMOs

    14/01/2020 Duration: 01h05min

    On this week’s show, Bree and Justin tackle pesky design issues that negatively impact MMOs -- you know, like oversized butts and the entire female gender. The podcast duo also preps for World of Warcraft's Patch 8.3, touches base with Lost Ark, and checks in with Crowfall's finances. 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 Adventures in MMOs: Elder Scrolls Online, Star Wars Galaxies News: Magic Legends is fully revealed and it's different than expected News: Escape from Tarkov says girls are hard News: World of Warcraft Patch 8.3 hits this week News: Crowfall rakes in millions in funding News: Looking at Korea's Lost Ark Mailbag: Stat checks in MMOs Mailbag: Letting go of MMOs Outro Other info: Podcast theme: "Glory" from Crowfall Your show hosts: Justin and Bree Listen to Massively OP Podcast

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 254: New year mysteries

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 254: New year mysteries

    07/01/2020 Duration: 01h06min

    On this week’s show, Bree and Justin charge into 2020 with previews of Ashes of Creation and Camelot Unchained, look at a couple of unfortunate mistakes with other games, and ponder what NCsoft is doing with City of Heroes. 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 Adventures in MMOs: LOTRO, Star Wars Galaxies, The Witcher 3, City of Heroes News: Ashes of Creation and Camelot Unchained deliver 2020 overview News: Whoopsies with Guild Wars News: Will Neowiz ever give up on Bless? News: City of Heroes gets an interesting new trademark Mailbag: Could City of Heroes come to consoles? Mailbag: Celebratory haiku Mailbag: Daybreak's mismanagement of the PlanetSide franchise Outro Other info: Podcast theme: "Ithica Island" from City of Heroes Your show hosts: Justin and Bree Listen to Massively OP Podcas

  • Massively OP Podcast Episode 253: Knights of the MOP roundtable

    Massively OP Podcast Episode 253: Knights of the MOP roundtable

    31/12/2019 Duration: 01h18min

    In our final podcast of the year and the decade, the whole Massively OP team assembles for a mega-roundtable! The combined crew shares stories of how they found their favorite MMOs, discusses the recent MOP Awards, and delivers an informative State of the Site for all of our readers and supporters. 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 How have our new writers fared this year? Mailbag: How did we all find our favorite MMOs? MOP Awards overview Which award were we most excited to give? Which was the most interesting award to debate? Other award thoughts Mailbag: California's anti-gig law The State of the Site Outro Other info: Podcast theme: "Charge Toward the Enemy" from Lineage II Your show hosts: Justin, Bree, Eliot, Chris, Sam, Carlo, Mia, MJ, and Ben Listen to Massively OP Podcast on iTunes, S

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