Streaming: Week of July 15

Streaming: Week of July 15

A new week means a new stream schedule! Last week, my depression hit me hard, so I didn’t particularly do much gaming in general. Today doesn’t feel much better on that front, but I’m hoping it evens out a bit for the week.

Due to not being able to stream due to health, I never did my 100 follower giveaway. So I plan on doing that on Sunday the 22nd @ 4:30PM EST/8:30PM GMT while I stream some more Life is Strange! The giveaway is for a $10 USD steam code giveaway. If you’d like to participate, you must be following my Twitch page, and you must be in chat at the time to enter the raffle.

For a change up this week, I’m going to be doing a little bit of WoW to dive into some of the few final things I want to grind out before BfA (before I’m no longer eligible).

Thank you to everybody who supports my streams and content in general. I appreciate all of you for understanding health comes first, and sticking with me through that. Y’all are such awesome people.

Blaugust Reborn (& Mini-Cast!)

Blaugust Reborn (& Mini-Cast!)

It’s Here!

Blaugust is back! I participated back in 2015 (my first year), and then again in 2016. I had a lot of fun both times I participated, and I’m glad that Bel brought it back after a hiatus last year. This time, Blaugust is a combination of the heart of Blaugust as a whole, as well as the former Newbie Blogger Initiative. All bloggers of all sorts (gaming, fashion, tech, food) are welcome to participate! If you’re interested, be sure to check out Bel’s post and sign up with the links he’s provided!

I signed up to participate again, this year—as a mentor. So what does that mean? Well, I’m still a full-fledged participant, but as Bel describes it, those that are mentors are more of the “camp counselors” that help to keep things running, answer questions, provide ideas, etc. I think it’s going to be a great turn out, this year. I’m also looking forward to the more structured format, which gave me an idea to try out something new…

Blaugust Reborn Mini-Cast

I want to try to put together a mini-podcast for the month (and a half) Blaugust is running. I’d like to get participants to send me short audio files answering some of the questions below. They can be expanded upon in a blog post, or not. But I wanted others to give advice, introduce themselves, etc. in a simple and digestible format. So, here’s what I was thinking! Folks that want to participate in the Mini-cast should:

  • Create a 10-20 minute audio clip answering a smattering of the below questions
  • Load the audio clip into a file-sharing location (Dropbox, Drive, etc.)
  • DM me in Discord (from the Blaugust discord) with the link to your audio file

I’ll announce here when I’ve the podcast set up, and will announce when the episodes go live in the Blaugust Reborn Discord. I still haven’t completely decided where I’m going to host it because I only need it for a month-ish, but at this point based on the limit most options offer, it will be either Spreaker or YouTube. Participating in this is completely optional, though I’d love it if participants would like to join in!

The Questions

All Participants

Please include in your audio file:

  • The pseudonym you go by
  • Your blog title
  • Why did you decide to get into blogging? What’s your “origin story”? (It can be as simple as, “a friend was doing it”, or “it sounded fun!”)
  • How long you’ve been blogging
  • Whether you’re a mentor-participant or general participant

Mentors

Please include in your audio file:

  • Why did you sign up as a mentor for Blaugust?
  • What do you hope to get out of Blaugust?
  • What is one (1) piece of advice you’d give to others for blogging? (It could be for completely new bloggers, folks returning to blogging, or veteran bloggers.)

General Participants

Please include in your audio file:

  • What do you hope to get out of Blaugust?
  • What are you looking forward to the most?
  • What are you looking forward to the least?
Streaming: Week of July 1st (+ Giveaway!)

Streaming: Week of July 1st (+ Giveaway!)

Another week, another stream schedule. This week is a few more days than usual due to some schedule changes. I’ve also added on Life is Strange this week. I had so much fun playing through Episode 1 on stream (June 30th), that I figured I’d make my way through Episode 2 this week!

I’m also celebrating 100 followers on Saturday around 7PM EST/11PM GMT on stream with a $10 USD steam code giveaway. If you’d like to participate, you must be following my Twitch page, and you must be in chat at the time to enter the raffle.

Thanks to everyone who’s come out to support me! I’ve been having so much more fun with streaming than I initially thought I would! Y’all rock!

E3 Thoughts: EA Play

E3 Thoughts: EA Play

I’ve slowly (excruciatingly so) been trying to catch up on E3 announcements, and document my thoughts on what each company has released. I know it’s a bit behind the times, but I’ve been super busy, and it’s taken me a while to catch up on all of them. I’m planning to do a series of these instead of all just in one post, because some of them started to get kind of long with my thoughts. I’m also going to be addressing it in more of a list format of thoughts than actual paragraphs because it was easiest for me to process that way as I watched them.

  • Battlefield V: I’ve never been interested in the IP at all (shooters aren’t my thing, typically), so I fast forwarded through this bit.
  • FIFA 19: Also not an IP I’ve ever been interested in. Sports in general have never been my cup of tea, so another fast forward.
  • Origin Access Premier: I mean, that’s cool that they’re releasing it for folks that would be interested in it, but I’ve never really been a fan of EA games outside of the Sims franchise, and I can get the few I might be interested in via other means. So it’s a subscription I’ll never go for. Also, it would require not having a backlog of 300+ games, and a “to-buy” list of at least 50.
  • Star Wars Battlefront II: Another IP I’m not interested in. Like I’ve already mentioned, not a fan of shooter-type games per se, and I’ve heard of the debacles in the first one (which, props to them for owning up to on the stage, I guess?). I mean, I thought it was pretty stinking cool the news about adding the Clone Wars, and Grievous, but again, I probably won’t ever play it unless I’m finagled into it by specific friends.
  • Unravel 2: I’ve never played the original, but it looks super cute! Except for the fact that it’s a platformer. And platformers are also not a thing I’m particularly fond of (though I do still want to give the first Ori game a try, so maybe that might change?). I do think it’s cool that it’s released already, though.
  • Sea of Solitude: I really want this. The concept is super interesting, and it feels very relevant to some personal stuff I’m working through in my life, right now. Though, I really do love narrative-heavy games, so it’s not a surprise to me that I’m interested in this, regardless of what the game play may be.
  • NBA Live 19: See FIFA 19.
  • MADDEN 19: See FIFA 19.
  • Command & Conquer: Rivals: I mean, I’m not particularly a big mobile games person (outside of a few mobile otome games… and PokemonGo). But I’m also not a RTS/tower-defense game person, either. They lose my interest very quickly.
  • Anthem: I like the use of Muse in the trailer. I’m a bit more interested in it because BioWare. Overall it sounds neat, but uh, is there romance? If not, I don’t know how keen I am to pick it up. But my big question is: would I be able to effectively play this the way I like to play story games? Is this sorta like Destiny? Can I effectively play this solo? I still have far too many questions to make a judgement, to be fair. Though I will definitely keep my eyes out. Also, who does the voice acting for Owen? Sounds familiar… (Props for the announcement of no loot boxes!)
Streaming: Week of June 24

Streaming: Week of June 24

Stream schedule for the week! My schedule has changed some during the week with extracurriculars, so I’ve had to do a bit of fiddling with my schedule. I still don’t have a schedule that is set in stone, yet, but I do hope these weekly schedules help folks out in the meantime. Be sure to follow Twitter for updates and the like!

I’m also getting close to 100 Twitch followers, so I plan to do a giveaway of a $10 USD Steam gift card (on stream, followers only) and set up my cam as the 100 follower goal. Let’s see if I can reach 100 by the end of the month!

Returning to FFXIV

Returning to FFXIV

Dipping in the Toes

A few weeks ago now, I decided to try picking up FFXIV again. I’ve been looking for more games to play with Manthing and some specific friends, and figured FFXIV might be a good choice, even though none of them were playing at the time. I’ve also been watching Tua and Aeyvi stream FFXIV quite recently, and have thoroughly enjoyed watching them, so I figured I’d give it another try.

Deciding what server to roll up on, and what class to choose to start (I’ll level them all eventually!) was the hard part, though. Do I go back to Cactuar because that’s where my main is? I didn’t really remember much of the story to that point, or where I was in levels, or what I was doing, so that kind of turned me off to going back to Magnolia Chestnut. I also have some memories on that toon I don’t particularly care to rehash at this point in time (maybe in the future I’ll feel more strongly that I can work through them and go play her every so often to hang out with the Bel Effect crew), so that also swayed me on not picking her back up right now, though I would like to eventually pop over there every so often in the future.

I decided to just roll up a new toon on Famfrit to play with the folks I wanted to play with. I was originally contemplating starting with a healer of some sort, and trying Astrologian since I hadn’t tried it yet, but Ainyan rolls as a main heals, so I figured I’d let her continue doing that, and I’d DPS for a change (WHAT? CHESTNUT ISN’T A TANK?! Yep. Not right now!). So I rolled up an Archer because my favorite D&D character to play is a Bard.

Full Dive

Thus, Chestnut Firefly was born. I’ve been streaming my adventures in FFXIV, and it’s a lot of fun. I’m enjoying Archer way more than I thought I would. And even though Fishing has been calling my name (because Fishing is the best!), I’ve been trying to focus on just doing Archer right now. Why so?

Well, on one of my streams, I saw a Bard playing music. I thought that was pretty dang cool! And then lo and behold, Rakuno let me know that they added in that folks playing Bards could play multiple instruments and even play the instruments manually instead of just using pre-written melodies. SOLD! That’s currently my motivation for sticking with Archer/Bard as much as possible, though I do know that I’ll need to roll up the secondary class eventually for skills once I get my Bard job, but that’s another thing to figure out at another time. For now, I’m just enjoying standing in the back and smashing things.

Streaming: Week of June 3

Streaming: Week of June 3

A quick post to update my streaming schedule for the week! It’s a short streaming week because I have a lot going on IRL this week.

And don’t worry, I’m back to actually blogging, soon. The computer issues I’ve been having, plus a lot going on have made it a bit overwhelming to do much of anything other than turn on SLOBS while I do some gaming.

I’ve missed writing stuff out, so I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. I have a bunch of draft posts to poke at this week, so keep an eye here or on Twitter to see when I update.

Streaming: Week of May 6

Streaming: Week of May 6

I’ve really been enjoying streaming, even if computer issues messed things up for a few days. Come hang out with me! I’m trying to reach Affiliate by the end of May. I’d love if folks would come hang out and chat. It’s lonely when folks lurk and don’t talk with me.