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Console Gaming

My husband recently did some furniture adjustments (when I got my new desk for Christmas) leaving a lot of space around our main living room TV – and this allowed us to FINALLY set up some of our consoles that have been collecting dust – namely the PS4 and the Switch.

It has been years since we’ve had the PS4 plugged in because little fingers tend to ruin everything within range. The last game I bought was Horizon, and we barely got a chance to play that. Now that we have two kids the threat of destruction has become even more real.

I subscribed us to PS Plus for the free games you get each month to help temporarily grow our library (it was during their sale, so the price was nice) and I’ve been contemplating whether or not we want to add an XBox to the collection of consoles. What do I mean by collection of consoles?

It’s a dream of me and my husband’s to eventually have a nice games room where we can put our consoles (and games) on display. We have a nintendo, super nintendo, PS2, a nintendo 64, WiiU, PS4, Vita, 3DS, Game boy colour, game boy advance, and a few other things I can’t remember off the top of my head. We’d like to have a comfortable room with shelves to display everything and not have to keep it all hidden away from prying hands. Of course that will take some time, and we’ll teach the kids how to take care of these things properly. Right now they’re just busy being kids (which I love, even if it is a handful some days).

Anyway. In all of our collection we have no XBox or any version of it. I’d personally like to get an XBox 360 because I have a craving to play Fable 3 again. One of the few games I have ever finished (the ex got that when I moved out). Of course it would also be nice to get an xbox one, and use a VPN with it. We use a VPN here almost daily (hey, we live in Canada, it’s hard to find people who DON’T use a VPN) and we’re always looking for ease and simplicity when it comes to setting it up.

Whatever we decide, I know our collection isn’t going anywhere while we wait for the perfect time to get everything set up. We just need to have a little patience.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Gaming Schedules

I make it no secret that my life runs by schedules. In order to help keep my agoraphobia under control there are days where I have to schedule the most mundane tasks to keep myself moving through the day. Not all days are like that, but they happen. It’s no big deal to me to schedule what games I’m playing because it helps keep me focused. I like to wander (I consider myself a nomadic gamer) and I could potentially spend all of my free time trying to think about what to play, rather than actually playing.

I created the schedule above for this week to help me spread out the games I am / want to play, and keep me focused. I have my comfort games, my misc games, the flavour of the month, and on Wednesdays I have a wildcard game. What that means is I’ve exported my steam game list to a google sheet, and I’m using RNG to decide on a game from my library to play. I have (at the time of this post) 367 steam games. I bet I haven’t even played 100 of those games thanks to discounts and humble bundles. I want to change that, and I don’t want it to be overwhelming so I’m starting with one day a week. Maybe I’ll find a gem.

The RNG rules are pretty simple. If it’s a game I’ve played before I’ll re-roll. I don’t have to play it for a specified amount of time, but I should make at least a solid one hour effort. Maybe I’ll find something new I enjoy. I tend to play games that are seated deeply within my comfort zone – and I want to change that.

Schedules can be flexible. If I don’t play the games in the schedule that’s fine, nothing wrong with that. It’s just meant as a fence to help guide me during moments of blindness, if that makes sense. So I don’t just wander down the side of a mountain for an hour straight before all my gaming time is gone.

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

Dwarf Fortress

Dwarf Fortress is a special type of game. You either love it or you hate it. There are menus upon menus upon menus and for beginners like me, a tileset is necessary to make sense of what the heck is going on.

PlayerVShobbies started up a game last night and was asking for Dwarf names. Of course this piqued my interest especially because I saw she was using a tileset that made things so much easier to see. I asked her what she was using, and she mentioned something called the lazy newbie pack.

These starter kits are specially made for beginners to get up playing the game with a minimal amount of fuss, and she also had some great suggestions on YouTubers to watch.

The starter pack I’m using is this one here, and right now since I’m completely new I’m just getting used to the basics. I was able to name my Dwarves and get a room in a mountain mined, and I was figuring out zones when I had to call it a night and take care of the baby then get some sleep. It’s still more progress than I’ve ever made in the game, and I can’t wait for my dwarves to die a horrible horrible death.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Wurm – Online?!

Wurm Online is still very much a thing, even though there is also Wurm Unlimited now which is the game on steam with self hosted or servers hosted by others. That’s where I play on Sklotopolis. Before WU, I played on WO, for many many years. Some of the features in WO are NOT on WU, and this winter the developers have done a pretty good job in luring players back.

WO is a F2P game – but you do need premium time if you expect to get anywhere. Premium is less than a AAA mmo would cost, but it’s still a fee. I started out my WO days on Deliverance, and then hopped around to various servers as they opened, eventually settling on Xanadu.

Over the years I felt off, living there. Xanadu is HUGE, and I didn’t feel connected to any part of it.

When WO announced the new changes they were implementing to fishing, priests, and wagoneers, I decided that it was time to return to my roots. I sold off my old Xanadu place and headed back to Deliverance, where I joined up in an alliance with Yaga, a longtime player I’ve known for ages.

Deliverance is comfortable and every day I see names in GL-Freedom that I recognize. Pingpong, Elwood, Velvetsun, these are all folks I’ve “known” in game for at least 7 years, probably longer. The developers loosened the restrictions on priests, we still can’t improve items, but we can do a lot more activities than before. I can actually build, which is a start.

I can’t dig, or pack the ground as a priest of Smeagain, but I do have an alt that can do those things for me.

I won’t lie, it feels REALLY good to be playing again. Wurm has always been a home for me, and for whatever reason the game just touches every single aspect I’ve ever enjoyed in a video game. Hopefully it’s a home for many years to come.

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

Mesmer Antics

With my husband home on paternity leave, I have a smidge more free time than usual, and I’ve found myself dipping back into GW2 again. I remember there were some things I wanted to work on but now I can’t remember what those things were for the life of me. I know one goal I wanted to accomplish was to obtain my first ever epic. I can’t remember WHICH epic it was though. I’m thinking maybe it was a sword for my mesmer? That’s the character I’m maining these days.

Still, GW2 is an easy enough game to get back into. You can find a story line and pick up exactly where you left off. Right now I’m working on my personal story (completed it on another account but not this one) and then I’ll progress through the rest of the seasons / stories / expansions like normal. Will I actually make any progress? That’s always to be seen, but it’s a lot of fun in the meantime and there are still a good number of friends playing which always helps.

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

I Just Want it to Work

Time is precious to everyone, but when a majority of it is eaten up by kids, some things change. For me, that things is I simply don’t have the hours free any more to try to fix stuff that doesn’t work.

My computer was a major issue. Trying to find the time to solve why it wouldn’t start up ended up being a week long endevour. I can’t just ignore my family to work on it.

This week, it was my old fitbit charge HR. It should have been simple. Plug it in and charge it, put the receiver into my PC, link the device to my profile and ta da. Instead my PC refuses to acknowledge the device, though it works well enough on my laptop (an issue with bluetooth and windows 10 I’m told). Now it doesn’t want to hold a charge, and I’ve been troubleshooting what I can but there’s just no way for me to spend hours trying to diagnose the problem.

At this stage of my life I just want things to work. I want them to work as they should, out of the box, without having to spend hours and hours figuring it out. That’s one of the main reasons I contemplated going to a pre-built gaming laptop rather than futz around with my PC (again).

It feels like for a lot of things, that’s just too much to ask.

Getting Healthy Together with Challenges

One of my 2019 goals is to get back to my pre-baby weight. I gained an enormous 70lbs with my second child, and I’ve lost 35lbs of it, which leaves me with roughly 40lbs to lose this year. My husband also wants to get more fit, his job requires him to be in the best shape he can be. I decided that we should have monthly mini challenges we do together to motivate and inspire each other, along with one major challenge for the year. Unique to each of our goals, they’ll reward us with non-food rewards for a job well done.

My year-long goal is of course to lose the 40lbs. The reward? A peloton, something I’ve wanted for a few years now. The monthly goal for January is to go the entire month without eating any fast food. With two young kids we have a habit of grabbing whatever is fast and easy for ourselves, spending far more money than we have to and eating food that doesn’t exactly give us the most nutritious of starts.

If I acomplish this goal for the month of January, I get to buy some yarn – which I am very excited about. Initially I had decided on just a single skein, but my husband decided it should have a monetary value of $100. Each month the goal changes but hopefully leaves us with better eating habits. February I might be able to eat fast food but I’m hoping that because I’ve abstained through all of January the urge to eat poorly will be reduced. By December I’m hoping to be 40lbs lighter with much healthier food choices.

Will it work? No idea. In 2016-2017 I lost 70lbs (after the birth of our first) so I know it’s not an impossible task, but things are so much more hectic with 2 children instead of 1 and I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up. At least I’m trying.

Road to 5 million – for the casual gamer

Before BfA released I was making a fair amount of gold in Warcraft, but that was before my second child was born, and as surprising as it is to say, I had a lot more free time back then. Now, not so much. I earned just a hair shy of 5 million gold and then I spent it on subscriptions, the BfA collector’s edition, all of the battle pets from the shop that I didn’t previously own, and a few other bits and bobs. That depleted my gold but not down to zero.

For 2019 I’d like to try to reach 5 million – but in an ultra casual way. I’m not starting from scratch, I’m starting with a little over 1.5 million gold. I’m averaging things out to 14,000k a day, 365 days, and we’ll see how long it takes me to get there with my play time which ranges between 10 minutes and an hour daily.

I’m confident it’s possible, and I love that it’s something that will span over the entire year rather than just a few short months (that way I don’t feel pressured or that it’s too hectic). I’m not sure what I’ll actually DO with 5 million gold, I haven’t decided if I want to purchase the AH mount – but I probably will, if for no other reason than to be able to use the AH at remote locations where I won’t get phased due to population.

Each month I’ll create a new chart like the one above, so I should have a collection of 12 that put me closer and closer to the end goal. Exciting? Well, depends on how you like to play. For me, yes, this is exciting. I love making gold in WoW, and while I may not be the best at it, it IS something I think I do OK at.

I plan on doing some farming, some crafting, and whatever else manages to pop into my timeline that I can handle. End game? Probably not, but that’s alright.

I probably won’t write about it here every single day, but I’ll try to post at least once a week with the progress, maybe I’ll set it to be every Wednesday just to follow with tradition. Check back next Wednesday to see if I’ve met my goal of 126,000 gold (this is a joke, I’m already at 1,500,000, so if I can’t keep above 126,000 there are some serious issues we’ll have to look at).

Happy gaming no matter where you find yourself!

Priestapalooza

One of my game resolutions for 2019 is to run more player events on Sklotopolis. I’m kicking January off with Priestapalooza, in preparation of the priest changes update that we all hope land on our server in the future. At 100 faith priests are able to cast a new spell, but getting to 100 can be a drag. Sermons with listeners can speed up the process, so I’m hosting a week long event where priests can come for sermons, have some great food, and do some meditation. My goal is for as many people to hit 100 as possible.

In my own roster I have 2 of each priest type, with one Skloso priest. In the future update priests have the ability to cast spells at 100 favour instead of 120, so batteries may become a thing of the past – which I personally am looking forward to. That will let me drop off and ignore 2 alts, rather than continue with 6 characters as I have been.

I’m looking forward to the event, and I hope to run it a few times this year. Hopefully it goes nice and smooth.

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

Sklotopolis Server Events – Troll Invasion

Engineer informed us that some over zealous trolls had taken control of a town on the Novus server and it would be up to us to rescue any survivors and free the town from their wrath. We showed up on horses, no wagons, no carts, our best armour polished, war cries on our lips and we were ready to go.

A lot of troll bodies hit the ground… a lot of players, too. It was awesome. In the end we DID rescue the village, and we were rewarded with donation chests that contained sleep powder for our efforts. It was a fantastic event, a nice change from the player-run slayings, and the rifts that happen.

I’m looking forward to more of these events in the future! I went with Minxes, my Fo priest, and I’m really glad I did – although next time I’m going to take a surplus of gems with me so I can have more favour for healing..

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

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