My name's Rob. I'm insane, but not in a criminal way. At least, not yet. Take the character of Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, make him older and chubbier...and you pretty much know all you need to know about me.
2015 ends perfectly!
First, I did the Alpha Marathon successfully! First time to get all 27. Hell, I'm not sure I've gotten more than approximately 20 or so in the past.
That was good for my site productivity this year, as I finished with 36 reviews. After a couple years in the 20s, that was a nice change of pace. Late summer had a lull (only 1 in August), but I rallied late in the year, putting out six this month.
An article I read stating they're all-but-completely going Mobile only. Maybe I'll get real lucky and they'll go all-in on providing Kemco with a challenger on regularly churning out half-hearted mobile RPGs every month! I really, really hope not because one company doing this might break my sanity completely, but they could!
And it helps me remember what I'm playing!
While I do play a bit of Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millennium Girl, Eschalon Book One and Shin Megami Tensai IV from time to time, until I've finished the year and my likely-to-be-just-a couple-letters-shy run at the Alpha Marathon, I don't really make quick progress. I'm at Floor 10 in EO:U, killing goblins and wasp-things in Eschalon and working to advance things a bit in SMT IV by killing a demon located near the town I'm at (which I can't remember the name of off the top of my head -- I previously had killed Dullahan in another area near it, though.
As for the stuff I'm working on more regularly:
aka: Finding stuff to do with new technology
A couple weeks ago, I decided to join modern times and get a smartphone. I've had fun with it and use it for a bit of gaming, mainly playing Final Fantasy Record Keeper for the nostalgias here and there.
I also got a tablet with it due to some giveaway/deal the store was running and had to figure out what to do with that. Kindle is cool and all, but I recently bought a massive series of books, so I'm reading those. So, I searched Google Play for games and discovered that Kemco has dedicated the last few years of its existence to released a never-ending horde of JRPGs upon the market. Like, they're up to 45 or so, with roughly 35 getting released just in 2013 and 14.
The main stuff I've been playing...
Since it's halfway through the year and I figure I better start taking the Alpha Marathon a bit more seriously if I want to complete it, a few of my games are basically getting played about once or twice a month so I don't lose track of fundamentals or my progress. Those are Eschalon Book 1, Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millennium Girl and Shin Megami Tensei IV.
Plus: WHAT IS THIS ABOMINATION?!?!?
Last night, I finished Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Fun game, but I was getting a bit tired of it. Possibly because (uh, spoilers ahoy) the last area scorns the fun stealth-based strategy for getting rushed by cyborg zombies -- or should I say, cyborg zombies with hilariously bad AI, such as when they stop in front of you and just stand still so I can shoot them with whatever gun I feel like using. Hell, I didn't even bother saving David Sarif when he radio'd for help. Nope, just going straight through to where the yellow X is on the map. Time to Typhoon the hell out of the final boss until the credits roll.
ie: This Is What No Self Control Looks Like
So, I kind of realized today that I occasionally talk about my backlog of games as this monstrous behemoth I'll never finish off. Mainly due to how every time I beat a game or three, I find myself buying a half dozen more.
So, I figured for shits and giggles, I'd just post my entire backlog. Stuff like ROMs and the like don't count -- this is just games I own an actual copy of or have on download (XBLA and Steam). Along with a few notes whenever appropriate.
Avadon: The Black Fortress
Avadon 2: The Corruption
Avernum: Escape From the Pit (noticed that Avernum 2 was released on Steam fairly recently...)
Eschalon: Book 1 (Currently playing)
Eschalon: Book 2
Eschalon: Book 3
Dragon Warrior VII