WRUP: Mikhail, the first vendor you see in town edition

    
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WRUP: Mikhail, the first vendor you see in town edition

Hello, friend! Would you like to trade? You’d like to sell? Seventeen [Yak Horns]? Very good, here’s your money! May you find good fortune in your travels.

Hello, friend! Would you like to trade? You’d like to sell? Twelve [Bleeding Carp Meat]? Very good, here’s your money! Have a good day.

Hello, friend! Would you like to trade? You’d like to sell? Six [Cursed Artifact Fragments]? Very good, here’s your money! Have a good day.

Hello, spouse! Would you like to talk? You’d like to know how much money I’ve made? Everyone has only sold me things! Please don’t leave.

Hello, friend! Would you like to trade? You’d like to sell? Three [Valuable Vendor Garbage Bags]? Very good, here’s your money! Have a good day.

Hello, friend! Would you like to trade? You’d like to sell? One [Blessed Hammer of the Prior Expansion Endgame]? Very good, here’s your money! I wish you well.

Hello, friend! Would you like to trade? You’d like to sell? I’m sorry, I can’t accept that quest item. May good fortune follow you in your travels.

Hello, friend! Would you like to trade? You’d like to buy? You want to buy seven [Vendor-Pelting Cabbages]? Thank you for your purchase! I wish you well.

Hello, friend! Would you like to trade? You’d like to What Are You Playing? Get out of here you rotten freak. We don’t need your kind here.

Bonus question: Have you ever learned to fight in real life? If not, would you want to?

Andy McAdams: I’m predictable – more The Elder Scrolls Online for my MMO-fix and I’ve been really enjoying (again) Oxygen Not Included for my Not-So-Massively fix. I’ll continue to fight the urge to purchase Temtem, and have a strange desire to try to get into Dwarf Fortress again. In the past, I haven’t been able to really crack the UX of Dwarf Fortress despite knowing I’d love the gameplay, as I have over 400 hours into Rimworld. We’ll see.

Bonus Question: Indeed I have! I’m currently 8 years in and a third-degree brown belt in a Traditional Shotokan Karate school; I should have finally get my black belt sometime this summer. It’s kind of amazing me to that it’s taken me longer to get my black belt than it took to get my masters degree (and I actually moved slightly faster than the average student through the ranks). Black belt is on my bucket list, and I’m eager to finally check it off after the better part of a decade of effort.

Ben Griggs (@braxwolf): I just made a burly Nord tank in TESO and have started leveling him through the Ebonheart Pact areas. I’ll probably continue questing with him and maybe even attempt a dungeon or two when those unlock for him. Strangely enough, though I’ve played for a few years, I’ve never seriously leveled a Nord, but the Dark Heart of Skyrim announcement got me excited about the prospect.

I asked my dad to teach me how to fight when I was about eight years old. He gave me a few pointers about protecting my face with one hand and going for the nose of my opponent. Thinking back, I don’t think he really knew how to fight. He was an accountant. Unfortunately, I decided to use my newfound skills on my sister the next time she annoyed me. When my dad found out, he held my arms behind my back and let my sister punch me in the stomach as punishment. I deserved it.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Honestly, I think I’m going to take the weekend and get out of the house. But I’ll still make it into something, probably Star Wars Galaxies Legends. The population swell lately has manifested in my sales, so I have some restocking to do on my food, droid, and component vendors!

I know exactly enough about fighting to know I’m standing behind Andy.

Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): Legends of Runeterra! I’ve been really looking forward to it’s release. I know it’s just another TCG for some folks, but it’s finally a chance for me to learn about the League of Legends lore. More importantly, it’s not Hearthstone. I stopped playing serious Hearthstone years ago, but I always came back to it because it was the only TCG with the production values that I was looking for; problem was it was a Warcraft product. I love the Warcraft series as much as the next guy, but playing the MMO and the card game was just too much Warcraft for me.

As for fighting, I don’t know how to fight. But because of everything that’s happening in the news I’m planning on buying a gun for self defense. I also plan on picking up fencing this year if that counts for anything.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): This weekend I’m playing “plan the next leg of my party’s D&D campaign,” which has a couple of added wrinkles of things I have never learned to do before, but by gum I’m gonna do ’em, new DM or not!

I would love to learn a fighting style. Specifically how to wield large swords. Partially because I am a sword nerd, partially for fitness and strength building. Honestly, conventional exercise bores me and my lazy butt needs motivation to move.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): There is so much Fire Emblem to play as I tear through a second playthrough of Fire Emblem: Three Houses and decide when to pull the trigger on Fire Emblem: Awakening. Oh, and Final Fantasy XIV, of course.

I’ve taken a smattering of martial arts courses over the course of my life and a bunch of firearm courses between Boy Scouts and my adult life; perhaps ironically, I’m a pacifist and don’t believe in fighting. My general interest in actual real-life combat extends only far enough to block and deny any fighting. Despite this, I find learning about weaponry and combat styles in the abstract fascinating, so there’s a bit of a disconnect there.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’ve been reconnecting with Neverwinter as of late, but I also have plans to get some more Northern Elsweyr done in TESO. Plus, The Sims 4’s Tiny Living has me hooked on making tiny homes!

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I will be leveling my Guardian in Black Desert Online. I may drop into TESO. I will otherwise be occupied with family stuff and other projects.

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): Not too much gaming for me this weekend. I’ll be able to log in and get my Guild Wars 2 festival dailies, but likely not much else.

I took karate lessons for a couple of years when I was a kid until I wasn’t able to anymore. Legend has it that I attended a small tournament once, where, in my first match a kid repeatedly targeted and wrecked my head with blow after blow. They say between rounds I told my instructor through tears, “I don’t wanna be a fighter anymore.” At least that’s how the legend goes.

Tyler Edwards: More Star Trek Online. Turns out the difficulty spike when you hit level cap is pretty intense, but so far I’m managing to endure. I’m on a story arc with the Borg at the moment; the trouble with the Borg in video games is they always want to find a way to make the Borg even scarier. The Borg are already scary enough; you don’t need to lay it on even thicker. Hopefully the next story arc will be more compelling.

Bonus question: Not in any serious way. I learned some boxing moves as part of a fitness class a ways back, but we never actually sparred, and I had one sword fighting class on a whim a few weeks ago, but I haven’t been back. I did enjoy the boxing, and combat sports definitely interests me, but money is an issue, and I have some physical challenges that would probably render learning an actual martial art an impossibility for me.

Patron Pierre: I think I’m on a narrative gaming trip these days. I’m so glad to be back in The Elder Scrolls Online, as I really enjoy the quests, all the little story writing is really well done. As Justin detailed on his gaming blog, combat is far from perfect in ESO, but that’s not what you should look for in this excellent MMO. Solo gaming, I’m going on exploring and delivering stuff in Death Stranding and surviving the cordiceps apocalypse in The Last of Us Remastered. And you, MOP readers, WRUP this weekend?

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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Brazen Bondar

Regular SWTOR dailies. Still haven’t sorted out the issues with the Epic launcher but I really should since I’ve already paid for the game!

I’m from NYC. Yes, I learned how to fight and as a child often had to practice my skills. As soon as I learned you could beat people with fancy words, I tried to stick with that approach when I could.

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Yes, I’ve trained in Kokushiryu Goshindo Jujutsu, Capoeira and Cuong Nhu.

Vendetta is such a good game! Space lazers, the MMO. Also having some fun in Minecraft: kyoto.apexmc.co

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Malcolm Swoboda
  • Wizards Unite – Progressing a new event, though they stepped up the ‘difficulty’/milking of players this time. With any luck I’ll squeeze through.
  • Magia Record, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Another Eden, Magikarp Splash – Dailies/logins
  • Last Cloudia – Grinding the ‘Tower Prelude’ event and almost done that. Then I’ll try to return to clearing out the last of content I missed.
  • Mobius Final Fantasy – Deciding if I should stick around or deleting it from my Steam for good.
  • Alter Ego – Wow! I’m.. done? That story was fast. Its meditative enough that I can daily login and try to max out the last of progression and achievements, then decide whether I want to support the devs with ‘post-end DLC’ (which I’m so-far finding is romance bait conversations’ but maybe not).
  • Arknights – Well I didn’t drop it. I don’t love it, but there’s parts I really like, so we’ll see. Most of my gacha story progression was here this week instead of Another Eden.
  • World of Warcraft – .. private servers. Messed around on Vanilla and Cata servers. One good thing I can say about this game is that grinding is rather calming.

These mobile games may sound like a lot but all the daily stuff I want to do is definitely done within 1-2 hours, and extended storyline play added to it maxes it at 2-3. What it DOES step on is potential MMO play ;).

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I’ve been playing GW2.

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Michael18

Still mostly just leveling in EveryQuest on P99 Green. It’s amazing how much variation there is within this seemingly simple core loop of a mob grind. Did not expect that. Mostly caused by the social interactions within groups (and while searching / forming groups and when groups implode, lol).

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Sorenthaz

My weekend’s technically not even a weekend anymore as I’ve been shifted to having two weekdays off, so that’s going to be fun.

Games-wise, it’s going to be some mix of Monster Hunter World (theoretically will be starting Iceborne with a friend), Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (getting ready for the Buu Saga, so entering the final stretch ’til DLC comes around), FFXIV (probably just chilling with friends unless I feel like doing something), and then later in the week Warcraft 3: Reforged will probably be receiving some nice quality time from me because that was easily one of my most favorite games from my early-mid teen years (which is becoming half my lifetime ago now… /sigh). Oh and I might dabble in Dead By Daylight since it’s got an event going on for some bonus bloodpoints and the new battle pass came out.

Might throw in some Smash Bros Ultimate or Super Robot Wars T as well if I feel inclined to peel off of my computer, but probably not.

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I have been trying a bunch of my backlog games out recently, but nothing has really stuck. My Steam lists are looking tidier than they have in years – it appears that I am pretty picky.

My play time has been limited in recent weeks so I have been ducking in and out of LoL (ARAM only), Escape from Tarkov, and I am currently taking a look at Legends of Runeterra – which I can play while watching a DOTA tourney.

Bonus: I would not call most events that happen spontaneously actual fights as they typically do not last long. I have trained & sparred in “unstructured formats” when I was younger as other resources were unavailable to me.

The availability of guns where I grew up, pretty much squashed all forms of “fistfights” at some point though.

Lots of good places to train at where I live now, but my patience/desire quotient is no longer there. Also I like my ears as they are and find that burning sensation from the inevitable grappling very irritating.

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Utakata

This week and an update on last week’s said tooth extraction: Welp…they’re out! Thank goodness! And the process was as brutal as I expected it would be. The industrial drill to get at the impacted one was something else…I’m pretty sure it woke up the dead. And the one that wasn’t…they had to hold firmly the head and two pigtails down to pivot themselves for it’s removal. I had noted the dentist muttering something about Gnome’s disproportionate sized heads and why on Earth do they get wisdom teeth too. But that was all good…as I survived…

…now the fun part is the recovery, where I am down to soups, yogurts, baby food and salt water rinses. And hope it’s quick enough that I can eventually chew again. And does so before opportunistic microbes decide turn the ‘dry sockets’ in place of said extracted teeth into a biological experiment. /bleh

At least I haven’t turned into a pink chipmunk from any swelling as of typing this. So no need to send me any peanuts! /phew

As also for that Windows 10 update: That hasn’t happened yet. My tech person injured themselves while shoveling a large dumping of snow the day before…so it’s postponed till tomorrow. And if you don’t see my presence after this Sunday, you’ll know that process went terribly wrong. :(

Also this week and assuming Windows 10 doesn’t nuke my access to them: More WoW and Blade & Soul. Where I take the…

“Short or long to Goblin City? The straight way’s short. But the long way’s pretty…”

RIP Terry Jones. /bows

And have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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zoward

Hey – you’re past the hard part! Now you can rest up and get back to that bnsing and nzothing. Glad to hear it went as well as you could have hoped for. Hopefully those dry sockets are getting some fairly high-powered antibiotics to keep them honest? Hopefully? Be well!

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Utakata

Thanks! And that’s appreciated…

…a couple of things for clarity though:

1) I am referring to 8.3 as the Vision of Sch’Noz…because that’s what I think of it currently. >.<

2) I'm just taking Tylenol 2's for pain management and moderate salt water rinses for microbe management. As there is nothing there for the dentist to issue stronger medicine at this juncture. I guess they're are confident my immune system will to keep everything in check for now. So no Made in Abscessing for what that's worth. o.O

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Glad to hear it went well.

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Utakata

I am very glad it didn’t turn into Steve Martin’s number in Little Shop of Horrors. Just Saying. >.<

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IronSalamander8 .

I was so sad to see Terry Jones is gone. I love Monty Python so much and while I know the whole crew has done more than just MP (even with Chapman dying so long ago now), I have a special place in my heart for that wondrous crew!

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Leveling a Guardian in BDO. Some people have complained how slow she is but I really like the deliberate attacks she has. They really seem like they have weight and impact in her attacks. I’m not sure how she will be in PVP but for now, I really like it. I must say that the animations and visceral feel of the combat in BDO is second to none. I just wish there was a lot more character customization (not visually but how each class plays) in the game. If they had that, I would be playing the game a lot more.

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Danny Smith

With Dead by Daylight and Destiny 2 becoming more and more on the backburner as battlepass upkeep is poison to me and just slowly puts me off any game at this point i’ve been trying to mix it up. Tried WoW’s 8.3 while playing some more classic and boy is that boring and lazy. Tried ESO again after a friend gave me a copy of elsweyr when they got a second copy by accident and its fine but i just don’t like it. The visuals, the tone, the gameplay it just feels like i like FFXIV because its an mmo that captures the feeling of Final Fantasy, ESO to me feels like an mmo that is riding the Elder Scrolls IP but it really doesn’t do it justice and unlike XIV i consider it a bad alternative rather than an equal in the overall series if that makes sense.

Now i’m installing some games i missed in the churn of 2019. So i’ve got the Surge 2, A Plagues Tale, Code Vein, DMCV, The Outer Worlds and Luigis Mansion 3 all patching and thats basically every 2019 release i wanted to play but didn’t

Also with friends getting into warhammer over christmas they wanted some painting lessons so i picked up a box of nurgle demons and some contrast paints, these special high pigment runny medium paints that act like a base, layer, highlight and wash all at once for beginners and some technical paints, things that make like slime or rust, and in about 3 hours i farted these out and got them going on their skeletons and elves and whatnot and tomorrow i help them learn to play. Thank god you can teach the rules in 20 minutes compared to old warhammer.

I also thought about reinstalling The Division 2 but it looks like the devs still have no idea what kind of game it is let alone where to take it so installing a huge hard drive hog just to grind boring weapons to watch the number go bigger seems like a waste of time. When i fall off a GaaS boy is it hard to sell me on the loop again i guess.

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I’ve been watching beginning courses on painting the figures lately. I’m not even sure I ever would try – but I enjoy watching people do their thing.

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Danny Smith

Contrast paints are a pretty easy way to start but also tend to work better for smaller models and often simple things. Its really a case of learning to paint one thing like armour and sticking to it till you get the basics and step out of your comfort zone but i always recommend starting in minatures with undead or mutants. Theres no rules about being neat when everythings rotten so you learn by doing and its far less likely to look bad. But you also have to understand everyone starts looking bad, the important part is the things you noticed while doing it that makes the next one better.

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If I could paint figures like you do I’d do it just to collect them – without worrying about using them in a game. I really dig your work – it’s as good as anything I’ve seen on the youtube vids I’ve mentioned. Maybe you are the youtube guy idk.

cheers!