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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[XCom 2] Operation Iron God

In the interest of honesty, I meant to write this post much earlier in the week. But then I decided to play juuuust a little bit of Minecraft. Next thing I knew it was Friday and I still haven’t written the post. Oops!

Story of my life right there!

Consequently this post was made in a rush and has not been edited. Sorry about that!

Anyway, in case you are just stumbling on it, this is part of a XCom 2 Succession game where a bunch of bloggers each take a turn at the game and hope we don’t end up losing the war against the aliens. Losing soldiers along the way though, specially the ones who are named after a blogger, is completely optional and even encouraged by some.

This event is being hosted by Naithin, of Time to Loot. You can find more information about it, the list of participants and their turns here.

Image credits: The image at the top of this post was created by Naithin.

EDIT: Forgot to add that this is post #4 for Blaugust 2021!

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My experience with ADD and gaming

Image credits go to Wikimedia

Recently Naithin, of Time to Loot, wrote about his difficulties in extracting values from games when he gets so easily distracted by a new game.

He even muses if he is somehow built different from other people as way to explain it. Pretty much concluding that whatever the reason for it he is mostly fine with his current status quo.

I did leave a comment on his post with some of my thoughts about it. Then I realized I could make a blog post about my experiences about it. Because unlike him, I am built differently. I have a diagnosed case of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and a mild case of attention deficit.

And unlike Naithin I am not fine with how it affects the games I play. I had to rack my brain a bit but these feelings is what I am going to try to talk about.

Spoiler warning though, I have no effective strategy on how to deal with it. If anyone has any ideas I am all ears.

This is post #2 for Blaugust 2021

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

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Games I’ve been Playing – July 2021

During most of the month of July I had this funky mood where I didn’t really feel like playing games… or do much of anything. This time, what I found entertaining was to read the Pathfinder 2e Core Rules book, something I’ve been meaning to do for a while.

For people who do not play TTRPGs the idea of reading a book of rules like that may seem boring but I like to delve into new interesting systems and see how they achieve their goals. In the case of Pathfinder 2e I think it does an excellent job of being a game about heroic pseudo-medieval, everything and the kitchen-sink, kind of fantasy. I’d even go as far as to say it is my new favorite for that kind of genre.

Anyway, I did play some video-games this month, not many as I’d like but enough to make this regular monthly post. And those are the ones I will talk about!

P.S.: Blaugust has started and this is my post #1 for it. If you never heard of it, you can read all about it here. The TL;DR version is that it is a kind of challenge/celebration of blogging kind of event for both new bloggers and veterans alike.

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 20 – Cold Hearted Geth

During last session, Lorik revealed his first encounter with the pirate Zissou’s crew, plans were discussed on how to get to General Dawn Hammer and an agreement was made on one of those.

They also found themselves rescuing a friend of Lorik’s, a quarian engineer called Suzan vas Squidward. Small, but important, sidetrack aside, they finally made it to the pirate’s/heretic geth’s base to execute phase 1 of their plan.

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 19 – The simplest of plans

Last session we pursued the bounty on turian biotics as far as we could. Since we didn’t have any more leads to pursue we decided to go back the main mission, which meant hunting our second elimination target, General Dawn Hammer.

Because we didn’t have the time to do that back then we returned to it on this session. Or the closest to it as we can given how we tend to over discuss everything. XD

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