This is just a quick update to explain why I haven’t been posting the last few days. My laptop’s wireless card, which has been slowly dying for some time, finally started really going out. The good news is I wound up having an opportunity to pick up the new computer I’ve mentioned, so I was out of town doing that on Thursday. Unfortunately it wasn’t up and running in time for this week’s Beyond the Veil, so I missed that, too.
Since then (other than working!) I’ve been getting everything set up, downloaded, and transferred over, and I’m hopefully near the end of that part. I’d forgotten the joy of tracking down save files, re-downloading mods, transferring over my scripts… I really can’t complain though, it’s all towards a great end goal!
I was able to pick up two monitors thanks to a sale, and you know what that means…streaming sometime soon(tm)!!! I’ll be announcing on Twitter and Facebook once I’m ready to go, otherwise my Twitch channel is at twitch.tv/darkgryphon42. I am super excited to start up again, and just in time to get a jump on Extra Life!
Speaking of Extra Life, I will also be doing the final edit on my article for the Extra Life Community website this week, and will post a link when it goes up. I may be writing more for them at another time, I’ll keep everyone posted on that.
That’s about all I’ve got for now. I spent last night in awe of being able to play The Secret World on higher graphic settings. I thought the game was gorgeous on low, now it blows my mind! After gaming on the same laptop for 5 or 6 years, it’s incredibly nice to have so much more screen real estate and a system that isn’t going to freak out running my favorite games. (Also, ignore the mess, I still need to find places for all the things I used to keep on my desk! :P)
Whoohoo, I made it!!! 😀
*does Snoopy happy dance*
This is where I mention I 100% feel anyone who attempted Blaugust should be proud of what they’ve accomplished. Offline life happens, and no matter what you’ve had a chance to experiment and learn. I’ve added a Blaugust Blogroll as a submenu up top there, under the About section. I encourage any of my readers to check out the blogs on the list, we have so many talented writers!
After I signed up, I made a list of topics I’d been meaning to cover. Some of them I never got around to, and some came up organically, but it gave me a base to work from. When I heard gaming news, I took a few minutes to consider whether I had anything to say on it. I also tried to read as much as I could (not nearly as much as I wanted) since that often gave me ideas, or at least got the gears moving. I made use of our writing prompts, though I tried to do so sparingly so as to only pick topics I was sincerely interested in exploring. I had notes for a few that I later scrapped because I wasn’t feeling it. I made sure to allow myself a few out-of-the-norm posts, both for fun and also because some days I just didn’t have anything else in me. I decided to try to alternate my posts, if I’d just done a research-heavy post, I planned an easier one for the next day.
I prefer writing in the evening, which works pretty well since I can spend time during the day mulling my topic over. This also makes it difficult during long work stretches, but I managed. (Though I did sleep through my alarm one morning, eep!) I tried to write any time I was home and had a lot of ideas – this meant sometimes I started an extra post after my required one, but it also helped me take advantage of the times I was super motivated on a topic.
Other than that, I kept an eye on my schedule and tried to plan for days I knew I’d be busy. I knew it would be easier for me to keep going with one a day than to catch up, so I made every effort to do that. The hardest days were when I was sick and the night I posted so late. If I hadn’t written part of my post before the podcast and surprise dungeon run, I don’t think I would have made it. Or I would have had to bow out of the dungeon which would have sucked. I had to be careful planning my Holosuite articles as well, since I try to keep them longer and more complete than I necessarily do for my regular posts. Continue Reading
More site update goodness, yay! I’d planned on a more regular post today, but wanted to make sure folks know about the changes. Plus, I’m pleased with what I’ve done. 🙂
I’ve noticed sometimes the search terms that link to my blog are more likely questions about actual gameplay in The Secret World than readers looking for opinion pieces. Since I’ve yet to write any player guides, I’ve added a TSW Help section to the main menu. This section has helpful links with descriptions for players who are looking for advice. I’ve also added links to some of the other social groups in the game. If readers think of one I’ve missed, let me know and I’ll be sure to add it! Continue Reading
As of today, I’m officially on team OtterDown for Extra Life! We’ll be running our 24 hours over in The Secret World, with much romping and flailing. Do still check out my other team, Otterly Gaming, no drama here about the switch. If you don’t know what Extra Life is about, check out the Otterly Extra Life page here on the blog, or my post, “Extra Life 2015 – Why I Play.” That’s also where you can find links to my page and the team pages. There’s still plenty of time to get involved for anyone interested! Related to that…
Gryph on Twitch
Many of you probably don’t know I attempted streaming a couple years back. I super enjoyed it, as tiring as it is at times, but my good ol’ laptop just doesn’t like that kind of pressure. I nearly killed it during Extra Life 2013, which made me reluctant to try again.
Due to a very personal gift my family would like to give me, I may be getting an updated computer in the next couple months. It probably won’t be top end, but it’s bound to be better than a (5? 6? more?) year old laptop. Assuming all goes smoothly, I’ll be trying to get back into streaming. 🙂 I’ll certainly post if and when that happens, in the meantime my channel is http://www.twitch.tv/darkgryphon42.
Chrono Trigger #SGDQ
I haven’t been doing much gaming this week, between my dental issues and then feeling all medicated. I just barely managed a few rounds of Faerie Solitaire last night, if that says anything.
What I have been doing is trying to finish watching the Chrono Trigger run from Summer Games Done Quick. The video for the 100% speedrun lasts about five and a half hours, and is definitely worth a watch if you’re a fan of speedrunning, or even just a fan of the game. Chrono Trigger was one of my favorites growing up, it was a great choice for the final run of the event.
Want to join in on #Blaugust? There’s still time! Visit the Blaugust Initiative page, and then head over to the Nook to get signed up and see what everyone else is up to.
For anyone who’s missed my social media posts today, I’ve acquired a thoroughly nasty tooth infection and am definitely not at the top of my game today. Worse, turns out my dentist doesn’t prescribe painkillers anymore. Probably it’s a liability issue he doesn’t want to deal with anymore. Doesn’t help me much, though.
The good news is a couple friends suggested I talk to my regular doctor, so I have an appointment tomorrow to see about something for the pain. I usually don’t splat all over about things like this, but I think this is legitimately the most painful tooth issue I’ve ever had. One of those “hard to think through” situations.
Luckily, last night I started an update on where I’m at with my blog To-Do list: Continue Reading
Wow, not sure where the time went today! I will try to get an actual gaming post up tomorrow, but I’ve been super busy with blog and #Blaugust stuff today.
As I mentioned over on Sparks in the Horizon, a side effect of #Blaugust is that I’ve become much more aware of the little things I keep meaning to adjust on this blog “someday.” Now that I finally had a day off (and #SGDQ is over) I got started on my list: Continue Reading
Before anything else, can we all take a moment to fully appreciate that today, a friendly, fully domesticated duck was dropped off at the shelter where I work? Yes, for real. She likes to be held and pet, and will curl up in a coworker’s lap while muttering content duck-thoughts to itself. My job is rarely glamorous, but it’s also rarely boring.
All right then, Blaugust! What is it and why am I participating?
Blaugust is a blogging initiative started by Belghast over at Tales of the Aggronaut. Each of us who have signed up will attempt to write a blog post of at least 10 sentences each day in August. (There are also guidelines for vlogs.) The complete rules, prize list, and directions for signing up can be found on the Blaugust Initiative page – and yes, you can still participate even though it’s already started!
As for why I’m participating, there’s a few reasons. Continue Reading
WHOO-HOOO adjusting to new medication!!!!
Ok, not really woo-hoo. Like last time, if my writing seems off that would be why. It’s also an excellent excuse to throw another PSA out there. Depression, anxiety, and other not fun illnesses/disorders are not anyone’s fault, and sometimes getting help is the best plan.
I say this as someone who hasn’t been in the best financial place, and who has a long history of not listening to her own advice. Still, whether it’s finding a counselor or therapist, looking into medications, or exploring other avenues, it’s worth the effort. Even if the first few things (or many things) don’t seem to work. If your finances are borked, do some investigating to find out where you can get free or low cost help. If you’re insured, see what may be covered even if it means doing some digging.
It sometimes seems like folks assume being miserable is a sign of intelligence or creativity; but seriously, you can be intelligent and creative AND less miserable. They don’t cancel each other out.
On a lighter note, speaking of my new medication… Continue Reading
Just a heads up that starting today, I will be posting links to my off-site content on its own page. A link can be found above, in the site’s header. I’ll add my articles from Holosuite Media as I publish them, as well as any other writing I do separate from this blog. If you’re interested in some of my thoughts on wider geeky topics than I tend to address here, that would be where to find some! 🙂
Before I explain the kittens, I’ll mention that I do have another article up on Holosuite – if you’re interested in my thoughts about Renaissance Festivals I’ll link it here: HUZZAH!
On to the kittens and the wonkiness of my updates lately. I started a new (offline) job a couple weeks ago at my local animal shelter. It’s been lovely, but my new schedule has been a bigger change than I expected. (I also managed to catch a nasty bug last weekend, though thankfully not a serious one.) I do intend to continue this blog, and to resume posting at least once a week. Thank you so much for your patience as I sort out the best way to fit everything in! There is a good chance that I’ll move my main posting day to Tuesday or Wednesday, plus the regular posts for Holosuite on the first and fifteenth of the month.
I’m hoping to update the Currently Playing section Soon(TM), and I may be adjusting the Otterly Gaming page since I don’t think we’ll be running DCUO this year. I also plan on adding a new section where I can link my offsite articles.
Thanks again for your patience, I’ll get a real post up as soon as I can! 🙂