Iron from Ice (and Other Distractions)

So everyone did their Spirit Animal posts, and this month’s theme is “oh btw I’m still alive” posts, right?

Here’s mine anyway…

Like many simmers I know, I’ve always been hesitant about claiming “gamer” status among non-simming folk. Somehow, the fact that I mainly play Sims and Pokémon earns me the title “girl gamer” or “casual gamer,” both of which I object to (there’s nothing casual about logging 36 hours of virtual house building in a week, let me tell you). Truth be told, the reason I don’t often let myself delve into other games isn’t that they don’t interest me. I just know too well that I don’t do things by halves, and that the moment I get invested in a new universe, I get so completely and irreversibly lost in it that I can’t resurface until I’ve explored every corner. And when it’s all over, I’m left wandering all hollowed out and incapable of existing in the real world for a minimum of two weeks. (The six months after Deathly Hallows were another story.)

I’m a binger. It’s just how I live.

My recent downfall started when one of my quidditch friends posted about a Humble Bundle featuring 13 of Telltale’s graphic adventure games for JUST TWELVE DOLLARS (insert flabbergasted commercial actor). A few people had been bothering me to play the Game of Thrones RPG for a while, because I’m that person who broadcasts their ASOIAF love far and wide and who will start an in-depth theory discussion in the middle of a raging party. Yeah, that cool person.

Long story short, I caved and bought all the games. A month later I installed one… and 24 hours after that, I was a blubbering mess.

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If you watch GoT, I’m sure you can imagine why. If you don’t, I’m sure you know its basic rationale—to physically hurt you by destroying everything you love in the most heart-wrenching ways possible. Now imagine that, but now you’re personally responsible for everyone’s fate because you made all the choices that got them there. And you don’t even know which choices were the wrong ones, because everything got so fucked up and now everyone just hates you and everyone is dead and you thought you were a decent person once, but not anymore.

I tore through the first half of this game with such naive enthusiasm. By the last few episodes, I was pausing at every major decision to just sob in despair.

That said, this was actually an amazing game. Gorgeous animation, solid writing, and it perfectly mimicked the laws of the GoT universe despite following a side plot about a minor family (House Forester, bannermen of the Starks). Without spoiling too much, here’s the gist: you get to play as several key members of the family—lords, ladies, squires, exiled second sons—to save the Foresters from ruin after their liege lord is murdered at the Red Wedding. It’s mainly negotiation- rather than fighting-based (lucky for me who had to respawn like six times in every battle scene) and you have a lot of freedom in how you handle situations. There are six episodes, so in theory you could play it very leisurely and carefully… not that I would know.

I’m probably preaching to the wrong crowd, but I thought I’d post my final summary here for kicks on the off chance that anyone is around to compare. Warning: possible spoilers if you actually intend to play.

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I’m currently doing a second play-through making only the most idiotic decisions, just to finally get some unfettered joy out of this evil, evil game.

So that’s where my brain has been for a while—there, and in actual Game of Thrones land, where we’re all steeling ourselves for the fated Ninth Episode (crosses self) airing tomorrow night. Naturally, the domino effect has begun and I’ve started reading another fantasy series (the Kingkiller Chronicles) and am tentatively scouting out my next venture on Steam. This could end very badly. Winter is coming indeed.

In other news, this lardbutt turned one:

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And no, contrary to the furry fat rolls spilling over my arms, I did not feed him cake. Nor do I overfeed him in general, and yet carrying him across the room still qualifies as Arm Day.

I did throw him a party and make him a hat because, like I said, I’m THAT cool person.

Two of my cousins also got married (not to each other). One of the weddings was all the way in California, which was obviously horrible and a complete waste of my time.

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Just look at this hideousness though.

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Following which I took off again for a quidditch tryst in Montreal, and now I’m home and living in half-unpacked squalor with a moody cat who is still very much a kitten *nurses claw marks*.

BUT HEY, I finally finished the Langurds’ new house! Want a teaser? Too bad, you’re getting one:

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And that means I’m officially ready to start Generation Six. Haha just kidding, I’ve already started it and Calamity has a kid. Or two. XD My computer needs a break from the long hours (might have something to do with the half inch of dust on my heatsink, lolwhoops) so I’ll probably start churning out posts soon. Oh, and I haven’t forgotten about the Maitlands! They’re up next.

I hope the rest of you non-posting… non-posters… are not posting because you’re enjoying the summer as much as I am. Southern Hemisphere dwellers—well, you have no excuse.

Happy Simming!

-Sam

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Posted on June 18, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. “physically hurt you by destroying everything you love in the most heart-wrenching ways possible” I completely understand. I need to mentally, physically, and emotionally prepare myself for every episode of that show. That being said, I’ve never played the game. I watched a Let’s Play with my boyfriend (from behind his shoulder, desperately sobbing and only for seconds at a time before I ran away and played a happy game) and just couldn’t deal with it.

    Glad to hear from you and that you’re enjoying your summer, even if it is with games that pull every string in your heart before wrenching them out entirely. The house looks awesome and I can’t wait to hear from the Langurds again! ^_^

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    • Precisely! Oh god, I had to do like, breathing exercises before last night’s episode. Even the title gave me shivers. I won’t risk spoiling anyone, obviously, but what a beautiful Battle of the Bastards it was. I hate that I still love this show so much… And I wish I’d watched a Let’s Play! No one warned me what I was getting myself into. 😥

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  2. How lame am I that I didn’t even know there was a GOT game? And now kind of itching to try it… though possibly might need to get my laptop fixed first. This weekend was cold and rainy and perfect for playing Sims – too bad my laptop decided to kill itself on Friday night. Maybe it knew the workload that was coming up.

    The house looks great, very leafy and natural…and I’m sure it’s comfortably crazy, given our new heir. Can’t wait to see the inside!

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    • About as lame as I am for waiting so long to install it. 😛 Omg you should definitely play it, first chance you get! Sorry about your laptop though. :/ Technology always picks the worst moments to die. I think I narrowly avoided frying my computer this weekend – it kept crashing and throwing various errors, which all made sense when I blew a bucketful of dust/cobwebs/cat hair out of it with an air compressor. XD Fingers crossed yours gets fixed soon!

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    • Also, “comfortably crazy” is so accurate you have no idea.

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  3. This is going to be random because I haven’t caught up on your legacy so I haven’t commented yet but I had to come say hi because I saw GoT and ahhhh THAT GAME. I swear when I had to choose between Rodrik and Asher, I had to pause and pace my room for like fifteen solid minutes. I feel like I definitely made horrible decisions, especially when it came to Mira. I’m not good at pleasing everyone, apparently. Have you played the Telltale Walking Dead? I love the GoT ones, but the Walking Dead made me even more emotional. I cried more than once haha.

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    • Hi! 😀 I definitely recognize your username/picture from Likes, so it’s not totally random! Dude, you took the words right out of my mouth though. I paused at that part for like 10 minutes. Drank my coffee and tried to be all cold and logical but ultimately just cried a lot and muttered some choice words at the game developers. Who did you pick? 😛 I also felt like I failed Mira the most, but judging by people’s comments, I don’t think there was a right way to play her story… However, when I got to the end and realized Cersei was possibly my only friend, I knew I had picked the MOST wrong way to play it. :/ I haven’t played the Walking Dead one (mostly because I’m a little behind on the show, which I guess wouldn’t matter timeline-wise?) but I got Season 1 & 2 in the bundle… And now that you’ve said that, the masochist in me is itching to start.

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      • I picked Rodrik to live, which made me very sad because as a character I think Asher is cooler, but I just thought Rodrik would make a better leader (in some ways). I’m playing another save file where I choose Asher though, and where I don’t kill Mira even though I REALLY don’t want her to marry what’s-his-face. I’ll probably play through the game again to just piss everyone off. And as for the Walking Dead, I watched a little of the show but I’m really not that big of a fan. The game though. Oh man.

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      • That makes sense! I hated myself for leaving Rodrik because he’s such an upstanding guy and I loved him from the start, but it was so much harder to accomplish anything with his character than it was with Asher’s (sadly because Asher is an uninjured man who can swing a sword and intimidate people). So I kinda took the easy way out, recognizing that the final confrontation was probably going to require some sort of brute strength… Anyway, good to know the Walking Dead game stands on its own! I’ll have to start it just as soon as I’m done taking out my feelings on the GoT one. 😛

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  4. Dude. I think I need that game.

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  5. Oo, didnt know your quidditch had you traveling to Montreal. Two hours away from me lol.
    Happy birthday to your kitty! 🙂
    I cant wait to see mor eof the house.
    As for the gamer title, I am a “full gamer” if you would say, which is probably why my legacy is so slow progressing, Sims has to be the game I play the least. So yeah, I have a hard time considering people who only play the Sims as gamers, but not for the same reasons as others. Its simply…I have a hard time considering people who play any ONE game a gamer (so someone who only plays Call of Duty is not anymore of a gamer than a Sim player). It’s like saying you’re a cheese fanatic but you only like cheddar cheese. To me, being a gamer is being a “game explorer”, a Dora of games? o.O But see, you play gameS, different styles and types, you’re a gamer. But that’s just my opinion.

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  6. I have never heard of this game (or this TellTale stuff either), but I barely made it through season 1 of GoT. I lost interest the second they killed Sean Bean. So, even if I did play it, I wouldn’t know what the hell I was doing or who anyone was.
    On the other hand, I’m a full gamer and Sims is just the one I have played the longest. I’ve got World of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy 15 to worry about, along with Fallout 4, my 4th play of Dragon Age, Dragon Age 2 and my 20th play of Inquisition. Don’t get me started on the two new Pokemon’s coming out. I also have 2000 hrs into FFXIV,

    I am also obsessive and get totally immersed when it comes to games. I have owned Fallout 4 since July, but only just installed it this week. I already have 56 hrs in and 0 sims.

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