The second shade was neither hostile nor evasive; at first glance it seemed friendly and articulate. To a casual observer it appeared to be some 17th-century nobleman, well-groomed and handsome, greeting us as we moved through the house and offering to explain his situation. Kyle was the first to take him up on the offer, and also the last.
We only heard the first thing he said to Kyle: “I’m not supposed to be here. There’s been a terrible mistake.”
Joanne was unsettled, and though she could not explain why, try as she might, she ushered us away from the shade even as Kyle settled on the floor to listen to the shade. She even shouted at the top of her lungs so we could hear none of his words until we were two floors down, at which point we could still hear the voice but not make out the words. Joanne herself was hoarse from shouting for half a week.
Kyle didn’t come downstairs that evening, or the following morning. When we went upstairs to find him once more, he was still sitting in the same pose, a spider crawling across his features. It was a week until the second shade finished his lecture, and we all made a point to act as if we’d not heard the shade speak to us lest he enrapture another of our number. He seemed quite put out.
Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go is happening of course, and not just because of the slew of events and upcoming changes. I’m down two belt sizes, though dietary changes and a little extra exercise in the morning probably helps. The console party this weekend probably won’t, but at least my lungs will get a workout while playing the new Mario Party on Switch or Gangbeasts on PS4.
Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’m sure I’ll play a bit of Star Wars Galaxies Legends this weekend. I sold my first case of high-end Bespin Port this week! But I also need to get into that thing we’re not allowed to talk about. I have round two of guests coming Sunday, so we’ll see!
Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Despite wanting to hold out for longer, I caved and picked up Mega Man 11 this week, so I’ll be playing that and Granblue Fantasy as I do my usual Final Fantasy XIV stuff. Other than that there will be some potential little projects here and there.
Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I rolled up a new Imperial Agent in Star Wars: The Old Republic last week and am doing nothing but class and planetary missions, which is a really fun ride. I would like to wrap up Drustvar questing in World of Warcraft and make some good headway into Northern Mirkwood in Lord of the Rings Online (especially considering that there’s a new patch I haven’t seen yet).
MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): Conan Exiles has pets now, so I am determined to find and raise me a couple of sweet little kitties. Yup, my very own in-game Kittens of Chaos! Samhain is also going in Secret World Legends, so I’ll be smashing pumpkins, shooting Jack of the Lanterns, and chasing more cats. Speaking of Halloween events, there’s also EverQuest II’s Nights of the Dead to get in on as well as more shreds to collect for the prelude event. Yes, October is my busiest gaming month of the year and I have even less time to game. How will I get through this all?