H1Z1 Just Survive Update

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Although H1Z1 Just Survive, the survival portion of the game by Daybreak Games has been sunset, there may be some good news of the horizon. From an email today:

Dear Survivors,

As we announced back in August, we’ve made the difficult decision to sunset Just Survive on Wednesday, October 24 at 11 a.m. PT. All game servers will be coming offline at that time, and the game will no longer be available for play. For answers to some of your frequently asked questions regarding the Just Survive sunset, please read this article.

While this chapter for Just Survive has come to an end, we are discussing the possibility of allowing our partner and developer of Z1 Battle Royale, NantG Mobile, to bring Just Survive back online and take over development of the game sometime in the future. Should we have further information to share regarding that matter we’ll be sure to inform you accordingly.

Thank you again for the countless hours of fun across Pleasant Valley and Badwater Canyon – we appreciate your support and dedication to Just Survive.

If this happens, I’ll be very happy. Although I haven’t played regularly, I did like to jump in for hours at a time and the base building element was really beginning to grow. I was hoping for a time where servers weren’t continuously wiped and bases would stay put.

Here’s hoping NantG see the sense in bringing the game back to (un)life.

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Durin’s Day in LOTRO

So this weekend is the time of Durin’s Day in Lord of the Rings Online and there’s a Deed available if you visit the monument in Erebor where the thrush tapped on the stone on Durin’s Day, when the light of the setting sun revealed the secret door (in The Hobbit) The deed is available until Monday 22nd October, 2018.

I visited on several characters before taking my Captain, Diaspora there and summoned a load of characters to claim the deed (while promoting the Charity LOTRO Twitch stream, currently raising money for Extra Life)

I got this lovely shot on Diaspora, showing the spot and the one place in LOTRO where you see the sun and the moon at the same time.

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Blaugust Ends #blaugustreborn

So here we are at the end of August already and as predicted I had little time to post. Including this, I wrote 6 posts but given how little I’ve posted this year , that’s a massive improvement.

In addition, I have moved over from Blogger to WordPress, something I’ve meant to do for ages and Blaugust gave me the impetus to do that, so going forward it should make posting more streamlined.

I’ve also cleared up my blogroll and added some new folks. If you like to be included, drop me a line and I can include your own blog.

So Blaugust has helped with my blogging, introduced me to some new blogs. And I started streaming again!

See you next year (and hopefully before!)

Play by Post happenings #blaugustreborn

It’s been a while since I posted anything about my pbp games running on GamersPlane.com but they’re still going strong.

Call of Cthulhu – A Time to Harvest

We are now on chapter four of this long running campaign, the students (or what’s left of them) are now working for a major corporation in search of what appears to be an alien race, terrorising the Vermont town of Cobb’s Corners.

Call of Cthulhu – The Dreaming Ward

Another Cthulhu game, this one following the exploit of four friends in short episodic adventures. Louis Karabekian and co have just checked into an institute who are studying dream states and can’t help feeling like they are in an asylum,

Call of Cthulhu – Shadows of Yog Sothoth.

This classic campaign has been running for many years and is still fairly slow going, the intrepid investigators are seeking cult goings on in the Scottish Highlands.

Warhammer Fantasy – The Enemy Within.

My only fantasy game I’m currently running, a new set of green adventurers are trying to get the bottom of a case of mistaken identity, where one of the characters is being followed by a bounty hunter as he resembles a man due to collect a huge inheritance. This is the start of a massive campaign and I hope my players stick around to see it through.

No Man’s Sky 2 ~ Sky Harder #blaugustreborn

So I was one of the few that stuck with No Man’s Sky after its rocky launch and loved the game. I never played on a regular basis, as with all survival games I have a habit of playing non-stop for hours, days, nay weeks at a time, not getting anywhere in terms of story but collecting and building, mining and farming, until I got all the stuff, which of course, is never. Looking back, I blogged about it quite a bit in the 2016 Blaugust season. Eventually I burned out and though I returned a few times, especially after major updates, it never became my ‘main game’ after that initial burst.

20180815001152_1Recently, however, the game has gone through another evolution, with the Next expansion. My stream friend list has gone from half a dozen owning the game, to well over twenty and i have returned and jumped in head first. Base building is a major attraction for me with games like this and the new system is great. I was initially stumped about my old base disappearing but soon enough I got things back on track and have built something bigger and better.

Knifesedge Homeworld

My planet, originally named Knifesedge Homeworld is neighbour to the imaginally retitled Iceworld and Waterworld ( no prizes for guessing what type of planets they are!) and between them they have all I need. With my base built to my satisfaction, now I need to earn some cash and get a better ship. I’m loving it so far and hope it keeps my attention for the weeks to come.

I stream some of my gameplay at http://www.twitch.tv/Knifesedgegames, most evenings around 10pm GMT so stop by if you’re interested, or at the very least, follow my channel, and I’ll gladly follow yours.

 

To stream or not to stream? #Blaugustreborn

So over the last week or so I have thought about returning to streaming. I never did it with any particular fervour in the past, my machine never up to running both a game and streaming it at the same time, but with a better machine I decided it was time to give it a try.

Now because of my setup, I have opted not to use camera or voice (for now). I know this is no way to build a hugely popular stream but I’m doing this to share my love of gaming, not to become some internet celebrity. I want the focus to be on the game, not me.

Having said that, I have gone to some length to try and figure out the technology required and was to pretty up the stream. I’ve started using Streamlabs OBS, instead of the original OBS software I used previously and I’ve been playing with templates to have a Stream Starting screen and a template to make it my own. I’m never comfortable designing this kind of stuff, but I think I’ve got it working effectively.

So far I’ve tried streaming LOTRO ( a pain as it crashes every time I tab out) and No Man’s Sky, a game a recently returned to following the Next Update. I do get the odd viewer popping in and have a couple of new subscribers since I returned. I’m sure if I start varying the games I play, I’ll attract a wider audience and having access to Pre-release review copies, that might be good opportunity to show them off.

So, dear reader, if you stream, what do you play? Do you have any tips?

If you’re a twitch viewer, swing by my stream if you see me online, and say hi. You’ll find me at http://www.twitch.tv/knifesedgegames

My crop 2018 #BlaugustReborn

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So part of the reason I haven’t blogged about gardening in some time is that I simply haven’t had time to grow anything. Last year I gave up my allotment and even my little back garden was neglected as I focussed on my teaching.

This year I’ve managed to carve out some time to grow a little something, so I focussed on things I know my wife and I eat a lot of, tomatoes and cucumbers.

At the end of last year, I obtained some plastic greenhouses, on sale at the end of the season, so I got them set up. I’ve also set a few to grow outside and with the incredibly hot summer we’re having in the UK this year, they’re doing extremely well.

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Cucumbers 
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Tomatoes

Do you grow your own vegetables? What are you growing this year?

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