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After six months my
sophomore season of Rogue's Adventures has come to an end. I framed
this season over my excitement for the next wave of tactical-RPG
Kickstarter games, such as Wasteland 2 and Project Eternity (now
Pillars of Eternity). Isometric CRPGs were my bread and butter for
years and I can't wait for their upcoming renaissance. I knew I
wanted to replay the old Fallout games to get me back in the mood and
create a more recent frame of reference, but about halfway through
the season I changed up the schedule to better incorporate some
recent games that still had similar mechanics.
This season I also tried
out our first Bonus Game Round, where I polled my friends and
followers to see which game I should play first out of a list of
several games from my backlog. The winners ended up as a tie so I
played both Half-Life 2 and BioShock 2 to start the season. About
halfway through the season I changed the whole schedule, started live
streaming some of my gameplay, and broke my own rules for Rogue's
Adventures in replaying games I'd already beaten as well as adding a
completely new game to the schedule in Shadowrun Returns. For
specific reasons on why I played each game in Season Two, check out
my Rankings below. I also played my longest games this
season; where previously my games had been 10-20 hour Adventure
games, this season I managed to tackle a Classic Ironman XCOM run (Top Ten Moments) and
Fallout: New Vegas with DLC, taking about 50 hours and several weeks
for both. Because of this I finished about half as many games as I
did in Season One, but I still felt very satisfied and
pleased with how this season turned out.
Read my Season
Read my one
year anniversary post on Rogue's
Adventures and my backlog.
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for my live streaming.
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channel to watch my
recorded live streams.
Season Two Schedule
Half-Life 2, 15 hours over
11 days = 9.5hrs/wk
BioShock 2, 17 hours over
14 days = 8.5hrs/wk
The Bard's Tale, 14.5
hours over 21 days = 4.8hrs/wk
Fallout, 17 hours over 16
days = 7.4hrs/wk
Shadowrun Returns, 16
hours over 14 days = 8hrs/wk
XCOM: Enemy Unknown, 45
hours over 38 days = 8.3hrs/wk
Fallout: New Vegas, 52
hours over 59 days = 6.2hrs/wk
TOTAL Hours/Week = 7.5
My goal has remained 5-10
hours per week towards Rogue's Adventure. Last year I averaged
7.89hrs/week, so it's nice to see that even with the much longer
games towards the end, I still managed to devote the same play time
this season. The only one that fell beneath 5hrs/week is The Bard's
Tale, but a big reason for that is that I was out of town for the
July 4th holiday
weekend. I think I'm allowed a few vacations from my backlog!
This season I finished up
Fallout New Vegas a bit earlier (mostly because I skipped the first
DLC) then I intended and decided to take a brief hiatus over the
holidays to let all the craziness and new games settle in before
starting Season 3. Ideally I would maintain the two seasons per year
schedule with the mid year break in June-July, and I think I'll try
to schedule the seasons like this in the future. Once again,
and my page on Backloggery
proved invaluable for creating a schedule and keeping up with the
Season Two Stats
are last season's numbers for comparison)
Total Tweets by
- 1587 (1880), an average of 227 (171) per game and 9 (14.5) per
hour of gaming!
Total number of
taken - 2196 (1550)
Average number of
screenshots per game - 314 (141)
Most screen captured game
- XCOM with 655 (TLJ 303)
Live streams - XCOM - 14
total episodes, FNV - 11 total episodes
Comparing games are
tricky, but at least last season I played almost only a single genre.
This time I played story-driven first person shooters, tactical role
playing games, turn based strategy, and Action-RPGs. Trying to
compare these games directly is futile, but I'll attempt to rank them
based purely on the amount of fun and/or nostalgia I had in my
experience. I also included a sentence or two on why I chose to add
that game to my schedule and how it fit within the season.
Thoughts #15) Old school
tactical cRPG in the veins of the new Kickstarter games, and I'd
only beaten it once or twice previously.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Thoughts #17) Another game
I'd played and beaten before, but I knew it would make an awesome
game for live streaming, and was excited to name soldiers after my
friends and watch them be heroes or martyrs. Also obviously very
Fallout: New Vegas
Thoughts #18) Wanted to
also play one of the modern Fallout games, as well as a game made by
Obsidian Entertainment. Hadn't actually beaten it before.
BioShock 2 (Final
Thoughts #13) Tied for
Bonus Round winner.
Thoughts #16) Cheated a
bit as it was a new game that I added halfway through the schedule
(replacing Fallout 2), but the style and gameplay was exactly what I
was looking for in this season.
Half-Life 2 (Final
Thoughts #12) Tied for
Bonus Round winner.
The Bard's Tale
Thoughts #14) Wanted to
play a game developed by InXile, developers of upcoming Wasteland 2.
I'm still enjoying my time with Rogue's
Adventures and find it the perfect motivator to keep me playing
through my backlog and writing about my experiences. It's been great
timing that I can stop right before the craziness of the holidays and
pick back up in January when life has settled back down. This season
also got me started on the awesomeness of live streaming on twitch.tv
and producing videos, which has been a ton of fun and yet another way for me to connect with people and motivate me to playing through my never ending backlog of games. See you next season!
Read my one
year anniversary post on Rogue's Adventures and
Subscribe to my YouTube
channel to watch my recorded live streams.
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