[FFXIV] Back to the grind

Last week I was finally able to get over my mental block of playing with random strangers in MMORPGs. Well, for the most part anyway. I am still feeling a bit shy of doing regular Duty Finder dungeons with others but I am getting over that too, slowly.

Another detail is that instead of grinding to catch up on the post-Shadowbringers MSQ story I am grinding for the Moogle Treasure Trove’s Inferno Jacket… Yeah, I know it is kinda ridiculous how messed up my priorities are.

On the other hand I am not in that much of a rush to go into Endwalker. I am pretty sure even with Early Access those new zones will be crowded and a bit of hell to do anything. So might as well give it a bit of time before checking it out myself.

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 23 – The filler episode

Last session our intrepid heroes finally finished their mission to eliminate General Dawn Hammer. Said mission also came up with a lot of surprises and revelations. Certainly not the last of them but enough to leave us with a lot of information to digest for a while.

But after all that they were overdue for a bit of peace and relaxation which they got in this session.

Just a note before we continue: for some reason OBS gave me an error that evening and I couldn’t record our game. So I had to actually write notes while we were playing.

That means that in my mad haste to write everything down I probably missed or misheard something important. Hopefully my GM and other party members will correct anything I got wrong (assuming they even remember as I am behind on the session write-ups…)

If that turns out to be the case I will edit this post later with the corrections and add them to the start of the next post too.

With that said, let’s get down to the story…

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Games I’ve been playing – October 2021

Seiji Amanome with a creepy expression and saying "A stranger's death dripping with danger and intrigue is a great source of entertainment"

I know I am sounding like a broken record by now but this was another month where things weren’t exactly good, mental health-wise. It began well enough but after a while I just felt irritated with everything for no reason and didn’t feel like doing anything.

Even to play games I had to force myself to do it and I just couldn’t get into it for any long period of time. Consequently I found myself either watching more anime or reading/thinking about TTRPGs a lot more.

I also missed this year’s Halloween event in Final Fantasy XIV which sucks. But I will try to at least do some of the moogle tome’s stuff to at least get that Inferno Jacket. I’d also like to get some other stuff done before the release of Endwalker. We’ll see how it goes!

Anyway, these are the games I’ve played this month!

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 22 – Secret Husk

Last session, our intrepid heroes interrogated one of the pirates they captured, which led to a lot of information for them to digest. Unfortunately at the same time Labor found out that Bygone had been corrupted too much by the Reapers. That forced Labor to temporarily shut down his friend until we could get back to HQ and try to bring Bygone back.

They also setup a trap for their second target, General Dawn Hammer. To lure him into it they posed as Alpha Protocol members who were stranded on a planet with a prothean artifact. Surprisingly enough that worked and they started combat with Dawn Hammer while Donk dealt with the rest of his small army outside.

This session brought even more plot twists and information for the party to deal with!

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The Minecraft Logs #11: Tunnel building, village reform attempt and restarting again and again and again

If there is any proof of how many terrible decisions I can make in a short time and how impulsive I am then these Minecraft posts are exactly that.

Dramatics aside, as I mentioned in my latest monthly game review post, some stuff happened which led me to decide to restart in the game. Well, it is more than restarting I actually changed my mod list so much too that any pretense of a “vanilla plus” experience has been pretty much thrown out of the window now.

Before we get to any of that let me retell the events of what happened as it will explain why I made the decisions I made.

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Games I’ve been playing – September 2021

Another weird month for me. This time every time I was enjoying a game something in it would frustrate me to the point where I had to put it down for a little. Then I had some trouble trying to find something else to entertain me. When I finally found something else to replace it the cycle would repeat!

I think it might finally be over for now as I am finding myself enjoying my time with Minecraft again but we’ll see what I have to say about it next month!

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 21 – Renegade Options

This post is horribly, HORRIBLY, late. I procrastinated too long to write it because 1) I hate my voice and on this session I talked a lot. 2) … I forgot what reason number 2 was but I am pretty sure it was a good excuse.

Anyway, last session, our characters went through a bit of a dungeon crawl through a geth/batarian pirate base. Despite all the danger they managed to achieve their goal: retrieve the prothean artifact and even got an unexpected prisoner for interrogation!

Of course, not everything went perfectly because… well, like in real life not everything in game will go perfectly, no matter how much you plan. There were certain events whose repercussions were still unknown to us. On this session we’ll start to see some of that plus a few other things.

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Games I’ve been playing – August 2021

A special translation of Fou saying: "Damnit, I should offed him before he got away..."

Another year, another august gone and done. Speaking of which, I’d like to make a brief note about my participation in this Blaugust.

Although I did purposefully aim for the low post count of 5 posts for the event, in retrospect I wish I’d aim higher or made a bigger effort to go with the theme for each week.

Granted, I made this goal for myself because back in July I wasn’t in the best of places, mentally speaking. In fact I wasn’t even sure if I would be able to make 5 posts during August. Yet I still wanted to participate in some way and aiming that low looked like a good idea at the time.

However it still feels kind of pointless for me to participate in an event like this if all I am going to do is post as usual. This is something I need to keep in mind for next year’s Blaugust so I actually put some effort into it.

That aside, this Blaugust was fun as always. Lots of interesting topics and discussions to read, as well as some new people joining the fold or coming back. In this sense Blaugust is still fulfilling its purpose well.

A big thank you to Belghast for organizing this event once again!

Anyway, sorry for that side note there. Let’s talk about games!

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The Minecraft Logs #10: Building all the factories!

Well, okay, it wasn’t all of them. Just all of the essential ones to make my life in Minecraft easier: generators for andesite, iron and gold. The last two were generators that I have been meaning to build since I installed the Create mod months ago but due to the lack of brass I couldn’t make them immediately. Then I was finally able to make brass ingots, took a break and next thing I know it is some months later and here I am playing the game again!

Of course, they weren’t the main reason I installed Create in the first place but they were an important part of it.

Anyway, before we get to any of that we need to backtrack a little so I can explain how I finally got to this point.

P.S.: This is post #6 for Blaugust 2021

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Would You Rather? – Gaming Edition

Orangutan thinking. Image source is Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Orangutan_thinking.jpg

Krikket recently came up with an interesting thought experiment that you can pretty much guess what it is about by the title alone. There isn’t really any rules about it except an “unspoken” one that all the answers to these questions only have to last for a year. But since that would be too easy for me I will go with the assumption that it would last for a life time just to have some weight to the answers.

Unnecessary to say I don’t intend to follow on any of these answers. It is a thought experiment after all. It would only be something that I’d do if there was some divine force making me choose one of these options and having to follow through with it.

Anyway that is enough of a preamble. Let’s get on with these questions.

P.S.: This is my post #5 for Blaugust 2021!

Credits to the image: The image at the top of this post is from Wikimedia Commons. It is under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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