WRUP: Say it once edition

Most of the time, if you have something to say, you should say it once. That’s enough. Just once, then move on. Make your point, make your argument, then move on with your life. If you think that a television show is really bad, say it once. Then don’t watch it. Stop talking about it. Move on with your life.

You convince few people by saying the same thing over and over. In fact, you’re more likely to sound petulant than sounding convincing. If new evidence arises, that’s a different story, but if you’re talking about something that hasn’t changed since you initially said it, you’re not adding anything new to the discussion. You’re just repeating yourself, and you’re sounding as if that’s all you have to say.

So just say it once. For example, this week, just tell us what you’re doing in the What Are You Playing comments one time. Don’t post three comments telling us what you’re doing over the weekend. Just once.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​Pokémon Go’s water festival event’s sucked me in. My weekend may just be spent on that. Water type are my favorites, and I just snagged both a 98% perfect IV Magikarp and a (junky) shiny one, so I’m gonna need some candy. I’m just confused, since I didn’t plan on celebrating any water festivals until April 13-15, though maybe this is supposed to be for World Water Day? Maybe I’m just overthinking this and should just accept the massive amounts of Squirtle and Totadile candy raining down on me.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Guild Wars 2 again! Last week my other half and I finished up flaming skull mountain (hehe) and are now freezing our butts off in episode 3. Excelsior and all that.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Mass Effect: Andromeda has snared me in as I knew it would. I’m having a blast with it, and I’ll be doing a lot of that. I’ll also be getting in some time with Final Fantasy XIV, even though it’ll be a bit light; next week is a big story conclusion, have to be ready for that!

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Is World of Warcraft’s Patch 7.2 really coming next week? I have so much left to do on my Death Knight to prepare… so I will just do what I can and not rush into the fray. I’m also evaluating a possible return to another MMO as part of my spring wanderings. Any suggestions?

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Malcolm Swoboda

Mass Effect: Andromeda. Did the first big push in the main story (and much of the first main planet out of five). Sidequesting and advancing main story a little. Finally got the game running somewhat well on my gaming laptop – I mistakenly had a power saving option on that cut FPS substantially.

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Tithian

Spending most of my gaming time in BDO, and I realized yesterday that the DK event is ending soon. So I got off my butt and thought I should start one, but I was not really happy about playing a melee class. Fast forward to today and she’s level 50, with decent starting gear and seriously tempted to bring her all the way to 56 because she was just fun to play with. Holy shit, best mobility in the freaking game.

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Fisty

Say something once, why say it again?

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Utakata

This week: Learning to live that I am highly opinionated. And I don’t think that will ever change. :(

Also: An acquaintance of mine introduced me to the joys of chocolate croissants and whip cream. /yum <3

And as well: Not really looking forward to 7.2 (WoWstar). It looks like a lot of grind 'n pain. The prep sheet for it looks horrible: http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/6473-Patch-7-2-Preparation-Character-Services-Sale-Blue-Posts-PvP-Title-Cutoff-Key-Art . /bleh

And finally: Have a wonderful week regardless, folks! /bows

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nobleeinherjar

I beat (but haven’t finished) Breath of the Wild, so I’ve set it aside for now (though I have a self-imposed challenge playthrough in the making) to focus on Nier: Automata, Turok 2, and a little bit of Witcher 3 (I’m determined to beat that game this year).

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Little Bugbear

I’ll be playing Hots, FF14, GW2, and maybe some Hearthstone. I have so much to catch up on in FF14. Stromblood is less then three months away. Aahhhhhh.

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Kathy Davis

I’m playing house, I’m doing all of these super fun quest… Laundry, Dishes (my personal favorite)and grocery shopping. I am going to let my spouse get in on the fun and he can complete the last two quest lines… Bathroom and Cooking. (Not at the same time)

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deekay_plus

it’s a man’s burden to do the washroom i swear. LOL

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Suikoden

DCUO

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Estranged

I consider Friday/Saturday/Sunday a true weekend. Those three days are delightful, totally delightful – I say thrice!

Will decorate my Yavin 4 stronghold on each of those days, that is three of them.

Also, I plan on listening to “Three Times a Lady” on all three days. Just cause.

Anyone having a 3 Dog Night?

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zoward

My son’s gaming rig died a horrible death late last weekend, and after watching how miserable he was for a few days, I gave him my high-end gaming laptop. I’ll probably scavenge what’s left of the parts in his old rig and build a new one some time later this spring.

Meanwhile, my gaming is limited to things I can play on a Core-i3 NUC with Intel graphics, so for MMO’s that means LotRO, DDO and private server WoW. Astute readers might pick up on the fact that these are the same games I played last week (albeit at much higher graphical fidelity). Fortunately for me, I like older games – including MMO’s. Now is probably a good time to wander through my unplayed list on GoG and pick out something fun. Or, I can fire up TESO on the Xbone. Have a great weekend all!

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Jesse Wan

ME: Andromeda.

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Hirku

The first half of the week was SWTOR as usual. If not for a long-standing bug where companion NPCs keep falling a mile behind me, this would probably be the best time I’ve had with the game. Level-sync is no substitute for completing quests on level. It adds at least a hint of challenge, not just with combat but finances. I don’t get lvl. 60 cash rewards for completing lvl. 20 quests anymore, so I’m constantly on the broke side of the Force.

The rest of the week has been my ongoing quest to come up with a playlist of single-player games and this time I went back to some golden oldies: Planescape Torment, Vampire Bloodlines, Sid Meier’s Pirates!, and Tomb Raider Anniversary. In the process of getting them working I must have researched and solved half a dozen general and specific issues that come with playing older games on newer hardware, so I really earned my play time.

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camren_rooke

Xenonauts. Those darn pesky aliens are a lot tougher than I remember.

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camren_rooke

Also, I’m playing Xenonauts.

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camren_rooke

And getting my hair done, but after that, Xenonauts.

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Xijit

Still, sorta playing Rune Factory … But since spring break is over, I am back to having no time.

BTW: Poer Rangers is totally awesome, go see it.

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Xijit

Oh yeah: one punch man is on netflix now!

So there is that too.

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Alfredo Garcia

Path of Exile, Netflix, coffee, toast. Maybe a shower in there somewhere…

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Rees Racer

Upgraded to what En Masse likes to call ‘Elite” status (read:subbed) for TERA as I’ve been playing so much and having great fun. The recent addition of daily premium currency was enough to induce me. Coupled with my original Founder package, my new-ish lvl 27 Gunner gained 3 (!) levels in a single dungeon run…so now I fear I will out-run the content appropriate for my character.

Also in the mood for some aerial combat, so perhaps War Thunder and Elite: Dangerous…

Cocktails very late at night usually lead to a few rounds of Winning Putt. The actual mechanics adhere to proper physics, but the costumes, glowing enchanted clubs, and costumes remind me a bit of zany TERA, too. ;)

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Danny Smith

Finally got around to finishing Ico after all the years of owning it but not going past a very early point. Turns out its really easy and like 3 and a half hours long but man thats a lovely game. Then i picked up the last guardian and it has that “let go of the thumbstick and the characters momentum keeps them moving” which in a game with precise platforming and item interaction is just a constant background annoyance. i love the art of all 3 but in terms of fun gameplay its Ico>Shadow>Trico which suggests a disappointing trend.

Finished all my quests in HW and got my 270 BiS set as NIN, now just working on finishing my DRK and AST Relics before Stormblood, that and getting stuff ready for RDM and SAM. Only 12 weeks to go, but thats enough 270 proto ultima accessories for RDM/SAM and whatever else takes my fancy i guess :p

Aside from that just sitting here looking at my breath of the wilds copy waiting for all my local stores to stop being out of stock. Game and Smyths both say 12 days for more Neon ones aka ‘shovel knight and shield knight joycons edition’ and of course i am not caving and buying a paltry grey switch like some based pleb!

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Hirku

I’m going to have to Google Translate that 2nd paragraph, lol.

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Estranged

Won’t do it justice.

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Paul

Just reactivated my Eve online account for a look – within 10 mins I’d been asked to join the PvP wing of a new nullsec alliance some old friends are starting up – what the hell, won’t be boring at least :)

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mysecretid

I’m still playing enormous amounts of Destiny. the Collection edition on PS4.

I know, I know. I’m hopelessly boring and predictable now, and you’re going to break up with me because of it, aren’t you? !

My copy of Mass Effect: Andromeda has shipped, but it still hasn’t arrived yet. Hopefully, it will arrive soon-ish, so I can talk about something else.

Take care of yourselves, people. You’re the only you we’ve got, and the only one we’ll ever have!

Cheers,

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Estranged

Happy to see you are still enjoying the game. I’ll be starting back once the event begins Tuesday.

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mistressbrazen

I’m not liking the Alpha 10 version of Skysaga so I guess I will work on the 10K kills for my museum in TSW and experiment with some heal builds. I’ve never healed in any game so it will be something new. I’m trying to play as much as possible in TSW this weekend before they ruin it with whatever the “re-launch” is going to be.

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camren_rooke

I want to like skysaga so much but the new intro seems meh and the community is stinko. No one talks. and I mean NO one.

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mistressbrazen

The game has been really fun up until Alpha 10. Whatever systems the developers are testing now have really taken value away from the game. They are aware however, of the extensive negative critique from the alpha testers. Given the way criticism has been handled in the past alphas, I suspect or at least hope some changes will be made in Alpha 11. The community is actually pretty friendly, but they may not be chatting in the hub. Sign up to the forum and introduce yourself. I see players asking for help and arranging in-game meetups there. The Alpha community is small, not everyone can get a key and the alpha is not available everywhere.

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Bannex

For Honor.

Absolutely love this game.

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BalsBigBrother

I have watched some normally chill and totally relaxed folks absolutely rage at For Honour but they swear to me they are having fun, go figure :-)

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Bannex

It’s dark souls syndrome, you’re mad because you know what you did wrong. Nothing more frustrating than killing yourself and it being your fault.

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wratts

For Honor is great for a quick fix of “I have a half hour and really want to slice into someone”. I can’t get too excited about the Faction War aspect, but it’s a good drop-in, drop-out game

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Bannex

It is by no means perfect, the p2p servers, matchmaking, and revenge builds all need rethinking.

I personally think peacekeepers are significantly stronger than other classes as well.

The fact of the matter is that it’s the perfect blend of a fighting game, a battlefield game and dark souls with some amazing combat, animations and unlocks.

As far as steam reviews are concerned if you read most of the negative ones they say the game is great to play but server issues are what suck.

Don’t do yourself a disservice and miss this game.

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deekay_plus

chiv. chiv is all you need. if youwant duel servers those exist. takes a minute more to search bit less hassle in teh long run.

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Bannex

Chivalry is not even near the same game…

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Estranged

It looks great as well.

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Sega Box

This especially applies to criticisms of game consoles that may or may not just be a readily flammable box. I know I’m not an Xbox One! You don’t need to mutter it under your breath every time I accidentally light your house on fire. Geez.

This weekend, when I’m not plotting revenge on disappointed owners, I plan on playing some Mass Effect: Andromeda. My initial impressions are… well, I think Tycho at Penny Arcade said it best – “A charitable reading is that they are explicitly, as opposed to accidentally, channeling The CW.”

Whereas the original Mass Effect still feels like playing through an epic movie with high production values (if a little dated), ME:A feels like a very modern, very self-aware TV show. You never really forget that you’re playing a game; it thrusts its gaminess at you. Plot has always been secondary to the meanderings of your character, but here it feels entirely disconnected. Things will happen because the game must end, at some point; your character experiences them with a stoic, appropriately-scrunched face, and then goes back to searching the desert for aluminum.

It’s not bad. But that does not make it good, by default.

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Well, husband is now official on time off, for 19 days, so I’m not sure what I’m going to get up to this weekend. I had been having a blast in Albion, but along with another guildie, we’re holding off until it launches to go full on.

Otherwise, I’ll just be hanging out with family and practicing more driving. Think when we go to Edmonton soon, I’ll drive there :) Should be fun.

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Estranged

Keep it between the lines, as we say down south.

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deekay_plus

drive safe! don’t let those oiler fans scare ya! XD

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wild-abyss

I was gifted Andromeda this week but I never actually finished ME3. I don’t know why, either, because it’s exactly my kind of game. So I just lowered the difficulty to story mode so I can blast through it today and maybe tomorrow so I can get to Andromeda without guilt.

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wratts

I’ve been resisting the urge to start Andromeda day 1, planning to get a patched up GoTY edition around Christmas or something, so I’ve been starting the ME Trilogy ($10 on Origin) to get that same fix. Hard to blast through such a talky game, but fun to revisit

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deekay_plus

andromeda’s characters left the galaxy before me3 happened so it’s not a big deal to not know what happens in me3 :P tho there’s some tie in i think to certain things iirc.

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wild-abyss

Just to add: I love that story mode is an option. Ubisoft: take note. Sometimes, after 20 hours of the most repetitive missions I’ve ever seen, I just want to progress my Assassin’s story, not be “challenged” by what can quickly become tedious gameplay.

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kidwithknife

A little Marvel Heroes, catching up on some Netflix and maybe reading, also catching up a bit on sleep. I’m considering giving another MMO another whirl, but I’ll probably wind up too busy lazing around to bother. There’s not a ton of new and exciting stuff going on for me in gaming until D3 seasons hit consoles next week and the Grim Dawn expansion comes out. I’m itching for a good necro-type character to play and PoE isn’t really doing it for me, so that expansion can’t come out soon enough.

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imayb1

Educational caveat: if you want someone to learn what you’re saying, repeat it often.

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Nordavind

That is also how alternative facts are created.

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imayb1

Sadly true.

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Nordavind

The last 3 days I’ve been playing the New Job DLC called All Expenses Paid Trip. The new area included the Luxury Tower Hotel and the surrounding city. I liked it, but the fast travel system (called Coach) to and from the new area takes 4 hours, which is usually fine but not with this Bad Hangover bug which many seems to be experiencing. Oh well, only 1 more hour to go.

(Also PGO and Ingress).

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Xephyr

Mass Effect Andromeda, 47hrs in so far and I’m absolutely loving it!

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deekay_plus

sorry but i have to split this into two post because of the link spam filter not liking two whole youtube links in a single comment. i may be out of control but i cannot be contained. wew lads!

i sold 2/3 of my properties in archeage and uninstalled. i’m set up nicely should i come back in teh future which is nice. at that point the remaining farmers in guild had already stopped logging in as they played around with albion and i was kind of getting bored of keeping the client open for 3 hours a morning to farm loyalty points. i had fun with the game and all around good feels from teh guild about it even if it didn’t last as long as some of them expected based on early strength of things.

checked out albion and didn’t likethe combat so stopped playing. some folks have been enjoying it tho and looking forward to the actual launch this summer. i’ll see then if i feel like joining them or not.

ghost recon wildlands has been on the menu still. spent a few hours trying to max distance shot because my youtuber buddy allyghost had hit 1.2km. he jumped in showed us where he obtained the shot and helped us with the method for doing so as it’s a bit different to game the ui to make enemies visible at all whatsoever at that distance. which some of that will be today’s two video shares.

also finishing the up the current run of the xmen books i read. emma frost was back in form for inhumans vs xmen which is more or less the climax of the universe wide plot for the run. teh various books i read are all kind of mopping up from there more or less or having climaxes of their own plots. which are getting me excited for the next phase which begins in earnest next month. rogue one also hit bluray and digital download this week which good impressions from my two remaining friends that haven’t seen it but wanted to. the most intense feels in star wars since the final duel between vader and like in return really.

anyways first video share today is a 600m sniper shot with a bit of a twist. it also has the better music imo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3wyYPij8T4

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second video share is a group effort. for some reason obs decided not to record audio when set to output in mp4 so it loses of alot of critical context in what’s going on. basically i’ve got two friends down on teh island guiding my shots and telling me adjustments based on near misses until i finally hit the target they are holding hostage. the bullet drop is fairly intense from 1.3km so it’s not a simple aim directly at the red marker like many shooters often are. and you can blame the music choice on jose which i did a second version with more aesthetically pleasing gaming music video choice but certainly this song is topically appropriate. XD

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MesaSage

In light of the CoH Statesman coverage overkill this week, I find this post delightfully ironic.

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wratts

Well, and of course Eliot made sure to have some variation of “say it once” seven times in the post, including headline. Pretty sure that was deliberate irony

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Nordavind

I had the exact same though while reading the article.

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deekay_plus

this week i learned that ncsoft is literally hitler. >>

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camren_rooke

Literally Hitler would make a great punk band name.

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Blood Ravens Gaming

Elder Scrolls Online – One Tamriel & truly enjoying it this time around! Cyrodiil plays much better than before…. not perfect (lag free) but much much better.

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After looking forward to getting into the next part of Lotro I was a little disappointed with it because of the technical issues so I stepped away for a little while until those have been sorted out.

So the bulk of my gaming has been taken up with Elite: Dangerous this week and will probably continue to do so into the weekend. This game has come a long way in many ways though probably not as quick as many folks would like but it is hard to argue progress has not been made.

As to what I am doing well I have been working unlock the various engineers that are available that can be used to tweak your ships in various way. It makes for a nice short / medium term focus that doesn’t tie you into a particular style of game play if you are going after several of them at the same time and are in no rush.

I have also decided what my long term focus will be I want to get to a star system call Colonia which is a place some 22,000 or so light years from Earth. What makes this place special is that is it the system furthest away from the recognised colonised space to have a station and player presence (the game lore has to do with a colony ship that broke down or something I think and was / still is part of a long term community goal.)

So my engineer focus will be eventually used to tweak an explorer vessel so that it will make that journey as painless as it can be. This is not something I am going to be able to do quickly and may take a few months but again I am in no rush so no worries :-)

Hope everyone has a safe and fun gaming weekend o/

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Mass Effect Andromeda has snared me in as well. Really enjoying it, going back and forth between single player and multiplayer which is a blast, especially with the unlocks from “loyalty” crates given out for previously owning Dragon Age Inquisition and ME3.

In terms of MMOs, I’m close to a Massive achievement chest in GW2 so I’ll log in to do my dailies and I also need to visit the stablemaster in ESO to train my riding skills.

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i watched hte first 2 or three hours on stream from a tumblr mutual without commentary. the first couple hours were decent enough and then she got to the part that has been the subject of the bulk of memes and gifs and it really took a twist. idk if it gets better, and most of it was just the one NPC that seems to be teh focus of most of the memes to be honest. but it’s really hard to ignore not the least of which because the dialogue kind of nakedly draws attention to it with the “my face is just tired” line, which that whole scene’s writing and voicing is really just awkward at every level in addition to teh face modeling and animation. >>

anyways glad your having fun with it despite that. i will probably watch her play more when i have free time from stealing memes and she’s streaming.

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Wolfyseyes

Those crescent rolls look so good and I am so hungry right now.

I tweeted my desire to play “Euro Truck Simulator 2 but with a big-ass spaceship” and was almost immediately hit with “Elite Dangerous” replies. So I’m gonna reinstall that on my new machine and see if I can make it happen.

I also wanna peek back into Warframe for the giggles and for some hyper space ninja goodness.

The old guild in WildStar has reformed and so there will certainly be gaming and RP there.

Good stuff all round, methinks. Hope everyone’s weekend goes well.

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i was kind of being cheeky when i replied about ED but really it’s the braindead obvious choice for what you voiced in that tweet. freelancer also comes to mind but has a tonne of modding necessary to get playable and decent longevity.

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pepperzine

Finally have the time to dive into mass effect!

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Mark Johns

Dragon Age Inquisition (ps4) and lotro.

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Armsbend

Are you speaking directly to me? I feel like you are talking to me.

I am having trouble playing anything besides Path of Exile for a few weeks now. I have made my strongest character to date – a well geared Ancestral Warchief Duelist – and even got lucky on their lockboxes and made my first really cool, purple glowy character. I’m currently lvl77 and throwing away low level maps for the first time ever.

I’ve decided to do nothing but try to max out and play a lot of endgame. Stuff I’ve never done like Atziri, Shaper and what-nots.

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we have a stronger than usual showing in poe in guild this league with one or two of the new recruits joining in in the past couple days, and some some what less active players going full throttle for the first time in years. which it’s nice to have them hanging out in mumble most nights again even if i kind of loathe hearing about the game. LOL

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