Gaming Goals – August 2016

There aren’t enough hours in the day! Ever since I created my Twitch channel, I’ve had to actually SCHEDULE my gaming, which has really helped me accomplish things. However, exciting new titles keep releasing and I keep failing to resist buying them! So I’m using a to do list app to help me accomplish my goals. (I’m also using it to build some better habits like exercising every day because I’m a total slob.)

I just started using it yesterday, so I’ve only added a couple of items. The fastest way to fail at something is to try and accomplish too many things at once. If you’ve ever watched me play video games, you know that I can get overwhelmed VERY easily, which causes me to lose track of what I’m doing. Then I feel stressed out and I give up.

One of the things I’ve found that helps me tackle a large stack of work when I’m at the office is breaking down my tasks into manageable chunks and listing them out. So I thought I should make a monthly list of gaming things I want to accomplish:

  • finish Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • complete the Slayer challenge in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Season 7
  • obtain the 4 pieces of i700 gear avaiable from the World of Warcraft Legion invasion event
  • obtain 4 Yokai Watch weapons in Final Fantasy XIV
  • make progress on i240 Anima Weapon upgrade in Final Fantasy XIV
  • start playing a new game

The last two items aren’t very measurable, so I need to figure out more specific goals. I also have to figure out what new game to play… Star Ocean V, I Am Setsuna, No Man’s Sky, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE… I can’t decide!

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Since Season 7 started in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls last week Friday, I decided that I wanted to check it out. I have never really participated in a season before and it seemed like a fun way to revisit Diablo III’s content without just doing more story mode. I get bored in Diablo III very easily unless I’m playing with friends, so I’m playing with Snape and Mirra, of course. We do everything together, after all! Since we have room for a 4th player, we’ve had the opportunity to play with a few of my friends on Twitch as well as with my son.

Due to timezone differences and his busy schedule as a college student, it has been extremely difficult to coordinate a time and place to game together. The last time we played games together was in 2013 when Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn released! That was three years ago! Our relationship has always involved playing video games together, whether it was some kind of actual multiplayer game or me watching (and putting in my two cents) while he played a single player title.

I’ve really missed gaming with him. Parenting is tough, but I’ve found that the thing that is hardest for me is letting him go. He graduated from college earlier this year and is working toward truly becoming independent. Words can’t express how proud I am of him, but at the same time there’s a part of me that wants him to stay with me forever…

I consider myself to be EXTREMELY lucky that he and I share a love of video games. This makes it a cinch to stay connected even though he’s on his own some 5000 miles away from me. A lot of parents don’t have this kind of connection with their kids, so when they leave the nest, the parents feel even more lonely. Empty nest syndrome is definitely a thing. Luckily for me, I used his leaving as a chance to play more games so I didn’t have that lack-of-purpose feeling that so many parents experience. Still, I missed sharing these games with him. Over the last four years, video game discussions dominated the weekly phone calls but we almost never played together.

So when Season 7 started, I told him that we were making characters and that he should join us. He had never done a Diablo III season, either, although he used to be way more hardcore than me in Diablo III. So earlier this week, we powerleveled him to 70. Then he played on his own a bit and got some awesome gear and some Paragon levels. So last night he helped powerlevel us through Chapters 3 and 4 of the season challenge. So now we’re all working on the Slayer challenge.

While he was blitzing through Bounties as we ran Rifts to get Greater Rift Keys, he came across a treasure goblin. When he killed it, it left behind a portal to a place called the Vault. (“Sickness must be purged!” Oh wait, wrong Vault…lol) He said that we had to stop whatever we were doing to come down to where he was at, so we teleported to him, entered the portal, and found the treasure goblin’s lair! There was gold EVERYWHERE!

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You could see random goblins walking along pathways as they went about their business. There were also goblins to kill as we walked along the upper walkway.

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After picking up literally MILLIONS of gold (maybe around 8-9M), we came to a very shiny golden door. We opened it and faced off against a boss. We were playing on a low difficulty (Torment II) level in order to spam rifts, so it died really fast and I missed getting a screenshot.

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It left behind a giant golden treasure chest sitting in a pool of blood. It spouted out some legendary items, set pieces, gems, and a lot more gold.

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You can see the dead boss body inside the chest after you open it. If you click on the chest, it makes a loud chomping noise accompanied with an animation that looks like the chest is eating the boss. Kind of like a mimic. It’s pretty funny. We stood there for awhile just playing with that.

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My goal for tonight is to work on the World of Warcraft Legion invasion events. There are four pieces of i700 gear. Once I get these pieces, my gear will be sufficiently high for Legion when it releases on August 30th. It’s not like I do hardcore raid content in WoW or anything. I generally don’t even do 5-man dungeons. Just the solo content. And whatever quest rewards you get from those always replace the previous expansion’s epics immediately anyway. So come by my Twitch channel after 7 PM Hawaii time and say hi!

Also, don’t forget to Like my page on Facebook to keep up with any game news that I think is exciting!

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