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WRUP: Pre-Hataclysm edition

Eliot Lefebvre

As we all know, there's a Hataclysm hitting next week, and I for one couldn't be happier. My love of hats (and pictures of people wearing them) is well-documented, and finally there will be an opportunity to enjoy hats coupled with world-shattering elemental upheaval. I look forward to seeing what sort of destructive potential a tri-corner cap made of polyester might unleash upon the world. Perhaps with a jaunty feather!

It is possible that somewhere along the line I was grotesquely misinformed.

Leaving aside attractive headwear and all it implies, it's time for our last edition of WRUP until next week, and it will precede whatever the heck is happening in the upcoming week. So click on past the break to see what the Massively crew is up to for the weekend as well as a few diatribes about our previous experience as guild leaders. And feel free to leave your own weekend plans in the comment field, even if they're distressingly non-hat-related.

Beau Hindman (@Beau_Hindman): I'll be keeping up with our Massively Wurm Online settlement (things are getting cramped) and will be playing more MilMo. On top of that, I will be tweaking some of my Immersion Rules inside a few new games. I'm missing Dark Age of Camelot, so I might subscribe to it finally.

I have led a few guilds, but generally I am a lazy leader. I don't care to tell people what to do and usually prefer soloing anyway. I rarely, if ever, join a guild anyway because I am not dedicated to only one game. Most guildmasters would kick me out pretty quick.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna): I've got some final World of Warcraft preparations and a certain beta to tinker with this weekend!

For most of my time in MMOs, I've been a guild leader, but I've found that guilds that actually need a leader eventually stress me out. My guild is really laid-back and comes close to running itself. Many hearts to my crew.

Eliot Lefebvre: Ms. Lady and I decided to head back to World of Warcraft for roleplaying and auld lang syne, so I'll probably be playing a spot of that. Beyond that, however, I'm going to be up to my ears in Final Fantasy XIV and a bunch of City of Heroes arcs. Wish me luck!

I've run a handful of guilds, each of them smaller roleplaying-themed affairs. It's always worked well enough, but as I get older I find I have enough responsibilities leading people in real life. I tend to play characters who lend themselves more to advisor positions anyhow.

Greg Waller: I'm taking a short break from Warhammer Online to finish up my adventures in Fallout: New Vegas.

I led a guild once, a long, long time ago in WoW on the Firetree server. Long before TBC was released, I had a hand in merging two guilds: Evil Presence and the Zug Zug Jihad. The result, Clockwork, was born. It didn't last very long, but it has always represented a small handful of great memories and greater friends. And no. No, I would never even attempt to lead a guild again.

Jef Reahard: Darkfall, Age of Conan, Global Agenda, Aion, and Fallout: New Vegas. In that order.

Bonus question: yes, several, and not just no, but hell no. OK, maybe if it involved a 401k and a hefty benefits package, because it is a second (and third, and fourth) job.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster): I will probably be spending upwards of 99% of my gaming time playing a beta that cannot be mentioned, lest a rift grows between me and the company over the NDA.

I did lead a guild once -- an all-Forsaken guild in WoW called The Toe Tags. Let us never speak of it again.

Karen Bryan: I'm pretty booked up with 'tis the season kid stuff (concerts, tree shopping, etc), but when I do have time I'll be playing EQ2 and the game that shall not be named. As for the guild question, I have been leading guilds for most of the past ten years, and I'm so glad I did. I highly recommend it!

Larry Everett (@Shaddoe): It's an all-Unreal weekend for me. First, I will do a hefty bit of fist-pounding action in a superhero MMO that is in beta. Second, I'll dash on bit of Global Agenda, which I have been neglecting since I actually bought it last week. Finally, I will top it off with a smidgen of Mass Effect 2. I still haven't had a chance to do the Shadow Broker DLC while in a relationship with Liara. All these games are brought to you by the all-powerful Unreal 3 engine, bring one home today.

I have lead a bunch of guilds, and I have been a second officer in more than one, too. I think I prefer the second officer role... Let someone else take the blame for my mistakes.

Lisa Poisso (@emused): Getting my new support characters ready to have a new Worgen join them in Cataclysm next week ... I've been in the officer/leader position most of my MMO days, but these days, I just to want hang out with old friends who all get it -- we're just here to play together.

Ryan Greene (@ThatGayNerd): I'll probably spend all weekend getting work out of the way so I'm free and clear for the Cataclysm. I once helped organize a branch of my WoW guild in Age of Conan, but I didn't last long past the free-trial period. I never had to suffer the stress of leading anyone in anything more complicated than a dungeon or two.

Shawn Schuster (@SSchuster): I'll be building houses in Wurm Online for our Massively village and still saying that I'll beat Fable III soon. As for guilds, I've led one in Guild Wars called Guildcast Listeners United [GLU] and one in Tabula Rasa called Ascalonian Refugees. I've also led two in LotRO and two in Fallen Earth. I don't know how I always end up in those situations.

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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