What I’m Up To

Game of Thrones infographic

I still don't know who half the people are

It’s been quite a while since I last posted so I figured I’d enlighten my lovely readers (anyone still there?) with a glimpse of what I’ve been up to recently. It’s nothing exciting. As much as I would like to enthrall you all with some sexy tale of sexy spyness or something (I did watch Skyfall the other week, I guess that’s something), I’ve pretty much been consumed by work. Yep, it keeps me busy. That and I don’t actually think there’s been a huge load of excitement in the MMO world this past month. I suppose it’s just that time of year.

Anyway, here’s some tidbits from behind the scenes.

What I’ve been playing

Still WoW, I’m sure you’ll be happy/ashamed to hear. As much as I never developed a taste for raiding, I have somehow in the past couple of months grown to really enjoy the Raid Finder feature. I never thought I would and I’ll admit I was incredibly cynical when I first tried it out with my new minted level 90 monk but I have to say it is rather wonderful. Y’know, standard PUG complaints aside. It does pretty much what it says on the tin and I really enjoy the fact I can get to experience almost all of the WoW content now instead of feeling that I always missing out on the endgame. Hats off to Blizzard and their mission of bringing content to the masses.

I also picked up Heart of the Swarm this week and it’s fairly decent. I’m enjoying it but haven’t been blown away like I was with Wings of Liberty. Part of me just dislikes the whole concept of splitting the game up into three components and keeps wishing it was a single contained game as opposed to this weird expansion trilogy thingy. Kinda sad to think that I will have to watch another two years to play the single player campaign for my favourite race, the Protoss.

What I’ve been watching

Game of Thrones season two. Call me a sucker for HBO’s graphic violence, adolescent banter and soft core pornography but I can’t help but love it. C’mon, you’ve got to give credit to the makers for sneaking in full frontal nudity at every unlikely opportunity. I suppose boobs and willies are cheaper than computer generated dragons. Anyway, it’s almost made me want to finish Dance of Dragons except I still I have no idea who half the characters in it are.

For those closer to home in the UK, my wife and I have also been captivated by the Great British Menu. I know cookery shows are so incredibly passé now but this one still manages to engross, especially when you’re tucking into a pizza as they whip up some two Michelin star masterpiece. The critics are also a blast. I’m surprised the chefs never punch them in the face after watching back some of their comments.

What I’ve been reading

After re-reading the entire Wheel of Time saga bar the last and latest book (still awaiting its arrival on the Kindle… I refuse to punish my feeble arms by trying to hold up a 1,200 page hardcover monstrosity whilst reading), I went on a Brandon Sanderson binge. Simply put, The Way of Kings is amazing and I’m actually squealing with anticipation over the next volume. The first Mistborn book? Not so good. Sacrilege, I know, but I just felt the whole thing was a bit contrived and Sanderson’s prose far from elegant. There’s only so many times you repeat the phrase ‘X rolled his eyes’ in a single novel. Or chapter. Or page. Let’s keep Brandon untouchable though and blame it all on poor editing.

Finishing my Sanderson affair, I’ve just now moved onto the Vorkosigan Saga sci-fi series, starting with the Warrior’s Apprentice. It’s pretty good. The series has been written by Lois McMaster Bujold since the mid-80s and this particular book is nothing if not well-written. She has a fantastic way with words, for sure, and nothing to roll one’s eyes at (see what I did there?). Still, sci-fi has never been my preference over good ol’fantasy. I think I will move onto The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie next. Is it any good?

So that’s me. Now you pretty much know my entire life. Next article, what I had for dinner.

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  1. I’ve been hiding from wow recently due to work overload too, and sneaking in a TV fix – I love GoT too, but have added the Walking Dead to the mix of shows that I treat as a naughty secret. When the house goes dark the zombies come out. They have full frontal nude too, but it’s not the same.

  2. Lethality says:

    The only thing that bugs me with the Raid Finder is that… it’s not raiding. Any players who only experience it that way will not understand what all the fuss was about with regular raids, and since they’re getting gear almost in parity with the normal mode raids, it’s not likely they’ll put forth the effort much beyond LFR.

    So in that regard, I feel LFR has been one of the worst things for the game, and is literally killing raiding :(

  3. Holy crap, you’re not dead! :)

    Haven’t picked up GW2 yet? Or did you get bored faster than most.

    I’ve read the Song of Ice and Fire books, but haven’t seen the GoT TV show yet. I will, probably, but I thought the fourth book was lackluster and haven’t even touched the fifth book yet. But, the first book was great, so I really should get around to watching the show.

    As for books, I read The Warrior’s Apprentice not too long ago; I got it for my birthday last year and quite enjoyed it. Not enough to want to go diving into the rest of the books, though, but I liked the story.

    Abercrombie’s books are… interesting. Hyperviolent and grimdark to be sure. Great characterization, and pulls no punches with punishing the characters, like G.R.R. Martin. I read them all in a frenzy. But, at the end I came away disappointed by a “twist” at the end of the trilogy; I’ll stop there to not go into spoiler territory. Worth reading because it’s a good ride most of the way through. I’ve not bothered with the other books set in the same world, though.

  4. pkudude99 says:

    I enjoyed the 1st Mistborn well enough, probably due to the magic system being “new and exciting.” The 2nd 2 books were probably “better written” but they didn’t have the sense of fun and wonder that the 1st book had, IMO.

    OTOH, I agree that Way of Kings is simply superb. I also enjoyed Warbreaker and The Alloy of Law quite a bit. His novella’s The Emperor’s Soul and Legion were quite interesting too. And I also enjoyed Elantris quite a bit to boot, though it was definitely his freshman effort.

    One of these days I’m gonna pick me up some Abercrombie. Just haven’t gotten around to him yet. . .

  5. Charlie says:

    The 1st law books by Abercrombie are simply AMAZING. Give them a try, they don’t disappoint.

  6. Lisa says:

    Yes we’re still reading. Yes ashamed you’re still playing WoW. :D (Elder Scrolls online soon, maybe?)

    Happy to see your post pop up in my feeds.

  7. Castamere says:

    Abercrombie is amazing. While some may be put off by aforementioned twist I simply smiled and nodded. Love the last of the trilogy the most and The Heroes is my favorite of his standalone books, but all of them are worth reading.

  8. Isey says:

    I always wonder why we are so apologetic about returning to WoW. I’m there too. Even though I wrote an awful lot of posts about everything that has gone wrong with WoW over the years, it is strangely like some sort of video game version of comfort food.

  9. Chris says:

    The Abercrombie books are amazing. They have great memorable characters and a cynical outlook that is strangely refreshing given other fantasy tropes. There was a bit of a twist towards the end of the trilogy that did not sit well with some folks but I actually totally bought into it and it makes a great deal of sense. Plus the very last chapter was one of the best endings of a book I have ever read.

    That being said, as good as the trilogy was, the 3 standalone books were some of the best fantasy ever. Abercrombie is getting better as a writer as he goes along and by the time you get to ‘Red County’, he is top form. Highly recommended.

  10. ZeeDeveel says:

    I recommend you go check out Camelot Unchained. It’s the new MMORPG from Mark Jacobs creator of Dark Age of Camelot (my favouite game ever made). It’s a smaller, privately funded venture that focuses on open world PvP, it’s gonna rock. It’s on Kickstarter now, go check it out.

  11. Dà Chéng says:

    I finally got around to starting the second season of Game of Thrones, thanks for the infographic. What are you up to?

  12. Peter says:

    Yeah, what are you up to?

  13. Rubel says:

    If you wrote more, I’d read it! Hope all’s well and you’re enjoying your summertime.

  14. dien dan seo says:

    I always wonder why we are so apologetic about returning to WoW. I’m there too

  15. Roy says:

    For a really old post, not too bad.

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