Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tiny Update

November ends today.  I've been so incredibly busy that I don't even know where to begin.

1.  I received another rejection letter for a short story.  They no longer sting as bad.
2.  I baked two derby pies, following this recipe.  First time I've ever made them, and they turned out great.
2b.  Bourbon may possibly replace rum whenever I find a reason to imbibe.
3.  Work work work work work.
4.  Christmas tree is up and decorated.  No outside lights yet.  May not be this year.
5.  The 4hr drive to Lambert's Cafe wasn't worth 4 hours.  Maybe 2, possibly 3 even, but not 4.  Not whenever you have a baby that doesn't like car rides.  The food, on the other hand, was delicious.
6.  My good friend Adam let me borrow the entire run of a Daredevil comic series, Volume 2, spanning over 130 issues between 1998 and 2009.  I only know the barest minimum about the Man without Fear, but he assures me that they're brilliant comics (though he said the ending was terrible).
7.  Skyrim progresses slowly but surely.  What a massive tale...
7b.  Not sure if I'm alone here or if this is normal, but a dragon totally landed inside the College of Winterhold, right in the quad, and the fight was pretty cool.  I also had a dragon fight with some mammoths nearby, and apparently the mammoths were peeved at the dragon, cause they took over and slew the dragon.
8.  Our annual class service project comes up this weekend.  Much to do.

I've much to say, and yet I'm blank.  Too scatterbrained at the moment.  All the best!


16 comments:

Abbie Josephsen said...

and the baby is....??? growing quickly and beautifully I"m sure and cute as a button :) Good luck with everything Logan! Have a great holiday season :)

David Wagner said...

I had a fight with a blood dragon recently, and it engaged a group of bears, while I plinked away at it with my bow... I should have let it kill a few of the bears, because when the dragon was dead, three of the bears charged me and I had to flee screaming like a little kid... my Redguard is deadly from distance, but up close and personal? Kind of squishy... anyway, I came back to the site of the fallen dragon after losing the bears and the dragon body was gone!!! No loot for me. I was able to absorb the dragon soul by passing through the area it died in... weird.

That dragon fight at the College must have been something to see. There is a mod in Oblivion that (among other things) introduces a dungeon with a big Balrog in it (from LOTR). I didn't know this at the time. When I explored the dungeon and engaged it, I quickly saw that I was doing no damage to it whatsoever, and I fled. And it followed me! Through every level of the dungeon, and outside, where it chased me! I couldn't lose it. So I ran and ran, with the Balrog tailing me. Random people, farmers, guards on patrol, wild animals... all came from everywhere to fight the thing, and it rolled through them all, killing all comers, while chasing after me. I ran all the way to Imperial City, and went to the mage university courtyard, thinking all the mages milling around would help. It did. After an epic, 30-minute battle with practically everyone in the city, we finally killed it. It was amazing. By far, the most memorable battle in all my time playing Oblivion.

Anyway, I was reminded of that.

Carl V. said...

Sorry about the rejections, but am proud of you for continuing to try. It takes tenacity.

I've never been big on hard liquor, unless it is mixed with something into a very sickly sweet drink. I occasionally make sour apple martinis. Very sweet. Much prefer a dark ale.

Skyrim is incredible, isn't it? I've put in 75 hours already and I haven't hardly cracked the surface. There are whole areas of the map I have been to, tons of open missions yet to complete. I'm savoring just building my character and building up a huge coin purse of gold. I know I'll be incredibly disappointed when it is all over so I am in no hurry to rush through the main missions.

I had the dragon land in the quad and yes it was really cool. I just love it when you are walking around and suddenly see that shadow swoop past and the music builds and you look up and, sure enough, there is another dragon to slay.

logankstewart said...

@Abbie: Oh yes, definitely. Quickly and beautifully for sure.

@Dave: Since then, I've had another dragon fight at the college, though this time no one else noticed/reacted, so it was me versus a blood dragon in a tiny, cramped place. Uhm, I died. That balrog fight, though, that had to have been something to see. Awesome.

@Carl: Thanks! I can't do liquors straight up, but with some Coke or Ginger Ale, mmmmm. Skyrim is incredible indeed. I think I've got around 40-50 hours (estimating), but like you, I've only barely scratched into the main quest. Too much other stuff to do. What are you playing as? I went with a Wood Elf.

Carl V. said...

I'm playing as a Nord. And for reasons I won't even try to explain I always choose to play as a female character when given the option in games. Guess it is my inner feminine side coming out, I didn't play with Barbies and so now I can do dress up? Ah well, it is as good an explanation as any.

I also tend to pretty much always developed dual-wielding one-handed weapons and destruction magic in these games. Although I love the fact that Skyrim allows you to develop everything. I went on a couple day binge of building up my smithing to level 100, while doing other things, so that I could make and then enchant dragon armor. That was fun.

logankstewart said...

Haha. I definitely need to do that, binge and get Smithing up. My problem is finding enough crap material. Dragon armor sure would be sweet, though... This sounds like the perfect way to waste some time.

Carl V. said...

I'll pass on the advice I got from my daughter's boyfriend last night. The quickest way to level up is to keep buying iron and leather strips from blacksmiths and just make and then resell iron daggers. You level up quickly that way. I went through my last 20 levels that way last night and it was quick. You also have to add perks to the smithing category when you level your character up as you have to choose the dragon armor perk to be able to do it. I tell you what though, an enchanted set of Dragon armor has some really high protection!

I guess I should also mention that I do Heavy Armor, although there is a Light Armor option for creating dragon armor as well.

logankstewart said...

Brilliant, I say! And I suppose buying and selling will help level up your speech, too. I'm definitely going to have to try this. I'm going the Light Armor, Stealthy, One-handed, rougish route. But man, I'm only at Level 20. How far up are you?

Carl V. said...

I just hit level 40 last night. And yes, buying and selling does level up your speech. And of course you can also buy training in all of these things every so often too. Although the more you do it the more costly it gets.

logankstewart said...

Wow. Level 40! One of these days...

On a related note, I just came across this video on Kotaku of an original song called "The Dragonborn Comes." It's something I think you'll really enjoy. I especially love the ending. Absolutely beautiful.

logankstewart said...

@Carl: Ah, by original, I mean her own take. It's original-ish. And I've listened on repeat over and over and over...

Carl V. said...

ddeI'll check it out when I get home and get back to you.

I also forgot to share (I could talk about Skyrim for a looong time), one of my other new things in the game is that I am enjoying sneaking up on the baddies and stealth killing them with an arrow while hidden. Some characters you can kill even from a distance with just one shot and I must say that I get especially excited when that happens.

David Wagner said...

I've got my Sneak and my Archery maxed out... it almost makes the game unfun, even when I've maxed the difficulty... sometimes, baddies that survive the initial shot or two will run up to me, literally walk into me and still not see me.

Good thing that doesn't work on dragons... those fights are always epic. Well, the one-on-one fights, I mean... when the dragon peels off to engage other animals/bandits/guards/etc., then I can fire arrows into it at a distance, and it's just boring...

Gonna have to diversify, methinks. I'll have to try the smithing trick... good idea.

I could fill a blog-post with "Thing I Wonder About As I Play Skyrim"... like why do Draugrs need so many lit candles? They're dead, right? Do they need to see? Who supplies them with the candles and torches and coals for their braziers, I wonder? And who roams around putting 5 gold pieces in all of those big pots and burial urns? And why go to the effort and expense to build those "three-pillared" locking mechanisms, when they are so easy to figure out? And where on earth does a mudcrab store gold at? Sometimes I search them and find gold! What's that all about?

David Wagner said...

I forgot a big one! Why on earth would you lock a door or a chest with an "Expert" level lock, and then only put, like, 15 gold pieces and an iron warhammer in there? GRRRR!!!!! 20 lockpicks broken for THAT!?

Carl V. said...

"Thing I Wonder About As I Play Skyrim"

Ha! I love that idea!!!

Thanks be to the Skyrim creators there are plenty of lockpicks to purchase in this game. I think this is the first of these kind of games that I haven't had to do saves and reloads right before attempting to unlock a chest/door.

logankstewart said...

@Dave: To make New Vegas more challenging, I spent a lot of time using Unarmed weapons, and relying heavily on stealth. Likewise, with Skyrim, this is my preferred methodology, though I use a mace as opposed to my fists of fury.

Something my character wonders. How does Lydia still live with four giant ice spikes sticking out of her?! And why does she act like they don't even bother her? Am I the only one who sees this? Ahh!

@Carl: You're not alone with the lockpick thing. When I see a Master lock, I save and then attempt to unlock. Thankfully there are many more lockpicks available!