WRUP: Which ingredients in your burrito have angered the Bog Witch edition

    
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This might have.

Cilantro: The Bog Witch doesn’t like cilantro. She hates explaining that to people because people are always asking her if it tastes like soap to her and all that nonsense and she has to keep stating that she understands what cilantro tastes like, she just doesn’t like it. Sometimes people just don’t like cilantro!

Beans: Nah, that can’t be it, everyone loves beans.

Raw tomato: Ew. I don’t like putting tomato in a burrito. I mean, salsa, maybe, but my relationship with tomato is weird.

Uncooked ramen noodles: Why would you put this in a burrito. This isn’t about the Bog Witch any more. This makes me upset. What hipster nonsense palace made you a burrito like this. Why would you do that.

Chicken meat from the enchanted chickens that the Bog Witch keeps on her property: Ohhhhh. Yeah, that makes sense. That’s actually pretty obvious. We should have gone with that in the first place. She’s pretty angry. And now, What Are You Playing!

Bonus question: What’s your favorite snack food?

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Yesterday I sat down to do some crafting in Star Wars Galaxies Legends and had a distinct urge to play City of Heroes instead. So I might swap to that for a while. I’ve also been thinking about sitting on the Black Friday sales and picking up The Sims 4. This is wild for me since I spent many years modding the earlier games, but I fell out of the fandom after 3 and never bothered to pick up 4 – I was just exhausted from pouring money into the franchise and dealing with the constant DLC packs. But now there’s so much stuff out I might pick it all up… anybody have opinions on it? Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): Every time there’s a fishing event in Black Desert Online, I have to stop playing it to get the most out of the event. In the interim, I’ll be playing Code Vein. That game’s so awesome, it’s been a while since I’ve played a Soulslike and I’m enjoying just exploring and fighting bosses. It’s the simple joys in life right?

Bonus question: It’s a tie between the pizza filled combos and Takis. Working at a school, you eventually get a taste for the junk food the kids love. Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I am legitimately being drawn in by Kingdom Under Fire 2 so that will likely continue to be poked at to sate my growing curiosity. I also picked up Satisfactory for some (hopefully) low-stress factory/base building shenanigans. I’ll also be counting down the weeks and days to MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries’ launch. I miss my ShadowCat something fierce.

I am something of a trash panda gourmet, so I have a lot of choices that I like in snacks. I am a fan of classics like Cheez Doodles and popcorn, but I also enjoy a nice trail mix or yogurt-covered raisins now and again. One of my go-to’s, however, is always going to be gummi worms. They are my weakness. Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Still working on some alts and flying unlocks in World of Warcraft, still doing my usual thing in Final Fantasy XIV, and when I have some spare time prodding at some other games here and there. I’m also nearly finished with NaNo, which has been… kind of grinding this year, but the book has been reasonably fun.

While my wife and I have a great affection for gummi bears due to our college days (my roommate and I used to keep those stashed for quick energy), I don’t really consider those a proper snack food. My favorite snack is still probably Ritz crackers. I have such fond memories of my great aunt using those for cooking stuff, or just serving them with some brie. Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): Continuing this weekend with ArcheAge Unchained. I’m finally getting into the 40+ levels, so I’m encountering more ganks than previously. It could just be a matter of perspective (I’m expecting the gankers so all I see are enemies) but it certainly feels like there are more players from the opposing faction than from my friendly one. Maybe it is also because of the way the quests lead you. As in, maybe my faction quests intentionally lead me through baddie territory and it’s the same for them. I’m not sure. Also, I’ve already blazed through the Guild Wars 2 update (not that there was much to blaze through), so I might do map completion there.

Best snack is of course dried fruits and pretzels. Pretzels are truly the greatest gaming snack. Bite sized, salty, delicious. Also they aren’t sticky or greasy in any way, so your boards don’t get nasty. Tyler Edwards: Gonna try to check out Kingdom Under Fire 2. Any other free time will go to Age of Empires II DE, which I continue to obsess over. All of the RTS!

Bonus question: You could probably get me to betray my country for Triscuits.

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rafael12104

Favorite snack food? Hmm. I love chocolate so Trailmix with chunks of chocolate mixed in! You guys should try it if you haven’t. That sweet but salty taste can’t be beaten.

Well, it has been a banner week at my domicile. I’m on a wee vacation until next Sunday so I’ve had a chance to play a good variety of games.

Outer Worlds: I’m still chugging along. I’ve been taking my time and enjoying it.

ESO: My Sorc is level 20+. Scraped up enough crowns with the monthly reward to buy a nice little home in Daggerfall. And though it is typically not might style, I’ve spent hours decorating it.

Anthem: Yup. A glutton for punishment. Jumping into Freeplay is fast and furious.

Jedi Fallen Order: @mysecretid posted a great review down below with excellent detail.

I liked Dark Souls so it is no surprise that I’m enjoying Fallen Order. A few observations from my side.

1. Play the game at a comfortable difficulty. The key is to understand that the game is designed to be replayed at higher difficulties each time. There are unlocks and rewards encouraging players play this way. So, play easy mode, learn how to play, and then come back for the real game at a higher difficulty.

2. The platforming is fun. I felt like a real Jedi with some of the platform moves you have to pull off.

3. Combat gets better the more skills you unlock. As you go, you will create new combos and moves which really opens things up.

4. This is an arcade-style game. The story is ok and managing your skills is ok, but the game’s strength is in advancing by beating bosses.

Overall, IMO, this game feels like an EA apology to Disney. It is a fun game with no monetization shenanigans. It has good replay, for those looking for a challenge. And yet it is simple enough for those who are just Star Wars fans to enjoy.

It just might be the best Star Wars game EA has delivered since getting the license.

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Warning! — Absurdly Long Post Ahead Discussing The Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order Game!

This week, I’ve mostly been playing Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order on my PS4.

My reaction to the game has been oddly mixed.

Is it a good game? Sure. Will it sell a bazillion copies? Probably. Is it worth the full, brand-new store price? Honestly, I’d have to say no.

It’s a good game, but it’s still less than I’d hoped or expected. Not flawed — lovely graphics; solid voice-acting; decent story …

… but the devs made some choices in the game’s design that I don’t love.

The combat system is not my favorite; the save-game system feels unnecessarily punishing at points; and the story and characters have just enough depth to make me wish there were more depth to the goings-on.

The exploration and puzzle-solving game mechanics the devs “borrowed” from the Tomb Raider series? I believe they could’ve stolen more of those game mechanics, because what they have in this game feels oddly like a tricked-out “puzzle-platformer” game in spots rather than a game like the current Tomb Raider game.

They do a version of the “XP debt” thing — a game mechanic we haven’t seen/suffered since the halcyon days of City of Heroes.

When you get killed by an enemy, you lose all the XP and Force power you’ve accumulated since your last save point. You have to go back after respawning and make a hit on that same enemy. You don’t have to defeat them, but you do have to land a strike on them.

It gets annoying quickly, especially if you’re already having a rough game session.

Also, they do this thing with their exploration levels where certain sections of the map are closed off to you (marked in red on the map rather than green) until you gain certain Force abilities and/or skills later in the game.

Sounds okay on paper, maybe, but what it means is, you’re playing a section of the game, and maybe you find that part interesting — but you have to leave the levels unfinished and “come back later” — but what if you’re having fun and you want to keep playing through? Too bad, come back later.

My problems with the game are almost all design-specific like this.

The much touted more “realistic” lightsaber combat — where you’re striking, and parrying, and evading, second-to-second (not to mention using Force powers) can feel high-stress and frantic at points instead of fun — especially since the game’s “death mechanic” causes you to lose progress.

The NPC opponents tend not to make tactical errors in combat often, whereas, as the human player (especially when you’re just learning the game) you can, and you do.

I ended up doing something I hate doing in games — I turned the game difficulty down a notch from Ordinary to Story mode..

It’s not an e-peen or a macho thing that makes me hate doing this; it’s that I like to play games on Standard mode, to see them the way they were supposedly intended to be seen.

But the game’s combat system, and the number of times I kept dying and respawning, started to suck the fun out of the game. It still annoys me now, but less so.

A couple of other things: if you die accidentally by falling, or by testing a jump that fails, you respawn back where you started — but with some of your hit points taken away. It tends to discourage experimentation during play, because if you die enough times this way to lose all your hit points, you get thrown back to your last save point.

Another mechanic that I find frustrating: you have two “healing stim” packs, courtesy of your droid when you start the game. You can also choose to heal to full HP at save points — but IF you choose to heal during a save point, the game respawns all the enemies on that level.

So, you can end up fighting the same opponents multiple times, if you’re having a bad go, which gets dull and/or annoying. I’ve noticed on the PS4 what seems to be a glitch where, sometimes, even if you don’t rest at a save point, all the enemies on a level will respawn anyway. Gah.

Basically, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is a “challenge” game (like the Dark Souls game series) that in many ways trying to pass itself off as an action-adventure rpg.

It looks to be one kind of kind of game, when it actually plays like a different kind of game. It kinda reminds me of those old arcade games — where the goal was to keep trying until you finally “beat” the game, as opposed to immersing yourself in another world and having adventures there.

The game does get easier as it goes along, and you gain back your character’s various Force abilities, but by the time you’re fully a Jedi-type, the game is ending.

Meanwhile, the beginning sections are the most punishing, and likely where you’ll feel the weakest and the most vulnerable.

Again, there are parts of the game which are very fun, but the decisions the developers made about the various game mechanics kept getting in the way of that fun, at lest for me.

Take care of yourselves and each other, please. See you next week!

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zoward

Thanks for the review!

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Malcolm Swoboda
  • Wizards Unite – Lots of progress, been keeping up with more events, though I missed out on the final phase of a single-day fortress (group pve) challenge event because I wasn’t quite strong enough solo and I was too busy to head to meet a group IRL.
  • Mobius Final Fantasy, Another Eden, Lego Legacy – Logging in AE, NOT logging Mobius so probably pushing it off the list. Quit Lego Legacy once I clued in that this is an early access mobile title (yikes).
  • Magia Record – BARELY playing, but might do a huge catchup rush tonight or tomorrow.
  • Magikarp Splash – Slow progress :).
  • Last Cloudia – Mostly done perma content (a few Hard areas left, monster hunting) and finishing up the grind for the current event for the Melza character, thanks to squeezing in time during the day. I didn’t get her Soul Reaper Melza version in the gacha but that’s totally fine! Only looking forward to the surprise (in timing) Secret of Mana collab event starting next week!, and I saved up as much currency as possible for it. Still didn’t feel like enough, but someone told me that the devs gave a TON of it during the event in JP, so I hope they’re not lying. Maybe I’ll get Soul Reaper Melza in the process of gacha pulling?
  • Honkai Impact 3 – In exploring games, I tried this out a little. Its cool but… several things might get in the way. Its a lot of phone storage space, its all ‘waifu collector’ (even if in an epic way; yes I know I play Magia Story and that’s all girls but that’s different), its an action title, and I don’t quite have the perfect hardware for it. We’ll see.
  • Final Fantasy Brave Exvius – Kill me, I’m actually trying this one again. Even started a new account through another binding method, bye bye legacy account with launch Magitek Terra and later Lara Croft units! Starting from scratch with a better phone and more of an idea of how things work is nice, and there’s so much in this game, but its also always a bit of a mess, so I don’t know, but its fun enough for now. Finishing Part 1 (of 3) of Chapter 1 (of 7), in Season 1 (of 2, soon 3 according to JP version). Yeah, it has a lot. What always turns me off is how much many units get powercrept and obsolute needlessly, and I’m already feeling the annoyance of recognizing that again. There are free ‘friend point’ units that I wish could have expensive ways to empower to be currently relevant. There’s previously endgame quality units that mean little now. There’s protagonist story units that did get upgrades over a couple years but then it was decided that they needed CGI (during special attacks) Season 2 versions that may be the only ones that matter. There’s a lot of ‘minimal viable service’ going on, though that’s more than a little typical for gacha. I also don’t like how they have so many gameplay events, including main story related sidestories, that have NEVER returned; would it kill them to integrate it into the permanent content after a year or two? Some of the most successful titles would do an event, rerun it later with harder content and more rewards, then squeeze it into the game to stay after, just with more normalized rewards and no/less grind.

Tried Black Desert but I definitely do NOT have the hardware for it yet.. and it reminds me of all the MMOs I don’t particularly like. Didn’t have the time to advance FFXVPE, Granblue Fantasy, SWTOR, whatever.

Partner and I might squeeze in some Goose Game or Antihero tonight.

Here’s what I’ll be playing soon.

And I’ve been hearing this a lot lately.

D&D group met for a night to character create. I’m not quite done (no spells chosen and I don’t get the class mechanics yet) but say hello to Melkolm, Lv 1 Kalastar Wizard, dimension hopping to Faerun. Had to tweak a couple details to make it okay with the DM, but its all good now.

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Y’know, all this time, I thought people were joking about the Goose Game — I didn’t think it was real — I thought it was a meme or something!

Enjoy your cavalcade of gaming!

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cursedseishi

Good luck with the Wizard! I always stuck with the… less complicated classes myself with D&D and Pathfinders, with Bard being the furthest I dipped into it. Gimme a fixed spell list I don’t have to futz with any day over having to pick out of everything you have–or in Wizards case, have to deal with a big old musty book you need to take care of!

Oh, and good honking with goose game. I’ve seen it around, and whilst I can personally enjoy the sort of Trolling that game is entirely built about it hasn’t quite caught me enough to actually buy it.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Yeah I’m a little worried about managing my spells, given that I was SUPER lazy last campaign as just Paladin, not knowing almost any of my spells and only making something of a spell list half way through…

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I’m still running around Egypt on my Templar in The Secret World, and trying to finally hit max level on my Fae Trickster in Trove.

However, my company is sending me across the world to South Africa for a couple of weeks after Thanksgiving, and I’m not expecting to do a lot of gaming while there, although I’ll try to keep up with MOP. Have a great week (and Thanksgiving, for my fellow USians).

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Michael18

South Africa is great. Enjoy the trip!

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Travel safely, sir!

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Danny Smith

Dead By Daylight, FFXIV, Death Stranding and that also got me in the mood to try some of the big new minecraft mods. Its very strange the games been around long enough now that some stuff like Industrialcraft is forgotten and people go “what are those machines?” and new stuff like Astralcraft are taking over as devs of mods like Thaumcraft are giving up, moving on or just calling it finished. Its a very interesting time where Microsoft took the core game in a fantasy direction but its making the modders return to the industry based stuff that was so in vogue in the tekkit era.

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Utakata

This week: What Mr. raphael may not be realizing, is that my army Lyns are slowing creeping towards the level 50 mark. Which really isn’t max level for B&S anymore. That got moved to 60 of late…

But here’s the thing though, I pretty much know the route to 55 (which was the last max level for this game)…to which all the physical content is unlocked. But what remains a mystery to is the “content” from 55 to 60, which seems devoid of any known substance as far as I am aware of. I mean, it’s all laid out on map UI when you scroll up out of it (or the costume/gear UI storage for that fact). And there is absolutely nothing after Solak. So the question now becomes: Do I cull Bulbari in Hogshead Pastures, Eric Cartman style all the way to 60 after hitting 55? >.<

Also this week: More WoW & Soul, Retail! o.O

Bonus Answer: Anything chocolate! <3

Have a great week and weekend folks! :)

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Ah, I got you. From 55 to 60 is covered partly in the awakening quests and a story line tied to some of the bad guys you have already met.

Let me see if I can find a link that will help you out. And don’t worry. Doing the awakening quests unlocks new attacks and specs but it doesn’t mean you have to use them. It all comes down to your style.

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Utakata

Well…thanks for that clarification then. :)

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Michael18

I’m continuing my play through of Planescape: Torment (just entered Clerk’s Ward).

Last Sunday I subbed to Origin Prime for Jedi: Fallen Order, but after completing the third planet¹ I will probably not continue much. It has a far greater prio on action combat over story than I expected, so not what I was looking forward to. (But not a bad game. If you are interested in some intense lightsaber melee combat action, it’s worth a look, for sure!)

Certain unfortunate recent events inspired me to reinstall EverQuest Titanium and setting it up for Project 1999, this morning. I wanna give servers Green or Teal a try, but not sure yet whether I gonna start any serious leveling project.

Happy and relaxing week-end, everyone!

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¹ not considering the areas that are locked during the first visit and require backtracking at a later point in the game (à la Metroidvania).

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Planescape: Torment is a fantastic game, and, in least in the case of the GOG edition, it comes with a novelization of the story of the game. But finish the game first, if you haven’t played it through before.

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Michael18

Oh, I had overlooked that book in the game extras. Looks cool. Thanks for pointing me to it!

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Sorenthaz

Dead By Daylight, Final Fantasy XIV, ArcheAge Unchained in no particular order is probably what I’ll be playing mostly this weekend. Maybe some Smite too since it has 3x worshippers this weekend.

Bonus question: probably honey mustard pretzels. Snyder’s honey mustard & onion pretzel pieces (more like ‘chunks’) are pretty great.

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I’ve been playing Diablo3 Season 19, which started yesterday at 5PM PST.

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Bryan Correll

everyone loves beans.

Blech. I don’t even like jelly beans.

But I do still like playing ESO.

Bonus: Nothing healthy, that’s for sure.

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Utakata

…I turn into an inflated pink whoopee cushion just thinking about them. /bleh