WRUP: Horrible movies edition

The hush calls over the movie theater, but even before then, you all have that feeling. It hangs in the air like the scent of ozone, a faint urgency to every whispered conversation. Then the screen lights up, the theater goes dark. The previews go through. And the screen is… text, that dreaded opening of any film which does not start with the words “Star Wars.” Things are exposited, then the movie cold-opens in a place you don’t know.

You clench your teeth. It’s happened. You’re watching a horrible movie.

You know now that the rest of the run time will be filled with aborted arcs, unclear plots, idiotic decisions, and no characters whom you can identify with. At this point, your question becomes enjoying the rest of your popcorn or cutting your losses and just bringing the popcorn home, at which point it gets weird. Let us know what you’re playing in this week’s What Are You Playing, or just let us know about horrible movies you’ve seen or will see soon. We are all trapped together.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​It’s gonna be a busy weekend, and one hopefully full of local multiplayer. We’ll see if I can get in some local Splatoon 2 time at the least. I’ll also probably help out my Pokemon Go group if need be, though Moltres has mostly been a joke to fight. It’s the capturing that’s the hard part. I’ll also hit up some Miitopia if I can find some time. It’s fun so far, but oddly feels more like it could have been a mobile title.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Guild Wars 2! My husband and I are back back back, working our way through the season episodes that we missed. We’re binging the season. It actually kinda works better this way. No long waits to fill with being bored.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog):You know it’s going to be some Final Fantasy XIV, although I should start doing some research into my options for Shroud of the Avatar. I don’t even know what my characters can be there. Is “Dubstep Ninja” an option? That might be Trove. It sounds like Trove.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I have walked into Mordor in Lord of the Rings Online and I don’t expect to walk out for some time. I need to do some Flappy fights in Secret World Legends too!

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I am going to watch a bad movie. https://youtu.be/fhyvEZqx8X0

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Melissa McDonald

aborted arcs, unclear plots, idiotic decisions, and no characters whom you can identify with

Funny, that pretty much sums up Star Wars if you ask me.

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Ironweakness

I’m playing through the Storm Legion zones in Rift. It’s the first time I’ve made it past the base game and so far it’s been good. The only hiccup I’ve run into has been leveling speed.

I’m mostly following the main story quests with just a few side quests here and there and by the time I entered the third zone I was 2 levels behind. I’m thinking I missed something because I even have the patron bonus XP right now so I should have been fine; I didn’t do all the side quests, but I didn’t skip two level’s worth either.

So I think I’ll spend some time in an Intrepid Adventure to get caught up to the character level I should be for my current zone.

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Nater

Hanging out in a galaxy far far away this weekend! I’ve been leveling my sentinel. I’m having a good time!

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Utakata

This week: Speaking of pigs from last week, I am at my folks getting fattened from the fruits of their delicious foods. And my pigtails will surface from the family trough for the occasion comment and off joke. Will be back playing WoW early midweek!

Enjoy the weekend and weeks, peeps! <3

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Sashaa

I had my first hunting party tonight on Next Day: Survival, and quite surprisingly it was a lot of fun. Found three russian friends, and barely understanding each other we managed to kill a bear and two wolves. We even found a truck! I think I’m gonna give it a few more days…

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Paragon Lost

Now that I’m back from my day long ride. LotRO and a bit of GW2. Wife’s out of town until late Monday night so I’m on my own.

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Nick Smith

Just got back from vacation. Secret World Legends for me!

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Danny Smith

Nothing beyond the splatfest to crush the Mayo Menace. YuGiOh! had its latest total rule overhaul for ‘links format’ and that means everyone i know has been knee deep in the “which decks are now great and which decks are now unplayable” mode.

Rip Ghostricks ;_;7

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mysecretid

Oh, and is the header pic from Killdozer? Not a horrible movie if you like very (very!) old cheese as your movie viewing, but it will never be mistaken for a great film, either. :-)

If you’ve never seen it, wait about a week — someone in Hollywood will decide to “re-imagine” it, I’m sure :-D

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mysecretid

Made it into World of Warcraft‘s Vashj’ir underwater zone this past week and I absolutely fell in love with the place.

I’ve been gaming since around the time Abraham Lincoln was president, and I’ve never seen an undersea zone in an MMORPG handled this well. Gorgeous to look at, with lots of interesting things to do.

The one big flaw? The end of the storyline was placed inside a 5-person dungeon, and since most of the playerbase is long past the Vashj’ir zone by now (it was released with Cataclysm), Michelle Obama will most likely be president before I can find a willing random group and run it. :-)

Still playing the Far Harbor DLC for Fallout 4.

Liking it, except for the super-annoying “virtual-reality datahacking” puzzle section they dropped into the middle of it all. One of the rare times I pretty much went straight to YouTube for a walkthrough video.

I still can’t land my m@#$%^f*&^% starship in the training section of Elite: Dangerous. I can’t say more for fear that my head will explode from the sheer frustration. :-)

Take care of yourselves, please, folks. We get one life, that we know of — please, follow your joys, and be well.

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BalsBigBrother

If you are still struggling with the virtual reality puzzle section in Fallout 4 there is a mod that will let you completely bypass it. I did it on my first run through the game but I noped right out on every other character I played.

While I don’t want to make your head explode by asking I do want to try and help so what part of the landing process are you having difficultly with in Elite: Dangerous? I might be able to give some pointers if you can be specific.

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mysecretid

Thank you, kind sir. We will talk about it when I stop hyperventilating. :-D

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BalsBigBrother

Heh yeah I know that feeling, no worries. It can be frustrating and I certainly had my fair share of problems with various aspects of the game to begin with. However I personally felt it was well worth effort and I completely fell in love with E:D once I got over the initial cliff face learning curve.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Path of Exile. So excited for this. Checking into LOTRO for a bit when I get tired of Wraeclast.

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Jeremiah Wagner

Path of Exile!!!! I do like a good challenge.

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I was planning on continuing through Blue Mountain but I’m experiencing frequent, random disconnects so SWL is on the back-burner for now. It simply isn’t playable like this.

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Maggie May

Trying to defend against a RL hellion kitten, while attempting to beat Flappy’s butt he decided my toes were fair game, oh the horror!!! Luckily I have discovered the perfect defensive heavy armour for this … uh Crocks, hehe. Now I just need to find gauntlets to defend against the claws of death. I now know there’s a reason claws are included as weapons in games.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Primarily, Secret World Legends, Egypt (again, save for all Legends and misc. achievements) is done and I’m progressing swiftly this week through Transylvania’s Besieged Farmlands, and doing Whispering Tide. Also intended on this super gaming day is a lot of Mass Effect: Andromeda MP (especially the APEX event) and maybe SP NG+, and Act 1 of Path of Exile .. I’ll have a true Standard League character one day.. sigh. Warframe still hasn’t reached me yet about a suspended (hacked?) account for decades… wtf.

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Fisty

I’m still exploring the many possibilities in the Project Gorgon. I’m starting to get a grasp on all of it, but I’m also having trouble figuring out what I want my toon to be. I figure I’ll eventually find out there are only a few formidable combat options to go with and it’s far less sandboxy than expected, but we’ll see.

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nobleeinherjar

Some friends and I jumped on the Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds bandwagon and have been having a lot of fun with that today. It’s the first Steam game where I’ve ever bothered to touch the Steam Marketplace. Got my character looking awesome for about .. fifty-three cents? Kinda wish the game had shoulder holsters but .. bigger fish, I guess. (The game also needs to let us vault over walls.)

Also jumped back into Warframe and wow has that game changed and improved immensely since I last played (maybe near beta/launch?). I think it might scratch that particular itch while waiting to see if Anthem is any good.

I bought Hollow Knight and Yooka-Laylee since they’re both on good sales. Hollow Knight so far is a pretty mellow Metroidvania experience, so I’m loving it. And Yooka-Laylee is basically the Banjo-Threeie I wanted but never got. Though, full disclosure, I’m one of those heathens that loved Nuts’n’Bolts.

Still grinding away happily on Albion Online, though I’m feeling a very strong urge to return to LOTRO. I have no business buying the Moria expansion because I’m nowhere near it, but I can feel that forty bucks burning a hole in my pocket. Stay tuned to WRUP next week where I talk about how I indeed broke down and bought the expansion.

Edit: Oh! And more Duelyst. Because that game has its hooks in me deep. I love how each faction has some BS mechanic that’s balanced out by every other faction’s BS mechanic. It’s infuriating and hilarious fun.

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Fisty

+1 on wall vaulting

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Outside in real sun and sand this weekend. Good hunting everyone.

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Bryan Correll

Just don’t go around yelling “Aten! Aten! Aten!”

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imayb1

Yipes! Protect yourself from that bright ball of death in the sky that’s trying to kill you. ; )

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zoward

This morning I started playing Tacoma – and finished about four hours later. My spoiler-free micro-review: if you played and liked Fullbright Studio’s earlier title Gone Home and liked it, chances are you’ll like this one too. Stylistically, they’re very similar, except Tacoma takes place aboard an empty space station instead of in an empty house. For those who’ve never played a Fullbright title: you walk around an empty space station, inspecting various rooms and cobbling together notes, photographs, trash, etc. to piece together what happened to the missing people. As you move further into the station, pieces of each of the former inhabitants’ lives start to come in focus, giving you some perspective on who they were. At four hours for a $20 title, it’s really short by video game standards, but it’s really as much like a movie as it is a video game. I enjoyed it and have no regrets.

Meanwhile, I had a conundrum – I had US$40 to spend on a video game, and I wanted to buy either TESO: Morrowind or LotRO: Moria. After some agonizing, I grabbed Moria, which I’m going to jump into shortly (and I’m still toying with the idea of blowing the budget and getting Morrowind as well – somebody please talk me out of this). Have a great week all!

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mysecretid

Buy both. You know you want to; it will add joy to your days; and the money spent likely won’t even make a dent in the budget a month from now.

Sincerely,

Your “Life Coach” :-)

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zoward

(sticks fingers in ears) La La LA La La LA I can’t heeeeaaar you!

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Bryan Correll

text, that dreaded opening of any film which does not start with the words “Star Wars.”

Early in the 21st Century, THE TYRELL CORPORATION advanced Robot evolution
into the NEXUS phase – a being virtually identical to a human – known as a Replicant…

The NEXUS 6 Replicants were superior in strength and agility, and at least equal
in intelligence, to the genetic engineers who created them.

Replicants were used Off-world as slave labor, in the hazardous exploration and
colonization of other planets.

After a bloody mutiny by a NEXUS 6 combat team in an Off-world colony,
Replicants were declared illegal on earth – under penalty of death.

Special police squads – BLADE RUNNER UNITS – had orders to shoot to kill, upon
detection, any trespassing Replicant.

This was not called execution.
It was called retirement.

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War for the Planet of the Apes starts out with text too and I thought it was a pretty good movie.

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imayb1

This popped into my head as a notable exception, as well.

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Hirku

She was a comely young woman and not without prospects. Therefore it was heartbreaking to her mother that she would enter into marriage with William Munny, a known thief and murderer, a man of notoriously vicious and intemperate disposition.

When she died, it was not at his hands as her mother might have expected, but of smallpox. That was 1878.

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Sorenthaz

FFXIV probably will take up most of my time. Fortnite I’ve quickly gone down to only doing daily quests because quite frankly I have no reason to move through the rest of the game when the third zone hasn’t even been worked on beyond a basic copy-paste + numbers raise.

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SWL for me, fighting so called “Flappy” .. i already got Inky, the teddy Bear, now i just need to do the fight once a day, also doing missions in Egypt, while i loved the start of the zone, i getting a little bored by now, but i’m not skipping on anything except side missions, i’ll do them later.

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blah blazh

Just GW2. Seems to be the only mmo that I can play nowadays, nothing else really holds my interest.

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mysecretid

Play what’s fun, always. If GW2 does it, enjoy the ride! :-)

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blah blazh

Indeed. However, I would kill for a really good Sci-Fi mmo

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Xijit

Trying to get into Citadel, but dear god does it have a lot of shit fucked up on a fundamental level … Visually it looks great, but so much wrong under the hood.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah I poked in on it during the free Saturday or whatever and it didn’t take very long to get completely bored by it. Even watching someone play it on a stream it still didn’t look that great, and there’s so little explanation for key areas that really do need explaining.

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It is Ark, but with magic and dragons instead of aliens and dinosaurs … Which I am cool with … But there is so much that when you see it all you can say is “that is a basic function … How did you forget to not fuck that up?”

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Sorenthaz

It’s not even that. Light and Dark or w/e is literally that. Citadel is like some heavily bare bones gather and loot game and the combat didn’t look/feel good at all.

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Sray

No clue what I’ll be playing this week. I’m kind of burnt out on everything I’ve been overdosing on for the last month or so, so I’m probably going to have to go digging through my Steam and/or Playstation libraries to find something to dive into.

I’ll probably let you know next week if I find anything.

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mysecretid

I have a theory that Steam libraries exist to help with burnout. They’re like Emergency Rooms for gamers. Good luck! :-)

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Going at a few things this weekend. First up is still Elite Dangerous.

Got tired of life in the bubble again. Grabbed my Asp Explorer and just left. I could have used my Anaconda but I just HATE the cockpit on that thing. It’s so bad. Plus the supercruise turning speed is poop. The Asp might not have the jump range (51ly on my Asp compared to 62 on my Annie) but it has a vastly superior cockpit view and supercruise turn rate. Makes for a much more enjoyable journey IMO.

Most people seem to be heading to the core these days with Colonia and Sag A. I decided I wanted to go the opposite direction out to the Formadine Rift. Heard about the mega ship Zurara out there and wanted to check it out. This time around I’m taking my time exploring and scanning systems as I go and taking a bunch of screenshots that I’ll send in to One Shots every now and then. When I went to Colonia the star density increased like crazy to make an intense and beautiful sky. Going in the opposite direction to the outer rim has star density decreasing like crazy and is making for a rather spooky trip. Nothing but black with small patches of star light here and there. Going into the black to visit a ghost ship out in the Rift is shaping up to be an early Halloween adventure.

I don’t have all that many shots yet as I only started a few days ago and my picture taking skills aren’t the best, but here’s a link to the few I have if anyone is interested to see what life is like on the edge of the galaxy: http://imgur.com/a/BFrin

After that I started up GW2 again. That expansion announcement got my interest up so I jumped back in. Figured I’d give it a 5th shot to see if I can actually get into it this time. Rolled up a Norn Ranger and am actually liking it. I rolled every other class (save for Revenant as I don’t have HoT) and never really liked any of them. Ranger is rather conventional but somehow satisfying. Shooting fools in the face with a huge longbow while my snow leopard chews on their legs isn’t bad at all.

Wrapping it up with more STO. Have to catch up on the last few episodes as the announcement of Geordi’s return has my TNG fanboy side all worked up. Plus an actual, proper Galaxy class interior? Woooo boy. Shut up and take my money.

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Bullet Teeth

Suicide Squad comes to mind almost immediately when discussing horrible movies…

Playing Skyrim! About 600 hours in at this point – and still don’t have a character past level 30. But I think I found the right combination. Just went with a take on the WAR Warrior Priest, and having a blast smashing heads in.

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Night of the Comet, Return of the Living Dead parts 1-3 and Re-animator so far this week. I’m rocking out some Planetside 2 this weekend. I was thinking about this PS3 game I LOVED called MAG. Only playstation game I have a platinum trophy for and was all times points leader for several months. PS2 is just a bigger better version of that and I haven’t played in a few months so I started a new Vanu toon and I’ve been running around lasblasting people. I was an Alpha supporter and have a special camo for all of my characters you can’t get. Already had some people ask me where to get it and when I’ve told them it was only for people who played in the alpha and got an instant platoon invite. So that’s been cool.

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mysecretid

The last movie I saw which felt like it was wasting my lifespan, minute by minute, was Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

Decent actors trapped in a movie trying to be far more serious than it ultimately proved capable of becoming, in my opinion, anyway.

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MesaSage

The only horrible movies are the ones that aren’t bad enough to be good.

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Skoryy

Secret World Legends has been a very pleasant surprise, I’ve jumped in with the RP community while punching zombies with the power of chaos. Hail Eris. I’ve also started re-acquainting myself with GW2 after a three month vacation, I’m remembering how to mesmer properly while preparing myself for the upcoming expansion. And somewhere along the way I’ll drag myself through MSQ and leveling in FFXIV too.

So many games, so little time…

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deekay_plus

all hail discordia. >>

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deekay_plus

we’re neck deep in to the guild meet up with sundial having finally arrived. a bit of drunken exploding kittens (which is excelent for some light tension and intrigue) and cards of humanity, and some regular albion action when in the mood.

we’re getting ready to go camping with my extended fam this morning, but we did manage to capture some video of a legit world boss from our latest farm spot (bit more powerful than the previous video’s minibosses) before the servers got DDOSed forcing us to forgoe our planned duels in favour of watchign dr strange.

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Armsbend

50% of all Star Wars movies are in the horrible category by the by.

Getting FWOTD on HotS and then Path of Exile ONLY. New league baby!

About to go rake some Magnolia leaves which is the only yardwork I truly hate. Never (ever) plant a Magnolia people. Beautiful trees but the summer leaf fall…ugh.

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Hirku

Probably going to be taking a break from SWL because I’m all Funcom’ed out. Stellaris is still great and I reinstalled Titan Quest for when I need to hit things.

Found the perfect clip to sum up my horrible 80’s movie experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryNj821535c

(How the heck do you guys insert YouTube clips in your comments??)

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Paragon Lost

Wow, Robot Jox, I’d not thought of that one in a very long time. lol. Nice.

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mysecretid

This is for you, Hirku, Stellaris fan …

My main battlecruiser fires its spinal mount weapon as my fleet enagages in battle.

Cheers,

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Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath all day and everyday. Been waiting for this for a long time and even though it had a bit of a rocky start yesterday / this morning with server stability things seem to have settled down now so I am enjoying myself immensely.

I haven’t even made it into the new parts yet but somehow everything feels like it is shiny and new. I am not sure how that even works because what I am playing now is stuff I have played to death since PoE released but that is how it all feels to me.

I did briefly play GW2 this morning while the PoE servers were still wonky just to finish up the bit of the living story (A Crack in the Ice) I started after the expansion announcement. While I do intend to finish the season that is being set aside for now. I will also try to drag myself away to at least do one flappy fight in Secret World Legends for the event reward but that is also on a back burner for now too.

Well back to PoE for me so hope everyone has a safe and fun gaming weekend o/

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I’m still on act one but the trees in the foreground and the new water effects look really nice. The undead hellwheels are the only new enemies I’ve seen so far but I really like them.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

This week, and next, is me mostly watching DOTA 2 TI 7. Prize pool will most likely be ~$24M after the weekend with ~$10.5M for 1st place.

The only other gaming I have done is tabletop EA stuff – Longsword. Turns out I like the ability to zoom to my hearts desire in any format.

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I’m sitting in FFXIV currently, in between Bardam’s Mettle runs to get my SCH/SMN leveled. I’m enjoying SCH waaaaaay more than I thought I would, too. When I’m not running dungeons, I’m macro-crafting the 2-star food Pork Kakuni, which is selling like hotcakes at around 30k/ea. I have a “truce” with an acquaintance in a crafting guild that we’ll only price-match each other instead of trying to drive the price down to oblivion with undercutting. She’s stubborn and I’m stubborn, so it took me a while to admit that I needed to ask for the truce. XD

While macro-crafting, I’m playing I Am Setsuna on my other screen between hitting macro1 and macro2. I’m enjoying the hell out of it, too. It’s a Chrono Trigger-like game that’s super-depressing and really fun!

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Thomas

“My husband and I are back back back, working our way through the season episodes that we missed. We’re binging the season. It actually kinda works better this way. No long waits to fill with being bored.”

GW2 (Living Story/HoT) is actually pretty doable if played as a team. Sadly, I think the game’s post-vanilla content is not much fun played solo. I’m curious to see whether the latest GW2 expansion is as punishing to solo players as HoT turned out to be.

As for me, I’m still playing Wildstar and having a pretty good time with it.

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