[Blaugust Day 31][FFXIV][SR:HK] And here we are
My Blaugust post-mortem:
What I’ve learned: I *can* write every day, but I don’t want to. I like the idea of sharing my gaming experiences with the world, but if I’m blogging at home I’d rather be playing than writing about playing. If I’m at work there’s usually something else that I should be doing, even during lulls, so it again feels like I’d rather be doing something else. So my old once-a-week schedule is just fine for my blogging wants.
I’ve also learned that Blaugustinians use feed readers. As noted in last Friday’s post, my page views and visitors have been flat for August compared with July, but the number of comments has about tripled, from 18 to 64. Of course, 5 posts prompted 18 comments in July, where 30 posts (since today hasn’t hit yet 😛 ) prompted 64, so the comments per port has dropped. Since my style is more or less to simply report on my play experiences, I never expect a lot of comments though. I say “I did this.” What is there to comment about that other than something like “Cool” or “Glad you had fun?” And who visits a site to say something like that instead of marking it read in the feed reader and moving on?
So anyway, I’ll be returning to my 1-2 posts per week schedule. That works for me, where doing it daily doesn’t.
I fired up Shadowrun Returns: Hong Kong for a few hours this weekend. Since I know it uses the combat AI developed in the Dragonfall Director’s Cut and I therefore will need a melee person to go flush the bad guys out of cover, and between reading a little about other people’s experiences and a friend telling me about it also so I know that my crew of NPC’s includes a ranged guy, a shaman, a decker, and a rigger, I decided that I would be that melee guy, so I went with a Troll and put all my karma points on creation into body, cyberware, strength, and close quarters combat. So far it’s worked out fairly well, though I’m going to need to get some quickness and dodge trained up soon.
It’s really the same game as the 2 prior SR titles, just a new story. And of course it’s pretty over the top. You get a message from your foster father who you haven’t seen in 8 years asking you to go to Hong Kong and the second you get there you find yourself the subject of a terrorist manhunt and the police attack you. And it goes downhill from there. In all honesty, I got bored pretty quickly, so this will probably be a game I do in short spurts here and there.
In FFXIV, I capped out on Esoterics again, plus I did the level 35 job quests for the Monk and the Ninja. Both were quite easy, so no big deal there at all. I actually spent most of the weekend working on my daughter’s character. Since she likes to play dress-up and liked the various swimsuits I’d gotten on my character in the Moonfire Faire, I took her there and ran the Out to Sea leve quest over and over while doing the event FATEs as they popped up. I got her White Mage to 34 to unlock Stoneskin and I got her Scholar to 35 since that’s her “main job” due to her love of the fairy. I intended to only get to 34 to unlock Eye for an Eye, but I didn’t have enough tokens to get all the swimwear yet for her, so I just kept on going. I also started in on Thaumaturge as well since I want to get it to 26 for Swiftcast. I only got it to level 9, but I didn’t really work on it either, pretty much just did the low-level hunt logs, a FATE or 2 as I ran across them and the level 1 and level 5 job quests for it. I plan to use the remaining week of its run to finish getting her all the clothing from it. I already set up various gear sets of the swimsuits that she can just click through, so it should be nice and easy for her to play with her look as she runs around in “my world” as she calls the housing zones.
And silly me I fired up Civilization 5 last night at about 9:30. And I was in a good stopping spot at about 11:30, but wanted to do just 1 more turn…… and I went to bed at about 1:30. Still compelling game play. I think I’ll go grab some caffeine now. Happy gaming out there!