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!

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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,

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Armsbend

HotS and ESO. My dps in ESO is still that of a wet noodle. I dont get how someone marches in and wipes everything in a few seconds.

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Robert Mann

High end gear, with bonuses. It makes a huge difference. Especially since everything scales now, so if you have 4 stars on your gear upgrades and good set bonuses, in normal content you are like an ultra elite mob slicing through the foul hordes of normal mobs.

Crafted gear is good, as are a few other sets (and monster helm/shoulders.) The crafted stuff is the easiest to get though. If you can’t craft it yet, you can always find somebody who will. Judging by you not being a crafter (comment below) you likely don’t have solid epic or legendary gear sets… which is likely the problem.

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Bannex

Dual wield sorc. Look at those builds, they make pve extra trivial

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Armsbend

Maybe I’ll make this toon a crafter and work on a new meaner type for pve.

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Yeah I’m working on a crafting alt right now, and all precious skill points must go towards that. The downside is it’s like I’m beating mobs with plastic utensils, but hey, trade-offs. The upside is I can make a mean dunmer dining room table.

:-D

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mysecretid

Still playing the “outlast the virus game”, which involves a lot of sleeping, so not a lot to report, unfortunately.

Played mostly Elder Scrolls Online this week, with the usual bits of Star Trek Online as well.

In ESO, I ran into something I’ve almost never encountered in the current incarnation of the game — a truly aggravating, poorly-designed mission.

I don’t want to spoiler for anyone, so I won’t go into plot details, but it was a “gauntlet” situation where you are on a timer, and you have to activate four slow-activating switches in a multi-level maze-like room while being attacked from various angles by NPC enemies.

It was completely not fun, and it quickly became a repetitive grind. Sure, if you were playing a tough warrior-type with lots of armor and big dps numbers, you could probably blow through the gauntlet with no trouble, but if you were playing something less than a “master of disaster” archetype, it could be a real drag.

I play a bow-and-blade Nightblade, and suddenly, most of what my character is good at was rendered moot by the gauntlet setup. I ended up running the gauntlet maze in excess of 20 times, until I could live long enough to memorize the maze-like layout, the location of the switches, and the positions of the various respawns.

The fact that enemies would routinely hit you with ranged attacks which passed through huge stone pillars, and that they could target you from impossible distances did not help my mood. :-)

It kinda killed the fun pretty quickly, but without making it past this part, the questline I was deep into would not have continued. Bleah. I’ve come to expect better than this from ESO.

Anyway, this sounds like I’m whining, when I really am trying to express surprise. While I expect this sort of “loose” quest design from certain MMORPG dev teams, ESO has typically been better than this, in my experience.

In STO, I’ve finally got my time-lost TOS-era command crew sorted, and I think they’re a good bunch. Maybe I’ll inflict a pic on all of you soon?

Hope I have more interesting things to yabber about next week!

Take care of yourselves, please. You’re the only one of you we’ve got!

Be well,

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Robert Mann

Hope you feel better!

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mysecretid

Thank you, Robert. That’s very kind. This is a virus, and I just have to wait out. I’ll get there — I just get cranky with all the “enforced downtime”. :-)

Cheers,

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Rees Racer

ESO, certainly. Took a couple weeks off from MWO, so I’m contemplating a bit of that. Finally purchased the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD remaster on sale this weekend from Steam, so am keen to have a go at some nostalgia, too.

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CasualSlacks

Once I’m finally off-shift tonight and I have time to play something besides Overwatch, I’ll probably play some more Overwatch and see if I can’t break into the next competitive rank before the current season ends next week. I can see a nice long play session with Conan Exiles at some point. I’d really like to that much more often, but I don’t have the time. I’d also like to continue to level up my Nightblade in ESO. It’s still a lot of fun when I have time to explore and only do the quests that I think my character would be compelled to do. Lastly, I’ll poke around some more in Star Citizen. I’m not sure exactly why I’ve been branded a criminal –probably because, I stole a better ship than the one I own, took it for a joyride, and then when I couldn’t figure out how to land it properly I just let it drift off into space while I jet packed back to my own ship– but I need to figure out how to get right with the law. I’m tired of waking up in the poop hole that is the Grim Hex station and getting shot by security at when I try to land on Port Olisar.

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deekay_plus

go to karrea station, look for the big room with a computer console in the middle. activate and wait for it to time down. and hope no one comes and kills you or interupts it.

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mysecretid

Of course, the professional drug lord in GTA 5 would know how to wipe a criminal’s record clean! Hee hee hee :-)

At this rate, dk, they’ll have Steve Buscemi playing you in a movie, “Listen, man, I can get you anything … for a price!”

I’m just messin’ with you, obviously. Have a good week!

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CasualSlacks

I’ll go ahead and try that right now.

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Sally Bowls

PSA: the only appropriate movie to accompany this article is Jamón Jamón [q.v.] – Penélope Cruz’s debut film and Javier Bardem pre-Oscar. Not [just?] for the for the nude bullfighting scene, but for the climax where the murder weapon is … spoiler … a ham in a ham duel.

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Michael18

I just finished a 70 hour play-through of Morrowind, mostly just the main quest + fighter guild, here and there a side quest.

What a brilliant game! The world, the lore, the story, the different factions, this is all so detailed and interesting. And the overall scope and depth is breathtaking. But, most importantly, there is the journal that keeps all this information that is thrown at you manageable. Also some of the writing is very good.

I played with hardly any graphics enhancement or convenience mods, except for Better Dialog Fonts to improve font resolution. Just made sure to get the most common bug fix collections.

For the screenshot, I chose a typical scene that is most representative for the game play :-)

(for those who haven’t played it yet, just to give you an impression of the extent of the game: the screenshot shows the first 2 pages of my journal in which, over time, important events were automatically noted while I was playing; at the end of my play-through this journal had almost 100 pages, and that does not include books you find along the way and an alphabetical index of important NPCs and items!)

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Danny Smith

They don’t make games like that nowadays, Fallout New Vegas was the closest bethesda title since.
If you really dug it i would really recommend Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

If more games had that history of actions recorded like that it would be much easier to get back into them when you have been gone for a while. I still miss the Tome of Knowledge from Warhammer.

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mysecretid

I miss that Tome of Knowledge from Warhammer Online so much. It was a great concept, and I was sure other MMORPG games would steal the feature, as games often do, but no one major ever did — at least not that I’ve seen.

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Sorenthaz

Ooh boy, so many choices this weekend. Grinding to 50 in Black Desert Online, going through the Heavensward MSQ/leveling to 60 in FFXIV, checking stuff out again in ESO, leveling/RPing on the new wipe of a DBZ RP MUD I’ve been playing, uh… maybe working through PQs and stuff on Xenoverse 2, playing 7 Days with a friend… Lotsa choices but I get Monday off so woo.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Ham facts: In the US, open air smoked hams like those in the pic are periodically checked for “ham mites” by the USDA. If found the windows are duct taped up with plastic and the place is fogged with cyanide gas every other weekend until they are gone. I used to be that plastic guy.

My house/room in ESO is coming along well. This week I fished up another displayable fish, a sea sponge, and a shell. I found 2 paintings -one too big for any wall I have. But best of all a friend of mine within the Dark Brotherhood gave me a sacrificial heart – woot!

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mysecretid

Cyanide gas??? Wouldn’t that also seep into the hams and affect the people who ate the hams? I don’t know — that’s why I’m asking

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Zulika Mi-Nam

got me. Maybe it is a quick decay type of thing in that form. Those hams usually sit around for at least a year and gasing was usually only needed in the summer months.
OTOH when they smoked them with hickory it sure smelled good. Thousands of hams smoking at the same time. They close the windows for that to keep the smoke in, but I guess the mites do not mind smoke.

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Bryan Correll

Amazon hired me to wait outside ArenaNet’s offices with a tranquilizer gun and a white panel van. So I have to stay focused on the job.

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Sally Bowls

FFS, I don’t quite get this. My bet it is far more that AGS had to hire a traffic cop to manage all the ANet people voluntarily coming over to apply.

ANet’s Western PC game is not a fit amongst the Asian and increasingly mobile NCSoft. GW2 last three quarters have been their lowest revenue in the history of the game. NCSoft earnings call haa discussed trying to turn around the money losing NCWest with B&S.

OTOH, Amazon has not made as many millionaires as Microsoft, they have still made hundreds and give out $1.51B in stock awards in a year.

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Bryan Correll

Well, duh. Corporate ‘poaching’ typically means just offering someone a better deal and rarely involves any actual abductions. And if I worked for NCSoft in the West I’d quietly be keeping my resume circulating.

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Sray

I just wrapped up Uncharted 2 last night (3 and 4 waiting on the hard drive, but I’m in no rush), so I’ve got Ratchet and Clank in progress, with The Last of Us just waiting for me.

I miss playing MMOs, so I just bought FFXIV on Steam. It’s downloading as I type. It’s actually cheaper on the PS4 for the base game, but you can’t purchase the first expansion separately there, so that makes it cheaper to buy on Steam if I choose to keep playing. Plus, I have yet to encounter the MMORPG that feels good to play on a controller versus K+M. We’ll see how it goes.

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mysecretid

I actually played Final Fantasy XIV on Steam and, much to my surprise, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit, even though fantasy games are not usually my first choice, and I seem largely immune to the charms of jrpgs and asian-produced games.

The only reason I stopped playing id that FFX!V is a subscription, and I didn’t quite love it enough to bump one of my existing games out of the monthly budget to make room for it.

Have fun!

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Hirku

Another fun and frantic week in LotRO, capping off my first month in the game. My burglar main is ready to take his first steps out of Bree-Land and I’ve recreated my four alts and have them parked in their intros. I have some nice outfits for different situations, a cute little hobbit house on a hill, and my trusty steed Tornado (yes, I’m making a hobbit version of Zorro).

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zoward

I’m playing LotRO. And more LotRO. Last week’s level 81 main is this week’s level 87 main. Now I’m going to play some more LotRO. Then I’m going to shut the damn computer off, go outside and play in the snow. That is all.

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Rheem Octuris

I’m replaying FFXIII, as its only $8 on steam right now.

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Boom

Blue Mountains are on hold in TSW at the moment as I give FFXIV another shot thanks to it being only £4.99, after 3 trial accounts of 15 days an not liking it this time its growing on me:)

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Yup noticed the steam sale, FFXIV: ARR £4.99 and Heavensward expansion £7.49 which is a bit of a bargain imo.

Had a chuckle at the combined package which works out more expensive that getting them individually oh well steam just being steam I guess.

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Boom

hehe yeah noticed that as well, dont know if I should just grab Heavensward though

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Well today I am mostly going to be cooking not out of choice or for any special occasion but the fuse blew on my freezer and I didn’t notice till it was almost too late. So I am in rescue mode to see what I can keep. Sadly the comfort stash of Ben and Jerry’s didn’t make it RIP. Currently have several pans of mince (lamb, beef and pork) on the go that will be fine. Plus looking on the bright side my house smells really nice and homely with all the cooking so there is that :-)

I guess I should talk about mmos. So still only really playing Lotro on the laptop due to health issues. After being away from it for so long and then coming back well it has totally refreshed my interest in the game. So much so that I have subbed for the remainder of the year.

My hobbit hunter is still making progress and is heading towards Peligar at the moment. I have taken the time to go back and do some of the deeds I missed in other zones. There are too many to do all at once but it is a nice diversion to do occasionally and adds a bit of store currency into the wallet as a bonus. I still have a bunch of alts that I also have an ongoing interest in making progress with so all in all lots of fun to look forward to.

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Once they update the look of the characters, I expect I’ll come back into LotRO. I always loved and respected that game, but as the character models aged noticeably, I found it harder and harder to generate the “suspension of disbelief” required to immerse myself in the game.

The food crisis you mention sounds like a pain in the arse. Have you got friends/neighbors you can foist food upon, if you have too much food which needs to eaten before it goes bad?

One time, in your situation, we ended up taking excess food to the local soup kitchen — telling the person in charge the story — and giving all the extra stuff to them. They were happy to have it, and the food didn’t last long enough after that to go weird on anyone.

Good luck, pal! Hope your back heals faster!

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Crow

LotRO. Between North Ithilian dailies, Yule dailies and Featured Instance daily runs I’m running around a ton. Alts? Oh my…

Then Eternal Crusade. Loving it.

I have also started to dive into Project CARS, which is fantastic. It is a pretty decent Sim that certainly blows Forza out of the water and has been massively enjoyable. There’s a particular 2-into-4 turn that is giving me absolute fits, but I am being reminded of rule #1 in motorsport: It is always the TCS’ fault. Seriously, what are you thinking, traction control? oversteer spin-outs left and right. Yanking out that fuse, just like in real life, is 200% necessary. But I also still pump my breaks when they lock up without an out to that severely outdated habit in sight.

I guess what I’m saying is you can pry manual transmissions from my cold, dead hands. And self-driving? My god that gives me nightmares. Nice to know twenty-five years of a proud skill is going away in favor of computers. Blech.

*Ahem* Back to LotRO.

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Wolfyseyes

Oh man, you made me miss Cumberland Farms. :c

I am getting back in the XIV groove, though the class reveals from Fanfest have me thinking that gearing up a Machinist is a terrible idea and I should focus on Dark Knight again. But I also hate tanking for that game. Urrgh.

I also kinda want to flop back in to Blade and Soul, but that mostly has to do with distracting myself from buying a Founder’s Pack for Revelation Online. I enjoy Asian combat MMOs. Sue me.

To that point, I also am probably gonna poke at Tree of Savior casually as well. It’s going to take me forever to cap, but that’s pretty much the point. It’s a fun videogame even if it’s not an amazing MMO world.

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Danny Smith

Pro tip: Go to Wolves den and there is a new NPC named something like ‘disreputable preistess’. Open duty finder and press the cog and turn on “frontlines freelancer” and start queing frontlines, with the daily bonuses, the now near instant ques and 72 players meaning its not as hard to mess it up for the rest of your team you will be rolling in Wolf Marks to buy the new ilvl.235 pvp set that is also a very, very useful entry level endgame gear set that doesnt rely on hoping items drop in dungeons.

Plus you get a full set and she gives you a title, wear that title in pvp and 10 frontline wins gets a mount, 30 feast wins another and 60 total gets a giant flying robot horse.

Its an amazingly fast way to gear up a new 60 and pvp right now is exploding thanks to this event.

Plus the MCH weapon from it is a small revolver which is super effective against living things :p

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Bannex

For Honor.
The game derailed my significant progress into nioh.

It has caused me to abandon my friends that are grinding the hots wow mount.

My gf is sick of me yelling ÉG RÍF ÞIG Í BITA! During relations.

For Honor was a game made for Bannex and Bannex is happy.

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mysecretid

What language is your sick girlfriend yelling at you in? I feel like I should recognize it, but my brain refuses to help me out. :-)

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Bannex

It’s a battlecry one of the viking characters yell in for honor. It’s apparently Icelandic which is the closest living language to norse that’s been translated to say “I will tear you to pieces!”

Again “apparently” because I did obtain the translation from reddit…

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Rees Racer

Really (REALLY) tried to like it, and participated in both CBT and Open Beta. A lot of time practising and playing still led to almost immediate and shameful deaths at the hands of high level players in 4v4…which was, quite frankly, a mess. I don’t mind spending money on games, but not THAT much for this one. It seems many are enjoying it quite a lot, so good on ya.

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Reht

I tinkered around with it on the open beta right before it launched and was pretty impressed, there is a lot more to the fighting than i thought there would be.

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Bannex

The combat is a little tighter now than it was in open beta. The game is really rewarding if you stick with one hero, the combat really opens up once you start to master a class and learn how that class successfully counters others.

With the exception of the shugoki, the game is very well balanced.

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wild-abyss

Really fighting the urge to resub to SWTOR for the XP boost. I haven’t even gotten further than Hutt Cartel yet and only half the class stories finished… but I currently have RIFT patron time and I just don’t like juggling two at once.

So I’m off to the Plane of Water where I’m suddenly, well, not underpowered, but less overpowered than I was as a Tempest.

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Sray

As I understand, the XP boost is for everyone regardless of sub status (the galactic command system is the only part that is subs only); but I can’t confirm for sure at the moment, as my sub finally expired, and I uninstalled a few weeks back. But I know that deekay zero was finishing off class stories via the XP boost, and there’s no chance that they’re giving a dime to SWTOR right now, so I’d say that’s confirmation.

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Xijit

Casually playing Twin Saga when I have time … Generally no more than an hour here or there (started playing it tuesday night, have barely gotten to the second town).

All in all, it is a typical “X-legend” title (which I do not really mind, since I tend to like their chill gameplay and well done crafting), but the characters and world have got an extra layer of polish on them.

…. I really like the quest dialogue too; it is well written and more than a few authentically funny moments.

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Xijit

The fact that the server select screen still has a “welcome to open beta” notice on it does make me kinda nervious as to how much support the Aeria titles are getting from their nee Gamigo masters.

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Dima Wisotski

Reporting from Israel on the Ham situation. The ham is fine, it hangs out in any non-kosher store, which are plentifull in most cities.

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Bree Royce

I’m genuinely glad someone answered this! <3

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Utakata

This is the kind of discussion I used to have with a Jewish friend when he ordered bacon and eggs for brunch. o.O

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mysecretid

In university, one of my best buddies was a guy named Zev Singer.

Every time we ordered pizza, I was sure to let him know that I was totally okay with no pork products on it (I’ve never been a big pork fan) but every time, he’d want pepperoni on it.

The pizza would come, and he’d look at it and say, “I guess it’s okay if I eat some pepperoni just this once”.

And I would reply, “Trust me. God doesn’t care if you have a little pepperoni every now and then. Really.”

We’d eat, and it would be fine.

Every time we had pizza together, this came up. It was like I was giving him “gentile permission” to eat pepperoni, and reminding him that God had better things to focus on … :-) It got pretty funny with repetition.

Damn, I miss that dude. He was a good friend.

Younglings reading this, take it from Jedi Master Secret-Wan — love yer friends while you’ve got them, because you never know where life will take them. :-)

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this week more puttering around in archeage. mostly getting coyote caught up in levels and money making potential. we got her a cart the other night and just waiting on some land to free up so she can get her farm down, but an inactive guildie is letting her use his land to plant crops.

otherwise banging my head on getting my stick to work in star citizen 2.6. which i finally remembered that unplugging my nostromo and then plugging back in once the game is loaded does the trick in oldeer versions sometimes. otherwise for some reason fraps now works fine with the game and my other issues were also resolved.

so i got some time to try out pirate swarm and the rebalanced flight model and i like it for the most part. i mean PS is just VS with different ships so it gets tedious pretty fast but i like the new flight model i mean. anyways that’s the video share this week, me playing pirate swarm for 7 minutes without a music track on the video this time, enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aed7NzM1og

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