WRUP: Incidents in which Al Pacino has tried to sell me a cursed clarinet edition

    
43
THE FINAL DOOT

June 5th, 1997: I was attending a local fishing convention with my father when Al Pacino emerged from the crowd and offered to sell me a clarinet for only $50. When asked if it was cursed, he shrugged and responded “maybe a little.” After I said no he dropped it and ran; a fisherman at the convention described the clarinet as “extremely cursed.”

October 18th, 2004: My girlfriend at the time and I were in an Ocean State Job Lot store when Al Pacino ran in, punched out the cashier, and offered to throw a clarinet in for just $20 because we were buying enough stuff. The manager came over and told Al to take a break, at which point I was barred from the store. To quote the manager: “We don’t need award-winning Hollywood actors assaulting our employees to sell cursed instruments to you.”

March 3rd-10th, 2011: Al Pacino slept in the back of my car (I don’t know how he got in there) and tried for a week to sell me a visibly glowing clarinet for just $10, damn it, why are you being so difficult? When I finally convinced him to leave he shut the passenger side door so hard the child lock engaged. And that’s why I’m late for work today, Your Honor. What Are You Playing?

Bonus question: If you could get any scent made into a scented candle, what would you pick?

Andy McAdams: I’m not sure – I’ve got some IRL stuff going on so it will definitely be less. I think I’ll be playing The Elder Scrolls Online and Rimworld and maybe playing around with Void Gauntlet in New World. Maybe.

Bonus Question: Book store? I walked into Barnes and Noble last weekend for the first time since COVID and got hit with the smell of all those books and immediately remembered how much I love it.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’ve promised my kids we’ll play some City of Heroes; my son just got his assault bot on his bots toon, so he wants to play more! I’ve also got a ton of Star Wars Galaxies Legends crafting and restocking ahead of me before Thanksgiving when I know I’m gonna get cleaned out. Beyond that, honestly, I am working overtime on holiday content!

Wax and perfume are one of my secret little side hobbies, so I probably have smelled damn near everything. My favorites are things with nutmeg or salty popcorn, both of which are surprisingly hard to find in isolation. I’ve also yet to smell a petrichor note that actually fools me.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): On a random whim I picked up Super Robot Wars 30 and it is the extra mecha anime nonsense strategy title I never knew I needed in my life. As for stuff from our genre, it’s mostly all about Forza Horizon 5 again and maybe a dip or two back into New World as I continue to investigate the Void Gauntlet.

This is going to be a weird one, but there is this simple dish my mother always used to make of boiled chicken thighs, rice, and bechamel with nutmeg. It was always one of my favorite meals and having that in scented candle form would be extremely comforting I think.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I’ve mostly finished with my prep in Final Fantasy XIV ahead of the expansion, but I’ll probably wind up dipping in just out of habit. Other than that, it depends on a couple of things that may come together this weekend and my general whims.

If I could bottle the scent of sniffing a warm kitty tummy, I would.

Tyler Edwards (blog): New World. I’m absolutely loving the Void Gauntlet so far. It’s like they condensed everything I like in an RPG down into a single weapon. The rapier buffs are really nice too, but honestly I’m not sure I even need a secondary weapon at this point.

Bonus question: Similar to Andy’s answer but more specific. You know that spicy smell that really old books get? That.

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!
Advertisement

No posts to display

43
LEAVE A COMMENT

Please Login to comment
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Neurotic

Ohhhh, so that’s what that smell is called! Thanks Bree! ☺

Saluka
Reader
Saluka

Might as well dig some artifacts up in ESO since I missed when scrying came out and didn’t even know it was a thing til yesterday. That will keep me busy til FFXIV.

Damon Anderson
Reader
Patreon Donor
Loyal Patron
Damon Anderson

Still enjoying Neverwinter, reinstalled BDO and I may do lifesills/economy stuff in that, I’d really rather be playing Albion for the crafting/economy side of things and may play that on tablet in a week or so, so might not do BDO as I like Albion’s take on that more. I’m also playing Phoenix Point and started Morrowind and a few other single player title’s. Have a great weekend and week ahead.

EmberStar
Reader
EmberStar

Um… I guess I’m still playing Ark and trying to get ready for the free DLC next month. I think the new little flying critters (sinomacrops) look adorable. I want many. And Warframe is going to have an update… eventually. I’m not taking a day off work for either of the planned release dates – both dev teams are pretty reliable about NOT hitting their first guess at a release date. :<

For candles… I think maybe juniper fronds and cedar wood? I'm not sure why, but I can recall that scent pretty clearly and it's nice.

Reader
Sorenthaz

FFXIV and Super Robot Wars 30 are sort of the main two things I’ve been playing lately. Lined up to finally run Baldesion Arsenal again tomorrow so that should be interesting. Also running stuff for Moogle tomes and finishing off my Bozja Relic for RDM. Then also RPing on a MUD that’s back up because I have a lot of free time.

Turing fail
Reader
Patreon Donor
Loyal Patron
Turing fail

Leveling up new, superfluous weapons in Warframe while simultaneously farming the new currency that adds yet another level of grindy goodness. There must be something fundamentally missing in my life…?

Bonus: Napalm in the morning…? Nah. Rain on concrete, please.

EmberStar
Reader
EmberStar

I haven’t figured out yet what missions even drop it. None that I’ve tried so far without looking it up. I have both of this week’s primes, so I’d mostly be getting the relics to try to have full sets of parts for them. In the unlikely event I ever wanted to deal with Trade Chat to sell them, or to give them to someone.

I have no idea *who* I’d give them to, I suppose I’d just like to have the option if I wanted to.

Turing fail
Reader
Patreon Donor
Loyal Patron
Turing fail

I’ve only got one dropped in a ghoul bounty, and four from syndicate relic packs.

Reader
cursedseishi

Ill-aligned Instruments are definitely all the rage, I just came back from a garage sale from a Mozart Mausoleum Museum and… it was everywhere.

I got Cymbals that are… Cold. Just really really cold, and they only have a metal grip. Don’t know if cursed, but… damn they are cold! Been using them to chill my drinks. My drinks are… frozen. Maybe shouldn’t be using them to chill my drinks…

I got a Guitar, it’s Gastly. Not the adjective ‘Ghastly’, big difference. It’s the Pokemon Gastly. Like (un)living Pokemon attached to the neck of the guitar and chewing on the strings. Not like it can eat them, but they’re impossible to tune and always shifting. Cannot hammer on or pull-off. Also he’s a big nibbler so… out of picks. Should not play this guitar, considering mounting it instead…

They also had an Otamatone. I have it now, it wasn’t for sale. Don’t know if stolen. It’s… an Otamatone. Not otherworldly or outlandish or any sort of supernatural. Just… a regular Otamatone. It can, however, summon Soken to play you classic Final Fantasy tracks on it, but only at Midnight JST and if you can perfectly reproduce Ride of the Valkyries on it in your bathroom.

I can perfectly reproduce ‘Ride of The Valkyries’, but it is region-locked and therefore playing it in the US it does not work…

And while I look into ‘How To’ and ‘DIY’ videos for jailbreaking your bathroom’s to spoof location data?

I managed to finally get a PS5! So… FF14 with new trophies that are going to spook me by popping at random. Demon’s Souls which I get to enjoy and beat… some more. And Ratchet and Clank, which is just a cozy little bundle of destruction.

Cowboy Bebop is also on Netflix. I’m watching that, and not the Netflix Adaption of Cowboy Bebop. I skipped the intro of the Netflix Adaption, got mostly through the first episode of the adaption… and I saw enough. Hard to recommend, and I don’t think I will.

Turing fail
Reader
Patreon Donor
Loyal Patron
Turing fail

Ed Wood’s theremin materialized in my garage last Halloween. I assume all theremins are cursed…

Reader
cursedseishi

Definitely haunted, at the very least. They go ‘ooooo’ and ‘waaaa’ when your hands move around them. It’s just a ghost box helmed by an easily amused specter who has nothing to do at the moment.

Or by the ghost of old-time call centers. And rather than whistling, you’re hacking it with your hands into calling collect.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Pandalulz

Hah yeah, I have Bebop on DVD and still stopped to binge watch it again on Netflix in HD just because. It was sort of to prep for watching the live action, the same way I binged Evangelion before watching the Rebuild movies. But man, I’m having such a hard time getting excited about it. The OST is already on iTunes (and I assume Spotify) and it’s pretty good at least.
I was pretty amused the other day to be in Microcenter and they just had a random giant endcap of Otamatones sitting there by the register. It put a silly smile on my face.

Reader
cursedseishi

Yeah, it feels like it’s taking the first bit of lyrics to the opening a little too literally–especially with the first episode.

Condensing for comments sake and also vague 1st episode talk

They grab everybody and their stuff, then jam it all in with what feels like little thought of how well it blends. They try for a big reach and call-back to Bebop Movie’s Gas Station Robbery scene which falls apart sloppily, they just have to push Jet’s Police Buddy in (while hamfisting far too much with it), and Faye gets shoved in a familiar spot as another callback, but… it’s just too much. Nobody has room to breathe, no room to stretch out and establish themselves.

That they are doing the same story as the first episode of the anime just… hurts it more. They try for a fake-out, but the reveal of that ends up demeaning and hurting the shot it ultimately culminates towards which ends up making it feel shoddy and forced. They had the right of it to open on something original, and that should have been how it handled the first episode as a whole.

And that is a giant Endcap of Dreams for children, and Nightmare for employees and parents if they allow for ‘trying’ out the Otamatones in-store. But it’s good to see they are out there cursing ear drums with their shrill cries for attention.

Reader
Sleepy

Still sucked into Fallen Earth; hideously addictive crafting loop in that game. Itching to get back into SWTOR but I’m waiting until the update hits in December.

Reader
Toy Clown

This hasn’t happened to me in a few years, but I’m struggling to pick which MMOs to play. FO76 is my mainstay. New expansion and friends are over in FFXIV. SW:ToR new expansion. ArcheAge going under Kakao as a publisher is enticing. I can’t play them all… *Le sigh*

I’ve been all kinds of upset with camp problems in Fallout 76. So many bugs and accidental destructions. After last week’s heartbreak, I dug in and built another camp, far away from that cursed place where all The Bad Things Happen. On a positive note, I’ve gotten fast at building camps! Also got the Covert Scout armor this week and started the process of rerolling all my equipment. Been sitting on modules and cores for a few months, just waiting for the release of this armor. Mediocre results, sadly. But it’s all good since FO76 PvE content isn’t hard.

I’m heading back to playing my healer again now that I have a dedicated group of friends to play with in FFXIV, and now I’m looking forward to trying out Sage. Most of my game time is spent either farming moogle rewards with my friends or working the “get rich” leves before they’re nerfed in the expansion. Been grabbing up all the glamours I’ve wanted and putting some gil into our FC house fund.

I keep gravitating back to my Bounty Hunters in SW:ToR. I have a Twi’lek and Mirialan BH, both specced the same. I like the play style a lot. It was a confusing moment when I realized my Twi’lek was married to a companion and that my Mirialan’s romance was a traitor… then not? Ugh. It’s difficult coming back to a story after several years away. Can’t remember the choices I made. But hey! At least the romantic notes each companion drops on my characters are good heart-thumping reads!

Bonus Question: I really enjoy citrus scented-candles. They’re stimulating. Haven’t seen any of these scents for sale since the pandemic hit. Just realized how much I’m missing them.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
firithnorm

Seem to be getting into a good rotation of a little bit of Albion, some Apex and some LOTRO. In Apex, the new map is so BIG! I really like it, though, as there are elements from both Kings Canyon and World’s Edge in it. Really like the new cannons as well – adds a new movement dynamic in a game with lots of movement dynamics.

In LOTRO, I’m just plodding along on my old main, finally getting him into South Ithilien. I’m thinking of rolling one of the new races/classes, but am overwhelmed at starting from the top again. Not sure I have the patience to do all that content again. Maybe I’ll just keep plodding along on my old main.

Bonus: Most perfumes set off my allergies such that walking into a Yankee Candle store is a full on assault. I do like the smell of a gentle waterfall right after the rain, in an evergreen forest with all the fresh mossy smells mingled in. There also the smell of bacon. Real, sizzling bacon. Or really any pan fried pork product. But mostly – Bacon.

Turing fail
Reader
Patreon Donor
Loyal Patron
Turing fail

Frying pork scented candles would drive any dogs you have mad with disappointment…