On the Eve of Freedom

There is a meta-achievement in World of Warcraft for completing all of the season-recurring holiday events in the game. I finally finished it in 2019, after about 8 years of being stuck on it. I had all the requirements done but one, the associated sub-achievements for Brewfest, the Oktoberfest proxy in the game.

It's when I realized that when the leaves turn brown and the air gets crisp, I'm rarely in the mood to stay indoors and play video games. The spring is a similar time for me; the weather is just too good.

This year has been different. Most of last year too. The obvious reason. Not only am I playing more video games this spring, I'm currently playing 5 of them:

  • Persona 5 Royale
    • My "main" game at this time. It's a JRPG with some strong dungeon crawling. Sorta. You spend most of your time working part time jobs , reading library books, and chatting with your friends to increase your stats. I just leveled up my Knowledge stat from Oblivious to Learned. I'm hopeful to do the same in real life one day.

  • Among Us 
    • Our weekly game with friends has been cancelled the last two weeks as our social group becomes more bold at socializing in real life again. No idea why America is getting another surge in COVID cases. Must be coincidence.
  •  Dungeons & Dragons campaign
    • I multitasked finishing my taxes during our last session. I found both experiences strangely similar.
  • Demon Soul's
    • It's ... fine. The lack of pause button makes playing a hassle. So does starting over from the very beginning of a level every time you die. Demon Soul's isn't grabbing me enough to become my "main" game, which means it'll be thrown to the wayside soon enough. It requires your full focus and attention, but I'm not convinced it's earned it.
  •  Outriders
    • I had to power level another character after my previous one was wiped out by the developer's incompetence. The game is fine. It's Diablo 3 as a third-person shooter with broken movement abilities. Mostly, it's something to do with my hands while chatting with friends. It's good at that.

(It seems I'm not alone in this matter; Bhagpuss just posted his own lengthy digital agenda [https://bhagpuss.blogspot.com/2021/04/who-invented-these-lists.html].)

But I suspect all 5 games to come grinding to a halt soon enough. Tomorrow is my last day of quarantine, or at least half-day if we want to follow the two-week period after my second dose down to the minute. My schedule for the week is packed with doctor's appointments, hair cut, dentist visit, etc. that have been put off for the past year. I also have dinner reservations with the wife for the fanciest place in town. A celebration of what was a difficult year for me but near hell-on Earth for her.

I'm curious to how my gaming will be affected by this. I suspect I'll still get a couple hours of Persona in here and there. We are close to the end of our D&D campaign so that will likely persist for another couple of weeks. But everything else gets shunted to the side as I learn how to use my feet again like an astronaut returning from space.

Maybe the Switch sees use again. It's been several months. I have the 'newest' re-release of a Mario title rented. That might get pulled out during a rest break of a long hike.

I also wonder, and am slightly concerned, that nothing will change. I'll use my newfound freedom to do what I've been doing for a lot longer than the pandemic's been on, and simply stay inside all day. I hope not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. Being a shut-in is a bit different when it's by choice. 

Either way I think this blog might change focus a bit, as it often does. I might try to capture some of my real life wanderings instead of just my digital ones. I don't have much desire lately to offer my opinion on the latest bit of gaming news. Others do a fine job of it and I'm tired of talking at people. I think my favorite posts on this blog are me mostly just talking about my day. Whether it happens digitally or not.


  1. Here's to hoping life after quarantine is amazing for you! I wouldn't mind seeing a few real life wandering posts. :)

  2. The ironic thing here is that Mrs Bhagpuss and I have probably spent more time outdoors because of lockdown than we would if we had total freedom of movement. From the start a year ago, even at the their strictest the rules have always allowed excercise outdoors in the local area with members of your immediate household. For a while it was supposed to be a maximum of one hour a day, which we did stick to, but I think even that was advisory. In the subsequent lockdowns there's been no time limit on how long you can spend excercising so long as you follow all the social distancing and other complicated and confusing criteria.

    Since we're fortunate to live less than ten minutes' walk from open countryside and the lockdowns have largely co-incided with some very good weather (maybe not in January and February) we've walked every day, twice a day when it's really nice. The really weird thing is that (with one exception) I haven't been more than ten miles from my house in twelve months and mostly I haven't been more than two. I don't believe that's ever happened in my entire life before. We still aren't officially allowed to travel outside the local area, although "local" never seems to be officially defined. I'm really looking forward to that coming to an end but I won't be going anywhere much until I get my second dose, for which I so far have no date.

    Enjoy your freedom!

    1. We ended up in a uniquely unfortunate spot as far as spending time outside. We moved to a very rural area so unfortunately walking ten minutes in either direction is a threat to put you in someone's soybean field. The winters here are about 5 months long which complicates things. And we also live very near the US-Canada border, so about 180 degrees of our usual hiking spots have been closed off to us.

      Hardly the worst thing in the world for us, but I'm ready to go explore something outside of the local Wal-Mart parking lot!


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