March 2021 Goals

Last month I didn’t commit to any goals because I didn’t know what I wanted to play. So, I started this month poking around a few games. At the beginning of the month I was all about NIMBY Rails but I didn’t play it much more than those initial first weeks. There were two games that took hold of my interest this month and have not let go since: Final Fantasy XIV and Melvor Idle.

In FFXIV, I spent my time this month starting a new character and going through A Realm Reborn again. I decided to only level one class and only go through the MSQ without stopping for side activities. Now my Black Mage is level 55 and has just started the Patch 2.4 quest line. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here this month and plan on continuing my journey in March.

Melvor Idle has captured my attention for much longer than it has any right to. Usually, I’ll get into an idle game for a week or two at most. Once the initial dopamine hits wear off and the real waiting begins I’ve checked out. But I’m still checking in to Melvor everyday on multiple devices. I’ve maxed mining this month, collected 5 pets, and have just started getting in to the combat system a bit more. I’ll be continuing this one in March as well.

March Gaming Goals

Reach Heavensward in Final Fantasy 14: This one should be an easy one as long as I continue to play the game

Obtain the Bone Necklace and Amulet of Looting in Melvor Idle: Both of these will help progression in combat in Melvor. The Bone Necklace will automatically bury bones and give 2x the prayer points which will make training Prayer easier. The Amulet of Looting will collect look automatically making idle combat training more of a set it and forget it kind of thing.

Play more NIMBY Rails: I really like this game and have some ideas for some projects to work on. I’ve been so focused on Final Fantasy XIV this month that I haven’t played much else

Non Gaming Goals

Read for at least 20 minutes before bed: Too much screen time for me lately before bed. I find it’s much easier to sleep when winding down with a book instead of TV or my phone

Make time to blog: Too often, I think of a post idea and then sit on it. By the time I’m actually motivated to write I’ve lost interest in the idea. This month I would like to find a daily time slot to write here that’s consistent and works for me. I think some time in the evening would work best. I’ve been trying to force the morning for a while but most of the time I don’t feel like writing in the mooring.

February Goals 2021

I guess it’s February now? January must have passed by without me noticing it. But at the same time, when I look back at January’s Goals post it feels like it was a loooong time ago. Almost like I was a different person altogether.
 
I wasn’t gaming much in January. I started the month out strong with all these lofty ideas on what I would do and what games I would play next. And here we are in February and I don’t think I completed a single goal…and that’s OK. I spent most of January reading and finished 4 books. I’m a slow reader so that’s quite an accomplishment there.
 
My interests seem to swing from gaming to reading around this time of year. It usually hits in November when I realize I have X number of books left to reach my Goodreads goal for the year. I guess I caught the reading bug late this year
 
When my interests swing back to gaming there tends to be a bit of a reset in my gaming interests. I was all about the sprawling, open-world, games at the beginning of the month. Now, nothing I listed here sparks my interest at the moment. Well, that’s not entirely true, I’m still spending a few minutes here and there in Immortals: Fenyx Rising.
 
With all that said, I’m taking this month off of goals. I’m sure I’ll be poking around before I find something to hold me for a while. I don’t know where or what I want to spend my free time on right now.
 
 

January Goal Wrapup

 
You know how I know that I wasn’t gaming as much in January? ManictTme lists Google Chrome as my top application for the month…
 
Complete CyberPunk 2077: I had this whole lengthy post in my head detailing why I didn’t finish this game. Then I realized I wasn’t interested enough in the game to write about why I was no longer interested in the game. Long story short, I got 30 incredible hours out of it and I don’t need to be in that world any longer. It has since been excommunicated from my SSD. It will now be resting in my “Games I’ll Never Finish but Will Think About Starting Up Again Someday” pile in Steam (and now I need to go make a collection with that exact name).
 
Finish Athena’s Zone in Immortals: Fenyx Rising: I’m going to give myself half credit for this one. I’ve done a lot of the Vaults of Tartaros, chests, puzzles, and constellations. I’ve only done one or tow of the story quests. I’m still booting the game up here and there to knock out some map objectives.
 
Craft Thallasion, Shaper of the Currents: It turns out I cannot play Trove part time. I’m either all in with a patron pass or I’m not launching the game for months on end. I tried to remember to log in every week to fill up my dragon coin tomes, I did. But I found logging on and only doing that was underwhelming. It felt more like work than fun so I haven’t touched it since.
 

January with the Squad

 
The little bit of time that I did spend gaming this month was with the boys over at Welpsqaudtv. We’ve been playing GTFO again and raging a little bit less. There’s a chance we’re actually getting better at the game! We also played Sea of Thieves as a 4 man group a few times. It’s been fun learning to use the galleon together.
 
Greg and I started playing Tera together this month. I’m actually enjoying it more than I thought I would. I started out playing a berserker but I’ve since leveled a priest up to where we left off. I’m having much more fun playing the priest.

January 2021 Goals

As far as I’m concerned, January is the actual start of winter. There aren’t any holidays to look forward to, it’s cold, and, at least here in Cleveland, it’s grey skies until May. But at least 2020 is over right? Here’s to hoping for a better year to come!

December Goal 2020 Wrap Up

I played more Trove this month than I was planning and was able to get two additional Dragons. I’m actually surprised I was able to get enough dragon coins for 3 dragons this month. That’s 900 dragon coins…I got real lucky on daily dragon caches to say the least. I crafted A.T.M.O.S – D-R4C which was a new dragon released this month. I also crafted Tannenbomber, The Harbinger of Tidings mostly because the winter event was going on and it’s the only way to get the crafting materials. I figured I ‘d get the materials at least but ended up with the whole dragon!

Complete the Moonwing Dragon: Got the Aura, got the dragon, and that’s the last Dragon Soul Dragon I needed to complete the badges.

Craft Typhandir, the Sundered Sheild: I was a bit worried about this one. Typhandir takes Chaos Cores to craft and so does Charl the Chaos Dragon which was released this month. You can only get Charl’s fragments from Corruxion who’s in the hub every 2 weeks and you can only buy 10 at a time. So I bought the first 10 and then realized I was short for Typhandir. When you’re looking for chaos cores they seem to be in short demand….luckily, through chaos chests I was able to scrounge up the remaining cores and craft this dragon. Now time to save up cores for Charl.

Craft Shaoran, Sage of the Eastern Ranges: This one was easy since he didn’t need any dragon coins. The Sagely Blue Scales are found in the Forbidden Spires biome from world bosses and dungeon bosses. It was a matter of running around normal U-9 worlds and finding the right biomes on to get the rest of the fragments.

Get into Shadowlands: Nope this did not happen. I did get my mage to level 44 but haven’t gotten much further. I’m don’t regret buying Shadowlands. I kind of figured this would happen but it’s there when I have the WoW itch again

Continue playing through The Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky: Technically yes, I played more of this than I thought. 4 hours this month so I did continue it but it isn’t my main game. That’s thanks to CyberPunk 2077 coming out this month. I’m still interested in finishing it though.

January 2021 Goals

Complete Cyberpunk 2077: Currently I’m in Act 2 and have about 30 hours in the game. I’ve been splitting my time between this and a few other games recently but I would like to put more of a focus on completing this game this month. I’m not sure how much longer I have and depending on how much side content I want to do this is going to be quite a large goal.

Finish Athena’s Zone in Immortals: Fenyx Rising: I picked this game up in the Epic Store winter sale and have been playing it heavily. I already have about 20 hours into it and just finished up Aphrodite’s zone. I want to pull back from it a bit this month to leave more time for Cyberpunk so I’ll focus on just completing Athena’s zone this month.

Craft Thallasion, Shaper of the Currents: I don’t plan on playing a lot of Trove this month but I do plan on logging in every week and filling up my Dragon Coin Tomes and buying dragon coins with whatever cubits I get doing that. I already have the fragments so as long as I can get the dragon coins I need this will be a pretty low effort goal.

December 2020 Goals

November was filled with small stints in a lot of different games. In December I’m going to be focusing on two or three games this month. That’s the plan anyways we’ll see how long that lasts.

I’m setting my eyes on 3 dragons in Trove this month. I need 18 more Moonwing Dragon Souls to complete the last badge dragon. I’ve already unlocked the stat boost aura but still need the actual Dragon. This is where most of my dragon coins will be going.

I’m looking to collect the rest of the materials to hatch Typhandir, the Sundered Shield this month. I won’t have enough dragon coins to hatch him but the materials are locked behind time gates that I can knock out throughout the week.

Finally, I’m looking to get the rest of the sagely blue dragonscales for Shaoran, Sage of the Eastern Ranges. I realized last night that this one doesn’t require dragon coins so i can work on farming the last 24 scales I need to craft him.

I actually bought Shadowlands last week. I know, I know, I’m easily swayed…I’ve been leveling a mage this week and would like to see her at least get into the expansion before the end of the month. I’m currently level 25 so I’m confident I can hit that goal.

My last goal is to continue playing through The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky. I started this late last month and have been firing it up when I feel like playing a single player game. It’s a long game so I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish it this month but I want to keep up with it. Otherwise, it’ll end up in the bottomless pit that is my backlog.

Game Plan: June 2020

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Halfway through the year. In a lot of ways, it feels like we should be farther along but it also feels like it came out of nowhere. Luckily we’re heading straight towards summer and some beautiful weather.

I’m starting to feel a bit of a gaming rut coming on. I haven’t been too interested in much lately. I think sitting at my home desk for work and play is starting to take its toll. I’m frustrated with Phantasy Star Online 2, my Trove patron is running out which I’m not sure I’ll renew, and I don’t have a strong desire to play much of anything. This happens every so often but usually, it’s in the winter for me for some reason. A few weeks or a month off games and I’ll be back at it with a passion.

A week or two ago I decided I wanted to inline skate again. It’s something I loved to do back when I was growing up but fell out of it around high school. I’ve had this in my head a few times over the years but I never knew where to buy adult skates or if they came in my shoe size. I have big feet, shoe shopping is a nightmare. I figured while the weather’s nice I’d actually buy a pair. They’re on the way now and should be here by the end of the week!

May Goals in Review:

Most of May’s goals got sidetracked by the new Trove update. It’s what I played for most of the month. I enjoyed my time with it but don’t know how much longer I’ll be sticking around in Trove at this point.

Try out TemTem:  I played TemTem a few times in May. The problem is I’m playing with a friend co-op and out leveled him a bit. I’ve been waiting for him to catch up so I didn’t play this as much as I would have liked.

Play More Animal Crossing: Zero animals were crossed this month. I can safely say I’m over it. My wife still plays it every day and I watch her sometimes but I’ve had no desire to play myself.

Finish Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX: Nope didn’t touch it. Hard to say if I’ll ever finish it at this point. The desire wasn’t there this month

Read 1.5 books: This one I did and exceeded! I actually read 2.5 books this month. I finished Imaginary Friend. I wouldn’t recommend it, it’s long and the pay off isn’t worth slogging through the last half of the book. My wife recommended Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens which isn’t something I would have picked out on my own. I ended up finishing it in a week and would highly recommend it. My wife and I also book clubbed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman another book I wouldn’t have picked out but enjoyed immensely.

 

June Goals:

Like I said at the top of the post, I haven’t been in the gaming mood as of late. This will probably be a light month for posts overall. You never know, inspiration could strike again sooner than expected!

Participate in the To The Moon Play-Along: I’m still committed to participating in this event hosted by Naithin at Time to Loot. I think it’s a cool idea and I can definitely play the small time chunks it’s been divided up into.

Commit to playing group games on the weekend: Our weekend gaming sessions are the best way to keep in contact with my close friends across the country so I’ll still be playing and posting about those. We’ve decided to alternate GTFO and Warframe every week so we don’t get bored. GTFO is releasing a new lockdown next week so that will be a nice change of pace even though we didn’t finish the first one.

 

Game Plan: May 2020

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It’s the first of the month which means it’s time to get a game plan for next month. Hey, I like the sound of that…Let’s make it the title!

I can’t believe it’s May already. April felt like a long month but also a very short month thanks to focusing on Blapril. My personal goal for Blapril was to hit a post a day all month. I fell short on that by a few days in the beginning but I ended up with a decent amount of posts at the end. I always come out of these events with such a positive feeling about blogging. Technically, we have one more week to go as it doesn’t end until May 9th.

But it’s MAY! Which means it should start warming up here in Ohio and make this whole quarantine business a little less miserable. My job has extended our work from home arrangements until June so I’m looking forward to going outside a bit each day.

 

April Goals in Review

Finish Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX: I fired up this game up once to take a screenshot for this post. Otherwise, I haven’t touched it since. Most of my Switch time has been spent with Animal Crossing still since my wife is very much still into it.

Finish the Kingdoms of Amalur DLC: I actually forgot this was a goal. I thought 3 months away from the game was a big enough break. Turns out I need some more time away. I fired it up once, got to the DLC area, ran a quest or two, and never came back to it.

Start Tales of Berseria again: I personally blame this goal for the failure of the above goal. This was the majority of my gaming time in April. I had planned to start it but I ended up finishing it instead.

Read 2 Books:  In March I said I wanted to read Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky and was hoping to finish Deadhouse Gate by Steven Erikson. Neither of these things happened. Instead I read Unsouled by Will Wight which was super fun and a very quick read. I’m about half way through Imaginary Friend at the time of this writing.

 

May Goals

Try Out TemTem: I bought this a few weeks ago after my friend picked it up. I put about 2 hours into it and haven’t touched it since. I definitely need to spend more time with it to see if it’s something I’d like to continue playing.

Finish Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX: I’m doing it this time for reals. I’m pretty sure I’m near the end of it anyways. I may dabble in the endgame a bit but more than likely I’ll be satisfied playing through the campaign.

Play More Animal Crossing: As I mentioned before, my wife is super into this game right now. I on the other hand have not been playing all that often as of late. This becomes a problem when I’m the Resident Representative. By the time we figured out you couldn’t change this without deleting the whole island we were too far in. So I log in to do things that only the Resident Representative can do and then log off. Mostly so I could get back to Tales of Berseria But I’d like to get back into it like I was at the beginning of April.

Read 1.5 books: I’m going to finish Imaginary Friend this month. I also picked up the next book in Will Wight’s Cradle series SoulSmith from amazon since it was free along with the third book Blackflame.

April 2020 Goals

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I have a feeling there just won’t be as many jokes today. It’s still a very serious time for everyone. I received news yesterday that the date for working at home has been extended until at least May 1st. I didn’t think I’d miss going in to work. Working from home was cool for 2 weeks but the novelty has worn off. Plus, I think my cat is sick of me being home all the time…

Let’s take a look at the March goals:

Finish Epistory – Typing Chronicles: I did that! It only took me 2 play sessions to finish it up after I made it a goal.

Play More Neverwinter: I don’t think I’ve touched Neverwinter since the beginning of March and I don’t have much of a desire right now to go back.

Play Animal Crossing: New Horizons: I’m currently doing that and in an unexpected turn so is my wife. It’s been a blast to play together and send each other weird items we find. I’m looking forward to playing a lot more.

Read 2 books: So I sort of completed this. Technically one of the books I finished was mostly read in February but I finished it in March so I’m counting it. I read The Uploaded by Ferret Steinmetz and Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

April Goals

Finish Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX: This was one of the new games I bought this year. The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games are my favorite spin-off games of the franchise. I might even like them more than the mainline games. It’s an interesting mix of pokemon and rogue-like dungeon crawling. The gameplay is great the story is….not so much. I knew I’d play less of this when I got Animal Crossing and was trying to finish it up before then but I’d say I still have a ways to go.

Finish the Kingdoms of Amalur DLC: I’m ready to go back to this now. I had an idea where I would respec my character and try out a different class for both DLC’s but I kind of miss raining meteors down on my enemies.

Start Tales of Berseria again: This is the last game on my list that I wanted to play through. The issue is I had put 10 hours into this game at some point but don’t remember what’s going on. So when I tried to start over it felt like I’d done all this before. I think I’m just going to push past that feeling and try to get back into it.

Read 2 more books: During my time in isolation, I’ve been trying to maintain a good reading habit. Currently, I’m reading Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky and I’m hoping to finish Deadhouse Gate by Steven Erikson this month as well. We’ll see how that goes since they’re both lengthy titles.

March Goals

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Finish Epistory -Typing Chronicles: Not too long ago I posted a list of games I wanted to play I have gotten through that list surprisingly fast. I’m not sure how much of the game I have left but I can’t imagine it’s more than an hour or 2

Play more Neverwinter: I’m not far enough into the game to have specific goals for it. Lately, I haven’t been taking the time to play it even though I’ve been enjoying it. This month I’d like to put more time into it and progress.

Play Animal Crossing New Horizons: The last time I played an Animal Crossing game was on the Gamecube. My sister and I put so much time into that game. I’m excited about this new iteration and even more excited that my sister, who lives on the other side of the country, is also picking up a copy!

Read 2 Books: I’ve lowered my Goodreads Reading Challenge this year from 24 books to 15. I feel like it’s a more realistic goal these days. I’m at 4 finished books for the year so far and I’d like to keep the 2 a month going while I’m still in the reading mood. It’s usually toward the middle of the year I’ll read nothing and then find myself at the end of the year trying to catch up to my goal. This year I’ve made it a goal to start reading Steven Erikson’s Malazan series which are not short books. I finished one in January and I’m in the middle of the second book now.

My Next 5 Games to Finish

So far my goal of only purchasing a few games this year has been going well. I’m not entirely sure I’ll make it through the entire year, there’s bound to be something interesting released that I didn’t account for. I’ve found myself not hunting through the Steam Store when I don’t know what I want to play and instead hunt through my Steam Library.

A neat little feature of the Steam library is “Sort By Recent Activity” It really puts into perspective just how long you’ve been sitting on a game. I have unplayed games all the way back to 2014 the year of my very first Steam Sale. And it’s interesting to see what’s been left behind. I haven’t played Trove since October last year. I could have sworn I’d played Limbo not too long ago but there it is filed under 2017.

Anyways, the point is that I was looking back seeing what games were out there that I have been meaning to play but never did. The first one was Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning which I just finished up this week. Looking ahead there are some titles that I want to knock out before diving into another 50+ hour RPG. As much as I like long games for their entertainment to money value I’m feeling a little burnt on the whole open-world thing at the moment. So these next few games will be of the shorter, more linear, variety.

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To the Moon

I remember buying this in 2015. It’s one of those games that is always recommended in various Reddit threads for it’s stellar story and the fact that it was made in RPG maker. After the sprawling fantasy world and story of Amalur, I need a change of scenery. How Long to Beat clocks this game around 4 hours long. The perfect amount to finish in a weekend or with a few hours here and there throughout the week.

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Old Man’s Journey

Another short one. How Long to Beat has this one at 1.5 hours. I actually have no idea where this came from but probably a Humble Bundle of some sort. I like games that can be finished in one sitting. One of my favorite games of all time is Journey which is about an hour and a half. This game also looks pretty, kind of like an illustrated storybook.

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Little Nightmares

I picked this game up over the summer with the intent to stream it during October. My interest in streaming by myself has been non existant since the fall. It’s another short game but alos one that I like the style of. I’ve started it several times but never saw it to the end.

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Epistory -Typing Chronicles

This is another one of those games I felt like I played not to long ago. Giving it another look in steam it seems I haven’t played it in 2 years…I liked the gimmick of playing an adventure game played with typing. Combat is based around typing words and so is unlocking doors and solving puzzles.

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Tales of Berseria

I’m thinking that by the time I’ve finished the above 4 games I’ll be ready to dive into another lengthy RPG. I actually put some time into this last February and I have about 10 hours clocked. However, I don’t remember a single thing about the story so I’m going to be starting over. I absolutely loved Tales of Zestiria so I’m looking forward to this one!

 

Limiting New Games in 2020

When I told my wife my New Years’ resolution this year she laughed and said: “I don’t believe you.” I told her I wasn’t buying any new games this year and would finish the ones I already had. Then I thought about it some more and I agree with her I couldn’t do it. So I refined said resolution to buying only games that I know I want to play as soon as I buy them.  Currently, there are only 3 coming out in 2020 that meet these criteria.

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  2. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
  3. Cyberpunk 2077

I can confidently say that 20 days into 2020 I have purchased 0 new games on a whim. So far so good.  I also decided that DLC for games I finish is fine to buy if I want to play it and free to play games I’ve already played are fair game as well. Right now my stable of games include Warframe, Monster Hunter World, Sanctum 2, and Kingdoms of Amular: Reckoning

I love New Year’s resolutions. Sure they may seem silly sometimes and cliche I think they’re still worth making. It’s a chance to look at the year ahead and think about, in a perfect world what would I like to accomplish this year.

We’re gonna get personal here for a minute. For the first time since I graduated college some 5 years ago, I’m content with where my life and career are right now. I spent the first few years out of college trying to figure out what I was going to do with a BA in History. In 2018, I started a career in IT and as of a month ago landed at one of the best places to work in my area. So I am really grateful that I can stop chasing the next job and settle into a place for a few years. Perfect timing for a less serious resolution.