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What are we all playing this May Day weekend?

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Another long weekend is here! Monday is May Day, so we’ll all be off dancing around maypoles and getting ourselves burned in giant wicker men. I hope I get to go in the arm with the geese; those honky lads love a bit of a banter. Those of us who survive the festivities will return on Tuesday.

Until then, what are you playing this weekend? Here’s what we’re clicking on.

Adam: Flinthook. Lovely lovely Flinthook. Jolly, pleasant, beautiful, tough, weird Flinthook.
Alec: I am playing a five-hour train journey with a three year old, aka ‘”three back to back viewings of The Lion King after attempts at distraction with a colouring magazine end in ripped up pages and screaming”. In the event she falls asleep, I have Dawn of War III on my laptop. Pray for me, friends.
Alice: I’m finally getting stuck into Stellaris. After reading about Brendy’s adventures and watching a fair bit of ‘Tube, I can’t resist and have plucked up the courage. My 4X experience is mostly Civ and I’ve never played a grand strategy game so I’m excited to see how badly this goes. Perhaps my species will be able to smash our technology, de-evolve, and life in ignorant planetbound bliss. This weekend’s festivities do also include a seven-hour riot grrrl-o-rama and the Beltane Fire Festival, mind, so I might just go get my ears blown out then sleep in the ashes of a bonfire.
Brendan: I want to play What Remains of Edith Finch because I saw a gif of a player rolling a great white shark down a hill and I thought: you know what? That’s the game for me. I also started playing Hollow Knight yesterday, which is sort of a 2D Dark Souls but with cartoon insects. There’s a crying caterpillar who won’t tell me what’s wrong and I find that very upsetting.
Graham: In all likelihood I’m going to continue playing Breath of the Wild. I’ve fallen into doing one of the four minibosses that form the core of the game’s story, but I strongly suspect that if I don’t beat it first time, I’ll walk away and return to simply exploring. It really is a wonderful walking (or climbing and gliding) simulator. If I spend some time at my PC, I might finally give Unexplored a go, the roguelike that Adam raved about earlier this year.
John: [Yes, I fired him. Yes, he came back anyway. No, I don’t know how to stop it -ed.]
Philippa: It’s a long weekend which means NATIONAL TRUST PROPERTIES AND GARDENS A-GO-GO!

There is a butterfly farm and a botanical garden on my list at the moment. Being out and about a lot is something I love anyway but I started a newsletter recently to tell some longer-form stories about nature. That has been a really positive thing in terms of guiding that exploration or following up on interesting things I see creatures and plants getting up to. The signup is here if you are interested, but no pressure. I’m just enjoying sharing nice things :)

But you, dearest reader, what are you playing?

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