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A Quick Guide to Map Reading in Guild Wars 2

When you log into guild Wars for the first time it can be a little overwhelming. First off, you have some fantastic graphics to look at...

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Elderscrolls online crafting pt 2

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

My Christmas Redwood Tree Vlog with Random E

 Hi there to all you Casual Gamers out there.  Random C here, it has been a while since I updated anything here so I thought I better get back to it.

If you are looking for build ideas in Minecraft you most definitely have come to the right place.  I love minecraft, and the modding community that build wonderful furniture mods, mechanical mods, tinkering mods and of course the modders that added Redwood trees and Ruins.

My Favourite mods are Natura which adds the huge Redwood Trees, Tinkers Construct, and of course any mod that adds Christmas themes!  I whole-heartedly thank the people that code these mods, as they add so much to the game.  I will admit, my partner adds these mods onto my profiles for me, but, I am learning how to do this (slowly).Above, you can see my version of the Great library from one of my favourite builds, however this blog is more about Christmas themes.

I finally managed to work out how to use a condenser microphone and decided to talk about one of my builds, the Redwood Christmas Tree.  I tend to do all builds alone as I have OCD about them, as you will hear from my vlogging partner and Foster Daughter, Random E, in my vlog.  The Build took me around three hours and is part of a much bigger build 'The Hotel' , I hope you enjoy it and please leave any feedback here or under the video on you tube, vlogging feedback especially welcome as this is a new adventure for me and, I hope, not to painful for all you casual gamers out there!

Enjoy 






Friday, 2 September 2016

World of Warcraft - Legion

Well, what can I say about this latest expansion form Blizzard.

DEMON HUNTER! I love it, the weapons are great, and the Havoc Trait is a good playing style.

I absolutely love the starting quest and working with the broken ones, (they are my favorites) although my man prefers the Shiva's.



It has taken me a while to write an update on this as I have been so busy playing it.  I bought the pre-order and played a tonne of invasions, mainly for the Armour, although I was lucky enough to gain a few weapons for my characters too.  I created an alliance Demon Hunter, Bumped my druid up to 100 with crafting skills upgraded to 700 and then left  her until launch day.  I paled my Demon hunters story line until she hit 100 and then started to level my alts.

I have currently played through the invasion on Dalanaar and am headed to Stormhold, i get the funny feeling Silvanas is going to enter the battlefield at some point but only time will tell.

I was lucky enough not to have any issues with launch day, except a queue, but that was expected.  Al in all from this side, it was a pretty successful launch and it has bee a good expansion so far. 

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Friday, 15 July 2016

It's for anyone: Pokemon Go!

There has been a lot, and I mean a lot, of talk about Pokemon Go.  Most of it is positive but there are some people who seem to have jumped on the meme wagon without truly thinking through what the game is all about.

lets start at the beginning, nope not the beginning of Pokemon, but the beginning of Niantic, the company that created the, in my opinion, first augmented reality app, Ingress.

Ingress is a game were people like me went out to capture portals all over the city, or for other people, the globe itself.  It's a map of portals superimposed onto google maps and the aim of the game is to capture as many of the 'Enlightened', I mean oppositions portals as possible.  In order to capture portals you had to get out your house and travel, walk, or in some cases, hike to portals, hack the portal for items, blow up all the resonators on that portal, and then place all your teams resonators on that portal to claim it for the resistance... or the enlightened... if you were that way inclined.  To me, this was a way to get me out walking and get some exercise, it had the bonus of being fun too. In other words it motivated me to become a little healthier than I was before.

Niantic then created the overnight phenomenon, that is Pokemon Go. Now the Gyms in this game work basically the same as an ingress portal, you sent in your Pokemon to try and take down the opposition and claim the Gym, but there is so much more to it.  You walk even more with Pokemon Go.  You are out at Pokestops collecting items such as Pokeballs to capture Pokemon in, your wandering endlessly looking for Pokemon, especially rare ones. You get home you can 'power up' the Pokemon you have caught or evolve them, you can send your duplicate Pokemon to the in-game professor for Pokemon candy in order to evolve or power up your Pokemon.  So I made the switch to Pokemon Go because there was more to do for me.

My Niece, who lives with us,  didn't play Ingress. It was a bit too grown up for her and it was not her style, I had to play it by myself when she was at school, but Pokemon lets us go out together and walk.  She talks a lot more when we walk together so I know whats going on with her more now than I ever did because we can be walking for hours, not just the ten minutes it takes to get her to school.  She loves the app, she gets all excited when she catches a new one and so do I.

I would not feel comfortable with her going out alone or with friends to play the app as she is only ten but this is where it is good to be an adult who plays games, or apps, like this.  We both have fun, I can keep an eye on her and make sure she is safe, and its something that we all have in common in our house, when you have 'tweenagers', yes I said 'tweenagers', having something in common is always a great thing no matter how small it may seem.

My Niece had seen some of the Facebook memes and decided to do her vlog about Pokemon, she asked me to record her video and ask questions during it.  She answered in her own way, she is straight up and truly, even had a perspective on this I had not thought of.  So please watch, enjoy and please, learn from her words.  









Thursday, 6 August 2015

Minecraft - Day one survival

So you've bought the game because you've heard all of the hype but you really don't know much about the survival aspect of the game.








There are a few things you need to do to help you survive through the first night in the game but you only have one day to prepare, One day equals ten minutes in the 1.7 version.

You need a shelter.  anything that is 3 squares by 3 squares and 3 squares high is good enough however make sure you leave a gap so as you can see the daylight again as if your mining down into your shelter through the night, you can loose track of time. You also need torches, this is a must if you don't want zombies, archers, spiders or worse, Creepers, spawning right beside you in the dark.

You can cut down trees without an axe but it wastes valuable time so make sure and get enough wood to build a crafting table, sticks, blocks for the axe head or pick axe head (for mining) and burning material to make charcoal  (About 10 tree blocks) then make sure you chop wood for your shelter with either a wooden axe or a stone axe.  The video below shows most of this  and how to make them, although the Xbox has a click option that does it all for you if you have the right materials but I am not sure about the Play-station versions, so if you do need to know, it's in the video.

You do not always have to make a shelter either, if you spawn next to a cave, you can just block it up with dirt to keep you going through the first few nights until you gather what you need. You might want to make a stone sword in preparation for fighting at night or a pick axe if you prefer to mine at night too.


Enjoy the video

Day time Survival on Day one




Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Minecraft - Village with Red Brick house and pool

 I often take notions to build full villages or towns with a main house that I use for crafting and shelter at night.  This scenario has two man houses so far however as its meant to be for PVP once its all built.  I still need to build the third house but the village is working and the farming is dealt with.

In the main house I have all of the tinkering set up.  With the tinkering mod you get double the ore when smelting and you can make weapons, armor and tools out of copper, steel and other metals, as well as wood.  Its a handy set up to have as sometimes Iron is somewhat difficult to come by.

Just as a recap the mods I use for this profile are:
Bibliocraft
Tinkers construct
Natura
BiomesOPlenty
Carpenters Blocks
Decocraft
Forestry
Chisel2
Growthcraft
Gardenstuff
Journeymap
NEI
Waila
Ruins

Enjoy the video