It's been years since I reread Dunsany's Time and the Gods and I went into it this time expecting little ornate fantasies about the gods. Perhaps it's my age but I never realized how dark the stories in this collection are. And I'm ashamed to admit, I never knew that Dunsany was an atheist until I finished the book and googled Dunsany atheist. Just goes to show, you're never too old to learn something.
February 27, 2021
Eivor the Jarl
After 199 hours, Eivor has become Jarl of the Raven Clan, defeated all the hidden ones, defeated the forces of Alfred the Great and sent him into hiding. Of course Alfred recovers, Eivor's victory is a temporary one but he's accomplished a lot during his time in Britain. As for me, I'll be keeping the game on Kosh for a bit, there's two expansions coming. One will take Eivor to Ireland and the second will be set in Frankia, better known as France.
According to Ubisoft I've completed 83% of the game. I skipped stuff like the dice game and the drinking contests. There are also a few mythic beasts I've missed. My one big disappointment was with the armor of Thor. I went through hell to get that stuff and by the time I did my own armor was better. Of course the Aesir didn't have Gunnar working for them, Eivor did.
All told, I've been playing Assassin's Creed Valhalla since the middle of December. Not a bad run at all.
February 27, 2021
That's Nali, a cat that lives on my longboat. He used to belong to a raider named Kottr but after Kottr died he'd been living on the docks at Norwich. A kid was trying to catch him and while he was unsuccessful, I succeeded. Now Nali stays on my boat although I assume he makes occasional forays in my settlement to kill mice and rats. Along with Nali I have a wolf named Chewy who'll fight for me if i summon her and a fox named Dandelion Puff. Just to be clear, his last owner called him that, when Eivor sees the fox around he calls him Dandydoo.
Oh, I also have a raven named Synin who'll scout ahead for me. I have the ability to summon Synin to act as a distraction in a fight but I haven't used it, I figure Synin has done enough for me as it is.
February 26, 2021
I played System Shock in 1994 when it came out. In 1994 games with a first person view were new and this was state of the art. But I'm not here to wax nostalgic over a 27 year old game, instead I'm just letting you know that there's remake coming out in the summer and the folks doing it have released a demo, you can get it from the usual places.
Remakes are a funny thing, I'm not particularly excited over the Mass Effect remake but the series debuted in 2007. But I'm interested in the Diablo 2 remake, the original game was released in 2000. Apparently I need at least two decades worth of distance before I'll consider playing a remake.
By the way, Electronic Arts has dropped its demand that Bioware include an online component in the next Dragon Age game, perhaps because Bioware's one foray into online gaming, Anthemtanked. You know, EA bought Bioware in 2007 and they still haven't stripped it for parts, that has to be some kind of record.
February 26, 2021
A Fleeting Sense of Normality
On Tuesday I fired up the DVR and watched two episodes of Black Lighting, one of Batwoman and the premiere of Superman and Lois. I hadn't watched a slate of over the air network television shows since last April and it was wonderful.
By the way, Tyler Hoechlin, who plays Clark/Superman in the aforementioned Superman and Lois, manages to pull off the same thing that Chris Evans did for Captain America. He plays a straight arrow character with depth and humor. He's the best incarnation of Superman I've seen, and I started out watching George Reeves as Superman before I could read.
February 25, 2021
The Lion King
I know it's stupid and immature, I still found it funny.
February 18, 2021
Amazon's Lord of the Rings
And if you don't know who Ar-Pharazôn is we can't be friends.
February 17, 2021
A Metaphor I Suppose
February 17, 2021
My Social Interactions
During the lockdown:
February 12, 2021
I have a doctor's appointment in Atlantic City today and that's the scene in my parking lot. Snow is still falling but the temperature is 34° and the weather guy at the Press was happily claiming that while the snow would still fall for awhile, the new snow wouldn't stick. And indeed, the flakes are getting bigger. Back in the day I'd look outside, see the accumulation and think, "Not too bad, I'll clean off the car and leave for work 15 minutes early."
But I'll soon be a senior citizens, I can tell because of the folks lining up to sell me Medicare supplemental insurance, and I feel like I'm getting ready to try to reach the south pole. But dammit, I've been a viking for the last two months! I'm Eivor the Wolf Kissed!
So I'm going to over caffinate, clean off the car and drive cautiously into Atlantic City, just like Eivor would if he was in his 60s, out of shape and living in a condo in South Jersey with his cat.
February 11, 2021
Welcome to Vineland
And so Eivor sails to Vineland to kill Gorm Kjotvesson, son of the guy who killed his father. The game strips you of your items because you're sort of undercover. To get weapons and armor you have to gather resources and trade them to the Kanien'kehá:ka people. I was cool with that but when I started to run into Gorm's people it bothered me that I couldn't loot their weapons. This wasn't a new thing introduced for North America, it's just the way the world works in Assassin's Creed Valhalla.
Gorm had huge guys with him who fought beside rabid wolves so I figured that the showdown with Gorm would be a boss fight. As it turned out he was fairly weak and went down quickly. But I did get to kill my first mythical beast while I was in Vineland, a moose named O Yan Do' Ne, not the first legendary animal I encountered but the first one I was able to kill.
And with Grom and the moose dead I sailed back to Britain where I'll continue to build a coalition to do something I guess. Not too sure why I'm making all these deals with the local nobility. Probably to rescue my brother Sigurd.
February 8, 2021
Covid 19: Year 2
January 31, 2021
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