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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
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.
Towards the end of every year, I have periods where I totally lose all interest in gaming. I’m never sure when it’s going to be but it’s usually around November/December. I never know how long it’s going to last and it’s usually because my interest shifts to reading more. I think sometimes I just need a break from the hobby. I always come back though, and with a renewed vigor. This year it happened to come in September and it turns out it’s hard to post to a gaming blog when you don’t actually play any games. It’s safe to assume I didn’t hit any of my gaming goals last month. Well except for Trove. Getting dragons isn’t too hard when there are a ton of podcasts I wanted to catch up on.
But alas, it’s October. I love October. In the beginning, Fall is starting to get underway and all the colors change., in the middle we have horror movies galore, and we cap it all off with Halloween,
As much as I love the horror genre, I’ve never played through a horror game. I picked up 2 in the summer sale this year, Outlast and Observer, for just this occasion. I’m hoping to get through at least one of them. They aren’t too long, 5 and 7 hours respectively, so even an hour a night I can finish them by the end of the month. I’m leaning towards playing Observer first due to its sci-fi setting.
Progression in Trove has been slow going. I’m still working towards getting more dragons that I already have the eggs for. Upon the docket this month is Aurym, Keeper of Histories andDraccolatl, The Mellower. Aurym because he looks cool and Draccolatl because the fragments have been sitting in my inventory for a good 6 months.
Finally, I plan on puttering around Star Wars the Old Republic a bit this month. One of the books I’ve been reading in September is Champions of the Force by Kevin J Anderson. It’s the third book in the Jedi Academy Trilogy and it’s reminded me how much I like the Star Wars expanded universe. Plus with an expansion on the way at the end of the month it seems like a good time to dip my toes in.
I’ve always felt like September was the start of fall. Though technically the autum equinox isn’t until the end of the month. But it’s around this time that Halloween decorations go up in stores, pumpkin spice late’s come out, and things start to cool off.
Last month I had a few gaming goals and I completed exactly half of one, maybe 2/3rds of one. I wanted to get into Heavensward in FFXIV in the first half of the month. It turns out my playtime this subscription would be limited to one weekend and I that was enough for me. I just didn’t feel the need to go back and I’m not sure why. In general, I like FFXIV, I have fun when I play it but it’s never been sticky for me. Ah well, it’ll be there when the mood strikes again.
I wanted to beat 2 recent steam purchases. I was working on The Last Door Season 2 at the begining of the month. I did end up completing that game in the beginning of the month. I wanted to complete one more and was deciding between AgarestL Generations of War and Valkyria Chronicles. Ultimately, I went with Valkyria Chronicles. While I didn’t beat the game yet I’ve spent a good chunk of time playing it this month. It’s currently sitting at 7 hours. How Long to Beat says the main story takes about 31 hours so I have a ways to go.
As Valkyria Chronicles is a longer game I’m aiming to beat just this one game this month. I’ve been good about not buying more games than I’ve beaten over the last month. Of course purchasing a second monitor didn’t leave me with a whole lot of fun money to spend on games. I’m not sure that I’ll actually make this one though. Borderlands 3 comes out September 13th which will probably take up much of my gaming time.
I’m still up for exploring WoW Classic this month. I haven’t had a whole lot of time to spend with the game since the release. I’m looking forward to this 3 day weekend to put in some serious time with it. We’ll see if I’ll be resubing at the end of the month
This may be the first time Trove has made it into one of these gaming goals posts. I’m still enjoying Trove on a daily basis and will be getting another patron pass this month. I’m looking to add another dragon, possibly 2 to my collection this month. I’m looking to get Dracocolatl, The Mellower and Erel, The Ironbolt as my next two. I’m only missing Dragon coins for these so it’s just a matter of time. For the major downtime earlier this week we were given a Golden Dragon Effigy. This unlocks a random legendary dragon and I would hate to use it and get one of these two when I’m so close to buying them.
This arguably is the most important month of the year to have some goals. Something to guide me over the course of the month. Something that I will probably largely ignore and see how much I’ve actually done in September when we do this all again. No, but seriously I like these posts, I like reading these posts from other people, and I like writing these posts.
So without further ado: August Gaming Goals!
I’m subbed up until August 14th I believe. In that time I would like to get into Heavensward and see some of the stories before deciding to resub or not.
I’m aiming to beat 2 recently acquired games from my backlog this month. The first is The Last Door- Season 2 which I’m already halfway through. No, it’s not cheating…The other I haven’t decided on yet. I’m leaning torn between Agarest: Generations of War and Valkyria Chronicles. I’ll see what I feel like playing once I’m dome with The Last Door.
I have an ideal goal of posting all 31 days of August. I have a more solid and probably more attainable goal of posting more than I did last year in the month of August. I’m also trying to comment more and participate more in the community this year. Y’all are awesome bloggers but I am very much a lurker at heart.
It’s October! Haloween, horror movies, haunted houses, pumpkin patches, and hayrides. I love this time of year it’s the beginning of the months of holidays and fair weather before it’s cold and miserable. Especially in Ohio where we won’t see warm weather and clear roads until May.
So let’s take a look back at September’s goals. I know I probably sound like a broken record but I haven’t had that much time for gaming lately. I lost interest in gaming for a couple weeks in September and ended up reading a fair bit more than I have been. It was a welcome change. October will likely be the same so I’m keeping my goals short this month.
Complete Guild Wars 2 Living Story Season 2 and start Heart of Thornes. I wasn’t expecting the Living World to have so much content. I’m still making my way through it and I’m a little over halfway through I’m starting to feel like Guild Wars 2 is a great game to drop in and out of every once and a while when the mood strikes but I think I’ve had my fill for the time being.
Beat at least one game from my backlog. I beat Hiveswap Act 1 and really enjoyed it. I’ll keep an eye out for Act 2 but I don’t expect it anytime soon.
FIgure out a writing schedule. Still a work in progress.
Finish a book. I actually finished 2 this month. The first one was The Regulators by Richard Bachman (Stephen King) and the second was Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan. Maybe one of these days I’ll write some book reviews.
Finish another game from my backlog. Sure one game a month doesn’t do much for chipping things away at things but it gets me in the mindset to play a single player game once in a while.
FInish another book. I get these intense bouts of wanting to read and lately, I’ve been wanting to read some fantasy, a genre I haven’t read in at least a year.
It’s the beginning of September which means a few things.
The weather will start to get cooler. As much as I love summer, autumn is my absolute favorite time of the year.
Halloween decorations will be going up in stores and in my apartment.
Pumpkin Spice will make its way into every imaginable food and beverage. I know I’m excited.
It also means I’m going to review my goals from last month and set some new ones for this month. So let’s talk about August. I had very few goals for August and only managed to complete one of them.
Post every day for the month of August. This didn’t happen but I did manage to get 16 posts out which doubled my post count for the year and pushed me above 100 total posts. It also rekindled my love of writing and blogging, so I’m counting that as a win.
Finally, beat Guild Wars 2 personal story. I totally did that, it took all month but I completed it and it was pretty meh. But I’m glad I went through it and can finally start moving on to the rest of the game. In fact, Guild Wars 2 was my most played game in August.
Beat a game from my backlog. Nope didn’t happen I was too caught up in Guild Wars 2.
Complete Guild Wars 2 Living World Season 2 and start Heart of Thorns. I’m not sure how long it will take to get through Season 2 but I’m already progressing at a steady clip so I’m thinking a month is plenty of time.
Beat at least one game from my backlog. I have them all sorted by time to beat and I’m still in the 1-3 hour playtime range so I should be able to get through one of them.
Figure out a writing schedule. This one is a little more ambiguous. Trying to post everyday last month was fun but I couldn’t do it consistently. I want to figure out a good time to write and a posting schedule that I can keep fairly consistent.
Finish a book. Not gaming related but I always participate in the yearly reading challenge through Goodreads and I always start strong and find myself scrambling at the end of the year to catch up. I actually need to read 2 books a month to complete my goal of 24 books this year but I’ve been slacking lately.
It’s officially the start of Blaugust and this year I’m actually going to try and push out a post every day for the month. There’s been so much activity over on the discord that I’ve been motivated to get posting after a very long hiatus. Nothing gets me more excited than a little challenge and a community around it. I did start this blog for the Newbie Blogger Initiative 2016 after all. It’s also been super motivating this last week reading all of the Blaugust prep week posts. I think I may like reading about writing a bit more than actually writing.
It’s hard to believe I’ve been at this for 2 years now. I haven’t been around lately as I’ve taken up another project with a few friends to start up a twitch channel. But twitch is starting to lose a little of it’s appeal as the summer gets into full swing and I really do miss writing. So here I am, back for at least the month of August and hopefully more regularly in the future.
As it’s the beginning of the event and the beginning of the month I thought I’d outline some goals for August. Mostly because I like reading other peoples monthly goal posts and I like to try to write stuff that I would like to read. That’s my only tidbit of blogging wisdom right there.
Post every day for the month of August.
Finally beat Guild Wars 2 core story
Beat a game from my backlog because I haven’t done that in a while
I’m not sure what I’ll be writing about this month. I’ve been wrapping up a few games I’ve been playing for a long time. I’ve got a clean slate as far as gaming goes right now but that makes things even more exciting.
This month I came back to the blog after a few months hiatus. It’s good to be back! I didn’t have any goals for myself in June. I was testing a few games out seeing what I wanted to stick with for a while. I’ve mostly been playing around with a mix of Guild Wars 2, Trove, and a few single player games. I also started a character on the new Everquest 2 TLE server Fallen Gate.
Get my Guild Wars 2 Elementalist to 50. I’m looking forward to spending more time in Tyria doing the personal story and exploring the world. As far as I remember the leveling didn’t slow down that much and I’m having a blast completing the zone maps.
Level my Coercer to 20 on the Everquest 2 Fallen Gate server. I’m subbed up until the end of July and I’m still curious about EQ2. So far I’m really enjoying the world, the quests, and the class. It’s been a slow start, I’m only level 10, but it’s been quite a different experience than what I’m used too. I’m looking forward to getting out of the New Halas starting zone and seeing something other than an icy tundra and water.
Get my last gear piece to Stellar, the highest gear tier, in Trove and possibly get to level 26. This is the first time I’ve had any sort of goal for Trove but now that it’s my go to podcast listening game I’ve been spending more time in it. I’ve never payed much attention to gear progression in Trove. Like everything else it’s a grind requiring a mix of crafting materials, money, and items locked behind weekly Shadow Towers. I’m really close to getting the last Shadow Tower item I need before I can start to try and catch up to my friends. Right now my Pirate Captain is sitting at level 25. After 20 the XP slows waaaayyyy down so who knows how far I’ll get level wise when I only play 30 minutes a day.
Finish Batman: Arkham Asylum. Currently I’m about 7 hours in and I don’t think I have all that longer to go. The game’s story appears to be rapping up and at the moment I’m not all that interested in finding all the collectibles. There are a few challenge levels I might try though.
After about 9 months and 300 hours later I’ve finally gotten myself through ARR. It’s not that I didn’t like the content or the story but I couldn’t decide what class I wanted to play, I had to try them all and after I found one I really liked and leveled to 50 I’d find another I liked and start the process over. I really got to know all the ARR dungeons well after leveling a White Mage, a Bard, a Dragoon, and a Ninja to 50 before I completed the Main Scenario.
Finishing the 2.XX content and getting into Heavensward: Its only been 3 months since I installed Heavensward, it’s about time I actually get to play it.
Level Monk to 42: I keep seeing that Mantra is a good cross class skill for a lot of dps classes.While I’m not particularly loving the pugilist right now it is fun to punch things and I’ll be using my Leveling Roulettes on this.
On the Backlog Front:
I finished 3 games this month which is more than I’ve finished in a while. I now have Final Fantasy 1, Azkend 2: The World Beneath, and Risk of Rain under my belt.
Finish a Steam game: I’ve been playing a lot of games on my PS4 and PS Vita but my steam backlog needs some love. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with my steam games organized by game length or not but there are some games on the sidebar that I’d like to play so I’ll probably pick one of those.