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?