[XCom 2] Blogger Succession Game – Mission 26: Operation Night Song

It feels like forever since I last took a turn in this succession game. Even though this time the rounds certainly went much faster. But just in case we end up losing I will just use this as my excuse for not remembering how to play the game anymore. >_>

Anyway, we were making some good progress with the main story but in typical XCom 2 fashion the game decided to throw us a curveball. I thought it started and ended with Naithin (who handled it pretty well, might I add) and my job was only to continue what he started. I was so wrong…

Before we get to any of that though, if you just stumbled upon this post, wondering what is this all about, here is the deal: this post is part of a community succession game where several bloggers take a turn playing XCom 2. After their turn is over they pass on the save file to the next person to play. Our goal being to beat the game as a group or at least try!

This event is being organized by Naithin of Time to Loot and you can find more details here. The picture at the start of the post was also made by him.

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The Minecraft Logs #13: Building all the things! (Or feeling like that, anyway)

After a brief break to go through Final Fantasy XIV’s Endwalker expansion and do the Expeditions Redux in No Man’s Sky, I am back in Minecraft… or so I was planning to say when I started writing this post. Turns out I got a bit burned out from building a lot of stuff and end up taking a break from Minecraft to play some Hitman 2. I will come back to it eventually, just need to scratch this itch for Hitman first.

Anyway, my goal was to build some stuff that I’ve been putting off for a while then get into the magic mods I have installed, Ars Nouveau and Astral Sorcery. I just meant to build a few things too, a stable, a chicken coop, proper farms, an XP farm and some machinery to automate certain things. Also a reorganization of my storage system because it was in dire need of some expansion.

What actually end up happening is that I started to build much more than that. You will see what I mean as I describe what I actually did.

P.S.: All the screenshots in this post were taken with the Complementary Shaders and the Stay True resource pack.

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[XCom 2] Blogger Succession Game – Mission 21: Operation Tomb Storm

There is so much time between my turns in this succession game that every time I have to play it I am afraid I will have forgotten how to play, mess up and get one of our soldiers killed.

Granted, part of the fun of this succession game is to actually make mistakes and get one of our soldiers killed. I am just of the mind that if I am going to make mistakes that they should at least be interesting ones or funny. Not mistakes that I made because I am just plain dumb and forgot how to play the game.

This time however all those fears were for nothing! But I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s get to the business at hand, yes?

Oh, and if you are really confused about this whole Blogger Succession Game thingy, you can just check this page at Time to Loot, that is organizing this shenanigan, and check all the info about it as well as a link to all the participants.

Credits to the image at the top: It was created by Naithin from Time to Loot.

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The Minecraft Logs #12: Catching up!

A custom tree, probably added by Valhelsia structures

My original plan was to only write this post once I was done remaking my mod list for Minecraft. But with over 100 mods it will take some time to write that list…

So, before I forget everything that happened so far I decided to go ahead and write everything that happened in this restart. Hopefully I am not forgetting anything!

All the screenshots in this post have been taken with the Complementary Shaders.

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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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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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[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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The Minecraft Logs #9: An attempt was made

A giant crater in Minecraft

When I last made a post about Minecraft (back at March! Yikes!) I was frustrated because my attempts to add a basement to the house I got were not working that well. So I decided to try to make my own house from scratch. My thinking was this way I could build it to my exact needs instead of trying to force someone else’s design to it.

My plan at the time was to make a post whenever I finished said attempt. Well, I did start on it however I got frustrated again because like usual my attempt was turning out to look more like an alien pretending to build a human house than anything else.

Because of that I decided to take a break and come back later… except I got distracted by other games and only now have been getting an itch to play Minecraft again. Ooops!

P.S.: This is my post #3 for Blaugust 2021

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[XCom 2] Blogger Succession Game – Mission 10: Operation Dawn Fort

One of the dangers about having some experience with a game and playing on an easy difficult mode is that you can get cocky. Some times this can lead to some disastrous results. Fortunately that wasn’t the case this time but it came so close to it that it is not even funny. Well, not for me anyway! XD

If by some reason you are just stumbling on this post, it is part of a blogging succession game where each participant blog plays a bit of XCom 2 and then pass on the save to the next blogger. It is being hosted by Naithin of Time to Loot. You can find more about it and a link to all the participating blogs here.

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

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[Xcom 2] Blogger Succession Game – Mission 3: Operation Foolish Sentinel

After the success of the Civilization VI Succession Game, we are doing another one. Once again it is being organized by Naithin of Time to Loot and as the title says we are playing XCom 2! All the details of the event can be found in this link.

The TL;DR version is: Each blogger will play one mission. After that they can spend some time on the Geoscape portion of the game however they see fit until another mission pops up. When that happens they save the game and pass the save file to the next person in the succession.

Oh, we are also putting our own nicknames on the characters and from other bloggers who offered to have their nicknames for this event. The catch is everybody agreed that if any of our namesake characters die we would be totally fine with it.

I even made a Strawpoll of who they thought would die in this mission. Apparently there were a couple of people who were really optimistic about their odds.

The bloggers participating this time are, in playing order:

  1. Naithin
  2. Mr Peril (aka Roger)
  3. Rakuno (Yours truly!)
  4. MagiWasTaken (aka Dan)
  5. Rambling Redshirt
  6. Kluwes
  7. UnwiseOwl

That is enough with introductions. Let’s get on with the show!

Credits: Image at the top created by Naithin.

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