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G is for Gaming

Gaming – I am a gamer, I am very proud of the fact that I am a gamer, start talking about Elders Scrolls and I will not shut up, I even did a post a while back on my favorite game Skyrim..

I have been gaming since I was 11, the first game I ever played was The Sims, back in my friends house we set up a home and a little family and I was hooked, I had asked about game bits for Christmas and I got a Playstation, not the lot with the numbers after it, this was the massive box of a thing that had an external hard drive to keep all your saves on it, I had two games, The Rugrats – Search for Reptar and The X Files game, I played… mainly The Rugrats one almost daily until I got bored but I couldn’t afford any new games and I couldn’t convince anyone to get me any for Christmas.. so I stopped.

When I got my job in Sainsburys, I suddenly could afford things, I got a DS for Christmas and started buying DS games and obviously buying The Sims 2 for my PC, which in my honest opinion is the best Sims game to date! I also saved up and brought an XBOX 360, roughly around the time I started to date Mr S (or Daddy Cat heh) so I could play games with him, with my sparkly new XBOX, I also got this wonderful fun game called Left 4 Dead, I highly recommend you give it a go as its so much fun with four people..

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I started to really love gaming again, and then in 2011 when this wonderful RPG called Skyrim came out (number 5 in a long history of Elder Scrolls games) I was lost in this whole new world.. I wont bore you much about it but it was incredible..

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I now spend my evenings on my XBOX One, I say mine even if Mr S paid for it, but hes often on his PC so its totally mine, playing games and having fun with some friends.. its my way of unwinding after my day with three demonic children..

Call gaming a waste of time if you will but for me its a time well spent.. exploring worlds and going on kill streaks..

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A nice break from the real world and its insanity..

Until next time

Mummy Cat.

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E is for Escapism 

Escapism –

Hi, Dann here! Sarah’s other half, and I’ll be taking this next letter in the alphabet because I wouldn’t shut up when she was brainstorming ideas for topics beginning with E.

Personally I think there’s loads of topics that could be waffled about starting with E; Enki, the Sumerian god; EGad, and other funny blasphemy-dodges; (Sir Anthony) Eden, and political waffle. While history, language and politics are all hobbies—Oh gosh I sound like a bloody dullard— of mine I’m instead going to talk about something that encompases my other hobbies, and, well, all hobbies really. Escapism.

Escapism is critically important to all of us, even if we only find it while taking the long walk home some days, or in taking a moment to reflect before we put our heads down to sleep. A major one, that we probably don’t give much credit to as parents, in when we play —relaxed— with our kids; laughing and smiling, forgetting about the daily grind.

For me, and many people, there’s other major forms too. I don’t spend time watching TV, or watching films, and I also don’t really consider browsing the web downtime in any way these days—except those accidental hour-long Wikipedia & IMDB trawls that we’ve probably all been on. No, for me it’s the occasional moment with a book, or a few hours with a game. Yup, gaming is a big one for me.

One day there’ll be a better term for video games, board games, card games, than simply games, because an ever increasing amount of them transcend the normal definition of games. Video games like Dear Esther, What Became of Edith Finch, Proteus, and thousands more transcend a mission to win, they exist as little narrative experiences, areas to walk around in and be told a story. Other games pride themselves equally on having no win conditions even though they are very much traditional games – what is the point of beating an arcade game like Donkey Kong? Is there any point in surviving 500 years in Crusader Kings II? How will you change the lives of those around you in The Walking Dead?

Proteus, 2013

For me the chance to do something else, even if it is for —almost— no reason, to do something which stimulates the mind with new experiences, choices, and events, is unmatchable. But, it’s also important. It gives perspective, it gives context, and it gives experiences—even if they don’t transfer directly to the real world.

They’re also social experiences in many ways, especially in the case of tabletop games. In many ways the board games and card games of today are the parlour games of yesteryear; we can still play Charades, or Pictionary, but Bucket of Doom—a game which challenges you to evade a deadly situation with items plucked at random from a deck of cards— is equally fun. Yes, we can all do a big puzzle if we like, or we could all take part in solving a murder mystery as consulting detectives!

Here’s a few links, if you’re bored, to click through and see some of what I just talked about (Clarification, as you can see they are not in any way sponsored links).

Video Games I mentioned (PC, Steam links)

-Dear Esther

http://store.steampowered.com/app/520720/Dear_Esther_Landmark_Edition/

-What Became of Edith Finch?

http://store.steampowered.com/app/501300/What_Remains_of_Edith_Finch/

-Proteus

http://store.steampowered.com/app/219680/Proteus/

Board Games I mentioned (Physical, Developer Sites)

-Bucket of Doom

http://bucketofdoom.co.uk/

-Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detectives (The Thames Murders)

https://www.asmodee.us/en/games/sherlock-holmes/

For some it’s a bath, for some it’s skydiving, for some it’s the ol’ Netflix ‘n’ Chill, what is it that you do to escape?

Daddy Cat.

 

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The Talos Pilgrimage.

I play a game called Skyrim, in the game you are the dragonborn, the chosen one, only you can defeat alduin the world eater and save all of tamriel!

Sorry if that made no sense to any of you but there are many in this world who hold the name of Dovahkiin proudly, so much so they get various tattoos from the games universe!

And what do we dovahkiin do after we defeated the big bad? Why we go on walks! Skyrim is a stunning place full of trees, waterways, towering glaciers and marshlands and more importantly, hidden treasures! Namely shrines of one of the nine, Talos..

Now Talos.. also known as Tiber Septem, wasn’t technically a god, if you believe what the Thalmor say, but to all who inhabit Skyrim, he is very much a god or one of the Nine Divines and himself dragonborn.


The Talos Shrine Massacre – Just off from where you first start in Helgin, before you reach the Guardian Stones there is a path off on your left, follow that and you will stumble upon a horrible scene, The worship of Talos is forbidden and the Thalmor aren’t to kind to any who they find worshiping at the shrines.. its not the best place to find at the start of the game but it may change your view on how you plan the civil war to end.

White River Valley –  Northeast of Whiterun and part of a side quest from Elisif the Fair, this shrine is hidden away in a cavern, You are asked by Elisif to deliver her husbands horn to this location as an offering to the gods, and as I said before Talos worship is prohibited in Skyrim, you are asked to be discreet in delivering it, there you will find one very angry Thalmor looking for worshiper blood.. nothing a dragonborn cant handle!

Weynon Stones – You will find this one just southeast of Fort Dunstad, nothing really remarkable about this location, there are no quests leading to it and its pretty much out in the open to find if you fancy a bit of rambling in the snow.

Talos by the Lake – Of all the Talos shrine locations this one has to be my favorite, its situated next a small lake near Gallows Rock, I walked right past it when I tried to find it, its hidden away and unless you put the way-finder in the correct spot, you will probably not even realize its there.

Whiterun – The one we all see, the one we all hear Hemskir shouting and preaching at from dawn until dusk, many find his yelling irritating and tend to murder him when they first encounter him, but hes not doing anyone any harm, just sharing information of Talos.

Riften – If you are like me and are a skilled thief, in the game obviously, you will see this shrine of Talos more often than anything else, its just on the secret exit of the thieves guild and actually handy if you haven’t found immunity to whatever is lurking down in the ratways.

Sea of Ghosts – This is my second favorite location in the game, in the north coast of Skyrim is the Sea of Ghosts, underwater shipwrecks and plenty of treasure lurk here, I love walking this shore and its collection of in game secrets.. Don’t forget to drink a water breathing potion and dive into the depths of Pilgrims Trench for more hidden treasure!

Temple of Talos – This one is hidden away in a temple in Winterhold, it is an actual church with the shrine in it compared to all the others scattered around the land, you’ll find a solo priest inside keeping watch over the temple.

Temple of Talos Markarth – In Markarth directly underneath the Temple of Dibella you’ll find this lonely shrine, hidden away to protect those who secretly still wish to worship Talos while the Thalmor hunt for them, this area is part of a quest after you witness a murder in the market place shortly after you arrive in the city.

Froki’s Peak – Froki’s peak is found just up the mountain from Froki’s Shack, a small hut which you meet a man who can give you Kyne’s Token if you complete his sacred trials, there is also a dragon around this area so expect an epic battle if you tempt to reach it.

Ilas-Tei’s Last Stand – Northeast of Ysgramor’s Tomb (any Companion will know this location) you’ll find a unfortunate site, a dead mage surrounded by scrolls of calm and a skeever.. something tells me his spells didn’t go to plan.

Winterhold Glaciers – This is one of those odd places that you cant help wonder why and how it even got here, overlooking the Sea of Ghosts and covered in ice, this is east of the tomb Saarthal where you have a Mage’s Guide quest and north of Alftand.. be careful you don’t slip on the ice!



Bloated Man’s Grotto – Be wary of the bears and the spriggons, this one place is a tough little area for any unskilled in the art of sneak, you’ll find at the base of the shrine Bolar’s Oathblade which is itself a unique weapon.

Overlooking Windhelm – Looking over the city of the kings, looming  and glaring at Ulfric Stormcloak is one of the few shrines that are visible without having to do a great deal of hunting. This was the first Talos photos I decided to take and it inspired me to get out my map and go on a hunt for the rest.

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And that’s it, I know this isn’t exactly in keeping with what I write on my blog, but I thought it would be something fun to do, and I really enjoyed walking around the world of Skyrim snapping the forbidden god Talos and honestly, I normally choose the Imperial story line when it comes to the civil war, but doing this and learning more about Talos himself has made me choose Stormcloak..

I promise you that next post is mummy and baby related.

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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Photograph Friday

ITS HALF TERM!! (Please send help)

This weeks photo is something a little different, it’s from a game! The game in question is Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls V Skyrim which I have been replaying during my down time of not needing to be a mummy..


The photo was screenshotted in the city of Riften on a very foggy day, this is a modded version of the game on the Xbox one, which allows mods now! Brilliant times ahead for this Khajitt (cat humanoid).

If anyone wants to read more stuff about games and gaming news head over to my husbands website Big Boss Battle

Until next time.

Mummy Cat
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