ACNL: The March fishing tourney got me

…. and not in a good way.

I knew the March fishing tourney was coming up and I decided I would be prepared to win this sucker and win it EARLY! I’ve carefully fished for over a week, keeping track of my catches and their measurements by carefully logging where I put each caught and saved fish into Google Keep. The fish for March are Crucian Carp, Horse Mackerel and the Loach. I haven’t caught a single Horse Mackerel in a couple of weeks but I had a bag of Crucian Carp and Loach fish, each one pulled from my storage inventory and placed into my bag by order of size from smallest to largest. I wanted to make sure I turned the fish in in such a way so that each one was a bigger catch and, therefore, I’d get my special reward with each turn as subsequent entries would go up in size, thus raising the bar so to speak.

I fired Animal Crossing up at 8:30AM, thirty minutes before the start of the tourney, to make sure I had time make sure I loaded my bag with the fish in the right order and be at the tourney turning in to Chip before any other resident had a chance to beat me to the punch. There are two different collectible sets of rewards you can earn from the monthly fishing tourneys. Last month I earned four or five items, a mix between the two sets along with the underwater flooring. I was looking forward to getting closer to finishing one of those sets so I could up my housing score!

What I failed to understand was that the fish for March wasn’t actually Crucian Carp, Horse Mackerel and Loach but instead Crucian Carp, Horse Mackerel OR Loach.  OR. Such a simple little word and one that, obviously, I either can’t read or just don’t understand. I proudly talked to Chip with my bag full of Crucian Carp and Loach only to discover he would accept nothing but Horse Mackerel for this fishing tourney.

Oh. My. Ghod!

I not only felt like a ninny but I was a tad embarrassed I’d so carefully kept track of the wrong fish for over a week. Ugh. I’ve decided I don’t care enough about March’s fishing tourney to participate after all. Next month is “any fish” which means there are no restrictions on what’s allowable so I’ll just hit the island and save my shark catches, carefully logging them by size and placement so I can enter them in such a way as to gain reward for each turn in. I guess we’ll just call March an almost practice run.

Excuse me while I go pound rocks and shake trees. Must vent somehow and, besides, I still have a loan to repay on my upstairs room.

Stupid Chip.

Update on the Skyrim, Legendary Edition giveaway

Skyrim Legendary Edition

Congratulations Josh Pierce on winning Skyrim, Legendary Edition! Say goodbye to a big ole’ chunk of your life. :)

This was the last monthly giveaway I’ll be doing. I’ve had an absolute blast paying it forward, giving away games I think are cool. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as well. I *may* do an occasional giveaway in the future but, as of right now, I don’t have any plans for that. I won’t rule out a themed or holiday one, however … we’ll see.

May the gaming ghods rain time on you this week!

*CLOSED* Giveaway: Skyrim, Legendary Edition

Skyrim Legendary Edition

A year ago I gave away a copy of Skyrim and since I had the Legendary Edition in my inventory I thought I’d repeat the giveaway. Sound good? Here’s what the Steam store page says about the game.

Winner of more than 200 Game of the Year awards, experience the complete Skyrim collection with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® Legendary Edition. The Legendary Edition includes the original critically-acclaimed game, official add-ons – Dawnguard™, Hearthfire™, and Dragonborn™ – and added features like combat cameras, mounted combat, Legendary difficulty mode for hardcore players, and Legendary skills – enabling you to master every perk and level up your skills infinitely.

Pretty sweet, no?

Let’s get right to it.

So how does this giveaway work?

  • You have to have Steam to play the game as I’ll be gifting the winner the game through Steam. There will be instructions in the email explaining how to download Steam in case you don’t have it already. Steam is a free download.
  • The winner will have to use a valid email address when commenting (not IN the comment itself, just in the input box you have to fill out TO comment so it’s kept private) so I can send the download link for the game. I won’t sell or give your email address to anyone, promise. If you’re signed in to WordPress when you comment make sure the email associated with your WordPress profile is a valid one that you can check.
  • You have to leave a comment on this post in order for me to enter you into a random draw to win the game.
  • Oh, and you need an internet connection to download the game.

– You don’t have to be my Steam friend in order for me to gift the game to you because Steam allows for people to send gifts to email addresses, not just through the client. If you want to add me as a Steam friend, that’s cool. Not required though.

– I will assign each person who comments a number and then enter the numbers in a Random Number Generator to determine the winner. Multiple comments from the same person won’t increase your chances of winning. In other words, if you comment 187 times you’re still only getting one entry number assigned to you.

This giveaway starts as soon as I publish this post Tuesday (03/03/15) and runs through Saturday night (Midnight CST 03/07/15  ). I will then use the RNG linked above to draw a winner. I’ll email the winner on Sunday and if I haven’t heard from them by Monday night I’ll draw for a new winner on Tuesday. Sound fair?

Comment below for a chance to win. Best of luck!


EDITING TO ADD: Giveaway is over and a winner has been drawn! Thanks for entering!

LotRO: That was quick!

LotRO lvl 90 raid boss in Forochel

While leveling in Forochel this gigantic lvl 90 boss appeared in front of me so I decided to see how close I could get before it aggro’d on my little lvl 43 Beorning. Turns out I was able to stand RIGHT beside this beast as if we were buds! When I first saw him I was fighting something, probably a big cat and just knew he was going to charge and kill me. I was careful not to use my AoE skill, however, and he just moseyed along as if I wasn’t even there. Which is what led me to wondering how close I could get. Which, in turn, is what led to this.

LotRO one-shot death

I must have stepped on his tusk as I tried to run off. I didn’t make it two seconds away from him before he one-stomped me to death. Or shot. Or tusked. Happened so fast I’ve no idea what evil method he used to send me to the rezz circle. Maybe he was upset I didn’t ask for his autograph when I took his picture? The ego!

I wanted to get to level 45 so I could pick back up with the Angmar Epic, the one that takes me to Carn Dum. I worked hard at that this weekend, also hoping to score a loot box. I did not get a loot box to drop but I did get a sturdy key. I also hit level 45 and ran to talk to Lorinel in Gath Forthnir again so I could continue my Epic journey. I’d meant to get my first legendary before heading to Angmar but I forgot and since I’m not parked in front of Skorgim’s Tomb I suppose it can wait until I finish up in Thorins.

Speaking of, the craziest thing happened when I went to talk to Dwalin.

LotRO Thorin's Hall

I turned to run back down the ramp and looked out at the empty Thorin’s Hall. Suddenly I remembered sparring in the corner off to the right. I remembered crafting in groups in Thorin’s because of easy access to our vaults. I remembered being in a HUGE crowd of people on one of several layers fighting random ‘end of beta’ like boss mobs in the foyer area. I remembered fishing with friends in Thorin’s, each of us complaining that looking at the water while fishing made us light-headed. So very many memories hit all at once and, before I knew it, I was sad. Like, maybe my eyes were a little wet, kind of like they might be now as I write this.

I miss my friends, my kin-mates, those times.

Anyway, I didn’t linger too long because I was excited to get back to the Epics. Next time I go in I hope to finish this book and the next. It’s just getting to the good stuff!

LotRO: Deed poll results surprised me!

Deed poll results (lotro)

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A week ago I asked you guys why you deed in LotRO. I allowed for multiple answers in the poll and assumed the answer that would get the fewest votes was “You’re a completionist”. That choice came in second! You guys have blown my mind (in a good way). I thought the top two choices would be “Virtues” and “Turbine Points”. While “Virtues” was the most voted on “Turbine Points” came in third, followed by “Reputation”, “Boredom”, “I don’t really *do* deeds” and “Skirmish Marks”. I wish I’d also added a choice for gold as you can make pretty good bank deeding!

Since the completionist answer shocked me I’m thinking of making another poll. Color me intrigued but I really want to know how far the completionist goes in you guys. In my head I absolutely am a completionist and it bugs me greatly that I never finish them all. I’ve come close to having an empty deed log before but, so far, it’s escaped my grasp. Maybe one day …

I’ll look around and see if I can come up with the right/best way to do a poll on being a completionist (for deeds) and if I feel it’s ‘complete‘ enough, I’ll post it next week. :)

You guys rock! Thanks so much for obliging me on this poll!


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