Cave Clutter: So many games!
I really feel like I should be blogging more. I seem to have all these great ideas when I have no time for blogging, and then when I finally get to sit down…I usually end up feeling blah about it and simply playing games. I’m an awesome procrastinator that way.
So I’ve made a resolution: I am going to post at least once a week. I should be able to find an hour or two to type up a post somewhere in that time frame. That shouldn’t be too hard, right? …Right? If I fail, my boyfriend is to blame since I’ve tasked him with making sure I do this a-post-a-week thing.
I’ve also decided that I’m going to be whimsical and call the posts that are just full of miscellaneous things I did this week “Cave Clutter”. Get it? Because this is called The Lair of the Wolf Dragon. Oh, the things I do to amuse myself…
So, welcome to the first Cave Clutter post! This is probably the best time to start this sort of post off since I’ve been playing A LOT of different games in the last little while. The Steam Summer Sale is to blame for this. You see, I’ve never actually paid much attention to Steam until about a month or two ago. So I had never participated in a Steam sale before. Wow, I can see why everyone loves them now. The sales were really amazing. I don’t usually buy many games throughout the year but by the end of the sale, I had purchased about two dozen games (some came in collections), most of them for 50% or more off. If it looked vaguely interesting, I bought it. A couple of them turned out to be not really my thing, but for the majority, I’m really glad I spent the money on them.
- The Book of Unwritten Tales: This one has really turned out to be a lot of fun. I’ve never played a point-and-click adventure before, but I will admit that it’s nice to not have to worry about a variety of abilities and keybinds for once. Most of the puzzles are enjoyable, only a few have made me scratch my head and look up the answers. The best part though is the humor. It’s apparent that the makers played WoW at one point or another and they aren’t shy about poking fun at it. So far I’ve come across mages who are obsessed with sheep, paladins who wear pink and bubble-hearth when in trouble, and a minotaur (read: tauren) shaman who likes smoking mushrooms a little too much. Playing this game never fails to get me laughing and grinning. With any luck, I’ll be able to pick up the other game from the series on sale eventually.
- The Overlord Collection: Another amusing game, only this time you’re the bad guy. I began playing this on Xbox360 years back and never finished, so I just had to grab it up when I saw it for sale. For anyone who doesn’t know, both Overlord games were written by Rhianna Pratchett, the daughter of Terry Pratchett (you have read at least one of the Discworld novels, right?) and also the writer of Mirror’s Edge. Needless to say, it’s a fantastic game. I can’t help but grin every time one of my minions shoves a pumpkin helmet on his head and yells “For da Overlord!” This is also a game were smashing things and completely trashing the place is highly encouraged. We need more games like that. I’m still near the beginning of the first game but it’s been a blast regardless.
- Torchlight II: A classic dungeon crawler. I think I like this better than Diablo, mostly because you get to have a pet with you right from the start, no matter what class you play. Yes, I can be won over that easily just by giving me a wolf friend with a cute backpack. I’m such a sucker.
- Reus: If you were to take Civilization: Revolution and reverse it, you’d get this game. You play as a planet in control of four giants who place and manipulate resources in order to get humans to prosper. They make it interesting by introducing synergies, where one resource can boost another one nearby if you have the right type. It’s definitely an interesting concept.
- Divinity II: Devloper’s Cut: It’s an RPG where you get to transform into a dragon at will. ‘Nuff said.
- Under the Ocean: A sandbox survival/crafting game that’s still being developed. Kind of like a Minecraft where you get stranded on an island and can’t dig/mine the terrain. It has potential and I look forward to the updates they’ll be making to it. Now only if it would be easier to find a damn piece of flint to light fires…
- Evoland: My brother encouraged me to get this and it’s one of the few games we have in common. It takes you through the history of RPGs while you play, so that you start off in a 2D 16-bit world, eventually graduating to 3D graphics. It also goes through all the different play style modes as well (real-time, turn-based, etc.). I really do hate red mage enemies though.
- The Secret World: I’ve already posted my initial impressions on the game and though I haven’t had a chance to play it again, I do intend to keep going through it as it does look really interesting.
- Fable I & III: I’ve almost finished Fable II on the Xbox360 and since it has become one of my favorite games of all time, picking the other two up on sale made perfect sense.
And some other games that I haven’t had a chance to play yet: Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Baldur’s Gate, Dear Esther, The F.E.A.R. Collection, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, The Half-Life Collection, Left 4 Dead 1 & 2, and Towns.
So besides all of those, I have been able to spend a little time in my regular MMOs. I haven’t done a comprehensive post on these in a while, and they are long overdue. For the moment, I’ll give just a quick update.
Most of my time here has been spent on my Pristine alt, taking care of the animals and the farm on her deed. I’m getting close to 30 animal husbandry and managed to hit 30 farming today. The mouseover tooltip that lets me see what stage of growth a field is at will make my life so much easier now. Now…I just have to get back to terraforming the rest of the deed. Oh joy.
My Great Weapon Fighter is now level 40, my Cleric 30, my Rogue 27, and my Guardian a mere 16. I haven’t done terribly much on them outside of logging on to pray daily. I’ve been taking advantage of the web-based Gateway to do their professions for the most part. I do have an idea for a Foundry quest that I’d like to put together eventually.