Some TV, some gaming, and a relaunch makes this a true morning ramble. I continue my look at the first episode of American Gods, I advance in baby steps in Destiny, and I eagerly begin the install of Secret World Legends – I am so looking forward to this game and hope it takes off from where TSW left things.
As usual, I’m all over the place with my Morning Ramble today taking a further look at American Gods, finishing off the World’s Grave in Destiny, and looking to pre-order merchandise for Comic-Con 2017…less than a month to go.
Destiny: Finishing with the World’s Grave
Well, last time I got close. I made it past wave upon wave of baddies, took out a slew of knights, and blew up the Siphon Witches with headshot from my sniper rifle. But…I didn’t get past Telthor the Unborn before I had to log off.
Today I head back to the World’s Grave to finish off what I started.
The Siphon Witches are just so cool looking, but other than rapid fire shots, they’re not too difficult since they don’t move too much. It’s pretty easy to snipe them and then get down to the rest of the swarm.
For more on my travels, check out my Destiny journal.
American Gods: The Prison
In this installment, I continue to look at The Bone Orchard and specifically the Prison scenes from about the 7:28 mark to about 14:47 when Shadow leaves the relatively sheltered life of the facility.
So basically after we’re introduced to the show by way of the Vikings trials and death, we’re thrown into a prison where we meet Shadow Moon played by Ricky Whittle.
Here we see Shadow making a wry observation that the best thing about prison is you don’t have to worry about if they’re gonna get you since “they” already got you. And I can see this comment as being relevant to the belief systems and gods that flow throughout the story, who I’m pretty sure are gonna make a play at getting Shadow on their side.
His next words also look to be telling about his character since he claims he’s willing to believe things when there’s evidence and reason to believe but not when its something he can’t see. So while Shadow’s not superstitious, he’s open to influence given the right circumstances. He then says he feels like there’s an axe hanging over his head even though he can’t see it…perhaps he’s a bit more open to faith than he let’s on. With his comments on his belief system made, we flash to a gratuitous glimpse of a bunch of white supremacists playing with a noose…regardless of the foreshadowing, how’d they get that in the prison yard without the guards going crazy?
Anyway, we next see Shadow talking with his wife on the phone with only 5 days to go until he’s released but he still feels a ominous foreboding that I think Whittle expresses pretty well. I know him from The 100 where he played one of the more prominent Wildlings but he’s being asked to act a lot more to carry this series than his supporting role in that show required, and so far I’m liking what I’ve seen.
The next big scene is the actual bone orchard the episode gets it’s name from. Shadow dreams he’s in a forest with dead trees and skeletons littering the ground.
There’s a huge tree in the center of this forest that “marks” him by scratching his cheek with a branch and then we see it drop a noose from another limb…Shadow wakes up. Actually, he’s buzzed awake by a guard.
It turns out the warden needs to speak with him. We learn he was sentenced to 6 years for aggravated assault and battery and had served 3 of those years and was gonna be released on Friday. But they’re letting him out early on account of his wife dying in a car accident that night. Guess that foreboding feeling had a basis in reality after all.
- Shadow’s had an interesting past and is not afraid of violence.
- He loved his wife (Whittle showed some good emotion in his scenes featuring her even though he was on the screen by himself) and she him (at least that’s what she’s said).
- Something’s going on with that noose they keep showing.
- He was well behaved in prison and was gonna be released early anyway.
- I think Shadow pretty much represents “everyman” in that he’s willing to believe things that he can see, that he has a good reason to believe, or that he has a strong feeling about, but he is somewhat skeptical.
Next time I’ll take a look at what Shadow does when he leaves the prison and the first impression of Mr. Wednesday.
Comic-Con 2017: Con Merchandise
Comic-Con merchandise was announced this week and is available for pre-order from their website.
They’ve got 5 different designs for t-shirts, book and tot bags, tiki mugs, and baseball caps. This year, they’re requiring that you have a badge for Comic-Con 2017 to order shirts and stuff, and you need to go through the Member ID system. Personally, I’m liking the Jack Kirby Centennial and of course the standard Toucan and I need one of those hats.
I’m kinda all over the place in todays morning ramble taking a look at another comic I’ve been reading, stepping back into Destiny, reading about the upcoming Steam sale, and reading a newspaper article about honoring Luke Skywalker.
Mark Hamill Drive
While the city council recently voted to keep the citizens disenfranchised in choosing what to do with Jack Murphy Stadium in Mission Valley and expanding the downtown convention center, they have no problem unanimously approving a street name change to “Mark Hamill Drive”.
Apparently Luke Skywalker lived on the street way back when and went to school nearby so the council decided to take action. Sure, it’s not as expensive as a allowing the citizens to vote to expand the convention center so Comic-Con can continue to be held in the city for the foreseeable future, but at least I get to drive by an homage to Star Wars on my way home from work everyday.
Destiny: World’s Grave
It’s been quite a while since I put together anything related to Destiny, but I have been playing it somewhat. I’m hoping to make some traction in posting about where I’m at in the game and get rolling again. When I last left off it was April and I was standing in front of the Temple of Crota and gearing up for my next big fight.
Getting though the initial bad guys wasn’t much of an issue but I did meet an Ogre for the first time. This guy is pretty tough but I got past him alright and I headed down to the World’s Grave.
But that didn’t stop me – I quickly respawned and came back to take them on again. This time I remembered to wait until their shield went down before I started shooting the big guys. They didn’t stand a chance.
Getting past them, I shot up a bunch of Acolytes as I headed to find the Siphon Witches…they were my next big target.
This guys had a very fast fire rate but I quickly figured out that I could easily take them out with my sniper rifle – bam, bam, bam 3 head shots and no witches. But there was more to this section of the World’s Grave.
That of course meant – there’s gonna be a ton of baddies showing up real soon…be prepared. I counted at least 3 Knights that I had to take down in the 1st wave alone and there seemed to be a never ending series of waves. Then Telthor, Unborn showed up.
For more on my travels, check out my Destiny journal
The Beginning of the Darkseid War
Yesterday I jumped back into a bit of DC Rebirth reading – actually I’m still leading up to Rebirth and am a few dozen issues away from the starting event but there’s plenty going on.
There was a shakeup in the reading list I was following and instead of reading Titan’s Hunt immediately after the Aquaman Out of Darkness story, the list now calls for a read of Justice League Darkseid War. This was coming up fast anyway and since the reading order is a moving target, I’m fine with the switch.
Justice League #40 is the prologue to the Darkseid War which looks like it’s gonna be a pretty big event in the New 52 universe. While I’ve never read any comics with Darkseid in them, I have heard of him and I’ve always thought of him as a pretty big player in the world of DC Comics…as in he hurts a lot of people. For the most part though, this issue revolves around someone called Metron and it seems to cover multiple iterations of the DC Universe.
I certainly didn’t understand all of it but it was an interesting read. Some of the pages have incredibly detailed art and make me wish I actually knew who all the characters depicted are. More important, this is what I remember from reading Justice League as a kid – they always seemed to have pages full of wide-screen, edge to edge conflicts with tons of heroes and villains. But then I used to know everyone back then and that was before the universe was rebuilt multiple times. I don’t know who put together the art for these huge shots, but there are 6 artists on pencils (Jason Fabok, Phil Jimenez, Dan Jurgens, Scott Kolins, Jim Lee, and Kevin Maguire) and another 7 artists on inks (Jason Fabok, Phil Jimenez, Scott Kolins, Kevin Maguire, Jaime Mendoza, Jerry Ordway, and Scott Williams) and they’re really impressive layouts. In any case, it was a good start to what looks like a major event.
Steam Summer Sale
Finally, it has been confirmed that the Steam Summer Sale is gonna begin on Friday. Multiple sources have published reports about the start date, but I didn’t see anything official on the Steam store. I do believe the reports though. In any case, it’s time to go bargain hunting again. Personally, I’ve got a love-hate relationship with the Steam sales. I love to see and buy all the discounted titles but I hate that it simply builds up my backlog of games I never finish. Worse still, I’m pretty sure I’ve got over 100 games in my library that I haven’t even installed, much less started up. And yet every year I add more. Too many titles sound enticing and like something that could be really good. Or they get great reviews and are in a genre I enjoy.
Sure the deals are great, but I have to work hard this year to resist the urge to buy them all…we’ll see how well I succeed.
The Fantastic Four are broke. Yup, Reed made some dicey gambles on the stock market and lost all their money; they’re gonna have to sell the Baxter Building, the Pogo Plane, and all the neat gizmos Reed built for them. But all is not lost as they get a letter from a Hollywood studio to make movies. Arriving in California, the team learns the studio is owned by Sub-Mariner and he’s got plans for a great superhero movie, so they sign on for a million dollars. But once filming starts, we learn that Namor has plans to destroy each of the team one-by-one. He sends Mr. Fantastic to an island to face the Cyclops, Johnny is dropped off on an island where the local tribe has a fire immunity potion, Namor decides to fight Thing in hand-to-hand combat for supremacy, and I think the worst is the sleazy way he gropes Sue as she tries to evade him. Each of our heroes overcomes their obstacles with their superpowers and regroup to face Sub-Mariner who in the end is saved by Sue’s sense of decency and the fact they need his money.
- The artwork is pretty cool, particularly some of the Hollywood scenes with the different actors of the time hanging about, and I think Kirby has settled on how he wants to depict both Thing and Human Torch after 9 issues.
- Namor/Sub-Mariner seems to be the big bad of the first year of the Fantastic Four since he shows up as the villain 3 times (4,6,9) while Dr. Doom only has 2 guest appearances (5,6).
- Regardless of how gropey Namor gets, Sue still defends him – she sure seems to like the bad boy.
- Alicia seems destined to stick around as Ben Grimm/Thing’s friend – at least she was only an accessory to crime, not the actual criminal.
In my view this was a pretty decent issue and I rate it a B+. I hope this signals a trend in Marvel heading into 1963.
Made it to Venus in Destiny
While I’m not technically considering this part of my steps through Destiny, I do feel like I made an accomplishment that I had to commemorate with a screenshot. I finally made it to Venus and am starting on the quests there. Actually, I had to reinstall Secret World the other day so I took some time away from my computer and jumped on my PS4. From my experience, Destiny is a game I can easily shift back into whenever the feeling strikes – the controls are pretty straight forward and there are not to many complications other than point and shoot. Sure, you have to avoid too much damage and it helps to know who has a shield or who can teleport, but the game is forgiving enough that you can figure these things out as you go…at least that’s how it seems at my low teens level. It’s also nice that I don’t have to struggle to find a build guide to try to min/max my character so far. Sure, I enjoy having a guardian that can easily take things down, but I don’t feel that I have to follow what others have done in order to enjoy the game. In any case, I think I’m about half way through the basic game and then I’ve got a bunch of expansions to get through before the next version comes out. I’m looking forward to getting through this story to see where it leads.
This has been a crazy month, but a look back at April 2017 shows that I was a busy person. While I feel like I didn’t meet many of my goals, I actually did get a bunch done and on the whole had a good month.
I Nioh, I didn’t get very far but I did get outta the Tower of London. I actually was right about the fact that the London portion at the start is just a prelude to the real story. I was not gaining experience other than learning how to fight and how to get the basics down. I wasn’t even able to use the various stances available until after I got outta the tower and into Kyushu. I ventured forth a bit after the tutorial in Kyushu, but not too far. I’m taking this game cautiously since I keep dying.
I finished off the Moon missions and headed off to Venus. That’s as far as I got, but then again, that was my goal.
The big news for April was missing out on Preview Night tickets. I showed up on time and did everything I needed to do but the RNG gods didn’t look upon me favorably. I also lost out on the parking lottery so I’ll have to wait till June to see if I can get in on the open parking sale. One the positive side, I did read through both graphic novels for my book club – Archie and Afterlife with Archie and I enjoyed them both. Neither was really my cup of tea but I did get a kick outta some of the humor in the Archie issues and loved seeing the original stories that were included in each of the issues. It was just a bit too much reminiscent of high school for me, which I think is the point of the series. The Afterlife story was pretty good – kinda like a Walking Dead thing with high schoolers. I also read more in the Complete Marvel Reading Order and am almost done with 1962, I think May could be the month I finally move on to 1963, but we’ll see.
I think I read quite a bit this month. My usual target is 4 books a month – roughly one a week, and I was able to do pretty well this month. I finished off Lindbergh (B+ rating) by A. Scott Berg and it turned out to be a fun read. I was kinda surprised since it’s been a long time since I’ve read a biography. I’m pretty sure the exciting life that Charles Lindbergh lived and the fact that I love flying contributed to how much I enjoyed the read. Someday I hope to be able to pilot myself, but I lived vicariously through this book for now. The other books I read this month included A Head Full of Ghosts (B rating) which I talked about the other day; Robots of Dawn (B+ rating) – the 3rd (or 4th depending on if you count I, Robot) robot story from Isaac Asimov; Foreigner (B+ rating) by C. J. Cherryh which kicks off a series of about 15 books that I may just keep reading since this was interesting; and The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran which I haven’t rated yet since I am trying to implement what he suggests before I come to any conclusions. So, 5 books for April and I started a 6th that won’t get read fully till May but I’m looking forward to learning. It’s starting off the month with another non-fiction book called Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS – it won the Pulitzer Prize so I figure it should be informative.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Sadly, this game didn’t get any attention this month. I’m still pretty psyched about it and will start playing it soon, but I just had too many other things going on. April was a busy month, so much so, I passed on this game and I didn’t even buy Mass Effect: Andromeda yet though I want to give that a spin as well.
This is gonna be my MMO for the time being. I just started up a new Hobbit Minstrel, I’m enjoying her and am dedicated to reaching MAX level finally. I’ve had many different characters in this game over the years, but none that have made it above level 30. Most were Lore Masters or Rune Keepers but I figured a Minstrel would be nice to try – particularly since I enjoy healers quite a bit. So far I’me enjoying her kit as I’m learning. The complexity of using ballads, anthems, and codas is interesting and a bit difficult at first, but I’m learning. Actually, I’m still pretty young so I haven’t been challenged by anything that could really cause me issues yet.
MLB: The Show
I picked this up going into the baseball season to see what it was all about. From what I’d heard, it’s a pretty good simulation and from my gameplay, I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve won a game and played around a bit, but haven’t spent much time with it so far. There’s a couple of dynasty type modes that look real good so I look forward to playing it a bit more.
The first month of the baseball season was a hit or miss for my fantasy teams – I have 4.
- My Mendoza team, Ramblin’ Redshirts is currently sitting in 3rd place in their division with a mediocre 12–11 record. I really need to spend some more time babysitting that team since I think it’s the most likely to improve with attention. The league format is pretty complex though and I am still relatively new to it. I’m just so happy it’s a long season.
- The Rally Monkeys, my Root league Scoresheet team is not doing so well. They’re sitting in last place in their division with a 7–12 record. I’m so glad it’s a long season, but with a 4.16 ERA and 3.9 Runs Scored average per start, things need to get better. It doesn’t help that I’ve got a bunch of guys on the DL. I’m just so happy it’s a long season.
- The Redshirts Scoresheet team isn’t doing any better. At 8–11, they’re at least in 2nd to last in their 5 team division. They’re sporting a 3.75 ERA but only 3.3 runs scored – somehow I seem to draft these types of team even when I think I’m grabbing decent pitching. Well, perhaps a shuffle of my lineup might help these guys out, who knows at this point. I’m just so happy it’s a long season.
- Hrm…well, my Hybrid Head-to-Head/Roto league was doing well but now I am getting a service unavailable response to the URL…not good, I guess I’ll wait till it gets fixed to see who well I did this week. In any case, I was in first place, having won the first 2 weeks pretty handily but I slipped a bit during week 3. Hopefully this past week will be another good one and from what I recall, I was on top of 10 of my 14 match ups so I should do well again this week. I’m just so happy it’s a long season though being in 1st place kinda makes me hope things continue this way.
In the big leagues, my favorite Angel team came out pretty even, at least not counting today which hasn’t occurred yet. They’re either gonna have a winning record for April or losing since they’re at .500 right now with today’s game the deciding factor. They’ve played better than expected but I worry about injuries. I’m just so happy it’s a long season.
Other Games I Played
This month, I got really into SMITE on both the PC and PS4. I’ve been really enjoying it, but for some reason, this weekend, I can’t seem to win a game. I’ve made it to level 18 overall on the PC and went ahead and picked up the god pack that unlocks ALL gods now and in the future. It’s pretty cool having so many options but I’ve tended to settle on a few that seem to be decent – Ra, Medusa, and Zeus, but I’ve also taken a liking to Athena as a Guardian/Support. I’m certainly not the best player, not anywhere close to a decent one, but I do my best to stay alive and contribute to my team.
After taking a bit of time off, things were a bit confusing coming back to Destiny, but it’s definitely a fun change of pace. Death doesn’t seem to come as easily here on the Moon, but I still need to be careful. The main thing I got confused about is what mission I’m working on.
I have a couple…
The Dark Below and Against the Hive seem to be the main storyline quests and upon researching things, The Dark Below actually looks to be a quest for later on where I have to head back to Earth. So, since I want to stay on the Moon, I’m headed back to the Temple of Crota to find the Chamber of Night and stop some ritual that’s interfering with the Traveler.
Destiny Journal Entry #16: Chamber of Night
I also found some Helium Filaments that I’m not really sure what to do with. They don’t take up any space in inventory so I suppose it doesn’t matter that I have them at this point. I’ll have to do some RL research to see what they’re used for.
It took a lot of patience waiting for their invulnerability shield to turn off so I could actually hit them. I did get to see more of the Moonscape while running between checkpoints and I liked what I saw – for a “barren” landscape, I think they did a pretty good job of making it look nice.
But before I could get down there, I was interrupted by a transmission coming from Venus. Apparently someone has taken an interest in what I’m doing and wants me to look her up after I finish with the Chamber of Night.
Yesterday I went over my goals for March and how I well I accomplished them…kinda middle of the road. March Mammal Madness kinda took over the month and I didn’t get everything done I wanted to. For April, I’m gonna set a similar series of goals and we’ll see how things go in gaming, reading, comics, and all kinda of stuff.
Even though this game keeps kicking my butt, I am enjoying it. I actually made it out of the Tower of London in my last play session so I have a couple of posts to put together describing my spectacular gameplay…actually, I continue to die a lot. I finally found a listing of some of the missions and even though I planned to get through the Kyushu region in March, I barely made it out of London. With that in mind and with the realization that there are 10 different missions in that starting region, 3 of which are mandatory to progress, I don’t think I’llA complete the region in April, but I’ll see what I can do. I’m not a very fast power gamer so I feel pretty safe to say I’ll be stuck in the Kyushu region for a bit if the 60–80 hour game time estimate is correct…it’ll probably take me more like 240 hours to get through the game at the pace I usually go – if I ever finish. But no…I WILL FINISH.
I’ve had this game on the back burner for about 6 weeks now so I think it’s time to make some progress. My goal for April is the same as I had for March… to advance the story to Venus, and I gotta get rolling on this game since they’ve announce Destiny 2 is coming out in September…6 months to finish this installment before the next one drops.
MLB: The Show
This is a new game I just picked up. I am an avid baseball fan but haven’t played much in the way of baseball simulation games since way back when…I think I mentioned Earl Weaver Baseball. In any case, I picked this up, now that I have so much space for games on my external HD and I want to give this a shot. I’m not really sure what to expect but I’ve heard its a good series…one of the best as far as current sports games go. I’m not really gonna set any kind of goal for this game other than to start it though since I don’t know what to really expect.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
I’ve heard a lot about how great this game is and fear that if I don’t start playing more of the new releases, I’ll just keep getting further and further behind. There seems to be a ton of really good games coming out, so much so that something like NieR:Automata is rated 88 on Metacritic but it’s not even on my radar yet and forget about the new Zelda – I’m still on the waiting list for a Switch. Anyway, I really want to start this game so I’m putting it on my list for April.
The 2017 MLB season starts this month and while I don’t have any illusions about how well my team will do, I am excited for things to get going. In reality, the season the Angels won the World Series, no one thought they’d do very well either, so you never know…perhaps they’ll win it all this year. That hope and the fact I’m in 4 fantasy leagues certainly encourages me to pay some attention to what’s going on in MLB this year.
I read a ton of books in March and plan on getting through a bunch in April as well. Right now I am finishing of a biography of Charles Lindbergh, the first biography I’ve read a in a very long time, but it’s really good. It almost reads like a novel with all the interesting events that Lindberg went through in his lifetime. I’m also scheduled to read a horror novel – I’m not usually keen on these, but for my Mysterious Galaxy Book Club, we’re reading Bram Stoker Award winner A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay this month. Not sure if I’m looking forward to it, but…it won an award so it should be a good read. I also want to keep up with my Asimov reading so I’ve lined up The Robots of Dawn to keep advancing in Foundation & Empire. That should be 3 books which was my goal last month, but I might be able to throw another in since I’m halfway done with Lindbergh.
My Comic-Con Book Club is reading a few different things this month but both are related to the new Riverdale TV show. We’re reading Archie – the 2015 version written by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples and the Atferlife with Archie series written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Francesco Francavilla, and Jack Morelli. I’ve never read any Archie comics before but they’ve gotta be good considering they’ve been around for decades.
So there it is…I think this’ll be a busy month. I also want to get back into a running and fitness program. I think I’m gonna hold off on planning a race though and just plan on building up a good base of fitness.
The Madness is Over
What a month it’s been. I’ve accompilished a bunch and fell behind on things as well. In either case, I think today is a good day to look back at the month.
2017 March Mammal Madness
March Mammal Madness was great this year. This was the first year I was able to fill out my bracket before the tournament began. I didn’t do too well though. Even though I made a ton of selections for who would win each battle, I’d say I probably got maybe 50% right. I just didn’t pick very well, and even my favorite, the Honey Badger, ended up losing in the Championship match. Regardless of how well my picks went, I had a lot of fun following the fights.
March is always the start of the baseball season and this year I got heavily involved in Fantasy Baseball. I actually have 4 leagues that I’m playing in…a Scoresheet league, a Scoresheet Root league, a Mendoza Baseball league, and a hybrid Roto/Head-to-Head league. Hopefully I’ll perform better in these leagues than I did in March Mammal Madness.
I made a little progress in Destiny this month but not nearly as much as I wanted to. I wanted to move on to the next planet – Venus – but I only managed to get a bit more done on the Moon. I’m still enjoying the game I’m sure I’ll get further now that the craziness or March is over.
I’m loving this game but dying so much. I’m up to 8 deaths but I still haven’t made it outta the Tower of London. I’m pretty sure I’m close though, so this is another game where I didn’t achieve my March Goal, but I’m still enjoying it and haveing a lot of fun.
March was a busy month for my reading and I was able to get through 4+ books in the month. I say 4+ beacause technically, I finished reading Sabriel by Garth Nix on March 1st so it kinda gets included in the month. I also am half way through Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg but won’t finish it till a few days into April. The 4 books I did finish, though, were: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, Gateway by Frederik Pohl, The Naked Sun by Issac Asimov, and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms but N. K. Jemisin. My favorite was Gateway which I rate an easy A and is one of the best books I’ve read this year. The rest get B+s except for The Queen of the Tearling which was more of a B for me – it was good, but I felt there were too many cliches and not enough answers to questions that were raised.
Comics & Comic-Con
The big news and event this month was Comic-Con tickets. They went on sale and I was able to grab all 4 days. I still would like to get Preview Night tickets, but will have to wait till April 8th and Open Registration. Beyond tickets, I was able to read though my planned Saga and The Authority issues, but didn’t even start on Wonder Woman Year One – there was just too much going on. I did manage to get in a few issues from Marvel’s 1962 Silver Age, and am almost through the year.
One the whole, while I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted during the month, I think I got a lot done and feel good about how much I was able to do. Maybe April will be the month I start in on Horizon.
I’ve been enjoying my journey through Destiny and since this marks the 15th entry in my journal, and one that comes a bit temporally displaced from the previous entries, I figured it was time to provide a guidepost. To that end, I am putting down a stake and drawing a map of my progress with Rambling Redshirt’s Destiny Journal.
I will update this post as I continue to make entries so this will act as an index or table of contents of sorts for my trip into the finely crafted world of Destiny.
Oh, and I suppose there will probably be spoilers in any of these posts so be warned…
Also, some of these entries are part of larger posts or rambles that have nothing to do with Destiny, read or pass over that stuff however you see fit…I have a bunch of interests and they don’t all tie into video games, Destiny, the PS4, or SciFi, nor do they confine themselves to neat single topic posts all the time.
Rambling Redshirt’s Destiny Journal
- Playing some Destiny
- My First Archon
- There’s a Wizard Harry
- Careful Which Way You Turn
- A Second Death
- There are Too Many
- The Devils’ Lair
- Leveling to 10
- To The Moon and the Dark Beyond
- Mission to the World Grave
- Quest Hubs
- Fly Me To The Moon Again
- Sword and Princes
- Rambling Redshirt’s Destiny Journal <= this post
- Heading to the Chamber of Night
- World’s Grave
- Finishing with the World’s Grave
- Homeward Bound and a Patrol
This looks like a really cool game with great reviews and set in an interesting world…I really want to give it a try, but I’m gonna resist…at least for now. March is a busy month for me with Spring Training in baseball, March Madness in College basketball, work deadlines, and then I’ve got plans in other games, and lots of other things. So let me explore my plans and see if I can set an attainable goal to reach that would trigger me to move into Horizon like so many others are.
I’ve kinda put Destiny on the back burner during the second half of February but I’m itching to get further in the story. I’d like to finish off the missions on the Moon and I think the asteroid belt is next. If I can finish the month heading to Venus, I’ll be be happy.
This is a tough game and I’ve barely broken the surface of it. Actually, I don’t even think I’ve made it to the leveling part of the game yet after the weeks I’ve been playing. I have a feeling I’ll get outta London soon but I’d like to set a goal of not only getting outta London, but also moving past the second area which I think is called Kyushu. I think once I move on to the leveling zones I’ll start moving a bit faster…or I’ll die more often and have more gorey details to post about.
I’ve been making good progress with my reading goals and plan to keep that up. My plan is to get through the next Asimov robot book – The Naked Sun, The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, and Gateway by Frederik Pohl. This will keep me on track to read 3 books a month even though I seem to keep reading the first book of a series and filling up my backlog with the follow-on novels and my backlog is getting pretty long.
On the comic front, I’m reading through the first 12 issues of The Authority by Warren Ellis and Saga by Brian K. Vaughan for my comic book club and I’m planning on going through the Year One issues of Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka. That should keep me busy in the comic realm for the month.
Finally, another thing that’s in between me and Horizon is the fact that the MLB season starts soon and I’ve gotta prepare and draft my fantasy teams. I’ve got a couple of leagues I’m playing in this year and if I want to be competitive, I have to put in the hours and the research.
Back to Horizon
So, if I want to give myself the go ahead to purchase and play Horizon, I’ve got a bunch of things to get through first. And that’s not even considering that I want to start work on my plan to get to max level in LOTRO and start up a fresh Secret World character and move forward in my plans to reach Gold in League of Legends. So many plans and so many games I want to play…too many that I have to limit myself or I’ll get nowhere. So, Horizon looks neat but it’s gonna be a project down the line, maybe this Summer rather than this Spring.