WRUP: Dark Warblade Night Fire Of Death Chapter 46 edition

    
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But on a phone. A phone.

Editor’s note: When Eliot was asked to write this week’s edition of What Are You Playing, he responded by suggesting that everyone could go to geographically unlikely locales and then pretended to be offline. Fortunately, his cousin Aiden filled in with the latest part of his ongoing fanfic. Please enjoy this new installment, we’re sure the transition will be seamless.

The dark evil rain fell on the Lord Thunderfist the armor sloping and doing the cool spiky thing all over while he did a laugh “You cannot defeat me punchangel because now I have the doom gloves” (REMEMBER HE GOT THE DOOM GLOVES IN CHAPTER 18) and Punch ANgel was really sad about that. He punched the ground and made an angry sound. But then he remembered learning to fistfight at the hands of the monks in those mountains and realized that this was the moment of the prophecy!

“You are wrong Thunderfist the doom gloves will never stand up to the power of goodness!” he shouted as he stood up again. “Nooo how are you doing this” shouted Thunderfist and he ran super fast at Punch angle to punch him but Punch Angel blocked him and then punched him super hard in the tummy. But the block still hurt and he was very surprised. “Brother” he asked? “Yes that is right Punch Angel it is me your brother tyler I didn’t die in that explosion!”

“Tyler i did not want you to die you were my brother and you are my brother but I cannot allow you to hold the doom glove now it is time for us to cross fists for good!” he cried.

TO BE CONTINUED

Bonus question: Who’s the oldest friend you’re still in regular contact with?

Andy McAdams: I finally finished the Stormblood MSQ this week! In celebration, I’m not playing any games and instead going to the beach! The sacrifices we make ;-)

I’m still in intermittent contact with my best friend growing up, otherwise one of my best friends from high school I talk to regularly.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’m easy! Star Wars Galaxies Legends and City of Heroes like it’s 2011 y’all. City of Heroes side, I’ve been leveling alts – I love having a ton of alts so I always have toons with patrol experience to play. SWG Legends side, I put down nine extra factories this week to do some epic-level component runs. I got my chef vendor restocked properly, so now I’m aiming to do the same with my droids. Wheeeee.

Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): I’ll be digging into Blade & Soul this weekend as I make the journey to 60! I really want to make my next article on the combat as accurate as possible, so I’ll be taking my blader through the game!

My oldest friend is my friend from high school, even though we don’t hang out as often, we’re still friends. We don’t see each other too often but whenever we hang it, it’s like we never stopped!

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Having completed the Stormblood MSQ in Final Fantasy XIV, the last few weeks leading up to Shadowbringers will very likely be filled with roleplaying, messing with a couple of alts, unlocking missed dungeons, or even playing around with another class or two. Eorzea is pretty much my oyster right now and it feels pretty good. There’s also helping friends and the husband to progress in Dauntless to do, and the single-player front saw Cooking Simulator release, which I’m extremely curious to try out.

My oldest friend is my buddy Ken, who I’ve known for going on 20 years now. First met him during my final two years of high school and we’ve been as close as brothers ever since. Now that I’m thinking of him, I’ll have to give him a call once he’s done with work; we still text one another regularly, especially during football season, but it’d be nice to hear his voice again.

Colin Henry (@ChaosConstant): I just finished up Elsweyr’s main quest in The Elder Scrolls Online, but I’ve got a lot of sidequests to go back and finish up. I’m still loving the necromancer class! I think my necro healer might become my new main. On the Guild Wars 2 front, I’ve been neglecting my achievement to unlock the Skyscale, so hopefully I’ll make some progress there.

I met my friend Aron in the third grade and we’ve been friends ever since. When we were in high school he called me up one day and said, and I quote, “COLIN! I am a part of an online game. And I want you to be a part of it too.” I was pretty sure he had joined a cult, but it turned out that cult was RuneScape, which was my first MMORPG. Sadly, he doesn’t play MMOs anymore, but we do get together for a few rounds of Super Smash Bros. from time to time.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Eh. It’s been a monster of a week and I’m still languishing in pre-expansion doldrums, to an extent, but I have things to do in FFXIV in small amounts, and plenty to do in Granblue Fantasy. Maybe fill some time with The Sims 4, I don’t know just yet.

Back in my freshman year of college, I met my best friend by being an absolute rude idiot. We’ve now been married for like six years. If I hadn’t moved around so much as a kid, maybe she wouldn’t be the oldest, but it’s still nice.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): With Lord of the Rings Online’s Update 24 now in the wild, I’ll most definitely be up to my ears in Beornings and bears. My Dungeons & Dragons Online group is getting together for a run, and I anticipate some time spent in TESO’s new expansion as well.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I have no idea what I am doing this weekend, other than going to an amusement park birthday party for my mother-in-law on Sunday. I will be trying to persuade my husband to try either TESO or FFXIV on Saturday. Wish me luck!

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): My weekend quest continues like the last, Guild Wars 2 and Champions Online. I’m so close to a skyscale I can smell it! Champions is really a trudge to get to 40. Once I got to level 37 it’s like I hit a wall. Hopefully we’ll be able to knock out and get some PvP going at last.

Oldest friend is likely from high school -sophomore year. We don’t see each other often but we try to call and chat at least every couple of months.

Tyler Edwards: D&D on Sunday and more Grim Dawn. I have very mixed feelings on that game. There’s a lot that I really like about it, and a lot that I really don’t like about it.

Bonus question: That would probably be Nan. We’ve never actually met face to face (she lives in the Netherlands), but we’ve been online friends/pen pals since we were both teenagers. She’s worked in neuroscience research, been a drummer in a heavy metal band, and is the only person I know who loves Norse mythology more than I do. She’s basically the coolest.

Patron Pierre: I’m really enjoying my playthrough of Days Gone (PS4 exclusive). It’s the best open world game I’ve ever played, achieving a very nice balance between linear narrative and free open world activities. I didn’t think such a right balance was possible but Bend studios did it: GGs! I strongly recommend this game. Besides killing hordes of zombies, I will continue my Tondc trek (viewers of the The 100 TV show will get this one) in The Division 2. Enjoy your gaming weekend MOP readers. Cheers! <3

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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All this does is make me want an MMO with flatulent unicorns and party pandas.

Why so many mmos gotta be so serious?

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zoward

Titan Quest and … more Titan Quest. I’m getting an unbelievable amount of fun out of a ten year old shameless Diablo II clone that’s currently up on the GoG Summer Sale for a whopping US $5. If I find some spare time, I’ll update ESO and have a hard look at whether I want to level a necromancer. But realistically, I’ll probably be busy questing for titans.

In Junior High School, a guy I’d only heard of approached me in the hallway and asked if I wanted to form a Mad Scientist’s Club (which was a popular book series at the time) . We’re still close friends forty years later. Interestingly, neither of us ended up becoming scientists; he’s writer, I’m a software developer.

Have a great weekend all!

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neither of us ended up becoming scientists

Did either of you end up becoming mad?

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thirtymil

Posting on Massively is usually a good indicator…

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Bryan Correll

Tough choices this week between the new PoE League and the fact that I’ve started really getting into ESO. Probably a bit of both.

Bonus: What’s this “friend” thing I keep hearing about?

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Utakata

This week: The pigtails are in bit of a funk. I’m not going to discuss why…so accept they are. Deal. And my apologies in advance for this. :(

Also this week: 3:1! Thus just one more game and my city will make history. And hopefully, finally shed it’s losing hockey persona. /Go Raptors go!

And also: I seem to acquired a crap ton (or tonne) Gnome alts lately back in WoW. o.O

Lastly: Working on this for the harm reduction circuit again. See image attached. Enjoy! <3

Have a great weekend folks! :)

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GO RAPTORS! <3

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thirtymil

This week I repaired the wiring on my Saitek X55 because it was ghosting head movement whilst throttling up in Elite, thus leaving my pilot with an unfortunate sideways head twitch whenever I tried to fly at max throttle. Which, of course, is always. I don’t like to be too critical of wiring in joysticks because I know how fiddly some of the design can get, but that cabling could have been done better.

And then I played Fallout 76 for pretty much the rest of the week. I started a new alt to experience all the early stuff again. I thought about giving them a leg up with some shiny guns, but there’s nothing quite like sneaking around old ruined farmhouses with only a half-broken sawn-off hunting rifle to your name and a low VATS skill so you can’t even get out of trouble with a quick snap(head)shot.

I built what I thought was a cunning bridge base over the river at Flatwoods, only to discover that teleporting to my base teleported me into the (radioactive) river. Ah, good times.

Still, at least the weather is always good…

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do you have a madcatz built x55? they have alot of quality issues. but logitech supposedly improved things drastically in that department when they started manufacturing them after they bought saitek.

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Yep, mine’s a 2015 model so predates the Logitech buyout. It’s got the classic wiring problem where the throttle movement slowly breaks the wires, so I’ve taped them all together and padded them out – far less painful than resoldering the lot and should give it another 18 months or so.

I’m not so sure about Logitech improving things – the X-56s are getting bad reviews as far as build quality is concerned as well (which is what persuaded me to fix the current one rather than consider a new one).

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Well, TORtanic of all things. I had never played since the F2P conversion and I have to say they did a great job of reworking the questing. It seems they did not just increase the XP gain but removed a ton of filler quests (if I remember the old version correctly, it’s been over 7 years) and made everything fit together nicely. Usually I do not like fast leveling but for SWTOR, which is more about the story, it’s a good fit.

Also I like the story of the imperial agent. It was ok-ish at first but starting with Alderaan it got really interesting. At launch I played Jedi consular (iirc) and that wasn’t as interesting.

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I found motivation to work on beast tribes, crafting, and gathering in FFXIV so I’ll be doing a bit of that while waiting for Shadowbringers.

I finally hit level 25 in MTGA so I’m going to mess around with making my own decks.

The friend I’ve been playing PSO and God Eater: Resurrection with is sick, so probably won’t be playing either of those this weekend. We’re stuck on a quest on PSO anyway. It’s timed, and we just don’t have the levels to finish it before the clock runs out, so we’re in grind mode.

I’m still making progress on Paper Mario and I’ve had a want to get back to Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. I logged on my human character last night and was completely lost. I need to figure out how to build my stats. .. I’m level 20 and I haven’t spent any of my points yet.

Bonus answer: A friend I met in my Freshman year of high school during a band lock-in. We’ve been friends for almost twenty years now. We at least chat almost every day when we’re not playing any number of co-op games together.

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Better gaming options for me lately, so I have enough to post about to (hopefully) be of interest to some. Here we go!

Things are kind of winding down for a bit with Star Trek: Online right now. The new content drop has been out a while now, so it’s mostly back to dailies and such. I still love the game, bur\t as with most MMORPGs, it has its ebb and flow.

Speaking of ebb and flow, I like the new Dantooine event in Star Wars: The Old Republic fine for what it is — but even though there’s a bit of a story update included, it IS a repeatable event like Relics of the Gree or The Rakghoul Plague, and not a full-on story addition like the Ossus content. The next story drop will likely occur when the Onslaught content drops this autumn.

Man, I gotta say that I’m really enjoying Fortnite: Save The World (the PvE co-op version of the game) It’s just … fun for me. Remember fun in gaming? :-) It’s something I play casually, but often.

Stellaris released a huge technical patch, plus its (optional) Archaeology DLC pack. I like both more than I expected. The game may actually be finding its way back to full-on space fun again.

I picked up Shadow Of The Tomb Raider on sale, and to my shock, I love it so far.

I played the last two iterations of the series, and they were very graphically pretty, but I had a LOT of problems, personally, with the characterization of Lara Croft in both games. Enough that I wouldn’t have bought this chapter of the series, were it not on deep sale.

But Shadow of the Tomb Raider is made by a different dev team this time (Eidos Montreal), apparently, and boy, did I see a difference.

My greatest fear when Japan’s Square Enix acquired Tomb Raider was that they’d pull a Metroid: Other M stunt on Lara Croft, and turn her into the kind of demure, uncertain “heroine” personality we still see in certain Japanese games — and in my opinion, they did exactly this, despite all protestations to the contrary.

Her voice acting always sounded like she was startled, uncertain (or worse, on the verge of tears) whenever dangerous things occurred, and it got on my nerves quickly. Can you imagine a male game hero being portrayed in this way? Exactly.

Happily, all that’s gone in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. This is the Lara Croft I remember from Tomb Raider: Legend and Tomb Raider: Underworld. Smart, and good at what she’s chosen to do. Boo to silly, deferential girly-girl stereotypes! :-)

As a bonus, the’ve streamlined a lot of the game mechanics in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. and brought back some fan-favorite mechanics of yore.

Perhaps best of all, if you’re new to the franchise — or have been away for a long time — they’ve split the game’s difficulty settings into three sections: Exploration, Combat, and Puzzle.

So, if you’re not really into the puzzles, you can turn their difficulty level down, while potentially turning favored game-aspect difficulties up.

There are also some cool accessibilty options you can set — for example: if, like me, you hate button-mashing rapidly in a game to do thing x, you can set the game to treat “press and hold the button” as if it were being rapid-mashed. A nice touch.

If you have any interest in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, I’d say give it a look. It’s is visually gorgeous on my PS4, for sure.

As always, if you pick it up and hate it, you can always come back here and insult me. Insults are what the internet is for, right? :-)

Whoof! Another huge post! Well, I’ve been gone a while (nothing worth telling), so now that I do have some things to say, here they are!

Take care of yourselves, and each other, please. Things are getting positively surreal out there, and hate never won anything truly worth having.

Be well!

Bonus Answer: I’ve known my oldest friend since the first day of 5th grade.

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nobleeinherjar

“Other M-ing” Lara Croft is a good way to describe how I felt about her character in this new reboot trilogy. I’ve been hesitant to buy Shadow because I enjoyed the first game a good bit but was underwhelmed by Rise. Both games have their flaws, but Rise had the added issues (in my humble opinion) of boring environments until you reach near the end of the game and Lara’s character having not grown in any appreciable way from the first game.

But maybe the next time Shadow is on a good sale, I’ll pick it up. Maybe all of the DLC for it will be out by then, if it isn’t already, and I can get it all for cheap. And then if I don’t like it, I’ll come back to this topic and insult you! :D Deal?

Edit: Remind me to bug you about Stellaris sometime, too.

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thirtymil

Okay, you want insults? I’ll give you insults – your post was so long I read it to the end and enjoyed it! So ner, take that!

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Thanks for the heads-up on Tomb Raider. I’ll add it to my Father’s Day hint list!

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Reading today’s WRUP was only made more epic by the fact that I was reading it while listening to a boss track from FFXIV which is now on Spotify (Yay!) Which one, I don’t know, all the metadata is in Japanese, WTF. But nothing of note was played this week. It was busy. I’m in the car as I write this on the way to Universal studios so the wife can pretend to be Hermione for our 10 year anniversary.
Bonus: My “boss” (we have a somewhat fluid hierarchy at the small company we work for) and I have been friends since first grade. I will be 40 in January. Since we both travel for work, we actually hang out way less than one would think in that case.

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Sorenthaz

Some mix between FFXIV, Steambirds Alliance’s open beta, ESO, and not sure what else.