Belated Happy New Year!

Well I am somewhat surprised to find myself in 2018.

The last few months have been really busy with appointments and other commitments.
I have also been watching a lot of motivational and instructional videos recently about life and writing by various authors I follow on YouTube and other people I am finding inspirational.

I have been binge watching Ana Mascara, Kristen Martin, Kim Chance and Jenna Moreci.

A special video i must recommend everyone to watch is Baz Luhrmann’s excellent “Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen” which a dear friend sent to me during a dark time and it really lifted me up and still does, have a listen you wont regret it.

I must say that they have been very helpful and taught me a few tips and tricks to get my motivation going such as Mel Robbin’s5 second rule” which is handy.
I have also been away from the Xbox recently and playing more games on the PC (though even then I tend to get distracted easily and switch games often).
I was excited to get some Christmas money and head over to the Winter Steam sale and picked up a few bargains there and on Matrix Games website.
I picked up Gary Grigsby’s War In The East and War In The West, Pandora First Contact, Graviteam Tactics Operation Star, Rimworld (which I have been after for ages but waited fruitlessly for a sale!), Outlast, Startup Company and a few assorted DLC.

Anyone reading this: can I make a suggestion if you buy Outlast (A survival horror set in an old asylum) play with the lights off and the headphones turned up!

I have also been trying to get the amazing (and FREE) Dwarf Fortress Masterwork v1.3 working, but so far it always seems to crash when generating a new world so I will be having a more detailed look at the options (Masterwork is basically Dwarf Fortress on steroids, it includes all the utilities you will ever need for DF plus new creatures, items, workshops and a ridiculous level of customisation) I switched to Masterwork from the Lazy Newb Pack which I highly recommend for new players, (now known as PeridexisErrant’s Starter Pack), it has most of the same utilities and functions as Masterwork but has a simpler UI and less options.

I also bought Styx Master of Shadows for the Xbox as it was on offer and sounded good (not played too much of it yet though as I said above, I have been on the PC almost exclusively).

With the decorations and the Christmas tree down, the place does look kind of empty now as I sit here at the table, though I am sure I will get used to it fairly quickly.
I have been trying to read 25 pages a day too, I have so many fiction and non-fiction books on my shelf and on my Kindle that I want to read so I am currently reading His Last Command from The Lost Omnibus by Dan Abnett on paperback and Hitler’s Last Witness by Rochus Misch on my Kindle.

I have even been so organised that I have been colour coding my appointments and meetings in my diary and keeping track of everything, for someone as usually disorganised and chaotic as me it is unprecedented!

I have my goals for 2018 broken down into monthly, weekly and daily goals and trying to make permanent good habits (no nail biting for one!).

I have plans for this site too that involve a bit of reworking and tweaking, i updated the theme and started to make some changes but there will be more to come as soon as I have a really good dig into the customisation options.

So, watch this space!

I hope your New Year has gotten off to a good start as mine has!

Thanks for reading!

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A Small Update

Well, it has been a while since my last update.
We visited relatives in Wales recently which was nice, though there were a lot of train and bus journeys in unfamiliar territory!
We went bowling, played air hockey and visited Caerphilly Castle which was good for a few pictures.
We also had a lovely fried breakfast in a cafe in Merthyr after doing the charity shops and markets.
I even found an unopened copy of Star Munchkin for £3 in a charity shop which I snagged very quickly seeing as it is nearly £20 online!
When we got home, we opened the box after reading it was for 3-6 players and that had previously put me off buying any of the munchkin games but it turns out to be a whole lot of fun with just 2 players and we rapidly bought the expansions for it and now it has been added to our lounge/gaming room collection!
I can recommend it if you like killing monsters, taking their stuff and screwing over your friends! (as it says on the box!).

One nice thing about Aberdare is the views from the top of the garden were fantastic and more pictures were taken, though there is the small matter of the steep road/cliff face that you need to traverse to get to the house which tired us both out! But we enjoyed the sun and sat out in the garden enjoying the quiet before venturing indoors to play Red November and Mille Bornes, two other games I can highly recommend.

One good thing about using the bus every day was we got to see a lot of the Welsh countryside.

We did miss our little furbaby Milo terribly though and we asked our friend who was kittysitting for us to send us daily pictures and updates to help, though he was glad to see us when we got home and it was cuddles all round (from Milo that is!).

Recently, I have been toying with Dwarf Fortress again, more specifically the Mod Dwarf Fortress Masterwork, which is not for the faint hearted! I usually use the Lazy Newb Pack as it has all the mods and utiities you will ever need to run your fort, though Masterwork has all these tools and then some, I am hoping to learn enough of MW DF to post AAR’s on here for anyone who may be interested in reading how quickly my fort falls!

I have also been enjoying Fallout 4 and Alien:Isolation on the Xbox, which are both great games in their own right, though on Fallout, I tend to just drift around in survival mode and try not to get killed rather than doing any of the missions! I strongly recommend playing on survival once you have some experience with the game on normal difficulty first (it is a whole different beast of a game that way!) so far, I am only a few levels in on my survival character though enjoying every minute of it! Though I do need to go back to my main character and finish the game (which won’t be anytime soon).

Well, I will finish off here, I hope you enjoyed this small update and I have given you a few games to go and try!

Now im off to Scrivener to try and get some writing done!