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For a few days or more now, I've been wanting to play Minecraft again. I don't know what held me back. When I first started playing it around Thanksgiving I was home alone with the pets as the rest of the family was in Kentucky with family. I lost track of time in those days. There might have been two days where I stayed up all night and didn't go to bed, something I hadn't done in a long time.

Apparently, I last played it a little more than a month ago and probably not for very long. One thing I found out was how to back up and restore my world. This became something I made into a habit as I really hate dying in the game and also when Creepers blow my stuff up. Usually if I die I just quit the game and restore from my back up. I also try to make a back up when I've done something significant, like finishing a house.

The world I last created at the end of November put me into a jungle, which is exactly what I was looking for in the previous world, but couldn't seem to locate. I wanted a Jungle because I wanted a cat. Cats supposedly help keep the Creepers away, although one caught up to me as I was leading my new cat to our new home. Usually, I burrow into the side of a hill for a while, planting my base there and mining a nearby cavern or the one I've made into a base. I've found a few caverns, which I've noted coordinates in a Notepad file. I found this to be helpful as well.

Well, I noticed a floating island near where I was last mining and although I thought I'd make a tree house, I decided to move to that island. It's not very big, but big enough for a big house. I used dirt to create a path to get up there and then I leveled it out so that I could build my house. There isn't much room left on that island, which I think will help keep the Creepers away. Yet, some how a Skeleton spawned in my house, so I threw up more torches. I think I did see a Creeper up there, but killed it before it could blow up. Later, I went back and filled in the sides to my path up to the house, so that I wouldn't accidentally fall off the sides (I did that a couple of times).

I do enjoy Minecraft. It took a long time for me to play it. My son has obsessed over it and often watches videos of Minecraft people have posted on YouTube. It really is a good game and I love the music! The thing I hate most about the game is the Creeper. That enemy alone makes me not want to play it. I hate when a Creeper surprises me by coming up to me (out of sight) and blowing up and destroying whatever I'm near. It's really annoying. That's one advantage I found in living underground, but still my wheat farms outside were vulnerable (and blown up at times).

Minecraft is a "sandbox" game, but I'm in it more for the adventure. I like finding caverns and exploring them. I love finding diamonds even more! Sadly, I don't ever find enough of them. I have made a diamond breastplate, I think it might be enchanted. Now when I try to repair it, the game tells me it's "too expensive," so I've kept it in a chest. I also have a very nicely enchanted sword (I'm not sure what it's made of), which seems to get more expensive with each time I repair it. The last time I tried, I didn't have enough XP to repair it.

I'm surprised that it's been so long since there's been an update to this game. It's kind of sad because I've thought of lots of things that could be added (like snakes). I've even seen videos that had birds in there, but haven't seen any in the game.

Anyway, I don't really have a point to this post. I just felt like writing about my most recent Minecraft experience. I still want to keep playing. There's a cavern near my new home that I want to explore. The ocelot I found was very easy to tame, it only took 1 salmon. It turned into an orange cat, which I've had a few before. I might try to tame more ocelots, I definitely need as much protection from annoying creepers as I can get.

....*hiss*.......*BOOM!* boom

I just found out that the latest Final Fantasy comes out on 2/14. Newegg sent me an email telling me I could preorder it and get a $10 gift card. I figured Gamestop would have a different pre-order bonus and I was right. I'm not sure if or when I'd use a $10 gift card from Newegg, maybe if I decide to upgrade my computer, but I still don't feel like doing that yet. As for Gamestop, "Pre-order Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns to receive Cloud Strife's SOLDIER 1st Class Uniform, Buster Sword, and Soldier's Band! Equip Lightning with Cloud Strife's SOLDIER 1st Class uniform, Soldier's Band and Buster Sword from FINAL FANTASY VII!" So, yeah that seems pretty cool! +1

Luckily, I found the PS3 demo at the PS Store and am downloading it now. It's a 2GB download and comes with another costume. Also, there's a free theme for the game, which I got an installed. Other than the info I've given here, I know nothing else about this game. I do love Final Fantasy, with VIII being my all-time favorite of the series. I didn’t really like XIII and XIII-2 very much. Although, I did like that metal Chocobo song.

It seems I'm not the only one with even a slight disappointment in the FF series as of late. Those of us who are fans of the series want a FF that kicks ass and makes us fall in love with it. It's not too much to ask since the series itself is quite epic and the fact that it's survived and thrived this long is amazing.

So, what are your thoughts? Have you seen anything about the game that I haven't mentioned here that you want to talk about? Are you going to get it? Well, at least now I know I'll have a game to write about soon and I have about 10 days until I get my hands on it. Luckily, I'll have the demo soon and I also bought Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Collection for the PS3.

Quick synopsis:
I like the demo, but why does it seem like Snow is a bad guy? He seems to be caught up in Chaos along with a new character. Lightning is apparently the "Savior" sent by God. The end of the world is coming in 13 days and you have to try to save everyone (or whoever you can). Some characters return from the other two games in the series along with new monsters and at least one new character.

Just like FFX-2, you change between costumes. By default I had the "Savior" costume on. You can use the four PS3 buttons (Square, Triangle, Circle, X) to use different moves. With the "Savior", Thunder was used with the Triangle, Attack was with the Circle, Defend was Square, and I'm not sure what the other was. As a Black Mage, Blizzard (or higher level of the spell) was the Triangle, while Attack was still Circle. You can customize the costumes and moves. It doesn't take too long to empty the ATB gauge, but when you do you can switch to another costume and use it's ATB gauge while waiting for the other to charge. There is also an Overclock feature which you can use after some time that freezes time so that Lightning moves (attacks) quicker while the enemy is slower.

The game also connects to social media, like Facebook. There's an app for this game on FB. You can post screen shots and purchase certain items by talking to NPCs (their names are highlighted in blue). I'm looking forward to playing the game when it comes out, but I'm going to wait patiently. The demo said the game comes out on the 11th, but I swore other sources said it was the 14th.

With Spectre Armor and Fairy Wings, my character now looks like a Cheerful Ghost. I decided to give magic a try. It took a little bit of getting used to and figuring out, but Spectre Armor along with a good wand (I have a nice Spectre Staff) make some fun. I'm not sure I can remember ever crafting a suit of armor that didn't have better defense than the one I was wearing at the time, except this time. So, I was concerned about losing a lot of defense, but it turns out that the magic can be quite helpful. Spectre Armor (http://terraria.gamepedia.com/Spectre_Armor) has a very nice set bonus of healing whenever magic damage is done. That means, I get to heal every time I hit something with my magic. The Spectre Staff (http://terraria.gamepedia.com/Spectre_Staff) has a pretty high attack stat and some nice bonuses and is pretty helpful, especially from staying out of enemy range and still attacking.

I decided to try out my new mage set in the Dungeon because I was failing against the Paladin. So far, I've gotten used to using magic and the Paladin is easy, it just hasn't dropped anything yet. I've been sitting in a spot in the Dungeon usually above my enemies and using a Frost Staff to summon a Frost Dragon that attacks my enemies for a few minutes. It's a nice set up and it works, but I'm still not surviving the Pumpkin Moon.

Mourning Wood is always the bane of my Pumpkin Moon existence. With the melee set, I could kill maybe two of them, but now usually one alone gets me every time. It doesn't help that it follows me to my house where I spawn and kills me right away. Still, I have two different armor and weapon sets to try out and have fun with.

I did manage to create a Glowing Mushroom biome above ground to get the Truffle to move in. I bought some of his goods, especially the Autohammer. I was looking at the Shroomite Armor, if I got that together, I'd have all three "endgame hardmode armors."

The Crimson is taking over my house! worried

GregoPeck gives this a solid "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
GregoPeck gives this a "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
Quick Overview
  • Recommendation: Good game 3D Zelda game +1

  • Short (30 hours or so)

  • Available with a download code in some 3DSXL models

Spoiler-free story intro:
As young Link, you find out that an evil mage is turning some people into paintings and collecting them. There's a reason for the people he's collecting and he's after Zelda, too. Later you learn that he is from another world called Lorule and the princess there, Hilda, needs your help. During the game you'll go back and forth between worlds by turning into a 2D painting and walking into cracks that can be found on the world.

Detailed Review: Last night I finished The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. It was a great game, but I finished it rather quickly. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that it seems like a short game, it didn't take very long to download. When I got my 3DSXL, I got the edition that comes with this game (seen at the end of the embedded video). I had to download the game from the Nintendo Store using a code that came in the package.

The game looks like A Link to the Past, perhaps it's a bit of a sequel. Still, the game looks really good. Not only does the game look good, but the music is fantastic as well. I often found myself enjoying the music, especially in the dungeons.

I thought it was a great game, but it didn't take very long to complete it. Sadly, I'm now at the point where I don't know what to play next as the game I was playing was over too soon. Still, I recommend the game to anyone who enjoys the Zelda series.

I feel like I've reached the end of what I can do in Terraria, which does make me feel a little sad at the least. I've reached another difficult part of the game, one in which I need something new and better to continue. I did both the Pumpkin and Frost Moon events, which were difficult once the bigger mini-bosses came out. The Paladin in the Dungeon is also a difficult foe. I haven't searched thoroughly enough, but I'm pretty sure I can't get stronger armor or a stronger melee weapon. My best bet against these more difficult foes is probably magic and ranged weapons.

I really haven't even touched magic in the game. Sure, I tried out the Scythe drop from Demons in the Underworld, but otherwise haven't used any other magic and didn't even use that one very long at all. As for ranged weapons, I've used my Star Cannon a few times, but I don't think it really helped me out as much as I needed. I did, however, use a nice Zealous Enchanted Boomerang near the very beginning, which was my weapon of choice for a while. I've also used the ranged ability that comes with having a Terra Blade. In fact, I've found it most helpful against bosses (the Twins and Skeletron Prime) that don't always get close enough to hit. I've also enjoyed hitting close enemies with the blade, while aiming at further enemies, defeating them before they could reach me, all at the same time.

I remember reaching this point a few times during the game, usually when I was up against a difficult boss, and I was able to pass it with upgrades to my weapons and armor. But, as I said, this is one time where I can't really upgrade my armor and I believe I also have the best melee weapon. I could be totally wrong, but I'm quite sure about the armor. Perhaps magic and ranged weapons are the key to surviving these new difficult threats. Maybe I should look further into both. I have been saving my Chlorophyte ore so that I can make Chlorophyte bullets.

Still, I've spent 159 hours in the game and I love it and want more! It is similar to Minecraft, even with it's own differences. I think both games are a bit new, at least new to me, and they seem to stand out among all else that I've seen or heard about. I want another game like these two games. Starbound seems similar, but after watching a trailer for it on Steam, I was wishing it looked more like Terraria. Both games are obviously not graphically intense, but Starbound just didn't look as nice and appealing as Terraria. I'm not sure if I'll give it a try.

What do you think? Are there other similar games out there that you'd recommend? Or what do you recommend for this point I've reached in Terraria? I'm still playing Pokemon X, I just captured the legendary Pokemon and have one badge left to get. After that I'm planning to play The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. I feel quite oblivious to the gaming world and don't know of much of what's out there and what's good and great. I just know that just about everyone's playing a bunch of FPSs, that I'm really not interested in. I enjoyed the Dooms and Quakes way back in the day, but also RTS games as well. But then, when I went to college, I fell in love with RPGs. Now I'm loving the mine and build kind of games, although I'm only familiar with 2 of them. So, what are your recommendations? Or, what are you playing? What have you played that you've really enjoyed? Also, what are you expecting to play soon or in the future?

Right now, I have no interest in a next-gen console, although I may get a Wii U if or when that new Zelda game comes out.

So, I was able to upgrade to a Terra Blade. It's an interesting sword, in that it's a bit of a ranged weapon as well as melee. I can't at the moment recall what bonuses are on it or what the damage stat is, but it's better than the Corsair I've been using all throughout Hardmode. In fact, that Corsair was better than a True NIght's Edge and a True Excalibur. I was surprised!

I was finally able to defeat Plantera, The Twins, Skeletron Prime, and the Golem. I know the Terra Blade was very helpful, especially helping me defeat those pesky bosses who wouldn't allow me within range to hit them with my sword before. They couldn't escape the power of the Terra Blade. Mwahahaha. I defeated Plantera a few times more to get more Temple Keys. I had a Hallowed and a Frozen Key Mold, then I got a Jungle Key Mold, and now I'm trying to get a Crimson Key Mold. I did go back into the Dungeon to open some chests and it was like, "who turned on the Hardmode in the Dungeon?" laughing

Seriously, the Dungeon (after defeating Plantera) is no joke! I beat the Paladin once, I think it killed me a few times, but it didn't drop anything I wanted from it, so I'm looking for it again. Some of the enemies in the Dungeon (the Skeleton Mages) are pretty annoying/frustrating.

I changed from Fairy Wings to a Jet Pack after I misread the wiki, I thought the Jet Pack was better, but I didn't read the chart correctly. I'm glad the Fairy Wings are better because the Jet Pack's sound is kind of annoying. I'd still like to upgrade my Wings, but I'm going to need some ingredients (drops) from enemies that spawn during the Pumpkin Moon. I'll work on that some time soon.

I haven't messed with magic yet, but I'm already impressed by the staves I have collected. I haven't even tried them out, but some of them look like they have awesome stats!

One last thought....sometimes I think there has to be some kind of formula for calculating drop rates for items wanted. The formula has to take into account how bad you want the drop, perhaps, because the listed drop rates seem to be way off when you're looking for something in particular. Haha. Yet, at the same time, sometimes I think the game knows what I want and lets me feel lucky (such as giving me the two Broken Hero Swords I needed to finish the rest of the ingredients needed for the Terra Blade). Still, it keeps me playing, which is good because in a way I don't want to "be done" with this game. I don't know what I'd move onto next, even though I'm still playing Pokemon X and planning to play The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds after that. Minecraft is still tempting, but I feel like I've reached a point where I'm not sure what I want to do with it next, probably go explore another area because I can't seem to have enough diamonds.

I think there are numerous things for me to report. I'm not sure where to start exactly. Luckily, I just received my first Broken Hero's Sword, so I can make a True Excalibur. It seems I'm going to need two more so I can make the True Night's Edge and Terra Blade. Right now, my defense is 80 and my Corsair has a damage stat of 69, I believe. I noticed that when I put on the Turtle Armor, my defense was 65, I expected it to increase since I have other accessories boosting my defense and the Turtle Armor has a defense of 65. I'm not sure when both stats, my defense and my Corsair's damage stat, changed, but I was glad that my defense changed (for the better). I'm not so excited about the loss of damage my Corsair does, but it was only reduced by one.

I'm currently working on getting the final ingredient that I need to make an Ankh Charm and thus an Ankh Shield, which will be an upgrade to my Obsidian Shield. The shield will make my character immune to all debuffs, I believe. The final ingredient I need is a Nazar, which is dropped by a few things such as the Cursed Hammer and Cursed Skull, among others. I've spent some time in the Dungeon hunting Cursed Skulls, but still none have dropped the Nazar yet. That said I have a LOT of Bones! I have a chest nearly full of them! I may decide to use them and the Bone Wand to make a Sky Bridge, because eventually I want to get some wings! I already have some Broken Bat Wings, but need some Souls of Flight.

I'm looking forward to upgrading my sword, eventually to the Terra Blade. Currently, the Hardmode bosses are defeating me. I fought Plantera a few times after getting the Turtle Armor and it still defeated me. One of the best things I found, though, was being able to fight it in a Bee Hive, so that I can get the regeneration stat buff from dipping myself in Honey. LOL Still, I think a better weapon is needed.

Skeletron Prime has defeated me as well. I don't believe I've summoned it, but it shows up. It showed up plenty of times as I was above ground hunting Pixies for Ankh Charm ingredients they drop (Alarm Clock & Megaphone). Fighting for those ingredients made me think that I really do like the Hallowed. It's "pretty" as I've said before. Pixies are cool, it's kind of sad that they're enemies. The Unicorns were cool, too. Also, I think my favorite Slime is the Rainbow Slime. It's just so "pretty!" It changes colors and drops Rainbow Blocks that do the same.

The Twins have also come out at night to fight me. I've found (what I think is) a great strategy for fighting them. I noticed in my above ground Snow biome (corrupted by the Hallow) that they can't shoot through the ground. There's one part where I have a tiny little island above my head and the area nearby is slightly hilly. That was a great defense against the Weapons of The Twins, although I was still susceptible to their melee attacks, but that's how I was able to hurt them. The best that I've done against them is defeating one of them, instead of both. I think I'm going to have to upgrade my ranged weapon to a Megashark, which means I'm going to have to find some Sharks! I've read that Vampire Knives are good for these bosses, too, but I haven't looked into them yet.

GregoPeck gives this a solid "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
GregoPeck gives this a "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
Recommendation and what’s new
  • Recommended +1

  • New region, professor, and Pokemon

  • New Fairy-type

  • Mega Evolution

  • Exp share is now a key item

  • Improved graphics, now in 3D!

Basic summary:
As usual, the game takes place in a new region with new Pokemon and a new professor. Fairy-type has been introduced and added to some older Pokemon. Mega Evolution is a powerful temporary evolution you can use during battle. It requires your Pokemon to hold a special Mega Evolution stone. You’ll get one with your starter Pokemon and can only use it once during battle. Exp Share now works as a key item in your inventory, so you don’t have to give it to one Pokemon to receive extra exp, now all of your Pokemon will receive some. This is also the first 3D Pokemon game!

Recommendation: I have no shame in admitting I’m a Pokemon fan. While Pokemon came out when I was in high school, it wasn’t until a few years after high school that I finally got into it. At the time, I was quite obsessed with RPGs, particularly Final Fantasy games. Pokemon is a very interesting and good game. There’s a reason it’s so popular! So, yes, I do recommend you check it out.

After finally defeating the Wall of Flesh, my first little world has ventured into Hardmode. It's definitely hard! Although the level of difficulty has increased (due to stronger monsters), I feel like I'm enjoying my first little world all over again. After destroying three Demon Altars, I began my hunt for Cobalt, Mythril, Adamantite, and Crystal Shards. I have found enough Cobalt to upgrade my armor, which is blue and therefore I love it. I am now searching for Mythril to upgrade my armor yet again (I definitely need better armor in this world now). I had to upgrade my pickaxe. With my new Molten Pickaxe, I'm now able to mine Cobalt. Along with the Cobalt, I had to create a Cobalt Drill in order to mine the higher-tier ores such as Mythril. It's an interesting tool, but I love my Molten Pickaxe because it lights up the area where I'm mining. I am also mining Crystal Shards as the guide on the wiki recommends a Phasesaber. I have a Blue Phaseblade awaiting an upgrade (but I'm not currently using it).

After a while, Pirates began to attack. This is much like the Goblin Invasion, except the Pirates can't get inside your house, unless a door is open. I died many times! Luckily, during the fight, one of them managed to drop some Cutlass swords. Even luckier, one dropped a "Very Sharp" Cutlass, which is pretty strong! I have since put away my Night's Edge, since it isn't better than my new Cutlass. I miss having a sword that shined light when swung, but I can't complain too much as my new Cutlass has a damage stat of 59 (I believe) and some good modifiers on it. Along with the high damage that it does, one of my other favorite things about it is that it is fast! I don't think I've ever been able to swing a sword so fast, I love it!

In order to create a Molten Pickaxe (as recommended by a guide on the wiki), I had to mine more Hellstone. On my way to the Underworld, I noticed that my world changed. Not only were there new enemies, but part of the Underground layer containing lava got a graphical upgrade. One funny thought I had was that the Cave Bat has been upgraded to a Giant Bat. This made me think "Zubat has evolved into a Golbat." laughing

I've now spent a little over 100 hours on the game and I'm still loving it. As I said, the new additions due to Hardmode are making me love it more. I have briefly encountered The Hallow, which seemed to be taking over my Crimson area. I also found a new Crimson area. Oh, and I did use my Obsidian Skull and a Cobalt Shield to make an Obsidian Shield, that was pretty helpful. I have not yet set about trying to contain The Hallow, I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that and when, but for now I'm working on upgrading my gear. Oh, and I did find the Wizard. Also, earlier, the Party Girl moved in. I also have Wetbeard the Pirate in my house since I defeated the Pirates.

So, in the comments of my last post, I told you I figured out that the reason the Goblin Tinkerer and Mechanic didn't respawn in my house when I found them (and then they died) was because I didn't create rooms properly. Luckily, after figuring that out, both have respawned. Unfortunately, I thought (well hoped before really reading the wiki thoroughly enough) that the Tinkerer Workstation would allow me to combine some of the items I had. It apparently only works with certain items. Bummer.

So, when I began to play Terraria, I decided to create a small world, since I was just beginning. Now I'm thinking of making a new world, either medium or large. It made sense at first since I was new to the game and getting used to it. In a way I was afraid of not being able to find anything because the world was too big. Now I feel as though I have pretty thoroughly explored my little world and I'm not sure what else to do in it (except what I'm getting to).

That said, I read the wiki about Hardmode. I found out that to have your world upgraded, you need to defeat the Wall of Flesh. To summon it, you have to drop a Guide Voodoo Doll into lava. I had no idea what those voodoo dolls were for so I sold them. I didn’t even look them up on the wiki. I have one for the Clothier, too, I think. I finally took a piece of advice from the wiki and created an "arena" for this battle. That is to say, I made it so that I pretty much had a straight path to and from both sides of the Underworld. It wasn't difficult to set up and it was a great idea. I also read that it's a good idea to back up your world in case one of the bugs occurred or you later decided that you weren't ready for a Hardmode world. So, I've made a back up.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to defeat the Wall of Flesh. I have gotten it's HP into the red, but I still fail to defeat it every time. At this point I'm not sure whether I'm going to keep trying to defeat it or create a new world, both options are very tempting. I'm currently looking up some things that will help me in this battle. I'm thinking that if I create a bigger world, I might have more room for this battle, since my "arena" isn't perfectly flat. Also, I'd really like to explore new (to me) areas that aren't in my little world and hopefully to also find more items and such.

So, what are your thoughts on the Wall of Flesh battle? What strategies and items do you recommend?

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