WRUP: Hippo dance texture edition

    
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Less texture.

What is the texture of a hippo dance? To understand this, we first have to understand a few important pieces of information. The first is that hippos are mammals. The second is that when a hippo is wet, it is wet on purpose. The third? Actually, that’s the mammal thing again.

Hold on. I think I got these slides out of order. Wait, now it’s back to the first slide. Hold on. Hold on. Kyle. Hey. Kyle? Kyle, the clicker thing isn’t working right. No, it reversed… wait, now it’s back to working. Wait, now it won’t stop! Okay, let me try to go through this quickly. The fourth thing is – wait, never mind, the fifth thing is volume? Wait, we needed the third and fourth for that to make sense!

Darn it, Kyle! I blame you for this, Kyle. You’ve ruined What Are You Playing again. Kyle, you are a jerk.

Bonus question: What’s a chore you’re bad about remembering to do?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go’s my main feature this weekend. I’ve been so behind on clearing space for all the Gible I want (mostly as candy and trade fodder as I’ve been extremely blessed). I’ll probably give Crowfall some time, as I’m a backer, but my experience on Thursday with the tutorial has left me just shrugging so far. If possible, I may get in some more New Pokemon Snap or Monster Hunter Rise time, especially as I feel I’ve got a super cool outfit (both appearance and function!) and have been doing better against the stupid missile-dragon.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Definitely some Star Wars Galaxies Legends. I have been toying with changing my combat toon to a different class or picking up a pet. But I’ll probably remember I don’t love SWG combat and just play something else. I picked up an extra copy of No Man’s Sky so my kids would stop fighting over mine, but now I want to play too.

I’m bad about watering the plants. Sorry, plants.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): The latest update to Elite Dangerous has seen overall performance jump upwards noticeably for me, so I’m definitely gonna be about that mission grind. I also am going to get reacclimated with Star Citizen (I haven’t played in months), and I kind of am curious to dip my toes into this Starship Evo game I got a while back. Basically, all the internet spaceships.

Dusting is easily my worst chore. I am terminally bad at keeping up with that except for with my PC. So not only am I lazy, I am selectively lazy, which is arguably far worse.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Honestly? Probably Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla primarily. It’s kind of nice just taking in some single-player sights betwixt bouts of stuff online. Feels a bit like a vacation, you know?

I am honestly kind of terrible about remembering to take care of the vacuuming, which is a problem since that is one of my household chores. It’s not even that I mind doing it! It just slips my mind and scheduling a lot.

Sam Kash (@thesamkash): I’m still playing Leafling! I think this week will be the end of my stay there though. I can see how fun it is but there is a grind gap that I’m not sure I want to complete in an alpha game. Maybe if it ever releases I’ll play more, but we’ll see. I’ve also been playing Rocket League almost every night; usually only a couple matches though. It gives me that 15 minutes of quick fun PvP to level me out for the evening.

I’m bad at rolling the recycle out to the street. It’s picked up every other week, so I always end up forgetting about it.

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Took my long-suffering mate on a long delayed birthday vacation this weekend, so no games for us, MMO or otherwise. So grateful we could get away safely and affordably. I wish everyone could.

Bonus question: I don’t forget as much as procrastinate. Taxes, car registration, getting gas, paying bills, all get put off until it’s almost too late.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Got the new phone! It can play anything I’m interested in, on maximum settings, smoothly. Including Genshin Impact. So everything’s moving there, at least until a new PC/console. Cookie Run is all smooth now, Last Cloudia can do multiplayer, FFXVPE totally works, and Tales of Crestoria can be properly played. Low battery draw too. :) I can probably more confidently play any of the less-annoying mobile MMOs now, so yeah I have that ‘Moonlight Sculptor’ installed, for example.

  • Last Cloudia – Have been doing the new event and event rerun but really just grinded out the one rerun and been much more casual about the new event, since it seems to be one that’s more focused on max level coop grind for its higher rewards (typically event gear upgrade pieces) that I don’t feel like doing. Maybe next time!
  • Cookie Run: Kingdom – The normal stuff, but also got my first cookie to (the new) max level with highest upgrades! Now lets get a team there and maybe I can start keeping up with content…
  • Princess Connect Re:Dive – New summer story event, and I’m finally too weak for some content. There’s an event Very Hard boss that you can attempt multiple times to whittle down its HP, but if it can’t be done in less than 4 attempts after the first clear, its better to stick to grinding the Hard boss after. Even with all my teambuilding and manual play, I can’t seem to do better than 5-6 attempts, but that’s the price I pay for focusing on the characters I prefer! The bright side is that the grind rewards for Very Hard are not that important.
  • Another Eden – Just daily dungeons for now, but should be moving back into play soon.
  • World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade – Progressing… Eversong Woods. Really if I finish this done in my month sub, my nostalgia will be sated, but Ghostlands would be nice too. Lv 50? 60? AHAHA no this is only for emotion.
  • FFXV Pocket Edition – Another chapter, with only two more left.
  • Genshin Impact – Just logins, but messed around a little on the phone and started the housing system quest. I have to get used to this on mobile and I guess I’m getting there?
  • Distancing Hangouts – Nothing yet, but maybe Deep Rock Galactic tonight.
  • Logins – Tales of Crestoria (story event)

Partner’s progressing Psychonauts, so I get a little humor around sometimes :)

Got my vaccine! And the arm and body aching is mostly gone.

A new adventure coming to JP AE that finally addresses some content gaps in the starter village, and gives one of the characters in it her 5star upgrade. Seems like this will be some of the filler content for various locations in the game, over time. Perhaps they’ll come in their own series of ‘episodes’ that give all associated minor-league 4stars their 5star? Who knows, but it looks cute.

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My phone is so old I think it’s made of wood…

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Danny Smith

Delubrum Reginae raid in XIV to finish that step in my relics. Boy thats… thats a lot of raiding. With no lockout being able to do it like 15 times in a day is somehow more daunting than if it was a once a week for months deal.

Beyond that mostly done with monster hunter rise till new dlc. Got a good 300 hours out of it and while its still the easiest entry without question i still think now its actually ‘done’ and the final retail build they had to delay to patches is in its better than world. The criticisms tend to be things the team overreacted to when trying to respond to criticisms about their last game Generations. I’d recommend it though.
Also just finished Resident Evil Village. Like every game it descends into action shooter schlok in the final third but it still in many ways feels like a better take on Resident Evil 4’s ideas and i can’t wait for the teams next game. Now they have a good first person RE team the old gun survivor games seem ripe for a remake as the late 90’s team really, really wasn’t down with how first person games work.

and outside of the ole’ end of expansion relic grind in XIV the new edition of Warhammer is coming in like 6 weeks or something so i’m dusting off my earliest army from the 2015 reboot/sequel. The Idoneth Deepkin sold me day one being the elves eaten by the chaos gods when the warhammer fantasy world blew up and when reincarnated came out ‘wrong’ and 99 of every 100 have a soul that flickers out in a couple of years. Fearing they would be seen as tainted by chaos they fled to live on the ocean floors and only come up to raid coastal settlements for humanoids to steal replacement souls to keep this lower caste of “namarti” elves alive past infancy albeit as eyeless, pale skinned worker underclass to the 1 in a 100 “akhelian” true do-over high elves that form the nobility, flying through the air on the backs of sharks, eels, turtles and so on as people in the towns move slowly and their vision blurs in this “ether sea” that makes open air act like the undercurrent of a haunted ocean and barnacles and coral erupt on all the buildings, with any who survive not remembering what happened or that the people stolen ever existed.
A real “these were meant to be the noblebright paragons but circumstance made them raiders because its that or extinction and most of the world doesnt know they exist” trope that caught my attention as usually i’m not a big elf guy in fantasy settings but they broke the mould enough and fantasy deep sea monsters and nautical magic is my jam.
But sadly spamming an army of just eel riders became the competitive meta and i lost all interest. But now the metas changed and they aren’t a fad anymore, a new edition means a fresh start so i splurged on some new models including this one i built today. A collection of elven souls that merge into a avatar of their god of the sea that died with the fantasy world. Got it built and primed today and tomorrow i start painting. Even got some UV resin to make a water base full of shells and coral that sets using a weird blacklight torch which is a first. Always fun to try new art supplies and techniques!

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Bruno Brito

Been playing LoTRO and deeding and while i was enjoying it, i caught myself doing that a bit too obsessively so i took a break. I kinda want to enjoy things, not rushing anything. Going for completionism.

I finished Ered-Luin and the hellhole that is the Shire, and i finished eastern Bree-lands, now my Minstrel is 22, getting ready to tackle the Old Forest, full of quests.

And i did the art. I got 54 likes in Twitter and somewhere around 16 retweets, so i’m quite happy and warmed by the love i got <3 It really was a piece i enjoyed working on and i felt rewarded for it. Also, it's the first serious piece i did after buying pens.

Happy weekend, everybody!

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Jack Pipsam

That’s incredible! You have amazing talent.

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Bruno Brito

Thanks!

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SmiteDoctor

You should put your art up on One Shots, the criteria isn’t that defined and frankly original art deserves it’s own spotlight as well.

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Bruno Brito

I feel like it needs to be tied to MMOs tho, but the thought crossed my mind.

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SmiteDoctor

None sense, they feature single player games all the time. So why not original art?

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Schmidt.Capela

I’m replaying Dragon Quest XI S, but this time I intend to finish it. I originally borrowed a Switch copy (as I refuse to let a publisher get a single cent from me for a game that on PC uses Denuvo), but since the PC version ditched Denuvo about a week ago I can now get my own copy.

(Still getting through the demo, though; since the unlock for having finished the demo seems to apply to every game started on the full game with the same Steam account, and it appears you can’t play the demo anymore after getting the full game, I’m delaying the full purchase until I complete the so-called 10-hours demo. Good thing Denuvo was dropped from the demo too.)

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zoward

Not much MMO’ing these days other than tinkering with my private Lich King server. The next three days are all going to be 90+ degrees F, so I’ll try to find indoor chores and pastimes to occupy my time. Have a great weekend all, and stay safe.
Bonus question: I’ll always forget to change the filter in the house water filtration system (speaking of indoor chores …).

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Utakata

This week: Learning not rush things in life…

Also this week: …or I’ll end up yelling at my monitor every time I visit The Maw like a raging banshee. :(

Bonus answer: Dust bunny control. >.<

Have a great week and weekend folks. Please stay safe and get vaccinated! /bows

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Jack Pipsam

Nothing much happening, I finally got around to making a Blood Elf and playing around one of my favorite WoW starting areas. Despite the server being ‘Full’ I felt like legit the only one in the starting area, I mean I know they did the head-start make the characters ahead of time thing, but I figured there would still be like other people around.

My Confusion

In fact I feel like I’m quite behind the go with Burning Crusade Classic in general, I was under the impression that the old WoW Classic was going to have brand new servers made for that as BC servers were progressed from the prior ones, but when I downloaded the WoW Classic client for interest sake, it’s the same server selection?
Maybe someone who knows or understands can help me here as I’m baffled when I probably shouldn’t be. Is it like two different layers running on the same server one for Classic and one for Burning Crusade or is like that its all running off the Burning Crusade server, but Classic characters are locked? Because if that is so then seeing Blood Elves & Draenei running around surely isn’t in keeping with Classic. Or do you not see those characters?
I’m sure it makes sense, but doesn’t to me at the moment.

As for chores, flossing. I am very good at brushing my teeth, but flossing I keep forgetting to do despite my dentist being on my case about it for over a decade lol. I don’t like forget it on purpose, I just don’t think to do it.

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I don’t floss because my closely spaced teeth make it difficult/painful. The floss invariably takes too much force to get between my teeth and ends up nicking my gums. Yuck/ouch.

Been using GUM soft picks instead, much more comfortable.

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SmiteDoctor

Been playing BC Classic, and ESO.

Watched some corny movie called Ghost Lab

Reading some crappy Marvel Event called Empyre where the only decent things are Hulkling being the King of Space, Captain Marvel becoming and Accuser, and the X Men version of Plants vs Zombies.

As far as chores, I willfully forget they exist.

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Bryan Correll

PoE and CoH. I’ve become to cynical to try anything different.

Bonus: Um…..all of them?

Hippo bonus content:

Footage of the Backward Hippo. Caution: NOT for everyone.