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Blaugust is almost Upon us!

Don’t know what Blaugust is? Well, it’s a community event where you attempt a few goals in regards to blogging. It could be blog every day, blog on weekends, write about a specific topic, something that challenges you. This will be the 6th year that I’ve had the pleasure of participating in Blaugust, and I’m pretty excited because so far in 2019 I’ve managed a blog post every single day. Now, you might not want to blog every day – and that’s great, but I had started this blog back in 2006 and absolutely loved writing – then I had kids, and suddenly my 20-30 posts a month became 5 and sometimes even less than that. Now that my children are 3 and 1 I want to be able to devote more time towards those things I used to do and remind myself that I’m not JUST a Mom. I’m blogging every day to prove to myself that I can do it, because I enjoy it.

You can find all of the details about Blaugust over on Belghast’ site. There’s also a discord set up to share posts, share ideas, and just generally mingle and get to know your fellow bloggers. Have you never had one before but always wanted to start one? We can help. Need some motivation? Look no further. To help out there is everything from a colourful schedule to a media kit, and I promise, no one bites.


Ah yes, world of warcraft. When they offered a free mount in exchange for 6 months of game time, I just couldn’t say no, especially since I had a lot of blizzard cash saved up. I returned to the game just as 8.2 released, though I had no idea of it at the time.

I spent a few days doing simple tasks, checking the auction house, trying to earn some money, looking at my characters and wondering what they were supposed to do. I’ve been playing a monk as my main for a few years now, and decided to continue along with that.

I found myself in Nazjatar, with ilevel 350, and in my tank spec I’m pretty over powered. A few quests later, I learned how to upgrade my necklace and I’m sitting at 370 ilevel, with some pretty nice 400 gear. I still only have a vague idea of what I’m supposed to be doing, but it’s fun, and it feels wonderful to be playing again. Even if I spent most of my time doing pet battles.

Finding a (new) Home

Due to the nomadic way in which I approach gaming, I’ve gotten kicked out of far more guilds than I can keep track of. I wander to and from games, dipping in here and there depending on my moods. I’ve learned over the years that it’s best if I just stick with my own personal guild, because at least then I can’t get kicked out.

I get tired and lonely of that, though. So I put out a call to friends on twitter to see if I could find a home.

I ended up on Hyjal (horde) with a guild called Seaghyn on advice of a friend. They have an incredibly active discord, though it’s not very active in game, I really don’t mind. It’s a start, at least.

I can’t raid because my hours are far too sporadic, but at least this gives me a tiny little glimmer of some sort of gaming. Even if I’m just pretending to myself.

Finding my Star Team

I’m still trying to grind my way through hard mode in Dragon Cliff, but I’ve come up against a bit of a wall. I need better gear, and better characters. Once you unlock ancient it’s a waiting game with RNG to see when you’ll get the next tier, called ‘star’. I’ve only unlocked a handful, and I need many more. Until then I’ve just been grinding.

Still, it’s the best $5 I’ve ever paid for an idle game. I think I have over 100 hours into the game now, and it was well worth the price of entry.

Still Waiting

You know who you are!

Steam Sale Additions..

Normally a steam sale happens and I don’t end up getting anything at all. Whether it’s because the games I really want are actually not discounted, or because there’s just nothing that piques my interest, this time was different.

I went in with a budget, stuck to it, and walked away with 7 new games (8 if you count Dragon Cliff, the idle game I wrote about previously). I’m pretty excited about everything from my list, they’re all games I know I will enjoy (to varying degrees) and all games I’ve wanted for quite some time. I decided instead of splurging on a really expensive game, I’d take a look at my list and purchase some of the less-expensive (but still highly anticipated) things I wanted.

Garden Paws in particular I’ve been eyeballing for a while because a few friends play it and spoke highly of it. Whether or not I actually manage to carve out any time to play, well, we’ll have to see.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

A Place for Idle Games

My latest game fancy is a game called Dragon Cliff – and it’s an idle game on steam. That means it’s mostly hands off, something that you can leave running while you do other things. This one is a ton of fun and you can be as hands on or off as you want.

You have a town, you have some adventurers, you can craft, send them out to fight things, auto fight, return home with all the loot. There are areas that are locked until you level up, you want to try to have your minions get a bit stronger (of course) and it’s just incredibly addictive. It’s silly, since you don’t actually DO a lot, but it gives you a sense of accomplishment when your gaming time may be restricted or interrupted by say, two young children.

I think there’s a definite place for games like these. They might be silly, but they let you remember that you’re a gamer when you may not have the energy to actually dive in. This is important. It might not take a lot of skill per say to play these games, but it’s something I can leave up and running, step away from instantly, and still feel as though I’ve done something gaming related.

It’s also a great price point, $5 CAD – if you enjoy idle games at all I highly suggest checking this one out and if you’ve never played one before this is a great opportunity at not much cost.

Happy 13th Blog Birthday

That’s right, June 25th 2006 was the very first blog post I posted here. The URL may have changed, but the blog has remained pretty much the same over that time. I’ve talked about my love of gaming and I’ve done my best to keep a positive attitude about it all. Over the years I’ve tossed in some other hobbies, but I think the style has remained pretty consistent.

I’ve had numerous opportunities present themselves to me because of writing here. I’ve met some amazing people. It was because of my posts here that I got a job with Beckett Massive Online Gamer when that magazine was around. I wrote about Aion, EQ2, Wizard 101, and other games. From there I moved to working with the good people at SOE, I flew to California and met the team of Vanguard, and when Beckett MOG shut down, I landed a job with Carbine Studios. I swapped around a bit there and found myself with NCSOFT.

I eventually gave that job up and focused on starting my family and being a full time Mom, which is where I’m at now. My son is almost 3, and my daughter is almost 1. When I started the blog I was living in Ottawa Ontario. I moved to Kelowna, British Columbia – and now I live in Saskatchewan. I got married. Friends have passed away, and new friends have been made. It has been quite amazing to think back about these things.

Over 13 years I’ve made 3,482 (now 3,483 after this one) posts. Some have been thoughtful in-depth assessments of games and other posts have been nothing but a screen shot. I think that no matter what, I’ve kept true to myself.

Happy Birthday, to me. Here’s to 13 more!

Astralaria Part One – Complete

Thanks to my amazing guild mates PixelOne, Cheyenne, Ironwolf, and Ogur, after a few fractal runs yesterday I am done the first step in obtaining my legendary weapon, Astralaria. Next I need to craft The Device, and then I can move on to part II. For this I need to do a few daily crafts (globs, mostly) and I’m trying to harvest as many components as I can to cut down costs. Most of what I need is iron ore, which conveniently has some static rich nodes that I can harvest each day. I do also need a lot of rugged leather, which I’m finding more difficult to obtain, and I may end up purchasing instead.

Getting a legendary weapon is daunting to me, especially when I look at the incredibly long list of components, but taking bite sized chunks and working on it has been much easier. If I could get it done by December that would be amazing, but I think it will take a bit longer than that, given that my playtime is sporadic at best. I’m still just doing little things here and there in between everything else going on in life.

5,000 Goal Reached!

It may have taken over 6 years, but I finally reached 5,000 achievement points in Guild Wars 2 – and I’m really proud and happy that I did. It rewarded me with a ton of stuff, including 400 gems, a new skin unlocked, 15 gold, some laurels, a title, and more. For my final few points I ended up running around the starter cities purchasing the cultural T1/T2 armour to unlock some fashion achievements. As Pixel_One is always saying, end game in GW2 is Fashion Wars – and it’s completely true.

Today I’m hoping our guild can get together for a fractal run. I need Cliffside in order to finish the first of three parts to my precurser weapon. I’m excited to almost be done this one part, in a long chain of parts that I’ll need to accomplish. I happen to think the legendary axe is worth it, so I’m confident I’ll get there, one day.

As we inch closer to the 7th year anniversary I can’t help but get a bit excited at whatever might be planned. I also joined a VERY active guild yesterday for my 5th guild slot. There are over 400 members, and last night 100 were online. They do have a policy that if you don’t log in for 8 days (giving notice is fine) they remove from the guild, so that’s 400+ active members which is nice. They have scheduled events including raffles and an active discord. I just wanted a few people to hang out with during my random play times, and since you can be in 5 guilds at once and very little changes, I’m pretty excited.

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

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