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This is post #2 of Blaugust Reborn

This time I am going to use a topic idea that Chestnut suggested some days ago in the Blaugust Reborn discord channel. It was basically this:

Make a list of the plug ins/widgets that you use on your blog

I changed the quote a little to fit the context a bit better. :p

I try to use only as many plugins as I actually need due to performance reasons. And thankfully WordPress makes it so I don't need that many to begin with.

This is my short list of them:

P.S.: I am not listing Akismet since it already comes with a default install of WordPress. You just need to enable it, which I recommend since it is a pretty good anti-spam plugin.

...continue reading "The WordPress plugins I use"

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Rakuno wearing his postmoogle hat

This is post #1 for Blaugust Reborn

Ah, the things I do for fashion. Or the Fashion Report in this case.

To get 100 points in last week's Fashion Report required a hat (the one pictured above) I had never seem before. That got me curious enough to google where it came from and how hard it would be to get. It was the reward from a quest I somehow missed and seemed easy enough to get. Or so I thought at first. As I found out a little later that quest was the last part of a very long questline.

...continue reading "[FFXIV] How I became a Delivery Postmiqo’te"

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Blaugust Reborn 2018 Logo

I wanted to make this announcement earlier but I also didn't want to just make a post about this and then have another two weeks of silence. But since the "Prep Week" for Blaugust Reborn is starting I figured I might as well do it now.

As the title says, I am participating on Blaugust this year. Or rather, Blaugust Reborn as it's been called.

If you never heard of it before the original Blaugust was a challenge, created by Belghast of the Tales of Aggronaut blog, to bloggers to write every day during the month of August. I guess the intention was to help them get into the habit of regularly posting. It was an event I was always tempting to participated in but never did because I know I'd fail spectacularly.

...continue reading "Participating in Blaugust"

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Morrowind Title Screen

This is a thought exercise I saw in Rock, Paper, Shotgun a while ago. It is one of those posts I've been meaning to write for a long time but... uh...I kept getting distracted and didn't do it.

Anyway! Here is the hypothetical situation: Imagine that one day there is some weird cosmic event that wipes all games from existence. Not only that, anything related to those games is also wiped: game boxes, manuals, magazine articles, sites, etc. Even people's memories of those games existance are gone. Except you are given the choice of saving one game from this gamepocalypse.

Now think carefully about which game you want to choose. First because it will probably be the only game we'll have to play for a while. Secondly since it will be the "first video-game in the history of humans" it will influence a lot of developers in the short term as they try to figure out this new medium and on the players as they come to expect games to have features like that one.

I gave a lot of thought about which game I would choose but right now the only one I can think of is Morrowind.

Yes, I know there are lot of other games who do story or gameplay better. But I have quite a few reasons why I'd choose to save it from annihilation.

...continue reading "If all games ceased to exist but one…"

The other night while watching Pizza Maid's stream the topic of how we "codify" our appearance in games came up. It was a pretty good conversation and even prompted her to write a blog post about it which you can find it here. Go ahead and give it a read. I will be waiting until you come back. 🙂

Ok, back already? Like I said, in that conversation I don't usually have recurring themes when picking character appearances in single-player games except that my first character tends to be male, a melee class and whichever race picks my fancy at the moment of character creation.

...continue reading "Codifying myself in MMOs"

Keita Amano holding a controller

As much as I love Final Fantasy XIV just writing about it can be tiresome. So I thought I'd do something different this time and write about the animes I've been watching recently.

They all happen to have a theme of games too so this make it even more interesting to write about.

As of the time of this writing I am not sure if I want to make this a regular feature or just this one post. It is something I will need to think about.

Anyway, here are the series I've been watching:

...continue reading "Animes I have been watching: The Games Edition"

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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:

...continue reading "The franchises I snubbed and end up in love later"

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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. 🙂

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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

...continue reading "Why I Write"

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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