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29th October 2017

Did some work behind the scenes of the game blog page so that the game filters now work much better.

30th June 2017

A couple of months back I found loads of old notes about all the old Epic Space Marine games we played, starting from back when I was in high school. I thought it would be a good idea to type them all up as best I could, and upload them all. While I was at it, I also converted the Epic-S and 40K battle reports from their PDF state to HTML, and they can be found on the Warhammer 40K page.

16th May 2017

Finally got my pointing pictures up and into the Vault. Don't ask me why.

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Bloody Hearts & Wine Stones

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This is where you can read any of my irregular wafflings about computer gaming. The whole point of this blog is to help motivate me to properly finish games, whether they be recent ones or older ones I played when I was younger that I never managed to beat.

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21st September 2016 - League Update

One game I've managed to stop playing is League Of Legends, which I haven't touched for nearly 2 months. This damn thing had been pissing me off most of the year, but I carried on because Scoob likes it so much. Yet again, barring a few rare incidents, the idiots and AFKers were on our team, getting in my way as I tried to get to 300 wins. That should have been enough to dissuade me, but I think what has helped me quit the most were the changes they made to the pro scene after M.S.I. this year.
Up until then, I had quite enjoyed watching the pro games, and it kept me somewhat interested in playing myself. However, with more than double the games being played in the summer split, I wasn't able to keep up with them all and stopped watching after a couple of weeks. I can't even tell you who won, or who played well, or who is going to worlds. I just don't care any more.

Of course, I've had breaks before and always ended up going back, so this is a strong possibility. But for now at least, my time with the game is over. I've ended up on 295 wins to 270 losses, meaning I stretched the margin by just 6 wins, making the journey to 300 my worst performance yet. Sure, I wasn't quite at 300 wins, but I would have had to win the last 5 games without losing to make it the biggest increase. And on our last few performances, that just would not happen. The only great thing I remember happening was my first pentakill in one game where I was Katarina, who was one of the champs I think I got better on during these games.

I shouldn't really do this before 300 wins, but here's some sad pointless stats about the last 184 games:

Using Kat to do some work for a change

Using Kat to do some work for a change

Giving them the belly bounce

Giving them the belly bounce

Scoob unleashing Brand's powers

Scoob unleashing Brand's powers

30th December 2015 - Most Definitely Didn't Make It

After getting my 100th ARAM win in League Of Legends a while back after a decent run of form, I set myself a new goal of hitting 200 wins before 150 losses. I figured it was well within the realms of possibility, especially if we could keep playing like we were, with 29 wins out of the previous 38 games.

How wrong I was.

Humbling is not a strong enough word to describe the journey we've been on during the last 190 games. Whereas I thought we would see our number of wins steadily increase at a faster pace compared to our losses, we've been frustrated time and time again. Other than a good run during the first half of December, where we went 22 wins to 6 losses, the entire rest of the run saw our total losses slowly catching up to the number of wins.

And today I hit the 200 win mark, with 181 losses on the board. Nowhere near as comfortable as I hoped it would be. Yes, we've stretched our margin by a further 10 wins, but it could have been a great deal more if not for silly players disconnecting or playing like idiots. Yet again, barring maybe two or three times in the entire run, the idiots and AFKers always seemed to be on our team.
If there's a player in the game who constantly snowballs into the entire enemy team with no backup, nine times out of ten that player is on our team. If there's a player that just stands there while Nidalee spear after Nidalee spear hits them in the face, nine times out of ten that player is on our team. Well you get the picture.
It's just very frustrating. As I'm not a great player, I just try not to do anything stupid, and play the team game. So to have reached the goal I had set myself, I'd have needed more reliable players than that.
Oh well.

Here's some sad pointless stats about the last 190 games:

I know the stats don't tell the whole story, as team comps and how the players behave has a great deal to do with it, but the above info shows some surprising twists compared to last time. The game continues to love giving me Soraka to take to the Abyss, but whereas before she was my angel of ARAM, recently she's been a bit of a curse. I picked up her dryad skin, and I'm guessing she doesn't like wearing green, as since that day I've been really struggling to find wins with her. A 1/4 win ratio on Amumu is also very bad, especially considering how well Scoob can use him.
Though it was not all bad. Unlocking Sona, Sejuani and Galio have all brought me some good wins, and I've turned it around with Miss Fortune for the most part, though I think her recent update definitely helped. I even got some wins with Nidalee at long last, going 2 for 2 in her 4 games.

One thing I've learned over these last few months is that it's a bit stupid setting targets that rely on total strangers, so I'm not going to do it again.

Getting explodified as Warwick

Getting explodified as Warwick

My allies can't prevent Zac from grabbing that Soraka booty

My allies can't prevent Zac from grabbing that Soraka booty

Our enemies defend their tower with sneakily placed Rek'Sai tunnels

Our enemies defend their tower with sneakily placed Rek'Sai tunnels

Elise and Miss Fortune get a rocket up their asses

Elise and Miss Fortune get a rocket up their asses

Stretching my spider legs to leap into the chaos

Stretching my spider legs to leap into the chaos

Taking a Miss Fortune ult right to the face

Taking a Miss Fortune ult right to the face

Warwick strutting his funky stuff

Warwick strutting his funky stuff

My 200th win happens while I'm dead. Typical.

My 200th win happens while I'm dead. Typical.

5th October 2015 - Made It

I'm being naughty here and uploading this blog entry without completing a game, but it still needed to be done as I have just managed to hit a target I've been aiming at for the last few months. Also, it's been a long while since I've done any League coverage, even though it is still my most played game, and has been for the last couple of years.

So, me and Scoob really got into playing ARAMs late last year, but I had to drop out for around 6 months because I couldn't trust my internet. At the time we stopped playing, I had quite a lot more losses than wins, not helped by a massive 11 game losing streak back in December, or by all the people on our team who acted like idiots or ditched the game entirely.
When we got back into ARAMs in August, I made myself a strict target to hit 100 wins before 100 losses. Lots of study concerning runes, masteries, builds and tactics followed, finally allowing me to play a bit better and managing to finish games with more kills than deaths.

We really started to pick up some momentum, and today it happened that I hit those 100 wins with 91 losses on the board. We only lost 9 of our last 38 games, which is good considering the losses we were picking up some months ago.

I was very worried loading into the last game, as typically I ended up with a champ I'd never used before, being Azir. I had no idea what I was doing, but we managed to pull out a very close win. Near the end, I even had a chance to take their Nexus myself, but couldn't quite manage it before they caught up to me and took me down. But still, we won in the end and the goal had been reached.

I looked up some pointless stats from the match history website, but it only tracks the last 186 games, so my first 5 ARAMs must have been played before the new match history was created. Oh well. But from the last 186 games:

I'm especially salty about the single loss with Soraka. It would have been really nice to be unbeaten in her 10 games, which looking back would also have given me a 12 match win streak. But it was not to be, mainly due to two of our team mates spoiling it, with a Singed player refusing to play, and a suicidal Wukong player. There was only so much healing I could do man...

Me and Annie bringing all the CC

Me and Annie bringing all the CC

Getting caught by the enemy team

Getting caught by the enemy team

Commanding my soldiers

Commanding my soldiers

Trying to claim all the glory for my 100th win, but failing

Trying to claim all the glory for my 100th win, but failing

Getting that big 100 with 9 matches to spare

Getting that big 100 with 9 matches to spare

Last 186 ARAMs, newest to oldest

Last 186 ARAMs, newest to oldest

7th October 2014 - Searching For Games

Me and Scoob have continued in our efforts to find other interesting multiplayer games to play, but unfortunately none of them have really worked for us.
Up first, we tried Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine from Humble Indie Bundle 11. This was fun enough, but after a few levels we quickly got bored, and the blocky art style really spoiled it in my opinion. Had the graphics been created with a sharper, more up to date style, without all the blockiness, I may have continued a bit more.
We also tried Empire Earth which I'd grabbed from GOG, as I was hoping for an interesting strategy game after the failure that was HOMM 3. This thing was a bit of a ball ache to get into, and it seems to be one of those games that starts off slow and builds up to the action. It didn't help that it seemed very close in style to the old Age Of Empire games. I'm not ruling out coming back to this, but if we really fancy playing a game of this type I'm sure we would just go and play Galactic Battlegrounds.
And then we tried one that I bought a while ago, System Shock 2, that I was really looking forward to getting into, mainly because it can be played 3-player co-op, and I thought me, Scoob and JIK could give it a go. In the end, I got tired of waiting for all of us to be available, so me and Scoob tried a 2-player game. I think I'd built it up in my head far too much, and was greatly disappointed. This thing was all kinds of clunky, especially the HUD and inventory. The combat and controls were also slow and frustrating, and we had no real idea what was going on. I went in expecting an interesting FPS horror game, and got psychic monkeys shooting energy balls at us. Hmmph.
Ever since Riot activated intermediate bots in custom games in LoL we've been challenging ourselves more and more against them. The latest challenge, and as far as we can tell, the hardest one we can create, was to go against five burst champions who could root or stun while using fairly weak melee champs ourselves. When the enemy bots grouped up we could not touch them, and they beat us a few times until we changed tactics. Rather than try and team-fight them, we instead outplayed them and pushed the lanes to their base. We were easily able to take their nexus down before they touched our own, with just five kills in the entire game. We have since gone on to beat them with a host of different champs and in straight up fights, so we'll need to find a new challenge...

I see you, copper!

I see you, copper!

No idea what just happened

No idea what just happened

Choppa

Choppa

The not so scary ghosts of System Shock 2

The not so scary ghosts of System Shock 2

The definitely not scary monkeys

The definitely not scary monkeys

Another challenge complete

Another challenge complete

 

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