Some spoilers for Monarch business in The Outer Worlds
Well, I scored a grocery delivery time for tomorrow, got Junior to take a walk, Mrs. McP cut my hair and did a pretty good job, and advanced the main story!
Not too shabby!
My GOD I am glad to have short hair again. Not sure how you do the long hair thing.
Was a tad disappointed in the boarst factory. This might have been my fault. I totally forgot how the disguise mechanic worked, so I rushed and did the first thing I could find to do (which was altering financial records) and got out and that ended the quest. Never did meet the guy who was running the place, and I have a feeling he would’ve had themes. As it was, I got in, got out, got paid. He was probably interesting. I’ll never know. Unless you tell me.
Then found a medallion for Nyoka and learned that things were in a different place, of course.
Gave the BOLT to Sanjar. Not what I expected.
Then through mantiqueen hell (which was a whole lot of sneaking past mantiqueens cuz fuck that noise). Then BACK to mantiqueen land for find a guy for some mercenaries. Then up to Hiram!
I felt kinda bad, cuz the mercenaries charged in and I was all “Oh, cool. You guys do it. I’ll go loot,” and they all got killed. My bad. I hope they didn’t have anything else interesting to do, cuz they’re dead.
Did Hiram, got a plot dump, turned on the switch, saw a ship crash. Hit save.
Not bad. But more a plot dump/fighty session than anything. The mercenaries were kinda interesting, how they were so corporate. They were bound by rules, but their own rules, like Kevin after taking a law class at night school. I kinda wish I had talked to them more. They were interesting. But they’re dead.
And I wish I had met Clive. But I didn’t.
Missed bloggage. My bad. You can fill me in if you have more on all that.
Off to find a ship, I guess. Should I go by way of Cascadia and all the stuff that Sub Light wants me to do? Or not?
I did like that Hiram told me to go flip the switch and I was all “Wait, let me guess, after I do three more things” and he was all “No….just go flip the switch. What’s with you?” Ah, game. Playing the player. I did laugh, though.
Ooo! I know a diffference! You didn’t tell Sanjar about his performance review, did you? Cuz I did!
How’s life in the hellscape?
Yay short hair! I mean, for those that like that sort of thing.
I did like that–“no, just flip the switch.” And then your go out and yeah, nothing else to fight or anything, just flip the switch. Nice one, game.
I told Sanjar about his performance review. Why wouldn’t I? I like to share! Then I spun it for him in an encouraging way, like, “despite that you’re here, doing a better job than anyone could have imagined, you’ve grown so much,” and cheered him up about it. Because I like to share and make people feel good.
You’re a monster, dude! You let those poor mercenaries die?! Heh. I told them to wait while I cleared things out, and then they were puttering around guarding the place afterwards. There wasn’t a huge amount of theme, beyond “I am so much more badass than you losers.” Which I didn’t actually say, although that would have been funny.
The Boarst factory… Yeah. Hm. I went in and found the guy and talked to him. Brokered a truce between him and the Sublight lady. There was a fairly strong insinuation that he was putting human bodies into the Boarst Wurst (again with the cannibalism), and he agreed to take the corpses of Sublight victims off their hands if they left him alone to run the place. He didn’t seem completely sane (again with the link between cannibalism and insanity).
But you know, that’s what I do, just try to help people find peaceful solutions to problems, unless the people are raiders, in which case there’s no question that they must die as rapidly as possible.
Short hair. Like me, man. Like me. I’m ME again!
I did….THE EXACT SAME THING with Sanjar.
As we do.
I did not LET the mercenaries die, they just died. I went in, and they were badass, man! They had the room cleared and were on to the next room before I fired a shot! I figured it was one of those deals games do where it was all “You did this quest, so let us take this one off your hands.” They had it under control! Until, apparently, they didn’t.
Huh. I was kinda expecting the boss to be a Dobson, just a schmuck trying to make a living selling crappy sausage, being pushed around by thuggy quasi-gangsters (which sublight so is). But he was a cannibal? Didn’t see that coming. Maybe it was supposed to be a twist on Edgewater? A tough woman, using bodies that no one would’ve missed to make food? I dunno. Maybe. I’d discuss, but I never met the guy.
Try to find a peaceful solution for all. As one does. Even the cannibals.
Yup. That’s how we do.
But no, the Boarst guy was much more like an actual villain. He might have been murdering his employees for sausage experiments, as well as disposing of bodies (though I agree, it was a sort of twist on Edgewater: why should all those bodies we keep accumulating go to waste?).
We could certainly have fought him and let Sublight take over his factory. But hey, then I wouldn’t have been able to use my persuasion skills!
Interesting that the guy they put opposite sublight was really a bad guy. Yes, true, we expected a bad guy in Edgewater because plague, cannery, workers, etc., but we also expected a bad guy because the other faction was a bunch of plant growing hippies. The opposite of plant growing hippies is bad guy, right? Here, I expected a dweeb because the opposite of sublight must be dweeb, right? Sublight are goons! Even in Fallbrook it isn’t “resident” it’s “sublight thug.” Thug! Just the dudes hanging out doing Kevin banter are thugs!
So OF COURSE the guy they’re after must be a helpless dweeb, right? RIGHT?
That all got me to thinking….why don’t I like sublight? It’s all superficial. They growl a lot and swear a lot and have scars. Their methods can be a bit draconian. They do seem to want to take over shit and get rich. But then….so does everyone else in the game, even the likable ones. One could make an argument that the player does, too.
So really, I’m just judging books by covers.
Which got me thinking even deeper…..
Sublight is run by women, at least so far. Lilya, Catherine….tough women. This is the one entity that we have seen that’s run by women. It’s the one I like the least, in a game that’s tricking me into judging books by covers.
This disquiets me.
What did you think of sublight?
I did notice that the Sublight people are identified as Thugs even when they’re not doing anything except standing around. (Maybe that’s what they call themselves? Maybe it’s their preferred term, sort of a ‘reclaiming the derogatory names others call us’ thing? Though if so, it’s entirely in my head, since there’s no explanation of this in the game.)
And yes, they’re the ‘criminal enterprise’ here, but are they really doing anything everyone else doesn’t do?
And yes, they are apparently run by women. Lilya is particularly interesting…you’ll talk more to her later, of course. Though I don’t know if Sublight is the ONE entity that’s run by women–Junlei seems pretty solidly in charge of the Groundbreaker. This game is actually pretty good about its strong female characters. Zora, Adelaide, three out of five companions with identifiable gender (SAM superficially reads as male, but arguably this doesn’t entirely count).
True, there are strong women, but Zora is second fiddle to Graham, Adelaide is more of a mother figure in a commune, even Junlei is pretty much at the mercy of the Board, even if she doesn’t answer to them. Sublight is the one place where a woman says jump and others say “how high?” And companions are, by definition, second fiddles. They literally do what we tell them to do. I’d also argue our female NPCs here aren’t exactly super strong. Nyoka is badass, sure, but a drunk. Parvati is a wide eyed innocent, and Ellie, though tough, is always in search of ANOTHER CAPTAIN. True, she fits into the theme of “maybe just doing your job is the way to be happy,” but still. The one, the only, true boss women in the game so far are Lilya and Catherine.
And they aren’t likable, are they?
Reclaiming the term. “No one will hurt me with ‘THUG’ anymore! I’m my own person, mom!”
True, Zora’s second in command, but she’s arguably a tougher and more practical, effective character than Graham. Does that say something about how even very effective, capable women tend to achieve less in society than even vague, self-centered, slightly crazy, possibly murderous men? Hm.
On that note, definitely talk to Lilya some more.
And Junlei is beleaguered by the Board, for sure, but her determination to hold them off by whatever means she can I think shows her as a strong, solid leader in a tough situation. She’s certainly as much in charge of her group/territory as Graham is of his. Or Sanjar, who is nominally in charge of Monarch but is also struggling with the Board in his own way.
Perhaps we could also talk about how the people we automatically read as “Leader” are the people in charge of the military-esque, gun-toting faction rather than the trying-to-keep-a-space-station-operational faction, or the Bureaucrat-fighting-the-Board-bureacratically faction. It’s always so much easier to take people seriously when they’re threatening violence.
Very true. Junlei is a leader, but I didn’t see her quite that way (Adelaide, either). And I did see Sanjar as one, especially when I thought the BOLT was a weapon.
I have a feeling I’ll talk to Lilya some more.
How did you finish so fast? I’m PLAYING here! I AM!
I don’t know, man. I was playing a fair amount every night for a while there right after quarantine. It was like, “I have to work in the morning, but I don’t have to get up in time to commute, so I might as well play another half hour…”
Not as if there was anything else to do. Though now we’ve started watching TV instead. Maybe I’ll catch up on the Witcher.
Witcher is fun. Though the special effects can be cheesy as can be.
But it’ll scratch the game itch until I finish. I’m trying, man!
Seriously, there’s no rush. We haven’t even figured out exactly what we’re doing next. Or else I forgot.
But how are you staying sane without games in these troubled times? I’m BARELY staying sane WITH games!
Booze, I take it. Does your packy deliver?
And treats. You better score some flour. Stores around here are running low.
I must say, though, having a nice haircut did improve my outlook. If you ever do want to have a trim and don’t want to pay, I do recommend Mrs. McP’s services.
Plus, now you know that if society collapses, Mrs. McP has a lucrative career as the village barber! We’re all going to need practical skills to fall back on.
I’ve been…eating a lot of chocolate? Plus booze. I’m sure the insanity will come in time, probably a very short time, but so far the novelty of television has been able to keep it at bay even without a game.
You have many practical skills! You essentially were raised in a technologyless hellscape! You tied up horses! Badly! You told me that! You likely rustled doggies or some shit! Chopped wood! Made jonnycakes on the back of old road signs over a fire made from ol’ twigs and wagon wheels and the bones of your enemies!
All of which are far more practical than….I dunno….being able to decorate a cake.
You’ll be fine.
You can cook, though. It’s not just frosting a cake.
And dude, that wasn’t me who tied up the horse badly. I just ate of its flesh in the aftermath.
But yeah, I guess I can forage for firewood and pick berries and stuff.
We should probably be ordering some ‘living off the land’ books for our area, in case we do need to start figuring out which trees we can eat. I mean, just knowing what we have to do to acorns to make them edible could save our lives! There are a lot of oak trees out there.
I was referring to the metaphor cake you whipped up a while back. Which I’m sure tasted amazing.
Only our blog can have the sentence “I just ate of its flesh in the aftermath” and have it be a) totally rational in context and b) not at all scary. I’m so proud of us.
Dude, I just raked and took, count ’em, FIVE wheelbarrows full of acorns off my damn yard. You find that cookbook, we’ll eat like kings! Well, kings who eat a shit ton of acorns, anyway.
And I pruned the pear tree! It’s getting leaves and blossoms and everything! I even have a couple sugar maples I could tap!
We’ll be fine.
YOU’LL be fine. Out there in the land of bounty! I don’t have a single oak tree. Or a pear. Or a maple.
YOU told me not to plant a forest of oak trees on the postage-stamp-sized lawn! If we starve, it’s your fault.
But I totally just went and ordered a book on edible wild plants of New England. There must be something around here we can eat. Dandelions, I know you can eat those, and they’re everywhere. Time to stop pulling them out of the yard! Let them grow until they’re big enough for salad! (Although actually it’s recommended you eat the young, new leaves, as they are more tender and less bitter.)
I looked at three different books that seemed relevant and two were backordered, so I’m clearly not the only person this has occurred to. Get your foraging handbook now!
Also, maybe my business will be ‘metaphor cakes.’ I’m sure I can come up with all kinds of ways to express things with hideous baked goods!
And that will be a growth market in the post-apocalypse. So much to express.
If anyone can, it’s you!
Acorn flour, once we figure out how to make it so it won’t make everyone sick, will add the perfect touch.
Actually, even if it does make everyone sick, I can work with that…
We might have to, man. Just got the delivery from shipt (cuz we’re doing that cuz a) COVID and b) these fucking KIDS man) and the store was pretty picked over. Frozen veggies, peanut butter, bread crumbs…fucking bread crumbs. Didn’t even try to get flour or sugar.
Did score toilet paper. Didn’t ask about kibble.
Shopper did say that Sunday and Monday are the toughest days.
I mean, we got enough to get through, but it was picked over, dude.
Dude…..I remembered…..I have this bookmarked:
Foraging Resources – Recipes and How-Tos
Granted, I had it bookmarked for the game and duck recipes, cuz I eat that sort of thing, but I had this BOOKMARKED!
We’re saved! I also have a co-worker who hunts mushrooms as a side hobby. He can give us some tips.
Some of those recipes actually sound quite good.
I have made a couple duck recipes from that site, and it’s pretty good on the duck. Not that that’s your groove.
I, however, have duck breasts, a whole duck, a pheasant and some rabbit in the freezer. For that is how I do.
Well, you’re saved for a while. We don’t even have a chest freezer! Or a root cellar.
We have nothing except a bunch of bread and peanut butter and pasta and oatmeal and rice and frozen berries and dried fruit and canned beans.
See, you gotta get on the weird food train. Nobody buys up weird food!
I had quails stuffed with homemade cornbread the other night. They were amazing.
Ah, we do need to get into weird foods. We’ll all be eating those soon. Like the strange doughy things in the foreign foods aisle. They’re probably delicious.
Heh. I gave my kids chicken Chinese dumplings from that section tonight.
They were delicious.
There you go!