Favourites from 2019

Continuing my IntPiPoMo Picture posts, As is always the case I had emptied my phone of pictures in the Summer so I had to go digging through my archives, but hopefully I have plucked a few of my favourite Photos from this year, So Far!

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My Outer Worlds

Since I first heard of The Outer Worlds I wanted to try it, however I’ve kept myself at arms length from all but the most basic details of the game as I really wanted to go into it blind.

For me the game is just right.
There is no denying that I enjoy a good story, but I also enjoy diving into lore and backstory equally as much.
Lucky for me then that The Outer Worlds is filled to the brim with all of these elements, plus you are able to play in unique ways focusing less on combat (scratching that Deus Ex itch) and more on how you feel your character to behave/act.

Obsidian has created a great universe that I really can’t wait to see more of, fingers crossed we will see some DLC for the title as I really can’t wait to immerse myself into it again.
I have however started my second playthrough

I am sucker for those first encounters moments, crafted like any good movie scene they become permanently etched into your memories of a game, Outer Worlds seems to present you with amazing vistas repeatedly without making a huge song and dance about them.
In my playthrough I had a very similar problem to the one I face in the Elder Scrolls Online, you crest a hill or turn a corner and you stop in your tracks as the sights can some be overwhelming.

 

 

 

International Picture Posting Month 2019

I’m taking part in International Picture Posting Month (IntPiPoMo) organised by Chestnut. The event is the picture equivalent of NaNoWriMo, but since a Picture is worth a 1000 words the goal is to post 50 in the month of November.

You can learn more and/or sign up here https://gamergirlconfessions.com/2019/10/31/time-for-intpipomo-2019/.

I thought I’d kick off with some game screenshots from some of my favourite titles this year, generally I take far more screenshots than is necessary but I always enjoy looking back over them.

First up is “Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey” an indie title that I first seen at EGX Rezzed last year, set in London in the year 1888 the game has a focus around Jack the Ripper, but more interestingly the two Main protagonists Arthurian characters Lancelot du Lac and Morgan le Fay. The game has a wonderful voice cast and tells a great adventure.

 

AER : Memories of Old –  I had this game for some title gathering dust in my Steam Library, I decided to play it on stream one Sunday morning and found such a wonderful game waiting for me. In a world of floating islands, full of ancient ruins and exploration, you play a shape-shifter sent to the land of the gods on a pilgrimage. The game has very relaxed feel and focuses on discovery and puzzle solving, it also has a great soundtrack.

 

Draugen – This is the first new title from Red Thread Games after finishing the DreamFall series. This is a first person adventure/exploration title, This one is set in the 1920s, you play an American naturalist who heads to a small Norwegian fishing village to find his sister. This game was everything I hope it would be from the mind of Ragnar Tørnquist

 

 

A new hero rises from the ashes

If you are a City of Heroes/Villains fan you are most likely aware of the goings on of the Server code that has been released and the fact a number of “Rogue” Servers have sprung up (MassivelyOP have decent coverage), I’ve held off joining in on the fun while the landscape stabilised and I also feared having to endure loosing access once more.

I kinda of overcome that fear and wanted to dive into Paragon City and the Rogue Isles, the reason was less about protecting my own experiences and more about allowing Little Troll to try the game out.
Little Troll was 2 years old when the MMORPG City of Heroes/Villains closed it’s doors, Munki and I were not only crushed at the closure of our favourite MMO game but also by the fact we would never be able to share the full experience with LT as he got older.

So I’m not gonna lie to you, the fact that my son has just spent 30 minutes rolling up a character to play with Munki, makes me giddy with excitement and pleased as punch.
Yea he may not like it and the graphical engine is showing it’s age but at least he can experience the multiplayer and teaming elements, discover the back stories with Munki and I.

Yes the Rogues Servers (in their current form) might not be around forever, NCSoft still haven’t officially made any statements about the leaked code and if they are going to let the servers persist.
The Titan Network is once again braving the legal pathways to try and licence having officially community run servers from NCSoft, which may yield a more officially sanctioned environment.


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Regardless of how long the servers are around for, I think I’m going to enjoy the experience of playing a game close to my heart with my son.

* While I’ve been writing this Munki has been explaining how enhancements work to LT. 😀

 

Two months in and the pace is …

Crazy!
2019 has been crazy year so far, I have a huge project on at work that is using up so much extra time and headspace, combine that with some last minute training, charity events, and a head-cold, I think I’ve just about hung in there but my time has been limited.

28th Jan

  • I got to see my favourite band VNV Nation, in a venue closer than 2 hours away, The gig was amazing and the new material just blew me away live. It was odd not seeing Mark on stage but I felt that the music didn’t lack any energy because of this. VNV live is a wonderful thing as there is so much warmth from the crowd and the interactions from Ronan.
  • My clan mate DefinitelyMod entered himself and tagged me into Corsair/Elgato’s 1 millionth twitter follower giveaway.
    In a shocking twist of fate, our names were the first pulled out of the hat. So we both got sent a Corsair M65 RGB ELITE Optical FPS Gaming Mouse and an Elgato Stream Deck Mini.
  • I took part in the launch day event for Sunless Skies, streaming the title that I had been playing since Kickstarter, every minute streamed raised £1 for the charity Special Effect, I had a fun time and got to play the final version of the sequel.
  • Munki crocheted a lovely blue shawl for my Nan for her 92nd birthday, when we visited she was in great spirits and loved the gift. I think I’ve seen her using most times I’ve seen her which is nice.

4th Feb

  • In later part of 2018 we got sent an email with some VERY good deals for a 4 night stay in a destination that our whole family loves to visit, so despite being almost Christmas we decided to make our Christmas presents to ourselves this holiday.
    It was a great mini-break and even though I was suffering with a headcold, we all came home with a smile and some fun memories.

 11th Feb

  • We recently had a shift in our departments naming and suggestions were wanted for a logo/symbol, basically something to represent our identify to the wider business. To cut a long story short submitted a few designs and through some democratic voting my designs were picked as the one to be taken forward for the art/design folks to shape into something usable. The ultimate silver lining is that for having my designs picked I earnt a £50 Amazon voucher. \o/
  • I managed to get my Diablo 3 seasonal character to Conqueror tier, which after Chapter 4 is the one to aim for since you can get the additional Stash tab ( if you haven’t already reached the earn-able limit 4). This seasonal has been great fun since the last patch the quality of life feels more balanced and the set bonus that got a buff definitely feel more rewarding to play.

18th Feb

  • 2019 was our 4th year taking part in the GameBlast gaming event fundraising for the charity Special Effect. We got another new member to the Digital Rogues roster this year as BroadSider joined in the fun. I am very happy to have reached my goal and that our group also pass our £1000 goal.
    I got to play some great games over the charity weekend and I really enjoyed the Return of the Obra Dinn which I bought after watching Pam from CannotBeTamed‘s Best games of 2018 video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBAhFlSs8Hc

So it’s been a bit of a crazy time these last 2 months, fingers crossed that things will calm down enough for me to write a proper blog post and not just a list of bullet-points.

Finally I wanted to give a shout out to the wonderful Psyche who has just relaunched her blog https://www.psycheplays.com/