Since it is October, it seems like an appropriate time to start on a Let's Play of one of my favorite games of all time: Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines.
If you never heard about this game, the short of it, is that it is an RPG based on the tabletop RPG called Vampire: the Masquerade. In Bloodlines we play a fresh created vampire, in the modern day world, that gets caught up into a power play between some older vampires.
October is one of those special months to me due to Halloween. It is not a holiday we celebrate here so I have a weird fascination with it. Even though if we did celebrate it here I'd probably be annoyed by having to open my door give kids some candy or people expecting me to put on a costume. XD
I do like the Halloween events in MMOs though since it is all the silliness of it but without any of the annoyance!
Anyway, I am still experimenting with the format for these gaming goals posts. I am not sure if I should keep the results of the previous month in the same post as the goals or break it into two different posts. It is something I will need to think a bit more and decide what I want to do once the end of October rolls around. For now you get both in a single post.
Since this is a slow week for me in terms of what to talk about I thought I just jump on the bandwagon with this.
I saw it first in the Deez Wurds blog. There is also a post like this on Moderate Peril and on GamingSF. If I missed anyone else who answered these questions I apologize as I am still catching up on reading blogs. Feel free to link your post in the comments though!
This weekend I finally cleared a couple of items off my bucket list for Final Fantasy XIV. The first one was to finish the patch 4.3 story. Maybe some day I will do a recap of it but for now all I say is that the story was pretty good. It was nice to get closure to a couple of character's stories.
The other thing I did was finally do the Rathalos trial, part of the Monster Hunter collab. It took me this long because when I came back from my break my item level (iLevel for short) wasn't high enough to do it right away. So I decided to focus on the story instead... Only to find it had a trial that required an even higher iLevel. So I decided to grind dungeons to upgrade my gear and do the story trial first.
Another item I got off my bucket list, but it was a while ago, was to do Heaven-on-High. I was really curious about this place but kept procrastinating to do it because... I dunno, I guess I had a lot of other things in my mind.
The Rising event has been going on in Final Fantasy XIV, celebrating the 5th anniversary of its relaunch. It is hard to believe that it has been 5 years already since A Realm Reborn was launched. To me it still feels like it all happened a couple years ago or so.
This also marks the second year I participate on this event. The first one, last year, surprised me by having a cameo from Yoshi-P himself. That made me really curious on what they would do for the event this year.
SPOILER WARNING: spoilers ahead for the Rising 2018 event
This is kinda late since on the last two weeks of August I just wasn't in the best of moods for... well, anything. Still as it is tradition here a level milestone for Final Fantasy XIV must be recorded.
In the same week I reached level 60 in Machinist, I reached level 50 in Dragoon. This was another Job I wanted to get to a new milestone for various reasons. Mainly because the outfit I had been wearing for those last 5 levels was pretty ugly and I was too lazy to make a glamour just for that. Yes, I am silly. :p
Another reason is because I wanted to see how that storyline of the Dragoons finished and I was disappointed.
WARNING: Spoilers about the storyline for the Lancer class quests and the Dragoon quests levels 30 to 50 ahead
Going to try setting myself some monthly goals again. Hopefully this will keep me focused on certain games I have been meaning to accomplish certain things and make me not feel slightly less guilty about the backlog.
I will try to not beat myself up too if I don't accomplish any of the goals. If that is the case I can just bump it for the next month or some other time where I feel it would be more appropriate.
For this month I will try to be very conservative on my goals just to establish a baseline for future posts of this kind.
Without further ado, here are the goals for this month:
This is a post I probably should have done last Friday. But there are a couple of reasons I didn't do it then:
I wanted my post count to end up at a neat 10
I wanted to see if anyone else would do a compilation of all the advice given during this Blaugust. If they did then I wouldn't do it too as it would feel unnecessary.
Yeah, I am pretty silly in case anyone hasn't noticed that yet. :p
Anyway, I decided to make a compilation of blogging advice written during this month by the mentors. It just seemed like a good idea to have it listed in one place, even if it will end up just being for my own use.
Before we get to my ramblings about my participation on this Blaugust, let's get this list out of the way, shall we?
Continuing the recap about the Machinist storyline. Again, this is mostly something I do for myself in case I decide to reminisce about it later on but can barely remember what the heck was going on during these quests.
If anyone is curious about what happened during the level 30 to 50 quest, you can find my recap of it here.
WARNING: Spoilers about the storyline for Machinists from 50 to 60 ahead.
While reading a post from Ryuhkin I found out about this series of fan short movies made by a group called Toitoi Pictures. They were made to celebrate the game's 5th anniversary.
They are very cute movies, without pretty much no dialogue, relying only on the images and music to tell the story. 🙂
Even if you don't play Final Fantasy XIV I highly recommend to watch them, they are that good. No knowledge of the game is necessary to understand the stories either. Except maybe for Side Story 3 but even that one I'd argue one can understand just by context.