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Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Still Puzzle & Dragons. It's about the only mobile game left that I play (with the exception of Wordscapes, on the occasion where I don't forget that the game exists until 10-14 days into a month's worth of daily quests).

It took me a long while to get back to it, but I picked Dragon's Crown back up on the Vita that I purchased from @Kendrik last year. My first experiences with the game were positive, but ultimately lukewarm. Switching from warrior to elf has made all the difference. Love me some quick, agile characters that can seamlessly switch from ranged combat to close-quarters melee.

Enjoyed another TF2sday with my ToJ peeps. Shoutout to @The Mighty Gerbil for all his hard work organizing game nights and maintaining our server!

I'm still interested in multiplayer PC games like Dauntless, Destiny 2, Deep Rock Galactic, Guild Wars 2, Warframe--I should stop listing games, this is just making me sad. Anyway, I'm interested in said games, but my windows of opportunity to play multiplayer games is so tiny and fragile that it's difficult to get anything going. That being said, if anyone's interested in any of the games I just listed, ping me on Discord! Odds are I can't play right then, but it's not uncommon for Ember to fall asleep getting the kids to sleep (something I also find difficult not to do when it's my turn) and I sometimes have a small chunk of time to play after chores are done but before I go to bed.

Back on Pokemon Go. Put in the work to clear out enough items that I could visit Pokestops again. Not going particularly ham on the game right now, but have it back open.
Meanwhile, I'm contemplating uninstalling the game again. For a while, I was more interested in getting Pokemon GO running on a rooted Android device (and I finally did, thanks to Magisk Hide and some other neat tricks). Now that I've accomplished that, I haven't been able to maintain any interest in actually playing the game. Then again, I think the game is much better suited to people in other stages of life (and not to a dude who works full time, carts kids to and from extracurriculars, works out twice a week, and isn't inclined to go walking around downtown hitting up Pokestops and gyms). PoGo is one of those games that I wish had existed years ago when I would have time to play it properly.

Honestly, don't remember what else I've played this last week. Spent too much time sleeping instead. lol
You have two young children. Where do you find the time to sleep? T_T
 

Aleron

Eh?
I'm still playing GW2 and looked into Archeage Unchained, but a friend told me it would probably be too toxic for me (people ganking low levels). I enjoyed Eve Online but got bored because I never found a community to plug into. I canceled my sub but it's still active until later this month. I should at least log in and get more skills churning :)
 

Kendrik

Moderator
Staff member
Meanwhile, I'm contemplating uninstalling the game again. For a while, I was more interested in getting Pokemon GO running on a rooted Android device (and I finally did, thanks to Magisk Hide and some other neat tricks). Now that I've accomplished that, I haven't been able to maintain any interest in actually playing the game. Then again, I think the game is much better suited to people in other stages of life (and not to a dude who works full time, carts kids to and from extracurriculars, works out twice a week, and isn't inclined to go walking around downtown hitting up Pokestops and gyms). PoGo is one of those games that I wish had existed years ago when I would have time to play it properly.

You have two young children. Where do you find the time to sleep? T_T
On the PokeGo note: I work on a university campus. I don't have to put effort in to play. Every trip to the restroom, to another building across campus, is an opportunity to catch new things and spin stops. In any other circumstance, I probably wouldn't play. I never go out of my way to play it. lol

On the note of sleep: I sleep in the tiny windows they're both sleeping. Obviously. No other time exists.
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Still Puzzle & Dragons. Pulled one of the best leads in the game last week and the Samurai Shodown collab begins tomorrow. I've cleared almost all content in the game and I'm playing more casually, which has made the game more fun.

Played Team Fortress 2 on Tuesday and Golf With Your Friends on Friday with ToJ and CGA peeps. Good times!

Haven't had much time for anything else this week. Planning to get back to some games where my progress had stalled (e.g. Blaster Master Zero 2 on Switch, Bravely Default on 3DS, Dragon's Crown on Vita, etc.) in the near future. We'll see how that goes.
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Still Puzzle & Dragons.

Played a brief round of Team Fortress 2 on Tuesday.

Also dabbled in Dragon's Crown on the Vita, Overwatch and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void on PC, and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe on the Switch this week. I'm hoping to get another 8 wins to unlock some Mercy-related goodies in Overwatch before the current event ends. I estimate I'm a little over halfway through the campaign in LotV. (No, I still haven't completed it. T_T) Felt great to fire StarCraft up again.
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Still Puzzle & Dragons, though a lot less.

Upgraded from a 64GB microSD card to a 256GB card in my Switch. What should have been a simple process turned into an hours-long ordeal. The upshot is that I discovered that my monthly bandwidth cap is 1TB. Didn't play much on the Switch this week, but now I've got plenty of free space for the future!

Played a little bit of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle co-op with my older daughter on Thanksgiving day. Decided to pick up the full DLC set for $10 when it was on sale on Black Friday.

Recently picked up the monthly Humble Bundle for December for $9 (after discovering I had a $3 coupon thanks to the recent purchase of a games bundle) to get Yakuza Kiwami (SoulCalibur VI was an added bonus!) and have really been enjoying the game so far. Yakuza 2 was my entry point for the series and it remains my favorite in terms of story and characters. Returning to the beginning of the Yakuza series but with much, much shinier graphics has been a ton of fun so far. Maybe once I get through Yakuza Kiwami, I'll pick up where I left off in Yakuza 5 on the PS3 and get ready for the possibility of backwards compatibility in Sony's next console and Yakuza 6.
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Still Puzzle & Dragons. Cleared the latest boss dungeon earlier today.

Bought Zelda: Tri Force Heroes for $6 shipped thanks to a $5 eBay coupon last week. The game arrived Tuesday and I'm getting ready to play my first online game soon! I'm hoping to play with @Ember and my older daughter soon, too.

Also bought Starlink: Battle for Atlas for $10 shipped because I wanted to play Starfox on the Switch. It's been fun to play so far!

Hoping to try Super Chariot and Unravel Two (also purchased during Black Friday sales) with Ember soon.
 

Aleron

Eh?
Still mostly playing Guild Wars 2. There's enough variety in the game to keep my interest.

I downloaded the non-game, Star Citizen, for their free period, but didn't get a chance to get online with it. I still log into the non-game, Eve Online, to keep skills running and hopefully link up with Cow one of these days :D
 

Kendrik

Moderator
Staff member
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. This game was made for me. It nails Star Wars feel, controls tightly, is difficult (I'm playing on Jedi Master) but never infuriating for me, rewards exploration, and is gorgeous to boot. It's honestly the most compelling game I've played since Spider-Man. I want to play moooooore.

That's actually the majority of what I've played this week. I think I made a little progress in Shovel Knight while watching TV one night, but that's about it.
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Still Puzzle & Dragons. The Christmas event and gacha is rather weak, so I haven't been spending much time in the game this last week.

Played Left 4 Dead 2 Versus games with the CGA Friday night game night crew last week and it was one of the most fun sessions I've ever played.

Cleared a few level of Jamestown+ with SlothOfSpeed last night using Steam's new Remote Play Everywhere feature. After a few tweaks, we got the game working with very little latency and very few stutters. Eight years after the original release of Jamestown, the gameplay still holds up incredibly well! Much fun was had, including some very close calls.

Played one chapter of Yakuza Kiwami, but it was a great one. Leave it to Kiryu to try to sneak in to a funeral and end up punching hordes of bad guys in the face.
 

Atown

Christian Gamers Alliance Amazon Store Manager
Staff member
Yeah, we've been playing destiny 2 together and some WoW lately. its been good.
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
NEW YEAR, NEW GAMES

Or not.

Still playing Puzzle & Dragons, but now also on Switch with PAD Gold!

Recently resumed playing Yakuza 5 and made it through the Haruka chapter. Don't get me wrong. I can appreciate a good rhythm game, but I didn't sign up for a rhythm game when I started a Yakuza game. I signed up to punch bad guys in their faces. Nevertheless, I soldiered through (with a 1.5 year break) and made it to the next chapter, which I played through in less than a week (in part because I wanted to get back to playing Kiryu).

Since my last post, I've made more progress in Yakuza Kiwami and Persona 5 as well. I cleared the third Palace in Persona 5 and made it to Chapter 7 in Yakuza Kiwami.

Got Sundered as an Epic Games store freebie, but shelved it after 2-3 hours of play and realizing that procedural generation is cool in theory but detracts from a Metroidvania game for two important reasons: (1) it all but eliminates secrets, which greatly reduces the enjoyment of exploration, and (2) it doesn't allow the creators to give the world nearly as much character as a fixed world. In all fairness, Hollow Knight is my new standard for Metroidvania games and it's hard to live up to that very high standard.

Started playing New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe on the Switch again and I think it finally clicked for me. Been enjoying it a lot more now than I did before.

Also started playing through Kirby Star Allies after (finally) giving up on waiting for a really good sale and instead buying it on eBay. The game itself is a lot of fun, but playing with my two children (who are both very intense) can be...challenging at times.
 
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