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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ups and Downs

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Things are still pretty hectic with the home life so my gaming time has been a little limited recently. Things aren't set to improve for a couple of weeks as I have to go to South Africa with work next week, then I have a few days at home before heading off to Berlin.

What time I have had to spend gaming has been split between The Secret World, Skyrim and a couple of new games that I obtained thanks to some vouchers with my new graphics card (a nice upgrade from a Radeon HD5850 to an nVidia GTX 660Ti).

Vinculus joins the Monster Hunter club

In TSW I finally managed to finish the achievement for finding and killing all the rare mobs in the game so I am now proudly sporting my monster hunter jacket. The latest Game Director Letter has been released and details the restructuring of the team along with a few hints of what to expect in Issue #6 (time travel, bullwhips and new cabal features).

I've been continuing to explore Skyrim. It's the first Elder Scrolls game to really grab me (see my mini-review) and consequently I've signed up for the beta for The Elder Scrolls Online. I hope my fears that it will be another generic fantasy MMO are unfounded. This video by someone who got to play an alpha version of the game gives some hope at least.

The rest of my time has been spent playing Assassin's Creed 3, which I got free with my new GPU. It's both brilliant (gameplay, graphics, historical storylines and world are all superb) and frustratingly bad at the same time (some flunky controls and an absolutely awful and incomprehensible overarching story). I'll have some detailed thoughts up soon. It's fun despite the problems I have with it, and the good parts are so good they really make up for the bad parts. I intend to try and finish the game.

The other new game I obtained was Borderlands 2, a stylish first person shooter. So far it really hasn't made much of an impression and I can't see myself spending much time with it for a while at least.

I'm not sure when my next update will be due to traveling through most of February, but I'll try to get my AC3 review up sooner rather than later.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Masks of Nyarlathotep Campaign Journal: Chapter 11 - Short and Sweet

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After an extended break due to the holiday season it was back into the saddle with a shorter-than-usual session (partly due to availability and partly due to my stupidity in trying to get Fantasy Grounds to work with my new Windows 8 setup). Despite the relatively short time we had available the group still managed to drop itself into a lot of trouble (or more specifically, Harry Crum did)!

Last time saw the investigators end up standing over a dead body (again). It was the guard at the Penhew Foundation they were busy "investigating" (read: breaking into), but a search had uncovered evidence the guard was probably a cultist. So that's alright then.

A stone wall. What horrors lie beyond?

The group was determined to get to the bottom of what was behind the wall in the basement through which the odd pipes ran. A long discussion about which walls were supporting walls began (always a risk when you bring an architect with you), but eventually they figured out that they were not easily going to break through the wall.
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Kiss the Sky

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I've always had a love-hate relationship with the Elder Scrolls games. They promise so much, but I am always left disappointed by their execution. The graphics always look amazing but the engines run like lame dogs, the open world is often boring to traverse, the lore is uninspiring, character models are often ugly, the main plots too cliched and the quests repetitive and lacking in direction, the user interface is often horrible, the "action" combat is uncomfortable, and the games are usually full of bugs. Consequently I didn't bother picking up The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim when it first launched at the end of 2011, despite the excellent reviews.


Having been gifted the game over Steam at Christmas I thought it was time to delve in. Waiting a year means that the vast majority of bugs have been fixed, and the modding community has addressed many of the other launch issues. The result is an Elder Scrolls game that finally gets almost everything right.
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Friday, January 11, 2013

New Year, New OS

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So, it's been a little longer than normal since my last post, for a few reasons. I've still been recovering from my illness over Christmas, and being back at work has taken up a lot of time. I've been playing a little TSW and quite a bit of Skyrim too (my full thoughts on the game will be coming soon). There is another reason though, and that is I have taken the plunge and installed Windows 8 on my PC.

It wasn't something I was planning to do, but my wife decided to give it a go as the upgrade version is available from the Microsoft store at half price until the end of the month.  After seeing the ease with which she upgraded I thought for £25 it would be worth a go, especially as the upgrade version allows you to make a boot disk and do a full, clean install (something I was planning on doing with Windows 7 at some point anyway).
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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Bad Santa

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Well, Christmas was a bit of a bust. Santa gave the entire family a present of the flu on Christmas morning, and I'm only just coming out the other side of it now. The last week has been pretty awful, trying to deal with two very sick kids, whilst feeling like absolute crap. Consequently my week was not spent eating, drinking, watching TV and making merry, but rather sleeping, puking, coughing and cleaning up.

Oh well, at least it's the new year now, so a good time for a few thoughts on the last twelve months. Due to the illness I haven't had the time or inclination to write one of my annual TWTYTW ("That Was The Year That Was") posts, or post my predictions for the coming year (though considering my predictions last year were all universally rubbish, that's probably a good thing!). So instead here's a more rambling post about my highs and lows of the year.
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