WRUP: Can talk, Path of Fire edition

Welcome to another installment of What Are You Playing and… oh, jeez. Where are all of you? See, this is what I was worried about. There’s no one here this weekend, you’re all off playing Guild Wars 2. Me, I’m stuck here just… talking to myself.

See, I already had my big expansion launch this year. That was the one I was looking forward to like the birth of a child. It’s not as if I’m not going to play Guild Wars 2 with the expansion, that’s already a plan, but now I’m totally free to talk and no one wants to listen. You’re all just playing with new elite specializations and I’m… left over here. Wishing and hoping, and so forth. And if I just show up to join in, then I’ll look like the tagalong.

Sigh. Well, those of you who are here can let me know about your weekend plans down in the comments, that’s something. Meanwhile, I will… well, probably jump into the expansion myself, but later. I have standards. No bandwagons for me.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​Pokemon Go double dust, right after my first Mewtwo raid is happening. It’s timing is perfect (even if this first Mewtwo is too weak to blow any dust on). Also, some Marvel vs Capcom Infinite with friends. Not a lot, I’m guessing, since it’s a tournament and I’m old and rubbish at 2D fighters now, but I’ll enjoy upgrading from Mega Man and Morrigan to X and Morrigan! Oh, wait; maybe X and a Monster Hunter!

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Alas, but Guild Wars 2 is rather inconveniently dropping an expansion on a weekend when I won’t be home much to enjoy it, thanks to plans made many months ago. But I hope to play a bit Friday and maybe I’ll get to peek in Sunday. Excite!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): In the “usual” category I’ve got my projects in Final Fantasy XIV, and in the “less than usual” category I’ve got GW2. That should keep me pretty well occupied through the weekend.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I have a lot of little projects on deck for this weekend, including finding a Dungeons & Dragons Online guild, working my way through Carpathian Fangs in Secret World Legends, and hopefully getting out of one of the worst Mordor zones in Lord of the Rings Online. I would love to buy and play Divinity: Original Sin 2, but there’s this thing called “money” that’s getting in the way.

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Nater

Worked a while yesterday as I really had nothing to do in my personal life and a load to do in my professional life. I downloaded and tried Riders of Icarus this past week. It could be a cool game if they could get their story telling down. As it stands, it’s a mess.

Also, and more importantly, I have been following a fan recreation of Pirates of the Caribbean Online ever since they went down. They’ve been in a closed beta state for a quite a while now, but went into open beta on the 19th. I just happened to check on it at the right time!

Apparently there was another group doing the same thing, much to my surprise, but I’ve been messing around in it once I found out it was open. I won’t lie. I’ve been having a really good time in that derpy little game. It’s definitely a throwback to the way games used to be made in the late 90’s early 2000’s and quite refreshing!

I was stuck in WoW and Guild Wars when Disney closed up shop on Pirates Online, but I’m glad dedicated fans brought it back! I think the game definitely deserves more credit than what it got!

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Anastasis Kontostergios

Cant talk, Path of Fire
and yes thats a Skritt on a pig trying to race with us.

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Nick Smith

Cloud pirates is shutting down so i had my money transferred to aurums in Revelation Online. My account was hacked. All money stolen. Got it back after ticket submitted. Bought 30 day sub. Wierd game bug ended sub after only a week. Game not that fun anyway. I think im done. So instead im back to trove. ESO. SMITE. Atlas reactor. And testing tale of toast.

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Jonny Sage

Cant talk, Path of Fire

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thirtymil

Was going to play ‘build flatpack furniture’ this weekend but someone rammed my car on Friday (whilst I was still in it and driving I should add) so instead I’m playing ‘whiplash injury’.

Luckily I have one chair in the house that’s perfect for neck and back support…and that’s my gaming chair! So Warcraft and a little bit of Fortnite, Wildlands and ESO.

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Estranged

Destiny 2 and having a blast. What a great game.

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Xijit

I am playing “reset all my apps and try to figure out what all data didn’t transfer right” after switching from Verizon to Sprint.

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zoward

My ten year old daughter and I have been sharing my phone, playing Pokemon Go after starting last weekend. We live in a small town with a compacted center in which all the buildings are along one street, so we drive into town, park the car, and work our way through four pokestops and a pokegym (which belongs to my daughter’s team – Mystic) all in a straight line across a half mile or so. We’re still kind of figuring the game out, but it’s been a ton of fun so far. I really need to read up on it though. Oh yeah, and I’ve hit my Fitbit stepcount every day this week – thanks PG!

On the PC, my MMO time has been in either Dungeons & Dragons Online or playing on my private WoW server, and I don’t see that changing (although I’m sorely tempted to drop a tenner on West of Loathing). Have a great weekend all!

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West of Loathing is definitely worth it.

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zoward

Yeah, getting it is a forgone conclusion at this point. Having time to dig into it … not so much at the moment.

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Vexia

How is Pokemon Go these days? I tried playing when it first came out, but there were a lot of glitches, and it drained my battery life in a hurry. I’d like to try combining my love of Pokemon with my not-so-much love of exercise again if things have improved.

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Andrew Ross

“Improved” is a hard word to use. At least for me, lately, it feels more social thanks to raids and the double dust event combined with better egg drops (imagine getting double xp and increased rare drops when a new raiding tier comes out in a game with a raid finder tool). My own mother’s shown some interest and once her knee’s healed, she may actually try it.

I still have a hard time giving Niantic money for the way I play at the moment (my level means nothing else coming up soon, and there’s no improved gameplay), but for the early levels and social experience, if you’re enjoying it, it may be worth it. Have What’s App ready in case you meet locals who want to team up in the long run.

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zoward

I haven’t gotten into it enough nor have I played it long enough to give you many firm comparisons, but my daughter and I played for two hours today, and my phone was still over 90% battery.

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Vexia

That’s a good sign on the battery life front!

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Malcolm Swoboda

Not a whole lot! Week passed very quickly with school. Demoing DOS1 (I want at least 1-2 playthroughs, maybe 1 or more co-op, before playing the sequel at all). Starting to venture into SWL’s Kaidan (Tokyo) docks, and completed Manhattan raid (story mode) – I’m going to start really following behind the general progression, but as long as I’m in a sort of purple set of gear by the end of the year, I’m okay with that, and I got my first purple (pistols) this week. A bit of Mario Rabbids. Bought The Park.

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deekay_plus

the story of dos2 isn’t tied to dos1 fyi. and dos1 has alot of issues that despite people seeing the very real potential of their design, alot of folks didn’t get very far into the game due to the flaws.

dos2 is generally agreed to be better in absolutely every way.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Oh I know, I just tend to REALLY like playing series in order. At least as long as the series doesn’t start at, like, the 80s.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Divinity Original Sin 2

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Vexia

Hi, Massively OP; long time no see! Life comes at you like a stale meme, and between now and my last post, I’ve spent a semester studying abroad in Japan and returned back to deal with ginormous mountains of BS left in the wake of leaving the country for 4 months. Rather than get into all the problems which I’m righting at my own slow pace, I’ll talk about my triumphant return to MMOs.

Playing FFXIV: Stormblood’s launch from Japan was a pretty cool experience (albeit somewhat laggy from the NA datacenter), especially since we go to Hydaelyn’s own Asia and Japan-inspired locales this time. I only hope I don’t accidentally pull any “vocabulary words” from the new expac when I go to take the language proficiency exam in the near future. >.> Right now in-game, I’m spending my free time binge-playing the story with my SO in hopes we can finish it and make some headway into gearing up before 4.1 launches early October. We are also weighing the pros and cons of either joining a new Free Company or biting the bullet and starting our own now that daily life has some semblance of a routine again.

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zoward

Welcome back!

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Sray

So, what was this broad’s name? And what did you learn about her?

(sorry, for the last week I can’t seem to stop myself from making “dad jokes”)

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Vexia

I miss her so… I miss her delicious foods, cleanly mannerisms, and… really convenient railways? But she was much too hot for me to handle (seriously, the summer weather was getting to be 80 or 90 degrees fahrenheit on the regular).

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Utakata

This week: Rocket Man…

“And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
‘Till touch down brings me round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I’m a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone…”

…sung by a way better person who makes better insults perhaps at a “better” time. /sigh

Also this week: WoW again as I wrap up the Argus story line for both my Gnome and Goblin armies, all before the raid or die bits.

As well as mustering enough courage to speak to Mr. rafael12104 about my eventual return to Blade & Soul again. It was a game that left me a lot of questions on how to best progress. Then it was a game that was released when it was new in the East. I here a lot has changed since. And I want to get back into it soon. :)

…have a wonderful week ‘n weekend folks! <3

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rafael12104

Hey! When ever you are ready! No worries. Things are a bit simpler. No more grinding for weapons while leveling, everything is a quest reward until you get to 50.

So, let me know how I can help. :)

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Utakata

I will certainly do so! It won’t be for a short like me while….as I am still trying to get my as for mentioned small people armies up to Argus speed. And there is still a bit of work to be done on that front. But once I get a sense my characters are in a fairly safe place (or “safe space” as Mr. Smart scoffs at)…where the progress curb isn’t jumping full light speed ahead, then it will be time to look to other MMO projects.

I’ll let you know when I am ready. And thank you again, in advance! /bows

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Vexia

I find myself saying “what a week!” every weekend these days.

Also, I would love to dive back into Blade & Soul soon, too! I’ve been away from my summoner for way too long. :’D

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Utakata

My pigtails and I are so glad you are back! Like with Mr. Rafael above and below you, I was beginning to wonder if something awful happened to you as you where gone for an awful long time. But now I can take comfort you are posting safely again! Thank you for coming back! /bows

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Vexia

Sorry to make you worry! Before I left, I was busy with all kinds of preparations, and then once I got there, during the moments I actually did have time to browse, it seemed like the bulk of conversations had already happened while I was either asleep or in class. I had been wanting to join in again starting with WRUP since it’s a weekly check-in, and putting off doing my laundry earlier today gave me the perfect opportunity. :)

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rafael12104

No worries. Things are a bit different now. Everything is easier leveling wise. Crafting is totally revamped. Yet, it is still the same, if you know what I mean. It will be there when you are ready.

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Armsbend

‘Dotard’ was my favorite part of the week.

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This weekend’s games are Overwatch, Paladins, Titanfall 2 co-op, and maybe Divinity Original Sin 2. I also popped into The Amazing Eternals last night to see if they’ve fixed the movement problems, but they still persist. Until that game is as smooth as Overwatch and Paladins, I won’t put any serious time into it. Paladins keeps getting more and more polished as time goes on, though, and is a pretty solid game right now.

I bought The Park on sale on GOG, and I may make time to go through it. It was under $4, so I figured it was worth it at that price, since it’s my understanding it’s only about a two-hour game. That’s a movie rental price for about the same amount of time.

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hugmonster

This mount has been frustrating me to no end so it’s Netflix and beer until I calm down :)

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Sorenthaz

Don’t really know what I’m going to do this weekend. Possibly some LoL, Smite, hopefully some Conan Exiles with a friend, maybe I’ll also finally get off my duff and start doing the Yokai Watch stuff in FFXIV.

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Sally Bowls

Re GW2 mounts:

Some wonderfully crazy MMO investigation:

[Spoiler] Some science and math behind the Joy Of Movement! from Guildwars2

/salute

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Ironweakness

Another weekend playing Rift, slowly working through the Nightmare Tide expansion. But I’m level 64 and in the final leveling zone so I should be wrapping things up there soon and moving on to PoA content.

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nobleeinherjar

I started my “October horror game” a little early with Alien: Isolation. After a few false starts I’m finally playing that game for real. Or trying to. I love horror games but jeebus is this one hard for me to take sometimes.

I own all of the little story DLCs for Batman: Arkham Knight but I never played them, so I’m working my way through them to kinda tide me over until Shadow of War releases since their combat systems are identical.

When I can’t take anymore Alien, it’s back to grinding exp on Everybody’s Golf. I’ve also had a hankering for replaying FF9. I really shouldn’t, though, because I still need to finish Persona 5.

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Jonny Sage

Alien is not only scary, but tough. I gave up on it. Im a wuss. Give me a railgun over stealth any day.

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Sray

I think Persona 5 is a game you need to have in a rotation with others because it’s so deliberately paced that you need to play it in large time chunks that kind of burn you out on it by the time you’ve made significant progress.

I keep thinking I should get back to Arkham Knight, but there’s just too much with the Batmobile. I hate the Batmobile.

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nobleeinherjar

That’s a good point about about Persona 5. I had to play Personas 3 and 4 the same way.

I seem to recall them making some changes to how the Batmobile handled (or they made an alternate control scheme you can use or something), so if it’s been a while since you’ve played Arkham Knight you might find it more tolerable. My thoughts on the Batmobile segments range from “I don’t mind” to “This is kinda fun”, but I definitely understand why a lot of people don’t enjoy those parts.

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Armsbend

Because it sucks or because it is scary?

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nobleeinherjar

Because it’s scary. Though it does have it’s flaws. The biggest one being the inability to vault over stuff. Makes some of the gameplay kind of arbitrary. But it hasn’t come up too much so far.

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Sray

Still trying to isolate the burst heating pipe my in my house’s foundation, so that requires running the heat at somewhat uncomfortably high temperatures. Nothing quite like looking at an indoor thermometer and seeing that it’s 27 degrees inside (that’s Celsius, meaning 81 degree for you Americans) when it’s 17 outside.

Figures… I spend a heap on building a new rig, and then there’s not really any interesting PC titles out there for a few more weeks, so it’s pretty much nothing but Persona 5 on PS4 right now. If one was to design a time vacuum, they would design Persona 5. I can’t remember the last time I played a game that seemed to be built to resist rushing through it: take your time, hurry up, either way it’s going to take at least 100 hours of play time to get to the end.

October is looking interesting though, with Hob coming on Tuesday (not usually big on top down views, but this one looks really neat); Elex in the middle of the month (open world, action RPG-lites have kind of become my jam this last year); and then Hidden Agenda and Destiny dropping at the end of the month. Not that any of that helps me today when I’m looking for an alternative to what I’ve been playing.

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BalsBigBrother

Yeah Elex is looking pretty sweet and you can bet I will be spending a lot of time in that game assuming no major tech issues.

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Sray

THQ Nordic looks like they’re about to clobber the world with a ton of top notch RPG/RPG-adjacent games in the coming year. Off the top of my head there’s Elex, Darksiders III and Biomutant (let’s make a Rocket Raccoon RPG; why didn’t anyone think of that sooner?) that all look amazing.

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Rees Racer

After playing the beta and for about a month following the launch of Guild Wars 2, I left the game for 5 years until about 6 weeks ago, and have been at it quite a lot. Not realising I’d need a level 80 character for the mount, I’d been taking my time experimenting with several classes trying to find a favourite. I’ve got a Ranger, Mesmer, Engineer, and Thief all in the level 30-40 range, but think I’m enjoying the Thief most, and look forward to the Deadeye Elite Specialisation.

Wanting the mount, but not wanting to skip the gameplay, I instead boosted the Ranger to 80 for the first Path of Fire mission to unlock the Raptor for all the characters. Now I’m back on my Thief and happily running about in the Harathi Hinterlands…and taking an occasional breather for the sights.

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Going to be a busy weekend for gaming for me. Going to be a challenge to see if I can do all of it.

First, continuing with Warframe prep for Plains of Eidolon. Still need that damn Nami Skyla blade. It just won’t drop. Ugh. Might have to put that one off for now. Started derelict vault farming for corrupted mods. Got a few nice ones so far (Fleeting Expertise and Vicious Spread) but still need the bulk of the frame mods. Baro brought Primed Pistol Gambit this round which I need to make my Euphone Prime even more disgustingly powerful, so I need to grab that and then rank it up. Swapped over from Steel Meridian to New Loka on the syndicate front as I badly need their augment mods. Especially Warcry for Valkyr. Need that one so bad.

After that, it’s more No Man’s Sky time. Started building a living glass farm so I can afford one of those swanky freighters. Being able to store ships on those bad boys is going to be sweet. Got about 5 domes built so far and need another 4. The domes aren’t the problem anymore though, it’s the damn Thamium9 to plant the crops. The last patch nuked the Thamium economy so I can’t buy it in bulk anymore. If I buy out all the Thamium from one trader, it actually goes into negative numbers and crashes the entire economy in that system so that no trader anywhere has any to sell. It’s just awful. So now I have to go shoot space rocks to get pitiful amounts. They also cut the amount of Thamium plants that grow out in the wild by a significant number. I get like 2 plants now instead of nice patches. I’m most displeased with Hello Games for this. MOST. DISPLEASED.

Elite Dangerous is gearing up for the big Thargoid invasion in the next few days. They have some Community Goals happening that are supposed to give us new weaponry to deal with these baddies. Time to bust out the ol’ gold Cutter (which I named Opulence Prime heh) and get to work.

Finally, I’ve been getting the itch to play some Fallout 4 again. I never beat Far Harbor and never even started Nuka World so I found myself updating my mods to give it another go with a fresh character. Think I might go with the Institute this time around as I went with the Brotherhood in my first game before any of the DLC came out. I tend to do themed runs with characters so this new one I’m thinking I’ll make an engineer/mechanic type who uses pistols/shotguns and then sends robots out to fight. Never got too into the robots from the DLC so I thought it might be fun to make a character centered around them.

Hmm…looking at all of that written out I have no idea if I can fit all that into 1 weekend. Better stop typing and get to playing lol.

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LotRO, Injustice 2, Elvenar, and Game of Thrones Ascent. That’s pretty much it.

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Nothing really… just reduced to grinding out 10k achievements in TSW…no real game play. Gotta get a strategy for what to do as winter is only a couple of short months away…

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Michael18

Not much. Last week’s been rather busy IRL and the next will be, too. So I’ll mostly just relax with some reading, podcasts, and such.

But I gonna continue with Baldur’s Gate 2 a bit, which I started a short while ago. It must’ve been great to play this in its time, but playing it today for the first time, already knowing many of the later Bioware games, is also an interesting experience. To see these early steps towards the Bioware RPG formula, trying to find out what they got right from the start and what they struggled with. So far, I liked BG1 more, but I’m just 15 hours into part 2, so I can’t really tell, yet.

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Jonny Sage

Cant talk. Path of Fire.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Its all about DOS:2 for me.

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I want to play this game co-op with my husband, but I also don’t want to wait. Do you think it’s worth getting to play single player and then later play multiplayer?

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Zulika Mi-Nam

While I am really enjoying it, there are a few bugs that need to be squashed before I would tell everyone to dive into it at full price since everyone’s tolerance level is different for such things.
I have not made it all the way through the campaign yet; only 12 hours in. I am hearing from those that have finished and/or restarted that the replayability is good when using a different origin character and team members. I hope to jump into the player made campaigns after my 1st run through.
I went in at the Kickstarter on this one based on all the good things I had seen about the 1st one and my pledge got me the enhanced edition of that one too which I was about to buy anyway. So I have been in for a while, but have held off tinkering with 2 until release.

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Minimalistway

What is this game? tried to search DOS:2 but only found links for DOS OS :-)

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Divinity Original Sin 2

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Sray

DOS? Seriously? No way. I need my Windows graphical user interfa- oh… wait… wrong DOS.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Hehe – I found Win 3.1 pretty useless. I was quicker in DOS for what I needed to do back then.

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Southern Kaidan this weekend at last. SWL is actually stuttering worse on my GTX 1080 Ti than it did on my old Radeon HD 7950 but I think I’ve tweaked my Nvidia profile enough to stop it now.

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that engine has always had weird issues that have gotten worse on newer and newer nvidia hardware even tho it was originally an nvidia way it’s meant to be played game.

tsw ran worse on my 970 than my 680 for example, and funcom was absolutely unhelpful with that and people on the tech support forums accused me of trolling the game ><

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rafael12104

Ah, well. I took a little time off to be a rebel without a cause. Rode my Harley up and down the Texas coast. Enjoyed it, but now that I’m back to normal, I’m realize how much safer it is to play games.

So, back to BnS and the new Gunslinger class. Loving it. Wow, they improved combat if that is possible and I’m finding the story and pvp engaging as ever.

And, I finally caved and bought a Nintendo Switch. Sheezus, Zelda Breath of the Wild is addictive. I pride myself of going against the grain from time to time and not buying into the hype, but if you love RPGs, Zelda is as good as advertised. I can lose myself in that world for hours that seem like minutes.

Nah, I won’t buy in to GW2 just yet. I bought in to HoT and left after a couple of weeks. I’ll wait this time and go against the grain!

Shout out to peeps from Puerto Rico and Mexico. Hang in there. We are with you.

It’s been a bad freaking year in so many ways…

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Sray

DAMN YOU! Your damn praising of Zelda Breath of the Wild was the straw that broke the camel’s back; and I’m looking at a damn Switch box on the floor next to my desk that I just went out and bought this morning.

Haven’t actually opened it yet, so I could still bring it back.

But… that doesn’t sound like something I’m going to do.

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rafael12104

Ha! I knew it! I’m not alone. Well, all I know is that that shortage of Switch consoles was doint me a favor. Then suddenly I walk into Best Buy and they have three in the store with two in the hands of people on their way to the check out. So… it had to be done. Yup, I own one.

Don’t regret it yet. Lol. Zelda is too damn good.

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Sray

The continued shortages I keep hearing about must mostly be an American thing as far as I can tell: around here if you want to buy a Switch on a whim, you can pretty much go out and buy one just as easily as a PS4 or Xbox One. By my house there are a EB Games, Toys R Us and Best Buy all in five minutes walk from one another that all have plenty of Switches in stock.

That’s what we do here in Canada: we buy Nintendo Switches whenever we want them, and then go eat fries covered in cheese curds and gravy while drinking beer that’s made from malted hops and barley, not piss.

:-P

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Armsbend

thanks for this. one of the highlights of the season!

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deekay_plus

i honestly think the scene is comically awful in a way that only lynch can get away with. lol.

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Armsbend

There would have never been a return, or cult status from the original without purposely awkward moments like Wally.

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true

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rafael12104

LOL! Awesome! Yup. That’s me….

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deekay_plus

honestly the scene was so awkward and out of place that fans of the show have mainly made fun of it since.

and then in the finale we realized it foreshadowed the last episode lol

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Played through Oxenfree. It’s the free thing on Xbox currently so I gave it a download and went through it. I really quite enjoyed it, it’s worth a play if you have a couple of afternoons to spare wanting to do something more narrative and trippy based.

Bit of Halo 3 too as that became backwards compatible.

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Divinity Original Sin 2 has me by the claws and it doesn’t look like it will let me go anytime soon. Such a detailed rpg that I imagine that it will be one of those games that I am going to be poking at for years to get through all the classes and story that it offers. Fun times in any case.

I am pretty sure that I won’t be playing much else but I am going to have to drag myself away to watch the new Star Trek series, which by all accounts is supposed to be fantastic.

The MOP ladies stream of the GW2 Path of Fire expansion yesterday made me a little more interested in playing it but given the issues the EU servers are having I will wait a little while before I go ahead and buy it but its something to look forward to for the future.

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

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Sray

Speaking of the new Star Trek series, have you checked out The Orville? In my opinion, it’s way, way better than the critic reviews, most of which seem to be “sticker shock” at the mostly straightforward sci-fi drama. I find it to be a decent ST:NG homage, but with the characters being more realistic 21st century humans rather than the perfect archetypes they were in ST:NG. Not perfect by any means, but lots of potential.

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orrville isn’t bad for the most part. have yet to see the 2nd ep but the first the humour was a bit awkward if not as over the top as other mcfarlane shows. the production value is high except where it is not and that sticks out like a sore thumb.

i think tho the worst criticism i have of it is the ship lacks character and falls into the generic star trek inspired ships without soul category >>

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I think that there was a lot of expectation that this was going to be Seth MacFarlane doing his version of Galaxy Quest, so that is what has kind of put us all into a “I’m not sure what to make of this” loop. I’m just about to sit down and watch the third episode, which I’m hoping continues to improve the show, but honestly I haven’t enjoyed getting into a new series this much since Brooklyn Nine Nine (which kind of sagged a bit last season: too much dragging Holt down to Jake’s level, not enough Jake growing up; although it was the best Pontiac bandit episode to date).

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DOS 2 is on my list. Glad to hear you are enjoying it. Looking forward to letting it get it’s hooks on me. But, I’ll wait until the holidays I think. Otherwise, I’d have to skip work. Lol.

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On the bright side game bugs will be squashed and more additional content mods will be available for you when you do get round to playing it.

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teh discovery trailer was mixed. the sets and effects and outfits all looked high production value but the writing and performances in tit were not so great. i guess we’ll see what happens with teh pilot tho. i’m not digging yet another aesthetics change to klingons especially one that retcons several episodes of canon.

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In the spirit of being honest if it wasn’t on the UK Netflix service I probably wouldn’t be excited enough to hand over cash to whatever service was airing it so I could watch it. However as it is I am willing to give it a chance and I quite excited to see what it does over the course of the series.

I do agree with you on the Klingons though they should stop changing them in every other series its annoying.

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it’s on normal tv in canada and we’re about ready to cut the cord to go full streaming.

which it’s not on netflix here at all iirc. so i’ll be heading to the seven seas to check it out.

in canon in this period klingon’s should be human looking (without the ridges). i think if they were creative they could’ve done some interesting things with this aesthetically. instead we get totally different and alien to the IP make up for them randomly :@

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Armsbend

Only been hearing good things. Is it miles above the first game or is it just minor improvements with story elements added?

I ask because I never completed the first. Maybe I should do that – and then the newest might be on sale after a bit.

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the consensus is they fixed everythign wrong witht eh first game and then went even further and made a fluidly reacting narrative that they have predicted every way players might break the game and instead made the world react to those choices in ways that make sense

(referencing i guess being able to kill certain NPCs in older TES games that would make the game unwinnable).

they also have some kind of DM system that harkens back to the best of the NWNs so that soudns quite enticing too.

ofc my guys are full up for the next few months but once destiny 2 is good and done i’ll be coralling my boys and ladies into a meaty dos2 campaign :D

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I will be honest here I kick started the first Original Sin game because I have had a lot of fun with the entire divinity series up to that point. However, like you D:OS just didn’t click for me and was the first one I have yet to complete once.

I don’t think I am going to have that issue with the second one though and it feels better both in terms of the way it plays, the voice acting and story. It isn’t perfect and has some bugs plus a few weird design choices but nothing that has stopped me in my tracks so far. I think Larian Studios will sort out the bugs and have been putting out a steady stream of patches. The weird design choices well that is what mods are for :-)

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SWG

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rafael12104

Come on back to BnS and work on a Gunslinger. I think you will enjoy it, at least for a little while. :)

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I’ve given up on Blade and Soul if I’m being honest, I just don’t think I can get back into it. Maybe come new years I’ll try to rekindle my resolution from this year haha. It’s strange to say but I actually enjoyed it better when I played on the Chinese servers rather than the NA. I don’t know why though considering I don’t speak mandarin xD

Also, work has gotten extremely busy lately so it’s nice to be able to log on my Musician or image designer in the evening after a long day, and just socialize with others without having to pay full attention to the game. MMORPGs these days are all about combat, run here kill that, kill this, which is fun but also engulfing.

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It’s all good. It will be there when and if you ready. I took a bit of break as I’ve mentioned and I think that is why I’m back on the bandwagon.

Yeah, I played on a Chinese server for a bit and it was better in many ways. The ping was great, but it getting new stuff earlier than NA was much appreciated. These long lags between real content drops in NA are painful.

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my old swg screens from sunset showed up in my fb on this date app feed this week soi’ll be sharing those tomorrow :D

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Please do! I wasn’t around for the sunset as NGE drove me off, but I’m definitely interested in seeing them.

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i regret skipping the final battle for swtor early access in retrospect.

not that SOE allowed us late comers who wanted to finish as jedi to be viable thanks to the whole “we want to take everythign with us” crowd convincing them that allowing us to be viable would undermine their achievements somehow (some of these guys were bragging at the hundreds of millions of credits they were ending on while driving up prices of the master robe holocrons for people like me).

stil overall it was a good time and i made this video with a former friend:

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Hirku

Well I’ve got plenty of time to talk/listen, because I’m not only not playing GW2 I’m not playing anything at all for the moment. I realized I don’t have the time or interest in committing to an MMO, and Steam auto-updated Stellaris to the new version that breaks my must-have mods (Guess Steam’s “Don’t Update Unless I Launch the Game” setting is a crock of shit). Whatever I end up playing, it’s probably going to be offline single-player and at least 10 years old because I’m tired of my entertainment constantly getting screwed up.

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Armsbend

It works for me. I’ve had Ark sitting in my download queue for over half a year.

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Hirku

Yeah, I already knew I used up all my SteamLuck after years of offline mode working flawlessly for me while always seeing people complain about it.

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i actually had to manually intialize dlc download for wildlands last weekend >>

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i’ve been busy juggling pubg and ghost recon wildlands: fallen ghosts dlc.

teh former continues to be pretty neat despite the silly drama from bluehole’s ceo. which at least has been educational in terms of the guy behind it’s contribution to the rise of battle royale modes in various games prior to this. which pubg seems to be somewhat unique and my experience with ue4 tells me that it’s got more development into it than say ark which you can produce something like ark in a few weeks with minimal coding as the former repop devs did with fragemented last year.

nonetheless we got jose into it yday and found out the hard way the premade squad cap is just 4 despite the obvious gap in the roster lineup that hints at 5 being a thing. which in his drunken and ready to buy new games state he didn’t full appreciate our warnings that you must be prepared to die often and suddenly and without ever seeing who is firing at you. but he’s back at it this morning and hasn’t stopped until just this hour so maybe he’s warmed up to it i can’t say.

fallen ghosts is well worth the $20cad for what it offers. even tho the cutscenes are pretty janky with scene items wandering around and bad lip syncing, the actual gameplay content is quite a nice addition and very high quality with a fair bit of work put into making it fresh from the vanilla campaign. in one mission you have to blow up radio towers with attack helicopters and as you enter the pilot seat flight of the valkyries begins to play which is quite a nice touch we didn’t expect at all. lol

video shares this week i had to narrow down from all the footage i got from both fraps recordings and stream archives. so first up is a locally recorded highlight reel with music of pubg

and second up is a short stream archive from yday’s wildlands session which involved a hilarious helicopter related death of all 3 of us:

also i heard today is scheduled for another end of the world or rapture or w/e so make sure your craniums are safely incased in tinfoil today folks! :D

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Pubg should be on every gamers repertoire. Seriously.

Even if that type of game isn’t normally your thing, you get in there and run around with friends and before you know it you are smiling ear to ear.

Play with friends if you can though, peeps. It’s a quick adventure each and every time. Last time I flipped the Jeep we were on by mistake on purpose. No chicken dinner for us. Lol.

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one gu yin the guild thinks he would just get frustrated with it but has been watching us play to the point he’s convincing himseolf to possibly pick it up lol.

and yeah most of us enjoy just helping the last remaining squad mates once they die. but you really gotta be able ot shake off the deaths or you’re just gonna rage constnatly lol

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Lol. Exactly, you have to take off that ultra competitive hat, and just have fun. Most of the time, you are going to die. And let’s be honest, many winners of that chicken dinner are lucky enough to last that long. I had a friend win a round just because as a noob he spent most of his time trying to figure out how to pick up gear. It was only at the end that he realized he was one of three left!

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also preparing for a trip out west for cad thanksgiving to see my sister and her fam. two of her other bff/adopted brothers from other mothers have died suddenly in road related accidents this year and she desperately needs to see me again to know i’m alright and alive. even tho we just saw each other this summer.

so i’ve got a few movies prepared and just need to move them to my new laptop i got at a surprising good price from a store that’s generally pretty overpriced in town but i like to give business to becuase the workers are all locals.

all expenses i planned for but for next summer, but still glad i am in a position to be able to fly out there on a whim. which this is the first trip without my bro there and after my other buddy i would spend th ework day hanging out with died from cancer last year which we are all still reeling from.

so yeah gotta be there for her as she was once for me when i needed help.

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also discovered something i’ve been looking for for years: jp style figs of xmen/marvel characters that are a reasonable price.

turns out a store called diamond select makes and sells such figs which while priced higher than jp figs it becomes evident the price different once you get them in hand.

unfortunately they only ship within the US on their first party store so i had to head to amazon which surprisingly good dollar conversion on their figs but they were heavily price gouging on their star trek ships. which i had to settle for enterprise E( which was my second choice to begin with) becuase their enterprise A model was priced at $750. and as it was a few hours after i put in the order they doubled the price on teh ent e. which is simply rediculous.

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Still can’t start the Path of Fire instance in Lion’s Arch. Major issue specific to the EU servers it looks like.

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Immersing myself in Path of Fire of course! Turning off chat to avoid any possible chance for spoilers.

So far I’m really loving the raptor mount, especially when going back to older content. The level of polish in the Crystal Oasis is higher than I’ve seen before. The city of Amnoon feels alive with bustling activity. I really love hearing Elonian-themed voices for the NPC’s.

The story so far has felt more serious which I appreciate. The open world combat feels challenging but not punishing. I’m liking it a lot more than HoT zones. I can actually get events done and explore without feeling like I need to wait around for a meta. I don’t know about the latter zones though, so we’ll see on that.

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I’m just enjoying figuring out all there is to do in WoW at the moment.

Tomorrow I’ve got to cut down a fell tree from Irma. I’m a touch nervous about it because it is lying directly on the live wire to my house. The electric company wont touch it and I don’t want to pay a tree service so…this could be my last post we’ll see. If it is then it was a true pleasure typing at you fine folks. Chainsaws are fun – that is something to look forward to at the least.

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Good luck, be safe and try to get some help if possible ! -at least some more eyes. One thing about the little development I live in is as soon as it is safe outside groups of us get together and start clearing. Some pretty dodgy actions are taken, but we watch each others back.

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Heh. Dealt with similar issues after Harvey ravaged Houston. My only advice is… wear rubber souled shoes, and make sure you aren’t standing in water. ;)

Hmm, can’t believe the city won’t come out to deal with that. It has to be a public hazard.

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It’s leaning on my house without any part touching the public road. The trick is the power company won’t touch it because it’s on the house. Tree companies wont touch it because they might get zapped.

I’d think, and maybe this is me, that if no one will do it and I die – the power compan y would face a mighty lawsuit. I told my spouse everything I’d said to the operators and to sue the pants off of Georgia Power if I go :) I rid myself of this Mortal Coil and the fam gets to live on Easy Street! That is a win-win my friends!

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Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

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oooh be careful! america is so weird with these sorts of things. every couple years the city comes through and trims all the trees imposing on power lines for everyone as part of our taxes paid municipal services.

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Trees in FL grow quicker than in most places due to the year-round temps. Trimming happens every 6 months or so round here, but the spindley yet massive guys like those black olives, ficus, banyans are still a pain. I still have a co-worker with a big palm leaning against his roof too.

However certain cities, like Coral Gables, have been lax on trimming as they like the look of the most beastly ones – even with the power lines being in the middle of all the branches. They are the ones screaming about power the most and trying to sue the power company.

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What did they expect

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We expected trees to fall down, we’d pick them up and move on with our life. In Florida we accept the risk.

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The price we pay for living in a natural paradise – minus the parking lots. Georgia has it’s Live Oaks and Florida the prettiest mangrove swamps on the planet. Worth a hurricane now and then.

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Yeah same in UK the companies have a duty of care to ensure a safe service so they will trim trees encroaching on power lines when reported. Be careful in any case.

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They do that here too – but we just had a hurricane old boy! The most random tree is the one that fell. If I survive I’ll have lots of good firewood for winter so…not all is lost.

I should be fine I’m pretty good with this stuff honestly.

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yeah it’s just that i would expect the city workers and or FEMA crews would take care of it. >>

we had a couple bad ass storms here in teh summer and it was all sorted by the city and district crews.

granted the speed of the cleanup was in part due to it being much smaller scale and severity than a huricane even if we had a lot of fallen trees and damages from each storm (we got lucky in that we’re right on teh coast and so while the storms were intense here we were spared any damage in my hood).

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It is just a little tree. I live in the atlanta area – for someone who grew up on the coast this little storm was nothing way up here. I rather enjoyed it for the most part.

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estranged is not far from teh coast in AL and he barely got touched by it.

but his flight from texas did get somewhat delayed tho only a short delay :P

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Hirku

You’re such a strong advocate of crowdfunding, maybe you should run a Kickstarter to cover the cost of the tree service, heh. Seriously, good luck and take it easy.

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