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The Stream Team: Stepping on tax edition, April 15 - 21, 2013

MJ Guthrie

'Tis the season! Just... not that season. This isn't one we really want; it's not a season of joyousness and brotherly kindness. No, this one's more akin to scattering LEGOs and thumbtacks all across the floor then dashing barefoot from wall to wall just to hit your head against them over and over. We understand the pain. Truly, we do. And The Stream Team is here for you.

They say nothing's certain in life except death and taxes, but we disagree! We'd totally add Massively TV to that list. Have we ever left you in your times of need? No! And we know you need us now more than ever. We're here to help you, with a full line-up of shows to help ease the pain and take your mind off the traumas that cannot be avoided. So take a load off and check out this week's schedule, catch a few reruns, see the highlight of the week, and take part in our two polls. Then remember, at least this only happens once a year!

5:00 p.m. EDT: The Aurora World -- Beau
This new MMO just launched into open beta, so Beau is putting on his familiar explorer's cap and venturing into somewhere new! Come watch his first steps into the game.

7:00 p.m. EDT: EVE Online -- Mike
Mike sets off on a low-sec mining adventure. Can he make it to the goods without being blown to smithereens?

9:00 a.m. EDT: Defiance -- Psykopig
Psykopig is ready to take on a new game! Join in as he plays through the beginning parts of this entertainment giant.

5:00 p.m. EDT: Might and Magic Duel of Champions -- Beau
Beau is going to be joined by developers of new online collectible card game Might and Magic: Duel of Champions to discuss just why it's so freaking cool.

8:00 p.m. EDT: Wizard101 -- Larry
Free Realms was a blast, but it's time to try out some of the other family-friendly MMOs. Larry and his kid settled on Wizard101. You're a wizard, Larry! A wizard!

9:00 p.m. EDT: EverQuest II -- MJ
Glorious EverQuest Two-sday shenanigans await! MJ and crew (anyone brave enough to join her) will take on the Menagerie in Everfrost. Come see the sweet sights of success.

9:00 a.m. EDT: Defiance -- Psykopig
Join Piggy for the second edition of his two-part adventure in Defiance: the MMO with a third-person action twist!

3:00 p.m. EDT: Guild Wars -- Lis
Ascalon has been Seared. Join Elisabeth as she seeks vengeance by killing all of the Charr. All of them. Her own Guild Wars 2-era Charr may lose an ancestor.

5:00 p.m. EDT: Game of Thrones: Ascent -- Beau
In order to prepare for his upcoming MMO Blender article, Beau will be looking at this awesome Game of Thrones social game. He might even be joined by a developer!

7:00 p.m. EDT: Wizard101 -- Mike
Mike isn't sick or dying anymore, so he can actually play Wizard101. Hooray wands!

8:00 p.m. EDT: World of Warplanes -- MJ
There are no trees to run over or buildings to hide behind in this Wargaming title. Watch as MJ flies the not-so-friendly skies looking for some dogfights.

9:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. EDT: Star Wars: The Old Republic -- Larry
Rise of the Hutt Cartel created a few bumps in the raid schedule as most expansions do. How do you prep for new raids? With level 55 flashpoints, of course.

10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. EDT: Guild Wars 2 -- Richie
Is your level 30-something Necromancer staring at you begging to be played? Have you been avoiding eye contact with your Charr Engineer for fear of getting that look of utter disappointment? Your Guild Wars 2 alts aren't going to level themselves; it's time you did something about it. Dust off those neglected low-levels, log them in, and join Richie on the Blackgate server for two-hours of open-world mayhem. There may even be some Guild Wars 2 trial codes awarded to lucky viewers.

7:30 p.m. EDT: Vanguard -- MJ
There is just so much to do in the vast world of Telon that MJ sometimes has a hard time deciding where to start. We know it will be adventure, but where? That depends on who joins her! Come group for some fun, tailored to whatever level of groupmates are brave enough to play in the Massively spotlight.

9:00 p.m. EDT: The Secret World -- MJ
What not to wear, DPS edition! Have you ever wanted to know how to outfit your character in game to better perform your role? Then this is the stream to watch, as MJ gets the once-over from a more expert theorycrafter than herself.

You know you wanted a reason to go out tonight, so here it is: No streams to distract you. So get out there and have fun!

11:30 a.m. EDT: SMITE - Blake
The Lunchtime Livecast rolls on with more SMITE! Blake is set to roll up... with a new game mode to show you: Assault! What were you thinking he was talking about? It's Lunchtime Livecast #61!

7:00 p.m. EDT: Guild Wars 2 - Jasmine
Be our guest, be our guest, put our sentient lettuce people to the test! Guest along with Jasmine on Yak's Bend for an hour of Sylvari leveling.

8:00 p.m. EDT: World of Warcraft - Jasmine
Jasmine missed out on two solid weeks of valor gathering, and that just won't do. Join her as she jumps back into WoW for some LFR action!

Need laughter to drown out pain and anguish of doing your taxes? Need immediate relief? You don't have to wait for the next scheduled stream; just click on any of these reruns for a dose of frivolity and crazy antics sure to brighten your day (or at least offer a welcome distraction).

Highlight Reel
Although there were a number of great choices this week, from a run through of Super Adventure Box to a dev guided tour of his personal in-game homes, the spotlight falls on...

Check out the two-hour preview of new Rise of the Hutt Cartel the moment servers popped up for early access.

It's one of the inevitabilities of life. You can't escape taxes (legally), though there are plenty of pocketbooks this month that really wish you could. But not everyone dreads the Ides of April. I've even heard tell of folks who look forward to this nifty thing called a refund. Hmm, a sudden burst of extra cashola? I have a few thoughts of how that could be put to use, and many of them involve this glorious pastime of ours. What about you, Massively readers -- if you're one of those lucky refund recipients, will you be using it to fund your gaming habit?%Poll-81994%
And as a bonus question, share your thoughts on adding taxation inside your favorite MMO. Feel free to elaborate in the comments below.%Poll-81998%
Watching the Massively Stream Team play video games is the next best thing to playing them yourself! Join us every Monday morning for MJ's guide to this week's livestream schedule, classic stream reruns from last week, and all the best outtakes and ephemera.

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