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  • By RuneX, in Frontpage,


    AJSA Xbox One - Top 10 Games of 2018 - What Video Games Did Xbox Members Enjoy Playing in 2018? Hello and welcome! I hope you all had a great holiday season that was filled with fun and happiness. As we wrap up the year we're looking back at the games that helped define 2018 and reflect on the titles that brought us enjoyment. Over course of the past month, shortly following the conclusion of the AJSA 5th Year Anniversary Week, we here on Xbox have been collecting votes and opinions from members on what new games that released on Xbox in 2019 they liked the most. Based on the results we formed a Top 10 Xbox Game List of 2018 that we will be presenting to you today. When we show each game in the list we will feature a testimonial (there will be at least one per game) that a member wrote for that game we selected.
    Wait! There is more...We didn't want this article to be your standard 'Top 10 Games List' sort of deal. We here on the AJSA Xbox team wanted to approach this project a bit differently. We wanted to make this not just a 'staff project' but a community project. The article not only contains the new games we liked but also what updates or DLC people enjoyed, what events were their favorite and what games we're looking forward to in 2019.
    This article is meant to give a glimpse into the tastes of the Xbox community and what sort of games people enjoy playing. This article is only possible due to the time members put in sending in their feedback. We've collected all the data and we're excited to share it with the rest of the AJSA Gaming crew.
    Thank you to everyone who contributed towards this fun and lighthearted community project. If members did not have the chance to vote, or they did not see the games they voted make the top 10, share instead what you thought were the top games that released on Xbox this year. Thank you and enjoy!
    Top 5 Favorite Games As Xbox Weekly Events & Game Nights
    We're featured over 55 different titles this year as Xbox Weekly Events/Game Nights, setting a new record for us here in the Xbox community. We asked voters what games they thought were the best that were supported and/or showcased. Here is the game Top 5 Games members enjoyed the most as Weekly Events/Game Nights:
    1. Overwatch This game is our longest running Weekly Event series on Xbox One with community support spanning nearly three years. A Saturday night staple within the community, Overwatch has matured and solidified itself as our flagship title on Xbox. 2018 was especially exciting year for the game as we featured it during three different 'Special Operations', and it broke our 'longest running single event' record (15 hours!) for Xbox in May.  2. Black Ops 4 A fairly new title on the scene, Black Ops 4 has spread like wildfire within the Xbox community quickly growing to become of our most favorite titles to feature as events.  3. Grand Theft Auto V Los Santos has served as the home for the criminal underworld of the AJSA for the past five years since the founding of the 'Angry Grand Theft Army'. When a GTA event rolls around you know there will be absolute chaos and fun to be had. 4. Halo: Master Chief Collection The Master Chief Collection entered a unique renaissance this year in the Xbox community. Thanks to consistent updates that overhauled the multiplayer experience, the AJSA returned in full force and our custom game modes kept people entertained for hours on end. 5. Friday the 13th: the Video Game Camp Crystal Lake will never be the same thanks to the AJSA. This game grew to become of our premier 'Game Night' titles this year. When you have a full lobby of AJSA members, plenty of shenanigans and craziness was to be had. Top 5 Anticipated Games For 2019
    We asked voters what games they were looking forward to the most in 2019.
    1. Metro: Exodus 2. The Division 2 3. Cyberpunk 2077 4. Mortal Kombat 11 5. DOOM Eternal Top 5 Game Updates of 2018
    A ton of updates, expansions, and DLC were released this year in 2018. We asked voters to pick which ones were their favorite:
    1. Halo: Master Chief Collection [August Update] This update saw a complete overhaul of the Master Chief Collection which saw massive improvements to matchmaking. The game finally felt complete and people could enjoy the Master Chief saga, in online or story, with ease. Much credit was given to 343 for not abandoning the game and worked to fix their wrongs. 2. GTA Online - Arena Wars Twisted Metal meets GTA Online in the 'Arena Wars' update with all out vehicular warfare. 3. Sea of Thieves - Forsaken Shores This update included an expansion to the map called 'Devil's Roar', a dangerous and exciting new area filled with treasure and treachery. 4. Rainbow Six: Siege - Operation Para Bellum The introduction of the Italian operators saw many members return to Rainbow Six: Siege over the summer and reignited interest in the game. 5. Fornite Season 5 - When Worlds Collide This update saw major changes to the Fortnite world that are still in place today. This was the update for quite a few people who were once on the fence about Fortnite to finally check out the game and experience it for the first time. Top 10 New Games of 2018
    #10 - FORZA HORIZON 4

    Genre: Racing Release Date: October 2nd Member Thoughts
    Rune - My history with racing games isn't really all that illustrious. In my early gaming days when it came to racing games I liked to play titles such as Crash Team Racing, Gran Turismo, Mario Kart, and Ridge Racer on the PS1/SNES/PS2 consoles. As I got older I played more shooters, RPGs, and adventure style games. The Forza Horizon series brought me back to the racing genre with Forza Horizon 3 and I've grown to be a fan of the series since. This entry, Forza Horizon 4, I feel builds and excels upon the last game. At first I didn't think I would like the new London setting, compared to the Australian Outback I grew to love, but I came to appreciate it as I played more. The weather system is really interesting (racing and messing around in the snow is awesome) the cars look/drive great, the challenges/story missions are fun, and the races are as crazy as ever. Great game to play by yourself or with friends and you don't need to be a 'car buff' to get into the game. Easy to pick up and play. An addition to your Xbox library I would totally recommend. 
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    #9 - STATE OF DECAY 2

    Genre: Survival Release Date: May 22nd Member Thoughts
    Shot2dface - As a fan of the original, I welcomed with the introduction of a new world and story setting along with the multiplayer. Consistent updates helps keep the zombie killin' fun and fresh!!
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    #8 - SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER

    Genre: Action Adventure Release Date: September 14th Member Thoughts
    WolfHeart - Beautiful game. Lara kicks ass as always. A solid single player game when I felt that most of the games this year were focusing more on co-op and multiplayer. Was it the absolute best out of the trilogy? Up for debate but for any Tomb Raider fan I feel it worth playing and we'll see where the series goes after this.
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    #7 - NO MAN'S SKY

    Genre: Adventure/Exploration/Survival Release Date: July 24th Member Thoughts
    MasterfulJoe - No Man's Sky essentially received a total reboot with its launch on Xbox One that's made it the game we had always wanted it to be. Major parts of the game were overhauled and huge new content drops came this year and in my opinion, the game is finally 100% worth the price that was asked.
    AJSA Delta - Knowing the less than stellar release it had when It first came in on PS4 and PC, I’ve enjoyed the improvements and updates they’ve made to the game. I feel the game deserves another chance with its current state now.
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    #6 - ASSASSIN'S CREED ODYSSEY

    Genre: Stealth, Action/RPG Release Date: October 5th Member Thoughts
    Foxhart - While i admit I'm not a big fan of assassins creed as a whole this one grabbed my attention as rpg elements had been implemented and game play was engaging. though the leveling mechanics being throttled for micro-transactions was annoying it wasn't  game breaking.
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    #5 - FAR CRY 5

    Genre: Action/Adventure, FPS Release Date: March 27th Member Thoughts
    Tmccrory - I loved the game because of the environment and the character customization making you feel like you’re actually in the game.
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    #4 - SEA OF THIEVES

    Genre: Open World Adventure Release Date: March 20th Member Thoughts
    AngryFuzzball -  It was truly a 'Make Your Own Adventure' type of game and that is was appealed to me the most.
    Zombie Shower - Sea of Thieves provided the best cooperative pirate experience in gaming.
    StraightUpMelon - A unique and fun game that excels when played with friends. Great exploration and is constantly being updated.
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    #3 - MONSTER HUNTER WORLD

    Genre: Action RPG Release Date: January 26th Member Thoughts
    Psykogrl - Beautiful environments, interesting crafting and gameplay.
    LaunchedPizza - Beautiful landscape. The monsters are beautiful as well but also scary and they will eat you.
    WookieJedi - I have never played a monster hunter game in my life before this one. And yet I was able to easily pick up on the mechanics and game play and that’s y I love this game so much not only for its incredible world and variety of creatures but also for its ease of access to new players and the fact that it’s an MMO another favorite genre of mine doesn’t hurt it either
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    #2 - COD: BLACK OPS 4

    Genre: FPS Release Date: October 12th Member Thoughts
    AwakeningRager - Level progression, gunplay and customization is fun. Certain fan-favorite maps like Summit and Firing Range are fun to play and I hope more free maps for all players come soon. I had fun with the game solo and gaming with AJSA friends during events as well.
    DoomSlayer - I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed it.  I was very skeptical of it when it was first announced considering the removal of the campaign and the shoehorning in of a battle royal mode, which ended up being better than I expected.
    EJGarza - My multiplayer experience is one of the best I've had all year with Black Ops 4. It also has a really fun zombie mode and I feel it offers the best Battle Royale mode out there today.
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    #1 - RED DEAD REDEMPTION II

    Genre: Action/Adventure Release Date: October 26th Member Thoughts
    PoisonousSkate - Without a doubt Red Dead Redemption is my game of the year. For me was a truly amazing and well crafted game whose story catch me from the beginning with his truly amazing and interesting set of characters and atmosphere. The setting of the Wild West is a difficult thing to convert into a video game specially with such a level of fidelity to the period  that Red Dead has achieved, with only a few minor exceptions. This game has truly take me back in time to revive some of my childhood memories watching westerns and playing the first Red Dead Redemption. Truly and amazing game that deserves game of the year.
    Ryman217 - Brought back a good single player story in one of the most anticipated sequels.
    Sickshock - Ok so if anyone truly knows me they know that I love old John Wayne westerns so playing Read Dead 2 made me feel like a badass cowboy!!! I love the online multiplayer as well and it is where I spend most of my time with the game. I love playing the online story missions or just getting into gun battles with other players. There is never a dull moment when you play this game.
    AJSADylmah93 - It was years in the making, but it's finally here - the sequel (and prequel) to, in my opinion, one of the greatest games of all time. So did it live up to the hype? Was it worth the wait? Well, I can happily say yes, and yes. Almost every aspect of Red Dead Redemption was touched on and improved, and new features were jam packed into this game.
    The attention to detail here is unmatched by any game that has released this year, in my opinion. For example; when you're walking through mud, water pools up in your footprints. Snow accurately deforms as you walk through it and mud even cakes up on the wheels of wagons when ridden through it for extended periods of time.
    But the big question here is, is the story and content good? A game can look great, but what you will be doing in it is a huge factor to think about. Well, again yes, I think so. There is so much to every character in this game, I even found myself getting attached to strangers I met. I highly suggest taking your time with the story to wade through the wealth of side content this game has to offer, especially the side missions involving various members of your gang. In time, you'll come to view these characters as more than just NPCs, and you'll actually careabout them. One particular stranger mission strand even had me on the verge of tears by it's conclusion because I grew attached to that character so much.
    In conclusion, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a game that I highly recommend. And is by far, my personal Game of the Year for 2018.
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    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Heather Alexandra revisits an old home in Star Wars The Old Republic and reminisces on what the game meant to her and the meaningful connections we forge in games, Ruben Ferdinand on how we remember war and Battlefield 5's Tirailleur and The Last Tiger campaigns as apolitical corruptions of history, archaeologist Justin Reeve covers a variety of games set in the past and How Historical Accuracy Became a Euphemism, prominent developers and executives share their personal highlights of 2018, David Milner speaks to those behind Game Workers Unite, Cameron Kunzelman on what first person games are changing into, Patrick Klepek personal reflection on how empathy and vulnerability changed how he views games, Dan Root on The Animation of Gris, Wesley Yin-Poole and Jason Schreier report on Blizzard's cost cutting measures, Writing on Games on Just Cause 4 and the problem of so much to use and no reason to use it, GOTY lists, and more.
     
     
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    By RuneX, in Frontpage,


    Hello everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season. This week we are showcasing our final Xbox events of 2018. As I write this I find it hard to believe that the year is over and we're about to enter the next chapter of our community journey. I want to thank everyone who came out or helped organize any Weekly Event or Game Night this year. We featured a total of 55 games, reaching a new Xbox community record, this year as Weekly Events/Game Nights. Before we enter our Winter Break please join us this week as we end the year as we started it (playing a ton of video games!) and finalize our foundation for 2019. Thank you and cya at the events.
    Top 10 Games of 2018 - Xbox Voting Survey
    Our campaign to determine the 'Top 10 Games of 2018' according to Xbox members continues! Our voting survey is still up and going for those who wish to cast their vote and opinion on what games they enjoyed the most. We are asking for your thoughts and opinions on what games you liked and why. We don't want this to a 'normal' Top 10 List, we want to make it as fun and unique as possible. For this to happen we need as much members of the community as possible to participate. This survey will take you only a few moments of your time. We also have some extra, optional questions at the end that you may find interesting.
    Voting ends on December 21st, 2018. To vote, please click this link to be directed to our voting survey.
    Winter Break Notice [Dec 22rd to Jan 19th]
    A reminder to all members of the AJSA on Xbox One! Remember that from Saturday December 22nd to Thursday January 10th the AJSA Xbox One Division will be on Winter break. This means that there will be no scheduled AJSA events on the Xbox One during this time. This will a time to relax, spend with your family and/or you can try to make a dent in your video game backlog.
    Xbox One Events of 2018 Overview
    Below are the list of games the Xbox One Division held Weekly Events/Game Nights for in 2018:
    Battlefield 1 Battlefield 3 [backward compat] Battlefield 4 COD: Black Ops [backward compat] COD: Black Ops II [backward compat] COD: Black Ops III COD: Black Ops 4 COD: Modern Warfare 3 [backward compat] COD: World War II Darwin Project Dead by Daylight Destiny Destiny 2 The Division DOOM Elite Dangerous Evolve Fallout 76 For Honor Fortnite: Battle Royale Friday the 13th: the Video Game Gears of War 3 [backward compat] Gears of War 4 Gigantic GTA Online Halo 5: Guardians Halo: Master Chief Collection Halo: Reach [backward compat] Halo Wars 2 Human Fall Flat Injustice: Gods Among Us [backward compat] Left 4 Dead [backward compat] Left 4 Dead 2 [backward compat] Minecraft Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Monster Hunter World Mortal Kombat X Neverwinter Overwatch Paladins PUBG Rainbow Six: Siege Rocket League Sea of Thieves SMITE Star Wars: Battlefront II Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection Sunset Overdrive Titanfall Titanfall 2 Virtua Fighter 5 [backward compat] Warhammer: Vermintide II WWE 2K18 Zombie Army Trilogy Thank you to all our amazing organizers and participants for making all of this possible. See you in 2019!
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    Xbox Event Schedule [Dec. 19th to Dec. 21st]
    How Can I Join An Xbox One Activity? - For new members/first time event participants, I highly encourage you to add all the hosts as your friend on Xbox Live (Gamertags are listed for every host below). You can also join the AJSA Xbox Club and add hosts/members there. All event and game night parties are launched from the Club. Additionally, please review our Code of Conduct. To learn more about the AJSA Xbox One Division, check out our Community Information thread.
    All Xbox Live 'Weekly Event' & 'Game Night' parties are open and participants can join freely without restriction. Communication is done primarily in the Xbox Live Party system. In case of emergency, we may use the AJSA Discord. We accept and make adjustments for people who are shy in large groups and/or for people who have no mics.
    If by chance you do not have the host as a friend, please message the host for an invite to the game/party during the activity and then exchange friend requests upon entry to the party. Most, if not all, parties will be visible to all Xbox Club members. Look under "Looking for Group" at the start/during an event to view the event party and join up.
    If you would like to give advance notice to the host that you would like to play, you are free to do so. Otherwise keep note of the activity start times and join the host's Xbox Live party to begin. If you have any questions, please contact me directly at "RuneX" on the forums or on Xbox Live.
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    Star Wars: Battlefront II - Xbox Game Night - Weds. Dec. 19th, 2018 @7:00pm EST [12:00am GMT]
     
    To kick off our last series of events for 2018 we are returning to Star Wars: Battlefront II where we will be checking out all the latest updates and changes the game has made since we last played. In particular we'll be checking out the new Geonosis map and other features. We'll be playing a variety of online game modes throughout the evening.
    Event Summary
    Date & Start Times
    December 19th, 2018 7:00pm ET 6:00pm CT 5:00pm PT 12:00am GMT Host
    Sickshock [Gamertag: Sickshock6] --------------------
    Red Dead Online - Xbox Weekly Event - Thurs. Dec. 20th, 2018 @7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]
     
    The Angry Outlaws will be making their formal debut in the inaugural Red Dead Online event on Xbox One this Thursday night. All gunslingers of the Angry Army are welcome to play for a night of Wild West shenanigans and money making schemes. We have several persistent Posses set up to accomondate large groups. For those who need help ranking up, earning money, and having someone watch your back while playing missions, this is a perfect opportunity for you.
    Event Summary
    Date & Start Times
    December 20th, 2018 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm PT 12:30am GMT Host
    Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] --------------------
    Overwatch - Xbox Weekly Event - Fri. Dec. 21st, 2018 @7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]
     
    Welcome to the last Xbox event of 2018. Overwatch will be featured as our last game for the year. Thank you for an amazing 2018. We're ending things on a high note with Winder Wonderland on Overwatch and we'll be playing a variety of online and custom game modes throughout the evening.
    Event Summary
    Date & Start Times
    December 21st, 2018 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm PT 12:30am GMT Host
    WookieJedi [Gamertag: AJSAWookieJedi] --------------------
    Connect With the AJSA Xbox One Community
    Xbox Section of the Forums
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/forum/32-xbox-one/
    Join the AJSA Club on Xbox One
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/topic/37127-ajsa-xbox-one-club-how-do-i-join/
    Xbox One Gamertag List
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/topic/38719-xbox-one-gamertag-list/
    Xbox Community Information
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/topic/39605-xbox-one-division-information/
    More AJSA Community Content
    AJSA Twitter
    https://twitter.com/AJSAgaming
    AJSA Stream Team
    https://www.twitch.tv/team/ajsa
    AJSA Gaming Youtube
    https://www.youtube.com/user/AJSAGaming
    AJSA Community Content Area
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/forum/42-community-content/

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


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    Obsidian's The Outer Worlds blends Firefly and Fallout into a bold, open-ended sci-fi RPG
     
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    Psychonauts 2: Tim Schafer Reveals New Details in New Trailer - IGN First
     
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    By RuneX, in Frontpage,


    Hi everyone, hope you all had a great weekend. Last week we entered the last phase of Xbox events for 2018 and I'd like to thank everyone who came out to participate to kick off our December activities. This weekend we will be seeing the return of 'Winter Wonderland' on Overwatch, a new Operation in Black Ops 4, and a festive celebration on Minecraft. We hope you can continue to join us and play with fellow members of the community in these last two weeks before Holiday break. We also have our 'Top 10 Xbox Games' voting survey going on right now as well that members can take part in.
    Top 10 Games of 2018 - Xbox Voting Survey
    Our campaign to determine the 'Top 10 Games of 2018' according to Xbox members continues! Our voting survey is still up and going for those who wish to cast their vote and opinion on what games they enjoyed the most. We are asking for your thoughts and opinions on what games you liked and why. We don't want this to a 'normal' Top 10 List, we want to make it as fun and unique as possible. For this to happen we need as much members of the community as possible to participate. This survey will take you only a few moments of your time. We also have some extra, optional questions at the end that you may find interesting.
    Voting ends on December 21st, 2018. To vote, please click this link to be directed to our voting survey.
    Holiday Break Notice [December 22nd to January 10th]
    Reminder that we will be entering our 'Holiday Break' on December 22nd which will last until January 10th. Our last Xbox event will be held on December 21st. We will return to normal activities following the end of the break.
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    Xbox Event Schedule [Dec. 14th to Dec. 16th]
    How Can I Join An Xbox One Activity? - For new members/first time event participants, I highly encourage you to add all the hosts as your friend on Xbox Live (Gamertags are listed for every host below). You can also join the AJSA Xbox Club and add hosts/members there. All event and game night parties are launched from the Club. Additionally, please review our Code of Conduct. To learn more about the AJSA Xbox One Division, check out our Community Information thread.
    All Xbox Live 'Weekly Event' & 'Game Night' parties are open and participants can join freely without restriction. Communication is done primarily in the Xbox Live Party system. In case of emergency, we may use the AJSA Discord. We accept and make adjustments for people who are shy in large groups and/or for people who have no mics.
    If by chance you do not have the host as a friend, please message the host for an invite to the game/party during the activity and then exchange friend requests upon entry to the party. Most, if not all, parties will be visible to all Xbox Club members. Look under "Looking for Group" at the start/during an event to view the event party and join up.
    If you would like to give advance notice to the host that you would like to play, you are free to do so. Otherwise keep note of the activity start times and join the host's Xbox Live party to begin. If you have any questions, please contact me directly at "RuneX" on the forums or on Xbox Live.
    --------------------
    Overwatch - Xbox Weekly Event - Fri. Dec. 14th, 2018 @7:00pm EST [12:00am GMT]
     
    Tis the season to be jolly! Winter Wonderland has arrived on Overwatch. Join us as we kick off the holiday season on Xbox One! We'll be playing a mix of both casual online and custom game modes during the evening. This will be an awesome opportunity to earn holiday cosmestics, skins, and other goodies with fellow members from the community.
    Event Summary
    Date & Start Times
    December 14th, 2018 7:00pm ET 6:00pm CT 5:00pm PT 12:00am GMT Host
    WookieJedi [Gamertag: AJSAWookieJedi] --------------------
    COD: Black Ops 4 - Xbox Weekly Event - Sat. Dec. 15th, 2018 @7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]
     
    Squad up with the AJSA this Saturday night on COD: Black Ops 4 as we play a mix of Battle Royale, Multiplayer, and Zombies as we draw closer to the end of 2018. This will be a casual COD experience. We don't care about stats or K/D. Play your best and keep a good attitude win or lose. If our group is large enough we'll also do play some custom matches!
    Event Summary
    Date & Start Times
    December 15th, 2018 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm PT 12:30am GMT Host
    Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] --------------------
    Minecraft - Xbox Weekly Event - Sun. Dec. 16th, 2018 @7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]
     
    Winter. Is. Here. Join up in the AJSA Minecraft Realm this Sunday night for our last Minecraft event of the year as we wrap up projects around the main base, get members set up with housing, and building some commemorative structures to mark this Holiday season. Members can also check out some of the new changes made to the world since the last event and new participants can get invited to the Realm to play whenever they want.
    Event Summary
    Date & Start Times
    December 16th, 2018 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm PT 12:30am GMT Host
    Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] --------------------
    Connect With the AJSA Xbox One Community
    Xbox Section of the Forums
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/forum/32-xbox-one/
    Join the AJSA Club on Xbox One
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/topic/37127-ajsa-xbox-one-club-how-do-i-join/
    Xbox One Gamertag List
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/topic/38719-xbox-one-gamertag-list/
    Xbox Community Information
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/topic/39605-xbox-one-division-information/
    More AJSA Community Content
    AJSA Twitter
    https://twitter.com/AJSAgaming
    AJSA Stream Team
    https://www.twitch.tv/team/ajsa
    AJSA Gaming Youtube
    https://www.youtube.com/user/AJSAGaming
    AJSA Community Content Area
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/forum/42-community-content/