What’s been happening?

Well I haven’t blogged for a while on this site and my four followers might be wondering what I have been up to…while wait no longer..


I’ve managed to grab some annual leave over the last few days and have enjoyed a slightly different speed and routine of life. Here, in true bullet point style, are some of the updates.

  • XBoxOne – I bought my new XBoxone some time ago and, after setting it up to my ‘main’ television in the lounge I bought games but ended up just watching Amazon Prime TV on it. In order to start to interact and use it more, I knew I would need it in my gaming room (really my bedroom) and link it to my PC in order to capture the content ready for streaming. After purchasing an Elgato Game Capture card the move was completed and now streaming can occur. I still have some issues with the sound and microphone set up, but things are now working. You can catch me streaming on TwitchTV more now.
  • Elder Scrolls Online– In an attempt to be more sociable within the games I play, I have been trying to play more on my XboxOne. My recent purchase was Elder Scrolls Online! I was involved in the beta testing for this game on the PC and really enjoyed it, liking the way you can decide what you want to play and how you want to play it. Currently I have a Templar who is sword and board normally, but has a restoration staff as a secondary weapon, ready for those dungeon healing expeditions. Levelling is going well, although it is a bit slow compared to the +12% of Star Wars the Old Republic. Currently 23rd I am progressing nicely and hopefully will be able to soon get linked up with a guild and do some raiding!
  • Guilds and Raiding -As mentioned in the previous segment, I would really like to become part of an online community and begin to engage with the end game content of some of the games I play. At the moment, I am trying to gear out my characters on World of Warcraft as well as watching streams to see what the end game of SWTOR involves – always keeping an eye out for the recruiting guilds. I realise that what I should be doing to perfecting my gameplay with one class and then demonstrating what a great player I am with that class. This would hopefully make me more desirable for guilds. At the moment, I am still debating which class to play (as usual) even considering becoming more of a stealther to be more ‘independent’. Perseverance is key here and I am determine to keep asking and getting involved. You never know – one day I might even be completing world first with a guild like Method!
  • Hopefully this is keeping you up to date with what is happening, and thanks for returning and reading. Remember you can follow me on Twitter and Facebook. Have a good week everyone and I’ll catch you on the stream!

    2 comments for “Let Me In! – Simon’s Cat – YouTube

    1. February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Would be cool to play an one off, one of the dungeon crawls you made! Maybe the 8 level one!!!

    2. March 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

      I miss those early days so much. The current state of rpg’s , the rpg xubculture if you like, doesn’t feel like it did back then. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

      I was introduced to Advanced D&D 1st Edition, by my sisters boyfriend (the BEST boyfriend of the many she had IMHO..), who showed me S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks module after discovering I enjoyed computer based adventure games, I was hooked immediately and it wasn’t too long before I was hanging around the local game shop, Games Gallery, from which I was invited to join in a game run by the assistant manager, who was to become my long and good friend Steve, who was coincidentally, the reason I got to work at the local branch of Games Workshop for a time. Working there, in those days, before it became a Warhammer only shop, was amazing. It was the proverbial kid in the sweet shop!. Staff discount made it even sweeter – 50% off GW’s own products, and 25% off everything else. We also ran a great rpg club, with about 60-80 members at its peak.
      I was always the GM for my main group as no one else had the time it took to prepare a game properly, though after a few changes to the group, and people from the club popping up, I eventually got to play. Games by a company called Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) were very popular in all of my groups. FGU sold games such as Bushido, Aftermath,Space Opera, Chivalry & Sorcery, Freedom Fighters, and Bunnies & Burrows, but there were many many more games, by many different companies, covering all sorts of genres – and I still have them all. Many were, as was the style back then, table and chart and rule HEAVY. We loved that. Comparing themto the current crop of “rules lite” systems, I would certainly go back to the old games instead. We played these games sometimes 5 days a week, as for a time we were all unemployed. It was all we did.
      I often spent days creating scenarios, making maps, creating player characters as well as npc’s. I found it quite therapeutic, as is miniature painting – thousands of the little buggers packed away testify to the time I spent doing it. My “toy soldiers” as my brother in law calls them…
      I used to get quite attached to my favourite characters, and whilst one or two died over the decades, most did not.
      For almost all of my characters I would go overboard by most people’s standards. I like to have an image for my characters, whether a photo or artwork. Sometimes I will see an image and that is the base for the whole character, built around the image.
      I always believed as a player, that giving the GM a detailed background, list of goals, motivations, friends, contacts and enemies, will help the GM bring my character into the game more, by using some of what I have given him in the game. As a GM I like to see what players come up with for their characters, and will often use it in the game. It involves the player more, makes the game more personal if part of the game is suddenly about them, and it can help the players become more invested in their characters.
      For myself, I would often map out the characters home, create a family tree, siblings, etc.
      For our Star Trek RPG (by FASA Corp), I created the whole crew of a 500+ personnel star ship… All as detailed player characters. Unnecessary and a bit OTT I know, but it helped bring every department on the ship alive, every member of the landing party was a person not simply a red shirt.

      I am often bemused whilst watching streams when I see the gm of a streamed game pull some “new” idea out of his box of tricks, and the players are like “wow!”, “that’s original”, “I would never have thought of doing it that way!”, knowing we did it 30-40 years ago.

      The games my most recent group and I played/ran, were very detailed games with a lot of depth. Quite dark games too, mature themed, and often very emotional and intense. Having played with the same people for nigh on 20 years, you create a bond, a closeness and familiarity that allows you to communicate in a way you couldn’t, with people you don’t know very well.
      I have been brought to tears several times in recent years during the last (decade long) game we played ,as some scenes were simply too emotional or powerful, overwhelming (GM was a bastard – but an EXCELLENT GM).

      Sadly the group folded, but the GM offered to keep the game going for just me, which he did for a few years, which to be honest I really needed, as it helped me through a bad depression at that time).
      Over the years I have experienced a lot of things because of rpg’s, and made some great friends, too. I have a lot to be grateful for, regarding rpg’s. I was discussing with my brother in law, my collection of rpg’s and miniatures. When he realised how much they are worth, (some regularly sell for £100’s!) he always tells me to sell sell sell. He doesn’t grasp what they mean to me .
      Yet I won’t. Part of me hopes and prays that I will get a local group together (even some of the old group!) and start using them again. But aside from that, as my memory fails, little by little each year, these boxes and books and miniatures on the shelves are my constant reminders of happy and sad and exciting moments, and great fun, and more importantly, great friends.

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