WRUP: The oral history of WRUP edition

    
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WRUP: The oral history of WRUP edition
Narrator: It’s the story of a column… that is only about what people are planning to play for the weekend.

Eliot: The inspiration came to me when I was bored.

Narrator: How it became a phenomenon…

Eliot: I tend to write a lot from the, uh, uh, uh, uh, um, uh, um, um, um, uh, uh, uh, um, um, um… elbow. The elbow has a lot of juice in it.

Narrator: …and how it didn’t.

Bree: I… don’t care for the way What Are You Playing is written. I don’t care for Eliot. Frankly, his style upsets the rest of us but we haven’t changed the locks yet.

Eliot: Yeah. Elbows.

Narrator: The story… of WRUP.

Justin: I have not consented to have my likeness in this oral history.

Narrator: Elbows.

Eliot: Elbows.

Bonus question: What’s your favorite choice for a breakfast meal if you want a treat?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go is happening for sure. I’m weirdly addicted to getting good IV Pokemon and transfering them to Pokemon Sword even though I haven’t been playing it hardcore. The distance trades, mega changes, and now level cap lift announcements have gotten my people fired up for Magmar community day!

Breakfast treat of choice is either steak and eggs or a breakfast sandwich, as long as it includes crispy hashbrowns.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Turns out that because of life delays, I’ll probably be gaming this weekend after all. I’m going to duck into Star Wars Galaxies Legends and do some catch-up crafting, I think, and I’ll be working on some award prep for the site too of course.

100% french toast for me. Definitely a special treat, especially if it’s big fluffy bread and good maple syrup. Hungry now!

P.S.: No I’m not really changing the locks and we love Eliot.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I’m having a dig into Atlas Rogues and am going to try to shake things up with my Final Fantasy XIV character. Otherwise, mot much else.

Is simply having time to have breakfast a treat? But if I had to answer more directly, the local coffee shop near me makes a delicious pan au chocolat and cortado.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Some FFXIV stuff and… well, I don’t know. I might play some more Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, because I feel like I should play that first, but I think I actually like Valhalla more even though there’s not a ton of daylight between them? I don’t know.

Honestly, these days even a muffin feels indulgent. I really love to have french toast, though.

Sam Kash (@thesamkash): I’ve been holding off on playing Guild Wars 2 story content until the voice overs were added back in. Well, luckily that appears to be the case, so there’s a nonzero chance I’ll get some game time in there.

Bonus: I’m going with French toast! Froast!

Tyler Edwards (blog): Still working on Control and StarCraft II co-op prestige. Also got another Curse of Strahd session lined up.

Bonus question: I’m a creature of habit, and I have little appetite in the mornings, so I have a piece of toast with peanut butter 99% of the time. On occasion I have channeled my inner Disgusting Bachelor Frog and had ice cream for breakfast.

Pierre, patron: You know what, I’m a Viking! Yes I’m enjoying the exploration of some 8th century parts of Europe, bashing some skulls more than I probably should, in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. It’s really nice and relaxing to explore the game at my own pace. I’m playing on PC and didn’t meet any bug or any issue with the game optimization. I’m continuing my playthrough of Life is Strange. What a game! I already know the story by heart, but reliving it again is a treat as the characters are so well-written and touching. It’s like meeting with some old and beloved friends that you haven’t seen for a few years. And Max is such a nice person; it’s refreshing when in the real world, so many toxic people evolve.

Finally, I made a mistake recently: I subscribed to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Oh no! As if I had enough time. So I decided to try and play a game that so many people recommend: Outer Wilds. I haven’t started yet because I’m too busy at work these days, but I will probably start this weekend. I’ll let you know if I enjoy it too. As you can see, there’s no MMO in my gaming schedule. It saddens me somehow, as I lived so many memorable moments in MMOs in the past. But for some reason, MMOs are not appealing enough. It’s also probably a consequence of so many very good non-MMO games launching every year, and so many unfinished ones occupying my back-catalog.

Bonus question: Very often, I don’t eat breakfast, I’m not a morning person and can’t eat too early in the morning. But if I want to treat myself for breakfast, for the weekend for instance, one of my favorite choices would be waffles and French toasts with jam, honey, or chocolate on them. I would accompany these sweets with some eggs and bacon probably, and then, I will have to go for a longer run the next day. But enough for me, what about you MOP readers? What are you playing these days?

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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Lethia Myune

Valiantly making my way through Shadowbringers in FFXIV I feel i’ve been playing this game for an eternity now but it’s only been a month and a half i think.

I am very happy that i’m close to reaching my first MMORPG-related goal i ever set in years, and that being finishing all story content in Final Fantasy XIV. Not that mmo’ish but i take what i can lol. Sadly Stormblood dragged for a month and almost made me quit 3 times, but definitely Shadowbringers is an improvement in storytelling or at least that’s how i feel. It’s not exactly the story i was expecting but it’s a good one nonetheless. I like that i am always looking forward to see where everything is going because everything is still shrouded in mystery…. as opposed to Stormblood where you knew exactly what was going to happen from the first few quests, you only had to see HOW it was going to happen.

Anyway I do feel the burnout badly though as i prefer to be invested in more things in a mmorpg not only story and cutscenes but i knew what i was getting myself into when i decided i want to get this game out of my guilty conscience. Probably another week and i can finally tick this out of my to-do list. But very much looking around for my next adventure :)

Happy weekend folks, stay safe

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zoward

I haven’t played any MMO’s in a while. Considering Wow Classic or TESO, just always find myself doing something else instead of playing them (like traipsing around Skyrim with a new Khajit build, for example).
I’ve been spending lots of time with the new puppy, and in fact I lost five pounds over the past week or two without any dietary changes, just from him running me around in the mornings and evenings. Other than that, catching up on my book backload and binge-watching Truth Seekers, which admittedly didn’t take a long time, as there’s only eight half-hour episodes.
I’m looking forward to a short work week as my work gives us the Friday after Thanksgiving off as well, so I’ll get some shopping done.
I hope everyone has a nice week, and please stay safe.

Breakfast: there’s a local restaurant that has a meal called “The Crock”: eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese, sausage, onions and scallions, cooked together in a baking dish, with some toast on the side. Heavenly. Drat, now I’m hungry.

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Sorenthaz

Picked Diablo 3 back up because I was able to be persuaded into playing with a few friends for the start of Season 22. Running a non-hardcore character because I’ve done that enough to stop having fun with it.

WoW will probably be the second priority game as I try to do some last minute stuff before the expansion lands.

Beyond that, idk. Picked up Mortal Kombat 11’s Ultimate Edition because I’m a fan of the series (even if I’m not big on fighting games) and wanted to at least go through the story. Also started trying out Borderlands 3 finally. Might also give Grounded another look since it’s had a few major updates in the time I last played it.

Bonus question: Scrambled eggs, sausage patties, and hashbrowns. Preferably some bacon thrown in but eh. For Fast Food variety, Hardee’s/Carl Jr’s sausage and egg biscuit with a large side of hashrounds.

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Malcolm Swoboda
  • Genshin Impact – A new event started so I focused on that, so I haven’t even caught up on main story! I’ll do that today. AR is 42 or so and I’ve hit the mora wall, woo hoo… A comfy week, and I got Childe in gacha! Friend helped me with the highest tier of the event’s ‘meteroite’ world battles.
  • Last Cloudia – Caught up on main story content, shit’s getting real now, and I could only beat the latest boss by being totally cheezing with a support unit. Whatever, at least I did it. Did the story for the current ranking event, and it was nice though I’m not into its whole ‘alternate Asian world travelers stuck in this world’ deal. So just little story bits now and trying to see if ranking events are reasonable enough to finally let me gain all its exclusive equipment items..
  • Another Eden – A little bit, actually! Completed the Persona 5 collaboration story content, though I still have dungeon runs (and the new feature of dungeon quests, which will result in another free character of P5’s Skull), superboss, and various achievements to do. I also finally advanced the main story a little, effectively finishing the first half of the first post-release main campaign (Ogre Wars).
  • Distancing Hangouts – Just the bit of Genshin.
  • Logins: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Tales of Crestoria
  • Suspended: SWTOR, Remnant, Terraria

Partner is done the main story of FFX-2 and I don’t think is likely to return, and now he’s trying to figure out that Last Mission dungeon expansion. We didn’t do American Nightmare this week but will return.

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EDIT: Also messed around a bit with the now F2P Super Animal Royale! Had a good time, actually.

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cursedseishi

The elbow has a lot of juice in it.

But what of the knees, Eliot? What of the knees? And the toes? The toes?! Everyone knows the juice gets stuck in the elbows because they’re just a couple of uncool benders, nothing but squares and corners, ya dig. But you don’t want that, it’s bad. It’s like sediment man, it’s pulp! If you want the right proper juice you gotta go for the knees and toes, ya jive turkey fool! That’s all concentrate, baby. Gotta shake and stir it all up first, get some groovin’ on and dance suckah! And once its good and shaken, then and only then can you get the sip from it.

Like that song says. ‘Use your head! Skip the elbows. Shake the hips and drink those knees and toes, knees and toes. Head, elbows knees and toes, knees and toes.’

And while I’m totally not going to sing that song whilst questioning my life choices and usage of 70s verbage?

Yakuza Like a Dragon, with a fresh side of Hyrule Warriors 2. Former is still scratching my RPG itch strong, and the latter is… well it’s pulpy goodness where I get to beat giant goblins with a soup ladle–so I don’t even need to play Dark Souls 2 to do that anymore! Win-win-win-win.
I’m also enjoying the Animaniacs reboot on Hulu. It’s a fuzzy warm blanket for my inner 90s kid, and now I can catch all of the subtext to boot! Second episode is just great, episode 3 references ‘Steam Powered Giraffe’ which I find difficult to ignore or think it isn’t referring to the band by that name, and… there’s also the episode where Yakko and Wacko talk about… High Capacity Shoe Violence briefly and I loved it. Especially the bit preceding it. And the entire bit encompassing it.

… I’m just… happy.

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Shoulders – not elbows. Actually shoulders, hips, knees and toes. Jeopardy answer to “Where are you in pain, firithnorm?” from Alex Trebek, RIP :(. Kinda like that kids song “Head & shoulders, knees & toes.” Both my sister & daughter are in early childhood education, so I knows these things.

Gaming is mostly Apex and Albion. I seem to be finally getting my rotation down so that I can spend an appropriate amount of time in each, at the right pace. I actually spend more time mobile gaming these days, but that’s out of scope for this site.

BONUS: For a homemade splurge, I go for a breakfast sandwich – fried eggs, toast/bagel, cheese and whatever breakfast meat is on hand. For a big treat, there’s a place near us called “Cosmic Omelet” that specializes in – you guessed it – omelets! And I really love omelets! Just put everything in them. All the meats, veggies, and cheeses that’ll fit.

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Malcolm Swoboda

“I actually spend more time mobile gaming these days, but that’s out of scope for this site.” Shade!

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I hope you’ve all been safe and well!

Sorry I haven’t been on here in a while, I haven’t really played any games since Ultima Online, just been busy at work and tired once home, the easing of restrictions and the hotter weather has brought people out in bloody droves from the city passing through, it’s become chaos. Personally for some tinkering I have experimented with installing Ubuntu as a duel-boot OS on my old SSD which I no longer use, it’s more curiosity sake than any strong desire to swap to Linux, but it’s an area of computing I just haven’t touched much, it is exciting to see a whole other potential.

I’m expecting my Xbox Series X to come early December, so I’ll be using that for once that arrives, I bought Crash 4 for Xbox so I plan on playing that through on it because that game looks like a lot of fun.

We’ve now gone over 20 days in my state of Victoria without any new Covid cases, despite months of people crying about how hard the lockdown was and I saw some overseas folks online point to us as being some kind of fascist regime for doing it (no idea how the overseas media reported on the Melbourne lockdown), but it was justified as it bloody worked and despite now 20 days of no new cases after we were the crisis-state in Australia our Murdoch-controlled media refuses to thanks Daniel Andrews for doing it and saving us, after daily headlines bashing the man, calling him a dictator and “journalists” abusing him press briefings. And then then the dog-piling from our own Prime Minister bashing on the dude as well, it was disgusting.
All that hatred just because Andrews wanted to stop COVID.

Andrews, you’re the real MVP.

It does mean movies are now back! Cinemas reopened is great because I hadn’t been able to see a film in around eight-to-nine months, Miss Fisher was the last one (after Sonic lol) I saw in cinemas before the lockdown, I told myself months ago that the first film I wanted to see once reopened was a local film and out of the two Aussie films on offer to me around here was Rams. It’s a remake of an Icelandic film which pitches itself as a comedy-drama. The trailer makes it out to be this light boomer film, but it’s a lot more depressing than advertised (which I enjoyed greatly). The drama parts worked really well, Sam Niel and Michael Caton are outstanding in their roles as brothers who haven’t spoken to each-other in 40 years as you really felt the hatred, which is a bit of a problem because it makes the rest of the cast look a bit weak by comparison as their parts are more light-heated. The comedy parts didn’t appeal to me as much (might be a generation thing) and the tonal swaps between dark/light could be a bit jarring, but I really did think the drama parts were right on point and made it worth a watch, especially the last third the film really came into its own.

The next film I saw was Tenet, there was no way I wasn’t not going to watch a Nolan film at theaters if given the chance. Regretfully this time around I didn’t see it at our state city’s claim for the world’s largest IMAX like I did with Dunkirk, but I’m grateful to have seen it now in a cinema, because the film from a production angle was incredible. I know some people are frustrated they don’t entire understand what’s going on, but for me that’s part of it. I knew fully well going on that Nolan was going to take me on a ride and I’m all for that. I didn’t look at any reviews or coverage of it beforehand (which was tough as it came out months ago elsewhere), but one thing which I noticed which I was glad to see for my own sanity mentioned elsewhere is the audio mix.
I don’t mind the loud big bold sounds, but I have to agree that making the dialogue at points really hard to hear was a strange choice. I thought that perhaps the speakers in the cinema were out of tune somehow, but no, that’s the film as intended!
Of the cast Kenneth Branagh stands out strong as being a really horrible man as the villain.
The less said the better about Tenet, it’s really the sort of film you need to see and experience for yourself.

Bonus Question: Pancakes or anything like that isn’t something I have very often, in fact extremely rarely, but so it’s pure indulgence at breakfast to have them.

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firithnorm

Congrats on get the virus under control! We are dealing with the 2nd wave here in the States, mainly due to the stupidity of our outgoing leadership and his blind followers. Locally, we did pretty well in the 1st wave, but after some limited reopening of businesses & schools, things are worse than before. But do we shutdown everything again? Of course not! smh…

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zoward

My modus operandi has been to completely ignore the politicians, listen to the scientists, and take whatever steps I feel I need to to keep myself and my family safe. I wear masks, social distance, wash my hands a lot, my kids are doing remote schooling, and I haven’t set for in my church since February. No one in the family’s gotten sick yet. We’ll go back when we’re comfortably doing so.

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Jack Pipsam

Listening to science is what New Zealand did and they’re the golden children of the world right now and it’s how my state got out of the mess, listen of the science, not to the emotion.

If our state govt did what our federal govt wanted with the emotional and business argument, we’d still be in the thick of it.

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Leadership is vital as is seen not only in my state but also places like New Zealand where their Prime Minster was right onto it. Listen to the science, reduce movement of people, that’ll help wonders.

I’m not sure what lessons can be applied from here to the USA. We went hard early on in the game, as soon as the second-wave began with the hotel quarantine scandal was the moment the rapid action was taken, if we had started the lockdown months later it’s really hard to say if it would have worked.

I think a big lesson perhaps is the city-specific isolation. Our state capital city of Melbourne (with a population of 5 million) became bordered off from the regional/rural parts of the state (making up 1.6 million roughly), there was a police and army checkpoint system which made sure travel between the city and rural was only for the select reasons.
This not only protected the regional areas, but also reduced the ability for the virus to reach the borders of other states like South Australia and New South Wales (where other checkpoints were).
Effectively movement was reduced, this more than masks was the key aspect. The city had a curfew and there was a rule of how far from you home and work you were actually allowed to travel, so you couldn’t go from one side of the city to the other for example. It was all about reducing movement of people.

That perhaps is something which could be applied to the USA, border up the hot-spot cities and attempt to protect the rural areas and have different stages of rules for each. Reduce movement. Masks are great, but reducing movement is the key thing I think which got Victoria to our national peak down to zero.

We’re watching the world with extremely baited breath to see what happens.

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Utakata

This week: Despite everything, things still remain the same. That is, the sun still rises and sets on my day, I still post at MassivelyOP everyday, my copy of World of Warcraft is logged onto daily, the pigtails are still pink, my routine rarely changes, and He still hasn’t conceded. I could go on…

Also this week: Was answered in part in the first bit.

Bonus Answer: Marmite?

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

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zoward

I had to search the net for Marmite to see what it was, as I had ever heard of it and it sounded like an explosive. Is it something like Vegemite?

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Utakata

The best way to answer this is with a FYI!

Marmite: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmite

Vegemite: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegemite

Hope this helps! :)

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Still grinding away at Conan Exiles Isle of Siptah. The team is doing a calamity surge today at 2 Eastern.

I typically cook my own breakfast, but I do love the breakfast menu at Whataburger.

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Ooooh, I’mma start with the breakfast question! There’s a restaurant around here in Irvine called Burnt Crumbs that has these breakfast sandwiches. Brioche buns, toasted. Nuggets of softly scrambled eggs. Crispy, smoky bacon. Cheddar, lovingly melted to try to keep it all together (but aided more by the butcher’s paper than the cheddar, honestly). And here’s the kicker: Honey tabasco aioli. It’s AMAZING, and it’s just this side of spicy enough to wake you up a bit and get you started on your day. And it comes with a side of home-fry potats that are pretty good but can get kinda way too cronchy for my tastes, but that’s not why you’re here. It’s the sammich, 100%.

Okay, onto the WRUP portion.

Been doubling up on BATTLETECH and I’ve got about 85 days left in my career mode left (out of 1,300 or so at the start?) and I’ve accomplished my goal of allying with 3 factions at once, so I’m happy as a King Crab. :) Once the career mode score is tallied up, I’m going to start a new career mode and prep it for streamin’, since it’s been an AGE since I last streamed BT in earnest, back when I was BigAngry, before the rebranding to WayTooLateTV.

Also been playing my first week or so of PHASMOPHOBIA and having a gal-dern BLAST with it! I’ve been over on my buddy Nex_Incendiary’s stream (and likely will be again tonight for Spoopy Saturday’s Phasmo runs) since he’s the one that got the game for me in a wonderful show of generosity WHILE I was streaming one night, and I’ve done about 3 regular jobs and, like, 8 professional jobs so far. I walked into the Abandoned School with a Spirit Box and asked “What do you want?” in the lobby, just as a test, because, hey, it won’t be in the lobby, that’d be ridiculous, right?

It was in the lobby. My buddies were incredulous. HUGE map, tens of rooms, it was in the first room you walk into. REALLY neat thing in that one, I was walking from the truck back to the school, there was a hunt, and I saw the Ghost (it was a Demon, IIRC) walk OUT the front door toward me, close the front door, stand on the porch, and just disappear after about 5 seconds, like it was saying “Come back later, we’re closed.”

Just been having a crappy week IRL, but games have made it bearable, and really, isn’t that part of what they’re for? Love you all, my MOP family. <3

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home, and always wear a mask if you DO have to go out!

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I demand this sandwich be brought to my face.

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I’ll take a pic of it next time I get one!