As I get ready for the first day on the new job (Yay! And to be clear, this is a second job. No way am I leaving the humane society.), thought I’d do a quick update here. Continue Reading
With thanks to Jennet for making me such an awesome banner! 🙂 For more information, check out the Extra Life menu link.
I’ve been game swapping quite a bit lately. I think it’s mostly because of the new computer, and being able to run games on much better settings. Having a computer that will run games better (and not run the fan so loud I fear it will explode) adds a lot to even games I’ve already played.
I put a good bunch of hours into The Talos Principle before taking a break from it. I really only paused because I had a few exhausted nights in a row. As much as I can play puzzle games while tired, it’s not the most fun thing in the world. I started up a new character in Skyrim, and we’ll see if I get farther than usual this time. I tend to get distracted by sidemissions and collecting alchemy materials, and then never complete the actual story.
In the world of adulting, I’ve canceled my subs to DCUO and FFXIV for now. I still enjoy both games, especially FFXIV, I just can’t justify a subscription for a game I’m rarely playing. I can always resub when I feel the need. This is one of the reasons I got a lifetime membership to The Secret World – I can spend less money in the Item Shop, but never have to justify the money for a sub.
I’m also in the process of picking up a second job, which may well affect my posting for a while. I’ve juggled multiple jobs before without too much trouble, though, and I’d love to make more headway on some old student loans hanging over my head. Real life always comes first, and the folks I most enjoy gaming with tend to agree.
I’m looking forward to Funcom’s upcoming game, The Park, this month and Halloween in TSW. No one does Halloween like TSW does! Gameday for Extra Life is coming up in November, and I intend to reserve time off for that no matter how many jobs I’m working. I preordered Fallout 4, and I’m sure I’ll be posting about that once it’s out.
With luck I’ll have some more freetime later this week, and will be able to post something more substantial!
What a week! I’d like to apologize for the lack of content – it’s mostly due to two things:
1) I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning when I’m not working. While most people do Spring Cleaning, I sometimes get an overwhelming urge to clean, straighten, and rearrange in the fall. I have 17 grocery bags full of books to donate, if that gives you any idea.
2) My computer has been a bit wonky, most likely Windows 10 bugs since the computer itself is so new. I think I have them squashed for now, but it involved a clean install and all the time and hassle that entails.
I have another piece almost ready (We had an amazing Beyond the Veil show last week, with an NPC suddenly “coming to life” and interacting with us thanks to our awesome dev team), but in the meantime I have links to other projects!
The piece I wrote for the Extra Life gaming community went live last Friday! It’s been a long time since I wrote for someone I didn’t know and who was editing my work. I’m still so pleased to get the chance to write it, and look forward to possibly writing more for them in the future. If you missed my posts on social media, you can find the article at http://community.extra-life.org/articles.html/communitycontent/how-extra-life-helped-me-find-my-voice-r58/.
Jennet, of OtterDown and The Secret World fame, has put together a trailer for Extra Life 2015! She kindly let me in on the fun, and the filming this morning was full of glorious flailing. “Sorry, I fell into a me-sized hole and almost got eaten, what were you saying?”
In other news, it looks like I’ll be hosting this week’s Beyond the Veil show, which should also be a great time.
With luck I’ll have time to get my other post up tomorrow!
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.
Hi all, thought I’d give a quick update.
Now that Extra Life is open for 2015, I’ve been able to update the Otterly Gaming page here on the blog with relevant links. Other than occasional posts, I’ll be adding to the page as more plans for the year are made.
After this week, I’m going to settle into posting on Mon/Wed/Fri, leaving the weekends open for the possibility of posting if something comes up that I want to talk about. Continue Reading
EDIT: [As of 8/8/15, I will be joining team OtterDown for this year’s event. Team Otterly Gaming will still be running, by all means check ’em out on the big day! 🙂 ]
Today’s post is partly to announce that both my own page and my team page (Otterly Gaming) for Extra Life 2015 are live. My friends in The Secret World, the “other otters” of team Otterdown, have also opened their 2015 page – I’m fully expecting otterly fabulous hijinks out them as well. 🙂 The big day for the 24 hour marathon is November 7/8, so mark your calendars now. It’s something that’s important to me; I’m sure I’ll be posting about it more than once. I have some fun stories I can tell from the last few years…
Today, though, I want to talk a little about Extra Life and why I’ve participated for the last three years. I’ll warn you that it’s a messy topic for me this year, feel free to jump to the last two paragraphs if you’d like the TL;DR version. Continue Reading