Game Plan: June 2020

To the Moon

Halfway through the year. In a lot of ways, it feels like we should be farther along but it also feels like it came out of nowhere. Luckily we’re heading straight towards summer and some beautiful weather.

I’m starting to feel a bit of a gaming rut coming on. I haven’t been too interested in much lately. I think sitting at my home desk for work and play is starting to take its toll. I’m frustrated with Phantasy Star Online 2, my Trove patron is running out which I’m not sure I’ll renew, and I don’t have a strong desire to play much of anything. This happens every so often but usually, it’s in the winter for me for some reason. A few weeks or a month off games and I’ll be back at it with a passion.

A week or two ago I decided I wanted to inline skate again. It’s something I loved to do back when I was growing up but fell out of it around high school. I’ve had this in my head a few times over the years but I never knew where to buy adult skates or if they came in my shoe size. I have big feet, shoe shopping is a nightmare. I figured while the weather’s nice I’d actually buy a pair. They’re on the way now and should be here by the end of the week!

May Goals in Review:

Most of May’s goals got sidetracked by the new Trove update. It’s what I played for most of the month. I enjoyed my time with it but don’t know how much longer I’ll be sticking around in Trove at this point.

Try out TemTem:  I played TemTem a few times in May. The problem is I’m playing with a friend co-op and out leveled him a bit. I’ve been waiting for him to catch up so I didn’t play this as much as I would have liked.

Play More Animal Crossing: Zero animals were crossed this month. I can safely say I’m over it. My wife still plays it every day and I watch her sometimes but I’ve had no desire to play myself.

Finish Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX: Nope didn’t touch it. Hard to say if I’ll ever finish it at this point. The desire wasn’t there this month

Read 1.5 books: This one I did and exceeded! I actually read 2.5 books this month. I finished Imaginary Friend. I wouldn’t recommend it, it’s long and the pay off isn’t worth slogging through the last half of the book. My wife recommended Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens which isn’t something I would have picked out on my own. I ended up finishing it in a week and would highly recommend it. My wife and I also book clubbed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman another book I wouldn’t have picked out but enjoyed immensely.

 

June Goals:

Like I said at the top of the post, I haven’t been in the gaming mood as of late. This will probably be a light month for posts overall. You never know, inspiration could strike again sooner than expected!

Participate in the To The Moon Play-Along: I’m still committed to participating in this event hosted by Naithin at Time to Loot. I think it’s a cool idea and I can definitely play the small time chunks it’s been divided up into.

Commit to playing group games on the weekend: Our weekend gaming sessions are the best way to keep in contact with my close friends across the country so I’ll still be playing and posting about those. We’ve decided to alternate GTFO and Warframe every week so we don’t get bored. GTFO is releasing a new lockdown next week so that will be a nice change of pace even though we didn’t finish the first one.

 

Game Plan: May 2020

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It’s the first of the month which means it’s time to get a game plan for next month. Hey, I like the sound of that…Let’s make it the title!

I can’t believe it’s May already. April felt like a long month but also a very short month thanks to focusing on Blapril. My personal goal for Blapril was to hit a post a day all month. I fell short on that by a few days in the beginning but I ended up with a decent amount of posts at the end. I always come out of these events with such a positive feeling about blogging. Technically, we have one more week to go as it doesn’t end until May 9th.

But it’s MAY! Which means it should start warming up here in Ohio and make this whole quarantine business a little less miserable. My job has extended our work from home arrangements until June so I’m looking forward to going outside a bit each day.

 

April Goals in Review

Finish Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX: I fired up this game up once to take a screenshot for this post. Otherwise, I haven’t touched it since. Most of my Switch time has been spent with Animal Crossing still since my wife is very much still into it.

Finish the Kingdoms of Amalur DLC: I actually forgot this was a goal. I thought 3 months away from the game was a big enough break. Turns out I need some more time away. I fired it up once, got to the DLC area, ran a quest or two, and never came back to it.

Start Tales of Berseria again: I personally blame this goal for the failure of the above goal. This was the majority of my gaming time in April. I had planned to start it but I ended up finishing it instead.

Read 2 Books:  In March I said I wanted to read Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky and was hoping to finish Deadhouse Gate by Steven Erikson. Neither of these things happened. Instead I read Unsouled by Will Wight which was super fun and a very quick read. I’m about half way through Imaginary Friend at the time of this writing.

 

May Goals

Try Out TemTem: I bought this a few weeks ago after my friend picked it up. I put about 2 hours into it and haven’t touched it since. I definitely need to spend more time with it to see if it’s something I’d like to continue playing.

Finish Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX: I’m doing it this time for reals. I’m pretty sure I’m near the end of it anyways. I may dabble in the endgame a bit but more than likely I’ll be satisfied playing through the campaign.

Play More Animal Crossing: As I mentioned before, my wife is super into this game right now. I on the other hand have not been playing all that often as of late. This becomes a problem when I’m the Resident Representative. By the time we figured out you couldn’t change this without deleting the whole island we were too far in. So I log in to do things that only the Resident Representative can do and then log off. Mostly so I could get back to Tales of Berseria But I’d like to get back into it like I was at the beginning of April.

Read 1.5 books: I’m going to finish Imaginary Friend this month. I also picked up the next book in Will Wight’s Cradle series SoulSmith from amazon since it was free along with the third book Blackflame.

April 2020 Goals

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I have a feeling there just won’t be as many jokes today. It’s still a very serious time for everyone. I received news yesterday that the date for working at home has been extended until at least May 1st. I didn’t think I’d miss going in to work. Working from home was cool for 2 weeks but the novelty has worn off. Plus, I think my cat is sick of me being home all the time…

Let’s take a look at the March goals:

Finish Epistory – Typing Chronicles: I did that! It only took me 2 play sessions to finish it up after I made it a goal.

Play More Neverwinter: I don’t think I’ve touched Neverwinter since the beginning of March and I don’t have much of a desire right now to go back.

Play Animal Crossing: New Horizons: I’m currently doing that and in an unexpected turn so is my wife. It’s been a blast to play together and send each other weird items we find. I’m looking forward to playing a lot more.

Read 2 books: So I sort of completed this. Technically one of the books I finished was mostly read in February but I finished it in March so I’m counting it. I read The Uploaded by Ferret Steinmetz and Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

April Goals

Finish Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX: This was one of the new games I bought this year. The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games are my favorite spin-off games of the franchise. I might even like them more than the mainline games. It’s an interesting mix of pokemon and rogue-like dungeon crawling. The gameplay is great the story is….not so much. I knew I’d play less of this when I got Animal Crossing and was trying to finish it up before then but I’d say I still have a ways to go.

Finish the Kingdoms of Amalur DLC: I’m ready to go back to this now. I had an idea where I would respec my character and try out a different class for both DLC’s but I kind of miss raining meteors down on my enemies.

Start Tales of Berseria again: This is the last game on my list that I wanted to play through. The issue is I had put 10 hours into this game at some point but don’t remember what’s going on. So when I tried to start over it felt like I’d done all this before. I think I’m just going to push past that feeling and try to get back into it.

Read 2 more books: During my time in isolation, I’ve been trying to maintain a good reading habit. Currently, I’m reading Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky and I’m hoping to finish Deadhouse Gate by Steven Erikson this month as well. We’ll see how that goes since they’re both lengthy titles.

March Goals

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Finish Epistory -Typing Chronicles: Not too long ago I posted a list of games I wanted to play I have gotten through that list surprisingly fast. I’m not sure how much of the game I have left but I can’t imagine it’s more than an hour or 2

Play more Neverwinter: I’m not far enough into the game to have specific goals for it. Lately, I haven’t been taking the time to play it even though I’ve been enjoying it. This month I’d like to put more time into it and progress.

Play Animal Crossing New Horizons: The last time I played an Animal Crossing game was on the Gamecube. My sister and I put so much time into that game. I’m excited about this new iteration and even more excited that my sister, who lives on the other side of the country, is also picking up a copy!

Read 2 Books: I’ve lowered my Goodreads Reading Challenge this year from 24 books to 15. I feel like it’s a more realistic goal these days. I’m at 4 finished books for the year so far and I’d like to keep the 2 a month going while I’m still in the reading mood. It’s usually toward the middle of the year I’ll read nothing and then find myself at the end of the year trying to catch up to my goal. This year I’ve made it a goal to start reading Steven Erikson’s Malazan series which are not short books. I finished one in January and I’m in the middle of the second book now.

My Next 5 Games to Finish

So far my goal of only purchasing a few games this year has been going well. I’m not entirely sure I’ll make it through the entire year, there’s bound to be something interesting released that I didn’t account for. I’ve found myself not hunting through the Steam Store when I don’t know what I want to play and instead hunt through my Steam Library.

A neat little feature of the Steam library is “Sort By Recent Activity” It really puts into perspective just how long you’ve been sitting on a game. I have unplayed games all the way back to 2014 the year of my very first Steam Sale. And it’s interesting to see what’s been left behind. I haven’t played Trove since October last year. I could have sworn I’d played Limbo not too long ago but there it is filed under 2017.

Anyways, the point is that I was looking back seeing what games were out there that I have been meaning to play but never did. The first one was Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning which I just finished up this week. Looking ahead there are some titles that I want to knock out before diving into another 50+ hour RPG. As much as I like long games for their entertainment to money value I’m feeling a little burnt on the whole open-world thing at the moment. So these next few games will be of the shorter, more linear, variety.

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To the Moon

I remember buying this in 2015. It’s one of those games that is always recommended in various Reddit threads for it’s stellar story and the fact that it was made in RPG maker. After the sprawling fantasy world and story of Amalur, I need a change of scenery. How Long to Beat clocks this game around 4 hours long. The perfect amount to finish in a weekend or with a few hours here and there throughout the week.

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Old Man’s Journey

Another short one. How Long to Beat has this one at 1.5 hours. I actually have no idea where this came from but probably a Humble Bundle of some sort. I like games that can be finished in one sitting. One of my favorite games of all time is Journey which is about an hour and a half. This game also looks pretty, kind of like an illustrated storybook.

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Little Nightmares

I picked this game up over the summer with the intent to stream it during October. My interest in streaming by myself has been non existant since the fall. It’s another short game but alos one that I like the style of. I’ve started it several times but never saw it to the end.

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Epistory -Typing Chronicles

This is another one of those games I felt like I played not to long ago. Giving it another look in steam it seems I haven’t played it in 2 years…I liked the gimmick of playing an adventure game played with typing. Combat is based around typing words and so is unlocking doors and solving puzzles.

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Tales of Berseria

I’m thinking that by the time I’ve finished the above 4 games I’ll be ready to dive into another lengthy RPG. I actually put some time into this last February and I have about 10 hours clocked. However, I don’t remember a single thing about the story so I’m going to be starting over. I absolutely loved Tales of Zestiria so I’m looking forward to this one!

 

Limiting New Games in 2020

When I told my wife my New Years’ resolution this year she laughed and said: “I don’t believe you.” I told her I wasn’t buying any new games this year and would finish the ones I already had. Then I thought about it some more and I agree with her I couldn’t do it. So I refined said resolution to buying only games that I know I want to play as soon as I buy them.  Currently, there are only 3 coming out in 2020 that meet these criteria.

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  2. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
  3. Cyberpunk 2077

I can confidently say that 20 days into 2020 I have purchased 0 new games on a whim. So far so good.  I also decided that DLC for games I finish is fine to buy if I want to play it and free to play games I’ve already played are fair game as well. Right now my stable of games include Warframe, Monster Hunter World, Sanctum 2, and Kingdoms of Amular: Reckoning

I love New Year’s resolutions. Sure they may seem silly sometimes and cliche I think they’re still worth making. It’s a chance to look at the year ahead and think about, in a perfect world what would I like to accomplish this year.

We’re gonna get personal here for a minute. For the first time since I graduated college some 5 years ago, I’m content with where my life and career are right now. I spent the first few years out of college trying to figure out what I was going to do with a BA in History. In 2018, I started a career in IT and as of a month ago landed at one of the best places to work in my area. So I am really grateful that I can stop chasing the next job and settle into a place for a few years. Perfect timing for a less serious resolution.

 

 

October Gaming Goals

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Yes I’m still here after all!

Towards the end of every year, I have periods where I totally lose all interest in gaming. I’m never sure when it’s going to be but it’s usually around November/December. I never know how long it’s going to last and it’s usually because my interest shifts to reading more. I think sometimes I just need a break from the hobby. I always come back though, and with a renewed vigor. This year it happened to come in September and it turns out it’s hard to post to a gaming blog when you don’t actually play any games. It’s safe to assume I didn’t hit any of my gaming goals last month. Well except for Trove. Getting dragons isn’t too hard when there are a ton of podcasts I wanted to catch up on.

But alas, it’s October. I love October. In the beginning, Fall is starting to get underway and all the colors change., in the middle we have horror movies galore, and we cap it all off with Halloween,

As much as I love the horror genre, I’ve never played through a horror game. I picked up 2 in the summer sale this year, Outlast and Observer, for just this occasion. I’m hoping to get through at least one of them. They aren’t too long, 5 and 7 hours respectively, so even an hour a night I can finish them by the end of the month. I’m leaning towards playing Observer first due to its sci-fi setting.

Progression in Trove has been slow going. I’m still working towards getting more dragons that I already have the eggs for. Upon the docket this month is Aurym, Keeper of Histories andDraccolatl, The Mellower. Aurym because he looks cool and Draccolatl because the fragments have been sitting in my inventory for a good 6 months.

Finally, I plan on puttering around Star Wars the Old Republic a bit this month. One of the books I’ve been reading in September is Champions of the Force by Kevin J Anderson. It’s the third book in the Jedi Academy Trilogy and it’s reminded me how much I like the Star Wars expanded universe. Plus with an expansion on the way at the end of the month it seems like a good time to dip my toes in.

September Gaming Goals

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I’ve always felt like September was the start of fall. Though technically the autum equinox isn’t until the end of the month. But it’s around this time that Halloween decorations go up in stores, pumpkin spice late’s come out, and things start to cool off.

August Goals

Last month I had a few gaming goals and I completed exactly half of one, maybe 2/3rds of one. I wanted to get into Heavensward in FFXIV in the first half of the month. It turns out my playtime this subscription would be limited to one weekend and I that was enough for me. I just didn’t feel the need to go back and I’m not sure why. In general, I like FFXIV, I have fun when I play it but it’s never been sticky for me. Ah well, it’ll be there when the mood strikes again.

I wanted to beat 2 recent steam purchases. I was working on The Last Door Season 2 at the begining of the month. I did end up completing that game in the beginning of the month. I wanted to complete one more and was deciding between AgarestL Generations of War and Valkyria Chronicles. Ultimately, I went with Valkyria Chronicles. While I didn’t beat the game yet I’ve spent a good chunk of time playing it this month. It’s currently sitting at 7 hours. How Long to Beat says the main story takes about 31 hours so I have a ways to go.

September Goals

Backlog

As Valkyria Chronicles is a longer game I’m aiming to beat just this one game this month. I’ve been good about not buying more games than I’ve beaten over the last month. Of course purchasing a second monitor didn’t leave me with a whole lot of fun money to spend on games. I’m not sure that I’ll actually make this one though. Borderlands 3 comes out September 13th which will probably take up much of my gaming time.

WoW Classic

I’m still up for exploring WoW Classic this month. I haven’t had a whole lot of time to spend with the game since the release. I’m looking forward to this 3 day weekend to put in some serious time with it. We’ll see if I’ll be resubing at the end of the month

Trove

This may be the first time Trove has made it into one of these gaming goals posts. I’m still enjoying Trove on a daily basis and will be getting another patron pass this month. I’m looking to add another dragon, possibly 2 to my collection this month. I’m looking to get Dracocolatl, The Mellower and Erel, The Ironbolt as my next two. I’m only missing Dragon coins for these so it’s just a matter of time. For the major downtime earlier this week we were given a Golden Dragon Effigy. This unlocks a random legendary dragon and I would hate to use it and get one of these two when I’m so close to buying them.

Blaugust Gaming Goals

This arguably is the most important month of the year to have some goals. Something to guide me over the course of the month. Something that I will probably largely ignore and see how much I’ve actually done in September when we do this all again. No, but seriously I like these posts, I like reading these posts from other people, and I like writing these posts.

So without further ado: August Gaming Goals!

FFXIV

I’m subbed up until August 14th I believe. In that time I would like to get into Heavensward and see some of the stories before deciding to resub or not.

Backlog

I’m aiming to beat 2 recently acquired games from my backlog this month. The first is The Last Door- Season 2 which I’m already halfway through. No, it’s not cheating…The other I haven’t decided on yet. I’m leaning torn between Agarest: Generations of War and Valkyria Chronicles. I’ll see what I feel like playing once I’m dome with The Last Door.

Blaugust

I have an ideal goal of posting all 31 days of August. I have a more solid and probably more attainable goal of posting more than I did last year in the month of August. I’m also trying to comment more and participate more in the community this year. Y’all are awesome bloggers but I am very much a lurker at heart.

October 2018 Gaming Goals

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It’s October! Haloween, horror movies, haunted houses, pumpkin patches, and hayrides. I love this time of year it’s the beginning of the months of holidays and fair weather before it’s cold and miserable. Especially in Ohio where we won’t see warm weather and clear roads until May.

So let’s take a look back at September’s goals. I know I probably sound like a broken record but I haven’t had that much time for gaming lately. I lost interest in gaming for a couple weeks in September and ended up reading a fair bit more than I have been. It was a welcome change. October will likely be the same so I’m keeping my goals short this month.

  • Complete Guild Wars 2 Living Story Season 2 and start Heart of Thornes. I wasn’t expecting the Living World to have so much content. I’m still making my way through it and I’m a little over halfway through I’m starting to feel like Guild Wars 2 is a great game to drop in and out of every once and a while when the mood strikes but I think I’ve had my fill for the time being.
  • Beat at least one game from my backlog.  I beat Hiveswap Act 1 and really enjoyed it. I’ll keep an eye out for Act 2 but I don’t expect it anytime soon.
  • FIgure out a writing schedule. Still a work in progress.
  • Finish a book. I actually finished 2 this month. The first one was The Regulators by Richard Bachman (Stephen King) and the second was Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan. Maybe one of these days I’ll write some book reviews.

October Goals

  • Finish another game from my backlog.  Sure one game a month doesn’t do much for chipping things away at things but it gets me in the mindset to play a single player game once in a while.
  • FInish another book. I get these intense bouts of wanting to read and lately, I’ve been wanting to read some fantasy, a genre I haven’t read in at least a year.