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The Frosty MacMurphy: Take one part Scotch, one part eggnog, one part motor oil, and one part expired eggnog. Put all of that stuff in the garbage. Pour some vodka on the rocks and drink it, you idiot.

The Sparking Maladjustment: Add two parts vodka to five thousand parts fruit juice. Put an umbrella in it. Add some glitter (edible preferred). Serve over white rice and beans.

The Humbert Humbert Hulk: Take two parts whisky, two parts additional cheaper whisky, and two parts much cheaper beer. Add in one part barbeque sauce and an entire orange. Serve in a martini glass that has a beer cozy.

The: Take fourteen parts liquid nitrogen and add your hand. Put your hand in liquid nitrogen. Do it you piece of

The Internet Manbaby: Take a break from the comments. Seriously, guy, we’re worried about you. This isn’t healthy and it’s an excuse to not grow up. Please.

The What Are You Playing: Take it away, folks!

Bonus question: What’s your favorite holiday?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): More Pokemon Go and Let’s Go stacking, except during community day. Combined with some weight lifting, I’ve gotten so much more energy (and Pokemon).

Favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, no doubt. It’s one of the least commercialized holidays in the states, involves cooking good food that makes tons of leftovers, and we get several days off (for discount shopping). What else could you want?

Andy McAdams: Continue to plod my way through the Stormblood MSQ in Final Fantasy XIV. When I get frustrated with the gating and the cutscenes every 5 minutes, I’ll probably jump over to My Life at Portia. Or Rimworld as I’ve gotten the urge to pick that up again.

Favorite Holiday: St. Paddy’s Day! Though I think it has more to do with my abiding love of the color green and fiddles than anything else.

Ben Griggs (@braxwolf): Taking advantage of the XP boost from the Jester’s Festival in The Elder Scrolls Online and putting some levels on a couple of my sub-50 characters. Also, throwing pies at as many faction leaders as I can find. If I’ve got any extra time, I’ll keep working on my baby Imperial magplar that I just created this week!

My favorite in-game holiday is probably the Jester’s Festival, although the Harvestmath festival in Lord of the Rings Online is a close 2nd thanks to the incredible Haunted Burrow.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I don’t know! I’m sure I’ll be dipping into Star Wars Galaxies. Ultima Online just got a patch, but I cleaned out my house a few months ago, so I’d need to resub and unload all my toons again, and I’m not sure I have that in me. Last night I tried to talk my husband into playing Guild Wars with me and my son, but that went nowhere (boy does he not love that game like I do, hah). Maybe Elder Scrolls Online. Maybe.

Not big on holidays since most of those in our culture aren’t relevant to me. I do love Halloween, though, and I’m a big fan of anything with lots of twinkling lights like Diwali.

Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): Getting into week 2 of the Black Desert Online old moon event. I’ve got some critiques, but I’m so glad its going on! I’ll definately be playing that. Aside from that, I’ll be spending my weekend flying home from Long Beach after a teacher’s convention.

My favorite holiday is Memorial Day because its the unofficial start of the slow summer months!

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): In between bonking my hammer against raw metals in Legends of Aria, I plan on taking another stumble around the Torchlight Frontiers alpha, whaling on monsters in Dauntless (still mad at myself for that stream), and also getting my face absolutely rocked in Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy. Yes, this game is tough and I suck at rougelikes, don’t @ me.

My favorite holiday is easy: Halloween. It’s spookytime Christmas for me, with all of the delightful creepy decorations and the fall ambience and the candy and the colder weather and the candy and the candy….

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Aside from watching the Final Fantasy XIV fan festival, I will also be… playing FFXIV. Also Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Granblue Fantasy; the latter just added a new dual-wielding class, that’s my jam.

There’s no holiday better than Halloween. Seriously. Nothing better.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): That MUD Starmourn sure caught my eye when we did a post on it this past week, so yeah, I might actually check that out. Other than that, it’ll be more Moria delving in Lord of the Rings Online and perhaps a session with my dedicated Dungeons & Dragons Online group.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): My husband wants to do spring cleaning this weekend, but I will probably sneak away to play some games. I will probably play Dawn of Man, as I sometimes leave my villagers with minimal supervision, so I can do that while doing chores. Likewise, I have some beer to brew in Black Desert Online, which my character can handle without me. For more active gaming, it will be Project Gorgon and Riders of Icarus. And maybe back to BDO.

My favorite holiday is Halloween. Candy, horror movies, and dressing up like the weirdo I am– what could be better?

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I plan to build, build, build, and build some more. Mostly in Outpost Zero, but maybe some in Conan Exiles, too. I also hope to get some Subnautica. I guess this weekend is all about survival.

Speaking about survival, my favorite holiday is by far Halloween. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Tyler Edwards: I’m now delving into The Division 2. It seems to be pretty much like the original, but with perhaps a bit less personality. I also need to finish farming the last few tickets to evolve my Indrik in TESO, and if I have any time to spare after that, I’ll play some Anthem.

Bonus question: I don’t really celebrate any holidays anymore, so mostly they bum me out. I do like checking out the decorations people put up for Halloween, so I guess I’ll go with that.

Every Saturday, join the Massively OP community and staff for What Are You Playing, our roundup of what MMORPGs and other games we’re hoping to play this weekend (with a bonus question or two for our amusement). Tell us what you’re up to! Go off-topic! And don’t forget to have fun!
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IronSalamander8 .

We went a bit old school this weekend, got 4 games of Cthulhu Wars in at the meetup. The Onslaught 3 KS stuff arrived and we tried out some of the new stuff; the new faction, the new map, set.c Good stuff!

Also finally progressing on West of Loathing. It’s so good, it’s one of the best PC RPGs I’ve ever played, stick figure graphics don’t hold back the humor and there’s a lot of stuff to do. It’s fantastic.

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Bryan Correll

Just about ready to smash Kitava and get on with maps in PoE (yep, I’m slow.)

Bonus question: Thanksgiving. It only lasts one day (all the others get drawn out) and once your done eating you can just nap without any forced cheefulness.

Anti-bonus question: Valentine’s Day can go diaf. And I’m not saying that just because I’m a hollowed out shell of a human being.

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I think I coined the name “Ki-two-va” for the Act 10 boss several leagues ago, at least with my friends, so good luck with Kitwova and get you some of them maps going on! :D

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mysecretid

Valentine’s Day can be a cruel, cruel holiday. It’s like the answer to a bad riddle: “Those who have good love don’t need it; those who have bad love don’t want it; and those who haven’t found love yet suffer most from it. Which holiday is this”?

And Bryan, even if you are a hollowed-out shell, you’re our hollowed-out shell now, so we’re keeping you.

You match the furniture, don’t ya know?

Be well, pal,

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Bryan Correll

you’re our hollowed-out shell now

That’s surprisingly reassuring.

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thirtymil

This week I am providing my update in the form a three-colour vignette in shades of red, green and blue. Hope this works as planned…

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mysecretid

Ooh, a modern triptych. Very nice, Thirty!

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PanagiotisLial1

Yet another busy week with Saturday being the busiest day(left home 7:30am – returned home 6:55pm) The big bulk of my free time went into Anarchy Online with some hours going into SotA and a couple going into Project Gorgon. Yes I weigh more into gameplay than graphs(you can tell from my choices) but that doesnt means an old game doesnt have to offer any good visual shots:
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As for holidays I am not sure since I rarely got actual holidays

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mysecretid

Man, there are days I still miss Anarchy Online. It was the first true MMORPG I played on the regular, and played with my friends.

C’mon Funcom, give us Anarchy Online 2, already — the kids need some good MMORPG to play! :-)

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PanagiotisLial1

Even an AO 1 with a true new graphs engine would enough

Seriously the game is far more fun than a lot of the new games out there

And the fact the new server is lively with lots playing makes that experience very enjoyable

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Bruno Brito

It would be nice for the game to be a bit more responsive. There are stuff that really bugs me, like pets attacking. The little i tried playing with pets, they were a pain to manage.

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PanagiotisLial1

I havent tried other petclass to be honest but playing an engineer, no problem so far with managing them, just they attack a bit slow compared to most other games pet systems

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I’ll probably peek in on Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online, but I’ve mostly been returning to beloved single player romps lately: Skyrim (Xbox One edition, so I can plop down on the couch in front of the widescreen and play), and West of Loathing (which needs no excuse).

Holidays: does El Dia De Los Muertes count as its own holiday, or does it get lumped in with Hallowe’en?

Have a nice weekend all!

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mysecretid

El Dia De Los Muertes is definitely it’s own thing, in my opinion, zoward. Hallowe’en celebrates candy and spooky — el Dia celebrates your deceased loved ones coming back to say “hi”for a day. A different vibe — sort of like if Alice Cooper were in charge of Valentine’s Day, or something. :-)

Cheers,

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My favorite holiday is Christmas, and I don’t even care about presents any more.

Sure, Christmas can be hideously commercialized, but the same can be said for most major holidays (I’m sure corporate focus groups are working on Arbor Day monetization as I type this).

So, yeah, I like Christmas best, myself.

Gaming-wise this week, not much to tell.

Still dorking around in Star Trek Online, as always.

Almost finished Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness on my PS4, I suspect.

It’s been fun because a) it was relatively cheap to buy, and b) I took the game on its own terms (a JRPG and the Diablo game’s “slay and loot” mechanics kinda had a very loud, colorful, WTF? baby), so it was entertaining.

Other than that, I’m looking forward to April, when I can budget some new game purchases. I’ve sorta run through the best contenders of my gaming backlog, so it’s time for some fresh toys, I think.

Take care of yourselves, and each other, folks! We’re all we’ve got, when all is said and done.

Cheers!

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how are you enjoying star trek discovery? i’ll be watching the latest episode shortly. this season has me gripped af. i really enjoyed the first season past the first two episode (which i’ve since warmed up to) but this one has really hit it’s stride. the previous episode had me be bawling.

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Deekay!

You’re asking a life-long Star Trek Nerd what he thinks of the new Star Trek: Discovery show? I hope you’ve got a beverage and a snack, my friend, because this will be a mega-post! You’ve been warned! :-)

I’m loving Star Trek: Discovery, deekay. Like you, I think this second season is significantly superior to the last.

I enjoyed the first season for the intelligence in much of the writing, but I did worry that it was edging a bit too close to the recent Battlestar: Galactica remake in its tone. You know, “all grimdark, all the time”.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked the BSG remake well enough, but I’m not a fan of too much grimdarkery (<– if anyone asks, tell them that's actually a word! :-)) in storytelling, any more than I'm a fan of too much perfect, easy optimism where life is all sunshine and lollipops and unicorn friends who fart rainbows.

To me, at least, both extremes are false storytelling. Actual life is a mix of everything, not just the extremes. So, Discovery made me nervous for much of its first season, fearing that it was going to mistake grimdarkery for depth, as BSG often did.

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pulled things off by the end of season one, however — it became clear in the final episodes that the show had “walked through the valley of the shadow of death”, so to speak, to make some salient points about the practical value of ethics, among other related notions.

So, yeah, I liked season one, but season two is vastly more entertaining in general, to me, at least.

Anson Mount’s Captain Pike is so very well-written and well-acted, in my opinion.

I’ve been a fan of Star Trek since I started watching re-runs of the original series as a child. Captain Kirk was my childhood hero — but Mount’s Pike is probably my absolute favorite Star Trek captain at this point.

I’d follow a leader like that into space hell, and half-expect to come home safely, even if I were wearing a red shirt! Hee hee hee.

And yeah, that’s a big statement from a life-long Trek Nerd like me. My opinion anyway.

I’ve actually liked all the new additions this season. I was most worried that Ethan Peck’s younger Lieutenant Spock might fall flat, but (for me, at least) he’s been compelling so far …

Since Mount (Pike), Peck (Spock), and Rebecca Romjin (Number One) are supposedly departing the Discovery show after season two ends, people are already asking if we could please have a new series featuring Pike and his crew as well.

I know I’d watch that show in a heartbeat if the writing stayed strong.

Even setting the new characters aside, I’m liking season two more.

The tone is broader, and this whole “Red Angel” mystery plot has kept me guessing from week to week as to where exactly things might end up.

It all feels more like Star Trek to me — we’re out there in the deeps of space, puzzling over mysteries; fending off Very Bad Things(tm); and trying to hang on to our better natures while we do so. It totally works for me, deekay.

And I’m not surprised that the last episode provoked a strong reaction from you. It was powerful and provocative. If it spoke to you, of course you should feel it.

I’m profoundly curious to see where they go with this story next — but then, I say that at the end of every episode this season. :-)

Hope I’ve made sufficient answer here, deekay. Thanks for your patience in reading this endless post. :-)

Cheers!

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Utakata

This week: I has cold!! And it’s locked in and plugged up all the way from end of my nose to the tip of my pigtails. And as Old Man Cho from Blade & soul once said, “It’s flows about as well as a frozen lake!” Or something like that… /bleh

Also this week: Mainly WoW, Some B&S, regular doses of Tylenol, plenty of fluids and lots of rest. :(

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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Eliandal

Colds suck!(blow?) Only thing worse is allergies that act like a continuous cold 30 weeks of the year(yes, I’m a sufferer!)

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Utakata

Sorry to hear that. :(

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Bruno Brito

Well, colds are really sucky but at least you can chillax on the warm blankets, specially if you have a significant other.

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Take care, dear Uta. If there’s someone out there that you can tolerate while ill, let them help you out — or at least check in on you from time to time, to make sure you’re okay.

I wish you a speedy, effective recovery!

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zoward

Hey Uta! I see this as a Sign From Above that you should be spending time home from work/school, resting up and playing video games!

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Utakata

Thankfully my work is from home if I am not doing it at the local cafe. So I take it as more of sign for, “Don’t do anything to troll it!” Hence, the extra rest and fluids usually means a speedier recovery. :)

…the only down side to that prescription though, it tends to make me go pee more. :(

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Utakata

Update: It appears this prescription is working! The plugged fluid dynamics between said nose ‘n pigtails seems to be abating. As well as the 48 hours of needing to sneeze but never really do. Still quite a bit spongy though…but I think, or least part of me is on the mends.

Either way…thnkx for the well wishes! /bows

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sophiskiai

Playing through the Maleficent Cabal questline in Dungeons & Dragons Online and wishing I hadn’t waited this long to get back into the game!

Farming the Exploiter spidermom in Warframe to try and finish getting all the parts for Hildryn before the event ends (though they said on one of the Prime Time streams that it’ll be coming back every few weeks or so, about the same frequency as Ghouls on the Plains) and maybe taking advantage of the double resource drops weekend to farm some more pigments for the clan dojo.

And chilling with some skirmish games against the AI in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada. I’m trying to get to grips with the Eldar, but all their ships feel so incredibly fragile and overpriced. Having much more fun with the Orks, who get a lot of cheap ships that just charge towards the enemy wildly firing all their guns and hoping some of the shots hit! Which goes fine until they get flanked and have to try and turn their big clunky junkheaps around.

I don’t really celebrate holidays, so most of them just leave me feeling a bit culturally alienated, but am fond of the Autumn Equinox because it marks the end of the summer heat and the start of my favourite season.

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nobleeinherjar

This weekend is pretty much all about Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, with some FFXIV in between.

I’m still learning the nuances of Sekiro (and having to unlearn what From Software’s previous games taught me), so I’m holding off on any hard opinions yet. But I will say that it’s super fun. I also think it’s From’s hardest game yet, but whether that holds true remains to be seen. There are other aspects of the game I’m not sure about yet, things that make me ask if it’s me or the game that’s the problem, but I need more time with the game before I can know the answer. Like all of the Souls games and Bloodborne, I’m sure Sekiro has some unique flaws of its own between all the amazing stuff.

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Danny Smith

I’m waiting for my copy but had it described as “parry pornography” where getting good at parrying is the whole challenge which sounds like bloodborne: punch out edition to me in a good way.

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nobleeinherjar

That sounds about right from my experience so far. Anything less than perfect parrying is punished in one way or another. Usually not severely, but with the way Sekiro makes you commit to your button presses, a few little mistakes can snowball depending on what you’re up against. But pulling off a series of perfect parries in a row against a samurai going ham on you is an awesome feeling.
Maybe that’ll change when the day comes that I “git gud”, but that day is not today. Tomorrow isn’t looking any better, either.

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Danny Smith

Nightwave and Division 2 while waiting for Sekiro to arrive in the snail mail.

and expanding my Warhammer Goblin army, The Bad Moon demands Squigs!

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Bruno Brito

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!

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Danny Smith

Waa.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Quantam Realm achieved:)

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thirtymil

Yeah, I think we’ve taken this about as far as we can :)

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but it was fun, thanks for playing:)

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mysecretid

You’re all brilliant with these replies. Brilliantly nuts, but brilliant. :-)

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nobleeinherjar

I’m looking forward to playing Division 2. Just waiting for a friend to pick it up before I do. He wants to finish a couple other games first.

I always love seeing miniature collections. And, unrelated, but that’s a pretty countertop.