Dragon Nest (Episode 70)

Sidequest: Otherland (Closed Beta)

Backtrack: Warframe (The Archwing Update)

Original Review: Episode 45

Black Gold (Episode 69)

Sidequest: Royal Quest

Trove (Episode 68)

Sidebar: The Demise of Transformers Universe

Open Beta Tester Event: Trove

For those of you who missed the end of the Dead Island Epidemic video, we are running another Open Beta Tester Event, similar to what we did with ArcheAge.

For those not aware on how this works, an “Open Beta Tester Event” is when I offer up the “Beta Tester” Patreon Perk to all players who join the Grindstone community, (registering at the boards, and joining the Raidcall.)

As a “Beta Tester”,  you will gain access to the scripting process via a Google Doc that can be commented on, and added to. For example, say you’re playing the game being reviewed, and you see the script says something that’s not correct, (Like it reads “You can’t group with enemy players.” when you can group with them under certain conditions.) you can add a comment to that line and update the information to discuss it. You can also add your own personal experiences with the community, or just sit idly by as the notes and script appear so you’ll know what’s being said about the game before the video is ever released.

For those who wish to join us, head to this thread on the forums, and remember that unless you’re registered to the board, you won’t be able to view it. In this thread you’ll find all the info you need to join us, as well as a link to the Google Doc so you can join the event proper!
http://mmogrinder.boards.net/thread/269/open-beta-tester-event-trove

The MMO Grinder 2014 Year In Review

Hey remember how in the past two years I put together a subjective list of meaningless MMO accolades and derision that ended up causing more internet arguments than debate and discussion?

Why not do this again! This past year had a lot of major changes. I dropped Blip for Youtube, something I thought I would never do. I ended up opening a Patreon campaign, which I was honestly expecting (and in the back of my mind, am STILL expecting) to go nowhere, despite reaching three goals within a few months. I was really bad about keeping up this year, considering both January and March went without any full episodes. Finally, this was the year we finally made Grindstone into an actual thing, rather than just a dozen regulars jumping into whatever game I was reviewing, going as far to get us an official logo now.

DISCLAIMER: The following statements are not based on any sort of fact. This is an onslaught of pointless opinions, observations, and anecdotal evidence, based solely on the concept that people really seem to dig this kind of crap at the end of every calendar year. I don’t get it either.

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Dead Island: Epidemic (Episode 67)

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