THE DAILY GRIND: HAVE YOU EVER USED PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS WHILE MMOING?

Last week, a former pro e-sports player went on the record to say that he — and pretty much everyone else in the top brackets of competitive gaming — takes performance-enhancing drug Adderall to help keep ultra-alert and hyper-focused during events. Some of our readers scoffed at the report, saying that everyone does it, from college students cramming for exams to top-tier World of Warcraft raiders, bringing the term “hardcore” to all-new lows.

But it appears to have been news to the ESL, which stopped just short of accusing the e-sports player a troll this week while promising to alter its tournament procedures to test for doping rather than just forbid it. “We are hoping to have a waterproof strategy for identifying PEDs, testing for their presence and punishing players who were caught using any of the forbidden substances,” the organization told Wired. “Full blown drug tests at esports events are far away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t and shouldn’t try to tackle the issue.”
And that leads me to today’s Daily Grind: Have you ever used a “performance-enhancing drug” to boost your gaming abilities? Would you admit it if you had? Just how widespread is this among online gamers? And where should we (and the e-sports governing boards) draw the line between caffeine and something like Adderall?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

 

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Why Am I Playing on Ragefire?

 

I’ve been playing on EverQuest progression servers for a number of years now, but I typically end up going back to my ‘regular’ server sooner or later where I’ve already established a character (or two, or three). The problem with established servers is that EverQuest is still very much a group orientated game even for their later expansions, so unless you’re bringing friends with you it can get a bit lonely. Especially if your main characters include a level 97 bard and a level 100 enchanter. They’re not exactly the optimal classes for boxing with, mercenary tanks are alright but they’re not nearly as good as actual players with thousands of aa. I love EverQuest, and I tend to return a few times a year in order to get my ‘fix’ – especially since I can’t seem to get that fix in EverQuest2 any more, which used to be my go-to comfort game. What I love about it is the fact that my characters actually take a lot of work in order to be any good, and it takes time to get things done. I’ll probably always have a soft spot in my heart for EverQuest, and judging by the swarms of people playing on Lockjaw and Ragefire, I’m not alone.

The druid and magician are each level 13 now. I settled in for a nice evening of camping orcs in Commonlands. I was doing bandits for a bit, but the respawns are incredibly fast, and I didn’t have a stable amount of crowd control in order to feel confident taking care of things quickly. It was just safer if I went to an orc camp and pulled the whole camp of dark blues all at once, rather than trying to break a white / yellow camp with fast respawns. Still, it gave me a chance to collect some belts and turn those in to Freeport for some experience, coin, and faction.

I noticed at the log-in screen that Vox was the latest ‘new’ non progression server, and that server was released three years ago but is still categorized as ‘new’. I almost wish they would release another new non-progression server, for people who may want to start fresh with others but who don’t have the time / patience / desire to start with classic EverQuest. Of course that means people would be level 105 within a week I’m sure, but it’s also a chance for the community to move through the game together, and make friends / new guilds until everyone (once again) gets bored and leaves. I wonder what the population is like on most EverQuest servers. On Drinal (my main server) the general channel has 198 people in it, but talk is pretty light and that includes players from other servers who join the drinal general chat (I see a few ragefire folks on there).

When I got bored of orcs I headed back to Freeport to relax with a little fishing, and to work on my forage skill. Skills seem to crawl by, especially when you’re eager to raise them so it’s a good time to sit back with Netflix or Hulu. I’m saving up the fish I catch to work on baking, fish fillets will get me pretty far. I made my first 100 plat, and I’m sure every bit of it will go towards tradeskills aside from spell purchases. Research doesn’t use the classic method, but uses vendor sold items along with hides that drop from mobs. It’s a lengthy and expensive hobby, but right now it’s making money as people want their spells. I know we have quite a wait before an ‘official’ bazaar opens, and in the meantime there’s the EC tunnel, but I’m looking forward to that one feature.

One thing that has surprised me is the number of people playing who have never played before, or who just don’t remember anything about the game. I’ve heard so many people asking about mailboxes and other features that classic EverQuest just doesn’t have. It also looks like the pressure has lessened on Ragefire a bit now that Lockjaw has opened. No queues this afternoon – the real test will be to see how things are over the weekend.

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First Fallout 4 Character Comes to Fallout Shelter Today

 

Fallout Shelter, Bethesda’s new free-to-play mobile game, has added its first character from Fallout 4 today.
Preston Garvey, the leader of the Commonwealth Minutemen in Fallout 4, is now available in Shelter. Additionally, the Laser Musket weapon he uses in Fallout 4 (pictured above) is now available in the game for your Vault dwellers to brandish.

However, you won’t find Garvey wandering around your Vault the next time you open up the game. He’s categorized as a Legendary Dweller, and you’ll need to open a lunchbox in order to obtain him.

Lunchboxes are special items rewarded to players from time to time that can also be purchased with real-world money. These are Bethesda’s lone way of generating revenue from the game, but as it’s already stated, Shelter “is not about making money.”

Shelter is currently available only on iOS, though an Android version is in the works. Bethesda deliberately waited until after revealing Fallout 4 to announce it, as it worried that fans would react negatively if they assumed Shelter had been created at the expense of a proper Fallout follow-up.

Fallout 4 is due out on November 10 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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Adamant and Rune Dragons

Adamant and rune dragons are here! From Dragonforcae and voted for by you, they’re fresh from RuneLabs and ready for battle.
Delve beneath Brimhaven and jaunt over the World Gate to Kethsi to face these new monsters in high-level combat.
Earn new rewards including upgrades to produce level 90 power boots, a dragon slaying ring and rare, prestigious cosmetics. Learn forgotten lore, too, while you uncover the lost tips for the Dragonkin.
Now we’ve also got two new bank boosters in Solomon’s Store – available liberated to members – details of the week’s streams and news on the winners of our recent community competitions.
Read on!
How to Start
Adamant dragons can be obtained from Brimhaven Dungeon. They’re formidable foes, so you will want high combat levels and anti-dragon breath equipment to outlive. You’ll find more dragons behind magical barriers – passable at 70, 80 and 90 Slayer. Adamant dragons can be found as being a slayer assignment from Kuradal or Morvran.
Rune dragons are farther away – on Mount Firewake within the world of Kethsi. This new area is just accessible with the World Gate south of Eagle’s Peak, when you have completed Fate of the Gods and Ritual in the Mahjarrat. The only slayer master that will assign them is Morvran.
To stand a chance against these mightiest of monsters, you’ll – of course – need anti-dragon gear. It’s also advisable to come packing dragonbane ammo, as everything else will deal cut down tremendously damage till the rune dragons’ armour plating is breached.
Rune dragons in addition have a flight phase – even more reason to come geared for range – and an enrage phase where their maximum damage increases with each attack.
Regular rune dragons are challenging enough, but elite rune dragons could also spawn on their death. These have got all the deadly abilities of the kin, using a significant rise in power – plus much more lucrative loot.
For two weeks following today’s release, you will find increased spawn rates on adamant and rune dragons, and an increased chance for elites to spawn when rune dragons are killed. Additionally , there are twice the chance to experience an adamant or rune dragon slayer assignment.

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Six Disappeared Roles of wildstar

 

Garin Torbern died in Dark Portal 25. After his father Sollars died, the Fort Rapids unity won the thrid war victory under his leadership and blocked the Scourge’s invasion. Unfortunately, he did not escaped assassination.
Reginald Windthorl
Reginald Windthort died in Dark Portal 26. From a soldier to a marshal, he had experienced three numerous war. He has made great contributions to his countires and people in his life. Onyxia’s conspiracy was exposed by wildstar gold. He was the the only one who was recorded for killing 50 orcs during the three wars.
Berval Ftagen
In Dark Portal 27, Berval Ftagen became the new lich king. He helped Arthas run countries. Afther Onyxia’s plot revealed, he fighted with Black Dragon. He once served as pioneer to expedite Northrend at the time of northern lich king. As the new lich king, he ensure that Scourge do not suffer harm.
Magani Dosh
Magani Dosh petrifacted in Dark Portal 27. He did not forget his vow in his difficult moment. He do really a rebliable ally of the league.
Vandall Lu
Vandall Lu failed to Fireland in Dark Portal 28. He is responsible for the final victory in the war of Shifting Sands. Unfortunately, he was getting further from his goal with the time goes by.
Benedictus
Benedictus was defeated on Wymrest Temple in Dark Portal 28. He is a respecting leader in the Church of Light. It is his wise guidance helped people spend the darkless time. A lot of people said: Today’s storm kingdom dose not exist a person like Benedictus. Once the avatar of holy while now became the represent of darkness. Just what we thought: do zuo do die.

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FIFA announce 2022 Qatar World Cup will NOT be held in June or July

 
The FIFA general secretary has claimed that the tournament won be held in the blazing heat of June or July, but FIFA insist a decision is yet to be made

The FIFA general secretary has claimed that the tournament won be held in the blazing heat of June or July, but FIFA insist a decision is yet to be made

The FIFA general secretary has claimed that the tournament won be held in the blazing heat of June or July, but FIFA insist a decision is yet to be made

The FIFA general secretary has claimed that the tournament won be held in the blazing heat of June or July, but FIFA insist a decision is yet to be made

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has claimed that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be held in June or July.

“The dates of the World Cup will not be in June or July. I think it will be played between November 15 and January 15 the latest,” Valcke told France Inter Radio.

“If you play between 15 November and the end of December that’s the time when the weather conditions are best, when you can play in temperatures equivalent to a warm spring season in Europe, averaging 25 degrees,” he added.

“That would be perfect for playing football.”

Qatar was awarded the 2022 tournament in 2010, but the extreme summer heat in the Arab state has been a major talking point, with player and fan safety questioned.

FA chairman Greg Dyke said last year that he believed the tournament would be moved to the winter, despite FIFA boss Sepp Blatter claiming it could not be held in January or February.

The decision will need to be ratified by the FIFA executive committee, of which Britain’s FIFA vice president Jim Boyce is a member of and he was “totally surprised” at the statement.

He told Press Association Sport: “I was totally surprised this morning when I heard what Jerome has said.

“As I understand it all the stakeholders will have discussions and report back to the executive committee of FIFA and no final decision will be made on when the 2022 World Cup would be played until December 2014 or March 2015.

“As far as I am concerned that remains the situation and there has been nothing said to me to make that any different.”

Boyce believes that Valcke “may have been stating his personal opinion”.

He also said there had been a general assumption that the 2022 World Cup could not be played in the summer due to the heat. That view has previously been expressed by UEFA’s 54 member countries and FIFA president Sepp Blatter but no decision on alternative dates has been taken.

“There is an expectation but there has been no decision,” said Boyce.

FIFA have since released a statement saying that this was Valcke’s own view and no decision has been taken on whether or not to move the tournament.

The statement read: “Secretary General Jerome Valcke explained today in the Radio France interview as he had already mentioned previously that in his view the 2022 FIFA World Cup must take place in winter and the best possible time frame would be 15 November to 15 January.

“However, the precise event date is still subject to an ongoing consultation process which involves all main event stakeholders, including both the international football community (FIFA, confederations, member associations, leagues, clubs, players) as well as FIFA’s commercial partners (commercial affiliates and media rights licensees).

“As the event will not be played until eight years’ time the consultation process will not be rushed and will be given the necessary time to consider all of the elements relevant for a decision.

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