Let’s Play Fran Bow up on YouTube!

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Fran Bow

Just finished up another Let’s Play and uploaded it all to YouTube! Fran Bow is a dark-whimsical (think Tim Burton but less self-absorbed and twee <small>I am not a Tim Burton fan</small>) adventure game in the traditional style–meaning ‘let’s solve arbitrary number and switch/slider puzzles and combine really random things to create strange tools to accomplish complicated goals.’ That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though! I played enough adventure games back when they were the Big Thing (ye heady days of Sierra) to know my way around the good old ‘combine items’ button…

I enjoyed this game, even though it rushes its conclusion and falls apart at the end. The art direction and creature/character/environment design are rough and brush-work-y and incredibly appealing, the writing’s solid (it gets a bit overly morbid-whimsical now and then, but not too often), the characters are surprisingly warm and supportive, Mr. Midnight is a talking kitty and you get to play him twice (hooray!), and the literary references (to It, The Neverending Story, and Alice in Wonderland) are thoughtfully integrated instead of just cute shallow aesthetic nods.

Note that the game touches on just about every content/trigger warning possible, so be warned going in.

You can watch the full Let’s Play on my YouTube channel here. To see live streaming Let’s Plays from me, follow my Twitch channel at https://www.twitch.tv/waldweg. I’ll be playing Child of Light next.

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New FFXIV Art Commission!

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Scoots

Hee, I commissioned an online friend of mine (https://ko-fi.com/bugpaws) for an avatar of my FFXIV main, the Hyur (read: human) Highlander paladin Camille Delane. The funny thing about commissioning people that actually know you is…they actually know you.

So Camille ended up surrounded by most of the cat-type pets you can collect in the game XD I didn’t ask for that detail–Rhys just knows what my priorities in life are.

I like it.

(Rhys also did a great piece for me of Jake, the Cat from Outer Space.)

Let’s Play DoraKone up on YouTube!

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DoraKone

For a quick break from walking sims and all of the death/philosophy/existentialism/sanity (and cake?) thematic stuff I’ve been playing recently, I played DoraKone, an incredibly wholesome and cheerful short (and free!) f/f visual novel dating sim. A nice quick cheerful little game!

You can watch me date Rayen (introvert lore buff and best girl), Brin (the competitive jock), and Honoree (the spoiled rich girl) over on my YouTube channel here. Remember to subscribe while you’re over there, if you’d like to get notified when I upload new videos. You can also follow my Twitch channel if you want to watch me play live!

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Jackdaw and Cherry

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Jackdaw and cherry - 08-21-19

Finished up another digital art piece! This is “Jackdaw and Cherry,” inspired by the book The Sakura Obsession and the life of Collingwood “Cherry” Ingram, an English upper-class fellow who helped preserve a ton of varieties of flowering cherry trees in the time leading up to and during World War II.

You can see a larger version of this piece and more of my art over at my DeviantArt gallery.

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Let’s Play What Remains of Edith Finch Available on YouTube!

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What Remains of Edith Finch

Just got my next full Let’s Play series up on YouTube! Following Firewatch, I decided to check out What Remains of Edith Finch, another acclaimed walking sim. This one, there’s really not much at all you can do to interact with the story (there’s only one section of the narrative that has any choices, and they’re entirely cosmetic), so it’s a bit like (scratch that, exactly like, by design) walking through a museum and listening to (and watching) an audio(visual) tour…

I had mixed feelings here–some of the sections were very clever, in terms of design and mechanics, but the whole thing didn’t add up for me.

You can watch/listen to my Let’s Play over on my YouTube channel here.

To watch my Let’s Play videos live, check out my Twitch channel, https://www.twitch.tv/waldweg. I’m playing the adventure game Fran Bow right now,¬†which is both incredibly whimsical and appealing and also comes with every content/trigger warning known to the human race…

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Let’s Play Firewatch Available on YouTube!

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Firewatch Card

A while ago, I played through the acclaimed walking sim Firewatch (it’s the most recent sim to get a lot of attention, after Gone Home, Tacoma, Dear Esther, What Remains of Edith Finch, etc.) over on my Twitch channel (twitch.tv/waldweg). I’ve just finished uploading all of recordings of the stream over on my YouTube channel, so head on over there to check them out!

I had mixed feelings on it at the end, and would still put Gone Home and Tacoma way ahead of it as favorites (always remember–Tacoma has a kitty! You get an accomplishment just for finding the kitty!), but I had fun talking to myself as I played my way through and speculated about what the heck might be going on. I hope you enjoy the experience, too.

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FFXIV Screenshot Overpainting

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FFXIV overpaint final - 08-10-19

I decided to take a break from making compositions myself and just do some (what I thought would be) brainless practicing with digital oils/acrylics, by overpainting one of my many FFXIV screenshots of my Hyur paladin main, Camille Delane, in his new summer matsuri gear.

More than six hours later, I had *finally* finished. This took ages! I did learn some about lighting and shading, though, I think.

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Control, the Plant, and the Biologist: Southern Reach fanart

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Control complete - 08-04-19

One of my first attempts at digital painting! I’m incredibly happy with how this turned out–the mood and composition are exactly what I was seeing in my head.

I finished Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance) recently, and was, unsurprisingly, struck by all of the surreal body horror and the ominous sense of always being watched and of everything bleeding into everything else that permeate the novels.

So here we go, here’s Control holding the plant that can’t die, with the Biologist’s eyes behind him…

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Starting to Play with Digital Art

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mme cat

I purchased a Wacom tablet (just a little beginner’s one) a while ago and have started playing with it. I have a long long way to go before I’m happy with my grasp on using it (and on creating either drawn or painted art in general), though!

This is my first attempt at anything involving a human(oid) figure–a friend’s FFXIV Miqo’te (read: catgirl) main and her Gaelikitten (a cat pet that wears a green cloak with a pair of wings that lets it fly) grooming one of her ears.

I’ve started posting my art attempts here on DeviantArt because I am a geek and that is What Geeks Do.

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Taking a Risk

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The past few days have been my first few as an unemployed newly-diagnosed ADHD adult. And being unemployed is my choice! It’s both terrifying and freeing.

After about a year of both trying on my own and then with the help of my employer to recover from burnout at work, I discovered I just…couldn’t. The combination of eight hours in front of a computer every day, answering emails or staring at an online community I felt like I *should* have been able to develop great ideas for energizing but couldn’t, and a repetitive annual schedule that involved predictable tasks without new information meant every day was a painful struggle just to get through. And then my personal life consisted solely of coming home to my disaster of an apartment and ignoring it so I could get enough sleep to get through the next day.

At this point in my life, I’ve had enough of overloading, hitting the wall, keeping working *despite* that, and then getting to take a break, sure–except the break is usually because of a total health collapse and usually involves the hospital. So I decided to take initiative for once, leave my work, and take some time just to focus on my life habits and getting treatment firmly in place for this new ADHD diagnosis.

I have savings, but I live in an absurdly expensive part of the country (with Amazon soon to swoop in to plop an outpost here and make it even *more* expensive…), so I expect to struggle after a few months, especially if I’m not able to find a part-time job to ameliorate things. Still, I think it will be worth it. I’m tired of throwing myself against a wall until I break just to prove that I *need* a break–and a different kind of break than neurotypical people might need.

So that’s what’s up. I don’t think the decision’s any more foolish than having a total health collapse every four years or so. We’ll see if I’m right.

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