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.
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.
It’s the beginning of September which means a few things.
The weather will start to get cooler. As much as I love summer, autumn is my absolute favorite time of the year.
Halloween decorations will be going up in stores and in my apartment.
Pumpkin Spice will make its way into every imaginable food and beverage. I know I’m excited.
It also means I’m going to review my goals from last month and set some new ones for this month. So let’s talk about August. I had very few goals for August and only managed to complete one of them.
Post every day for the month of August. This didn’t happen but I did manage to get 16 posts out which doubled my post count for the year and pushed me above 100 total posts. It also rekindled my love of writing and blogging, so I’m counting that as a win.
Finally, beat Guild Wars 2 personal story. I totally did that, it took all month but I completed it and it was pretty meh. But I’m glad I went through it and can finally start moving on to the rest of the game. In fact, Guild Wars 2 was my most played game in August.
Beat a game from my backlog. Nope didn’t happen I was too caught up in Guild Wars 2.
Complete Guild Wars 2 Living World Season 2 and start Heart of Thorns. I’m not sure how long it will take to get through Season 2 but I’m already progressing at a steady clip so I’m thinking a month is plenty of time.
Beat at least one game from my backlog. I have them all sorted by time to beat and I’m still in the 1-3 hour playtime range so I should be able to get through one of them.
Figure out a writing schedule. This one is a little more ambiguous. Trying to post everyday last month was fun but I couldn’t do it consistently. I want to figure out a good time to write and a posting schedule that I can keep fairly consistent.
Finish a book. Not gaming related but I always participate in the yearly reading challenge through Goodreads and I always start strong and find myself scrambling at the end of the year to catch up. I actually need to read 2 books a month to complete my goal of 24 books this year but I’ve been slacking lately.
It’s officially the start of Blaugust and this year I’m actually going to try and push out a post every day for the month. There’s been so much activity over on the discord that I’ve been motivated to get posting after a very long hiatus. Nothing gets me more excited than a little challenge and a community around it. I did start this blog for the Newbie Blogger Initiative 2016 after all. It’s also been super motivating this last week reading all of the Blaugust prep week posts. I think I may like reading about writing a bit more than actually writing.
It’s hard to believe I’ve been at this for 2 years now. I haven’t been around lately as I’ve taken up another project with a few friends to start up a twitch channel. But twitch is starting to lose a little of it’s appeal as the summer gets into full swing and I really do miss writing. So here I am, back for at least the month of August and hopefully more regularly in the future.
As it’s the beginning of the event and the beginning of the month I thought I’d outline some goals for August. Mostly because I like reading other peoples monthly goal posts and I like to try to write stuff that I would like to read. That’s my only tidbit of blogging wisdom right there.
Post every day for the month of August.
Finally beat Guild Wars 2 core story
Beat a game from my backlog because I haven’t done that in a while
I’m not sure what I’ll be writing about this month. I’ve been wrapping up a few games I’ve been playing for a long time. I’ve got a clean slate as far as gaming goes right now but that makes things even more exciting.
This month I came back to the blog after a few months hiatus. It’s good to be back! I didn’t have any goals for myself in June. I was testing a few games out seeing what I wanted to stick with for a while. I’ve mostly been playing around with a mix of Guild Wars 2, Trove, and a few single player games. I also started a character on the new Everquest 2 TLE server Fallen Gate.
Get my Guild Wars 2 Elementalist to 50. I’m looking forward to spending more time in Tyria doing the personal story and exploring the world. As far as I remember the leveling didn’t slow down that much and I’m having a blast completing the zone maps.
Level my Coercer to 20 on the Everquest 2 Fallen Gate server. I’m subbed up until the end of July and I’m still curious about EQ2. So far I’m really enjoying the world, the quests, and the class. It’s been a slow start, I’m only level 10, but it’s been quite a different experience than what I’m used too. I’m looking forward to getting out of the New Halas starting zone and seeing something other than an icy tundra and water.
Get my last gear piece to Stellar, the highest gear tier, in Trove and possibly get to level 26. This is the first time I’ve had any sort of goal for Trove but now that it’s my go to podcast listening game I’ve been spending more time in it. I’ve never payed much attention to gear progression in Trove. Like everything else it’s a grind requiring a mix of crafting materials, money, and items locked behind weekly Shadow Towers. I’m really close to getting the last Shadow Tower item I need before I can start to try and catch up to my friends. Right now my Pirate Captain is sitting at level 25. After 20 the XP slows waaaayyyy down so who knows how far I’ll get level wise when I only play 30 minutes a day.
Finish Batman: Arkham Asylum. Currently I’m about 7 hours in and I don’t think I have all that longer to go. The game’s story appears to be rapping up and at the moment I’m not all that interested in finding all the collectibles. There are a few challenge levels I might try though.
After about 9 months and 300 hours later I’ve finally gotten myself through ARR. It’s not that I didn’t like the content or the story but I couldn’t decide what class I wanted to play, I had to try them all and after I found one I really liked and leveled to 50 I’d find another I liked and start the process over. I really got to know all the ARR dungeons well after leveling a White Mage, a Bard, a Dragoon, and a Ninja to 50 before I completed the Main Scenario.
Finishing the 2.XX content and getting into Heavensward: Its only been 3 months since I installed Heavensward, it’s about time I actually get to play it.
Level Monk to 42: I keep seeing that Mantra is a good cross class skill for a lot of dps classes.While I’m not particularly loving the pugilist right now it is fun to punch things and I’ll be using my Leveling Roulettes on this.
On the Backlog Front:
I finished 3 games this month which is more than I’ve finished in a while. I now have Final Fantasy 1, Azkend 2: The World Beneath, and Risk of Rain under my belt.
Finish a Steam game: I’ve been playing a lot of games on my PS4 and PS Vita but my steam backlog needs some love. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with my steam games organized by game length or not but there are some games on the sidebar that I’d like to play so I’ll probably pick one of those.
Well it’s a tad bit overdue but the year is still fresh. Only 10 days in and already 2017 shaping up to be an interesting year. As the New Year struck I was struck by an awful cold that left me out of commission for a few days. On my way to work last week my car’s driver side power window motor died leaving my window stuck down for a few days, not a lot of fun to drive in the cold and snow. Finally, this past weekend I drove back to my parents house, about 4 hours away from me, and in the middle of a white out my windshield wiper fell off making the last few hours a real challenge But it’s not all bad, the year can only get better from here!
Buy Less and Play More
This goes for games as well as books. I have a bad habit of buying more than I can play or only playing a game for a few days before moving on to something else. I rarely finish games and it’s part of h reason I started my personal backlog challenge. So the goal for the year is to play/ finish more games and books than I buy which shouldn’t be that hard because there’s nothing coming out in the nex few months that I’m looking forward too. Though I said the same thing last year where the only game I wanted wasn’t suppose to release until July, I ended up buying at least one game a month anyways.
When It Sucks Stop Reading/Playing It
This one goes more for the books side of things. Every year I set a reading goal oer at Goodreads usually around 20 books. Last year I tried 25 books and I was able to meet my goal, even exceed it by 6 books. The thing is some times it felt like a chore to read and the looming fact that I had to read at least 2 books a month to finish made reading just a little less enjoyable. I’m finding the same as I’ve been working though my backlog. Originally my goal was to finish every game. I thought if I liked it enough to buy it I should be able to finish it. I’ve found that not everything is great and not everything interests me enough to finis it. I think this year I’ll just play games until they no longer interest me. I also have to get better at putting down books when I know they aren’t good instead of forcing myself to finish them.
Change Things Up.
I read a lot of fantasy last year. In fact more than half of the 32 books I read last year were fantasy and quite frankly I’m sick of it. So I’d like to read a little more outside my comfort zone. I’m thinking some murder mysteries, some drama, maybe a romance, and I need to read way more non fiction this year The same goes for games, I feel like I played a lot of the same kind of game last year and while it’s fun to play things I know I’ll like I also have a wonderful library where I can take some chances on other games for free. And PS Plus gives me access to some different games every month and I never try them out. I’ll try to do more of that this year.
Wow it’s November already. I don’t have anything clever to say about November, it’s a pretty boring month. Ok so I do love a good parade and the majestic event that is the Westminster Dog Show. Now that it’s November 1st I’m sure everywhere will be switching gears to Christmas everything. Actually I think they’ve already started playing Christmas music, at least the neighbors have.
October Goals Reveiw
I played a lot of Final Fantasy 14 in October. I got my Dragoon to 50, I got my Bard to 50, I got and apartment, and I finally installed Heavensward. Everything else I planned to do in October kind of fell by the wayside. It was a busier time than I thought it’d be. I think I’m about halfway done with Final Fantasy