In Review – July 2022

  • At least 10 posts for #JustOnePercent.
  • At least 6 posts unrelated to #JustOnePercent.
  • Play & write about at least one game purchased during the Steam Summer Sale season 2022.
  • Read / listen to any 6 books.
  • Finish both projects with August deadlines.
  • Do my Second Quarter Stitchcraft Gallery post.
  • Run Krikket’s Game Giveways summer session.
  • Start sending out invites for Krikket’s Clubhouse Discord server.

At least one thing I didn’t scratch off the list in July was a deliberate choice. I wanted to hold off on my Stitchcraft Gallery post to have it in for Blaugust 2022, and as a bonus, have another finished piece or two to show off once they were in the hands of their intended recipients. That said, I also did far less stitching during July than I had hoped to get done, so I expect that’s going to present an interesting conundrum in how I spend my time in August – I either need to get very dedicated very quickly, or I’m going be giving out some belated birthday gifts!


GAMING

Data taken from ManicTime and my own records.

This chart really drives home that while my time spent gaming is just slightly below average, my focus was absolutely all over the place this month. It does make for a rather pretty pie chart though – lots of colors!

I put out a total of 20 posts during July, with a little more than half of them being part of the #JustOnePercent project. The game time split between my PC and my Steam Deck was about 60/40 this month, which I probably shouldn’t have found surprising, but I’m definitely using the Deck more than I think I am.

#JustOnePercent

The eleven games I covered in July were Cris Tales, Song of Farca, In Space No One Can Hear You Clean*, The Forgotten City, Abomi Nation, Leaf Me Alone, inbento, An Odd Tale*, Doomsday Vault, Dreamscaper, and Garden StoryTitles marked with an asterisk were played less than one hour during June and are absent from the chart above.

I had to do a little scrambling this month as far as project gaming went. I ended up dropping Last Stop, as I hadn’t realized it left XBox Game Pass at the end of June, and Reality’s Reverse Side, as the translation was just not good, and it made it really difficult to follow what was going on. I ended up picking up another Game Pass game – Garden Story – which had not been available when I originally was making my list, so I decided to cover that one a little early rather than rearrange my entire month of August to accommodate it.

There were only two games this month I played for less than an hour, and only one of those was because I just didn’t care for it. I also managed to actually finish a project game this month, which is not something I normally have the time or inclination to do.

Non-Project Gaming

I was scattered when it came to gaming all month long, having almost doubled my total number of games played with non-project gaming during July. Most of these were played on the Steam Deck, and including the one project game I completed, I saw credits roll on three different games, although one of those (Battle Chef Brigade) was a replay for me.

Finding out what types of games I enjoy playing on the Steam Deck has been a bit of an adventure. Overall, I try to decide if I think a game will play more smoothly with the controller than the mouse and keyboard, but I’ve definitely shelved a couple of titles due to screen size – my eyes just aren’t what they used to be, and titles with a lot of small text are more comfortable to play on my larger monitor. Probably the biggest surprise of a title that I didn’t expect to work for me without a mouse & keyboard was Zuma Deluxe, although I’m still adjusting to the using the trackpad to aim, it’s become my late-night settle-my-brain game of choice over the last week or so.

Although I didn’t actually play anything from Itch.io on the Steam Deck yet, I did manage to follow the instructions I found on Reddit and have it working on there. It took me an embarrassingly long time, and then, I got distracted while cleaning out “non-steam games” from my library and managed to lose my shortcut, necessitating starting over from the beginning. I am pleased to report I managed to get it working in about half as much time the second time around.

Gaming Related Spending

This was a fairly spendy month. I picked up two of the big Itch.io bundles early in the month for a total of $20, spent an additional $32 in the Steam Summer Sale, grabbed a couple of newly released titles I was excited about for $29, and picked up a small bundle on Fanatical as well as the Humble Monthly and my Game Pass subscription. All total, I spent $106 on gaming during July.


Everything Else

READING: Came up one short on books this month, but I’m still really enjoying the audiobook versions of the 87th Precinct Series. Not having to think about what I’m going to listen to next has been a nice bonus, too. Looking ahead, I can see that Scribd is missing a handful of titles in the series, but I still have quite a few to go before I hit the 20th book, which is the first missing title. I may just read my hard copies of the books that aren’t available in between, but I’m not 100% decided on that yet – it’s been a long time since I’ve actually read a book made out of paper!

STITCHCRAFT: I am so far behind. Like, I’m pretty sure if I chained myself to my craft desk for every waking hour for the next two weeks, I still wouldn’t be caught up. While some of this is due to having taken a couple of lengthy breaks for various reasons, really, the true culprit is that I just got overly ambitious. I’m down to two projects in progress, both of which are just not going to be done in time for their intended recipient’s birthdays, and I have – mostly – just accepted that as fact. The smaller of the two is just going to be belated, and I’ve decided that the 40,000 stitch full-coverage piece I’m going to shoot to have done in time to be a Christmas present.

DISCORD SHENANIGANS: The summer batch of giveaways went off without a hitch. Unfortunately, now I find myself left with about 100 or so keys that I’ve been unable to even give away after two separate events. My other Discord project – starting up a community general activity server – is going well, but is definitely still in the phase where I’m probably overscheduling myself to see what will actually entice people to log on. That’s ok, I expected that. I’m seeing activity in the text channels most days, and I figure that’s a good start.


Recruit a Friend – Convince another blogger to participate in this year’s Blaugust event. This could be a brand new blogger but also could just be convincing another blogger out there to participate. Again much of the focus on Blaugust is to stir up activity in the community and get bloggers active again.

Lastly, I was able to check one more Blaugcheivement off my list right before the start of Blaugust 2022 proper. Jaedia, author of Dragons & Whimsy has decided to join in again this year, and my husband will also be participating with his brand new blog, Dispatches from Darksyde, which may or may not be live yet when this post goes up.

This was the task that I thought might keep me from my platinum trophy, so fingers crossed it’s all smooth sailing from here on out.

6 thoughts on “In Review – July 2022

  1. I might have to steal that pie chart idea for my monthly ManicTime report… though mine would probably be easier to read, since months where the total number of titles exceed 6 are pretty rare. But I am also not on an indie game mission either.

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    1. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure the chart itself is serving me half as well as I would like it to be – I’ve been doing it for just over a year now (entering the data into a Google Sheet & then turning that into the chart), and I never manage to format the chart the same way two months in a row. But it’s full of pretty colors, and it makes me keep track of total gaming hours, and this whole darn blog is usually more for me than anyone else anyway…

      … which is to say, steal away, friend.

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      1. I quite like the idea of the pie chart too — although most month’s I’d have quite a few games to show as well… Although perhaps not as many as you had in this example. Hehe.

        I had a play with Excel on my data for July and there are some designs that look OK. Although if I had a truly ‘Play all the things!!1!’ month it might be a little more difficult to read.

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      2. I think I’ve finally settled on a version I like; list form with hours & percentages on the left, actual chart just for the eye-catchingness of it. I may revisit at the end of the year when I’m back to having only a handful of games rather than a handful and then another dozen.

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