WRUP: This ham is your ham edition

Hello, reader. Hello, and good morning. Or should I say… good ham? That sounded clever before I typed it out. Look, the point is that I have your ham. This ham right here is yours, and if you ever want to see it again, you… well, you’ll look at the header, but if you ever want to have your ham back, you’re going to do exactly what I say.

First, go to the nearest Cumberland Farms. Assuming it’s near you, anyway, I don’t want you to be driving like fifteen miles out of your way. I guess you could just go to a regular grocery store, but… wait, they probably have ham. Depending on where you live. If you live in Israel, there’s probably no ham in the grocery stores, right? That would be weird. Or is it weird for thinking that? If you live in Israel, let me know about the ham situation.

You know what, forget it. Just go get another ham and leave your comments on this week’s What Are You Playing. I’ll give your ham a viking funeral. It’s what you would have wanted if you didn’t mind me stealing your ham.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​It’s probably obvious I’ll be doing Pokémon Go and maybe some Fire Emblem Heroes, but I still got family stuff to do and I’ll be “sneaking” out for the Long Beach Comic Expo, so it’ll be a fairly light gaming weekend.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Hopefully The Elder Scrolls Online. I haven’t had much playtime this week, but I’d like to carve some out this weekend for the new toon.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Aside from my weekend plans with my wife and covering the Final Fantasy XIV fan festival as it happens, I’ll be diving into actually playing FFXIV and maybe a bit of Final Fantasy XI on the side.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Right now I’m in a powerhouse mode with Lord of the Rings Online, so very likely not much more than that to be honest. Need to get through the Battle of Pellinor Fields!

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): It is Landmark’s last weekend, so I will be in there wandering around and feeling the feels as much as I can. As for other gaming, I will mostly be in my main survival games (Conan Exiles and ARK: Survival Evolved) and playing Paladins with my son. For the record: Just staring at all the game icons on my desktop trying to decide what I will play is getting paralyzing!

Your turn!

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Suikoden

Been playing a lot of DCUO again. Rolled a new character and have been experiencing the game from a newbie’s perspective for the first time since 2011. Pretty crazy. I did use replay badges to copy over some of the more grindy feats, which I think is a nice feature. Also rolled a new class to also offer more of that newbie feeling. Found a great new group of people to play with as well. As a DC fan, the IP is also a big plus. Sometimes you forget how much content this game actually has. Been a lot of fun so far.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Lots of mobile gaming :O

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Danny Smith

2 more levels for PLD and DRG in FFXIV to have all 23 jobs at 60 for stormblood. Though holy shit does PLD need a rework, that class is hot trash compared to every other combat job in the game right now. That and getting my ilvl200 gathering and crafting accessories and recipies to be ready too.
Also finally had some time to get into Nioh, cleared the first area as a Ninja build and folks werent joking that it gets insanely easy after the first boss when you start getting Ninja skills like “walk up behind and enemy to do a 85%hp hit” or the crazier guardian spirits. Still a lovely game thats more demons souls meets onimusha than dark souls, but you know the media, everything is the dark souls of dark souls nowadays :p
-and i bet hino Enma was the reason Polygons “videogames are too hard to play and thats abelist” journos couldnt finish it in time for a review, especially after how their writers couldnt beat DOOM of all things.

Also still addicted to Stardew Valley, in my second summer and about to marry Abigail, the charming girl that eats rocks and almost finished the community center. Amazing game for fans of stuff like Harvest Moon and Legend of the River king.

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Karma_Mule

ESO as my mainstay…..have to finish up the main story endgame in cold harbor with my new alt, and still have Orsinium and Dark Brotherhood to do. Also, lots of harvesting in hopes of more precious precious regulus and heartwood and all that so I can make some fine pieces of furniture and dried food and baskets and and and…..

I’ve been lucky on getting lots of blueprint drops (hint: theft has proven a very good way to get these) and am totally addicted to homestead-related activities now. All my skill points are going to crafting crafting and, oh yes, more crafting.

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GamingSF

WoW & SWTOR with my husband, maybe some Rift and Archeage solo. I want to dip back into ESO but already have so many little goals to work towards in the above… :-/

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Robert Mann

Rift, ESO, maybe some others. Just playing casual stuff with guildies while I wait for a virtual world rather than a railbox or gankbox. Hopefully round 2 of the LiF closed beta wave #1 come Monday.

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Utakata

This week: I think we had a ham discussion on the WRUP before, Mr. Eliot. o.O

Also this week: A little bit of WoWstar. And a little bit of ElinStar.

I also see Mr. Wolfyeyes has made the new commenting system transition fairly intact. Still looking for Mr. Estranged though. :(

And finally, have a great week and weekend folks! May the pigtail force be with you. <3

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mysecretid

Yeah, I miss Estranged’s game perspectives also. I fear he took the political trolls to heart a little too much, and decided that he was generally unwelcome here as a self-designated “conservative” — which is totally not true.

I hope he realizes that some do not speak for all, and that he graces us with his presence again. The only posters I have problems with are the intentional assholes — and them, I ignore. :-D

Cheers, Pinky Uta! :-)

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Utakata

Not really sure what that means. As the “political trolls” from the “other side” are near non-existent since Golden Girl left. And that was some time ago. o.O

However, I would remind Mr. Estrange of his own advice. That everything said here does require accounting for if doesn’t sit well with what we reasonably understand is to be right, regardless if one is left, right or all points in between and beyond. As I do also know of conservatives who do post here with little issues.

With that said, the gaming world is one big melting pot. Where everyone here comes from all walks of life, philosophies and views….to do one thing. That is, to enjoy playing games. So the only position that really is designated here is one of pew, pew, pew…can I haz my lewtz now? Everything else either peripheral and/or subject to be moderated. :)

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Armsbend

Maybe I’m speaking out of line but I am fairly certainly that isn’t what miffed E. What I think miffed E was the fact that there was more forum moderation on one side rather than the other side.

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Utakata

Or perhaps there’s more inflammatory remarks coming from the “one side”. As you rarely here “SJW” in the ad hom coming from “other side”, for example. So it’s not really the question of fairness, rather behavior I gather.

Edited: For qualification.

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Utakata

Edit/Erratum: As you rarely *hear…proper.

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Adri

Playing Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain.
I haven’t played any multiplayer games in the last 2 years.

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Danny Smith

I’ve been thinking of going back and replaying it for a 3rd time recently. But since the game itself is so easy after stuff like MGS3 and even Peace Walker i’ve been thinking up rules for a Nuzlocke style self imposed Subsistence run. Like go in with no gear, only use gear that existed irl at the time and no fulton or supply drops.

Even unfinished its an amazing game but boy did it need a difficulty slider :p

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Adri

It’s just nice. After a long day at work I just want to be somewhere else and relax :)

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Garp74

Continue to be amazed at Wurm Online.

Older game and graphics aren’t great. But the huge amount of work you have to do to accomplish something; the level of effort required to finish a project — it’s awesome. And the reward is commensurate with the work. And the community is the best I’ve experienced in a long time.

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Jonny Sage

I once spent four hours putting pegs in a rowboat. Then I uninstalled.

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Vexia

I finished getting my Blade & Soul costumes, so I may or may not continue on leveling up my characters, depending on if the mood strikes me.

There will be Heroes of the Storm as I work toward the 15 partied games for the WoW mount, and of course the usual WoW stuff.

Other than that, I just changed MMOs but already kind of feel like I’m looking for something else from them. It’s that age-old MMO player’s gripe about how one game does this feature perfectly, but if only this other feature weren’t so annoying, and so forth. I am a fickle beast who cannot be content playing what I already have. :P

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mysecretid

Wish I had something to recommend to you Vexia, because I understand that gamer need to have many options. Would ESO be of any interest to you? I ask because it’s a fantasy game which seems to appeal to various types of gamers simultaneously, so perhaps it might be worthy of a place on your game rotation? Just a thought.

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Vexia

Thanks, I appreciate it! I honestly don’t know much about ESO outside of the cash shop having some not so consumer friendly prices (but then again, point me to one that doesn’t).

For the moment, I’m still considering my options, but I think I’m going to try to make WoW work for now. I just get very frustrated with how rude and prideful the development team are (like mocking fans during Blizzcon Q&As) as well as some of the unpolished aspects of the game. Like how people can and do abuse the dungeon matchmaker by selecting tank or healer when they are a DPS, or a critical bug with my Legion hunter quest that customer support “fixes” for you by telling you to look up weird workarounds on Wowhead. It makes me reconsider giving Blizzard my $14.99 each month.

I *think* what I’m looking for is something off the beaten trail, but with a nice community, and a polished feel to at least the gameplay if not the UI and overall design. But I also think I’ve gotten into the habit of looking at MMOs in regards to what I think is wrong with them, not what I think is right. Since no game is perfect, that attitude could potentially make even the best game off putting.

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mysecretid

I understand about wanting to stay with a game you’ve put a lot of energy and enthusiasm into, to see if it still has anywhere interesting to go.

As far as “off the beaten path” games with good communities as additional options on your list of “what shall I play today?” choices, after some thought, I could suggest Lord of the Rings Online and The Secret World as potential candidates.

LotRO is somewhat famous for its more mature, more convival community — the only reason I left, really, was that I was having trouble seeing past the aging character models — and those are slated to be modernized sometime soon.

TSW is unlike any other game out there. Some sell it short as “a horror game”, which I really don’t agree with at all. Some parts of it are spooky, yes, but there’s so much more to play.

Because it’s so different, some people get nervous about trying TSW, but it’s been around long enough now that there are a ton of guides, mission walkthroughs, and all the rest out on the internet, if one needs them.

As others have said, TSW has probably the best storytelling I’ve seen in any MMORPG, and the voice acting is first-rate.

If you want something fun that’s not an MMORPG, maybe look at Starbound, on Steam? I had great fun with that one. It has a less science-fictional “cousin” game in Terraria, if you’d prefer that.

Good luck with your ongoing game quest! I hope you find much fun!

Cheers,

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Vexia

I have a kind of silly reason not to try LotRO, actually. From screenshots, I’ve seen that the game has some truly terrifying, big spiders! And I’m just a poor arachnophobe. :P It’s true that they are present in other games, sometimes quite plentifully, but then I remember that one part of the Hobbit book… and I just don’t know if I could bring myself to play. Even though the graphics are aging, I think it has a lot to do with the type of spider model they use looking a lot like the kind that I can find where I’m from.

TSW is a game that I am definitely interested in. I’ve never tried it either, but if things don’t work out WoW-side, I will definitely consider it. Especially if I can find it on a Steam sale or the like. I still kind of feel regret for not buying it at one point in the past for a really deep discount. But there are so many games and only so much time to enjoy them all. Storytelling is also one of my favorite aspects of a game, so that wins bonus points with me.

I have Terraria, for one, in my Steam library, and it can be a great game to decompress with (except in the later biomes). I guess sometimes when I get burnt out of enjoying MMOs it can be nice to recharge with other types of games. I feel like I was kind of doing that a bit last month, but my jump back into the MMO life has not been a smooth transition.

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mysecretid

TSW goes on sale on Steam at least once a year, if I remember correctly.If you put it on your Steam wishlist, the program should pop up a reminder for you whenever it goes on sale.

If you do try TSW at some point, but find it daunting because of its differences, give a shout somewhere here.

I’m sure myself and the other Massively posters can help you out with any questions. or problems that you may have. You wouldn’t be the first person to pose a question in a relevant game column on Massively.

As for the spiders in LotRO, sure, they’re somewhat more sinister-looking in LotRO than in other games, but I can tell you first hand that they die very satisfyingly! Stab em, squishem, pierce em with arrows (from a distance!), or zotem with magic (also from a distance!) and revel in their demise!

Who knows? Killing lots of the nasty critters in-game may just cure your arachnophobia! :-)

Cheers,