Secret Vampire Files

That’s a bad title.

A World of Secrets… see what I did there?

Yesterday, a very kind person gave me a key to try out The Secret World. Vampire: The Masquerade has me on a huge supernatural kick at the moment, so I was very excited to try out TSW. I made a character in the Dragon faction that uses blood magick and elemental magick. I may not be able to play as a vampire, but the blood magick in TSW gives off a vampire vibe *thumbs up.

I just picked my skills so I’m still fairly early into the game, but wow, is it cool so far. I have a feeling I will commit to it. I tried to take some screenshots, but I was pressing the wrong key 😀

Vampires Forever

I received the first four clan books for Vampire: The Masquerade and have begun with the first: “Toreador.” This clan can be described as:

” A clan of sensitive, artistic, and sometimes debauched hedonists fascinated by the mortal world and its artistic creations. The Toreador are enthralled by the ever changing mortal world and are one of the few clans, as a whole, to seek to keep up with it. Toreador often Embrace for beauty or to preserve some artistic talent. Beauty can utterly captivate them causing them to become immobilized and unable to act for a period of time. They are one of the founding seven clans of the Camarilla.”

In my opinion, if I were to have a run in with any type of vampire from the World of Darkness universe, Toreador would probably be the best option for a human lol.

Unfortunately, the Malkavian clan book is the ninth in the series, so I will have to be patient, but I am enjoying

Redbubble has a good selection of Vampire: The Masquerade products! I’m definitely picking up a Malkavian shirt and maybe some more stuff in the near future.

X-Files

I love X-Files. I was too scared to watch it as a child (I was a huge wuss), but I watched every episode years ago and watched the related shows, The Lone Gunmen and Millenium. Having X-Files back is great. It keeps poking my feels. Yup, right in them.

I’m extremely excited for next week’s episode because there was a quote like, “We have a case and there’s a monster in it.” in the preview. I’m a long time dedicated customer to Monster energy drinks, so a big part of me found that very punny in addition to being a funny “monster of the week” type episode.

… Now I want coffee. WTF, me?….

Vamps and Meditation

In a panicked state, I ordered four of the “Vampire: The Masquerade” clan novels. I now watch the tracking page like a hawk.

I also made another vampire – this one’s a Tremere. She’s like a wallflower, but with blood magick.

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She’s pretty cool so far, but nothing quite beats being a crazy person.

Speaking of crazy, I did my first Mesmer Mantra Meditation this morning. Last spring, Prak (aka Doory) signed me up for some Transcendental Meditation (TM) classes. The whole thing goes like this: there’s an opening gratitude ceremony, followed by the training, and then practice. You get a mantra and you repeat it to yourself in your mind while you meditate. Don’t focus on it, just let it be a vehicle.

Anyway, I’ve been slacking, so I logged into Guild Wars 2 as my mesmer, went to the hidden part of the Grove, cast a mantra and then meditated. Cheesy? Yes. Weird? That’s me. But it was a helpful way for me to back on track. Also, it’s nice to open your eyes to some lovely scenery.

Back to vampiring!

 

 

The Masquerade Ends

I just finished Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines and must say that it is very likely the best vampire game… ever. The closest in quality in my opinion is the Legacy of Kain series. What do these have in common besides being amazing? They’re in sequel dev hell. These poor games have had sequels planned and cancelled like crazy. It’s seems like it’s almost purely to torment fans at this point.

In Vampire: The Masquerade, they talk about a vampire apocalypse called Gehenna. It’s a lot like Gehenna actually happened for vampire video games, because nothing comparably good has come out since 2004. Why? WHY?!

I  will probably play through VM a couple hundred times and hopefully, someone will make another quality vampire game sometime soon because my love for early 2000s vampires is burning and I’m having a meltdown!

My first play through was a Malkavian and loved it. I want to try something else, but don’t at the same time! If you’ve played, what’s your favorite clan?

I have not played Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption which came out in 2000, but I may look into trying to get a copy of it. I’m also considering getting some of the books that go with the series.

If you know of a fantastic game where you play as a vampire, please, please, let me know! D:

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Year in Music

The week is done and I am filled with relief 😀

Year in Music

I really love Spotify.  At the beginning of each year, it puts some metrics together of music you listened to, such as top artists, top songs, top music genres, etc.

If you use Spotify, you can pull up your Year in Music here.

At the end of all of it, you can choose to build a playlist (in the right menu) of new music based on your tastes during the past year called, Play it Forward. Sometimes, you’ll get some gems -sometimes, you’ll get some weird results. Shalien’s playlist last year consisted of foreboding cinematic music ONLY despite hardly listening to any.

I listened to 36,000 minutes of music on Spotify in 2015.

My Top Artists

  1. Ghost
  2. Kero Kero Bonito
  3. Stepdad
  4. Health
  5. Indian Summer

Top Album

Jungle – Jungle

My biggest playlist is DGN (stands for Drinking Games Night)  – this is about 33 hours long right now and I update this beast frequently. Need a buttload of music? Here:

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Here’s my other most reliable playlist:

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Now I am off to a birthday party! I hope you find some good tunes to listen to 😀

Back from the holidays

I made it back to work today and it was a doozy as it seemed to be for many. I think I got around 3 hours of sleep last night. I was not prepared. I expected to post on here or stream, but Shalien and I had sort of a busy yet private holiday week. We spent a lot of time with family, with each other, with pets, and with the Steam sale.

We got a lot of games. I’m talking A LOT of games! My biggest catch of the sale is easily “Vampire Masquerade: Bloodlines.” This game has been out since 2004 and I have no clue how I haven’t played it until now. I’m having a fantastic time and wish there were more games like this.

In Vampire Masquerade: Bloodlines, you play as a newly sired vampire thrown into the ropes of vampire society in 2004 California.  There is a series of questions you may answer before beginning to determine what clan of vampire you are or you can choose your own stats. I went through the questions and was determined to be Malkavian. What’s a Malkavian?

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The Malkavians are one of seven playable clans in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. Malkavians are all clinically insane; the mental illnesses they suffer range from schizophrenia to near-catatonia. Strangely enough, they are a pillar of the Camarilla; historically they’ve been Kindred’s seers and oracles, bound by strange insight and compulsions.”

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Many hours later and I’m not sure I would play anything else! Malkavians forever! If you’re a fan of RPGs and vampires then you better get this game.

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One of the other games I acquired during the great Steam sale is The Evil Within, which is a survival horror game about a detective that trips over everything. I’ve only spent a little bit in game, but that dude is clumsy! At the same time, I’ve nearly fallen out of my chair because of how spooked I get!

Much of my Guild Wars 2 time has been spent doing Wintersday stuff as Spectral Paw (she’s like the Krampus of Wintersday, right?) and playing my norn to embrace maximum winterness. Like many people, winter kicks my butt. The cold and darkness can be quite brutal, but I’ve found that hanging out in the Shiverpeaks as a norn is strangely therapeutic. Give it a try 🙂

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Some guildies and I are going to start up Everquest II again on the Maj’Dul server. I can be found under the names: Ginmere, Blodwin, Cheeriz. I won’t be on a whole lot until I’ve sated my vampire needs, but it you want to hang out in game or want a guild, send me a message!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that 2016 treats you well 🙂

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