The Witcher 2: My entry was not smooth

Oh, man, where do I start? The Witcher 3 is out soon and I’ve been wanting to play the second installment before Wild Hunt releases. I decided to do so last night. Omg, people. I don’t know what I’m doing!

The tutorial didn’t wait for me to do what it’d just told me before blasting another tut screen in my face. At one point I was supposed to parry and … something. I accidentally killed the mob I was fighting and found myself stuck in the tutorial as it was waiting on me to parry the attack from the dead guy in front of me. And the riposte thing? Oh, I didn’t think that symbol would *EVER* pop. My mouse isn’t very responsive right now and I’m not sure if it’s the broken USB port it’s plugged into or if the battery is dying. The USB port works, technically, but if you unplug whatever you have plugged into it, little bits of it (*it* being *something*) fall out and onto the floor. I opted not to upgrade my tower as I really like the one I have and this port-hole came with the tower, on the front for ease of access.

So, there I am, trying to grasp the throwing of signs abilities, not understanding why I can pull my sword out but not use it and fighting with a laggy to non-responsive mouse when Grandbaby comes up to me and proceeds to blow her nose on my shirt sleeve six times. Six! After I’d washed my arm and changed my shirt I’d forgotten half of what I’d learned. Still, I forged onwards! I made it to the final battle and read the screen that explained the difficulty setting would be adjusted based on how well I did in this last bunch of fights.

Witcher2 recommended difficulty setting

Geralt died. Want to know why? Grandbaby said she had more boogers and said this AFTER I’d initiated. I was more focused on getting her to not blow her nose on me again than what poor Geralt of Rivia was doing on my screen. When he fell and the game said my difficulty setting would be on “Easy”, I won’t lie. I was a little relieved but I also felt the universe was trying to tell me I shouldn’t have started up a game at all.

I stopped long enough to get the little nose-blower to bed and went back to it. I was thinking that if I could immerse myself into the game it would start to click for me and I wouldn’t feel so overwhelmed and stupid. If you’ve played, do you remember that first scene from the morning of that fateful day? The one where Geralt is in bed with a COMPLETELY NAKED woman? Yes, that one. That’s the one that popped on the screen as soon as my daughter’s boyfriend walked into the office to talk to me.

I was embarrassed. He was shocked, shocked in the way that refused to allow him to take his eyes off my screen. I asked him to turn around or something, that it was awkward. He giggled. I wasn’t happy. I saved the game after getting through the dialogue in the tent and quit.

I need to print out a reference map for what key does what. I don’t remember which sign did what. I am just beginning to understand what a Witcher is I think. Assuming it’s along the lines of a Grey Warden only Witchers fight monsters where the Grey Wardens fight dark spawn? I never play a mage or rogue character in these games, always preferring to go for a champion or warrior type. Geralt, going from the tutorial, appears to be a mix of all three? He has a sword he can (sometimes) use, he can throw daggers, traps and bombs and also has a bit of crowd control with the sign throwing thing.

In short, color me confused.

Let’s hope my next attempt goes a bit smoother.

Having to pick and choose what to play

My computer has been in a state of ‘I don’t wanna work anymore’ for a good while now and after my processor started over-heating (scorched the arctic white enough so it was almost black) my husband, Mike, bought a few new pieces of equipment to give her a long and over-due update. I have a brand new motherboard, one so sleek it laughed until it cried at the sight of my old board. The old board, bought to replace the original (dead) motherboard, was a refurbished bare bones replacement to hold her over until we could swing getting a new one. My new processor is sweet and he upgraded the RAM from 6GBs to 16GBs.

I am in Heaven!

He also bought a 240GB SSD. I’m so glad he did as my Windows HD refuses to boot with the new equipment. Actually, it’s not doing much of anything without great laggy and loud protests! This new drive combined with my old one giving out presented me with a few decisions, namely, which games do I put on my SSD? I thought long and hard about this and decided to go with a few Origin games.

Games I have installed to Origin and my SSD

The number one game I get the most lag/freeze-ups/crashes with is my Sims game. I knew I couldn’t put all of my Origin games on this drive else I’d run out of room (space) before even playing one so I had to look into how to properly move games around with Origin. I installed a fresh copy of Origin onto my SSD (Origin plays much nicer with your Origin Games if they’re on the same drive from what I’ve read) and then took a good long look at the games I have in Origin.

Origin games I have

I hid all of my Sims 3 games and expansions (had more than I thought!) as well as Bejeweled something or other, KoA (have that one on Steam, too) and some other game. That left the ones in the above screenshot. I bought the EA/Humble Bundle last week and although I separated DA:O from the bundle and sent it to my daughter BEFORE I took the code for the games left in the bundle, it didn’t work. I already have DA:O through Steam. The bundle is how I also now have a second copy of Mass Effect (sent that one to my son … still irked they couldn’t accept the games!). I knew I was moving DA:I and the Sims 4 over so that was easy. I had to stare at the rest of the games for a bit for it to hit me … I can uninstall games when I’m done with them, a concept I have a hard time with and only ever do when needing to free up space.

Once I’ve finished Mass Effect, for instance, I’ll remove it and move ME:2 over. I don’t finish a ton of games so this will, hopefully, inspire me to play to completion more and uninstall when I’m done with them. I should do this same thing with Steam but, again, I don’t finish a lot of games. Lot of work to do still over there!

Today I need to grab the rest of those Origin games and move them to my external drive so when I’m ready to play them I can install them rather than having to redownload them. I *think* I’ve gotten everything off my old hard drive that I needed to save otherwise. Now to just brute-force a bit of gaming time into my schedule to make sure this all works! Hoping for flawless! (meaning, no buggy paths or stuck screens because I didn’t move everything correctly ….)

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!

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