As the leader of a small, casual guild in World of Warcraft, I have found it increasingly difficult to recruit following the introduction of the Dungeon Finder tool, however in past expansions we have always managed to somehow scrape our way through raids, calling on friends and PuGs to fill our numbers each week if necessary, and even experimenting with guild merges between ourselves and other guilds in similar situations. With the release of Cataclysm, however, things seem even more difficult, and seeing so many of the same advertisements scrolling through Trade Chat every day it begs the question: can small guilds even survive any more?
Guild leaders are currently left with a few options, which I will list here from the most commonly used to some more inventive, out of the box solutions.
1. Post your recruitment message in Trade Chat.
This is the most effective way to get your message out in front of lots of pairs of eyes with minimal time and effort spent. However, Read more…
MMOPRG News, World of Warcraft
The Aion Community Team will be bringing the Aion servers down at 30/03/2011 12:00 CEST (more) for maintenance. The Aion website will also be serviced and therefore remain inaccessible during the maintenance. The maintenance is estimated to take no longer than 3 hours.
Aion, MMOPRG News
Since the rifts first appeared, the undead have plagued Telara, a nightmare of reanimated flesh. Lately, however, the threat has grown even more terrible, as Death Rifts surge open all across the world, pouring forth walking corpses like never before. This calamity will shake Telara to its core and tax the limits of Ascended endurance, yet it is only the first of many to follow… assuming the defenders can throw back Telara’s foes.
Soon the Endless Court will launch an unprecedented mass invasion. The most terrifying servants of Regulos will lead these hordes into battle: liches, ettins, gravemakers. Alsbeth herself will march through every region of the world, raising dread champions to sow the discord for which she is named. Old enemies will rise and fight for oblivion alongside flesh-crafted colossi from the Plane of Death, until the offensive presses on toward Stillmoor.
Every last Ascended must battle Alsbeth’s forces. While veteran heroes will bear the worst of the conflict, even novice Guardians and Defiant can do their part, confront dire foes, and reap rich rewards as the war unfolds over the course of a week. Read more…
MMOPRG News, RIFT
From ZAM Network,
Guild members who decide to relocate with their guild may initiate their own paid character transfer. Upon a successful transfer they will automatically be part of the guild when they first log into the new realm. Their guild rank and guild reputation will be intact.
Guild leaders who do not want a change of scenery may also choose to pick a new guild name using another new service. As with all of the features and services we offer, ZAM intends to incorporate the guild relocation service in a way that will not disrupt the game play experience. Please note that this feature will require extensive internal testing, so you may see bits and pieces of the service appear on the public test realms. Further details please read at http://www.WorldofWarcraft.com.
MMOPRG News, World of Warcraft
When your Aion account needs to be reactivated, you should be able to log into Aion from the game client. Your main account status page will not reflect your reactivation status. If you feel you qualify for reactivation and and cannot enter Aion through the game client, please contact their Customer Service and they can assist you.
Welcome back to Aion! The latest Reactivation Celebration kicked off this morning and runs through March 31 at 8 a.m. PDT. Former players have a full week to see what’s changed in Atreia over the last six months.
Players can participate in the “For War and Glory” Abyss Points Event, which reduces the amount of AP lost from PvP encounters in the Abyss and Silentera Canyon and increases the amount of AP gained from slaying monsters in the Abyss and Silentera Canyon. Read more…
Aion, MMOPRG News
Trion Worlds announced 3 titles in the April of 2010: Rift, End of Nations, and an untitled action MMO. Rift, as the top priority of Trion Worlds, has officially launched weeks ago and MMORTS End of Nations has revealed quite a lot of details. What about the third title?
This week Syfy announced that the actual title of the Trion Worlds game will be Defiance and that the game is scheduled to launch sometime in 2011.
The plan is still to launch a prime time TV series that will link to the game in some way. However specific gameplay details, beyond the fact that it will be a third person action shooter game, have still not been announced.But in the words of the developers, players will explore a living, persistent world with ultra-high quality visuals. The game will provide a more intense gaming experience than standard MMORPGs.
MMOPRG News, RIFT
Free trade is as simple as it sounds: the ability to trade with other players without limits. You can trade as much or as little as you want with other players, as often as you want.
The act of trading is when you and another player exchange coins for items, or items for items. Free trade means that the items and coins being exchanged do not need to be of equal value. Indeed, you can even give coins/items to another player for nothing in return should you choose. There are no restrictions on how much (or little) you can request in exchange for what you are selling.
With free trade, though, you’re able to take advantage of those rare opportunities to sell an item much higher than this guide (if you can find a player willing to buy at such a high price). An example might be to sell law runes somewhere far from a bank where players just want a quick teleport out, and are willing to pay over the odds for it. Another example might be to head to Edgeville and sell food to players preparing for some PvP combat in the Wilderness. Read more…
MMOPRG News, RuneScape
From FFXIV Team,
As part of power conservation measures enacted following the Tohoku earthquake, our game servers were shut down on Mar. 13, 2011 3:00 (PDT) and services for FINAL FANTASY XIV and FINAL FANTASY XI were temporarily suspended. We have determined a date for the restoration of these services, and would like to share this information with you.
With some energy saving measures in place, they will be able to bring our servers back online and restore service to FINAL FANTASY XIV, FINAL FANTASY XI, and PlayOnline on Mar. 25, 2011 4:00 (PDT). Read more…
Final Fantasy XIV, MMOPRG News
From RuneScape Community Management>
Today is St Patrick’s Day this Thursday,March 17th! A day to put on your best green outfit, grab a pint of Slayer’s Respite and get sloshed with your mates!
To help you celebrate this Celtic occasion RuneScape is throwing together a few St Patrick’s Day-themed events for you to enjoy. You can try your hand at our green leprechaun parade and take part in an epic cabbage bombing event that will blow your dragon boots off!
RuneScape is running not one, but TWO awesome St Patrick’s Day competitions! The first is for all you Facebook addicts out there and is called ‘I – Spy’. What could that mean you wonder? Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page on Thursday to find out. Read more…
MMOPRG News, RuneScape
- From Daniel Kim (CEO, Nexon America, Inc)
All of us at Nexon would like to express our deepest sympathy to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last week. As a global company, many friends, family members, and fans of Nexon have undoubtedly been affected by these tragic events. It seems that every day, the scale of the disaster is growing, and we’re very concerned about the health and well-being of those that have gone days without food, water, and other basic supplies. To do our part in the global relief effort, Nexon will donate 100 million Yen (approximately $1.2 million) to aid relief agencies that are helping those affected by these devastating events. We would also encourage you to help those in need in Japan by donating directly to the following aid agencies:
The Red Cross
International Medical Corps
The Salvation Army
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres
You can also help from within your Nexon gameplay experience. In addition to Nexon’s donation, from March 14 through March 20, Nexon America will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of many of our in-game items to the Red Cross for the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami disaster relief efforts.For more details on the items that will help support these relief efforts in Japan, go to:
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Maple story, MMOPRG News
Last year,Titan Books announced the beginning of a new series of novels set in the lands of free-to-play fantasy MMO RuneScape.
The first novel, Betrayal of Falador, told a vivid tale from RuneScape’s backstory using key characters from the game’s lore and in-game quests.The book was well-received by both RuneScape veterans and new players just looking for a good read. Our own RuneScape novice Rubi Bayer had a blast reading the novel and being absorbed in the backstory of this popular browser MMO.
RuneScape Fans of will be pleased to hear that its sequel, Return to Canafis, is due for release this month. Read more…
All the world of people doubtlessly heard of the massive earthquake that hit Japan on 11,March. Our thoughts and good wishes go to any and all of our readers, and their friends and families, directly affected by the disaster. But it hits people in many ways, and it’s even reaching into the MMO sphere, with both Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV shutting down completely for at least a week of server.
While the servers for both games had been kept running briefly after the disaster, the massive power failures across Japan resulted in widespread shortages. The service is expected to be down for at least a week from today, and players will receive no bills for the month due to the interruption. Sony Online Entertainment has no games based out of the island nation, but it has also suspended billing for all players in the region and has pointed players to disaster relief centers. We can only hope that other companies follow suit where possible, as a tragedy of this scale demands a response.
Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy XIV
When it comes to collecting aid for disaster relief, EVE Online developer CCP Games has a unique way of helping players donate. While many MMOs ask for donations or release limited-edition cash shop items, CCP has managed to devise a way for players to donate in-game currency to help people in the real world. During the relief effort for last year’s earthquake in Haiti, CCP began accepting donations of 30-day Pilot’s License EXtensions (PLEX) for their full monetary value in game time. With the recent devestation in Japan, CCP has once again asked for the EVE community’s help to raise money for relief aid.
Each PLEX bought on the in-game market and donated to charity represents 30 days of game time that someone in the world originally paid for with cash but that won’t be redeemed into game time. Because of this, CCP can donate the full cash value of that game time to a registered relief charity without taking a big loss. CCP absorbs all management and tax fees to ensure that 100% of the donated game time’s value is passed on to registered charities (in this case, the Red Cross). Read more…
From the Aion Community Team >>
Starting Wednesday, March 16, 2011 after maintenance, two events begin: a rifting event and an Abyss Point event.
Behind Enemy Lines – Rifting Event
This rifting event continues until March 23, 2011 and will end at maintenance. During this rifting event, we’ll remove the defensive buffs in Heiron and Beluslan. The defensive buffs will remain in place in Eltnen and Morheim.
For War and Glory – AP Event Read more…
According to a statement from Blizzard on Eurogamer, patch 4.1 will not contain Firelands and the associated raid content. Lead producer J. Allen Brack cited the fact that players hadn’t sufficiently progressed through the current tier of raid content as the reason for this decision. Eurogamer provides the quote: “We feel like the player base isn’t really ready for the next raid yet,” [Brack] said. “And that led to some changes where Firelands is now actually going to be in 4.2.”
This is a step toward much smaller (and faster) content patches, much as we had back in vanilla WoW. Blizzard could release a small set of features far more rapidly than the current “monolithic” patches. Firelands and its associated raid content will now be included in patch 4.2. Patch 4.1 will entirely focus on the return of Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub.
World of Warcraft