31Jul '14

Custom-made Normandy C.I.C. bag

Way back in 2009, I bought a personalized dragon messenger bag from a store on Etsy and five years later to the day, I was still using it every day. The edges on it are a little worn and one of the clasps has been broken for a while but I can say that it’s held up fantastically otherwise.

However, at the beginning of this month, I began thinking that I needed a change. Something bigger so I could carry more things if I needed to, and just something different. So I started with the basics: search for bags that had something to do with the games that I love. As I mentioned in a previous post, I freaking love the Mass Effect series. I had already bought the N7 Elite Hoody so it only made sense to search for Mass Effect bags as well.

In my searches, I came across two bags mainly. First was the N7 messenger bag. A beautiful bag to be sure, and I always love black. But then there was the Normandy C.I.C. messenger bag. Read more →

08Jul '14
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Neverwinter Nights: Tales of Arterra

After talking about our new Xanadu deed, you’d think that I would be busy working on that. But nope, other than some terraforming, I haven’t even logged into Wurm for 2 weeks now. In a fit of nostalgia, I decided to download the Neverwinter Nights: Diamond Edition that’s been sitting on my GOG account for months. Then I grabbed some of my favorite modules and have been playing it ever since.

You see, way back in 2003, I bought the gold edition of Neverwinter Nights (NWN) when I saw it in an EB Games. (Back in the days when no one had heard of “digital distribution”. How did we ever survive back then?) I read the back of the box and it seemed like a good game, so I figured why not? Well, it wasn’t just a good game, it was a FANTASTIC game. I became enraptured by the amazing story telling in the original campaign and the expansion it came with, Shadows of Undrentide. When Hordes of the Underdark and Kingmaker came out, I bought them and devoured them as well. When those ran out, I found out about player-created modules and downloaded dozens of those as well. I don’t have a record of how many hours I spent in-game but I know that it’s no small number. NWN was my gateway drug into the world of RPGs and, in my opinion, still has some of the best story telling and gameplay of all time. It is one of my favorite games ever. Read more →

19Jun '14
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A journey through Xanadu (and a new deed)

I haven’t mentioned Wurm Online since March, mostly because I haven’t done terribly much in it. I don’t really feel like doing much until they add bridges (yep, still waiting) and I imagine there will be a flurry of activity at Ravenstone once they do come out.

However, something interesting happened in the meantime. On June 3, they released a new Freedom server called Xanadu, one that’s 4 times the size of Independence, making it the largest server ever in Wurm at 32km x 32km. Originally they had wanted it to be 16 times larger than Indy (64km x 64km) but after they performed a couple stress tests, they must have found out that it was too hard on the server. Read more →

09Jun '14
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Cave Clutter: Playing catch-up

Summer is in full swing now here in the Great White North which means hot and humid days, plenty of sunlight, pollen, and bugs. Others might love it but let’s just say I quietly worship the guy who invented air conditioning. The thunderstorms are pretty awesome though.

Since my last Cave Clutter post, I’ve found myself drifting away from MMOs and playing single-player games that I’ve been wanting to play for a while and never got around to it. Because I have fallen very behind on a lot of games. Everyone else plays these games as soon as they come out, whereas I get distracted by MMOs and don’t get around to the others for years. So I think it’s about time that I play catch-up. Read more →

16Apr '14

A new year, a new computer – Part 3

This post is a continuation of a post series where I talk about my experiences with my first computer build, including the things I learned while choosing and installing each part. In Part 1, I talked about the CPU, the CPU fan, the motherboard, and the RAM. Part 2 has the details about the video card, the power supply, the hard drive, and the case.

Software woes

Part 3 is the end of my journey to build my first computer. By this time, all of the hardware was installed and plugged in, just waiting for me to switch it on. I was eager and nervous do so, silently praying that the whole thing didn’t explode in my face. So with my heart in my throat, I hit the power button.

Nothing happened. Read more →

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