WRUP: My Internet was out all night so all you get are some facts about piccolos edition

    
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THE FINAL DOOT

Yep, my Internet was out all night when this would normally have been written. Thus, you will have to enjoy this list of facts about piccolos which were being prepared for an unrelated project. It was really cool and now you’ll never get to see it.

  • The piccolo original comes from Italy. All piccolos are eligible to inherit property in northern Italy.
  • The name “piccolo” means an instrument which looks and sounds exactly like the piccolo. That’s why we call it a piccolo. Words can just mean what they mean sometimes.
  • No one is impressed if you play the piccolo.
  • Get out of here with your Dragonball Z references. That’s dumb.
  • Piccolos can be used to hunt for food if you have some particularly stupid animals to hunt and don’t want to use thousands of other more effective tools.
  • No, seriously, Dragonball Z isn’t good and no one should ever watch it. It has this rabid fanbase still that seems endlessly willing to forgive that it’s just a disconnected series of fights strung together.
  • I don’t even like Akira Toriyama’s character designs. Like, that doesn’t mean that they’re bad, I just don’t like them.
  • This all started because of those damn piccolos.
  • I hate piccolos and I will yeet them all into the sun.

Piccolos, am I right? What Are You Playing.

Bonus question: What typo do you seem to make most often in chats?

Andy McAdams: Probably World of Warcraft, but I also (finally) re-downloaded Guild Wars 2 because … well, I dunno why really. But I did it. I might play it. Or I might just continue to meander around Azeroth and company.

Words that sound like other words. I think of typing as kind of like speaking a different language because I don’t really think about the words coming out of my finger tips. But that means I’ll frequently do what I call a phonetic mistype; the word sounds similar, so that’s what comes out of my fingers. For example, typing this out I originally typed “can” instead of a “call” because they sound similar. But really, I do it with a bunch of words all across the spectrum.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): My family all went back to Guild Wars 2, and I’m feeling that double mastery XP buzz, so that’s where I’ll be.

I typo smilies all the time. So grateful for emoji.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Second verse same as the first for me: continued alting and roleplay in Final Fantasy XIV and some more quest crunching in Dauntless in order to get to the Trial Islands. Those exotic Repeaters are calling to me. As a palate cleanse, I’ll probably screw around with Fight Crab some more (that game is awful in the best way) and maybe something laid back like The Sims.

Occasion. Even typing that for this response, I got the Wiggle Red Line of Poor Spelling debuff placed on me, so that’s certainly a top contender for word-based white whale. Someday, I’ll type that word out correctly the first time through… but today is not that day.

Colin Henry (@ChaosConstant): I’ll likely be playing a little WoW Classic. I’ve been having this weird ambivalence toward it where I look forward to playing it all day, then I log in, do a couple of quests, and feel bored and log back out and play something else. I also recently rolled a new Ranger in Guild Wars 2 (yes, I already had a Ranger, but this one is new), so I’ve been working on getting his hero points filled out. I think I’m going to start over with my project of trying to do all of the Living World with him, since that kind of fizzled with my Mesmer.

I have played games with a couple of people named Chris, and for some reason, whenever I type that name, I always type “Christ.” This has led to some interesting, if slightly sacrilegious, conversations.
“Do you need a rez, Christ?”
“Nah, Christ can rez himself.”

“Is Christ done for the night, or is he coming back?”
“He said he’s coming back, but no one knows the day or the hour.”

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Considering I lost an entire evening thanks to an Internet outage, most of the weekend can easily be filled up with leveling in Final Fantasy XIV. Other than that, I’m not sure just yet, although there’s probably enough stuff to fill in for various projects.

I’ve got a bad habit of my fingers getting sticky on the shift key, so I’ll wind up with the first two letters of a word capitalized rather than just the first. It’s minor, but it really bothers me.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): It’s all engineering all the time in both retail and Classic World of Warcraft! Working on a couple of alts while also racing to catch up in Lord of the Rings Online’s progression server now that Rise of Isengard released.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I am going to be playing WoW Classic. Yep. I am on the bandwagon.

I type “think” for “thing” all the time. And sometimes I type “thing” for “think.”

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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Jeremiah Wagner

I played WoW classic all weekend. Its awesome to play an mmo that actually feels dangerous when you are out questing which actually makes the world feel alive. Meeting people on my adventures and joining up with them. It’s so weird to have fun in an mmorpg again.

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mysecretid

Been playing a lot of Star Trek Online and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Something about the promise of imminent new content arriving heightens my interest in a game. Knowing that I’m not just going to be repeating content indefinitely — that Something New(tm) is soon to arrive — heightens my interest in a game I already enjoy.

Bonus Answer: Eye neffer mayc ennee teyepohz wenn eye teyepuh. Hoo tolled ewe thad eye didde???

Take care of yourselves, and each other, please. It’s the way we’ll get through. See you next time! :-)

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Bruno Brito

I was looking for the older WRUPs to check if i posted these ones.

Been drawing a lot more, playing Classic, and have some commissions to do, it’s pretty cool to make money outta something you love ( and are good at it ).

Classic is…Classic. It has hiccups. It’s, population-wise, great, but it is what it is. And i cannot believe what i’m going to say, but some custom pserver changes made my pserver experience better than Classic.

My Paladin is level 41. I may get to 60, but i’ll be honest, i wasn’t hyped for Classic, but i knew i was going to have fun, and i think i did. It wasn’t much but it was fun. I think i’m ready to move on from Vanilla.

Anyway, this is one of the best drawings i’ve made to date. And i got a WIP.

Fun times, all around. Drawing been extremely fun, like it has never been, these last two years. Newfound love on a old marriage.

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deekay_000

very aesthetic.

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Bruno Brito

I live to please.

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deekay_000

the hard pen lines with out colouring reminds me alot of some of the indie/obscure/etc comics i’d read as a kid. very 90s mtv liquid television as well. the morningstar and shield person is also very… i want to say zelda/link meets early final fantasy games manual concept art aesthetic. it’s quite pleasing indeed. :)

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Bruno Brito

I like contours, as you already noticed haha. Now i just need to color my stuff in strong colors and it’ll be 90’s indeed.

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mysecretid

Beautiful stuff, Bruno, as usual! Thank you for sharing these!

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Bruno Brito

Thanks for the support, frand <3

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Sray

Starting with the bonus: my most frequent typo is writing “the” but hitting the space between “th” and “e”, thus adding the “e” to the next word (I literally did that twice while typing this sentence).

What am I playing this week? Went back to work after my much needed vacation, so I’m also back to dabbling in a little bit of everything, but nothing too high energy.

I’ve been casually running through some of the daily areas in SWTOR, getting my Jedi Knight to command level 300… mostly just to say I did it once I suppose.

I’m also goofing around a bit in Civ VI on my Switch, but it’s just so lacking compared to the PC version with all the expansions: if they release Civ VI on Stadia, I will gladly repurchase the whole damn works all over again at full price, no questions asked.

There’s also Control, which I absolutely adore, but it requires a higher level of energy than I possess after work right now, so I’ve put it on the back-burner for the next few days until the insanity dies down a little bit. It did inspire me to dig up my old collection of Fringe the TV show and start watching it again (by which I mean I watched the first 5 minutes of the first episode, said “this is great, I’ll finish watching this after I do this other thing”; so of course that was four days ago, and the episode is still unfinished).

I also decided to try out the XBox Game Pass Ultimate (2 months for 2 bucks introductory pricing is tough to pass up) so I can try out Gears 5. I’ve only played around in the tutorial so far, so I really can’t say if it’s any good or not, but I can tell you that the mouse and keyboard support is flawless: most M+K games on the Xbox are pure crap; but as far as control responsiveness is concerned in Gears 5, it’s practically indistinguishable from playing on a PC. If this is a glimpse of what we can expect from the next gen of consoles, I might legitimately become a primarily console gamer in the next couple years and get away from the extreme PC rigs that I normally run.

That’s it for me. I wish you all good health, good weather, good eating, and good gaming.

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blah blazh

No matter what MMO I try to play, I always return back to GW2. It is like comfort food to me.

I did pick up the Division 2 for cheap this past week. Having fun with it. It is a satisfying looter shooter and is tying me over until Borderlands 3 comes out.

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BigAngry

Still pushing through on leveling up all my Final Fantasy XIV jobs/classes to 80! I’ve got 9 that I need to bring up to max level, and that’s it!

I’ve been introduced to Slay the Spire by my good friends (husband and wife duo) Æthermit and RuutByrPanda! I went on my first run on twitch the other night and then I started a new, non-twitch run and literally JUST beat the final boss of the 3rd spire, on what amounted to my first full run. I got REALLY REALLY lucky with pathing, but yeah, it was a romp. Ironclad that had a crapwad of block skills.

Also, been playing River City Girls which just came out on the 5th! It’s a beat-em-up in the style of River City Ransom, and it’s two girls, Kyoko and Misako, punch, kick, and dab-attack their way through River City to find their kidnapped boyfriends, Kunio and Riki. I LOVE this game, and despite needing a lot of grinding, it’s a lot of fun. Controllers are pretty much REQUIRED for this one, though, so don’t think you’re gonna be able to work it with just a keyboard. Couch co-op only, but I get around that by using Parsec, which is pretty dang neat.

Most common spelling mistake in an MMO? I have an FC mate named Kleine, and I cannot, for the life of me, spell Kleine correctly the first time from memory. Kliene, Kline, etc.

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Utakata

This week: Girly swot. You great big girl’s blouse. Words and phrases from a country I used to live in that I’ve never heard of till they where mentioned this week. Perhaps Mr. Bals could fill me on the meaning of those since he still resides in such jurisdiction. But to be fair though, unlike /MonkaS…tI don’t think they where invented from the internets this time. o.O

Also this week: Like a one Forghorn J. Leghorn did once, I am learning to shut up when my inner pigtails and respected individuals are telling me to shut up. >.<

As as well: Still more WoW, long and high versions this weeks.

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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BalsBigBrother

If those terms came from where I suspect they came from. Yeah he is the leader of my country now /sigh

In any case:

Girly swot – someone who always prepares for something or does their homework on time. Seems more a compliment to me because the alternative is you didn’t do your homework or never prepare for anything which would be worse in my opinion. It is supposed to be derogatory so …. /shrug

Great big girl’s blouse – Simply means a weak or wimpy man, implying he is more of a woman than a “real man”, whatever one of those is.

Both are terms that are not really in use anymore as they come from way back. While I can vaguely recall hearing them when I was much much younger its not something you would hear now in modern day to day life. Other than from folks so far removed from said day to day life or that haven’t really grown up during the intervening years

(oh god he is running my country …. HELP! /double sigh)

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Utakata

Thank you for explaining that, Mr. Bals…and sorry if that was a bit triggering. So I am in now your debt for this. /bows

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mysecretid

My sincere sympathies, Dear B3.

In my experience, for all their inclination toward propriety and politeness, the modern English people as a whole will not suffer fools or bullshit for very long.

Boris will not endure, I suspect.

Best to you, my brother!

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Utakata

Update/Also just in: #SheTheNorth! <3

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Maggie May

Yes !!!!!!!

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mysecretid

I have occasionally had a different perspective on things than you, Uta, but I have never felt the urge to tell you to shut up.

I question the motives of anyone who does, simply because you seem to devote a fair amount of thought to being decent to others, even in the lawless wastes of the internet.

What I have noticed is that a lot of the posters who do clash with you are opinionated male posters who can’t seem to abide the notion that a non-penis-bearing human might reject their opinions. That is definitely their issue, and not yours.

Be yourself, as ever, Uta. It’s why we read your posts.

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Utakata

To be clear, I was referring to the fact that in some instances I am using a heavy hand where it’s not required. Or a sledgehammer where a scalpel should be used. Which in turn only serves to tune readers off, as opposed to putting across a valid point. As well as knowing the difference between hammering home a point and beating a dead horse. That sort of thing…

…thus being myself should least appear to be a pleasant experience for those the pigtails don’t have in their crosshairs. >.<

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Michael18

Some WoW Classic, but more time spent with reading and podcasts, probably.

Maybe I’ll pick up Ni No Kuni II in the sale, but won’t start it for real because I don’t feel like getting into an 80h+ single-player game, right now.

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Sray

Ni No Kuni 2 is pretty fun. I never finished because I didn’t like the whole skirmish mechanic, and unfortunately it’s pretty central to the final mission. But I can’t say that I regretted any of the time I spend playing it.

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Malcolm Swoboda
  • World of Warcraft Classic (Lv 13 Human Retribution Paladin, Deviate Delight PVP-RP Eastern server) – Oh no, I only gained one level! Curses. I wish I was ~20 by now :(. Other games and life has gotten in the way, but maybe I can get to 15-20 this weekend. I want my Westfall and Deadmines!
  • Wizards Unite – Still Lv 24, but almost 25 and catching some dragons at the moment.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record – Progressing through the latest story chapter and getting good pulls. Falling behind the top standard but as long as I can complete any story content, I’m good.
  • Magikarp Splash – Lv 64 fish.. Onward!
  • Mobius Final Fantasy – Continued the FFVIII event, go ‘Squall’!
  • Pokemon Masters – Doing my daily and event stuff, but this game isn’t looking so hot. Not quitting soon but I can see it happening. I’ll at least try to clear all content.
  • FFXV Pocket Edition – A break. Probably doing at least Chapter 7(/10) next week.
  • Another Eden – Daily logs. However, I just one one of the rarest and most useful characters/’styles’ out of a 10-pull today so I win? Yes, I win.
  • One Punch Man: Road to Hero – Quit. Knew I wouldn’t stand it.
  • Antihero – The digital board game is bonding between my partner and I. We’re a few levels into its tutorial/story campaign, aiming to do 1-2 per night we play together.
  • Allods and Neverwinter slow progress. Also popped into Secret World Legends to say hi to my guild/cabal and it turned into an E4 dungeon run. Thanks guys!

I think that’s it!

Partner is stuck on Hollow Knight final boss! Also playing around with SNES games from subscription.

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mysecretid

If you’ve never considered a job as an official game tester, Malcolm, perhaps you should? Seriously, you seem to spend significant hours gaming — why not consider getting paid for it?

Am impressive list of games, to be sure, once again. Thank you!

Oh, and you might want to help your lad get through Hollow Knight — gotta keep peace in the house, and all that! :-)

Best to you and yours,

Cheers,

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Malcolm Swoboda

Not really interested in the industry (anymore) and yeah, it really looks like a lot, but its actually less than a few hours a day. And the Wizards Unite is mostly walking and jogging time I set aside anyway.

I’m a gamer and I will likely be one for the rest of my life, but I dread the idea of it being my profession, to be honest! Had thought of streaming, but all that comes with it makes me sink and step away.

Recently graduated and looking for work, once I get it (especially if its very full time), anticipate this list halving :P.

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PanagiotisLial1

Busy week on gaming for me. I played STO every single day, other times doing just the basics, and others expanding into way more activities. I played decent amounts of time on Shroud of the Avatar working masterworks on my main and advancing storyline on my alt. Also I played a little on Project Gorgon(leveled skills a bit) and ESO(some questing) but few days ago I also bought LoA and pre-ordered the lowest pack of ArcheAge Unchained. LoA seems, with my few months experience on UO, as a modernised UO in a way. Even copies weird things like you can’t repair equipment – you need to replace them with new but I seem to like the exeprience overall. Housing system looks decent too so and new rulesets made the games less of a gankfest so lets see how it goes.

To begin with, english isn’t my primary language. I just spent some years learning it when I was a kid up to my teens which means my english may decent but far from having a broad range of expressions, but to the point, I often make typos out of rush on easy things like forgetting an article(the, a, an etc) or forget an s. Also i sometimes write sit and seat as same

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zoward

Your english is just fine. I’ve read many of your posts and would not have known it wasn’t your first language.

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Sray

I was about to “say” the same thing. I actually find that many people who don’t speak English natively put a lot more effort into their writing than far too many native speakers.

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mysecretid

Exactly so. Well said, Sray!

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mysecretid

This. You have nothing to worry about when it comes to what you write here. Fear not!