WRUP: Tips for stealing food from the people one table over in the restaurant if that’s your deal edition

    
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This should be easier.

Tip 1: Make sure the people one table over in the restaurant have actually ordered their food. If you try to steal it and they’re still just looking at the menu, you’ll look like a jerk. I mean, you’ll look like a jerk anyhow, but you’ll look like a jerk who isn’t paying attention either. You enormous jerk.

Tip 2: Use distractions to take their attention off of their food without disrupting the entire restaurant. Setting controlled fires will result in everyone leaving the restaurant, and while that will give you the opportunity to stuff someone else’s TGI Friday’s appetizers in your pants pocket as you dart for the nearest emergency exit, everyone will see what you did and you will go to jail.

Tip 3: Under no circumstances should you tell someone you are the “food inspector” and then just stuff their entire sandwich in your mouth without chewing. Have some self-respect you food-stealing jerk.

Tip 4: Brag about this in What Are You Playing. Not because it is a good thing but because then everyone will know not to sit near you in a restaurant.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I am seriously unlikely to get any time to play. It’s awards season, folks, and I’ll be working most of the weekend. However, I did get Rend installed last night, and it’s on my list to try. I just can’t get over how pretty it is and I want to dip my toes in.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): The votes are in and it looks like there will be some exploration to be had from the cockpit of my Avenger Titan in Star Citizen. Then there’s holiday things going down in Dauntless, MapleStory 2, and Star Trek Online that I’ll want to take a peek at. I’m also likely going to be joining the throngs of folks playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the usual palate cleanser, though that likely won’t feature very often. It’s a two-button fighter and I still manage to be absolutely miserable at it somehow. Very frustrating.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): What an awful week it’s been, but I look forward to curling up with Final Fantasy XIV, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Granblue Fantasy (may or may not be final), and some reading and Christmas shopping.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m working my way into the Misty Mountains on Lord of the Rings Online’s progression server. With any luck, I’ll be level 50 in a couple of weeks, so that’s something. I’m also trying to plow through Pillars of Eternity, and I may have started a new FFXIV character for the holidays.

Your turn!

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rafael12104

So, PoE, Betrayal is at the top of my to-do list. But, Warframe on the Switch got there first.

As I suspected, I’m know diving into Switchframe and it is wonderful. Wonderful!

BDO is still a thing too. We got to customize our Archers this week, prior to the launch next week. That was a smart thing to do by the devs. I feel like I took the bait, got hooked, and they are about to reel me in. Heh.

Blade & Soul is making amends. Three events going on at once at the moment. It is raining loot. And most of it is very useful too. Also, My Warden is now ready for the top tier raid. So, it is once more into the breach, my friends!

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Bruno Brito

Why are you teaching us to steal left over food? Isn’t is just better to ask the manager to pack the food so you can give to the hungry people outside?

Of course, i’m not mad because you’re revealing my foodstealing secrets, not one whit, no sir! ( C’mon Eliot, i was hungry and they gave me soup. A F*CKING SOUP. THAT’S NOT FOOD. )

Anyway, i bought ESO with Morrowind these days, so i’ll pretty much be playing that, and see what the hype’s all about.

I also drew something yesterday, just for funsies and lame sketching, and god, it was hot. I kept doing it by sheer willpower. There’s a arab paladin, a panda monk, a friend of mine drawn as a samurai, and my goblin.

I liek goblins.

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rafael12104

It was hot? Ah, yes. It Brazil. Technically summer there right? Heh. I wish it was summer here, right now. Another winter storm just moved through.

Love the sketches. I see a little ESO influence in them already. :)

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Bruno Brito

Not technically, it’s summer here and i’m asking for the sweet release of death, but the coffin must be a f*cking sauna right now.

Heh, i’m trusting ESO to be a good fashion game. I’ve yet to see a game that beats AoC and Warhammer in terms of detailed outfitting and weaponry. Like, really, AoC has some of the best sets i’ve seen and i used a lot of them as references for these arts.

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Maggie May

I will send you my snow … 🤗

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Bruno Brito

Please do. I’ll never get used to this damn heat and i’m 28 already.

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Utakata

I believe Mr. Bruno lives close to the equator if I am not mistaken. So he technically gets a double summer. That is, every equinox. :(

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Bruno Brito

Yeah, i live in Recife, northeast Brazil. Got days where it went 35°C in the shadow.

It’s more green than São Paulo, tho, so while it’s hot as hell, it’s not a oppressive hot, more like baking sun than full oven.

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Utakata

Goodness, that’s a big city! o.O

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recife

…and just south of said latitudinal line. :)

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Eboni

I’m not doing too much gaming this weekend. I just moved into a new place and FedEX lost my new mattress. Sleeping on a air mattress/floor is hurting my back. The make shift way I have my computer set up so I can game hurts it even more. Technically, I *should* be setting up the new place, but I’ve unpacked as much as I can and I don’t have places to put a lot of things (my old place had built in shelves, for example and I only have a table and tv stand, lol).

Anyway, if I could play this weekend, I would be doing ESO dailies and maybe playing a little Paladins. I also got into Ultima Online online through their Endless Journey set up. I’ve always wanted to build a house to decorate there.

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Armsbend

I sleep on the hard floor now and again because it actually helps my back :P

Air mattresses are the worst though. I feel like a bat has been taken to my spine every time I sleep on one.

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Eboni

Yea, last night I completely ditched the air mattress since it kept deflating anyway. I think the floor + a pillow under my lower back is better, lol.

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CapnLan

Ahh someone else having Fedex problems I see. I had ordered a new reclining chair for my mom as her back has gotten worse over the years and Fedex decided to not deliver it to me. They decided it was a good idea to dump it at the side of my complex and then inform no one as to what it was and why it was there. It sat there for 5 days before one of the maintenance guys found it with the shipping label shoved underneath it.

I, along with my mom’s back, greatly sympathize with your Fedex plight.

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Armsbend

Jeez it wasn’t long ago when fedex were pog champs. how far they have fallenit seems. I guess delivery people went to amazon.

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sophiskiai

The usual Warframe (unlocked my second Waybound Focus passive this week), but I’m just dropping in for some daily Syndicate missions and a few alerts and an occasional solo arbitration while waiting for the second phase of Fortuna to release and the new Primes to arrive.

Mostly playing the new MegaCorp expansion in Stellaris, which I’m really enjoying! Both the new trading system and the completely overhauled planet management systems seem to have a lot of depth and flexibility.

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kieranbunny

Anthem!! WHEEEEE!!! POE:Betrayal..Lotro and WoW…and anyfing else me wabbit brain can get into! ==(:*D…oh…btw me neber have ytrouble snatchin food..everybody goes: Oh look..a cute lil bunny..MY STEAK!!!…*zip!*…==}:*[=]

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mysecretid

It occurred to me today that one of the reasons I enjoy Eliot’s WRUP column so much is that it’s one of the only places on the internet that I’m aware of where people post about games that they’re actually playing, and games that they actually like, without everything devolving into the usual pointless internet arguments over personal taste and opinion.

Here, the point is not to defend whatever you’re playing, but simply to mention it. That’s a pretty rare opportunity to exchange information without drama, in my experience. Thanks, all!

To my own surprise, this past week was mostly about playing Star Wars: The Old Republic in anticipation of the new content dropping on December 11th. (It will drop by noon Eastern time, they say, after some hours of morning maintenance).

Mostly, I’ve been re-visiting alts, and sorting out the disarray I left everything in when I previously abandoned the game out of boredom and frustration.

As I’ve said elsewhere here, I don’t expect perfection from the new SWTOR content, but I do expect some sort of indication of positive intention, going forward — an indication that somebody at EAware gives a damn about the state of the game, and where it’s going next.

So … I’m either prepping for better days in the game ahead, or my final “goodbye forever, SWTOR” excursion.

We shall see how it all pans out, I’m sure.

The only other game which made a dent with me this week was the LeGuin free patch, and the MegaCorp DLC for Stellaris.

Some big, big changes for the Stellaris game with these updates, but so far I love the changes, for the most part.

If you’ve been away from Stellaris for a while, please be aware of two things: 1) the changes now are radical enough that your old saves will not play in the updated version, and 2) When you start a new game, you’ll want to turn on the game’s audio Tutorial A.I. again, and set it to Full tutorial mode.

Again there are some significant changes and additions to Stellaris this time, so going in “blind” with all the changes which await you is not recommended.

That’s all I’ve got this week. My best wishes and hopes for all of you. Take care of yourselves and each other, please. You’re some of my favorite online people, and I don’t say that lightly.

Cheers!

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Nate Woodard

Not been much time for gaming to be quite honest. If there’s any time to spare tomorrow, you can be sure that I will dig my claws into Final Fantasy XIV for a while. I hope everyone has a safe and fun gaming weekend!

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Jack Pipsam

Got a new job working at a service station, it’s been… an experience so far. With no alternative, I’ll take it for sure.
No real plans, it’s getting summer now so everything is heating up coming into Xmas.

I paid to access the LotRO progressive server and barely touched it, I really need to fix that.

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mysecretid

You just be safe, Jack. Working service stations can be tricky, because (you know) the public are all weirdos. :-)

Gratz on the job, though. Whatever gets you through to better days, man. When you’re Grandpa Jack one day, you can say to your grandkids, “Hey, did I ever tell you about that time I worked at a service station?” and (being kids) they’ll all all be like, “Yes, Grandpa Jack … only about a billion times!!!” :-) Heh heh. Damn kids!

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Jack Pipsam

Oh I already hate it lol, my only saving grace is that I live in a reasonably safe rural town, so it reduces the number of hold-ups and such. If I lived in the city or the outer-suburbs, no bloody way I would work in a service station, too dangerous for the pay.

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mysecretid

Sorry to hear you aleady hate the gig, but we both know it won’t be forever. It’s just a placeholder job to keep you living until you can jump to something you like better.

Glad to hear that you’re working in a safe area, at least!

And hey, if it really annoys you some days, just sing the chorus of this old song to yourself to remind yourself why you’re really there. :-)

Something funky to dance to around the gas pumps!

Cheers, Jack!

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Xijit

Anthem Alpha … NDA, can’t say much:

(1) it is NOTHING like Destiny (I swear to RNGesus I am not lying about that).

(2) it IS a Bioware game … This is no gutted shell with a paper thin plot and bad writing (see above about it being nothing like Destiny).

(3) I am happy. Very happy. Preorder happy (… and have preordered 2 games in the last 15 years).

Please, please, please have patience till Feb when we get the open demo.

God I wish I could say more.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I can’t say anything other than I approve of this message.

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Xijit

Strong Alone; Stronger Together.

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kieranbunny

Ditto on all the above!! NDA is a killin me! With ya all da way! ==(:*D

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Xijit

“You do know You just made a bunch of Grabbit Orphans, right?”

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kieranbunny

LMAO!! ==}:*]

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mysecretid

While I actually like the Destiny games, myself, I would never deny that they’re far thinner on story than would be optimal.

Destiny 2, in particular, really didn’t show much story beyond the plotline at launch until the recent release of Forsaken. That DLC was something of a story-content tipping point, at least for me personally.

But, I’m very glad to hear you say that Anthem actively embraces story. I get so damned bored now with games which are mostly just pew-pew, and nothing else.

I’ve been pew-pewing in games since the first Wolfenstein game (casually) and the first DOOM game (hardcore). Pew-pew? I’ve been there, done that, ad nauseam. I need more from my gaming these days.

So enjoy that game you can’t talk about, and be well! :-)

Cheers,

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rafael12104

Your non-news is good news to my ears.

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Utakata

This week: This is what I am currently working on (See: image attached). An imaginary world where people live in freeform platform suspended above clouds away from hostile elements and regressive politicians that would want to interfere with them. Though originally I worked on the first version of this when I was either 12 or 13. I am pretty sure that cloud city in Empire Strikes Back first got me thinking about this…

…though please forgive the roughness of said artwork, as it’s a work still in long, long process. To which I freshly took with my cell while having the early afternoon mocha and draw at my regular haunt. So please enjoy! :)

Also this week: Finally broke the requirements for the last Allied species in WoW as I understand it. So no more pointlessly grinding for now. I can focus on leveling my alts again. Yay me!

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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Utakata

PS: since the Boards are an ongoing theme further below, here’s some music to go with said posted artwork. Incidentally, to which I’ve named Tomorrows Harvest: Aquarius. o.O

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Armsbend

Love your work. This one might be my fav you’ve posted. so detailed.

You ever watch the Twitch channel ‘Creative’? I think it’s so cool watching talented people do their thing. Maybe you should! (and Brito!)

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Utakata

I am not sure I am comfortable of others watching me while I making a bunch of mistakes. I will be sure to check it out for the Bob Ross tips though. :)

Thanks for the advice and complements. /bows

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Bruno Brito

C’mon, let us watch your mistakes :3

You should see me drawing, christ, it’s awful, i toss tons of paper out :c

I watch Ross more for the asmr, but he does have something good to assimilate with world building, i just think it’s way more complex to find a way to, since he uses oil, and we’re working with pencil.

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Utakata

That Ross reference was figuratively speaking and not meant to be taken literally. I was merely suggesting I would look at those to gleam off ideas and techniques. And hopefully they wouldn’t be as heavily edited as the Ross shows where. #HappyLittleTrees

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Armsbend

I’ve watches Ross on and off since my hipster 90s days – I always found it so relaxing.

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Bruno Brito

I watch it and some asmr when i’m gaming since i’m too damn anxious all the time, so it helps.

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Bruno Brito

Oh, got it.

Still, i firmly believe his techniques can be used in other medias, i just need to figure out how.

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kieranbunny

*puts on lil parachute*…me movin in now…..==(:*]

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mysecretid

This is impressive, Uta! What an intricate and clever piece of work. Thank you for sharing this!

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Bruno Brito

How long it took? Just one gradation of pencil or you switch pencils around? TEACH ME HOW TO MAKE CLOUDS

Also, it lacks goblins.

I liek goblins :c

It’s awesome Uta, i’m in awe, really. Specially because i love pencil detailed stuff while not losing the roughness of sketching. Keep up, wanna see more.

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Utakata

Why thank you! <3

I started working on it in end of this September and it's still far from completed. :(

As for the content, there are also no Gnomes, Lyn or Elin in my works either. There have been hints of other Fae and Yokai. #nekomata

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Bruno Brito

I started working on it in end of this September and it’s still far from completed. :(

Oh, it’s one of those.

Yeah i have some of those hahahahah, thank god i’m messy and amateurish enough to not have perfectionism outbreaks and spend entire weeks on a drawing. But the end result speaks for itself, yours looks like a garden of earthly pleasures while my finished drawings looks like i tortured a gel pen for two hours.

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Utakata

Don’t kid yourself. Most of the roughs for comic books, manga , storyboards, etc., look like what you do. Why? Because it’s the fastest way to output ideas. So you are on the right track. :)

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Bruno Brito

Oh, don’t get me wrong, i love my artstyle. I’m just aware of it’s shortcomings. I quite like sketch drawings as much as i like finished ones.

My favourites are the ones you know are simple in it’s nature, but are detail rich, and give the vibe “hey, i can do that if i put the time”

Examples below.

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rafael12104

Nice. So it is years in the making, so to speak. It is lovely, Uta. Thank, you for sharing.

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Utakata

Technically, I draw something…then revisit it years after to see if I can evolve it more. This piece would be the earliest I’ve gone back to. Furthermore, since I don’t have the the original artwork anymore of this, I am doing this entirely from vague memory.