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Chapter Five: Ensign Boots – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | February 21, 2015.

Ensign Rocky-Road proved to be extremely clumsy with the phaser rifle that Helvetica gave her to defend herself—she couldn’t manage to hold the rifle and her tricorder at the same time. This led to a series of misfires, fumbles, and one instance where the ensign blasted open a wall panel. To prevent this in the future, Helvetica traded the rifle for a pistol and this seemed to resolve the problem.

As they paraded through the corridors, Helvetica started to notice that the number of Borg has precipitously dropped.

“Shields restored,” the ship’s computer announced. “Intruders still present on decks two, three, and one.”

“I think that means the Borg have control of the bridge,” Rocky-Road said, licking at an ice cream sundae.

Now that Helvetica had someone to give the damn things to, she’d been feeding every bit of ice cream to the cat-ensign. Rocky-Road seemed perfectly pleased about this and now wore, jingling …

Interview: Arienne Keith in Guild Wars 2 Necromancer and Puzzle Jumper

Posted by | February 20, 2015.

This MMO Anthropology interview features Arienne Keith, player of “Euclidia” and “Mover Shaker” from Guild Wars 2. As a player she enjoys the monstrosities that come with the Necromancer class as well as the abilities of the Mesmer. The former for killing foes in PvE and the latter for helping out new (and old) players in jumping puzzles across the map.

In recent days Arienne has been working on her Mesmer, Mover Shaker, who has been porting people across the ends of numerous jumping puzzles to get them a chance at the delicious-delicious-loot at the end.

Watch her interview and enjoy!

MMO Anthropology Invites Guild Wars Players Alliance as Guests for Friday’s Livestream

Posted by | February 19, 2015.

Every Friday, the MMO Anthropology show on Twitch.tv brings players into a random multiplayer or MMO game and this upcoming show will feature Guild Wars 2 and two guests from the GW Players Alliance podcast.

GW Players Alliance show hosts Cithryth and Draculetta will be joining MMO Anthropology host Amerist, co-host Nelson Williams (editor-and-chief of this blog) and Dracul Draconicus in Guild Wars 2 to discuss the state of the game, what players want, and actually play the game.

Feel free to tune in at 9pm MST and stay until 12 midnight. If you own Guild Wars 2 you can come along as well, but the team will be full—however, the host, Amerist has a commander tag so can make a squad and bring as many people as needed into open world content.

Be sure to check out the Guild Wars Players Alliance website and

Chapter Four: Ensign Rocky-Road – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | February 7, 2015.

By this point, Helvetica had obtained quite the collection of firearms from the various Borg drone’s in the corridors. Her armament now consisted of a multitude of pistols and rifles–entirely disruptors and phasers. She’d taken to keeping a phaser pistol in one hand and a disruptor rifle in the other.

The Borg apparently had not learned their lesson and continued to deliver weapons and snacks to Helvetica as she stormed through the hallways. Good thing too for those catfish sandwiches; killing Borg was hungry work.

She had just polished off another cluster of drones (and drank the Saurian Brandy she found on them) when she heard the strangest caterwauling vibrating through the nearest door.

For the most part, the Oxford had extremely boring corridors. Grey carpet, white paneling on the slightly curved sides, and black screens lining the walls that would alternately display bright crimson RED ALERT or a cross-section of the ship. …

Star Trek Online sees a change in command as Executive Producer D’Angelo steps down

Posted by | February 2, 2015.

Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios MMO Star Trek Online’s Stephen D’Angelo is stepping down as Executive Producer to be seceded by Stephen Ricossa.

D’Angelo is best known by the community as the guy who descended into the forums to tell the playerbase how it was when Cryptic Studios claimed there was an exploit in a patrol in Tau Dewa. Leading to a great deal of animosity from the playerbase who had not entirely known that what happened in the patrol mission in question was actually an exploit at all.

In Ricossa’s acceptance blog post, he hinted at the potential for future STO changes and content, specifically teasing a much-waited-on change to sector space:

“With the launch of Season 10 Sector Space will be comprised of only three maps, with each one representing a quadrant that exists in STO. Yes, the sector walls are coming

This just happened: Sony Online Entertainment becomes Daybreak Game Company

Posted by | February 2, 2015.

If you didn’t see this coming, you’re not alone. President of Sony Online Entertainment Jack Smedley appeared on Reddit to announce that Sony Online Entertainment is breaking away from Sony and renaming itself Daybreak Game Company. Aside from the aforementioned Reddit post, SOE also posted on the PlanetSide 2 forums.

According to statements, SOE has been acquired by Columbus Nova, an entertainment and technology investment firm.

“This means that effective immediately SOE will operate as an independent game development studio,” says the announcement. “Where we will continue to focus on creating exceptional online games for players around the world.”

Smedley will remain president of the new company and the new website for SOE will be available at www.DaybreakGameCompany.com.

More coverage is available across the entire gaming blogosphere from GamePolitics, Gamasutra, Polygon, SiliconAngle, and Massively (sigh)

Goodbye Joystiq, Massively, and WoW Insider

Posted by | February 1, 2015.

This weekend saw the news that AOL is rolling the Joystiq brand into its Engadget blog and while doing so shutting down MMO blogs Massively and WoW Insider. It will be sad to see them go. Vox Ex Machina in particular has a soft spot for WoW Insider, after all they published about my World of Warcraft fanfiction. The sites are officially closed. Further coverage at SiliconAngle from Kyt Dotson.

Chapter Three: Catfish Sandwiches – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | January 31, 2015.

The strangely limited spaces to move through continued as Helvetica was forced to ride the turbolift repeatedly to walk down eerily similar corridors–however, unlike before, said corridors were filled with target dummies in the form of Borg. And, very similar to World of Warcraft, they were overflowing with goodies!

After each fight, Helvetica would paw through the dead bodies piled up on the floor to see what interesting thing she could pilfer.

Already she was wearing two personal shields, wielding a phaser pistol in one hand and a disruptor pistol in the other, and had put a banana split into her backpack. The last item seemed a little out of place on a Borg drone, but she figured the drone might have gotten it from one of the replicators she had fixed earlier–otherwise it would have been a succulent.

The most recent drone had body armor, which she stripped off with glee.

As she …

Get your selfie in World of Warcraft

Posted by | January 28, 2015.

Blizzard is adding an item to its flagship MMO, World of Warcraft, that allows players to take smartphone-style selfies in game. The item, the S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera, arrives from a level 100 garrison mission and even has an upgrade (a MkII) that adds Instagram-like filters. Read more about this at SiliconAngle with Kyt Dotson’s coverage.

Chapter Two: All the Mirandas We Have Known – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | January 24, 2015.

The USS Oxford was an aging Miranda-class starship berthed out of the Sol system with a distinguished record of service. Her angular lines spoke of an era long past when starships were built for function over form–displaying a carriage of a single heavy saucer about the middle and boom-lowered nacelles like a metal catamaran.

The ship had many scars from her travels, none visible on her hull–the engineering team at Utopia Planetia pride themselves in sleek, unmarred hull plating. However, age and injury did show amidst her superstructure, far out of sight and mind.

For Helvetica’s first assignment, after being placed aboard the Oxford, the captain put his newest Ensign to work crawling through the Jeffries tubes in order to hunt down and tag potential engineering problems.

The work was boring but it gave her experience. Mostly it meant walking down a corridor, talking to someone who was having a problem (“My replicator just …