Tophertanium's Blog - Apr to Jun 18 (2 followers)

PermalinkJune and Summer
School is out and summer is here. The family goal is to try to visit some things in our city, get the kids out and have some fun.

Inside, I want to start work on remodeling a part of our basement. My wife has drawn up designs for the main area, which will result is some very cool changes. I will finally get my television on the wall and really open up the floor area. With her design, I will also get to put a lot of my gaming statues on display. I’m excited!

Gaming will still be important during this process. It’s funny seeing my May review that I gained almost 8k in Gamerscore, but I only really remember playing Minecraft.

I’m hesitant to look at my hours spent in Minecraft last month. But we made progress! My underground facility had expanded, I’ve explored three Level 4 maps and gotten quite a few achievements. I found the End Portal and just last night, we activated it.

To my knowledge, no one has gone through yet. I plan on jumping through just for the achievement and trying to grab some Dragons breath in a bottle before I die to get that achievement, but we shall see. A member in our group is working on enchanting armor for us. I’ve tried to contribute diamonds as much as I can, which has resulted in some mining expeditions.

In an attempt to get the Ocelot taming achievement, three of us struck out looking for a jungle biome. I had already explored a lot, so we headed in a direction none of us had been before. We travelled in a straight line for about an hour and found no jungle. If this seed doesn’t have a jungle, that would suck. We are all trying to get all the achievements in our world, but we may have to try something else.

Going to back to Gamerscore in general, I do want to surpass the 200k bar this year. I’ve utilized the Groups tab on the Xbox to lump all the games I know are easy, like the LEGO games I haven’t completed, any Telltale games I have to do, and some others. With all of those and some random games thrown in, I should be able to make that goal.

What about anyone else? What are your plans/goals for this summer? Gaming related or not, I’d love to hear them.
Posted by Tophertanium on 04 June 18 at 16:22 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkMay and Minecraft
So. The hiatus is over and I’m back into gaming. But here’s the thing... I’m not drawn towards anything. I’ve passed up a couple of sales. I’m focusing on having fun!

A buddy started a Minecraft Realm that I’ve joined some friends and their friends on. It’s been pretty fun working with others to create things. We are on at different times, so whenever I login, there are new things. We’ve partnered on creating things to help each other with achievements. People are working on their own projects. It’s neat to see different creativities working together.

I slave away in my mine, expanding as needed and building whatever; They’re building elaborate surface dwellings. I’m working on a rail system; they’re working on advanced storage facilities. I feel very simplistic next to their contributions, especially since I’m not on as much. But it’s awesome seeing some of the things they do that I never thought of. Their farm is huge, relative to what farms I’ve attempted in the past.

So for anyone reading that plays Minecraft, what are your thoughts, takeaways, experience with world building? Do you prefer to explore alone or with others? Strangers or friends?
Posted by Tophertanium on 15 May 18 at 16:29 | There is 1 comment on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkTeeth and Dreams
This month saw me visiting the dentist more than I have in the last ten years. I am a patient at a school of dentistry. As a result, I was recently asked to help a couple of student dentists by being their patient for their final exams. I did receive some financial compensation for being a willing victim subject. Unfortunately, I did not receive enough to get an Xbox One X by tomorrow (April 16th). The reason that was important was because I am getting all of my wisdom teeth removed then, so will be home all week, healing.

But I am super close! I only need $100 more and an Xbox One X shall be mine! My hope is that I will get that much come May 10th, which is my birthday. I just hope there is a promotion or something happening at the time, so I can get Far Cry 5. Or maybe Burnout: Paradise Remastered.

Either way, I’m so excited! I haven’t played many video games since January. I’ve tried playing on my PS4, but just ended up on Netflix. Fingers crossed for the remaining funds I need.
Posted by Tophertanium on 15 April 18 at 20:19 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.
PermalinkApril and Hope
It is now April. Boredom surrounds me. I’ve only read a few books. My creativity feels like it is being stolen away from me. I’ve started paying attention to how I speak, trying to focus on being more advanced in the words I used.

I started a 360 game today. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. I only played the first chapter, but it felt good to get an achievement. Ive been watching my son play Titanfall. He’s pretty good, I think. I knows he’s leveled a lot faster than I did.

Watching him play has really wanted me to get into Titanfall 2 whenever I get a One X. There’s hope on that front.

I have about $200 saved up. $100 from trading it in, $100 from a Gift Card for changing ISPs. My birthday is coming up in May, so I hope to get some funds from that!

Until then, I am going to try to play some 360 games. The longer I go without a One, the more I forget the amazing graphics. That will make gameplay easier for me on the 360.
Posted by Tophertanium on 01 April 18 at 22:05 | There are no comments on this blog - Please log in to comment on this blog.