No spoilers unless you’re touchy about character creation in The Outer Worlds
Mrs. McP went to the store. One does get a strange array of things these days. Luckily, scored some chicken. The produce wasn’t picked over at all. No paper goods. But it’s fun to be a gourmet cuz they had plenty of veal and duck. At least I’ll eat well.
Then I had to spend a while because my kids were fighting. Why? Because Junior had to do a portrait and his brothers didn’t want to sit for it. This was his virtual art lesson. Yes, even art and gym and music have these online assignments. Meatball’s music assignment was “march around singing three patriotic songs.” Seriously.
But hey, at least I still have toilet paper. And now I have veal and duck.
This has got to end sooner rather than later. It just has to.
I’ll play today.
It’s weird in town. Very quiet. I feel like this is the part of the movie where everything still seems pretty OK, and no one is really freaking out yet, and then people start getting dragged into the darkness by zombies and the screaming starts and chaos sets in.
Wait, wrong movie. Not zombies, viruses! Same basic idea.
Sorry. We should probably go with your more optimistic “sooner rather than later” framing.
At least you’re eating well!
Until the stores empty and famine sets in and we inevitably turn to cannibalism…
Hey, quiet is better than everyone out ignoring the guidance of experts. It should be quiet now. Quiet is helpful. No one should be riding the T or going to work. ****Glare****
There’s still loads of food. It’s the damn panic buying. Mrs. McP talked to the butcher and the stock guy and they were all “The shelves are only empty because we can’t keep them full.” I kinda hope that people do stock up then stay home. Home is good.
Only the dumbasses who can’t cook will turn cannibal. They’ll run out of ramen. I’ll be feasting on lamb shanks. So there.
Good heavens….Junior has band homework.
It’s “Mentor a younger sibling.”
They’re playing their instruments. They NEVER play their instruments. Now, now when I’m trapped…..
This is worse than the three patriotic songs.
Dude, I’m not the one who decided the library was going to stay open, believe me.
I’d just as soon be home feasting on broccoli shanks. Or the neighbors, depending on how far things have gone. I can’t cook like you.
Can you make them go outside and practice marching around the yard?
Not today, with the weather, but I like that!
“Hey, folks! I have a two person marching band! With vocals! In the front yard!”
That would keep people six feet away.
The two-person marching band will DEFINITELY enforce social distancing! Ooh–and have them make me a recording so I can play it loudly on the T!
Something else for the online store. This could be big.
Huge. You have no idea how huge.
MAN I gotta play today.
This is just nuts. Can you imagine doing this without the internet? Being home, having to school children, no netflix, no games….I just can’t even imagine. That would be ridiculous, like having to refrigerate your food by putting it in a ditch or something. Pretty soon we won’t be cutting our hair ever. IT’S INSANITY!
On that, the one thing I did forget to do before all this was get a haircut. I might be rivaling you soon enough. But your hair grows down. Mine grows out. I kinda wonder if it’ll reach critical mass and just fall. Science.
Science! This is a project to keep you focused! Regular hair measurements, marching band practice, cooking lamb shanks…the time will fly by.
I’ve always wondered if gravity could someday defeat my hair. I think I may find out.
After all, the only other alternative is letting Mrs. McP cut my hair.
I think I’d prefer looking like a front man in a bad Grateful Dead tribute band. I’d look better than the alternative.
Maybe I’ll stop shaving, too. When all this is over, emerge from my house looking like some terrible cross between Gandalf and Bob Ross.
That’ll keep ’em six feet away.
I like it!
You know, in the end, I hope that what we take away from all this is a habit of people keeping six feet away from me.
That would be kinda nice.
I also hope my standards of a good day stay along the lines of “I didn’t have to change the tp roll.”
Yes. Lowered standards. That’s a valuable lesson for us all.
OK. Kids are ready to get busy with assignments for 20 minutes. Once they’re good, I shall start the outer worlds.
You must! You simply must!
Set aside three hours to make the perfect face.
Oh no. No. Really?
I thought it was first person!
It is, but it’s Fallout in space! You know you gotta carefully make the perfect character you’re never going to see!
Well, wait wait wait. Is it, like, Fallout NV where I will never see myself? Or Fallout 4 with cutscenes and shit?
So far, it’s FONV. I only see myself when I go to the character management screen.
So you really don’t have to obsess! Still…are you really NOT going to spend two hours getting the shading on the eyes just right?
I did not obsess. I did not. It was hard to resist, but I did not.
Man, this really is fallout, isn’t it? Right down to “Tarmac mac and cheese” and shit. Though it has more of the vibe of the first two fallouts (which you did not play), as they were more campy/dark comedy than three, four and NV.
So I got the ship. That’s where I am.
WOW this really is fallout, isn’t it? I think I said that. I may well find myself saying it quite a bit in the weeks ahead.
Man, it’s been a longassed time since we played a real FPS, hasn’t it? It’s gonna take a while to get used to this. Things getting behind me, getting disoriented….good times, good times.
It’s also gonna take a long time before I get used to the rather persnickety aiming and “getting close enough to loot” mechanics. It’s persnickety.
And I’m already sick of trying to open the map and opening inventory instead.
But so far so good! Raised enough questions to be interesting. Good sense of humor. I’m into it!
It’s SO MUCH like fallout. To my mind it’s particularly like NV, because there’s a serious space-western thing going on, but as you say I did not play the first 2.
I like it all right so far. It’s taking a while to get used to the mechanics. Combat, as you say, must be remembered.
What does your character excel at? I went heavy on dialogue and technical skills. Because you know how much I love to persuade people.
This character-building system is a bit different from SPECIAL, but pretty straightforward. I kind of like that you get one background. I picked ‘cashier.’
And we’re back to doing the same thing. All about the sweet talk, me.
But I picked junior scientist as a career.