Grinding levels in RL

Currently I have that age old dilemma, can’t blog because I’m too busy. Well that’s not completely true it’s more that my free time is used up by gaming.

I rarely post about myself on this blog as it tends to focus more on games and my whole gaming experiences. However this one is mostly about me.

Almost a year ago I got a new job title, became a senior developer, since then things have got increasingly busy. Of course that was expected with the role but it’s more than just workload that has increased, there have been been many people leave the company in the last 12 months. People who took with them massive amounts of knowledge that you only get from working at a place for a long time, the ins and out of the systems, system quirks and configuration solutions.

I have been with the company 4 and a half years, yet of the original developers only 1 has been there longer than me now, infact I’d go so far as saying 75% of the development pool have only worked at the company for 12 months or less, or thy are contractors with a time limited contract.

I find that being one of few central points of knowledge is utterly exhausting and means that I haven’t the time I need to complete my own tasks.
The problem is compound by the lack of concern shown by management that I’m burning out fast being a single point of knowledge.

The reason I found time  to write this post was the need to throw this all somewhere that wasn’t my head.

I’ll be back posting about games soon enough, I just need to figure a way to add an extra 4 hours to the day, or extent my weekend 🙂

A secrets secret

 

Hello dear readers,
This post will be my usual mid-year post explaining what’s happening and why I haven’t  posted in ages, but I’ll throw in some other news as well so keep reading.

I spent a lovely week away with my family towards the end of May, it was very refreshing and a must needed break.

Annoyingly since returning home my work has been rather draining, as I take on more responsibilities, this wasn’t helped by losing my mobile. I was surprised how much not having the device would impact my day to day activities such as checking email.

Naturally I’ve directed a number of hours in to playing Tribes:Ascend, World of Tanks, Marvel:Avengers Alliance and Secret World when possible.

Speaking of Secret World I’ve been busy working on a community website for a group/clan/guild/cabal purely for The Secret World. After looking into how the game is designed it struck me as limiting that a Cabal can only be aligned to one Society. Yes the cannon dictates that each society is at war with the other two, but the game mechanics contradict this and allow member from all societies to team together.

It’s called the BlastShield Consortium and we are aiming to act as a central location to help facilitate the grouping of like-minded players who wish to play regardless of Society.

You can access it  by clicking on the image below or browse to the URL http://blastshield.co.uk/

BlastShield Consortium

 

Mammoth catchup

A general catch up post to cover my general lack of inconsistency.
Well the last couple of weeks have been very hectic but I’m going to try and write a little something down.

wagamama-logoOn the weekend 7/8/9th me and Rach headed to the big smoke, after a quite annoying train ride we were pretty much exhausted and after a whistle stop tour around the rather awe inspiring St. Pancras station, we hit the hay quite early. On the Sunday we met up with a large and varied assortment of folks from different places. Much nattering was done and although the pub we had gathered in offered food, our plan was to hit WagaMamas for our nourishment needs. As typical as the weather is in the UK the once sunny skies filled with heavy clouds and our 10 minute journey was undertaken in vast downpours, but the food was rather tasty as promised, so it was worth it.

We took a stroll and visit a Gosh Comics where I picked up a couple of nice titles  and then we continued onto Forbidden Planet. The home of so many shiny things.

It was really nice to put faces to the rabble that normally exist in electron form over the interweb.

Gaming
In the past few weeks there has been a light scattering of Left4Dead with Rachy and more recently Dok, I really do enjoy the game and can’t wait for the expansion to arrive.
Our weekly adventuring team in City of Heroes is fast approaching level 40 and I’m looking forward to the Taskforces and content in the final 10 levels, which I haven’t seen before.
I’m still playing some Dawn of War 2, mostly on campaign mode still, only seeking into multiplayer games occasionally, the game is certainly well thought through and my 2nd run on the campaign is still quite fresh. I think the customisable characters allow for some very different play-styles between games.

I’ve also been playing a couple of Java games as my flu/cold/lergy meant I didn’t feel like playing anything that needed to much concentration.

Filmsbatman-thekillingjoke

Well I’ve finally seen Watchmen on Monday just gone. I really enjoyed the film adaptation and thought most of it was as true to the original as could be expected, superseding my exceptions at times. After a post-viewing discussion with Dok I think I nailed down one of  the elements that I felt wasn’t as obvious.  In the film as in the book the threat of nuclear war is made quite clear, but I feel the book illustrates the populations anxiety and the heightened sense of impending doom.

Reading

I’ve not read lot in the last few weeks, Rachy got me Batman : The Killing Joke which I found a wonderfully dark and gripping storyline. Thanks to Rockjaw for suggesting it on the Limited Edition podcast a few episodes back.

Drinking and such

Went to a small pub near Oxford for a LSN event on saturday.
Great venue, the sun was shining all day and much cider was drunk.

JG was there as well. It’s quite strange being sat talking to a guy that kept you glued to your spectrum for days/weeks/months at a time.

Great day and I got a mouse mat too.