WRUP: Welcome to Boring Monsters Online edition

Thank you for signing up to play Boring Monsters Online, where we have diligently made sure that all of our monsters seem like they could come directly off of someone’s high school notebook. Our pledge to our players is that we will never present you with a new sort of monster that might be even slightly unfamiliar, just as we will assume you have lived in a hole and have no idea about what any sort of fantasy monsters look like. Does the idea of differently colored dragons with all sorts of elemental breath weapons make you faint with excitement? Then you’ll love this.

We’ve got minotaurs, griffons, chimera, even those weirder ones like beholders. And they’re all exactly like they’ve been in every other fantasy game ever, and we’re still going to act like no one has ever had the idea to put a minotaur in a video game before. Enjoy hearing us wax poetic about how special stock-standard cow-people are. Let us know how creative we are in the comments to this week’s What Are You Playing, while we’re at it.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): I’m still trying to get a good Zapdos in Pokemon Go, so I’ll be playing that with my group. Splatoon 2 might see some time too.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): There is no compelling reason to be playing anything but Guild Wars 2 this weekend, so that’s where I’ll be. I’m not sure I’m going to go nuts with the preview content, though, because I don’t really want to be spoiled all that much more than I already have to be. But I’ll probably got have a look-see and then go back what I was already doing in the game. Whee!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): My usual primary haunt of Final Fantasy XIV remains; in addition, I’ll be starting my time in Shroud of the Avatar. The good news is that lots of people have strong suggestions about where I should start. The bad news is that none of those suggestions agree with one another.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m still doggedly working on finishing the first zone of Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor, enjoying the experience but feeling like I’m the pokey little puppy that I am. I also have a new LOTRO Hunter alt I’m exploring, and I’m pushing further into Secret World Legends’ Transylvania.

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Castagere Shaikura

Been playing as a dragon in Istaria. Also i always have my Earth & Beyond Emulator play time and lately i have been loving my modded up Torchlight 2.

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I wasn’t playing anything for the first part of the weekend. My gaming laptop finally bit the dust. So I went out and purchased a new one, had a panic attack over purchasing a new one, nearly returned it, went to bed, and woke up this morning feeling slightly less panicky which means I’ll probably keep it. I feel guilty when I spend $15 a month on a game so purchasing new hardware always freaks me out a little.

Hopefully today I’ll get to play Secert World Legends and/or Rift on the new computer. I wanted to play GuildWars 2 as well but I’ve been unable to download the client so far. And then I will definitely be downloading Black Desert at some point because the old machine never could run it very well. It was my biggest MMO disappointment, having pre-ordered before launch and then being unable to play with more than 15-20 fps.

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Maggie May

Yea I am in that boat! l didn’t think of all the games I will be able to play when I do upgrade. I just would like to see the ones I do play play better. Unfortunately it just won’t die already …

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Terren Bruce

Is it bad that differently colored dragons with elemental breath weapons still do get me excited? In fact anytime someone wants to come out with a DragonLance game I’m ready.

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mysecretid

Finished the Far Harbor DLC for Fallout 4, and liked it muchly.

Fallout 4 has ended up becoming my favorite game in the series thus far, and I certainly feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth from the game, but I think I need a break from it for a while. I’ve been playing a LOT of Fallout 4 lately, and as the saying goes, “Too much of a good thing is still too much” :-)

I’ve also enjoyed World of WarCraft a lot of late, but I’m going to let the subscription lapse for at least a month, because my gaming budget is strained right now. I expect I’ll go back later, though.

Star Trek Online dabbling, as uaual. No surprises there.

Been banging away at Elite: Dangerous, and my love-hate relationship with that game endures.

There are parts of the game I truly enjoy (or else I wouldn’t bother with it), but sweet thunderin’ Jesus (as some of my older relatives used to say) there are things which angry up my blood in that game’s design. Just stupid, stupid things in the design of the game which make me wanna smack somebody — and I’m not typically that sort of smackin’-people dude.

I did manage to finally land my starship safely. however, so there’s that. I realized afterward how woefully incomplete the game’s tutorials actually are …

I’m still playing Elite: Dangerous in Solo mode (single-player within an A.I. universe), because I still suck at the game in many, many ways — and being ganked by a socially-maladjusted eight-year-old when I’m trying to run a mission is not my idea of fun. :-)

Take care of yourselves, folks. You’re the only you we’ve got, and we’d like to keep you around for a long time. Be well, everyone!

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BalsBigBrother

Glad you managed to stick a landing in Elite. I can’t comment on the tutorials quality but E:D has always been a throw you in at the deep end, bang your head against the bulkhead till you figure it out sort of game. So I went in with that expectation and came out with only a few bruises.

That said you can find some great guides on either the forums or youtube that might help with specific issues. Out of game help isn’t ideal but it might save some bruises and / or blood pressure ;-)

Oh and just so you know you will still be ganked in solo only it will be by socially maladjusted eight year old level A.I. instead (I mostly play solo too.)

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Cadaver

MMOs turn the magical into the mundane. The minotaur itself isn’t the problem. The problem is stripping the minotaur of its majesty and mystery and turning it into an irritating minor impediment (trash mob). It doesn’t matter how exotic or unusual a monster is when you can’t travel ten feet without aggroing yet another one.

I’m playing SWL on and off. I’m level 47 and at the very start of Egypt. I don’t really mind being way over-levelled but I expect I’m going to get a very rude awakening as the mob levels get closer to my own.

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Malcolm Swoboda

“but I expect I’m going to get a very rude awakening as the mob levels get closer to my own” – It won’t be so bad if you’re in Blue/Superior gear in Egypt and progressing through that or somehow into Purple/Epic gear in Transylvania. It appears to me that the SWL version of all these zones is (even minimally) Green-friendly anyway. I mostly expect even Tokyo to be, though at that point the game design might scream to you to finally get into a good Blue set. They want anyone to be able to experience all the story, even if you just go through the main questline, so there is a lower bar than ever, even as the highest difficulty content of the game is going to be set on higher bar than ever.

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Utakata

This week: Speaking of monsters…I am learning things that generate contentious hits for this site of late are Star Citizen, diversity and the Elin. And where the esteemed administration have to babysit it all with their fingers on the /edit button. I know I don’t help sometimes in that regards…

…but hey, we really need an article on boob sliders. We hadn’t had any in awhile. o.O

Also this week: WoW again. And a jump back into TERA…to test the as for mentioned latter controversy with the Gunner class. <3

And speaking of girly yokai, also reading Ayakashiko.

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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cycofauzt

After being on the fence about purchasing and finally winning a copy, I’m busy exploring and LOVING Worlds Adrift. Game is just so much fun and refreshing. Sure beats the insanity of Albion and uncertainty of all the other games I start to dread logging into (ESO, BDO, FFXIV, etc)

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nobleeinherjar

I’m still chewing on Warframe and marveling at how much it’s changed since launch. I also purchased Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on sale on PS4 so I’m probably going to start that today. And I might even check out the new patch on No Man’s Sky. In between I’ll of that, I’m sure I’ll be playing more rounds of PUBG. Oh, and I also decided to seriously dig into State of Decay finally. So far the drama is a bit forced, and the first real mission you go on annoyed me with its design, but I’m already seeing what people are talking about when they say the game is more than the sum of its parts.

MMO-wise there’s not much going on. Been having too much trouble logging onto Albion and I just don’t have the motivation to check into BDO, ESO, or LOTRO at the moment. I feel like any day now I’m going to resub to FFXIV and work on Stormblood, but that day is not today.

Whoop. Almost forgot. Of course there’s going to be more Duelyst, and I’m also giving Magic Duels and MTGO a try. Then all I’ll need to do is find a new D&D group and all of my hobby desires will be fulfilled.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

teh rmt companies are really going hard on albion with the ddos shit. fuckers.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Mostly Secret World Legends. Solomon Island and Egypt are done (except for Legends/special Achievements), and I’m progressing through Shadowy Forest. When Tokyo releases, I’ll be in the last pasts of the previous story, so I can start the zone by the end of the month. I also have an alt that I play more slowly, and its wrapping up Savage Coast. Both did Whispering Tide (the main getting the daily rewards, the latter only the achievements). I’ve decided that if I do a 3rd Dragon alt, it’ll be purely for story as there’s no way I can play enough to get rewards for things on 3 characters, or ever spend money on things to affect even 2 characters. Come on Funcom – do cross-account.

Also a bit of Mass Effect: Andromeda MP and just starting out the new version of Path of Exile.

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Rees Racer

Guild Wars 2 is amongst the many other games on a list of those I pre-ordered or bought at launch, and then set aside after a month or less. Perhaps I just wasn’t ready to commit to it at the time (TERA). Maybe the game needed a bit more time to to more fully realise its potential (ESO).

Or, perhaps, I never understood why a developer would torture a completionist like me with unnecessarily infuriating jumping puzzles to reach a vista. When I logged into GW2 this week after a few years, I was surprised to see I’d never even leveled a character past 18. Then I remembered. Still, I’m having a better go this time round (not with the f*cking puzzles, though), and will likely buy the expansion.

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deekay_plus

idk if it’s still the same but the jumping puzzles seemed like some real bdsm shit at launch.