WRUP: This is where the waffle dungeon is edition

    
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Hello, welcome to the waffle dungeon, I’m Waffle Guide Mike and I’ll be helping you get used to the Waffle Dungeon. Yes, this is where you get waffles. Dangerous waffles. They’re called that because of… uh… crap, hold on, it’s in this book somewhere… oh, screw it, because of the Duke of… Waffleshire. Sure. He was a duke and stuff and he screwed up pancakes and who cares, go get some waffles.

No, you don’t get hash browns, this is a dungeon! You idiot. You go in and you get waffles from monsters and demons and crap! I don’t know why they’re down there and I don’t care. Have a waffle-tastic time. Jerk. Yeah, you heard me! Oh, you just call my manager! I don’t care any more! This dungeon is stupid and you can go to the What Are You Playing dungeon for all I care! Oh, but, uh, buy a commemorate syrup mace for ten gold first?

Bonus question: What’s the earliest internet handle you remember using?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​Pokemon Go for community day and excerise. Stupid holiday weight gain!

Actually, Dengar has been a handle that grew up with me. The Star Wars character, the kenning, its meaning in, um, Malay I think? It’s been fairly relative to my personality, so it’s stuck all these years.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Same as usual for me, Star Wars Galaxies Legends. This week I built myself a massive crafting spreadsheet for my chef to go with my tailoring one, and I’m going to make a droid engineer one next (it’s for calculating stock and prices with three different tiers of quality ingredients).

Yes, gaming does look like this for me sometimes. I’m OK with this.

I think the first online handle I ever had was one assigned to me, but the first one I picked and remember was my first long-term toon in Ultima Online, which was a Robert Jordan character I am frankly embarrassed about now. At least I had the presence of mind to pick a completely obscure one I bet even most people who read the books wouldn’t recognize, but still!

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Last weekend’s project of hitting 70 in Final Fantasy XIV worked out, so now it’s continued catch-up on MSQ patches and dungeons and all of that. Assuming, of course, I can tear myself away from mahjong. Between that and pushing on in Elite Dangerous, that’s probably going to be about it.

I think my earliest internet handle was Shadespectre. Because when you’re a developing teen on the internet, you always try to cloak yourself in the (assumed) finest of digital edginess.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Yes, there’s still a lot to be done in FFXIV after the patch day. My gosh, there’s always so much to be done. Fortunately for me, much of what’s left to be done is catch-up on alts rather than actually clearing new stuff, so that’ll be… less stressful. Mostly.

My oldest Internet handle was one I used back when I was first getting into the Transformers fandom and went by Stormcloud. I only found out later that the name had actually been used before, but I still used it.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m forging my way through The Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind at a very slow, relaxed pace, so that’s probably where you’ll find me. That or Lord of the Rings Online’s Forochel. Or CrossCode, which is a single-player game *about* MMORPGs, if you can wrap your head around that.

Joseph, patron: I don’t really have anything for WRUP this week, since I’ve been so hard at work completing my club mix for Hailee Steinfeld’s ‘Back To Life’ – totally shameless plug, you can listen to it [embedded just below] – and so I haven’t had much gaming time of late. Hopefully I can figure out what to play this week for the next WRUP!

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Philip Armstrong

Sending me down the PVP rabbit whole was trippy. I was 16 in 1998. I’m up to early 2002 and this is a strange time capsule.

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Koshelkin

Lotro and FFXIV whilst waiting patiently that resubbing WoW becomes worthwhile. I’m still in the middle of Mordor, which I enjoy, but I guess it paid off to wait(which is usually the case with MMO’s) and towards the end of Heavensward in FFXIV but I expect tons of filler between Heavenswards finale and Stormblood(not sure if I’m looking forward to this <.<). It seems that every other MMO is way too slow on it's content schedule to make them really worth my time by now. SWTOR newest update was ridiculous for a solo-player, e.g.. Hardly an hour of story content. I've got enough alts by now to not bother with game atm. Alas.. I wish things were different and a more diverse cast of games would enjoy popularity.

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nobleeinherjar

Still alternating between Monster Hunter World and Destiny 2 with a friend. Getting close to having my ideal gunlance armor. If only I could find a Capacity Boost decoration. Still having fun with Destiny 2. It’s fun playing co-op. Though playing as a Hunter, I feel boring compared to Titan and Warlock. My class ability (dodge) is super boring. I also feel slow compared to the other classes, but I couldn’t tell you why for the most part beyond my Warlock friend being able to cover vast distances or reach higher areas with his hover and then he has to wait for me to catch up. But I do get a kickass cloak, so .. no complaints. I hear Blade Barrage is getting nerfed soon. I don’t know what that is, but I feel it is my duty as a Hunter to whine and complain about it!

I might use my level 30 token on a Titan at some point to see how that feels. I feel like it might let me offer the kind of support I enjoy giving in a game like this.

I finished all of the DLC for Spider-Man. It was good but not great. Each chapter got less interesting. For single-player games I’m focusing mostly on Dragon Quest XI. I repurchased the game on PC when it was on sale so I could install the orchestral mod. It didn’t bother me at first, but the longer I played the PS4 version, the more the music made my ears bleed. I’m almost back to where I was on the console version.

Every time I resub to FFXIV it feels like coming home. I’m disappointed in the way lofts were implemented (especially given the item’s description) and unless I’m missing something it seems like you can’t flip the direction of the wooden stairs. But even just remodeling my apartment was a lot of fun. And that’s before I started catching up on MSQs and everything else.

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Utakata

This week: #legomylegolas

Also this week: Mr. raphael is encouraging me to stick with Blade & Soul. My wallet wants to go on another direction. As it appears through the rumor mill that NC has abandoned this game for their mobile editions of this IP. So I am torn between waiting it out and giving up it for the closure. And I don’t really want to be throwing money at it if it’s dead, Jim. /le sigh

…but enough with my flurried pigtails. Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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PanagiotisLial1

What I learnt in 20+ years of mmo gaming is that most rumors of game abandonment either are produced or inflated by people who want a game to get abandoned so that they have their own excuse to move on. You know its the gamers that lurk the forums, reddit, social medial complaining on a game without playing it much anymore.

In most cases it was either completely false news or inflated news(aka development being slowed a bit was translated on purpose by said people as abandon). So if you want my advice best thing is seeing how it goes on your own and not let anyone ruin your fun

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Utakata

I hear what you are saying. So perhaps rumor was not a good word here. Rather this was from a reliable source who deeply cares about the game. And to a degree from my personal observations.

It also didn’t help that NC decided to remove all the side quests out of 3 leveling zones…which was a significant part of my enjoyment for the game. While instead waiting for promised new classes and revamp game to make up for it, which has been now consistently and continually pushed back. So I have reasons to be concerned here. Sorry. :(

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PanagiotisLial1

Yes a lot asian companies tend to do that with side quests, often removing them to force people into buying items that increase exp in grinding or try to drive fanbase towards a certain playstyle. A lot did replace them later with dailies which again isnt too nice.

The two mmos also I seen personally myself morph into something different are two asian origin mmos, Conquer Online and Perfect World International (its not exactly PWE mistake cause same happened for the asian versions I know from a friend that plays it).

If I were you I would just slow down my purchases but would still play there if its still fun to be had. If they completely removed your fun, assuming you like mainly action combat in 3D graphs, you may want to recheck Tera and Black Desert Online. If you are into diablo-like action combat and camera view Path of Exile will give you countless hours but best to convince a friend start with you. If you like modern oriental theme mmorpgs though then the main problem is they had been getting slowly out of the mmo market in a fast pace. I think its Blade and Soul and partially(cause its sort of westernised) BDO. Most titles that sunset over last decade where otiental and/or pet-based mmos. Both types have almost vanished

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BigAngry

Playing some FFXIV, where I’ve just got caught up on MSQ yesterday after about 5 months off. The Ghimlyt Dark is AMAZING, and I love it so, so much more than The Burn.

Playing some Path of Exile right now, actually, though I’ve just been puttering around on the internet instead of actually paying attention to it. Just started a soon-to-be Winter Orb Witch a day or so ago.

Also, bonus question: I had an Action Quake II clan, Syndicate, that I was a part of, and I needed a nickname, so I thought “What’s the scariest thing you can think of running up toward you” and BigAngryMan was born. I dropped the “Man” later on, like Hollywoodland became Hollywood, but I think BEFORE BAM, I was ßishamon for a few months (without the German double-s pronunciation of ß) and before that, when I ran my BBS for 2 years, I was DarkForce Stalker. Before THAT… I don’t remember a damn thing.

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Sorenthaz

FFXIV, Kingdom Hearts 1.5/2.5 Remix with finishing up Chain of Memories, HotS dailies, maybe some Overwatch, bit of Smite Monday night with friends, and who knows what else I’ll dab into.

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butterpanda888

TERA, Path of Exile, Maplestory, and Mu Legend.

None of those games is what I want in entirety, but they all have their merits. If I had the space and money I’d be playing FFXIV, WoW, Swtor, and Wizard 101 all with subs, as well as DCUO, BDO, and Maplestory.

I change interests and desires every few days (My D&D friends say I’m as fickle as an archfey. ANd they would be right), but those games would keep me occupied and happy.

I play Tera and Maplestory for the fun of the game, Path of Exile for build tinkering (I have 3 shadows: One with a ninja themed build, one with an arson themed build, and one with a vampire themed build, though I favor the witch), and Mu Legend for some mindless grinding while watching TV or listening to podcasts.

My earliest handle was SuperSam888, then it was Wowfan888, now it is ButterPanda888.

deekay_000
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deekay_000

i just noticed patron joseph’s remix above. i don;t know the original song well enough to compare but pretty dope remix bro.

Ligeance
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Ligeance

Thanks so much, Deekay! Kinda surprised you haven’t heard the original yet, since it feels like Hailee’s been performing it EVERYWHERE.

The two tracks you posted below are great as well! Keep us posted on the completed EP!

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deekay_000

i liked her acting work before she became a full time singer i guess? i checked out some of her stuff last year, was not feeling it.

but i’m a huge remix guy and this is pretty nice.

yeah EP should be done this week and get ready for publishing. i’ll share the distrokid link when it’s up

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MikeInTheLab

Some HoTS, some WoW, starting Path of Exile and before bed some family Smash Bros., Mario Kart or Mario Party.

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Michael18

Not in the mood of committing to anything time consuming, atm. Maybe continuing Book of Demons a bit (though I completed a first play through last week end) and Slay the Spire (just very casually on an extremely noobish level; my brain’s not made for CCGs; still fun, though!). Or maybe a run or two of Tales of Maj’Eyal.

Other than that, some reading. Currently reading a novel that takes place in 19th century China during the 2nd Opium War. It’s one of those books that give you countless starting points for hour-long reading sessions on Wikipedia. Good times!

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Oleg Chebeneev

Novel is Tai-Pan?

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Michael18

No it’s a German one. This here:
https://www.suhrkamp.de/buecher/gott_der_barbaren-stephan_thome_42825.html

It just came out in Sep last year. I think there isn’t an English edition.