WRUP: Foxman edition

How did we get here? This place is crawling with too many games. Smells like ozone. I never thought we'd be here for this long. We've survived shutdowns of games, the site shutdown, crowdfunding, commenters, personal crises, even that stupid hurricane. How many different ways can you get someone to sit in front of a computer for hours, weeks, months at a time?

Lots, apparently. Maybe we should have written that screenplay about the sassy robot.

It doesn't matter, though; you're the original. A big-shot writer, remember? You can fly! Or at least you can write about people who know how to fly. So the next time you type "What Are You Playing" and ask the community to respond to all of the stuff the Massively crew is getting up to over the weekend, it'll light up a million monitors.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Oh, why lie: I'm back in Ultima Online and really enjoying it. May as well keep at it a few weeks before I get sucked into the inevitable time-vortex that is Guild Wars 2. I'm in the middle of a major switcharound of my UO characters' skills. Up first? Converting my fisher/gardener into a rares thief.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I have no idea; moving and personal stuff have made this an awful week. I'd like to get some time in Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft, as is the custom.

Jef Reahard (@jefreahard): Eh, I don't have much time to game this weekend. I might manage a bit of Star Wars: Uprising.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Right now I'm installing the Sword Coast Legends head start, so I'm definitely curious to take it out for a spin over the weekend and see if it's worth the ravings I've heard. Also, Marvel Heroes is hosting an Odin's Bounty weekend, and papa wants some loot.

Larry Everett (@Shaddoe, blog): I'm still hopping around in Star Wars: The Old Republic. I'm going to have to buckle down and finish decorating the guild stronghold. I've got all the major furniture in place; now it's just a matter of adding frills.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I'll be sailing around in ARK: Survival Evolved, as well as replacing some dinosaurs (R.I.P. Poly, sniff).  I've also got a few more goals that are keeping me more active in ArcheAge lately, and I might be popping into Skyforge and/or SWTOR with friends. Come to think of it, I am really missing one friend so I will head into Grand Theft Auto Online just so we can go steal some cars together! That will make it all better.

Patreon Donor Thatchefdude: Taking a break from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain to work on my crafters in FFXIV. Also, Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 launched this week, and I love soccer, so I'll probably put a couple hours into that.

Patreon Donor Pierre: I'm still really enjoying Vana'diel this week, the world of Final Fantasy XI, exploring, fighting, fishing, wandering aimlessly, definitely love to relax here. I stopped Skyforge out of boredom: this game is too repetitive for me. I had another World of Tanks relapse, but the MatchMaker is not kind with me and losing (or winning too easily) over and over because of an obvious lack of balance between opposite teams is extremely frustrating. So I'm looking for a second MMO to play for a change from FFXI... I think I'll look at MOP writers' and readers' WRUP contributions to find new ideas.

Your turn... don't lead Pierre astray!

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Koshelkin
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Nate Woodard ManastuUtakata Elder Scrolls Online is worth playing for the story and quests. You might be able to get something out of endgame with a good guild and if you like PvP there's Cyrodiil(zergfest) and imperial city(not tested yet, probably a more condensed version of Cyrodiil). TSW is the same but with a more stellar story and worse combat but better character building(and a smaller PvP focus).

Groupcentric MMOs... they are kinda not in fashion atm, you should probably look to a coop experience instead. Diablo 3 is great fun with a bunch of friends, e.g., and there's the upcoming Sword Coast Legends which looks pretty promising.

Besides that I can suggest the Horus Heresy novels, from which I devoured like 20 in a row, and I am still eager for more(but I don't have that much more to go <.<), I'm also in the process of rereading Pratchett(alas R.i.P. to the great genius). You can literally read everything from him. Bland novel suggestions, I know, but that's what I'm focussing atm.(With a few sidetrips to the Warhammer Fantasy novels)

Mimiros
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I don't understand the foxman, and I feel really sick to my stomach when I look at him. I feel as if he is a demon from some eldrich dimension full of shitty kindergarten drawings. 
Anywhores, I am resubbing to WoW because that's what I do when I get depressed. I feel better knowing that at least I have this half-baked-gutted-shell of and rpg. Hopefully the crushing absurdity and poor quest writing will either make me realize that the hellscape of a life isn't so bad,or it could be the final straw and I'll definitely end my own life.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Nate Woodard ManastuUtakata 
...then since WildStar and GW2 have already been suggested, you could try:
1) FF XIV (sub based) - deep story, enriched playing environment, amazing community. But a little slow, retentive and noodley on combat and progression. 
2) TERA (freemium) - XIV on cocaine, fast paced. But comes with creeper overtones and feels like grinding boars in Goldshire to max level at mid levelling point.

Nate Woodard
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ManastuUtakata Nate Woodard I don't know Manu.. I am pretty bored with the current nothingness. Heh.  MMO is the preference, the flavor doesn't matter.

Nate Woodard
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Nate Woodard

RickMills1 Nate Woodard Two excellent suggestions, but they are two games that I'm not in the mood to play right now, especially GW2.  Me and that game just aren't getting along right now.

Nate Woodard
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Nate Woodard

Koshelkin Nate Woodard I read every night, mate!  As far as games go, I'm looking for an MMO. I love the Multiplayer aspect of them.  I'd also like something easy to get into and out of.  As far as the flavor goes, I have no preference there.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Almost no video games! Tried SW Uprising and didn't like it. Tried to play Dragon Age Inquisition but didn't find the time. Played a bit of The Secret World with my boyfriend, but that was only a few missions at the Franklin Mansion, we'll be moving on to the rest of the zone... sometime. This is taking forever haha. No other MMO playing except waiting for SWTOR:KOTFE (may play other content in meantime) and RIFT's Planetouched Wilds (may mess around with other content, play story alts, try to progress Nightmare Saga). Main priority is to play Dragon Age: Inquisition as much as I can, then expand into all the DLCs (preferably on sale so I don't spend more than $30-40 for everything including cosmetic stuff), get that over with, finish my Mass Effect trilogy canon playthrough and maybe more, before Andromeda releases in 1-1.5 years. Phew.

RickMills1
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RickMills1

ManastuUtakata Silver is not easy on a Monk - those little bunnies don't want to die with the weak AOE the monk has :)
Just keep at it - after doing it a bunch you'll pop through and realize the method.
Love the drawing - maybe you should consider Landmark for a game? :)

RickMills1
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RickMills1

Nate Woodard You could try some GW2 Free to Play to see if you like it - and WS will be hitting the Free to Play for trying out soon also.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Nate Woodard 
What type of game are you looking for?

Koshelkin
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Koshelkin

Nate Woodard Hard to recommend a game if we don't know what you like. 

Maybe try reading a book or something.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Valkyriez Xijit 
*Edit/Erratum: That's *5 million subs...no, 2/3rd's of the world's population does not play WoW, Uta. /bleah

Estranged
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Estranged

Yeah. Mostly friendly rivalry, at least. Oldest rivalry in the South.
Y'all looked good today.

Nate Woodard
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Nate Woodard

I am sadly considering resubbing to WoW and working on my garrison to then not have to sub to WoW anymore. Heh.  Other than that, I really don't know.  Someone please recommend a game to play so I don't have to resub to WoW!  I'm so bored with the current MMO's right now.

ManastuUtakata
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Armsbend ManastuUtakata 
Yeah, I know...I am just venting. But least I have something to fall back to demonstrate that I am not entirely useless. Thanks for the compliments. :)

Armsbend
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Estranged and you got smoked.  Bulldog here.  The real ones from Georgia :)

Armsbend
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Armsbend

ManastuUtakata whatevs.  I love these sketches!

BalsBigBrother
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ManastuUtakata Valkyriez Xijit Don't know the specifics of what you are doing but it does very much sound like the cosmic gate in Marvel Heroes. 

Whereby you have to pass a specific timed event to proceed to some other content.  And yes that type of thing is not my favourite either and can be intensely frustrating when it goes wrong.

Sorry I can't offer any specific advice but I can offer my best wishes and hope you are able to clear this particular obstacle to your enjoyment soon. :-)

Flimflamberge
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Moved this week - no, not with Eliot, still on a whole other continent - and there's still plenty of unpacking and stuff to be done. Also, the internet here is a bit slow at the moment. Hope that can get sorted out.

Still, working on my fourth and fifth level 80s in GW2. Not that hard, since one is 79 and the other is 77. May stick my head in FFXIV briefly, if just for cactpot. Also been revisiting my PS2, so may keep that up. Have been playing FFXII, and I'm eyeing MGS3.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Valkyriez  Xijit 
Yes, it's solo. And yes puzzle where you need to destroy the NPC's in increasingly complex positions and abilities in certain given time in sets. With the last sequences where you get the NPC's to destroy themselves...it sorta becomes the passive version of the Touhou Project. At least where DPS portion of it is concerned.
The big problem is that if you fail at any point in time, you are sent right back to the beginning of it all. This becomes very frustrating ...especially when you almost got the last part, and have to do it all over again. So it's pretty unforgiving, IMO. Others on the internet think otherwise, I guess.
I'll leave the debate of the ways Blizz could of done this million times better and/or has very little to do with Heroic instances for another time. But I am pretty sure the devs figured everyone can do it., like with everything else they do. But when they have 5 billion subs, they don't care about shoving square pegs into round holes. /sigh
Again thanks for the advice and the compliments. It's very much appreciated. :)

Aglethe
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zoward
C'mon it's time to go
do the Mario

Jeez, if I start looking on youtube I'll waste my whole night on that, lol. ;)

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

I used to get super nervous before dungeons/raids as a new tank or whenever I did Arena in WoW. I kind if switched it off by doing it as much as possible. My first arena season I was terrible when I look back in it and couldn't land a steady partner due to how bad I was.
I did over 250 matches a week for the first 6 weeks of the season, played with anybody who would have me and didn't care really if they were in quest greens.
Season 2 was much better :)
From what I know of Proving grounds, it's a solo experience (?). It's just you and the game mate. Like Mario Brothers on the SNES, just have at it. Who cares if you fail it 10 times straight (I once lost 30 arena games straight with 3 different teams, I been there and was judged harshly). As the other guy said, it's a puzzle and judging in your artistic outputs, you enjoy puzzles or at least creating puzzles of the eye.

Xijit
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The base nature of video games is just pattern recognition for solving puzzles.
Even the most epicly intense dude bro shooter is just high speed puzzle solving in recognising objectives (friend or foe / red team or blue team) and then solving the problem of how to poke them with the flashy bang things while not getting flashy bang poked yourself.
I have no idea what you are talking about doing, but it is just solving a puzzle ... Just focus on that.
One way or another it is just math.

ManastuUtakata
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Valkyriez 
"Is it a performance anxiety Manu?"
...if you hit any closer to home, the bomb would landed in the toilet. o.O
But yes, performance anxiety...and anxiety in general has been demonstrated to be a big factor in anything timed with me. And patience is still a bucket list item I need to work on. Kinda hard to in a society that's always "Gogogo!"...but yeah, I've often thought about doing the Silver just to deal with that. But I need a lot of psyching up to do it. Soon as I lose the cool on my pigtails, it's over. :(
Thanks for the astute observation though. Better than the clueless internet troglodytes who can't think beyond the width of a pin's head, but need to post their *advice* anyways. <3

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

Ashen grip & Night silence is a cool set to go with each other on NB's IMO.

Valkyriez
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Is it a performance anxiety Manu? I'm sure if you practice it a bit more and get the strat down you will smash it.
I've never done a "Proving Ground" so I have no idea on the specifics. Also, fuck the internet elitists that make you feel like a bad.

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

Still no gaming for me except on my PSVita :( I got home from my trip north for my wedding only to leave a day later for work.
Should be home next week to continue smashing my Chua Engineer in Wildstar. I've got a bit of a head start on any new players that come in for F2P (I'm level 36) and I'm aiming to get to 50 pretty quick to look for an arena team and start the gearing and attunement for Genetic Archives.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Xijit That looks exactly like my wifes cooking...not sure why you'd want it :)

Xijit
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Xijit
Xijit
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Xijit

Still trying to stream ... I got a lot of things sorted out, but I am still having problems with output quality.
I gave up my struggle with trying to run things with only one monitor and bought a 12ft HDMI cable at walmart so I could hook up mt TV as a second monitor (being a bachelor: not so great in the diet & nutrition department, but you get to play with your toys how ever you want to) so I could watch my encoder status, stream health, and PC performance in task manager.
... Even when I have my setting down low enough that I am only at 80% on my CPU, my streams are still coming out jerky despite having a high frame rate.
*grrrrr* oh well, at least I am learning things.
One sizable victory was that I found a program (Droid Cam X) that lets you use your cellphone as a wifi web camera to your PC ... My digital camea isn't a DSLR and thus software locked from streaming live video to a PC, and I didn't feel like pissing away money on another webcam / digital camera when I alreay have mutiple cellphones and digital cameras laying arround.
So yeah, very happy to be using my $500 / 16 mega pixel cellphone for this instead of having to spend another $100 on a semi-not-croappy web cam or $500 on an over kill DSLR.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

wolfyseyes 
This is why I am glad the wolfyeyes the Wise Wolf is my neighbor in WildStar. <3

Liandreth
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Liandreth

EBreezy I just picked up another thatched and 16*16 on Nazar for fairly cheap! Freaking awesome :D

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Not so sly or foxy (and certainly not Foxbat) this week...
...but you see I have a dirty secret. That is, I can't do these thing called Proving Grounds in WoW. Well...I can do them, but not beyond *Bronze* level. Well almostly...as I almost went beyond on my Gnome Monk when attempting it by myself. But least not *Silver* I need to score, unless I get outside help. Which consist of being group with someone who can in RL, as you can't group with it ingame...I'll let that irony of that sit for another time. And I am not going to dwell on the fact I need to *Silver* to do Heroics, thus locking me out of content. Because that doesn't matter...when I can get better gear and baubles via Timewalking, Raiding, BG's, Garrisons, Treasure Hunting and even soloing. So that doesn't really bother me.
What bothers me though, from posting about this issue on a related topic week ago or so, was from the internet who seem think I have a serious performance issues in WoW...as opposed to that I I've never done very well on timed test mini-games. You know, different playstyle thingies. But the reasoning and feedback is, "The only reason you can handle heroics but not proving grounds is because you're being massively carried by your groupmates," or, "If you can't do proving grounds... well, I just don't know what to say to you." Which I am to take it, that not only am I am a bad in WoW, but in other games as well. Maybe even in life. I glad I didn't tell them how much I suck at Tetris. :(
WoW, TERA and WildStar this week.
...and the meantime, here's another one of my crazy sketch thingies that apparently I have been "massively carried" on. Enjoy! <3

jonny_sage
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Zip. Someone please release a MMO.

Zulika_Mi_Nam
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Noble_Einherjar Ironweakness I have played thru the story including RoS twice now - Season 3 ( w/Crusader) & 4 (w/WitchDoctor).
It is pretty fun until I get to the grinding point of rifts/grifts/bounties part.  Like so many other games, endgame means just what it says for me, but since they continue to add little pieces of story and I like learning the other classes I will replay it again next season most likely.  Some repetition is OK if the base game is really good.

Rebel Engie
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Rebel Engie

Back in LotrO since they announced the server consolidations.
They are moving the servers to North Jersey (for US) and Amsterdam (for EU) and it will be interesting to see how they will perform.

Lots of grinding on the PvP maps in Ettenmors and Osgiliath, although the population is noticeably lower now on the servers that are about to be merged (that's actually a good opportunity to pile up some easy Ranks while nobody is looking).

Also dropping in on The Repopulation occasionally to see how they are going. Looking forward to the Q4 release.

Noble_Einherjar
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Noble_Einherjar

Ironweakness I just recently finished a good stint on Diablo 3. Leveled my Wizard through the RoS content and started Adventure Mode, and worked on getting my Crusader through the base game with a friend. I love D3's current state.

Noble_Einherjar
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Noble_Einherjar

My time with Phantom Pain is slowing down a bit. After 80 hours, I'm not hitting it as hard as I was. Lately, I've just been playing to claim the daily login reward and maybe catch up on a few side-ops.
Instead, I've gotten back into Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate in a big way. Traded in my Charge Blade for an Insect Glaive (for now). Strongly thinking about going Bow when MHX releases in the US.
Also, my best friend recently got into Destiny .. which means I've gotten back into Destiny, despite not having planned it. But, while I've always liked the game despite its flaws, I'm enjoying it much more now than I ever have.
MMO-wise I've still been pretty lax. There are a handful of MMOs I'd enjoy playing. SWTOR and LOTRO chief among them. But it's that situation where you know you'll have fun, but you lack the motivation to actually go do it. For now, I'm mainly waiting to try out Wildstar F2P and Blade & Soul whenever it releases.
And sometime soon I want to put more time into XCOM: EW. I haven't played that game enough to justify getting XCOM 2.

aboomwithaview
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aboomwithaview

BalsBigBrother Go go Japan!!! :D An trust me as someone who lived in Johannesburg for 7 years & having the Springbok mantra drilled into me this wasnt always an easy watch.
GREAT game by Japan & a fantastic sporting moment!

Ironweakness
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Ironweakness

Diablo 3, to my great surprised. After having the game for a year and never making it passed the second act, I finally finished the base game and leveled to 60 with the witch doctor this week. If I can find a good deal I may purchase RoS this weekend.
When I'm not playing Diablo, I'll be continuing to level my Sage in SWTOR. I'm 50 now and finished with the class story. On to Makeb!

zoward
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zoward

For MMO's since, we're moving into autumn, and for me that means The Secret World.  I want "level" enough to enjoy whatever they throw at for Hallowe'en us this year, but I'm not sure I'll have time.  I also kickstarted Project: Gorgon, and finally got around to downloading an playing it.  Haven't seen anything unusal yet ... but I just started.

On the single game front,  I started and finished Her Story in about two hours.  I paid US$6 for it, which is about right.  It was worth the price.  I also finished my current retro title, Menzoberranzan, in a four hour play session last night.  
What to play next?  I just bought Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor on Steam sale, but my daughter has my gaming rig tied up watching episode after episode of the old Super Mario Bros Super Show ("We're the Mario brothers!  Plumbin's our game!  We're not like the others who get all the fame!  If your sink is in trouble you can call us on the double, fast than the others, you'll be hooked on the brothers!  Hooooooked on the brothers!").  I'll probably get my retro fix by jumping into the original Alone in the Dark trilogy next.

EBreezy
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EBreezy

In Archeage, I took my free transfer and went to Tahyang, Oh my first day, I found a 16x16, which I assume just recently and quietly expired. So, I snatched it up. Later, I got an offer for another 16x16 near the water like I've always wanted. I'm definitely considering it. Someone else is selling two 16x16s, right next to each other. So, I'm debating taking that one instead, but I don't want to pay 800g for both.  All this on my *first day*.  I was on Caliel ( or whatever it was called) for months and I was stuck with my puny 8x8.

Anyway, I may be messing around on Archeage for awhile now that I actually have a house and land to grow stuff.  I still think it's a cool game. Maybe a quest or two in Runescape, if I have time. Other than that I have a ton of work to do before Monday.

Wratts
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Wratts

wolfyseyes Don't know about you, but what surprised me about Alexander is how fairly simple it is.  After some of the depth of the CT fights, Alex seems like a warmup

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Probably a mix of LoL, Smite, HotS, Champs, and Diablo 3.

Mind Flayer
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Mind Flayer

Trove.  Probably followed by some Trove.
Oh, and Anime.

Loopstah
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Loopstah

ESO and ArchAge for me this weekend. I was hoping to continue with my flight sims binge but sadly i am having major issues with my X52 compatibility with Windows 10. Tried the beta drivers - didn't help the issue (systems locks up upon disconnecting the joystick).

Estranged
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Estranged

I enjoy some bloody rugby. Also thank you chaps for giving American Football to us...
Watched our university club team religiously. I'm sure they were terrible, but also didn't care. Just a brutally beautiful sport.

Estranged
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Estranged

Happy to see another college football supporter. We are rare in the MMO world.
My Tigers vs the corn dog smelling Tigers from Red Stick today.

Liandreth
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Liandreth

Kass40 That's how I play TOR. I end up getting bored and stopping. Go back and forth with it, once or twice a year.

Estranged
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Estranged

Pacing myself through the Destiny revamp and enjoying myself immensely. Didn't realize I missed FPS games so much. Playing with a controller is cathartic, a link to my childhood.
Watching lots of college football as well.

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