WRUP: What makes Star Wars characters cry edition

    
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Rey: Sometimes she thinks about the fact that there are cats out in the galaxy whose owners never once pick them up and say, “Hello, my little fur monster.” This makes her cry for half an hour.

Han Solo: One time somebody called him “Han Solame,” and whenever he thinks about it, he needs to hide in a storage container and cry it out.

Chewbacca: He knows that Han is crying about that insult, but he won’t open up to Chewie. Also, mange.

Mace Windu: They were out of Ithorian sprinkles at the ice cream place.

Anakin Skywalker: dead secret wife, lol

Luke Skywalker: He is also crying about “Han Solame” because that was just mean. But he’s not hiding; he’s crying in full view of everyone. He’s literally just sitting there crying and blowing his nose. It’s actually kind of awkward to watch him. You want to say something about it, but what do you say to that?

Yoda: Answered What Are You Playing, he did. Live it down, he can’t.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Mange.

Bonus question: How long do you think an ideal vacation lasts?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go and Unite will get love because I love Halloween-themed stuff. I want to say Monster Hunter Stories 2 will get love as well, or maybe prep work in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to pull it off.

I think it really depends. I can’t imagine traveling to, say, Japan for less than a week, two weeks being good if you can afford it. But just to take some time off locally or in your own country? About a week.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I think it seems wise to hit pause on New World for a bit while they sort out their stuff, but eventually I’d like to transfer and get back to our original server. It’s gonna be a busy weekend for me, so if I get gametime, it’ll probably be SWG Legends, though I’ve also been tempted by Guild Wars 2 and City of Heroes lately.

What’s a vacation? I think I tend to prefer more shorter vacations – I’m pretty tired after about four days of traveling. I’d rather have two four-day trips than one eight-day trip. But realistically, we didn’t go on many before COVID that weren’t just holiday trips to see family, and we go on none now, so it all seems very foggy and distant. Someday we’ll get back to weekend roadtripping all the time…

Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX, YouTube, Twitch): It’s raining for once in the California Bay Area, and it feels like a good time to play some Elyon and Diablo II and III! Hopefully the week is not too busy so I can just have some time to play the games and chill for a bit. Other than that, maybe squeeze in some BDO and Swords of Legends. The kid is getting a little bigger, and I might have time to play the games!

As for a vacation, three weeks. I like staying home for my vacation, but my wife likes to travel. She can have the first two weeks when we travel, but I want the last week to stay home and play video games all week

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I’m thinking I’ll fire up some Guild Wars 2 this weekend, particularly since I’ve both been swept up by a bit of FOMO/expack hype and given some good advice by a couple of MOP staffers. I also want to pull together the Porg Squadron for some space-based shenanigans in Elite Dangerous, and I might also bop around in Trove for a little bit.

Two weeks at minimum. Ideally, anyway. Having that much time off gives enough time to uncoil and fully appreciate that you’re not forced to work so much, in my opinion.

Sam Kash (@thesamkash): Nothing has changed for me lately. I’m still smashing through New World and gobbling up my Guild Wars 2 Halloween events. Although I admit New World is really putting a damper on my GW2 game time. I’ve actually missed some dailies!

Bonus: Ideally? Vacation is never ending! Vacation of the mind! Realistically though, I’d say a work week. Saturday through the next Sunday. 8 days!

Patron Pierre: After a few very busy weeks (again…), I will probably have some time to play this weekend. As some friends have built a clan in New World, and I watched a few streams that confirmed this trending MMO seemed really enjoyable, I have joined the clan. Even if I progress slower than the others, I like spending time exploring and grinding in this very classical but well polished MMO. I focus on PvE content for now but will probably try the PvP content in the near future. I’m still playing Final Fantasy XIV too, but I put it somehow on the backburner as I don’t have enough time for two MMOs. I also decided to go back to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey as I never completely finished it and really enjoy this recreation of ancient Greece. Last but not least, with my best friend, we have started a coop campaign in Far Cry 6. ¡Viva la revolución! (yes I speak Spanish too lol).

Bonus question: An ideal vacation should last at least two weeks (yes we can do that as we have a lot of vacations in France) as I think it’s the minimum duration to detach yourself from work and feel totally free and relax.

And you MOP readers, do you have a lot of gaming on your plate as I do this weekend? Let us know in the comments and enjoy your weekend.

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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Jadah McUwu

Currently taking a break from FF14 until Endwalker comes out, since my static is on a break.

Giving a bunch of older MMOs a shot lately, like DDO and City of Heroes.

Also working on my long term grind for GW2 (the Ascension PVP backpack)

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RimaHadley

I meant to be grinding mogtomes for the current FFXIV event, but then a friend got me the (single-player) Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, and it’s so good. A game designed for people who want to be playing a tabletop rpg campaign but don’t have anyone to play with. I’m marinating in the sheer bliss of armor classes, reflex rolls, and perception skill checks in dialogue. Sorry FFXIV, I’ll come back for Endwalker.

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r00ch

Heyo all! My gaming plate is full this weekend and I’m loving it.

I’m still loving New World, slowly taking my time, been grabbing more lore pages and reading up on some of the interesting stories placed around the world. Did you know that it wasn’t until the Night of Blue Flames that everyone began to lose their sense of taste? There’s also a nice creepy story about a small family being hunted and stalked by the corruption: the mother becomes corrupted, the father locks her up and attempts to search for a cure (unsuccessfully, unfortunately). I was sent to put her out of her corrupted misery for good. I did.

And another pleasant story about a child who fell and drowned in a well, and a village crone who seemed rather pleased the child had drowned. Did she push the child into the well? No. Did she push a pile of stones down the well to make sure the child never came back up. Yes. Did she tell the grieving parents? Of course not.

Also playing some LOTRO (loving my Guardian), started Ghostrunner (fantastic game so far), and began a little indie game called Blasphemous (beautiful gothic platformer and great game to start prepping for spooky times). May mix in FFXIV as well.

Bonus: Trick question! I’m with Sam. May the vacation never end, and the work never begin.

Hope everyone is doing fantastic and that good things come your way. May the spirit of Halloween and spooky times bless you with your favorite candy, fun gaming hours, and fresh cosmetics.

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Sarah Cushaway

I’m mostly waiting now for the RDR1 remaster announcement. Rumors were swirling for months that it will come IF the GTA trilogy remaster sells well (it will).

No MMO has captured my attention for a very long time and I doubt any will again until the genre stops being a linear chorefest.

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Hurbster

I’m huntin’ skulls.

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Utakata

CoH?

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cursedseishi

Don’t forget the famous time in the Star Wars prequel where Kenobi cried for like… 40 minutes straight when he hopped up to greet General Grievous and said ‘Hello there!’, only for Grievous to just… look at him and not even reply back with even a ‘General Kenooobi’. Man just blew off a friendly greeting like a Jedi deflects Stormtrooper blaster fire.

Some say Kenobi went to hide out on some desert planet for years to hide from the Sith after Order 66 was given. But we all know it was because nobody ever said ‘Hello to you too’ back after that. He never lived it down.

Meanwhile, I’m crying that noted Crowdfunding moneygrubber WaterMelon Co. is on Kickstarter once more trying to hawk more trash. Well, not crying… But consider this fair warning to those who might be curious not to support the project. They’ve still not delivered on several projects, and the one they are running now (Paprium, look that hot mess up when you have some free time) is just an excuse not to deliver what they already owe. They’ve tied fulfilling pre-orders taken for the game since late 2019-early 2020 to ‘needing’ the project to succeed. WaterMelon, specifically Fonzie, have a sordid history of pumping and dumping hot messes. You might, eventually, get a digital game out of it… But not without him calling everyone ‘little man’ and swearing the Flat-Earth Lizardmoles are running Paypal and refusing to give him cash. And the physical media, what little they produce, is a shoddy mess of epoxy and barely functional gunk.

Aside from that? Wheel of Time audiobook, slowly chipping through the first book still whenever I have to drive out somewhere or need my hands for anything. Also digging down to finish up the last of my busy work in FF14, including some Tomestone grinding… though I don’t know how much (that jacket is uuugly). Also got Castlevania Advance Collection! Beat the first two games on normal, just need to finish Magician and Maxim modes respectively, then I might dig into Aria of Sorrow.

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SmiteDoctor

Just finished Winter’s Heart, doing it the semi old fashioned reading way on a tablet.

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cursedseishi

I’d love to do it old fashioned myself, but space and cost had knee-capped that growing up. Been eying a the complete set a couple times, just… I want a set that looks good, and…
https://www.juniperbooks.com/products/the-wheel-of-time-book-set

Das a lot…

Besides, it’s… really difficult to say no to anything with Michael Kramer narrating. Haven’t heard a narration or reading of his yet that I haven’t loved.

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SmiteDoctor

Just do it on a tablet. The only books I have in physical form are Oxford History books, classic scifi fantasy like Tolkien and Asimov, actual literature like the Existentialists, full collection of Shakespeare, and my favorite Beat Burrows, and favorite poet Bukowski.

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Also a tablet pleb here. Even the jacket only option there are tuff to swallow, but they do look cool as hell.

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SmiteDoctor

This week I played nothing, still reading Wheel of Time, watched Dune, haven’t had a drink in roughly 5 days with no signs of detoxing (guess I’m just one of those people that genetically don’t get addicted to alcohol) while fortunately it has made me more clear headed I find being more clear headed makes me more irritable and prone to getting pissed off at things I’d be more prone to just let slide since drinking slows down my brain (yes intelligence doesn’t always correlate with happiness and being joyful).

Bonus Question: Permanent Vacation.

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Utakata

This week: Finally took the Black Desert plunge.

…and there’s a lot I would like to say about my first time experience, but that could turn into a 500 page dissertation and a wall of text. So I’ll save the readers the details and highlight the immediate pigtail impressions as best as I can:

1) First right off the bat, knowing how B& S’s so called UE4 upgrade turned out to be a lagging downgrade of death, I was expecting something much worse. As the PC gear I am using is clocking at 8 years now…

….but nope! Despite being set at the highest graphic settings, with an engine that’s clearly more advanced and more players than a Classic WoW server can shake at, no lag! None! Whatsoever!

I had to take the time to pick the said pink appendages off the floor…as I never saw that coming. And not I am complaining! o.O

2) It’s not very intuitive. At all.

It’s took my a half hour how get the first quest to work. And it went all fiddly from there. So it leaves me in a game where for once I have no idea what I am doing. Although, that maybe because I’m so used to playing linear MMO’s.

3) They had me kill 50 rats in a later quest. Well rat people…that didn’t want their candles taken. But 50 of them…that has to be a first for me. O.o

4) With the very low agro ranges of said targets (they sorta stand around stupidly in groups), I got to play bowling for mobs with my AOE effects. That was interesting to say the least.

5) Pigtail options are surprising sparse for all the things you can do with the character generator. Here’s an example of what I’ve come up with so (see: image attached below), she still needs a bit of work though…but that’s the only pigtail option they had for her. :(

…and I could go on and on. But I’ll save it.

Though if anyone who still plays this can drop me line or give me a hand, it would be very much appreciated at this point. Although you don’t have to. But thanks in advance if you do.

Also this week: Moar Lyn & Soul when I think about it.

Bonus Answer: Probably not long enough.

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

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Bryan Correll

2) It’s not very intuitive. At all.

Wait’ll you roll an alt and discover that every class has its own different control scheme.

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Utakata

I am working on that. And by plunging them into those as for mentioned *rat people mobs…

*Note: They refer them to as “Imps” ingame I believe. O.o

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This had to be someone’s first MMO…I pity them.

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r00ch

I’m not currently playing BDO but I can offer a few very basic starting tips. And yeah, it’s not a very intuitive game, like at all, lol. BDO contains vast and varied content but none of it is intuitive.

Btw, most mobs will just hang out without putting up much of a fight, as long as you are geared properly. PvE is mostly for grinding silver in BDO, not for providing challenging or engaging combat.

There is a lot to love about BDO even if you don’t plan to dive deep. I was always a filthy casual, so take my advice at your own risk!

1. Biggest advice – follow the main quest and just learn as you go. BDO is an absolutely crazy maze of systems and mechanics. Gravitate towards the things you love and learn systems when they grab your interest. Get lost in whatever activity sounds fun. Eventually you’ll have these fun “aha!” moments as you understand some of the more complex mechanics. If you don’t have these fun “aha!” moments, uninstall the game.

2. There is a main quest to follow. I’d say, if nothing else, figure out how to follow this main quest for the time being. The main quest is much more streamlined and better translated than it was before and offers a ton of free rewards like pets, gear, and additional inventory space. It will take you across a lot of different zones fighting tons of baddies. It isn’t meant to be much of a challenge, but it is an easy way to gain leveling experience and great starter gear. It will give you a basic feel for the PvE grind.

3. Pets, pets, pets. The game is barely playable without pets. If you intend to grind mobs for your silver get pets (silver is important but there are other ways to get it). You can get 4-5 pets just from the main quests (last I checked), and they are often given away during events and as login rewards.

4. Find a good, up-to-date beginners guide. There are so many beginner guides covering so many topics I wouldn’t know where to point you in 2021. But there are a bunch of robust discord channels for each class, and I think sometimes they keep a list of great up-to-date guides.

5. Join a discord for your class. Look for guides there. Kinda same advice as above.

6. The most general recommended cash shop items are pets, inventory space, inventory weight, maids, and outfits for certain life skills (crafting and gathering) activities.

7. As always, newbie friendly guilds are priceless and can get you plugged into the game so much quicker than wikis and guides alone.

8. If you like housing, look up how to get a house. It’s not hard to be a homeowner in BDO, and one of my favorite locations is a beach-house in Velia (one of the first main cities you visit doing the main quests).

In conclusion, get some pets, learn some fun combat rotations for your character, burn down endless waves of mobs, train some horses if you feel so inclined, get a house, go fishing, build a worker empire, and vibe out whether the game is something you want to play long term. There is a lot of fun stuff to try out in BDO, but BDO is not intuitive, inventory management is a nightmare, the grind is real, and if you like the game you’ll want/need to spend some cash. The upside – the combat feels fantastic, the world is beautiful, the monster design incredible, and they add new content regularly.

Your Shai is adorable, btw. Anyway, best of luck!

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Utakata

Thanks for taking the time to explain that to me. It’s really appreciated.

A couple of notes to your list though…

1) I am not planning to use the cash shop unless for very basic reasons, such as tweaking the character, changing family name, etc. Even then, I plan to use it with ingame currency if I can. (Supposedly I can via my Google-foo research into this!) As it’s always my philosophy being a game that things should be acquired by my own means without 3rd party aids, such as RL bank account, gold seller services or software that can do it all for me. It wouldn’t be a game to me otherwise.

…and besides, everything seems to be provided by just doing the main quest line as you indicated. That’s how I plan to do it. <3

2) Whats a class discord? o.O

…and thanks for that! /bows

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r00ch

1) You can absolutely, 100%, without a doubt get tons of fun and enjoyment out of the game without buying anything on the cash shop. And since people sell cash shop items on the in-game marketplace, just find guides on how to snipe those items. You get lots of freebies from login rewards, including value packs – those let you tweak your character at any time. Also the main quest has tons of good stuff as mentioned previously. And BDO loves to throw goodies at new players. So you’re set. Definitely didn’t mean to give the impression that you need to spend money to have fun.

2) Not sure if you use Discord. If you do, I’m just referring to a server you can join that will have a lot of great info for your class. Google something like “BDO shai discord”. Actually I found a link – “https://discord.gg/vq68zAG”. If you don’t use Discord, disregard this advice. Choosing skills for my class confused the hell out of me so I just followed guides provided on the Discord server for my class. You can find class guides all over the place tho, so no need to use Discord.

The good news is that BDO plans to streamline things a bit and make it more approachable for new users.

Hope this helps!

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Utakata

That’s probably why they’re doing their Seasons thingy, to which i am using that benefit. That is, to make more friendly to incoming n00bsauces such as myself who been turned off of WoW late. Glad they’re doing this.

And thanks again for all the tips and tricks! /bows

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I knew you would roll Shai. The weirdest part of character creation to me is the “wirework” hair portion where you can control how sections of your hair lay or sticks up & out.

Thought about you when I saw a Steam sale on BDO this week. Have fun!

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Utakata

Of coarse I would! Closest thing I could get to Gnome adjacent in that game. The only thing is they’re down to one class that doesn’t hit very hard. Least I’m told. >.<

I never bothered with Steam, they where selling their CE version (Legendary, they call it) for less than $40 USD right off their site. My Goblin instincts of buying low, selling high kicked in…and I grabbed it. And the rest you can see is history. <3

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zoward

I bought a Kobo Libra 2 ebook reader this week. My wife and I are trying to scale back on spending on Amazon, so I moved from a Kindle to a Kobo. This is my first backlit reader, and so far it’s been great. The Rakuten (Kobo) store is well-stocked, and shares a store with Wal-Mart for books I can’t find on the Rakuten site. The really nice thing about the Kobo is that it supports both mobi and epub formats (Amazon only supports mobi’s – their format – for business reasons, even though epub is the most popular format).
As for gaming: I started – and finished – A Short Hike this week. Kinda short but engaging and relaxing. Took me about four hours to finish, including most of the side quests.
I am in the process of rebuilding my WoW Lich King private server on a new server, new drive. it’s up and running, gotta get the auction house working and the launch script is a little wonky.
I reinstalled DDO to take advantage of the super-generous giveaway of quest packs from SSG. Not 100% sure I’ll jump back in, having lost some progress back when their Wayfinder server and its backups melted down.
I’m reinstalling Secret World Legends, just because it’s Halloween week and I got The Itch to jump in.

My wife goes for her Covid booster shot this week, and I’m probably not that far behind her. I hope everyone has a fun, safe, productive, Covid-free week!

Bonus: question: any amount of time is fine, as long as I get out of the house!

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Friggen book format proprietary crap. I want an ereader too, just don’t want another device to keep up with – hehe.

Seen good reviews of the Kobo environment though – enjoy!

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Bryan Correll

You missed:

Finn: Constantly being overlooked despite being the best sequel character. And being shrunken on Chinese movie posters.

Kylo Ren: Almost anything.

As for me, I’ll be playing PoE, Battletech, and New World. Not necessarily in that order.

Bonus – Eight to ten years.