MTG Stuff

Well, I requested today off a month ago. Came to work today and was told…”Why are you here?” Whoops! I came back home and now enjoying the day off.

Had a hard time sleeping last night. Woke up at 12:30AM thinking about setting up Gloomhaven for some reason. Going to refrain from that board game for now as I’m trying to limit my focus to just a few areas, primarily Magic: The Gathering.

Now I’m not quite skilled yet, I play a few games online each night, primarily with prebuilt decks to get a hold of what my strengths and weaknesses are, what strategies I work best at, what colors I’m good at…that sorta thing.

I did create a real paper prebuilt white deck and have been tweaking it the past few days. I also replicated the deck in MTG: Arena to see how well it plays and what I can do to refine it. I find it really depends on the opponent I encounter. Some are average like me, and I found a few of them drop out of frustration or just run through a bit of bad luck…others are incredibly skilled and completely destroy me within 5 minutes.

I’m playing primarily Core 2020 cards, but I’ll be incorporating some of the cards from the previous expansion sets. My goal is this: Buffs and/or Life restoration. I have quite a few cards that say “Give +x/+x to a creature” and a few that say “Gain x life when…”. I’d like to incorporate both types of cards, if possible.

I’m also planning on building a Black deck. I’ll have to go through the cards and figure out what goes with what. My overall end game though is to incorporate both black and white and make a really cool black/white multicolored deck.

With all that said, I’m finding deckbuilding a lot of fun. I thought it would be the least interesting aspect, but finding out what works with what, and operating within some boundaries has made it incredibly enjoyable, almost as much as playing the game.

Well that’s it for now, I’m going back to bed and will enjoy the rest of my day off.

Getting in the Mood

Tomorrow I head back to work for another week. I’m tired and quite eager for a vacation. I have a week off mid-August so that’s that.

I haven’t been much in the mood for hobbies today. I’d like to continue a game of Gloomhaven, but that’s a massive undertaking and I’m not sure I want to start on it just yet. I’m also considering picking up an organizer for Gloomhaven, but the best one I can find is about $100, which is almost the price of the game itself. It also requires a lot of assembly which I’m not sure I have the patience for.

I haven’t figured out any other solo board game in my collection I’d like to play just yet. I’m thinking LOTR or Mansions of Madness, but the setup for those games takes up so much time I’m not even sure I’d want to commit to it, especially during the weekdays.

With consoles, I’m mainly playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which is fine so far, but I haven’t been quite “hooked” as I had hoped. One of the reasons I loved the original Fire Emblem games was the tactical strategy mechanics. But this game focuses a lot on the social JRPG aspect, drawing heavily from Persona, and I’m not sure I’m able to commit to a game like that. Haven’t been much in the mood for other console games.

My mood mainly has been with mostly on PC games: Total War: Three Kingdoms immediately comes to mind. Something I can play for an hour or so and contribute to a larger overall story that I made. A story of epic conquest, battles, and all that sort of cool stuff. Games such as Civilization, Age of Wonders, Total War have had me hooked for years…and it’s a good way to take an hour or so out of my day.

I’m also craving something relatively mindless, such as Diablo III. Something where I don’t have to sit through an hour long tutorial on how to play and just click things, gain loot. With that regard, I’m playing A LOT of Magic The Gathering: Arena in between activities. I can sit for 15 minutes, battle an opponent, and strategize based on my deck and how I play my cards…like a modern day chess.

I’ve slowed down on some of my big purchases. Only things I’m picking up this week are some card game accessories. I need decksleeves, playmats, that sorta stuff. I don’t need any more board games, figures, or video games for the time being and after some big purchases last month, I definitely need to cut back.

Other than that, I’m catching up on some shows. Watching a bit of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Veronica Mars, and Twilight Zone this weekend. I started Black Sails on Starz recently and I’m finding it enjoyable so far. I also started on Vinland Saga and I don’t see what the fuss is about…so far? I’m still going to watch a couple more episodes to see if it hooks me.

I’d like to watch a bit more JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure since it’s been about a month since I’ve last watched an episode. Also got a few more episodes of Rising of Shield Hero and Reincarnation of a Slime that I’d like to watch sometime over the next couple weeks.

I haven’t been much in the mood for simulators. Did a reinstall of X-Plane 11, but can’t get myself to spend time reinstalling all my addons. I’ll get around to it sometime.

This week

Not too much going on this week. Back on my meds this week. After a two week absence, I didn’t really know how much the lack of it would impact me. With ADHD-PI (or ADD as it’s commonly known), I just found a lack of motivation, particularly at work to do basic day-to-day tasks. I took it this afternoon and after about an hour I began to really feel the impact. I liken it to having the energy of caffeine without the crashes or negatives from it.

There’s much excitement about the new Witcher trailer for Netflix. So much in fact, I’m considering going back to the books and starting back from book one (the short stories). I’ve read it already, but would love to dive back into that world and lore. It’s also been quite a while since I’ve read a good book series…so this is a good jumping off point for that.

Also in the mood for The Witcher 3. I figure I’m reading the books, may as well play (and one day finish) the game. With the series coming out in “Late 2019”, with focus, I can hopefully finish the game along with the book series in time for the TV series.

I’m plateauing in Magic: The Gathering. Basically I have enough cards to create some pretty decent decks, the only thing I can do is show up once a week, play a game with real people, and sharpen my skills online with MTG: Arena. I’ve stuck around it for a few weeks now and still enjoy it immensely to the point where I picked up some art books (I just love the fantasy art). It’s just that good.

Picked up Fallout: The Board Game and a newer game called Res Arcana. Fallout looks like a blast, and I’m looking forward to setting it up and playing it. Being able to play it solo makes it so much better. However, I’ve been leaning a lot towards shorter, easy to set up card games; Res Arcana, although being a newer game, has some fantastic reviews and is something that my brother-in-law and I can play within 30 minutes.

Biggest problem is space, which I’m working out right now. Board games take up a lot of room…

Big hobby this week, however, is drawing. There’s a big sale going on Udemy and I picked up some drawing courses for $15 each (normally $200 each). I’m not sure what the catch is, but I’ll take it. Dusted off my Wacom tablet, got my iPad Pro/Apple Pencil charged up, and I’m good to go.

Don’t quite have the space for traditional sketching, which is a bummer. I simply need a bigger desk. I could draw on my bed…but really it’s not the medium or the software that matters, it’s what I make out if it.

Picked up some new figures this week. I cut back on a majority of my preorders and focusing on quality over quantity (because heavens, I way too many Japanese anime figures on display in my room as it is!). The latest purchase is from BigBadToyStore, and it’s a beauty.

I also have a few other figures to set up: Darth Vader, Arwen (from LOTR), Jyn Erso, and a Viking warrior. I also set up “Fighter Woman” by TBLeague which looks very good. It’s made from a Phicen body with custom head and armor. Looks wicked in person. Replaced the stand though with since it simply looks awful wrapped around the waist in the picture.

That’s about it for the week. Going back to work tomorrow, but I’m not too discouraged by it 🙂

New Stuff

Another fun week. Another new hobby to pursue.

I played Dominion a few days ago and found it a lot of fun. We couldn’t finish the game (it would have taken at least another hour), but it’s really quick to learn and fun building a deck. It’s great that there are expansions too, but I don’t really need them just yet. I didn’t realize how fun deck building games actually are.

Anyways, last week I went to the local gaming/comic book shop to pick up the card game One Deck Dungeon. I asked about Magic The Gathering since it’s always interested me as a kid/adult, and collectible trading cards/games has always been a weak spot for me. I started off with collecting Basketball cards and then went to Star Wars: The Collectible Card Game before growing out of it. Because I liked the deck building aspect of Dominion and other similar games, I figured I should check out Magic.

I already know the rules of Magic from various desktop/tablet games, and I absolutely love the artwork, so why not? The guy at the shop told me that the local Magic group is super friendly, and figuring it’s a good way to make new friends, I think I’m going to get a few decks set up to try it out. I picked up the deck builder kit, a few booster packs, and a few starter decks and I’m having a lot of fun so far.

I think what intrigues me is that it’s just as fun to build a deck as it is to play the game. I find it similar to board games where I like reading the rules, and setting it up…but often I find myself too exhausted to actually play a 4 hour game.

With that said. I’m looking to build a Green deck to start. I just have to find the right balance of cards from my deck builder kit and maybe mix it up a bit with some new cards I picked up from the booster packs.

Also, one of the biggest pros is that it doesn’t take up too much space. After picking up a bunch of board games last month, my entire bottom shelf space is completely filled up to the point where I had to box a lot of my collectible figures. I’m still trying to figure out where to put those figures.

With that aside, what else do I want to do this weekend?

I’d like to set up a game of Zombicide: Black Plague. The only issue is that I only have enough table space for one game, and building up Magic decks is taking up most of that space at the moment. I’d also like to build some LEGO and Gundam stuff, but have the same issue…not enough space.

On the PC spectrum. I’d like to play some Elder Scrolls Online, Doom, and some Euro Truck Simulator 2. With ETS2, there is a new ProMods release out that’s compatible with the latest version, so I’m definitely going to check into that.

Also worth noting, I’ll be doing some small hardware upgrades. My keyboard “7” keypad button no longer syncs with the rest of the keyboard. It’s lasted me a good 4 years and I think it’s time for a new keyboard. I’m going with SteelSeries to match the rest of my desktop setup. I also ordered a new sensor for my mouse so it has higher precision, and basically upgrades my mouse from a Rival 700 to 710.

On the PS4, I’m playing through Judgement and it just doesn’t grab me the same way that the Yakuza series has. I’d hate to dump the game, but I really don’t know whether to finish it or continue playing some of my other games. On the Switch, I would like to play some Zelda: Breath of the Wild whenever I get the chance.

With TV, I’m working my way through the Rising of Shield Hero. Really good series an I can’t wait to see how it ends. I’m also just starting Stranger Things, Season 3 so I hope to catch some episodes soon.

That’s about it for now. Hoping for a good rest of the week!

Another Week of Fun

Things are getting back to normal this week. I’ve picked up most of the board games that I’ve been wanting to try out for a few years now. Played a few turns of Eldritch Horror, which looks like a great game to play with others. Most recent is Star Wars Rebellion (the board game, not the PC game of the same name), which I have just set up and looks like a lot of fun. I’m probably going to play a few turns of that game before cleaning up my table and working on some LEGO and model kit projects.

This week, on the TV front, I’m starting on the Hobbit movies since I missed out on them years ago. I’m also working my way through the Star Wars movies again, for like the 10th time while going to finally get through Clone Wars and Rebels when I get the opportunity. Lastly, I’m queuing up Avatar: The Last Airbender, Studio Ghibli films, and Dragon Ball Z Kai. I have a lot to keep me entertained this week.

With PC gaming, I’m playing Final Fantasy XIV again. I’d like to continue the story but as DPS, I’m hitting a brick wall with trying to queue up for the mandatory story dungeon. I rage quit last year when I waited for over an hour and nobody would run through the dungeon with me. This time I’m working towards being a healer, so I instantly get queued up and leveled so I can progress through the story again. I also joined a really cool guild so I can have some people to hang out with while I do this. On the downside, I’ve been neglecting ESO as I simply don’t have time for two MMOs.

On the PS4, I’m playing through Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. I’d like to get through that and eventually go back and play The Witcher 3 before Cyberpunk comes out. There’s also God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Final Fantasy XII, and Spider-Man on my queue so it seems like I’ll always have something to play.

Simulators, I plan on running through one or two hauls in American Truck Simulator: Washington DLC. Most likely will do that after this post.

With books, I’m in the Star Wars mood. I want to work through some Star Wars novels and comics. I’m not sure which novel to start on just yet (possibly Lost Stars by Claudia Gray), but with comics I’ll definitely start with the main Star Wars series, followed by Darth Vader.

That’s about it for now. Going to have a really busy week ahead of me. Somehow I’ll have to manage to squeeze all of this in after work each day, at least until next Sunday when I’m off again.

The Groove of Life

In a world of limitless choice, I’ve struggled to figure out what exactly I like.

With games, there’s just so much endless possibility. Yet there are a few things that haven’t changed in years.

  • I like grand strategy games
  • I like roleplaying games (CRPGs)

As I start to get back into board games, I see a similar trend.

  • I like grand strategy games
  • I like roleplaying games (Tabletop)

I’ve tried to force myself to try playing different genres: first person shooters, JRPGs, hack and slash games, platformers, etc. While I enjoy them for one reason or another, I always go back to grand strategy games and roleplaying games.

I think much of it stems from the fact I actually enjoy figuring out how to play them. Sometimes I find reading the manuals, setting up my characters, and learning the mechanics of everything just as much fun as the game itself.

I enjoy simulators for much the same reason. Flight simulators for example…I get so bored during the flight, but spending a couple hours setting up the aircraft, my flight plan, and preparing for landing is what I really enjoy.

So I think it’s easy to narrow down, finally, what I’m really interested in and focus on just a few genres instead of a wide array of genres. I save more money, and I’m generally happier.

I’m still working on figuring out what I enjoy in books. Generally, fantasy novels are a niche that I really am into. I’m also into comic books. But I’m not quite there yet.

The same goes for television. I really like comic book, sci-fi, and fantasy series (and anime). Can’t say the same for much of anything else.

So there’s that.

Lazy February

Hey world,

So not much going on this month. Been snowed in for nearly two weeks, but hopefully it’ll stay somewhat dry the rest of the winter…keeping my fingers crossed.

I’ve been trying to complete at least one game each month, but I’m sadly nowhere near that goal. I also wanted to focus more on JRPGs, but haven’t touched a JRPG in a few weeks.

That’s not to say I’ve done nothing at all. Here’s what I’ve been working on lately:

PC – Focusing mainly on First Person Shooters. Destiny 2, Titanfall 2, Battlefield One. I find I prefer the mouse and keyboard over the controller for FPS’s. Considering getting Anthem for PC, but the reviews aren’t too good just yet. Maybe when it’s on sale…

PS4 – Picked up a PS4 Pro to enjoy the enhanced frame rates and increased resolutions, but playing just Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for now. It’s a fantastic game, though a bit long. I might put it on hold to go play The Witcher 3, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, or Yakuza Kiwami. No decision just yet.

Simulators – Focused mainly on Euro Truck Simulator 2. I tried to get back into X-Plane 11 yesterday, but the thought of picking up ActiveSky, some Orbx addons, and doing a bunch of updates on addons discourages me. Maybe some other day. Also might do some Train Simulator if I have the time.

TV – This is where a majority of my time has been sucked into, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. With a 4K HDR TV and an excellent sound system, plus the comfort of sitting on the couch and enjoying a not-as-involved activity such as gaming, it’s a great way to pass the time. I’m mainly watching The Grand Tour, and just got into the Magicians and Doom Patrol. Also just added Philo to my Apple TV so I get the missing channels that YouTube TV doesn’t have for $16/month. Not too bad. Still cheaper than cable.

In other news, I’d like to see Alita Battle Angel sometime. I’m considering watching it today, but it’s a lazy day and I might wait for rental.

Also replaced my old Apple network with a new mesh network. No more buffering, slow 4K load times, and weak signals the further away I am from the router. I get full 10-12 mb/s download speeds throughout the house.

Replacing my crappy inkjet printer with a decent laser-jet printer. No more cleaning the header and low-ink reminders after 5 pages of printing. It should be coming in today.

Also the last few weeks I’ve debated on getting Apple Airpods. The current Bose QuietComfort 35’s I have at work is fantastic for the sound quality and keeping out the loud sounds of the labs. But I don’t have any good wireless headphones for home. The Bose Soundsport Free headsets look and sound great, but they look a bit too large for the ears. On the other hand I’ve had issues keeping Apple’s wired headphones in my ears due to the cord getting caught and yanking them out…but wireless it should be a lot better. Also talks well to the iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Plus it’s more low-profile so I don’t feel like an android robot walking around like I would with the Bose set. Only issue so far…the ship times are ridiculous, it’ll take at least a week to receive with Prime shipping, and no store around town seems to carry it in stock.