Blaugust Promptapalooza – Caught Up and Done!

While originally, there were plans for a whole bunch of posts and the Promptapalooza prompts on top of that, I ended up still not getting anything done ever since I arrived at my parents. Hence, here’s a catchup post.

First things first, why am I not getting anything done?

Honestly, I’d say that I’m missing my usual work atmosphere or rather the physical work station that I need to write blog posts. I’m currently at my parents’ and while I originally planned to blog in the morning when my parents are at work and when my siblings are at school – or rather when I’m all alone at home… I noticed that there was a huge dip in productivity for me. I’d end up starting to write a post but it wouldn’t feel right. The fact that my OCD would give me a headache because I don’t have my usual dual-screens, I don’t have my desk lamp, I don’t have my usual mug with my usual tea, and the fact that I have to write on a laptop in a completely different home in a completely different state of Germany… all of that combined resulted in me being super lazy and unproductive in terms of blogging. I tried creating a bunch of posts but none of them felt right. 

My “I’m so excited post!” ended up getting postponed over time… I had to finish my prompt about the username question since I signed up for that but I didn’t get any of the other prompts done, just yet, mainly since I’m not at my flat. I’ll effectively be able to write again when I’m at my home again… the plan was to leave for “home” on this Sunday but since my aunt is visiting this weekend and only leaving on Sunday, I’ll have to stay here until Monday… and even then, I don’t know if I’ll be away in the morning or if we’re leaving in the evening or whatever’s the plan. 

Why is it so important to me that I’m in my own four walls?

Frankly, I don’t know. I’m used to it. I can’t really stay here at my parents’ for too long since I start to get anxious. 

On that note, I don’t want to talk about this more personal and more emotional stuff on my blog anymore. I think I’ll move The Stray Sheep and all the personal crap over to my fresh and new blog, the Lich Diary, where I try to describe how I deal with my anxieties, insecurities, personal issues and how I’ll (try to) overcome them. If you’re into that, check that out, if not… it’s all fun and *games* over here, haha.

Note: This blog link up here… is gonna be mentioned a lot over the course of this blog post… so, uh… “see above” refers to that.

But seriously, I can’t really work or study here. The work environment is different here and I don’t feel at home at all. On top of that, there is construction work happening outside and I fucking hate the fact that it’s that loud. Even with in-ears and my music turned up to the max, I still hear that construction work and everything… super annoying.

So, what’s up with this post?

Essentially, I’ve seen plenty of people do the catch-up posts instead of actually writing the prompts. Instead of writing a whole post dedicated to only one prompt, they have their own normal posts at times and either pick out one or two prompts here and there that they write about… or they just write a sentence or two for each prompt but all of it in one post. 

And I’m not judging that. I would have done all the prompts in 31 posts… but life’s a bitch and not everything goes as planned, so here we are with a catch-up post. It’s a smart idea to have one like these in there. 

Effectively, I’ll write about most of the prompts in this one and try to link to the blogs that host them and I hope you enjoy that and I hope that it’s alright that I’m doing it like that. 

Prompt 11: Tell us about your physical creative space, and how it influences your “content creation”.

This is a prompt that I want to dedicate a whole post to but I didn’t do it yet since I can’t take pictures of my desk and everything since I’m not at home. So, I’ll do a post in the future about my PC specs, my set-up, my preferences, my desk and how I create certain posts and stuff instead… but for now, I’d like to say that I have two monitors set up on a desk that is way too small for two monitors… but it works so far. It’s a bit cramped I guess when I do stuff for uni and have a notepad on top of it and have to write on physical paper while doing research and stuff… but more often than not, I’m doing that kind of stuff at our library on campus and I resort to Open Office and Word on my PC when I’m at home. Between the two 1080p monitors is a desk lamp that usually provides light for me in the evening, for the night is dark and full of terrors. I tend to blog in the evenings, so naturally, that desk lamp is turned on. 

Next to my desk, I have another small and rather thin desk that I use for my tea setup where a small candle is providing heat to a pot of tea… and my teacup is on that separate table as well since I don’t want to spill liquids on my keyboard… again. Essentially, that’s the physical workspace that I use for creative stuff as well as normal work. I also stream there and game there and all of that, but again, I’ll talk about that in a different post.

Prompt 14: What are some of the things that get you excited in life?

I’d say video games, people and food. 

I follow a bunch of indie game devs on Twitter and get excited when I see their dev blog posts or WIP-screenshots and animations and whatever… and eventually, they release their full game, which is just glorious. The last game that I was super-hyped about was Children of Morta, I think, which I’ve been following for about three years… and before that, I was even more hyped about Risk of Rain 2 as I loved the first game ever since it came out… and since I followed Hopoo Games’ dev blog for ages ever since they announced wanting to create a sequel to Risk of Rain 1 but in 3D… and that sounded just rad. Over time, while following their dev blog, I also learnt about one of their other projects, Deadbolt… and it was just glorious when I first played it, though the review is still in the works.

Apart from that, meeting certain people can be quite exciting and actually doing something with close friends of yours can be really good. A close friend of mine and I haven’t seen each other since March, so we just met up like last year and were gazing at the night sky in hopes of seeing some shooting stars, the other day, while drinking a bit and talking about life, love, dreams and fear, and all of that stuff. On top of that, I also get excited when I go to live concerts, though that’s a bit rough right now in the midst of a pandemic. The last time I went to a live concert was a year ago when I went to a Crywank concert nearby and actually go to talk to Dan from Crywank and I even got an autograph, a photo with him and I was able to hug him. Was just awesome.

And well, food… I love trying new food and new recipes and when it tastes good afterwards, I’m happy about that… or when I tried that insect patty at a burger chain once… I was excited about it… and then it arrived and it was just awesome. 

Prompt 15: Tell us about a person or thing that has greatly influenced you.

I could go on about my grandfather and some of my neighbours and my uncle and all of that stuff but that’s something for my private blog (mentioned above). I guess a better answer for this prompt would be a lot of musicians that I followed over the years. Crywank, for instance, had a great influence on me when I got bullied. Arctic Monkeys, for instance, helped me a bunch after a few of my break-ups. Bonaparte were always a jammer for my longest train rides. Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Bakers Eddy, Amarante, The Amazons, Chris Christodoulou, Anberlin, Badflower, AnnenMayKantereit, Arcade Fire, and many other artists always provided me with great music while I was getting into bad headspaces or when I wasn’t doing too well and needed to cheer up or when I had good times. I feel like the music that I listened to, the games I played, the shows I watched, often lead to me feeling better when I was down.

And obviously, my best friend, her boyfriend, and my girlfriend are probably the biggest influences in my life. They are people that make me want to be a better person or rather a better human overall. I want to be the best possible “me” that I could be. 

Prompt 16: What is one of your earliest memories from one of your core fandoms?

As we’ve established earlier this month, I wouldn’t say that I’m part of any core fandoms… but at the same time, I did and still do watch a bunch of Anime and I did and still do read a lot of Manga so I guess that that’s one of my “core fandoms”. Hence, my earliest memory of that probably is when I watched InuYasha, Naruto, One Piece, and some other shows in FreeTV back in the day… although I only watched it sporadically and often wouldn’t watch all of the episodes due to me not catching all of them. My absolute favourite show back in the day was Detective Conan (I think, the show’s called “Case Closed” in English). 

When I first started sitting down and watching Anime, I remember really liking Mirai Nikki, Sword Art Online and Attack Titan… until I watched actual good shows… then I noticed that the “good shows” I knew weren’t actually all that good… and that was somewhat disappointing. And Season after Season the quality seemed to drop with some good shows occasionally showing up… but most of the newer shows seem to just be average at best, which is quite disappointing. Oh well.

Prompt 17: Write that one post that you always wanted to write but always postponed. Finally, do it!

No.

I have a few reviews lined up that I always wanted to finish writing but never could do. One of them is on Dungeon of the Endless… but whenever I start up the game, I notice that I want to rewrite my review… so I do that and go through the editing process… and then I play the game again for another run… only to notice that I’m not doing this game any justice with my review…. so I rewrite it and then play it again and then notice that I am still not doing it any justice. I just love that game too much. 

The other post that I’m always postponing is my anniversary post… it’s not done yet. It’s a month late. It will have to wait until I’m finished with it… once I’m at my flat again. 

I don’t like this prompt all that much. It wants me to finish a post on the spot when it’s not ready. It’s postponed for a reason and it will be postponed until I’m either back at my flat and happy with it… or until someone puts a gun to my head to make me finish that post (which is quite unlikely). 

Prompt 18: If you could meet any of the people that you look up to, who would it be? 

I’d love to meet my grandmother but she died before I was born. I’d love to meet one of my neighbours again but he died just last year. I already met Dan from Crywank, so I don’t need to do that necessarily… I guess, there are some bloggers like Mr Peril that I’d love to meet eventually but since the UK and Germany aren’t too far away, there is always a possibility for that. I’d also love to meet Naithin eventually although that’s gonna be a bit harder to accomplish since he’s a lot farther away… and well, there are a bunch of streamers from the US that I look up to that are quite far away like XilentFlex or Nickodimas or Tugboet… Oh well, maybe in the future. As long as they live on the same planet as me, it should be possible, right? 🙂 And of course, I look up to a lot of other streamers and bloggers and people in general, but I can’t possibly mention all of them, right? I mean, I could, but it would take a lot of time that I don’t have and I’d forget someone either way, right?

Prompt 19: Do you “finish” games/hobbies/projects and move on or do you come back to the same things again and again?

Oh, that’s a good question. There are games that I tend to 100% when the 100%-completion seems achievable… but when it seems too fiddly or too far away, I tend to just stray away and move on. Often, I end up drifting away from Open World titles, for instance, or I just finish the main storyline + some of the side quests before moving on to a different game when I’m bored of it. Similarly, some projects go on for ages with no end in sight (like this blog… hopefully…) but also short-lived projects that die before I know it (like my tomato plant, Felix… RIP).

Prompt 20: Tell us about some of your hobbies outside of the realm of your specific niche.

I love reading plays, poetry and tragedies. Apart from that, I sometimes do write short stories and poetry though I don’t publish them too often. As already mentioned, I enjoy good shows and also anime, cartoons and manga. I used to be part of our school’s Drama group and later our university’s Drama group but since I have to focus more on my university studies now, I don’t really have the time to go to all the rehearsals and stuff. Alas, I’m currently mostly doing the blog stuff, streaming, and occasionally reading or watching a show in my free time. My hobbies really stay in the realm of my niche currently since every other hobby of mine either required too much time (like my science fair projects or my Drama club rehearsals) or I just couldn’t make a lot of time for them (like poetry or reading in general). I also used to do some martial arts stuff for quite some time but also had to stop that due to a shift in priorities. I plan on maybe doing Jiu-Jitsu or potentially Muay Thai again, eventually, though that depends on my schedule again and the people there as well as the price, so uh… I’ll see.

Prompt 21: Tell us about your favourite antagonist(s) and explain why.

There are a lot of great antagonists out there but my absolute favourite is probably either Cave Johnson from Portal 2… or Virgil from Lightmatter… or Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2/Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

Cave Johnson and Virgil strike the same note of company bosses that tried to achieve greatness but failed to do so and ended up walking down a dark path (hehe)… and they’re crazy but not too crazy, which I really adore about them. Since Virgil is supposed to be a rival of Cave and since the games play in the same universe, I feel like it’s understandable that I like them both in the same way.

And Handsome Jack was one of the first villains I got to know in video games that had some actual depth to their character. I felt pity for him and somewhat understood him at some point and the reasoning as to why he’s… like that… he’s also a great character, very charismatic and… handsome… I may be lowkey crushing on him here and there but I really love his voice actor (who just randomly improvised about bretzels during some of the lines? Like… that’s awesome!). Honestly, this is easily my favourite. Fuck Virgil. Fuck Cave. They’ll share Spot 2. 

…and I’d like to name a female character here for inclusivity but I can’t exactly remember any other antagonists overall. GLaDOS, for instance, is a victim and not a villain. And more often than not villains tend to be male and not female. Recently, I played through Destroy All Humans! and the main antagonist, first off, didn’t feel like “the main antagonist”… and secondly, it wasn’t a good “main antagonist” that I’d call “my favourite”. This doesn’t have to do with sexism or anything like that… the reveal that Silhouette is female just didn’t have anything to do with the game and didn’t seem surprising or whatever… it was just “eh”. I guess I can write a whole post on whether or not gender matters when it comes to antagonists or protagonists, so look out for that.

Prompt 22: What piece of content would you most like to have a sequel or reboot?

While I certainly feel like a lot of games deserve a second chance to do stuff better… I don’t think it’s necessary to rewrite them or to remake them. Remakes and Remasters usually lure you in for the sake of nostalgia, like the recent “Destroy All Humans!” remake, and then they end up disappointing you after you cannot refund them anymore. Two hours in, I still had fun and enjoyed myself with it… Three hours in, I got frustrated occasionally… After 11 hours I was done with the game, despite having paid 30€ for it when it effectively offered me 15-20€ worth of content… at most… I shouldn’t have bought it at full price (or rather, I shouldn’t have gotten excited and pre-ordered it). Lesson learned, I’ll write a bad review on it because it’s absolutely not worth the full price and it’s super frustrating and has a bunch of issues that they didn’t fix. 

I feel like a remaster or a remake should introduce at least some improvement to its gameplay systems, some quality of life changes, some additional content without taking away from its original gameplay formula. Most of the games I love and play regularly, don’t really need a remade or remastered version, because they’re good games. I’m excited for the new Left 4 Dead 2 Update that is coming out soon… but I doubt that it’s in line with the prompt if I go on and rant about bad remakes and bad design choices and bad purchases on my end. I’ll dedicate a whole post to this topic, eventually.

Prompt 23: What is your greatest fear, and how does it impact the type of content you create or consume?

I have a lot of fears that I’ll eventually cover on my personal blog (again, see above). The only fears that kind of effect my “content” are probably the fear of missing out, the fear of not fitting in, and the fear of not standing out. While that may be contradictory, I don’t want to be “just another gaming blog” or “just another review blog” or “just another indie blog” as that would result in me being or becoming boring. While I blog because it’s fun, I obviously also want to grow, so that my reviews get read and so that people get to play some true indie gems. But I also don’t want to stand out too much with an opinion that people don’t like, as that could get me “cancelled”. I don’t really believe that “cancel culture” is a thing… but I also am scared about it… Again, see above. I’ll write more about that on the other blog. And as far as FOMO goes, I don’t want to miss out on some lovely interactions with other bloggers, so I try to read their posts and I try to post about certain topics that are popular, at times, again for the sake of growth. 

But while those fears exist, I’m not exactly anxious about a lot of the things there. I tend to ignore them and do my own thing… even if that’s not always the easiest thing, I know that it’s the best thing to do for me and my health. 

Prompt 24 was my prompt. So, I already uploaded that.

Looki looki at my blog-gi. 

Prompt 25: How did you get started in content creation?

There used to be a blog called peteback (can’t link it since it doesn’t exist anymore) that did essentially a similar thing to me here… review games and shows and write about their hobbies and I really liked that. And then I started my own blog. 

Prompt 26: With the pandemic, we are going through an unprecedented time. In what ways has this shared global event impacted your content creation?

Well, when everything just started, I ended up blogging as per usual. I already was done with all of my exams, so I had more free time and ended up participating in Blapril while also publishing 45 posts in total during that time! While I was streaming three times a week before that, I ended up changing my schedule a bit to have four streams per week since people are now at home and since those people needed a place to hang out at or rather a place to entertain themselves at. The pandemic hasn’t ended yet and Germany is on its way to a second lockdown (Covidiots, hooray!), so I may actually stick to the four-stream-schedule for quite some time… and I honestly, really like it. 

With less social interactions and with me not going out as much, though, I ended up feeling less productive and I even got into this weird headspace that a lot of people were talking about already. More often than not, I’d end up posting less or less frequently… and eventually, Uni@Home started and I had my online classes which kept me busy so that lead to fewer posts.

But then I picked it up again and once I’m back home, I’ll be able to post more frequently again. 

In the end, while the pandemic is bad for a lot of people… it ended up benefitting the gaming industry as more people at home meant more people to play games and more profits from games that people at home want to play (the maths add up!) – alas, content creators also benefitted from this as there were more people watching streams or reading blog posts or doing all of that… but due to me not feeling too well at times, my stream quality ended up dropping a bit again, so that resulted in a drop in views and overall, fewer people watching. 

Again, once I’m back home again, I’ll work on that. I’ve got a blog post lined up for that as well for the Live in Purple category (name to change) and I’m looking forward to writing about issues I’ve faced while streaming and my advice for people that are starting out on Twitch or that are new to all of this. Again, more posts to come and more stuff in the drafts and, ugh, I’m sitting at 54 drafts, right now, despite this post going out soon…

Prompt 27: What piece/s of technology would you have the hardest time living without?

This is a relatively easy prompt to answer. My mobile phone, my computer and my internet router. 

I can’t stay in touch with the world and what’s going on without access to the internet… and for access to the internet, I need either my mobile phone or my PC… and obviously, I need my internet access/router. When I’m offline, I get to read more books but overall, I end up struggling due to FOMO… and while books are great and all of that, I love playing games and watching shows and watching YouTube videos, so that kind of ended up being a big part of my free time activities. 

Prompt 28: What are some of the things that you wish you knew before you started creating content?

Honestly, I don’t think there are many things that I would have wanted to know beforehand… Well, the existence of Grammarly (#notsponsored). I would have checked my grammar and spelling and all of that in my first few posts… and I’ll fix that soon… if I remember.

Prompt 29: What are you looking forward to the most over the course of the next year?

Uh, the vaccines for the Rona. When it’s happening, I’ll be able to visit my grandparents without getting anxious about potentially killing them with my hugs.

Prompt 30: Tell us about some community that you are a part of and why it interests you or how it impacts you?

Uh,… the Blaugust community? I don’t know. I’m not a part of many communities and the ones that I am a part of usually don’t have the sense of community that the Blaugust community has. I actually feel like I’m a part of something when I talk to other Blaugustans and when I participate in the events and stuff. I’d love to play some games with more people there but timezones and schedules and all of that is hard to get around… but we’ll manage it somehow. 

And yeah, when I need help or advice, I’m able to rely on others there. Can highly recommend the Blaugust community. 100% not biased!

Prompt 31: What is your favourite thing to do in order to relax?

Video games… okay, that’s kind of obvious. 

Let’s go with music then. I sometimes have some very busy and very bad days full of shitty people (again, coming soon on the other blog, see above) and when I get home, I just fall into my bed and lay down for a while. Then I take a shower, pop a can of Dr Pepper, put in my ear-plugs and enjoy my music for a bit while sitting on the balcony… In the winter it’s the same thing but inside and while browsing blogs or whatever. 

Some of my favourite playlists:

And yeah, that’s essentially all of the Blaugust Promptapalooza prompts done in one day. I know I’m a bit early but I wanted to have all of them done by the end of the month and Monday is gonna be hectic, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to post them by then. Apart from that, I haven’t posted in quite some time, so I wanted to give out a sign of life before continuing with the usual frequency next month. 🙂 

Hope you liked this one. 

Cheers!

This post is part of the Blaugust 2020 event. Wanna know more about it? Then check out my post on it or Bel’s post where he also linked everyone who’s participating! Be sure to check out the others as well!

Blaugust Prompt #24 – The username question

Blaugust is here! But what’s this? This isn’t the usual Blaugust? It’s a special Promptapalooza with a prompt hosted by me! Welcome in! If you have no clue about all of this… then check out the two links in the box below the post… and if you’re here from Beej or other bloggers, welcome in! Nice to meet you! Grab some tea, soda, coffee, or your beverage of choice and let’s have a cosy time today! I hope you’ll enjoy this post of mine. 🙂

So, let’s see… I’m currently at my parents’ and enjoying my time off… and in the evenings before giving in to slumber, I try to read my way through some of these awesome blogs here while thinking about my own prompts… and I still need to catch up to the last ten or so prompts… So those prompts will come out soon and then I’ll change the date in hindsight… but I’ll have to host this one, so this one is coming out before all of the other prompts. I’m sorry for the confusion that that may cause you. I hope it’s somewhat understandable that I may be dead… but I still am human.

Before I explain that last sentence and today’s prompt, I’d like to give a shoutout to Beej from Geek to Geek Media! They hosted a very well-written and amazing post yesterday about their fears and how it affects their content production and consumption. Their very real fears are very similar to some of mine and hence, I can really recommend checking that post out! If you’ve read it already, do it again! Beej also was super adorable at the end with their shoutout to me… really made my day. Thanks a lot for that!

Now… what’s today’s prompt? 

“How did you get the name that you regularly go by online, and what if anything does it mean?”

Tadaa! A very cool prompt! Really like this one! Hope you enjoy it!

As far as me goes… it’s somewhat tied to my character over here that I mentioned in my mascot-post! Uh, it’s a bit of a silly story and I think I mentioned it somewhere before in some post… but essentially, I’m from Germany and I love mages and magic and wizards and that kinda stuff in games and movies and other media. The German word for “mage” is “Magier” but when I typed that word into the character-name-box of some game at the age of three or four… only four letters were allowed. Hence, I went with Magi without knowing why exactly it didn’t allow the “-er”. I was young at the time. I knew the word from some show and just remembered what these letters looked like and all of that… and in the end, my name was “Magi” at the time. 

Later on, I had these toys from all kinds of sets… there were toy soldiers, different figurines, a barn set and cars and pirates and animals and dinosaurs and whatever… I jumbled up everything much to my siblings’ liking who all would believe the stories I told them about all of the different characters and adventures and stuff… I don’t know… back then, I really enjoyed doing that and my siblings and I were a lot closer. Anyways, there was this black mouse with red eyes that I had there and I essentially claimed that mouse figure as my character “Magimos”. I combined “Magi” with the very “cool”-sounding suffix “-mos” because I liked that name… I imagined it to be some sort of dark undead mage who has been trapped in that body while still being incredibly evil and dangerous.

Eventually, I moved on from toys and – as we had our first ever PC – I started playing online video games… like Dark Orbit and Minecraft. I even played stuff like NeoPets or social games on Facebook… “Magimos” always was my username of choice and for the longest part, it even followed me to Spotify, League of Legends and Twitter, until I eventually started to not feel attached to the name anymore. The “mos”-part really bothered me all the time and most people would call me “Magi” anyway… so, whenever possible, I would end up using Magi… which was essentially never. Magi is quite the popular name, it seems, and hence “Magi” is taken… more often than not. Alas, I used that name on Twitch and Minecraft and League of Legends (after I had enough BE for the name change) and eventually rebranded my whole character to that persona of the lich/necromancer “Magi”.

I always liked the idea of a necromancer or summoner type. Summoning minions to fight by your side in your stead is really cool after all. And as far as the “lich” or “undead” part goes: I quite often enjoy playing the “bad guy” more than the actual heroes in games. Games that leave you the option to wreak havoc and sacrifice humans and stuff are lovely. I really enjoy those. 

That mouse character in the past eventually got freed and took the form of a recoloured black mage from FF1 that was supposed to be a necromancer instead. The darkness that is enveloping the face, the pale hands, and the red eyes are something that I use in most of my character-iterations. My character has that as a feature and I really like how it turned out in the end.

Now, while “MagiWasTaken” is quite cool for a name… I also go for some other names every now and then. In some MMOs, the male character model sucks and I create a female one since they’re cuter… “Magimos” never worked for those and “MagiWasTaken” is to username-ish for those… so I ended up using “Lizz Winterfield” in BDO and GW2. It’s another name that I use whenever I see it fitting. It’s my name on Spotify… I have a Facebook account with that name (unless I deactivated it already?)… I use that in Minecraft since I like that one a lot as well. Overall, “MagiWasTaken” and “Lizz_Winterfield” are my go-to-names. “Lizz” is a lovely name after all while “Winterfield” is the most human-sounding name I know. 

Where are your usernames from? What did you use in the past? How did your name evolve over time if at all? Why do you stick to it? 

I personally feel like I can identify with this mage character quite often in games when I use a name like “MagiWasTaken” or “Magi”. Meanwhile “Lizz Winterfield” really works for me when I play female characters and when I’m trying to roleplay or play a different class instead of my usual stuff.

That was it for today’s post. Hope you enjoyed this one. The next post in line is by Joar from WoW Alt Addiction! Join them and their prompt for more blogging-awesomeness! I can really recommend checking them out and again, check out all the other bloggers who have participated so far and are participating in the next few days. 🙂

Cheers!

This post is part of the Blaugust 2020 event. Wanna know more about it? Then check out my post on it or Bel’s post where he also linked everyone who’s participating! Be sure to check out the others as well!

The Stray Sheep + Viridi

August 9th, 2020. I had a stupid idea. I wanted to review Viridi but growing plants in real-time is taking… real-time ages… not just in-game ages. Hence, I thought, I might as well play it some more, collecting some screenshots, talking about things and reading blog posts. 

August 21st, 2020. I’m writing a post on blog posts, I’ve read and liked while mixing in some chill screenshots from Viridi and presenting to you the plants and bloggers we’ve got here. The screenshots at the time were taken without the custom names… so in the future there will be names there instead.

First up, we’ve got Roger aka Mr Peril from Contains Moderate Peril. I really like Roger’s posts and opinions on things. More often than not, I’m in awe as to how elegant his wording is and how many new words I learn when reading his posts… His content usually consists of (movie) reviews, comments and discussions. I say “discussions” as he discusses certain issues, such as “tryhards” and “losing” in games. I really liked his insights on the topic of “tryhards” and different ways of winning… or rather losing games. And his most recent post is about him and Mrs P visiting Kent – it’s lighthearted, lovely and somewhat cute, I’d say. I really enjoyed reading that and can wholeheartedly recommend Roger’s blog to anyone who likes discussion-type posts and movie reviews. 🙂 

In Viridi, I’ve named an Aloe Vera plant after Peril… Before writing that post back then calling to the planting shovels, I already had some plants in there and some were bigger than others already, so I ended up naming this big prickly Aloe Vera plant after Peril. There is no exact reason as to why. I just thought it would be fitting. Although he requested that, there was no venus flytrap… but I think the “thorns” and “nudges” of this green boi should be satisfactory, too. 

Next up, we have Tipa’s blog from Chasing Dings. I only know Tipa now for a few months but apparently, she’s been blogging for quite some time (just like many other Blaugustans), so she’s a bit of a veteran, I guess. She posts a bunch of different things on her blog, though a lot of it seems to be about MMOs. Lately, obviously, with Blaugust and everything, there is an influx of other writing prompts in there… but overall, a bunch of personal posts, a bunch of posts on MMOs and other games, and here and there some screenshot/review posts. A post that I really enjoyed and only read today was her post on underrated content, as it really depicts one of my opinions that- Well, you should read it yourself. 🙂 Apart from that, I really adore her post on Townscaper, showcasing her creation, especially as I’ve never heard of Townscaper before! Her Spiffing Brit reference in her Blaugust-Ketchup post made my day, and her latest post on sequels and reboots is really well-written and features some interesting views. 

Back in the Blaugust pot, I got a free seedling for this week… a cheiridopsis denticulata plant… and I thought that Tipa might like this one. Again, there are no venus flytraps or piranha plants from Super Mario or whatever… but this one is going to be a surprise. 

Belghast is represented by a big green Aeonium plant. It kind of reminded me of a pillar of sorts… which is quite fitting since Bel is always organising these events! 

As far as his blog goes, I’ve been meaning to read his posts on Horizon Zero Dawn but I can’t do that just yet, due to spoilers. I’m currently still playing it and despite it being rather old, the PC release isn’t yet… and I’m not even in Meridian, yet, so I don’t think it’s going to be that pleasing if I were to spoil myself now. Bel posts a lot on World of Warcraft, Destiny and Final Fantasy 14 but I don’t actually play any of those games… or rather, I hop into Destiny 2 every now and then but lately, I haven’t been active in Destiny 2 at all. Regardless of that, I enjoy reading his posts and reviews. His writing style is pleasant and his posts on FF14 and WoW always make me want to play some of that… but at the same time, I don’t really have the time right now for MMOs. His latest post on FF14’s Yo-Kai Watch Event was very interesting and for a bit, I got FOMO and wanted to actually download, install and push through FF14… but it seems as if the event has already been around last year… and it came back this year… so it probably will come around next year as well. I can also recommend his post on the goodest foxxo, because of somewhat obvious reasons, uwu. 

The snail in the Blaugust pot is named after me. I read a bunch of posts… and while I’d like to read more, I am in a bit of a hurry as I’ve got to leave tomorrow early and as I’ll be away for a whole week to visit my family members. I still need to do some of my laundry here while also cleaning up, doing the dishes and get some other stuff done. On top of that, I’ll have to schedule my Blaugust post for tomorrow… it’s finished… but I’d also like to edit it again since I’m not that happy about it. Apart from that, I still have a few drafts on the other prompts that I want to get out in the next few days but I guess I’ll have to work on my laptop for that. 

Hope you enjoyed this post. I think I’ll do more posts like these on post-recommendations in the future with the other plants in the pot. In hindsight, I have mixed feelings about it for whatever reason, but I’m sure it will be fine. 

Cheers!

Blaugust Prompt #10 – The process behind my blog posts

Do I have specific routines for the process of creating a blog post? Are there differences between different types of posts? Do I only write posts on my PC? Do I only write at certain given times? Do I have a schedule for recurring topics? Well, this question and everything around the process of creating a blog post, in today’s Blaugust Prompt, hosted by Pae from NerdyBookahs

TL;DR: Yes, Yes, PC/Laptop, Yes, No, and more information!

The actual prompt is called: “What’s your process when creating a blog post?”

Now, I’d have to clarify that the process is different for every type of post. I tend to do Stray Sheep and other entries that are more wordy, ranty or just rambly in one sitting and edit them later. I usually sit down with a cup of tea or a mug of coffee, based on the time, and start writing… and when I’m done, my coffee is either empty or has gone cold, which is always a bummer. 

Speaking of “based on the time”, I tend to either write in the evenings or the mornings. During the day, I have to work on real-life stuff and study and do all of that, so I end up only having time to write when I get up and drink my coffee or when I am done with everything in the evening if there’s enough time before the stream. 

As far as to “where”, I tend to do it at my desk using my PC. Based on what I do, I can just use the second screen for music or research or whatever, while writing on the screen in front of me. When I didn’t have the PC yet, I would sit down on my bed and write on my laptop. I did try to edit a post on my phone once… but it’s incredibly hard to pull off and I suck at typing on my phone, even as a GenZ/Zoomer, “lol”. Alas, I usually go for the PC and just work on there. It’s the cosiest and most efficient, I’d say. I don’t have to tab in and out as much and I can type rather fast.

I have to rely on my laptop whenever I’m not at home or at my desk. I used to sometimes work on blog stuff at University in between breaks when I had too little time to work on university stuff and when I had just enough time to edit a picture and put it into a blog post or something like that. Over time, I ended up not doing that anymore, though, since my laptop has become slow and loud… and it can’t be helped since it’s already six years old but it still works when I’m at my parents and the volume of it doesn’t bother me there either, unlike in class. 

As far as schedules go: I don’t usually go for a schedule. I try to get posts out as soon as possible while not posting twice or even three times a day. Spacing out posts is important. While not my primary concern, I also want my posts to get read: Hence, I try to have a few days between reviews, so that some of the reviews can gain traction through Twitter, Discord, and the WordPress reader. At the same time, though, posts can also gain views when you post others and when people click off from them to others, so I try to space them out a bit but not too much. In the end, it’s a bit of a struggle between posting daily and potentially burning out but staying consistent enough for google to pick you up… and just posting every few days and potentially risk losing discoverability. 

I did once try to post a review every week with an additional post per week… but it ended up burning me out a bit and I posted fewer reviews for a while. Essentially Stray Sheep can be posted asap while reviews take a bit of work and cannot be mass-produced by me, at least with my standards and the value I put into them. The new Lookout Post also takes a bit of time to prepare as I want to get facts right or talk about certain games. The Gaming Journal posts also are more like gaming-related Stray Sheep that get posted once done.

Now, while other posts usually end up just being a write-up of sorts, reviews take a bit of work for me personally. Based on the game, I try to see every feature and every nook and cranny of it. Sometimes, you get the bigger picture already after a few minutes to hours, like in Fall Guys, but in other cases, it tends to take more than just hours. I’m working on a review of Outer Wilds right now and while it is written up, I fear that I’m spoiling too much. To find out whether or not I liked it, I had to complete the story, which didn’t take too long… Just 24 hours in total, according to steam. After that, I wrote up a post that is nearly 4000 words long (3870 words to be exact) and now I have to cut out words so that it ends up being shorter and less spoilery.

I essentially play games that I want to review, take screenshots wherever I can, and then take notes and write a post. 

Now, usually, posts can be as long as needed but reviews are a bit iffy in that regard, too. Reviews are supposed to give you insights on a game and whether or not you should buy or (rather) play it. Nowadays, people tend to not have the time to read through a post that requires you approximately 30 minutes to read through. Instead, people end up reading posts more that are shorter and more compact with more compressed information and essentially a TLDR at the beginning or even a summary that you can skip to when you’re in a hurry. 

But I don’t want to do that. I don’t want people to skip over my post. If they want to, they surely can do that, but I don’t want to enable them to exactly skip through everything, so I end up posting reviews that are long enough for me to see them as actual posts… but short enough so that people can finish them in a bus ride or in between. Hence, my posts are about 1000 to 1300 words long and get trimmed down to that. 1100 words are about 3-4 minutes of read-time, according to Grammarly and other sources. This varies based on the skill of the reader and the words of choice but generally, they are “long” but not “too long”. 

Back to my post on Outer Wilds: According to this post here, it would take a slow reader about half an hour to get through my review in its current state. Even a faster reader like me would need nearly 10 minutes for it, which could be considered too long already. So, I have to cut it down to about 1000 words or 1300 at max… or even a bit more, but not too much.

The other reason as to why I have to cut it down is spoilers. Outer Wilds is heavily based on exploration. Every screenshot, every information, every reference, every joke, every single word can ruin the experience. The same goes for my posts on Necrobarista or Milky Way Prince – The Vampire Star. Being visual novels, their story is really important for the experience of the player. Every single word that I could write, could be a word too much. Hence, I have to see what I can do about that, how I play around it, how much I can say and what I would consider a spoiler… or what information would be a key-information for me. In Outer Wilds, for instance, the information, that [no spoilers], was crucial to my understanding. Hence, that information would ruin everything about the game for the reader. Duh.

Hence, I need to get rid of all the information that people don’t need to know before they play the game. The screenshots mostly are either pretty or add to my information but never show any bosses from late-game or whatever… The information is always based on the first few hours of my experience while the issues are things that I encountered over the course of my playthrough. 

After I’m done writing the review, I then go and research some facts about the game like the Developer, Publisher, Release Date, Platforms, Genres and put them into a small verse-block to essentially give people a quick look into what the game is about and whether or not the game is something they might be interested in. I also look for a featured image since that’s going to be displayed on top of the post and since that one will be in the link text and all of that. 

At last, after all of that, I tend to go back to the beginning and write a pitch of sorts. Something creative that basically invites people to come to the post. In my review for Milky Way Prince: The Vampire Star, I ended up talking about idealization and intimacy by first alluding to the very first time I met my current girlfriend and the somewhat cringy but also very hopelessly romantic memory I had of that. That anecdote then relates to topics in the game and I refer to the summary of the story without telling too much about it. Afterwards, I welcome the reader to another review and head into it. 

That works quite often. 

Sometimes, I need to find other words for it though… I can’t just start every review with “Today’s Indietail is about [game name], a [genres] title” – that would make every review generic and less personal. Instead, I’d love to write a short paragraph or two about something related to it. In my review on Ayre, I asked questions about freedom and flying… and while not that creative, I couldn’t really come up with anything else, so I just went for that. Still better than nothing!

So, to sum it all up: I do work at certain times, I do have certain routines, I prefer my computer as a workspace, and usually I have some coffee or tea ready for the process of writing. Reviews take a lot of work and effort since I am considering these things and a lot more… and I tend to write posts up and then later worry about editing, layout, and the initial pitch… in that order! 

Thanks for reading this post so far! You’re a champ!

This prompt was hosted by Pae, so check her post out if you haven’t yet. The next post in line is by Krikket, so check her out as well! 

Cheers!

This post is part of the Blaugust 2020 event. Wanna know more about it? Then check out my post on it or Bel’s post where he also linked everyone who’s participating! Be sure to check out the others as well!

TSS#67 – Blaugust Prompt #1 – Fandoms

Blaugust is here! I mean, August is here! 

Alas, here’s the first prompt by Belghast: “If you could change anything about one of your core fandoms, what would it be?” – and I’m already confused. My issue with this one is that I don’t think I’m part of really any fandom… at least I’m no active member of any bigger communities of fans of a genre, game, show, band, etc. But I’ll do my best to answer this prompt!

I guess that I’m a relatively big fan of Anime and Manga. I do read my fair share and watch quite a bunch right now. The only problem with the fandom I have, though, is the weebs. And I’m not trying to be inappropriate but usually, there is a “too far” for everything: 

Chocolate can be sweet but it can also be “too bitter”. You can drink a bunch of beers but you can also take it “too far” and get alcohol poisoning. 

I binged Kokkoku, the other day, btw – and I can highly recommend it!

With the anime fandom, it’s the same. 

According to Proxer.me (my streaming service of choice for ages now), I’ve watched a total of 5134 Anime episodes so far, not counting in episodes watch on other sites. As far as Manga chapters go, the number is at 811, not counting in chapters, manhwa, webtoons, light novels, etc. read on other sites. 

But I know people with bigger and smaller numbers that are way too extreme in regards to the fandom. I’m talking about people that don’t just watch anime… I’m talking about people that breathe anime. -> Weebs or weaboos. 

And well, the thing I’d change about them is just the fact that I don’t want them to call me an “otaku” or a “fellow weeb” because that’s insulting. That’s it. I have no problem with them being the way they are. I have no problem with them loving what they do. I just don’t like it when some of them try to convince others that those other people are also “otakus” (which is an insult if I remember correctly, to begin with). 

I really gotta finish this show up eventually… but I also am watching way too many other shows…

As far as other fandoms go, I used to be part of the Dr Who fandom and a few communities but then the constant discussions about “the best Doctor” and the diehard fans that don’t like a female doctor got on my nerves. Christopher Eccleston (or the Ninth Doctor) is probably my favourite but I’d never go as far as to go that he’s “the best doctor” since there is no universal truth like that. Matt Smith? David Tennant? Peter Capaldi? All great doctors! Loved them! I would not want to convince others, however, that these people are “the best” over others.

Uh, other fandoms… I’m a support main in League of Legends and since I love playing the role, I’d consider that a fandom of sorts, I guess? Anyways, I’d change the Janna Mains. I fucking hate them. It’s not about their champs… it’s also not about ALL of them… it’s just about the toxic ones because Janna Mains are the most fucking obnoxious and toxic support players in League. Janna is a champion that doesn’t require too much skill and that is really well at disengaging enemies and enabling their ADC. While I like playing her every now and then, I don’t usually do it nowadays, as she’s still missing a bunch of things that I like with other enchanters. She’s also just a champion played by toxic people that I don’t want to get associated with. Same goes for Nami Mains that build Rylai’s Crystal Scepter. Don’t. Fucking. Do. That. For reals. Your Q is a knock-up, your E is a slow already and your ultimate is a knock-up as well. You don’t really need the slow, especially as slows don’t stack in League. 

Btw, this is probably my favourite Janna skin. Way too adorable!

But in the end, I’m just complaining about extremes here. I feel like every fandom and every community has certain “Stans” and “extreme fans” that just take things too far or trolls and idiots that just act in bad faith, as everwake pointed out as well. I feel like there is always one shitty person for every ten good people, period. Not just in fandoms. Of course, there are also people that just try to diehard defend their own object of interest while degrading, as Bel noted, and I’d include those parts of these fandoms in the “shitty person” analogy as well.

I don’t think that you can change people that easily but I feel like people shouldn’t just look at the negative side of these fandoms but also the positive side with all the creators, cosplayers, artists, writers, bloggers, authors, theorists, analysts, etc. that provide us all with a bunch of awesome things

But I don’t really consider myself a part of any fandom… I mean, of course, I’m a fan of a bunch of things but I don’t usually interact with too many “likeminded” people apart from the Blaugustans or people in different discord and twitch communities. And regarding the “Blaugust Fandom”, I don’t really know what I’d change if at all. 🙂

So that was my take on the first prompt. You can find “the original post” here, made by Bel. Tomorrow’s prompt is being presented by Dragonray from Azerothian Life who (from what I could tell) is a blogger who is mostly writing about their adventures in World of Warcraft. Bel also talked highly of them, so I’m looking forward to browsing some more on that blog, despite not actually playing WoW. 🙂

This post is part of the Blaugust 2020 event. Wanna know more about it? Then check out my post on it or Bel’s post where he also linked everyone who’s participating! Be sure to check out the others as well!

Quantic Foundry Gamer Motivation Profile

A while ago… well… a few months ago, I should say, I was nominated by Frostilyte to participate in a new tag post thing. And then I thought I’d do it later… and then I forgot about it… and now it seems like a good day to post about that, so uh… here! 

What’s this tag about?

Well, we’re doing the Gamer Motivation Profile by Quantic Foundry, which is a survey that I need to take and then I essentially examine the results of the said survey by answering several questions. The survey is supposed to describe different traits in my gaming behaviour and also recommend games to me based on my answers. 

What are the results? Share the link, headline and the two motivation model graphs you received.

My Gamer Motivation Profile is Social, Story-Focused, and Creative. Naithin posted a doc in Frostilytes post (just check out the comment section as I don’t know to link that specifically) that essentially explains what all of this means… but I feel like I’m even more confused now that I’ve read the doc. I guess “Social” means that I like PvP and PvE stuff with other players, which is true, I guess. I’ve been playing a lot of League of Legends, MHW and Destiny 2, although I’ve only mentioned the former two in the survey. The “Story-Focused” aspect is probably about plots and characters in games: If I hate the characters, I don’t really like the game – or for instance in League: I like Lissandra because of her lore and I wouldn’t play her if she was just another run-off-the-mill-character that has to avenge her father/brother/kids/parents/master/etc.
And as far as creativity goes… I like customizing stuff, I guess? Whatever.

How do you feel about your survey results?

I partly answered this one in the first question already. Overall, I guess that it makes sense. I do enjoy playing with and against other players. I also care about getting better about the game but more about the fun/the experience, resulting in a below average Mastery score. I noticed that quite often I need to have some Action but not always, so I would have thought that the Action score is a bit higher and as far as Creativity goes, I’m not the most creative… I guess that high score happened due to the questions that I answered about being able to (re)create a character. I do enjoy being the bad guy, which is why my “Destruction” Score is so high (58%) and I do enjoy a bit of a Challenge and Fantasy, I guess, but I would have personally said that Strategy and would be a bit more up there.

Frostilyte’s Chungus managed to sneak itself into my game :O

Which category is the most and which one is the least accurate?

I guess “Strategy” was the least accurate with its 49%. I mean, Destruction is all the way up there at 58% but I’d say that I overall enjoy Strategy aspects in games more than the fact that I can destroy pots in a house. Similar thing goes for “Story” and “Challenge”. If I get bored from the story or from the difficulty, I stop playing games or start to skim through or I get cocky and do something stupid. Hence, these are probably the most accurate. I do play a lot of Roguelikes and I do try to get better at certain games, so as long as the game is fair, I enjoy a challenges a lot more than story-aspects. So, I guess I’d rather put “Challenge” up a bit more while putting down the story-part, despite them (probably) being the most accurate.

Are there any major exceptions to your typical gaming motivations?

I guess “Creativity” and “Community” aren’t really right there. While I enjoy playing with other people, I don’t want to be too social. Same goes for creative stuff, while I do enjoy creating and planning out a character or a city or base, I don’t necessarily like creative tasks as much as this survey would lead to believe. In that sense the questions might be a bit flawed as they don’t really allow you to discern between “building things and designing something” and “creating your own character and changing a skin”, which I would call two different things.

Do any of these motivations carry over to your non-gaming life? If so, how?

I’d say “not really”. I’m often quite lazy and I tend to procrastinate a lot, so “Achievement” and Mastery” can’t be that close to “average”/50%. I suck at creative tasks (apart from writing, I guess?) and my social skills aren’t the best eitherr. I’m not too social either… I mean it all depends. I don’t actively search for people to talk to but I also don’t necessarily want to be all alone… The only thing that would be quite accurate would be “Action”, as I suck at sports and physical activities, haha.

MHW managed to be weird and cute at the same time!

Which games in your experience best satisfy your gaming motivations and how do they compare to the “suggested games” list from the questionnaire’s follow up page?

I really like RimWorld, Hollow Knight and Monster Hunter World right now as these games have the right amount of story, challenge and creative activity for me to basically not get bored for quite some time.
Suggest games wise, my recommendations feature “Heroes of the Storm” in the “Popular Games” section, which must be a mistake. I do enjoy it as well as Guild Wars 2, Warframe, and the Pokémon franchise but I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I’d try out HotS any time soon – especially due to the fact that they nerfed a ton of my favourite chars. Whatever.

Overwatch would be another one of those cases where the game is actually good but Blizzard screwed them up for me… as a Tank/Support-Main I hate the fact that essentially all characters are Damage-Dealers while you’re stuck with only 6 characters as a Support or Tank, though one of them is already taken by your teammate. Symmetra, Roadhog, Mei, Torbjörn, and Bastion for instance used to have either their own “specialist” class or they were formerly in other classes… but now they are all DDs, rendering the game variety quite unenjoyable to me. After all, I’d either have to queue up for a few minutes to play DD (as everyone wants to play that) or I play something where I’m limited to essentially only two or three heroes or where I’m forced to play something else if Ana gets picked away. I don’t like Overwatch anymore.

We tried to do the Gardens of Salvation raid the other day and I thought that this place looked pretty!

Civ V and World of Warcraft are interesting recommendations here but I’m not too keen on getting a subscription service going right now and I planned on getting into the Civ games anyways (wishlist and all of that).

The “balanced” recommendations feature a lot of the previously mentioned as well as Cities: Skylines (which I already like) and ARK: Survival Evolved (which I found interesting concept-wise but I don’t really care about it all that much, especially as none of my friends play it). “Star Wars: The Old Republic” is probably a good title if you’re a Star Wars fan… which I’m not exactly.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a good game. I was in the closed beta ages ago and really liked it there but didn’t play it afterwards… but I might get into it some time soon. And Fire Emblem Heroes got recommended to me, too, despite it not being a PC game and despite me having said that I don’t play on anything other than PC. Maybe I’ll have to get a Switch afterall… I mean, I already know that I enjoy the Fire Emblem games but the newer titles might be a lot more different.

And last but not least, Quantic Foundry is recommending Starbound and 2048 in the Niche-Section. While Starbound is cool, I guess, I don’t really have too many friends to play it with and I wouldn’t really play it all on my own… 2048 on the other hand gets boring quite quickly. The Total War series are great, from what I have seen, but I can’t afford them right now (Hence wishlisted and waiting for a sale). Fallout Shelter is a game that I’m aware of… but I got quite bored of it when I last played it… and then there’s also Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle which is not my cup of tea as I have no clue about Dragon Ball Z.. oh and Pillars of Eternity which has been wishlisted for quite some time.

The recommendations weren’t really all that great and I was hoping to get some more Indie titles but I did sadly not get any of those… what a bummer.


Well, there you go. I hope that you’ve enjoyed this post. Was there anything that you wouldn’t have guessed result-wise on my side? Let me know!

As far as nominations go, I have no clue if you got tagged already, so I’ll just nominate

Chestnut from Gamer Girl Confessions
Wilhelm from The Ancient Gaming Noob
Kluwes from I’m Not Squishy
and Solarayo from AceSunder

I love my Whisper

So, uh, do the same if you’d like to and then nominate four other people!

Cheers!

This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!

TSS#57 – Taking a day off bloggin’

Yesterday I took a day off bloggin’. And that’s weird. It’s weird as I’m taking the blog as a burden of sorts again, which is bad. 

I mean, I don’t have to post daily and I don’t have to post too much anymore. I know that I won’t be able to post the previously planned 62 to 69 posts and instead I’ll try to post as much as possible this month while having university-lectures and other classes in the meantime via Zoom and other software. It’s getting a bit stressful in a way and I’m getting quite tired of having to stare at a screen all day long. I’ve already turned on a blue-light filter for the entire day. I’ve already reached the minimum goal of posting 31 days in the last 24 days and hence I’m just trying to post a bit more with the little preparation that I’ve got, so that’s good I guess. I can take it easy now. 

Hence, every now and then I don’t post at all and instead, I’d post two posts on another day when I’m more productive or when I have more time to do so. 

University @ Home is taking a big part in that.

I don’t necessarily have the time anymore to post daily and if I tried to get close to posting daily, it would become a burden of sorts again, unless of course I really have something that I want to ship out asap, in which case it would be rather fun to put on such a burden of writing up and shipping out a post in one day or less. 

I used to have a blog for like a few weeks where I’d post reviews on Indie titles in German but due to a few problems and the fact that my A-levels were around the corner, I happened to stop blogging over there, after only a few weeks and then deleted my old blog. On that old blog, I wrote up a review on Omensight when it just came out. I had pre-ordered the game and played through its story in about two days, trying to write up the post and edit it as fast as possible while also getting the screenshots in and shipping it out very close to the release date, resulting in… 

Place 3 in the Google Search results! After all, there hasn’t really been anything about Omensight, yet, apart from PCGamer’s and some other side’s review… but after another day I already dropped to page 4 while later dropping to some other place that I couldn’t find anymore. Was it worth it? Nope. Not at all. If my blog had grown on that day or in the next few days, I would have considered doing a rush like that more often but since I didn’t, the only feeling of “happiness” or “relief” was when I first ended up as the third search result – and it was gone after just a day. 

(Oh, btw, I rewrote my Omensight review completely for this blog as I wanted to not only have it in English but also have a shorter post.)

And that’s one of the cases where a post is relevant! If there’s a discussion, people can hop in and post about it. When I struggled with whether or not to review a certain game, a lot of people hopped on and posted about it, the topic, my struggle, my thoughts, and it was just wild to see everyone in the community to hop onto that topic and post about it was great. I really enjoyed that. 

me when I tried to sleep after the post was finally out back then

So, if there’s a topic that needs to be shipped out asap on the one hand, then I’d do that for sure or I’ll get rid of the draft as soon as it’s outdated.

Reviews and my impressions with a game on the other hand always will be relevant as I haven’t talked about it yet on here or as I’ve got something new to add. I recently have talked about the fact that I don’t know if I’ll be able to review Stardew Valley, RimWorld or even Minecraft as everything has already been said about it… but as many of you have pointed out in the comments, I don’t need to add something necessarily new to it or rather I’m able to add something new to it just by taking a different look or rather my look at it. 

In RimWorld’s case, I, too, have noticed that there’s this period where you need to play more aggressive as resources are getting low… but the game punishes you for that and encourages you to play it safe which then also gets punished. Hence, a strategy guide of sorts might be interesting there, as Wilhelm Arcturus mentioned. And Naithin also mentioned that SDV and RW both are quite nice for potential story-writing-based, which I could see me doing.

So, what I’m trying to get at is the following:

  • Reviews always work and they’ll be relevant in the future, too, and I won’t need to rush them. 
  • Posts usually don’t need to be rushed and they don’t need to be posted on a daily basis.
  • I’m being stupid when I think of blogging as a “burden”.

A lot of the times posts can be rushed but mostly they don’t need to. And with my current university-schedule, I definitely do not need to rush any posts like that.

So, in theory, I could post about a plethora (I like that word) of posts regarding my philosophy classes, my impressions with Monster Hunter World (gotta play more of that game once I have more time), “life in pandemia”, Indie titles, and other topics… but nothing has to be done, nothing needs to be rushed and I’m just being stupid when I stress about a hobby like that. 

And as for the aforementioned “day off” yesterday: I didn’t get to “relax” as I wanted to post a blog post but was forced to take the day off due to my uni-schedule and the fact that I still had a lot to prepare for and after classes, so I didn’t even get to stream as planned. With university and everything, I might have to re-schedule every hobby and activity in life, including social contacts, meals, the phone calls to my parents and whatever else I’ve got to do.

But I guess that’s doable and worst case, I’ll post about it. 

Cheers!

This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!

TSS#46 – Your daily dose of internet togetherness – BLApril 2020mg!

Times are rough over here, which is why I prescribe you your daily dose of internet togetherness. It’s a drug of sorts with 2020mg of BLApril and it seems to be potent as a lot of bloggers are joining in to take part in this year’s pre-poned Blaugust-Event.

When I just started blogging last year in July, I joined a community of bloggers called the Blaugustans and it was wholesome and many people had great advice for the Newbie I was back then… and nearly a year later I’m still up and blogging the heck out of this blog. Kinda.
I’m not too active but the blog’s not dead yet and with the current state of the world I was excited to prepare a ton of posts for this year’s Blaugust – but then Bel and some other mentors ended up pre-poning Blaugust to April. Hence, the new design and the new name but the same old spirit. Lovely!

I’m eager to take part in here this month and while my initial goal was to overachieve with 62 to 69 posts, I’m not that well prepared and have not nearly enough finish posts to go with double posts for the entire month. Instead, I’ll do my best to keep up with two daily posts and I’ll try to create new posts without dropping quality on the fly during the next few days to weeks. I’ll try to hit at least the 31-post-mark and if make it to 42 or even 62 posts in April! It will be a challenge but I’m hyped up and excited to try out a few new formats and review some manga and shows, books and other kinds of media – so a whole new world will open up for me this month and I hope you’ll enjoy the ride.

As far as preparation goes compared to last year’s Blaugust… it’s not as well-planned. I remember setting up “Stray Sheep” to fill the gaps and talk about other topics in between game reviews and… I’ll still do that. There will also be some tags and other posts that involve tagging other people this year… and I’m planning on also doing recaps of my streams and continue the MonHunLog, especially as I’ve just recently bought IceBorne!
Compared to last year, the overall-schedule may be a mess, but I’ll try to organise it as much as possible.

I’m still a Newbie and I still have a ton to learn but I’m trying myself at experimenting with Spacers, Galeries and other sorts of ways to structure my posts and I’d be glad to receive some feedback on that.

Overall, this will be delightful and while I’m feeling under the weather I’ll do my best to blog as much as possible so that we all experience some great internet togetherness!

To that….
Cheers!

This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!

TSS#38 – It has been a while

It’s truly been a while. My last post “LoL 10th Anniversary – 2012, Nami” has been almost three weeks ago and, well, I haven’t had time to post anything for the last few weeks, and to be honest I also was lacking in motivation. Hence, I thought it’d be time to make a quick update post and talk about stuff.

Indiecator! Now with some of my drawings! UwU!

So, uni’s been keeping me super busy lately and because of real-life stuff usually jumping in at the worst times possible, I didn’t really manage to post lately. I’m really behind on my math studies with me just barely making it through the math assignments right now and with the end of the semester (and hence, exams) approaching slowly. Over the last few weeks, I had also all kinds of other meetings to attend to, as well as doctor’s appointments – and I kind of ended up neglecting my blog quite a lot.

I also ended up streaming whenever I had the free time to do so and it’s been quite a lot of fun. I’d like to post at least once per week if possible with a few short posts here and there if my time schedule, as well as my sleep schedule, allows me to but we’ll see in the future. My blog’s not dead and I don’t plan on abandoning it at all.

So that’s it for the update. I thought I’d also talk about the LoL-Anniversary-series and.. well… I don’t really play any champs that came out after 2012, so I stopped posting about the Lore and builds and stuff as noted in my last post. I mean, there used to be a time where I played tons of Tahm Kench, Braum and Bard but Riot Games hasn’t really shown any love to these champions in quite some time. Next patch, Braum should receive a bit of a buff but I’m not so sure if I’ll play him again, especially as the meta’s currently a state with Support not being as fun as it used to be, for me personally (but that’s something I’d talk about in another post).

I’ll probably do posts like that in the future again here and there but I may separate the Lore & opinion parts into one post while doing the Showcase & Guide parts in a different post since those parts don’t really mix well together, I think… Not so sure, we’ll see about that in the future.

Other than that, there’s been some changes over here. My new PC is nearly ready to be built but I’m still missing the case which was supposed to arrive today but apparently will arrive next week instead as Amazon told me just now. Although that kind of sucks, it’s not that problematic as I’ve already waited two weeks for it and as I may as well wait another week, right? Patience is a virtue after all!

RIP Solaire – I found out the other day 😦

Once I’ve got that PC, I’ll probably be able to cover more games on here since there’s Indie Games out there that my current hp-laptop can’t handle! Also, I wanted to revive the “Late to the Party”-posts but my laptop can’t handle Dark Souls or The Witcher 2 or the Bioshock-games, so I can’t post about those… and I’m really looking forward to playing Monster Hunter World! That’s gonna be awesome!

Uhm, that’s it for the update, I guess. To sum it all up, I’ll try to post about stuff at least weekly and maybe more often, depending on how much time I’ll have.

And to anyone who read this far through my post, I wish y’all a merry Christmas and a happy new year! Enjoy your time and don’t stress yourself too much over presents and stuff. 🙂
(and to anyone who hasn’t read this far, I wish y’all happy holidays, too, lol)

Cheers!

Edit: Also Crywank’s breaking up soon and now I’m sad (boo hoo)!

Another Edit: I kinda got the idea of putting out drawings from Frostilyte’s blog, so check his blog out if you’d like to and if you’ve got the time!

Late to the Party #1 – The Witcher 1

Today I’m introducing “Late to the Party”, a series of posts about games that I only just played although everyone already knows them or about games that I’ve purchased quite a while ago but never played – until now.

Note: This isn’t a review! I’m only giving my first impressions on the first few hours I played. I may explain stuff in a rather sloppy and informal way, I may rant about features I didn’t like, I may praise certain aspects that I enjoyed, but since it’s only about my first impressions of the game this isn’t a full review of the game!

Anyways, today’s post is about the first game of the Witcher series. Everybody knows about the Witcher-series! There are novels about it (or rather the games is based on the novels), there are three games and there’s also a Netflix adaptation but I myself have never played the Witcher myself nor have I watched any videos or read anything about it, until now. So, today I’m going to give you my thoughts about it after playing the first game for a few hours.

The Witcher tells you the story of Geralt from Rivia, a witcher who’s tasked with curing a princess that has been cursed and transformed into a monster. After being gravely wounded in that fight, five years pass and the Witcher returns! More or less. You basically lost your memories and are rescued by some other Witchers who then get attacked by bandits, a monster and a mage. Interesting. Before I continue with this post, I should mention (for those under you that are also late to the party) that a Witcher is some kind of genetically-enhanced warrior trained to slay monsters. I think Witchers are also able to use special potions and stuff to enhance their abilities but I didn’t really get to that point yet. At least something like that is hinted at in the skill tree and shown in the intro.

Anyways, after getting attacked you need to pick up your sword. You now will have to fight your way through some bandits. To do that you click on them, just like you’d do in Fable…. or so I thought, but by clicking the left mouse button more than once you’re not lining up attacks or something that can be cancelled by rolling or some mechanic like that – No! You’re basically cancelling the attacks you queued up right after queueing them up.

The combat is really clunky, in my opinion, as you need to attack a target, wait for the attack to be done, then click again right at the moment when the sword-cursor is in flames and then you queue up your second attack, making it more powerful. By doing so, you can fight using combos and finish off some enemies in a low amount of hits because of crits and stuff, however, the tutorial signs don’t tell you that immediately but only after you’ve gone ahead a few steps to the next parts.

After that hurdle, you’re encountering agile bandits that you need to fight in a different stance. Before that, I was wondering why Geralt was holding his sword so weirdly but now I understood that I need to hold it differently against strong, slow enemies (strong-stance – Y) in contrast to agile enemies (fast-stance – X) or groups of lower enemies (group stance – C).

Find the sword! Should be laying around somewhere here..right? Took me four minutes to find, new record!

It’s a weird concept, especially since changing weapons and changing stances sometimes doesn’t really work in the heat of the moment, meaning that you need to pause the game using the spacebar, then you change your weapon or stance and then you unpause the game. I really don’t like the combat so far and hope that it changes with time. Having no jump-button and pausing the game with space is annoying me quite a lot. You can’t run up a hill and you can’t jump. It’s weird. I don’t like that.

Then some NPC dies but since I only just got to know him, I couldn’t really care less about that character, so I not only sleep with Tiss by accident acquiring a “romance card” but also skipped the funeral. I didn’t know that romance was even possible in this series but I just clicked on a dialogue option and whoops! Suddenly we had sex. I then acquire that aforementioned romance card, a trophy of some sort that you can collect in the game. I have mixed feelings about this feature. While I do like romance in video games, I don’t like the fact that you get to brag about it with a trophy or rather: I don’t like the fact that women in this game can be conquered as trophies but since I like collectables and since I’m into shipping people in games, I like, I’ll go with the flow and still collect these romance cards.

“Then some NPC died, […] suddenly we had sex. […] And then I skipped the funeral.”

me. Don’t quote me on that.

After that, the actual story begins with Chapter 1 where the outskirts of Vizima are plagued by hellhounds. You receive some quests and while the quest system isn’t bad, it’s not really good, either. I couldn’t really spot the difference between the side and main quests. This may lead to me pressing forward and missing out on gold, experience, items or more romance cards (still not sure about those) which would suck, in my opinion. Sometimes there’re quests that can’t be done after you proceed with the main quests, so I wasn’t sure about what quests to do and which not. When you hear rumours, you get a quest. When you check the board, you get a quest. When you talk to NPCs, you get a quest.

There’s a quest for everything. Slaying monsters, collecting herbs, escorting NPCs. Those NPCs also tend to be very slow and even die although you already are fighting the monsters attacking them. Sometimes NPCs die, so you can’t get their quest leading to me reloading the save again. It’s just a hassle. I guess you could pay attention to the story and then find out which quests are important and which aren’t. It’s not that the story doesn’t interest me because, psyche, it does! It’s just that you sometimes click by accident and suddenly miss out on a dialogue or a cutscene. The game is an asshole sometimes when that happens.

Meditate at firepaces to level skills or pass time and heal.

Onwards to other things I noticed: The skill-system is kinda good. You get to chose between certain aspects of the game and can skill whatever you want..but then again there’re bronze, silver and gold points that you can put into different skills that need those certain points. I feel like it’d be better if there were just one type of points to put into skills so that you could choose what to get. Better skills would cost more points to get.

As for the presentation, it’s a good game. It captures the dark-medieval-fantasy quite well, presents you with a decent amount of enemies in the beginning and there’s a small little monkey every now and then following you around. Quite adorable. The music’s alright but nothing too spectacular and it changes depending on weather, time, location-safety, buildings and other factors which I liked quite a lot. In the tavern, it’s rather lively, outside people hate you for some reason. There’re also different races among the NPCs like elves, dwarfs and other kinds of not-humans. Apparently, there’re also other factions that you can join to achieve one of three endings, I’ve heard. You either join the Order of the Flaming Rose or you join the Scoia’tael. They basically fight each other. The other option you have is staying neutral and not joining either.

Super adorable little monkey following me around! Awww!

As for the gameplay, I liked most of the game. I enjoyed roaming around an unknown world, getting to know new NPCs and crafting potions using alchemy and that kind of stuff. Alchemy is a major part of the game, so you need to collect ingredients and herbs on your journey and brew them into potions that aid you in battle or help other people in the game. I liked that feature a lot, although I’m not sure if it makes up for the fact that the combat system really sucks.

So far, I’d say that the game has good sides to it and some bad points, of course. I had quite a lot of fun actually and will play more eventually. It’s only the first game, so I definitely will take a look at the second game since combat apparently has improved in that one.
I can see myself becoming a fan of the series if the combat becomes less clunky. Right now I’m only in it for the alchemy, the dark-fantasy-RPG-world and some characters there..

Oh well..

This post is part of a contest/challenge called Blaugust! The goal is to post as much as possible and participants are awarded with different prizes depending on the goal they achieved. My aim is to post on all 31 days of August and if you’d like to know more about this “event”, you should check this post out.