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One Shots: Thar be dragons


It would be a rare fantasy MMO that didn't have a posse of dragons roaming the land (or flying through the skies), and Guild Wars 2 certainly does not break that trend. It doesn't mean that going head-to-head with one is any less intimidating, however.

Reader Paul sent in this little meet-and-greet with Puff, saying it was when his Asuran Mesmer first encountered a dragon. Let's just hope he remained alive to have a second encounter. Asurans often look like popcorn chicken to dragonkind.

It's not just flying lizards in this week's One Shots! What wonders await you, I wonder?

One Shots Thar be dragons
Reader Michael is bringing hardcore fashion to the forefront with his submission. "Y'know, we can give World of Warcraft a lot of grief, but they do know how to make female characters look bad-ass in plate," he said.

It is certainly nice to see that the game's progressed past the point where female plate was really just a glorified rusting bikini. Give me sixty pounds of pointy metal, and I'll wade into any battleground you like.

One Shots Thar be dragons
Do you like birds? Do you like fat birds? Do you like fat, flightless birds? Do you like fat, flightless birds that don't exist any more? Do you like how many questions I just asked you? Then you're going to positively adore this next picture.

"This is an old screenshot I took when Final Fantasy XIV was still free-to-play," says reader Xel. "I wonder if I'll see this character in A Realm Reborn and if fat dodos aren't extinct in new version of the game."

Your hopes and dreams are weird, Xel. We're with you, though.

One Shots Thar be dragons
Finally, reader Elliott (no relation) has given us an image that is ripped right from the headlines of our nightmares. How did Dark Age of Camelot get in our heads?

"This chimera is from Trials of Atlantis," Elliott says. "It was one of the ML main bosses attacking our guild, Fury, on Kay server, circa 2005-2006."

If only we could perfect time travel technology to go back and watch this fight in real-time.

One Shots Thar be dragons
Dogs, dodos, dragons, and dames. This episode of One Shots was brought to you by the letter D and the number 4. It was made possible by a grant from the Corporation for Public Showboating.

Want to be featured in a future edition of One Shots? Send your favorite MMO screenshots to, and don't forget to include your name, the name of the game, and a description of the scene. Large, colorful, UI-free shots that tell a story and really show off the game make for the best images. Look ma, we brought back One Shots!

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