[Xcom 2] Blogger Succession Game – Mission 3: Operation Foolish Sentinel

After the success of the Civilization VI Succession Game, we are doing another one. Once again it is being organized by Naithin of Time to Loot and as the title says we are playing XCom 2! All the details of the event can be found in this link.

The TL;DR version is: Each blogger will play one mission. After that they can spend some time on the Geoscape portion of the game however they see fit until another mission pops up. When that happens they save the game and pass the save file to the next person in the succession.

Oh, we are also putting our own nicknames on the characters and from other bloggers who offered to have their nicknames for this event. The catch is everybody agreed that if any of our namesake characters die we would be totally fine with it.

I even made a Strawpoll of who they thought would die in this mission. Apparently there were a couple of people who were really optimistic about their odds.

The bloggers participating this time are, in playing order:

  1. Naithin
  2. Mr Peril (aka Roger)
  3. Rakuno (Yours truly!)
  4. MagiWasTaken (aka Dan)
  5. Rambling Redshirt
  6. Kluwes
  7. UnwiseOwl

That is enough with introductions. Let’s get on with the show!

Credits: Image at the top created by Naithin.

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Games I’ve been playing – April 2021

April almost turned out to be “Visual Novel Month” for me. Which I was totally fine with. But like in all things in life, an unexpected curve ball was thrown my way and I did end up with a slightly more variety in terms of genre.

In retrospect that might have been a good thing otherwise I’d only have two or three games to talk about this time.

Anyhoo, here is what I have been playing.

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[Notice] Transfer completed!

The blog’s move to the new web host is complete. This might have been the smoothest transfer of the blog so far (and hopefully the last!). There was only the loss of one comment (sorry Solarayo!) but everything else seems to be intact.

The transfer was done on the day after I announced it but transferring the domain name to the same company that is hosting the blog took longer than I anticipated.

All that matters is that things should be back to normal here. I will try to resume posting ASAP! Thanks for the impatience and again apologies for any inconvenience!

[Notice] Moving web hosts (again)

Just a heads up that I will be moving the blog to another web host in the next few days. So if the blog becomes inaccessible or looks weird during that time this is the reason.

As for why I am moving it, the exchange rate between the dollar and my currency is way too brutal right now and has been like that for a while. My current web host is in the North America, meaning I have to pay in dollar. At the time I moved the blog to it that just made sense for me. But with the current economy I’d rather have it in a local web host just so the price of hosting doesn’t suddenly increase to the roof or become unpredictable in some way.

Hopefully I won’t break anything this time too! And apologies for the inconvenience!

[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 14 – Pew Pew in Space 2

Coming into this session I was hoping we were going to get some answers to questions from the previous session. Unfortunately for reasons that I will talk about soon we didn’t get them. Still we were able to advance the main plot a little… only to soon get sidetracked. XD

By the way, for this session I tried to record the game in the hopes of making my write ups more accurate. I tried it a long time ago, during the Knights of Errant series, but for some reason it didn’t work back then and I resorted to making written notes. This time it worked perfectly, allowing me to focus more on the game and less on trying to write as fast as possible.

Despite that I will still put my usual disclaimer here:

English is not my native language. Although I can write and read it without issues, hearing and speaking is a different matter. I’d say I am at best 90% skilled at those. Also I have a terrible memory.

What this means is that there may be mistakes here. In case my group corrects anything I will make a note about it here later and in the next post.

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Playing Tabletop RPGs solo

A while ago I read a post on reddit of a guy commenting on his characters for a solo tabletop RPG campaign. At the time I looked down at the idea playing tabletop RPGs solo. Choose your own adventure games, sure, that is cool. But playing a regular tabletop RPG by your lonesome just felt silly to me.

Then I thought about it a bit more and realized there were several good reasons to play it solo. More importantly than that I remembered something that should have been in my mind from the beginning: the way people spend their own free time is their own business and none of mine. I shouldn’t judge it as doing so is just plain wrong.

I still kept thinking about it though, to the point where I realized there were a few situations where it could be interesting to me too. These are the one that I can think of, right now:

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Games I’ve been playing – March 2021

Moriarty saying this will be a tale of regret

Although I haven’t quite gotten out of the “Play all the games!” mindset yet, it has abated quite considerably. Part of the reason is because my passion for the games I was playing has cooled considerably for now. The other part is because I’ve been immersing myself a lot into tabletop RPG. It isn’t even because of the campaigns I am playing, it is just my usual madness taking over.

Anyway, March has brought some interesting new incursions in gaming as well as some retreats. Yet my mind still desires to finish a bunch of half- or almost-finished games, but my heart just wasn’t in there. Maybe in April it will be different.

Regardless of all that, here is what I have been up to.

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 13 – Late Night TV Courtroom Drama

Since last session I was curious to see how Tiberus’ court martial was going to go. There were certain ways I was expecting it to finish but definitely didn’t expect the consequences we actually got. In retrospect I should have expected at least one of those given certain events.

Before we get into the meat of it though, I will try to insert a bit more of the fluffy RP we go through into these posts. In the past I cut them out from the write-up because they are already big as is and they don’t add anything to the main story. However they give a glimpse to each character’s personality and that might be interesting to some readers.

If I feel it is making these posts unmanageably big then I will get back to cutting them out.

Alright, with all that said here is my usual disclaimer:

English is not my native language. Although I can write and read it without issues, hearing and speaking is a different matter. I’d say I am at best 90% skilled at those. Also I have a terrible memory.

What this means is that there may be mistakes here. In case my group corrects anything I will make a note about it here later and in the next post.

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[Civ VI] Long Live the Queen – Need more Pylons, I mean, Production (Turns 401 – 410)

It’s been a long time since my last turn at this succession game. So long that I am feeling pretty rusty at playing it. Granted there was nothing preventing me from playing Civilization VI between my turns, in fact I almost considered it. But I haven’t been feeling in the mood for it and even if I did then it would be with all the DLCs which would not help me much here as we are playing it with just the base game.

Anyhoo, if you just stumbled here somehow, this post is part of a collaborative Succession Game of Civilization VI where different blogger each take 10 turns playing the game then pass on the save to the next player. It is being hosted by Naithin of Time to Loot and you can find a link to all the participants, their posts about the event and other information here.

Credits: The image at the top was made by Naithin.

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 12 – Zero Persuasion

It’s been 4 weeks since our last Mass Effect session. I didn’t even realize that until our GM commented on that.

Despite the long pause I think it was the best for us because I, at least, came back re-energized and excited to get back into the campaign.

The only bummer was that Lylid and Linu’s players had to stop playing with us due to real life commitments. Besides losing cool people to play with this also altered our party dynamics and we won’t know the full effects of that until a few sessions down the line.

With any luck though they may be able to play with us again soon.

Alright. Now let me put my usual disclaimer here and let’s get on with the show.

Disclaimer: English is not my native language. Although I can write and read it without issues, hearing and speaking is a different matter. I’d say I am at best 90% skilled at those. Also I have a terrible memory.

What this means is that there may be mistakes here. In case my group corrects anything I will make a note about it here later and in the next post.

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