Meandering towards Isengard
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 August 2015, 11:00 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 27 I played LotRO last night, continuing my multitasking experiment. I nearly cut my play session short though as the next quest I picked up after completing some small errand quests involved a solo instance required me to help four NPCs defeat multiple waves of enemies for 8 minutes. By about 2 […]

Kobali Primed
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 August 2015, 10:51 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 26 Last night I got back on track with my multitasking experiment and logged into Star Trek Online. I loaded the game in the middle of a fire fight which made for an exciting start to things. I had forgotten I was in the middle of the Kobali ground combat zone when I […]

Losing Games
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 August 2015, 11:03 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 25 Multitasking Experiment I didn’t play any games last night. Instead I had a nap, caught up on some YouTube videos in my Watch Later queue, and went to bed at a half decent hour. Not terribly exciting, but at least I’m not off track on my multitasking experiment. In fact I started […]

Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 August 2015, 11:39 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 24 Sunday night I returned to my multitasking experiment and started up Champions. I logged into the six heroes, I had already created just to refresh my memory on what combinations of powers I had already played with before heading into the character creator and seeing what I could come up with […]

Jool Mission Planning – Lander Design
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 August 2015, 9:51 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 23 Last night should have been my return to my multitasking experiment, and playing anything other than KSP which is what I’d played on Wednesday. But I had just watched the latest trailer for The Martian again and was in a space mood that Star Trek Online doesn’t really fulfill as it is […]

Online Boardgaming
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2015, 11:17 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 22 Last night I played Lord of the Rings: The Card Game by Fantasy Flight online with Wininoid using OCTGN. OCTGN is a platform for playing card games online, and LotR support is provided by another developer here. We attempted to complete the second quest in the game which is Journey Along the Anduin. […]

D&D Night
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 August 2015, 8:35 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 21 No gaming last night or tonight, the multitasking experiment will resume tomorrow. Instead last night was my regular D&D (5th edition) night with Scopique DMing and four others from Twitter in the party, he’s posted the recap for last night’s session if you’re curious about our latest shenanigans. Virtual D&D is nearly as […]

Jool Mission Planning
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 August 2015, 9:39 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 20 Rather than suffer the vagaries of a d4, I loaded up Kerbal Space Program last night. It’s kind of cheating on my multitasking experiment as KSP has basically been my primary game since October. Regardless, I spent the evening in the Vehicle Assembly Building working on my first Kerballed mission to […]

Outage Hiccup
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 August 2015, 9:37 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 19 The second evening of my multitasking experiment started well enough, I launched Star Trek Online and hopped into the game. After handling my usual duty officer scheduling, I headed to the Delta Quadrant to finish a long pending mission to help out the Kobali. I think the Kobali ground zones have gotten tougher […]

Back to Middle-Earth
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2015, 9:10 am
Blaugust 2015 Day 18 I started my multitasking experiment last night by logging into LotRO. I had actually been in just the week before to make sure that all of my characters had recent activity so I wouldn’t lose names when the server merged closed, so I didn’t have to wait long on the patched. The […]

Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2015, 9:21 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 17 I’ve been thinking more since my post on reconnecting about trying to get back to juggling multiple MMOs. I definitely don’t want to drop Star Trek Online, but my nostalgia for both LotR and Champions has stayed with me the last couple of days. That surprises me as I usually have an […]

Almost There
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 August 2015, 10:02 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 16 Guilt and Joy About two or three Saturdays a month since March, I’ve been heading down to my local gaming store and playing Golem Arcana. Usually I feel a little guilty because I’m gone for about five hours and leaving my wife to deal with Thing 1 and Thing 2 solo. […]

Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 August 2015, 10:37 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 15 There are currently 10 different MMO game launchers on my desktop, or technically 13 since the Arc launcher covers three games (Star Trek, Champions, Neverwinter) and Glyph has two (Rift and Defiance). Out of that list of 13 games, Star Trek Online is the only one I’ve played with any regularity this […]

Background Noise
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2015, 11:21 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 14 Background Noise I am orders of magnitude more productive at work if I’m listening to music or podcasts. It provides a consistent distraction that I can then ignore while focusing on whatever programming issue I’m trying to solve, instead of all of the sporadic background conversations going on in the office. I can’t […]

Modded KSP
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2015, 9:36 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 13 As much fun as stock Kerbal Space Program game is for me, it is even more fun with mods. Some of the core mods that I don’t like to play without just to give better information. The stock game expects players to experiment and play through try-fail cycles, but I’m more of […]

Hodgier and Podgier
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 August 2015, 9:44 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 12 I enjoyed writing yesterdays’ disjointed rambling, and decided to do it again. Enjoy. Fox’s Law Murphy’s Law states, anything that can go wrong will. I watched a pilot for an upcoming variation on the police procedural last night and really liked it. So in the storied tradition of Firefly and Almost Human, […]

Hodge Podge
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 August 2015, 8:19 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 11 I’m feeling a scattered tonight and figured I’d just shotgun some random thoughts rather than try for any kind of coherency. Enjoy. Kerbal Space Program Kerbal Space Program definitely provides Civ and Minecraft moments. Just finished a mission, “That went well, what time is it? Oh it’s after midnight, I’ll just plan […]

MunNet Scramble
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2015, 10:51 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 10 It was a perfect launch, the rocket was gorgeous.   Watching the fairings fall away as the vehicle left the atmosphere to reveal four communications satellites nestled snugly had me grinning like a Kerbal. I’d sent two of my brightest, if not bravest, Kerbalnauts to complete the deployment of my new MunNet. […]

Kerbal Space Program
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 August 2015, 9:46 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 09 I bought Kerbal Space Program in November 2013 during a sale, played for maybe half an hour, decided it was “popular but not for me”, and moved on to something else. Fast forward almost a year to October 2014 when I saw a Let’s Play video by Bevo, one of the YouTubers that […]

Rhino Hero
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 August 2015, 12:00 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 08 Haba makes some great kids games. One of my favorite is Rhino Hero (also known as Super Rhino), it’s one of those rare activities that kids like but can be fun for adults as well. The game contains two types of cards: wall cards that have a crease in them to allow them to […]

Marvel Collector Corps
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 August 2015, 11:45 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 07 In September of last year I signed up for Loot Crate because I’d heard there was Firefly and Star Trek stuff in it. There was a nice little Malcolm Reynolds figure in it but not T-shirts and there rest of the stuff in the box was pretty disappointing to me. I canceled my […]

Bits or cardboard?
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 August 2015, 10:45 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 06 I think I’m nearly recovered from GenCon last weekend. Today’s the first day that I didn’t end up taking an hour nap after the kids went to bed before waking up in a panic realizing I hadn’t done my blog entry yet. Anyway, I thought I’d continue with the GenCon theme a little longer, […]

GenCon 2015 Part 4
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 August 2015, 11:57 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 05 Sunday at GenCon is Family Day. Sunday is also the day I’ve been bringing my oldest son with me for the last few years. On the drive down Sunday morning I asked him what he wanted to do at GenCon and his reply was: eat at a food truck, collect buttons, and say […]

GenCon 2015 Part 3
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2015, 11:30 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 04 On Saturday, started out back in the Golem Arcana area of the play hall. Enough of the east and west coast regional players hadn’t been able to come to GenCon, that most of the midwest regional players got into the national tournament, including me. So I got to play far more than I […]

GenCon 2015 Part 2
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2015, 12:37 am
Blaugust 2015 Day 03 I spent the first half of Friday at GenCon in the Exhibit Haul Hall. Harebrained Schemes was demoing a new game called Necropolis.  It’s a take on the Roguelike genre, which I’m usually not a fan of, with a really cool art style that reminded me a bit of Massive Chalice, which I […]

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