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WRUP: The world is nothing but snow edition

Eliot Lefebvre

Every so often, I wish I were either a better or more prolific photographer. Wednesday was one of those times, because here in Connecticut we were in the midst of what the governor referred to as a state of emergency and the rest of us referred to as January. (It's a New England thing.) Every single road I've driven on for the past two days has been surrounded by three-foot-high walls of snow on either side, and the night is totally silent outside except for squealing tires desperate for traction.

So of course, I don't have any photos and you'll have to take my word for it.

Apropos of nothing, however, it's the weekend, and that means it's time for this week's installment of WRUP! As always, we've shared the games we'll be playing over the weekend, together with our reflections on things almost as titanic as Wednesday's snowstorm -- our most epic and time-consuming grinds in games. Jump on past the cut for our weekend plans, and let us know what you'll be up to in the comments!

Beau Hindman (@Beau_Hindman): I'll be looking at some more Battlestar Galactica Online hopefully, plenty of DC Universe Online (wow, it's... what's the word? F-f-fun? I remember that!) and taking a great big dose of Uncharted Waters Online. Then I will be switching to Anarchy Online for my next Rise and Shiny. I am SO excited for that!

I'd have to say that organizing and following my Immersion Rules was the hardest thing I have ever done. I even deleted my main character after he was killed by a rhino (permadeath was one of the rules). I tend to ignore the standard game goals like "grind out 50 pounds of gold and trade it in for a belt." That's just boring.

Brendan Drain (@nyphur): I'll be firmly entrenched in EVE Online this weekend as the Massively Mob corporation is having a big disposable PvP fleet event on Sunday the 16th at 1800-2200 EVE game time. We'll all gear up in cheap ships (provided by the corporation) and head out into the unknown to bash some heads together. I expect we'll all die horribly in a blaze of glory, but not before we do some damage. It should be a lot of fun, and players who aren't in the Massively Mob corp can join in by being in the Massively chat channel at event time.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna): I hope to play some World of Warcraft this weekend, although the DC Universe Online fever around here has been making me long for City of Heroes again.

The worst grind I ever underwent was getting a specific sword back in pre-expansion WoW. I believe it took my little group over 100 dungeon runs to get that dang sword. It taught me a nice lesson, though: It's not worth grinding for items in games with out-of-control power creep like WoW. Since then, I've kept my grinding to things that aren't ever obsoleted, like mounts, although doing the talbuk grind three times and then the Tourney quests on two characters for their special horses and hippos brought me pretty close to burnout anyway.

Eliot Lefebvre: I've been having a blast leveling my Thaumaturge in Final Fantasy XIV (along with being on the cusp of the next Gladiator quest), so I'm going to stick with that. Add some City of Heroes in the mix for variety, and I think I'll be good.

I've undergone so many insane grinds it's not even funny. I have a bad tendency to see a specific goal in the game somewhere down the line and then just aim for that, regardless of how much work it takes to get there. On the bright side, it means that I almost always have something to work toward, but it also means that sometimes I set myself on totally ridiculous aims.

Jef Reahard: A little DCUO here, some Age of Conan there, and maybe a merc mission or three in Global Agenda.

As for the bonus question, probably grinding for a Rebel gunship in Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed. It was bad, but not nearly as bad as when I did it again for a Black Sun/neutral gunship.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster): Right now, my attention's turned solely to Lord of the Rings Online as I'm prepping my level 65 Captain to enter the relatively new vistas of Enedwaith.

Probably the most effort I've put into an in-game goal was the insanely long reputation grind for the Timbermaw faction in vanilla World of Warcraft. Back then, it was a horrifically long grind, but I sucked it up just to get a trinket that summoned a Furblog for 10 seconds who could heal and attack. It took me 10 levels and well over a month of dedicated grinding, but I did it -- only to find out this trinket wasn't all that, and it didn't scale up when The Burning Crusade came out. More the fool am I.

Karen Bryan
(@JayeRnH): I'll be playing EverQuest II this weekend, with a smidge of either Free Realms or Wizard101, depending on what the kids want to play.

As for the bonus question, there are so many things I've done in game that, looking back, took an insanely long time. But right at the top of the list would be organizing our first guild trip to EverQuest's Plane of Sky with my officer, Orko. The logsitics of moving from island to island were so complicated that if you pressed me to explain the necro-CoH summoning technique, I doubt I could recall it correctly. And trying to get our main tank to understand the splitting bees still gives me a headache! I can totally relate to Sirran the Lunatic after a few trips up there. The bunnies are angry!

Krystalle Voecks (@Krystalle): This weekend, I'll be enjoying DC Universe Online from the comfort of my overstuffed couch. (Yes, I have the PC version, but tying a 360 connector to a media PC hooked to the TV works great, FYI.) Beyond that, there are some shenanigans with RL friends and a low-key celebration planned, so I won't have much time for anything else.

As for most time into one in-game goal? Does leveling a character in pre-PoP EverQuest count? I shudder to think of how many years I put into just one character there. (Sadly, a lot of it solo.)

Patrick Mackey: One of my old pals picked up StarCraft II, and it has rekindled a lot of my joy for the game. Also, my roommate and his fiancee play WoW, and it's fun to harass them a bit while I'm spawning more overlords and mining more vespene gas. I've been powering on Champions Online a bit as well; I'm farming New Shadows in a vain attempt to get a buttcape drop.

The in-game goal I put the most time and effort to achieve was definitely getting to my high level in Guilty Gear, as it took literally years of practice and play against top players (and I never really got to a level at which I could reliably beat the top regional players). If we're talking MMO goals, I played a ton of Ragnarok Online and cultivated a very strong PvP guild; it took years of effort and work in keeping everyone together, and we captured hundreds of guild castles and had some very epic last-minute defenses. I've never been a fan of grinding out stuff in MMOs, so I definitely view the social achievements as more important than grinding for a shiny piece of gear.

Shawn Schuster (@SSchuster): This weekend will be tons of WURM Online, as our Massively village is shaping up quite nicely. Everyone has a role, and we're much more organized with our new forum in place. I'll also be leveling my Worgen Warlock (Worglock?) into his mid 30s and my Fallen Earth main into his mid 40s.

I'm not a fan of grinding towards one main goal in any game, but I would say my best achievements were in Lord of the Rings Online. I played that game for a long time, achieving several maxed titles on multiple characters.

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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