VIDEO – I’m not dead.

“I’ll keep aiming to make my emotion and my logic agree;
And become the best version of me.”

Dave from boyinaband is someone I subscribed to on YouTube back when I was still making videos, and didn’t have the self-defeating perfectionism that I have now. He disappeared for a year, to the day. He came back with this video, and while some of the lyrics are a little specific to him, there’s a whole lot in there that I wish I could have said, and some that I wish I could say right now.

Thank you, Dave. Thank you for saying the words I couldn’t.

VIDEO – Cyrus Gaming – Join the Club!

“You’re injured? Good! I like it when you’re injured!” – Caellin

I’ve been on-and-off with Cyrus since September 2009, and am now (it seems) one of it’s most senior members in terms of time passed since being initially recruited. I don’t know what that says about me; something about an abused spouse comes to mind… jk.

On a serious note, these guys have been around for a long time in MMOs. They started out as Exodus in Warhammer Online, then became Cyrus. I met them a month after Aion launched, and aside from a couple of hiccups where I couldn’t take a joke it was a good time until I boxed myself into a corner and learned one rule about a Guild Leader, or in Aion’s terminology, a Legionmaster: The Legionmaster is always right. Even when you think he is wrong, he is right. Why? Because you put yourself in a situation that means you only have one option; leave. As Redh reminded me when I talked about it afterwards, Guilds are never a democracy and undermining his leadership gave him no choice.

I went back to try RIFT, but honestly it wasn’t my thing. And WoW was only good with someone else, and the challenge wasn’t there. I didn’t return fully until last year when out of the blue I got an email from Redh asking if I wanted to join in preparation for Camelot Unchained.

Fast forward to today (well, a few weeks ago), and Nostrau has put together an awesome recruitment video for our casual, team-building nights while we wait for CU to go live. This post is obviously to put that video out there, and to recommend that if you have any desire to play Camelot Unchained that you at least check out the guild site. But, it’s also as a thank you to them for keeping me afloat recently, and for Redh and Diabolique (had to specify there!) for listening to me and putting up with an emotional mess that just moped on the sofa all day.

Hope when the game drops that I’m worth keeping around. : P

VIDEO – Brexit: The Movie

“The EU isn’t undemocratic. It’s anti-democratic.”

I guess just by the title of the video you can guess where I stand on the matter. I actually had to re-sign the electoral register since I’d moved out of my local borough, and I did it specifically because while I’m not necessarily into the political system (though I talk about political ideals), I feel obliged to vote in the EU referendum in July.

This movie had to be kick-started. There was no government funding involved, and it shows a side to the EU that the bureaucrats don’t want us to see. The EU is at odds with the UK political system because the MEPs have no real power, and those within the EU that have said power cannot be voted out like we can remove a party from power in the UK. The referendum is, as a generation, our only chance to do what our parents and grandparents didn’t.

The movie is an hour and eleven minutes long, but the Brexit: The Movie website has the full film broken down into chunks for sporadic viewing.

I implore everyone to watch it before they vote. Whether it changes minds or not is inconsequential. The Remain campaign has done it’s best to monopolise the media with celebrity personalities and (in my opinion) wanting statistics. There is little information available for the Leave campaign that isn’t dismissed as xenophobia or right-wing drivel. If you can vote in this referendum, you have an obligation to learn and vote in a way that suits your morals and standards, no matter what they are. If you forgo your right to speak, you may find that right is no longer yours to have.