A Window of Opportunity

On my drive in to work today I had a little moment of clarity while thinking about what games I’m going to be playing.  The only two I really feel like playing are Warband and Rimworld.  Both I have already played a ton but both also have an insane amount of replayability for me.  As far as I know there isn’t anything that I’m really looking forward to coming out anytime soon so it would appear that I have a chance to go further in these games than I normally would.

Obviously first up is going to be Warband as that is what I have been playing recently.  I’m only playing Native so no mods and honestly I can’t remember what usually stops me in Native but I think it was being limited in number of troops I have.  Luckily I think I now know how to solve that problem, grinding.  Also reading people’s stuff on the subreddit it seems like as long as you have highly trained troops the army size limit isn’t that big of a deal.  The biggest thing in starting your own kingdom is to have lots of potential followers ready so that you can give them fiefs and have them fight for you.

I’ve also wanted to try this little thing I read about some guy doing where he would only ride around with like 8 companions and no troops and that was apparently enough for success in most of the fights he was in.  Maybe he was full of shit, iunno, but I’ve been curious to try it ever since.  Though I imagine that is more of an endgame idea when you’ve got the best armor and weapons on yourself and companions.

Right now I’m just a Swadian vassal with one tiny fief village.  I’ve got 4 enterprises set up in Swadian cities.  My money is pretty good around 30k.  My Renown is ok and right to rule is pretty low still.  I’m friends with the Marshal, his uncle, and I’ve been working on the king but there is only so much I can do to make him like me.  I think my plan for now is to keep living the vassal life, I want to get more fiefs and thus more money.

Can’t forget to keep grooming NPCs to join me when I try and take over the world.  I’ve also got to get a little better at the downtime between wars.  The good news is that I’ve done this so many times that I know mostly what to do even if I forget in the moment occasionally.

As for Rimworld I would like to try and build the spaceship again.  I think they made it so when you start building it (at least when you turn on the reactor) that it starts a 15 day timer.  When this timer is happening the reactor is warming up and also creating a signal that can be tracked across the planet.  This means that you will be attacked by waves and waves of bullshit until the 15 days are up and the ship is ready.  The last time I built the ship and escaped this feature wasn’t in, so maybe I’m not as capable as I previously thought?  We shall see.

Monday August 6 2018 Mind Dump

There’s a few things I’d like to mention today.  D&D stuff, Rimworld, WoW/mmo’s in general and of course the central theme tying all of these things together: ME!

D&D

Our D&D group has had a few changes since I last wrote about it.  Not sure exactly where I left off but I think we were doing two campaigns while still playing once a week, alternating campaigns each week.  Well the DM for my first campaign ever kind of went MIA which left the rest of us kind of wondering what to do.  One of the other players stepped up and started DMing a new campaign for us.  Same schedule as before where we alternate campaigns each week.  Well everyone kind of decided after a month or two that we should just stick to one campaign.

So now we are just a Curse of Strahd campaign.  Since one of our players has some time off right now we have also started playing twice a week when we can.  This has led to us kind of bulldozing through the Strahd content.  You’re supposed to end this module around level 10 or so, we are currently 7 though will probably be 8 soonish since we are almost out of stuff to do besides going and fighting Strahd.  I got my first magic item that is sort of intended for me to use it but it isn’t a finesse weapon.  My character is kind of designed to use a finesse weapon since I have a feat that allows me to use my reaction to add my proficiency bonus to my AC when I’m hit, but only if I’m holding a finesse weapon.  My DM/roommate has said that when we take some of our “time off” (as characters) after Strahd that I could learn to use it as a finesse weapon which is cool.

My character feels kind of overpowered at times.  I didn’t feel like I was powergaming when I made him, I was just reading the PHB and wanted to be something a little different so I chose a melee ranger.  But I am definitely one of the main damage dealers in our group and at times it has felt a little ridiculous how much damage I do compared to others.  I feel like my roommate/dm has heard me mention that a couple times now after we finish a session and talk more in the kitchen and I’m thinking maybe that is why he is presenting me with this magic weapon dilemma.  My choices are going to be: not change anything, use the spear instead of my rapier which could result in reduced damage (I haven’t identified the spear yet) as well as losing my +3 ac for my reaction, and using the spear and the rapier and dropping my shield which would lose me I think 2 AC and also +2 damage for my fighting style being dueling.  I won’t really know what I’m doing until I identify the spear and know what it does but I am going to have to be careful especially since we’re coming up on Strahd soonish.

I’ve been trying to RP more how I think my character would behave.  He only has 9 intelligence (10 is considered average) which I’ve read can mean like maybe he doesn’t quite follow trains of thought.  He also has like 14 or so Wisdom which means he is generally correct with his thoughts so it is kind of confusing combining the two.  Plus it feels like we haven’t had as much “time” to explore the RP side of our characters since Strahd is all about fearing for your life at all times and just trying to survive.  But since we’re getting near the end we’ve all started working on our backstories and just last session we had a bit of RP after a successful mission and we got to mention a few things about ourselves which was nice.  I’m really looking forward to getting the fuck out of Barovia and back into Faerun.

Rimworld

My awesome Rimworld save that I talked about last time I am kind of abandoning.  I still have the save file so I can go back to it but it is kind of ridiculous right now.  I’ve got like 10-12 people, pretty much all of them can shoot and tend people medically successfully, like what more can I ask for?  I feel like I could easily take them to a winning game though I guess I’m not 100% sure, which is why I’m saving it.  One of the things that kind of sucks is that I’m on the unstable version which means almost everytime I go to load a save it lets me know that my save version doesn’t match the current version (because it patched in the night or something).  Now you can load it anyway and I have and it seems fine but I still worry that it’ll fuck something up.  I could disable autoupdates in Steam but, fuck that.

So what I’ve started doing instead is trying out the new Scenario they’ve added.  Normally the scenarios are: start with 3 colonists and some supplies, start with 5 colonists except you’re all tribal morons without technology and research is a nightmare (one of my old favorites), and sole survivor where you are one really rich guy with phat loot that can fuck shit up or something.  The new scenario though is like naked and afraid or some shit.  You are one person, you land with nothing, you’re naked, life fuckin sucks and it is great.  So far I’ve failed during my first raid like 3 times but the last attempt I think I finally knocked him out, took him prisoner, and am working on food so I can feed myself and this prisoner while I recruit him so he can make my life easier.  I’ve also been starting in good ol’ Arid Shrubland for this scenario as Desert/Tundra seemed like too much of a challenge for me right now.  But it is, at least so far, a much shorter stint into fun for Rimworld.  It’s more of just a “can I do it?” for me right now.  I just really love Rimworld.

WoW/mmos in general

After my little foray on a trial account last week or so into WoW my roommate got bored and decided to play it again after a long ass time.  For some reason this made me resub as well but god damn.  I just don’t know if I care about these fuckin games anymore man.  I’ve been trying to unlock the Allied Races just so I have them as an option you know, but god damn, rep grind on a fucking timer makes me want to fuckin die so much.  I do not see me being able to WoW it up until maybe the expansion comes out, but even then, I have my doubts that it will work out for me.

But, there is still hope for me and MMOs.  Just this weekend I was able to start another DAoC free trial and have played a Warrior for a few hours.  Literally all I’m doing is leveling, DAoC PvE in familiar zones I’ve been in since like 2001 or some shit, but it is something I can just do and feel content with.  The big thing stopping me with DAoC is the endgame and the gap between reaching max level and actual RvR.  I really just like leveling in that game and grinding for money for some reason.

For some reason I’ve convinced myself that Pantheon will be a good game for me.  Historically I haven’t really been an EQ player though I did have fun with Vanguard while I could.  But maybe since I’m older and stuff I’m more open to the things I didn’t use to be.  I know as soon as SWGEmu is done and releases their servers that I will probably disappear for a month at least while I grind that shit while marathon watching every Star Wars related movie there is.  Who knows when that will happen though, the good news is that my list of Star Wars movies keeps growing bigger.

 

Anyways, that is it for me.  I picked up This is the Police 2 and it is pretty cool, kind of Rimworldy a little in the sense that you have to make due with what you have and the people can be quirky.  Also along those lines is Oxygen Not Included, which I haven’t bought yet but am definitely considering.  Maybe I’ll have more on those next time!

I could never be your blogger

Hello google bots, thanks for scrubbin my page and cachin it or whatever it is you do here.

I’d like to do more here in terms of things I used to do but every time I open a new post and start typing something either comes up or I just feel like I don’t have anything to say.  I recently caught up with an old blogger friend and we reminisced about the good times and bad in the ol blogosphere/mmo world.  It was cool to reconnect not only with the person but with my mentality from that time.

Thinking about it now I used to kind of always have a little program running in the background of my brain that was constantly thinking things like “what should I write about next?”, “should I increase the size of my blog roll to try and get more traffic or keep it to only people I read regularly?”, even things like “what game should I play or revisit that I can get some good content out of?”.  Realizing that helped paint the picture that of course I’ve been feeling like I don’t have anything to write about, I’m not even trying to anymore!

I’ve always kind of internally viewed my blog as sort of a creative outlet and perhaps I’ve finally got some other outlets nowadays with D&D as well as toying around with Gamemaker occasionally.  They definitely scratch different itches.  D&D is more of the imaginative/wondrous itch whereas Gamemaker is more of a logical itch I guess.  I’m not quite sure what kind of itch writing my blog would be categorized as and maybe that is also part of my problem.  I feel like nowadays I’ve mainly been using it as sort of a “look at how cool I am!” tool whereas thinking about how I did things in the past I would sometimes feel like I made a “profound” connection between certain game systems or player behavior or some shit.

So I guess what I’m saying is maybe I’ll try and leave the blogger.exe process running in the background more often, see what comes of it.  Gaming wise I feel like I have a pretty full plate.

I’ve been playing Rimworld like it’s fucking crack.  I beat it once a while ago but I’m now opted into the unstable version of 1.0 and also always starting in Extreme Desert.  I haven’t played in one of the safer biomes in a while, I like the Tundra/Desert challenge.  I think the thing I like more than anything though is building everything out of stone, because fuck wood (obviously).  Just this weekend I played through maybe 4 or 5 colonies, getting like 4-5 hours in before some fuckin shit happened that spelled defeat.  One time I ended up acquiring too many nonviolent colonists which caused raiders to outnumber my combat people by an unmanageable amount.  Another time I was trying to recruit prisoners more (I normally never do this) and while installing a vent in a prisoners room he fuckin bolted.  When I tried to arrest him he somehow ripped my dudes leg off, instead of having a dude with a pegleg that early on I just started over.  Another colony ended abruptly when I was out caravaning (also something I don’t normally do but am trying to moreso now) and had a few wounded caravan members during a fight with some mfkers.  Things were going well enough during my assault but I needed to heal some people and my last guy standing (while waiting for others to heal and stand again) went berserk and started meleeing the last enemy (who was manning a mortar that we weren’t in range of, thus being harmless) who promptly beat him down.  Since my 3 members in the caravan were now indisposed that meant they were all lost.  But my most current colony is probably my best so far, I’ve got like 7-8 colonists, only like 1 is nonviolent, almost everyone has like 6-8 medical skill, lots of good shooters, my power situation is good, food as well, pretty much everything comin up Millhouse.

But that’s enough of my Rimworld ramblin.  I’ve got some other things on my docket.  I’d like to take another run at No Man’s Sky since their NEXT update.  I also would like to start getting into Pillars of Eternity 2 even though I didn’t quite finish 1 (I did spoil it for myself so I can just play 2 though).  Someone was tryin to get me to play some WoW recently and I was kind of tempted though I’ll probably wait for the expansion.  Funnily enough last night my roommate actually said he was gonna start playing it again too which is not like him at all lol.  I’ve also been kind of working on an idea for D&D, maybe trying to DM a little bit with my own story, who knows, I’ve only been working on the story in my head but I think it could really entice some players.

Anyways, I’ve spent like 30+ minutes writing this shit and I feel like I’ve gotten enough out.  The title was just a play on that song “I could never be your woman” as it came on  my pandora when I clicked add new post.