WRUP: The jobs of the crabs I am attempting to keep in my downstairs bathroom edition

    
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Pinch.

Towel Crab: This crab’s job is to bring guests hand towels to dry their hands after using the bathroom. He is performing this task adequately, but sometimes he pinches too hard and the fabric frays. I have attempted to explain this to him but he just snips at my nose. It is not productive.

Reading Material Crab: This crab is supposed to bring books to read. He does so without any problem, and my only complaint is that he brings far too many books, sometimes when no one is in the bathroom. My wife and I suspect he is building a nest of some kind, but he’s doing so out of books we do not want and he is otherwise diligent. I am inclined to overlook it.

Soap Crab: In theory this crab distributes hand soap. He is utterly garbage at this task and simply knocks over the soap bottle, then attempts to grab onto the lips of whoever is nearby. This is a true garbage crab and I have not fed him crab treats as a form of punishment, but that has just made him snippier. Towel Crab is afraid of him.

What Are You Playing Crab: This crab asks you what you are playing this weekend in perfect English.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Just Pokemon Go, and barely due to weekend work. Thank god it’s a weekend where there’s no event running in game, but I will miss seeing my Pokemon group (and earning Mewtwo candy for my new perfect genetikitty!)

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): This week, I’ve been super sick and busy working and have only had time to dip into my Star Wars Galaxies Legends mainstay a few times, and Trove only once. I mean to rectify that this weekend because next weekend I’ll have guests and won’t get to play squat. I’ve got a big stack of currency in Trove I clearly bought for a purpose, but I can’t remember what it was. Somebody tell me what to buy!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Working on alts in Final Fantasy XIV should be unnecessary with the nature of the game, but I’m still doing it. I’m ridiculous. Oh, well. Also I’ll be faffing about in Granblue Fantasy as per usual.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’ve been cautiously re-entering Guild Wars 2 with a new Duelist and having some relaxing fun doing world completion and the like. The Mesmer’s always been a class that I wanted to master yet has been difficult for me to get in sync with it. Apart from that, some World of Warcraft gearing-up and perhaps a session Dungeons & Dragons Online.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): My survival games have been neglected, and I am really feeling the need to build! So I want to spend time working on my treehouse in Conan Exiles. I also need to pick a new server to start again in Rend, though I really would rather just play with a large group of friends, so I may break down and just get a server if I can find more factions to go against us MOPsters! Then I will be streaming with the new Chroma Prime frame in Warframe. If time allows, I also want to finish my old, old, so old first stream through of Dishonored (I’m at the end) so I can make a fresh, less spread out run through that doesn’t span years.

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Neurotic

I’ve finally reached ‘break time’ with BfA, which I’ve been caining since launch. And as I sit here writing this, RIFT is patching in the background… which will help me pass the time until STO AoD hits the servers. :)

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Toy Clown

FFXIV continues to hold my attention. Balmung’s doors were opened wide and I took advantage, transferring my character over and I’m loving the RP community there. I even found an apartment in the first place I looked!

For the last 3-4 years I’ve been playing 2-3 MMOs at the same time because I couldn’t find everything I wanted in one MMO. As much as I dislike the forced grouping aspect of FFXIV, I have managed to max out one class so I can play any content. Once I jumped through that major hoop, the game was wide open and I found it easy to enjoy housing and other aspects of the game. Hopefully, this ride lasts for a while. It’s nice playing just one MMO.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

It’s LOTRO this weekend, as I continue my efforts to catch up after 6 months away. My champion and minstrel are level 115, but so far behind in deeds I may never catch up.

The good news is I have two life-time accounts. My mini happens to be on one account and my champ on the other. So they get to play together, greatly diminishing the time it takes to shing-shing through content. And in case you’ve forgotten:

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?283276-3-things-a-champion-would-like-you-to-know-cause-I-hate-you-and-want-you-to-cry

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Utakata

This week: *Pigtails quietly go about their way in WoW & Soul and also Nuit Blanche*

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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kalech

I’m playing House Flipper while repeatedly questioning why I’m playing it. I don’t know why I enjoy it, but I do.

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Minimalistway

This looks interesting, part of me still want to leave everything and just start a career in renovation and interior design.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Who knew plumbing could be so satisfying? Tile and paint? The best part is when you’re done and feeling so, so satisfied, nobody raids and tears it all down.

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Xijit

Every weekend I say I am gonna play FFXIV … Maybe if I say I will not play it, then I actually will.

That is my only MMO these days and I spend most of my gaming time on Fortnight, Horizon Zero Dawn, or Bloodborn.

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snacky

I am trying to put in an equal amount of game play between GW2, TESO, Fortnite, and SWTOR. They all offer something different and provide much enjoyment.

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Namtubb

I’m returning to ESO thanks to the promotional event that MJ streamed the other day. Normally I’d sub for that unlimited crafting mat storage buuuut I think I have enough bank space to prevent “Inventory Management Simulator 2018” from happening. I also made an alt and I think I’ll take her on a trip to Morrowind. Time to get dem Boots of Blinding Speed!-oh wait :(

Still Warframe-ing it up. Just built Leo DiCaprio and am currently building the crazy cat lady. It’s all well and good that Crommm *angry Conan stare* Prime is out but I don’t even have Ober-easy, EverybodyLimbo or Chirpy Prime yet *nicknames for everything*. I do want that Gram Cracker Prime, it’ll complement my favorite 2 handed sword, PuddingPop Prime…Jellybean Prime is best sentinel.

Lastly I’m still hooked on Monster Hunter World, even after completing every optional quest at which the game has a meta moment where you become Shinji Ikari and everyone is congratulating you.

No more Fortnite it seems. My brother and I may have alienated our irl friends due to our refusal to play their games with them and their refusal to play ours with us. Ah well, we’ll all probably meet up again in person when Halloween arrives in theaters *shrug*

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Danny Smith

Friend bought me the Destiny 2 expansion because he was desperate to play with anyone and i bought him Diablo 3 a while back on PS4. Overall the mechanic updates are closer to D1 again and naturally an improvement but the story continues its consistent decline. Remember people hating vanilla D1 ending in a random asspull boss unrelated to anything before it? yeaaahh…
Overall i can say the content is ‘okay’ but beyond the dreaming city feeling like a prettier dreadnaught it still feels like bungie is playing catchup trying to make something they think people want instead of having a concrete plan. A complete 180 from bungie of Halo 2/3 saying “if the player is not having fun for over 30 seconds you failed and need to go back to the drawing board on this section”.

Beyond that trying to find some fun in WoW but much as i love Kul Tiras and some story hooks ongoing interest me the azerite grind and traits are anti fun, meanwhile i can just jump into FFXIV and buy tomestone gear and call it good and just have fun raiding Omega. Which i am doing and doing both at the same time really makes WoW’s raids seem dull. In XIV you have thumping orchestral music and some crazy visuals and thus far uldir is standing in a dark room against one large mob for most fights that only breaks silence to say one of 3 lines every 5 seconds. A lot of XIV vs WoW is subjective but boy when comparing the actual visual/audio experience WoW is finally starting to show its age for me.

Beyond that Dead by Daylight is still great, MHGU is so much more engaging than MHW still and i’m finally at the riven/core stage in Warframe with only The Sacrifice and Chains of Harrow left to get totally up to date as i take a break to potato my Tigris and Revenant Frame. D2 is okay fun but boy Warframe is still the superior game for me.

-Also i tried EVE online starting fresh for the first time in what feels like a decade and boy that game has aged like milk and feels even more of a mess than it did back then. New player retention must be horrendous.

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thirtymil

I gave Warcraft another shot, because it’s hard to give up on a game you’ve played for 14 years. But it turned out the single-player content I wanted to do (follower missions) was locked behind group content (complete 5 different random islands to advance your tech tree) and one of the islands was locked behind the kind of idiot who runs off, picks a fight they can’t win, and blames you for their demise using Recount to prove you weren’t doing enough DPS (to a fight you weren’t there for). Long story short I ended up reporting them for the bad language they used when I asked why they kicked me, and then I logged out and thought ‘Why am I letting people like this devalue my gaming time?

The conclusion I came to was that the primary reason I played Warcraft in the first place was that it offered the same kind of open world adventuring, devoid of loading screens, that Oblivion did. In fact, in the early days it was an even chance of me ending up playing one or the other exclusively, and Warcraft may have won out in the end simply due to my main on Oblivion hitting a game engine bug that crashed the game every time two minutes after loading (a bug that Bethesda actually found and fixed a few months later).

So am I really a MMO gamer? Perhaps accidentally, even though I’ve played dozens and I’ve certainly had my fair share of fun with friends in many a MMO. But for Blizzard to fall into the mindset that everything must be group-centric and everyone who has ended up in a MMO surely must be group-inclined regardless of activity is flawed – and I ignored it once in Legion but struggled this time to ignore it again. Especially when there are advances in the rest of gaming that can give me my open world, loading screen-absent kicks without the same arbitrary grind and arbitrary griefers.

Hence I’m now playing Assassin’s Creed: Origins instead.

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