I can't remember but is your avatar supposed to be Alan Wake?
Dude, I just remembered I never answered this. Sorry I'm a tool sometimes. Nah, Alan Wake is cool, but my avatar is actually a graphic novel's depiction of Harry Dresden, the main character of the Dresden Files. It's a favorite book series of mine.
Ah that’s pretty cool think I remrber they made a tv show has it
Lemme know if you wanna play red dead
I will! I'm still trying to make my way through the story, didn't even realize there was an online game when I bought it.
This was a double post. Still hope you are well lmao.
Haha, no worries. I always love being a part of Mafia spectator chats anyway, so I figured you were just being courteous. All good!
I can still add you if you are interested haha.
How's being a new dad so far? Congrats again btw.
Nah, it's all good. I'm still in school for a few weeks, so I wouldn't really get much out of it.
It's pretty great and exhausting! They're damn cute though, so that helps, haha.
That's great man. It certainly is a precious time.
Whoops! Sorry for that PM, I mixed you up with GuardianFIN since both of your names start with G, Hpe you are well by the way.
Oh yeah!! I love the ancient basin! It’s one of my favorite areas in the game because it’s so mysterious. Next up: last 4 charms, dream nail, and away I go.
Are you pumped for Silksong? I can't wait to play as Hornet, haha.
Yes!!! When is it coming out? I want to get it the day of!
There's no release date yet, I think they're still working on it. Definitely gonna be keeping my eye on it, though!
Not joking, btw. I know it gets shit on a lot, but I think FO76 is a pretty solid game and def. worth it if you like Fallout/the Fallout world/MP games. There's a huge batch of updates coming to it this year (some of the new content looks COOL!) and even the complaints people had about stability, bugs etc. have mostly been ironed out - in fact I'd go so far as to say it's one of the most stable Bethesda games ever at this point.
I added it to my list! Especially since I looked it up and it's super cheap now. I'll let you know if I pick it up. I think we're looking to get a PS4 at the start of summer, so it's a few months out still, but I'm always looking for fun multiplayer experiences!
awesome. by the time you pick it up the new content will be rolling out/will have been rolling out, so i'll be getting back into it for sure as well! i recommend looking up the roadmap for the year Bethesda posted on reddit, since it has a lot of info on what's coming up
His names GregariousTree. He doesn't play Smash Bros precariously.
Or very well at all, you see.
How are ya??
I randomly leave rhymes on peoples walls. Idk why.
I'm good! How are you? I love it that you leave random rhymes on people's walls.
Thanks! It's part of my shtick lol
I'm good, just writing some stuff and playing Octopath.
Oh my gosh, Octopath is so good! I freaking love that game!
I hearby nominate you to start Operation Zelda II.
It worked with Operation Moonfall so maybe it will work with Zelda II haha
Bloodstained is out now?
Asking because I saw where you voted for it.
Ritual of the Night is not out yet, but Curse of the Moon is, and I believe that's the game that was on the bracket. It was a Kickstarter bonus for RotN, and it's pretty sweet little gem. You should check it out if you've been waiting for RotN!
I'm gonna check the ps4 online store right now then. Cause I've been waiting for this to come out.
Thanks for the heads up!
Hey friend! How are you holding up with everything? Are you getting any sleep?
That's a no on the sleep, haha. Doing good, though! Just plugging along through school still and having fun being a dad! How've you been? How was your holidays?
Ahh so excited for you! Kudos to you for being a new dad AND a student!
Hey, saw your post, hopefully you are feeling better today!
I am feeling better today! I slept for like 16 hours straight, haha, and woke up feeling quite refreshed. I probably just pushed myself too hard with everything.
good luck with everything!! i'm not sure if i'll be around for the next week or so if i miss your last few days i just wanna say i hope everything goes well!
Thanks man! Crush your finals and enjoy a long, well-deserved break. Next time I see you guys I'll hopefully have lots of embarrassing baby photos to share, haha
Hey! It’s been great having you on ZU and getting to know you! Wishing you and yours the best and look forward to hopefully seeing you back soon!
Thanks Winnie! Not leaving quite yet, I'll be around until the semester ends. I should be back pretty soon, a couple months at most. Things are just gonna be upended for a while as we bring our kiddos home.
Just a few more weeks my friend.
Do you have the glorious month and a week long break between semesters too?
Yes and I lust for it. Although that's when my wife is due, so it will be stress of a different sort, haha. But my last day of class is December 3 and it cannot get here soon enough... I finally got next semester all figured out too and I'm only taking a half semester. I won't have any classes at all Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. Kinda taking it a bit easy while we get used to having kids. So all I got to do is make it through the next few weeks and it'll all be over. For a while at least.
Hey! Thanks for posting about Moonlighter, I always skim the “what game are you playing” thread for new ideas, so I googled it and it looked pretty good! Just sunk a couple hours into it. I always like supporting indie developers too!
It's pretty great, isn't it? Not anything deep or meaningful, but it's got a great gameplay loop. Love the combat, love the music, love setting up my store and selling off all my crap. Love that I can just drop in and play for a bit without getting entangled in anything complicated. It's perfect for a quick, unwind session. I'll be keeping an eye on that developer for sure!
Yes it’s so true! I’m recommending it to some of my friends, especially those with kids who may only have a limited amount of time to play a day. It’s a great mix between animal crossing and Zelda.
Dude I loved your poem
Thanks! I actually wrote it a few years ago, but it's literally about the guilt of not living up to the expectations you have for yourself, so when I saw the theme for this month I figured I'd toss it into the ring. I'm trying to write more often, so I'm gonna try to get involved in the Creators Corner as motivation.
Definitely do! We should talk poems sometime. I love writing them I just don’t really share my work ever >_>
It's definitely scary to share poems! I love writing in general, and I like showing off what I've done, except for poems. It's hard to take the plunge with them for some reason. I think maybe because they're so personal comparatively to other genres. I dunno though.
Ah, so that explains the Biblical allusions. Would still like some clarification on the interpretation of the poem, for my soul delights in plainness.
The whole thing is actually a biblical allusion, right down to the title. It's based on Matthew 5:29-30, the "if thy right hand/eye offend thee, cut it off/pluck it out" analogy. The poem is structured to contrast two kinds of guilt - doing things that you wish you hadn't and not doing things you think you should have. There are sort of three broad levels of symbolism in the poem, the hand vs the eye, yellow vs grey, and the structure of the poem itself. The hand represents actions or choices while the eye represents desires/motivation. The color yellow represents embarrassment and shame, grey represents virtue and accomplishment. And the poem alternates between metered, rhyming stanzas associated with moments of decision and free verse non-rhyming stanzas associated with moments of contemplation. The back and forth between the two types of stanzas is intentionally supposed to be unpleasant and frustrating, representing the clash between the person you want to be and the person you are. The poem is also a very loose chiasmus, vaguely suggesting that the person in the poem ends up where he began, making no progress in the end.
That's kind of a shotgun explanation of it, haha. Any specific questions about it? I appreciated your feedback, and I do agree that its probably too dense. There's a little too much going on in a very short amount of space. I don't believe in changing past work, but if I wrote it again I'd probably expand it a bit and maybe make some more explicit references to scripture. Without an understanding of the poem's relationship to the biblical verses, quite a bit of its meaning is obstructed.
Congrats and enjoy your free weekend friend
Well I devoured Storm Front in... 4 days, so that's fun. Reading it made me wonder how they could get the TV show so wrong, because it was one of the most cinematic books I've ever read. Granted I haven't seen the series, but I have heard that it misses the mark, and I'm just not sure how it could manage that.
The series really does feel like it was made for TV. The original SyFy show failed by basically throwing out every core aspect of the series and rebuilding a very loose imitation of it. Dunno why TV shows and movies feel like they have to do that so often. I get that some changes need to be made to translate the story to a visual medium, but why, like rewrite the whole freaking plot and drop/add random unnecessary characters? I dunno, man. I dunno.
Glad you liked it, though! Hope you keep it up, the series really gets better as it introduces more characters and gains traction.
Yes!!! It's one of my favorite series. You a fan?
I read the first... four books, I think?--years ago. I'm actually probably just gonna pick up the series soon because I really liked it and then just... didn't read Death Masks for some reason? I guess cause I was reading them in a row and it just got kinda stale.
Well not stale, per se, but like, I think I just wanted a break from the series and then just never came back, to my chagrin.
I definitely get that. They're not exactly high literature or anything. They're pretty much just novelized comic books. And now there's even graphic novels, so they basically are just comic books, haha. That said, if you only read the first four you really missed out on all the good stuff. The peak of the series I'd say is books 7-12; the newest books are great but a bit of a change of pace. I'd highly recommended them if you just want a good, fun series with some really great urban fantasy worldbuilding. Probably one of my favorite things about them is that they're not laborious to read, it's not like Wheel of Time or anything. Plus Harry is my favorite wisecracking badass this side of Spiderman.
In the time between me posting and you replying, I bought the first six books on Kindle (they were a "box set"). So you convinced me so hard that I did it before you even told me to.
Re: Wheel of Time--oh God that is so hard to get through. There's a great story under all of it, but I just can't handle the style for very long at a time. And I've heard that the middle books are basically exercises in futility with how slow they are. But it's another series I want to read someday. So many books. And games. And movies. And shows. And not nearly enough time or attention span to devote to them all.
Seconding that, lol.
I applaud your patience.
Why, thank you.
OMG OMG OMG!!!!!! GODS AND GLORY!!!!
I know!!!! I haven't played it in a few weeks, but I'm busting that bad boy out tonight. Perfect timing too, this is my first full day off in like two weeks, haha.
I have family visiting this weekend but Sunday afternoon I’m downloading it IMMEDIATELY.
Are you in here quoting the "literal" lyrics of Total Eclipse of the Heart at Sol? I actually came over because I recognized your avvy lol.
Let's just say if you showed me a picture of floating cloth....
I'd pull my feathered hair.
Mullet with headlights
I guess you could say this mafia game started out as Hogwarts, now it's Lord of the Flies.
(I hated that book)
I'm surprised by how few followers you have. You're a cool guy and deserve more.
Aw, thanks! I lurk a lot, haha, I'm not very well-known on ZU. I've been thinking about getting into the role-playing here. Used to play DnD a bit as a teen, like to get back into it but all my rpg buddies live far away now... *sigh*
May I ask where your name comes from?
I needed a username several years ago, and I hate having to use numbers in usernames, so I needed a username that was unique enough that nobody else had it. My screen saver at the time was the GDT, so I flipped open a dictionary and picked the first longish adjective that I thought probably wouldn't get used as a video game avatar name and stuck it together with the word "Tree." I liked the image of a "gregarious tree," and so far I have not found a single platform, website, or video game that doesn't allow me to use it without any special characters. I use it a lot, it's my go-to internet handle.
So you're a social tree.
Omg I didn’t know there were multiple endings! Don’t tell me what they are haha I’m loving the element of surprise in this game, so I’m trying to stay in the dark as much as possible. The only thing I look up is best tactics for defeating bosses haha! But it’s SUCH an amazing game! After I finally beat it the first time I’m going to PM you to discuss it all!
Also it’s awesome you’ve been all over the US! That IS exciting! So far are there any places you’d rather live than Utah? Also travel may be more affordable than you think! Check out Groupon deals for India and Egypt, sometimes they have them for $599 for Egypt, about $999 for India, flights hotel and tour included. And breakfast too of course. Still a lot for a student but there’s hope!
Oh yeah! Honestly, I feel kinda bad that I only paid $15 for the game. Team Cherry massively underpriced their game. It's Metroidvania perfection, and the amount of content in that game, plus all of the DLCs which are totally free? Hollow Knight is a freaking masterpiece. I can't wait to hear your full take on it.
Yeah, there's lots of places I'd rather live than Utah, haha. I think Washington is where I'd like to end up, I was born near Seattle and have always loved that area. We try to visit it as often as we can. As far as travel goes, it's actually not necessarily the money, haha. There are other reasons it's not feasible right now...
Okay let’s touch base soon!
you have a PS4?
No but I want one. Probably gonna get one soonish, they're attractively cheap right now.
Finally, my hard work (read, constant plugging) has shown some results! And to someone here who apparently also knows what Zelda Classic is! Oh, you are going to love this. And not only will it give one an appreciation for Zelda II, but also, even the crappy cartoon and mediocre comic- because the story is an adaptation and expansion of said comic and contains references to the cartoon here and there.
Here's the quest page for ya. I know MeleeWizard did a playthrough of it, which is what I used to help myself get through the game.
Haha, you have been most valiant in your proselytizing it seems. I'll check it out!
Ahh so glad to meet another platformer junkie! Shovel Knight got me hooked again, and then I played Ori and have been craving another great metroidvania since. Also hopefully Spyro comes out for Switch because I love 3D platformers too, but it seems like nobody has done them right since the original trilogy haha!
Shovel Knight was bae. I still haven't beaten Plague of Shadows or Specter of Torment yet, though. I feel like indie developers rescued the platformer genre from irrelevance and I love it so much. You are gonna love Hollow Knight if you've been craving a good Metroidvania.
Sup how's it going?
So good. It's raining and it smells amazing right now. Except now I have to go to work, so that blows.