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Snooker Nation Week 17

Snooker Nation

Jason and I settled down to another game of Snooker Nation and I managed to win 5 frames to 3 in a best of 9. To be fair on Jason, he did say before we started that he had not been sleeping well and was tired. I played pretty well considering I have been fairly sick, I think it must have been the co-codamol I have been taking, I can see why the stuff is addictive.

There were two century breaks this week, 115 in the second frame and 135 in the 3rd frame, both of which I scored. I am really happy with the 135 break, I think my record is 137. I was on track to score a 3rd century in the 8th and final frame but but unfortunately failed to free up two reds which were tight on the black.

It is good to start 2019 with a Snooker Nation victory, the first of many I hope. I would estimate that Jason and I are equal in this game and that he wins about half of the time, including two embarrassing whitewash instances. Hopefully we will find something else to our liking as the year progresses as we certainly have got our monies worth out of Snooker Nation, that’s for sure.

XCOM 2 Goal Complete

XCOM 2 Goal Complete

Almost a week ago I wrote about being inspired by chap named Geoff ‘iNcontroL’ Robinson who recently completed XCOM 2 on commander difficulty with iron man enabled which you can read about here.

I am happy to report, despite being unwell since writing that post, I have completed the goal I set out for myself to complete the game on veteran difficulty with the iron man mode enabled. Not nearly as good as what Geoff recently accomplished but I am really happy with my achievement.

Here are 4 screenshots which show my campaign statistics.

XCOM 2 Stats

XCOM 2 Stats

XCOM 2 Stats

XCOM 2 Stats

I don’t mind admitting that this was the 4th or 5th campaign before I got a good start and started to understand the game mechanics a little better. The first 1 or 2 campaigns were nothing short of a disaster and for a while I did not think I would manage to accomplish my goal before the end of the year.

This has been the perfect way to end my 2018 gaming but there more I could do with XCOM 2. There are a number of relatively easy trophies/achievements which I could do using easier difficulty settings, not to mention the ‘War of the Chosen’ expansion which I have not looked at yet.

In 2019 I hope to set myself more goals like this and beat more games. While I will always be interested in playing games like EVE Online or World of Warcraft, it is good to take a break and beat a single player game like XCOM 2 from time to time.

Snooker Nation Week 16

Snooker Nation

Jason and I did battle once again by playing a game of Snooker Nation. This time we decided to play a best of 9 which I managed to win 5 frames to 3. I am particularly pleased to win this week as this will be our last game of 2018 which I wrote about in my last Snooker Nation post.

Unfortunately I scored the only century break of 115 in the 8th and final frame. I was saddened because the blue, pink and black were left on table which meant I missed the opportunity to get a break of 133. This is rather typical of me, I often tend to choke on the last few balls of a would be high break. The same thing happened earlier this month which I wrote about in my Snooker Nation Week 13 post.

While Jason and I are always on the look out for games that we will enjoy playing together when we have our weekly chats, I look forward to playing more Snooker Nation in the new year and who knows, maybe score a 147 break which I just know is only a matter of time before one of us gets it.

XCOM 2 Inspiration

XCOM 2

I noticed on Twitter recently that Geoff Robinson also known as iNcontroL, managed to complete XCOM 2 on commander difficulty with iron man enabled after nearly 500 attempts and 2000+ hours of game play logged. For those of you who do not know about XCOM 2, this is a pretty big deal, especially with the ‘Long War 2’ mod he was using.

iNcontroL has always been a source of inspiration for me and as such I have followed his career as a professional Starcraft 2 player, caster and gaming personality. If you haven’t already, I suggest you follow him on twitter or take a look at his twitch channel and his youtube channel.

In light of this huge success, I have been inspired and have decided to try and accomplish my own goal in XCOM 2 by beating the game on veteran difficulty with iron man enabled using my Playstation 4 Pro. If I succeed this will not nearly be as good as Geoffs’ accomplishment, but it will do for me.

Using the Unreal engine, XCOM 2 is a turn based strategy RPG (role-playing game). You have fully customisable soldiers which have different skills, abilities and weapons which you use to embark upon missions in order to accrue resources, rescue engineers, scientists and make progress in defeating the alien invaders.

XCOM 2 Copper Ice

XCOM 2 reminds me of one of favourite games, Front Mission 3 for the Playstation 1 developed by Squaresoft who also made the Final Fantasy series. During each mission you take turns moving and attacking with your soldiers using the terrain as cover or to gain vantage points. I have uploaded two short missions I played during the early stages of my campaign to youtube which I hope will give you an idea.

I will be putting in some serious time into this mini project and will be sure to share the results. If I do beat the game I will be shown statistical score sheets which I will share to prove my success.

WoW: Battle for Darkshore Warfront

Battle for Darkshore Warfront

Back in September I wrote about my experiences with the new World of Warcraft battlefront content in Arathi Basin, you can read what I wrote here and here.

I really enjoyed these experiences and hoped that more warfront content will be made available throughout the Battle for Azeroth expansion. In the first major content patch, Tides of Vengeance, my wish came true and a new warfront opened up named Battle for Darkshore, giving the alliance an opportunity to get some much needed payback for the burning of Teldrassil at the beginning of the expansion.

While there are many similarities to the warfront in Arathi Basin, I found it really fun and thought the battle flowed a little better in that the nodes were fairly close and more streamlined. Players also passively accrue both wood and iron resources which means you do not need to actively farm resources in order to contribute. On completion players are rewarded with an ilevel (item level) 340 item and once per character an ilevel 385 item. My warrior obtained an ilevel 385 leg item while my paladin obtained boots, both were upgrades but what I like most is the armour skin, I really hope to collect the rest of the set.

When the Alliance capture Darkshore players are able to complete a number of quests and can obtain more ilevel 340 loot, resources and 7th Legion service medals which are a new currency introduced in Tides of Vengeance. What’s more, we also get to fight this guy, Ivus the Decayed.

Ivus the Decayed

Among other things Tides of Vengeance also brought invasions back to Warcraft which are similar to the Burning Legion invasions in the Legion expansion but are horde/alliance invasions. On completion players are rewarded with an item which item level scales depending their characters average item level. These are fun but it is a little frustrating when you miss an invasion, I logged in today with about 20 minutes left on the invasion timer and was not able to get it done.

It would be remiss of me not to give a general update to my World of Warcraft activities. Since my last update my druid ilevel has increased to 371, my paladin trails with 364 and my warrior is currently sitting on 359.

I have managed to increase my account achievement point score to 19040 and have raised Khorium, my new warlock, to level 45. With Khorium I have taken the time to get 4 quest achievements in Wetlands, Loch Modan, Duskwood and Northern Stranglethorn which gets me 4 steps closer to completing the Loremaster of Eastern Kingdoms achievement.

Finally, on the 2nd December 2018 the guild I joined over a month ago, Midlife Crisis, managed to kill G’huun in Uldir on normal difficulty for the first time. Although most players and guilds have probably achieved this much earlier, I am proud to have been a part of it.

G'huun Kill

After defeating G’huun we went on to kill two bosses on heroic difficulty but have not since managed to make more progress. I think many of the guild members have more or less stopped raiding because Christmas is almost upon us and people are more interested in raiding the new Battle of Dazar’alor raid when it arrives on the 22nd January 2019.

Going forward I hope to further increase my achievement score, increase the level of my warlock and with any luck either progress further in Uldir or make a good start on Battle of Dazar’alor with Midlife Crisis.

Snooker Nation Week 15

Snooker Nation

Another week of Snooker Nation with my friend Jason. This time however Jason managed to claim victory 4 frames to 1 in a best of 7.

It would have been another whitewash but I somehow manage to salvage victory in the 3rd frame after being behind around 50 points with not much more than that left on the table. Jason then replied with the only century break of the match of 116 in the 4th frame.

Unfortunately I did not make the most of the opportunities that presented themselves to me. Jason even purposefully potted a colour when he was supposed to pot a red in second frame, for a moment I thought was going to say he was ‘playing a future shot’.

As always it was good to play a game with my friend. If all goes well we will have one more game in 2018, let’s hope I can win it!

EVE Online Shenanigans

EVE Online Shenanigans

After my most resent post, EVE Online: Onslaught, I have taken a short break from World of Warcraft and have invested some time in doing some EVE Online shenanigans.

The new activity tracker has particularly piqued my interest and I have increased my score from 1,298 to 1,788. I have done this by exploring several wormholes, completing a number of data and relic sites, completely solo mined out an ‘Average Hemorphite, Hedbergite and Jaspet Deposit’ ore site in high security space, harvested gas and ice in wormhole space and even completed some Abyssal Deadspace sites.

Abyssal Deadspace Site

I tried my hand at a little cat and mouse PvP in two of the wormhole systems I explored but failed as cat, miserably. I have a lot to learn. I have a character in a dying player run corporation and somehow, after a change of leadership, I have been given access to some corporation property which I estimate to have a value of a billion ISK (Interstellar Kredits (The in-game currency)). I will not take it or misuse it, but many in my position would. I am not sure what I am going to do in EVE Online in the future, everything seems to be up in the air at the moment but these shenanigans have been fun. Perhaps I need a fresh start in the game? A new self carved purpose? Time will tell.

EVE Online: Onslaught

EVE Online: Onslaught

In July, before I started this blog I had been playing EVE: Online on a daily basis and I had visions of this blog being full of posts related to my activities within this incredible game. Since then however I have played very little. On the 13th November a new content patch was released, EVE: Online Onslaught. I decided it would be best that I try out some of this content and familiarise myself with it for when I decide to play the game regularly again. Thankfully the games developers (CCP) released this excellent EVE Online: Onslaught video highlighting all of the new features.

For anyone who knows me, you will know that I am predominantly a solo gamer, even in MMOs (short for MMORPGs (Massively multiplayer online role-playing games)). It is unfortunate therefore that this content patch offers very little for me and is largely focused on game play for those who play together which to be honest, is as it should be.

There are two, maybe three things I can take from Onslaught. The jump gates which link solar systems have had a graphic a overhaul and generally look cooler. There is a sort of achievement system called ‘Activity Tracker’ which literally tracks most of my activities within the game and gives me a growing score as I play. So far, having spent 3-4 hours exploring the new feature, I have accrued 1,298 points by entering 70 high security systems, 1 wormhole, 2 unique regions, manufacturing 4 tech 1 ships, destroying 365 NPC (non playable character) ships, completing a level 4 security mission and much more, there is just too much to list. The other possible benefit is that there are new Triglavian ships which someday I might try out.

For my extremely humble existence within the game, this content patch good but nothing for me to get excited about. If I were a large scale fleet commander or were a director of logistics for a large corporation or alliance, perhaps it would be a different story.

Snooker Nation Week 14

Snooker Nation

After some microphone technical issues, Jason and I settled down to yet another game of Snooker Nation.

Jason won the first frame with a break of 132 which completely shattered my confidence for the rest of the match yet somehow, I still managed to win 4 frames to 3 in a best of 7 and I felt a sense of relief when it was over which I don’t think Jason appreciated.

My confidence to one side it was still a good match in that we reached the ace frame but on this occasion I did not score any century breaks which I think sums up my state of mind.

I didn’t remember to ask Jason if he wanted to play a different game this week and next week we are going to be pushed for time. After that however I hope we can have a game of Unreal Tournament, just for old times sake as we used to play it a lot.

World of Warcraft: Khorium

World of Warcraft update 3

I feel as though it is time for another update to my activities in World of Warcraft which I am still hooked on since the launch of the ‘Battle for Azeroth’ expansion.

The biggest thing to share since my last update is that I have managed achieve all of my goals and have reached level 120 with my warrior which is currently sitting on a relatively low average ilevel (item level) of 336. I have also improved the professions of my paladin, most notably her blacksmithing which is now maxed out.

As planned My PvP activity has been non existent since my last update and I plan to keep it that way for the time being since I have found it increasingly difficult to get into a regular RBG (Rated battle ground) group. I think even if I did, they would probably not be the kind of people I would enjoy playing with anyway.

My druid ilevel has increased to 366 and my paladin as always so far this expansion is still trailing at 359. I am still enjoying my time in my new guild ‘Midlife Crisis’ and I am slowly getting to know the regular players. Last Thursday we managed to kill 7 out of 8 boss in ‘Uldir’ on normal difficulty, leaving only the last boss ‘G’huun’ to kill on Sunday which I think will be a guild first. If we are successful I believe the plan would then be to start trying heroic. The guild has opened up numerous doors for me with no hassle, drama or bad feelings and I must say, I am loving it. I was invited to do a mythic+5 dungeon in ‘The Underrott’ and we cleared it with ease and within time, I even got an item upgrade at the end. I hope more groups will form to do mythic dungeons, if only so I can get some achievements.

I would like to introduce you to Khorium, my void elf warlock pictured in Wetlands at the starting level of 20 for void elves.

Khorium

I plan to level Khorium to 120 and obtain the void elf heritage armour, mount and ‘Heritage of the Void’ achievement. Along the way I will also try and get various quest achievements to work towards ‘The Loremaster’ achievement. I already have ‘Loremaster of Northrend, Cataclysm, Draenor and Legion’ achievements however the other continents, Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Outland and Pandaria still need doing. I have never been very good at leveling characters and I think this will be a slow side project, especially since a new content patch is less than two weeks away.

The other thing I want to improve in the coming weeks is my achievement score. I have as I write this 18,910 points (account wide) which is respectable but there is huge potential for improvement. Also, now my warrior is 120, I would like to work on her professions and get them to max level.

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