[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 14 – Pew Pew in Space 2

Coming into this session I was hoping we were going to get some answers to questions from the previous session. Unfortunately for reasons that I will talk about soon we didn’t get them. Still we were able to advance the main plot a little… only to soon get sidetracked. XD

By the way, for this session I tried to record the game in the hopes of making my write ups more accurate. I tried it a long time ago, during the Knights of Errant series, but for some reason it didn’t work back then and I resorted to making written notes. This time it worked perfectly, allowing me to focus more on the game and less on trying to write as fast as possible.

Despite that I will still put my 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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Playing Tabletop RPGs solo

A while ago I read a post on reddit of a guy commenting on his characters for a solo tabletop RPG campaign. At the time I looked down at the idea playing tabletop RPGs solo. Choose your own adventure games, sure, that is cool. But playing a regular tabletop RPG by your lonesome just felt silly to me.

Then I thought about it a bit more and realized there were several good reasons to play it solo. More importantly than that I remembered something that should have been in my mind from the beginning: the way people spend their own free time is their own business and none of mine. I shouldn’t judge it as doing so is just plain wrong.

I still kept thinking about it though, to the point where I realized there were a few situations where it could be interesting to me too. These are the one that I can think of, right now:

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Games I’ve been playing – March 2021

Moriarty saying this will be a tale of regret

Although I haven’t quite gotten out of the “Play all the games!” mindset yet, it has abated quite considerably. Part of the reason is because my passion for the games I was playing has cooled considerably for now. The other part is because I’ve been immersing myself a lot into tabletop RPG. It isn’t even because of the campaigns I am playing, it is just my usual madness taking over.

Anyway, March has brought some interesting new incursions in gaming as well as some retreats. Yet my mind still desires to finish a bunch of half- or almost-finished games, but my heart just wasn’t in there. Maybe in April it will be different.

Regardless of all that, here is what I have been up to.

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 13 – Late Night TV Courtroom Drama

Since last session I was curious to see how Tiberus’ court martial was going to go. There were certain ways I was expecting it to finish but definitely didn’t expect the consequences we actually got. In retrospect I should have expected at least one of those given certain events.

Before we get into the meat of it though, I will try to insert a bit more of the fluffy RP we go through into these posts. In the past I cut them out from the write-up because they are already big as is and they don’t add anything to the main story. However they give a glimpse to each character’s personality and that might be interesting to some readers.

If I feel it is making these posts unmanageably big then I will get back to cutting them out.

Alright, with all that said here is my usual disclaimer:

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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[Civ VI] Long Live the Queen – Need more Pylons, I mean, Production (Turns 401 – 410)

It’s been a long time since my last turn at this succession game. So long that I am feeling pretty rusty at playing it. Granted there was nothing preventing me from playing Civilization VI between my turns, in fact I almost considered it. But I haven’t been feeling in the mood for it and even if I did then it would be with all the DLCs which would not help me much here as we are playing it with just the base game.

Anyhoo, if you just stumbled here somehow, this post is part of a collaborative Succession Game of Civilization VI where different blogger each take 10 turns playing the game then pass on the save to the next player. It is being hosted by Naithin of Time to Loot and you can find a link to all the participants, their posts about the event and other information here.

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

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 12 – Zero Persuasion

It’s been 4 weeks since our last Mass Effect session. I didn’t even realize that until our GM commented on that.

Despite the long pause I think it was the best for us because I, at least, came back re-energized and excited to get back into the campaign.

The only bummer was that Lylid and Linu’s players had to stop playing with us due to real life commitments. Besides losing cool people to play with this also altered our party dynamics and we won’t know the full effects of that until a few sessions down the line.

With any luck though they may be able to play with us again soon.

Alright. Now let me put my usual disclaimer here and let’s get on with the show.

Disclaimer: 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 #8: Brass Ingots, Mechanized Crafter and an attempt at a basement

Mechanical Crafters creating Grinding Wheels

You know that moment in a JRPG when you unlock the airship and you feel like a lot of possibilities opened up to you? That is how it felt to me when I got the ability to make brass ingots in Create because it opens a lot of interesting machinery in the mod.

However more options can be a double-edged sword, specially for someone who is chronically indecisive like me.

Let me explain how everything went in my last few sessions of Minecraft, maybe that will make things more clear.

In case anyone is curious about which mods I am using, you can find the current list here.

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Games I’ve been playing – February 2021

Some random guy bowing down to my character in a cutscene

This was one of those months where I got the urge to “PLAY ALL THE GAMES!!!!1!!!one!!!eleven!!!”. But as usual when I get that kind of feeling my ambitions end up being greater than what I can actually play.

It didn’t help that my sleep has been extra bad this month so there were some days where I didn’t have the energy or the desire to play anything. Instead I chose to just lay on the bed and watch something as it required less effort.

The other reason is that I spent a good chunk of time preparing to DM a D&D one-shot for some of my group. This I consider time well spent. We all had a blast and I gained some confidence in my abilities to DM a game… as long as I have a written adventure, that is. XD

I will still have to prove to myself that I can make a whole adventure from scratch but that is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Anyway, this is what I’ve been up to in gameland:

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 11 – The Big Yeet

This session our mission in the Hades Initiative finally ended. Or least the part of it in the station. Like I said before, the mission doesn’t end until we are back in HQ, reporting to Yulaya.

Anyway, what I am trying to say with this intro is that it ended exactly the way we deserved, given all the shenanigans we did.

Before we continue though, my usual disclaimer:

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 #7: Building farms, enchanting and capturing a blaze

Since my last post there has been some major developments in my current Minecraft world. It is now getting to the point where I feel like I can start on some major projects that I have been putting off due to the lack of certain resources.

I am also starting to feel like I am not muddling through as much in this game and have a better grasp of it.

Before we begin though let me add a small disclaimer…

Disclaimer: I am playing a modded Minecraft. If you play with vanilla your experiences may differ. For a full list of my current mods check this page.

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