I have been very busy over the past two months! It was about that long ago that I decided to relaunch my YouTube channel as a place for my “Let’s Play” gaming videos. I’ve worked hard to bulk up the channel since then and now I really need to give things a cohesive feel.
You can take a look at the sidebar to the right to see what I have planned for my YouTube upload schedule. You can see my gaming, and so my channel, tends to focus on Minecraft and other indie games of that sort. I don’t plan on following that trend exclusively but I’m sure that will be the central theme. There are a number of things that I’d like to do missing from that schedule, but as I get more efficient at producing videos I’m sure I’ll be able to squeeze in more.
A game that I need to get back into the schedule as soon as possible is FTL: Faster Than Light. I had an absolute blast playing that game for the first time and I promise that getting more video of it up has been on my mind ever since!
Finally I want to mention that I wont be “spamming” this blog with every video upload I make anymore. I’ve added a new page which will show the latest videos on my channel, it’s up on the menu bar, you can check what’s new there. The only videos which I will post here are any vlogs that I do, as I hope to begin using those instead of posts here. They’ll focus on giving channel updates and announcements, along with personal bits about myself as I see fit.
I appreciate everyone who’s been watching and subscribing, and especially thank you to those who have taken the time to comment on my videos. I love comments! So until I see you from my first vlog, happy gaming!
Since I’m so overdue for an update, I just wanted to toss up a quick post about my holiday break. It was a good long vacation too, as I managed to score ten days in a row off work.
A big portion of my time off was spent relaxing at my in-laws’ cabin in the woods. We got to have Christmas up there and also relax and watch a bit of wildlife. My daughter (just over 2yrs now!) really likes it up there, especially going for walks with her grandparents. I caught up on a little reading while there, getting through about a book each day.
After returning from the cabin I just spent time home with my family and played several of the new games I received for Christmas. I’ll go through my impressions another time, but suffice to say a good chunk of time was killed playing co-op with my brother in both Magicka and Portal 2.
New Year’s Eve was no big event, as per usual. No big resolutions this year, we just filled the last days of my vacation alternately with working on small projects around the house and just relaxing and playing. It was some really great time off and I was absolutely loathe to go back in to work tonight.
Now that things are on track to return to normal I hope to (again) be updating just a little more regularly. I also hope to soon be able to talk a little more about the game I’ve been working on for the past month. Until future updates, happy gaming!
Well hello my loyal blog readers! At least I assume anyone reading this must be, since I’ve gone about 3 weeks without an update!
I’ve had a busy couple of weeks with work, a vacation, and a sick daughter. Everyone is feeling better now and things have settled down, generally speaking, so I’m hoping to get back to regular blogging.
I’ve dabbled in Minecraft a little bit lately, but now that my absolute obsession with it has tempered, I find myself getting back into Starcraft 2 more. I’m horribly rusty though, to the point that I’m having to look up hotkeys while playing to remember them. I’m sure I’ll be playing it a bit more now though.
I’ve also recently started watching some let’s play videos for Terraria, and that looks like a really awesome game as well. It really has a 2D Minecraft feel to it, but a lot more adventure and danger it would seem. I may think about picking it up from steam sometime soon.
Oh and before I forget, sounds like Minecraft Update 1.6 is not far off at all! I haven’t been following this one all that closely, but I hear it’ll have a lot of bug fixes. Also trap doors, and possibly the Nether in SMP? I’m not sure if Notch will get that going 100% before the update, but it could be! That is kinda big news for multiplayer servers, though I hope it doesn’t up the system requirements too much.
Anyway, mostly wanted to get something posted on here quickly so people know I haven’t given up! I’ll be putting together some new full-sized posts soon now, just gotta get back into the swing of things!
A couple years ago, I was pretty big into a web game that some may have heard of called eRepublik. It’s an interesting simulation of economy and politics which allows anyone to try their hand at running a company or running for political office, all the way up to country president.
Apologies to my quite few readers in regard to my long gap in posting. I’ve had an extremely busy week at work, and have also found my internet access curtailed somewhat (It’s a pain, let me tell you!).
I will still be making updates regarding Minecraft or any other game I may be playing, though I haven’t yet figured out what kind of posting schedule I will be able to keep. Given the change in situation, I am thinking I will probably begin posting more about other interests as well, rather than have to leave the blog without new posts for days. So things will be a bit less exclusively about Minecraft, but never fear, I still love the game and will post about it whenever I’m able.
One of my other primary interests is in computer programming. I have been reading up on Java a bit lately, which I haven’t used since school, and am thinking of trying my hand at writing a game. I’ve always wanted to give it a try, and I should make myself go through it to have the experience of actually making even a simple game. Another language that I find myself using rather frequently, is the AutoIt scripting language. It’s not for writing “real” programs by any means, but nothing beats it (in my opinion) for quick and dirty automation of tasks in Windows. I use it fairly often at work to automate repetitive tasks, as I tire of repetition quickly. I also think it’s fun to work with, as you can achieve some really neat things with surprisingly little code.
Well, hope no-one is put off by the slight changes, but keep an eye out for more Minecraft posts soon, as my “weekend” has only just begun! Happy Crafting!
Well happy birthday to me on Wednesday this week. It was a great day of relaxing and playing some video games, going out to Pizza hut for a fun dinner, and then watching a movie at home in the evening. Oh and for that all to happen I took the night off of work, which is always quite nice!
As a sort of birthday gift to myself, I finally splurged and got an actual Minecraft SMP server from ServerCraft.co. The older desktop I had running it from my basement was just starting to choke a bit much and making play very annoying. Getting the server was a pretty easy process, and though I had the opportunity to upload a map to continue using it, I got a bit carried away with “testing” the new server after it was set up.
So I ended up with a huge mineshaft going down to bedrock, and it was at that point I decided not to load up an older map. Now I have yet another map, possibly necessitating another tour. I’m thinking I might try a video tour, as it might be a little less effort to post it than all the screenshots and descriptions I’ve been doing. At least on the new server things run super smooth now, even to the point that I can melee a creeper just like in single player!
For my birthday I got a couple of new games from my brother through Steam, which was quite nice. One was a game called CreaVures, which I’ve never actually heard of. It appears to be a platformer/puzzler and doesn’t sound too bad. Haven’t had a chance to try it yet. The other game I got was Magicka, which I am actually fairly familiar with from having watched some Let’s Plays on YouTube. I got to play through the tutorial and first level today, but I’ll have to wait for my weekend again to play any more. I also was only playing single player, so haven’t been able to experience the fun of accidentally destroying your entire party.
I didn’t have a chance to jump on Minecraft at all today. Days are almost completely full when I work. But while I was looking around a bit at some blogging stuff I stumbled across the game Goblin Camp.
If you’re at all familiar with Dwarf Fortress it’s a very similar game, though I hear the interface is an improvement. I’ve only played a bit of Goblin Camp on my lunch break today, but from what I’ve experienced the game is a sort of city-builder. You have a population of goblins and orcs which automatically carry out tasks as you assign them. And this of course means you have to worry about feeding and otherwise providing for them in return.
My camp so far.
In the picture above you can see my camp just beginning to thrive. Though I can’t for the life of me figure out where to get any wicker for baskets, which causes my fruit and seed storage to be horribly inefficient. To the left of my camp center you can also see the blueish slime beginning to spread from the spawning pool, where new goblins and orcs come from as more and more filth is dumped in. Hopefully it’s expansion doesn’t reach my settlement too soon, or I’ll have to relocate the entire camp.
I haven’t yet been attacked, though I’m aware it’s coming. I’m hoping that I can get some palisades set up by that time but I’m mainly going to concentrate on growing my population in preparation to fight back.
It’s a fun game to waste a bit of time and certainly doesn’t tax even a pitiful system. I’m sure I’ll play it here and there for a while, and hopefully the developer keeps adding additional content to keep things fresh.