Guildwars 2: Playing as a Guardian.

GW2 Guardian
GW2 Guardian

After 200 hours spent as an elementalist, I felt it about time for a change.  Step forward Sylvarian Guardian. Currently hovering around the level 60 mark, I can honestly say that no part of levelling a second character has yet become a chore. Guardians are possibly the more flexible and forgiving of professions in the game, wearing heavy armour they can feel tanky when armed with a greatsword, but can make awesome support healers when using a mace and shield. At the moment I’m set up running the following traits and switch between those 2 weapon sets, but there are other weapons guardians can wield, including staves.

Zeal

Zealous Blade – Greatsword attacks heal you.
Greatsword power – +5% greatsword damage.

Valor

Defender’s Shield – +90 Toughness when wielding a shield.
Purity – Cleanse a condition from you every 10 seconds.

Honor

Resolute Healer – Generates a Shield of Absorption when you start reviving an ally.



Crafty purchase: Sewing Machine.

Janome 4400
Janome 4400

I had wanted one for many years but have only done the research over the past year. Fast forward to more recently and Hobbycraft emailed me a hefty discount voucher (Probably because I haven’t bought anything from them in so long due to their dwindling cross stitch supplies section – but lets not get into that here) and I finally took the plunge!

It’s a Janome 4400 and it’s going to take me quite some time to master, so any tips or website links to helpful tutorials would be greatly appreciated.



Review: Captain Toad Treasure Tracker.

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is such a charming puzzle platformer, that you almost forget how strange it is to play a game from this genre in which the characters can’t jump. Essentially, it’s 70+ stages, in each of which you are presented with Escher like floating dioramas which you must navigate, collecting items, sneaking past or tackling enemies, and using the gamepad to adjust the camera to ensure you’ve explored everything on offer from every angle.

The puzzles occasionally become very smart indeed, and I feel the only real annoyance whilst playing is that the camera control is tied to the gamepad’s gyro sensor, thus the camera can get a little crazy at the slightest of wrist movement. Overall the game is fun, gorgeous to look at, and the stages are different enough to keep things fresh and compelling.

General Scoring

Gameplay. 9/10  Easy to learn, but very compelling in a “just one more level” way.
Graphics. 9/10  Classic Mario styling, in HD.
Sound. 7/10  Some great sound effects.
Music. 8/10  Simple but compliments the game.
Story. 7/10  Predictable, but fun.

Wildcards

Value for money 8/10  A lot in the box for a puzzle game.
Difficulty. 7/10  Occasionally very tricky.
Pick up & play. 9/10  Easy to learn, difficult to master 100% completion.
Variety. 7/10  Pleasantly surprised by the variety of stages on offer.
Art style. 8/10  If you’re a fan of Mario, this is for you.

Total score: 79%



Cross stitch update #1: Mirabilia SAL

If there’s one community that makes me feel welcome on both YouTube and Facebook, it’s cross stitchers (Known on YouTube collectively as Flosstube) I regularly watch videos and have picked up countless tips and added many patterns to my wishlists as a result of watching other stitchers’ progress on them. This year I wanted to challenge my crafty side and try stiching on a different fabric and try my hand at beadwork, thus, I joined a SAL (stitch a long) I post progress pictures on my Instagram page located here. The materials are motivation enough…

Threads

The rules of this stitch a long were that it must be a pattern by Mirabilia (or Mirabilia designer Nora Corbett) and you must start on January 1st 2015. I saw this as a great opportunity the try linen and beading. Here is New Year Fairy whom I have chosen to stitch.

Mirabillia

 

I feel a little like I have jumped in at the deep end. However, very slowly but surely I am making progress.

New Year Fairy Jan

I aim to keep updates posted here monthly, so that I can look back and remind myself of my progress when my eyes get tired from the fabric count and I’m a tangled mess of beads and thread. Are you trying anything new in 2015? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!