So I'm going through my blog right now, from the beginning, and making a raw text dump of it. Currently only into late November, 2014, near the beginning of my blog. Now, I'm not actually reading most of my entries, god no, that'd take forever, how the hell do you archive bingers (who I know I do occasionally get) do it I don't know.
But I do, as part of that, at least get some inspirations going. There are parts of my life that I used to talk about in my blog, that I don't currently talk about as much. Vice-versa too, obviously, but I figure that if I really want to get the most mileage out of my blog, I can do both. One of the things I noticed I talked about back then was my game obsessions, which...don't exist in the same capacity as they used to, but are still around.
In this case, back then it was Heroes of the Realm as the MMO I was playing on Kongregate. A few other games popped up from time to time, but I eventually abandoned them all. All, except for one which has come up since then. That game is Dawn of the Dragons. And I recently learned, by looking at my bookmarks on my laptop (I never could play the game on my laptop, which meant I bookmarked the game back then without even knowing I could play it! Was kinda amusing when I randomly checked my bookmarks, saw the TVTropes page I had bookmarked and was like, "Hey...wait a sec. Isn't that......it is!"), that game has a TVTropes page.
One which I haven't read, but probably will at some point, when I remember to do so. So that's something I should talk about at some point. I'm a player. I belong to a guild which isn't on Kongregate, in spite of being a Kongregate player, but that's okay. I'm either in the 400s or the 500s level-wise (forget which), and pretty competent all-around.
I do make derp mistakes every once and a while, and my equipment probably isn't fully optimized. For instance, I've been wearing the same Bookkeeper's goggles/armor for like 200 levels purely because of their bonuses, and using the same offhand item I've had since practically day one. (A scepter, I think?) Then again, that's only for my default setting; for my PVP equipment, I've loaded myself up nicely, though I need to research whether defense actually means anything in PVP to have the best possible optimization. (If defense means nothing, I can make one or two substitutions, but if defense does mean something, my current equipment is probably best; it's only been a short while since I last checked what equipment I actually HAVE.)
I'm pretty good at picking fights in the arena. PVP fights I often lose, but I lose against players I can afford to lose to, and whenever I win, I can then keep fighting them until I run out of my 100 tickets, which makes up for DAYS worth of losses. In the colosseum, I almost never lose, and the few times I do, well, I've got someone who generally does enough damage to a player that the standard player can only take a few hits before all of their HP is gone, so that is a very good deterrent. (My worst nightmare is when I lose against someone who does hundreds of damage against me, since that means they can kill me over...and over...and over again. Thankfully, almost never happens.)
I've got a fairly decent army, too, though right now, I'm content to wait for an opponent to attack me and have them lose. (I recently went on a spree of random attacks, because I was close to leveling up, and being able to purchase the boost to the orc invader. I got it, but I picked a lot of fights that I lost as a result, so there's still some people farming me right now and I'd rather just take the losses and wait to pounce.)
In quests, I'm currently on 9.7, or thereabouts, on the standard difficulty setting. Some places I've fully conquered, even on nightmare difficulty, others I've conquered as close to there as I can, mostly the extra areas that are not numbered. When it comes to the numbered areas on harder difficulties, I'm putting that off until I've conquered all the normal quests, unless I see strong incentive to defeat someone on a higher difficulty.
For my guild, I do go on occasional adventures, and am fairly competent there, often being in the top honor-spenders and boss-damage dealers. I have something like 550 honor, so I can contribute quite a lot. Most of the campaigns our guild goes on, I have most or maybe even all the prizes from, at least the frequent ones (Magma, Bastion of Blood, maybe one or two others), but I still participate in them. I have shifted slightly back to trying some guild raids though, because those? Those, I know give me prizes I mostly don't have!
Ran outta things I could think to talk about (other than maybe how I like to engage in the five personal raids every day, will often clear most of the normals, and even medium size raids if I don't have a world raid) for that game, but there's another counterpart I want to talk about.
Back in the day, I was playing an idle game, Clicker Heroes, was it? Well, now...it's The Perfect Tower. I've been there since almost day one. Not quite, I came in at like day five or so? Some time around...late March I think? I was definitely playing by April. Butyeah, in that game, I've reached Tier 5, did so a long time ago. Factory's fully upgraded, though I'm saving up for 1e7 gems to get the next level there. Most statistics, except for challenges (which I mostly neglected) and as of recently Cubos (who is far too expensive to fight for basically no reward currently), are maxed out. I'm at tier 7 or so? Enemies get purple hearts, and that's my current max.
For research, I've got everything maxed except damage and HP, you know, the upgrades which take days to complete. I'm working on Damage LXXXIII, and the next HP is LXXXIV, which will be the first upgrade to go into the thousands for green cubes.
What else? Hmm...for purple cubes, I've maxed the restart penalty (by which, I mean, it's 0), and the other purchases are all in the 1e4 range except for one which is in the 1e5 range. I'd have to check to see. I've got 2e13 orange cubes, and my blueprint is maxed so I could level it up at any point, though I'm deliberately choosing not to. Right now, I'm mostly waiting for my factory to produce enough purples for me to purchase extra purple-gems, or whatever the temple resource is called, because that's still a whole heck of a lot a better investment than actually fighting Cubos is. Once was enough, burning through almost all my saved-up resources...and I'd been stockpiling resources for months at that point. Months, with a fully-maxed factory the entire time.
There were times that I was at the top of the leaderboard, and for good reason. So if fighting Cubos made me lose all of that, all for one little purple gem, when it takes 25 purple gems to buy the cheapest thing actually worth buying? Yeah, not doing that.
I suppose I can share my current statistics from my standard insane round I'm doing. Right now, on an infinite loop, I've been leaving the game up (even though there's a memory leak), and as of this second, I'm on 279900 wave-wise (tier 4), earned 1.63 e12 oranges, am earning 2.58e8 oranges per minute, or 4.3e6 oranges per second, collected 2.31e5 gems total, 36.49 gems per minute, and the rest are probably identical to any player who has everything in their current blueprint maxed.
So, right now, I do have that goal of reaching 1e7 gems, but also the goal of getting enough purple gems to buy all the permanent upgrades there, since I figure that's probably what the endgame of the, well, game, is. Aside from getting to a higher tier, which at this point I don't see doing much good.
Butyeah, with this distraction done, gonna continue compiling the text of my blog, and if I see anything else which gives me inspiration, I'll talk about it.