Nosgoth is Dead. Long Live Nosgoth.

Nosgoth is shutting down, less than three years after it initially entered closed beta. I have to admit that I saw this coming, and it’s one of the reasons why I stopped both playing the game and investing in it. They’re citing lack of audience growth and engagement behind the scenes which, frankly, was to be expected. But what wasn’t expected was that it was going to happen so soon.

Nosgoth originally came out of the multiplayer component of another cancelled Legacy of Kain game called Dark Sun. Psyonix (the team behind Rocket League) took it on under Square Enix as their publisher. I was lucky enough to be a part of the closed beta because of my interest in the LoK games as a whole and finding the alpha forums for it out of the blue to register before the majority of players knew about it.

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All right! Nostalgia was caught!

I can’t believe that it’s been twenty years since Pokémon was released. I still remember the Christmas that Mum and Dad bought Pokémon Blue for me, and spending almost all that day playing it, and I only got through to Cerulean City and the second Gym in the game. The only time I put it down was when I was told to and eat Christmas dinner.

I was a kid back then and we all heard the rumours on how to get a Mew, tried and failed, and we all learned about ‘cloning’ Pokémon. Three years later I got Pokémon Gold as a birthday present, and played it even more than I did Blue. I loved the time and day mechanics; my parents caught me more than once playing late at night to catch a Hoothoot, and entering the Bug Catching competition three times a week to catch all of the ones only attainable during the event.

I even unearthed my old Gameboy (I’d been given a Gameboy Pocket in the space between), and transferred only one Pokémon over; Orion, my Starmie. Turns out she was female, since gender was something that was now a thing outside of the Nidorans.

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You Are Tenno. I Will Prepare You.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been engrossed in a game that has given me the chance to rack up three figures in hours played. There’s MMOs, there’s Team Fortress 2 and the Mass Effect series. Since I started playing Warframe, I’ve seen my playtime soar, and I’m feeling better for it.

I played it once before but I don’t think I gave it the attention and head-space that it needed to show off everything it had. With it being in Beta at the time (though it still is now), I wrote it off and moved on. I came back to it about three weeks ago and I’ve honestly not been able to stop since.

The game itself has a very MMO feel to it, though it’s entirely instance-based as opposed to a huge overworld with instanced areas. The game has such a flair to it that it feels like a combination between a shooter and a spectacle fighter, and it looks gorgeous even on my old machine.

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VIDEO – I Dare You To Watch This Entire Video

“Attention is the scalpel you use to cut away the fat from your life, but the Internet has robbed you of it.” 

I’ve liked watching Adam Ruins Everything for a while. It shows, for me as an outsider, what a crazy path the US has taken to becoming the capitalist/corporate behemoth that it is today. There’s a lot I will never understand about the States, but that’s beside the point. Adam Conover looks like this is almost personal for him.

I don’t know who came up with the premise for this video, but it stuck. Sometimes I flick this video open when I find myself becoming too bombarded and appreciate the simplicity of it. Time is the only truly non-renewable resource in our existence, and sometimes I’m wasting mine. Sitting back and watching this again centres me around my own goals and agency towards them.

I, too, dare you to watch this video. If only for the affirmation or reaffirmation that you are in control, if of nothing else, of your senses, thoughts, and motivation.

Welcome to the D&D World!

One of the few purchases that I made during the last Steam Sale was Chronicles of Mystara. After watching ProJared’s video on one of the games in the bundle, I figured it would be fun to play it with Julia and her room-mate. That and I like D&D, though I am definitely new to the game as I only started playing during 5e, the latest rule set.

I played it for a little on my own on the normal setting, got beaten enough times to put me in a bad mood on it (mood swings plus a harsh difficulty curve does not a happy Allan make) on both Tower of Doom and Shadows of Mystara, and quit it. Then Julia and I had little else to do one evening, so we sat down and played it. She picked Elf (both games run on D&D First Edition), and I picked Magic User.

And I couldn’t have been more wrong on my opinion of the games.

We tweaked down the difficulty because it was midnight and I was in a half-awake stupor, and while we ran through the game dying along the way, we had fun. The spells we saved for the boss’ and when we were about to die, and just played it like over-excitable kids with quarters galore. It was great, until Steam decided to bring down it’s Friends system for routine maintenance.

I have every intention of playing it again, though this time perhaps with a couple of friends alongside to boot. Maybe we can actually finish it. Though, I’m sure we’ll still joke how the ‘Shadow Elves’ throws more slaves than warriors at us; they had grey/purple skin, they were Drow, dammit!

If you want to pick it up to play with friends, I’d wait for it to go on sale, as it’s £12 for a single copy and £36 (WTF?!) for a four-pack and the four-pack is what you really want. Trust me, you will want to play it with friends; playing alone is not fun at all.