Podcasts has become one of my staples in life. Who’d have thunk? I’ve gone from having a constant stream of music in my ears to a half-time podcast junkie. There are so many great ones out there, well produced, good sound quality (which is a must, or I can’t concentrate), and one for every possible topic one could be interested in. I just love the fact that so many people out there have so much motivation and enthusiasm, and spend time and effort on producing great content about things they love, and that they share it.
One favourite podcast of late, thanks to my friend Oakfairy, is Drabblecast. This podcast is completely addictive to me, and I am working my way through the archives in a fast pace, like the story glutton that I am.
Drabblecast has strange stories for strange listeners, it’s a free, weekly, audio fiction podcast featuring short stories at the far side of weird. So, in other words, loads of the stories that fascinates me the most, like post-apocalyptic stories, or stories inspired by H.P. Lovecraft.
These are some of my favourite episodes of late (but as I am going through the archive I am very sure I will find many more):
As I said, the content of this wonderful podcast is free and non-profit. However, if you appreciate the show, you can always donate, and all donations goes towards paying the writers of the stories. So, as a fan, of course I donated!
Anyway, hope you will enjoy this podcast as well. Happy Wednesday!
Some may havenoticed that I’m a big Portal fan. I know this has been our for a while, but I just have to share it anyway, because it really cheered me up today. Loooove it. It gives me goose bumps! As one of the comments say, I would totally pay to watch two hours of this. Please sir, can we have some more?
Just wanted to share this real quick before I get the urge to rip down anything Xmassy.
I made a lot of decorations for Christmas and since this was our first Christmas together in our new home, I wanted to make one as a little gift for Jed. He used to work as a freelance 3D model maker for Day of Defeat (WWII Half-Life mod), and so I made this Christmas tree bauble with a DoD theme. It looks great in the tree and I’m looking forward to unpacking it and hanging it up for years to come!
I don’t know about everyone else, but I know that the closer we get to Christmas, the more I want to spend all my time gaming. You know: snugly, warm Christmas holiday spent gaming in monkey pj’s. Completely natural. Right now I’m back in Everquest 2 for the Xmas content and generally rocking my own guild hall, and playing my way through Halo Anniversary.
Inspired by this, and by Xmas cheer, I’ve made a few gamer ornaments for our tree. Like this Halo Anniversary bauble:
I got a buddy pack and now Boyfriend is trying it out. Mostly for my sake. This really is not the kind of game he usually plays.
Me: “Hun, it’s getting sort of late, I’m going to bed”
BF: *frenetically punches the keyboard*
Me: “It’s after midnight and…”
BF: “I know I KNOOOW!” *swats with his hand, keep punching all his buttons*
As I go to bed I hear snippets of frustration:
“Why won’t it…?!”
“And who the fuck are you?!”
“And why is he on a fucking turtle?!”
One of the many great little things about Eveqruest 2 is all the funny descriptions of the spells and attacks. This just happens to be funny because my boo’s name is Jed and because this text fits all to well with a rather rude in joke we used to have:
"Hey, Jed? Why's that guy's fist glowing?"
Another cute perk is the pets you get. Who wouldn’t want a Frostpaw kitten named Jedh following you around?
I constantly have moments when I think I am done with Oakmyst Forest, for good, but I never am. Oakmyst Forest is a low level adventure zone in Everquest 2, it’s adjacent to the burrow Castleview Hamlet in Qeynos (where almost all my characters have set up their first home), and it has always been one of the first places I’ve gone after one of my new alts have arrived in the big city.
It is green, small and snug, with one or two trails you can follow around the zone. It has fairies and badgers and noisy blue frogs and evil dryads and bears and a waterfall. Sometimes a very pretty white unicorn spawns, which walks slowly around the forest being all alluring (you know it has good loots, but come on, who would kill a unicorn?!). Sometimes there’s a big ass bear that spawns and he always surprises you and rips you to shreds. There is a cave with a pretty impressive dried up tree creature that has killed a lot of brave, enthusiastic adventurers.
You always go back to get revenge.
Oakmyst Forest was one of the places where you picked your first roots and rocks to craft armor and pointy weapons. And it is absolutely bursting with shiny objects you find of the ground, little trinkets to collect and turn in for XP and loot. I remember the first year I played EQ2; I must have spent at least a third of my gaming time in that tiny forest. See, you could always make out a couple of sparkly pixels in the horizon, you knew there was another “shiny” to pick up, you just had to do one more lap, what if you missed a really rare collection item because you were lazy or sleepy or hungry?
Just one more lap.
So, now that I’ve been playing the game for six years one would think that that low-level newbie zone would be out of my system. How could I possibly need to go back there? I have two accounts with 13 characters in total, all of them well beyond that level in both adventuring and crafting. Also, Oakmyst is one of the original zones from when the game launched, a lot of things have happened since then, whole new continents have been discovered, a lot of new content has been added, including several more low-level zones in the same range. I have certainly spent to much time in that one zone already.
Yet I always go back. I realize that one of my characters are missing a spotted butterfly for one of the collections, and that zone just happens to be the best one to find it in. Or maybe I decide to do the introduction quests for crafters on an old toon just for fun and Oakmyst is just so well placed next to Castleview, it’s so easy to run back and forth to the quest giver. And since I’m there, why not do some low level harvesting and sell what I find on the broker? And, I might have another character who’s missing a collectable, so I’ll just pick a few more shineys. And it’s nice and quiet there now, with everyone adventuring in the new zones. And, happy sigh, the old trail, my favourite way of running through this zone, so fast and efficient, it feels like yesterday. And there is always a shortage of ore on the broker, let’s pick some more. And OH, there is another shiny over there, it’s MINE! And…
The night before me and Jed went on vacation he gave me a gift. A very special gift, with extra special on top. They’d just released it in Sweden, and it was the limited edition, and it ROCKS, and I have been waiting for it forever and hardly didn’t think I’d have a chance to get my hands on the game, really, for a while.So I tried to forget about it and not talk about it.
So Jed surprised me and won the “Best Boyfriend of the Year” award ;) And then we went on our vacation, without my X-box or my flat screen TV. They just wouldn’t fit in the bags! Outrageous! And then we came home and I had to WORK and fix stuff at home!
But yesterday we cracked the seal. And it was epic. And I will play it for a long long time. Goodbye world.
“Flying Mounts – Soar high above Norrath and explore EQII like never before”
I wish I could have been at the SOE Fan Faire when they showed the trailer for the Destiny of Velious expansion. At first the camera fly over beautiful new zones, and then at the very end, the last few seconds, there is a character on a griffon. A flying mount. I mean, COME ON, that is so squee worthy! If I’d been there I would so have been screaming like the girl gamer I am.
Come ON! Look at it!
Screenie squeefully stolen from the official vid. K'thanks. *hide*
Flying mounts is of course one of the most important features in the new expansion. Now;