Well today's the first day of August and it is affectionately being called Blaugust by Belghast over at Tales of the Aggronaut. He has created a new idea for a month of blogging that involves writing a post every day. Since August is the month of this challenge, Blaugust is it's name.
I thought this sounded like an interesting idea and so I decided to give the challenge a try. I'm not the most prolific blogger, but I figure I can at least give it a try and write something each day. Check out the page Belghast set up over on Anook to support this challenge and to see the other bloggers making the attempt.
As for my first post of the month, I've got writer's block…I have been laying low in the gaming world lately, not having much time to play things. With San Diego Comic-con over though, I have a few things to comment on from there while I get back into a few games. But before I get into Comic-con, I do want to mention the one game I've stuck with even during the marathon of popular arts – Wurm Online.
Even though I have not been doing too much in Wurm, I have been logging in at least once a day – most days twice. The main reason for this is to tend to my fields and take care of my horse.
Wurm online has a dramatic decay mechanism in place that you have to combat on a regular basis. If you plant a field, you need to tend it or it grows weeds and dies. But there are benefits too – the more often you tend your field, the better the yield will be as well, so it pays to get on each day and rake the weeds. Also, if you own any animals – I currently only have a horse – they need to be taken care of just like in the real world. If you fail to feed them, they can become diseased and die. These two mechanisms are what keeps me logging in everyday right now. I am fortunate to have a small deed on Xanadu, so the decay does not extend to my buildings or tools – on a deed the decay rate is significantly lower – but outside a deed a cart can disintegrate pretty quickly if you do not repair it often.
So, each day when I get up, and each night before I go to sleep, I log in to Wurm to tend to my fields and feed my horse. It doesn't take long, but it ties me to the game on a daily basis which I kinda like right now. In the past, this daily ritual has burned me out, but for now, I am happy to keep up with things.
Now in the month of Blaugust, I'll have to add writing a blog post to my daily ritual.