WRUP: Introducing our cast of characters for 2018 edition

As always, a new year means a new cast of characters, because I hate resolving plotlines and we’re not going to be having a bunch of uppity actors hold this feature hostage like The Simpsons. If you want closure, assume everyone died except that guy you liked. Now, let’s meet our new cast for 2018:

  • Happy Walkin’ Steven Steven, a convicted drug dealer who is currently coaching seven different children’s sports teams to learn the true meaning of friendship, Christmas, teamwork, and IRS form 1040-A.
  • Camilla the Snail, who is a snail.
  • Jacktron, defender of Earth, the heroic robot who repeatedly insists to people that it is a CPA named “Jacktron, defender of Earth,” not an actual defender of Earth in any way. That is not a title.
  • Sandstorm Jones, your father. Or mother. Whichever.
  • Catfood Collectin’ Steven Steven, who is played by a meth addict prone to reckless driving and will be quietly retired after he tries to make an entire episode about how you should eat squirrels right off of the trees. (He calls them “squeaklemons.”)
  • Wolverine But Not The Marvel Comics Wolverine, A Totally Original Character Who We Made Up. This one speaks for itself.
  • And last but not least, Obnoxious Catchphrasia, the objectively worst character and therefore the comedic sociopath everyone will idolize.

So, let’s enjoy this band of whatevers on their adventures until we kill them off next year! Until then, feel free to let us know which character’s merchandise you would like to purchase in the comments of What Are You Playing. Or let us know what you’re playing this weekend. Honestly, whichever.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go to help burn off some of this winter gut, but also because I can do whale watching at the same time (it’s a great trail). I swear I’m doing some Final Fantasy XIV because I’ve just been too tired to play much during the week but no, I’m not working towards that doggy helmet. The dog’s cute but the helmet is just too out there for me.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’m sure it’ll be Guild Wars 2 again. My husband and I picked a set of unloved alts and are slowly taking our 6-year-old through Path of Fire with us (glossing over some of the more intense parts, but honestly GW2 has very little gore, so it’s not too bad). It’s so much fun!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): As usual, FFXIV and World of Warcraft, and… I don’t know. I’m feeling the urge for something else, but I’m not sure what. So I’ll see.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m working diligently on setting up some sort of gold-making scheme in World of Warcraft, which mostly just means sorting out all of my characters and getting organized. I’d like to check back in with Champions Online and get in some Secret World Legends time as well.

Pierre, patron: I’m not over Destiny 2, so it will be my main game this weekend… again. I’m also enjoying Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on my PS4; it’s an excellent remaster of an interesting series title, especially for MMO players as many MMO-like features are somehow implemented in this installment. For dessert, I chose Divine Divinity, the first RPG from Larian Studio. It’s an old game but surprisingly very pleasant to play, even today. I wish you an amazing year of gaming, MOP readers. So, what are you playing this year?

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nobleeinherjar

I’ve been so bad at posting in this topic on Saturday.

I spent my weekend curled up in bed playing my 2DS XL, RPing on Discord, and looking for a new D&D group.

I’ve gotten back into GTA Online in a big way. After finally finishing the Prison Break heist, I haven’t had any trouble finding players for other heists or other activities I want to do. I imagine GTAO will keep me occupied until Monster Hunter World releases.

I’m considering returning to FFXIV. I let my subscription lapse because I happened to be going out of town for a week the day it would have renewed. I was really enjoying the Stormblood storyline and had finally embraced the awesomeness of Red Mage.

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Space Captain Zor

So much Ghost Recon Wildlands for me. Tier 1 difficulty is a kick in the nads for real

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Danny Smith

While battling away a nasty influenza/throat infection combo for like a month now i’ve been slowly grinding up alt jobs in FFXIV. Also tried Destiny 1 again from scratch after uninstalling Destiny 2’s cash shop trashfire and its been like night and day going through the moon and venus and seeing what looks like a straight 50-50 of new players and people returning from D2. Its just been very strange to use weapons that are underpowered to the point of uselessness return to part of your main rotation of builds based on what activities you do again. Last Word oh boy did i miss you.

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JonBuck

A little BnS, maybe. I’ve also reinstalled TESO. Not sure if/when I’ll play it, but it’s back on my computer at least. I still have 2200 crowns from the last time I played.

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rafael12104

Cool. Let me know if you need anything in BnS. Seems like you are cruising right along. If you tire of leveling let me know and we can group up for some stuff.

I’ll be on a little later this evening.

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rafael12104

Well, I sound like a broken record. And I’m getting tired of hearing it myself.

What am I playing? Blade and Soul
Why am I playing it? Because… just because!

But, yes Football is going to be watched. Profanity may be uttered. And I’m fairly certain I will also argue, why The Last Jedi could have been a good stand alone movie but was horrible trilogy film, after a couple shots and a couple of beers.

In the meantime? Here is a little vid I call, “A Collage”. Little snippets of fun I had over the holidays in BnS. There may be a Uta cameo in there. Maybe two. Btw, the little guy with the ski hat? That’s my Summoner. Finally capped and looking for more. :)

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Utakata

Yes, the pink thing in the beginning and middle is in fact me. <3

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Utakata

PS: And I also gone off of Bunyang and Bunah of late, as they tried disingenuously usurp my character’s history. >.<

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Caelium

I’ve hopped back into Path of Exile for the first time in a long while (I am at least a couple expansions behind). So naturally the only choice was to start a new character. I am having fun with it so far, though I think I am fast approaching a point where I will need to improve my gear and the crafting system / trading system in PoE is way above my head at the moment. I did kill a god though.. so there is that.

No current MMO’s at the moment, but I am awfully tempted to return to Lord of the Rings Online. The only thing holding me back is the absurdly high cost of entry for such an old game. Unless you find the expansion packs on sale you can be looking at upwards of $80 to ‘catch up’ with the rest of the player base.

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rafael12104

PoE is a game I always come back too. It is great for just that. I tend not to start a new character, although now I’m thinking maybe I should go back and do just that.

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Caelium

I tend to do the same thing in MMO’s that I have taken a hiatus from. Even if it is only temporary and I go to to my main I find that starting new is a good refresher course and lets me pick up on all the new mechanics that were introduced. This effect is less pronounced in MMO’s as opposed to Path of Exile, but it is still fun to try out new classes / builds!

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Utakata

This week: I am not a stable genius. In fact, I am not even a genius…

…I know this because this is what peer review and professional help as told me. And this is why I stay away from anything that requires me to lead. As I’ll know it will likely end up in a disaster cluster “Bleep!”. But the first steps in finding my way in this is to recognize my weaknesses. And not instead, whisk it all magically away by asserting conclusions about myself without evidence in contradiction. Just saying. :(

That said, moar LynStar and GoblinStar this week! <3

Have a great week and weekend folks! :)

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I spent a little money on the PSN Christmas sale:

Killzone 3
MGS ground zeroes
I am setsuna
Thief

Already beat Killzone 3 (it was good), ideling through MGS (so much of MGS5 already makes so much more sense), I am Setsuna is good but needed a little bit more time in development (the god damn skill buying system material grinding / how there is no run button), and uninstalled Thief after playing for 30 minutes (easy front runner for one of the most shit bug budget titles I have played).

… Plus I am still inching my way through Horizon Zero Dawn.

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I also installed EVE before Christmas & swore at it constantly for about a week before I got comfortable with the controls & batshit UI design (holy shit is that so outdated it was like trying to read classical Scottish poetry).

Spent several days flipping back and forth between EVE and Elite (which I also has shitty controls, just diffrent shitty, that took lots of swearing too much effort to get the hang of) before I logged in to EVE one day and found that someone had strip mined every asteroid belt in the starter zone & then left it all to rot in containers labled “like mining? You should think about joinung a mining consortium!”

Log out, uninstall, fuck off … I just don’t have time in my old age to piss away on petty shit like that.

I get that EVE’s entire design model boils down to “how can this be used to troll people? And how can we make it even more painful when it is!” And that for some people that is a dreamland, but I would rather spend my time trying to be happy.

That also doesn’t mean Elite won out between the two: I really want to like Elite, but there really is flat nothing to do but burn fuel shuffling items between space stations.

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Probably doing an obligatory 2 hour run in SWTOR. Spent 2.5 hours looking for a mission location yesterday which the internets finally told me was a crack in the wall, not the regular green “hey this is the mission entrance” indicator… Other than that, dinner with family and friends as we try to stave off the freezing weather I evidently brought back with me from Canada. Stay warm as you can everyone and for those on the other side of the equator, well go to the beach and think of us! Maybe we will feel the warmth of your thoughts.

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Atronach

I’ve already maxed out on the content I want to do for GW2 so waiting patiently there for the next release while doing some meta events. Otherwise, I dipped my toe back into SWTOR for the first time in a few years and I’m finding the KOTET storyline quite engaging for my Jedi Knight. Perhaps I’ll stick there for a while and finally do some operations.

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Sray

I’m still enjoying my time with Destiny 2, even though it’s so lonely with only me… and 2.9 million other people still playing.

Saltiness aside, the last couple weeks of watching a game that I enjoy become a pariah among the various streamers, news sites, and communities I visit has been something of an eye opener for me. It’s given me some perspective on how it feels when it looks like the whole world is dog piling on something you enjoy, especially when there are other games that are much worse, who seem to be getting a free pass (I’m looking at you, CoD:WW2). In case you’re wondering, it’s not fun; and even though it’s not personal, after you see it for the 50th time, it’s tough not to start taking it personally. It does make me think that in the future I’ll try to be more diplomatic when commenting on stories about games like Wildstar or Star Citizen.

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Ok, whining out of the way now.

Last week, mysecretid posted his thoughts on Life Is Strange, which has given me a reason to want to replay the game and reexamine it for themes that simply never registered with me on previous play throughs. And I’ve decided to stream it (starting with the prequel, which I haven’t played yet), and hopefully have some discussion with viewers about the game and get some perspectives I’ve never considered before. If you’re interested, come check it out, the schedule is posted at: https://www.twitch.tv/wsrb

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rafael12104

Hmm. Well, I certainly am not a fan of Destiny 2, as you know. But, it is certainly not my intent to keep others from enjoying the game. Because, seriously, it is all about having fun and not the latest craze among dissatisfied gamers.

So, while I can’t say I will not put my foot in my mouth and say something untoward about Bungie or Activision again, I can tell you it is no reflection on you or anyone else who loves D2 or any game for that matter.

And, you have given me something to think about. Lol.

Keep going on D2. It sounds like you found a possible MMO home and that is a good thing.

I maintain residence in BnS and it certainly has taken a beating of negligence from most gamers, but I soldier on. Why? Because I have a crap load of fun playing. :)

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Sray

I have never once felt like you or any other poster here was personally directing any criticism of Destiny at me or the other people around here who enjoy it (note that patron Pierre is also unapologetically still playing). But it’s like the feeling when you’re a huge Taylor Swift fan and everyone in the world around you seems to want to dump on her and her music all the time: it’s not about you, but after you hear a certain amount of it, you can’t help but feel like it is.

Ultimately though, when it comes to the things I enjoy (music, games, TV,etc) I try to live my life by the title of my favorite Rolling Stones song: “It’s Only Rock’n’Roll (But I Like It)”.

It just makes me understand why some of these Star Citizen fans seem to be a mass of exposed nerves: you can’t turn around without someone questioning the game’s development; whether legitimate or just trolling. Although, many of them are just dicks: a certain… animal who hangs around here… once called me a troll for actually trying to point out a fact that supported their side of an argument about Star Citizen funding. However, dickish outliers aside, the amount of barely intelligible “lol, scam” posts out there is going to get to anyone after a while.

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cher i say this to lian all the time. when i am criticizing a game wether’s it’s gw2 or sc or w/e it’s not my intention to turn people off of the game especially those playing it.

it actually annoys me alot the people and rhetoric that goes toward actively trying to get people to not play or quit a game. like really? why?

imo i know if i enjoy a game truly i am going to have criticisms of it and see within it which criticisms others have that are either valid or invalid based on my own experiences. which alot of criticisms of games i’m inclined to play tend to be alot of bullshit imo wether i overall like the game or not. but alot of other criticisms can be really spot on.

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i felt that way with division and it’s interesting to see that game now held up as an example o fwhat d2 should be doing in all of this. still doesn’t stop people from meming about the 2013 e3 video as if it’s a legitimate example of a bullshot video somehow (which you’d have to not actually played the game on any platform to think that).

as for star citizen it deserves most of the flack it gets despite dsmart poisoning the well of legitimate criticism with his attention whoring. that being said i still quite enjoy and even love the game, tho currently waiting on some much needed patches before i get back into 3.0.

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rafael12104

Same. I was defensive when I played The Division. Lol. But unfortunately, the expoits became so blatantly bad, I had to step away from it.

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deekay_plus

that’s not what bothered me about it (the exploit finding and profiteering was more bothersome), it wasjust the lack of feeling of reward in a loot grinding game.

what keeps me away from it now that they’ve fixed alot of that is starting froma gimpy position and trolling through who knows how many hours of (decent i’ve heard) drops for the spec i play which i understand is the biggest hurdle.

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GW2 and waiting patiently for 7.3.5 to drop in WoW. Also counting down the days til the kidlettes go back to school. Two more sleeps!

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Rees Racer

It seems many of our contributors are either in poor health or suffering in dreadful winter weather. Meanwhile, in the Southern Hemisphere, it is Summer, and quite hot, actually.

After World of Warplanes released 2.0, I’ve found the much-improved game to be quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, the population is still lacking, as I believe War Thunder has most players committed already. I’m trying to decide.

Meanwhile, there is lots of fun to be had in TERA, ESO, and GW2, so I’ll likely choose one and go with it when I get frustrated with flying about in my mid-tier aircraft.

Still, battling over the Pyramids of Giza is a nice incentive, visually…

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rafael12104

Damn, that is a beautiful cap. Could pass for a photograph.

Hmm. Might have to check that game out first hand.

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Sorenthaz

Gonna probably be playing a bunch of FFXIV. Got back into the mood for it. Trying to also work on finishing up Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag (finally) and at least give AC Rogue a look. Might dab in Smite or some other games, possibly try to juggle in some time on Burning Crusade.

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CapnLan

Still firmly stuck in FFXIV working on the ARR story. I finished up the Toto-Rak dungeon and am now going back to Ul’dah for…something. I don’t know what yet. So far the story is interesting but packed with entirely too much filler.

Why a main story quest boils down to “Take this item to this dude and that’s it” I have no idea. That’s some side story stuff that has no business being a main quest. It also has a terminal case of “Yeah I know there’s some impending doom going on but could you go deliver this earring to this Qiqirin in completely different and unrelated area because he left it at my shop instead of investigating said impending doom? Thanks, you’re a bro!” It’s grating on me why they did stuff like that. The story, when it actually happens, is really good though. I’ve been told it gets better so that’s why I’ll stick it out.

I’m liking the rest of the game, however. I unlocked SAM and love it. It just feels right with how all the skills chain together. I also unlocked MNK and finished up the ques line there. Started fooling around with crafting and probably going to look into fishing. Because why would I play an MMO without doing some fishing? That’s just how things work.

Started up with The Division but haven’t really given it a solid go yet. The insane bullet sponge enemies kind of put me off but I’ll give it another try this weekend. The gunplay, environment, and story all seem to be well done. It’s just that emptying an entire mag into a dude’s face and having him lose maybe 20% of his HP just doesn’t feel right.

After that I restarted some Rise of the Tomb Raider now that I have a new PC that can actually run it on max. I didn’t quite make it to the end on my old PC but stopped short as I wanted to give it a proper go on my new one. It looked good at medium on 1080p but playing it on ultra in 2k is something else. Well worth redoing most of the game.

And finally, I jumped in to Star Citizen 3.0. Yes, I know it’s cool to hate on it but so far I’m liking it. Being a space captain at heart, I’ll give any space game a solid go. That includes everyone’s favorite game to hate. I have no illusions of it being the best space sim ever or anything like that. I just want another fun space game to add to the roster and nothing more. To that end, SC has already met my expectations. Whether it ends up being the best thing ever or falls flat on it’s face, it doesn’t matter. I’ve already gotten my money’s worth out of it. Of course I don’t have thousands of dollars into it, so that helps haha.

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rafael12104

Rise of the Tomb Raider at ultra, YUP! It is a great game anyway, but at ultra-2K it is outstanding. I finished it very quickly because the graphics really helped suck me in.

Sadly, I didn’t feel the same about it when it came to replay.

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Sray

Rise of the Tomb Raider is just a gorgeous game, but man can it be brutal on your system. There’s a good reason why it’s in virtually every GPU reviewer’s benchmark suite.

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Bryan Correll

Sandstorm Jones, your father. Or mother. Whichever.

Non-binary parental unit.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I did a little more advancing this week in Battle Chasers, but I have watched more Twitch than I played this week – DOTA2 (tourney going on in DC) and “They Are Billions”. I do not think I would enjoy playing “They are Billions” myself, but it looks well done and it is a good stream game.

I kinda feel cruddy too cause of the fierce cold – even down here in SoFlo. Ya…I have been down here 15 years come April and it appears that all my strong northern blood has since been converted to wussy blood. It may be time for another relocation, been thinking about the SW US as my next stop.

I have seen a lot of articles in the larger new sites about the iguanas falling out of the trees here for some reason this year. That happens almost every year. The 1st time I saw that made me jump a bit. As I was passing between cars heading into work one plopped down on a car hood beside me with a loud thump !!! -a medium sized one with like 2ft of body (that’s ~.6M for you civilized folk).

Anywho, stay warm and happy gaming everyone!

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Crap…I forgot…I tried DDO for the first time since beta last week, but I could not find a resolution to work for me since you cannot alter the UI at all. It looked pretty damn good given its age though.

I had heard a lot of good things about it from the community lately, but surprisingly there is still a potential long standing issue to just getting in the game.

Potential New DDO player PSA:
Since forever, the launcher for the old Turbine games will only accept a password that is frighteningly short (16 or less I think). When you make an account however you can create a decent password (like 30+ chars) and then not be able to log into through the launcher with it due to the length restriction there.

I only got around it from my vague recollection of setting up multiple accounts for AC back in the day.

I thought maybe by now someone could restrict the account password to match the launcher password or at least put an impossible not to see text line in there stating the disconnected process flow. There are a lot of people who get stuck just trying to log into the game per the Steam reviews.

DDO could and should have many more players.

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cursedseishi

You know, Wolverine-BNTMCWATOCWWMU is fine and dandy, but I always felt his character was just too… bland. Especially in that one crossover where he can’t stop calling everyone and ending every sentence with “ya hoser, eh?”. We get it, you’re supposed to be Canadian, but it’s just a bit much!

I’ll stick to Wolferine, the old Irish Wolfhound with all the powers of a wolverine AND Wolverine. All the musk, burly facial hair and feral rage attributed to both, packed into a loyal and quiet introvert whose far too concerned with not knocking things over to unleash his adamantium dew claws on any poor sod nearby.

We’ll see how the reboot goes for the cinematic universe though. Until then? New computer, so dabbling with Black Desert, Blade and Soul, sooooo many Steam games…

and more likely than not, just staring at the desktop calendar waiting til the 19th for the MH:Worlds final beta, and four days after it ends for its release…!

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Sally Bowls

I am focused on The Game.

https://www.cfbhall.com/national-championship-countdown-clock/

P.S.: with my typical humor and a sign of the times: after Pence & Trump said they are going to attend the game with me, and the current international climate, I pointed out that Atlanta probably has its highest risk of nuclear attack since the Bay of Pigs. The joke was even less funny when the CDC, also in Atlanta, scheduled a Jan 16 briefing to explain how the public can prepare for nuclear war.

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Lol. Well, I think the mascots involved are much like Pence and Trump in many ways.

And to prove my point, here is Big AL, the other mascot involved.

To our friends outside the confines of the sport crazed US of A, yes, these are football mascots, and if you read down below, much more important than the game itself.

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I don’t understand much (right, any) of that, but it seems to have something to do with sport, so I’ll just add that New Zealand rolled over Pakistan in the first ODI yesterday, Australia won the Ashes, and South Africa looks to give India a very hard time in it’s tour (and all of that is GOOD news).

I very much like the dog, so I’m keen to cheer for whichever team is represented by it. It’s seems to be a university American football championship, so Good Luck!

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“I very much like the dog, so I’m keen to cheer for whichever team is represented by it.”

I really can’t think of a better way to decide which team to root for in any given sport. And I mean that sincerely. :D

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rafael12104

LOL!

That idiot sports nut inside of me, just cringed a little.

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As long as Alabama doesn’t win.

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Everyone in SoFlo is with you… cause ya know….Sabin.

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rafael12104

Texas, here. What is this Alabama you speak of? I’ve buried my head in the sand since 2005 when we beat USC…

Hook’em \m/

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The double-XP, server-hopping, cosmic bashing holiday event is over in Champions Online, but I’ve still got three heroes that I failed to get to max level during the event. Once I’m done with work, I plan on getting back to completing the healer/ranged DPS build for one the heroes that I’ve been working on. I don’t actively RP in CO, but I do write fleshed out backstories for my stable of superheroes, so deciding which powers each superhero gets depends more on why the they can do what they can do than what’s the best ability for group role or solo survivability. At the same time, I don’t want to make useless characters that aren’t fun to play. Consequently, my time in Champs is spent grinding XP through Alerts, unlocking powers every few levels, testing them out, then retconning them until I find a keeper. I’ve also got an idea for character number 8, but I don’t have a strong idea for his look yet. I should also create nemesis characters for 6 out of 7 my other heroes. So yeah, I’ve got things to do in CO in between client crashes.

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Fornite (PvE), Fallout 4, Skyrim, and The Division or some combination of those games. I may not actually get time in all of them but they are on the list.

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I was hoping that Fortnite would get some kind of discount during the Winter Sales, but I didn’t see any.

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Sorenthaz

Fortnite was 50% off. Including everything up to its $150 Limited pack or whatever.

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Sir, I did not see that. My failure has been scored and logged.

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Sorenthaz

Don’t think they advertised it super well, but when logging into Fortnite they’d have a “50% off” next to the Save the World option.

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this week i’ve been playing a bit of gtao closers and pubg for my bday weekend. boomy also gifted me pony world 3 which i spent all of three minutes in.

i also uninstalled destiny 2 >>

this week’s video shares are some almo0st perfect driving in gtao with a new car and the last ten minutes of a decent pubg match

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Bruno Brito

Happy birthday, dude!

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thx bro :D

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Boom

Deekay you young rapscallion happy birthday!

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ty boomy <3

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rafael12104

Yo!

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cheers tho pls do wait until at least past noon! XD

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Wayyy past noon….drink wit meh!

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add me on steam deekay_zero and i will give you additional instructions :D

/cheers

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BalsBigBrother

The best policy is to remember its always past noon somewhere in the world, so Happy Birthday and CHEERS!

*raises glass while glossing over the fact its hot chocolate* ;-)

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hot choco will do in a pinch! :D

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zoward

Happy birthday!

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ty. i’m not sure when i’m gonna stop celebrating these things and fall into the old people routine of hating bdays. i definitely dislike getting older but my bday will always be a special day i can annoy all my friends into hanging out with me at once LOL

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I’m old enough to be an official Old Guy, and I make a point to enjoy every birthday. I take it off work, send the kids to school and go hiking in the White Mountains, or into the city, or out for a relaxing drive in the country … whatever suits my mood. Be good to yourself.

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i tend to keep it simple. drinks with friends online, and my mom makes me a special meal or we go out for something special. and usually a cake but i explicitly ruld it out this year just becuase i’ve been less into cakes the past few years. and just less into sweets in general the past several years,.

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mysecretid

Happy birthday, deekay. Wishing you much joy and much cake!

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no cake this year. i didn’t eat the cake last year soi told my mom not to bother lol

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Rees Racer

At some point (in between, I think) we stop celebrating the birthday itself, and simply acknowledge a bit that we are still alive, which deserves some celebration! Eat some some fucking cake! I don’t care if you have to go to the local shop and buy one, just for yourself. My family insists on this sort of thing, but if you are free from that commitment, “Party on, Garth!”

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i gained like 5-10 pounds last year so no cake for me. i will however have some baileys and decaf :D

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BalsBigBrother

You get to a point you celebrate waking up in the morning :p

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Hirku

I’m still playing Secret World Legends in my quest for story closure and to pass the time while I wait for the WoW leveling revamp.

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zoward

Spending the weekend trying to keep warm. There are places on the surface of Mars warmer than my back yard right now. Checking on on some of my co-workers who in the coastal areas of greater Boston, which has had some bouts of flooding. The outside thermometer sensor in my wife’s greenhouse died this morning – I’m hoping it just needs new batteries.

Besides non-gaming stuff (who cares about that), I’ll likely spend the weekend tinkering with my WoW private server. I’m also in the middle of building a Retro Pie with my son, using a leftover Rasbery Pi 3 I have kicking around. I may also escape to the single player gaming goodness of Planescape: Torment later as well. Have a warm, dry weekend!

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mysecretid

The Mars reference made me smile. Thank you! And yeah, it’s colder than the hubs of hell around here as well, although I’m told my town hasn’t got the worst of it.

Cold enough to keep me indoors and gaming, regardless. Stay warm!

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BalsBigBrother

I find myself entranced by Elite:Dangerous again so much of my gaming has been in that at the moment. Not really doing anything special, some passenger mission, some engineering stuff and some trading all of which usually involves a bit of combat along the way too.

I did manage to get my first Elite rank and in trading of all things. Its usually the one thing I generally loath in other games but I have fun being a space trucker in E:D as I find it kind of relaxing.

Getting the Elite rank did open up a permit locked space station (Jameson Memorial) that sells all the ships and modules in the game at a discount and is also quite handy for a lot of the engineers so I moved my fleet of ships there to make it my new home base.

I am still doing a bit of Lotro too and will probably end up back there before long but for now back to the black, “You got a job, I can do it. Don’t much care what it is.”

Hope everyone has a safe and fun gaming weekend o/

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BBB, I got my husband Elite for Xmas (finally, right?), and he’s obsessed too. Bad news for CCP: He basically said he’s never going back to EVE since Elite has all the stuff he wanted to do in EVE anyway hehe.

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Both games have their good and bad points. I do enjoy digging into E:D and especially driving around the various moons and so on in my space buggy (you will need the horizons expac for that but well worth it).

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mysecretid

Congratulations on the Elite status, B3!

Always good to have game one really likes to fill the time when winter makes staying indoors a better option!

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mysecretid

Not my healthiest week (although I think I’m doing better than Armsbend — feel better, Arms!), and weird for gaming, in that I effectively played only two major games this past week: World of Warcraft and No Man’s Sky.

Enjoying both games greatly, and, hoo boy, did I play a LOT of No Man’s Sky!

Is the game perfect? Nope, but it’s pretty much the frontier/exploration science-fiction space game I’ve been looking for, it seems.

Take care of yourselves, and each other. Happy 2018!

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Sray

I played No Man’s Sky again after the last big update and was quite pleasantly surprised. It’s still too laid back for what I’d like out of it, but it’s definitely getting there.

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Bruno Brito

Decided to revisit an old drawing i had, I’m doing that quite a lot to see the results.

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Boom

Thats awesome, should defo forward that to the Darkest Dungeon devs, would look brilliant in there:)

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Bruno Brito

My plague doctor is based on theirs, so i guess that’s right. Mine is more of a undead flamethrower wielding, chemical throwing young lad.

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reminds me of some of the outfit options in wildstar :O

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Bruno Brito

Reinstalling just for that. God, how i wish i could actually get addicted to Wildstar. The game is solid as hell, and really fun, but that interface and optimization…

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luicly there are great addons for the ui. optimization can’t much help tho it went alot better for us intel boiz than amd boiz.

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Bruno Brito

The UI addons aren’t really that good, but they’re what we have. I may really go back to that and just try to get into it.

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strange you feel that way, i felt wildstar addons were the best in the business and i wish the best for the developers of them.

do yoiu not like the HUD style ui>?

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I mean, it depends on the addons. I love the QoL ones. I didn’t like the UI ones tho, like Forge. I thought all the UIs i had the option to have were really crappy. Forge UI is TOO minimalistic, the original UI is too convoluted.

Maybe it’s something with my monitor, i don’t have a widescreen, so it bothers me a lot.

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mysecretid

Nobody draws quite like you, Bruno — and I mean that as a compliment, for sure. Never give up the art, my man. It’s the one thing that’s completely yours, and it’s always interesting to see.

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Bruno Brito

There are three people who draw like me =P

Haha, thanks, dude. It took a long time for me to actually feel like i’m actually having fun drawing. I have my characters, the stuff in my head that i want to tell the story and nowadays, this story is finally giving me pleasure to just draw a bit.

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Armsbend

I’m playing a brutal case of influenza right now. On the tail end of it but man – it’s been a bad one. I’m so sick I can’t even focus on a game for longer than a few minutes.

My alma mater is playing in the sportsballs championship on monday – in my city! So I’ll be doing that if I’ve recovered.

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Easy does it, there Arms. We have a big year of bitching about games in front of us. Need you at full. ;)

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Sray

Feel better soon, Arms.

And enjoy the sportsball championship. I hear that the local squad has the quite the line up ready for this match. Yay for athletic competition!

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zoward

Dude, you gotta take care of yourself. You’re the first line of defense MOP has against pop-and-fresh optimists like myself taking over the site! Rest up. Drink some tea, Kick back and watch televised Sportsball. Seriously – hope you feel better soon.

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Armsbend

It’s the negativity that probably caused a significant breach in my immuno-defenses. Dammit!

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Bruno Brito

Hay, get better soon :c Drink a crapload of water, lemon juice, orange juice, and honey. Keep yourself warm.

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