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Alysianah aka Saylah
Mystic Worlds - it's just an illusion of life.
Interests: Geek by day and wizard by night. I'm an avid fan of all things fantasy, including MMORPGs. My newest adventure has taken my love of crafting out of game and into my real life! Visit my handcrafted jewelry shop on Etsy: The image used as my blog's logo is one of my favorite digital creations. It combines two photographs of a model a friend was shooting, a waterfall in the Rocky Mountains from his own portfolio and a stock image of a dove.
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Playing Don’t Starve Together, The Sims 4, World of Warcraft and Darkest Dungeon have all slowed down. I’m going to be having what should be minor surgery in a couple of weeks. This has turned my focus to spring cleaning, getting things ready for hand-off at work and organizing my house and bedroom beforehand. Minimally, I’ll be laid up for 4 weeks. 4 weeks convalescing takes planning! Continue reading
Thanks for the suggestion. I will give it a look. I just started listening to the audio version of The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny. It's a favorite book series but is VERY LONG. Having recently found the audio version has been a nice treat. I read it so long ago that I'd forgotten enough to make buying and listening to the whole series worth it. That's nice that you're still having fun in ArcheAge. I miss some aspects but not enough to give it another go 'round. I'm not even sure I'll bother with the GW2 expansions. As much as I wanted new skills and zones when I was playing, it's so long now that I'm not really enthused by it.
Work has been super busy the past couple of weeks which has been a good distraction. I’ve also been working out of town which forces me to socialize with people even if I’m not feeling up to it. I’m back home for a couple of days and feeling tired but up for some Don’t Starve Together. Continue reading
Cool. I will log in and accept. I hadn't heard about Crowfall but will go look for it. I still wish W101 would come to iOS. Even just the turn based combat but no real zones would be cool. Sorta like Darkest Dungeon.
My mood still swings widely between being “okay” and feeling too bereft to do much at all. I canceled all of my subscriptions for now. If I play anything at all, it’s Don’t Starve or Darkest Dungeon. They both offer opportunities for gaming sessions that are fun, have quick options for progression and are just the right amount of detail to take my mind off things. Continue reading
Things can be pretty routine in DS after surviving your first couple of winters. With the coming of spring and summer, I spend the time uncover more of the map and improving my home base. I have small outposts in far-flung locations that contain resources that I only need occasionally. Continue reading
I'm looking forward to that as well. I feel like I need to be better equipped first. I don't have any of the good weapons or things from the magic crafting tab. Right now I'm on a hunt for Chester so I can turn him into portable food storage during my travels. :-)
Deliciously fun. I just finished the first dungeon. I've been jumping all over the place and having to do a lot of smash and grab runs to recover from having spent gold wrong at the beginning. I was trying to keep all 13 recruits sane which is just crazy expensive. Then I saw comments on a Twitch stream that you don't and probably shouldn't invest in a full arsenal of recruits. Just maintain an A and B team, leaving the rest as replaceable. That's working out much better but I've had to do a lot of smash, grab & dismiss runs to build up gold. I played til 5AM the other nite! o-O
I’m still playing the same instance of Don’t Starve. I’ve gone well beyond my initial goal of surviving my first winter. I have multiple winters under my belt and have continued to upgrade my basecamp and my inventory along the way. Continue reading
The ability to drag his corpse would have been a great option. We could have hide it or his loot in a trailer. I like that Star Citizen will have features let you aide fallen players. Yeah, I feel that way about ArcheAge actually. It's golden age was before the damn thing went live. I'm not into this genre either. The setting isn't my thing. I don't even watch these kinds of shows. But in game, it does feel like trying to survive in an unfamiliar place while trying to figure things out similar to other MMOs I've played. I'm not sure if it has staying power if you're not mad about PVP guerrilla style PVP.
I doubt you'd be disappointed. It's fun lots of meta decisions. Some evenings I look up and I'm like damn, it's almost midnight.
I’ve leapt from the ledge again on Steam, purchasing another game that’s outside of my normal genre. That’s right, I’ve never played a rogue-like game before. Dungeon crawlers aren’t my thing. In fact, I don’t enjoy questing in confined dark spaces. I’m an open world kind of gal. I have a couple of my favorite Twitch streamers to blame. They made Darkest Dungeon look like a lot of fun. So much so, that I wanted to try it myself. And they were right, it’s worth the price of admission. *Smile* Continue reading
I’m continuing to play/test SOE’s zombie survival sandbox MMO. Yep, I’m calling it an MMO. It walks like and quacks like one to me. The absence of loot has been fixed but probably a bit too much. While some areas are sparse, many are brimming over with duplicate loot. I’ve still had to search for the more important items such as back packs and finding the right ammo for the right gun. But other than that, I’m seeing what I expected to see. Trash cans with food. Every house has something or other left behind in it. Continue reading
Being in early alpha, the interface to support customized keyboard controls aren’t available in game yet. For people who can’t function with WASD, are left-handed or absolutely must have keybinds that make sense to them, the only way to achieve that at the moment is to modify a user configuration file. Continue reading
Hopefully, by this time you’ve crafted the basic items you need to survive the elements, as well as craft other items. Winter is only a few days away. The focus is now is to begin storing essential materials and selecting a good food source. You don’t have to do anything fancy to make it through the cold days. My first time through it was bare bones, living hand-to-mouth and it worked! You want meat to help keep your stomach full during the winter. Continue reading
Enhancing Your Game Play If you’re not a purist about your gaming experience, I suggest availing yourself of a few mod and iOS apps. There are a few hundred mods available on the Steam Workshop for both flavors of the game. The ones I’ve suggested below have minimal game impact but improve a few aspects that I find annoying, lacking or improve the fun-factor. Continue reading
There’s no hard and fast definition for massive. I’m not sure it is a raw number anyway. It terms of gaming, I’d suggest it’s fair that the number be compared to the size of the content map. That said, for me to consider a game to be MMO, I need the following: Continue reading
Your objective in Don’t Starve is very clear – stay alive, don’t starve. However, starving is often the least of your worries. You can die in a multitude of ways in DS. Weather, killer animals, poison vegetation and darkness, will all kill you. DS is a sandbox survival game. Think Minecraft meets The Sims minus creative building features. Continue reading
I’m alone, stranded miles from friends and family that may be alive. I was away at a business conference when the CDC officially declared the outbreak a disaster. This was immediately followed by the President initiating a state of emergency and the FCC stopping all mass transit. Panic, chaos and violence reigned as millions of people succumbed to the H1Z1 virus as if overnight. Continue reading
I’ve been stepping outside of my normal gaming routine lately. In my current state of mind, I’m not in the mood for following a lot of rules (quests) and pre-defined routines. I’m winging it and playing more casually. That is how H1Z1 has entered the line-up. Continue reading
It was all going to plan. My basecamp was in good shape to survive the few remaining days of winter. My strategy of eating hand to mouth because I lacked an Ice Box was working. Whenever I was hungry, I collected a fresh rabbit from one of my 10 traps and cooked up some vittles. Continue reading
It's a don't miss title. Solo and co-op are equally good. My daughter and I just started our first DST server last nite.
Thanks for the tip. I'd subsequently seen a streamer do that and am now all about the traps for spiders!
The premise is simple. The execution, not so much. I stumbled across Don’t Starve (DS) and its coop play alternative, Don’t Starve Together (DST), via After watching a few streams I wanted to try my own hand at not starving to death. From the outside looking in, it appeared to be The Sims meets Minecraft Survival Mode meets Harvest Moon. Okay y’all, I’m in. Continue reading
Thanks for the tip. What's reset time??