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The hag did curse me, o my kinsfolk, but forsooth, I outsmarted her once again! With a wizened finger she did point and proclaim that o’er hill and dale, through field and forest, ‘neath blue skies or black, I should have no respite from the agony of her spite! Yet I speak thee truth when I say that the hag left me several loopholes, such as living my life within a pressurized dome beneath the ocean waves, which she thought could ne’er be done by mortal men!

As you see well, it is not a perfect solution, not least of being that her curse to make me talk like a classic trickster hero is still in effect! It appears indeed that different parts of the curse were working under separate conditionals! But truly, this seems like an easier option than apologizing! Let me know if you have any curses from hags you are evading at this time in the comments of What Are You Playing, and perhaps one day I too shall end a sentence without an exclamation mark! The hag and I are not friends!

Bonus question: What is your favorite kind of traditional holiday food?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Playing Pokemon Go for the yearly 2 day makeup/round up event, if the holiday prep doesn’t kill me. So much cooking already!

Can I still choose stuffing for my favorite food? If not, goose. It’s old school tradition and expensive, so when we do get it, it’s such a treat Andy McAdams: I’ll be continuing to putz along in The Elder Scrolls Online. I just finished all the Dragonhold DLC but I have honestly most of the rest of the game to experience; I haven’t even finished the main story quest.

Favorite Holiday Food: Date cookies – like the fruit dates, not the activity. I will eat those things until my sugar spirals wildly out of control and I’m nauseous for the next week. Not that it has happen before or anything. Purely hypothetical, you see. Ben Griggs (@braxwolf): The Elder Scrolls Online: Skyrim chapter tease has reinvigorated my desire to finish up the Dragonhold DLC. I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but I seem to always hit an TESO slump in the fall. It happened with Murkmire last year, too. I may also grind some World of Warships, as I’ve recently unlocked a tier VII Japanese cruiser and tier VI German battleship.

Favorite holiday food has got to be my mom’s Christmas cookies. I can’t stay out of those Tupperware containers when I visit my parents for Christmas! Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I have no idea. If I have time, I’ll squeeze in Star Wars Galaxies Legends or City of Heroes, but between work and holiday prep, I’m crunched.

Ug, why is Eliot always asking us about food and making us hungry. Holiday food mostly sucks, especially in the winter. I’m going with eggnog. But Bree, you say, that’s a drink! It’s not. Good nog is too thick to be a drink. That shit is sugar-milk gravy. Yum. Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): There will be a whole lot of Mechwarrior 5 (I 100% get the complaints about repetitiveness, but I signed up for stomping robots blowing up stuff and that’s what I’m getting), and I’ve re-upped my sub to The Elder Scrolls Online to revisit my werewolf boy and maybe get some progress there.

I love me some roast turkey, but I also enjoy a good holiday ham. One of my favorite holiday meals, though, is roast leg of lamb with lots of garlic and herbs. Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I am going to be doing some stuff in World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV, really I am, but between a title on deck for reviews and my general mood it’s going to be a fair amount of single-player stuff. There’s so much stuff to play.

There are lots of holiday foods I love that other people have listed, but I’m a sucker for peppermint bark. I also dearly miss my grandmother’s roast lamb with mint jelly. Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): It’s a Destiny 2 and Black Desert Online weekend. I am hoping for a date night too.

I love pecan pie. My mom used to make mashed sweet potatoes with bourbon and orange in it, but I don’t have that recipe. Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): I will continue my ArcheAge journey. At level 50, so only 5 more standard levels and then we’ll see what comes after that.

Traditional holiday food must be turkey or roast beef. That and a plate of charcuterie to snack on. Perfect. Tyler Edwards: If I can beat the lag monster, I might continue exploring the wintery fun in Anthem. If not that, probably more Age of Empires II.

Bonus question: I don’t think I’ve ever even tried any traditional holiday foods. Is any of it vegan?

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It’s part of being human that, sometimes, it takes us a while to realize in the front of our brains why we’re actually doing something.

I’d been buying a lot of new single-player games in the last month or two, which typically turns out to be an expensive proposition for me because, if I like a single-player game, I tend to play it intensely and finish it in a week or less.

This is actually part of the reason why I started playing MMORPG games back in the day: it was a more cost-effective way for me to have access to ongoing gaming.

Dropping cash for a full-priced new release game every week can be difficult to budget on an ongoing basis, at least in my world. I like living indoors, y’know? :-)

So, I finally realized that the reason I’d been wrecking my game budget buying a slew of single-player releases was that I very much wanted to play something new — or, at least, new to me.

As much as I love playing Star Trek Online, or Star Wars: The Old Republic (now that it appears to be back on track with its storytelling), or Destiny 2, or Fortnite: Save The World (i.e. the PvE co-op version of the game), I have played the pixels off of these games, and I continue to do so, pretty much in the order listed above.

I needed a game to play that felt new to me; something where I didn’t already know the game’s landscape intimately.

So, this week, I ended up re-loading two online games that I’ve owned for a bit, but didn’t really do much with when I got them: Neverwinter Online on my PS4, and (wait for it … waaaaaait for it … :-) ) Final Fantasy XIV Online on my PC.

So far, they’re both good games for what I needed, in very, very different ways.

Perfect World appears to have brought it’s monetization practices more in line with its better policies from games like STO, which makes Neverwinter less of a pain-in-the-ass to play than I remember. Why one publisher needs three different monetization approaches on three different games always baffled and annoyed me, but at least things seem better in Neverwinter now.

Developer Cryptic has also polished and tweaked the gameplay since last I was in-game. The changes aren’t radical enough to win over anyone who hated the game at launch, but they do make the game play better now.

Neverwinter Online is basically Dungeons & Dragons as an online action rpg. It’s quick and it’s fast, and it’s not necessarily terribly deep — but if you’re looking to roam a fantasy world on a cool mount with an NPC companion in tow, and slay monsters and smite evil while looting magic and riches, it will definitely do that for ya.

Final Fantasy XIV? What could I possibly say about FFXIV here which Massively posters haven’t already said about the game here on the site, on the regular?

What I like about the game most at this early stage is how different it is from the eleventy-billion other fantasy games out there.

It’s not your standard European medieval-fantasy inspired game world, populated mostly by brutish, hairy muscular dudes who haven’t yet invented the concept of personal hygiene. Magic? Yeah, they can do that. Soap? Not so much. :-)

FFXIV’s world of Eorzea is its own thing, definitely; a curious fusion of eastern and western fantasy tropes, with a highly-developed aesthetic style (a world where both men and women vie for the title of who’s better dressed and who’s better-looking in a never-ending daily war :-)).

The game also has an intermittent whimsical sense of humor about itself, which often manifests in unexpected ways.

Basically, what I needed from my gaming was not to play “the same old thing in the same old way”. With Neverwinter Online and Final Fantasy XIV Online, I may have a good chance of doing just that.

Take care of yourselves, and each other — it’s how we’ll all get through. Love to yas, my friends, and I’ll see you next time!

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Welcome to Eorzea! What data center/server did you start on? I’m on Crystal/Zalera. It’s currently a Preferred server, so there’s a chance you are. Or at least on the same data center.

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Crystal, yes, but Coeurl, alas.

Thank you for the kind welcome, good Jon!

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I have an alt on Coeurl that I actually play! But you can also have cross-sever friends on the same data center. If you’re on right now, look for J’on Buck in Limsa.

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I just got back to New Hampshire after a two week business trip to South Africa. I didn’t play anything in between. Jet lag is the order of the day, so lots of sleep is the biggest thing on my agenda. Beyond that, I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with DDO, LotRO, and Trove. Also have a new SSD twice the size of the one I’m currently using in this laptop, so I”ll probably reinstall everything and add Secret World Legends to my roster. Good night all.

Holiday treats: I love me some Christmas cookies, candy corn at Hallowe’en time and apple pie a la mode at Thanksgiving.

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Rest up, zoward! It seems like jet lag gets harder to shake off the more one travels. Give yourself the time.

I’ve also found that drinking water can help, so I’ll pass that along.

Cheers,

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Thanks, Secret. Fortunately I rested a lot on that first leg (17 hours) and did dink a lot of water during that flight and between flights. I tend to bounce back from jet lag pretty quickly, so I’m not too concerned. I had a great time in SA, but I’m also damn happy to be stateside with my wife and kids. I hope all is well with you and your family.

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Toy Clown

Never before have I spread my gaming attention between 3 MMOs!

1. FFXIV – I’m still shooting straight on the path to omni-crafter and gatherers! All crafts are 71-72 and gathering (minus fishing, haven’t started!) are 70-71. I took a break to make gear and guess what I found out?! It takes 5-10k to buy materials to create 1-200k items! I’m sooo happy I won’t be gauged anymore!

2. ArcheAge:Unchained – Hit my goal of 70k Printing and ran off a massive amount of Art of Language books. My character should be speaking the other faction’s language in about 2 months!

3. Path of Exile – I had a rough start, due to pain issues, but came back to it, rehotkeyed movements and abilities, and started having fun! I enjoy finishing off my night doing a quest or two. Level 39 currently!

While not gaming-related, I’m into the 2nd book of the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. This guy is a hellova creative worldbuilder!

Christmas foodies!: While technically not a food, I love my Egg Nog. I go crazy for Egg Nog. As soon as it hits the shelves it goes into my coffee in place of creamer, into my cat’s bowl (who loves it, too!) as a little treat, and I’ll dump some Jim Beam into it for a night off of watching Christmas movies!

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Three MMORPGs at once was always tough for me to do as well, Toy, but if you enjoy the games, you’ll find a way. Enjoy!

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  • Wizards Unite – Finished the winter event phase but didn’t get to finish today’s Community Day as.. well, it just slipped my mind. I might have been able to, but it required opening porticulums (aka actually walking) which I couldn’t do. I really really wish Community Days were 6+ hours or all day instead of a 3 hour window – leave the window for some kind of bonus at most. Almost Lv 30!
  • Another Eden – Took a detour for the Persona 5 event and its actually a bit too hard for me, but I already started so I’ll see how far I can go. The bosses are more uh, JRPG boss mechanicky, where I have to shift characters around, kill enemies at the same time, etc.
  • Magikarp Splash – Slow progress :).
  • Last Cloudia – 100%ed the Secret of Mana event except I still didn’t

Not much else. Tried Iron Saga and Black Desert Online mobile games and they’re not for me/my phone specs. There’s a 5 day free for FFXIV and after wrestling with network issues for downloading it on my PC, I got in. Maybe I’ll get past Lv 5, who knows?

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Sorry, messed up the post.

  • Last Cloudia – 100%ed the Secret of Mana event except I still didn’t get the final gacha character, oh well! Working through the ‘training event’ for certain characters, and finally some new main story released so I’ll take my time through that – apparently it offers new summon abilities. I’m still in, just less into it! Go Another Eden!
  • Here’s where I’m at! Die, fluffy bears!

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    They may be fluffy, but it sounds like those bears cannot be trusted!

    We are not fooled by your cuteness, bears!!!

    Enjoy, my friend!

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    blah blazh

    Been back playing Vindictus lately. I still think it has the best combat around. Graphically it is definitely showing its age though.

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    Utakata

    This week: Working on a immaculately detailed portrait of someone’s very furry pet that seemingly to be carved unto a head of pin, to which needed to be done yesterday. I am not really an animal drawer, but I guess they had confidence in me to reproduce it to their specifications in fairness and are paying me handsomely for it. So go me, I guess. >.<

    Also this week: WoW & Blade & Soul & Retail.

    Bonus Answer: Tandoori turkey…

    "There's no such thing as that, Uta!"

    …yeah, I know. But sometimes I want something a little different from the tradition! /sigh

    Have a great week and weekend folks!

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    I’m sure da Vinci had days like that with his patrons, Uta. “She wants me to paint what???” (grumble grumble grumble) “Well at least the money’s good!” :-)

    As for tandoori turkey — it could be a tradition if you make it one! :-)

    Cheers,

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    Sray

    I barely have the energy to breathe these days, so I think it’s time to give the PC a break and get back to some serious couch gaming. I didn’t realize how taxing gaming on the PC can be until Triple B was talking about it last weekend, and that’s when it dawned on me that it might be time for a temporary change of gaming venue.

    So this week I’m probably going to dust off a couple recent games that I’ve left sitting untouched since I got them. So it’s likely to be a restart of Jedi Fallen Order (I’m like 20 mins in, so nothing lost by starting over) on the PC (wired through my TV and with a controller), and on the PS4 I think I might just finish off my new game+ of Persona 5 so I can max out all my confidants and bring that save file over to P5R when it comes out this spring. I also got an Oculus Quest as an early Xmas gift, and I played a little Vader Immortal: VR is way more taxing than PC of course, but the game is played in 20 min chapters, so I might just do that when I need to stretch my legs.

    Anyway, go. Hunt. Kill skuls. And in case I don’t see you later, good afternoon, good evening, and good night.

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    Hope the couch gaming break leaves you feeling more energised.

    Persona 5 is another game on my list to explore at some point. I have access via the Now sub thingy but it will probably be the New Year when i get round to it. My gaming time is a bit full right now and it looks to be a game you sink a lot of time into.

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    Oh no 3B, Persona 5 isn’t a game that you sink a lot of time into: it’s a game that assumes control of your entire existence for several weeks. It’s time to give up your life, cross over to the metaverse, save the world… and of course, find the anime videogame waifu of your dreams.

    Seriously though, it’s at least 100 hours no matter the difficulty setting, and that’s also completely regardless of how much cutscene skipping/fast forwarding you do. And if my memory serves you only have until mid January until the top notch PS4 games (Uncharted 4, God of War, Persona 5 among others) leave the PS Now service. The vanilla game is a greatest hits title though, so you can pick it up pretty cheap later if you don’t get to it before it leave PS Now. Plus, with the expanded version coming this spring, at this point it might just be best to wait for that (although it looks like it’s going to basically be going head to head with Biomutant, which looks like another awesome RPG).

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    rafael12104

    Persona 5 is not my type of game. That’s what I thought before it sucked me in. Heh. It’s the type of game that you sit down to play for an hour and then you time warp 4 or 5 hours later.

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    Yeah, I don’t game on a couch — it’s actually the same favorite chair I use at my desk — but when I’m console gaming, I can just lean back into that chair and relax while attempting to save the universe.

    Enjoy, my friend!

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    TomTurtle

    I got into Grand Theft Auto 5 for its story mode and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Rockstar put a whole lot of detail into that game and it shows. I really enjoyed the characterization for how immersive it all was. It’s been a long while since I played a GTA game so this was a nice entry to jump back in on.

    For holiday food, I’m a big sucker for pumpkin pie. Eliot reminded me of my love for peppermint bark as well. I have a sweet tooth that’s for sure.

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    Glad you’re enjoying GTA V, Tom! GTA IV remains my favorite, though. Behind the humor and the action, the story there was a scathing satirical indictment of what those in power allowed to happen to the egalitarian American Dream.

    Given the current political mayhem playing out in the US, GTA IV seems almost prophetic in its warnings now.

    Enjoy getting your GTA V on, gangster Turtle. Let us know how it goes!

    Cheers,

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    Sorenthaz

    Games-wise, Dead By Daylight, Final Fantasy XIV, SWTOR, Stardew Valley, Warframe, and Super Robot Wars T are the pool of games I’ll most likely be playing from. Most likely will at least poke into Warframe and see what all the new stuff is about. FFXIV I’ve hopped back on my MNK’s ARR relic grind. The books were a real slog but finally got those done and just finished the sphere scroll step as well (rip my gil wallet though).

    Bonus question : Mashed potatoes + ham. Simple but godlike combo that I’ve been finding to appreciate every Thanksgiving/Christmas. Pies are good too.

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    That’s quite the games list! You’ll need the ham and potatoes to keep your energy up! :-)

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    Sorenthaz

    Eh it’s just kind of my “options” that I’m looking at based on what I’m interested in right now, not really planning to play ’em all, lol.

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    rafael12104

    Traditional food. Let’s just get this out of the way first because I have strong opinions on the matter.

    My fave is Turkey and stuffing covered with dark gravy with a little cranberry jam on the side. Mmmmmm! People forget about the core meal, but it is the best! (honorable mention Sweet Potato Pie, a complete meal for me if nobody is watching.)

    So, I battle rez’ed my PC but work is getting in the way of all the games I want to play.

    BnS is and has been on my radar but I haven’t logged in yet. Hopefully that will change today.

    Warframe made the list during the Game Awards. I want to pilot a Railjack!

    Anthem is still kicking. I’m enjoying the event and the drops. It is easy to play too as I can jump in, do a few things, and jump out with out a huge time commitment.

    BDO is back on my list as it should be. The holiday ambiance in the game is so cool it is worth some play over the holidays.

    Outter Worlds. I’m going to go back and play “dark side”, if you will, and get a different ending.

    Oh, and I’m going to go back and finish Control. It is a great game that I stopped playing due to time constraints.

    Lots to play during the holidays!

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