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And also I saw a monkey and another monkey and a gorilla and another kind of monkey that was little that could ride on your shoulder and a big angry puppy and what I thought was another big angry puppy but was actually a bear and then a hyena which isn’t actually a kind of puppy even though it sorta looks like a puppy and a gazelle and an antelope and a mandrill which is sort of like a monkey so I should have seen it when I saw the other monkeys but I realized I had to circle back to see the mandrill and an anteater and some ants before the anteater eated them and a rhino and a hippo and a peacock and another peacock and a peahen which the zookeeper said is different and an elephant and a giraffe and an elephant Bothering a giraffe and a yak and a buffalo and the bottom of a park bench and a centipede and a python and What Are You Playing and a baboon because I missed that kind of monkey the first time and a penguin and a fox.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​Beyond the game Bree’s hinted at, I’ll do a little Pokemon Go. I start a new full-time job outside the house soon, which means I need to cull my herd before the Eevee community day next weekend!

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Star Wars Galaxies Legends captured me. I’m sucked in. Send help. No really, last weekend I tried another emu and it was enough to make me come back to this one and I’m loving it. Got my harvesters down, factories running, vendors up, and house mid-deco, trying to recreate what I had on live. Only a few dozen billion credits to go – how hard can it be?

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I’ve already finished the catastrophically bad story in World of Warcraft, so I’ll mostly just be playing Final Fantasy XIV, Granblue Fantasy, and Octopath Traveler. Same as last weekend, really.

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thirtymil

I put down Warcraft (not because of the story but because I’d run out of things I wanted to do), and picked Prey back up for a long-delayed revisit.

After five minutes creeping across rooms, shooting at suspicious looking medpacks, leaning round corners looking for the source of horrible noises, and being electrocuted by machines I forgot I could seal with GLOO, it felt like the complete antithesis to Warcraft – enclosed, tense, reaction-based, purposeful and finite.

I think it was a good choice for a break… but I’m not sure how much more of a break I can handle.

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Rees Racer

Really wonderful game…especially if you can relax with a controller and play it on a very large screen. It caters to a very deliberate pace, which I seem to favour these days. ;)

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thirtymil

‘Relax’ – lol.

But yes, the pace suits me, as does the System Shock 2 vibe. I could never get into Bioshock’s Art Deco look (nor it’s overt encounter and tutorial scripting for that matter) but for some reason Prey’s 1960s aesthetics don’t bother me. So it’s a bit like being back in a less terrifying version of the Von Braun… and less terrifying suits me just fine :)

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Bruno Brito

I kinda didn’t draw anything this week because i’m really not in the mood, altho i should because there’s money to be made.

Games, well, i decided to take a hike at older stuff. I don’t know why, but the game i’m playing right now is a Ragnarok Classic pserver. Christ, i forgot what Korean Grinders were. That being said, the game has a ageless charm, if for all it’s shortcomings. I watched MJ’s stream of AQ3D yesterday, and while i loved the stream, and Artix is a incredible guy, i have to say, i can’t hold myself in that game. It’s quite repetitive. It’s fun, but it’s a bit too simplistic and repetitive for my tastes.

All in all, life is going ok, i can’t complain. And all that being said, i really want to invest myself in a MMO. I thought about a FF11 Pserver, or Aion when 6.0 arrives, or Tera. Decisions, decisions.

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rafael12104

Hit a wall with my computer gaming. Oh, I will still play a bit here and there to continue what I’m working on. But, I don’t linger. I do what I must and then log out.

My motorcycles are at the forefront of my spare time at the moment. There is something therapeutic about working on a bike. And, I’m thinking about taking a long ride to the Gulf Coast.

But… Heh. We will see. Sounds like a great idea until I remind myself how tired the old legs and butt get when riding that far.

And that’s about it. Back to the garage, I go.

This will last about a week, I think.

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Utakata

This week: Phat cat! /nyaa

Also this weekend: Home with the folks. But as mentioned last week, not home without WoWstar, finally! Though LynStar will have to wait till I get back. :(

As of that debate: I wouldn’t mind if my Gnomes acquired Lady Sylvanas as a Garrison follower. Where we would try set her back on the tracks through martial arts training and meditation, while defending off all who want to seek revenge on her in midst of her redemption. This is sorta the story of the big bad in as for mentioned LynStar…I think it would be a great narrative for as for mentioned WoWstar. Seems more hopeful than what Blizz is dishing out. Just saying.

…with that, have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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mysecretid

Remember, just say no to Masterpiece Theater, Uta — but Monsterpiece Theater is good for everyone! :-D

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Maggie May

I am dealing with chipmunk issues …. seems a local of that variety, going by the name
Daniel Redbum has been using his quite considerable charm on us to the point where, if we do not supply him with an ever-growing nut tax as he puts it, starts using threatening behavior, chitters winks and climbing up my leg to the point where we are forced to ask our 15 year old blind deaf bichon to set him straight. I am sure the other Daniels in the chipmunk consortium will not be pleased with pissing off their cushy source of food.

In other news, I have been dipping a toe in BDO. Ah nothing like being a noob again!,

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mysecretid

I suspect that your squirrel may be … nuts. :-)

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Maggie May

I think I may have imprinted on the young Padawan, he comes looking for me now and wants me to hand feed him. ?

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mysecretid

You’re like an MMO Ranger, and this is your new pet! :-) Might as well get used to keeping peanuts in your pocket; it sounds like you’ve got a friend for life here!

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Malcolm Swoboda

RIFT (Prime and Live) logging, Prime is advancing through Iron Pine, Lv 45 after sooo long. Messing with WoW Starter Edition, when I get to Lv 20 I guess I’ll decide… but man the Draenei starting zones are such a mix of relaxing and exhausting.

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mysecretid

That’s the problem with a long-lived MMORPG like World of Warcraft, especially — not all starting zones are created equal.

On the upside, WoW is large enough that you can always move to a different zone in your story-level-range and continue on through that path.

I just did this with an alt of mine because the designated early zone I was in wanted me to be killing various Alliance types “in the name of The Horde” and I’ve had just about enough of Warchief Sylvanas’ “obey or die” rhetoric these days. :-)

So, yeah, if it ain’t thrilling you, but you still want to play, remember there are other “leveling zones” you can shift to on the world map.

Whatever you play, enjoy!

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Malcolm Swoboda

I somewhat love these zones, don’t get me wrong. Same for the Blood Elf. I’m definitely going to advance through Bloodmyst Isle.

But it does prompt me to just want Blizzard to soft-Cata a lot of the game, turn barely-used cities into more interest significant quest-hubs, turn the Cata-state of the main world into a more generalized early-world (keeping something of the Cata state, keeping the gist of the Vanilla-ish quests that have stayed, but having nothing in the writing that points particularly in a timeline), and so on. Leave Cata world for uh, a potential legacy server down the line.

It needs a refresh. Game has too much weight, both in story and design.

Anyway if this will be my true main, I’m doing every single quest in every single zone, so hell yes I’m saving Bloodmyst! ‘Immersion’ is also a very nice questing addon :)

The deal with Draenei starting zones is that I like to play with full music playing, but that mixed with the very solitary feel of the zone (even including crossrealmzones), relaxes me in both good and bad ways. I do think the region is up for a revamp, but I do like it how it is, BUT what it is… drives me to sleep haha. Its SO chill, my god.

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Rees Racer

In stark contrast to the MOP post just below this one: “Which MMOs are the best for occasional play?” (which I agree with some others is ESO), I’ve been back at EVE …again.

Even a few months away can mean a difficult re-learning curve for some things.

My main capsuleer was born in 2006, and my relationship with the game has varied greatly over the 12 years since. I’ve more than a hundred vessels spread about the galaxy, because I’m loathe to sell any of them.

Fortunately, I can practise a bit in some of my significantly over-powered ships in high-sec before plunging back into the deep-end. I’m fully trained on most vessels of significant usefulness, but my Orthrus (pictured below) is a bit out of place roaming in The Citadel and The Forge.

As soon as I’m sufficiently reacclimated, I’ll use my jump clone to bring my cloaked Buzzard back in from the cold in out in Solitude (-0.4) so I can resume some proper exploration away from the hostile shenanigans.

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mysecretid

“To infinity and beyond!”, brother Rees!

Enjoy!

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Watched some of the big battle during the week. All I could think about was how many resources were going boom!

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Vexia

Part of the reason I didn’t post last week was because, instead of MMOs, I was sucked into playing Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 (mouthful of a title) on mobile. It does a pretty great job of replicating the SMT series’ combat except with no permadeath. I also have a lot of interest in the IP because of real-world mythology. The story… needs work IMO. But overall, the best way to get strong is by playing the game, not spending money, so I’m happy.

However, this weekend I am all about one MMO in particular. I finally launched my free company in Final Fantasy XIV! Since it just went up in the early hours of this morning, I’m about to fire up the recruitment engine… But y’know, not in a way that annoys people who don’t want in. If you play on Adamantoise and think you might like it then just check out my little forum post for details, or go straight to the discord for the necessary junk that isn’t always fun but bears saying.

Lastly, I will give a little PSA: if you’ve ever been interested in the somewhat MMO-adjacent browser game Granblue Fantasy (renowned for being played by Mr. Lefebvre), now is a good time to join because you can get 10 free premium draws every day which is statistically very likely to give you a strong start. :P

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mysecretid

Good luck with the Free Company guild, Vexia. I hope you assemble a crew of good people!

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Vexia

Thanks, that’s literally my goal for now. Once we get good people, we’ll work together and the rest will fall into place for sure!

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Malcolm Swoboda

Right, I’ve been playing SMT..LDX2 (ha, let us just say SMTL) on Android emulator too! Finished Chapter 3 Normal and now taking a slower pace. As with most mobile RPGs like this, the really ‘good’ story happens many months later. We’re basically playing the first 10 hours or so of a good SMT game, but with all sorts of optional P2Wish features and design (including getting super demons/personas ‘early’).

My least favorite thing is the frequent ads for bundles. If anything, its turning me off from handing $10s over.

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Vexia

I don’t like waiting for the story to get good! But in a weird way it’s hooked me anyway, so wait I shall. I’m sure by the time I get teams set up for the Aura Gate, PvP, and the harder tiers of PvE content they’ll have made more chapters available.

I don’t know about you, but I keep getting recommendations for the Aragami archetype summon files which is probably one of the worst uses of your gems or money lol. If you save up 200 parchment pieces and then spend some real money (it’s unclear to me which packs work and which don’t), you can get a guaranteed 5* which is a nice long-term goal since the natural 5* summon rate is like… 0.5%. It also makes me grateful for fusion! Most of the best characters can be made over time rather than bought.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I’m forcing myself to not care even a slightest bit about 5*. I’m even intentionally using 1-2*s just to get the basic experience haha

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Vexia

The best part is even they can be upgraded in the long run. Some lower stars like Mothman actually turn out quite good!

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Malcolm Swoboda

Yeah I want my pets :). The good thing about this particular gacha game, at least for now, is that conceptually any demon might end up competitive for most things but the top ranking activities (like, literally ranking events). Get that 5* branded, upgraded, properly skilled Pixie lol. Of course they’ll still have their rockpaperscissors stuff though.

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Maggie May

My best times in a guild/free company were in FFXIV, I miss that Group! Best wishes with your new venture! There’s nothing like dungeoneering with a group you can have fun with.

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Vexia

Thanks! I always have a great time with guild groups as well; it’s probably what made MMOs so engaging to me in the first place. I figured I might as well make my own and ideally build a community that will last!

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Namtubb

‘eyyyy never commented on a WRUP before ’cause it was always WarframeWarframeWarframe. It’s still Warframe mostly; sometimes when my ex-partner in crime *aka my brother* isn’t swept up in FFXIV we’ll use up hoarded relics and go on a few farming runs. I still need to get Zephyr, Oberon and Limbo Prime along with a couple of weapons. Alone I’ll mostly farm some lenses at the Plains, do the daily sortie and run some Sanctuary Onslaught to farm Khora/faction rep.

Weekends have become Fortnite Nights with two friends in particular. It used to be Overwatch but now Fortnite BR is giving them their fill. It’s fun with buds but I don’t enjoy pvp games alone. Sometimes we’ll hop onto Save the World to farm premium monies since one of said friends loves dem skins and dem skins cost lots of dem monies.

I’m excited and nervous for Monster Hunter: World’s pc release. Excited because it means me and BigBro get to play something new together that he hasn’t touched and I’m not very familiar with. I’ve played Monster Hunter on the Nintendo 3DS before but nothing beats having a second analog stick. I’m nervous because I don’t exactly have an awesome computer; I know I can run the game but at what cost is what I’m concerned about.

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mysecretid

I’m curious to hear what Monster Hunter World‘s day-to-day gameplay is like. For all the hype on the game, I’m still not sure what actually one does in MHW.

I’ve heard it’s supposed to be a lot like group-based raiding in other games, but I’m not sure I trust my sources on that information.

One you get some time in MHW, you’ll have to come back here and let us know what the game is like to play. :-)

Thanks for posting!

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I am going into MHW as well and have no experience with it. So far I like to think of it as the fantasy version of Warframe.

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nobleeinherjar

“Group-based raiding” is pretty close. Coordination plays a big part in taking down monsters, though at the same time it’s not super-duper important unless you’re going for fast clear times. But depending on the various weapons each player is using, you’re sort of expected to let certain players attack certain body parts. For instance, a hammer player generally has dibs on the head for stun damage. The reason (for the most part) why every player can’t all go for the head is because there is a form of friendly fire in MH games. Your weapons can’t damage other players, but your attacks can trip them up or send them flying away with your big attacks, etc.

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mysecretid

Thanks for the information. I think I’ll pass on this one.

I play games at very strange times some weeks, and having to rely on finding other people to group with at 3:30 am on a Tuesday sounds like too much work and not enough fun for me.

Enjoy!

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nobleeinherjar

Monsters are scaled for singleplayer and multiplayer accordingly, so if you wanted to tackle the game on your own you certainly could. =) And for what it’s worth, I’ve been able to find players at all hours, even when I’m sleeping during the day and up all night. :x Of course that part is just anecdotal.

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mysecretid

Thanks, Noble. I appreciate the additional information. I’ll give the game some thought.

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Danny Smith

Have you ever played a souls game and done the sunlight covenant? thats monster hunter at its core.

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mysecretid

A Dark Souls game? Alas, Danny, I’m too impatient for that kind of brutal challenge.

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mysecretid

Been a bit of a weird week for gaming here …

Sort of left behind most of my usual games temporarily, because of pending burnout, and tried a few other things.

Logged into the Neverwinter MMORPG for the first time in five years, to find that it has definitely improved. All the expected classes are there now, and I find the action-y combat works surprisingly well, at least for me.

The setting still doesn’t call to me the way I wish it would, but I’m curious to see if things get better in that regard as I go further along.

The downside? In my opinion, Neverwinter‘s cash shop is far more unfriendly than the one attached to Cryptic’s Star Trek Online.

For one example, in STO there are certain playable races (player-captain and NPC, both) that you pay to unlock — generally, options which have “niche” appeal for certain fans, such as Caitians, Federation Klingons, Aenar Andorians, and Cardassians.

Unlocking these options is pretty straightforward: pay a relatively small amount and go.

In Neverwinter, however, both of the paid race options (Moon Elves and Renegade Drow) come only as part of relatively-expensive packs that you must buy.

The packs have other things in them like mounts, special cosmetics, and so forth — but if you only want to unlock a playable race option for yourself, it can be a pretty pricey proposition merely to get an unlock.

I also went back to DC Universe Online, and I’m finally getting the gist of how to advance my hero past level 30 effectively.

One of my ongoing beefs with DCUO is that it has never been very good at guiding the player through how its game systems work.

They tend to throw out a pop-up once, and expect you to remember what it says forevermore.

Sure, I could go do research out on the internet, but after all my research on how to make my dual-dagger and bow rogue (Nightblade) viable against in-game bosses in Elder Scrolls Online — research which ultimately went nowhere and killed my ability to play the game — I am resistant when games require me to do out-of-game “homework” merely to play.

In any case, I’m figuring DCUO out, finally, but like Neverwinter the way DCUO handles its cash shop is also a problem for me.

DCUO limits non-subscription players to $2000 in-game dollars in their character’s bank — everything above this number goes into “escrow”, which means it’s not lost, but you can’t access it unless you either a) subscribe, or b) buy one-off “escrow access” withdrawals in the cash shop.

Somebody obviously thought this would “inspire” players like me to subscribe, but all this sort of paywall trickery does is annoy me, which reduces my desire to subscribe.

I don’t like subscribing to games, generally, because the way my finances usually work, the idea of having open-ended payments going to companies from here through eternity is a logistical nightmare.

I have no problem paying companies for games I like, but I prefer to have the money go from me to them according to my timing, not theirs, because it makes it far easier for me to keeping track of my finances.

So, when games like DCUO set up these little “irritation walls” to try to goad me into subscribing, it actually makes me less inclined to do so.

We’ll see how long I stay around this time …

Lastly, I was playing a lot of Destiny 2 this week. The game is probably not as content-rich as it should be, but I always find a way to have fun.

Not really going to say much about World of Warcraft. I’m disappointed in the current quality of the game’s writing, but I’m also disappointed in the quality of discussion some of the Massively long-timers have brought to the debate.

Endless jeering, slag-off memes, and ad hom attacks on both Massively writers and commenters is the kind of puerile behavior I would expect from drive-by posters no one really recognizes, or from other gaming websites — not from established names I’ve seen posting intelligently on Massively for years.

So yeah, the semi-geezer is disappoint, as they say. No more WoW discussion here from me.

Take care of yourselves, and each other.

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Rees Racer

I’m also having quite a bit of fun in Neverwinter after a couple of years away. The combat is stellar, certainly.

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mysecretid

Aye, it’s action combat, but you have just enough moment-to-moment control that you feel like you’re still making tactical decisions as you go.

It’s not like some action games, where you have to basically spam everything that you can do constantly, at random, and hope you’re still standing when the dust settles.

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thirtymil

I have been shaking my head over the Warcraft writing discussion as well, to be honest. I guess I tend to accept that gameplay comes first with WoW and the story has to fit round that, so maybe I’m just not invested enough to care.

Anyway, regarding your nightblade – my ESO main was a NB with 2H/Bow, and did fine against bosses in a team of only three. The reason I mention it is that I only had two skills off the 2H line on my bar and those were only to take pressure off the healer (since with only three of us they were in for the long haul most fights), so in theory with a full team you could switch those for DW skills and get the same results.

Unless, of course, you’re talking about soloing world bosses – in which case, yes, I needed those skills (Brawler and Rally) and a switch into a heavy suit of armour to boot :)

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mysecretid

Thanks for the ESO tips, Thirty. Much appreciated. If I get anywhere with them, I will certainly let you know!

Cheers,