Guild Wars 2

Reloading our Roots

Some of you already know that The MMO Show is not our first podcast. We started with CoTCast, a Warhammer Online focused show named after our guild, Circle of Trust. We also did a Guild Wars 2 focused show called RavenKast, named after the GW2 guild we were in at the time, Ravenkin. And our longest running podcast, Multiplaying, was a multigaming & geek entertainment show that focused on the activities of our online gaming community of the same name.

Until now, these shows have remained available in audio format, but the hosting expires this month and we have decided not to renew. In order to preserve our recorded ramblings, we’ve begun uploading them to our old Multiplaying YouTube channel. We’ll also be highlighting them on our current YouTube channel for The MMO Show. We’re still in the process of uploading episodes but if you’d ever like to visit, or revisit, our roots, and maybe gain some understanding of those weird inside jokes we share with our longtime listeners, you can do so via the following playlists:

 

Advertisements

About our MMO Scenery Playlist on YouTube

We’ve recently started an MMO Scenery playlist on our YouTube channel and you may have seen some of these upload updates via twitter and google+ and wondered what we’re doing. We’re going to be using this for our show, to play on the screen while we’re talking about MMOs.  We focus on being an audio podcast, so this is simply a small enhancement for those people who watch our podcast, either live or on YouTube. It won’t be pivotal to the show, which is why we’ve chosen to use scenery from MMOs, rather than action scenes that could distract from our conversation. We’ve only just started collecting them, but if you want to see what we’re talking about, you can check out the playlist here:

 

We’re going to use our YouTube channel to save show elements like this, share some of our game play sessions, save video clips for blog posts, and of course, post our podcast (and include the video of it as often as we can). Although we have no plans to center on video content, if you’d like a little more of The MMO Show in your life, subscribing to our YouTube channel could be a good way to get it.

The MMO Show 21: Not Your Daddy’s Awards Show



Direct . iTunes . Stitcher . PlayerFM . Pocket Casts . tunein . YouTube . RSS

Show Notes

We end this year with our OTY awards. Jason, Steve, Brent, & Shannon talk about the Bummers and Boners of 2015. Guild Wars 2, FFXIV:ARR, EQ: Progressive Servers, Elite: Dangerous and more.

The MMO Show is a podcast on MMORPGs that talks about our week in gaming while drinking. We don’t tangent. We just have side quests.

Bumper: Battle Bards
The Gaming and Entertainment Network (TGEN): tgenetwork.net

The Orrator’s Wintersday Feast to End Childhood Hunger

The Orrator is a Guild Wars 2 Fan Fiction newspaper created and written by our very own Steve “Slurms” Lichtsinn. Today, The Orrator has a special message: Be a part of the Wintersday effort to end childhood hunger.

This in-character article is for a very real charity called No Kid Hungry. Combining in-game lore with our own season of giving, The Orrator is asking you to help with this effort to end childhood hunger in America. He’s set a very modest goal of $150 for what he’s calling his first, hopefully of many, The Orrator’s Wintersday Feast. Your donations and shares can help attain that goal. Together we can  help kids have a holiday season without hunger.

Please help end childhood hunger in America by making a gift to No Kid Hungry on The Orrator’s 1st Annual Wintersday Feast page here: join.nokidhungry.org/goto/Orrator

 

MMOre Gift Coupons

A couple of requests came in after sharing our World of Warcraft gift coupon creation yesterday, so these are for those of you who would like to print gift coupons for MMOs other than WoW, we’ve got:

Animal Jam

cardaj

Click the link, save, and print: animaljam-xmascard


 

Elder Scrolls Online

cardeso

Click the link, save, and print: teso-xmascard


 

Guild Wars 2

cardgw

Click the link, save, and print: gw2-xmascard


book-fold-instr

NOTE: You will actually have to make the purchase once the recipient of the card redeems their coupon with you. This card does not reserve/order anything. It’s just a festive way of saying I.O.U. to the recipient.

All trademarks or registered trademarks of their various companies in the United States and/or other countries. These terms and all related materials, logos, and images are copyright © at those companies. This site is in no way associated with any of them.

[Guild Wars 2] Not on the Brahamwagon Yet

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns…. Thrones….no, right the first time… Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is a mere 2 months from release, ladies and gentlemen. TWO MONTHS! My excitement should be palpable. I should literally be able to taste the adrenaline pumping through my body. But… nothing. While the slow boil of new content hype could sway me into preordering as the date draws ever closer, I’m currently just anxious to see what happens and curious as to how the final product is received.

But as a massive fan of Guild Wars 2 I keep asking myself “why?” Why is it I’ve not given the team at Arena Net my money? There’s part of me that realizes the amount of time I’ve soaked into the game. I look at how much money I’ve spent for that time and I think, “well, even with my gem store purchases, I’ve not even come close to spending what I would have with a subscription based MMO.” So I should totally reward them!

Then, there’s the other part of me who is a tightwad.

There’s also the fact that I’m someone who has been burned by preordering numerous bad games. Ladies and gentlemen, I preordered Brink. Brink should have been titled Broke as it launched that way and it was also the game that broke me of my preordering habits*.

So back to the “why” question.

I’m a self-proclaimed sucker for new mechanics and areas to explore. Heart of Thorns has one of these two carrots dangling at sticks length in front of me with the new elite specializations. To make that carrot look even more delectable, the two classes I’ve loved the most in Guild Wars 2 (the Ranger and the Necromancer) are also the classes that are getting the two elite specializations I’m the most interested in playing (the Druid and the Reaper). It’s like they were meant to be for me. Yet my hand still isn’t going for my wallet.

It’s the (probable) lack of exploration that’s my biggest hangup. Heart of Thorns looks to add a ton to the game in numerous ways. It’s the lack of a grandiose scale that has me holding out. Yeah, there looks to be some neat verticality to explore, so maybe once the expansion is released I’ll be shown how wrong I am.  I just can’t help but think back to what got me excited for the core game. When that first video for Guild Wars 2 was shown off we saw sweeping expanses and massive structures torn from the painted canvases of the concept art. It was so glorious I wept**.

I’m not getting those feelings right now. Not yet. But I hope they come back.

*for the most part.

**KIDDING!……. nah, you got me… it was majestic.

The MMO Show 7: Buzzing the WoW Tower



Direct . iTunes . Stitcher . PlayerFM . Pocket Casts . tunein . YouTube . RSS

Show Notes
This week the gang talks about the various Gamescom announcements, including WoW: Legion expansion and the new info from Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. Your number one source for poncho prices, this is The MMO Show…

Playing as life allows… The MMO Show is a gaming podcast attempting to focus on MMORPGs, but prone to extreme tangents.

BumperCouch Podtatoes
The Gaming and Entertainment Network (TGEN): tgenetwork.net

The MMO Show 6: EQ, WoW, FFXIV:ARR & Stuff



Direct . iTunes . Stitcher . PlayerFM . Pocket Casts . tunein . YouTube . RSS

Show Notes
Shannon, Steve, Jason, and Brent talk about some MMORPG things like Guild Wars 2, Lord of the Rings Online, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and EverQuest.

and not so MMOs like Card Hunter.

Playing as life allows… The MMO Show is a gaming podcast attempting to focus on MMORPGs, but prone to extreme tangents.

Bumper: Aggrochat: tgenetwork.net/aggrochat
The Gaming and Entertainment Network (TGEN): tgenetwork.net

The MMO Show 5: PazzolupMMO



Direct . iTunes . Stitcher . PlayerFM . Pocket Casts . tunein . YouTube . RSS

Show Notes
On this episode, Pazzolupo joins us to listen to us talk about MMO news because he’s all wrapped up in the Camelot Unchained alpha so he can’t talk about the one MMO he’s obsessed with because of the NDA. Thanks for joining us Pazz!

Playing as life allows… The MMO Show is a gaming podcast attempting to focus on MMORPGs, but prone to extreme tangents.

Bumper: Aggrochat: tgenetwork.net/aggrochat
The Gaming and Entertainment Network (TGEN): tgenetwork.net

The MMO Show 4: Skyforge & Other MMO Things



Direct . iTunes . Stitcher . PlayerFM . Pocket Casts . tunein . YouTube . RSS

Show Notes
Shannon, Steve, Jason and Brent discuss Skyforge, Final Fantasy XIV, EQ, Albion Online and more!

Playing as life allows… The MMO Show is a gaming podcast attempting to focus on MMORPGs, but prone to extreme tangents.

Bumper: Aggrochat: tgenetwork.net/aggrochat
The Gaming and Entertainment Network (TGEN): tgenetwork.net