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Diverting the forebrain is good for the soul - Tactical Ninja

Dec. 8th, 2014

09:35 am - Diverting the forebrain is good for the soul

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As you can imagine, I spent my weekend mostly in another world. It's having precisely the effect I'd hoped - it's giving me a holiday from my life (which has been very stressful lately), it's forcing me to rest physically, and it's engaging my mind with exciting adventures that don't have real-world consequences, which allows me to run my deep processor in the background without the usual ego-interference. SRS BSNS!


There was The Case of the Mysterious Levitating Dead Bandit:



Blackwall looks puzzled. Or poozled, given his Yorkshire accent. Yay Yorkshire accent! Kestrel, meanwhile, is all "Beat this acro move, Happy!"

And then there was The Friendly Pet Druffalo, in which Cassandra was all "Why are we wasting our time with these pointless animal-based side qu- OH SHIT RUN!"



Of course the Giant That Is More Giant Than The Skyrim Giants needs to get a mention:



You see where it says LOOT there is a yellow blob? That's Kestrel's hair, and the white knobbly thing at 2 o'clock from that is her staff bobble. I've always liked the way you can get right inside the story in Dragon Age. *ahem*

And this is the look Kestrel gave me when I told her she couldn't shag Solas.



Right now she's leaning towards Sera, but it's early days yet. I think I've played about 25 hours, got to Level Still Easily Wasted By That Dragon (You Know The One)*, and have actually left the Hinterlands once or twice and am ready to up the plotline ante.

* Tried her at L8, got her to half health. At L12 I think I've got a fair shot.


And in case you think I did nothing but play games all weekend, I also made progress on the Magic Carpet, learned a couple of new acro moves, and lifted the bulbs from my outdoor pots and replanted them with calendulas and dwarf dahlias, then added the last of those to the flower beds to fill gaps.

I like calendulas, they're self-seeding.

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From:t_c_da
Date:December 7th, 2014 09:07 pm (UTC)
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So, when are you going to start making Kestrel's outfit?
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From:tatjna
Date:December 7th, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
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When she gets one that appeals to me. If that happens. There's a character in this series that I'm hoping to see in-game, whose outfit I have earmarked for cosplay if it's any good. But so far I've seen no outfits that have sparked my interest. Early days..
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From:fbhjr
Date:December 7th, 2014 09:56 pm (UTC)
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Looks like a cool game!
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From:tatjna
Date:December 7th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
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I am enjoying it quite a lot. I've always been a bit ambivalent about open world games because I'm a completionist and so chasing side quests just to tick them off can end up feeling very aimless. This game does a pretty good job of keeping the pace moving if you want to, and even side-questing is proving to be quite interesting and involved.

And Kestrel has taken on a life of her own and seems to be seeking out the weird and quirky. She laughs in the face of your game mechanics!
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From:downwardlashes
Date:December 8th, 2014 04:42 am (UTC)
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What do I do with calendulas after they've died? The new ones grow in, but the old ones just sort of stay there all gray and yucky. But if I yank them out, it kills the whole patch of calendulas! I've been struggling with this for like three years now :/
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From:tatjna
Date:December 8th, 2014 05:12 am (UTC)
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I woould try cutting them off at ground level with secateurs, and letting the rest grow in over the top.
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From:downwardlashes
Date:December 8th, 2014 06:39 am (UTC)
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They get tangled, but I bet I could just keep cutting the gray ones to bits until I get it out of the tangle! Good idea.
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From:pundigrion
Date:December 15th, 2014 10:41 pm (UTC)
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Let them re-seed! They make new seeds really easily. Once the seedheads are dry, you can clip them off and scatter them wherever you like. Dead leaves you can just cut to the ground, it'll make more.
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