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.

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/

Hello 2018

I admit that I’ve been pretty pants at blogging over the last few years, I would like to improve on that, I enjoy sharing thoughts, ideas and ponderings with cyberspace.
So when Vero blogged that she was going to challenge herself to blog each day in January, I though it had been a few years since I did Blaugust and I kind of enjoyed having a goal that can keep me focused.

So this is the start of my new 2018 blog posts, firstly I decided to quickly look back at 2017 and what have been my favourite parts. I’m going to avoid all the worldwide political nonsense because, it gets me worked up and this isn’t Facebook 😛

RolePlaying

I enjoyed role playing so much in my youth but once I started work it fell by the wayside, 2017 for me was the year that I returned to Role Playing and to Dungeons and Dragons. For my clan I started a pre-scripted adventure that has given us 10 months of giggles, admittedly some all of the sessions just descended into chaos and fits of laughter. But I have known these folks for the best part of thirteen years I know that when they are laughing, they are having fun and after all isn’t that the point.

That said I have started running the same campaign with some other friends and it too descended into fits of laughter, so I think the common denominator is me ,Welshtroll purveyor of finest RPG giggles.

I have finally got to GM a Fate game, after owning a collection of the books for some time, I convinced my clan that we could a break from DnD with an excursion into an Achtung! Cthulhu game, which is proudly named “Who do you think you are kidding Mr Shoggoth?” the game of cause has turned into a mixture of Kelly’s Heroes and ‘Allo ‘Allo!

Music

Alongside some new albums by some of my favourite bands I have had the pleasure of discovering (new to me) artists this year, I drift more into the world of electronic music, finding that it complements the heavier stuff and finding some music with a darker cyberpunk theme has been bliss.

Earlier in 2017 I decided that I would give Google Music a bash as my amazon music experience had be fraught with hurdles and miscommunication, that resulted in me having no service from them, but still being emailed monthly to say that my subscription is about to end. I have found that discovering music much easier on Google Music and have made purchases based on those discoveries.

This was how I discovered Makeup And Vanity Set who’s albums I find wonderfully though provoking, in that there is often an album theme that you can use to start the ideas of what each songs is trying to convey.

Streamers and Streaming

This year I have watched more streamers than ever before, thanks to twitch affiliates I have also managed to show my support for those streamers directly either with subs or cheers. As it stands I barely watch any live or recorded TV now, there is a great deals of folks who keep me entertained and with whom I can interact with both during and after streams.

I have always been cautious of considering people as content, (stemming back to how games companies have often delivered a game/world that is sparse on predefined content and expect players to be that content for each other) but I have to admit there are some amazing streamers and communities that have dispelled that belief when it comes to streaming.

Personally I have been streaming on and off this year, hampered slightly by my episode of vertigo. However I’ve been quite pleased with how it has been going and I’ve enjoyed myself quite a bit.
In 2018 I hope to continue to stream with increased with regularity, plus not forgetting that we have signed up for GameBlast for the third year in a row, raising money for the amazing charity Special Effect.

 

I was going to touch on my games from 2017 but I think that will wait until another post, mostly as it was so good.
See you tomorrow

A mixture of things

My whistle stop update which maybe more than I have written in ages.

Since my list post featured some music, I thought I’d share a little more with you.
I can’t remember how but I discovered Postmodern Jukebox earlier this year and even though I don’t know/like all the songs I find the concept of taking a song and giving it a retro feel it’s rather awesome, especially when you can listen and attempt to guess the style/period they are mimicking.

You can see the list of videos here https://www.youtube.com/user/ScottBradleeLovesYa/videos

Blogging

I’ve been trying to get into blogging with more frequency, partly inspired by all those folks who are taking part in Blaugust. I’ve attempted to read as many of the blogs as possible and of course commenting where I see fit. I tend to browse my RSS reader in the evenings so often end up having to catch up on the last batch of yesterdays posts, but they are all worth it.

As I alluded before my work load has calmed down a little now so I’m aiming to set time aside for blogging related activities.

Paragon Chat

I thought I’d blogged about Paragon chat, but maybe I dreamt about blogging about it.
Anyway you’ll have most likely seen news about the Paragon Chat application that has been constructed to allow you to chat with other Titan network members while using an avatar created in the City of Heroes/Villains game and walking around the environments.

I’ve been in a number of times and it still doesn’t get boring, of course there aren’t any interactive elements, powers or travel systems, but it’s great to natter with like minded folks who think the same as you and miss the crap out of the game.

Manager

I have heard the same blurb spouted from numerous different people in my years working in IT:

“there will be a non-managerial technical path for Developers to focus on that allows them to specialise rather than manage”

This always turns out to be bullshit as companies don’t want to have two streams of job roles to maintain, so to progress you are usually pushed into managing people or stay where you are.

In the last 12 months I have moved from a purely technical role to one that has elements of line management attached. I knew this when I applied, however I find it all rather new and terrifying.  Of course the worse part is the lack of any guidance and support in this role as there is lack of not caring as you’re a manager it’s your responsibility to sort stuff out.

Gaming

I’m still enjoying Big Pharma and have been spending a bit of time in World of Tanks, who are celebrating their 5th anniversary.
I do want to try and get back into a MMO but I struggle to get into then now-a-days, we’ll see if anything draws my attention.

But at least it’s Friday YAY \o/
But I’m on call 🙁

#music #aboutme #gaming

Everybody’s gone to the console?

everyonesI hoped that Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture from ‘The Chinese Room’, would show signs of a release on the PC, but as we stand on the eve of the games launch it would seem the partnership with Sony Santa Monica means the game is Playstation 4 bound and no other platforms are in scope.

The exclusive nature of triple A titles usually bugs me but there is usually a large cash incentive in the mix somewhere but with a game partly developed by an Indie studio I find the locked to one platform a weird stance. However I wish the Devs good luck with the launch but sadly I’m not going to part with over £300 to play one game not matter how good it looks and sounds.
I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a PC release in the future.

Additional Music

katzenjammerAs was looking at tour dates for some bands, I often find myself looking up other bands who are also touring the local venues. It’s sometimes good to find the bands you’ve missed tour information about, also you can discover some new gems and that’s what happened this time. So over the last week i’ve bought all 3 of the KatzenJammer albums which all of the family appear to enjoy listening to and went down well mixed into a playlist for car journeys.

On hearing a few of the songs they reminded me of the fantastic band DeVotchKa who I’ve had the pleasure to see live twice (If you’ve ever watched the film Little Miss Sunshine you will most likely have heard them). The mixture of instruments gives the music a good mix when you approach an album.
However unlike DeVotchKa who mostly swap to alternative instruments, KatzenJammer share the instruments and vocals on most tracks, which it gives each song an unique feel.

So now the question is do we go to Bristol in November to see them?

#Games #KatzenJammer #Music