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Time to start hoarding snacks and planning to call in sick—the WildStar Free-to-Play update, WildStar: Reloaded, launches September 29!

WildStar: Reloaded includes BIG changes to core game systems; a new character creation and intro experience; improvements to dungeons, itemization, tradeskills, world bosses and group content; a class stat revamp; new quality of life features, bonus events, the Cosmic Rewards program, and so much more.

Best of all (and despite the repeated objections of the Protostar Corporation) it’ll all be totally free!

Players who want a little more can choose to join WildStar Signature service, which provides new bonuses and rewards on top of the basic game. They can also visit the in-game Store, a new interface which sells cosmetic improvements, character services, progression boosts, and other goodies. The Store accepts good ol' Earth cash or the new OmniBits currency. What are OmniBits? Only money you can earn just by playing the game, accomplishing goals, and killing all kinds of stuff, that's what!

Don't want to wait? If you’re itching to come back and blow things up immediately in the period before the free-to-play conversion, you’ll earn Cosmic Reward points for the Cosmic Rewards program—and any leftover time when Reloaded launches will automatically convert to Signature service. Current subscribers are also guaranteed access to beta test the WildStar: Reloaded update. Not subscribed? You can sign up for a chance to participate and help kick off the second phase of our beta that starts today (September 3). And those with access who log in to the beta realm will be given a “Freelancer” title for all their characters to use after the Reloaded launch.

We’ve got a lot more to show off over the next few weeks, so keep checking back for updates and news as we get closer to September 29th. (OH MAN, IT’S SO CLOSE!) And be sure to keep an eye out for beta key promotions and giveaways!


Paizo CEO Lisa Stevens has announced to Pathfinder Online supporters that the majority of the Goblinworks team working on the game has been laid off.

We knew we needed a certain amount of money to finish to build the game, and we came really damn close, but we just couldn’t find the last bit of funding that we needed. […] Last Friday, we had to lay off most of the staff. […] I couldn’t pay them anymore. We gave them lots of warning, so they all knew this was coming.

CTO Mark Kalms, Art Director Mike Hines, and Designer Bob Settles are all that remain of the studio. According to Stevens, Goblinworks CEO Ryan Dancey left the company two weeks ago for personal reasons unrelated to the layoffs. Lee Hammock and Steven Cheney were also apparently among those let go.

Work on the game will continue with the three remaining employees, paid by existing subscription revenue, which will also keep the servers online. Paizo is closing the Goblinworks office and moving the trio into the Paizo offices. Stevens says Paizo is seeking an external publisher to buy Goblinworks or investors to complete the game. There is hope, she says, since 75% of the game is already paid for; she expects the game will take between 1 million and 2 million dollars to finish.

Stevens further hints that the game’s original Kickstarter was intended to speed up the project and was predicated on additional investment commitments that didn’t fully materialize. Another Kickstarter, she says, is not planned as the team is still working on existing Kickstarter rewards.

When asked what the community can do, she suggested that continuing to play and pay the early enrollment subscription, inviting new players, and treating new players well is most helpful.

Our sympathies extend to the entire studio and its players.


Crowfall / Crowns and Crows - Twitch show
« on: September 02, 2015, 08:42:49 PM »
Crowns and Crows is a weekly Crowfall show, hosted by Draegan, Lakez, and Valor.


Crowfall / The Dregs - Unofficial Crowfall Forum/Wiki
« on: September 01, 2015, 07:15:47 PM »
The Dregs was designed to be the unofficial forums as well as a marketplace and political forum. My sources tell me it's THE unofficial community. :) They also have a Wiki.

Crowfall / Video: Crowfall - Making of w/ gameplay.
« on: September 01, 2015, 02:28:55 PM »
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I love the sense of humor so much. :D ERMAGERD. the gameplay at the end...

Crowfall / Discussions points for upcoming meetings.
« on: September 01, 2015, 02:15:29 PM »
I'm putting together the agenda for the to-be-scheduled meeting coming up. If there are any points that you would like to chat about or have questions about if you're new to Crowfall, post them here and I will add them to the agenda.  ;D

Here is a link to the Google Doc to see what there is so far. :)

Final Fantasy XIV / Back to FFXIV
« on: August 30, 2015, 02:31:15 PM »
That was a busy last two weeks! House sitting, school, finals, interviews, new jobs, and other stressful RL stuff.

How are you all doing in FFXIV? My scholar is at 53, working through the story. I hope to see you in game and on Mumble/TS.  :-*

Other Games and Interests / Sword Coast Legends
« on: August 16, 2015, 07:54:15 PM »
A new D&D RPG. Release is at the end of September. There is a solo campaign and also DM mode so you can play with friends. You can preorder a solo game or a pack of five to five to friends too. The videos really, REALLY intrigued me. I always wanted to play D&D when I was younger, but I never had the chance. I'm seriously thinking about preordering.

General Solo Overview/Gameplay:
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DM Overview/Gameplay:
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Gadgets, Gizmos, and Computers / DXRacer Chairs
« on: July 25, 2015, 04:59:21 PM »
I am in desperate need of a new computer chair, my current chair is a random Walmart-special-cheapie-POS. I've heard and read great things about the DXRacer chairs, and I'm wondering if anyone of you have had experiences with them.

This is the one I am looking at specifically (although I wish it came in purple). :P

General Discussion / Four year birthday
« on: July 14, 2015, 01:27:50 AM »
I can't believe it's already been four years that I've been a Guardian! Time sure flies. I just wanted to say that I love you guys, I'm so glad I stumbled upon this place. A lot has changed for me the last four years, and I've grown a lot. Thanks for being there with me and being my safe place to escape to. I look forward to many more years together and more wonderful memories.

Cheers everyone, Guardians Lead the Way!

Final Fantasy XIV / Chocobo Colors
« on: July 07, 2015, 12:12:23 AM »
I found a great thread on the official forums with screenshots of what the colors look like. Good lord there are A TON! Enjoy!

FFXIV Chocobo Colors

General Discussion / Izzy - I found you some chips
« on: July 02, 2015, 10:17:10 AM »
Wasn't it Ketchup chips that you were desperately seeking? Something that Canada has an abundance of >_> Defeo sent me this name of chips, but I can't buy then in Canada; however, aren't you eastern-ish US? (If not forgive me, I've had no sleep)


They have about a gazillion flavors. Next TG meet up I'm buying chips for months.

Other Games and Interests / FallOut 3 - First timer
« on: June 19, 2015, 04:33:33 PM »
Yes, I know, I'm so behind. I've never played any of the Fallout games before. After a recent conversation and Jeff gifting me the GotY Edition, it's going to happen! I'm pretty excited; I've heard so many good things about this game. I hope I'll have time to delve into this when I'm not working on legal studies or volunteering.

It's my first time so are there any tips, suggestions, dos/don'ts that you would have for a newbie? I don't want to mess up building my character or miss any vital things. :D

World of Warcraft / Horde Raiding
« on: May 09, 2015, 03:38:25 PM »
There are a few people getting together to make a raid group, Horde side.

Looking for: Mostly DPS but any role is welcome to come forward. :)

I'm not sure if anyone is even still playing but I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask.

Crowfall / TG Crowfall Streamers
« on: May 04, 2015, 05:54:02 PM »
If you plan on streaming Crowfall for the alphas/betas/etc post here with your link and which alpha/beta group you're in. :D

Alpha 1
Arawulf -
Jetah -

Alpha 2
DeFeoBoutique -

Beta 2
Martini - (Dependent on move-in date and internet availability)
Meridian -

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