The worlds uneasy slumber

Like me you are probably spending your days staring at the interior walls of your home and most likely at a number of differently sized screens throughout the day.

While trips to get shopping get me away from the house they leave me feeling both physically and emotionally exhausted, those essential works who still have to commute and do their job in such an environment continue to have my utmost respect.

When I saw Belghast was preparing a blogging event for April (Blapril), I was very tempted to to embark on the experience once more, however I wanted to ensure that I was better placed to achieve completion this time before signing up, My last few attempts had to end early due to health and being overloaded at work reasons.


I’m happy to say that I shall be taking part in this great idea giving “a dose of internet togetherness to combat the negative effects of social distancing”. Not having to commute gives me back a solid 75 minutes a day and I want to ensure I ring-fence that time into some constructive and creative like Blapril.

Even if you aren’t inclined to fire up your blog and flex those writing skills, please follow some of the participants, I can’t wait to read the blogs of some of those who have signed up (The reading list is wonderful BTW).

Happy (Thank-Goodness-Neverending-March-Is-Finally-Over) April everyone I hope you and your family all keep safe.

When is the future?

It’s now? Right?
Welcome to the year 2020, YAY! We are officially living in the future, Now I just need my hover car and house in the clouds.

In all seriousness at least we aren’t all eating Soylent Green or glued to our Three-Dimensional Interactive Television’s like Harry Harrison and Ray Bradbury predicted…


Welcome to this, the compulsory first blog post of the year, which is of course rather late.

January is one of the busiest periods in my workplace so all the best will in the world doesn’t allow me to conjure up more time to devote to may extra activities.
February is usually dominated by our Charity Gaming Marathon weekend, however this year we also managed air travel and attending a wedding alongside all the normal madness.

The wedding was a blast and we all had a lovely time catching up with friends. Travel home was to a different airport as they had cancelled our flight, but the taxi driver played games and ESO so the 4 hour journey wasn’t too taxing.


The GameBlast20 Charity event went rather smoothly, in the past Munki and I often run a donation page each and stream in parallel over the weekend. This year we had a re-think of our approach and run a single donation page and run our stream in a relay fashion.

This year our charity team Digital Rogues did fantastically well, raising a wonderful £1,228.27  for Special Effect.


This year will see the 20th anniversary of me registering welshtroll.co.uk domain, I may not post as frequently as I used to but I still want to try and commit to posting on some kind of schedule this year, which leads me nicely on to…

2020 Goals

I wanted to write down my goals for this year, they aren’t anything too crazy but it will give me some focus throughout the year.

  • Redesign my Monster of the Week Templates for Roll20 – I kind of cheated on this goal as I started working on it in January, the bulk is completed I need to do some further clean up of the code and CSS.
  • I would like to flesh out more of the CyberPunk RPG world I started building last year, I am still adding additional elements into Kanka.io as they occur to me, however I’d like to dedicate some time to detailing more of the backstory and global history.
  • Replace my car – I have had this car for 5 years now and I need to start thinking about an upgrade, however I tend to spend again mulling over the details.
  • Think about a gaming themed tattoo, I have many ideas but I want to get a final shortlist of themes that I’m wanting to get, then decide on one.
  • Post at least once a Month, was going to aim for once a fortnight but I want to at least give myself some wiggle room.

I’ll sign off with the title song of this post.

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!

IntPiPoMo Images 7 to 12.

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