WRUP: Song listing for Andrew Lloyd Weber’s next musical ‘Horses’ edition

    
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WRUP: Song listing for Andrew Lloyd Weber’s next musical ‘Horses’ edition

Overture: several actual horse neighing sounds are played while the actors sit and vape on the stage. One of them occasionally says “horse” but no one moves.

Prologue – Pamtree Horses Like Pamtree Songs: Two dozen grown adults walk out on stage in horse costumes and mumble lines about a specific kind of horses called “Pamtree Horses” which are mostly unique because they have to pay property taxes on tractors.

Rock You Like A Horse-icane: Two of the actors get into a staged fight that quickly turns into kissing while the rest of the ensemble has to hurry them off the stage.

Garblebarble Poopaloop the Condescending Horse: The lead singer of this song just says “no” and then does the worm for five minutes.

The Entirety Of Peter Gabriel’s “So” With No Changes: The album is played on a CD player in the center of the stage. The cast resumes vaping.

Dabstep Mapplerapple the Horse Who Can’t Be Bothered To Show Up For Bloody Rehearsal Who Also Has A Stupid Face: Andrew Lloyd Weber sings this song himself. There is no cast member named Dabstep Mapplerapple and everyone else looks faintly confused about what issues he’s working out here.

Pamtree Horses Like Pamtree Songs (Reprise): The horses decide that one of them gets to go to the glue factory for a factory tour because all of the tractors exploded.

What Are You Playing: The actor playing Garblebarble Poopaloop keys your car.

Bonus question: What game did you not play until well after it released that wound up becoming a favorite game?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Another Pokemon Go/Animal Crossing weekend, I hope. I’ve actually been flooded with paperwork and chores/errands, so after brief visits to my Animal Crossing, it ends up kind of sitting there most of the day. At least I finally got a flag I like, but Asheron’s Call players should check my twitter to see how they like the potential town theme I’m considering.

For the bonus question, there are so many games on that list: Earthbound, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana… but the most relevant would have to be Star Wars Galaxies. I avoided it at launch because even though I loved Star Wars, most of the fans I knew who were going to play it were… not the kind of people I wanted to associate with. I played it for about a year, I think in 2008. I really fell in love with the mechanics, but the servers were ghost towns, which was probably the biggest reason I ended up quitting and feeling like I had missed out on so much.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Assuming we all keep feeling okay – this is the weekend my husband and I are gonna sit down and roll City of Heroes toons with our little kids to play together and actually teach them how to play instead of just explore Paragon Chat. Wish me luck.

There’s been a bunch of MMOs that I played around launch, thought nahhh, and then went back to a few years later after they’d been polished up a bit more and finally fell in love. City of Heroes would be one of them. Thought it was a mess at launch. City of Villains, and later AE, brought me back.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Animal Crossing New Horizons continues to dominate the vast majority of my personal play time, but there are also continuing social event things for my guild in Final Fantasy XIV and perhaps a fresh character start in City of Heroes Homecoming in my future. I think, perhaps, the problem I’ve been having has been trying to recapture too much of the old Virtue server magic; it’s time I start with a wholly new character and make wholly new friends.

The Witcher 3 has been one of those games where I heard about it to the point of annoyance and not wanting to play it (protip: Telling me that I “must play this game” is a fast-track way for me to hate the game and get annoyed by you), but I did a quick bit of romping around and found enough to enjoy. Not enough to dive headfirst and go whole hog on it, mind you, but I can certainly appreciate the praise heaped upon it.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I have to keep rebuilding Ishgard in FFXIV. I have to. Beyond that, I’m faintly tempted to see if I’m a bit more… into leveling an alt in World of Warcraft for a bit, and there are some single-player things to get into.

Most of the games that I’ve started playing and discovered a love for are games where I was there at the start, but it wasn’t until well after its release and completion that I discovered Saints Row the Third. That franchise is now one of my favorites of all time; it’s a perfect blend of over-the-top delirium and just perfectly timed humor directed at careful targets. It’s a joy.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Behind the curve as usual, I just now got Path of Fire for Guild Wars 2, so I’m going to leap-frog across Heart of Thorns to tackle that first and unlock some mounties. Er, mounts. Actually, I’d be fine with either. I’m also doing some Wildermore questing in Lord of the Rings Online and scratching the walls of my house.

Tyler Edwards: I’m wrapping up the Delta Rising expansion content in Star Trek Online. It’s very much like its source material, Voyager. Not great, but not as bad as I’ve seen people make it out to be. I also started a new character in Wolcen; I’m trying out a ranged minion master build. I feel kinda bad for continuing to mindlessly grind dungeons in this game when I could be working my way through my gaming backlog, but the depth of the build system and the visceral satisfaction of the combat are such an addictive combo.

Bonus question: Two examples come to mind. The first is Mass Effect. I was a huge latecomer to that franchise, but it wound up being one of my all-time favorites. On the plus side, that meant I could get the deluxe edition of ME3 for like eight bucks. The other is more relevant to our neck of the woods: World of Warcraft. WoW came out during a period of my teen years where for various Real Life reasons I had stopped gaming altogether. I didn’t get around to joining WoW until about the time Ulduar came out.

Pierre, patron: My The Last of Us playthrough is still going on. I’m approaching the end of the game, and I must say that I’m getting used to the combat system and even appreciate it now. I first found combat very frustrating and unpleasant, but now I see how they contribute to generating a scary and stressful atmosphere and how they’re in fact contributing to making this game a masterpiece. As for the narrative part, it’s one of the best storytelling and acting I’ve ever seen in a video game. With part 2 being delayed indefinitely, I now have more than enough time to finish the game, and even finish its expansion, Left Behind.

I’m still training for my Braid speedrun. I also started playing an old adventure game made by The Brotherhood Studio, Stasis, as I wanted to play their most recent game, Beautiful Desolation, but I prefer to play their games chronologically, starting by the oldest one. I’ve also answered the call from Rimworld; I want to know what all the fuss is about with this sandbox, story-generating game. What a fool I am when you know how time-consuming this one is…

Finally, on the MMO front, The Elder Scrolls Online is on the menu, but time will most likely be lacking.

Bonus question: I had to think a lot for this week’s question but I found a very good example: Final Fantasy XI. I’m not sure it’s the only example but I didn’t find another one. The game launched in Japan in 2002 and in the US in 2003. I started playing mid-2006, and it was my first MMO. So basically, you can say that MMOs are games I started playing well after they started to become a thing, and they wound up becoming one of my favorite types of games. My next MMO of choice was EVE Online, which I also started playing very late after launch. Your turn MOP readers: WRUP this weekend? Stay safe, live long and prosper. Cheers!

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Still playing DCUO regularly. League is still very active and gotten an uptick of people inquiring how to join as they see how many scheduled events we run.

Bonus question answer: Batman Arkham Knight series. I got this off steam as a bonus buy for all 4 games for like $20. Turned out to be some of my favorite games of all time.

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Anniversary event in ESO ( got to get those sweet style motifs).

Bonus question , probably Final Fantasy, the first one I played was 7 on the PS1.

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Got your horse song right here, Eliot!

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Armsbend

One of my favorite albums of all times.

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Not playing anything new on PC that I haven’t mentioned here before. With all the virus and self-isolation stuff going on, I find I’m taking refuge in the games I enjoy most. I’ve been playing a LOT of Star Trek Online, in other words. :-)

Been having trouble trying to find a game to hold my interest lately on the PS4. The industry just seems to be releasing a lot of PS4 games of late which are not my preferred “flavor”. It happens — game releases are like music and movie releases in that way — some months, there are a whole bunch of things that intrigue you, and other months, there’s nothing.

The last two older releases I picked up for the PS4, I actively disliked, so that didn’t help.

Prey bored me silly — I’ve effectively played this game before, too many damn times already. I think I quit it after an hour?

And even though I’m a superhero comics fan since childhood. The Telltale Batman games irritated me to no end, until I finally took them off my console.

Why? The writing is … weird. They take a lot of liberties with Batman lore and story canon, but to no real purpose.

I don’t mind new takes on classic characters, but there ought to be a story-driven reason for the changes. The Telltale stuff read (at least to me) like somebody’s fanfic remake. They were just tweaking established lore to match their personal tastes. Bleah.

Plus, I gotta say it,voice actor Troy Baker as Bruce/Batman sounded bored. Like, really bored. I’ve noticed this when he voices Theron Shan in SWTOR as well. It may be time for the dude to focus full-time on his music, because his lack of interest in voice work appears to be showing.

Anyway, I’m thinking of picking up Control for PS4, but it’s still too pricey to pick up before playing hands-on, in my opinion.

Bonus Answer: Probably World of Warcraft with the Legion expansion release. But then, Battle for Azeroth drove me away again.

Take care of yourselves and each other, my friends! I leave you with this meme which made me laugh out loud today.

Be well, stay safe,

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Control is available through PS Now if you have that or if not and don’t mind subbing for a month or so it’s a reasonably cheap alternative way to give it a play.

For what it’s worth I have been picking away at it over the past few weeks. I recognise that it’s a decent game but it’s also one due to my own personal limitations tires me out so I can only play in short bursts. Still I want to see the story and it’s on the Now service till the end of August so I should manage that.

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Thanks, B3! While I have the PS+ part of the subscription, I didn’t spring for the PS Now aspect when I got my PS4, because it was money for something I wasn’t sure I’d use enough to justify the cost.

As you say, though, I could sign up temporarily, just to get a hands-on look at the game Control.

I’ll definitely consider it — I guess it will hinge on how much I’m interested in Control, specifically, and how much is just me being restless to play something new on my PS4. :-) I’ll see how much my budget can tolerate, and let you know if I do dive in.

Thank you, my friend! Enjoy your own gaming in these unusual times, and please be safe, always.

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I’ve played so many games post-release that I like. That includes a great many MMORPGs. There are so many of them out there to go and find and try. So many hours of fun to be had. For some reason, there are large amounts of people who won’t play an MMORPG unless it’s brand new. They’re missing out on some really enjoyable games and experiences. Besides the fact, in most PvE games there isn’t any reason to worry about starting late, as long as there’s still a population there.

I can’t imagine having missed out on many of these games just because I wasn’t playing them at release.

I guess if people are willing to play an older game, part of it depends on how they perceive the popularity of the game to be. People are fine with playing WoW and ESO later because they view them as having overwhelmingly high populations of players. I guess they didn’t have that same view with something like the original The Secret World.

I saw Anthem in Walmart the other day and was considering getting it. Though I don’t even know if they’d have sold it to me, they’ve locked down products they deemed non-essential in Walmarts right now. But still, I was looking at it and considering if I should get the game and wondering how the player base and all was right now with it.

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For some reason, there are large amounts of people who won’t play an MMORPG unless it’s brand new.

For me, at least, that has to do with time-limited content. If there is content I already missed, that would be impossible for me to play due to it being removed or disabled, then the chance I will ever give that game a chance is close to zero.

This goes even for offline games, for example those that had a pre-order bonus — but with offline games I can often use non-developer-sanctioned ways to unlock that content, in which case I might still get the game (though in that case I will wait for a big sale; jerks who make use of time-limited content to attract sales don’t deserve the full asking price for their game).

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I’m still traveling for work, although only for a couple of days next week, then I think I can be “unessential” for long enough to sit on my ass and play some video games for a week or two. I’m kind of jealous of all the people who get to “shelter-in-place.” But I also appreciate that I’m priviledged enough to still have a job, I’m not taking it for granted, that’s for sure. I took my PS4 with me this week and did actually play some FFXIV. But I’ve gotten where I keep narcolepticly falling asleep playing it when I’m tired. Literally fallen asleep in the middle of combat, where the fight should only take like maybe five seconds, asleep two seconds in. So I’ve been mixing it up a bit.

I played through a bit of The Messenger, sort of encouraged by their new Kickstarter. I got the impression that due to it’s influences, it was going to be “old-school hard” and it’s nothing of the sort. It’s actually pretty easy, up until about the halfway point or so, but even then, it’s not that bad, as long as you take your time, watch the patterns. And while it wears the Ninja Gaiden influence on its sleeve, I don’t think it really has all that much in common, minus them both starring a blue ninja. Also, it’s got a hysterical fourth-wall breaking humor to it that I really enjoy. I wish I would’ve tried it earlier, but I also had to get past the retro-style graphics. I don’t enjoy that aesthetic at all, the nostalgia is lost on me, even though I’m a prime target, but I’m pushing past it for the fun game play.

I played a little of the Arkham Asylum remaster this morning as well. I’ve actually played through it before way way back on PC, but I got the collection as a gift on PS4 at some point, and decided to start again at the beginning, and eventually I’ll get to Arkham City (which I have not played). And then to Arkham Knight that I got free somewhere (I think it was a Plus game)

I got stuck on Yoku’s Island Express. It tells me where I need to go, but I just can’t seem to figure out how to get there. I think I missed something, but exploring in that game can become a slog, because to work your way back up the map you have to play through an awful lot of pinball to get up the ramps. Getting back down is easy for obvious reasons.

And lastly I started a game of Freedom Planet. I think this game started as a Sonic fan game, but changed into its own thing. I only discovered it because one of the VGM podcasts I listen to interviewed the composer. It’s like if Sonic had a story and cutscenes and could actually attack. It’s pretty easy, but amusing.

I don’t have a good answer for the bonus question. My backlog is so long that I very rarely ever play games when they release, and I tend to wait for sales to purchase, a lot of the time they are years old by the time I get to them. So to fit the question for myself, I feel like the game would have to be REALLY old, and most of the time, I hit walls where I just can’t go back because QoL has made the old obsolete. It may not be enough to keep me from LIKING a game, but enough to keep me from LOVING a game.

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Oh, and FFVIIR pre-downloaded, so now I’m just watching the counter for the next five days until I can actually play the game.

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For what it’s worth Batman: Arkham Origins was my favorite in the series. It got bashed on release for being buggy, but that was all patched up by the time I played, and it should be fine if you decide to give it a go.

The premise is that, near Christmas Eve, somebody puts a huge bounty on this new “Batman’s” head, and a whole bunch of villains descend on Gotham one night to collect before the “timer” on the reward money runs out.

Tense and atmospheric; I really do recommend this one, if you have any interest.

Cheers!

P.S. While I’m offering opinions, I thought Batman: Arkham Knight was awful. I got it for free, and still couldn’t play it past 45 minutes or so. Too much Batmobile car-based gameplay, in my opinion, and not enough Batman. Your mileage (heh) may vary, of course.:-)

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I forgot Origins existed, just because it was the one not Rocksteady one I think… maybe…
I loved the first game because of the metroidvania-ness of it. I’m not sure how well that follows through in the other games and will probably determine how much I enjoy them.

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Well, if you dislike Origins, you can always come back here and insult me. That’s what the internet was invented for, right? :-D

Seriously, whatever you choose to play, I hope it entertains ya!

Be well!

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Armsbend

I’
ve spoken to a few people with this sentiment. It hasn’t been fully realized yet because we are in “crisis mode” but the cracks are showing.

So I get to work my ass off while you get a vacation and get a check in the mail?

People have suggested those who have already had Covid – I am one I am sincerely convinced – can go back to work. So how will that work exactly? The super strong anti-covid blooded people work to keep the economy afloat but are basically expected to pay the dole of people who don’t?

I think some of this flies in commie countries – but it won’t here. As can be seen in how people are treating shelter in place in general. Where I live is merely a suggestion – one everyone is ignoring. It just isn’t in our nature. Anyway…just shooting the breeze my opinions vary on a minute by minute basis with this.

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Just to be clear, I don’t care about money. I just want a break. I’ve been traveling non-stop for work for months. Before stuff hit the fan, I was pretty much scheduled to travel non-stop for the next six months at least. And now, with the world collapsing around us, I’m still traveling non-stop for work, even when people in my own company are getting to sit around, because they aren’t as smart, experienced, or skilled as I am at what I do. 75% our business disappeared, but I’m still covering the bit that’s left. I was all set to start a job search to look for something less stressful, got my resume professionally cleaned up and was about to upload it to the internet (I’ve been bitching about changing jobs for like five years now , so take it with a grain of salt), but that’s pretty much indefinitely on hold now anyway. So… I’m just tired, so very tired.

But at least I’m not a healthcare worker.

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My life is nothing like yours, but I have some inkling of how you’re feeling due to the whole essential service thing. If you have an opportunity for a break of any sort in the midst of all this, take and don’t even feel an ounce of regret for it: you’re not going to be of any use to anyone if you have a mental breakdown.

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mysecretid

As an extremely wise therapist friend of mine used to say: “Remember — you can’t pour water from an empty jug”.

Take care of yourselves, please. Both of you.

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I apologize for the personal dump, I probably need to find a counselor to talk to.

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mysecretid

No apologies required, Panda. You’re human like the rest of us, and you can’t carry around all this extra “bleah” stuff. Gotta purge it somewhere. I totally get it, and you did nothing wrong, sir.

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Hi MOP fam! I’ve been mostly sticking to Animal Crossing: New Horizons almost exclusively, and just got my island rating up to THREE STARS about 2 hours ago, and those that have gotten to that point, know what THAT means!! :D

I would be streaming more (read: at all) except with the influx of people in the neighborhood at home and online, well, the internet, it is not so reliable, so I cannot tell when it’ll be up or when it’ll be wonky. So, I just work on my town, open my gates when I can to my Switch friends (find me on twitter: @WayTooLateTV, if you want to be switch friends so’s you can come see and shop and hunt on Paragonia Isle!).

Also, I’ve got this thing (see pic) going on: the tool yard, for when friends stop by and their tools break (or when my tools break), so they don’t have to go back to their island to replace them. I keep it restocked every time the gates open. Plus, I get to say “Tool yard” way too much, which is giggly in and of itself.

Also also, two tips:

1: hit – to leave without going to the airport when you’re on someone else’s island, it’s a timesaver!

2: You don’t have to use the keyboard app in-game to type! You can either plug in a USB keyboard to your switch dock, OR you can use the Nintendo app on your phone (with Nintendo subscription) to either VOICE CHAT (which I can’t recommend, as I’ve not tried) or TYPE on your phone keyboard instead. SO much easier!

Okay, with that said, on the BONUS QUESTION I’m going to have to follow Pierre’s lead and say Final Fantasy XI was the old game that it took me a very long time to get into, but I loved the heck out of it when I did. I had a super-pro friend that guided me through it, though, which helped IMMENSELY. That game is deeeeeeeeeeeeeep!

Love you all, stay safe, stay home, stay healthy as best you can. <3

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A small hint about tools and durability: if the tool can be customized, customizing it resets the durability.

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Yep! I tend to do that before going on Nook Miles Trips, but with friends, I tend to keep Paragonia’s gates open for looooong stretches, so my friends’ tools break multiple times, and it’s convenient to have 5 or 6 spares sitting out in the tool yard instead of guessing when you’re getting near that 300th hit, and hoping you don’t go over.

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Mind adding me? I’m not even interested in all the stuff – I just want to go to someone else’s island! I’ve yet to get a vistor or go to a real person’s island. I think I’m doing it wrong. Anyway – if you dont mind. If you like to keep it small I get that too.

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that’s for anyone by the by. mo people mo betta

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Sent! Check my twitter for when the gates are open! Dunno how frequent they’ll be open this weekend, since pain flare due to rain storm incoming, and wonky internet connection due to everyone being home and online, but i’ll announce it on twitter when gates are open! @WayTooLateTV, or just check to see if Paragonia’s available for travel. I’m usually awake all night and some of the day, Pacific time. :)

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Sorenthaz

Some mix of ESO, FFXIV, Fallout 76, One Piece Pirate Warriors 4, LoL, and/or Teamfight Tactics.

Bonus Question: Metal Gear Solid. I only played it a few years ago on a PSX emulator and holy moly that game was so ahead of its time.

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This week: His Fallingwater house was way ahead of it’s time…

“I think that was Frank Lloyd Wright, Uta.”

…oh! Different Lloyd then. Nm! >.<

Also this: More WoWstar and LynStar to make me forget about the worldStar!

Bonus Answer: City of Heroes.

Have a great week and weekend folks. Stay safe! :)

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More Animal Crossing though the easter bullshit is to be frank a design mistake. The core gameplay loop of Animal Crossing is: Leave house>dig up fossils>collect shells>check trees for daily furniture piece>catch fish to pay for whatever you are paying off>then mess about with friends. But for two weeks a majority of that is replaced by eggs to get timed exclusive recipes for ugly easter egg themed furniture.
I get it. Its meant to be cute and charming. But it puts the core gameplay loop on hold wether the player wants it or not. For two real world weeks. Honestly a “Hey Isabelle? thanks but i’m not interest” flag to opt out would have gone a long way but it just feels like a design mis step putting other stuff i want to do on hold.

I also finished Resident Evil 3 remake. Took about 5 hours and its fine but in every respect its worse than RE2, i even replayed that today to check, it lacks the lightning, the great weather effects, the stellar sound design like the creaking floorboards and the like, movement and combat feels clunkier to balance the dodge thats not needed and worst of all the Nu-Mesis is awful.
The original game had him form a role like Mr.X in REmake 2. a constant stressful pressure on the player from a relentless pursuer character. In 3make he is a fixed set piece thats easy, only changes forms one for the most part and instead of ending the same way changes in a way thats a rehash of 2 and just lame. The original ends with an exhausted jill facing off against this barely held together blob as an act of catharsis. You faced down this relentless monster and the tables turned. You have the advantage. You have the agency. You are its Nemesis. Hence the double meaning of the title.
Sadly thats not the case here and Nemesis is now just the Ustanak from RE6. Honestly most of my criticisms of the game come from it feeling more like RE5/6 in a REmake skin. Its still fun and there are moments like meeting Kendo, revisiting the RPD and in general seeing more of Raccoon that is great. But it cut so much from the original and the new additions simply aren’t as good as what they replaced.
I would say everyone should play REmake 2. Its one of the best videogames of the last 20 years without question. I would recommend 3make to RE diehards like myself and thats it.

Beyond those two not much, we had one death in the family yesterday and it might not be the last. Meanwhile we have fuckers setting fire to cell towers because trolls/conspiracy nuts online convinced dullards they cause corona through “nuclear radiation pneumonia” so things are ‘busy’ and not in a good way with a lot of family working in police and medical services. Fun times to see humanity let the mask of civility slip. As usual in these situations.