The Fortress Grows

I’ve re-sealed the caverns below after a round of snake-people death that started freaking my dwarves out. Restricting access has done a world of good for the fortress as a whole, but the snake people are bored and want to continue to get slaughtered, apparently.

Hopefully next season we see a caravan, it has been pretty quiet in the realm and it may be time to start over with different settings. We shall see.

Saving Chickens

Dora needed some help rounding up her chickens today, so of course I did. She gave me a cloak in return that looked like it had been used to wash the floors, and was no where near as nice as the cloak I was already wearing. Why her chickens were out wandering with wolves, I have no idea, but hopefully she keeps them closer to home in the future.

Two Point Hospital – DLC

I love two point hospital – and of course that means I was absolutely useless in resisting their two DLC (one is a pre-order). It’s relaxing, and hilarious. Two things that I need a lot of.

First Time Friday – 04 – Battle Chef Brigade

Part visual novel and part gems game (along with some typical JRPG battles), Battle Chef Brigade has you cooking meals and collecting ingredients all while telling you the story of what’s going on lately (which is of course somehow also your fault)

I have no idea what sort of person is eating a bowl of food that appears to be larger than any human around, but it looks delicious so why not.

Road to 5 Million – Update 12

Not a lot of sales this week, but for the ultra casual, we’re still on our way! We’re closing in on 2 million gold, and before long we’ll be half way there.

The auction house mount shall be ours! Even if we only game an hour or two a week at the moment..

WTF Wednesday 06

For $10 I think I’d rather go have real tea…

No Commitment, No Attachment

I’ve been a nomadic gamer for a number of years now, bouncing around from game to game depending on my mood at the time. Sometimes it’s something new, but in most cases it has been the same few games I bounce from over the past 10 years. EverQuest. EverQuest 2. Eve Online. World of Warcraft. Wurm Online. Guild Wars 2.

The problem with this method of gaming is that you don’t form an attachment to it. You don’t feel invested in the game, and playing for little spots of time here and there every few months leaves you feeling pretty empty and unsatisfied – at least in my case. In order to feel satisfied when I am gaming (in an MMO at least) I need to feel some sort of commitment to the game. I need to create some sort of attachment. If I play for an hour and then leave, that doesn’t exist.

I’m trying to be better about it. Trying to stick with games for longer then my average of just a few days – but it’s difficult. Not just because my attention span wanders but also because the free time I have to game fluctuates on such a huge scale that it’s not exactly something I can plan.

What am I playing right now?

  • WoW
  • EVE Online
  • Wurm Online
  • 1x random game once a week for First Time Fridays

It’s working out, but then there are still games like The Sims and Dwarf Fortress and Guild Wars 2 that I try to interject. There are so many games that I really have a lot of fun in that I just can’t make the time for, and it frustrates me. Anyone else get this way?

Torn Thoughts on The Agency

I have mixed feelings about The Agency screen that is now in EVE. I’m not sure when it was added, but it’s new to me, and while I like the fact that it gives people some direction on what they can do in the current system, I don’t like that it has made HI a LOT busier, and it feels like it has taken a bit away from the people who used to chase down those events on their own.

As an example, in the system I live in there is ice mining, and normally you’d have to scan down the signature for those with probes and find your way there – but now they just show up in The Agency, so there are over 50 people in what was once a quiet area, all mining ice.

On the other hand sometimes I’m at a loss on what I want to do, so seeing it all in a neat and tidy list is nice, I can just choose something and go from there. The direction and guidance is nice for those who need it or those times that I need it. There are still things ‘hidden’ in the system, but there’s a much larger chance of it being promoted (or such is my experience so far).

Lost a Tengu..

It was bound to happen sooner or later. I got in over my head. I had been flying my helios around scanning signatures when I found a particularly interesting wormhole. It was a class 5 which I knew was dangerous, but still I wanted to try. Inside were 8 more signatures, and one was a relic site. Since I had such luck with my first relic site I decided I’d take a peek. My helios warped in and immediately some big nasty were there, so I left and decided to attend with my Tengu instead.

Well, that was a huge mistake. I was jammed and webbed and I hadn’t aligned myself with a way out (though I did have the exit pinned at least) and unlike my helios who made it out, the Tengu was almost instantly smushed (NOT a good ship for tanking, the way I have it fit).

Insurance paid 35,000,000 ISK but the total value of the ship including fitting, was 895,000,000 ISK. My most expensive loss to date. There’s a saying that you shouldn’t fly anything you can’t afford to lose, and that holds true no matter where you are or what you’re flying.

Thankfully I could afford to replace it – and while I was on my way to Jita to do some shopping a good friend of mine logged in and helped replace those funds. He’s been playing a lot longer than I have, has more skills than I would ever know what to do with, and I regard him quite highly so this was a really big deal to me. Shopping in Jita was quick, prices were good, and I flew back home in my new Tengu – I’m still looking for a name for it.

Losing the ship sucked, but again, it’s EVE – and whether it’s players or pirates, you just have to be prepared. I, was not. For now I’m back to HI missions and grinding some faction, and doing simple mining runs.

Fly safe!

First Relic Site

After much humming and hawing over things, I decided to reactivate my account in EVE Online and dive in. Not only did I activate my main account, but I actually activated two accounts, my main and an alt. Why both? So I could have a dedicated miner and hauler, of course.

Once that was set up and I figured out what skills I wanted to train, I took a bit of a break from mining and went scanning some signatures. Out of the four that were in my area, three were wormholes, and one was a relic site, which I had never heard of before.

They’re a lot like data sites (which I’ve heard of but never discovered on my own). An area that was filled with little canisters that I had to play a mini game with. I failed one (twice) and the entire thing blew up. Hope there was nothing good inside. The others I managed to beat, and was rewarded with some pretty generic crafting supplies (which I am always happy to have, as I do a lot of industry). Obviously the rewards vary, and if you’re in LowSec or NullSec they’ll be better (risk vs. reward). Still, it felt good to find one and solve it, even if I did have to train archaeology I before I could scan the site.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

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