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Anno 1800

I’ve never played the previous Anno games, but playing Anno 1800 makes me wish that I had. If you’re a fan of games like Civilization, Banished, and Tropico, then you might like this game, too.

The graphics are amazing. I started on a pretty easy setting so I could get a feel for the gameplay and I’m playing a single player campaign mode but I did also try out multiplayer with my husband. It ran smooth and again the graphics were just absolutely stunning.

The voice acting is particularly well done and does a great job of getting me into the story. I won’t post spoilers here, but needless to say you’re not just building a town for the heck of it, there are reasons behind your actions, and whichever path you choose has consequences.

There’s also some ‘where’s waldo-esc’ quests in the game which may or may not be your cup of tea. Personally, I love trying to find the hidden people on my map (or someone else’ map as the case was one time). It’s a little quirk that stands out.

My town isn’t too far along yet, not everything is 100% intuitive (for me at least) and I’ve had to stumble my way around some UI elements, but needless to say, despite the price tag ($80 CAD on steam) this game makes me smile the entire time I play – and lets not even get started on the mind blowing soundtrack.

Farming Simulator 2019

I started by playing through a tutorial-esc game which introduced me to a bunch of tractors and then told me I could hire workers to complete the tasks for me (yay) making running a farm WAY more enjoyable.

Running through the world I felt like I was in an MMO. The plants all move and sway in the wind, and my character (hey I was able to make a female avatar, that was neat) just drank it all in.

I haven’t started anything past the tutorial yet, but I can’t wait to get my farm off the ground!

Happy Birthday To Me

Today I dinged, level 38. It feels a lot like 37. I don’t mind leveling up at all, my 30s have been so much better than my 20s, and I’m proud of the life I have.

I did get some awesome gifts. My good friend Moumix bought me Farming Simulator 2019 which I have had on my wishlist since it came out. I’m so excited to give this a try.

I also decided to spoil myself and bought Anno 1800 on steam before they remove the sales and it goes to the Epic Launcher as an exclusive. They are accepting payment until release, which I thought was neat to see. It doesn’t make much of a difference to me which platform I play it on, but I do like trying to keep most of my games in one place.

Anno releases the 16th, and I’ve never played any of the series before, but I did spend some time watching videos on it. I can’t wait to dive in.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

Leveling the Alts

Earlier this year I ran Priestpalooza, and I finally reached 100 faith on my Sklotopolis main, Stargrace. I have a priest for each faith just because I’m some sort of weird completionist. I got close to 100 on my Fo priest, but I was just out of reach (90 faith). This week I’ve been camped out at an alliance mate’s deed, frantically doing sermons every 3h and providing listeners for everyone else doing sermons. Right now my priest is at 99.3 faith, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to complete it and reach 100 by tomorrow.

100 faith means I no longer need a battery link to cast Lifetransfer, something that I am very much looking forward to. My Vynora priest can cast Mindstealer without the need for a battery too, and it’s fantastic.

Linking with other priests is required for an achievement, but it ups the difficulty of the spell you’re casting. Eventually I’d like to work on the priest achievements, but there’s so much to do and so much going on in game that I’m not in any rush.

Still, it will feel nice to reach 100 on the alt, that’s for sure. I am undecided if I want to continue leveling up the Magnaron and Libila priests, we’ll just have to see.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Feather and Fan Scarf

I needed a new project now that I finished the socks I had been working on, so I decided next up would be a simple scarf. It’s a bit hard to tell the pattern in my picture because it’s all bunched up and you won’t be able to see it until I block it at the end.

The colour is actually a deep green too, I’ll have to get a better picture in the future.

About that Legacy Family..

It has been a while since I played Sims 4, I installed it once I got my new video card (I’m now sporting a 2080 instead of the gtx 760 I had been using for years) but the itch came back and I re-started for the billionth time. I created my legacy Sim, and plopped her down on an empty lot.

I always seem to get about four generations in when something goes horribly wrong and I have to give up. It will be a computer issue, or a bug that stops all progress or wipes my entire family out or something like that.

I’m hoping to make it past the 4th generation this time. A new game pack has been announced, and I own everything up to that point thanks to some sales in the past. Of course once I bought everything I have barely played it, so I have a lot of new to me content to explore.

Bowling?! Don’t mind if I do.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

It’s Here It’s Here!

I have been waiting for the latest update to come to wurm unlimited for about a month now. You know the one that changes how priests work, allowing them to no longer require linking, revamped fishing, and a bunch of other awesome changes including adding cache to archaeology?

Well it’s finally here, and I have been having a ton of fun with it. First up, archaeology. I have a few deeds on my own deed, so I dug up the cache from those (I had no idea it was a physical cache) and then found a place to keep the miniature tokens. Problem is I’m going to end up with a TON of miniature tokens, and a lot of duplicates. I’m hoping to trade people for tokens that they don’t have and then expand the collection. Maybe creating an entire building for them eventually. I haven’t quite decided.

It’s a fantastic bunch of changes to the game, and I can’t wait to explore them in more depth as time goes on. Have a favourite change? Let me know in comments!

GW2Efficiency

This one little change to a quality of life thing has become so very handy and I couldn’t be more tickled that they added it. GW2efficiency is a site that allows you to track all sorts of useful information about your characters across your account thanks to the GW2 API key. Now I have a reminder about doing daily crafting and world bosses, for those days where I am not sure what I want to get done.

If you’re not using the site, I HIGHLY recommend checking them out. It’s completely worth it.

Lets Talk Steam vs. Epic (again)

This conversation that friends and the rest of my circles are having doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon, so I figured why not weigh in. I know I normally come across as having little opinion on stuff going on in the gaming world, and I stick to mainly positive topics that revolve around my little world of gaming, but why not.

To start things off – yes, it is annoying having a billion launchers. It’s probably one of my most disliked features of gaming these days, but it is what it is. I have multiple launchers, I have steam, I have bnet, I have origin, and I have stand alone games that have no launcher at all. I can lose track of what games I have where, so I get that aspect of the frustration of games being Epic Launcher Exclusives.

What I can’t get behind is the anger and frustration pointed at Epic for attempting to lure developers over to their side with exclusives by offering them sweeter deals and putting more money into the pockets of said developers (or the companies they work for). That is what a game company is. It’s a business, and going to the platform that is going to give them more money makes sense. Now the one instance where this does bug me is where the game has already promised to come out on a specific platform, and then changes their mind, leaving those users in the dust. In that instance, yes, I feel the buyers have every right to be upset.

I do not fault developers (or companies) for wanting more money in their pockets. I do not think Epic is coercing those companies, and I do not think Epic is forcing them. There are options and choices, you pick the best one for xyz internal reason that most of us armchair developers can only guess at. There is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with competition. There is nothing wrong with Valve having to work a bit harder to keep the developers they have who want to launch on their platform no questions asked. The anger and vitriol against Epic or against people who are OK using their launcher or playing those exclusive games, frustrates me. There are better things to be focusing that energy on.

Plus, it’s not as though those games are exclusives for life. It’s a limited deal. If you feel that strongly about using the launcher then as a customer do what is right for you and vote with your wallet. Wait for the game to release on the platform that you’re OK with.

Now lets all move on to some happier gaming commentary.

Unlocking Guild Armour

I love the way my little asura looks these days! Guardians, watch out! The glowing ghost on her shirt is our guild logo, and I think it’s adorable.

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