Steam Sale: The Aftermath

OK, so it happened. And I failed in my budgeting. I was going to keep my spending to about £50 this Sale, and I overspent by quite a lot. In my defence, there were a lot of titles that had good discounts and since I tend to stay away from AAA titles unless they’re really something special, I end up paying more rather than waiting. Call me a bad consumer, but there’s a tipping point where I want to pay the developer for their work.

Looking at my wishlist, I picked up almost all of it. I got Chroma SquadWar for the OverworldRepublique: Remastered, Ori and the Blind Forest and Shadow of Mordor. So far, I’ve only sat down and played War for the Overworld, and damn it’s good, for what I’ve played so far. I doubt I will go into the multiplayer arena but I’m happy with the Campaign and Skirmish.

I did leave behind There Came an Echo and Fantasy Grounds, because they were never a Daily Deal or a Flash Deal. With Fantasy Grounds they offer an Ultimate Edition licence for $10 per group DM, which will probably suit the group’s needs more anyway. But there are more that I bought. So many more. Continue reading

‘Twas the Night Before the Steam Sale…

This year’s Steam Summer Sale is one of the worst kept secrets in PC gaming. Ever since it showed up as a slip of the enter key on VKontakte, I’ve been holding back on buying anything on Steam, GoG or the Humble Store. The only thing I’ve bought is a pre-order of Shadowrun: Hong Kong purely based on previous outings by Harebrained Schemes. I’m sure I’m far from the only one.

But we’re almost there, and I definitely have certain titles that I will be looking for.

The only ‘triple A’ title that I’m looking at is Shadow of Mordor. Put bluntly, I wasn’t sure if my computer could run it. Tried overclocking the CPU to play a similarly spec’d game and it worked, so now I’m definitely wanting to buy it. I’m also looking at getting the spiritual successor to Dungeon Keeper, War for the Overworld; it looks really fun and what I actually wanted when I bought Dungeons. Darkest Dungeon and Chroma Squad are my blind picks; hearing the good about these titles and being on the hype train for Chroma Squad since it’s Kickstarter.

There’s titles like There Came an EchoRepublique: Remastered and Ori and the Blind Forest that I may get if they’re super cheap. I may also get Fantasy Grounds depending on how heavy it is discounted, since I plan on getting a Dungeons and Dragons group together online and it’s had glowing reviews for people that want to splash out. We’ll see.

My budget is flexible as it’s always been. I’m trying to stick to the £50 wallet credit I grabbed yesterday but Steam will always manage to tease me.

Am I ready for a miracle? Ready as I can be.

Android: Netrunner – My First Session

Android: Netrunner was demoed for me by Ben from Jack In a Box in Ripley, Derbyshire. The demo session and a few follow up closed-hand rounds were offered for free to garner interest.

Card games and I have a love-hate relationship. I’ve only played a couple of the big ones (Magic: The Gathering & Pokémon) and while I loved the rule sets, the combos and the chance to have a collection. Though mine was smaller than a good chunk of the player base in comparison, I was still somewhat proud of it. But what I hated was the economy behind it. The expense of some of the cards, and how much the boosters are given how small a chance you have of actually pulling what you need from the pack. I must have spent nearly £500 on booster boxes, accessories, single rares and the like.

Android: Netrunner is my first foray into the other side of Card games, called Living Card Games. The main difference between LCG and CCGs like Pokémon and MtG is that LCGs do away with the blind-buy model; you know what you’re getting and you know where to get the cards you need. One of the cool things about Netrunner that Ben showed me was a QR Code on the back of the Data Packs (monthly booster packs). He scanned it and the link in the code showed him all the cards in that pack, what they did, and even the art on it. Honestly, the respect for my wallet made me want to at least try it.

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Re-Rolling the Dice

It’s been almost a year since I’ve posted here, and I had lost the passion for it a while before now. Why? I think a friend of mine put it best. There was a lot of posturing and ego stroking in the posts that I had outgrown.

So I hit the reset button, gave the site a fresh coat of paint, a new theme (well overdue; K2 was nearly five years out of development) and finally embraced the more advanced features of WordPress.

So what now?

Now, I’m going to start again. I’ve kept the posts, images and such in a backup that I can put back in place, but I honestly don’t think I need it.

I battled with depression pretty much the entire time I wrote in that iteration of my blog. I’m sure that if I read from start to finish it would be painfully obvious, but it took a big shock for me to finally get help. I’m no longer comfortable with having that time in my life on show. Yes, when something’s on the Internet it’s there forever, but there’s a difference between a gaffe and a pattern of denial.

I’m going to keep writing in here. It’s my corner of the internet (it even says so in the tagline!), and I should use it as such. I’m going to attempt to be more varied in my topics, and not be so serious.

Tally-ho(?)!


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