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Episode 12: Zoist Towelettes

Rowsdower Power!
Rowsdower Power!

This week we discuss bans for zombie goats, demonic Rowsdowers, how to pronounce “Ziost,” and how Archeage gets even grindier! Welcome to Casual Core Radio, where we talk about MMOs and we’re not trying to double-jump long gaps in MMOs that don’t have double jump, we just like to fall into canyons. A lot.

MMO News

GOAT-Z… I’ll say it again… GOAT-Z
http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/5/8552111/goatz-because-why-not

So, uh, this Hearthstone thing isn’t really an MMO either, but THIRTY million players?
https://twitter.com/PlayHearthstone/status/595619019593416704

Which means that Blizzard’s not sad that the WoW-ercoaster Ride continues
http://massivelyop.com/2015/05/06/wow-lost-nearly-three-million-subbers-in-three-months/

SWTOR Beginning of the End of the Beginning of the Story, and still no freaking PvP.
http://massivelyop.com/2015/05/05/hyperspace-beacon-swtors-12x-xp-leveling-guide-and-ziosts-finale/

And BioWare beats down the Credit-Farmers in SWTOR:
http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2015/05/swtor-taking-down-a-credit-selling-ring.html

Archeage’s new patch sails in to make positive waves!
http://www.trionworlds.com/archeage/en/2015/05/05/dread-prophecies-spotlight-sea-of-graves-and-abyssal-attack/

WildStar Drop 5!
http://wildstar-core.com/2015/05/05/invasion-nexus-survival-guide/

The Pets. OMG the freaking pets…
http://www.reddit.com/r/WildStar/comments/34w8ej/pet_collection_guide/

The Secret World – Reaping the Whirlwind
http://www.thesecretworld.com/news/issue_11_reaping_the_whirlwind_is_live

 

MMO Community

Farewell, Torocast.
http://www.torocast.com/4202/torocast-episode-240-yesterdayland/ (01:38:00)

Related: Galactic Gamer’s Coalition puts out new podcast.
http://www.torocast.com/3941/galactic-gamers-coalition-episode-2-6-weeks/

Jeff Kurtenacker’s Our Perception of Beauty
https://soundcloud.com/inhisgroove/our-perception-of-beauty

 

If I Were a Dev

What kind of payment model would you have?

Joe: F2P with Sub option, purely cosmetic in the cash shop, Boxed copy if it gets big enough that will include 1.25x the value in cash shop currency (retail for $40, get $50 worth of cash shop items).
Drew: Buy-to-play, with optional sub. Cash shop with cosmetic stuff.

 

 

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This week’s end music is Kick Butt and Chew Bubble Gum by Jeff Kurtenacker from Wildstar.

Episode 11: Medium Rare Content and Arbitrary Walls

The brilliant map voting process in Guild Wars 2.
The brilliant map voting process in Guild Wars 2.

This week we discuss bans for exploration, Black Desert’s media push, Left Shark, and more! Welcome to Casual Core Radio, where we talk about MMOs and and we don’t click our skills, but only because we keep dragging them off our bars…

MMO News

Moar WildStar

Boxes and boxes of mounts and outfits – retail box codes giving mounts and an outfit.

Speaking of in-game items, Left Shark is going to be a BATTLE PET in WoW
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2015/04/23/7430485.aspx

Steam gets community Steamed.
http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/24/valves-launch-of-paid-mods-faces-backlash-from-community/

And then Valve opens up… “We’ve done this because it’s clear we didn’t understand exactly what we were doing,”
http://www.pcgamer.com/valve-has-removed-paid-mods-functionality-from-steam-workshop/

New Daybreak Games (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) site
https://www.daybreakgames.com/home

Also, Daybreak aren’t dummies – they get community management.
http://massivelyop.net/2015/04/29/everquest-emulator-group-gets-a-written-agreement-with-daybreak/

The natural next question? Will a SWGemu agreement be in the works? No. Definitely not. Not their IP, for starters.  Lucasarts / Disney own the rights. Only one AAA MMO with the Star Wars IP allowed… that’s why SWG shut down rights as SWTOR launched. Zero overlap.

Loads of Black Desert News ahead of Japanese Open Beta
http://my.mmosite.com/2939211/blog/item/beta_date_for_black_desert_onlinejp_information_about_the_future_content.html

World of Tanks – Possible new MOBA style gameplay?
http://www.mmobomb.com/news/wargaming-teases-new-world-tanks-game-mode/

Aion – Expansion due soon!
http://www.mmobomb.com/news/aions-next-free-expansion-upheaval-coming-spring/

The meaty meaty center of tonight’s episodes:
SWTOR 3.2 is live. Kind of.
http://www.swtor.com/gameupdates/rise-of-the-emperor
Class changes
Outfit Designer
Rise of the Emperor Content and the SWTORGATE
BANS!!!!! MOAR BANS!!!! 204 Main hand? You killed a WHAT?

 

MMO Community

Elio cars
https://youtu.be/_JHEm9YYIjU

Empress of the Pagodas (performed by Christopher Parkening)
https://youtu.be/ggoMl7pUQC4

 

If I Were a Dev

Engine Update!

.Net Core released for Linux and Mac. Not enough to build a game engine on, but it won’t be long… a truly cross-platform system. Woot.

 

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This week’s end music is Justice Doesn’t Always Wear a Badge by Jeff Kurtenacker from Wildstar.

Episode 10: Where are dese clowns from?

A mother of a motherboard... Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard
A mother of a motherboard…
Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard

This week we discuss rumors, tokens, how hookups aren’t like dates, and more! Welcome to Casual Core Radio, where we talk about MMOs and we don’t dupe items, we control markets.

MMO News

Since I’m playing WildStar again, I thought I’d lead off with this sad news about WildStar… because that game just can’t get a break.
http://arcadesushi.com/ncsoft-layoffs-mmorpg-support-wildstar-guild-wars/

I call BS – Article says Interplay blocking Fallout MMO. This was settled in 2012… unless there’s been an appeal.
http://customstoday.com.pk/interplay-entertainment-blocks-attempt-of-bethesda-to-turn-fallout-4-into-massive-mmorpg-title/

More BS in the Press – Kind of like how a hookup isn’t a date. It’s just vaguely date-like. Sort of like calling sometime in 2016 a release date for Black Desert Online.
http://www.youthhealthmag.com/articles/13608/20150411/black-desert-release-date-us-ps4-gameplay-online.htm

For those who enjoy Asian MMOs, Age of Wulin is getting it’s fifth chapter (the fourth expansion), Heaven’s Ascent.
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/pressreleases/240645/Age_of_Wulin_New_expansion_ldquoChapter_5_HeavenrsquosAscentrdquo_for_April.php

WoW’s version of CREDD and PLEX is live.
http://www.reviewstudio.net/2218-world-of-warcraft-s-token-system-goes-live-today

And of course, there’s a chart already…
https://wowtoken.info/

Neverwinter for XBOne is live.
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/xbox.one.neverwinter.free.to.play.mmo.launches/51276.htm

And their twitter feed shows us they’ve had a slew of issues:
https://twitter.com/NeverwinterGame

Second Life players try to find relevance for the game through development… of an MMO inside of SL.
http://www.kotaku.com.au/2015/04/players-built-an-mmo-inside-ofsecond-life-and-it-looks-wild/

Do we really need a Tom Clancy shooter MMO?
http://www.crossmap.com/news/tom-clancys-the-division-release-news-roundup-5-things-fans-can-expect-from-the-much-awaited-mmo-g-17462

 

MMO Community

We Hate People – a podcast by filthy casuals, for filthy casual. Or is that the tagline to Flashpoint? Same guys, two podcasts – one about MMOs, one about general pop culture.
https://www.facebook.com/WeHatePeoplePodcast
http://oceanicgamer.com/

Joe’s new build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ypvff7 – bear in mind I already had an SSD drive, so the build includes two, while my rig has three, and I was wrong – it’s just a 500w power supply. It only draws 328w, so no biggie. I’m also STILL waiting on shipping of my GTX and second DIMM. Argh.

Jason Evangelho’s $750 build:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2015/04/09/build-a-high-quality-1080p60fps-gaming-pc-for-750-benchmarks-included/

 

If I Were a Dev

How would you handle death and penalties?

JOE: No item penalties: Repair costs are a cheap cash sink. Allow for one free rez-in-place, then offer a timer-driven system (with a currency cost to buy-down the timer) or a rez-and-run.
DREW: Full item drop and lootable body. Leave only equipped items. If you find your body before other players, you can pick it back up. Due to limited inventory space, most people won’t be able to take all of your stuff though. Backpack rigged to blow.

 

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This week’s end music is Main theme from Guild Wars 2.

Episode 8: Cavorting with Carla

archeage dolphin

 

This week we are joined by special guest, Carla from Corellian Run Radio, Wildstar Radio, and Old Timers Guild leadership. We talk about Ultima Online memories, Archeage and their problems with dolphins, and more! Welcome to Casual Core Radio, where and we finally got that sparkly mount. (for 25 bucks…)

MMO News

ArcheAge (Carla) – Open World Updates and player interactions being prioritized
http://www.pcgamesn.com/archeage/archeage-to-focus-on-open-world-updates-and-player-interaction-instead-of-new-instances

ArcheAge (Carla) – Dolphingate
http://massivelyop.net/2015/03/20/trion-makes-amends-for-archeages-dolphingate/

Zam’s Post-PAX interview w/ ArcheAge’s Merv Lee Kwai
http://www.zam.com/story.html?story=35849

Crowfall – New VR option in stretch goal, becomes 16th most-funded game on KickStarter.
http://vrfocus.com/archives/13043/pc-mmo-crowfall-adds-vr-stretch-goal-kicktarter-campaign/

SWTOR – the end of TORhead
http://www.torhead.com/forum/TOR+General/topic/1972

SWTOR – New Community guy. Also, he’s an intelligence analyst,
http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?p=8102497

H1-Z1… million!
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/zombie-mmo-h1z1-hits-1m-sales/1100-6426112/

It’s not an MMO, or is it… Mass Effect 4 will have MMO-like features, akin to DA:I
http://motoringcrunch.com/news/mass-effect-4-mmo-mode-will-be-like-dai/1009948/

Blizzcon dates have been confirmed
http://www.examiner.com/article/blizzcon-2015-convention-sale-dates-announced

 

MMO Community

Handless Gamer in League of Legends had skills, subject of documentary
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/140194-Documentary-Shows-Handless-MMO-Gamer-Skills

Plex and Credd and WoW Tokens, oh my! The growing trend of subscriptions bought with game currency.
http://swtoreconomics.com/2015/03/13/the-finest-form-of-flattery-why-swtor-should-imitate-wows-token-mechanic/

 

If I Were a Dev

What 5 unique concepts would you totally steal from other games?

JOE:

  1. SWTOR’s companion system
  2. WildStar’s instanced housing
  3. TSW’s ability wheel (just smaller)
  4. WoW’s roll-free group finder loot.
  5. WoW/TSW realm malleability

DREW:

  1. LOTRO’s mounted combat
  2. Naval combat from Assassin’s Creed IV
  3. Skill trees from SWTOR/WoW (I love hybrids)
  4. Banks from SWTOR
  5. Trial system in Archeage

CARLA:

  1. Fighting abilities from Ultima Online (drink potions while shooting bow, throwing explosion potions blowing up other explosion potions)
  2. LOTRO housing taxes payments a year in advance (and housing escrow which holds your stuff until you come back)
  3. Crafting from SWG (intricacy, detailed, go out and find iron in ground, take core samples, mine it, empty mining drill etc)
  4. SWG and UO NPC shop vendors that you set up to sell your stuff
  5. UO’s transportation system (recall runes, mark it in a book). Could mark it wherever you want.

 

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This week’s end music is Cute and Crafty (Wigwalli Villiage Theme) from Wildstar.

Episode 7: The Name’s Radio, Casual Core Radio

Elite: Dangerous ship (from CinemaBlend.com)
Elite: Dangerous ship (from CinemaBlend.com)

 

This week we talk about PAX, pack-animals, power, and PvP. Welcome to Casual Core Radio, where and we don’t troll in chat, we soliloquize.

MMO News

Not-Paxy:

Crowfall: Million-Mark:
http://za.ign.com/crowfall-pc/89090/news/new-mmo-crowfall-hits-1-million-on-kickstarter-add
http://crowfall.com/#/news/skill-training-faq-is-here

More Eve Thieving: 13k
http://www.twinfinite.net/2015/03/03/eve-online-steals-13000-loot/

SWTOR Speed Run, Community Version
http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=799679

Paxy:

PAX East AWards on MMORPG.com
http://www.mmorpg.com/showFeature.cfm/feature/8418/General-The-PAX-East-2014-Awards.html

FF XIV: Heavensward delayed til June
http://www.gamenguide.com/articles/21615/20150308/pax-east-final-fantasy-xiv-heavensward-release-date-delayed-first-expansion-to-mmo-due-out-in-june-mac-version-announced.htm

Trove: Minecrafty MMO, but entirely PvE
http://www.gamersnexus.net/gg/1853-pax-east-trove-preview-gameplay

Elite: Dangerous for XBONE announced
http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Elite-Dangerous-Xbox-One-Version-Announced-70448.html

Hearthstone – Blackrock Mountain announced
http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/364242-blackrock-mountain-a-hearthstone-adventure-announced-at-pax-east/

 

MMO Community

XamXam Says PvP Guide for Nursenaries and Healmandos
https://xamxamsays.wordpress.com/mercenarycommando-pvp-healing-guide/

 

If I Were a Dev

How would you name/design health and resources?

DREW: Power to power your gadgets (charge abilities, focus items, etc.) – same across the board. DCUO combo of weapons and powers with change-up abilities separate from skills. Passive increase based on progression. Minimal gear differential between gear at max level – better skills cost more power, determined more by level than gear (10-20% at most). “Health” Displayed graphically as an armor image. “Power” as battery. Modding important.

JOE: SWTOR Style customization, Guild Wars 2 style look. One stat for health and power, 20% variance in classes / gear level. Designed for multiple gear sets (burst vs sustained, etc.). Modding important.

 

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This week’s end music is the Main Theme from City of Heroes (vanilla).

Episode 6: Live Long and Prosper, Crowfall

Player-held memorial for Leonard Nemoy in Star Trek Online
Player-held memorial for Leonard Nemoy in Star Trek Online

 

This week we talk about THE news of the week, Crowfall, and honor Leonard Nemoy’s passing. Welcome to Casual Core Radio, where we talk about MMOs and we don’t Pay-2-Win!

MMO News

Crowfall episode

FFAQs (Favorite Favorite Asked Question pages)

MMO Community

Spock
http://massivelyop.net/2015/03/01/star-trek-online-star-citizen-and-elite-plan-leonard-nimoy-tributes/

If I Were a Dev

How would you handle gear customization (cosmetic)?

JOE: TSW-style

DREW: DCUO-style

 

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This week’s end music is the theme from Crowfall.

Episode 5: The Aptly-Named Peninsula

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The Glittering Caves from LOTRO

 

This week we talk about Firefall, Crowfall, various other “falls,” and trolls. Welcome to Casual Core Radio, where we talk about MMOs and we just spent all of our money on dyes!

MMO News

MMO Community

Courtney Woods promoted to Writer!
http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?p=8031080#edit8031080
http://www.swtor.com/blog/price-power
http://www.swtor.com/blog/one-night-dealer%E2%80%99s-den

If I Were a Dev

How would you handle gear customization (stats and cosmetic)?

JOE:

Imagine TSW and SWTOR had a baby.

  • Gear should not be locked-in with its cosmetic appearance.
  • Basic cosmetic groupings – head, shirt, hands, wrists, pants, shoes, belts, and cloak/coat/robe, plus jewelry (2x each ring, earring, bracelet, 1 x each eyepatch/monacle/glasses/shades) – NO STATS ON THESE, and sold in cash shop
  • Twelve moddable slots (all with names like trinket, relic, lucky coin, etc.), each with three imbuements (aka mods you can craft or loot off mobs).
  • Mod-pulling should be able to cost in-game or real-work currency (at the player’s option, and a ridiculously low amount of RW $ if that option is chosen… like 10 cents for an epic imbuement, so 30 cents per item), but it would ALWAYS be free to overwrite the mod with a new one.
  • One craftable imbuement addition (aka WoW crafted gem slots, augments in SWTOR, etc.) per item slot.
  • One “major” imbuement per character that also has a visual effect.

Shout out to @spunkykiki

DREW:

I take back all of the stats stuff with regards to gear. Gear grinds for 0.5% increases in DPS are boring. Utility is more fun, though.

I would use something like the Enhancements from City of Heroes, combined with how the signets work in The Secret World on Auxiliary weapons. You could have +damage enhancements, -recharge time enhancements, +crit chance or crit multiplier enhancements, and utility enhancements like roots or stuns.

Four gear slots only (Power Generator, Armor, 2 Weapons), but all of the skills in your limited action set have slots to modify (like in COH). Power Generator upgrades the skill powers, Armor upgrades defense and health, and Weapons upgrade offense with the weapons.

No way to break the system with stat stacking, easier to balance since you can focus only on the utilities and skills.

 

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This week’s end music is Far Ahead the Road Has Gone from the Lord of the Rings Online Original Soundtrack.

Episode 4: Teo and Sunshine

crowfall

This week we talk about MMO side-scrollers, Crowfall, and Massively’s resurrection. Welcome to Casual Core Radio, where we talk about MMOs and we have best-in-slot gear for RP!

 

MMO News

MMO Community

 

If I Were a Dev

What kind of stats would you have?

JOE:

  • One main stat for each class. Crit, Crit multiplier, Three mitigation stats – Blocking, Absorbing, Dodging, Uplift (aka Power or Mastery), Haste, plus several hidden stats to track gear score, combinations of stats, etc. for back-end analytics. NO hit. NO PvP-specific stat. (All gear levels will available in PvP and PvE – the best of the best gets the best)

DREW:

  • Main stat for each class or ONE master stat…
    • No accuracy
    • No avoidance
    • Mitigation is okay
    • PvP stat that interacts with a bolster mechanic in Battlegrounds
    • Crit and crit multiplier
    • Haste

 

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This week’s end music is Wildstar Theme – Metal Cover by DivinumX. Check out his awesome work here: http://divinumx.bandcamp.com/album/wildstar-theme-metal-cover

Episode 3: The one where Joe sounds like a fish at the very end

Screenshot_2014-02-23_13_11_55_705030108This week we talk a LOT about SWTOR, make a lot of TSW references, and try to get in as much off-topic ranty-ness as two people can reasonably fit in one podcast. Welcome to Casual Core Radio, where we talk about MMOs and we grind like it’s 1999!

 

 

 

 

MMO News

MMO Community

The Ultimate Altaholic:
http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/01/22/world-of-warcraft-player-reaches-level-100-with-100-characters

Joe’s Nursenary:
http://swtorista.com/user/?c=341

HeroEngine’s HeroCloud (to compre to Atavism): http://www.heroengine.com/herocloud/

 

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This week’s end music is The Arclight from Firefall.