Secret hobby.

15 May

Not so much a secret hobby if you follow me on Instagram, but one I rarely discuss in person, as it’s quite a niche pasttime I think…Cross Stitch. Cross stitch is an embroidery technique involving stitching lots of small crosses onto your chosen fabric to form a picture. It’s simple to learn and just requires the ability to count, plan and have some patience! I’ll post some tips another time if people are interested, however, in an effort to broarden the scope of the blog, I thought I would share my current projects and recent finishes online.

The first project I finished was last year and that was a Japanese doll design I liked the look of.

Japanese Doll

Secondly was a bookmark that I stitched for my Nan for Christmas.

Parrots Bookmark

And finally, yesterday I sat down and organised all my threads and rewarded myself by stitching my favourite mutant…Wolverine!

Wolverine Cross Stitch

I have a few more super heroes planned and am currently researching patterns to customise so that I get them just right…I also want to stitch something Fallout 3/New Vegas related, since they are my favourite games. Do you guys have any creative or crafty hobbies? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section. :)

The End of an Era.

18 Apr

Ladies and gentlemen…I had been expecting this for some time now, but that doesn’t make saying goodbye any easier…The YLOD is upon my 6 year old PS3, thus, I am consoleless…posts will be far less frequent now I’m really only playing Guildwars 2 on PC, but I shall endeavour to still ramble occasionally.

Goodbye PS3, it’s been immensely fun!

YLOD

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Recently played. #1

18 Mar

I can’t offer you any reviews or previews, because the past few weeks have been filled with playing games I’ve already waxed lyrical about, here’s what I’ve been playing recently, share your choices in the comments section!

Minecraft.

Minecraft

I’m now playing on both PC and PS3, although prefer PC play purely for the ease, of using a mouse and keyboard. I’m slowly getting the hang of some of the features of the Tekkit mod too.

Hearthstone.

Hearthstone

 

I’ve recently began to enjoy playing as Druid…and winning even though your opponent has many more minions/cards in play than you do, is a very satisfying experience. I’m yet to unlock every card with each character, but am working on it.  It’s now avaliable as an iPad game now too, for all you mobile gamers!

 

Preview: Hearthstone.

9 Feb

Hearthstone Beta

I’ve never been one for card games…until Blizzard made it fun. Hearthstone is currently in open beta, and I am loving every minute playing it at the  moment. You choose a class, can customise your deck and do battle with other players online, or just play around in practice mode.

You both start with 30 health and 3 cards, cards cost mana to play, which builds up with each turn.  At it’s heart it’s a strategy game, one which is easy to learn, but very tough to master, as the luck of the draw will always be a factor. I’ve come back from 4 health to win a game, and lost miserably due to silly mistakes. The first few games I played, I lost, all 4 of them, but something keeps me going back for one more go. Here’s my thoughts so far.

Hearthstone Beta Game

Things I love so far;

  • The range of classes on offer is excellent and caters for lots of different styles of gameplay.
  • The battle animations themselves are top notch, spells come with majestic twinkly noises, and hits from minions break up the board and particles fly up from the cards.
  • There is an excellent social aspect already, with a friends list, and easy to use chat features.
  • Play options on offer…you can practice, play online against others, or if you have extra time, battle it out in several arena matches for prizes.
  • Creating custom decks is simple to do.

Things that need a little work to make me happy;

  • First on my list would be a way to swap/trade cards with other players, even just people on my friends list would be great.
  • The cost of entering the arena is 150 coins…sure these can be earned in game…but that’s not cheap!
  • Having to unlock all the classes at the start can be a lengthy process.

The game looks great, the music accompanies well, and each battle is unique depending on your class, deck and opponent. It’s a deep and tactical game, that’s also fun and easy to jump into…Blizzard, I tip my hat to you on this one.

Hearthstone Beta Game

You can download Hearthstone and play for free by clicking here. I play mainly as Rogue but also as Priest or Hunter, and my battlenet ID is Astrocyte#2419.

 

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