WRUP: Entropic triage edition

This week, I got some good news on Tuesday and Monday, but most of the week has been things breaking. My car has issues with what I suspect to be her exhaust system. My computer’s power supply went out (at least, that seems to be the problem, I’m making sure). A Lego kit my wife assembled fell and one of the pieces went missing. Little things, solvable things, but still part and parcel with a life of entropic triage.

I’m using that term from now on, because that’s what life is. It’s continuous and ongoing. Things break all the time, because they always break, because you can’t stop things from breaking. All you can do is consistently scramble to keep things from being too badly damaged. You put a patch on the most immediate problem and hope it holds so that you get a few days of nothing being actively broken.

Which is kind of a depressing thought, but the world includes cats, so it can’t be all bad. And I’m sure you have weekend plans that you’d like to share in this week’s What Are You Playing beneath the accounts from myself and my fellow Massively Overpowered writers. Whatever is going to break can wait until that’s done.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): I have a little work, but I think I’ll mostly have a free weekend. I’m playing a different online TCG for kicks but… along with Hearthstone, MJ’s enthusiasm for HEX is making me want to jump back in and see what’s up, especially in light of HS‘s upcoming changes.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I had been playing my Monk through Diablo III‘s season, but I hit a bit of a grind wall, and I’m debating whether to reroll or try something else. My Ultima Online account is on to refresh my house, and I’ve been itching to play Marvel Heroes again, but we’ll see. I hate to dump D3 when I actually have a bunch of friends playing all at the same time, which never happens!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): My computer’s power supply decided to start giving up the ghost on Thursday evening, so my weekend plans are contingent on it being back to working status on Saturday morning (which it should be). Assuming that’s on track (and it ought to be) I have to hit up the Valentione’s Day celebration in Final Fantasy XIV whilst continuing on in Star Wars: The Old Republic and playing around with World of Warcraft‘s expansion alpha.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m trying to fix a particularly aggravating frame rate issue in The Secret World, so if I can lock that down, it’s a lot more Scorched Desert for me. I’m also trying to speed-level some side classes in FFXIV to gain access to a couple of skills that I need for my healer.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): This weekend is all about getting out in nature: Taming new dinos in Ark: Survival Evolved and farming in ArcheAge. I’d like to fit some EverQuest II progression server in as well as a little The Secret World if possible, but those dinos really don’t capture themselves…

Patreon Donor Pierre: What are you asking? WRUP? Why are you asking this question? And don’t touch me, especially you, damn healer. I’m sure you have something on your mind and you’ll hurt me… Ok, I admit it, I’m playing Darkest Dungeon these days and… are these handcuffs really necessary? and these syringes? OK, please proceed; I’ll probably get better this way… Yes, this game will definitely drive you crazy, but it’s good to suffer, isn’t it?

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SwobyJ
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GoJammit SwobyJ I don’t want to be stuck at silver. It doesn’t exactly give a pittance in credits but I find only gold+ feels rewarding if you’re seeking some of the more interesting stuff added in the MP expansions. Ideally I’ll have some class like the ‘EDI’ Alliance Infiltration Unit, or a great Geth thing. I loves the synthetics. Not my avatar one though (barring some weird affirmation of the supposed rumor/leak in 2012 of playing/meeting a secret Catalyst+Shepard+?EDI? hybrid because ME3 was all a lie LMAO).

SwobyJ
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GoJammit SwobyJ :). I don’t think MEA will have PvP (though a version of it could be interesting and more popular than any coop… it also brings immense balance and player retention problems). But I think it’ll be a much expanded version of ME3’s. Ideas: custom armor instead of just weapons and invisible ‘gear’, more custom classes possibility, more mobility, larger areas, less horde and more objectives, more situational tactics, maybe more vertical movement (ME3 only tested some stuff like that with ladders and ledges and special class jetpack boosts, better biotics than ME2, etc). Basically a next gen refined version of ME3 MP instead of a revolution. Oh! But I could see there being vehicles and it being a Mass Effect Battlefield so there’s that??

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SwobyJ GoJammit I spent a solid yer playing that game every weekend, sometimes more. While I would have liked actual pvp, I hada blast with that 4 man team stuff. And yeah, even aftr  getting what I think were all of the extra classes, I still stuck to silver most of the time. Less frustrating.

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GoJammit SwobyJ I think so, actually. I may get into it some more this year before MEA releases (I’m only on a Bronze-Silver level of things and can barely do Gold, so I’d like to get a handle on it before I move on). MP will probably nearly die by end of next year.

GoJammit
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GoJammit

SwobyJ Do people still play the multiplayer?

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Advancing in ME3 Insanity PC Canon Completionist fun. Done Tuchanka arc (and From Ashes DLC at that). Doing side stuff and Quarian arc now, then Omega right after. Banshees still scary :((((

BritoBruno
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DeadlyAccurate Reesracer jonny_sage God, i hate slowmotion fights.

BryanCo
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BryanCo

Not everything breaks.  On a more relevant note, it’s more SWTOR (just got the One and Only title, yay me) and D3 where I will not be making more attempts at mastering the crusader’s Akkhan set dungeon for a while because I might have a brain aneurism.

Line with more hugs
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Ket_Viliano Line with more hugs
It is a bit odd to find an open world RPG (decent and all, but all kinds of common) that progessively push you into massive dungeons and little else. It get better and better, but still, gotta like both its forms.
It’s just plain great to meet the Grim Reaper face to face… and not as a loot pinata, but as “gratz on coming this far, now run and come back later”.

Dark Souls is immensely more difficult though. I love it, but it tends to be brutal at certain points, too much I would say.
Especially if you play fragile archetypes, in the most basic difficulty, almost any boss can one shot a mage.
There’s nothing like the feeling of dread of getting invaded by a player… it’s amazing PvP (and if you don’t want it you just play offline), with a fantastic community. Nearly every player bows down before engaging you, it’s such a different experience…

BryanCole
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Sadly, still no MMOs calling me in.  BUT, I am patiently waiting for the Division in March to ease that burden a bit.  For now, I’m just finishing up Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, a really good game, and will be playing Dying Light the Following enhanced edition on Tuesday.  Then 2 weeks and I’ll be playing Farcry Primal.  While occasionally dallying in Fallout 4, GTA V and the Witcher 3.

I am wondering how Black Desert is going to fare, but I won’t play that until I get a chance to play a demo or trial of it.  I refuse to spend any more money on MMOs that I haven’t had a chance to at least try.  I also don’t understand the whole Blade and Soul frenzy lately, I found that game boring and another example of an eastern MMO that I just don’t get, yet people seem to like this one more than is usual, something about the combat….but…isn’t an MMO more than just it’s combat?  Heck go play any fighting game, those are games about combat lol.

GoJammit
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I dipped my toe in ready to snatch it back at a moments notice. Apparently whoever does the voice of Teemo in LoL is Hajoon. I have yet to clarify that.

thickenergy
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crackfox Do not speak of camels lest ye summon the ghost of Vanguard!
I miss Vanguard. :(

Ket_Viliano
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Line with more hugs  OK I gotta play Dragon’s Dogma now, and Dark Souls. Been playing WoW, with an RP group, the game it self could be mashed potatoes, no butter, no salt. I will say, WoW has nice animations, and they really tried with story. As for challenge, well… yea.

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Reesracer
Dragon’s Dogma is great!
And much, much better later on too. It’s rare to get the best content later on, it fills quite rewarding to access it instead of making the old stuff trivial with OP gear.

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Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen.
I like it but… it does remind me all the time of why so many MMOs fall flat. Because they’re not threatening at all. And by that I don’t talk about gankboxes, but about a complex and intricate level design, filled with agressive and powerful foes that you’d best avoid if you’re not ready.
That first encounter with a Warg in tight corridors, attracted by the smell of blood of goblins that I’m looting for mats? Yeah, that I’ll remember. While any random named boss in an arena, waiting for me to kill it for a sword +1 by exchanging automated blows in all those games? Riiiight…

It’s too bad that dungeons are such a vapid procedure nowadays. At least real dungeons crawlers are back in style instead of garbage lootfests, but I’d like to play one with friends…

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DeadlyAccurate Michael18 Ket_Viliano  Thanks for the tip. As for art, I have decided to just use the UE4 base model, and to scrape up some half ass animations, and to leave the awesome art to professionals. Specialization of labor is a thing!

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Kinda torn at the moment. I was loving Blade and Soul, and then my bro pulled me back into Diablo 3. Now I’m sick of reforging my Yang ’cause it’s getting worse each time. -.-‘

I got the shooter bug a couple days ago and just purchased Far Cry 4 on Steam after getting pumped up about Primal. I didn’t like Far Cry 3, hopefully this will be better. Atleast it’s on sale, so not a huge loss if I don’t like it.

DeadlyAccurate
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Reesracer jonny_sage I love how NPCs keep referring to her as “that woman with very few clothes on.” 
The jiggle physics are hilarious, but I absolutely loved this cut scene with Soha.

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Michael18 Ket_Viliano While I’m a firm believer that you should go with the modeling tool you like (and can afford), allow me to suggest Substance Painter for your painting needs. It is, hands down, the best texturing tool you can use for 3D models. I use it exclusively now, and with Substance Share (their user-generated content site), you have thousands of textures you can paint with. There’s a demo, and you can buy it on Steam for $99 right now.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

XCOM 2 is dominating me (both in difficulty and in terms of my time).  Other stuff probably will include Advent Truth, Diablo 3, FFXIV, and SMITE.

thickenergy
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thickenergy

Enikuo This week on ‘Topiaries Gone Bad’!

thickenergy
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thickenergy

Officially quit playing Heroes & Generals after witnessing an incredibly obvious string of alternate account abuses. This in a game where the developers have stated that there really is no alt account griefing and that it’s not an issue for the game. That compounded with the devolving state of the game after years in beta prompted me to finally say farewell.
I still have hopes that the game will go from smudgely moth into booteefull buttafly, but I’m not going to hold my breath.
No I just have to figure out what to play for the rest of the weekend.

thickenergy
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thickenergy

jonny_sage Chapter 16: The Titsling

Fixed it.

jonny_sage
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Reesracer jonny_sage nah, my toon is a dude

krieglich
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krieglich

Blade and Soul aaaaall the time. And some Guitar Hero. :D

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Michael18 I don’t like it, too few options. Will buy when you add blue pill.

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

I’d go Corsair, especially the RMi series. The new PSU in my rig, RM750i is great to install and the monitoring software is a nice touch.

Ket_Viliano
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Ket_Viliano

Michael18 Ket_Viliano  Art is hard. 3d modeling, rigging, and animation are no joke! I like rigging myself, but Blender sux at rigging. Houdini is the best, but does not work well for UE4. Gotta use Maya with UE4. At least Blender works well with Unity.
My experiments with computer art have given me great respect for the artists.

Valkyriez
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I’m still just PvPing in GW2, smashing Unranked on my Dragon Hunter hopefully getting better for Season 2. My guild has made a team for me and a few others, interesting to see how that goes as most of my guildies are pve only players.
I did some pve last night in “guild missions”. Now, remembering that I haven’t left the PvP lobby HoTM in 3 years, I had zero idea what I was doing or what to do. A guildie got me all my gear on the TP for 30g and I just followed a commander tag the whole time, it’s like they speak another language to me when they talk PvE.
It was fun though and I made some gold from selling stuff.

JonBuck
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Ket_Viliano Surprisingly yes, it’s fun if you like simulation games. But there’s only CA and NV right now, with AZ coming next week. Considering how big the continent is it’ll take them some time to get to Maine, then maybe into Canada and Mexico.

JonBuck
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ManastuUtakata There’s a lot of different shifting options, from simple automatic (forwards and backwards) to “real automatic” (you have to shift between drive, neutral, and reverse) and about 4 options for manual that only really work if you have a wheel, pedals, and a shifter. I use Real Auto since I use a keyboard/mouse combo. Mouse to steer. Considering you can get up to an 18-speed…

Michael18
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Ket_Viliano 
“WoW is dead!”
oh, that was quick! didn’t expect to achieve that milestone on my 2nd week-end of unity tinkering, lol

thanks for the link. looks really cool. But maybe a bit too advanced for me atm. My main problem is that I suck at all things art :(  Maybe I’ll buy a good asset pack or two, at some point. But for now I wanna try to make everything from scratch to get a rough idea what’s involved.

ManastuUtakata
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JonBuck 
Curious: How do you use the keys to gear shift? Or do you?
…I used to hangout with a winter sanding operator as a teen. And he had something like 13 gear options to grind through. So I was wondering how that translated to your simulator. Unless modern trucking tech has completely streamlined this process. Not to mention, the difference between a road service truck verses a goods ferrying one.

Ket_Viliano
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Michael18  WoW is dead bro, WoW is dead!
If you have not found it already, 3DBuzz has a MMO tutorial, it’s kinda basic, but should help throw dirt on WoW’s grave.
http://www.3dbuzz.com/
http://www.3dbuzz.com/mmo
I only sub to one tutorial site at a time, and am busy setting up my Linux sever atm, but 3DBuzz is good, along with Digital Tutors

ManastuUtakata
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TBPlayer2112 ManastuUtakata 
Thanks. Although the side effect of this therapy of having a Gnome sized bladder is frequent trips to the bathroom. But I rather have that than this flu. :)

TBPlayer2112
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ManastuUtakata Get well soon kiddo! Drink lots of fluids. =)

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

GoJammit 
The best I could come up with is:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2303882/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast
….but I don’t recognize any of the characters they’re playing.
It was that, or goobers complaining on Reddit how terrible the voice acting is in my search. And I want to touch that, as much as I want to touch a freshly spawned dog turd. To suffice to say, I don’t. :(

crackfox
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But sometimes cats break and can’t be fixed. I don’t handle that very well. 
I’m still playing TESO ofc. Noodling about with camels on the PTS, levelling my newest Templar and just enjoying the game.

ManastuUtakata
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DeadlyAccurate 
I got a dilemma with the Daily Dash. The costume I’ve won doesn’t suit any of my characters. So I haven’t claimed it yet. And I don’t think I am eligible for anymore DD’s until I declare it. One thing would go a long way to help, if some point I am allow to re-dye it. Or does dying gear exist in B&S like it does in WoW? That is, it’s non-existent option. :(

Ket_Viliano
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Ket_Viliano

JonBuck  Fake, totally fake, the GG bridge is straight choked with traffic IRL!
It must be way more fun to drive in a video game than for real.

Michael18
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Michael18

I’m playing around in unity a bit. It is incredible how long everything takes if you have never used an engine such as unity or tools like Blender before. But great fun.

Ket_Viliano
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Ket_Viliano

Pro Tip: Buy an Antec power supply, these things are well made and highly reliable.

Michael18
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Michael18

Esoteric Coyote welcome home, and all the best!

Reesracer
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Reesracer

jonny_sage Even better if you can take a screen of your character WITH Soha….yes?

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

FYI life is not ongoing. :-)

jonny_sage
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jonny_sage

Reesracer zyrusticae Whats to optimize? Isnt it mostly static?

jonny_sage
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jonny_sage

Waiting on them to fix space engineers, so i quit playing that for a while. Otherwise, playing Boobs and Soul.

Reesracer
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Reesracer

Nate Woodard Well, read all the comments below. Not to mention the pretty good Steam sale on right now, if you are keen for something on your wish list. I always have too many games, and not enough time, so I either jump-about b/w games/genres, or pick one and stick with it all weekend.

Enikuo
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Enikuo

TBPlayer2112 I just re-installed Skyrim after seeing this mod: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/52583/?

Nate Woodard
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Nate Woodard

While I will never HAVE to work a Saturday, I decided to work just to get some extra funds. Two weeks with no pay check and your car breaking down is not the ideal way to start a new month. Thankfully, there was five pay checks last month. At any rate I’ll be looking for a game to play this weekend. Suggestions would be awesome!

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