Sunday Swatch

Hey pals. It’s been a really long time since I’ve done one of these. Because of that I want to show you a mix of more recent pieces, and some stuff that I really loved that came out over my break. Let’s go.

Let’s start with a game that came out over my hiatus: Mass Effect Andromeda. I have never played a Mass Effect game before, so I saw this newest title as a chance to jump into a series that is much loved by many of my friends. However I was left disappointed. And not just because of the terrible animations – I’ve played Dragon Age before, and that is by no means perfect. Mostly what got me was how joyless and boring the game was. I’m not sure exactly why, but I just didn’t find my time with the game enjoyable. Polygon’s Rowan Kaiser argues effectively that it is Bioware’s insistence on making open world games that really hinders them. I can agree with them – I was very frustrated moving around large maps full of nothing to get from one objective marker to the next – and it became even worse when I had to spend time, meaninglessly navigating across space to move the narrative onwards.

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So, I really haven’t posted much in quite a while, but I’ve missed my little blog, so I’m making an effort to come back.

I’ve been playing a lot of tabletop RPGs recently, so I think I’d like to write about that. And while I’d like to share my experiences of playing different systems and settings, I’d like to talk about world building, and the shared experience of playing and creating stories together.

Beyond that, I’ve been feeling like I don’t know what I would write about here. Life has been kind of busy, and it’s left me with not as much time to play games. And so I end up feeling like, maybe I don’t have anything to say? So maybe I’m experiencing writer’s fear, rather than writer’s block. But writing is fun, and remembering that is worth more than writing something “relevant”.

Anyway, I’m back and I’ll see you around.