Sunday, November 04, 2012

of work and play

As you can tell from last week's post I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year. I won it in 2007 and haven’t tackled it since.

I’m well on track to complete it this year again. I mean you only need to crank out 1667 words a day. Not really too tough, but you do need to keep at it for 30 days straight which is not as easy as it sounds.

And to keep myself on track I’ve devised a method of reward once my writing is done for the day.

I get to play games . . .

. . . um, well, yeah you say, I usually play games, but the twist here is my writing must be complete first.

Not always the case - so, see, all is not the same . . .

First off though I will say I’ve been reading through the Walking Dead graphic novels and holy hoo they are nasty. Plenty of violence, murder, zombie brains exploding, death, sex and F-bombs which, well, I’m not overly keen on in my graphic novels but here it all seems to work.

This series has a way of sucking you in and wanting you to find out more. I’m glad my library has all the collections so far. I’m likely starting on volume three today.

And I’ve also been chewing my way through a Game of Thrones. Hmm, what to say about that. It’s better than I thought it would be. My ultimate verdict is still out though until I finish the first book in the series, but so far I’m engaged enough to keep slogging my way through it.

Now on to the game part.

Two in particular.

The first is Half-Life 2. Yeah, I have been under a rock for years. Not a new game by any stretch but wow is it good - I mean really, really good.

It’s mostly a lot of physics problem solving and really cool effects once you figure things out. Oh, and plenty of killing things for those twitchy-fingerer teens that just need to kill things as well. Not as keen on that part, but it all makes sense in the game so I can live with it.

The second I’ve been really enjoying is Divine Divinity . . . I know, the name is so utterly lame it makes you want to hurl. However, the neat thing is this game is just plain awesome if you like fantasy RPGs.

It is the perfect love child between Baldur’s Gate and Diablo in every way. It has the quests and stop action (space bar) battle feel of Baldur’s Gate and the item sets and level up mechanics of Diablo. I can’t tell you how much it really is those two games mashed together, in a good way - if you liked either of those games then this is a must like.

It works on Win 7 too and the graphics are as clean and good looking as Fallout Tactics. Hey, it came out in 2002, what do you want.

Well, time has slipped away again and I’m off to do other things, like read or game.

Yes, sometimes my life is just plain hard . . .

Until next Sunday . . .

1 comment:

  1. Zilla's Other Half9:30 pm

    Mssr. has both the online graphic novels and the series if you're interested. And yes G of T is pretty well written. If you watch the series it follows really quite closely and is done very well. It just doesn't get any happier the further you read on though...