WRUP: Parts may fall off edition

Congratulations on your new vehicle! You’ve made an excellent choice, because now we can feed our families. This money will be a blessing to us. Just to let you know, though, this is a minor thing, but parts may fall off of your vehicle. This is perfectly normal, and it’s generally nothing to worry about. Some of the molding might fall off the first time you pass 10 MPH, totally all right, nothing to be concerned about. A mirror or two might fall, but that’s normal.

Other parts that can fall off, which are completely expected and should prove no hazard, are the front cowling, exhaust pipes, wheel covers, passenger shielding, and the entire engine. Also, some of these parts may either catch fire or cause other things to catch fire. Last but not least, the soulstone sealing in the caged demon within the vehicle may fall off. That… is actually bad. You should worry about that a lot. Just sign here in What Are You Playing and you’re all set, but you also have to tell us if you’re a cop.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Probably another weekend of Pokémon Go and Fire Emblem Heroes between weekend work, a little socializing, and grappling with whether or not I should plan on getting a launch day Nintendo Switch next weekend!

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’ve actually been playing a nice bit of The Elder Scrolls Online this week, and last night I was very tempted by Guild Wars 2. Log in to look through the cosmetic cash shop, realize you have more 80s than you remember leveling, and they all look awesome. But I dunno. One or both of those!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): The Stormblood announcements from last week have me nicely hyped for more stuff in Final Fantasy XIV, but I’ll also be playing around more in WildStar. Should be a nice, relaxing weekend.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): Strangely enough, I am deviating from my normal survival weekend a bit. Although I will still be doing a bit of Ark: Survival Evolved and Conan Exiles, I will be jumping in to Trove for a spell to level up. I’ve a goal to go to the Shadow Tower and I need a higher power rank to be able to go. I also plan to play some more Paladins with my son.

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Hopped back into EQ2 and played for a bit. But then I got really into Champions Online because of the Snake Gulch event going on right now and I am really enjoying that game again. I’ve been needing to scratch that Superhero itch, so CO has been good, and I will probably play some DCUO on my XBOX One tonight and tomorrow. I might also download Marvel Heroes and try and actually get a character to 60 (I goof around too much in that game). I wanna get Black Bolt and Beast. Has anyone played them? Are they any good? My main focus is currently on Punisher, Jean Grey, and Magneto.

Other than EQ2 and Superhero games I may try to get back into the Division. I’ve had a shooter itch alongside that superhero itch. But IDK :P

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mysecretid

I found Beast more fun than I expected. Some nice “acrobatic” animations, and his voice-acting is pretty entertaining. I haven’t picked up Black Bolt (yet?), so I can’t offer any opinions there.

One hero I found fun to play that I’ve mentioned here before is The Thing — his voice actor is spot-on, and some of his dialogue makes me laugh out loud.

You might want to give the character the level 1-10 free try-out, and see what you think for yourself.

Cheers,

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Malcolm Swoboda

Mobile titles.

Mobius Final Fantasy – Progressing in Chapter 4 and grinding Chapter 3 hard mode.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius – Wrapping up the 2nd region out of, like, several.

Postknight – Finishing focusing on the 2nd region out of 5.

Fire Emblem Heroes – Finishing focusing on Hard mode maps and challenges. Got a 5-star of a featured banner.

Soon: If I can, finish my Mass Effect 3 playthrough to prep for MEA release. Try Torment: Tides of Numinera. Return to my Dragon Age: Origins playthrough.

MMORPGs are not sticking.

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mysecretid

This coughing virus is letting up slowly — enough that I was able to get in a bunch of gaming this week, beyond my usual poking about in Star Trek Online.

As such, this will be a long post. My apologies in advance.

–> spent a couple of days early in the week playing Elder Scrolls Online intensely — to the point where I needed a break, simply because of “overkill”. Too much of a good thing is still too much. :-)

— so I did a bunch of internet research to finally figure out how the AEGIS game mechanic works for the Tokyo section of The Secret World.

It’s not terribly complicated — enemies now have color-coded “shielding”, and you must match your AEGIS device’s color to their shields in order to chip away said shields — it’s just that I found FunCom’s in-game explanation of how to set it up, and how it all works to be very confusing and insufficient. Luckily, the internet was able to explain everything. :-)

Now, that I’ve found my way into the Tokyo content, I’m loving it. The characters and the writing in this game are so very good, as always.

It occurred to me that, my Secret World character is probably the most like me of any MMORPG character I play.

I’d like to say that my main in Star Trek Online is most like me (and he comes close), but the real-world setting of TSW seems to push the similarities between my character and myself even closer.

–> When I needed something less cerebral than TSW, I switched over to Destiny on my PS4, and, man, am I ever having fun in that game!

When I’m in the mood for heroic action, it has that in spades, but there’s enough story and character to give weight and consequence to what I’m doing, so it doesn’t feel like “just another shooter”.

I have the “Collection” edition of Destiny (the one which includes all the DLC releases up to The Iron Lords) and I recommend this version of the game to anyone who might be interested.

Even revised as it is, the initial storyline in Destiny has the least depth, so having the additional content available to flesh things out, and to answer hanging plot questions, really helps.

Last night, I finally beat Oryx solo with my Nightstalker hero! High fives for everyone! (What a pain in the ass that boss battle was!)

–> Lastly, the real-life discovery of a preponderance of potentially water-bearing habitable-zone planets in the Trappist-1 star system got me even more excited about space exploration than I usually am … so I started playing the non-MMORPG game Planetbase again.

Planetbase is a small, relatively inexpensive PC game on Steam which sees you constructing, expanding and overseeing human colonies on one of a variety of different worlds.

It’s basically an “ant farm” builder game, with a bit of a challenge aspect. Unlike games like Sim City, or Cities: Skylines, you can’t alter the terrain — you essentially have to build and expand your base using the random terrain you’re given at the start of the game.

You have colonists, and you recruit more, but you do not control them directly. Thankfully, the five people (!!) who made Planetbase have been good about patching and improving the game since launch, so not only are your colonists pretty smart, but you can also highlight certain sections of your base to tell them “working here is your priority”.

Planetbase is my recommendation this week, for those who might be interested.

It’s not a high-intensity game, by any means. It’s a “cup of tea and some cookies while I help humanity settle deep space” kind of game. :-)

It looks good, though, (in my opinion) and when you’re in the mood for something different, it might be worth checking out. There are videos on YouTube, and reviews, and screenshots out there to be had.

That’s all from me, folks! Take care of yourselves, please!

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Bruno Brito

Totally sick, feeling like i’ll end up coughing my throat on the screen. Three more days for two months single now, altho my friendship with my ex is pretty good.

And, i’m in a bit of juvenile love with a friend of mine, but she’s just too full of issues, and i can’t bear to toss all the progress of my treatment for that. It’s really hard, but i’m swallowing my feelings ( since she also doesn’t share them, we just hooked up sometimes ), so i can help her through her problems.

I need more friends to play and take my mind off things.

The drawings are just me sketching crap and trying a new style. I’m not bothering too much with digital edition on the pictures, since my scanner destroys them outrightly.

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Utakata

This is some of your most extraordinary work I’ve seen to date! Amazing! O.O

…meanwhile, I hope you get better soon! :)

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Bruno Brito

Yeah, it’s based on one of my favourite Vampire artists, Guy Davis. His sketchy/messy yet professional way of drawing gave me a lot of inspiration these days.

Here’s one of his arts c:

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mysecretid

Sounds like you might have the “coughing virus” I’ve got. If it keeps up, you might want to check in with your doctor to confirm what it is.

Hope you feel better, Bruno. Thanks for sharing the artwork!

Cheers,

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Sylkesh

Let’s hope the virus doesn’t spread through MOP comment section :D Crossing fingers for your quick recovery all the sick-ones ;-)

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mysecretid

Thanks for the good wishes, Sylkesh. Take care of you!

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Bruno Brito

Since i’ll go out tonight, to meet with a group of friends, and they’ll drink, and party all night long, i’m willing to bet i’ll end up worse.

Well, if life gives me lemons…

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mysecretid

I understand the need to have some fun, especially when you’re feeling crappy, but you gotta take care of yourself too.

Try to balance it out. Party, then sleep? :-)

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Utakata

This week: My pigtails will never fall off!

Also: I need to engage with my internet opponents more, instead of insulting them for their credulities. That seems far more effective. As I am sure if they go overboard, their comments will meet the business end of Bree’s mop. So there’s really no point to the flounce. Unless I want to see my comments face that same business end of said mop. :(

Mostly WoWstar this week. Enjoy! <3

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Vexia

This weekend is feeling like it could be very MMO-lite. About the only goal I’m driven to accomplish is the rest of my 15 games as Warcraft heroes in Heroes of the Storm to get the WoW mount and 10 day stim pack. I’m honestly more excited about the pack than the mount. And that my beloved Chromie is up on the free rotation. I love melting (sanding?) faces as such a cute little character!

Maybe I’ll play FFXIV with some side goals in mind, like farming mounts and minions. I have been toying with the idea of treasure maps for the Nutkin, in particular.

Thanks to today’s daily grind, there could be some weird MMOs in my future, like dipping my toe into Wakfu, Puzzle Pirates, or Toontown Rewritten.

I’ve really been playing VA11 Hall-A, and I’m amazed at how long it is, and how attached I’ve become to all the characters. The writing and style are both so good; I don’t think at this point I could complain about anything.

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Armsbend

You get a hots mount as well.

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rufty

It’s my aim to get at least one character to level 50 in both Rift and SWTOR sometime soon. I have a level 43 and a level 47 respectively. I’ve been playing both games on and off for years but alts have plotted to stop me reaching the level cap. Of course the level cap has changed in both games several times over the years but the original level cap will be all right to start with. :)

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zoward

While I’m not expecting to have a lot of time to game this week, I’m taking a break from leveling my main in LotRO to spend some time in a single-player RPG; this time it’s Planescape: Torment. There are very few games I’ve played that rise to this level of talent in terms of writing. The only MMO I can think of that comes close is The Secret World. After that, I plan to fire up an RPG I’m almost ashamed to say I haven’t played yet – Morrowind. Does anyone have any suggestions on mods for upgrading the dated graphics and/or UI?
Have a great weekend all!

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BalsBigBrother

Well that is ironic I wrote you a reply about mods for Morrowind but it seems to need moderation before it show up (possibly because of the links I put in if I was to hazard a guess)

First automod on the twitch mop channel gets me and now I am getting hit on the website. If I didn’t have my tinfoil hat firmly on my head I might get a little paranoid thinking that it is a conspiracy and “they” are out to get me :p

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BalsBigBrother

Take your time with Morrowind, well you won’t have any choice as you move so slow but I guess you understand what I really mean hehe.

As for mods, well there is this Bree Royce person not sure who she is but she seems to know what she is talking about when it comes to mods for Morrowind. She put together a good article a while back that will get you off to a decent start modding wise, found here: http://skycandy.org/2013/10/seen-any-elves/

You may have to look around a little for some of the mods so try places like http://mw.modhistory.com/ & http://www.nexusmods.com/morrowind/? and you should be pretty much covered.

Also maybe rewatch / read the last working as intended to cover your housing needs: http://massivelyop.com/2017/02/06/working-as-intended-elder-scrolls-housing-through-the-ages/

Good luck and hope you have as much fun in there as many of us have had, remember to come up for air and a shower occasionally :-)

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Mustrum Ridcully

Thanks for this I have been wondering about looking at Morowind but the seemingly vast need to mod it firs,t even starting from a new steam install, has given me pause. I did not even know if it was playable on a modern Win 10 desktop. I am a bit concerned that all her tips and instructions are now almost 3 1/2 years old but the fact that Bree has codified tings to that point makes it look doable.

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zoward

Thanks BBB! I knew Bree was totally into the Morrowind “scene”, but I hadn’t seen her blog links. I”m hoping Steam will have the mods in the Workshop.

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BalsBigBrother

Pretty sure that its not a workshop enabled game, sorry.

I would always strong advise you to to make a save game prior to adding a mod so that you can go back to that if you don’t like the mod.

Generally speaking adding mods is pretty painless but when it comes to removing them then it can be a bit hit or miss depending on the mod or which way the wind is blowing and sadly can sometimes lead to save game corruption. So having a save game safety net is a really good idea.

Don’t let that put you off though and I am sure that once you get into it you will be fine. You will know you are really into the mod scene when you spend more time fiddling with your mods / load orders and so on than you do playing the game, hehe :-)

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Loopy

Grinding the FFXIV dungeons to be able to finish the MQS. Not a fan of the fact that story progression is locked behind an ilvl requirement, but it is what it is..

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My gaming weekend is rather packed. Overwatch is a usual staple. I’ve already had some very kickass games today. I’ll also be playing the Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta. I tried out the closed beta and enjoyed it, so I’ll most likely end up buying it on release. When I want something relaxing, I play Invisible, Inc. It’s a nice, turn-based stealth game.

I’m also playing a space sandbox game called Avorion that just released on early access last month. It already has quite a bit of content, and I find it has a better ship-building UI than StarMade.

And finally, I’m going through the tutorial for Evochron Legacy. This one is complicated, and I hope I like it once I finally finish the tutorials.