Solasta: Crown of the Magister Demo

Steam is doing a pretty cool thing right now, the Steam Game Festival. The idea is basically that for a week they will make available demos of a bunch of upcoming games. It is a good way to check out the demos for some games that weren’t in your radar or for games that you are thinking of purchasing and just want to make sure you will like it.

It will be going until June 22 at 10 AM PDT.

Solasta: Crown of the Magister is one of those games that are part of this festival and wasn’t on my radar. In one of the Discord servers I hang at, a friend of mine suggested people to check it out and tell what their thought of the game. If you never heard of it before, like me, Solasta is a western fantasy RPG that uses the 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons rules.

To be honest I’d normally just snub on a game like this, thinking it is just another generic fantasy game, that is just using the D&D name to carry it’s sales. But since it was a request by a friend and I wanted to test the game’s claim of using the D&D ruleset I decided to check it out.

I am glad I did because it is a pretty good damn demo with lots of potential for the full game!

P.S.: I intend to check other demos from the Steam Game Festival and even write about them if possible. However since I have other commitments during the weekend I might not be able to publish the posts before it ends. So I recommend people to check the demos themselves.

If you are feeling overwhelmed with choices here are some that fellow bloggers posted about:

Steam Game Festival (June 16-22) at Nerdy Bookahs

Touch Type Tale Demo (Steam Game Festival) at Nerd Girl Thoughts

Madly in Love with Best Friend Forever Demo at Nerd Girl Thoughts

Three Demos That Didn’t Convince Me at Nerd Girl Thoughts

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Ring Fit Adventure Impressions

I am at that point in life where I need to exercise if I want to get to an old age without too many health problems. Specially because I lead a very sedentary life and don’t have any sport that I particularly like to practice. The problem though is I dislike gyms. They make me uncomfortable and feeling out of place.

A solution I tried was to play Wii Fit U. In fact that was secretly part of why I bought it in the first place1. Even that was problematic though because I end up in a cycle of exercising for a few weeks then stopping for months due to mood swings or changes to my routine.

I even tried looking at some alternatives like the demos for the Fitness Boxing and Just Dancing 2019 for the Switch but found them not to my liking. Even the Ring Fit Adventure was something I tried to ignore at first because I was afraid it would be another game that wouldn’t work for me. But then I read a review of it at Destructoid and in my typical impulsive way decided to buy it and hope for the best.

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MMOs that are gone

Paeroka over at Nerdy Bookahs recently posted about some MMOs that have died since World of Warcraft launched and her thoughts on them. Nogamara at Battle Stance and Everwake at Everwake’s Internet Adventures also made their own take about the subject. You can find their posts here and here.

It is an interesting enough topic so I figure I might as well join in with a post of mine. Also I don’t really have any screenshots for… well, almost all of the games I am about to list. So I am afraid this post will only have the feature image go accompany it. Sorry~

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[FFXIV] Ding! All crafters and gatherers level 60+!

This weekend Ultros, the server I play in, finally completed the last phase of the Ishgard Restoration. Now we just need to wait until they release the next parts of this event.

Even with this part completed we can still craft the event items and do turn ins for some crazy amounts of XP. In fact that is pretty much what I did this entire weekend!

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[FFXIV] Patch 5.1 Crafting and Gathering Changes and the Ishgard Restoration impressions

My original plan was to write a first impressions of patch 5.1, even if late, since I just got back to Final Fantasy XIV after about a month away from it.

But I barely touched the story much less anything else that came with the patch. With the Ishgard Restoration going on I will probably be spending my FFXIV time participating on it and who knows when I will be able to go back to anything else in the game.

So I decided it might be wiser instead to just write about it while the iron is still hot, so to speak. Specially since this experience is also providing me with some insight on the crafting and gathering changes that came with patch 5.1

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[FFIXV] Playing around with GShade

This is post #7 for Blaugust 2019

If you follow some people who play Final Fantasy XIV on Twitter you might have seem some amazing screenshots accompanied with the tags of #Reshade or #GShade.

If you are wondering what they are, it is basically like this: Reshade is a program that applies some post-processing effects to whatever appears in your screen and as far as I know it is used only with games. You can find some presets for different games here.

GShade is a modified version of Reshade made by a group of Final Fantasy XIV  screenshot aficionados called GPosers. Besides some technical changes that I honestly don’t understand, GShade also comes packaged with a bunch of community presets for use with Final Fantasy XIV. They don’t have an official site (that I know of) but you can find the latest version of it by following their twitter account or joining their Discord server.

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[FFXIV] Moonfire Faire 2019

Post #6 for Blaugust 2019

Originally I wasn’t going to write about this year’s Moonfire Faire since it isn’t all that different from last year. The only differences are the rewards and a slightly different storyline.

Don’t take me wrong. I am not dissing the event or unhappy with it. To me this means the developers are busy with some big content for us so they couldn’t spend much time with this year’s Moonfire Faire. It also makes my life easier since I had 3 characters to go through it. XD

Anyway the reason I am doing a recap for it is because I wrote about it last year and it seems these characters will be reoccurring. So in case the event changes next year but with the same characters it will be a lot less confusing if I have it written it down in the blog and I can refresh my memory about it.

Alright, with all that disclaimer out of the way let’s see what the story is this time.

P.S.: I have no idea why I always end up doing these events during the in-game evenings. It really makes the screenshots look off when it is about a summer event. Sorry about that!

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[FFXIV] Getting back to the routine

Time for a smaller and lighter post, just  for the sake of variety and for what little sanity I have left. XD

So I’ve been slowly recovering from Post-Expansion Syndrome. You know, that feeling of aimlessly once you finish a pretty emotional journey through an expansion’s story.

To achieve that I have been trying to clear off some items from my bucket list.

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[FFXIV] Tips for new Final Fantasy XIV players

Lately I’ve seem some people on my Twitter timeline who had just decided to give Final Fantasy XIV a go. I was even asked by a couple of them for advice for newbies. So I figured I might as well write a post with it.

Some of this might be stuff that is pretty obvious to veteran MMO players or just general common sense but I figure I might as well include it here just in case. Also, this is by no means meant to be an exhaustive list of tips. I am sure I probably forgot something or another so if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments and I will try to answer to the best of my abilities.

This also goes if you are a veteran Final Fantasy XIV player and feel I missed something feel free to also post in the comments letting me know! I will add it in the list and give proper credit. 🙂

With that out of the way let’s get to it!

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[FFXIV] Shadowbringers finished!

Last Sunday I finally finished Shadowbringers. What a journey it was! I said this in my “Shadowbringers First Impressions” post and I will say it again, this is the best expansion that Final Fantasy XIV had so far. I am even kinda afraid  that they won’t be able to top this one with the next expansions but if they get close that will be good enough for me. 🙂

Anyway, now that I finished the whole expansion here are some more thoughts about it. Consider it as a kind of addendum to my previous post about the expansion.

Again, I will try to not spoil anything for those who didn’t start playing through it yet. I will also try to not ramble too much. XD

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