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A year ago I came to Massively as an odd-man-out of sorts. I had very little experience with MMOs, but for the previous two years I had podcasted and blogged about Star Trek Online. That being my only experience with the genre, I had very little interest in (read: I was fearful of) trying any oth...

January 31st 2013 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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I find that a great guild can make or break a game for me. It's always exciting to know that there's a terrific group of people waiting to talk with you and hang out with you when you log in every day. Long after the memories of my daily adventures in an MMO have faded, I can still recall the peo...

July 12th 2012 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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The biggest representation of the social aspect of MMO gaming is a player's guild, clan, or kin. (Or supergroup, or linkshell, you get the idea.) Whether it be a tiny group of friends or a huge roster of players with a similar overarching goal, this is the group you can turn to first for help and...

September 20th 2011 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Call them linkshells, call them supergroups, call them fleets -- a guild by any other name is still a gathering of players in a loose hierarchy with shared goals. Back in the salad days of MMOs, getting into a guild was a fairly simple procedure, but now it's a rare guild that doesn't have some sor...

September 10th 2010 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Recently in our kinship chat, I asked my mates what they were most looking forward to in next week's patch. Scaled instances and the wardrobe were popular, but probably the most-cited change was simply the influx of new players. It's not that we were worried Lord of the Rings Online was dying, but...

September 3rd 2010 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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They're called linkshells in Final Fantasy XI, fleets in Star Trek Online, kinships in Lord of the Rings Online, but the game could call them bagel and tea parties if it wanted to -- for most players, it's a guild, and no matter what, the core idea is the same. Only a handful of games don't have to...

March 21st 2010 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Paging all Lord of the Rings Online kinships interested in winning pre-payment for their kinship hall for up to a year: a new contest has begun that promises just that. Kinships without a hall will receive one with 6 months worth of rent all paid up. The key to winning is leveling up -- every time...

May 21st 2009 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Let's face it - there are good and bad points to guild size, either big or small. In a small guild everyone pretty much knows everyone else and has a fairly good idea of everyone's skills. In a larger guild you're one of many. While this can be problematic when trying to keep up with what's going on...

January 17th 2009 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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As we first reported in October, Turbine was looking to release a social networking site in Q4 2008 for its Lord of the Rings Online players. Now we're happy to announce that the site has officially been launched in an early beta stage, although not quite as Facebook-y as many had speculated early...

December 10th 2008 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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A post has been made on the Lord of the Rings Online forums with the intent of raising awareness of the Kinship facilities of the Lorebook. Not many Kinships have made use of this feature yet, but the number should dramatically increase following this reminder, and the fact that Kinship listings wi...

April 18th 2008 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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Lord of the Rings Online's Book 13 update has hit the test server today and we've got a rundown on the laundry list of updates, changes and additions coming to the game. Turbine is knocking it out of the park with Book 13: Doom of the Last-King and they've got the patch notes to prove it. Everythin...

April 16th 2008 at 7:30pm 0 Comments
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Last Monday there was a scheduled Lord of the Rings Online developer chat over at Stratics. Quite a lot was discussed, but there are some key things we took away from the Q&A session. The mention of a "Month of the Kinship" has us most excited, as that means that sometime in the (hopefully near...

February 12th 2008 at 8:30pm 0 Comments