State of the Brenna, 5/17/18 (Long Post)

So, my first content post since picking this up again. Awesome, right? It’s going to be boring as hell, tho, while I kind of figure out a format I like. Anyway…

I think most people who follow me know, but I haven’t worked at the apartment complex since right before my birthday. I left at a bad time, but it could have been a lot worse. Honestly, though? It’s done wonders for my health, physically and mentally. I’ll never feel perfect–who does?–but I feel so much better. I miss a lot of my residents, one of whom actually tracked me down to call and say goodbye personally (and to invite me to holiday dinners next winter) which was sweet. It means I meant something to people there, which I was really curious about as I left.

Let’s see, what’s something more fun? I mean, I’ve gone and double (actually, triple) dipped on another game–the portability of Skyrim on Switch was finally too much to pass up. We’ve had credit in our Nintendo account since gift cards at Christmas, so it’s not like I paid out of pocket for it. (You know, like I did with SE on Steam, or with all three Dragon Age games including all DLC, in both cases after having everything on console). I’m only at the beginning of both the Companions and the Thieves’ Guild so far; I’ll head to High Hrothgar at level 15, (I’m at 12 now).

Another game Brian’s got me on intermittently is Tharsis (the link is for Steam, but I’m playing on PS4). It’s… a Mars mission cannibalism board game. It’s also punishingly difficult, yet not in a way that causes rage quitting. Brian’s finally beaten it, once; I got to turn six or seven out of ten once on sheer luck. I normally only get to turn four.

Last, and this may also have a lot to do with my health being better, I’m working out. Like, in a gym.

Every day.

Willingly.

I used to wonder why in the world someone in an apartment would go to a real gym when there’s a gym on property only a few buildings from their front door. I get it now though. So much. All thanks to the membership Brian was given for his birthday, and for him having unlimited guest allowances. I don’t do a ton, though; a mile minimum, usually on the elliptical, then every fourth day I do a 30 minute circuit room. I’ll get to the ab circuit eventually (I should have started it today, but I am still getting bad vertigo so I took a very easy day instead).

So… Yeah, I guess that’s it? I’ll think of more later, but that’s it for now.

Currently Playing: Skyrim & Tharsis
Last Movie at the Theater: Infinity War
Watching: The Office, Parks And Rec; re-watching Eureka & BSG
Reading: Nothing
Listening to: Varies; whatever feels best for the gym that morning. Typically something metal or techno

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Streams?

I’m going to run a chapter or two of FFXV (6 & 7?) after I fix my coffee, then a bit later on I’ll get to the other part(s) of Episode Ignis. I have errands to run through most of the day, though, so I’m not sure what or when I can get after those are done.

As always, you can find me here now or a backup on YouTube later.

Nov 2017: FFXIV, Stardew Valley, FFXV Comrades, Nintendo Switch

I’m still here! (…and still forgetting that I am here as well; thanks life for not giving me time to update pretty much ever.)

Okay, where are we?

FFXIV: I’m on a temporary hiatus from Eorzea at the moment… and by temporary, I mean “since Monday morning until probably Friday” and that’s it. I thought I’d be out longer, but I don’t think I’ll have to be anymore. My character’s “Brenna Ce’dria” now (curse the inability to capitalize more than one letter per word), instead of “Ria Hawke” and she made a trip to the aesthetician (I think I mentioned these before? I don’t remember) but she’s still the same character/progression.

She's quite heroic, fighting off an Ascian the way she is.

I’m right at the end of Heavensward so far as I can tell; I just got to Aszys Lla, which is awkward because just like transitioning from the end of 7th Astral Era plot to HW, I’m not used to mobs and quests being my level anymore. That means a lot of Brenna rushing into fights and dying, unfortunately. It also means I’ve been taking some time off for beast tribe dailies instead of progressing. >.>

Stardew Valley: I got here late, as usual, but we picked the game up on PS4 a few weeks ago. Farmer Brenna runs the Insomnia Farm (I was wide awake at 3am when I started my game, it sounded appropriate to the time) and is in ~loooove~ with Abigail. Even if Abby does eat rocks. Which is super, super weird, but she asked me to play Nintendo with her. How was I supposed to say no? Although really, if I’d known about the last bit of this update a few weeks ago, I’d have waited to get the game… Also, this is on my list of things I’m supposed to be streaming at random, but I normally play at like, 4-6am when I’m unable to sleep and that’s not really the best streaming time.

FFXV Comrades: This is finally out! The early combat, of course, is pretty much identical to the beta when I was in that, but so far I love both the setting (you’re a Glaive defending Lestallum after Noct’s disappearance/during the eventual 10 years of darkness) and that it’s Libertus who kind of runs things for the Glaive there. I mean yeah, the hunters and some of the Crownsguard are also there (Monica gives out missions, for example), but you’re a Glaive. You know you’re the one who’s important. And who, in my games, could be as important a crossover as Ria Hawke?

We still aren't sure if she's Ria or not, but she's cute, so does it matter?

Anyhow, I’ll be streaming this off and on, probably starting this weekend. I haven’t tried it yet, but it doesn’t look like it supports actual parties, but you can setup custom rooms so I guess we can use those if anyone wants to join me for games.

And finally… Nintendo Switch: So yeah, we recently received one of these? (Recently like yesterday.) I liked the system when some friends brought theirs (yes, plural friends and plural Switches) over when it first came out, but we didn’t really have any sort of draw to get our own. Well, one’s been gotten for us, so I have to find things to play on it now. Since I already have Stardew for (and well established on) PS4 I’m not going to get that for it, and I’m super easy mode so I don’t want Zelda, so what should I get? We do have Tetris/Puyo Puyo & Splatoon 2, but that’s all so far. So 1) what do you guys suggest and 2) add me!

My Switch Profile Badge

The Brenquisition – Final Fantasy XV New Game+ (Chapter 4)

I feel horrible, because this chapter was done almost two months ago and I forgot completely to save it and put it in a post here, and my playlists in Twitch and Youtube. Chapter 4, of course, is quite short: Noct & Co. head to the Disc of Cauthess, hoping to find a cure for some horrible migraines.

Also there’s always the Twitch copy, if anyone prefers that. As for future posts, I’ll try and get at least Chapter 5 in sometime in the next week or two. I’ve been kind of craving the game again, and I want to work my way up to the new stuff in Chapter 12 as quickly as I can.

“Offline”

While I have spent the last few days literally offline thanks to feeling rough, I’m not really referring to that at the moment. Rather, I’m talking the not only few games that I’ve streamed from my PS4, but also FFXIV as well. I’m still gaming, for the most part, but it’s been on my shiny SNESClassic. I’ve only put real time into Zelda so far, which I finished about a week ago (adulting means playing only two days a week at the moment, so not bad time at all).

I’m holding off on a lot of the other stuff on purpose, though: I’ve made it extremely clear that I want a capture card for Christmas this year, and when I get that I’ll be playing the other, more significant games on the system on streams. Well, that means I have to fight my way through setting up OBS properly, but Twitch itself looks like it has tutorials for that so instead of muddling through like I tried before I’ll use those to try and get it set right.

Anyway… yeah. I’ll get some more The Wolf Among Us in sooner or later (streaming), and I’ll be back on FFXIV hopefully this weekend since I’m almost at the end of Heavensward (not streaming). FFXV Comrades is coming soon (stream, but also PSN = BrennaCeDria to join me!), and I still have about half of FFXV to replay for my plot-only streams (including the extra chapter 12 content!). I also have, of all things, Hatoful Boyfriend since it was a PS+ game, and I’ll probably play that online, too. So I have plenty to play between now and my birthday. (At which point a hopefully very special game will be out to add to my list. ^_^ Again, PSN = BrennaCeDria to join me.)

Small #SNESClassic Gripe

I’ve gotten so spoiled–obsessively spoiled–by games allowing me to take screenshots. (I switched to mostly PC gaming for this, then PS4 giving me both caps and streaming has been a dream.) I don’t have any sort of external capture device still, though, so I can’t stream or capture ANYTHING.

So, in the meantime, I’m stuck only typing things up. Or, worse, taking pics of my tv like some sort of retro heathen.

…In light of not having proper access to share my games, here’s a very quick update on Link to the Past: made it to the third dungeon in the Dark World, which I hate. I don’t remember being fond of the fourth one, either. I think I have about four hours in the game (ah, the benefit of having played dozens of times over ~25 years) but with my luck, I’ll double that time to eight by the time these next two dungeons are done. Anyway, this post is pre-work, so I have maybe half an hour or so to work on things before going to adult for the day.