Survival, it’s harder than you think

A few weeks ago during the Steam sale I was looking for a new game to become obsessed with. I quite enjoy my life simulators and RPG’s but I found myself looking at a game called “The Long Dark” a survival game set in the frozen wilderness of Canada after a geomagnetic disaster. There’s no zombies, which is good for me as I would probably just scream a lot, just you, mother nature and a load of wild animals, that depending on what setting you play on, want to eat you.

Sounds good right?

So I purchase the game, started it up and chose voyageur difficulty with “mystery lake” as my starting location.

I did not survive long.

The game spawns you in the middle of nowhere with no instructions and off you trudge to look for shelter, food or even just some warmer clothes. My first attempt resorted to me finding a small raised shelter and then attempting to make a fire by dropping the wood I had collected onto the floor and throwing matches at it to light it. It didn’t work.

I was determined to not read anything about the mechanics of the game and it wasn’t until my character started suffering hypothermia that in my panic pressed every button on my controller I realised there was a radial menu with things like a campfire, water, food etc. These be crafted or used depending if you had the materials. Unfortunately this knowledge came too late and I died from hypothermia a short while later.

My second attempt was a tad more successful. I spawned in a different place and managed to survive a night now that I learned how to make fire. Travelling during the day I found I was right near a lake with lots of fishing huts with a reasonable amount of supplies I could gather. Feeling pretty confident I travelled between each of the huts stripping them of supplies and continued my adventure. It wasn’t until I fell through some weak ice and ended up with hypothermia again that things started to go south. I managed to make a fire and heal myself of the affliction but by then my health meter had taken such a beating that the second time I fell through the ice I didn’t survive.

Third times the charm right?

Well it was at first as I found an actual house and could use it as my base of operations. A few days hiding and surviving I decide to venture further out. Unfortunately for me I happen upon a wolf that chased me back to my house, I barely make it back inside, patched myself up and waited a few hours. I then open the door and find the wolf waiting outside, it launches itself at me, scaring the living daylights out of me and as I press buttons frantically I can add a different style death to my list.

At that point I change the setting to pilgrim mode and manage to survive 11 days before I get myself stuck on a railway bridge, the game glitches a little and the only way I can move is sideways which results in me falling to my death.

At least it wasn’t hypothermia this time.

 

And the final count is…

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Woooo! I’ve done it!

I’ve finished the Walk All Over Cancer Challenge with a total of

302,903 steps  

that averages out to 10097 steps over the 30 days and I’ve covered 128.8 miles.

I feel rather pleased with myself.

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me and helped me raise some money for a fantastic cause.

Now to put my feet up.

5 days remaining…

So I’m almost at the end of the Walk All Over Cancer challenge with 5 days (including today) to go.

It has been a real challenge and I will admit I have failed to reach 10,000 steps on a few occasions but I am determined to get to a minimum of 300,000 steps by the end of Friday.

I have certainly felt a difference in myself from doing this challenge. I have more energy, don’t get out of breath as easily as I used to and have found I volunteer myself to fetch things or that I don’t mind having to go back when I’ve forgotten something as it all adds to the step count.

So far (not including today) I have racked up…

249,998 steps

and walked

106.4 miles

That’s not bad for 25 days and I only have 50,002 steps left to reach 300,000!

Chris is going to sponsor me once I’ve finished and give me extra if I get over 300,000 so let’s see if I can bankrupt my husband!

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If you haven’t already, there’s still time to sponsor me!

 

One week down…

So I’ve just finished my first week of the Walk All Over Cancer challenge and it’s not going too badly.

Apart from a technical glitch, caused by me charging my fitbit then forgetting to put it back on, I only clocked 3507 steps on Monday but I think I’ve made up for it the rest of the week as I’ve done 68,334 over seven days and I technically haven’t finished my count for today yet so that will rise.

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A huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored me so far and there’s still time to donate if you haven’t, please click the link below!

The Geeky Wife Walks

 

The Geeky Wife, attempts to, Walk

I was looking at trying to get my Alpha Wolf award this year by doing all four runs but my plans have come unstuck as despite the fact we roped a couple of our friends into the Spring one over a month ago the Summer run falls on a weekend where we have prior family arrangements…bugga.

So we have decided to look at doing the Autumn one and see if we can drag some more newbies into it kicking and screaming, but what to do until then…

What’s that I see on TV? An advertisement about the Walk All Over Cancer challenge from Cancer Research UK, that looks like fun!

So yer I’ve signed myself up to do this challenge which involves walking 10,000 steps everyday in June.

10,000 steps a day isn’t impossible in fact I know Chris often breezes through that total but it’s a different case for me as I struggle with motivation and need a goal, so this should be interesting.

Before we got married like most brides to be I went into fitness mode, lost some weight and felt pretty good. This continued on the honeymoon mainly thanks to the Japanese diet, walking so much and sweating most of my body weight from the 30 degree heat, but when we returned unfortunately I started to put weight back on.

Now I certainly don’t think of myself as fat, but I would like to re-lose the weight and tone myself up a bit so when I saw this campaign I thought that’s something I can do that not only gets my fitness back on track but I can help raise some money for a cause that affects so many people either directly or indirectly.

The Wolf Run’s are good motivation but knowing that other people are giving their hard earned money to sponsor me, makes me want to succeed and not let anyone (or myself) down.

I will be updating as the challenge begins and the weeks following so check back now and if you would like to sponsor me my page is below. I’d be really grateful for any amount you can donate.

The Geeky Wife Walks donation page

Time to buy a new pair of trainers…

The Sims 4: Key to extended life = Pregnancy?

I’ve played the Sims since it was released back in 2000…wait really, that’s 17 years ago?!

Now I feel old.

I remember my first family was myself and my Husband, who was loosely based on a guy I had a crush on at the time…

Don’t judge me, I was 14.

We had quite a few children but this was before Sims aged so soon we were just reliving each day like a version of Ground Hog Day that was until they released Sims 2 and everyone could grow old and eventually die.

Anyway I’ve owned and played nearly all the expansions, including The Sims Medieval, which could have been so much more then it was and lived the ups and down with my sims. I’ve done all the normal stuff like imprisoning random neighbour sims, breaking up families, “accidentally” setting the house on fire for story progression and completing a Legacy Challenge. So with that I’m now playing Sims 4 with the City Living expansion and it’s recent addition of  Toddlers.

The added life stage is pretty good though it does trip over itself in a few areas. For instant there isn’t a buggy or a pram to take the toddler out in. I’m sure there was one in a previous version? So without this you have to carry them everywhere or wait for them to catch up and making a toddler chase after its parent is a little bit cruel.

It also doesn’t help that the toddler DOESN’T KNOW WHAT IT WANTS.

Fair enough it is suppose to be a life simulator but it’s just really frustrating when you’ve just put the toddler on the potty, stood there for god knows how long (is it just me or does it take Sims an age to do anything!) and then once they are done and you ask the toddler what they want, yep you guessed it, they want to go straight back on the potty.

The whole check toddler interaction seems a bit redundant as it often contradicts what the needs menu is telling you and you just end up cancelling interactions.

I’ve also recently realised that pregnancy extends the Sims life. I don’t know if this was in any previous versions,  or if its something that has appeared with an update but I had a family who had twins, a boy and a girl. Time passed and they grew into adults and found partners of their own and the female sim fell pregnant. Now I don’t often click on the lifespan menu as I like to be notified that my sims are ageing up or that they are in fact dying in an undetermined amount of time but I must have clicked on her menu whilst she was pregnant and the lifespan bar was glowing like it does when they age up.

Funny I don’t remember a notification telling me about a birthday. I check her twin brother’s life bar and his isn’t glowing and is a fair way from turning into an adult. The pregnancy continues and when she has the baby her life bar returns to where it was before she got pregnant, so my twins now have different birthdays. By time shes has had her second child he is just becoming an elder whilst she is still an adult.

I can understand that elder female sims can’t have children because of this thing called the menopause but why freeze ageing during pregnancy? Seems to me that ageing should just progress normally and if a sim turns into an elder during it then that just how it is.

So there we go, the key to extended life is pregnancy as long as you’re a Sim that is.

 

 

Pen, pen wonderful pen

Finally got round to taking a photo of a sketch I done at the start of the year.

This was drawn by choosing 6 coloured pens and then sketching whatever came to mind and hoping what came out the other side looked half decent.

I love the slightly messy look of it and the fact there are white bits showing through, sure its not perfect but that’s what I like about it.

Think I’ll be doing more in pen.

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All you need is love…and cake

A bit of a play around with typography and funky colours in Illustrator, not bad for a few hours work…

(I mean a whole day of really intense back breaking work which didn’t include any browsing the internet for random crap…honest)

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Virtual Horse Missing if found please return to the Dragonborn

So I’ve been playing Skyrim for a fair while now and like any game its got a fair few bugs that lead to some interesting moments, most of which are hilarious, like animals swimming upside down through lakes and bandits dying in strange positions half stuck in the ground but the other day I experienced a heart breaking bug.

One of the first things I done when I had enough gold was to buy a horse. I had a quick look on the wiki and decided I liked the dapple grey from Riften so headed off on foot in that direction. This was also before I realised that the guys with the carts outside the cities will take you to certain places without the need to walk. I broke the first rule of RPG’s, talk to EVERYONE.

So after a long arse journey and several dead wolves later I arrive in Riften, challenge the stable owner to a brawl, beat him and get 200 gold reward so technically I get my horse for 800 instead, bargain!

I decide to name her Patches (because I’m obviously incredibly original) and we set off to have many adventures together. She helps me take down a dragon or two and only dies once from me walking her off a cliff (accidentally I might add). I immediately reload so Patches avoids her horrible fate and our adventures continue.

It all starts to go wrong when I’m almost finished with the Staff of Magnus quest in Winterhold. Whilst protecting the town from the magic anomalies I can hear Patches neighing but can’t find her anywhere. We are dealing with the anomalies so I don’t think shes in danger. Once the quest is done I try fast travelling to a couple of cities but when she still doesn’t appear I assume she died in Winterhold. I reload but after a few more tries to find her I conclude the game has bugged as every time I can hear her but not find her. I am now horseless…

I eventually move on and do the quest to get Frost from the guy in Riften and settle in to using him instead. Time passes and then the game gets weird again. After fast travelling back to Riften to hand in a quest Frost is at the Stable and there are two other horses in the stable as usual, except the saddled one is the same colour as Frost and when I hoover over it it doesn’t say steal so I own it. I’ve not purchased any other horses…it’s  like the game has replaced Patches with a Frost clone. I cautiously take the clone for a ride just to see if I end up with a bounty for stealing. Nope nothing. Then as I ride away from Riften down a road who do I see standing in the road…Patches.

Somehow I’ve acquired three horses and Patches has returned from the dead. So I leave the clone in the middle of the road and jump on Patches and ride off into the sunset. All is well until I have to loot a corpse and get off the horse. As soon as my feet touch the ground Patches turns and heads in the direction where we’ve just come from. This game of chasing after the horse continues every time I get off so eventually I decide that maybe Patches has had enough adventuring and is hinting that she wants to retire. I fast travel whilst mounted, one more time back to Riften and put her near the stables. The clone has also returned to the stable so at least she won’t be lonely.

Guess I’ll have to use Frost instead

Happy retirement Patches.

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