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.

Out of Steam

We are in the middle of the 2015 Winter Sale on Steam. And usually, I end up putting up a wishlist of what I hope goes on sale, and afterwards what I ended up purchasing. Before I wiped my blog and started fresh, there were a good dozen posts of this kind of thing. I have posted a pair of entries here with that exact information. Then Steam changed it’s sale tactics.

There were to be no more timed deals; instead games would just ‘go on sale’ for the full sale period “at their most competitive discount, before and after being featured[.]”

For the first time in almost six years, I’ve received more games, both in value and quantity, than I have bought myself. And that latter number currently stands at 1 (Chronicles of Mystara 4-pack to play with friends).

Steam have screwed up the very things that made them, frankly, better than other digital stores regardless of platform.

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A Whole New Year

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.

It’s almost the end of November. I have a day off from work and I’m up at 4am because I can’t sleep; my job gets me up at an early enough hour regularly enough that I can’t sleep after 5am. It’s alright though, I take an afternoon nap to make up for it. It’s raining outside, and the weather is looking incredibly bad for riding my motorcycle to my parents home. 40mph winds and heavy rain are not a good combination. I honestly doubt I’ll be going there this afternoon. It’s been almost two weeks since I saw them last, and they live less than twenty minutes away.

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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