Another week, and it is time once again for the Hype Train!
Ape Out: This was a surprisingly fun little game. I saw a WoW designer (Hamlet formerly of Elitist Jerks!) discussing it months ago on Twitter and really liked the visual style hook. On top of that, it is a genuinely fun little game – each set of levels is a record with a procedural jazz soundtrack that includes instrumental stings when you kill enemies. The gameplay is simple – run through level, shove enemies into walls and objects to kill them, avoid getting shot, bombed, or missile launched, make it to the end of the level, and sometimes you can pick or pull things to make use of the environment, and that is it. It is wickedly fun, viscerally satisfying, and as a jazz fan, extremely enjoyable to me for the soundtrack as well!
N’Zoth the Corruptor: Another fairly clean week inside of Ny’alotha normal, and a bit over an hour of attempts on N’Zoth the Corruptor. Probably the only actually-hard fight in the normal raid, it involves managing a lot of fairly precise mechanics and meeting some tough DPS checks, which can be rough for a group that is sometimes dragging 1-3 DPS over the finish line. Still, as with many challenges my guild faces, I think the biggest problem is execution and later attempts last week got better about managing the various quirks of the fight, so I am somewhat optimistic we can do it this week and start to shift to Heroic!
Unlocking Mechagnomes: Another 2-3 days of Mechagon gameplay and I’ll cross the finish line on this goal! I’m saving remaining Allied Race leveling for 9.0 at this point (I do not have the fortitude to go 20-120 on more characters at this point) but I want to have the unlock done so I could earnestly shift to doing Vulpera unlocking on my Horde alt.
FFXIV – Blue Mage Leveling: My last job sub-30, I’ve enjoyed running around and hitting things with Water Cannon. I need to get back to farming spells, but for right now, I’ve enjoyed the leisurely strolls through old zones and it is fun easymode gameplay for listening to podcasts or keeping up with news on my other monitor as I roll through the levels.
Building A Template Game in Ren’Py: Something I am working on doing to make the process of building a real game easier, my goal for the next month is to play with Ren’Py enough to make a basic visual novel with text, some clip art and test transitions, and play with some interactive choices that we’ve planned into our actual game project!
Digging In to Everquest II: I’ve put a few hours into the game so far for my 2020 project, and it has been a decidedly mixed few hours for me, but I always hate the leveling process in most MMOs, even the ones I like. I’m debating the merits of trying a character boost to see what more current content would look like and see how group play and the like all pan out.
Trip Planning: Between convincing my fiancee that the Chris Jericho Rock N Wrestling Rager at Sea would be fun next January, I’m also trying to see about going to NYC in August for a New Japan Pro Wrestling show at Madison Square Garden and San Diego in November for the first leg of the 2020-2021 FFXIV Fan Fests. If everything pans out, all of that and Blizzcon should be a go, but that is a big if!
And with that, hey, made it two weeks in a row! See you next week!