Urgh… uh… ugh… HYRULE! ZELDA! Bah…uh… Zelda?
What’s the time? That’s good, I’ve only been playing Breath of the Wild for a few hours, that’s all good. Wait… March 16th? I’VE BEEN PLAYING FOR TWO WEEKS!?
Welcome back Brothers and Sisters to the Book of Frog. It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog update, something that I was hoping to at least try and stay regular with, but a few things went down which threw off my schedule greatly, and since then I really felt like I was always playing catch up, but never getting anything done. I even considered dropping the blog aspect of the site all together. A lot of things have happened since my last update, and I’m not going to bore you all with the details, but give a simple catch up of the last few months.
My Last Update
In the last post I made for the Book Of Frog I talked about wanting to catch up with writing about the Pokémon Trading Card Game purchases, unboxings, rare cards and the like that I had been doing, and made a start to that ends. However, it wasn’t long before my bravado wore thin, and I started to spiral into a depression because of the car crash the week before.
While physically I was fine, the incident messed up my head something bad. As I mentioned in the blog post about the crash, I couldn’t stop thinking about how that could have gone down. The injury I could have caused someone I care about dearly. I hated myself for that. Everytime the thought of the car, or the crash, or Cinna crossed my mind, I became so despondent I simply couldn’t stay focused. It didn’t help that from then on, everything got so hectic. Without the car, we were reliant on taxis and friends for transport, there were people calling us every day for a couple of weeks regarding information about the crash, insurance details, paying the excess on the property damage (which no one ended up claiming), as well as paying the tow company, which for some reason I had to do in person, and was forty minutes away by car which made it difficult because… you know, my car was currently off the road. There was a time limit on the payments too, and I would be fined if they weren’t paid. Oh, and they also closed at 3:30PM everyday.
Call me paranoid, but it’s almost as if they are set up specifically to force people into paying the fines.
While I was able to push out the Pokémon TCG post, within two days, that was only because I’d already started writing it. Everything that was going on around me was a constant reminder of the accident and kept me highly distracted, every time I tried to write from then on out.
It’s been a few months since then, and I’m pretty sure I’m recovered, I’ve tried to write about this topic a few times in the past, I have around three or four drafts for blog posts regarding this topic, but I haven’t been able to get through writing them. This time it’s flowed pretty easily, so I think I’m going to go out on a limb and say I’m doing better.
Back on the Road
As I said, I’m doing a lot better, and we are also back on track in many ways, but still rallying in others. The car was repaired and worked temporarily, but the whole thing just felt like it was dying so we have replaced it with a new car, same make and model. Now in white, and with an air con that works – this has been a God send!
Of course this entire ordeal, and a number of other things that have followed in quick succession, has resulted in us spending a lot more money than we wanted to, and while we aren’t losing money at the moment, we’re only really at equilibrium. I can’t deny that there has been some excessive spending on our part too, some of which we had planned and saved for, but everything else all at once, hit us by surprise and left us a little shorter than we would have liked. Last week alone I had to spend nearly $400 when my UPS blew.
Now it’s the long game of catch up.
Sadly however, not only will I not be completing those catch up articles, I won’t be talking about Pokémon TCG again for the foreseeable future.
Pokémon is very dear to my heart, I’ve been playing the various games, and watching the anime since it was first released in the west, and the world and the ‘mons are very special to me, but trading card games are an expensive hobby, and currently I cannot justify maintaining a trading card hobby like Pokémon, when there is so little interest in the game in my area. The Pokémon TCG was the first trading card game I ever got into, and though I was out of it for a few years, I was serious about redoubling my efforts into building good decks and playing the game. Of course if there’s no one to play with, that causes problems.
At the moment there are a grand total of two people I know who actually want to collect and play the Pokémon TCG, and because of this none of us are really feeling it anymore. If The Magic Vault (where we play) can get a Pokémon TCG day up and running, then maybe I’ll revisit this, but until then, I’m going to focus on Magic The Gathering, and…
Final Fantasy TCG
What can I say, I’m an addict, and I’m always seeking that new high. I’d heard about this a few months back, that a Final Fantasy trading card game had released in Japan and it was selling like hot cakes. Which is more than could be said about the hot cakes. Just recently it has come to the west, and it has spread like wildfire! So much so that the boosters are sold out Australia wide!
I got my hands on a pre-built starter deck to find out how the game played, and was surprised to find it had a lot of similarities to Magic The Gathering, but some significant differences too. I will probably write something about this game in the future, there seems to be a few more people who are interested in this game, than Pokémon and apparently, people at the Yu-Gi-Oh games nights also play Final Fantasy, so there is certainly an opportunity to play.
We’ll see where this goes in the future.
Switching It Up!
I was panning on doing a number of Switch articles. I had planned to write at least one article after we got home from the Midnight Launch. Except I went and screwed up big time. To keep myself awake for the event I drank an energy drink. A rather large energy drink, in a rather short space of time. Also, I don’t drink energy drinks.
So at the midnight launch, my heart is racing, my head is feeling light, and I’m literally vibrating. Then I get all the side effects from the energy drink and I feel incredibly sick. when I got home I was wide awake, so I took a load of photos, but I can’t think straight my brain is running at a million miles per second, and there is zero capability of focusing on any writing. Then comes the crash, and I head to bed exhausted, only to have a full day of organising and setting up for our first Badly.Play gaming meet up, which I’ll talk about a bit later.
I can’t believe I screwed up so bad.
I will be talking about the Switch in some future articles, but in short, I’m really enjoying the system. I’ve had none of the problems that a number of people have been talking about online; the console has never crashed, though I have had a few pauses – which I noticed only occurred when the system gets hot, but I rarely get any kind of slowdown when playing Breath of the Wild. The dock has yet to scratch my screen, I have no stuck pixels, and I actually paid attention, so I wouldn’t put the Joy Con straps on backwards.
I’ve played a bunch of games on hand held and TV modes, and the Switch works just fine on either, but being more of a hand held gamer, I do prefer the system in hand held mode, and I think it runs a little better this way too. As for battery life which I figured would be a big deal, it’s really not been that bad. Even playing Legend of Zelda I’ve been able to play a good three to three and a half hours on battery, and at the Badly.Play event on March 4th, we had people playing Legend of Zelda, FAST RMX, Super Bomberman R and 1-2-Switch, across multiple consoles with no one needed to recharge.
I think the numbers given by Nintendo were a little conservative, which is possibly the best way to go, so that people are aware that could be as low as two to two and half hours, but chances are you’ll get a bit more life out of it than that.
As for Breath of the Wild… that’s a topic for another article!
I’ve mentioned Badly.Play a few times before, usually however in the form of the Steam Group or Discord server, but on March 4th, we hosted our very first Badly.Play gaming meet up event, and it went amazingly! As well as the people who we had invited, we had around five or six randoms show up, with a total number of people showing up being around twenty, and that number is only set to grow at our next event, this coming Saturday!
If you are reading this and you just so happen to be in the Brisbane, Queensland area, please check out the Badly.Play Facebook Group for more details!
when I decided to do this event, I wasn’t entirely sure how many people would come and who if anyone, would be interested, to get twenty people or so on our opening night was outstanding, and I’m now more excited than ever to see the event grow into something awesome. The success of this event has made me light up inside, and the thought of the next event going well is helping me with the motivation I need to keep pushing forward!
Here’s to a fruitful future with Badly.Play, Let Us Play and the Badly.Network!
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