WRUP: Can’t talk, Stormblood edition

Can’t talk. Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is in early access.

Blah, blah, What Are You Playing, comments. Stormblood.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​I have E3 homework to finish, so I may not actually get to play Pokemon Go this weekend. I will be playing Arms a bit though. Expect maybe a little something on that after I turn in some critical homework!

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): My goal is to get some The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind in. My reality is probably recuperating from illness and wedding shopping. (Not my wedding.) But Balmora beckons! I also probably need to wind down my Ultima Online account since I haven’t really played it in a few weeks and haven’t been feeling it. Fortunately, I always eventually do again!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I said I can’t talk, there’s Stormblood!

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’ll be checking out the class changes in FFXIV and seeing if any of them persuade me to switch jobs. I still have a stretch of Bingo Boffin to go in Lord of the Rings Online, and I’ve been fiddling around in Dungeons and Dragons Online (love that GM narration!) as a Gnome Bard for some reason.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Laptop broke on me so I’m sending it for repairs. Thankfully, still have a desktop here ;). Mass Effect: Andromeda MP and SP Insanity NG+ (at most only one more playthrough as SisRyder if there’s no SP DLC happening). A bit of Mario Cart on Switch last night :P. Preparing for Secret World Legends and WoW private server migration.

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butterpanda888

Neverwinter on Xbox One and ESO on PC.

Also DC Legends Mobile Game

I Ordered Injustice 2 and Torment Tides of Numenera and they should be in tomorrow, so I will take some time to play those.

Yesterday I spent my time at my local game store (the tabletop variety) for free RPG day and played Numenera. My character was a female version of Star-Lord recreated in the Numenera setting. I named her Petra Kwill and she even got a pet squirrel which I named Rocket and a robot sidekick which I named GR00T. I am thinking of using her as an important NPC in a guardians of the galaxy themed Numenera campaign I might run soon.

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Bruno Brito

Not FF. That’s for sure.

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Koshelkin

BDO is going into a summer break and yeah, I’ll be dabbling in some events around the mmo and not-so-mmo-but-online world. Don’t forget to enjoy the good weather, folks!

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Utakata

This week: Good luck on your first days out with Stormblood, Mr. Eliot! <3

As for me, still stuck in WoW. At some point I need a break from it. Even if my goal is to get all my top end classes their respective mounts. A task which seems tedious and daunting…

…it's not a "easy mode" or "casual friendly" game when has to jump through multiple hoops to get something by any stretch of the imagination or a Gnome's pigtail. "Easy mode" and "casual friendly" is only when you can simply buy it on the cash shop. (Also see: whale mounts…they do exist!).

…but enough with the controversy! Have a great week and weekend folk! <3

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Bruno Brito

WE SHOULD BE DRAWING, MANA

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Utakata

There might be something next week here. :)

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TomTurtle

I enjoyed this year’s E3 conferences, except for the EA snorefest. Devolver’s “conference” was an odd yet fun jab.
I liked a number of the announcements that came as a surprise to me. Monster Hunter World, Beyond Good and Evil 2, Life is Strange prequel, Rabbids & Mario game, Metroid Prime 4 and mainline Pokemon game in the works, and Shadow of the Colossus remaster to name several of them.
I’m still looking forward to the year where we get some juicy news on the next Elder Scrolls game. I am patiently waiting though, and I don’t mind it taking a while to come out if that means it’ll be better for it.

I’m not sure what I’ll be doing this weekend gaming-wise. I’ve been on a break from GW2. I tried out Tree of Savior again but that didn’t last long. At least the experience gain seemed improved a bit.

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Father’s Day outing with my parents tomorrow, so I won’t has as much gaming time this weekend, but I’m playing Overwatch, Blade & Soul, and Space Hulk: Deathwing. I’d forgotten how good the combat in Blade & Soul is, but boy do I wish they’d put a little more time into the questing to not be so monotonous.

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deekay_plus

that’s the mmo genre in a nutshell for the most part these days isn’t it? monotonous questing.

i don’t have a good solution for this and i’m not sure my own design will do much better but it’s something we vets have grown tired of and doesn’t appear to appeal to newbies to teh genre either.

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Bobuliss

Only a few minutes of EVE here and there due to the Father’s Day weekend. Happy Father’s Day to any fathers out there in the MMOsphere!

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kidwithknife

Diving into more Elder Scrolls Online, with some Marvel Heroes on the side to gobble up some of those nice anniversary event rewards. I’ve hardly even really cracked into the Morrowind content because I’ve been trying to hunt skyshards and wrap up some quests in the older zones, and I keep running across more quests in the process and getting sidetracked. Too much cool stuff to do! Oh, woe is unto me! :P

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Xijit

Oh! i guess this is fringe game related, but I am reading the witcher books … Never seen em in any book stores, but amazon has got eBooks on Kindle.

A lot closer to a Japanese light novel than the full western fantasy boom that I was expecting, but still good & after reading the Nightwatch series a few years back I was already conditioned to the eastern European style of writing.

(chapters are kind of disjointed and written more like individual short stories than the ongoing stream of events that you get in western books)

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deekay_plus

i’ve read the author is rather bitter because he sold the rights to cdproject and others for so cheap. but his actions speak volumes that he never really valued his IP rights or brand because he was selling to whoever would buy for so cheap for a protracted period.

occasionally you’ll see some social media thing about him making a statement like he doesn’t care about the games cuz they made him no money, but he literally bargain basement sold the rights to make the games so it’s really on him for not demanding a better deal (and royalties beyond the flat payment).

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Xijit

It was a different time & a lot of eastern europeans didn’t understand how big the global video game market is back then, Plus that one hack western author had the witcher books blocked for a while for that “white wolf” copyright horse shit that should have been thrown out of court … So he probably was pretty hard up for money at the tine.

I also doubt he had a good lawyer (or any lawyer for that matter) look over the contract before he signed it.

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deekay_plus

given that he’s sold the rights to other mediums people for similar bargain basement prices i don’t really think that’s it.

after reading about the whole thing i get the sense he just doesn’t respect his own IP and never thought anything would come of any of the interest any company had in his books.

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kidwithknife

Sucks for him, but on the upside there’s no way the popularity of the games isn’t driving more book sales. I’m gonna file this one right next to Alan Moore under “Other People’s Problems I Really Wish I Had”.

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Xijit

Yeah … He us also pretty old at this point and more than a little crotchety.

I also don’t know of anything else he has done besides the Witcher … If he really wanted to he could get off his ass and start a new book.

After how well the Witcher has done I am sure that just about any major player in the video gaw market would drop top dollar on any IP with his name on it.

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Brother Maynard

After the recent Netflix announcement, he’s definitely safe, financially. Witcher books sales going up on Amazon thanks to the games are also a nice bonus, for sure.

Not that he had any kind of financial problems before it, his Witcher series had been immensely popular in the scif-fi/fantasy community in Poland and Central Europe long before he sold the game rights to CD Projekt Red. Sapkowski has been a well known name in the region since 90’s,

He actually likes the games and the way CDPR made them, he mostly just regrets not asking for royalties and instead going for a flat fee. It was mainly because he never expected his work to become so popular outside his home turf (Central Europe).

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blah blazh

Playing GW2, some Mass Effect: Andromeda, and a bit of X-Com 2.

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Danny Smith

lvl.58 on Red Mage and really, really enjoying it.

But ARMS just came in the mail too!

I CAN’T PLAY BOTH!

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nobleeinherjar

I’m continuing to make progress in Pool of Radiance and having a magnificent time. Thank goodness for the Gold Box Companion. I’m not sure I could play this game without an auto-map; I’m not that old-school, as much as I sometimes wish I was.
In between chuckling at the AD&D 2.0 ruleset, I’m slowly working on modding Fallout 4. After Skyrim, I think Fallout 4 will be my most-modded game by the time I’m finished.

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deekay_plus

from everything i’ve heard 2.0 was a mess. so have fun with that :D

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zoward

It was a lot of fun at the time!

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deekay_plus

so was 3.x but i love 5e so much i can’t put it down. i’m sure our dm would do 3.75 again if we asked but everyone has been enjoying 5e so much that we just keep coming back to it every year.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Oops! Massively just took a quick dive there for a few minutes. Cloudflare said it made it to an Ashburn datacenter (where I probably spent a night or 30) and then hit a bad gateway, but we’re back.

I am pretty sure I will finish my Morrowind exploration this weekend. With my play so far this morning I believe I am very close.

But right now I need to get to the gym to work off the guilty pleasure I gave into yesterday. This is going to require some extra work/time.

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Utakata

I sense my pigtails are reaching for the defibrillator just looking at that. :(

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Witches

Honey and almonds on a cheeseburger??? Is that a meal, a dessert or a scientific experiment? Whatever it is, it looks pretty scary.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Brie Cheese / Sliced Almonds/Organic Honey and all the burgers here appear to have churrasco and chorizo mixed in them as well.

You can order a variety of sizes so you are not miserable. I eat red meat once a week at the most and currently I chose to do so at this spot.

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BalsBigBrother

I showed that picture to my local meat burners and asked them if I could have one of those. They hit me over the head with some metal serving tongs and walked away mumbling something about “roasting his nuts on the fire”

So I wonder if that means yes?

hehe, hope you enjoyed yours in any case :-)

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Hirku

Holy mother of…I think we ALL have to hit the gym just for looking at that image.

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deekay_plus

i’m just wondering what that topping is. that looks like shaved peanuts. i really hope it isn’t peanuts >>

but at least this one doesn’t have that weird egg thing i always see on reddit. >>

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Sray

I believe those are sliced almonds.

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deekay_plus

why?

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Hirku

I had a crunchy peanut butter hamburger at a retro diner once in my youth. It was surprisingly awesome.

Zulika Mi-Nam
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Zulika Mi-Nam

From the same place:
ELVIS – Three Cheeses / Peanut Butter / Concord Jelly / Maduros

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deekay_plus

i even get my pho peanut free. that sounds horrible.

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Hirku

Found it. Mmmmmm…

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deekay_plus

ewww.

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Sray

I managed to make it through E3 week with only succumbing to pre-ordering two titles! Horizon Zero Dawn‘s DLC expansion was a no-brainer, and Amazon.ca has been selling pre-orders of E3 titles at almost 40% off, so I had to get Spiderman at that price. I’m resisting the temptation to also pre-order Days Gone (the game play presentation moved it from “meh” to “must buy” for me), and Detroit Become Human.

Well, my nine days straight of work turned into seven after my insomnia caught up with me. I spent half the week recovering from a nasty flu… which finally enabled me to sleep at least; so I’m feeling tons better now. Thus, I’ve had a ton of time for gaming, but no energy, so I ploughed through Beyond Two Souls (decent story that it ended satisfactorily enough that I feel little impulse to replay it, but it has me pumped for Detroit Become Human) and a replay of Life is Strange, which still made me cry at the end (getting psyched for the prequel this August, plus Dontnod is working on an actual sequel).

Then I bought an Xbox One. I found the “Ultimate Gears of War and Halo” console bundle on at clearance pricing and figured “why not”. So this weekend is going to be all about… Red Dead Redemption on my new Xbox! Sure, it came with those other games too, but I also found a brand new, backwards compatible RDR GOTY edition for $15, so that was the thing that sealed the deal.

Funny, for years I felt like having a console would “turn me into a console peasant”, but actually it’s only made me appreciate and love my massively overpowered PC even more (oh yes, that word choice was quite intentional). I appreciate being able to play those exclusives now that I was never able to before, but now when I fire up something on my rig, it feels like coming home. It’s strange, but I have to say having two consoles makes me feel like a PC gamer more than ever.

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deekay_plus

the spiderman gameplay demo looked legit good for sure. and i was generally impressed by ubisoft’s presentation.

as for the console thing i am tempted to get a ps4 pro for rdr2 with teh mates but i’ll cross that bridge when i come to it XD not the first time i’ve bought a console for a single game even tempororarily.

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Sray

I’m probably going to hold off on RDR2 until some time after launch when they’re willing to give us a “yea” or “nay” on a PC release. I obviously don’t mind playing on a console, but my consoles are solely so I can play exclusives. If I have to wait for an extra year for RDR2, I’m okay with that: I have a huge backlog that just keeps getting bigger, and there’s always hope that an MMORPG will excite me enough again to dive back in.

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deekay_plus

thanks to the e3 ubi presentation and destiny 2 i feel like my guild has a fair bit of games to play in the next year without slowing down too much.

but the question of buying playstations to get rdr2 isn’t settled amongst us yet tho we aren’t otherwise engaging in teh question either just yet. i think it’s a hurdle we’ll cross once it gets in our face.

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Hirku

I didn’t spend as much time in Fallen London this week because I’ve been busy playing something else, but I still finished a very satisfying first month in that weird and wonderful world. It sometimes makes my head spin how much I’ve accomplished and how much I still have to go, definitely the biggest benefit of a game that relies on words and imagination more than polygons and shaders.

P.S. – And the subscriber stories continue to be awesome and worth the money. I make sure to enter every part into my journal so I can go back and enjoy them whenever I want.

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

I’ve been playing BDO and Street Fighter V per usual. I’ve been holding off on checking out SWL until I hear people’s thoughts on it.

I’ve been playing Elder Scrolls Legends as well. I have never in my life been a card game dude but I love ES games so recognizing voice actors and knowing what all the cards are has been a good dipping my toe point for me. Really fun game.

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deekay_plus

i’ve been buusily trying to square up all the second hand hearsay i’ve read of bdo here on massively and from a few friends over teh past year while i play it. imo so far it’s one of the silliest mmo’s i’ve ever played but certainlyt a novel take on the genre from of all people the koreans. lol

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Tiresias

Guild Wars 2. I’m taking a break from FF14 to let the influx of new people spread out a bit. I tend to do this whenever an MMO that I play releases a big expansion — it’s better for my mental health to not deal with all of the noise that comes with such an event.

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Denice J. Cook

Eliot, you will be happy to know that I broke down and bought the whole FFXIV shebang on Steam and dove in yesterday because of all your writing about it. Now if only I could get a day off….

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Xijit

Should have waited a few weeks, with the steam sumer sale on the horizon and all that.

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deekay_plus

taking a break from arma and hots this week. as jose was off to spain to drink and whore himself out and we had to change gears as a result. it’s been mostly the silliness of BDO and wow this game is very silly in ways wildstar never managed but along the same lines. i think i am having a good time tho! as silly as the action combat is it doesn’t put me to sleep like tera’s does so there’s that! XD

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zoward

I surprised myself by re-upping my World of Warcraft account. I haven’t played since the middle of Draenor, and my main (a discipline priest) is still stuck at level 96. I don’t own Legion, and probably won’t but it for a while. I spent a little time trying out my priest and shaman, and discovered that with the most recent class changes that I’m not enjoying either of their play styles any more. So … I’m leveling a new Horde alt, a troll arcane mage, and enjoying it a lot (I did six levels this morning before the kids woke up). Man, leveling is crazy fast, especially if you don;t have any crafting skills (yet). I’ll probably have my mount by the time you read this.

I’ll probably also dip into DDO, but not Shroud of the Avatar, which I uninstalled this morning. I’ll probably also hit up a few single-player cRPG’s as well.

Have a great weekend all, and especially fellow dads out there!

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BalsBigBrother

The big ball of plasma in the sky is on its annual visit again to my part of the world so I expect that I will be sacrificing burnt bits of meat and bread along with a cold beverage in its honour.

When that is not happening or my own skin starts to burn I will retreat indoors and visit the desolate sunless wastelands of Fallout 4, just so I don’t forget what the UK is like the other 364 days :-)

Also been experimenting with getting A Tale of Two Wastelands working using the gog versions of Fallout 3 and New Vegas (mod lets you play F3 in NV engine). Looking good so far and seems to be running better with less in the way of crashes than I can recall when I tried with steam version. Dunno if that is because no steam in background or TTW mod updates but I will take it in any case.

Oh wasn’t kidding about the sunless wastelands. Hey a big red button marked rocket do not press, Wonder what that does? *presses* OH S……;…..!

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Witches

…”or my own skin starts to burn”…

30 Seconds of “sunlight” good for you.

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Sray

I will do the outside thing once they install some air conditioning, and a dimmer for that annoying fireball in the sky.

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Hirku

What about the flayed and fried starchy vegetable matter? Are you trying to bring the Fiery One’s wrath down on us all? Sacrifice properly, dammit!

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thatlanteshguy

More Elite Dangerous for me. Continuing my journey to Colonia. Started a few days ago with a 62ly Anaconda. Was really boring until I got a few thousand LY out from the bubble. Once the star density started increasing as I got closer to the core, the feeling of going into uncharted space really started to kick in. Space out here looks significantly different than it does back near Sol. It’s quite exciting really.

For anyone thinking of making the journey, all major nebula have an outpost now so it breaks up the trip with small pockets of civilization on the way. Once you get near a nebula, just set your map filters to show only systems with a population and you’ll find them.

The asteroid bases are really cool and have quite the view. Being docked inside an asteroid inside the rings of a planet that’s on the edge of a nebula is making my screenshot folder fill up quick.

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Nathaniel Downes

I’ve been doing live streams of City of Titans development, no time to play games right now!

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Sray

Developing games is a kind of playing games.

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deekay_plus

i wish that it were. and while it’s kind of neat and interesting in alot of ways it’s alot more tedious than the most grindy of mmo’s/.

/tries not to stare and dev partner and nag for that god damn prototype already that is getting progressive feature creep or so he says. XD

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Nathaniel Downes

Feature Creep PTSD!!!

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Sray

Just sigh, roll your eyes, and say “bitch, puh-lease”.

I find that people react super well to that.

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deekay_plus

lmao.

at least he updated me with useful info that wasn;t nagging for more design.

i guess basically ue4 has two default modes with the mouse control which one is fps style and one is cursor mode so to say. and my demands are to make it somewhere in the middle (something like wow basically).

so he is busy programming that up for me for the prototype.

i’ll probably share some video of the prototype here on massively depending on teh state just to update you all on the ongoing saga of hobbyist game development LOL

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Nathaniel Downes

*laughs* Hey, I’ve been there. Actually working on our targeting system this morning. (also using UE4, so I know precisely what you mean)

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Sorenthaz

Probably going to check out Red Mage/Samurai on XIV, or work on the 3.x MSQs I still need to do in order to get into Stormblood. But in general I’m kind of ready to main something other than Monk this expansion.
7 Days to Die’s Alpha 16 experimental/heavily modded Starbound/Planetside 2 (of all things) with a friend based on whatever we’re up for.
Heroes of the Storm gotta try and do the stupid 15 matches with a friend quest stuff.
Smite gonna maybe get on some to try and progress through the Hercules adventure further.
Annnd probably don’t have much time for other stuff.

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Wolfyseyes

Pretty sure I’ll continue to level SAM or an alt since everything else Stormblood is throttled to almost nothing with the current instance server problems. It is what it is.

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Armsbend

“I will be playing Arms a bit though. Expect maybe a little something on that after I turn in some critical homework!”

Should I be worried? Andrew isn’t talking about me. He couldn’t be. Wait, is he?

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deekay_plus

ep 6 was bad ass btw. the curve ball with dougie’s homework and boss was brilliant. and naomu watt’s scene wit the mobsters was incredible.

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Armsbend

Scene of the entire series (all three and FWWM) so far was the guy who unwillingly drank the Green Tea Latte and was so delighted he couldnt contain himself.

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Sray

I’ve decided to wait on watching additional episodes and just binge the whole thing at once. Honestly, I’m not too worried about spoilers because with Twin Peaks if you haven’t actually watched the episode, you usually don’t know what the hell people are talking about at all, regardless of spoilers.

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Armsbend

Noooooooooooo! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Don’t binge! It is so much more fun to talk about it on reddit after each episode. I’m telling you man get in on the fun!

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deekay_plus

i watch the episodes a couple days after they air as there’s no good way to legitimately watch them here in canada so i have ot pirate. but i found a good source that let’s me download so i can stream from my pc to my roku on my tv.

i try to be vague and only say stuff that you’d have to have seen the ep to know what i mean.

speaking of which the scene with teh trailer park super was heartbreaking. i think i’ve got a bit of ptsd as i’ve been extra careful on crosswalks since. >>

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bigangry

What Eliot said.

Also, Red Mage is eating my soul and then jumping in and carving a Z into my heart. I love it, it’s exactly what I needed, and I’m so, so happy that it’s in the game now and I get to play it.

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wild-abyss

Waiting for my Switch to arrive, playing the exploration/walking simulator backlog in my Steam library. I don’t want to get back into an MMO at the moment because I’m going to be conflicted enough between Breath of the Wild and Secret World Legends later this month.

So far I’ve finished Dear Esther, Firewatch, Gone Home, and Submerged. Starting Breached today.

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Xijit

Basically nothing … Probably gonna pop into Titanfall 2 when I have time, but other than that I don’t have a lot going on game wise.

I mean … I should finish up FFXV at some point, but I am quite fatigued with it & have to redo that whole Leviathan segment after reloading a previous save to back track on some stuff I skipped.

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