WRUP: The act edition

    
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It all seems so simple, when you look at it from the right angle. Everything’s simple until it isn’t. And when it isn’t, it’s suddenly impossible. You start to break down the moments of the act, the minute expressions, and you realize that it all looked simple because you were focused on the goals. No one was struggling because they misunderstood the goals; the goals were obvious. They struggled because those goals were genuinely difficult to achieve.

Sometimes it’s hard to get an object from one place to another. Fortunately, replying to What Are You Playing looks and is easy. Maybe writing this looks easy, too. I couldn’t tell you.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​Splatfest part 2 in Splatoon 2. Team Donnie all the way! Pokemon Go will happen too, as will Conan Exiles (loving the changes). I need to hit Sea of Thieves again too because I feel poor as heck!

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I have been super sick, and my kids are sick too, so I’m not sure I’ll get to play much. If I do, it’ll probably be Trove! I’ve been really tempted to check out MJ’s Conan Exiles server too.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Usual stuff, really; this weekend will mostly be about Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy XI, though. There’s always stuff to be done, you know.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m still diligently plugging away at getting my Hunter and Death Knight’s class mounts in World of Warcraft, so the challenge there is not to be distracted by all of the side activities. I have some light plans to finish up the last Secret World Legends patch (I think I’m very close to the end of it) and dig back into the excellent Pillars of Eternity.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I am totally going to be burying myself in Conan Exiles with some breaks for ARK: Survival Evolved. Maybe a little Star Trek Online to make level 11 before this weekend’s event ends.

Pierre, patron: The Elder Scrolls Online is definitely my MMO to spend some chilly time in these days. I really enjoy exploring the lands of Tamriel. A lot of exploration too in Far Cry 5; have you noticed how easy it is to forget about your mission and spend a lot of time exploring the beautiful landscapes recreated in this gorgeous game? Until a bunch of cultists interrupt your reverie. Finally, I’m also back playing Destiny 2 with the launch of the new DLC Warmind. I still love this game. It’s a grindy game, but I love grinding. Enjoy your gaming weekend MOP readers.

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butterpanda888

I’ve unintentionally scaled back my time spent on MMOs. I’ve instead been reading a lot of comics and binge-watching Netflix. I’ve also spent some time in Torchlight 2 and Disgaea 5. Sunday is usually Far Cry 5 day for me, but I still want to start out Pillars of Eternity 2 and maybe a bit of WoW.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Not much, been occupied. Intent on progressing through The Last Remnant (PC). Break from SWL but intending to rejoin soon.

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Utakata

This week: I’ll keep is short and sweet, like me…

1) My Goblin Meat Shield Warrior and Very Unholy Death Knight are almost at that between 100 and The Final Big Ding, in their journey to the Classy Goblin Cheevo for my guild in WoWstar. And yes I know…Goblins are already classy in their own mind. o.O

2) My Lyn Dancer is at the point she is about to acquire the Hongmoon Dojo under her charge in Lyn & Soul. But she has to clear out the Snake Oil Sales Brigade who have hijack said Dojo for their own means. It turns out two of said Brigade eventually become my students. Not sure how that works out, other then my Goblin army back in WowStar appreciate their efforts. /cha-ching

3) My pigtails are wondering what’s with the horse and rider galloping along in the background of Childish Gambino’s, This is America vid. Riders of Rohan? O.o

4) And I forgot two Tuesdays ago it was my birthday. I guess birthdays and age become irrelevant when one gets older…well until an organ fails or a pigtail drops off, that is. :(

5) That might of been sweet…but not very short, was it? >.<

Have a great week and weekend, folks! <3

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Loopy

Happy belated!

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I feel you. Every time someone ask me my age I have to do the math.

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Utakata

Lol! :)

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mysecretid

Happy belated birthday, dear Uta!

The image of the dark rider on the white horse in Childish Gambino’s video is actually a nod to the Biblical Apocalypse, specifically Revelations Chapter 6, verse 8: “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him”.

Glover (a.k.a. Gambino) has mixed a lot of powerful symbolism into that video. The one thing that struck me — notice after each killing, how the guns are treated with more care than the bodies of the victims. A message, for sure.

Be well!

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Utakata

Oh right, on my Death Knight Class Hall campaign I am on the quest to replace said “horsemen”. But either way, I get it now. Thanks for sharing that! :)

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mysecretid

I am a wealth of useless information, Uta! :-D

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rafael12104

Happy Birthday!!

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I’m installing a GeForce 1060 today so that. My pc build will be complete after this card. I won’t lie – this build, and the mistakes I made along the way, made this one a real bear. I almost gave up. Hitting that power button and nothing happening…then the Win 10 boot disk being corrupted…then the wrong components for the motherboard…nothing went right. But now I feel like it’s beast again! So fast my pretty little SSD!

Just got back from an Atlanta area mother’s day garden tour. I do it every year its one of my favorite things in this city. I get a lot of inspiration from it. People watch me while I take pictures of water drains and the screws they use in their wood border placements. Lol i like the functional fundamentals most of all.

I’m being absorbed by my newest hobby – the stock market. I figured if I was wasting time crunching news and numbers it might as well not be MMO crafting but something that can make me money. So far it has. I found it while I had no pc for 5 weeks.

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buddy got into stocks a few months ago and i wanted to join him but the rules of my stupid pension are complicated and unclear enough to make doing so a murky mess. would’ve been nice to make my capital work for me, but being unable to replace my pension that it would likely endanger ultimately turned me away.

that and i’ve got house and car repairs to help pay for and what not so maybe best to shelve that pipe dream anyway.

but i still love hearing when the market is losing points him chearing it on to give him more of an advantage in his plan (according to him at least lol).

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Loopy

Same old rotation for me. A little bit of ESO, a little bit of STO, a little bit of Overwatch, rinse and repeat.

ESO i’m currently going through the Morrowind content for the first time. Storytelling is absolutely top notch, and a reminder how well MMO story can be delivered, when done right.

STO i’m focusing on my max level character. He’s currently flying the Caitian carrier, one of my favourite ships in the game, but also one of the least Trek-looking ships as well. So i’m wondering if i should go back to some of the more iconic federation ships to fully immerse myself in the game.. I am liking carrier style gameplay though…

Overwatch i’m playing very casually. Even though i told myself i wouldn’t be doing competitive mode any more, last night i’ve decided to at least do some of the placement games. 2-2 is my score so far, so maybe i’ll just complete those and collect the rewards at the end of the season.

Oh and i finally took the bike for a ride couple of days ago. That was super fun, and i’m very lucky that i have some nice curvy side roads close by my house. Here’s hoping the weather holds up!

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Hirku

This Esostoverwatch game you’re playing sounds like fun!

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mysecretid

Hey Loopy!

There is a Federation carrier starship in Star Trek Online now, if carriers are your thing.

Players got slightly jealous when the big Romulan starships, with their “space fighter pets” arrived, and played so well.

Eventually, Cryptic gave us the Tier-6 Jupiter-class Federation carrier:

https://sto.gamepedia.com/Jupiter_Class_Carrier

The bad news? It’s a C-Store starship, so it will cost you Zen (i.e. real money) if you decide to get one.

The good news? If you don’t want to spend real money, but you don’t mind grinding daillies, you can use the in-game Dilithium Exchange to trade refined dilithium for the Zen to buy what you want.

You mine dilithium with a daily minigame you play at the Vlugta Asteroid Mine, located near Deep Space Nine in the game.

If you belong to a Fleet (guild) which has an Fleet Mine Holding, you can also mine there once a day — this holding is also close to DS9.

Once you get some refined dithium, you can trade this for Zen on the game’s Dilithium Exchange. Click the triangle on the far-right under your minimap (see pics below) to open a drop-down menu; the Dilithium Exchange will be here.

Note that the exchange rates are set by player supply and demand only — Cryptic does not set these rates.

I won’t lie, Loopy, it’s typically a long grind to gather enough Zen this way to buy a starship … but if you really don’t want to pay actual money, the game does allow you to spend time instead of cash. Only you can decide if it’s worth it to you.

Glad to read that you finally got your bike out on the road! Enjoy! Enjoy! But be mindful of the idiot drivers out there, please!

Be well!

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Loopy

Thanks for the suggestion! I’m not one for grinding, so i decided to just buy the zen directly and purchase the ship. She’s a beauty – can’t wait to see her in action.

Btw feel free to add me to friends list in-game – captain name is Loopster

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mysecretid

I had trouble adding you to Friends. The game probably wants your game @ handle as well, but you don’t want to print that here, in public, and become a target for would-be account hackers and harassers.

I have a junk e-mail address listlurker[at]yahoo[dot]com. If you want to drop me a message there, I can contact you through one of my real e-mail addresses, and we can get ya on my Friends list, if ya like.

Whatever you decide, I’ll still be here yammering at you on a semi-regular basis. No worries there :-)

Cheers, pal. Enjoy that new beauty of a starship!

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Jonny Sage

Oh just taking my anniversary battleship for a test drive.

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rafael12104

Ah, the WRUP. Has another week flown by? Damn… already May, and it seems like only yesterday that we were smiling at SWBF2 holiday sales.

So for me? Wrapped up God of War. A good game, no question. Meh, not necessarily great for those of us that are used to MMOs, but a damn good pass time.

Picked up the Switch, by mistake, and played a little Splatoon 2. And now, it will get some attention in short bursts this weekend. Lol.

For the week, I have more Blade and Soul. The current event is an oil fest and that means you can upgrade your soul. Yes, that is what I said. And who wouldn’t want to do that? And I’m starting a new Soul Fighter. They got a huge buff so now is the time to level one up.

Uta, I will need an invite to our Red Clan for my new SF. Nothing urgent, but I can’t invite myself. :)

And that is about it.

To all of you mothers out there, we love you, and have a great mothers day!

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Hirku

Hold on, how did you buy the Switch by mistake? What did you think you were getting? Did you get home and go, “Whoa, that’s definitely not a gallon of milk!” ; )

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mysecretid

I wondered the exact same thing, Hirku! :-) Not milk! :-)

It’s like those cheating husbands who say “I didn’t mean to sleep with her! It was an accident, honey!” What, you tripped over the barstool, and suddenly realized, “Hey! There’s a woman on my penis! How did that get there?” Heh :-D

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Toy Clown

My interest in BDO has been waning, which means it’s probably time for a break. Even with the new class release in a few weeks (finally!), I needed something more out of gameplay. While I’m not done with BDO, I haven’t even been bothering to log in for AFK gameplay the last week.

ESO has my full attention currently. The new outfit system ended up being engaging as I’ve roamed the game looking for motifs to add to my system! I’ve also been enjoying going back over old content and completing storylines and quests that will lead into the Summerset expansion release soon. It’s possible ESO might garner my attention for more than a month this time!

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mysecretid

This week? Mostly Star Wars: The Old Republic, believe it or not.

Something about knowing that the Zakuul/Eternal Throne stuff is finally, officially over made me feel like going back and playing for a while.

I wonder if I’m not alone in this, as it seemed like there were a lot more people on my server at all times than I remember seeing before, even after the server merges.

So, I re-made a character of mine that I wanted to take in a different direction, and levelled him up from scratch (hitting only the core story missions), and (gasp!) I had fun!

Sure, the Command Loot system is still ass (sometimes it gives rare RNG goodies, yes, but it’s still far too random to feel rewarding to me), but I’ve been having fun in the game otherwise.

I realize, though, that my continued enjoyment of SWTOR depends heavily on whether or not the content of the next expansion feels more like Star Wars, and is actually fun to play through.

Basically, SWTOR has won a repreive with me, for now, but if the next batch of story-content goes wildly off-the-rails again, I’m gone.

There are other games out there worth playing, after all,

Be well, everyone, and take care of yourselves, and each other, please. You’re the only you I’ve got! :-)

Cheers,

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rafael12104

Good stuff. I’m glad to hear things are turning for the better.

I would like to go back. I had a great time in SWTOR. Some of my best MMORPG memories to date. But, I’ll wait just a little longer. When there is content that includes Kira’s return, I’ll sub up.

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mysecretid

When Kira returns, I’ll try to remember to mention it explicitly to you here.

Cheers,

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Michael18

So far, I’m playing the game called “get your head around monads in Haskell”. I knew the concept and how to use it before, roughly, but wanted to dig a bit deeper this time around. If I don’t lose interest or get totally confused and give up, I plan to have a look at ocaml or f# for comparison, next week end.

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Hirku

Haha, thanks to sleepy-eyed reading I saw a different word that rhymes with monads. Not so sleepy anymore, lol.

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mysecretid

I initially thought I saw the word “gonads” as well. Michael the porn star — who knew? :-D

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Michael18

no idea what you guys talking about :)