WRUP: Wither bird edition


he came to me

he came to me though I was afraid

my fear and anxiety have ruled my life and it has been so consuming

upon my windowsill he sat, black and ancient, and the tap of his claw against the glass spoke of something more eloquent than any language I had ever heard

and even in my fear I knew there was something there

and so I pulled open the window

and he flew within

and my fear rose as his wings beat against still air

and he slammed upon my chest and I fell backwards

upon the floor

without defenses

and the tip of his beak pressed against my sternum and once more I knew pain

the pain that all of us forget, primal and animal, deep and hurting, frightened to the core

in my nose was the smell of mildew and sweat as he pressed harder, there must have been blood in my mind but when I looked down upon him I was unharmed

his eyes met mine

something was planted deep within me

it was impossible for me not to pass out in the process

upon awaking he was gone

the window was still shut

but the fear and anxiety had left me

replaced by something so much deeper

a primal need

and fear

and spite

a flavor dancing upon my tongue that I will not forget

so I moved to my window

and the ink of the night sky had become alike to my own substance

as I moved to join it

what are you playing

Bonus question: What’s the first advertising jingle you remember from your childhood?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Super looking forward to the Animal Crossing Halloween Event. If people need candy or a place to hit up, watch my Twitter feed as I tend to post Dodo codes. I’ll also be doing the Pokemon Go Halloween Alolan Marowak raids just because it’s one of my favorite Pokemon (useless, but pretty). Probably gonna do some Pokemon Sword since, if it’s not obvious from my review, I spent a lot of time doing the multiplayer and not the core story. I’m still trying to figure out if I want the ice pony, which seems so useful with all that snow out, or the ghost pony because it’s just plain awesome. Who am I kidding? It’ll be the ghost pony.

Um, so, as a kid, my mom severely restricted the amount of TV we could watch. Like, an hour a day, including ads, so I told her I’d leave the room during those to get another show in (plus I was always told we couldn’t afford anything we saw). But that rule went out the window if dad was home alone. I can vaguely remember Chuck E. Cheese’s “Where a kid can be a kid” jingle, but just that part. It seems I’ve always understood that ads were a waste!

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Honestly, between Halloween and a family birthday and packing, I’ll be lucky to sneak in to play any games this weekend. But if I do, it’ll be my usual: Star Wars Galaxies Legends, Torchlight III, and maybe some City of Heroes.

For the bonus question, I honestly have no idea, but the first one my brain conjured up when trying to think of one was Snappy Tomato Pizza, which I’m pretty sure I have never actually eaten, but the jingle for it is apparently filed away somewhere in my brain, so there you go.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): There will continue to be Behemoth slaying in Dauntless as I try to chase this season’s battle pass goodies as well as upgrades for some weapon sets I want, and a friend and I are going to likely schedule some regular dips into Elite Dangerous. Also, lots more Hardspace: Shipbreaker, because there are ghost ships now. Heck yeah.


Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Even with all of the issues that I’ve personally been having over the past few weeks, this weekend I have… well, it’s a kind of big deal that I can’t talk about. But it’s notable. Other than that, I’ll be tooling around a bit in Final Fantasy XIV, mostly.

My dad had a Toyota, so I very clearly memorized their jingle back when I was old enough to understand it: “I love what you do for me – Toyota!” I can still remember it with stunning clarity.

Sam Kash (@thesamkash): I’m still stuck on Spellbreaker so the majority of gaming is there. Although I continue to pick up my Halloween daily in Guild Wars 2.

Bonus: First to my mind was bagel bites. Pizza in the morning and in the evening? Hell yes.

Tyler Edwards (blog): I got an invite to check out something cool, but I’m under NDA, so… not a lot I can say about that. I’ll also be continuing my Curse of Strahd D&D campaign and possibly doing some RTS gaming — Iron Harvest 1920, StarCraft II, and the Age of Empires III remaster are all tempting in their own ways.

Bonus question: BY MENNEN.

Pierre, patron: The Last of Us Remastered platinum trophy is a long grindy effort, and I’ll grind a little more this weekend. On a whim, I decided to play Life is Strange again and it was a very good idea; I’m enjoying this game once more, and it’s so good to be back in Arcadia Bay. It’s definitely my favorite adventure game ever. (Close second is The Longest Journey if you’re asking.) As we are in lockdown again here in France, there will probably be a third game in my weekend program, but I don’t know which one yet. You’ll have to wait till next week. Be patient MOP readers and don’t leave us languishing and tell us in the comments what MMOs or games you’ll be playing.

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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Very Phantom of the Opera.

I have a new Distance map out, which I slaved over all day yesterday, releasing it just in time:



The name takes inspiration from a very good book I’m reading: “Information Theory and Evolution”.


Some mix of DBD, LoL, XIV, Fallout 76, and Genshin in no real order, though DBD and 76 get priority this weekend due to double bloodpoints and Fasnacht.

Bonus question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6TavVzx-Yw is the first one that came to mind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCwn1NTK-50 was also pretty boss.


…a friend of mine did that. She’s paid up to some ridiculous month in 2022, CE version of Shadowlands, and a couple of shop mounts here and there. The last time I checked though, she wasn’t a Goblin. O.o

Andrew Ross
Andrew Ross

Just in case someone’s reading this right now, I’ve got my Animal Crossing town open for some trick or treating (1 gift per person, if you can find them). Code is 6MJPB

The NW town is an Asheron’s Call reference (Fort Teth), but I’m sure non-AC vets can figure out how to break in ;P


I’m taking some time away from MMOs because of Halloween. Not that I dislike it (though it’s literally a foreign concept for me); it’s just that I hate temporary content with a passion, so I prefer to avoid playing MMOs while they are all promoting temporary content.

So, I’m starting this weekend with Trials of Mana (I delayed purchasing it due to Denuvo, and only purchased it this soon after that piece of crapware was removed because I played over a hundred hours with a translated bootleg copy back in the day), continuing with Sims 4 (now that EA is removing the Origin branding I can finally get more modern games from them, and I love the Sims series), and after that I’ll look at some indie games on Steam (there’s a bunch I want to play that, between regional pricing and the Halloween sale, are in the $2 to $5 range for me).

As for the bonus question, it would be an alternate version of “O Sole Mio” used to sell Italian-style ice-cream. The first English-language one I recall, though, is a fictional one; after all, the Ghostbusters theme song was the in-universe jingle for their business.


Been having fun with the Looking for Shinies crew in the Isle of Siptah map in Conan Exiles.

Hikari Kenzaki


Nothing. Deleted all my games and i’m trying to do a hard brain reset at this point. Having a really hard time getting into single player games, while at the same time none of the MMOs (other than Classic WoW which none of my friends are playing atm) are appealing to me.

Probably need a few weeks to get a clean slate established before i pick another game to play.

Bruno Brito

That requires discipline. I hope you prevail.

I would honestly just recommend you play rpgs, from RPG Maker or from consoles/emulators. Like GBA FFTactics series.


Thanks, good suggestions.


This week: November 3rd…

…where it could go two “this won’t end well” ways:

1) The Full-On Belarus Model:

That is, “1 vote for you and 1 vote me. 2 votes for you, 1 and 2 votes for me. 3 votes for you, 1, 2 and 3 votes for me!” And so on…

Equals incumbent winning by a landslide.

2) The Partial Modified Belarus Model:

Media: “Contender is projected to win by a landslide”
State Governors: “No, no, no…we can’t have that! Stop that now!!”
Electoral College: “How high, sir!!”
Supreme Court: “Yeah…that’s totally legit!”

Equals incumbent winning by a landslide.

…hopefully neither of these will ever happen! >.<

Also this week: They said Shadowlands was finally being released? o.O

And finally: "What's with the political stuff, Uta…"

It should be known by now that my WRUP entries begin with the my assessments of the MMO called Real Life. And sometimes the most unpleasant MMO going…to which I can't really opt out on, or the pigtails would end up pushing daisies 6 feet under. Followed by the optional MMO's I chose to play with to get away from the RL one…

So thusly, I first vent about the former. Then I vent about the latter. With enough complaints for 3 players, I suppose. But this is how I've doing it here as long as I remember posting in the commentary of this here weekly column. Deal? o.O

"And about those potentially daisy pushing pigtails?"

…they currently remain shaken, but not stirred. R.I.P. Sean Connery. /bows

Have a great week and weekend folks! Moar drawings on the way! Please stay safe! And if you can, please get out and vote! /bows again


Oh…PS/Bonus Answer: Let’s just say I simply don’t want to go there! >.<


I have finally committed to an account in Genshin Impact that I’m gonna level, so I’m leisurely progressing through the story quests at the moment. People say you hit a wall at some point at which it is hard to progress further without putting money into the slot machine, so I’m doing everything at a very slow, laid-back pace. Ironically, this means the gacha system helps me to avoid falling into this typcial mode of rushing through content while leveling. Maybe not exactly what was intended, lol.

As long as the combat does not get too difficult, I can see this as a nice side game to play on and off long term.

Here another screenshot from my travels. I like the colors in this game!


While I can’t support this game’s business practices, I can certainly support it’s art assets. They are simply, lovely. <3


Very true. Gotta say I’m glad the game’s monetization model is being dicussed and criticized in so many places (game news websites, streamers, etc.). Gambling in openly available entertainment products is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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Great writing this week, Eliot. Very Poe-esc. Poe-ey? We gots lit-ra-sure this week guys!

This weekend is consumed with a Halloween D&D session with required cosplay, so my dwarf Velir will have his greataxe at the ready to destroy the ghostly hordes that are thrown at me! How a greataxe does ANYTHING against a ghost is a great question. And, just like in the Lord of the Ring’s movies, I am personally built similarly to John Rhys-Davies (6’3″, > 200 lbs) and am the largest person – and am playing a dwarf. Go figure.

This means not too much time for gaming. Not too much Albion as I got Darksiders Genesis this week that I’ll keep working through. I may jump into Destiny 2 and/or Apex as well.

Bonus: The first thing that popped into my mind was “Bum-Bum-Bumble Bee, Bumble Bee Tuna! I love Bumble Bee, Bumble Bee Tu-u-na!” Thing is, I really DON’T like tuna.


Bumblebee Tuna was one of the first jingles that came to my mind, despite the fact I’ve never heard the original (it was never sold where I live); over a decade ago someone made a catchy cover version of it, and then someone else made a hilarious Anime Music Video named “Something Fishy” with it, which is how I first discovered it.

(I’m not linking the video because the humor can get a bit crude and NSFW, but in case anyone is curious it’s the first result for “Bumblebee Tuna AMV” on Youtube.)