State of the Brenna, June… Something-something.

God, there’s been so much going on since my last general update (about this time last month). In that time I’ve started a new job that’s… not difficult, or challenging, just very busy so it keeps me pretty occupied. It means less time online, and even less for games, though, since I’m so tired* when I get home. (More on that in a moment.)

I mentioned the day-before and the day-of that I was going to the Thursday night opening of Solo, and it was much better than expected. Not some cinematic masterpiece, but good for what it needed to be. Donald Glover as Lando could actually have been more animated, imo, but he wasn’t lacking by any means. The BFD, though? Oh my god, that cameo at the end. (I’m not saying who or what because there are still plenty of people who haven’t seen it, and IMO it’s that big a deal. I will, however, post a link to this gif of that moment–click at your own peril!) When that cameo happened I made noises that Brian described as something “only bats could hear” and that’s pretty accurate. I could only hear half a second the sound I made; I only know I made sound because I could feel it in my throat. Trust me, it’s good.

Um, let’s see…. E3 was last week. I didn’t get to watch all the pressers like I usually do, and still haven’t caught up on those I missed. Overall I was unimpressed with this year’s showing, though. There were amazing games–Anthem, Kingdom Hearts, Cyberpunk 2077, Ghosts of Tsushima, and of course Kojima’s bizarre brain child, Death Stranding. The last one actually had some content in its trailer this year, though; normal-ish (for the subject matter), even. I normally wouldn’t bother with the game in spite of how intriguing it is, but looking back on my P.T. stream from last summer I’m wondering if maybe I should (and stream that as well).

As for current games, I downloaded Skyrim and Pixeljunk Monsters 2 to my Switch. It’s my third copy of Skyrim, but my original is on PS3 and in storage & I’m not able to play on PC for the foreseeable future. So, Switch it is. Also, it has that added Switch-bonus of not needing to be played docked, which means Brian and I aren’t fighting over the tv.

Unfortunately, I have a very complicated relationship with PJM. I adore the games, but I’m so stubborn that I can’t move on to the next stage, much less the next area, unless I’ve collected all available rainbows on any given map. That means I haven’t made any progress at all. Oops.

Finally: the gym. Yep, I’m still going, though I did have to break my streak of not missing a single day due to being sick a week or so ago. I haven’t noticed any weight differences (or more importantly, changes in how my clothes fit, since that’s a better way to track progress, IMO). The only change I’ve seen so far for myself, in spite of being told there’s actual, overall change visible, is that my calves are different. I’m sure that’s mostly from running doing the elliptical, but I also do that 30 minute circuit room so I suspect it’s also a (tiny) bit of muscle from over a month of strength stuff in there. Going after work instead of first thing in the morning is killing me, though. That’s what the * up above was for. The fact that I’m going around 6pm is torture, and I’m basically asleep before I even eat dinner. I’m trying to get myself conditioned so that I can try going before work (OMG so painfully early) to see if that helps again, but I haven’t managed it yet.

Other than that… yeah, I can’t think of anything. Brian’s become obsessed with “fixing” the Pop!Vinyl wall at our closing Toys ‘R’ Us, the cat went to the vet but is more or less okay, etc.

Currently playing: Skyrim & Pixeljunk Monsters 2
Last movie at the theater: Solo: A Star Wars Story
Watching: Parks and Rec, The Office, random history of video games documentaries on… I think it’s Amazon?
Listening to: Postmodern Jukebox at work & my standard techno and metal mixes at the gym

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.

Obligatory #SNESClassic Post

Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition
So! Unlike the NES Classic (which honestly, I wasn’t interested in at all), I’ve been quietly hype for the SNES edition. The Super Nintendo was my childhood, the way the NES was for so many people last year. Then just as much as now, though, my game tastes skewed very heavily to RPGs, so there’s a lot on here I haven’t played.

I was a bit ill last night after work, so while I got to unbox everything during yesterday’s lunch break, I haven’t been able to actually play until this morning. I let the demo screen run a bit, until I saw this:

Final Fantasy 3 SNES

I’ve been nostalgic for “Square Co.” and the old “SquareSoft” logos often over the years, but seeing it again like this almost made me cry this morning. To be fair, I hadn’t had any coffee yet, but still. Nostalgia, and tons of it.

Unfortunately, I do have work this morning, so I don’t have time to start up any of the serious RPGs of my tweens. Instead I started with F-Zero, a game I’m just as bad at as before but that’s still just as fun, and then moved on to Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. This and Chrono Trigger are probably the best-ever SNES games for me (even above the Final Fantasies) and since it’s a lot more forgiving on traditional saves (yes, the system has emulator save states, but for these first few hours they don’t feel right) it was a safe game to start up without getting trapped. I stopped (but still haven’t saved or cut off the game) right as I left the throne room to write this, because I remembered I wasn’t able to last night, but I’ll get back to it and save after I get out of this little mini-dungeon between the castle and the sanctuary.

There is more I want to say about the system, but I want to play it more first. However: if you’re feeling really, painfully nostalgic, set the display to the CRT mode:

SNES Classic CRT mode on Zelda: LttP

This pic doesn’t do it justice, but try it. And then switch the display mode back. It’s just as fuzzy as you remember, though if it gives you any headaches, don’t blame me. (Related: It could be my eyes or my TV, but I can’t see a difference between 4:3 and Pixel Perfect modes on the bits I’ve tried so far. I’m still using Pixel Perfect, though, because it’s there for a reason, right?)

Anyway, here are the rest of my unboxing pics from lunch yesterday.

  • Console: So tiny! (Including original further down for scale!)
  • Controllers: Just like I remember. (Also: cords more than two feet long!)
  • Back: Weird not having the expansion port.
  • “Now You’re Playing with Super Power!”

  • Setting it up.

  • Menu and Zelda

    Anyway, I have about 20 minutes left before I have to get ready for work, so I’m going to get through these few rooms to the sanctuary, then maybe just run around the map a bit. (Much) Later, I’ll decide if I want to jump into Earthbound or Mario RPG (neither of which I’ve finished, we only had them on rentals) or Secret of Mana (the main reason I wanted this in the first place) soon-ish, or if I want to try and get an external capture card and stream any of those instead. I mean, there’s kinda enough for me to play in the meantime, if I do decide to wait.

 

The Wolf Among Us: Faith

I finally got off my butt (or on it, in front of the tv?) and restarted TWAU this afternoon. I wasn’t really feeling the best, so I only played through the first episode so far. I remembered most of this one from when I played before, but this is the only chapter I have played previously so future posts for the game will be completely blind playthroughs.

As always a copy of the stream is saved to my channel over on Twitch, if anyone wants the copy with chat included!