[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 5 – The start of paranoia

You know when you see an enemy alone in a game then thinks it will be a straightforward fight, with no fuss or surprises? But when the fight starts it turns out to be way rougher than you expected? That is exactly how the fight we had this session felt for me.

But before we get into all that, one correction from last post: Tiberius killed the second Vorcha with a biotic power, essentially slamming him into the wall. Apparently I forgot to mention that detail because I forgot to write it in my notes, making me think the second Vorcha was killed with the Omni-hammer so I left that part vague.

I am mentioning this because I think it was an interesting detail to characterize Tiberius. I mean, turians have a certain stigma against biotics. Or at least they did pre-invasion.

Also, 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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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 4 – Commander Jerkface

Last session our squad got assigned a temporary field commander by the name of Tiberius. Or rather Tiberius intruded himself into our squad because of the nature of this mission.

Our first impression of him wasn’t good and as the title of this post spoils, the second impression hasn’t been any better.

Before I continue though, let me just put the usual disclaimer:

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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Games I’ve been playing – October 2020

I don’t know what was up with this month. It started normally then at some point it is like it went into fast-forward, everything became like a blur and before I knew it the month was over. I guess that goes for this entire year, with some months feeling like they are taking a long time to pass with others feeling like “Wait, the month is over already?”

This kinda end up reflected in the games I played this month too…

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 3 – Suspicious Turians

After all the trouble S-Hole caused last session I am getting the impression our group is now just suspicious of any new NPCs that gets introduced in the story.

Granted the new NPC that showed up in this session didn’t give the best first impression and there are some other circumstantial evidence he might be trouble. But for now I’d like to believe that his only problem is his personality, that he won’t be S-Hole 2.

I am getting ahead of myself again though. So let me give the usual disclaimer and get on with the story.

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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If I could only play five games in a year… (2020 version)

Naithin of Time to Loot made a pretty interesting post about a 5 Games Challenge. It is sort of a challenge where he is allowed to play only five games of his choice for a year. If the idea seems curious to you as well then just read his post for all the details.

Initially I thought that if I was in that situation my picks would be pretty easy as there are enough games with good repeatable content that I enjoy and could keep me entertained for a year.

But the more I thought about it the more I realized it was not quite that simple. I have a very fickle mind. What I feel like playing can completely change overnight. Even if I am heavily playing a certain type of game for a week that desire to play it might simply vanish the next day as I feel like playing something different. Extend that for a whole year and I am not sure I could comfortably do it.

Yet for the sake of this mental exercise let me try to pick five games that could last me for a year.

EDIT: This is embarrassing. As Naithin pointed in the comments turns out I already did a post like this last year! With the same title too! XD

Oh, well, for anyone curious on how my list change from the previous year, you can find the post here.

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[D&D] Mass Effect – Chapter 2: The S-hole

One of the characteristics of our group is that we tend to have lengthy discussions about any important decision. Even if we are presented with just two options, if it is important enough we’ll end up discussing all the pros and cons of both until we can get to an agreement. Usually this isn’t a problem. In this session though it came to bite us in the backside.

In case anyone just stumbled into this post, let me give the usual disclaimer before continuing:

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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Games I’ve Been Playing – September 2020

A good sign that I am having trouble writing the intro to these posts is when I seriously consider commenting on the weather here. I don’t really feel like doing that so let’s just pretend I wrote something relevant to the month of September here and skip straight to the content, ok?

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[Civ VI] Long Live the Queen – Alliances and Wars (Turns 331- 340)

It is my turn to rule over the Great British Empire again!

One of the interesting things about this project is that every time I get back to the game it feels at the same time familiar and different. By that I mean, our borders or that of our rivals haven’t changed that much since my last time at the throne.

Yet at the same time we have far more advanced military units, we are pretty much at the end-game now and more than ever it feels like every decision matters.

It is a strange feeling but an interesting one.

For anyone who just stumbled on this, this post is part of a Community Succession game hosted by Naithin of Time to Loot. You can find more information about it and links to all the participating blogs here.

With all that said, let’s get to screwing everything up improving the Great British Empire!

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

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[D&D] Mass Effect – Chapter 1: Welcome to the Resistance

We had a few delays to start on this game due to real life circumstances but this weekend our first real session happened!

In this post I will try to cover all the most important parts that we discussed during our session zero and our first actual session. There is a lot to cover and I swear I tried to cut as much as I could, even then this post will be extra long, even for my standards…

If anyone is curious, this is the homebrew adaptation we are using: Mass Effect 5E

Also, before we begin properly my usual disclaimer for these kind of posts:

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% 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.

Actually, since I am pretty rusty for not taking notes for a few weeks there will be probably a lot of mistakes. So expect them!

With all that out of the way, let’s start…

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Crusader Kings III – First Impressions

I don’t know what is with this year that every game I thought would be released next year is actually being released on this one. Crusader Kings III was one of those as I could swear it was going to be released in the beginning of 2021 but released this month.

Not that I am complaining. I loved Crusader Kings II despite being terrible at it. Mostly because of all the insane stories that were created as I played the game.

That meant that for Crusader Kings III my expectations were pretty high. I wanted enough simulation to make crazy stories as my dynasty tries to climb up the ranks of feudal european society while at the same time hoping the sequel would sand off a lot of the rough edges that plagued Crusader Kings II.

As of the time of this writing, I have about 19 hours played in Crusader Kings III according to Steam. Hence, this is more a first impressions of the game than a proper review.

For anyone that wants the TL;DR version it is this: If you loved Crusader Kings II, then this one is worth every cent. It is like Crusader Kings II with almost all the DLCs but better.

If you never played Crusader Kings II then you might want to wait for a possible free weekend or watch a YouTube video or stream of someone playing the game to see if it is for you. The game doesn’t feel like it has a near insurmountable mountain of a learning curve like its predecessor but it is still a very steep hill.

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