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Weekend recap: I’m meeeelting… and Steam’s Summer Getaway Sale

Weekend recap time! One word: HOT.

I’m sure to a lot of people our highs of 35°C (95°F) after humidex would seem laughable, but remember that we have no AC and neither Liz or I handle heat (or general mugginess) very well. So, we spent the weekend hiding from the heat (and trying to fight a heat triggered headache in my case). We decided to put up the curtains that came with the flat (behind ours) to double up on the protection from the sun, which definitely helped. Our living room is finally dark, despite the sun shining directly in our windows for a long portion of the day. And wow, was it a hot sun…

On a positive note, it was so hot and we were so drained of energy that it led to a nice gaming weekend :). And game we did!
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SWTOR: Duo’ing The False Emperor Flashpoint at 52

Just a quick head’s up, this post will be all about SWTOR. If you’re not a fan of the Old Republic, you may want to navigate away… Also, I’ll be giving some False Emperor flashpoint spoilers.

Okay. You’re still here, so I imagine you want me to go on :).

As planned, Liz and I finished our main story lines. We opted to just push through the class missions, ignoring the planetary missions for Voss and Corellia, so we ended up finishing at level 52. Once this was done, we decided that rather than push on to Makeb right away we should go through and try to get HK-51 (a companion character introduced quite some time back).

While we’ve had a few level 50 characters for quite some time now (at least since HK-51 was introduced), we simply haven’t gotten the drive to do what was necessary to get him. To obtain him, you need to run through a quick mission in Section X on Belsavis and then do a sort of treasure hunt across the galaxy, collecting needed parts along the way. Two of the parts are in flashpoints (instance dungeons for those of you from other MMOs).

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Weekend Recap: Sun, SWTOR, and 18 days till Hyper Japan!

Hello old friend... where have you been hiding? Image by Billy Alexander on SXC

Hello old friend… where have you been hiding?

After a wonderfully hot and sunny weekend, it’s time to get back to work. It’s also time to have a weekend re-cap.

Well, despite the sunny temperature we ended up spending much of the weekend inside. For one, we’re weak… it was too freaking hot. It’s nice conceptually, and the sun is great, but Liz and I both start melting once the temperature goes above 24°C ish. While Liz is from Oklahoma, a place where you can expect 40°C+ weather (cooling to 30°C+ overnight) for weeks at a time, she’s not used to not having AC – everyone has AC in Oklahoma… stores, homes, cars, you name it. As for me? I’d say blame it on my being a Canadian, but I know plenty of Canadians who thrive in the heat. I guess I just prefer the cold.

The second reason we decided to stay inside was that this was the last double XP weekend for SWTOR. We played a fair bit, and I have to say we put it to good use. We got our Bounty Hunter (Mercenary) / Sith Inquisitor (Sorcerer) up to 50 (almost 52, actually). We haven’t actually finished the main story line yet… We got through the first map of Voss, completing every mission before deciding to skip the rest of the planetary missions and just focus on story line. We’re now done with Voss. Now, it’s off to Corellia. I think the plan is to once again just focus on finishing the story line. As it is, with the change to the commendation system, our modifiable gear is partially filled with Makeb level modifications, so even if we were playing individually we’d have a tough time finding a challenge on Corellia. Here’s hoping that focusing on the class missions only we’ll manage to finish these story lines tonight.

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Quiet Wednesdays

It’s a quiet day.

Unfortunately there isn’t much to write about today. My recent play time has been split between playing a bit of Skyrim (I’ve decided to try a mage character for the first time… I feel über powerful… right up until someone is resistant to the spell I’ve selected to attack with and decides to one-shot me, despite my stoneskin spell), trying to progress some more in Euro Truck Simulator 2 (I own a second garage now, I’m only €300k in debt, and as soon as I have €150k – maybe €200k to be safe – I’ll buy a new truck, hire a third driver – fourth if you count me – and fly through the remainder of my debt), and more SWTOR (found that the +41 stat crystals that I’d purchased on the GTM were in my collection, so I could pay some unlock them for cartel credits and then give them to all of my characters for free! WOO!). On my tablet, I’ve started playing Magic 2014 and I’m trying to get into Ingress (which is difficult since there’s practically nothing in the areas I frequent).

There isn’t much else to say, really. Nothing exciting’s really taken place at work. I’m still slowly reading through the Wheel of Time, working my way to the last three books (on book 6, The Lord of Chaos, at the moment). Getting really excited about HyperJapan and my vacation, which are in just over 20 days. That’s pretty much is.

Yay for quiet Wednesdays.



Weekend Recap & Book club: Pollen, SWTOR, and Books!

Okay, so this weekend was quite warm, which is very nice, but it also meant that we were plagued by evil pollen, which meant that while we did go out to try and enjoy the weather a bit, we were limited a bit thanks to our allergies. Bleh.

Our hiding at home from the pollen did mean we were able to take advantage of the double XP weekend in SWTOR, though, which is quite nice. I believe that next weekend is the last scheduled double XP weekend, so we’ll be trying to make the best of it. We have a couple characters nearing level 50 (my Sith Sorcerer and Liz’ Bounty Hunter and Imperial Agent) that we would like to push through with. Our Sorcerer and Bounty Hunter combo is almost 47 right now and still on Belsavis (with an entire map left to go), so at this rate we’ll be well past 50 by the time we finish the original (non Makeb) story line, which should be nice.

Beyond hiding from pollen and SWTOR, our weekend was very quiet. So quiet that I need some filler for this post, so I’ll talk about the sci-fi/fantasy book club we attend.

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