Apologies for the lack of a post in over a month, especially after I announced the return of a new series. Doesn’t look too good for its return, does it? I promise you though, I still have plans of continuing it. The month of December was extremely busy with preparing for Christmas and New Year gatherings with family; and all the varying doctor appointments I had during that month. I’m healthy in case you wondered. That has prevented me from actually sitting down and taking screenshots from Nessus in Destiny 2, I do plan to fix that hopefully next week sometime and actually get that series going. It’s a shame Titan didn’t win the poll because I have a bunch from there that are ready to go.
In that time, I really haven’t had the chance to play too many games in general. I have played a little of Destiny 2 as their winter event, The Dawning, has been active for the past few weeks. It has been fun giving “gifts” to the various members of the Vanguard and other vendors and whatnot. It has also been fun throwing snowballs at Dregs…not that I would do that because that is mean. Dregs are people too…sort of. It will be ending in a few days and I’m not sure if I’ll get the chance to try out Mayhem or not. If I don’t, I hope it comes back so I can try it out then. I thought Mayhem back in D1 was a lot of fun so I’m certain I can assume I would enjoy it in D2 as well.
The only other two games I have managed to play have been Assassin’s Creed Origins and the BioShock Collection. The latter being more recent as I got it for Christmas. I absolutely love the BioShock franchise, it is easily one of my favorites, so it’s nice to be playing through them again with fancy graphics. Yes, the games were backwards compatible on the Xbox One, and that was how I was playing BioShock: Infinite for a while, but you can definitely tell the older games are…well, older. An added benefit of playing through these games again, aside from my general enjoyment of them, is the fact I can earn more achievements from them! I remember my days of achievement hunting, where I would look through the list of achievements a game had and would try and figure out which easy ones I could unlock to boost my Xbox Live Gamerscore. While I’m not too concerned with earning achievements now, I’m still a sucker for unlocking them when I can. Some fond memories came from those times though, like going for the Little Rocket Man achievement in Half-Life 2: Episode 2. Stupid gnome anyhow…GET BACK IN THE CAR!
Assassin’s Creed Origins was the other game I mentioned, it has been the game that I have played the most in that time frame. It’s fun and I’ve been enjoying it just as much as the other two games I mentioned. I fully believe Ubisoft taking a year off from releasing an AC game was a smart move. To me, this game still feels like an Assassin’s Creed game, but yet with the massive open world and RPG-esque character system it seems like a new game at the same time. I like how there are numerous weapon types you can use, so if you want to use a spear you can. Short sword? Sure. Khopesh? Sure, why not? Bows? Of course! I can keep going. What I’m not liking too much about this fact though, is that since you do have a character level to take into consideration, you have to level up your weapons and some of the nicer weapons and items you get are really expensive to level up with you. While that isn’t inherently a bad thing, I am finding it difficult to earn money in the game to upgrade these weapons. In other words, much like the real world, I’m broke in the virtual one.
Now, with the normal gaming talk out of the way let me tell you what else I have been working on in the meantime. I said I haven’t been playing too many games due to being busy with the holidays and other stuff; that is still true, but I have also spent that time doing a lot of researching into various things and writing about various things also. Outside of my normal columns I’ve been doing for Frantic Talks, I have also been working on a few lengthy posts for here. What are some of those posts for here you might be wondering? Well, this is where I usually say you’ll have to come back to find out…but seriously you’ll have to come back to find out.
Joking aside, that is part of the reason behind this post. I wanted to give a brief glimpse into the future of what I have planned. Not for just here, but for some of the new hobbies I also plan to pick up soon. Why? Because why not? Let me start with this place though. One of the posts I’m wanting to publish, because it’s about a topic that actually means something to me, is one about my thoughts on homeschooling. The main reason I am taking my time with this post, is I want to get my thoughts out clearly. Oh, and whenever I seem to go back to writing it to try and finish it, something comes up that if I finished and published it the timing on it would be awkward and I don’t want that either. Essentially, I’m getting a tad annoyed at the fact so many people discredit homeschooling as a bad thing; yet, at the same time, I don’t think homeschooling is something everyone should do. I know, it sounds like a weird point of view to most people, but that is exactly why I’m dedicating an entire post to it and taking my time with it.
That was one thing, there might be some more posts similar to that in the future but I’m not entirely sure. I got away from writing about real life topics because I found myself getting into a habit of just complaining in them and they were not any fun to read. However, in my recent posts where I’ve divulged into the real world and not just strictly gaming related topics I have actually enjoyed it. Most of the times they have been about myself and my plans (but yet I hate talking about myself…) so there is that, but again these are going to be about topics that mean something to me for whatever reason.
The other things related to this place that I would like to is actually finish some of the posts I have saved as drafts. I’ve got one about my first experience playing D&D, same goes for Magic, and one that is just called “Top Ten Games 2.0″…I really hope there is more to that draft than just a title. I’d also like to maybe add in something to where I give brief “status updates” on that RPG tale I am working on. I know how I want it to play out, but there are a lot of details that need to be addressed for the two games I’m basically creating it for. I have kind of hit a roadblock for where I want to take it now though. I asked a friend for some input and they gave it to me, which in turn gave me some ideas and I incorporated them into it in some form or another and I haven’t done anything with it since then. That was about two months ago… At this rate, I have no idea if I’ll even finish it.
I know in a post not too long ago I essentially said, “I have no idea what I’m going to put here because most of what I write fits for Frantic Talks.” While that statement is still mostly true, I realized I have a lot more to say and I don’t think Frantic would appreciate me turning my column into posts similar to this one that you are reading currently. Plus, with a lot of what I want to say, even in terms of gaming junk, it doesn’t fit in on FT. I have finally come to the realization (Read: Have finally gotten it into my thick skull.) that I use Frantic Talks to get my thoughts on a subject out in a clear and sometimes concise manner. Longer, less fancy looking posts about most of the rest of my nonsense are better off here. That also includes the posts and topics like I mentioned a few paragraphs above.
Speaking of other, random nonsense. What are some of the other topics you might see me mention on here starting this year? HEMA. Say what now? Historical European Martial Arts. It’s quite simple actually, you know that sport called “fencing” that you usually ignore during the summer Olympics? It is essentially that, mixed with other fighting styles and combat techniques from the Renaissance and Medieval time periods. I find it highly interesting given my already high interest in both of those time periods, plus it’s sword fighting, that’s always cool. The reason I mention all of this, is I have also always taken an interest in sword fighting / swordsmanship and finally I quit saying “It would be cool to do that some day.” and made that day happen. I’ve started looking up all the videos on techniques on the internet and have started poking around for groups / places that hold events and such locally. I still have a long ways to go though.
While we’re on the topic local things and whatnot, remember that time I mentioned I went to a local Renaissance Faire? No? Would you kindly click on the word “mentioned” to refresh your memory? Anyways, going to that and seeing the Jousting event that took place and even the satirical reenactment of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is what truly kick-started my interest in taking up HEMA but it also sparked my interest in something else. I’ve said it countless times before, I absolutely love history. It was both my favorite, and best subject all throughout my earlier school days and it pains me to some extent that there are people wanting to erase history completely. There is a topic for a different day within that statement, but I digress. Essentially what I would like to do is a rather small part in the continuation of the preservation of this history. When I found out about the Society of Creative Anachronism (Fun Fact: I cannot pronounce that last word without sounding like a fool.) and that their purpose is to preserve and educate people on this history, I thought that was pretty cool. It took me until the aforementioned Ren Faire to actually be able to find my local chapter of the SCA. By the way, Shire of Dark River is an amazing name in my opinion. I’m considering checking out my local SCA chapter and possibly joining it if I can, when I have the time.
I believe I have ran out things to discuss for this post. It is a different kind of post in the sense I don’t usually say, “Here’s what to expect!” when making a post. To say I’m excited about what the future holds (I’m noticing a pattern here…) is a cliché saying but also true. There is so much I want to do and accomplish between current hobbies, new ones, college related things (still excited for that, even though I may have hit a minor snag), and even other things that I don’t think I’m going to mention outside of this vague reference to them. Will I accomplish any of it? Some I know I will and others I’m not sure on, but I am going to try my hardest to do so. Thanks for taking the time to read this and next time I promise either a serious topic or some cool screenshots.