June in review Summer 2018 has turned out really strange for me, as I’ve been introducing a lot more single-player games into my diet, including Fallout 4, The Sims 4, and Pillars of Eternity. Don’t regret any of these, as I am enjoying the variety and making more progress in all of these games than before. I went on a few outings with my Dungeons and Dragons Online group as we plowed through lowbie quests on insanely high difficulty levels. As a Druid healer, it’s been an interesting challenge! I’m all caught up again in Secret World Legends, having finished up South Africa with a really trippy boss encounter inside Marquard’s mansion. Star Trek Online: Victory is Life has kind of underwhelmed me so far, although I’ve only completed two of the seven missions. Lord of the Rings Online only received two sessions from me, as I pushed further into Mirkwood and did the new summer picnic instance. I spent most of the month in a holding pattern in World … [Read more...] about Syp’s Gaming Goals for July 2018
Sims 4 challenges
Lately I’ve been overdosing on some serious Sims 4 time (blame the Seasons expansion announcement for this!) and indulging in my long-standing passion for player housing. I don’t always get that fix in every MMO I play — looking sideways at you, Blizzard — but I do enjoy expressing myself and seeing what other players have come up in their own living spaces. Let’s take a tour of some excellent virtual abodes today! We’ll start with Rees Racer: “I’ve been a Elder Scrolls Online plus player for… a long time. I don’t buy much, so I had some crowns to spend. I eventually purchased the Alinor Crest Townhouse in Summerset. I’m a Bosmer, and it’s technically Altmer architecture, but I really like the colours and the courtyard fountain, and I’m fairly certain I saved the rule of Queen Ayrenn a few years ago. It’s more extravagant (like all High Elf accoutrements) than I need (or like), but I earned it.” … [Read more...] about One Shots: Better virtual homes and gardens
I apologize for being quiet around here lately. Between my real job picking up with a big new project and my own little side adventure I’ll be getting into in the moment, I haven’t had a lot of time to post. It happens. But hey, that’s just the bad news. The good news is you’ll have a chance to see a lot more of me coming soon if you enjoy my trademark wit, dry observations, and eccentric ramblings. We are going live on Twitch! Previously I had been testing the waters out with the Premiere system – kind of like YouTube videos on Twitch but with the videos premiering “Live” at a set point before being added to an archive. Now the current plan is still to do those, but augment it with nights where I’ll be broadcasting games live. The premieres will be used for migrating my YouTube archive over to Twitch, weeks were I know I won’t be available, or for videos I need to do more post-production work on … [Read more...] about Welcome to the (Live) Show!
So… YouTube is kind of… a mess? A clusterf***? I dunno. While I have never monetized my videos, nor do I have any stated desire to do so, I have a hard time swallowing using a platform that continues to show utter contempt for their user base as YouTube. So I’ve been investigating other places to upload my videos for sometime but continuously found other sites lacking in terms of tools and features that I would like to make use of. Everything from restrained video lengths to locking HD uploads behind a subscriber account – it just looked like YouTube was the best option. But low and behold, my favorite gaming streaming site sends me an email the other week about they are starting to offer pre-recorded uploads as an option. So yeah, it looks like the Land of Odd is rolling into Twitch. Starting at 6pm PST on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018, we will be launching the Land of Odd channel at www.Twitch.tv/Vrykerion with a … [Read more...] about The Land of Odd on Twitch!
Last year, I proposed a simple goal for myself. To produce 12 YouTube videos for this site in 12 months. I dubbed it the 12-in-12 goal. I figured that it would be a simple enough goal. That’s one video a month. With a goal of one year, so if I fell behind or had technical issues, I had wiggle room to recover. However, despite my attempts to do so, I only managed to produce 4 videos. The next four episodes of the Sims 4 Shakespeare Monkey Challenge. (They have managed to actually make some progress finally it seems. Though it occurred to me that 365 days in the Sims 4 is a lot more than a year. It’s more along the line of 4.5 lifetimes. Had to readjust some of that math or they ALL would die of old age.) And while I had planned some additional fun videos, including one of the worst RPGs I ever found on Steam and some horror games for the Fall, things just kind of never came together. Partially because the second half of … [Read more...] about The 12 in 12 Experiment: Failed(?)