One Shots: The drinks are on us

Last week’s (last) call for tavern and inn images seemed to bring out the nostalgic in all of our readers. It certainly didn’t take much for people to share their favorite hang-out spots and the memories that ran through them.

Let’s start with Camelotcrusade’s seemingly innocuous Star Wars: The Old Republic cantina: “While I know there are better Star Wars cantinas than this one, I chose it because in the early days ‘let’s meet at the cantina’ was our rendezvous point on the fleet. After you’d done your business, we’d meet there to decide what to do, or for RP.

“Since the fleet was a big circle, and both hemispheres had similar decor on the inner rings, it was a lot easier to go the wrong way than you’d think. I wasn’t the only player making a lap while others where already queued up. I could figure out where the center was, though.”

Our next stop on the pub crawl is World of Warcraft with Mysecretid!

“A late contribution,” he writes. “My favorite inn/tavern in a game right now has to be the tavern in my character’s Frostwall garrison in World of Warcraft. It’s just like your favorite tavern in real life, but with Orcs. Actually, I’m pretty sure Orcs drink at the local pubs around here, now that I think about it…”

 

“So, tavern or inn?” asks Rafael12104. “It seems that this a misnomer where I am playing. You see there isn’t that last friendly home before the darkness. In Blade and Soul there are other much more fantastic locations that serve the same purpose.

“Next there is Mushin’s Tower. A place to swap tall tales, trade tips, and settle scores when needed. It is a training ground, but in a social function, very much the town inn except with target dummies and arenas of death. A very relaxing place for BnS citizens.”

Now that we’re in lively spirits (thanks to lively spirits), we can endure a few minutes with Lord of the Rings Online’s High Elves and their new starting zone.

“Haven’t seen it much chronicled here, but starting a High Elf in LOTRO takes you through an amazing introduction,” said Melissa. “You’re part of the battle before the Morannon, the Black Gate of Mordor in the 2nd age where Elendil and Gil-Galad led the Last Alliance of Men and Elves against Sauron, where he was overthrown and the One Ring cut from Sauron’s finger. It’s a really amazing sequence. You see all these epic heroes from the Second Age, and also all of the Nine Ringwraiths assembled — and they gave them names. You fight on a battlefield strewn with bodies, orcs and trolls battling men and elves… it’s darn amazing.”

Shake off that hangover, Guardians, because the world is ended and the remnants need your help to endure the aftermath. Zulika Mi-Nam took this breathtaking Destiny 2 shot for us.

“Here is Destiny 2 looking Halloweenie at times,” he said. “Been playing with the graphic settings a bit and found my happy medium to get a consistent 70-100 fps, but by cranking the resolution scaling to max and maxing everything else out it even made my 1080ti cry.”

With BlizzCon this past weekend, chances are that you’re either dipping into Blizzard’s library or thinking about past experiences in the studio’s games. So why not share a Blizzard game screenshot for this week’s challenge and tell us of a memory or two?

Every week, One Shots shines a spotlight on the best community screenshots from your MMO adventures. If you have a great pic to share, email it to justin@massivelyop.com with the subject “One Shots.” Make sure that the picture is over 880px wide and comes with a description or story!
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camelotcrusade

Wow! I was on vacation so I am just now seeing the feature. Cool! 🥂

I don’t have many Blizzard screenshots, but here’s one from the circa 2005 archives. According to this important image, firing a lightning bolt at harpy reveals not one, but *two* secrets of the universe: 42, and boobs.

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mysecretid

Thank you for the featured pic, Mr. Justin! Much appreciated

You say you want another Blizzard pic? Here’s one from yesterday that I like.

Usually, when you get a “find the lost child” quest in World of Warcraft you’re usually looking for a kid in the eight-years-old range because, well, the game has character models for that.

Imagine my surprise when my character was asked to find and retrieve a Tauren’s lost child, and what I found was a Tauren infant (calf?) in a basket.

It made me laugh as my semi-brooding Blood Elf mage had to strap the baby-basket onto his back, and cart the little gaffer home.

What you can’t see in the still pic, unfortunately, is that Blizzard had animated the baby’s face so that its eyes blinked in that wide, sort of stare-y way that babies look at things. Very clever. Very amusing.

Cheers,

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Space Captain Zor

Was on vacation this past week so didn’t do a lot of gaming but my buddy and I totally loved this tavern we found near Big Bend

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BalsBigBrother

Sorry its not an mmo screenshot but I am enjoying being an eagle in a certain recently released assassin based affair. I wasn’t going to buy right away as I can’t really afford it but well um I have an impulse buy problem sometimes and who needs food anyway. ;-)

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mysecretid

“Food is for the weak!” :-)

Have fun, B3!

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rafael12104

I know of this assassin based affair. I will be joining you there soon. Not figuratively, it’s not that type of of affair, but spiritually for sure.

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rafael12104

Lol! Lived on the stuff during some lean years in college. 2 bucks 12 packs, gaming food if there ever has been any.

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Bryan Turner

I’m surprised any one could live that long eating only Ramen.

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mysecretid

Heh. Rafael did better than I did! There was a period in college where I basically lived on the large torpedo-bottles of Coca-Cola, and jumbo bags of peanut M&Ms …

… until the night I started having sweats and palpitations et cetera, and passed out on my apartment floor. I literally thought I was having some kind of massive heart attack and dying … but when I woke up hours later (feeling like I’d been hit by a bus) I realized that it was some sort of reaction to all that caffeine and sugar and non-food in my system for days on end. My body was basically saying “Smarten up kid, or we’re leaving!”

I thought I was so smart in college. I was such a complete dumbass.

Cheers,

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Melissa McDonald

Legend has it that the Dragon Warrior can exist solely on the dew from a ginkgo leaf and the energy from the universe.

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rafael12104

Thanks for the mention, Justin!

It happened to me a little over a year ago. My hard drive crashed. And this was no ordinary crash either as the mechanical head physically crashed into the platters. That’s nerd speak for, all gone bye bye.

And so went my WoW archive, completely. It’s better not to dwell on and things.

And so my contribution this week is provided by my BnS Blade Master and her firebrand I call Justice.

You may take my caps, but you will never take my pet frog!

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thickenergy

That’s one pampered toad-in-a-bowl.

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rafael12104

Spoiled, I’d say. Wont even come out of his bowl unless there is food, a lilypad, and someone to carry him around!

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Utakata

You could of rolled a pink Lyn and called it a Gnome. Just hide the tail and ears somehow from the screen shot… >.>

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rafael12104

Hmm. Food for thought. I have an open slot and I have yet to make another Lyn, blade dancer for example. Hmm.

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Skoryy

Nothing Blizzard worth posting yet. Maybe. Instead, have last night’s Extra Life 2017 party in Agartha, complete with dancing CMs and giant Dreaming One mascots!

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I have finished all of the Destiny_2 campaign and other PVE quests/missions and this left me at power level 272 which is not that bad. There are still some areas I have not explored/cleared so I will duck back in from time to time to turn those icons from medium grey to lightish grey at some point (ya it is hard to tell them apart). I do not believe I can do the grind though. Like the others say below taking shots in there is not easy so while I have seen some more great places there my pic well is dry.

Since shooters aren’t usually my thing, but I liked Destiny 2 quite a bit, I took a look at Warframe last night. While I have not played enough to make a call on it, what I have played so far is enjoyable. It looks pretty good (see pic), but I have to google a bit to learn about the systems as in-game there seem to be a lot of info missing – just like Destiny 2.

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i rigged up nvidia shadowplay to take screenshots easily. takes some rebinding in teh options settings as alt+f1 probably won’t play with the game with my experience trying to use the snipping tool but there it is.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

…the best thing about Warframe is that even though it is clearly sci-fi from just one glance, I can still be a stealthy headshoting archer.

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borghive

Vanilla pic, and no this picture isn’t from a private server, it is legit from my Vanilla days. That is my wife polly morphed on her mount, kind of weird bug that existed back then.

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Ryuen

A little rummage in my screenshot folder turned up this oldie from, iirc, the pre-WotLK event.
It could get quite messy in Stormwind back then.

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Hirku

Your death will be avenged!

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Amorey

Somewhere over the rainbow … :)

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Schlag Sweetleaf

;)

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Amorey

I love Spongebob, that is awesome, thanks <3

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Schlag Sweetleaf

thank you for the original:) pure and beautiful.

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rafael12104

WoW (pun for effect). That’s perfect!

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Utakata

<3 <3 <3

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Amorey

:) <3

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Rees Racer

“…share a Blizzard game screenshot…”

This would ordinarily be considered stretching the definition quite a lot, but at least the parent company that published Destiny 2 is Activision Blizzard.

As deekay mentioned below (and has been noted by many PC players), good screenshots are notoriously difficult for a game that can be so lovely to look at in places. There is no dedicated key for a shot, it is necessary to run the game in a windowed mode to use Print Screen (there is no dedicated key for it), you cannot remove the UI, you can’t hide your helmet except for the social area, and there is no real 3rd person view in combat (unless you are using a sword). It takes some extreme measures, creativity, and good timing to get a decent shot. It’s like Bungie made the game for consoles or something. ;p

My Warlock finally has all Legendary and Exotic gear, and I’m deep into the grind to increase my power level. I’m not certain why I’ve not grown tired of it all, but precision gunplay means one-shotting with some weapons, and the game is just so gratifying on a visceral level. I’ve even had some decent games in the PvP Crucible, which is quite a shock. I think this helmet is a bit much, but I love my purple long coat and Legendary Hand Cannon named The Old Fashioned.

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Really glad the game has proven fun for you, Rees.

I agree with you about the appeal of Hand Cannons in the Destiny games.

I’d go so far as to say that learning to use a Hand Cannon effectively in the first game, through trial and error, actually made me a better player overall.

How ? Precision. As I’m sure you know, Hand Cannons have a lot of stopping power, but you have to not miss for this to mean anything. :-)

Basically, I learned through practice/repetition by playing the game how to be more precise and intuitive with my shots, and to get away from the whole “spray and pray” autofire temptation most shooter games carry.

My other weapon as a Hunter (in both games) is a Scout Rifle, another semi-automatic weapon. A cross between a rifle and a sniper rifle, basically — not as much stopping power as a sniper rifle, but better range than most rifle types when sighted. Again, a precision weapon where I had to learn to trust my instincts in the moment, and to make every shot count. (My last weapon is a sword, for those times when weapon precision entirely fails me and bad things just need to go away hahaha).

I will not lie, I am not some sort of über-player, but for once, in all my years of shooter playing, I am not the Worst Guy Playing. Sometimes, I actually do very well, which makes me feel all “heroical and such”, as Nathan Fillion might say. :-)

And back to Hand Cannons, in Destiny 2: I stumbled into the fabled Sunshot HC very early in the game, and it was very useful when levelling up — but now that I’m at cap, it’s not so “sexy”, since even the minions are tougher here, and so the pistol’s “explode on death” Area of Effect quality doesn’t trigger as much, and it doesn’t do as much damage to minion crowds as it did back in the earlier levels.

Honestly, I miss my “Ace Of Spades” Hand Cannon from Destiny 1 these days. Maybe an “Old-Fashioned” is in my future too? :-)

Hope the game continues to be fun for you,

Cheers,

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deekay_plus

i rigged up nvidia shadowplay to take screens easily enough now fyi

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rafael12104

Heh, Old Fashioned Aptly named, I’d say. And preferred too.

BTW, what are you using for your screen caps? As Deekay noted Fraps is a no go, and I’m afraid to load anything that might trigger a ban from Bungie.

Your Warlock looks great!

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Rees Racer

To be clear…those bans from Bungie (of which there were only a few) were in error and quickly remedied. No overlays etc will cause a ban.

The simplest (although still a bit cumbersome) way I’ve found is to simply hit that venerable ‘Print Screen‘ button and then tab out to Paint and paste it there to save as a JPEG. Of course, you have to do them one at a time.

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Utakata

My glasses are neither rose tinted or clouded by bitterness. They just are…

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rafael12104

Nor seethrough. Lol. I’d say your toon is some kind of savant. Like those blind Kung-Fu masters.

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Utakata

Mirror sunglasses. They where a thing in the 70’s…a long with Pong and leisure suits. <3

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Kirk

Late nigh aerodrome can be pretty entertaining.

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Bryan Turner

How’s this for a one shot?

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CapnLan

I don’t play any Blizzard games, but here’s a shot of an actual blizzard I got caught in over in No Man’s Sky. Complete with weird alien flying fish things that mercifully didn’t try to eat me. I mean, it’s technically a blizzard game screenshot…right?

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rafael12104

It counts! Lol

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Still Extra Life’ing here. I’ve got about 1 hour 20 mins to go. An assortment of pics from last nights lan party. A picture of my sisters character riding her chauffeurs shoulders, instead of the motorbike. That’s the zep mount from Blizzcon. And finally, just about 11 hours into, we broke out the five hour energy drinks!

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mysecretid

Appreciate you guys gaming for charity. Great work!

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Stormwaltz

In an age where where streamers have $500 neon-highlighted, stealth-angled chairs, I express my respect for that battered old hand in pic 5, which looks like gaming chairs I have known.

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Liandreth

She’s my buddy. She’s survived two cats and my son being a crazy toddler <3

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deekay_plus

i’ve had the same chair for 8 years. i may replace it this xmas as it’s rather battered and bruised LOL

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mysecretid

You still riding that hellchair, deekay? It’s time, son. This Christmas — gold, frankicense, myrrh, and a better gaming chair, I’d say. :-)

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deekay_plus

my contact is on vacation. when he’s back i will look into it. lol.

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Just wanted to add we ended up with a cool 1010.86 raised for the hospital that took care of my son. Thanks everyone who came, hung out, donated and had fun :)

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rafael12104

Oh, next time I’ll pay more attention. I’ll be glad to join you guys in some game for a good cause and good people. :)

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Hirku

Congrats, well done.

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rafael12104

That is awesome. All of it. :)

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Hirku

I feel sorry for whoever got stuck with the couch/table setup. : )

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i think it was her sister lol

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it’s a real pain to screenshot in destiny 2 becuase fraps doesn’t hook into it and there’s no in client screenshot function. so i have to really go out of my way to screenshot which has resulted in today’s 3 shares.

on teh shores of titan – this just by the rep vendor on titan

the magical mystery tube you fly through on the final mission

and a selfie featuring my first use of shaders which this look lasted all of about 5 minutes before i replaced various gear involved.

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Yeah, I just hang on to my shaders that I like (and buy copies of any of the ones for sale that I like, for later) since — like many games — one tends not to settle on a final look in the Destiny games until you hit the level cap, and your gear isn’t changing every second mission or so.

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Addendum — I should point out that I mean “buy shaders I like with in-game (i.e. fake) currency”. Spending real cash for one-use shaders is a bit too rich for my blood, as they used to say.

Cheers,

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it is a bit rich isn’t it? i spent $50 on this shit and i aint got shit that satisfis. there/s a real problem there. i mean all around it’s all good but the specificis aren’t so great. idk man idk.

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rafael12104

I’ve been struggling with screen shots myself. Still trying to find a good solution that Windows 10 won’t puke all over and wont be a flag for bungie to ban me for no reason.

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nvidia shadowplay can be rigged up for it. just rebind the key to something less obnoxious and you should eb good to go.

and if they were banning for using it i’d be banned well before now really.

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bonus pic! my halloween night face paint!

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Hirku

If there’s a Thanksgiving face paint pic then you’ve got real problems. : |

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deekay_plus

lol.

face paint is put away until next year. lol

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rafael12104

Scared me. Lol!

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deekay_plus

thisis the only wow screenshot i could find in my libraries. not sure if this is actually one i took or not lol

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Siphaed

So cold, it burns…

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Siphaed

So cold that it burns….

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