WRUP: Dril edition

    
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WRUP: Dril edition

new rule for makin a character in an MMO is that you must be personally willing to kiss them on the mouth. with. tongue. no exceptions to this rulle time to french with the lizard boys (“crying” finally)

every1 is too dang HORNY to be allowd to play Lord of the Rings Online the way it is MEANT TO BE PLAYED, with spiders on you all the time

my “raid group” is “clearing” this “boss” (hand, touching, porcupine)

proud to announce that pearl Abyss will now. taste my laewsuit. shouldnt have let me make a charcter i wanna punch in the mouth and then let me br.eak my dang monitors, the esrb rating will vindicate my actions

volunteer as a mentor in Final Ftanasy XIIV teachin the gobbso how to shank new players zones away , who said i was on your side guy with a stupid name like “soul master”

what are you playgni is the only article on this site worth being preseved in the Library of Congress

Bonus question: What specific meal makes you nostalgic for a part of your childhood?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): I’ll probably give Fall Guys a shot on PS4 sometime Saturday. I’ve been watching from the sidelines and it sounds fun. Sunday is when some of us get our makeup Pokemon Go fest, plus my Animal Crossing fireworks.

This is actually kind of hard, since I didn’t have a good relationship with food until I was almost an adult. The closest I can think of to a nostalgiac meal is Shakey’s pizza buffet, as that was one of the few times I would not only have good access to a variety of foods I liked, but could feel full. Oh, I guess self-cook Japanese/Korean BBQ does the same thing, but only when I can do the cooking myself (please don’t throw the meat in a pile people, even grilling shows it respect).

Ben Griggs (@braxwolf): I used a doubloon coupon to buy the premium ship Massachusetts this past week, so I’ll probably play her quite a bit this weekend in World of Warships, as well as continuing to grind the many, many tech trees I’m progressing through.

Nostalgic food? Possibly a meatloaf/mashed potato casserole or fried chicken. Midwest comfort food!

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’ll probably do my usual loops through Lord of the Rings Online and Star Wars Galaxies Legends. I’d like to check in on City of Heroes too, and I’ve had that Wurm Online icon staring at me all neglected like too. But probably those plans will go nowhere since I’m contemplating a dive into Sims 4.

French toast for me. My dad would make for us on weekends sometimes and pile it high with powdered sugar.

Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX), YouTube): School starts next week so there won’t be much gaming, but I’ve been playing Nexon’s mobile MMO, V4. I’m legit curious about how these autoplay games are so popular and seeing as this just came out, it’s a good chance to see what all the hubbub is about.

Bonus question: Any sort of homemade Filipino food is nostalgic for me. My mom is always cooking so the smell of food always resonates in my parents’ house and it always beings me back.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I’m legitimately not sure. Genuinely. I kind of want to take a break from games and just write something. Or read a rulebook for a new TTRPG I got. I might dip in for some Final Fantasy XIV dailies, but maybe that’s it. Maybe.

I have some pretty specific answers here, since my love of food and cooking all came from my mom, who was born and raised in Crete. So there’s mousaka, dolmades, and a bread recipe from her own mother that come to mind. But one dish always transports me to my younger days: boiled and shredded chicken leg quarters with rice and a creamy bechamel. It’s so simple yet heartwarming and filling, and even now the scent of that bechamel brings me back in time.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Aside from my Final Fantasy XIV stuff (the patch is done, but Dwarf dailies) I’m mostly going to be releasing stress in single-player games this weekend. The Tales series has somehow really hooked me in lately; couldn’t tell you why, but it helps my anxiety and I’m not going to ask questions.

All of my positive nostalgia foods hearken back to my great-aunt, who lived in what felt like a woodland hideaway and only passed away at over a century old. Some nice brie and crackers, ham coquille, a nice roast lamb, and the various French treats she would squirrel away always make me happy. I don’t have all of her recipes, sadly, but I try to cook in the same spirit as she did.

Tyler Edwards (blog): Like Chris, I’m unsure. I’d like to play Horizon Zero Dawn, but as of my writing this the crash issues still haven’t been fixed, so that may remain off the table for me. I’m torn between playing more of Iron Harvest 1920 and waiting for it to launch so I don’t burn out too early. I could prestige some more characters in StarCraft II co-op, but I’m hoping that tweaks for the prestige system may be coming soon, so I’d rather wait to see if anything changes before I commit to any grinds. Maybe Star Trek Online? It’s a good low-commitment thing to jump into while I wait for HZD to stop lighting itself on fire. Of course, I’m still so busy with work I might not get much time for gaming anyway.

Bonus question: We used to have a falafel night once a week. For a white guy, my father makes some pretty amazing falafel. Granted, the falafels themselves are from a mix, but he always had just the right mix of veggies and sauces.

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

Playing a bit of WoW and seriously (again) wondering why. Really enjoying several classes that are just gonna be trashed in Shadowlands, if reporting is getting it right.

Of late, I can’t sleep, worry a lot, and feel useless in the face of evil. WoW is not helping that. I need some serious hacking and slashing.

Enter the latest patch (0.7.9e) of ARPG The Last Epoch. The game finally, after years of being in my library and never getting above 15 hours played, comes together. I’ve put in over 20 hours in just the last 4 days, with happy expectations of a good deal more. It’s still in EA, so not everything is as it will be, but the last few patches have finally made the game enjoyable.

Last Epoch has a 4-skill hot bar with an additional attack on the mouse button, just like PoE. But where you use gems and gem leveling to increase power and change skill behavior in PoE, LE uses a skill leveling system, with each skill having it’s own skill tree, allowing you to specialize a skill as you wish. My Forge Guard throws his shield at a mass of mobs, ricocheting, igniting them, spreading fire and turning them to ash. Did I say this game is satisfying?

Bonus question: Happy food of my youth. My mother’s shepherd’s pie, absolutely the best, bar none. Also her Toll House cookies and apple pie. Thanks, Mom.

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BigAngry

Woof, was a hell of a week for me last week, so let me just say, thank heavens for FINAL FANTASY XIV patch 5.3 to keep me distracted from the reconstruction work going on in the house to recover from the flooding in MY house caused by my neighbor’s botched vanity installation. I feel bad for my neighbor, her house was renovated top to bottom over the last 3 years and now she’s living in a hotel for 45-60 days after her uninsured, unlicensed handyman left the water running after installing a vanity in her upstairs bathroom that flooded and ruined her entire apartment and half of ours, but at least we were due for a renovation anyway in the parts that were flooded, so… why not now?

ANYWAY, the story lore bombs from 5.3 are big and plentiful, and I’m just in AWE at Soken’s music as well, both for the Hero’s Gauntlet and for the final Trial to end the patch. I’ve been too tired to attempt the trial (and because of a few of my disabilities I suck out loud at trials, so I’m waiting for my FC to be able to carry me. XD) but I’m sitting at the entrance to it and have watched MTQ’s guide a few times. It shouldn’t be too too bad, I don’t think. Just gotta worry about the tank(s) LB3ing at the right moment.

Streamed Monster Train for the first time on Way Too Late TV on Friday Night as well and was pleasantly surprised it came with a built-in audience! I did a neat challenge with certain “mutators” that one of the folks in chat suggested and nearly beat it!

Then I streamed XCOM 2: War of the Chosen last night and killed 4 of my 6 soldiers because I kept falling asleep and screwing up, so I called that stream after an hour and went to bed. I’ll be picking up the pieces and figuring out what to do from here later tonight.

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Sorenthaz

Waiting for power and internet to still come back up at my place after the crazy “derecho” on Monday. Til then I’ve just been plugging away at Breath of the Wild and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition on my Switch while staying with family since they’ve got power back at least and I can use LTE for Netflix and such on my phone.

Hopefully won’t be too much longer before I get to check XIV’s update out.

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Malcolm Swoboda
  • Wizards Unite – Man, they’re really milking this anniversary thing. Another event first a first year being done, just this time more ‘first year of Hogwarts’ commemoration instead of ‘finished a first year’. I think their feature development so they’re straining for ‘new’ content, which is technically ‘better’ than only repeating past events but its still annoying. Anyway, done most of the first week of it.
  • Another Eden – Oh no, barely played! Except there was 10 days of gree single gacha pulls with a free 5* at the end of it, and I got one of the better characters of the game! At least she was several months ago, which is all that matters for the content I’m deciding to take on.
  • Suspended: SWTOR, Magikarp Splash, Sub to my Adventure, Coromon
  • Logins: Magia Record, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Blade xLord
  • Villagers and Heroes – Only some wandering and questing around on mobile.
  • Last Cloudia – Disappointment. I got all or nearly all the unique rewards from the two events at once, but it was a grindy mess that used up a lot of my resources, and I still didn’t fully complete things. Hope they don’t do that again, as this time had more to do with bad scheduling when trying to line up the Global and Japan versions. Now there’s a new event that’s been more reasonable, but its the start of designing them as ‘ranking’ events with rewards that well, while non-exclusive things, I still don’t get because I’d have to rank high on the server. I’ll definitely get the gist done though. Also advanced the main story a tad, and been so lucky with gacha that I’ve gotten a few new characters! Checked the listings and I have over 2/3 characters released to date, F2P since launch less than a year ago. And over 3/4 the ‘arks’ characters equip and learn abilities from.
  • Tales of Crestoria – Buggy buggy MESS. Less of the previous bugs, but more CRASHING. And communication errors. Ugh… okay, I’m progressing Chapter 5 and trying to wrap up the gist of the current events before they finally leave. UPDATE: Whoops, as writing, I caught up! Chapter 5 isn’t entirely released so there we go.
  • Distancing Hangouts – Nothin. Though partner is playing Starcraft 2 matches.
  • Final Fantasy XIV – Barely any, though I intended to play, and I’ll make sure to get some Shroud questing (and dungeon?) tonight.

Partner finished the Legacy of the Void epilogue and is finishing up the Nova missions. Also the usuals on Switch (Astral Chain, Animal Crossing) but starting Final Fantasy X.

For mobile I’ve tried some EVE Echoes, Elder Scrolls Blades, and installed Runescape Mobile. EVE is… more accessible than on PC?, but also still EVE, and it still freaks me out to learn. Blades was just to check if it runs better on my phone now, and it does, but it also still lacks graphics options, so away it goes. Haven’t tried Runescape yet.

Some other gaming includes more Hyper Scape since it proper released, and the started Vampyr through Geforce NOW.

Latest Last Cloudia update. I’m almost certainly not getting the character, but nice to see he’s around (he’s already in the story, just wasn’t playable). Go Creepy Yoda! Shared video because I really like the music track, which has been used in bigger story battle scenes lately.

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Loopy

This week i decided to try out something i’ve never done before and picked up a VR set – Oculus Quest.

The experience so far: mind blowing. It’s very quickly starting to ruin regular gaming for me. It’s highly immersive, absolutely visually stunning in certain games, and HL: Alys is just exploding my mind with each level i progress.

So there’s that..

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Utakata

…I always keep thinking of that vertical ringed instance in Wrath that everyone seemed to avoid back in the day when I see the word Oculus. >.<

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Loopy

*shivers* that was not a fun dungeon… A polar opposite to Nexus which was one of my favourite Wrath dungeons.

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cursedseishi

every1 is too dang HORNY to be allowd to play Lord of the Rings Online the way it is MEANT TO BE PLAYED, with spiders on you all the time

Can you really blame them, though? Have you not seen Shelob?! She is hawt…. so long as you go by the recent Middle-Earth games. But! As fans of the lore, you should have already played it ten times and written five dissertations on the characters, story, and theoretical impact each story might have upon the economy of the world of Men with each title.
And if Shelob is secretly a hot person hiding as a demon hiding as a spider? Then any spider you see might secretly be a hawt person too. And that means put your sword away and… kiss ’em.

Just… kiss them. Right on their… their… uh… uhm… Right on those… Not-lips? Those uh… chelicerae…? Boy, that isn’t a word that sounds hawt… But yeah, kiss them there. Who knows, they might turn into your dreamy-hawt-person!

Or… that’s the venom coursing through you after the spider bit your face and you are hallucinating. But y’know, take that as a win-win. Either they get haaaaawt, or you get high.

Or die. Maybe die. Let’s not focus on that one…

And while I roll a Wisdom save versus Gloom on that horrifying bit of googling? Final Fantasy 14 for funsies, as well as more Bug Fables. I did the Unreal trial Tuesday, or tried… and immediately decided to wait. I remember Shiva EX, even if barely, but it looked like a lot of people went in thinking it was another easy ‘smash’. It is not… Honestly, I think it might be a little… overtuned. Even on my successful run yesterday, it felt like it was coming down to the wire. I’m just thanking Zodiark that this wasn’t Titan… Titan was a nightmare.

Phantasy Star Online 2 pulled my ‘Persona’ Trigger so… I’m liable to start playing that today too in earnest.

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Utakata

This week: The Dog Days of Summer doesn’t mean the hottest part of Summer…or is it really about dogs. Rather the star Sirius is most visible. Just a lot of equating of such over the course of history. The pigtails find them the most boring part of said season though…

Also this week: Now for the second thing I wanted to show! But still fairly incompleted at this point (read: still not happy with it). But again, it’s at a stage I am willing to show where it’s a least going…maybe even more completed than the last one at least. Although it’s bit more “free form” this time around…

“So what are we looking at, Uta? It looks like a couple of feral kids rummaging through some space age dumpsite.”

…I wouldn’t call them feral, as they are having a sophisticated conversation with a disagreeable fairy they bumped into along the way. But they are quite mystical, as one is of Wiccan disciple and the other of Shaman.

That said, they are indeed exploring a space age dump, that goes seemingly for miles and kilometers. It’s the idea of disposed technology, products and toys that have been discarded over eons, with no where to go. It just collects into mountainous volumes and imposing hills. Some of it still working..sorta. While others are taking on a life of its own…

It’s not the first time concept has been address, to as where today’s technology goes when anytime Apple releases a next gen iPhone. But over decades and centuries of this current consumer mentality, this is likely what you’d see…if you’re not seeing all ready. o.O

Anywhoose, please see artwork attached for further details.

Also this week: Maor Blade & WoW, I guess.

Bonus Answer: Those as for mentioned sausage butty, chips, beans and HP Sauce from a few WRUPS ago. O.o

Have a great week and weekend folks! And please stay safe! /bows

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Bruno Brito

That’s waaaaay better than what i did this week.

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Utakata

Thank you. But you shouldn’t be so harsh on yourself, as you are far, far more prolific than I am. /bows

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Utakata

Edit/Erratum: It’s not the first time this* concept has been addressed*…proper

I also want to apologize for the way I shot that…as I realize I took it on a fly with unsteady hands. The borders should actually be parallel to the pic’s frame, as they are properly so in reality. So I screwed up a bit there…

…when I scan the artwork in when completed, the borders should be represented more straight as intended. Again, sorry about that. :(

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Bree Royce

Something about this is giving me Fairyland vibes. With more robots ofc. I love it.

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Utakata

Thank you, Ms. Bree. That means a lot to me. /bows

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firithnorm

Been a little burned out on games lately. I’ve been reading more, so it’s not a bad thing. Having no power for a few days last week really killed my gaming momentum. (Side note: Love how my power company tried to sneak in a massive rate increase then totally botched getting power restored). Will be doing some Albion this weekend, giving those new paths a shot. May try to get into Apex or some other game. Before we lost power last week, I was thinking about going through my Steam library game by game for at least an hour/day, but that was probably the drugs talking.

Bonus: It’s what I call a Daddy Cheese-wich. Basically it’s buttered bread with cheese on it, toasted in a toaster oven. Been making it since Jr. High and it’s a goto comfort food/snack.

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Fisty

I am playing some WoW I guess. Its getting boring/grindy again. Switched to classic, but I am in that between zones period where Im just a hair under or over level for questing. So, I logged from that to play Grounded all morning, which has scared the shit out of me several times. I am now pretty sure a wolf spider is stalking me. I had to turn the archnaphobia slider to the point all spiders are just floaty white and red blobs with scary eyes. I also want to play some Stick of Truth and try to 100% some stuff. I saw the FFXIV trial now includes base game and Heavensward, so I may roll a new guy there just to avoid another sub this month. Lastly, my town in Rise to Ruins is needing some serious defense love, so Ill be upgrading towers and walls there.

Bonus: I bought some Minute Maid fruit punch and a pack of Nutter Butters just for the nostalgia yesterday. Another go to are the little square Totinos pizzas. Pep or Combination.

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Toy Clown

That was weirder than usual, Elliot! haha

Ahh, let’s see. Once I finish off the BfA flying achievement I’m going to take a break from playing WoW. Gameplay has fallen into the type of stuff I hate about MMOs and since most of the systems will be negated come the expansion, there’s no sense hopping into any of it.

I resubbed to FFXIV and spent last night RPing, which I enjoyed after a break. Finally got some RP going for my navigator! To this stage, her work has been background flavor due to most RPers not taking the time to RP travel, so this is exciting for me to have her doing an actual trip. Of course, the first thing I did was the Moonfire Faire for those sweet glams and getting ready to get the Whisper-go mount, which I missed out on last time. Maybe I can finish off another crafting profession or two as well. I have two in the ’80s and the rest in the low 70’s. I burnt out before finishing them last time I played. Maybe this time I can bring myself to join a guild before I burn out and finally finish the MSQ. I’ve become anxious around forced grouping scenarios after some really bad experiences and I don’t want to do stuff with strangers anymore. If I can get over that hump I think I’ll be okay! Maybe!

Bonus Question: I will always miss the Frito chili pies and Ocean Waters from Sonic. Heading to Sonic was one of the few activities my mother and I enjoyed together, which also allowed us to indulge in our silly, making-up-stories selves that weren’t accepted by other members of our families or friends. (I grew up in a small town along the bible belt in the ’70s.)

We had this game where we used to watch the people around us from the car, making up extravagant stories about them while drinking our Ocean Waters and eating Frito pies, until we had tears in our eyes from laughing.

While I’m not a Sonic person anymore, every time I pass a drive-in, I remember us sitting in the car doing that.

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Fisty

Love the frito pie! Im have the fritos, just need to make some chili tomorrow.

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Toy Clown

Ahh, now I feel the need to find a low-carb alternative to Frito pies!