northeasternwind: (firekeeper)
I went and made myself a Fire Keeper icon because I don't have any good shots of Artorias or Slave Knight Gael or Sister Friede. I love them all terribly, but only the Fire Keeper gets good glamor shots. SORRY GUYS.

I... may have found another fantasy world to yell about. It's amazing how there are almost no happy endings but it's still so optimistic! The series ultimately ends on a hopeful note, gives you chances to help out others with no reward, and the one and only covenant that survives the EONS between the first game and the last game completely unchanged is the Warriors of Sunlight, the covenant dedicated solely to helping other people out.

I can't find a source for this, but allegedly Miyazaki just... made up the lore as he went along, and holy SHIT did he do it good. Every single item description is something like "Hey that goddess we told you about in the opening? This ring belonged to her son that her daughters made for him because he bleeds lava but he dropped it and it turned into a demon" like what the FUCK Miyazaki, there's like a million things going on you know nothing about but unlike in Dishonored (which I love!) it feels like it's... important? It fits? Dishonored felt like it was trying too hard and failing for me. Dark Souls felt just right.

ALSO. ALSO. This is specifically an able-bodied thing, but the series isn't even that hard! It's honestly more of a puzzle game than an action game, at least for the first two installments. (The third game is a little more actiony, aha.) It's amazing how they've made real-time combat so methodical: if you're too greedy or overconfident you get wrecked, but if you play it safe and hide behind your shield for an opportunity then it's simple. I've never once died and felt frustrated, because every single death has been due to a conscious choice that I made that didn't pan out.

Or just... not knowing that there's a fucking dragon on that bridge holy shit that's probably the only unfair moment in the game lol. Also Ornstein and Smough. They're fair but holy shit.

It's a tale of not giving up! Of knowing that you're only defeated if you accept defeat! Of people ultimately being good, and letting go of things that are gone, and darkness not being all bad, and also dragons. It's great. Play Dark Souls.

Ornstein and the Nameless King are in love don't fight me about this.
northeasternwind: (uriel)
Darksiders III was pretty obviously a Dark Souls-alike. BUT THE ACTUAL DARK SOULS IS SO MUCH LESS FRUSTRATING. It is trial and error-y, but I've never once died and not known why. I don't know man. It's just fun and not frustrating.

...The monster designs are really something. And by that I mean horrifying. Oh my god.

I thiiiiink I'm out of refills, which means another doctor appointment skdjfhksjdhf why cant i just get my medicine please
northeasternwind: (malevolence)
Back to class wahhhh. I think I'll enjoy my classes this semester, but please god someone remind me to actually do my homework because it's worth 30% of my grade this time. High school teachers who told me that my grade would be dependent upon exam performance you lied to me and i hate you.

Anyway, I need to start keeping an hourly planner because I keep trying to schedule Friend Dates for times that I have other Friend Dates in and it's getting...... Troublesome. Who the heck has a solid four-hour window to watch extended LotR movies in? No one. (I do but no one else does ksjdhfksdhfksjh.) I need to livestream more often so I can SPEK TO FREN more often, so there's that, too. HECK.

I managed to go almost two weeks without nerding out about my tabletop DMing adventures and I'm proud of myself LMAO.

helloooo

Dec. 3rd, 2018 06:50 pm
northeasternwind: (annihilating crash)
If you're here from tumblr, henlo! Welcome to Dreamwidth!

oh god i have to post all my tolkien fanfic here now oh no. I, uh, might post it all at once, in which case subscribers beware,

ANYWAY, I had my first LotR DND session on Sunday and IT'S SO MUCH FUN I can't wait to send my players on adventures and maybe get better at this DM'ing thing. yay.

I'm maybe gonna go through my icons and replace them.

>D

Oct. 10th, 2018 09:26 pm
northeasternwind: (celebrimbor)
I'm. I'm DMing a tabletop rpg. I have never DM'd before. I have played one trpg before, and that is Ryuutama, which is happening right now.

...BUT IT'S A TOLKIEN TABLETOP RPG! I can't wait to send my friends on adventures in Middle-earth :D I suck at original content so I'm mostly doing pre-written modules but ehehehehe omfg I can't wait

The excellent adventures of pretending the canon ending to Shadow of War never happened is going swimmingly! The ring is gone and they are getting married. Celebrimbor's wrist is broken. Fëanor is dealing with his mommy issues. Grune is beating up the gods of Tolkien's world because they are terrible. The orcs of Mordor are learning transferable skills and not all of them may join Sauron in the future. It's great.

I LOVE THE HOUSE OF FËANOR FIGHT ME ABOUT IT
northeasternwind: (malevolence)
...So, Shadow of War came out since my last post! :D;;;;

Predictably, it is not happy. It has a nominally happy ending, but since it basically amounts to "the main character finally dies after a long and really painful, terrible life" it wasn't very satisfying to me. In fact, it was weirdly, viscerally upsetting. Like I mean, that was his goal in the first place, so I should be happy for him, but I really was not!

Basically what happens is Celebrimbor and Talion conquer Mordor and go to fight Sauron, defeating a Nazgûl along the way and making it drop its ring. Celebrimbor betrays Talion and leaves him to die. Talion realizes that whether Celebrimbor or Sauron wins the upcoming battle (Sauron wins, of course), someone will need to keep the orc army confined within Mordor. But Talion is currently dying of a slit throat, so he grabs the ring of power the ringwraith left behind and puts it on, making himself a wraith, and spends the next sixty years resisting its draw and fighting from Minas Morgul to keep Sauron's armies at bay.

Naturally he eventually succumbs and turns into a proper Nazgûl and is killed when the One Ring is destroyed. THE END.

I really expected this kind of ending, but that doesn't mean I have to be happy about it... Anyway, Vyc and I have been doing RPing to fix it and it's going swimmingly, ehehehe.
northeasternwind: (Yggdrasill)
Class is alright, I enjoy programming but I'm waffling on getting my textbook because it's expensive and I can't find a PDF online. If anyone happens to have a copy of MATLAB for Engineers 5th Edition by Holly Moore, I mean...

I'm disappointed in Death of the Outsider, not just because of the choice of writers but also because it went backwards on the most important part of Daud's characterization. I have no problem believing he'd want to kill the Outsider, but I wish they'd come up with some other reason for it besides he changed his mind about all the things he said back when he was a playable character. And then you only get three conversations with him before he dies.

The gameplay is some of the best in the series, but the story :( I am sad. At least it was a lot of fun!

Shadow of War is coming out soon, which is unfortunate because I am currently back to actively seeking out Tolkien things. We've lost the last sensible Feanorian, guys. I hope it has a happy ending, but I strongly suspect they're going for the cautionary tale angle on this one, haha.

I do, in fact, miss making money. I was absolutely correct with that prediction.

I NEED A TALES OF BERSERIA ICON.
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Classes start on the fifth. I have officially wasted away an entire summer.

I gave my two-weeks notice at that job I mentioned... once... a year ago, and I'm going to miss making money. But I can tell from how last semester went that I'm not going to survive having a job and going to class at the same time, lol. My coworkers keep asking my dad to convince me to stay, which is actually kind of nice! It's good to know they want me around!

I got good grades last semester, by the way, so no need to worry about that. BUT BOY WAS I UNHAPPY.

Tales of Berseria is still terrific, I've been wasting my time with No Man's Sky (which has improved significantly!) and I'm excited for Death of the Outsider and the next Shadow of Mordor game. I have developed a truly unfortunate fixation with Feanor, the elven king who died in his very first battle because he tried to fight every single balrog in existence at the same time, and am now searching for all fic depicting him as a complex guy.

Shout out to This Taste of Shadow, which has now managed to shape most of my Feanorian headcanons. HECK.

I also got and played Dream Daddy! Setting aside the Joseph route for a moment, it was super inclusive and so well-written and touching and :O It showed such a good grasp on people that the creators' comments on Joseph's route were pretty surprising. YES I AM SALTY ABOUT JOSEPH, ALONG WITH EVERYONE ELSE. There's been so much said about it that there's no point in adding my voice, but yep, I do not approve of the decisions the team made there.

BUT THE REST OF THE GAME IS PERFECT.

Game of Thrones became wild, Fury Road was great, and I am so tired of Overwatch's plot moving along so slowly! I AM GETTING OLDER BLIZZARD. I AM NOT GOING TO WAIT THREE DECADES. ...I still want my Gabe redemption arc. Give it to me.

I'm going to sleep goodnight.
northeasternwind: (Yggdrasill)
Best Tales Game Ever.

It was a wild, emotional ride, and they really nailed the female protagonist. I cried, I loved every single character, and the character development was so well-done! It runs on even the lamest of PCs, so please get it if you can! Join me in my pool of tears and joy!

Here's a short preview: watch episode 5 and episode 6 if you're still on the fence. It's good give it a chance pls ;~~; The rest of the episodes have nothing to do with the game, and... have massive spoilers, so maybe don't watch those, hahaha.

I am so tired I will go back to speep.
northeasternwind: (LMAO)
I have made a terrible mistake and bought Hitman 2016 for half off.

It's amazing. I love it. I love how little Agent 47 cares about basically everything except killing his targets. I love how deadpan he is in all his ridiculous disguises. I love how the most emotion I've seen him show so far is when Dalia hands him a bottle of cyanide and he goes "Good choice c:"

And I also love how that guy at the end pointed out that he does actually care about Diana and how it's implied he and the Shadow Client used to be close friends when they were small but 47 doesn't remember :c

LIKE HE'S NOT A DEEP CHARACTER BUT... HE'S INTERESTING.... IT'S TERRIBLE

There's also the fact that the game revolves around murdering people for money, but I... basically do that in every game anyway, so it feels less notable than it should maybe.  The point is that I need favorite characters who are not paid killers. (Allegedly there are a couple previous games about 47 being ashamed about being an assassin, but one is apparently not that good and the other has dated graphics. I WILL INEVITABLY PLAY THEM BOTH LET'S BE HONEST.)

Dishonored 2 came out! My favorite character wasn't in it but it was a lot of fun and had a good story! There were WAAAAY more women than in the last Dishonored and we got to learn more about Delilah! D: Poor girl. Basically, she and Empress Jessamine were half sisters, with Delilah being the illegitimate child. Once while they were playing Jessamine broke something and blamed it on Delilah, and Delilah and her mother were thrown out on the streets to live in poverty.

The sad thing is that this happened while they were kids. Like... kids lie. They blame things on each other. That's what they do. Delilah has no choice but to hate Jessamine (and by extension her daughter Emily, whom you play as), but when you get down to it the fault should lie with the adults who thought being thrown out to die was a suitable punishment for a small child breaking something. It's just that they're all dead by the time Dishonored 2 happens, so that just leaves Emily to bear the brunt of Delilah's pain...

D: You have the option of letting her live out her fantasy of becoming Empress and everyone loving her harmlessly (you stick her in a magical painting. She was going to transpose it onto the real world, but instead she just stays in the painting while the real world goes on without her), which seems like the least she deserves for all the crap she's been through. I MEAN SHE'S A TERRIBLE PERSON WHO HAS DONE TERRIBLE THINGS, but like. Give a woman a break maybe.

ALSO I'M YELLING ABOUT BILLIE. She just wants her assassin dad back. ...Why are all my favorite characters assassins? I can't believe I have a type and it is murderers. Send help.

So yes, that's what I've been up to. Hit up my tumblr for more Hitman jokes. Where did 47 learn to play the drums. How does he know how to do all that yoga. Why does he need to use the bathroom. I have questions.

Oh! One more thing. It's more socially acceptable to post lots of quick, pointless updates on tumblr, so here's my personal updates tag if you're curious. There's... a lot of excited yelling.
northeasternwind: (Default)
 Because the political post is coming later after work. Just a heads up.

1. I'M BACK ON MY MEDICATION I don't know if I ever mentioned but wow keeping up was hard but now it's easier and my life is much better as a result lmao

2. I HAVE A JOB it's basically minimum wage but at least it provides structure to my life

3. I APPARENTLY SUFFER FROM SIGNIFICANT ANEMIA SOMETIMES but i'm taking iron supplements and that's a non-issue either

4. I BOUGHT OVERWATCH. I strongly suspect I will be using it as a vent fantasy in the near future

5. I CAN'T ACTUALLY PLAY OVERWATCH because my computer is sort of broken. I'm getting the new, non-broken part in the mail Friday. I can't believe this.

6. I HAVE MY VERY FIRST, REAL, ACTUAL SHIP THAT I ACTUALLY SHIP AND DON'T JUST GO ALONG WITH BECAUSE IT'S CANON OR I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH IT. It's Reaper76. Let Gabriel Reyes return to the good side. Give me the villain redemption story. I need it. please

7. ??? The Philippines also elected a military dictator to the Presidency. I know that's political but just so you know lol.

8. I need an Overwatch icon I love Reaper he's so good and pure

northeasternwind: (Default)
It's [community profile] littlehades , where your character dies and is either:

1. sentenced to Hell
2. gets caught up in bureaucracy and becomes a Limbo Case
3. transfers in from Heaven for... whatever reason

Somewhat predictably, I am playing Abaddon from Darksiders. It should be fun!

There's... not much else to report, to be honest. I've been steadily collecting mythical pokemon from the Mystery Gift events, and I also have a Shiny Xerneas from the event going on right now! I only have three pokemon left for the Hoenn pokedex, so that'll be my next goal. Trade evolutions, argh.

Sun and Moon! I'm so excited! I think maybe I'll go for Moon, because moonbat. I AM THE NIGHT.
northeasternwind: (Yggdrasill)
So I discovered that I've sort of fallen in love with another demon king SOBBING.

It's Abaddon. He has no redeeming qualities. Even his girlfriend hates him. But I love him. Cry.

I'm gonna write a fic where he doesn't become a demon and the apocalypse happens differently sob sob.

Send help I'm collecting demon lords.
northeasternwind: (Littlefoot hug)
I AM VENGEANCE )

As for some updates, my cousins came over for Christmas and New Year's! ...I got sick on New Year's! I'm still coughing a little, as usual! We got a new doctor (because our old one of twenty years died bless his kind soul I miss him) and he says it's probably either asthma or acid reflux. ...I kind of hope it's asthma, because I strongly suspect I will be forced to give up chocolate if it's acid reflux. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure that's exactly what it is...

I'm taking the semester off and searching for a job. So if you see me online at times when I shouldn't be, that's probably why. I'm not skipping class, honest!

I got into Elite Dangerous, which... have I posted about that here? It's a space game that's described as Han Solo Simulator If Han Solo Never Met Luke Skywalker, but I've never seen Star Wars so I couldn't tell you how accurate that is. You can go to every star in the Milky Way if you want, it's pretty fun.

I'M STILL ON A ROLL WITH DARKSIDERS FANFICTION. I've posted like... nine so far, and I'm almost done with my multichapter one! That'll be my first finished multichapter fanfiction ever! Also I have a new RP partner who is terrific and lightning-fast with the boomerang tags, and I've discovered that I actually make a better Abaddon than Uriel. Oops.

Speaking of that, I'm at [community profile] castle_perrault  with Uriel and Dhaos! It's only a dressing room, so come join us if you want! We have a bat!Batman...

Speaking of Batman, the Batman cartoon from 2003 is on Netflix and as a result it's gaining popularity on Tumblr. WHICH MAKES ME SO HAPPY. We need more Batman reboots like that, man.

SO IN OTHER WORDS NOTHING MUCH IS HAPPENING but I'm almost done with Arkham Knight and I will probably give an update on that when I finish it. It's been lots of fun so far!
northeasternwind: (LMAO)
Yeah, yeah, I'm sure you've heard of it already, but seriously it deserves the hype. It's so great. It's literally a game about not killing people. Gaining any EXP at all means you have to reload to get the best ending.

Well, you have to see at least one of the other endings first before you see the best ending. But if you don't get any EXP then you can just reload your save right before the final boss and get the new ending immediately. Otherwise you have to replay the whole game... one of the faults of the game I think.

Anyway, the characters are the best part of the game, so just don't kill anyone and you'll be fine. Some other non-spoiler pointers:

Keep petting Lesser Dog.
Keep humming to Shyren.
Do the piano puzzle. It's worth it. I promise.
Use your cellphone often. ...It's just funny, alright.
Try to buy stuff from the spiders and hang onto it for a while.
Hang on to the pie too.
Talk to everyone before ending the game! Go all the way back to the beginning!

...I think that's it. Examine everything, explore, get the mystery key if you can, it goes to the pink house. HAVE FUN.

...Oh, one more spoilery pointer.

Not really but hey, expectation spoilers are a thing. )

OKAY NOW HAVE FUN.
northeasternwind: (Shanoa)
It's getting better though! On Tuesday Tales of Zestiria comes out for the PC, which I have preordered. That means I also get Symphonia PC for free, so I shall livestream it and get all my other friends into the Tales series as well. Muahahaha. Anyway, I'm really, super excited for Tales of Zestiria-- my first Tales since Vesperia! ...I also watched about five minutes of Tales of Xillia 2, and now I want to play that as well HAHAHA sob I need a PS3.

I made an RP account for Uriel from Darksiders (an arbitrary choice, since there are already like five of each Horseman around) and my regard for her skyrocketed accordingly. She spends the entire game doing nothing but getting in your way and trying to kill you, and then in about two seconds in the ending she solves every single problem she helped create alongside several she had nothing to do with.

Out of context it sounds hilarious: she murders the hero and then starts the apocalypse, and it's one of the most triumphant moments in the series XD She swore a Death Oath against War earlier in the game because she thought he'd started the apocalypse and gotten her crush killed, and when War informs her that it was in fact her crush who did that (and then became a demon haha sob) she does a complete 180 and never looks back. She gets over that guy so quickly XD; And then she fulfills her Death Oath while the Watcher is torturing War, and then shatters the Seventh Seal, starting the apocalypse properly and resurrecting War/giving him his power back. It's great. Uriel is great.

ANYWAY an idle thought resulted in a full-blown AU fanfic about Uriel and her crush basically re-enacting the tale of Beren and Luthien from Tolkien mythos, which I am still in the process of writing. Fortunately the tale gives me a pretty good outline, which makes writing the thing a whole lot easier, ahahahaha. Should be 16 chapters. I'm on chapter 6. It's 9000 words long. I'm really on a roll here. It's so nice to be writing again.

Hm, what else... Provided I pay attention, I should have less trouble keeping my grades up than usual this semester. XD; So that's good! I think things have been going pretty well for me lately. The big thing happening is Tales of Zestiria right now, so if I post again expect some of that next time XD;
northeasternwind: (Default)
I feel like a goldfish. My attention flying from one fandom to another. About a month ago a franchise called Darksiders was ridiculously on sale, and since I'd heard good things about it I got it and then put off playing it until... a couple weeks ago?

It has totally swallowed my life.

Images under the cut, because it's easier. And funnier. )

...So, er. yes. That is what I've been up to lately. They're actually not very story-heavy games, especially the first one, but bizarrely it seems they've managed to get me hooked with so little! Although the novel helped...

EDIT: Oh yeah, and one of the characters in the first game is voiced by Mark Hamill. IT'S THE JOKER.

For my music, see this incredible video featuring it and a feat of meticulous planning and patience.

E3 things!

Jun. 15th, 2015 10:34 pm
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E3 is so great and technically it hasn't even started yet.

I watched the entire Nintendo World Championships live, which, as you may have heard, was absolutely great. Whoever designed those Super Mario Maker levels was totally twisted and evil. There was yelling. LOLOLOL.

Next up was Bethesda's first E3 appearance, and man, they did not disappoint! I've never played Doom, but they announced Dishonored 2 with a trailer featuring... grown-up Emily! My little baby! ;~~~; Apparently things have gone pear-shaped for her again and she's out to either set it right or get revenge. They said that they picked an ending from the first game, and I highly suspect it was the worse High Chaos ending (although it's possible for Emily to die in High Chaos, which is... obviously not the case here) because The Outsider asks her if she deserves anything Corvo won for her when she was TEN. SHE WAS TEN. It's not her fault if Corvo was a bloodthirsty murderer XD;

That bums me out because I always play Low Chaos and I like the idea of Corvo the 'Assassin' Who Didn't Actually Kill a Single Person After Everything He'd Been Through (I enjoy non-lethal playthroughs), but... Emily. As long as she gets a happy ending in Low Chaos, I'll be happy.

Also, I wasn't interested in Fallout until they talked about Fallout 4. Now I'm super excited. What have they done to me.

I didn't watch Ubisoft's presentation (or Nintendo's. POOR SAKURAI. He works so hard...), but we did get the new Mass Effect's title: Mass Effect Andromeda. Yooooo.

And. Sony. SONY.  FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE.  Never having played the original game to completion, I need to resist the temptation to get a PS4, despite the growing number of games I want on it. MMMMMMMPH.  Also, Ico/Shadow of the Colossus series game. E3 has seriously been great so far.

In Tolkien news, I recently discovered and am currently crying over the House of Feanor/Finwe in general. Feanor why ):

Summer!

May. 18th, 2015 02:09 pm
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Classes and exams are all over! I'm not sure I did so well, but for a season I am free! And my sister is back from her dorm until August, so that is always nice. She's moving out into her apartment with her friends. Such a big girl.

I did end up getting my meds back, finally. I'm on half dose for two weeks while I get used to it all over again, in an attempt to prevent the whole Five Days of No Sleep thing that happened last time. Man, I've known not being able to sleep, but I don't think I'd known the true meaning of the word "insomnia" until that week. Dealing with it on a regular basis must be awful.

I continue to fall out of Tolkien trees and hit every branch on the way down, this time due to Shadow of Mordor, which I got because it was on sale with the Season Pass for $25 (without the Season Pass was $24. I think that's not a bad deal!). It's about an original character named Talion who's captain of the Rangers of the Black Gate, and takes place after The Hobbit but before The Lord of the Rings. Talion and his son and wife die in an orc attack on the gate, but Talion wakes up in Mordor with the help of an amnesiac elven wraith, who claims they were cursed by the Black Hand of Sauron and banished from death. They share Talion's body and go on a quest to release the curse, but then, well, spoilers.

Shadow of Mordor spoilers! )
northeasternwind: (Shanoa)
I've been in a pretty good mood recently-- I mean, I've descended into WEH at night more often since I RAN OUT OF MEDS AND DIDN'T GET A NEW PRESCRIPTION LIKE A MONTH AGO (I found my old one like three days ago though so that's good) but my motivation doesn't seem to have suffered. das is good.

Probably because I'm taking two of my electives this time around, class is a little more relaxed. Why can't it always be this way. Wah.

Interests, computer building, dergs )

Hm, what else? Ashley is home! She is on Spring Break! And also Flight Rising is having the Wind Festival, and I am of the Wind Flight, and EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL I NEED TEN OF ALL OF IT

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