WRUP: Old Rancid Mike’s Vile Garbage Salad edition

    
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Back in 1844, a man named Michael Harrington took over a small storefront in Queens, NY with a simple goal: To serve gullible idiots the most disgusting slop he could for ridiculously high prices and convince them that it was a new taste sensation. He would serve lettuce out of dumpsters and sometimes just things he picked out of his teeth at night. That’s why he was known to the public at large and to the state prosecutors as “Rancid Mike.”

We’ve come a long way since Old Rancid Mike first got his start in Queens, but her at Old Rancid Mike’s Vile Garbage Salad, we still like to bilk you idiot rubes for every dime you’re worth just like he did. We still make our salads the same way, by taking every scrap of refuse we can and shoving it into a bowl. But thanks to advances in technology, we can now be certain that none of the slimy and half-rotted swill we toss in front of your gaping chewers is legally considered food poisoning. And we can afford attorneys now, so if you try to point out that our establishment is unsafe, we will sue you until you have to get a bank loan to take a subway.

Old Rancid Mike’s Vile Garbage Salad. Just the trash that Mike used to resell as food. Available in Caesar, Classic, Spoiled Ranch, and What Are You Playing flavors in unmarked vans outside of your local grocery store.

Bonus question: How do you like your coffee? Yes, coffee specifically, and yes, feel free to say “I don’t like coffee in any form.”

Andy McAdams: This weekend will be The Elder Scrolls Online and Minecraft; we subbed to Realms for a month for a shared world and I’m rediscovering and discovering all the new stuff they’ve added. Also I just love TESO.

To quote my mother, “Andy likes his coffee black, like his soul.” Thanks, Mom.
Ben Griggs (@braxwolf): I’ll probably play a little TESO for Witches Festival goods and enhanced XP.

At home, I like to grind Starbucks winter blend beans and take it with a spoon of sugar and 2 tablespoons of French vanilla creamer. At work, I blend 2/3 French roast with 1/3 something sweeter, either cinnamon or caramel macchiato, a bit of half/half and two packets of Splenda. Now I want coffee. Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’ve kinda been back dabbling in Star Wars Galaxies Legends this week, so I’ll probably do some more of that this weekend, and maybe some City of Heroes.

Love to smell coffee; don’t like to drink it. I’m a tea person. Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Seeing as I leveled the classes I want to in Final Fantasy XIV (Dancer and Ninja), I’m kind of putting that one aside until 5.1, which is good because Dauntless is dressing up for Halloween and I want to fly around in Star Citizen some more. I’ll also be peeking into The Outer Worlds for my palate cleanser.

I take my coffee with a decent amount of flavored creamer. My favorite is effectively sweetened milk, but I also like me some mocha or pumpkin spice or hazelnut. Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Just a wee bit of wrapping things up in FFXIV before the patch, but I’m not quite sure other than that; probably a bit of single-player stuff? I don’t know yet, I don’t think I really want to go through the soul-crushing bad run of Code Vein right now.

When I drink coffee, which isn’t often, I prefer it chilled with plenty of sugar and cream. Ironically, I love the flavor of coffee more than the beverage. Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’ve been dabbling in FFXIV this week to see if I’m ready to give this game another shot. Probably will work on my Lord of the Rings Online progression character and maybe some of The Witcher 3. Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I am going to do a little bit of digital detox this weekend, so I won’t be playing anything. I do plan to do some prep work for NaNoWriMo though. On paper, like it’s the 1900’s.

I occasionally drink coffee black, but my husband likes a very strong dark roast, so I usually put milk or milk and sugar in it. In fact, I prefer milk and just enough sugar to take the edge off the bitterness most of the time. Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): I’ll be logging in for my Halloween dailies in Guild Wars 2 and playing ArcheAge Unchained as time permits.

I love coffee. I might be 25% coffee at this point. I’ll drink it black if there’s no creamer around but I do love a touch of cream too cut the bitterness, but without covering up the coffee’s own flavor. Fresh ground only, please!
Tina Lauro Pollock (@purpletinabeans): I’ll be playing “don’t sleep because you are awaiting some Very Important, Overdue Work Emails™ and have become an ill wreck”, with a spattering of Guild Wars 2, Overwatch, and TwoPoint Hospital to chase anxious insomnia. Or maybe The Sims… that’s some fantastic guilty pleasure escapism right there.

I take all the coffee. All. Of. It. Preferably a 5-shot latte or a really good black americano, but I drink all sorts.
Tyler Edwards: Hoping to finish up Moons of Madness, if I can get past this miserable stealth section. Beyond that, perhaps some Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Bonus question: Coffee tastes like drinking an ash tray, and I don’t understand why anyone willingly subjects themselves to that experience. I’m fairly skeptical of hot beverages in general, though. I like the occasional mug of chai tea or some hot chocolate, but that’s about it.

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Levelling a healer in Classic, and The Outer Worlds. Really puts Bethesda to shame.

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Ghalesh

I am still buried in Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Somehow I love the simple gameplay loop:

  • recon the area with drone
  • try to snipe the enemies one by one
  • inevitably fail doing it without detection
  • run in circle and kill everyone like a rambo
  • pick up the sweet loot
  • go to another base and start over

I think this is my drog. It makes me relaxed but makes adrenalin at the same time. Perfect way to rest after a long day with coding.

Also, I planning to play on my Switch again, but I still don’t know which game should it be. The reddit praises Dragon Quest XI but the graphics seems to be too childish for me (maybe I am too old?:/). Nevertheless, I downloaded the demo and I just need to find additional gaming time to try it out.

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Randomessa

Dauntless has got its behemoth claws in me. Sorry DCUO, but I have to see a man about a new shiny elemental piece of armor. And a Chain blade.

I drink coffee only for its purpose in keeping me awake at work, and truth be told I water it down and sugar and cream it to hell and back so that it doesn’t taste like coffee. I’m a tea person, but whatever the caffeine amount in what I drink, it doesn’t keep me awake and alert the way coffee does. It might be a placebo effect, I don’t know.

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rafael12104

A quick word about Outer Worlds. Holy shit! It is, at this point, what Fallout 4+ should have been.

It starts off slow, while it introduces you to the game mechanics etc. But as you move into the story and the RPG elements, it really shines. For example, I’ve really stacked a lot of points in Persuasion and Charm and my conversations are very satisfying and productive. Lol.

Sray, yes it is not a looter shooter. You can even slow down time during a shoot out so you can aim and shoot multiple crit shots just like Fallout. BUT, the combat gets fun once you find more weapons and the enemies get more challenging. Strategically it is superb.

I’m going to put some huge hours in Outer Worlds. Obsidian is going to put Bethesda to shame from the looks of it.

Here is a screenie of the first town I ran into. BTW, I love where the story is going at this point. The big bad corporation has brain washed everyone but you. Lol!

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StormKat

I’m going to check this out. I haven’t found anything enticing to play in quite a long time. Coffee, black and as strong as possible.

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hurbster

‘And it’s going to be effing laminated’ is now my new favourite catchphrase.

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rafael12104

LOL! I loved that bit. Soon to be a meme if it isn’t already.

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Sray

The ship’s AI is also quite awesome. She mocks you while you loot stuff: “well, I guess everything on the ship is yours now…”

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Sray

I know it’s not meant to be Destiny, but sluggish walking and merely functional gun play does make first person difficult for me. I have the next couple days off, so I’m planning on spending more time playing it. After all, we’d hate to see that 2 dollar game pass trial go to waste.

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MurderHobo

I haven’t done any gaming yet this weekend. My shaman hit 50 in WoW Classic but I’m not planning to re-up and the kids are off hunting this weekend and won’t be playing so I don’t feel motivated in that regard.

Likewise with Star Citizen. I’m still sending in my $10 per month but I don’t want to hear about the project and would rather blank it from my mind until it finally pulls off the miracle or they open source the damned thing to the backers (as if).

Dual Universe isn’t ready for me yet. ARK is dead to me (Seriously, Wildcard/Grapeshot, I hope you choke on it). Perhaps I’ll look into this Outer Worlds thing you folks are talking about.

I like my coffee cheap and black as the dregs at the bottom of the urn in the ops breakroom at 4AM on Wednesday overnight database tuning.

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butterpanda888

I ordered a new PC so I’m waiting for that. Might play Mortal Kombat 11 on PS4 while I wait.

I like to quote the amazing book American Gods by Neil Gaiman and say that I like my coffee “Black as night and sweet and sin.” For me that means I drink a dark roast with like 8 spoonfuls of sugar. My goal is to get down to 5 spoonfuls by the new year. I should point out that the spoons I use aren’t that big.

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Sray

Oooo… shiny new PC! What specs?

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Brazen Bondar

Finished Onderon in SWTOR last night and strolled around Mek-sha. I like the look of it. Will probably finish that tonight. I’m in no hurry to do the flashpoint on Corellia, so will probably run Ossus to finish leveling to 75.
never agreed with me.

Can’t drink coffee. It never agreed with me. Give me a cup of custom blended black tea and I’m good to go.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Outer Worlds blind permadeath walkthrough on max difficulty

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Danny Smith

Painting up an autumn themed Ghost army of Warhammer and just finished the first unit while working on some basing for the big bosses of the group. Along with some old Tomb Kings -and egyptian mummy/skeleton army that stopped making around the early 2000’s i rescued off ebay. I soaked them in detol and brushed them with an old toothbrush to strip em and rebased them on some nice egyptian ruin looking bases and they are ready for priming!

…when it ever stops raining.

In videogames i’m slowly chugging away at the Destiny 2 pass thing, currently at rank 72/100 and starting to get real bored. This battlepass thing makes games feel like jobs this one just game with the digital version and i’m not looking forward to Dead by Daylight adding one soon since this made me flat out stop playing Warframe after a few hundred hours played.

Beyond that just messing around in some rpgs i havent touched in forever. I loaded up Skyrim for the first time since release and i forgot how bad the writing is. Like you finish the opening as this medieval execution is about to go down and this viking warrior says “end of the line” as in the slang related to trains thats been around for like a century or less. It feels like they started writing the games as less fantasy and more van helsing style hollywood movie where its set way back when but the characters largely speak how we do now and thats so cringey.

Other than that me and my friends are getting into this new 2nd edition of a very small ‘kitchen counter game’ called Bushido made by two guys down south in england. Its a 2×2 3-6 a side skirmish combat game set in the sengoku era of japan so basically Sekiro the tabletop game. Super excited to work on these models!

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zoward

These are a sheer joy to see in this thread every week. Just sayin’.

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Armsbend

Jesus those ghosts are so cool looking.

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MurderHobo

Did you do those bases? I’m gobsmacked. Show more of those bases.

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sophiskiai

Some Warframe, farming Corrupted Vor in Mot to finish off this week’s “pick up 8 Rare mods” Nightwave challenge and doing some Arbitrations to farm Vitus Essence after Prime Time revealed it’ll be needed to get Grendel. Enjoying the use of my Catchmoon while I can before the big nerf hits. Completed this year’s Hallowe’en event last night, it’s spooky and fun but getting the bat ephemera can be quite a challenge if you don’t have a good group.

A little bit of DDO, burnt myself out on farming the Night Revels earlier this week (after getting everything I wanted from them except the Augments) so just logging in for one adventure a day.

Mostly playing Northgard, I’d not touched it in months but this week they released a brand new Conquest mode as a free update – pick a clan and play through 7 semi-branching scenarios in sequence, solo or co-op, each of them with unusual rules changes and victory conditions and each of them letting you choose a bonus for subsequent scenarios in that conquest.

I like coffee flavouring but can’t stand the drink itself, and caffeine gives me headaches.