Games I’ve been playing – January 2022

The month of January felt surprisingly long. I honestly don’t remember when was the last time I played these many games and wasn’t just puttering for 10 minutes in each one.

On the other hand this wasn’t exactly planned. It was just my usual case of ADD kicking in and going “Oh, yeah, there is that game I used to play. I guess I will play it again for a little bit…”

Whatever the case may be I don’t have any regrets about what I played this month!

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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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Games I’ve Been Playing – December 2021

December was a very intensive and busy month as far as gaming went. It felt like every game I cared about decided to release something major and time-sensitive at the same time!

Ok, not all games but enough of them and with enough content to keep me very, very busy.

Although I am happy I played them, this kind of intensive game is just not sustainable. In fact, I am still feeling a bit exhausted by it and if I could take the next few months of gaming at a more leisurely pace that would be nice. But I don’t think that will be possible, knowing certain games… *glares in Fate Grand Order direction*

Anyway, these are the games that kept me busy this month!

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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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Games I’ve been playing – November 2021

A villager that sells armor

It is almost hard to believe that it is December already. I am not ready for the year to end! AAAAAH!

Anyway, November was almost one of those “MUST PLAY ALL THE GAMES!” kind of month. I’d like to say that didn’t happen because I got into a couple of very time consuming games but the truth is my heart just wasn’t into those other games.

It was just my rational mind that told me I should play other games for a reason or another. But every time I thought about playing them I just didn’t feel like it. Consequently I didn’t play more games as I’d rather not force it and sour the experience.

But enough rambling for now. These are the actual games I’ve been playing recently:

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[FFXIV] Back to the grind

Last week I was finally able to get over my mental block of playing with random strangers in MMORPGs. Well, for the most part anyway. I am still feeling a bit shy of doing regular Duty Finder dungeons with others but I am getting over that too, slowly.

Another detail is that instead of grinding to catch up on the post-Shadowbringers MSQ story I am grinding for the Moogle Treasure Trove’s Inferno Jacket… Yeah, I know it is kinda ridiculous how messed up my priorities are.

On the other hand I am not in that much of a rush to go into Endwalker. I am pretty sure even with Early Access those new zones will be crowded and a bit of hell to do anything. So might as well give it a bit of time before checking it out myself.

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 23 – The filler episode

Last session our intrepid heroes finally finished their mission to eliminate General Dawn Hammer. Said mission also came up with a lot of surprises and revelations. Certainly not the last of them but enough to leave us with a lot of information to digest for a while.

But after all that they were overdue for a bit of peace and relaxation which they got in this session.

Just a note before we continue: for some reason OBS gave me an error that evening and I couldn’t record our game. So I had to actually write notes while we were playing.

That means that in my mad haste to write everything down I probably missed or misheard something important. Hopefully my GM and other party members will correct anything I got wrong (assuming they even remember as I am behind on the session write-ups…)

If that turns out to be the case I will edit this post later with the corrections and add them to the start of the next post too.

With that said, let’s get down to the story…

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Games I’ve been playing – October 2021

Seiji Amanome with a creepy expression and saying "A stranger's death dripping with danger and intrigue is a great source of entertainment"

I know I am sounding like a broken record by now but this was another month where things weren’t exactly good, mental health-wise. It began well enough but after a while I just felt irritated with everything for no reason and didn’t feel like doing anything.

Even to play games I had to force myself to do it and I just couldn’t get into it for any long period of time. Consequently I found myself either watching more anime or reading/thinking about TTRPGs a lot more.

I also missed this year’s Halloween event in Final Fantasy XIV which sucks. But I will try to at least do some of the moogle tome’s stuff to at least get that Inferno Jacket. I’d also like to get some other stuff done before the release of Endwalker. We’ll see how it goes!

Anyway, these are the games I’ve played this month!

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 22 – Secret Husk

Last session, our intrepid heroes interrogated one of the pirates they captured, which led to a lot of information for them to digest. Unfortunately at the same time Labor found out that Bygone had been corrupted too much by the Reapers. That forced Labor to temporarily shut down his friend until we could get back to HQ and try to bring Bygone back.

They also setup a trap for their second target, General Dawn Hammer. To lure him into it they posed as Alpha Protocol members who were stranded on a planet with a prothean artifact. Surprisingly enough that worked and they started combat with Dawn Hammer while Donk dealt with the rest of his small army outside.

This session brought even more plot twists and information for the party to deal with!

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