WRUP: The third shade of Sycamore House edition

    
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There's no relief.

The third shade evaded us for weeks. It looked small and vulnerable, more like the suggestion of something small than an actual small person; Joanne and Henry both said it looked smaller, but when pressed Henry said it looked to be Joanne’s size. Either way it was a slight wisp of a thing, running down hallways and clearly obeying physical limits, terrified of us seeing it.

Joanne was the one who finally cornered it, and we found it whimpering in a corner as she slapped at its shape. “It can’t feel anything,” she explained as she aimed a pointed kick where its head ought to be. “It just acts like it can.”

I told her to stop, if nothing else than to stop its piteous wailing. We set up a cordon to examine it. But the more it crouched there and sobbed, the more I felt a well of anger bubble up inside of me. It was only when I felt a hand instinctively curl into a fist to give this shade something to be scared of that I insisted we tear down the cordon and let it go. It fled, sobbing openly, and I shudder to think what we might have been had we continued to hold it.

What Are You Playing?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​Playing “You can’t go out because you lost your wallet” for most of the weekend, aside from Pokemon Go (especially for Sunday’s Community Day). Assuming I can get my other work done, I’ll probably also play some Detroit: Become Human.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): So I should probably give MapleStory 2 a thorough try this weekend, since last weekend I spent most of my time playing in the character creator for the amusement of my toddler. But realistically, I’m going to be in Star Wars Galaxies Legends at the very least; my chef business is well underway now, I’ve got milk to harvest, and I’m starting to ramp up my droid engineering on the side. But mostly I need to do the Halloween event. Those Moenian citizens aren’t going to scare themselves for tokens, and I really need a Stinky backpack.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): This weekend will likely see me hitting the grind treadmills for that sweet, sweet Halloween goodness in both MapleStory 2 and Destiny 2, because getting that Pumky stuff and Black Cat Ghost shell are important. There will also likely be a healthy sprinkling of Soul Calibur VI for an offline palate cleanser.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Actually, very little this weekend; my wife and I are on our anniversary trip, so we’ll be enjoying Martha’s Vineyard and mostly enjoying company. I’ll probably play some Final Fantasy XIV on Sunday, and we’ll likely bring our Switch to enjoy Sonic Mania and Octopath Traveler. And, y’know, Granblue Fantasy is on my phone so that’s easy.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Lord of the Rings Online has massively improved its already great Harvestmath festival, so I need to check out all the goodies and earn myself a new mount. I’ll also be spending more time getting my Star Wars: The Old Republic Sniper through Act I on that long road to Patch 5.10.

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Nate Woodard

Been a SUPER busy weekend for me with work and personal stuff. Getting ready for our fall foliage tour! Two weeks of pure bliss with the Mrs. Not much time for gaming. I have been dabbling in and out of ESO. Tried to get the WAR Emu running and it just won’t go. Otherwise, I’ve been playing mobile EVE-like game Nova Empire and just lousing around.

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Maggie May

Enjoying my time back in lotro, eso is on the backburner for a while. As ever, my bags are full to overflowing. I have a ton of cosmetics etc. I didn’t know I had so much … got the seasonal pony and will get the cat but I already have too many cloaks etc. One of the issues with an older game is the difficulty of picking a name for a new char, my poor hobbit hunter is an invitation to pun.

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Toy Clown

I’ve hit Halloween MMO-style running hard and I’m devouring holiday content in GW2, BDO, FFXIV and SWL. Thankfully (but disappointingly) FFXIV and BDO’s content was either reused with no real new fluff to gather, or just utterly short and not very satisfying.

GW2 and SWL don’t disappoint! Other than that little gap of needing to hit Tokyo to enjoy the holiday quests in SWL, I still enjoy all the fluff rewards from the boss fights!

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Utakata

This week: Not much to really say.

Also this week: As it hasn’t been indicated enough by my pigtails and myself in the last couple of weeks, but the magic and charm of WoW’s new expansion is finally wearing off. The Bartle’ist aspect of the progressing through the leveling hoops was only really an illusion in the end. Because it’s now nothing but grind, RNG and Mythics as far as my Gnome eyes can see.

I would quit if it where not for the process of unlocking those Allied races. They’re the only thing that’s binding me to WoW, or I would of been planning time off from the game in a pigtail and a heart beat.

Couldn’t say the same thing about Legion this time around. /le sigh

And finally: Still waiting anxiously for the Lyn Warders to drop in Blade & Soul. Now there’s a game despite it’s own gratuitous can’t-find-’em-grind-’em issues, it’s always doing something to keep invested in that game. :)

Other than that, have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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Utakata

Edit/Erratum:

…Lyn Warden’s*…proper.

…it’s always doing something to keep me* invested in that game…proper.

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Rees Racer

I’m presently blessed (cursed?) with an embarrassment of riches regarding my game choices.

As for a proper MMO, EVE receives much attention, and I’m actually excited about the proposed changes to the wardec system. Too many times over the years, our corp shutters into stations to avoid being kill-mail bait, even though I’m maxed in almost all Covert Op’s skills so I can still move about freely enough to play.

Like many, AC: Odyssey has occupied a good deal of time. After more than 50 hours, I’ve only completed 25% of the game (level 22). I spend a lot of time exploring and sailing.

I’ve tried the Naval Battles CBT in War Thunder. It’s fine, but as I didn’t really get hooked by WoWS, I doubt the oceans will call me out of the cockpits of the aircraft I love so much.

Destiny 2 is still great fun, although I’m not sure I’ll take the time to grind for the “Horror Story” auto-rifle during the Festival of the Lost event. We’ll see.

Speaking of gunplay, Resonance of Fate (a console title from 2010) has been remastered into 4K and released on Steam. It was a moderately successful niche game back then, but one of my all-time favourites. Think JRPG meets a John Woo film with a hybrid turn-based (kind of a WeGo system) mechanic. Not only is the gun customisation outrageous, but it is almost matched by the number of outfits to acquire for the team. It was a no-brainer day 1 purchase for me.

Best wishes to all for an enjoyable and peaceful weekend.

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mysecretid

I missed last week’s WRUP dance party because my heath took a dive (as it does occasionally), and I should keep this short because my keyboard is suddenly kind of malfunctional and needs replacing, so:

WRUP?

– still lots of Destiny 2: Forsaken on my PS4. Come play!

– a fair bit of DC Universe Onine (I actually subscribed to this one)

Star Trek Online, as ever and always. Loving it.

– playing the Pathfinder: Kingmaker single-player fantasy rpg. I realy like this one, but it still needs more post-launch fixing and patching. Only dive in now if you’re patient with flaws and fixes. Otherwise, keep an eye on it, if you’re interested. The devs are patching as fast as they can, and are being super-dedicated about it all.

Take care of yourselves and each other. Hope Massively poster Big Angry is missing his dear, departed pal a little less pointedly this week, poor fella. Your friend lives on in your memories of him, Big. Tell the best stories of you and your friend to any who want to hear. I wish you peace.

Cheers, all,

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BalsBigBrother

Hope your health has taken a turn for the better by now. You take care of you as well :-)

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mysecretid

Thanks, B3. You’re very kind to say such things. The intermittent “health dives” are neither fatal, nor painful, so don’t worry. Mostly they’re just annoying. :-)

Cheers,

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blah blazh

How are you liking Pathfinder? I’m a bit on the fence with it. I’m a sucker for isometric rpgs so I usually get any that come out. I enjoy that they are trying to be true to the tabletop ruleset although I think the gameplay can be at odds with it sometimes. The developers are certainly trying to polish it up and I appreciate that. If you push me, I still prefer D:OS2 and Pillars of Eternity (both 1 and 2). However, it’s a fun entry into the genre and I’m looking forward to when I get the stronghold.

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mysecretid

Hard to say, in some ways, because Pathfinder: Kingmaker is clearly going through a lot of intense fixing and patching right now. They just put out another significant patch today, in fact.

That said, I do really like what I’ve played of the game so far. It’s getting noticeably better at explaining itself and its rules, as well.

The launch-day version of the game presumed a little too heavily (in my opinion) that anyone playing a Pathfinder computer game was already very familiar with the Pathfinder tabletop rpg game rules.

They’ve corrected most of those assumptions by now, and I find it much more fun experience.

I love the look and feel of the game world, and I find the characters and the story so far very interesting (I didn’t like most of the characters in Pillars Of Eternity very much, so I ended up quitting that game partway through).

One odd bit, though — once you finish the introductory/tutorial adventure section, your pool of available starting party members effectively divides in half, as two teams of adventurers are sent out.

Where it gets strange is that the way the available characters divide is based on what they think of your character, after spending time alongside him/her during the first section. Your interactions and your ethical outlook play a big part in who thinks you’re worthwhile to adventure with, and who doesn’t.

As such, you can start off after the introductory section with a party lacking expected character roles. For example, after my first game start, my party of four consisted of one rogue type (me), one bard type, and two fighter types. No mage types and no healer types. Needless to say the early encounters were damn rough. I ended up re-starting my game because I thought I had done something wrong at the start (I hadn’t).

You can expand your early group by hiring (creating) custom characters at your first safe hub, but these additions are expensive (2000 in-game gold each to “hire” a mercenary adventurer NPC that you design).

As an alternative, early on, you should encounter a Technic slaver group. If you beat them, you can add two free story-designed characters to your party right then, from the freed captives. They should help balance out the group you start with …

All of this is to say what I said earlier, I guess.

I think Pathfinder: Kingmaker is a beautiful-looking, very fun game, but you might want to wait until all the current frenzied patching and tweaking is done before you buy it — unless you can be patient with that sort of thing.

I hope this helps. If you have other questions, feel free to ask,

Cheers,

The Weeb formerly known as Sray
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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

If I’m gaming this weekend, it’ll belots of Fortnite: Save the World, as usual. There’s also going to be a bit of Spiderman and Zelda BotW. Spiderman is great, but Fortnite just has its hooks in me these days, so I never can find the time for it. Also finished off episode 1 of Life is Strange 2: they’re trying something interesting by making the player character essentially the sidekick this time around, but long term I’m not sure how engaging that will be to play.

When I’m not ignoring Spiderman for Fortnite, I’ve been trying out Zelda again, as I felt like I didn’t really give it a fair shot last year. And I was right, now after a year and some distance from unfair comparisons to Horizon Zero Dawn, I can safely say… it’s like a 7 out of 10 … tops. Seriously, it’s at best okay, but it has some serious flaws: the balance between hand holding and allowing players to make discoveries for themselves is way out of wack, to the point of making it possible to never learn basic combat moves; the character movement is so slow and limp; and Link just feels weak as a kitten, which I can’t stand. The game is also slow paced. Again, it’s not bad (better than I felt it was last year), it’s just flawed.

However, it’s looking to be a lazy sunday for me (even though it’s saturday), and I’m just not feeling really the gaming thing much today, so I’m planning on binge watching Funimation and Crunchyroll all day. Going to kick back, eat unhealthy crap, and watch cartoons all day (like being a kid again). I have a few episodes left of “A Sister’s All You Need” before I switch gears from slice of life to action/adventure: I might do season three of “My Hero Accademia”; or finally jump into “Golden Kamuy”. I welcome any recomendations, but no “moron teenaged boy summoned to stereotypical fantasy world where he’s grossly overpowered and women all inexplicably love him” stuff please, I’ve had my fill of that lately.

Anyway, hope you all have a safe and happy weekend.

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thirtymil

Having quit Warcraft a couple of weeks back, I’ve taken a wander through AC: Odyssey and Forza Horizon 4, but ended up back in Destiny 2.

Because in my book, sailing a Greek trireme or getting to drive the Series 3 Land Rover I once drove in my youth are both nothing compared to shooting aliens repeatedly in the face with a hand cannon.

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mysecretid

Especially when they’re nasty aliens who totally deserve it!

You might also be amused to know that I described the Tangled Shore’s Spider to friends as “someone who makes Jabba the Hutt look like an amateur” :-D

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thirtymil

I find Spider to be a rather likable character – I really like the voice acting and I think he’s what I would call ‘excellently roguish’.

I think the scenery is fantastic in Destiny 2 and the gunplay really fun, but boy do most of the other characters repeat lines over and over that grate. If I hear Tess Eververse say “Needless to say I sent the whole lot back” one more time without ever hearing the first (non-existent) part of her conversation, I swear it won’t just be aliens I’ll be taking the hand cannon to…

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mysecretid

Oh, Spider is a great character, well-written and well-voiced, but I wouldn’t trust him with the punchline to a joke, if you know what I’m saying.

Definitely something skeevy about that guy, and I’m not talking about his dubious fashion sense. :-)

As for Tess Everis — voiced by the lovely and talented Claudia “Farscape” Black — I hate to break it to you, Thirty, but she’s been repeating that “I sent the whole shipment back” line since the first Destiny game, if my memory serves! :-)

They did add some additional dialogue for Tess in D2 to reflect Gaul and the Red Legion’s invasion, but I agree that they could’ve given Ms. Black even more to say as Tess.

Honestly, I’d like to see even more from Tess as a character beyond shopkeeping. I dunno if you’ve played Uncharted: The Lost Legacy on PS4, but Black voices and mo-caps one of the two female leads in that game (think of it as Tomb Raider x2, perhaps), and the memorable Morrigan in the first Dragon Age games. She can certainly bring more to a story than shopkeep blather. :-)

Cheers,

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nobleeinherjar

I’m kind of listless this weekend. But I’ll probably be playing some AC: Odyssey by myself and some CoD: Blops 4 with a friend. Kinda surprised how much I’m enjoying Blops 4. It’s the first CoD game I’ve bought in eight or nine years.

Basically, all of my gaming is just to pass the time until the end of next week, when Red Dead Redemption 2 releases. >.>
My hype for that game is unreal.

Oh, I would have been playing Resonance of Fate since it recently released on the PC. I loved that game back on the .. PS3? 360? I can’t remember what system I played it on. But I never got far. That game was damn hard. I wanna see if I’m smarter this many years later. But until the game gets patched, I don’t want to play it. I considered buying it for PS4 instead, but I forgot how drained all the colors are. It’s in dire need of ReShade. Game looks damn near black and white.

Actually, I should probably get back to CrossCode and Night in the Woods, too. That might actually be just the ticket. I love rain and storms, but I think it’s starting to get to me now.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend!

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Stormwaltz

…is no one going to mention how creepy and upsetting that intro was? o_O

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Hirku

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