WRUP: See the puppet show that’s too hot for Arby’s edition


Yes! It’s true! Live for however long it takes for McDonald’s to kick me out, it’s the puppet show that’s too hot for Arby’s! Thrills! Chills! Spills! Chemical spills! Unsafe chemical spills! They’re all here! Why are they all here? Why are any of them here? Arby’s won’t let me put the show on in their parking lot any longer!

The manager of that Arby’s is a man named Franklin Deimetz, and he does not like me! He made threats! He threatened to call the police! My puppets are anatomically correct! They have to be! I teach your children about shows you shouldn’t show them in a parking lot! My stand is covered in active hornet nests! I have been stung many, many, many times! My fond skills are subpar!

See my show! Admission is free with a receipt from What Are You Playing! You will find it uncomfortable. It is bad.

Bonus question: Do you like to watch stuff in the background when playing MMOs? If so, what do you watch?

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’m about to have another weekend when I don’t get to play much, since my brother will be visiting from overseas, and we’re gonna ride roller coasters, eat junk food, and play Rock Band. I do have a fun new thing installed on my Switch, however, and nope I can’t talk about it, but I will when I can!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Still leveling away on Final Fantasy XIV, but I’ve had a hankering recently to dive into Dragon’s Dogma (a game I’ve owned for half of forever but haven’t yet tried out). That should be enough projects for me.

I’ve tended to have something on in the background while playing even as far back as when I was still playing Final Fantasy XI around launch; it’s a nice piece of background noise for osmosis. Since I’m paying more attention to the game than whatever’s on, I usually will watch either YouTube stuff or familiar movies, things where the visual component is not quite as important and missing bits of it doesn’t really impact my ability. World of Warcraft: Classic is pretty much perfect for it.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Right now I’m creating a precarious balance between retail World of Warcraft, WoW Classic, and Lord of the Rings Online in my gaming schedule. Can – or should – I shove in some Rebel Galaxy Outlaw? We will see!

Tyler Edwards: I’m currently knee-deep in Pagan Online, so probably more of that. Maybe some Anthem, too.

Bonus question: No, I don’t, and I think the fact that this is a relatively common practice is one of the most damning statements you can make about the state of MMO game design. I’m not sure what’s worse; that games are so mindless people can watch TV while playing, or that they’re so mindless people want to watch TV while playing.

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I have been playing Allods online on its subscription server. It started as a little experiment that has become my entire gaming life as of late. With the p2w out of the equation I have been able to enjoy the game without the worry of being haggled for money.


I should probably get round to mentioning what I’m doing…

On one hand, there’s WoW Classic. I’m playing two of my favourite original classes (with my original names!) – druid and hunter, plus a rogue on the side. I am finding it more fun than retail, and I don’t think it’s just nostalgia. It could be because I find early levels more fun than later levels, but we’ll see. I think I just like the narrower focus and the challenge more.

And on the other hand, I’ve been messing around with an Oculus Quest. I’ve always been wary of VR because my eyes are very sensitive to low framerates, forced perspective and all that. But the tech is at a level that works for me and that’s proving problematic, because I’m finding half an hour pointlessly shooting things in VR is more fun than all my other gaming options combined. It has certainly broken all other first person shooters for me, because now I can point a gun properly using front and rear sights, or better still point it round an obstacle and fire blind, or fire two guns in two directions at once, I can no longer go back to using mouse to shoot.

Of course it’s not without its pitfalls. Oh how I laughed at the warning manual for the headset when it told me that objects in virtual reality aren’t real and I shouldn’t use them to support myself. Oh how I felt like a tool ten minutes later when I tried to rest the controllers on the virtual table in front of me that wasn’t there. Still, at least I haven’t accidentally punched myself in the mouth whilst in VR unlike a certain other member of my household.

So we’ll see – I might convert fully to VR. I suppose if that happens at least I’ll be able to comment on the OrbusVR articles when they appear here :)

Happy gaming all.

Maggie May

Running around with all the other fresh faced lowbies in WOW classic. There is definitely something about starting a new but old game with lots of veterans reminicing about the “good old days”. I am dying a lot on my Gnome mage and its good not seeing those motorcycle sidecars everywhere. I had just played a dwarf hunter up to 20 on retail so I am noticing less quests and travel ql things in this one as well as other things. I only ever played retail up to 50 but I had done most of the newbie zones. I made sure to get travel to the main cities and will watch as most players lvl by me, I am a really slow lvler – at 12 now and not sure if I like the squishyness of the mage.


If I can offer some veteran perspective on mage (I played mage, hunter, warrior and druid back in vanilla), it really is squishy if you don’t get to fire first. It was the one class out of the four I mentioned that I always had to keep situational awareness when out soloing because I never wanted a mob aggroing on me before I’d had a chance to start my rotation. Because even though you can frost nova and blink, it all costs mana you don’t really want to spend if you don’t have to.

So I remember it being not a lot of fun out in open world content. I particularly remember Wetlands as being the zone where I thought ‘damn, this mage is hard work to keep alive’.

In group content on the other hand, I found it was an awful lot of fun. First of all I was always at the back so had a good view of the encounter (and any patrols that were coming – lost count of the number of times I typed ‘pat’ back then!), and I ran most dungeons with the same group so we got very comfortable with how much firepower I could put in before I’d pull aggro off the tank. And the amount of damage you can lay down is excellent – I use to regularly aggro mobs off our rogue who was usually three levels higher, much to his annoyance – and he was no slouch when it came to dps. Oh wait, I’ve slipped into ‘reminiscing about the good old days’…I’ll stop now :)

tl;dr: only play if you’re grouping up lots :)

Maggie May

Thanks for the info, I tend to like mage classes but modern mmos don’t usually have the mana issue. I find if you plan it works, its the unplanned aggro which burns (ie murlocks etc.) I do a lot of sheep polymorphing 😆 Luckily there are lots of people around, it would be really difficult in an area alone. I enjoyed hunter in retail so that may be more ideal for me and or druid, which I also enjoyed,


“I find if you plan it works, its the unplanned aggro which burns (ie murlocks etc.)”

That’s it in a nutshell, and murlocs are the worst for it :) You really have to manage your mana. And avoid murlocs :)

Druids have the same mana issues in the early levels but due to leather armour and being able to heal mid-combat (if you save enough mana for a heal), they have none of the squishiness. And then they get bear form which was actually really useful for survival in vanilla – unlike retail bear form which isn’t worth changing to unless you’re in guardian spec to start with, in which case you’ll already be in bear form. I find vanilla druid to be truly flexible in combat whereas retail druid I just tend to stick in one form… but it takes a while for druid to get there and druid combat style changes all over the place on the way.

As for hunters – I don’t remember a lot about mine other than losing a bag slot for a quiver, having half the rest of my bags filled with food, and having a winged serpent for a pet because I thought it looked cool :) But I remember it was a lot more work staying alive than modern Beastmastery!

Maggie May

Yea, I have made a Druid and it seems to be right up my alley. It has a lot more survivability for a ranged class. Hunter is a bit of a dissapointment as you can only hit at long range then switch to a blade for close up, I prefer retail for that class. For my mage I’ll try what I always do for squishy classes; overlvl for openworld quests. Right now I just keep dying no matter how careful I am. Troggs are owning my butt.


Having fun with all the new Disruption missions in Warframe, and bought myself a Shawzin – much as I love music I’m hopeless at playing any myself, but I do enjoy downloading other people’s songs (which can be shared online as text files, e.g. DNexus’ “Old Town Road” cover) and settling down in the dojo to play them in Guitar Hero mode :)

And still playing Age of Wonders: Planetfall, currently trying a free-for-all skirmish match as Promethean Dvar versus 11 max difficulty AI. Had a slightly awkward starting position surrounded by three different groups of unfriendly Kir’Ko, but have already wiped out one and am slowly winning a war against the second.

If I’m playing content that’s new to me (or where sound cues are important) I give it my full attention, while farming familiar content I listen to a lot of podcasts . I could never watch stuff at the same time as playing something though, my brain can’t cope with splitting my visual attention like that.


This week: Has been an interesting in week of learning things about myself from my *friends* on the internets. That is, I am a tool, a narcissist, *a child, **toxic and hypocritical. Maybe I should run for the Presidency in 2020 or something. Though I really don’t like golfing…

…and I say *friends* as opposed to actual friends, because as the stars indicate, that they really don’t know me. Nor would I trust them as far the pigtails could through them. I am sure they are very fine people in their own right. Just not so great in coming to conclusion about me to put it mildly. I rather hear the feed back from actual friends who aren’t afraid to tell me it straight. It’s why I keep them around. <3

*Note: I suppose that's a step up from being called middle age. o.O
**Note: Toxic because I like to be polite to other players. I think that was one of those, "I don't think it means what you think means," moment. O.o

Also: I am hoping show some of my artwork here again soon, trademark. So hopefully stay tooned on the weekend Bat channel when I am hopefully feeling more confident about myself in showing it.

And finally: WoW (the high road) and WoW (the long road).

Have a great week and weekend, folks! <3


You can learn things about the world from complete idiots, but it’s only worth learning things about yourself from people you trust completely.

Also… /hug


OMG… if being polite to other people in online games is toxic… then I am garbage human being. And that’s in addition to the fact that I AM middle aged.

I’m so depressed now.

Seriously though, I hope that you’re doing well today; fake friends aside. As a much better man than I likely would have said: chin up and face front, True Believer.


Ah yes. I know that confederation of dunces. The ones that resort to personal attacks about 1 post in, and the others that follow like dogs at a dog show. Heh.

The art of “argument” is gone. “Argument” as in debate. Disagreement isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it is needed sometimes in order to broaden perspectives. But, alas! These days a disagreement is quickly lost in the toxic mire of anonymity.

I’m sorry you had to deal with that, my friend. Rest assured you can come here and be surrounded by MMOs friends. We may not always agree, but you don’t have to worry about respect.

Looking forward to more art from the pink pigtailed forum warrior. :)


I find the ones that dig in with the flowery gibberish in the guise of pseudo-intellectualism much more problematic, as they resort to sophistry and mind *Bleep!*ery to get across some convoluted counter-point (also see: gas lighting). So I much prefer dealing with the ad hominem in the first reply…as I know outright what I am dealing with.

In the end though, I am dealing posters who only seem to have one thing in mind. That is, it doesn’t matter if they’re right or wrong, they only care if they win. So I appreciate we have pro-active mods we can leave disputes that they can “arbitrate” when it seems to be going over the head and pigtails. >.<

Thanks to all those whose expressed concern. /bows

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It has only been FFXIV for me. That and tracking a hurricane day and night, but fortunes have changed on that front for the moment.

Anywho fat chocobos ftw. Have good weekend everyone!

Malcolm Swoboda

Also, I’d gladly join a Massively guild on any server (even if it’d be my secondary or tertiary played character), FYI, BTW, WINK WINK.

Malcolm Swoboda
  • WORLD OF WARCRAFT CLASSIC (Lv 12 Human Retribution Paladin, Deviate Delight PVP-RP Eastern server) – The big one. As you can see, I have a big list, so its not like I could focus everything on this, but I was able to ‘100%’ Elwynn Forest in less than a week and I guess that’s okay, even if my goal was Westfall and ideal would be into Redridge :P. Revisited my low level retail character too, but unlike with regular players, retail would be my ‘side’ break character until at least the next expansion because I sure as hell am not going to focus on a Battle For Azeroth progression at this point.
  • Baldur’s Gate – A friend and a bunch of people I didn’t know, were invited to an online session of BG to try it, but it was such a clusterfuck (can I swear?) that we quit out. Maybe something like Path of Exile instead.
  • Wizards Unite – Lv 24 now and working on 25. Completed the second part of the returning to Hogwarts event but while there’s some weekend dragon event happening now, I won’t focus on it.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record – While I didn’t clear out the weekly ‘training’ event’s shop, I did at least manage to clear out its story and get its exclusive character so I win! Also they had daily 10-pulls for the gacha and I got a few new characters out of the (including the banner character, which is the twin of the event shop character, so yeah I feel I ‘win’). There’s now a more limited PvP event that gives most of its rewards on base participation (up to 10 battles a day) so I’ll do that, but otherwise I have a chance to finally continue the storylines or grind for particular upgrade item drops
  • Magikarp Splash – Lv 61 fish.. I… CAN… DO.. THIS
  • Mobius Final Fantasy – Finished story for the current ranking event and daily logging. Later going to organize my account and try to progress main story.
  • Pokemon Masters – Official release happened so I’m just progressing through the new story and doing dailies in prep for the first ‘Blue’ event next week. I’m not gonna start metagaming until I luck upon enough upgrades to auto-battle the highest single-player courses.
  • FFXV Pocket Edition – Doing Chapter 6 now, Leviathan shortly. I just want to be DONE. Not liking the story much.
  • Another Eden – Daily logs!
  • One Punch Man: Road to Hero – Honestly, probably not going to stick with this copy-paste gacha but I recently saw some of the series and it so it got me with that.
  • Finished the Oninaki demo and I had a few issues with it (weird FPS issues, control bindings that might be a demo problem, no subtitles for some of the Japanese audio) but I liked it most of any of the developers’ demos I’ve played, so hey its a maybe-buy later!

Allods and Neverwinter got logins to slowly progress/get started on questing.

I think that’s it!

Partner has been completing Hollow Knight :). He can actually focus on 1-2 games at a time.

Archeage/B2P and SWTOR sub have my interest for October but no sooner than that. So far onto Classic (+ maybe Neverwinter/Allods/others) for Sept MMOs.


Just reading your playlist exhausts me, heh.

Malcolm Swoboda

Haha yeah.

To be clear, they don’t take that much time. WoW was several hours on 3 days sure, but BG was just 2 hours today, the mobile games combined was an average of 2ish hours a day, and FFXV was a few hours total.

I’m definitely gaming a lot in total but its about the equal time of sinking into only 1-2 big games at a time.


WoW Classic and FFXIV will be the two primary games for me this weekend.

On Classic I’ve been somewhat slowly leveling up a recreation of my first level 60, aka my Human Warlock. Managed to get his name too, even though it’s mostly sentimental and doesn’t sound that great for a name nowadays. Only difference is I threw a beard on him to reflect the one change I made to him when the barbershop became available, because I chose probably the ugliest face for him so he could have green eyes and look old. He’s level 18 right now so I’m not doing too bad, but I’m obviously falling behind the pack of folks who get to play much more regularly and those pushing to get to 60. Not sure how I’ll manage to play other characters but I’d like to at least get a Ret Paladin up too at some point.

FFXIV just more leveling and stuff. Might throw in some Smite as well while the community event is going on.

Malcolm Swoboda

Most hardcores are at least Lv 30s-40s atm, but the bulk of players I imagine are just Lv 10s-20s so no, you’ not doing ‘bad’.

Frankly if one is at least mid-levels by end of Sept that should be good enough, unless they’re desperate for the initial top end PvP rush and progression raiding.


Yeah, and battlegrounds aren’t even out yet from what I can see – tried to queue for WSG and there wasn’t anything available. Normally people would be all over that between 10-19 in particular. PvP rewards aren’t even available yet from the vendor sitting outside the mid-PvP-rank instances.

Malcolm Swoboda

All that stuff is coming in later phases.

People are focusing just on getting dat world PvP and pushing to Molten Core for now.

Phase 1 (Classic Launch): You can PvP one another in the world, but there is no tracking, and no formal rewards for doing so.
Phase 2: Honor System (including Dishonorable Kills), PvP Rank Rewards
Phase 3: Alterac Valley (version 1.12), Warsong Gulch
Phase 4: Arathi Basin
Phase 6: World PvP objectives in Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands

Phase 1 (Classic Launch): Molten Core, Onyxia, Maraudon
Phase 2: Dire Maul, Azuregos, Kazzak
Phase 3: Blackwing Lair, Darkmoon Faire, Darkmoon deck drops begin
Phase 4: Zul’Gurub, Green Dragons
Phase 5: Ahn’Qiraj War Effort begins, Ahn’Qiraj raids open when the war effort dictates, Dungeon loot reconfiguration (Tier 0.5 Dungeon gear, Relics, drop rates and location changes)
Phase 6: Naxxramas, Scourge Invasion

I am assuming that these phases will be not slower than every 2 months (as in no monthly phases, that’s way too fast), so this should at least cover most of 2020, if not into 2021. Maybe it’ll be timed for a movement to Burning Crusade in later 2021 (they better keep Classic servers up).


Levelling ships on Star Trek Online while trying out builds on the new Tribble server test map, raising my masterworks and mining on Shroud of the Avatar(and toying around with my houses), questing a bit on ESO. I will also get the lowest ArcheAge pack as I really look forward to it.

Generally speaking this week was a bit busy so less time was dedicated on gaming. I am usually focusing when playing but I may have at times some stream on background(speaking of, got luck and I won a place anywhere village lot deed on one of Ato’s stream last week and I am really tempted to use it, lol but watching streams sometimes pays off like this case)