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Bonus question: What’s the most incongruous item you keep at your desk and why?
Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): It’s gonna be a busy weekend for sure! I’ll be meeting some other gamers for console gaming (really hoping we’ll get to do Mario Kart: Double Dash for some co-op fun, and Jackbox games always happen too), but there’s also Noibat Community Day, which means some exercise games are needed to help burn celebratory food. I’ll also try to get in some Splatoon 3 matches to help Team Dark Chocolate during this week’s Splatfest Prep.
Like lots of folks here, my desk is actually pretty busy. I guess the weirdest thing on there that won’t ruffle any feathers is an amiibo of Ness from Earthbound. It’s just cute.
Andy McAdams: I’m not sure – probably some World of Warcraft but I’ve actually burned through quite a lot of the weekly content, so outside of hopefully a couple Mythic+ runs, not sure what else there. I’ve got the “builder” urge again, and I never finished Subnautica, and bought the sequel in the most recent Steam sale, so I might putz around under the under ocean for a bit.
Before today, I would have said the set of Spongebob shot glasses my mom got me for Christmas (which made me laugh with how absurd they were), but I just rehomed them into our liquor cabinet. So maybe the Buddha statue in front of my window, with the singing bowl sitting in his lap?
Ben Griggs (@braxwolf): I may try to pop into Hell Let Loose a bit but I’ve recently started a play through of Mass Effect’s Legendary edition so that might also consume some minutes. I’ve never actually finished ME1 so maybe the third time is the charm?
My entire workspace is cluttered with eclectic knick-knacks but perhaps the strangest is a single guitar-weilding California Raisin figure acquired via a Hardee’s promotional campaign in the late 80’s. This little fellow has somehow survived my moves to/from college and still watches over me during both work and play some 35 years later.
Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’ve been super busy this week and haven’t played really anything, so I hope to check in on my vendors in Star Wars Galaxies Legends and do some Minas Tirith stuff in Lord of the Rings Online.
The only weird item on my desk at the moment is a cute grey fox ornament whose eyebrow I just glued back on so that it can go back to my daughter’s woodland critters toy bin.
Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I’m back to my Botanist and Culinarian ways in Final Fantasy XIV as I start to put together how to actually do max level gathering and crafting things, so that project will definitely continue. Past that I don’t think I’ll do a lot more than play more of the demo for Theatrhythm: Final Bar Line.
I have a bunch of weird and cute things on my desk, but I suppose the most random are the little beanbag pizza and burger cat plushies I own; they exist for no other reason than my love of junk food and cats.
My work desk has been watched over by a cheap plastic Halloween bat decoration named Edgar since about 2008. I will not explain myself.
Bonus: I’ve got a couple of single print MO statues and a bunch of miniatures for playing Gloomhaven. I’ve been trying to get back into printing things again so I had a bunch of test prints laying about.