Day 3 – Games I’m Currently Playing

Video gaming is one of my favourite activities, and it’s very unusual for me to go a day without playing at least one for a few minutes. Because my hands are a bit silly I don’t currently play any console games, but I do have a selection I play on my tablet, plus one I play on my desktop computer.

Godville

This is the ultimate game for people who don’t have much time to play games. If you want, you can even let it play itself. The idea is that you’re a god or goddess, and you oversee the activities of the hero (or heroine) that worships you in a role playing game. You can’t directly control their actions, but you can influence them and that impacts their personality. You can also tell them to do things via godvoice, but there’s no guarantee they’ll listen to you. Like most RPGs, your hero goes on quests to gain experience and level up, collects loot and equipment, fights monsters and has various goals they’re working on. They can decide to keep pets, make friends (the heroes of other players) and join a guild. If you actively play the game then your hero makes more progress, but they’ll continue even if you don’t, and there’s even an option to turn off all direct interaction with zero player mode. I really enjoy reading my heroine’s antics, and even if I only have a couple of minutes I try to send a bit of encouragement and maybe see what the guild is up to.

Neko Atsume

A colourful house and garden with various items placed. There are different cats interacting with some of the items.

I’ve been playing this for a few years now, and it’s another game that is suitable for those who can only check in for a short while and don’t want too much pressure. The aim is to collect cats by putting out food and items for them to play with. They don’t come immediately, but after a bit they’ll turn up and you can take photos. Afterwards they leave fish that you can use to buy more food and items. There are rare cats that will only appear with certain items or food, so it takes a while to get them all. I try to get in at least once a day, as there’s a daily password that if entered for five days gives free food.

Simple Solitaire Collection

A screenshot of a game of Klondlike (Patience)

This is Android only, but is the best solitaire app I’ve found. There are no ads or in game purchases, it’s open source, and it has 15 different games. One of my favourite features is that you can have different card appearances for each game, and you can have the suits be different colours so it’s easier to tell them apart in games where that’s important. You’re also able to cheat by showing hints, automatically moving or mixing the cards, which is great for reducing my frustration when I’m not doing well. I mostly play patience/klondlike, spider solitaire, grandfather’s clock and mod3 on the easiest settings as part of my settling down routine or when I need something easy but engaging to distract myself.

Flow Free

A screenshot of Flow Free, showing a grid with different coloured dots, some with lines connecting them

This is my current obsession. The idea is simple: connect the coloured dots without crossing the lines. It starts off very easy but gradually gets harder. There are in app purchases for extra hints, different colours and extra level packs, and buying a level pack also removes the ads. I really like that you can label the different dots so it’s easier to see them. There are different versions that include bridges or walls, but my favourite is just the standard game. My only problem is I’ve only got four packs to go before I’ve done them all, and I’m not sure what I’ll do then.

Happy Colour

A partially coloured in picture of a cat sleeping on a pile of books

I really like digital colouring, but find having to choose the colours myself anxiety provoking. Colour by number is much better for me. I originally was using a cross-stitch app but Sammie introduced me to this one and I much prefer it. There’s a one off in app purchase to remove ads and get unlimited hints, and once pack that costs, but there are thousands of free pictures and more are added every day. I like to colour in while listening to podcasts as it keeps my hands busy so I can concentrate better.

I Love Hue

A grid of different coloured triangles

This game is really relaxing so long as you have good colour perception. The aim is to move the pieces so that they are arranged by their hue in as few moves as possible. The music is very gentle, and though it starts pretty easily it does get more difficult in the later levels. You get 15 prisms (currency) or 5 games free for logging in each day, and more can be bought using in app purchases or earned by watching ads. I’ve previously run out of levels so now I try and ration myself so I still have some to play when I need to relax.

 

Whispers of a Machine

A screenshot of Whispers of a Machine. It shows a futuristic police station in a gritty, pixel art style with the main protagonist in the centre. She is white with short blonde hair.

When I’m able to concentrate more, I like playing games with more of a storyline. Whispers of a Machine is a point and click (point and tap?) sci-fi game where you play as Vera, a technologically augmented detective trying to solve murders in a small town in a post AI world. I really like this kind of setting, and as the game isn’t timed it doesn’t stress me out too much. The different dialogue options affect what powers you get as you progress through the game and I like that you can’t really lose. There’s been a couple of times I’ve had to look up the walk through as I’ve forgotten what certain abilities are needed, but overall I’m enjoying it. I got it on sale but I think I’d be happy having paid full price for it, though maybe I’ll change my mind once I’ve finished.

World of Warcraft

A screenshot of Danni's profile page. In the centre is a night elf, wearing a pumpkin that covers her entire head, a white robe, and carrying a fancy glowing mace and a purple glowing orb. Around the outside the equipment she's wearing is detailed.
My character’s profile for World of Warcraft (since I’m not on my computer to take a proper screenshot)

When I am well enough to go on my computer, World of Warcraft is the game I play. It’s a massive multiplayer online role playing game involving two factions in a fantasy setting and a ton of story and content. I’ve been playing it for over a decade now, and the majority of that has been on my night elf priestess Danni. Unlike a lot of other people, I’ve been really enjoying the latest expansion and am mostly frustrated by not being able to play as much as I’d like. I’m lucky to be in a really friendly guild who are understanding about my frequent absences and don’t kick me out. It’s the only complicated game I can manage because I’ve been playing it so long. I kinda wish I’d taken the pumpkin off her head before last logging off so you could see her face though 😛

NaBloPoMo 2019 – Day 2

I’m hoping to do a proper catch up post this month (mostly for future Danni’s benefit) but this week has been a bit of a rollercoaster.

The Good – This week was half term for Sammie, and she was able to come over on Tuesday which was awesome. I wasn’t up to getting out of bed, but it was awesome seeing her. We mostly just chatted and had a takeaway. I’m really happy she likes spending time with me, and that she appreciates my silliness. She’s awesome.

Also on Tuesday the physiotherapist came out to try and help with my left leg, which has decided it doesn’t want to be straight. The appointment went about as well as it could, and they gave me some exercises to try and coax it into behaving. They understood that I have to be careful about energy use so have reduced the amount I’m to do and I’m to use my own judgement about how often and when to increase them. They also said they’d ask someone about finger splints which I’m hoping will make my hands more reliable (as half my problems using them is my fingers bending backwards).

On Thursday I managed to go on my computer. It was freezing a lot when I was trying to use it, so I spent most of my time doing a reformat. It seems to have helped, though I’ve yet to reinstall everything I need. I also went into World of Warcraft and though I didn’t get the Headless Horseman’s mount this year (it’s only been 10 years of trying) I did manage to collect enough treats to get one of the Hallows End pets before having to come off.

The not so good – My digestive system really isn’t happy with me at the moment. I’m back to bringing up food a day after eating it, it’s being really crampy and generally slow, and my usual methods of sorting it out aren’t as effective as normal. When it has been moving it’s been when I’m alone so I’ve been having to ask Johan to come home which isn’t ideal. I’m hoping it sorts itself out soon.

I’ve had a cold for the past few weeks and it’s not shifting. It’s frustrating as it means I’m less able to do stuff. The worst part is my nose getting blocked when I’m asleep, and instead of just swapping to breathing through my mouth I’m woken up feeling like I’m suffocating. I can’t wait for this cold to go so I can sleep my normal level of terribleness.

I’m a bit sad I’m not well enough to go watch the local fireworks display tonight. I’ve got payback from the physio coming out and Sammie being here, so even going into the living room would be too much, nevermind outside. I really enjoyed it last year. There’s another display on Tuesday evening that’s close enough that I’d be able to go if I’m over this payback and get over this cold, but I’m probably being a tad too optimistic. Johan has gone out to the pub he usually gets breakfast from after Parkrun as the landlord is leaving, so I’m home alone tonight. I’m glad I have my earplugs.

Overall I’m still really happy, especially from seeing Sammie. Just wish my body would behave better and that chronically ill peoples were exempt from normal people illnesses like colds. I like being able to breathe.

Week 43 Review

Danni in bed with short, messy, unwashed hair.

I did remember to take a photo this week, even if it was nine minutes to midnight on Sunday evening while writing the previous post. One day I might do something with my hair, like comb it or wash it 😛

The beginning of the week I was mostly useless due to payback. When I wasn’t sleeping I was feeling completely rubbish, and even handholds were very painful (though I still insisted on them as I need them). 

Thursday I finally started coming out of it, and after debating options, decided going on my computer was my preferred activity as touch was still too painful for practical things or being hoisted, but typing and moving a mouse I could do. Had loads of emails to sort out and I spoke to Sammie which was good. I also played WoW, probably for too long as I came off Friday morning due to pain, which then stopped me sleeping for a while. Whoops. I also realised that my digestive system had basically been on strike for two weeks, and made a plan with Johan that if I couldn’t sort it out myself that weekend, then we’d get the nurses in.

Luckily on Saturday it woke back up, and as I knew I’d be pretty constipated after over 2 weeks (even with eating less than normal due to payback) used a suppository to help things along. I am so grateful they work for me, and without anywhere near as much pain, nausea and vomiting as laxatives. Still not fun but it could be worse. As usual I was knackered afterwards but it was expected.

Sunday I managed more computer time so video chatted with Sammie, and watched Doctor Who. It’s a good thing I’m not scared of spiders! Spent several hours working on the last blog post, much of which was fighting with the lists as they kept breaking. It’s been a long time since I had to write lists out in html but the visual editor wasn’t working. Hopefully it’ll work better today. (It didn’t. I’ve reverted to the classic editor even though I like some aspects of the Gutenberg editor because constantly editing html is too much right now, but it has just been reported on GitHub so hopefully it’ll be fixed soon.)

  • Overall mood – Mostly good, with Thursday and Friday being awesome. High symptoms except Thursday and Friday.
  • Average daily sleep – 11 hours 20 minutes
  • Longest sleep – 17 hours 4 minutes, from Saturday evening to Sunday morning
  • Clothes changed – 0 (too much pain)
  • Wipe wash – 0 (ditto)
  • Water wash – 0
  • Hair wash – 0
  • Books read – 0 (I think I need to pick an easy fiction book)
  • TV watched  – Doctor Who
  • Streams watched – 0
  • Youtube watched – Caught up on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Music listened to – 0
  • Podcasts listened to – Episode 62 of Welcome to Night Vale
  • Blog posts written – 1
  • Penguins cuddled – Nicky and Isabella
  • Johan hand holds – Yes, even though they hurt
  • Johan hugs – 0
  • Time on Twitter – 11 hours 10 minutes (average 1 hour 35 minutes a day)
  • Time on Reddit – 19 hours 56 minutes (average 2 hours 49 minutes a day)
  • Time on Facebook – 27 minutes
  • Other –
    • Twitter is good for not feeling so lonely. And Bilbo pictures.
    • Reddit is good for entertainment when brainfoggy. And cute animal pictures.
    • Doctor Who was awesome. And scary. I would have liked to watch it with Johan but he wanted to go on his computer instead.

Game Stuff

  • Games played – 7
    • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
    • Cross Stitch
    • Neko Atsume
    • Godville
    • World of Warcraft
    • June’s Journey
    • Pearl’s Peril
  • AC: Pocket Camp Level – 131
  • Godville Heroine Level – 60 (84% done)
  • Godville wood for ark – 47.2%
  • Godville savings – 2 million, 122 thousand
  • Cross stitch completed – 0
  • Most played game – Animal Crossing (12 hours 5 minutes, average 1 hour 43 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • Fishing event in Animal Crossing. Played a lot and managed to finish it with just under a day to go. Did use the gold fishing rod though.
    • Got Storms Wake to exalted in World of Warcraft. Only Proudmoore Admirality and Tortollen Seekers left to do.
    • June’s Journey is really fun. Pearl’s Peril is also good.
    • Gaming is awesome 🙂

Week 38 Review

Danni is in bed smiling at the camera. The image is tinted with a purple light.
Being visible for Bi Visibility Day (if only online)

Overall a good but quiet week. Lots of sleeping and rest, and then playing Animal Crossing or World of Warcraft when well enough. I’m so happy to be able to play as much as I do.

I’ve been slowly working on being propped up more and supporting my own head. This was going pretty well and then I caught a cold. Johan had it as well so I suspect he got it while out and passed it on to me (he tried to blame Sammie but it had been too long since we saw her for it to have come from her). Despite him having a cold he ran 24 miles on Sunday. He can be a silly sausage sometimes.

Spoke to Sammie quite a bit, and also one of her friends at the weekend who asked me for help with homework for some reason. Then I got told I know a scary amount about blood. I knew that medical obsession as a teen would come in useful eventually 😛 There’s some interesting stuff going on into artificial blood substitutes that are now on the GCSE syllabus which is cool. I had to look that stuff up because it didn’t come up 16 years ago.

Had a weird problem where I couldn’t get onto any of the This is True websites if I was on Virgin Media (home broadband) or Virgin Mobile, but I could access them from a VPN or Three (I currently have two contracts until I can figure out asking for a PAC without using the phone, but my phone takes two sim cards so it’s not a big problem). I’m not sure what the problem was, but it got fixed after a few days. Hopefully it won’t happen again as I really like those sites The newsletter is awesome as well – I’ve been a Premium subscriber for a while and it’s definitely worth it as I can read the stories at my own pace.

Sunday 23rd September was Bi Visibility Day. I’ve known I’m bisexual (or pansexual, but either term works) for as long as I’ve been attracted to anyone, though I was told it was just a phase when I was a teen. It can be frustrating sometimes to have people automatically assume you’re straight (though what a straight relationship would be when one person is genderless I’m not sure). I didn’t really do anything for it, but I did take a photo so I could pretend I’m not invisible 😛 It was good to see people talking about it though, as some people insist that you can’t be bi for some reason.

  • Overall mood – Good most of the week, awesome on Monday. High symptoms because of the cold I caught.
  • Average daily sleep – 11 hours 57 minutes
  • Longest sleep – 17 hours 40 minutes, from Saturday night to Sunday evening
  • Clothes changed – 1 (Penguin made of penguins)
  • Wipe wash – 1
  • Water wash – 0
  • Hair wash – 0
  • Books read – 0
  • TV watched  – 0
  • Streams watched – Method raiding and Trump (not the evil one) playing Hearthstone on Twitch
  • Youtube watched – Lots with Johan
  • Music listened to – Daughter of the Sea on repeat
  • Podcasts listened to – 0
  • Blog posts written – 2
  • Penguins cuddled – Mostly Nicky and Isabella as the others are explorinating
  • Johan hand holds – Daily
  • Johan hugs – Yes! I think we both needed it (I just wish it didn’t hurt so much)
  • Time on Twitter – 10 hours 36 minutes (average 1 hour 30 minutes a day)
  • Time on Reddit – 9 hours 19 minutes (average 1 hour 19 minutes a day)
  • Time on Facebook – 1 hour 40 minutes (average 14 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • Johan hugs are the best!
    • Johan made us steak on Monday. It was amazing. 
    • Colds are ebil. I hope it doesn’t last too long.

Game Stuff

  • Games played – 5
    • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
    • Cross Stitch
    • Neko Atsume
    • Godville
    • World of Warcraft
  • AC: Pocket Camp Level – 124
  • Godville Heroine Level – 59 (43% done)
  • Godville wood for ark – 41.9%
  • Godville savings – 1 million, 837 thousand
  • Cross stitch completed – 0
  • Most played game – Animal Crossing Pocket Camp (12 hours 19 minutes, average 1 hour 45 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • Less WoW this week because needing more sleep, but still played a bit.
    • Decided I needed to get Perma-Pepe (an orange bird that sits on your head). I managed to do nearly all the bosses, then discovered one wouldn’t be up that week as it alternates with another. Until then, I have to get Pepe from my garrison every hour.
    • Wednesday was Pirate Day so did the activities for that.
    • When Warfronts were enabled for Alliance did them. No idea what I was doing but it was fun.
    • Finished the clam collecting event in Animal Crossing, and worked on the fishing event. That explains why it’s my most played game this week (that and everything loads so slowly).
    • I’m hoping for a Neko Atsume update at some point as I’m mostly just collecting fish for when more content comes out.

Week 33 Review

A metal ornament, which is round and has a lion's face and mane on it, representing the Alliance in World of Warcraft.
For the Alliance!

We’ll ignore that the photo was taken a week late and is rubbish 😛

Monday the 13th was our 8th wedding anniversary. As is normal, I spent most of it sleeping, but before I slept I ordered McDonalds breakfast for us both and we had hugs (which are awesome but very painful).

The launch of the World of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth expansion was at 11pm UK time, so once I woke up I went into WoW with Johan in preparation, as I had decided to buy digital version of the expansion so I could play at launch. It ended up activating a few minutes early, and it was a mostly smooth experience for us. I managed to get to level 114 and finish the main storyline in Drustvar before having to give in and get more sleep, mostly fueled by caffeine and crisps. Since we both like WoW, it was a pretty decent anniversary 🙂

Tuesday my Collector’s Edition of the expansion arrived, and I looked at the pictures in the novella book and Johan complained about my Alliance metal ornament thingie having the Horde logo on the back, before he put it under the telly on my Tivo box. I tried taking a photo but as it’s far away, dark and my hands are very shaky it is a bit rubbish.

Most of the week consisted of playing WoW, recovering from playing WoW, and sleeping. On Thursday I had an appointment with the CFS team person, where I was told that important people are saying they have to stop home visits. They’re trying to keep them but if they don’t succeed that was my last appointment. It sucks because I found them really helpful and I think I’d be doing worse without their input. If I had more spoons I’d yell at the important people but I don’t.

Playing WoW has brought up a new issue I have – turning my head for more than a couple of minutes causes pain to shoot up my neck and head on the opposite side. I was getting it while turning my head to see my second monitor, and while the CFS team person was here (which confirmed it’s a problem on both sides). It’s really annoying as being in bed it’s hard to keep looking straight forward all the time. Johan did swap my monitors over so my main one is now in front of me which helped a bit, but it’s still annoying. I’m gonna have to see the doctor about it as it’s new and causing me problems. Hopefully it’s something that can be fixed.

I feel really lucky to be well enough to play so much WoW. Johan is super busy with volunteering and running, and my best times tend to be in the evenings or the middle of the night, so I’m restricted in what I’m able to do when well enough. I really missed it when I couldn’t manage it, and hopefully I’ll be able to continue playing for a long time.

  • Overall mood – Awesome all week. Mostly normal symptoms, and playing WoW really helps distract from the blehness. 
  • Average daily sleep – 9 hours 50 minutes
  • Longest sleep – 19 hours 45 minutes, from Saturday morning to Sunday morning.
  • Clothes changed – 2
  • Wipe wash – 1
  • Water wash – 0
  • Hair wash – 0
  • Books read – 0
  • TV watched  – 0
  • Streams watched – Penguin cam
  • Music listened to – World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth soundtrack
  • Podcasts listened to – Episodes 44 and 45 of Welcome to Night Vale
  • Blog posts written – 1
  • Penguins cuddled – Lots
  • Johan hand holds – Daily
  • Johan hugs – Yes!
  • Time on Twitter – 4 hours 27 minutes (average 38 minutes a day)
  • Time on Reddit – 11 hours 6 minutes (average 1 hour 35 minutes a day)
  • Time on Facebook – 1 hour 10 minutes (average 9 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • Desktop computer tracking is working, though I need to work on making my categories easier to use.
    • Caffeine seems to have an overall positive effect on me, making me more alert and less dizzy. I was expecting to crash afterwards but other than needing a long sleep, I’m mostly Danni-normal.
    • Took a couple of days to do a food shop as My Supermarket couldn’t log into my Morrisons account for some reason, so had to manually do the order again. That was not fun.

Game Stuff

  • Games played – 5
    • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
    • Cross Stitch
    • Neko Atsume
    • Godville
    • World of Warcraft
  • AC: Pocket Camp Level – 118
  • Godville Heroine Level – 58 (11% done)
  • Godville wood for ark – 37.2%
  • Godville savings – 1 million, 585 thousand
  • Cross stitch completed – 1
  • Most played game – World of Warcraft (34 hours 17 minutes, average 4 hours 53 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • I love the new WoW expansion. The storylines are great and there’s so much choice in what to do.
    • Johan also loves it. I paid for his expansion and a month’s subscription so we can play together (or at least talk about it together, as we both play healer priests and have different playstyles)
    • Reached level 120 on Friday. Was awesome!
    • Finished the fishing event in Animal Crossing, so they released another flower event. Starting to be a bit overwhelming.
    • Did I mention I like WoW? 😛