WRUP: Come home to a bagel edition

    
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Mayonnaise is funny

My bagel loves me!
This is incorrect. Bagels are not capable of love. Bagels feel only one emotion: contempt.

My cat loves bagels!
This is correct. Your cat loves bagels. If you do not currently own a cat, purchase one from an animal shelter. There are a variety of cats there which require your love.

What should I do if my bagel gets wet?
Bagels should not be in water. You have a bad problem and you will not get to eat a bagel today.

But I could just get another bagel?
You’d probably just get that one wet, too. That’s what you do. You get bagels wet. How did you get your bagel wet?

There was a problem with my coffee.
You should probably see a professional to address your problems with bagels and coffee. Some common problems with coffee include using too many grounds, using not enough grounds, using pencil shavings instead of grounds, using grounds to assemble a pencil, summoning K’tar-ash of the Thousand Eyes, and trying to use a bagel as a coffee filter.

That was the one! I summoned K’tar-ash!
Well, you’re screwed. Tell us about it in What Are You Playing.

Bonus question: Who’s an old friend who you haven’t talked with in ages but you hope is doing all right? (Names changed, presumably, to protect the innocent.)

Andy McAdams: I will likely be splitting my time between The Elder Scrolls Online – I’m finally playing through the Dark Brotherhood content – and Deep Rock Galactic, which I bought on a suggestion from a friend and finding remarkably fun, way more than I think it has any right to be. I might also jump into World of Warcraft to make sure everything is all buttoned up for my characters ahead of Tuesday and maybe run something with guildie. So a lot of maybes and might dos.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I have so much work to do this weekend! I’m seeing my parents next week for the first time since October – October 2019. So we’re cleaning and such. But! I am going to pop into Star Wars Galaxies Legends to do a factory flip and maybe restock my droid vendor, and of course I will be in Albion Online, which has fast become my game of the moment. I’m actually going to finish off the monthly challenge tomorrow, something I have done in an MMO exactly zero times because I normally hate these things. But this one’s lucrative!

My first real MMO buddy – I lost touch with him many years ago. He moved back to the other side of the world, which eventually made it impossible to play with him, and then, yeah, life happened.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): This weekend is largely seeing me feed a lot of random gaming cravings that have sprung up out of nowhere, honestly. I’m planning on having a peek back into Star Trek Online to see how things feel there, I kind of want to make a quick return to Magic Legends and see if there’s some improvement, I want to start a little personal project based on Secret World Legends, and I also picked up this game called Tower Unite on the Steam Summer Sale that sounds like a good little fun time (and possibly a fun streamable game).

My best buddy Dan is someone who I have fallen out of contact with. Last time I spoke with him I was living with him, his wife, and their little baby. It’s been years since I’d heard a thing out of him and I hope that he’s doing okay.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): This weekend is going to be a fair amount of roleplaying and recharging. When I’m spending time in an MMO, it’ll likely be some idle play in Final Fantasy XIV, but I also have a game to review and some other stuff to play, so my time will be split.

My college roommate and I were both really close and really good friends for a while, but as we’ve gotten older and our lives have moved in different directions we’ve fallen out of touch. He’s still a great person and I miss him, but we just live far enough apart and have different enough goals in our lives that it just sort of happened.

Tyler Edwards (blog): I’ve got a D&D session, and I’ve dipped into my backlog to check out Black Mesa, the fan-made Half-Life remaster. I never played the original Half-Life when it was current, so this is all new to me. So far I feel about it roughly the way I feel about Half-Life 2; I like it, but I’m not sure I understand the hype.

Bonus question: My best friend from elementary school. I’ve had a few brief contacts with him as adults, and he seems to still be an okay guy. We always say we’re gonna keep in touch, and then never do.

Pierre, patron: I’m still playing Final Fantasy XIV, casually for sure, but enjoying it. I also decided it was time to go back to some really good games I’d been waiting for when they launched and never managed to finish. Two of them have been staring at me contemptuously from my backlog, and I’m intent on finishing them this time, even if it takes me some time: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. Wish me luck in finding them as excellent to play through as they are lengthy.

Bonus question: Oh my… What a terrible question. I’m really ashamed to say there are so many of them… I just want to say how deeply sorry I am to this collective I’ll call Sam; it’s a good name for friends, Sam, isn’t it? And you MOP readers? WRUP this week? Some forsaken friends to confess?

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

Delayed this too long because of hopes I’d finish FFXVPE, but I didn’t!

  • Last Cloudia – A major update happened that upgraded old characters, and added a new level of upgrading grind for everyone, in prep for Season 2 of the story content. A story event has arrived as a sort of intermission as well (and a rerun of an old event). Lots of other things added and tweaked, but really you can consider it a ‘pre-patch’ in MMORPG terms.
  • Cookie Run: Kingdom – Advanced some Hard mode maps, and I’m almost to a team at level cap. For gacha I now have nearly everyone except the newest one and the superrarest one, I just got the Guild Gacha points tied cookie. For my kingdom, I leveled the headquarters building and it took about 15 days real time to construct. Really. Goddamn this game had to be cute and keep me around.
  • Princess Connect Re:Dive – I missed out on my first character, the first limited unit, a summer themed version of the protagonist. Whatever! Otherwise joined a new clan since my dissolved, but they seem friendlier (even if weaker) anyway. My teams are getting VERY strong and I’m only held back by not spending money (ha) and not caring about meta units, teambuilding, or progression methods.
  • Genshin Impact – Returned! With some help from a friend, I 100%ed the new temporary-zone event content and its rewards, which included a 4star weapon and its refinements, exclusive housing furnishings, and lots of upgrade items. Now I just need to explore the hell out of the islands more (and solve its various puzzles). Got my first Lv 90 team so while I’m pushing them further with other upgrades, I can now work on my second Lv 90 set of characters. Oh, and for those in the know, I got Klee finally, not that I’ll use her yet!
  • Distancing Hangouts – Just the Genshin Impact hangouts, maybe some Deep Rock Galactic but I can’t remember.
  • Logins – Tales of Crestoria, Another Eden (resting a bit)

Partner’s progressing Psychonauts, but I also purchased the Legend of Mana remaster, and he’s joining me in the local co-op. TOTAL nostalgia trip for me, I’m relishing in every minute of it. We got a new controller for it, and finally a wireless controller adapter for this very aged PC.

Got the 3monthsfor1dollar Xbox Ultimate deal to try it out on my phone for cloud gaming. Hooked controller onto the bluetooth connection, and a new controller and phone holder to make it like a handheld system, and .. works great! Mostly. Sure, some games have bad UI for this sort of thing, but lots don’t. I tried out some games like Senua’s Sacrifice, Mass Effect Andromeda, and more. Amazing. But I’m not willing to get any save files/account progression hooked into Microsoft just yet. But a nice trial to see what I’m capable of. Amazing, XB1tier games, wireless, in my hands as I go to sleep.

I have a big personal-gaming trial coming up. At least one or two gacha are arriving that will stress my ability to play so many at once. One is the Nier Reincarnation game, and another was just announced but seems like it’ll go West sooner than later – Echoes of Mana, a Mana series gacha that’s being developed by the same company as my ahem, beloved Another Eden, so I have to try it. I’m so far leaning towards catching up to all story scenes in Tales of Crestoria and then letting it be, or maybe just cutting the cord to the adorable Cookie Run: Kingdom. But any choice is painful! In truth, Princess Re:Connect disturbs me on an ethical level (pseudo sexualizing characters that sometimes look as young as 10-12, let alone 14-16), so that should really go first, but its the one gacha that I feel fully kept up to date with. Annoying…

The remastered soundtrack is – mostly – better than the original, imo!

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Hurbster

I will dip my toes into pvp for a bit this weekend in ESO.

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bobfish

Couple of friends and me have jumped into Aion Classic, wasn’t expecting much but have so far spent way too much of my time this week in it, even leveling up crafting which I usually ignore. The fun of it has been enough to drag them away from WoW Classic, and also distract me from my daily routine in PSO2: NGS.

Other than that, a bit more Chivalry 2 to unwind and watching the Godzilla Singular Point anime on Netflix. Generally a quiet weekend.

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zoward

Tomorrow is eaten by chores, but I expect to get some gaming time in during the hot spell due to arrive early this week. I’ll probably bop into DDO for a while and also spend some time on my private Lich King server leveling my dwarf priest through old-school Desolace.

Bonus question: during a recent Father’s Day visit, my mother-in informed us that her sister died of cancer a few weeks ago. They were feuding, and she did not attend the funeral, nor did she tell us about it until well after it happened. My wife was pretty pissed. My mother-in-law’s niece was living with her mother, taking care of her until the end (she’s a nurse). My heart goes out to the niece, who is probably the best single person of everyone involved in this, and who is now living alone. I haven’t seen her in a long time due to the feud. We sent several sympathy cards out to her and to the other siblings this morning.

Everyone have a great weekend, stay safe, and take good care of your siblings.

Damon Anderson
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Probably will do single player gaming, I downloaded Greedfall it looks good, so probably that, not to sure. Dark Alliance is ok, I feel it has some issues with combat, maybe it’s just me needing to learn the button presses better, so we’ll see there. Maybe some PoE and Neverwinter, BDO I really like the combat economy/lifeskills but the issue I have of everything being so time consuming makes me think it’s not really what I am wanting in an MMO. So other than checking out some Gamepass games that’s probably my gaming stuff for the weekend. I may shop around for a low cost tablet to play Albion Online mobile version, that’s really the MMO I am wanting to play, but am very fortunate to have an Xbox with Gamepass so it’s not a priority, but we’ll see. Also reading, I am reading “Lives of The Stoics” and “The Black Swan” atm, both very good if you are interested in non-fiction. I am currently on day one of my 51st year, I am very lucky to have made it this far, I don’t even know what to say other than that, except, it’s a process not an event…

The below video is off topic for this site but I get alot out of it, perhaps you will also, if you choose, give it a listen. It’s a guy named Alan Watts sharing some insights of his.

Have a great weekend.

Zulika Mi-Nam
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Zulika Mi-Nam

Happy Bday fellow Ole timer.

Damon Anderson
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Thanks.

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zoward

Happy Birthday, man. Be good to yourself.

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SmiteDoctor

Happy Birthday!

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Danny Smith

Getting the parts together to try opening up my busted PS4 to replace some parts. Most of it is simple but theres two connetions you can mess up so bit nervous about that one. But hey if its busted anyway its just £20 on top of replacing the console so its worth the risk.

With my PS4 currently dead and last weeks OS install wipe setting my computer back to zero and slowly redownloading everything on dogshit wifi i’ve been playing a lot of Switch games mostly since its that or my xbone i’ve turned on like 12 times in the last 4 years and outside of Rise and Grandia the Monster Hunter Stories demo dropped yesterday and it continues the trend of every other series making the jump from 3ds to switch make the pokemon transition look like hot crap. A company making more money than catholicism and the biggest IP in the history of our species should have the money to not get so consistently dunked on by everything from Animal Crossing to a Monster Hunter spin off and i doubt Shin Megami Tensei V won’t do the same so i can only assume this is more games suggesting The Pokemon Company told gamefreak their game had to ship when the merch did wether it was polished or not. Seriously getting to the final gyms and going from outlandish set pieces of “the gyms under repair, fight three generic npcs in a small side office” was embarassing.
But rants about pokemon being to profitable to ever have to improve aside Monster Hunter Stories feels like a much better take on the monster raising sim rpg sub genre. It might appeal to fans of various Digimon and Dragon Quest Monsters games more with its monster breeding to pass genes on to create things like a Ice Rathalos with a different scale design or colour but if you want an adventure where it feels like the devs put a lot of work into it i would recommend the lengthy demo to anyone who found sword and shield lackluster. The fact people are not two days later posting images on twitter showing they have 25+ hours in a demo that can be beaten in three hours should tell you its something special even if you aren’t into the monhun games proper.

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SmiteDoctor

Bonus question, no one because I’m under no illusion that I’m going to change one day and get in touch with people out side of Facebook, well I did show up to one of their funerals but it got kind of awkward balancing being happy to see the live ones with showing the proper amount of remorse while being tired after working overnight; got a little worried I came across as an asshole so I regressed right back into my solitary existence.

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Schmidt.Capela

Right now I believe I will play with the Astroneer hoverboard a little, not much gaming time today for anything else.

After that I have no idea. I haven’t decided yet what I will get from the Steam Summer Sale; my Sunday gaming will likely be mainly things I purchase today.

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Playing ESO stuff this weekend. I tried the Summerset line again last night and I just can’t get into these snooty elves and mages. I haven’t hit the real hook yet I guess. Greymoor on the other hand, was fun from the start, but it being a familiar area helps a lot too. So, I burned through several hours of that questline this morning and am having a great time with it.

Aion Classic is just too old, with no real future, so that was fun for a cpl nights this week.

I also am trying out Albion again, this time getting further than the first time I gave it a shot. I’m digging it, but more as a casual click and gather game for the time being. I’m not near any major PVP stuff yet, and for now, I’m happy gathering and making multiple gear sets in the ez zones for now. I have a feeling it’s going to be a game where I need several full suits of gear, else I’ll get butthurt when I die a lot.

Bonus: Your mom.

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Utakata

This week: Eggs and spam…

Also this week: Maor WoW…

Bonus Answer: Anyone I ever got acquainted with…

Have a great week and weekend folks! And please get vaccinated! /bows