WRUP: Turn into a duck edition

Lots of things can turn into ducks if they try hard enough.  Ducklings, for instance.
Those of you who read my bizarre introductions to articles have done very well. You have learned almost all of what I have to teach you. Now, as your final test, you have to turn into a duck. Just... you know, go over into the corner and turn into a duck. Then you will be ready to learn the secret of making electric guitar sounds with nothing more than a drinking glass and a nasal congestion problem.

Wait, that's not what you were here for? Oh. You probably were just looking for WRUP, which is where the Massively staff talks about what they're planning for the weekend. Also, this week we talk about our most hated zones. Yeah, that's much more interesting to those of you not interested in the duck thing, you can just jump on past the break and share your weekend plans in the comments. The rest of you, though, had better be making with the duck transformations pronto.

Beau Hindman, F2P and Mobile Columnist
@Beau_Hindman: I'll be downloading Asheron's Call once again in celebration of its anniversary and happily jumping into it all next week for Rise and Shiny. I had such a fun time last time that I really look forward to seeing what, if anything, has been updated or changed. I'll also be spending a lot of time in different games like Forge of Empires and some of my standards like Parallel Kingdom and Glitch. If I can conquer the Halloween content in DC Universe Online, I'll be more than happy.

Most hated zone, huh? Easy: The Barrens in World of Warcraft. Ugh... tan.

Brendan Drain, EVE Columnist and Contributing Editor
@nyphur: I'm mostly playing Diablo III this weekend as the new patch has seriously improved the game. In EVE Online, I'll be playing the Jita market to get some ISK together in preparation for the upcoming Retribution expansion. The price of PLEX is predicted to fall shortly after the expansion's release, and if it does I plan to stock up on game time.

My most hated zone in any MMO is EverQuest II's Neriak city, not just for the terrible design and drab colour pallette but also because it clearly wasn't optimised for the average computer at the time. There was a particular bridge that slowed my computer down to less than one frame per second if I went over it, which never happened in the other cities.

David Desi, Multimedia Contributor
@PsykopigAU: I'm going to be hitting up Dishonored this weekend. I've heard good things and I can generally knock a single-player game out in a weekend -- although I have no doubt I will be sprinkling in one Guild Wars 2 action as well! Not to mention a slight pinch of The Secret World as well for my show on Saturday!

The zone type I have the most are the tangled jungle zones. Too many trees in my way, can't see far enough ahead to really get a lay of the land, and they always come with a sneaky mob or two.

Eliot Lefebvre, Columnist Extraordinaire and Senior Contributing Editor
@Eliot_Lefebvre: I'm definitely in the path of Hurricane Sandy, so this weekend will have a bit more gaming than usual in anticipation of being hit pretty hard. (Whether or not that will actually happen remains to be seen.) Aside from offline stuff, it'll be a pretty standard regimen of Star Wars: The Old Republic, City of Heroes, and Final Fantasy XIV.

I've currently got a lot of accumulated hatred for Hoth in Star Wars: The Old Republic, but I can't ever find it in myself to hate a zone as passionately as I hate Qufim Isle in Final Fantasy XI. Its status as a leveling haunt during the levels when no one knew anything made it frustrating, but what made it hate-worthy was the fact that it was the only leveling destination for a long time and was filled with things that would kill you if you made the slightest mistake running from one camp to another. I do not miss those days of MMO design.

Jef Reahard, Managing Editor and Columnist Extraordinaire@jefreahard: I just finished my second playthrough of Wing Commander in 19 years (19!), so this weekend I'm either going to fire up Wing Commander 2 or finish Dishonored. I've also been eyeing Evochron on Steam, and I need to finish Halloween events in TSW and DCUO. Decisions, decisions.

Kara Korum in Age of Conan is the worst zone in the history of zones. For one thing, it's full of grotesque art direction and visual misery, and the story quests are morbid and nihilistic like you wouldn't believe. For another, the mobs resist everything, hit like a ton of bricks, appear every five feet and usually in packs, and they literally chase you across the zone before breaking aggro. To be honest I've quit AoC at least twice because of that area.

Justin Olivetti, Columnist Extraordinaire and Senior Contributing Editor
@Sypster: I feel like I'm being drawn and quartered between so many MMOs with their Halloween content. Guild Wars 2 gets the lion's (arch) share of my attention, although RIFT's new world event is proving to be incredibly involving.

I really hate Angmar in Lord of the Rings Online -- the dreariness, the ugly sky, and that screeching sound that plays all combines to make an awful hellhole that I avoid at all costs.

Karen Bryan, Columnist Extraordinaire
@JayeRnH: I think there was something in the punch at SOE Live because I'm not a huge fan of shooters, yet I signed up for the Alpha Squad and I've been checking out the beta. I'll try to play that a bit this weekend, although I'll also be down at the beach preparing for Sandy. (October? Really?)

I'm also playing Free Realms with the kids, and we're having a great time in Sunstone Valley.

I have to say that my most hated zone would be any starter zone that treats you like a 4 year old on the first day of pre-school. These zones are like the pre-flight demonstration on an airplane. I know how to buckle my seat belt, and I know how to press a button and attack a small creature that's got a red name. Don't tell me how to open my bags, just throw me in the deep end of the pool already!

Mike Foster, Contributing Editor
@MikedotFoster: Let's see...I'm working on a third Dishonored playthrough, checking out ROSE Online and, for some reason I can't quite understand, hopping in on League of Legends. I'll also be checking in on my EVE Online skill queue and mining some ice. Exciting, I know.

I've always hated dark wet zones. Swamps, marshes, bogs -- they just bring me down and make me not want to play. And it always seems like those levels are where the real grind begins.

Patrick Mackey, League of Legends Columnist
@mackeypb: I'm mostly playing League of Legends, as usual. I knocked out a pretty awesome 15-game win streak in Dominion, followed by another 5-game win streak (and I'm about 50-50 currently) so I'm pretty happy with that. I'm definitely in the higher elo ratings now, as my opponents all run Revive and both teams tend to be aware of strategies and matchups.

My least favorite zone in an MMO is probably Peregrine Island in City of Heroes. The island, at least when I played CoX, was a terrible zone where nobody did the endgame quests and the worst character ever (Castle) was the central skill trainer. It was the embodiment of the lack of endgame for City of Heroes. I guess they'll add an endgame soon.

Richie Procopio, Multimedia Contributor
@RichieProcopio: I am looking forward to continuing my spooky Halloween adventures in Guild Wars 2. Supposedly, there is a big finale event planned for Tyria on Sunday and I wouldn't be surprised if we catch a glimpse of that rotten old Mad King Thorn.

The zone I hated most in an MMO had to be Blade's Edge Mountains located in Outland in World of Warcraft. Prior to getting your flying mount, questing in that zone was an absolute nightmare with it's constant cliffs and valleys. It was also home to the ogres of Ogri'la and their brutal daily quest hub. Just thinking about it makes me shiver.

Terilynn Shull, Star Trek Online Columnist
@terilynns: I will be playing Star Trek Online this weekend in the hopes I can get a little play time in on the Tribble test server to see what else is brewing for the upcoming Season Seven launch. I might also be in Lord of the Rings Online for a bit as my Dwarf Hunter's crafting skills needs some loving.

It won't surprise many people, my fleetmates or my kin, that I avoid raids (STFs) like the plague. I would so much rather spend my time crafting or creating something than feeling like a poor performance in a team situation would obliterate that team's chances for success. Just let me be the person who makes your kick-butt armor and I'm a happy girl.

At the start of every weekend, we catch up with the Massively staff members and ask them, "What are you playing this week?" (Otherwise known as: WRUP!) Join us to see what we're up to in and out of game -- and catch us in the comments to let us know what you're playing, too!
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