WRUP: Restrictions placed on you as the Trash Lord of the Mole People edition

    
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RULE the FIRST: Under no circumstances are you to smear your subjects (moles) in mayonnaise, Thousand Island salad dressing, or olive oil made within North America before holding them above your head and singing the score to Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera. Different sauces or musicals are acceptable.

RULE the SECOND: You may not express, on social media or in person, any affection or interaction with Oscar Meyer-branded sandwich meat.

RULE the THIRD: If you are offered hot dogs for any reason, you must agree to eat at least three, but you must take four and place the fourth inside of the highest pocket on your clothing. If your outfit has no pockets, you may smear your face against the hot dog and then fling it at the nearest motor vehicle.

RULE the FOURTH: No dabbing.

RULE the FIFTH: At any time you may be called upon to sing “If I Could Turn Back Time” by Cher. A band will be provided for you if needed, but it will be staffed by moles and be of poor quality.

RULE the SIXTH: You must answer What Are You Playing via self-addressed stamped envelope.

Bonus question: Have you ever done a self-imposed challenge run of any sort (including speedruns) in a game? If so, which game and how did it go?

Andy McAdams: I picked up Final Fantasy XIV again to hangout with my FC folks some more. I’m also feeling like a space-y game, so I downloaded Star Trek Online, have been investigating Star Wars Galaxies (someone on staff keeps saying it’s amazing, but I can’t quite remember who), and I’m even considering Anarchy Online. I’ll probably play some Dwarf Fortress too just to round out the weekend.

Bonus Question: I’m not a speedrun or the ilk kind of person. I really loved the Heroic dungeon achievements back in Wrath but I don’t think that’s quite the same. Yeah, I dunno. Maybe I’m weird that I haven’t done anything like that?

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’m still in love with SWGL, fam. I’m lining up a whole afternoon for crafting.

I’m not much of a speedrun person, but back in the day with SWG, I used to start up new characters on servers I’d never played before and see how far I could get with no guild, no help, and no combat, just pure trading; a few minutes here and there working the bazaar and doing math and putting my knowledge of the game’s market to work. I did really well on those servers and wound up using the money I made to buy TCG goodies and trade them back to my “real” servers.

Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): I’ll probably be spending more time out and about this weekend more than actually doing anything gaming related. I’ll be continuing my questing through Black Desert Online for my upcoming expose on the Black Spirit! Aside from that, I’ll probably be playing some Super Smash Bros and maybe some Legends of Runeterra. I’ve got a week off next week, so I gotta figure out what game I’d want to play for the next week.

I am actually challenging myself with the games I play: To immerse myself in the game, the mechanics, and the story. I usually have background music or thinking about other things while I play a game, but for the upcoming week, I want to truly disconnect when I play the game. I want to reconnect with gaming and just have fun with whatever game I choose to play!

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Out of sheer curiosity and a whim, I picked up Media Molecule’s Dreams for the PS4 just to see what that’s all about and whether or not I can actually reasonably do anything with it in terms of making games. Otherwise, I’ll be curious to see what it’s like finding other people’s creations. Really it’s just a lot of exploring that one this weekend. On the MMO side of things, there’s some further event planning for my FC to do in Final Fantasy XIV and some life skills to try out in Black Desert Online.

I’m not particularly great at the self-imposed in-game challenges that run beyond beating a game to 100% completion. I don’t have the hand-eye coordination to do speedruns or other twitch reaction challenges, so I’d rather watch the pros at Games Done Quick do it themselves (and help out charity in the process).

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Prepping ahead of time for the FFXIV patch, but that’s a fairly light activity; most of this weekend will be spent with STO or in Fire Emblem: Three Houses now that the last DLC is out. Or just relaxing with my wife, don’t you know.

Honestly, I’ve done a lot of little challenges here and there over the years; solo character challenges in a bunch of JRPGs, a few SCCs in Final Fantasy Tactics, and even some amateur speedruns on my Genesis back before that was a thing we had a name for. I also tend to create challenges for myself more or less by accident, like capping everything in FFXIV or the time I leveled a character almost exclusively through space missions in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m swamped with a lot that I would like to be playing, time permitting. Neverwinter and Star Trek Online are fun, breezy times, but now I have Lord of the Rings Online’s Rohan to get through on the progression server as well.

Tyler Edwards: I’ve got a truly brutal flu at the moment, so how much and what gaming I do will heavily depend on what I can muster the energy for. At the very least I’ll probably still do my daily chores in Star Trek Online. Almost got the new event ship unlocked. Depending on my energy and mood, I might also dip into Age of Empires II DE or Warcraft III: Reforged.

Bonus question: In World of Warcraft I’ve always loved the flavor of the warlock class, but I’m not a big fan of pet classes in traditional MMOs, so back in Cataclysm I decided to set myself the challenge of leveling a warlock to cap without using any pets. Now, I wasn’t super strict about it. I did still put out a pet when doing group content or especially challenging quests. But I’d say at least 75% of the time I was playing pet-free, and I did make it all the way to the level cap. It was a lot of fun; made me really learn the ins and outs of the class and get full use out of my defensive and utility spells.

Patron Pierre: My The Last of Us playthrough will still be going on this weekend. Such a great game, so perfectly written. I haven’t started Kentucky Route Zero yet, maybe I’ll have enough time this weekend. And The Elder Scrolls Online, very casually, if possible. But I have a very busy weekend and probably won’t have enough time for all of that, as I have to moderate the chat of a friend streamer this Sunday. She’s doing a long stream dedicated to indie games: some French devs interview, a speedrun of The Witness, discovering music from different indie games and much more…

I’m not really into speedrun; I’m always impressed by speedrunners, but I’m more of a slowrunner in games, “very slow-runner” in reality. If I know a game takes 20 hours to finish, I know it will take my completionist, smelling-the-roses self at least double to finish, 40-50 hours most probably. The only game I did some kind of speedrun in is the Commandos series of games. As performance in missions was ranked 1–3 stars depending on how fast you finished the missions; I tried to max all the missions to get the best score at the end. So, not really speedrunning, rather game-scoring indeed. Slowrunning on the other hand? I’m an expert!

And you MOP readers, WRUP this weekend? I’m wondering…

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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Zero_1_Zerum

I started playing Adventure Quest 3D on my phone. Not sure if I like it or not. It’s a F2P game, BUT, it seems like the only item I’ve found so far that can effect gameplay is the potions you can buy for the in-game currency that you can buy for real money. So far, it doesn’t seem very P2W. That’s nice.

Other than that, mobile Stardew Valley finally got the 1.4 update, so I’ll be checking that out. Might even start a new character.

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Maggie May

Anyone who had groceryshopped with me will know that a snail is quicker than I am … I am the opposite of a speedrunner. still enjoying Dragonage Inquisition and dabbling in sims ( which I will be getting bored of very soon …).

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Loopy

Been catching up on my non-MMO library, as well as exploring some new releases. Currently dabbling in Kingdom Come and GreedFall for my RPG fix. The former very much feels like a Medieval Times: The Simulator, whereas the latter is more of a traditional RPG set in victorian times with a fantasy twist. Both games excel at storytelling, so they’re keeping me engaged quite nicely.

I also reinstalled Warcraft 3 (the original, not the travesty that is the remaster) to remember the glory days of RTS, as well as AoE 2: Definitive Edition to remind myself how a remaster is properly done.

I’ve been on a bit of a nostalgia trip lately, so other than reinstalling Guild Wars 1 (and spending close to a week trying to reactive my oooold account), i also dug out Star Trek: Bridge Commander, one of my favourite Star Trek games growing up. I am consistently reminded of not just how well the game mechanics have aged, but also how hard games used to be growing up. I think we’re very much spoiled with how easy MMOs generally are, but even on easiest difficulty, some of these old games are absolutely kicking my ass. I’ve grown soft..

Bonus random game that i also picked up – Blade Runner.. yep, the Activision one. It looks really rough around the edges, but the story is fun and it’s a good appetizer for what’s coming later this year.

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Busy gamer, Loopy! :-) Good to see you posting here, as ever!

Be well,

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Loopy

I would love to tell you that i actually have time to play all of those games, but in reality i just installed them all and get to dedicate maybe 30 minutes to each at any given time.. Ah to be a kid again..

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mysecretid

Even if you can’t play everything, at least you’ve got options! Enjoy, my friend! :-)

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I finished my playthrough of the patched and restored Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords on Steam this week, and I enjoyed it mightily.

I was talking last week about how surprised I was that I remembered almost nothing from my original play of the release version of the game in 2005, even though I typically remember games I’ve played if I attempt to replay them.

I understand now that the reason I didn’t remember much when I replayed KotOR II is that the restoration team didn’t simply put back all the cut content and dialogue which was removed when the game had to be re-shaped for a far-too-early release — the restoration team did their best to also restore the game’s storyline to what it was originally intended to be.

I suspect that the reason I didn’t remember a lot, is that this version of the game’s plot is significantly changed in places from what was released in 2005. Some character arcs have changed significantly in places.

I think this restored version is the better version of KotOR II — it actually has a legitimate ending now, for example, as opposed to that cobbled-together narrative mess we got with the release version of the game.

If you like Star Wars, and you can tolerate 2005-era game graphics and interfacing, I would recommend this one.

Two tips. if you play this:

1) After the beginning section, even though you can go anywhere on the starmap, you’ll have a better time if you visit planets in rough order of their nearness to your starting point. If you skip ahead to more distant worlds (as I did, before reloading), you’ll miss a lot of plot connections and possible side-mission triggers related to that world. If you want to “play everything”, move outward in sequence.

2) The NPC companions Visas Marr and the Last Handmaiden appear to be mutually exclusive. If you work to form a positive connection with Visas Marr after she comes aboard ship, then The Last Handmaiden will not join your crew when you meet her. The dialogue option will simply not appear. Best to save your game beforehand if you want to sample both recruitment paths.

Take care of yourselves and each other, my friends. It’s how we’ll get through.

Love to yas,

Secret

The Screenshot: Mandalorians are too cool to look back at explosions. This is The Way.

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Bonus Answer: I actually hate grinding in games, so any time I actually grind for something I want, that’s me challenging myself, and my patience. :-)

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I hit the level cap of 30 with my Revenant last night in Trove, so I picked a new job this morning (Lunar Lancer) to start leveling. Started the morning at level 7, ended the day at level 17. I now see where they got the grappling hook idea for Geode from.

I tried out Neverwinter this week, and found I just couldn’t get into it. I’ll probably remove it from my hard drive shortly and look for something new.

Other than that, I’ve been spending a lot of time at work, and haven’t had a lot of time to game. I did spend some quality time running around Cyrodiil in Oblivion – no regrets there. Other than that, I’ve been spending more of my free time hiking and reading.

I hope my fellow USians online get a long weekend with President’s Day (before Trump gets around to renaming it “American King Day”!). Have a great weekend all!

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Was really enjoying DCUO, until I hit max level, looked at the gigantic grind ahead and said “nope”. So now I’m kind of at a loss for something to pick up.

Well, not entirely: I want to try getting back into The Outer Worlds, but I’ve got Epic Games on time out for being dicks during my whole Switch/Epic account ordeal; plus my Xbox Game Pass just expired, and I’m not renewing it because the PC side is really weak compared to the console. So this leaves me with few options if I want to play it: PS4 or Xbox, and I just can’t see myself playing this game with a controller. I do have a Xim Apex that I could use, but it’s never even close to being as smooth an experience as a PC. It’s times like this I really hope that both Microsoft and Sony are planning on having a mandatory mouse and keyboard support in all games with the next gen: at this point both consoles are just PCs with custom built CPUs and GPUs, so there is no reason not to make this option available to those who want it (plus it opens up another market for licensed peripherals). Sigh… first world problems: I have too many choices, but none of them are good enough for me.

So as I meander around trying to find a video game to play I’m watching The Lord of the Rings extended versions and How Not to Summon a Demon Lord. Both are fun and full of sexy elves. While watching Demon Lord something occurred to me about anime and manga: there’s lots of anime/manga/LN creators who seem to be absolutely fascinated with MMORPGs; but based on what their game worlds end up being like, I have to wonder if any of them have ever actually played an MMORPG.

Other than that I’m playing “digitize my Blu Ray library” and “should I build a home media server?” It’s been tough to get a solid idea of what sort of hardware I require for my modest needs. Some guides are saying that I would be fine with a Raspberry Pi and a USB hard drive dock; and I’ve seen others that say that I need a Core i7 if I ever want to stream anything in 4k. I have a nice little Ryzen 3 build all priced out, but that’s a couple hundred bucks on something that could be overkill or completely inadequate. Must do more research; and any suggestions anyone here might have would be appreciated.

Alrighty folks, I’m out. I don’t know why you say goodbye; I say hello.

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Busy times, Sray! For whatever ir’s worth, I played The Outer Worlds on PS4 with a controller, and I didn’t notice any problems with controller control. You’ve got to do what’s comfortable for you, though.

Be well!

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Been playing Wolcen in offline mode, unfortunately Wolcen’s servers were overwhelmed so they had to take them offline for a day to fix issues and expand; heh basically they’re having a bad Triple A launch that I’m excusing because they’re an Indie Studio releasing their first game.

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Heh. I’m trying to remember the last time a highly-anticipated game had a smooth launch. I guess it’s impossible to predict entirely what one’s game servers will do until they get hammered on by the full force of the public in real-time?

Cheers,

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Loopy

Yeah i started playing Wolcen with a friend of mine too, but it was soon evident that we would have no luck this weekend. I’m not as mad as the Wolcen community seems to be, but it’s pretty disappointing that they have a full on outage immediately after launch.

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Been playing the everloving heck out of BATTLETECH now that I helped my best friend put together a new gaming PC, and he’s back in it too, so naturally that helped spur me on to playing it even MORE. Especially now that I moved the install to the M.2 SSD! I’m in career mode and I’m really, really enjoying accidentally falling into a Starleague Atlas II AS7-D-HT after getting EARLY access to the Black Market. I named it Atlas Park 33, of course.

ALSO I’ve been tearing into TemTem pretty voraciously! It’s a REALLY fun game, and I can’t wait for it to get more and more content as Early Access progresses! I’ve actually literally bought it as a gift for two friends so far, so I’m definitely spreading the love. For those that may not know what it is, it’s basically an MMO version of Pokemon with the serial numbers filed off. There are key differences, but it’s a lot of fun either way, and it’s a total blast to play either co-op with another friend, or on the PVP circuit via the official TemTem discord, or spending your time breeding perfect Tems, or out hunting Lumas (shinies). I finished all the story that’s in the game right now (to the exit to the currently-nonexistent 4th island) and figured out that, hey, you can go back to all the other 3 islands and go where you couldn’t before and get things you weren’t able to previously!

Still bumbling around in Final Fantasy XIV off and on, too, though not nearly as much as I should. I… still have to fight the end boss of Shadowbringers on my alt, which I have been putting off for probably about 3 or 4 months now because I stink out loud at fights with mechanics, and I can’t bring myself to screw over a random team, so I keep thinking I’ll ask my FC for help, but then I never do, so here we are. Oh well. I’ll get ’em eventually.

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*dabs*