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/

The road to Gameblast 17

Last year Munki, myself, friends and co-workers took part in a Charity event for Special Effect called GameBlast. Apart from some bad planning about start times, we had an amazing time and collectively raised £643.58 for a truly amazing cause.

Incase you aren’t aware of the charity Special Effect is an awesome organisation who strive to give those who aren’t able to enjoy gaming due to disability the freedom of playing games again, allowing them to interact with friends and family.
Although I can type of the good things they do, I would ask you to watch the following video which can do a much better job at explaining things than me.

This year we are taking part in GameBlast17 on 24 to 26 Feb 2017, with a more carefully planned schedule that doesn’t start straight after work. I think we are aiming for two 12 hour sessions so that we don’t need to work out child care. We are hoping to play some multiplayer titles, and if we can get the camera setup working correctly we shall even stream  some table top board games.

We are still working out the schedule of what we are playing and when, but most of the PC gaming events we shall be hopefully streaming the gameplay.
This post was to give me a bit of a kick up the arse to complete my fundraising page as much it was to start putting the word out about the event.

It was a game blast

Good morning and happy March.

Last weekend FlyinPinkMunki and I took part in a gaming marathon called GameBlast to help raise money for the charity Special Effect. Along with 3 other people our team played for a collective  130+ hours and raised over £630 in sponsorship.

gb catPersonally I achieved my personal goal by setting up HItbox streaming for 24 hours, I then tacked some additional hours beyond the stream too in the remainder of the weekend. I covered the following titles as part of the event:

  • Left 4 Dead 2 (Group Game)
  • World of Tanks
  • DeadCore
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Rocket League (Group Game)
  • Audiosurf 2
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes  (Group Game)
  • The Long Dark
  • Orcs Must Die! 2
  • Team Fortress 2 (Group Game)
  • AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome
  • World of Warships  (Group Game)

I have to say it was really good fun and I plan on taking part in the event next year, hopefully with more players signed up so we can run some bigger gaming events and possibly relay timeslots to cover the whole event.

 

 

 

Having a GameBlast

After wanting to take part in a charity gaming event for some time, I decided that this was the year to stop talking and get doing. So rounded up a few people to take part in SpecialEffect’s GameBlast16 event.

GameBlast16_Logo_BlackSmallRunning between the 26th-28th of February 2016  it’s the UK’s largest charity gaming marathon weekend! During this period we shall be playing a number of games both solo and as part of a group, hoping to cover much of the weekend. We shall be publishing a more detailed schedule closer to the event with some streaming thrown in for good measure.

You can learn more about the event in this video:

Our team page can be found here https://gameblast16.everydayhero.com/uk/digital-rogues#/ and my page is https://gameblast16.everydayhero.com/uk/kris#/

Any support you can give either by donating or sharing our link would be much appreciated.

If you are interested in joining our group please send me a message on steam or twitter.