Lotsa Skyrim and a little bit of Prey

Keep Calm And Play Skyrim

As usual Skyrim is my go to when I need to get my mind off of anything depressing. I managed to get myself wrapped up in Bruma, it’s not that difficult when there is so much to do and see. I’ve made a lot of progress and met more NPC’s. Obtained new items, spells and other odds and ends.


I met a strange homeless wizard and did a quest involving gathering payments that were owed to him for items he sold to them and he rewarded me with a spell that summons a permanent cowardly zombie. morty

I think I won the staring contest

I haven’t tried it out around any enemies yet, but I’m willing to guess it’ll cower away from anyone offensive. He mainly followed me around, and other NPC’s told me to be careful with this “dangerous magic”. Son of a bitch… a teddy bear is more of a threat than this not so dapper cadaver. A corpse buddy he is not. zorak

The scenery continues to impress me. While there is a lot of snow I do find some nice forest life from time to time. So far I’ve really been impressed with the mod overall, even if I do find bugs from time to time. I’m not sure if it’s related to the mod but I did run into an interesting bug:

Did I break something?

Drinking the potion of course did nothing but make a sizzle noise. I do wonder what a potion like this would taste like, then again I also wonder what all the other potions taste like given the ingredients you have to make them with. rick

Of course I didn’t completely waste my time on Skyrim… After I crashed I took a break and played a bit of Prey, another Bethesda game. Prey is basically Dishonored in space, and you have the option of playing as a male or female just like Dishonored 2. The game runs quite nicely, it appears to run on the same game engine Dishonored 2 does BUT with better performance. For some reason I didn’t have any audio when I played the game, but Alt Tabbing fixed it for some reason. Then suddenly the audio seemed too loud. Still  I’m only an hour in and the gameplay is much like the Dishonored series, you can either kill your enemies or sneak around. So far I really enjoy it. grin I recorded game footage that I’ll hopefully release in the future. I think I almost have enough footage for a new Skyrim vid, and I even have a new intro for the Skyrim vids to unveil. wink

The names have been changed to protect Marc Laidlaw

Marc Laidlaw, one of the writers for the Half Life games and former Valve employee released an interesting post yesterday that may possibly be the story arc for Half Life 2 Episode 3. I say might because different names are used, and each character seems to have been gender swapped. Gertie Fremont instead of Gordon Freeman, Alex Vaunt instead of Alyx Vance, etc. If you haven’t read it already you should. It’s quite an interesting read, and it raises so many questions. Is it a joke? Is Gabe in on this? Is Marc testing the waters? Is he trolling Valve or is he trolling the fanbase? Both?

I would of loved to have played that, at best the community could run with the idea and make a mod or a standalone game like Black Mesa for example… which I still need to finish. trollface

This makes me want to play with the Half Life 2 leak files again. Seems to be the only official way to visit the borealis. Perhaps I’ll revisit those, now that I have far better equipment for recording video compared to way back when.

An update on the fire situation

As of today the town is on Level 1 Alert. Which means to keep checking back for more information. It’s still spreading, slowly… but it’s still spreading. If the wind picks up tomorrow we may possibly go to Level 2, which means to pack as much shit as you can and be ready to go. I’m happy to say we have over a thousand firefighters, though rain would be better. They’ve been speculating the soonest rain will be in October. The idea of having to wait for the next two months while the fire knocks on our door is severely disheartening. zorak

Today I had the displeasure of listening to a couple of ungrateful people who have been complaining about how the firefighters aren’t fighting the fire, they’re all in town shopping at our store. As if these men and women have the energy to spend 24/7 awake trying to put out the fucking thing… For fucks sake they’re not the ones you should be angry with, we should be angry with the dimwits who let this get out of hand in the first fucking place. This situation could have been averted if they paid more attention to the damned thing. rick

Quite a few people already have lost their homes and others are afraid of sharing the same fate including myself.  I did think of towns going up in flames during the reign of Lord Smallgloves, but I never would have expected a small town out in the middle of nowhere to possibly be on the chopping block, although the possibility is always there. This town is so small that if the fire did come through it would be done for, some people might stay but many would move on, but many would be jobless and homeless after this incident. morty

I have no idea where we would go from here.


The air was full of smoke from dawn to dusk. Many people in town including myself have been sneezing and coughing from it. My throat has become as sore as Satan’s anus after some serious chili… Horrid. The fire is about 3 to 4 miles out of town. We have over 750 firefighters coming from all over to pitch in and save the town, and we had more unexpected fog this evening. I’m hoping that helps slow it down some more.

I’ve been trying to keep calm, been playing Skyrim to try and not go insane. I’ve still been wandering Cyrodiil, even killed my first Minotaur. grin If I have time tomorrow I’ll play a bit more, further expand my characters adventure… and fuck Nirnroot. But not actually fucking Nirnroot. That would be awkward. zorak

What was this eclipse you speak of?

The fire is still spreading, but we did have a nice fog all day and I’m hearing we’ll be expecting more tomorrow too. This is good news for the fire fighters. The bad news is it’s still spreading like crazy, but not bad enough for us to evacuate yet. Sadly quite a few people I know have lost their homes. sad But on a brighter side there have been no casualties. The amount of firefighters has increased to 365.

Work hasn’t been much better; lots of people had to evacuate their homes, every section of our store was running on low maintenance. Even in my section I only had one person with me, and they’re completely useless… So I’m pretty much the only one left. Everyone else has either evacuated or are on vacation. What a mess. rick I don’t even know when I’ll be getting another day off. Probably not until next week and even then that seems questionable right now, though I guess that’s better than having work go up in flames. morty

Sadly I didn’t get to see the eclipse today… zorak Too much fog and smoke eating the sun. I took my camera to work just in case but only managed to record fabulous fog in 1080p with smartassed comments. razz Nothing worthy of being put on my youtube channel…

Late Night Open Thread

It seems my rip and tear session with the dentist has been put on hold due to the fire. Fortunately I’m no longer in any pain. Of course right after hearing this I get a call from work wondering if I can work tomorrow for someone as they have been told to evacuate their home and they need to gather their things. So I’ll be going in tomorrow to cover. No sense staying home as we probably won’t see the eclipse through the smoke…

I do have some good news though, at present we have no wind going. Which is good for fire containment. The fire isn’t as close to town as originally stated either; only 13 miles out instead of the 3 they were stating. There is no smoky aroma outside at the moment, we can actually smell the flowers and herbs in our garden. zorak Hoping things stay stagnant enough for the fire fighters to keep it at bay.

The fire continues to burn

The fire I mentioned yesterday is getting far worse. The town is being told to stay on alert in case of an evac, and it sounds like it’ll mostly be because of the smoke rather than the fire creeping in. I’m hoping that’s the case.

I just took these pictures a few minutes ago. It’s just after 4pm but it looks like it’s sunset… The sun was red earlier, tried to get that too but it vanished in the smoke. It looks like Resident Evil 4 outside. I feel sorry for older people who have to breathe this stuff, and people who traveled from all over to watch the solar eclipse. I even saw people from France and the UK  passing through yesterday. I’d hate to be traveling right now. rick

If I end up evacuating I’ll be sure to bring my laptop and post here when I get the chance.

Weekend Open Thread

I’ve been tired/busy the last few days. In fact yesterday when I got home I basically passed out and didn’t wake up until it was time to head to work. But it’s the weekend now. I have a watermelon to look forward to, and another dental attempt on Monday…

Five days ago a fire started up the river a ways outside town. Over the last few days evacuations have begun, fortunately the fire is nowhere near where I live but we are having to deal with smoky hazy atmosphere and ash falling all over the place. It looks like Skyrim’s Solstheim right now, be careful of those ashspawn. O_o

I wish I could say it’s getting better, but the fire is in such a place that the firefighters are not able to get directly to it to put it out (rough terrain). We need rain, and the soonest bit of rain is expected in October. We’re hoping it happens much sooner. unamused

Late Night Open Thread

I have my date set for next week for pulling. I’m hoping things go smoothly; if they can’t pull it out I’ll have to talk to a surgeon. If so I’ll have to hold off on that for the time being.

Played a bit of Dead Island tonight, figured it’s been awhile… and the game even reminded me by giving me an achievement for coming back 28+ days later. Progress! Managed to get some other ones as well for actually doing shit.

Oh yeah, and how the hell is this bat staying together?