WRUP: Dice ships, a wholly untested game edition

    
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Sure, why not.

Dice Ships is a game in which you and your opponent take turns rolling a whole bunch of dice and shooting at one another. Each player starts with 8d8 to divide up between weapons, shields, and engines. You can upgrade a die by downgrading another one; for example, you could start with 2d10, 4d8, and 2d6 if you wanted. Assign all of the dice to the systems as you desire; you do not need all of the systems to have the same types for a system, so you could in the aforementioned scenario assign 1d10, 1d8, and 1d6 to weapons.

On your turn, choose to target either shields, weapons, or engines. Roll the dice assigned to weapons; the defending player can either choose to use shields or dodge. Dodging involves rolling engines, and if the defender rolls higher than the attacker, the dodge is successful and no damage is taken; the attacker also must roll one fewer die to defend the next turn. If unsuccessful, the dodging ship loses two dice from the targeted system. Shields allow you to roll shields against the roll of the weapon dice. If the defender rolls higher, no damage is taken; if the attacker rolls higher, one die is lost from the targeted system.

Whichever ship first runs out of dice is considered to lose; if all of the weapon dice are knocked out first, players may choose to convert a die from another system to a weapon instead of attacking. I have not playtested these rules at all and have no idea if they work. Let me know in this week’s What Are You Playing.

Bonus question: What’s your favorite English word and why?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): The usual Pokemon Go/Let’s Go combo to help continue my exercise routine and ability to be the best like no one ever was. Or, at least good enough to not hold back most raids and smash casuals from my old PoGo group. Plus there’s the Easter Egg event going down and I love hatching eggs!

Favorite English word is tough, but I’m going to go with disseminate. I had a teacher in Japan studying for a test and he wanted to understand the meaning of the word, so looked up the etymology. You should too. Prepare to laugh. Gymnasium is another good one (especially if you know the German meaning). At any rate, the other teachers were quite confused why we were laughing so hard. Neither of us have forgotten what the word means. Yay learning!

Andy McAdams: I’m still all in on Final Fantasy XIV, and continuing to get distracted by… just about everything else in the game that’s not MSQ. Hoping to keep chipping away at that this weekend.

For my favorite English words, it’s a pretty close tie between “Daft” and “Kerfuffle.” I’m not British, but hell if I don’t love their vocab. I also use “bloody” as an adjective more than I probably should. I’m daft and probably going to get into a kerfuffle over my use of bloody. High five! Anyone? Anyone at all? …damn. I’ll show myself out.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Am I too exhausted to play video games at the moment? Kinda! I didn’t get in much Guild Wars 2 this week because of all the extra work, so obviously I need to get back in there. I need to tend my neglected food factories too (hey fellow Star Wars Galaxies Legends chefs, there’s a good Bespin Port resource up right now, go get it!).

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): My very good friend hit level cap in The Elder Scrolls Online, so that’s new motivation to try and catch up to her so we can maybe do some high-end dungeons together. Patch 3.5 has hit the public server of Star Citizen so I’ll definitely be taking a peek at what’s new there (provided things actually are operable there), and I’ve been granted some very handy tips from Eliot for catching up to the item level climb in Final Fantasy XIV, so now it’s about time I act on that advice.

One of my favorite words in the English language is “effusive,” which is defined as the expression of gratitude or pleasure in “an unrestrained or heartfelt manner.” I am all about that feeling and so that word definitely is a top five pick.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): My expansion prep in FFXIV continues, and there’s also an event going down in Granblue Fantasy. My wife and I have also finished going through our console games, so I’ll likely spend some time on that as well.

Ever since I’ve learned the word, I’ve loved “apotheosis.” It’s such a fun word to say and to use in the proper context.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I probably should take advantage of that free FFXIV week sooner or later, so that’s sort of on my radar. Lord of the Rings Online’s Yule Festival is back, so I’ve been running that to pick up a few more cosmetics, and my Dungeons and Dragons Online group is trying to assemble for another fateful run as well.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I might play some Riders of Icarus, in between family activities. This weekend and next weekend are going to be packed with things to do.

I like the word “fishery.” I am a big fan of fricatives.

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): I’ll be doing my best to get more time into Albion Online. I have a lot of IRL activities to participate in this weekend so I’m not sure if I will get much time to play anything else.

Loaded is a great word. Many people tell me it’s a loaded word and I should be more careful when and where I say it, but I don’t care since I’m loaded.

Tyler Edwards: My usual D&D session is a given. We’re fighting an Oni right now. Otherwise not sure. The Division 2 is still a possibility, but I’m feeling a bit of shooter fatigue right now and craving a good fantasy RPG. I’ve thought about dipping into my Steam backlog and giving Demonicon a try.

Bonus question: My favorite word is verisimilitude. “The appearance of being true or real.” The idea that something seems real but isn’t. It’s a crucial principle of story-telling because everyone wants a story that feels real, but no one really wants an actually realistic story. If we wanted realism, we wouldn’t be reading fiction. Thus the challenge of any story-teller is to find that balance where people are lulled into the illusion of reality even when events are not realistic at all.

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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Mordyjuice

I know I’m late to the comments here but I reupped my WoW account, I figure it’s silly to keep playing an alt in ESO when clearly I’m just going to be leveling a Necro in June and I dont want to spoil my self by doing the PTR.

So WoW it is.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Been a while since I posted.

-Another Eden (mobile); still love it, still catching up to content due to school
-RIFT; really, kinda, sorta (other mobile logins are Dragalia Lost and Dissidia Final Fantasy Omnia Opera, and gaming is mobile Xcom, FFXIV PE)
-reinstalled SWTOR but not playing yet
-‘trying out’ PC version of FFX/X-2
-‘classic’ WoW, advancing through Westfall but I am NOT progressing without my Treasure Map drop!
-SWL; I just tried to see if I could get into Rosenbrawl quickly, I couldn’t, so I moved on (no bitterness by the way – I can appreciate a patch full of niche activities)
-started Albion Online but didn’t have the time

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Ririrawr

hallo weekend~ so lets see…

champions online
for the record i had not PLANNED on spamming XP alerts to win but if my pals had not dragged me along i would not have hit max level in the time limit for the event.. so yay~ then i used my already level 40 support chara/alt to help everyone of them who wasn’t already there… tho most were ALMOST at 40 anyway coz unlike me they actually care about char-progression… >.> gonna take a tiny break from it to focus on trek since i has a lot to do there. LOTTODO. but… am already getting ideas of a new chara in mind, no, bad brain, stahp.

star trek online
where do i even begin??

okay 1st i need to sort my max level captains and organize their ship layouts (aka steal them from grumpo since he constantly making super easy and simple builds) so i has better synergies between traits and gear~

and 2nd i need to decide on which recruitment event chara to work on first… i am not even halfway done with my temporal agent from the years-ago-event blaaaah, so prolly gonna work on that one first since it has the bestest account wide benefits THEN go thru the delta recruits (simpler but also three charas, ugh) eventually… and THEN, finally work on my fem’hadar… after i finish crying when i see the 100 TFO requirement

is all that gonna happen before next weekend?
HAHAHAHAHAH
but i need to get the space-train rolling!

and am not even going to even THINK about other games atm…. but as for as the MAIN HOLEE KAKA NEWS this week, i mostly avoided going thru the comments-storm, but Bree deserves a huge medal for everything involved. heavy one too, so she can jus swing that at kaka posters around the interwebs instead of moderation

also i need to stop using those pointy bracket things in these comments as emotes… i always end up having to edit and rewrite my entire blabberwall

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BigAngry

Dice Ships looks pretty dang neat! I saw your tweet about trying something new and ambitious with the WRUP today, Eliot, and I really think it paid off. With a bit of tweaking, you could likely get some movement on that.

Been playing a LOT of Path of Exile lately. A LOT of it. Soul Cats and Bane are my new best friends on my new character. Just beat Kitava (Kitava, not KiTWOva) after blasting through the 2nd labyrinth at lv46. Kickin’ ass and taking names.

When not playing PoE, I’ve been zeroing in on getting my FINAL class, Bard, up to 70 in Final Fantasy XIV. What level is BRD? Why, 69, of course! SO dang close. SO close.

In fact, I’mma open FFXIV right now and get her there!

(Also been keeping up with THE BIG STORY, and good lord, Bree, you deserve every bit of praise you’ve gotten. Like I said before, this is career-defining, and you went above and beyond. Thank you.)

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BigAngry

Did it!

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BigAngry

And further proof (in gif form!)

edit: good lord that’s slower than it should be. Oh well.

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Danny Smith

4 more levels on PLD and i’ll get there. Just don’t add up all the levels together because hoo boy thats a number and a half at this point!

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BigAngry

Pre-congrats to you! PLD’s basically my main, if I even were to have one, so I love it a lot. Good luck to you in getting there!

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Peregrine Falcon

Dice Ships sounds a lot like the old Warp War micro game.

Zulika Mi-Nam
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Zulika Mi-Nam

Still having fun wit Div2. New beast acquired, but it takes a bit of getting used to.

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Jack Pipsam

Not much. I think the death kneel for the Planetside 2’s Briggs server is upon me. They’ve now opened up one-way transfers for a limited time to the US-West server Connery.
Sure they’re not going to shut down Briggs just yet, no doubt they’re going to wait for the major DirectX11 update and see what happens after that. But the majority of the population has already made the jump now and those remaining are now strongly considering it. Briggs has been leaking players for like years now.

Ironically if all the AUS/NZ players who are playing on Connery now (of which there’s a lot) actually stayed on Briggs instead of jumping ship, I think it would actually be a well populated server during peak times, but hey the grass is greener on the other side right?

For now I’ll stay on Briggs, as small and sad as the server is these days. The increase of ping from Brigg’s 27 to Connery’s 215 is a tough pill to swallow. The new Asian server SolTech is somehow even worse with a 256 ping, but with the added problem of the language barrier (the entire reason why SolTech was made was because of the language issue between US and Chinese players really, it became a whole meme within the community).

Daybreak will drag me kicking and screaming whenever they shut Briggs down, I just hope when they do they’ll dump us all on Connery and not SolTech.
Then again that’ll probably be the point I just quit the game, I deal with most MMO’s at the 250-300 ping, but not an FPS. An FPS at that ping is frankly unplayable IMO.

That said, Briggs isn’t ‘dead’ yet. I’ll always give Daybreak major props for keeping the server open. I don’t know if it’s whales, or those like me who often end up coughing up a Daybreak All Access sub just to prove that we’re happy to pay to help support them or if they are scared that they’d just lose us if the killed the server.
Whatever it is, Briggs despite being just terrible these days, is still so buttery smooth I will be rather sad when the day finally comes that it gets shut.

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nobleeinherjar

This weekend I’ll mostly be focusing on MSQ in FFXIV when I’m not helping a friend catch on stuff.

I’ll also at least do my dailies on MTG: Arena. Playing with physical cards will always be my preferred method, but Arena is a decent substitute.

My other games are being put on hold while I binge Brooklyn Nine-Nine, though I might do some hunts on MHW at the same time.

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Sorenthaz

Something between doing event quests in FFXIV + maybe progressing my Hydatos weapon further, moving further in SDBH World Mission, RPing/grinding on DBAT, dipping into OSRS, and… maybe some other stuff if I feel like it since I don’t really have specific plans this weekend gaming-wise. Been eyeing Risk of Rain 2 since it looks quite fun.