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Playlist 10/12/2020

Hey look at that, I forgot to move this from draft to scheduled!

Here’s what I played last week:

  • Elite: Dangerous
  • Empyrion: Galactic Survival

Short list this week! My Elite playing has ramped up a good bit to help other folks get things like Engineers and Guardian components unlocked. Empyrion is proving to be a really fun combination of a bunch of different things that I like. The best comparison I can come up with is Space Engineers, though I’m not sure how deep the crafting/programming is yet. I’ll try to get a post with some photos written up so you can see what it’s like.

I haven’t played much of Star Wars Squadrons. I’ve had trouble adapting to the flight model using a HOTAS and to be honest, I wanted to play it with friends but no one seems to be into it for various reasons. So we’ll see what comes of it. I’m hoping for some polishing patches to keep rolling in.

What are you playing?

Playlist 10/05/2020

Here’s what I’ve been playing!

  • Elite Dangerous
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • Shapes.io

Squadrons may need to wait till the first patch. It’s fun enough but I feel like it’s hitting my GPU pretty hard. Harder than it should be. I dunno. Shapes.io is a factory game that scares me. I don’t think I’m smart enough to play it.

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I can’t remember how many people I’ve bought Elite Dangerous for. I’m sure I can check Steam but I know it’s probably more than a handful.

Every single one of them don’t play it anymore. And for a little bit, it hurt. That’s what this post is about: the highs and lows of you being super passionate about something, sharing that with someone, and coming to terms when they’re just not as into it as you are. I’ll be honest that, in the past, I’ve struggled with it.

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Playlist 7/6/2020

Here’s what I played last week!

  • Elite Dangerous
  • Civilization VI
  • Call of Duty: Warzone

The Plan…

This week is get Columbia ready for exploration and set off. I also want to put some hours in Hardspace: Shipbreakers. AND I started a Civ VI play by cloud game with some pals. So that’ll end horribly for me. I watched d20monkey stream Guild of Dungeoneering and it looked like a lot of fun. I might have to pick that up. Speaking of d20monkey…he’s streaming again. You should go give him a follow and watch. He’s a hoot.

What are you playing?! I want to know!

Chewie, we’re home

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We’re hosted! I signed up for hosting and a domain for the site. So we’re official and all that. I was able to get all the posts and comments imported from the WordPress hosted site. It kept failing on the media imports but with the way I put images in my articles, they should all link out to the old page’s media library.

I did a quick skim to see if everything looked okay and I think I’m fine with it. Images from this point forward will be hosted and linked here. I don’t plan on getting rid of the other site because it’s not hurting anything just sitting there. And, of course, most of my images would go away if I did. I’m not about to go through, re-upload every image and edit every single one of them used in the articles.

I’m excited to have my own space. I’m kind of liking the way the blog looks so I don’t think I’m going to get incredibly fancy with the layout. It’s still a WordPress site and I’m not a WordPress developer. But I may play around with it as time goes on. In the mean time, I hope you have a good holiday weekend (4th of July in the States) if you’re able and stay safe! It’s scary out there for a bunch of different reasons…

The State of my Space

So it’s been a while…

Hey there, I’m Matt. This is my blog. It’s generally about the games I play. The focus is space games, but it’s not totally exclusive to them. I’ve started and stopped doing this blog probably 4-5 times since the first post back in 2015. You can tell because you’d think a 5 year old blog would have more content on it.

With everything going on in the world, I feel like I need an outlet. I’m not sure if this is it, but I have it, it’s here, it has a history, and I mean… I still love games. I still love Elite Dangerous. So why not this? I’m trying to decide if I want to spring for hosting. I’d love more control over how it looks and, more importantly, I’d love to have the adds removed. I’m noodling on it as I’m incredibly cheap. The easiest solution would be to just upgrade my WordPress plan to something other than free…but that’s not the cheapest. The cheapest, however, means I’d have to deal with exporting and importing the blog to the new host. I don’t know. My hesitance is directly tied to my lack of commitment. I’m doing this right now with no real content plan or any idea of the future I want for this space. And that’s not necessarily a requirement or a bad thing… but if I’m going to seriously jump into this enough to shell out money, I feel like there should be some preliminary planning done. Of course, I could just leave it all like it is. The ads (as far as I can tell aren’t super intrusive) and the blog is functional. It doesn’t look terrible (not a designer). I’m just not sure. I just know I feel like doing something again. I’m in a pickle.

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Playlist 2/5/2018 and mini update

Totally spaced on getting the playlist up yesterday!

The last week has been pretty light since I’ve gotten the printer up and running. Most of all my free time has been learning everything I can about 3D printing. But I did manage to squeeze in a little gaming. Here’s what I played:

  • Elite Dangerous (PC)
  • Overwatch (PC)
  • Golf Clash (iOS)
  • Star Trek Adventures (Table Top RPG)

I’m not sure what the rest of the week looks like for me yet. I’ve been looking at learning Blender and started poking around in there last night. The past weekend we moved a bunch of furniture around and I redid my battle station. It’s alot bigger.

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That basically a dining room table that we now have that can’t fit anywhere in the house. When we eventually move and get a bigger place that can house a table (which will be amazing for running D&D on) I’ll need to figure something else out. But until then, I’ll be gaming with some class.

The printer table is directly behind me. So it’s easy to just spin and roll when I need to mess with it.

I’ve finally emailed Twitch to ask to be removed from the affiliate program. I’m looking forward to streaming again. Maybe even streaming some printing in creative. My thing is, I want to be affiliated. I like that badge, I like having an emote…if there was a way to turn off monetization, it’d be awesome.

What are you guys playing? Also, tell me about your hobbies!

I have to do better – The state of things

So it’s a new year (almost) and there are some things I want to restart. Chief among them, this blog.


I kind of got out of updating here in favor of streaming. And then I got affiliated on twitch. Which is amazing! And I’m super proud of how fast we were able to pull it off. But I got to thinking. And, true or not, I’m worried about any income from twitch screwing up my tax return.

That might be stupid…it probably is. For one, I’m assuming that I’d even make income from twitch…but the possibility of it being a headache around tax time is enough to turn me off of it.

If I’d given it more time, I probably wouldn’t have signed up for the affiliate program. I was just so excited to get it, I dived right in.

I haven’t streamed since then. The whole tax thing was a big factor in me not streaming, but also I just stopped being able to play a lot over the past few months for family reasons. And I don’t mean that I’m upset about that or anything…I only mean that I needed to spend time where I was needed. And I was happy to be there for the people that needed me. Long story, short: we had an unexpected loss.

After the first of the year, I might contact twitch and ask them to take me out of the affiliate program. Because when I think about it, I’d never get streaming revenue to a point that would supplement my income to the level we’re used to now. And that’s okay. I like my day job. Also, streaming full time is hard. The few weeks where I did it all day were exhausting. I don’t know how full time streamers do it. Regardless, it really only started out as a hobby. I think I should have kept it that way all along.

So that’s the state of things. Now let’s talk about what I need to do better.

For starters, I need to update this blog more. I also need to update on more than just Elite Dangerous. I will always love this game and I’ll always come back to it. I think this last break was probably one of the longest. I managed to not get hooked during the last big update like I normally do. At this point, there’s nothing with the Thargoids that interests me. That might change some day. But at this point, moving back into a arc where I feel like I’ll be playing Elite a bit more regularly, I’m content with continuing the grind for money and rank. I hit Lieutenant today. And I’ve got my bank roll up over 270 million. More than enough to buy the stock Corvette and give it some teeth. I also have a couple of friends that picked up the game over the steam winter sale. So that’s a strong motivator to get back into regular play too. I love helping new players figure the game out for themselves. A lot of this game is stuff you’d have a hard time figuring out on your own. And sometimes they figure out it’s not for them and that’s okay.

Something else that I’ve started doing this year since my last update is I’ve taken up Star Trek Adventures. It’s a bit of a curve for me coming from traditional d20 systems but we have an amazing GM and an amazing group of players, all of which are from the Hammer Gaming guild. As an aside, getting involved with that guild is probably one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. They are all just the best.

On the 31st, my local group is getting together to roll up Starfinder characters. To say I’m excited about that is an understatement. I’m really hoping we’re able to get the group together on the regular. I loved/love Pathfinder. It was one of the first systems I started playing tabletop RPGs on.

So that’s where I am and what’s been going on.

I hope you had an amazing Holiday and it was full of joy! I wish you all the prosperity in the coming new year and hope that you’ll join me in another year of fun space shit.

What you get for Christmas? Let me know in the comments!

Doge in Space

A few  weeks ago I was playing Elite and, as I’m oft to to when I’m not streaming, I was watching some other Twitch streamers. As weird as it sounds, I like watching people play Elite, while I’m playing Elite. I like hanging out in the chat and helping answer questions. So I’m sitting there playing and looking for someone to watch…and I come across a dog…playing Elite…and streaming it. And like…entertainingly streaming it. This dog can stream.

And that’s when I started following www.twitch.tv/wgrates.

This dog is everything I want to be in a streamer. Engaging, entertaining, and just plain fun. He’s built a supportive community and fosters an environment of acceptance.

He’s one of those dogs you just want to hang out with and pet. And watch play Elite.

That’s really the only point for this post. I want to promote this doge. He is a good doge.

The internet needs more people like him. So go check him out! He plays more than Elite and there’s a bunch of clips on his Twitch page that you can check out.

Fly safe, CMDRs.

No Man’s Patch

I’ve been loving No Man’s Sky over the past week. It’s like it was built for me.

If you look at the subreddit or other various community places, though, you get a very different reaction. It seems a love or hate thing. Some people feel lied to about what kind of game they were getting. I think that’s kind of silly. Unless you didn’t pay attention to anything the developers showed or spoke about, I don’t understand where some of those preconceived notions came from.

In any regard, I don’t feel lied to. I think it’s an amazing game that’s well worth the $60. I’ve already gotten more play time out of this game that some others with the same price point. Everything from here out is just gravy. Sweet, sweet gravy. And biscuits.

That said, of course there’s some stuff I’d like to see fixed/tweaked. Apparently there’s already a patch in test for frame rate drops. PC users can already try it out through Steam.

I’m not sure what all will be in that new build, but here are some things I’d like to see fixed or done differently.

Bugs

  • Launching sends you into space
    • 0 to 60 in .5 seconds
  • Bigger hit box or fix hit box on plants
    • There have been a bunch of times where I’ve had to back away and reorient myself so the icon to mine something like Zinc appears
  • Frame rate drops
    • Obvi
  • PS4 application crash frequency
    • This doesn’t happen a ton but it’s more than most any other game on the PS4 I’ve played. I can’t recreate it but it seems like it’s more apt to happen when warping to a new system
  • Online Services Not Available
    • not 100% sure if I’m missing something by this rarely being connected…but it’s red and I don’t like that.

I haven’t run into a bunch of legit bugs.

Improvements

  • Translate and rotate on all axes in ship
    • I want a response more like Elite for the ship. I want to be able to precision land and hover around something
  • Mine pillars from the ship
    • Big ole blob of Heridium sticking out of the ground that I can shoot from the ship.
  • More variety in blueprints
    • This would basically be new content…I’ve think I’ve already unlocked all the potential upgrades and components available.
  • Automatic recharge
    • I’d love to see the boltcaster (and anything that requires power) go ahead and recharge itself when it runs out. Especially when I have 4 sentinels on me.
  • Sentinels don’t attack when you’re in interactions
    • So if I’m considering swapping ships with a crashed on I’ve found or I’m pondering the correct answer at a monolith, don’t hassle me bro. Messing around in my inventory? Sure. Come at me.
  • Dismiss way-points
    • After a couple of hours on a planet you accumulate a good number of way-points. Only way to get rid of them is to visit. I’d like to be able to deactivate some and then switch them back on when I’m ready to do new stuff. This is especially beneficial if you decide to hit up a new planet.
  • Large cargo ships need to be a little more forgiving
    • I’m all about increasing my standing and taking out pirates. But if I’m coming up on one that’s between me and the cargo ship, just one bolt gone awry makes me a pirate.

What are some things you’d like to see change?