Bloodborne Finally final foe finished

Kos it's fun to play with others
Over the past week I’ve battled through The Old Hunters DLC, and have enjoyed it more than I expected, and thankfully the final foe is finished ๐Ÿ™‚

This has been my issue with Bloodborne, and the rest of the Souls series; I put the game down, only to consider it too tough to come back to for casual play. Only to pick them back up and drool over the quality of the mechanics and abstract stories.

So it’s over! I was going to grind out to acquire the Beast Claws, but I tired of the chalice dungeons after the variety of The Hunter’s Nightmare.
I munched down on three One Third of Umbilical Cord and fought the final battles… with some assistance ๐Ÿ™‚

And this is what makes From Software’s Bloodborne (plus Souls) stand out from all the rest; how it creates, nurtures, and develops communities.
A heartfelt thank you to each Hunter who joined me on the boss battles (esp Super Henry, Zalanah, and FuNya rlathotep), I certainly couldn’t have done it without you, and I do plan on paying the favour forward 10 fold.

It’s been so long since I started (April 2015: Bloodborne โ€“ First impressions)I’d forgotten of Gehrman, and dropping into New Game PLus I was reminded of where I had met him first.

Tip for Bloodborne New Game Plus

Read this guide: Bloodborne wiki fextralife New Game Plus
I wish I had, it’s going to be a lot harder to grind out levels without easy access to the Laboratory ๐Ÿ™

Refer to the Bloodborne wiki fextralife Game Progress Route, there are so many secrets to miss, and not a clue how you would figure out the endings without it?

Think I might now take a break from Bloodborne for a while, sure I’ll be back, but Dark Souls iii is calling this ashen one to finish something I started long ago ๐Ÿ™‚

Final Colossus down

12th Colossus
Over the past 2 days I’ve ticked off Colossi 11 to 16, then had the pleasure of watching the end story and the credits roll, and see how Shadow of the Colossus is the spiritual predecessor to Ico.

Never have I taken as many screenshots… except maybe Final Fantasy XV. Only this time I didn’t want to share them on Twitter as I was scared of spoiling the game for others.

Crazy eh? The game was released 13 years ago, and has been remade for the last 2 generations of PlayStation. How mad is it that this is the first time I’ve finished the story, and the 3rd time I’ve owned it? :p

Don’t know why it took me so long to complete. Like picking up Bloodborne to finish this time it wasn’t a challenge, no a problem, to play; but a pleasant puzzle, with an awesome story. Some achievement from a game with minimum dialog.

Agro is now my favourite all time companion and NPC. Although mentally I named him ‘where the fuck is the horse?’, and kept thinking Wander was shouting ‘Arrow’. The influence of Epona is obvious, the latter scenes near copycat… but the ending is so great that this doesn’t matter, find it’s a nod of recognition rather than theft. Although after writing that thought I know I’ll be comparing SotC and Z:OoT going forward… how did I not consider the similarities before?

Loved the ambience of the World, the scale goes without saying, and the variety of Colossi challenges is so cool. This is the only game that on completion that I immediately started a New Game Plus to gallop over the plains again.

As with the last 2 games I’ve finished (Horizon Zero Dawn, Bloodborne) before I approached the final ‘boss’ the completionist in me arose. Shadow of the Colossus drove me to find just one more fruit, save temple, or white tailed skink. I’m taking this as a sign of a games quality and depth, that I want to keep playing, but it could just be me.

I feel finishing this story is an event that most gamers will have achieved long ago, and I now look forward to being able to discuss the intricacies, and conspiracies, of the story line. This is certainly a game I will recommend to all, there’s an irony that I lent out my PS3 copy before I had completed it to a mate as I was raving about it so much; ‘he just had to see it!’ I will be playing through the New Game Plus when I need my Colossus fix, or feel uninspired by anything else, and I look forward to the day that my wife will allow me to play this with my son. FFS it’s only a game, but it’s truly in a league of its own Rating: ★★★★★

Another game off my AAA list, what to finish next?

Shadow of the Colossus External links

91% Metacritic
Shadow of the Colossus wikipedia

Horizon Zero Dawn bites the dust

Horizon Zero Dawn

w00t Horizon Zero Dawn complete, and what a journey ๐Ÿ™‚
I’m a little split on how I feel, perhaps one of the best open World games I’ve had the privilege to play, certainly ranks up there with Skyrim and Ocarina of Time.

Deep story, thoughtful various characters, detailed graphics, quality character acting, intuitive combat, and the farming didn’t feel like a grind.

After ~70 hours of game play I was ready for the end, so not sure if I did the right thing resisting purchasing the DLC… guess you don’t miss what you never had ๐Ÿ˜‰

I would recommend Horizon Zero Dawn to anyone, in fact think I’ve pissed off workmates by raving about the game over the past few weeks as they own XBONES
Rating: ★★★★★

So what do I play from my list next?

Bloodborne is always calling, just the DLC to complete before the final battle, but I’ve had an itch to go back to Bethesda’s Fallout 4, and I should tick off Shadow of the Colossus… I’ll sleep on it, and ponder it through the day ๐Ÿ™‚

Horizon Zero Dawn end is nigh

Picked up Horizon Zero Dawn to complete today; but the completionist in me came out and I had the need to find the last of the metal flowers, and now I find myself on Hunter Lodge trophy quests.

I’d like to unlock all of the skill trees before I finish the game, although from what I understand the map is still playable after the final mission is complete, without having to start a New Game plus.

Screw it, I’m to finish this story so I can return back to Bloodborne… or maybe Shadow of the Colossus, then again I have an itch for Fallout 4 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bloodborne complete

Mergo's Wet Nurse
Well nearly complete…

With the help of the awesome informative fextralife wiki Game Progress Route, and grinding blood in the lecture building, I made it to the Wet Nurse Wet Nurse.

I had a memorable experience of being joined by 2 other Hunters after I’d beaten up the Brain of Mensis, after I’d ‘made contact’… which seemed to take far too long, I thought I was doing something wrong.

Daykoh99 & JYNXtheDJ joined me, only for us to be invaded before we had the opportunity to step through the mist to face Mergo’s Wet Nurse. A Hunter at level 254, wielding weapons I’d not seen before began to kick our arses.

JYNXtheDJ didn’t manage to survive the battle, and the cheeky invader sculled many blood vials to heal his epic health bar; but we did eventually triumph. What a great feeling of success, and we’d yet to face the Nurse.

JYNXtheDJ joined us again, I think I may have summoned another NPC to join us (? although my memory may be hazy from so many boss battles), and we stepped into battle.

While the other Hunters attacked I circled around the back of the Nurse, using a level 8 Ludwig Holy Blade pimped with Bolt Paper. When she cloned and drew in the fog I followed Daykoh99 around the level circumference, then we all piled back on when we could see who to attack.

The battle was within a couple of minutes, and each of us survived, with more bows and curtsies exchanged ๐Ÿ™‚

So then I find myself back in the burning Hunter’s Dream with 3 One Third of Umbilical Cord’s in my stash… but do I want to finish the game just yet?

I picked up the DLC just before I started this recent completion quest, I do want to see completion, I never thought I’d make it this far… but I’m hooked again!

Those new weapons are calling me, and I have an inkling that if I finish the Bloodborne story now that I’ll never see the DLC in NG+ difficulty.

What a great problem to have eh? ๐Ÿ™‚

Do all good games have bows…

or do bows make a game good?

Do all good games have bows?

I started pondering this today, and here are the first ones that came to mind, with Metacritic scores

Something to consider if you’re ever making a game, make sure it has a bow ๐Ÿ™‚

Back to Bloodborne


Motivated by a player I met playing CoD Black Ops iii last night I’ve decided to try and complete Bloodborne
He had Platinum trophies in each From Software title, so I can learn to master the parry… and remember the controls again.

8.5 GB download though, it’s been a while since I last booted it up!
The OLd Hunters DLC is only 10 bucks, is it worth picking up?

I was waiting until it was a good price, and it doesn’t get much better ๐Ÿ™‚

notepad plus plus for Linux and other cool stuff I’ve found this week

notepad plus plus linux

notepad plus plus for Linux

I use notepad++ at work on a windows machine, I find it great for taking notes, and editing SQL scripts on the go.

For a long time Geany has been my goto Linux file editor, but it might now get more limited use in the future now that notepad++ is available in Linux, via snap ๐Ÿ™‚

Crazy too, that I think this is my first snap install!

This is still a Windows exe, installed via Wine, so still not a fully fledged Linux install, but it has all of the familiar features.

Simply install by typing the below into a terminal:
sudo snap install notepad-plus-plus

Which machine learning algorithm should I use?

machine learning cheat sheet
This link appeared on my Twitter feed this week; it’s a year old blog entry from SAS, but still useful.

Guide how to use it here: machine-learning-algorithm-use

How to make a bouncing ball simulator in Python

Scrolling through my Twitter posts this caught my eye, Boing Boing, a cool well presented project, and something a little different than what I use Python for.

Day Tripper tab by The Beatles

In the gym earlier in the week when this awesome promo video from The Beatles started playing on the large screen on the back wall; I’ve had this guitar riff in my head ever since ๐Ÿ™‚


Here’s what the band said about the song

Nearly finished Horizon Zero Dawn, I just don’t want it to finish. I’ve been travelling around the map, enjoying the scenery, finding all of the collectables.

Then discovered that Call of Duty Black Ops iii was free on the PS4 this week, so my attention has been diverted… times like this I am thankful for having fibre ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been one of my favourite CoD multiplayer games since Modern Warfare, had heaps of fun, and am keeping a positive KDR ๐Ÿ™‚

Thinking of making a commitment to completing Bloodborne next from my list of games to finish… but no point rushing in to anything eh?

close to the end of Horizon Zero Dawn


Think I’m close to the end of Horizon Zero Dawn, but don’t want to rush to the last mission… only 47 hours in and 57.87% complete ๐Ÿ™‚

Think I might try and unlock all abilities before I finish the game, so will look to unlock more locations and side quests.

I still have the hunting ground and tutorials to complete, they should be easy exp

AAA PS4 games I’ve yet to complete

From my post history you can read how I’ve made a pledge to myself to finish the awesome games that I own before I purchase any new ones…. Doom was an exception, but I did complete it within a couple of weeks of purchase ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a list of my outstanding AAA PS4 games collection, limited to non digital versions:

This brought back many memories adding the links, too many of these games have sat gathering dust for too long; parenthood cuts down on ones free time ๐Ÿ™‚

So what do I tackle next; I’ve forgotten where I were in the story in several of them.

Think I’ll tick off Horizon Zero Dawn, I’m close to the end game; as I am in FFXV, but think that one will take a few more hours to level up.

How to survive in Fortnite Battle Royale 14 tips

Fortnite Battle Royale

I’ve been playing Fortnite Battle Royale off and on since it first went free to play on the P, I’m not the biggest fan, but neither have I put in much game time.

I game across this guide by Kieth Stuart in the Guardian the other day the other day that has helped me a little… or more curbed my desire to jump out of the bus at the first opportunity, go in guns blazing, and have my arse handed to me within the first couple of minutes ๐Ÿ™‚

How to survive in Fortnite if you’re old and slow

Your reflexes are shot and your hand-eye coordination is dodgy โ€“ so how do you keep up with the kids in the worldโ€™s biggest video game?

13 rules of how to survive Fortnite Battle Royale

  1. Stay on the battle bus until the end
    1. If you want to live long enough to collect a couple of guns and some resources, stay on the bus until the last few seconds and then land somewhere near the coast.
  2. . Land on a roof when you eject from the battle bus
    1. Youโ€™ll want to land near a house, where youโ€™re most likely to find weapons and chests. But itโ€™s even better to land on the roof. This gives you a height advantage on anyone else nearby, and also means you can quickly chop your way through each floor, grabbing all the goodies from the top of the house to the bottom.
  3. Prioritise weapons over resources in the opening seconds
    1. As soon as youโ€™ve landed, you need to find something useful to fight with just in case someone else has dropped nearby.
    2. At this stage anything will do, though a tactical shotgun or submachine gun will be best because itโ€™s likely to be a close encounter.
    3. Donโ€™t engage anyone unless you really have to. Youโ€™re not Rambo.
  4. Learn about weapon grading, with each grade, the weaponโ€™s damage capabilities improve, so always prioritise rarer weapons.
    1. There are five grades of weapon in Fortnite:
      1. gray (common)
      2. green (uncommon)
      3. blue (rare)
      4. purple (epic)
      5. orange (legendary)
  5. Learn to make a basic fort – fortifications can soak up damage so your health and armour doesn’t need to
  6. An assault rifle and a shotgun are your must-have weapons
  7. If you want to practise shooting, go to Tilted Towers
  8. Pack your perfect inventory
    1. Many go for three weapons (short, medium and long range)
    2. bandages or a health kit, and some sort of projectile, such as a grenade or clinger.
    3. If you pick up anything that boosts your shields, use it immediately โ€“ itโ€™ll free up an inventory slot and thereโ€™s no benefit to saving them.
    4. If youโ€™re not planning to get in many firefights, prioritise health kits and large shield potions over bandages and small bottles.
    5. As a newcomer, when you do get into a fight, itโ€™s likely youโ€™ll need massive medical intervention rather than a plaster and a kiss on your sore bit.
  9. Use sound to your advantage – listen out for enemies, crouch to minimise your movement noise
  10. Stay away from open ground – those who are not seen are not shot at
  11. Stay away from close encounters – if you have ranged weapons use them
  12. Tweak the controls – each master to his own style
  13. Watch the experts – see what works for those who consistently win games
  14. Have fun – why else do we play games ๐Ÿ™‚

Please share any other tips you might have… or are you holding those back to ensure your own victory? :p

Laser Disco Defenders

Laser Disco Defenders
Not sure what month I picked up Laser Disco Defenders on PlayStation Plus, but in a lull between games I downloaded it today, and I’m happy I did ๐Ÿ™‚

Each laser you fire stays,
so the more you shoot the harder it gets!

  • Novel persistent bullet hell mechanic will keep you on your toes!
  • Choose your look with outfits that change how you play the game
  • Find the balance between health and speed that works for you with 4 playable characters
  • Thanks to randomly generated levels no play through is the same
  • Online leaderboards let you show who’s the “master on the dance floor”
  • Funky visuals inspired by 70s fashion and cheesy sci-fi flicks

Navigate around the simple caves, with jetpack like controls, each laser shot you fire stays permanently bouncing off of the walls. These pick off enemies who lie in its path, and taking love heart lives from your character if they hit.

Simple strategy, with a 70’s archetype disco theme, fun, simple, and one I can play with the toddler without incurring the wrath of his Mum ๐Ÿ™‚

Rating: ★★★½☆ simple graphics, cool sounds, thoughtful low highbrow strategic shoot-em-up

Doom completed


Doom 2016 completed, stoked to find a game that kept me hooked from picking it up to completion, great to see Bethesda , and ID, doing what they do best.

Love the extensive levels and badass weapons, I’ll be certainly putting more time into the Snap level design mode and multiplayer.

Rating: ★★★★★

Doom’d we’re all Doom’d in May

Ammo drop

Doom chainsaw Ammo drop

Doom (2016)

This month I finally got around to picking up Doom for the PS4 after playing the demo.
Hard to believe that I left it for so long; I’ve had heaps of fun, loving the simple run an gun format, and exploring the maps Bethesda have put together so well.
As I was late to the party the update was huge, 30 odd gig iirc, but kudos to Bethesda for it all being free of charge.

Not getting much play time I dropped the difficulty early on, but this hasn’t reduced the fun factor, and some of the encounters have still taken me several retries. Loving how it keeps the essence of Doom, from the shotguns and BFC [Big Fucking Gun… did you think Musk made up that acronym :)], to the hidden passages behind movable walls. Then there’s the chainsaw executions that have the bonus of filling up your ammo, the gory varied R3 executions that build back up health (and possible ammo + shields) and keep the game flowing, and the runes that mix up the standard play style.

Back in the 90’s I spent time at work building levels for Doom ii: Hell on Earth, when I couldn’t be sat at my 486 DX2 66 Mhz PC playing. That there is a level creation option in this version is a really great tip of the hat back to the original which I really appreciate

Another classic AAA game to have in my collection, that I’ve promised myself I’ll finish before I buy anything else ๐Ÿ™‚
Rating: ★★★★½ everything you want from a mindless shoot ’em up, rocking heavy soundtrack, and many hours replay with map creation and multiplayer

Ubuntu 18.04

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver release has been a mixed bag for me.
Audio is now working from my AMD graphics card to my TV’s in HDMI, no more having to wear headphones to watch any programs
OpenVPN isn’t connecting to a DNS server, traffic still running through tun0, but not my DNS.
I’m using a secure DNS, but kinda shit that it’s coming from my IP to there, and my firewall script blocks all DNS activity.
Spent too many hours trying to fix this, hope an update of either Ubuntu or my VPN will resolve this in the near future.


Love Journey, played through it a couple of times of the PS3 & 4, was looking for a bit of relaxation gaming, so (again finally!) picked up Abzu.
It’s been on my radar for a while, so for the price of a cup of coffee it was a no-brainer to pick up.

What an awesome experience, I found it cross between Journey & Echo the Dolphin, with a touch of Child of Eden.

Enjoyed the none dialogue story, the full ocean conservation feel, but most my 3 year old boy sat with me an played among the fishes; he loved the appearance of the Orcas and Humpbacks, the game was worth it for his smile alone.
Rating: ★★★★☆ graphically not dazzling, but fluid movement, and quality chilled escapism

Still spending many hours in the black working on my next Elite title, grinding away slowly, binge watched last series of Silicon Valley, and nearly finished Stranger Things, and got to the end of Charlie Booker’s fabulous Black Mirror.

Blanka’s here


w00t Blanka has arrived, he’s more awesome than ever, and I’m up to the 9th Colossus!

Edit: Now off to find the 10th ๐Ÿ™‚
9th was my favourite so far; the journey to it was cool and a little different, with more steps to taking down the Colossi… although once I’d reached the weak spot it was an easy take down

Blanka is coming

So excited, Blanka is coming;

release date 20th Feb!

I’ve just earned enough FM from playing through survival with each character; it seems like the records are wiped each season, which makes more opportunity to make in game currency.

Stoked I don’t have to shell out any cash top play my favourite main from SFiv ๐Ÿ™‚

โ€œIn SFV: AE, Blanka is living peacefully with his mother, and has adapted well to being introduced back into society. One day, a suspicious salesman approaches him and offers a way to make Blanka famous by mass producing a doll made in Blankaโ€™s likeness. Will it work? Find out in his character story mode.โ€

Capcom: Blanka Move List

Great to see all of his SFiv signature moves still there, with pretty much the same input, balls electric and all… but then they’ve given him a command throw to fuck with opponents even more, and his V-SKILL / V-TRIGGER / CRITICAL ART are truly wild.

And did I mention that his CA is QCF QCF Punch ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve had SFV from release, but it’s not felt complete without Blanka, 5 more days!

Picked up Shadow of the Colossus at the weekend…

impressive as the last 2 versions I’ve bought, but now with more detailed graphics and intuitive controls.

I’m up to the 6th Colossi resisting searching for guide, tackling each as I find them. Some have alluded me more than others, but I’m still enjoying the experience and challenge.

Wanderer taking a gander at the valley vista

Happy 18th… year of the current millenium

Playing a variety of games from my back catalogue; although I’ve wanted to pick up Doom and Persona 5, I’m resisting for just now.

So what has been taking up my time…

When games are more of an experience

As Shadow of the Colossus is due out in the next week I thought I’d make a concerted effort to finish The Last Guardian

Not sure why I stopped playing… actually I do, I was stuck finding a route, with no success each time I loaded the game; this time would be different ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m now a couple more hours in, and am again blown away by the Trico animation and scale. I had little love for the control mechanisms, but now that I’ve patience with the pace of the story, and companion beast, it’s not so irritating.

I find some of the environments vertigo inducing, the valley panoramas are impressive, and I’ve been known to sit ‘the boy’ down into a meditation state to enjoy the view while I have a cuppa.

So beyond the giant feathered mammal like quadruped (griffin?) what else I like is the Princess Bride like narrative… although in Japanese, and the platform challenges with the boy reminiscent of a evolved original Prince of Persia.

I like the vulnerability of the human lead, together with the power and fragility of the oppressed Trico. How Trico’s eyes and horns reflect his (her?) mood

Then there are the little things; blue butterflies in fluttering in the sun like something from a 90’s John Woo film, and the soaring birds dotted around the open chasms and sky.

I’m keen to read what other people think of the game, but I don’t want the experience trashed by spoilers. Although I feel a little silly having this predicament a year after release having still not finished it ๐Ÿ™‚

The Last Guardian is totally an interactive work of art and novel more than a game, and I’m now tempted to pick up a PS4 Pro to see the game in higher res & try the virtual experience.

If there is any ‘game’ to play of the PS4, I think this is it
Rating:Rating: ★★★★★(unfinished)

Capcoms cash cow

SFV Arcade… hate the in game currency, and will not give Capcom any more cash for characters; this sales model stinks! So I’ve been playing with a variety of characters to increase my stash of cash to pick up Blanka on his release.

Quite excited to have the green jungle boy back in the ring, as he was my main for years on each iteration of SFIV

My heart races before each on-line fight, such a rush… and because of this fix and endorphin rush reinforces why I won’t pay for more DLC.

killer crossover

Still finishing of tasks in FFXV, although this months play time was at the Assassins Festival… I didn’t have chance to finish the challenge there, hope the time limit hasn’t prevented this, as I missed the last festival too ๐Ÿ™

Don’t call me Shirley

Completed Call of Duty Modern Warfare to justify picking up another title, but I’ve had no need! Did love the enhanced remake, brought back good memories. I’ve enjoyed going back to the on-line multiplayer, remembering terms like ‘grandmas house’ made me smile.

Quiet time

Next on my list to finish is Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain… I began playing this far too long ago.

I’ve been enjoying the side ops and sending my crew away on missions… which reminds me I must check on their progress.

Another masterpiece that doesn’t deserve to be sitting on a shelf, gathering dust, unfinished.

Super Oct 17


So excited, I managed to reserve a Mini SNES, should have it tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

Looking forward to introducing the boy to all of the classics I loved as a kid, and from what I’ve read ( Nintendo left it open to load ROMS onto it, as with the mini NES… so many games to play!

I’ve been having on and off issues wit h my PC… well mainly off issues when it overheats while running Dรฉjร  Dup backup.

Today I’ve refitted the heat sink, cleaned off the old thermal paste, and fitted a new fan, as the one that came with the case was poor and far too load.

Machine is now running heaps quieter and cooler + I’m now using borg backup, which doesn’t seem as resource heavy on a single core.

Picked up Horizon Zero Dawn again, turned down the difficulty and am enjoying the environment when I have the opportunity to play.

Neon Chrome, a free PS4 game, is my current quick pick up title, find it disposable and fun:

Neon Chrome is a ruthless top-down cyberpunk shooter with rogue-like elements. The game takes place inside an arcology โ€“ a massive sci-fi mega structure.

Blast your way through walls with guns and cybernetic abilities and try alternate approaches with different roles like the Assassin, Corporate Soldier or the Cyber Psycho. Upgrade your character stats, discover new cybernetic enhancements and build up strength to finally face the Overseer. Every death is a new beginning โ€“ the path to defeating the Overseer is never the same.

Neon Chrome

Professionally I’m working on a Data Science course, having fun with Python, Pandas, and Numpy. Awesome to be picking up skills and knowledge that I can apply to my daily work ๐Ÿ™‚

Aug 17 games and fuck up

Yesterday I fucked up… a little

I’ve been playing with a Python script to re-arrange the films in my movie directory; it moves everything of a selected file type from directory and sub-directory to a selected directory.

Useful eh?

Thought I might use it to group all of my photos too.

Last night I ran it on a drives root directory for all *.txt files.

Let me rephrase that, I moved every text file from all directories to my root directory.

This was only a backup drive, but I expect there might be a few programs that fail, as config files may have moved… on the upside, I know a good place to look for them is the folder in the root directory named ‘txt files’ ๐Ÿ™‚

retro need

Tired of current gen titles, plus mates have borrowed the games I fancied playing, I setup my XBOX 360 and PS3 again.

Such an awesome collection of titles, I can’t wait to introduce to the boy.

Found it mad that there are a few of them that I’ve bought the PS4 remakes of ๐Ÿ™‚

This then took me down a retro root and I installed a Linux MAME emulator to go back to my favourite platform title Wardner.


Not everyone sees the beauty of the game, but I have fond memories of playing a Japanese version of it at lunch, and after school, being able to get through the full game on 10p.

The rest of my game time as been committed to Elite Dangerous.
A colleague is new to the game, so I logged on with the intention of passing on some credits to help him on his way.

Within the first hour I made 3 insurance claims on expensive ships, simply because I’d forgotten the controls.

Mitigation kicked in and I bought a Sidewinder to bring back the muscle memory and remember what the fuck I was doing.

2.4 is in alpha testing, to be released soon, named ‘The Return’ – Thargoids are coming!
So naturally I’ve been hooked again in preparation.

I’ve been grinding out at Sothis / Ceos, increasing Federation and Explorer rank, currently sitting at Lieutenant / Baron / Expert / Entrepreneur / Ranger… Elite not too far away.

I’m running a Clipper with 2 class 6 First Class cabins, with a single jump I’m making as much as 2.5MM credits, inching up the rank with each departure of passengers.

I’m tempted to follow the Road to Riches, for something different to do, I always enjoyed flying the Asp… also fancy climbing back in a Diamondback and getting my combat skillz back up to speed; think that could be useful with the Thargoids return.

Great that these are not mutually exclusive as my bank balance is looking healthy enough to kit out a few ships to a high grade.

I’ve been tempted to go down the Python route, although not sure why I’m reluctant… maybe it’s the idea that I’ll then have to grind engineers to better equip the ship?

I’ve also joined the Mobius group, which means I can play on-line without the distraction and stife of players who would want to blow away, or steal, my hard earned credits.

To paraphrase Braben, see you all in the black o7