16 August 2012

New Blog and started game fiction

Well, I got the first post finished for my story. And just in time. I changed a few things from the way I said I was going to do them in my last post. I didn't do it as a journal entry. I did do a beginning paragraph that is commentary from the character. And I did take quite a few literary liberties. Instead of going straight how it happened in the game, I tried to spice up what happened. Like the way I got the first quest. In the game you go to the quest board and select it. Then as soon as you step outside a man runs up to you and asks you to follow him. I always thought that was a little weird. Then there are the casting of the spells. I am sure it is rather easy to see that I used the name of the spell backwards. I also made changes to the battle with the wasps. I actually beat them much quicker in the game. Though everything I did is in the story, I just added to it to make it a bit longer.

I also decided to start up a new blog for these stories. I was originally going to just post them here, but I thought with all my other posts (which I do plan on adding more) it would eventually get a little mixed up imo. (oooo, I used an abbreviation) So I will post a link to the new blog here:

and on the side. Hope you enjoy the post and please comment on it, good or bad, so that I can learn to be a better writer.

Write ya later.

09 August 2012

Poll results . . .

Alright, the results of the poll for which game am I going to do a character story on are in. And the winner of my first poll is . . . {que drum roll} . . .

Nobody! Ta Da!

That is right. There was no clear winner. In fact, there were only three votes placed in the last week. I was hoping for a few more since I posted (twice) to my Facebook account asking my friends and family to vote. But I guess they were all too busy with their own lives. Don't worry, I am not bitter about it. After all, it's not like I hang on every post they make. I guess it just goes to so you that most people on Facebook are your friend just so they can say 'Look at how many friends I have on Facebook!' But, truly, I am not bitter about it.

Anyways, now that my ranting is done. I would like to thank the three people who did vote, though I am not sure if they even read this blog. But I shall thank them anyways. And now I will reveal what the poll results are.

Like I said, I had three votes. One vote for Fable, one vote for Two Worlds, and one vote for Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. See, no clear winner. Just a clear loser. Dragon Age: Origins didn't get any votes. Poor Dragon Age. Better luck next time. Yes, there will be a next time. After I complete the current game (I will tell you which one of the three it is, since I will be casting the deciding vote) I will run the poll again replacing the completed game with another choice. Most likely it will the sequel as I do have the sequels to all the games listed. And since I can't do this postings for all three games at once (well, I probably could but I don't think Sharrice (that's my wife for those of you who don't know) would approve of that, she says I play too much as it is) I will have to cast the deciding vote.

And I choose . . . {que drum roll again} . . .


Congratulations Fable. It couldn't have happened to a nicer game.

You may ask what made me pick this one and honestly I am not sure. I had thought about which one I would chose after I received my second vote on Sunday. Fable is the one I decided to chose then, and I even worked on the beginning post since I have played it a bit. I had almost changed my mind this evening to Dragon Age just to throw you all a curve ball. But I had decided to go with whatever was chosen in the vote, and since Dragon Age wasn't chosen I stuck with my original decision. Incidentally, the first vote received was for Fable, so maybe that had a part in my decision.

So, I will use Sunday to play the game for a few hours, taking notes the whole time. I will then write up the entry as if my character was making an entry into his journal. Since it is Fable I am playing and I don't get to make many character choices at the start, just whether to follow the good or evil path during the game, I will make the first post of the story on Wednesday and follow that up every Wednesday until I am completed.

I am going to try to make another general post on Saturdays and I have even been toying with the idea of posting some reviews on another day. I hadn't decided much about these reviews mainly because when I am enjoying a story or movie or game or whatever, I get into this whatever and find it hard to keep a critical eye. If I am not enjoying it I don't always finish whatever it is. But I do need to develop my review skill, especially with the plans I have set before myself. So, I will probably try this. These posting will most likely come at least once a month. I am not sure if I can do once a week yet. We shall see what comes.

Anyways, I think I will end this post here. It has gone on long enough. I will see what I can come up with for Saturday (what was it I thought of last week, hmm, I will have to check the last post). But if not, be sure to check back next Wednesday for the first post in my Fable story.

Write you later.

02 August 2012

To game or not to game...ahh who are we kidding

Okay. I know I was supposed to start posting more this year, and I really haven't done that...yet. The biggest hurdle that I currently have is motivation. I have not had much motivation in the last few years. Mostly since I moved to Corpus Christi. I haven't done much in the way of writing since then. Oh, I have thought of ideas. I have plotted several stories during that time. I have taken world building notes. I have even started working on plans to start up a company to encompass all my plans (see previous two posts). But still I have been having trouble getting myself motivated. So, in an effort to push myself back into writing, I have come up with a plan.

As my friends know, I love fantasy. I love RPGs. And so, I am going to combine my love for RPGs and my desire to write together. I have decided that I am going to play one of these games all the way through and write posts as to what happens in these games as if from the viewpoint of the character. The only thing is is that I am not sure which one to start with (and this is another one of my hurdles I have to contend with, but more on this in a latter post. See, already getting ideas for other posts). So, I have decided to create a poll and ask my loyal readers (or reader, not sure if I have any at all just yet) to help me decide.

I am going to list 5 games to choose from. Some of them I have already played most of the way through (if not all the way). But for this I will be starting with a brand new character. I had contemplated on having you all (or just you) help me with creating the character but I changed my mind. Can't have you making all my decisions now can I. Just follow the link to the poll and vote for your favorite game, or the one you think will give me the most challenge.

I decided to create the poll at Writing.com because I haven't figured out how to make polls on blogger yet (or if I even can, any help would be appreciated for future reference). Right now the games are just for Xbox 360. I will probably add my PS2 games later if I can get it hooked back up. My PC games are mostly for older Windows versions so I am not completely sure how well they will work on Windows 7, but I will test them out and may add later if I can play them. I am still toying with the idea of adding MMORPGs. The thing with them is that they may be harder to do this with as most of them are continuously being added to with new chapters. Though I could just add each chapter to the polls separately.

I will most likely be making these posts on Wednesdays. This will allow me to play the game on Sunday and then give me a couple of days to write out the entry. After I get to the end of the game, I will post a review of the game. It will mostly be my thoughts on the game; likes and dislikes, what I thought could be added to make it better. This is going to help me in other ways also, as I am wanting to program my own games in the future.

Well, that's about it for today. I am going to give the poll at least a week to run and see how many votes I get. You are also welcome to check out some of my shorts I have posted on Writing.com and tell me what you think. You can either leave a comment here or a review at the site. It is easy to make an account there and there is no charge for that. As a bonus for creating an account you will be able to check out thousands of other great writers there and if you get the writing bug the account lets you post up to 10 stories. All for no fee. Just a thought. Write at ya later.