WRUP: A review of Titans Return Magnus Prime with every noun replaced with moth edition

I had no real use for Moths Return Powermaster Moth when the moth was first announced, because while I liked the previous version of the moth… well, there are about a dozen moths of that moth sitting in my moth. However, the Japanese moth got released with what is probably the last moth of the line, so I wound up with him anyway. And it’s kind of circular, since the original moth was the first Moth moth I actually owned. Everything comes back to the same moth after all.

Much to my surprise, this is a really solid moth; you can tell where the moth shares design elements from Ultra Moth, but the retooling makes it feel like a very different moth. I expected the moth to feel a bit oversized, which is often the case with “enlarged” Moth moths, but here it looks trim, lithe, and in sharp contrast to the bulkier moth that Moth looks like. So it’s a pretty great moth. Not worth the $100 moth alone, maybe, but still really fun. And he has the right moths, that means a lot to me.

Oh, right, What Are You Playing. Let us know down in the moths!

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go is happening because I need an EX Raid. I’m hoarding Rare Candy for Mewtwo because (like in the main series) Mewtwo just wrecks the game. Actually, I’m hoarding in general in anticipation of a double-candy Halloween event. Admittedly, Fire Emblem: Heroes is getting attention because I’ve got two Ike (my favorite FE hero mostly thanks to Smash Bros) and some other powerful heroes to play with now. Oh, Friday was Undertale’s second year anniversary and one of my social groups is doing a “Video Game Book Club” on it, so I may help my mom finally finish it, as she tried playing it while I was in Japan and has expressed interest in finishing it.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Guild Wars 2 and Ultima Online again. Probably more of the latter this weekend since I will likely be playing plenty of Guild Wars 2 this fall. Just not launch weekend so much! Curse real-life plans.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): The usual Final Fantasy XIV antics will dominate my weekend, but I also was weak and picked up Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 because I had never actually bought Mega Man 9 or Mega Man 10 (and I really enjoy Mega Man 7). So that’ll be in there too.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’ve jumped back into Neverwinter with a new Scourge Warlock, so I’m trying out that type of gameplay and seeing if this game can scratch that “casual MMO” itch that I’ve been having. Otherwise, I’ll be pushing onward in Lord of the Rings Online and Secret World Legends’ Transylvania.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I’ll be spending some time in the first alpha test for Wild West Online, trying my hand at some gold mining and exploring the land. I also need to give some TLC to my dinos in ARK: Survival Evolved. Other than that, I need to catch up on the summer reward quests I missed in EverQuest II and give the ArcheAge anniversary corgi event a go. I mean, who could resist a corgi?

Pierre, patron: I don’t understand, something is delaying my progress in Destiny 2. What’s this thing called work? It’s been occupying too many hours of my days this last week. And now I’m late and not even ready for the raid when all my clan is prepared and has started confronting the Leviathan. This I have no choice but to spend my entire weekend trying to catch up. Sorry, I have to leave. Fallen troops have disembarked and I have to show them the way back to where they come from. Enjoy your gaming weekend MOP readers.

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Mewmew

Fun fact – Those big beautiful green Luna Moths don’t have mouths. They can’t eat. They basically starve to death in a week after their transformation, and only use that time to mate.

That picture above cut off the prettiest part of the moth though :D

And to keep this on the game topic – I’m playing Fortnite, though I’m unhappy with some of the things they’re doing now (like the PvP part that’s splitting the focus when the co-op game isn’t near done). Realistically I’m so upset with it that if I was offered all my money back that I’ve spent on the game and would have to close my account to take it, I’d do that.

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Hirku

Another week where I was too busy programming to play anything. But the work went very well and I got all the chores done quickly yesterday, so today is SWTOR Sunday.

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Utakata

This week: It’s the weekend already again? Still playing WoW…

…and have a great week ‘n weekend everyones! <3

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Jack Pipsam

Looking for a job.

But not as much MMO wise atm, tempted to download Eden Eternal agian though.

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Utakata

Good luck to you on that! /bows

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Malcolm Swoboda

Not too much since its the start of classes.
Secret World Legends, a bit of dailies. I need to step it up soon enough if I want all (non-weapons; I don’t have time for that crap) cache stuff bought from the auction house.
I decided to play Mario + Rabbid’s Kingdom Battle for reals. I’m into it. Go Rabbid Peach/Petch!
Tinkering with mobile games.
Continuing Telltale’s Game of Thrones Season 1 (will there be a Season 2+?). I know its issues. I’m still compelled.

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nobleeinherjar

I’ve been on a huge strategy game kick. Endless Space 2 finally added fighters and bombers so I picked that up because I am a huge Endless fan.
Also been playing Medieval: Total War 2 by my lonesome and Civilizations 5 with a friend. I’ve also been working my way through the campaigns of Starcraft Remastered and Relic’s first Dawn of War game in the Warhammer 40k universe (then I’m going to move onto Winter Assault, then Dark Crusade).

In terms of online games, I’ve mostly been playing Destiny 2 and Everybody’s Golf. But I feel like any day now I’m going to reinstall LOTRO and make some real progress. Oh, I’ve also been playing R6 Siege with a friend.

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mysecretid

This past week, I played Destiny 2 voraciously, and had great fun. It made me very happy to be back in a familiar game setting that I love, and to discover that there are still adventures to be had, and stories to be experienced.

My other game this week was Agents Of Mayhem, also played on my PS4.

AoM has quirks and problems — moreso problems caused by certain design choices, rather than bugs, I have found, but I still really enjoy playing the game, for whatever reason. It just “hits me the right way” for lack of a better explnation.

Even when I bought the new Johnny Gat character DLC for the game, only to discover that the DLC (when added) completely locked up my game, and made it unplayable — I just reloaded my entire game without the DLC and started the game over again, from scratch, so I must enjoy it on some level, right?

Has anybody else ended up liking a game that everyone else — gamers and critics alike — seem to consider inferior or failed?

I’m not talking about otherwise popular games like, say, World Of Warcraft, which some people like to hate on, but rather, games which come out to generally lukewarm reviews by gamers and the press alike, but you’re the one going, “Hunh? Actually, I really like this game!”

This isn’t the first time it’s happened to me, but I wonder how common it might be.

Take care of yourselves, please, people. What would I do without you? :-)

Cheers,

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Sray

Has anybody else ended up liking a game that everyone else — gamers and critics alike — seem to consider inferior or failed?

I’d have to say that my second favorite game of the year, after Horizon Zero Dawn, has been Mass Effect: Andromeda, so I definitely have some idea of what it’s like to really get into a game that critics and fans alike consider sub-par or flat out bad.

I really like Saints Row, and I’d love to give AoM another chance, so right now I’m keeping my eyes open for a sale on any of the various platforms.

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mysecretid

You’re wise to wait for a sale, I think. That way, if you buy AoM and it just doesn’t work for you, at least you didn’t mortgage the family pet to buy it, y’know?

I would stress again that it’s got problems. I actually found that, when I was forced to re-start my campaign a second time (as above), I did a lot better, because I’d spent enough time with the game and the characters, that I knew better how to navigate the quirks of AoM’s design.

AoM hits you with a lot of “how to play” pop ups in the early going, but the finer points of how a lot of the game elements work (or don’t work) together in the game aren’t really explained well. You just have to suss it out by playing.

So yeah, good idea to get this one on sale, or used for PS4, so if you actually don’t like the game, you won’t feel like you got stung.

Cheers,

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Sorenthaz

That reminds me that I need to play Agents of Mayhem more. I pretty much only did the intro stuff and haven’t really touched it since, even though I’ve been a big fan of the Saints Row games out of Volition.

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Loopy

Overwatch is still around – i don’t see the shine wearing off any time soon, especially when i’m pinched for time.

Guild Wars 2 is keeping me interested so far. Seems like a crap load of content to do, and it’s streamlined enough without being bombarded with +exp scrolls, OP gear, and other “incentives”.

I’ve finally gotten to trying out Secret World Legends. So far i’m having a lot of fun – albeit i’m still in the very early stages of the game. I’m enjoyed the revamped skill system, so we’ll see how long it keeps me hooked.

Other than that, i’ve been dabbling in some lesser known/polished games, such as Pirates of the Burning Sea, Alien Swarm, Uncharted Waters Online, and other non-fantasy games, just to change it up a bit.

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TomTurtle

Back in the game again now that I replaced a dead video card. Huzzah!

Some Guild Wars 2 game-wise but also enjoying some Let’s Plays and Twitch streams. Dead by Daylight released Leatherface as a killer, and it’s been fun to watch some new content in that game. I gave the free play a try, but my computer isn’t all that good even for that game sadly. Considering the salt factory in that game’s community, it’s probably for the best.

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katiepossible

It’s double experience weekend in Runescape this weekend, which means that’s where I will be spending my time until Monday morning. I got lucky and was not scheduled to work at my floral job this weekend, and my other job is from home on my own hours (research) and I don’t have anything that needs to be urgently done!

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I’m playing Overwatch, Titanfall 2 co-op, and, I just don’t know what else. I was playing This War of Mine, but it started getting rather tedious. I’m looking for something deep, either a good survival sandbox game with story or an RPG.

I want to wait for reviews of Divinity: Original Sin that have finished the game. A lot of the great stuff with the first one ended after about 15 hours.

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deekay_plus

the long dark recently released their story mode. the story telling is kind of oldschool in a manner of speaking but my buddy who has been into the game for months now really enjoyed it.

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Rees Racer

Guild Wars 2
Still having a surprisingly good time after starting all over since first playing for a month at launch. Actually kind of excited for Path of Fire next weekend.

Blade & Soul
But of course I had to have a look at the new Gunslinger class. Like many MMO’s are wont to do…it seems ridiculously overpowered (OP!) right now. I honestly might wait until the dev’s nerf it by at least 20%.

Cold Waters
This casual submarine simulation (if there is such a thing) was released a few months ago. I’d initially balked at the price-point, but I am certainly thrilled I bought it. Only single-player presently, but multi-player seems imminent…although a year away at best. Atmospheric and methodical…it’s hugely satisfying to stalk Soviet shipping (or an Akula attack sub) in my Trafalgar class and getting the fabulous Spearfish torpedoes off without being detected.

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Armsbend

I’m all over Cold Waters for the winter sale.

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thickenergy

Probably just Battlefield 1 on the game front, plus finishing season 5 of Elementary and some running.

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Sorenthaz

Might give WWO a look since I have alpha access, but it’s been pretty mixed reception-wise. There is a LOT of misinformation being spread around Twitch and so on about the whole Sergey stuff and then of course you’ve got a ton of snobs who are like “pfft this game looks like garbage it’s reusing assets from WarZ and you can barely even do anything right now”. Granted it is very difficult to see the game actually being able to fully launch before the end of this year, but it does look like it’s got promise even with the bad rep behind the engine.
FFXIV, DBAT, and Smite will probably be the main games I play this weekend with possibly Divinity Original Sin 2 with a friend and maybe some different games as random choices. Gonna be poking around on Phantasy Star Online 2 again as well if I can remember my old account info, lol.

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mistressbrazen

Busy filming and posting video lectures for my students who were displaced, stranded and otherwise inconvenienced by Hurricane Irma. At some point tonight I’m sure I’ll spend an hour or so in TSW, grinding 10k achievements to further my museum development.

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wild-abyss

I’m playing set-up PC Overkill today (or Mjolnir. I named it Mjolnir).

The good news is: it is the quietest gaming computer I’ve ever used.

The bad news: the second I started setting up Windows 10 and customizing things to my liking my G600 mouse started the dreaded double-clicking thing when I single click. So I can’t actually PLAY anything right now until I retrieve my replacement mouse from where I left it in my office desk. I didn’t have a single problem with this mouse just yesterday in Windows 7 but 10? Something about it is ruining my expensive MMO mouse.

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mysecretid

I seem to recall that there’s a default setting in Windos 10, somwhere, where you can go in and tell the damn program to read your mouse clicks the way you want them read.

Apologies if I’m misremembering now, but I mention this in case things are indeed as I recall them, and you can solve your problem easily.

One of my great complaints about Windows has always been that the program alwasy seems to be trying to get me to conform to its default settings, rather than asking me what I want it to do.

Good luck! Nice rig!

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Zulika Mi-Nam

double clicking when a single click is input is a widespread win10 issue. Google it up. I think most people rollback the driver.

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mysecretid

Gotcha. Thanks. I never switched to 10 from 7 — I meant to do so; even had the free-copy offer in place, but when my HD crashed, and I had to reformat, I lost all my status with the Win10 offer thereby.

And, so far, I haven’t felt a pressing need to switch. I know that day will come, sooner than later, but Win7 is currently running everything I need it to run, so for now, all is well.

Cheers,

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wild-abyss

Oh, right! Photos!

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Utakata

The casing on that machine looks very deconstructivist! O.o

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Rees Racer

I see you’ve got a proper mouse (G600). Have you got the companion G13 on the other side of your keyboard?…I really can’t game without them both any longer. Everything looks fabulous!

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wild-abyss

I love this mouse (until it started double clicking all over the place) but I’ve never tried a gamepad. What’s the advantage? Maybe I need more peripherals… :)

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Rees Racer

The advantages (for me) have been numerous:
1. It’s much more ergonomically kind to my wrist…having all the buttons exactly where you want them, and within reach.
2. Using the thumb-stick to move…like a controller. I find it much more precise and fluid.
3. Setting up profiles for every game I play…including single-player games.
4. Can really do some lovely things with macros…

Cons:
1. Takes a bit of acclimatisation. Not long, mind you…but it will feel a bit awkward initially.
2. Takes 10+ minutes to set up each individual profile exactly how I want it.
3. Almost impossible to go back to simple keyboard controls. afterward…which means you almost have to take it with you whilst away on holiday, for those late nights after spending the day on the beach. :)

Here’s a typical set-up for me, using Guild Wars 2 as an example.

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Armsbend

I have it as well and use it all the time. Great little attachment. Impossible to break being logictech.

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deekay_plus

i use a nostromo for similar reasons. tho i don’t use it’s dpad to move. rather for jump/ptt/shift/modifiers.

i bought an orbweaver with my star citizen resales last year and absolutely loathed it primarily due to the shit dpad thing being useless.

anyways with my nostromo for mmo’s i sually do wasd surrounded by 1-0.

ih ave universal profile paradigms. even tho i have many profiles for mine they all share commonalities with game spcific binds here and there. but they all derive from either my basic mmorpg or fps root profiles.

but yeah definitely agree these are alot more pleasant on one’s wrist and hand than playing with a keyboard lol. and you get teh advantage of having usefulness for your thumb.

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Michael18

I had the same double click problem (with another mouse model, though) and all it took to fix it was to remove dust. You should check if your mouse can be opened and cleaned.

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deekay_plus

i know with certain razer models it’s due to a cheap part that wears out with enough clicks. razer actually disconintud the model i was using and RMAing once per year due to it (which i have nothing but problems with mice i buy from every brand i try but the imperator developed dbl clic of death issue reliably about a year after purchase lol).

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wild-abyss

I wanted it to be something like that but I just opened a brand new G600 and the exact same thing is happening. I’m so mad I don’t even know what to do at this point.

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Rees Racer

I am really sorry to hear about that. I’ve found Logitech to be significantly more reliable (and durable) than Razer…in my experience, although it may just be a matter of taste and personal preference for most others.

I’ve dragged both the Logitech peripherals about the globe more than 4 years now without issue. Perhaps you just received a bad unit. Hope you get it sorted.

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Armsbend

I once had a logictech mini keyboard that I spilled an entire beer on. I figured it was a goner so I ran it under the sink faucet for about 2 minutes. Dried it and it lasted for a few years after that – until I just didnt need it any longer.

LOGICTCH 4 LYFE

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wild-abyss

I usually love Logitech peripherals as well. That said, don’t fall for their solar powered keyboards. Can’t replace the battery and I had 2 fail within 8 months.

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deekay_plus

ouch.

have had it happen (on a razer mouse along time ago) on a fresh mouse tho.

was actualyl the first time i saw it and i blamed it on windows. reinstalling windows vista several times before throwing out the mouse. >>

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very nice. i wanted a blingy looking case but none of them had optical drive bays and i demand opitcal drives for burning mix cd’s in the summer LOL. i did manage to get one with a big clear window tho which was my other requirement.

your desk is also much cleaner than mine :D

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wild-abyss

Yes, I absolutely did not dust before taking the photos. [hides swiffer under desk]

I wanted an optical drive, too, mainly for blu-ray during grinding sessions, but the usage is so low for me that I figure I’ll pick up an external eventually.

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deekay_plus

Iirx pricing out usb stick verson of windows it was about the same or more than dvd optical.

I dont do blurays tho.

But ye i mostly only make 2-3 mix cds a year so not much usage here either but id rather not deal with yet another external thing lol

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Bannex

Divinity Original Sin 2. It’s the real deal.

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Rheem Octuris

Last moth I got Mothroid 2 in the moth. It’s okay. I don’t like the moths, you can’t edit them in the moths, which I find strange. Certain moths, especially the flying moths, charge at you as soon as you enter a moth or reload from dying, putting you in an endless moth. Beyond that, it is semi-faithful to the original Mothroid 2, for the Game Moth. I probably prefer Another Mothroid 2 Remoth, but that’s just me, and I think this is a decent moth.

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Koshelkin

Secret World Legends and Divinity: Original Sin(yes, the first one).

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Nater

Had a luna moth, like the one in the picture on my house a few years ago! It stayed for days! Thought it was dead, but one day I went to look and it was gone. Pretty cool! Moth nerdness aside, I have no idea what I want to do in terms of gaming. I’m so bored. The boys and I might try to get a table top session going, but everyone is so busy with work, wives and kids, it’s hard to nail anything down.

Poked my head into AQ3D for fun and I have to admit, for what it is, it’s pretty impressive. I always thought that Adventure Quest would make a pretty fun MMO world if they could somehow get it to 3D. I’m glad they made it through Irma okay. I hope other’s in Florida are doing okay. I know there’s a few Massively folks from the Pan Handle State.

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deekay_plus

i thought texas had the panhandle and florida was america’s dong?

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Nater

Heh, no.

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deekay_plus

quick google for panhandle state brings up this
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_Panhandle_State_University

:O

the only prior knowledge of a panhandle was growing up in texas and the texas panhandle. in retrospect i’m not sure what that area of texas has in common with a pan or a handle. lol

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Boom

Mainly going to be getting my butt handed to me in Battlefield 1, im determined to actually get a score im half pleased with rather than the brutal murder im currently experiencing.
Dipped my toe into The Division again for another free weekend, probably played about 3 of them an decided it just isnt for me, looks/runs beautifully but dont enjoy the cover system & it doesnt grip me.
As for MMOs im lost, stopped playing Neverwinter again due to Cryptics nerf & money grubbing. Jumped into Rift and the polish the games had really shows, looks great & performs well but somethings telling me not to get too involved again.

So im MMOless again…sob..sob

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poor boomy :(

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Ironweakness

I’m still playing Rift, working my way through Nightmare Tide for the first time. I’m enjoying the stories and zones quite a lot in this expansion; they are very weird but also a refreshing change from the typical fantasy and often very clever. Princess Mala’s (mis)use of language is hilarious.

I also switched my Rogue to a Saboteur recently and really liked the way it played however it lacked the survivability of the Ranger build I was using so this weekend I’m trying a hybrid of the two that seems to be doing even more damage while having no problem staying alive. Hopefully it continues to perform well!

I’m also giving The Division a try during the free weekend but so far it’s not going too well. The game is pretty and runs really well on my new laptop but I’m terrible at the game and I’m tired of replaying the same missions over and over again. I’m not far enough in the game to be this frustrated already.

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don’t grind the dungeon missions, do them once and move ont ot he world missions. district completion also isn’t ncessary but does help with progression of the speccing system/base development. but don’t worry you’ll be max specced before you finish the story.

wrt to being terrible at the gameplay, make sure to use cover and not sure of current weapon balance meta we always found that an AR or LMG and a max single shot dmg sniper was ideal. i think they nerfed the sniper rifle we were using ages ago tho.

i think the game really is best with a friend or 3 and the game really does make doing that rather pleasant. i probably would not have finished the coop content in vanilla with out having friends to play with myself but it’s one of my top rated coop experiences of the past many years.

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Sadly I’m not far enough along to be thinking about grinding story missions vs. side missions. It took me 15+ tries just to complete the first main story mission. That was my first roadblock. I finally got through it an into manhattan but now I have three missions to unlock the areas in the main base and I haven’t been able to complete any of them yet. After 6-7 attempts I’m ready to go play something else.

I really don’t enjoy replaying the same thing over and over again and having to restart the encounter from the beginning at every death. It reminds me of raiding which was fun to do with others but even then I had my limits.

I’m using cover but I’m not sure if I’m doing it well and mistakes are very punishing. It doesn’t take much to turn a good encounter into a failure. Sometimes it was a simple key press error that ruined an attempt. And then I can’t stand the bosses in these longer encounters. They take too long to kill and can kill me too easily.

I might play a few more times while it’s free but I think it really does come down to it being a type of gameplay I don’t enjoy so I don’t think I’ll end up buying it. Which is too bad, because it’s the first game I’ve played on my new laptop that actually lets me take full advantage of the graphics card. I have enjoyed running such a beautiful game at max settings!

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fair enough! i’m sorry you didn’t enjoy your time with it :P

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Ironweakness

I wouldn’t say I haven’t enjoyed it, I’ve actually continued to play off and on (and made it past some of the missions that were giving me trouble!) In fact I would say that most of the time I am enjoying it. It’s a fun game, it just has a higher difficulty level (for me at least) than I was expecting and it has definitely made my first few hours frustrating at times. But still fun at times too, and finally beating a mission? Feels pretty good.

Who knows, I may even still buy it while it’s on sale.

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Mostly Baldur’s Gate 2 (with minimal modding, just fixes and widescreen mod). I decided against the EE, because I want to avoid the new NPCs, for now, and afaik the EE has no option to disable them.
Don’t really have the time for such a game atm, but I’ve wanted to play it for a long while now and decided that I just have to give it a try at some point, even if I can’t finish an entire play through in one go without taking longer breaks.

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Sray

Mostly dealing with broken hot water heating pipes in my house’s foundation: during the late 80’s building boom in my area there were a lot of building contractors that took a bunch of shortcuts that ultimately ended up biting the owners in the ass down the line, and that’s where I’m at now. Yeah, that’s a lot of fun. Insurance is paying for the repairs, but it’s obviously going to be a whole thing for the next several weeks.

When I manage to get in some game time, I’ve somehow gotten into this Atlus kick, and I’m alternating between Katherine and Persona 5. I have no idea how that happened.

Mostly just feel like I’m treading water, gaming wise, until Destiny 2 launches on PC.

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mysecretid

House repairs suck. You have my sympathy.

Sometimes, I imagine that there’s a “special hell” for sleazy, dishonest contractors, right next to the special hells Shepherd Book warned us about, which exist for child molesters, and for people who talk in the theater …

Here’s to better days, Sray!

Cheers,

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on your last i am in teh same boat with many of my guildies. casual pubg and wildlands dlc seems to be filling in for me, and a bit on the extra side of civ6 and stardew valley and overwatch for guildies.

mentioned doing some more HOTS but no one is feeling it atm so that’s out. and everyone mass put gtao on the back burner and don’t want to do random wpvp silliness anymore due to cost of ammo vs level of funds after spending big bucks on toys. lol

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I was actually really disappointed with GTAO. As strange as it will sound to many, I found the online mode too structured. I just wanted a bunch of people plopped down on the map with easy access to guns and ammo to let the chaos reign (basically like the Just Cause multiplayer mods). Instead, we got a leveling system that restricts access to certain weapons until you reach certain levels, experience points only coming from set activities (kind of de-emphasizes free roaming destruction in my opinion), huge reductions in the number of NPCs (thus emphasizing PVP… bleh…), and really expensive guns and ammo (so they can get the microtransaction money naturally).

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eh you get RP from a tonne of sources to the point the guy in guild with like 3 k hours and levle 600 on his main gets annoyed whenever he gets any rp from stuff like riding with other people or losing cops on his level 125 alt as he already starting to get accused of being a “modder” on that char as well. XD

and tbh while there is leveling system and unlocks, you get basic viability in terms of buyable guns and vehicles pretty early in teh process and aside from more recent things while some o the later level unlocks are more powerful/tougher not so much more so than the basics.’

anyways we do very little of the instanced content and mostly do world content and even the guys that started much more recently zoomed past my level in short order without being too too hardcore about things, just playing more often than i do. and more than enough money to afford the big bucks toys and powerful weapons they want the most.

granted you aren’t gonna own everything that way unless a modder drops billions of dollars on you and you feel the need to liquidate it at teh risk of being left with a meagre amount of cash when they do the routine modder cash rollbacks but…

tho it can definitely be overwhelming without some player guidance on what to do and how to get to those things especially if you want to focus more on world based activities. but generally aside from the occasional asshole or creeper people tend to be pretty friendly in game text chat in our experience. and frequently we randomly recruit people to join our crew/guild just from random encounters with strangers doing this stuff.

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I get what you’re saying dk, but ultimately you’re telling me there isn’t much of what I wanted zero of. I know that it’s still a very open game, but it still has enough structural demands to make it nothing like what I’d wanted.

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i think there are actually game modes in gtao like what you want tho they involve wrangling through the lobby system and i’m not sure what they’re called.

alternatively maybe just buy pubg? :D

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Already got pubg: it’s exactly what I wanted from it.

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right on :D

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I’ve been on something of a nostalgia run during Champions Online’s anniversary, fueled by the sudden death of my CPAP machine leaving me a braindead zombie unwilling to stress himself on FFXIV dungeons. A lot’s changed over the five years I first started playing there, and I figured leveling a fresh new alt would be the easier way to re-learn how to endgame. Its been a trip, but there are only so many pop culture references from 2009 one can take in 2017. Some quests are timeless, and some… aren’t.

On the other other hand, the character creator is as fabulous as ever. Snowball’s heckin’ adorable.

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I like that! <3

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cata content in wow has the same issue with pop culture references and memes from 2010/09.

that sort of thing really dates the content in a not at all good way. >>

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Nothing. Still decompressing from having Irma go directly over our heads. Even though we were relatively unscathed, there’s plenty of cleanup around the area. Doesn’t seem right to be playing games. Maybe by next weekend. Who knows?

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Glad to hear you’re safe. Sometimes the gaming has to take a back seat to RL even if it might help you decompress. Good luck with the cleanup.

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I’ve been getting my D&D on lately. I just finished Ravenloft: Strahd’s Possession again, having finished it once twenty years ago. Alas, I’ve also had problems getting the DDO client to launch – I’m unable to connect to the server every other time I try . So, I walk away and play the classic Bioware Neverwinter Nights for a while, and (maybe) try again later.

I’ve been itching to fire up my Wrath of the Lich King home server, but one of my cats chewed the wireless antenna off the back of my server and carried it off to an unknown location, presumably to devour it. Seriously. I’m not sure if it’s replaceable, and a plain wire isn’t working (at least not reliably). I’ll need to have a closer look at how to replace this. Have a nice weekend all!

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…. and a quick change of plans – my 10 year old daughter begged me to download Pokemon Go and learn to play it with her. Off we go!

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Have fun! Remember to pick Squirtle ;P

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Our little jaunt outside to try the game out ended up as a five mile hike, without even getting into a car. We came back having hit a pokestop, two gyms, and she’s now level six and has thirty-three pokemon in her pokedex, including two Evees (her “totem pokemon”). It’s one in the afternoon and I’ve already blown by my Fitbit step goal for the day. Good times.

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Enjoy doing the outdoors thing :-)

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Thank you! We certainly did. Fortunately for us, there’s a beach at the bottom of our street that’s a pokestop and the summit of the large hill we live on is a pokegym. As a result, she got plenty of pokemon, and I got plenty of fresh air, exercise, and bonding time with my daughter. ARG’s rock!

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check out nwn2’s expack mask of the betrayer. it’s considered one of the best crpg campaigns of all time.

personally i can’t deal with nwn2’s old school interfacing. did make an attempt to do a mp campaign but guildies nixed it due to server lag and unresponsiveness. which seems odd bc had no issues there with that in 2007 with my bro doing wlan campaigns on much slower internet than we have today. >>

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I have NWN2, but I want to work my way through the NWN campaigns first (I never finished Underdark). Thanks for the suggestion on Mask of the Betrayer – I’ll add it to my hit list.

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the nwn1 expansions are wayyyyyyy better than the messy vanilla campaign. also top teir cprg’s.

2nd expack ties into vanilla story but it’s not worth playing the vanilla campaign just to tie it in imo, just read a wiki synopsis imo. :P

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I’m doing very poorly at HotS and playing WoW. I am going to go through my library and pick out a single player and sit down to figure it out in earnest this time. Maybe some Europa Universalis or Stellaris.

I bet Eliot had to pour over those few paragraphs making sure he didn’t miss any nouns.

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I prefer Stellaris over Europa Universalis, largely because EU feels too abstracted to me — like you’re watching statistics change, as much as playing.

Then again, I have an intelligent friend who favors the current Europa Universalis above all other strategy games — so I imagine it will all come down to which particular type of strategy game you enjoy most. Good luck!

Cheers,

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my buddy in irc who plays and comments on stellaris says it’s getting there but not quite there yet. some of the behaviour is quite odd and some of the things that change are quite odd. but he likes the game well enough despite that.

in one case he sent out a colony ship a long way and then later he converted his race to cyborgs, so he had one single system that was still completely natural while the rest of his empire were cybernetic organisms. LOL

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Mainly Warframe as I need to keep prepping as much as possible for Plains of Eidolon. I haven’t been this hyped for an expansion in forever.

RNG blessed me with the last piece for Hydroid Prime I was missing. He’s quickly become my favorite frame ever. Looks badass and has a solid kit after his rework. I have a use for every one of his powers. Also got the last piece of Banshee Prime I was missing so she’s cooking in the foundry oven and will be finished in 3 days. Got the new corpus shotgun Arca Plasmor which is now one of my favorite guns ever. Pump shotgun that shoots a huge wave of radiation? Oh hell yeah. Pull that trigger once and watch that hallway filled with enemies vanish. Built Helios Prime which is cool I guess. I’ve come to use my Smeeta Kavat more than sentinels but eh, he looks cool and scans enemies for my codex so that’s neat.

I’ll continue on my No Man’s Sky bent as a break from Warfarming. Landed on a weird radioactive planet that had an exotic class squid looking ship. It’s so bizarre but I love it. Everyone else is all in a tizzy and hunting across the cosmos for the orb looking exotics, but I find myself absolutely taken with my funky chunky squid ship. It’s also fast. Unreasonably fast. If I install one more booster upgrade I’ll have the the stat bar at the max level. Very neat.

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You keep flying that odd beastie of a ship, you’ll have to change your Massively handle to “CaptainCalamari”! :-D

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All the Destiny talk has made me want to revisit WF. I’m sitting on about 4K in Platinum. Just sitting on my account doing nothing. lol.

The space flying frame grind is what burned me out last time.

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i’m waiting for proper multiplayer before i give NMS another shot. and that’s dependent on not having anything else of interest going on. >>

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My back has decided I needed reminding my age again. OK back if I want to do some break dancing then I am going to do some break dancing *back spasm* ….. FF*%&… FUDGE! Dammit back you win again but one day I will do that head spin. *shakey fist*

So no sitting at my desktop for me this weekend but I have my laptop so some single player stuff at least when I have the energy. Lined up both Legends of Grimrock games, Eye of the Beholder 1-3 and finally Hard West, which is what I am starting with, Its kind of like a western horror based Xcom and its been fun so far.

Oh before my back got uppity I did a bit of Overwatching earlier in the week and had my one good moment again with Junkrat. People seem to be a bit salty when you play Junk these days since he got his buff and to be fair he is a bit OP. I have always played him, have nearly double the hours on him than the next nearest hero and when he gets nerfed (as he will) I will continue to play him.

Be well folks, have a safe and fun gaming weekend o/

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Hope your back sorts itself out soonest, B3!

Feel better!

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Good luck with your back. I started having back problems when I was younger, but mostly because I was overweight. I lost the weight, and the back problems went with it. Now that I’m getting old, I’m finding I have to be more and more careful about what I ask my back to do. As my doctor so eloquently put it: “it sucks getting old”.

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Consider this the virtual version of Icy Hot and Tylenol. I don’t know if they have British variants, but good luck either way!

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I don’t understand why Junkrat was buffed in the first place.

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apparently junrat is being added to HOTS alongside some other ow character i’m not familiar with (russian big sword guy? oO)

and i get back spams randomly too but they’re so short lived and random and just part of a larger regime of random short lived body pains without explaination or reason except probably my meds that i can’t go off of. alot of testing earlier this year tho to make sure it’s not something worse than my meds, and largely everything came back clean but the doc just ordered new blood work ahead of my usual late year meeting with him.

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Mine is just me getting old or at least that is what the doctor thinks. I just have to accept this is going to happen and deal with it as best I can when it does. As I have said before I would suggest everyone try to avoid getting old its not as fun as you might think ;-)

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that was my doctor’s initial reaction to my weird body pains too. but it’s been annoying enough and has progressed in various parts of it so that i got him to run some tests.

CT scan of chest area came back with slightly enlargened thingy in the neck area, but ultra sound scan came back good so that’s a relief.

test for RA and gout also came back clean. no inflmation or weirdness in any other organs.

i also injure my ribs from tossing and turning in my sleep and sometimes my shoulders too. which is rather unpleasant on a regular basis. but it’s a known thing i’ve been doing since my mid 20s and i’ve always been an over active sleeper to the point it’s broken up relationships LOL.

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OK back if I want to do some break dancing then I am going to do some break dancing *back spasm*

Spasmin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. (ps get well soon)

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My first boss got her start in the film industry working on the production of Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo — something the employees loved to tease her with … :-D

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This week has been tiring, but I made out better than most that were affected in Florida, so I am not going to complain. I was locked in my office building with co-workers and their families all of last weekend and too tired to do anything once I got home the rest of the week. I also had a coworker that had no power or usable water at his house staying at my house – so of course gaming took a back seat. I hope any other MoP peeps out there affected by Irma made it though OK as well.

Last night I finally grabbed a few beers and logged into ESO to burn some rest XP – it was a great escape. Divinity: Original Sin 2 has launched so I will surely take a peek in on that at least too.

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Glad you made it through. Here’s to better days ahead!

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I had about 30 hours with no power and a small tree down. No biggie. Glad you are safe

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It’s good to hear y’all made it out the other end of Irma safely. Be well!

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Glad you are all safe and well as can be after Irma.

I have Divinity Original Sin 2 sat waiting for me on my desktop and its going to take a massive chunk of my gaming time when I can play it. Something to look forward to at least :-)

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well this week has been rather busy for DK after many weeks of unfettered all day long reddit scrolling….

after much anxiety and self injury i built my new pc and it’s running rather nicely. had a few of the usual hiccups on first boot attempts – one of my ram sticks wasn’t seated properly, i plugged my HSF fan in to the wrong slot, and didn’t actually connect my case fans at first. all sorted rather quickly tho much to my relief. and i’m verrrrrrry happy with the cable management job i did with the help of this lovely case and the psu i picked out.

so ofc i’ve been busy setting everything up and ofc that means installing and playing all the usual suspect pretty games i have in my libs. namely star citizen, gtao, and ghost recon wildlands which i picked up the fallen ghosts dlc for and got my usually gaming buddy Jose Sparrow to buy as well (i actually gifted it to him on steam while he was at work only to get an urgent msg back when he got home not to buy him things without asking him first as he bought grw on uplay store not steam LOL).

i also needed something else besides grw to play while waiting for destiny 2 so i picked up pubg as had some interest in core guild crew and other less active with us directly members already play. so with the help of kidd been learning the ropes in that and organizing play sessions with him and others between baby feedings while he’s between jobs.

i’ve been taking a bunch of videos and streams so i narrow down to two this week. first up is ghost recon wildlands fallen ghosts which brings some fresh elements to the game that really twist things up even on normal dificulty with all UI elements on.

second video is a highlight reel from my third ever pubg match with kidd which was the first i didn’t die in the first 2 minutes of landing. i find the game really neat and a very interesting take on the survival genre king of the hill twist.

this video also features the upcoming single and 2nd video from my friend kitty’s debut full length album miami garden club. kitty is a beautiful and talented young lady who has faced alot of adversity in her pursuit of a music carreer since she went viral in 2012. she did this album all on her own with a bit of love from her awesome husband who is the former lead of teen suicide and i highly recomend this album to any fans of pop/synthpop as it’s definitely the best album of 2017 in my mind.

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I had my mouse hovering over the buy button for pubg this week but in the end I went with Divinity Original Sin 2.

As good as pubg looks and seems to play I am still unsure if it will be a good fit for me. I not sure If I will ever get past the not dying in the first two minutes and be totally frustrated rather than have fun.

As it is still technically an early access I think I am going to leave it alone for a bit longer.

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we’ve been waiting for dos2 a long time but it’ll have to wait until after destiny 2 so we can give it’s proper due attention and time.

one guildie decided to opt out of pubg because he knows it iwll be just frustrating. for others of us we don’t care too much about dying quickly with the spectating (and helping indirectly) guildies on our squad feature.

a few more on the fence so far. but they’ve got other gams on their plate before they commit some dollarinos or sterling to teh cause. :P

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so onto the new pc build post!

making the cabling pretty on the front end was really easy with this case and psu. it’s a mess in behind the back tho LOL and had some dificulty getting that back panel back on after LOL.

anyways for specs:
i7 7700k
asus rog maximus hero ix z270
asus strix gtx 1080
samsung 960 pro 1tb m.2
wd caviar black 2tb
corsair vengeance 24000 (3000) 2x8gb
seasonic 80+ titanium 750w
enthoo pro (case)
x2 LG 21:9 25″ IPS 2560×1080 ultra wide screen

my body is just finally mostly recovered today from the build. but i’m really happy with the result. i’m largely back up to speed in terms of apps and games reinstalled and set up. i’ll be sharing a boat load of screenshots from teh games i’ve been testing it with tomorrow in OneShots! :D

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Congrats on the new rig, dk! Looking forward to OneShots :-)

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Lookin’ good. Now you are set for the next few years. Game on!

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Looking good! Nice clean cabling job there, nothing to be self conscious about.

I thought you’d be into the whole RGB thing, so I was a little surprised not to see a bunch of that going on the mobo, or was it simply just not going at the time of the photos? And is that a couple of 21:9 monitors you’re running off that? Or just a forced perspective thing?

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i wasn’t looking for LED heavy stuff, and didn’t actually consider it, but actually two parts of the mobo, the south bridge and the port array have LEDs that cycle through various neon LED tones.

and yeah they are 21:9 screens. 2560×1080. very nicely priced. for these two together i would’ve had to spend more to get a single blingy gamer screen or 4k or 1440p screen. was really impressed by what i got at this price which is more up my ally than any of those.

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Against better judgement I decided to go for another legendary weapon in GW2 so lots and lots of farming there.

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The last time I farmed for something significant in a game, by the time I got the thing, I wasn’t sure it was worth all the work I put in to get it.

I’m still not sure. :-D

Good luck with it!

Cheers,

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i feel your pain. XD

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