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The Newbie Blogger Initiative is back... with a revenge! Well, ok, not with a revenge but it is definitely back!

"What is the Newbie Blogger Initiative?" you may ask. Good question!

The Newbie Blogger Initiative (NBI for short)  is basically a one-month event where anybody who is interested in creating a gaming blog is encouraged to just do so. They won't have to do it completely alone, having to learn everything the hard way though. Veteran bloggers will be participating too, giving advice, encouraging words and serving as a starting audience too. That is basically the gist of it.

If you are interested, head to their forums, register there and start posting to join the fun. 🙂

This year there are also a few additions compared to the previous year:

  • There is a NBI site that will serve as an archive to all the posts written by veterans to help newbies as well as a directory of all blogs participating.
  • There will be at least 3 events that participating bloggers will be encouraged to participate. The details are still being worked out but there are already a few ideas in their forums.
  • Mentoring. This is where one of the veteran bloggers take on a coaching role for a newbie. This is, of course, optional for both parts. For those interested on this it will also be setup in a way that respect each other's time constraints and other commitments.

The NBI will start on October 1st and will be going until the end of that month. I believe the forums and the site however will stay all year around though.

Hm. I believe that is all the most relevant information about it.

I will be participating again this year as a sponsor. I hope to see new faces there again and finding more good blogs to read and share. Hope to see you there too! 🙂

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As the steel grip that the Sims 3 had over me for several weeks is finally loosening (it can be a pretty addicting game if you like building and coming up with  weird/funny concepts) I find myself looking at my always growing list of games unfinished and yet to play.

Most of my woes are with single player games. There are so many games there unfinished or that I haven't even started yet. Just to name a few: Planescape Torment (I have yet to find out how the story of the Nameless One ends!), Skyrim (Got to finish up getting the Thieves Guild back to its former glory, plus a few other things), Terraria (I haven't yet entered even in the dungeon!), both Torchlight games (Ironically the 2nd is so good that made me enjoy the  first one for what it is too!), The Witcher and a lot more. The games I have yet to start playing aren't much better but at least I started to trim a bit on that one with Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, an excellent adventure game. The good thing about adventure games is that it is easy to play them in bite-sized sessions and they don't  take too long to finish. Plus once you are finished with it you are pretty much done. There isn't much incentive to replay again until nostalgia hits you and you really need to revisit the game.

...continue reading "Random musings"

So, just to break the silence a bit here is a relatively short post.

Avatar Blogger Month

This is a cool challenge that I found about while visiting the blog Ravalation. It was started by Vanessa Blaylock of iRez and the idea is basically for avatars who blog to write 30 posts in 30 days throughout June. If the idea sounds interesting to you but you feel like it is already too late to join, don't worry. It is just something for fun so if you feel like joining now you can do so and just make the posts throughout the rest of the month. Or just extend it a bit beyond it if you feel like doing so. 🙂

For more information you can check this page. On this other page you can find a list of all the participants.

Myself I was going to participate but then I had a bad case of foul mood and now I just don't feel like I would make any good posts for it. Instead I am thinking of doing something else for the remainder of the month...

The Sims 3 - Immortal Dinasty Challenge

Another expansion for the Sims 3 will be released very soon. As usual there is already a pre-patch that adds some of the upcoming functionality to the game. While waiting for my usual mods to update I  decided to take on a challenge: The Immortal Dinasty!

The basic gist of this challenge is to create a brand new Sim who then will have to complete a series of requisites before they are allowed to eat ambrosia thus gaining immortality! After that the Sims' firstborn must also complete a series of requisites to earn their immortality. This goes on until the 8th generation.

Before this post  I had a very short lived attempt at it so I am not going totally clueless. With that attempt I made some accidental right things as well as a couple of fatal mistakes that prematurely ended it. Still I don't know if this new attempt will suceed or not. In any case I hope it makes for some interesting blog posts at least. 🙂

Other news

I finally enabled the option to receive blog posts via e-mail. You can find that option in the sidebar to your right. Still looking for a good option to do the  same for comments though!

I am pondering about what to do as far as update notifications goes in Twitter though. So far I have been using my personal twitter account for it but since I barely use it I just would feel bad to spam people with blog post notifications. The only reason I just didn't do one just for the blog yet is due to silly cosmetic concerns of mine and Twitter's character limitations even for names! This will teach me to give pompous, long names for my creations!

Anyway, I will keep looking at these issues and let you people know when I come with a satisfactory solution.

Now, to finish this post off, I leave you with this!

I enabled updates by e-mail for anyone who would like to receive the blog posts that way. You can subscribe to it via the sidebar to your right. I haven't found a similar option that I like for the comments yet but I am looking into it. Same thing with twitter but in this case it is more due to stumbling on some silly cosmetical issues. I blame it on Twitter character limits and my penchant for big, pompous names. I could use my personal twitter for it but I use it so little that it would easily turn into spam for  the blog which I'd rather avoid. We'll see! - See more at: http://shardsofimagination.com/content/avatar-blogging-month-and-other-news#overlay-context=
I enabled updates by e-mail for anyone who would like to receive the blog posts that way. You can subscribe to it via the sidebar to your right. I haven't found a similar option that I like for the comments yet but I am looking into it. Same thing with twitter but in this case it is more due to stumbling on some silly cosmetical issues. I blame it on Twitter character limits and my penchant for big, pompous names. I could use my personal twitter for it but I use it so little that it would easily turn into spam for  the blog which I'd rather avoid. We'll see! - See more at: http://shardsofimagination.com/content/avatar-blogging-month-and-other-news#overlay-context=
enabled updates by e-mail for anyone who would like to receive the blog posts that way. You can subscribe to it via the sidebar to your right. I haven't found a similar option that I like for the comments yet but I am looking into it. Same thing with twitter but in this case it is more due to stumbling on some silly cosmetical issues. I blame it on Twitter character limits and my penchant for big, pompous names. I could use my personal twitter for it but I use it so little that it would easily turn into spam for  the blog which I'd rather avoid. We'll see! - See more at: http://shardsofimagination.com/content/avatar-blogging-month-and-other-news#overlay-context=
enabled updates by e-mail for anyone who would like to receive the blog posts that way. You can subscribe to it via the sidebar to your right. I haven't found a similar option that I like for the comments yet but I am looking into it. Same thing with twitter but in this case it is more due to stumbling on some silly cosmetical issues. I blame it on Twitter character limits and my penchant for big, pompous names. I could use my personal twitter for it but I use it so little that it would easily turn into spam for  the blog which I'd rather avoid. We'll see! - See more at: http://shardsofimagination.com/content/avatar-blogging-month-and-other-news#overlay-context=

A long time ago I made a bit of a rant about player choices in games. It actually wasn't such a very well thought out one and I failed to make any good point about it. I tried to think how to develop those thoughts better since then but I never quite got it right. Fortunately, someone else did! His name (at least in the interwebs) is MrBtongue and he made it into in a YouTube video which you can see below. Just a warning though it does have some spoilers about Fallout 1 and Mass Effect 2.

If you like this one, I highly recommed to check the rest of his channel. There are some good stuff there. 🙂

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Seems like Worpress did some data compilation for this blog and even made it into a snazzy report. Since they also included an easy button to share it with you, I thought it might be of some amusement to other people besides me. 🙂

Ok. From this point on it is all WordPress words!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 13,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

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December is here and so is another challenge from Ambermist of Tastes Like Battlechicken. Sadly, it is also probably the last monthly one she will be ensuing due to other commitments. If anyone else picks it up I will do try to rise up to the challenge too. In any case, here is my thanks to Ambermist for these. They have been fun and a good exercise for the good ol' brain cells. 🙂

Anyhoo, this month the challenge are a few questions but all about the same theme: Our favorite things on games. I will just copy the questions she gave about it for organization's sake and because it makes it easier to write it in a more coherent way.

...continue reading "My favorite things about games"

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Kahlef dressed as a mad doctor
Mwahahahaha!

And right at the last minute I complete this month's challenge from Ambermist, author extraordinaire of Tastes Like Battlechicken. As you can probably guess this month's challenge is what kind of costume your character would wear for Halloween!

With Kahlef, pictured above, I tried to go for some mad doctor type-thing. But since the screenshot (or my choices of outfit) didn't turn out so great, here is a bit more about the idea behind it:

A long time ago, there was a charr of the Iron Legion whose job was to fix up all the soldiers that got wounded in battle. He was so good at it that soldiers could go back to battle in a very short amount of time. Of course, that also made him the first choice to send the injured soldiers to whenever it was possible. Since a life of charr soldier is always a busy, dangerous one, that meant the good doctor was always busy healing someone.

One day he started to think "Why should I keep healing soldiers if they are only going to get hurt again and just end up here one more time? Why shouldn't I just go one step further and make them better so they don't get hurt so much?". With those thoughts he began working. At first it was just small things, just some small metal bit here and there under the skin. Things that his patients would only notice because of the strange pains they felt, despite the doctor guarantees that they were fine and had not to worry about. Soon enough though he started to experiment more substituting limbs with entire mechanical creations (that didn't work) or body fluids with his own alchemical creations that killed his patients. It didn't took long for the powers-to-be in the Black Citadel to find out about those experiments. However when they did, it was already too late. The mad doctor had run away to never be captured. They say that to this day he is somewhere in the lower levels in the Black Citadel, hiding in forgotten places. The doctor stalks those places trying to capture any charr that dares to venture there... or even non-charrs. Pretty much any living thing that he can capture will be dragged back to his lab where he will "improve" on the subject. Some times the grotesque corpses of his failed experiments can be found in the poorest parts of the Black Citadel. Some times it is even hard to know what it used to be. But some times his experiments succeeds.... and if you walk around alone in the night you may see the Mad Doctor running with his new creation looking for more victims to experiment on.
And that is it for now. For everyone that celebrates it, I hope you are having a great Candy Day! For those who don't, I hope you have a great Wednesday, with or without candy!

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Before beginning this post, let me do a shameless plug to a blog from my guildie and friend Celesteral. It is called Lost Ranger. I am not sure what kind of topics she will tackle but no matter what it is, judging by her first post, they will be very enjoyable to read. 🙂

Now the reason I am doing that shameless plug is because of that first post I mentioned. It made me think a lot about my own relationships with books. And instead of writing a giant wall of text in her comments I thought it might be better to just write a post here.

Let me just give a disclaimer first. Although I try to keep this blog with a general positive attitude this one might have a few drepressing/negative parts. It also may end up being somewhat of a incoherent ramble. I might as also mix fiction, comic books and tabletop RPGs throughout  the post. Albeit they are technically very different types of books they were all important in the formation of my reading passion in a way or another. I will try to minimize all that for the sake of myself and for the sake of anyone reading this post.

For reference purposes, this is all relative to Brazil, the country where I was born, grew up and still live in. I am just pointing it out because it is one of those instances where this kind of detail matters.

Alright. Now that is said, let's get to it...

...continue reading "Books and me"

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I almost skipped this month's challenge from Ambermist of Tastes Like Battlechicken. The challenge of this month is basically telling about someone (or several someones!) who did something good that left some kind of mark on you.

What makes this tough isn't so much the lack of good acts I've seem while playing games (or even outside it) as much as thinking of one that could be turned into an interesting narrative. Even the one I am just picking now might not fit quite well with the challenge. It is one of those that got etched into my mind and perhaps might be an interesting story to tell. Even then this post might be a bit scattered all over the place as there are a lot of different emotions attached with this memory. Well, with all my memories of those times actually. Anyhoo, let's  get to the story.

It all happened back in the old days of Lineage 2, when things were harsher, death was much more of a big deal at all levels and so on. I was just minding my own business as always when suddenly one of our clan mates said that he was just PKed by someone outside the gates of Dion. When I got there, my clan leader and a couple other members were already there. Apparently the PKer was some permared who had just gotten to one of the safe borders in Dion, thus standing in a non-PvP area.

...continue reading "It is personal to me"

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Rakuno's bags, always full of random junk!

To me it took a few games to get to that point. In my first years of MMORPG I was pretty ruthless, only keeping things I had immediate use for or that were actually collectable stuff. Then on Lineage 2 things started to change a little since due to the terrible crafting system and harshness of the game back in the days, it just made sense to hoard materials. Since all gear was completely tradeable it also made sense to stash them away for a future character or help out a friend in need.

...continue reading "The Everhoarder"