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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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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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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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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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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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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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).