Guerilla tactics

Halo Wars 2 • Completed One Three Zero • 10G • 44.73% of gamers unlocked this

I actually started my day with a bit more Star Trek Online. I’m not that far away from Level 20, which will bring about another achievement, but I also suspect that I’m in the middle of one of the story arcs as well (each have their own achievement too), so another couple of sessions should yield ‘something’.

Regardless of my efforts today, I ended up falling asleep in front of the TV this afternoon as my old man body begins to crumble under the stress of being … well, old. The Star Trek Online servers kicked me off for being idle, and when I finished my power nap, I wasn’t quite ready to launch back into another session – so the warm catharsis of Halo Wars 2 it was. I realised when I launched it again that I’m still on ‘Act 1’, and while I’m not sure how many Acts there are … I think it means that I’m not as far through it as I thought I was.

In other news … I have something somewhat concerning to report. Yesterday I booked myself and the family on a nine-day holiday overseas … and you know what that means? No Xbox. Well, I assume no Xbox … I actually have quite a bit of time before the holiday – and it falls on the other side of the deadline I set myself at the beginning of this challenge: 30 June. So, it actually forces me to think about what I’m going to do in the new financial year when it’s time for a new daily challenge. Right now, I’m thinking PC or PlayStation (thanks to the Vita), but I just get unreasonably angry when I think of PlayStation, and I actually have a somewhat physical reaction in playing it.

Right now, I’m leaning towards a simple goal: any achievement a day. It’s quite doable, and will let me spread the love between PC, Xbox, PlayStation, iOS and likely the Nintendo Switch (if they ever have achievements). It also frees-up the possibility of working towards in-game achievements on other games such as World of Warcraft. It’s hard because I want Xbox to be my gaming home, but without the portability of a device other than a laptop (and having burned through most of my mobile options), I can’t see a way to sustain a nine-day gaming pace on a laptop (assuming I even take my laptop that is), where there is no guarantee of internet access and even less social acceptability of playing a game in the first place. PS Vita, absolutely. iPhone? Definitely. Anything else is a bit of a stretch – but still, up for negotiation. I won’t count my chickens before they hatch.

In the meantime, there’s still four months worth of challenge to get through, so it’ll be head-down and bum-up with that first and foremost.

Keep wishing me luck.


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