Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Squee: Civilization IV: Fall from Heaven II

The Sunday Squee is when I can talk about things that make me happy and excited. The main focus will be on different things people created, from books to movies to television shows to podcasts, and my effort will be to highlight less commonly known things as a way to share what I love. If you want to join in the Sunday Squee, please link back to me so I can enjoy what you love!


I have a shameful confession to make: when I feel powerless in the world, I shamelessly cheat at video games - specifically computer based strategy games. There are other games I do it with, but by far the primary one is Civilization IV with the Fall from Heaven II mod added in. The wonderful thing is that it takes Civ IV and remakes it not only with skins of amazing fantasy races fitting a whole other universe of history but also completely unique races which all have widely variable strengths and weaknesses. Currently, I'm focused on playing as Elohim with the Nature religion Fellowship of the Leaves, the only true neutral religion. I've created a world where every race is represented, good and evil, and I exist at the heart of it on my island of excess in the perfection of a world I shape through god-modding. The extra bonus the Elohim carry is something called "Tolerance", which means that every city I conquer or which transfers to me through the influence of culture maintains it's ability to continue to make the troops associated with the culture it left. In every other case, the cities convert completely. With Tolerance, they don't. Meaning I can build the things and units of bunches of different civilizations.


So far, I've gotten half my enemy cities through conquest (with them attacking first) and half through conversion. I'm steadily setting each up with a wide variety of buildings in each city, spreading out the troops who converted to my cause across the empire. It is an Empire which would make Queen Elizabeth blush and the President of the United States jealous - land on each of three continents and one large island, culture which spreads out in every direction, and happiness that tops the charts in almost all cities. From free carnivals to endless world events to every single religion in the world, I have it all. You might argue that this isn't really playing the game - there is no competition - but I'm not in it for the struggle against other equals. I'm in it for the sense of power; the unequal world where I am the surveyor of others. I don't - and won't - ever go for this sort of power fantasy in any sort of realistic setting, but in Civ IV I can let my control issues fly free, micromanage thousands, make an Empire so prosperous that the sages within that world would sing hosannas about it, and scratch an utterly inappropriate itch.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Spirit in the Haunted Summertime

Ablutions

I've been wandering around in this outfit with a few additions for a brace of days, now, and I finally got around to credits and pictures. Making a full representation of the recent RIN-NE Story was a massive undertaking, but it was also an enormous amount of fun! There is only a few days left, so make sure to swing by and click coins everywhere you see for the prizes associated with the event! You pick up the prizes at coin baskets in the shopping area, so you can even pick and chose that end of things.

Between Two Shrines

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Final Quest


鱗廻RIN-NE is the Hunt associated with the Origami Event, ending on the 25th of July. It's a combination story, quest, and hunt all done via a HUD, and you can do any part of it or all of it in pretty much every order. You can find a variety of helpful guides on their Help Page, but I'll cover the basics in these posts. Like all of my Hunt Guides, my commentary is in italics while the plain text is quoting from the storyline. This story is enormous, so I'll be breaking it up into parts for easy of posting and reading - see the menu below.
  
- FINAL QUEST -


Once you've finished all of the quests, head up to talk to Matsunosuke again and he'll direct you to the Priest.
MATSUNOSUKE: At last we have only one to reseal. The priest is waiting for you. Please go to see him.

PRIEST: All the other places have been resealed. ... I never thought you would make it. Really I do appreciate you... Well, but I have to refrain [from saying] thank you. From now you will face the hardest moment. Have you heard the Orochi's story before? Yes, little Sayo is alive for sure. 
PRIEST: Yamata-no-Orochi, it's planning to get Sayo forever. A human life is much shorter than that of Specters and Gods. What the snakes [were] collecting at each place was the energy to recover the Orochi. Fortunately, you prevented them from getting the energy to it. You can take it down now. Please take this, it definitely will help you.
PRIEST: Now, go to the storehouse. Go to the pot.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Eikichi's Quest


鱗廻RIN-NE is the Hunt associated with the Origami Event, ending on the 25th of July. It's a combination story, quest, and hunt all done via a HUD, and you can do any part of it or all of it in pretty much every order. You can find a variety of helpful guides on their Help Page, but I'll cover the basics in these posts. Like all of my Hunt Guides, my commentary is in italics while the plain text is quoting from the storyline. This story is enormous, so I'll be breaking it up into parts for easy of posting and reading - see the menu below.
  

Eikichi's Quest - Kappa

EIKICHI: I think you know Kappa. It's so famous. Kappa lives in a river, challenges passerby to sumo wrestling matches, and steal his Shirikodama. A Shirikodama is a kind of mythical ball said to contain the soul, which is located inside the anus.
Yes, he said anus. Yes, many of us are surprised, too. Watch out for kappa, yo!
EIKICHI: Without it, a human loses energy. If someone takes back his Shirikodama, I guess he will be alive again... What he says makes no sense. And now no one goes close to the river. Of course, we have had Kappa here for a long time, but they attack humans more now than they used to. The problem is, we can't get close to the river. How can we make Kappa to behave well? 

Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Toubee's Quest


鱗廻RIN-NE is the Hunt associated with the Origami Event, ending on the 25th of July. It's a combination story, quest, and hunt all done via a HUD, and you can do any part of it or all of it in pretty much every order. You can find a variety of helpful guides on their Help Page, but I'll cover the basics in these posts. Like all of my Hunt Guides, my commentary is in italics while the plain text is quoting from the storyline. This story is enormous, so I'll be breaking it up into parts for easy of posting and reading - see the menu below.
  

Toubee's Quest - Gashadokuro
TOUBEE: Gashadokuro means a giant skeleton. It's made up with grudges of [the] dead who were not buried. Yes, it's originally a human. But someone says he saw it around the mountain these days. 
TOUBEE: We have no wars nor fights for now, so I can't find any reason for it becoming active. Anyway, it's so huge. No one can stand against it. He must have seen what he saw. Thus, please make sure [that] there is the Gashadokuro there. Well, if that's the case, it's us, yin-yang masters, to take charge to purify it. We'll prepare as well... please take this Shikigami, a paper manikin ghost, with you. It will connect you and us.


Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Dairo's Quest


鱗廻RIN-NE is the Hunt associated with the Origami Event, ending on the 25th of July. It's a combination story, quest, and hunt all done via a HUD, and you can do any part of it or all of it in pretty much every order. You can find a variety of helpful guides on their Help Page, but I'll cover the basics in these posts. Like all of my Hunt Guides, my commentary is in italics while the plain text is quoting from the storyline. This story is enormous, so I'll be breaking it up into parts for easy of posting and reading - see the menu below.
  

Dairo's Quest - Peony Lamp

Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Seishichi's Quest


鱗廻RIN-NE is the Hunt associated with the Origami Event, ending on the 25th of July. It's a combination story, quest, and hunt all done via a HUD, and you can do any part of it or all of it in pretty much every order. You can find a variety of helpful guides on their Help Page, but I'll cover the basics in these posts. Like all of my Hunt Guides, my commentary is in italics while the plain text is quoting from the storyline. This story is enormous, so I'll be breaking it up into parts for easy of posting and reading - see the menu below.
  

Seishichi's Quest - Yako
SEISHICHI: Have you heard of Yako? It's like a wild fox. It enters into a human, and the man is said to be possessed by a fox, which means Yako. Such man has evil eyes, gets like having a disease, and does a lot of bad things... Those who got Yako inside them around here likely goes to a certain place. 
SEISHICHI: Yes, it's a grave. Nothing happens there when we go, but they seem to do something there, at the grave. In other words, they run away when they know we're there. Yako does nothing more than be Yako, but I think someone is using it. 
SEISHICHI:The grave is located further within woods. Please visit the woods first. Oh, wait a second. Yako appears and disappears, but if you see it, it must look like a fox smaller than a cat. Now, you may go and be careful.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Ichitaro's Quest


鱗廻RIN-NE is the Hunt associated with the Origami Event, ending on the 25th of July. It's a combination story, quest, and hunt all done via a HUD, and you can do any part of it or all of it in pretty much every order. You can find a variety of helpful guides on their Help Page, but I'll cover the basics in these posts. Like all of my Hunt Guides, my commentary is in italics while the plain text is quoting from the storyline. This story is enormous, so I'll be breaking it up into parts for easy of posting and reading - see the menu below.
  

Ichitaro's Quest - Inugami

ICHITARO: Do you know Inugami? It's a kind of old black magic. A man kills a dog cruelly, separates its head from [its] body, and using its vengeful spirit, controls it. It's an immortal magic. And now, it's something like that Inugami here is ranging... We don't know if it is a true Inugami, since it's somehow a dog head that is raging, and no one seems to be controlling it. Anyway, it's still a god, so we can't understand its wish. Please be careful not to be bitten, or you'll be in a trouble... 
INUGAMI: Grrrrrr! Wooooooof, Bow Wow!


Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Nikichi's Quest


鱗廻RIN-NE is the Hunt associated with the Origami Event, ending on the 25th of July. It's a combination story, quest, and hunt all done via a HUD, and you can do any part of it or all of it in pretty much every order. You can find a variety of helpful guides on their Help Page, but I'll cover the basics in these posts. Like all of my Hunt Guides, my commentary is in italics while the plain text is quoting from the storyline. This story is enormous, so I'll be breaking it up into parts for easy of posting and reading - see the menu below.
  

Nikichi's Quest - Soul Sellers

NIKICHI: Just ahead from here are Soul Sellers. They work as a pair. One has a huge hammer, the other a huge insect net. Beaten with the hammer, a soul pops out from his or her body, [and then the soul] will be caught by the net. Those who lose their souls become like dolls. If we leave them... they will get weak and die in a week.
Residents cannot go outside their house. That means it's difficult to get someone's help. There is the Inari Shrine near. Why don't you go there first? 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Squee: Soup Dumplings

The Sunday Squee is when I can talk about things that make me happy and excited. The main focus will be on different things people created, from books to movies to television shows to podcasts, and my effort will be to highlight less commonly known things as a way to share what I love. If you want to join in the Sunday Squee, please link back to me so I can enjoy what you love!

Sunday Squee: Soup Dumplings

I have been introduced to a new love, a creation of peak perfection - all liquid and filling and deliciousness.  I first ran across these pillows of culinary delight in an Anthony Bourdain episode - one of his travel shows - and I have wanted to try them ever since. Today, I got that chance. Beef, cheese, and mushroom, each redolent with a savory broth and melting with perfection on a plate.

Served family style at an enormous table full of cheerful, chattering people. I'm sure they're nothing like traditional dumplings in Jiangshu Provence in China - the cheese alone makes that unlikely - but they were absolutely delightful and I had a wonderful meal - followed by hours of game playing fun with wonderful people. It was truly a Sunday of Squee~!

As a side note - I've been running around in this outfit for days. The kissers and lipstick are both from .:Soul:. and well worth a purchase. I'm wearing .:Soul:. skin, too, so the kissers line is seamless; that's why I'm on the peachier side of pale, instead of being pink and white.  A lot of the rest is from various events, but the shoes are a re-release from Dilly Dolls as she works her way back into releasing at her store full time. There's a bunch of other shoes there, too, so make sure to swing by and check it out. A lot of the styles are form her earliest releases but remade in mesh, which is kind of awesome I think - shame to let good ideas moulder because technology has moved on!