February in Review, March Anticipated

Pretty boring month, I’d say. At least for gaming, for me. Only two posts the entire month!

What did I even do?

  • Murkmire event in ESO. In anticipation, I got my newest character (a Nord nightblade) all the way through the faction story, up to the point where the faction stories merged. I’m not doing Coldharbor again. But did the event enough to get the slime pet. Murkmire is an interesting zone, but very small and short, with not a lot going for it. And the event itself is bloody boring. I actually haven’t logged on in a couple days, it’s that boring.
  • Started playing Fallout Shelter again. I mean, it’s not like there’s a lot to do there, so no real time commitment there. I played it when it first came out, and stuff has changed. I was inspired by MATN’s playthrough; I’d otherwise completely forgotten it exists.
  • Princess Connect had its anniversary event. Well, not so much “event” as “free stuff!”. Which is fine; I don’t even know Japanese, so all the events are pretty much the same for me. But I did get the units I was shooting for, so that’s nice I guess.
  • Granblue Fantasy also started its anniversary event. I know a lot of people were disappointed in it, but that’s mostly a failure of expectations: they were expecting something EPIC!, but we got just a normal event. Fine by me: every character (except maybe the main character) acted exactly as they always do, the setup is something that isn’t out of place, the events flow as they should, and it actually resolves one of the plotlines that should have been taken care of a long time ago.

In Star Trek news, Picard continues to be bad, perhaps even getting worse! I haven’t written any reviews (or even put mini-reviews on twitter) because I really don’t care anymore. It remains watchable to me, but that’s a rather low bar: I only drop a show like this if it actively makes me not want to watch, even if it’s otherwise a good show (and Picard isn’t). While the end of ep 5 did quite annoy me, it was just emblematic of nuTrek, so I couldn’t say I was surprised.

As for next month, I actually have a goal! I’m going to finish one game off my backlog. I don’t know if I’ll go full-in on #MabyeInMarch, since I haven’t been feeling like playing a game where I need to follow a guide to not miss a bunch of stuff, which is very possible in Radiata Stories; also, the gameplay is really clunky in that game. And, I can’t really play next to my computer, which is a turnoff. But I’ll try to clear some game out of my backlog, for sure! Mabye…

Loving The Backlog 2020

According to Later Levels, this week is Love Your Backlog week. And I so do love my backlog. I love it so much, I just keep making it bigger and bigger!

But just how big is big? Well, I just don’t know! Or rather, I didn’t know up through last night. As I mentioned I was going to do, yesterday, I went through Steam and organized what I had – this being the first time that I’ve organized anything in my Steam library. Then I went through GOG Galaxy and did it all again, because it doesn’t import your organization when it imports the Steam titles. And it doesn’t have collections at all, as far as I could tell, so I had to tag them, one at a time. And then that all doesn’t come out pretty like Steam does it, so let’s just ignore that for now.

Here’s what I’ve got on Steam, which is most of it (only have 39 total titles on GOG anyways). Most of that is pretty self-explanatory, so I’ll just go over what I count as my “backlog”:

  • Never Started – what it says
  • Significant Time Played – this is stuff I haven’t beaten, but still intend to finish (unlike “Dropped”), and that I’ve put time enough in that I figure I get the feel of the game.
  • Started – stuff I’ve started, but don’t yet feel like I’ve put time enough into to determine if I actually want to finish it or not (some of those are longer RPG’s that I’ve put a few hours into, but don’t yet feel I’ve gotten significant progress).

Adding in my GOG games, we can add another 31 to the Never Played and 3 to Started. Then, to add the console games, we can add another to Never Played, and one more to Significant Time Played. Considering all this as my backlog, I’ve got about 150 games on my backlog. Honestly, thought it would be a lot more.

Now for the interview:

A game you’re eager to play, but haven’t yet started:

Probably Kingdom Come: Deliverance. I’ve wanted to play this for a while, but just haven’t had the time, what with my other games.

I mean, just look at my last-played list.
A game you’ve started several times but haven’t yet finished:

I don’t really do this: I generally just drop games, or finish them after picking them back up the first time. The only one that really comes to mind is Radiata Stories. I’ve started this a couple of times, only to chase after a new game. My console set-up right now isn’t the most inviting (at least, not compared to my PC setup), so playing those games isn’t my top priority. But I absolutely mean to get to it some day!

The most recent addition to your library:

Looks like it’s Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists, aka Atelier Nelke, on Jan 14. I got the Dusk and Arland Atelier trilogies at the same time; this was just the last one I added to my cart.

The game which has spent the most time on your backlog:

This has got to be either Radiata Stories or Shadow Hearts: From the New World. I’m not exactly sure when I bought them – I was buying any JRPG on the PS2 I could find, between 2007 and 2012 – but I just never finished the former, and never started that latter. But I have them, and do intend on getting to them…eventually.

The person responsible for adding the most entries to your backlog:

Anon from /v/. Not only do I look to /v/ for vetting, but also just entertainment. Sometimes I’ll see things that look interesting, and get them. Sometimes they don’t add to my backlog (as I’m excited to see what this thing is all about), but it certainly doesn’t diminish it either.


Well, looks like I might be playing one of those PS2 games. We’ll see. Might even get started tonight.

t. my backlog

A Quick Update

Just a quick update, since I’m not dead. January gaming was just basically ESO, with dailies in Dragalia Lost and playing the events in STO and Granblue Fantasy. Made a new character in ESO (2H/S+B Nightblade Tank), kinda on a whim (since some bloggers I knew were talking about how ESO’s combat was kinda not satisfying, which wasn’t my experience – but I’ve only played ranged until now, which has a completely different feel than melee; so I wanted to see what was up with that). So yah, that’s what’s up there.

In terms of “posts I’ve been meaning to do but haven’t because REASONS,” I have watched the last two episodes of Picard. The second episode was somewhat better than the first, but the third was the worst so far. Long story short, I just don’t care about the characters or the world that’s been set up. I’ll keep watching for now, since this is the end of the pilot, so to speak; or the first area of an RPG. But it’s been almost 1/3 of the season (3/10 episodes). This wasn’t necessary, and everything could have been done in one episode, maybe 1.5. And it would have made me happier, since a lot of the stuff that annoyed me could have been cut without any repercussions to the overall story. Not all the annoying stuff, but most of it.

I’ll have another post tomorrow about Love Your Backlog Week – but I need to get my backlog organized! (Hopefully GOG’s unification of my stuff will help.)