Des (thagirion) wrote,

Gaming Progress

Yesterday Aug 5th was my car's first birthday. I can't believe I've had Alan for 1 year now. Though I've been calling him "Fear" because of the art on him. I need to do something for him. Washing and do a photo shoot or make a video. With the stupid road construction here I haven't wanted to go anywhere or wash the cars. It's kind of pointless as when other cars drive by the throw lime dust everywhere. Washing is kind of pointless and I have no idea how long the road will be screwed up. There was nothing wrong with the road. If they don't make the connection through the cowfield then this was a completely pointless thing for the city to do.

Bullet is doing ok. She's on antibiotics. We're fighting her tummy illness. I'm proud of her because she's actually drinking her gross medicine on her own. I know it must be so bitter and gross but it's her only drinking water. She has no choice. I've also got her on pellets now but she only eats enough to stay alive. I can tell she's protesting the diet change. I must not give in and give her seeds. She's so fluffy probably from being hungry. But all this is best for her. Must not give into her. I've got two weeks to fix her still. She's acting broody too which is not good and I did cave and gave her a little towel so she can lie on it though she hasn't yet.

Art wise I've sort of put the plush aside for now. I might get back to it. I'd love to have a new travel buddy for this next trip but well he may not be ready in time. I colored most of the rocks for the Relaxed drawing. Almost done with rocks then I can start on plants. My Doom figures I have placed in the curio cabinet. They look nice in there and for now it's their temporary home. I'll order paints for them later too. It's not a priority to paint them yet.

I'm loving my Plague Inc Evolved game. I beat the Black Death scenario. It was challenging but not impossible. After playing Shadow Plague so long I got spoiled by having bats and forgot how hard it was to infect islands and I kept getting stalemate on this level where I infected nearly the whole world but some islands and then everyone dies but the islands survive though the cure was stopped. Definitely a stalemate. It's one of those things you just have to get lucky on that a boat or plane will go to all the islands in time before they close the ports. Before I get to the good stuff want to rant a little bit. Some scenarios are stupid. I played the Global Warming one. I knew something was wrong when they let me chose my disease type. That's not a scenario. That's no different than playing the normal game. Sure enough I started as bacteria once I picked it for an easy experience and all the news flashes were from the bacteria game play. There was nothing unique in the dialog or in the leveling screen. WTF Does this have to do with global warming? I even named my bacteria Pyrobacter and thought I would start with built in heat resistance but no not even that. I beat it on the first try and it was just stupid and disappointing. I figured the Ice Age one would be more of the same and sure enough it has nothing to do with Ice Age and you pick your own disease. I'll have to blow through those levels on easy and fast just to get them over with. I'm disappointed after the other two were so great.

I played the Frozen Virus one and LOVED it. This is an example of a very well done scenario based on a real virus. It's based on the Pithovirus which Giant Microbes calls Zombie Virus. I recognized the picture right away though it had been colored blue as it looked just like the one on that link. I love that they made it be accurate to the discovery. You start in Russia where it was discovered frozen/fossilized in Siberia. It is a giant virus compared to what we have today and lived at the time of Mammoths and Neanderthals. But it didn't attack big animals it went for amoebas. In the game you start with maxed out cold resistance which makes sense and you have to repair your DNA which makes sense if you've been dormant for 30,000 years. You infect amoebas (the leveling screen has pics of amoebas! I like new an dunique screens like that) to increase transition and have to build up heat resistance. So I love those starting parameters and then it's the same strategy to quietly and quickly infect then kill everyone. I really enjoyed that.

Ok now for the screen caps of the Santa's Little Helper scenario with the Neurax worm.

YES, Bringer of Light is a force of good. I named this worm after the story with Scary Fear I am still working on. No my story has nothing to do with Christmas but there are some parallels in this that I love that fit my story apart from the obvious that these worms and Fear are mind control creatures. One thing unique about this is you play the good guy for a change. Now don't get me wrong. The whole fun of Plague Inc is you're the bad guy doing evil things like destroying the world and humanity. But I have never been so happy to be the good guy in this scenario. The fact that all the governments turned evil and banned happiness, fun and holidays is something to fight against. And though some things were funny in the game at the same time it's also a bit scary that some of this stuff is happening in the US. Less government is always better so off to destroy all governments of the world with a cute worm. Another thing unique about this game that I found very interesting was that there's no lethality. The Neurax Worm is a lethal organism in the end but in this version the point is only to infect and FREE everyone. This makes this scenario probably the most unique one in the whole game. Ok more screens behind the cut.

OMG these headlines are too funny. My fave one is "Chef Crosses Line by adding Pumpkin to Pie." Pumpkin pies are banned now for being too yummy and making people happy. Yeah time to pull out the bazookas on that one. No one takes my pumpkins damn it! Good for the child that gravely injured the robbers. Ha, sadly in real life idiot governments side with the criminals and not victims. But that's a rant for another time. Let's not get off topic. Again funny headlines but some are scary as they are kind of realistic. Anyway the chef one was awesome.

"Partridge shot down from pear tree." I LOVE the Christmas references. Of course this is from the song 12 days of Christmas Day 1. There was another one that said, "34th street closed down due to rumors of miracles." That was funny to me and you have to know of the famous Christmas movie Miracle of 34th Street. Even if you've never seen it everyone should know about it. I've never seen it but got the ref right away. NT's love that kind of hidden ref humor.

I was thrilled with this. I started in Greenland because it's one of the hardest countries to infect. They started on the cure but because they all got so happy they then refused to work on it and it all backfired. Luckily the worms can mind control pilots and I was able to get off the island by flying Gift Planes to other countries. Being able to use planes helps spread this parasite so easily than in levels like bacteria or virus were you're at the mercy of someone getting on a vehicle and going to a new country that's uninfected. Preferably an island.

If you can unlock all the gift planes then the last two things are unlocking Rudolph and Santa to help guide the planes through storms at night. Then you get this combo and achievement. HA!!

And beating the game as Bringer of Light. I love the personal touch on games you can enter a name and then the name is used in the game. Just awesome. Also another thing interesting about this scenario is all ports are closed when you start. Starting on an island is hard to leave until you can unlock gift planes. But right away you can unlock gifts so you mail worms away to other countries randomly and help start transmission that way. I love the tie in with Giant Microbes for this too. Chris noticed that in transmissions one option is the worms turn into cute plush toys so people in rich countries buy them and spread them. I never would have noticed that because I thought it was a Christmas ref no big deal. He asked if it was a Giant Microbes ref. Huh! It might be since they are partners with Plague Inc. I would have missed that. And of course the other one was the Pithovirus being like the image on their website.

So yes I am very much enjoying this game and now that all these other scenarios are unlocked I look forward to playing them. BTW the official Plague Inc Giant Microbe plushes are

Neurax Worm
Nano Virus
Bio Weapon

Nano Virus is the only one I'm missing. Too bad I can't add it to my wishlist. I hope they bring the wishlist feature back. So anyway yes fun game and since I'm not done with it I'm not yet ready to fully review it but I can tell already it will get a great rating from me.
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