Hey all, how's it going?
I'm doing well at least. I actually look forward to each day now, and though I'm still struggling to get to bed anytime before midnight, I'm feeling quite well when I eventually wake.
Today, my Arcade Block arrived. It's one of those subscription things you get once a month, and each block contains random stuff. My brother's came with a Mario shirt, a Starman stress toy, a Minecraft surprise bag, some Team Fortress 2 wrapping paper, a DOTA 2 headband, and an Ezio vinyl. For $40 AU including postage and handling (I forget what the US price I paid was), you get approximately $60 worth of stuff (by what we'd pay here in Australia to get those things separately). And the boxes are so random
that I found in mine, a Mario shirt, a Starman stress toy, a Minecraft surprise bag, some Team Fortress 2 wrapping paper, a DOTA 2 headband, and an Ezio vinyl. Heh. I'd initially thought each box was packed at random, not each month's box is pre-determined but you don't know what you'll be getting. Not that I mind.
You can get five different blocks at this stage: the basic one (contains everything generically geeky, good for Marvel/DC or Doctor Who fans), the Arcade one (vidjagame-specific), and junior ones for boys and girls. So, month-by-month, I think I'll be replacing my old shirts in my wardrobe with the ones I get from the various packages I receive. And, these boxes could be fantastic for gift ideas if I get something I don't really like. Most of my friends play video games, so I'm sure I could find someone who'd want an item I'm not keen on.
Pokémon-wise, I've abandoned Y for now and continued Alpha Sapphire. I've now passed two people using StreetPass. How exciting!
I'm six badges into the game, and I'm starting to feel as though I'm being handed stuff and not having to work. I mean, the Exp. Share (formally Exp. All) now distributes experience like the original item did back in the day, so your party's guaranteed to get stronger even if you only use one critter. Berry trees now offer up to 12 berries when harvested, so I'm finding I don't need to run around and collect berries each day, I can just use the new berry farm location (east of Mauville) to farm. I've made my secret base there, as a reminder where the farm is. And Latias... Wow, did not see that coming. No spoilers for those who aren't up to that stage yet.
I've been back into World of Tanks, and have swung over to a new SEA account to see what I can do with what I've learned from my US games with
. I must try and catch him online at the same time when I have a free day so we can have a few more rounds. My TD skills have improved significantly, and I've fallen in love with the T-26, an equally fast and agile Tier II. Lag (I get 200-300 ping on the US servers, and around 300 while using the SEA version) means I can't make an effective scout in the tank, since it's not as fast as the M2 Light or the Panzerkampfwagen II, but I can't argue with that gun. It's the perfect second-line scout/sniper.
I recently got Company of Heroes 2 and have also been absorbed in it, however, I'm finding it's not a game I can just play hours of in one sitting any more. I get tired and start making costly mistakes, like sending a sniper through an artillery barrage I'd just ordered. It probably doesn't help that I'm normally playing up late.
I dunno if I'd said or not, but as well as Speedy Delivery, I've also finally finished the Battle for Dyndengar. It's good, I'm done, forget trying to rewrite it again. It's had enough.
I've also caught up on my Good Reads challenge, but not to the level I wanted. I'd aimed for 50 books by the end of the year. I've read 36. That's significantly more than I've read any other year since '99/'00, and there's probably 5-10 I haven't included 'cause they're webcomics... Ah well. Work did that to me. I had a routine, work changed it. I now have a routine again, but am finding myself unable to sit and read for long periods of time... and a good writer/editor MUST be well-read!
December 14th marks 4 years on Deviant Art... But I dunno if I'm gunna be around much in 2015. I love drawing, and I love artwork, but I lose a lot of time to browsing through images, and it's becoming a chore... I'll post up some contact details toward the end of the month, as one of my resolutions is to significantly cut down my web-time. This excludes Skype, Steam and Facebook, though, things I use all the time for networking.
I will still be posting art, but at this stage, mostly just on Fur Affinity.