NaNoWriMo Again?
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 11:00 am
November is coming and it’s bringing NaNoWriMo with it along with some assorted holidays. When I was first asked if I was participating again, I immediately thought of last year’s story still sitting waiting on much needed revisions, and said no. But like always, I continued thinking about it, and now I’m not thinking maybe. […]


Vacation Backlog
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2014, 9:10 pm
I’m back! I took a month off from the blog. Unintentionally. Basically I discovered that Kerbal Space Program had added a career mode since the last time I tried it, and got extremely focused on the game.  Like I did when I first started playing Minecraft and again when I started playing with mods. I’m […]


Six years.
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 September 2014, 5:10 pm
Wow, I can’t believe that I’ve been blogging for six years. I don’t stop to appreciate it much, but even though I don’t blog regularly in any sense of the word, I need to cut myself a little slack for maintaining a blog for six years, no matter how sporadically I post. And it’s definitely […]


Delta Rising Debrief
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 8:20 pm
Several dev blogs have come out in the last two weeks that I’m just now catching up on. My favorite new feature has to be Grapple Guns! While I would love to be able to use these anywhere, I really doubt that will be the case. None of the existing maps will have been developed […]


Delta Rising Intelligence Ships Design
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 4:25 pm
Yesterday, Cryptic posted a dev blog about the design process behind the ship design for the new Delta Rising ships. I’m not going to get into the whole debate of whether they’re Trek-like or not. That’s completely subjective. I will say I liked the thought process behind going for a visually cohesive set of ships designed around […]


STO Fleet Nights
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 September 2014, 5:45 pm
Sunday night was Fleet Night in Star Trek Online. I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to go. I had been playing Shadowrun: Crossfire all afternoon, and just barely losing, and I really wanted to keep at it until I finished a Crossfire mission. But it’s kind of bad when you don’t go to an event you’re […]


Microsoft, Mojang, and Minecraft
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 September 2014, 4:18 pm
So it is actually true. Microsoft bought Mojang for $2.5 billion. When I first heard the rumors, my first reaction was there was no way they were true. Then they persisted with no response from Mojang or Notch, and I began to think they could be afterall. With the official news today confirming the rumor removing […]


Scattered Thoughts
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 September 2014, 9:48 pm
The Adventure Co 2.0 met last night for its first real session. It went well, despite some technical hurdles with Roll20’s video and audio, plus most of us just being out of practice. Initial session’s are always awkward anyway (in my experience) because players don’t know each other’s characters well and usually aren’t into their own […]


Difficulty
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 September 2014, 3:55 pm
I like to avoid frustration in my gaming hobby. Fighting games especially are something I avoid now, as once upon a time I broke a couch kicking it after a bout against the CPU opponent. The surest way for me to end up putting down a game and never coming back is to suddenly ramp up the […]


D20s and Cards
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 September 2014, 11:55 pm
Adventure Co. Last night was supposed to be the initial session of Adventure Co. 2.0, but Scopique had a water heater emergency and had to cancel. Totally understandable, and I hope he gets it fixed quickly and cheaply, but I’m a homeowner myself and those two things rarely go together. Even without our Dungeon Master, the […]


Return of Fleet Night
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2014, 4:54 pm
Last night was our second fleet night. It went even better as we had a full team of five and were able to run all of the Defera hard quests, Into the Hive, and the Voth ground battle zone. The Borg Queen gave us some trouble again in the Hive STF (normal mode still) but […]


Three Dev Blogs! Ah! Ah! Ah!
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2014, 10:50 pm
Cryptic release not one, not two, but three dev blogs today. The biggest news by far for me are the additional Voyager cast members doing voice work. Robert Picardo’s The Doctor was my favorite character from the series and I really hope he’s heavily used in the new content. In addition to Tim Russ as […]


Fleet Night
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2014, 9:20 pm
Blaugust is over! Huge thanks again to Belghast for organizing this, it was just the motivation I’ve been needing. Also congratulations to the Survivors and other Winners. Star Trek Online is the only MMO I’ve really stuck with on a regular basis after hitting the level cap. That’s not to say I haven’t taken extended breaks […]


Blaugust Finale
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 August 2014, 5:03 pm
Today’s the last day of Blaugust. I’m pleased to say I haven’t missed a day, which around the 7th or 8th I wasn’t sure I would be able to manage. In part I think it just took a few weeks to knock the rust off of the mental gears needed to post something everyday, but […]


Broken Token
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 August 2014, 11:26 pm
A big challenge involved with board games is organization and storage. Imagine for a moment that your Steam games library required physical space. After buying a game or ten during one of Valve’s insane sales, and hopefully playing the- sorry I can’t even finish typing that without laughing, you then had to figure out where to store […]


Names
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2014, 10:30 pm
I abhor drama. I avoid getting involved in it unless it’s absolutely necessary, especially Internet drama. However, I also think names are extremely important. So when there’s four blog posts in me RSS this afternoon about the term Gamer, I can’t help but weigh in. I don’t see every changing my Twitter bio. Well maybe I could remove the […]


Tier 5 Upgrades
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 August 2014, 10:33 pm
Yesterday Cryptic released the one dev blog a lot of people have been waiting impatiently for, upgrading Tier 5 ships. Upgrading is done via Zen through the C-store, for between $5 and $10 (subject to change as is all of the dev blog information). The upgrade is per ship but account wide, although I don’t […]


Boardgame Appstravaganza
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 August 2014, 10:20 pm
I’ve been spending quite a bit of time lately playing the app versions of board games. Especially a few of the competitive 2-player ones like Star Realms and Summoner Wars. I bought the Master Set for Summoner Wars at GenCon last year but never got a chance to play it, and I’d been eyeing the […]


Delta Quadrant Developments
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 August 2014, 10:51 pm
It turns out my guess yesterday was pretty good about what the redacted Engineering Corp Report was. We got a little bit more detail today about Tier 6 ships. The additional bridge officer slot was to be expected along with the usual hull and shield points and additional console slot, but the new stuff sounds […]


Different Kinds of Excitement
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 August 2014, 10:17 pm
Since becoming a parent, I’ve had to say and do a lot of things that I never thought I would ever say or do. For instance tonight I had to explain to my five year old that it doesn’t matter if he only pooped a little bit in the tub, he still has to get […]


Blaugust Progress
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 August 2014, 10:04 pm
Blaugust Today being the 19th, I am roughly 60% done with Blaugust. I haven’t missed a day yet and (knock on wood) I don’t think I will. Confidence aside, I definitely have had some of the same struggles that Welshtroll, Rowan, and Missy’s Mojo have already talked about. Several nights were a real struggle for […]


Perks of being a Fleet Admiral
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 August 2014, 9:11 pm
The Path to Level 60 in Star Trek Online Cryptic released the first of many, I assume, dev blogs regarding the Delta Rising expansion. This one deals with raising the level cap from to 60 from 50, Admiral to Fleet Admiral ranks. Before I get into it, I just wanted to mention how much I’ve enjoyed the […]


On Tooth Fairies
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 August 2014, 8:34 pm
The Tooth Fairy’s Midnight Mission I thought having my oldest start Kindergarten would be the biggest milestone for a while. Seeing him get on the bus that first day certainly brought home how much he’s grown up. So I was unprepared for how much it hit me when he lost his first tooth last night. […]


Firefly Online
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2014, 11:09 pm
Firefly Online (FFO) was announced over a year ago at 2013′s San Diego Comic Con. I watched the teaser video and got excited. Then I saw in the video description that is was a “multi-user, social online role-playing game that will initially be available for smartphones and tablets” and got depressed. I’ve kept a hopeful […]


Back to the Virtual Table
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 August 2014, 9:24 pm
D&D Adventure Co. version 2 is going to start up soon™- okay I just took a quick break to find my original posts about our virtual D&D group’s adventures last year… and there aren’t any. So instead if you’re curious, Tipa at West Karana did some great writeups. The short version is we had a small […]


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