Last time I talked about a New Year, I was actually almost a month late. This time, I’m typing this a month early, and I’m going to begin by sharing a brief tale of today.
Looking at my wishlist, I picked up almost all of it. I got Chroma Squad, War for the Overworld, Republique: 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
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 Echo, Republique: 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 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.
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.
…I’d pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes. (Or should I?)
I’m a big fan of Ghost in the Shell, and I just found the news (albeit nearly two months old) that Ghost in the Shell Online will be coming to the UK this year. HNNNG!
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.