Siege of Niuzao Temple Heroic Quick-Read Tactics: Vizier Jin’bak, Commander Vo’jak, General Pa’valak, and Wing Leader Ner’onok

It’s action time! Yes, unlike old WoW’s mostly static dungeons, in Siege of Niuzao Temple you’re leaping right into the middle of a big world event, as the Mantid army assaults the Temple. Which doesn’t make that much sense given we’ll still be doing this in a year and half, but hey, it’s pretty cool. If you need to know how to stop the Siege’s bosses in this level 90 Heroic Mists of Pandaria dungeon, here are quick-read, quick-copy tactics for Vizier Jin’bak, Commander Vo’jak, General Pa’valak, and Wing Leader Ner’onok – no added apostrophes needed!

Quick Copy-Paste to Party Chat – If there’s someone in your group who isn’t certain about the tactics, click in the text box below each boss to auto-select a single line of tactics. We’ve checked them to make sure they’ll fit in a single line of party chat. Then CTRL+C to copy it, go back into WoW, start Party Chat, and CTRL+V to paste all the tactics your group needs!

(On a Mac, that’s Command-C and Command-V)

Contents

Vizier Jin’bak

Kill globules before they reach pool. Jump into pool for a SHORT while to make it smaller. When he casts Detonate, party will take damage depending on size of pool.

[copypastaparty]Kill globules before they reach pool. Jump into pool for a SHORT while to make it smaller. When he casts Detonate, party will take damage depending on size of pool. [/copypastaparty]

Commander Vo’jak

  • P1: Avoid bombs, use caustic tar to slow adds.
  • P2: use Caustic Tar to remove buff on boss, get out of whirlwind, target of Dashing Strike will take lots of damage.

[copypastaparty]P1: Avoid bombs, use caustic tar to slow adds. P2: use Caustic Tar to remove buff on boss, get out of whirlwind, target of Dashing Strike will take lots of damage. [/copypastaparty]

General Pa’valak

Kill adds by picking up bombs and throwing them at them. If you can’t click a bomb, get away from it. When boss throws sword, get away from it.

[copypastaparty]Kill adds by picking up bombs and throwing them at them. If you can’t click a bomb, get away from it. When boss throws sword, get away from it. [/copypastaparty]

Wing Leader Ner’onok

If you get Quick-Dry Resin, jump to remove it. When he flies to other side of the bridge, get to him using walls to get in the way of his winds and Pitch puddles to prevent you moving, and interrupt him.

[copypastaparty]If you get Quick-Dry Resin, jump to remove it. When he flies to other side of the bridge, get to him using walls to get in the way of his winds and Pitch puddles to prevent you moving, and interrupt him. [/copypastaparty]

That’s it. Good luck!

If you’ve got any additions to our useful tactics, let us know in the comments! Please do share these guides with your friends and guildies – and if you encounter a new player who’d benefit from reading the guides, point them in this direction too.

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Scarlet Monastery Heroic Quick-Read Tactics: Thalnos the Soulrender, Brother Korloff, and High Inquisitor Whitemane

It has happened, as promised: Scarlet Monastery has been reincarnated as a Level 90 Heroic Dungeon in Mists of Pandaria. It’s also been totally redesigned into two wings: Scarlet Halls, replacing the old Armory and Library, and Scarlet Monastery, replacing Graveyard and Cathedral. We’re discussing the latter one here. Confused yet? Don’t worry – here are quick-to-read, simple-to-understand tactics to get you through Thalnos the Soulrender, Brother Korloff, and High Inquisitor Whitemane.

Quick Copy-Paste to Party Chat – If there’s someone in your group who isn’t certain about the tactics, click in the text box below each boss to auto-select a single line of tactics. We’ve checked them to make sure they’ll fit in a single line of party chat. Then CTRL+C to copy it, go back into WoW, start Party Chat, and CTRL+V to paste all the tactics your group needs!

(On a Mac, that’s Command-C and Command-V)

Contents

Thalnos the Soulrender

Don’t stand in purple circles. Kill Spirits. Healer dispel Evict Soul. Interrupt Spirit Gale. Tank Empowered Zombies, but DO NOT DPS them – keep DPS on boss.

[copypastaparty]Don’t stand in purple circles. Kill Spirits. Healer dispel Evict Soul. Interrupt Spirit Gale. Tank Empowered Zombies, but DO NOT DPS them – keep DPS on boss. [/copypastaparty]

Brother Korloff

Get out of Firestorm Kick landing zone. Tank will take heavy damage during Blazing Fists – pop CDs and try to outrange it. Kite him below 50%. Don’t stand in fire.

[copypastaparty]Get out of Firestorm Kick landing zone. Tank will take heavy damage during Blazing Fists – pop CDs and try to outrange it. Kite him below 50%. Don’t stand in fire. [/copypastaparty]

High Inquisitor Whitemane

  • P1: Tank-and-spank. Avoid Dashing Strike.
  • P2: INTERRUPT MASS RESURRECTION or wipe. Interrupt Heal, Dispel Power Word Shield. Avoid Dashing Strike. DPS Whitemane first.

[copypastaparty]P1: Tank-and-spank. Avoid Dashing Strike. P2: INTERRUPT MASS RESURRECTION or wipe. Interrupt Heal, Dispel Power Word Shield. Avoid Dashing Strike. DPS Whitemane first. [/copypastaparty]

That’s it. Good luck!

If you’ve got any additions to our useful tactics, let us know in the comments! Please do share these guides with your friends and guildies – and if you encounter a new player who’d benefit from reading the guides, point them in this direction too.

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Scarlet Halls Heroic Quick-Read Tactics – Houndmaster Braun, Armsmaster Harlan, and Flameweaver Koegler.

It has happened, as promised: Scarlet Monastery has been reincarnated as a Level 90 Heroic Dungeon in Mists of Pandaria. It’s also been totally redesigned into two wings: Scarlet Halls, which we’re covering here, and Scarlet Monastery. Confused yet? Don’t worry – here are quick-to-read, simple-to-understand tactics to get you through Houndmaster Braun, Armsmaster Harlan, and Flameweaver Koegler.

Quick Copy-Paste to Party Chat – If there’s someone in your group who isn’t certain about the tactics, click in the text box below each boss to auto-select a single line of tactics. We’ve checked them to make sure they’ll fit in a single line of party chat. Then CTRL+C to copy it, go back into WoW, start Party Chat, and CTRL+V to paste all the tactics your group needs!

(On a Mac, that’s Command-C and Command-V)

Contents

Houndmaster Braun

Spread out, make sure no-one is between you and the boss. Tank pick up and kill adds. Healer watch for enrage at 50%.

[copypastaparty]Spread out, make sure no-one is between you and the boss. Tank pick up and kill adds. Healer watch for enrage at 50%. [/copypastaparty]

Armsmaster Harlan

Tank pick up adds. Don’t stand in front of boss. Dispel enrages on boss if you can. When he leaps to the middle of the room, get to the stairs, and jump off as he comes toward you to avoid him.

[copypastaparty]Tank pick up adds. Don’t stand in front of boss. Dispel enrages on boss if you can. When he leaps to the middle of the room, get to the stairs, and jump off as he comes toward you to avoid him. [/copypastaparty]

Flameweaver Koegler

Move away from burning books. Don’t stand in flame beam. Don’t stand in front of boss. When he casts Dragon Breath, everyone including tank stand behind him. Interrupt whenever possible.

[copypastaparty]Move away from burning books. Don’t stand in flame beam. Don’t stand in front of boss. When he casts Dragon Breath, everyone including tank stand behind him. Interrupt whenever possible. [/copypastaparty]

That’s it. Good luck!

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Quick-Read Tactics: Scholomance Heroic – Instructor Chillheart, Jandice Barov, Rattlegore, Lilian Voss, and Darkmaster Gandling

Here’s one for the old-school players – the Scholomance instance, probably the hardest of the Vanilla WoW dungeons, has been completely revamped and updated to a Level 90 Heroic Dungeon for Mists of Pandaria. But have no fear – we’ll take you through the tactics for Instructor Chillheart, Jandice Barov, Rattlegore, Lilian Voss, and the Headmaster, Darkmaster Gandling himself. And we’ll do it quickly, too – no watching a 10-minute video for a single boss fight!

Quick Copy-Paste to Party Chat – If there’s someone in your group who isn’t certain about the tactics, click in the text box below each boss to auto-select a single line of tactics. We’ve checked them to make sure they’ll fit in a single line of party chat. Then CTRL+C to copy it, go back into WoW, start Party Chat, and CTRL+V to paste all the tactics your group needs!

(On a Mac, that’s Command-C and Command-V)

Normal mode vs Heroic Mode – These tactics apply to both Normal and Heroic versions of this dungeon – Heroic version bosses simply have more health and do more damage.

Contents

Instructor Chillheart

  • P1: Don’t touch ice wall. Spread out. Tank pop CD on Touch of the Grave. Avoid ice patches.
  • P2: Dodge bombs, get out of fire, blow DPS cooldowns.

[copypastaparty]P1: Don’t touch ice wall. Spread out. Tank pop CD on Touch of the Grave. Avoid ice patches. P2: Dodge bombs, get out of fire, blow DPS cooldowns. [/copypastaparty]

Jandice Barov

Skull mark Jandice at start of fight. Stand behind her (except tank) and get out of purple. When she creates images, ONLY DPS the skull-marked one.

[copypastaparty]Skull mark Jandice at start of fight. Stand behind her (except tank) and get out of purple. When she creates images, ONLY DPS the skull-marked one. [/copypastaparty]

Rattlegore

Click bone pile at start of fight and if you get hit by bone spike. Don’t stand in blue fire. Tank periodically kite boss to let Rusting buff on boss drop off.

[copypastaparty]Click bone pile at start of fight and if you get hit by bone spike. Don’t stand in blue fire. Tank periodically kite boss to let Rusting buff on boss drop off. [/copypastaparty]

Lillian Voss

  • P1: Spread out. When pulled in, run around until fire ends. Avoid fire.
  • P2: Spread out. If Fixated, kite boss.
  • P3: Both P1 and P2 at the same time!

[copypastaparty]P1: Spread out. When pulled in, run around until fire ends. Avoid fire. P2: Spread out. If Fixated, kite boss. P3: Both P1 and P2 at the same time! [/copypastaparty]

Darkmaster Gandling The Headmaster

Tank pop CD on Incinerate. Kill adds when he casts Rise. When you’re teleported away, kill adds and come back. Healer: dispel adds when teleported to make killing them easier. Also, watch out for Immolate on players and dispel it.

[copypastaparty]Tank pop CD on Incinerate. Kill adds when he casts Rise. When you’re teleported away, kill adds and come back. Healer: dispel adds when teleported to make killing them easier. Also, watch out for Immolate on players and dispel it.[/copypastaparty]

That’s it. Good luck!

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Running World Of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria under Linux / WINE: Fixing Agent.exe failed and other update errors

For Linux users, using WINE to upgrade World of Warcraft after the release of Mists of Pandaria has proven a bit tricky. If your update is crashing, you’re having problems with DNSAPI.DLL, or you’re hitting the dreaded ‘Agent.exe failed‘ message, don’t worry: here at MMO Melting Pot we’ve compiled a series of tweaks, fixes and solutions to get you up and running again.

Last updated: 26th September 2012 for Mists of Pandaria

If your installation isn’t playing ball, try the following steps, in order:

Step 1: Consider reinstalling from scratch

A fresh installation of WoW is often a good idea when a new expansion is released. If you have the time and the bandwidth, consider reinstalling World of Warcraft completely. By far the best way to do so is by using the online installer. You can download the installer from your Battle.net page. Then, just run wine World-of-Warcraft-Setup-enUS.exe (substituting the correct name of the installer if yours is different, obviously).

If you’d rather not go through the hassle of a complete reinstall, keep reading for a few tricks that might save your bacon (and your bandwidth).

Step 2: Rename your configuration folders

The chances are good that the configuration folders automatically created by the Blizzard downloader are not working correctly for your installation. Luckilly, if the download can’t find these files it will recreate them automatically. So, let’s deliberately remove these files, to force the downloader to recreate them.

Rather than permanently deleting the files, we’re going to just rename them – that way, we can always put them back later if we need to. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open a file browser (use Nautilus, or whatever file browser you normally use).
  2. Navigate to your Home directory (/home/<<your username>>/).
  3. Press ‘Ctrl+H‘, or choose ‘Show hidden files’ from the View menu. You’ll now be able to see all the ‘hidden’ files and hidden directories in your home directory – those are the files whose name starts with a period (.).

    • The directory you’re looking for is called .wine. Once you find it, double-click it to open it.
    • Navigate to ~/.wine/drive_c/users/Public/Application Data/.1 You’ll see a directory called Battle.net and a directory called Blizzard Entertainment. Don’t worry about any other directories – they’ve just been created by other programs you’ve run under WINE.

      • Rename Battle.net to Battle.net.Cataclysm. Rename Blizzard Entertainment to Blizzard Entertainment.Cataclysm.2 Don’t close the file browser just yet.

Step 3: Run Wow.exe and watch it crash

  1. Now open a Terminal, and run
    wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/World\ of\ Warcraft/Wow.exe.3 The WoW updater will open, start to download something, and then after a short while it will crash. Don’t worry: this is what we actually want to happen at this stage.

    • Check the Terminal from which you launched WoW. The Launcher will have printed a whole bunch of information and error messages. You can ignore most of it: the specific line we’re interested in will look something like this: err:module:import_dll Library DNSAPI.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\users\\Public\\Application Data\\Battle.net\\Agent\\Agent.1363\\Agent.exe") not found<br /> err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L"C:\\users\\Public\\Application Data\\Battle.net\\Agent\\Agent.1363\\Agent.exe" failed, status c0000135.

      Ugly, huh? The important bit is the Agent.1363. Your error message might well contain a different number than 1363. Whatever the number, take a note of it: we’ll need it soon.

      • No Warcraft-related programs should be running right now, but just to be sure, let’s manually run commands to stop them. In your Terminal, type the following commands one after the other: killall Agent.exe
        killall Wow.exe
        killall Launcher.exe

        • In your file browser, check that the directories Battle.net and Blizzard Entertainment have been recreated.

Step 4: Fix DNSAPI.dll

  1. Run the WINE configuration utility, either by clicking Configure Wine in your applications menu, or by running winecfg from a terminal.
  2. Click the Libraries tab.
  3. Click the drop-down list under ‘New overrides for library:’, and choose ‘dnsapi.dll.
  4. Click ‘Add’.
  5. Cick ‘Edit’, and change the Load Order to ‘Builtin (Wine)’.
  6. Click ‘OK’, then click ‘OK’ again to close the WINE configuration utility.

Step 5: Profit! Run Agent.exe with a special flag

We’re almost done.

  1. Back in your Terminal, run the following command (you’ll need the number you noted down earlier): wine ~/.wine/drive_c/users/Public/Application\ Data/Battle.net/Agent/Agent.<<your number>>/Agent.exe --nohttpauth &
    Note, that’s two dashes (–) before nohttpauth.

    • Wait a few seconds, just to make sure the Agent.exe tool has had a chance to kick in. Don’t worry about the text being printed to your Terminal.
    • Run
      wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/World\ of\ Warcraft/Wow.exe.3

The World of Warcraft updater will launch again, but this time it won’t crash! Once it’s downloaded the update, the proper WoW Launcher will open and will start to download the new patch. Once it’s done, congratulations: you’re ready to play!

Troubleshooting

I’ve got the Launcher working, but it won’t download anything!

WINE can sometimes have trouble with the peer-to-peer technology used by the Launcher. Try disabling Peer-to-Peer transfers. You’ll find it in the Launcher, under Options > Downloader Preferences > Enable Peer-to-Peer Transfer.

I’m on a 64-bit system, and WoW runs really slowly / times out constantly

Try forcing WINE to run WoW in 32-bit compatibility mode. Use the following command:

setarch i386 -3 -L -B -R wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/World\ of\ Warcraft/Wow.exe

I’ve got a decent graphics card, but WoW runs slower than I’d expect

Try forcing WoW to run in OpenGL mode. Just append --opengl to the end of the command, like this:

~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/World\ of\ Warcraft/Wow.exe --opengl

I have a different problem, which is not covered by your useless so-called Troubleshooting section!

Make a comment on this post. I’ll try to help you out if I can. Alternatively, have a read through the World of Warcraft entry on WINE’s AppDB site. There’s some pretty good tips on there.

Credits

The information in this post has been compiled from the expert knowledge of the MMO Melting Pot staff, along with tips and tricks shared online by many WINE-using Warcraft players, particularly the great community at WINE’s AppDB site.

1 If your installation is in a different location than .wine (if you’re using a different wine prefix, or you’re running Vineyard or Crossover or PlayOnLinux, or you just like being awkward), navigate to that directory instead.
2 You can choose any name you like here – the .Cataclysm suffix is just what I choose.
3 Or whatever command you normally use to run WoW.

Have you spotted a mistake? Did the tips in this article work for you? Do you have any tips to share with other Linux users? Let us know in the comments!

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Mists of Pandaria First Impressions

It’s day one of a new expansion in WoW – so, with no further ado: what does everyone think?

  • Spinks, ironically enough but very sensibly, cautions against placing too much stock in first impressions“It is tempting to go with a first impression, or start making broad predictions quite early on in an expansion, before you’ve played through all of the PvE. Be careful if you try that with Mists of Pandaria, because each zone I have seen so far is better than the last. “
  • Stargrace rounds up her very positive experience so far“The game certainly isn’t for everyone and I’ve heard a lot of negativity over things lately but I’m having fun and I’m not ashamed of it.”
  • Lono gives a brief roundup of his thoughts in bullet-point form“If I had to give an overall impression I’ll say that Pandaria feels like a solid expansion. I think that instead of trying to reinvent itself once more, they went for more tried and tested designs.”
  • Deme gives us a stream of conciousness look at her first couple of hours playing the Alliance Pandaria missions“OMFG ALL THE PRETTY”
  • Tobold, alone of today’s bloggers, isn’t impressed and feels that Blizzard are repeating past mistakes with story“Mists of Pandaria might well turn out to be the worst expansion ever to level alts in. It has the linearity of Cataclysm zones, but where Catalysm had two possible zones to start in, Mists of Pandaria only has one. “
  • Rohan, by contrast, is extremely impressed with the polish so far“Admittedly, I’ve only done two or three questlines in the very first zone. But so far it has been Blizzard at the very top of their game. “
  • Typhoon Andrew rattles off his and his guildmates’ impressions so far“It’s too early to say its all wonderful, but the chatter in Guild seems to be that everything is darn interesting and the characters are racing toward maximum level at a smooth pace.”
  • Rades had an odd crash which presented him with the chance to admire the artwork of Pandaria“It was actually a really odd, peaceful experience. No danger, no other people, just touring around and exploring.”
  • Lono also asks why some people seem to be angry because WoW is still WoW“Think about it for a moment. Would it make sense for WoW to suddenly have a completely new graphic engine? To adopt a 7 man raiding format with no tanks? To get rid of healers and give every heals suddenly? “
  • And Fari gives us a just-before-launch song to speed the levelling along“Twas the day before Pandaria and all through the land / Not a creature was stirring, not even old Brann.”

So, MoP: Opinions so far?

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Levelling dungeons in Mists Of Pandaria – Quick-Read, Quick-Copy/Paste guides

Lost in a dungeon? Not sure what the tactics are? Getting grief from other players about it, or just want to avoid any trouble? Here’s our master list of brief (so you can read them on the run) strategy guides for the new Mists Of Pandaria dungeons.

Or, alternatively, have you just discovered that someone in your run doesn’t know the tactics, but you can’t face typing them out slowly for each and every boss? Grab these guides – they include code so that you can copy and paste each section with a couple of clicks as you come up to a boss fight or tricky bit, and each boss’s tactics fit on one line of Party Chat. The new guy in your group should do just fine.

Mists Of Pandaria Normal dungeons

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Mists of Pandaria / WoW Patch 5.1 Quick-Start Guides for All Specs and Classes in WoW – including Monks!

It’s that time again! Yes, the Melting Pot staff have been hard at work over the last day updating all our Quick-Start Guides to be accurate for Mists of Pandaria and the latest version of WoW – plus writing up guides for Brewmaster, Windwalker and Mistweaver monks!

For anyone who’s new to our Quick-Starts: my goal is to give you the information you need to play your class well in Pandaria as quickly as possible .We’ve worked very hard to make the guides as short and simple as possible so you can spend more time playing and less time reading. If you want more hardcore information, we link to detailed posts from Serious Theorycrafters at the end of each article, but the Quick-Starts will get you 90% of the way.

Because they’re short, they’re also useful for linking to your friends, guildies, and even in LFR. Basically, anywhere someone doesn’t have the time to read and digest a full-length guide!

Here they all are, updated to Patch 5.1:

Tanks

Healers

Ranged DPS

Melee DPS

If you find any errors in these guides, please do let me know on Twitter, email or by comment, and I’ll fix them!

And I’d really appreciate it if you can take the time to spread the word about these guides – they’re something very different to most guides, and a lot of people find them very helpful! Patch Day is pretty busy and loud – any help getting the word out over the noise is much appreciated.

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WoW Sequels, MoPredictions, and How To Pay For An Indie MMO

There are literally minutes to go before MoP – so here are a few final posts for the day to fill those last minutes…

  • Eric at Elder Game writes about how he’s planning to charge for his indie MMO – and he wants your input on his ideas“Subscriptions are great because I don’t have to nickel-and-dime you: if I can convince you to part with $4.99 a month, you can play all the game I’ve got. Enjoy. Done.”
  • Windsoar asks whether WoW needs a sequel“Although you can successfully show the progress of time through events like the one for Theramore, or the new digs going up out in Westfall, it simply isn’t as effective as wiping the slate clean.”
  • And The Grumpy Elf puts his cards on the table with a long list of predictions for the MoP era“I can the nerd rage from a mile away and [Challenge Modes] have not even come out yet. The cries that they are too hard, that the timer is too strict, that only certain group make ups can do it, that blizzard is catering to the hard core players, that it needs to be made easier so others can have some fun.”

Have fun in Mists!

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Weekend Roundup: CoH, WoW, and Farmville!

And finally, WoW – and other games. Including, in possibly its first ever appearance on MMO Melting Pot, Farmville…

  • Amijade writes a great, calming guide to all the things that will probably confuse and dismay us when Mists arrives“If you thought the flooding of information about the beta was already too much to handle, or if you thought the flood of information about the last patch was a lot…sit back, hang tight and hold-on! “
  • Olivia Grace at WoW Insider looks at the massively heated argument around account-bound achievements“Perhaps modifying the titles to something along the lines of “the original Bloodthirsty” would help, so that there’s a way to discern those who really did kill 250,000 people on one character from those who didn’t.”
  • The Grumpy Elf writes a great bit of nostalgia about his first ever companion pet in WoW“I had my cat and all I could summon was my cat. Why could I not summon my owl, I wanted to go out fighting with my owl. “
  • Ironyca rounds up some of the particularly impressive Transmogrification outfits from the recent Mog Madness competition“This is not to say that these are my 12 overall favourites, it’s more an opportunity for me to throw some more praise around. I don’t think I would be able to pick my favourites anyways, there were so many really strong mogs, it would be too hard!”
  • Sente defends NCSoft, the publishers and cancellers of City Of Heroes, who have taken a fair amount of flak lately“I do not see NCSoft as an evil company that cares nothing for its customers/players nor will I boycott everything that has NCSoft attached to it.”
  • And Pete at Dragonchasers takes a look at the sequel to a classic MMO that looks likely to take the market by storm. No, not Guild Wars 2. Farmville 2“If you add friends to your farm neighborhood, once a day they’ll show up at your farm and you can use them to finish some task. This is a great way to get long-duration crops quickly since your friend insta-harvests whatever you point them at. I was actually having fun playing Farmville 2 until I learned about milk bottles.”

Hope you had a great weekend!

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