WRUP: Testing your HQ (ham quotient) edition

    
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Ham ham ham ham ham.

1. Do you like ham?

a. Yes, I enjoy ham.
b. I like ham more than the usual amount
c. I like ham less than the usual amount.
d. I do not like ham.
e. Ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham ham.
f. Two words for you, buckaroo: Pork. Chops.
g. What Are You Playing.
h. Banana
i. Banana ham
j. Pineapple ham
k. Ham with banana and pineapple, top that.
l. Mayonnaise, mayonnaise, ham, mayonnaise.
m. Spam.
n. I like ham less than is creepy but more than those filthy dabblers who answered with “b.” I held out. I knew that eventually you would ask for a real answer, and I seized my moment right here. The line must be drawn here and no further.
o. My tooth hurts. Am I going to die?

Scoring: Oh, you know.

Bonus question: How often do you read a book?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go because I love the Sword and Shield mascots and we got the 80m spin/gym distance back, Pokemon Unite to prep for Blastoise’s September 1st arrival, Monster Hunter Stories 2 for helping my friend and slowly leveling some new monsties, and maybe hit up Monster Hunter Rise for the Akuma/Street Fighter event.

Honestly, I don’t read a lot of physical books these days, and the ones I do tend to be research-based, so I’ll take out a chapter or two. Sometimes I read a bit for writing purposes, like parts of Far from the Maddening Crowd to get examples of authentic late 1800s dialogue. But outside of games and pop culture, a lot of my reading is government docs and peer-reviewed science stuff.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Won’t be playing this weekend – family in town. Might get to a mobile game if I’m lucky. I had my finger on the trigger for Lord of the Rings Online and/or another The Sims 4 expansion yesterday, though, so we’ll see if I’m still feeling that next week.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I am mostly going to be doing a single-player palate cleanse, but I do have monster hunting on the brain, which means a look into Dauntless and a potential return to Monster Hunter Rise. I suspect the former will be more successful than the latter owing to the ease of finding people to play with in Dauntless.

I have not read a book recently in a while. I really should correct that, but I also haven’t found any good books to read. I’m kind of wanting some more upbeat and fun sci-fi but the perception is that almost all books of that genre are dystopian as hell. Which sucks.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): School is starting up again, so this weekend will mostly be a weekend of relaxing to ease back into things with a small arrangement of Final Fantasy XIV just to keep things moving.

Honestly, it’s been a little bit since I read a good book, but my house is filled with them and usually I have at least one or two I’m working on at any given moment. Especially now that the school year is starting up again, it’s past time for me to get back in my usual morning habit of reading a bit before heading off to work.

Sam Kash (@thesamkash): I’ve got a pretty busy schedule going up this weekend and extending into the week as well so there is going to be very little game time and probably no MMO time. Couple of weeks ago I finished Moonlighter and I noticed Microsoft added Hades which got a lot of good press. My one hour of play hasn’t sold me on the game as a whole. I’m just not sure I’m in the mood for another random-dungeon-death-and-repeat-while-leveling game (considering that’s almost what Moonlighter was too).

I never read books. I probably haven’t read a book since I graduated. Although I do like audio books if that counts.

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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Blake

Going ahead with my first real play through of Skyrim SE. Got it graphically modded to the gills, which means it looks pretty darn good these days. Am about forty hours in abs enjoying myself.

Needed something to play while awaiting New world. That’ll consume all my gaming time once it launches.

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firithnorm

Hmm. Or should I say Hammm. My answers are A., E., with a side of M. (for Monty Python – I see what you did there)

So… not much gaming this weekend, because my players demanded that we play D&D and continue the campaign I’ve been running since the beginning of the year after taking most of the summer off due to scheduling conflicts and lazy DM syndrome. Then, after spending 25+ hours this week updating my campaign, two players called out sick Sat. morning and forced us to postpone for another 2 weeks.

I’ve swapped to Albion from Apex for my daily playing fix, with some GW2 thrown in. Figured out that if I do the dailies in Albion I will just get enough done to earn the monthlies. I’d like to do more in GW2 and ESO, but I don’t have the energy that I used to for doing long playthrough. This is one aspect of getting older that sucks.

Bonus: We are a reading household. We probably possess > 600 books and have donated away half that many as well. My youngest daughter is a voracious reader and probably has > 300 books of her own. It is safe to say that we have over 10 full bookshelves (mostly the big 7′ Ikea ones, too) in our house.

Personally, I tend to read in spurts. After not reading much over the last 2 years, I plowed through a couple of books over vacation earlier this summer, one of which was the first Murderbot novella by Martha Wells. So, now I’m reading through that series. Hopefully that will spur me on to reading the 10 or 75 other books in my TBR piles.

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spent the last two weeks to finally start catching up with gaming, mainly the ever relaxing awesim of Star Trek Online as well as the usual single player indies like Star Sector

yus i been spacey; moar than usual of late

still have loads to catch up on and then maybe poke around Neverwinter (but it will likely enrage me… again, so prolly not), Warframe (which hates my low end laptop, naturally… and really confusing, so prolly not) and then HOPEFULLY get some time to be annoying on Champions and Trove

still bummed with Magic Legends just throwing in the towel (and i never got to try it and i likely will not have time to poke around there), mainly coz i love the idea of running around with an army, just bonking everything while rawring at them… something weird happened behind the scenes there, coz Cryptic isn’t known for randomly cancelling like that on a bashed title (see: Champions)… buuuut i heard that some of the laid-off employees did get re-absorbed (since they had the requisite positions available, i imagine) so, kinda hazy silver lining

annnnnnyway, will have waaaay moar rambling to present when i akshully am done catching up on fun stuff and have time to be pure silly again… so mebe in anotter two weeks (yes, this is a threat)

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Minimalistway

Playing a little ESO, the free to play days will end soon, i wanted to check the game and i like it so far, also may go back to SWL, i made a new character just to experience the story all over again but i didn’t do anything after that!

Bonus: everyday, i get excited by books that i’m sure many people will find boring, for example i have a book about the history of filing cabinet, i’m always curious about information technology before the computers.

Recently i started reading D&D novels, i bought 3 books from The Legend of Drizzt, i have no idea what’s that, but i wanted to know more about D&D lore so i should start somewhere.

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The Dark Elf Trilogy is the story of Drizzt’s origin, not sure but I think it is the second trilogy in the long running Drizzt series, it was really good, I would recommend it. There’s also the Neverwinter trilogy which was a cross over with the MMO somewhat.

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I’m going to go with n for some reason.

I was lucky enough to get a laptop this past week, so have been and will be playing Albion Online this weekend, maybe a little GW2 also. Not much more than that.

Bonus question: For awhile now I have been reading everyday. Right now I am reading Discourses by Epictetus, he was a philosopher who was once a slave who was freed and became a very prominent Stoic from way back in the Roman Empire era. I have a stack of books that I have started and am still working on beside my couch, I often get sidetracked with a new book that comes my way. In the city I live in many kind people have set up little free book libraries outside their homes and when I am out and about I check them out, they are all over the city, well over a hundred I have heard; I think it’s amazing that so many people here have done that for the community! If you ever want a book recommendation let me know :)

Have a great weekend!

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zoward

Tomorrow we’re off to the beach on vacation. Today, it’s wrap up the chores, and I’ll probably spend some time on my private WoW Lich King server. I may check in on Trove, but I think I kinda burned out on it. Sometimes returning to a game quickly reminds you why you left in the first place.

Bonus question: I read just about every evening. I’ve always read a lot, and I mostly gave up on TV to spend any additional spare time gaming. I’m currently reading Erlang Programming by Francesco Cesarini and Simon Thompson. it’s an older book, but does a great job explaining some of the intricate details of the language (and when I get tired of it, I have a pile of trashy SF/fantasy novels to burn through…).

Have great weekend all, and stay safe. We finally got my daughter her first vaccine this week! Hallelujah!

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Minimalistway

Years ago i used to read a lot about programming languages design, Erlang is an interesting one for sure, but i never tried it, in fact i never did any programming since 2005 :-)

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Zulika Mi-Nam

There is also a unit measurement for voice phone traffic called the Erlang, named for the same engineer.

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zoward

Yeah, it was designed at Ericsson as a highly fault-tolerant functional language, initially for telecommunications switches. In fact, the framework used with the language is called OTP – Open Telecom Platform. It sounds dry, but it’s a fun language.

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Jack Pipsam

Answer C, ham is alright but I find it also kind weird compared to other meats, I’m more into salami.

I’ve given up on Crowfall as a bad job for many reasons, so I need to find a game again to play, so I’ve been considering diving back into a private server for Asheron’s Call or even WoW (because I’m not giving money to Blizzard).
I’m also working on doing up an old PC into something new again, so maybe I’ll try to find an MMO which runs on an older unsupported OS, I’m thinking the Dark Age of Camelots of the world would still work on older OS so maybe that’s the ticket. I had refreshed it prior with a liter Linux but now I’m thinking of for a change going back to an older Windows, more or less for giggles as it’s a burner PC now.

Answer: If we’re not counting audio-books, then not as much as I should, I am very good at buying books I’ll never read, I think the last book I read fully was earlier this year I got around to the much debated and conversational book Dark Emu.
Dark Emu seeks to recontextualise the culture of Indigenous Australians pre-invasion by pitching that it was a more agricultural and geographically permanent society than the historically accepted more traditional hunter-gather lifestyle.
The author’s style is very conversational and easy to read, but I can easily accept the criticism that he draws conclusions based on flimsy evidence and often doesn’t provide any kind of citations to his claims or sources which has left it open to intense criticism, including from many Indigenous historians.

But regardless of where the truth lies it was still good to read and understand what all the fuss was about in terms of the debate around the book.

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RimaHadley

Question 1: d.

I’m going to be playing FFXIV and maybe finishing up my current playthrough of Dragon Age: Origins but the real surprise is that I’m finally giving FFXI a go. On the free trial for now, but I’ll probably buy it just to have it when that’s done. It’s a very, very different experience from XIV but I’m determined to appreciate it for what it is.

Bonus question: less often than I’d like! I did just finish up a reread of the original Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy, though—nice to see other Zahn fans in these comments.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Dominions 5. Just kidding. The complexity of this game baffles and intrigues me. So what I’m really playing is D5’s kid brother, Conquest of Elysium 5 , which is a watered down version of Dominions, still challenging, but not as dense as Dominions. There are 24 classes, each one with very different mechanics. Necromancers, druids, witches and warlocks as well as bishops, barons and senators, trolls and dwarfs. Raise the dead, enlighten the non-believes, enslave the unwary, harness the power of the forest. Travel to different planes, battle demons and the evils of inferno. Conduct rituals to enhance powers.

There’s no city building, just army building. There’s no pretense of doing anything but expanding your influence and income to build bigger, better armies to defeat your opponents.

Quite engaging.

Tried Elyon and didn’t like it. For the coming week, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous launches. I enjoyed Kingmaker quite a bit once it was all patched up, I suspect WotR will launch in better shape and be a different experience.

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Sleepy

Wrath of the Righteous is going to be my Christmas game. I reckon it’ll be at least moderately patched up by then.

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TomTurtle

I forgot last time to mention that I finished my playthrough of Hollow Knight. I’m surprised how long of a Metroidvania game it is. It’s very polished and fun. The last main story boss was beating me causing me to look up a strategy that once I used it, I blitzed right through thankfully.

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Memorable to me was how I stumbled across the Path of Pain. I should have known better than to attempt it once I realized it was an optional hard challenge, but I was stubborn. Stubborn to the point of reaching the final part of the challenge, losing and having my entire progress reset. I noped out of there after that.

Epic Games Store was giving out Yooka-Laylee for free, which I quickly nabbed. I vaguely remember hearing that impressions of the game were poor, but at no cost I figured that I might as well try it out. After playing a bunch so far, it’s really not bad. Sure it’s got that classic janky 3D platforming and camera stuff going on, but I’m still finding myself enjoying it. I’m left wanting to replay some Rare (the developer) N64 classics even more, which I think I’ll look into after this playthrough.

Good news since last time is that Henri was downgraded to a tropical storm and at least where I’m located, we didn’t lose power or have any major issues. I’m very grateful for such luck.

Have a wonderful weekend all!

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zoward

Yeah it was really quiet here in NH too. Saying a prayer for New Orleans this weekend.