Games I’ve been playing – January 2021

For some reason for me January felt like it was all over the place. Looking at the games I’ve actually played (as opposed to the ones I thought about playing) there wasn’t all that much variation.

I am guessing the sensation comes mostly from real life events which certainly felt like there were quite a few.

To top it all off I have been sick for the last three days. Don’t worry it wasn’t anything serious and I am almost back at 100% health. But it does mean I am starting February with low energy and a lot more introspection than usual.

Anyway, this is what I have been up to during in January, gaming-wise:

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Farewell Final Fantasy XIV (For now)

A while ago I mentioned I was going to end my subscription to Final Fantasy XIV. Not because I am tired of the game or anything like that. It is just that because the economy here is so terrible right now that I have to be more stingy on what I spend my money on. Specially if it is something in dollars, which is the case with this game.

I should have done that a long time ago but I thought I could finish the Shadowbringers patches to see how that storyline ended. The problem was that I couldn’t do the content from those patches right away because it required a higher iLevel than what I had.

Still I thought I could grind enough crafting levels and dungeons to get the new gear that would give me the required iLevel.

Unfortunately I never got the patience for that grind. Yes, I know that getting crafting and gathering levels are stupidly easy right now. So much that it is barely a grind anymore. But it is still a grind, even if a minor one.

And I have no idea when I will get the patience for it, even more so when I am pretty much hooked into Minecraft. So it doesn’t make sense for me to keep paying subscription for a game I am not playing.

I eventually want to get back into Final Fantasy XIV and see how the story continues though. Shadowbringer’s story was one of the best in the entire Final Fantasy franchise which makes me want to see what comes next. It will just have to wait until I am in the right mindset for it (and hopefully the economy is better too).

The Minecraft Logs #6: Building and exploration

Once again I should have wrote this post a long time ago as there were significant progress in my game, enough that I might forget about it if I were to keep postponing it.

Part of the reason for the delay is that there was something I wanted to build and test out first before making a post. I only did it this weekend and although the results weren’t what I expected it was still a pretty good learning experience.

Before I get to that though there is a bunch of other stuff I’ve been doing in Minecraft that I’d like to mention.

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 9 – A Hitman mission gone wrong

I thought our plan in the last session was kind of ridiculous (but fun!) . I found out I can do a lot worse with the right mix of inspiration and desperation. I am not sure how to feel about it.

But before we continue let me just put the usual disclaimer here:

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 #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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