WRUP: Which stupid things did Eliot pre-order edition

    
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Well, yes.

As you may know, San Diego Comic-Con is currently taking place, which means that all of the world is planning out which superhero movies they’ll be seeing over the next three years and we get to find out how you really follow up the Avengers franchise. However, toy company Hasbro is also there, and they have followed in their traditions of the past few year by not so much offering exclusives or far-reaching previews as just saying “here’s the stuff we’re going to open up for pre-orders at the end of this sentence at specific retailers.”

Obviously, Eliot does not need any of these toys. Your game this week is figuring out which of these unnecessary sets Eliot purchased:

  • A four-pack of characters which consists of one actual character, one redeco based on a comic book art error, and only one color scheme between the four toys contained therein.
  • A three-pack consisting of one figure he wanted, which was the one that breaks apart into accessories, who happens to have a new deco here into a complete non-character and is sold with two other versions of toys, one of which is ugly and a toy he already passed on before.
  • Another three-pack which contains one character he cared about solely because he had the toy as a child.
  • A toy he already owns two copies of but now in an uglier color scheme and missing an accessory.
  • A redeco of a large toy he already owns in a color scheme based on a Radio Shack produce released before the Transformers branding was applied to the imported toy.
  • A three-pack containing no characters who have ever done anything but they turn into a camera together with some extra accessories.
  • A character he already has a toy of but now it’s in black.

Go ahead and guess. Leave your answers down in the comments of What Are You Playing. Or don’t, it’s entirely up to you. (For the record, the answer in this case is not “all of them” or “none of them.”)

Bonus question: What single-player video game have you beaten unusually quickly, whether you were intentionally speed-running it or just going quickly?

Andy McAdams: Well, I’m not sure how much because my system started acting up and it’s not looking good. Assuming that it doesn’t decide to end its existence in a glorious ball of flame, I’ll be hanging out in Final Fantasy XIV and Rimworld. And I know I’m late to the party, but I just got Breath of the Wild for my switch so I’m excited to dive into that too.

I’m not really one known for finishing games … which is both ironic and understandable because I’m a completionist – I want to experience everything before moving on! That really ends up with me petering out on the game before I actually beat it.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Believe it or not, I got sucked into Villagers & Heroes this week, so if I can recover from this sinus infection, I’ll probably be wasting time in there because there’s no way I’ll be going outside in this heat.

I’m having a hard time with the bonus question; the single-player games for PC that I play tend to be the kind you don’t “beat.” Probably the answer to this is a mobile game for me, but I can’t think of a specific one I’ve zipped through!

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I’ve hit the level cap in Final Fantasy XIV, so now I just need to knuckle down and wrap up the MSQ. Maybe that’ll be a thing this weekend. Hard to say. I’ll also be taking a peek into Dauntless for the latest update and I’m also going to fire up Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 at some point as a palate cleanser.

I think the fastest I beat a new game recently was Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, though I’m pretty sure I didn’t fully beat it so perhaps that doesn’t count. I also feel like I beat the PS4 Spider-Man game in reasonably short order, even getting 100% completion. I mainlined that one for weeks, it was so good.

Colin Henry (@ChaosConstant): I’m planning on joining the zerg of people mindlessly killing world bosses in Guild Wars 2 this weekend as a part of the world boss rush event. That is, assuming my computer doesn’t melt down from the ridiculous number of particle effects shooting around the screen. Not that lag really matters; with that many people, mechanics are meaningless. You just need to get enough hits in to register that you showed up, then collect your loot on the way to the next one.

I really love the legendary indie game Cave Story. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve beaten it in various forms, and one day that I had nothing to do I beat it in under 24 hours.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): There’s still so much more leveling to do in Final Fantasy XIV, even though I have cleared the new raid series and have been hard at work capping out gear on my various jobs. Heck, this isn’t even during the “real” tomestone cycle. Seeing as how my other main job over the weekend will be some variant of nurse, it’s a welcome distraction.

While I’ve never actually speedrun anything, I do find the process of speedrunning fascinating, and when in the right frame of mind (and with few enough games to play) I’ve had several titles that I’ve learned to burn through quickly. My fastest was probably the obscure Atlus ARPG Crusader of Centy, which I could burn through in about half an hour back in the day by my memory (this is probably an incorrect memory, since the world records are listed at around 40 minutes and I sincerely doubt that I was faster than that). Other familiar standbys include Mega Man X and the original Final Fantasy.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’ve actually been pouring a lot of time into World of Warcraft over the past week, getting my character caught up. I haven’t yet started on Patch 8.2 content, but I shouldn’t be too far off there. Other than that, I am deep in Goblin Town in Lord of the Rings Online and working on some House J quests in Dungeons & Dragons Online.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I will be teaching my daughter how to drive and preparing for the landlord’s annual walk-through, so play will be limited. I might play Skyrim in the evening when I am too tired to do anything else. It isn’t too taxing and I don’t feel any internal pressure to make progress.

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): I haven’t decided yet what to play this week, but I’m seriously considering taking Carlo up on his offer of helping me understand Black Desert Online.

I think the game I beat recently (and unusual compared to the originals) was the first Megaman collection for the Xbox. I think it included the first 4 or 5 NES Megaman games. This version includes checkpoints, so you don’t have to replay whole levels when you die, just back to the checkpoint. Any case, it is surprising how quick you can beat those games when you don’t have to repeat entire levels.

Tyler Edwards: I picked up the original Torchlight for free on the Epic Games Store, so I’m playing a bit of that. It’s very basic and obviously low budget, but manages to be pretty fun all things considered. I have a pet ferret with steampunk goggles who shoots fireballs.

I’m very much a “stop and smell the roses” kind of gamer, so I’m not quick to finish anything. If I finish a game quickly, it’s because it was a short game to begin with. Remember Me and Portal both stand out as games I wound up burning through much faster than I expected to, though.

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’m still putting a lot of time in GW2. Not all the most productive, but a lot of time nonetheless. Tyria is just such a nice world to just be in that I can really escape some of the day’s stresses. I’m currently in the middle of Living World Season 3 and really enjoying the story as well.

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  • Harry Potter Wizards Unite – Oh god, so much walking. But its nice as an encouraging tool for that, and little more. Lv 19 baby. Setting gaming goals for me to max out levels and maybe achievements in this, not because I love the game but because its just a way to gameify daily strolls for at least this summer and fall.. maybe a bit in winter? I didn’t get into the Pokemon Go craze and I’m not crazed about this one, but its something to do, especially while job hunting. Realized how much data gets eaten by Spotify so I’ve learned to pre-load podcasts.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record – What a mouthful. I had heard of the original anime a little in the past, but forgot it had any darker elements and twists. Tried the mobile game on a whim and while it definitely has sanded off the dramatic edges more than the anime show/films had (just started watching it last night), so far at least, its much more enjoyable than I ever expected as I really dislike anything ‘magical girl’ or ‘waifu collector’. But its actually a gradual deconstruction of the genre and I have to at least like anything that has Yuki Kajiura as a composer.
  • Magikarp Splash – If Wizards Unite is my fitness tracker, and Madoka Magica is my active time waster, Magikarp is my passive time waster. When I want to mindlessly tap things, this has been one of the better ones for that. My fish Pokemon are around Lv 40 now and I’m not close to quitting yet, though I did do a round of quitting other Pokemon mobile titles like Shuffle and Rumble Rush which in the end were not enjoyable enough to me. I nearly require some sort of story to progress, and Splash has a basic semblence of one, Madoka Magica definitely has one (even if so far less interesting than the anime), and Wizards Unite has a skin of one (definitely more than Pogo).

So a lot of mobile. But have I been doing more? Well, a little Masquerada: Songs and Shadows, and I reinstalled Warframe just to see, but I’m trying not to dive deep into PC gaming while I have other priorities at present, and I’m waiting for when I can get a new gaming PC that can play any current-gen games on max or near max settings. My current tech maxes out that sort of thing with early-to-mid (big) 2010s games at latest.

I almost never preorder. The latest preorders around me were Mass Effect: Andromeda and that was someone else doing it with his money as a gift to me, and the last I remember preordering for myself was Mass Effect 3.

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Augh, this week has sucked mightily, and the subsequent next 4 weeks are going to suck mightily as well. I’m in an effective soft-cast just below the knee on my right leg made of compression wrap that was put on by the wound care center, and I have to go in every Friday to get it taken off, then a new one put on, for 5 or so weeks. After that, I’m in the compression garment club for life. Luckily the wound is mostly superficial and not too dangerously bad, but it’s been going on since May 26th, and I just visited the wound care center after seeing my regular doctor twice, and after getting referred to a dermatologist, who referred me to the wound care center at the hospital. I’m going to be okay, but yeah, this is not fun and it hurts like a bastard, even on top of my normal body pain.

THAT SAID, I’m enjoying the everloving hell out of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers. I’ve got MCH at 80, WHM, DRK, and DNC at 76, RDM at 75, and AST at 71, as far as combat classes go. Otherwise, all other DoM/W are at 70, save for GNB at 61 and BLU at 50. As for DoL/H, I’m at 77 BTN and MIN, 76 BSM, 74 FSH, 72 WVR and CUL, 71 CRP, and ARM GSM LTW and ALC are all at 70.

Needless to say, I’ve been busy in my downtime.

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Hikari Kenzaki

You ordered the new Reflector. Technically, they DID appear in the first episode of G1… not that they DID anything.

So “A three-pack containing no characters who have ever done anything but they turn into a camera together with some extra accessories.”

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So I’m not gonna guess which ones you did or did not pre-order, as one would assume the answer is “all of them,” but I will take a stab at which ones you’re referring to:

* A four-pack of characters which consists of one actual character, one redeco based on a comic book art error, and only one color scheme between the four toys contained therein.

The Decepticon Phantomstrike Squadron, featuring Thundercracker and three Battlemasters: Fracas (but in the totally wrong deco), Shrute (a.k.a. Spinister’s Targetmaster partner Hairsplitter), and Terror-daxtyl, all in the same color palette.

* A three-pack consisting of one figure he wanted, which was the one that breaks apart into accessories, who happens to have a new deco here into a complete non-character and is sold with two other versions of toys, one of which is ugly and a toy he already passed on before.

Powerdasher Aragon as the “complete non-character,” with Decepticon Impactor (already passed on before) and Holo Mirage (as the ugly one).

* Another three-pack which contains one character he cared about solely because he had the toy as a child.

This could be any one of the three-packs, but I’m gonna take a wild guess and say it’s the Autobot Alphastrike Counterforce, for the G2-deco Sideswipe or the (sadly inverted) Slamdance?

* A toy he already owns two copies of but now in an uglier color scheme and missing an accessory.

“Uglier color scheme” tells me it’s Lancer, but she’s not missing an accessory that I can tell. Maybe Redwing? Crosshairs, since he’s missing his partner Peacebringer? This one’s a stumper.

* A redeco of a large toy he already owns in a color scheme based on a Radio Shack produce released before the Transformers branding was applied to the imported toy.

This is obviously the “Galactic Man” black version of Shockwave, duh.

* A three-pack containing no characters who have ever done anything but they turn into a camera together with some extra accessories.

Refraktor (a.k.a. Reflector), with all three being the exact same toy but in original toy colors.

* A character he already has a toy of but now it’s in black.

I assume this is probably Soundblaster, the character Soundwave became in the Japanese “Headmasters” series after his final fight with Blaster (who similarly was rebuilt into Twincast).

So how’d I do? As you can probably tell, I’m a big G1 TF nerd as well, and preordered Crosshairs, Apeface, and Lancer to complete Orthia (since Takara’s Seacons will need a rival combiner) as soon as the convention ended and orders went up.

They don’t call Transformers “plastic crack” for nothin’, you know.

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I’ve seen so many Transformers on Twitter in the last few days, I don’t even know. Also, I joined Twitter.

And then I uninstalled it from my phone because it’s an endless stream of silly things that I don’t actually care about that I wasted too much time on for like a day.

I’m working on FFXIV still, but the wife and kid went on vacation for the week and I stayed home to work. Instead of playing non-stop FFXIV like you’d think I would, I instead binged SO MUCH pirated TV (my buddy is a digital hoarder with a shared Plex server). I am now caught up on Legion, Archer, and Agents of Shield. I watched all of What We Do In the Shadows, which blasphemously I think is almost funnier than the movie. I also started the new Twilight Zone series and season 3 of Twin Peaks. And then some movies, I watched Tomb Raider, Shazam, the new Predator movie (only good for the Keegan Key / Thomas Jane bromance), and Detective Pikachu. As someone not at all nostalgic about Pokemon, I thought it was kind of bad. Psyduck made me smile every time he was on screen though.

For the bonus question, when I bought Blaster Master Zero a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t expect to beat it in basically a single sitting. The original game wasn’t long either, it just made up for it by being hard as balls. BMZ was not.

I’m leaving on a plane at 7:30 tomorrow morning to go to San Antonio for work for at least a week and a half. Don’t guess I’ll do much gaming. I have Trails in the Sky on my work laptop so I guess I’ll work on that some more.

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Bruno Brito

I’m not really playing anything worth mentioning. So, i made a drawing ( wow, what else is new ).

It’s probably the best drawing i’ve ever made from my paladin so far. She’s a cutie without precedents. Also did my plague doctor having a small hissy fit over a broken nail.

To be fair, i don’t even recall if i’ve posted the second one here, but hey, no harm, no fall.

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TomTurtle

Done with World of Warcraft for the time being. 8.2’s negatives outweighed the positives for me.

I’ve been deep in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. After I finish it I’ve got several other games I recently got from the Steam Summer Sale, including more Castle/Metroidvanias because I can never get enough!

I’ve been back into some outdoor exercise lately, including today which wasn’t the smartest due to the heat and humidity. Still, nice to do something to boost my energy and mood.

Have a preferably comfortable weekend all!

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Eliandal

Where the heck do you live that you could do something outside that boosted energy ;)? Greenland? I tried to walk to the store this afternoon, maybe 5 minutes, and I felt like someone was beating me with a hot wet towel. We actually hit 46 with the humidex today (115 f). Not fun!

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LOL! No, I only wish I was a heat vampire. Trust me, I was tired out after going out.

But exercise does help me with me being awake over the course of a day. I can easily notice the difference if I don’t get any activity.

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Bryan Correll

Probably just some ESO this weekend.

I’m about 80% confident that Elliot ordered the Radio Shack Shockwave.

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sophiskiai

There’s a repeat of the 4 mission “Proxy Rebellion” Tactical Alert running in Warframe this weekend, didn’t have much trouble with the first 3 missions but trying to protect the defence objective from all the Hyenas in the 4th is tough! Going to have another go later on my Oberon Prime with a Hunter’s Adrenaline build. Also need to do a bunch more Relic cracking, am having really bad luck getting the parts I need for the Ninkondi & Zhuge.

Picked up Space Hulk: Deathwing in the Steam sale and am slowly making my way through that, the atmosphere’s great but making your way down claustrophobic corridors in slow clunky armour while fighting off endless hordes of Genestealers can get quite stressful so am just dipping in for occasional chunks.

And spending most of my time playing Pillars of Eternity, played through it when it first came out back in 2015, picked up the sequel and the DLCs for both in the sale so now plan on playing through both of them back to back.