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Bonus question: Do you like hot sauce and spicy foods?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Gonna be a lot of Pokemon Go this weekend, though not spending a dime. Also gonna try to do some Pokemon Unite and Monster Hunter Stories 2. My friend and I are just getting into the super rare dens and wow, what a blast! If only it didn’t take so long to get there, yeesh.

Oh god, I love spicy food! Like others, I’m not gonna burn myself like some out of some food fetish, but if it’s got good heat and flavor, yeah, I’m all in. Korean spicy is basically my limit- not “spicy for foreigners,” but the legit stuff that makes the old chefs happy, but I rarely go that far.

Andy McAdams: Last weekend I ended up playing Subnautica randomly all weekend. This weekend – who knows, but I’m at least intending to play Guild Wars 2, Rimworld, and maybe whatever other random interest rears its head at me.

Ooh yes, hot and spicy all the way. I’m big on Thai spicy, but jalapenos are also one of my favorites. Bring on the burn (with the flavor)! If it’s just burn and no flavor, well that’s no good. If it’s burn and flavor I’m all for it.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): My adventures in Albion Online are done for now, so I’m going to head into… maybe Guild Wars 2, although City of Heroes and Lord of the Rings Online have been calling my name.

Nope to the spicy. I like spicy scents, though!

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I am going to try to resist the siren song of Guild Wars 2 expansion hype, try and earn some more Gunbreaker levels in Final Fantasy XIV, and try to knuckle down on some Star Wars Galaxies stuff. You’ll note the operative refrain of “try” there, as my vacation from having two jobs is at an end my free time pool has evaporated significantly as a result.

I love hot sauce and spicy food, but with a certain specific condition. I like spicy food when it enhances the flavor or makes you want to eat more. I don’t like that chest-thumping, tuff guy, flavor deficient sauce or spice that’s just packaged to prove machismo: that crap is about as good at gauging badassery as a rodeo and is just about as useless to society.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Eh, some stuff to review but I mostly expect it’ll be a calm weekend for me. I’ve got a paucity of stuff to do online, but maybe that’s a good thing? I’m sure I’ll find something to keep me occupied.

Good spicy flavors are absolutely delicious. It’s very possible to get something that’s too spicy for whatever reason, but on a whole I really enjoy a nice spicy dish.

Sam Kash (@thesamkash): The majority of gaming coming up for me will be to complete the Guild Wars 2 Icebrood Saga. I’m onto the final chapter, or whatever they call it, so there won’t be any issue completing it before Cantha. I’ve always been a guardian main and with the announcement of the Willbender (terrible name) I’m actually starting to feel some hype. It’s funny, I haven’t been excited about Guild Wars 2 since Heart of Thorns (terrible expansion). The features they’ve shown off so far don’t do anything for me, but I am excited to play my guardian again. I’m also still trying to complete Moonlighter, a single player game.

Bonus: Yes I do like spicy food. Give me some curry and let’s go!

Tyler Edwards (blog): I have a lot of tabletop gaming lined up for this weekend. Returning to Curse of Strahd after the campaign went on a hiatus, and I’ve got another Wyrd Street test. I’ve also been diving into Fantasy Flight Games’ Lord of the Rings card game (Glorfindel OP). If I find the time for any video games, I’m not lacking for options there, either. Age of Empires II DE just launched another expansion, there’s the Back 4 Blood open beta, and I really would like to make some progress in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.

Bonus question: I am absolutely addicted to spicy food. I legit feel bad for people who can’t handle spice, because scotch bonnets have one of the most wonderful flavors I’ve ever experienced.

Pierre, patron: I’m back from some days away from my computer visiting family. I will be able to go back to Final Fantasy XIV, still my MMO of choice these days. I also decided to go back to Cyberpunk 2077. Hopefully, the game has been patched and will not suffer from the multiple little bugs that killed my immersion in the game when it launched last December. For instance, one small detail that really killed it for me was a bug with the way the game assesses distances; you’re in an underground shooting range, with NPCs shooting guns around you, and when you shoot your gun on a target (not on a NPC of course), people in the street outside start panicking and calling for the police, just because the game doesn’t realize there’s a thick wall between you. I’ll let you know if it’s been dealt with. Finally, I started playing Chernobylite and quite enjoy this close relative to the Fallout series.

And you MOP readers, what are you playing these days? I’m curious, as always.

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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“Oof been gone for months; can’t wait to finally escape awful reality and catch up on some gaaaaaames, yay!”

*sees all the kaka going on*

“.oh…oh, no….. no no no nope……yah, i tink i gonna stick to singleplayer indie titles”

*runawayfastfast*

anyway, yes the rambly oversharing dumdum (me) is back and wow… also, ohai popup ad-ting, i don’t amember you being here before

also, also, dammit magic legends, I NEVER EVEN GOT TO TRY YOU GRRRRR

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What is dead may never die.

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But rises again harder and stronger

(i… i had to google that :P)

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Been playing something WAY old (FINAL FANTASY III), something way newer than that, (FINAL FANTASY XIV), something borrowed (Back 4 Blood Beta), and something BLUE (Boyfriend Dungeon!!!).

FF3 is reasonably fun, nothing like FF2 before it, which I beat and had a blast with. FF3 is somewhat annoying in that it’s got spell slots instead of MP, and the story is a bit hard to figure out where to go next with, but I’m getting it, a bit at a time.

FFXIV, well, I’m a level 79 Miner right now on my alt, Pufufu Fufu (whose name is SCIENTIFICALLY FORMULATED to make people happy when they say it), with about half a level to go to hit 80, and that’ll start bringing in white gatherer’s scrips, which opens up a WHOLE NEW WORRRRRRRRRRRLD of stuff to buy. Looking forward to that later tonight.

B4B Beta, I haven’t gotten too far in, but i’m liking the firing range and a few of the guns so far. I wasn’t in the mood to team with randos when i loaded it up (I was in pretty bad pain at the time so I just firing ranged it for a bit) but it’s going to be a fun one, I can tell.

and BOYFRIEND DUNGEON! This is a kickstarter game that I backed a few years back by Kitfox Games, and it’s a combination stripped-down Hades roguelike, and dating sim, where people can turn into weapons and you go into an abandoned mall filled with monsters that are your insecurities manifested to life, kill them, come across mall features like massage chairs, arcades, fountains, etc to take a break from the killin’ and take a rest with the weapon you’re using and trying to date, have a spot of conversation, and then go back to killin’.

There are some REALLY fun monkeywrenches thrown in so far with the dates, and the dunj (mall) is super fun to traverse so far. I’ve met about 6 or so of the dateable NPCs, and the replayability is TOP NOTCH. HIGHLY recommend it to anyone over 18 that’s a fan of dating sims/otome games. Super LGBTQIA+ friendly, too. It’s out on Steam, EGS, Switch, PS4/5, and XB1/XSX, I believe.

BONUS QUESTION!~ I love spicy foods. Love ’em. Sometimes can’t handle ’em, but love ’em nonetheless. I’m still looking for the best Nashville Hot Chicken here in SoCal.

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Boyfriend Dungeon sounds intriguingly bizarre. I hesitate checking it out on Steam as they inundated me with anime-style dating sim recommendations after I got Doki Doki Literature Club

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Ooh boy. I went from dabbling in crowfall and not much else to playing so many games. Resubbed to Wizard101 to play with my fiancee, got back into Trove to play with our 6 year old, started up a LotRO VIP membership and rolled an Elf Minstrel and Hobbit Hunter on Shadowfax server, and I have been playing a bunch of FFXIV as well (mostly leveling Cooking and slowly working on MSQ, but I finally unlocked Bard, as I’ve been playing Archer).

And on top of all of that I’ve been logging into Neverwinter to update crafting and check out the Summer Festival.

And IRL games of Pathfinder 2e.

Bonus question: I LOVE spicy food. I have multiple bottles of Sriracha and multiple containers of a spicy seasoning called “Slap your mama” (the hot variety, and the normal is already spicy). I apso have a bottle of Taco Bell fire sauce, a bottle of hot honey, a bottle of chili infused oil, and a shaker of sriracha salt. And you better believe I use all of those all the time.

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Love me some spice!! Can do without the vinegar based stuff but give me some complex flavors and some pepper spice and I’m in love. Asked this before with no response but does anyone know where Elliot posts these reviews he always says he’s doing on the weekends?

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Working at my bull shit job, reading Wheel of Time, doing my GW2 Dailies, patiently waiting until Sunday to fall of the wagon for my nights off.

Bonus question I load everything I eat with crushed red pepper unless it’s a desert.

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Not much to say this week, zero video games.
It was birthday last Monday, turned 26, birthdays don’t really mean a lot to me anymore, in fact I’ve never been one into parties or the such for reasons I won’t get into, but it was a very nice surprise that the amateur film production company I do video editing for sent me a custom Sonic the Hedgehog water bottle with my name on it, I wasn’t expecting that at all so it was quite a nice surprise XD. Anyone who knows me in real life knows I am a fan of water bottles, I drink more water than anything else (I should really get that checked out huh?)

Speaking of getting things checked at the GP, I was getting myself all pumped up because I was going to be taking the legal step to get my first vaccine shot last Thursday. I was planning on joining the mass wave of young folks ignoring medical advice and going for the AstraZeneca vaccine, but because of my age I need to go through a GP first who’ll legally try to talk me out of it, however the dickhead receptionist (who didn’t sound that keen on me getting it anyway) booked me in the wrong damn day, so I rocked up 8am to the local medical center and they’re like “oh you’re booked in for tomorrow” which was not what the guy said and I couldn’t get it on Friday because I’m working Saturday and everything I’ve heard about AZ is that (apart from the slight risk of death lol) is that it knocks you out the next day so I have to now wait until this Thursday again bleh. But of course then it lead to a whole thing because my mother wants me to wait for Pfizer, but cool, where’s the Pfizer mum!!!!!!????? Oh wait, there is none. Fuck me so then after a whole fight I didn’t end up sleeping at all so I was up for 24-hours and had to go home early from work because I felt like I had taken the AstraZeneca vaccine anyway lol.

So yeah, I could wait for the safer vaccine for my age group, but how long? There’s an awful lot of folks who are waiting, including older folks who aren’t even at risk really with AZ. Sure, Regional Victoria isn’t at high risk right now, we’re not fucking Sydney that’s for sure (lol NSW how’s ‘gold standard’ Gladys doing for ya?), but that’s not the point, I want to get vaccinated. AstraZeneca is what’s available, yes there’s many risk for my age, but, it’s that or nothing. Ugh, so I’m probably just going to get the AZ jab as soon as I can and just see what happens (so if I stop talking on here you’ll know what happened lol). Thanks Morrison, lol.

What a mess, thankfully there’s Taskmaster NZ which helped distract me from this bullshit.
Seriously folks, if you haven’t seen the New Zealand version of Taskmaster, go look it up on YouTube it’s great. It’s not like the US remake, it’s a lot closer to the UK original but every task is brand new and the second season is complete and utter chaos, I’m loving it so far and watching it made me realise NZ is doing a far better job than we would have done making it. It seems like you can swear more on New Zealand TV than you can here, which is 10/10 as far as I’m concerned. We don’t get a lot of NZ TV here apart from like the police shows, so I had to get this from YouTube but it’s damn good. It’s the same atheistic and uses the same music as the UK show (which I also love), but they also took some hindsight improvements, for example the iconic ‘Taskmaster house’. In the original UK show it’s a cute house next to a golf-course with a small garden, but the NZ one is more like a retreat so there’s a massive grounds, a water area and the house itself is quite a lot larger which allows them to come up with different styled tasks and gives the contestants extra room to do crazy things. Well worth watching, especially the second season as the range and personalities of the contestants with how they act and clash reminds me of some of the best of the UK Taskmaster, but I loved the first season as well.
If I had to guess (as it’s still airing), I have to say that I think Laura Daniel is the likely winner, she’s extremely clever and her “steal your girl” bit was just incredible, she puts in a lot of dedication and effort to her bits which I think will pay off extremely well for her. Although David Correos absolute madness is something which deeply resonates with me.

PS. Yeah I do love hot and spicy food, especially like hot noodles and the such. Some of the Korean stuff is the hottest I’ve ever eaten, it hurts but in a good way!

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So, imagine my surprise when I decided to read the WRUP today and… All of the words were all immediately readable–and yet, seemed to be in reverse. “a like was it Plus either.” is an extremely weird way to start a sentence, much less a post, after all! I was worried… Is this a cry for help? Have the Birds and Horses gotten into something, with Eliot in the middle? Is he trying to signal a staff member he entrusted one odd night to finally use the weird cypher he texted them to decode the real message hidden here, as part of some deep-state Cult black ops shenaniganry?

Nope. He wrote it all backwards, proper sentencing but everything in reverse. I’m used to having to read everything backwards, so once I realized that was the issue there was little problem. Why? I read everything in a mirror, so that I might see how I look reading it during my morning, evening and periodic constitutionals… Doesn’t everyone do that?

… No? Oh… well… Soooo… How about that sporting game yesterday, yeah? Yeah?! And whilst I distract people away from the ever-growing list of questions that could leave one with by totally talking about all the sports things I definitely know 100% about?

One Piece. I’ve started a cursed journey a while back of watching the series–aided by the fact Funimation seems to have gotten their crud together and fixed their site. I’m at like… ~36% through the series right now? Which… sounds small, until you realize there are a 1000+ episodes. It’s been a long-term thing, but… So far its still in territory I’ve ‘mostly’ seen so… I can let it play and just give it the same cursory attention I do to podcasts and audio books–occasionally stopping when its a big scene or two. I’ve also been watching the ‘Sotsu’ season of Higurashi and… well, that last episode? That was… definitely a… thing! A meme thing. A thing I’ve already seen people posting about because… Yep.

Far as games go, I picked up Fuga: Melodies of Steel when it finally came out early this week. It’s not going to be a terribly long game, so I’ve been doing like… A chapter every couple days or so. So far no body has died, so we’ll see how long I can go with a ‘0 death’ run in this… Not all that hard, honestly, though. It feels like the Final Fantasy 7 Remake situation–where some people apparently struggled like hell and burned through all their resources somehow throughout the game, and yet… I’ve had literally no issues with that. I’ve gone hard-in on ‘Dangerous Routes’ 100% immediately, and haven’t come close to a game-over, much less contemplating an ’emergency’ action.

I’ve also been letting NieR Re[in]carnation play since… well, not much to do in it really. I’m enjoying the story elements of it and the music is unsurprisingly beautifully done, but the gameplay loop is… basic, and not entirely engaging. It also suffers from the same issue that Taro’s last mobile game, SINoALICE, suffered from–namely its gacha structure. They throw a ’48 hr only’ banner at you when you’re just started, but you can only use ‘paid’ Gems for it. Already not a fan of it. The game gives gems out a decent clip at first though, so I ignored that and used them for pulls as I went. Problem comes in where there is a clear point the game just… doesn’t care about your time, nor about giving you much freedom. And very quickly you hit a point where it just… doesn’t… give you gems at all, or when it does its only a minuscule amount.

There’s also just some… Quality-of-Life issues the game has that… Yeah, far as Yoko Taro games go… I think OG Drakengard is more engaging and fun than it. And yes, I do mean I ‘let it play’, not that I am playing it. You have to beat the story just to unlock a daily mission, much less several things that should already have been available from the start. One of which is an Auto-play. And where I’m at in it right now, I just start it up while I do literally anything else.
I might just drop the game if it doesn’t really improve much. There are some honestly grossly imbalanced aspects of it that I do not like, especially for aspects like increasing character ‘strength’, which is downright mandatory to even progress or participate in certain content. The game measures strength as a group number, and right about now I top at about 55k. A chunk of quests I could do start, at the easiest level, around 66k. Then there’s an optional boss at 150k. There’s also story replays on harder difficulties, but they start immediately around the 60k mark or so, give or take.

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After finally getting to rank 25 and clearing the Dalriada in XIV some wowfugee friends wanted to do the older content and man i swear Nael Deus Darnus is still one of the more challenging raid bosses outside of Alex and Eden. Even Bahamut Prime is easier. Doing the old content made me wonder why i didn’t finish more OG relics and i saw my last one was at the “get 75 alexandrite, one per fate, and infuse 75 materia into the maguffin” and yeah no wonder i peaced out after like 5 of those when Heavensward dropped.

But thats been about it for videogames since i’ve been shitty after my second jab but i’ve gotten plenty of reading in. If you like dark history none fiction i’ve breezed through the following:

The Indifferent Stars Above – the story of infamous Donner Party Expedition from the american east coast to their horrific snowed in camp in the mountains of the west that lead to cannibalism and the insane ordeals that lead to that. Really highlights how different things were when america was an untamed wilderness. Like how every summer bugs hatching in river beds would spread malaria and they just called it “getting the summer shakes”.

Ghosts of the Tsunami – A american or british foreign affairs journalist that lived in japan at the time of the 2011 tsunami/nuclear disaster wrote a full book covering how, while the nation was understandably distracted by the first nuclear disaster since chernobyl, the tsunami hit one small village by the coast and over 70% of its primary school students died while every other school around it was fine and the local government covered up the gross incompetence that took place hoping the japanese culture of not rocking the boat would pressure over 100 parents not look into it and that took over 6 years to bring to light. Harrowing stuff but also very interesting.

The Worst Hard Time – The history of the American dustbowl of the great depression where overfarming of the great plains north of texas lead to so much topsoil in the atmosphere people were literally breathing in more dirt than oxygen and miles high walls of earth where burying towns and driving people to leave farms abandoned in americas worst man made ecological disaster.

Folk Horror Revival: field studies – A volunteer collection that goes to the uk wildlife trust interviewing writers, artists, musicians and more with names like Niel Gaiman, Phillip Pullman and Kim Newman to name a few. It talks about how the mid 60’s movies like The Wicker Man and Witchfinder General lead to a revived interest in the preroman pagan beliefs in the uk and how it influenced a lot of media from the 60’s onwards including things like Dr.Who and Twin Peaks. Its a great book and theres a few sequels about inner city urban legends and an upcoming one about american folklore i’m super excited for. A great coffee table book to flick through when you have some free time.

So yeah a lot more burning through paperbacks and than vidya gaems this week but honestly i think you gotta keep reading to keep the imagination chugging along when you work as an artist. The books above get a bit moody but if you like none fiction i really recommend them all. Ghosts and Folk Horror in particular.

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I piddled in D2R beta last night. It has improved since alpha, but playing it on a laptop does create some fan noise, but I guess all games will -noob laptop gamer here.

Books – Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and end up reading to go back to sleep. Well I did that with what I was reading this week, Fool’s Errand (1st of The Tawny Man trilogy & 7th in the overall series).

I turned the page to read the last small paragraph of a chapter. When I competed it I thought I must have missed something so I reread it. Then I checked to ensure that I did not accidently flip to a chapter far ahead. Then I went a few paragraphs back and re-read to that point, and I repeated that action twice more going further back each time.

I got up out of bed, got some water, then something to eat, thinking about what I read as I went through the motions like a robot…a slow one on low batteries. After a bit, I made coffee as now I knew I had to finish the book just to get all the now multiplying abstract thoughts out of my head -and my sleep schedule has been screwed since.

Anywho, I am well into the next book, The Golden Fool.

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Might I recommend less interesting reading material if the goal is sleep? NIST cyber security risk management framework guidance is an excellent, non-pharmaceutical alternative to sleeping pills.

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so i use my portable but kaka laptop exclusively instead of anything else that CAN handle gaming so here’s some un-asked for laptop tips :P

get some (free) light weight hardware temperature monitor like “open monitor” or sumfin coz laptops tend to heat up way too fast in general when under load

also, for prolonged usage try to keep the laptop on sumfin elevated to allow better airflow under it

also also goodie luck with the whole sleep ting, i can relate grrr

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I love spicy food.

Lately I’ve been poking around SWTOR just making low level alts. It’s mindless fun, but I’m quite looking forward to the expansion to try out some different builds (rifle wielding BH for example).

Also starting to get back into AC Valhalla now that both first year expansions are out and I’ve have a couple months off from it. There’s also always some Civ 6.

Outside gaming I just started watching Bakemonogatari. It has ridiculous amounts of action happening offscreen or in flashback explaining what’s going on after the fact, dense with plot, very culturally specific, overwhelms with “tell, don’t show” and I freaking love it! Very much a niche series, but really rewarding to watch.

That’s all folks. Stay safe and be good to each other.