Achievement Unlocked: Didn’t Strangle Sun-in-Shadow

Achievement Unlocked: Didn’t Strangle Sun-in-Shadow

I started out in Vvardenfell as a new player because that is where the game happened to toss me, and I’ve been loving it. (I do plan to go back to do the Main Story once I finish Clockwork City and Summerset Isles, don’t worry!) The zone story and all of the side quests have been a lot of fun. Except the Sun-in-Shadow bit. I don’t think I’ve hated a set of quests so much as working with Sun-in-Shadow.

The way she treats other humanoids for her own personal gain, especially the fellow Argonian (Eoki) she claims to love? The whole line left kind of a sour taste in my mouth. I’d grumble and groan every time I had to do something with her. At one point I very much wanted to be able to strangle her after she did a particular action, but you can’t. That still doesn’t mean that there shouldn’t be an achievement saying you didn’t strangle her, because it was definitely something I may have done if I could have.

E3 2019 Thoughts: Ubisoft/Square Enix/Nintendo

E3 2019 Thoughts: Ubisoft/Square Enix/Nintendo

And the follow up on my E3 thoughts! You can read the first part here, which covers EA, Microsoft, and Bethesda.

Ubisoft

  • Watch Dogs: Legion: Initial reaction – Oh yay, another bunch of dudes in a resistance cell in a dystopian future. Secondary reaction – GRANNY HACKER FOR THE WIN. Okay, I’m intrigued. This looks fun, and is story-driven the way I like. Also enjoyed the music. Never gotten into the IP, but this might be the tipping point for me to pick up the others to give them a whirl if I really enjoy this one. Really love the concept of how EVERY character has a story, so the replay value goes up a BUNCH. Especially if they all have unique missions to recruit them. Also speaks to my penchant for collection.
  • Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet: Meh. Okay, so long as it’s not anything like Always Sunny, I might watch it on a friend’s AppleTV?
  • Rainbow Six Siege: I don’t play just plain shooters. And meh, Tom Clancy.
  • Brawlhalla Adventure Time Crossover: Never seen Adventure Time, and I don’t do fighting games, typically. I mean, I’ve played Smash Bros, but not a big fan of it.
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint: Nah thanks. (PUPPER! OMG Bam bam is adorable. So well behaved.)
  • Elite Sqaud: Nope.
  • Just Dance 2020: I’ve never played a Just Dance game before. I assume it’d be something up my alley since I loved DDR, but at the same time, not so sure.
  • For Honor: Shadows of the Hitokiri: Nah.
  • Rainbow Six Quarantine: Nope.
  • Division 2: Yeah, not a shooter fan.
  • UPlay+: Not interested.
  • Roller Champions: The trailer was cute, but not interested in it.
  • Gods & Monsters: I like the concept, but don’t know if it’s something I’d play.

Square Enix

  • FFXIV Remake: I’m sure I’ll play it eventually. But it doesn’t have the same symbolic importance to me that it does for others who played the original when they were younger.
  • Life is Strange 2: That reminds me i need to finish the others so I can get this. Because I’m looking forward to it. I love games that focus on storytelling.
  • FF Crystal Chronicles: No particular interest. I’m not a die hard FF fan like so many other gamers.
  • Octopath Traveler: Hasn’t it been out on Switch for a while? Oh, it’s on Steam now? Is that what the announcement was?
  • The Last Remnant Remastered: I don’t have a Switch. And I’m not particularly pumped by the trailer.
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2: No interest.
  • Dragon Quest XI Definitive Edition: No interest.
  • Circuit Superstars: No interest, but looks cute.
  • Batallion 1944: Shooters aren’t my thing.
  • FF Soundtracks: I’ll listen to them, they’re gorgeous music. Nice to have it on Spotify.
  • KH3 Re-Mind DLC: I’ve never really gotten into the KH games, and I don’t know why, considering how much I like Disney things.
  • FFXIV Shadowbringers: I’m glad so many people are so excited, but like, I still haven’t gotten past the base game.
  • Dying Light 2: See Microsoft/XBox.
  • Saga Games: No particular interest.
  • FFBE War of the Visions: Not interested.
  • Outriders: Don’t do shooters.
  • Oninaki: Not interested.
  • FFVIII Remastered: Like I said with VII, I don’t hold the same attachment to FF games that most other gamers do. So I don’t particularly have an interest until I decide to get into the IP outside of XIV/XV.
  • Marvel Avengers: Meh. As much as I’ve enjoyed the movie as a very long and involved story, and as much as I’ll continue to watch the movies, I really don’t particularly care for most superheroes.

Nintendo

  • General Thoughts: The gag with Bowser at the start was actually really cute and made me happy.
  • Smash Bros x Dragon Quest: I don’t play brawlers.
  • Dragon Quest XI Definitive Edition: See Squenix.
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3: I thought I saw a trailer for this not too long ago? Regardless, I’m not interested.
  • Dark Crystal Age of Resistance Tactics: Not particularly my type of game, but would pick it up on sale to play eventually because it’s Dark Crystal.
  • Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening: Like FF, Zelda isn’t an IP I got into when it came out. So I’m not particularly interested in the game. Though I’m excited for friends who are.
  • Trials of Mana: It looks cute, but don’t know if I’ll play it.
  • Collection of Mana: RPGs like that really haven’t been my thing outside of Pokemon and Golden Sun.
  • Witcher 3: I still haven’t played any of the others, and honestly, I’d rather play them on PC than Switch.
  • Fire Emblem Three Houses: I still need to play all the other Fire Emblem games. Which I think are up my alley because of the romancing options and the story.
  • Resident Evil: It’s not an IP I’ve really gotten into, per se, but I do enjoy watching others play it.
  • No More Heroes 3: Not interested.
  • Contra Rogue Corps: Not interested.
  • Daemon x Machina: Not interested. I mean, I don’t mind mecha stuff, but the game doesn’t look like my cup of tea.
  • Panzer Dragoon: Not interested.
  • Pokemon Sword/Shield: I kind of want a Switch for these, amongst a few other games currently out.
  • Astral Chain: Not particularly interested in playing, though the trailer/story is intriguing. Maybe something I’ll watch folks stream.
  • Empire of Sin: Mobster stuff isn’t something I’m interested in.
  • Ultimate Alliance 3: Not interested.
  • Cadence of Hyrule: Okay that looks cute, and Crypt of the Necrodancer is neat, so I could see myself playing this.
  • Mario & Sonic Olympic Games: I could see myself playing this with the polycule.
  • Animal Crossing New Horizons: It looks cute, but I’ve never gotten into Animal Crossing in general. I do like that Nintendo is willing to take time for games, though, even if a vocal minority is pissed.
  • Quick Reel: The Sinking City looks positively cosmic horror, and cosmic horror is one of my favorite genres thanks to Secret World. (I mean, I don’t mind Lovecraft, but folks have done it better since him.)
  • Smash Bros x Banjo-Kazooie: See Smash Bros x Dragon Quest.
E3 2019 Thoughts: EA/Microsoft/Bethesda

E3 2019 Thoughts: EA/Microsoft/Bethesda

Much like last year, I’ve slowly been trying to catch up on E3 announcements, and document my thoughts on what each company has released. Just like last year, I’m behind. Illness and business are a deterrent to getting much done outside of necessity. So here’s my thoughts on the first three panels from E3 this year. I’m still working through Ubisoft, Square Enix, and Nintendo for another post.

EA

  • General Thoughts: The announcer for Star Wars was SUPER annoying.
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order: An ARPG between episode 3 and 4 sounds interesting. But at the same time, I’m not interested enough to want to pay full price. Though I do want to know more about Saw Gerrera and how he ties into everything.
  • Apex Legends: It’s apparently a game that’s already out? Looks like a battle royale thing, which is not a genre I’m interested in.
  • Battlefield V: I don’t particularly care about the franchise, but from what I’ve read on it, the story looks interesting enough to think of picking it up on sale.
  • FIFA 20: I’m not a sports person. But I’m happy people are excited.
  • MADDEN NFL 20: See FIFA 20.
  • Sims 4: I can’t believe the Sims has been around for 20 years already. Island Living looks like a lot of fun. I mean, I’m behind because the packs cost so much, but… MERMAIDS. MERMAIDSMERMAIDSMERMAIDS. I guess I need to hope things go and stay on sale through my next paycheck so I can catch up and get back to playing some Sims 4! Also interested in the new magic pack. I know folks are upset that there’s no University, yet, but it’s never been one of my favorite packs in any of the Sims so far.

Microsoft/XBox

  • The Outer Worlds: Looks pretty cool! Reminds me a bit of Fallout, but somehow looks far more interesting. I’m all for other companies trying to take on open world RPGs.
  • Bleeding Edge: Competitive multiplayer. Nope. Next.
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps: Wasn’t this already announced? Regardless, I’m not a platformer fan, so I won’t be getting it. I will probably get the soundtrack, though.
  • Minecraft Dungeons: Meh. I never got into Minecraft to begin with, so it’s not for me.
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order: See EA.
  • Blair Witch: I’ve gotten into horror, more, as of late, and while I”m intrigued, I don’t know if I can handle a lot of first person camera jiggling and running. I’d have to watch some streams to see if it’s up my alley. I’ve also never watched the movie, so I don’t know how much it follows the plot of that, either.
  • Cyberpunk 2077: I’m so torn on this. I mean, yay, Keanu Reeves, but the trailer leaves me lacking based on other cyberpunk portrayals, especially the testosterone heavy aspect of it. I’m vaguely interested, but I won’t be picking it up until I can play something other than a straight white dude as the main character. And I’m not sure if I want to pick it up at full price, yet, or not. I’m just not… SOLD on it.
  • Spiritfarer: Looks really cute, but not sure if I’m interested.
  • Battletoads: Not for me.
  • The Legend of Wright: Maybe? What kind of game is this even? If I actually knew more about it I might be more inclined to look into it and get it? But for now, it’s a nah.
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator: I know a few friends who are probably interested in this, but I am not one of those people. Flying as a passenger is rough on my motion sickness, and I have no desire to do as a simulator as a pilot.
  • Age of Empires II Definitive: Again, not a game I’ll ever be interested in. RTS isn’t really my genre—it stresses me out way too much.
  • Wasteland 3: Post-apocalyptic blowy-uppy RPG? Eh, I’ll pass.
  • Psychonauts 2: Is this… a platformer? I mean, I know nothing about Psychonauts, but this doesn’t look like something I’d be interested in.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga: LEGO STAR WARS!! While I know I said I don’t enjoy platformers, there’s just something about the LEGO games that make me happy… even if I hvaen’t played much of them before except with some friends. But yes, I do want this one.
  • DBZ Kakarot: So, while I watched DBZ back when it was on TV in the 90s, it was never my favorite. It was more a convenience and the fact that I was engrossed with anime as a whole because it was so new to me. I won’t get this, I’m excited for friends that are excited, but this REALLY makes me yearn for a new Sailor Moon game. I mean, we’ve had a Crystal reboot, so why not a Crystal game? Even on Gameboy or something? I’d play the shit out of it REGARDLESS of genre.
  • 12 Minutes: I like the idea (time loop stories appeal to me for some reason), but don’t like the top-down way it’s presented, particularly.
  • Way to the Woods: Looks kinda cute, but don’t know if it’s something I’d enjoy.
  • Gears 5: Okay, so, the franchise has never appealed to me before: dudes go blow stuff up in a shooter. But with the introduction of a female protagonist, I’d be likely to give it a try, or at least watch streams to see if it’d be up my alley. Though Escape mode does look pretty cool, actually.
  • Dying Light 2: A parkour zombie game…. nah. Zombies are just overdone, and I could care less about survival horror stuff. I’d rather some RPG story and substance at every turn. Action games in general are not particularly my thing unless it has a great draw from story.
  • Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Expac: Forza games are not my thing, but I’m happy there’s so many folks excited about it. Wait… LEGO? LEGO expansion. That makes me happy, even if I won’t play it.
  • Gears Pop Mobile Game: I don’t even know what kind of mobile game it is, but I have enough trouble keeping up with the few mobile games I do have. So no.
  • State of Decay 2 Heartland: Again, zombies, though the story premises are intriguing.
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: Intrigued! But that’s all I really have to say about it. Is it an XBox One exclusive? I’ll have to do more research.
  • Crossfire X: What is it, a shooter? Regardless, no interest.
  • Tales of Arise: Isn’t this part of the “Tales” series? I haven’t played any of them, but a lot of folks have recommended them. Might look into it!
  • Borderlands 3: Yes.
  • Elden Ring: I need to know more about it, but I could care less about GoT, so the George RR Martin draw for a lot of folks isn’t there for me.
  • Project Scarlett: Next console? Are you freaking kidding me? I don’t even have a XBOX One. I still only have a 360.
  • Halo Infinite: Has never been of interest to me. Ever. Still isn’t. Though I’d watch a movie of it if it looked like this trailer.

Bethesda

  • General Thoughts: This is the only one I actually watched live because I wanted the ESO goodies. Also, that YEAH guy can go DIAF.
  • Elder Scrolls Blades: I don’t care to play it, but glad some folks are excited for it. Neat that it’s on Switch, too!
  • Fallout 76 Wastelanders/Nuclear Winter: Don’t play it. Don’t care to play it. I mean, it’s cool of them to say, “yeah we screwed up”, but at the same time, it’s not of interest to me, regardless of updates. Especially with the battle royale.
  • Ghostwire Tokyo: YES! (My reaction//Manthing reaction)
  • ESO: The trailer was so cool, and now I want to roll up a Necro. Though not yet. Eventually. I don’t know a lot about the Elder Scrolls universe, but having started ESO makes me want to know more outside of what I’ve picked up from Skyrim and ESO. Especially with the reactions with the trailer. I feel like I’m missing out on some lore based on character reactions.
  • Commander Keen:  Theme song thoughts. I’m not big on mobile games but I’m intrigued.
  • Elder Scrolls Legends: Card games in general aren’t my thing. So not particularly interested in playing.
  • Rage 2: Not my thing.
  • Wolfenstein Youngbloods: I have only two reasons I want to play. I’ve never played any of the Wolfenstein games, but if I enjoy this one, I’d go back and pick up the others to try.
  • Deathloop: It looks super cool! I definitely want to check it out.
  • DOOM: I tuned out. But I’d watch it on stream if some of my fave streamers played it.
Attempting TESO Again

Attempting TESO Again

Obligatory WoW Update

Just goofing around before Mekka.

Just a quick, obligatory, yes, I’m still playing WoW. The game hasn’t been of interest to me much outside of raiding. Which I know is a detriment for gear, but I just don’t get much enjoyment out of it right now outside of raiding with folks. We got Heroic Mekkatorque down last week, and will hopefully have the folks right before Jaina (I can’t remember their names and don’t feel like googling) down soon.

I’m hoping that the story becomes more engaging again, soon. I mean, Legion wasn’t the best expansion ever, but I at least felt like I had fun logging in to do things, and pursue various stories and class-based things. I think part of my lack of enthusiasm is also due to the whole, “factions fight each other, rawr!” bit, but that’s just speculation, because I haven’t had time to delve into the “whys”.

Back to Streaming!

As detailed in my last post, I want to try to better balance vanilla and NSFW endeavors, so I’m back to streaming this week!

Pigs Fly, and Hell Froze Over

What? AN ELF?

Since I’ve been so busy and burned out with real life, I’ve been trying to find a new game, again, that catches my fancy. I considered City of Heroes, but I’ve never been a bit superhero fan. So I figured why not give ESO a try, for the third time. The farthest I’ve gotten is level 8, but it’s never clicked. My assumption, before starting back up this particular time, was due to the fact that I wasn’t taking things at my own pace, and exploring the way I wanted to, because I was playing with other people.

So Manthing and I have come to a sort of agreement where we’ll still both be playing ESO, but sit in Discord and do our own things in game instead of trying to play it with characters together 100% of the time. And I’m enjoying both the extra time with him (seeing him only once a week is difficult, sometimes), and doing my own things in the game… even if that just means talking to every NPC I run into, reading every single book I open, and gathering everything I can with no care in the world.

I also decided to roll up a Bosmer, this time. “Wait, you’re playing an Elf, Chestnut?” Yep. For those that don’t know, I don’t like Elves in fantasy. I never really have. But I’ve been watching Aeyvi stream a bunch, lately, and saw that she had a Bosmer, but with horns.

And really, I’m all here for some Succubus Forest Witch shit, so I decided why not go Goth Bosmer? It’s definintely been making the game enjoyable for me, so I will concede that Elves maybe aren’t all bad, so long as they don’t follow the normal body shape and have horns, and I can pretend they practice sex magick.

Ambition/Apathy

Ambition/Apathy

Ambition

If you haven’t been keeping up with my (admittedly somewhat-dead) Twitter the past six months, you probably think I just fell off the face of the Earth. To some degree, that’s true of my vanilla life. That’s because I’ve been working on some new hustle I’m excited and ambitious about.

For those that have been around for a while, it may not come as a surprise that I’ve taken up online sex work and have started modeling. It’s just a natural extension of finding me (especially over the past almost three years).

I try not to overwhelm folks on my vanilla social, and by extension blog, with this information however, because I respect that many of my followers don’t follow me for that reason (though I greatly appreciate anybody who’s been supportive, regardless of whether they decide to follow and participate in the NSFW side of my life). So I’ve been on the quiet side as I worked on setting myself up for success.

I started up with adult content creation because I needed a way to express myself in ways that just writing couldn’t do it. It’s always been something I’ve been fascinated in, and have had a desire to participate in (to the chagrin of many people no longer in my life). So now that I’m in a spot in my life where I can try it, and I’ve a partner who’s supportive of it (and me), I am.

I’m enjoying it. I appreciate the new people I’ve met through it (especially my lovely mentor, Roxi Adore, who has a pretty awesome blog herself!). I just with that I had more energy. I’m dedicated to continuing (it’s not something I want to give up on for the foreseeable future), but I’ve been stuck in a rut.

Apathy

Photo by Goldframe PhotographyDespite being enthusiastic, and trying my hardest, there’s definitely been feelings of apathy and fatigue in my life, both within and outside of sex work.

I haven’t actually really gamed any outside of WoW raids, or leaving Idle Champions on in the background while I work.

I’ve been overworked at my day job (and quite honestly pretty burned out), and have been having a difficult time focusing and coping with life events. My chronic health problems have, if not worsened, held in a position where everything is uncomfortable both physically and mentally. My memory is pretty spotty at best.

And it all cycles into a spiral where I’m continually angry at myself and nothing improves, thus affecting everything else in my life.

I’m trying very hard to get out of the cycle (gods bless therapy), and to come up with small achievable goals and schedules for myself.

My plan is to be much more active come June on the vanilla side, and work hard on an achievable schedule (around day job) for the adult content creation.

I have a goal to post at least once a week here, and stream twice a week, pursuant to my day job and offline schedule.

I have goals for my adult content creation—post two clips a week, post in the NSFW blog (that I’m creating later this week) at least once a week, spend time recording clips and creating photo sets weekly.

I want to start reading more. I want to spend more time actively engaging in whatever non-print media I choose to consume rather than using it as a way to just “zone out” and end up scrolling through social feeds ignoring it.

I want to spend more time exploring my spirituality weekly, even if it’s just an hour a week. I want to push through the physical mess in my apartment that my depressive episodes result in.

And I might just write a little bit more about real-life here instead of just strictly gaming, because I have a feeling that’ll help me be better with the accountability of trying, rather than cloistering it away in my journal for maybe one or two pairs of eyes to see outside my own.

IntPiPoMo 2018 Results

IntPiPoMo 2018 Results

The List

First, I want to give a big thank you to everyone who participated this year! It was a much better turn out than 2017, and I’m thankful to everyone who took the time. If you’re unsure what IntPiPoMo is, you can check out the starter post from this year, and mark your calendars for 2019!

Some Stats

Stats! I love stats! I like providing little tidbits of information on wrap-up.

  • Thirteen (13) total blogs participated in this challenge (including my own measly participation). This is double what participated in 2017 (6) and approximately the number the participated in 2016 (14).
  • Twelve (12) blogs posted at least 5 images.
  • Eleven (11) blogs posted at least 25 images.
  • Seven (7) blogs posted at least 50 images.
  • Six (6) blogs went above and beyond the 50 images.
  • The highest number of posted images was 104, followed by 95, and 92.

The Winners

I offered up prizes again this year, so let’s review what they were, and the winners!

  • Grand Prize – Of all participants who complete 50 photos, I will be using a RNG (random.org) to draw a winner for a Steam game worth up to $15! This is also exchangeable for an MMO subscription.
  • Three Other Prizes – Of all participants to complete the 25+ photos (up to and including those who make it to 50 pictures), I will be using a RNG (random.org) to draw three winners for a Steam game worth up to $10! And the winners are…

I’ll be reaching out to everyone via Twitter (or on one of your blog posts if you didn’t list a Twitter account on sign up) to dish out prizes!

Thank you again to everybody who participated! I’m hoping we keep steaming along next year!

Meandering in ESO/WoW

Meandering in ESO/WoW

This post is a part of IntPiPoMo! You can find out more about IntPiPoMo and find the sign up form at this post.

Welcome to Warden-ing

Manthing and I have been searching for a game to play together for a while now (like, a year and half). Part of the problem has been schedules not lining up, and part of it has just been, by the time one of us chooses a game, the other isn’t particularly interested in it, or is farther along, etc.

So the other week we were both sick, and date night wasn’t a thing. So instead, we hopped into ESO and leveled a little bit together—which was a lot of fun! Once he’s done with school for the semester, we’ll probably level a little bit more together on alts, while I stream leveling my main to catch up with his main. Then I will most likely end up switching which toon I’ll stream, so you’ll see a bit more of this Orc lady (my alt) in the future, I’m sure!

Pooh!

While doing some world quests (ugh) in WoW, I stumbled upon this scene, and had to share, because it made me extremely happy. Who can resist Pooh!

And their location, for those who want it! Oh, speaking of WoW…

Warcraft = Meh

I’ve been feeling super “meh” about WoW in general, lately. So I did some hardcore reflection on it. And a big portion of it is not enjoying playing a Warrior. (I mean, part of it is that BfA just isn’t that great, but, spending time with my guildies helps outweigh that factor.) I’ve barely logged in, and have felt bitter about raiding. Like, where even though I’m trying my hardest, it doesn’t feel like it’s good enough (because Prot Warriors really suck right now).

The last time I felt like this about a class/spec was in Cataclysm, when I played a Guardian Druid. I spent a lot of time feeling bitter about the class, and that was a big contributing factor to why I quit WoW for five and a half years (I mean, it wasn’t the only reason, but there’s some baggage there).

I don’t want to quit WoW for another five years. Honestly, I love logging in to spend time with guildies. But when I haven’t been enjoying the Warrior, it makes it harder to log in, because I’d mostly be running M+ and shooting the shit.

I did hundreds of M+ dungeons in Legion. I mean, Warriors weren’t perfect, but we weren’t shit tanks, either. It was middle-of-the-road, and it wasn’t bad. This expansion I’ve run a total of two M+ dungeons on my Warrior.

I’ve made a lot of “Oh, I’ll log on!” promises, and then end up reading a book or binging Netflix instead. Because the Warrior isn’t enjoyable.

For the longest time, I didn’t want to be the person who changed mains every expansion. Especially since I am an achievement hoarder, and WoW’s achievement system is not very conducive to rolling alts (IF THEY’RE GOING TO BE ACCOUNT BOUND FUCKING MAKE THEM ACCOUNT BOUND AND STOP GIVING THEM TO ME IF I ALREADY GOT THEM ON ANOTHER CHARACTER, DAMNIT. …Yes, it’s a pet peeve).

But I think I’m going to switch from the Warrior to the Death Knight. Which will completely change my goals for the month, but, I think it needs to be done, or else I’m going to end up distancing myself from friends I wish I’d never distanced myself from in the first place.

November ’18 Gaming Goals

November ’18 Gaming Goals

This post is a part of IntPiPoMo! You can find out more about IntPiPoMo and find the sign up form at this post.

October Recap

Well, November is already half over and I’m finally getting to writing this. Woops! October’s recap is a pretty quick one—due to life being super busy (vacation, assisting with SphinxCon, LARP, etc.), I didn’t really have a lot of time outside of raid nights in WoW, and work deadlines, to do much gaming. Of my list, I really only completed a few things.

 

I finally ended up getting my Pathfinder (Part 1) achievement. So that’s one less thing to worry about come whenever Blizz releases Part 2.

I got a fair bit done in my miscellaneous goals. I hopped into Diablo 3 for a bit, and finally got the first expansion (that Ainyan gifted me for my birthday) to redeem. So now I can finally play campaign mode! Manthing says he’ll help level me so we can do some Rifts for the season, but we’ll see if it happens with the holidays (and multiple birthdays) approaching.

I also played a bunch of games as a part of #HorrorGameOct—The Park (1/2), Layers of Fear (1/2/3), and I started Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines (1/2/3), which I plan on continuing until I finish a full playthrough.

November Gaming Goals

I don’t have many goals for November, because (1) it’s part way over, and (2) I have a busy rest of the month ahead of me.

World of Warcraft

  • Reach Exalted with one BfA reputation
  • Zandalari Blacksmithing 150
  • Zandalari Cooking 150
  • Zandalari Fishing 150

Miscellaneous

  • Finish a route (or two, or more…I’m so close to finishing the game!) in Sweet Fuse for #VNNovember
  • Start Period:Cube for #VNNovember
  • Create a new main in ESO
  • Work through side missions I’ve not yet completed in Secret World Legends to catch up with main story
IntPiPoMo 2018 is Here!!

IntPiPoMo 2018 is Here!!

What’s This IntPiPoMo?

IntPiPoMo, or International Picture Posting Month is the image equivalent of National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo). NaNoWriMo focuses on writing 50,000 words over the course of the month of November. So, if a picture is a thousand words, that means that IntPiPoMo requires fifty pictures. Makes perfect sense.

These can be anything from screenshots from any game, to photographs you take in real life and want to share on your blog, to some artwork you’ve recently completed. Seriously, they can be anything—character selfies, shots of combat, sharing your game UI, showing off all those pretty new scenery shots with the new graphics card you got… you get the idea.

IntPiPoMo was started back in 2011 by Angelya of Revive & Rejuventate. In 2013, Jojo of Admiring Azeroth picked up the initiative. In 2015, Jojo passed it along to me, as she was out of the country and unable to run it. I changed it up a bit when I took over, offering some prizes for those that completed the challenge, and I plan to do so again this year. (I already have the funds set aside so you guys don’t have to wait, again! Because I finally learned how to budget!) I’m hoping to continue to do the initiative justice, and I’m excited to see what kinds of screenshots and pictures folks are going to share!

That Participation Thing

  • Fill out this form to let me know you are participating! You can join at any time throughout the month of November!
  • Take the icon (original size 500×500) and use it on your site! (If you want, it’s not required!)
  • Link back to this post so folks know where to go and what to do.
  • Aim to post fifty (50) images of your own creation/taking throughout the month of November.
    • There is no strict posting schedule or theme to adhere to, but feel free to bounce ideas off of fellow participants!
    • Feel free to post these images as a once-a-week batch, or throughout the week in small doses.
  • Use the #IntPiPoMo hastag when you share your blog posts via social media.

Those Prizes, Though

First, your overall prize is the satisfaction that you completed the challenge! However, I am offering a few prizes (again) this year.
  • Grand Prize – Of all participants who complete 50 images, I will be using a RNG (random.org) to draw a winner for a game up to $15 on Steam (game time for an MMO can be worked out if preferred)!
  • Three Other Prizes – Of all participants who complete 25+ images (up to and including those who make it to 50), I will be using a RNG (random.org) to draw three winners for a game up to $10 on Steam!
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You Awesome Participants, You

Updated 13 November 2018

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FAQ

Updated 31 October 2018

I got some great questions last year, and I’d like to continue the answers. Don’t hesitate to reach out if your question isn’t answered here!

Q: Can I sign up during the event itself? I don’t know if I can/want to participate.
A: Of course! You could sign up the final day, though I don’t suggest it.

Q: I don’t want to put these on my main blog. Can I use my SFW Tumblr?
A: Yep! Tumblr is a form of blogging called micro-blogging. Some people also have micro-blogs on other platforms, too. All these micro-blogs are welcome as a part of the event!

Q: You mentioned photography being allowed, but what if I wanted to share some artwork throughout the month. Can I use it as a part of my submissions?
A: Yes! Whether it’s digital artwork, sculpting, knitting, etc., any form of creativity can tell just as much of a story as words can. Who am I to tell you that you can’t use these as well?

Q: I really don’t want to fill up my blog with photos. Can I participate and utilize photos as a part of my regular posts to count?
A: Indeed! Images don’t always convey everything you want to write, and sometimes you don’t want to make images the focus of a post. You are more than welcome to count images that you include as a part of a written post, so long as they are your own screenshots/photos.

Q: Can I create an animated GIF of images to get my point across?
A: So long as the images/screenshots are your own, feel free to create a GIF! However, at this point, it will only be counted as one image towards the total.

Q: Do I have to take all new shots? Or can I utilize shots I’ve already taken?
A: There is no need to take new shots, but I ask that you utilize shots that have not yet been posted in any other blog post, please!

October ’18 Gaming Goals

October ’18 Gaming Goals

August (& September) Rambly Recap

Look ma! I’m a DANGER NOODLE!

The way I used to do these posts was as two separate entities—one post recapping how I did the prior month, and then a second post outlining my goals for the current month. Honestly, for sanity’s sake (and because I really don’t like having multiple small posts that are kinda pointless to anybody but me), I’m condensing them all to one post, now.

If you’d like a recap of what the specific goals were for August (which I carried into September due to a very stressful move), you can check them out here. I’m only going to discuss how I did meeting each section that I laid out.

So I learned the hard way that with the Double Agent and Quintessential Quintet achievements that they’d been changed in the pre-patch. So they’ll still stay on my list of “achievements to work on” but get moved around to a lower priority, I think. I also never got anywhere with obtaining flying in Draenor—life saw to that.

I also didn’t get any alts up to 110 except Macadamia whom I’m slowly working on leveling up as my second 120, pretty much solely for the fact that she can make bandaids and I need bandaids for mid-combat because I’m a warrior.

Because life was crazy and hectic and draining, I also never even logged into Secret World Legends, or touched an ARPG for August’s Community Game-Along, though I do still want to poke into some Diablo 3 for the first time*, and so maybe I can have a game to play with Manthing occasionally (y’know, we still haven’t gamed together… XD). I also never got to do anything for September’s Community Game-Along, but I didn’t really game much in September to begin with.

I also never logged into FFXIV. At this point, honestly, I’ve let my subscription lapse (partly because I haven’t had the time or energy to change my card information after having my bank account hacked on top of dealing with all the address and card changes from my move). I think I’ll pick it back up in December, but we’ll see. Also, a lot of those goals are moot because cross-classing is no longer a thing, I learned, thanks to Rakuno.

October Gaming Goals

Guys, it’s October. So what does that mean? HALLOWEEN EVENTS AND SPOOPY GAMES!! Though, I pretty much completed all the Halloween stuff in WoW last time around, so there’s not much spoopy MMO things to do. But that just means more time for spooky games on stream?

World of Warcraft

  • Disturbing the Peace achievement
  • Level Macadamia to 115
  • Level Chest-Dwarf to 112
  • Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part One achievement
    • Explore Tiragarde Sound achievement
    • Explore Drustvar achievement
    • Revered with Champions of Azeroth reputation
  • Reach Exalted with one BfA reputation
  • Zandalari Blacksmithing 150
  • Zandalari Cooking 150
  • Zandalari Fishing 150
  • Archaeology 950

Miscellaneous

  • Finish side missions in Egypt in Secret World Legends
  • Play some Diablo 3, finally
  • Participate in #HorrorGameOct as a part of the Community Game-Along