WRUP: Beekeeping strategies edition

    
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Bee Soda: AHHHH BEES

DON’T: Yell at your bees.
DO: Yell encouraging things at flowers while making it clear that the yelling is not directed at the bees.

DON’T: Throw fire at your bees.
DO: Teach your bees about alternating and direct current in electricity.

DON’T: Take all of your clothing off and run around your beehives while dripping in honey shouting about how you’re the “Hyperqueen of the Bees” and agitating the heck out of those bees in the process even while I’m saying that you’re making a damn mess, Sharon.
DO: Something other than that.

DON’T: Keep your bees in the fridge.
DO: Keep your bees not in the fridge.

DON’T: Marry a bee.
DO: Learn to keep bees somewhere other than What Are You Playing.

BEES: Is kept.

Bonus question: Are there any animals that scare you, rationally or irrationally?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): More Pokemon Go. I’ve got two perfect Sneasels who need candy from Saturday’s event, and I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect Larvitar to evolve before the event ends. I’ll probably do some light Animal Crossing, but I feel like I need to do a bit more actual exercise (read: lift weights) after my winter food feasting.

Are we including insects with this? Because if so, potato bugs (AKA Jerusalem crickets). Got bit by one as a kid, and they stink like heck. Don’t google them if you’re squeamish. If it’s just vertebrates, in some ways, you might say I have a healthy fear of most of them, mostly out of respect. I know that a squirrel or raccoon that approaches me wants food, not pets, and even if a baby whale wanted to play with me, they can seriously injure me without effort. I love animals, but also know their way of thinking isn’t the same as ours, so I try to remain respectful, even of domesticated pets (but doggos know I give the best pets).

Andy McAdams: More of the same here – World of Warcraft and maybe Elite: Dangerous. We did a very undergeared +12 Mythic last week; took us 3 hours but we did it! We’ll probably do something equally stupid this week. Elite: Dangerous, if I get any time to play will likely be me staring at the screen going “uhh” for about 45 minutes, that’s usually how it goes.

Bonus Question: Bears. Irrationally scared of bears. I’ve gone swimming with sharks, earned weird looks from zookeepers when I said that I was disappointed because their komodo dragons couldn’t eat me, but I keep a healthy distance from bears.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Probably some Star Wars Galaxies Legends, since that’s what I’ve played a bit this week. But I got The Elder Scrolls Online patched up (thanks, Justin) and I have been thinking about City of Heroes while stocking vendors in Legends, so that’s probably a sign, right?

Animals, I can’t think of any, apart from insects, even though I am fully aware of their many dangers. They just wouldn’t set me on edge in a zoo or when flipping through photos! But yeah I’ll run screaming from pretty much any bug, even the harmless ones, although I try to let the spiders live since they mop up the others!

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Last night saw my Samurai hit level 80 in Final Fantasy XIV, so I’ll probably kit that class up and dink around with Blue Mage for funsies. I’ve also established something of a home base in Elite Dangerous and will continue taking out one of my three ships to do what strikes my fancy in nearby systems. Finally, I want to hop back in to Dauntless in preparation for that game’s next Escalation mode, which are my favorite modes in the game by far.

I haven’t seen any up close, but centipedes and millipedes kind of weird me out. I’m not entirely sure what circumstances led to a bug that needs to be that long to begin with, but then the solution of having that many legs in order to move is just… eugh.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I’ve been really tired this week, so I’m mostly thinking FFXIV mixed in with some extra sleep. Go with something lightweight, I suppose.

Deep-sea fish freak me out. I couldn’t tell you why; most of them are harmless to humans, and it’s unlikely for me to ever have any interaction with them beyond pictures. But for whatever reason those still affect me.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m getting through the Shire and Ered Luin on my new Lord of the Rings Online Minstrel, and I have plans to re-enter The Elder Scrolls Online as an Orc Necromancer. Bree better show up one of these days in Tamriel, is all I’m saying.

Tyler Edwards (blog): Once again I find myself awash with options. I got an invite to the beta test of Century: Age of Ashes; it’s a PvP game, so I’ll probably be butchered like a hog, but I’m still kinda curious. There’s also the new Lords of the West expansion for Age of Empires II’s Definitive Edition; I’ve been playing the new Edward Longshanks campaign (ha ha longbowmen go brrr). And I have a Curse of Strahd game on Saturday, and I was thinking of checking out The Medium on Game Pass, and there’s still Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla to consider…

Bonus question: I have a real problem with just about anything that has more than four legs. Spiders and centipedes freak me out the most, but also most insects unnerve me at least a little.

Patron Pierre: I’m playing Persona 5. This game is so immersive, I can’t stop playing when I have some free time. It’s probably one of the very best RPGs I have ever played. Consequently, there’s no time left for MMOs, sorry games – see you soon I hope. But if you don’t know about it, there are some online features in Persona 5. For instance, you can ask for help from other players when in a dire strait, such as having one of your characters taken hostage by the opponents during a fight. Quite an original feature, even if it’s a little alike a feature of the Souls series of games.

Bonus question: I’m not scared by spiders. I have a lot in my home and I’m used to let them live their spider lives freely, besides me. I’m not scared by snakes either. I think crocodiles and sharks are the animals that scare me the most, as they are extremely dangerous animals, at least irrationally. Rationally, I saw some figures about injuries and deaths from animals and shark and crocodile injuries are very rare, dogs and horses being the most dangerous animals, statistically speaking.

What about you MOP readers? Know that you can’t answer “Elf butt” to the bonus question, Elves are not animals xD.

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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Malcolm Swoboda

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  • Genshin Impact – Still.. AR49. Almost didn’t play at all. Did a bit of event stuff. I’ll be back!
  • Last Cloudia – Finished up the Lilebette character event, including the weapon upgrade alchemy grind. Devil May Cry 5 event announced and started, and the devs had the sense to give away one of the 3 event characters for free (with tickets for a chance to get more), ‘V’. Also, I had insane luck on a recent gacha banner, providing me with basically/nearly/practically the best physical attacker and best magic user in the game. I really have no need for anything more. I win the gacha, so maybe I should actually strategize with the units/arks (I have nearly all of these as well, except for time-limited, the few ‘Ultra Rare’ OP tier, and a few others) I already have.
  • Another Eden – Not quite done the Ogre Wars Pt 2 campaign, but I arrived at its extended final area. Earlier, I was at ‘Toto’s Dreamland’, an abandoned amusement park in the future. There I met my party member Amy’s old friends, now ascended into anime transhumanism beyond us normal folk, but they call themselves the Chrono Clan? Hey, stop summoning SquareEnix’s lawyers! More importantly, I saved up a lot in the gacha for the Global game’s 2nd anniversary, and I got a couple major results and a few others besides! One major result was acquiring the newest, currently first Global-server-exclusive release, Melissa. She’s basically in the apex tier of physical attacking. Not perfect, but introduces something new to the meta (super Turn 1 boosts, simply). I also got Radias, who I was waiting for before going to certain appealing episode story content, because she was the last gacha character I needed for the content’s dungeon bonus points multiplier rewards. Very very happy. Lots of stuff going on, even though I’m not playing enough to use up my daily dungeon keys.
  • Cookie Run: Kingdom: Yikes, I’m addicted to one of the worse examples of mobile gaming! Ahhh. But the cookies are cute. Yeah, that’s all I’m here for, the cute cookies and the little adventures. This’ll be my first attempt at a f2p mobile city builder (its a mix of things, including this) in years and …eh, I’m not annoyed at any walls yet. Trigger that dopamine, devs.
  • Princess Connect Re:Dive: Yikes, I’m stuck to a waifu collector, have mercy on my soul. I’m nearly caught up to its main story release? Whatever, its a low effort autoplayer with some strategy and nice music.
  • Distancing Hangouts – Just some Genshin with a friend so he would pull me through a challenge boss event so I could get some of its rewards. I could have actually tried at the event for its special account namecard reward, but I didn’t care, really. Was just nice to hang :). With another friend bursting into our discord voice chat.
  • Logins: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius (QUIT; just got too boring to do login rewards, but maybe I’ll care to play one day), Tales of Crestoria (some event stuff)
  • Suspended: SWTOR, Remnant, Terraria
  • Tryouts: Dragon Quest Tact. Its a tactical turn based monster collecting (aka gacha, though you can collect many tiers of monsters in gameplay) Dragon Quest game. Its retained the annoying slowness of DQ games (from combat to results screens to UI transitions), but I can bear it so far. The story is weak but cute. I’ll upgrade my Dracky no matter the meta! .. though it helps that you can equip one gear piece to tweak unit stats, and manually learn some collected abilities instead of just what they level with. Other game I tried was Honkai Impact, this time to see if it would actually do okay on my phone. After trying a couple combat levels… it seems okay?? Gonna have to pay attention to how things load in, but maybe its actually playable here. I have no deep motivation to play, but knowing some ‘lore’ basis for what they put in Genshin would be nice.

Partner’s NOT playing Hades forever. He’s gotten the ‘epilogue’, and more or less what he wants of side stuff/runs, except he wants to finish all relationship ranks or whatever with all characters, so he has a few more to wrap up. Its possible he finishes in the next week and moves to FFXII. Lots of morning Ring Fit ‘workouts’ too!

Bonus: I’m pretty bad with snakes. I go insane at the idea of getting bedbugs again. I’ve had a bad dog attack in my childhood, but I’m still mostly great with most of them.

Another Eden anniversary:

OP character released that I got. Its my first time trying a recent banner in at least several months, so this was a nice result :):

Latest boss:

I’m at 6 mobile games actively played and 7 when you add logins… time to shave one or two down :)

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Hirku Two

Hi, I’m No One. ; P

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Malcolm Swoboda

Hell ya!

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I have what could be described as a irrational fear of most dogs, trust me being the guy who doesn’t like dogs in a world that seems to adore and love dogs can be at times a real struggle XD No matter how cute the dog is, I’m just uncomfortable around them. Why? Not sure, I’ve never been attacked, my fear just developed itself along the way.
Cats? No problems. But dogs, something about them just doesn’t jibe with me, sends a shiver down my spine XD
Spiders? Spooky but harmless. Snakes? Don’t walk in the grass or be dumb. Sharks, spooky thoughts for sure in the deep but also the most avoidable, simply stay out of the sea. But dogs? I almost can’t avoid them lol, thankfully most around here keep theirs locked up or on leashes.

As for me, not much for games, too tired, I’m just too tired. I’m very good at turning on my Xbox, looking at my games library and then switching the console off again XD

Did some video editing, summer this year has been all over the place, some hot days, some rainy days, much better than the burning of last year IMO.

Only have left my town twice this month, first time was for me to and watch The Dry staring Eric Bana. I really enjoyed it, it was proper good if it ever comes on streaming elsewhere it’s worth a watch if you like murder mystery adult-drama like films.
With The Dry we’re also now seeing the fruits of what happens when American films are put on hold, suddenly our local films which normally struggle at the best of times to get anywhere at the local box office now get a fighting chance. The Dry has now made more locally at our box office than Wonder Woman 1984 has done and will soon overtake Tenet’s local takings, it’s great to see although it’s sad it took overseas tragedy and suffering to make such a feat possible.

And while I haven’t seen it, another local film Penguin Bloom also had a strong opening and currently in the highest grossing films for 2021, two are Australian, what a world we live in.

That said to keep the streak, yesterday I did see yet another new local release (this is now the time to do it before new overseas films start hitting again at some point) called High Ground. High Ground is not for those who want a cheerful happy movie, it opens with extreme violence but is justified from the historical sins of our nation’s past.

We’re at our best when we make grim somewhat depressing films, anytime we attempt a comedy or a happy film it’s a disaster IMO.
I mean if you really really really want to be depressed, watch The Nightingale, it’s a masterpiece but it’s a real tough watch.

Anyway, here’s hoping everyone can stay as safe as they can and hope that this vaccine rollout sorts itself out for the globe.

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SmiteDoctor

I have an irrational hatred of Spiders, I have a 10 foot pipe I’ve created out of the remnants of half a dozen old vacuum cleaners, when I see that spider I suck that fucker up from a long distance, then I go to a bag of cat litter and suck up half a cannister to make sure the shrapnel rips it to shreds.

Been playing ESO, and watching Vikings.

Oh well just found out I’m in Facebook Jail again, there was some article about an 8 year old girl that was thrown out of Christian School for saying she had a crush on a same sex classmate. I said “She learned a valuable lesson at an early age, Christians are douche bags.” No regrets, I wasn’t exactly being untruthful considering the way it’s been in the US lately.

Maybe I should jump over to Parler and piss off some right wingers for the next week.

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Jack Pipsam

Nothing enrages me more than when children have to suffer under the discrimination and ignorance of evil adults, good on you!

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I just finished up Vikings recently -after a multiyear pause, once I found out it the series was completed. -enjoy!

Then I watched the 1st season of a Norwegian and a German series – both with bad English dubs :-(
No. – Ragnarok – it’s modern oddly, but holey poop Norway has some beautiful areas
Ger. – Barbarians

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SmiteDoctor

Is that the show with the teenager that’s Thor reincarnated with the company poisoning the water run by Ice Giants?

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Ya – if it was not for the awesome views, being 6 episodes, and tidbits I could discern of daily life in Norway, I would have tuned out early.

The school – from the US here and all but one of my schools doubled as bomb shelters as they were built during the cold war – brutal construction.

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Pokemon Go. Maybe ESO, but Im not subbing. Justin was sharing shots of LotRO and it made want to get back in, even though Im not pleased with them. I may just end up catching pocket monsters and playing Stardew and ignore online games for another week.

Snakes. Terrified of them. They get in the house too, very upsetting.

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This weekend will be taken up with Albion Online (definitely) and Apex Legends (hopefully). Household is in complete lockdown as my daughter has the virus thang, so no woodland adventures or big massive… wait… I never do those anyways. But getting way more familiar with contact-free delivery services.

Bonus: Giant big-a## spiders. No question. I tend to handle the typical household one without a hitch (okay, there may be some screaming first) but those beasts they have in Australia – no – just – no!

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If you find one of those in the house your only option is to burn the house down and start looking for a new place to live.

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Bryan Correll

Just give her what she wants and she’ll leave you alone.

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SmiteDoctor

Usually a small child, or beloved pet.

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Jack Pipsam

Only way to easily avoid having a big boi spider come into your home here really is to live in the middle of a CBD in a high-rise apartment I reckon XD

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Jack Pipsam

As an Australian, would you believe me if I told you that spiders aren’t as big of a problem here as snakes :P

Spiders are easy, they won’t chase you and if you don’t stick your fingers where you can’t see under rocks or in old sheds them then you’re fine.

Biggest problem with spiders really is when they get inside cars and then give the driver a hell of a scare, now that’s a problem haha.

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Bryan Correll

Well, you just made some people afraid to drive.

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Should be afraid to drive anyway XD, I hate driving with a passion and it’s got nothing to do with spiders but other humans lol.

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Skoryy

I’ve battened the hatches for the incoming winter storm, so the rest of the weekend is free for getting my new pretty elezen bard up to speed in FFXIV. I need to finish up conjurer for the unicorn mount, learn how to properly shoot ‘n sing so I can start the Shadowbringers quests, and there’ll be RP tomorrow at our FC’s open event too!

And its wasps. Its always wasps. Can’t eat outside without yellowjackets deciding its their meal too.

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Toy Clown

Still playing a bit of BDO around creating miniatures. It’s turned into the perfect game to play alongside my other hobby; just set up an AFK activity and walk away. I’m also spending about an hour a night playing ATK leveling my seasonal character. Almost done with the Nova. Looking forward to getting an accessory that has 6 more AP than what I currently have because I found that my main’s equipment is lacking AP for doing the latest land expansion’s storyline. That’s my current main goal, pulling silver together for upgrades.

Bonus question: Are there any animals that scare you, rationally or irrationally? People, on both accounts. :(

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Bryan Correll

Oh, if we’re including humans then, yeah, they scare me. And annoy me. Confuse me. Disgust me. Etc.

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Utakata

This week: Enough with the pigtail aspirations for *The White House…

*Note: As one would guess it would be rebranded as The Pink House, much to Congress’s dismay.

…and time for some real **work in progress. Hence, Dead Cities part 2.o…where adventures traverse the wastelands of the discarded to shape their own mythical destiny. Again carefree shaman carrying her huge backpack, belongings, cat familiar and boyfriend witch across the salt flats of some forgotten planet with an abandon city poking up from it. Please see image attached and enjoy!

**Note: This is still being worked on. :(

Also this week: Getting back into Lyn & Soul. As I still figure out the covenant thingies back in World of TorghastCraft…

As well as: The obligatory, “Not the bees!” But speaking of which…

Bonus Answer: Suzumebachi…

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

…more commonly known as Murder Hornets. /bleh

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

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Bruno Brito

I NEED MORE OF THIS IN MY LIFE

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Michael18

Few days ago, I created an Everquest character on a live server. Mostly solo leveling, at the moment, not aiming for fast levels but taking time to do many lore-related quests.

In general I’d prefer playing on a TLP but I heard Aradune will soon hit the point when most people leave TLPs and a fresh progression server is expected shortly after that, so I don’t wanna start over there, right now. Also, I’ve never played Everquest with all the QoL features they implemented on live, so that’s interesting to see.

Bonus: spiders (boring, I know) and wasps/hornets.

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Bryan Correll

I’ll be tossing around mines as a saboteur in PoE.

Bonus: Not really. I’m not going to go slap a saltwater crocodile, but that’s just common sense.

Bears. Irrationally scared of bears.

Have you met Eliot’s wife?