WRUP: I’m cold and this place smells like farts edition

Ugh. Why are we here? This is dumb. I’m cold and this place smells like farts. When can we leave? Why did we have to come here in the first place? You never tell me anything. I have to pee, throw up, and watch four episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in exactly that order. Your voice is awful. Stop pushing me. Where is my coat? Who took my coat? Who is that guy over there?

I don’t want to shake that guy’s hand. I want to lie down. I’m going to lie down and kick the ankles of anyone who comes near me for a quarter of an hour. Never mind, I want to put my face in a cake. When can we go? I want that cake now. It still smells like farts in here. Is this What Are You Playing? How did you get that car? Why is there a glowing portal here? I need new socks and shoes.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​The Pokemon Go event will help me burn off some of that Thanksgiving chub and make sure I don’t go overboard with Overwatch because Moira + Mayhem = Mass Fun. Also, I may do a little Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp because it’s another AC IP that I love (RIP Asheron’s Call).

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Welp, it won’t be Marvel Heroes! Womp womp. Actually I did play a bit and sat my kid down and explained to him what was going on, so he went through and spent all our in-game currency on minipets. But yeah. I’ll probably play a bit of Guild Wars 2 this weekend, but mostly I’m shopping and working to get ahead of the end-of-the-year stuff. The December award-and-roundup hoopla doesn’t write itself!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I have a long list of things I want to accomplish in World of Warcraft prior to the next expansion. The bright side is that I’ve already made good progress along the way to most of those, and I still have a very long time before that expansion happens. So I’ll be poking away at that, and also continuing with my usual antics in both Final Fantasy XIV and Secret World Legends.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Holiday weekends sometimes mean extra gaming time, so I’ll try to make sure mine isn’t going to waste. I’m slowly but surely working through the Marketplace quests in Dungeons & Dragons Online (I beat Proof is in the Poison, yeah!), Tokyo quests in Secret World Legends, Bloody Gore quests in Lord of the Rings Online, and all the quests in World of Warcraft. Seriously, I can’t commit to an alt. It’s a problem.

Pierre, patron: My trip to level and ilvl caps in Destiny 2 is not finished and I have less than two weeks left before the Curse of Osiris DLC launches. So I’ll spend most of my free time grinding in D2 this weekend; as I enjoy the game a lot, it will not be painful at all. Enjoy your gaming weekend MOP readers and let us know what you’re up to in terms of MMOs and gaming of course. Cheers!

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Chillos Smith Jr.

Guild Wars 2
Just got both my fiance and boyfriend-in-law playing as well, so been spending most of my time in old zones grinding on that last tier of Pact Commander as they level up.
I’ve never seen any of the sylvari story line, so I’m getting to see new (to me) content in the process.
Can’t wait until they get to Living World and the expansions.

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Chestnut Bowl

I’m playing Black Desert Online, Tera, and Wildstar. I’m having fun in all three, though BDO is the most impressive of the bunch and is a game I see myself playing long-term. Both Tera and Wildstar are more fun than I remember, though no one is around at the lower levels. I’m thinking about trying to learn tanking in either of those games, but it still intimidates me.

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Jonny Sage

Steam Sale! picked up A10 Warthog add on for DCS World and Shogun (Commandos 3?) Its awesome. Everything else on my list is still too expensive. I guess i could buy Call of Duty 2004, its only $49.99 (after 75% discount)!

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Koshelkin

Currently back in SWTOR. Enjoying it but I still hope the story will improve in future updates. The final of KOTET was nice but besides that I’d rank it pretty mediocre. I’m glad it’s done and I that’s not a compliment. Some of the messages(NPC mails) I got after the last episode makes me hope that we will go back to a more traditional Republic vs Empire route. We will see.

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mysecretid

For all my griping about EA as a publisher, I think that the biggest problem with the Zakuul storylines is that they went on for far too long, and that they set up a bunch of sub-plots which never seemed to amount to anything.

While a strict Republic versus Empire plotline carries its own problems — in that, it can start to feel very stagnant and repetitive, and false because everybody knows that neither side can ever really “win” or the game would effectively be over — I do agree that the Zakuul stuff seems to be flailing now, and it may be better to put Senya on the throne and leave Zakuul to the Zakuulans.

I did like that the player was involved with a third faction, comprised of both Republic citizens and Imperials seeking a kind of “greater good” for themselves, beyond Zakuul, but Iokath seems to be pulling the Alliance apart in a very heavy-handed, contrived way right now, so I fear we’ll soon be back to endless cycles of Us Versus Them which will go nowhere story-wise.

But yeah, I’m pretty much done with Zakuul by now as well.

My opinions only, of course. Yours may vary, and that’s cool.

Cheers,

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Koshelkin

A thoughtful and interesting reply! The thing is I would feel more at home in the old Republic vs Empire scenario because that’s Star Wars for me. The driving conflict. The thing is it doesn’t need to concentrate on that conflict per se. You can do alot of stuff in that scenario and SWTOR already did that with some storylines(Rise of the Hutt Cartel e.g.). There are rumours of cults of some sort from what I gathered so I’m here, still a bit excited how it will continue. The whole Eternal Empire thing was blown out of proportion and to give the player such a position of power is a bad move, imo.

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mysecretid

Sorry for the late (and long) reply. Koshelkin. The week’s been a tad frenetic …

I actually don’t have a lot of problems, myself, with my character being the head of a small third-faction organization by endgame — as with most things SWTOR these days, my problem is not so much the ideas in the game, but what the developers do with those ideas.

My problem with my character being the Alliance leader — beyond the fact that he’s a Smuggler/Gunslinger and didn’t actually want the job — is that he really doesn’t have any real say in what happens with “his” Alliance at all.

For all that Lana Beniko and the rest call me “Commander” and talk about how crucial I am, and how amazing I’ve been — inside the game’s story, I effectively work for them.

Nearly every story chapter starts with Lana, or Senya, or Theron or Koth, or somebody saying “Commander! A Very Bad Thing(tm) is happening, and we need to do x, y, and z immediately to stop it!!!”

And I get to agree, or not. And if not, I get told why disagreeing is not an option, and my character gets to reconsider and agree. :-)

Look, I do know they’re trying to tell us a story — obviously, we have to go along with the plot hooks if we want to see the new content. That’s not my problem.

My problem is, what fun story or gameplay benefits come out of being the Alliance Commander? What cool play options does it open up for endgame characters?

You guessed it. None, basically — unless a player really gets off on NPCs calling her Commander, or constantly singing his praises.

The whole Commander thing is basically just one big plot hook, and not much else. It doesn’t really add anything to one’s play experience (unless one is a praise junkie, as above).

Sure, you’re consulted on political events in the cutscenes, but how much input does the player really have as a “third faction” leader? None that I can see.

Remember when the game let us save only two of the three sets of faction representatives? (Republic, Sith Empire, Zakuulan) What ever came of that choice? Nothing.

And even if it does come up again, it’s been ignored for so long already, it’s lost its impact for players. Another story thread started and effectively dropped.

Remember when you possibly forged a cordial personal relationship between your Alliance and Empress Acina of the Sith?

That was intriguing, but it doesn’t matter now because the writers decided to have her go absolutely crazy-pants and hateful not long after. She’s not even Empress anymore.

See what I mean? — I don’t mind that my guy is Alliance commander, but being Alliance commander doesn’t really mean anything or do anything in the game, so why have it?

We have so little player agency (i.e. the ability to affect the game around us — or even the illusion that we can do so) in Star Wars: The Old Republic that it all feels a little false.

This is part of why I’m personally opposed to going back to the standard Republic versus Sith warfare as the focus of the game also — because it’s false.

Neither side will ever win the war, or the game will be over, so sending me on missions where I have to go kill X people “for the sake of the war effort” always feel dull and lazy and mildly annoying to me.

I think SWTOR, and the best of the Star Wars films, work best when the war is the background element against which stories about the characters play out.

The original Star Wars had this; Empire Strikes Back had this; Rogue One had this; Star Wars Rebels has this at its best points.

Even SWTOR’s original character stories had this at their best moments — they weren’t so much about “the war which will never end because it can’t, or we’re done” as they were about what was happening to our character and our character’s friends against the backdrop of galactic war.

I hope we can get back to that sort of gameplay in SWTOR some day.

My opinions, only of course. Yours may vary, and that’s absolutely cool.

Cheers,

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You guys used an image out of Black Desert Online and then didn’t even mention it! Well…I came here because I saw an image from Black Desert Online and Black Desert Online is an awesome game and that’s why I am playing it! Black Desert Online!

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I just got a Nintendo Switch and Stardew Valley, so I am more time in that than I do in reality,
If I can break away from my Switch, I will try and play WoW.
Reality has no place in my schedule this weekend.

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mistressbrazen

Back to SWTOR, trying to slog through the original story. Had a “Bree” moment with the grand kid on Thanksgiving day. I was explaining to my daughter, his mother and him what happened to Marvel Heroes. I made the mistake of saying the last installed game I had was SWTOR. Some little light bulb went off in his head ad he said, “Don’t I have a character on your SWTOR account? Let’s play that while the turkey cooks.” I looked with desperation to his mother, who lowered her eyes and walked away. For the next TWO hours, I said repeatedly, “Open your map and look where you are going.” “Open your map…open your map.” “Heal yourself…no really, you have to heal yourself.””See those little red marks with the minus sign in front of them, that’s the health you are losing every time you jump off those high rocks [bridge, top of the steps, ledge in the valley, add whatever you want here].” By the end of the two hours I only had one nerve still intact in my whole body and I declared “It’s time to log out.” First thing Friday morning: “Let’s play SWTOR!” I died a little inside but there it is…the things you will do for a grand kid… Maybe one day this weekend, I will play my own character.

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mysecretid

Your noble forbearance here is part of why children tend to love their grandparents so much. You’re taking the kind road, and kids eventually remember that pattern of kindness.

Cheers,

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mistressbrazen

Trying my best to model good gaming habits and how to be a decent human being, but wow! He’s a tough nut. Love him to death anyway.

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mysecretid

As a former young male myself, I can say that most of us seem to behave like borderline feral a-holes, until parents and grandparents come along and teach us the rudiments of civilization through a combination of love and boundary-setting.

Love and tough-love, and you’re definitely on the right track already. :-)

The irony is, when he gets older, he will most likely forget what a little terror he used to be, but he will remember the love, and he’ll be grateful for you and his parents teaching him the rules of civilized behavior. :-)

Cheers,

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mysecretid

I bought the science-fiction game Tacoma from the Steam sale on a flyer, and ended up absolutely loving it.

It’s one of those games, however, that IF you like the way it does what it does, you’ll probably love the game, as I did, but if you don’t like its gameplay style, then it’s probably not a game for you.

Here’s what I sent to my gamer pals in an e-mail, about Tacoma, in case anyone is interested:

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Tacoma is a relatively short game (you’ll play it through in about six hours, tops), but it is utterly excellent IF you’re the kind of gamer who doesn’t mind a purely investigative game every now and again.

There are no lurking xenomorphs here; no gun-toting badguys. You play an AI specialist sent to recover a dormant AI from a damaged near-Earth space station so that the corporate owners can determine what happened. You’re told up-front that the crew has already evacuated the station.

While you wait for the sections of the AI to download, you begin to explore the station and to piece together for yourself what might have actually happened, and that’s the basic gameplay.

You find “virtual reality” fragment clips of the Tacoma station’s crew as you investigate — corrupted excerpts left unsecured when the AI shut down — and these provide interactive clues to past events.

You can also examine and handle many of the objects aboard the richly-detailed, entirely immersive environment of Tacoma station itself as you seek to interpret what exactly happened aboard.

The game never explicitly explains the science-fiction setting of Tacoma station in 2088, but through inhabiting and investigating the station, you will get an acute sense of the immersive future world your character now inhabits.

Perhaps best of all, as your investigation progresses, the question becomes not so much “What actually happened here?” as “Which of many possibilities actually happened here?”

The clues you find suggest various possibilities. Will you guess at the correct answer? Very likely, near the end, but only as a number of equally-plausible scenarios competing in your mind as you explore Tacoma station.

An excellent change of pace from what we usually see from science-fiction games.

Absolutely, utterly recommended if this sounds like a style of gameplay which would interest you.

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Have a good week, and know my best wishes go with you. Take it a day at a time folks, and be good to yourselves. The world is better because you’re here too.

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Sorenthaz

Conan Exiles with a friend (finally figured out how to get a private server up and running, wee…), Dead By Daylight (oddly addicted right now to it), Smite, something of something’s technical something, maybe FFXIV, and who knows what else.

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Picked up Horizon Zero Dawn and Conan Exiles on Black friday … Still haven’t beaten FF15, but the pacing on it kinda sucks and I am a good 30 levels over the quest content (the xp multiplier on hotel rooms just breaks the shit out of this game … Just run every hunt you can until they get so hard that you can’t finish them, then go crash at the 2.0x XP hotel) and zero Dawn is so fucking good.

…. Playing it with french dialogue & english subtitles; anyone else do this kind of stuff to give titles a more otherworldly feel?

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mysecretid

Horizon Zero Dawn is better than I ever expected it to be.

So nice to play a game which feels unique in so many ways, while still being accessible.

Sray here tipped me to that one, and I remain grateful. :-)

Enjoy it, Xijit!

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Utakata

This week: A question about TERA!

Is the Enchanting mechanics only available to players who have a subscription to that game now? Having some issue Enchanting lowbee Avatar weapons. :(

(…and creepy Elin comments need not apply.)

Also this week: Finally booting up Blade & Soul! And I will tell you how that goes, if I starting asking questions about that here as well! :)

As for WoW. My pigtails are getting to a point they need a bit of break from it.

Managed to break the 300 mark on my Gobbies’ Enchanting/Tailoring and Blacksmithing. Had to hang in UBR’S a lot to avoid the AH costs in doing so. /bleh

…anyroads, have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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Utakata

And there I am! All ears, tails and pigtails are fully in check! (See: Image attached for details!) <3

…had more trouble getting the game to work and then running through a gambit of authenticators, then re-registering my account. NC appeared to be happier to see my wallet than me. :(

Now I have to figure out what server I am on. And what character Mr. rafael goes under. :)

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Woot! There you are. Cool. Still cute as all good Lyns are. Lol!

So, I’m on Yura. You can try me on Haliee, I spend most of my time on that Gunner. Shoot me a message in game or here with any questions or if you want to run something.

If you are not on Yura, let me know what server you are on and I will roll a toon on that server. The server you are on should be right under your name as you choose a toon to log into.

Welcome back. We kept the lights on for you!

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Utakata

I’ve sent you a /Friends request. You appear to be offline when I pinged you of 5 minutes posting this, as the systems message bounced it back. I’ll keep trying.

….and thank you for this offer. :)

PS: My name is in part contained in the character’s name.

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rafael12104

I don’t know… now I can’t the idea of cold farts out of my head now. Unpleasant to say the least.

But where I am at the moment it is nice war and smells like a spring breeze. That’s what the candle says. Which means I’m in my comfy chair about to start my gaming weekend.

So this weekend it’s Celestial Basin. No, it isn’t yet another new game, it is an area in BnS I need to work through to prepare for the upcoming Dec 6 expansion. The dailies there pay out in the mats I need.

Other than that, I’ll keep crafting during the BnS Turkey-Day event and run a bunch of dungeons for fun.

As a special treat. Here is my gunner Haliee in her best pink dress running through a slice of Celestial Basin. If it looks like fun, that is because it is. And short. That’s about how long it takes me to run dailies there.:)

Yes, Uta it is pink. But it’s too late for pink tails.

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rafael12104

*nice and warm.

Not “nice war”. I think I”ve seen one to many news segments on N. Korea.

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Utakata

:(

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rafael12104

Yeah, I know, right? But, I think those problems will be sorted out. IMO, Trump is on thin ice and it is getting thinner by the day.

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Michael18

Some more adventuring in Pool of Radiance.

It’s astonishing how simplistic this game is compared to modern RPGs and yet it manages to be immersive and fun. I wish devs would tone down the technical complexity of today’s RPGs a bit in favor of depth, exploration and story telling. These huge budgets, team sizes, and long development times can sometimes be detrimental to creativity.

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The first great RPG I ever played.

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Hirku

Amen, brother.

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nobleeinherjar

I did a small mod-job on Skyrim Special Edition and have been playing that. Instead of my usual hundreds of mods, I just got some UI tweaks, some general gameplay tweaks, and my favorite vampire mod. And it’s felt kind of liberating, not being beholden to so many mods as before. It’s been nice to just hop in and play without days of prep beforehand.

I’ve also been trying to play a case a day on LA Noire and/or a world a day on Kingdom Hearts 2. That goal has been hit or miss.

I finally started Stormblood on FFXIV. Going in as RDM, though I still have nagging doubts that I should have just stuck with DRG. We’ll see how it goes. For now, I’m comforting myself with the fact that I’ll be getting some sexy glamours and that I can bring a lot of utility to parties.

Not that any of this matters because next week I’ll be posting that all I’m doing all weekend is diving into Xenoblade Chronicles 2 ..

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mysecretid

I played LA Noire back when it first came out, and I was very, very impressed with it. Have fun!

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Playing WoW and went ahead and bought the game while Black Friday sales are going on. I’m leveling ridiculously fast and pretty much one-shotting everything. I’ve already skipped one whole zone level band, so I can see why the devs are going to be doing some level scaling across the whole game with the next expansion.

I’m still having fun, and it does allow me just pick and choose what quests I want to do without having to worry about getting all the XPs. But it plays hell with figuring out what is going on story-wise. Right now I’m just ascribing that to having lived my whole life on the back of a large turtle in the middle of the sea.

Don’t think I’ll get tired of these Pandaren animations. Swinging two-handed weapons like they’re one-handed is pretty cool, plus the Asian martial style flourishes. Recently tamed a gorilla that matches my Pandaren’s fur colors. Named him “Stuntdouble”.

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mysecretid

Stuntdouble. Heh. I love it. :-)

And yeah, as the game exists now, a player can out-level certain zones without intending this. I know I skipped at least one “level-band” region myself.

Poster Hirku, here on Massively, mentioned in passing that he “shuts off” XP once he’s hit a region’s level cap, and then turns it back on again when he needs to level once more.

Not sure how he’s doing this (a mod???), but maybe Hirku will see this post and share his wisdom?

Have fun — I know I’m having a really good time with the game, some 14 years after launch. :-)

Cheers,

Alfredo Garcia
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I believe I actually ran into the NPC tonight that will turn XP off for you. At least, that’s what the job “Experience Eliminator” would suggest.

I’m actually pretty okay with how things are going. After leaving The Wandering Isle and doing the first couple human zones I ended up going to dwarven lands to make a delivery and liked the scenery so much that I stayed up there for awhile. Then I decided to check out a message I got from Booty Bay and ended up pirating around down there for a good bit.

So things feel like they’re flowing pretty organically for me play-wise. Much more of the story stuff so far is contained to each zone or area within a zone than I thought originally. Besides, this way I reduce the amount of ground I’ll have to retread with any alts that I play.

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Hirku

Yes, the “Experience Eliminator” is the guy. He’s expensive for a low-level player, but once you hit lvl 20 and can access Archaeology it’s not too tough to scrape together the 10 gold.

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mysecretid

The later zones do seem to adjust to your level (at least Legion does), but I hear you. If you’re good, you’re good.

Me, I skipped most of Pandaria, because I wasn’t in the mood for that sort of storyline at the time (i.e. the new land, stepped in ancient legends) so, as you say, it will be there for my alts. :-)

Game on. Have fun! o7

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Rumm

Bought Hollow Knight for 10 bucks in the Steam Sale. Incredible music, atmosphere, and has that 2d Dark Souls feel.

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mysecretid

I read a review which argued that Hollow Knight is actually a better Dark Souls game than Dark Souls.

I haven’t played either game (I don’t have the frustration threshold for those kind of “extreme challenge” games), but I’m curious if you think the reviewer might have a case for his opinion, or if the reviewer is simply praising Hollow Knight a bit too much?

Be well,

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The “trash” mobs so to speak are far easier thus far in Hollow Knight than those found in Dark Souls. Hollow Knight has a magic system wherein you build your mana pool by attacking and killing enemies, which necessitates some fodder, whereas in Dark Souls everything feels potentially lethal. It feels like there is more breathing room in Hollow Knight, though I’m still not terribly far in the game. I don’t recall dying at all in the first level. I just beat the 2nd boss after dying to her like 3-4 times and learning the mechanics. Both zones so far have had unique monsters, and the second zone was noticeably more difficult. From what I’ve read, the game is rather massive, so by the end of it it could be rather punishing.

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mysecretid

Thanks for your take on it. I was curious.

Cheers,

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CMDR Crow

My father’s been in the hospital for the past three weeks, so any gaming time is fraught. Hopefully he is home tomorrow, so my other half and I are trying to relax a little post-holiday and get some gaming in while we can.

My vacation in Elite is finally over. After a five week layup post-Colonia trip, I’m back in the black with new, not-shiny midnight black paintjobs on my AspX and Anaconda.

Otherwise ESO and grinding out the last 200 or so LP for Mordor.

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mysecretid

Hope your father is doing better as you read this. Games are a great distraction, but they never completely block out certain kinds of stress.

Here’s to better days for your father, and for you.

On a gaming note, of the three games you mentioned (Elite Dangerous, Elder Scrolls Online, and Lord of the Rings Online) do you have a clear favorite, or are they simply different flavors of game for different moods?

Cheers,

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CMDR Crow

Thank you for the very kind words.

To your question, I find those three to have a great deal in common as well as being fundamentally different in their gameplay and systems. They all have strong lore and worldbuilding, which is always a strong pull for me (I’m a former TSW preacher– what a shame.) None of them have particularly “predatory” business models, and they all provide large amounts of content. Each is easy to put down and take back up again later, which is important to me as that is how I tend to play. I’ve been pushed away from games (like SWL) by necessary dailies where regardless of my mindset, I still get little bits of anxiety about logging into something that I don’t want to play at that moment or fall behind. They all also, to degrees, have shorter progression curves and less emphasis on “endgame.”

That said, Elite is a sci-fi sandbox cockpit simulator without a well-defined “endgame.” I love astronomy and science-fiction, as well as approaches to games that err on the side of “go find cool stuff” instead of “go A then B…” which is more my style. ESO is a sandpark-y action RPG with great production value and a “short-and-fat” progression that incorporates crafting while focusing on variety instead of straight power. LotRO is a deeply lore-driven, story-focused highbrow MMORPG that has an overabundance of content, a singularly driven 10-year+ storyline, one of the best cosmetic systems out there, player music, festivals, etc.. LotRO also really hits my itch for the kinds of slower-paced, tab-target games I love the most. They also get a huge round of applause for being one of the few companies that have a system in place for earning cash-shop currency via gameplay.

Of the three, I play Elite the most. Though ESO and LotRO are games I most frequently play with my other half while Elite is a pretty solo affair (it has to be when you spend most of your time thousands of light years away from the nearest inhabited world in a galaxy of over 4 billion stars.)

In addition to those three I’m a former TSW player, I enjoy casual Overwatch games, spend a lot of time mucking around with various RPG Maker engines, and spend a decent amount of time with Xplane and FSX. My partner and I also love private-server survival games, and have spent tons of time in Ark and currently Space Engineers (I like physics.) If WoW Classic ever actually releases, I’ll likely take that up if it ends up without a needed sub.

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mysecretid

Thanks for the follow-up. It seems like you’ve got a game for every occasion, which can’t be a bad thing! :-) Enjoy! Enjoy!

If you like games like ARK, and private survival games, and science-fiction, may I suggest that you take a look at Osiris: New Dawn on Steam, as it essentially combines all three concepts?

It’s still in Early-Access, but it’s chugging along steadily so far. You can definitely make private servers for you and your paramour.

Cheers,

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Sray

I’m playing pain management with a tooth that is falling apart and infected. It’s less fun than it sounds, and the microtransactions are out of control: just when you think that you’re good with the stuff you need, you find that there’s gaps in your pain coverage, and so you need to get something else that isn’t in your inventory, and you can only get what you need from the store. On top of that, there’s floor repair going on in my house, so I’m blocked off from leaving for hours at a time. Sorry guys, I know some of you were looking forward to this one, but I gotta say that you should really give it a hard pass; don’t bother even if it’s on sale.

Apart from that, there is always Destiny 2, which continues to be lots of fun. Nearly finished leveling a titan alt, and I have a rerolled hunter at power level 276 that I need to finish the main campaign with for access to the Traveller hub before deleting my first hunter who’s done that stuff, so that I can roll a warlock. Since I’m not leaving my house anytime soon this morning, today might be a good day to get at that.

And you might have heard about these things called Black Friday sales, and I’ve taken advantage of them. On the PS4, I grabbed Uncharted: The Lost Legacy; I haven’t even turned on my PS4 since buying the game, but it’s an Uncharted game, which means I am not worried at all that this one might not get played. For the PC I’ve grabbed Darksiders Warmastered Edition and Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice. Two hack’n’slash games that could not be more different from one another: one is a hyper violent, artistic recreation of psychosis meant to provoke thoughtful analysis; and the other is made to kill brain cells. Both are equally enjoyable. I’d considered grabbing that other game Enslaved also by Ninja Theory off Steam, since it’s on sale right now too, but I’m thinking I’ve got more than enough to keep me occupied for the next month, so I’ll just wait for the Winter sale before picking that one up.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

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Sray, so sorry to hear that you’re in pain, pal. Keep watch on the health levels there, and if things get strange, ask. Serious medical/dental background in one part of my family, so I have people I can ask, if you feel like your dental folk are not doing their jobs correctly here.

Be well (quite literally) and keep us apprised on how you’re doing.

Cheers,

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Utakata

This why dentist is brow beating my pigtails to get my wisdom teeth pulled. One of them is impacted. Though in the some decades I had this, they never really bothered me. When they do, your ordeal will likely make me regret from not having to deal with them while they weren’t. :(

Get well soon though. /bows

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mysecretid

Uta, it will serve you best if you get those wisdom teeth gone sooner than later in the new year.

As in my post to Sray, above, there’s a lot of serious dental knowledge in this family, and I can access that if you have further questions.

If your wisdom teeth are impacted, that could lead to further trouble down the line if left untreated.

I promise I am not trying to tell you what to do, or to “scare” you in any way; this is merely friendly human concern.

Thing is, your teeth don’t hurt now, but there’s a possibility that when they do start to register, it will be noticeably painful, and it will be because something has had time to degrade into a more serious version of the issue.

They will give you super-strength painkillers for after the fact (the “I see Valhalla!” kind :-) ) and you’ll be eating non-solid food for a bit while your face heals.

If you’ve got a trusted human (or gnome) who can come hang with you while you’re recuperating, that would be good. They can help out while you’re recovering and partying with the viking visions. :-)

You can recover solo, but it will be a lot easier with a companion NPC to watch out for you while you do so.

Again, not trying to tell you your business here, merely trying to help out, based on what I know.

If your dentist is a useful human, ask her/him about the process and recovery to see if there’s anything else to it that I should’ve covered.

Hope things sort for you!

Be well,

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Utakata

:(

…but thanks for sharing that. :)

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Fear not, O Princess of the Pink Gnome Kingdom (you sound kind of like a Nintendo character under that description …).

I had two wisdom teeth removed, and I readily admit I was terrified at the time.

It was a lot less scary than I expected, and my dentist at the time was rather a dolt, but even he managed it all without a hitch.

The drugs they put into me were so strong, I basically felt nothing. And (as above) they give you the “I can see Valhalla from here” drugs for the pain afterward.

If you have to solo it, post-op, you can — just take the meds. It may be simpler with someone else there, but you will be okay.

Maybe set your appointment for a Friday, so you have the weekend to just take the happy pills and recuperate, with no schedule on you?

I’m not trying to make you fret, I promise — again, as above, my main concern for you is that if you let this go untreated for too long it could (not will, but could) become more problematic to fix, and you want this to be as easy on you as possible.

If your dentist is at all good, talk to them about it all.

If your dentist is a dolt dentist like mine was (he’s since been replaced), maybe this is a good excuse to seek out a new dentist that you actually trust?

Let me know if I can be helpful to you in this in any way, going forward.

You’ll be okay, Uta. Gnomes are small, but they’re scrappy, and everyone knows this, :-)

Cheers,

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tooth pain is literally worse than hitler!

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My dentist gave me a useful tip that has helped with the minor stuff in the past — she said, get your hands on one of those “sensitive teeth” toothpastes (she likes Colgate, but hey) and just pack a glob of it in and around the minor pain, and it should settle the angrily sensitive tooth somewhat.

Of course, if you’ve got actual pain-pain, you’ll need serious stuff (painkillers, et al), but for the minor twinge-y stuff, this has been a good jury-rig for me and my oversensitive teeth.

Cheers,

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rafael12104

It really is… man, and the ache just doesn’t go away. Can’t turn it off or turn it down… Take care Sray. I hope you can sleep at least.

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Pandalulz

Darksiders is THE BEST “Zelda” game.

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I’m trying to get serious with Hex. I played about 12 sealed evo games and lost 9 of them.

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For the 10th anniversary of the first game -my faovourite game of last gen and maybe favourite period- SEGA announced Valkyria Chronicles 4 coming to PS4, Switch and PC which is a huge deal for me. So i finally upgraded my old ps3 copy to the PS4 europa edition remaster which i’m playing alongside the somewhat less stellar alt universe action spin off Valkyria Revolution.
VC1 has some issues like how players who know the game can easily cheese it with certain units but in an age where most small scale skirmish stragey games focus solely on the ‘difficulty meme’ like XCOM 2 and the like VC is really the only IP that carries on the spirit of games like Tactics Ogre or Final Fantasy Tactics. Only its fantasy WWII and when magical stuff does show up late in the game its a huge deal and i’m a sucker for fantasy elements that aren’t medieval or white wolf style ‘modern day’.

I hear the PC version is great and will even run on tablets. Its a revisit to one of my favourite games ever before the first big budget sequel after sega sent the game to PSP purgatory for a decade so i really, really recommend it even if the anime inspired art style might put people off. The gameplay is fantastic and i am genuinely thrilled to see this “northern alt universe siberia militia unit survival” twist. Theres no games i know based on real WW2 conflicts that touch on the nightmare fuel that russians ran into in the far north and from that aspect this looks like the closest we will get to that to boot.

Totally recommend it.

and rumour has it VC4 will include multiplayer both co-op and versus as well as player created missions for some online fun as well.

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rafael12104

Heh. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen that title. Nice!

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World of Final Fantasy on PC. The port is just alright, no 60FPS fucking sucks but otherwise it’s pretty much as expected, with some “cheats” like infinite gil in the options. Weird to have them, but it’s better than DLC!

And it’s a pretty fun game. It’s simple, not a big budget for sure; but it looks quite nice, cities are a bit cheap but dungeons are okay, combat is not the most complex but it works. Music is great though, surprisingly varied in genres.
I dig the Pokémon aspect. Capturing monsters is always fun, but it’s also a lot more interesting here, with various capture conditions like inflicting berserk (and it’s a game where status effects are actually really strong! A christmas fucking miracle.), and the progression system is really good; you get more than just stats but also new skills, unlock new poké- monster mirage forms or entirely new ones to play with.

On the other hand the main characters don’t have any gear beyond crystals that can also be unlocked while levelling mirages or finding them in the world.
It’s a bit weird, but it does let you make whatever you want by stacking monsters on you (and getting all their stats and skills), and having multiple identical skills make them stronger, so that’s neat.

Weird approach to fan service though.
You get Final Fantasy characters everywhere… but they don’t have much to do with their games, and instead they develop them into different beings with their own voiced cut scenes for side quests. That’s good to see them being put to good use in the world but… Tifa isn’t really Tifa anymore when she shares little more than a name, and not even her iconic outfit.
Strange choice.

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My wife and I have an agreement that we forego the standard holiday shopping for each other in lieu of shopping for ourselves on Black Friday, and then on Christmas we exchange gift crtificates for restaurants we both like to go to. I got a “Doorbuster” at Staples – a shiny new 27″ Dell monitor (now I just need to upgrade my PC!). I started – and finished – West of Loathing, and my 10 year old daughter immedately started her own playthrough the minute I was done. I finally put some time into the Elder Scrolls Online on the Xbone, and earned my very own cell, er, apartment, in Daggerfall. I bought the Orsinium DLC, another Black Friday score for a paltry 750 crowns. I also finally bought the Morrowind expansion, which should arrive in the mail just in time for me to miss the mount giveaway they’re currently doing – sigh.

Meanwhile, on my private WoW classic server my disc priest dinged level 25 this morning. Here he is retrieving Mary’s looking glass from the corpse of the insane ghoul. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving (even those who don’t celebrate it, or at other times than the US does).

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Awesome. That must be fun, running your own.

And kudos to your and your wife. Truly excellent seasonal planning. Stress free gaming is the best.

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Zora

Redecorating the house, then redecorating the other house,the starship and then…all the houses across my many realities.

Once I’m through maybe some The Sims

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Which version of The Sims?

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Rees Racer

I’ve set aside Destiny 2 for a bit (until Curse of Osiris in a couple weeks), and so finally created a Warden in ESO. Pet classes have never been my thing really, so I’m not sure I’ll commit much and almost no chance to supplant my Breton Templar and Bosmer Night Blade.

And…some things happen for a reason. I seem to have been bludgeoned over the head by mates in my gaming community (and here on this very site) to have a go at Warframe. Over the last week, I’ve had an absolute blast. It’s easy to compare to Destiny in many ways (apart from the 1st-person/3rd-person difference). Destiny 2 is the super-expensive, high-profile, polished affair. Warframe is more the extremely well-done B-movie, that in many ways is superior. It’s kind of like my enjoying the John Wick movies more than the Bourne Identity films.

I’ve found Warframe deeper and much more flexible (for playstyles) than Destiny 2. I can see investing a huge amount of time in the game, so I’ve gone ahead and purchased the most expensive DLC for 50% off from Steam and bought some lovely colours and customisation for Fashionframe. ;)

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Welcome to the Origin system, Tenno. FashionFrame is the real endgame so it looks like you have an excellent head start. Ivara is an annoying frame to farm up in game so you did good buying her pack while it’s on sale. Don’t feel like you need to buy other frames though. You can farm them all up and craft them for free in game.

Fair warning though, the movement/parkour system is so well done that it makes other games feel slow and clunky. I’ve found myself trying to Bullet Jump and flip around in Destiny 2 when the action heats up and it has not gone well for me haha.

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I’m actually looking forward to farming for other frames (and crafting weapons and such), but I was informed the discounted Ivara bundle was too good to pass up, an so picked it up an hour before the deal expired. She’s good fun. I was also fortunate enough to receive the Frost Prime frame through my Twitch Prime membership, so I think I’ve a good start on it all. I’ve got both a stealthy and tanky frame. :)

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“Warframe is more the extremely well-done B-movie, that in many ways is superior”

I’d agree except that without Warframe – Destiny would not exist.

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Yes, I realise Warframe launched over 4 years ago, which makes the high(er)-budget Destiny franchise seem even more like a pretender…although there’s no reason I can’t enjoy both!

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Leveling my DK in BDO. I quit GW2 as like a death of a thousand paper cuts sort of thing, so why am I playing Battlefront 2? I’m a dirty hypocrite is why! Star Wars is my blindspot, y’all. Hopefully I’ll have it out of my system before they reintroduce microtransactions in any form. I’m hopeful the next chapter of the story mode that comes out around the time of TLJ is decent. it’s free and another chapter would be welcome. The story was middling at best and any step up would be welcome.

I’m still playing Breath of the Wild as well. Also, if you’re looking for a great top down RPG, Golf Story is amazing even if you don’t like golf. One of the best single player RPGs of the year.

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mysecretid

The most honorable thing one can do with your human contradictions is to own them honestly, and you’re doing that.

It’s the people who loudly claim to be doing one thing, while actually doing the opposite, that make me sigh and roll my eyes. :-)

Cheers,

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rafael12104

It’s fine. Playing BFII shouldn’t make you feel guilty. If anything, you are playing after they turned off the lootbox shell game, at least for now.

It is a good game underneath it all. The graphics are amazing.

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I hit max level on Demon Hunter so I’m trying to get to some sort of endgame with my first leveled WoW character. No idea what I’m doing which is how I like it!

Watching some sportsball and enjoying the first real fall we’ve seen around in in a few years. The foliage this year is fairly striking for north georgia. I’m really digging it.

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Eliandal

Finally decided to spring for Morrowind (price was just too good) and boy, it’s quite impressive and well worth it. Unfortunately, with a parent in the hospital, I’m not getting as much me (read game) time as I would like, but such is life. Hope ya’ll had a great Thanksgiving, and are busy recovering from turkey-induced comas!!

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Hoping you parent recovers soonest. That would be a proper Thanksgiving gift, I expect!

Cheers,

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Eliandal

Thank you for that! It’s very appreciated!

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Mainly Destiny 2 this time around. I posted in the Black Friday deals thread that I snagged it for $35 so I’m going to town with this one. Not a town that smells like farts though. I’ll leave that to Eliot.

Only about half way through the main campaign but having a good time so far. Playing a Warlock with Handcannons. It pleases me greatly that “Handcannon” is a legit category of weapons in this game. Got some sort of exotic Handcannon sunshooty thingamajig from one of the quests and it’s hilarious to use. Everything I shoot explodes into sunbursts.

The game does seem a bit empty though. I’m hoping it’s just because I haven’t finished the main story yet but so far it seems to only be a small handful of people in the large adventure zones. Maybe 2 other people show up for public events, if that.

After that I’m still plugging away on Warframe as usual. Farming the last little bit of the Plague Star event for that sweet, sweet forma. Can never have enough forma. Going to start on the new SMG that released yesterday once it finishes building in the clan tech. An Orokin styled SMG that’s also silenced? Yes please.

Will finish it up with a smattering of cheapo games I picked up from the Steam sale. Rebel Galaxy in particular is tiding me over with my need for space flight. Super arcade-y but pretty neat. Especially for $5. The space cowboy music is great too. I feel like I should dress up as Spike Spiegel when I play haha.

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Hey Cap,

Don’t worry about the lack of players — the game introduces a “final hub” zone toward the very end of the storyline, and that’s where you see most of the online players coming and going.

As for the individual planets, my experience has been (on the PS4) that it really depends on the day and the time.

Sometimes, I show up on a planet, and it’s like I’m playing a single-player game (Hellooooo???), but other times, I’ll log in to a location, and everybody and their dog is online. It comes and goes, I suspect.

Cheers,

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Good to hear. I suppose I really should go and finish the main story but I keep getting sidetracked with all the side quests and public events. Somehow I found myself at level 20 and decked out in legendaries before I knew it. I’ll get around to finishing the story when…oh look! Another public event is starting! Time to shoot things! :p

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Ill be playing Destiny 2 as often as I can this weekend. I bought the game when it went on sale along with the season pass and I am really enjoying it. I don’t normally play FPS shooters so it was a bit of a gamble, even at the sale price, but so far it was worth it. I have a Warlock at level 11 and I’m currently cleaning up the side quests on Titan and should be moving on to the 3rd world soon. I think I’m just so burnt out with the typical MMO game structure that this is a much needed fresh experience.

If I need a break I may play a little Atlas Reactor as well. I’ve been playing it casually for a while and bought the pack that gives you access to all the freelancers when it went on sale for Black Friday. At the very least I’ll log in to pick up my daily quests. RIFT is on the back burner for now. As for World of Warcraft, that definitely ended up being a wasted sub. I played a little last weekend but that’s been it. At least my add ons and UI are set up on the new laptop for whenever I do feel like playing again I guess?

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Re: Destiny 2 and you. As the old saying goes, “Sometimes a change is as good as a rest”. Glad you’re having fun. :-D

Cheers,

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Jeff

I’m jumping between ESO and GW2, but I am really missing a classic MMO experience , so I keep eyeing the Everquest icon.

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Hirku

I’m just walking the earth in World of Warcraft. I disabled my XP at lvl 10, finished every quest in the Elwynn Forest starting zone, and now I’m playing in the snow with dwarves.

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Keep your eye on your beer. Bloody dwarves! :-)

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Well I purchased the Mordor expansion as soon as it was up for points in the Lotro store and reupped my sub to lotro too. However, I have spent only an hour or so in Mordor so far as that place is brutal when you first enter. More so for me as I was fumbling around trying to remember my keys and rotations at the same time after my extended break.

As much as I want to explore Mordor I have stepped away from it for the moment until I can find my feet again and get back up to speed with my hobbit hunter. So I have been knocking out some deeds in other areas to practise my rotation.

I also purchased the high elf race and ended up making a champion as that was the only class I didn’t already have an alt for on my main server. I am a little disappointed that apart from the starting instance, which admittedly I thought was really great, you are quickly pushed onto the existing elf levelling path. I was hoping there would be more to make them stand out a bit but the high elf seems to be a minimum effort release rather than fleshed out one sadly.

Also been doing a bit of casual Beorning levelling around Rivendell which is always nice. So many classes to play and not enough time to play them all /sigh

Well hope everyone has a safe and fun gaming weekend o7

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I’ve been re-finding my way in Guild Wars 2, trying out new builds, setting on alts for RP and PvE, and taking up PvE content. At some point, I’ll even bring myself to join a PvE guild. I’ll need all the help I can get to get through the (ugh) PoF story content. I’ve also been poking at World of Warships, and have docked my first battleship.

Mostly, though, the house is a mess and I want to get the Christmas tree up this weekend. So a-cleaning I will go. :/

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I find that the World Of Housecleaning MMORPG isn’t really much fun.

They say it’s free-to-play, but you end up having to buy cleaning products in the cash shop if you truly want to excel at the game.

The only good thing about the game is that you may occasionally discover forgotten lootboxes while cleaning, and they don’t typically require a key to open.

The RNG on the lootboxes can be weird, though. A lot of the time, the boxes are full of stuff you already have copies of elsewhere, and sometimes — well, sometimes they’re just boxes of old socks. :-(

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CMDR Crow

There’s something to be said for World of Housecleaning’s laundry tips system. Just like lootboxes, except it is that sometimes your family members leave cold, hard cash that becomes, by intergalactic law, the property of the individual who does all the damn laundry. :p

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Heh Heh. :-) It sounds like “Laundry Money” is a server-wide event that they don’t run often enough.

We need that free silver! :-)

Cheers,

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I’ll keep playing through the Destiny 2 story missions and PVP in Crucible here and there. I want to get in some Lawbreakers while people are online and see if I can actually place in their Boss Leagues competitive mode before season zero is over. Finally, I’ll do some messing around in Champions Online and enjoy playing the heroes I’ve created (…as opposed to the ones that Marvel created and doesn’t want me to play anymore). On the whole, Champs is more about creativity and customization than gameplay. Fortunately, there are a few other things to do besides playing through the story missions over and over again to put your imagination’s offspring to the test while leveling and unlocking abilities.

Also, the gym. I’ve got to get to the gym.

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I would like to nominate this article for Best/Funniest Article Title of the Year. :P

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I was a little confused by the intro to begin with as it is remarkably like my inner monologue. I was not sure I was actually reading something or if it was time ask the nurse for the special pills again :p

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I am currently playing Marvel Heroes and Overwatch. And yes Marvel Heroes is still online and did not shut down Friday. They have given 24,000 G’s a day for two days now in MH.

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Some more dot hack GU// Last Recode, but also making time to hang out with guildies in SWG :)

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WoW, leveling a monk slowly, doing all quests in each zone, slowing down and enjoying all the small details, i think i’m reaching a point where i can say “i don’t like end-game in MMO”.

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I feel confident a few more bodily functions could have been shoehorned in there somewhere…

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Delivering mail and running around with pies in LotRO. It’s so very easy to get side tracked in The Shire…

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Like I said, no MMOs for me for a bit while I detox a little. So on the big TV I’m playing Guacamelee on my PS4. It was so good, until the double-jump and dimensional swap abilities in the Tule Tree gave me a dual handcramp. On the little TV where I play while my wife watches football, I’m finally going to finish FFXIII on my PS3 I swear to god. I quit after 30 hours or so the first time at launch, so I started over. The characters feel less irritating these days, which was my real complaint before. I like the battle system, as janky as it is. The music is amazing! I was in Sunleth Waterscape and put the game on pause and just let the music play on repeat while I worked around the house.

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I played about 30 hours, as well, at release and then just… lost interest. I picked it up again a number of months ago and made it maybe 20 hours in before I drifted away out of simple disinterest. I generally like Final Fantasy games a great deal, but XIII just doesn’t click with me at all.

It may have been that I just didn’t find the presentation to be at all accessible. There was all this crazy, serious stuff going on but without just a little more exposition it always just kind of emotionally “bounces off” of me. Because I’m not really privy to the motivations of the characters nor do I feel like I have much of any concept of what is actually going on under all the jargon and very opaque worldbuilding. By the time these questions begin to actually form into coherent answers, too much action has passed for me to be able to retroactively apply the revealed motives and character and see the previous dozen hours as more than a confusing, unnecessarily obtuse intro.

Which is a shame. Some of the characters really do start to flesh out and get far more engrossing, but the wait to get to that part just always diminishes my interest which lessens the impact the reveal of motive/past was supposed to convey.

Best of luck! I’m hoping my third attempt, whenever that may come, will finally stick :)

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Oh and apparently I’m playing the game of moving the 15-20 sterilite tubs full of Christmas crap out of the attic and into the garage so the wife can decorate. Yay…

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Heh. The joys of relationships.

Me, I have no tubs to lug, but I also have no partner, so it’s definitely a trade-off.

Remember to bend your knees when you lift, so you don’t do a crit on your back!

Cheers,

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Not much gaming this week outside of the normal Rainbow Six: Siege with my friends, also now giving Star Craft 2 a go with them just to do something different.

Mostly this week I have just been feeling really nostalgic, so I have been binge watching Avatar: The Legend of Aang (or Last Airbender). I loved this series as a kid and it’s a joy to go back an re-watch it again, it seems at least once a year I get an urge to watching through Avatar again. I’ll probs watch Legend of Korra after, although that can slow down to a grinding halt at times compared the more quick-nature of the original show, but I love them both in their own ways.

Oh watched the new Murder on the Orient Express today, that was pretty flashy.
Hoping next week to try to grove back into WoW. Still also meaning to give that Earth Eternal emulator a spin.

PS. Blood Bending tho.

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Avatar is one of the best animated shows ever made. Korra had some good feels as well.

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What I appreciate about Korra is that it’s different in tone, setting and the narrative, that was a smart choice.
I also dig that they made the main characters be the age of progression from the original show in terms of viewer-base. So if you were a kid growing up with Avatar, when Korra came out you were either a older teen/young adult so the progression in terms of real-time between the shows was reflected in the characters/themes, that was also quite clever.

But nothing can beat the original series so I like that Korra never tried. The thing Korra did really well was the villains, the Fire Lord in Avatar was a bit generic, but the villains in Korra was great, Communist, Terrorist, Fascist and you got to understand each of their motivations for why they do what they do.

Also Korra’s budget and production values are lit. Going from the SD 4:3 jank of Avatar to full HD 16:9 smooth animation is very pleasing on the eyes.

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And the story of Wan was probably one of the most beautiful things ever animated.

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Hoo-boy, I tell you, I gifted a friend Stardew Valley because she was in need of a casual-type game to play. I’d never played it myself, didn’t even own it, but I knew she’d like it. Flash forward to the new humble bundle having Stardew bundled in, and I installed it and booted it up.

That was 8 days ago. I’ve got 45 hours played.

HELP MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE*

*multiplayer version coming Soon(tm)

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I had a similar experience with Stardew Valley‘s science-fiction “cousin” Starbound. Loved the latter game — played the pixels off of it.

Enjoy! We’ll send out the Massively Rescue Rangers if you’re not here next week!

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Armsbend

Incredible game.

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that reminds me we’ve been playing animal crossing pocket camp as well this week. cute time waster game.

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I need to boot that one up

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More and more, I find that keeping some variety in the types of games one plays really does keep the dreaded “burnout” at bay.

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MesaSage

It’s the cheese that smells.

I’ll be giving my new High Elf some exercise in Lotro. There isn’t much new about him but he looks nice and tumbles when he jumps too far. So, I’ve got that going for me.

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beside going through the motions of upgrading my new warlock’s gear in destiny 2, star citizen’s major milestone 3.0 hit ptu in limited fashion on thursday and i smashed my head on that a bit. which the friday afternoon session went a fair bit better than the thursday night one even if all i did was crash into planets for an hour XD

also knocking out my xmas shopping which i just need to hear back from my cousin on gift ideas for her parents who have always been generous to me at xmas time and until now i generally just gave them copies of my art and music for the most part (which they do seem to enjoy) and wanted to get them something a bit “bigger” this year. also preordered twin peaks s3 bluray for my dad so i am hoping he enjoys it as much as i did as he refused to watch when it was being aired >>

video shares this week are stream out takes of planetary landings er uh crashes or w/e which we’ve been analyzing these videos for all the interesting bits of information they hold about the game contrary to CIG’s previous marketting, and interesting details they do hold. and for those of you less interested to see where CE PE’s oddities wonk out when implemented on a planetary scale, it’s also really funny to watch me go afk for a smoke while on approach and get back right after i crash land :D

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I’ll just wait until 3.0 is live, then I’ll get the HOTAS controls back out. Keeping an eye on the sales though. Might either trade up to or outright buy a Cutlass or a land vehicle that transport cargo. Or not. Don’t know if I’m done “pledging.” I really want them to get their in-game stores going, but I also recognize that allowing us to get ships in-game with in-game currency would severely hinder their fund raising.

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i might get another ship during the xmas sale.idk.

i really haven’t done much in 3.0 yet, just what’s int eh videos basically. i might jump in with a friend if he’s available this weekend or not idk. there does seem to be hints of missions of some sort popping up on my HUD now and then but not sure what they are or how to pursue them.

oh another thing is the game bugs out my nostromo software (razer synapse) for some strange reason. just makes it totally shit the bed. strangest thing that i’ve ever seen. idk why it should interact with it that way. might be a bug with the software’s current version. i might have to roll back >>

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