WRUP: Helpful pointers about the inter-nets edition

Hello, one and all, and welcome to the inter-nets! The inter-nets, or as they are sometimes known the “world wide tubes,” are a fascinating place where you can meet people of many races, genders, religions, and sexual orientations while referring to them with deplorable slurs. Here are some useful tips about the inter-nets to make the most of your time here.

  • The inter-nets are a public place. Please be advised that other people can see what you are saying and respond to it. If you don’t want to discuss it, perhaps you should keep it to yourself.
  • The people you meet on the inter-nets are real people, with real feelings and wishes. Treat them the same way you would treat other people in the real world. Then, treat them better than that.
  • The inter-nets are the real world. If you are a nasty jerk to people on the inter-nets, that is who you are in the real world. If this is not the person you wish to be in the real world, do not act like it elsewhere.

We hope you enjoy your time within the inter-nets! As an associated diversion, please take part in this week’s installment of What Are You Playing, which can be found down below. Thank you, good night, and as always, keep surfing the computer waters!

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​Probably just some Pokemon Go and Overwatch, but probably not too hardcore. It feels like the calm before the holiday storm, and as I know my weekends will be picking up soon, I’m just going to try to take it easy so I’ll have some survival stamina. I may try finishing Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy since the final episode was released last week.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I should probably be playing MMOs, but my Pixel got here, and it’s so shiny and I just need to mod it and fill it with games and apps and realistically that is how I will be wasting my weekend. Anybody have any Android game recommendations?

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Oh, you know. Usual stuff; some Final Fantasy XIV and assorted other projects. Also continuing to clock along for NaNoWriMo, which is eating into my time something fierce.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Ideally, I would love to try out a different MMO just to get some wider experience, but there’s too much I need to do in my current games to free up that time. So back to World of Warcraft, Dungeons and Dragons Online, and Lord of the Rings Online for me! I’m not complaining; I’d rather have too much to do than feel bored and lacking direction.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I haven’t had the chance to do much in ARK: Survival Evolved this week, so I want to spend some time there. I am aiming to nab myself a griffon this weekend, and maybe take the compy army I have started out for its first hunt. I also will be vanquishing more puppets on more alts in EverQuest II so I can get all those patchwork boss plushies! And when not there, I hope to be pushing further into SMITE’s latest adventure. I can’t wait to see the boss in Muspelheim.

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Vexia

I didn’t do a good job keeping up with my daily/weekly stuff in FFXIV because I was too busy this week, so I’m going to be doing that, but my SO and I have also shifted into side-projects like crafting furniture to decorate our house. I definitely need a restful weekend for a change, so I’ll probably do some other gaming. Right now something like Blade & Soul on the MMO front or Mario Odyssey and Monster Hunter for otherwise sounds good.

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Bannex

Funny thing is that I’m nicer on the Internet than in person :O

I’m playing the endurance athlete mind games that happen this time of year when it’s too cold to go outside… as well as a lil WoW with Destiny 2 and For Honor sprinkled on top.

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rafael12104

First World Problems. I love mine.

So, Assassins Creed Origins. That’s what I’m playing this weekend and it is a dandy. I put down Destiny 2 for now. Will come back to it for sure especially with the upcoming content drop, but I had to shelve it for the moment.

And that brings me to my problem. BnS announced an xpac that will drop Dec. 6. It is what me and quite a few others have been waiting for. New massive area, new level cap, new high end abilities, new legendary weapons, new dungeons, etc. etc. etc..

There goes my gaming schedule.

On top of that, BnS has had events non stop since before Halloween. Good events too, the latest being a crafting event which is making crafting actually worthwhile especially before the xpac.

And so, BnS will dominate my time. CoD WWII will have to wait. Steam games will have to wait although I will buy my share as usual. Assassins Creed Origin will have a short run. And, my return to Destiny 2 is on hold.

The horror! The absolute horror of having too many games to play!

Oh and btw, ASTROS ARE STILL WORLD SERIES CHAMPS! (last one, I swear)

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we had fun in guild teasing sundial about the stro’s game six loss. which had him upset. XD

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I will be playing Rift this weekend, focusing on working through more of the Prophecy of Ankhet storyline. I’m in Ashenfell, the fourth of I think 6 zones. My progress slowed a little during Autumn Harvest because I was also completing some of the daily and weekly quests to get a few of the seasonal items but now I’m back to leveling and following the zone’s story. So far it’s the weakest in terms of story of the four zones I’ve played but that might change.

The weird thing is the NPC companions that follow along have the potential to be the most interesting but so far the story isn’t compelling me along and the NPCs which are essentially an angel and a demon are proving to be one dimensional. There’s nothing interesting being done in their dialogue.

It’s exaclty what you would expect— the angel is constantly judging the demon and the demon is constantly judging the angel for being judgmental. All of the other zones have had great stories and the dialogue between the two NPC companions who follow along with the player character have really helped flesh the story out further giving them more depth than you would expect from an MMO. I’m just hoping eventually this one is the same. When it’s done right, I think it’s one of the best things Rift did with PoA.

That I think will be it for me this weekend. I’m also including a few screenshots of the Autumn Harvest items I purchased with the seasonal currency. I was able to get two new character specific mounts and an account wide costume. They do a great job designing these types of rewards. It’s one of the few games in which I participate in the seasonal events.

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zoward

So, after all the hype and discussion about the someday arrival of WoW Classic, I decided I just had to scrap my bassement Lich King server and rebuild it as a 1x classic server. Since I was stuck at home on call for work yesterday (and, amazingly, got no calls), I spent the day compiling C++ code and running (and debugging!) lots of SQL, after which I had my very own classic server. Oddly enough, after all the shenanigans I had to go through to get it to work, it now seems to be even more stable than my Lich King server! Since my WoW main has beena priest since forever, I immediately created a dwarf priest and started leveling, because who didn’t love leveling priests back in the heyday of vanilla WoW? Here’s my stalwart priest standing over the body of his fallen foe, Griknir the Cold. I suspect I’ll be at this for a while, so have a great long weekend y’all!

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rafael12104

So cool that you have the skill to do that. My knowledge of C++ is like my knowledge of Starbucks coffee. I know the various types and names, have no idea how to make them. LOL.

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Minimalistway

This is tempting, i thought of doing the same thing, but i’m not going to, i’ll wait for Blizzard :-)

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Sorenthaz

Likely will be playing a mix of Destiny 2, FFXIV, maybe Starbound, SMITE, LoL, Overwatch, and avoiding withdrawals from being unable to play something this weekend.

Zulika Mi-Nam
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Zulika Mi-Nam

About those tubes…

So after the hurricane action here is SoFlo it took a while to get all of the downed tree debris out of the neighborhoods. That debris was dropped in huge piles by random contractors in random locations. One of those piles happened to be placed on top of a box where some of my internet tubes are spliced together.

Later they sent a big claw machine backhoe thingie (it always a backhoe) to move the huge pile to its final location. While I was at lunch on Wednesday, the claw thingie man made it to the bottom of the pile.

To make sure he got it all that debris, he went hard and picked the last bit of debris along and my box of tubes, which has a top that is flush with the ground. He ripped up that box, my tubes, and the protecting interduct and conduits. He ripped ’em real good like. When I got back to my desk I had 6k+ emails from various devices complaining about the lack of tubage.

Luckily no kitten videos even blipped and no stories about random famous people doing horrible things were delayed due to redundant tubing. It was all fixed by Thrusday afternoon which is pretty damn good. We have had much worse.

Oh ya gaming, Warframe is where it is at for me right now. I have been to Earth, Venus, & Mercury, and I opened the path to Mars this morning. I built a sentinel pet that is helping me out now that I also have to level and mod up. I am getting ready to learn about how to make some back wing piece and still need to find all the required parts to hatch a dog…yes hatch.

I played MU Legend a couple of days and that was enough for me. I found nothing new or interesting there. It all worked fine though.

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kjempff

Warframe tips:
1. have the wiki open all the time and read..a lot.. So much wierd and hidden knowledge you will NEVER figure out without reading, and not knowing WILL stop you from progressing at some point.
2. Sign up the the amazon twitch prime 7 day trial and claim your Prime Frost warframe, Prime Soma rifle and a slow but hard hitting melee weapon – Those will give you a head start and ability to start farming other serious stuff&Primes. You can cancel the amazon account after you got your stuff, afaik you will not be charged the 3$.
3. Grind.. Farm..read..grind more.. Or spend money to skip..but mostly..read! Knowledge is everything in Warframe (no seriously).

Zulika Mi-Nam
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Zulika Mi-Nam

Thanks for confirming about the reading. I thought I was missing something in-game to explain some of the systems. I have been googling quite a bit.

They need a little browser thingie in-game like Eve.

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CapnLan

Quick heads up on pets in Warframe. Once you hatch your dog, it’s going to need DNA stabilizers on a regular basis or else it dies. As in permadeath. As in you log in one day and Ordis is telling you that it died and he ejected it’s body into space. Seriously. You need to get another orbiter module from clan tech that helps out with that and automatically freezes them before they die as well as help with defrosting fees and maintenance. The amount of time and resources needed to care for pets for a new player can be a bit much to handle.

So my advice would be to go ahead and hatch your cute puppy to complete the quest and then promptly freeze him in stasis. Once you have the resources to properly care for him later on down the line after you become more powerful, you can defrost him and play with him then. I recommend you stick with your Taxon sentinel for the time being as sentinels need no maintenance.

Zulika Mi-Nam
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Zulika Mi-Nam

Thanks for the tip. When I was looking at the incubator cell blueprint on the market, I saw the kits that had the DNA stabs in them. I knew they had to be in there for some reason.

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Mu Legend for me, assuming they’ve sorted out the horrible latency and constant disconnects plaguing the Americas servers. Plus some Thor: Ragnarok in 3D.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I saw no issues during my play, but I was playing on AM#3, the least busy one at the time.

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I didn’t have any problems on the 7th when the game was first available to play but things have gotten worse and worse since then. The servers really don’t like being full and I’m on what was AM#2. There’s also some bugs that lead to performance issues plus supposedly some DDOSing going on.

Webzen also stated on their Facebook page that the bulk of the problems for NA players are due to some issues with international cables. Which makes no sense to me at all if the servers are supposed to be in NA.

I played a bit this morning and game play felt somewhat better, but there’s no reason my latency should be around 250 if the servers are in NA.

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wild-abyss

I’m bored with SWL at the moment. I can only run my Tokyo sidequest route so often before I wonder why. So I’m into my Christmas knitting and catching up on 10 years of The Simpsons.

Now today I’ve spent the early afternoon adding mods to Fallout 4 and I’m going to start that again. I stopped playing before the DLC released so there’s some new stuff to try out. Of course that means I’ve lost 3 hours so far installing and organizing mods…

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Toy Clown

Still picking away at FFXIV. I’m enjoying the dungeoning and grouping aspect of the game, which is something I haven’t enjoyed in games the last several years. Just hit 60 and don’t have Stormblood yet, so leveling a bard-to-be in anticipation of the 4.2 patch and additon of performing. Weaning off of Secret World Ledgends as a sub player. I’m always happy being content playing just one MMO.