Life in Mintland, take two.
June 26, 2008

Since I continue to be an awful correspondent and some of you may be interested.

Well, this is my third week at work. The job site is about a mile from my house, which is nice, but the guys here don't really have that much for me to do, so basically I'm getting paid $10/hour to play computer games and occasionally file something. It's pretty nice, although I feel vaguely guilty about getting paid to be useless. They hired me in the first place because they have an arrangement with the mayor's office to hire a graduating high school intern for the summer, not because they actually have anything for me to do, so that's the deal. I will be buying a nice iPod in the near future and saving the rest of my money for school, since I'm rather fond of eating and would like to continue in the future.

I also sprained my ankle a couple days ago. It was pretty rough! I was fighting off a pack of wild lions and gave one a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick to the skull as it lunged at my throat, gooey ropes of saliva dripping from its foot-long fangs and all, and the blow was so powerful it just about knocked my foot off! Crutches are a pain in the ass, though. It sucks.

In other news, Oblivion has taken over my life. I seriously can't stop myself from playing it whenever I have a free moment! It's rough around the edges--it has balance issues with the spellmaking/enchanting system, is really glitchy, and the level-up system is retarded in that it is impossible to get good stat gains if you pick your major skills logically--but it's really addictive anyway. I've clocked 90 hours in a depressingly short time, and I've barely touched the main plot. Also, as of last night, I'd saved, uh, about 730 times, I think. I save a lot, it seems. But yeah, I'm an altmer caster, L20 right now, custom class, vampire as of late, and I like to kick ass with some custom 2HKO spells that add elemental and magicka weakness 100% for like 3 sec on strike. Also have a nice custom enchanted dagger that absorbs magicka when I'm running low, plus fire shield boots/gauntlets to compensate for my horrible fire weakness and actually give me some AC at the same time. (Body armor is for sissies when you can wear a badass robe.) I have decent blade skill and am thinking about enchanting up a glass short sword with something nifty just because I can--seriously, what else am I going to do with 15 black soul gems? which I filled by slaughtering necromancers, haha irony--but I probably won't use it much.

I've done the Mages Guild, Thieves Guild, and Arena (which is, by the way, totally pathetic if you jump up on the pillar next to the door and use ranged/summons), and I think I'm going to leave it at that, because being the head of five guilds is pretty silly. (Honestly, I would've preferred that the game just leave you as a high-ranking member instead of the head of the freaking guild, which strained my credulity pretty seriously in some cases, but whatever.) I'll do the Dark Brotherhood and Fighters Guild on a replay sometime. Like EmP, I started the game a while ago, played for a few hours, went "bleh, overrated" and wandered off, then came back only to get hooked and sink 90 hours in without noticing.

Oh yeah, and my free laptop is being retarded. The H key keeps falling off, and the spacebar screwed up recently, and I broke off one of the brackets for the retainer when I was trying to fix it. Yippee, now I get to get it repaired! Oh, last night it also decided that it didn't like the power cord, so now it's dead and I can't charge it. I kept getting some error about the AC adapter not providing a high enough voltage or something, don't remember now. I hope it's the power cord, anyway, not the laptop. Get what you pay for, I guess!

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wolfqueen001 wolfqueen001 - June 26, 2008 (11:33 AM)
Haha. Glad I didn't try e-mailing you again, then. Though I strongly thought about it.

Glad your job seems to be going well. I'd kill to have a job where I got paid to do nothing. Though I might get bored after a while... I still don't have a job, though.... I picked up an application at Barnes & Noble, but I doubt they'll accept me, even if/when I turn it in... since I'll only be working for a summer. Makes me feel like trying's kind of pointless.

I was fighting off a pack of wild lions and gave one a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick to the skull as it lunged at my throat, and the blow was so powerful it just about knocked my foot off!

Does this mean "I tripped down some stairs or some other equally embarrassing feat and am too embarrassed to give the real reason."? =P

Haha. Another Oblivion addict. I need to play that game... I've played Morrowind, and if Oblivion is anything like that, then I swear, I'll never leave my computer ever.

On a related note, Jesus. You and EmP should get together or something. With how nerdy you two are on this, you can just chat all day about how nerdy and addicted you are to the game. It would be very amusing to watch. Too bad the game's not multiplayer, though, I don't think... Do you have the XBox version? He does. I have the PC one. >_>

Sucks about your laptop... Mine's still good, but it was paid for. The only real issue it has is that the touchpad sucks. The left-mouse button will randomly activate even though I didn't click it. I think it's also kind of loose. And sometimes some of the keys will stick, but I think that's because I was eating over them and crumbs got stuck in there. <_< Sticking only happened at school, anyway, thus increasing my belief in this. Hopefully yours will be normal again, though.
viridian_moon viridian_moon - June 26, 2008 (11:45 AM)
Does this mean "I tripped down some stairs or some other equally embarrassing feat and am too embarrassed to give the real reason."? =P
Lions! Seriously!

And yeah, I have the 360 version. EmP's right: it's crack for gamers. Don't play it! You'll never stoooooop! I'm running out of stuff to do unless I go ahead and do the Fighters Guild and Dark Brotherhood, though. 90 hours isn't enough for me, apparently! Well, I did start advancing the main plot a little, but I hear it's short.
EmP EmP - June 26, 2008 (12:48 PM)
EmP is always right. That people continue to question this makes him weep for humanity's inability to learn from its mistakes.

EDIT: haha, you're more injured than me.
viridian_moon viridian_moon - June 26, 2008 (03:05 PM)
Your concern for my welfare warms my heart, as always.

But man, that game. No kidding--it's like crack. Speaking of that, I have an Oblivion gate to close, so if you'll excuse me...
bluberry bluberry - June 26, 2008 (03:22 PM)
pet peeve: people like mint comparing things to crack.
wolfqueen001 wolfqueen001 - June 26, 2008 (04:11 PM)
Well, it is really easy to do, blu.

Anyway... Haha. Alright. Fine; it was lions. Hope you get well soon, though.

Just because Oblivion's addictive as hell doesn't mean I'm not going to play it. I think I cranked out over 400 hours on Morrowind once. It was ridiculous. So that's not going to stop it.

Actually, for all you've done so far, 90 hours seems too slow... Either things happen really fast in that game, there isn't as much to do, or you're just really fast or something.

Least you two can help each other. Isn't that nice?
viridian_moon viridian_moon - June 26, 2008 (04:43 PM)
Well, I haven't done everything. I've been focusing on guild quests rather than the random ones you get in town, and I've only done half of the guilds. So there's plenty left to do if I decide I want to.
EmP EmP - June 30, 2008 (05:17 AM)
I've been a little whirlwind of Chaos, completing random quests all over the show and delving into any cave or ruin I happen to stroll past. I gutted the arean and the fighter's guild by chance more than planning and am right near the end of both the thieves and mages, too. I intend to run all the guilds before I finish the plot, which I have barely advanced at all.

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