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A new home for the blog

For a while now I’ve been pondering about moving the blog to a self-host. You see, WordPress.com is great as far as free blogging goes. But for me it got to a point where its limitations became… well, too limiting. And if I am going to pay for features I might go all the way. Which is exactly what I did.

You can find the new home for the blog at: shardsofimagination.com

This version of the blog will remain though, just in case something goes horribly wrong and I need a place to fall back to. *knocks on wood*

If anyone has any problem accessing the new place, please let me know by leaving a comment on this post, sending an e-mail to rakuno (at) <insert-name-of-this-little-blog-of-doom-here>.com or by sending me a message via Twitter to Rakuno_SoI.

For now I just hope to see you in the new site. :)

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Notices

 

Status update! (for the blog and some personal ones)

After much brooding in my hidden lair, I think it is time to get back to blog posting.

So here are some things that have been going on my mind as well as some stuff I’ve been up to.
If it seems there is a lot of uncertainty in this post it is because… there is. I blame it on my chronicle indecisiveness. Anyhoo, let’s get started with…

Plans for the blog

One of the things I’ve been thinking the most is what I want to do with the blog, both from a technical point of view and from a content one. Mostly from a technical point of view.

See, I love WordPress. It is a pretty good piece of software. It is even better that there is a company that provides a free service with that software. The drawback though is that WordPress.com severely limits what we can do without paying.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not demanding them to change anything or complaining that they are trying to earn a living out of this. However I’ve been thinking, if i am going to pay for stuff I might as well go all the way and pay for a server hosting somewhere else where I can install/modify all the stuff I want. So that is something I have been seriously considering for a while.

If I finally make a final decision about it I will make a post about it with more details. For now just be warned that the blog might eventually have a home somewhere else. With all the benefits and consequences of such a move.

What is the content again?

Originally the plan for this blog was to write about MMORPGs, anime and anything else I felt strongly enough about. Although that hasn’t formally changed, the content of the blog has been mainly about MMORPGs. There are some good reasons for that. It is simply that for me it is easier to write about MMORPGs as there is always something unique, something I experienced that I can talk about. With something more passive like a book, anime or even a single player game I find it a lot harder to write about without feeling like people would be better served elsewhere, in a bigger site, with more professional reviews (and better writers).

The bad part about it is that I started to feel like… hmmm… how can I say this? I kinda started to feel like I’ve cornered myself into writing about MMORPGs. Even what exactly I wrote about started to bug me. As I said, I just hate writing the same thing someone else already did (and did better!).

I know it is silly and I should just write whatever makes me happy. It is my blog after all. A hobby that I do just for fun.

And that is more or less what I intent to do. Just stop worrying so much about silly things and write whatever is in my mind. In practice it probably won’t change much. But if you ever see a post about some crazy japanese show in a genre you never heard about…. you will know the reason. :)

Ze games!

Between all the brooding I’ve been doing, I’ve been playing games too! Surprisingly enough I was able to restrain myself on Steam’s Christmas Sale (although I did give more gifts through there so I guess it is wash). Between all the games bought, given and received as gifts I found some surprisingly enjoyable games. They aren’t really any hidden gems as much as games I ignored before for a reason or another.

Among those, the most prominent ones are Terraria and… The Sims 3.

Let me start with Terraria. If I had to describe it in very few words it would be: imagine if Minecraft and the  Zelda series had a 2d side-scrolling lovechild and you have Terraria. The game is actually a lot more than that, but you can see the influences of both of those games on it.

Then there is The Sims 3. One might (rightfully so) scratch their heads and wonder why I was so surprised to enjoy this game. Well, the on both previous games I got bored of it very quickly because all I saw was micro-managing some virtual twerps who couldn’t do anything by themselves. Although a lot of the game is still about it on the Sims 3, I also found out that it is pretty fun coming up with meta-goals (like transform key people in town into vampires) and try to execute them.

Another difference is that back in the Sims 1 and 2 I wasn’t all interested into house decoration in games. Nowadays I am, it is one of my creative fixes. On the Sims 3 I am finding it to be very challenging to make a house that is functional, creative and aesthetically pleasing. It also has made me much more appreciative of the works of professional architects and designers.

What still annoys me is that despite all the evolution of the series the rest of the town is still pretty nonchalant about your actions. For instance, turning a significant part of the population into vampires don’t seem to have as much impact as one would expect.

Exploring the land of the Penguin

In more personal notes, I’ve been trying to go back to Linux. I’ve already used it as my main system years ago (early 2000′s I think?) but end up returning to Windows because of games. From time to time I still checked it just to see the changes but never made a big effort to go back. Now with Windows 8, an OS that I couldn’t find less appealing, and Steam for Linux I am find it more appealing to go back to the land of the penguin. There is just something about Linux that makes me much happier than Windows does.

More about that in a future post. Maybe. >_> <_<

Is that all?

I think those are all the things that have been on my mind since late November until now. Well, all the things that makes sense to write on this blog. There are more personal stuff that have been on my mind and I am leaving out as this is not the place nor the time for it.

For now let’s see where this blog will go this year!

EDIT: Oh, yeah forgot something! If anyone has any request, suggestions, comments or critique about the blog, this is probably the best time to do it!

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2013 in Notices

 

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Starting to monkey with the blog again

This blog has been in need of a revamp for a very long time. Not only it is about time I tried to give this blog a more unique, interesting look, for those who take the time to visit it, but also because since the New Blogger Initiative my blogroll pretty much exploded in size. What can I say? Participating on that exposed me to a lot of great gaming blogs I wasn’t aware of because I was just stuck on my little corner of the internet. And I am pretty sure it will continue to grow as I find more great blogs to read.

Due to these circumstances I am finally stopping to procrastinate and actually doing something about it. The first step was breaking the blogroll into categories. It is still not perfect and I am still thinking if there isn’t a better way to do it. For now it should make it easier for readers to find the blogs that interest them. If you are the author of one of them and feel like your blog has been put into the wrong category, please let me know and I will correct it immediately. If most people don’t like it then I will just go back to the old blogroll. Oh, and if anyone has any suggestions on how to make it better it would be much appreciated!

Next step should be to work on the blog’s theme. Well, or at least that is what I intent to do whenever I can decide anything about it. I am just… too indecisive. Anyway, if you return here some day and it looks like the blog suffered a time traveling accident and it looks like it went back to 1999 then you will know what happened!

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Notices

 

Change of Plans

I guess this won’t come as surprise to anyone. I am giving up on the whole “Overdue Month” idea. I won’t go into the reasons why unless this becomes a whiny and full of self-pity post. That is not something I want to have in my blog. Suffice to say that I just need sometime alone. Playing MMORPGs or posting on the blog doesn’t help much with that as much as I wish it  did.

I apologize for anyone who were looking for the announced posts. I still intent to cover the subjects announced in the future. Just no promises on any date whatsoever. Also, next time I try to do something special like that I will try to start ahead by writing some drafts even if it is just for the opening paragraph. That should save some considerable time. Also not try to tackle 4 completely different topics in the same month, plan my schedule better and not do it in the middle of MMORPG and/or real life event season.

Posts will resume as soon as possible. Again, apologies for this and hope you continue reading the blog.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Notices

 

Overdue month has cometh!

I admit January was pretty lackluster in terms of posts on this blog. It is true I haven’t set to myself a minimum of posts per month but this one in particular just annoyed me because there were posts I wanted to do about Final Fantasy XIV but couldn’t due to a kerfuffle with its subscription. To make a long story short, that was only solved by the end of the month and I’ve been trying to catch up with everything since then so I can make those posts I wanted to. That made me think about all the posts I thought about writing since the beginning of the blog but for one reason or another I didn’t.

So to make up for all that I decided to do a little experiment on the month of February that I am dubbing “Overdue Month”. The idea is basically to write one post per week about a topic I intended to but never did. Posts should be up on every Friday of this month. Right now the planned topics are: Final Fantasy XIV patch 1.20, a tokusatsu show called Garo, Fallen Earth and Lineage 2. Not necessarily in that order but most likely so. Also, I would have preferred to write about Frayed Knights instead of Lineage 2 but I doubt I will have enough time to play Frayed Knights to make a proper post about it. At least with Lineage 2 I already have some previous experience with the game to make a comparison on how it was before to how it is now. Plus I am still curious about how the game is nowadays.

Between those posts I might end up writing something about the Valentine’s Day events that they will certainly have (Final Fantasy XIV version of it already began I think) if I find something interesting to talk about it. Or anything else that I find might be interesting.

Honestly what I am worried about the most is not being able to meet that self-imposed deadline. There is a lot to play and my ramblings do take some time do take some considerable time to write despite how inane they may be. Still I want to give it a try just to see how I deal with a more regular posting schedule. If I fail I will try to tackle the missed topic as soon as possible.

So, here starts “Overdue Month”! Tan-dan-dan!

P.S.: Yes, kerfuffle is a technical term if anyone is wondering.

EDIT: Forgot to say, I might also do another reorganization of the categories here. That won’t really matter to anyone besides me but thought I should mention. Might also try a few other things if I don’t lose any resemblance of sanity while trying to make sure “Overdue Month” goes smoothly. We’ll see.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Notices

 
 
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