One Shots: Christmas leftovers


You guys! Even though Christmas is well and over, you're still sending me wonderful screenshot presents! I'm blushing. I don't even know what to say other than, "You rock! Also, no butt pictures!"

Our first non-posterior shot is from reader Jake, who braved the heart of a volcano for this vista: "Here's a picture of my Dracolyte in Trove after having finished a really cool dungeon that took me down into the depths of a volcano. After a while, you start to see similar dungeon types repeated, but this was a new one for me. I kept expecting to see a conflicted hobbit contemplating a ring as I descended the volcano, but alas, nothing but lava beetles and an ember dragon."

What will we find when we descend into the rest of our player-submitted screenshots for this week? Hopefully more than lava beetles!

When you shell out a whole lot of money for a high-performance spaceship, you better believe that you want others to appreciate and admire it! So do not think less of reader Dirty Klingon because you know you'd do the same if you had half the chance.

"This is my Algos in EVE," Dr. Klingon said. "She's a predatory beauty, like a cougar in the briar patch. Watch out for her because her drones will make your day that much worse!"

When games glitch, it can sometimes be the absolute best time to break out the camera and start snapping pictures. After all, you don't see stuff like this every day!

"My game is Landmark," reader Alex wrote. "This is a shot of dual ruins in a cavern that has some bugged daylight which actually makes it look rather cool. I am perched ready to lay waste on what is below."

Get her, Ray!

And if you're wondering what the heck the title of today's column has to do with anything, prepare to have it all make sense. Reader Tintagel (the "inta" is silent) had some fun over the holidays in Ultima Online and brought us both this picture and a cool story.

"There were holiday themed events, and of course the annual gift basket from the developers, but I wanted to do something for players on Christmas Day. Here I'm logged in as my crafter and surrounded by stacks of repair contracts. These are objects you can take to a shop and use them to repair gear that is damaged rather than finding a crafter to repair it for you manually. Everyone needs repairs at some point, so I decided to spend the day papering New Haven with the contracts.

"I stood in the main square before the bank from noon until about 5:00 p.m., creating repair contracts for different crafting disciplines and stacking them around the square. Many people came by to take a few, and I even got to make a custom suit of armor for one new player. As stacks of contracts were taken, I'd quickly craft more and set them out. It was a very enjoyable day, and lots of people were glad to be able to stockpile some extra repairs for a rainy day!" she wrote.

Our screenshot challenge of the week is to take a picture of a well-dressed player who is not you and tell us why you admire his, her, or its outfit!

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!