WRUP: The ultimate fates of all the neighborhood Christmas trees edition

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The Douglas household: Thrown in the garbage.

The Foster household: Thrown in the garbage.

The Michaels household: Thrown in the garbage.

The Johannsen household: Artificial; will be used for three more Christmases before it is thrown in the garbage.

The Winston household: Artificial; will be thrown in the garbage anyhow.

The Burgess household: Tree will be sent off to college, where it will have a chance to study something of real merit, ultimately emerging with a degree in psychoanalysis ahead of pursuing a doctorate. Will give a moving speech about how no one believed it was anything more than a Christmas tree, but was given a chance to excel and make something of itself. Marries a man named Kenneth.

The Parker household: As above, but when the tree is about to graduate, garbage men take it and it resigns itself to its fate.

The Lancaster household: Answers What Are You Playing. Then thrown in the garbage.

Bonus question: Did you get anything neat over the holiday?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go is happening mostly because of the holidays but also because I’m trying to get a perfect Snover for Mega Evolution. I do not admit to any shiny hunting that may or may not happen. Animal Crossing getting some love as one of my villagers has a Christmas birthday, plus I got some spare stuff I’m giving out. I might fire up Pokemon Sword again if I can motivate myself.

I got a few kind words over the holiday. In 2020, that means a lot to me. Also chocolate. Which I also got, and hence the need to walk. Thank god no one can see chocolate smudges underneath my mask!

Ben Griggs (@braxwolf): Probably some World of Warships and Elite Dangerous. In E:D I’m on my first exploration trip and loving it! I just entered the Eagle Nebula and have been mapping new systems the whole way out.

I got a copy of Letters from Father Christmas by JRR Tolkien and a new Razer gaming mouse for Christmas

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Likely no gaming for me this weekend. We’re still renovating the new house and slowly getting stuff moved over before the real movers get here. But oh crap, I gotta flip my Star Wars Galaxies Legends harvesters too. Wish I could decorate this like in an MMO!

Best thing I got was my first house!

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): It’s probably going to be more of my usual with some space truckin’ in Elite Dangerous and some RP and leveling of Samurai in Final Fantasy XIV, as well as some more Nova season server leveling up in Black Desert because boy is that class fun as hell.

My husband gave me some Steam Wallet cards which I’ve already used to snap up a few things; namely Hades, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, Phasmophobia, and some ARX for Elite to dress up my character in pretty outfits.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Aside from FFXIV I’ve been tempted by finally picking up a game or two on my Steam wishlist. Oh, and I have a review project to work on over the weekend; that’ll pretty much fill up the time.

My wife got me a Lego chess set that I can’t wait to assemble! It’s a really neat set with lovely colors.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m looking forward to a quieter weekend of World of Warcraft, as I’m getting settled with my new level 60 Death Knight. There’s so much to do, so it’s all about sifting what should be done first and what I want to do first.

For Christmas, I got a two-seat kayak, so I’ll be sitting here waiting for the snow to melt in order to take my kids out on the creek. Still waiting. Still waiting.

Sam Kash (@thesamkash): I’ll be playing Guild Wars 2 Wintersday for the dailies but that’s about it. I did start up Ikenfell. It seems really quaint but thematic. I’m digging it.

I received a bottle of truffle hot sauce. Very different, but very good!

Tyler Edwards (blog): The answer to both questions is the same: A friend got me Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. I’ve never been an Assassin’s Creed guy, but I love ancient Norse culture, so this seemed worth a try, and so far it’s more fun than I expected.

Pierre, patron: I got tired of Cyberpunk 2077 very fast. It’s a very good game, but just as with The Witcher, I get bored playing it quite rapidly. So I took a pause and will try again later when there are fewer immersion breaking bugs, as they contribute to get me bored even faster. But I found something to occupy myself this winter – I’m playing Escape From Tarkov in beta. There was a complete wipe yesterday and everyone is starting on a fair basis (except all the long time players know the maps by heart); I’m well set up to spend hundreds of hours in this one.

Bonus question: I didn’t see my family at the moment, but will meet them in a few days, so nothing noticeable for the moment on my side. Merry Christmas to you all MOP readers and let us know what you’re playing these days.

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Bruno Brito

I spent the entire week on this. Can someone for the love of God teach me how to play the non-MMO known as Photoshop? I’m terrible at digital art and i really don’t know what i’m doing.

Other than that, Smite and sleeping because i’m exhausted :c


That looks awesome! Great job.

Bruno Brito

Thanks. There are several mistakes i wanted to fix, but honestly this was just supposed to be a learning process and a sketch.


Brother, it looks like you are pretty good at non-MMO stuff from here!

Love the sketch and the colors!

Thanks for sharing this.

Danny Smith

Tried some stuff but keep falling off it to return to Yakuza Like a Dragon. Its legitimately the best game i’ve played in years, the best turn based rpg of this generation and i really have to think about stuff like Bloodborne or Death Stranding and ask myself “is this just my favourite game in general this generation?” and it might be. When its funny its laugh out loud funny, when its serious its sincerely emotional and the gameplay is just a far more fun version of Dragon Quest with a Job System to boot.

The best way to describe it if someone has never played Yakuza in general is “what if they made persona 6 a cross between p5 and shenmue but the cast were all around 40 instead of 16?” and that dynamic shift kind of makes me like it more than P5 which starts strong but really drags while 30+ hours into the 8th of around 20 chapters this just keeps getting better and i cannot recommend it enough even if you have never even heard of the series before.


Hmm a few quick thoughts.

I had a pretty good holiday. It was very chill as my nice reminded me.

Zoomed with the family. I liked it. Everybody showed off gifts and chatted etc. The only draw back is that I turned in to tech support when WiFi started flaking out. Heh. (crappy WAP cables; fixed in a jiff). I mean, I don’t mind but I’m default. The fam doesn’t even look to see what is wrong anymore.

Watched WW84. Not sure if I liked it. Heh. Enjoyed some of it, was puzzled by some of it, and felt the cheezy bits were almost too much. But still, it is well worth the watch. I took it in through HBOmax and I have to say, Xmas brunch while watching a first run movie is a new tradition in our household and it will not be missed moving forward.

Oh, btw, I started reading WW84 movie reviews and only then realized I was supposed to be sizing up “woke” or “not woke”. Lol. I didn’t know that is the new mandate. It made me think of Cliffy B which was a nice way to turn off all of that noise and stick with the movie fundamentals.

Last, but not least, gaming has been a bit different for me this year. No dominant MMO took center stage. Instead I played Cyberpunk (yes I’m that guy, the bugs are offset by the fun), Civ VI, and Destiny 2.

I bought Civ VI on sale and, holy shit! I had forgotten the fun and time suck that game is. Once I get started on a Civ run, it takes over my life.

I hope everyone had a great holiday! Seasons greetings to you and yours where ever you are!

Malcolm Swoboda

Made my first Christmas dinner. The turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, eggnog, the works :). With some help, but I did most!

  • Genshin Impact – AR47, played a fair bit – not as much as I could have – because of the release of 1.2 Dragonspine area! Lots to do, actually, but I’ve focused on story so far due to holidays. Next week might come more focused play.
  • Last Cloudia – Got the KOS-MOS ripoff character! And otherwise casual play of the lame Christmas event. Hope the New Years’ is better.
  • Another Eden – Finished the gist of the Tales series collab, but I’ll hold off its endgamey grind and its Cooking minigame-system. If you’re a new player, know that some of the easiest to get, most powerful free 5star characters come through this path. Some work to upgrade weapons and a lot of focus on the Miyu’s ‘Other Tale’ grind (maybe weeks to go on that, frankly).
    Next up will be the Chapter 3 story released of the Mythos.
  • Distancing Hangouts – A little more Path of Exile with a friend.
  • Logins: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Tales of Crestoria
  • Suspended: SWTOR, Remnant, Terraria

Partner’s doing more Hades runs but it might take weeks more to ‘finish’.

Bonus: No especially neat presents, not much going on there. But I did get a gift basket from my cousin and his daughter which was really sweet, and my holiday cooking success has me feel warm, and my boyfriend’s getting a new gaming PC soon that I’ll get more than my share of time on.

The gacha gods blessed me with this one:

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This weekend will be mostly Albion, as I’ve gotten a little bit behind on some things and need to catch up. I may hop into Apex or LOTRO, but that is unlikely.

Bonus: I got a new gaming keyboard from my wife, once again proving that she’s the best wife in the world. But my favorite things was seeing my son’s face once he realized that I had gotten him the Star Wars 3-pack on Steam: Battlefront 2, Jedi: Fallen Order, and Squadrons. That was priceless.


Still working on some of the holiday events in Warframe, Destiny, and STO.

Other than that, I’m in a bit of a game slump. Nothing in any of the sales catches my eye.

Bonus question: Did you get anything neat over the holiday?

Mainly a few things to get myself back into my workout routine. Badly injured my foot about 5 months ago and haven’t been able to walk well let alone do any working out. Fortunately my foot is much better now and I’m ready to start getting back into the swing of things. Got some nice JBL wireless sport buds for half off and a phone holder on the side of my spin bike so I can jam out while going at it. Also got a new seat and pedals for said bike. It’s coming up 4 years old now so the old beast needed some fixing up before I got back to it.

Anyway, that’s about it for me this time around. Happy Holidays to all and have a great weekend.


This week: Having the pigtails do remote Xmas gift exchange with the folks surprisingly worked out well…

“How does that exactly work, Uta?”

…err, I hold the phone conversation while they rip open the presents? o.O

As well as: Today is Boxing Day. A tradition, as Mr. BalsBigBrother can attest to, brought over to my country (that Canada).

No, I don’t think it’s to do with celebrating the lives of famous boxers past and present. Nor does it have to with the highlighting the breed of dog known as Boxers. It might have something to do with boxes I think. And is usually day where most stores here have the their big annual sales deals, pre-pandemic and sans-Black Friday. I do know the US doesn’t have such a day…

…though I’m told at the White House currently, everyday is Golfing Day apparently. >.<

Also this week: Moar WoW I thinks!

Bonus Answer: Large box of delicious brownies that was buried under my annual Xmas stocking when packaged to me from my folks among other things. <3

…have a great week, weekend and Happy New years everyones! And please stay safe! /bows


It is interesting. We don’t have a boxing day, but somehow your boxing day is good enough for us too. I’ve heard many here in good old Texas lament that boxing day this year will be spent at home.

So apparently, it was an unwritten holiday where we go out and about. Lol!

It is always great to find brownies btw. Always!

Wishing you and yours a very merry Yuletide.


Why thank you!

…and when the pigtails get bored with Covenants and such, they’ll wonder back over to the Earthen Realm. They where trying out new Lyn concepts before they left.

Either way, hope you have a wonderful Holiday and Hew Year too. Though I might save the champagne for January 20 around the noon hour. Especially if being frog marched out is involved! <3

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I’ve returned to tinkering with my WoW pserver. Speaking of pservers … also looking to try out Star Wars Galaxies Legends, but I had a surprising amount of trouble trying to find an installation/newbie guide. Does anyone know where I can find one? Thanks. Have a great and stress-free post-holiday week!

Neat things I got for Christmas: this wonderful ornament to remind me what the year 2020 was like, in years to come.

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Dailies in Guild Wars 2 and World of Warcraft, so nothing too interesting there. But I nabbed FFXIV: Shadowbringers on sale, and I will be finally jumping into that game again after several plus years. I’ve got a whole lot of content to hopefully enjoy my way through.

Bonus question: I got some candies, which I always enjoy. I avoided any Christmas day storm disaster. No power loss for once! And I got to see family, which is great.

I’m also still eyeing stuff, but I’m not worried about having gotten anything on time for the holidays. It probably doesn’t help that I procrastinated on doing the proper research and making up my mind, but hey, no biggie! Haha.


The hard disk I was using for game installs just bit the dust, losing me over 2TB of installed games, mods, and some savegames; on the positive side my system HD is fine and the most important thing I lost, and didn’t have a backup for, were those savegames, all the rest I can just redownload.

Unfortunately this means I won’t have space for more than about 10GB of games until the replacement arrives, which should happen only after the new year. So, I’m keeping to just a couple games on the smaller side: Stardew Valley and Astroneer. I already loved Stardew Valley, and I’m loving Astroneer.

(Yeah, I said in the past that I was skipping Astroneer over the time-limited exclusives. What changed is that a modding community has formed around the game, and their tools and info allow me to unlock exclusives at will. Just for kicks I’m currently playing using the PS4-exclusive body and the XBox-exclusive faceplate.)