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Quote of the Moment
Invoke thy aid to my adventrous Song,
That with no middle flight intends to soar
Above th' Aonian Mount, while it pursues
Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhime.
And chiefly Thou O Spirit, that dost prefer
Before all Temples th' upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for Thou know'st; Thou from the first
Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread
Dove-like satst brooding on the vast Abyss
And mad'st it pregnant: What in me is dark
Illumin, what is low raise and support;
That to the highth of this great Argument
I may assert Eternal Providence,
And justifie the wayes of God to men.
- John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1
Happy New Year! It's been a busy few weeks here over the holiday, and I'm about to leave again on a weeklong work trip to San Diego. In the meantime, there are several updates on the website to share. The largest of these is the addition of the last remaining solo job class from Final Fantasy 5, this one being the Solo Oracle. This is one of the strangest and most unique classes in the game, and I had a lot of fun playing through the class and writing up a lengthy report. Aside from that one gaming piece, the remainder of the new content is located in the Travel section of the website. I'm about halfway completed with the writeup from a major trip in 2013 through Eastern Canada, while I've also been putting together some shorter single page trips. There's a fun set of pictures that I have from a Maryland vs Duke basketball game back when I was a graduate student, and another short report from my winter trip to Iceland in 2005, which complements the later trip that I took there in the summer of 2016. With the Travel section growing in content, I also added an alphabetical listing of all the reports collected together at the bottom of the main page. That should help in future searching for anyone who wants to go to a specific page. Livestreaming should resume when I get back from my work trip next week. Until then, enjoy the new website content!
This was a busy two weeks for updates. First of all, there's a new Civ6 report featuring Poland on Immortal difficulty called Poland Can Into Space. This is a spaceship game as the name suggests, and it's the first writeup I've done featuring the Civ6 lategame in some time. Definitely worth a look if you're into Civ6 content. I also have a new editorial related to Civ6, my final pre-expansion review of the game titled Exceeds Expectations: Civ6 One Year Review. For those of you who have been reading through my articles over the last year it likely won't contain anything too new, but it's a good summary of the pros and cons of Civilization 6 after the first year of patching has finished.
Next up is some more post-competition content for Civ4 AI Survivor. We decided to replay the same map half a dozen times to see how the game would play out, and test just how random the competition games truly are. The results are summarized in Civ4 AI Survivor: Alternate Histories #1. This was enough fun that we'll likely check out a few other games as well. I've also been upgraded from dedicated lurker to active turn player in the ongoing Play By Email Game #7 for Civ6, as a result of filling in for BrickAstley while he attends to some personal issues. I'm linking the active forum thread for that game at Realms Beyond again; if you've ever been interested in reading along with one of these games while it's ongoing, this is your chance.
Finally, I've also completed the very lengthy writeup for the European Grand Tour in the Travel section. This was a 31 day adventure across Europe that took place last summer, and the writeup has run to about 100,000 words and close to 1000 images in total. It's been a massive undertaking and I've very pleased at how it all turned out. If you have an interest in travel writing as opposed to gaming, you have hours of reading ahead of you. We'll see how much else I'm able to get done during the holiday season. As always, thanks for reading!
Happy December everyone! There's been a series of updates to the website in the last month that I want to highlight here. For starters, Season Three of Civ4 AI Survivor has concluded with a new champion. Here's a link to the writeup for the Championship Game, and after finishing the whole season, I also wrote a Conclusions page that goes into more details about the statistics behind the results. As always, the overall Season Three AI Survivor page has all of your links to everything for the concluded event. There might be one or two more writeups coming down the pipeline for AI Survivor as we look at some alternate history scenarios, so keep an eye out for that in the upcoming weeks.
Elsewhere, I've also gone ahead and done a playthrough for the solo Necromancer, one of the last remaining Final Fantasy 5 classes that I hadn't written about previously. This one was relatively straightforward but hopefully remains a fun read. I'll be targeting the solo Oracle next sometime in the next few months and then that will be the last solo job class. I've been working on this project for almost ten years now, how the time does fly. I've also been hard at work on the Travel section of the website, with the European Grand Tour nearly complete, and an entirely new Minnesota Trip added to the minor trips list. I have about a dozen years of trips that I'm slowly backfilling over time when not working on game writeups. Finally, I've decided to take part in a team Play By Email Game for Civ6 as a dedicated lurker, not playing the turns directly but offering suggestions and advice for those who are. I'll link the forum thread at Realms Beyond for anyone who wants to follow along for the next few months.
December tends to be a busy month so we'll see how much gets done in the near future. As always, I have more projects in the works than I can get finished and we'll have to wait and see what gets finished.
There are several updates on the website added in the last two weeks. I'll start with the ongoing AI Survivor competition; we've completed the three playoff games at this point, and the only remaining match is the Championship Game coming up on November 18th. Here's a link to the written preview for the game, and for anyone who wants to get in an entry for the picking contest, I'll add another link here. As always, the main Survivor Season Three overview page has all of the background information and the recordings/written reports from previous games. This season has been a blast thus far, and I'm looking forward to finding out which AI leader will emerge as our ultimate champion.
Elsewhere, I played full a Civ6 game on the most recent patch. This involved one of the new downloadable extra civs, and it features a religious game with the Khmer. I named it Baray King Bad and it can be read at this location. With Civ4 AI Survivor winding down, I'm hoping to have some more time for Civ6 activity in the months ahead. Finally, I've been slowly working on adding more of the pictures from my vacation in Europe last summer to the Travel section of the website. The Grand Tour report has now reached 15 parts in all, and I hope to have it finished within the next few weeks. If you're interested in reading something that isn't related to gaming, feel free to go check it out.
The AI Survivor competition has continued rolling along for the last few weeks, and at time of writing we're preparing for the second playoff game. Feel free to head over to the main Season Three page for all of the details. Thanks to some submissions from readers of the website, we also now have a complete list of writeups for all of the AI Survivor games in Season Two. They are all linked from the main Season Two page; special thanks to Axiis and Chaosquo for putting these together over the past few weeks. I've wanted to go back and finish the missing Season Two writeups for the last couple of years, and it's a huge relief to have them all done. The current AI Survivor competition will wrap up in a few more weeks, and that should open up some more time for additional projects. There's a major new Civ6 patch to explore, I plan to continue working on the writing in the Travel section, and I'm hoping to put together some kind of content for Divinity Original Sin 2. As always, thanks for reading and I hope everyone is enjoying the current run of Civ4 content.
With the start of October, we've now completed the opening round of Civ4 AI Survivor. I will be out of town this upcoming weekend, and therefore the Wildcard Game will take place in two weeks, on October 13th. The preview for the Wildcard Game has been posted, and the Livestream recordings and written summaries of all eight opening round games can now be accessed from the main Season Three page. It's been a highly entertaining set of games thus far - I hope everyone is enjoying the show.