Minor spoilers for stuff on Groundbreaker in The Outer Worlds
So what’s today like?
While we work to kill time….
So I’m pondering how I feel about using money as a way to restrict what a player dies in games. Like now. Get ten grand to get the nav key. TW3 had a similar thing in getting passage to skellege.
I think I like it. You can take your time, do whatever. But it also means you can get there doing nothing but collecting buckets, which is odd. Doesn’t that undermine story?
Well, it does, but maybe they figure that’s fine if people don’t care about the story. I mean, I already had 10,000 bits when I talked to Gladys, but I still did all the stuff anyway. People who care will do it anyway. People who don’t care will bypass some stuff, but have a streamlined experience of racing to the the conclusion.
If that’s what they want, let them have it, maybe the developers figure. At least they won’t be complaining about boring busywork!
What? How? HOW?
I didn’t. And don’t say buckets. There are no buckets.
How’s the household today?
At least in Massachusetts, liquor stores are “essential businesses.”
Mine delivers. Never leaving the house. Don’t leave the house.
Massachusetts has come a long way from its Puritan roots. Or not. I mean, those people were basically always drinking beer.
Regardless, it’s good to know we can continue to cling to booze in our hour of need.
And only that. Games? Not with these needy kids. Why don’t they leave me be?
I know, man.
“Come play with me! Read me a book! Do this puzzle with me!”
Dudes…I love you, but play by yourself for 20 minutes, can’t you?
I don’t know how I had the money for the nav key already, man. I never buy anything, I loot everything I see…it just adds up, I guess.
But needless to say, I still completed the quests to accumulate additional funds.
Lately I’ve been buying mag-picks. I’ll never run out again!
I get it in fucking stereo, man. They can’t even watch TV without shutting up. And god forbid Mrs. McP comes upstairs. Then all hell breaks loose.
I’m not sure who calls this isolation. Isolation was what I had before….
Dude, every time I sell stuff, I get, like, 14 bits. Or it seems so.
Wow! All these necklaces and earrings and shit! I’m rich no I’m not.
Ellie’s all “This is gonna be great! We’ll make a bunch of bits together!” She’s gonna be very disappointed.
I tried to loot everything I saw! And promptly got encumbered.
Yeah, this is kind of the opposite of isolation, what with the non-stop contact with other people.
I’m making banana bread. Mr. O’ took the kids to the beach. In the rain. Because…I don’t know why, just to get out of the house. I mean, it’s not snowing a lot, it’s not as if it’ll hurt them. And it is good to get them out of the house. Especially for me, who is still in the house!
And the odds of them running into a crowd that will make it difficult to practice social distancing is very small.
Still. Better him than me. It won’t last long, but it’s nice to have the house be so quiet. Maybe you should encourage Mrs. McP to take your kids to the beach!
Encumbrance is annoying. That is very true. Last time I leveled up I bought the perk that lets you fast-travel even if you’re encumbered. Take that, everyone!
And by ‘that’ I mean “all the loot I dragged in from the wastelands to sell at your fine establishment.”
Maybe my history as a cashier means I accumulate more money.
Ooo! I think it does!
But how do you get them from your ship to the vendor?
I get encumbered for nothing. Like, “Ooo! Mac and cheese and I can’t move.”
But parts don’t have any weight, so I often break things down just so I can move. This is not good for my bottom line.
And I dunno, man. The national park by me was MOBBED last week, big packs of people. Maybe people think they’re OK if they’re outside?
They aren’t, are they? They aren’t.
At least Nugget’s class had a big classwide zoom meeting and I got him a playdate via face time.
These are odd times.
I’ll stay inside. Until I run out of booze.
I don’t actually spend that much time on my ship. I just land somewhere, poke around, talk to people, do their quests, pick up loot, take it back to the vendors to sell, etc. I only go back to the ship if I want to change companions or go somewhere else.
I think they’re OK outside as long as they don’t get close enough to touch. Six feet, right? And don’t like, hang out at exactly six feet.
And wear masks now. And, you know, don’t touch anything else either. So the playground is right out, closed and the parks are closed, I took the kids around the block the other day, and there are a few other people, but we all just kept our distance.
The only time it’s kind of hard is if the kids see someone they know, because then they want to run over and hang out and play together, and it’s hard to be all “get away from that other child, you don’t know where it’s been! No disrespect, sir or madam who is presumably the potentially plague-riddled child’s parent.”
Of course they’re trying to do the same, so we all get where we’re coming from.
Yeah, I didn’t go back to my ship until I was pretty much done with Groundbreaker.
But that’s sorta how games with hubs work. The Normandy, the Tempest, Skyhold, etc. You go back when you’re done with a place and you want to touch base or switch dudes or smooch.
Is there smooching in this?
I’ve tried to go for walks, crossing the street every time I see someone.
I am good at being antisocial. It’s cool.
Who came up with six feet?
I haven’t encountered any smooching yet! Not even any flirting! I’m hoping there will be some, but…nothing so far. We must keep our fingers crossed.
I believe six feet (two meters, for our friends on the metric system) is supposed to be farther than someone’s cough-droplets could travel to reach and infect someone else, but who measured that, I don’t know. Someone at the CDC?
Yeah, crossing the street to avoid people, you’re cool. I try to give them a sort of friendly nod as I veer away, just to indicate that I don’t find them PERSONALLY repellent, just repellent in a general way.
And that I acknowledge they are probably equally leery of me…or certainly should be. I have two school-age children and was riding the T a couple of weeks ago! Back away now!
Yeah, the T thing kinda freaked me out. Stay healthy, dude. Stay healthy.
And get the most out of every square of TP.
So far so good, but yeah, I could easily have been exposed to it. No symptoms, but we could all have had it and just be asymptomatic.
The mystery is part of the fun!
Dude, don’t joke. Do not joke.
Just stay inside. Get the booze delivered. Grow your hair. Like usual.
Dude, who’s joking? I really COULD be asymptomatic and never know! Apparently some people are.
But yeah, staying inside except for a daily constitutional at a safe distance from other people, growing hair, that’s the plan.
To clarify, I mean “we’d never know” as in “some people recover without even knowing they had it,” not “I could get sick and die at any moment.”
Although technically that is also true. But hopefully unlikely.
Dude don’t be depressing. This is a happy blog.
But recovering without symptoms would be happy! I’m very happy. Making Magna-Tile trains with three-year-olds is my heart’s dearest wish.
Actually, Magna-Tiles ARE pretty cool.
Until you need ONE MORE SQUARE to complete the roof and there isn’t one and you think “Well, two triangles will do” and they fall in and wreck the house and your kid gets mad.
Not that that’s ever happened to me.
Always make sure you have ample squares.
What!? Nothing like that has ever happened to me. Certainly not on a daily basis.