WRUP: Small shopping centers I have known and how they would deal with the spite of Tgek’dmal edition

    
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WRUP: Small shopping centers I have known and how they would deal with the spite of Tgek’dmal edition

Fox Run Mall: Soothing atmosphere coupled with a poor layout and an unclear differentiation between the larger area and the proper Fox Run Mall itself would lead to Tgek’dmal’s rage swelling to perform the Unspeakable Crunch to this shopping center. The streets would run blue with an unidentified fluid that stinks of ozone and peppermint.

Eastbrook Mall: Tgek’dmal’s frustration at poor selection is quickly tempered by the knowledge that this mall has somehow been going out of business since the day it opened. He would make a small purchase at one of the two non-shuttered storefronts, look at the vacant kiosks, and mumble to himself as he returned to the Blind Chariot which he parked in a handicapped space.

Those stores by the CVS that I used to walk to from home: There’s an Afghan restaurant there now, or there was the last time I went here. I really didn’t like the place last time, but was that me just ordering the wrong thing? I really love food from that region. Gosh, do I want falafel? Of course I want falafel.

The Shoppes: This spelling of “shops” confuses and angers Tgek’dmal but he does enjoy Panera.

The Buckland strip mall: Tgek’dmal still remembers when he took a boy named Elian out to dinner here. Elian was so handsome, and they laughed at the same things. At the end of the night Tgek’dmal blighted seven stars forevermore and Elian said he was waiting for marriage.

Whatever the heck they call all the stores around that Denny’s: Something something What Are You Playing, blah blah eldritch horror, swiggity swenny let’s go to Denny’s.

Bonus question: What’s your favorite kind of fruit to eat by itself? No toppings, not with something else, but just the fruit all on its own?

Andy McAdams: At the rate I’ve been game jumping the last few weeks, the best I can say right now is “something.” I’ll definitely be playing something.

Bonus Question: I’m going to say papaya. They are a sticky mess, but man do I love to eat fresh papaya.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Definitely will be in Star Wars Galaxies Legends this weekend. I gots armor to stock! I also got Elder Scrolls Blades loaded up on my Switch. Hopefully it plays better there than on mobile…

Easy call for me – it’s mandarin oranges! They are basically candy, let’s be real.

Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): I’m really into Black Desert Online more than I usually am, so I’ll be doing that. I’ve been enjoying my time playing my new no-pay account. I’m finding a lot of challenges that a few dollars can solve and I’m loving it! I’ll be clearing the Valencia storyline in order to get a special accessory to strengthen my character, so I’m eager to get that done. If I play my cards right, I might be able to knock out the Kamasylvia and Drigeign storylines as well.

As for the bonus question, I have a very sharp taste so I prefer to eat my fruits on its own. Actually, I don’t really like toppings on any of my food. I eat hotdogs without ketchup or mustard, French fries are eaten without toppings and so on and so forth. I’m going to flip this question on its head too, the one fruit I do like eating with toppings is sour mango with sauteed shrimp paste. The salty and sour flavors balance each other out for me and the flavor is to die for.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I’m feeling the need to once more dink about in Black Desert, so that’s likely going to be a primary feature. I also wanna knuckle down on some Star Citizen projects. Mostly the making money project. There’s likely going to be more Dauntless and Final Fantasy XIV interspersed as well.

Watermelon. I freaking love watermelon. It’s one of those fruits that are just absolutely perfect on its own without needing to meddle with it or integrate it into something else. I would eat more fresh watermelon if they were smaller, since I’d be the only one eating it (husband can’t due to dietary restrictions).

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I’ve got some minor things to do in World of Warcraft and FFXIV, but most of the weekend will likely be spent working on other projects or just fumbling around in other games to play. Likely another weekend spent not really making headway in Final Fantasy VII Remake, alas.

It can be a touch annoying at times, but I am an absolute sucker for kiwis. Pears are a close second.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): So much to game, so little time. I am working on a new Hobbit Hunter in Lord of the Rings Online, getting ready for Greymoor on The Elder Scrolls Online, and trying to find level appropriate quests in Fallout 76.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I’ve been doing a lot of game hopping lately, but this weekend will probably be an EverQuest weekend as I warm up for the opening of the Aradune TLP server.

Bonus: Bananas. Or mangoes. Or oranges. Just put me down for all the fruits.

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but I’ll be playing Starborne. Between queue times I’ll probably roll up in Valorant and even Crowfall.

Favorite fruit is probably a personal watermelon. I’ll slice one of those pups in half and make lunch out of it.

Tyler Edwards: I’m planning to dive into the free trial of Fallout 76. My expectations are low, but I’m curious, and free is free. Any leftover time will likely go to the Reign of Terror mod for Grim Dawn.

Bonus question: Mangoes, but I’m fussy about them. They have to be just barely ripe, so they’re juicy but still a bit tart.

Pierre, patron: As expected, I finished my The Last of Us playthrough last weekend. I really enjoyed the game and I like the ending. I’m now going through the New Game+ and will then go through the Left Behind prequel. On the MMO front, I have resubbed to Final Fantasy XI. I wanted to play a MMO and as FFXI is really one of my favorites (it was my first MMO). I never managed to get into FFXIV without getting bored by the story, even if the UI is far better than in FFXI. But I find the content in FFXI more interesting than in FFXIV, and the game is quite beautiful, considering its respectable age.

Bonus question: My favorite fruits are apricots. I also like grapes a lot. In general, I really like fruits and eat a lot of them, any of them. Except pears, I’m really not into pears. And you MOP readers, what are the fruits of your gaming choices and decisions 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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Ashfyn Ninegold

Eek, I’m so late for WRUP, the weekend’s over. But I have a really good excuse, my gaming rig blew up on Friday night. Bummer. My dear spouse and I spent all day Saturday just trying to suss out the problem and fix what we could to no avail. So, new rig on the way, but it will be weeks arriving, if not months. My sweet fellow has graciously lent me his graphics computer to tide me over.

This is why I keep all my gaming files on an external hard drive.

This is also why I’ve been married to the same guy for half a century.

Oh, and I’ve been playing the Grim Dawn Diablo 2 mod Reign of Terror. I’m so impressed with the work the modders have done; it’s phenomenal. At times I forget I’m not actually playing D2. The best of Grim Dawn and the best of Diablo 2. I mean, I always did want to dual class Paladin and Sorcerer, didn’t you?

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Sorenthaz

Terraria will probably absorb the majority of my gaming time since the big update launched. Might squeeze some Smite in so I can at least finish the current season pass with the level 40 reward.

Bonus question: Bananas or Apples.

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Malcolm Swoboda
  • Wizards Unite – Big mistake by the devs happened that apparently will be resolved and the compensation is quite good. I just completed today’s Community Day and it was the first one utterly focused on ‘fortress battles’. I got through it, with the biggest battles available (‘Dark V’) and in full groups for the first time!
  • Magia Record, Brave Exvius, Another Eden, Magikarp Splash, Blade X Lord, WOTV, Sub to my Adventure – Magia logins, Brave Exvius logins, Another Eden logins, Magikarp … a little?, SDS logins, Blade X Lord I’m doing some story of a new event, WOTV dailies.
  • Guardian Tales – Oh boy, I got pretty addicted to this little one. Out of 7 Story world maps, I’m now basically done 4. I’m playing a lot and its so cute, but I could do without its moralizing about social activist moralizers (feels a little Hermione-scolding) in a couple parts of the story. But its silly stupid how its a mobile f2p gacha Zelda clone that gets me into Zelda-ish gameplay/puzzles.
  • Last Cloudia – Man, steps forwards and steps backward. Surprise! A new character with their own gacha banner and no tickets with a chance for him. Never seen that before, mid-event. So glad I don’t give them money. I’m grinding the current event(s) as much as I can bear, but they made these ones particularly grindy so I don’t care. Doesn’t help that I’m salty from getting no characters recently :P.
  • SWTOR – Nothing actually, besides trying to progress Taris this weekend.
  • Distancing Hangouts – Remote Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Other – Just trying out some free games/time. Keeping in mind I have a weak gaming computer now so there’s no way I’d persist with these games, I did some Fallout 76 today, its first few quests to get a feel, and well.. hey, it was nice? I don’t ask for much, and it didn’t give me much, but it made me feel okay? I think if someone gifted me it and wanted to play together, and I had better tech (current top consoles or new PC), I’d be in!, and I’d just try to ignore the monetization. I also tried the free GTA5 and phew… I am bad at driving. Always. Again, nice to have it but I’ll need another to pull me in, at least for the Online. Oh yeah, and I attempted Elder Scrolls Blades as my phone finally qualifies, and it was a quick uninstall as
    couldn’t adjust graphics/fps/power/vibration settings so goodbye. Maybe on PC release or my next phone, whatever.

Partner’s time is 2-3 (morning, lunch, evening) check-ins to Animal Crossing and he finished Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s expansion. He bought FFVIII remastered on a whim so I guess he’ll do that, though he’s looking at FFX and FFXII too.

Basically my week was Wizards Unite, Last Cloudia grinding, Guardian Tales, and messing with a couple titles that my computer had no business to. The WU party battles were MMO enough, right?

In GT you keep running into different concerts with this character. What does it mean?

And hey, the soundtrack works on me a little!

GOGOGOGOGOGGOGOGOGOGOGOO

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cursedseishi

So… there aren’t really any shopping ‘centers’ quite around me. A few plazas, but most are more ‘service’ than ‘come in and buy something!’. But, when Tgek’dmal comes around…? There’s a rush to remove any pomegranate-flavored item from everything.

Because Tgek’dmal had a very bad experience with pomegranates. He tried to eat one once, bit right into the skin. That stuff is like leather, and though his many-fanged maw could pierce it, it wasn’t a pleasant taste. And thus next he tried to pull it apart, but like a grenade it blew open upon him and its many seeds scattered the lot. So angry was he, that he forewent eating the third pomegranate and merely crushed it in his hand…

That was the Original Sin. In crushing it, did its marring juices paint him red. And in his steps as he stormed out, forever will the ground be stained like bloodied footprints, footprints that follow him to this day.

… Which, is a long way of saving I love me some pomegranates. But I don’t eat them. They are tasty and sweet and far too troublesome to ever try and contend with. So I will stick to grapes. I like grapes.

And while I stare at a grape and wish it were a pomegranate? FF14, to be sure. And FF7 Remake still. Though I’ve fallen harder into a streaming hole than I have a gaming one. I’d watched through Scissor Seven’s first season on release a while back, and this week I got the notification that the 2nd season was out… and immediately binged it.

Then I binged ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ for fun with the first season in its entirety, as well as the episodes of the 2nd season I missed. This week had Mark Hamil in it, and it made me realize how much I want to see him and Matt Berry play off each other. I’ll probably be watching through Beaststars next, or consider watching ‘A Good Place’ so I can actually finish the first season and catch up on the rest…

Or… I might just buy a pomegranate. Not to eat, no… But to contemplate upon it. To stare upon its flesh and gaze past it into the truth hidden within its myriad piths… And to leave it in my neighbors yard when Tgek’dmal makes his rounds. They need a good smiting.

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Pandalulz

WWDITS is sooo good. The toothpick had me dying.

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Malcolm Swoboda

One of the best comedies.

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Mordyjuice

I’m playing ESO.

I’ve had a dramatic weekend so far.

Some background, a few weeks ago we had a patient that had $1,000 stolen from his room. The last night I worked I was scheduled with some one I’m convinced did the deed so I texted my boss and left her a lengthy explanation of why I didn’t want to work with this person, my boss basically said she was aware of this person and that the police are investigating them.

So while I’m sleeping my wife decides to clean up my phone, because I’m the kind of guy that never deletes text messages and leaves thousands of emails in my mail, she decides to copy and save my exchange but somehow sends it out in a group text to my boss, the coworker I accused, and about 20 other coworkers.

I’m sleeping and my wife keeps trying to wake up about this and I’m thinking she’s just trolling me so I keep blowing her off until my boss calls me. So after putting her on speaker phone and having me groggly become aware of what happened I think my boss found what happened funny, she said her best advice was to own what I said. So I responded to the group text and said I had no idea how a private conversation with my boss made it’s way to all of you but I said it, those are my words and I don’t care I’m not taking them back.

Work’s going to be fun tomorrow lol.

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Bruno Brito

Before you enter the hospital, put on some sunglasses and say “showtime”.

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Mordyjuice

I’m not even going to hide it at this point, thankfully most of my CoWorkers think this person is a crook and a sociopath so I imagine for me it’s going to be like walking into the halls of Valhalla as a Legendary Hero, knowing the people on my floor they’ll be talking about this for years.

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Bruno Brito

But are you guys actually sure this person did? I mean, do you have any evidence? Would help tons.

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Mordyjuice

I have nothing, but there’s a lot of past behavior (such as buying fundraising candy bar kits and selling candy bars at work lying about it being a fundraiser for kid for school, other items going missing when ever she’s working, planting false allegations of patient abuse against my wife knowing she’s a soft target because of her mental illness) and circumstantial evidence that I’m sure, for example the weekend of the theft she dropped $100 on a pizza delivery for the the floor, early the next week she bragged to another coworker about how she was able to pay off her Credit Card, she had access in the window of time being investigated.

Honestly she could try to do her sociopathic maneuvering around me but I’ve already got a reputation at work for being a straight shooter, not mincing words, and purposefully being untactful when speaking my mind so there’s no way she could weave some story about me being crooked.

One of my old CoWorkers that transferred with me to my wife’s floor basically told me that now that my wife and I work together that no one has ever made a caddy move against her again because apparently I scare people with how I carry my self and speak my mind with out fear of consequence.

I mean you see how I am here, I literally act no different at work.

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Bryan Correll

….if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved…

Machiavelli

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Jack Pipsam

You’ll have a great script for a comedy film by the end of it haha.

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Mordyjuice

The important thing is my boss seems ok with everything, and I can finally be brutally honest at work since it’s all out in the open now.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Back into ESO meeting new kitties, big and small, as I go through Elsweyr.

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Pandalulz

I think I burnt myself out of FFXIV the last few weeks so I think I’m taking a break again. Started Trials of Mana. It’s fun but yet such a weirdly low-budget feeling thing. I’m only a few hours in so maybe it’ll hook me. My work trip got extended so I’m in a hotel again all weekend instead of going home. But instead of playing games, I’ve now binged all of the last season of Lady Doctor Who and am the majority of the way through the Jordan Peele season of Twilight Zone, like literally since yesterday afternoon. Twilight Zone is interesting. Peele has definitely put his social justice (merely as a descriptor, not a pejorative) spin on it, and I like it. Doctor Who is fine, just fine. I keep watching it, but I’m not sure when the last time I really felt like I enjoyed it was, it’s just mindlessly comfortable I guess.

Bonus: I guess a banana, it’s the simplest, cleanest fruit to eat. There are better tasting fruit, but it’s the most efficient and convenient.

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Pandalulz

The TZ finale was cool. Now I’m watching the Watchmen mini-series. I forgot the soundtrack was Reznor/Ross but it’s unmistakeable because nobody sounds quite like them.

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mysecretid

I finally have some new game things to talk about! Woo! :-)

Still taking a break from Star Trek Online on my PC — they’re doing a “grind for a free ship event”, and I have all the ships I want right now, thanks.

Instead, I’ve been playing Neverwinter Online on my PS4 and having a great time. I’ve been stomping around Barovia, for the most part, which is the game world’s version of fantasy Transylvania, so, lots of spooky monster-hunting to be had.

Also really liking the Early-Access version of Old World on the Epic Games Steam-a-like platform (a platform I don’t like very much).
Old World is basically a kind of Civilization game that stays in the ancient era, which suits me just fine.

I always got bored with my Civ games when they hit modern times. I live in modern times, so it’s hard to make it all new and super-compelling

The empires in Old World are most of the ones you might expect: Dido’s Carthage; Rome; Babylonia, Persia, Hatshepsut’s Egypt, and more.

The gameplay crosses Civilization with a lighter, more accessible version of the dynastic gameplay seen in Crusader Kings II — diplomacy; internal policy; who you marry; who your heir is — all these things matter too. It’s not just a war/conquest game, it’s a “running a successful ancient empire” game. I quite like it so far. Maybe some of you will too?

I’m also still playing Phoenix Point by the original designer of XCOM, Julian Gollop.

Phoenix Point may not be as visually shiny as the new XCOM: Chimera Squad release, but I still prefer Phoenix Point.

The game and its story surprise me, going in directions I couldn’t anticipate and didn’t expect. It’s a good story underneath all the squad-based strategy, at least in my opinion.

I also found Control for the PS4 during my time away — it’s got a nice “X-Files Meets The Secret World” vibe to the game, but I confess, I find the default combat difficulty really punishing, and there doesn’t seem to be a way to adjust it on the PS4.

So, I end up growing tired of the game after my fifth “Oh, come on!!!” death and respawn in a row, and I go play something else instead.

The biggest news for me this week, of course, is that they just announced a new Star Trek series featuring Anson Mount’s Captain Pike, Ethan Pike’s Spock, and Rebecca Romjin as the original Number One.

I’m very excited for this one, and I hope the writing quality stays as high as it was during the characters’ original turn during Star Trek: Discovery, season two.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds … I’m there! :-)

Take care of yourselves and each other, my friends … it’s the only way that can really work.

Cheers,

Secret

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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

I’ve been eyeballing Old World since they announced it, and was about to pull the trigger when a new season pass was announced for Civ 6. While I’m not wild about having to have Steam on my computer in order to play Civ, the console and tablet versions are just too unwieldy for my tastes. But I might just grab Old World anyway because they are incorporating elements into the game that I’d love to see in a regular Civ game.

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Hi Sray!

Always good to see you posting!

I’m very much liking Old World — it’s probably one of the most “finished” Early Access games I’ve seen in a while. Sure, there are little bugs here and there, and I suspect the devs want to add in “more of the things”, but it’s not some barely-alpha, barely functional framework like some Early Access projects.

I’m typically loath to ever say to anyone here “You should buy this game”, because I have no way of knowing what people will like or dislike in the details of a game. My psychic powers kind of waned after Professor X kicked me out of the X-Men, y’know. :-)

But I can say that I do like Old World a lot; I do play it; and it does surprise me with how functional it is already.

There seem to be a number of gameplay clips of people trying out the game on YouTube, so maybe those might be worth a glance to see if the game holds up for you?

If you do decide to pick up the game, I would be curious to read what you think of it, even if it’s “Dammit, Secret! Why did you ever mention this terrible game to me! You have no taste!” Hee hee hee. :-)

After all, isn’t that what the internet was invented for? Yelling at random people about random things at random? :-)

But seriously, Sray, I hope that you and yours are well — and I hope that, if you do pick up Old World, that the game proves fun for you.

Best to you, my friend,

Secret

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Utakata

This week: LFO’s or Looking For Oscillators.

Ans speaking of which, I have a new toy!! (Please see pic attached!) The Korg Minilogue XD mini-synth. With smaller keys for those gnubby uncoordinated Gnome fingers. And extra analogue knob’s to be played around by the pigtails…all in the intimacy of a pink noise safe space. I am pretty sure the neighbors are going to love me now! <3

Also: More WoW…where I am finding there's a lot in common with a Gnome Shadow Priest as there is with a Lyn Warlock in Blade & Soul. That is, they don't hit very hard…but they can really surprise you at times. o.O

Bonus Answer: Mangoes.

Have a great week and weekend folks. And please stay safe! <3

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Bruno Brito

PLAY SOME WILDSTAR OST <3

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Utakata

I will be the first to confess that I have no real skill in tinkling the ivories. So it’s an exercise of holding some sort of semblance of a tune, let alone mimicking something done by a real paid professional or a seasoned musician. So I won’t be doing any of that. >.<

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Mordyjuice

Dropping some sick beats in Gnomeregan!!!

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Utakata

Ooo…is that yours? (I mean the module thingy in the foreground that looks like a mixer, and not the Gnome standing behind it. ) o.O

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Mordyjuice

I do not have that level of talent or know how, that said 20 years ago when I was in college studying Music and Arts Management I owned an instrument module for PC that mimicked Classical Instruments along with a Score Arrangement program that I used to dabble in to make Classical Compositions, I was obsessed with 12 Tone music, and a composer named Karlheinz Stockhausen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karlheinz_Stockhausen

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Bruno Brito

You should go back to that if you enjoy it. Talent is just talk for people who don’t want to put the effort.

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Mordyjuice

I absolutely love this guy

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Minimalistway

Playing GW2 and enjoying hunting world bosses, in the game i write /wiki wb and it open the Arenanet wiki page for world bosses timer, how cool is that? their wiki is impressive, also trying to finish the world map on my main, i’m at 76% right now, the game is huge, i haven’t even touched collection for dyes or wardrobe.

Bonus: people put topping on fruits? other than peanut putter on apple i can’t think of anything else, i like all kind of fruits, but if i have to choose then oranges, give me anything orange and i’ll eat it … now i want orange cake!

One fruit i can’t stand is watermelon, no matter how many times i tried it, it still feels like sugary wet sponge.