WRUP: Star Wars: They Decided To Make Another One Edition

    
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Gosh, it turns out they’re making another Star Wars movie! I’m surprised. I’d have thought that with an Avengers movie happening in a couple of weeks the single entertainment company that now owns the rights to everything that makes us happy would have been satisfied to just end one enormous nerd-centric franchise, but no, let’s end this one too!

Anyway the plot of the film is a total mystery unless you read all of the totally authentic leaks, which inform us that Rey is going to die (because a magical force permeating all life is totally believable until it’s given to a woman, at which point it’s totally unrealistic and leaves her overpowered) and then Poe and Finn team up with Captain Marvel to fight Galactus. Later, everybody comes back to life and everyone kisses everyone else! Let us all know about how excited you are to see Kylo Ren whine about the screen for a third film in the comments of this week’s What Are You Playing.

Bonus question: What do you collect? If you don’t collect anything, what would you like to collect?

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Definitely going to be in Guild Wars 2 again this weekend. My husband and I mopped up the remainder of season 3 last week, and we’re back in Path of Fire now. Last night we made it to Vabbi, but we did so very little of the non-storyline content in the previous two zones that I suspect we’ll be backtracking a ton next.

I’m sort of a bad collector… I have a lot of small collections. Nothing complete, nothing big – I don’t really do that because having too much stuff gives me anxiety – just small groups of things I like. My most treasured is actually my grandma’s little carved stone animal figurines. Some of them were lost after her death, but I managed to save a few, and I’ve been adding to them ever since.

Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): I’ve got this sweet article I want to write a month from now, so I’m doing some research. That research involves playing some Lineage II, and if possible Lineage!

My wife and I have a pretty big video game collection. A lot of the games are some hard-to-find Japanese games from the PS3 era, but we have classics including the original Final Fantasy. It actually takes up a whole closet! it’s been a long time since we’ve actually added to the collection, but we’re still very proud of it.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Most of my free game time is being spent at a document writing up stuff for a D&D side thing myself and a good friend will be co-DM’ing. It’s basically a desert location that’s like a Monster Hunter World scenario. And hey, speaking of hunting monsters, there will likely be lots of Dauntless.

I don’t collect anything specifically anymore, but I used to collect a LOT of the game pieces for the tabletop miniatures war game MechWarrior: Dark Age. It features the HeroClix system and is just a lot of fun to collect and play. I just wish my husband liked tabletop mini games as much as I do; I miss playing it. Still, I have a bunch of plastic stompy robots and I love them.

Colin Henry (@ChaosConstant): Mostly World vs. World in Guild Wars 2 for me this weekend, finishing my quest to unlock the Warclaw mount. I’ve got all of the pieces except the one that comes at the end of a reward track, which is proving to take half of forever. I also finally got my phone back from repairs, so I can finally see what all this The Elder Scrolls Blades fuss is about!

Collections require money, so I don’t collect much. But I do have a sort of collection of memorabilia from Nintendo’s Fire Emblem series. I’ve got a small shelf next to my computer displaying various Fire Emblem Amiibo figurines, a couple of art books, and the boxes from some of my favorite games. It’s a pretty niche franchise, so there’s not a ton of stuff out there to collect.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Still on expansion prep duty in Final Fantasy XIV, but other than that my wife and I have been spending time organizing and cleaning out our house, so that’s reminded me of a bunch of console games I still have to play. Although I might just wind up playing more Assassin’s Creed Odyssey instead.

Basically anyone who follows me on social media knows about my Transformers collection, which is really the limit of my collections these days. There was a time when I collected lots of stuff (games, books, comics, and so forth), but these days I limit my collecting to things that I can pick up and use in some capacity. So a whole lot of robots that transform? Yeah, that’s me.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’ve joined the curious crowd of testers who are trying out the very, very early alpha of Fractured, and while I’m not expecting a lot there, I do hope to get a feel for what direction the developers are taking this title. Apart from that, I’ve got a lot of Lothlorien questing to do on Lord of the Rings Online’s progression server and might be joining up with my Dungeons & Dragons Online group for some high-difficulty dungeon delving.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I am traveling this weekend for my brother’s memorial service on Saturday. I am not going to even pretend games are going to happen, but I am taking my laptop just in case there is an opportunity.

I am not a collector IRL, but I am in games. Give me a set of something to collect or achieve, and I feel compelled to finish the collection. Nothing made me happier than spotting shiny things on the ground in EverQuest II, and I have spent an obscene amount of time looking for the last species on a planet in No Man’s Sky.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): Honestly, I have no idea what I will play! I am just coming off a very stress-apalooza week and am not sure what will feel relaxing to be in, or if I will just hermit myself and snuggle family and play D&D. Chances are I will pop into my survivals and refresh things and maybe even do a few (non-backbreaking) building projects. Astroneer and Outpost Zero are the most likely, with a possibility of Conan Exiles and Rend as well. I might even find my way back into Subnautica.

I collect hugs and smiles! But of other things, well, when I was young I said cows when asked because cow things didn’t exist. Unfortunately for me, they became the next big thing within two years and people gave me cows for a long time. I’ve got quite a stuffed animal collection that has been purged by 75% and is still huge. More recently I’ve settled on plushies, squishy soft huggable plushies! I am pretty darn fond of rubber duckies, smileyfaces, dragons, and killer bunnies, so although I don’t really have spare money, these are the focus when possible. These work well with my other love: fun slippers! Yes, I’ve got killer bunny slippers!

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): The plan for this weekend will be to get more Guild Wars 2 SAB achievements, more levels and time with the guild in Crowfall, and to try out Albion Online more. Going free to play meant I had to give out a shot now!

I don’t collect things. Except maybe baseball caps. I do have many of those.

Tyler Edwards: I’m running out of things to do in Anthem, so it will probably be some combination of The Division 2 and/or the Fractured alpha, which I’ve been invited to but not yet tried at the time of this writing. Also more D&D, as ever. Planning to continue the adventures of my Deep Gnome artificer and her undead twin sister.

I’m not a big collector. It requires levels of money and effort that are beyond my means and interest. I have a lot of books and numerous random bits of sci-fi and gaming memorabilia, but nothing that quite qualifies as a proper collection. In games, I like collecting cool outfit pieces, but I never got into hoarding mounts, pets, or achievements.

Pierre, Patron: I’m afraid Washington D.C. is a bit of a mess now. Due to very busy weeks at work (again…) I haven’t been able to deal with the riots and keep the brutal factions at bay in The Division 2. So my weekend will be dedicated to this definitely excellent game.
With all the teasing on Borderlands 3, I’ve also decided to go through Tales from the Borderlands. If you never played it, it’s one of the best series from regretted Telltale Games. It’s really good, almost as good as the Telltale Walking Dead series, and much more hilarious. There are two games that made me burst in laughs for moments: Final Fantasy XI (the Star Onion Brigade may ring a bell for FFXI players) and Tales from the Borderlands. You’d appreciate the game better if you played Borderlands 2, but even if you didn’t play, you can relate to the story and understand what’s going on. Finally, I’d probably watch a few more episodes of The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime Video. I recommend this show, it’s really well written and subtle and the actors are excellent.

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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I liked the trailer tbh. Got a good feeling on this one.

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Nate Woodard

Played a little Albion Online. I don’t know. It has potential. We’ll see if I stick with it. Might log into GW2 a bit. I have a late flight out of town, so I kinda get to sleep in tomorrow. It’s a little weird, but not complaining as I won’t be back in my home again for three weeks.

As far as collecting things goes, I don’t collect anything. I’ve never really found anything of interest to collect. At one time I had my Grandfather’s old pipe collection. Can’t say I know where that is today.

I suppose between my wife and I we have enough books to officially have a library in our house and we have quite the array. From nursing books, to tech books to encyclopedias Pendragon Cycle to Middle Earth, to C.S. Lewis, to Percy Jackson, to Harry Potter to Steven King, to the Divergent books and more. Okay, I’d officially like to change my answer to books.

Hah, hope everyone had a good gaming weekend and has a good week this week! See ya ’round!

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Maggie May

Still tooling around in WURM, first floor done of my Castle, collecting and breeding animals and planting, terraforming which never seems to end.

As I get older, I am less into having things and more into doing things. I tend to become obsessed with ideas, games, authors, activities and go crazy learning everything I can about them until they get out of my system and I move onto something ekse. That said, I love Cameras, especially Vintage. I got rid of my original Nikon FM years ago and had to buy another. I also have an old Rollicord that I have never used but love the look of. And my Fuji Xt10 (has an old school film feel)I am very fond of. I’d be buying cameras every week if I had the money. Its sad that film is fading but I am happy to see still being kept alive by enthuthiasts.

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Ghalesh

This weekend is not about gaming for me. Due to my illness and my good-will, I didn’t have much time on Saturday (I had to help someone and slept a lot). Right now it is Sunday morning, and I have to do a little side-work today. Hopefully I will have time to level up my warrior in WoW afternoon plus try out a new class in BDO.

Sidenote: I tried out Far Cry 5 on Friday evening. Did anyone find this game depressing? I have never thought this about any game, but something from this game makes me feel bad. I loved Ghost Recon Wildlands, so it is not the gameplay. It is as if the graphics has a gray-brown filter which makes the game sad. Anyone else experienced this, or it is just me getting too old and sensitive? :)

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Playing the original Doom thanks to GZDoom, on the 2nd chapter right now. We played some board games earlier; Space Base, Estates, and Founders of Gloomhaven.

As for collections, not a lot that I collect just to collect, I do have all the Doctor Who DVDs from An Unearthly Child to Resolution though, I’m a huge Doctor Who fan ever since the show was on PBS when I was a kid way back when. Classic is superior though of course!

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Castagere Shaikura

I hated all the latest Disney Star Wars movies except Rogue One. I am sick of the Skywalker stuff and want a new focus on the Star Wars massive universe. I don’t want to see any of these new actors again. What I would like to see is The Old Republic timeline. I have a feeling we are going to see the different stuff show up in that new Disney streaming service.

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Bryan Cole

Rumor has it that the new trilogy being penned by the Game of Thrones writers takes place in the Old Republic era. I’m with you you on that. While I LOVE the Skywalker saga, it does need to come to an end and move on and I’m happy that it seems to be finally doing that in episode IX.

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Nate Woodard

As far as I understand it, the Old Republic is just fan fiction at this point. Don’t forget they threw out a lot of canon to make the new Star Wars movies.

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Most likely they’ll ignore all the old republic content (KOTOR1/2, SWTOR, books, etc) and just start over with a new trilogy. Since they probably want a connection, I wouldn’t be surprised to see something from around 850 years BBY to have a young Yoda in it.

As you rightly pointed out, the old pre Disney stuff except the movies/rebels/clone wars shows is now not canon, but legends.

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Nephele

I would love to see more like Rogue One. They don’t need to give us big trilogies anymore, but periodically roll out more of that level of storytelling set in the SW universe. That would keep the franchise going just fine.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Still TD2, GW2 and AC: Odessey for the most part and just finished TLJ for the second time (this time on stream).

My “collection” is more an assortment of fandoms revolving around figures/dolls of Supergirl and other women superheroic types. And Funko… lots of Funko.

My prizes are the Killer Frost, Melissa Benoist as Supergirl and Glitch Sombra.

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Armsbend

What is that eggo waffle thing?

That is a lot of Funko. Funny thing about Funko – kids really don’t like them. I bought some for mine thinking they would and they don’t resonate. Toys for adults. I follow Funko stock closely. It is a major factor.

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Hikari Kenzaki

The Eggo thing is a Stranger Things card game. It’s basically Uno, but waffle shaped cards and if you open it up, it looks like a toaster.

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Armsbend

I like it :)

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Hikari Kenzaki

And no, Funkos are more for collectors who like to have lots of cool toys to display but don’t want to pay $50, 100, 300 each.

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i think that’s one of the things that won me over on funkos – the price. even the obscure rare collectable funkos top out at like $30 cad shipped on amazon sort of thing (idk if that’s really true or not but i’ve gotten some unusual ones perhaps for that much or cheaper labeled as special editions or w/e).

otherwise most of them i find them kind of clumsy to display and tend to fall down alot compared to stuff i have that comes with stands. but the stuff that comes with stands that’s worth having if it’s western properties tends to retail alot higher than funkos so…

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mysecretid

My Spock won’t stand up, as you say, but I forgive him. :-)

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all the ones i have that don’t have spring heads stand up find. the spring headed ones don’t stay up well at all. no idea what’s up with that.

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Armsbend

I have bought 10 or so myself. Disney princesses and Dumbo for my kids and Twin Peaks for me. They are fun.

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is that yvonne next to super girl?

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Hikari Kenzaki

You’ll have to be more specific… there’s like 20 Supergirls in those pictures.

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bottom pic, most right photo. looks somewhat like yvonne stravinsky or however her name is spelt. from chuck, played miranda in mass effect.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Ah, no. It’s Claire from Heroes.

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Nate Woodard

Double post! If I could remove this I would. xD

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Nate Woodard

My friend, who is very much like a brother to me, and his lady just bought a home a few months back. They were both very excited because they now have a whole room they could dedicate to their funko collection. It’s quite impressive. Yours is not that bad, but probably isn’t even a quarter of what theirs is. It’s sort of fun and completely ridiculous all at that same time. I make fun of him about it quite often!

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So far I’ve been able to get in about a half hour of Division 2, so looks like it’s mostly more BDO afk activities while I scramble around with family stuff

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Getting myself and my team of Neverwinter alts ready for Undermountain! The double XP event is going to be around for a while yet, and we’re in the middle of the new Tales of Old event, which is really, really good fun. Apart from that, I’m still creeping my way through Guardians of Ember, map by map, and still loving it all the way. Good times all around!

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Doing Eureka and various weekly things in FFXIV still. It passes the time. I also started playing SWG Legends this week and, while I’m still trying to figure out how I can make money to keep my harvesters running, OMG did I miss their crafting and flight systems. I even went as far as to break my old flight stick out just so I could shoot down black sun pirates in my little prototype scyk interceptor (hey look, I seriously only started like 2 days ago).

Single-player, I bought Halfway and Pathway bundled together on Steam, so I’ve been enjoying those for the last couple of days when I’m not MMOing. I haven’t tried to add up how much money I’ve spent with indie studios for single player games over the last year, but I bet it’s like 5x as much as I’ve spent on the big studios.

In terms of collections, I don’t really actively collect anything – though you could say I hoard things sometimes. Like for example, I have a ton of old MTG cards in a closet not because I purposely went out to collect them, but because I just kept them, figuring one day maybe I’d want to play again or something – and then over time, friends gave me theirs, so now I have what looks like a giant collection even though I never really seriously collected. Funny how that works out.

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check for rares. there are some really valuable old ones out there. Black Lotus $166,000!

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You have GOT to be kidding me.

I sold a complete black-border set with two BL’s and multiples of all the moxes for… $600 or so in ’97.