Have a fantastic time Yap.
I'm thinking that "Where is Yapette?" could become one of TR's regular features. Photos of Yap in exotic locales with her avatar dog Photoshopped onto her body. We'd have to guess where she is. Where's Waldo? Who cares. Inquiring minds want to know where Yapette is.
"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."
Vietnam* was even better this time than last. Trip to Sapa exceeded every expectation.
Sick with insufferable cold&cough since day after I returned (with 12 hr. time difference jet lag)
Cross-toxinated Mr. Yap who spent Sunday morning intubated in the ER.
Yesterday we gave up six grueling weeks of manually feeding/hydrating the dog via squeeze bottles & had her put to sleep.
Time for a Life Reboot.
* A video is possible if I can muster the mental strength to edit 160+ flip videos, average length 20 seconds, into a coherent, succinct 1 minute opus. Then again, I might rather play a game. [Image Can Not Be Found]
I am not dead…yet.
Regularly lurking, not posting. You know when you get out of the mood for games? Or nothing you play suits your fancy? Thus am I.
Daughter with high risk pregnancy delivered last Thursday via emergency c-section, thankfully mom & son in A-1 shape. Since then lots of Skyping & phone back&forthing as she, her brother (20 min. away in Boston) & I coordinate my visit on Sunday. Up North (NH). Where as far as I'm concerned, it's still the Dead of Winter. So much so that I've been forced to dig out my already packed away winter clothes.
Due to the above, both leading up to and after the fact, it has been impossible to focus on games. I started Drakensang:The River of Time only days after returning from Turkey. It's not a long game (and quite fun) but starting over 5 damn times? (couldn't decide on a build [Image Can Not Be Found]) Four weeks and maybe progressed 25% – by last Friday I could not stand playing one. more. minute.
I shall return. Two Worlds II is nagging me unmercifully from where it sits on the shelf since before Turkey when if I'd started it then, I'd have forgotten how to play when I returned and ended up starting over (but not 5 times like I ended up doing with D:TRoT).
([Image Can Not Be Found] so my life stays on a steady course, and no one feels left out, that's how I've ended all correspondence for the last couple of weeks)
P.S. I luuuv my Nook Color, for the last few weeks my gaming machine of choice. I've "played" 3 different versions of Android on microSD cards, downloaded free apps & tried all kinds of stuff. Just like a phone but no data charges (it's wifi) and 7" screen. Been worth every cent.
Wow! You've been, and will continue to be for a while, busy. Congrats on your new grandson. How wonderful that everyone is healthy. Is this your first grandchild?
If you have purchased, but haven't played, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., you're welcome to come along and play with Kay, Steerpike, Scout, Armand, xtal and me. Kay and I will be slower than the others, but we don't care. Even if you wouldn't start the game until you return from your trip, we wouldn't be too far ahead. You could follow our exploits over in Bollocks.
Enjoy your trip. Be safe. Be warm. Winter is overrated.
"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."
Congratulations on the new grandbaby, Yap! I'm so happy to hear that Mom and spawn are doing well. High-risk pregnancies must be terribly stressful, just sort of waiting and hoping and doing the best you can do. Great relief!
As your Polar Opposite, I feel compelled to point out that I live in the "north" and it's fucking hot here. It was 63 yesterday in Ann Arbor. I hate the summer. People seem to take that to mean that I hate the sun and/or sunny days. This is untrue. I hate not the sun but the heat it produces. And I'm not thrilled with the atmosphere, what with all the keeping that heat in.
Have a safe and wonderful trip. 🙂 We'll be here when you get back!
Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.
Congrats Yap! Bound by the female code of must know everything, I am required to enquire about baby stats: weight, length, naming convention, hair or lack thereof [Image Can Not Be Found]
Funny you should mention Drakensang, as I was considering starting it up after fizzling out with DA2. Alas, it looks like you're starting the sequel and I haven't even played the first. (I really need to spend more time gaming)
Steerpike, I'm with you on hating the hot. Yesterday it was close to 80 here in SF – hate, hate, hate. It's never a good sign when it's close to 60 at 6:30 in the morning.
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Yap, congrats on the new grandbaby. Must be exciting. If you like strategy guides, there is a free one ($5 shipping) available here:
I may get one, though I don't usually use guides. They are nice to have.
Thanks all for kind wishes for daughter & grand. Yup, the last 6 months have been stressful during our watch and wait. If
I were to place offerings on altars, one of them would certainly be Skype. [Image Can Not Be Found]
NewMom (5'1") birthed 8 lb. 6 oz. bruiser the spittin' image of NewDad. Lots of dark brown hair (unlike his Mom for the first 10 mos.) which his dad lovingly combs to the side with a part. [Image Can Not Be Found] Thankfully, not yet tangles of curls like both parents but he's probably cursed with genetics.
Although my three looked unlike me at birth, I could tell they were mine by their flat-as duck feet. Asked my daughter, what are his like? As both NewBaby's parents are flat footers, it's not surprising that his are pancake flat as well (so far).
Thanks everso, Pokey – signed up for one just now! (hope they get the 300 they need to do it) I love strategy guides for crpgs – I *need* maps! If I'm enough behind the curve, GameBanshee's guides are excellent but I hate paging back & forth on a laptop. Same with Gamepressure's, often the only source for more obscure releases.
Toger, thems with opinions said it's ok to play D:TRoT (supposedly a better game) before the original since the storylines do not connect. I did, or at least tried to. [Image Can Not Be Found]
DA:2 arrived from India yesterday but I missed the registered delivery. I'm not expecting great fun so I bought accordingly. [Image Can Not Be Found]
STALKER (I refuse to put in those .s) I of course own…tried once before with cheats & mods. Not sure my mental health can take the stress although installing is easy enough. Except I won't have my desktops, only a laptop and forever changing Nook Color.
While on the subject of installing (in my absence I seem to have stored up enough words to type a yard of text), if Scout makes it this far into the thread…I've installed BG2 on my laptop to bring Up North. Not that I'll actually play but I might (over a week's time) manage to create my character. Then import it back into desktop installs. Held off starting a thread in Bollocks 'cause my will may falter at char creation. [Image Can Not Be Found] Although I have the leventy-ten original disks, I'm using the gog.com version. Plus patches/tweaks/addons suggested in a sticked post on their forum. (without BG1 so no tutu or BigWorld)
Time to sort through the clothes piles in quantities sufficient to fill a steamer trunk and make up my mind. NewMom has no washer/dryer so it's bring enough clothes, wear dirty or the laundromat. Never mind the needs of a newborn. What's important is me-me-me (plus all the baby crap I'm bringing up, of course [Image Can Not Be Found]).
Yap, re: DA2...
Internet consensus seems to be if you enjoyed DA:O, DA2 doesn't give you the same warm fuzzies. DA2 is... definitely different. Some things I liked, others not so much. I can't remember if you played through Origins?
If being wrong's a crime I'm serving forever
I loved D:O but couldn't bring myself to keep going into Awakenings although it's installed.
Xtal, this dicotomy of fun vs. frustrating (or pleasantly challenging vs. constant dying) in D:O is puzzling. I certainly used few to no tactics and died once – when partied with never used npcs who only came out of permanent retirement to gear up. It's as though we were playing different games. To top it all, I mostly controlled Alistair the fighter rather than my character who in truth performed better controlled by A.I. than played by me.
Besides my playing on Easy and the certainty you'd never stoop that low ([Image Can Not Be Found]), all I can figure is the key must be party composition. I was a mage, always took Wynne the Mage Healer and Morrigan the DPS Mage, plus Alistair the Fighter unless forced to do otherwise. EASY(3 mages + 1 meatshield) = not very difficult in spite of pisspoor tactics.
P.S. it miiiight make a teeny bit of difference that I've taken oodles of graduate level statistics courses so those tactics menus did make sense. Even if I still couldn't decide in what order I wanted them. But that is more a factor of my ingrained need to make the right-and-only-the-right choice and not due to miscomprehension.
Good job, Yap. At least some of us are passing on our genetic code. [Image Can Not Be Found]
I won't be jumping on BG2 anytime soon as I have been pulled into the Stalker singularity via the superb mod/the Spike 'n Kay Bollocks thread/and having been able to salvage my 2 year old save from a hard drive meltdown. All signs point to the Zone.
In other news I loved DA:O, hated Aleister, loved Morrigan and Wynne and thought the obscene dwarf was pretty okay and have never been able to get further than level 4 in Portal (making me the honorary outcast of TR who is unable to recognize the glittery, glimmery, geniusy perfection of this jump-through-the-hole game.)
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