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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.

Streaming: Week of April 22nd

Streaming: Week of April 22nd

Just a quick drop of my streaming schedule for the week. I’m getting close to Affiliate, which is super exciting, so I hope folks come to hang out if they have the time! If you miss a stream, you can catch them on my twitch page, or on my YouTube channel.

And a note for those asking, yes, I have a new Twitter and Instagram! But it is mostly to share stream and more public-facing things. If you’re already following my private accounts (which is pretty much, at this point, a list of folks I enjoy following and interacting with), you don’t need to worry about missing anything. As for new folks, sorry! The private ones are private for a reason. Follow the public ones! You won’t miss much, don’t worry!

Mar ’18 Gaming Goals

Mar ’18 Gaming Goals

The Goals

It’s that time again to put together gaming goals for the month so I don’t just faff about and waste my gaming time.

She looks happy to start!

World of Warcraft

  • Level Chest-Dwarf to 60 (then boost to 110) for “Double Agent” achievement
  • Reach Honored with both Wrynn’s Vanguard & Vol’jin’s Spear (on Warriors)
  • Level Macadamia to 110 (towards “Quintessential Quintet” achievement)
  • Obtain flying in Draenor
    • Finish “Nagrandeur” achievement
    • “Explore Shadowmoon Valley” achievement
    • “Explore Nagrand” achievement
    • “Securing Draenor” achievement
    • Revered with The Saberstalkers
    • Revered with Order of the Awakened
    • Revered with Vol’jin’s Headhunters

Secret World Legends

  • Play more of my Dragon character
  • Upload first Let’s Play video
Dec ’17 Gaming Goals

Dec ’17 Gaming Goals

Cutting it Close

She’s dreaming of a white Christmas.

I realize that there’s only a week left in December, but I wanted to try to set a few goals for myself for the week, especially since life will be a bit lighter than usual. It’ll also focus the free time I have available.

The Goals

So, here we go! What do I want to try to accomplish this last week of December?

World of Warcraft

There’s a few of the holiday achievements I don’t have that I’d like to work towards, however, I also don’t have other stuff unlocked/obtained to work towards them (again, I’ve talked about it before, but if achievements are going to be account bound, they should damn well be actually account bound!!). Such as the reputation with Ogri’la, a Gaudy Sweater, a Crashin’ Flyer, the Iron Armada set, etc.

  • Level Arraign (Horde DK) to 90 towards “Quintessential Quintet”
  • Level Chestnaught (Alliance Warrior) to 55 towards “Double Agent”
  • “Crashing’ & Thrashin'” achievement
  • “Bros. Before Ho Ho Ho’s” achievement
  • “Let It Snow” achievement
  • Obtain a Globe Yeti (since I just found out about them, oh, yesterday)

Secret World Legends

  • Get Ky (Chest? I’m not sure how to refer to her…) to level 5
Nov ’17 Gaming Goals Review

Nov ’17 Gaming Goals Review

Last month I started back up with my gaming goals, in an effort to give myself some goals to get myself blogging again. So let’s take a look at how I did with them, shall we?

She’s sad that there was so little time to game as of late.

The Goals

I lacked time to game throughout November and December. Real life sort of ends up getting in the way at the end of the year. It’s something I’ll have to take into account for next year. Or try to remember to take into account. I always remember about it in hindsight!

World of Warcraft

There are a few achievements that I didn’t even begin to touch, such as “Well Read” and “Turkey Lurkey”. I worked on leveling my Death Knight towards “Quintessential Quintet”, though only got her about six or seven levels. Same with leveling my dwarf towards “Double Agent”. I did complete “Friend or Fowl?” because it was an easy two minute achievement.

I surprisingly ended up completing “Raiding with Leashes”, mainly because I didn’t need many pets to finish, and RNG was on my side. I haven’t been so lucky with “Raiding with Leashes II”, yet. I only grabbed myself a Menagerie Custodian, but I’ve been getting lots of Wolves and Custodians since, while trying to grab the Imp and Abyssal. No luck on any drops in SSC or TK.

Secret World Legends

I ended up rolling up my dragon for my new Let’s Play YouTube videos, and I’ve been playing a bit of her, trying to build up some back log of videos. I’ve never played a Dragon before, and have been having some fun. So, I achieved and even surpassed my goal of just rolling her up.

I also rolled up a RP toon to try to get into RP for the first time in a very long time (in MMOs, anyway). Sadly, I haven’t had much time to play her, but I’m hoping to rectify that a bit in the coming week so I can spend time gaming with folks, as well. I’m excited to get into her, though. I’ve a bit of a story concocted, but I need to spend a bit of time writing it up and putting it into the SWLRP mod.

Other

I ended up not touching my otomes at all, but I’m hoping to do a bit of that this coming week as well. I’ll be laying out some new goals to just finish out the month of December, and then starting fresh in January with a longer, updated, list.

Nov ’17 Gaming Goals

Nov ’17 Gaming Goals

Starting Back Up

This post is a part of #IntPiPoMo 2017. You can find more information and sign up for participate here.

I used to do a thing where I put together gaming goals every month. And then I fell off the blogging and gaming bandwagon for a good while. These gaming goals help keep me from floundering around in gaming, and focus my limited free time so I just don’t sit there and scroll through Facebook.

The Goals 

She’s totally sure they’ll all get done…

Without further ado, here’s my gaming goals checklist.

World of Warcraft

  • “Well Read” achievement 
  • “Friend or Fowl?” achievement 
  • Level a fourth 110 (towards “Quintessential Quintet” achievement) 
  • “Double Agent” achievement
  • “Raiding with Leashes” achievement (Giant Bone Spider, Stitched Pup, Viscidus Globule) 
  • “Raiding with Leashes II” achievement (Netherspace Abyssal, Tideskipper, Coilfang Stalker, Lesser Voidcaller, Menagerie Custodian, Fiendish Imp, Tainted Waveling, Pocket Reaver, Phoenix Hawk Hatchling) 
  • “Turkey Lurkey” achievement 

Secret World Legends 

  • Roll up my Dragon for my new LP YouTube videos

Other 

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Did I mention it’s #VNNovember for the Community Game-Along challenge? That works out well, considering I want to try to get through the five million dating sims I’ve going at the same time (I’m currently playing Norn9, Sweet Fuse, Period Cube, Men of Yoshiwara: Ohgiya, Dream Daddy, Pub Encounter, and Seduce Me 2).

  • Finish Mitarashi’s route in Sweet Fuse 
  • Start Urabe’s route in Sweet Fuse 
  • Finish Takigawa’s Happy and Super Happy routes in Men of Yoshiwara: Ohgiya
#IntPiPoMo Count: 13/50
A New (TSW) Leaf

A New (TSW) Leaf

The Original Let’s Play

Back when I started playing The Secret World again, Chaide and I decided we should do it as a Let’s Play, and we roped one of our friends in to play with us. Eventually we roped another friend or two to play with us, and I have this lovely back catalog of Let’s Play videos to put together starring all of us.

However, I haven’t been able to bring myself to work on them. Mainly, it’s due to the fact that Chaide is there in those videos. The other (smaller) reason, is that the back log is just massive. Tons of gigs of video to convert and put together. But even when I feel like putting the videos together, I open it up, listen to a moment of Chaide’s voice, and close it down.

I’ve been healing fairly well through this divorce process. Some days are a cakewalk, and others not so much. I’ll get there eventually. But having these videos looming over my head isn’t helping that process at all.

I spent most of my New Year’s Eve cleaning up the apartment and getting rid of anything that reminded me of him. A literal new beginning, as it were. But I never got rid of the digital reminders. And that’s what those videos are.

A New Beginning

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So I’m going to be getting rid of that massive back log of video content. Just tossing it. The videos I have on YouTube will stay up there. I’ll probably make a follow-up video with footage of a new character explaining that series is coming to an end, and you can find a new series called… well, whatever I decide to call it.

As a part of my healing process and moving on with my life, it doesn’t behoove me to keep these videos around and to force myself to work on them.

Instead, I’m thinking of staring up a new character (y’all voted for Dragon on Twitter) and, well, either streaming or recording myself going through the missions! I currently have two Templars, and while I love the Templars, and want to finish the story out (which I might do as a LP of just me soloing the later missions and content at some point), I need a change of scenery.

The only complaint I have about this…? What about all my cool costumes and pets on my main?! Tilty, pls!

Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania

Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania

All those sexy Transylvania outfits! G’bye, Egypt!

Over the weekend, we made our way out of the Scorched Desert and found ourselves headed to Transylvania… finally! It’s taken us about a year to get there… granted, we don’t play on any sort of regular schedule.

We’re not too far into Transylvania as far as I can tell. I’m not sure if there’s a second Transylvania zone like there was Egypt. Technically. Even if it had a different name.

I like how Transylvania is laid out, so far. Even though we’re moving back and forth from person to person, it feels that a lot more thought was put into the flow of the zone than some of the others we’ve experienced so far. It also feels that it’s much easier to find where we need to go for side quests, too. And to figure out which side quests we’ve already done.

We have one quest left at Zaha, but I think we’re going to leave it until last. Cam and Sheae laughed heartily when I asked if we should pick it up, and then I looked at the title, and went, “Oh! Is that the one that everyone hates and touts as the toughest mission in the game?”. They both answered with very loud and emphatic “YES”es.

I’m excited to be nearing the original end-game in The Secret World. Though we won’t be playing much of it the next month or so, sadly. Cam is out of town this week for work, so we can play next week, but then we can’t play our mains again until June 20th because Cam is away for work, and Chaide will be teaching in Africa. Maybe Sheae and I can get some alt-time in, though. Or I could put aside TSW until we’re all back together. We shall see. Regardless, I’m looking forward to spending more time in Transylvania!

Gaming Goals: May

Gaming Goals: May

I started these Gaming Goals posts back in June 2015 as a way to try to organize my gaming time around freelance obligations as well as my day-job and general life obligations. You can view the archive of goals and reviews here.

Richard expects me to do well this month.

I meant well in March, and then never made goals because real life got extremely overwhelming. May is kind of in-between overwhelming and lots of free-time at the moment. My weekends are fairly free (minus D&D), but my weeks are really busy. So I’m going to try to take it light on goals–especially because ThaydFest is a thing this month. The Secret World also might slow down some because one of our four-person-team is going to be gone most of May, and then Chaide is going to be gone most of June. But at least that gives me time to catch up on the videos.

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The Community Game-Along this month is Metroidvania games. So I had planned at the start of the year to get in some Dust: An Elysian Tale. And I’m still going to try to do so, which might reduce some of my other goals. Too bad every month can’t be dating simmonth!

WildStar

  • Finish Celestion achievements (on Chestnut)
  • Start Galeras achievements (including normal STL and normal Hycrest)
  • Upload completed Yardcore 10
  • Put on ThaydFest without stressing!

Final Fantasy XIV

  • FSH 30
  • BTN 22
  • MIN 22
  • CUL 10

The Secret World

  • Finish and upload Let’s Play 4
  • Start Transylvania

Steam, etc.

  • Finish one route in Men of Yoshiwara: Ohgiya
  • Play some Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Finish the introduction in Norn9: Var Commons
Gaming Goals Review: March & April

Gaming Goals Review: March & April

I started this back in June 2015, and have been keeping up with it this past month. I’ve kept reducing my goals due to real life, and I think I hit a stride heading into December, and have kept it up for the most part. Well, except maybe on the blogging end and the goals posts the past two months!

Comparison Time!

WildStar

  • Finish Celestion achievements (on Chestnut)
  • Get Bauxyte her key and at least one dungeon towards attunement
  • Upload completed Yardcore 10
  • Choose which toon will be next to 50

Final Fantasy XIV

  • WAR 50 Completed!
  • FSH 30
  • BTN 30
  • MIN 30
  • Start working on crafting professions to clean out retainers (max of level 15) Started!

The Secret World

  • Finish and upload Let’s Play 4 and 5
  • Finish Saiid’s missions Completed!

Steam, etc.

  • Finish Men of Yoshiwara Completed!
  • Finish all of Impey’s endings (including GCs and video) in Code Realize Completed!
  • Start Victor’s route in Code Realize Completed!
  • Start Amnesia: Memories (suggestions on the card suit to pursue first are welcome!) Changed game.
I ended up completing quite a few goals, though mostly outside of MMOs. Real life was busy again. Actually, it doesn’t ever seem to slow down, any. Granted, it should be a tad bit slower this month compared to the past few.

Comparison: February and March

  • 1 hour less of WildStar… so comparable hours
  • 1 hour less of Final Fantasy–again, comparable
  • 1 hour less of The Secret World–I’m sensing a pattern here
  • Added 2 hours of Men of Yoshiwara
  • Added 23 hours of Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~
  • No Blade & Soul (down 2 hours)
  • No Black Desert Online (down 3 hours)
  • Added 15 hours of Stardew Valley
  • 77 total hours in Feburary
  • 110 total hours in March
  • Overall up 33 hours in March–I blame this on Stardew Valley and Code: Realize

Comparison: March and April

  • 9 hours less of WildStar
  • Added 2 hours of Final Fantasy
  • Added 11 hours of The Secret World
  • No Men of Yoshiwara (down 8 hours–completed in March)
  • 17 hours less of Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~
  • No Stardew Valley (down 15 hours)
  • Added 3 hours of Atlas Reactor (beta)
  • 110 total hours in March
  • 77 total hours in April
  • Overall down 33 hours in April–I know this is due to project deadlines at work and IRL events

Overall Thoughts

Chaide and I finished the base-game story!!!

So I didn’t get very much done in WildStar. Partially was just real life, and partially was just I’ve been working on ThaydFest stuff non-stop. I’ll probably adjust my goals there knowing that ThaydFest won’t be over until end of May.

We finally got our main classes to level 50 in FFXIV, and we’ve been working past the 2.0 story very slowly. We’re currently about halfway through the “A Realm Awoken” patch. We’re currently stuck on the “Rock-solid Protection” quest, (1) because of time and (2) we can’t figure out if we need normal or… hard mode? I think it’s called hard mode. And needing normal makes no sense since it’s a level 45 dungeon. So if you have thoughts, let me know. I almost got my gathering professions up, so I might continue those goals. My play time has decreased there overall, so I’m not sure adding a new class to level would be wise. Maybe I’ll think about how much story we can feasibly get through this month and use that as a goal instead.

We’re almost into Transylvania in The Secret World, but I just haven’t had much time outside of work to work on the videos without also cutting into my gaming time, or time spent with Chaide in general.

My other gaming goals were fairly easy, honestly. I was a terrible person and left Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya minimized during raids and pulled it up whenever I was dead. Honestly, it’s what keeps me so jovial during raids, because I hate dying. And Code: Realize was easy, because I play that for an hour every day at work during lunch. Plus, if I carry my Vita with me everywhere, so if I’m waiting in line or something, it’s easy enough to pop out and play some. I’m at the point where I’m almost done with Lupin’s route, and I’m sad to see the game end! But more thoughts on that another time. I decided that instead of playing Amnesia first, I’m going to be playing the new Men of Yoshiwara that just came out a few weeks ago. I got it day-of because it was on sale, but I was up in the air on which otome to try next, until Sushi told me about how one of the routes is right up my alley (I love the sweet romance/childhood friend routes), so now I have to try it first.

I also picked up Stardew Valley and Atlas Reactor these past two months. Stardew Valley is lots of fun, but it’s something that I can only really handle in small doses. I just get bored with it after a few hours, and need to put it down. Plus I stink at the whole relationship building thing, and after a while I start to feel overwhelmed at all the things to do and that I want to do and… yeah.

Atlas Reactor is one that I was lucky enough to get a beta code, and I have lots to write about it, but I’ve not had much time to get in there and play around with it more to solidify the thoughts and guides I want to write. Overall, I love it because it’s more thought- and strategy-based than MOBAs in general. Or at least from my limited MOBA experiences. I’ve tried HotS and LoL, but neither caught my fancy. I don’t like the way it works, and it’s super confusing, whereas I caught onto Atlas Reactor really quickly, and it almost feels like a team-based game of chess.

Thank you to the wonderful Ammo for the beautiful ThaydFest banner donation!

The month of May is going to be taken up mainly by ThaydFest, so I don’t know that I’ll have a lot of goals for May, but June will have countless hours to fill in, because Chaide is going to be teaching in Africa for two and a half weeks straight… so I’ll have lots of time to game (and be sad) and put together Let’s Plays.