18 May 2016

A banner showing the games in this post

A while ago Ravanel made a post about Fandoms that I never though I'd like (bud did)*. It is a pretty interesting post (and topic) and I've been meaning to write about it since then. Unfortunately certain things got in the way so I am only writing about it now.

Anyhoo, unlike Ravanel I can't say I always had an open mind. Sure, if you asked teenage me I would have said that I was the most open and accepting people in the world. But the truth is there was a lot of things I snubbed down or outrighted hated because it didn't conform to what I felt was the way the world and myself "should be". Nowadays I try to police myself better to not fall into those kind of traps and to actually have an open mind. But it is a constant battle for that, one that I do not always win.

So this post is about those franchises I snubbed in the past then through certain circumstances gave it a try and found out that I was wrong, that I actually really like it. Here are my picks, in no specific order:

10 May 2016

Creative Blogger Award 2016

Submitted by Rakuno

Kahlef sitting at the docks of one his houses

There is something going on the blogosphere now called The Creative Blogger Award and I just got nominated to it by Eldaeriel. For a moment I was scratching my head because I thought I got nominated to it already a few months back but turns out it was the Liebster Award. The idea is pretty similar though.

So these are the rules for this award:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and share a link back to their blog
  • Post 5 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15-20 people for this award
  • Let the people you nominated know, that you have nominated them
  • Post the rules so everyone will understand what to do

First a big thank you to Eldaeriel for the nomination. :)

And now the 5 facts about myself:

  1. I am 1.68 meters tall which is about 5ft 6.1 for you non-metric people.
  2. My current game vice is Fire Emblem Fates. It just hits the right spot for me of tactical RPG and story. Plus I love to see the dialogue between the people of my army as their relationship improves. Great music too!
  3. Speaking of music, I may not be too much into it but I do have a  favorite band and that is the Queen.
  4. Summer might be my favorite season although I don't know exactly why.
  5. If I had a choice into being a supernatural creature I'd probably be either a werewolf (as long as I could keep my mind and not become a mindless monster) or a vampire.

For nominations I will just pick 3 people since 15 to 20 people are way too much. My nominees are:

Paeroka

Roger Tyranny

Pizza Maid

If you were nominated already feel free to ignore my nomination. Heck, feel free to ignore my nomination even if you haven't been picked yet either. It is all for fun. :)

6 May 2016

Why I Write

Submitted by Rakuno
Photo of someone's hand writing on a piece of paper. Courtersy of Wikimedia Commons
Image courtesy from the Wikimedia Commons

Recently, Roger Tyranny of the blog Tyrannodorkus wrote a pretty good post about how he got convinced to starting writing a blog of his own. This made me think of the reasons I write a blog myself. After some thinking I decided to write it down. Maybe someone might relate to it and start a blog of their own too. Maybe it might just be an interesting reading to someone else. Or maybe I will just be amusing myself. Any of these options work for me.

So why do I write a blog about video-games for no pay, no fame, no reward at all? Short answer to scratch an itch to write.

The longer answer is pretty much the same as the short answer but with my usual wall of text. :p

30 Apr 2016

Rakuno crafting a scroll

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. :)

Since I didn't make a post in the last few days I will do a catch-up with this one. I am skipping question 27 though since I am not into music enough that I could pick anything I'd feel right for Rakuno.

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on until question 29 it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 28: If your character’s life was a genre, what would it be?

Uh... I am not really into books so I don't know what kind of genres are. Adventure, I guess? Is that a genre?

Question 29: How does your character smell? Do they wear perfume or cologne?

Like fancy clothes I don't wear colognes unless it is for special occasions like weddings, holiday parties and so on. The rest of the time though... I dunno, I guess I smell like your average ratonga smell. *shrugs* I never really bothered to smell myself.

Question 30: And finally: Write a letter to your character, from yourself.

Dear Rakuno,

It is kinda scary to think we've been adventuring through Norrath  for almost 9 years now. Everquest 2 might be the MMORPG I played the longest so far (even if I've been quitting the game for longer and longer periods of time). And even my  times where I have been actually invested into the game it hasn't been all smooth sailing either. I guess that is just how it goes with any online game.

Still the good times certainly outweigh the bad. Through you I've found some good friends, found a good creative outlet through house decoration and even started blogging. All things that I feel my life would be a lot more poor if I hadn't experienced them.

Heck, I even became lazy and started reusing character names in every game I play, yours being the first pick whenever I feel it is appropriate. So even if I ever find myself quitting Everquest 2 for good, know that you will live on, as long as I do, in some form, in some world.

But for now all I want to do is for us to keep kicking butts, taking names and building cool places in Everquest 2. Just like we always did from the start.

Regards,

       Rakuno

Final Thoughts

The 30 Days of ARPil has certainly been a fun and interesting event. I even kept with it better than I expected too, if I am going to be perfectly honest.

The best parts to me were probably because it allowed me to rethink Rakuno's background as wasn't exactly happy with how it originally was. It also allowed me to think of bits and parts that never occurred to me, giving the character slightly more depth. And like any good event it exposed me to other blogs I'd probably miss otherwise. I will probably be adding them to my blogroll in the future.

So, for all of that, I thank you Pizza Maid for starting The Days of ARPil. Thank you also to everybody who read my posts during this month even if my roleplaying isn't that great and my screenshots even worse.

For anyone in  the future reading this and curious about who else participated, here are are the links to their blogs:

Pizzamaid.moe

Light Falls Gracefully *

I Have Touched the Sky

Avoiding Reality

Ravalation **

Memoirs of a Lady

* Did it in her own way, mixed with another event, the April A to Z Challenge.

** Unofficial participant

26 Apr 2016

Rakuno and Perrin scheming

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. :)

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 26: Second day of favorites! Favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday.

Favorite comfort food would be cheese.

Favorite vice is drinking. No, I never stopped drinking, I just manage it better nowadays. Plus I wouldn't be a proper follower of Brell if I stop consuming booze altogether.

Favorite outfit used to be my gi. But lately I took a liking to this yellow and grey outfit I bought during tinkerfest. It goes pretty well with my googles.

Favorite hot drink is coffee. Pretty good for those long nights when you need to get work done.

Favorite time of the year would be late at the year when it gets colder. It just feels more comfortable for me.

Favorite holiday is Brew Day of course.

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