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The Final Portal Storm of Asheron's Call

2/2/2017 Update:
Well.. Asheron's Call is dead as of a couple days ago. RIP AC1.

I'm pretty saddened by that notion, it turns out. I hadn't played in the past couple years, but I'll admit I never thought the game would actually die off, especially given some hope that Turbine/WB would release private server options and I wondered if some form of open sourcing would happen someday... just seemed like the thing would somehow live on forever.

AC holds a special place in this genre for me, but not just due to it being one of the first three MMORPG's in the world, but because it was really great. I still haven't played any game quite like it in many ways and there's something about a community that sticks around for something that long (17 years), that makes it special in ways the game itself can't really measure against.

I find it strange that I'm sitting here feeling somewhat like AC dying off is also a sort of death for this site. I started MassMOG in 2000 -- Creation Date: 23-feb-2000, to be exact -- spawned largely due to the excitement and novelty of the burgeoning gaming genre of MMORPGs (I didn't like the acronym and tried to make my own in "MassMOG".. which obviously never really caught on. Heh.) I had played in the AC1 beta and was really excited about the genre as a whole and the potential of persistent worlds with thousands of players.

Of course, over all these years, the genre turned into a mess in many ways, mostly driven by the typical onslaught of copycats and rushed-out money generators. There have been many gems, of course, but the original excitement faded for me overall in the recent decade, where it started looking like the notion of the MMO was being relegated to more of a gimmick. Some great games are still flying high on the concept though, so I guess my melancholy over AC1 is getting the better of me at the moment.

System Upgrades Afoot

 It's been quiet around here lately, as we've been preparing some big changes to both the hardware and software behind MassMOG.com.  I've been swamped with all the work that needs to be done, so posting has been suffering horribly.

Soon, we'll get back up and posting regularly again --- maybe with some new "faces" around here, too!

(Oh, that reminds me:  you want to write for us?  Apply here for a currently-volunteer position -- volunteer until you show you're committed and then we'll see about appropriate compensation:  Send us info about you and links to writing samples.)

Welcome to Mobile MOG!

Welcome to MobileMOG.com!  Just to get this out of the way, we're talking about mobile multiplayer online games.  I've been covering "massively multiplayer online games" (or MMORPG's, MMO's, MassMOG's... whatever you want to call them) for over 10 years and I'm starting to finally see some good movement in the mobile/handheld space for larger multiplayer game experiences.  This has been something I've looked forward to for a long time, but it hasn't really shaped up too well as an industry until more recently. 

Well, I finally just decided to jump and add a full-fledged site focusing primarily on mobile MOG's (just say it like a word, it's much easier - Mog, like "dog", eh? :P ).  For now, it's empty around here as I get things rolled out better.  However, you might want to linger over to our parent site, www.MassMOG.com (see a trend here?) for more news about massive multiplayer games.  I'll try to hurry up the back-end work so I can gather the news and gett MobileMOG.com fattened up a bit.

Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you soon.

Welcome to the MMO FAQ!

Hello.  Welcome to the massively multiplayer online game FAQ site.  This site has gone through several false starts, as other projects have taken priority.  I'm hoping to find a good way to roll this puppy out, but I still have a lot of work to do (and thinking to do, re: how to build this up properly.)

For now, just keep in mind that we're here and maybe just head over to www.MassMOG.com (MMOFAQ.com is a part of the MassMOG Network) and watch for status updates about MMOFAQ.

Sorry to be so brief, but I figure brief is better than nothing. :P

Thanks for dropping by!

Welcome to the new WoW FAQ!

Welcome to the new home of the World of Warcraft F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions) site www.WoWFAQ.com, a part of the www.MassMOG.com site network!  This has been a long time in development and still has a long way to go -- as evidenced by the near-complete lack of content.  Soon, we'll be rolling out some features to get the ball rolling, like articles about the latest and upcoming changes to World of Warcraft and a World of Warcraft glossary of terms.  I know that doesn't sound like too much, but it's a start!

I'll try to get some stuff written up regularly, but it still may be a bit before we're in regular update mode, since there's more work to be done behind the scenes.  Thank you for coming by and please let us know what you'd like to see on the site!  We'll let you in on some plans as soon as we can.

New Network-wide Login System Activated

I've enabled a "single sign-on" system that allows for all the sites on the "MassMOG Network" of sites to share user login information.  That means you can log in to one of the sites on the network, and you'll be logged in to all the rest of the sites.  Now, you might be wondering what "all the sites" means when you're just at MassMOG.com now, eh?  Well... that's where things get busy for me.

Soon, I'll be unveiling what I hope to be some good content sites focused on "FAQ"-type information about massively multiplayer online games.  For now, these links won't look any different, but I'm planning on rolling out MMOFAQ.com and WoWFAQ.com, among others if I can get the time (or help) to post enough content to justify them.

I'll post more when I officially launch these sites, but for now, just keep in mind that there is more coming!

Thanks a ton for visiting!  Please come back soon... with friends. :)

You might need to re-enter the Faunasphere giveaway

Sorry for the hassle, but if you entered the Faunasphere beta giveaway before today (July 30th) at 4pm MST, and were NOT logged in with a MassMOG.com account, your entry was not likely saved properly.  Gah!  Again, sorry about that.  Just run over and fill 'er out again and you're golden.

However, this does point out the simple lesson to be learned here:  membership has its privelages, eh?  :P  (Even if they're unintentional.. I did not do this on purpose just to weed out the slackers who don't want to join the MassMOG.com bus.)

Once more, I'm sorry about any inconvenience on this one.

 

"Themes, they are a-changin'"

Here I go again with site theme changes. I wasn't very happy with the last one (well, I had intended to fix it up and make the tweaks so I liked it, but that never happened.) So, now I have a new one that still needs tweaks that I may not do. Yay!

Hope it's better to those of you visiting regularly -- to the new blood, I hope you like it as it is! I'll be doing some more tweaks soon, but first, I need to write up an article or two about stuff that's been burning holes in my Inbox from developers.

Thanks for visiting and please keep coming back!

Cheers,
[Paul] Hoza

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