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Quigley Down Under: Sometimes you have a movie that you only half-remember from when you were younger and you don’t really know if it was actually any good? This one was, though, a Western set in the Australian outback that manages to effectively deal with the inherent issues with the Western genre by moving the setting and changing the heart of the narrative in some smart ways.

Runaway: By contrast, this one does not hold up, at all. I liked it when I was younger but the performances are stiff, the camerawork weak, and the interesting premise that it starts out with of a world wherein robots are common but not necessarily humanoid is sort of dropped and replaced with something way more bland quickly. Oh, well.

Colossal: Actually I could have written a whole intro just about this movie because it’s amazing and I think basically no one saw it; I was told it existed and found it was on Hulu, and dear lord what an amazing film. If you’ve never seen it, it’ll appeal to basically anyone who has any interest in kaiju stories as a way of dealing with the unapproachable, and Anne Hathaway is a treasure.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: I skipped this in theaters and figured it was probably going to be a somewhat twee, charming in spots and often frustrating piece of work that shoves about three movies into one with its plot. That’s what I got, but the charming won out for most of the runtime… right up until the very end, when the whole time travel window dressing turned into a plot point that annoyed me in the exact way I knew it would when it first came up.

Spider-Man: Far From Home: It’s good, but you already saw it and already know that. No spoilers down in What Are You Playing, please.

Bonus question: How many bookshelves do you have in your house that are actually filled with books?

Andy McAdams: The eternal Final Fantasy XIV as I meander through the story. I’m really taking my time here, trying to avoid getting burned out by binging. I also picked up Cultist Simulator and The Escapists on Twitch for free I’ll probably play around in too.

Bookshelves – I had to count. 28 completely filled with actual print books, not including probably another shelf or two still in boxes. Our Kindle Library (and some Nook library) would probably double that shelf count if they existed in the meatspace. I’ve ready about 75-80% of those books. So, um, yeah. I kinda like to read. A lot.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I… don’t know! It’s been a while since I was in City of Heroes, and I should check in on Star Wars Galaxies. Actually, I’ve been checking in on the resource situation, but nothing good has rolled in a few weeks, so I just haven’t needed to log in to tend my harvies. But first on my list is going to be Villagers and Heroes again. This weekend, I want to settle in a village and play with housing a bit!

I sold/donated many (many!) hundreds of books the last time I moved coast to coast (again) – we just didn’t have the room and carry-weight to take everything with us this round. So apart from a couple hundred kids books, we’re down to exactly one shelf of our personal books that made the cut. I’m almost entirely digital with my books now. It was a hard switch for me since being a bookworm with books spilling off every shelf has always been a big part of my identity, but I’ve adjusted to it now!

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): It’s time to create a new personal goal for myself in Final Fantasy XIV, and that goal is to perhaps try for the chakrams that you get from Titania EX. I say “new goal” because my old one has been completed: I’ve created a practice dance studio for my Dancer. I don’t care if it looks like trash compared to other housing locations, I feel so accomplished, you guys. You don’t even know. There’s also likely going to be some more Dauntless in my immediate future, and I kinda feel the need to revisit Destiny 2 to see how utterly lost I’ll feel when I login. Spoiler alert: I will feel super lost.

Top to bottom full of books? None. There is one bookshelf that’s nearly full of books, with one shelf dedicated to console games, and most of those books are cookbooks. By and large, though, our bookshelves hold so much errata that it’s unfair to call them bookshelves. They’re just shelves.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): At about a month since Shadowbringers launched, I’ve spent a lot of time in the game, gotten a third of the leveling I plan to do finished (you know, in a month for an expansion that will be current for two years), and yet I’ve still got plenty of stuff to do. Of course, I should probably start dipping into some other titles at some point, including a couple of offline things… or maybe even just fuss about with Granblue Fantasy again. It has been a while.

We’ve got seven bookshelves worth of books in our house, although this comes soon after we got rid of a lot of books in hopes of pulling a Marie Kondo on our many, many possessions. It probably won’t stay this low for much longer.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Now that I got settled and established back into World of Warcraft, I might actually venture into the new Patch 8.2 zones over the weekend to get overwhelmed all over again. I’ve also been exploring the Gladden Fields in Lord of the Rings Online and plugging away at finishing up A Plague Tale.

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): This week will be another Crowfall week, but I tried Black Desert Online and that game’s combat seems pretty interesting and definitely worth more exploration. So between that and my daily Guild Wars 2 logins, I’ll be busy.

I have 2 bookshelves filled with books. I’ve read them all dozens of times, although audio books are really great too. I’ll have to find a way to fill shelves with those.

Tyler Edwards: I will be on hiatus from my regular weekend D&D game for the next month or so, but only because I’m playing different D&D games. First up, the continuation of a Dungeon of the Mad Mage playthrough we only come back to every few months due to our DM being busy. I play a Drow sorlock in this; she burns everything, and it’s the best. Beyond that, the ramp-up to Cataclysm sucked me back into Anthem.

I have four bookshelves, all of which are close to overflowing now, plus a drawer in my dresser full of books. I live in a very small apartment, so it’s almost more books than anything else.

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Castagere Shaikura

Rutger Hauer just passed away and I got to thinking about Nighthawks. It stared Sly Stallon and Billy Dee Williams. Rutger played an evil Terrorist. Also, another movie I’ve been thinking about was Running Scared. Stared Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines as buddy cops. One of the first buddy cop movies and it was action-packed and funny as hell. The chemistry between Hines and Crystal was amazing.

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I watch very few movies in general but the latest one I did watch is The Fall of the House of Usher starring the amazing Vincent Price. One of the greatest horror actors of all time and a pretty decent movie to boot.

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this week the most notable thing that happened aside from the weather was chris writing up this excelent piece on my slice of life in the verse video of trying to get my crimstat down in star citizen. if you haven’t checked it out, his write up is damn pretty good for just watching a video with no talking and figuring out what’s going on, so give him the pleasure of a read.

Take a ride on the criminal side of Star Citizen 3.6 in this gameplay video

besides that i’ve been working hard at getting my album out there, which distrokid is now set up and awaiting approvals from the stores. i foresee potential issues with my id3 tags so it might be delayed outside of spotify and need to be resubmitted. which id3tags are always annoying. ofc i do have winamp for potential easy editing!

been having incredibly positive feedback about this song in particular, tho i’m not sure many people bother to get to the final song which is really the nexus of the musical and narrative themes of the album imo.

i have 3 book shelfs, which one is really my moms that i’ve slowly moved her old books off to accomodate space mainly for legos but also my wheel of time and blank disc collections. because it made be oldmanware but i still like my audio compact discs in some scenarios.

the other two i built a few years back to accomodate the then growing lego collection which then further came to house my expansive if small figs and models collection as well. there’s a few bits and bobs i want to add in there but time is the fire in which we burn and i’ve got bigger fish to fry than anime shinji dolls.

the only movies i’ve watched recently are cape movies and star trek. i almost got blade runner 2049 set up and ready to go but the weather has just not been amenable.. not to mention that with the way i watch movies it often takes me nearly double the run time to complete them and when it’s past 830 nine ish and you know blade runner is gonna take you a solid four plus hours to get through it becomes a daunting prospect.

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mysecretid

Good on you for working to get your music in front of a wider audience! All the best to your endeavors!

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nobleeinherjar

Still more FFXIV. I’m starting to feeling a bit burnt out, but not for the usual reasons. So I’m still playing it, but not as much for now.

I’ve been all over the place with games lately. Been dabbling mostly in various open-world games when I haven’t been reading. I’m basically biding my time until the 30th, when I’m going to pick up Fire Emblem: Three Houses. I haven’t seriously played an FE game since FE7 way back on the GBA, so I’m looking forward to the new one. I’ll be able to enjoy Three Houses for about a week while I’m away from home, and then I’ll be mailing in my joy-cons because both of them have drift problems that have slowly gotten worse over time.

Bonus answer: I have seven bookcases in my house, for a total of about forty shelves. Thirty of those shelves are full of books. The remaining ten or so contain family pictures/heirlooms, random curios, and my music collection.

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zoward

I surprised myself by re-subbing to Trove. Yesterday I finally collected enough dragon coins and iridescent fragments to craft Baesmuth, the Shaper’s Gift (the crafter’s dragon mount). Good times. I’ll probably bop into DDO as well over the week, but this weekend has been all about Trove (and grilling! Lots of grilling!) .

We have 11 bookshelves scattered through the house. They’re mostly full, but we like to leave space for a curio or two alongside the books. I love reading digital books – my older eyes are starting to have trouble with teeny weeny print. I buy my books online, but I have having to worry about losing access to them, so I strip the DRM from them, convert them to PDF and ePub, and back them up along with the rest of my data. Problem solved.

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I missed last week’s mayhem on Massively because I was feeling somewhat crap, but I think I’m doing better this week :-)

Been playing a lot of Star Trek Online lately, even for me. Not sure why, exactly, the frequency has increased, but I’m having fun so far, so it doesn’t really matter.

Thank you to all the fine Massively posters who advised me that playing The Division 2 solo is possible, because self-healing skills in the game are, in fact, a real thing!

I re-made my original character, and started again from scratch. So far, so fun. Thanks, folks!

I still think that the original Division game is a far better game, in terms of story and setting, but Div 2 will serve as a decent-enough distraction, at least until a better game comes along. Again, thank you all!

Movies. Hmmm. I confess, I am waaaaay behind on my movie-watching because of my dodgy health days.

I’m well enough to watch films; it’s just that, when I have good health days (which I do most of the time), I tend to want to use the time for something else. Typically, that would be gaming. :-)

Case in point: the last movie I watched, a few days ago? Spider-Man: Homecoming. I loved it, but I told you I was way behind on my movie queue!

Oh, I also watched the last James Bond film, Spectre. I was really disappointed in it. I can’t recommend that one, even as schlocky fun.

If you want to see a creepy, cheapy, schlocky horror film on Netflix which stars a relative of mine as a very strange pastor, check out 1st Summoning just added to Netflix in the US and elsewhere. Warning! This is NOT a good movie as a whole; in all honesty, I think my kinsman is the best thing in it, but then again, I’m biased. :-)

Something to half-watch while you play a game, or something?

Take care of yourselves, and each other, folks. We’re all we’ve got as the world gets weirder. See you next time!

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mysecretid

Forgot –Bookshelves. I used to have a very tall bookcase that I loved, but it was too difficult to move the last time I did, so I had to let it go. I haven’t owned anything like it since. *sniff*

Also, remember the words of the notorious film director, John Waters: “If you go home with somebody, and they don’t own any books, don’t fuck `em”. :-)

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“A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. That is why I read so much.”

― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

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Thanks, Zulika. I’m not sure that ol’ George R.R. would be my author-philosopher of first choice, but they say that even a broken clock is right twice a day! Hee hee. :-D

But seriously, I appreciate the sentiment expressed, and I agree with the idea. Thank you!

Be well,

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the healing gun is my fave self healing tool, but my friends prefer the drone. feels alot nicer in that aspect of the game when i’ve played. need to get back intoer myself at some point. do up an alt and level with my buddy who got lagged behind due to be somewhat underspecced for the game.

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mysecretid

Aye, the chem gun works very well to keep one alive while soloing, I agree.

As above, I don’t think Div 2 is as good a game as the first one, myself, but it’s decent enough to keep me distracted for a while. Enjoy it!

Cheers, pal,

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nobleeinherjar

I keep wanting to pick up Division 2, though I also feel like I won’t enjoy the setting as much. But if it rains a lot, maybe won’t complain. I’ve also been thinking about giving STO a real, honest shot .. even though that’s something I’ve been saying for years now. I’ve never been much of a Trek fan (I don’t dislike it, just never really watched any of it), but the gameplay appeals to me. The idea of being a bridge captain giving orders in battle is awesome. As more of a Star Wars fan, the space combat offered in SWTOR just doesn’t do it for me.

Anyway, I’m always glad to hear when you’re feeling better.

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Hiya Noble!

Well, I don’t think Div 2 is as good as the first game, for a bunch of reasons. If there’s some other game you’re more intrigued by right now, I’d say buy that instead. You can always pick up Div 2 sometime later. The price will probably be lower by then, as well,

Since you’ve never really watched much Trek, I can’t say whether you’d like Star Trek Online or not.

Either it will be a whole new flavor of science-fiction that you’ll enjoy discovering through the game, OR …

… it will all seem like some weird mess you find barely comprehensible. :-)

Again, if there’s not some other game out tyere you already find more intriguing, and can buy instead, I suppose you could try out the STO tutorial, at the very least, to see if it catches on with you?

Whatever you do, Noble, follow what’s fun for you.

And thank you for the kind wishes, my friend. They’re appreciated!

Cheers,

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Sorenthaz

FFXIV and Warframe have been the two games I’ve really been playing to any degree. FFXIV I’ve been working on leveling each of the pre-SB jobs to 60 so I can get their GARO gear before 5.1 hits. Hoping to try and get that Makai Master title + the two horses I still lack. Warframe it’s been kind of just… whatever I feel like. There’s so much to do in that game for me and I have so many frames/weapons/etc. to level up/craft. It overwhelms me how there’s so much stuff in that game whenever I return to it.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Quigley one of my favorite rainy day movies. Love the cowboy iconic images, saddle, rifle sheath, spurs, chaps, hat. And of course, that 1874 Sharps rifle.

Recommend if you missed it: Criminal, staring Kevin Costner. Science fiction revenge spy love story thriller. Tommy Lee Jones for extra points.

Playing SWTOR this weekend, ramping up for September expansion. After playing a lot of ARPGs of late, it’s a bit of an adjustment to play a game where how fast you are is not the skill set required. Actually very relaxing.

Book shelves challenge! I’m in: 22

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Utakata

This week: I’m a work in progress.

Next week: I will still be a work in progress.

Next year: Yep, I’ll still be a work in progress even then.

The year after: Yep, you guessed! Same deal.

At the grave: Well, I guess the ticker ran out…I can stop working now? :(

…so please be patient with me, I still have many faults I’m working on. /le sigh

Have a great week and weekend though! <3

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We like you as you are, Uta. Never a need to apologize.

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zoward

Amen to that!

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Utakata

Both of you will receive pink cookies in spirit and in thanks to that. /bows

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Danny Smith

I ended up winning a competition and my prize was a copy of Anthem on ps4 so i gave it a whirl to see whats what. Overall there are moments where flying about, smashing stuff for mats, hovering about as Storm dropping lightning or charging as Colossus is fun but the game has two far bigger problems than its loot.

1: It is clearly an unfinished game not meant for retail. The map is there but the story isn’t, stuff happens in the wrong order and the writing is extremely cringe.
2: This is the most unstable console game i have ever played. Constant disconnects, hard blue screen crashes to dashboard and headless exploded models. At this point i’ve tried Fallout 76 as well and its far more stable.

I can see why people want the game to succeed but beyond more content at endgame its just an unfinished, unstable mess. I got to lvl.30 in 3 days, had like 75% of the trophies from messing about with stuff and exploring and basically just saw a great big ‘is that it?’ where you repeat the ending and two dungeons on repeat forever. Theres no real finished content here and what is is very unstable. I don’t think the cataclysm update will solve the issues at all. To say nothing of the loot. I got a Masterwork pistol from one of the few bosses that seems very overpowered and a friend whos been grinding since launch and not got one was upset to put it mildly. Thats like the inverse of Division 2’s tidal wave of incremental garbage.