Sunday, October 05, 2014

Another quick update...

As I've written before, it's hard to update a blog about gaming when you'd rather just be playing the games. I'm playing Minecraft as much as I've ever done. I'm playing a few apps on my iPad. Everything else is about work and family and losing weight (I gained 15 pounds over the last few months). I've also done some sprucing up on my non-gamer pages, which migrated to a new domain. I'm thinking about posting some of my favorites here, especially my articles on surrogate boyfriend syndrom, to which gamers have a weakness.

So, for my "To Do" list:

Updated the DragonFable character ID list.
Post some screenies and whatnot about my new Minecraft LP world.
Post some reivews about a couple apps I've tried out (Tiny Tower and Tiny Dice).

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Quick Update

I've moved everything I wanted off my other site to this blog. Next I'll have to go through and update everything. A lot of the AQW pages are out-dated, especially the badges page. Also, the DF ID# page gets updated every two weeks. I'll get on that soon.

Before I do that, I'm gonna take a little break. Minecraft 1.8 is coming out in a week or so, and I'll be exploring the new additions. Until next time, please enjoy the content on this blog and be sure to leave a comment.

See you in a week or so.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

What I'm Playing

Of course, I'm still playing Minecraft every day. I'm greatly anticipating the release of (the hopefully stable and bug free) 1.8. I recently had to start a new LP world because a snapshot bug deleted my old one.

I'm also playing Minecraft PE. It's crazy how far the mobile version of Minecraft has come. Infinite worlds! Multi-player!

From time to time I like to play Bloons Tower Defense, both the browser and the mobile versions. I don't like the mobile version all that much. You can tell it was set up to rake in those micro-transactions.

About three times a week I'm playing AdventureQuest Worlds. I'm trying to get through the Bloodtusk story line but I'm not having any luck. Although I've completed most of the quests in Bloodtusk and Crossroads there isn't any progress in my Book of Lore. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I'll have to look for a walk-through.

For pure brainless entertainment, I'm playing Tiny Tower on my iPad. It sort of reminds me of the highly addictive, and really old, Sim Tower. I think I might check it three or four times a day depending on how lazy I'm feeling.

deddi_mine and I haven't had a Twitch stream in a while. I'll have to correct that.

Changelog 2014.08.24

Added AQW Healer page.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Minecraft Snapshots: Back Up Your Game

How I lost my main Minecraft world.

I always play my main LP world in Minecraft with the latest snapshot. To be honest, it's fun to test out the new features of the game as soon as possible. There are drawbacks to this, however. Below are some pics of a snapshot bug that wrecked my main base. Everything but andesite, diorite, granite, cobble, and wood planks were deleted from what was once a grand, giant tower.

Minecraft Snapshot Bug
Minecraft Snapshot Bug

Minecraft Snapshot Bug
Minecraft Snapshot Bug

That means all the stone blocks I placed, all the plants I planted, all the chests, windows, half-slabs, buttons, doors, and so on were gone.

I just went with it and built another main base. Although devastating, it gave me an excuse to build something new. That's just what happens in snapshots- unpredictable bugs. It's all part of the game. Especially if you don't back up your game... which I didn't... which eventually led to the entire world being deleted. 


Yeah, I really wish I backed up that world.

In any case, I started all over in a new LP world using world borders. I essentially started in a 120 block border and will slowly expand it over time. More about that later.

So my main message: back up your world. Just do it, even if you plan on working through the bugs that pop up on the Minecraft snaps.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Blogging vs. Gaming

I've said it before and I'll say it again: It's hard to run a games blog when you really just want to play the games.

In moving things around and condensing my content to this blog, I find myself wanting to stop so I can play games. I don't remember the logins for AQW where I have an awesome character. I wonder how HeroSmash is doing since I quit playing a while back because I didn't like the PvP focus of the game.

So I suppose I better hurry the hell up and finish the refresh of this blog so I can go and have some fun!

Changelog 2014.08.18

  • Expanded AQW badges page.
  • Added name page for HeroSmash, taken from my soon-to-be deleted HS blog.
  • Moved pages menu to sidebar.
  • Deleted a few posts from years ago that aren't relevant anymore.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Future of SFT's Gamer's Blog

I've a lot of work to do and now is the time to start.

First, I'm going to consolidate my many other blogs and online resources into two places. Most gamer-related content will be coming here, my oldest and longest running blog. This will include Minecraft's Infinite Mine and a few outlier webpages I have.

The second place will contain much of my (bad) fiction and is decidedly rated "R."

I'll also bring together all my aliases into only two. Over the years I've had many different screen names. I built different kinds of online resources and developed a different "brand" for each one. I don't need to do that anymore because having a web presence is much easier than it used to be.

ScifiTroll will be my primary handle along with PaxLamprey. Pax will be a more personal tag for myself, one that I'll use for Disqus, and SFT will be more geared towards gaming and fiction.

So, to start... Huh, there's a lot to do. I suppose the first thing to do is move my DragonFable ID Registry to this blog. Started in 2009, this registry has been updated and curated on Squidoo. Since that site is going bye-bye this this month, I think I'll just go ahead and move the list over here.

Also, maybe a new template for the blog. I don't like the look of this one.

Changelog 2014.08.16

  • Moved DF ID# lists from my other site to this blog. 
    • Added another category: Distinguished, levels 50 to 59
    • Removed most of the list from the other site.
  • Changed background of blog.
  • Added AQW Beginner's Guide.