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Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore

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RuneFest 2019: New Skill, Early Access To RuneScape Mobile and Old School Expansion Announced

RuneScape made quite a bit of announcements at their annual RuneFest event in Cambridget this weekend. Revealed during the RuneFest 2019 keynote address, Jagex is improving both its current version of RuneScape with a new skill, as well as launching an expansion for those who enjoy the Old School version of the venerable MMORPG. Additionally, early access will be hitting RuneScape Mobile later this year.


Creating The Look - The Art Of Magic Arena

Magic: The Gathering itself is known the world over as one of the most complex games in our age. With so many interactions, triggers and effects that could happen on any turn, Magic itself is lauded for that complexity. However, often missed by the casual onlooker is the art of MTG. Magic Arena aims to bring that art alive digitally, but how does that happen?


Epic States That New Matchmaking In Fortnite Aims To Create "Fairer" Matches

Since rolling out their change to Fortnite's matchmaking, which we reported on previously, Epic has come out in defense of its new system. In a blog post on the Epic Games site, the Fortnite creator states the goal of the new matchmaking system is to create "fairer matches" for all.


Ashes of Creation Showcases The Small Order Of Doctors In Latest Update

Ashes of Creation has continued its series of showcasing some of the pets and items players can look forward to when the full MMORPG goes live. This time around it's showing off its Unseen Shade cosmetics, giving a distinct feel of being in an Edgar Allan Poe poem within Creation.


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Magic Arena Review: Better Than Your LGS?

While Magic Arena isn’t the first time Magic has been presented digitally, is it the best? Is it enough to overtake playing Paper Magic, or even checking out the dated, but feature full Magic Online? Here is our review.


World of Warcraft Classic's Next Phase Could Hit As Early As This Year

For those who have already conquered all that World of Warcraft: Classic has to offer, there might be some good news on the horizon. In an interview with PC Gamer, it looks like WoW Classic's next phase could be coming sooner than we thought.


Mike O'Brien Leaving ArenaNet To Form New Studio

Mike O'Brien, President of ArenaNet, announced this afternoon via a post on the Guild Wars 2 website that he will be leaving ArenaNet to start a new studio with "some of [his] friends." While the post doesn't mention who will be stepping into O'Brien's role as President, it does mention Game Direction Mike Zadorojny will take one a "larger leadership role."


Slay Together Is An Old School MMORPG Being Made By A Single Developer

Nowadays it's easier than ever for aspiring game devs to create their own pieces of art. Slay Together is an example of just such a hard working developer, as its developer tackles the massive project on their own.


Final Fantasy XIV Details Mentor Changes Coming With 5.1 Patch

Final Fantasy XIV is gearing up for a its anticipated 5.1 patch, and today the team detailed changes coming to the mentor system with the new update.


Mortal Online Details Vision For New Players In Upcoming Haven Patch

Coming October 7th, Mortal Online players can expect to see some changes to how newer players can interact with the game. Admitting it's a bit difficult to grasp, Mortal Online is revamping it's new player experience in the hopes it makes it easier to stick moving forward.


Raph Koster, Ultima Online And Star Wars Galaxies Designer, Has Raised $2.7M Towards New MMORPG

Raph Koster is making a new MMO, and he's already raised quite a bit of seed money to do so. The Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies designer has started Playable Worlds, a new game company, to create the next great sandbox MMORPG.


Path of Exile Devs Detail The Process Of Making Sister Cassia

In a unique little dive into how game development happens, Path of Exile's Nick K has broken down the process that went into making one of Blight's new NPCs, Sister Cassia.


Black Desert Online's Season of the Hunt Part 2 Event Starts On PC, New Pet Quests Added

Fancy a free pet in Black Desert Online? You're in luck, as the MMO just added quests as part of today's patch on PC that rewards players with cute new vanity pets! Also, Season of the Hunt continues on PC today with Part 2 of its event.


Ship of Heroes Shows Off Its Character Creation Tool, Teases CCT Beta Announcement

Ship of Heroes is prepping for its upcoming Character Creation Tool Beta coming up, and to get players ready for what to expect, the team has released a new video.


Neverwinter Call to Arms Event "Gate Crashers" Starts This Thursday

The latest in Neverwinter's Call to Arms events, Gate Crashers, will be live this coming Thursday. The 6th CTA of this year's Alliance of Heroes Season of events, Gate Crashers will see players defend Scar Keep as hordes of enemies storm a teleportation gate.