26 October, 2014
So, wow, where did the time go? I certainly didn’t mean to ignore this site for so long, but it just kinda happened. Hopefully someone still checks the site on occasion, or has me in their RSS reader. :)
Let’s play a little game of “catchup with Brian” shall we?
I had some trouble with my website lately, otherwise this would have been posted up earlier. Seems I ignored the spam list too much and the 80k+ spam messages in the spam queue seemed to be causing some problems. I think I have it all sorted now, though.
I’m mostly going to blame my absence on the new job. The move was a bigger pain than I had feared, and I’m still dealing with it. Moving across the country is expensive and time consuming. On top of having to deal with the illness and decline of a loved one as well as some bad news about a dear friend who was diagnosed with lymphoma.
Even after driving ourselves clear across the country, our stuff being shipped lagged behind. We lived in our new place for about a week with just 2 confused cats, two laptops, Verizon FiOS internet, and an air mattress. But, we got a lot of our stuff unpacked and it’s starting to feel a bit more like home.
What about Camelot Unchained? The game has been making a lot of progress and some people really like CU even in it’s nascent state. Still a lot of work to go. But, I was largely responsible for two of the major systems in the current game (the ability system and the “capture the duck” minigame), so I’ve been very busy but doing some good work. It seems that when I’m busy with actual work I find less time to pontificate on the finer details.
The good thing about working in an office is having cool co-workers. I’ve made a lot of new friends, which makes for a better work environment. I don’t have to worry so much about time zones. Anyway, with my birthday coming up we’ll see how much they really like me by their gifts and well wishes. ;)
My (precious and limited) downtime has been filled with a fair amount of Final Fantasy XIV. One of my very good friends back in California bought me a copy of the game before I moved, and I finally got around to installing it a last month. It’s a fun enough game, although my heart still belongs to DDO. I like the small nods toward character customization with the cross-class skills, but I wish it weren’t quite so limited. The ability to switch to any class on a single character is dangerous for an explorer like me; it’s lead to some big grinds. But, there’s been enough to do and ways to get good xp (the daily roulette, for example) that I haven’t hit a wall yet.
As for DDO, my playtime has decreased significantly. I still play with a regular group once or twice a week, but I play a lot less solo characters. My friend who was diagnosed with lymphoma (and who is responding well to chemo, but is back home in the Midwest with limited internet connection with his family) was part of the other group I play DDO with, so that group has been put on hold. The good news is that the free-to-play model means I can play casually as I wish and not feel like I’m wasting money or missing out on something.
Anyway, I’ll try to post something a little more often. Feel free to post questions here, although my ability to give juicy details about Camelot Unchained is limited.