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This time we’re talking about something a little bit more positive than a horror game. If you want to read the last post, which was about the game “Layers of fear“, just click on it’s name. I’ve invited my dear blogger friend Karalee to talk about this with me since we both play this.

K: Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is a fun and addictive game where you run your own campsite. You can choose from natural, sporty, cute, cool, and rustic themes for your tent and amenities (I personally choose cute because I could not resist the cuteness!) You can mix and match themes, and you can have a higher friendship with animals that match your theme and get more items from them (shirt, furniture, and picture), but you can invite any animal to your camp once you meet their special requests for furniture. One thing I love about this game is that you can craft all different furniture to decorate your camp and camper with and make it yours. Another big part of the game is fulfilling requests for the animals to raise their friendship and get special rewards. This part can seem tedious at times, but it is necessary for when you want them to move into your campsite where you can host 8 animals at a time.

When the game first came out, there was not much to do besides crafting furniture and fulfilling requests for the animals, but now there is a garden area and events! In the garden you can plant flowers which you can trade for potted plants, tables, and shirts to name a few items. The Holiday and New Year’s events included limited-time furniture to craft and clothing as rewards. I know during the events I play a lot more because I want to craft all the furniture. There has also been smaller events like Host the Most where you got rewards for hosting new animals and Friend Frenzy where you got rewards for having a certain amount of friends. New animals and furniture as always being added to the game, and I cannot wait until clothing crafting is added because the only way to get clothes is from the market, which resets every 6 hours. This game is addictive because I want to play at least every time the market resets, and when new animals move every 3 hours. There are also daily quests and long-term quests to complete. You can buy leaf tickets with real money, but the game is not paid-to-win and you can get plenty of leaf tickets from rewards and leveling up.

L: In the screenshots above, you can see me visiting Karalee’s campsite (she’s the blondie), visiting friends and giving them Kudos or watering their plants is part of the ‘social’ function of the game. There is no in-game chat but it’s nice to be able to visit whenever you feel like it. Your friends can also appear in other camping sites in your game. You can also recruit your friends to help you get into an area called Shovelstrike Quarry, where you can receive different rewards.

As Karalee mentioned above, you fulfill requests from animals all around the campsites, and sometimes they trigger a special scene like you can see below. It is usually, but not always, one of the last requests for the day. I think the small events are super cute. They give me more of a sense of achievement when fulfilling them instead of receiving the usual reward of crafting materials and/or special holiday/event items and friendship levels.

 

 

We’ve mentioned decorating your camper, in the left screenshot below you can see a picture from my camper. I’ve crafted furniture to replace the standards that came with it. It was just cream colored bulky furniture and I didn’t enjoy it. You can upgrade your camper and add a second floor to it. I’m not quite sure just how they can fit a second floor on a camper van but it is a video game so I cannot really question the logic of it. I’ve also found out from playing most of the Animal Crossing games that I am a cat hoarder. I have three in real life, and now I have three hosted on my campsite. Usually people mix and match animals but I just love the animals. I really hope I’ll be able to meet my favorite, Olivia, in the game soon!

 

 

So yeah, that was a bit about Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. Have you played it before? Or have you played any Animal Crossing games at all? 

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My 2017 absolute favorites

Lise —  December 31, 2017 — 18 Comments

Make up & Skincare

L’Oreal Pure Clay Illuminating Cleansing Gel

This is a clay gel cleanser and it works really well! It shares a lot of properties with it’s clay mask sibling and I love it. It always works so well for me. You can read my review of it by clicking here.

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ELF Lip Exfoliator

This is basically just a lip scrub in lipstick form. It’s very convenient and easy to use and it always leaves my lips feeling soft and refreshed. You can read my review on it by clicking here.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in “Galactic Mauve”.

This is my all time ever favorite lipstick. The color is perfect, it’s not too flashy nor too dull and it works for every occasion. I use it as often as I can and I wouldn’t trade it for anything ( I think). You can read my full review on it by clicking here.

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IsaDora Hypo Allergenic Mascara in “Black”

This is an allergy friendly mascara that works fairly well in keeping my lashes looking good. I have tried other non allergy friendly mascaras that work a lot better but they also irritate my eyes so I’d rather feel comfortable while wearing it instead. You can read my review of this by clicking here.

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Books

The Lunar Chronicles series

These books are written by Marissa Meyer and are all about the android Cinder and her journey through life. We meet lots of interesting characters and there is a lot of conflict, and even romance! I was introduced to the series by Michala and I instantly fell in love with it. I don’t think I have ever read four books as fast as I read these. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves young adult fiction.

The Icewall trilogy

This is a trilogy set in the Dragonlance universe and it’s written by Douglas Niles. We follow the stories of Kerrick the Elf, Moreen the Arktos woman and Grimwar Bane, the ogre king. The first two books are really good, and while the last lacks a bit of the spark the first two has, it’s still pretty solid.

Dragon Age: Asunder

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This novel is my favorite out of the five Dragon Age novels that I have read, with The Masked Empire in a close second spot. In this one we get more backstory on one of my absolute favorite characters from the universe; Cole. He has always been a mystery and it feels so.. satisfying to finally know more? Yeah, it does. It’s a good read for anyone who is a fan of the video game series and wants to know more of the lore.

Games

Stardew Valley

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Stardew Valley is a farming/life simulator of sorts, heavily inspired by Harvest Moon and maybe games like Rune Factory. You inherit a farm, have to grow crops and collect items to restore the community center, or sell out to Joja Corp and buy everything instead. There’s relationships, a sense of accomplishment and it’s a game that is very easy to get addicted to.

The elder scrolls V: Skyrim

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Ah, then there’s this, a game where I have invested thousands of hours into the original. I made the mistake of noticing I hadn’t played the special edition too much on pc so I didn’t have any of the achievements.. Which meant that now I definitely have to get them… I love skyrim, I’m just not ready to lose my life to it again. It’s an amazing adventure role playing game and I would recommend it to anyone, well, anyone who is interested at least. I don’t really know what to say about it, I have talked about Skyrim a lot before in the game section of my blog.

The elder scrolls online

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The Elder Scrolls Online, also known as ESO, is an online multiplayer roleplaying game published by Zenimax and Bethesda, and it is in the Elder Scrolls universe. The gameplay takes place in many locations used in earlier games which gives the player a sense of belonging, a sense of recognition. Areas might look a bit different since it is set in a different era but you can still recognize things here and there. I wrote a post about it and the Morrowind expansion a while ago, you can read the whole thing here. It’s a great game, and pretty much never ending.

Fallout Shelter

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Fallout Shelter is a mobile game and it’s like a vault simulator. You run a vault, you build rooms, train vault dwellers, go on quests and craft items. You’re the overseer and everyone does your bidding. You also control the population by attracting dwellers, mating them or kicking them out/strategically get them killed. You can also craft themes for certain rooms to make your vault more personalized. They also change themes automatically during Christmas and other holidays.

 

What have you loved this year? Also, Happy New Year! I hope 2018 will be an amazing year for you. 

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How many fucking lines of coke did the creators of this game do exactly? – A youtube commenter on the game’s trailer.

Layers of fear is a psychological horror game and it scared the shit out of me. You play as a painter who is trying to piece together his magnum opus, while experiencing hallucinations of his past at the same time. You explore a manor that seems “normal” at first but it changes as you go. You need to look for visual clues to piece everything together and it is really discomforting. There are some jump scares in the game but honestly just reading every bit of text is what makes it horrifying.

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The story just gets darker and darker as you go on and the game both excited and horrified me. It reminded me a lot of “The picture of Dorian Gray”, and a quote from it is actually displayed at the very beginning of the game. I was almost expecting him to appear somewhere to take care of Basil again and it kept giving me chills down my spine for no reason. Sometimes your brain is your own worst enemy.

I would really recommend this game for anyone who loves puzzle/story driven games. If you don’t like to read, or don’t like scary games, this wouldn’t be for you. But if you do like it, I’m sure you would love it! I got the game for free from the Humble store because it was free for everyone for a while, but I don’t think it’s too expensive to buy either. Plus if you buy it through the Humble store, you support charity too.

I don’t want to say too much about it, because it would be too easy to spoil it, and it seems to be fairly procedurally generated so your experience could be a bit different from mine.

Would you play this game? Or have you played it?  

♥ Simple foaming cleanser

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♥ Neutrogena hand cream

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♥ Nyx Cosmic Metals in Ultraviolet

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♥ Chelsea Wolfe – Feral Love

♥ Angels and Airwaves – Anxiety

♥ Tom DeLonge – Animals


What I read in October

Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

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The melancholy, brilliance, passionate lyricism, and torment of Edgar Allen Poe are all well represented in this collection. Here, in one volume, are his masterpieces of mystery, terror, humor, and adventure, including stories such as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Purloined Letter, and The Pit and the Pendulum, to name just a few, that defined American romanticism and secured Poe as one of the most enduring literary voices of the nineteenth century.

The Invisible Man by H.G Wells

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This masterpiece of science fiction is the fascinating story of Griffin, a scientist who creates a serum to render himself invisible, and his descent into madness that follows.

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The Invisible Man is a story about an Albino man who creates a serum to make himself invisible. Then he turns absolutely batshit crazy, kills people, steals, burns buildings down… It’s a rollercoaster ride from about the middle of the story so strap yourself in after you begin reading this one!

The Time Machine by H.G Wells

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“I’ve had a most amazing time….”

So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes…and our darkest fears. A pull of the Time Machine’s lever propels him to the age of a slowly dying Earth.  There he discovers two bizarre races—the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks—who not only symbolize the duality of human nature, but offer a terrifying portrait of the men of tomorrow as well.  Published in 1895, this masterpiece of invention captivated readers on the threshold of a new century. Thanks to Wells’s expert storytelling and provocative insight, The Time Machine will continue to enthrall readers for generations to come.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it’s different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

Saturn by Ben Bova

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Earth groans under the thumb of fundamentalist political regimes. Crisis after crisis has given authoritarians the upper hand. Freedom and opportunity exist in space, for those with the nerve and skill to run the risks.

Now the governments of Earth are encouraging many of their most incorrigible dissidents to join a great ark on a one-way expedition, twice Jupiter’s distance from the Sun, to Saturn, the ringed planet that baffled Galileo and has fascinated astronomers ever since.

But humans will be human, on Earth or in the heavens―so amidst the idealism permeating Space Habitat Goddard are many individuals with long-term schemes, each awaiting the tight moment. And hidden from them is the greatest secret of all, the real purpose of this expedition, known to only a few….

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At first when I started reading this, I thought it would be more about the planet Saturn itself, but it’s more of an anthropological book about what would happen if you send 10.000 people into space to form a new kind of society. It’s full of deceit, action and a lot of scientific stuff about Saturn so for me it was very interesting. I’ve always been really interested in the universe so learning more about it is great.

The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson

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A young man studying medicine in Edinburgh is asked by his professor to be responsible for receiving the cadavers to be dissected by the school’s students. Though he knows many are stolen from graves, he keeps his silence. Then one night he recognizes one of the cadavers as the victim of murder. Instead of turning in the culprit, he allows himself to be drawn deeper into the gruesome intrigue. But justice has the last laugh when the evidence of the man’s crimes – evidence he thought long since dissected and disposed of – mysteriously resurfaces to his everlasting horror.

Anthem by Ayn Rand

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In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him–a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In a purely egalitarian world, Equality 7-2521 dares to stand apart from the herd–to think and choose for himself, to discover electricity, and to love the woman of his choice. Now he has been marked for death for committing the ultimate sin. In a world where the great “we” reign supreme, he has rediscovered the lost and holy word–“I.”


What I played in October

Ether One

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Ether one is an exploration and puzzle game which takes on the heavy subject of dementia. You play as a ‘restorer’, a person who enters someone’s memories to discover the source of the dementia and finds a way to destroy it, remove it completely. I first played the game in 2014 when it was released, but it was a bit too heavy for me and hit a bit close to home so I haven’t been able to finish it until now. It is a wonderful game and it really shows you how difficult dementia is, both for the one suffering from it and those around them.

The Long Dark

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The Long Dark is a survival game, which has been out with a sandbox mode for ages, but recently the story mode was released. The premise is that due to a geomagnetic storm, your plane comes crashing down in the Canadian wilderness and you have to survive and find your way out of there. It is really difficult but rewarding.

Saints Row: The third

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I don’t know why I suddenly wanted to play this, almost exactly 4 years after last time I did so.. My last save game was from October 3rd, 2013, so it has been a while! Saints Row has been a franchise that I’ve loved for a long time, it has quests, character customization, it tackles really odd themes, has dark humor and it’s generally fun.


 

What have you loved this month?

Also, what do you think about all of my favorites in one post instead of doing three separate ones?

 

Games played in July

Lise —  July 26, 2017 — 46 Comments

I have taken upon myself to play through (or at least try) all of the games I have in my game library on steam, which is over 500 games. There are of course some games that are almost impossible to completely finish, like mmorpg games or simulators that doesn’t really have an end. But I will try, I will document my journey and I will review the games and my experience with them. It will be a weird mix of everything so I hope you will at least somewhat enjoy it.

The Abbey (Murder in the Abbey)

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I couldn’t get to finish this because of a bug that kept deleting my save. It is a decent murder mystery game where you play as a monk visiting an Abbey. One of the brothers died, possibly a murder or the work of the devil and you have to solve the mystery. It is a point and click game, the visuals aren’t great but the story is great. (At least what I was able to play before it broke was great).

Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden

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This is a point and click and hidden object game in one. You play as a woman heading down into the deep to find her fiancé who has disappeared. All traces lead her to an underwater city named Eden, it seems to have been a thriving community but something must have gone wrong. You solve puzzles, find clues, navigate through the areas to get closer to finding her guy, Robert. I don’t know if this has been the best game I’ve ever played but it was certainly not bad. If you have a few hours to kill and you enjoy hidden object/point and click games then maybe you will enjoy this.

Adams Venture Chronicles

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Awfully sexist. That’s my first thought when it comes to this game. It’s an adventure game where you explore ruins and find treasures, but boy, is it not written very well. In the very beginning of the game, the woman is objectified and some of his remarks are terrible. One example is when he enters the area for the first time, she asks if he remembered to bring the rest of their supplies, because it was all of their food that needed to be moved. Of course he hadn’t, because he said he thought that the huge crate was all of her make up. Why on earth would an archaeologist care about make up when she’s scavenging in a filthy ruin? I didn’t really care for the script, but the game itself is kind of good, if you don’t pay too much attention to what the protagonist says. I haven’t been able to finish the game yet.

Dungeon Siege

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Childhood classic. I found a demo disk ( is that the right spelling? Thanks to Funhaus, I have no idea if it’s spelled disc or disk anymore) that came with some computer magazine when I was younger and I played the heck out of the demo. Years later I purchased the game on sale on steam and I fell in love all over. Lately I’ve been wanting to revisit some of my favorite older games and this was the first on my list. It has a charming atmosphere, interesting mechanics and it’s generally a great rpg. The only sad part is that the grapphics are very outdated, it is an old game after all, so if great graphics is what you want, you wont like this very much! But if you want to play an old, charming rpg, you should give it a try.

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