Steam Sales and New Games

2014-06-29_00004I haven’t had a reason to purchase very many steam games lately, I just haven’t had the time to play. That changed slightly with this past sale though. One of the best gifts I got was “You need a Budget 4” – the flash sale marked this app down to $15, a huge deal considering regular price is $60. I had already used the 7 day trial and knew that this app is wonderful for keeping on track with budgeting. In school I never really learned how to budget, or what money should be going towards. While I’m lucky enough to have a fantastic job that may not always be the case and I want to be prepared for whatever life tosses my way. Because I’m such a fan of lists and charts and graphs, this app is perfect for me. Teaches me to assign every dollar a purpose, and then helps me keep on track, with some room for changes so I don’t feel restrictive. Highly recommended.

The next game I got was Edge of Space, which is a lot like terraria, but in space. I found the font a bit difficult on the eyes, and the tutorial was more confusing than it needed to be, but the game is still in development, so there’s room for them to improve. It’s also a lot more difficult than terraria, or so I found.

Of course a steam sale wouldn’t be complete without goat simulator, which was also gifted to me. This game looked hilarious but I’ll be honest, I had absolutely no intentions of purchasing it (or even adding it to my wishlist). I noticed that a lot of my friends had picked up the game (for reasons I couldn’t fathom) and bam, there it was in my inventory.

Finally, the talk of the town lately, Divinity: Original Sin. An RPG that has solo and multiplayer hosted on steam servers, I was incredibly surprised by how much FUN this game has been so far. The story is great, and while playing with a friend I had a blast doing rock / paper / scissor fights in order to see which way an argument would sway. The game also comes with an RPG toolkit, so if you would rather create adventures instead of play through them, have at it.

Did you pick up any games this steam sale? Let me know in comments below!

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Home Sweet Home

Chobit.140622.062600I finally did it, I managed to inch my way to level 14, and completed the city quest to purchase a home. Further than I had gotten in beta (I didn’t want to spoil the game for myself) I had no idea what to expect. Basically you’re given a plot with 7 sections to it. Each one can be dedicated to a use, with the center one being for your home. I had the rocketship ┬áhome already as an account bonus, but I had heard that it’s quite small, so I decided to go with a Cassian house instead. Most of the housing items I have collected so far are plant like in nature, so my house is still quite bare. I have a fireplace, a couch, my Snuglug plushie (pictured on the bed above with my Chua) and a bed. Outside I placed a farm, as well as craft stations and a few other odds and ends. I haven’t decided exactly what I want to do with the space yet.

I was pleased to see that certain house items will give you rest experience, and that you can also get a daily experience buff from the home. Making it awesome and useful. I have no neighbours yet (sniffle, no one likes me), but I hear you can add some. I hope to explore other peoples homes, if that’s a possibility.

All in all, I’m excited about decorating. I’ve taken the crafting path that allows me to make housing items (of course, no surprise there) and have been working on making bushes and the like. Eventually I’ll have to get back to leveling, too, but in the mean time level 14 is pretty relaxing.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

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Climbing up the Ranks


It’s hard to tell here, but my little Chua is standing on top of a rock face, that she reached while jumping on top of geysers. This was part of my explorer path adventure, and I really had a lot of fun with it, although I’m not a fan of the extra pressure that a timer brings.

I managed to get some play time in last night, and my Chua Esper is happily sitting at level 12, after having gotten three levels. Things have gotten a lot harder, I find I have to pay attention to what mobs I encounter, especially if they’re a level or two higher than me. Lower level mobs don’t typically prove to be any problem, but you know there’s always that one.

I have been taking advice off of the forums while I level. Things like don’t constantly repair, because you’re just going to obtain new gear as you level anyway. I haven’t gotten into any crafting yet, but my bag is becoming nice and full of crafted goods.

I’m well behind the leveling curve compared to most of my friends but that doesn’t really bother me. I can take my time without feeling any pressure. Like I mentioned yesterday, the game does require me to be “on the ball” more often than not, so I can’t just randomly play it in down time. My next goal is to get to 14 so I can finally experience some housing, and have a place to drop off all of these crafting items that I keep getting.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

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The Little Chua who Could


The saying “when you work on games you never have time to play any games” is certainly true in my case. My little Chua (named her Chobits) is level 10, finally. I was having one heck of a time clearing out Stormseeker Village because of a bugged quest. It was the one where you need to play with some disciples of water. Clicking the quest item didn’t actually show anything on my screen, and I had no idea what I should be interacting with. I spent a few hours running around pressing T and trying to get things to work and interact with nothing happening.

I eventually reloaded my UI, and ta-da, when you click that T, a lightning ball shows up, and THAT is what you’re supposed to be interacting with. Go figure! Once I could see that little ball of fun I managed to complete the quest (finally) and move on.

Because I’m still only level 10, I don’t own a house. This makes me sad! I look at everyone else and their amazing creations and I can’t help but want to create something too. My boom box rewards have all been housing so far, minus this morning that rewarded me with an elder gem. I also haven’t gotten into crafting yet, though I may hold off on that until I earn some more coin. I’m just over 2 gold at level 10, and I know things get expensive. I’m also going to hold off on buying a mount until I can use my free hoverboard. I don’t mind walking around.

For me, WildStar is unlike other games I play. It requires me to pay attention every little second, so it’s an intense game. I can’t slack off or I’m going to step in a telegraph and die. This isn’t a bad thing by any means, it’s just different.

So far one of my favourite things has been chasing a lopp around for my path quest. I had to follow them all over at high speed, I am pretty sure my eyeballs didn’t blink the entire time.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

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Working away on Xanadu

wurm.20140616.0129_2The new deed is coming along very well. So far I have terraformed the portions that I want to work on, have the starts of a great mine (exposed 8 iron nodes so far), have 3 animal pens and begun breeding horses, started a workshop, and roughed out my dock. I also decided to start up another Fo priest, completing the alliance with one of each priest. Yetian has a Magnaron priest, Vannin has the Vynora, and I’m back with Fo. I still feel as though Fo is an under powered priest compared to others since they don’t really do many enchants without requiring a link, but c’est la vie. At least I can charm, and enchant mailboxes. The priest does require quite a bit of work, they have no skills at all, so I’ll want to get going on some nature skills eventually. Farming, cooking, and those sorts of things.

I’m really enjoying the server so far. It’s enormous. I can’t see myself ever getting bored when there’s so many places to explore. I have started to wander out from my deed quite a ways, headed west, which is the “mainland”. Though the entire continent is broken up by smaller islands it seems. The map has been useful, but it’s quite hard to judge the size of everything so far.

I don’t miss the place on Pristine at all, even though I left many things behind (including my rare forge). Hopefully everyone else stays as interested with it as I have been. Wurm Online is still one of the most relaxing games I have ever played, and I think that’s the major contributing factor to me enjoying it as much as I do.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

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