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Throwback Thursday

October 12, 2017 — 12 Comments

This throwback won’t go very far, just back to the Christmas holiday of 2016, leading up to New years. Christmas is pretty much my favorite holiday, although I’ve always had to work during it. This year I will finally have some time off so I’m looking forward to it while reminiscing about last years Christmas. My sister invited us over to her apartment for Christmas so that will be fun.

Besides working, I spent my time making hot chocolates, baking gingerbread cookies, and then I spent some of new years eve playing a game called Year Walk, which is based on Swedish folk lore. It’s rather creepy but also very cool, and it contains a lot of puzzles and symbols you need to remember, as you can see by the drawings I did on my hand. Afterwards I went outside to watch the fireworks, it was really nice.

I’m just hoping this year will be as good, hopefully even better!
What would be featured in your Throwback Thursday?

 

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Games played in September

September 25, 2017 — 6 Comments

Cat Quest

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Cat quest is a really cute game where you play as a cat and well.. do quests! It’s a fairly short but entertaining roleplaying game and the art style is really cute. The map and dungeons reminds me of table top games. The game has a lot of references and bad puns and I think it’s really enjoyable. I haven’t finished the whole game yet but I plan on doing it very soon. I’m easily distracted though, so soon could mean anything from next week to next year, depending on how much else I have to do.


 

 Dragon Age: Inquisition

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This is the third game in the Dragon Age series and another that I have finished multiple times. Bioware just does a great job at writing and creating characters that you can pretty much form a bond with, and I keep going back to their games to replay them and relive the magic. It will never be just as special as the very first time I played them, but it always gets very close! The feeling of nostalgia increases with each play through too.


 

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.


 

Idle champions of the forgotten realms

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This is a typical idle clicker game set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe. I’m always wary of games like these because I always get so sucked into them and none of them ever seem to have any end in sight. You basically let your heroes kill monsters, you get money for it, you upgrade your heroes, finish their campaign and start over again. It’s repetitive but somewhat entertaining. Wouldn’t recommend this if you don’t like idle clicker games.


 

Oxygen not included

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This is a simulation/management game where you control duplicants, collect resources, build objects and a proper base for them to survive in. You need to make sure they have enough food, that they keep warm, that they have a place to go to the bathroom, that they research new technologies… You need to provide power, siphon gases and make sure no one gets sick. It’s not difficult to get into, but it is very challenging if you have no idea what you’re doing in the beginning. It’s definitely a try, fail and learn from it kind of game.  One minute your duplicants are doing great, the next they could all be dead.

 

Have you played anything fun this month? 

Games played in August

August 30, 2017 — 11 Comments

Northgard

[ Unfinished ]

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Northgard feels like a mix between Civilization and Age of Empires, and it is really fun! It’s kind of an early access game and it doesn’t have a campaign to play yet, just a sandbox mode. That is the reason why I haven’t been able to complete it, but I’m really having fun with the sandbox, getting to try out the different clans and seeing their pros and cons. Hopefully the campaign will be available soon, I’m eager to try it!


Plants vs Zombies

[ Unfinished]

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This is the original game of plants vs zombies, and it is a tower defense type of game. You purchase units, upgrade them, earn credits and purchase better units until you win the level. I have played the newest PvZ game, which is more of a first person shooter game so going back to this felt weird in the beginning. It is one of the most solid tower defense type of games out there, in my opinion! I have played through about half of it, I enjoy taking my time with games so I won’t end up finishing them too quickly.


The Darkside Detective

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Darkside detective is a point and click adventure game that follow the story of Detective Francis McQueen and his “companion”, Officer Dooley. The game has six cases for you to solve, each one a bit longer and a bit more difficult than the previous one. I finished the game in an hour and a half so I could have wished for it to be a bit longer, but it was enjoyable while it lasted! It is possible to restart the game so you could try to beat it at a faster time if you would like to do that.


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition

[ Unfinished ]

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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 Trail: Frontier Challenge

[ Unfinished ]

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This game was originally a mobile game, but now it has a pc version. My phone was sadly not powerful enough to run it properly so I am glad that I could find it for my computer too. The trail is a walking simulator, a crafting game, a buy and sell simulator and adventure game in one, pretty much. You walk from campsite to campsite, collecting items, crafting, selling, cooking food, completing challenges and whatnot. I really enjoy the casual vibe that it has and it’s perfect for killing time when I need to. It is a long game that doesn’t really “end”, that’s why it is unfinished.

Have you played anything fun this month? 

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What I read in August

August 23, 2017 — 17 Comments

Dragon Age: Asunder by David Gaider

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“A mystical killer stalks the halls of the White Spire, the heart of templar power in the mighty Orlesian Empire. To prove his innocence, Rhys reluctantly embarks on a journey into the western wastelands that will not only reveal much more than he bargained for but change the fate of his fellow mages forever.”

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Dragon Age: Asunder is a novel that kind of works as a prequel if you have played the video game Dragon Age: Inquisition. In this novel we follow the story of Rhys, and his friendship with the spirit Cole. You may know Cole from Inquisition as he aids you on your journey (if you allow him to stay with the inquisition of course), and here you get to know him more. I’m really glad that I read this because Cole has one of my favorite personalities. It may seem simple, but there is so much about him that is absolutely complicated.


 

Dragon Age: The Calling by David Gaider

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The Calling (Dragon Age, #2)

This is another thrilling prequel to “Dragon Age: Origins”, the hit role-playing video game from Bioware! King Maric has allowed the legendary Grey Wardens to return to Fereden. One of their own has aligned himself with their ancient enemy, the monstrous darkspawn. Maric agrees to lead the Grey Wardens, chasing after a deadly secret that threatens to destroy the Grey Wardens and the kingdom.

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As the description says, this is a prequel to Dragon Age: Origins. In the novel we get the backstory of the commander of the Grey in the game, Duncan. We also get to know more about King Maric and about how Alistair came to be. If you haven’t played the game, or isn’t interested in the lore behind it, then this will probably not be for you! Same with the book above this one on this list. I really liked it, it was nice to have some of the suspicions I had about the relations between characters confirmed.


 

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

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Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5)

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.


The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…

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Stars Above is a collection of short stories about the characters in the book series “The lunar chronicles”. I read all four books in July, all thanks to Michala, and I talked about them in my previous “What I read..” post. I really enjoyed having some things cleared up, being able to get into the story again. I felt so empty when the series was over and this helped a little bit!


 

Hannibal by Mirko Jelusich

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Sadly, I couldn’t find a summary for this book online, nor does it have one on the back cover.. It is understandable though, for this one is from 1934. I found this among the pile of books my grandmother left behind and it seemed really interesting. I love historical novels so this was right up my alley. I couldn’t really figure out the book at first though, the Norwegian title for it translates to “The conqueror from Kartago”, while it’s true title is just “Hannibal”. Either way, in this novel we follow the war lord Hannibal through his mission to defeat and conquer Rome, hence the “Conqueror” title. It is written very well, and it leaves out any unnecessary details, just cutting together important snippets. If you’re into historical novels, and can get your hands on this, I would recommend giving it a read.


 

The Stars Compel by Michaela Roessner

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Tommaso Arista is the son of two of the most prestigious families of chefs to the household of Cosimo Ruggerio, noble astrologer to the Pope, and a powerful political figure in Florence and Rome. His mother is a Befanini — the hereditary cooks of the de’ Medici family, bound to the Dukes of Florence by centuries of both service and blood, family in all but the name.Catherine de’ Medici is the only legitimate heir to the de’ Medici fortune and titles. She is the Duchessina, but the title, and the incredible wealth, will go to the man who marries her. When her uncle and guardian, Pope Clement, recalls her to Rome to use her and her dowry as a precious pawn in his political maneuverings with the crowns of Europe, Catherine chooses Tommaso as her personal chef and head of her household — he will go with her to serve and protect her, and to be her friend in a dangerous place.

Catherine has plans for her future, plans that do not include being sold as part of the Pope’s treaty with France.

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This is a novel I originally started reading back in February, but I kept feeling like the language was too heavy for me and I stopped reading about half way through. Recently I felt like I should give it a try again and I got hooked. For some reason I find it so much easier to read now and I got to the end in no time. It’s kind of a historical novel, but at the same time it is very much fiction. I really enjoy it, it has great descriptions, just enough action to not make it boring and it features the descriptions of the most lovely food. It’s definitely making me want to look up recipes so I could try cooking them all on my own.

What have you read this month?

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Games played in July

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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