Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I brought all of my Bibles

 I had to think something, didn't I?  I can't remember if it was a comment here, or something I just thought to myself one day, but suddenly I am being afflicted by insomnia once again.  Seems to be getting worse each night.  Typically, Mike and I will watch an episode of something on Netflix just prior to going to sleep.  Normally if I watch anything that late at night (between 930 and 11) I will pass out almost immediately.  Not as of recently.  Instead, I'm wide awake, even 2 episodes later.  Last night was the worst yet- if I'm having issues falling asleep I can usually put myself to sleep playing a game of Sudoku or Hanjie on my phone.  Not last night.  Took at least an hour of hanjie after an episode of Burn Notice to finally drift off.  And it's not that I'
m not tired, I am.  Bleh.

While I lay there not being able to fall asleep, I start thinking about mortality.  That there are so many things I want to do, or become proficient at, or want to see.  Makes me feel like I should be up doing or working on something.

With my recent acquisition of RPG Maker, I've decided that I should also put a firm focus on learning to draw.  I've dabbled in the past, but I've never thought I was very good, probably because I never put much effort into it.  Always assumed you had to be gifted with the ability.  Just like RPGM, I'm going to put effort into it, and really push myself.  I want to be able to contribute at least some art to the games I'm going to put together for the DnD campaign.

Last night was the Fantasy Football draft with my co-workers.  Didn't get all the people I was hoping for (but that's normal I think for everyone who plays), but I'm optimistic :)

Scott was at Bentos for the draft last night, and he's still showing interest in playing more of my DnD campaign.  Jon (Jennifer from work's husband) would also like to play.  He had made a paladin before, but hadn't gotten to play.  I told them if we had a day we could play then I'm sure Mike, Kristin, and Joe would play, too.  So maybe we'll pursue that again.  There definitely was plenty more for them to do.  My plan was for the rest of the campaign to be an RPGM game (you know, once I got better with using the program.)  I still want to see if I can translate it into an RPGM game eventually, even if they miraculously finish out the campaign :)

Finished off the achievements I wanted to in Dragon Age yesterday.  The game was okay.  I think I pinpointed exactly what rubbed me the wrong way about it- it was so buggy.  Mike said he didn't have problems with the game (that he could remember), but I had numerous issues with combat especially.  People would opt not to attack even after I told them to, people would get stuck on random invisible objects, and I'd have to wait at least 5 minutes after killing something to be able to loot it.  When I ran through all of the intro stories yesterday, I also had several issues with doors that were supposed to unlock after enemies were killed that wouldn't unlock.  I had to do a bunch of extra running around to get them to open (during which I wouldn't kill or touch anything.)  They would just magically open!  Bleh.

Started Remember Me.  Enjoying that :)  I was nervous about the game, since I heard you only get to do 3 memory remixes throughout the game.  They so far have made up for that with other neat features.  Particularly enjoying the build-your-own-combo-based combat.  Probably pick up New Vegas again as my long-term RPG.  I barely got started before, so I'll just start over entirely.  Mike downloaded all of the DLC onto my Xbox, so that'll be fun :)

Mike and I haven't played much Rift, been playing Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 instead.  I'm sure I'm driving him mad with all the Lego games XD  Lego Marvel should be out soon!

No Pathfinder Friday! :(  However, DnD will be on... apparently!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

In Confidence

Okay, I know it's been forever since I last updated (and the 3 of you who read this are the only people affected, and I'm sure you didn't even notice.)  There's some stuff going on, but I can't talk about it.  It's mostly job-related, so I'd rather not go over it in a public forum.  However, I did write it out entirely, and have it in my private post stash.  Those who wish it upon themselves to read it (aka: undoubtedly no one) can ask, and you may receive...  otherwise, here's the releasable copy.

So the question is: have I been watching too much Burn Notice? ;P

For the not-so-private stuff.  I've finally beaten Dragon Age!  Still going back to work on achievements, but I'm also going to start playing Bioshock Infinite.  Beat another CSI game, need more of those.  Mike bought me Fable Journeys, so I need to play that too :D  I've been tempted to get the Origin Humble Bundle that is currently up, but I don't know if I'll play any of those games any time soon.  Besides, they include Dead Space 1 and 3, but not 2.  WTF mate?

Been playing a bit of League of Legends.  It's not bad.  When I find a character I like, I'll tool around for awhile, but the lack of maps really get me down.  Mike and I have been all over Rift.  Well, relatively speaking.  We're about level 35 now, and it's still fun :)  Got to play something else, too, but I'm definitely not allowed to speak about it.

The Pathfinder game has been going really well!  However, at Chance's birthday dinner a weekend ago, he, Danielle, Mike, and I were talking after everyone else had left.  Chance revealed to us that David had been feeling down regarding the party members not trusting one another.  We've been back in the big city recently, and so we've been breaking off going a couple of different directions.  I know that can be difficult to keep up with (try 8 player characters to watch…) but I had no idea that he was thinking that we weren't getting along in-game.  I explained that my character is a mercenary; she's used to not getting to know the people she works with since they're usually only together for that job or couple of jobs.  Mike explained that Chance's character comes off a bit crazy sometimes with the way he wants to do things, and so that can make him take a step back and want to talk things out before we go rushing off as a party.

With the upcoming portion of the story, I don't think there's anything to worry about.  Something's happened to my character that will bring me closer to another character, and because of Chance's character saving me in court I have developed trust in him.  I hope David doesn't feel discouraged, because I really don't want this game to end.  I already know that when I leave town I'll probably have to leave the game (unless they're up for a Skype player! :) ) so I want to enjoy it as much as I possibly can now.

I purchased RPG Maker XVAce (or whatever the newish one is called these days.)  I've been going through a tutorial, and I have another tutorial I want to play with before I delve into my own game-making.  So far it's really fun!  I've got so many ideas for what I want to do with my games :D

For Chance's birthday, the PF group minus Sammy went out to Ginnie Springs.  I'd never really been (save for the one trip in… elementary school?) so I was super excited.  We all went down the river on inner tubes :D  Well, except for David, who swam around like a dolphin with a beer on his head nearly the entire time XD  Was definitely a good time!  Had dinner at Miraku afterward.  Mike got quadruple rice!

Mike and I went to see Starship Troopers in theaters last Thursday.  I'd never seen the movie before, and it was the Riff Trax version (aka MST3K) :D  It was awesome!!  I don't think I would've enjoyed that movie nearly as much without their commentary (it was kind of campy…) :)  We also went out to see RIPD… yes, instead of Superman, or Pacific Rim, or anything else that was out.  I thought it was amusing :D

I purchased a backrest/sissy bar for my motorcycle last week, and Mike and I installed it this weekend.  It looks awesome!  Just need to get him a helmet, and then he'll happily ride with me again :)

Spent a couple of hours this weekend cleaning up the second bedroom.  It actually didn't take nearly as long as I anticipated.  You can actually sit in there now, and play NES/SNES/Dreamcast comfortably :)

Been thinking about what I want to do for my birthday.  Not sure what to do, or who would go.  Maybe I'll just go out to a bar with Mike.  I'll get drunk, he can watch me make a fool of myself, and then drive me home XD

Happy Birthday to my darling Doc Brown!  He's now 3 years old :)