WRUP: Great personalities of the American something-or-other no. 341 edition

William “Basketball” Cragen was born in 1784 following his mother’s prolonged and particularly unusual bout with pneumonia, which produced three children and at least one stirring anthem. Considered a “disease child” by his father, he was originally planned to be sold at market when he reached seven years of age, as this was the style in Virginia at the time. However, he evaded this sale by hiding under a passing wagon and refusing to come out even when offered a bit of cheese. Thus, Virginia quickly elected him as the governor-in-exile of Cuba (which it was assumed would be a state any time now).

As governor-in-exile, “Basketball” chiefly ruled on whether or not his father was a “stupid Manne of Poore Judge-ment and odious Sockkes,” which his advisors agreed was a wise course of action due to the continued failure of Cuba to recognize this young man as their proper governor. After three decades in office, he decided to start the first Cuban Alligator Punching Farm, which opened and closed on August 14th, 1821 (this was chosen due to August legally ending the year in Cuba based on a binding resolution he had passed in a dream two years prior). Following his death, he was buried in the stomachs of several alligators. If you’d like to nominate another personality of the American something-or-other, leave a comment to that effect in What Are You Playing.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​Pokemon Go as usual, but probably also a bit of of Fire Emblem Heroes because I’m loving the new changes. Overwatch will probably get attention, and I may pop into Final Fantasy XIV to putz around on an acquaintance’s server with my free trial account, even though my original plan was to give The Elder Scrolls Online another shot.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I doubt I will get to play anything because this weekend is awards weekend, y’all! We’re making the final call on this year’s big winners and losers! But I may sneak in some Guild Wars 2 anyway. I also did some digital gardening and treasure hunting in Ultima Online this week, so maybe I’ll dip in there too. Good ol’ UO!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Eh, sulking, who cares. Probably some World of Warcraft and FFXIV when that wears thin. Or some of the single-player stuff I picked up in the last Steam sale.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’ve been neglecting Lord of the Rings Online as of late, mostly because I’m running out of new content, but I should give it some attention. Hearthstone’s new expansion beckons, as does Dungeons & Dragons Online’s. Busy December!

Pierre, patron: Destiny 2 for a change. Who am I kidding? I’ve been playing this game assiduously for months now. But I still find pleasure in it. And the Curse of Osiris DLC is here with new activities and environments. So, lots of Destiny 2 on my schedule this weekend. I also decided to play the remaster of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on my PS4. I missed Final Fantasy  and FFXII is a nice one, with a very “Star Wars-y” feel to its story. An appropriate game to play these days, isn’t it? Enjoy your gaming weekend MOP readers. What are you playing by the way?

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I forgot there’s Monster Hunter Worlds this weekend! XD

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Zora

That’s just three very simple bosses though. Most of the amusement is to attempt them in multiplayer and get slaughtered by your own allies because friendly fire is actually a thing this season :P

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Friendly fire only knocks you down/up like past games, and it seems more forgiving. That being said, if you see a hammer user, stay away from the monster’s face more so than usual. We’re there to break it. Please focus on dps and tail cutting since we’re not as great at that

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Utakata

This week: Not sure what to talk about. My pigtails are a bit foggy on that subject.

Also this week: Finally getting my pink Force Master through the Cinderlands in LynStar. It the first time I ever really visited that zone, as I never really gotten a toon in that game past level 22. I am now at 39 I believe…

I wonder if this will be the MMO that will be the first I’ve max levelled something outside of WoW. It was almost TERA…but that game runs a bit thin on my focus after awhile. So I gave up on that. As it has the largest consecutive quest chains of just killing 10 rats imaginable. Blade & Soul is thankfully no where near like that. Which has kept my interest and my eye on that eventual goal…

…well, until they changed that level cap this last week. I hope it doesn’t turn out to be one of those games that I will always be perpetually levelling as the max level is constantly being moved forward. That would be my luck if it was. :(

Anyroads, spoke too much for one with foggy pigtails! Have a great week and weekend, folks! <3

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rafael12104

You are doing great. Yes, it will get better, questing wise, and the story gets really good. You are just getting your feet wet. :)

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Utakata

As long as the pigtails remain dry. Soggy ones tend to lose their appendage mechanics. :(

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nobleeinherjar

I was too busy last weekend to do much of anything. But this weekend I’m finally putting time into a few things.

First off is Xenoblade Chronicles 2. I’m loving it a lot, but I already feel pretty strongly that it’s not going to surpass the first game or X for me. I also need to return to Breath of the Wild now that the second round of DLC has released.

Still working my way through Stormblood on my Red Mage. I’m loving the Job so much.

Finally, I got back to my Pool of Radiance playthrough. I want to take my party through all of the games in that series.

Oh! And my continued playthrough of my slightly modded Skyrim. I’m having so much fun with it. I finally want to see more of that game. I’ve put hundreds of hours into it, but have barely seen everything it has to offer.

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Rees Racer

The usual bit of business…
Warframe and Cricket (New Zealand and West Indies, Test 2 – Day 2)

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JonBuck

Partying it up in Q’s Winter Wonderland.

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Little Bugbear

For me, it’s Hearthstone, Destiny 2, and maybe some Warframe.

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Vexia

First of all, if you are American please go to https://www.battleforthenet.com/ and take a few minutes to support net neutrality. Then you can also call your congresspeople and ask them to do the same. If you don’t want to actually talk to a person, this weekend is the perfect time to leave a message. Obviously, an open and free internet is in our interest as MMO players unless you want to have to pay an additional fee on top of your regular internet bill, and possibly your subscriptions, in order to be able to access your favorite games.

With that out of the way, this is going to be a resting weekend for me. It’s the end of the semester, but my exams aren’t until the end of next week, so I am taking some much-needed time off. Honestly, I probably won’t start playing MMOs again in earnest until next weekend.

Right now, I’m playing a lot of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, though. Feel free to add me if you want to help each other’s quarry expeditions and stuff like that. It’s not the same as a mainline AC title, but I am having a surprising amount of fun with it. This is probably the mobile game I’ve enjoyed the most so far. The game is also pretty friendly to a free-to-play player if you don’t mind to take your time, so that helps a lot.

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zoward

According to the website above, all four of the congresscritters from my state are against Pai’s Net Neutrailty appeal. #LiveFreeOrDie.

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Mine vote whichever way the party goes. I’d be surprised if they knew what the internet was beyond their AOL email account and what their staffers tell them.

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Utakata

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Edit/Deleted: That’s probably a train of thought that I better put more thought into before venturing down that path. Sorry :(

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Jonny Sage

Nope. Repeal NN. Dont trust the govt with control of the internet.

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Utakata

Yep! First thing to go is Trump’s Twitter account.

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Jonny Sage

Exactly what a govt would do to its enemies. Good example.

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Utakata

…err, yell nonsense at them in ludicrous sound bites? NO WAY! o.O

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Vexia

Without net neutrality, it’s essentially guaranteed we’ll see an uptick in anti-consumer ISP practices and the US government attempting to suppress the online spread of information.

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rafael12104

Done Vexia. Thank you. Don’t want AT&T’s version of lootbox internet speeds. “Oh, you got Gigabit, unless you frequent sites we don’t want you too.”

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Sorenthaz

Probably lots of Dead By Daylight, some FFXIV, Dead Cells, and other things. I’ve noticed I’ve been playing a lot of games with death in their titles lately.

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Phubarrh

Still back in LOTRO after a decade-long lapse. What’s making it a bit of a chore is that, in order to make the crafting game at all viable, you basically need to run three toons concurrently for gathering and processing. It’s a little embarrassing that while I nominally took a Lore-master as my starting main, and followed up with a Guardian, it’s actually my #3 the Minstrel that I’m having the most fun with (i.e., feel most OP as). So that may be shuffled around a bit. I’m still in the middle of Evendim; having barely made it beyond the Trollshaws in the past, we’ll see if I’m good for the long game this time.

After buying Legion discounted, I’ve also put some time into WoW for the first time in a few years. What’s funny is that while I found LOTRO a relief from the action-play bunnyhopping that all the other MMOs are doing these days, WoW itself feels downright sedated. Though my intention is to take a new toon from the beginning there as well, I’ll probably wait for the gamewide level-scaling to be patched in first.

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Sray

It’s insane at my place this weekend. The roof is undergoing emergency replacement: we tried to get one more winter out an old shake roof, the sprung a leak that’s pointless to just repair, thus racing the weather to get the new roof in December. The floors are done from the plumbing disaster (they look great now), but the baseboards are not, and none of the appliances are hooked back up. And I finally got that damn tooth out yesterday, but I’m still on pain medication; and I’m scheduled for a bunch more dental work that I’ve let slide for way too long over the coming weeks.

So, other than “keep my tongue out of the gaping hole in my mouth”, I’m also playing Destiny 2. It doesn’t mean that my feelings on what’s been going on in the industry are any different, but I just feel like that once i sat down and took a long hard look at this specific case, I found there wasn’t anything more to it than just more bungled communication for a studio that has repeatedly bungled their communication. Am I justifying for a game that I’m enjoying too much to quit? Possibly, but who here isn’t quite possibly doing the same with whatever they’re playing this weekend?

I also have to go to the laundromat today, so I’m planing on taking the Switch along and finally seeing how it works as a mobile device, so Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Cart 8 are on the agenda this afternoon. Apparently it’s how the majority of people use it, but I honestly haven’t even spent more than 5 minutes with it in handheld mode.

And here’s a picture of my tooth… in the case they gave it to me in.

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It seems a lot of people are that way with the Switch from what I gather, it’s either permanently a console or permanently a hand-hold, seems a lot of folk don’t actively ‘switch’ between the two modes often.

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Sray

Super Mario Odyssey was clearly built with the console mode in mind (you practically have to play it with the controllers detached and use motion controls). However, since Nintendo revealed that most people use it as a handheld mode I have a feeling they’re going to start making most games with that mode in mind. It’s a mixed bag: SMO’s motion controls were a little wonky to master, but showed a lot of potential for the future; but if handheld is going to end up as “the way to play” they’ll probably let the motion stuff go to waste.

I could be wrong. They might just start making a bunch of Wii style games to take advantage of the detached controllers. I wouldn’t mind a Wii Sports 2 for the Switch.

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Wanda Clamshuckr

“keep my tongue out of the gaping hole in my mouth”

Good luck with that.

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Cadaver

The best way to keep your tongue out of that gaping hole in your mouth is to put an implant in it. But those things can be horribly expensive :(

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Sray

They start at four thousand in my neck of the woods; and they’re considered cosmetic by my work’s dental coverage, so no coverage for that :( . The tooth was a wisdom tooth anyway, and in the coming weeks they’re all coming out as each one is showing signs of doing the same thing.

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Wow. I paid $3K for mine and that’s NZD, so about half what it would cost you at current rates of exchange. Still, we all have to keep dentists in the style to which they have become accustomed. Good luck with the extractions.

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Jonny Sage

Why would they give you your tooth? Hang on, why do they have special cases just for giving people their teeth?

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Sray

I think it’s mainly for kids who want to give it to the tooth fairy, or morbid adults like me. They asked if I wanted it, and I said yes.

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Jonny Sage

Ok, youre the weird one then, not them :)

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Sray

It didn’t occur to me until they asked. It must be a common enough request if they ask.