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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!

That Streaming Thing

That Streaming Thing

I started getting back into streaming this week back on Sunday with a somewhat last minute impromptu Sunday Skyrim stream, inspired by my best friend. I had a few folks stop by, which was very sweet of them (and I hope they had fun like I did!). But it was a bit annoying after the fact when I tried to upload it up to YouTube, and it flagged me.


It seems to have been fixed because the video is once again available to link, and my community strike seems to be gone, though I was never notified of it being fixed. Which in and of itself adds to the annoying. I think what was most annoying about it is that it was flagged less than an hour after I uploaded it. Sometimes I wish there was a solid alternative to YouTube so I could diversify a bit more.

Because I enjoyed streaming Skyrim so much, I decided to randomly do a stream on Wednesday night of Dream Daddy (since I’ve also been trying to get through my massive Steam backlog…). It didn’t actually happen on time, which I think hurt, but I did do it, because I really enjoy the game. I’ve started up as the logistics storyteller for the Mind’s Eye Theatre home-brew Vampire I play, and our storyteller meetings aren’t on a set schedule. That fact is kind of hard for me, because I’m a very scheduled person to help keep my sanity. And the only time that worked out this past week was Wednesday, and it ate into stream time. I’m hoping we can get a bit better at scheduling so that I can have an easier time scheduling my streams for the week, though I did try to update social media and Twitch as soon as I knew I’d probably be late to streaming.

I’m not someone who can say “Yes, every Xday I can stream starting at Xtime”, but I can at the very least set up a schedule the week before and say, “Okay, here’s what it’ll be for the week!”. So I’m trying to work out what I can do for this coming week by Saturday, and post it.

I don’t expect to become huge on Twitch, but it’s something I enjoy doing, so I figured why the hell not.

Creative Blogger Award

Creative Blogger Award

Way back in February, the amazing Pizza Maid nominated me for the Creative Blogger Award. I had a draft post half written once I noticed it in early March (d’oh! I’m so bad at my feed reader sometimes!), but then forgot about it when work ramped up, and here we are!

Pizza is someone that I happened to meet thanks to the ever-present #BelEffect, and we kind of hit it off with our shared love of Sailor Moon. She has since introduced me to the rabbit hole that is the world of Otome, and here we are, chatting daily on Twitter about whatever floats our boat. She’s a wonderful person, and if you enjoy RP, anime, otome, and Final Fantasy XIV, she’s a great blogger to follow!!

So, what are the rules? I mean, all of these awards have rules, no?

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog. 
  • Share 5 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 – 20 bloggers and add their links.
  • Notify the bloggers you included. 
  • Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do!
I dislike the “nominate double-digit people” thing, so I’m just going to casually nominate five folks at the end of this so this is more of a slow trickle effect rather than a waterfall. I really liked how Pizza answered the facts portion, and I hope to do some of the same, rather than just some random bullet points and calling it a day.

Fact 1: Repeat Recipient

I apparently got the creative blogger award last year, in April. At that time I was nominated by Murf. I find it extremely interesting how things find their way around the internet, and come full circle. I wonder if this nomination is still a go-around of the one I received last year, or when it first started, or if folks have just re-started it up because they could. Regardless, being nominated for these things is fun, and it helps to build community, and I love it.

Fact 2: Blog Move Imminent

So, surprise! This past February, marked six years of intermittent blogging. At some point, I dropped the blog for about a year or two (I can’t find the list of posts per month since starting that I had made…), but picked it up back in earnest in February of 2015 thanks to the ever-present #BelEffect (no, seriously). I had planned to move the blog to a self-hosted WordPress back in February, but finances didn’t quite line up the way I had intended. I was going to use it as a way to clean up my labels and categories and the like. I still plan on doing this, hopefully sometime next month when finances settle a little bit for a few months.

Fact 3: I Hate Moving

I do. Chaide got a new job at a better school, which is awesome, but means we’ll have to move again this summer. I’m so over moving. I hate moving. Not only because of all the packing and unpacking (which sucks) but because it also triggers my anxiety a bunch–all those things that have to be done, and the timelines that need to be followed… Which normally I’m fine with, but the fact that I have to settle into a new place… again… never feels good. It takes me months to feel “at home” after moving, and I was just starting to adjust to the apartment we moved into last summer. Ah well. At least wherever we move to next will be home for at least two years so we can save for a house…

Fact 4: I Really Love Visual Novels and Otome

I’d always been intrigued by Visual Novels, especially after a friend gifted Chaide Analogue: A Hate Story a few years ago. But I’d always heard that they were “casual” and “not actually games” and the like. So I held off from them. It wasn’t until I met Pizza and her friend Sushi, and played Hatoful Boyfriend thanks to Grace that I really decided it was a genre I wanted to explore more in-depth, and that the negative connotations associated with it were a load of crap. Granted, there are eroge and bishojo games that are still something I’m not too keen on pursuing–mainly because they usually lack story and are just fanservice. Maybe one day I’ll explore them a bit more… but I’ll need to get through a large backlog of VNs first!

Fact 5: The #BelEffect Helped Change My Life

Image from Tales of the Aggronaut

No, seriously. I’m not being facetious, or silly, or anything of the like. Things were going really crappily in WildStar at the time. I was the most depressed I had been in my life, and my anxiety was just as bad. I’d started therapy about six months prior, and it was starting to help, but shit hit the fan in my gaming world–which I was using as an escape from the shit going on in my real life. And I just couldn’t handle it anymore. I was contemplating leaving a hobby that I greatly enjoyed, and friends that I cherished because I didn’t know how to reconcile the two to relieve my anxiety and depression.

So I put out a call on Twitter, saying I needed a new home in FFXIV while I figured things out in WildStar. Bel answered that call, inviting me over to play on Cactuar with all of his friends, and I found myself in a circle of amazing people that he’s befriended, and some that Chaide and I have had the pleasure of befriending and hanging out with while we casually game our way through life. Having them as a sounding board and support system has been amazing, and I appreciate them so very much

The Nominations

Folks don’t need to feel pressured into doing this, but it’s something fun to do if they like!

Delving into Otome

Delving into Otome

Otome in the Social Sphere

I started listening to a new podcast, called Heroines of the Cherry Blossom (or CBHeroines), mainly because I enjoy the ladies on it, and not really knowing much about it. I soon learned that it covers the otome genre, which is something I’ve been interested in ever since playing through Hatoful Boyfriend. I’ve learned a lot from Pizza‘s and Sushi‘s podcast, and chatting with them on Twitter, and you should check them out!


In fact, in their latest podcast, they talked a bit about Hatoful Boyfriend. We had gotten into a discussion on Twitter, and Sushi asked me why I enjoyed the game so much. So I talked about how I could see distinctions in the character types that reminded me of Ouran, how I loved the story and the humor, and that I thought the writing was superb. She, Pizza, and a few other folks also gave me and some other folks some suggestions on some otome to try, which they also covered in the most recent podcast.

Then, Aggrochat picked up on the conversation (since the ladies mentioned them and their Hatoful podcast), and discussed story-driven games and otome. It really helped to drive my desire to play some more visual novels, focusing on otome, and I kind of gave in and downloaded a mobile otome to play. While it’s cute and I’m enjoying it, I’m not enjoying the “daily login” aspect or the fact I’m kind of being nickled-and-dimed and time-gated on the story unless I want to drop $1 per “ticket” for maybe 15 screens of text. I’d honestly rather drop the money on a full version of a game for a platform I own that isn’t mobile (preferably Steam… though I’m trying to convince Chaide I need a Vita so I can play some otome games that don’t have PC ports).

Seduce Me

That’s where Seduce Me came into play. I recently delved into a website that lists English Otome Games via platforms, and I went right to the PC list and found Seduce Me. I had come across it on Steam, but not looked into it because the title seemed a little (1) steamy and (2) cheesy. But it got extremely good ratings on the website, so I figured I’d give it a try since it’s free. Yep. A free otome game that I can download onto the Mac to play during lunch at work? SOLD!

I thinkI’m going to have to go for James first, and then Damien.

So I downloaded it and booted it up at lunch… and can I just say that I’m addicted and I don’t want to play anything else until I have finished all of the available endings for this game?

I laughed so hard at this and some of the other dialogue!

So far I’m loving the story, and I love the art. I love that it’s all voice acted, too, though Erik’s voice reminds me far too much of Kevin from Welcome to Night Vale (audio story podcast), and that creeps me out a bit. It’s fitting, for sure, but it still creeps me, so he’ll definitely be one of the last I choose. I also love the humor in the game. It reminds me a lot of Hatoful in that respect.

Matthew made me a toy… yeah… he meant well! So I accepted it anyway!

But, being new to the otome genre, I’m confused about some of the archetypes presented, if all games work in the ending department like Hatoful and have a “normal” and “extended” ending, or what. I am excited to discover what I should be expecting from an otome, and having the Steam Achievements will help, some, too. Though I’ve not really figured out how to get specific paths since it’s my first true otome. Regardless, I’m definitely going to enjoy this!

Steam Challenge: Hatoful Boyfriend

Steam Challenge: Hatoful Boyfriend

The Steam Challenge

This post is a part of #IntPiPoMo! You can find out more, and sign up at this link.

For those of you who haven’t heard about this “Steam Challenge” thing, here’s the TL;DR.

Yup. That pretty much sums it up. Now, I definitely don’t have as many games as some other folks do hiding away in Steam, but I do have a lot that are downloaded and half-played. But I have the tendency to download new ones without ever getting rid of the old ones.

#IntPiPoMo 7/50

So I’m changing the Steam Challenge for my own personal use: Beat a downloaded game before downloading another. And “beat” could be a plethora of things: finish the main story, gain all the achievements, play until it’s unsatisfactory… you get the idea.

Why Hatoful Boyfriend

#IntPiPoMo 8/50

The first one on my list was Hatoful Boyfriend. I had purchased and downloaded the game back in August. One of the podcasts I listen to does a “Monthly Game Club” pick and at the end of the month does a summation of the game–their thoughts, the story, etc. One of my favorite bloggers, Grace, ended up picking Hatoful for the month, and I had to give it a try. Unfortunately, life picked up so I never finished the final ending of it. Having finally finished it, I finally listened to their summation podcast, and it felt great to know I wasn’t the only one who felt the way I did about the game!

A Larger Story

I’m going to try to stay away from spoilers, but I cannot guarantee, so just be warned. First of all, I didn’t expect a bird dating sim (yes, you read that right) to make me have feelings in just the normal play throughs. As with other dating sims, you pick a character to pursue and have at the story with them. Each story had an ending (and some had a second, “extended” ending) and some were sweet, whereas others were… creepy. But all of them had some story that seemed to weave and connect together.

Good storytelling, right? So much better than that. Once you play through specific endings (though I’m not sure which ones they are, as I completed all the normal endings first), you can start a new game which will lead you to an alternate ending. And man! The ramifications of that story! It takes a dark twist really fast, and just keeps leading you down the rabbit hole. But the amazing thing? All of the little story bits you’ve picked up throughout all the dating endings come to a close in the final story.

It is quite amazing. I cried a bunch. I laughed a bunch. I said “NO WAY!” a. bunch. The way it all ties together was mind blowing. That so much forethought had gone into this silly bird dating sim to create something much more than that. There is also an Epilogue ending you can get if you have completed all of the prior endings, and it ties everything else up in a nice little bow, and makes you feel better about the outcome of things.

All in all, the game is definitely worth it if you like stories, and can get past the initial silliness of it masquerading as a bird dating sim.

Screenshot Fun

So, here’s a bunch of screenshots to show how fun(ny) the game is. I avoided spoilers as much as possible (there might be a few but they leave the context out), but if you don’t care about spoilers, you can view my album over on Anook! (#IntPiPoMo 9-21/50)

Gaming Goals Review: August

Gaming Goals Review: August

I started this back in June 2015, and have been keeping up with it this past month. I had reduced my goals for July because I knew that we would have limited play time as we had ten days of vacation time, as well as getting ready to move on August 1st. So, let’s see if tuning down my goals made them easier to accomplish!

Goals: Relax and game!

WildStar Goals

Chestnut

Bauxyte

  • Reach level 32
  • Armorsmithing up to level 30 gear

FFXIV Goals

Cactuar

  • Reach level 20 MIN
  • Reach 10 CUL

Lamia

  • Reach level 15 ARC
  • Run some dungeons with Tal and Chaide!

SWTOR Goals

  • Purchase Togrutas!
  • Possibly race-change Jhi’salith to Togruta instead of Chiss? (Thoughts?)
  • Reach level 30 (Jhi’salith)
  • Reach level 20 (Jadz’iaa)

TSW

Hatoful Boyfriend

  • Purchase/Play
  • Screenshot and Blog GALORE!
Yes, the month is almost partially over and I’m finally getting to my July wrapup. But here it is!
I think I was a little over-zealous with my goals again this past month. Life was really busy again, so I’m going to be cutting down on my goals again for next month… again.
So in WildStar, I think I need to change the type of goals I’m setting. I didn’t do a lot on my list, per se. Contracts are something I always for get about. Granted, lately it’s been a lot of logging on just to raid because screw you, real life. I’ve been trying to do my dailies as often as possible, but I don’t have the time daily. 
I got Yardcore up, but it was only one. Real life interfered with that quite a bit, especially considering I recorded the Yardcore in July. I’ve spent time on the PTR but have yet to post anything because of time/energy. I also got my first kill on Kuralak and some new mini-bosses, which was fun, but raiding isn’t something sustainable for me as of late with my schedule. 
I’m sure it also didn’t help that I’ve been doing a lot of stuff in WildStar related to the Lifestyles of Nexus contest that I’m still working on (and will hopefully have up by the end of the weekend!). So I’ve been online, but just busy with other things.
Sometimes I really just want to not raid when raid is going. Maybe I’ll do that one weekend… (we’ll see.) As for Bauxyte, I did play her, but I only got to 30. I’m still having fun with her, though, so I’d like to keep goals for her. I took off the Armorsmithing goal because professions are changing come F2P and I don’t want to waste materials. So I’m currently hoarding on all my toons.
The goals I set for myself were different than the ones I actually accomplished in FFXIV. I hit 30 as a Marauder, and started on my quests as a Gladiator. I’d still like to work on my professions, though, so we’ll see what my schedule looks like before setting up more FFXIV goals. Work from home days have been far too much work and a little less multi-tasking than I would like. Normally I can do a bit of profession fun while working, and just haven’t been able to as of late. 
I didn’t even get into SWTOR this past month, so I’m not sure it’ll stay on my list at all.
We got to play some TSW, which was a lot of fun. We still haven’t run Hell, because we didn’t think we had the time to do so the few times we played, and I did start putting together the first Let’s Play video, but just haven’t finished it yet because of some WildStar obligations.
I also purchased Hatoful Boyfriend and took bunches of screenshots (as my Anook page can attest to), however, I haven’t blogged about it, yet. I plan on writing an informal “My Thoughts” on the blog here, as well as more of a general overall review over at QueueTimes, hopefully soon-ish.
I plan on tweaking goals for this month (even though it’s already partially over) and posting them later today.
Gaming Goals: August

Gaming Goals: August

This is post 3 of 31 for the Blaugust event. To check out more Blaugust posts and sign up to participate, visit the Blaugust Nook!

I’ve been enjoying putting together this gaming goals thing I decided to try out in June. It’s helped me a bunch with focusing my time, especially when I was lacking it. Last month I had a lot of real life, so I didn’t complete nearly as many goals as I wanted to. So this month I think I’m going to cut down on them a little bit more, too. First, because I dislike having things unchecked on my list, and second, I’m adjusting to a new schedule IRL (plus some extra events this month), plus I’ve started dedicating two nights a week to raid (assuming IRL doesn’t interfere).

So, without further ado, my gaming goals for August!

WildStar Goals

Chestnut

  • Reach the max tier of the PvP contracts for the first time ever
  • Reach max reputation in Crimson Badlands
  • Reach max rep in Northern Wastes
  • Complete my AMP (55) and AP (48) points
  • Put up Yardcore Nexus twice for the month
  • Check out the PTR!
  • Down Kuralak (GA)
  • Down at least one new mini-boss (GA)

Bauxyte

  • Reach level 32
  • Armorsmithing up to level 30 gear

FFXIV Goals

Cactuar

  • Reach level 20 MIN
  • Reach 10 CUL

Lamia

  • Reach level 15 ARC
  • Run some dungeons with Tal and Chaide!

SWTOR Goals

  • Purchase Togrutas!
  • Possibly race-change Jhi’salith to Togruta instead of Chiss? (Thoughts?)
  • Reach level 30 (Jhi’salith)
  • Reach level 20 (Jadz’iaa)

TSW

  • Get to Blue Mountains
  • Run Hell (dungeon)
  • Put up first LP video!

Hatoful Boyfriend

  • Purchase/Play
  • Screenshot and Blog GALORE!

There you have it! Come September I’ll revisit the list and see what got done, and what didn’t. And once again, re-evaluate based on where I’m at in games, and what I have planned for the coming month!