6 Apr 2018

Changes are good

Dozer`s Notes: I know there are no new posts expected until 30 April but this caused an itch that I had to scratch. 

Games change. Sometimes games change because developers come and go. Other times it can be based on feedback from the player community. There are a whole slew of reasons games change post launch.

Mass Effect 3 is last big name game that got a huge change post launch based on player feedback. As a player who didn't mind the original ending, I feel it did miss some opportunities as we completed the game. That sense of being cheated was not present in my sole play though of the final game of the series. I just haven't had enough time to go through it again my other characters or even finish my posts of my current walk through. I will go back to it and I will try out that new ending and I will finish my other characters.

Now last year Middle Earth: Shadow of War was released. I was a fan of the first game of the series, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. When I heard we we're going back and this time with an army recruited with Ghost powers I was interested. It did lack recruitment of non-Orc/Troll/Goblin races which was a miss in my opinion but the 'nemesis' system looked like it was more robust with enemies now coming back with a grudge or even former allies returning as enemies. The world looked larger but more importantly it looked like it had more detail, something that the previous world lacked. The skill tree and upgrade systems were by the numbers and in some cases lackluster. All in all I had a lot of fun with Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, even though it was an good game that only got scores of an above average game because of the nemesis system and neat use of powers.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War was haunted but the same pros and cons, and micro transactions. Reviews were as expected but in the end I didn't pick it up. There was plenty for me to do video game wise and I've always disliked the idea of micro transactions. When I came upon Kotaku posting this item on Middle Earth: Shadow of War, I was interested again.

A change was made to remove the micro transactions. Wow! It also means that some characters will be gained through missions or interesting events instead of paying for it with real world money.

I like this change.

- Back to my absence.


3 Apr 2018

I'm 38 but I feel like 37 and a half

I've lost seven months.

Hence I've not been online much. Only recently have I started posting again for Canadian Tabletop Gamer. Tomorrow I am 38 years old but I don't feel like I lived a full seven out of twelve months with all the traveling I've done. Not nice explore the area traveling, no I've been stuck in hotel, work odd hours traveling.

I've got one more trip to go. On Sunday I go do my other job for two weeks and I'm almost ready to go. I may have another week long trip on Toronto but that's a simple trip and easy job. Afterwards we're looking at end of April and start of May.

To avoid feeling idle I'm looking at getting some new quals to update my CV. I'm going to close on a house so I will now be a home owner and I'll finally be setting up for a long haul. I'm working a project with my cousin Charging Pun and we're really excited about it.

I'm also looking at another project once the summer has calmed down and things are in order in the house. These things are a new bathroom, moving the HVac and water tank - also to be replaced with on demand tankless, and building the new lab.

I've got a few ideas and I want to make sure I have time for them all.

The awesome part is - I'm having ideas again. I was, still a bit worn from all the travel. Lucky for me with family and friends I've been able to avoid much of the hardships.

Here is a promise - April 30 I will be back with a new post. While away on course for 2 weeks I will not have regular access to Internets. So no use in saying I'll be ready to go now that it's April. Instead lets aim for realistic.

- Cheers


24 Feb 2018

Where did you go Dozer?

So I'm in Montreal once again. In a normally two hour drive from Ottawa to Montreal it took me just over three hours. A failing GPS, a fucked up mess of highway names in a rats nest of major freeways, and Montreal traffic... made that difference.

I was home in Ottawa for 20 hours before I came into Montreal. Before Ottawa I was in Halifax for two weeks. In total since the first week of October I've been on the road for 14 weeks out 22. It took me a spread sheet to figure that out. I was lucky to have four weeks back in Dec-Jan but that was a pure fluke and my project ran out of funds because its not cheep to have a worker on the road for 8 weeks out of 11.

To be honest I've never had an issue with not being home but now that I'm not a me and my other half is at home... it's been a challenge sometimes. Now the travel is not difficult and the job is just a grind but no one is shooting at me at when I get back to the hotel at night I'm safe and sound... the issue is I'm feeling a bit burnt at the edges.

I'm mentally and socially tapped out at the end of everyday. I try to be productive and I've had a few successes but as the weeks started to add up its become harder. Now there are a few factors. Shit food, eating out for eight solid weeks is not healthy unless you can find a healthy spot to eat. Not always an options depending on my hours at that location. Also there is a big social aspect to my job and that means going out with folks; co-workers, bosses, VIP's, etc...

Some places have gyms and those that do may not have the gym gear I want or need. I've put on way too much weight over the last 5 months of on and off travel. I've found a easy work out routine for my mornings and it should be easy but it's been hard to get done - telling me just how far I am out of shape. It feels good to be active again and I hope to ramp it up bit by bit.

It's hard for me to hobby or do anything other than TV or video games. Sometimes, I've been lucky to sync my schedule with some game shop activities but there way too many misses.

So I'm sorry for being away. This is not the only blog I've ignored over the last couple of weeks. I'm just out of juice and doing the work solo makes it hard to keep going.

I'll try to get back on the horse but be patient with me as I struggle to simply not veg when I get back to my hotel.



30 Jan 2018

More Ant Man now with Wasp


Marvel has been doing a great job with it's smaller less iconic group of characters. Guardians of the Galaxy are now a house hold name. Star Lord stuff is everywhere - not Vance Astro but I'm being picky. You have Groot as a meme making machine and everyone loves the foul mouthed racoon with the guns and bombs.

Ant Man was another property that Marvel was able to do something with that no one expected. They could have gone dark and gloomy ala DC's extended universe but they kept it fun. Not light when you think about what's going one but they kept it fun.

Black Panther is about to get his first film in two weeks and I'm really looking forward to seeing him do his thing solo. Knowing a Marvel film is due also means sets of new Marvel Trailers are also due out soon.

Getting back to my hotel room boy was I happy to see this trailer.

First thing I want to recognize is Hope Pym. She rocked in the last film and I'm glad Evangeline Lilly has got another action role. She did a great job in the Hobbit series of films and I'm glad she's getting more action roles. 

Second thing I noticed was the call back to Captain America: Civil War and the repercussions of Scott Getting involved with the fighting. He is not alone and putting Hank and Hope on the lamb because of Scott's actions makes it feel a little grounded for a film about people that get super big and really tiny. 

Last thing I love Ghost's look in the film. It's modern and not a grumpy evil version of Tony Stark. Instead it looks like they will run Ghost as a some sort of super thief - a format for the character that doesn't get used as much as you'd think. I'm glad they are play Ghost this way. 

Intangibility is also one of my top five super powers and there are plenty of creative uses for the power. Ant Man was really good at doing some neat things with the shrinking power and it seems per the trailer that the creative use of the powers have not been exhausted. Doing the same thing with intangibility can end up looking damn slick and I hope we something akin to the X2 Nightcrawler scene below.

Lost of chances here and the trailer at the top is showing me they are using each one for another fun film. Keep it up Marvel I'm still watching and it's obvious I'm not alone.

- Cheers