The Minecraft Logs #5: Third time is the charm?

Water Wheel from the Create mod

Like I mentioned last time I decided to restart on Minecraft, this time with mods. For those keeping track this is the third time I am restarting, witch each attempt getting a little further.

The first time I don’t even remember anymore why I did it. Only that it looked like a good idea at the time. The second time though I was just fed up with all my exploration woes. Dying a lot to hoglins might have also been part of the reason. Also, I couldn’t resist the siren call of mods anymore. :p

This third time, at least so far, is going so much better than the previous two. Oh, and if anyone is curious this the list of mods I am currently using.

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 8 – Solving problems through bar fights

You can accuse our game group of many things but one thing we can’t be accused of is that our plans are boring. Or sane. Or both.

Anyway, this session has been a perfect example of that.

As always let me put my usual disclaimer here before we continue:

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 – December 2020

Happy New Year!

May 2021 be a better year for all of us. Or at least not get any worse than the previous one. *knocks on wood*

This month Skyrim finally loosened it’s grip on me, so that I could move on to other games. I haven’t finished getting all the achievements for Special Edition yet but I intend to go back to it soon. My plan is to power through the remainder of the Dragonborn main questline (there shouldn’t be much left if memory serves) then work on the other optional achievements.

Once I complete that goal I am definitely done with this save and won’t be playing Skyrim again for a while as I am sated for what this game offered to me.

What I did play this month was a bit all over the place. It would have been more if it wasn’t for Minecraft but I will get to that in a bit. Let’s just go by chronological order. Sort of.

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The Minecraft Logs #3: Exploring, Building and Almost Enchanting

Lots of lava in the nether!

There were quite a few developments in my Minecraft playthrough since my last post on the subject. So many that I probably should have wrote about it before, breaking it into smaller posts instead of leaving everything to this one.

Oh, well, I will try to not ramble too much so the size of this post doesn’t get out of hand.

Here is what has been happening…

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 7 – Attack of the Ninja Vorchas

If there is one thing I learned from these last couple sessions is a mission isn’t finished until we are back at HQ doing our report. Yes, that means there was another surprise waiting for us on the trip back.

And now that I said that I could see my DM doing something in the future so not even doing that is a guarantee that the mission is over!

One correction from last session’s notes: the prototype weapon wasn’t destroyed. Our attack was just enough to disable it but damaged it in the process.

Anyway, here is my usual disclaimer before I begin the recap properly:

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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The Minecraft Logs #2: All mining, all the time

Some gold ore veins I found

When I began playing Minecraft I thought my playthrough would be something like this: gather enough materials to get by comfortably, try to build something cool, fail miserably, get frustrated and then quit.

What I am finding out though is that the rabbit hole that is Minecraft is much, much deeper than I thought.

Let me explain: I always knew that Minecraft was an excellent game for creativity. I also knew there was a lot of interesting things that could be built in it. But I always thought all those cool projects were pure fluffy.

What I am discovering now is that there are a lot of stuff that can be built that isn’t just convenient but make survival relatively trivial.

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The Minecraft Logs #1: Humble Beginnings

A house made of dirt in Minecraft

Minecraft is one of the most ubiquitous games in modern history. Just ask someone who play games and in the majority of the cases they will answer they played it at least once.

Until a few days ago I was one of the few who never played it. Not for a lack of interest mind you, I mean, I bought the game back when it was still in beta. At that time it was already popular and it was still being sold for a cheaper price than the intended one for the launch version.

Since I often have an itch to do creative stuff in games this seemed like a pretty good deal at the time. The problem is that I just kept forgetting I had Minecraft or would give it a try for 5 minutes, figure out I actually wanted to play something else and then proceed to forget about it again.

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 6 – Pew Pew in Space

You know those times when you think you just finished a quest in a game, go off to turn it in but turns out there was more to do? That is how I felt during this session. Not that I am complaining, it was more like a nice surprise as we were able to tie up some loose ends.

Also, full disclosure: I was horribly distracted and tired during this session so it might have more errors than usual. We’ll see once the rest of my group reads it.

Lastly, 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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[Skyrim SE] Thoughts about the mods Legacy of the Dragonborn SSE and Helgen Reborn

It took me longer than I expected but I recently finished all the quests available for the mods Legacy of the Dragonborn SSE and Helgen Reborn. When I installed them I was feeling a mix of curiosity and apprehension since I wasn’t sure if I’d like them or not. Now that I know what kind of content they both offer I can decide if they are mods that I want to keep in future playthroughs.

Before we get into all that though, let me just share my bias when it comes to quest mods. Basically, I tend to not give them a try. It is just that I have a very strict view when it comes to the game’s lore and tone. I am also very picky when it comes to voice-acting. Considering both of these, quest mods can be something of a gamble for me.

Ok. I think that is enough of rambling about it, let’s get to the point of this post.

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