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Oh, fun! We’re doing the big one! I think I’ve got this down, and it’s all thanks to what I refer to as my Perfect Zone of Happiness theory. Basically, what’s the usual thing that makes you feel bad about yourself? The fact that no one likes you because you’re awkward and weird and smell like moldy cheese and all of your clothes have outdated band logos! Those are my problems, too! (If they aren’t your problems, you should be fine without my help.) So you can eliminate all of those problems by sealing yourself in what you might call a bunker, but what I might call a self-esteem bunker.

Wait, that still contains the word bunker.

Anyhow, once you’re inside the self-esteem bunker you might find you have fewer people to interact with or a lack of food or a complete dearth of useful conversation to deal with, but that’s all right! Or at least it will be all right once I figure out how to deal with those problems. In retrospect I should maybe have started with those ones. Look, you just answer What Are You Playing here, I’ll… work on this.

Bonus question: What impractical but fun addition would you like to have to your living space? (Things like secret doors, room-wide hamster tubes, huge toy car tracks, etc.)

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): I’ll probably do some Pokemon Go as I hit one of my favorite cliffside trails in hope of spotting a whale for the first time since 2019. Monster Hunter Rise will probably get some attention too, and I may jump into Crowfall for a bit.

Fun but impractical, eh? Easy: indoor swimming pool instead of the hallway. Good exercise. Yes, it would make moving laundry, weights, and furniture tough, but it’d be easier to motivate myself to exercise more. Like, I’d literally have to swim to get whiteout or shirts out of storage.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’m working on a bunch of things. In Star Wars Galaxies Legends, I’m working on a leveling up a new pet on my Smuggler. Then I’ve been toying with seeing if I can get my old Sims 4 game running again. And finally, I need to give either Crowfall or Albion Online mobile a go at some point in the next few weeks. Really, there’s so much going on right now in MMOs that I am feeling overwhelmed. I hate feeling like there’s no way to try everything and have to live vicariously through everyone else.

I would settle for just having an office genuinely set apart from the chaos of the rest of the family. :D But if I could have anything, then a really sweet rooftop deck would be epic. My husband would love a little observatory too. Oooh let’s get a hot tub up there too while we’re defying gravity and budgets.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): My weekend will primarily be focused on Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis (I’ve fallen pretty hard for the game in spite of the lag I’ve been experiencing) and I’ll also likely do a bit more MechWarrior 5, and I’m searching for a stealth game (that’s not Assassin’s Creed).

I would love a wine cellar. Just some lovely little basement where I could store bottles of nice things. Maybe learn how to make lambic. I’ve always wanted to learn that sort of thing.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Honestly, I was a bit demoralized on Friday when I found that an early access game I’ve been trying to enjoy just dropped a patch that basically requires learning how to play the entire game over again. That’s exhausting. So I might just tool around in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla idly while dropping some meaningful sighs.

As much as I like my house, I can’t help but feel it’d be better with a lot more hidden alcoves in it. Why not have some secret passages in there? It’d be silly, but it would make me happy.

Sam Kash (@thesamkash): I don’t have anything set in stone that I’m dying to play at the moment. I think my time with Leafling is coming to an end too. I still haven’t completed the Icebrood saga in Guild Wars 2, so there’s a chance I get back into that. Oh, Crowfall has a thing coming up soon too. I’ve been meaning to check it out again.

Bonus: I’ve always thought a hidden room behind a secret door would be awesome. Bookshelf opens to reveal gaming cave. That’s be epic.

Tyler Edwards (blog): I’ve got another Wyrd Street playtest, and I’m hoping to finally finish The Outer Worlds, or at least get close. That game turned out to be way longer than I expected.

Bonus question: Everyone wants a library where one of the bookshelves swings open to reveal a hidden room, but honestly I’d settle for a full kitchen or laundry machines I don’t have to share with the rest of the building.

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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ARK Genesis 2, but it’s hard to put in the effort when so little development effort was put into the expansion. I picked up No Man’s Sky during the summer sale, so I may check that out.

Bonus Question: I want a faraday cage and game-synched tesla coils for my computer room. LED’s are for plebs.

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Not an electrical engineer, but wonder if trapping all the electromagnetic emanations from the Tesla coils within a Faraday cage might not have negative effects on occupants…?

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Yep yep. Coils go outside the cage.

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Playing LOTRO. Had a weird thing happen when I lost a trait point on one of my characters. The stone wall that is customer service/bug reporting/help is really amazing. I’d probably be less annoyed about it if trait points were easy to get, but they aren’t and every one is precious. My precious.

Continuing to rummage through my Steam account and get rid of games that never met their promise or just aren’t fun any more. Also found some games I forgot I had.

Found a nice little card battler, Gordian Quest, that’s developing into a darn good RPG.

Started playing an excellent strategy/puzzler, Slipways. Very easy to learn, simple premise, engaging play loop. Solo developer who’s pretty much blown away by the reception his game is getting.

Pretty annoyed that King’s Bounty II is shipping with Denuvo. Took it off my wishlist.

Disciples: Liberation dropped a game play trailer and . . . it’s weird. It looks about as much like a Disciples game as canasta. It’s more King’s Bounty than King’s Bounty. Might be okay, but it will have to have some good reviews to get past the controller friendly/PC unfriendly design of menus and UI. Poor Disciples. One of the all-time great IPs new developers just can’t stop screwing up.

Bonus question: Anything? Really? HMS Victory, then. I’ve always been very keen on the age of sail and it’s hard to imagine a more storied ship-of-the-line than Nelson’s flagship. Maybe one day I’ll make it to Portsmouth and see the real thing.

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  • Last Cloudia – Didn’t do the best result for the last event, but a new one started, themed after a big cannibal ‘glutton’ character since they released this ‘shift’ unit. I didn’t get him yet, but I did get a themed ark in the gacha. So I’m grinding this event and dailies.
  • Cookie Run: Kingdom – Aside from the normal stuff, I advanced the story a little bit. I’ve officially entered the glorious Vanilla Kingdom! Or its enemy occupied form.
  • Princess Connect Re:Dive – Still grinding the summer story event, but new story/maps/character upgrades just released so I’m also working on that. Getting very close to ‘maxing out’ (for the standards of whatever current patch) my original team!
  • Another Eden – More daily dungeons.
  • World of Warcraft/Burning Crusade – Darn, didn’t make use of my WoW sub. However, went to Vanilla WoW pserv for a community event to run a new character to Lv 10 for an account reward. I chose to make a goblin (has its own custom starting area, early quests, but I notice the rogue stealth’s visuals are missing) and its Lv 8 with goal being 10-12 soon. But I’ll try to do Eversong on Retail BC in my final week of the sub too!
  • FFXV Pocket Edition – Nothing yet, but I’d like to complete Ch 9 of 10 this weekend, and if I do, I might reply to this comment.
  • Genshin Impact – A fair bit, actually. I tried out housing some more, and I hung out with a IRL friend for some content and to test mobile gaming performance when co-op. I also started the big new summer event that provides a temporary map that progressively opens up (first its fogged up and you reveal islands on a new ship travel mode, but then you reveal new islands and areas another way, etc). It has a lovely soundtrack and I hope ‘temporary’ just means that it’ll be redone as an annual event map later on. I also did a character story quest but that character, Eula, is weird. And I’m back to doing dailies and considering the battle pass! (first time since 1.2, and its on 1.6 now with the next patch possibly being the huge 2.0)
  • Distancing Hangouts – A little Deep Rock Galactic, but otherwise just discussion on what to do.
  • Logins – Tales of Crestoria (story event will read through this weekend)

Partner’s still progressing Psychonauts.

An example of Genshin’s housing system (which recently added NPCs, and pssst if leaks are correct, will add farming/gardening).

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Been editing some videos a bunch lately for fun and friends, doing what I used to do back in college, and helping buddies out. Still playing a lot of APEX LEGENDS and working my way through the FINAL TWO JOBS in FINAL FANTASY XIV to get to level 80 to level cap, Gunbreaker and Bard, in order to get my Amaro mount.

Still doing Bite-Sized BATTLETECH on my youtube, and still doing Way Too Soothing ASMR-Lite sleep stories, reading through Anne of Green Gables and having a great time doing so. FINAL FANTASY VII: REMAKE INTERGRADE came out this past week and I’ve been so distracted going through the original remake with the Playstation 5 graphical update that I’ve yet to start the Yuffie portion. XD.

Just hanging in there and trying to keep my head above water, so to speak.

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Oh Heck, forgot the bonus question. Probably just would be content to have a single-story house instead of the 2-story house I’m trapped in. Sucks to be disabled and in constant chronic pain and live in a bedroom up a flight of treacherous stairs, separated from the rest of the house down that same staircase. Sorry to be a downer, but god, we’d love to get out of this place, but it’s just not feasible at all financially or physically.

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Probably of minimal/no consolation, but at least being on the second floor channelizes intruders into a predictable kill zone at the top of the stairs…

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Bruno Brito

So, my day was…actually good.

I don’t remember if i said this before, but my aunt passed away wednesday from COVID. My mom came here today and we had a lot to talk about. It was a overall good day. Grief made us think and not fight. I told her i’m bi, and i’m that i’m considering becoming genderfluid and she understood it and even said she wants to dress me sometimes ( mom was actually always hyped up about me being on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. She’s not the most knowledgeable about it but she has a good heart ). All that is thoughts for later. I’ll try to take better care of myself and achieve the body i want to be super cute :3

For games, i’ve been trying to play pretty much three things:

– PSO2: New Genesis. The game is really fun in short bursts and looks great. It’s pretty barebones and grindy thought. This is a game that will take a while to pick up the pace.

– LOTRO: I finally finished all the starter zones, ALL of them, and ALL OF IT, and i wanna die. I’m starting the lone-lands now. It’s a really fun, chill game, but i played it a bit obsessively and i gotta relax.

– SWG: Restoration 3: I know, i know. Hear me out: I do think the server has a shot of being Halo’s longest project. This server has a good population and i don’t feel like he WANTS to give up on it. It has a LOT of issues, but those issues are circumventable since i do wanna experiment the NGE content with the Pre-CU skillset. They did clean up the Discord quite a bit ( altho i do feel like their mods are a bit toothless, considering some assholes still feel like being assholes and the mods just tell them to drop it, no consequence whatsoever ), and there are outspoken minority members in the Discord, which means they do feel safe enough in that enviroment.

This is the kind of project that like New Genesis, will take a while to pick up and see where it ends up. Maybe the server is worthwhile down the road. I’ll keep trying it, if i can ever get into SWG seriously…

As for drawings, i just been drawing sketchy stuff. Been practicing my pens.

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<3 Congrats

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Bruno Brito

Thanks buddy <3

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Sorry to hear about your Aunt. But good for you with the situation with your Mom and being yourself.

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Yeah, thanks. It’s a pity that it took tragedy for people in my family to put things in perspective, but such is life.

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I also lost an aunt to COVID in April……take some additional solace in your situation knowing that some just do not have it in them put things in perspective by any means or under any circumstance.

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Bruno Brito

I’m also aware. Some people will double down on sociopathy. I won’t try nor care to save them.

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I’m sorry for your loss, but it looks like you gained something in the end.

Either way it pans out I’m sure you’ll look and feel fabulous in your own skin.

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Haven’t been doing a ton of gaming these days. I spent the morning hauling rock for a backyard garden. I just finished reading Randall Munroe’s What If?. Looking forward to Book of Travels when it drops in EA later this summer. Until then? Don’t really know. I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend.

Bonus Question: I’d like to replace my office window with a walkout balcony overlooking the woods in the back yard (or alternatively, a wardrobe with a portal to Narnia in it).

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Finished reading Fire & Blood by GRRM last night.

Found out there is a new HBO series coming out based on it already in production……and the 2nd in the Fire & Blood series is not out yet.

…while I have expanded my Westeros & Targaryen knowledge, I have doubled up on my watch that may never end for story completions.

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Some version of of

Bonus: A full-scale replica of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse attached to one end of the house. It’s only a couple hundred miles to the ocean.

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I went in that light house so many times as a kid…I climbed it as many times as I did Jockey’s Ridge -back when that was a challenge.

…if you wait long enough they will eventually move it to your house for you as the ocean keeps moving in.

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I’ve been playing a lot of Neverwinter on Xbox lately. I went from barely leveling at all to leveling a whole lot. Not sure what clicked.

I also started up Red Dead Online. After watching the first episode of Loki on Disney+ I decided I wanted to make a character that looks like a wild west Loki in Red Dead Online (for no real reason). I’ve got the physical look down as best I could, now I’m trying to a get some fancy green clothes.

As for the bonus question I kind of have always wanted to live in a house that is basically an ewok village. Like multiple balconies and platforms connecting smaller buildings via bridges and stairs all at different levels and elevations. If not that (or on addition to it) I’ve always wanted a hammock that completely envelopes you like a peapod. And to round it all off I’ve always wanted to get onto beekeeping so having bees in the yard would also be a plus. I’ve been told I’m quite odd.

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I’m playing My Time At Portia on my Switch. Funnily enough it was Bree mentioning it on the podcast recently that reminded me I’d bought it ages ago. It’s pretty good so far.

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Playing BDO, I am still working on my Mystic who is level 57 I will likely mostly do life skills with her and I also started a Lahn and really enjoy the combat/playstyle of that class, so working on those. Also PoE. Have a great weekend.