Always Running Late

For someone who is meticulous about being timely IRL, I still can procrastinate for the Olympics. I feel like this post has a sort of an Inception-style thing going on for it, because it’s a short story about waiting until the absolutely last minute, and also, it’s written and posted more than a week after I intended to.

Sorry about that, folks.


It seems like it’s been forever since the information about the 15th Anniversary event in WoW came out, and I was pretty sure I was going to reactivate my WoW sub in November to take advantage of it.

Then, I saw that the event was going to be a long one, running all the way through January 7th, so there was no rush. And rush I absolutely did not. Before I knew it, November had disappeared, and then it was December and I was stuck in bed sick for over a week, and then it was the holidays, and that token just never got spent.

At the beginning of January, I again claimed I was going to get my act together and go get that Deathwing mount. Finally, on Sunday, January 5th, a mere 48ish hours before the even was over, I reactiavted my account.

And after approximately 10 months off, I had to remember how to play (thank goodness for muscle memory), scrounge up 10 item levels, and actually get through all three LFR events. Easy peasy.


Having missed at least a couple of patches, making up that iLvl was far easier than I could have hoped. One random world quest for a trinket, and several quick upgrades while opening up Najatar (not to mention the hella boost to my necklace), and I hit 380.

All in all, it was easier than I anticipated all around. Monday evening, my husband and I started queuing up for the LFRs (I know, I know!!!) – Outlands was flawless, Northrend was … less flawless (stupid dance, stupid defile, stupid old person memory for mechanics), and we only had one wipe on Cho’Gall in the Cataclysm content. The whole shebang, including figuring out how the heck one gets to The Caverns of Time these days, took about two and a half hours.

So, let’s say that this mount took approximately 5 hours of effort, and about two months of procrastination.

As it stands now, I have not logged back into WoW since then – I still have 20 days remaining on my sub – and yet, I’m still thinking about going back for real for Shadowlands.

Nerd Girl Goals – January 2020

I figure there’s no time like the a new year to mix up the format a little, right?

January 2020.
Subscription Game Service: XBox Game Pass for PC
Paid MMO Subscription: None
Community Game-A-Long: Ori & The Blind Forest - #PlatforMonth

GAMING

Play to Satisfaction

For me, saying “Play to Satisfaction” gives me explicit permission to drop a game that’s not working for me, but also to grind away for nerd points if I’m really loving something. I’m trying to make it a policy for myself that I will always play to satisfaction – no more, no less.

I decided to double up my goals this month by making sure I play something on XBox Game Pass for PC and by doing this month’s Community Game-A-Long so I decided on Ori and The Blind Forest for #PlatforMonth. Platformers really aren’t my jam, overall, but I’ve been wanting to check this one out for awhile.

Additionally, I’d like to start working on the list I set for myself for 2020 with Far Cry: Primal. It’s the shortest of the titles I’ve selected for myself, and I think that’s probably a good way to ease myself into some of these more overwhelmingly lengthy titles.

Even though I have less than a week to pull it off, I’d still like to hunker down this weekend and try to get my Deathwing mount in World of Warcraft. I’m not sure I can pull it off – I haven’t played for almost a year, and I have to get a significant boost to my iLvl before doing the event, and I only have a few days in which to do it. I guess procrastination doesn’t always pay off.

I’m really not sure what else I’m going to be poking at this month. I have a date set up to play We Were Here Together with a friend. Maybe I’ll dabble some more in Guild Wars 2. I also have a handful of new games from the Winter Sales, and the January Humble Choice releases on Friday. Anyway you look at it, I’m not short on options right now.

WATCHING

I’m actually hoping to spend less time watching television over the next few months. I’m trying to get back to working my mind, and creating things again. It’s not that I don’t think television and movies are worthwhile as media – they absolutely are – but they are also the path of least resistance.

No watching goals this month.

READING

I came in just under the wire for finishing my GoodReads challenge for 2019, and yet I still upped it for 2020. I set my goal for 36 books, which is a meager increase, but I am planning on at least half a dozen of those being non-fiction.


All in all, I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. I’m painfully analytical, and I am always trying to smooth out life’s rough edges year-round. However, I do usually pick some sort of focus.

Last year, I went for monthly, to concentrate on things as they presented themselves.

This year, I’m trying to focus more on experiences, and less on things. This didn’t really solidify for me until after I decided to try out having a low gaming spending year, but it all fits together really well.

So this year, I want to play rather than collect. I want to try new things, and revisit old favorites with new friends. I might even take a few steps out of my comfort zone.

In Review – December 2019

There isn’t a Nope List this month, because I played so little overall, and there was nothing I walked away from due to anything but lack of time and other shiny things calling to me.

What I Played This Month

My Time at Portia: A carry-over from last month, but I played a LOT more this month. This is a game I would have really loved to have finished, but here’s the thing – the crashes killed it for me. Although it doesn’t seem to be a very common problem, I had random crashes to the point where I’d have to do some days five or six times before I’d make it through to a save. I was forever tweaking graphical settings, and I finally just gave up, shortly after flipping over into year two.

Cosmic Express: I wanted to try out a new (to me) puzzle game for the December Community Game-Along (#PuzzleGameMonth). I played about a dozen levels over a couple of days. I did like it, but it’s something I feel like I can step away from for awhile without having to start over.

Pirate Mosaic Puzzle – Carribean Treasures: Mosiac puzzles are probably my favorite type of bite-size gaming, and sadly, I’ve blown through almost all of what I have managed to find on Steam. This one is solid, and despite having very little time for gaming, I zoomed through it.

Peace, Death: This one is probably better suited for play on mobile (or at least on touch screen), but it’s a fun little game where you decide who goes to heaven and who goes to hell, based on an ever-increasing list of things you need to keep an eye out for. It’s not super long, but I feel like it’s something I’ll go back and do a run of from time to time.

Master of Pottery: Not an exciting game, but more of a toy. It’s pretty to play with when I’m burned out on everything and just want to unwind.

Sunset Overdrive: Why oh why can’t I quit you?!? I’ve more than finished the game on XBox Game Pass for PC, and now I’m replaying it on Steam. At least this time, I’ll have those sweet sweet nerd points to show for it.

Hero of the Kingdom: A cute little hidden object quest-a-thon. The story is nothing to write home about, but it’s a relaxing game which takes less than three hours to blow through beginning to end. Not my first time playing, but my first time completing it.

Steam Winter Sale Purchases and Gifts Received

If I had given myself an actual budget for this winter sales period, I would be so very far over it. However, my gift purchasing came in under the $50 I allot myself, and my person purchases on Steam proper did as well.

So what did I buy?

Crest: The Indirect God Sim – $2.99

The reviews may not be stellar, but actual indirect control god games are hard to come by, and I’d rather spend $3 than drop than $22 to pick up Godhood, which I still expect to drop or be bundled in time. Kind of an impulse purchase, but it’s been on my wishlist for a long time, and it was at an all-time low.

Peace, Death + Hand of F DLC – $2.38

Somehow, I have it in my head that this will be sort of like Papers, Please, but less depressing, despite the fact you’re playing as a grim reaper. A low investment pick-up, to be sure.

Varenje: Full Game DLC – $1.44

I probably should have tried out the free episode first, but for under $2, I’m down to test drive the full game. The art looks fantastic, and even a mediocre hidden object puzzler is usually worth a few hours of entertainment.

The Atomic Breath Pack – $2.00

Three little time-wasters – one focused on destruction, one on parkour, and an arcade shooter. Nothing super exciting, but a cool little package I hadn’t noticed before and grabbed on a whim.

Lost Dimension – $7.49

One part tactical RPG, one part find-the-traitor, this really sounds like it’ll be something I’ll be able to put some serious hours into.

Lobotomy Corporation – $11.74 after $5 coupon.

This one hadn’t quite hit the price I was hoping for – until I took into account the $5 coupon I earned (primarily from buying gifts for others). I’ve been looking forward to this one for awhile, and again, I expect it to be the kind of challenge I soak many hours into.

Re:Legend – $13.29 after coupon on Fanatical

The difference in price cut between Steam and Fanatical was too much to ignore, and even though this one also didn’t QUITE hit my target price, I decided to go for it. I didn’t want to wait another whole year to get a shot at this life sim with a side of Pokemon.

Total Spent – $41.33


& then, my friends came through with a few titles that I was still too … ahem … frugal to pick up myself just yet. I’m super excited for all three!


In the end, I picked up almost everything I planned to, and I have SO MANY very lovely games waiting for me to set aside some time for them. I hope your holidays (and Winter Sale season) treated you as well as they have treated me.

Impulse Purchases and a Last Hurrah

My plan for a low-spend 2020 is weighing on me. A year without buying anything new suddenly seems SO VERY LONG INDEED.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve picked up a handful of things, some of which were planned purchases, and others that really really weren’t.

I did finally pick up The Witcher 3 GOTY during Black Friday sales, and I grabbed a copy of Sunset Overdrive for my library when a physical copy was available on Amazon for around $10. So far, so good.

However, in the last week, I’ve also picked up a handful of things that caught my eye that weren’t anything I had been looking to closely at before catching a good sale. Anthem was only $6 on Amazon – it’s a physical copy and I haven’t opened it yet, but I’m going to hold onto it in case the big changes that are rumored actually make an appearance. I grabbed FTL and Where the Water Tastes Like Wine on a Humble Store sale, and Rocwood Academy and Master of Pottery were an impulse purchase on Steam, but all in all, I dropped less than $20 on the whole batch.

And then today, Chrono.gg put the Plantinum collection of Civilization VI on sale for under $30, so I scooped that up, and then I grabbed Autonauts on Nuuvem for $5. Somehow, I’ve managed to spend about $50 before even looking at the Steam sale, which is supposed to be my last spending hurrah until 2021.


Which is, I guess, both good and bad news, because the Steam sale isn’t really blowing my skirt up this go around. I’m not saying there aren’t any good deals, but none of them are ah-mazing. Originally, I had planned on picking up a couple of bigger titles, and now, the more I look, the more likely it seems that I’ll grab a couple of smaller ones (Crest is looking particularly appealing at the moment) or skip buying on Steam altogether this time around.

I also plan to keep any eye on Epic’s daily freebies, and take a closer look at some of the bundles Fanatical is dropping as part of their winter sale. There are some really fantastic deals out there – but I am already finding myself saying “But you don’t need that!”

Less than two weeks before I have to depend on Twitch Prime, Humble Choice, and sheer will power for a whole year.

Nerd Girl Goals – December 2019

I always feel like the winter holidays are such a polarizing time for people. Some people love this season – they go nuts with the decorations and send out a million cards and organize cheerful get-togethers. Others, like me, just go into survival mode until it’s all over.

We’ve just had our first major snowstorm of the year here, and there’s more anticipated for tonight, and I’ll be honest – the last thing I feel like doing right now is setting any kind of goals for myself. Solitary leisure time is going to be scarce, and I expect that most days, brainless entertainment is going to look mighty good to me.

So I’ve decided to pass on having Nerd Girl goals this month. I’m sure I’ll still find things to write about, but I’m going to just take the month “off”, so to speak, and make sure I’m prepared going into my 2020 goals.

In Review – November 2019

For the most part, November was a month of dabbling in some lovely stuff, but rarely finding myself tremendously invested in any of it.


What I Played This Month

Aurora Hex: Pattern Puzzles – A fun little puzzler which is great for nibbling on between more meaty entries.

Sunset Overdrive – I downloaded it on a whim, and I got a good 20 or so hours out of it before I wandered off to do other things.

Happy Color – We upgraded our phones at the beginning of the month, which meant actually getting to download new apps for the first time in a long time – for reference, I couldn’t update the OS on my old phone because it had so little memory. Happy Color was a huge hit with both me and my husband – a very chill, almost meditative experience. There’s so many pictures to work on, I didn’t even hesitate to spend the $5 asking price to get rid of all those pesky ads.

Onirim – Solitaire Card Game: A surprisingly difficult solitaire game that’s (almost) completely free on Steam. Although there are a couple of paid expansions, I don’t see myself spending an extensive amount of time with it – and if I do, $1 per expac is cheap enough.

West of Loathing: I really just wanted to take a peek while I had access to this one XBox Game Pass for PC. Surprisingly, I played for about 8 hours before the repetitiveness got to me.

Guild Wars 2: It was barely a dabble – maybe an hour, but it was enough to make me want to go back and play some more. I have completely forgotten everything I once knew.

My Time at Portia: When this showed up as one of the December Humble Monthly early unlocks, I remembered I already had it, and wanted to check it out. I’d say I was loving it if it weren’t for a bunch of random crashes making me replay days. Still, it’s enjoyable enough that I’m dealing with it.


An impulsive decision to subscribe to Disney+ meant a lot of time I would have normally spent gaming or watching other things was taken up instead by some Disney animated movies from the vault. We did also finish watching the first season of The Boys, and watched some of American Horror Story: Hotel.

I also finished up the first volume of The Boys (graphic novel), but I didn’t make much progress on the rest of my reading interests this month.


Finally, I got all of my 10 games to tackle in 2020 installed and put into their own little category in my Steam library.


Finding time to actually blog this month was far more challenging than I expected, and I chalk that up in part to how little time I actually spent at my computer.