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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Ironweakness

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.

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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.

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Boom

Grumbling to myself that I totally forgot there was a comic con happening near me & I couldve got to meet Vasquez & Drake.

Harumph.

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where i’d hope you would’ve been more social with them than you are with your loving friends in FT XD

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Boom

Why DK…
Why

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TomTurtle

I quickly checked out the Guild Wars 2 demo with blinders on so that I could check out performance and get a peak at the Lily of Elon. I previously got the Mistlock Sanctuary pass as it sounded too good to pass up, and boy am I glad that I did. It’s not only convenient, but it’s wonderfully designed with entertaining mechanics designed into it. It’s only up on the gemstore for a few more days too so it was a last minute decision of sorts. I highly recommend it for those who like those areas.

The Lily of the Elon looked cramped and may not have quite as many convenience features, though I’ll still use it from time to time I’m sure.

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CthulhuDawg

Exploring a new RPG system called Dungeon Crawl Classics by Goodman Games this weekend. It’s based on 1st and 2nd edition AD&D and uses weird dice types like the d7, d16 and d30. I’ve played their system agnostic modules for over a decade using the d20 system but have never tried DCC. I’ll be swinging an axe in bell bottoms here shortly.

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mysecretid

DCC as a system was almost too old-school for me — you know how it is, not every game-design idea after 1982 was automatically a bad one. :-)

So yeah, I felt that DCC sort of preserved the baby *and* the bathwater both, if you take my meaning — it preserved both the strengths and the weaknesses of old-school games, and I’m not entirely convinced we need the bad with the good.

But hey, that’s just my opinion. I hope you have a great time with the game!

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CthulhuDawg

I had an absolute blast but I totally see where you are coming from. AD&D was my bread and butter, I loved all it’s quirks and freedoms. Get enough +str and you can be a dual great sword wielding gnome barbarian. We decided when we started the group that we would “play the game” more than the characters and it was a necessity since there were so many random table rolls (which I don’t think I can live without again after going back, 5ED&D in particular is lacking very much in the random tables department) and combat that it would have taken twice as long if we didn’t focus on the game. The weird dice mostly made me laugh, they roll so funny! I’m going to have to buy all the sets now, but hey one can never have too many rubbermaids full of plastic polyhedrons.

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Sray

I’m playing “fight the bug that your friend dragged out of the doctor’s office she works at onto you”. It’s not as fun as it sounds.

There was a… disagreement… with Telltale Games over a matter of principle, so I’m not playing Batman season 2, and it looks like I won’t be playing any of their stuff for quite some time either. I may pick up used discs from EB Games down the line, but I won’t be giving my money to them anymore.

Plus I just started playing Final Fantasy XV yesterday. The combat has a lot more going on than I’m used to, with all the warping around and combos with the companions, but I’m getting into it. The overall aesthetic is not as cloying as I feared it might be, although I do want to slap each one of their asses down in a barber’s chair and give them real haircuts.

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mysecretid

Feel better, Sray!

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nobleeinherjar

Would you be willing to talk about this disagreement? You have me curious. I very recently bought the entire first season of Batman on a good sale.

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Sray

Nothing all that ominous: I know many others might think that I’m overreacting, but like I said, it’s a matter of principle on my part.

When they launched season 1 the cloud save feature was buggy as hell: players were losing their first episode save left, right and center. I lost my first episode save 2.5 times (I gave up after losing it half way through a third play through). They’ve since fixed the buggy cloud saving, but in the meanwhile I simply skipped ahead to episode 2, let the game auto generate episode 1 choices, and finished season 1. The geniuses in charge of the cloud save system decided that if any episode has auto generated choices you can’t import that save file into season 2; and when I contacted support to find out why my save file wasn’t importing, I was told by support this was a deliberate design choice, not a bug. The ironic thing is that this really only affects people who move their game to a different platform and/or don’t have the first season save file on their system, which is exactly what the cloud save is supposed to be for.

There is a “recreate” feature that allows players to create a first season backstory, but like using the Mass Effect Genesis DLCs to recreate the previous choices it won’t be reflective of smaller, non-plot crucial decisions, so it’s not the same thing. As far as I’m concerned, that means an advertised feature (cloud save import) does not work, so I got a refund for the game, and told them that their decision was further insult to the many players who’d been negatively affected by the buggy season 1 launch, and as a result I wouldn’t be buying of their games in the future.

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deekay_plus

ouch that’s a shame. all sounds like growing into unfamilar tech which every company does but still quite painful (and the cs responses don’t help either).

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Sray

I was accepting of the launch because of that, but the rest were intentional choices made knowingly to the detriment of customers who’d been negatively affected.

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i’d be interested too in teh right venue given how well done their batman game’s ep1 seemed to be (to the point i am tempted to pick it up someday)

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wakkander

Asheron’s Call had such unique creatures for the most part (undead being just one notable mundane exception). Made the world feel really unique. Yet at the same time it also initially made me veer towards EverQuest, because it was a more recognizable in the setting. In time having played both EQ came off as incredibly generic and AC as highly original. Yet, I cannot deny that if best buy hadn’t been out of EQ the day I went to get it and I took AC as a consolation game instead, I’d probably never have played AC because it was so different.

Musings aside, I’ll be playing a little ESO. Lotro:Mordor and Star Trek both have an appeal, but I can’t stay too long solo, and ESO is where my friends are at the moment.

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Xijit

Mostly Titanfall 2, maybe some real life thrown at some point.

Nearly maxed out my ION (just a couple more conventional levels to max out & then grind out the last few Aegis unlocks) earlier this week and have switched out to getting my MONARCH caught up with TONE.

I have been feeling the MMO itch again, but there is just fuck all nothing on the market with a decent in game economy.

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Sur Couf

Is titanfall 2 really something casual or do we need to spend lot of time to be competitive? Playes a bit of the one but not the two yest.

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Xijit

Yeah, super easy to be casual.

Leveling to 50 is pretty easy, but then they have the regeneration thing where it wipes your progress and you start back over at level 1 to unlock everything again.

In the first one you got some stat boosts for regenerating so that you level up faster on your next run, but titanfall 2 doesn’t have that & resetting your character is just to keep the game from getting stale once you hit the level 50 cap.

You can also buy permanent unlocks on the specific items you like, so you can keep your preferred loadouts when you regen.

It sounds funky, but it works: the point is that they wanted people to be able to unlock all the gear quickly so that new players are not fucked over and gimped vs the players who have been at it forever, but they also didn’t want the game to get stale after players unlocked all the items in a week & regen-ing lets you start over and build up again.

On top of which, the new Frontier Defense PvE mode lets you enjoy the game without having to stress about being good enough to to win against more experienced players.

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Sur Couf

Thanks very informative!

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mysecretid

If you’re looking for something with deeper systems backing it up, like a viable game-economy, I wonder if strategy games like Crusader Kings II or Stellaris might also scratch that itch for you?

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Sorenthaz

Probably a majority of my game time will be on FFXIV and LoL this weekend. Also some Paragon and Fortnite for daily stuff and whatnot.

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hugmonster

Two years or so late to the party but I’m finally getting to play The Witcher 3. The planets finally aligned and I got my PC upgraded, spare time to really dig into a single player RPG and I’m also caught up with the previous 2 games in the series.

I’ve put around 15 hours into it so far and the game is amazing. Shortly after starting it I found myself just standing on a hilltop watching the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen in a game and then the wind started blowing and Holy Shit the trees start bending in the wind and it looks and feels so lifelike! Then I go explore the forest and I get attacked by wolves and the music changes to an Eastern European folk song and my jaw drops and I know that “this is special” and I will enjoy the hell out of it :) Which I am :D

I’m also curious about the GW2 expansion demo so I’ll probably look into that as well.

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nobleeinherjar

One of these days I’ll finish Witcher 3. Considering it’s one of the best games I’ve ever played you’d think I’d have already beaten it by now. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying it so much. It really is something special.

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Hirku

Have you played the others? Does the 3rd game help bring new players up to speed?

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I have played the others, I completed W2 and at least for that one it seems that the first one is not required in order to enjoy the game and get all the plot threads. I heard the same about Witcher 3 with regards to the first two but I’m still early in and I can’t pass judgement on that :)

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Hirku

At midnight (appropriately enough) I got my 10th Flappy kill in SWL. Since I was compelled to get the kill achievement and the lore I’ve done everything I needed and I’m considering taking a break for the weekend.

My first Stellaris campaign came to an abrupt end. Not because my space empire died a fiery space death, but because I realized some more modding needed to be done, not just to fix some current annoyances but to preemptively fix some future ones. I’m happy with results and will be starting my second-first campaign.

Other than that, probably some Titan Quest if I end up taking a vacation from SWL.

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BalsBigBrother

I gave up on flappy somewhere around the fourth clear it just wasn’t worth my time. :-(

Looking forward to visiting Tokyo again though. I am interested to see what they do or adjust in terms of not having the Aegis system. Hopefully it will be something more nuanced than just more monster HP.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Got my 10 kills on two characters (well, will be 14 on my main) and I’m still itching to do it for a third character, but that means camping for hours and hours… nah…

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Hirku

Ugh…just ugh! Even without this event, the thought of alts and doing all of this two more times has soured on me. Dragon4Life, I guess.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Right off the bat, they do an event that is highly alt-unfriendly (and on unrelated, time-unfriendly; I hate the idea of 0/X lore and 0/X achievements if I missed the event like TSW…). There’s no way in hell I am going to obsess and spend money over more than one character, or put significant gameplay into more than two characters. My third will just be to experience scenes and texts in-game, basically.

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Nothing different this week. Overwatch, Monster Slayers, Minecraft, and now that our friend is back from vacation, Ghost Recon: Wildlands for our Sunday night game.

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deekay_plus

got a vague itch to pick up one of the DLCs for GRW and get back into it with my group, but not until we’ve got a lull in our currently active games.

noth was saying one of the DLC’s is particularly interesting in terms of pushing you to approach missions in more careful ways even on normal dificulty, which in the end we found a bit too easy in the vanilla campaign but never took the time to change before we got a bit burnt out on it.

still on the list of games that we plan to revist in due time. alongside our still online but unused minecraft server :D

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Paragon Lost

Having fun in LotRO’s. Might go for a long motorcycle ride tomorrow, weather depending.

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Ugh, yeah so much not me. I ride alone most of the time. :) Large crowds, mobs or anything resembling that just makes me walk away. Thanks DK! Have a good one yourself.

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CapnLan

Actually going to put Elite Dangerous aside for a little bit. I’m continuing my journey back to the bubble and still have about 7,000 light years to go on my way back from the Formadine Rift. Once I do make it back I’ll work on mining missions to unlock Bill Turner so I can engineer up my life support a bit. Light weight engineer mods are basically space crack so I NEED IT. But maybe a little bit later on.

Instead I think I’m going to fool around a bit more with GW2. My brief time in the preview weekend taught me that I am in no way ready for the expansions. I have no characters at the level cap and none of them have any good gear yet so it was a BAD mistake jumping into a demo character at 80 with a good gear. I had no idea how to use it and ended up dying 5 times in the first mission alone. I have no idea what I’m doing, no idea what’s going on story wise, and no idea who all these NPCs are. It’s awful and frustrating and I don’t belong there. Instead I’m going to go back to my level 22 Warrior where I do belong. I’ll properly work my way up to the level cap and snag some good gear and then maybe I won’t hate it.

I’ll wrap it up with a bit of an older game. Managed to snag a PC copy of The Last Remnant from Humble Bundle for $5. Never got to play that one as my old Xbox 360 got the RRoD and I couldn’t afford to replace it at the time. Seems interesting so far, even though the main character seems like a total moron. I hope his character development plot kicks in soon because I kind of want to punch him right now.

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my late great uncle was named bill turner. died of parkinsons nearly 20 years ago i think. good man.

not sure how he ended up in ED tho XD

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CapnLan

Hah! Sorry to hear about his passing, but your late, great uncle is now a totally badass engineer in the Elite Dangerous universe.

https://inara.cz/galaxy-engineer/19/

He’s the only man around who can do top level Plasma Accelerator upgrades. Those things are extremely expensive and difficult to use but holy crap they hit HARD. They can one shot smaller ships haha. He also offers some sweet mid-grade life support and sensor mods which is what I’m after as I’m currently on an exploration bent.

If you ever play Elite you can RP that your uncle didn’t die but fell into a temporal anomaly and was transported to the year 3303. Well, that’s what I would do but then I’m weird like that lol. In any case, your uncle does great work on starships.

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Michael18

LOTRO’s Mordor.
It’s not perfect, but I like it a lot, so far.

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Rheem Octuris

FFXIV and Path of Exile for me. And then tonight starting at around 5 PM (PST) for 6 hours I’m going to be watching my friend ShananaBanahnah’s birthday stream. (https://www.twitch.tv/shananabanahnah)

Although I guess that’s more Who Are You Watching than What Are You Playing. Hmm, that’d be an interesting column, the staff listing any and all streamers they watched during the week and the community responding. Not that I’d think it’d be active enough to get a regular column.

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Armsbend

Mostly Path of Exile. Starting slow on on Act 6 at the moment but i’m enjoying playing Scotching Ray for the first time. I’ll probably do some HotS tonight although I know I’ll miss the relaxed atmosphere of Path.

For real life I got my spouse on Transcendental Meditation so we’ll be talking and practicing that. Always backyard botany and setting up little Echo Dots around the house. They are fun.

twin Peaks episode 14 tomorrow. 13 was the best episode outside of the Pilot and Season 2 finale.

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yoh_sl

Normally I would be right there with you, but Act 10 is such a completely and utter shit show, that I just can’t bring myself to continue playing right now. It takes a lot for me to be pissed with GGG, but they managed it.

So I’m taking time off from POE to poke around in ESO…. it’s alright, better then it was at launch at least. Trying to become a vampire is a small adventure.

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Jeremiah Wagner

yoh_sl you have mentioned 2 times now how horrible act 10 is , but neither time did you explain or give any reason why. Could you please elaborate as I’m in act 6 right now and I’m wondering what is going to make act 10 so bad.

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Sure. Unlike most of the new acts (6-9) that recycle content, but add an appreciable amount of new content to greater or lesser extents in order to freshen up these new act and make them feel distinct from their parent acts, Act 10 adds almost nothing new.

It basically just the latter half of act 5 again, in reverse order.
It’s pitifully short, the side quests are both a little out of place and unimaginative in the extreme, being fetch quests to side areas where we already did fetch quests to in act 5.
There are almost no new areas, just a minor tweak to a side area and one remixed area later on which just uses a combination of existing tile sets.

There are only two new enemies, everything else is recycled from act 5. And those two don’t even have any new skills or mechanics, so their just basically punching bags.

And the two and only bosses are complete garbage.
This is going into spoiler territory so be warned.

The 1st boss is Avarius again, but with a gore skin/skills, is a complete pushover. Basically completely recycled and dumbed down.

And the 2nd is Kitava, naturally. And he’s largely the same as he was in act 5, just without the phases. He does have new skills, which are poorly conveyed as he coats the area in damage that is difficult to tell how what is or isn’t deadly.
He’s basically a bullet hell mini game. And a shit one at that.
He’s also quite tanky, so your more then likely going to die multiple times if you don’t know what your doing.

And you have to kill him if you want to get to maps. I didn’t have a problem with this, but many people do.
He’s also a terrible villain story wise, as we don’t actually see him do anything, and he doesn’t say anything. You basically just waltz right up to him and wail on him. He has zero substance.

Basically the act is a rushed, empty act, that does little to nothing new, that copies from better acts, and has hands down some of the worst story bosses the game has to offer.
If you ask me, it’s complete fucking garbage. So much so that I just can’t bring myself to play the game right now, that’s how pissed and disappointed I am in this act alone.

So now you know.

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i’ve been slacking on twin peaks due to meet up buddies not being caught up or not interested. so i’m about to be 2 episodes behind again tho i took some time while they were out to hit up ep12 rather late and with a number of lite spoilers.

haven’t made up my mind about how audrey has developed off screen yet. one the one hand i thought she was kind of hilarious in her scene in ep12, on the other i thought she was kind of shrill too. idk man idk. but made me wonder if they will bring back billy zane XD i mean he’s probably available what with that wheel of time pilot being the last thing i saw him in right? XD

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Episode 13 starts to unravel the mystery of Audrey a bit. Only to add more mystery. 13 is amazing from start to finish. Almost everyone unanimously enjoyed it which is rare for The Return.

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interesting, i’ll probably have to force sundial to sit through it then before too long :D

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GW2’s PoF weekend preview is fun enough to take up much of my attention. Although I’ll try to avoid story lines in it to not spoil too much. The mount stasis animations are excellent and A.Net did a great job on them. My raptor taking a seat while my character scratches its neck and makes its foot go wild is so freakin’ cute!

Also going to go mountain hiking IRL on Sunday. As long as the weather is permitting.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I decided to bother with demoing the expac for a couple hours this weekend (just to get that intro and a bit of exploration) and I was …impressed? At least, I wasn’t annoyed. GW2 maintains its existence as the MMORPG I want to get into but never push myself to do it.

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Jeremiah Wagner

GW2 is so beautiful, to bad combat feels somehow broken/boring and adventuring is non existent because there is a port every 3 feet to make sure you never feel like you are on a long journey to a far off land.

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Hitting a “sick of fighting every ten steps” wall in Carpathian Fangs in SWL. Maybe it’s finally time to look up builds to bring down my time to kill but hey, it took way longer to reach this point in SWL than it did in TSW.

I’m also patching LOTRO but at the rate this thing progresses I will probably not get in until Monday.

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Thomas

My daughter encouraged me to give GW2’s HoT another go.

I hate to admit it — I have been so very critical of HoT — but I am enjoying myself. HoT is an expansion best served co-opersatively, i.e., the entire expansion seems designed to be a chore and/or impossible if tackled alone. However, at the moment, there are tons of players around (getting ready for PoF, I imagine), which makes HoT much more enjoyable.

My hope is that ArenaNet will “dial down” the difficulty of HoT somewhat once PoF releases and HoT becomes a ghost town. Most of the Hero Points and Dynamic Events in HoT are all but impossible to solo. Sometimes I feel like I spend a lot more time in HoT dodging attacks than actually attacking and/or damaging anything.

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Everquest II Fallen Gate TLE. Necro and Dirge. First time for me on a time-content locked server of any type in an MMO.

Server stays pretty packed, haven’t had a problem getting parties at all from 1-30 unlike the “main” or “live” server, but mostly I’ve been soloing and questing to get an idea of character pace and skills.

XP is far harder than anything modern and I think most people who play multiple MMOs probably won’t like how slow it is in comparison. Dungeon parties run constantly and is the fastest way to level in grind groups; soloing is VERY slow for tank/healing classes have far more difficulty with one or two exceptions to class (like Shadowknight or Fury for example).

Overall, it’s good for nostalgia so people don’t have to ‘try’ and remember exactly how good/bad it was to game back in 2005 (which ppl seem to struggle with accurately) with a few new wrinkles thrown in (I’m playing an Aerakyn which obviously wasn’t available back then) that makes it interesting.

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in my experience one of the biggest challenges in recollecting about classic game (versions) is theinfluence of pservers and how they generally differentiate either intentionally or by accident from the versions of the games they emulate.

which often times imo the pserver versions are better tuned and balanced and can support much larger populations than the original retail versions, but in the same hand when people based their recollection of those games on the pserver version they are very much mistaken about common realities about those games

chief amongst that paradigm that comes to mind is wow l2 and swg. the things i’ve seen people say about those games claimed as fact about the retail versions that have only ever been true about the pservers drives me nuts sometimes.

because while pservers can often be great (especially in terms of revisting and reimagining long gone classic versions of a game), they just aren’t ever accurate portrayals of what it was like to play those games on retail in those versions.

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Not a lot happening on Saturday gaming wise due to family stuff but I might manage to do some late night / early morning Path of Exile if I don’t feel too exhausted.

PoE will probably be my staple game for a good few months. So many ideas for builds to try before I settle in on one to see how far I can push one into the mapping part of the game. Have run a couple of builds up to the 70’s level wise and enjoyed putting them through the story part of the game. It feels so much better doing 10 story acts rather than the old normal, cruel and merciless runs.

Though I have to say I don’t fully follow the story as it gets a bit strange in the latter half and some of the quests are a little odd if you take the time to listen to or read the quest descriptions. (one has you stopping “an unholy congress” with a giant spider queen for example, yes it is as nasty as it sounds).

Going to try and squeeze in some of the GW2 PoF demo on Sunday but its looking like it will only be a quick visit. So hopefully I will be able to put in a bit more time next weekend when they show off the new elite specialisations.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun gaming weekend o/

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Hirku

They could have just called it “a congress.” The unholy part is a given. ; )

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Honestly, I was kind of ok with repeating the acts when it ends on a high note like act 4.
While act 5 is fantastic, act 6-9 are mediocre at best, but I can see why it’s preferably to repeats.
But act 10…. ugh, fuck that shit. Total and utter garbage.
So now I am just pissed at GGG and don’t want to play at all, so yeah, I’d rather just repeat decent content then play bad content.

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What was so bad about Act 10 for you?

My only real issue on my first character was I think lag related in that I got one shot by the boss (I am not a fan of one shot mechanics in general) and then on returning to the boss area was one shot on entering before I even loaded in properly.

That happened a couple of times sadly but other than that it was ok for me.

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Read above, I have a post answering the same question, and detailing act 10’s many, many failures. Whether or not you agree with them is entirely up to you.

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Yeah I can agree a little in that the ending felt a little anti-climatic and tacked onto the game rather than a natural part of it.

I do know that GGG were time crunched somewhat near the end, as evidenced for example by some of the NPC not being voiced in the later acts. I understand those are being work on post launch so who know they may revisit act 10 too and give it a polish.

Still I had and continue to have more than enough fun that I wasn’t too put out by a slightly weak ending.

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What I find baffling is that GGG put themselves in a time crunch situation to begin with. That they took on too much work that they simply couldn’t complete it in the time that was allotted.
It is an act of inconceivably bad planning.

I should only hope that they fix their expansion, because this behavior is not conducive to trust. Putting out half finished shoddy work is only going to lose them players and money.
Fortunately they have developed a fair bit of good will with me, so I am willing to cut them some slack. But they had better get on top of this shit.

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Agreed on doing acts 1-10. Previously, very time I played through Sarn I thought, “I really don’t want to do this 2 more times”. I was watching Mathil on twitch last night and he is running this insane Charged Dash build I have to try next. It looks really fun.

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the guild meet up continues, with last weekend being spent camping in the wild northern lands between north bay and quebec that my adopted fam lives in each summer, followed by much needed recovery time before sending jose back to the UK.

games wise been derping around in albion still. we convinced jose to respec healer and are power leveling him in that endeavour so we could do more “dificult” group content that calls for heals – which when we can get it going is excelent exp per hour farming action.

no video game videos this week, but we did make our first ever legit music video thanks to jose filming glorious cottage country on his gopro. and want to note some of these shots are literally 2-5 minute walk from my house.

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again, nice video.
Looks like you all had a good time!

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thanks, this is only my 2nd time ever working with live video adn never done only live video before. last time working with it being over 13 years ago with windows movie maker XD

so i’m super happy with how it turned out, which is at least partially due to jose taking excelenet footage (and more importantly making a point to record alot of footage).

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Uhhhhh – yall have a really awesome guild.
Wal Mart Pizza is shooting up the charts.

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we have our fun. we have our low points too. but this past several months since a couple people were removed and added a bunch of people it’s been alot of fun, even if gaming wise i don’t think we’ve been ever any more slack than these days :D

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I’d rather be camping with friends than just about anywhere else.

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i do it a couple times a year usually just 1-2 nights as i tend to chain smoke when i’m around the fire and so it gets expensive (and hard on my body).

but it’s good to get out and see the other fam and get some solid campfire action going.

otherwise i so rarely get to hang out with people in person in my old age, that the meet up in general has been a lot of fun even if only 2 people could make it this year.

which next year should be bigger – big enough that splitting on renting a cottage for a week should be an affordable endeavour for all involved. which too big for my mom’s house which we’ve been grocery shopping nearly daily for meals due to lack of space in the fridge from having everyone’s drinks and mixers and snacks in there XD

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Armsbend

Quit smoking it is dumb. I stopped having hangovers once I stopped smoking.

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i tried vaping but it makes me ill. otherwise for how much free time i have i do alright most of the time.

and my hangovers in my 30s are the lightest of my life. which is some how surprising and horrifying. XD

otherwise smoking outside gets me off my ass and down and up the stairs regularly, which in turn helps me stay under 200lbs on meds that have side effect of strong weight gain typically. also power walking to the liquor store for my booze :D

with my illness i do alright considering a common scenario is for guys like me to chain smoke while zoning out on the weather channel. >>

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I did the Blu cigs for a bit but they just didnt have the same draw as the real thing. Which was good because I just quit instead of regressing back. Quit it all. My biggest motivation was I felt that my gums and jaw were hurting because I was a big dipper (yeah I know grody to the max) and I was sincerely worried about having to cut off my face for mouth cancer.

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played mtg with a guy who dipped as a kid was super gross.

i’m a ware of the health risks of smoking and recomend against it (and have been giving my friends a hard time about bumming my smokes while here) but with my chronic disability illness it ends up being a net benefit for better or worse.

which people with my illness typically don’t live to super old age smoking or not unfortunately. >>

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I had a bunch of baseball player pals who all dipped so i did. You could easily hide it in high school more than cigs.

Its a funny world now I could count the kids who didnt smoke in HS on two hands now hardly anyone does. Successful campaigns!

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Ken from Chicago

Wait, what if we play elves–but that are *evil*. A … DARK … elf, if you will?

Huh? How about that? Huh? ;-)

What? Too fancy? Oh you wanna play as a human? Of course.

Human: The “vanilla” of mmo races.

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every kid wants to grow up to be drizzt. XD

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My owner watched Ex Machina this week, which has left me too filled with existential questions to play anything. I’m all locked up.

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Ex Machina was a very, very interesting film. Definitely got me thinking, and gave me a good shock as well.

So many movies are derivative of other recent popular movies — it was nice to see something genuinely different.

A friend of mine made an interesting point though, I thought — he suggested that, if the two male leads in Ex Machina were female, a lot of the plot would have to be “motivated” differently.

We realize that the movie was intentionally commenting on the “maleness” of a lot of modern tech-development culture, but even in the early 21st century, women are generally socially accultured differently from men, so certain parts of the film would have to be reworked to go to the same places with female leads.

Anyway, your owner made a good choice, in my opinion, Sega Box! :-)

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ex machina is in my long over due queue, which i need to check if it’s on netflix so i can watch it on my tv. :P

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Not on Netflix, but free to stream if you’ve got an Amazon Prime membership (which I recommend for many reasons, regardless). Wonderful film, which I’ve seen twice.

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i’ll say it now i’m a ppirate of environment rather than one of choice. i don’t think then that there’s a legit way to get it in canada. and while we’ve flirted with amazon prime… well there’s crtain cost and benefit considerations for that.

neeedkess to say further ffort will be made before the inevitable search for the download becuase i do believe that within reason content creators deserve to be paid (at least when they’re serving up original content and not this #wtfu shit, and no my videos generally don;t count as fair use but am happy i can upload and share them nonetheless).

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I agree! Google has it to rent or buy, at least in the US.

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