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You should talk to your children about scrod. Not because it’s a new issue. They’re not going to be asking you any questions about scrod. They’ve never once cared about scrod, and if you asked them to tell you whether they preferred fish sticks made with cod or those made with scrod they’d ask you what the hell the difference is but they would not listen to your answer. You should talk about it anyway.

You should explain that scrod was traditionally as much about a way of cooking general whitefish as it was a specific kind of fish. While they’re walking away, follow after them and explain that scrod is currently served in a variety of ways. After the door slams in your face, explain that it’s a bycatch and frequently means smaller cod or haddock. Then answer What Are You Playing. You’ve never once cared about that, but you talked to your children about scrod. You deserve a treat. Like a little salami.

Bonus question: What’s your favorite sort of snack cracker?

Andy McAdams: Oh, probably Final Fantasy XIV. I recently picked up Slay the Spire which is great for less intense gaming. I might jump into Guild Wars 2 because of the third expansion announcement.

Bonus Question: Wheat Thins. There were far too many occasions when I would accidentally hose a entire family size box, in like an hour.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Now’s a good time to be hunkering down in games, I suppose – can’t go anywhere else! I’ll be in my usual haunts this weekend. There’s a huge run on food in Star Wars Galaxies Legends for some reason (why do people need that many boxes of pudding? No idea!), but that won’t contain me the whole time, so maybe some City of Heroes on the side. Not gonna lie, probably will poke into Guild Wars 2 or Trove too with the kids.

I’m a Cheez-Its girl.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Needless to say, this will be a quiet indoor weekend, so I’ll be doing my usual stuff in FFXIV, keeping up on event progress in Star Trek Online, and probably starting in on some single-player games I have backlogged. Also, watching lots of Marvel movies, I think.

Nothing will ever hold the nostalgic appeal for me of a Ritz cracker, especially not with a bit of brie on it.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): The Further Adventures of the World’s Least Exciting Gamer will take me into Lord of the Rings Online and WoW Classic, although I do want to clock some time into Neverwinter and The Elder Scrolls Online as well.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I finally broke down and bought Rimworld, so I will probably manage another batch or two of colonists to their demise. I have also started playing (don’t laugh) Revelation Online, so I will probably do some of that. I am sick yet again, so I am going to try to take it easy (and play games) instead of trying to plow through it. Viruses suck. I am so sick of being sick.

Bonus: Triscuits Cracked Pepper and Olive Oil are the only crackers that exist in my universe. And now I want one.

Tyler Edwards: I’m working my way through NieR: Automata. It’s interesting, but a lot of little things about it annoy me, and that’s keeping me from fully loving it the way I’d like to. I’m also grinding the event in STO and continuing to play Wolcen sporadically.

Bonus question: Triscuits are crack.

Pierre, patron: Another week with a lot of work and very little time to play games. Consequently, my The Last of Us playthrough was on standby all week and I hope I’ll be able to play a little more this weekend. I decided this week to play an old indie game, but a famous one: Braid. It was easy for me as it can be played quite casually, one hour here, one hour there. It’s a puzzle-platformer game and each puzzle can be solved separately. I’ve almost finished it, I just have 3 puzzles left but they are extremely difficult. And even if the level design is very smart, I find it too demanding in terms of accuracy in many instances, hence some frustration and lack of fun. Finally, if there’s enough time, I’ll complete my gaming weekend by playing some The Elder Scrolls Online. And you MOP readers, I’m wondering what your weekend is about, in terms of games of course, especially MMOs?

Bonus question: I do a lot of running, did a few marathons and half-marathons recently. So, I have to be very careful to keep a balanced diet. Hence, I’m not really into snack crackers. My answer will be: none.

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Malcolm Swoboda
  • Wizards Unite – Back to events! Completed the main quests for a magical animal themed event, and will try my best to complete the bonus quests in the next day or so. Along with Pokemon Go, WU recently adjusted some gameplay, apparently due to the pandemic, and while the game is still designed for going out and about (I’d predict even this changing if things get worse), its more friendly to sitting at home or shorter walks now, for the forseeable future. Still gotta walk to fortresses, greenhouses and inns, but the devs don’t want you on long treks looking for ‘foundables’ (‘pokemon’). Also I’m Lv 31 now but my exp is so slow I don’t care.
  • Magia Record, Brave Exvius, Another Eden, Magikarp Splash, Dx2 (Shin Megami Tensei), Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross, Dragon Quest of the Stars – Dropped Arknights since I have to be honest with myself that a poorly translated waifu collector tower defense might never be my jam. Picked up the acclaimed Seven Deadly Sins but due to lack of time and an annoying sound bug I haven’t gotten far past the tutorial. Magikarp Jump has almost all the food/training upgrade purchased. Dragon Quest of the Stars is progressing!, but slowly until I dedicate a good sitdown to it; but at least I probably won’t care much about being present for any events they run.
  • Last Cloudia – Started their ‘summer’ event and another training event. Still relatively uneventful until more main story comes later in the month (and ‘PvP’ not too long after?). I need to get more completionist on current content so I’m set up.
  • SWTOR – Partner is over half done Coruscant and I clear more content as I catch up. We’re done the Black Sun Territory and he’s onto the Justicars. His work has him at home now, so maybe we’ll find more time to squeeze this in.
  • Jackbox, Team Sonic Racing – Had friends over for maybe the last time in weeks (months?) and we focused on these games while eating a great mac n cheese recipe!

I still bop to this

And just realized that I can Geforce Now stream the free Epic Store copy of Kingdom Come Deliverance. Sweet.

Going to pray for the world now, cheers.

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Nate Woodard

I’ll be working remotely from home for the impending future. My company doesn’t want to risk flight travel nor do I to be frank. The waifu is at the tip of the spear with this hysteria over Corvid and Influenza in the hospitals. Godspeed to all the nurses, doctors and all other hospital staff out there!

As far as gaming goes, I literally have no clue. I may take another look at Path of Exiles or jump into Albion Online. Definitely looking for something outside of the normal stock right now.

Also, favorite snack cracker… hmm….. All of them? :)

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mysecretid

I’ve been playing a LOT of Star Trek Online this past week, even for me. I was just in the mood for it, I guess.

I’ve also been playing some Planetbase, and some Pathfinder: Kingmaker.

Both of these games have been patched up by now into what is effectively their “final” state, so they’re good to play.

The kingdom management aspect of Pathfinder: Kingmaker is still a little too randomized for my tastes, but you can set your kingdom to never fail in the game options if it becomes annoying.

Lastly, I’m still playing a fair bit, casually, of the mobile game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes on my PC via the Bluestacks program.

If anyone else plays this, and would like to use copies of my characters as NPC helpers during your own play, my “Ally Code” is 928-848-891.

You’ll know you’re seeing my digital minions when you also see my in-game alias, Dismas Vex, in their listings.

Bonus Answer: I like plain cream crackers, actually, which I suppose is boring. But there ya go.

Love to yas, Massively friends. Go with care, please.

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Danny Smith

Dead by Daylight added a new undead cowboy killer that shoots a spear gun via actual ADS shooting mechanics and you reel in Survivors like its sega bass fishing. Overall i think its a low rank only killer but its fun and the new ‘golden hour’ sundown map makes things way harder to see than nighttime which is super strange but neat.
Also still chugging away at Rune Factory 4 special. Its still just Stardew but better and totally recommend it, should last me till Animal Crossing opens its island terraforming timevoid.
and trying Destiny 2’s new season but something about it feels ‘off’ to me. Like maybe this was the first content made explicitly with a f2p game in mind. So you are like what? seven years into Destiny and you are getting railroaded through a bounty tutorial on earth? even down to the UI changes it feels like this is the moment the turnover happens and i’m mixed on the experience. Maybe its going to be a solid foundation for new players in the future but Destiny 2 is a rocky experience at the best of times and its also been crashing like a monster on ps4 lately so eh, nice to have something to do, but its largely just doing shit you have been doing for years with a new coat of paint and a battlepass.

Beyond that my ‘crazy strigoi/nospheratu vampires that think they are heroic nobility’ warhammer army has a new centerpiece in the works.

Dont know how i’m transporting this one. But hes also got a sidekick.

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mysecretid

Lovely monsters in your zoo, as usual, Danny! :-)

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Hikari Kenzaki

Dead Frontier 2, The Division and Sherlock Holmes games are likely.

Cracker is easily Chicken in a Biscuit. Horrifically bad for you I’m sure, but I have bottomed out blood pressure so sodium isn’t a concern for me. :)

Triscuits are the runner up, in all the various flavors.

While I appreciate Bree’s Cheez-it leanings, my dad was a Sunshine distributor for most of my childhood and I can’t eat the things anymore.

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zoward

Damn, I miss Hydrox cookies. Oreos don’t even come close.

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Hikari Kenzaki

They really were better, but not the first or last product to be surpassed by their copies. The fig bars were better, too.

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Armsbend

I find that most generic store brands of fig bars are as good as Fig Newton’s – at a fraction of the price.

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mysecretid

A lot of snack foods can be like this, I find. The knock-offs aren’t necessarily worse, just cheaper. It’s worth trying the options.

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Armsbend

Not Saltines. The only good Saltine I’ve found are Premium brand. Same for their Oyster Crackers. Both are a life necessity.

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Sorenthaz

Getting comfy in my suit with some FFXIV being my main game still, though I might try to figure out Path of Exile some more to see what that Delirium League is all about. Other than that, attempting to dip into ESO again possibly. Also debating if I want to buy Borderlands 3 on Steam while it’s 50% off, though probably won’t be able to dive into it this weekend since it has a lengthy download from the looks of it. Then I guess I’m also thinking about giving Fallout 76 a redownload and running around in it some before Wastelanders arrives in April.

Bonus question: Cheez-its, though goldfish crackers are a close second.

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mysecretid

Sorenthaz is set for safety! :-)

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firithnorm

This weekend will likely be more Albion & Apex Legends. Probably going to check out Path of Exile and maybe AdventureQuest 3D, if time & energy permit.

BONUS: Are Combos a cracker? If so, then Pretzel/Cheese Combos are my pick. If not, then it’s Toll House Flatbread Crisps-Italian Herb. Dip ’em in some hummus or just eat straight.

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Armsbend

Did you just ask if a Combo was a cracker?

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mysecretid

Uh oh, I see the eternal snack war has flared up again … :-)

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Armsbend

I think I’ve been waiting for an excuse to post that angry gif for quite some time.

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Utakata

This week: Where “For the Horde!” also includes toilet paper, pasta and sanitary liquid dispenser. /bleh

Also this week: …and boy that escalated quickly. As it went from, “It will blow over!” to, “We’re now releasing emergency funds!” in a heart beat and a pigtail. Although the latter added the disclaimer, “I’m still not taking responsibility!” Come on baby, don’t fear the reaper… /sigh

And finally: Still playing WoW and Blade & Soul. And I appear to be well still. I hope it will all stay that way…

Bonus Answer: Miss Vickie’s Jalapeno chips (or crisps, if you’re Mr. Bals).

Have a great week and weekend folks despite everything else! /bows

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mysecretid

I don’t get the toilet paper hoarding some people are doing — unless one is already in a household that uses enormous amounts of tp. It’s corollary to the virus at best, yes?

I read somewhere a psychologist offering the possibility that some people are hoarding unrelated/unnecessary items because it gives them a sense of control or purpose when dealing with a phenomenon effectively beyond their control.

Like the mask thing — you only need a mask if you’ve already got the virus, so buying eleventy-billion boxes of masks does nothing but strip store shelves.

Be safe, dear Uta,

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Utakata

…and I’ll add: There should be a special place made in Hell for resellers of said products. Just saying.

But thanks. I hope you say safe and well too. /bows

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Malcolm Swoboda

Well, a mask is helpful, don’t let anyone tell you its not, but between common improper use of it and such limited supplies due to just in time supplying, its far better for the professionals to have it.

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Malcolm Swoboda

“boy that escalated quickly” – I was waiting literally months for this though. Kept more silent than I could, just to not look too crazy, even at home. This big trigger day had me finally calling my parentals to check on what they’ll be doing, and my low and steady picking up of non-perishables over February was a nice help (still only have 2-3 weeks max of any food but still).

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Sorenthaz

I stocked up last week before things started escalating out of control. Probably going to stop by my local grocery store or Walmart tomorrow night after work just to kind of see the state of things and also grab some afterthought items.

Certain folks have definitely been raising alarms/concern for awhile now though about this and have been pushing non-perishable food/etc. I guess it’ll be interesting to see how things go in my state since we’re apparently now at 18 confirmed cases here, with most of them being in the county south of mine. I’m just glad I don’t live in like the greater city area and work at a relatively small workplace.

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Malcolm Swoboda

A couple confirmed in my city now. Including prime minister’s wife I guess.

Yesterday I checked out Walmart and another grocery store and especially Walmart was just overloaded chaos I noped out of. Okay, people were definitely polite enough, but I felt if things were any more tense then I’d have seen fights break out. Today in another store was much better, though out or nearly out of certain staples or non-perishables (had trouble with beans).

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Sorenthaz

My guess is that (hopefully) in a week or so if cases don’t explode then the stores should settle down.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Stores will settle down. People will be at home. Cases might not explode in the next week in Canada but most expert opinion indicates something will surge soon enough.

This store chaos was just many thousands in my city cluing in on this mattering since their sports and events got cancelled and leader might be infected. The preppers already went a week or two or even a month earlier.

It there’s store problems later it’ll be because we’re in a deeper hole from supply chain disruption.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah and for the US this weekend will probably be hectic because of the state of emergency declared Friday. So everyone paying attention has probably tried getting out to a store asap.

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Schmidt.Capela

I’m diving into Subnautica. Again. Big time. So I don’t expect to surface again for other games anytime soon. Or, at least, not until the new Animal Crossing releases.
(And this isn’t even the expansion; that one is still somewhere between Alpha and Beta, which — for me at least — doesn’t mesh well with immersing myself in a game.)

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Armsbend

2 puns I counted.

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mysecretid

We were awash with them, indeed. Submerged, even. :-)

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Toy Clown

Still happily playing SWGL, where my friend and I have been working on creating a small show for the public release of a RP building.

In the meantime, I sneaked over to FFXIV and reactivated my account for the month. There are so many awesome fluff-stuffs that have been released from the last patch and the Isgardian Restoration thing. Of course, I realized that I wiped out all my gil when I last played in leveling a couple of crafting classes to 80 and that makes things awkward, since it means I’ll have to play the game to get gil. *Cries* Stupid health issues.

Bonus question: Pork rinds in lime chili flavor. No calories, no carbs, low fat and aside from the high sodium, is a perfect no-guilt snack to eat while watching Supernatural or Altered Carbon.

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mysecretid

Alas, pork and I are not really friends. I often joke that I was probably a rabbi in a previous life. More for you, though! :-)