All Tied Up For 8/11/2017 (Yes, It’s Late)
Sometimes, especially when the world feels a bit overwhelming and my brain can’t process life, I enjoy a game that doesn’t require a lot of thought or emotional investment. Because of this, Diablo III has been a staple in my console gaming life since it’s release. Recently Blizzard introduced it’s “Rise of the Necromancer” DLC, which introduces the wait for it Necromancer class to the game. A shiny new toy is always good incentive to get back into the game, so I’ve been messing around with the Necromancer for the last week or so.
It’s super fun! It reminds me a lot of the “Death Knight” from WoW. It does feel waaay too overpowered for normal campaign mode; my skeleton minions obliterate all of the things. But that’s fine; I’m playing because I want to kill all the things, after all.
There’s also something called “season 11” going on that I assume, based on the terminology, is some kind of ranked play? I may investigate further and report back.
I took my eldest child and dropped him off at college this week, so I have been dealing with a lot of feels.
I’ve continued my watch of “Game of Thrones.” It continues to be far too rapey. I do enjoy the story, and I like some of the characters, but it’s not something I’d ever recommend without sharing that it’s very misogynistic and that there is a non-surprising lack of people of color in the show.
I also really liked the episode of “Freakonomics Radio” entitled “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid To Ask).” There’s some good advice in there about interest rates, credit cards, and savings.
I’m still barreling through my reread of “The Fifth Season” and “The Obelisk Gate” by N.K. Jemisin (who just won a Hugo for “Obelisk”!) ahead of the grand finale to this trilogy coming out this week.
I’ve also been dipping in and out of “Madame Zero” by Sarah Hall; it’s a book of short stories that is just so, so beautiful and so, so weird. The first, “Mrs. Fox,” is about a man whose wife transforms into a literal fox; the second, “Case Study 2,” is about a social working who is trying to rehabilitate a child raised in a commune. The stories are all a little disturbing but so stunning that it’s been a wholly satisfying reading experience.
I like games, which seems to be something I’ve kind of forgotten over the past year. I mean, I’ve played a game or two, but it’s been the same couple of games over and over. I’ve been stagnating.
And that, my friends, is unacceptable.
To combat this stagnation, I reached into the murky depths of my unplayed game backlog and pulled out “Stories: The Path of Destinies.” We’ve talked about this game before on the site and on the podcast, so I won’t go into to much further depth here, but it’s super fun. You play as Reynardo the Fox as he explores different potential futures, trying to find the one that won’t kill him.
The game is witty, with a lot of pop-culture references and clever jokes. It’s also pretty fun to play, with combat that’s not terribly challenging, and it’s very replayable (which is fortunate, because there are 25 potential endings!)
Get this game. It’s heckin’ fun.