WRUP: What are badgers edition

    
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Badgers are back in the news, at least if you follow informative news sources which are talking about badgers. But what are badgers? How many badgers are there? How large are badgers? Are honey badgers even real? I’m not an expert on any of these subjects, but I am an expert at looking through these jumbled lecture cards I stole from a university, so I’m sure that’ll shed light on the issue.

Let’s see… ah, here we go. Badgers are passenger vehicles suspended over a track through the use of powerful electromagnetic tracks. They can reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, or in metric terms, 5000 kilometers per gigasecond. Most badgers consist of three parts: the head, which houses the brain and acid cannon, the thorax, which contains propulsion systems and the complete work of the poet T. S. Eliot, and the inclined plane, which is a Boeing 737 lying on its side.

I hope this has either answered your questions about badgers or introduced new ones. If you have any questions, please do not leave them in this week’s What Are You Playing. I will not check.

Bonus question: What’s the oldest functional game system you have in your house? (A computer only counts if it is the vintage computer itself; the fact that you can run old games is not the same as having a working 486 PC.)

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Only Pokemon Go and only passively, as I’m one of the volunteers at Anime Expo. No running, no pictures, no food or drinks in my room, please!

Oldest working console is the original GameBoy my parents made my brother and me share.

Andy McAdams: Still playing Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers. While lots of people have powered through the MSQ I’m like… at the beginning. So enjoying taking my time through that. In reality, that’s probably all.

I have my original working Game Boy Pocket along with several games to play – mostly Pokemon games, if I’m being honest.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Between guests and house projects, I am booked up, but I expect to be dipping into City of Heroes at the very least!

Our oldest complete game system that still works turns out to be our PS3. I thought it was our Wii, but nope, the Wii came out a week later than the PS3.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): My Dancer has made her slow climb to level 70 at long last, so it’s diving in to the Shadowbringers MSQ for me this weekend. That is pretty much all for me, honestly.

I don’t have any vintage consoles in my place, much to my chagrin; I would love to rebuild an SNES collection. I have been eyeing some of those retro all-in-one systems to feed that old school console gaming need, but the Switch has kicked out a couple of compilation releases like the Capcom Beat-Em-Up Bundle and the Contra Bundle, plus there are those NES classics on the system as part of the online service, so I at least have ways to scratch the itch even though I don’t own the genuine article.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Look, we all know it’s going to be all FFXIV for a good long while. It’s an amazing expansion and I want to really dig deep into it. Also I have, like… so many characters to level in it. Why do I have so many characters…

My wife and I need to get our vintage NES fixed, but our SNES is still working fine! We do not use it too much, though; these days we mostly go with other platforms. Next to that is our PS2.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): After a week away from gaming, I’m ready to indulge a bit this weekend with some Lord of the Rings Online, World of Warcraft, and The Elder Scrolls Online. I’ve also been playing the single-player A Plague Tale, because I needed some good rat nightmare fuel to keep me going.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I am back to my usual games this weekend. I will be playing Black Desert Online and Riders of Icarus.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): This weekend I’ll be playing Warframe. And not just any Warframe, but TennoCon Warframe! Maybe there will be some cool hands-on experiences there. That wouldn’t be surprising, right?

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): Guild Wars 2 skyscale… its turned out to be a monstrous task. However there is hope. I got my spreadsheet laying out exactly how many items I still need to complete and the estimated cost. Then maybe if there is some time I’ll try to check out the Dragon Bash. Other than that, Crowfall had been my jam, but I’m starting to wonder what I want to dip into next. DC Universe Online didn’t happen last weekend like I planned, so maybe I’ll end up doing that after all.

I still have a working NES in the cupboard although I haven’t plugged it in since the Switch joined the family. Poor NES. New hotness took its place.

Tyler Edwards: I had planned a weekend of D&D — the regular game on Sunday plus a special one-shot using my The Secret World homebrew for my birthday on Saturday — but I’ve gotten sick again, so I’m not sure I’ll make it to any of that. Whilst I try not to die, I’ve decided to delve into Destiny 2, which I got for free on Battle.Net when they gave it away a few months ago. It’s a bit thin, but a decent time-waster while I’m too sick for anything more strenuous.

Bonus question: Uh, I still have the hard drive from my previous gaming computer if that counts. It’s like six years old now, I think? Something like that. Not exactly ancient history.

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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Roger Melly

I prefer Squirrels .

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Phubarrh

I popped into a couple of games that I have on hold yesterday…first to EQ2 to get the month’s free goodies onto all my dozen-plus characters (along with fixing their interface setup for the widescreen that most never encountered), then to look in on WoW since they’re offering 3 days free.

As usual, the latter left me a lot more depressed than I expected. My highest soloer was a 78 Hunter, so I checked in with her…not only had all the skills been reset yet again (I’m pretty sure I’d last logged in on her less than a year ago), but now her Beast Mastery spec has no melee attacks, and the Aspect buffs only run for seconds rather than toggle? I suppose true believers have internalized it all by this point, but man, not the game it was…

Otherwise, I’m surprised to find that I’m still playing my necro in ESO, having completed Summerset and now encroaching on Deshaan. Admittedly a lot of what’s driving me seems to be the crafting, which is rather silly when I’ve already got a toon who’s maxed it out in nearly every line.

Bonus question: My Atari ST and TT are long gone, but I still have a Jaguar and a couple of Lynxes stashed in a box somewhere.

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I’m on vacation and have immersed myself in FF14. Really enjoying this expansion so far.

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mysecretid

Not a lot of interest to report this week, alas.

Since I managed to acquire a Discovery-era “Pikerpise” starship in Star Trek Online, most of my gaming time has been spent working out the command crew concepts for the ship, gearing everything, and leveling it all to the current max.

Hey, all I can say in my own defense is that this sort of “inner roleplay” is fun for me — creating characteres of my own design who inhabit a Star Trek universe.

Bonus Question: Having moved a lot (a LOT) in my life, I tend not to keep things which are no longer of use or personal value to me.

Also, since I learned about all the insanely toxic stuff inside old computer parts, I tend to make sure my old tech gets to a proper parts-recycling and disposal outlet.

The old tech I probably hung onto longest, for sentimental reasons, was my Nintendo DS, but I’m happy to say that it too got passed on to someone who wanted it at a yard sale.

Take care of yourselves, and each other, please folks. See you next time!

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Bruno Brito

Yawn, i’m sleepy.

So, i decided to get back at drawing this week. Really wasn’t in the mood before, and procrastinated for quite a while. More on the sketchy side because…well, i wasn’t practicing jack.

Some romantism for my Paladin, and my goblin, drew him on the bus and penned him at home.

I really didn’t do much other than that.

( Here’s my insta if anyone wanna follow, helps quite a lot: https://www.instagram.com/dream.peixera/ )

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mysecretid

Sleepy baby sloth says”hi” to sleepy Bruno! I love seeing your art, as ever. Thank you!

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Bruno Brito

Yeah, i love my paladin too, she’s a really nice ( a bit overzealous and burn-heretic but stil a really nice ) girl.

Thanks! <3

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MikeInTheLab

Some WoW also Blades (i figured out Combos!), Pokemon Go on the phone. Going out of town so trying hard not to get sucked into FFXIV (until we get back in town). Pretty sure my PS2 and PSP still work….

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I wanna try Pathfinder in Maplestory but can’t get the game to launch. I won’t be gaming much this weekend as I work on Sunday and it is my Grandma’s birthday, but hopefully, I will get in some time. However, I’m also bingeing Stranger Things so I may not game until Wednesday. If I can’t get into Maplestory, I’ll play City of Heroes.

Also, I am trying to decide between getting Mortal Kombat 11, waiting and getting Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, purchasing the hardcover copy of the TRPG Zweihander, or just keep saving up.

Finally, I have a Gameboy Color and a Gamecube. The Gameboy Color came out first, but it doesn’t always work. Plus I have personally had the Gamecube longer.

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This past week for me has been FFXIV: Shadowbringers. I have been working through story (not done yet) and doing all the side quests and exploring along the way. I have been unable to really tear myself away any more than absolutely required, it’s been that strong of an experience.

I did manage to remember to log into SWG:Legends and check on my harvesters and vendors most days, though.

The oldest functional game system in my house right now… is a PlayStation 2. I think it still works. It’s in a box in the closet.

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Michael18

For the first time since 2014 I’m back in ESO for real, playing a Wood Elf of the Aldmeri Dominion. Just completed the zone story in Greenshade. The game has some really nice quests.

Happy gaming everyone!

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mysecretid

Elder Scrolls Online is the one game I really like that I don’t play — I can never seem to build my Nightblade dual blade/bow rogue in such a way that he survives boss encounters in solo content.

But hey, this is about you, not me, and I’m very happy that you’re having fun with ESO, Michael! Thanks for the screenshot!

Game on!

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Michael18

Always a shame when an otherwise good game is marred by its combat because you cannot find a build that works for you. Happened to me with TSW.

In ESO I’m playing a sorcerer and as such I have a tank pet (well, not a full-blown, reliable tank, but pretty ok, at least for keeping the attention of one target). That helps a lot. Still, I find the combat a bit too hectic for my taste, at times, esp. against more than 3 opponents.

Have you tried looking up builds or using the in-game build advisor? Also, if you are not too far in, you might wanna try another class. I’d imagine Sorcerer and Templar are a bit easier, overall.

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mysecretid

Thanks for the reply, Michael! I agree that certain classes and builds are easier to play, generally, in ESO, but I really am a rogue type guy in most fantasy games. It’s what I like best.

I’ve done a lot of looking into build advice (geez, there’s a ton of that stuff on the internet), but a lot of it’s contradictory, or else it requires me to play something different from what I want (a rogue who specializes in double daggers and a bow).

I have this idea that, some day, ESO will update to a point where I can play what I like easily — but that day isn’t here … yet.

Tjhanks for your concern, sir, and I’m very glad that you’re enjoying the game!

Be well!

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Utakata

This week: When Mr. Kawhi decides to go South. (Congratulations Clippers?) /sigh

Also this week: Just out of curiosity, and not to badger everyone, how does one acquire BDO (Black Dessert Online) unto their hard drive?

*Crosses fingers and pigtails it doesn’t involve Steam*

As well as: Still working on my Pathfinder, Part 2 for BfA. Flap, flap, flap…

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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BalsBigBrother

You can buy BDO directly from their website and download a stand alone client from there too.

They do have a 14 day trial if you want to give it a try before throwing any money at them but looking at the site they are doing a 50% off (for next 3 days) for the various game packages so it might be worth looking sooner rather than later.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

^ this. Re-downloading myself right now from there.