WRUP: Tips for being less boring edition

    
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Yeah, no.

All right, this week’s What Are You Playing is ready to go! Serious life advice about how to be less boring, let’s do this, let’s fill up the preview so that no one not clicking on the story can get it ahead of time! Yeah! Party time, awesome! Let’s go!

Wait, why are you still here? You skip these intros all the time.

Look, I… I’m not supposed to admit this to you, but this course isn’t actually for you. You’re kind of a lost cause, and I think deep down you already know that. Your life is built around retreating into comfortable patterns that don’t make you happy, but they make you unhappy in familiar ways. Your frame of reference is continually sliding further and further away from things that are actually interesting or relevant.

This course is meant for people who are genuinely moving forward and not calcified in the same ways you are. Sorry, but I think your endgame here is just accepting that you’re boring and the rest of us have moved on. Really didn’t expect you to keep reading this long.

Oh, you could try taking up macrame! That’s a thing.

Bonus question: If you could perfectly impersonate the voice of any actor, who would you pick?

Andy McAdams: I’ve been enjoying Guild Wars 2 the last few weeks. So probably that, some Minecraft, and maybe Space Haven if my will is weak this weekend.

Bonus question: Um… let’s say Silent Bob.

Ben Griggs (@braxwolf): This past week I started playing clan battles in World of Warships for the first time. I’m terrible, but the credits are amazing. Also, I picked up Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey when it was half off on steam a few weeks ago, and I’ve fallen in love with it. AC finally feels like a proper RPG!

Bonus question: I have enough trouble imitating my own voice!

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’ll be crafting armor, armor, and more armor in my usual Star Wars Galaxies Legends. At this point I’ve stocked my vendors so thoroughly I’ve actually hit the vendor item cap for the first time ever. I never hit it on live at all. So that’s required some effort to work around!

This bonus question is hard. Putting my kids to bed with the voice of James Earl Jones would freak them out, so let’s pick that.

Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): I’m going to be playing my main and secondary Black Desert Online accounts. For my main account, I’ll be finding a good grindspot to grind in for the next month or so. I’m shooting for making at least two billion silver in the coming weeks. As for my second account, I’ll be getting the main Drighein storyline out of the way and get the lore bits for an upcoming column .

Eliot’s opening a can of worms with this question. It’ll have to be Miranda Cosgrove.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Invictus Fleet Week in Star Citizen calls my name and I must answer. I must pet all of the pretty ships. Give them scritchies under their chins. Let them know they’re good girls. I will also try to pick up a few more Gunbreaker levels in Final Fantasy XIV, try out Magicka 2 since I got it on the cheap, and I’ll also be checking out Maneater; who wouldn’t want to play as a murderous shark monster?

If I had to pick any celebrity voice to imitate flawlessly, I’d choose Sean Bean. Then do completely menial things with my new power, like use that voice exclusively for drive-thru window ordering.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Hooray, Phantasy Star Online 2 is playable on Tuesday! So until then, I will be… puttering around, mostly. Low-impact old favorites, some FFXIV chores, you know.

I’d love it if I could sound like Alix Wilton Regan at any time I wanted. What would I do with that power? None of your business, that’s not the question.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I might be dusting my old Lord of the Rings Online Captain off to see if I can get her going once more, but chances are far more likely that I’ll be doing a lot of pre-expansion prep in The Elder Scrolls Online and questing in Fallout 76.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I am probably going to play Rimworld. My last couple of colonies have ended tragically due to my inept colonists. Seriously, more than one doctor is a good idea in case your doctor is unconscious, and people who will never do violence are pretty useless. (Ok, that’s entirely my fault. I can’t put my choices on my virtual colonists.)

I have a huge backlog of games, so I may try something I haven’t played before too.

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): I’ll be in Starborne all weekend. My alliance has been going head to head with another one in an all out war. It’s been messy, but so far we have the upper hand. I’ll probably play Valorant and even Amazon’s new game Crucible for some more twitchy action.

This one isn’t a question I’ve ever thought about before. Maybe I’ll go with one of those great ones from ages past, Sean Connery.

Tyler Edwards: I’m bouncing between different games. Almost finished Reign of Terror, though it’s starting to feel like a bit of a slog. Also checking out Far Cry Primal, but I’m not sure that’s going to stick.

Bonus question: Gideon Emery. Fenris from Dragon Age 2 is the asterisk on my heterosexuality.

Pierre, patron: I’m so happy with my choice of going back to Final Fantasy XI last week. I haven’t played this MMO for months and almost forgot how good it is. Yes the UI is obsolete and unpractical, the graphics are dated (but still artistically beautiful anyway), but this old-school MMO has so much varied content and did so many things well when compared to unchallenging modern MMOs. In FFXI, you have to talk to the NPCs to know if they have a quest to give, and you have to read the quest to understand exactly what the goal is, where to go, and follow the instructions. No yellow marker anywhere to guide you. Some will say it’s painful and boring, I say it’s interesting, immersive, and you’re not a robot following yellow punctuation marks anymore, you’re active, you feel smart and really accomplish something going through these quests. So you got it; a lot of FFXI for me this weekend. I will probably also play some The Last of Us New Game+ to see how it works, I’m curious.

Bonus question: I had to think a lot this week, as I’m not really interested in impersonating any actor (or any good at it either). But if I could, it would probably be some actor with a very cavernous voice like Ron Perlman. And you MOP readers, anything noticeable on your gaming schedule for this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

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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With the release of Greymoor looming I decided I will put my first real effort into ESO since launch. I have purchased each expansion but never played through them.

But this coming week Greymoor will likely have to vie for attention with Minecraft Dungeons.

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Fisty

Weekends almost over, but it’ll be Minecraft, where I’m building a super disgusting all colorful town. LOTRO, where I have a 38 hunter who needs some love and a new house. Civ 6 and then hopefully finish up some more quest progress in Outer Worlds.

Bonus: Sam Elliott

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Paragon Lost

Since the Pandemic hit, I’ve found myself not really gaming online, just never in the mood anymore. 😐 I have been reading a decent amount of books and a lot of table top game rpg books though.

Bonus question: Sean Connery.

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Hey Paragon, I know exactly how you’re feeling these days in regards to online gaming. I might list a few games that I’ve “played” every week, but usually my combined time in all of them is about an hour and an half at most. I just don’t have the energy right now for what most games ask of you. I tend to spend most of my time watching anime, or creating tech “problems” around my house that I have to “fix”.

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What is happening here

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I’m not using Steam to log in anymore, so a change of name and avatar felt appropriate.

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Double Conquest points in SWTOR so that’s where I am. I’m actually spending less time on video games than before quarantine. Go figure. But, I also downloaded a free, mini adventure from the creators of Thimbleweed Park, which is a point and click adventure game. I didn’t play the main game but the mini adventure was a fun way to spend 6 hours.

The only voices I would want to imitate are people who sing, since I can’t sing at all. And if that was the case I would want the voice of Minnie Riperton…go Google that young ones.

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“Your life is built around retreating into comfortable patterns that don’t make you happy, but they make you unhappy in familiar ways.”

Wow. This hurts.

I just got dusted in Vendetta Online by one Greenwall not 10 minutes ago during the Corporate Sector Run, which is now an automated weekly event. Latos H-2 was the scene of the crime. I also played it in VR earlier this afternoon; it’s so cool! More MMOs should make the leap to VR.

I’ve been playing Distance: watching replays of new others running my maps. Working my way down my map backlog, one sprint at a time, savoring each.

VVVVVV was recently gifted to me, and as such I am duly playing. It’s… interesting.

In RimWorld I have a tenacious colony of 3 going; they were just hit with toxic fallout, though, and it’s on ‘Ironman’ Randy Rough so… not too confident on their odds. I also randomized all of the starting settings and the beginning.

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Skoryy

So what have I been up to? Um. Yeah. I can’t quit, apparently. I’m even an officer in our RP SG now. Most fun I’ve had in an MMO in a while, though, to be honest.

Bonus question: Gilbert Gottfried. Because why not.

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Sorenthaz

Terraria is pretty much dominating my time right now though who knows how long it’ll last. Looking forward to PSO2’s release later this coming week so definitely planning to jump in on that. Might check out Crucible if I get any time away from Terraria. Also may jump into FFXIV to get some moogle tomes and level up my SMN. Oh and this weekend still may try to poke into Fallout 76 to check out that event.

Bonus question: Liam Neeson or Mark Hamill. For Hamill though it’d definitely be his Joker voice.

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TomTurtle

Feeling super salty after coming off of a failed 5-mask Horrific Vision run in World of Warcraft. I’m only more and more encouraged to switch mains after BfA as I’m sick of content being designed with rushing in mind while my shadow priest struggles to keep up. Outside of some major changes for the spec, BfA is his last hurrah.

I’ve gotten back into battle pet collecting in WoW lately as it scratches my “Gotta catch ’em all” itch that I enjoy so much in Pokemon. Outside of some reputation gains, it may not be all that rewarding, but it’s just fun for me so that’s all that matters in the end.

Enjoying leveling a druid and how ridiculously good travel form is for questing. It makes me jealous when I see other druids bypassing interaction mechanics other classes have to deal with so it’s nice to be on the other side of it for a change. Plus she’s a Kul Tiran, a race I’ve been conflicted on, but I absolutely have come to adore in certain ways. I made her look older and a bit grizzled, and it makes me smile playing her. There’s something super satisfying about playing an elderly badass, especially since MMO characters are usually restricted to the young and beautiful.

Have a good weekend all. Hopefully better than mine!

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Starting with the bonus: Alan Rickman, because few things would give me more joy than to be able to sound like Snape or Hans Gruber any time I wanted to.

So I tried out Old World earlier this week, and refunded it after about 20 minutes. There’s probably a really good game in there eventually, but much like every other early access game I’ve ever played there’s no tutorial yet (and way too many forget about them completely), and as far as I’m concerned a game that asks for my money but doesn’t explain the very basics of how to play isn’t going to get to keep my money. Right now, way too many games are already much too horrible at on-boarding players, and even early access games need basic tutorials.

Other than that it’s been pretty much all 2K Games all week.

I decided to hop back into Borderlands 3 with a different class this time, and that made a lot of difference. I tried the Gunner originally, and that just didn’t clock for me; but I’m playing the Siren this time and it’s a much better experience.

Then on Thursday morning, I received the greatest news: Civilization 6 is on the Epic Games Store for free. I had a feeling that was going to happen. It makes me happy because I’m finally able to completely ditch Steam from my computer. I’ve been having to have Steam on my PC to play Civ 6; and now that’s there’s finally an acceptable alternative, Valve can take their loot boxes, their easily accessible to minors porn games, and their grossly unregulated store, and stick it all where the sun don’t shine.

But mostly this week has been about tinkering with hardware and digitizing my Blu Ray/DVD library. I ripped apart and rebuilt my old gaming computer to set up a living room VR rig for my nephews, who I’m hoping will be able to visit this summer… although I’m quite aware that there’s a good chance they won’t be able to.

Lot’s of changes in my life and behavior lately. Trying to take better care of myself: I’ve dropped about thirty pounds since mid-March. I’m eating better, exercising more, and trying to get better sleep. Even trying to take better care of my my mind, so I’m changing the news I follow: it’s too easy to get sucked into sensationalism, so I’ve been trying to get just the facts, and then move on. Additionally, I’ve been disengaging from the gaming community overall, apart from an occasional comment on a site here and there; but it’s too frustrating being surrounded by people trading off their own best interests for a thimble full of convenience or instant gratification in real life right now; and I simply can’t be plunging myself into that in my leisure time as well.

Anyway, I’m off. Got a weird schedule this week so I have no idea what I’ll be doing in my leisure time, when I get some, but I hope you all enjoy yours. If you’re in an area where reported cases aren’t going down yet, please don’t let reckless politicians make you think things are a-okay, and please continue as if things weren’t opening up. I’m already worried enough about some of the names that I haven’t seen posting here lately, and I’d hate to see more people stop showing up. Be safe everyone.

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Utakata

This week: The pigtails are looking for a bit of breather…

…haaaahhhhhh….

…but that doesn’t read right though. Phwee. >.<

Also this week. Maor WoW!

Bonus answer: Whatever voice actor does my voice in WoW. As all us Gnomes should sound like…even when we're mad. Especially when we're mad. o.O

Have a great, safe week and weekend folks! <3