WRUP: I overslept and my office is filled with firewood edition

    
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Ah, Saturday, you noble day when I basically forget about time. Nothing I have to do today. Nothing much, anyway. I should check out the comments to What Are You Playing when I get up.

What did I do for What Are You Playing this week, anyhow? What sort of joke did I…

Oh no. No, no, no, all right, up we go, excuse me cat, out of the way, I have to pretend to be on time. Oh, no, people are going to think this was a thing about Friday but that isn’t it, that wouldn’t even give me a hangover, how is it now? All right, upstairs, I’m here, I…

Why is my office filled with firewood? No. No, we’re not doing this. I don’t need all this firewood. Someone else can figure this out [Bree, let me finish this joke or change it before Saturday -E]

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): It’s console party weekend, and I’m bringing a Final Fantasy XIVinspired dish to munch on between rounds of Smash Bros, Splatoon 2, Ultimate Chicken Horse, and other local multiplayer games. I’ve also got a Mewtwo raid on Sunday (I’m greedily still hoping for a perfect attack IV Mewtwo above 90% stats), and I’ll also do some Sea of Thieves. I really want to jump back into Overwatch before the event’s over, and maybe some Project Gorgon, but I know I’ll probably get distracted.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): The fam and I are still playing Trove, so I’ll be in there once again trying to keep my boys alive. Including the husband there. Working my way through the spring questline!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft, per usual. Also have more obligations in Ultima Online, you know.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): No huge plans, but I would like to get to Northern Mirkwood in Lord of the Rings Online (which has been on my to-do list for weeks now) and knock out more of Secret World Legends’ new story content.

Pierre, patron: The Elder Scrolls Online has really grown to become something of a MMO. It’s my first time exploring the Morrowind area (Vvardenfell) of the game and it’s so vivid and so different. It also revives so many good memories from Morrowind. I will go on discovering more of this wonderful land this weekend, but I can’t let those vile cultists enslave and slaughter more innocent people; it’s my duty as an officer of the law to pacify Hope County in Far Cry 5. Finally, with the announcement of the next DLC (Warmind) coming May 8, I’m back in Destiny 2. Lots of people from my clan are still playing it so it will be a pleasure to share some precious moments with them. Enjoy your gaming weekend MOP readers and let us know WURP in the comments.

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Pandalulz

I made it through Ending A of Nier: Automata, but I’ve taken a couple of days off before I continue the next play through. It’s a neat game, has a lot of jank, and is super anime weird, but incredibly compelling.
And in WoW, I haven’t actually finished Loremaster in TBC, but I think I did every non-group quest there is. I’ll have to come back and clear it out when I hit 90ish or whatever. So I finally started on Pandaria, for the first time ever, and I’m enjoying it pretty well. I wish they would do a better job of standardizing subtitles in cut scenes. I mostly play with audio off, and you never know when a quest will trigger a scene and it’s a crap shoot whether it will have subs or not. I appreciate the much heavier story focus overall though.

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On a side note, I also accidentally discovered the VGMpire podcast, and have been obsessively binging a bunch of the old episodes.

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rafael12104

Ah, Nier: Automata. It should have been the game of the year last year. And maybe it would have been if it wasn’t somewhat obscure.

Just make sure you run B,C,D, and E. As E ends I was amazed at the experience. Make sure you are connected to the internet too. It is not a multiplayer game or… is it? :)

Enjoy.

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MikeInTheLab

I’m getting (back) into ESO. Somerset announcement has me really wanting to give it a second/third chance. The game is still missing some quality of life features but a few are rewards behind the sub wall i believe. Maybe I’ll try subbing and see if that improves my overall opinion of the game.

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Malcolm Swoboda

SWL South Africa (released so far) completion and dailies. Doing old zone clears for possible agent drops (done Kingsmouth just because, and Savage Coast). Managing some achievements I couldn’t before. Adding more basic things to museum.

RIFT Prime logging. Losing my interest because Scarlet Gorge isn’t spawning the death rifts I need for Endless Saga. I knew I hated the rift change years ago (SG used to just have Death/Fire/Earth rifts) for a reason…

A couple of MMO betas.

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nobleeinherjar

It’s been a stormy day today so I’ve spent a good bit of time reading on the back porch. But I’ve managed not to spread myself so thin gaming-wise. I beat the main story of AC Origins (I still have a lot of side quests and the DLC to get through) and Subnautica, and now I’m mostly focusing on Stardew Valley. Heading into my first Winter and I think I’m doing fairly well. Besides that, I’m alternating between Sleeping Dogs and Ni No Kuni 2.

Not much has been going on in the MMO space. As usual, there are a good handful of MMOs I’d like to play, but the motivation to log in just isn’t there.

Hope everyone has some combination of a good, fun, safe, relaxing weekend! I’m off to play “pick up dinner before the storm comes back.”

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rafael12104

I can not confirm or deny that GOW found it’s way to my home. All I will say is that there has been an empty chair and keyboard this weekend but the couch and Sony controller have been of great use.

Aside from that? More Blade and Soul, please. We have a new raid coming in May and my raiding clan is all in a tizzy.

What I can check off my list is Far Cry 5. It was fun, but I don’t plan on any DLC action. A one trick pony, it is.

Sea of Thieves? It is on the shelf for the moment. Played a little but… meh. If I’m going boating or pirates in my mmorpg life, I prefer ArchAge. They got that right, at least.

Speaking of doing things right. Sometimes it takes more than one try. And when you do get it done, make sure to let people know you got it done, you know? Yes, even if it’s the gaming gods, let them know. ;)

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Rees Racer

I’m playing Mechwarrior Online, not only because I’ve been doing so fairly regularly for almost 5 years now, but also in great anticipation for the launch of BattleTech this week. I was part of the Kickstarter campaign, and even played a bit of the beta last year.

Even though I’m not usually keen to invest in games before they’ve released (early access etc), I had faith in Hairbrained Schemes and Paradox to develop a quality product. I’ve been playing various iterations involving the BattleTech universe since the board games in the 80’s. Additionally, Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries is slated to release later in 2018. It’s a good year to be a fan.

On the left is one of my venerable Inner Sphere Griffins from MWO, which can hold its own vs many Clan mechs, and on the right is the shot of my BattleTech Steam store page, in case you didn’t believe how excited I am to leap forward in time to the 31st Century…or about 48 hours. ;)

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Ironweakness

I’m not really sure. My plans were to play in the Defiance 2050 closed beta but an hour or two in it became really clear this was just Defiance with a new number in the title. I don’t see any difference and even the graphical upgrade seems marginal.

So now I’m trying to decide whether or not to continue testing it out anyway to see if things get better or to go back to Secret World Legends and Star Trek Online which have been my go to games this past week. I’m just baffled that Trion thought it was a good idea to relaunch a game without any real effort put into changing or improving it. I could debate whether or not it was necessary for Funcom to relaunch TSW as SWL but at least they tried to change the experience in a meaningful way.

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Rees Racer

Agree completely on Defiance 2050. I was really hoping for something more substantial in terms of change. The combat and shooting still seems to lack impact, and I find the gunplay mechanics more satisfying in the mobile version of PUBG, if that says anything.

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Been working on accumulating cult points in SWL for the legit cultist achievement, but due to the 3-day lockout on everything I’m stuck with only occasionaly being able to play.

Nearing the end of Trails in the sky. mostly pillaging the final dungeon for stuff. and once I clear that I can move on to the 2nd chapter, which is a separate game. It’s got a slow-burning story, but the worldbuilding is pretty great.

that assuming I can squeeze in the time instead of farming for catframe. sanctuary onslaught is a lot of fun – especially because it doesn’t have the big blocks of dead time that most of the other endless modes do.

humble was handing out free copies of satellite reign, so I might check that out too.

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STO brought the Delta Recruit event back, so I created yet another new character to get the benefits. Not a Caitian this time! A Talaxian, actually. Meet Irixa. She’s a Tactical specialist.

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mysecretid

It’s been pretty much all Star Trek Online this past week.

All clever “internet analysis” aside, the game makes me happy when I play it, and that’s why I play.

I grew up on re-runs of the original Star Trek show, wishing I could be a Starfleet captain. This is closer than I ever thought I’d get. :-)

Side gaming? Well, I’ve been swearing at The Division a fair bit.

It gets a lot harder to solo as you get toward the end of the main storyline. Lots of flank-happy badguys who take far too many bullets and still keep on coming!

Have a good week, my friends. Take care — you’re the only you I’ve got.

Cheers,