WRUP: We want bones edition

Hello and thank you for calling the Bone Collectors, Thomas and Edward Bone. We want bones. To be absolutely clear, our last name is Bone, and we also want bones. If you have bones, we will buy them. We will buy bones you have lying around. We will buy bones that are in your body or the bodies of your pets. Unless you have a pet shark. Sharks do not have bones. Please do not try to sell us shark bones.

Do not ask us what we will do with the bones. Do not ask us why we drive the Bone Wagon through town playing our cheerful tune about putting your bones inside of the bone wagon. Just sell us your bones. No one will pay more money for bones. Leave your bones for sale in this week’s edition of What Are You Playing to make sure we know the bones are out there. Bones: We want them. We want bones.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go is still on my main menu. Splatoon 2 got neglected so I may jump back in there to prepare for the next Splatfest, or hit up some more Dauntless (only played a little this week, but it was a nice, quick Monster Hunter fix).

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Guild Wars 2 for me, but honestly, I’m probably going to sleep a lot and do nothing. I need to catch up on that after last weekend!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): You know it’s Final Fantasy XIV, don’t front. Don’t make it weird.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I forge ever onward in Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor, where currently I’m wading through piles of angry Dwarves trying to reclaim their ring of power. I also am hoping to adopt a nice Ale Association goat by Sunday, and I shall call him Geoff. My World of Warcraft subscription is finally up on Monday after months of free play via WoW tokens, so I have promised myself a gaming session or two to evaluate if resubbing is what I want to do right now.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I have a large chunk of my weekend taken out of gaming by an awesome real life thing, but I will still dive onto my favorites for a spell. I want to finish Blue Mountain in Secret World Legends, and I’ve missed all the special summer stuff in EverQuest II so I want to at least get going with the week four quest. Besides that, I will be doing some ARK: Survival Evolved and Conan Exiles surviving. And a new entry: I’ll be doing more Trove to try and earn that special event mount!

Pierre, patron: As for many weeks now, I’m still playing casual sessions of The Division and Destiny, waiting impatiently for the launch of Destiny 2 on PS4 on September 65h (RIP my social life). Meanwhile, as I expect to play Life is Strange: Before the Storm when it launches on August 31, I’m going through a new playthrough of the best adventure game ever, Life is Strange. Such an exceptional game, I love it. Enjoy your gaming weekend MOP readers. Cheers!

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Malcolm Swoboda

Also nice Ottawa Pride.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Almost all SWL! Done Transylvania besides more niche aspects, and I’m in Tokyo earlier than I expected. Progressing through it okay (even as getting used to how long and developed its missions can be). In maxed Blues and in no big rush to get full Purples so I’m focusing instead on collecting more and better (pips/extraordinary) sets of Blues. September is definitely going to be caught up with content, doing Elites, rest of Tokyo, maybe Lairs and Raids.

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Ket Viliano

New 4k monitor, 1080ti… just started playing Bioshock.

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MikeInTheLab

Getting a little STO time in. Also dusting off ESO after listening to Ladies if Leet and hearing how they are enjoying it.

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A Tonberry's Tears

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT has a closed beta. It isn’t an MMO, but that’s what I’m playing.

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Tandor

I’m mostly playing ESO (still leveling my first warden in Vvardenfell, currently lvl 21), and TSWL (moved on this week to the Savage Coast). That would normally leave any of WoW, LoTRO, and SWTOR to fill in any gaps along with either Witcher 3 or Fallout 4 (and no, I wouldn’t have time for any of them in all probability!) but last night I had a first look at Conan Exiles and I got rather hooked.

If only I had as much time for gaming in retirement as I used to manage to find when I was working, but somehow I don’t seem to have found the way to square that particular circle just yet!

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nobleeinherjar

A friend watched me play Until Dawn to completion. Amazing game, though some of the choices are really underexplained and the “Don’t Move” portions were pretty annoying.

I also decided to just throw away all the other games I was playing and just roll a new Bloodborne character (trying a Bloodtinge build this time). I have so much else I need/want to do, but today I decided I wanted something familiar and comfortable.

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Jon Sleeper

STO and Auto Mechanic Simulator 2018. Yes, very exciting.

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Utakata

This week: My stumpy bones are once again weary of another game changing WoW patch. So I may get off that endgame tread and dread mill for awhile and just level alts. See how things go.

Have a great week and weekend, folks! <3

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Bryan Correll

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Koshelkin

SWL and a single-player game I can’t decide on right now.

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DeadlyAccurate

West of Loathing is a fantastic, charming game.

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Koshelkin

Well it’s got to be one I already have and didn’t play so West of Loathing is (sadly?) out of question.

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deekay_plus

do you have star dew valley? it’s a very slow burn game that takes a long time and patience to get going but i’ve been told by everyone i know who has invested the time and effort that it’s extremely rewarding as a video game experience for having done so.

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deekay_plus

this week saw me battling lag in albion which is now fixed, and jumping in to star citizen again as i melted my freelancer for a cutlass then did something retarded and spent $800cad on the game in a fit during the stream last night (before i even tuned in mind you). the interiors of that 600i were just too sexy to pass up and i picked up a few other baubles while i was at it.

i apparently get to name the ship.

i also jumped in late last night with my buddy ally ghost to do the silly stupid thing and attempt to gank people in the star farer. needless to say it went poorly but the video should be somewhat entertaining once it’s up.

anyways here’s some star citizen action in pirate swarm with the now obsolete cutlass:

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Koshelkin

800 cad? well i sure wish the game’s everything you want it to be.

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deekay_plus

tbh i bought the stuff before i even tuned into the stream of the presentation, and the presentation was rather strong despite the server crash early on so while it’s the most i’ve ever spent on a single game at all, i feel pretty confident about it at this point.

and the fact that chris roberts resisted giving us dates this time around for fucking once was also quite a relief. as that’s been a major gripe i’ve had with him/cig for a while.

as well they were saying that everything abotu 3.0 is ready except the delta patcher which i’ve already been aware of the pain of the current patcher for quite some time and what the delta patcher will bring to teh project so that also helped.

funny enough after the stream i got righteously drunk and called myself an idiot on twitter but this afternoon thinking over it i’m fine with it again. lol

anywyas my money finally came in and while this was an unplanned purchase previously it’s an ok treat before the entire cheque clears and i can replace this dying pc and possibly get that tatoo i’ve been thinking on. as well i am due to buy some people dinner that helped me out at various points in my life when i was in need so i will be getting to that finally as well.

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Greaterdivinity

PoE, SWL, Agents of Mayhem, maybe some Division/Crew added in as well.

Super enjoy PoE since I came back, but damnit… it’s taking up far too much of my gaming time now >.<

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Sray

I really wanted to love Agents of Mayhem, but I didn’t find the story very funny or engaging. The various technical problems just made it worse: my beast of a rig should have easily been hitting 60fps in the game, yet was maxing at 45fps regardless of resolution, with plenty of dips into the 20s; and the controller scheme was awkward for mouse+keyboard, like there was too many abilities to place within an intuitive scheme around WASD. Hopefully they’ve got a patch in the next week or so that cleans that up, but it wasn’t an impressive launch for a game that seems to be a 6.5/7 out of 10 “it’s okay” kind of release.

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Greaterdivinity

Yeah, initial impression was pretty good but I started focusing on the side activities and…I agree. Same on performance, I was getting a rock solid 60 without issue with the Nvidia specific options turned off before getting the drivers that were released specifically for AoM…now I’m getting performance issues despite not changing a single setting.

I kinda expected controls to be a bit wonky like they are in Saints Row so that’s not much of an issue for me though. I’m going to hold off on a final judgment until I see much more of the actual story, though. It’s at least fun to zip around and blow everything up for the most part, so far.

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I’m playing Overwatch as usual and Car Mechanic Simulator 2018.

CMS ’18 is surprisingly relaxing and addictive for a person like me who hates cars. It’s also a good learning experience. After playing for just a few hours, when the alternator on our car died, I knew what to look for, found the youtube video that showed how to replace one, and convinced my husband it was something we could do. I’ve never even changed the oil on a car and now I can say I’ve changed an alternator. (Don’t get me wrong; it won’t turn you into a mechanic. But it will teach you what the parts of a car are and give you some idea of what they do).

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zoward

Well, I dusted off my personal LK-era WoW server, updated it and took my dwarven priest for a spin through Feralas. I’ve also been working on my newest character in Dungeons & Dragons Online, an evocation wizard. I managed to score the fourth inventory bag – and level 5 – early this morning. Good stuff. I’m still on the fence abourt resubbing for a while. Looking forward to doing the Catacombs questline later today, assuming I procrastinate on the lawn and ever-growing pile of laundry. I may also try to sneak in some quality time with Trove tomorrow. Have a great weekend all!

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Sorenthaz

FFXIV, MUD stuff, something I can’t talk about but wish I could because it’s so freaking good, and maybe some Fortnite/Paragon.

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Armsbend

not even a vague hint?

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Sorenthaz

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Armsbend

CCCCCCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL!!!

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deekay_plus

there’s a certain game with a certain article i talked about a little birdy. ;)

how’s that for a vague hint (don’t want to get soren in trouble :D)

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mysecretid

BREE!!! Eliot’s posting about his boners again! Make him stop!!! :-D

What am I playing? The fool, apparently …

This week was mostly Crusader Kings II. Unlike Stellaris, CK 2 has one of the worst tutorials I’ve ever seen in a strategy game. It tells you just enough to screw you up. I’ve found some real tutorials on YouTube though, and I’m trying to get better at being a quasi-medieval-era ruler.

As for MMORPGs — not a lot this past week. Star Trek Online, as ever.

I have time left on my Star Wars: The Old Republic subscription, so I dipped into the latest episode, “Crisis On Umbara” and came away disappointed and slightly sad.

I don’t know who or what is responsible, but for a game pitched as story-driven, the stories don’t seem all that engaging. “Corridor fights” (literal or figurative) ending in boss battles, and cutscenes which basically just declaim plot at me.

For a character who’s supposed to be the leader of the third major faction in the SWTOR universe, I sure don’t seem to have much influence (or participation, even) in events around me, other than to shoot things when I’m told it’s required. :-(

For all my alleged power and resources, my character hasn’t even managed to locate and recover all his beloved lost companions, even after more than a year of real-time.

I don’t hate SWTOR, and this is not snark — I actually want to love the game, but I’m tired of being disappointed by it.

I’m either being railroaded by pre-set plots, or I’m killing time between plot drops endlessly grinding for random gear that I don’t even want.

I have great characters who basically get to do nothing much, it seems, except to do what they’re told.

I’m out until things pick up. There are other better ways to spend my gaming time,

Take care of yourselves, folks. SWTOR may disappoint me, but you guys shine bright like the suns of Tatooine, whether you believe it or not. (Believe it) :-)

Be well,

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Sray

In addition to my thoughts on Canadians and PC gamers, I had a separate, slightly more serious epiphany this week in regards to Mass Effect, SWTOR and “BioWare story” in general.

It’s in two parts.

First: BioWare’s strength isn’t story. They recycle the same basic plot over and over again: I swear to God that they use the whole “the answer was invented by ancient and/or dead race and/or secret society thousands of years ago” as the basic plot maguffin/linchpin so often that I would legitimately be unsurprised if Casey Hudson at some point said “the ancient Atlanteans discovered the cure for cancer before their continent was sunk” and he was completely serious about it (personally, for science fiction and science fantasy settings, that feels very anti-scientific). They railroad plot decisions down players’ throats while presenting choices that make no difference. Too often you have to go on “mission X” because that level has been designed and needs to be used, regardless of whether or not it makes sense to the plot. Motives and reasons for why events happen the way they do frequently lack almost any type adult logic and reasoning behind them.

Second: BioWare’s strength is characters. They make us care about these characters because of their unique personalities and how they interact with one another. They give these supporting characters fleshed out backstories that affect how they interact with us and also help shape the journey that our player characters are taking. How many times have you read a forum post or spoken to someone who’s replaying a class story in Mass Effect or SWTOR or Dragon Age because this time they’re planning on the opposite alignment and romancing a different supporting character? It’s because we like the characters and want to see how our decisions affect them: the actual story plot is almost secondary to getting to know and interact with the great characters they’ve created.

Anyway, just my two cents.

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hey that’s a really good observation, both of em. i actually quite like some bioware characters even if i think most of the writing is trash. lol

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Sray

Had an epiphany this week after a lot of the console oriented discussions due to Gamescom news: being a Canadian and being a PC gamer are kind of the same thing. Both are much more likely to emphasize the importance of using treating the English language properly than their neighbors. Both are kind of arrogant about having the best stuff -and way more of it- than anyone else. And both get really insecure and defensive about anyone else having something cool that they don’t have… yet.

Anyway, I’m not going to be playing Final Fantasy XV. Sigh… Last weekend just before I was about to fire up my PS4 to play some more of it, I refresh the Origin store front page and there’s a big ole shiny “FFXV on PC, Coming Soon” banner. I knew when I bought it on sale two weeks ago that they’d been experimenting with a PC build as far back as February, but there’s been no announcements since so I figured I’d jump in because it was down to $25. And now here’s the announcement.. and of course they’re promising all the graphical bells and whistles, plus all the DLC too. The game is way too beautiful already to play on a console when you have a ridiculously powerful new PC rig like I do, let alone once they layer in all the cool PC stuff. Thus, I’m waiting until it hits the PC this spring; and I’ll just call buying it on PS4 a twenty-five dollar life lesson in patience.

That means I’m probably just going to tool around a bit in various games in the library to see if something clicks and pulls me in. So there’s possibly getting my platinum in Life Is Strange before the prequel arrives this week; finishing off the Halo single player campaign that I’ve left hanging at the last mission set for about a month; there’s always that new game+ I’ve been wanting to start in Horizon Zero Dawn; maybe grabbing Uncharted: the Lost Legacy; possibly finish off episode three of Guardians of the Galaxy; probably no MMO stuff for now as the new rig doesn’t have anything installed (other than SWTOR, which I absentmindedly transferred over with the rest of my Origin library), and I’m getting way too close to my monthly datacap to start downloading a bunch of games that I might only play for fifteen minutes; plus, I’m still only half way through watching The Defenders. Anyway, I’ve got options.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I’ll get FFXV when its out on PC, 2018-2019 after patching, discount, and whatever future content they might release :D.

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likely to emphasize the importance of using treating the English language properly than their neighbors.

are you saying i’m not canadian? :D

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Sray

We’ll let you slide dk: someone has to be the exception to prove the rule.

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:D

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Just got Uncharted: Lost Legacy so that will probably be my only game I’ll play this weekend

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Still sorta playing Tree Of Savior, in spirit: it has been a hectic week & I have have had no time for anything.

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Duey Bear

Been playing Black Desert and slowly catching up on GW2. Got my birthday prezzies though.

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mysecretid

Happy belated birthday!

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Michael18

After completing all of the main Mordor content in LOTRO I’m leisurely doing some dailies, which are quite enjoyable because they send you all across the 5 new zones instead of being located in a secluded end-game area.

Beyond that, I wonder if I should roll an alt. I’m considering an RK or Beo. Alternatively, I might throw in some single player gaming. Been eyeing Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Tower of Time for a while now…

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Koshelkin

Hellblade is a great narrative-driven experience. Don’t expect much from the gameplay, though, it’s easy riddles and simple combat but the atmosphere is top-notch and the story is great.

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Tobasco da Gama

Mostly just bouncing between Titanfall 2 and SWL.

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Sariel

Long-time lurker, first time posting. Hello everyone. ^^

I’ve been leveling up my Red Mage in FFXIV, completing my Sightseeing Log as I go. Here are a few samples! Hoping to get a bunch of screenshots to post in the future for WRUPs.

(Also having some issues posting this comment, so apologies if I mess up and repost this a million times or something silly like that…)

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Hirku

Gooble gobble, gooble gobble!

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Utakata

A problem drinking while being a Gnome. A shot glass might as well be a pint. :(

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Hirku

Some folk don’t have a problem with pints…

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Utakata

Those are Hobbits though. And to my understanding have better constitutions when it comes to alcohol consumption. o.O

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zoward

Welcome aboard! Beautiful screenshots are always welcome here :-)

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mysecretid

Welcome, and thanks for joining the festivities! :-)

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Michael18

nice screenshots :)

And welcome!

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hugmonster

Taking my time with Witcher 3, it’s so good I just don’t want to rush it :)

MMO-side it’s mostly GW2, dailies and farming gold for the inevitable mount skins come the new expansion.

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wild-abyss

Still SWL. I do daily scenario and bag runs trying to make a dent in the purple gear wall while trying to psych myself up to step foot in even E1 dungeons. I’m glad the story mode exists because I’m not sure I would have seen the dungeons without them.

Other than that I am still researching which monitor to pair with my upcoming 1080Ti and trying to convince NCIX to give me Destiny 2 with it since the promo started a few days after I bought the card and they haven’t shipped it yet so…

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Malcolm Swoboda

The NYC raid will have ‘Story’ mode too, thankfully (or at least some ‘easier’ mode).

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Armsbend

Has someone been thinking about Tim and Eric’s Usable Human Bones?

I promised some old pals I’d finally hop in Battlegrounds this weekend. So I’ll be playing that for the first time.

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deekay_plus

soooooo

cooper is back? find out tomorrow! :O and mr c is headed to twin peaks :O

i was reminded that miguel ferrir died and wondered if he died after shooting was wrapped. ive been worried about that constantly while watching that he didn’t complete his last work in TP before dying and so far it seems ok. damn shame, great actor and the welcometotwinpeaks.com write up about david bowie that had some insight from him was quite nice.

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Armsbend

We’ll see. I’m kind of avoiding TP talk on the net lately because a bunch of Russians leaked the episodes to 18 and so real spoilers are everywhere. I am sure Russia is filled with a deep and rich culture worthy of song – but in reality for everyday people they really ruin a lot of things. They are a complete pile of garbage as a people. All of them. Even seemingly innocent newborns.

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i saw the warnings about the russian hacker spoilers but yet to see them on the fb pages i follow along the show with.

as it is those pages tend to get a bit over excited about posting gifs and screen caps from the latest episode before i have a chance to watch it so i sort of get very vague spoilers before i have a chance to watch.

which during the meetup i wasn’t on point watching the latest eps as i usually am so i got even more of that and in some cases legit spoilers for things. which was annoying.

but the pay off of dealing with the harder to watch aspects of the show have been really coming through the last some odd episdes. really with teh second half of the season so far since the bat shit insan eorigin of evil episode in general.

and that brings me to the final thing i’ve had on my mind with it:

i have this theory even before i saw a blog post comparing audrey and dougie is that mr c took something from her when he visited her in the hospital before disspearing, and that’s why shes become the way she is now.

anyways we’ll see how that theory pans out, and hopefully we’ll get a relatively happy ending.

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I am still playing Path of Exile and yup it is a different build again this weekend though I will save boring you with the details. I hit things they explode in clouds of gore and its fun :-) While I will be playing some PoE I am dedicating the majority of the weekend to reliving some gaming memories from yesteryear.

A while back GoG.com released a few of the old SSI gold box games into their library which I snatched up eagerly and enjoyed replaying them. However, some were missing but GoG (bless em) have now filled in the gaps. So I think most of my weekend (and probably several more) will be spent playing through the gold box Dragonlance series (Champions of Krynn, Death Knights of Kyrnn and The Dark Queen Kyrnn).

They are not pretty games by the standards of today, heck even when they were first released they were not pretty games. Yet they still somehow suck you into the world and keep you there. Been very enjoyable so far even when I took off the rose tinted specs.

Only other thing on the menu is a quick dip into the Prey demo so I can see how well it runs on my PC with a view to buying the game while it is half price on steam. Not had chance to try it yet but I will fit it in at some point over the weekend.

Hope everyone has a fun and safe gaming weekend o/

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Tandor

I have very fond memories of those games, along with a whole host of others that are still to be found. My son played Betrayal at Krondor a few months ago, and we both enjoyed Might and Magic X Legacy although I haven’t managed yet to get him playing the Legend of Grimlock games which provide an excellent modern throwback to Dungeon Master. Thanks to both GoG and Steam there are countless decent old games worthy of replay at silly prices, but my comment above about current games gives an indication of why I never seem to fit in the old games as much as I’d like to.

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Armsbend

SSI was such a legend developer.

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mysecretid

Secret of The Silver Blades was my go-to SSI gold box game back in the day. :-)

Have fun!

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for me it was allied general. :D

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Hirku

I’m still playing Secret World Legends, but only out of a stubborn determination to see the end of the original story content. After that I’m done , assuming the increasingly miserable grind and Funcom’s bullshit doesn’t drive me off sooner.

Stellaris is wonderful, almost but not quite up there with Starflight as one of my favorite SF gaming experiences. Somebody finally understands that exploration and discovery is just as important, if not more so, than space trucking and pew-pew.

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Malcolm Swoboda

SWL got me til Sept/Oct. But the stuff lately has me rather uncertain if I’m going to stick til Nov/Dec, let alone 2018.

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Michael18

This feeling of exploration and discovery is brilliantly captured in some of the Stellaris trailers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KanCiSGxSKM

Sadly I could not find it in the game itself to the same extent, but that’s probably just me, because it’s not exactly my genre. Also I played shortly after release when there were hardly any guides available. Should give it another shot, sometime.

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mysecretid

There are more guides for Stellaris on YouTube now for sure, and the in-game “AI Assistant” Narrator has been improved.

If all else fails, you can always ask me specific questions about the game here. I don’t mind, and I’ll answer if I’m able.

Cheers,

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Michael18

thanks for the offer!

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Ironweakness

Rift this weekend. I should be finishing up Storm Legion soon and can move on to the next expansion. I’ve never played through any of them so it’s all new. So far the questing in Storm Legion has been great, a lot of interesting variation.

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I have mainly been playing ESO and burning up all of that rest xp. It is quite the task…so much so that I think I injured my mount.

I tried XCOM 2 since it is FTP on Steam this weekend, but it was not my thing. I also tried Darkwood (which is kinda FTP now) , but it also wasn’t my thing.

Anywho back into Cyrodiil tonite I guess.

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