All things me

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Here is my obligatory sorry I haven’t blogged anything for weeks post, hopefully to be more consistent from now on.
To recap here is a short trip through my last month.

Work

Yay I managed to get the piece of work out of the door that I was working on, to say I underestimated the size of the task is an understatement. Plus the overall impact on my other workload didn’t really rear it’s head until I was completing the task.
In other work related new the company I work for has almost completed its sale to another party, we aren’t expected a massive change to the way we work, but still it will be a shock to the system after starting as such a small company.

Driving

At the moment I’ve gone back to learning to drive, which in all honesty feels much more comfortable in my mid thirties than it did the previous times at 17 or 22. So as you can imagine much of my time at the moment has been used up with revision for my theory test and actually doing my driving lessons.

Gaming

My adventures in gaming have been quite varied at the moment.

  • No thanks to DokChaos I’m back playing EVE Online although this time being a little more adventurous in our ambitions.
  • Darkest Dungeon is really good fun, I’ve set so many adventurers to their demise. I’d like to see it make a jump to tablet format as I feel it would work quite well.
  • Smite during the beta of the game I bought the Ultimate god pack as it was a pretty good price, plus it means that I don’t really have to worry about unlocking heroes. I then completely ignored the game for 2 years
  • I’ve been watching a clan friend of mine streaming Heroes of the Storm recently and given my recent fondness towards MOBAs I got myself a key and joined in the fun.

Too much work

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Well my blogging has taken a big hit as I’ve been a little overwealmed with a project at work that is creeping into my free time a little.  When that happens my blogging schedule is usually the first victim.
Outside of the out of hours support that I usually do, I’m certainly not in favour of donating my free time to work, but I think this one has a little more pride on the line than usual.
Normalish service will resume soon.

Friendly Bytes

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I recently followed the Twitter conversation and blog posts the last week which focused on discussion around online friendships, what they mean to people, experiences and how they rank against real-life relationships.
You can read them here :
Belghast – Braxwolf – Liore ContainsModeratePeril

While reading these I was reminded of a post that I wrote during the hectic month of Blaugust. As you can see I am a firm believer that online friendships can be as good if not better than those formed in the real world. I’ll be the first to admit that there are always some people that aren’t the kind of person I’d befriend, but that logic applies to both sides of the coin.

In the last year I have made more online acquaintances, some of them gamers others are bloggers whom I read on my commute to work, some via my Clan.
Many of them I’ll never met in in real life as they are over 3000 miles away, however there are a number that I see yearly and many interact with almost everyday.

As Belghast says I’m not a football type of person however despite talking about different sports, the non-sport element remains strong. There is always Bluffball I suppose, but who wants to be a big normal man anyway?

Hidden in plain sight

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The Secret World still remains one of my favourite MMO games, of course as with many titles games I’ve not played it in time but given the chance I’d return to the Secret World concealed within this one. I played from launch and even though there were a large number of us initially, the familiar faces soon diverted their attention to something more shiny.

Belghast recently posted how it’s one of the games that he considers great that’s he’s just not playing, and I can understand why as the games open class system doesn’t actually cut the ties between roles and skills. I’ve been back a number of of times and have enjoyed going back to the earlier missions to get a feel for my characters powers. My alerts on my phone all use a combination of the mission noises from TSW so I get reminded of it quite often (a modern day equivalent of harp music?).

revenant_thumb.jpgIn the recent Game Director Letter, Funcom are planning some quality of life changes that I’m rather surprised weren’t considered before now given that the game is 2 and half years old now and they may have been part of the player drop off.

Some of the highlights mentioned are:

  • changes to the overland enemies pre-Tokyo reducing the time to kill
  • Adjustment of the irritating populations “mobstacles” ie Ak’ab
  • Free teleport to any anima well for quick travel, which is a nice touch and could make those planned evening run a little faster.
  • Improved early game rewards to avoid player gimping themselves
  • Updated starter deck builds

I recently received an offering me the Grand Master (flash) pack with some additional bolt ons such as 6000 funcom points, 5 Deep Mystery Boxes and a free copy of the game (key). I’d consider it but it’s too soon after Christmas to start buying lifetime memberships.

Now just to get another ragtag assortment of players to blast through some more content or since it’s now I a little smoother maybe spend some time completing things in Egypt myself.

#SecretWorld

Excited, understatement!

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So 18 months after my local phone exchange was converted, fibre to the cabinet that serves my phone line, has finally been completed.

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Which means I don’t have to keep checking the blasted website every week. Admittedly when I last contacted BT the indicated that the already stood cabinet may be completed by the end of March. Turns out it was true.  WOO YAY.