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Blaugust Complete

This is day 31 of Blaugust.

Well, I did it. 31 posts in 31 days. It was easier than I thought it would be, except for one point in week 4 when I never wanted to look at another blog again.

Let’s look at the positives fist. I learned that I can put out content much more frequently than I usually do. Of the 31 posts, there are only 5 that I really consider filler that I never would have posted if not for Blaugust. That’s not too shabby. This was a really good writing exercise. Another positive is that I found more blogs to read and tried to comment more often than usual. I also got more comments than usual here (at least at the beginning of the month).

Most of the negatives of Blaugust have to do with oversaturation. After a while, the challenge was not only putting out my own posts out but also reading other people’s posts. A post a day on 50-100 blogs is a lot of reading especially since I don’t tend to read on weekends, so they pile up. I read and commented less as the month went on, and I in turn received less comments. My post links on Twitter barely got shared at all, likely because there were so many of them. Likewise, I did very little retweeting myself.

Traffic-wise, this month I received less views than 10 of the 12 previous months. So posting daily didn’t really drive traffic. My post viewed post was Breaking News, Women Play Video Games, while a number of my posts got only a handful of views (especially the ones where I just embedded a video). There were a couple posts I really liked that didn’t get much attention, I’m sure at least partially because they got buried under everything else.

Overall, Blaugust was an interesting exercise and I’m glad I did it. I won’t be making an effort to continue to post this much though.

I’d ask you how Blaugust was for you but I’m sure everyone is writing this post today.

Planet of the Eyes review and giveaway

My latest video is up today. It’s a review and recommendation of the recent indie platforming game, Planet of the Eyes.

It’s a gorgeous game with a beautiful art style, standout music and great writing. The platforming is pretty fun too, and you get to play an adorable little robot (who will get brutally dismembered fairly often).

This is a game made in my home town of Toronto. I was given a Steam code from one of the developers, and I’d like to help support the game and pay that forward by giving away a code for the game to someone else!

If you want to enter to win, just leave me a comment here and tell me what your favourite indie game is. I’ll pick a random winner on Friday September 4th. Be sure to use a real email so I can get in touch if you win.

Note: You do not have to watch the video or go to my YouTube channel to enter (YouTube contests aren’t allowed and I don’t want to get in trouble). Just comment here on the blog.

Congratulations to DragonLich, who won the copy of Planet of the Eyes.

This is day 29 of Blaugust.

Nazeebo Talent Guide

A while ago a wrote some tips for making the most of Nazeebo’s abilities. Now I’ll look into his talents.

The general build I use when playing Nazeebo is:

Nazzeebo talents

I find this a good balanced build that can do a lot of siege damage, but also great hero damage.

LEvel 1

Death Ritual is a good, stacking talent. With this you’ll be very tough by the end of the game. Make sure you get poison up on any many creeps as possible before they die.

Level 4

I find this the tier that has the most good options.

Spider Cluster is what you need for a spider build, giving you more spider spawns.

Gathering Power just got nerfed (though it also doesn’t completely go away when you die anymore) but it’s still okay. If you’re expecting to be in lots of hero fights, this can be good.

Envenom can be useful in some scenarios. If you’re trying to solo cap shrines in Dragon Shrine, it can give you an edge over an enemy hero.

Level 7

Gidbinn buffs the duration of your spiders and zombie wall. I find it more useful than the others.

Level 10

Gargantuan can do a lot of damage and doesn’t leave you vulnerable like the other talent. See my other guide for tips on how to use him.

Level 13

Thing of the Deep lets you attack from further away which makes things a bit safer. I really miss the dash talent that got removed from here though.

Level 16

Leaping Spiders is the way to go for a spider build.

However, if you took Gathering Power back at level 4, Specialized Toxin is a good choice here.

Level 20

Humongoid lets your gargantuan live until it’s killed rather than only for a certain amount of time. This will really come in handy for late game siege damage.

This is day 28 of Blaugust.

Gaming to-do list: Updates

This is for day 27 of Blaugust.

Blaugust is close to coming to an end. I’ve gotta say, these last few days are going to be hard. I’m so sick of blogging. I don’t want to read or write anything online.

Today I’m going to revisit my gaming to do list I made near the start of the month to see how I’ve done

  1. Post at least 1 video a week. hmmm, sort of. Though I haven’t posted 1 video every 7 days, I have posted 4 videos in August so that’s kind of like one a week. I will likely have a 5th out in a couple days.
  2. Get back to my “Doing it Right” series. Not really. I’ve started a script for an episode on XCOM but I still have lots of work to do gathering resources and screenshots. Hopefully in September.
  3. Play some PC games. I did this! This month I played through Lifeless Planet, Sunset, Planet of the Eyes, and finished Invisible, Inc.
  4. Finish The Witcher 3. I did it! I just finished. It took me 4 and a half months. SmartGlass tells me I played for 95 hours, I’m not sure how accurate that is. It feels like twice that. It was a great game, but I have to say, I could have done with it being much shorter.
  5. Get to rank 18 in HotS. Pssh. I went the opposite direction. I ended last season at rank 30 (a quick plummet from rank 22). This season just started I’ve only gotten up to 39 so far.
  6. Find an assassin hero I like in HotS. Sort of. I found that I’m better at Nova than I thought I’d be, but I don’t play her a lot.
  7. Find a tank I like in HotS. I like Anub’arak, but I’ve still never played him in ranked.
  8. Figure out how to capture game footage from retro consoles. Yes! My boyfriend got me an AV to HDMI upscaler, allowing me to connect the retro consoles to the capture device with HDMI. It also makes the games look nicer, yay!
  9. Finish my unfinished games. Invisible Inc. and Witcher are the only things I finished.
  10. Play Journey. Nope, not yet.

Another food post?

This is for day 25 of Blaugust

I’m playing catch-up since missing a post on the weekend, so I’ve posted another restaurant review on my food blog. Head on over there if you’d like to read it.

Here’s a sneak peak.

Meringue

My Gaming Spaces

This is for day 23 of Blaugust. (Aah, I’m falling behind!)

This was inspired by a post over at Soul of the Forest in which Ocean shared her gaming spaces. By the way, if you’re looking for a new Resto Druid resource, go check it out. Ocean has written guides and shared Weak Aura strings and good stuff like that.

My gaming area - desk

Here’s my computer desk. It’s just a wee little thing. I could use a bigger one but I don’t really have the space for it (the dog crate takes up the rest of the wall beside it). I use a Razer Chroma keyboard which I really like, and a Razer Naga which I’m looking to replace. The side buttons are sort of wasted on me. I use a Blue Snowball microphone for video voice overs and the occasional podcast. I have two pairs of headphones. I generally use the Beats at the computer, while I use the wireless Playstation ones to play consoles in the living room. I really need a new mousepad – I’ve never even played Black Ops 2. Also, there’s frequently a bad dog hanging out under the desk while I’m sitting at it.

My gaming area - consolesThis is the setup in the living room. Set up here are the XBox One, PS4, PS3, WiiU, Sega Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, X’Eye, NES, and Retron 5. Clearly not enough consoles. We’ve got a 5-way HDMI splitter and an A/V switch so we can plug everything in. There’s also an A/V to HDMI upscaler in the back and my Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket so I can record gameplay.

There’s also a third gaming area in the bedroom. This is where the XBox 360 is, along with a Wii, a(nother) PS3, and a PS2.

Arrested Development footage not found

Gun-Nac

This is for day 21 of Blaugust.

Time for another retro gaming review for day 21 of Blaugust. I played Gun-Nac for the NES for the first time and found it’s an amazing shoot’em up.