From Amazing Spider-Man #50. Image credit: Marvel Comics

Hard Reset

I almost posted a very different blog about my 2020 plans and expectations, but I had something of a revelation today concerning my approach to creativity:

It’s not working.

It made the original blog mostly irrelevant, but there are a couple of key points that will sneak their way into this one, too.

My wife noticed that I have been upset a lot, lately. Stressed. Short-tempered. I can barely hold it together for five minutes with our daughter before I lose patience. She said that I seem miserable and wanted to know what I needed to make things better.

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Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

My Top 10 Video Games of “2019”

Check it out! A somewhat timely Top 10 Games of the Year list! By comparison, the 2018 list didn’t release until May of 2019. I’m on a roll. The Pulitzer for online rambling lies within reach!

Although, I must admit, assembling a list of ten whole games played in 2019 proved challenging! I spent fewer hours playing video games in 2019 than any year in recent memory, so I had to cheat a little bit here and there to present a full list. Normally, I don’t include games I’ve beaten prior to the year in question, with the exception of the game in the “Honorable Mention” slot. Well, in this case, I included a game I beat for the first time many years ago, but spent quite a bit of time revisiting in 2019. Sacrilege. Perhaps I’ll redeem myself in 2020. Or maybe I’ll play fewer games than ever?! Such drama in this life of mine, let me tell you. Let’s check out the list before the gaming melodrama reaches levels from which we cannot recover!

As always, the games on this list didn’t have to be released in 2019 (hence the quotation marks in the title), just that I either beat them or played the majority of them in 2019.

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Shovel Knight. Image Credit: Yacht Club Games

My Top 10 Video Games of the Decade: 2010-2019

I’ve spent the last few years recapping my ten favorite games of the year. These lists are fun to assemble, even though I usually don’t get them out until well into the new year, and most of the games on them tend to be over 20 years old.

This list, however, is a little different.  This time, I’ll be covering my ten favorite games of the decade. It’s still well into the new year, however, so that aspect of the list has stayed the same.

Now, listen. I play a lot of old games, so to tell the truth, I haven’t played a lot of games from 2010-2019, especially if they aren’t Nintendo games or indie games (or remakes/HD remasters/compilations of older games, which don’t count). Your favorite games from the last decade, or what you feel are the most thought-provoking, intellectual, or important, aren’t on this list. There’s no Dark Souls, no Undertale, no Papers Please, and no The Last of Us. Don’t get discouraged! I don’t think they’re bad or unimportant. I simply haven’t played them. But, this is the best of the best of what I have played, and even though I’m not actually qualified to put this sort of list together based on the quantity of games played, I’m still doing it because it sounded like fun. Let’s get started!

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Brian Still Hasn’t Beat Pools of Darkness, Part Five – Whoops! Brian Beat Pools of Darkness!

[Hey, this entry is part of a series. Read all about my Pools of Darkness experience here.]

Screenshot - Boat

WELP

I beat Pools of Darkness. But what happened to the blog series?

Well, the short version is that, and I’m a little embarrassed to say, I got so into the game that I couldn’t keep up with writing about it. I took a lot of notes throughout, but apparently this was the attempt in which I figured out all the puzzles and tough fights and sticking points, and no other games got in the way of finally finishing this thing. Before I knew it, all of Bane’s lieutenants were defeated, the Realms were restored, and my party, having experienced a taxing wealth of adventures, boarded a boat across the Great Sea to paradise like Frodo & Co. at the end of Lord of the Rings. The blog was intended to be my accountability piece, the extra incentive to see the game through to the end, but it turns out I didn’t need it!

The long version is that, by introducing what would have been a fairly long-running blog series to my already 1,004-item long to-do list, I found myself—once AGAIN—trying to do too much with my life. Instead of working on those 1,004 projects already in progress, I started another one. I always do this, and I have a whole blog about this realization and maybe finally getting my life in order that is next on the docket.

So, what happened in the rest of the game? I’ll share the highlights. It’s a long read, so I hope you like computer roleplaying games!

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Saluki Con 2019

Progress Report, A Last Minute Convention Appearance Announcement, and other Odds and Ends

Hello, everyone! I have a lot of business to cover, and not much time in which to do so, so let’s get going.

First of all, we are a last-minute addition to Saluki Con at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, this Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29! We were planning to just attend, but a spot opened up, so we took it! Amanda and I will be there with the standard fare: Mike and the Ninja (which we’re very close to selling out of); Six Legs, No Heart; Night of the Dragon, plus prints and commissions. More information on all of those items can be found at the Big Skink Tales website. It’s going to be a good time, and we hope to see you there!

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Homer's bad Florida costume for Lisa

Quick Thoughts on “Finished, Not Perfect”

Whoops! I got busy over the past couple of weeks, which has kind of wrecked my blogging productivity. I didn’t have quite enough time to get everything done just the way I wanted. I didn’t have time to get everything perfect, so nothing got done.

I did it wrong. I forgot the code: “Finished, Not Perfect.”

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The monsters rejoice for the party has been destroyed.

Brian Still Hasn’t Beat Pools of Darkness, Part Four – Dragon’s Lair

We had a lot more trouble with the fire giant mage’s cave than I was expecting, so I decided it was once again time to leave the Realms in undeniable peril and spend some time irresponsibly leveling up. Nevermind the clouds of dragons ready to descend and level everything in sight—we headed west for experience and mediocre loot.

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