WRUP: Owning a cat vs. owning a jackhammer edition

Cat downsides: Will not break through pavement unless it was really expensive and you would prefer it did not. No standard pneumatic hookups. Few professional cat operators. Makes noise when it wants to. Consists of very small amounts of metal. Does not attract people who are “into” construction equipment. Boxes of poop.

Jackhammer downsides: “Cuddling” and “bunting” from a jackhammer is usually fatal. Far heavier to carry around. Will not give mommy or daddy “kisses,” or if it does, said kisses will require hospitalization. Does not attract people who are “into” soft affectionate animals. Expensive. Boxes of poop.

What Are You Playing downsides: None. Participate in the comments.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): It’s been a rough week. Pokemon Go needs to happen because I’ve been on my butt too much. Problematically, I also intend to play some Sea of Thieves, which means more butt sitting. I hate that I’ve neglected Overwatch so much, but I got super rusty at Splatoon 2, and I want to represent my favorite ninja turtles in ways that don’t dishonor them (because, really, Splinter’s the best turtle of them all).

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Me me me me meeeeee. So I know I’m playing some Trove because at this point I am still at least doing my dailies there every day and still paying my sub and dang I really do love this cute game. I’m also in the middle of some overly ambitious IRL DIY projects that have been consuming most of my freetime, so if breaking news happens like Friday night, someone will have to call me out of the basement to come deal with it. I’m also aiming to be on MJ’s City of Heroes Paragon Chat anniversary stream Saturday, so yep, I’ll be in City of Heroes a little bit too!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Finally finished up a house project in Final Fantasy XIV, so I’ve only got… oh, seven or eight more to go through. Whee. I’ll also tool about in World of Warcraft, spend some time in Ultima Online, and maybe do something else in the middle there. You know how it is.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I have a super busy weekend scheduled, so I’ll consider myself fortunate if I get any time for gaming at all. If I do, I’m venturing into Lord of the Rings Online’s Northern Mirkwood (because I’m so tardy on this) and leveling up my Star Trek Online captain are among my top priorities.

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Malcolm Swoboda

RIFT Prime: Too busy, finals week. Only a week left of sub before I only have my codes left. Dunno!

SWL: New Dawn dailies when I can, my first Lair!! (my first regional boss lure I’ll use!), dungeons and scenarios, clearing some more zone achievements.

Mobius Final Fantasy: Just logging and a bit of the FFXIII event.

Shadowverse: haha

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bobfish

Finally finished Clockwork City in ESO, now I have a little time to tidy up my quest log before Summerset Isle hits.

Had a real itch to play a classic fantasy RPG at the moment too. But there isn’t actually anything like that out there that I can see. I have DOS2 to finish, FFXV and Ni No Kuni 2 to start, plus Vermintide 2 on the go and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on Switch to start. But I really want something a little more in line with traditional D&D.

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mysecretid

This past week has been almost exclusively Star Trek Online again. I was really in the mood for my favorite game, I guess.

I even dragged my Klingon Empire captain out of mothballs, and played him and his crew for a bit. It’s been so long, I’m surprised he wasn’t covered in digital dust …

He literally had a bunch of crafting materials in his inventory from the days of the game’s original crafting mechanics (back when crafting on the planet Memory Alpha was a thing), if you can believe that!

Also, after winning that Star Trek: Discovery starship in a lockbox (I’m still amazed by that), I think I’ve managed to get the ship and its Discovery-themed crew all sorted and fully levelled up.

It took me a while to suss out how to gear that starship, as it plays as a weird sort of hybrid (it’s technically a science starship, but it’s got tactical aspects as well), but I think I’ve got it all figured out now, finally.

I’ll try to get some screenshots up on Massively’s One Shots, this week or next, so you can all see what I’ve been doing for yourselves.

I’ve attached a pic of my dusted-off Klingon crew; the reason they look so hostile is probably because they’ve been ignored for so long!

L-R: Nausicaan Science Officer, Dagzleb (playing against type for Nausicaans here); Orion Chief Engineer Burrux (playing against the in-game cliche of always having an “Orion hawt chikk” on a Klingon Empire crew); my captain; Gorn First Officer and Tactical Officer Sesk; Ferasan Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mol (yeah, I based her on my cat — I was stuck for a doctor concept I liked).

Be well, everyone, and take care of yourselves, please!

Cheers,

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ultorius

great info i was considering of getting a jackhammer before reading this article XD

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Utakata

This week: In the continuing tradition of presenting my new toons from LynStar, I am happy to introduce my latest Earth Summoner, Ayakashiko. A young socialite Lyn who decided to venture on deeply spiritual journey with her ridiculously strong panther sized Siamese kitteh companion, Nene. With a glaring taste for flashy outfits and expensive brand name ice creams (she prefers Häagen-Dazs), she sorta has an “in-your-face” personality without really being in your face. And yes, she sports 9 immaculate kitsune tails (or Vulpera tails using Blizz terms) which she spends grooming 2 hours a day! Feel free to introduce yourselves to he. Neither will bite…well, least I don’t think so. o.O

Also this week: My two Gobby projects for the guild Classy Goblin Cheevo collection (WoWstar) are now seeing the Legion light at the end of their tunnels. In two weeks they should both hitting the big Ding (or Cha-ching using Goblin terms). I may post their mug shots here at some point too…

….as I am running out of Lyn ideas, classes and character slots over at B&S to introduce. :(

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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Estranged

Very creative. /bows

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zoward

Has anyone else had troubles logging in lately? I haven’t been able to post for two weeks. What worked was logging into Steam using my password and 2FA, then telling it to link to my existing account, then having MOP send me a new password and resetting it. Oddly, I wasn’t aware I had a formal account here – I’ve used Steam to log in since the site went from Massively-Of-Yore to MOP, and don’t recall actually creating a login/password before now. All’s well that ends well, I guess.

Anyway, for me this weekend has been mostly about yardwork, grilling and firing up the smoker and making some smoked gouda and colby jack. I also finished Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, a great read.

On the gaming front, I snagged one of the keys from the recent giveaway for the Wild Terra beta, and finally tried it out this morning. Game devs and publishers take note here: if you’re trying to sell me on the beta for your upcoming game, making the very first thing I see upon login a full page storefront with nothing but lootboxes on it probably isn’t the best way to go. Just sayin’. Beyond that, the game is an isometric survival sandbox that seems to require a great deal of gathering.

I’m also trying to decide between returning to LotRO or DDO, and desperately hoping neither one is affected by the recent Daybreak dumpster fire. Have a great weekend all!

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mysecretid

I had the same issue, logging in through Steam. Like you, once I “reset my MOP password”, the problems went away. I expect that Steam just had “a HAL 9000 moment” there, and it wasn’t an actual issue mandated by anyone.

Cheers,

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Pandalulz

I’m on play through C of Nier now, and it’s still good stuff. The game plot keeps managing to top itself with moar chaos.
I’ve almost finished questing through Jade Forest in WoW, but that’s going on the backburner.
I have what I think is a pinched nerve in my shoulder, and so mousing and driving gives me a dull throb in my upper arm. Playing with controller is fine. I have a chiropractor appointment Monday morning. Will see how that goes.

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sundial picked up nier too, seems to be quite enjoying it.

gl with the chiropractor!

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Rees Racer

Well, I’ve an allergy to cats, so have been keen to own dogs instead. As for jackhammers…never used one, but have had extensive experience in my younger days spending school vacations working in the family business of offshore drilling platform construction and operation, where hospitalisations are not necessarily rare, unfortunately. I was understandably spared and protected from the most dangerous duties, although it should be noted my father lost two toes on his left foot at age 18 when a drill pipe fell behind the steel toe of his work boot.

This week’s gaming time has been almost completely consumed since the launch of Battletech. Yes, I realise it’s almost entirely a single-player, turn-based game (although you can skirmish 1v1 in a PvP skirmish mode).

I’ve been a fan and player of almost every game in the IP since the initial tabletop version back in my university days. Strangely, some of the tactics I’ve employed with some success in such a deliberate and contemplative game like Battletech have translated to my breaking some older bad habits in Mechwarrior Online…a game in which I’ve played for almost 5 years, and have displayed some degree of proficiency.

In this battle rousting military drills of a particularly troublesome insurgent faction, I was fortunate enough to gain victory after 2 hours of play, but my Vindicator medium mech was essentially destroyed, and my main character will be out of service for 110 days after significant injury. I’ve had to re-prioritise repairs on my Blackjack and Commando mechs so at least I can run a few side missions in the interim with my other mercenaries. Really good stuff. :)

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Utakata

…mechs can come with bigger thighs too! <3

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Rees Racer

And it’s super fun to loom over an enemy that has toppled over and then crushing its head by stomping on it with a 55-ton mech, too. Big thighs, indeed! I guess it’s my thing. ;)

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Utakata

Lol! :)

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Pandalulz

There’s always Simone from Nier
She just wants to be beautiful

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BalsBigBrother

I picked up Battlete have too but haven’t played it yet but I am looking forward to stomping a few head at some point in the future :-)

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mysecretid

If you actually want a cat (as opposed to a jackhammer), see if any of your local adoption sites have any Russian Blue cats available. They have fur like a rabbit, as opposed to cat hair, and are thus allergy-friendly. This has worked for me twice now.

Dogs are great, but they also take more work to keep and care for (in general) than cats, so I figured I’d mention this.

Enjoy your mechs!

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nobleeinherjar

I’m still playing Stardew Valley and Sleeping Dogs, playing a few days and a few missions each. But I’m also alternating between Persona 5 and Dragon Quest IX.

I was really sick when Persona 5 launched, and while playing it in bed was a good way to pass the time when I couldn’t sleep, I didn’t really have the energy to stick with it and I ended up dissatisfied with the way I’d been spending my in-game time. I recently started over and I’m having a lot more fun. There are aspects of the game I am appreciating a great deal more now, especially in terms of its presentation. The care and attention to detail is outstanding.

I was sorely tempted to buy Dragon Quest Heroes II while it’s on sale on PSN, but I decided if I was going to play a DQ game (to tide me over until XI), it should be DQ9. It’s the only mainline entry I haven’t finished.

Speaking of the PSN sale, I told myself I can’t start the Yakuza series until I finish Sleeping Dogs, but I went ahead and picked up Yakuza Kiwami since it was pretty cheap. So I’ll have that waiting for me when I’m ready for it.

I reinstalled LOTRO last night, but we’ll see if I have the motivation to get around to actually playing.

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Mitzruti

primarily warframe, I’ve picked up every single part for khora, but can’t seem to get the main BP to drop. and they’re not tradable, which sucks because I’ve got multiple extra sets of parts I could trade.

haven’t been able to squeeze in the end of trails yet. basically just have the final boss to fite,and a bit of grinding in order to finish all achieves. (not actually a lot, just need to collect ~600 time sepith)

with how frustrating slow the true cultist stuff is for non-subscribers, I become increasingly aware that I’m unlikely to finish it. it’s 6-7 months if everything is done every 3 days… and I haven’t been quite that on top of it.

haven’t even bothered to install satellite reign, the quest for catframe is the true devourer of time.